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My pubic hair is turning grey
When one grows older, it is not only the hair on the head but that of other parts of the body including the pubis that turns grey. This is because there are cells in the skin and hair pits that produce and supply hair with the black pigment called melanin (melanocytes) that with age die off, leaving hair without pigment (grey).
As we age, the body produces less catalase responsible for breaking down hydrogen peroxide in hair so the hydrogen peroxide builds up and bleaches the hair white (peroxide blonde), the reason greying is associated with age.
Although it may take longer than hair found elsewhere, pubic hair also ultimately turns grey. Men go grey before women, on average, and white people start going grey in their mid-30s, Asians in their late 30s, and Africans in their mid-40s though many Africans are greying earlier nowadays.
Sometimes without even aging, the melanocytes fail to function normally, hence leading to premature greying as early as the 20s. How early one develops grey hair including pubic hair depends on genetics and here the greying is irreversible. Vitamin B-12 deficiency or problems with the pituitary or thyroid gland can cause premature greying that may be stopped and, in a few cases, reversible when the problem is corrected.
Sometimes early pubic hair greying may depend on a combination of factors with, genetics quickening the process for people who are genetically inclined for pubic hair to grey early. Patchy pubic hair greying may result from loss of pigment in the associated skin in a condition called Vitiligo.
Since pubic hair greying is mostly harmless, no treatment is necessary and if one gets cosmetic concerns, he can shave.
Since in a few people the problem may be associated with disease, greying should not be called harmless unless associated diseases are ruled out.
Source: Daily Monitor
Matsiko making the most out of tourism
In 2017, Jowet Matsiko started a tour and travel agency with Shs4m. The soft spoken 27-year-old Matsiko reveals that he was able to grow his business and is now valued at Shs50m in less than three years. At 24 years, Matsiko realised his childhood dream when he bought his first car in September, 2016. All he wanted was to fulfill his passion of travelling.
At that time, he was in his second year at Kampala International University (KIU) pursuing a degree in Information Technology.
However, three years down the road, the young and ambitious entrepreneur has nurtured his passion into a successful tour business.
Armed with Shs4m he had saved during his working days in Juba, South Sudan, Matsiko bought his first car, a second hand Ipsum. All he wanted was to travel with friends from campus to the beach for fun during weekends. However, he set a condition for his friends to contribute fuel. But since he only drove the car during weekends. Matsiko decided to hire it out.
“I got a driver who agreed to pay me Shs120,000 for using it six days and I would have my car on Sundays, I would also earn extra income from students since I got a balance on the money contributed for fuel,” he says.
After two months of hiring the car out, Matsiko realised the driver was delivering less money than agreed upon. “The driver started giving excuses. So the money started reducing; when the money dropped below Shs80,000, I decided to get back my car,” Matsiko recounts.
Matsiko realised to keep making money, he had to change strategy.
“When I got the car from him, I decided to drive it myself and would only ply two routes; that is Jinja and the airport. I would also market the business at campus to students and lecturers because for any business to succeed, you start with the people around you,” he says.
Whereas most of the clients Matsiko received travelled to and from the Airport, he got his first major breakthrough in November 2016 when his Indian lecturer gave him a deal.
“I was marketing my business during a lecture, my lecturer got interested and told me that he wanted someone to transport his brothers coming from India to Jinja for a tour. We agreed, and I was paid Shs500,000 for the journey,” Matsiko explains.
From then, Matsiko says he developed love for tour business. Apart from chauffeuring foreign tourists to hotels. He started casting his net in deeper waters mainly targeting tourists travelling to tourist sites such as national parks who paid handsomely.
Jinja still was his first major destination, especially with local tourists and a few foreign tourists. And still he engaged students who would travel to Jinja for fun.
Since he was more conversant with Jinja, he played both roles of a driver and a tour guide; and also charged $150 (about Shs550,000 shillings) for a trip.
Whereas he would get clients, his car started to constantly breakdown leading him into more repair costs which ate into his profits. By January, Matsiko could not withstand the high costs of repair and decided to sell it off.
“I sold it off at loss of Shs2.5m. Then I started to hire cars to ferry my clients which proved expensive and inconvenient,” Matsiko says.
As his interest in the tour business grew, he felt the urge to swim alongside sharks and decided to formalise it by registering Gild Tours and Logistsics Ltd. In February, 2017 he engaged a lawyer who helped him register. That same month, he opened a Facebook page to market the business and also paid for its boosting to reach many people.
But since he was still at university, he lacked the necessary money to open up an office space.
“I would meet my clients at restaurants in the city and other hangouts. I used to lie to them that I was out of office yet in actual sense I had no operating space,” Matsiko explains.
Source: Daily Monitor
Top NRM organ endorses Museveni for 2021 polls
Kampala. The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party’s top most organ, the Central Executive Committee or CEC, has endorsed President Museveni as its presidential flag bearer for the 2021 polls.
The decision, which in theory is still subject to additional layers of discussion and determination by the party’s other organs, jumpstarts an internal flag bearer selection process and gives the incumbent a political shot in the arm ahead of other aspirants.
If afforded an all-clear sign by the National Executive Committee and the National Delegates’ Conference, it means Mr Museveni, already in power for 33 years, will seek a record sixth re-election.
The next presidential and general elections are two years away, in 2021, according to a roadmap the Electoral Commission released late last year.
The CEC members during the retreat that ended yesterday at Chobe Safari Lodge in the Murchison Falls National Park, Nwoya District, christened the President as the “theoretician and principal strategist of the Movement”.
“To emphatically recommend to the membership of the Movement and its organs that Yoweri Museveni, our leader and General of the African resistance, continues leading the Movement in 2021 and beyond as we eliminate the bottlenecks `to transformation’,” the members noted in a resolution issued after the retreat.
Asked to explicitly state whether CEC had given Mr Museveni the nod as NRM’s sole candidate in 2021, Mr Rogers Mulindwa, a spokesman for the ruling party’s secretariat, responded: “Exactly. That is what it means. I can only say that there is no danger in doing that. There is no law breached. This matter can continue to be sold to other party members as we get closer to the National Delegates Conference in November, this year.”
The move by NRM’s top organ to ring-fence the position of party presidential flag bearer for Mr Museveni follows a similar resolution by the national association of districts and lower local government councils under the Uganda Local Government’s Association (ULGA) who met in Kyankwanzi district last week.
The ongoing manoeuvres to front the incumbent President unopposed bear the hallmarks of the run-up to the 2016 elections when a similar tactic was adopted to lock out the then Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, turned-political rival.
The cheerleader during the February 2015 NRM Parliamentary Caucus at the National Leadership Institute in Kyakwanzi was Ms Evelyn Anite, now State minister for Investment and Privatisation, who knelt and pleaded with Mr Museveni to accept to be NRM’s sole candidate for 2016 election.
NRM party organs later endorsed the decision by the Caucus, resulting in Mr Museveni snapping up victory in 2016.
Contention. Suspicion that Mr Museveni would seek re-election started gaining steam when he strongly supported a contentious Constitutional Amendment Bill, now law, to remove 75 years as the upper threshold age beyond which a person would be ineligible to stand for president. The constitutional provision meant that the President, now aged 74, would have been unable to stand again. The enactment of the law was accompanied by an assault on Opposition lawmakers inside the chambers and their violent removal by soldiers.
Source: Daily Monitor