‘Sorry’ Dethrones ‘Hello’- Top Hot 100

Adele’s “Hello” after 10 weeks on top the Billboard Hot 100 was dethroned by Bieber’s “Sorry” and his second No.1. His newest single “Love Yourself” takes over atop the Digital Songs chart.

After eight total, and seven consecutive, weeks at No. 2, Justin Bieber‘s “Sorry” crowns the Hot 100 (dated Jan. 23) at last. The track dethrones Adele‘s “Hello,” which had spent its first 10 weeks at No. 1 dating to its debut atop the Nov. 14 chart; “Sorry” debuted the same week at No. 2.

“Sorry,” released on SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun/Def Jam, marks Bieber’s second Hot 100 No. 1, and second-in-a-row, after a lengthy wait for his first topper. After six years of charting 46 prior entries, beginning in July 2009, Bieber earned his first No. 1 on the Hot 100 dated Sept. 19, when “What Do You Mean?” debuted at No. 1. Now, he’s achieved two leaders back-to-back.

“Sorry” (the 1,049th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s 57-year history) notches a fourth week at No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart with 20 million U.S. streams, down 14 percent, and leads the subscription services-based On-Demand Songs chart for an eighth week (8.5 million on-demand streams, down 10 percent), according to Nielsen Music.

It holds at its No. 2 high (for a fifth week) on Radio Songs (145 million audience impressions, up 6 percent), while dropping 2-3 on Digital Songs (128,000 downloads sold, down 53 percent, in the week ending Jan. 7); it led the sales list for a week in December. (Most songs declined in sales in the tracking week, following the robust frame ending Dec. 31, in which many consumers surely redeemed gift cards received as holiday presents.)

So “Sorry”: Bieber brings the word “Sorry” to the top of the Hot 100 for the fourth time (and first in the 21-year-old’s lifetime). The prior three leaders with “Sorry” in their titles: Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry” (1960); John Denver’s “I’m Sorry” (not the same composition as Lee’s) (1975); and Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” (1982).


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Lindsey Striling: A Savior Is Born

Lindsey Striling plays the famous Christian classic hymn “Hallelujah”. This hymn is one of the most renowned and beloved hymn of all times and which was originally recorded by Leonard Cohen on his album Various Positions in 1984. Since then many artists have tried their hands on covering this song, but Lindsey Striling’s unique rendition of this song is going to blow you away!

The artists include; Jeff Buckley in 1994, Alexandra Bruke and Beirut in 2008, Matthew Schuler in 2013, among many others.

Lindsey walked on the New York City subway with her violin. Baffled strangers at first gave no reaction whatsoever. However, as soon as she started to play this incredible song, everyone was blown away. Through this video, Lindsey wants everyone to value one’s life and give happiness to everyone around.

lindsey_stirling_wallpaper_2_by_nitr1x-d6xt3pp“I have realized that a lot of times I have failed to see the beauty in me. That is in the moments and the people that surround me every single day. And this video is actually a real humbling experience. It reminded me of a time when I honestly felt like no one could see the beauty in me. And maybe that’s something that you relate to. Because you think may be no one sees the beauty in you. But there is on person that I have learnt that always sees the beauty in us. And that’s our savior Jesus Christ.

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This is the time of the year where we have the opportunity to celebrate his birth. And he was the greatest gift we have ever been given. His gospel allows us the knowledge to know that we can be with our loved ones forever. And in my darkest moments, Jesus Christ has given me hope.

Please note that there is a gift inside of you. He sees it I see it and really hope that you can see it.”

Lindsey Stirling (born September 21, 1986) is an American violinist, dancer, performance artist, singer and composer. She presents choreographed violin performances, both live and in music videos found on her YouTube channel, Lindsey Stirling, which she introduced in 2007.

Stirling has been named in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 In Music: The Class Of 2015. Forbes notes her quarter-finalist position on America’s Got Talent season five in 2010, a No. 2 position on the Billboard 200 for her second album Shatter Me in 2014, and her 7 million subscribers on YouTube.

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Fadumo : Al-Shabaab what can you do?

Somalia has been torn by decades of conflict since the 1991 ouster of long-time dictator Siad Barre by warlords who then turned on each other. Somalia had transitional administrations from 2004 but it did not have a functioning central government until the 2012 election of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

In the last three years the country has stabilized but there is still a lot of work to do, Nicholas Kay, the outgoing representative for the UN Secretary General in Somalia, told The Associated Press.

“The country in the past two-three years has come together quite significantly. It is both politically stable and developed as well,” he said.

Kay said the parliamentary and presidential elections that are set for 2016 will take place and he expects leaders to respect the constitutional term limit of four years after they made firm commitments to do so. Somali leaders are currently discussing how elections will be held.

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Among those standing for president is Fadumo Q. Dayib who has had her share of hardships but has perseverance against all odds. She was born in Kenya but was soon deported back to her native Somali due to her parents not having proper travel documents. According to the BBC, Dayib didn’t learn to read or write until age 14 but she recently received her Master’s degree in health care and public health from Harvard University.

The mother of four has already received death threats from the terrorist organization, Al-Shabaab but nothing can dissuade her from running.

“What can ‪‎Al-Shabaab do to a woman who has died 4 times? I died when I was born, I died when I was mutilated, I died on my wedding night and I died when I gave birth to my first child… I am not afraid of death. What can Al-Shabaab do to a woman who has died 4 times? I’d rather die for something I believe in, than live and be dead inside, because I don’t believe that a woman belongs either in a house or in a grave. That’s why I am running for President in 2016 in my country, ‪‎Somalia” she said in a speech given beginning of 2015.

This statement she posted in her Facebook page raise many concerns. But reading between the lines, her courageousness is an inspiration to all women!

 

URA Mobile Money Platform makes Tax Payment Process Easy, Convenient

“At Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), we are a client-focused and responsive organisation that attracts and nurtures talent and innovation to deliver a great client experience in an enjoyable environment. This culture statement defines who we are.”

URA Mobile Money Platform Makes Tax Payment Process Easy.

On November 24, in partnership with MTN and Stanbic Bank, we launched our mobile money payment platform. The objective of this is to promote convenience for clients in meeting their tax payment obligations. This is based on the fact that at least 52.3 per cent of Ugandans have access to a mobile phone, according to a recent release by Uganda Communications Commission (UCC).

This indicates that as a nation, we are on a path to maximum tele-density penetration. URA is cognizant of the fact that many of our clients, particularly in the Informal Sector, use and rely on mobile phones to transact their businesses. This means that they must be facilitated to meet their obligations with the greatest ease possible.

The Mobile Money Tax Payment platform is available to all our clients who have access to the MTN mobile money service and will initially be available for payments not exceeding Shs 4m for the following taxes and fees:-

  1. All domestic taxes like Income Tax, VAT, PAYE, Excise duty, Gaming and Pool Betting and Withholding Tax.
  2. Import taxes assessed on passenger baggage and post parcels baggage.
  3. Non Tax Revenues like Motor Vehicle Transfers, driving permits, stamp duty, etc.
  4. Other Non-Tax Revenues like Police Express Penalties, Court fees, Registration fees under Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB), Passport Fees, etc.

We are hopeful that other telecoms will soon come on board so that the reach is spread even wider. Taxpayers are encouraged to embrace this platform to enjoy the several benefits that arise such as the reduced cost of compliance, maximising time savings and the convenience of payment anytime and anywhere. Our contact and service centres remain open to provide hand-holding and troubleshooting support to our clients as they use the service.