Students of the Mae’s Schools Annex on Thursday raised their voices against social issues plaguing society through a Mashramani walk around the city.Commencing from Middleton Street, Campbellville, the parade continued through several streets until they were back in school where other activities were lined up.Dressed in colourful costumes to depict the Mashramani festivities, the students paraded with banners bearing slogans, which condemned acts of racism and child abuse among others. On the way, the children were also cheered on by passersby who looked on at the spectacle.One of the banners which demonstrated unityRevelers parading along the routeDirector of the School, Simone Nurse, gave a synopsis of their activities as she pointed out that child abuse, the use of drugs, child labour and violence were some of the areas where awareness was heightened for the Mash walk.She added that this was done to inform the public that the school recognises these issues and are committed to eliminating them. Through this initiative, the students were having fun while being enlightened about the social topics.“We’re excited because we’re on the road with our children to be a part of our Republic celebration for 2019. Our children are beautifully decorated and we’re celebrating the fact that we’re one people, one nation and one destiny,” said Nurse.“The things that we’ve depicted are things that relate to children, abuse of drugs, child labour so we’re highlighting it to the public to let them know that we’re concerned with all of those things,” she added.The Director noted that over 200 children from the preschool and primary levels were present, and more were expected throughout the day as it is customary for the school to participate in the Mashramani celebrations.“We have approximately 200 children here and some of them will be here later on. When we’re done and get back to school, the children will have a celebration there. This is an annual event. We do it every year and we try to do something different every year.”The official Mashramani celebration will unfold on Republic Day, this Saturday, after the flag raising ceremony at fmidnight on February 22.
Image Courtesy: Viking CruisesViking Cruises has held a christening ceremony for its third ocean ship, Viking Sky, in Tromsø, Norway. On the occasion, Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises, commented: “This is a special time of year in Norway – these are the days of the midnight sun and the perfect backdrop for a celebration. All of our ships proudly carry the Norwegian flag, and it is an especially proud day to officially welcome our new ship in Tromsø, the arctic capital of the world.”Following the christening, the 47,800-ton ship will spend the summer season sailing Viking’s popular itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic.Viking Sky is the third of eight ocean cruise ships currently planned for the fleet. The vessels are able to accommodate 930 passengers and boast 465 cabins.The first ship, Viking Star, was built and delivered in spring 2015, while the second vessel, Viking Sea, was handed over to its owner in March 2016.The fourth and fifth ships, Viking Sun and Viking Spirit, are under construction and will be delivered in September 2017 and 2018, respectively.By 2019, Viking said it will welcome its sixth ship, aiming at becoming the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Two additional ships are on order for delivery in 2021 and 2022.Image Courtesy: Viking Cruises
Christian Music Executive Bill Hearn Dies At 58 Twitter Email News Remembering Bill Hearn, Christian Music Maestro christian-music-executive-bill-hearn-dies-58 Facebook Capitol Christian Music Group leader helped develop the modern Christian and gospel genresPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Dec 12, 2017 – 1:16 pm On Dec. 10 Bill Hearn, chairman/CEO of Capitol Christian Music Group, died in Nashville, Tenn., from cancer. He was 58 years old.The son of Billy Rae Hearn, Bill Hearn got his start in the industry with Sparrow Records. During his career, he worked with Christian artists such as Kirk Franklin, Tasha Cobbs, Tye Tribbett, Amy Grant, Mandisa, Matt Redman, and TobyMac before assuming the same role his father held at Capitol Christian Music Group.Hearn’s producing efforts earned Hearn two GRAMMYs during his career, first for 1995 for his contributions to Amazing Grace — A Country Salute To Gospel for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel Or Bluegrass Gospel and again for 2009 for his work on the collection Oh Happy Day, which earned Best Traditional Gospel Album.In 2015 he was honored with the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Frances Preston Lifetime Music Industry Achievement Award.A great friend to the Recording Academy, Hearn served the organization as a past Trustee.”Following in the footsteps of his late father Billy Ray, Hearn played an essential role in the formation of the renowned Christian music company — Capitol Christian Music Group,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “Hearn will not only be remembered for his impressive list of achievements, but for his philanthropic efforts, kind spirit and commitment to his craft.”Hillary Scott on GRAMMYs, God, Family, ‘Love Remains’Read more
Kolkata: Describing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as one of the “allies” of the BJP-led Central government, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Friday that the saffron party was harassing leaders of the Opposition through various central agencies out of sheer political vendetta.Coming down heavily on the CBI she said the “headless agency” has been converted into an organ of the BJP. In several public meetings held in the recent past, she had criticised BJP for destructing institutions like the CBI or ED. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn Friday, Banerjee tweeted: “From @yadavakhilesh to Behen Mayawati Ji, nobody is spared. From north to south. From east to west. Political vendetta by BJP. Are they scared ? Are they desperate? “So political vendetta continues. BJP & its ‘allies’ comprising multiple Govt agencies harassing all allies of Oppn from Kol to Delhi & beyond. Also sorry to hear news that because of rash driving by a CBI driver a reporter of 24Ghanta injured. Now in hospital. Prayers for him.” Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”One headless agency has now become spineless BJP!” Later in the day, Banerjee retweeted the statement of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. “Modi ji is fighting political battles thro enforcement agencies. From @yadavakhilesh & Mayawati in UP to @MamataOfficial in Bengal n AAP in Delhi Modi-Shah duo has spared no political opponent.” She also retweeted the statement of Tejashwi Yadav. “The CBI has become BBI (BJP Bureau of Investigation). Whoever joins hands with the BJP gets clean-chit and becomes Raja Harish Chandra & those who criticise them are hounded by agencies. Even my father was not spared, because he is a critic of the RSS and BJP led Central Govt.” It may be noted that the CBI on Thursday arrested renowned Bengali film producer Shrikant Mohta of Shree Venkatesh Films, one of the largest media and entertainment production companies in eastern India, in connection with the Rose Valley chit fund scam. The Chief Minister, in her public rallies, had alleged that the party had threatened those who had opposed them. “If they have courage they should come and arrest me. You cannot scare me. I will continue to highlight your misdeeds as Trinamool Congress will always fight for the poor and the helpless. It is the government of the people, for the people and by the people,” she said during a recent meeting held in Birbhum. She had referred to the arrest of party’s MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay and said: “Why Sudipda was kept behind bars for so many months?” Over the months, the all-India leaders have realised that the BJP will try their utmost to break the grand alliance.