No-confidence resolutionChief Justice (ag) Roxane George’s rulings upholding the validity of the Opposition’s No-confidence Motion has sparked mixed reactions from the public and several stakeholder bodies are calling on the nation to accept the court’s decisions.On Thursday, Justice George ruled that the No-confidence Motion was validly passed on December 21, 2018 and that the absolute majority of the 65 seats in the National Assembly is 33 and not 34 as contended by Government. She also noted that while former coalition Member of Parliament Charrandas Persaud should not have been a sitting parliamentarian because of his dual citizenship, at the time of his vote on the motion, he was a valid MP hence his vote was valid.Moreover, the Chief Justice in her decision on a separate matter filed by Christopher Ram said the President and the Cabinet should have resigned immediately upon the passage of the motion but remain in office until elections are held.Hours after these rulings, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) called on the entire nation, including political parties, to respect the court’s decisions.In a statement, the PSC went on to urge the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), “to fulfil its constitutional obligation to hold itself ready to conduct General Elections as is required by the Constitution as a result of the No- confidence Motion, that is, within 90 days of the motion, unless otherwise extended by a two-thirds majority of the Parliament.”The Private Sector umbrella body further called on the elections body to immediately declare its position on this question as a matter of public interest and necessity.While the Opposition also believes that Government should adhere to the court rulings, the coalition has insisted it will be appealing the decision at the Court of Appeal since Thursday’s decisions were not in favour of its position with regard to the vote on December 21, 2018.Government’s move to appeal was supported by the Guyana Trades Union Congress (GTUC), which said in a statement on Thursday that exhausting a legal resource is a constitutional option afford to the Government.Recognising that the proceedings will extract high tension and emotional reactions, the GTUC urge persons to desist from any actions that besmirch the character of the learned and upstanding Judge.Moreover, the Union went on to repeat calls for Government and the Opposition to work together to keep the nation intact through this phase, while keeping the citizenry mindful of the tension, both internal and external, threatening the country’s peace and stability.“Citizens are also urged to hold all politicians, civic society and those who engender to engulf this nation in any acts of mayhem or terror accountable for their well-being and safety at this point in time. So far our society is holding up well in pursuing this legal recourse and we must continue to do so cognisant that at the end of the day, we still have a nation to build, and a destiny to mould. We are still one people, interdependent and connected by a shared history. This is as defining a time as many historical landmarks in our political struggles,” the GTUC said in the missive.
From left to right, Club Baby Seal is: Allison Holtkamp, Grace Lee, Alicia Hughes-Skandijs, Brady Ingledue, Nate Williams, Hali Duran and Corin Hughes-Skandijs. (Photo by Scott Burton/KTOO)It’s awful out in Juneau on a Saturday night. After a bunch of snow, it’s raining, and moat-like ponds of water fill the streets, the sidewalks, everywhere.Bad conditions however, have not affected attendance at a Club Baby Seal show, a new comedy troupe in Juneau.Listen nowThe group of four comedians, two managers, a volunteer bartender and security guard are set up at the Gold Town Nickelodeon. It’s their second show of the night and it’s well attended — the first show sold out.Corin Hughes-Skandijs emcees Club Baby Seal. In this photo he emulates playing a little girl in an acting class. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)After a welcome from manager Grace Lee, emcee Corin Hughes-Skandijs warms up the crowd. Part of his open includes a self-deprecating realization that he has the look of a movie extra.“I’m the kind of guy that you would see stuck at the top of roller coaster, the hero has to come up and save me,” Hughes-Skandijs said. “I’m sitting there with like, a Mickey ears hat.”The audience gives the bit a healthy laugh.Next up is one of the group’s founders, Brady Ingledue. After taking a stand-up workshop, he started gathering long-time friends to write jokes and perform at home.One of his jokes takes place in the bedroom.Brady Ingledue (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)“I do like to experiment in the sack, though,” Ingledue said. “What I like to do is get, like, a girl. I’m coming in, I’ll get you all set up in the bedroom right there, doing your thing. And then I’ll be over here kind of making a baking soda volcano. You know, getting the elements going, there’s test tubes.”Alicia Hughes-Skandijs is the other group founder who wrote and practiced with Ingledue in the beginning. Her bit is about role-playing — but in a decidedly unsexy setting, the produce section of Fred Meyer.“So I start in the organic section, and I just, like, grab it, like I know what I’m doing,” Hughes Skandijs said in a suggestive voice. “Ohh, this recipe calls for two kinds of kale. I know what’s going to happen with it.”She snaps back to her regular voice.“I do know what’s going to happen to the kale. The kale is going to get really, really slimy, like in my produce drawer.”Allison Holtkamp. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)After the show she said, “It is the best feeling in the world when people are laughing because it feels like through their laughter they’re like, ‘Oh yeah I get it. Like, I’m with you on that point.’”Alicia and Brady eventually met Nate Williams at a party. They started doing house shows in his living room in front of a brick-patterned curtain they ordered from Amazon.Williams also is the one who suggested the name — Club Baby Seal — an irreverent play on words he conceived as a fifth-grader for the name of a snow fort he made.“I don’t listen to self-help directly, but I listen to people who listen to self-help,” Williams said. “It’s too powerful straight from the source, like, uncut Tony Robbins is more than anyone can really handle. And I really don’t want to improve too rapidly.”For those first house shows they brought on Alicia’s brother, actor Corin Hughes-Skandijs as emcee, and eventually actor and long-time friend Allison Holtkamp started performing too.Audience members laugh during the stand-up comedy show, Club Baby Seal, on Saturday, Dec. 18, in Juneau. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)Whether being an extra, role-playing, self-help or self-image, Alicia said material works “because there is something universal in there that everyone can relate to.”And what does it feel like when it’s working and everyone is laughing?“It’s like getting done with a 10-mile run and you get all of those endorphins in that one big laugh,” Holtkamp said.Corin said, “It’d be like if your whole family was gathered in the living room when you came home from work and they all give you a standing ovation. And you were like, ‘What’s it for?’ ‘For you, and by the way, here is your favorite dinner that you’ve always wanted.’”Williams said, “It’s like a hug from father or something. It’s a huge acceptance that what you say, what you think — yeah, it’s actually a really neat connection.”The comedians are quick to thank their managers Hali Duran and Grace Lee, and they’re proud of providing a new artistic outlet in Juneau.Club Baby Seal has shows scheduled in Petersburg in January, and they hope to make it to Anchorage and beyond in the spring.
As a part of the systematic efforts to provide education to the underprivileged kids, Cox & Kings Foundation- the philanthropic arm of Cox & Kings Ltd along with The Mamta Trust has set up a new pre-primary school for underprivileged kids in Mahadev Nagar, Manjari Road, Pune. The school is set to offer quality education, nutrition and care to the youngest and most vulnerable children in the area. The new school was recently inaugurated by Thomas C Thottathil, Vice President- Corporate Communication & CSR, Cox & Kings Ltd.Speaking about the project, Karan Anand, Head, Relationships, Cox & Kings, said, “Cox & Kings Foundation, through various CSR initiatives, has touched over 30,000 lives across India. We have been supporting Mamta Trust’s school in Hadapsar since the past few years. This new school has further expanded the scope of our work in Pune. Primarily, our focus is on providing quality education with the mix of warmth and an upbeat learning environment.”Swati Phulpagar of Mamta Trust said, “Our research on Pune’s slum kids indicates that most of the children between the ages of three and six don’t go to school as most of the parents can’t afford early education for their kids. Those who go to school, most of them are at near illiteracy level even after 2-3 years of schooling. Since the backbone of education is missing, the children are unable to clearly understand their lessons as they start their primary education. We are trying to fill in this gap through our pre-primary schools.”
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