Funds available to pay dismissed Wales sugar workers – Holder

first_img– as court ruling remains pending; matter to be heard today – GAWUWhile thousands of dismissed workers across the sugar belt were paid the final tranche of their severance payments, ex-Wales Sugar Estate workers are yet to receive their legally entitled benefits, as the matter is still before the court.Wales Sugar EstateHowever, Agriculture Minister Noel Holder is insisting that Government is ready to pay the workers, noting that the funds are available.“I spoke to GuySuCo (Guyana Sugar Corporation) and they said that unlike the others with the straightforward supplementary, that case is before the court. We have the money to pay, and if the court case with the workers and the union is done this week, they can get paid by weekend…we are ready,” Holder told this publication on Monday.GAWU President, Komal ChandHis comments came in response to a story carried in this newspaper wherein it was revealed that over 350 workers who had been attached to the Wales Sugar Estate were not paid their severance. These workers are involved in a court case wherein they contend that their employer, GuySuCo, was acting unlawfully by compelling them to travel 22 miles from their point of origin to Uitvlugt on the West Coast of Demerara.According to President of the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), Komal Chand, the court case is scheduled to be heard before Justice Sandil Kissoon today (Tuesday). It was in early November that the National Assembly gave approval for almost $2.5 billion to cater for the remaining severance payments to 4,723 sugar workers.Earlier this year, Government opted to pay some workers half of their severance, with the remaining half to be paid in the latter part of the year. It was last Friday that the majority of payments were made. During last week, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo gave all assurances that the Wales workers who were previously prevented from receiving severance pay by the GAWU-filed court case would receive their outstanding benefits.Agriculture Minister Noel HolderA report by Government agency the Department of Public Information (DPI) claimed that many former workers benefited from alternative livelihood programmes designed to equip them with skills to seek employment in different areas such as sewing, cosmetology, caring for the elderly, catering, mechanical and electrical works, and small business management. This was in contrast to what Guyana Times has been reporting over the last two years — that many of these very workers are finding great difficulty is obtaining consistent and well-paying employment. In December 2016, Wales was the first Estate that was closed in the current era of Governmental rule. Other Estates closed were Skeldon, Enmore and Rose Hall, all of which were re-opened under small operations as GuySuCo eyes local, regional and international investors to manage the entities.last_img read more

Roxane Gay offers to write DC Comics Batgirl movie in place of

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Roxane Gay in 2015 (Photo by Eva Blue on Flickr) Whoa! Roxane Gay just pitched herself to write Batgirl movie and Warner’s VP tweeted her back.— ReBecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) February 23, 2018 Roxane Gay, one of my favorite writers possibly writing a Batgirl movie?— bre woods (@itsreallybre) February 23, 2018 This Trump supporter criticizes the new lesbian Batwoman and Twitter is not having itBlack Panther screenwriter opens up about the film’s deleted lesbian romanceGay Olympian Gus Kenworthy: Anti-LGBT VP Mike Pence is ‘bad fit’ to lead Winter Olympics delegationRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : don’t want to get my hopes up but i think roxane gay replacing joss whedon on batgirl may be proof that we’re back in the good timeline— Peyton Thomas (@silkspectres) February 23, 2018 Roxane Gay is legit on a roll for Batgirl movie because she totally owns the merit to do this— Faheem Zahid (@fxhxxm) February 24, 2018But of course, there have been think pieces springing up about how Gay ‘probably won’t’ end up doing the movie. And her response to that is priceless:Because I have google alerts I’ve seen a number of articles that say “Roxane Gay probably won’t write a Batgirl movie.” That may be true but I’m allowed to be ambitious and aim for the top. Men do it all. The. Time.— roxane gay (@rgay) February 24, 2018‘Because I have google alerts I’ve seen a number of articles that say “Roxane Gay probably won’t write a Batgirl movie.” That may be true but I’m allowed to be ambitious and aim for the top. Men do it all. The. Time.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Bisexual author Roxane Gay might be the writer of DC Comics’ upcoming Batgirl movie. How did this happen?On Thursday 22 February, Joss Whedon announced his exit from the film project, saying he didn’t have a story for it.After this announcement, Gay took to Twitter to state that she’d be very happy writing the movie in Whedon’s place.Hey @DCComics I can write your batgirl movie, no prob.— roxane gay (@rgay) February 22, 2018‘Hey DC Comics I can write your Batgirl movie, no prob,’ the author wrote.Michele Wells, Vice President of Warner Brothers and DC Comics, was quick to respond to Gay’s Tweet.If you’re serious…contact me. [email protected]— Michele Wells (@michelewells) February 22, 2018‘If you’re serious, contact me,’ Wells wrote, providing her email address.Yes I am serious. I will email you.— roxane gay (@rgay) February 22, 2018‘Yes I am serious. I will email you,’ Gay replied.Roxane Gay wrote the World of Wakanda comic series for Marvel, alongside fellow author Ta-Nehisi Coates. She also co-wrote the screen adaptation of her novel, An Untamed State.Gay is best known for her collection of essays titled Bad Feminist, which was released in 2014.Fan ReactionsFans on Twitter were ecstatic upon hearing this news.last_img read more