Moving the Mon Repos Market

This week we asked people at the Mon Repos Market how they felt about the recent news that vendors will have to relocate to facilitate the extension of the four-lane highway on the East Coast road.

Life in Wakenaam

Stabroek News recently visited the island of Wakenaam in the Essequibo River and while there we asked villagers for their thoughts about life on the island. 

What the people say about…Democracy, reporting and responsibility

Interviews by Mandy Thompson with photos by Tifaine Rutherford A number of local journalists last week attended a four-day workshop hosted by the University of Guyana’s Centre for Communication Studies, the Institute for International Journalism of Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication and the United States Embassy in Georgetown.

Guyana at 47

Interviews and photos by Shabna Ullah As we celebrate 47 years since Guyana gained independence, we asked members of the public to share their views on the occasion.

What the people say about: Taking care of their health

The Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Fire and Life Insurance Company in collaboration with the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation recently held a health fair targeting members of the public who were able to be tested for a variety of health issues.

Labour Day 2013

Interviews and photographs by Tifaine Rutherford Mindful of the current climate in the trade union movement, seeming discontent in many workplaces, particularly the public service and with May Day being celebrated, we asked the man and woman in the street for their views on this year’s Labour Day.

Linden Town Week 2013

This week we asked the man/woman in the street about their views on this year’s Linden Town Week, the return of the Linden Town Week pageant after a few years of hibernation under new organisers, and also Wismar having five nights instead of the regular two.

What pensioners say about…The proposed increase in old age pension

Photos and interviews by Feona Morrison and Javone Vickerie   The 2013 budget proposes that pensioners receive an increase in old age pension from $10,000 to $12,500 in the 2013 Budget as well as an annual assistance of up to $20,000 to pay for electricity charges incurred.

The code of ethics for taxi drivers

What the People Say

This week Stabroek News spoke to taxi drivers and  men/women in the streets about their views on the code of ethics for taxi services and drivers which was recently agreed by the Ministry of Tourism, Industry and Commerce and the Guyana Taxi Service Association.

Stabroek Market

What the People Say

This week, we asked persons who make their living in the Stabroek Market for their thoughts on the conditions of the market and their concerns with their trade.

The Sagicor Visionaries Challenge

What Students Say

Interviews by Feona Morrison with photos by Arian BrowneAt the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge – Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) Competition, held recently at the Umana Yana and won by the Zeeburg Secondary School, we interviewed students who took part in the event and asked them the following questions: 1.

The National Cultural Centre’s dress code

What the people say about

This week we asked the man and woman in the street for their views about the dress code at the National Cultural Centre and whether they thought it should be relaxed so that patrons could wear jeans, Capri pants and boots as is the case in theatres around the world.

The ban on the top ten 2013 calypsos from state radio

What the people say

Interviews by Neola Damon with photographs by Arian Browne Last week, a decision was taken to ban the calypsos sung by the top ten finalists in this year’s calypso monarch competition from airplay on NCN radio after a government minister found the winning song “God Nah Sleep” to be objectionable.

The Children’s Costume and Physical Display Competitions

What The Children Say

This week we visited the Children’s Mashramani Competitions (costume and physical display) at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall and asked schoolchildren for their opinion on which of the performances were the best so far and why?

Vagrants on the streets

What the People Say

This week we went about Georgetown and asked people for their thoughts on the measures the authorities should implement to remove vagrants from the streets.

Women soldiers fighting on the frontline

What the people say about

US defence secretary Leon Panetta last week announced that the US military has officially lifted the ban preventing women soldiers from fighting on the frontline.

Food prices

What the people say about

This week we asked the man/woman in the street for their thoughts about the rise in food prices. 

How they spent the holidays

What the People Say

This week we asked the man/woman in the street about how they spent their Christmas holidays  and their expectations for the New Year.

Wishes for the New Year

What the people say about…

Interviews and photos by Shabna Ullah As we say goodbye to 2012, we asked persons about their major wish for the New Year.

Life in Parika

What the people say about…

Interviews by Chevy Devonish with photos by Arian Browne This week, the run-up to Christmas we asked people in Parika to talk about life and opportunities in that East Bank Essequibo village.

What Berbicians say about…

Christmas shopping Interviews and photos by David Papannah Natasha Persaud, unemployed – ‘This year the Christmas shopping has started early but it looks as if it is a bit slow.

Christmas approaching

This week we sought the views of Lindeners on the approaching Christmas holidays and their resolutions for 2013.

One year since elections and the Rohee impasse

This week on What the People Say we spoke to residents and vendors at the Meadow Bank wharf about the government’s first year after last year’s elections and the impasse with Minister of Home Affairs, Clement Rohee.

Diwali and squibs

This week we asked the residents of Alexander Village their views on this year’s Diwali as it relates to illegal squibs and firecrackers.

What Lindeners say about…

Their vision for Linden Town Week 2013 Interviews and photos by Cathy Richards Stakeholders in Linden have begun to pool their ideas for next April’s Linden Town Week celebration.

Blackouts

What the people say about… Interviews and photos by David Papannah This week we spoke to residents in the vicinity of the Port Mourant  market square on the blackouts that have been recently affecting Berbice.

Expectations of Parliament

This week we asked the man/woman in the street if they have been following the sittings of the National Assembly and what they expected the sittings will accomplish for them.

Chris Brown coming for concert

This week we asked the man and woman in the street their thoughts about R&B star Chris Brown coming to Guyana for a December 26 concert and about domestic violence activists condemning the government’s financial support to bring him.

Corriverton Town Day

This week we spoke to attendees at last weekend’s Corriverton Town Day.Ganesh Baijnauth- businessman: ‘This is the first time I am here.

GuyExpo

Interviews and photos by Shabna Ullah With GuyExpo 2012 on over the last weekend, we asked persons to share their views on the event.

The government buying pirated textbooks

Given the government’s stance on pirated textbooks as revealed by Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon, we asked the man and woman in the street for their views on the issue.

What the people say about…The Amerindian Heritage Month exhibition

Interviews and Photos by Mandy Thompson This week we asked persons at the Amerindian Heritage Month exhibition at the National Exhibition Centre in Sophia their thoughts about the exhibition, what can be improved next year and what have they seen on display that is interesting.

Back to school

Interviews and photos by Shabna Ullah As school reopens for the first day today after a two-month break many children would be turning out in their new gear while some parents were not sure whether their children would be able to start out immediately.

The London Olympics

Photos and interviews by Frances Abraham and Lakhram Bhagirat This week we asked the man and woman in the street their thoughts on the London Olympics 2012, the highlight for them and their views on how the Guyana team can improve their performance in the future.

Issues to be addressed

As Toshaos from across the country gathered at the Liliendaal Convention Centre for the annual Toshaos Council Meeting last week, we asked them what were some of the difficulties faced in their community and what are their expectations coming out of the meeting.

The national conversation on domestic violence

Photos and interviews by David Papannah Given the tremendous impact it has been having on our country, a team including government officials is going around the country talking to people about the domestic violence situation in Guyana.

What Berbicians say about…

The proposed introduction of the $5,000 bill Interviews and photos by David Papannah This week we asked the man and woman in the street around the New Amsterdam and Rose Hall markets for their views on the planned introduction of the $5,000 bill in Guyana: Anita Paul, self-employed – ‘I do not see the need to bring out a $5,000 note.