The state of the rice industry

Rice farmers on the Essequibo Coast have been lamenting for some time now about the prices they are paid for paddy compared with the cost of production.

The Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling

Concerns have been expressed about the state of the Vreed-en-Hoop Stelling which accommodates a number of vendors now that there is no longer a Georgetown-Vreed-en-Hoop ferry service and just a small section is used for speedboats.

The upcoming elections

Interviews and photos by Rae Wiltshire With general and regional elections less than two months away and political campaigns picking up steam, this week we asked the man and woman in the street how they felt about the upcoming period.

Domestic violence

In view of International Women’s Day which was observed yesterday, this week we asked women whether they believed enough was being done for women who are exposed to domestic violence in Guyana and if not, what needs to be changed or improved.

Living at Lethem

Interviews by Rae Wiltshire  Photos by Rae Wiltshire and Gaulbert Sutherland During a recent visit to Lethem we asked the man and woman in the street how they felt about living there.

Reducing bus fares

In response to calls for bus operators to reduce their fares given the decrease in the price for fuel, we recently asked Route 32 (Vreed-en-Hoop to Parika) bus operators whether they would comply.

The upcoming elections 

Interviews and photos by Shabna Ullah As the date for general elections draws nearer we asked members of the public whether they are excited and would be voting  Noel Parkinson, NIS pensioner, ‘I’m not excited about the elections because as a Christian I don’t get into politics.

The reduction in fuel prices

Last Monday, Minister of Finance Dr Ashni Singh announced a 30% reduction in the price of fuel at Guyana Oil Company gas stations.

Banning improperly repackaged goods

Interviews and photos by Dacia WhaulConcerns have been raised yet again about repackaged goods being sold without proper labelling and with the packaging done under unhealthy conditions.

Which was bigger, New Year 2015 or 2014?

Interviews and photos by Jeanna Pearson and Dacia Whaul Now that the holidays are coming to a close, we asked the man/woman in the street if their New Year celebration to welcome 2015 was bigger than in 2014.

Plans for the New Year

In the last few days before the New Year we asked the man/woman in the street about their big plans and hopes for 2015.

The Berbice River Bridge malfunctioning

This week we asked Berbicians to comment on the malfunctioning of the retractor span of the Berbice River Bridge which left countless persons stranded for hours on both sides of the river last Friday.

Fresh produce as opposed to fast food

In view of the ongoing calls for attention to healthier eating so as to reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases, the man and woman in the street were asked whether their go-to-meal would be fresh produce or fast food and the reason for their choices.

‘Eat What You Grow’

Interviews and photos by Kenesha Fraser Agriculture Month, which was observed last month, placed much emphasis on family farming.

The planned motion of no-confidence

Interviews and photos by Shabna UllahThis week on What the People Say we asked persons about the no-confidence motion that the opposition is planning to move in Parliament against the government.

Problems at St Cuthbert’s Mission

Just over a year ago on September 30, 2013 Stabroek News paid a visit to St Cuthbert’s Mission on the Mahaica River and interviewed the villagers about their livelihood.

The Free Bus System instituted by the government

Last week, in response to hikes in fares and at least one strike by minibus operators plying an East Coast Demerara route, the government instituted a free bus system along different routes using large buses hired from the Knight Rider bus company.