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In the smouldering midday sun Bhimwattie Sahid uses a machete to prepare a patch of land where she will grow 700 sweet pepper plants.

The crop will be ready in time for Guyana's Christmas holiday season, when the peppers - which are used in a number of the South American nation's popular dishes - sell for high prices.

Mrs Sahid owns and runs a successful small farm near the border with neighbouring Suriname.

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THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR, HUMAN SERVICES ANDSOCIAL SECURITY, AND THE CHILDCARE ANDPROTECTION AGENCY CONDEMNS THE FURTHEREXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN TAPED IN SEX ACT

The Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security has observed with absolute disgust the publication of images of children involved in sexual acts in the Guyana Chronicle and on social media.

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Month of the Elderly launched at the Palms

Under the theme “Working for the Elderly, Celebrating their contributions to Guyana”, the Ministry of Labour, Human Services and Social Security has designated October as the “Month of the Elderly.”

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Human Services Ministry departments still in relocation process

MINISTER of Human Services and Social Security, Ms. Jennifer Webster, Monday told the Guyana Chronicle that minor works are still to be completed, delaying the relocation of the several Ministry departments to a new location.

A section of the Ministry will be moving to the unoccupied Lamaha Street building which formerly housed the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) Secretariat.

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Employment dialogue addresses key challenges

Ministry of Labour, Georgetown, September 27, 2014 - The Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB’s) 2014 Labour Markets and Social Security Regional Policy Dialogue has ended in Seoul, South Korea on a high note having discussed challenges and options forward for participating countries.

The meeting, which provided countries a forum to reflect together about what public policies can improve the quality of employment, saw discussions on the insecurity, informality and precariousness associated with jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean. It was noted that while the unemployment rate is low, the high labor turnover means that many workers are traveling often between employment and unemployment, and between formal and informal jobs. In addition, many challenges remain for youth, women and vulnerable groups in finding employment.

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Fathers have critical role in children’s upbringing – Child Protection Official

The roles and responsibilities of fathers were the primary focus when officials of the Child Care

Officers of the Child Care and Protection Agency. From left: Allison Thomas, Dawne McFarlane and Concheeta Gray

Officers of the Child Care and Protection Agency. From left: Allison Thomas, Dawne McFarlane and Concheeta Gray

and Protection Agency conducted an Early Childhood and Development Seminar at the Campbellville Health Centre yesterday.  The activity, which comes as part of the observance of the 2014 Child Protection Week, saw the attendance of a number of fathers from the Campbellville area, some of whom accompanied the mothers of their children.
According to Ms Concheeta Gray, Manager of Early Childhood Development at the Agency, moves were made to target fathers in light of the fact that “we recognise that fathers play an important role at the early childhood stage of a child’s development and throughout life.”

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