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Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of General Manager,
Policy, Planning and Research at the North-Central Regional Health Authority (N.C.R.H.A).
• To develop policies, strategic planning and research of clinical and other support
services to ensure the effective co-ordinations of all regional initiatives, that
redounds to an improved delivery of health and health care services.
• Responsible for leading the process for the development of NCRHA Strategic Plan
in accordance with the organization's strategic direction.
• Establish linkages with all Executive Managers and Clinical Heads in an attempt to
initiate and positively influence all change initiatives.
• Leads the strategic planning function to ensure that NCRHA has effective holistic-
strategies which will deliver long-term health improvement.
• Leads all changes and development initiatives in partnership with staff and service
• Develops review and communicates policies to stakeholders and provides
strategic advice and guidance.
Minimum Requirements and Experience
• First Degree in a relevant field with postgraduate qualification in Business or Health
• Relevant training and experience in a Health Care environment will be an asset.
• Computer Literate in Microsoft Office Suite
• Any other combination of qualifications, training and experience.
Applications must be submitted along with Curriculum Vitae by May 24, 2013 to:
The Chief Executive Officer
North-Central Regional Health Authority Building #39, Third Floor
Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex
or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Unsuitable/late applications will not be acknowledged.
Bolivia has passed a controversial
law which paves the way for President
Evo Morales to be elected for a third
The Bolivian constitution states that
presidents can only serve two terms.
But Bolivia s highest court ruled last
month that, because the constitution
was changed during Morales first four
years, that term did not count.
Opposition politicians say that the
law is unconstitutional and that they
will try to get it overturned.
The law was signed by Bolivia s Vice
President, Alvaro Garcia Linera, as
Morales was out of the country.
"He has the constitutional right to
choose to be re-elected," Garcia Linera
said in Bolivia s main city, La Paz.
Morales became Bolivia s first
indigenous president in 2006.
He was re-elected by a landslide in
2009, after changing the constitu-
But the country s highest court, the
Constitutional Tribunal, ruled in April
that the two-term constitutional rule
did not apply to Mr Morales initial
term because it had taken place before
the new constitution came into effect.
Opposition politicians have however
pointed out that, under the previous
constitution, only one re-election was
allowed as well.
Morales still enjoys strong support
among poor and indigenous Bolivians.
New elections are due next year,
but the president has not said whether
he intends to run again.
The president s critics have accused
him of using the courts to hold onto
Brazilian police say they have iden-
tified a gang specialising in trafficking
Bangladeshi nationals into the coun-
try.About 80 workers have been lured
by their own countrymen with promises
of earning up to $1,500 a month. But
they ended up as slave labour in order
to pay their smugglers nearly $10,000,
South America s biggest economy
has recently seen a steep rise in cases
of illegal immigration.
The smugglers explored routes across
the borders of Peru, Bolivia and Guyana
to enter Brazil, investigators said.
The workers were found living in
slavery-like conditions eight houses in
the town of Samambaia near Brasilia,
an investigator told the Agencia Brasil
He said the Bangladeshis worked at
freezer warehouses, building and car-
A number of smugglers have been
identified and investigators were granted
14 search warrants, officers said.
Among the smugglers are four alleged
"coyotes"---men who managed the
actual border crossings.
It is not yet clear what will happen
to the smuggled men.
Brazil has recently seen a steep rise
in cases of illegal immigration.
Last month the governor of the state
of Acre, next to the Peruvian border,
declared emergencies in two towns
because of the growing number of
immigrants from Haiti and African
Trafficking gang 'smuggled
Bangladeshis into Brazil'
New law backs President
Evo Morales' third term
LA RUANA---Residents of a western Mexico
area who endured months besieged by a
drug cartel cheered the arrival of hundreds
of Mexican soldiers Monday.
People in La Ruana in Michoacan state
lined the main road to greet more than a
dozen troop transports and heavily armed
Humvees with applause and shouts of joy.
The town s supplies had been blocked after
the Knights Templars cartel declared war on
the hamlet. The cartel dominates much of
the state, demanding extortion payments
from businessmen and storeowners, and even
In February, the town formed self-defence
squads to kick the cartel out, drawing the
wrath of the gang. Convoys of cartel gunmen
attacked the town, which was forced to throw
up stone barricades and build guard posts.
Supplies like gasoline, milk and cooking
gas began to run low as cartel gunmen threat-
ened to burn any trucks bringing in goods.
On Monday, hundreds of soldiers moved
in, erecting checkpoints on the highway lead-
ing into La Ruana and setting up an operating
base in the town.
"This war has been won!" Hipolito Mora,
leader of the self-defence movement, told
hundreds of cheering townspeople gathered
along the main road, including dozens of
self-defence patrol members wearing white
T-shirts and carrying shotguns.
Mora said the town had agreed to stop
community patrols and let the army take
over security in La Ruana.
But he said the community would keep
its weapons and would start patrols again if
the army left.
The idea that troops might come in and
seize a town s weapons, or stay only a few
weeks, worried people throughout the crime-
ridden area. So in town after town along the
main highway through Michoacan s hot low-
lands known as the Tierra Caliente, self-
defence squads welcomed the army s arrival,
but vowed to keep their guns.
The highway is littered with the charred
hulks of supply trucks, the smoking remains
of burned-out sawmills and the fire-black-
ened walls of fruit warehouses set afire by
the Knights Templars cartel in retaliation for
the towns rebellion.
In the nearby town of Buenavista, many
of the masked, lightly armed self-defence
patrol members manning a highway check-
point said they welcomed the army---but
vowed to resist any attempts to take their
They hung a banner beside the roadway:
"Gentlemen of the federal police and the
Mexican army, we would prefer to die at
your hands, than at those of these stupid,
stinking scum," it said, referring to the cartel.
Besieged Mexican town cheers arrival of soldiers
Mexican army soldiers enter the town of La Ruana, Michoacan, Mexico, Monday. Residents of
western Mexico towns who endured months besieged by a drug cartel are cheering the arrival
of hundreds of Mexican army troops. AP PHOTO
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