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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Ministry of Sport proposes to refurbishment the Timber Sports Floor at the Maloney Indoor Sport Arena. The
works are of a highly specialised and technical nature, and as such, the Ministry invites suitable qualified contractors
to submit tenders to undertake the work.
Tender documents can be collected between the hours of 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. at the Project Management Unit,
6th Floor, Ministry of Sport, Head Office, #12 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. Telephone Nos. 625 5622-4 Ext.
6003 - 6010; Fax No. 625 5622 - Ext. 6010.
A pre-tender meeting and site visit will be held on Thursday 19th March, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at the Maloney Indoor
Sport Arena during which time you are to familiarise yourself with the work to be undertaken.
Any technical information can be obtained during normal working hours from the Construction Superintendent at
Telephone Nos. 625 5622-4 Ext. 6010 or 792 2056.
(i) Income Tax and Value Added Tax Clearance Certificates issued by the Board of Inland Revenue and dated no
more than six (6) months prior to the closing date of the tender;
(ii) A Certificate of Compliance issued in accordance with the National Insurance Act; and
(iii) A Completed Contractors/Suppliers Pre-Qualification Questionnaire issued by Ministry of Sport.
(Copy attached with the Tender Documents)
Sealed Tenders must be deposited in the white designated Tender Box #1, located in the lobby, Ground Floor, Head
Office, Ministry of Sport, 12 Abercromby Street, Port of Spain. Tenders will not be received after
Envelopes must be clearly marked:-
Tender for the refurbishment of the Timber Sports Floor at the Maloney Indoor Sport Arena
The Ministry of Sport does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other tender. The Ministry of Sport reserves the
right to cancel the present bidding process in its entirety or partially, without defraying any cost incurred by any firm
in submitting their tender.
Ministry of Sport
"Hey dude, can you turn your music down?" If
anyone says this to you while you re wearing your
earbuds, take note: You are probably endangering
More than one billion teens and young adults are
at risk of losing their hearing, according to WHO
(that s the World Health Organization, not the rock
It s not just old folks who suffer hearing loss. Just
by listening to music at what you probably think is
a normal level, or hanging out in loud bars, nightclubs
and music and sporting events, you can permanently
damage your hearing.
By analysing listening habits of 12 to 35-year-olds
in wealthier countries around the world, WHO found
nearly 50 per cent of those studied listen to unsafe
sound levels on personal audio devices and about 40
per cent are exposed to damaging levels of music
and noise at entertainment venues.
It doesn t take much time to damage your hearing
at a sports bar or nightclub. According to the WHO,
"exposure to noise levels of 100 dB, which is typical
in such venues, is safe for no more than 15 minutes."
You can't get it back
Once you lose your hearing, it won t come back.
Rapper Plan B and Coldplay lead singer Chris Mar-
tin know that all too well. They both suffer from
tinnitus, hearing loss that causes a permanent and
irritating ringing in the ears, because they didn t pro-
tect their hearing. Now they ve joined forces with a
British hearing loss association to warn others.
"I suffer from tinnitus," says Plan B on action-
hearingloss.org. "When I first developed it, I thought
it was trains rushing by my house as I live near a
railway line. It was really loud and an extremely high
pitched ringing in my ears. I now have to wear special
earplugs when I go to bed to help stop my ears from
"Looking after your ears is unfortunately something
you don t think about until there s a problem," says
Martin. "I ve had tinnitus for about ten years, and
since I started protecting my ears, it hasn t got any
worse (touch wood). But I wish I d thought about it
Turn down those earbuds
When it comes to personal listening devices, the
level of damage you can cause to your ears is directly
correlated to how long you listen and how loud the
sound. "Unsafe levels of sounds can be, for example,
exposure to in excess of 85dB for eight hours or 100dB
for 15 minutes," says WHO.
Eighty-five decibels isn t all that loud. According
to the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, it s about the
level of city traffic that you d heard from inside your
car.Some 360 million of us have already suffered mod-
erate to severe hearing loss, according to the UN
Health Agency Worldwide. While that number does
include factors out of our control, such as aging,
genetics, birth defects, infections and disease, about
half of all cases were avoidable.
That s why WHO has launched the Make Listening
Safe initiative. Part of the campaign is to encourage
manufacturers to create audio safety features on
devices and then educate consumers on how to use
them. WHO is also calling on governments to create
and enforce recreational noise legislation.
"Parents, teachers and physicians can educate
young people about safe listening, while managers
of entertainment venues can respect the safe noise
levels set by their respective venues, use sound limiters
and offer earplugs and chill out rooms to patrons,"
In the end, it s up to each of us to protect our own
hearing. The good news is that it s easy to do when
it comes to your personal audio devices, such as your
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
A billion at risk for
hearing loss from
exposure to loud music
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