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The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (the Authority) invites sealed Bids from suitably qualified companies/firms who are
registered in Trinidad and Tobago for the
"REHABILITATION OF THE ROOFING SYSTEM NORTH TERMINAL, PIARCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT --
PACKAGE 1: METAL ROOF COVERINGS"
Tender Documents may be perused at the Information Resource Centre, Administration Centre, South Terminal, Piarco
International Airport. Golden Grove Road, Piarco but can only be taken away upon payment of a non refundable Tender Fee of five
hundred Dollars (TT$500.00). Documents will be available from Monday 16th March 2015. A copy of this receipt must
be submitted with the Bid.
Prospective Tenderers are required to attend a mandatory prebid meeting and site visit to acquaint themselves with conditions
which may influence their Tender. The Pre-Bid Meeting and Site Visit is scheduled for Friday 20th March 2015 at 10:00 a.m.
at the Conference Room, North Terminal Building, Piarco International Airport.
Tenderers must submit one (1) original andthree (3) copies of the Tender in sealed envelopes labeled
"Rehabilitation of the Roofing System North Terminal, Piarco International Airport --
Package 1: Metal Roof Coverings"
and addressed to
The envelopes must be deposited in the Tender Box located in the Lobby of the Airports Administration Centre no later than 2:00
on Monday 6th April 2015.
The Tenders will be opened publicly shortly thereafter at 2:30 p.m. Tenderers or representatives may be present at the opening.
Late Tenders will not be considered in any circumstances. Tenders submitted by means of facsimile or email shall not be considered.
The Authority will not defray any cost incurred by Tenderers during the preparation and/or submission of their Bids.
Failure to attend the mandatory pre bid meeting and site visit will result in disqualification of the tender.
The Authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other Tender.
Secretary -- Tenders Committee
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago
Golden Grove Road
REHABILITATION OF THE ROOFING SYSTEM
PIARCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT --
PACKAGE 1: METAL ROOF COVERINGS
As I basked in the tempo-
ral emptiness of my layover,
stretching my legs out on
the London Gatwick airport
floor, it occurred to me that
I was enjoying a rare
leisurely interlude between
the two opposing universal
forces that shape history, novelty
and habit. The life of yesterday was
habit comprising familiar places,
faces, feelings and things---while the
unknown potential of tomorrow
would be novelty.
After some time, a habitual routine
inevitably becomes a grind, the kind
of grind that permeates your life,
breaks you down and even finds its
way into your teeth at night while
you sleep. When we look back on our
lives it s not the habit that we remem-
ber but the novelty. Habitual days
coalesce into weeks, and then merge
into months and years like droplets
of water becoming puddles. Remem-
bering a single day becomes like try-
ing to single out an original drop of
The novelty stays with us, it s what
we remember. Memories are made of
the moments when something
extraordinary happened expressed as
spikes on the novelty curve.
Novelty Theory, proposed by Ter-
ence McKenna, the philosopher,
author and ethnobotanist, theorises
that the universe has an obvious pref-
erence for novelty and complexifica-
tion over habit. He expressed the view
that the universe presents a tendency
towards the novel, specifically in the
form of systems that are increasingly
complex and interconnected.
On this planet novelty was initially
manifested by geomorphology and
the volcanic processes that shaped
the earth. Then biology was the driv-
ing force of novelty with the explosion
of life in the early oceans, the bios-
phere and the evolution of species
throughout the ages that has ulti-
mately led to us.
Now we human beings are centre
stage as the new engine of novelty
on Earth. With our novelty spikes
such as the invention of agriculture
and the industrial revolution, we are
everything that biology is, plus sci-
ence, philosophy, art, technology and
so much more. Perhaps we are on the
verge of creating the next driving
force of novelty in the form of self
aware artificial superintelligence. But
alas I digress.
With this in mind I embraced nov-
elty and excitedly boarded my con-
necting flight to Naples to join the
ADN Swim Project in nearby Caserta.
The flight descended over the sprawl-
ing metropolis of Naples, nestled
between the massive looming Mt
Vesuvius and the blue Mediterranean
sea. It was unlike anywhere I had ever
seen before. For a few moments, nov-
elty in the form of a gorgeous view
pulled me completely into the present
like a wake up call to life---a reminder
that the world is so much bigger than
what we know. I could feel the gravity
of the future s potential on me in the
present, demanding that I must do
everything I could to live while I was
It was total immersion. Straight
into Italian culture, language, food
and into the pool. From the first
morning I could feel the passion and
synergy at training with the world
renowned swimmers under the
watchful experienced gaze of coach
Andrea Di Nino.
I kept thinking to myself how
refreshing it was after my hard former
habit of grinding out desperate laps
and reps in the gym alone in Trinidad.
It comforted me to remember that
the arduous must be known to appre-
ciate the fun.
Even the scientific approach was
novel, especially for a Third World
underdog like myself. I was impressed
to say the least. In just this past first
week I took a blood test, recorded
biometrics, performed a postural
analysis and high speed technical
video recording of my stroke and dive
with feedback from an expert in bio-
mechanics. In addition to my usual
gym routine, I also availed myself of
the regular gymnastics sessions under
the tutelage of a professional coach.
Literally pure novelty everywhere!
The team, a host of welcoming
international swimmers---some from
countries in conflict like the Ukraine
and Russia---served as a reminder that
regardless of the side of the imaginary
lines we draw on the earth s surface
we re from, we are all just people with
similar goals and dreams sharing this
planet for a while.
As I read this over before submit-
ting, the freshness of a new novel
experience at training in a few min-
utes beckons me with inspiration, lit-
erally like a breath of fresh air. I
explore you readers to break out of
the grind, live, make memories and
embrace the novelty of life at every
opportunity. After all, remember you
are the cutting edge of the universe s
expression of novelty!
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Egyptian boys jump into the Nile River to cool down on a warm day, in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday. AP PHOTO
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