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Oracle E-Business Suite
The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (the
"Authority") is accepting requests for proposals from
suitably qualified companies/firms for the
Copies of the RFP can be obtained from Monday
24th August 2015 between 8:00a.m. and
4:00p.m. at the Cashier's Booth, Airports Authority
Administration Centre, Piarco International Airport,
South Terminal, Golden Grove Road, Piarco, Trinidad
and Tobago upon payment of a non-refundable
Proposal Fee of US$200.00 plus VAT. A copy of this
receipt must be submitted with the Bid.
Proposers are encouraged to attend a Pre-Proposal
meeting on Wednesday 16th September 2015
at 10:00 a.m. in order to become familiar with the
conditions which may affect the submission. The
meeting will take place at:
"Upgrade of Oracle E-Business Suite
Airports Authority Administration Centre
Piarco International Airport
Golden Grove Road
The deadline for submission of proposals is Friday 16th
October 2015 @ 2:00p.m. AST.
Sealed envelopes labeled "Request for Proposals for
Upgrade of Oracle E-Business Suite Application"
must be deposited in the Tender Box located in the Lobby
of the Airports Administration Centre, Piarco International
Airport, Golden Grove Road, Piarco on or before the
deadline submission date.
Late submissions will not be considered. Proposals
submitted by means of facsimile or email shall not be
Questions or requests for further information should be
The Secretary Tenders Committee
Most rational Trinis tell me that even if
there is a change in government after Mon-
day s election there will be no societal
change in T&T. Plus ça change, plus c est
la même chose, as the French say.
Meanwhile, here in Europe, we live in a
time of real change. Perhaps it was ever
thus. While the stereotype of the Caribbean
as a languid beach holiday juxtaposed against
Europe as a hotbed of industry is largely a
misconception, it is nonetheless fair to say
that things change more quickly and fun-
In the age of the Internet, when infor-
mation travels so rapidly that ideas are dis-
seminated within minutes and responses
happen instantaneously, we have returned
to the mobilising kinetic energy of grassroots
movements which in previous generations
happened only through meetings, sit-ins
Physical presence is now derived from dig-
ital presence, and the power of the latter---
indisputably real and recognisable---is a real-
isation of an impossible dream. Instead of
one-way communication by the media, the
public now has its own media and with it
an agency that means news agendas and social change
are increasingly driven by like-minded people writing,
connecting, petitioning and campaigning at their
For those in power, anxious to retain the status
quo these are desperate times. In the Labour Party
leadership election, Jeremy Corbyn, until recently a
dissident backbench MP known for his pro-Marxist,
anti-war, anti-imperialist beliefs, has been propelled
to the brink of victory by a surge of support that
was unthinkable after the general election.
In May, as a subdued Labour Party talked of coming
further towards the right a handful of MPs nominated
Corbyn to stand against the three other candidates
to "broaden the debate." It was a token gesture but
it opened the door to Labour members who dreamed
of a return to a truly socialist party. As for the Labour
supporters who left the party under Tony Blair, dis-
illusioned by his removal of "Clause 4" (a binding
commitment to socialism) from the party s consti-
tution in the New Labour manifesto of 1995 and by
the Iraq invasion of 2003, they are now steaming
back in droves.
It s a magical future-defining moment in British
history and has rocked the boat so powerfully that
Labour has attempted to purge its list of new members
eligible to vote in the election.
The number of eligible voters has swollen from
200,000 to 600,000---a result of the party opening
up the ballot to non-members. Among them, it is
believed, are people belonging to other political parties.
Instead of banning former Labour supporters returning
from the wildernesses of the Green Party or Socialist
Workers Party, Labour should welcome them back
with open arms. They are coming back to vote for
Corbyn: the first credible, genuinely left-wing figure
Britain has had in mainstream politics for a generation.
The changing face of political power and self-
determination in Britain echoes that in Greece where a
solution to the country s economic woes was sought
through a referendum of its people and ultimately
a rejection of EU ultimatums.
The times they are a changing.
It s fair to say that the Berlin Wall would have
come down quicker had the Internet existed during
the Cold War. In Europe today we are seeing part
of the end result that the fall of the Berlin Wall set
in motion. The open borders of the European Union,
stretching from Bulgaria s border with Turkey in the
East to Ireland in the West, Sweden in the North
and Spain, Italy and Greece in the South are witnessing
the biggest movement of people since WWII.
People are escaping from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq,
Libya, Ethiopia and Eritrea to what they perceive as
the safe haven of Europe and its industrious cities.
Estimates say 200,000 people have arrived in
Greece and Italy in 2015. Thousands are crossing the
Greek border into Macedonia. Thousands are waiting
to cross the Hungarian border.
Some journey across land by road with young fam-
ilies, some come across the sea from North Africa.
Hundreds have drowned.
London is not the final destination for all of these
people and it is arrogant and xenophobic of the British
press to suggest that it is. But arrogance and xeno-
phobia has never really troubled the British press.
A few thousand English-speaking people who have
been camping in quite appalling conditions in the
area around a refugee centre in the French port of
Calais earlier this summer began trying to take advan-
tage of a French ferry workers blockade of the Euro-
tunnel to jump into the back of lorries and conceal
themselves as they drove through the 30-mile
long tunnel which goes under the sea to Britain. This
story became the UK press sensation of the year;
positioned as some kind of invasion when really it
is the story of some desperate people risking their
lives to arrive at their desired destination, achieve
some dignity and start again.
Last week, I travelled in the opposite direction to
begin a new temporary life in France. I am just one
of many who travel in the opposite direction out of
the UK each year. My story is less juicy because I m
exiting Britain. I am not an invading migrant but
merely an expat going overseas to live and work,
totally unhindered. The mindset of migration needs
to change, along with the times.
Plus ça change
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