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UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
The UNDP invites applications from suitably qualified applicants for the
following Consultancies under the project
Low Emission Capacity Building Programme (LECB) in
Trinidad and Tobago:
• INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT- Development and
implementation of a training programme for the formulation
and implementation of Nationally Appropriate Mitigation
• INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT- Development of a
Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System
and accompanying Training Programme
How to Apply
The Procurement Notices including the Terms of Reference (TORs) can
be obtained by visiting the UNDP Trinidad and Tobago website at:
Candidates should download and complete the P11 Personal History
Form from the UNDP Trinidad and Tobago website and/or hand deliver
it together with the other submission requirements indicated in the
Procurement Notices by 4:00pm on February 26th 2016 to:
email@example.com or deliver to:
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
3A Chancery Lane,
Re: Project Consultant- "Name Consultancy"
Please ensure to quote the name of the consultancy for which
you are applying
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged
RHONDA KRYSTAL RAMBALLY
Wining, jumping and putting on a
display of acrobatic-like behaviour
under the scorching sun is no easy
task, so many turn to the gyms to burn
off the calories, tone the legs, get the
much desired six-pack, or lose inches
off the waistline.
One month into the new year has
seen an influx of eager gym-goers who
are intent on realising their goals of
achieving a fit body ahead of the two-
day Carnival merriment on February 8
Several popular gyms throughout the
country have noted an increase in the
number of people who ve been flooding
the gym floors or taking part in fitness
classes like spin and zumba.
The two most highly anticipated days
of the year require endurance, stamina
and overall strength for masqueraders
to conquer the stage.
Marketing manager at AMCOL Fit-
ness First Health Club, Adeline Gunness
told the T&T Guardian the Penal gym
had noted "quite an increase."
She said registrants began signing up
in early December. Although the increase
was not overwhelming, Gunness said
on a daily basis there was a constant
flow of new people.
She said generally, when the period
was over, many would lose interest while
others would stick it out.
"We have noted quite an increase. It
would have started from early December.
Generally speaking, Trinidadians, after
Carnival, would lose interest, but some
of them who joined before Carnival
would stick with it," she said.
Zumba instructor and fitness trainer
Leon Brewster said while zumba was
an aerobic workout, people would not
achieve total results by doing that alone.
He said, "It is a cardio workout so
weight training is still needed."
He discouraged people to start "crazy"
diets for short periods and encouraged
them to participate in a healthier lifestyle.
"People tend to think thay can get a
perfect body in six weeks for Carnival
but I do not encourage unrealistic and
"Losing weight is not a fast and easy
process. It is much better to have long
term goals because you can easily put
back on the pounds if you don t follow
through with a healthy plan."
Instructor Wesley Douglas at Raw
Fitness Gym in Gasparillo said many
people made resolutions at the start of
the new year and joining the gym was
one of them. He commented: "It s dif-
ficult to give figures, but the first Monday
after the new year was crazy."
In one day, the 24-hour gym signed
up just over 50 new registrants. But
Douglas said there was usually a decrease
after the Carnival period with another
peak period before the July/August vaca-
tion. He said the age category of the
gym-beginners was 18-35 and consisted
of both males and females.
However, Douglas said while many
people had specific goals such as weight
loss and gaining abs, others had unre-
"The majority are unrealistic," he
said---for instance, dreaming of losing
over 20 pounds by Carnival Monday
Douglas advice was, "Be consistent.
There s no harm in coming to get the
body, but try to eat healthy and maintain
a good diet, which is important.
"Also, exercise at home if you have
no plans on joining a gym."
Meanwhile, at Evolution Fitness on
Rodney Road in Chaguanas, general
manager Rondell Brown said there was
a "definite increase." He said despite the
recession, it was still a busy time, and
in comparison to last year, the numbers
were similar: "So that is a good sign."
The gym has an active membership
of close to 1,800 men and women.
Brown noted there would be a slight
decline after the season ended but many
would retain membership after seeing
Like Douglas, he said people came
requesting impossible goals but that was
discouraged since they wanted it in a
short period of time.
"Many people join to get their bodies
in shape for the season so they can fit
into their costume," he said, adding that
many people also took advantage of spin
Supervisor at Long Circular Mall gym,
Meagan-Marie Lord, said normally at
the start of the new year the gym would
be "flooded." But that was not the case
in early January.
Lord, speaking a few weeks ago, said,
"The bacchanal has not started. It is
not ridiculous as yet. We anticipate an
influx by next week." She felt it was per-
haps the recession or that many people
were still detoxing from the Christmas
She said up to a couple weeks ago
there was no significant increase when
compared to last year. However, while
not as drastic, there were still people
She also expressed similar sentiments
that people wanted "miracles" for their
bodies to hit the road but such "out-
rageous goals" were not entertained.
"Sometimes we have those who are
overweight, those who want banging
legs and a six-pack. We will not even
try to sell you the idea but we will
encourage you to keep at it and achieve
At Gulf City Mall in south, the recep-
tionist at Fitness Zone Ltd said there
were no increases. "We were expecting
a Carnival rush but that didn t happen.
It has been different."
She said in the last year many gyms
had recently opened up in and around
the area so people had more options.
"I would say perhaps it is the recession
or simply people aren t doing the Car-
nival thing this year."
Some gyms see an
increase, others do not
Fitness fanatics turn up religiously every Monday at Digicel's Burn, a series of exercise sessions hosted by
instructors from Long Circular Gym. The burn is among outdoor exercise options which are often free or quite
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