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Radient Project Management
Services Ltd. presents:
A stimulating & interactive two-day
workshop that will give you the best
practice tools and templates for
preparing, implementing and
controlling your contracts successfully!
Nov. 11th & 12th 2013
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Trade Winds Hotel,
St. Joseph Village,
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You will learn how to:
√ Prepare an Invitation to Bid & a winning Bid Response
√ Manage and select your portfolio of projects or bids
√ Understand and manage your stakeholders
√ Develop a best practice project plan, schedule and cost
√ Understand how to interpret and manage contract
√ Manage and control Change Orders
√ Monitor and control the project to meet stakeholders'
Applications will be accepted from ten (10) working days prior to the auction date. The
deadline for submission of tenders to the Domestic Market Operations Department of the
Central Bank is 12:00 noon on the auction date.
Central Bank of Trinidad
and Tobago and must accompany each tender. Cheque payments must be submitted no later
than three (3) working days prior to the auction date.
Competitive tenders can be submitted for any amount up to the issue size and must state the
price the bidder is willing to pay for each $1,000 of the face value being applied for. Competitive
bids may be rejected if the face value of the entire issue is allocated at higher bid prices or if
made to a bid that is rejected.
bidder agrees to accept the weighted average price of the successful bids determined in the
For competitive tenders, payments must be in the amount of the total cost of the bills; for
non-competitive tenders, payments will be equivalent to the face value being applied for.
The Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago invites tenders
from the public for the following issue:
TREASURY BILL AUCTION
Central Bank of
Trinidad & Tobago
Results of Tender for Treasury Bill numbers 1397 and 1401:
www.central-bank.org.tt/content/treasury-bills or call
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Driving in Trinidad is
astounding. There s no
other word to describe
it. To astound is defined in the
Concise Oxford English Diction-
ary as to shock or to greatly sur-
prise. It s "astonish" upgraded
and its synonyms are amaze,
startle, stagger, bewilder, perplex,
flabbergast, confound, boggle,
dumbfound---and all of those
express succinctly how one feels
driving here. Dumbfounded!
I refer not to the casual
breaching of road regulations, like
the traditional custom of breaking
the red light. Rather, it is the
attitude at the green light that
boggles the imagination. This is
the place where people brake!
Surprise! Same drivers accelerate
at the orange change. Could they
be confusing the colours? Could
they be colour blind?
Colour blindness is not that
common. We have no figures for
T&T. Maybe the police doctor
could start testing drivers arrested
for breaking the red light for
But then it would take a long,
long time to get a sample. Ten to
20 years or so to get a dozen?
Like the breath analyzer?
Driving without a seatbelt?
Speaking on a cell phone? Of
course the police would have to
arrest themselves too. A calypso
comes to mind. They come from
the same population sample. Are
police tested for colour blindness?
The most common form of
colour blindness is the inherited
one, the one you get because it s
"in your blood." That s present
early in life. Older people with
cataracts have a cloudiness of the
lens that dulls colours and blurs
vision, but the major type of
colour blindness is genetic red-
green colour blindness.
Red-green colour blindness is
predominantly found in men. Ah!
That would explain some of the
male behaviour at traffic lights as
well as at political meetings! Not
the yellow colour, though. The
gene that leads to red-green
colour blindness is found in the X
chromosome. Males have one X
chromosome whereas females
have two; usually only one of
them would have the defective
gene. (One wonders if this is the
same gene that is responsible for
the goatish behaviour on the
political stage). Typically the nor-
mal chromosome takes prece-
dence, so women retain
correct vision. At least at traffic
Red-green colour blindness is
found in about ten per cent of
the male population. It s more
common in Caucasians and said
to be found in around five per
cent of Asians, whatever that
means, and four per cent of
Africans, whatever that means.
In Trinidad, where if you
scratch deep enough, almost
everybody is mixed up, we have
an immediate problem. One in
ten not bad, though. But colour
blindness is not enough to
explain the lax manner people
Saturday morning 6.30, going
west on Mucurapo, just before
Fatima, two cars on the road: me,
and an SUV proceeding (as the
police say) in an easterly direc-
tion, the SUV wanders slowly
onto my side of the road, forcing
me to brake, swing left onto the
pavement and cuss. The young
woman in the SUV, alert looking,
no cell phone in sight, still on my
side of the road, gazes with
astonishment at me as I swear.
She has no idea what she has just
As I gather my wits, my doctor
training kicks in. She must be ill.
Or drunk. Or high? Coming from
The rear view mirror shows she
is back in her lane and has
stopped at the traffic light down
the road. She looked well. Both
hands were on the steering wheel
She must have seen me take
evasive action and mount the
pavement to avoid being hit. Why
did she look surprised? Is she
vision-impaired? Perhaps she has
lost her spectacles?
She wasn t fixing her hair, filing
her nails, fiddling with the radio
or AC. Did she have a seizure?
Short one? Was she in the throes
of a stroke? An orgasm? Was
there someone in the SUV, hid-
den from sight?
Was she suicidal? No, she was
driving too slowly for that.
As I look, the light changes to
green and she drives off. She s
not a man disguised as a woman,
then. Whatever could be the
Ian Lambie wrote an amusing
and informative article in last
Wednesday s Newsday. It s about
"our privileged hunters" who
believe it is their "right" to hunt
all year round and when they are
asked to desist, insist on the
"right to exercise" their dogs so
they can continue hunting for
"wild meat" that all red-blooded
Trinis think it is their "right" to
eat anytime they want.
Too many Trinis believe it is
their "right" to drive how they
please, pay no attention to any-
one else, mash brakes without
considering the fellow behind,
slow down to talk to the man in
the next lane, stop on the high-
way to make change with the
next maxi taxi. Rights without
obligations. Tolerance mutating
The level of chaos on the road
is a thermometer of the mindset
of the country. Do what you want
and forget about the other fellow.
A bazodee, perplexed citizenry,
unable to separate fact from fic-
tion, breeds cynicism, epitomised
by a statement I first heard yes-
terday: "Vote for the party that
will do the most and steal the
A CASE OF COLOUR BLINDNESS?
DAVID E BRATT, MD
Colour blindness is not
that common. We have
no figures for T&T.
Maybe the police
doctor could start
arrested for breaking
the red light for colour
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