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TATT's Responses to
Monday November 18th 2013
Deadline for Submission
Monday March 31st 2014
The Telecommunications Authority of
Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) wishes to
advise all prospective bidders and other
interested parties of the extended
deadlines for response to its Request
for Proposals for the following:
A) The Provision of a Public
by a Potential 3rd Mobile
B) The Award of 800 Mhz and
1900 Mhz Spectrum to
Eligible Mobile Operator(S);
C) The Award of 700 Mhz
Spectrum to Mobile
Request for Proposals:
**Deadline: Friday 21st February 2014 **
Society for Family Health (SFH)/PSI Caribbean is a non-profit
organization that seeks to promote healthy behavior and help
people lead healthier lives in the Caribbean region. This has tra-
ditionally been in the areas of HIV Prevention and Sexual and
Reproductive Health; and is now being expanded into other
health areas including non-communicable disease (NCDs) pre-
We invite prospective firms to compete for a firm, fixed-
price contract to plan and implement PSI-Caribbean 2014
Research Needs. The company will be required to conduct
Regional Research that supports and evaluates the impact of
Behavior Change Communication(BCC) and Sexual
Reproductive Health (SRH) service delivery programming
across the Eastern Caribbean, T&T, Jamaica & Suriname.
Interested applicants should read thoroughly the Request for
Proposals found via this link:
Submission and Handling of Bids
Bids are to be delivered by via hand delivery/courier. Mailed and
hand delivered /couriered bids must be addressed and delivered to:
PSI/Caribbean30 O Connor Street Woodbrook
Port of Spain Trinidad
Attention: Attention: Kerry Parris
Re: RFP 1023-RES-116
When I was small and elec-
tricity went, monsters would
instantly populate the dark.
Scratch the "when I was small"
part of that first sentence.
Their inconceivably ominous,
overwhelmingly paralysing forms
occupied my imagination. I was
terrified that they lived under
the bed, in the closet, in hallway
shadows and behind closed
doors. I wasn t afraid of bandits,
rapists or looming dangerous
men. That s now, not then.
Where did this fear come from
and when did it become so pal-
pable? What made it so irra-
tionally resilient? Was there any
way to conquer it, such that I
ran monsters, monsters nah ran
Much later in life, I learned
that other adults were actually
not preoccupied with monsters
once flung into the dense uncer-
tainty of a T&TEC failure. Were
they just brave or foolish? Was
it worth the risk to find out?
Observing Ziya s recently-
angst about the dark, I wondered
if I was looking back at my own
fear s mysterious origins, if such
anxiety is a natural part of every-
one s budding capacity to make-
believe, the spectrum of fictive
life that begins to be conceived
at Zi s developmental stage.
What is it about the dark that
wrecked all the hours of social-
isation I spent on hard propa-
ganda about how she should be
brave like Durga and strong like
Kali, and badass unafraid?
It didn t help that our dog was
also trembling. That left me. For
the three-year-old and the pet-
rified pothound, I had to believe
that we were safe. Full of brava-
do, I lay in the pitch-black still-
ness feeling like real big people.
Dead truth was I was just waiting
for Stone to get here and make
Watching children acquire fear
is like a bad premonition. Fears
can kill selfhood, assertiveness,
trust and happiness. I d do any-
thing to help Zi find her own
courage long before she is also
a mother and turning 40.
Speaking of bravery, Stone calls the
next day to say he sees a snake in
the mesh on the roof. I say hold on,
I almost reach. With my phone light,
I identify what indeed looks like a
curled up, patterned snake, probably
a macajuel and not a mapepire,
though we frequently find those in
the yard. I call everyone I know who
rescues snakes. An insanely cool
woman sends someone to Santa Cruz.
He saw it in afternoon light. Now
with a proper flashlight in hand, I
verify, "Stone, are you sure they aren t
leaves?" He says he s sure it moved.
Zi s doing her new angst thing.
In Stone s territory wars with
insects and animals, dozens of
grasshoppers have performed in yet
another night chorus because of me.
I ve saved bats, caterpillars and
even small frogs. Caught moths by
hand. God s creatures great and small,
right? So, now up on a ladder and
peering into the roof s dark recesses,
I fearlessly tap along the mesh. No
noise, no movement. No snake. I
make sure. I climb down. I breathe.
I speed dial the insanely cool
woman and tell her that we ve han-
dled it. She s skeptical about the
snake s safety plus someone is almost
here. I could ah dead with shame.
What are you going to do with the
snake? We can come to collect it
offers. Aack! No! In my least frantic
voice, I unfailingly promise, insha al-
lah, that no snake will be harmed by
us. She calls off the rescue. I thank
about four pantheons of gods.
I show Stone. No snake. We agree.
All is well.
It takes a story to explain how yuh
girl could fraid monsters, but not
DIARY OF A MOTHERING WORKER
In Stone's territory wars with insects and animals, dozens
of grasshoppers have performed in yet another night
chorus because of me. I've saved bats, caterpillars and
even small frogs. Caught moths by hand. God's creatures
great and small, right? So, now up on a ladder and
peering into the roof's dark recesses, I fearlessly tap
along the mesh. No noise, no movement. No snake. I
make sure. I climb down. I breathe.
Monsters, snakes and leaves in the dark
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