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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, March 11, 2014
INVITATION TO TENDER
To All Registered Contractors With the
CHAGUANAS BOROUGH CORPORATION
In accordance with C.T.B. Ordinance Regulation 12/2 (b) and Legal Notice #234 as amended which
falls under the C
, tenders are invited for Construction Works under
the Development Programme for the following:
1. Felicity Cemetery Box Drain
1. Lyle Lane Street Box Drain
2. Chaguanas Anglican Cemetery Box Drain 2. Bernard Road Outfall Box Drain
3. Longdenville Cemetery Box Drain
3. Eugene Street Box Drain & Box Drain &
4. Hassarath Cemetery Box Drain
5. Chaguanas Anglican Cemetery Box Drain 4. Mistry Trace Box Drain
1. Boland Trace Box Drain
2. Crown Tracew Outfall Box Drain
3. 16th & 17th Street Edinburgh 500 Box Drain
4. Coconut Drive Box Drain
Prospective Tenderers who wish to did must be Registered Contractor with the Corporation whose
name appears on the List of Contractors. (All Petty Contractors must be approved by the
Minister of Finance, Director of Contracts, Circular Memorandum 2/l/16 dated 12/03/1997).
Tender documents may be perused at the Tender Department of the Old Administrative Building
and can be obtained during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1.00 p.m. to 3.00 p.m. at a
non-refundable cost of $500.00 per package.
A Public Notice, an invitation to Tender along with a listing of 411 Registered Contractors
will be placed at the Security Desk of the Old Administrative Building.
Tenders must be accompanied by an original Valid Income Tax and Value Added Tax Clearance
Certificates issued by the Board of Inland Revenue and date not more than (6) six months prior to
the closing date of the tender. All other instructions are attached to the tender packages.
A pre-tender meeting followed by a site visit will be held on Wednesday 19th March, 2014 at
9.00 a.m at the Technical Department.
Tenders will be closed on Monday 24th March, 2014 at 10.30 a.m. Tender documents are
to be deposited in the big WHITE TENDER BOX located at the -ic security desk of the Old
Tenders will be opened shortly thereafter. Tenderer or his representative may be present at
Late Tenders will not be considered I under any circumstances. The Committee does not bind
itself to accept the lowest or any other tender.
The Committee reserves the right to cancel the bidding process in its entirety or even partially
without defraying any cost incurred by any firm in submitting their tender.
For further technical information, please contact the County Superintendent at 665-5351/2427
Ext. 229, any other queries may be addressed to the Tender Clerk at Ext. 235 or e-mail:
Chief Executive Officer
Chaguanas Borough Corporation
New smartphone apps that link to hearing aids
are helping people with impaired hearing to pump
up the volume on their devices or to use them as
headphones to stream phone calls, YouTube videos
About 36 million American adults have some hear-
ing loss, according to the National Institute of Deafness
and Other Communication Disorders. But only a
fifth of people who could benefit from a hearing aid
"People will always need really good hearing aids,
but moving forward, what will differentiate com-
petitors will be connectivity (to smartphones), and
it will need apps," Lars Viksmoen, chief executive of
GN ReSound, a maker of hearing aids based in Den-
mark, said in a telephone interview.
The company s new, free app, ReSound Smart for
the iPhone, turns hearing aids into headphones and
allows users to remotely configure settings on their
aids---such as volume, treble and bass. It also remem-
bers particular settings for different venues.
"Let s say you re in a place you go to all the time,
such as a coffee shop. You can make an
adjustment and then it will geotag your
location, so the next time you walk in, it
will remember your settings," said Laurel
Christensen, the company s chief audiology
In noisy locations, a selection on the app
can convert the iPhone into a microphone,
streaming conversation into the hearing aids
for better clarity. It also helps people find
their aids, if they misplace them.
"As you walk around your house, the sig-
nal bars get stronger as you get closer to
them, and it s like a game of hot and cold,"
The company produces hearing aids,
called ReSound LiNX, that cost around
US$6,000 for a pair and can be used with
or without an iPhone.
"I think we re going to see an explosion
in this area because of baby boomers. They re
into technology and they want to be con-
nected," she said.
Other apps connect hearing aids to smart-
phones through an intermediary device,
including miniTek Remote App for Android
which links to Siemens line of hearing aids
via a streamer.
Steve Aiken, associate professor of audi-
ology at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia,
Canada, said the apps were beneficial as
they link hearing aids to other technology
already integrated into people s lives. Still,
there are some risks, he said.
"One is that people could damage their
hearing further if they adjust the settings
"And the other is that they miss out on
the benefits if they re not configured properly
because it takes people s brains a while to
acclimatise to sounds they haven t heard in
a long time," he said. (Reuters)
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Hearing-aid apps now double as headphones
Facebook s purchase of mobile messaging
service WhatsApp has been opposed by pri-
Mark Zuckerberg s firm is planning to buy
the company for around $US19 billion.
Opponents want US regulators to stop the
deal until Facebook provides more information
on what it plans to do with the personal data
of WhatsApp s users.
But Facebook said it will operate as a sep-
arate company and honour existing privacy
arrangements, which include not collecting
user data for advertising.
"WhatsApp built a user-base based on its
commitment not to collect user data for adver-
tising revenue," read a complaint filed with
the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It
was drawn up by two non-profit groups, the
Electronic Privacy Information Center and
the Center for Digital Democracy.
They added: "Users provided detailed per-
sonal information to the company including
private text to close friends. Facebook routinely
makes use of user information for advertising
purposes and has made clear that it intends
to incorporate the data of WhatsApp users
into the user profiling business model.
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