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CENTRAL TENDERS BOARD
TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF JANITORIAL SERVICES FOR
THE TREASURY DIVISION, MINISTRY OF FINANCE AND THE,
ECONOMY FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS
Tenders are invited for the Provision of Janitorial Services for the Treasury Division, Ministry of Finance and
the Economy for a period of three (3) years as follows:-
• Treasury Building, #1 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain
Treasury Division #46 Park Street, Port of Spain
Tender documents can be collected during normal working hours at the Central Tenders Board's Office, 116
Frederick Street Port of Spain, telephone number 1-868-625-4330.
A pre-tender meeting will be held on Monday August 18, 2014 at 10.00 a.m at the Treasury Building
#1 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain followed by a site visit to 46 Park Street Port of Spain.
Any further technical information be obtained during normal working hours from Mrs. Maureen Brathwaite,
Administrative Officer IV, Ministry of Finance and The Economy telephone number 1-868-223-2941
ext. 2400/fax: 1-868-627-6625.
Tenders must be accompanied by valid:-
(a) Income Tax and Value Added Tax Clearance Certificates issued by the Board of Inland
Revenue and dated not more than six (6) months prior to the closing date of tender.
(b) Certificate of Compliance issued in accordance with the National Insurance Act.
The original and five (5) copies of the tender should be placed in sealed envelopes and clearly marked on the
"TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF JANITORIAL SERVICES FOR THE TREASURY DIVISION MINISTRY OF
FINANCE AND THE ECONOMY FOR A PERIOD OF THREE (3) YEARS"
Envelopes must be addressed to the Chairman, Central Tenders Board, 116 Frederick Street, Port of Spain
and must be deposited in the BROWN Tenders Box located in the lobby of the Board's Office not later than
1:00 p.m on Thursday August 28, 2014.
Tenders will be opened publicly at the Board's Office shortly thereafter. The tenderer or an authorized
representative may be present at the opening.
Tenderers should note that the dimensions of the SLOT in the Tenders Box are 37.5 cm x 5.5 cm and as
such, tenders should be packaged accordingly.
Late tenders will not be considered in any circumstances.
The Board does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other tender.
The Central Tenders Board reserves the right to cancel the present notice in its entirety or initially without
defraying any cost incurred by any firm in submitting their tender.
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With much trepidation I left my training
base in Michigan, to compete in my first
Commonwealth Games in Scotland.
Having missed the last three Common-
wealth Games due to injury, I was almost
superstitious that something would come
up, preventing me from attending again.
In the past, this season of the four-year
Olympic cycle had always been a struggle
and as I headed to Scotland, I accepted that
this year would be no different.
At my last competitive outing two weeks
before, it became very evident that the pre-
vious year s inspired enthusiasm had pushed
me over the fine line between training hard
and overtraining this season. Although I had
gained tremendous endurance and was fin-
ishing races well, the blistering speed that
defined me as one of the top 50m sprinters
in the world was seriously lacking, replaced
by stiff, sore muscles.
However with rest, it would return; but
was there enough to recover before the Com-
I remember now the exact moment where
it occurred to me that instead of looking at
this as a chance for failure, I remembered
that all pressure is actually self-imposed and
I saw the Commonwealth Games as an
opportunity for greatness.
The challenge that lay ahead was not going
to be about swimming fast. That would
merely be the result of successfully controlling
every variable that was within my power to
The most important of these would be
my mind. I resolved to consciously make
every effort to think deliberately. All negative
thoughts and doubts would be consciously
censored and each positive assumption and
realisation would be carefully nurtured over
the remaining days leading up to my race.
The most important of these would be my mind.
I resolved to consciously make every effort to
think deliberately. All negative thoughts and
doubts would be consciously censored and each
positive assumption and realisation would be
carefully nurtured over the remaining days
leading up to my race.
Mastering the Commonwealth challenge
The long sleepless flights to Scotland were unevent-
ful, except, somewhere over the north Atlantic I
remembered that it was now my birthday. I began
this year of life agitated that I had forgotten to pull
out my phone and attentively watch the seconds tran-
sition into years as was usually my custom, and at
12.04 am on July 18 I put my book down and med-
itatively immersed myself in cathartic contemplation
about life and surrendered to a profound feeling of
I checked into the spartan accommodation for the
next ten days at Games Village, and changed into the
red, white and black. In keeping with my intended
pragmatic approach, I defied jet lag and dragged my
exhausted, cramped body to endure a loosen-up swim
that would hopefully untangle the knots tied in me
from squeezing my six-foot-five frame into a tight
seat for such a long duration. Next a dining hall birthday
dinner and my first massage of the season before
finally sleeping for 15 hours straight.
The looming start of the competition had the effect
of transmuting the pleasant atmosphere of friendly
reunion into an old familiar one of feverish nervous
energy that was pervasive everywhere; from the pool
to the dining hall, and even in my own room where
my conscious awareness of it allowed me to counter
it, and win the fight for relaxation and sound sleep.
The days leading up to the competition blended together
into a routine of recovery, preparation and fine-tuning
that passed quickly. I focused on the notion that with
each passing day I felt my natural speed and explo-
Now, ahead lay the delicate art of mastering my
energy, facilitating the deliberate lift of my emotional
and physical energy levels high enough to match the
intensity necessary for optimum performance in the
final. I needed to control the pendulum swing; the
lower the lows the higher the highs would be.
With a stern grip on my wandering mind, censoring
my doubts and nurturing the positive, my warm-up
race and the heats of the 50m freestyle were approached
very conservatively, with as relaxed an attitude as pos-
sible, before working myself up into an epic pump of
committed intense effort in the semi final that evening.
An honest effort here allowed me to accurately gauge
my tendencies, learning what small errors could be
improved on in the final; the outcome of which depend-
ed on the attainment of the perfect balance between
the two approaches used in those very different rounds
of racing, the yin state of relaxed anxiety and the yang
one of passionate, emotionally-charged forceful energy.
Despite lacking my initial speed as expected, and
a disappointing result of fifth, the final was one of
very-near-perfect balance, focus and skill.
That for the first time in my career arose solely
through successful intrinsic mastery of the mental
and emotional approach. In the past this had been
the product of too many external factors that would
swing me back and forth between the polar opposite
extremes of excitement.
If this December, and the next two summers, this
self-mastery combines with perfect preparation and
peaking it will be something special. The benefits of
You can follow George on Twitter at: @georgebovell
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