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INVITATION TO TENDER
T/01-2015: Provision of Broadband Access Services
for all Ministry of Education Sites throughout Trinidad
In keeping with the Government's overarching vision for
education, the Ministry of Education has developed and
initiated the Schools' Connectivity Programme (SCP). This
Programme will enable the execution of the universal educa-
tion "no child left behind" philosophy by deploying state of
the art technology to transform Trinidad and Tobago's
learning environment to 21st century standards. The Minis-
try of Education has identified a series of activities deemed
necessary to realize the SCP. One of these activities is the
creation of connected classrooms. The Education Facilities
Company Limited (EFCL) has been appointed as executing
agent to provide Broadband Access Services for all Ministry
of Education Sites throughout Trinidad and Tobago.
Scope of Services
This Invitation to Tender covers the provision of Broadband
Access Services for all Ministry of Education Sites through-
out Trinidad and Tobago located throughout the Eight (8)
Education Districts: Caroni, North Eastern, Port-of Spain, St.
George East, St. Patrick, South Eastern and Victoria and
The services are to be provided during the period March
2015 to May 2015.
Tenderers are invited to a Pre-Tender meeting facilitated by
EFCL on Wednesday 11th February 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at
Second Floor, Long Circular Place, #74 Long Circular Road,
Maraval. At this meeting prospective Tenderers will be
guided through the process for completion of the Tender
The Invitation to Tender is open to all locally registered
Viewing and/or Purchase of Documents
The Tender Document and other related documents will be
available for viewing and or purchase from Wednesday 4th
February 2015 at EFCL, Second Floor, Long Circular Place,
#74 Long Circular Road, Maraval, Trinidad, W.I. between
the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, except
on Public Holidays.
Tenderers may purchase the Document upon payment of a
non-refundable fee of Five Thousand (TT$5000.00) or
Seven Hundred and Eighty-One United States Dollars
(US$781.00) per package by certified cheque only, in
favour of EDUCATION FACILITIES COMPANY LIMITED.
Submission of Tenders
Submissions in response to this Invitation to Tender to
provide Broadband Access Services for all Ministry of
Education Sites throughout Trinidad and Tobago should be
labelled as per instructions outlined in the Invitation to
Tender located in the Tender Documents.
The envelopes should be addressed to:
Education Facilities Company Limited
Second Floor, Long Circular Place
#74 Long Circular Road, Maraval
The sealed envelopes containing the Tender must be depos-
ited in the grey Tender Box located in the Lobby of the
offices of EFCL, Second Floor Long Circular Place, #74
Long Circular Road, Maraval, Trinidad, W.I.
Closing Date for Submissions
Completed Tender documents are to be submitted in a
sealed envelope during normal working hours, but no later
than 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday 25th February 2015. Late
submissions will NOT be considered under any circum-
Opening of Submissions
The EFCL will open the submissions, at 2:15 p.m. on
Wednesday 25th February 2015 at the EFCL's offices at
Second Floor, Long Circular Place, 74 Long Circular Road,
Maraval. Tenderers or their representatives are invited to be
present at the opening.
The EFCL reserves the right to accept or reject any or all
Tenders without defraying any cost incurred by the
interested party. The EFCL also reserves the right to cancel
the present Tender in its entirety or partially without defray-
ing the cost incurred by any Company.
Clarification of the Document
Enquiries regarding this tender should be in writing no later
than Wednesday 18th February 2015 and directed to:
Education Facilities Company Limited
Second Floor, Long Circular Place
#74 Long Circular Road, Maraval, Trinidad W.I.
Fax No.: 1 (868) 622-1887; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DENVER---Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong hit
two parked cars after a night of partying in Aspen
but agreed to let his longtime girlfriend take the
blame to avoid national attention, police reports
Aspen police cited Armstrong with failing to report
an accident and speeding weeks after the December
28 accident, but only after his girlfriend, Anna Hansen,
admitted to lying for him.
Armstrong declined immediate comment, and his
attorney, Pamela Mackey, didn t immediately return
Hansen initially told police she had been driving
home from an Aspen Art Museum party when she
lost control of Armstrong s GMC Yukon on the icy
roads, hitting the cars. She said she drove because
"Lance had a little bit to drink," according to the
A man who had been renting one of the damaged
cars told a police detective that Hansen came running
up to his house in high heels, apologising and prom-
ising to pay for the repairs.
"She said, I m Anna, we re the Armstrongs, my
husband s Lance, he was just driving maybe too fast
around the corner or something, " the man told police,
according to the reports.
He called 911 to report a hit-and-run. Hansen and
Armstrong left the scene before police arrived.
Detectives later interviewed Hansen, who eventually
told them Armstrong was driving, but they had both
decided to let her take the blame.
"We ve had our family name smeared over
every paper in the world in the last couple of
years and honestly, I ve got teenagers, I just want-
ed to protect my family," Hansen told police. "I
thought, gosh, Anna Hansen hit some cars, it s
not going to show up in the papers, but Lance
Armstrong hit some cars, it s going to be a national
Hansen is not charged with a crime.
The Aspen Daily News first reported the cita-
Armstrong won the Tour de France every year
from 1999-2005. Those titles were stripped after
a massive report by the US Anti-Doping Agency
detailed the use of performance enhancing drugs
by Armstrong and his US Postal Service team-
Police: Armstrong hit parked
cars, blamed girlfriend
MOSCOW---Russian child athletes are taking
banned substances while still at school, Sports Min-
ister Vitaly Mutko said yesterday.
With Russia enduring doping scandals for months,
Mutko vowed to crack down on doping among child
athletes, which he suggested was the result of a
system where youth coaches can be paid sizeable
bonuses when young athletes win competitions.
A holdover from the Soviet era, Russia has hundreds
of children s sports academies spanning dozens of
Summer and Winter Olympic sports.
While discussing ways to strengthen Russia s anti-
doping enforcement, Mutko said "we will go down
to children s sports schools to give a slap on the wrist
to coaches who want to win some kind of champi-
onship at any price and get a bonus," in comments
reported by R-Sport.
In cases of youth doping, "then the (athlete) gets
into the national team and can t fulfil his potential,"
Mutko said Russia was pouring "colossal resources"
into the fight against doping.
The World Anti-Doping Agency and the IAAF
have each opened investigations into claims of sys-
tematic doping by Russian athletes, following the
broadcast in December of a German TV documentary
in which whistleblowers alleged drug use in Russian
track and field, and the Russian national anti-doping
agency covered up positive tests by leading Russian
Last month, athletics world governing body said
that since it introduced biological passports in 2009,
more than half of all athletes banned under the testing
system were Russians. So far this year, four Russian
Olympic champions have been banned under the
system, including 3,000-metre steeplechase winner
Yulia Zaripova, who stands to lose her 2012 Olympic
gold medal after being banned last Friday.(AP)
Minister says Russia
has problem with
doping in schools
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