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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, February 12, 2015
Refurbishment of Roofs at Factory Shells 18A&B, 18C&D & 18I,
O'Meara Industrial Park
Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited ("e TecK") hereby invites the
submission of Tenders from eligible bidders for the provision of Refurbishment of Roofs at Factory
Shells 18A&B, 18C&D & 18I at O'Meara Industrial Park.
The duration of the contract must not exceed three (3) months from the date of signing of the
Bidding will be conducted through the Two Envelope Competitive Bidding process in accordance
with e TecK's procurement guidelines and is open to all suitably quali ed bidders.
Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from tender documents at the o ce of
The Secretary, Tenders Committee at the following address:
Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited
131 Uriah Butler Highway
from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. on weekdays, no later than Friday 13th February, 2015 at 4.00 p.m.
A complete set of bidding documents may be purchased by interested bidders upon payment
of a non-refundable fee of One Thousand Trinidad and Tobago Dollars (TTD 1,000.00).
The method of payment will be cash or certi ed cheque. Only bidders who have purchased the
bid documents will be eligible to submit tenders.
A mandatory site visit is scheduled for Thursday 19th February, 2015, promptly at 9:00 a.m.
All bids must be accompanied by a bid security of Fifty Thousand Trinidad and Tobago Dollars
(TTD 50,000.00) or an equivalent amount in a freely convertible currency. Tenders must be submitted
in strict accordance with the Tender Documents. e TecK does not bind itself to accept the lowest or
any Tender and reserves the right to negotiate price with any Tenderer.
Tender Closing Date: Tuesday 3rd March, 2015 at 2.00 p.m.
Evolving TecKnologies and Enterprise Development Company Ltd (e TecK)
131 Uriah Butler Highway, Charlieville, Chaguanas
Women trying for a baby and those in the first
three months of pregnancy should not drink any
alcohol, updated UK guidelines say.
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecol-
ogists (RCOG) had previously said a couple of glasses
of wine a week was acceptable.
It now says abstinence is the only way to be certain
that the baby is not harmed. There is no proven safe
amount that women can drink during pregnancy.
The updated advice now chimes with guidelines
from the UK s National Institute for Health and Care
In the US, experts say there is no safe time to drink
during pregnancy. But the RCOG highlights around
the time of conception and the first three months
of pregnancy as the most risky.
Drinking alcohol may affect the unborn baby as
some will pass through the placenta. Around con-
ception and during the first three months, it may
increase the chance of miscarriage, says the RCOG.
After this time, women are advised to not drink
more than one to two units, more than once or twice
a week, it says.
Drinking more than this could affect the devel-
opment of the baby, in particular the way the baby s
brain develops and the way the baby grows in the
womb, which can lead to foetal growth restriction
and increase the risk of stillbirth and premature
labour, says the advice.
Philippa Marsden, of the RCOG, said: "For women
planning a family, it is advisable not to drink during
this time. Either partner drinking heavily can make
it more difficult to conceive.
"During early pregnancy, the safest approach is to
abstain from alcohol and after the first trimester keep
within the recommended amounts if you do decide
to have an alcohol drink. The same applies for women
who decide to breastfeed.
"If you cut down or stop drinking at any point
during pregnancy, it can make a difference to your
baby. However, in some instances, once the damage
has been done, it cannot be reversed. If you have
any questions or concerns about alcohol consumption
talk to your midwife, GP or health visitor who can
offer support and advice."
Dr Simon Newell, of the Royal College of Paediatrics
and Child Health, said: "There are lots of mixed mes-
sages when it comes to alcohol advice so today s
guidance is a welcome and reliable source of infor-
mation for women who are thinking about trying
for a baby and for women who have already
He said about 6,000 babies a year in the
UK are born with some form of damage as
a direct result of alcohol.
"It is impossible to say what constitutes
a safe amount of alcohol a mother can
drink as every pregnancy is different, so our
advice to mothers is don t take a chance
with your baby s health and drink no alcohol
at all," he said.
Ann Furedi, chief executive of the British
Pregnancy Advisory Service, was concerned
that the advice might cause some women
"This guidance takes a precautionary
approach to women drinking alcohol in
pregnancy. It may be wise to avoid alcohol
when planning a baby, but the fact is many
pregnancies are not planned.
"We should reassure women that if they
have had an episode of binge drinking before
they found out they were pregnant, they
really should not worry. It is very troubling
to see women so concerned about the dam-
age they have caused their baby they con-
sider ending what would otherwise be a
wanted pregnancy, when there s no need
for such anxiety.
"This guidance also makes clear that after
the first three months, there is no evidence
of harm to the baby at low levels of alcohol,
so women who like to relax with a glass of
wine once or twice a week should not feel
guilty about doing so." (BBC)
New warning on alcohol during pregnancy
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Women are being warned against drinking during
the early part of their pregnancy.
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