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TO PROVIDE POINT OF SALE SOLUTION FOR THE RETAIL DIVISION OF THE
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO POSTAL CORPORATION (TTPOST)"
1. The Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation (TTPost) invites Tenders from suitably qualified Firms
for the following:
• FAC/IT:05/15- To Provide Point of Sale Solution for the Retail Division of the Trinidad and Tobago Postal
2. Tender Documents can be obtained during the hours of 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (Monday to Friday) at the
Procurement Department located at the National Mail Centre, 240-250 Golden Grove Road, Piarco
350462, Trinidad and Tobago.
3. Tenders are to remain valid for a period of one hundred and twenty (120) daysfrom the closing date of the
Tender and must be accompanied by:
(i) Valid Income Tax Certificate (where applicable)
(ii) Valid VAT Clearance Certificate (applicable)
Both (i) and (ii) must be dated not more than six (6) months prior to the date fixed for the
close of Tenders.
4. The original (1) and four (4) copies of the Tender should be placed in sealed envelope(s), addressed to
The Chairman, Tenders Committee, Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation, National Mail Centre,
240-250, Golden Grove Road, 350462, Trinidad and Tobago, clearly marked on the outside:-
"TO PROVIDE POINT OF SALE SOLUTION FOR THE RETAIL DIVISION
OF THE TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO POSTAL CORPORATION (TTPOST)"
5. Envelope(s) must be deposited in the Marked Tender Box located in the Procurement Department, at the
address stated above not later than 2.00 p.m. on 28th May, 2015 local time, Courier and/or Registered
Mail would be accepted. Tenders submitted after this deadline will not be accepted.
Tenderers should note that the dimension of the SLOT in the Tenders Box is 30cm x 5cm and as such,
tenders should be packaged accordingly.
Tenders would be opened within a reasonable time on the date of which Tenders received. Tenderers
would be informed of the time of bid opening.
6. Any questions or queries regarding this Tender shall be addressed to the Procurement Manager, as
appearing above, during normal business hours or via Tel. (1-868-669-5361 x 230) facsimile message sent
to fax number (1-868-669-7666) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
7. TTPost does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other tender.
8. TTPost reserves the right to cancel the present notice in its entirety or even partially, without defraying any
cost incurred by any firm in submitting their tender.
My latest fitness obsession is the Fitbit Charge
HR activity monitor. Activity monitors do exactly
what they say; they are small pieces of impressive
technology that attach to your person, usually your
wrist like a watch, and can calculate, monitor and
record activity indicators like your heart rate, the
number of steps taken per day, sleeping habits and
even the number of floors climbed each day.
As with every kind of tech toy, there are numerous
levels of activity monitors, among the many brands.
From Jawbone to Fitbit, to Garmin, to Misfit Shine
and Nike, the choices are quite varied, with each
brand offering something a little different. Choosing
the best activity monitor is a highly individual process,
based upon one s level of physical activity and goals.
I wanted to "nerdify" (as my dear colleagues at
Total Rehab call it) my activity monitor, and was
interested in monitoring my heart rate throughout
the day, with special attention to my resting heart
rate, which gives an idea of one s fitness level. I was
also interested in monitoring my sleep patterns. How-
ever, I was not keen on having GPS capability, and
as all phones these days have that feature, I thought
it would be redundant, not to mention, too pricey.
So after tons of research on the different brands, I
finally settled on the Fitbit Charge HR. Consider this
column a basic review of this activity monitor.
The Fitbit Charge HR can monitor one s heart rate
throughout the day, count and record the number
of steps taken and the number of floors climbed
during the day, calculate daily calories expended and
monitor one s sleep patterns. The monitor syncs
automatically via Bluetooth to apps on the computer
and mobile devices. This is a great feature, as no
physical connection to the devices is required. When
the apps are opened, one s latest activity information
is already there in numbers and graphs on a very
My favourite feature is the step counter. I am
obsessed! The American College of Sports Medicine
recommends that one should take 10,000 steps per
day. This goal is automatically set into the Fitbit. I
can be seen throughout the day diligently checking
my step count. I admit that at night, if I have not
met the goal of 10,000 steps, but am close to it, I
briskly walk around the house until that glorious
buzzing sounds, indicating I have met the physical
activity goal for the day. Neurotic, isn t it? LOL!
Before getting the Fitbit, I thought that I easily
made 10,000 steps per day, as my job is quite an
active one. However, there was a rude awakening
when I discovered that upon completion of the work-
day, I would average only about 6,000-7,000 steps,
and would have to make up the remainder after work.
Much to my dismay, it s quite hard to make those
10,000 steps by just working a reasonably active job!
I guess I walk less than I think at work!
However, it is quite easy to complete that daily
goal if one purposely sets out to exercise. Within half
an hour of walking my dog after work, I complete
10,000 steps, and on these days, I usually can easily
make 15,000 steps.
The Fitbit is highly personalised, and quite accurate.
It actually can estimate the distance walked as one
can measure one s stride and enter it into the Fitbit.
It uses this to calculate distance based on the number
of steps walked that day. On the days I make 10,000
or more steps, the distance walked is upwards of
The Fitbit is also fairly accurate regarding heart
rate. In fact, I compared it to a heart rate monitor
I use for more intense physical activity, and there
were only a few beats difference between the two.
The other interesting feature is the sleep monitor.
It records the number of hours slept, awake time
and restless time during the night, and displays them
in graphical form in the app. The app also shows
one s sleep patterns over the last 30 days and is a
fabulous tool for noting trends. When I feel rested
or tired, it is helpful to look back to the patterns of
the previous days to help understand the reasons for
such. As expected, tiredness is usually associated
with fewer hours slept and restlessness at
night. I can look back at my activities on
those days and try to adjust so that I can
get better sleep, an important factor in good
An activity monitor is a very useful tool
for understanding one s daily patterns of
activity and/or inactivity. A better under-
standing of such can help in improving one s
health and ability to live an active lifestyle.
I would recommend it to almost anyone!
Carla Rauseo, DPT, CSCS, ATRIC is a
Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Certi-
fied Aquatic Therapy Rehabilitation In-
structor at Total Rehabilitation Centre in
San Juan. http://www.totalrehabtt.com
A new fitness toy
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