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NATIONAL CARNIVAL COMMISSION
OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
INVITATION TO TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF SERVICES TO THE NATIONAL
CARNIVAL COMMISSION - CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS 2016
1. The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) hereby invites suitably qualified entities,
firms and individuals to tender for the provision of the following services for Carnival 2016:
i) Rental of Chairs and Tables
ii) Rental of Tents
iii) Rental of Trailers and Portable Chemical Toilets at all venues
iv) Provision of Stage, Ramps, Decks and Watch Towers at Queen's Park Savannah
v) Provision of Stage, Ramps, Decks and Watch Towers at Skinner's Park
vi) Installation and Removal of Audio Visual System at all venues
vii) Rental of Trailer Artistes' Dressing Rooms at QPS and Skinner's Park
viii) Erecting and Dismantling of Calypso Tent at Queens Park Savannah
2. General guidelines, in the form of a Request for Proposal, can be collected at the office of the Corporate
Secretary of the NCC, #11 St. Clair Avenue, Port of Spain, upon payment of a non-refundable cash
deposit or certified cheque in the sum of TT$1000.00 (vat inclusive) at the Accounts Department of the
NCC between the hours of 9 am to 3 pm.
3. The required documents to be submitted include the following:
• Certificate of Registration, Incorporation, Continuance, and Annual Return
• Statutory Requirements i.e. valid VAT, NIS, Certificates up to date
• Written description of the Tenderer, including company background
• Organisational Chart of Tenderer's agency
• Organisational Chart of all personnel to be involved in contract
• Curriculum Vitae of key human resource
• Details on three (3) current major clients
• Insurance Certificates
4. Tax must be shown separately below the tender price.
5. Technical information can be obtained from the office of the Operations and Technical Services.
6. Request for Proposal packages will be available from Monday 29th June, 2015 between 9:30 am to 3 pm
7. The successful tenderer/s will be required to deposit with the NCC, a Performance Deposit of ten percent
(10%) of the value of each contract; or alternatively, provide a bond in the sum as a guarantee for the
proper performance of the contract. Upon the satisfactory completion of the contract, the deposit/bond will
8. Tenders should be enclosed in sealed envelopes addressed to "The Secretary, Tenders Committee,
National Carnival Commission" and deposited in the appropriate tender box located in the reception
area of the NCC's head office, #11 St. Clair Avenue, Port of Spain, no later than 3 pm on Friday 17th July, 2015.
9. Separate contracts may be awarded for each item or a combination of items.
10. NCC reserves the right to reject any or all proposals for failure to comply with any mandatory requirements.
11. The public opening of tenders will be conducted immediately after the closing at 3 pm at the NCC's
Corporate Office, #11 St. Clair Avenue, Port of Spain. The tenderer or his/her representative may be present
at the opening.
Tenders Committee, National Carnival Commission
Google is edging even closer to a spam-
free Gmail experience with the addition of
new tools to help the existing spam filters
weed out unwanted emails.
Google has nearly eradicated the problem
already with less than 0.1 per cent of email
in the average Gmail inbox being spam,
according to a blog post from Sri Harsha
Somanchi, a Google product manager.
The addition of artificial neural network
technology, which can be found in Google's
Now and Search apps, will hopefully ring
the death knell for those annoying emails.
While Gmail's filters can already learn
when a user chooses the "Report spam" and
"Not spam" buttons, it will be enhanced
with artificial neural network technology,
which can use machine learning to detect
even the sneakiest of spam messages to make
sure it doesn't land in someone's inbox.
The improvements make Gmail's filter
even better at finding phishing emails that
may appear to come from a trusted contact
but aren't actually legitimate, according to
the blog post.
Google is also introducing a set of post-
master tools designed for people who send
a lot of emails that could potentially be
marked as spam when they aren't.
"The Gmail Postmaster Tools help qual-
ified high-volume senders analyse their
email, including data on delivery errors,
spam reports, and reputation. This way they
can diagnose any hiccups, study best prac-
tices, and help Gmail route their messages
to the right place," Somanchi wrote.
In other words: No more digging through
your spam folder to find your favourite
newsletter or an emailed receipt. (abc.news)
Google edges closer to spam-free mail
Taxpayers lost $110 million when a SpaceX
rocket carrying cargo to the International Space
Station disintegrated shortly after lift-off last
month, a Nasa official said at a Friday hearing.
"That's gone," said William Gerstenmaier, a
Nasa associate administrator, of the money lost
when the SpaceX rocket failed on June 28 far
above Florida's coast.
The Hawthorne-based company is leading an
investigation into the cause of the failure.
On Friday, some members of the House Science,
Space and Technology committee questioned
whether the company should be investigating its
Gerstenmaier explained that Nasa, as well as
the Federal Aviation Administration and the
National Transportation Safety Board, are also
involved in the investigation. The government
has the authority to tell SpaceX it doesn't agree
with the findings, he said.
At the hearing, Paul Martin, Nasa's inspector
general, said that his office was looking at whether
the agency's private contractors should be leading
investigations into their own accidents.
A similar corporate-led investigation is con-
tinuing into the earlier destruction of another
rocket carrying tons of food and other supplies
to the space station. That cargo ship, which
exploded just seconds after liftoff on October 28,
was operated by Orbital Sciences, which is now
known as Orbital ATK.
SpaceX and Orbital ATK are part of Nasa's plan
to use private contractors to carry cargo and astro-
nauts to low-earth orbit while it focuses on longer
distant space exploration, including eventually
taking humans to Mars.
Gerstenmaier told the panel that after the loss
of two cargo-carrying rockets, Nasa is considering
whether it should require the companies to take
out insurance to cover losses now borne by tax-
payers. (Los Angeles Times)
Pope Francis embraces a child as he meets with
prisoners and their children inside Palmasola prison
in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, last Friday. The pope urged
inmates at the prison to not despair as he wrapped
up his visit to Bolivia with a message of hope and
solidarity for those caught up in Bolivia's corrupt
law enforcement system. AP PHOTO
MESSAGE OF HOPE
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