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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. Provision of Grounds Maintenance and Janitorial Services
ii. The Installation and Removal of Plywood Sub-Flooring at Carnival Village - QPS
iii. Supply of Armed, Unarmed and Canine Security
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, and Continuance, 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
4. Tax must be shown separately below the tender price.
5. 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 be refunded/released.
6. 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 24th July, 2015.
7. Separate contracts may be awarded for each item or a combination of items.
8. NCC reserves the right to reject any or all proposals for failure to comply with any mandatory requirements.
9. 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
Germs love to hang out and party in your bath-
room, that much you already know.
You also know that flushing with the lid down
and changing your toothbrush regularly are as impor-
tant as your post-toilet hand scrubbing ritual.
But what s the bathroom surface you need to focus
your attention (and spray cleaner) on most?
That would be the floor, says Joan Slonczewski,
PhD, microbiologist and professor of biology at Keny-
on College in Ohio. The amount of bacteria found
on bathroom floor varies depending on level of traffic,
cleaning habits, and how your throne is...er, handled.
"Right after the floor s cleaned, there might be less
than a thousand bacteria per square centimetre, but
an hour later there might be a million if the toilet
has sprayed," says Slonczewski.
Not only is the floor the largest bathroom surface,
but it tends to be the most overlooked. Between the
dirt we carry in from outside, our hair-shedding
skills, damp bathmats, and beauty product residue,
it s no wonder it s such a popular hangout for germs.
Some of the more common bacteria found on
bathroom floors include staphylococcus, which is
found on our skin, and coliforms, which are found
in our intestines, says Joe Rubino, director of micro-
biology at RB, the makers of Lysol. Also found: E
coli, one of the more evil poop-related bacteria,
which can cause cramping and diarrhoea.
A 2014 study published in the journal Applied and
Environmental Microbiology found that roughly 68
to 98 per cent of bacteria cultures in bathrooms were
either skin-related or tracked in from outside---at
the most, 15 per cent was fecal bacteria. While they
found viruses linked to bacteria in "unexpectedly
low" concentrations, that s no reason to put cleaning
that floor of yours on the back-burner. Bacteria most
likely to cause disease can be spread from someone
who recently went number two, says Slonczewski,
and you can pick up these germs on your hands or
from the toilet flushing, which aerosolises up to
several feet away. Seriously, why chance it?
So what s a girl gotta do to get a clean floor? Since
bacteria loves moisture, your best bet is to prevent
dampness from accumulating, says Debra Johnson,
a Merry Maids home cleaning expert. Put your dirty
clothes in a hamper instead of on the floor, place
wet towels on a rack to dry, and dry yourself off in
the shower to keep your bathmat and floor mois-
ture-free. Wash your floor a minimum of once a
week by giving it a thorough wipe-down with a
trusty bathroom cleaner---or even better, use a steamer.
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Why you really need to wash your sheets...
After a long, hard day, there's nothing like curling up
in bed. But, if you're like many other people out there,
you're also curling up in dead skin, bacteria, fungus,
mites, and fecal matter. Yes, poop.
One poll by Women's Health Magazine asked people
how often they wash their sheets and change out
their pillows. While 44 per cent of women said they
wash them once a week, 31 per cent said they wash
theirs twice a month and 16 per cent said they do so
just once a month. Meanwhile, 32 per cent of women
said they almost never switch out their pillows.
At minimum, you should wash your sheets once a
week, says Philip Tierno, PhD, director of clinical
microbiology and immunology at New York
University's Langone Medical Center.
That's because the second you crawl into your
sheets, you're infecting them with your constantly-
shedding skin (you lose millions of skin cells per day!),
lotions, makeup, sweat, hair, and anything you've
picked up during your day, like pollen, pet dander,
fungal mold, and dirt particles, says Tierno.
All come with a not-so-healthy dose of bacteria---for
instance, sweat can carry fecal matter and E coli from
your poop shoot to your sheets---which grows the
longer you postpone laundry day. What's more, the
sweat and skin attracts dust mites, and gives them
food to munch on and multiply, he says.
The thought of cozying up with a bunch of mites is
enough to give most women the heebie-jeebies, but
the bugs themselves don't actually hurt you.
a haven for germs
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