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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
The results of a trial of genetically-engineered
mosquitoes intended to reduce their ability to transmit
dengue fever have been published in the journal
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases.
The mosquitoes, commonly known as "Friendly
Aedes aegypti" mosqitoes in Brazil where the trial
took place, were developed by a company called Oxitec.
The results of the trial showed that the numbers
of the mosquito (Aedes aegypti) that spreads dengue
fever, yellow fever, chikungunya, and zika virus were
reduced by more than 90 per cent.
"The fact that the number of Aedes aegypti adults
were reduced by 95 per cent in the treatment area
confirms that the Oxitec mosquito does what it is
supposed to, and that is to get rid of mosquitoes," said
Dr Andrew McKemey, head of field operations at
"According to published mathematical models
reviewed and recommended by the World Health
Organisation (WHO) working group on dengue, it
would also reduce the number of biting mosquitoes
below the disease transmission threshold. The next
step is to scale up to even larger studies and run mos-
quito control projects on an operational basis."
The study, which took place in the Itaberaba neigh-
bourhood of Juazeiro city in Bahia State, was led by
the University of São Paulo and Moscamed, a company
that specialises in environmentally friendly pest control.
The treatment area included a population of approx-
imately 1,800 people.
This method of control is species-specific. The
Oxitec male mosquitoes are released to mate with the
pest females, and their offspring die before they can
transmit the disease or reproduce because of a self-
limiting gene. The mosquitoes also carry a colour
marker for monitoring, and the insects and their genes
do not persist in the environment.
reduce dengue transmitters
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Modern technology has brought us many ben-
efits, including mosquito traps that cost hundreds
of dollars, but sometimes we overlook simple
solutions to difficult challenges such as mosquito
control. When it comes to controlling pests,
research tends to focus on chemicals or concepts
that can be patented. Unless someone can make
a profit from an idea, the public may never become
aware of it.
The simple, home-made mosquito trap, devel-
oped with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation, was tested in Israel and Africa. It found
that simple traps baited with fermented fruit juice
and a toxin can be highly effective.
The Israeli researchers tested their traps in cis-
terns. Using a covered trash can or wastebasket,
with some holes for the mosquitoes to enter and
exit and some water in the bottom of the can, and
then placing the traps inside these "mosquito shel-
ters" is a suggestion.
Here are excerpts from the researchers descrip-
tion of their bait and traps:
"The bait solution used to treat the experimental
site consisted of 85 per cent juice of overripe to
rotting nectarines, five per cent volume-to-volume
wine, 15 per cent weight-to-volume brown sugar,
and 0.04 per cent weight-to-volume oral Spinosad
insecticide. (Spinosad is a biological insecticide
with a safety profile similar to other benign bio-
logicals.) The solution was ripened for 48 hours
in covered buckets, outdoors in the sun where daily
temperatures reached 30 degrees Celsius.
"Clean, disposable 1.5-litre plastic soft drink
bottles with a hole of five cm diameter at approx-
imately two-thirds of their height were prepared.
Cotton cloth wick was inserted through the holes
and arranged so that both the internal and external
ends reached down to the level of the bottom.
"The bottles were then introduced, bottom first,
into large, light coloured, cotton flannel socks. The
socks were then wetted by dipping into the bait
solution and approximately 0.5 litres of the solution
was poured into each bottle.
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