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National Carnival Commission
of Trinidad and Tobago
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
THE NATIONAL CARNIVAL COMMISSION - CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS 2016
1. The National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago (NCC) invites Expressions of Interest (EOI)
from qualified and experienced local companies/individuals to make submissions to undertake the
following proposed service for Carnival 2016:
The Production of the Dimanche Gras Show at the Queen's Park Savannah
2. Interested companies/individuals must obtain the comprehensive duties and responsibilities expected for
the service outlined in the Terms and Conditions by contacting the Secretary, Tenders Committee via email
at email@example.com from October 19th, 2015.
3. The NCC will arrange a site visit to the locations for interested proposers on a date to be advised.
4. The required mandatory documents to be submitted include the following:
o Certificate of Registration, Incorporation Certificate
o Statutory Requirements i.e. valid VAT, NIS and Income Tax Certificate and Annual Return (if applicable)
o Written description of the Proposer, including company/individual background
o Organisational Chart of all personnel to be involved in contract
o Curriculum Vitae of key human resources
o Three (3) references from major clients
o Insurance Certificates
5. Companies/individuals invited to submit proposals shall bear all costs associated with submission.
6. All proposals must be enclosed in sealed envelope addressed to the "Secretary, Tenders Committee,
National Carnival Commission" and deposited in the APPROPRIATE box, located in the Reception area of
the NCC Head Office, 11 St. Clair Avenue, St. Clair. The date and time of the submission by the Proposer
will be logged by the NCC receptionist. The deadline for submission must be no later than 3:00 pm on
November 6, 2015.
7. NCC reserves the right to reject any or all proposals for failure to comply with any mandatory requirements
and the right to discontinue the request for Expressions of Interest.
8. Only shortlisted companies/individuals would be contacted.
9. This EOI is a non-binding document. The NCC does not make any representations or provide any under
takings to interested companies/individuals other than an invitation to submit an Expression of Interest. No
contractual obligation shall arise from the process until a formal contract is executed by the NCC and the
In an effort to once and for all put a rest to any
debate about drinking during pregnancy, the Amer-
ican Academy of Pediatrics has put out a clear mes-
sage: Don t do it. Ever. At all. Not even a tiny bit.
"No amount of alcohol should be considered safe
to drink during any trimester of pregnancy," the group
The group released a report Monday identifying
prenatal exposure to alcohol as the leading preventable
cause of birth defects, as well as cognitive problems
later in life.
Health authorities in nearly every other country
also advise pregnant women unequivocally not to
drink, according to the International Alliance for
Italy and the United Kingdom are two exceptions.
While authorities there instruct pregnant women not
to drink, they say if women do choose to imbibe, they
should limit it to about one drink, once or twice a
In the United States, the American College of Obste-
tricians and Gynecologists and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention also advise pregnant women
to abstain from alcohol.
"There is no safe amount, no safe time, and no safe
type of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. It s just
not worth the risk," said Dr Cheryl Tan, an epidemi-
ologist at the CDC.
Tan conducted a study showing that during 2011-
2013, one in ten pregnant women reported consuming
alcohol in the past 30 days and one in 33 reported
A study cited by the paediatricians group found
the risk of having a baby with growth retardation goes
up even when a woman has just one alcoholic drink
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy increases the
risk the baby could have myriad problems, including
trouble with hearing and vision, and with the heart,
bones and kidneys. Children of mothers who drank
while pregnant were also more likely to have neu-
rodevelopment issues such as troubles with abstract
reasoning, information processing, and attention-
Women who drank in their first trimester were 12
times more likely to have a child with these issues,
compared to women who didn t drink at all. First-
and second-trimester drinking increased the risk 61
times, and women who drank during all trimesters
increased the risk by a factor of 65.
Previous studies in animals and humans have shown
that alcohol exposure is related to a
decrease in the size of the cerebellum, a
part of the brain, according to Rajesh
Miranda, associate professor of neuro-
science and therapeutics at Texas A&M
Health Science Center.
Over the years, some studies have found
that a moderate amount of drinking dur-
ing pregnancy is not linked to cognitive
or behavioral issues. A 2010 study found
that children of mothers who drank one
or two glasses of alcohol a week while
pregnant had no problems with behavioral
or intellectual development by the time
they turned 5.
A study three years later found that
the children of mothers who drank three
to seven glasses of alcohol a week did not
have trouble with balance tasks at age
10, a sign of neurological development.
But doctors warn that even if these
studies are accurate, every baby and
mother will react differently to alcohol,
and so the safest thing is to not drink at
"The research suggests that the
smartest choice for women who are preg-
nant is to just abstain from alcohol com-
pletely," said Dr Janet Williams, one of
the leading authors of the report from
the American Academy of Pediatrics.
No alcohol during pregnancy, plead US doctors
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Exposure to second-hand smoke at four months
of age is associated with an increased risk of tooth
decay at age three years, concludes a study from
Japan in The BMJ today.
Although these findings cannot establish causality,
they support extending public health and clinical inter-
ventions to reduce second-hand smoke, say the
researchers. The level of dental caries in deciduous
(baby) teeth in developed countries remains high---
20.5 per cent in children ages two to five years in the
US and 25 per cent in children aged three years in
While established methods for caries prevention in
young children is limited to sugar restriction, oral flu-
oride supplementation and fluoride varnish, some
studies have suggested associations between second-
hand smoke and caries.
But it is still uncertain whether reducing second-
hand smoke among children would contribute to caries
So a team of researchers based in Japan set out to
investigate smoking during pregnancy and exposure
to household smoke in infants at four months of age
as risk factors for caries in deciduous teeth. (BMJ)
Second-hand smoke linked to
risk of tooth decay in children
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