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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, August 8, 2013
Tenders are invited for the supply and delivery of vehicles to the Port of Spain Corporation, Ministry of Local
Government as follows:-
1. One (1) Four Wheel Drive Utility Vehicle
2. Two (2) Double Cab 4x4 Light Truck
Tender documents can be collected during normal working hours at the Central Tenders Board's Office, 116 Frederick
Street, Port of Spain, telephone number 1-868-625-4330.
Any further technical information can be obtained during normal working hours from Mr. Ricardo Revanales, Works
Supervisor III, Port of Spain Corporation, Ministry of Local Government at 2-4 Knox Street, Port of Spain, telephone
number 1-868-623-1271/7 or 1-868-746-7623.
Tenders must be accompanied by the following:-
(i) Valid Income Tax and Value Added Tax Clearance Certificates by the Board of Inland Revenue and dated not
more than six (6) months prior to the closing date of the tender.
(ii) Valid Certificate of Compliance issued in accordance with the National Insurance Act.
Tenders on the approved tender forms (IN DUPLICATE), should be placed in sealed envelopes clearly marked on the
Envelopes must be addressed to the Chairman, Central Tenders Board, 116 Frederick Street, Port of Spain must be
deposited in the BROWNTenders Box located in the lobby of the Board's Office not later than
Tenders will be opened publicly at the Board's Office shortly thereafter. The tenderer or his authorized representative
may be present at the opening.
Tenderers should note that the dimensions of the slot in the Tenders Box are 37.5 cm x 5.5 cm and tenders should be
be considered in any circumstances.
The Board does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any other tender.
The Central Tenders Board reserves the right to cancel the present notice in its entirety or partially, without defraying
any cost incurred by any firm in submitting their tender.
Tenderers are advised that they can visit website http://www.finance.gov.tt all published Tender Notices.
Central Tenders Board
August 02, 2013
NEW YORK---All of the notices US regulators
received to vouch for the safety of common food
additives between 1997 and 2012 were submitted
by people who had a vested interest in the outcome
of those assessments, according to a study published
in JAMA Internal Medicine yesterday.
The analysis found that all of the 451 notifications
voluntarily submitted to the Food and Drug Admin-
istration (FDA) during that time were made by people
who had relationships with manufacturers of food
additives, which include salt, trans fats and artificial
flavours and sweeteners.
"If the company makes the decisions or picks the
people, there are a lot of possibilities for undue influ-
ence," said Thomas Neltner, the study s lead author
from The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC.
Under current practices, companies are allowed
to decide whether or not their food additives are
"generally recognised as safe" or GRAS and only vol-
untarily tell the agency about their decisions.
"If they never tell the agency,
there s a chance for harm," Nelt-
ner, director of Pew s food addi-
tives project, added.
In a previous study, Neltner
and his colleagues estimated that
about 43 per cent of the 10,000
or so additives allowed in food
were on the FDA s GRAS list,
with other additives approved
through other means or not sub-
mitted to the FDA.
Manufacturers made their
own safety determinations for
about 1,000 additives without
ever notifying the agency.
When a manufacturer sub-
mits a notice to the FDA, the
agency responds with a letter
that affirms the GRAS deter-
mination or one that says the
notice didn t provide enough
evidence for the decision.
In response to concerns raised
by members of Congress about
the programme, the Government
Accountability Office (GAO), a
federal watchdog agency, issued
a report in 2010.
It found multiple instances of
the FDA prohibiting an additive
previously recognised as GRAS,
including cinnamyl anthranilate,
a flavouring agent that was
linked to liver cancer in mice.
The GAO found the "FDA s
oversight process does not help
ensure the safety of all new
"What we wanted to do is see
if that was true. So we looked
at where the light was the best.
We looked at the 451 notices
that were submitted (to the FDA)
for review," Neltner said.
Of the safety assessments,
about 22 per cent were made by
an employee of the food additive
manufacturer and about 13 per
cent by employees of manufac-
turer-hired consulting firms.
Another 64 per cent were
submitted by expert panels
whose members were picked by
either manufacturers or con-
sulting firms. None of the expert
panels, which included an aver-
age of four people, were selected
by third parties, write the
Industry influence found in food additive reports
NEW YORK---A former Manhattan madam who
is running for New York City comptroller was
arrested and charged with selling prescription
pills for cash, the FBI said on Tuesday.
In the latest twist to the city s scandal-hit cam-
paign season, Kristin Davis, 38, allegedly sold pre-
scription pills to a federal informant four times in
four months this year, the FBI said.
Davis is running for the post of comptroller---in
effect the city s chief financial officer---also being
sought by former Democratic New York Governor
Spitzer is attempting a political comeback after
resigning as governor in 2008 amid a prostitution
scandal. Davis has said Spitzer was one of her cus-
tomers and that she provided him with prostitutes.
Polls show Spitzer tied with Manhattan Borough
President Scott Stringer in the Democratic primary,
set for September 10.
Davis is charged with four counts of distributing
and possessing with intent to distribute a controlled
substance. Each count carries a maximum sentence
of 20 years in prison, said George Venizelos, head
of the FBI s New York office.
Following a federal court appearance on Tuesday
afternoon, Davis was released on a $100,000 bond
and ordered to surrender her passport and restrict
In court, she sat hunched over at the defense
table, her hair in a ponytail, wearing a black sweater
Her attorney Daniel Hochheiser said if Davis is
indicted she will plead not guilty.
"Miss Davis is accused in a hearsay complaint
based upon an unsworn statement of an admitted
drug dealer seeking leniency at the expense of a
high-profile target," he said following the bail hear-
Davis spent four months in jail for her role in
the prostitution scandal. Spitzer, 54, was never
charged with any crimes.
Leaving the courthouse, Davis walked through
a throng of reporters and cameras, declining to
answer questions about how the charges could
affect her candidacy, and hailed a taxi cab.
A Libertarian, she entered the race before Spitzer
announced his candidacy.
Spitzer is not the only New York politician
attempting this year to recover from scandal.
Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress
in 2011 after saying he had accidentally sent a lewd
picture of himself over Twitter, in May launched
a campaign for mayor.
Last week he publicly defied calls by major news-
papers to drop out after a website published racy
text messages he sent subsequent to the earlier
NYC comptroller candidate
arrested for illegal drug sales
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