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CENTRAL TENDERS BOARD
Tender for the Manufacture and Supply of 1,578 Laptops and Laptop Briefcases
for Teachers of Standards 4 and 5 throughout Trinidad and Tobago for the
Ministry of Education.
Tenders are invited for the manufacture and supply of 1,578 Laptops and Laptop Briefcases for Teachers of
Standards Four and Five at all Primary Schools for the Ministry of Education.
Tender documents can be obtained during normal working hours at the Central Tenders Board's Office, 116
Frederick Street, Port of Spain at Telephone Number (868) 625-4330. Any further technical information can
be obtained during normal working hours from Mr. Rajnath Singh, Programme Director, Information and
Communication Technology Division, Ministry of Education, 12-14 London Street, Port of Spain. Telephone
Numbers: (868) 623-5724/789-7130. Email: TenderTeacherLaptops@moe.edu.tt.
Tenderers are required to pay a tender deposit of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00) either by cash or
certified cheque to the Director of Contracts and attach the original receipt to their tender. This tender deposit
will be received from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m
to 3:00 p.m.
A pre-tender meeting will be held for prospective tenders on Friday December 20th, 2013 at 10.00 a.m.
at the Rudranath Caplideo Learning Resource Centre, Southern Main Road, Mc Bean, Couva.
Tenders must be accompanied by the following:
(i) Valid Income Tax and Value Added Tax Clearance Certificates issued by the Board of Inland Revenue
and dated not more than six (6) months prior to the closing date for submission of Tenders (Local firms).
(ii) Valid Certificate of Compliance issued in accordance with the National Insurance Act (Local Firms).
The original and six (6) copies of the tender must be deposited in the Brown Tenders Box, located in the
lobby of the Board's Office no later than 1:00 p.m. on Thursday January 16, 2014.
Envelopes must be addressed to the Chairman, Central Tenders Board, 116 Frederick Street, Port of
Spain and clearly marked on the outside:
"Tender for the Manufacture and Supply of 1,578 Laptops and Laptop Briefcases for Teachers of
Standards 4 and 5 throughout Trinidad and Tobago for the Ministry of Education"
Tenderers should note that the dimensions of the SLOT in the Tenders Box are 37.5 cm x 5.5 cm and as
such, tenders should be packaged accordingly.
Tenders will be opened shortly thereafter. The tenderer or an authorized representative may be present at
Late tenders will not 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 tender process in its entirety or even partially,
without defraying any cost incurred by any firm in submitting their tender.
Prospective tenderers are advised that they can visit the website http://www.finance.gov.tt for all published
Central Tenders Board
December 09, 2013
Threatening or screaming at teenagers may put
them at higher risk for depression and disruptive
behaviours such as rule-breaking, a new study sug-
"The take-home point is that the verbal behaviours
matter," Annette Mahoney, who worked on the study,
said. She s a professor of psychology at Bowling Green
State University in Ohio.
"It can be easy to overlook that, but our study
shows that the verbal hostility is really relevant, par-
ticularly for mothers who scream and hit, and for
fathers who do either one," Mahoney told Reuters
All of the kids in her study had been referred to
a community clinic due to mental health or behav-
Their mothers had to be both verbally and physically
abusive to increase the kids risk for depression and
behaviour issues. But either kind of behaviour alone
from a father was sufficient to produce lasting ill
The researchers realise that parents can be trapped
in a vicious cycle.
Verbal abuse "has a cyclical nature to it," said
Mahoney. Kids with behavioural or mental health
problems can be tough to handle, she said.
Not surprisingly, her team found, adolescents whose
parents were also physically violent toward them---
hitting, choking, or threatening them with a gun or
knife---had an even higher risk for mental illness and
"Parental verbal aggression towards adolescents
is just as---if not more---destructive than severe phys-
ical aggression, particularly in families seeking mental
health services," said Michelle Leroy, also of Bowling
Green State University who led the research.
For the study, which was published in the journal
Child Abuse & Neglect, 239 troubled adolescents
between the ages of 11 and 18 filled out surveys that
asked if they were hit, called names, or subjected to
other forms of physical or verbal violence over the
Parents of the youths also participated, reporting
their behaviours in the same time frame.
Fifty-one per cent of the adolescents said they d
experienced serious physical or verbal aggression, or
both, from one or two parents.
Having a mother who both screamed and hit
increased kids risk for mental health problems (such
as anxiety, depression, and rule-breaking behaviours)
to an even greater extent than having a mother who
was aggressive in only one way.
In other words, the effect of a mother s verbal
hostility may be worsened if she also hits her child,
Mahoney said. That may be because teens likely feel
more traumatised and threatened when physical vio-
lence is a real possibility.
In contrast, screaming by mothers who had not
previously escalated to serious physical aggression
did not appear to increase the risk of psychological
problems among teens getting counselling in this
study, Mahoney told Reuters Health.
On the other hand, fathers who were verbally abu-
sive affected the adolescents mental health, regardless
of whether the threats were accompanied by physical
The study s results may indicate that doctors should
be on the lookout for verbal aggression at home,
particularly in families with an adolescent who may
be having mental health or behavioural problems,
the researchers say.
Many doctors make it a habit to ask their patients
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Yelling, threatening parents
harm teens' mental health
about acts of physical abuse. They should also ask
about verbal violence, Mahoney s team adds.
"You have to break the cycle; someone has to crack
it open. It doesn t excuse the parents behaviour, but
(doctors and therapists) have to not be judgmental
(and) get the facts out." (Reuters Health)
Having a mother who both screamed and hit increased kids' risk for mental
health problems a new study said. GOOGLE IMAGES
Parental verbal aggression towards
adolescents is just as---if not more---
destructive than severe physical aggression,
particularly in families seeking mental
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