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National Entrepreneurship Development Company Limited is a Trinidad and Tobago state
enterprise tasked with developing the capacity of the Small and Micro Enterprise (SME) sector by
the provision of entrepreneurial support services, in the form of loans, and business training at its
Tenders are invited for the provision of an integrated loans and accounting management
software for NEDCO
Tenders MUST be accompanied by the following:
1. Valid Income Tax and Value Added Tax Clearance Certificates issued by the Board of Inland
Revenue and dated not more than six months prior to the closing date of the tender.
2. Valid Certificate of Compliance issued in accordance with National Insurance Act.
1. Tender Documents (RFP) can be obtained during normal working hours at NEDCO's Head
Office, 38 New Street, Port of Spain and can be accessed via website www.igovtt.tt
2. Interested firms may request additional information during normal business hours from
Procurement Officer, NEDCO, and Telephone: (868) 821-5800 Ext. 2060.
3. Tenders MUST be submitted in DUPLICATE, placed in sealed envelope and address to:
Chairman of the Tenders Committee
38 New Street,
4. The outside of the envelope must also clearly state the following:
Tender For the Supply and Installation of an Integrated Loans & Accounting
5. Envelopes MUST be deposited in the Tenders Box located in the Lobby of NEDCO's Office
not later than August 27th, 2014 at 3:00 pm. All enquires must be submitted no later than
August 7 th, 2014.
6. International Tenders/Proposals must submit such documentation as Official Company
Name, Company Incorporation Date and Company Business Identification Number as well
as number of years in operation.
7. Softcopy tenders must be placed on a new CD, labelled and enclosed in the envelope that
will be deposited in the Tender Box.
8. Proposals for the Tender for the Supply and Installation of an Integrated Loans &
Accounting Management Software will be opened on 28th August 2014 at 1:00 pm. The
tenderer or his representative may be present at the opening.
Did you know that staying up just
an hour or two later on the weekend
can wreak havoc on your sleep, not
to mention your mood? There s
even a name for it: social jet lag.
According to Shelby Freedman
Harris, YouBeauty Sleep Expert and
director of Behavioural Sleep Med-
icine at Montefiore Medical Center
in New York City, social jet lag is
becoming more prevalent.
"It isn t necessarily a sleep disor-
der that we would actually diagnose
someone with clinically, but it is a
trend where we notice that people
aren t sticking with the same sleep-
wake schedule every day," Harris
And that comes with a price: Stay-
ing out until the wee hours Friday
and Saturday nights and then sleep-
ing in both days can throw our body
clocks out of whack. So much so
that we can have trouble adjusting
to our "regular" sleep time when it s
Sunday night, leaving us dragging
and grumpy the next day.
All of this happens because we re
messing with our circadian rhythm-
that internal body clock that governs
our sleep/wake times, as well as our
appetite. Think of staying up past
your usual bedtime as having a sim-
ilar affect on your body as jet lag
after travelling. You re putting your
body into a different time zone when
you sleep late on Saturday and Sun-
day, according to Harris.
Come Sunday night, that confused
internal clock has a tougher time
readjusting to your normal weekday
schedule and then hello, annoying
Sunday night insomnia.
"You eat on a different schedule
on the weekends, exercise differently
and get light exposure later-all of
this delays the circadian rhythm,"
To get you back on track, here are
some tips on reigning in social jet
lag so you don t pay the price Mon-
day morning-or give up your girl s
1 Get a solid night s sleep each
night during the week. Avoid going
into the weekend with a sleep debt.
If you get a good night s sleep during
the week, a weekend deficit will be
easier to handle.
2 Take a short nap. If it s going to
be a late night, take a short nap
beforehand and the following day to
help you recover. The key is to take
a nap before 2 pm. and limit it to 20
minutes so it won t mess with your
sleep that night.
3 Avoid sleeping in on both Sat-
urday and Sunday. We know this is
a tough one. Yes, it s OK to nab an
The latest outbreak of the deadly
Ebola virus---the largest ever record-
ed---has so far killed around 660 peo-
ple, including around 50 healthcare
workers, in Liberia, Sierra Leone and
The virus economic impact may
spread even further, if more multina-
tional companies choose to keep a lid
on operations---which in turn could
hurt some of the region s most difficult
"The real danger is of an epidemic
of fear, which can propagate extremely
quickly," Tony Barnett, professor of the
social science of infectious diseases at
the London School of Hygiene and
Tropical Medicine, told CNBC.
"In situations where there is a disease
about which we know comparatively
little, we need to avoid panicky deci-
Several mining companies operating
in Guinea, including Brazilian iron ore
miner Vale and Israeli BSG Resources
(BSGR), have halted their operations
after concern about the spread of the
London-based London Mining,
whose main mine is in Sierra Leone,
made some restrictions on travel back
in June, but is essentially operating
business as usual.
This outbreak has frightened many
because so little is known about the
virus, and because it has a high mor-
tality rate. There are also relatively little
border controls in the region where it
has broken out, which might encourage
the spread of the disease.
An Ebola pandemic (which has not
been declared in the current situation)
would be of huge concern. However,
infectious disease experts are warning
Ebola has a relatively short time span
where it is still infectious, once it infects
its victim. It is also relatively difficult
to pass on compared to other viruses
like influenza. While the flu virus can
be passed on by coughs or sneezes,
Ebola needs to be passed on through
Doyin Okupe, a senior adviser to
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan,
told CNBC he is confident that Nigeria s
"containment strategy" is working,
after one case was identified in his
country, Africa s biggest economy.
"We have the capacity to deal with
evolving situations," he said of the pos-
sibility the disease may spread. (CNBC)
The real reason why you are tired
extra hour or two of precious shut-
eye one of those weekend mornings,
but sleeping in late on both Saturday
and Sunday after staying out late
both nights is a no-no, says Harris.
Doing so can worsen the adjustment
back to your regular sleep schedule
come Sunday evening.
4 Get moving. Exercise will get
your energy flowing after a night
out, so force yourself to hit the gym
or simply take a walk shortly after
you wake up. You ll be less likely to
crawl back under the covers after
5 Bathe yourself in sunlight. Get
as much sun as possible in the
morning. Open the curtains, eat
breakfast by a window and then
head outdoors. "Light helps to keep
your circadian rhythm in check and
it helps diminish melatonin levels-
a hormone that makes you sleepy
and comes out in darkness," explains
Ebola outbreak: Is real
danger 'epidemic of fear'?
Sleeping in late on both Saturday and Sunday after staying out late
both nights can worsen the adjustment back to your regular sleep
schedule come Sunday evening.
YOUR DAILY HEALTH
News and Advice
Ebola has a relatively
short time span where it is
still infectious, once it
infects its victim. It is also
relatively difficult to pass
on compared to other
viruses like influenza.
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