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Molwyn Takes up Cell Tower Issue

Molwyn Takes up Cell Tower IssueAntigua St. John's - Senior Member of the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) and Member of Parliament in St. Mary's North Molwyn Joseph has taken up the proliferation of cell towers issue recently on radio show Fire and Steel.

Joseph is of the view that the proliferation of towers leads to higher levels of radiation around Antigua and Barbuda, which could result in increased rates of Cancer.



Specifically, Joseph pointed out the correlation in specific sites known to have high levels of Cancer and their subsequent proximity to powerful sources of radiation.

The BBC Towers in Seaview farm was one such site, where, according to Joseph, higher levels of cancer were found during the operation of the towers.

Joseph also cited statistics he received regarding the Cable and Wireless headquarters, where he claims that 11% of workers had developed cancer, some of which died from the disease.

"It has been confirmed to me that there were approximately 11% of the Cable and Wireless workers who came down with Cancer, and several of them have died," Joseph said on Fire and Steel.

Joseph then spoke of the proliferation of cell towers, highlighting the towers atop the Car Park as an example of how common such towers have become.

He further spoke of the Digicel ICT classrooms, which he says receive internet via microwave technology, further increasing the levels of radiation around the Island.

"This is a major issue. Antiguans and Barbudans must understand the great harm that is being done to their health, they cannot feel it until their bodies have been decimated by radiation and then they come down with cancer of the breast, cancer of the liver, prostate cancer, all these cancers," Joseph explained.

To provide further evidence for his argument, Joseph expanded on the high levels of breast cancer in Antigua and Barbuda.

"…there is an issue that has not been spoken of too often in Antigua and Barbuda and that is the rate of Breast Cancers in Antigua and Barbuda. I know this for a fact because I know that at one point in discussing this issue with a particular lady who has a keen interest in it that there were over 100 women in Antigua and Barbuda with breast cancer, who were seeking treatment here in Antigua and Barbuda and could not get it!"

Joseph closed the discussion by suggesting that instead of letting cellphone companies erect towers at will, the Government should make a policy to consolidate the number of towers, and engage in tower sharing so as to reduce the number of towers around the Island.

Caribarena has long warned the public about the dangers of Cell Towers, publishing a major series of articles. The issue had not received significant support from the Opposition in the past.



The UPP administration had also been silent on the issue until an expert had been brought in to conduct a study on the cell towers in August of 2011. The study was controversial, with major faults being pointed out from day one, and the completed report had also been criticized for unclear, inconsistent, and missing information.

Despite the serious health concerns, the issue appeared to have fallen out of the public's attention.

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Wish it was a simple thing

#20 Demsay » 2013-10-31 12:23

As one of the affected persons who spent the better part of twenty years in the telecommnuications industry we are very concerned. As was said earlier some have died and some are still living and fighting this disease. It is very unfortunate but it may be quite an uphill battle to successfully make a case. Talk about David and Goliath. Spent 10 years to bring resolution to one issue now this is an even more important issue. Some political support though may be quite helpful though to keep the issue in the forefront and to move this issue forward especially for all the affected persons and their families.
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#19 Antiguan » 2013-09-21 05:28

We should not have to loose our lives and cause our children to suffer because of our choices. The advancement in technology should serve only one purpose and that is improving the quality of our lives. A good example is modern day Medical technological treatments that have lengthened the lives of the human . In this case it is not technology but greed and abuse both by the telecommunication companies and us as a people . However, it is also up to the prudent leaders as Maulwyn Joseph to lead and protect his people even from ourselves . This is why we have high taxes on alcohol , sugary sodas, and fatty products , to make them expensive for our own good . Hence, it will take the political leadership to make decisions to protect our people. The bible says : "where the leader does not have a vision the people will perish ".
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Remember ABS/radio range CJ

#18 Antiguan » 2013-09-21 05:05

I think this is an issue that should go beyond political boundaries . So Hon.Maulwyn Joseph please continue the good works. I know that you have made mistakes in the past , as all humans have, However , I love your maturity and level headed way of doing things . In fact you are my choice for a leader. The way you handled the discussion concerning the choosing of candidate at ALP executive was admirable Sir. If Antigua is looking for true leader, level headed , intelligent and experience there is no other but you . On the radiation issue I lost a friend Calton J at ABS , the ABS issue where a number of employees ended up with cancer is a example . We as a people need to protect our lives , even if it means giving up the cell phones completely.
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RE: Molwyn Takes up Cell Tower Issue

#17 Child of the land » 2013-09-19 19:17

We all know the government is more concerned about Carnival sponsorship that the health of its citizens. Nothing will ever be done about this. :zzz
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Wireless signals

#16 Alexis Lewis » 2013-05-15 11:05

I do agree that a study needs to be done. Only focusing on cell towers is the big mistake. As televisions, microwaves, cell phones etc. which are in closer proximity to our bodies than most cell towers. Regulation is also needed as to power ratings. Anything with coils and copper wires with eletricity running through it will cause radiation. As for the comment about american cell towers. There are restriction as to how close a cell tower can be to the walking public.
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concern

#15 Oswald » 2013-02-18 09:36

I do not Know for certain if these towers cause a problem, however hear in NY I have been hearing the same complains, most of them in Queens NY.I will have to check the program to see if anything was found.
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Think before you comment

#14 Truth » 2012-08-31 16:59

The first comment obviously comes from a person who isn't thinking. They're just commenting based on their hatred of a particular party or politician. To sue Molwyn for raising an issue which is based on facts would be as stupid as the person who suggested it. I wonder if this fool would like to take up residence next door to a cell tower and risk endangering their health? She probably would, if her favourite politician told her it was safe.
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RE: Molwyn Takes up Cell Tower Issue

#13 Janet » 2012-07-30 19:57

C &W should sue Molwyn for this crap. He too nuff, chat too much
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RE: Molwyn Takes up Cell Tower Issue

#12 Sean B » 2012-07-30 08:22

If after all these moves and Molwyn does not challenge Lester we will all be very disappointed. Molyn for leader. Molwyn this is your last chance. If Gaston is not contesting you can beat both Robin and Lester put together.
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Not

#11 Che » 2012-07-30 00:44

The concern should be more directed to the mobile phone and not only the cell towers. The fact is these cell towers transmit at very low power (25W) compared to a traditional FM transmitter(sometime s way above 1000W). It only needs a distance of 18ft for these cell signals to degrade to such a level that it is weaker than what your mobile device(2W) is transmitting. Although I do think that more can be done in terms of tower sharing, the fact remains that the mobile phone we all use is more likely to cause more damage than any cell tower will.
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RE: Mowlyn Takes up Cell Tower Issue

#10 SlyThatGuy » 2012-07-29 17:38

It pleases me that a front-runner is raising this issue again,because it's a very serious matter that is in need of immediate attention and redress.The notion that these towers represent high levels of radiation around the country and that higher levels of cancer were found in Seaview Farm during the operation of the towers is reason enough for all able citizens to rally behind Mr.Joseph.We certainly cannot afford to allow the government to sweep this issue under the rug. This is our life they are playing with here.
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Observer overseas

#9 tenman » 2012-07-29 17:07

Observer overseas, we need proper study done on this issue. Over the years, I too have heard the stories of many persons living near where the BBC towers are, coming down with cancer. I read via an article August 2011 that the chief health officer was conducting a study on this issue (see www.Caribarena.com/antigua/health/what-ails-you/98207-cancer-info-suggests-rate-increase-.html) but the public is yet to be made privy to the results. Where MP Joseph is concerned, as I recall he spoke of C&W workers who worked at a particular location near to towers, that 11% of them came down with cancer. I have also read from cancer.org that persons who stand very close to low cell towers (eg. those on roofs) are in danger of getting cancer. If memory serves me right, there are some towers at the Clare Hall head office which are very low, a past Caribarena article listed LIME towers as emitting radiation significantly higher than the IEMFA safe limit (see LIME Squeezes Into Cell Tower Debate, 21 July 2011)
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such ignorant comments

#8 Common sense » 2012-07-29 16:46

I have never in my life heard such ignorant comments and such dramatic statmements based on no facts but just designed create fear. Breast cancer is a problem in Antigua because people are unaware of the dangers. Women are not taught to check themselves regularly to detects lumps. Early detection is crucial in fighting breast cancer. The Goverment needs to do more to help educate women.
With regards to the technology Antigua has the exact same technology ans standards as Europe and North America where it is deemed safe. This person is speaking for political gain and not the good of Antiguans. He is clealrly ignorant or simply not very clever!
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Poilitcians and statistics are a deadly combination

#7 Observer overseas » 2012-07-29 14:45

My Joseph needs to explain his 11% of C&W employee with cancer statistic.

1. Is this 11% of current employees or 11% of employees who valve worked for the company over the past 50 or more years.

2. How does this compare with the national average?


3. Are there any other contributing factors, such as the water supply.

4. Is Mr. Joseph suggesting that there is a cancer risk associated in working at C&W? If so should the company be criminally liable? Mr. Joseph's comment suggest that he has evidence that might help in making a case.

If Mr. Joseph can't answer these questions then I suggest he be a bit more responsibility in quoting such statistics,.
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CELL INDUSTRY IN NEED OF STANDARDS

#6 YOUTH ELIJAH » 2012-07-29 13:17

This cell tower issue is similar to many of the other issues facing Antigua & Barbuda - lacking governing standards.

In my opinion and i would recommend that the Government has the responsibility and i would say should take the lead for establishing the needed infrastructure for many of these telecommunications companies to operate, i.e. identifying strategic points for towers, building them to required standards (height, location etc) and then leasing space to telecommunications companies to operate from... Instead of having individual companies build as they feel like where ever to bring needed coverage to the consumer market...

It would act as local investment on the government's behalf and could very well make us that more attractive to encourage further local and foreign investment to bring competition that would ultimately benefit the consumer and still maintain revenue to government via lease infrastructure agreements to government from telecoms operators... just my suggestion...
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RE: Molwyn Takes up Cell Tower Issue

#5 Hmmmm » 2012-07-29 11:14

@ppickey head, my point exactly technology comes with certain risks and are we willing to give up our comforts for our health? it is also known that the microwave oven in our homes causes cancer as well so should we be throwing those out? I would love to know of the 11 persons at C&W who had cancers what are the other mitigating factors? family history , lifestyle (smokers) etc has all these being considered.
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some other consideration

#4 tenman » 2012-07-29 10:44

The solution as I recall, did not simply call for tower sharing, it also called for towers to built the proper height, it also called for no towers to be built in certain location eg. near schools. I really don't see how following these recommendations would lead to crappy service, in-fact it would be better. The current situation itself may be leading to crappy service in that signals are conflicting with each other, creating noise, leading to network delays. The low height of many of the towers make them ineffective as cell towers yet expose us to more to radiation.
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it's the price we pay

#3 Jumbee Picknee » 2012-07-29 07:57

It's the price we pay as huemans for "Modern Day Living, The idea of tower sharing is plausible, however due to the size of the island, some areas will always ha ve a higher concentration of radiation, this linked with individuals diets will most definitely be a major health issue in the future...
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RE: Molwyn Takes up Cell Tower Issue

#2 Piky Head » 2012-07-29 07:37

Good going, but removing the towers will mean crappy service, no BB, no MSM, I don’t see people giving them up easy Antigua.
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@ Maulwyn

#1 Jimmy » 2012-07-29 07:17

That's why Maulwyn has to replace Lester! He allows Carib Arena to promote him and keep him in the spotlight!

It is very difficult to beat a Candidate who has the support of a powerful media! I believe this time he should be able to double his lead in his constituency - from 17 to 34?
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