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Are We Living in a Microwave

Cell phones Towers mapAntigua St John's - How many cell phone towers have you seen in Antigua? Ten... maybe 20? A recent study has found almost 100 individual cell phone towers/antennas located throughout our 108-sq mile island. This means that on average, there is one tower for every 1.1 sq miles.

The average cell phone tower can cover between five to 10 sq miles. With all the global controversy surrounding the potential health risks associated with cell phone towers, what do these numbers mean for the population of Antigua?

What kind of danger are we in? What standard is being applied to our cell phone towers? Who is responsible for regulating cell phone towers in Antigua & Barbuda, and ensuring that they meet a safe standard?  How close should you be living to one of these towers? Does the government have a department to regulate this?

Caribarena.com engaged a private company to analyze and measure the cell phone towers in Antigua, and the findings are astonishing. The company used special equipment to measure all frequencies and their respective strengths around the island. After three weeks of measurements and mapping of antennas and cell phone towers, these are some of the results. 

The safe limit used throughout this article, as recommended by the IEMFA’s Seletun Scientific Panel, is approximately 0.000017 milliwatts per centimeter squared [mW/cm2]. Interested in what this limit means?

Click here to read more about cellphone tower safety standards.

When Caribarena.com contacted the Telecommunications division, we discovered that in Antigua & Barbuda, there is no regulation of cell phone towers. According to Clement Samuel, officer within the Telecommunications Division, the existing standard is from 1951, and does not regulate cell phone towers. He added that there was a draft telecommunication bill ready in 2007, but it never reached Parliament.

Wireless RoadWhen we measured the EMF (Electro-Magnetic Field) readings on Wireless Road, we found readings with an average strength 16 times stronger than the recommended safe limit.

Studies have shown that readings above the recommended safe limit could result in adverse health conditions, such as leukemia, brain tumours, Alzheimer’s, ALS, sperm damage, and DNA strand breaks, which may appear after five to 10 years of exposure.

According to Samuel, the last measurement of EMFs was done in 2008. “We do not have in Antigua, let’s say, automatic frequency measurements and power measurements in place," he said. "We have looked at it, but it’s something that is cost prohibited for us at this time. We did some very extensive stuff. We had a group here from the US we worked with. The last stage of what we’ve done would have been I think 2008, 2009. We had a team come down from, I think it was from NASA, and they scanned across the whole island.”In front of Antigua Plumbing and Hardware

Another, even more powerful EMF was discovered at Urlings Primary School, where readings were 16 to 32 times stronger than the safe limit. These readings came from a cell phone tower which was just metres from the school’s main entrance.

One of the strongest readings on the island was discovered in front of Antigua Plumbing and Hardware, where readings were 46 times the safe limit, on average.

Another school, Island Academy, is also blanketed by cell phone tower EMFs, with readings averaging 18 times the safe limit. Another powerful EMF was found in Golden Grove, with readings 20 times the safe limit in a populated residential area.

These are only a few examples of the risky cell phone towers that we found. Almost all 100 towers/antennas that were discovered by our study are significantly over the recommended safe limit.

 



Island Academy School

According to Samuel, the Telecommunications Division has only about 40 towers on record. “Again, this would be information I would have at the office, it wouldn’t be something that I could tell you off the top of my head, but I would say there are possibly I think in the region of around 40," he said. "If I could design the system - and this is one of the things that we’ve written to the operators about - we would have as little as possible. I wouldn’t want to have more than 10."

One method used around the world to reduce the number of cell phone towers is tower sharing. Cell providers can share towers, thus expanding coverage without additional equipment.

When questioned about tower sharing in Antigua, Samuel said, “both LIME and Digicel have endorsed the idea and have come out and have started doing some tower sharing. They are actually implementing it, so they are actually sharing tower space, and already they have some agreements already in place between Digicel and APUA."

One factor that makes some cell phone towers more risky than others is height. A higher tower not only covers a greater area, but its beam of greatest intensity are more spread out, and weaker when they hit the ground. A low tower’s beam of greatest intensity is focussed and powerful in comparison.Typical-antennas

A typical APUA PCS tower is over 100 feet in height. In comparison, many towers operated by LIME are wooden poles, which resemble electricity posts rather than proper cell phone towers. This means that a typical LIME tower is more focussed and powerful when it hits the ground, and can be more dangerous. In some locations, Digicel operates portable towers, which are intended for temporary use, not for permanent placement in residential areas.

A high tower could be placed on a hill. This, however is costly. Roads must be paved, electricity must be used, and the cost of construction is greater. In Antigua, however, the lack of regulation has allowed cell phone providers to take these shortcuts, using money-saving methods.

Is being so close to an antenna potentially dangerous?

We asked Samuel how far people should live from an antenna, but his reply was unclear. “Again, it all depends on the tower. You are going there now into a very very technical area because if I give you how far someone should live from an antenna, than the next follow-up question will be, should antennas be at a location where people work," he said.

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"For example, I’m aware that there are antennas put at the Heritage Quay. I think it’s the Heritage Quay hotel. And these antennas are primarily to give good coverage to the cruise ships. So you know the argument could be, well if there is a hotel, people live there. I think it all comes down to the question of what is the power levels. So I don’t think I could give you a definitive answer.”

A study in southern Germany found that people living within 400 meters of a cell phone tower, for 10 years, were 2.35 times more likely to get cancer than those who lived further away.

After our study was completed, we mapped out every antenna/cell phone tower discovered. As you can see on the map, many of the antennas/cell phone towers are deep within residential areas.

During our study, it was noted that almost one third of these cell phone towers were also supporting Wi-Fi antennas, and their EMF readings were not included in this article’s EMF values. Our team is still hard at work measuring EMF readings for Wi-Fi and WiMAX systems.

Also, the total number of towers reported does not include Wi-Fi towers, antennas, and masts. These will be subsequently analyzed in another story.


Caribarena.com's initial findings have established that there are several standards being applied. It is important to note that APUA PCS appears to have the proper infrastructure. Most APUA PCS antennas are using telephone communication transmissions to communicate between towers, which does not generate additional EMF fields.

The government of Antigua & Barbuda needs to take immediate action to rectify this situation. The lack of regulation in Antigua has resulted in two cell phone carriers recklessly building improper cell phone towers and putting the public at risk.

These cell phone carriers are companies from out of Antigua, who take millions of dollars out of our economy each year, and yet they are not able to maintain proper infrastructure.

Due to the lack of financial reporting by the government, we have no way of knowing whether these companies even pay adequate taxes. And if they do, how is it that the Telecommunications Division is cost prohibited from buying equipment to ensure sure that we are safe?

Many countries around the world are taking steps to limit cell phone towers and make sure they are far from people’s homes and schools; the time has come for our government to do the same.

Live near an antenna/tower, but don’t see it on the map? Want to know if your home is inside a strong EMF? Contact us here and we’ll send our team to investigate.

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See related stories:

Are We Living in a Microwave - Part II

No Answers So Far On Antenna Issue

Digicel Responds To Antenna Concerns

Who Will Switch The Microwave Off

Microwave Silence Continues

Browne Speaks Out On Tower Issue

LIME Squeezes Into Cell Tower Debate

Govt Meets With Tower Users Over Potential Dangers

Ministry Expecting Frequency Expert

New Inquiry Says Cell Towers Not A Risk‬

APUA Accused of Erecting Towers Illegally

Cell Tower Study Presents Controversial Findings

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Do you have a cell phone?

#66 JP Farnsworth » 2011-08-22 08:59

Do you have a cell phone? if they find them dangerous will you turn it off?
If they are found to be dangerous?
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Children at play

#65 JP Farnsworth » 2011-08-22 08:54

I guess we should give the meters to children to test the signals. I don't see a name on this artical nor do I see a name for the person that did the testing? What are their quailificaitons? A news reporter with a device from Radio Shack does not a good investigation make. I want to see professional Engineers using known standards otherwise I'm getting a bigger phone.
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave

#64 coopin » 2011-07-14 11:20

All Ah YOU....... RAW SOLE , IS GUILTY !!! IT IS CALLED PROGRESS !!!! WHEN YOU PHONE NAH WORK
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@Olè Norway

#63 rawr » 2011-05-28 18:33

You know Olè Norway, i tried to be nice. I really tried to have a sensible debate, which i can respect. But you are really **ing me off. Its people like you who said asbestos was safe in the 50s and 60s. It is people like you who said cigarettes were safe in the 80s. it is because of people like you that millions are dead. widen your gaze, stop being ignorant, and start addressing the facts. I have replied to you with at least 6 comments of information. Did you even read the bio-initiative report, or did you just google it right away, and see what criticizem people had about it? Aren't you the least bit interested in making sure people are safe, rather than just concluding that inconclusive studies are sufficient? In my opinion, there is enough of a link between health effects and cell towers, but even if its still uncertain, how can you just tell people its perfectly fine? IM SAYING BE CAUTIOUS UNTIL YOUR ABSOLUTELY SURE. you are assuming its safe because it hasn't been 100% proven, and until it is, you are content to have people living in a possible risk zone. and that, my friend, is called "irresponsibility".
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave

#62 es-uk info » 2011-05-28 11:24

Good research from this person.
Inc documents from the US navy as far back as 1960s on research of RF

magdahavas.com/

magdahavas org/
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave

#61 Olè Norway » 2011-05-27 21:00

I would like to announce PFKAR as the winner of this debate. These words really placed the thruth where it belongs (read: no need to scare our inhabitants):
"The radiation given off of cell towers have not been linked to these problems by any reliable source, and there is no mechanism by which they could cause these problems.
Caribarena, please hire someone who knows what they are talking about to write on these matters nextt time."

By the way, the famous Bioinitiative Report was written by a person who has economic interests in the theme the report is reporting. And not all scientists in the group did recognize their own result the way it came out.
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@Olè Norway

#60 rawr » 2011-05-27 15:30

honestly, i dont care what names you call me, and and i dont care who you group me with. I prefer to take the side of caution. I have seen the reports, i have read the studies, and i have looked beyond my own position as someone who is concerned for his well being. I already told you, if u think towers are safe, climb one and live on it for all i care. The only good criticizem i have seen of the bioinitiative report is that it doesn't consider studies done by the telecommunications industry that suggest that the technology is safe. Which is true, the report doesn't cover these studies, and it doesn't aim to. Ole Norway, i have a project for you. In the US, there have been concerns of cell antennas mounted on apartment buildings (www.bibliotecapleyades.net/scalar_tech/esp_scalartech_cellphonesmicrowave03.htm). Show me, which cell phone company CEO has an antenna on his home? AT&T? LIME? I guarantee you there won't be one antenna within miles of their homes. Its a corrupt system, and you are a part of it. I'm still waiting for a credible study, not funded by cell phone companies, which suggests absolutely no link and no need for further research.
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Well,

#59 Olè Norway » 2011-05-27 06:25

I made a good example of spitting out a low valued link? That's exactly the sport that alarmist scientists - as "rawr" has grouped himself in with - wins each time. A lot of people love to follow radical views on every theme that works like ammunition against our authorities. You who trust "rawr" and the so called Bioiniative organization, do your own research on how the groups report are critizised by other scientist. I invite you to start on the link below, saying:
"The Bio-Initiative Report has been widely criticized in the scientific community for promoting only poorly conducted studies that support its alarmist views while ignoring far more rigorous and comprehensive studies that show no danger."
And, as always, alternative thoughts make alternative (expensive) remedies:
"A growing industry of fraud artists is taking advantage of the fact that many of the supposed symptoms of EMF appear to be psychosomatic. They are offering a broad variety of quack remedies that will absorb “harmful” EMF or otherwise shield the user."
www.csicop.org/si/show/growing_hysteria/
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@ Olè Norway

#58 rawr » 2011-05-26 13:01

your reliable mr Harvey Kofsky is an electrical engineer. He isn't a scientist, nor does he conduct studies. Besides, who is this group EMF and health Science sources? The site looks like a bogus scam to me. All it does is echo the cell phone company's lawyers and make uneducated claims about good scientific studies. In comparison, much of the information in this article i have found from the IEMFA, who are a group of scientists who study in their fields and conduct studies in their fields and have been doing so for more than 30 years, even before the IEMFA existed. As i've told you earlier, unless you have some real evidence, don't be broadcasting your nonsensical opinions. And if you feel that cell phone towers are safe, i invite you to live with your family underneath a cell phone tower. real estate around them is about to become REAL CHEAP.
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OLe Norway

#57 tenman » 2011-05-26 12:46

Ole Norway a link you sited was authored by Harvey Kofsky. Is he /she a doctor or a scientist? Harvey Kofsky is criciquing studies done by a scitist and making claims like the studies results are incorrect because the researcher had full control over the studies, and scientists whom she selected or referenced. I did not even continue reading the trash after reading garbage from someone who has no idea of how studies should be done.

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@ Olè Norway

#56 DadliMan » 2011-05-26 12:34

....and in your mind, Wikipedia is a credible source? Are you aware that anyone can edit the information on Wikipedia? You have discredited yourself by citing Wikipedia as a credible source.
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#55 Olè Norway » 2011-05-26 12:06

I have to correct, one study is linked up. I looked at it, did some googleing, and right, the study on The Effects of Cellphone Towers is not scientific verified. On the other hand it's been disqualified on EMF&Health Poor EHS Studies, telling that
"There are two interpretations which can be made. The first is living in an area with low levels of RF is good for your health. The second is the study is flawed."
"Both Eger and Havas have made a major error. The sample size is too small to be of any use. Any first year statistics student will immediately note that the numbers 1 in year 1997 actually represent a range of 1 - 1.9 You cannot compare a 1 and a 2. The correct spread is actually 1-1.9 vs 2-2.9. This error introduces a very large difference in interpretation. The plain fact is there is not enough data to draw any conclusions."
Link: http://www.emfandhealth.com/EMF&Health%20EHS%20Poor%20Studies%203.html
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@ole norway

#54 rawr » 2011-05-26 11:32

firstly, I'd like to let you in one something. I've done a lot of research on the matter of EMFs, as well as the WHO and ICNIRP. Did you know that the same man, Dr. Ripecholi, was responsible for finding if EMFs caused dangers for both ICNIRP and the WHO? Are you aware that he was formerly a high-profile worker for European cell phone companies? Besides, the WHO and ICNIRP both openly state that they test for short-term thermal health effects. AKA, if after 10 minutes, you're brain isn't hot, its safe. It is a well known fact that they just assumed that no thermal effect can be made by cell phones or cell phone towers, even though that's exactly what this article suggests. It is also being suggested by many other groups around the world. I think you should go and read the article they have on mobile phones, and then you'll understand what happened with asbestos and cigarettes, and what is happening now with cell phones and towers. And if you are so determined to get scientific evidence, but to lazy to look for it, i welcome you to read the Biointiative report:
http://www.bioinitiative.org/members/access/report/docs/report/docs.pdf
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@rawr

#53 Olè Norway » 2011-05-26 06:49

Seriosly, there is NO scientific evidence telling anything close to what this article says. To me it's just a blend of speculative info from highly alternative sources, which explains why the sources to the "studies" are not linked up in the article.
I suggest you take a look at the following (from Wikipedia, search "Mobile phone radiation and health":
"The World Health Organization, based upon the majority view of scientific and medical communities, has stated that cancer is unlikely to be caused by cellular phones or their base stations and that reviews have found no convincing evidence for other health effects."
"Many scientific studies have investigated possible health effects of mobile phone radiation. These studies are occasionally reviewed by some scientific committees to **s overall risks. A recent **sment was published in 2007 by the European Commission Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR).[5] It concludes that the three lines of evidence, viz. animal, in vitro, and epidemiological studies, indicate that "exposure to RF fields is unlikely to lead to an increase in cancer in humans."
And so on, havalook ...
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@ole norway

#52 rawr » 2011-05-25 23:02

ole norway, what are you trying to say? I am confused by your comment. Are you saying that Caribarena did bad investigation work, despite the fact that there are links to two studies in this article, and all the emfreadings they uploaded to youtube? If anything lacks scientific backing, its your comment. You provide no studies that show that cell towers are safe, nor do you provide scientific evidence to prove that this article is wrong. You should join the curious fool in the im-going-to-shutup-n ow corner. and if you check with an un-biased opinion (too late for you), everything on here is credible. Besides, are you willing to experiment on your children? are you willing to live besides a cell phone tower, which emits a strong EMF, and possibly die of cancer? do you even live in antigua to be making such arrogant and snide remarks?
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Journalism?

#51 Olè Norway » 2011-05-25 17:58

I don't know why Caribarena brings this stuff out. To scare you? To sell more ads? To help anyone? What ever reason, this article is a load of bull**. There is NO scientific prove behind any of the danger this writer (who buy the way?) has placed on the cell phone antennas and towers.
I totally doubt this articles seriousity. It's telling you that "Studies have shown that readings above the recommended safe limit could result in adverse health conditions... But no links to any study!?
But there is a link in this article leading to another self made (no credits) article on "electromagnetic hazards":
www.Caribarena.com/antigua/mobile/radiation-side-effects/97308-are-you-affected-by-electromagnetic-radiation-hazard.html

Funny thing, the same article is here, on an pseudo alternative site which has one purpose - scare people so they can buy our servie:
www.alternative-magnetic-therapy.com/electromagnetic-radiation-hazard.html

If this is the level of Caribenas "journalism", take good care of your reading, folks. I totally agree with another comment below:
Who writes this nonsense?
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Don't stop

#50 Cmon » 2011-05-25 04:54

Keep up the good work and let us know the rest of the findings - I really didn't know all of this. I initially was going to get a blackberry then I thought of the iPhone, so glad I didn't get either - I'll keep my $100 phone.

I'm sending this to friends and family now
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@ Professor

#49 Morris » 2011-05-24 14:57

I see we have a bit in common; CBRNE (Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear & Explosives) is currently my specialty. What a coincidence.

Anyway, I am not sure if the problem is that they don't care, or is it that they just don't have a clue. Reminds me of the Sunday morning cartoon segment "Cartoons without a clue" who just seem to go through the motions while someone else solves the mysteries. LOL!!!
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rawr

#48 @eli » 2011-05-24 12:07

eli,
i think you were deceived by the cell phone companies.
Tissue damage is caused by heating, eg: what happens when you put your food in a microwave. obviously, a cell phone or a tower would not cause this kind of damage. what this article is speaking about, and what all the global activists are talking about, is the non-thermal effects, like CANCER. cancer is caused by uncontrolled cell division. A study in rehovot, israel showed that rats exposed to cell phones (not towers) for only 5 minutes a day had cells divide. So take a human, who lives and works under a cell tower and uses a cell phone, and you've got quite the danger.
You did recognize that the towers need to be taken down, but i hope that my comment will stop you from telling more people that the danger of towers hasn't been proven.
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CELL PHONE USE

#47 Proud ANU Queen » 2011-05-24 11:51

I have had a cell phone since 1997, and when I started using it, I wondered why it got so hot against my ear after approximately 10 minutes of use; I was concerned about the intense heat, and came to the conclusion that it couldn't be good for my brain cells and held the phone inches away from my ear. I was relieved when the ear pieces were introduced; since then, I have never put a cell phone to my ear and the introduction of speakerphone cell phones was the icing on the cake for me. I only use my phone on speaker. We may not be able to limit the EMF waves in the air, but we can sure limit how we use our phones.
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a reply to "cancer"

#46 eli » 2011-05-24 10:41

I agree with u about actions speaking louder than words. For me the direct link between cell phone towers & health risks has not been totally proven. I did a bit of reading yesterday & there is no proof of any tissue damage being caused as far as I could find. That being said if the cell phone manufacturers like apple, blackberry, & HTC r telling people not 2 hold phones close 2 their heads, then they consider the possibility of new studies that show the risk. Also, I think that we in Antigua should adopt the same precautions as they do in the US, Canada & Europe. Why r our towers permitted 2 send out more rays. This article is more than just words & I think some action will come of it. I agree with u that people need 2 throw red & blue shirts in the trash and march 4 themselves & 4 the island, but lets see what the gov does after reading this article. I am 100% there will b a follow up. Also, even if u don't think the towers r causing health problems u have 2 admit that they are ugly & destroy vistas left & right. The number should b halved 4 sure by sharing. I would hope that the three companies would meet this week & tell us what they plan 2 do. Lets see what comes next.
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YOU GET THE GOVERNMENT YOU DESERVE

#45 Professor » 2011-05-24 10:26

As a former naval officer, extensively trained in nuclear power electronics & engineering, I know a little more than most about microwave technology and the justifiable health concerns associated with EMF.

The issue is niether APUA, ACT, LIME nor Digicel, they more than likely have government permission to expose the people of Antigua to dangerous EMF despite numerous documented health risks ... we all know that companies will do just about anything to make bigger profits ... government is required to protect us from them.

It was the ALP and now is the UPP governments that we elected that were/are supposed to protect us from companies willing to make money at the expense of our collective health.

No legislation, no standards, no periodic testing, no intention to correct this problem ... all this translates to a government with NO CARING about the dangers it bring upon the people of Antigua and Barbuda by granting permission to expose the populacer to dangers they refuse to monitor and control.
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911

#44 cancer » 2011-05-24 10:09

PFKAR, Get Real and Concerned and Curious are the perfect examples of what happens when you live in a Micro wave......brains cells dies
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@ Concerned and get real

#43 Colourful » 2011-05-24 08:48

Just as a matter of interest, cell phone Technology was developed by a man of colour, so leave your racial statements in your closet, Please
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Action spks louder than words

#42 cancer » 2011-05-24 08:39

We are now up to 41 comments, I am still waiting to see any suggestions as to what we are GOING TO DO about this issue. I am grateful that Caribarena has brought this to my knowledge.

Rawr I commend you on your post. We are all guilty of wanting modern tech but not many of us asked at what price. How many of us are willing to walk into Lime today and tell them move their towers or as a customer I am gone? We love to march, but only when politicians tell us to. How about we march for our health?

Mr Fuller what are your thoughts?
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave

#41 get real » 2011-05-23 23:58

Its obvious that Antigua should ban this flawed technology, and substitute for it an indigenous Antiguan technology, developed in our research universities and commercial laboratories. This technology will enable Antiguans to talk on cellphones for free, with unlimited battery life, and no danger from electromagnetic waves emitted by the current, inferior white technology.
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curious fool 2

#40 rawr » 2011-05-23 18:53

the only math i can't figure out is how big your payoff is! how much are LIME paying you for this pathetic attempt? besides, why are you protecting LIME so valiantly? are you ignoring the health effects addressed above? are you saying its okay for there to be 100 towers? how educated are you in electromagnetic fields or health to make such a claim? would you leave the towers standing, and put your children at possible risk?
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@rawr

#39 curious » 2011-05-23 18:48

If you can't do the math then you are a bigger fool than me.
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave

#38 EA » 2011-05-23 18:44

Thanks Caribarena. You are true journalists. Your investigative work is amazing and shows you are proactive in highlighting the nation's problems. The average Antiguan and Barbudan wouldn't even think about the threat to our health from all these towers. Now let's hope the government does something about it.
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curious fool

#37 rawr » 2011-05-23 18:43

the reason we have 100 towers is because of ignorance. which is just what you are, curious and IGNORANT. in new york city, there aren't more than 150 registered towers. even the guy from the ministry of telecommunications says you don't need more than 10. so what does having 2 or 3 cell phones have to do with 100 antennas? WE DON'T NEED ALL THESE TOWERS. besides, i prefer to have no cell phone and no internet than to have all these modern luxuries and cancer.
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave

#36 curious » 2011-05-23 18:28

I don't know about digicel or pcs but, a far larger portion of every dollar collected by Lime goes to APUA and the government than to Lime. I would love to hear what all these experts, who have commented above, will have to say when their cell phones and internet don't work for just one day. The easiest way to incur the wrath of our population is to mess with their cell phone or internet service. Maybe if so many people didn't have two or three different cell phones, we wouldn't need so many towers.
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am I "safe"

#35 Concerned Worker » 2011-05-23 17:34

My Dear Government, I think Caribarena did a great job with this article, It now allows me to ask "am I safe". if there is so much controversy over this issue, are you making sure that your people are not been affected by these big companies that just do as they please. why is there such a difference in the masts. Are all my co workers aware that we could be getting affected with long term exposure, that the employer says is "safe". As I sit here with two towers, Its ok, they are "safe". Hummmm.
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It seems we are Living in A Microwave. (Cont'd)

#34 Concerned Bigsteve44 » 2011-05-23 16:12

The list is endless. so wehn we read the article written by Caribarena it is true to wonder aren't we living in a microwave. We are cooking ourselves everyday and we may or may not realize it. we are nuking (for lack of proper grammar) ourselves into oblivion. Then we wonder why we have ADD, younger people having cancers that we have never heard about or that should not be prevelant in our country or people so young, Birth defects, abnormalities in children, depressed children, chilren so prone to violence. All these can or may be linked to the microwave that we live in.

It is time that Antigua wake up and speak to your representatives about your concerns and let us not sweep it under the carpet. It will not go away. Do not stick your head in the sand. let us get our government to wake up and do something about this before it gets worse.

I hope that the goverment hears about this and comes to this websiote and reads the concerns of the people. I hope that Dr. Mansoor can shed some light on this and do something about it. After all it is his portfolio and he is responsible.
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It seems we are Living in A Microwave.

#33 Concerned Bigsteve44 » 2011-05-23 16:12

We hear about the cellphones everyday and it was amazing to see a CNN where the danger of cellphones was highlighted. Cellphones are so dangerous yet we give our kids from early ages before they are teens. We are killing them and we do not even know it.

Then there is WIFI, which i only learned of today as to how dangerous the leveels of radiation are from these devices. I am speaking of the Wireless antennas in your homes. They emiot sometimes more than 5 to 10 times the ammount of radiation that a cellphone does.

There are so many devices in your homes that you may not even know that really affect your family.

1). cellphones.
2). Microwaves (which we all know about).
3). Wireless WIFI.
4). Cordless phones. ( Especially the 6 Ghz units).
5). Wireless routers.
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It seems we are Living in A Microwave.

#32 Concerned Bigsteve44 » 2011-05-23 16:10

The kind of stunts and from this article dangerous structures that these telecommunications giants erect, could never be done in other first world countries or their countries of origin. The legislation there would not allow it. However they come to our islands and think we are so backward that we would not know any better and in most cases a lot of do not know any better.

However it is reasonable to assume that the people in Governmnet who are there to run, direct and guide the country should know better.
If the people in these divisions and departments do not know better then they should resign and put some one there who can get this country back on track.
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It seems we are Living in A Microwave.

#31 Concerned Bigsteve44 » 2011-05-23 16:09

It is so shameful that, I think the people in government and we ourselves have forgotten the purpose of government. Government has been so busy doing things it need not do, that it has totally ignored the areas where it should be focussed. we have alowed the sway of old retoric to guide the course of our country and living in the past is pushing our heads in the sand and hoping that everything will turn out right.

This country which we love and would do much for has basically become a wild wild west town where everything is done very haphazzardly with no proper plan in place that leads to a good outcome overall. In addition it seems that to get anything done requires either connections or a willingness to bribe persons to do their jobs that they should have been doing in the first place.

It is reasonable to assume and in light of a of the facts that we see everyday that apart from the health and human aspect, I think that the telecommunications giants Digicel and LIME ( Formerly Cable & Wireless ) have only been takers from the Antiguan public and add very little.
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It seems we are Living in A Microwave.

#30 Concerned Bigsteve44 » 2011-05-23 16:06

It would appear, that we (those in power to do something about it) take EVERYTHING for granted in this 108 sq miles of paradise. In more industrial countries, this episode would have been a no no. It would have never been allowed to happen that easily.

I don't care what anyone says. It is not rocket science. All it takes is common sense to know that all these amount of towers CANNOT be good for our individual health nor the health of a nation!

In addition, let's not forget those high transmission towers that the Chinese put down for APUA, more than 10 years ago. This i am sure knowing how the chinese never regard their people or any people for that matter must be a quadruple dose of cancer.
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why i left

#29 former LIME worker » 2011-05-23 15:14

When i worked at LIME, we sent a letter to LIME Jamaica regarding similar concerns. We were working so close to the central processing station, which communicates with all towers on the island every day. One worker even died from cancer. They sent us back a letter saying that the radiation from the towers goes straight out, and because we are underneath the towers, we were safe. what a bunch of LIES.
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That's Antigua

#28 Frangipani » 2011-05-23 14:18

That's so typical for Antigua! Nobody cares about the health of the people, the beautiful nature, the animals.....
The most important thing is always the money!!!
We have these antennas, after the weekends the beaches are dirty, there are millions of old cars, freezers and other garbage in the nature (the tourist also see this every day), and a lot of animals die every week because nobody takes care of them, they are mistreated, sick, stolen, embittered,....
What kind of country is this?
What kind of people live here?
What kind of goverment do we have?
It's very very urgent to change a lot of things! (For us, for the environment, for the animals). I hope there's a chance to change it. The first step are the antennas and I hope there follow a lot of other changes!
Thanks a million Caribarena!
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contacting Caribarena

#27 jamal » 2011-05-23 13:57

I have an antenna near my house, so i contacted Caribarena to let them know about it. They said they know about the antenna, and they showed it to me on the map. They added that they have readings for every antenna, but they can't put them all on Caribarena. they sent me the readings for the antenna near my house by email though. Thank you Caribarena! :-)
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Excellent Article

#26 Proud ANU Queen » 2011-05-23 13:32

These reports have been making the rounds internationally for years now and I'm grateful that some attention is being placed on ANU. Were feasibility studies done before the towers were ereted? I expect the Government of Antigua & Barbuda to conduct their own investigation on the towers immediately, and request that Dr. Mansoor demand that the towers be removed from residential areas forthwith!

@ PFKAR: Sixteen million french men could not be wrong. The reports have been out there and constantly down played by the cell phone companies. They distract us with their phony research and then the dialogue ends and people forgtet until some thing else happens. You know what happens to nay sayers like you, right? You better tek warning!
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave

#25 es-uk info » 2011-05-23 13:28

Just for PFKAR. :-)

This is Swedish Law.

In Sweden, electrohypersensitiv ity_ (EHS)* is an officially fully recognized functional impairment (i.e., it is not regarded as a disease, thus no diagnosis* exists; N.B. This is not special for Sweden, the terms "functional impairment" and "disease" are defined according to various international documents (see below)). Thus, the first step for a person in Sweden with a functional impairment is to contact the municipality’s special civil servant for disability issues, as well as the various handicap organizations and authorities, to achieve accessability measures of various types with the sole aim to have an equal life in a society based on equality (according to the The UN 22 Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for People with Disabilities - since 2007 upgraded into The UN Convention on Human Rights for Persons with Functional Impairments, http://www.un.org).
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Barrett Memorial Methodist church

#24 BG » 2011-05-23 13:19

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Good Stuff!!!

#23 marco polo » 2011-05-23 13:15

At the very least, this article should prompt a debate (and so it has). The challenge, of course, is going to come when folks complaint about dropped calls.... As much as we like to complain about the health risks that come with some modern technology, we loudly complain when change impacts our lives.
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Barrett Memorial Methodist church

#22 BG » 2011-05-23 12:46

In my church the Barrett Memorial Methodist there is an antenna, I hope someone there will take notice of this article and do something about it.
Also it is good to see that those phone companies can't just buy anyone, I wish I was able to say it about us in Antigua. :sad:


www.yourottawaregion.com/news/article/984111--manor-park-church-turns-down-cellphone-tower-offer
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what are we waiting for

#21 light » 2011-05-23 12:28

you all are saying "we are waitng for the Government," "we are waitng for lime and digi," we are waiting waitng waitng well, we should not sit there and do nothing because knowing the government they will just chat and do nothing, we need to be marching on the streets damnding them to make a change, to make sure we live in our country feeling safe, because antigua is suppose to be a getway not a place u want to fun away from because u can not be in a place where u know ur health is not safe for sure! lets get out there
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Real Eye Opener!!!

#20 Freedom Fighter » 2011-05-23 12:15

Now.....this is what REAL journalism is all about! Do some investigative work: present facts and figures. It would appear, that we take EVERYTHING for granted in this 108 sq miles, wherein, in the more industrial countries, this episode would have been a no no. I don't care what anyone says, all these amount of towers CANNOT be good for our health! In addition, let's not forget those high transmission towers that the Chinese put down for APUA, more than 10 years ago. Cancer on top of cancer. Oh boy....that's all we need. Congrats to Caribarena for an article well done. Keep more like this coming! They will become real eye openers.
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Listen And Learn

#19 john » 2011-05-23 12:09

Caribarena Excellent investigative reporting,
Observer reporter Listen And Learn :sad: :sad:
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PFKAR - lets compare the same things

#18 tenman » 2011-05-23 11:11

PFKAR at least one of the studies you provided a link to went out of its way to state their was short term exposure to low level RF-EMF (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935108000601).The Caribarena article speaks of levels above the ones tested as safe and of long term exposure. PFKAR are you happy with the idea of persons being exposed to possible levels which at least in one test at a SAR of 1.4 W/kg induced mammary tumors in rats (http://www.ccst.us/projects/smart/documents/082009_Kundi_Mobile_Phone_Base_Station.pdf)? If I were to take one sleeping pill nightly it may not adversely affect me but I get the impression that you are advocating that since 1 is safe that we should then take 100 at one time. Would it also be ok for us to add some alcohol to those sleeping pills? I see this article advocating that we simply ensure that a safe level is maintained.

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#17 Beauty » 2011-05-23 09:55

Caribarena I love this informative article, looking forward to many more of this type.
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robby breadner

#16 robby breadner » 2011-05-23 09:32

i want to commend Caribarena on a thorough, well researched and important article. it's this kind of journalism Antigua needs.
keep up the good work Caribarena.
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@ Mr. G

#15 PFKAR » 2011-05-23 09:26

Electro-sensitivity or "electro-hypersensit ivity" are not real medically acknowledged conditions. They are imaginary syndroms devised by people who experience some sort of vague collection of symptoms and ASSUME it is due to EFM exposure. Studies testing individuals claiming to suffer from the "disorder" have repeatedly found that these people can not distinguish between real EMF exposure and simply being told they are being exposed to EMF. In other words, it's all in their head.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935108000601

http://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/content/67/2/224
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Caribarena

#14 tenman » 2011-05-23 09:17

Good investigative reporting, keep it up. This article reminds me of last weeks revelations on CNN of the dangers of cell phones (we need to use headsets with our celll phones stop placing them right next to your head and stop carrying them in your pocket)

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standards

#13 tenman » 2011-05-23 09:01

I think we have forgotten the purpose of government. Government has been so busy doing things it need not do, that it has ignored the areas where it should be focussed. The country has basically become a wild wild west and to get anything done requires either connections or a willingness to ha** persons to do their jobs. I await the government, LIME and Digicel's response to this article.

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PIPER

#12 LoveANU » 2011-05-23 08:54

"He who pays the piper, calls the tune." And we wonder why cancer is so prevalent in ANU all of a sudden. There goes our answer. It is sad, that people who are in authority are more interested in money than public safety! But as Antiguans, we cannot continue to live like ostrichs with our heads buried in the sand...we must demand environmental impact studies of our communities because sooner or later we will realize that the cells phones are NOT worth our health afterall....
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Who writes this nonsense?

#11 PFKAR » 2011-05-23 08:26

First off, the IEMFA is a fringe group which continually attempts to forward theories for which there is no reliable supporting evidence. They are the ones who create the unfounded scare, and have been sourced here as suggesting the lower limit of safe exposure. It's like finding a group who believes in the boogyman, and asking them what the likelihood of finding the boogyman under your bed is. Rubbish.

You have made reference in this article to supposed scientific studies on the link between EMF and cancer, DNA strand breaks, and the like. Please, give us the sources you are referencing. UV and X-ray (ionizing) radiation are known to cause these problems. The radiation given off of cell towers have not been linked to these problems by any reliable source, and there is no mechanism by which they could cause these problems.

Caribarena, please hire someone who knows what they are talking about to write on these matters next t time.
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beep, beep, Your cooked

#10 IphBBNokSamMoto » 2011-05-23 08:25

The regulation looks really good, by now the government would have made a fortune in fines, no need to raise the price of gas. So why, perhaps they are doing deals with the same companies that they would be fining.( Big red microwaves for the schools) There are a lot of kids using cell phones, reading the info out there, says that this could really be harmful to them.So why do we not have regulation to prevent kids from having cell phones until they are 15 or 16. just curious!!
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can you hear me now

#9 going deaf » 2011-05-23 08:23

Very very information. Scary but infromative. What now? Will the govermet do their own research and what about those schools which are in direct proximity to these towers? Will anyone do a research to see how many (if any) children and teachers have any health related condidtions which could be contributed from these towers?
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#8 eli » 2011-05-23 08:10

What a fantastic article. This is the kind of investigative journalism that Antigua so often lacks. Excellent!
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave

#7 es-uk info » 2011-05-23 07:51

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1373073/Are-secret-U-S-army-tests-blame-TV-presenters-speaking-utter-gibberish.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/mobile-phone-radiation-wrecks-your-sleep-771262.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1318992/Mobile-phone-health-risk-Phone-giants-accused-burying-warnings-handsets-small-print.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/7725169/Landmark-study-set-to-show-potential-dangers-of-heavy-mobile-phone-use.html

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/health/article7127799.ece
http://www.gq.com/cars-gear/gear-and-gadgets/201002/warning-cell-phone-radiation?currentPage=1

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6805895.e
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#6 Mr G » 2011-05-23 07:50

If you want to find out more:
es-uk.info/
magdahavas.com (Canadian website)
electromagnetichealth.org/audio-archives-and-more/
electrosensitivity.org
powerwatch.org.uk
weepinitiative.org (Canadian website)
feb.se/FEB/feb_techman.html (Swedish website)
fullsignalmovie.com/index.html
safeantenna.org/
radiationresearch.org/
mastsanity.org/home.html
stopsmartmeters.wordpress.com/
mast-victims.org/
mastaction.co.uk
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/eSens/
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave

#5 Mr G » 2011-05-23 07:49

Another simple test is to stop carrying your mobile on your body (chest or trouser pockets). in many cases people experience the so-called “phantom text messages”. This describes a situation where every now and then you think you had a text message, when keeping the phone in your pockets, but when you checked there was no message. Some even suffer from heart palpitations. If that is case, just try for a while to carry your mobile in a bag or switch it off, while you have it in your pocket.
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RE: Are We Living in a Microwave

#4 Mr G » 2011-05-23 07:49

If wireless has no ill effects then how come?

Electro-Sensitivity (ES)

Electro-sensitive people suffer from a variety of symptoms in close vicinity to electromagnetic fields, Wi-fi, mobiles, DECT phones, baby monitors, certain light sources etc: Headaches, Speech problems, dizziness, chest palpations, tinnitus, pressure in the ears. sweating at night. skin irritations, pins and needles in the hands in the mornings, short-term memory loss, nauseas, joint aches and pressures at the back of the head as well as in the sinus or forehead area.

Even if you are not ES yet, it is beneficial to turn off your Wifi over night, as well as to ban electrical items, your cordless phones and mobiles from your bedroom. You will sleep much better and are less likely to have an interrupted sleep pattern. Usually waking around 4 am.
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Murda !!!!

#3 mircowave chef » 2011-05-23 06:33

excellent work Carib arena, while we are IMFddd by our government roasted by new taxes we are now being cooked by the cell phone companies?
I await the response from the good Doctor E Mansoor who is not only the minister responsible for this but a medical doctor so we assume he should have some idea of the extend of this potential killer.
2 questions arise who got paid to allow this and how do we fix it?
your court Eddie, play your best shot we are waiting.
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great article

#2 Wham » 2011-05-23 04:18

apart from the health and human aspect, I think Digi and Lime have been takers from ANU and add very little.
Stunts they pull here they do not pull in their countries of origin. And they always make a great song and dance over any token charity donations.
I think that if this gov. did not deliberately run PCS into the ground ( in their attempt to "cell" it off) that those foreign companies would not be dominating telecommunications in Antigua.
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#1 Concerned » 2011-05-23 03:17

Antigua should immediately eliminate this white man wickedness from our god-given eden. Like airplanes, hotels and cars our world has only grown worse because of these evil white gadgets. Now they are cooking us??? I'm throwing my computer in the ocean today, everybody join me!
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