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Microwave Silence Continues

Microwave Silence Continues Antigua St John's - Nearly three weeks have passed since Caribarena’s last article regarding the cell phone towers in Antigua & Barbuda.

Since then, we have received no word from Minister of IT Edmond Mansoor or LIME, and contacting Clement Samuel of the telecommunications division has also proven unsuccessful. It seems that those in power are quite determined to keep the people of Antigua & Barbuda living underneath cell phone towers.

But how does one respond to such silence, if not with a louder cry? Caribarena again sent its team to conduct measurements in specific locations, where towers are not just inside residential areas, but mere yards from people’s homes.

The first of these towers is located in Golden Grove, and operated by LIME, which is renting the space for the tower from one of the residents. There are about 7-10 houses located underneath this tower, where they are continually being exposed to microwaves.

Caribarena’s team used a Spectrum Analyzer and an RF Field meter, both of which can measure the strength of microwaves in various frequencies.

Watch Caribarena TV’s video, “Are we Living in a Microwave?”




If you’ve seen Caribarena TV’s video, then you know the readings taken in Golden Grove far surpass the safe limit. We have shared our findings with the people in power, yet the minister of Information Technology is unable to answer.

Minister Edmond Mansoor has chosen to ignore us. But we did not choose him for his role. The people of Antigua & Barbuda were not given the option to select an individual they deem worthy to take on the task of minister of IT. It was rather Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer who chose him, and now the responsibility falls on the prime minister’s shoulders.


PM, you selected this minister for us. Where is the justification? Why is it that when an issue does arise, your chosen minister ignores your people? Why is he still sitting in his seat after handling the situation with such childish arrogance? Why haven’t you stepped up to the plate, as our chosen leader, and taken matters into your own hands?

In the days prior to Caribarena’s first article, Telecommunications Officer Clement Samuel was easily accessible. Calling and exchanging information with him was not an issue. However, since the publication of Caribarena’s first article in the series, “Are we living in a Microwave?" Samuel has not returned any of the calls or messages left for him. It is this inability to absorb criticism and lack of responsibility that holds us back as a country.Are we living in a microwave?

Samuel has been sleeping in his shoes, and it is under his watch that Antigua has seen the rise and continued existence of many cell phone towers. In addition, despite the unavoidable global debate regarding cell phone tower safety, Samuel has failed to bring forth an adequate telecommunications bill that will keep us safe from the cell phone companies. Could it be that Samuel was told by his superiors not to speak to Caribarena? Are these superiors defending an interest other than public health and welfare?

However, even worse than the previous two cases is the lack of interest and disregard shown by LIME. Public Relations Officer Paula Lee forwarded Caribarena’s questions to Leeward Islands LIME manager Davidson Charles. However, this was weeks ago, and Caribarena is yet to hear any response from the company. LIME has sent out numerous press releases, including information on upcoming service improvements.

But a response on the vital issue of cell phone towers seems too much to ask of the company. It is interesting to note that LIME operates more and shorter cell phone towers than any other cell phone company. However, Digicel and APUA PCS did respond. What does this say about LIME? Are the answers to the questions sent to LIME so difficult to conjure, or are those answers simply unfavorable to the company?

As stated above, Digicel and APUA PCS did respond to Caibarena’s enquiries. Digicel’s response is that its cell phone towers are placed and operated in accordance with the IRPA/INIRC International regulations. Firstly, the “IRPA/INIRC” is not an organisation; it is a document developed by ICNIRP, the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation. Secondly, the document regulates VDUs, or Visual Display Units. These have nothing to do with cell phones, cell phone towers, or electromagnetic fields. The IRPA/INIRC is attached to this article, and can be downloaded directly from Caribarena.


Digicel’s response also states that the company considers several factors, ”such as the location of the tower; its proximity to other Digicel sites; the height of the tower/rooftop and the height above sea level – as well as the distance to areas where coverage is required.” Digicel also maintains that the company takes all necessary precautions to ensure that none of its 30 antennas are placed near schools, hospitals, or medical centres. However, the placement of several powerful antennas on the roof of Antigua Plumbing and Hardware Center in Ottos suggests leaves us with concern.

APUA PCs has attempted to evade the issue by referring us to research that seems to imply that there is no health hazard attached to cell phone tower microwave radiation. The research referred to was based on the WHO’s 2006 findings. Since then, however, the WHO itself has reversed its previous position, and now states that cell phones are possibly carcinogenic (cancer-causing) to humans. This change in the WHO’s position invalidates the evasive response submitted by APUA PCS.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Dutch Sint Maarten, the Bureau of Telecommunications and Post is currently executing tower scans on strategically chosen tower sites island-wide. This comes only weeks after Caribarena’s publications referring to the dire threat posed by cell phone towers. Although a link to Caribarena’s articles was not officially posted, the timing of these scans indicates that responsible regulatory agencies have recognised the need to monitor and enforce cell phone tower regulations.


Interim Director of the Bureau of the Telecommunications and Post Peggy-Ann Brandon has said, “Regulation of the telecommunications industry is exactly what these scans are all about.” The Bureau has engaged a foreign-based company to carry out the scans.

This stance differs markedly from the lack of engagement shown by the Telecommunications Division and Minister Edmond Mansoor. Ignoring the issue seems to be exactly what they are all about.

Keep in mind that many countries have already begun opposing cell phone towers and companies. These include France, Austria, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Taiwan, and others.

 


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I know what to do

#24 Clovis » 2011-07-19 13:53

Mr. Baptiste if aw you nah want that dey microwave, give um to me!!! me nah know what stupidness you a do. Aw you to big for aw you brittches now!! Why would you as a Minister behave like that. Just a waste poor people's money.

Chups to you man!!
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Its a stich up!

#23 Mr G » 2011-07-12 09:48

http://www.torontosun.com/2011/07/06/study-downplaying-cellphone-risks-funded-by-manufacturers

powerwatch
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#22 Robert Riedlinger » 2011-07-07 08:35

Are you aware The International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation (ICNIRP)is run by people that have interests in the wireless industry ?
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#21 Mr G » 2011-06-30 14:42

es-uk info

magdahavas com
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#20 Morris » 2011-06-28 20:57

Was any feasibility studies conducted to see if these towers could have been placed on some hilltops? That would have certainly put them out of the populated areas and still allow wide-area coverage. Just a thought.
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#19 peter » 2011-06-28 17:16

Mr. Tenman I beg to differ all I am saying is if you want some of the conveniences of a modern and progressive society one has to give something up as the saying goes you cant eat your cake and have it too. And by the way I am a free thinker as I am sure you are.
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es-uk.info

#18 Mr G » 2011-06-28 03:56

If wireless Radiation has no ill effect 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.
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#17 No Bars » 2011-06-28 02:56

Seriously, If you don't want that technology, we really need it here in SF! should I send the wrenches to unbolt them and charter a ship? (can someone who knows logistics tell me whether it's faster to sail north to Florida and go by train, or to sail south through the canal straight to the bay?)

We need those transmitters! Antiguan citizens should act like their own little FSRC's and take them down and send them north. Please Help Us !!!!
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PM-where is your loyalty to the people?

#16 Dig It » 2011-06-27 23:10

It is time the PM speak out on the health risks involved with these towers all the country! It amazes me that the leader of this country allowed this issue to continue for weeks and saying nothing! This is unacceptable! It is evident that Dr. Mongoose don't care! And, any unelected official that displays such arrogrance and negligence should be faced charges of crime against humanity! It just sickens me to see these towers in Rural South, and no one is getting any feedback in regards to the potential health risks involved. I just can't comprehend that! Shame on all those that put profit over the people!
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#15 tenman » 2011-06-27 18:48

Peter that 2011-06-27 16:52 posts helps me to understand much about the way you think. I just always find it strange when persons suggest that Antigua cannot adhere to the accepted standard (eg towers must be at least 200 feet) but yet fail to understand why the place has basically become the wild west (Collin I think I used that phrase before you if I am wrong apologies). Peter in case you don't get it, your thinking is part of the country's problem. It helps to explain why persons feel they can do whatever they like.

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come on

#14 peter » 2011-06-27 16:52

With progress come certain sacrifises that one community has to make I know that there is this saying' not in my backyard" but these things has to be placed somewhere and sad as it may seems there are all ways going to be consequences, the fact of the matter is that even if you put them in the remotest of places sooner or later we are going to find ourselves living close to one of them. So we have to make up our minds do we want convenience of good mobile service or the inconvenience of the old land line.
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#13 Hmmm » 2011-06-27 16:44

Perhaps Caribarena should conduct a survey to determine from the people which they prefer to gety rid of? the use of cell phones or the radiation from the antennaes?? hmmmmm
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Caribarena

#12 Buzzbomb » 2011-06-27 15:31

I. can't. comment. because. my. brains. are. fried.

Good work Caribarena. It's nice to be able to read and discuss issues that don't always get covered in the government's daily newspaper.
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@Caribarena

#11 tenman » 2011-06-27 11:52

Caribarena keep it up. Let me ask my follow reading to post the url for this page on sites like facebook, especially that video with Collin Sampson. As far as I know MBS don't cover cancer and even if it did why would we unnecessarily risk the possibility of getting it?


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#10 No Bars » 2011-06-27 10:42

Dear Antigua:

Please pack up those horrible nasty towers and ship them back to the evil spawn country they came from:

AT&T
San Francisco, CA, USA

Please Hurry!, and Thank You!
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Smart One And Antigua woman

#9 Skyewill » 2011-06-27 10:39

Smart one that is a no brainer they will never answer unless people start tearing down some of the towers. Antigua woman beg your pardon there is a difference. ALP would at least listen to us Nobodies and It's a good difference
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#8 Sick of them! » 2011-06-27 10:17

Good luck getting the corporate giants to give a damn. From the way they treat their employees, to the way they treat their customers, it's plain that the Almighty Dollar is what matters most. Funny, they spend big money on their "we care" messages when it comes to sports and community sponsorship and disaster donations, (it's just marketing for them) but they never put their money where their mouth is otherwise.
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Lets start a bet $40.00

#7 Smart One » 2011-06-27 10:01

How coincidental to see this article today. I posted a comment yesterday on the last article of “Who will switch off the Microwave” with the heading “Lets Start a Bet”. I offered to start with $20.00. I will now increase my bet with another $20.00 that you will not get any response by August 1, neither from Min. Mansoor nor from LIME CEO. Anyone in for the bet let me know. Why have not even heard from our parliamentary representatives from the opposition to see if it's something that they should ask questions about from the Minister in parliament. No one cares and there are too many interests at stake. They rather sleep with the devil then to question him. How nice it is for us to get goodies from them, such as free internet, laptops and you name it. Meanwhile we’ll turn our face and look the other way. What the heck we can only get cancer and die, which we all will eventually. Caribarena thanks for the warning anyway but we seems to like things as they are. Staying ignorant is better. That way we can say, Nobody told us
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Turn off your cell phone

#6 JP Farnsworth » 2011-06-27 09:22

This a very dumb and technically clueless video. Did you ever see where cell phone antennas are in major cities? Next time you travel look up. You will see that this video is pretty clueless and blissful ignorance. The global debate is about the phones not about the towers.
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#5 Fed Up » 2011-06-27 08:56

Why is anyone surprised ?? This attitude of not responding is typical of anyone in Antigua with even the slightest amount of responsibility. The hide under the bed and hope that if they keep quiet long enough the question will just disappear. No moral fibre and no accountability, this is the way Antigua has been for the past 40 years and this is how it will always be. Unable to face criticism or be responsible.
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#4 Benjamin W. Marsh » 2011-06-27 07:38

Being critical of my government in times of severe financial and other challenges is always hard, however, there becomes a time when right thinking people must say something. First, I wish to think Caribarena and Collin for thier investigation into this matter. It seems to me that the silence of the government and Lime on the issue gives credence to the assertions of Caribarena. Please, Mr. Prime Minister, Samual and Mansoor, find some time to heed the calls made. It may not serve your interes but lets not be consumed by the wishes of capatalist giants for the sake or goods relations at the possible detrement of the people..

Wayne
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#3 BEEF » 2011-06-27 07:38

"Are these superiors defending an interest other than public health and welfare?" THIS IS A VERY INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT QUESTION (TO MY MIND). I believe that an official response should have already been put out by the relevant person IN GOVERNMENT. Wasn't it "relevant government persons/departmenst" the one who gave permission in the first place?
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Please research more!!

#2 che » 2011-06-27 07:00

Caribareana you are misrepresenting the facts. You said that the doucument by International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation (ICNIRP) only deals with Visual Display Untis. It would appear that you did not do your research or you are deliberately trying to discredit Digicel's statement by posting this excerpt. Please see the following http://www.icnirp.de/documents/emfgdl.pdf. It deals exactly with electromagnetic fields up to 300GHz. Could you post APUA statement in its entirety ?
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#1 ANTIGUAN » 2011-06-27 06:31

good to know ,good job collin and the Caribarena group, i think u guys need to bring out a paper, if not everyday paper some thing of public awareness
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