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Mayor warns Digicell over Mast
Trinidad Created: 2 Dec 2007
CHAGUANAS Mayor Suruj Rambachan is calling for the immediate stoppage of construction of a Digicel cellular transmission tower on Endeavour Road Extension, Chaguanas.

At the site yesterday, Rambachan said he received a petition signed by 350 residents opposed to the tower, because of health and safety concerns.

Rambachan also said contractors for the project, which is being constructed east of Price Plaza, never got permission from Chaguanas Borough Corporation.

“Town and Country has confirmed that no approval has been granted. The Chaguanas Borough Corporation’s municipal police have asked the contractor to stop the construction.

“I have called Digicel and left messages which have not been returned. Digicel has constructed a major cell tower at Medford on the flyover without any approval.

“Their corporate arrogance is unbecoming. Further, they compound the arrogance by ignoring the calls of the mayor,” said Rambachan.

He described the action by Digicel as nothing short of lawlessness and a wanton disregard for the people they want to attract as customers.

“By their behaviour they are being lawless exemplars. I am now publicly calling on the CEO of Digicel to meet on this matter.

“We received today information that they intend to continue this work tomorrow.

“We, therefore, warn Digicel not to break the law. If they do, they will face the consequences.”

Rambachan said the contractor on the project had also damaged the roadway and pavement in the area.
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Source: Trinidad guardian newspapers

Its Election time in Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad Created: 29 Oct 2007
The current Prime Minister outlines plans that includes WIFI across the nation as part of his reckless policy of INDUSTRIALISATION in the face of protests by citizens. Despite inability to provide adequate heath care, or to curb violent crimes..this Prime Minister makes his priority Industrialisation at any cost!
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Trinidad Created: 2 Oct 2007
ANGRY Curepe residents staged a Sunday afternoon placard demonstration to protest the erection of a cell tower between Bellesmythe and Mc Inroy Streets.

The residents claimed that unknown to them, a group of workmen entered the area and erected part of a cell tower a few weeks ago.

The cell tower erection is expected to be completed soon, but residents fear for their safety. They are putting things in place to ensure that the cell tower is removed.

Armed with their placards, the protestors made up of women, children and men, chanted, “we want no cell tower in Curepe.”

Spokesman for the Curepe residents Pundit Vigyanand Maharaj said he and others have written letters to the Environmental Management Authority (EMA), the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and other relevant authorities with no success. He said residents of Curepe who live in and around the cell tower were told of the situation and also informed of the harmful effects of radiation from cell towers erected close to homes.

He said everyone who he spoke with expressed alarm and concern over their health and added that they will lend their support in any form necessary to have the cell tower removed permanently.

“We will not rest until this cell tower is removed and we are calling on the EMA and those in authority to assist us in achieving our objective,” said Maharaj.

He said that the protests will continue indefinitely and residents will be seeking legal advice on the matter.

Maharaj said a nursery and a home for the aged are located in close proximity to the cell tower.He feels that someone in authority should meet with residents and assist them in their quest to have the cell tower removed.

reported by By NALINEE SEELAL Monday, October 1 2007,11091.html#foto
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Source: NEWSDAY newspapers Trinidad & Tobago

50 cell towers to come down
Trinidad Created: 6 Aug 2007
Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson Regis said more than 50 enforcement notices have been issued for the removal of illegal cell towers nationwide but these notices have been appealed by the telecommunication companies responsible for the sites.

Speaking during a question and answer segment at the launch of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) yesterday at Crowne Plaza, Port-of-Spain, Robinson-Regis said once cell towers do not conform to policy, they are to be removed.

She said the ministry, with army assistance, was going to remove illegal structures when an injunction was filed by Digicel when an attempt was made to remove a cell site on wheels (COW) in Petit Bourg earlier this year.

“We could not use that route so we decided to serve enforcement notices to cell tower owners and occupants of buildings where illegal cell towers have been erected which were supposed to come into force after 28 days.”

She explained though that the telecommunication providers appealed the enforcement and they are now before the Town and Country Appeal Panel.

She said in some cases, telecommunications companies paid $8,000 per month to facilitate cell towers on private property. This, she said, made it difficult to ensure companies comply to regulations.

Robinson-Regis also said she could not understand the Association for Radio Frequency Emissions Control (ArFECTT) vice-president Peter Permell’s accusations that the ministry is responsible for the erection of illegal cell towers. She described Permell as “disingenuous”, stating, “On more than one occasion Peter Permell met with me, and the Town and Country director to discuss this matter.

“We gave him access to all the information we have and have given him as much support as we could. Yet, ArFECTT consistently blames the ministry for the illegal cell towers.”

She added that she did not recognise ArFECTT’s demand for details of illegal cell tower locations as “ArFECTT made their request through the newspapers and not through the ministry.”
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Source: NewsDay, Leiselle Maraj , 12 Jul 2007

service providers boast shortlived
Trinidad Created: 19 Jul 2007
Today's announcement by TATT reveals the empty boasts

"Presenting these measurements really substantiates what we have been saying all along. We are glad to see that an independent body is substantiating what we said."
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Radiation Levels not considered in study
Trinidad Created: 19 Jul 2007
THE safety of the levels of radiation emitted from cellular towers was not taken into consideration in the recent study done by the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT).
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Telecommunication Authority of Trinidad & Tobago says Masts are safe
Trinidad Created: 18 Jul 2007
Many experts are baffled by a recent report issued by the Telecommunication Authority of Trinidad & Tobago concluding Mobile/Cell Masts are no threat to Health.
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Fifty Cell Towers to be dismantled
Trinidad Created: 12 Jul 2007
Fifty illegal Cell Towers to be dismantled!
Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson Regis said more than 50 enforcement notices have been issued for the removal of illegal cell towers nationwide but these notices have been appealed by the telecommunication companies responsible for the sites.
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Goverment Minister vows action against illegal Cell Towers
Trinidad Created: 12 Jul 2007
Trinidad & Tobago Government's Minister of Planning & Development has indicated her governments intention to take action against illegal Cell Masts erected illegally by local Telecommunication companies.

With General Elections due shortly, this is a direct response to public disquiet due to apparent inaction over illegal towers contrasted with officially sanctioned demolishing of "squatters" homes in several urban and rural areas.

She was speaking at the media launch of the U.N.F.P.A.’s State of World Population 2007 Report in Port of Spain. Meanwhile meetings are taking place across the country alerting communities to the dangers of Cell Masts.
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Protest over cell tower in South Trinidad
Trinidad Created: 4 Jun 2007
OVER 75 residents of Alana Street, Gasparillo engaged in a Sunday morning placard demonstration over the impending construction of a cellular tower within their community. Braving wet, cold conditions the residents led by Gasparillo/Bonne Aventure councillor Feeraz Ali, stated that no permission was secured for the construction of the tower by the Couva/Tabaquite/Talparo Regional Corporation (CTTRC).

Ali said the cellular provider also failed to consult villagers on the tower’s construction and had only visited two families in the district. When Newsday visited the area residents were busy using gravel intended for use on the site to fill the potholed roadway.

Resident Marcia Farrow said the health of the community would be affected by the radio waves generated by the tower. Tabaquite MP Adesh Nanan has promised to take up the matter with Public Utilities Minister Pennelope Beckles sometime this week.
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Source: NewsdayNewspapers Trinidad & Tobago

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