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Double mobile phone mast success
United Kingdom Created: 27 Jan 2007
APPLICATIONS for two new mobile phone masts were snubbed by councillors at a planning meeting.

O2 (UK) Ltd felt were turned down by members of the Development Control Board, who refused both their plans to fix controversial communication poles and boxes in two separate spots.

Both were 12.5 metre-high poles complete with three antennas and an equipment box.

The first was destined for the junction of Bennett's Castle Lane and Wood Lane in Dagenham - 140 metres from St Teresa Primary School.

Resident's objections coupled with the board's refusal blew the application out of the water, as recommended by planning officer Hugo Marchant.

His report to the board claimed O2 submitted no evidence to show a mast was needed at the location.

It further showed the company had not looked into the possibility of sharing a site with an existing mast - of which there are four in the area - something they are encouraged to do.

The second proposal, dealt with at the same meeting on Wednesday, January 17, hoped to place a mast on the Heathway junction with Connor Road, Dagenham.

Members refused this, in line with a report by Development Control officer Matthew Gallagher, which claimed the proposed pole would be an eyesore and detrimental to residents view from houses in the area.

O2 can appeal the decision.
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Source: Barking and Dagenham Post, 25 Jan 2007

Mobile phone use 'linked to tumour' + the Phantom MOA strikes back
United Kingdom Created: 26 Jan 2007
Long-term users of mobile phones are significantly more likely to develop a certain type of brain tumour on the side of the head where they hold their handsets, according to new research.

A large-scale study found that those who had regularly used mobiles for longer than 10 years were almost 40 per cent more likely to develop nervous system tumours called gliomas near to where they hold their phones.

The new research, to be published later this year in the International Journal of Cancer, is the second study to suggest increased risks of specific types of brain tumours in regions close to where mobile phone emissions enter the head.

However, a number of other studies have found no increased health risks associated with mobile phone use.

Prof Lawrie Challis, the chairman of the government-funded Mobile Telecommunications Health Research (MTHR) programme, said last week that most research had shown that mobiles were safe in the short term but that there was a "hint of something" for longer-term users.

Prof Challis, who is negotiating funding for a long-term international study, said last night: "I agree with the authors that this is a hint that needs further exploration. It's further reason why a long-term study is necessary."

Louis Slesin, the editor of Microwave News, a US newsletter on radiation and health that reported the new study, said: "We now have two tumour types found among people who use mobiles for more than 10 years shown by two different research groups. That is compelling evidence."

Researchers from the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland compared the mobile phone use of 1,521 people with gliomas with that of 3,301 people without the cancers.

Before separating out long-term users or looking at the different risks of developing tumours on the side where users held the phone, the scientists found no link between mobile use and gliomas.

However when they looked only at people who had used a mobile for 10 years or more, they found that they were 39 per cent more likely than average to get a glioma on the side of their head where they held their handset.

Prof Anssi Auvinen, an epidemiologist involved in the study, said: "It seems credible as it was after long-term exposure - which makes sense in terms of the length of time it takes for tumours to develop - and it is localised to the side of the head where the handset is held."

** COMMENT: and now ladies and gentlemen (...drum roll...) give it up for the ubiquitous "anonymous spokesperson" from the mobile phone industry who can rubbish any scientific evidence in one single breath (..crowd goes wild..) : **

A spokesman for the Mobile Operators Association said: "The overall results of this study do not show increased brain tumour risk in relation to mobile phone use. "The findings related to tumour location are difficult to interpret."
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Source: Telegraph, Nic Fleming, 26 Jan 2007, w. comment by Henrik Eiriksson,

Jersey: Experts' mast views 'conflicting' Why wonder? One has Money interests, the other public concern! ** comments**
United Kingdom Created: 25 Jan 2007
Experts' mast views 'conflicting'
People have been asked to share their views at public meetings
The States should not be considering allowing more mobile phone masts in Jersey, according to a politician.
Constable Dan Murphy said there were already too many and evidence from experts had been conflicting.
A World Health Organisation (W.H.O) scientist told a States scrutiny panel that symptoms associated with mast radiation were often psychological.
Biased, No way He Says! Oh Yeah!!, from where does he get his salary????

Last week, expert Barry Trower said living within 500yds (457m) of a mast was a health risk.
Mr Trower has advised government agencies on radio and microwave issues.

Radiation fears:
But Mr Repacholi, who has researched the effect of mobile phone masts for the WHO, told the panel more masts in Jersey would mean lower emissions of radiation. ** COMMENT: (He would would'nt he? It's his only source of income now-adays!) **
He said it was often a case of people getting stressed through misinformation and the fear of radiation was worse than the radiation itself.
The review into mobile phone masts was established after a States debate at the end of last year and people have been encouraged to share their views and health fears at public meetings across the island.
The scrutiny panel will make its findings public in the spring.

From Agnes:
We are looking for the Scientific study on adverse Microwave Radiation effects By Mr. Michael Rapacholi, you know, the one he wrote, while still in Australia, before the industry money started rolling in. It would do nicely here, next to Repaholis "Born again Microwave Radiation" Enthusiast!

Dont worry, Don Maish will probably have it, so keep an eye on this space, as we will return to this subject!
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Source: BBC News, 24 Jan 2007. Informant: Sylvie

Jersey: Are these guys running a THERMAL MICROWAVE Network? ICNIRP ONLY guides against THERMAL RADIATION OVERHEATING!!
United Kingdom Created: 24 Jan 2007
Mast emissions too low to pose a health threat, say operators
JERSEY's two largest mobile phone operators claim that emissions from masts are too low to pose a threat to health.
Appearing before a scrutiny sub-panel yesterday, representatives from Cable & Wireless and Jersey Telecom both argued that any attempt to lower emissions or introduce 'exclusion zones' could make it difficult to run a mobile phone network in the Island.
Both JT and C&W stressed that they abide fully by the "ICNIRP guidelines" - an international standard of "ACCEPTABLE RADIATION" -
arguing that Jersey's level ofemissions is far lower than in many other countries worldwide.

** Comments by Agnes Ingvarsdottir.
Haven´t these guys got something wrong here?
"The ICNIRP GUIDELINES are NOT guidelines for acceptable NON-THERMAL RADIATION"!!
They are ONLY guidelines against THERMAL RADIATION!!
So, are ICNIRP "Guidelines" are not applicable for Non-Thermal Mobile Telephone Microwave Radiation!!
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Source: Sylvie: By Orlando Crowcroft. This is Jersey

Wi - Fi worries
United Kingdom Created: 22 Jan 2007
There are more wireless hotspots in the UK than anywhere else in the world except Ireland.

That's great if you want to connect to the internet on the move, whether by laptop or mobile phone.
But, although the scientists say the technology's perfectly safe, some people believe it's making them ill.

This morning on Breakfast:
Our business reporter Richard Westcott has been investigating their worries.

He talked to one woman, who believes that the electromagnetic radiation generated by WiFi is making her ill. She's using special insulating wallpaper and a detector, to keep her symptoms under control.

And he also talked to a government scientific adviser, Dr Michael Clark, who's sceptical that Wifi can really make you ill.

Watch Richard Westcott's report on WiFi worries:
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Source: BBC News, Richard Westcott, 22 Jan 2007

Mobile phones: Could these be the cigarettes of the 21st century? . . . 'Absolutely'
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jan 2007
Could these be the cigarettes of the 21st century? . . . 'Absolutely'
• It's right to have worries, says expert
• 'Don't buy phones for primary pupils'
If we came expecting reassurance from this bearded, 6ft 4in grandfather, the emeritus professor of physics who heads the Government’s mobile phone safety research, we are about to be a little shaken.
We begin by asking if this isn’t all a bit old hat. Haven’t we all got into an unnecessary lather about the dangers of mobiles, and wireless techno-logy? There are all these vague concerns — “There should be,” Lawrie Challis cuts in.
Oh. This is the more disconcerting because Professor Challis is one of the world’s experts on mobile phone radiation, and chairs the mobile telecommunications health research programme. He has some good news: the first batch of research it has done, soon to be published, confirms that mobile phones are safe in the short term, under ten years. But there is less good news. “It’s encouraging because they found nothing for people who’ve used phones for less than ten years, But there is a hint of something for people using them more.”
Now, being a respected scientist, Professor Challis is keen to emphasise that this “hint” remains just that. A massive European study called Interphone, partly funded by his group, found a slight association between the risk of brain tumours and using a mobile for more than ten years. But the problem is that the number of people involved was so small: more than a decade ago, hard as it to imagine now, we did not all have handsets glued to our ears. Yes, the few long-term users got more tumours “but it could be by chance”, he says.
Some might leave it there. Given the results so far, scientists could be forgiven for losing interest in the mobile phone safety debate. But Professor Challis can’t let it rest. His knowledge of the major breakthroughs in what causes cancers — smoking, sunlight, asbestos, nuclear radiation — tells him that effects often take a long time to show up. “You can look at almost any cancer where you know what the cause was. You find absolutely nothing for ten years,” he says. The groundbreaking study proving the link between lung cancer and smoking showed a similar delay, he says. “You look at what happened after the atomic bomb. Nagasaki, Hiroshima. You find again a long delay, nothing for ten years. The same for asbestos disease.” So although the many existing studies into mobile phone safety have shown no dangers does not deter him. “The people who’ve done these studies have been cautious. They say, ‘We can’t rule out the possibility’. But I want to know whether it’s there.”
As we both quietly turn off our phones, Professor Challis announced that he is in the final stages — it is hoped to seal the deal in the coming weeks — of negotiating £3.1 million from Government and industry to follow 200,000 volunteers, long-term mobile users among them, for five years. This is the kind of gold-stand-ard study he says has been lacking until now, plotting mobile use against any diseases that volunteers develop, not just cancer, but Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases and so on. He would like it to go on for ten years, to be on the safe side.
“Because there is a hint and because the professional epidemiologists whom I trust and who do this all the time, feel that there’s a chance that this could be real, they can’t rule out the possibility.”
The number of mobiles in Britain has doubled to 50 million since 2000, and the number of children aged between 5 and 9 using mobiles has increased fivefold. If, as Professor Challis fears, mobile phone risks could be slow to show up, then what about today’s children? Some scientists have said there is no cause to believe mobiles affect them in any way differently to adults.
Professor Challis disagrees. “We all know that if you’re exposed to sunlight as a kid you’re much more likely to get skin cancer than if you’re exposed as an adult. That’s why children should be covered up if you’re out in the sun all the time. We know that they react differently to ionising radiation, to radioactivity and gamma-rays. They are more sensitive to pollutants.
“Now we have absolutely no idea whether they’re different in reaction to this sort of radio frequency. But all we do know is that there are reasons why they might be. And kids are using mobile phones a lot, fortunately mostly for texting, but they’re still nattering away.”
This is why he plans a study following the fate of mobile-using children: “We want to look first at the possibilities of what are called soft outcomes. Kids’ diseases. Memory retention. These things seem highly improbable, but . . .”
His advice for now? Play safe by not giving your child a mobile before secondary school. Then encourage them to text rather than make calls.
Now our heads are beginning to throb. Is the professor really saying that the mobile phone could — just could — turn out to be the cigarette of the 21st century? “Absolutely.”

We put it to him that ever since Marconi, we have lived with radio waves from TV transmitters, radios and radar installations. “Some people say, why do you even start the research? And I say, nobody can know what is going to cause us problems or not. This is the first time anyone’s stuck a transmitter right near to their ear, apart from a few people using walk-ie-talkies. And the exposure you get from mobile phones is thousands — tens of thousands sometimes — times more than you get from a television broadcast or a mobile phone mast.
“And about 40 per cent of the radio energy of that phone is absorbed into your head.” Perhaps, but still no one has come up with a plausible medical explanation of how mobile phones could cause disease, a fact he readily admits.
“But my take on this, before I got involved in my research area, was in low-temperature physics. I have lived through all sorts of exciting things where no theory was ever produced on something that turned out to be very exciting. The fact that we haven’t got a mechanism means nobody has managed to think of one. That doesn’t mean there isn’t one.”
Professor Challis helps his case by being as sceptical about the dangers of masts, and wi-fi, as he is concerned about possible risks of mobiles. Pinging an e-mail through wi-fi typically exposes you to 200 times less radiation than talking into a mobile phone, he says. “I wouldn’t be worried if my grandchildren were exposed to wi-fi in the classroom.”
Even if a risk is found, people will not have to stop using mobiles, maybe just reduce their exposure to them, such as using a hands-free set, perhaps with a “ferrite bead” (a special metal clip) to block any radiation getting to your ear.
The final charge that sceptics will throw is that he wants to get his organisation more funding. “My personal interest would be to go sailing.” At 73, he is not far from retiring. “I do it because it’s worthwhile.”
We ask him if we can call him on his mobile later, on his way home. Difficult, he says — he keeps it switched off.
Because of health fears? “No, I don’t like people rabbiting away on trains. I try not to rabbit away on trains.” We are about to sigh with relief, and then he adds: “As far as health is concerned, bear in mind I’m not a young guy. Rather different from being a child or a young person or people of your age.”
Tips to cut risk
• “I do feel if we can hold off children using mobile phones at least until they get to secondary school, that would be a good thing”
• “If we encourage children to text instead, where you’re only going to get exposed significantly when you’re actually talking to the phone, that’s another
good thing”
• If children are using a laptop on a wireless network, put it on a table or the floor: “I don’t think kids should put laptops on their knees”
• If you are using a hands-free system with a wire, some radio frequency may be passed to your ear, but “it’s so damned easy to put a cover of ferrite
beads or something similar in that wire to stop it getting out”
• If you are concerned about intensive mobile phone use, consider putting it a short distance away. A short gap dramatically reduces exposure: “Quite a
lot of people use a mobile in place of a landline. Why not stick it on your desk, in your handbag or put it on the floor?”
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Jersey: List of Mobile Phone Base Stations and Masts
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jan 2007
Mobile Phone Base Stations and Masts
This list is a working document and represents the current position for sites across the Island.
It will be updated as and when additional sites are agreed or submitted for consideration.
The data is collated from the list of planning applications and permissions held at the Planning and Environment Department and does not necessarily reflect sites that have actually been developed.

This data only includes sites that required planning permission.
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Jersey: Mast review wants public opinions
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jan 2007
Mast review wants public opinions
People in Jersey are being asked to have their say about the island's mobile phone masts.
The scrutiny review into masts, established after a States debate at the end of last year, is under way and the public's views are being sought.
On Tuesday, approval was given for 26 mobile phone installations in Jersey.
The installations include seven new masts and 19 replacements or additions to existing masts. The permissions were granted on a temporary basis.
Installations are subject to removal if negative health effects are proven.
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Source: Agnes Ingvarsdottir

Jersey: Public meetings over mobile masts
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jan 2007
People with views about mobile phone masts in Jersey are being encouraged to share them at several public meetings.
The review into masts, by a scrutiny sub-panel, was established after a States debate at the end of last year.

The first meeting is in the Royal Square on Tuesday, with people being encouraged to fill in a questionnaire.
There will also be a meeting at Hautlieu School on Thursday at 1900 GMT, and on Friday at St Brelade's Parish Hall.
The panel wants to find out how many people are worried about the effect of mobile phone masts on the environment and the possible effects on health.
The scrutiny panel will make its findings public in the spring.

Approval was given for 26 mobile phone installations this month
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Source: Robert Riedlinger

Mast push sparks fury
United Kingdom Created: 19 Jan 2007
A MOBILE phone giant has angered Kenilworth councillors after deciding to appeal a decision stopping it building a 12 metre high mast in the town centre.
Coun George Illingworth, was shocked to learn Hutchison 3G planned to push on with a bid to put mast outside the DeMontfort Hotel on Smalley Place, after Warwick District Council planning committee rejected the application last week.
Mr Illingworth said: "Their decision shows an unwillingness to cooperate with us.
"We know that we have to find a site for a mast in Kenilworth, but why on earth they want to put it in Smalley Place I don't understand - unfortunately I am not privy to the detail of their logic but if they talked to us we would try and help.
"It's a disappointing attitude but we'll see what happens from here."
Kenilworth Town Council called the siting of the mast "completely inappropriate" and branded it an"aesthetic eyesore".
And at the planning meeting, district councillors agreed with their town counterparts and rejected the mast on grounds the location was inappropriate despite council officers recommending the scheme be given the go ahead.
Verity Blake, Corporate Affairs Manager, speaking on behalf of Hutchison 3G, said: "We will be appealing because the scheme was recommended by professional advisers working for the local authority who said the proposal would have no [adverse] impact on the local area.
"Furthermore, after a four year search and consultations, there is no other available option. We do need a site in Kenilworth town centre to bring the benefits of 3G technology - without it, people will not be able to use their phones in the town."
But Coun Illingworth hit back, saying 3G had not exhausted all its options because they had not talked to the town council.
He added: "We would love to help solve this problem with them because the spirit of cooperation is essential - it's sad they want to appeal."
The application will now be referred to the Planning Inspectorate in Bristol for a final decision.
• Developers have been given permission to build five new affordable homes next to Kenilworth's Oak Road cemetery, despite opposition from the town council.

The planning committee, which had made a visit to the site before taking the decision, voted to give the project the green light after a debate which lasted just twenty minutes.

Coun Norman Vincett, said: "All I can say is that I'm disappointed because I thought they may have considered a refusal - but that's democracy."
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Source: The Leamington Observer, Ed Holmes, 18 Jan 2007

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