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media group asks mobile company for investigation of staff
Trinidad Created: 28 May 2007
MATT tells Digicel: Take action

Monday, May 28 2007

THE Media Association of Trinidad and Tobago (MATT) yesterday called for a full-scale investigation into an incident in which sub-contractors reportedly employed with Irish telecom company Digicel allegedly threatened media workers in Petit Bourg last Friday. The incident happened when media workers went to report on the removal of a cellular tower in the area.

In a statement, MATT said it received information from the photographers who were at the scene that a member of the sub-contracting firm began hurling verbal expletives and throwing stones at them as they took pictures of the dismantling of the cell tower at Jerningham Avenue in Petit Bourg.
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Digicel statement on towers ignores the truth
Trinidad Created: 28 May 2007
"Independent scientific review bodies around the world have consistently concluded that the weight of scientific evidence to date suggests that exposure to radio-waves from cell sites operating within international guidelines do not cause adverse health effects," Digicel said in the statement.
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Source: Trinidad Express

cell tower on Secondary School causes protest
Trinidad Created: 28 May 2007
A DIGICEL cell tower has been erected on top of the Aranjuez Educational Secondary School on Coronation Street in Aranjuez, north Trinidad.
However, Aranjuez residents are now calling for its immediate removal.
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Source: Trinidad Express

Minister urged to speed up cell tower removals
Trinidad Created: 27 May 2007
THE ASSOCIATION for Radio Frequency Emission Control in Trinidad and Tobago (ArFECTT) said it welcomes the withdrawal of the injunction and judicial review action brought by Digicel against the Ministry of Planning and Development and the subsequent removal, of a cellular tower located at Petite Bourg.

However, the group said it remains concerned that in most cases despite objections and protest action by residents, cellular towers continue to be erected by Digicel and TSTT.

ArFECTT said it is also concerned about the inability of the Ministry of Planning and Development “to effectively treat with this issue thus far” and is calling on Planning Minister Camille Robinson-Regis to ensure that all such towers are removed within the shortest possible time frame.

ArFECTT said it condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the behaviour of Digicel workmen on the site of the cell tower removal in Petit Bourg on Friday.

“Needless to say our association is taking this matter very seriously and is therefore calling on Digicel to issue a public apology... for the uncivilised and barbaric conduct exhibited by their workers,” the group said .


Source: www.newsday.co.tt

TSTT, Digicel cell tower headache
Trinidad Created: 20 May 2007
RESIDENTS of Macaulay, Claxton Bay, went out yesterday in the mud to protest the construction of two cell towers near to their houses.

They said they are already protesting the erection of a TSTT cell tower and now, Digicel also wants to put up a tower.

Town and Country Planning Division confirmed that Digicel has not received permission from them to build on that site.

Residents said that last October a TSTT cell tower was virtually erected overnight.

They said that if Digicel successfully erects this new cell tower, the villagers of Lalloo Trace, Macaulay, would be living in the middle of two towers.

One angry villager, Charmaine Mungal-Deen, started rallying support in her community and has a petition with over 100 signatures opposing the installation of a cell tower. Mungal-Deen said all government agencies have failed them by ignoring their pleas for some sort of action to stop the building of the tower, and possibly having TSTT’s tower dismantled if it was illegally erected.

She cried, “To add insult to injury the Digicel construction workers have begun extending their excavation onto our private property.”
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Residents of of North Trinidad protest erection of Cell Mast
Trinidad Created: 30 Apr 2007
Cell tower protest in Curepe

Curepe residents staged a protest yesterday, calling for removal of a TSTT cell tower on Evans Street.

A handful of residents held placards and shouted: “No cell tower; no cell tower!”

According to them, the tower was erected last Friday, when a TSTT work crew visited a private property.

Residents claimed that the property owner allowed the phone company to erect the tower, although he lived at Valsayn.

They expressed their concerns over the loud “humming” sound emanating from the tower and the possibility of radiation emissions.
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Source: Trinidad Guardian

VIctory for Southen Trinidad Residents
Trinidad Created: 12 Mar 2007
Gulf View residents demand the removal of remaining equipment which they fear may be emitting radiation at the TSTT cell site on Gulf View Link Road.


A TSTT cell tower was dismantled yesterday, a day after residents of posh Gulf View protested its presence.

Though residents were thankful for the quick response from Telecommunications Services of T&T (TSTT), they are calling on the company to meet with them to discuss the fate of other equipment at the site.

At around 10 am on Sunday, the residents gathered at the site at Gulf View Link Road, La Romaine.

Resident Indira Pooran said the 30-foot tower had been dismantled about 9 am by a TSTT crew.

She said the tower was erected two weeks ago, close to homes in the community.

“My mother’s home is located just 12 feet away from the tower and we are worried about the radiation,” Pooran said.

“We are happy that the tower was dismantled because it was put up without authorisation from San Fernando City Corporation and Town and Country Planning.”

She said even though the tower was removed, there was still activity at the site.

“We are hearing meters running... TSTT has placed two cabinets within the perimeter of the fence and these cabinets seem to be active,” Pooran said.

“We do not know what this machinery is about, or whether it is emitting radiation.”

Another resident Dr Harold Sookbir said TSTT must remove every piece of machinery from the Gulf View site.

“We do not want it here... I have a granddaughter who suffers from brain damage and I am sure that this radiation had something to do with her condition,” Sookbir said.

He said there were three cellular towers in the Gulf View area.

Meanwhile, attorney Kevin Rattiram said residents would delay taking legal action against the company.

He said, however, that TSTT should immediately remove any machinery which might be emitting radiation.

“We are calling on TSTT to take immediate steps to secure the welfare and safety of these residents and if any of this machinery is in any way harmful, it must be removed,” Rattiram said.

Residents said they would continue to monitor the site to ensure that the tower was not put up again.

TSTT’s communications manager Camille Salandy could not be reached for comment on her cellular phone.

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Source: Guardian newspapers ©2005-2006 Trinidad Publishing Company Limited

Trinidad news headlines confirm Cell-tower radiation can kill
Trinidad Created: 10 Mar 2007
CELL masts of danger:
Trinidad news headlines confirm Dangers of CELL MASTS CELL masts of danger
RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT THE HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CELL(MOBILE) PHONE MASTS
Headlines confirm Dangers of CELL MASTS NCell-tower radiation can kill

HUNDREDS of persons, from the very young to the elderly, living in and around cell-towers are unknowingly living with death as both local and international medical research indicate radiation from these towers may cause major diseases, sometimes with fatal consequences.

This was the view expressed by several professors, researchers and public health scientists during a health symposium yesterday at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Faculty of Medical Sciences, Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC) in Mt Hope.

The symposium entitled Cell Tower Radiation: Is it safe? saw a disappointing turnout especially since the health concern surrounding cell-towers was raised locally and internationally within recent time.

Members of the panel found that brain tumours, memory loss, a reduced sperm count and leukaemia were some of the effects caused by constant exposure to cell-tower radiation.

Noticeably absent from yesterdays symposium were representatives of the countrys two cellular providers TSTT and Digicel.
The absence was noted by symposium chairman Keith Clifford.

Peter Permell, vice-president of the Association for Radio Frequency (RF) Emission and Control in TT (ArFECTT), told the audience that cell-tower radiation is one of the most important environmental concerns today.

According to Permell, ArFECTT undertook its own research into RF emissions because the group is deeply concerned about the publics safety.
The association, he said, also found that the symptoms subside when people leave the surrounding area where these towers are located.

Cell-towers are erected in or around densely populated areas to ensure the viability of radio frequencies on which cellular phones operate.

It was added that the towers should not be placed closer than 300 metres to where people live.

Professor Stephan Gift, of UWI Faculty of Engineering, told the sparse audience that his findings showed radiation caused alteration in brain waves, a two-fold increase in child leukaemia and changes in the human immune system.

He also sourced information from a Reflex Study done by 12 groups in seven European countries.
Findings showed that radiation caused DNA breaks in exposed cells of the human body.

Gift said it was also found that in Germany, this year, there was a seven fold increase in breast cancer in an area with cell towers.
He also said that 900 cell towers were demolished in Taiwan in 2005 after these health concerns were raised.

Throughout the local cell tower issue, TSTT has maintained it ensures its radio frequency emissions from cell-towers were as much as a thousand times lower than the recommended levels of the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).

However, Gift suggested that the Telecommunications Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) reject the ICNIRP as have China, Russia and Sweden and move to a better standard when dealing with the health ramifications of these towers.

Gift said that the headaches people experience with prolonged cellular phone usage are because, things leak into the brain, which shouldnt
Contacted yesterday for comment, TATT executive chairman John Prince said two members were present at the symposium as they would today brief him on what the medical experts said at the symposium.

We have not had all of the information (regarding the amount of cell-towers in TT)...the companies (TSTT and Digicel) are supposed to lodge with us,
Prince said.

When contacted by Newsday, TSTT Communications Manager Amoy Van Lowe assured that TSTT maintains cell-tower emissions significantly lower than international standards. She added that instead of criticising the company, Gift should, lobby to have the standards re-assessed.

The symposium also included a recording from Dr.George Carlo, a Public Health Scientist at the Science and Public Policy Institute in the United States on his findings regarding cell-tower radiation emissions.

He said over a period of five and a half years, severe effects from cellular phone usage were discovered.
Carlo found that radiation from cellular phones opened up the blood-brain barrier that normally protects brain tissues from toxic chemicals circulating in the blood and also caused a disruption in DNA repair.

However, Jonas Addae, a professor at UWI Faculty of Medical Sciences, disputed the panels findings saying that in 2000, the World Health Organisation (WHO) indicated that radioactive frequencies emitted by mobile phones and base stations are unlikely to induce or promote cancer.

In July, Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis indicated that Government, with the help of the Army, was going to tear down 16 TSTT and Digicel cell-towers which reportedly failed to comply with existing planning policy.
So far, only one cell-tower has in fact been torn down.

Attempts to contact both Robinson-Regis and Public Utilities and the Environment Minister Pennelope Beckles, for comment proved futile.
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1 Comments:
mahesh said...
i can't say more about this
but i can suggest a site which Cell Phone Radiation and the Increase in Brain Cancer
people appear to have an almost pathological emotional attachment to their cell phones and there is a fascinating suggestion that cell radiation pulses might actually be addictive to the human brain

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WHO Standard for Acceptable Cell Phone Radiation is Unsafe.
Trinidad Created: 30 Jan 2007

Cellular towers are said to be threatening the health of the people of this country.

University of the West Indies Professor Stephen Gift says the standard set by the world health organization for acceptable cell phone radiation is unsafe.

Speaking at a symposium on the health effects of cell towers and phones yesterday, professor Gift said there are recorded cases of persons suffering from the ill-effects of radiation.

And spokesman for the association of radio frequency emissions control Peter Permell wants the telecommunications authority to set strict radiation standards to ensure the safety of cell phone users.

29 Jan. 2007

Cell tower still standing
Trinidad Created: 23 Jan 2007
DIGICEL has successfully blocked the Ministry of Planning and Development from removing its Cellsite On Wheels (COW) at Jerningham Street in Petit Bourg by obtaining leave to apply for judicial review to challenge the Ministry’s decision to force them to take down the tower.

The telecommunications company also obtained an injunction against Planning and Development Minister Camille Robinson-Regis preventing her from removing the tower.

Unaware of this action, the State instructed officers from the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment to remove the COW on Thursday night.

When Newsday visited the site on Thursday, security guards stationed in front of the enclosed area where the COW is located, produced legal documents which they said were delivered to them during the day.

The document stated that on Wednesday, Digicel filed for application for judicial review before Madame Justice Judith Jones who granted the request.

A release yesterday by Digicel stated that in addition to the review application, the company also acquired an injunction which allows the COW to remain in its present location.

In a separate release, also dated yesterday, the Planning and Development Ministry stated attempts to remove the cell tower failed due to this injunction. The release stated that Regiment officers arrived at the site at 11.30 pm and were proceeding to dismantle the structure when Digicel officials arrived 15 minutes later and presented the injunction.

The officers were successful in disconnecting cables and other wires from the tower, the Ministry release stated, but they were unable to dismantle the COW. The release also stated that Robinson-Regis, up until early yesterday afternoon, had not been served with the injunction.

Nevertheless, the Ministry release stated that Robinson-Regis is committed to remove all towers, which do not conform to the planning Policy for Public Mobile Telecommunication Services.

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Source: NEWSDAY-Daily News Limited

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