Thursday, September 2, 2010

Study Yakymenko & Sidorik 2010.pdf / It gets ever worse! / Rebates / Wireless Radiation Rescue event / Brock prof Wi Fi concerns / Birds & bees

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2 September 2010


Study by Yakymenko & Sidorik 2010, see the attached document



Here are three items from the Daily Telegraph technology section.

It gets ever worse!!

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iPhone app to replace the stethoscope

The iPhone could replace the stethoscope as millions of doctors across the world are signing up for a free app created by University College London.

Published: 7:45AM BST 31 Aug 2010

iPhone applications that could help save your life Mobile phones have been sold as business tools, fashion accessories and social organisers. But they can also be lifesavers. Once, this function was limited to being able to call for help from remote locations but the arrival of the smart phone means they can save your life in dozens of different ways: Here are a few

By Peter Hutchison
Published: 9:36AM BST 31 Aug 2010

Little black dress that's also a phone

A little black dress that doubles up as a mobile phone is to be launched in Britain.

By Heidi Blake
Published: 9:00AM BST 31 Aug 2010

The M-Dress. Wearers can make and receive calls from the garmant by lifting their hand to their ear



More Canadian Government incompetence?

CRTC to hand over phone rebates

Iain Marlow Telecom Reporter

From Wednesday's Globe and Mail Published on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010 4:47PM EDT Last updated on Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2010 8:12PM EDT

The CRTC has decided to plunge more than $700-million into consumer rebates and an expansion of wired broadband Internet networks into remote rural areas.

By doing so, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission, which announced the decision on Tuesday, has appeased consumer groups that wanted funds collected from overcharges to flow back to the consumers. But the regulator, by mandating wired networks as carriers increasingly push wireless technology, has laid the groundwork for a tense set of hearings in October, when the industry will gather to debate whether high-speed Internet should be a "basic service," like basic phone and dial-up Internet.

In total, roughly $311-million will go to consumer rebates – which will range from $25 to $90 for urban phone customers – and $422-million will fund companies to build networks in remote areas, which companies often neglect because there is little profit there. The money came from the CRTC's deferral account, which collected about $1.6-billion in excess revenue from high prices mandated to subsidize competition.

Michael Janigan of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre called the decision "a reasonable conclusion to a flawed regulatory adventure."

The middle way proposed by the CRTC is not surprising. More importantly, perhaps, is the CRTC rejection of BCE Inc.'s proposal to provide rural service with its advanced wireless network, a decision that may have ramifications beyond this ruling. The regulator said the service's download capacity, speed and price were not equal to those Bell provides in urban areas, and were thus unacceptable.

Mirko Bibic, BCE Inc.'s senior vice-president for regulatory affairs, slammed the decision, saying the regulator was "incapable of being forward-looking" by ignoring future wireless network upgrades and sticking consumers with old, non-upgradeable DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Internet service. "It's just a very poor technological choice," Mr. Bibic said. "Regulators should not be choosing technologies, the market should."

Canada's big telecom providers face a huge challenge ahead: They must balance the technological and financial challenges of providing advanced services to a vast, sparsely populated nation, while simultaneously navigating the shifting political winds in Ottawa, where their sector's regulations are forged. Providing service to rural areas, which will cost hundreds of millions of dollars, has become a point of contention between companies and the CRTC, which is chaired by Konrad von Finckenstein, ahead of this fall's crucial regulatory hearings.

A decision that wireless isn't good enough would be a blow to the technological evolution companies see before them. "It is possible that the CRTC does not value wireless and satellite as much, even though wireless is seen as the future and satellite is getting broadband stimulus," said Michael Hennessy, Telus Corp.'s senior vice-president for regulator and government affairs. "There is a disconnect from our perspective. We shall see how much in the fall hearings."

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Wireless Radiation Rescue event

CBC reporting on Wireless Radiation Rescue event in Vancouver last night. Opens the local news section.

Una St Clair-Moniz
Executive Director 
Citizens for Safe Technology Society


Brock prof isn't sold on Wi-Fi safety

Posted By Julie Greco, Standard Staff

Don't believe everything you hear when it comes to the impact of wireless technology, warns a Brock University professor.

David Fancy, chairman of the department of dramatic arts at Brock's Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, said staff should be cautious about microwave exposure to Wi-Fi. He wrote to the co-chairs of the university's health and safety committee and asked them to reissue a warning to staff before they return to school this month.

"We need to reaffirm how progressive our university has been about this in the past," he said.

The committee's first warning was in February 2009.

"There is so much confusion about the safety of wireless use that we felt it best to issue the simplest form of precautionary warning," he said.

"We're not claiming that wireless does harm. But we're saying, don't be sure until it's proven safe, because the science is very diverse."

Fancy said his goal isn't to ban Wi-Fi from the university, but he does want all the research to be considered.

"I personally think that the impact of wireless use is more significant than people think. It's part of our due diligence to bring all the evidence to the table," he said.

"At the end of the day, it's not for us to say wireless use is really a problem, it's a decision for Health Canada."

While Fancy isn't a scientist or medical doctor, he often consults with and tries to help those who suffer from extreme electromagnetic sensitivities. His wider concern, however, is about long-term 24-hour-a-day exposure to wireless technology.

"I liken the Wi-Fi debates people are having now to the issue of smoking in the 1930s and '40s," he said, noting that while a study linked smoking to cancer in 1939, there wasn't widespread acknowledgement by health officials until decades later.

"Right now, I can point to about 2,000 studies that show the biological affects of wireless use."

While Fancy is concerned about the potential health impact of Wi-Fi, he noted he's not a "tinfoil-hat-wearing drama prof."

"I like technology. I've had era computer since the Vic-20 came out in the '80s, and I like computers and DVDs," he said. "But I think we need to look at the full picture of all the research when it comes to Wi-Fi.

Fancy said the recent warning was prompted by debate about wireless technology in classrooms and statements made by government officials saying it doesn't pose a public health risk.

At the annual general meeting of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario last month, Niagara representatives called for members to lobby school boards to limit wireless use. The ETFO caucus, however, rejected the Niagara resolution.

Parents in Simcoe County also raised concerns that Wi-Fi in classrooms caused a variety of health problems among students, including chronic headaches, dizziness, insomnia, rashes and other neurological and cardiac symptoms. However, in June, the Simcoe County School Board decided to continue the use of wireless. The decision was supported by the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.


Panel to check if phone towers have impact on birds & bees

New Delhi, Sep 1, DHNS:

Taking note of sporadic reports on the adverse impact of cellphone towers on the bird and bee population, the union Environment Ministry on Wednesday formed a 10-member expert committee to examine the issue in details.

Headed by Asad Rahmani, director, Bombay Natural History Society, the panel will assess the likely impact of the mushrooming of cellphone towers on animals, birds and insects. It will also examine if these towers are influencing the birds' migratory path in any way. The panel will formulate guidelines on large scale installation of mobile towers, an official said. It will submit the report within six months.

The panel comes within six months of Punjab University researchers reporting how honey bees are disappearing from their hives and also producing less honey possibly because of an over-exposure to electromagnetic radiation radiation from cell phones and towers.

The radiation comes not only from the phones but also from millions of towers.  Zoologists at Punjab University in Chandigarh picked cell phones as the main culprit behind the vanishing act. They showed that the tolerance level of bees for electromagnetic radiation has crossed the limit. The study was in line with previous studies which showed bees producing less honey and having a high mortality if they live near high tension electricity lines.

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