Moroccan Engineer Arrested at JFK Airport Over Sexual Assault

New York – A Moroccan engineer was arrested last Friday at New York JFK airport after a woman accused him of sexually molesting her on a Casablanca-New York bound flight, according to the New York Daily News.As soon as the Royal Air Maroc airplane landed in New York, the woman filed a complaint before the American authorities. The woman claims that the 45-year old man placed his hands under her blouse on her breast and attempted to place his hands inside the front of her pants, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.The engineer denied the accusation and said that he touched the woman only to move her head when she nodded off on his shoulder. As soon as the woman filed her complaint, the judge ordered him jailed depriving him from the presumption of innocence.The Moroccan, who is married and father of two children, is waiting for his brother to travel to the United States to pay his bail. read more

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The Maghreb Needs a Stable Libya Bourita

Rabat – Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bourita reiterated Morocco’s commitment to a political solution in Libya to regain peace, stability, and development, in Paris on Tuesday.In a speech before the attendees of the Paris summit on the Libyan crisis, Bourita affirmed, “The Maghreb needs a stable Libya, as Europe needs a stable Maghreb.” Bourita conveyed King Mohammed VI’s greetings and affirmed that the King is “closely following developments in the situation in Libya, and giving full support to the conference on Libya.” The Moroccan official added that the conference came at the right time because the prolongation of the Libyan conflict is not an option.“On the contrary, it is an ongoing motivation to redouble our efforts to bring  Libyan protagonists closer together.”The minister also saluted the dynamism of the special envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya, Ghassan Salamé, to find a mutually acceptable solution to end the conflict.“Morocco will be at the side of Libya and its people. It does not have a hidden agenda or interests other than Libya itself: to return to the path of peace, stability and development,” Bourita said.The conference, which was held under the auspices of the UN, convened many delegations from twenty countries, including the US.The symposium brought together Libya’s Chief of Staff Marshall Khalifa Haftar, Speaker of the Libyan House of Representatives in Tobruk Aguila Saleh, Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj, and President of Libya High Council Khaled Mechri.The four Libyan leaders agreed to “work constructively with the United Nations to hold credible and peaceful elections on December 10 and to respect the results of the elections,” but they did not sign their names to the agreement.The leaders also pledged to ensure funds and “strong security arrangements” for the voting. read more

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New leasing scheme proposed in 2017 budget to be implemented

The Finance Ministry said that certain budget proposals in the past were not implemented properly during the targeted period of time thereby the country lost expected benefits. The prime objective of this program is to ensure the proper implementation of all the development projects proposed by Budget 2017 in time. Accordingly, new regulations with regard to leasing loans for vehicles will not be applied to transport service providers in the tourism sector. They will be able to enjoy 100% loan facilities to lease out vehicles. At the same time, university scholars who brought forward research details pointed out the need for a regulatory body with regard to three wheelers. Budget 2017 which welcomed the argument by university experts has proposed new regulations in leasing out three wheelers. Accordingly, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake proposed in Budget 2017 that loan to value ratio should be 25% for three wheelers, 50% for motor cars and vans and 90% for lorries and buses.Therefore, the Central Bank of Sri Lanka has advised commercial banks and leasing companies to follow new regulations in granting loans for vehicle leasing including three wheelers.Currently, loans can be borrowed after paying 10% of the total value of a three wheelerwhich a borrower intends to buy. In the future, Under the new leasing regulations the leasing facility offered will be  25% of the value of a three wheeler. Proposed traffic laws and spot fines are scheduled to be revised in the near future and the Finance Ministry believes that the new regulations imposed on loans will make an impact on leasing out of three wheelers. The relevant Acts and regulations introduced under a move to simplifytax system will be implemented with effect from 01.04.2017. The specific feature in preparing budget this time is that the inclusion of proposals by people from all walks of life including ordinary people, businessmen and professionals. Tourism has been bouncing back in the country and a group of businessmen engaged in transporting tourists requested assistance to improve the sector. Accordingly, Treasury Secretary Dr. R.H.S. Samaratunga has already informed Ministry secretaries to prepare procurement plans and action plans with immediate effect and submit them to the Director General Budget Department to enable him to provide necessary grants for each project.Certain budget proposals were implemented with effect from the very midnight following the budget was presented to parliament and the responsibility of implementing the balance is left with the respective ministries and their regulatory bodies.Accordingly, prices of several essential commodities including kerosene, sugar, canned fish and powdered milk have already been dropped. The report has further advised Ministry secretaries to prepare an action plan and implement all the projects and proposals made by the budget within this year in order to eradicate poverty, generate employment enabling the public to increase their income.Budget 2017 has proposed 325 projects to be implemented and, National Budget Department has allocated necessary funds for each ministry to implement them hassle free. The Ministry of Finance has summarized in a report to all Ministry secretaries about the projects coming under the purview of each Ministry and, how such projects proposed by the budget are implemented. This report also includes details with regard to new laws to be introduced if necessary. The Treasury Secretary has informed secretaries of all line Ministries to take necessary action to implement all development proposals made in the 2017 Budget for each Ministry.The proposals in the budget which have already been passed by Parliament will be implemented through the relevant Ministries and their affiliated institutions. read more

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Sri Lanka reaches out to victims of major flood in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma declared seven days of mourning across the country on Tuesday after a massive mudslide killing nearly 300 people in the capital city of Freetown on Monday, the Asia Pacific Daily reported. According to a statement from the Office of the President, the national mourning will start from August 16 to 22, during which period all flags would be flown at half-mast.“The President has further decided to invoke MAC-C (Military Aid to Civil Community) and to raise the national security threat level to level 3 in direct response to the unfolding emergency situation,” the statement said. Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Cornnelius Deveaux told journalists earlier Tuesday in an emergency press briefing that the total number of deaths reported at the Connaught Hospital is 297, including 109 children and 83 women.He said the search to identify corpses and possible survivors is still in progress as hundreds more are feared to remain missing after the mudslide hit. (Colombo Gazette) “As a country which suffered from a similar devastation recently, I express my deepest sympathy to the victims of the flood in Sierra Leone,” President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted. Sri Lanka today expressed condolences to the victims of a major flood in Sierra Leone.Hundreds were reported killed following floods and landslides in Sierra Leone. read more

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Retail sales rise in March mostly on strength in automotive StatsCan

Retail sales rise in March, mostly on strength in automotive: StatsCan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Warmer than usual weather across much of the country helped retail sales rise 0.4 per cent in March to $39.1 billion, more than offsetting February’s decline, Statistics Canada said Wednesday.The gain came as Canadian shoppers jumped the gun on buying spring merchandise, including clothing, footwear, bicycles as well as lawn and garden products, the federal agency said.But it was auto sales that contributed the majority of the increase. Sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers rose 1.2 per cent, with most of the gains coming in sales of new cars and other motor vehicles, including RVs, motorcycles and boats.“While balmy temperatures likely coaxed shoppers to vehicle showrooms … that sector’s winning ways have been going on for quite some time,” said CIBC economist Emanuella Enenajor.“On an annual basis, vehicle sales are up by 10.5 per cent, the fastest pace of sales in any retail category and a marked acceleration in vehicle purchases relative to the pace seen in 2011.”Gains were reported in seven of 11 subsectors, representing 56 per cent of Canada’s total retail sales.Four provinces reported higher retail sales in March, with most of the gains in Ontario, which showed an increase for the fourth time in five months.Excluding Ontario’s 1.2 per cent increase, total retail sales were flat.Royal Bank economist Nathan Janzen said the report is consistent with its forecast that real consumer spending growth as a whole moderated to 1.6 per cent in the first quarter, a slide from the 2.9 per cent increase in the fourth quarter.“We continue to expect this slowing, however, will be temporary with still-low interest rates and an improving labour market expected to support a strengthening in quarterly spending growth to a better than two per cent rate for the remainder of 2012,” Janzen wrote.“As well, despite the moderation in consumer spending growth, earlier indications of stronger growth in exports point to overall GDP growth in Q1 still matching the, albeit modest, 1.8 per cent gain in the fourth quarter.” by News Staff Posted May 23, 2012 12:03 pm MDT read more

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Cardinals release starters Smith Benwikere after blowout

TEMPE, Ariz. — In the wake of another embarrassing loss, the beleaguered Arizona Cardinals have released two starters — right tackle Andre Smith and cornerback Bene Benwikere.Coach Steve Wilks also said Monday that linebacker Josh Bynes (thumb) and kicker Phil Dawson (hip) were placed on injured reserve.Wilks cited “inconsistent” play on the part of Smith and Benwikere. Smith, a former starter for the Cincinnati Bengals, was in the first year of a two-year contract and played 46 of a possible 47 snaps in Sunday’s’ 45-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.Benwikere played 35 snaps and had one tackle.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLBob Baum, The Associated Press read more

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500M Crab Island onshore base to create jobs for Berbicians –

Government is optimistic that a US$500 million onshore facility at Crab Island, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) will in effect create job opportunities for residents of the Ancient County.Government announced on Wednesday that it would be investing the US$500 million in the construction of an onshore oil and gas facility at Crab Island, which would cater for the expansion of exploration and subsequent production of oil in Guyana.Construction on the facility, which will serve as a logistics and supply base to the offshore production, should get underway during the course of this year.The Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission has been advertising leasehold lands close to the Island.President David Granger meeting with ExxonMobil executives at State House on WednesdayThe facility is expected to create some 600 jobs, which could bring significant relief to residents of Berbice who continue to complain about lack of employment.According to the Government Information Agency (GINA), the supply base could consist of sections including maintenance, fabrication, warehousing, spares, housing, and spares handling.Technical skills such as welding would also be in demand during and after construction.Last year, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman had said that jobs which would be created through the establishment of the onshore supply base facility would enable and enhance the labour force.Explaining why Crab Island was selected as the site for the onshore base, Trotman said that the current traffic congestion along Water Street, Georgetown makes that location unsuitable. However, the wharves along Water Street will be used for the first phase of the Liza development.Earlier this month, oil giant ExxonMobil advertised for onshore service providers. John Fernandes Limited (JFL) and Muneshwers Limited were among the shortlisted companies. These companies have port facilities along Water Street.However, Minister Trotman pointed out, “Everyone is thinking in terms of Exxon’s operations only, but suffice to say we can’t find ourselves thinking of one discovery and one company.”ExxonMobil and its partners struck black gold when significant hydrocarbon reserves were found in the Liza Field. The oil find was officially declared to be of commercial quantity last year. The company has presented to the Government and stakeholders its development plans for the Liza field with the year 2020 projected for oil production.Additionally, there are several other companies that were issued licences to explore Guyana’s deep waters. Those companies include Repsol, Tullow Oil, CGX, JHI, Eco Atlantic and Ratio Oil.“Some point in time, all will be looking to reengage and so the idea is to find an available piece of land or property which can accommodate all the operations,” Minister Trotman pointed out.Meanwhile, President David Granger on Wednesday gave Government‘s commitment to ExxonMobil, when he met with the oil company’s executives at State House. The Head of State said the Administration was committed to the development of Guyana’s oil and gas sector in an atmosphere of transparency and trust so that the parliamentary Opposition and the people of Guyana were fully involved in the process.The President met with the executives to discuss matters related to the status of exploratory and appraisal work in the Stabroek Block. He said it was important that there are regular and accurate announcements on matters pertaining to the development of the sector. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedExxonMobil to relocate onshore support operations from T&T to GuyanaJuly 10, 2017In “Business”Local Content Plan for oil sector expected by year-end- ExxonMobilSeptember 4, 2017In “Business”Oil, gas onshore supply base to be built in 2017December 30, 2016In “Business” read more

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Malaysia Smelting to help Beaconsfield Gold progress

first_imgBeaconsfield Gold (BCD) has formed a strategic relationship with Malaysia Smelting Corporation Berhad (MSC) with the intention of accelerating the growth of Beaconsfield Gold through exploration and acquisition. The two companies have signed a Subscription Agreement for a placement of 70 million BCD shares to MSC at a price of A$0.28 per share, representing a premium to the recent trading price for BCD shares. The placement will raise a total of A$19.6 million with the shares to be issued to MSC. Upon completion of this placement, MSC will hold 18.9% of Beaconsfield’s issued capital.Malaysian-based MSC Group is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of tin metal and tin-based products with interests in mining, smelting and downstream manufacturing. It has mining and smelting operations in Malaysia and Indonesia and recently acquired a strategic interest in Asian Mineral Resources which is developing a nickel project in Vietnam. MSC is listed on the main board of Bursa Malaysia Securities (Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange) and is a 73.16% subsidiary of The Straits Trading Co (STC), a Singapore Stock Exchange listed company. STC is focused on hotel development and management, financial investments, property development and investments, and metals and mineral resources. It is currently capitalised at around $1.6 billion.MSC was an associate of both Malaysia Mining Corporation Berhad (MMC) and STC until September 2006 when MMC sold its stake in MSC to STC. MMC previously was a large (30% plus), long term cornerstone investor of Plutonic Resources, a major Australian gold producer that merged with Homestake Mining in 1998 in a transaction valuing Plutonic at about A$1 billion. MMC’s investment in Plutonic proved very rewarding.Beaconsfield Gold’s Chairman, Denis Clarke, who was formerly General Manager at Plutonic, commented: “Plutonic achieved remarkable growth during the period when MMC was its major shareholder. I am confident, based on my experience with MMC, that Beaconsfield Gold and MSC will work well together to also achieve significant growth. I very much welcome the association with MSC.”On subscription, the Board of Beaconsfield Gold will be strengthened with the addition of Dato’ Dr Mohd Ajib Anuar, the Group Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of MSC, and Choo Mun Keong who heads strategic planning and investments for the Group. Dato’ Dr Mohd Ajib Anuar holds the professional qualification of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, United Kingdom and has strong connections with the Singaporean and Malaysian financial communities. Choo Mun Keong is an experienced geologist with considerable expertise in international exploration and resources investment.Dato’ Dr Mohd Ajib Anuar commented: “This investment is part of MSC Group’s strategic expansion into the mineral and metal resource sectors. The Group is confident that gold is an attractive long term growth business and Beaconsfield Gold represents an excellent entry point for us.”MSC and Beaconsfield Gold have agreed to work together to build on the production and exploration activities currently conducted by the Beaconsfield Gold Group. With the successful recommissioning of the Beaconsfield mine and the support of MSC, the company is now well positioned for growth. Funding is immediately available for accelerated, sustained exploration and funding capability for new projects and synergistic acquisitions is significantly enhanced.Beaconsfield Gold and its subsidiaries primarily used debt facilities of A$15 million provided by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) in November 2007 to close out all remaining Group gold hedging commitments. As the gold price has continued to rise strongly since November, the closeout of the hedging has proven to be well justified.The Beaconsfield mine is now restored as a significant gold producer with enhanced reserves as at 30 November 2007 and a drill program commencing during 2008 to extend Tasmania Reef reserves at depth. An aggressive regional exploration program has already commenced at Beaconsfield targeting reefs north and south of the Tasmania Reef and other exploration opportunities to exploit spare capacity available in the Beaconsfield ore treatment plant are also being considered.Clarke commented: “Beaconsfield Gold has never been in better shape. The transformation from being the holder of a minority, non-operating interest in the Beaconsfield mine into being a very attractive mid-tier gold producer in its own right is now complete. The company has achieved ownership of an effective 100% interest in the mine and has successfully completed recommissioning of all mining operations, including production from the high grade Western Zone of the mine. I believe also that the MSC investment is a sign of confidence not only in the company’s operations but also in its exploration opportunities. Importantly, the introduction of MSC as a cornerstone investor means the company now has no net debt as well as no gold hedging commitments. My experience as an executive at Plutonic Resources during its growth phase gives me confidence that the future will be rewarding for both our existing shareholders and our new cornerstone Malaysian investor. With a clean balance sheet, Beaconsfield Gold is now well placed to consider both organic and acquisitive growth opportunities.”last_img read more

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AIMEX announces the return of theme days in August

first_imgAIMEX 2013 will maintain its deep engagement across the entire mining industry with the return of its very popular industry “theme days”, covering the key issues of women in mining, mine site safety and new ways to increase industry productivity. Three theme days will form an important element of Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition – AIMEX, to be held at the Sydney Showground from August 20-23, 2013 and which will be attended by IM. The exhibition will have more than 600 exhibitors, covering an area of over 45,000 m2, with a focus on the latest innovations aimed at driving increased productivity, cost efficiency and mine optimisation.High-profile speakers at the AIMEX 2013 theme days include the Australian Coal Association’s Dr Nikki Williams, and Beaconsfield mine tragedy survivor Brant Webb. “These theme days – which help us ensure a deep engagement with the mining community at all levels – have proved to be a popular feature of Reed Mining Events’ structured portfolio of premium mining industry events since they were pioneered at AIMEX 2011,” said Exhibition Director Paul Baker. “They are an ideal complement to the exhibition’s key role in introducing the mining industry to the latest productivity and efficiency enhancing developments, providing additional opportunities for networking and learning more about key issues affecting the industry. Since their successful introduction at AIMEX 2011, we have incorporated them into our regional mining events, including the 2012 Queensland Mining & Engineering (QME) Exhibition in Mackay, the 2012 Mining & Engineering NSW exhibition in Newcastle, and Kalgoorlie’s 2012 Goldfields Mining Expo.”He adds: “They draw a great deal of visitor interest, and provide numerous networking and discussion opportunities. AIMEX 2013’s combination of a strong exhibitor focus on innovation and productivity improvements, in conjunction with our highly popular mining industry theme days, means we will deliver an exhibition that is set to exceed the benchmarks achieved during our outstanding edition in 2011.”last_img read more

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Metsos HRC3000 at FreeportMcMoRans copper mine reaches a major production milestone

first_imgMetso and Freeport-McMoRan celebrated an impressive milestone in Q2, 2017 as the new HRCTM3000, the world’s largest operating high-pressure grinding roll, at the Metcalf concentrator crushed its 100 millionth short ton of ore.Reaching 100 million short tons of crushed ore is a significant milestone for the world’s largest operating high-pressure grinding roll (HPGR). Due to its capacity, the HRC3000 reached this milestone in less than three years. It began operating in May 2014 at the Metcalf concentrator at Freeport-McMoRan’s copper mine in Morenci, Arizona, USA. Morenci is an open-pit copper mining complex that has been in continuous operation since 1939.The HRC3000 is the largest unit of its kind in the world, allowing for fewer lines of equipment which reduces the amount of ancillary equipment. The HRC3000 is the first full-scale HPGR to incorporate revolutionary design features such as the flanged tyre design and the patented Arch-frame. Metso’s solution has provided the Morenci mine with several benefits, including an estimated 13.5% increase in energy efficiency over traditional HPGRs based on pilot scale testing.Picture: Metso team members sport shirts to commemorate the HRCTM3000 crushing its 100,000,000th short ton of ore with an equation to symbolize the important milestonelast_img read more

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Study finds link between high cholesterol and breast cancer

first_imgA NEW STUDY has found that high cholesterol could put women at risk of breast cancer.It also found that the cholesterol-lowering drugs, statins, may cut the risk.The findings are based on patient data from over 660,000 women in the UK over a 14 year period.It found that the risk of breast cancer was almost doubled in those with abnormally high levels of blood fats.However, the research is still at an early stage and the findings do not prove that cholesterol helps trigger breast cancer.Doctor Rahul Potluri is a cardiologist at Aston University in Birmingham, he led the study:Our preliminary study suggests that women with high cholesterol in their blood may be at greater risk of getting breast cancer.“It raises the possibility of preventing breast cancer with statins, which lower cholesterol, but as this is a primitive study, significant time and research is needed before this idea can be tested.He added that statins are cheap, widely available and relatively safe. They’re already known to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.Obesity  Over the past few years,  studies have found a link between obesity and breast cancer.Last year a study in mice found that lowering circulating cholesterol or interfering with its metabolism may be used to prevent or treat breast cancer.Dr Potluri said: “We have a general principle that obesity is linked to breast cancer and a study in mice suggested that this may be because of cholesterol.“We decided to investigate whether there was any association between hyperlipidaemia, which is essentially high cholesterol, and breast cancer.”Research The researchers used a statistical model to study the association between hyperlipidaemia and breast cancer.They found that having hyperlipidaemia increased the risk of breast cancer by 1.64 times.Dr Potluri said, “We found that women with high cholesterol had a significantly greater chance of developing breast cancer.This was an observational study so we can’t conclude that high cholesterol causes breast cancer but the strength of this association warrants further investigation.A prospective study is now needed to monitor the risk of breast cancer in women with and without high cholesterol.If it confirms a connection between high cholesterol and breast cancer then the next step would be to see if lowering cholesterol with statins can reduce the risk of developing cancer.Dr Potluri said a clinical trial may be needed:We are potentially heading towards a clinical trial in 10-15 years to test the effect of statins on the incidence of breast cancer.“If such a trial is successful, statins may have a role in the prevention of breast cancer especially in high risk groups, such as women with high cholesterol.”Read: Eating too much red meat could increase your risk of breast cancer>Read: Rates of breast cancer, invasive cervical cancer and prostate cancer are increasing in Ireland>last_img read more

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SFR passe à lattaque avec un peu de retard

first_imgSFR passe à l’attaque… avec un peu de retardSFR fait subir un lifting a certains de ses forfaits. Disponibles avec ou sans mobile et avec ou sans engagement, ces nouvelles offres ciblent l’international et le quadruple play.SFR étoffe son offre pour rester dans la compétition et décide d’élargir certaines de ses offres. SFR compte sur ses 26 millions de clients pour contrer l’offensive de Free Mobile.À lire aussiiPad 5 : les premières photos du boîtier dévoiléesDestinée aux clients qui appellent beaucoup vers l’étranger, une de ses nouvelles offres propose des appels illimités et permettent de combiner smartphone et tablette grâce à deux cartes SIM liées au même abonnement.À partir de 43 euros par mois, l’Édition Spéciale Carré Absolu International intègre les appels illimitées France et vers les fixes de 100 destinations, les SMS/MMS illimités et le réseau 3G+ illimité (puis réduit au-delà de 2Go).Ce forfait devrait aussi miser sur la multiplicité des modes de navigation. En effet, 1Go sera dédié au Multisurf, permettant d’obtenir une deuxième carte SIM gratuite, spécialement pour une tablette 3G+. Les offres quadruple play s’améliorent grâce à l’Édition Spéciale Multi-Packs Carré. Cette dernière permet au client d’obtenir un forfait mobile et une offre ADSL à partir de 55,90 euros par mois. Le forfait mobile propose les appels illimités vers les fixes et les mobiles en France, SMS/MMS illimités et Internet avec 1Go rechargeable. L’offre inclut également SFR Wifi et la Neufbox. SFR espère ainsi se hisser au rang de Bouygues et Orange qui proposent déjà ces offres. SFR propose également de combiner ses deux nouvelles formules en une seule pour 69,90 euros. En pratique l’Édition Spéciale Multi-Packs Carré Absolu International + Neufbox propose le premier forfait associé à une Neufbox. Et pour tenter de garder ses clients, SFR lance même une offre réservée au clients dont la durée d’engagement est inférieure à 12 mois. Elle comprend les appels illimités en France, SMS/MMS illimités, Internet 3G avec 1Go rechargeable. Le tout à partir de 49 euros par mois.Enfin, face à l’offre à deux euros de Free, SFR revoit ses offres de cartes prépayées qui devraient inclure les appels et les SMS illimités vers trois numéros fixes et mobiles, quel que soit l’opérateur. Ces nouvelles offres font suite aux décisions d’Orange et de Bouygues de refondre les leurs, il y a quelques semaines. Bouygues a notamment baissé les prix de ses forfaits illimités et Tout-en-un Idéo la semaine dernière. De son côté, Orange a réduit le prix de ses offres quadruple play illimitées à la mi-janvier.Le 2 février 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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De nouvelles enceintes Jawbone

first_imgDe nouvelles enceintes JawboneSpécialisé dans les enceintes de qualité pour y adapter les terminaux mobiles, la firme Jawbone a offert une version un peu plus poussée à sa Jambox.Les amateurs de musique qui transportent tous leurs fichiers sur des terminaux mobiles vont être ravis. La firme Jawbone a en effet décidé d’offrir une version améliorée de l’excellente enceinte sans fil Jambox, la Big Jambox. Et comme son nom l’indique, celle-ci est donc plus imposante que sa petite sœur (1,23 kg pour 25,6 x 8 x 9,3 cm) mais dispose d’une qualité de son impressionnante, notamment en ce qui concerne la restitution des basses, révèle New Launches.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Cette Big Jambox dispose en outre d’un micro qui permet à l’utilisateur de l’utiliser pour téléphoner ainsi que du Bluetooth 2.1, d’une portée de 10 mètres minimum. Côté connectique, l’essentiel est là, avec prise jack, port micro-USB, boutons de contrôle de la lecture des pistes et du volume… Disponible en trois coloris : rouge, blanc et gris foncé. Elle en coûtera quand même 300 dollars (environ 230 euros) aux amateurs de son pur…  Le 4 mai 2012 à 11:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Disney Is Bringing Original Shows to Snapchat

first_img Snapchat is continuing to become a viable platform for all sorts of entertainment, from the news to quizzes to full-length shows. So it should come as no surprise that Disney has announced that it will be bringing new original shows to Snapchat in a deal that was announced on Wednesday.Disney isn’t the only company partnering with Snapchat, as groups like Viacom, NBCUniversal, and Turner Broadcasting System have joined the jamboree to bring in younger users. There’s no telling what kind of original content Disney will be creating for the app, but there’s a lot of potential there for shorter content to keep viewers engaged. And we’re talking a whole lot of silly clickbait too, I’m sure, with gifs and accompanying Vines, but that comes with the territory.There’s a larger and larger subset of those who devour media content on apps like Snapchat who prefer to skip out on regular television programming entirely, hooking them with bite-sized pieces of content and hoping to keep their interest piqued on social media networks.Although don’t get too excited just yet thinking your favorite Disney movies are going to come to Snapchat or anything like that. This will likely be a new crop of Disney stars aimed at tweens and younger teenagers, so if you’re not the target audience you may be disappointed. There’s still plenty of content on the way for the app, so it’s interesting to see this kind of platform and how it shakes out. It will no doubt be an important part of the way users consume media going forward, like it or not.If you were in charge of planning this type of content for Disney, what kind of shows would you schedule for users? Are you ready for Snapchat to further its revolution? Snapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350Snapchat Launches New Original Programming, Multiplayer Games Stay on targetlast_img read more

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TCI Tourism Officials on Second Qtr Arrivals Report

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, August 2, 2017 – Providenciales – The overall performance of the destination for the first-half of 2017 is supported predominantly by a noted rebound in the cruise sector.    In fact, Grand Turk has just been named a Top Rated Eastern Caribbean, Bahamas & Bermuda Cruise Destination in Cruise Critic’s 2017 Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards.   The awards are given based entirely on consumer feedback submitted on the Cruise Critic website over the past year. Consumers rated the Grand Turk port for attractions and activities available within walking distance of the ship, the shopping, and the beauty of the beach.   While this upturn is very encouraging, there is still need for much improvement in the cruise sector.   The Tourist Board expects the cruise sector will continue to hold strong for the second half of the year.As the destination enters the off-peak season (summer), the slight decline in stopover arrivals experienced in the month of June is of vital interest. According to CTO, travel to the Caribbean is expected to slow somewhat this year, following a mixed 2016 in which hotel performance was generally down but arrivals from most key markets were up.    For the first time in recent years, the destination recorded a decline in its largest source market. Several trends/ factors may have affected this including:  The Trump Effect – Americans are choosing to ‘Make America Great Again’ by opting for staycations over international travel. Travelzoo’s  Spring 2017 Travel Trends Survey (Feb. 2017), finds that nearly 60% of Americans will travel domestically for their primary vacation this year.   Additionally, a recent survey by Skift, the largest industry intelligence platform providing media, insights and marketing to key sectors of travel, 42% of Americans aren’t taking a vacation this summer.American travelers are also showing an interest in long weekends to Europe, with new low-cost carriers like WOW Air and Norwegian offering the most competitive fares to Europe in recent history – $500 or less.  Nonetheless, we are optimistic that stopover arrivals throughout the summer months, and the second half of the year, will remain stable in comparison to last year.    The ease of accessibility and frequency of flights from most major gateways in the U.S. makes the Turks and Caicos attractive for the last-minute vacation planners who will book trips in the coming days.We are thrilled to see increased arrivals from all other source markets for the first-half of 2017 and we are optimistic that these numbers will remain steady throughout the remainder of the year.Press Release: Ministry of Tourismlast_img read more

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BAHAMAS Minister Thompson Grand Bahamians must be prepared to create own successes

first_imgPROUD MOMENT – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest (third from left) and Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson (right) stand for a photo with principals of FowlCo Marine and Logistics Management, following opening ceremonies for the new company on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Bahamian owners of the company Curtis Fowler, Founder (second from right) and Glennett Fowler, Managing Director (third from right) have joined forces with Juan Sancho Ovejero, Managing Director of Blue Parrot Offshore (second from left). LOOKS AT OPERATION – Mr. Juan Sancho Ovejero, Managing Director of Blue Parrot Offshore (right) explains to Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest and Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator Kwasi Thompson his company’s role in the operation of the newly established FowlCo Marine and Logistics Management, during a tour of the facility located on Grand Bahamian Way, following opening ceremonies on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Related Items: BIS Photos/Andrew Miller -30-center_img PHOTO CAPTIONS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 27, 2018 – Nassau – Minister of State for Grand Bahama, Senator the Hon. Kwasi Thompson says that a hopeful outlook for Grand Bahama is based not just on direct foreign investment, but on local investments by Grand Bahamians like Curtis and Glennett Fowler, owners and operators of FowlCo Marine and Logistics Management.The new Logistics Company, which is 100 percent Bahamian-owned, held its official opening on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the facility on Grand Bahamian Way. The investment totals some $1.6 million.  In his remarks, the Minister of State for Grand Bahama noted that FowlCo is a testament to self-sufficient Bahamians who put in the labor, skills, finances and innovation to create something substantial.“We should commend and congratulate them for it,” said Minister Thompson. “I look forward to this company’s growth and the jobs it has and which it will create locally.“Grand Bahamians must be prepared to create our own success.  Innovative entrepreneurship is the solution to the downturn in our economy.  As such, the government has committed to creating an environment conducive to the creation and growth of Small Businesses, by way of provisions for funding, training programs and business mentorship.“We want to make it increasingly easier for Bahamians to maximize their potential for business ownership and long-term careers in various industries.”Minister Thompson noted that by virtue of Grand Bahama’s deep waters, climate, proximity to the United States and open geographical path to the rest of the world, the maritime industry has long proven to be a perfect fit.  He said that the government intends to capitalize on those benefits to ensure that Grand Bahama maintains its status as a major maritime and industrial hub in the region.“FowlCo has already, notably, employed 16 Bahamians and will provide services to the Grand Bahama community including customs brokerage, port agency & husbandry, dry dock logistics and facilitation of special projects,” said Minister Thompson.  “Your expertise and experience is much appreciated.“I wish to commend FowlCo, because in addition to these services, one of the company’s major goals is to develop and facilitate a training model and institute that will allow Bahamians an opportunity to engage in certified training and decrease the skills gap that currently exists in the industry.“This is an issue that the government has prioritized as we seek to facilitate more technical training to ensure that Bahamians are skilled and are equipped to pursue long-term employment opportunities, especially considering several new businesses are slated to be birthed in Grand Bahama this year and in the coming few years.”Also bringing remarks during the opening ceremony for the new marine and logistics management company was Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest, who noted what the Fowlers have been able to accomplish, will bode well for the future of Grand Bahama and the entire Bahamas.He noted that the establishment of the new company represents what the Government of The Bahamas is trying to create throughout the country – upwardly, mobile, intelligent Bahamians, who have a vision for the future of the country.“We will do our part to help give our citizens the most advantageous position that we can in order for them to be successful,” said Minister Turnquest.   “All around us, we see success in this industry and people are doing well, and we celebrate that.  The economic impact on the country from this industry has been significant.  It is time now though, for us as Bahamians to take more of an active stake in this industry.“I am proud of those who have done so already and who have shown tremendous success in providing service to the industry.  But there is more room and so we welcome this addition today in the opening of this new company.”The Deputy Prime Minister reminded Grand Bahamians to continue to focus on the good things that are taking place in the country.  He said that there is enough negative talk both locally and internationally, but he noted that as long as Grand Bahamians maintain a positive attitude and mindset and work together, great things can be accomplished. 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Jack Wilshere Felipe Anderson is among the best footballers

first_imgWest Ham United midfielder Jack Wilshere believes Felipe Anderson is among the best footballersThe 26-year-old is hoping to return from an ankle injury to play with one of Brazil’s best player.“With Anderson, it was difficult for him at the start as he came from Italy and he’s a Brazilian boy and it’s hard in the Premier League week in, week out, as it doesn’t matter who you are playing against, you have to put your foot in and be ready for the fight,” said the No19 via West Ham’s official website.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“You can see he’s starting to come good now, he’s getting comfortable in the league and starting to show the skills and talent he has got, and he’s adding a few goals as well. I think there’s a lot more to come from him and I can’t wait to see it.”“Technically, he is up there with the top players. He’s a player who can do pretty much everything, he can beat his man and has that Brazilian flair, if you like, and he’s also got the vision to get his head up and make a pass and he’s starting to show that now.”“I’m just looking forward to getting back and helping the lads out. They’ve been fantastic since I’ve been out, they’ve picked up some vital points and they’ve made their way up the league and I just want to come back and help them.”last_img read more

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OBITUARY Patricia Ann Swett Walczak 51

first_imgMETHUEN, MA — Patricia Ann (Swett) Walczak, 51, passed away peacefully at High Pointe Hospice House in Haverhill, MA on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, surrounded by her family, after a courageous 18 year battle with a rare spinal cord tumor.Patricia was born on June 9, 1967 in Tewksbury, MA to the late William and Ruth Swett. She was raised in Wilmington, MA by her foster parents, the late George and Bessie Rydberg. Patricia attended Wilmington public schools and later graduated from Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in 1985, specializing in culinary arts. As a trained chef, she enjoyed cooking for work and for pleasure and founded her own personal chef service company ‘The Pampered Palate.’ In her spare time, Patricia enjoyed spending time with family and friends, trips to the beach, deep sea fishing, spending time with her many pets and tackling multiple home improvement projects at her home in Methuen.Patricia is survived by her loving husband Jack Walczak, with whom she recently celebrated two years of marriage this past April. She is also survived by her children, Courtney Lee Ordway and her fiancé Timothy Hughes of Haverhill, MA and Justin Lee Ordway of Lowell, MA.Patricia also leaves behind her brothers William McMullen of Maryland and Paul McMullen of Salisbury, MA, as well as her two foster sisters, Christine Waite and husband David of Iowa and Susan Danskin and her husband Mark of Dracut, MA, along with several nieces and nephews.Relatives and friends are invited to visiting hours on Monday, September 10, 2018, from 4:00pm until 7:00 pm at Tewksbury Funeral Home, located at 1 Dewey Street, (at 975 Main St. – Rte. 38) Tewksbury, MA. Her funeral service will begin on Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. from the funeral home with a Funeral Mass to be held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 10:00 am at Saint Williams Church, 1351 Main Street, (Rte. 38) Tewksbury, MA. Burial services will be held immediately following Funeral services at Saint Mary Cemetery, located at 90 River Road, Tewksbury, MA. For more information and condolences, please visit https://www.tewksburyfuneralhome.comDonations to the Spinal Cord Tumor Association can be made in lieu of flowers at http://www.spinalcordtumor.org.Patricia Ann (Swett) Walczak(NOTE: The above obituary is form the Tewksbury Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Brandon M. Long, 27In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Linda M. (Baillargeon) Grover, 66In “Obituaries”last_img read more

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Samsung is adding AI to every device you can imagine

first_img See All Samsung is putting its Bixby digital assistant in a range of devices, from smart TVs to appliances to AI speakers.  John Kim/CNET Bixby is about to take over Samsung’s digital world. Samsung’s at CES 2019, talking up how it’s supercharging Bixby through various partnerships and moving into new areas like robotics. The digital assistant now will help people manage their health routines using new Samsung robots or check whether their car’s gas tank is full. Apps like Google Maps and Gmail will soon work with the digital assistant, Samsung said Monday during its press conference at CES in Las Vegas, and Bixby will be able to do even more on Samsung’s smart refrigerators and washing machines, like searching iTunes or letting you know which wash cycle to choose.  The company is betting on artificial intelligence as the next major wave of computing. Samsung expects the technology to link its products together and let consumers do more with their electronics. And it aims to have Bixby in as many of its products as possible, as fast as possible.  2:07 1:37 reading • Hey Bixby, control my new Samsung TV, fridge — and robot from CES 2019 CES 2019 CES Products Artificial intelligence (AI) AirPlay Amazon Robots iTunes Google Samsung Siri Apple Robots galore Bixby also will be part of Samsung’s new “Digital Cockpit” and robotics platforms.  When it comes to robots, Samsung hopes to use AI to “manage activities of daily living.” The company unveiled four robots to help with various tasks. It brought one of them, the Samsung Bot Care, on stage to demonstrate its health-tracking capabilities. The bot talked to a Samsung executive, instructing him to place a finger on the robot’s screen to take his blood pressure. The robot could help elderly users monitor their health — or let their family members keep tabs from afar.  samsung-ces-2019-7344Samsung Bot Care robot can monitor a person’s vitals.  James Martin/CNET “It’s a partner for everyday tasks to help keep you healthy,” Gary Lee, Samsung senior vice president and head of the company’s AI efforts, said during the press conference. “Family members … can check on your well-being even from far away.” Along with Samsung Bot Care, there will be the Samsung Bot Air, Samsung Bot Retail and Samsung GEMS. The Bot Air uses sensors to detect the precise source of pollution and to purify air. The Bot Retail personalizes the retail experience and streamlines order-taking and other tasks. GEMS, which appears to be worn on one’s legs, assists with walking, helps improve mobility and helps athletes train.  For the Digital Cockpit in cars, Bixby will let drivers remotely check how much gas they have before going on a long road trip or to set the car temperature before heading out for the day. Using onboard cameras, the new Digital Cockpit recognizes drivers and passengers and sets up the car’s personal space accordingly — adjusting the display preferences, seat height, lighting and queuing up favorite playlists. Passengers can even enjoy personalized screens on the rear seats and connect to In-vehicle Samsung DeX to get work done on the go.  31 Photos Check out Samsung’s new digital cockpit Now playing: Watch this: • Now playing: Watch this: Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Originally published at 2 p.m. PT Update at 4:41 p.m. PT:  Added more details from the press conference. CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Meet Samsung’s modular and massive MicroLED TVs at CES Now playing: Watch this: Samsung at CES 2019: Smarter Bixby, robots, iTunes and flashy new TVs Samsung’s 2019 TVs will support Apple iTunes, AirPlay 2 Samsung goes all in on its Bixby digital assistant At CES 2019, Apple finally sets iTunes, AirPlay loose All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 85 Photos Mobile Smart Home TVs Car Tech Mobile Apps TV and Movies Apple “We have a bold vision to take a half a billion devices we sell every year and make them connected and intelligent,” Samsung co-CEO HS Kim said during Monday’s press conference. “Bixby is a scalable, open platform, and it will continue to grow as more partners join the ecosystem.” Samsung has been building its capabilities in software and services over the past decade, but it’s had more flops than successes. It’s launched services, including Bixby’s predecessor, S Voice, only to scrap them a few months or years later. Instead of using its homegrown Tizen operating system in its high-end smartphones, Samsung has relegated the software to wearables and other products and continues to rely on Google’s Android software to power its smartphones and tablets.  It’s hoping to change that with Bixby. Samsung will spend $22 billion on artificial intelligence by 2020, and it has opened seven AI centers around the globe. Samsung plans to employ 1,000 artificial intelligence specialists by 2020 — the same time frame it’s given for making all of its products internet-connected and integrated with Bixby. 2 iTunes users will be able to use Bixby to search for TV and movies offered on Apple’s service. Samsung on Sunday said its smart TVs this year will offer support for iTunes movie and TV shows beginning this spring. Samsung TVs will also support AirPlay 2, Apple’s upgraded Wi-Fi audio streaming technology, allowing customers to stream videos, music and other content directly to their TV from an Apple device. New Family Hub refrigerator software will let people interact in natural language to get answers to complicated questions, preset the oven, search for recipes and even call an Uber. Bixby also shows information on the screen for a richer experience and displays an array of visual information. The new features will be available via an automatic update for most earlier Family Hub models. Samsung’s new front-load washer also integrates Bixby. The digital assistant lets users control its smart features like getting recommendations for the best wash cycle, scheduling a cycle to be completed at a users’ preferred time, automatically connecting the dryer cycle when the washer is done, or monitoring usage to efficiently manage their laundry appliances.  Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Samsung debuts family of service robots Samsung’s robot invasion is coming, and we got a look… For Samsung and numerous others, artificial intelligence is the next big wave of computing, and digital assistants are a step in that direction. Every tech heavyweight is investing in these assistants because they’re heralded as the future of how we’ll interact with our gadgets. The ultimate promise for the smart technology is to predict what you want before you even ask — but in most cases, the digital assistants just aren’t smart enough yet. And experts worry that Bixby is too late to compete with incumbents like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant.  Only 4 percent of US adults accessing voice assistants on a smartphone use Bixby, according to a survey by Voicebot.AI. That compares with 44 percent for Siri, 30 percent for Google Assistant and 17 percent for Alexa. But Samsung has a huge presence in American homes. Over 70 percent of Americans have at least one Samsung device and more than 25 percent have at least three, Yoon Lee, a Samsung senior vice president, said during Monday’s press conference. That gives Samsung a huge potential market for Bixby.  “With AI and other emerging technologies, we are hard at work improving those devices, helping them to better meet consumer needs and improve their daily lives,” Lee said.  Moving Bixby beyond mobile Bixby debuted on the Galaxy S8 in 2017 and moved last year into Samsung’s smart TVs. CES 2019 marks the expansion of Bixby into even more areas. This year, Samsung said, Bixby will be embedded in its 2019 QLED and premium TVs, in smart appliances like refrigerators and washers, and in air conditioners, mobile devices, AI speakers and more.  Share your voice Samsung on Monday also talked up partnerships with third-party companies for Bixby. Uber and Ticketmaster already use Bixby to make their services smarter. Now iHeartRadio has joined as a partner, and Samsung said it “will continue to grow as more partners, such as Google, join the ecosystem.” Samsung is “working very closely with Google” to make Google Maps, Gmail, Google Play and YouTube work with Bixby, Samsung’s Kim said Monday.  Along with new areas for Bixby, Samsung unveiled its core priorities when it comes to AI: fairness, accountability and transparency.  “As it works to advance AI technology, Samsung is committed to ensuring the algorithms it builds are inclusive, the protection of user information and privacy are top priorities, and it’s easy for consumers to understand what the company does with their data and how it is handled,” the company said in a press release.  Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Tags See also Comments 1:42last_img read more

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Is 5G safe Those new phones have some people worried

first_img Comments Now playing: Watch this: The FCC has also been criticized for not updating its cellphone safety standards since 1996. Critics say the levels should be reviewed based on the latest wireless technology. The agency uses a value known as a SAR, or specific absorption rate, to determine if devices can be safely sold in the US. The SAR measures the amount of power that’s absorbed in the body per given mass. While the FCC hasn’t updated its SAR level recommendations in nearly 25 years, others have reviewed the limits. In March of this year, the engineering group IEEE recommended the safety levels remain about the same as they have been since 1996.The bottom line is that we still can’t conclusively say whether 5G poses a health risk. To help you get a better handle on the issue, CNET has put together this FAQ.What’s the issue with cellular signals?Radiation is the emission of energy from any source. That means that even heat that comes from your body counts as radiation. But some forms of radiation can make you sick.  We can organize types of radiation by their levels of power on the electromagnetic spectrum. Bigger wavelengths with lower frequency are less powerful, while smaller wavelengths at higher frequencies are more powerful. This spectrum is divided into two distinct categories: ionizing and non-ionizing. Ionizing radiation, which includes ultraviolet rays, X-rays and gamma rays, are the harmful forms. The energy from ionizing radiation can pull apart atoms, and it’s known to break the chemical bonds in DNA, which can damage cells and cause cancer. This is why the FDA warns against having unnecessary X-rays. It’s also why exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer.Chart showing the electromagnetic spectrumThe electromagnetic spectrum is broken up into two categories: ionizing and non-ionizing. The high-frequency millimeter wavelengths that are expected to be used for some 5G deployments are in the non-ionizing category. CNET Non-ionizing radiation has lower frequencies and bigger wavelengths. It doesn’t produce enough energy to break apart the chemical bonds of DNA. Examples include radio frequency, or RF, radiation such as FM radio, TV signals and cellphones that use traditional 3G and 4G service. Microwave and millimeter wavelength radiation, which is one of the key blocks of spectrum that 5G service will use, is also considered non-ionizing (as is visible light) and doesn’t produce the kind of energy that directly damages cells. Common devices, such as Wi-Fi routers, garage door openers, airport security scanners and walkie-talkies, use lower-frequency microwaves.Does this mean that cellphone radiation doesn’t cause cancer?It’s complicated. Some experts suspect that the radiation from these devices could damage cells via another biological mechanism, such as oxidative stress in cells, which leads to inflammation and has been found to cause cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular, neurological and pulmonary diseases. Out of the thousands of studies that have been conducted over the past two decades, the results are mixed. Most of the studies published so far on the use of traditional cellphone service in the RF range haven’t found a link with the development of tumors, according to the American Cancer Society. But the group concedes that the majority of these studies had significant limitations, which leaves some doubt. 5G is an emerging technology that hasn’t really been defined yet. Michael Wyde, toxicologist Activists fear radiation from 5G wireless service could be dangerous to public health. And they want more research done before carriers deploy the technology.  NurPhoto 5G promises lightning-fast speeds and the ability to power new technologies like self-driving cars and advanced augmented and virtual reality experiences. But an undercurrent to all of the things we can do with 5G is concern about what 5G can do to us. Mobile carriers throughout the world are racing to deploy this fifth generation of cellular technology. And the biggest cellphone makers are also readying their 5G handsets.  President Donald Trump has made it clear that the US must not fall behind other nations, like China, in the effort to develop and roll out the technology. But not everyone believes the US should be pushing full steam ahead.There are concerns that the very high-frequency spectrum known as millimeter wavelengths used in early deployments to make 5G a reality could pose adverse health effects for the public. Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Cellphones and cancer: 9 things you should know right now 5G is coming but not everyone is happy about it How 5G pits big carriers and government against small towns 5G Related stories Still, neither the Environmental Protection Agency nor the National Toxicology Program has formally classified RF radiation as cause of cancer. But in 2011 the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classified RF radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” after studies suggested links to a specific type of brain tumor. But the agency also acknowledged that the evidence is limited. Just for reference, coffee and pickled vegetables are in the same “possibly carcinogenic” category as RF.  “There is some evidence from epidemiological studies and other research on the biological effects that electromagnetic radiation could cause cancer,” said Jonathan Samet, a pulmonary physician and epidemiologist and the dean of the Colorado School of Public Health, who chaired the IARC’s committee in 2011. “But the whole body of evidence is not strong.” As a result, the committee couldn’t say for certain that cellphones are safe, but it couldn’t say they’re unsafe, either. Samet said more high-quality research is needed on how non-ionizing radiation, such as RF, might cause changes in cells.Last year, the National Toxicology Program also published final results of its decade-long study on rats, which found a link between exposure to high levels of 2G and 3G cellphone radiation and cancerous heart tumors in male rats. The study also found that the exposed rats outlived other rats that hadn’t been exposed to any radiation. In April, the Belgian government halted a 5G test in Brussels over concerns that radiation from the base stations could be harmful. Members of Parliament in the Netherlands are also calling on the government to take a closer look at 5G. Switzerland is taking steps to monitor 5G’s impact on people. In the US, New Hampshire is considering establishing a commission to study the health effects of 5G networks. Several leaders in Congress have written to the Federal Communications Commission expressing concern about potential health risks. And in Mill Valley, California, the city council blocked the deployment of new 5G wireless cells.These kinds of worries aren’t new. Consumers for years have been anxious about possible health effects of radiation in everything from microwaves to cellphones, prodded by claims that radio airwaves cause brain cancer, reduced fertility, headaches in children and other illnesses. My constituents are worried that should this technology be proven hazardous, the health of their families and value of their properties would be at serious risk. US Rep. Thomas Suozzi 5G and your healthcenter_img 13 Photos Mobile The deployment of new 5G networks, which requires many more small cell towers to be deployed much closer to where people live, work and go to school, is reigniting those fears. Lawmakers and policy makers throughout the world are starting to put on the brakes. The Food and Drug Administration and the FCC say there’s nothing to be worried about. Most studies haven’t found a link between radio frequency signals from cellphones or cell towers and disease, the agencies say. But in 2011, the World Health Organization said cellphones might cause some brain cancers, leaving open the possibility that a link exists between cancer and cellphone radiation. Critics say the safety of using millimeter wavelength for 5G technology hasn’t been tested and more information is needed before the US and the rest of the world race to deploy these next-generation networks. Share your voice Tags 4:36 It’s still unclear what, if anything, this means for human cellphone radiation exposure and cancer. Researchers involved in the studies noted that the exposure levels of the rats couldn’t be compared with exposure that humans experience since the rats received RF radiation across their entire bodies at intensity levels that were four times higher than what’s allowed for cellphones. Meanwhile, human exposure to RF radiation is localized to the head and is at lower power levels. Those researchers also acknowledged that these studies can’t tell us much about the effects of 5G.”5G is an emerging technology that hasn’t really been defined yet,” said Michael Wyde, lead toxicologist on the studies. “From what we currently understand, it likely differs dramatically from what we studied.” The phone industry maintains that there are no harmful effects from cellphone radiation, including 5G.”Radiofrequency energy from wireless devices and networks, including 5G, hasn’t been shown to cause health problems, according to the consensus of the international scientific community,” the wireless industry association CTIA said in a statement. The group has put together this FAQ on cellphone radiation and possible health effects. Does 5G pose greater health risks to people?The concerns about 5G are similar to the concerns about 2G, 3G and 4G, the earlier generations of wireless service. In fact, 5G in the US is expected to use some of the same frequency bands that previous generations of wireless have used, including low-band 600MHz frequencies as well as midband spectrum in the 2.5GHz, 3.5GHz and 3.7GHz-4.2GHz bands. But operators, such as AT&T and Verizon, are also targeting higher frequency bands for 5G. The FCC has already auctioned off airwaves in the 24GHz and 28GHz bands. Later this year, it’ll auction off licenses in the 37GHz, 39GHz and 47GHz bands. It’s this so-called “high band” spectrum that’s of most concern, because it’ll require denser radio deployments. There’s also less research on the effects of radiation at these higher frequency bands. That said, these high-band frequencies are still non-ionizing. As stated earlier, non-ionizing radiation doesn’t have enough energy to break apart DNA and directly cause changes to cells that could lead to cancer.A 5G radio cell on a telephone pole on a street corner in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.Enlarge Image5G networks using millimeter wave frequencies will require small towers every few blocks instead of every few miles, which some people fear will increase exposure to cell tower radiation.But if researchers discover that non-ionizing radiation can set off some other biological chain reaction, such as oxidative stress in cells, it could be relevant to 5G. There are also additional concerns specific to 5G, due to the super high-frequency millimeter wavelengths used. Because signals transmitted over millimeter waves are limited in range and can’t penetrate obstacles like walls or even leaves on trees, networks using these frequencies will require radios on every city block, versus 4G gear that transmits signals over miles. This means that 5G will require up to five times the amount of infrastructure as 3G or 4G deployments. Not only will there be more 5G radios transmitting signals, but the radios will have to be closer to you. The sheer volume of devices transmitting signals so close to people is what concerns activists and lawmakers like Rep. Thomas Suozzi, a Democrat from New York.  “Small cell towers are being installed in residential neighborhoods in close proximity to houses throughout my district,” he said in a letter to the FCC earlier this year. “I have heard instances of these antennae being installed on light poles directly outside the window of a young child’s bedroom. Rightly so, my constituents are worried that should this technology be proven hazardous in the future, the health of their families and value of their properties would be at serious risk.”What do activists say?Activists point to research that they say shows cellphone radiation affects human health, and they want 5G deployments halted until the safety of these devices can be determined. Martin Pall, a professor emeritus of biochemistry and basic medical sciences at Washington State University, says the evidence is clear that cellphone radiation is dangerous. He says results from existing studies show clear links between cellphone radiation and a wide range of medical maladies from cancer to infertility to depression. “What we’re doing is destroying our health,” Pall said in an interview. He added that if 5G deployments aren’t stopped, “we [as a society] are playing around with our very survival.”  Pall isn’t alone in this thinking. Social media and other online forums are filled with similar predictions. A November 2018 post on Facebook that went viral blamed the mysterious death of 300 birds in the Netherlands on 5G testing. (The test actually took place months earlier.) There’s also lots of talk in these forums about the phone industry trying to suppress data about the dangers of cellphone radiation. Forum participants say the same deceptive tactics used by the tobacco industry to hide the dangers of cigarette smoking are being used by the wireless industry. 07-5g-protest-nyc-may-15-2019Protesters in New York City want to stop 5G deployments until the industry can prove the networks are safe. Sarah Tew/CNET Though conspiracy theories around cellphone safety have existed for years, they’ve gotten more attention lately with the hype about 5G.  A New York Times article published in March noted that the Russian propaganda network RT America has been at the forefront of running stories about harm from 5G. Community groups, like the Oakmore Neighborhood Advocacy Group in the San Francisco Bay Area, have cited some of the arguments presented by Pall and others during city council meetings and other community forums while speaking out against the deployment of 5G in their neighborhoods. Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have taken notice. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, and several Democrats in the House of Representatives, including Rep. Anna Eshoo of California, are demanding the FCC demonstrate that 5G is safe. What does the science say?Experts such as Kenneth Foster, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania, who has been studying the health effects of radio-frequency energy for nearly 50 years, says that Pall and other 5G activists have been cherry-picking findings from studies that support their views while ignoring other research that contradicts or finds no link between cellphone radiation and health hazards. We need more systematic reviews of the existing research and more well-done studies focusing on health-related endpoints. Kenneth Foster, professor of bioengineering, University of Pennsylvania 58 Foster, who sits on the IEEE’s standards committee for setting radio-frequency exposure limits, acknowledges that unlike at 3G and 4G radiation levels, which have been studied for at least two decades, there isn’t as much research on the biological effects of using millimeter wavelengths for 5G service. Samet, who chaired the WHO’s 2011 committee on cellphone radiation, said it’s still too early to know based on population studies if cellphone radiation causes tumor growth in humans. He said that it took at least 20 to 25 years after cigarettes began being mass produced for epidemiologists to notice the link between lung cancer and smoking tobacco. Since widespread cellphone use is relatively recent, we could still be a number of years away before we’d see an epidemic of cancer due to cellphone radiation exposure, he said.Are there any known biological effects of signals at millimeter wavelengths?The Department of Defense sponsored some studies in the late 1990s and early 2000s looking at the use of millimeter wavelengths as a non-lethal weapon. The “active denial” technology that the military employs uses very high-frequency millimeter wavelengths, above 94GHz, to produce an intense burning sensation that barely penetrates the skin and stops when the transmitter is switched off or when the individual moves out of the beam. The IEEE and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection have used this research to set safety limits for the use of 5G millimeter wave, which are well below these levels, Foster said.What do the agencies that regulate cellphone safety say?FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has said the agency places a “high priority on the safety of wireless services and devices.” He said the agency’s guidelines for RF exposure are derived from guidance from the EPA, as well as the IEEE, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection and the National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements.”The FCC relies on the expertise of health and safety agencies and organizations with respect to appropriate levels of RF exposure,” he said. “These institutions have extensive experience and knowledge in RF-related issues and have spent a considerable amount of time evaluating published scientific studies that can inform appropriate exposure limits.”The FDA, which is also responsible for ensuring the safety of cellphones, has said that it “continues to believe that the current safety limits for cellphone radio frequency energy exposure remain acceptable for protecting the public health.”Can cities and towns in the US stop the deployment of 5G?Many local governments, including several in the San Francisco Bay Area and other parts of the country, are trying to stop the 5G rollout, insisting that companies prove the technology isn’t harmful to people. But the Telecom Act of 1996 prohibits local governments from using health or safety concerns as a reason to block cellphone deployment. Two people talk on cellphones while walking along a city street.Experts say more research is needed to understand whether there is a health risk associated with cellphone use.  Sergei Malgavko Foster said that so long as equipment makers comply with the FCC’s safety standards, the agency can’t stop deployment of 5G. And he argued there’s a good reason for that.”The regulatory system requires manufacturers of RF-emitting equipment verify compliance with FCC safety limits, not directly conduct toxicity studies,” he said. “If this were done consistently for all newly introduced devices, it would basically stop any new RF products.”In the first six months of 2019 alone, the FCC approved more than 21,000 RF-emitting devices across the entire frequency range. “None of these, I assume, have been subjected to comprehensive toxicity testing,” he said. “But all had to be shown to comply with FCC safety limits together with many other regulations.”So is 5G millimeter wave service safe?According to expert agencies and the studies conducted so far, there’s nothing to suggest 5G millimeter wave is a significant health risk. But most experts say more quality research is needed. “Everybody, including me, seems to be calling for more research on possible bioeffects of 5G,” Foster said. “But what we don’t need is more fishing expeditions and cherry-picking of the literature. We need more systematic reviews of the existing research and more well-done studies focusing on health-related endpoints.”Originally published June 20, 5 a.m. PT.Update, 12:59 p.m.: Includes additional background information regarding which spectrum 5G will use in the US and activists’ assertions that 5G is dangerous.last_img read more

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