5G is safe says the FCC

first_img Tags Share your voice Post a comment US regulators say there’s no evidence that cellphones harm health and they’re not changing current safety limits.  Pau Barrena / AFP/Getty Images Cellphones — old and new — are safe, including those that’ll use new 5G technology. That’s according to a new proposal that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated Thursday. It would keep the agency’s current safety limits for radio frequency exposure the same as they’ve been for 23 years.  Following more than six years of public input and review, the agency said the current exposure levels for cellphones, wireless towers, Wi-Fi routers and all other devices emitting RF signals are safe. Agency officials added that they don’t have any concern for new gear using 5G technology, including gear that uses millimeter wavelength frequencies.The FCC, which sets radio frequency limits in close consultation with the Food and Drug Administration and other health agencies, said that the other agencies were also in agreement on keeping the current limits in place.  “The available scientific evidence to date does not support adverse health effects in humans due to exposures at or under the current limits,” Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, wrote to the FCC. “No changes to the current standards are warranted at this time.”Rally Against 5G Networks In PolandThe FCC says that current RF safety levels are sufficient. And that 5G poses no risk to health.  NurPhoto There have been concerns and questions about the safety of mobile devices for years. 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.But most studies haven’t found a link between radio frequency signals from cellphones or cell towers and disease. Concerns have grown recently as mobile carriers throughout the world race to deploy this fifth generation of cellular technology, or 5G. Specifically, there have been concerns that the high-frequency spectrum known as millimeter wavelengths, or mmWave, used in early deployments to make 5G a reality could pose adverse health effects for the public. Adding to the concern is the fact that 5G deployments require many more small cell towers to be deployed much closer to where people live, work and go to school. The growing fear about the health effects has caused lawmakers and policy makers throughout the world to start putting on the brakes. But FCC officials on Thursday reiterated there’s no reason for concern. An FCC official told reporters during a press briefing that there’s “nothing special about 5G.” They added that the scientific evidence to date indicates that 5G is no different from any other cellular technology, including 4G or 3G in terms of causing health effects. They also added that the higher-frequency signals used to deliver 5G also pose no health risk, and that the existing RF exposure guidelines are still applicable to 5G, regardless of the spectrum band used to deliver the service. The officials also emphasized that current RF exposure limits apply to any device emitting a radio frequency signal and are not limited to phones. Also, as part of the proposal, Pai recommends the agency establish a uniform set of guidelines to ensure companies making devices comply with the limits regardless of the technology that’s being used.  The FCC has for years been criticized for not updating its cellphone safety standards since 1996. Critics have argued that 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 since the 1990s, 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 FCC opened a proceeding in 2013 to look into the RF levels. And the order circulated Thursday by Pai is the result of that review.  Mobile 0 FCClast_img read more

Vedanta and Cairn India to Merge in a Deal Worth 23 Billion

first_imgIndian mining and energy group Vedanta Ltd made a $2.3 billion offer on Sunday to buy out minority shareholders in cash-rich oil unit Cairn India, a deal that helps parent Vedanta Resources Plc repay hefty debts.Shareholders in Cairn India, India’s top private sector oil producer, will get one share in Vedanta Ltd for every share held, the companies said in a joint statement on Sunday.The shareholders will also get one redeemable preference share in Vedanta Ltd with a face value of 10 rupees, making the deal worth roughly $2.3 billion. That implies a premium of 7.3 percent to Cairn’s Friday close and a ratio of 1.04 for 1, marginally better than expectations of a simple 1 for 1 swap.Vedanta began simplifying its complex structure with a 2012 overhaul, but further moves to clean up the group and buy out minorities in its cash generating units have long been awaited by the market. Cairn India has a roughly $2.6 billion cash pile.The deal, expected to close in the first quarter of 2016, is the first major structural change under Vedanta Ltd Chief Executive Tom Albanese, the former Rio Tinto boss appointed last year. He said the deal moved Vedanta closer to its goal of being a major diversified player.Though long-expected, the timing of the Cairn buyout is likely to have been triggered by a sharp drop in Cairn India’s stock as oil prices fell, making for a favourable merger ratio for Vedanta. Cairn India shares have dropped over 50 percent over the past year.MORE TO COMEVedanta Resource Plc, controlled by one-time scrap metal dealer Anil Agarwal, currently holds a majority interest in Mumbai-listed operating unit Vedanta Ltd, which in turn holds a 59.88 percent stake in Cairn India.But Vedanta Ltd also holds other assets, including about 65 percent in Hindustan Zinc, whose minorities are likely to be the next target of the group’s clean-up effort, and aluminium producer BALCO, in which it has a 51 percent stake.Both companies count the Indian government as minority shareholders, limiting Vedanta’s ability to move.”We would look forward to participate in what would likely be an auction at that point in time,” Albanese said on Sunday.Cairn, which in March said it would cut spending by about 60 percent for the fiscal year starting April 1, said those plans, closely watched by India’s government, would be unchanged.Vedanta is also currently contesting a $3.3 billion tax claim from the tax authorities in relation to Cairn India’s 2007 listing. That liability and a $1.2 billion inter-company loan advanced by Cairn India to its parent last year were factored into the deal, Vedanta Chief Financial Officer DD Jalan said.The deal will now have to be approved by regulators but also, under new rules in India, by a majority of the companies’ minority shareholders. Cairn’s largest minority holder is former owner Cairn Energy Plc, which has been looking to sell.Cairn Energy said on Sunday it would assess the proposal.Lazard & Co advised Vedanta Ltd, while JP Morgan Cazenove and Morgan Stanley were joint advisers to Vedanta Plc.last_img read more

Doctors call for 12hour strike

first_imgKolkata: Doctors across the state have called for a 12-hour strike under the banner of Joint Platform of Doctors. The protest will hit the services in state-run hospitals and the patients will suffer the most.Protesting against the assault on a junior doctor at the NRS Medical College and Hospital, doctors and interns in the state-run hospital and medical colleges resorted to seize-work despite a huge number of patients stood in queues since Tuesday afternoon. Despite repeated requests and pleas by the patients’ families doctors did not withdraw their protest. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to a source, a rumour was spread through social media platforms that the junior doctor, Paribaha Mukherjee, was serious after being attacked by the relatives of the patient, who died of alleged negligence. Mukherjee is stable and undergoing treatment at the Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata, at Mallikbazar. Director of Medical Education Pradip Mitra tried to convince the junior doctors and interns that Mukherjee was not critical but none believed him. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAs soon as the news reached other hospitals such as North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Burdwan Medical College and Hospital, Midnapore Medical College and Hospital and other major hospitals in the state, junior doctors and interns resorted to cease work hitting the outdoor and emergency services of these hospitals. Despite repeated requests from hospital authorities and state government the doctors refused to get back to work. In the evening, authorities of Institute of Neurosciences told the mediapersons that Mukherjee was undergoing a surgery but he was stable. He suffered a ‘depressed fracture’ on his skull. Following the surgery, he will be kept under observation and at present he is out of danger. After the hospital authorities issued the statement, junior doctors were requested to get back to work but they continued with their protest. Later, Joint Platform of Doctors, the forum of doctors, called for a 12-hour strike starting from 9am on Wednesday. The forum said the emergency services would be provided but the whole medical system will be affected due to the doctors’ protest.last_img read more

Winning the Link Popularity Contest

first_imgSeptember 18, 2006 Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Paying for PopularitySince Google is so averse to paid run-of-site links, it would be natural to assume that any sort of paid link popularity method would also be frowned on. But luckily that’s not the case when it comes to association membership fees.Some of the organizations you’re interested in joining will charge you a membership fee, anywhere from $10 for a lifetime to $5,000 or more per year. Don’t let those fees scare you off. If your funds are limited, consider signing up for just a few at a time and adding more as your budget allows.Besides, a few links added judiciously over time are much more credible than a flood of sudden links that appear all at once. That will get you the kind of attention you don’t want from search engines: red flags over possible link spamming.Nobody said link popularity was a contest you could win overnight. But if you steadfastly use the ideas outlined above, you’re sure to see a gradual–but very definite and satisfying–improvement in your link popularity, targeted traffic and search engine rankings.Michael Pedone is the president and CEO of eTrafficJams.com, a search engine optimization and website marketing company in Clearwater, Florida. 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When it comes to building link popularity in order to promote your website, you’ve likely heard web marketers say, “Build it and they will come.” In other words, all you have to is create an excellent website marketing strategy for a well-designed and properly optimized site that has loads of quality content. This, they say, will inspire other sites to link to yours.Oh, is that all?Unfortunately, it isn’t.Having a quality site with hundreds of pages of well-written, unique content is definitely a plus. But for most websites, that isn’t enough to attract the quality and quantity of links needed to boost your search engine rankings these days.So what do you have to do to get quality links that will actually count for something with the search engines? Here’s Google’s answer to the question:”Make sure all the sites that should know about your pages are aware your site is online.” (Get more tips from Google here.)That means you shouldn’t wait for these other sites to find you. You need to put your paws to the pavement and seek out organizations, associations and specialty industry groups–any and all sites representing groups that are considered credible and respected resources for your industry. Then get them to link to you.Becoming affiliated with groups like these will not only shift your link popularity efforts into high gear, it will also help build your brand and expose your business to consumers in your precise target market.Ready to get started increasing your link popularity? Here are the steps you should take:1. Search for organizations that are already established within your industry. Most have a directory that lists companies like yours (you’ll probably see some of your top-ranking competitors already listed there!). Many associations allow you to join either for free or a fee. Select the ones you think will benefit you the most, and sign up.2. Scour your competitors’ sites and see if they’re affiliated with any associations you should be connected with but aren’t yet.3. Once you’ve joined these groups and have a link on their sites, issue a press release telling the world that you’re now an official member of “XYZ Association.” Be sure to include a link from the press release to the XYZ web page your site is displayed on as well as a link to your own site.4. Commit to writing an article (or having one written) at least once a month. Then: Upload it to your site. Get it crawled by adding it to your Google and Yahoo! sitemaps. Make a blog post about it, and link to it. (Waddaya mean you don’t have a blog yet?!) A few weeks after the article’s live on your site and has been cached, submit it to some of the organizations you contacted earlier. In the “About the author” section, or biography, at the end of the article, add the link to that specific article on your site and on your blog. This will help establish your business as the authoritative source of the article. It will also build link popularity to that specific page and allow readers to post comments about it on your blog. If you have a forum on your site, mention it there, too, and point users to it with a link. It wouldn’t hurt to issue a press release about the article you wrote either. Make sure you link to the exact page where your article resides on your site as well as to your home page.last_img read more

Russian Internet Company Sells Facebook Shares for 525 Million

first_img 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Facebook shareholders who held onto their stock during more than a year of disappointing performance following the company’s May 2012 IPO were finally rewarded last month. In August, the company’s stock price first reached, and then exceeded, its IPO valuation of $38 a share.At least one investor has made a tidy profit from the recent gains. Mail.ru, a Russian internet services company, announced Thursday that it had cashed out its remaining Facebook shares, reportedly netting about $525 million.Mail.ru invested about $200 million in Facebook in 2009. The company sold some of its shares in the IPO, as did Peter Thiel, Facebook’s earliest investor. It sold the remaining 14.2 million shares, about 0.6 percent of Facebook’s outstanding shares, in July and August, the company said.Facebook’s IPO was plagued by technical glitches, and its stock lost half of its value over the next few months. But it has rebounded impressively in the last year as investors became more confident in the social network’s commitment to mobile. Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, part-owner of Mail.ru, still retains a personal stake in Facebook of an undisclosed number of shares, according to The New York Times.At time of writing, Facebook’s stock stood at $44.37, up more than three percent in Friday trading.Related: Facebook’s Hashtags Might Not Be as Social as You Think Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. September 6, 2013 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more