2012年11月30日星期五

In the wake of Sandy, FCC reportedly considering backup power sources for cell towers


Updated: 2012-11-21T16:02:50Z



A government official says the Federal Communications Commission is expected to announce it will pursue a proposal to require backup power at cell towers to avoid a massive service loss like the one Superstorm Sandy wrought.


The official familiar with the effort tells The Associated Press that the FCC is expected Wednesday to announce hearings with first responders and people along the Eastern Seaboard where cellphone service in some places was lost for days. The official but spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to comment before the announcement. On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer of New York asked the FCC to work with telecommunications companies and first responders to maximize reliability and minimize costs. In some places, nearly one in four customers lost cellphone service because of Sandy.






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Coronation Street star Andrew Lancel charged with five counts of sexually abusing a child



  • The 42-year-old actor - who played Frank Foster in the popular soap - has been accused of indecent assault on a victim under the age of 16

  • The alleged offences are believed to date back to when he was a trainee actor called Andrew Watkinson

  • Last night he tweeted: 'Your support means the world. Have faith.'


By Anthony Bond


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Accused: Coronation street bad-boy Andrew Lancel has been charged with five counts of sexually abusing a child, it has emerged. He is pictured with his wife Louise

Accused: Coronation street bad-boy Andrew Lancel has been charged with five counts of sexually abusing a child, it has emerged. He is pictured with his wife Louise



Coronation street bad-boy Andrew Lancel has been charged with five counts of sexually abusing a child, it has emerged.


The 42-year-old actor - who played Frank Foster in the popular soap - has been accused of indecent assault on a victim under the age of 16.


The alleged offences are believed to date back to when he was a trainee actor called Andrew Watkinson.


Speaking to The Sun, his lawyer said Mr Lancel 'strenuously denies the allegations'.


Solicitor Stuart Nolan said: 'Mr Lancel was invited by police to co-operate with an inquiry by one complainant about events that allegedly took place over 20 years ago.


'He is confident his innocence will be established in the fullness of time.'


It is believed that after leaving a police station in the Liverpool area yesterday, he returned to the luxury £400,000 home which he shares with his wife Louise.


The actor is currently starring in the platy Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool. Last night he tweeted:


'My lovely followers and friends. Your support means the world. Have faith. Good night. See you soon x.'


Lancel's Coronation Street character Frank was killed off in March. He joined the famous soap after being in The Bill as Detective Inspector Neil Manson.


Actor: Lancel is pictured as Frank Foster in Cornation Street with actress Alison King

Actor: Lancel is pictured as Frank Foster in Cornation Street with actress Alison King



Support: The actor is currently starring in the platy Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool. Last night he tweeted this to his followers

Support: The actor is currently starring in the platy Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles in Liverpool. Last night he tweeted this to his followers



A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: 'Merseyside Police can confirm that a 42-year-old man has been charged with five offences of indecent assault on a child under 16 under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.


'Andrew Watkinson, 42, was charged with the offences today (Friday, 30 November).


'The offences are historic. He has been bailed to appear at South Sefton Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, 19 December.'



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Battery children: As parents wrap them in cotton-wool, injuries from tree-climbing plunge but hospital visits from keyboard strain soar


By Daniel Martin


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Britain is becoming a nation of ‘battery children’ whose parents are too afraid to let them out of the house, NHS figures reveal.


Statistics on the reasons why children are taken to hospital show that the number injured inside the home has risen over the past decade, while the number injured outside has plunged.


Half as many children are admitted to casualty after falling out of a tree as they were ten years ago and there has been a sharp fall in the number hospitalised after tumbling off a skateboard.


Not anymore: As parents try to over-protect their children, age-old excitement like tree-climbing is a thing of the past

Not anymore: As parents try to over-protect their children, age-old excitement like tree-climbing is a thing of the past



Instead, children are almost twice as likely as they were a decade ago to go to hospital for injuries caused by ‘repetitive and strenuous movements’ – such as playing on their computers too long.


The number of injuries from heating appliances, such as hair straighteners, and falls out of beds, chairs and down the stairs have also risen.


Experts say the figures show children turning their backs on traditional outdoor adventures in favour of the television and computer games.


They could also be due to schools being far less likely to take children on outdoor trips for fear of legal action if something goes wrong.


Despite the fact that the number of outdoor accidents has fallen, the total number of injuries has remained almost the same.


The stats

The stats



Sociologist Frank Furedi, author of Paranoid Parenting, said: ‘We now have a new generation of battery children who are reared in their digital bedrooms.


‘The attempt to insulate children from the uncertainties of outdoor life inhibits their capacity to manage risk.


‘Ironically, children who are so carefully protected by their parents end up far less able to cope with life than those of a previous generation.’


The NHS data looked at the reasons for hospital admissions in England for under-15s over the past ten years.


The number admitted to hospital after falling from a tree fell 49 per cent, from 1,796 cases annually ten years ago to 907 cases.


Careful: Skateboarding is often seen as 'too dangerous' by over-protective parents

Careful: Skateboarding is often seen as 'too dangerous' by over-protective parents



And, in the home, there has been a 22 per cent rise in injuries from hot drinks, while falls from playground equipment – often in parents’ gardens – are up 50 per cent.


Tim Gill, a childhood expert, said: ‘The figures suggest that children have less freedom today but are not having any fewer accidents – there’s perhaps even a slight rise in accidents.


‘My guess is that children being children, they still want to play, test themselves and get to grips with the world around them.


‘But since they can’t skateboard or climb trees as much these days, they are bouncing around inside their homes on the beds and the furniture – and having just as many accidents.’