20 dead after boat capsizes in central Senegal: firefighters (Photo for representational purpose)20 people have drowned after their boat capsized near a village in the central Senegal, firefighters said Tuesday, AFP reports. Commander Oumar Kane, a senior official with Senegal’s national firefighters,confirmed to AFP that the wooden boat overturned Monday night, with with 72 on board, all except two of them women.“Unfortunately, we have 20 dead bodies and one missing,” Kane told AFP on Tuesday. “The search is ongoing” through 51 people had been saved so far, he added.Earlier reports by a Senegalese radio station reported that of the dead were 17 women and 2 men. Senegalese President Macky Sall has called for three days of mourning. Accidents are common as boats often are overloaded with residents rarely wearing life vests. Senegal’s central region is made up of a number of small islands and villages. Private station RFM says the boat was carrying at least 60 people who had gone to gather oysters Monday in the waters off Bettenty village.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed to promote more flexible and intensive use of the 4.9 GHz band, a segment of spectrum that is currently designated for public safety communications.They are now asking for proposals, technical in nature, to encourage greater use of and investment in this public safety band, drawing on input from the public safety community and other potential users. The Commission’s goal is to promote increased public safety use of the band and protect users from harmful interference while opening the spectrum to additional uses that will encourage a more robust market for equipment and greater innovation. The Commission seeks comment on whether an appropriate sharing mechanism could encourage more opportunistic use of the band while ensuring the priority, integrity, and security of public safety operations.In 2002, the Commission designated 50 MHz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band to public safety. Although nearly 90,000 public safety entities are eligible for licenses in this band, there are fewer than 3,200 licenses in use. With such a low level of usage, the Commission is concerned that the band has fallen short of its potential. Public safety organizations and others have cited possible reasons, including difficulty in acquiring equipment, the cost of deployment, and concerns about harmful interference. The FCC has asked for proposals to address these concerns.