News Briefse for Thursday — January 19, 2006

• Canoe club recruiting

• Dangers lurking in car interiors?

• Republican caucus meeting set


Canoe club recruiting

Leaders of the Koloa Outrigger Canoe Club announced in a press release that they are recruiting members for the 2006 season now.

The season begins with practices beginning on Monday, and registration for new and returning members is today from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Koloa Landing.

Interested men and women, novice or experienced paddlers, are welcome to participate.

The club leaders’ goal is to be in the water by 5 p.m. Monday.

Anyone interested in learning the art of Hawaiian outrigger canoe paddling while getting into great shape is encouraged to register.

A registration fee of $100 will be collected from those who choose to join.

Participants need to be good swimmers and have some athletic ability. Safety is No. 1, club leaders said.

Please contact Mac McDonald at 332-5262, or Kendall Bond at 742-8067, for more information, or see the Web site, http://www.koloaoutriggercanoeclub.com.


Dangers lurking in car interiors?

State Rep. Cynthia Thielen, R-Kailua-Kane‘ohe, said in a press release she will introduce legislation this session designed to ban the use of certain materials in motor-vehicle interiors that are deemed health hazards.

Polybrominated diphenyl ethers, or PBDEs, have received considerable attention as a health threat in both the United States and Europe, she said.

The toxic chemicals find their way into the food chain, and become concentrated in dangerous amounts, among larger animals and humans, she said.

They have been linked to birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and premature birth, as well as other serious health problems, she said.

A new study undertaken by the Ecology Center, a nonprofit organization based in Ann Arbor, Mich., finds that PBDEs used in car interiors and upholstery are rapidly released when exposed to high temperatures (i.e. a car left sitting in the sun).

Leaders of the Ecology Center held a press teleconference to release their report, entitled “Toxic at Any Speed: Chemicals in Cars and the Need for Safe Alternatives.” The report writers elaborate on the dangers of PBDEs in vehicle interiors, as well as provide a ranking for car manufacturers according to the levels of toxic chemicals found inside their vehicles, she added.

Thielen said she will be introducing legislation this session aimed at prohibiting the use of PBDEs in Hawai‘i under all but the most extenuating circumstances, she concluded.


Republican caucus meeting set

The state House District 15 (Wailua to Koloa) Kaua‘i Republican Party caucus meeting is Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Lihu‘e Neighborhood Center, according to a press release.

The purpose of the caucus is to elect delegates to the state convention.

Registered voters in the district should attend if they are interested in being a delegate to the Republican Party state convention, to be held on O‘ahu on May 26 to May 28.

For more information, please call 821-1330.

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