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Carilyn's wrapped up for winter chill

May 27th, 2008 11:57:27 pm - Subscribe

Winter Scarves For several decades Ms Harte has owned iconic Maryborough store, Mur-Lyn's Bags and Accessories, keeping

locals warm with an array of scarves, gloves and beanies."It doesn't get too cold around here and I must admit I don't feel

it I'm not a frog," Ms Harte said."Even so I like to keep a nice variety of winter accessories and they always sell well."
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Safety needs to be number one concern on the water

May 27th, 2008 11:56:47 pm - Subscribe

Wool Jackets You don't want to find yourself in an emergency situation while boating and not have the knowledge to do

something about it.Colin Hiscock is a safety officer with Transport Canada. He spoke with The Pilot about a number of events

planned as part of National Safe Boating Week from May 16-23 that will be of benefit to any boater.On May 22 Mr. Hiscock will

be at the Exploits Valley Mall in Grand Falls-Windsor, along with representatives of Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador,

Exploits Search and Rescue and the Lewisporte Yacht Club to present a comprehensive display on boating and kayak safety."It's

about taking all the necessary steps to make every trip a return trip," he said.This event is set to take place from 11 a.m.

-3 p.m.On the afternoon of May 23 from 11a.m.-4 p.m., Mr. Hiscock will be carrying out pleasure craft courtesy checks at the

Lewisporte Yacht Club. This non-enforcement event will focus on safety checks of personal floatation devices (PFD) and

onboard equipment. If necessary, suggestions will be made to the boat owner on how they can improve safety and meet with

enforcement regulations. This event is open to all boaters.Also on Friday, there will be a flare training demonstration at

the Lewisporte Yacht Club beginning at 6:30 p.m. This event is open to all boaters."Technically it is illegal to set off a

flare if not in a distress situation," said Mr. Hiscock.That is what makes this session so important as most times when

boaters purchase flares they are never actually able to use them unless they are in an emergency situation. While Mr. Hiscock

encourages people to familiarize themselves with how their particular flares work, this type of training session would

provide them with hands-on experience in identifying and using Type A,B,C and D flares. It is noted as well that the proper

authorities have been made aware of this training session.On May 24 Mr. Hiscock will be speaking with members of the Notre

Dame Bay Sailing Club from 3-5 p.m. at the Lewisporte Yacht Club about life jacket usage. This is especially timely in light

of a flotilla that is being arranged to take place in July.Cold waterEach year Mr. Hiscock focuses on a particular topic to

speak with The Pilot about in relation to National Safe Boating Week. This year he zoned in on cold water preparation and

survival."This time of year you know the water is definitely cold," he said. "The ice is just barely gone."An avid kayaker,

Mr. Hiscock and some of his fellow kayakers took to the waters of Notre Dame Bay on May 6. He had purchased a new dry suit

(like Gortex material) and wanted to try it out in a controlled setting to see how warm it would keep him with just a normal

layer of condition-appropriate clothing underneath."It kept me perfectly dry and warm," he said.The only problem was that his

neoprene gloves (not part of dry suit - made of wetsuit material) were allowing water to get in and flush out. As the water

escaped, so did any heat in his hands. Within 10 minutes his hands were pretty well numb, but the rest of his body that was

covered by the dry suit was still unaffected by the cold temperatures.While Mr. Hiscock said a dry suit (which can retail at

around $850) is a wise investment for all kayakers, he recognizes it may not be something recreational boaters would be

interested in investing in."Kayakers are always prepared for going into the water," he said. "Recreational boaters often

seldom prepare to go into the water."That doesn't mean there aren't other ways these boaters can dress for the

conditions."They (recreational boaters) are often dressed with their cotton blue jeans and a cotton t-shirt on," said Mr.

Hiscock. "Cotton is very bad. When cotton gets wet, cotton stays wet, so the heat transfer with cotton continues even after

you get out of the water."He recommends wearing polyesters, nylon, fleece or wool clothing. Even though wool doesn't dry out

like the fleece or polyester, Ms. Hiscock said wool has "amazing insulating properties when it's wet.""I always think about

how people survived Death On The Ice for that long," he said. "It's how they were dressed."Cold shockCold water is anything

25 degrees below Celsius, but Mr. Hiscock said it's greatest effects occur when temperatures are below 15 degrees Celsius."We

know that Newfoundland waters, most all of the time, are below 15 degrees Celsius, especially on the coast," he said.Mr.

Hiscock said if you become merged in the water at those temperatures you can expect to be cold.What can happen when you enter

water at these temperatures is cold shock."We've all experienced that gasp effect when we hit cold water or someone turns on

the hot water while you're in the shower and all you get is cold," he said. "You lose your breath."If you fall into cold

water and you gasp and your mouth is below the surface of the water, you take in water and now you're fighting for your

life."Now you've got to come up and not only contend with the cold water, but you're also trying to get that off cold water

off your chest. In the absence of a PFD, to survive cold shock - it's not easy. But if you have the PFD on, at least now

you're floating and you can catch your breath again."Without a PFD and in cold water, you have to try and tread water or

swim. So the second stage in this process is swimming failure."How far can you really swim?" said Mr. Hiscock. "Or how long

can you stay afloat without a PFD on in cold water?"It will vary, but for most people, even if you're a good swimmer, it will

not be long."If you survive the cold shock and swimming failure for the few minutes that you had to and you have a PFD on,

now hypothermia sets in."We say hypothermia kills, but hypothermia also saves," he explained. "The body slows down it's whole

system of blood flow, heart rate and breathing. You actually become like a zombie, but you're still alive."Mr. Hiscock said

people with hypothermia, if handled properly, can survive."You can re-warm a person and bring them back to life," he said.A

warning of caution though, handling a person with hypothermia roughly can actually do harm to the person. Mr. Hiscock

basically explained that with hypothermia, blood from the limbs goes towards the core of the body to keep that area going,

but handling someone in this state roughly can cause the blood to pool in the core, away from the heart and send someone into

cardiac arrest.So, if you are in a situation where you are in a boat and have to pull someone out of the water who may be

suffering from hypothermia, Mr. Hiscock recommends not pulling them in by lifting them under the arms (which could cause

blood to pool). Instead, try to get them into the boat by a horizontal means. The key then becomes trying to get some heat to

the victim's body core, throat and head either by body warmth from another person, or when the situation makes it possible,

removing the wet clothing and also warming the person. Imperative throughout all these steps is also seeking trained medical

attention for the victim as soon as possible.
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Get adventurous with Hi-Tec

May 27th, 2008 11:56:07 pm - Subscribe

Trekking Shoes Lace up a V-Lite Rapid Aero from Hi-Tech Shoes if trekking this summer is on your itinerary.More India

business stories | Stock tips on your mobileIt's extremely lightweight, highly breathable, has extra cushioning and also

features a speed lacing system with a locking toggle for a secure and comfort fit.You can go in for a sleek black look or a

snazzy colourful one. Available at major malls and footwear stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.
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Examine the World Textile Materials Markets

May 27th, 2008 11:55:27 pm - Subscribe

Tactel Elastic Fabric This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Textile Materials in Thousands of Tons. The major

product segments analyzed are Textile Fibers, and Textile Yarns. The sub product segments analyzed for Textile Fibers include

Manufactured/Manmade/Synthetic Fibers (Polyester Fiber, Nylon/Aramid Fiber, Olefins, Acrylic/Modacrylic Fiber, Cellulosics,

and Other Synthetic Fibers), Natural Fibers (Cotton Fiber, Wool Fiber, & Silk Fiber), and Specialty Fibers/Products. The sub

product segments analyzed for Textile Yarns include Cotton Yarn, Wool Yarn, Jute Yarn, Yarn of Other Vegetable Fibers, and

Synthetic Yarn. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle

East, and Latin America. Annual forecasts are provided for each region for the period of 2001 through 2015. A ten-year

historic analysis is also provided for these markets with annual market analytics. The report profiles 530 companies

including many key and niche players worldwide such as Acordis, Aditya Birla Group, Grasim Industries Limited, Jaya Shree

Textiles, Advansa Sasa Polyester Sanayi AS., Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii A.S., Asahi Kasei Fibers Corporation, Barnhardt

Manufacturing Company, Celanese Acetate, Crescent Textile Mills, Cydsa, SA de C.V, DAK Americas LLC, Dewan Salman Fiber Ltd.,

EI DuPont De Nemours & Co, ES FiberVisions, Inc, Far Eastern Textiles Ltd., Formosa Plastics Group, Nan Ya Plastics

Corporation, Freudenberg Nonwovens, Honeywell International Inc., Hualon Corp. (M) Sdn. Bhd., Hyosung Corp., INVISTA, Kuraray

Co., Ltd., Lenzing Fibers, Lineapiu, LNJ Bhilwara Group, Marzotto SpA, Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd., Montefibre SpA, NatureWorks

LLC, Performance Fibers Inc., PT Polychem Indonesia Tbk, PT. IndoRama Synthetics Tbk, PT. Teijin Indonesia Fiber Corporation,

Reliance Industries Ltd., Rhodia Polyamide, Schoeller Textil AG, Shell Chemicals Ltd., Shinkong Synthetic Fiber Corp., SIFAS,

SINOPEC Shanghai Petrochemical Co., Ltd., Sinopec Yizheng Chemical Fiber Co. Ltd., Sinterama SpA, Solutia Inc., Taiwan

Polypropylene Co. Ltd., Teijin Fibers Limited, Thai Polyester Company Limited, Toray Industries Inc., Unifi Inc., Weiqiao

Textile Co. Ltd., and Wellman Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company

profiles are mostly extracted from URL research and reported select online sources.
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So much has changed since Jacko's heyday

May 27th, 2008 11:54:37 pm - Subscribe

Skating Rollers, Michael Jackson re-released his gazillion-selling album Thriller, to which I tried to moonwalk in seventh grade,

the first time he released it.This time around I'm a parent so I need not try anything dance-related to look clumsy;

parenting guarantees that. The re-release reminded me of the way other things used to be which unlike Billy Jean, Thriller

and Beat It, my son won't experience.For one, roller-skating, as in propelling one's self clockwise around an indoor rink

among a crowd, mostly in rented roller skates. These skates were dull brown boots with two wheels on each side. At the rink

in my hometown, the DJ dimmed the lights while playing ballads by Air Supply.Skateboards were different, too: narrow, short

and most fun when ridden down the driveway as one would a toboggan down a hill. Today's skateboards are slicker, yellow SUVs

compared to the one my sister owned in the early 80s.The driveway was rarely clear for the ride down. Mom and Dad owned a

station wagon. I sometimes rode in the very back where there were no seats, never mind car seats.As my parents did, I allow

my child a Happy Meal from time to time. I remember receiving them in elaborate plastic containers, most especially a beige

flying saucer. I brought that flying saucer home and when it cracked in too many places, someone threw it out. Our Earth

cannot afford for my son to know such excessive packaging and cavalier waste.In the town where my family rented a cottage all

those years ago, customers of the LCBO wrote down orders for bottles of wines and spirits on slips provided by the store.

Hand over the slip, and bottles were brought from the back to the counter where one paid. It was a bit like the system used

by Consumers Distributing. Only, I never heard a rumour that teachers had someone else buy their small appliances for them, a

typical purchase at Consumers Distributing.Teachers in those days ordered films on reels to show movies to students. The

predominance of DVDs today means my son will never have a laugh watching a film backwards, the way my classmates and I begged

the teacher to show it before she rolled up the white screen and sent the movie back to the board office.Practically the

whole world is available to my son, whether he travels to it or simply meets its citizens over the internet. Not so for me.

Some places I could only read and guess about. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and East Germany were two places

shadowy and closed. East Germany was the part of Germany your family might have been from but that you couldn't easily be

forced by your parents to visit on summer vacation. Thanks to a pen pal organization featured in Dynamite magazine, I could

send letters to other young people in East Germany believing police officials scanned my adolescent thoughts.It is true that

pairs of old-fashioned roller skates appear for sale on eBay from time to time. However, I've not heard of a roller rink for

some time. And, I could skip to the end of a DVD and show my son his favourite stories backwards using the previous key but

it would lack the fluidity of a filmstrip ("Mommy, what's a filmstrip?"). These things and ways I've shared with you are the

past. Michael Jackson told them to beat it and they did!
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