North Shore Times : February 12th 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 12, 2013 NEWS If you, or someone you know wants to learn English in a fun and friendly environment, call into one of the sites below and bring your passport or proof of residency. Be quick - places are limited! Auckland City Level 10 238 Queen Street Auckland City Phone: (09) 377 2434 New Lynn, Auckland Level 3 3055 Great North Road New Lynn Phone: (09) 827 3612 Albany, Auckland 1/2 William Pickering Drive Rosedale Albany 0632 Phone: (09) 448 2570 Manukau 15 Canning Crescent Mangere Auckland 2022 Phone: (09) 255 6741 Botany Downs, Auckland Office 5B, Block E (above Subway) Level 1 Fountain Lane South Botany Downs Town Centre Phone: (09) 279 9313 Speaking and Living English CERTIFICATE IN PRACTICAL ENGLISH (ESOL) Life would be easier if you knew English! Good, basic, everyday conversational English taught in a fun and relaxing way that is best for you! Stress-free fun learning! Just 9 hours a week in an exciting class with laughter and activities. (Two 3 hour sessions, plus an optional 3 hour follow up tutorial per week for 18 weeks). You choose the time! Choice of morning, afternoon and evening classes. Gain the everyday words you need, and the confidence to use them. Fun home learning! Audio CDs, activities books and games. No tuition fees! Build the confidence you need to take part in everyday conversations. You will learn common words and phrases while studying in a friendly environment with exciting resources and friendly qualified tutors. Enrol today. - be quick as classes are limited - and make your life easier by speaking English! CALL FREE 0800 355 344 5125731AC Society says there is more hope now By MARYKE PENMAN Cancer is not the death sentence it once was, the Cancer Society says. The mortality rate has in fact been steadily decreasing with a 16 per cent drop in the decade up to 2009. World Cancer Day on February 4 kick started the latest Cancer Society campaign to debunk the many myths surrounding cancer. Chief executive of Leu- kaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand Pru Etcheverry says it is an opportunity to reduce the fear associated with can- cer and to bring more factual information to the fore. Some of the myths can be frightening, especially to someone newly diag- nosed. They can also be harmful, for example can- cer is my fate'. People who may take this approach often suffer unnecessarily when they have access to effective and quality can- cer services in New Zea- land that enable early diagnosis and appropriate treatment and care.'' Some of the more com- monly held myths include the belief that most breast cancer is hereditary. Whereas just five to 10 per cent of cases are due to hereditary factors. It may also surprise some to know that darker skin is not necessarily a protection against mela- noma and that women have a high death rate from bowel cancer. Improvements in treat- ment and early diagnosis have led to better survival rates. The society says it is becoming more of a chronic disease. The most common cancers in New Zealand according to the Ministry of Health are prostate can- cer followed by colorectal and breast cancer. Lung cancer causes the most deaths at 19 per cent of all cancer fatalities. See cancernz.org.nz. Wind blows in the blues By KATASHA MCCULLOUGH Bluebottle invasion: Gusty weather has led to an influx of bluebottle jellyfish. About 150 bluebottle jelly- fish have been picked up in one day by a Campbells Bay resident. Bluebottles are the most likely species to cause stings and are dangerous even when they are washed up on the beach. The resident says it is unusual to see such a large number at one time. We get five to seven, maybe once a year.'' She says people should be aware. It's been so hot, every- body's been swimming. They're quite noticeable on the beach, but in the water they're very hard to see.'' Medical officer of health Dr Simon Baker says the Auckland Regional Public Health Service (ARPHS) hardly ever gets calls about bluebottles because people know to avoid them. The main problem for us is the tiny jellyfish that get caught in people's togs.'' The bluebottle is not a true jellyfish, but a siphono- phore. It is a complex colony of specialised individuals. This means stings have to be treated slightly different- ly from jellyfish stings. If you get stung by a blue- bottle, the ARPHS recom- mends: Wash the affected area with fresh or saltwater. Remove any tentacles or stings attached to the skin, but do not touch them with your bare hands. Place the affected area in warm water of about 45 degrees. Do not apply methy- lated spirits, alcohol or vin- egar because these will make the stings more painful.
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