Gillies unlocks real hometown distinction

PROUD: Jackie Gillies with her father Ivan Ivancevic, Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes, mother Svetlana Ivancevic and Ben Gillies. Picture: Simone De Peak A BEAMING Jackie Gillies described being bestowed with Newcastle’s key to the city as among the greatest days of her life.
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As revealed by theHerald, the celebrity psychic and reality TV star and her Silverchair drummer husband Ben Gillies, werein townto attend acivic ceremony on Monday at Fort Scratchley.

Flanked by Ben and her motherSvetlana Ivancevic, Gillies was handed the symbolic key to the city by Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes following an Aboriginal welcome to country and smoke ceremony.

A passing whale also made an appearance off Newcastle Baths right on cue for theFoxtel filmcrew, who captured the whole spectacle for the upcoming season four of The Real Housewives of Melbourne.

“It means a lot to me,” Gillies said.“I’m overwhelmed. Receiving a key to the city is one of the best days of my life. It’s like being recognised for the importance in life that you do for others.”

SHOW TIME: Jackie Gillies receiving the key to the city from Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at Fort Scratchley while the Real Housewives Of Melbourne cameras roll. Picture: Simone De Peak

Gillies is the first person to be honoured in Newcastle City Council’s new ambassador program, which aims to recognise Novocastrians who have left Newcastle, butcontinue to be passionate advocates for the city.

Cr Nelmes said Gillies was chosen for the award due to her advocacy for Newcastle through the media and The Real Housewives Of Melbourne, plus her extensive charity work with Mission Australia and White Ribbon.

“I think it’s fitting that when Jackie’s home we’ve kick-started our ambassador program with her,” Cr Nelmes said.“We’ve gota lot of other people we’ve reached out to in the last couple of weeks, whoI’m looking forward to doing similar announcements with.”

Cr Nelmes also defended the decision to launch the program as part of a reality TV show, citing it as a marketing opportunity for Newcastle.

“Reality TV shows are a part of our everyday life and havebeen for many decades,” she said.“There’s reality TV, there’s sporting events.

“Some people like Supercars, some people don’t like Supercars and every time we have cameras on us on the national or international stage I see it as an opportunity to promote Newcastle and everything that is great about this city.”

LOCK IT IN: Nuatali Nelmes said presenting the key to the city to Jackie Gillies was a great marketing opportunity for Newcastle. Picture: Simone De Peak

Gillies, who grew up at Warners Bay, said she had been campaigning for four years to bring The Real Housewives Of Melbourne to Newcastle so she could showcase the city.

“It wasn’t just about receiving the key, it was also a nod to where I grew up,” Gillies said.

“My husband and I are proud Novocastrians and we’ve still got our place here in Merewether and we’ll never let that go and we’ll come back.”

Lung cancer is claiming more women

Rate rise: Dr Fiona Abell, medical oncologist at Calvary Mater, says lung cancer is increasingly affecting more women. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers.
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WHILE the incidence of lung cancer is declining in Hunter men, the rates are rising in women, data shows.

“People think breast cancer is the major killer of women, it is actually lung cancer,” Calvary Mater medical oncologist Dr Fiona Abell said.

“It isthe number one cause of death from cancer in women.”

Data collected by the Cancer Institute of NSW shows the numbers of Hunter men dying from lung cancer had dropped from a population rate of 76.2 per 100,000in 1972, to 46.3 in 2012. Butthe mortality rate for women had grown from 6.3 per 100,000in 1972, to 26.5 in 2012.

TheHunter mortality rates were above the state average, which were 42.8 for men, and 24.9 for women.

Dr Abell said while they were slightly older statistics, the trends for both men and women – in both incidence and mortality– had continued on the same trajectories.

“Women took up smoking later than men, so there is a lag effect,” Dr Abell said.

“Most lung cancers are still smoking related, and women took up smoking just that bit later. Hopefully we will see that same reduction in the death rate in women in time.”

Lung cancer is claiming more women TweetFacebook Dr Fiona Abell.But Dr Abell said there had been an increasing trend in non-smoking related lung cancers, which also tended to affect more women.

“There is epidemiological data that says that is increasing, and it is more in women than men,” she said.

“I am seeing that just anecdotally in my clinical practice too. Only about 20 per cent of all lung cancers have that mutation, but in the non-smoking female group it can be up to almost 50 per cent. We don’t understand why.”

Dr Abell said a screening program had led to 85-to-90 per cent of breast cancers being curable.

“Still only about 15-to-20 per cent of lung cancers are curable because of the fact we don’t have screening,” she said. “Symptoms are either non-existent in the early stages, or mistaken for infective symptoms.”

Anyone who had protracted, persistent respiratory symptoms should ask for a precautionary chest x-ray, rather than take “course after course” of antibiotics.

Aldi tap found to be contaminated with lead being investigated with ‘urgency’

German discounter Aldiis investigating “with utmosturgency,” reports that a $79.99 kitchen tap it sold last monthemitted water containing up to 15 times the maximum allowable level of lead.
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The Easy Home spiral spring mixer tap. Photo: Aldi

The Easy Home spiral spring mixer tap had been sold in Aldi stores around Australiaas part of a “Special Buy” offering on June 10.

However independenttesting commissioned by theQueensland Building and Construction Commissionfound water from the tap could contain up to 15 times the maximum allowable level of lead, as reported by Newscorp on Monday.

The findings have prompted warnings to potentially thousands of Australian householdsto stop using them.

In a statement anAldi Australia spokesperson said it had conducted its own independent testing on the tap and confirmed it compliedwith Australian standards prior to placing it in stores for sale.

According to media reports the tap previously scored well below permitted levels.

“Aldi is liaising with the responsible authorities and our supplier to investigate the matter with utmost urgency. If at any stage test results confirm that chemical parameters do not meet regulatory requirements, Aldiwill take appropriate action,” Aldi’s spokesperson said.

The QBCCalerted the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission at the weekend, prompting it to issue awarning.

“Consumers who have purchased the particular taps but have not had them installed can seek a refund fromAldi,” the ACCC said in a statement on Monday.

The watchdog said it had approachedAldi, and if there was any risk to consumers, a voluntary recall would be expected.

Aldi’s spokespersonconfirmed the product was certified by the national WaterMark Certification Scheme, a mandatory scheme for plumbing and drainage materials managed by the Australian Building Codes Board.

She said the spiral tap was also found to be compliant to the WELS scheme, the Australianwater efficiency labelling scheme.

“Aldiwill always remove any product from sale if it is identified as a risk to our customers. If any customer is unsatisfied with a product purchased at ALDI, they are welcome to return it to the store for a full refund.”


Cruises for the bucket list – four of the best

The jewel-like observation capsule One is one of the most highly anticipated features of the Royal Caribbean This article was sponsored by Helloworld Travel & Cruise Centre
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Helloworld Travel & Cruise Travel Centre brings you this roundup of four of the best cruises in the world, and the best deals for your next cruise.

Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the SeasFor a rollercoaster of excitement and adrenalin, look no further than the Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas.

Experience the sheer thrill and exhilaration of flying in an air machine that lets you soar in a controlled environment onRipCord by iFLY.

Shaken, not stirred – get served by a very cordial arm at Bionic Bar

Take yourself to new heights on North Star,a jewel-shaped capsule that slowly ascends over 300 feet above sea level. Stunning 360° viewsof the oceanmake theNorth Starone of the most anticipated features on this ship.

Or stay closer to deck in SeaPlex RCI, the largest indoor active space at sea with 30 bumper cars, a roller rink, full-size basketball court, a circus school, floating DJ booth and a resident food truck.

Enjoy the fruits of one of Britain’s most famous chefs at Jamie’s Italian

Been wanting to brush up on a language? Why not take one of the onboard classes, or tell the story with your hips by learning salsa dancing. Or – do nothing at all in a hot stone massage. Bliss.

The Celebrity EdgeA spectacularly modern twist on a cruise liner, the Celebrity Edge caters to a hip crowd who are excited by the idea of a revolutionised cruising experience.

The ship is brimming with live flora at every turn, while abstract art and ambient lightingcreatea tranquil environment for you to relax within.

Hold onto your drinks on the viewing platform as you enjoy live music

The height of the boundary-pushing features of the futuristic vesselis the Magic Carpet, a venue that changes mood, function and even location as it cantilevers across the ship–whileoffering sparkling views of the sea from every degree.

The floating platform is a gutwrenching thirteenstories above sea level –gulp! – and offers a full bar and space for live music performances.

A modern twist on cruise accommodation

Majestic PrincessThe much-anticipated Majestic Princess is heading to Australia, fabulous news forcruise fans who are keen to dive into new cruise experiences in our own region.

The vessel boasts two new restaurantsdesigned by Michelin-starred chefs: Harmony by Richard Chen and La Mer by Emmanuel Renaut. Harmony has a gourmet Cantonese menu, while La Mer is a celebration of french culinary delights.

Harmony was created in partnership with the former chef of Wing Lei – the first Chinese restaurant in North America to be awarded a Michelin star

Majestic has an additional11 dining venues to tickle any kind of palate, including Princess favourites Alfredo’s Pizzeria, the International Cafe in the Piazza and the World Fresh Marketplace food-station buffet which is bursting with culinary options.

Choose this enhanced version of a Balcony stateroom with more space and a comfortable sofa bed – and the view!

The cruise liner will be based in Sydney andsail 16 cruises in 2018-19to Fiji and the Pacific islands, Tasmania and New Zealand, plus two Asia voyages between Shanghai and Sydney, and Sydney and Hong Kong.

Norwegian JewelOperated by the Norwegian Cruise Line, Norwegian Jewel is an up-and-coming cruise liner that is bursting with colour and excitement.

Explore your inner kid on deck 12 at the pool, or enjoy being an adult with a poolside cocktail

The vessel offers some of the largest suites at sea, and hosts no less than 16 dining options and 15 bars and nightclubs, including a poolside bar and a Japanese teppanyaki bar.

Fill your nights with magic and comedy shows, or gasp at impossible acrobatic feats at Le Cirque Bijou. Norwegian Jewel also offers an outdoor Sports Complex where you can shoot hoops with a 180 degree view of the deep blue sea. Try not to get too distracted!

Hoops with a view, or enjoy volleyball or dodgeball games on this versatile court

Come aboard and venture into the wild on anAlaska Cruise, go from landscape views to city views on aPacific Coastal Cruise or travel to endless beaches and cobble-stone cities on aMexican Rivera Cruise.

Ready to set sail?Helloworld Travel & Cruise Travel Centre are hosting Newcastle’s largest Cruise Day sale on August 6that Wests City, Hunter Street, from 10am –3pm. Entry is free and gives you access to over 50 exhibitors, exclusive savings and much more.

This article was sponsored by HelloworldTravel& Cruise Travel Centre

Five highlights in your travel week10 July

Aloft Perth … brand-new, modern and buzzy.Experience the buzz of the brand-new Aloft Perth, which is offering the perfect excuse for sleep-ins and cocktails by the fireplace with its $149 winter staycation package.
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The offer includes a one-night stay for two, plus a signature cocktail and breakfast for each guest, and a noon check-out.

The offer is valid to August 31.

Phone 1800 194 680 or visit www.aloftperth南京夜网

Exhilarating prospects … whale-watching with Captain Cook Cruises.

Captain Cook Cruises have partnered with Taronga Zoo to offer an enticing Sydney wildlife package for animal lovers — a Taronga Zoo and whale-watching-cruise combo deal that will operate daily until November 1.

Catch a rocket ferry from Circular Quay or Darling Harbour to Taronga Zoo, then take the Sky Safari cable-car to the top of the park before spending the morning visiting the zoo’s 4000 animals, including the new Asian elephant male calf.

Then spend the afternoon on the Captain Cook whale-watching cruise, heading through the Heads and into open water where a guide will provide expert commentary on a variety of marine life including humpbacks, southern rights, orcas and minke whales, seals, albatross and fairy penguins. Dolphins nearly always accompany the cruise, with some pods numbering up to 100 individuals.

Captain Cook Cruises offers every passenger a whale guarantee— if a whale is not spotted, passengers can cruise again for free.

The combo deals are priced at $99 per adult and $55 per child.

Phone 02 9206 1111 or visit www.captaincook南京夜网.au

Metro Apartments on Bank Place … from $135 per night in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD.

Metro Apartments on Bank Place, in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, is offering a family package priced from $135 per night, with a free upgrade to a self-contained one bedroom apartment with free wi-fi.

A one-bedroom apartment can accommodate three guests in total, with a queen bed for two adults and a sofa bed suitable for a child.

Phone 1800 004 321 or visit www.metrohotels南京夜网.au

Freycinet Lodge … a pivotal location for the Great Eastern Wine Weekend.

The third annual Great Eastern Wine Weekend will be held from 8-10 September 2017, showcasing the best food and wines of Tasmania’s East Coast.

The event offers an opportunity to explore Tasmania’s East Coast wine region through a variety of special events — such as the Great Eastern Wine and Dine Dinner — with vineyards, cellar doors and tourism operators opening their doors across the weekend.

A number of events will be held at renowned Freycinet Lodge, which also has several accommodation packages available, with discounts for auto-club members.

Visit www.freycinetlodge南京夜网.au

The Spirit of Tasmania … a relaxing start to your Tasmanian adventure.

And talking of Tasmania, set sail on your next adventure with Spirit of Tasmania’s package for two.

Prices start at $339 each way on selected night sailings, including passenger fares for two, accommodation in a twin-bed cabin and transport of a standard car.

It’s great fun and really should be seen as part of your holiday.

The deal can be purchased until July 22 and is valid for travel until mid-December 2017 unless sold out prior.

Visit www.spiritoftasmania南京夜网.au