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HOPE THAT VIRTUAL BIOBANK MAY LEAD TO CANCER DISCOVERIES

Information is key in the quest for a cure for cancer, and now a team of Hunter academics has found a way to share vital data with the world. The researchers have established a virtual biobank, allowing anyone access to 2D and 3D images of tissue samples, and they’re hoping it’ll lead to major discoveries. For more information, visit https://virtualbiobank.newcastle.edu.au/

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REVIEW FINDS HOSPITAL CLADDING A FIRE RISK

A relatively new building at John Hunter Hospital has been found to have cladding deemed a fire risk. The Royal Newcastle Centre, which opened in 2006 adjacent to the main hospital, is one of three New South Wales health facilities identified in a government review. Health Infrastructure says interim measures are being put in place immediately, ahead of the material being removed early next year. Work has already begun at Armidale Hospital to remove external cladding from the Ambulatory Care building. Queanbeyan is the other hospital identified in the review. (VISION ONLY)

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NEW ORGANICS FACILITY FOR NEWCASTLE

There’s set to be a major change to the way Newcastle residents dispose of food waste, with an organics recycling facility to be built at Summerhill. The state government today pledged $1.5-million towards the nearly $13-million project. “What will ultimately happen is that food scraps – which is about 50 per cent of your general waste – will be combined with your green waste to produce a product like soil conditioner or mulch, said council CEO Jeremy Bath. It’ll also save council around $800,000 a year in landfill fees. The facility is set to open around 2020. (AUDIO IN PARTS)

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AROUND 1000 CATHOLICS SCHOOL TEACHERS STRIKE

In the Hunter, around 1,000 Catholic school teachers and support staff are taking part in the strike action. A meeting at Mayfield this morning drew close to 300 people, discussing the disputed enterprise agreement. A separate gathering took place in the Upper Hunter. For some schools, the half-day of disruption will come tomorrow – schools say students will be supervised.

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