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Azumah hits magical million ounce reserve in Ghana

Azumah Resources has generated an updated ore reserve estimate of 18 million tonnes grading 1.77g/t gold for just over 1 million ounces at its Wa project in Ghana. This represents a 65% increase in the ore reserves last reported in 2014 and underpins a feasibility study that presently shows an 11 year project life, producing about 100,000 ounces per annum in the first 6 years.

Tyranna/Alliance hit gold zone at Weednanna East

Tyranna Resources’ partner Alliance Resources has discovered a zone of gold anomalism from aircore drilling at the Weednanna East prospect of their Wilcherry JV project in South Australia. The magnitude and distribution of gold may be indicative of primary gold mineralisation and Alliance plans to carry out further drilling to better define the gold in regolith anomalies before carrying out bedrock drill testing.

Optimised port design completed for Greenland

Greenland Minerals has completed an optimised design for its proposed port facility to service the massive Kvanefjeld rare earths project in southern Greenland, allowing capital costs to be updated. The work by PND Engineers and China Communications Construction Co follows a revised design for the project’s plant and infrastructure delivered in late 2018 by Tetra Tech, which dramatically reduced civil earth working costs.

PharmAust secures data bonanza from Elanco

PharmAust has signed an agreement with US pharmaceutical heavyweight Elanco that allows the biotech company to reference certain safety and blood chemistry data that were generated for the regulatory approval of Monepantel in Australia, New Zealand and the EU, as an anti-parasitic drug in livestock animals. This could potentially expedite the early proof of principle phase two trials of the anti-cancer drug in dogs.

Further gold excitement for Kairos in the Pilbara

Kairos Minerals has uncovered additional gold anomalies over more than 10km strike at its emerging Croydon gold project, located near Port Hedland in the Pilbara region WA. Encouraging new assays up to 1.2g/t gold were returned from geochemical stream sediment sampling. The company is also reviewing a development pathway for its 643,000 ounce gold resource at the Mt York project, located 100km west of Croydon.

MGC completes sale of cannabis cosmetics business

MGC Pharmaceuticals has completed the sale of its cannabis-based cosmetics business, MGC Derma, to CannaGlobal for a 10% stake in the private Canadian cannabis investment company. The company will now focus on its cannabis-based pharmaceutical products and deliver on its seed-to-pharma business model.

Southern firms up high grade gold/silver zone in Korea

Southern Gold has confirmed narrow, high grade gold/silver mineralisation from an underground infill and extensional channel sampling program at its emerging Weolyu South epithermal precious metal project in South Korea. Results included 0.45m @ 30g/t gold and 1,280g/t silver and 0.55m @ 28.9g/t gold and 1,350g/t silver. A re-assay of 2017 samples also provided a significant 30% uplift in gold grades from the original analyses.

Calima drilling Montney horizontal wells

Calima Energy has spudded the second of two horizontal wells at its Canadian Montney oil and gas play that will be placed on extended production testing to assess the commerciality of its acreage. Successful testing of the Calima-2 and Calima-3 horizontal wells will allow the company to convert at least some of its resources from prospective to the higher confidence contingent level.

Vanadium met work looking good for Venus’ Youanmi ores

Venus Metals’ metallurgical testing of beneficiated oxide ores from the Youanmi project in WA, has shown that heated, sulphuric acid leaching produces recoveries near 80% of the contained vanadium pentoxide content, whilst rejecting 40% of the waste materials. Further work is underway to optimise the process flowsheet for the scoping study and Venus is presently updating the Youanmi mineral resource estimate.

Vonex ups cloud telephony tech user base to 26,000

Upstart telco Vonex continues to steadily build its cloud based PABX telephony business with the company reaching a record of 26,000 registered users as at 25 January 2019. This is up 22% from the 21,000 users it had a year ago and is a key indicator of the company’s business development progress as it expands its reach to small and medium enterprises.

Tyranna/Alliance find new gold target at Wilcherry

Tyranna Resources’ partner Alliance Resources has identified a new gold target within the Wilcherry JV project in South Australia after re-assaying historic iron ore drill samples. Better results from the re-analysis of drilling carried out by Ironclad Mining between 2008 and 2012 at the Weednanna North prospect included 8m @ 1.06g/t gold from 58m down-hole and 22m @ 0.34g/t gold from 42m.

97% gold recovery for Great Southern near Laverton

Great Southern Mining has successfully completed metallurgical test work on oxidised ores from its flagship Mon Ami project in WA that showed up to 97% recovery of the contained gold. The work has confirmed that the ores are amenable to conventional cyanide leaching and gravity recovery techniques and that low reagent uptake and coarse grinding will likely result in low operating costs.

Blina upbeat about copper samples in Madagascar

Blina Minerals ongoing due diligence work at the Maintirano copper project in western Madagascar continues to return encouraging results with eight samples returning more than 5% copper, including a sample that registered 37.5% copper and 33ppm silver. The company will now carry out airborne surveys to help locate additional vein systems as no modern exploration methods have been used at Maintirano to date.

Sovereign finds high grade titanium in Africa

Sovereign Metals has outlined the high grade potential of its titanium-rich rutile mineralisation in central Malawi, this week reporting significant assays from re-sampling of historical hand-auger drill holes located in two areas 40km apart. Nearly 80% of the holes contained significant titania mineralisation, with an average weighted grade of 1.89% titanium dioxide.

Hammer drills high grade copper at Perentie

Hammer Metals has received some encouraging news at its Perentie project near Mt Isa in Queensland, with its first pass RC drilling campaign returning some high grade copper results. Notable results include 1m @ 4.21% copper and 0.13g/t gold from 75m down-hole at the Paddy B prospect and 2m @ 2.36% copper and 2g/t gold from 37m down-hole at the Trackside prospect.

Altech secures development order for alumina plant

Altech Chemicals continues to progress its high purity alumina project with the company securing the development order for the processing plant in Johor, Malaysia. Site establishment works have now commenced and will be followed by the stage 1 construction works such as the bulk earthworks, construction of retaining walls and a maintenance workshop.

Greenland clears path for rare earth processing

Greenland Minerals now has a formal means for the Chinese processing of its rare earth concentrates from the massive Kvanefjeld project in Greenland that contains the radioactive elements uranium and thorium. This follows its largest shareholder Shenghe Resources Holding forming the China Nuclear Hua Sheng Mining joint venture with subsidiaries of China National Nuclear Corporation.

Calima’s Montney well continues to build excitement

Wireline logs at Calima Energy’s first well at the revered Montney oil and gas play in Canada have returned porosities and hydrocarbon saturations comparable to those in adjacent producing wells. Analysis of the log and core data also confirmed the presence of three zones that match those already targeted by other operators in the region. The company has also spudded the first of two horizontal wells.

MGC gets green light for cannabis dementia drug trial

MGC Pharmaceuticals has secured approval from Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration to start the Phase IIB clinical trial of its CogniCann medical cannabis treatment for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. The company’s manufacturing facility in Ljubljana, Slovenia, has also secured a permit to extract and develop its own Phytocannabinoid active pharmaceutical ingredients.

Australian Potash makes high quality potassium salt

Australian Potash has hit a major milestone with the manufacture of high grade sulphate of potash at its pilot processing plant in Perth that exceeded its previous expectations of product quality. The 98% purity SOP product was generated from the first raw salt products from the pilot pond network at the company’s Lake Wells SOP project, located about 180km northeast of Laverton in the Goldfields region of WA.

Terrain poised to drill gold target near Leonora

Terrain Minerals plans to undertake a 650m RC drilling campaign at a priority and potentially high impact gold target under transported soil cover at the Wild-Viper project tenement north of Leonora in WA. A successful drilling program will validate the company’s structural geological model and potentially unlock the multiple targets it has identified throughout the tenement.

Bougainville project looks prospective for Kalia

Kalia Limited’s preliminary interpretation of new geophysical data over its Mt Tore JV tenements located on Bougainville Island in PNG has identified intrusive geological complexes and structural pathways for potential mineralisation. Imagery produced from the survey data is being used by Kalia personnel on-site for the generation of new exploration targets.

PharmAust could double delivery of cancer drug in dogs

PharmAust has received new data from Canada’s BRI Biopharmaceutical Research that a specific combination of diet and excipient could double the amount of its Monepantel anti-cancer drug that can be delivered into the bloodstream of dogs. This could increase the flexibility for dosing schedules of Monepantel and potentially simplify the treatment of canine cancers.

Nzuri extends copper footprint to 1.2km in DRC

Nzuri Copper has extended copper mineralisation to 1.2km of strike at its Kasangasi prospect, located 20km west from the flagship Kalongwe deposit in the DRC. Results of up to 15m @ 1.07% copper from 83m down-hole were returned. The company also reported impressive cobalt results from the Monwezi 7 prospect, saying the prospect has potential to be a key, near-mine, additional source of high-grade cobalt feed.

Coolgardie starts mining higher grade ore at Geko

Coolgardie Minerals has started mining the higher grade oxide ore at its Geko pit near Bullabulling in WA under the second stage of its three stage mine plan. About 260,000 tonnes of ore at an average grade of 2.23g/t gold will be mined during this stage. Ore with a grade exceeding 2.75g/t gold will be offered to Northern Star Resources under the existing ore sale agreement.

King River makes inroads into vanadium capex reduction

King River Resources has recovered up to 92% vanadium in heated sulphuric acid vat leaching metallurgical test work on coarse lump ores from its massive Speewah project, located near Kununurra in the Kimberley region of WA. The company says the encouraging results support the development of an alternative ore processing route for its flagship vanadium project that could drastically lower capital and operating costs.

Middle Island shareholders jump at entitlement offer

Middle Island Resources pocketed $1.4m last week from an entitlements offer to shareholders that closed well over-subscribed in a challenging market. The funds were raised primarily for key exploration and development activities at the company’s Sandstone gold Project in WA’s Murchison region. This will include completing work on the flagship Two Mile Hill tonalite deeps deposit and diamond drilling three intriguing lookalike gravity targets nearby.

Adriatic drills 72m multi-commodity hit in Bosnia

Adriatic Metals has intersected a stunning 72m long diamond drill intersection grading 18.3% zinc, 10.7% lead, 2.5g/t gold, 211g/t silver, 2.5% copper and 25% barite from 206m down-hole at its emerging Rupice prospect in Bosnia. The new result extends mineralisation 30m down-dip and down-plunge to the north. A maiden mineral resource estimate for Rupice prospect is expected in the first half of 2019.

Sky and Space racks up more telco MoUs

Aspiring ASX listed satellite telco, Sky and Space Global, has signed a reseller MoU with Spanish telco Global Telesat and a trial service agreement with Brazil’s Telespazio Brasil. Global Telesat will explore how the Sky and Space’s nano-satellite based, narrow-band communications services can be incorporated into its network and improve its offering.

Artemis discovers multiple magnetic targets in Pilbara

Artemis Resources has discovered multiple exploration targets from a geophysical interpretation of its high-resolution, aeromagnetic survey over its Armada prospect in the emerging Paterson Ranges in the eastern Pilbara of WA. Two new priority targets lie in a 6km long corridor, directly along strike and north of Greatland Gold’s spectacular new Havieron copper-gold discovery. Gravity surveys will now be undertaken to better define the highest priority targets.

Phylogica on verge of peptide vaccine breakthrough

ASX-listed biotech Phylogica has continued its march towards commercialisation of its potentially game-changing biological “peptide” vaccine, with the Perth company set to release results from in-vitro testing by mid-2019. Phylogica says its vaccine is able to provoke an amplified immune response against diseased tissue including viruses and cancer. The vaccine is based on technology that allows drugs to fully penetrate cell walls in order to deliver a drug payload.



King River set to power the world with amazing vanadium resource

High purity vanadium is being tipped for greatness as a revolutionary force in battery storage of renewable energy. Perth’s King River Copper may well have the largest and highest purity in-ground resource in the world in W.A. Last week the company proved it could produce the holy grail of purity levels at 99.5%, placing it amongst elite company around the world.

88 Energy rubbing shoulders with oil majors in Alaska

A Perth based ASX listed junior has quietly been sweeping up big swathes of lucrative acreage in Alaska’s hottest oil province known as the North Slope with the truth diviner in the form of a drill rig about to be put to the test in coming months. 88 Energy will soon drill a well targeting up to 400 million barrels at its Western Blocks project in the region.

Tantalising gold recoveries for Novo in the Pilbara

Pilbara conglomerate gold theorist Novo Resources has generated rich concentrates from ore sorting trials at its Comet Well project near Karratha, producing ore grades up to 792.4g/t gold. The company also separated coarse gold nuggets from gravelly ore horizons at its Egina project near Port Hedland using gravity techniques and it has suggested that the procedure could be ramped up to a larger scale in the future.

Novo has nearly 90% gold recoveries in the Pilbara

Pilbara conglomerate gold theorist, Novo Resources, has generated encouraging gold recoveries of up to nearly 90% from ore sorting trials at its Comet Well project located near Karratha in WA. The trials produced ore grades up to 792.4g/t in sorted gold concentrates and additional work will now be undertaken at smaller crush sizes and on oxidised ore samples to optimise gold recoveries even further.

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Weebit makes breakthrough with game changing memory tech

Technology company Weebit-Nano continues to make big strides in the development of its game changing “Re-Ram” memory storage technology with the announcement of successful electrical testing.  Weebit believes Re-RAM has the capacity to revolutionise memory storage due it being faster, cheaper and requiring less energy than current flash storage methods.

Sharks wary of SMS patterned wetsuit says UWA

ASX listed Shark Mitigation Systems have achieved scientific validation of their unique, patented, shark deterrent wetsuits after the University of W.A completed a ground breaking trial of the company’s “SAMS” wetsuit technology with live white sharks in South Africa. The results, which are quite stunning, show that it took a shark 400% longer to engage with a SAMS wetsuit.

Pilbara Minerals to move into Lithium downstream processing with Chinese

In the Lithium business it can be very profitable to own a mine, however, turning that Lithium into battery grade chemicals, commonly known as downstream processing, can be even more lucrative. Market darling Pilbara Minerals have given a hint of their medium term strategy after signing an MOU to move into the Lithium downstream processing business with the Chinese. 

Weebit to collaborate with Global tech powerhouse to commercialize revolutionary computer memory

It doesn’t happen often but every now and then a tech story comes along that looks like it just might survive the tech bubble and create a real business that makes real money. One such story at least at face value is ASX listed Weebit Nano that was back door listed by Perth connections into Radar Iron earlier this year and is now headquartered in Nedlands.