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Hammer ramps up second drill program in Mt Isa

On the back of impressive strikes at its Mt Lofty Joint Venture in the mineral-rich region between Cloncurry and Mt Isa in northwest Queensland, Hammer Metals has approved a second drilling program to start next month. The Stage 2 program is expected to provide information for preliminary metallurgical studies and a mineral resource estimation.

CVCheck gets boost from working with children screenings

ASX-listed resume verification provider CVCheck says it continues to outperform expectations in the fourth fiscal quarter due to a lift in demand for its services in New Zealand. The Perth-based integrated screening and verification company says revenues have also been assisted by strong corporate demand in both territories and a recent flood of working with children verification requests.

Myanmar increases Bawdwin resource to 82m tonnes

Myanmar Metals has updated its mineral resource estimate for the Bawdwin polymetallic deposit in central Myanmar. The new resource is 82 million tonnes grading 4.7% lead, 2.4% zinc, 0.2% copper and 119g/t silver. The company will use the resource estimate to complete an updated scoping study for the project. Myanmar recently reported it will exercise its USD$14m option over the Bawdwin project to secure its 85% stake.

Altech locks down Malaysian HPA project site

Altech Chemicals has paid $5.1 million to secure a major industrial site in the southern Malaysian state of Johor for construction of its high purity alumina plant. The site is within the Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex, just a few kms from Singapore and is part of a global hub for manufacturers of semiconductors and sapphire glass products who are big buyers of HPA.

June 30 completion date for Australia’s first heavy rare earths plant

Northern Minerals has reported that the construction of its pilot processing plant for the Browns Range heavy rare earths project in the Kimberley of W.A. is on track for completion by the 30th June 2018. The company will also recommence exploratory drilling at the project, focussing on the Wolverine and Gambit structural corridors close to the mine, including several recently identified greenfields regional targets.

Sky & Space looking to deal after successful mini-sat tests

Sky & Space Global has hit a key milestone in its journey into the lucrative South American telco market, with the ASX-listed company successfully testing of its nano-satellite based communications network with major regional telco company Globalsat Group. Sky and Space Global says it is finalising a deal with Globalsat that will potentially see bandwidth from the network used across South America.

Lithium Australia gets new lithium sniff in W.A.

Lithium Australia has announced a new discovery of lithium mineralisation, in spodumene bearing pegmatites at the Medcalf prospect, within its prospective looking Lake Johnston project, 460km east of Perth in W.A. Rock chip samples up to 7.15% lithium oxide were returned from a series of outcrops, covering an area of 250m wide over 500m of strike. The company is now planning follow-up mapping, sampling and soils programs.

MGC to use Malta as springboard into EU cannabis market

ASX-listed MGC Pharmaceuticals’ proposed medical marijuana facility in Malta looks set to go ahead after landmark laws legalising medicinal cannabis were passed by the Southern European nation’s Parliament. MGC is now on the verge of official approval for its 4,000 square metre facility that it aims to use to launch into the rapidly expanding EU medical marijuana market.

DroneShield gets tick of approval to protect US airports

DroneShield’s suite of drone-combatting products have been given the green light by an independent US laboratory to protect US airports from potentially lethal aerial threats posed by incoming aerial drones. The company says its drone detection systems were deemed compatible with US aviation and airport communication and navigation systems by leading North American radiofrequency testing facility, 360RF.

St George hits more nickel mineralisation at Mt Alexander

St George has announced a new intersection of massive nickel sulphides at its Mt Alexander project, near Leonora in W.A. The 6.25 metre drilling intercept from 67.2m down-hole contained an impressive higher grade zone of 3.34m @ 5.5% nickel and 1.7% copper using XRF analyses. The result, which extends the known mineralisation, successfully targeted an off-hole electromagnetic anomaly that was not detected at surface.

Auroch ekes out 17 mineral targets from old data in S.A.

Auroch Minerals has announced that it has generated 17 interesting looking base metal and gold exploration targets by reinterpreting old geophysics data at its Bonaventura project on Kangaroo Island, southwest of Adelaide. Three priority, high grade zinc targets will undergo surface geophysics ahead of the drilling programs with the new targets broadly coinciding with recent high-grade surface sampling.

Connected IO ships first internet of things product to Australia

ASX-listed Connected IO is set to roll out its wireless, modem-like devices in Australia and New Zealand as part of a deal with Internet of things distributor M2M Connectivity. The inaugural shipment paves the way for local product trials ahead of a potential roll out in the two countries leveraging M2M’s existing relationships in the telecommunications and electronics industries.

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