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Austrian far-right figure resigns over ‘Nazi songbook’ scandal

Udo Landbauer. Photo: AFP Photo/Dieter Nagl

An Austrian far-right figure at the centre of a sc..

Udo Landbauer. Photo: AFP Photo/Dieter Nagl

An Austrian far-right figure at the centre of a scandal over a songbook praising the Holocaust has stepped down, blaming a "media witch-hunt".

Udo Landbauer, lead candidate for the Freedom Party (FPÖ) in elections in Lower Austrian state last Sunday, said he was giving up all political functions including as a local deputy.

Landbauer, 31, who was also head of the FPÖ's youth wing the RFJ, said he had been trying for days to refute all accusations against him.

But with his local party branch "under siege", Landbauer he said he was giving in to a "media witch-hunt" in order to "take my family out of the firing line".

He also suspended his membership of the FPÖ, which since December has been part of Austria's ruling coalition, and said he was going on holiday, the Austria Press Agency reported.

Last week the Falter weekly reported theat Landbauer's student fraternity had produced a song book in 1997 that included lyrics such as "Step on the gas… we can make it to seven million".

Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis in the Holocaust during World War Two, many of them in gas chambers at industrial-scale extermination camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Several leading members of the FPÖ – a party created by former Nazis in the 1950s – belong to student fraternities, some of which believe in a "Greater Germany" to include Austria.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, under pressure over the furore, said on Wednesday that his government would initiate proceedings to dissolve the fraternity Germania zu Wiener Neustadt.

The FPÖ says the fraternities are harmless, with its leader Heinz-Christian Strache saying on Friday that "anti-Semitism, totalitarianism (and) racism are the opposite of fraternity thinking".

Landbauer, who was 11 years old when the book was printed, has said that he was unaware of the offending text until last week. He suspended his membership after the Falter report.

The affair also embarrassed the centre-left Social Democrats (SPÖ) after it emerged that a party member – one of four people under investigation by prosecutors – had illustrated the song book.

Harald Vilimsky, FPÖ general secretary, said that the "irreproachable and upstanding" Landbauer was the "innocent" victim of a "political and media frenzy".

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Great Southern sets development pathway for Mon Ami gold operation

Great Southern Mining Ltd (ASX:GSN) has set a development pathway for gold operations at Mon Ami in Western Australia after completing an in-house preliminary economic evaluation of the potential for an open-pit development.

Results are sufficiently positive for the company to initiate the full suite of requisite preliminary activities targeted at obtaining a mining approval under the Mining Act 1978 (WA) in 2021.

This progression towards development is expected to add significant underlying value to Mon Ami and the company’s gold strategy.

Development of the deposit offers a potential source of cash flow for ongoing funding of aggressive exploration plans across the gold portfolio – including Cox’s Find, at depth at Mon Ami and the Edinburgh Park Gold Project in North Queensland.

Testing high-grade extensions
Great Southern Mining chief executive officer Sean Gregory said: “We are pleased to announce that our in-house preliminary economic review has identified a potential low-cost..

Great Southern Mining Ltd (ASX:GSN) has set a development pathway for gold operations at Mon Ami in Western Australia after completing an in-house preliminary economic evaluation of the potential for an open-pit development.

Results are sufficiently positive for the company to initiate the full suite of requisite preliminary activities targeted at obtaining a mining approval under the Mining Act 1978 (WA) in 2021.

This progression towards development is expected to add significant underlying value to Mon Ami and the company’s gold strategy.

Development of the deposit offers a potential source of cash flow for ongoing funding of aggressive exploration plans across the gold portfolio – including Cox’s Find, at depth at Mon Ami and the Edinburgh Park Gold Project in North Queensland.

Testing high-grade extensions

Great Southern Mining chief executive officer Sean Gregory said: “We are pleased to announce that our in-house preliminary economic review has identified a potential low-cost development pathway for an open-pit mining operation at Mon Ami.

“The planned drilling program seeks to expand on this opportunity and test for higher grade extensions to the deposit at depth.

“Rapid development at Mon Ami has the potential to deliver a robust source of cash flow for GSN, allowing the further acceleration of the aggressive exploration plans across our Australian gold portfolio.”

Near-surface high-grade gold hits

Recent drill results at Mon Ami included several near-surface high-grade results – 11 metres at 7.9 g/t gold from 26 metres including 4 metres at 15.9 g/t and 4 metres at 12.4 g/t from 80 metres.

Initial technical studies have been scoped at the project to support a mining approval and include a review of the existing drill core and optical televiewer data by the company’s geotechnical consultants to recommend pit design parameters.

GSN believes that the high grades could extend to depth in an analogous fashion to the Ida H deposit 14 kilometres to the north of Mon Ami along the same regional shear zone, the Barnicoat Shear.

Upcoming drilling

The metallurgical characteristics of Mon Ami were tested in 2018 where the recoveries averaged 95% in the fresh and transitional rock, which will be the focus of any open pit development.

The maiden inferred resource of 1.1 million tonnes at 1.7 g/t for 59,000 ounces was estimated in 2018 and since then 2,073 metres of reverse circulation (RC) drilling has been conducted with further drilling is planned.

As a part of upcoming drilling, GSN plans to upgrade the resource to the indicated status based on an improved understanding of the deposit from the quality assured drilling and improved confidence around modifying factors.

Drill rig secured

The company has secured the services of its preferred RC drilling contractor to resume drilling operations at Laverton from the first week of December 2020.

Drilling will test these targets at Mon Ami as well as the targets at Cox’s Find.

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Tempest Minerals in trading halt with capital raising news pending

Tempest Minerals Ltd (ASX:TEM) (FRA:LIF) has a capital raising announcement pending and has been granted a trading halt by the ASX.

The halt will remain in place until the earlier of the start of normal trading on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, or when an announcement is released to the market.

Securities last traded at 3.8 cents and since the market close on August 28 have traded in the range of 2.4 cents to 5.3 cents.

Drilling underway
The company is active at the Yalgoo projects around 400 kilometres north of Perth in WA with drilling of three priority targets beginning last month at the Warriedar West Prospect.

Tempest considers Yalgoo the forgotten goldfield, with world-class deposits every 10 kilometres, including high-grade gold, copper, zinc, tungsten and iron, and major infrastructure in place which represents a low-cost, high-impact exploration opportunity.

The drilling at Warriedar West is targeting intrusion-related gold system (IRGS) mineralisation.

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Tempest Minerals Ltd (ASX:TEM) (FRA:LIF) has a capital raising announcement pending and has been granted a trading halt by the ASX.

The halt will remain in place until the earlier of the start of normal trading on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, or when an announcement is released to the market.

Securities last traded at 3.8 cents and since the market close on August 28 have traded in the range of 2.4 cents to 5.3 cents.

Drilling underway

The company is active at the Yalgoo projects around 400 kilometres north of Perth in WA with drilling of three priority targets beginning last month at the Warriedar West Prospect.

Tempest considers Yalgoo the forgotten goldfield, with world-class deposits every 10 kilometres, including high-grade gold, copper, zinc, tungsten and iron, and major infrastructure in place which represents a low-cost, high-impact exploration opportunity.

The drilling at Warriedar West is targeting intrusion-related gold system (IRGS) mineralisation.

Gold and trace element anomalies typical of IRG-style mineralisation are present in the project and it includes considerable nugget-rich free gold exploited in modern times by prospectors as well as high-grade gold in rock chips.

Tempest is also undertaking surface sampling and drill planning at other projects within its portfolio.

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S&P/ASX 200 dips 0.40% as new COVID-19 cases in the US top 150,000 for the first time

S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) fell 26 points or 0.4% to 6,393 by around 1.40 pm as COVID-19 cases in the northern hemisphere continue to surge, leading to further lockdowns.

Despite today’s losses, the index is still on track for a weekly gain of about 3.2% after rising 4.4% last week.

Financials, energy and industrials were leading the declines today while materials and communications advanced.

Energy stocks were also underperforming but they are still up by 13% this week.

COVID-19 update
The number of new COVID-19 cases in the US topped 150,000 on Thursday, eight days after 100,000 cases were found in a day for the first time, according to a New York Times report.

Deaths are rising too with more than 1,000 on average each day and COVID-19 hospitalisations set a record on Thursday, climbing to 67,096.

The pandemic has risen to crisis levels in much of the nation, especially the Midwest, as hospitals warn of dwindling bed space and as coroners deploy mobile morgues.

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S&P/ASX 200 (INDEXASX:XJO) fell 26 points or 0.4% to 6,393 by around 1.40 pm as COVID-19 cases in the northern hemisphere continue to surge, leading to further lockdowns.

Despite today’s losses, the index is still on track for a weekly gain of about 3.2% after rising 4.4% last week.

Financials, energy and industrials were leading the declines today while materials and communications advanced.

Energy stocks were also underperforming but they are still up by 13% this week.

COVID-19 update

The number of new COVID-19 cases in the US topped 150,000 on Thursday, eight days after 100,000 cases were found in a day for the first time, according to a New York Times report.

Deaths are rising too with more than 1,000 on average each day and COVID-19 hospitalisations set a record on Thursday, climbing to 67,096.

The pandemic has risen to crisis levels in much of the nation, especially the Midwest, as hospitals warn of dwindling bed space and as coroners deploy mobile morgues.

Top gainers

Today’s top gainers on the ASX include FYI Resources Ltd (ASX:FYI) (+13.89%), Euro Manganese Inc CDI (ASX:EMN) (+17.31%), Rimfire Pacific Mining N L (ASX:RIM) (+20.00%), Technology Metals Australia Ltd (ASX:TMT) (+10.00%), Andromeda Metals Ltd (ASX:AND) (+15.38%), Auteco Minerals Ltd (ASX:AUT) (+10.00%), Macarthur Minerals Ord Shs (ASX:MIO) (+10.64%) and Nanoveu Ltd (ASX:NVU) (+15.00%).

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