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Gentleman of news: tributes for Brian OFlaherty

Daily Liberal editor Brian O'Flaherty.

COLLEAGUES, friends and family have paid tribute to Daily Liberal editor Brian OFlaherty who died unexpectedly on Friday night at his Dubbo home.

Mr OFlaherty, 61, is survived by his wife Adrienne and twin daughters Toni and Liv.

Having led the Daily Liberal team since 2012, Mr OFlahertys death has shocked the newsroom and the wider Dubbo community.

Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood said Mr OFlaherty was a passionate local newsman and talented editor.

“He cared deeply for the Daily Liberal, its staff and the Dubbo community,” Mr Hywood said. “Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones and colleagues. He will be missed.”

The OFlaherty family described their husband and father as adored and admired.

“Unassuming, giving and quiet, he was kind, softly spoken and compassionate,” Adrienne, Toni and Liv said.

“Brians compassionate soul lives on in our memories. One of the finest men you will have ever met.”

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Daily Liberal editor Brian O'Flaherty.

COLLEAGUES, friends and family have paid tribute to Daily Liberal editor Brian OFlaherty who died unexpectedly on Friday night at his Dubbo home.

Mr OFlaherty, 61, is survived by his wife Adrienne and twin daughters Toni and Liv.

Having led the Daily Liberal team since 2012, Mr OFlahertys death has shocked the newsroom and the wider Dubbo community.

Fairfax Media chief executive Greg Hywood said Mr OFlaherty was a passionate local newsman and talented editor.

“He cared deeply for the Daily Liberal, its staff and the Dubbo community,” Mr Hywood said. “Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones and colleagues. He will be missed.”

The OFlaherty family described their husband and father as adored and admired.

“Unassuming, giving and quiet, he was kind, softly spoken and compassionate,” Adrienne, Toni and Liv said.

“Brians compassionate soul lives on in our memories. One of the finest men you will have ever met.”

Writing and newspapers came naturally to him, they said.

“A professional to his fingertips, newspapers were his way of life and the ink flowed through his veins.

“We are deeply saddened and will miss him every day for the rest of our lives.”

Rod Quinn, editorial director of Fairfaxs regional publishing business Australian Community Media (ACM), said Mr OFlahertys extensive experience as a journalist and editor, including in South Africa and Fiji, gave him a special understanding of the role of a local newspaper in advocating for its community.

“Brian was dedicated to the cause of journalism and his care and diligence as an editor made him an excellent role model for the journalists he led,” Mr Quinn said.

Former ACM group managing editor for western NSW Tony Rhead described him as “a true newspaper man, but he was also a great family man”.

“Brian had the driest sense of humour of just about anyone I have ever known,” Mr Rhead said.

“He would relate tales about his adopted home Dubvegas without a hint of irony and often it was only when he had finished you would realise what a soft spot he had for the city it was his job to report on.”

Mr OFlaherty had edited the Daily Liberal and satellite mastheads at Narromine, Nyngan and Wellington “with a measured calmness and slowness of speech which was legendary”.

“I never heard him raise his voice, except in defence of his staff, who I know will be missing his steady hand in the newsroom terribly today,” Mr Rhead said.

“His family has lost a loving husband and father and Dubbo has lost a tireless advocate and thoroughly decent man.”

Former Wellington Times editor Farren Hotham mourned the loss of a “decent, honourable gentleman”.

“He was a champion of family, proud of those he mentored and worked with at Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine and Nyngan and backed all to be the best they could be,” Mr Hotham said in a touching tribute posted on Facebook.

“His experience was amazing, his stories always a laugh and his people skills fair-minded and devoted. We will miss him deeply, the stories in heaven will be just as good for this decent man of the world.”

Former Dubbo City Council mayor Mathew Dickerson also took to social media to express his condolences.

“He (Brian) … was a great advocate for regional NSW and a valuable employee for Fairfax,” Mr Dickerson said.

“I had a lot of time and respect for Brian's experience and contribution to our community. My thoughts are with his family.”

Funeral service details will be shared later in the week.

This story Gentleman of news: tributes for Brian OFlaherty first appeared on Narromine News.

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Argonaut Resources directors show faith in company by participating in oversubscribed SPP

Argonaut Resources NL (ASX:ARE) directors have demonstrated their faith in the company’s copper-zinc strategy by participating in the recently closed share purchase plan (SPP).

Independent non-executive chairman Patrick Elliot purchased more than 4.465 million shares at 0.55 cents per share in an indirect interest.

He now holds 5,876,159 shares in that interest with another 20,324,574 held in a separate indirect interest.

Independent non-executive chairman Malcolm Richmond acquired more than 5.454 million shares in a direct interest, increasing the number held in this interest to almost 15 million with another 1 million held in an indirect interest.

Overwhelming response to SPP[hhmc]
The company was overwhelmed by the response to its SPP which closed early and more than twice oversubscribed with the target subsequently increased to $2.5 million from $1.2 million.

Subscriptions in excess of $3 million were received and as a result, the SPP was closed with immediate effect.

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Argonaut Resources NL (ASX:ARE) directors have demonstrated their faith in the company’s copper-zinc strategy by participating in the recently closed share purchase plan (SPP).

Independent non-executive chairman Patrick Elliot purchased more than 4.465 million shares at 0.55 cents per share in an indirect interest.

He now holds 5,876,159 shares in that interest with another 20,324,574 held in a separate indirect interest.

Independent non-executive chairman Malcolm Richmond acquired more than 5.454 million shares in a direct interest, increasing the number held in this interest to almost 15 million with another 1 million held in an indirect interest.

Overwhelming response to SPP


The company was overwhelmed by the response to its SPP which closed early and more than twice oversubscribed with the target subsequently increased to $2.5 million from $1.2 million.

Subscriptions in excess of $3 million were received and as a result, the SPP was closed with immediate effect.

Money raised under this SPP and from the recently completed $2.7 million share placeRead More – Source

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Strickland Metals shares jump 39% ahead of drilling base metal target near DeGrussa

Strickland Metals Ltd (ASX:STK) shares surged 39% today ahead of its maiden drilling program at the Doolgunna Project, which will include a diamond drilling program that is likely to begin by the end of this month.

As a part of the program, a minimum of four diamond holes will be drilled to a depth of 500 metres to test a VMS target similar to the nearby DeGrussa deposit of Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR).

Heritage survey[hhmc]
Exploration activity has recommenced on the Doolgunna Project following completion of heritage surveys to allow land access to areas where the company wishes to complete exploration drilling.

The target for drilling is a compelling base metal prospect that exhibits geological characteristics that are interpreted to be similar to Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa deposit about 30 kilometres to the east of the project.

The prospect has a 3-kilometre-long electromagnetic conductor that lies below an outcropping copper-zinc gossan that has been mapped over a 1.2-kilomet..

Strickland Metals Ltd (ASX:STK) shares surged 39% today ahead of its maiden drilling program at the Doolgunna Project, which will include a diamond drilling program that is likely to begin by the end of this month.

As a part of the program, a minimum of four diamond holes will be drilled to a depth of 500 metres to test a VMS target similar to the nearby DeGrussa deposit of Sandfire Resources (ASX:SFR).

Heritage survey


Exploration activity has recommenced on the Doolgunna Project following completion of heritage surveys to allow land access to areas where the company wishes to complete exploration drilling.

The target for drilling is a compelling base metal prospect that exhibits geological characteristics that are interpreted to be similar to Sandfire Resources’ DeGrussa deposit about 30 kilometres to the east of the project.

The prospect has a 3-kilometre-long electromagnetic conductor that lies below an outcropping copper-zinc gossan that has been mapped over a 1.2-kilometre strike.

Diamond core drilling


The company plans to start the diamond core drilling by the end of this month.

A multi-purpose drill rig has been contracted to enable the minimum planned program wRead More – Source

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Pan Asia Metals has positive discussions on plans for Thai lithium project

Pan Asia Metals Ltd (ASX:PAM) has had positive discussions with authorities in Phang Nga Province, Thailand, including the provincial government, for its Reung Kiet Lithium Project.

PAM has submitted a presentation covering all aspects of the project including methods of ongoing exploration, conceptual mining and concentrate production, and the potential for downstream value-adding industries in Phang Nga and Thailand.

The presentation and subsequent discussions were aimed at assisting Phang Nga Provincial Government in their considerations for the proposed mining and industrial development areas.

Provincial Government discussions[hhmc]
Pan Asia was recently invited by the chief executive officer of the Phang Nga Provincial Administrative Organisation (PAO), a Phang Nga Provincial Government coordinating body, to represent PAM and the Reung Kiet Lithium Project.

The meeting was also attended by the head of Phang Nga Provincial Industry along with the representatives of the Phang Ng..

Pan Asia Metals Ltd (ASX:PAM) has had positive discussions with authorities in Phang Nga Province, Thailand, including the provincial government, for its Reung Kiet Lithium Project.

PAM has submitted a presentation covering all aspects of the project including methods of ongoing exploration, conceptual mining and concentrate production, and the potential for downstream value-adding industries in Phang Nga and Thailand.

The presentation and subsequent discussions were aimed at assisting Phang Nga Provincial Government in their considerations for the proposed mining and industrial development areas.

Provincial Government discussions


Pan Asia was recently invited by the chief executive officer of the Phang Nga Provincial Administrative Organisation (PAO), a Phang Nga Provincial Government coordinating body, to represent PAM and the Reung Kiet Lithium Project.

The meeting was also attended by the head of Phang Nga Provincial Industry along with the representatives of the Phang Nga Provincial Public Works and Town Planning Office.

Phang Nga Provincial Industry head has been appointed by the Phang Nga governor as chairman of the Phang Nga New Town Planning Committee.

During the meeting, the chairman of the committee conveyed its support for the Reung Kiet Lithium Project.

PAO wants to ensure that the requirements of the Reung Kiet project are incorporated into the town planning committee’s zoning plans to ensure that the project can progress once exploration and feasibility results prove positive.

“Can bring opportunities”


PAM managing director Paul Lock said: “We have been working hard in Phang Nga province and we are very happy with the positive reception that the Reung Kiet Lithium Project is receiving from the Phang Nga Provincial Government and surrounding communities.

“Reung Kiet is strategically located and based on peer feasibility work the project is positioned to potentially be one of the lowest-cost suppliers of lithium chemicals in the global peer group.

“This is a project that can bring substantial opportunities and value to Phang Nga and Thailand.”

Pan Asia is planning its second Reung Kiet drilling program with expectations that this will begin in the coming months following the conclusion of the current Khao Soon drilling program.

Potential cost curve leader


Reung Kiet is a hard rock project with lepidolite rich pegmatites chiefly composed of quartz, albite and lepidolite with minor cassiterite and tantalite as well as other accessory minerals including some rare earth.

Lepidolite does not require roasting and has a suite of by-products which are recoverable at the concentrator and processing stages of the flow sheet.

Peer feasibility work has Read More – Source

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