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Iconic Labs PLC (LON:ICON) has performed a soft relaunch of LGBT+ news website Gay Star News (GSN) after previously acquiring the site for £33,000 in September. The media firm said revenue is now being generated from advertising on the brands Facebook page, while a formal relaunch of the GSN website and a rebranding is planned in the near-term.

Mosman Oil and Gas Limited (LON:MSMN) shares surged in early deals as the company dangled the prospect of becoming cash-flow positive. In the year to the end of June, the company saw revenue rise to US$1.11mln from US$740,853 the previous year but this only tells half the story as two of its wells (Stanley 1 & 2) only commenced production this year while Stanley-3 has come on stream in the current financial year – i.e. since June. As a result, the board believes becoming cash flow positive on a company level is “an increasingly achievable objective”.

Europa Metals PLC (LON:EUZ) said it was now “formalising and developing” its stakeholder engagement programme for the Toral Project after meeting local mayors in the Castilla y León area of north-west Spain, which is host to the lead, zinc and silver deposit. “Mining activity should only go forward with correct, standardised community engagement and we are fortunate to be operating in a mining region where community representatives fully understand the impact of future mining development,” said Europa director Laurence Read. The local mayors have said they want to work with Europa on the next round of meetings.

Oncimmune Holdings PLC (LON:ONC) has clinched a commercialisation deal with US diagnostics firm Biodesix for its EarlyCDT Lung cancer test. The biotechnology group said the deal, originally announced in June, will be worth up to US$28mln over the next five years, with the agreement open for renewal for another five year period up to 2029 and thereafter.

Faron Pharmaceuticals Ltd (LON:FARN) has confirmed that it knows of no operational or corporate reason why its share price shot up on Friday. The biotech, which saw its shares jump 14.9% to 205p in mid-afternoon trading, reiterated previous announcements that it was continuing to progress its key product Clevegen through the MATINS trial and is seeking advice from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding future Traumakine development.

Genel Energy PLC (LON:GENL) provided the antidote to some rather lacklustre trading from the UK oil industrys two super-majors as it weighed in with a “robust” third-quarter update that has set the scene for higher dividend payments going into 2020. “We continue to deliver on our strategy,” said chief executive Bill Higgs. “Robust production is generating material free cash flow, which we are recycling into low-risk and quick returning projects.”

Tower Resources PLC (LON:TRP) has signed a contract for a site survey at its intended Njom-3 well location on the Thali licence, offshore Cameroon. The survey is the final operational step before drilling starts, said Tower. MV Investigator will arrive in Cameroon between 15 November and 30 December, subject to permits and the requisite license extension being received from the Ministry of Mines prior to mobilisation.

Touchstone Exploration Inc (LON:TXP) has boosted its long-term credit facility by C$5mln to C$20mln to fund the second exploration well on its Ortoire concession in Trinidad and Tobago. The 8% fixed interest rate on the facility remains unchanged though the Production Payment Agreement rises to 1.33% of petroleum sales from 1% previously.

Bushveld Minerals is to provide a convertible loan of US$5mln to Avalon Battery Corporation to help it complete its merger with redT Energy PLC (LON:RED). The investment will also kick-start the miner's owns vanadium battery technology investment platform.

ADES International Holding PLC (LON:ADES) has hired Khaled Hassan as its new chief financial officer, with effect from 1 December 2019, replacing Ahmed El Khatib who has been in the role for two years. The company, which specialises in onshore and shallow water jack-up rigs for oil and gas drilling, noted that Hassan most recently served as chief financial officer at Egyptian firm Cleopatra Hospitals Group, having held previous positions at Franke, Olympic Group, ASEC Holding (NDT), Gozour Holding, and Dina Farms.

Arc Minerals Limited (LON:ARCM) has announced the appointment of Rémy Welschinger as its new finance director to replace John Forrest, who is retiring. Welschinger, an existing director of the AIM-listed mining company, is also the founder and managing director of Limehouse Capital, an investment holding company specialising in natural resources projects.

Arecor Limited has appointed Jim MacDonald-Clink as its vice president for business development with immediate effect. The privately-owned biopharmaceutical company said in a statement that MacDonald-Clink, who previously worked at independent firms network Mundipharma, will be responsible for extending and expanding areas of growth for the group.

Katoro Gold PLC (LON:KAT) has updated investors regarding the sale of the Imweru gold project, located in Tanzania, to Lake Victoria Gold Limited, a private Australian group. While the two miners initially deferred the completion to 31 October, Lake Victoria has now requested a further extension, currently under consideration by Katoros board.

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) noted the announcement by Katoro Gold in which it currently holds a 5.57% stake and also has a 25% interest in Katoro's Haneti nickel project in Tanzania, with a right to increase its interest to 35% by a payment of £25,000 in cash by 15 May 2020. Paul Johnson, Powers chief executive officer commented "We note the announcement by Katoro Gold regarding it's Imweru gold project transaction. The transaction provides an opportunity for regional project consolidation and a considerably faster route to gold production. However we also note with interest the improving operating environment in Tanzania, with the positive sentiment in country demonstrated by the level of interest shown by other third party gold mining companies in the Katoro Gold projects. At this stage in the juniRead More – Source