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Lithium Miners Strategize for Long-Term Gains as Market Recovers

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Issued on behalf of Lithium South Development Corporation
VANCOUVER, BC, May 3, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — USA News Group – Despite what appears to be a supply glut currently in the global lithium market, already there are signs of a lithium rebound on the horizon. According to Statista, global lithium demand is projected to grow through next year, while Fastmarkets predicts lithium supply will increase 30% in 2024. Fastmarkets also expects that by 2030, US lithium demand alone will grow by nearly 500%. Looking ahead, lithium miners continue to move their chess pieces onto the board with anticipation of long-term rewards, including the work of Lithium South Development Corporation (TSXV:LIS) (OTC:LISMF), Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE:SQM), Piedmont Lithium Inc. (NASDAQ:PLL), Lithium Americas Corp. (NYSE:LAC) (TSX:LAC), and Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO).

Lithium South Development Corporation (TSXV:LIS) (OTC:LISMF) recently filed a new Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA), which provides support for the company to proceed with development plans for a 15,600 tonnes per year lithium carbonate plant. As per the PEA, the project’s financial model shows a Net Present Value (NPV) after tax of US$938 million, and an after-tax Internal Rate of Return (IRR) of 31.6%, with a 2.5-year payback.
“We are very pleased to have achieved this important milestone for the HMN Li Project,” said Adrian F.C. Hobkirk, Founder, President and CEO of Lithium South. “The robust economics and room for expansion indicate a promising future for Lithium South.”
The HMN Li project is planned to use an extraction and recovery process based on conventional solar evaporation of the well brine. Magnesium and other contaminants will be removed using industry standard proven methods including  liming. The concentrated lithium solution will then be processed into lithium carbonate technical grade.
The PEA announcement came just weeks after the company announced the expansion of its ongoing production well drill program. A 400 meter deep pumping well has been completed at the  Alba Sabrina claim block, which at 2,089 hectares is the project’s largest. Recent efforts at the well successfully cleared out sediments, leading to the flow of clear brine with strong artesian characteristics, suggesting potential for enhanced brine extraction rates. To maximize these benefits, Lithium South has contracted a significantly larger 80-kilowatt pump, and is now completing a long term pump test. Based on results, further wells are planned for Alba Sabrina and the southern claim blocks at Viamonte and Norma Edith.
“These developments on the Alba Sabrina claim block could potentially enhance our operational capacity,” said Hobkirk. “The completion of this pumping test, anticipated by the end of May, will provide critical technical insight into the capacity potential of this area of the salar.”
Earlier in the year, Lithium South together with the Korean conglomerate POSCO, entered into a cooperative development agreement on the HMN Li Project, representing a crucial step forward in advancing towards lithium production. Previously, towards the end of 2023, Lithium South also released an updated NI 43-101 technical report for its premier HMN Li asset, which demonstrated a significant 175% boost in its lithium resource, amounting to over 1.58 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE).
According to Chile’s Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE:SQM), there will be steady lithium prices in the coming months, despite the supply glut. In particular, SQM is optimistic for the second half of the year, which the company predicts will entail higher sales volumes.
“As we enter into 2024, we anticipate another robust year of growth in lithium market, with global demand increasing by at least 20%, supported by electric vehicle sales growth globally and increasing demand for battery materials,” said Ricardo Ramos, CEO of SQM. “However, the excess in lithium and battery materials capacity seen during last year is expected to continue during this year, keeping pressure on lithium market prices. We expect our average lithium prices to remain relatively stable throughout the year and our sales volumes to increase slightly during this year, subject to market conditions and any changes in supply-demand balance.”
This optimism was shared by Keith Phillips, CEO of Piedmont Lithium Inc. (NASDAQ:PLL) in an interview with Yahoo! Finance Live.
“[When it comes to mining] low prices are the cure for low prices,” said Phillips, adding that “it’s a matter of time” that prices will rebound. How fast that rebound occurs is still to be determined, however, Piedmont isn’t slowing its march.
Just recently, Piedmont received its state mining permit from the state of North Carolina, where the company owns 3,600 acres, from which it plans to mine spodumene from at least half of the area. Piedmont will then convert the material to lithium hydroxide, which is key to the manufacturing of EV batteries.
“We look forward to continued engagement with the local community and the Gaston County Board of Commissioners,” said Phillips. “We have had extensive and ongoing dialogue with possible funding sources for Carolina Lithium.”
Domestically sourced lithium is projected to become even more desirable, especially with US government incentives underway. Lithium Americas Corp. (NYSE:LAC) (TSX:LAC) recently secured a record $2.26 billion loan from the US Department of Energy to build its Thacker Pass lithium project in Nevada.
Construction began at the site located just south of the Nevada-Oregon border in March 2023, following a lengthy and intricate legal victory over conservationists, ranchers, and Indigenous groups. Lithium Americas anticipates finalizing securing a loan later this year, pending the completion of final environmental assessments. Once the financing is in place, the company aims to commence substantial construction activities, a project slated to last three years. The initial phase of the mine is projected to yield 40,000 metric tons of battery-grade lithium carbonate annually, sufficient to supply up to 800,000 electric vehicles.
“Our team has been focused on refining the development plan and de-risking construction execution of Phase 1 for Thacker Pass,” said Jonathan Evans, President and CEO of Lithium Americas. “We have de-risked execution by advancing detailed engineering and project planning. To date, we have completed all the early-works and infrastructure required for major construction, including excavating the processing plant areas.”
Looking at multiple international lithium projects, mining giant Rio Tinto Group (NYSE:RIO) has already expressed the company remains bullish on lithium despite not currently seeking any big acquisitions. Back in March, Rio Tinto committed to spending $350 million on its Rincon lithium project in Argentina, set to commence production by the end of the year.
This comes just months after the President of Serbia expressed interest to hold further talks with Rio Tinto regarding its Jadar lithium project, after the country revoked licenses on the $2.4 billion asset in 2022. If brought to completion, the project could supply 90% of Europe’s current lithium needs, and make Rio Tinto a leading lithium producer. As well, Rio Tinto held talks with the country of Rwanda back in January for the exploration and mining of lithium in the East African nation.
“[Rio Tinto is] “excited to be partnering with the government of Rwanda, applying our global experience to accelerate the search for primary lithium deposits in Rwanda’s Western Province,” said Lawrence Dechambenoit, global head of external affairs at Rio Tinto. The move could further unlock the potential of another country’s mining sector, if successful.
Source: https://usanewsgroup.com/2023/10/18/the-lithium-race-to-power/ 
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Saviynt Appoints James Ross as RVP-ANZ to Strategically Accelerate Growth in the Australia and New Zealand Region

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LOS ANGELES, May 22, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Saviynt, a leading provider of cloud-native identity and governance platform solutions, today announced the appointment of James Ross as RVP-ANZ as the company has seen rapid growth in the Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) region, with double digit growth year over year.

Saviynt has solidified its position as a key player in the cloud identity security landscape with its Identity Cloud. The company’s continued focus on innovation and client satisfaction has contributed significantly to building a safer Australia with prominent customers across the energy and utilities, finance, retail, energy, and transport and logistics sectors.
“James’ appointment as the Regional Vice President (RVP) for ANZ marks a strategic move to accelerate growth and solidify market presence in the region,” said Dan Mountstephen, SVP APAC at Saviynt. “With a proven track record of dynamic leadership at Collibra, ForgeRock, and CA Technologies, James brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the role. His visionary approach and collaborative spirit are poised to inspire and mobilize teams toward ambitious targets.”
Saviynt has consistently expanded its client base and deepened its relationships with existing customers through customized solutions and unparalleled support, cementing its reputation as a trusted partner in the region’s cybersecurity ecosystem. As RVP ANZ, Ross is set to foster key partnerships and implement agile strategies to propel the company towards new heights of success in the dynamic ANZ market.
“Joining Saviynt excites me because it’s an opportunity to help more organizations simplify their identity ecosystem in order to drive efficiencies and improved security posture. I am committed to leveraging Saviynt’s cutting-edge solutions to continue to broaden our partnerships in the region to improve our accessibility for customers, strengthen our regional delivery, whilst continuing to provide a great customer experience,” said Ross.
To learn more about Saviynt, please visit our website.
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Saviynt empowers enterprises to secure their digital transformation, safeguard critical assets, and meet regulatory compliance. With a vision to provide a secure and compliant future for all enterprises, Saviynt’s cutting-edge solutions have been recognized as industry leaders. For more information, please visit www.saviynt.com.
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Unified Mobile Defense Platform Recognized for Innovation and Leadership Across Nine Cybersecurity Categories
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Appdome, the mobile app economy’s one-stop shop for mobile defense, today announced it has received a total of nine (9) Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. The Appdome Unified Mobile App Defense Platform was awarded best in class across nine categories in recognition of the comprehensive breadth, depth and value of the Appdome platform to brands and enterprises alike.

“We congratulate Appdome on being recognized as an award winner in 9 categories of the 2024 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards,” said Holger Schulze, CEO of Cybersecurity Insiders and founder of the 600,000-member Information Security Community on LinkedIn, which organizes the 9th annual Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. “With over 600 entries across more than 300 categories, the awards are highly competitive. Appdome’s achievement reflects outstanding commitment to the core principles of excellence, innovation, and leadership in cybersecurity.”
Within a single pane of glass, Appdome delivers the most complete set of no-code, no-SDK, fully automated mobile defenses to mobile brands and enterprises, empowering mobile developers, cybersecurity, fraud and IT teams to deliver on any mobile cyber objective quickly and easily.
The nine (9) categories in which Appdome received a Cybersecurity Excellence Award are:
Mobile Security Platform: Appdome is the only enterprise-grade mobile security platform built for full mobile defense lifecycle management, visibility and control to brands and enterprises alike, including key features for build, test, release, monitor, response, and compliance automation. Mobile Security Automation: Appdome is the only mobile defense solution that uses machine learning to code and build over 300+ mobile app security, anti-fraud, anti-cheat, anti-malware, anti-bot, geo-compliance and other defenses in Android & iOS apps in the DevOps pipeline.Mobile Social Engineering Defense:  The Appdome Social Engineering Prevention solution is the first of its kind to protect mobile users from voice phishing (Vishing) scams and other imposter scams, T.O.A.D. attacks, Remote Access Trojans (RATs), Gold Pickaxe, FaceID bypass and more without an SDK or external servers.Mobile Bot Defense: The Appdome MOBILEBot™ Defense solution is the first mobile anti-bot solution to come out of the box compatible with any industry standard web application firewall (WAF) on the market and provide multi-layered bot, credential stuffing and Account Take Over (ATO) defense without an SDK, external server, performance limits, or restrictions.Mobile Geo Compliance:  Only the Appdome Mobile Geo-Compliance solution guarantees accurate and authentic geo location of mobile devices, applications and users without code or coding in the mobile app, without implementing an SDK and without deploying additional servers.Mobile XDR: The Appdome ThreatScope™ Mobile XDR solution is the only mobile attack and threat monitoring service that comes pre-packaged into the mobile defense lifecycle, requires no device agent, device profile, separate code, coding, SDK or server, and provides real-time detection and automated response across internal (employee facing) and external (consumer facing) Android & iOS apps.DevOps Mobile Security Tool: The Appdome platform’s fully integrated Security Release Management™ capabilities and Appdome Certified Secure™ mobile DevSecOps certification offer the only true enterprise-grade compliance assurance, audit and control for mobile defense at brands and enterprises, allowing quick verification that all security, anti-fraud and compliance objectives have been met.   Mobile Application Security:  With 300+ separate defenses for mobile apps, Appdome has the most comprehensive set of mobile application security features available in one product, fully compatible with all mobile Android & iOS apps.”Nine Cybersecurity Excellence Awards for Mobile Defense tells a very compelling story for the incredibly complex Dev, Sec, and Ops challenges organizations face detecting and defeating mobile-based risks and attacks,” said Chris Roeckl, Chief Product Officer at Appdome. “Point products make these challenges worse by adding complexity and overloading already taxed cyber and engineering teams. Appdome is the only platform simplifying work, bringing all these unique challenges under a single pane of glass, delivering 300+ protections and simultaneously resolving the security, fraud, resilience and compliance challenges brands and enterprises face.”
Learn more about the award-winning Appdome Platform at www.appdome.com or request a personalized demo at https://www.appdome.com/request-a-demo/appdome-home/
The full list of awards are available from the Cybersecurity Excellence Awards website  https://cybersecurity-excellence-awards.com/
About AppdomeThe Appdome mission is to protect every mobile app and mobile user in the world. Appdome provides the mobile industry’s only Unified Mobile App Defense platform, powered by a patented mobile coding engine, Threat-Events™ Threat-Aware UX/UI Control, and ThreatScope™ Mobile XDR. Using Appdome, mobile brands eliminate complexity, ship faster and save money by delivering 300+ Certified Secure™ mobile app security, anti-malware, anti-fraud, mobile anti-bot, anti-cheat, geo compliance, MiTM attack prevention, code obfuscation, social engineering and other protections in Android and iOS apps with ease, inside the mobile DevOps and CI/CD pipeline. Leading financial, healthcare, government and m-commerce brands use Appdome to protect Android and iOS apps, mobile customers and mobile businesses globally. Appdome holds several patents including U.S. Patents 9,934,017 B2, 10,310,870 B2, 10,606,582 B2, 11,243,748 B2 and 11,294,663 B2. Additional patents pending.
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Courageous Whistleblowers Reclaim Derogatory Terms As Data Shows 80% of Financial Professionals Stay Silent on Suspected Internal Fraud, Fearing Retaliation

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Enron whistleblower, Sherron Watkins, alongside stars of Apple TV’s The Big Conn, Sarah Carver and Jennifer Griffith, reclaim derogatory labels for whistleblowers          Concerning new data shows more than half of financial professionals in the UK and US have spotted or suspected internal fraud in their workplaces, yet four out of five stay silent fearing retaliation          32% of professionals in finance have seen whistleblowers victimized behind their back or to their faceJACKSONVILLE, Fla., May 21, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — New data from fraud detection software company Medius shows more than half of financial professionals in the UK and US (56%) have spotted or suspected internal fraud in their workplaces yet four in five (81%) stayed silent. When asked why, 45% of professionals cited the fear of recrimination.

Whistleblowers Sherron Watkins, Sarah Carver and Jennifer Griffith have joined forces to reclaim the derogatory names they were called after reporting serious internal financial fraud.
To help empower others to come forward, the whistleblowers are reclaiming the terms “snitch”, “rat” and “traitor”.
Sherron Watkins is the former Vice President of Enron Corporation who alerted the CEO to accounting irregularities, warning the organization “‘might implode in a wave of accounting scandals.” Watkins received national acclaim for her courageous actions and TIME magazine named her along with two others as their Persons of the Year in 2002, calling them simply ‘The Whistleblowers.’
Sarah Carver and Jennifer Griffith are the stars of Apple TV’s The Big Conn after they exposed a fraud scheme of more than $550 million while employed at the Social Security Administration. In efforts to silence their disclosures, they experienced multiple acts of severe retaliation and were denied protection. Ultimately, both Carver and Griffith were forced from employment.
Concerns of repercussions are vindicated – the survey reveals the extent to which financial professionals in the UK and US have witnessed negative consequences for whistleblowers firsthand:           
59% have seen whistleblowers subsequently left out of important decisions           33% have seen whistleblowers moved to a different team           32% have heard whistleblowers called derogatory names behind their backs or directly to their faceWhen asked what would encourage them to flag suspicious activity, 93% of workers surveyed would feel more comfortable doing so if they had more evidence, yet nearly half (48%) said the legal system simply does not adequately protect whistleblowers.
Jim Lucier, CEO at Medius, a leading global provider of cloud-based accounts payable automation and spend management solutions, said:
“White collar crime is on the rise and no organization is safe. Employees are the last line of defense against fraud but confidence to report suspicious activity is declining. AI anomaly-detection technology can provide employees with the evidence and assurances they need to be more forthcoming. Building a culture where employees feel comfortable to report their suspicions could save organizations millions in the long-run.”
Medius works with over 4,000 customers across 102 countries and processes $200 billion in annual spend. It uses the power of AI and automation to detect fraud the moment invoices are submitted safeguarding against bad actors and potential threats, internal and external.
Sherron Watkins, whistleblower who was called a “snitch”, said: “When someone is troubled by corporate wrongdoing and they attempt to sound the alarm, the pathway is uncharted, things happen organically. Normal rational people speak about their concerns with their closest friends and work colleagues, who often suggest staying safe saying “keep your head down, if you must report, go soft, nothing black and white.” Yet black and white evidence is what is needed to get the attention of those in power, either internally or with media or outside watchdog groups to prevent or stop fraudulent activity.”  
Jennifer Griffith, whistleblower who was called a “traitor”, said: “Choosing to blow the whistle involves more than just the desire to right a wrong.  It’s about protecting their employers from fraud. However, it’s more often than not seen as causing trouble for the employer, or as a self-serving action to get a financial reward. No one who chooses to blow the whistle expects to have their reputation attacked, their credibility impugned or to lose their job. The cost of ignoring a whistleblowers complaints are far greater than acknowledging that a problem exists and taking steps to fix it.  It’s been 19 years since I blew the whistle and the problems that existed then with the Social Security Administration still exist today. We must do more to protect whistleblowers.”
Sarah Carver, whistleblower who was called a “rat”, said: “The government’s attempt to conceal the fraud resulted in exacerbated damage, whereas a more prudent approach would have entailed immediate acknowledgement and rectification upon initial disclosure. The retaliatory measures aimed at silencing me made me stronger and fight harder to find someone to listen and stop the fraud.”
Georgina Hallford-Hall, CEO of Whistleblowers UK, said: “Too many organisations talk the talk but fail to engage with whistleblowers often at great cost to both. Technology used properly can remove the fear that both organisations and whistleblowers have about dealing with whistleblowing because it removes the person and focuses on the concerns or malfeasance. WhistleblowersUK are calling on the UK government to introduce an Independent Office of the Whistleblower to protect everyone from discrimination setting standards that end stigmatisation and discrimination making it safe to speak up.”
The billboard advertising campaign runs on Wall Street from Saturday, 18th May to Friday, 24th May 2024.
For more information about how Medius can prevent fraud, visit: https://www.medius.com/whistleblowing/
Notes to Editor
Methodology
The research was conducted by Censuswide with 1500 financial professionals in the UK and US (aged 18+) between 04/22/24 – 05/07/24. Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles and are members of The British Polling Council.
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