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PyroGenesis Additive Announces the Development of New Plasma-Based Process to Produce Metal Powders; Production of MIM Cut in Quantity; Ramp-Up Update $PYR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:47 AM on Monday, August 14th, 2017

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  • Developed a new plasma-based process to produce metal powders which, not only enables MIM cut powder production at higher volumes, but may have a greater impact on the market than the Company’s original Plasma Atomization technology
  • Furthermore, the Company announces that the previously announced ramp-up phase for its first powder production system remains on schedule

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Aug. 14, 2017) – PyroGenesis Additive, a division of PyroGenesis Canada Inc. (http://pyrogenesis.com) (TSX VENTURE:PYR) (OTCQB:PYRNF), a high-tech company (the “Company” or “PyroGenesis”) that designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes plasma waste-to-energy systems and plasma torch products, is pleased to announce today that it has developed a new plasma-based process to produce metal powders which, not only enables MIM cut powder production at higher volumes, but may have a greater impact on the market than the Company’s original Plasma Atomization technology. Furthermore, the Company announces that the previously announced ramp-up phase for its first powder production system remains on schedule.

The Company provides the following highlights and developments to date:

  • On October 26, 2015, PyroGenesis announced that it was re-entering the market to produce metal powders, specifically for Additive Manufacturing (3D printing);
  • On April 7, 2016, PyroGenesis announced its intention to spin-off its Additive Manufacturing capabilities into an independent public entity;
  • On April 27, 2016, PyroGenesis announced that its 3D Printing particle size distribution greatly exceeded expectations;
  • On October 25, 2016, PyroGenesis announced that it had filed a patent for an improved metal powder production process and that the Company was on schedule for a 2017-Q1 powder production system assembly and first production run;
  • On January 23, 2017 and March 14, 2017, PyroGenesis provided updates on 3D Printing and reaffirms that it is on schedule for 2017-Q1 assembly and first production run despite delays with suppliers;
  • On March 30, 2017, PyroGenesis announced that it had completed the assembly of its first powder production system, with its first powder run exceeding expectations, and that the ramp-up, which was already underway, was expected to take place linearly over approximately four (4) months;
  • On April 25, 2017, PyroGenesis announced receipt of its first powder order from a multinational conglomerate, with the down payment already received, and market interest exceeding expectations;
  • On June 7, 2017, PyroGenesis announced receipt of its second powder order;
  • On June 14, 2017, PyroGenesis announced creation of PyroGenesis Additive; and
  • On June 19, 2017, PyroGenesis announced receipt of its third powder order and successful delivery of its first order which included both Titanium and Inconel powders;

Mr. P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis, provides an overview of today’s announcement in the following Q&A format:

Q. What exactly is a “MIM cut”? 

A. MIM technically is short for “Metal Injection Molding”. The MIM cut refers to a particularly small metal powder size typically used in metal injection molding, and is now becoming of interest to certain 3D metal printer manufacturers. The metal powder sizes we deal with are measured in microns, with the MIM cut typically being between 5-20 microns, and sometimes as high as 25 microns.

Q. Is PyroGenesis not the inventor of the Plasma Atomization technology? A technology that makes small, metal powders for 3D metal printers, and which in fact, has become the gold standard for the production of titanium powders for the industry?

A. Yes, that is correct. We are the inventors of the Plasma Atomization technology. A technology we use to produce very small, uniform, fully dense and spherical metal powders that flow like water, and which are highly sought after in the additive manufacturing (“AM”) Industry. We first began producing powders using our Plasma Atomization technology for the biomedical industry between 2001-2004. In 2015, PyroGenesis invested approximately $2MM in improving both the production rate and particle size distribution, which led not only to a patent pending, but also to PyroGenesis’ decision to re-enter the market and produce powders for the AM Industry. 

Q. Could you describe the MIM cut in relation to 3D printers and the Plasma Atomization technology’s capabilities?

A. This is a very broad subject but I will try to give a brief overview recognizing the limitations of this forum.

Basically, there are now three (3) broad types of 3D printers using metal powders.

The first (1st) type is electron bean melting (EBM), used, for example, by Arcam printers, now part of GE Additive. EBM manufactures parts by melting metal powder layer by layer with an electron beam in a high vacuum. EBM technology uses the larger/coarsest fraction produced by our Plasma Atomization technology; typically, in the 45-106-micron range.

The second (2nd) type is Laser sintering, used, for example, in EOS, SLM, and Concept Laser printers. These printers use the small to middle fraction produced by our Plasma Atomization technology; typically, in the 15-45-micron range. Most metal printers use this small/middle fraction.

The third (3rd) type is an inkjet type technology, used, for example, by Desktop Metals, and whereby the powders are coated with a binder to “glue” the powders together. These printers require ultra-fine powder, smaller than the powder required for Laser sintering machines, and a size cut that, until recently, PyroGenesis was not focusing on. There are some printers that use inkjet type technology but only need coarser powders, but we are not reviewing these printers here.

Q. Ok, so PyroGenesis’ Plasma Atomization technology is good at addressing the powder needs of the first two (2) types of metal printers, i.e. EBM and Laser sintering, which combined use a powder size of between 15-106 microns; however, what about the third (3rd) type, the inkjet type technology, that uses the ultra fine, or MIM cut requiring a powder size of between 5-25 microns? What is PyroGenesis doing to address this new market?

A. That is a very good question and one that investors have been asking us as of late, and is, in fact, the essence of our announcement today.

PyroGenesis’ Plasma Atomization technology already produces powders for EBM and Laser Sintering in optimal quality and quantities. To the best of our knowledge, only plasma technology can produce the high-quality powders required for these printers.

Ironically, until the interest by 3D inkjet type metal printers in smaller powder sizes, the MIM cut was considered an undesirable by-product of the Plasma Atomization technology, with most of the economic value residing in the other two cuts encompassing the 15-106 powder size distribution.

In fact, several months ago, the Company was approached by a number of companies who were interested in MIM cut titanium powder and whereby it became apparent to us that the appetite for this ultra-fine powder was significant. As a result, we decided to pause our ramp-up phase to make adjustments to our Plasma Atomization technology in order to try and shift the particle size distribution towards this low end of the spectrum, and produce powders in the range required for such “inkjet” type 3D printing machines.

Q. …and were you successful?

A. Beyond our expectations. We were able to develop this new plasma-based process being announced today which in essence has given us significant control over the powder sizes produced, at significantly higher production rates, at less cost. We can now make MIM cut powders in very large quantities with little to no waste; thereby growing with, and enabling, those requiring ultra-fine powder, and meeting their strategic growth needs.

We believe this breakthrough is, if not more significant, then at least as significant as our original Plasma Atomization technology, and is just the beginning of what we can do with this new plasma-based technology. 

Q. What exactly do you mean by this?

A. It seems that we have not reached the limit of this new plasma-based process. By that I mean that once we achieved our goals (i.e. MIM cut, increased production rates), we backed off in favour of continuing with the ramp-up phase. Given our plasma expertise and our familiarity with the technology, we believe we have not even scraped the surface of what this new process can do with respect to production rates and powder quality.

Q. The bottom line is: have you produced MIM cut or is this all theory and conjecture? Plus, can you give us some indication of what production rates and powder quality you are talking about?

A. We most definitely have recently produced MIM cut titanium powder Grade 5. Grade 5 is the grade currently being requested by the third (3rd) type of inkjet printers mentioned above. Of interest is that not only can we make Grade 5 but it seems, though not yet confirmed, that we can also potentially make Grade 23 in the MIM cut. Grade 23 is the highest-grade titanium powder and, to the best of our knowledge, we know of no other powder producer that can make MIM cut titanium Grade 23, let alone in commercial quantities.

With respect to production rates, we consider that to be confidential information, however, suffice it to say that, we have not read anywhere, (i.e. web sites, articles, recent or otherwise) of any other plasma powder producer whose production rates or powder quality exceeds our capabilities. To the best of our knowledge, there is no single plasma-based powder producer that can produce powder in sufficient quality and quantity to serve the whole market, including the ultra-fine powders (or MIM cut) used by inkjet type printers.

Q. How has all this affected the ramp-up schedule, and if any, what challenges?

A. Interestingly enough, we made all these discoveries/improvements while staying true to the ramp-up schedule, that is to say, ramp-up is still scheduled for completion between the end of this coming September and beginning of October. In fact, we are actually slightly ahead of schedule right now, with production rates continuing to exceed our expectations.

The main challenge right now is how to incorporate the current advances announced today within our current platform, while still maintaining our ramp-up commitment and schedule. The beauty of these discoveries/improvements is that they can be incorporated into our existing platform with little to no increase in capital cost; in fact, ultimately, we expect a decrease in both capital and operating costs as a result. Our current strategy is to maintain the ramp-up schedule while integrating these improvements, as time permits, however, at this stage, it is too early for us to determine whether all these improvements will be fully incorporated by the end of the ramp-up phase.

Apart from that, we are experiencing the regular challenges that come with a ramp-up phase, but nothing that hasn’t been solved or isn’t manageable. All in all, we are more than happy with the progress to date.

Q. One last question. How can you make all these improvements, test different metals, and still be on track for ramp-up?

A. That’s a very good question and one that’s difficult to answer as it’s very difficult to convey in writing the buzz that has engulfed PyroGenesis as of late; not just within our powder production business but also within our other lines as well (Drosrite™, chemical warfare agent destruction, the US Navy, just to name a few), and it is within this energized context that the answer lies.

What is the expression? If you want something done give it to a busy man? Well that applies 10-fold at PyroGenesis these days. We are plasma experts and we have built a team of unique individuals who are passionate about their work and challenges and don’t turn off at 5pm. They are constantly thinking about solutions and improvements be it in the shower or on their drive back and forth to work. It is this truly unique team that that has enabled us to successfully introduce plasma-based solutions across a myriad of industries. 

To put this answer in the context of our ramp-up, one has to understand that the ramp-up phase does not take the system down for the full 24-hour day and it is the prudent allocation of these extra time slots for other activities that allows us to maintain the ramp-up schedule.

Q. Conclusion?

A. We are currently in the 17th week of our ramp-up phase and not only are we on schedule but we have during this period (i) produced other metal powders besides titanium (see our press release dated June 19, 2017), and most importantly (ii) have developed a new plasma-based process to produce metal powders which very well may be as game changing as our original Plasma Atomization technology.

We are plasma experts, we are the inventors of the plasma atomization technology, and we are back as a powder producer. Our goal is to enable AM (i.e. 3D printing) to reach new heights while at the same time address the current powder needs of the industry.

Additionally, the Company announces today that CAN$130,500 of warrants have been exercised. “Once again, this exercise of warrants is timely,” said P. Peter Pascali, President and CEO of PyroGenesis. “As we noted in an earlier press release, we are currently looking beyond the ramp-up phase towards increasing production capacity ahead of our original expectations. This exercise of warrants, together with any future exercise of warrants and options, will enable us to implement plans to accelerate our original schedule to increase our production capacity of metal powders for the Additive manufacturing (3D Printing) Industry. We are still looking at ways to have up to three (3) additional powder production systems operating in 2018. To date, our metal powder production strategy is progressing far better than planned, and we are very pleased.”

About PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

PyroGenesis Canada Inc. is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and commercialization of advanced plasma processes. We provide engineering and manufacturing expertise, cutting-edge contract research, as well as turnkey process equipment packages to the defense, metallurgical, mining, advanced materials (including 3D printing), oil & gas, and environmental industries. With a team of experienced engineers, scientists and technicians working out of our Montreal office and our 3,800 m2 manufacturing facility, PyroGenesis maintains its competitive advantage by remaining at the forefront of technology development and commercialization. Our core competencies allow PyroGenesis to lead the way in providing innovative plasma torches, plasma waste processes, high-temperature metallurgical processes, and engineering services to the global marketplace. Our operations are ISO 9001:2008 certified, and have been ISO certified since 1997. PyroGenesis is a publicly-traded Canadian company on the TSX Venture Exchange (Ticker Symbol: PYR) and on the OTCQB Marketplace (Ticker Symbol: PYRNF). For more information, please visit www.pyrogenesis.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements containing the words “may”, “plan”, “will”, “estimate”, “continue”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “expect”, “in the process” and other similar expressions which constitute “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect the Company’s current expectation and assumptions, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, our expectations regarding the acceptance of our products by the market, our strategy to develop new products and enhance the capabilities of existing products, our strategy with respect to research and development, the impact of competitive products and pricing, new product development, and uncertainties related to the regulatory approval process. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company’s ongoing filings with the securities regulatory authorities, which filings can be found at www.sedar.com, or at www.otcmarkets.com. Actual results, events, and performance may differ materially. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements either as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange, its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) nor the OTC Markets Group Inc. accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

SOURCE PyroGenesis Canada Inc.

Rodayna Kafal
VP, Investor Relations and Communications
(514) 937-0002
ir@pyrogenesis.com

Far East Tensions Cause Gold Prices to Perk, GREAT News for…$AMK.ca $EXS.ca $GGX.ca $GR.ca $GZD.ca $MQR.ca $OPW.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:34 PM on Friday, August 11th, 2017
  • Gold soared to two-month highs on Friday, as investors of all stripes sought refuge from the uncertainty of escalating tensions between North Korea and the United States

U.S President Donald Trump warned North Korea again on Thursday not to strike Guam or U.S. allies, saying his earlier threat to unleash “fire and fury” on Pyongyang if Kim Jong-un launched an attack may not have been tough enough.

Spot gold was up 0.3% at $1,290.36 U.S. per ounce, set for its biggest weekly gains since April. It earlier hit its highest since June 8 at $1,288.97 U.S. an ounce.

Geopolitical risks can improve demand for assets considered safe-haven investments such as gold.

Silver added 0.4% to $17.15 U.S. per ounce after hitting $17.24, its highest since June 14, in the previous session. It was on course for an over 5% weekly rise, the highest such gain since July 2016.

Platinum climbed 1.2% to $987.70 U.S. per ounce after touching $984.60 U.S. during the session, its highest since April 18. It was up about 2% for the week so far.

Palladium climbed 0.3% to $899.50 U.S. per ounce and was on track to end the week 2.3% higher.

Source: http://www.baystreet.ca/commodities/1212/Far-East-Tensions-Cause-Gold-Prices-to-Perk

INTERVIEW: American Creek Discusses New Intersections of Mineralization Grading 5.1 Meters of 9.57 G/T Gold $AMK.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:56 AM on Thursday, August 10th, 2017

St-Georges to Develop Extraction Technology for Lithium Developer $SX.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:25 AM on Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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  • Signed binding term sheet with Iconic Minerals Ltd (TSX-V: ICM)
  • St-Georges has agreed to provide research and development utilizing products, extraction methods and proprietary technology to develop Iconic’s Bonnie Claire lithium project in separation, recovery, and purification of lithium from its lithium bearing material

Montreal, Quebec / August 10, 2017 – St-Georges Platinum and Base Metals Ltd. (CSE: SX) (OTC: SXOOF) (FSE: 85G1) is pleased to announce that it has signed a binding term sheet with Iconic Minerals Ltd (TSX-V: ICM) pursuant to which St-Georges has agreed to provide research and development utilizing products, extraction methods and proprietary technology to develop Iconic’s Bonnie Claire lithium project in separation, recovery, and purification of lithium from its lithium bearing material.

In consideration for the R&D, which will include engineering services, and once a definitive agreement has been entered into, Iconic has agreed, subject to receipt of acceptance by the TSX Venture Exchange, to issue St-Georges up to 5,000,000 common shares of its capital stock. The issuance will be done in stages over a 36-month period commencing on the date of execution of the Definitive Agreement. St-Georges has agreed that any and all Compensation Shares issued will be held by a third party escrow agent and released to St-Georges at the end of the 36-month period, contingent on St-Georges reaching certain performance benchmarks.

The Parties will establish a royalty stream on the commercial output of the Property for the entire mine life, which will be opposable to any successors of Iconic as a lien on the mining assets. St-Georges and Iconic will negotiate a right of first refusal in favor of Iconic. The royalty, of which further details will be defined in the definitive agreement within the guidelines of the “Royalty Formula” of the binding term sheet, will take the form of a 5% Net Revenue Interest or Net Revenue Return.

A further News Release will be disseminated once the Definitive Agreement has been entered into. The definitive agreement will be subject to acceptance of the board of directors of both companies and subject to review by regulatory authorities.

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

“Frank Dumas’

FRANK DUMAS, PRESIDENT & CEO

About St-Georges

St-Georges is developing new technologies to solve the biggest environmental problems in the mining industry. If these new technologies are successful, they should improve the financial bottom line of current mining producers. The potential success of these technologies would also involve upgrading certain current known metal resources to economic status while addressing the environmental and social acceptability issues.

The Company control directly or indirectly all of the active mineral tenures in Iceland. It also explores for Nickel on the Julie Nickel Project & for industrial minerals on the Quebec’s North Shore and for Lithium and rare metals in Northern Quebec and in the Abitibi area. Headquartered in Montreal, St-Georges’ stock is listed on the CSE under the symbol SX, on the US OTC under the Symbol SXOOF and on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the symbol 85G1. For additional information, please visit our website at www.stgeorgesplatinum.com

The Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or the accuracy of the contents of this release.

INTERVIEW: betterU Connecting Global Education with the Indian Marketplace $BTRU.us

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:23 AM on Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Global Payout, Inc. and MoneyTrac Technology Enter the Multi-Billion Dollar CBD Market through their Agreement with H Smart, Inc. $MCOA.us

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:29 PM on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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  • Majority owned subsidiary, MoneyTrac Technology, Inc.,has completed an agreement with H Smart Inc. a division of Marijuana Company of America
  • Technology available in MTRAC’s platform, via software developed and provided by Virtu Network Solutions, will be utilized by H Smart for payment of commissions to H Smart’s affiliates
  • GOHE projects that these load payments and bank account transfers will generate substantial revenue to MTRAC that will be realized this fiscal quarter

SAN DIEGO, CA–(Aug 9, 2017) – Global Payout, Inc. (OTC PINK: GOHE) (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that its majority owned subsidiary, MoneyTrac Technology, Inc. (“MTRAC”), has completed an agreement with H Smart Inc. (a division of Marijuana Company of America, “MCOA”), a developer and distributor of innovative wellness and Cannabidiol (“CBD”) products, for the use of MTRAC’s financial technology platform. The technology available in MTRAC’s platform, via software developed and provided by Virtu Network Solutions, will be utilized by H Smart for payment of commissions to H Smart’s affiliates. GOHE projects that these load payments and bank account transfers will generate substantial revenue to MTRAC that will be realized this fiscal quarter.

H Smart will provide MTRAC with a pivotal opportunity to enter into the emerging CBD market, which according to information provided by the Hemp Business Journal, is estimated to grow to a $2.1 billion market in consumer sales by 2020, representing a 700% increase from 2016. MoneyTrac COO, Vanessa Luna says, “This agreement with H Smart is another example of MoneyTrac’s ongoing commitment of identifying businesses in alternative market sectors that can benefit immensely from the financial technology solutions our platform is equipped with. We are very excited to be given the opportunity to integrate our technologies into this rapidly-growing CBD market, and look forward to becoming a valuable resource to H Smart as they work to expand their market reach within the Wellness Industry.”

Robert Hymers, CEO of H Smart says, “H Smart’s core mission is to provide educated consumers with access to the highest quality CBD technologies and products. The financial technology solutions that MoneyTrac will deliver will help create the most efficient transaction process for our affiliates who will be at the forefront of marketing our innovative wellness and CBD products to consumers.”

The Company expects for MTRAC to continue identifying and extending their technology platform to the many businesses currently operating in alternative market sectors, all while growing revenues and building value for its shareholders.

About Global Payout, Inc. (OTC PINK: GOHE)

Since the Company’s inception in 2009, Global Payout, Inc. has been a leading provider of comprehensive and customized prepaid payment solutions for domestic and international organizations distributing money worldwide. In 2014, Global introduced its first online payment platform called the Consolidated Payment Gateway (CPG), which allowed its enterprise clients to transfer money to international bank accounts, mobile accounts, and prepaid card accounts. The development of the CPG became the foundation for the introduction of its new, state of the art FINTECH payment system and “Global Reserve Platform” in 2017, for both online and mobile applications to allow account holders to maximize an expanded suite of financial services and minimize operational costs. Global will continue to offer their payment system to many vertical markets for support of foreign currency exchange and digital currency, including ongoing support of the banking industry and international governments.

About MoneyTrac Technology

MoneyTrac Technology, Inc. is a pioneer in offering a full-service solution for alternative banking and electronic financial solutions and provides all aspects of financial technology including E-Wallet and mobile apps services for businesses and companies in various “high-risk” industries. MoneyTrac’s technology platform allows for its clients to access their financial information from anywhere in the world, in addition to providing tracking and compliance to help them manage and control the flow of all revenue through their business.

About Marijuana Company of America (MCOA)

Marijuana Company of America (“MCOA”) is a publicly traded company headquartered in Southern California. MCOA will distribute marijuana and products related to marijuana as well as CBD and hemp, using a variety of marketing approaches to distribute on a global basis.

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: “anticipate,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “ongoing,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “will,” “would,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time the statements are made and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainty and other factors that may cause our results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from the information expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements in this press release. This press release should be considered in light of all filings of the Company that are contained in the Edgar Archives of the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov Contact Information

American Creek Reports New Gold Zone Discovery at Treaty Creek – Intersects Stratabound Mineralization Grading 5.1 Meters of 9.57 G/T Gold $AMK.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:31 AM on Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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  • Announced that JV partner and operator Tudor Gold Corp has discovered a new gold zone at the Treaty Creek Project
  • Stratabound Mineralization Grading 5.1 Meters of 9.57 G/T Gold
  • Five additional holes have been completed on this target at the Treaty Creek Property and assays are pending

CARDSTON, ALBERTA–(Aug. 9, 2017) – American Creek Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:AMK) (“American Creek”) (“the Corporation”) is pleased to announce that JV partner and operator Tudor Gold Corp. (“Tudor”) has discovered a new gold zone at the Treaty Creek Project located in BC’s “Golden Triangle” immediately north of, and in the same hydrothermal system as, Seabridge Gold’s KSM project and Pretivm’s Brucejack project.

Tudor reported the following:

[The new zone was intersected in Hole HC-17-01 designed to test for northern extensions of GR2 zone mineralization as encountered in previous drilling in 2007 and 2009. Hole HC-17-01 intersected a stratabound, brecciated and silicified sulphide venting zone containing tetrahedrite, Sb-sulphosalts and pyrite located at the contact between an upper pervasively hydrothermally altered volcaniclastic unit and a footwall mudstone unit. The entire interval from 247.3 to 254.45m returned 7.15m of 6.20 g/t gold, including the venting zone – 1.05m of 4.12 g/t gold from 247.3 to 248.35m – and the vented sulphides in the immediate footwall mudstones – 5.1m of 9.57 g/t gold from 249.35m to 254.45m. True widths are uncertain at this time.

Five additional holes have been completed on this target at the Treaty Creek Property and assays are pending. Concurrently, drilling is proceeding with a second drill on the adjacent Copper Belle zone on porphyry gold and gold-copper targets. A third drill is being mobilized to the Treaty Creek Property.

Walter Storm, President and CEO of Tudor Gold commented as follows: “We are very encouraged by the results from the first hole into this target, particularly as it appears gold mineralization is extending to the north. The style of mineralization, stratabound sulphides, particularly tetraedrite, elevated gold values, hosted in mudstones, is also encouraging as it has affinities with the unique Eskay Creek mine mineralization located 12 km to the west.”]

Darren Blaney, President and CEO of American Creek stated: “This is a great start to the drill program at Treaty Creek. What is most exciting is that this newly discovered northern zone has key Eskay signatures such as stratiform mineralization, a mudstone host, and tetrahedrite. This may well be the catalyst to the Treaty Creek Project getting the market exposure and recognition it deserves. With three drills now turning on the property, we look forward to further developments as the program advances.”

Tudor’s main goals for the 2017 Treaty Creek program as outlined in their previous April 4, 2017 news release are: “Two of the primary goals of the 2017 exploration program on the Treaty Creek claims are to develop a primary resource estimate on the Copper Belle zone and to determine how much further drilling is required to develop a preliminary resource estimate on the GR2 zone.”

A summary of the Treaty Creek project can be viewed here: http://www.americancreek.com/images/pdf/Treaty_Creek_Joint_Venture_Project.pdf

The Treaty Creek Project is a joint venture between Tudor, Teuton Resources Corp., and American Creek. Tudor is the operator and holds a 60% interest with both American Creek and Teuton each holding respective 20% carried interests in the property (fully carried until a production notice is given).

About American Creek

American Creek holds a strong portfolio of gold and silver properties in British Columbia. The portfolio includes three “Golden Triangle” gold/silver properties; the Treaty Creek and Electrum joint ventures with Walter Storm/Tudor as well as the recently acquired 100% owned past producing Dunwell Mine group of properties. Other properties held throughout BC include the Gold Hill, Austruck-Bonanza, Ample Goldmax, Silver Side, Red Tusk and Glitter King.

Information relating to the Corporation is available on its website at www.americancreek.com.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

American Creek Resources Ltd.
Kelvin Burton
403 752-4040
info@americancreek.com
www.americancreek.com

BULLETIN: Casinos embrace esports even as they work to understand it $GMBL.us

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:44 AM on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

  • Competitive video game tournaments, known as esports, are a growing industry around the world
  • fast-paced action, vivid graphics and often violent on-screen action is catnip to millennials, the audience casinos are targeting as their core slot players grow old and die

In this March 31, 2017 photo, video game players compete against one another in an esports tournament at Caesars casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Casinos are slowly embracing esports as a way to help their bottom line, but so far, the money is coming from renting hotel rooms to the young players and selling them food and drinks, not from turning them into gamblers. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Casinos are slowly embracing competitive video game tournaments as a way to help their bottom lines, but the money is coming from renting hotel rooms to the young players and selling them food and drinks, not from turning them into gamblers.

Like most other ways gambling halls have tried to attract millennials and their disposable income, it hasn’t been easy. Atlantic City was first city in the nation to adopt skill-based slot machines to woo millennials but bailed on them after a few months when the response was underwhelming.

Competitive video game tournaments, known as esports, are a growing industry around the world. The fast-paced action, vivid graphics and often violent on-screen action is catnip to millennials, the audience casinos are targeting as their core slot players grow old and die.

But it’s been difficult to move them from the video console to the craps table.

“Everybody’s still trying to figure out, how do you make this appealing for the consumer and make sense for the business? How do we all profit from this?” said Kevin Ortzman, Atlantic City regional president for Caesars Entertainment, which owns three casinos in the city.

The company in March hosted an esports tournament at Caesars that drew about 900 competitors and spectators.

The bottom line result was encouraging, if not dynamite.

“We certainly experienced a spike in our hospitality offerings — the hotel, food and beverage side of things,” Ortzman said. “We didn’t see as much on the gambling side, which we weren’t terribly surprised by.”

But he said coming up with ways to attract millennials is a necessity for the casino industry as a whole, adding that esports players could be cultivated to embrace casinos for video game competitions the way their parents and grandparents went there to play slot machines.

Gambling requires discretionary income and free time, things that people starting their careers or families may not have in abundance, said David Schwartz, director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

“The big question is whether people who are 40 or 20 now will begin to play casino games as they get older,” Schwartz said. “This isn’t a given.”

Schwartz agreed the real money for casinos in esports tournaments comes from ancillary spending on food, drinks and hotel rooms.

The Caesars video tournament offered $200,000 in prize money, including a $70,000 top prize, that lured players like Jose Mavo, of Charlotte, North Carolina, who has been playing competitively for a decade and has become a casino customer as a result of being in tournaments hosted by gambling halls.

“We had a tournament in Vegas, and that was the first time I went to a casino, so ever since then, I’ve been gambling quite a bit,” he said, listing blackjack and roulette as favourites.

Alec Collins, of Piedmont, South Carolina, who goes by the competitive name Shock, is only 18, so he’s three years away from gambling legally. But it’s something he’d like to try then.

“I love Atlantic City so in a few years I would definitely come back and experience the casino a little bit,” he said.

Until then, he added, referring to the video game competition, “We’re just here to shoot our guns.”

Wall Street sees growth potential in esports. Deloitte Global pegged the worldwide esports market last year at $500 million, up from $400 million in 2015, and estimated the industry has a global in-person or online audience of nearly 150 million people a year.

Newzoo, a company following the esports market, predicted in a report that esports will generate nearly $700 million this year, including media rights, ticket and merchandise sales, brand partnerships and game maker investments. The company projects that figure will surpass the $1.5 billion mark by 2019.

One of the biggest supporters of esports among casino owners is Seth Schorr, CEO of the Downtown Grand in Las Vegas, whose casino regularly hosts video game tournaments that, he said, “make a little bit of money.” But Schorr said the tournaments offer other revenue opportunities, including suites for groups and meal packages.

“Is it the silver bullet? Of course not,” he said. “Is it one tactic in an overall strategy? Of course it is.”

Source: http://business.financialpost.com/business-pmn/casinos-embrace-esports-even-as-they-work-to-understand-it/wcm/558dffd2-75e5-49e2-932f-58b8e0e8ab66

BULLETIN: Gold Prices Score a Lift as Dollar Softens $AMK.ca $EXS.ca $MQR.ca $OPW.ca $GGX.ca $GR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:19 AM on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
  • Gold futures rose on Tuesday as the U.S. dollar retreated, giving dollar-pegged commodities a modest lift in early trade.
  • December gold GCZ7, +0.28%  was $5.80, or 0.5%, higher at $1,270.50 an ounce, with the contract looking at back-to-back gains after Monday’s tepid rise.

The ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, -0.12% a gauge of the buck against a half-dozen currency rivals, was down 0.1%. Although the dollar has climbed 0.5% so far this month, the currency gauge is down 2.8% over the past 30 days, underscoring the greenback’s recent downtrend amid doubts about the pace of economic growth in the U.S., including signs of weaker-than-hoped-for inflation. The uncertain economic picture leaves financial markets wondering if the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates again this year.

A softening dollar can make assets linked to the currency more attractive to buyers using weaker currencies.

Meanwhile, September silver SIU7, +0.79% added 12 cents, or 0.8%, at $16.38, putting the white metal in position to end a four-session slide.

Tuesday’s rise for metals also comes amid heightened geopolitical risk, headlined by rising tensions between the U.S. and North Korea and its nuclear aspirations.

“Gold needs to break and trade over $1273.30 [an ounce] for the rest of the day to zoom,” said Chintan Karnani, chief market analyst at Insignia Consultants, based in New Delhi.

“Political news from [the U.S.] will be the key market mover today. The fact that U.S. dollar has not zoomed after the release of Friday’s July nonfarm payrolls can result in more losses for the greenback in the short term,” Karnani said.

The Labor Department on Friday showed that the U.S. added a better-than-expected 209,000 in July, pushing the unemployment rate to a 16-year low at 4.3%, but wage data remained tepid.

Mark O’Byrne, research director at GoldCore Ltd., said Friday’s selling in gold after the jobs report may have been overdone and said recent moves for the metal reflects that view. It’s also reflective of an uptick in concerns about meaningfully adding to assets perceived as risky with concerns persisting over drama in President Donald Trump’s White House and worries about a potential hike to the U.S. debt ceiling to avoid a government shutdown.

“I think there’s a little bit of risk aversion in the market,” O’Byrne said.

The Goldcore analyst said he’s optimistic on gold’s price for those reasons but recognizes that it could easily swing lower on sentiment that favors risk assets like stocks, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.14% and the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.16% both hitting all-time highs on Monday.

Tuesday’s modest gains in metals also comes as China trade data showed July exports and imports grew at a slower pace than they had recently, which should be a headwind for commodities prices.

Lackluster data have pressured shares of European miners, including iron-ore producers BHP Billiton PLC BLT, -1.29% BHP, -1.41% BHP, -0.23%  and Rio Tinto PLC RIO, -1.66% RIO, -1.25% RIO, -0.45% Anglo American PLC AAL, -0.50% lost 0.5%, while copper miner Antofagasta PLC ANTO, -0.52% moved down 1.2%.

In exchange-traded funds, the SPDR Gold Shares GLD, +0.45% rose 0.5% premarket, mining-company focused VanEck Vectors Gold Miners ETF GDX, +0.86% advanced 0.9%, while silver-oriented iShares Silver SLV, +1.17% gained 0.9%.

Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gold-prices-score-a-lift-as-dollar-softens-2017-08-08

AGORACOM Welcomes Sheldon Inwentash’s ThreeD Capital $IDK.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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