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Garibaldi advances La Patilla, crews mobilize for Grizzly Program

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 8:40 AM on Friday, August 14th, 2015

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  • Seven RC holes have been completed at the Company’s 100%-owned La Patilla Gold Property
  • Assays are pending, and results will guide the next phase of exploration at this property where a shallow high-grade zone was discovered last year
  • Five of the seven holes targeted the La Patilla vein system, to test for continuity of high-grade mineralization along strike and down dip in the vein area as cut in several holes in 2014, while two holes were successfully completed at the adjacent Murcielago breccia.

VANCOUVER, Aug. 14, 2015 /CNW/ – Garibaldi Resources Corp. (TSX.V: GGI) (the “Company” or “Garibaldi”) is pleased to report that seven RC holes have been completed by Layne Drilling at the Company’s 100%-owned La Patilla Gold Property in Sinaloa State, Mexico.  Assays are pending, and results will guide the next phase of exploration at this property where a shallow high-grade zone was discovered last year (10.4 g/t Au over 8.5 meters in LP-14).

Five of the seven holes targeted the La Patilla vein system, to test for continuity of high-grade mineralization along strike and down dip in the vein area as cut in several holes in 2014, while two holes were successfully completed at the adjacent Murcielago breccia.

Meanwhile, in advance of delivering stockpiled material from the vein system to the nearby Gainey Capital Corp. mill, Garibaldi has received highly encouraging metallurgical results with a recovery rate of 95% for a flotation test carried out by the Servicio Geologico Mexico (Mexican Geological Survey) in Chihuahua City.

The analyzed head grade for the sample (7.9 kg) was 17.7 g/t Au. The sample was taken from surface exposures in the La Patilla vein system where previous drilling reported high-grade gold values. Garibaldi cautions that the head grade is not necessarily representative of mineralization at La Patilla in general or, specifically, within the zones, structures or geological features that were sampled for the metallurgical testing.

Steve Regoci, Garibaldi President and CEO, commented: “The high gold recovery rate from the metallurgical work helps confirm that the mineralized material from the La Patilla veins is very amenable to the flotation system used at Gainey’s processing center. We’re continuing preparation work to advance this important part of the project at La Patilla.

“We are active on several fronts and we look forward to providing shareholders with additional updates on developments at our key projects in Mexico and British Columbia over the next few weeks.”

British Columbia Update – Grizzly Project

Crews are mobilizing for a fresh round of surface exploration, commencing in the next few days, that will determine final drill targets at the 270 sq. km Grizzly Project in northwest B.C.’s prolific Sheslay district.

Crews will be focusing on the highly promising Grizzly Central area as well as the newly-acquired Golden Bear claims, featuring an historical high-grade gold showing, adjoining the Grizzly to the south.

“Indeed this will be a busy and exciting summer at the Grizzly as productive discussions with all stakeholders concerning this emerging world class district are giving us great encouragement,” stated Regoci.

Qualified Person

Dr. Craig Gibson, Certified Professional Geologist and a director of Garibaldi, is a non-arms-length Qualified Person for the Company’s Mexico projects and the direct manager of the technical programs operated under contract by Prospeccion Y Desarrollo Minero del Norte (ProDeMin). Dr. Gibson has reviewed this news release and approved the contents thereof.

About Garibaldi

Garibaldi Resources Corp. is an active Canadian-based junior exploration company focused on creating shareholder value through discoveries and strategic development of its assets in some of the most prolific mining regions in Mexico and British Columbia.

We seek safe harbor.

GARIBALDI RESOURCES CORP.

Per: “Steve Regoci”

Steve Regoci, President

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider accepts responsibility for the adequacy or the accuracy of this release.

SOURCE Garibaldi Resources Corp.

GARIBALDI RESOURCES CORP., 1150 – 409 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1T2, Telephone: (604) 488-8851(604) 488-8851(604) 488-8851(604) 488-8851, Website: GaribaldiResources.comCopyright CNW Group 2015

Oman’s Construction Market To Remain Robust From 2015-18; Top Ongoing Projects In Oman

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:05 AM on Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Avalon Receives Continued Listing Standards Notice from NYSE

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:09 PM on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

  • Company’s continued listing is contingent upon the Company effecting a share consolidation within a reasonable period of time or upon a sustained increase in its share price.
  • A potential share consolidation, if required, will need to be approved by the Company’s shareholders at the Company’s next annual general meeting currently planned for February, 2016

Toronto, ONAvalon Rare Metals Inc. (TSX and NYSE MKT: AVL) (the “Company”) has received a letter from NYSE MKT LLC (“NYSE MKT” or the “Exchange”) dated July 30, 2015 which states that due to the Company’s recent low selling share price, it has been deemed to be not in compliance with the continued listing standards of the Exchange. Pursuant to Section 1003(f)(v) of the Exchange’s Company Guide, the Company’s continued listing is contingent upon the Company effecting a share consolidation within a reasonable period of time or upon a sustained increase in its share price. A potential share consolidation, if required, will need to be approved by the Company’s shareholders at the Company’s next annual general meeting currently planned for February, 2016.

About Avalon Rare Metals Inc.

Avalon Rare Metals Inc. is a mineral development company focused on rare metal deposits in Canada, with three advanced stage projects. Its 100%-owned Nechalacho Deposit, Thor Lake, NWT is exceptional in its large size and enrichment in the scarce “heavy” rare earth elements, key to enabling advances in clean technology and other growing high-tech applications. Avalon is also advancing its Separation Rapids Lithium Minerals Project, Kenora, ON and its East Kemptville Tin-Indium Project, Yarmouth, NS. Social responsibility and environmental stewardship are corporate cornerstones.

For questions and feedback, please e-mail the Company at ir@avalonraremetals.com, or phone Don Bubar, President & CEO at 416-364-4938.

Cautionary Statement

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the continued listing of the Company’s securities. Generally, these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “potential”, “scheduled”, “anticipates”, “continues”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “scheduled”, “targeted”, “planned”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be” or “will not be” taken, reached or result, “will occur” or “be achieved”. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Avalon to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on assumptions management believes to be reasonable at the time such statements are made. Although Avalon has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from expected results described in forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to market conditions, as well as those risk factors set out in the Company’s current Annual Information Form, Management’s Discussion and Analysis and other disclosure documents available under the Company’s profile at www.SEDAR.com. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Such forward-looking statements have been provided for the purpose of assisting investors in understanding the Company’s plans and objectives and may not be appropriate for other purposes. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Avalon does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements that are contained herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

130 Adelaide St. W, Suite 1901
Toronto, ON M5H 3P5
Tel: (416) 364-4938
Email: ir@avalonraremetals.com

CLIENT FEATURE: Urban Barns (URBF: OTCQB) Capitalizing on Evolution of Cubic Farming

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:47 AM on Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

 

What is Cubic Farming?

 

 

  • A revolution in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
  • Propriety, patent-pending, looped conveyer growing system
  • Advanced uniform LED technology
  • Automated watering and nutrients
  • Optimal conditions for crops to transition from seeds to maturity through pre-set germination, growing and harvesting phases.

Why Urban Barns Foods?

  • Unknown story due to no previous IR = best opportunity to get in
  • Tier-1 Customers = Commercial Acceptance
  • 320 square feet = 3 acres of farm production
  • $6M Market Cap = Great Risk/Reward
  • Watch this video clip to see what production looks like
  • Watch this video clip to see what the Executive Chef at Chateau Frontenac has to say

Marquee Customers Include:

Strong Institutional Ownership, 39% Owned By:

Modern Agriculture Needs Green Innovation

The Cubic Farming Advantage

  • 100% controlled environment
  • Growing 365 days a year
  • No pesticides, herbicides or fungicides
  • No GMOs
  • Minimal water requirements
  • Superior nutritional values
  • Longer shelf life
  • Consistency

Consumers Demand Clean Food

  • Globally, the BFY (BETTER FOR YOU) food category is projected to grow by 25% to over $199.8 billion in 2015.
  • GMOs, a major concern for North American consumers
  • 72% of consumers say it is important to avoid GMOs when they shop
  • 40% of consumers say they look for non-GMO claims on food
  • Natural & clean foods are increasingly mainstream
  • Not only for higher income, most educated privileged segment. It is becoming a social movement.

Urban Barns Is the Solution


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V-Love.co New Product Website Launched

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:31 AM on Thursday, July 30th, 2015

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  • Announced V-LoveTM has its own product website, V-Love.co

VANCOUVER, BC / July 30, 2015 – Enertopia Corporation (ENRT-OTCBB) (TOP-CSE) (the “Company” or “Enertopia”) is pleased to announce V-LoveTM has its own product website, V-Love.co

Through V-Love.co the V-Love Team is dedicated to providing our clients with education, sexual health articles, product information, social engagements the V-Lovers Lane Blogs and the ability to buy directly online… For the latest on V-Love and the V-Love Team follow us on Twitter and Instagram @VLoveCanada and like us on Facebook at V-Love Canada. Our hope is that those that visit our website feel confident and empowered.

V-LoveTM is pH balanced specifically for women as a moisturizer, personal lubricant and desire gel.


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“We are very excited about the new dynamic V-Love.co website as we are passionate and driven to provide only the best in alternative healthy lifestyle choices through our commitment to education and research. Through social outreach we are devoted to the efficient development of products to address the needs of individuals,” stated President Robert McAllister.

About Enertopia

The Company’s mission is to empower people with a better way of living through healthy lifestyle choices in helping you live your life your way. Our core values of honesty, integrity, and commitment help to define our corporate practices and demonstrate our dedication in helping individuals whether they are encountering health issues based on age, diet or have suffered a traumatic physical, mental or an emotional event.

Enertopia’s shares are quoted in Canada with symbol TOP and in the United States with symbol ENRT. For additional information, please visit www.enertopia.com or call Robert McAllister, the President: (250) 765-6412(250) 765-6412(250) 765-6412(250) 765-6412

This release includes 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. Statements which are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. The Company makes forward-looking public statements concerning its expected future financial position, results of operations, cash flows, financing plans, business strategy, products and services, potential and financing of its medical marihuana projects, evaluation and sale of sexual creams and other items, competitive positions, growth opportunities, plans and objectives of management for future operations, including statements that include words such as “anticipate,” “if,” “believe,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “could,” “should,” “will,” and other similar expressions that are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are estimates reflecting the Company’s best judgment based upon current information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, and there can be no assurance that other factors will not affect the accuracy of such forward-looking statements., foreign exchange and other financial markets; changes of the interest rates on borrowings; hedging activities; changes in commodity prices; changes in the investments and exploration expenditure levels; litigation; legislation; environmental, judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments in areas in which Enertopia Corporation operates. The User should refer to the risk disclosures set out in the periodic reports and other disclosure documents filed by Enertopia Corporation from time to time with regulatory authorities. There is no assurance that V-Love TM will have any meaningful impact on the Company or the Company will be able to obtain future financings or any other potential products will have any meaningful impact on the Company.

The CSE has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release

Medical marijuana could be covered by insurance, experts say

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:38 PM on Monday, July 27th, 2015

New rules allowing the sale of cannabis oil smooth way for more controlled prescription of drug

  • Canadians who have been prescribed medical marijuana could one day see their insurance company footing the bill, experts predict, following the introduction of new Health Canada rules that allow for the sale of cannabis oils.

By Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted: Jul 27, 2015 10:30 AM ET Last Updated: Jul 27, 2015 2:21 PM ET

If marijuana had a DIN number, like other drugs, insurance companies might cover the costs.If marijuana had a DIN number, like other drugs, insurance companies might cover the costs. (Siavash Dezvareh/CBC)

Health Canada announced revamped medical marijuana regulations earlier this month after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that users of the drug should be permitted to consume it in other forms, such as oils and edibles, rather than having to smoke dried buds.

“You’re going to see insurance companies slowly start to creep into the sector,” says Khurram Malik, an analyst at Jacob Securities Inc., noting that the new regulations will allow medical marijuana producers to sell gel caps similar to those made from cod liver oil.

That will allow for more precise dosing, Malik says.

“When you’re trying to smoke a plant you have no idea how much you’re consuming, so that makes doctors a little nervous,” he said.

Legitimizing the drug

Experts say the changes are a major step towards legitimizing the drug in the eyes of doctors and insurers.

“When something doesn’t look different than other medicines, it becomes much easier for people to get comfortable with the idea that this is, in fact, a possible treatment option for patients,” says Bruce Linton, the chief executive of Smiths Falls, Ont.-based Tweed Marijuana Inc.

However, medical marijuana producers still have one major hurdle to overcome before insurers begin routinely funding the drug — cannabis currently doesn’t have a drug identification number, known as a DIN.

“If it was issued a DIN by Health Canada, it’s quite likely that the insurance companies would cover it,” says Wendy Hope, a spokeswoman for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association Inc.

“To obtain a DIN, the new form of medical marijuana would need to go through the full Health Canada approval process like any new drug.”

As it stands, most insurance companies don’t routinely cover medical marijuana. But some insurers, including Manulife, say they will consider making an exception if the employer has specifically requested it for one of its employees.

Up to the employer

“It’s up to the employer to ask if they want to have it covered,” says Hope.

Earlier this year, Sun Life agreed to pay for a University of Waterloo student’s medical marijuana prescription through his student health plan after the student union went to bat for him. Jonathan Zaid, 22, uses the drug to combat a syndrome called new daily persistent headache.

Some health insurance companies may pay for medical marijuana through a health spending account, says Hope. But, she adds, “my understanding is it doesn’t happen often.”

Malik says the primary reason why medical marijuana doesn’t have a DIN is a lack of rigorous, clinical research on its efficacy.

“The evidence is very circumstantial — not your typical 10-year, double-blind study that doctors and big pharmaceutical companies like to see,” Malik said.

He suspects that’s about to change.

Need for DIN numbers

“You’re going to see a lot of Canadian companies partnering up with universities overseas that are a little more progressive than the ones we have here, at least in this space, to drive this research forward and legitimize it in the eyes of doctors and get DIN numbers on these things,” Malik said.

Malik says there is a financial incentive for insurers to pay for medical marijuana, rather than shelling out for pricier chronic pain drugs such as opiates.

“From a dollars and cents standpoint, if marijuana is the same thing as a narcotic opiate, they would much rather cover marijuana because they’re in the business to make money,” Malik said.

Source: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/medical-marijuana-could-be-covered-by-insurance-experts-say-1.3168940

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Lithium demand from Electric Vehicles, “EVs,” alone could grow 30% annually for years to come

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:38 PM on Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Lithium demand from Electric Vehicles, “EVs,” alone could grow 30% annually for years to come

Jul 17, 2015 | Posted by: Peter Epstein

 

  • Conventional wisdom seems to say that overall lithium demand will grow by 8%-12% annually
  • Everything’s going electric, lithium-ion batteries large & small will reign supreme

A short time ago, manufactures released hybrid gasoline-electric cars so that they could claim to be green companies. That has completely changed, now the race is on for market share, volumes and profits.

I’m on record as stating that demand for lithium will grow faster than most believe. Conventional wisdom seems to say that overall lithium demand will grow by 8%-12% annually. I understand why that range has been adopted, it’s already a fast growth rate by historical standards. Commodity and natural resource demand is frequently said to increase at, “the rate of GDP growth.” I wonder which country’s GDP rate is being referred to, hopefully not the U.S. A prime reason for my bullishness on lithium demand, with overall growth closer to 20% a year, is that Tesla is attracting A LOT of attention and competition. I will spare readers the obligatory rattling off a list of Tesla’s growing competition. But there’s much more to the story than Tesla.

I believe that hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be phased out sooner rather than later. Any manufacturer that can’t deliver a full EV within the next 2-4 years might as well start working on flying cars, previously known as airplanes. This paradigm shift to EVs is not 5-10 years away, it’s right around the corner. Hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars are deployed on new car platforms, why would it be any different for the builders of EVs? A short time ago, manufactures released hybrid gasoline-electric cars so that they could claim to be, “green” companies. That’s completely changed, now the race is on for market share, volumes and profits.

RANGE ANXIETY!!

“Range anxiety.” That’s the cool way of saying that prospective buyers of EVs are on the fence, until they’re confident that a massive infrastructure of electric charging stations is in place. Guess what? That’s nonsense. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, average daily driving per capita is about 40 miles. Commuters that drive 100-150 miles or more round trip are the exception, not the rule. Does 40 miles per day sound too low? That’s the U.S. average, the range around that average is probably fairly large. Take for example city dwellers that don’t drive daily.

If one were talking about natural gas stations, “range anxiety” would be a serious concern. Recall that T. Boone Pickens has been calling for the replacement of gasoline and diesel fueled cars with cleaner burning natural gas. In that highly unlikely scenario there would have to be a huge build out of natural gas stations. Not so with EVs. Electric Vehicles won’t require an epic rollout of thousands upon thousands of charging stations. As EVs evolve, there will be dozens of models with driving ranges in excess of 100 miles. By then, range anxiety will disappear. Instead of searching for a charging station, one’s garage electricity outlet will do the trick.

Everything’s going electric, lithium-ion batteries large & small will reign supreme

Admittedly there are occasions when long distances are called for. In this circumstance, let’s assume that a gasoline powered vehicle remains the best alternative. That still allows for EVs to potentially become 1 of the 2 vehicles in a suburban family. That equates to a staggering amount of lithium demand without the need of ubiquitous charging stations. The same will be the case for bikes, motorcycles, mail delivery vehicles and buses, (among others). That’s why I believe that the annual growth rate of lithium demand for EVs alone could be as high as 30%, a tripling in 5 years. If the fastest growing segment were to triple (30% growth annually from 2016-2020), that suggests 20% overall demand growth for lithium is not a crazy assumption.

Without range anxiety, EVs will become ubiquitous, not charging stations! This is especially true given that Nissan, Ford, GM and Toyota, (among others) will be coming out with a number of inexpensive EVs with price tags in the $20k-$25k range sooner rather than later. That’s before considering favorable State and/or Federal tax treatment. Importantly, the lower price point EVs will not necessarily use less lithium. Not if they want to achieve high milage per charge. Miles per charge will be a key determinate of customer preference. Note that inexpensive EVs will benefit as much as high end EVs, from lower annual operating expenses by plugging in instead of filling up.

Dajin Resources Corp. (DJI.V) / (DJIFF) a high risk / high return opportunity

While the available supply of lithium is difficult to forecast, and will come on-stream unevenly, demand growth for EVs alone could be two or three times that of today’s consensus. Clearly, the demand for lithium will be lower or higher than expected. Readers probably know which side of the coin I’m betting on. That’s why I like a small cap, pure-play lithium company named Dajin Resources Corp. (DJI.V) (DJIFF). Combined U.S. and Canadian trading volume is averaging roughly 625,000 shares per day. The company has no debt and a solid balance sheet. Warrant exercises have been helping to maintain adequate cash balances.

Taking a contrarian view by being substantially more bullish on lithium demand from EVs, calls for an investment approach that differs from those who follow the crowd. Following the crowd is prudent if conventional wisdom prevails. However, for those like me who believe overall demand for lithium could grow by 20% annually, (30% for EVs alone), a way to articulate a bullish position is through juniors such as Dajin Resources. Taking a contrarian view entails both higher risk and higher reward. Unlike following the crowd though, an investment in Dajin Resources could play off quite handsomely. With properties in both Nevada’s Lithium Hub, located approximately 12 km northeast of Rockwood’s decades long Nevada operations and a very large land position in Argentina’s, Lithium Triangle. This company’s tock is strongly positioned to move considerably higher upon an increase in lithium prices and/or a rebound in the morbid TSX Venture Exchange.

Disclosure:

Dajin Resources (ticker DJI.V) (DJIFF) – Mr. Epstein owns shares of this company. Investors should consult with their own advisors before making investment decisions. Mr. Epstein is not an investment advisor. The article on this company on EpsteinResearch.com should be viewed in this context. This company is highly speculative and not suitable for all investors. As of [5/1/15] Dajin Resources is a Sponsor of EpsteinResearch.com on a month-to-month basis.

Read more at: http://www.miningfeeds.com/2015/07/17/lithium-demand-from-electric-vehicles-evs-alone-could-grow-30-annually-for-years-to-come/#sthash.qvlZyaHW.dpuf

The Molycorp Bankruptcy – Doom or Dawn for Rare Earth Elements?

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:29 PM on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

  • Recent bankruptcy (chapter 11) filing by Molycorp prompted many comments about the future of this market sector.
  • Rare earth elements are key components in almost all technology products these days, ranging from smartphones and flat screen TVs to all sorts of electric motors, high performance metal alloys and even automotive catalysts.
  • “If anything, Molycorp’s troubles are a good thing for prices”, commented Matthias Rueth, president of Tradium GmbH, a large REE trader. In fact, because there is so little substitution, the market for REEs is not elastic at all in terms of demand.

By Kitco News
Tuesday July 21, 2015 10:19

The recent bankruptcy (chapter 11) filing by Molycorp, the U.S.’ only producer of rare earth elements, prompted many comments about the future of this market sector. Once an icon for independence from China for these crucial materials the company now appears to have fallen victim to a sustained period of low prices.

Rare earth elements are key components in almost all technology products these days, ranging from smartphones and flat screen TVs to all sorts of electric motors, high performance metal alloys and even automotive catalysts.

Image courtsey of Molycorp

Analyst comments that Molycorp’s demise was in part due to substitution of rare earth elements are lacking substance, though. Despite statements by Tesla published a while ago saying the electric motors used for propulsion of their Model S are free from REEs, there are plenty of REEs in many other places of the car (power windows, power tailgate, electric seat adjustment, power mirrors, speakers, cameras, sensors,… ect.).

Even comments talking about “the end of the line” for Molycorp seem inaccurate. Only the company’s North American operation is affected by the chapter 11 filing; plants in other parts of the world remain untouched, at least for the time being. The company also reports on its website that short-term financing has been obtained, making a debt restructuring plan and return to normal operation a possibility.

“If anything, Molycorp’s troubles are a good thing for prices”, commented Matthias Rueth, president of Tradium GmbH, a large REE trader. In fact, because there is so little substitution, the market for REEs is not elastic at all in terms of demand. After the price explosion in 2010, more new operations were encouraged to add capacity than was healthy for the market. As a result, prices plummeted in subsequent years to all-time lows.

Recent months did, however, see a much improved conscience in China with respect to environmental and safety issues leading to higher production costs that are now more in line with international levels. On top, China restructured its taxes and tariffs to comply with WTO rulings. The country also shut down some illegal mines, leading to increased legal export volumes. All signs indicate that China is regaining control over this market, which – if successful – would have a positive impact on prices.

Markets will continue to be cyclical but growing. The premise remains: in the absence of non-physical markets for REEs, investing in this exciting group of metals will remain a matter of long term strateiges.

Bodo Albrecht
President – BASIQ Corp.
www.basiq.com
www.bodoalbrecht.com

Source: http://www.kitco.com/news/2015-07-21/The-Molycorp-Bankruptcy-Doom-or-Dawn-for-Rare-Earth-Elements.html

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Xylitol Canada Provides Corporate Update on Xylose Plant Initiatives

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:20 AM on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

  • Company Appoints Dr. Anjana Meel Project Manager as project enters detailed engineering
  • We are now pleased to be in the final stages of plant development. We felt this would be a prudent time to issue a corporate update to share our progress with the markets.” Commented Andrew Reid, CEO of Xylitol Canada Inc.
  • Xylitol Canada’s consumer packaged goods division is based in Denver Colorado and has grown from under $500,000.00 in revenue in 2010. To over $8,600,000.00 in 2014.

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(July 22, 2015) - Xylitol Canada Inc., (TSX VENTURE:XYL) an innovator in xylose extraction and xylitol sweetened consumer packaged goods is pleased to announce that the Company is entering its final phases of engineering for its planned xylose production facility.

Xylitol Canada has been committed to developing a production scale xylose facility since going public in 2010. Throughout the past 5 years we have continued to optimize our technology, identify key commercial partners, and we are now pleased to be in the final stages of plant development. We felt this would be a prudent time to issue a corporate update to share our progress with the markets.” Commented Andrew Reid, CEO of Xylitol Canada Inc.

Xylitol Canada operates 2 business units that address the growing xylose and xylitol markets. Xylitol Canada’s consumer packaged goods division is based in Denver Colorado and has grown from under $500,000.00 in revenue in 2010. To over $8,600,000.00 in 2014. Xylitol Canada operates a 50,000 square foot xylitol facility where it produces and packages a full catalog of natural sugar free products, most notably its natural sugar alternatives. Through this Denver based facility, the Company services major retail customers such as Loblaws, Whole Foods, Costco, Sprouts, and many others.

The Company attributes its continued revenue growth to negative pressure on artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, as well as increasing negative reporting on refined sugar and high fructose corn syrup. With negative sentiment contracting consumption in these two categories, natural sugar alternatives such as xylitol have been able to gain market share and satisfy increasing consumer demand.

Separately, Xylitol Canada has continued to develop and optimize innovative technology to extract xylose and other high value bio-chemicals from sustainable hardwood sources. These materials are the building blocks for xylitol and other high value bio-chemicals. Since 2010, Xylitol Canada has conducted lab scale, pilot scale, and commercial scale trials using feedstock from major commercial partners worldwide. Currently, the Company is pleased to announce that its first commercial scale xylose plant is in advanced stage planning and development.

In September 2014, Xylitol Canada appointed Roche Engineering to facilitate preliminary engineering of the Company’s first commercial plant. This plant initiative comes on the heels of 2 years of site specific trials and commercial negotiation with a key feedstock supplier.

Process optimization has continued since the Roche appointment and recently culminated in commercial grade xylose samples being produced in early 2015. These xylose samples were distributed to prospective industry partners for evaluation and the quality was universally accepted as meeting or exceeding the highest North American food grade specifications.

Currently Xylitol Canada is completing preliminary engineering and is prepared to go to detailed engineering in October 2015. Working alongside Roche, a GANTT chart has been prepared that has Xylitol Canada breaking ground on this production facility in March of 2016 and tentatively completing the project in early Q1 2017. As such, the Company recently appointed Dr. Anjana Meel to spearhead the project management.

Dr. Meel has more than twelve years of experience in research, process development, and technology transfer at various companies including Dow Chemical Company and Cool Planet Energy Systems. Dr. Meel earned a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and PhD in Chemical and Bio-molecular engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Meel has been working closely with Xylitol Canada’s engineering firm, Roche, on bringing the project through the final stages of basic engineering and into the detailed engineering phase.

Xylitol Canada is currently an applicant for several federal and provincial grants to help fund the xylose plant. Furthermore, Xylitol Canada has engaged private market project finance partners, and is working with the Canadian Capital markets to secure financing for the project.

Xylitol Canada will provide project updates to the market as milestones are crossed throughout the coming phases of the project.

About Xylitol Canada Inc.

Xylitol Canada markets xylitol and xylitol based-products and is focused on becoming a major low-cost manufacturer of xylitol and related products, serving the global market from operations in North America. Xylitol Canada’s business strategy is to leverage novel proprietary technology and processes to become North America’s premier manufacturer of low cost, high quality xylitol from readily available environmentally-sustainable biomass. Xylitol is a natural sweetener which is marketed globally including Canada and the United States and is accepted by the American Food and Drug Administration, the World Health Organization and the American Dental Association. Xylitol contains 75% less carbohydrates and 40% less calories than sugar, has a myriad of oral health benefits including the prevention of tooth decay and is safe for diabetics. To date, wider spread use of xylitol has been limited by the lack of a reliable, low cost, high quality supplier.

Forward Looking Statements

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Xylitol Canada Inc.
Andrew Reid, CEO
(416) 288-1019(416) 288-1019(416) 288-1019(416) 288-1019

Investor Relations:
Matt Willer
(303) 991-1999(303) 991-1999(303) 991-1999(303) 991-1999
IR@xylitolusa.com

 

CLIENT FEATURE: Urban Barns (URBF: OTCQB) Capitalizing on Evolution of Cubic Farming

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:31 PM on Monday, July 20th, 2015

URBF: OTCQB

What is Cubic Farming?

  • A revolution in Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA)
  • Propriety, patent-pending, looped conveyer growing system
  • Advanced uniform LED technology
  • Automated watering and nutrients
  • Optimal conditions for crops to transition from seeds to maturity through pre-set germination, growing and harvesting phases.

Why Urban Barns Foods?

  • Unknown story due to no previous IR = best opportunity to get in
  • Tier-1 Customers = Commercial Acceptance
  • 320 square feet = 3 acres of farm production
  • $6M Market Cap = Great Risk/Reward
  • Watch this video clip to see what production looks like
  • Watch this video clip to see what the Executive Chef at Chateau Frontenac has to say

Marquee Customers Include:

Strong Institutional Ownership, 39% Owned By:

Modern Agriculture Needs Green Innovation

The Cubic Farming Advantage

  • 100% controlled environment
  • Growing 365 days a year
  • No pesticides, herbicides or fungicides
  • No GMOs
  • Minimal water requirements
  • Superior nutritional values
  • Longer shelf life
  • Consistency

Consumers Demand Clean Food

  • Globally, the BFY (BETTER FOR YOU) food category is projected to grow by 25% to over $199.8 billion in 2015.
  • GMOs, a major concern for North American consumers
  • 72% of consumers say it is important to avoid GMOs when they shop
  • 40% of consumers say they look for non-GMO claims on food
  • Natural & clean foods are increasingly mainstream
  • Not only for higher income, most educated privileged segment. It is becoming a social movement.

Urban Barns Is the Solution


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