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American Creek Reports on JV Partner Tudor Gold’s Electrum Project Bulk Sample with 539 g/t Ag With 2.82 g/t Au and 1.97% Zn $AMK.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:20 AM on Thursday, January 12th, 2017

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  • Tudor Gold Corp.  has released the final results of the 2016 exploration program conducted at the Electrum Project JV located in northwest BC’s “Golden Triangle” near Stewart
  • Bulk Sample with 539 g/t Ag With 2.82 g/t Au and 1.97% Zn

CARDSTON, ALBERTA–(Jan. 12, 2017) - American Creek Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:AMK) (“American Creek”) is pleased to report that Tudor Gold Corp. (“Tudor”) has released the final results of the 2016 exploration program conducted at the Electrum Project JV located in northwest BC’s “Golden Triangle” near Stewart.

Background

The Electrum project is a 60:40 joint venture between Tudor (as operator) and American Creek. The Electrum property is located directly between the past producing Silbak Premier mine some 25 Km south and Pretium Resources’ Brucejack deposit some 20 Km to the north (currently under development with production targeted for 2017). Within that same area are several other past producing mines as well as new projects undergoing exploration. One small area of the Electrum property itself includes the site of the historic East Gold mine which was mined by hand between 1939 and 1965, and which produced 3,816 oz of gold and 2,442 oz of silver from 45 tons of hand selected ore (BC Ministry of Mines Assessment Report 30206); mining operations ceased with the unfortunate and untimely death of the mine operator. More recently, the Scottie Gold mine operated from 1981 to 1985 approximately five kilometers from the Electrum property. The current owners of the Scottie Gold mine, Rotation Minerals Ltd., note on their website that the mine “milled vein material averaging 16.20 g/t gold, producing 2,967,748 grams of gold (95,426 ounces gold) from 183,147 tonnes of mineralization” (these historic production values have not been independently verified).

Tudor was attracted to the Electrum property by the presence of a complex system of mineralized fault structures within which are networks of gold and silver bearing quartz veins. The gold and silver typically occurs within these veins as electrum, a naturally occurring amalgam of both metals.

The complexity of both the fault structures and the vein networks make it very difficult to specifically target the veins of gold and silver bearing materials using conventional surface-based exploration techniques such as diamond drilling or magnetotelluric surveys. With that in mind, Tudor set out to develop an exploration program which includes sub-surface exploration techniques and which targets mineralization rather than just vein structures. In this way, Tudor will gain a better and more useful understanding of the overall geology of the property.

The success of the East Gold mine demonstrates that the mineralized fault material is accessible using conventional underground mining systems and practices. The cost of either rehabilitating the East Gold mine or opening new adits is, however, prohibitive at this stage of the project’s development. Tudor is instead focused on a scalable bulk sampling program which would, if warranted, conclude with the development of an open-cut mine of sufficient size to generate both a return for shareholders and financing for further exploration on the property. As with other properties in this area of the “Golden Triangle”, an open-cut mine could be carried out in association with related conventional underground mining.

Tudor’s exploration programs and long-term planning take into account two of the key economic advantages of the Electrum property; it is within 4 kilometers of a power-line, and the property is adjacent to an established haul road leading to the bulk terminal and deep-water port at Stewart.

2016 Exploration Program

The exploration program achieved the following three goals set for the 2016 field season:

  1. Diamond drilling aimed at furthering the exploration work previously carried out by American Creek,
  2. Trench sampling of a newly discovered mineralized surface exposure in what is now referred to as the “New Blast Zone”, and
  3. Collection and analysis of a 4 tonne bulk sample from the New Blast Zone.

In addition to the work aimed at achieving these goals, work carried out during the 2016 field season included the construction of temporary (removable) bridges and the stabilization and improvement of road access to ensure safe and efficient access to the property.

2016 Diamond Drilling

Nineteen drill holes totaling 1,406 meters were completed. A total of 1492 core samples were collected and assayed. The 2016 drilling program was carried out to extend and expand on the drilling programs carried out by American Creek in previous years. The results of the 2015 American Creek drilling program included these findings previously released by American Creek:

Drill Hole From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Gold (g/t) Silver (g/t)
EL15-02 9.0 10.0 1.0 1.04 78.0
EL15-03 16.5 17.5 1.0 6.09 242.0
EL15-04 32.0 33.0 1.0 6.76 38.0
EL15-05 28.0 29.0 1.0 1.31 189.0
35.0 36.0 1.0 6.93 62.0
EL15-07 13.0 14.0 1.0 14.65 22.0
14.0 15.0 1.0 6.59 461.0
35.0 36.0 1.0 3.47 58.0
EL15-08 1.0 2.0 1.0 1.05 89.0

One of the key goals of both the American Creek and Tudor drilling programs was to confirm that mineralized exposures visible on the surface carried on at depth below the surface. The results of these drilling programs do suggest that, as expected, mineralization carries on at depth.

Of particular interest, holes TG16-13-UTM, TG16-14-UTM, and TG16-15-UTM reveal sub-surface mineralization in the area generally below the newly identified “New Blast Zone”. Because of the complexity of the fault structures in this area, however, Tudor is currently unable to state with the certainty required by NI 43-101 that the sub-surface mineralization confirms the presence of an unbroken, continuous zone of mineralization linking these drill holes with the surface mineralization.

Trench Sampling

As noted in the Tudor news release issued September 12, 2016, a trenching program was carried out on the New Blast Zone. The program targeted a vein system which is infilled with a fine-grained blackish, blue-grey mineralization. The structure includes wide sharp edged quartz fragments in a foliated sulphide-quartz-carbonate matrix; the sulphides are pyrite, pyrrhotite, with thin galena/silver seams.

Twelve representative specimens were collected across the vein structure. Assays of those specimens yielded averages of 3,461.92 grams (111.30 oz) silver per tonne and 2.24 grams gold per tonne. Complete results of the trench sampling may be found in the noted news release on the Tudor website at www.tudor-gold.com.

Four Tonne Bulk Sample

Following the success of the trench sampling program, a 4 tonne bulk sample was collected from the New Blast Zone. The sample was collected utilizing localized blasting resulting in an exposed face of approximately 120 square meters, and a total rubble pile of approximately 600 cubic meters, from which was selected approximately 4 tonnes of representative material.

The collected bulk material was then crushed to a size of “3 inch minus” using a crusher at a quarry in Mission, British Columbia. The crushed material was then provided to ALS Global’s metallurgical laboratory (‘ALS’) in Kamloops, BC for metallurgical processing and testing. The processing included the use of rod and ball mill grinding followed by both floatation and gravity separation. The resultant material was then analyzed in four separate test runs over four consecutive days. The overall results of the analysis are set out in the following table:

Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) PB (%) Zn (%) Sulphur (%)
2.82 539 1.96 1.97 13.8

As with the trenching program, Tudor is very encouraged by these results. A complete description of the processing and testing employed by ALS will be added to the Tudor website at www.tudor-gold.com.

2017 Exploration Program

Tudor is satisfied that the results of the 4 tonne bulk sample program, together with all previous exploration work on the property, justifies scaling up the exploration program on the Electrum property. Tudor is satisfied that all of these results justify long-term planning based on an assumption that currently known mineralization on the property has the potential to support a modest sized open-cut mine that can be scaled up as further exploration dictates.

Subject to obtaining all necessary permits and financing, the current plan for the 2017 field season is to carry out the largest possible bulk sample program along with an as yet to be determined amount of diamond drilling.

The anticipated bulk sample program will utilize commercially available mining equipment commonly used in open-pit mining. Blasting will be carried out with the use of track-mounted drills, and on-site crushing will be carried out with the use of track-mounted crushers. It is anticipated that crushed, mineralized material will be hauled to Stewart and from there it will be transported to an appropriate smelter for final processing.

Walter Storm, Tudor President and CEO, stated: “We are very pleased with the results of the work on the Electrum this summer. Not only have we confirmed and increased the known mineralized gold and silver zones, we have also begun to develop a much better understanding of the geology of the property and we are satisfied that we have a proper basis for expanding our exploration program.”

Darren Blaney, American Creek CEO stated: “We are very pleased with what Walter and the Tudor team have accomplished with this initial program. The bulk sample results are very encouraging and indicate the future potential of the property. We are very much looking forward to 2017.”

The Qualified Person for the Electrum property and the technical data in this new release is James McCrea, P. Geo. for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101.

American Creek also has other projects in BC’s prolific “Golden Triangle” including the Treaty Creek Project which is a joint venture between Tudor, American Creek and Teuton Resources Corp. and the 100% owned Dunwell property package which encompasses the past producing Dunwell gold/silver mine.

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

Cautionary Statements regarding Forward-Looking Information: Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information. These statements relate to future events or future performance. The use of any of the words “could”, “intend”, “expect”, “believe”, “will”, “projected”, “estimated” and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking information and are based on the Company’s current belief or assumptions as to the outcome and timing of such future events. Actual future results may differ materially.

All statements including, without limitation, statements relating to the potential mineralization and geological merits of the Electrum property and other future plans, objectives or expectations of the Company are forward looking statements that involve various risks and uncertain ties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s plans or expectations include risks relating to the actual results of current exploration activities, fluctuating gold prices, possibility of equipment breakdowns and delays, exploration cost overruns, availability of capital and financing, general economic, market or business conditions, regulatory changes, timeliness of government or regulatory approvals and other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as otherwise required by applicable securities legislation.

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

INTERVIEW: Liberty Star Provides Part 2 of Year End Update – $LBSR.us

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:54 PM on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Liberty Star Uranium & Metals Corp. (LBSR: OTCBB) is an Arizona-based mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition and exploration of mineral properties in the states of Arizona and Alaska. Currently the company controls properties which are located over what management considers some of North America’s richest mineralized regions for copper, gold, silver, molybdenum (moly), and uranium.

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Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. Announces New Appointment of Dr. Gilles Chamberland, M.D., FRCPC to its Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board $TBP.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:15 AM on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

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  • Announced the nomination of Dr. Gilles Chamberland, MD, FRCPC, to its Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board
  • Board is comprised of experts in clinical research, pain management, cancer, and neurological product drug development

(TORONTO, ONTARIO  Jan. 11, 2017) - PhytoPain Pharma Inc. (“PhytoPain Pharma” or “PPP“), a subsidiary of Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. (“Tetra” or the “Company“) (CSE:TBP)(CSE:TBP.CN)(OTC PINK:GRPOF), is pleased to announce the nomination of Dr. Gilles Chamberland, MD, FRCPC, to its Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board. The board is comprised of experts in clinical research, pain management, cancer, and neurological product drug development. The nomination of Dr. Chamberland, M.D., to its Advisory Board will provide critical guidance on PPP’s clinical development program with regards to the safety of cannabis drug products and the potential mental health risks associated with the consumption of marijuana.

“Patient safety has been a driving force since the creation of PPP. The use of cannabis has been associated with several important safety issues including potential psychiatric-related events. As a company focused on creating scientific data these risks, as well as others, must be adequately assessed and quantified in a clinical environment. The addition of Dr. Gilles Chamberland, M.D., FRCPC, to our team of accomplished scientific and clinical experts will help us ensure that these potential adverse effects of consuming cannabis will be adequately assessed in our clinical development program and these potential risks will be appropriately communicated to both physicians and patients”, stated Dr. Guy Chamberland, Chief Scientific Officer and Regulatory Affairs.

ABOUT Dr. Gilles Chamberland

Dr. Gilles Chamberland, M.D., FRCPC – Director Professional Services, Medical Psychiatrist, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Institut Philippe-Pinel de Montréal, Université de Montréal.

Dr. Chamberland received a Bachelor of Law degree from the Université de Sherbrooke, a doctorate in medicine from the Université de Montréal, a diploma in psychiatry from the Université de Montréal, and a diploma of advanced studies in biological and medical ethics of the René Descartes University in Paris. In 2012, he earned the Distinguished Fellow from the Canadian Psychiatric Association and, by 2015 the American Psychiatric Association gave him the same professional recognition. He received a diploma in the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry in 2013 from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Chamberland has a vast experience in clinical management of patients suffering from various psychiatric conditions including marijuana induced-psychosis. He is also a well-known author and expert witness in the field on psychiatry.

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

Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc.
Andre Rancourt, Chief Executive Officer, or
Ryan Brown. VP Business Development and Communications, or
Andre Audet, Executive Chairman
(343) 689-0714
Investors@tetrabiopharma.com

Explor Announces Multiple Copper Zones Grades Up to 3.65% Cu Over 5.35 Meters on the Chester Copper Property $EXS.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:02 PM on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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  • 12 Diamond Drill Holes completed on the Chester Copper Property
  • 3.65% Cu Over 5.35 Meters
  • increase in strike length of the known mineralization from 500 to 750 meters

ROUYN-NORANDA, QUEBEC–(Jan. 10, 2017) - Explor Resources Inc. (“Explor” or the “Corporation“) (TSX VENTURE:EXS)(OTCQB:EXSFF)(FRANKFURT:E1H1)(BERLIN:E1H1) is pleased to announce further results from the 12 Diamond Drill Holes completed on the Chester Copper Property. The Chester Copper property is located in the Northumberland County, 70 km southwest of Bathurst, New Brunswick and 50 km west-northwest of Miramichi, New Brunswick, within the Bathurst Mining Camp. This area has an extensive history in base metal production from VMS deposits.

There has been very little exploration work in this area of the Bathurst Mining Camp (BMC) since the initial exploration more than 60 years ago. Of significance also is the fact that three (3) age date studies of the rock in the area since 2005 have indicated an age of 469+/- 0.3 ma. All of the main largest VMS deposits in the BMC (including BMS #12 and #6, the Caribou Deposit (currently being developed by Travalli) and the past producing Heath Steele Mines, are associated with this age date for the footwall felsic rocks. That new data in 2007 places Explor’s Chester deposit is in the same time frame as the Brunswick Mining No. 12 and No. 6 deposits located in the BMC.

New Brunswick is the home of the No 12 massive sulphide deposit (The Brunswick Deposit) which was in continuous production from 1964 to its closure in March of 2013 (to Feb 2013, 135,903,168 tonnes milled at 3.44 % Pb, 8.74 % Zn, 0.37 % Cu and 102 g/t Ag). The Brunswick deposits (No 6 and No 12) are situated in the Nepisiguit Falls Group of rocks in the Lower Tetagouche group of the BMC. There are 46 known VMS deposits in the BMC.

The property is located in the southern-most part of the Bathurst Mining Camp and consist of 174 Mineral Claim Units within a total of five (5) Mineral Claims (1571, 2428, 6003, 6005 and 7045) comprising approximately 3,828 hectares as shown on the attached map.

Chris Dupont, President and Chief Executive Officer of Explor Resources Inc. commented: “We are extremely pleased and encouraged by these preliminary drill results. The presence of multiple copper mineralized zones in each of the holes drilled is very significant in terms of exploration. The increase in strike length of the known mineralization from 500 to 750 meters confirms the potential to significantly increase the resources on the property. The property continues to be open on strike to the west and Northwest.”

A total of 4 diamond drill holes were drilled on claim 1571. The first three diamond drill holes that were drilled were fan holes from the same location. This successfully tested the extension of the copper stringer zone for a distance of 250 meters west of previous drilling. The fourth drill hole was located approximately 100 meters west (and 38 meters south) of the first three drill holes, confirming the continuity of the mineralization to the west and Northwest and adding 250 meters of strike length to the known deposit. It intersected the target horizon and favorable geology from 49 meters to 172 meters.

Further to the west the copper deposit goes down dip and onto claim 6003. At about 1,100 meters west of the first drill hole, drill hole 6003-16-012 was drilled at a vertical dip. It eventually went to a depth of 600 meters and intersected previously unknown mineralization near surface (18 meters) and also extending the deep main Chester Stringer zone an additional 650 meters westward than any previous reliable drilling (i.e. casing in place and core in government storage). It also confirms the existence of the alteration zone and the host stratigraphic horizon to a depth not previously known or expected. The chloritized favorable horizon extends from a depth of 472.5 meters to 561 meters with low grade copper mineralization documented from 519 meters to 543 meters.

In the north part of claim 6003, an untested soil geochemical anomaly was tested. Copper mineralization was discovered as pyrrhotite and chalcopyrite veinlets in felsic volcanic associated with the soil anomaly. Copper mineralization was also discovered in this area in 2014 and a soil survey on claim 7045 to the west have unexplained copper and lead anomalies which may be associated with previously mentioned soil anomaly and this horizon.

To the south on Claim 6005, two drill holes were put down to test a soil anomaly apparently associated with a historical drill hole, dating to about the 1956 to 1958 era, with a reported value of more than 2% copper. No indication of any mineralization was discovered in the two drill holes.

Preliminary results are shown below for Hole # 1571-16-002:

Summary of Results From Drill Hole 1571-16-002
Zones From
(m)
To
(m)
Length
(m)
Au
(ppb)
Ag
(ppm)
Cu
(%)
Zn
(ppm)
Pb
(ppm)
1 49.40 49.73 0.33 41 2.70 1.820 269 67
2 51.45 52.30 0.85 49 2.40 1.240 284 80
3 77.85 84.30 6.45 65 3.35 1.53 438 57
includes 77.85 80.70 2.85 47 2.78 1.18 350 61
and 80.70 81.93 1.23 28 1.60 0.18 401 48
and 81.93 84.30 2.37 105 4.94 2.66 562 56
4 112.90 113.30 0.40 105 9.6 7.111 439 49
5 121.00 127.00 6.00 82 3.92 3.20 381 43
includes 121.00 125.10 4.10 114 4.99 4.26 469 43
or 124.10 125.10 1.00 289 10.10 10.23 1014 76
and 126.05 127.00 0.95 26 2.60 1.70 276 62
6 141.80 142.90 1.10 114 3.55 2.889 317 40
142.90 151.10 8.20 3,6 0.16 0.065 59 21
7 151.10 151.85 0.75 34 2.8 2.130 252 26
FW Zone 171.5 171.85 0.35 50 3.2 1.580 214 42

A total of 8 zones of copper mineralization were intersected in the above referenced Hole # 1571-16-002.

Preliminary results are shown below for Hole # 1571-16-003:

Summary of Results From Drill Hole 1571-16-003
Zones From
(m)
To
(m)
Length
(m)
Au
(ppb)
Ag
(ppm)
Cu
(%)
Zn
(ppm)
Pb
(ppm)
1 58.10 58.57 0.47 28 4 1.760 586 52
2 64.00 70.80 6.80 42 4.3 1.45 565 106
includes 64.00 67.10 3.10 39 6.0 2.09 660 186
or 65,50 67.10 1.60 75 11.5 4.05 1279 360
and 69,90 70.80 0.90 139 7.0 3.05 1033 58
3 77.70 78.60 0.90 76 2.4 1.220 328 44
4 112.65 112.85 0.20 60 6.7 4.330 592 42
5 115.25 120,60 5.35 64 4.9 3.65 445 49
includes 115.25 117.40 2.10 47 4.6 3.25 372 39
and 117.40 120.,60 3.20 76 5.2 3.97 501 56
FW Zone 157.30 158.85 1.55 343.10 15.00 13.20 995.00 91.13

A total of 6 zones of copper mineralization were intersected in the above referenced Hole # 1571-16-003. Samples have been sent to the lab and assays are pending.

The Chester Property is known to contain both a copper deposit and a VMS deposit. The copper deposit has an Open Pit resource with Measured & Indicated resource of 1,400,000 tonnes grading 1.38% Cu, 0.06% Zn & 3.5 g/t Ag and an inferred resource of 2,089,000 tonnes grading 1.26% Cu (assayed for Cu only).

Chris Dupont, P.Eng is the qualified person responsible for the information contained in this release.

Explor Resources Inc. is a publicly listed company trading on the TSX Venture (EXS), on the OTCQB (EXSFF) and on the Frankfurt and Berlin Stock Exchanges (E1H1).

This Press Release was prepared by Explor. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the Policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) has reviewed or accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

About Explor Resources Inc.

Explor Resources Inc. is a Canadian-based natural resources company with mineral holdings in Ontario, Québec, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Explor is currently focused on exploration in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt. The belt is found in both provinces of Ontario and Québec with approximately 33% in Ontario and 67% in Québec. The Belt has produced in excess of 180,000,000 ounces of gold and 450,000,000 tonnes of cu-zn ore over the last 100 years. The Corporation was continued under the laws of Alberta in 1986 and has had its main office in Québec since 2006.

Explor Resources Flagship project is the Timmins Porcupine West (TPW) Project located in the Porcupine mining camp, in the Province of Ontario. Teck Resources Ltd. is currently conducting an exploration program as part of an earn-in on the TPW property. The TPW mineral resource (Press Release dated August 27, 2013) includes the following:

Open Pit Mineral Resources at a 0.30 g/t Au cut-off grade are as follows:

Indicated: 213,000 oz (4,283,000 tonnes at 1.55 g/t Au)
Inferred: 77,000 oz (1,140,000 tonnes at 2.09 g/t Au)

Underground Mineral Resources at a 1.70 g/t Au cut-off grade are as follows:

Indicated: 396,000 oz (4,420,000 tonnes at 2.79 g/t Au)
Inferred: 393,000 oz (5,185,000 tonnes at 2.36 g/t Au)

This document may contain forward-looking statements relating to Explor’s operations or to the environment in which it operates. Such statements are based on operations, estimates, forecasts and projections. They are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and may be beyond Explor’s control. A number of important factors could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements, including those set forth in other public filling. In addition, such statements relate to the date on which they are made. Consequently, undue reliance should not be placed on such forward-looking statements. Explor disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, save and except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

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888-997-4630 or 819-797-4630
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www.explorresources.com
info@explorresources.com

Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. Announces Binding Letter of Intent for JV Co-Development and Commercialization of Health Care Products Containing Cannabinoids also Closes Private Placement $TBP.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:03 AM on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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  • Entered into a binding letter of intent to form a joint venture with Ford’s Family Pharmacy and Wellness Center (“FFP”) in Moncton, New Brunswick
  • Primary objective of this venture is the development and commercialization of cannabinoid-based products for the Canadian health care market with a special focus on CBD and THC-free cannabis products for the USA cosmetic and supplement market

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Jan. 10, 2017) - Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. (“TetraBio“, “TBP“, or the “Company“) (CSE:TBP)(CSE:TBP.CN)(OTC PINK:GROPF) through its subsidiary, Agro-Tek Health Inc. (“GTK“), is pleased to announce that it has entered into a binding letter of intent to form a joint venture with Ford’s Family Pharmacy and Wellness Center (“FFP“) in Moncton, New Brunswick. The primary objective of this venture is the development and commercialization of cannabinoid-based products for the Canadian health care market with a special focus on CBD and THC-free cannabis products for the USA cosmetic and supplement market.

About Tetra Bio-Pharma

Tetra Bio-Pharma, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the development and commercialization of cannabis-based pharmaceuticals and consumer health products. www.tetrabiopharma.com

About Agro-Tek Health

Agro-Tek Health is a subsidiary of Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. and is focused on commercialization of over the counter consumer goods containing cannabis and other non-controlled medicinal plants.

About Ford’s Family Pharmacy

Ford’s Family Pharmacy and Wellness Center currently holds a Controlled Substance License from Health Canada for the processing, packaging, and distribution of controlled substances. https://www.fordrx.com

Since 1997, Ford’s Family Pharmacy & Wellness Centre has helped clients improve and prolong their health, wellness, and vitality by providing personalized compounding and wellness solutions. Their team consists of: four pharmacists, 14 pharmacy technicians/assistants and two registered nurses. FFP provides innovative solutions to complex medical problems and works with Canadian healthcare providers (including physicians, veterinarians, and dentists) to create well-rounded, comprehensive natural and compounding treatment plans.

To maximize the benefit of this venture, GTK will establish its health care product development and commercialization activities within the province of New Brunswick. New Brunswick is quickly positioning itself as a desired homebase for companies in the cannabis industry and GTK commends the government of New Brunswick for its assistance in establishing this project.

Dr. Peter Ford, Pharm D will work with GTK to develop cannabinoid-based skin care and wellness products for the Canadian retail markets. This joint venture will allow GTK to develop a portfolio of innovative CBD-based products for patient self-care in addition to CBD and THC-free products for the USA cosmetic and supplement market.

According to Mr. André Rancourt, Chief Executive Officer, “These products will allow GTK to commercialize cannabis-derived products for the Canadian and USA wellness market in preparation for the unveiling of Canada’s new cannabis regulations.”

Dr. Ford will also assist TetraBio with its ongoing NSERC Engage partnership grant with McGill University (see press release from October 19, 2016). Dr. Ford’s expertise will also be used for the development of the PPP001 dried cannabis pellets for upcoming phase 1 clinical trials. “The partnerships with McGill University and Dr. Ford are in line with the Company’s vision to expand its commercial operations focused on the development and sale of cannabis-derived supplements and retail products for the North American market,” commented Mr. Rancourt.

Dr. Guy Chamberland, M.Sc., Ph.D., Chief Science Officer, commented, “Ford’s Family Pharmacy and Wellness Center currently holds a Controlled Substance License from Health Canada for the processing, packaging, and distribution of controlled substances. Working with Dr. Ford will allow TBP to adhere to current regulations relating to controlled substances including cannabis. This resource allows TBP to further its ongoing projects while remaining compliant with Canadian and US narcotics regulations.” He also stated, “Dr. Ford is a renowned expert in wellness and a highly-experienced formulator and this joint venture will help the Company bring cutting edge cannabis-based health and wellness products to patients and consumers in a timely and cost effective manner.”

This project will be funded via current working capital and the previously announced NSREC research grant in collaboration with McGill University.

Closing of Non-brokered Private Placement

The Company is also pleased to announce that, on December 30, 2016, it closed a non-brokered private placement of 2,395,500 units at a price of $0.20 per unit for aggregate gross proceeds of $479,100. Each unit consists of one common share and one non-transferable warrant, with a whole warrant entitling the holder to purchase one common share at a price of $0.26 per share for a period of twelve months expiring December 30, 2017.

The securities issued pursuant to the private placement are subject to a four-month hold period from the closing date and subject to all necessary regulatory approvals, including the approval of the Exchange.

The proceeds of the private placement will be used to pursue commercialization projects in 2017 and increase scientific staff.

In Other News

Tetra Bio-Pharma is also pleased to announce that, effective December 16, 2016, TBP has been added to the Canadian Securities Exchange composite index. The index is comprised of listed companies that meet market capitalization, trading, and seasoning criteria established by the exchange.

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

Forward-looking statements

Some statements in this release may contain forward-looking information. All statements, other than of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that the Company believes, expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future (including, without limitation, statements regarding potential acquisitions and financings) are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words “may”, “will”, “should”, “continue”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “intend”, “plan” or “project” or the negative of these words or other variations on these words or comparable terminology. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s ability to control or predict, that may cause the actual results of the Company to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations include, among other things, without limitation, the inability of the Company, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, GrowPros MMP Inc., to obtain a licence for the production of medical marijuana; failure to obtain sufficient financing to execute the Company’s business plan; competition; regulation and anticipated and unanticipated costs and delays, and other risks disclosed in the Company’s public disclosure record on file with the relevant securities regulatory authorities. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements, there may be other factors that cause results or events not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake an obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise unless required by applicable securities legislation.

Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc.
Andre Rancourt
Chief Executive Officer
343-689-0714

Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc.
Dr. Guy Chamberland
Chief Scientific Officer
343-689-0714
www.tetrabiopharma.com

Potential Chinese Coal Crackdown on North Korea Bodes Well For AIM Exploration AEXE.us

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:30 AM on Monday, January 9th, 2017

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  • United Nations Security Council last week imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea, limiting its annual coal exports to 7.5 million tons, or a value of $400.9 million, after the isolated communist regime conducted a fifth nuclear weapons test
  • Significant for China’s imports of high-quality coal used to make steel, as North Korea is one of its top suppliers.

The already elevated price of coking coal could be boosted further if China decides to crack down on coal imports from its nuclear-armed neighbor North Korea.

The United Nations Security Council last week imposed fresh sanctions on North Korea, limiting its annual coal exports to 7.5 million tons, or a value of $400.9 million, after the isolated communist regime conducted a fifth nuclear weapons test.

This is significant for China’s imports of high-quality coal used to make steel, as North Korea is one of its top suppliers.

Chinese customs data show that China imported 18.517 million tons of North Korean coal in the first 10 months of the year, a gain of 12.8 percent on the same period last year.

The jump in imports from North Korea this year came in spite of earlier Chinese commitments to ban the coal trade with Pyongyang.

So far, the official line from Beijing is that China will meet its obligations under the UN Security Council sanctions, but as was the case earlier this year, it appears the commitment may not be absolute.

Earlier sanctions banning coal purchases from North Korea were not enforced by China due to an exemption allowing imports for what was translated as “the people’s well-being,” or “livelihood purposes.”

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Dec. 1 that while it will enforce the new measures, they aren’t intended to harm “normal” trade with North Korea or impact upon civilians.

“Resolution 2321 formulates new measures, showing the resolve of the Security Council, and also points out they must avoid creating adverse consequences for North Korean civilian and humanitarian needs, and are not intended to create negative effects on normal trade,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.

Once again, it will appear to come down to what Beijing considers adverse effects on the North Korean populace, and it seems that the Chinese authorities are leaving themselves some wiggle room around the sanctions.

Bullish coking coal signal

Certainly Chinese coal traders will be happy to be allowed to continue buying from North Korea once the new measures are put in place in January.

China is believed to be the only country that buys North Korean coal, which is the biggest export earner for the dynastic communist dictatorship.

Chinese customs data classifies North Korean coal as anthracite, which is a grade of coal high in energy content, making it ideal for use in the steel blast furnaces and ceramic factories in the northeast provinces close to North Korea.

Russia is the second-largest supplier of anthracite to China, but its 1.867 million tons in the first 10 months is barely 10 percent of what was imported from North Korea.

Rather, the main import competitor to North Korean anthracite is coking coal from Australia and Mongolia.

Chinese imports of Australian coking coal were up 11.3 percent in the first 10 months of the year to 23.45 million tons, while those from Mongolia surged 75.3 percent to 17.47 million tons.

Stronger steel production and a policy directive from Beijing to limit domestic coal output has combined to send coking prices sharply higher as China sucked up every available ton from the seaborne market.

Coking coal futures on the Dalian Commodity Exchange closed at 1,276 yuan ($185.46) a ton on Dec. 2, up 126 percent from the start of the year.

These gains have been tempered in recent weeks as the Beijing authorities took actions to try to cool commodity markets, with exchanges requiring higher margins and charging increased fees.

Australian coking coal prices ended last week at $308.70 a ton, about four times the $77 recorded at the end of last year.

With coking coal in strong demand in China, the potential loss of as much as 12 million tons of North Korean coal in 2017 would be a very bullish signal for prices.

It’s possible that Beijing will force domestic coking coal miners to ramp up output, and it’s also possible that imports from North Korean won’t be cut by as much as implied by the new UN sanctions.

But for now, coking coal’s extraordinary rally this year has just been given another reason to continue.
Source: Reuters – http://www.hellenicshippingnews.com/coking-coal-surge-may-extend-if-china-cracks-down-on-north-korea/

Namaste expands its customer list to over 250,000 individuals producing monthly traffic of nearly 600,000 site visits $N.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:40 PM on Friday, January 6th, 2017

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  • Expanded its customer list to over 250,000 individuals producing monthly traffic of nearly 600,000 site visits;
  • Expanded its portfolio to over 3,000 products from over 200 vendors and delivered these products to retail customers in 75 countries;
  • Expanded commercial relationships with Pax Labs, Firefly, eBay, VaporTown USA, and Inhalator

 

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Jan. 6, 2017) - Namaste Technologies Inc. (“Namaste” or the “Company“) (CSE:N) (CSE:N.CN) (FRANKFURT:M5BQ) announces the filing of its annual audited financial statements, management discussion and analysis, and certification of the annual filings for the year ended August 31, 2016 (collectively, the “2016 Financials“). The Company also provides investors an overview of corporate activities and outlines objectives for 2017. The statements for the period can be accessed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Operational Highlights

During the financial reporting period and year-to-date, the Company focused efforts on expanding its customer base, completing a public listing on the Canadian Securities Exchange, securing growth capital, bringing the latest vaporizer and accessory products to the global market, accelerating organic sales generation from more costly pay-per-click advertising, completing strategic partnerships and acquisitions, and expanding the management team and board. As a result of these focused initiatives, the Company achieved the following:

  • Expanded its customer list to over 250,000 individuals producing monthly traffic of nearly 600,000 site visits;
  • Expanded its portfolio to over 3,000 products from over 200 vendors and delivered these products to retail customers in 75 countries;
  • Expanded commercial relationships with Pax Labs, Firefly, eBay, VaporTown USA, and Inhalator;
  • Acquired the VaporSeller and URT1 Limited (“URT1″) assets;
  • Raised approximately $5.7 million; and
  • Appointed experienced members to the management team and board.

Financial Results

During the period from September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016, the Company’s inbound organic revenue generation strategy produced e-commerce revenue of $3,488,902 and gross profit of $1,220,474 (including all transportation and shipping costs), resulting in a 32% gross profit margin. These financial results include revenues for a 47-day period from the VaporSeller asset acquisition, which produced revenue of $394,901. On a proforma basis, including the acquisition of assets relating to URT1 Limited during Q1 of fiscal 2017, management estimates the combined assets of Namaste, VaporSeller and URT1 generated revenue of $12,423,486. 2016 financial results include the following:

  • Revenue of $3,488,902 (2015 – $4,568,276), a decline of 23.6% as compared to the year ended August 31, 2015. This decline in revenue is due to a change in business model, from pay-per-click advertising to growing organic traffic through search engine optimization. Due to this change in strategy, the annual spending on advertising during the period was substantially reduced to $203,423 from $466,379 in the prior period, a reduction of 56% in total expenditure. Going forward, the Company’s investment of resources into this strategy will result in more sustainable and recurring revenue generation at a lower customer acquisition cost compared to utilizing pay-per-click advertising.
  • Cost of sales of $2,368,428 (2015 – $2,565,251), which resulted in a gross profit of $1,120,474 (2015 – $2,003,025). As a percentage of sales, the gross margin was 32% compared to 44% in the previous year. This reflects the acquisition of VaporSeller which generates lower gross margin sales. Going forward, the Company is optimizing its product mix to include higher margin glassware, private label products such as the Gurutm and related product accessories, products sourced from larger volume manufacturers, and driving higher average purchase prices from the acquisition of VaporSeller and URT1.
  • Operating costs of $3,286,666 (2015 – $1,414,157), an increase of 132%. This increase in operating costs includes non-cash, non-recurring and currency expenses of $1,372,505. These costs relate to the share issuance value associated with listing the Company on the Canadian Securities Exchange through a reverse takeover, share based compensation, legal expenses for listing the Company, financings and the acquisition of VaporSeller, and foreign exchange movements in the Company’s source currencies including the British Pound and Euro. After adjusting for these numbers, management estimates total operating costs of $1,914,161 for the period. In addition to these expenditures, the Company has also incurred costs associated with positioning the business for scalability and the administration of its public listing.
  • Comprehensive loss of $1,927,776 (2015 – profit of $355,230). This decrease in net income is attributable to the transition of the Company’s business model, decline in gross margin and increase in operating costs. Going forward, management anticipates sales growth to strengthen from organic revenue generation and completed acquisitions, cost of sales to reduce due to high volume purchases and optimization of the product portfolio, and operating costs to reduce as a result of normalized operations. The Company anticipates being profitable and cash flow positive in fiscal 2017.

2017 Corporate Objectives

In 2017, the Company will continue to focus on key objectives to deliver value to its shareholders. These objectives include the following:

  • Continue to focus on high growth markets and position the Company to capitalize on the destigmatization of cannabis in major markets including the US and Canada. Grow organic sales at greater than 30% year-over-year from current business efforts and reach portability;
  • Complete multiple strategic acquisitions that expand the Company’s geographical presence, product offering and e-commerce capabilities. Seamlessly integrate these acquisitions into existing operations.
  • Further enhance e-commerce systems and further streamline the Company’s analytical reporting capabilities. Utilize the latest technologies to provide in-depth information on consumer and industry buying trends.
  • Expand the Company’s board and management team with qualified professionals and further train and develop existing staff members. Generate a results driven corporate culture focused on shared objectives.

Cease Trade Order

As disclosed in the Company’s press release dated January 5, 2017, trading of the Company’s common shares has been halted pursuant to a cease trade order of same date (“CTO“) issued by the British Columbia Securities Commission (the “Commission“) under National Policy 11-207 Failure-to-File Cease Trade Orders and Revocations in Multiple Jurisidictions. The filing of the 2016 Financials constitutes the Company’s application for removal of the CTO and initiates the Commission’s review process. The Company will provide additional disclosure as and when information becomes available in respect of the Commission’s review process.

Management Commentary

Sean Dollinger, President and CEO of Namaste, comments: “2016 has been a transformation year for Namaste. Looking back at the accomplishments of our team and our goals for 2017, I see nothing but opportunity. The hallmark of our team’s execution capabilities has been based on defining attainable objectives, implementing the right strategy, focusing the right people on executing that strategy, and overcoming any challenges as a team. I would like to thank all of our stakeholders for their support in 2016 and believe we will look back at 2017 with the same sense of accomplishment and optimism for the future.”

About Namaste Technologies Inc.

Namaste Technologies Inc. is an emerging leader in vaporizer and accessories space. Namaste has 26 ecommerce retail stores in 20 countries, offers the largest range of brand name vaporizers products on the market and is actively manufacturing and launching multiple unique proprietary products for retail and wholesale distribution. The Company is currently focused on expanding its product offering, acquisitions and strategic partnerships, and entering new markets globally.

On behalf of the Board of Directors

Sean Dollinger, Chief Executive Officer

Further information on the Company and its products can be accessed through the links below:

www.namastetechnologies.com

www.namastevaporizers.com

www.namastevaporizers.co.uk

www.vaporseller.com

www.everyonedoesit.com

www.everyonedoesit.co.uk

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements included in this press release constitute forward-looking statements under applicable securities legislation. These statements relate to future events or future performance of the Company. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as may, will, should, expect, plan, anticipate, believe, estimate, predict, potential, continue, or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, estimates, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur, which may cause actual performance and results in future periods to differ materially from any estimates or projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. 

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release. Except as required by law, the Company disclaims any intention and assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Additionally, the Company undertakes no obligation to comment on the expectations of, or statements made by, third parties in respect of the matters discussed above. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management of the Company to predict all of these factors and to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on the Companys business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement or information. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Moreover, neither the Company nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements.

The Canadian Securities Exchange has in no way approved nor disapproved the contents of this press release and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this press release.

Sean Dollinger
Chief Executive Officer
Direct: +1 (786) 389 9771
info@namastevapes.com

Nevada Energy Announces Closing of Disposition of the Black Rock Desert Lithium Project in Nevada $BFF.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 12:31 PM on Friday, January 6th, 2017

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  • Pursuant to an Option Agreement dated November 10, 2016 (the “Agreement”) between the Company and LiCo Energy Metals Inc. (“LiCo”), whereby LiCo can earn an undivided 70% interest, subject to a 3% net smelter return royalty (“NSR”), in 199 placer claims located in southwest Black Rock Desert, Nevada

January 6, 2017 / Vancouver, British Columbia- Nevada Energy Metals Inc. “the Company” (TSX-V: BFF; OTCQB: SSMLF) (Frankfurt: A2AFBV) announces that further to its news releases dated November 11, 2016 and December 15, 2016 and further to the conditional acceptance from the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”) dated January 5, 2017 pursuant to an Option Agreement dated November 10, 2016 (the “Agreement”) between the Company and LiCo Energy Metals Inc. (“LiCo”), whereby LiCo can earn an undivided 70% interest, subject to a 3% net smelter return royalty (“NSR”), in 199 placer claims located in southwest Black Rock Desert, Nevada, the transaction has now closed, subject to final acceptance of from the Exchange.

As consideration for the transaction the Company will receive from LiCo :

  • -US$170,000 cash;-4,500,000 shares over two years; and-US $1,250,000 in exploration commitment within three years.

About Nevada Energy Metals: http://nevadaenergymetals.com/

Nevada Energy Metals Inc. is a well funded Canadian based exploration company who’s primary listing is on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company’s main exploration focus is directed at lithium brine targets located in the mining friendly state of Nevada. The Company has 100% ownership in 78 claims in Clayton Valley, only 250m from Rockwood Lithium, the only brine based lithium producer in North America (under option to Lithium America who can earn a 70% interest); 100% interest in the 100 claim Teels Marsh West Project covering 2000 acres (809 hectares) in Mineral County, Nevada; 100% interest in the San Emidio Desert Project consisting of 155 claims (approximately 3,100 acres/1255 hectares) in Washoe County, Nevada; 100% interest in the 710 claim Dixie Valley Project covering about 5746 hectares (22 square miles) of playa and alluvial fan; 100% interest in the BSV Lithium Project – 160 claims, with an area of 3,200 acres/1,295 hectares, located in northern Big Smokey Valley, Nye County, Nevada; 100% interest in the Black Rock Desert Property – 199 claims (3,980 acres/ 1,610 hectares) located in southwest Black Rock Desert, Washoe County, Nevada (now optioned 70% interest to LiCo Energy Metals Inc.).

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Rick Wilson, President & CEO

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 contents of this news release.

Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information:

This news release may contain forward-looking statements which include, but are not limited to, comments that involve future events and conditions such as Exchange approval of the Option Agreement and the Financing and the Company’s ability to exercise the Option or close the Financing, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Except for statements of historical facts, comments that address resource potential, upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt and security of mineral property titles, availability of funds, and others are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may vary materially from those statements. Availability of financing, and general business conditions are all factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from forward-looking statements.

Company Provides Update to “LiCo Energy Metals Enters into Letter of Intent to Acquire Lithium Exploitation Concession, Salar de Atacama in Chile’s Lithium Triangle” Press Release $LIC.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:49 AM on Friday, January 6th, 2017

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  • Entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with Durus Copper Chile Spa, of Santiago, Chile whereby LiCo can earn up to a 60% interest in the Purickuta Lithium Exploitation Concession 
  • Located within Chile’s Salar de Atacama, the world’s largest and purest active source of lithium

Jan 6, 2017 Vancouver, British Columbia; - LiCo Energy Metals Inc. (“the Company” or “LiCo”) TSX-V: LIC,OTCQB: WCTXF would like to provide shareholders with an update to the announcement from Tuesday, January 3, 2017 wherein the Company entered into a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with Durus Copper Chile Spa (“Durus Copper”), of Santiago, Chile whereby LiCo can earn up to a 60% interest in the Purickuta Lithium Exploitation Concession (the “Purickuta Project”) located within Chile’s Salar de Atacama, the world’s largest and purest active source of lithium. The LOI, when superseded by a definitive option agreement, will require LiCo to make cash payments totalling USD$8.4 million, issuing 5 million shares and making work and development commitments during the term of the option agreement.

The Company’s shares were halted from trading after the announcement on January 3, 2017 as the TSX Venture Exchange (“Exchange”) deemed the transaction to be a fundamental acquisition pursuant to Exchange Policy 5.3 (“the Policy”). In accordance with the Policy, the Company has now filed the required documents and trading has resumed. The transaction is subject to Exchange approval.

The Purickuta Project exhibits many highly desirable and key acquisition attributes, including:

1) the appearance of both a low-cost resource definition opportunity and a near term production opportunity;

2) the overall project size fits well within the capability of a junior company seeking to quickly define reserves and establish production facilities;

3) the property is well situated within the Salar de Atacama, the highest-grade lithium salar in the world;

4) within the Salar de Atacama, lithium brines exist within 140 feet of surface resulting in low costs of exploration and extraction;

5) the Purickuta Concession lies relatively near existing pumping and solar evaporation installations;

6) the Purickuta Concession is close to power, labour, communications, transportation and other infrastructure.

The Company intends to undertake a preliminary resource definition program upon receipt of the National Instrument 43-101 report, which is expected to be completed in February, 2017.

“We are excited about the opportunity to earn a significant interest in a lithium concession located in the world’s most prolific lithium brine deposit, Chile’s Salar de Atacama. Having two lithium giants, SQM and Albemarle, as neighbours in the salar gives us confidence that we will be able to develop this concession alongside our Chilean partner, Durus Copper, for the benefit of our shareholders.” says Tim Fernback, LiCo’s Chief Operating Officer.


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About the Purickuta Project:https://licoenergymetals.com/purickuta/

The Purickuta Project consist of 160 hectares and is one of a few “exploitation concessions” granted within the Salar de Atacama, home to approximately 37% of the worlds Lithium production. The property is contained within an existing exploitation concession owned by Sociedad Quimica y Minera (“SQM”), and lies approximately 3 km north of the exploitation concession of CORFO (the Chilean Economic Development Agency). About 22 km south-east from the Purickuta Concession, both SQM and Albemarle Corp. have large-scale production facilities within the CORFO concession mentioned above. These two facilities collectively produce over 62,000 tonnes of Lithium Carbonate Equivalent annually and account for 100% of Chile’s current lithium output.

Salar de Atacama is a salt flat encompassing 3,000 km2 being about 100 km long and 80 km wide. The salar possesses a very high grade of both lithium (1,840mg/l) and potassium (22,630mg/l). It has a high rate of evaporation (3,200 mm per year) and extremely low annual rainfall (15mm average per year). These characteristics make Atacama’s finished lithium carbonate easier and cheaper to produce than its peer group globally.

Structure of the LOI and subsequent Agreement:

The proposed transaction to acquire an interest in the Project up to 60%, shall be effected by payment of the amounts described below:

(a) payment of US$100,000 in cash by the Company to be paid to Durus Copper on the date that the Company receives a title opinion acceptable to LiCo, and in any event no later than December 31, 2016 (paid).

(b) the Company shall pay the sum of US$300,000 in cash and issue an aggregate of 5,000,000 common shares of the Company to Durus Copper within five (5) business days of date of TSX Venture Exchange approval (the “Effective Date”);

(c) the Company shall pay the sum of US$2,000,000 in cash to Durus Copper no later than six (6) months from the Effective Date;

(d) the Company shall pay the sum of US$2,000,000 in cash to Durus Copper on the earliest date that is 12 months from the Effective Date or the date of the receipt of a positive preliminary economic assessment on the Property;

(e) the Company shall pay the sum of US$2,000,000 in cash to Durus Copper upon the completion of a positive feasibility report on the Property and at the latest 18 months from the Effective Date;

(f) the Company shall pay the sum of US$2,000,000 in cash to Durus Copper upon receipt of a special lithium operation contract (the “CEOL”) regarding the Property; and

(g) the Company shall have the exclusive right to accelerate all payments due under this agreement.

Once LiCo has completed the foregoing conditions and as a result has exercised the option to acquire an initial 50% interest in the Purickuta Project (including the completion of the Work Commitment described below), and during a period not to exceed 12 months from the date the CEOL is executed, LiCo has an option to commence construction of a plant to achieve production at a minimum rate of 2,000 TPA or up to a maximum rate of 4,000 TPA. The Parties may agree to increase the production rate by mutual consent.

For the first US$10 million invested by LiCo in plant construction, LiCo will acquire an additional 10% interest in the Property from Durus Copper, to complete the acquisition of the 60% interest in the Purickuta Project.

Work Commitments:

LiCo shall be required to complete the following under its “Work Commitment” obligations as follows:

(a) the receipt of an acceptable title opinion in regards to the Purickuta Project, as required for the first US$100,000 payment;

(b) the completion of a NI 43-101 compliant report;

(c) the Preliminary Economic Assessment;

(d) the Project Feasibility Study; and

(e) the procedure and application for the execution of the CEOL.

The transaction will be subject to TSX-Venture approval. Finders fees are payable in connection with the sourcing and negotiation of the potential acquisition of the Purickuta Project.

Qualified Person: The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Alan Morris CPG.

About LiCo Energy Metals: https://licoenergymetals.com/

LiCo Energy Metals Inc. is a well funded Canadian based exploration company who’s primary listing is on the TSX Venture Exchange. The Company’s focus is directed towards exploration for high value metals integral to the manufacture of lithium ion batteries.

The Company has an option to earn 100% ownership, subject to a royalty, in the Teledyne Project located near Cobalt. Ontario. The Property adjoins the south and west boundaries of claims that hosted the Agaunico Mine. From 1905 through to 1961, the Agaunico Mine produced a total of 4,350,000 lbs. of cobalt and 980,000 oz. of silver. A significant portion of the cobalt that was produced at the Agaunico Mine located along structures that extended southward onto property currently under option to LiCo Energy Metals.

The Company has an option to acquire a 100% interest, subject to a 3% NSR, on a large lithium exploration project at the Humboldt Salt Marsh in Dixie Valley, Nevada. The geologic setting and presence of lithium in active geothermal fluids and surface salts in Dixie Valley match characteristics of producing lithium brine deposits at Clayton Valley, Nevada and in South America.

The Company has entered into an option agreement whereby the Company may earn an undivided 70% interest, subject to a 3% Net Smelter Return Royalty, in the Black Rock Desert Lithium Project that consists of 199 placer claims (3,980 acres, or 1,610 hectares) in southwest Black Rock Desert, Washoe County, Nevada.

The Company has signed a non-binding Letter of Intent (LOI) with Durus Copper Chile Spa, of Santiago, Chile whereby LiCo can earn up to a 60% interest in the Purickuta Lithium Exploitation Concession located within Chile’s Salar de Atacama, the world’s largest and purest active source of lithium.

The Company is planning an exploration programs for all its properties over the next several months.

On Behalf of the Board of Directors

Rick Wilson, President & CEO

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.

Disclaimer for Forward-Looking Information:

This news release may contain forward-looking statements which include, but are not limited to, comments that involve future events and conditions such as TSX Venture Exchange approval of any Option Agreement for the acquisition of an interest in the Purickuta Project, the satisfaction of any obligations and conditions that may be contained in such Option Agreement, and the Company’s ability to exercise the Option, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. Except for statements of historical facts, comments that address resource potential, upcoming work programs, geological interpretations, receipt and security of mineral property titles, availability of funds, and others are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results may vary materially from those statements. General business conditions are factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from forward-looking statements.

Tesla to begin lithium-ion battery production at US megafactory – bodes well for $DGO.ca $BFF.ca $PFN.ca $SX.ca $FMR.ca

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:39 AM on Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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Elon Musk’s Tesla Motors says it has started producing lithium-ion battery cells at its $5 billion factory in Nevada.

The company says it began making high-performance cells in December and production started overnight for cells used in Powerwall energy-storage products.

Tesla plans to start making batteries for its Model 3 sedans later this year.

The massive Gigafactory outside Sparks is coming online in phases, with a goal of full operation in 2018.

Officials say it could almost double the world’s production of lithium-ion batteries, making them more affordable as the company looks beyond the luxury niche market.

The electric carmaker says it has more than 850 full-time employees, plus more than 1700 construction workers.

Nevada has promised Tesla $1.3 billion in state tax incentives based on projections that it’ll employ 6500 people at full production.

Source: https://thewest.com.au/business/startup/tesla-begins-lithium-ion-battery-production-at-us-megafactory-ng-b88347284z