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#Palladium tops $1,000 for first time since 2001 on auto demand #PGM $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 4:48 PM on Monday, October 16th, 2017
  • Palladium climbed above $1,000 an ounce for the first time since 2001 on hopes for rising demand from the car industry amid a shortage of supply
  • Prices for the metal, which is used in catalytic converters to curb pollution from mainly gasoline-powered vehicles, jumped as much as 1.9% to $1,010.22 on Monday in the spot market, before trading at $1,006.61 at 9:24am in New York

Singapore/London: Palladium climbed above $1,000 an ounce for the first time since 2001 on hopes for rising demand from the car industry amid a shortage of supply.

Prices for the metal, which is used in catalytic converters to curb pollution from mainly gasoline-powered vehicles, jumped as much as 1.9% to $1,010.22 on Monday in the spot market, before trading at $1,006.61 at 9:24am in New York. Gold for immediate delivery held near a three-week high.

Palladium is one of this year’s best-performing commodities, advancing 48%, more than three times the increase in gold and about 10 times the gain in its sister metal platinum.

“Palladium continues to be driven by the positive momentum created by expectations of a supply deficit amid rising demand,” Ole Hansen, head of commodity strategy at Saxo Bank A/S, said by email. Industrial metals have risen this year as the world economy recovers, and copper burst through $7,000 a metric ton on Monday for the first time since 2014.

Palladium became more expensive than platinum last month for the first time in 16 years. Prices for platinum, used in autocatalysts for diesel engines, have been hit as some European carmakers admitted to cheating emissions tests for such vehicles, curbing consumer demand.

Platinum declined 0.1% to $944.60 an ounce Monday.

Things could get worse. Europe’s diesel-engine market share may fall by half by 2025, potentially removing 300,000 to 600,000 ounces of platinum demand in the next decade, according to Citigroup Inc. The bank sees global surpluses in platinum stretching out to 2020, while the shortfall in palladium is set to widen to more than a million ounces next year before narrowing to 750,000 ounces by 2020.

“Despite the PGM spread inversion since the end of September, we remain favorable to palladium over the short term,” Citigroup analysts including Nell Agate said in a note dated Friday. “However, ever-looming substitution risks prevent an outright bullish view on palladium over the long term.”

Trading activity has also played a role in boosting palladium prices, Simona Gambarini at Capital Economics Ltd in London, said by email. “As such, prices look vulnerable to a correction,” she said.

Spot gold touched the highest intraday since 26 September, gaining as much as 0.2% to $1,306.11 an ounce before a host of US Federal Reserve speakers this week who may provide clues on the outlook for US monetary policy. Silver was little changed at $17.4155 an ounce.


ThreeD Capital $ Announces Proposed Private Placement

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:37 AM on Monday, October 16th, 2017

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  • Proposing to complete a non-brokered private placement
  • To sell up to 10 million units  at a price of $0.10 per Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $1,000,000

TORONTO, Oct. 16, 2017 — ThreeD Capital Inc. (“ThreeD” or the “Company”) (CSE:IDK) announces today that it is proposing to complete a non-brokered private placement to sell up to 10 million units (“Units”) at a price of $0.10 per Unit, for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $1,000,000 (the “Financing”).  Each Unit will consist of one common share of the Company and one common share purchase warrant (a “Warrant”).  Each Warrant will entitle the holder to acquire one additional common share of the Company at an exercise price of $0.15 per share for a period of 36 months following the closing date of the Financing.   Up to 33% of the Financing may be purchased by insiders of ThreeD.

The gross proceeds of the offering will be used for general and administrative expenses and the purchase of investments.  Completion of the offering is subject to regulatory approval, including the approval of the Canadian Securities Exchange.  The common shares and Warrants issued will be subject to a four-month hold period from the date of the closing of the Financing.  The Financing is expected to close by October 31, 2017.

The Company also wishes to announce it has formed an advisor group composed of mainly outside consultants to help with due diligence and deal flow relating to potential Blockchain Investments.

About ThreeD Capital Inc.

ThreeD is a publicly-traded Canadian-based venture capital firm focused on opportunistic investments in companies in the resource, technology and biotechnology markets.

For further information: Gerry Feldman, CPA, CA Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Secretary
telephone: 416 606 7655

HPQ Silicon Resources $ Gen 2 PUREVAP(TM) QRR Commences Operation

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:34 AM on Monday, October 16th, 2017

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  • Gen 2 PUREVAPtm Quartz Reduction Reactor (“QRR”) reactor, 1/250 scale model of the planned 200 tonnes per annum (tpa) Pilot Plant (PUREVAPtm Pilot Plant) has completed its installation,
  • Assembly and commissioning phases and that the new testing program will commence this week

MONTREAL, QUEBEC–(Oct. 16, 2017) – HPQ Silicon Resources Inc (“HPQ”) (TSX VENTURE:HPQ)(FRANKFURT:UGE)(OTC PINK:URAGF) is pleased to advise shareholders that PyroGenesis Canada Inc (PyroGenesis) has informed HPQ that the Gen 2 PUREVAPtm Quartz Reduction Reactor (“QRR”) reactor, 1/250 scale model of the planned 200 tonnes per annum (tpa) Pilot Plant (PUREVAPtm Pilot Plant) has completed its installation, assembly and commissioning phases and that the new testing program will commence this week.

Bernard J. Tourillon, Chairman and CEO of HPQ Silicon stated, “Commencement of the Gen 2 PUREVAPtm QRR is an exciting day for HPQ, PyroGenesis and our shareholders. Building on our Gen 1 PUREVAPtm success to date the Gen 2 PUREVAPtm QRR will allow further refinements to the silicon purification and testing of the numerous process improvements now planned for the Pilot Plant. This will greatly de-risk our project and provide valuable information now as we continue to make the process adjustments needed to produce commercial quantities of Solar Grade Silicon Metal.”


The new Gen 2 Purevap™ QRR testing program will focus on Process Refinement, Characterization, Metallurgical Testing and testing electrical parameters.

The first tests will be done to establish the new operating parameters of the equipment, using a low purity batch of Roncevaux Quartz as feedstock.

The first key millstones of the program being:

  • Successfully operating the Gen 2 Purevap™ in a semi-continuous feed mode over multiple test cycles;
  • Successfully tapping the Silicon Metal from the Gen 2 Purevap™, over multiple test cycles.

This phase of testing, expected to last several weeks is important as it will give us crucial data to commence final design of the PUREVAPtm Pilot Plant to be constructed in 2018.

Once Gen 2 is fully operational, we will switch to High Purity Feedstock, for the next series of tests, focusing on:

  • Testing of the electrical parameters of the High Purity Si;
  • Produce enough material to send samples to Solar industry participants;
  • Provide data to demonstrate the economics of PUREVAP™ QRR.


The final comprehensive report and recommendations on the original proof of concept and GEN 1 process characterization, including the complete 94 metallurgical tests conducted, is being finalized by PyroGenesis.

This Press Release Is Available On The Company’s CEO Verified Discussion Forum, A Moderated Social Media Platform That Enables Civilized Discussion and Q&A Between Management and Shareholders.

La version française du communiqué de presse est disponible sur

About HPQ Silicon

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc is a TSX-V listed resource company planning to become a vertically integrated and diversified Metallurgical Grade and Solar Grade Silicon Metal producer. Our business model is focused on developing a disruptive one step High Purity and Solar Grade Silicon Metal manufacturing process (patent pending). Solar Grade Silicon being the key ingredient required to transforms the sun energy into electricity.

HPQ plans to generate high yield returns and significant free cash flow within a relatively short time line. The process will have a greatly decreased carbon footprint, energy footprint, and will eliminate the use of the toxic chemical reagents and by products now in use by the current solar silicon production technologies, which fundamentally date from designs made in the mid 1900’s.


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

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange 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.

Shares outstanding: 173,003,173

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc.
Bernard J. Tourillon
Chairman and CEO
(514) 907-1011

HPQ Silicon Resources Inc.
Patrick Levasseur
President and COO
(514) 262-9239

Invested in INSYS Therapeutics $INSY ? Tetra Bio-Pharma $ is the Only pharmaceutical company to have clinical studies for smoked marijuana

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:01 PM on Friday, October 13th, 2017

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  • Only pharmaceutical company to have clinical studies for smoked marijuana;
  • Signed a letter of intent with a major player of the healthcare specialty industry
  • Will benefit from the intellectual property created within the cannabis health research Chair from the University of New Brunswick
  • Company is financially sound, with enough cash to pay for the $1.2 million Phase III clinical trials of PPP001.
  • Filing a clinical trial application in the coming weeks to therapeutic products directorate to initiate its Phase 3 clinical trial of PPP001 in terminal cancer patient
  • Focused on expanding commercialization partnerships internationally for product pipeline – Interest has been shown from the USA, Germany, Ireland, Brazil and Mexico;
  • Initial demand forecasted in New Brunswick for PPP001 using the ACMPR license is more than expected
  • Putting in place the necessary manufacturing capabilities to address this increasing demand and to ensure the highest standards of quality control.
  • Continues Forward into the Veterinary Ophthalmology Market by Entering into an Agreement with Drs. Cullen and Webb

Invested in Pinetree Capital $ ? Did you know legendary financier Sheldon Inwentash is back! $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 3:02 PM on Friday, October 13th, 2017

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“The Dot Com Crash Was The Catharsis That Forced The Entire Tech Ecosystem To Forget Fast Money And Focus On Building Disruptive Companies…. 

The Canadian Small Cap Ecosystem Just Completed Its’ Catharsis ”

                    Sheldon Inwentash, CEO    ThreeD Capital


American Creek $ encounters high grade Au/Ag at Treaty Creek north of, and in the same system as Seabridge Gold $SA $ KSM project

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 11:43 AM on Friday, October 13th, 2017



  • Additional gold discovery of 5.1m of 9.57 g/t gold from 249.35m to 254.45m Read More
  • Tudor Has Discovered a New Gold Zone at Treaty Creek: 110 M of 0.909 g/t Gold, Upper 316 M of Hole Yet to Be Assayed
  • Specimens from the Electrum property average 27,092 gm/tonne silver and 248 gm/tonne gold. Read More
  • Tudor has now completed the previously announced Magnetotelluric survey and has commenced drilling Read More
  • Hole CB-16-03 returned 0.526 g/t gold over 629.7 meters
  • Included within this wide 629.7 meter interval is 338 meters of 0.70 g/t gold
  • Also included 54 meters (from 88 to 142 meters) of 1.117 g/t gold and 122 meters of 0.965 g/t gold

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Tartisan Resources Corp. $ will be included in the #Tormont50

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 5:22 PM on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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  • Tartisan Resources Corp. will be included in the Tormont50
  • Tormont50 is a web based platform and introduction source for companies and institutional investors
  • Provides relevant and credible information on top growth opportunities identified in the North American small and micro-cap segment

The Tormont50 is a web based platform and introduction source for companies and institutional investors which provides relevant and credible information on top growth opportunities identified in the North American small and micro-cap segment.

Companies invited to the Tormont50 demonstrate compelling reasons for investment, including but not limited to, undervaluation relative to peers, new and innovative/disruptive technologies or methods, management/board evolution, upcoming events likely to drive value appreciation and other features which would enable a multiple increase in market cap over the next 6-18 months.

The Tormont50 are showcased to over 70 institutional investors across North America. These investors represent over $15 billion in investable capital. Membership is limited to a maximum of 50 companies.


Tartisan Resources Corp. is a Canadian mineral exploration and development company focused on precious and base metals. Tartisan’s portfolio includes; a 100% stake in the Don Pancho Zinc-Lead-Silver Project in Peru, just 9 km from Trevali’s Santander Mine, a 100% stake in the Ichuna Copper-Silver Project in Peru, contiguous to Buenaventura’s San Gabriel Property. Tartisan’s portfolio also includes an equity stake (6 million shares and 3 million warrants @ 40 cents) in Eloro Resources Ltd. (TSX.V:ELO).

#Blockchain Technology Could Be A Game Changer In #Esports $GMBL #Blockstation

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 10:31 AM on Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Darren Heitner , Contributor

A diagram that seeks to explain the process of participating in an Eloplay Smart Tournament.

The esports industry is rapidly evolving, going from content consumed largely through streaming platforms such as Twitch to network-backed streaming service Hulu picking up four new esports series, gradually making the watching of esports even more mainstream. Meanwhile, the players themselves are gaining more options with regard to the currency that surrounds the competitions.

For instance, esports platform Eloplay, which has been in existence for more than eighteen months and provides a service that allows players to organize and participate in esports tournaments, is testing out a new form of currency for its users. It is an example of an esports-related entity involving itself in the blockchain and leveraging smart contracts technology to allow players and brands to organize esports tournaments of any scale, using Eloplay Tokens as the prize pool.

And much like other companies testing the blockchain waters, Eloplay is involving itself in what is called an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), allowing users to buy-in so that they can use the coins to organize tournaments, place advertisements or even sell tokens through its exchange. This all takes place on a decentralized platform that remains largely unregulated, for the time being. Although even that appears to be changing.

The Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) recently stated that ICOs will begin to be regulated as securities and that unregistered offerings may be subject to criminal punishment.

“Whether a particular investment transaction involves the offer or sale of a security – regardless of the terminology or technology used – will depend on the facts and circumstances, including the economic realities of the transaction,” stated the SEC in its press release on the matter.

“We seek to foster innovative and beneficial ways to raise capital, while ensuring – first and foremost – that investors and our markets are protected,” said SEC Chairman Jay Clayton.

Thus far, 90,000 individuals are registered to participate on the Eloplay esports platform and they have completed a total of roughly 3,500 tournaments. Eloplay’s desire is to convert existing participants into Eloplay Token purchasers through the ICO and to use that to generate further interest in using the platform.

Eloplay’s Token Sale begins October 16 and is scheduled to close November 15. Bonuses are offered to individuals who participate early in the process. The currency accepted is Ethereum, which is a widely utilized cryptocurrency.

Darren Heitner is the Founder of South Florida-based HEITNER LEGAL, P.L.L.C. and Sports Agent Blog. He authored the book, How to Play the Game: What Every Sports Attorney Needs to Know.

Follow @DarrenHeitner


#Gold rises, tries to regain grip on $1,300 level, bodes well for $ $ $ $ $ $

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 9:37 AM on Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Silver futures up 12 cents, or 0.7%


Gold on the rise.

  • Gold futures rose Thursday, pushing the yellow metal toward $1,300 as investors read minutes from the Federal Reserve’s September policy meetings as slightly dovish
  • Offering a lift to the commodity
  • December gold GCZ7, +0.43% was $8.80, or 0.7%, higher at $1,297,
  • Flirting with its highest settlement since Sept. 26 at $1,301.70, according to FactSet data.

An account of the most recent meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee, released after gold futures settled on Wednesday, showed signs that policy makers questioned the need for an interest-rate hike in December—though one appears likely—as levels of inflation continued to track below the central bank’s 2% annual target.

Although the market’s reaction was relatively subdued, the minutes suggest that Chairwoman Janet Yellen and other policy makers will increase interest rates once more in December, but that efforts to normalize policy will otherwise run at a gradual pace.

A measured rate of interest-rate increases can be supportive for gold, which doesn’t offer a yield. Wall Street is pricing in an 83% chance of a rate increase in December, compared with a nearly 88% probability the day before, according to CME Group data.

Meanwhile, a popular dollar gauge, the ICE U.S. Dollar Index DXY, +0.19% was trading flat at 93.029. Gold prices are on track to climb for four of the past five sessions, as the dollar has weakened 0.8% over the week. A softer buck can make commodities priced in the currency more appealing to buyers using weaker monetary units.

Elsewhere, silver for December delivery SIZ7, +0.30% added 12 cents, or 0.7%, to trade at $17.255 an ounce, and is on track to rise five of the past six sessions. The silver-focused ETF, the iShares Silver Trust SLV, -0.18% was little changed.

Mark O’Byrne, research director at GoldCore Ltd, said recent gains can also be attributed to expected seasonally stronger demand for gold by India heading into the Diwali holiday, or Deepavali, as well as geopolitical tensions tied to North Korea, the Middle East and U.S. President Donald Trump. Tensions between Iraq and Kurds in the region have escalated after a Kurdish independence referendum, while Trump’s belligerent rhetoric with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has had investors on edge.

“Against this global macro backdrop, I do think that we possible we will push $1,400 [an ounce], and then close above $1,300 by year-end,” he said.


Lambton College opens gaming arena, offers cutting-edge #Esports diploma $GMBL

Posted by AGORACOM-JC at 2:23 PM on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

  • It started with a suggestion from the IT department.
  • Now it is part of the curriculum
  • Lambton College is becoming a Canadian leader in the burgeoning world of esports

The college, whose main campus is in Sarnia, Ont., has added esports to its varsity sports lineup — alongside men’s and women’s basketball and soccer — and next year will begin offering a cutting-edge two-year diploma in esports entrepreneurship and administration.

Lambton already has a dedicated gaming space — called the esports arena — with 20 high-end computers up and running. It’s in a prime piece of real estate, right in the middle of campus.

“The feedback’s been excellent, just in terms of the uniqueness of this,” says Rob Kardas, vice-president of student success and campus service at Lambton College.

Lambton believes the course is a door into the largely untapped academic world of esports and a way to differentiate itself from other schools.

Goldman Sachs valued the world of esports at US$500 million in 2016, with expected market growth of 22 per cent annually compounded over the next three years into a more than $1-billion business.

Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment got a first-hand look at the draw of esports when the North American “League of Legends” championship sold out the Air Canada Centre in two days in August 2016.

MLSE, owner of the NBA Raptors, subsequently signed up for the NBA 2K esports league, slated to debut in 2018.

In taking the esports course, Lambton students will study communications, sports marketing, finance, ethical leadership, teamwork, social media, health promotion, entrepreneurship and business development.

Courses will also cover the history of esports, industry hardware/software, game design and computer networking. A practical project course will ask students to use that knowledge to plan, develop and execute real-world esports projects.

The first class is expected to number some 40 students.

Graduates of the course will also have the option of continuing on to the college’s three-year sports and recreation management program.

The Lambton Lions esports teams, meanwhile, will compete against other North American schools in the Collegiate Starleague. Teams were chosen after open tryouts in “Overwatch,” “League of Legends” and “Counter Strike: Global Offensive.”

Dave Mastrobuono, a Sarnia native and Lambton graduate, has been named head coach. A former pro gamer himself, Mastrobuono is a certified service technician at the school.

College officials believe the gaming arena, which cost $140,000 to $150,000 to set up, will add to the social side of student life. It will also be open to the community.

Lambton officials visited Chicago’s Robert Morris University, a leader in the collegiate esports field and the first school to offer gaming scholarships, while putting together their program.

Robert Morris associate athletic director Kurt Melcher, Collegiate Starleague vice-president Neil Duffy, SetToDestroyX gaming team owner Charlie Watson and officials from Twitch, a popular live streaming video gaming platform, were among the industry experts who helped Lambton develop its course.

Rick Brown, a mobile device specialist in the Lambton IT department, was also a key mover in the expansion into esports.

Duffy says Lambton is the first Canadian school to make esports a varsity program, joining more than 40 schools in the U.S.

But other Canadian schools also compete in gaming tournaments. The University of British Columbia, which also has its own gaming lounge, has had great success gaming.

Lambton is using esports researcher James Kozachuk of the University of Central Florida as its “subject matter expert” in the area.

The course itself has met the necessary approval of Lambton’s board of governors, a program advisory committee of industry experts, Ontario’s Credential Validation Service and Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

It was a learning experience for the college.

Donna Church, vice-president, academic, at Lambton, says she like many parents had thought of esports as “that little troll in the basement.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” she said. “It’s actually a highly social sport.”

Lambton has 3,500 full-time and some 6,500 part-time students plus some 800 international students. The college is ranked No. 1 in Ontario and No. 3 in Canada in applied research, according to Research Infosource Inc.