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China announces decision to appeal against the WTO rare earth ruling

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China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) has announced its decision to lodge an appeal against the WTO rare earth ruling on April 17th. “We will devote every effort to make an appeal. Regardless of the appeal's outcome, China's policy objectives to protect the environment and resources will not change, we will also continue to boost management of resource industries following the…

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Putin launches the ‘Gas Wars’

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The Ukrainian armed forces’ offensive in eastern Ukraine Kiev continues, but with considerable difficulty. Meanwhile, on the eve of a summit between USA, Russia, Ukraine and the EU - and just as NATO is has announced its own military buildup in Eastern Europe – pro-Russian Ukrainian insurgents have effectively halted the Ukrainian army. The insurgents are maintaining control of most…

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New technology for critical metals, agribusiness, nuclear plants, 3-D printing, renewable energy — you name it, Japan’s there

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Having spent a few weeks (involuntarily) accompanying various shopping expeditions in Paris, I have become — suddenly — aware of Uniqlo. The crowds of women of all ages lining up at the cash registers at one of its Paris stores attests to the extraordinary success. And I read that staff are allowed just 60 seconds to process each retail transaction. Now this Japanese…

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Share interest spurred by Theralase’s state-of-the-art lasers for the treatment of chronic pain

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April 15, 2014 -- Roger Dumoulin-White, P. Eng, President and CEO for Theralase Technologies Inc. (‘Theralase’, TSXV: TLT | OTCBB: TLTFF) speaks to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel about Theralase's state-of-the-art patented laser equipment for biostimulative and biodestructive clinical applications to treat chronic pain. Theralase's shares haves been performing well and Roger explains that this should be no…

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Solar sceptics may need to reconsider: power from the sun is becoming more economic

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Solar power has had some bad press in recent years. The case against it seemed increasingly persuasive: it cost too much: it would never replace fuels (like oil, coal and nuclear) which offered reliable base-load power generation; and even if solar systems could be made more efficient and, helped by better and better storage batteries, to produce reliable electricity even when…

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Heartbleed Bug ‘contagion’ creates market malaise

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Our last week ended with the rumbling from the confusion that came from disruptive impact of the Heartbleed bug that had online paranoia at an all-time high. In case you have not drilled down through the endless media coverage and analysis on what happened here’s what your computer(s) and various electronics may or may not have caught: “The Heartbleed bug…

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China’s new round of rare earths stockpiling to boost prices

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Regardless of whether you consider the recently opened Baotou Rare Earths Products Exchange or the rare earth stock exchange, the prices of rare earths in China have gained strength recently, buoyed by the efforts of China’s State Bureau of Material Reserve (SBMR) to proceed with a new round of its rare earth stockpiling plan. The state-run ‘China Securities Journal’ reported,…

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Hop Boyd on the real advantage of having the right chemical processing engineer on the job

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April 10, 2014 -- Hop Boyd Jr., Chief Manager, Process Engineering Associates LLC (PROCESS) speaks to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel. Hop has been a chemical engineer for many years and he describes his job, in jest, as a "highly educated plumber". Of course, PROCESS does much more than that. It offers process engineering services - as opposed…

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Vive le Quebec libre! How two giants brandishing fists became historical bookmarks

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By uttering Vive le Quebec libre! forty-seven years apart, two men of giant stature marked the surge and ebb of Quebec’s sovereignty movement. The Quebec sovereignty movement got a shot in the arm when President Charles de Gaulle of France undiplomatically uttered "Vive le Québec libre !"  The controversial speech was delivered on July 24, 1967, during an official visit…

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Chinese and Apple seek new tin supplies; More room for graphite producers while uranium standstill continues

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While questions remain about the real state of financial affairs in China, and therefore the future demand growth for metals of all types (but particularly the major base metals such as copper, aluminium and zinc), there are quite clear signs that when it comes to the critical technology metals , the potential consumers are taking a great interest in potential…

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Rising star U3O8 Corp. on uranium-vanadium in Argentina and uranium-phosphate in Colombia

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March 30, 2014 -- Richard Spencer, President and CEO of U3O8 Corp. ("U3O8" TSX: UWE | OTCQX: UWEEF), speaks to Tracy Weslosky, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of InvestorIntel, about uranium, rare earths and phosphate projects in South America. In March, U3O8 completed an oversubscribed private placement resulting in proceeds of about USD$1.15 million. Richard said "the insiders stepped up yet again…
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Gold Flat below $1,300/Oz, Heading for Weekly Fall

April 18, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Gold was heading for a 1.8 percent weekly fall on Friday, dented by hopes that diplomatic efforts can calm violence in Ukraine and by strengthening U.S. economic data. Fears over slowing demand in top consumer…

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Athabasca Triggers Oilsands Sale to PetroChina

April 18, 2014 (Source: Calgary Herald) -- Athabasca Oil Corp. says it is selling its 40 per cent stake in the proposed 250,000-barrel-per-day Dover oilsands project to partner PetroChina for $1.32 billion. The much-anticipated sale, conditional on final regulatory approval…

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ECN extends DLP technology for 3D printing to metals

April 17, 2014 (Source: ECN) -- Tests have shown that the Digital Light Processing-based technology (DLP) that the Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) and its partners have developed for the 3D printing of ceramic materials can also be…

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Obama Launches Measures to Support Solar Energy in US

April 17, 2014 (Source: Inquirer.net) -- The White House Thursday announced a series of measures aimed at increasing solar energy production in the United States, particularly by encouraging the installation of solar panels in public spaces. President Barack Obama and…

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Jobless Claims, Factory Data put Some Shine on Economy

April 17, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- New claims for jobless benefits hovered near their pre-recession levels last week and manufacturing in the Mid-Atlantic region accelerated in April, suggesting an upswing in economic activity after a brutally cold winter. Coming on…

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U.S. Stocks Rise as Ukraine Tensions Ease Amid Earnings

April 17, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index toward its best week since July, as earnings from General Electric Co. and Morgan Stanley beat estimates and concern eased that the Ukraine crisis…

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Athabasca Exercises the Dover Put Option

April 17, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Athabasca Oil Corporation (TSX: ATH) ("Athabasca" or "the Company") announces that it has exercised its option to divest its 40% interest in the Dover Commercial Project ("DCP") to Phoenix Energy Holdings Limited ("Phoenix") for…

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Alacer Gold announces changes to its Board of Directors

April 17, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Alacer Gold Corp. ("Alacer" or the "Corporation") [TSX: ASR and ASX: AQG] is pleased to announce Thomas R. Bates, Jr. has been appointed to Alacer's Board of Directors effective today.  In addition, Mr. Edward…

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Tinka to Acquire Darwin; Arranges $4.54 Million Financing

April 17, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR RELEASE, PUBLICATION, DISTRIBUTION OR DISSEMINATION DIRECTLY, OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, IN OR INTO THE UNITED STATES. Tinka Resources Limited ("Tinka") (TSX VENTURE:TK) and Darwin Resources Corp. ("Darwin") (TSX…

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NWT Uranium Announces Resignation of CFO, Raphael Danon

April 17, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NWT Uranium Corp. (The "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:NWT)(FRANKFURT:NMV) announced today the resignation of Raphael Danon as Chief Financial Officer of the Corporation and the appointment of Jing Peng as its new CFO. The Board of…

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China economy stronger than data suggests: government

April 17, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- China's economy is doing better than official data suggests, the Commerce Ministry said a day after figures showed growth at an 18-month low, adding that targets for exports and imports this year should…

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Germany has no alternative to Russian gas

April 17, 2014 (Sourc: DW) -- More than 70 percent of Germany’s energy supply depends on imports. Russia alone accounts for a quarter of Germany’s gas, oil and coal imports. And real alternatives are not yet in sight. Germany…

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Gold Import Curbs Seen Continuing in India to Protect Currency

April 17, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- India, the world’s second-largest gold consumer, will probably keep restrictions onimports to control the current account deficit and defend the rupee, said the managing director of the country’s biggest refiner. The limits would result…

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Cannabis-Rx Acquires Commercial Property in Sarasota, Florida

April 17, 2014 (Source: Businesswire) -- Cannabis-Rx (OTCQB:CANA), a company focused on funding the growth of the cannabis industry in states where it is licensed or permitted for medicinal and/or recreational purposes, today announced the acquisition of a 209,000 square foot…

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InvestorIntel Officially Launched for Entrepreneurs and Investors

Jack Lifton and Chris Ecclestone on BNN’s Commodities Thursday, April 17, 2014 April 16, 2014 -- Toronto, ON – ProEdge Media Corp., an online media company since 2001, is pleased to announce the official launch of InvestorIntel.com (“InvestorIntel”). InvestorIntel…

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India Cuts Iran Oil Imports Nearly a Fifth in 2013/14

April 17, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- India's imports of Iranian crude tumbled about a fifth in the fiscal year ended in March, despite a surge of shipments in recent months that came after a deal easing sanctions on Tehran. The Geneva…
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