IC Potash formally shifts into the operational phase

IC Potash Corp is now free to start construction at its Ochoa Sulfate of Potash (SOP) Project in New Mexico upon obtaining the required permit from the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM  has formally authorized  IC Potash (‘ICP’, TSX: ICP | OTCQX: ICPTF), through a Record of Decision (ROD) to begin construction and,…

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

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…

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

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…

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

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…

Heartbleed Bug ‘contagion’ creates market malaise

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…

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

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,…

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

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…

Grafoid bench strength deepens with the addition of strategic advisor Thomas H. Cruikshank

Thomas Cruikshank
Grafoid Inc., part of Focus Graphite (‘Focus’, TSXV: FMS | OTCQX: FCSMF) has appointed Mr. Thomas H. Cruikshank, the former Chairman and CEO of Halliburton, as Strategic Advisor. This the third major strategic announcement to come out of Grafoid in less than a month after they announced forming a partnership with Mitsui Co. - one of the largest and influential…

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

Dr. Luc Duchesne
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…

China just one factor behind increasing global demand for agricultural commodities

Investors – institutional and non - are once again flocking toward the agricultural sector, having noted that it offers great opportunities. Experts in demographics, meanwhile, have intensified their warning that the demand for food is rising and that there is an increased risk of famine in vulnerable areas. In fact, the prices of agricultural commodities are at about the same…

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…

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

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…

Chinese technical know-how opens way for Arafura REE project

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Australian rare earths hopeful Arafura Resources (ASX: ARU), for all the speed bumps it has hit in recent years, still has an economically sound project, according to analyst Tony Parry of Sydney-based Resource Capital Research. And the relationship with major shareholder (24.9%) East China Mineral and Exploration Bureau (ECE) is likely to result in even further cost savings, he said.…

Don’t count on Putin being an economic rationalist when it comes to Europe’s gas

The Europeans have been grumbling for years about their dependence on Russian gas. They even watched helplessly five years ago when Moscow threatened to cut off supplies to Ukraine over unpaid bills. Since then, Europe did make some effort: mainly more interconnections to allow gas to be switched between pipelines so as to avoid the 2009 situation when the closing of the…
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Energizer Resources Finalizes Molo Graphite Project Acquisition

April 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Energizer Resources Inc. (TSX:EGZ)(OTCQX:ENZR)(FRANKFURT:YE5) ("Energizer" or the "Company") announces that it has finalized the purchase of the remaining 25% interest in the Molo Graphite Project from joint venture partner Malagasy Minerals Limited ("Malagasy") (ASX:MGY).…

China GDP Growth Slows to 7.4%

April 16, 2014 (Source: WSJ) -- China's gross domestic product growth slipped in the first quarter to its slowest level in 18 months as the world's second-largest economy continued to downshift. Reduced momentum in investment and consumption—key drivers of the…

Blood Recycling Machine Gets 3D-Printed Upgrade

April 16, 2014 (Source: Wired.co.uk) -- A transfusion machine that takes a person's blood lost during an operation, filters it, and then puts it back into the body has been improved through the use of 3D printing. The HemoSep autotransfusion…

Global Shares Up On China Relief, Ukraine Strains Remain

April 16, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Share markets made broad gains on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome. China's economy grew 7.4 percent in the…

Alder Launches up to $1 Million Private Placement of Units

April 16, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO UNITED STATES NEWSWIRE SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Alder Resources Ltd. ("Alder" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:ALR) intends to complete a non-brokered private placement financing of up…

Chinese gold demand may rise 20% by 2017: industry body

April 15, 2014 (Source: Global Post) -- China's annual demand for gold could jump around 20 percent by 2017 as more of its increasingly wealthy population seek new ways to make money, the World Gold Council predicted on Tuesday.…

Can gold confound the markets and hit $1,400?

April 15, 2014 (Source: CNBC) -- Gold will remain a strong safe-haven bet in spite of its recent seesawing price as the Ukraine crisis and expectations of a further pullback in U.S. equities will push the precious metal's price…

Shiny Quantum Dots Brighten Future of Solar Cells

April 15, 2014 (Source: LANL) -- A house window that doubles as a solar panel could be on the horizon, thanks to recent quantum-dot work by Los Alamos National Laboratory researchers in collaboration with scientists from University of Milano-Bicocca (UNIMIB),…

Vivione Biosciences signs agreement with CMS Technology

April 15, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Vivione Biosciences, Inc. (TSX:VBI), through its wholly owned subsidiary, Vivione Biosciences, LLC, announced the signing of a definitive Purchase Agreement for the RAPID B system from CMS Technology, Inc., ("CMS") a New York-based firm…

Encanto announces closing of $3.65 million prospectus offering

April 15, 2014 (Source: CNW) -- Not For Dissemination in the United States or For Distribution to U.S. Newswire Services. Encanto Potash Corp. ("Encanto" or the "Corporation") (TSXV: EPO) (OTCQX: ENCTF) is pleased to announce that further to its news…

Accelerating Inflation Adds to Signs U.S. Improving

April 15, 2014 (Source: Bloomberg) -- Consumer prices accelerated in March as Americans paid a bit more for food and rent, adding to signs that demand is improving in the world’s largest economy. The consumer-price index climbed 0.2 percent after…

China companies hoard gold for collateral

April 15, 2014 (Source: FT) -- Chinese companies may have accumulated up to 1,000 tonnes of gold for use as collateral in financing deals rather than to meet consumer demand in recent years, a new study says. The report by the World…

Manson Creek Provides a Corporate and Technical Update

April 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- Manson Creek Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:MCK) ("Manson" or "the Company") is pleased to provide a technical overview on its Tell Property, Yukon, in conjunction with its current financing and 2014 planned exploration program, including…

Blue Sky Uranium Closes First Tranche of Private Placement

April 15, 2014 (Source: Accesswire) -- Blue Sky Uranium Corp. (TSX-V: BSK, FRA: MAL (WKN: A0MKXP), "Blue Sky" or the "Company") it has closed the first tranche of the non-brokered private placement announced on April 7, 2014. The first tranche…

Nemaska Lithium Announces Closing of Over-Allotment Option

April 15, 2014 (Source: Marketwired) -- THIS NEWS RELEASE IS NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO U.S. WIRE NEWS SERVICES OR FOR DISSEMINATION IN THE UNITED STATES Nemaska Lithium Inc. ("Nemaska" or the "Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:NMX)(OTCQX:NMKEF) announces today the closing of an…

Rosneft to Start Drilling Oil in the Arctic This Year

April 15, 2014 (Source: The Moscow Times) -- Russia's biggest oil company Rosneft plans to start drilling for oil on the Arctic shelf in August, the company's vice president Andrei Shishkin said. "Rosneft will start working in the Arctic region from this year. In August we will…

German Economic Growth to Accelerate, Ukraine Clouds Loom

April 15, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- German economic growth will accelerate this year to 1.8 percent and pick up again next year, the economy ministry said on Tuesday, although a closely watched survey showed Ukraine is weighing on the outlook…

Africa, Brazil ahead of Arctic in oil exploration

April 15, 2014 (Source: Reuters) -- Africa and Brazil are more attractive areas for oil and gas exploration than the Arctic, where firms will need 15 to 20 years to tap reserves due to the harsh climate, the chief…
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