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1/21/18

The top three most visited IKN posts this week are...

...in reverse order:

Third Place: "Goldcorp (GG) goes Blockchain". Want proof that just using the word "blockchain" gets people's attention these days? Here it is. A semi-nothing post stuck together in three minutes, a boatload of hits.

Second Place: "Tahoe Resources (TAHO) (THO.to): A serious pollution incident in Peru". There was more info on this in the follow-up post here, plus there's more in today's Weekly, subbers. It beggars belief that TAHO thinks it can get away with this just by emitting a sophist's delight of a news release, their troubles have only just begun at Shahuindo.
 
First Place: "The word in Lima: PPK will resign in February". It got picked up on Facebook in Peru and received a semi-viral number of hits, which is neither here nor there but it's still the most visited post of the week and therefore at number one spot. I haven't answered any of the mails received from Peruvians on the subject either, if they want to know more they shouldn't ask me anyway. They should ask Teofilo Gamarra, the Fuji guy who's conducting the secret talks with Martin Vizcarra.

1/20/18

Angry Geologist does Almadex (AMZ.v)

TAG outdoes herself with the intro to today's post on Almadex (AMZ.v):

The hardest thing in exploration is finding mineralization, once you've found it, that is the hard part done and all you have to do is keep drilling to find how big it is, by drilling a little further away from the "discovery hole" with each drill-hole.
However, there is the another approach. Once you've found the mineralization, just keep drilling the same area time and time again. I'm going to call this the "Poliquin" method after the stunning drilling program at El Cobre.

It filled my mind and mouth with yoks, guffaws and lolz. Go read the whole thing, even without the stunningly poor regional and community risk around this project you'll realize why you should have done like this humble corner of cyberspace and avoided AMZ.v.

Advance Gold Corp (AAX.v): Another exercise in Allan Barry Laboucan hoodwinking

Well wouldn't you know it? A late Friday evening NR from the purveyor of Mexican chinchilla pasture, Allan Barry Laboucan, as he tries to sneak news of yet another ultra-dilutive placement past the dumbos at CEO.ca who hang upon his every word:

Kamloops, British Columbia: Advance Gold Corp. (TSXV: AAX) (“Advance Gold” or “the Company”) announces that, subject to the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange, it proposes to undertake a non-brokered private placement of units (the “Units”) at a price of 6 cents ($0.06) per Unit for gross proceeds of up to $180,000. Each Unit shall be comprised of one common share in the capital of the Company and one common share purchase warrant.

Each warrant shall entitle the holder to purchase one common share at a price of 8 cents ($0.08) per share at any time within 24 months of the date of issuance. All securities to be issued under this private placement will be subject to a four-month resale restriction.

The Company intends to close the private placement immediately following the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, including receipt of all regulatory approvals. Advance Gold will use the net proceeds of this private placement for general corporate purposes and to advance our Tabasquena silver project in Zacatecas, Mexico.
The Company also announces that it will not be proceeding with the $0.08 unit financing announced November 6, 2017.

About Advance Gold Corp. (AAX.V)
Advance Gold

1/19/18

The Friday OT: Carlos Rivera; Recuerdame (from Coco)

There are two soundtrack versions to this most wonderful of animated movies and the English version has its own song lyrics, so if you like 'Remember Me' English/Spanish version by Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade by you can click on that link above and listen to it. Me? The Carlos Rivera Spanish language version by a million miles.



Even by its high standards, Coco is the best thing ever to come out of Pixar and this song caps the movie perfectly. Youtube here.

Still no word from Tahoe Resources (TAHO) (THO.to) on the toxic spill at Shahuindo

It's been over 24 hours since the incident, it's been reported to the local press, due to the severity Peru's OEFA is involved and even they've made an initial statement. But nothing from TAHO, because that's the kind of company they are.

Meanwhile, this Facebook page from a Cajabamba local includes a video which purports to show the contamination left by the spill. She speaks over the video and says that the scene is the mud that came down from the mine, along with other commentary. She also says that the spill happened on Monday evening which, if true, makes TAHO's position on this event simply disgusting.

UPDATE: At last, TAHO comes out with its VERY carefully worded NR. No mention that they've been sitting on this news all week. They "forget" that an OEFA investigation is not just any old routine inspection and pretend that it wasn't a biggie, when in fact it should be material news. The locals have a temr for the "exceptionally heavy rains" that affect that part of the world every year, they call it "The Rainy Season" and it happens every freakin year, so why did the TAHO infrastructure collapse? Then the best bit of legalese, when they straw man "At no time has the rainwater had any contact with process water or any contamination from industrial activities", when nobody accused them of it in the first place, this is about the collection pond after all that industrial stuff.

And the big protest and roadblock set for Janaury 30th onward at Shahuindo is still on, by the way.

One year ago today, America changed forever and all thanks to just one man

It was on this momentous day one year ago that a seismic shift happened. A great day for humanity, with the continent and indeed the world taking a massive step forward. Democracy and justice was shown to work, the will of the people heeded by governors of the highest office, The USA and indeed its neighbors became more secure and less corrupt than they have been for many years. Yes indeed, El Chapo was extradited to The USA.

1/18/18

Tahoe Resources (TAHO) (THO.to): A serious pollution incident in Peru

Peru's official environmental control body, the OEFA, tonight reports that a serious pollution incident has occurred at the Tahoe Resources (TAHO) (THO.to) Shahuindo mine in Peru. According to the report, a sedimentation pool became inundated with water due to a failure of the water diversion canal during the current rainy period. The material from the pool (a highly toxic mix) reached and has contaminated the local Condebamba River.

Meanwhile, this report from local news website "cajabambaperu" timed 1:08pm this afternoon, has photos of what appears to be the contaminated water in local crop fields and flooding houses. It states (translated):
"...one of the waste pools of the company (Tahoe Resources) overflowed and inundated the local community of Liclipampa Bajo, in the province of Cajabamba, leaving crosp and houses inundated with highly toxic materials."

As usual, no word from Tahoe Resources (TAHO) tonight, you have to get your news from a blog.

"How are the top stock picks from VRIC 2017 doing?"

My thanks to JF for the heads-up.

With the VRIC mining/junior mining conference on in Vancouver next week, a blog called Penny Mining Stocks* cared enough about the gig to compile a results page of how the Top Pick stocks did, chosen by a select group of upstanding individuals who would never ever ever have an alternative agenda to the one displayed to their subscribers. You know them as "newsletter writers".

The title of the post is "How are the top stock picks from VRIC 2017 doing?" and it makes for interesting reading. Here's a screenshot of the end bit:


Nice moral, too. By the way, it's perfectly possible that Louis Little Wolf Lobito James feels proud about that performance, he really is that stupid. Go read it the whole post yourself, right here.

*FWIW I have no idea who runs the blog or who publishes there.

Angry Geologist did SolGold (SOLG.to) (SOLG.L) last night...

...and I've just noticed the post. It's here and it's all about the Maiden Resource on Alpala. TAG's most telling remark was...
"...you get the impression that SolGold wanted a billion tonnes of resource come hell or high water."
...and I'm inclined to agree with her.

Bring Out Yer Dead! Dilutive placements in BS failed juniors abound





1) In a perfect world the market will rebel against PI Fincorp, tell it in no uncertain terms that Rye Patch Gold (RPM.v) is farked and needs even more money that this $15m in order to survive, turn its back on this bought deal and leave the commish-grabber holding a very big and expensive bag as RPM dives to under $1.00 on last night's news.

2) Meanwhile, even more hilarious is the ex-Ameduri pump Inca One (IO.v) which plans Lake Titicaca scale dilution via a placement to raise $2m. Ameduri got people in at 35c and 40c, now IO.v offers a share plus a full warrant for 5c. 

3) The scam lithium play Alset Minerals (ION.v) run by the liar and thief Alan Barry Laboucan is running a 7.5c placement to raise up to $1.2m. It'll then afterwards run a 3-for-1 reverse split and pretend that its previous shareholders have not been ripped a new one. Proceeds from the placement will be dedicated to purchasing high calorie Mexican finger food and tequila.

With Asanko (AKG), the devil's always in the details

In 4q17 Asanko Gold managed to just make the bottom end of its downward revised guidance by producing 205,047oz gold (bottom end of range 205k oz). Here's how that was accurately predicted by IKN in November 2017:
"....it's a fair guess they're going to come in around 205,000 oz to 210,000 oz...AKG will squeeze into the bottom end of the 205koz to 225koz range they revised downwards after the 2q17 earnings."
So far so mediocre. But if you look a little further down today's NR, AKG has left a massive clue as to how bad things really are in this short segment of script:
At December 31, 2017 the Company's balance sheet had approximately US$49.3 million in unaudited cash, US$2.1 million in gold receivables and US$4.1 million in dore (with a market value of US$5.9 million).
Any thought on that owly?

Yeah, that's what I thought too because if you check the financials as at 3q17:
  • Cash was U$60.8m, it's now U$49.3m (11.5m down)
  • Receivables were U$2.3m, they're now U$2.1m (0.2m down)
  • Gold Doré was U$2.2m it's now U$4.1m (1.9m up)

Now for sure that isn't the be-all-and-end-all of the financials, but if you can't take the hint that U$9.8m in real moolah seems to have disappeared from the company in the last quarter, a company burdened with massive financial debt obligations you will surely remember, then I wish you the very greatest of luck with your financial investments. Because you're gonna need it.

UPDATE: It would also seem that Asanko is a proponent of Bistromathics as in its own NR today:
  • AKG states it ran 1,087,000 tonnes of treated ore
  • AKG states the gold feed grade was 1.5g/t
  • AKG states that its recovery rate was 94%

If you do the math on that you get production of 49,282 oz gold but somehow they claim to have produced 51,550 oz  (and oh how convenient, juuuust make guidance).

A rumour on Anglo American with a big copper porphyry in Brazil

This humble corner of cyberspace receives its share of rumour and hearsay mails and normally, they need a bit of back-up bona fides before making the blog. But sometimes I'm good about running with the intel as-is and here's one of those, from A. Reader. According to the Brazil Mining Department (DNPM) Anglo American has quietly filed for copper exploration permits for all the available mineral rights in the Alta Floresta Gold Province. That's because word on the ground in Mato Grosso is "...they have stumbled upon a massive copper porphyry discovery" and they're keeping it quiet because they want to stake as much as possible first. They've staked another 2.2m hectares in the North of Mato Grosso in the last few weeks but still want more.