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POSTED ON April 12, 2013 BY James Kwantes

A World of Mining Special – Part 1 of 2 This is a story about Eira Thomas, dubbed the “Queen of Diamonds” for her role leading the geologists who discovered the kimberlite pipes that became the Diavik diamond mine. Diavik, Canada’s second diamond mine, produced 1.9 million carats of the sparkling stones in the fourth quarter… Continue Reading

POSTED ON April 11, 2013 BY James Kwantes

Seven months after the B.C. Securities Commission slapped a cease-trade order on shares of Barkerville Gold Mines (BGM), the stock remains halted. The regulatory slapdown came after Barkerville, helmed by Frank Callaghan, proclaimed an NI 43-101 resource estimate of 10.6 million gold ounces, indicated, for its Cow Mountain project and the “geological potential” for 65 to 90… Continue Reading

POSTED ON April 09, 2013 BY James Kwantes

Lumina Copper on Tuesday announced a preliminary economic assessment that gives the Taca Taca project in Salta, Argentina a net present value of $2.1 billion, assuming a discount rate of 8% and $2.75/lb copper, and after-tax internal rate of return of 17.2%. The assessment includes substantial gold and molybdenum at assumed prices of $1,200/oz Au… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 19, 2013 BY James Kwantes

Source: World of Mining The annual Vancouver Resource Investment Conference goes Sunday and Monday at Vancouver Convention Centre West. If you’re prospecting for investment ideas and kicking tires on potential stock picks, read the Vancouver Sun article I wrote about the Cambridge show a year ago. The piece is dated but not much has changed (except for a little tech… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 14, 2013 BY James Kwantes

To some, Vancouver is a collision of condo towers, a mecca for mining companies or a promoters’ paradise. It is all of these, of course, and much more. Last night I tweeted this photo of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland from space, courtesy of Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Twitter account (a must-follow). Hadfield has been tweeting unearthly photos and… Continue Reading

POSTED ON January 01, 2013 BY James Kwantes

May the best of 2012 be the worst of 2013 2012 was both a challenging (to put it mildly) year for junior mining stocks and a great opportunity to pick up high-quality names at bargain prices. I hope you managed to take advantage of some of those sales. Sandstorm Gold, the first company that I… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 12, 2012 BY James Kwantes

by James Kwantes, World of Mining “Murray Pezim lives somewhere beyond Outrageous. To get there, drive to Crazed, keep going toward Bonkers via Berserk, then slow at Around the Bend and look for signs.” Sports Illustrated’s Douglas S. Looney “Pezim had taken them on a ride to nowhere, but what fun they had had.” The Vancouver Sun’s… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 10, 2012 BY James Kwantes

by James Kwantes That thud you heard yesterday was Lumina Copper stock dropping a further 8.5% onnews that its strategic review process has yet to land a buyer for the company’s Taca Taca copper-gold-molybdenum deposit in Argentina – not the easiest place to do business. It wasn’t the NR expected by takeover-hungry investors, who took the stock down hard.… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 04, 2012 BY James Kwantes

Torex Gold (TXG) put the Guerrero gold belt back on the map earlier this week with a monster $350-million bought deal financing underwritten by BMO Capital Markets and others. In a junior mining sector that has been on the ropes for much of the year, it’s an impressive cash pile. Torex’s Morelos deposit has 5.4 million ounces of… Continue Reading

POSTED ON October 01, 2012 BY James Kwantes

By James Kwantes, World of Mining Second in a series (Read Part 1 here) “Opportunity can go by in a day.” Norman Bell Keevil, Sr. Norman Bell Keevil was born on a Saskatchewan farm in 1910. In his first life, Keevil was an academic, studying math, chemistry and geology at the University of Saskatchewan before getting… Continue Reading