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GéoMégA Subsidiary, Innord, Receives Funding from the Government of Canada

Geomega Resources Inc. (“GéoMégA” or the “Corporation”) (TSXV:GMA) is pleased to announce that Innord Inc. (“Innord”), a private subsidiary controlled by GéoMégA, has been approved for conditional funding from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC IRAP) for an amount of up to $ 350,000 over a period of 18 months to advance the scale up work on the ISR technology for recycling rare earth elements in the permanent magnet industry.

The ISR technology has been developed with focus on the permanent magnet industry which is the driver of the rare earth elements market. It is an eco-friendly alternative to rare earth production that is organic-solvent-free and versatile, or in other words, is applicable to both recycling and to concentrates from the mining industry. The technology offers recovering of the major reagents through its uniquely integrated recycling system and full removal of iron without any roasting and no CO2 emission. The ISR separation technology is not dependant on metal ion distribution equilibrium between phases and does not suffer from phase inversion or hydrodynamic interface control which makes it easy to handle and a readily scalable technique compared to Solvent Extraction (SX). All these factors combined show promise for the ISR technology to offer a competitive alternative at a low capital cost to the solvent extraction method currently in use.

“In 2015, when we received our first support from NRC IRAP, we were in the infancy of the separation technology developments. Three years later we can see the progress achieved which will be advanced through this new funding. Canada is committed to clean technology initiatives and everything we have developed and demonstrated to date supports the global transition to a low-carbon, low-pollution and resource-efficient economy. We would like to thank NRC IRAP for their support which we believe will bring significant benefits to Canada in the field of rare earth elements and permanent magnets,” commented Kiril Mugerman, President and CEO of GéoMégA and Innord.

About GéoMégA (www.geomega.ca)

GéoMégA is a mineral exploration and evaluation company focused on the discovery and sustainable development of economic deposits of metals in Québec. GéoMégA is committed to meeting the Canadian mining industry standards and distinguishing itself with innovative engineering, stakeholders’ engagement and dedication to local transformation benefits. GéoMégA holds over 17.8M shares and over 20% of Kintavar Exploration Inc. who is advancing the Mitchi stratiform copper project in Quebec.

About Innord Inc.
Innord is a private subsidiary of GéoMégA of which GéoMégA owns 96.1%. The goal of Innord Inc. is to develop and optimize the proprietary separation process of rare earth elements based on electrophoresis, for which it holds all the rights. Electrophoresis is the migration of charged species (ions, proteins, particles) in solution in the presence of an electric field. Innord has filed patents in Canada and the United States to protect its novel separation process and is looking to file in other jurisdictions.

For further information, please contact:

Kiril Mugerman
President and CEO
GéoMégA
450-641-5119 ext.5653
kmugerman@geomega.ca

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Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release contains statements that may constitute “forward-looking information” or “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information and statements may include, among others, statements regarding future plans, costs, objectives or performance of the Corporation, or the assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. In this news release, words such as “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “likely”, “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “intend”, “plan”, “estimate” “target” and similar words and the negative form thereof are used to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether, or the times at or by which, such future performance will be achieved. No assurance can be given that any events anticipated by the forward-looking information will transpire or occur, including additional closings of the private placement referred to above, or if any of them do so, what benefits the Corporation will derive. Forward-looking statements and information are based on information available at the time and/or management’s good-faith belief with respect to future events and are subject to known or unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other unpredictable factors, many of which are beyond the Corporation’s control. These risks, uncertainties and assumptions include, but are not limited to, those described under “Risk Factors” in the Corporation’s annual management’s discussion and analysis for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2017, which is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com; they could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements. The Corporation does not intend, nor does the Corporation undertake any obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking information or statements contained in this news release to reflect subsequent information, events or circumstances or otherwise, except if required by applicable laws.

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Aurora Q4 Update Reveals Incoming US Listing

Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB)  revealed its Q4 and 2018 fiscal year results on Monday (September 24), giving investors a closer look at its revenues and upcoming plans to list in the US.

Aurora reported a growth in revenue for the quarter, representing a 223 percent improvement over the same time period last year. The cannabis producer generated C$ 19.1 million in revenue during Q4.

According to the company, this uptick in revenue was due to a “higher average selling price, per gram of dried cannabis, coupled with a higher proportion of cannabis oil sales.”

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The company also indicated in its financials that it expects to produce 150,000 kilograms of cannabis per year at the end of Q2 2019, once all of its licensed facilities are at full capacity.

As part of its expansion, the company secured a C$ 200 million debt facility with the Bank of Montreal (TSE:BMO) in September. At the end of the quarter the producer held an C$ 89 million cash position.

US listing will offer new investors chance for cannabis exposure

In its report, the company confirmed a premier US exchange listing is coming. Aurora CEO, Terry Booth, said the listing would give access to a “broader investor audience” the opportunity to participate in the company.

The company will file a registration form with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and will seek, pending approval, its proper US exchange.

The company would be joining Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC,TSX:WEED), Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY), and Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON,TSX:CRON) as Canadian cannabis licensed producers listed across these US exchanges.

Aurora’s pending US listing will arrive following the company’s decision to spin off a separate entity, Australis Capital (CSE:AUSA), which is set to pursue opportunities in the US multistate operator business model.

Australis made its public debut on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) on September 19. Aurora shareholders obtained a stake in the new venture as part of the launch.

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During an investor and analyst conference call on Tuesday (September 25), management of the company was asked whether this upcoming US listing will affect the potential for the company to find an established partner outside of cannabis.

Aurora was at the center of rumors of The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) potentially entering the cannabis space through a partnership looking to develop infused wellness beverages.

Management of the producer was also asked whether the company is inclined to look for a deal in which it retains control or find a partner to take over.

Booth said while it is exciting to see the entry of large companies with no relation to cannabis, Aurora is not “in the mood to be selling out anytime soon.”

“When you start to see the revenues that this company is going to generate on a global basis, then you will see even more attraction coming from these larger companies,” Booth said.

Cam Battley, chief corporate office for Aurora, added the company is well positioned for a deal but is also holding reservation on the type of deal it makes.

In terms of the US listing moving the needle for a potential deal with an established player, Battley said the new investing option “won’t affect things immediately.” Rather, Battley said, it is seen as a move to allow the entry of more investors.

Investor takeaway

Stock for Aurora quickly increased in value during Tuesday’s early trading session. The company rose to a share price of C$ 12.92, indicating a 5.30 percent increase, as of 1:25 p.m. EST.

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Will buyers consider coin and stamp set valuable?

Breast Cancer Awareness proof clad half dollar sales stand at 16,615.

Can the Mint sell an additional 25,000 of them if the 2018-S commemorative coin is paired with a stamp and the price is increased by $ 7 to $ 39.95?

We will find out Oct. 1 when the 2018 Breast Cancer Awareness Commemorative Coin and Stamp Set becomes available on the Mint’s website.

A household order limit of one has been set by the Mint.

This is the same limit given to the palladium proof coins Sept. 6.

The implication of this limit is the set will be a hot item.

The grading services are jumping in.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and its sister company, Authenticated Stamp Guaranty, will slab the two elements of the set separately.

The stamp has elicited huge interest in the past.

NGC said, “The stamp has raised $ 88 million since it was first issued in 1998. The first ‘semipostal’ (fund-raising) stamp in U.S. history, it contains a colorful image of the goddess of the hunt, along with the words ‘Fund the Fight. Find a Cure.’”

Keen-eyed coin collectors will notice the 100-point grading scale employed on the the stamp slab.

Last week’s suggestion by Ron Guth of a 100-point grading scale for coins has elicited many reactions from readers of Numismatic News.

Will this help fuel interest in the special set?

This is the hope of the Mint and the recipient of the $ 5 per coin surcharge income.

Will all 25,000 coins sell and The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of New York City get a check for $ 125,000 from their sale?

That depends on the actions of average collectors, as well as the new issue speculative posse that rides to the charge in hopes that special Mint issues will go up in price on the secondary market.

The $ 39.95 sales price is affordable.

There is a hope that stamp collectors will take an interest, enlarging the potential market.

Will secondary market buyers realize that the 2018-S half dollar can be purchased without the stamp for $ 32.95?

They might not even look past the “limited edition” designation and the household order limit.

So get ready, get set, and go to the Mint’s website at noon Eastern Time Oct. 1.

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Five Star Diamonds Discovers New Kimberlite in Brazil

Five Star Diamonds Limited (TSXV:STAR) has released the results from an ongoing diamond drilling programme at the Catalao project. The findings highlight the discovery of a new kimberlite.

Five Star Diamonds is focused on developing its position in the Brazilian kimberlite diamond sector.  The precious gem explorer currently owns 23 diamond projects comprising an aggregate of 41 exploration licences and applications across 76,426 hectares.

As quoted from the press release:

CATALAO DIAMOND PROJECT

The Catalao diamond project is located in Goias State, Brazil and contains an indicated mineral resource of 517,000 tonnes grading 23.5 cpht and additional inferred mineral resources of 7.76 Mt grading 26.7 cpht, both estimated based on a US$ 200/ct average carat value. The actual project resources were distributed in three kimberlite pipes named CAT-01A, CAT-01B and CAT-01C (together “CATs-01ABC”). The indicated resources represent the upper oxide zone of the three pipes and the inferred resources are related to the fresh material.

As previously announced, the company has acquired the majority of the equipment to commence mining at the oxide zone.  A dense media separator plant and major equipment is already on site. The construction of the DMS plant is expected to take 6-8 months from receipt of final funding with production of the oxide material from CATs-01ABC to commence shortly thereafter. The decision to bring the Catalao mine in to production, specifically CATs-01ABC, is not based on a feasibility study establishing mineral reserves demonstrating economic and technical viability and thus may increase uncertainty and specific risks of failure associated with this production decision.

In early August 2018, Five Star started a diamond drilling programme to test new exploration targets which were selected based on the results of a detailed ground magnetic survey and a shallow auger drilling programme previously developed by the company since exploration activities started in 2015.

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NuRAN to Provide Mobile Operators with 2G, 3G, 4G Capabilities from a Single Piece of Equipment

NuRAN Wireless Inc. (CSE:NUR, FWB:1RN, OTCMKTS:NRRWF) (“NuRAN Wireless” or the “Company”), a leading supplier of mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions, announces that it will offer mobile network operators (MNO’s) with evolutive multi-standard 2G, 3G, 4G (LTE) radio access network solutions thereby expanding its portfolio to address a broader market.

Under development with planned availability in 2019, NuRAN’s LiteCell xG is a carrier-grade tower-mount mobile radio access equipment which may be operated in any combination of 2G, 3G, and 4G to maximize network access to subscribers through the simultaneous support of different technologies. Built from the ground up as a software-defined radio, LiteCell xG provides the flexibility and upgradability which operators are seeking in order to deliver the most appropriate services and evolve those services as needs arise with minimal intervention.

NuRAN expects its multi-standard solution to significantly widen its market base from strictly rural to rural and suburban greenfield deployments, as well as qualifying for infrastructure upgrade programs, including the replacement of existing 2G-only equipment.

“LiteCell xG will simplify the life of operators who are often faced with the dilemma of which technology should be deployed while considering current and future needs. Without compromising on cost or performance, they will be able to install a single piece of equipment, and at any time decide which services should be offered, based on user uptake”, states Martin Bedard, CEO of NuRAN Wireless. LiteCell xG is in direct response to what tier-one operators have requested from NuRAN for their future rollouts, and we are confident that it will get adopted at scale”, added M. Bedard.

About NuRAN Wireless

NuRAN Wireless is a leading supplier of mobile and broadband wireless infrastructure solutions. Its innovative radio access network (RAN), core network, and backhaul products dramatically drop the total cost of ownership, thereby creating new opportunities for established, as well as emerging mobile network operators. Indoor coverage, isolated rural communities, offshore platforms and ships, NuRAN Wireless helps its customers reach everyone, everywhere.

For further information about NuRAN Wireless;

www.nuranwireless.com

Martin Bedard
President and CEO
info@nuranwireless.com
(418) 914-7484

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Direct Financial Strategies and Communication
frank.candido@nuranwireless.com

(514) 969-5530

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Cryptocurrency Trading to Increase 50 Percent in 2019

While uncertainty still largely circles the cryptocurrency sector, its overall trading volume is projected to significantly increase in 2019, a new report by Satis Group shows.

The study, called Crypto Asset Market Coverage Initiation: Trading & Custody, highlights that cryptocurrency trading volume will climb 50 percent next year and will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9 percent until 2028.

Digital currency trading volume is also set to overtake US Corporate Debt trading volume in 2018, and is on pace to contain at least 10 percent of US Equity trading volume.

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Despite the staggering growth and interest in the cryptocurrency market over the last several years, the paper noted that interested investors have two key concerns about digital currencies: how to trade and securely store them.

“While there is largely a solid market for consumer trading and custody, these products do not always meet the needs of institutional investors, whose solutions must meet higher burdens relative to security and regulatory compliance,” the report reads.

With more than 200 cryptocurrency exchanges, it can be overwhelming for investors deciding which exchange best suits their needs in terms of buying and storing crypto-assets.

That said, Satis Group’s report estimates that the 20 top exchanges are accountable for more than 75 percent of cryptocurrency trading volume.

“As the market has matured, more exchanges have opened in a number of jurisdictions. Liquidity has remained highly concentrated amongst a small fraction of operators,” says the report.

While there are countless cryptocurrency exchanges, there are two fundamental types: decentralized and centralized exchanges.

Both exchanges support fiat exchanges, which are currency deposits, and crypto-exchanges, which are only cryptocurrency-only trades. Decentralized exchanges don’t support currency exchanges, while results in centralized exchanges holding most of the cryptocurrency trading volume.

Meanwhile, the report found that bitcoin (BTC) is responsible for one-third of all cryptocurrency trading volume, followed by Tether (USDT) at 22 percent and ethereum (ETH) at 12 percent.

With BTC dominating all cryptocurrencies by carrying over 50 percent of the market capitalization weight, the report’s findings are hardly surprising—even with an increase in the number of alt-coins.

Still, it’s been a tumultuous year for the digital currency. Ever since reaching its all-time highs of just under US$ 20,000 in December 2017, BTC has been on a steady decline since then. The last time BTC was over the US$ 10,000 threshold was in early March at US$ 11,342.80.

As of 6:30 p.m EST on Monday (September 24), the BTC price was US$ 6,622.47.

The report concludes by saying while the cryptoasset space continues evolving, “the solutions that facilitate widespread trading, adoption, and investment have continued their expansion in parallel.”

Despite the crypto-sector’s long-term outlook is still bearish the report says, investments in the “ground level” remain unabated.

“With evolving understanding of the fundamentals of the market, increased regulatory certainty in the US and abroad, and fiscal policies that continue to make alternative assets more attractive, the crypto market’s underlying infrastructure is continuing its expansion,” the report says.

In sum—investors interested in the crypto space can feel encouraged by the increase in trading volume over the next year and as global governments consider taking regulations seriously.

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Cannabis investors have patiently awaited for the the market to be validated with the moving interest from established industries.

The cannabis market has been full of promise and, with the potential entry of consumer goods and gigantic industries, validation is finally arriving.

In November of 2017, Canopy Growth (NYSE:CGC,TSX:WEED) secured a business relationship with Constellation Brands (NYSE:STZ), the alcohol manufacturer behind Corona beer.

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The connection started with a C$ 245 million investment deal into the company. However, before a year had passed on the deal, Constellation invested an extra C$ 5 billion in the Canadian cannabis producer further reinforcing the maturation of the emerging sector.

As the legalization trend continues across the globe, the cannabis industry has gained the attention of solidified markets — in addition to the alcohol sector — looking for ways to stay ahead of the curve in the cannabis market.

Here the Investing News Network (INN) brings investors a look at a five industries that could potentially be looking to gain or increase exposure into cannabis.

1. Beverage/alcohol

As indicated above, the investment from Constellation Brands really kicked the race off for alcohol companies looking for an in to the cannabis space. In August Molson Coors formed a joint venture with Canadian LP HEXO (TSX:HEXO).

Reports also surfaced of alcohol producer Diageo (NYSE:DEO) and The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE:KO) both seeking dancing partners. Canadian cannabis producers Tilray (NASDAQ:TLRY) and Aurora Cannabis (TSX:ACB) were the market favorites to obtain those partnerships respectively.

The promise these companies are looking for is the interest from consumers in infused beverages using elements from cannabis. Coca-Cola, for example doesn’t appear to want a resulting product to get consumers buzzed, but instead a wellness item using cannabidiol (CBD).

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Infused beverages have largely become a trend project for cannabis producers in 2018.

“People want consistency and predictability,” Danny Brody, vice president of investor relations for the Green Organic Dutchman (TSX:TGOD) said during a panel at the Extraordinary Future conference in Vancouver.

Kris Dahl, VP of corporate development with Sproutly (CSE:SPR), a company working exclusively on the development of infused cannabis beverages, told INN new technologies allow companies to perfect the timing of release in cannabis.

Dahl explained current beverages can take between 30 to 45 minutes before the effects are felt. “Some people are impatient looking for that effect so they drink too much and when it finally hits, they are out of it for a long, long time, Dahl said.

Alcohol companies in particular have a lot to gain from getting into cannabis early. Research has shown alcohol sales decline in territories where cannabis becomes legal for adult-use.

“The only reason beer is here first is because they are scared,” Chris Wagner, CEO of Emerald Health Therapeutics (TSXV:EMC), told an investor audience at the Extraordinary Future conference.

Winding sales have also been indicated by analysts as a reason for these alcohol producers to seek a cannabis operation to partner with.

2. Pharmaceuticals

The relationship between pharmaceuticals and cannabis is a complicated one. Many cannabis advocates have voiced that the rise of opioid epidemics in North American communities could be disrupted with the replacement of cannabis in pain management.

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Tensions are running high between the two industries. In February, Forbes reported on US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) saying “the opioid industry and the drug companies that manufacture it… are just trying to sell more drugs that addict patients.”

Despite this clash of ideals, cannabis research has modeled itself after the medical system implanted in large part by the pharmaceutical industry.

This year pharma made the first move when Sandoz Canada, a division of Sandoz International GmBh under the corporate umbrella of Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS), formed a partnership with Tilray.

3. Tobacco

The tobacco industry has been signaled as a de facto candidate for an entry into cannabis. However Doug Waterson, CFO and portfolio manager with Faircourt Asset Management and manager of the Ninepoint UIT Alternative Health Fund, told INN this entrance might take more time.

“Tobacco you would think … they have their own baggage obviously to deal with,” Waterson said. “I would say it’s more important to them to do a deal but it’s also probably more difficult just politically, [with] shareholders, everything. It’s a challenging thing.”

While it’s true cannabis still holds critics questioning its long term use and effect, the medical side of the drug has shown great promise for its research and early applications. Tobacco entering the space could provide a bad optics case for whichever company makes a move.

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It is still possible a tobacco company could be eyeing partnerships or joint ventures with a strictly recreational player or brand in the cannabis space.

During a panel at the MJBizCon INT’L in Toronto Mike Gorenstein, CEO of Cronos Group (NASDAQ:CRON,TSX:CRON) told the audience the second investment from Constellation Brands would push tobacco companies to seek entries as well.

4. Cosmetics

The medical aspects of cannabis have led some companies to explore the potential for its use in the cosmetics area, including skin care products and other applications mixing the health and wellness market.

Legal markets in the US have already seen growth in cannabis oil products dedicated to skin treatment and other wellness applications rather than a strict medical need attached to its use.

Alison Gordon, CEO of 48North (TSXV:NRTH) told INN the company wants to create food, beverage and skincare products. As she explained it, 48North will seek to partner with companies in those spaces.

The producer has revealed its intention to target female cannabis users exclusively as it’s core strategy with these types of products.

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“We don’t think we need to reinvent the wheel. We think it’s really about leveraging our knowledge of cannabis, our license and our ability to work with that, and partnering with the best in class around those different categories,” Gordon said.

During a panel discussion at the the Extraordinary Future conference in Vancouver Rosy Mondin, CEO of Quadron Cantech (CSE:QCC) said a lot of products in the cannabis industry haven’t even been conceived yet, including those in the skincare and cosmetic departments.

5. Food

One of the hottest trends in the cannabis culture is cooking with certain aspects of the drug infused into a meal.

Investors can see the demand for these recipes with even cookbooks made available for cannabis cooking. Instagram accounts and online blogs have also popularized the novel approach.

At trade shows such as the Lift Cannabis Expo, a cooking demo is a regular option for consumers.

Most likely, regulations with Health Canada and other agencies would put off companies to make any attempts in the near future. But, could there be potential for companies down the road to explore deals or partnerships and target consumers looking to add a kick into their meals?

Investor takeaway

Validation is starting to arrive for cannabis investors. With legalization of recreational use in Canada coming October 17, it makes sense more established industries and leading players are taking note of the potential for this market.

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Juventus Football Club Will Launch Its Own “Fan Token”

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Juventus soccer club is giving fans something different to shout about. The Italian soccer club announced today that it will launch its own fan token.

Rival Paris Saint-Germain made a similar announcement two weeks ago, so why is football becoming increasingly interested in the cryptocurrency sector?

There is one thing for sure that is positive about football’s involvement in crypto. It can help to promote the mainstream capabilities and adoption of cryptocurrency.

Let’s check out exactly what Juventus is doing with its fan token and what does it do?

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Barrick and Randgold Steal the Show — Denver Gold Forum, Day 1

This year’s Denver Gold Forum kicked off on Monday (September 24) with the news that major miner Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX,NYSE:ABX) plans to acquire Randgold Resources (LSE:RRL). 

The US$ 18.3-billion deal will create the world’s largest gold company by value as well as output, and was the talk of the show. Reactions to the transaction appear largely optimistic overall, with market watchers suggesting that Barrick may be preparing for a turnaround in the gold sector.

One potential concern about the purchase is how Barrick’s John Thornton and Randgold’s Mark Bristow will mesh. Bristow has criticized Barrick and other large gold miners in the past for lacking discipline, and is known for running a tight ship at Randgold.

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For now, however, both seem committed to making the union work. “We have no intention to changing the way we run the company at Randgold,” said Bristow on Monday. “And if there’s anything that John and I are completely aligned on, it’s that model.”

Bristow will be president and CEO at the new company, while Thornton will be executive director. Both Barrick and Randgold were scheduled to present at the Denver Gold Forum on Tuesday (September 25), but their slots were canceled on Monday morning after the announcement.

Scroll on for more highlights from the first day of the Denver Gold Forum. And stay tuned as we cover the rest of the three-day conference.

Denver Gold Forum, day 1: Notes from the floor

While the Barrick/Randgold news stole the show on Monday, the first day of the Denver Gold Forum also brought updates from other companies in the midst of their own deals. Here’s a look at a few.

Speaking during the morning, Equinox Gold (TSXV:EQX) CEO Christian Milau ran through details on the company’s acquisition of New Gold’s (TSX:NGD,NYSEAMERICAN:NGD) Mesquite gold mine in California.

Announced last week, the deal is valued at US$ 158 million and will make Equinox a producer. “The world has changed a hell of a lot for us in the last year,” said Milau.

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Bill Beament of Australia’s Northern Star Resources (ASX:NST) also took the stage Monday morning. In August, the company announced plans to acquire the Alaska-based Pogo gold mine from Sumitomo Metal Mining (TSE:5713) and Sumitomo (TSE:8053) for AU$ 347 million, and it recently raised AU$ 175 million in support of the deal.

The deal has not yet closed, but Beament told onlookers that the company is already involved at Pogo, with 16 Northern Star employees on site.

In the afternoon, Sibanye-Stillwater (NYSE:SBGL) shared details on an upcoming transaction as well. The company is in the process of acquiring platinum producer Lonmin (LSE:LMI) despite conditions placed on the deal last week by South Africa’s competition watchdog.

CEO Neal Froneman said that once the purchase closes Sibanye-Stillwater will be the world’s second-largest platinum producer and third-biggest palladium miner, as well as a significant producer of chrome.

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Finally, late in the day, Great Panther Silver (TSX:GPR,NYSEAMERICAN:GPL) President and CEO James Bannantine outlined the company’s planned US$ 105-million acquisition of Beadell Resources (ASX:BDR).

Bannantine emphasized that the move will bring together Great Panther’s balance sheet and gold producer Beadell’s asset base. Once complete, Great Panther will have four operating mines across three jurisdictions in South America.

Denver Gold Forum, day 1: Other headlines

As the Barrick/Randgold announcement shows, events like the Denver Gold Forum are a great opportunity for companies to release news. Here’s a quick rundown of a few other headlines from day one of the show.

Check back tomorrow as we share updates from the second day of the Denver Gold Forum. And don’t forget to follow us @INN_Resource for real-time updates.

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Iceland Moving Away from Crypto Mining… Where to Next?

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At the beginning of 2018, Iceland made headlines because of its heavy involvement in crypto mining. Because the country is an ideal climate for mining, Iceland is home to one of the world’s largest crypto farms.

But now things are changing; Iceland is shifting its focus. To what? Blockchain technology.

Iceland Crypto Mining No More?

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The Rise of CBD is Driving Innovation in the Cannabis Space

As legal cannabis products find their place in the North American markets, it’s the other cannabinoid that’s getting a lot of the buzz, as well as spurring on innovation in the cannabis space.

Cannabidiol (CBD) doesn’t get the user high, but it does reduce chronic pain and inflammation and a growing body of research suggests it could be useful for treating epilepsy, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and more.

Despite shifting and uncertain regulatory landscapes, cannabis and hemp companies in Canada and the United States are betting big on CBD, investing in new and innovative formulas, formats, and precision dosing methods.

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A brief explanation and history of CBD

CBD reacts differently with the endocannabinoid system—the system in the brain and nervous system that manages pain-sensation, memory, mood and more—than it’s cousin THC. Whereas THC binds directly to the system’s cannabinoid receptors to stimulate things like dopamine production, CBD reacts indirectly with the receptors and increases the body’s production of naturally-produced endocannabinoids.

With the sudden rush of attention around CBD in recent years, one could be forgiven for thinking that it’s a new discovery. In reality, CBD was first isolated from the cannabis plant all the way back in 1940. However, it would be a long time before we came to understand its potential. As with any medicinal drug, and particularly with one associated with cannabis, the road to understanding and legitimacy has been long and slow for CBD.

Dr. Roger Adams and a team of chemists at the university of Illinois were the first to discover the compound, though based on the paper that the team published in 1940, it’s clear that Adams and his team had no idea what they had discovered. The paper described CBD as “very toxic,” something we now know to be far from the truth.

It would take until 1963 for researchers to take another serious look at CBD when Dr. Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem determined the compound’s exact structure, opening CBD up for research as a pharmacological substance. In 1973, the first suggestions of CBD’s therapeutic potential were made when Brazilian researchers found reductions of the symptoms of epilepsy in animals. Further studies over the following two decades yielded promising results, showing a diminishment of convulsions in epilepsy patients, and promise for treating psychosis and anxiety. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system in 1988 shed light on how cannabinoids naturally work with the human body and further increased interest in cannabinoids as therapeutic medicine.

This research continued into the 21st century but it would be the plight of a little girl in Colorado that would bring the compound to mainstream attention. The high CBD/low THC cannabis strain Charlotte’s Web was developed in 2011 and named for Charlotte Figi, a then five-year-old girl with Dravet Syndrome, who was suffering from up to 300 grand mal seizures each week. As numerous other medications and therapies failed to help and Charlotte’s quality of life rapidly declined, her parents turned to CBD, a treatment that was unheard of for children at the time and extremely controversial. To the astonishment of Charlotte’s parents and physicians, the hail mary treatment did in fact reduce her seizures, completely.

Charlotte’s story attracted serious media attention from outlets all over the world, bringing attention and education on medicinal CBD to the public. Since then, the market for CBD products has exploded. CBD is now commonly used for serious disorders like Charlotte’s, for chronic pain and ailments, and as a general health and wellness product.

Today’s CBD market driving innovation in the cannabis space

The CBD market has evolved significantly from its days as a last resort treatment for people like Charlotte. As CBD’s benefits become increasingly and widely understood, and as innovation has opened new segments, the market is expected to have a compound annual growth rate of  39.19 percent up to 2021.

Today, with CBD products increasingly available throughout Canada and the United

States, innovation is the name of the game for CBD players looking to set themselves apart from the competition. To that end, CBD products can now be found in a huge range of forms. These include the standard tinctures of oil, edible products like candies, sport drinks and protein shakes formulated specifically to aid with post-workout aches and pains. Skin care product manufacturers have also taken notice of CBD’s utility for improving the look and feel of skin when used topically and have partnered with licenced producers to integrate CBD into their products.

Another big area of innovation in the CBD space is in precision dosing technology. Since cannabis and CBD products first began gaining steam as medicinal and wellness products, the question has been how best to ensure consumers are getting consistent and exact dosages for their specific needs. A number of companies in the space have worked out solutions. Canadian licensed producer Emblem Corp (TSXV:EMC,OTCQX:EMMBF) has partnered with Canntab Therapeutics (CSE:PILL) for the exclusive right to utilize Canntab’s Extended Release (XR) cannabis tablets in Canada. These proprietary time-released tablets are designed to release a predetermined and consistent portion of cannabinoids over an extended period of time, giving the consumer a longer lasting period of effect with reduced worry of side effects.

NanoSphere Health Sciences (CSE:NSHS) is another company focused on precision dosing technology. Nanosphere’s proprietary ‘nano-particle delivery’ system uses nanotechnology to encase cannabinoids in a phospholipid membrane similar to the membranes that protect cells in the body. This method ensures that a greater percentage of cannabinoids make it into the bloodstream, allowing for a more predictable dosage.

Regulatory status in Canada and the United States

In both Canada and the United States, the market is shifting in ways that create new opportunity for CBD products. Cannabis products, including CBD, remain illegal at the federal level in the US, but CBD is increasingly being allowed even in states that maintain tight prohibitions on THC cannabis. Currently, all but three US states have made exceptions to their anti-cannabis laws to allow for the sale of CBD. Federally, upcoming potential changes to the Farm Act could end the country’s prohibition on THC-free hemp, from which CBD can be extracted. The United States opening doors for CBD is one of the driving factors that could cause the American CBD market to grow faster than the legal THC cannabis market.

In Canada, the cannabis act will allow for the sale of recreational cannabis to adults, with tight restriction. Some licensed producers are hopeful that this massive regulatory shift will open the door for parliament to remove hemp-derived CBD from the controlled substances list entirely. This move would allow CBD products to move out of the dispensary and into broader market places like grocery stores and mainstream drugstores, allowing for a wider market reach for CBD.

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