Month: December 2018

Sleep Like A Baby

There are a number of advantages to owning a hammock. While hammocks have been around for a very long time, portable hammock stands are new and investing in them is a great option. One of the best things about a two person hammock is that it is easy to carry from one place to another mainly because it is light in weight and it can be folded. There are various reasons why you should invest in these hammocks.

One of the major advantages of investing in a hammock is that you can sleep in peace in them. If you hate camping mainly because you can’t sleep well, it’s time to set up your hammock and see how well you sleep the next time you camp. Hammocks have a slow rocking motion which helps to put you to sleep in no time. This is because it relaxes your muscles and keeps you calm.

Once you start sleeping on a hammock you will realize the benefits of it right away. With a hammock there is no need to flip it once every six months like you do with a mattress. All you need to do is sleep comfortably on the hammock and all your sleep related problems will go away. One of the things that the hammock gives you is an active mind. With a normal mattress there is usually some tossing and turning that happens before you get sleep. This causes your mind to think about lot as it tries to tire itself to sleep. Once your mind does that it does not wake up refreshed in the morning. Compare this to a hammock where you get sleep almost immediately. This means that your mind has no time to think about anything else. You will end up waking refreshed and renewed.

Hammocks don’t always need to be set up in the open; you can set them up indoors too. People often find it tough sleeping in someone else’s bed and if you are one such person, make sure to carry your hammock with you the next time you plan on sleeping at a friend’s place.

Switching from the age old mattress to a hammock is one of the best decisions you will ever make. While the biggest advantage of the hammock is solving your problem of lack of sleep there are other health benefits that are associated with the hammock as well.

There are a number of reasons why you need to consider investing in hammock stands. One of the main benefits of using these stands is that you can now set up your hammock wherever you want. Since these stands are portable, foldable and light in weight, you can take them with you on your trips and ensure you get a good night’s sleep.

Hammocks are extremely useful for people who have trouble sleeping at night. People have tried all sorts of remedies like listening to music, reading a book and many more. However if you do not get sleep there is nothing that you can do to force it to come.

Miners pounded by gold rout

A three percent drop in the price of gold to the mid $1,160s/oz last week – lows not seen in years – translated into an especially painful mow-down of gold equities, majors and juniors alike.

A quick inspection of five of the top gold miners shows that as a group they were down 12%, on average, from market close Wednesday to Friday.

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That was about three times the movement in the price of gold and showed more exaggeration, gold-vs.-equities, than usual, suggesting investors hit the panic button in selling their gold stock.

Kinross Gold stands out. It lost 20% last week, piling on an abysmal performance this year. Its share price is down nearly 50% in 2014.

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Among the top two gold miners Barrick fared better than Goldcorp in the gold rout last week. Barrick and Goldcorp’s share prices fell 7% and 12% respectively.

But on the year Goldcorp’s share price has been far more resilient. With gold down about 3% on the year, it has lost about 8% of its share price value.

Barrick is down a whopping 28%.

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Indeed, despite the fact Goldcorp produces far less gold than Barrick, its lesser debt load, and cost and growth profile, have plumped up its market valuation beyond the #1 gold miner this year.

Now like the majors many of the top gold juniors – companies with fairly sizeable gold deposits at an advanced stage – also bombed last week on heavy volumes.

The average share price losses of nine leading gold juniors was 15% Wednesday to Friday last week.

Roxgold and Romarco Minerals were most notable among losers, down 27% and 22% respectively.

Yet some context here is worth noting.

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These two junior names were also the two in the group that were still up overall on the year, Romarco by 50% and Roxgold by 13%.

Among the worst performances was True Gold’s, down 20% late last week and 50% on the year.

Overall, however, junior gold developers in view here have fared better than the majors in 2014. Indeed, they were near even on the year, despite the recent gold rout. Miners pounded by gold rout.

Junior gold plays – New Orleans Investment Conference

Here we are on the floor of the New Orleans Investment Conference, organized by Brien Lundin of the Gold Newsletter, and taking a closer look at some of the advanced-stage development gold companies.

Today, Trimetals Mining, a TSX-listed gold project developer with assets in Nevada.

More companies to follow.

Trimetals (TSX:TMI)

Market-cap C$19 million

Cash C$8 million

If it works out and grows you could easily argue they’ll be worth quite a bit more than the C$19 million marketcap it has today.

We’ll see.

There’s still loads of risk to consider with Trimetals and its pursuit of a low-cost heap-leach gold project in Utah/Nevada. Keep permitting and resource size in mind.

But then there’s also some factors leaning in its favour.

First it must be said Trimetals, which now focuses on the Gold Springs project in Nevada and Utah, has fairly small gold deposits on its hands.

Some would shrug it off for this.

New Orleans Investment Conference Brent Cook, of Exploration Insights, used to own the stock, but is now wary of the number of ounces in play.

Indeed, resource wise – at least as it stands – you almost certainly won’t see a major shelling out lots of cash for this one at this point. In that vein Cook had played it for greater size than it has shown so far.

But then there’s also no lack of examples of successful miners starting on modest deposits with good low-cost features. These can form the humble beginnings of something bigger.

Trimetals, in its Gold Spring project, which comprises two deposits that straddle the Utah/Nevada border, is worth mulling over in this respect.

To those modest resources.

Trimetals counts:

  • 21.3 million tonnes @ 0.5 g/t gold and 9.8 g/t silver for 339,000 ounces gold and 6.7 million ounces silver in indicated resources.
  • 16.7 million tonnes @ 0.4 g/t gold 9.1 g/t silver for 214,000 ounces gold and 4.9 million ounces silver in inferred resources. (At 0.2 g/t Au cut-off)

At first glance these resources look rather inconsequential. But then not all deposits of 500,000-odd-ounces gold of 0.5 g/t Au are created equal and this one looks to have some strong early-stage chops.

First, it has grown in size over the past few years. Back in 2012, before South American Silver took over High Desert Gold, which then owned the deposit (and later became Trimetals) the deposit ounces stood at a quarter million.

That first gold resource was built around drillholes put into the target back in the 1990s, said Randall Moore, Trimetals’ vice president of exploration, who was manning Trimetals booth early Thursday morning at the New Orleans Investment Conference.

Resources grew consistently from about 200,000 ounces gold equivalent, inferred, in 2012 to 400,000 ounces gold equivalent in 2013 and then to 750,000 ounces gold in 2014.

(This equivalency assumes a very outdated 57:1 gold/silver ratio which is now closer to 70:1.)

Interestingly the resource growth comes from circumscribed areas of the property.

Trimetals has been limited in permitting, until recently, to near-deposit drilling. However its plan of operations for more exploration was recently approved and that opens up a number of other targets to explore – and possibly discover more ounces.

There still looks to be some unfinished business, in other words.

Moore noted that after doing a LIDAR survey, which gives a nice topographic picture of surface features, some old-timer pits (AKA quasi-ancient gold prospecting areas) showed up that Trimetals hadn’t logged before in targets little explored to the south/southwest of its Jumbo and Grey Eagle deposits.

These are the two deposits that make up the core of the project.

Likewise there are existing gold anomalies that Trimetals has yet to drill.

If it finds success in delineating more ounces gold in these targets, you wonder if the junior might get some more recognition.

Now back to the known deposits.

Gold recovery looks good in early stage testing. Trimetals put RC cuttings (think pretty coarse material that doesn’t require extra-expensive grinding) through bottle-roll metallurgical tests and got results between around 80%-90% recovery.

Finer-ground material did between 92% to 98%, Moore said.

The logical next step is to test even coarser material – 3/8-inch grind – to see how recovery does there. If the coarser material shows good recovery it could point to cheap mining costs. Silver pulled a recovery in the 40% to 50% range.

On deposit shape, the geometry doesn’t look all that bad.

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It outcrops at surface – silicified ridges that form a small part of the wider system of sheeted veins and breccia – attest to that, and look amenable to a lowish strip with a waste/ore ratio in the 2:1 range. Some of the better grades are near surfaceand that could help Trimetal.

Early stage economics also look strong, though they will need more validation.

The deposits would, in Trimetals management view, support a 9-year mine working at 10,000 tonnes per day in a heap leach operation which would cost $58 million to build. At $1,000/oz gold it spins off a pre-tax net present value of $82 million, and an IRR of 33%, according to a recent preliminary economic assessment.

“It still makes good money,” said Moore, reflecting on project economics at gold prices a fair bit lower than currently.

Now there’s something of an analog that should be considered in this respect.

Midway Gold started mining a similar deposit in Nevada, the Pan project, in September (but not yet at commercial producution.)

This is interesting for two reasons.

First, the grade and size is not that different between the two projects.

Midway counts 48 million tonnes @ 0.56 g/t Au for 864,000 ounces gold in proven and probable reserves (at a much higher confidence than Trimetals inferred/indicated resources) and has also built a mining project around these reserves with a 1.8:1 life of mine strip ratio in a heap leaching scenario with a pricetag of $99 million.

The second parrallel is permitting.

Moore noted that Midway permitted in about 18 months. Pretty fast for the U.S.

Could Trimetals do the same navigating similar Nevada, Utah and federal regulations?

Like Midway, Trimetals may opt to do a full environment impact statement, Moore said. It’s more arduous than an environmental assessment, which requires less detail, but it could afford Trimetals more protection in being less easily challenged.

Do that “so it’s not going to blow up in your face later,” he said.

Pennsylvania Tourism Information

Pennsylvania isn’t the first place tourists flock in the United States, but tourism remains a viable industry. Tourists enjoy rich early American history, NASCAR, chocolate and the natural beauty of Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia

Philadelphia hosts several historic locations and objects in American history such as Independence National Historic Park, which holds Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

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Pocono 500

Twice a year, in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, NASCAR comes to town. The remote town overflows during race weekend.

Hiking and Camping

Pennsylvania contains 117 state parks and a half dozen national recreation areas, including the Delaware Recreation Area. At the Delaware Recreation Area, the Dingmans Campground connects with the McDade Trail, allowing easy access for hikers from the campground.

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Hershey

As the chocolate capital of Pennsylvania (maybe the world), Hershey contains many attractions dedicated to the chocolate such as Hershey Park, Hershey’s Chocolate World and the Spa at Hotel Hershey.

Gettysburg

In 1863, both the Battle of Gettysburg and the Gettysburg Address occurred in Gettysburg, forever changing it. In commemoration, the Gettysburg National Military Park preserves those pivotal moments in history.

Friday Fun – Fun With Digital Humor

Friday Fun is just what the name implies – it’s Friday, so let’s have some fun. Every Friday we’ll bring you something funny, at least we think it is 🙂 Might be a picture or a post or something completely different. This week it’s fun with Digital Humor.

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Digital this…

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And digital that…

Fun With Digital HumorHey, I love all things digital as much as the next guy or girl… so why not have some fun with it?

Now Ride Around In Style

There are a number of people that love to get to places looking stylish. If you are one of those people and you are looking to make an impression each and every time then it’s time you hire a Limo. Not everyone considers hiring a Limo on a daily basis. However if you start going to work or your daughter goes to college daily in a Limo imagine the impression it would make. There are a number of benefits that a Limo rental has to offer and one of the major benefits is convenience. If you are looking for the best rent hummer limo service then it’s time that you go online and check the reviews for all the services that are on offer.

Once you are able to decide which Limo rental service is value for money you will be able to enjoy an amazing Limo ride and not stress about driving to and from work on a daily basis. Another trend that has started these days is the Hummer Limo. This magnificent beast looks amazing and will definitely make heads turn when you are on the road. The best part is you do not even need to drive this. All you need to do is sit in the backseat and let the driver will take care of the rest for you. You can just enjoy the ride and reach your destination very comfortably. All you need to do is make sure that you trust the right rental service because there are the number of rental services out there that would promise a lot and not deliver.

Another thing that parents are doing these days is hiring a limo for their children when they go to prom. If it is prom night and your daughter needs to get to prom you can ensure that she gets to the prom safely and get back home safely as well. This is because the limo rental service will ensure that she reaches safely and she is taken good care of. You can also hire a Limo in case you have to go out of town for the weekend and you do not want to take your car. All you need to do is book the rental service and the Limo will be at your doorstep to take you out of town and bring you back as well. While you may think that hiring a Limo is not affordable you couldn’t be more wrong. These days the right Limo rental service is very affordable and you will be able to enjoy the ride of your life time without burning a hole in your wallet.

People that used to stay away from limo rentals are now encouraging others to do so as well. This is because they have experienced firsthand how amazing a Limo ride can be. All you need to do is take a Limo ride today and change your mindset so that you can enjoy this smooth ride on a daily basis.

Budget Planning for a Vacation

Planning your budget for a vacation doesn’t have to be a painful process. Even if you’re traveling light in the wallet, you can still have a fantastic trip. First, gather your list of costs for “must see” attractions and events, then use creative ways to painlessly cut corners so you can get the most fun from your cash.

Budget Planning for a Vacation

Travel Budget Calculator

Independent Traveler created an online calculator where you can plug in all of your trip expenses, then tabulate a vacation budget at the push of a button. The form lists all of the common travel expenses like air and hotel, plus things you might not consider before your trip, like small admission fees and tolls. You can plan your spending down to the smallest detail.

Budget Planning for a Vacation

Three Unique Ways to Save on Airline Tickets

Search for consolidator airfares. Consolidators are plane tickets that are purchased by brokers from airlines at negotiated rates. The discounts are then passed on to consumers as the tickets are sold to consumers at discount pricing.

The Travel Channel’s Lori Rothschild suggests several uncommon ways to save money when travelling. First, Ms Rothschild recommends checking regional airports near major metro locations within driving distance to shave big dollars off flight costs.

Budget Planning for a Vacation

Lowering Lodging Costs

Check extended-stays or temporary apartment rentals, sometimes they’re considerably less expensive than hotels. If you are staying in a hotel, discuss the added room charges in advance and see if any unnecessary charges or services can be omitted.

Review of The Muse, a Kimpton Hotel in New York

Visitors flock to New York City for Broadway theater and the delights of Fifth Avenue shopping. If your next trip also includes sampling some of the Big Apple’s landmarks and museums, plus dining in legendary eateries, then The Muse could be a great choice, especially if you want to include the family dog. The Muse is a Kimpton hotel, a chain of boutique hostelries that specialize in designer environments, personal service, luxurious details and a pet-friendly policy. Centrally located on West 46th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues, The Muse is a delightful oasis for the sophisticated traveler.

Insider Tips

The Muse offers tasteful accommodations that are designed for comfort with thoughtful, elegant touches. The marble bathrooms are well-appointed and the towels are generous. Flat screen TVs with cable, two-line phones with voice mail and complimentary newspapers are all nice details. The lobby just received a major face-lift, and the adjoining restaurant recently reopened with a new name, a new chef and a menu of upscale “comfort” foods, like bison meatloaf and sensational shrimp and grits. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and room service is available. In the late afternoon a wine tasting is offered gratis to guests. The selection of wines is excellent and the pour is generous. The Muse offers spa services in the privacy of your room, and there is also an on-site workout facility. The book rate for The Muse lodging is on the moderate to high side, so check the hotel’s official website for special promotions.

Review of The Muse, a Kimpton Hotel in New York

Pros and Cons

Even though The Muse is just moments from the excitement of the Theater District and Fifth Avenue, the hotel is a relaxed, quiet environment with excellent security. The lobby and public spaces are high-concept contemporary. The guest rooms are handsome and well maintained by an attentive, professional staff. Because of the hotel’s dog-friendly policy, if you are allergic to animals, inform the hotel when you make a reservation to avoid any problems. The menu in the adjacent restaurant is limited and room service is available only during specific hours, but the surrounding area is loaded with dining options. High speed Internet service is available for a fee, the daily charge for parking your car is steep, and the in-room spa services are pricey. Budget tip for theater buffs: The Muse is just moments away from the same-day, half-price ticket service TKTS, at 47th and Broadway.

Review of The Muse, a Kimpton Hotel in New York

Bottom Line

The Muse is a stylish addition to the New York hotel scene. Adjacent to two major transportation hubs, Times Square and Grand Central Station, the hotel’s location makes travel around the city easy and quick. The staff at The Muse are well trained and always happy to assist you with directions, suggestions and transportation arrangements to and from airports. In addition to a pet-friendly policy, the care and attention paid to pint-sized guests of the human variety is unusually thoughtful and impressive. Tucked right in the middle of the bustle of midtown Manhattan, The Muse is a chic boutique hotel that offers New York visitors convenience, comfort and more than a touch of luxury.

The Perfect Search Engine And How It Would Impact Marketers And Advertisers

The word “perfect” is such a strong and powerful one. Reaching perfection, while the goal of many, is not often reached. But if you’re a marketer or advertiser, just imagine a world where the Perfect Search Engine (PSE) exists. Well, the folks over at Search Engine Land did… and so did we.

The Search Engine Land piece touched on both what a PSE would mean for consumers in addition to the impact it would have on marketers and advertisers.

The Perfect Search Engine And How It Would Impact Marketers And Advertisers
From the consumer’s perspective it would come down to speed and engagement. Speed in the form “how quickly can PSE return results that match the user’s real intent?” And engagement in the form of the simple act of asking questions “… in many circumstances, the fastest way to get comprehensive results is to ask follow up questions.”

From the marketers’ and advertisers’ standpoint, it would be a matter of competition and less thereof “Advertisers would benefit tremendously from this as well. Instead of competing for traffic they may not actually want they can compete for traffic after the user has clarified their intent. This would improve conversion rates, and save users time as well.”

The Perfect Search Engine And How It Would Impact Marketers And Advertisers

So that’s what the good folks over at Search Engine Land perceive to be what a PSE would entail…

And here’s what some of our search engine marketing gurus – Russell Kalbach and David Arico, think a PSE would be defined as and how it would affect advertisers/marketers as well as consumers.

SO: What is your definition of the Perfect Search Engine (PSE)?
DA: I would like my PSE to interact with me. I’d like it to be able to look at my search history and provide me more customized results based on my habits. I’d like it to ask me to clarify a search if need be.
RK: The perfect search engine can decipher a users intent when typing in a query and provide the most relevent/useful results. That is my broad definition but we all understand there is a lot that goes into this; crawling, indexing, categorizing, learning user search behavior, trending real time results, location specific results, etc. However, when all is said and done, users don’t care how they get the results but they want the most helpful results and they want them fast.

The Perfect Search Engine And How It Would Impact Marketers And Advertisers

SO: How would your PSE affect advertisers and marketers?
DA: I would try to integrate them into the search engine results more seamlessly. In fact, I really don’t think there should be any distinction at all. I think ads can have just as much, if not more, relevance than many of the organic results the non-PSEs deliver anyways. That would translate into a boost in traffic for advertisers.
RK: The PSE would be great for advertisers and marketers because it would present users with the most relevant ads. Maybe organic and paid listings are blended without users even knowing. The perfect PSE would be able to determine the best results, whether it is paid or organic, and display them to the user. In theory, this may require advertisers to create ads that mimic the different search result verticals (image, videos, news, shopping).

SO: How would your PSE affect consumers?
DA: It would make it easier to interpret a user’s search query and get you the answer you want. After all, I really don’t care where I find what I’m looking for, just get me there, and fast!
RK: Consumers would find what they are looking for in the shortest amount of time possible.

So what do you think would be in the Perfect Search Engine?

If you’re a brand marketer or product marketer, how would a PSE help you get your brand/product in front of and engage with your customers and prospects?

Do you think we will ever see a Perfect Search Engine?

UNCOVERING OAKLAND’S OLYMPIC GLORY

UNCOVERING OAKLAND’S OLYMPIC GLORYOver 120 years and 29 Olympic Games, 25 Oakland athletes have participated in the Olympics and won a total of 19 gold medals, four silver medals, and two bronze medals. The Olympic Games have a legendary past and continue to capture the attention and imagination of the world like no other athletic competition. The greatest international sports spectacle on the planet will be on display for the 30th time in London from July 27th to August 12th.. During these summer Games, 10,500 athletes from 205 nations will participate in 300 events across 26 sports, while the Paralympics will include athletes from 147 nations.

Over the history of the Olympic Games, several Oakland athletes have become Olympic legends due to their outstanding performances. 38th Notes historian Paul Brekke-Miesner introduces a few Oakland Olympic highlights below:

1924 PARIS OLYMPICS:

Al White, (left) the former Oakland Tech High prep, was the first Olympic diving double gold medal winner. In the 1924 Paris Olympics he won gold in the 3-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform.

1936 BERLIN OLYMPICS:

Archie Williams attended University High School and then Cal-Berkeley where in April of 1936 during the NCAA track and field championships clocked 46.5, passing the 400-meter mark in 46.1 to set a world record. In the Olympics in Berlin he won an exciting photo finish race over Godfrey Brown of Great Britain in a time of 46.5 for the gold.

1928, 1932, AND 1948 OLYMPICS:

The University of California rowers won gold medals in the eight-oared event in all three Olympics with Oaklanders in the boats. In 1928 in Amsterdam it was Hub Caldwell, in 1932 in L.A. it was Burt Jastram, and in 1948 in Henley, England it was brothers Dave and Ian Turner.

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1948 AND 1952 OLYMPICS:

Zoe Ann Olson (right) won an Olympic silver medal in 1948 in London and then married Oakland High and Cal football and baseball star Jackie Jensen. She had the first of their three children in 1950 and then decided two weeks before the Olympic trials in 1952 to try out for the U.S. Olympic team. Amazingly, she made the team and went on to win a bronze medal in Helsinki, thereby becoming the only woman diver to medal at both the 1948 and 1952 Olympics.

1968 MEXICO CITY OLYMPICS:

Jim Hines (top), McClymonds High alum, was the first sprinter to break the 10-second barrier in the 100-meter dash. He accomplished the feat at the U.S. Track & Field Championships before the Olympics but it was manually timed so not official. Hines officially broke the barrier when he was electronically timed in the world-record time of 9.95 seconds to win the Olympic gold medal and the title -”World’s Fastest Human.” Hines also won a gold medal in the 4×100 meter relay, coming from sixth place when he received the baton and winning by a yard, running his leg in an incredible 8.2 seconds. Hines later said it was the fastest he ever ran in his life.

UNCOVERING OAKLAND’S OLYMPIC GLORY2000 SYDNEY OLYMPICS:

Marcus Jensen, a Skyline High product, was a member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team that won a gold medal in 2000, the only gold medal won in baseball by the U.S. in the four Olympics when baseball was an official sport.

2004 ATHENS OLYMPICS:

Andre Ward (above) won the gold medal in the middleweight boxing division at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece. It was the first Olympic boxing gold in eight years for the United States. Watch him dominate his Olympic quarterfinal opponent, and world champion at the time, Evgeny Makarenko of Russia below.

OLYMPIC BASKETBALL GOLD MEDALS – 1948, 1956, 1996, 2000, 2008:

Oaklanders like Bill Russell, Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, Ron Tomsic and Don Barksdale have brought Olympic gold medals home with them over the years. Barksdale became the first African-American in U.S. history to play on America’s Olympic basketball team and win a gold medal in 1948. Russell and Tomsic were gold medal winning teammates on America’s 1956 team while Kidd and Payton teamed up to lead the U.S. contingent to gold in 2000. Payton also won a gold medal in 1996 while Kidd continued Oakland’s gold medal fortunes with 2008′s Redeem Team (below).