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Grand Cache Coal cuts 2012 sales forecast

Metallurgical coal mining company Grande Cache Coal Corp cut its 2012 coal sales forecast as it expects production to be affected by the challenging mining conditions. The company now sees coal sales volumes of 2.2-2.4 million tonnes, down from the previous forecast of 2.4-2.6 million tonnes.

SAS declares commercial production at its Holt Mine

St Andrew Goldfields Ltd. (T-SAS), ("SAS" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that the Holt Mine has now achieved commercial production after operating for 90 days at an average daily throughput of between 450 to 500 tonnes per day ("tpd"). Operational statistics will be provided in the Company's upcoming scheduled first quarter 2011 earnings release on or about May 6, 2011. The Holt Mine and Mill are located on the eastern portion of the Company's extensive land package in the Timmins Mining District.

Silver stocks fall on Bolivian nationalisation fears

The shares in some North American silver miners fell sharply on Thursday after Bolivia's leftist government said it might rescind concessions on four mines in the country run by Glencore International Ltd [GLEN.UL] affiliates and Canada's Pan American Silver Corp (PAA.TO: Quote)(PAAS.O: Quote).

Magma completes A$20 million placement

Magma Metals Limited (ASX & TSX: MMW) (“Magma” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the completion of an A$20 million placement of approximately 71.4 million new fully paid ordinary shares at a price of A$0.28 per share (“Issue Price”) (the “Placement”).

Orbite identifies rare earths in its Grande-Vallée deposit

Exploration Orbite VSPA has discovered the presence of high-value byproducts such as scandium, gallium and other important rare earth elements in its Grande-Vallée deposit in the Gaspé region of Quebec, all of which offer strong economic potential for the company and for Canada, the company believes.

Osisko Mining pours first gold at Malartic

Osisko Mining (TSX: OSK) poured its first gold at the Canadian Malartic open-pit gold mine in Quebec on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. The act ushered in not only one of Canada's newest miners, but one of its largest, with production at Malartic planned to hit 600,000 ounces gold a year, over a 12-year mine life.

Big Daddy chromite project advancing to feasibility

A preliminary economic assessment (PEA) of the Big Daddy chromite deposit in northern Ontario is recommending that the project advance to the feasibility stage. The PEA was commissioned by Montreal-based KWG Resources, which owns a 28% interest and a 1% net smelter royalty (NSR) in the deposit, located in the remote James Bay lowlands of northern Ontario. The company also has NSRs on the adjacent Black Thor and Black Label chromite deposits, and has the option to increase its interest in Big Daddy to 30%.