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Press Release: Seabridge Drilling Confirms Iron Cap as Major New Gold-Copper Deposit

New fourth KSM zone could significantly improve project economics

Toronto, Canada – Results from the first eight holes drilled by Seabridge at the Iron Cap target have confirmed a new, large potentially bulk minable deposit at KSM which could substantially improve project economics. Results to date include wide intercepts of gold, copper and silver grades above the KSM average. Infill drilling will now proceed at Iron Cap with the aim of establishing new proven and probable reserves to be included in mine plans for the project.

Seabridge President Rudi Fronk commented that “results from our eight holes and five holes drilled by previous operators  have identified a new deposit that is at least 900 meters in strike length, 400 meters wide and up to 350 meters thick,  located immediately adjacent to the Mitchell zone [see attached maps]. What is most encouraging is that Iron Cap appears to have zones of higher grade copper which could be blended with ore from Mitchell to maintain our targeted 0.20% average copper grade to the mill. This average head grade is important because it generates a higher grade concentrate without sacrificing recoveries, which in turn commands better smelter returns and reduces shipping costs. The current mine plan calls for the early development of the more distant Kerr and Sulphurets zones to maintain copper head grades to the mill. Sequencing Iron Cap before Kerr and Sulphurets could have multiple potential benefits including lower operating and capital costs, deferring significant expenditures and extending mine life.” Results from Seabridge’s initial eight holes from Iron Cap are as follows:

Iron Cap Drill Hole Results

Geologic descriptions of the eight holes are as follows:

IC-10-006: Eastern part of Iron Cap zone, drilled at azimuth 135º with an inclination of minus 70º. The drill pierced thermally and hydrothermally altered sedimentary rocks with narrow intrusive and breccia bodies. Silicic alteration with intense quartz veinlets indicative of shattering by fluid pressure characterizes the rocks in this drill hole. Sulfide minerals are abundant and concentrated in the quartz veinlets.

IC-10-007: North central part of Iron Cap, orientated at azimuth 135º and a minus 80º inclination. This hole collared in shattered and veined silicically altered and thermally metamorphosed sedimentary rocks. It passed into a shattered and veined intrusion with intense silica alteration. Numerous intervals of silica altered breccia with abundant sulfide minerals were recognized within the intrusion.

IC-10-008: Central part of Iron Cap, drilled at azimuth 135º and a minus 80º inclination. Extensive silica alteration of tuffaceous and sedimentary rocks was encountered in the upper part of the drill hole. Deeper sections of the hole contained quartz-sericite altered intrusion and silica altered breccia.

IC-10-009: North central part of Iron Cap, drilled at azimuth 135º and a minus 80º inclination. The hole encountered diorite to monzonite intrusion through most of its length. To about 174 meters, alteration intensity increases beginning with moderate-intensity chlorite alteration grading to intense silica and potassic alteration. Below 174 meters, intensity of silica alteration remains consistent to the end of the hole, with veining and sulfide abundance decreasing at depth.

IC-10-010: North central part of Iron Cap, drilled at azimuth 135º and a minus 80º inclination. The drill hole encountered breccia through most of its length. The breccia generally has intensely altered fragments in a matrix of silica and sulfide minerals, with occasional zones of intense veining superimposed on the brecciated rock.

IC-10-011: Northeast part of Iron Cap, orientated at azimuth 135º with an inclination of minus 70º. The drill hole collared in brecciated rock, passed into a section of silicically altered pyritic sedimentary rocks and then into a fine grained intrusion. The breccia and intrusive rocks are dominantly sericite altered. The highest grade gold zone straddles the contact between the intrusion and sedimentary rocks.

IC-10-012: Far northeast part of Iron Cap, drilled at azimuth 135º and a minus 70º inclination. The upper parts of this drill hole are alternating intervals of sedimentary and tuffaceous rocks with diorite intrusion. Alteration is principally silica with abundant stockwork veins. The lower third of the drill hole encountered silicic and pyritic sedimentary rocks and very fine grained felsic volcanic rocks.

IC-10-013: North central part of Iron Cap, orientated at azimuth 135º and minus 80º inclination. The entire drill hole displays low intensity alteration in a porphyritic intrusive rock. The upper third of the hole is dominated by silicic alteration with patchy potassic alteration. Below a distinct fault zone in the hole, the lower 2/3 is altered in alternating intervals to chlorite-rich and silica-rich alteration assemblages.

The above reported drill holes were designed to intersect the true width of the Iron Cap zone.

The 100% owned KSM project, located near Stewart, British Columbia, Canada, is one of the world’s largest undeveloped gold/copper projects. Proven and probable reserves for the KSM project (see news release dated March 31, 2010 for details) using a gold price of US$850 per ounce and a copper price of US$2.25 per pound are as follows:

KSM Proven and Probable Reserves

Exploration activities at KSM are being conducted by Seabridge personnel under the supervision of William E. Threlkeld, Senior Vice President of Seabridge and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Threlkeld has reviewed and approved this news release. An ongoing and rigorous quality control/quality assurance protocol is being employed during the 2010 program including blank and reference standards in every batch of assays. Cross-check analyses are being conducted at a second external laboratory on 10% of the samples. Samples are being assayed at Eco Tech Laboratory Ltd., Kamloops, B.C., using fire assay atomic adsorption methods for gold and total digestion ICP methods for other elements.

Seabridge holds a 100% interest in several North American gold resource projects. The Company’s principal assets are the KSM property located near Stewart, British Columbia, Canada and the Courageous Lake gold project located in Canada’s Northwest Territories. For a breakdown of Seabridge’s mineral resources by project and resource category please visit the Company’s website at http://www.seabridgegold.net/resources.php.

Source: Company Website

Press Release: Minera Andes Announces Production at the San José Mine for the Second Quarter 2010

TORONTO, ONTARIO – July 21, 2010 – Minera Andes Inc. (the “Corporation” or “Minera Andes”) (TSX: MAI and US OTC: MNEAF) announces the San José mine production results for the second quarter of 2010. During the second quarter, the San José mine produced 1,220,794 ounces of silver and 19,707 ounces of gold, of which 49% is attributable to Minera Andes.


Production Q2
Ore production (tonnes) 116,259 96,484 119,184
Average head grade silver (g/t) 368 293 400
Average head grade gold (g/t) 5.81 5.92 5.65
Silver produced (ounces) 1,220,794 823,107 1,264,616
Gold produced (ounces) 19,707 16,430 18,078
Silver equivalent production (ounces 2,403,214 1,808,907 2,349,296
Net silver sold (ounces) 1,294,677 739,159 1,709,190
Net gold sold (ounces) 22,168 14,325 21,930

*49% of the San José mine production is attributable to Minera Andes Inc.

Compared to the first quarter of 2010, the 2010 second quarter silver production was 48% higher and gold production was 20% higher. The increase in silver and gold production was primarily the result of higher mine production and mill feed tonnage compared to the first quarter. Mill throughput in the second quarter of 2010 was 20% higher than the previous quarter. In the second quarter the silver head grade increased 26% compared to the first quarter, and the gold head grade was 2% lower than the first quarter. The improved silver grades are related to ongoing development of the Kospi vein. Compared to the second quarter of 2009, the second quarter 2010 silver production decreased 3% and gold increased 9%.

Average daily mill throughput during the second quarter of 2010 was approximately 1,280 tonnes per day, which is 15% below the mill capacity of 1,500 tonnes per day. According to Minera Santa Cruz, our operating joint venture entity managed by Hochschild Mining plc (“MSC”), the mill operated below capacity due to lower mine production. As previously reported, mine production has been adversely impacted by delays in underground mine development.

MSC has further advised us that the development delays also impacted production grades because access to certain higher grade stoping areas was delayed. Consequently, second quarter 2010 mill feed grades continue to be lower than the average 2009 head grades. However, MSC has advised Minera Andes that they expect the grades to improve during the second half of the year

Milling operations are performing satisfactorily with recoveries in line with budget expectations. A series of modifications were made to the mill during 2009 and the first half of 2010 that resulted in improved operating efficiencies. A small Merrill Crow circuit was also installed in the fourth quarter of 2009 that is resulting in the recovery of incremental silver ounces and slightly improved silver recoveries. Aside from normal sustaining capital, which includes mine development and exploration, the Corporation is not aware of any new capital projects at San José.

Second quarter production cost information will be provided jointly with second quarter financial results.

Sales of silver and gold were 75% and 55% higher, respectively, in second quarter of 2010 compared to the first quarter as a result of increased ore production and a decrease in products inventory. Compared to the same quarter last year, sales of silver in the second quarter of 2010 were 24% lower while gold sales were at about the same level. This was due to lower ore production in the second quarter of 2010, differences in head grades and inventory liquidations in the second quarter of 2009.

This news release is submitted by James K. Duff, Chief Operating Officer of Minera Andes Inc.

About Minera Andes
Minera Andes is an exploration company exploring for gold, silver and copper in Argentina with three significant assets: A 49% interest in Minera Santa Cruz SA, which owns the San José Mine, one of the world’s largest primary silver producers that produced 4,998,000 million oz silver and 77,080 oz gold in 2009; 100% ownership of the Los Azules porphyry copper deposit in San Juan province, Argentina; and, a portfolio of exploration properties in the highly prospective Deseado Massif region of Santa Cruz Province in southern Argentina. Minera Andes had approximately $15 Million USD in cash and no bank debt as at March 31, 2010.

For further information, please contact: Daniela Ozersky or visit our Web site: www.minandes.com.

Daniela Ozersky
Manager, Investor Relations
99 George St. 3rd Floor,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada. M5A 2N4
Toll-Free: 1-866-441-0690
Fax: 647-258-0408
E-mail: info@minandes.com

Avino Press Release: Further Developments At San Gonzalo

Avino Silver and Gold Mines (“Avino”) is pleased to announce results of further underground development at its San Gonzalo project at the Avino property in Durango Mexico.

Avino’s mine contractor DMG have been driving two declines, the upper level 1 (2306 m) elevation and the lower level 2 (2260 m elevation). Both levels have intersected the San Gonzalo vein, Level 2 has intersected the San Gonzalo vein and a splay vein. These are known as San Gonzalo vein 1 and San Gonzalo. They are shown on a plan map on Avino’s website.

Avino’s previous news release June 4, 2010 gave results of channel sampling on lines 1 through 15 on the initial drifting (Level 2 2260m) along Veta San Gonzalo 1 (24.73 m length 2.15 m average width, 1.27 g/t gold, 341 g/t silver, 5274 ppm lead, 2273 ppm zinc, 442 ppm copper).

This heading was extended to a further 22 m to S.E. along the San Gonzalo 1 vein. Line 16 was not on the vein but Lines 17 through Line 21 gave assay results across the vein as follows:-

Line	Width	Au	     Ag	     Pb	    Zn	    Cu
	(m)	(g/tonne)
17	1.50	1.874	     886    5919    3827   1070
18	1.90	1.526	     896    6272    6091   1057
19	1.70	1.621	      32   21825   33562   1340
20	2.20	0.828	     363    4907    4367    754
21	0.75	5.091	     534   12000   10800   7160
Avg:	1.61	1.752	     532    9651   11438   1605

Level 2 (2260 m) also explored San Gonzalo Vein (see plan map on Avino website). This vein is narrower but there are values in both footwall and hanging wall. Values have therefore been averaged across a minimum mining width of 1.2 metres as shown over a strike length of 28.45 metres.

Line	Width	Gold	Silver	Lead	Zinc	Copper
	(m)	(g/tonne)
1	1.20	0.145	  35	1302	 5090	 177
2	1.20	1.157	 661	2862	 3648	 326
3	1.20	0.213	 148	1845    15460	 461
4	1.20	0.518	 101	1143	 4174	 756
5	1.20	0.491	  47	3366    13743	 711
6	1.20	0.351	  45	 917    12538	1818
7	1.20	1.006	  68	8741    43950	 939
8	1.20	0.850	 269	5275    18734	1336
9	1.20	0.439	 115	1991	 6155	7689
10	1.20	0.404	  85	1864	 7890	 582
11	1.20	0.387	 124	2975    11495	 842
12	1.20	0.535	 246	3230    10167	 847
13	1.20	0.185	  38	 786	 8879	 408
14	1.20	0.446	  64	 765	 9339	 533
15	1.20	0.468	 122	2887	12315	 414
16	1.20	0.681	 149	3317	15233	 528
17	1.20	0.564	 155	1498	 8715	 213
18	1.20	0.572	 134	3220	12250	 200
19	1.20	0.716	 190	2140	 7143	 162
20	1.20	0.631	 228	3545	10430	 118
Avg:	1.20	0.538	 151	2683	11867	 703

The Upper Level 1 (2306 m) has been driven Northwest along the San Gonzalo Vein and has broken in to the old San Gonzalo workings.

The San Gonzalo vein in this location is narrow. Channel Samples L1 through L14 were collected across the vein along a strike length of 16.88 m. Over this length the vein averaged 0.73 m wide, 0.562 Gold, 108 Silver, 992 Lead, 2653 Zinc, 487 Copper (all values ppm).

The exploration drift on the Lower Level 2 (2260 m) along the San Gonzalo 1 vein is currently also being advanced to the northwest towards a possible intersection with the San Gonzalo vein.

All samples were assayed at SGS Labs Durango. The assay method for gold is FAA 313 which is gold by fire assay withAAS finish, For silver, the method is AAS 21E which is a 3 acid digestion followed by AAS finish. For silver assays greater than 300g/t, the FAG 313 is applied which is fire assay followed by a gravimetric finish. ICP 14B is used for lead, zinc and copper. This is an aqua regia digestion followed by ICP-AES finish. For assays greater than 10,000ppm, ICP 90Q is used which is the ore grade version using a sodium peroxide fusion followed by ICP-AES finish.


“David Wolfin”
David Wolfin

Source: Company Website

Press Release: Great Panther Drills 1,681g/T Silver Over 3.15 Metres at Topia Mine

GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED (TSX: GPR; the “Company”) is pleased to report further assays, from the now expanded 7,200 metre (from the initial 6,000 metre) surface drill program on the Topia mine veins. The following core drilling results are from the Cantarranas and San Jorge veins (Hormiguera mine), San Gregorio vein (San Gregorio mine), El Rosario vein (El Rosario mine), Don Benito vein (exploration area) and La Prieta vein (recently purchased La Prieta mine). Highlights are reported in the table below, while plan and longitudinal maps with all of the 2010 surface drilling results reported to date are located on the Company website at www.greatpanther.com. The program will provide for additional mineral resources to direct mine development and expansion decisions over the next several years and the Company anticipates mineral resource calculations for an additional four to five Topia area mines by September 2010.

Results include drill hole ST10-112 which intersected a multiple vein structure which may represent the junction of the San Jorge vein merging with the Cantarranas vein. The San Jorge structure returned 3.15 metres (0.67 metres true width) averaging 1,681g/t silver, 0.88g/t gold, 2.40% lead, and 5.32% zinc while the Cantarranas vein returned 0.19 metres (0.10 metres true width) averaging 2,820g/t silver, 1.19g/t gold, 3.29% lead, and 4.04% zinc. In all, three holes have been drilled to intersect the Cantarranas vein and the footwall San Jorge vein, approximately 40 metres below the Hormiguera mine level. A new mine access cross-cut is being driven and is expected to intersect the San Jorge and Cantarranas veins at this same level within weeks. Highlights from the other two drill holes include ST10-113, which returned 1,150g/t silver, 0.39g/t gold, 1.35% lead, and 2.34% zinc over a width of 0.25 metres (0.18 meters true width) in the Cantarranas vein and ST10-111, which intersected both the San Jorge and Cantarranas veins with the latter returning 1,550g/t silver, 0.79g/t gold, 2.66% lead, and 17.70% zinc over 0.14 metres (0.10 metres true width). The above holes were drilled to guide mine development and provide drill data to support the resource upgrade, and further drilling is planned several hundred metres east to test the vein continuity along strike.

Drilling along the San Gregorio vein was focused to test the extreme western portion of the San Gregorio/Mina 7 mining area, as well as to test the vertical extent of potentially economic mineralization (see the updated maps on the Company web-site). A highlight from the San Gregorio vein was drill hole ST10-119 which intersected 442g/t silver, 0.17g/t gold, 0.72% lead, and 8.05% zinc over 1.15 metres (0.38 metres true width). This western area also includes a footwall vein (San Gregorio Bajo), located approximately 30 metres north of the San Gregorio vein. A highlight from the San Gregorio Bajo vein in drill hole ST10-117 was the intersection of 0.40 metres (0.15 metres true width) averaging 1,030g/t silver, 0.60g/t gold, 3.31% lead, and 10.10% zinc.

Drill testing of the western extent of the El Rosario vein in the El Rosario Nuevo mine area has confirmed that the productive part of the vein extends to at least the 1,600-metre elevation, approximately 80 metres below the current mine workings. Drill intersections were similar in nature to what is encountered in the underground development, namely barite-hosted silver-lead-zinc mineralization which swells and pinches from about 2 metres to thin structures. Highlights include hole ST10-126, which intersected 3.05 metres (1.65 metres true width) averaging 294g/t silver, 0.398g/t gold, 1.76% lead, and 0.81% zinc, and hole ST10-122, which intersected 0.60 metres (0.20 metres true width) averaging 2,000g/t silver, 0.05g/t gold, 2.46% lead, and 3.45% zinc.

For the table, please visit the original press release

The Company’s first drilling at the La Prieta mine initially focused on the potential down-dip continuation and eastward strike extension of the La Prieta vein, and subordinate El Desierto splay vein. Four holes drilled below the present exploitation returned negligible values in a fault and fracture zone interpreted to be the traces of the two veins. Two of four holes drilled from an eastern drill station were lost due to bad ground, and the final two holes intersected both veins, with strong gold-lead-zinc mineralization. Holes ST10-133 and 134 intersected the La Prieta vein approximately 100 metres east of the development on the 1,300-metre level, with a best intersection averaging 38g/t silver, 2.39g/t gold, 4.23% lead, and 5.14% zinc over 0.30 metres (0.25 metres true width). The reason for the lower silver values here is unknown at present and the drill has been returned to La Prieta to follow up with additional holes while the Company awaits assay results from completed drilling at the Don Benito, Cantarranas, Oliva (west) and Recompensa veins.
Following up on initial indications of strong silver-lead mineralization in the Don Benito vein in hole ST10-105 (see news release May 27, 2010 and table above), holes ST10-106 to ST10-110 inclusive, intersected the main Don Benito vein as well as a hanging wall mineralized structure but with economically insignificant grades. Three exploration holes, ST10-114 to ST10-116, along the Argentina vein, 1 to 1.5 kilometres east of the present mining, similarly intersected vein material with economically insignificant grades.

Mineral resource calculations will commence on all viable areas with the completion of drilling in August. Added mineral resources will play an important role in the Company’s plans to increase production 20% per year from 2010 to 2012. Dependent upon drill results, the Company anticipates mineral resource calculations for another four to five Topia area mines by September 2010.

Robert F. Brown, P. Eng., Vice President of Exploration for the Company is the Qualified Person for both the Guanajuato mine and the Topia mine, under the meaning of NI 43-101. A full QA/QC program is being followed including the regular insertion of splits, blanks, and standards into the core sampling sequence. Assaying of the Topia core samples is done at the Company’s Guanajuato Mine on-site laboratory operated independently by SGS. Aspects of both mines relating to mining and metallurgy are overseen by Charles Brown, Chief Operating Officer for Great Panther and its Mexican subsidiary, Minera Mexicana El Rosario, S.A. de C.V.

For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.greatpanther.com, contact B&D Capital at telephone 604 685 6465, fax 604 899 4303 or e-mail info@greatpanther.com.


“Robert A. Archer”

Robert A. Archer, President & CEO

Seabridge’s Advantage, interview with Rudi Fronk

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Press Release: Great Panther Reports Record Silver Production in Second Quarter

GREAT PANTHER SILVER LIMITED (TSX: GPR; the “Company”) is pleased to report record silver production from its two wholly-owned Mexican silver mining operations at Topia and Guanajuato.

The combined silver production totaled 410,583 ounces, a quarterly record. In addition, the mines produced 1,474 ounces of gold, 297 tonnes of lead, a record, and 357 tonnes of zinc. Expressed in terms of silver equivalent ounces (“Ag eq oz”), metal production was 574,740 Ag eq oz.

Records were set at both operations in the second quarter (“Q2″) of 2010 and highlights include:

  • 15% increase in overall metal production compared to Q2 2009 to 574,740 Ag eq oz.
  • 23% increase in combined silver production compared to Q2 2009 to a record 410,583 oz Ag.
  • 19% increase in metal production from Topia compared to Q2 2009 to 205,350 Ag eq oz.
  • 27% increase in lead production from Topia compared to Q2 2009 to a record 297 tonnes.
  • 32% increase in zinc production from Topia compared to Q2 2009 to 357 tonnes.
  • 31% increase in silver production from Guanajuato compared to Q2 2009 to a record 288,825 oz.
  • Record metallurgical silver and gold recoveries at Guanajuato.
  • Record metallurgical silver, lead and zinc recoveries at Topia.
  • Successful start to implementation of the Company’s 2010 — 2012 growth strategy.
  • Further mobile equipment deliveries at both operations continue to provide mining efficiencies. The new equipment delivered during the first half of the year is expected to lead to a significant increase in production during the second half of 2010.
  • Positive exploration drilling results reported from Guanajuato and Topia during the second quarter of 2010. Updated resource estimates anticipated for both mines by the fourth quarter of 2010.

(2010 Silver equivalents are established using prices of US$1000/oz Au, US$16/oz Ag, US$0.80/lb Pb and Zn.)

Guanajuato Mine

The Guanajuato mine recorded a much improved quarter as the silver grade of ore mined and processed increased to 291g/t, up by 25% from the first quarter of 2010. Metals produced totaled a record 288,825 Ag oz plus 1,453 Au oz, or 369,390 Ag eq oz from processing 34,379 tonnes of ore with an average grade of 291g/t Ag and 1.35 g/t Au.

The gold grade of ore was lower due to low production from the Santa Margarita vein. Production stoping of the Santa Margarita vein is underway during the third quarter and gold grades and production are expected to improve sharply. A newly acquired 2-yard underground loader has been assigned to this important gold production area. Production from the Los Pozos area continued to increase.

Mining of the Cata Clavo continued on the 490 and 470 levels where stoping was initiated on the Veta Madre, and development of the higher grade Alto veins continued. Stoping continued from the 460 level towards the 438 level.

Mining at Guanajuatito focused on the North Zone where stoping continued from the 80 level. Production was hampered by inconsistent grades where some of the vein was uneconomic.

At Rayas, development focused on recent discoveries, the Los Pozos and Santa Margarita vein structures. Mining of Los Pozos continued with stoping initiated on the 298 and 310 levels and development on the 345 level. Production from this area continues to increase and will improve further in the third quarter.

The gold-rich Santa Margarita vein continued to be explored by ramp development below the 390 level. Stoping has been initiated on the 435 level and gold production is expected to increase substantially in the third quarter.

Initial results from diamond drilling to explore the Los Pozos structure between the 310 and 390 levels were reported on June 08, 2010 (see News Release of same date). Of six drill holes reported, four intersected ore grade mineralization including drill hole UG10-100, which intercepted mineralization over a true width of 10.48 metres, grading 1.41 g/t Au and 452 g/t Ag. Geological mapping and chip sampling of the Los Pozos structure at the 345 level indicates a strike length of 60 metres with true widths of 8 to 10 metres.

The same News Release reported the initial results from the diamond drill program to explore the deeper extensions of the Rayas structures including the Santa Margarita vein. Six of the seven drill holes reported intersected the Santa Margarita vein to depths of 80 metres below the current mining on 435 level with one of the intercepts being an average of 8.62g/t Au and 46g/t Ag over a true width of 4.53 metres.

The Guanajuato plant achieved record gold and silver recoveries of 86.6% and 89.9%, respectively. The Company’s senior metallurgical consultant visited the Guanajuato and Topia plants with both plant managers. This team reviewed each plant to indentify further opportunities to improve metallurgical performance. During the second quarter, a second cyclone system was initiated at Guanajuato, replacing an old screw classifier. Towards the end of the quarter, the bed of the crushing circuit screen was replaced such that the mill feed size has been reduced to facilitate improved grinding performance.

More underground mobile equipment was received during the second quarter including a second scissor-lift utility truck and a 2-yard underground loader. All equipment is being dismantled and lowered through the Rayas shaft and reassembled in the mine. Additional equipment, including a second drill jumbo and a 16-tonne capacity underground haulage truck, is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter. It is expected that the full impact of the new equipment will be experienced in the second half of 2010.

Topia Mine

Topia recorded another excellent quarter with metal production of 121,758 oz of silver, 185 oz of gold, 654,323 lbs of lead (a record), and 787,692 lbs of zinc, from milling 9,176 tonnes of ore. This equates to 205,350 Ag eq oz, 19% higher than the second quarter of 2009. Ore grades averaged 446g/t Ag, 0.76g/t Au, 3.39% Pb and 4.22% Zn.

Ore was mined from twelve separate small mines. Production from the San Gregorio and El Rosario veins contributed more than one third of the silver production and new exploratory development on the San Gregorio vein continues to be successful.

Additional new underground mobile equipment was acquired including two 2-yard loaders and a single-boom electric-hydraulic drill jumbo. The additional equipment will facilitate the deep development of the Argentina Mine and the opening of new production areas.

Plant performance was excellent and continued to show improvement with metal recoveries of 92.4% for Ag, 82.9% for Au, 95.4% for Pb and 92.2% for Zn. The recoveries for silver, lead and zinc were records for the Topia mine. In addition to processing the 9,176 tonnes from the Company’s mines, 2,513 tonnes were custom milled for a local miner, thereby increasing revenue and keeping unit costs down.

The surface diamond drill programme to extend the mining potential of known veins and explore other veins continued and initial results were reported in the News Release of May 27, 2010. Highlights from drilling the gold-rich, Recompensa vein were reported. All four drill holes reported intersected the Recompensa vein, extending the known length of the mineralization to 500 metres and another 50 to 60 metres below existing workings. Drill hole ST10-101 intersected five separate veins including the main Recompensa vein which returned values of 9.12g/t Au, 601g/t Ag, 12.8 % Pb and 15.3 % Zn, over a true width of 0.27 metres. The Company is expected to release assay results from exploratory drilling of other veins in the near future.


Great Panther Silver is successfully implementing its strategy to accelerate production with increases of 20% per year to 3.8 million Ag eq oz in 2012. New equipment is being delivered to the mines, and exploration drill programs are in progress. The impact of the new equipment is expected to enable continuous production improvements throughout 2010 and exploration drill results will be used to estimate new resources to support the 3-year growth strategy.

Robert F. Brown, P.Eng., Vice President of Exploration for the Company is the Qualified Person for both the Guanajuato Mine and the Topia Mine, under the meaning of NI 43-101. Aspects of both mines relating to mining and metallurgy are overseen by Charles Brown, Chief Operating Officer for Great Panther and its Mexican subsidiary, Minera Mexicana El Rosario, S.A. de C.V.

For further information, please visit the Company’s website at www.greatpanther.com, contact B&D Capital at telephone 604 685 6465, fax 604 899 4303 or e-mail info@greatpanther.com.


“Robert A. Archer”

Robert A. Archer, President & CEO

Source: Company website, click here to go to the Great Panther website

Rubicon Press Release: Gold Recoveries between 92.1% and 95.2% in Preliminary Metallurgical Test Work from Rubicon’s F2 Gold System, Red Lake, Ontario


TORONTO, July 12 /CNW/ – Rubicon Minerals Corporation (RMX:TSX:/RBY:NYSE-AMEX) is pleased to announce positive results from preliminary metallurgical test work performed on several composite samples from the F2 Gold System at its 100% owned Phoenix Gold Project, located in the heart of the prolific Red Lake Gold Camp.

Composite samples returned gold recoveries averaging 93.8%, an absence of any refractory gold component despite the presence of appreciable sulphide minerals in the sampled gold zones and contained low arsenic content. The samples are amenable to standard gravity and carbon-in-leach treatments.

Four composite samples were prepared from a total of 155 drill intercepts. G&T Metallurgical Services Ltd, located in Kamloops, B.C. performed the metallurgical test work under the supervision of Soutex Inc., Mineral Processing and Metallurgy Consultants, located in Quebec City. The test work returned the following results:

<< - Gold recoveries: 92.1%, 93.6%, 94.4% and 95.2%, (average 93.8%), - Sulfur content averaging 2.37% (ranging from 1.57% to 2.82%) consistent with the presence of widespread sulphide minerals (pyrite and pyrrhotite) in the mineralized zones, - Low arsenic content averaging 0.04% (range 0.01% to 0.08%), - Specific gravity for the composites averaging 2.78 (ranging from 2.67 to 2.84) >>

“These preliminary results demonstrate very good gold recoveries indicating the absence of any refractory component. This is highly encouraging and bodes well for optimization of both capital and operating costs through further test work,” stated Claude Bouchard, VP Operations.

Results are preliminary in nature and considerably more sample material and test work is required to further characterize and optimize F2 Gold System metallurgy.

Rubicon Minerals Corporation is a well-funded exploration and development company, focused on exploring and developing its high-grade gold discovery at its Phoenix Gold project in Red Lake, Ontario. Rubicon controls over 65,000 acres of prime exploration ground in the prolific Red Lake gold district of Ontario which hosts Goldcorp’s high-grade, world class Red Lake Gold Mine. In addition to its Red Lake holdings, Rubicon also controls over 380,000 acres surrounding the Pogo Mine in Alaska as well as 225,000 acres in northeast Nevada. Rob McEwen, President and CEO of McEwen Capital and former Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp, owns 21.4% of the issued shares of the Company.

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This news release has been reviewed and approved by Terry Bursey P.Geo.and Regional Manager for Rubicon Minerals Corporation and Qualified Person under the definition of NI 43-101.

Representative composite samples for metallurgical testing were selected by Rubicon Minerals Corporation under the guidance of Soutex Inc., The metallurgical program was designed and supervised by Pierre Roy, P. Eng., Senior Metallurgist, Soutex Inc. Mineral Processing and Metallurgy Consulting. Two types of composite samples were prepared consisting of: 1) quarter sawn NQ drill core (remaining quarter core left in the core box for representative sample);and, 2) combined coarse sample reject material and sample pulp material remaining from original assay testing. For composite samples consisting of sample reject and sample pulp material, individual samples were first sent to an independent Assay lab (ALS Chemex) for verification prior to preparing the respective composite samples.

Metallurgical test work was performed under the supervision of Peter Mehrfert, P.Eng., Senior Metallurgist, G&T Metallurgical Services Ltd. The Metallurgical test work performed consisted of Ore Characterization (size distribution, chemical analysis, mineralogical analysis) and Metallurgical Testing (gravity recoverable gold, flotation tests and cyanidation tests).

Link to the original press release on the Rubicon website

First Majestic Press Release – New Record for Silver Production; Produces 1,538,798 oz Silver in last quarter

First Majestic Silver Corp. (“First Majestic” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that production in the second quarter ending June 30, 2010 increased to a new company record of 1,651,411 equivalent ounces of silver representing a 2% increase over the previous quarter and a 72% increase over the second quarter of 2009.

The total equivalent silver production for the quarter consisted of 1,538,798 ounces of silver, representing a 9% increase from the previous quarter, 1,494,532 pounds of lead representing a 41% decrease from the previous quarter, and 541 ounces of gold representing a decrease of 37% compared to the previous quarter. Total silver production from operations have increased by 86% when compared with the second quarter of 2009.

The total ore processed during the quarter at the Company’s three operating silver mines, the La Encantada Silver Mine, the La Parrilla Silver Mine and the San Martin Silver Mine, amounted to a new record 404,349 tonnes milled in the quarter representing a 20% increase over the previous quarter.

Other Developments

The Company’s underground development in the second quarter consisted of 5,063 metres, compared to 5,100 metres completed in the previous quarter. There was 3,090 meters of diamond drilling completed in the quarter which consisted of definition drilling to assist in mining activity, resource upgrading and exploration at the Company’s three mines.

At the La Encantada Silver Mine:
The new 3,500 tpd cyanidation mill achieved commercial production effective April 1, 2010. Starting this quarter, all revenues and associated operating costs will be treated as commercial production rather than being capitalized, as was the case in the first quarter.
Average throughput in the new cyanidation plant averaged 2,908 tpd in the second quarter.
With the cyanidation plant operating at close to capacity a decision was made to suspend production of lead concentrate through the flotation circuit and focus on silver Doré production only, thereby dramatically reducing smelting and refining costs.
As throughput reaches capacity in the third quarter and other efficiencies are achieved, higher production levels are anticipated.
At the La Parrilla Silver Mine:
The completion of a new three kilometre ramp at the Quebradillas mining area in the first quarter is now having a positive impact on current production levels.
Due to a large high grade ore body that was discovered in 2006, this large sulphide area will allow for the eventual expansion of the La Parrilla mill which is now in the planning stages.
This mill expansion will allow for the production of zinc concentrates in addition to the lead concentrate and Doré bars currently being produced.
At the San Martin Mine:

The 2010 drilling exploration program from surface commenced in the second quarter. The La Esperanza vein which was discovered and sampled in mid 2009 and runs parallel to the main Zuloaga vein returned high anomalous values of silver on surface and is a high priority target for San Martin.
Mr. Keith Neumeyer, President and CEO had the following to say about the recent production results: “First Majestic continues to break new records and we are extremely pleased with the second quarter results. Our operational team continues to demonstrate that they are committed to increasing efficiencies to achieve our production goal of 6.35 million silver equivalent ounces in 2010.”

Ramon Davila, Ing., Chief Operating Officer for First Majestic, is the Qualified Person who reviewed this news release and oversaw the mining operations.

First Majestic is a producing silver company focused in Mexico and is aggressively pursuing its business plan to become a senior silver producer through the development of its existing assets and the pursuit through acquisition of additional assets that contribute to achieving its corporate growth objectives.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION contact info@firstmajestic.com, visit our website at www.firstmajestic.com or call our toll free number 1.866.529.2807.



Keith Neumeyer, President & CEO

To see the table and read this press statement on the First Majestic website click here

Rubicon confirms significant horizontal thickness through the F2 Core Zone and discovers a new zone in the northern target area, Red Lake, Ontario

Rubicon Press Release:

TORONTO, July 6 /CNW/ – Rubicon Minerals Corporation (RMX:TSX: / RBY:NYSE-AMEX) is pleased to provide an update of the latest diamond drill results at its 100%-owned Phoenix Gold Project, located in the heart of the prolific Red Lake Gold District of Ontario. All new drill results are shown in Table 1 and Figures 1 and 2.

Core Zone – new intercept confirms horizontal thickness and vertical continuity of high grade gold

Drill hole 305-11 tested the F2 Core Zone (target area 1 in figure 2) in the area of the intended cross-cut approximately 21 metres vertically above previously reported drill hole 305-05 (1.24 oz/ton gold over 22.6 feet (42.5 g/t gold over 6.9 metres), part of a broader vein zone grading 0.59 oz/ton gold over 49.2 feet (20.1 g/t gold over 15.0 metres)). Hole 305-11 intersected 1.01 oz/ton gold over 22.0 feet (34.7 g/t gold over 6.7 metres) as part of a wider vein zone grading 0.58 oz/ton gold over 53.1 feet (20.1 g/t gold over 16.2 metres). Both holes were drilled sub-horizontally and intersected the gold-bearing zone at near right angles and thus are interpreted to be true horizontal thicknesses. The F2 Core Zone, which is one zone within the larger F2 Gold System, is currently defined over a strike length of 75 metres (246 feet) a vertical extent of 600 metres (1968 feet) and is open vertically and along strike. Underground development is drifting to the F2 Core Zone on the 305 level following which delineation drilling will be carried out to outline the gold zones in more detail. A long section of the F2 Core Zone showing the distribution of g/t gold multiplied by metres (gram-metre product) is posted on the corporate website, www.rubiconminerals.com.

“305-11 confirms the presence of both exceptional gold grades and thicknesses in the core zone directly in the area where our cross-cut is planned. This bodes well for our objective to build significant tonnes and grade in the core zone as a pre-curser to mining,” stated David Adamson, President and CEO.

Northern Extension Target Area – New Zone Intersected

Drilling from surface in target areas 4 and 6 continues to intersect significant high-grade gold as in-fill drilling further expands gold mineralization this area. Hole F2-102 returned 0.91 oz/ton gold over 55.8 feet (31.2 g/t gold over 17.0 metres) including 1.18 oz per ton gold over 37.7 feet (40.5 g/t gold over 11.5 metres), all developed within a wider zone of 0.47 oz/ton gold over 118.1 feet (16.0 g/t gold over 36.0 metres). Hole F2-101 returned multiple high-grade gold intercepts down hole (Table 1 and Figures 1 and 2) including a quartz veined zone grading 1.10 oz/ton gold over 9.8 feet (37.7 g/t gold over 3.0 metres) including 5.87 oz/ton gold over 1.6 feet (201.2 g/t gold over 0.5 metres).

Below target 4, in target area 6 (Figure 2) underground hole 122-58 intersected 1.07 oz/ton gold over 3.0 feet (36.7 g/t gold over 0.9 metres) and 0.91 oz/ton gold over 3.3 feet (31.1 g/t gold over 1.0 metres). These intercepts provide additional confirmation of the high-grade gold potential at depth in the northern target area.

“Our ongoing ’9X’ drill program continues to return excellent results through the system on a regular basis. Hole F2-102 looks to be a very significant hole that rivals the best holes drilled to date in the F2 Gold System. We believe these results are further confirmation that the F2 mineralizing system has the ability to develop excellent horizontal thickness and impressive gold grades in several zones beyond the F2 Core Zone,” stated David Adamson, President and CEO.

Southern Extension Area – Depth extension of 122-10 Zone

Surface drill hole F2-94 in target area 5 was designed to test for the extension to depth of the previously reported 122-10 Zone reported September 14, 2009 which intersected 0.40 oz/ton gold over 147.3 feet (13.7 g/t gold over 44.9 metres) including 3.82 oz/ton gold over 4.9 feet (130.9 g/t gold over 1.5 metres). F2-94 intersected 0.65 oz/ton gold over 22 feet (22.3 g/t gold over 6.7 metres), including 1.05 oz/ton gold over 9.8 feet (36.0 g/t gold over 3.0 metres) and 2.15 oz/ton gold over 1.8 feet (73.7 g/t gold over 0.5 metres) 225 metres below 122-10 (see Table 1). This hole indicates significant potential to expand the 122-10 Zone to depth.

Rubicon Minerals Corporation is a well-funded exploration and development company, focused on exploring and developing its high-grade gold discovery at its Phoenix project in Red Lake, Ontario. Rubicon controls over 65,000 acres (100 square miles) of prime exploration ground in the prolific Red Lake gold district of Ontario which hosts Goldcorp’s high-grade, world class Red Lake Mine. Rob McEwen, President and CEO of McEwen Capital and former Chairman and CEO of Goldcorp, owns 21.4% of the issued shares of the Company.

Click here to go to the Rubicon Website and see the assay results (table 1) and gold system map plan

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