Peñasquito produces four times more than before the Covid-19 pandemic – States

Mazapil, Zac. Nothing can stop the gold industry in Zacatecas, not even Covid-19. Every 24 hours, with gigantic machines, 500 thousand tons of rocky materials are extracted from the heart of the Peñasquito mine, the polymetallic deposit owned by the American Newmont that the consortium presumes as of World class, matching it with its projects in Australia.

To this wasteland located in the Mazapil Valley, in the northern desert of the state, amid yuccas, bushes, cacti and a lot of dust, thousands of workers and contractors come to provide their services, coming from different parts of Mexico, and some from Canada, Chile, Peru and Germany, despite the risks due to the global health emergency.

To operate, the company implemented a strict health plan – in which it has invested more than 24 million pesos in recent months – to protect its employees and prevent the spread of the virus among its staff, because although it has amazing machines and advanced extraction systems, its workers remain its main asset. Without them, no gold would be produced.

Thus, after a strong investment in equipment, supplies, tests and medical personnel contracted to contain the contagions – all financed by Newmont with a global fund created expressly, and despite the reduction of manpower in its operations -, Peñasquito is now , paradoxically, four times more productive than before Covid-19.

Until April 2019, this mine was owned by the Canadian multinational Goldcorp, but Newmont acquired it to position itself as one of the main gold producers in the world, within the exclusive group of 28 members of The World Gold Council, including China Gold. , Barrick and Royal Gold Inc.

Although in the first quarter the pandemic overshadowed Newmont’s plans in Peñasquito, due to the sanitary restrictions imposed by the Mexican government, which forced it to stop operations in April and May, since June 1 (when federal authorities declared mining essential activity), their gigantic machines roared again to extract the valuable minerals from this deposit.

In a chain of processes that does not stop, day and night hundreds of thousands of tons of rocks are subjected to phases of breaking, grinding and metallurgical methods – depending on their characteristics – in two huge sulfide plants, or with the Merrill method. Crowe, which includes the process of heap leaching, with a solution of water and cyanide (questioned by environmentalists around the world), to obtain gold and other valuable by-products.

Behind this boom is a geopolitical engine: the trade war between China and the United States, as well as the global economic crisis due to the pandemic, which pushed the price of gold higher this year, to an average price of $ 2,000 an ounce ( 30 grams) last August.

In addition, the projection of some economists is that, despite the downward variations, in the medium term the gold metal will continue to climb in international markets, as the demand for physical gold has also increased.

In addition to these incentives, Newmont faces, with the Covid-19 pandemic in tow, the challenge of not giving up on the ambitious task that its investors planned just before the Covid-19 lockdown in February 2020: substantially increasing productivity from Peñasquito to bring it to the same level as Boddington Gold, the second largest gold mine in Australia, also owned by him.

Artificial mountains, footprint of open-pit mining

Dozens of kilometers before reaching the mining complex, there are hills of sterile stone, tepetate and earthy waste from metallurgical processes, known as tailings, which have accumulated in more than a decade of operations. That is the footprint of mining extractivism in the region.

The largest artificial hill is precisely the tailings store, a 100-meter-high mountain with an 11-kilometer perimeter, rectangular in shape, designed by engineers to contain a volume of more than 822 million tons of rocky materials.

After the visual impact caused by the mining waste hills when arriving at the Newmont deposit, located 300 kilometers northwest of the capital of Zacatecas – very close to the border with Coahuila -, the camps installed on the site stand out, perfectly aligned, with signs that order silence.

They are the dormitories for the army of mine workers, and now a part of them are rooms to isolate the employees infected with Covid-19.

Hundreds of rooms, almost all of them rectangular, resembling a military camp because of the sparseness and the alignment of the prefabricated barracks; for its uniform and almost monochromatic color, white and light beige.

At this site, Newmont owns the mining concession granted in 2007, during the government of Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, to explore, exploit and benefit the minerals found in a 5,462-hectare polygon, rented out to peasants from five ejidos.

Due to its territorial size and its proven and probable precious metal reserves, for the US company, Peñasquito already represents 20 percent of the global gold production that its subsidiaries produce in the world: Australia (20 percent), the Nevada mine Gold (18 percent); South America (17 percent), other projects in North America (14 percent) and Africa (11 percent).

There are 5,300 direct employees working in the Zacatecan enclave: 2 thousand 99 unionized, in addition to another 763 non-unionized – trusted workers classified as collaborators– and about 2,300 workers who provide service at the site and depend on external subcontractors (outsourcing). Currently the mining complex operates with 50 percent of its personnel; even so, it is more productive than before. It is the capitalist ideal: to produce more with less.

Today Peñasquito has proven reserves of 8.1 million ounces of gold, which will extend the life of the deposit for the next 12 years, not counting its silver, zinc and lead reserves.


Johnson and Von der Leyen agree to “redouble efforts” toward a post-Brexit deal

The British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the president of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, they agreed ‘Redouble efforts’ towards a post-Brexit deal in a telephone conversation held this Saturday, a British government spokesman said.

The source noted that during the call, planned to Taking stock of the negotiationsJohnson noted that, while progress has been made, “significant differences persist in several areas” of common concern, including competition and fisheries.

The two leaders agreed that their respective teams will continue negotiations next Monday in London in order to “Redouble efforts to reach an agreement”, which would enter into force at the end, on December 31, of the post-Brexit transition period, which was formally executed on January 31.

For their part, Johnson and Von der Leyen “will remain in contact,” the spokesman said. If they fail to negotiate a bilateral pact, as of January 1, 2021, the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) will start trading based on the generic, less beneficial regulations of the World Trade Organization (WTO).


▷ Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections

Meghan Markle’s vote in the US elections.


In these last American electionss  Meghan Markle has been encouraged to vote in its public comments. ‘Page Six’ has been confirmed by sources close to the Sussex that the Duchess voted days before by post, and they go further by adding that she would also have exercised her right as an American citizen if she continued to live in the United Kingdom.


▷ The new virtual BlizzCon will be free for everyone: Blizzard says goodbye to the classic ticket in this edition

BlizzConline will be the event to learn more about Overwatch 2, Diablo 4, and other games.

Blizzard It has been holding a face-to-face event for 15 years where it announces news for its video games, and where fans can meet to participate in all kinds of activities related to their favorite titles. As we already knew, the 2020 pandemic has caused this BlizzCon to become “BlizzConline“an exclusively digital edition destined to maintain tradition from a safer perspective. And with this new format, they also arrive monetization changes.

In a video reviewing Blizzard-related news, products and services, President J. Allen Brack announces that BlizzConline, dated to February 19 and 20, will be free for all viewers. This is, in part, a first for the event: although the opening ceremony has always been free to watch, the rest of the tournaments, contests and collectibles were part of a virtual ticket of 40 dollars / euros.

In spite of everything, a good part of the activities which WoW parents are accustomed to, including competitions, cosplay contests or the fun march of the murlocs, where fans interpret these tribal fish with greater or lesser visual fidelity. Of course, we will also have ads.

In this edition, we will have to closely track Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV, among other novelties. The former will add campaign heroes and PvE content to Blizzard’s cooperative shooter, while the latter will take a more sinister and traditional approach to the loot progression-based RPG series. Neither has a release date for now.

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Flanders wields a 1666 treaty to fish in British waters even if Brexit fails

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Charles II of England had a hectic life. A woman he married in two separate ceremonies, no legitimate children, but a minimum of 12 with his lovers, a beheaded father, and himself spending nine years in exile before taking the thrones of England, Scotland and Ireland after the Cromwell’s death. He spent three of his years in exile in the Flemish city of Bruges and, grateful for their hospitality, in 1666 he awarded them the Privilegie der Visscherie, the privilege of fishermen who gave 50 boats from that city rights …

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▷ Pregnant? Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have a secret kept for “confidential reason”


October 30 2020, 11:28 am

Royal families do not usually have few members, so Meghan Markle and the prince harry They could be gearing up for the announcement of the arrival of a new royal baby.

According to British media reports, the Duchess of Sussex; who won a motion to delay the court battle with the British tabloid for a “confidential” reason, is pregnant and will confirm soon.

According to the report, the judge Mark Warby granted the delay after Meghan’s team gave a “confidential reason” for doing so.

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Shortly after the judge’s comments, royal fans began speculating about Meghan Markle’s pregnancy; as he won the bid for a confidential reason that was shared by his legal team in court.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry became parents to their first child Archie Harrison in May 2019. It has never been confirmed whether the couple will attempt to have children again. But nevertheless; The former ‘Suits’ star is speculated to be pregnant and will confirm soon.

The tabloid, citing a source, stated: “It seems certain that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will join your family.”

Meghan would surely be delighted when she emerged victorious in her bid to have a privacy action against a tabloid newspaper postponed for about nine months until next fall.

The trial was to begin in London in January 2021.

Prince Harry’s wife is suing Associated Newspapers by articles in the Mail on Sunday which included parts of a handwritten letter he had sent to his father, Thomas Markle, in August 2018. “My conclusion is that the correct decision in all circumstances is to grant the request”, said the judge. “That means that the test date of January 11, 2021 will become vacant and the test will be rescheduled for a new date in the fall.”


Why is it getting harder and harder for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to spend Christmas in England?


October 29 2020, 2:02 pm

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It will soon be a year since Prince Harry and Meghan Markle left for the United States never to return. They announced it on January 18 after spending more than a month on vacation in Los Angeles, where they spent Christmas with Meghan’s mother instead of with the Royal Family, as had been tradition.

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Of course, before formally abandoning their life as royals, the Sussexes returned to the UK in March to say goodbye and finalize the deals for their long-awaited freedom, which was finally granted by Queen Elizabeth II in April. And since then, they have never seen each other again in person.

That is why all the British people were anxious to know how the next Christmas would go when Harry and Meghan had to return yes or yes to England. Although not for pleasure, but because on January 11 the trial that the dukes are holding against Associated Newspaper, which owns several tabloids, is scheduled to be held in London, which they accuse of publishing false information about them.

A legal battle that demands that the couple be present in the courtroom, something that in order to comply with it forces them to travel to England two weeks before the date of the trial to keep the corresponding quarantine that the British government requires of those who enter the country from United States.

But according to what has just been learned, finally that Christmas return could not take place. Well, the judge in charge of the case accepted the formal request that Harry and Meghan’s lawyers have sent to delay this meeting in court for several months.

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▷ Dos ex-Blizzard fundan Frost Giant Studios

From ex-Blizzard they have announced the founding of Frost Giant Studios in Orange County, California.

Tim Morten, CEO of the company, was the chief producer of Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void and has worked for the last six years in the company, although he has gone through numerous studies and has been involved in sagas such as Command & Conquer.

Tim Campbell, meanwhile, was the lead designer for the Warcraft 3: The Frozen Throne campaign and has since been involved in numerous projects, most recently Wasteland 3 as director.

The first round of financing has closed with 4.7 million dollars raised by various investors, including Riot Games.

The company’s first game will be an RTS (real-time strategy game) and its goal is for it to be the next great game in the genre.

Real-Time Strategy Returns! We’re launching a new game studio to build the next great RTS! Join us on our journey at! #FrostGiant

— Frost Giant Studios (@Frost_Giant) October 20, 2020


StarCraft 2 stops producing content 10 years after launch, but Blizzard will keep it alive

It seems that new games based on the franchise are not being ruled out, with no sequel announced yet.

In July 2010 it was put on sale StarCraft 2, a game that has remained the dominant RTS as it was with its predecessor. Now, Blizzard announces the cessation of development of new content for this title, which means that we will not have more commanders or chests to buy. But that does not necessarily mean that he will die.

Of course, the lack of news will put off many players, but the servers will remain active as up to now and their developers have confirmed that we will continue to have updates with balance adjustments and bug fixes, “focusing primarily on what matters most to our core and competitive community.”

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Qualifying this last point, Blizzard ensures that SC2 will continue to maintain its usual representation in the eSports scene from the hand of ESL Gaming and GSL. What about the IP as such? In the past, the Warcraft fathers had no qualms about listing their most relevant games for the future. Right now StarCraft doesn’t have a sequel on the horizon, but it seems that something like this is not ruled out.

Or at least, it is what can be read between the lines following the closing of the entry. Producer Rob Bridenbecker concludes, “We will keep you posted on any and all plans we have for future forays into the Koprulu sector.” In the absence of something more specific, we remind you that Blizzard has announced Overwatch 2 Y Diablo IV (plus the spin-off Immortal) as well as the imminent expansion Shadowlands WoW, so it will surely be a while until we see their next big game.

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Meghan Markle was accused of plagiarizing a speech

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October 16 2020, 12:02 pm

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Meghan Markle spoke last Tuesday at the Most Powerful Women Next Gen Summit on a more than current topic: the tremendous impact that social networks generate.

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The event was organized by Fortune magazine and their participation was highly commented.

“There are very few things in this world where the person who is interacting with it is called a ‘user’. People addicted to drugs are called ‘users’ and people who use social networks, too, ”Meghan said in a section of her presentation.

“They are an addiction,” he added as a reinforcement to this idea and the main reason for his decision to have personal accounts. His ideas were powerful. However, later, a large number of his audience took to Twitter precisely to highlight that Prince Harry’s wife had taken her information from the documentary “The dilemma of social networks” from Netflix.

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