SAMPLING, ASSAYING AND QUALITY CONTROL
The core (NQ 47.6 mm) is logged, photographed and then sawn in half with one-half sent to the laboratory for analysis and the other half retained and stored on site. All core samples were prepared and assayed at ALS Chemex with sample preparation done in Sudbury and analytical work in Vancouver. All locations of ALS Chemex are ISO 9001:2000 certified. The entire sample received is weighed and crushed to greater than or equal to 70% passing 2mm (10 mesh); a sample split of up to 1000g is then pulverized to greater than or equal to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) to produce a homogenized sample. A 50g aliquot is used for fire assaying with an atomic absorption (NYSE:AA) finish to determine gold concentration. Internal quality control includes the use of blanks, duplicates and standards in every batch of samples. The Company also conducts internal check assaying using certified external reference standards and blanks. Regular external check assays are performed at a second certified Canadian commercial laboratory. Castillian also inserts external reference standards as well as blank granite drill core in each sample batch as a further external check.Jigger Machine
Mr. Dan Lee, P.Geo. Chief Geologist and Project Manager for Hope Brook and Dr. Bill Pearson, P.Geo., President and CEO of Castillian, both of whom are qualified persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101″), have reviewed and approved the scientific and technical content of this press release.INVESTOR RELATIONS
Castillian is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Sabina Srubiski as Investor Relations Manager. Ms. Srubiski has six years experience in public relations and for the last two and half years has worked in investor relations for a mining exploration and development company. In connection with the appointment, Ms. Srubiski has been awarded a consulting contract for $1,000 per month and has been granted 50,000 stock options at a price of $0.17. The options shall vest quarterly over a one year period with the first instalment vesting on the date of grant, subject to the regulatory four month hold period. The options shall remain subject to regulatory approval, including the approval of the TSX Venture Exchange and shall expire five years from the date of grant subject to the termination provisions of Castillian’s Stock Option Plan.Ballast Crusher
The program is expected to take 6 to 8 months to complete. A preliminary drill plan is available to be viewed at the Company’s corporate web site at strongholdmetals.com. The total meterage and final position of the drill holes will be determined by access and future information gained from the programme.
Mr. Yannis Tsitos, President and CEO of Stronghold stated: “Stronghold is now in the exciting position to initiate an aggressive mineral resource outline drilling program of significant size at Eagle Mountain. As mentioned last year at the conclusion of our joint venture with IAMGOLD, we will effectively build upon the strong foundation established by IAMGOLD in Guyana and intensify the exploration work program with the objective to expand and advance the current mineral resource estimate at Eagle Mountain. We believe there is significant blue sky potential beyond the currently identified gold resource and want this drilling program to become the foundation in establishing whether the Eagle Mountain Gold Property can sustain a profitable independent mining operation in the future.”Sulphur Crushing