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Spelunking the Pinto Basin Gold and Turquoise Mines of Joshua Tree National Park Near Palm Springs

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I was about 12 the first time I ventured to the Pinto Basin although I didn’t know that was w it was called at the time. It was the mid 1970’s and I was just a kid brought along with my brother and sister while Mom and Dad explored the desert around Palm Springs on a Sunny afternoon in a Toyota Landcruiser with their friends. I knew we were a long way from home. It felt like we’d traveled out beyond the moon. The earth had quit being golf courses and city streets a long time ago. Now it was just sand and rocks and hills and the occasional scrub grass.

Dad and his friend, Lee, came across a group of low hills at one end of a long wasted valley in what’s called Joshua Tree national park. I knew that much. I also knew, looking at the hill, that the worn road was rougher than anything my Dad had attempted yet in his four-wheeler. But the urge to see what was just beyond the ridge was too great. Rather than risk the car this far away from help we decided to walk to the crest and peer over its edge. There we saw the shifted dirt which marked a mine as having been dug. So we trekked down the other side and found not just one mine, but three.

The first turned out to be the deepest and the most interesting. I went back several hundred yards into the hill from which it’d been carved. At one point you had to get on your hands and knees to crawl through the remaining hole from a long past cave-in. Then you had to walk across an old plank board lain over a bottomless hole some eight feet or more across. There was an old rickety ladder stretching down forever in it. We dropped rocks down its gaping maw to try and gauge its depth. We could hear the rocks hit the sides of the hole a couple of times as they fell. But of the bottom we heard nothing. The board was old, knotted and split. The hole could’ve been a mile for all it scared me. But I walked across.

Further into the mine I came across something so incredible many people I tell hesitate to believe. I’m no geologist. I couldn’t spot a vein of gold if it had neon sign on it – and that’s what the makers of this mine had been looking for nearly a hundred years ago when they dug it, I’m sure of it – but of turquoise, there’s no mistaking it. It’s a deep greenish blue and bright as all get out, even in its raw form. And right there in the wall of that mine was a streak of it as wide as a man and running floor to ceiling in the cave, disappearing into the roof and running beneath its floor.

Before we left that day I had gone into the mine a second time, claw hammer ready and armed with a five gallon paint bucket. I chipped and clawed and ripped that stuff away from the mountains grasp until my bucket was full and brought it all home. it made a neat display in my bedroom framed against a backdrop of my Star Wars album. The remainder of the turquoise I gave away as Christmas gifts, rocks as big as my fists and blue-green as the Pacific at Hawaii.

The other mines were fun, though not as magnificent. One went straight down like the hole in the first mine. But there was no horizontal path to traverse. The other had an old rail track still laid down and a busted rusty ore car at the mouth of the cave, went in only about fifty feet and then there was another ladder going down about thirty feet to what looked like a landing. Since I was the smallest kid, my dad elected me to climb down the ladder, figuring if it could hold me no one bigger would give it a try. I went to the bottom but the landing led to no where, it just dead ended.

We drove home that day in the dark with great stories to remember for the rest of our lives.

Fast forward twenty plus years into the mid 1990’s. I wanted to find it again but for the life of me I had no real sense of where it was other than on the far side of Joshua Tree National Park, and that was a whole lotta desert to have to prowl through. Still, with no better plan I got a map and divided it up into sections. The first time I went in my Jeep Wrangler with just one of my kids and my wife. We didn’t find it. The second time we rented a Jeep Cherokee, because I had more kids, out of the airport and searched another section of the desert. Still no finds. But the third trip, while in a big rented four-wheel drive Ford Excursion complete with in-laws and a bigger family yet, we struck gold – or turquoise you might say.

As we went down a dirt road that took me farther out into the desert than I could swear to having gone before, I saw set of hills off in the distance with a rutted worn out road climbing over one of them. My skin tingled. We parked at the bottom of the road and I grabbed flashlight, hammer and bucket, a host of kids and family behind me. At the top of the crest I saw the shifted dirt of the first mine, and low and behold at the bottom of the hill near it was a beat-up old Toyota pick-up truck, still operational, and a small cadre of men dressed in worn-out clothes. Apparently others had found the mine over the years too.

Still, this was it, again. I went into the mine and crawled through the now even older cave-in, went past the deep hole and the plank that stretched over it, careful to not let my kids do anything foolish near it. And when I got to the vein of turquoise I was somewhat surprised, though not entirely, to find that my vein had been mined out. There were still some fragments of what I remembered, which I chipped away at for old time sake. And I found a few other pieces of blue-green on the floor by kicking away the dirt. But the main swath of turquoise was gone to other families, boys, whoever who had also discovered it over the years. We had found the mine and I will never lose it again, it is embedded in my mind as a great destination in the middle nowhere to go to: my own personal bit of the lost Southwestern landscape complete with tales of buried treasure, only tales.

A few years after that, a friend of mine, Chris Shurilla, came to see me. He had some rappelling gear and we headed out to the mine. We crawled past the cave-in and looked into the deep hole and the ladder stretching down forever. There was an old wooden trellis built over the hole which heretofore I had missed, probably because I was always watching where I put my feet and how close to the hole I was on my earlier trespasses. We tied off on the beam, clamped ourselves onto the line and dropped two hundred yards of roped into the hole.

Chris had no fear. He swung out over the empty space and ZEEEE, he ripped down the rope at a frantic pace. I was cautious as a virgin bride on her wedding night, white knuckling down the ladder one rung at a time even though I was tied off and supposedly secure, safe. The one of the ancient rungs crumbled under my weight and I swung out into the dead space. Chris laughed at me and yelled to hurry up. Once I coughed my heart back out of my throat I sped up my descent. When I caught up to Chris he was hanging in mid-air of a larger chamber. The narrow throat had opened up into a cavity some thirty or forty feet across. The ladder still stretched through the middle of the blackness where it was crossed by an old cat walk supported by two by four somehow affixed to the seemingly distant cavern walls. It was like something out of a Stephen King novel. The cat walk ran into a dark side cavern on each end cut into the earth. Chris says faster than I can respond, “I’ll go check it out,” unhooks his belay and trots off across the ancient planks suspended in darkness light as a cat on a windowsill.

“Chris, you idiot,” I yell. Those boards are probably a hundred years old. He comes bouncing back beneath me with no concern. “Oh they’re fine,” he says. And while I wouldn’t swear to it, maybe it was just my fear kicking into overdrive, I thought I saw him bounce on them as a way of testing their mettle. Had they failed I don’t know what he or me, would do. “That end,” he said, jerking a thumb back towards the hole he’d just investigated, “only goes a few feet and dead ends.” The he went to the other side, disappearing in the darkness again, “This side too.” He came back and tied back onto the line and we went down some more.

We had about another 75 feet we cold drop before we got too close to the end of the rope for comfort. Chris still hung comfortably on the rope with no hands holding the endless ladder or the sides of the rocky hole. I was clinging to the ladder still, for what it was worth, cause for all its old age, it felt better than nothing. But seeing Chris hanging there and the empty blackness beneath him we still knew we could go no further. We pried a rock off the side of the hole and dropped it. Though we were 200 yards down from the original starting point, the rock made no final resting sound. We did it again with another rock. We still could not hear it hit bottom.

We climbed back up and found our wives and kids were pissed at us. We’d been down that hole several hours and they said they’d been yelling for us after the first thirty minutes. The only thing they knew was the rope was still taut and it occasionally swung.

The entire area of the pinto Basin is littered with mines. if you go out there, you have a good chance of dying. I’m not saying this to be an alarmist. but seriously: there’re holes in the ground big enough to drive a car into and some of them have no bottom. There’re caves that go into the mountains hundreds of yards, past holes and cave-ins and rotten supports and you’re hours away from help even by car if you have a problem. And what if the car breaks down.

Do not go out there unless you are experienced and prepared. At times, I can’t believe I did it as a kid and then did it again with mine and then did it again with a rope, repelling gear, and a fearless friend.

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Different Types and Uses of Advanced Construction Equipment

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The construction industry is experiencing more demand than ever before, given that urbanization is taking place at a faster pace the world over. The role that construction equipment plays therefore is of paramount importance. The more a company understands how to derive the maximum efficiency from each piece of equipment it has, the better its project execution becomes. Here’s a look at the many purposes served by different kinds of advanced construction equipment:

  1. Earthmoving & Mining: Construction equipment that is capable of lifting huge quantities of earth in one scoop falls in this category. While bulldozers and articulated trucks are part of this kind, they are quite versatile and are widely used in highway construction projects. Some of the other specialized equipment is:
    • Surface Mining equipment, which includes electric shovels for mineral extraction, drills, mass excavators and giant draglines, which are extensively used in civil engineering.
    • Underground mining equipment, while similar, needs to function under different space parameters. Advanced pieces of such machinery include scalers, scissor lifts, and continuous miners.
  2. Excavation: Any kind of operation that requires digging, excavation, making trenches, etc. falls under this category. Many of the examples of machinery that are grouped under this require a great degree of flexibility and maneuverability, because of the limited area they might be operating under. The most popular and versatile of the lot is the backhoe loader. Apart from this, the other kinds that find widespread use are dredges (which are used in waterways to access sediments under water), excavators (in forestry, pipelines, and even mining) and trenchers for laying underground cable networks or to facilitate sewer systems.
  3. Lifting: Since the construction industry involves a great deal of hoisting material, people and other equipment, there are numerous specialized types of machines for this purpose, although some lifting can be done using excavators etc. They are developed taking into account various factors like machine capacity at specific heights, the speed of wind, maneuver radius, etc. The most popular equipment in this category includes boom trucks, forklifts, manlifts (specially designed for greater height reach without any impediments), cranes of many specialized varieties and pipe layers.
  4. Roads: Building a road is a project that necessitates the use of a rather wide variety of heavy machinery. Earthmoving, clearing areas, lifting work (especially when building a structure like a bridge) and paving are all activities that need different equipment. Cold planers (for milling asphalt), compactors (for ensuring a smooth, eve surface), curb machines, and crushing machines are just a few examples.
  5. Railroads: The use of several types of highly specialized machinery is needed when constructing railroads. Many factors like high cargo levels, passenger transit, energy consumption and safety have to be taken into consideration; so the equipment needed to serve these purposes has to be just right. Some of the commonly used machinery includes ballast tampers and ballast regulators. While the former help to render the railway tracks more durable and to facilitate perfect track alignment, the latter is aimed at distributing the gravel underneath the tracks more evenly.
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Valkor’s Gold Making Guide – Making Maximum Gold

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Some World of Warcraft players are surprised to learn exactly how much gold other players can make strictly through mining. Mining gold in World of Warcraft (WoW) has always been thought of as the “slow” method to acquiring large amounts of gold. But if you had the ability to look into other players’ accounts who strictly use the mining technique to acquire gold, you would probably be very surprised to see how much gold some of them have been able to acquire.

One of the “secrets” to mining large amounts of gold is to get a hold of a good gold making guide. There are a lot of these guides available, given that WoW is probably the most popular online computer game ever made. One of the leading Gold guides is called “Valkors Gold Making Guide”. This particular guide has been around for a few years now and was written by a player with several years of playing experience under his belt. It has become a best seller in the “gold making” category of WoW guidebooks for the simple reason that it works.

Thousands of copies of this book have been sold and are being used daily by World of Warcraft enthusiasts to make and sell gold for maximum profit. The guide covers a lot of ground in its 145 pages, but one of the main themes throughout the book is not just the making of gold, but also selling in the auction house. Too many players make the mistake of going to the auction house unprepared. Valkor’s Gold Making Guide spends a lot of time teaching your how to go to the auction house fully prepared so that your can maximize the spread between your buying price and selling price. “But low, sell high” is as true in the online computer gaming world as it is in the real world because the difference between the 2 prices is your profit.

WoW players who are best prepared for the fast-paced action in the auction house usually profit the most. Experienced Auction House WoW players typically will always do better in the game than players who may have expertise in other parts of the game but lack Auction House skills.

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Mines of Moria Leveling Guide

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Mines of Moria is the latest expansion for the well-known MMORPG The Lord of the Rings Online. Announced on March 14, 2008 was finally released on November 18, 2008.

The storyline is set in Moria, the complex underground land of the dwarves, in north-western Middle-earth and it was extended by six more books. Two brand new classes were introduced (warden and rune-keeper) as well as a new weapon enhancement system. The character level cap was also increased by ten levels.

The fastest way to go through the ten new levels is to follow this step-by-step Mines of Moria leveling guide:

Eregion (Level 50-53)

Start by doing the quests at Gwingris, in northern Eregion. The next steps will take you to Echad Eregion, South of Gwingris then to Echad Dunann, to the East. After completing the quests at these locations, go to Echad Mirobel South-Western area of Eregion, then the storyline will take you to the Walls of Moria to defeat the guardian of the entrance to the mines, The Watcher.

The Great Delving (Level 53-54)

After finishing Volume II, Book I you may adventure inside the kingdom of the dwarves, to Durin’s Threshold and then, East, to Dolven-view.

Durin’s Way (Level 54-55)

Next, the Mines of Moria leveling guide will take you the Chamber of the Crossroads in Durin’s Way, the northern wing of the Mines of Moria.

The Silvertine Lodes (Level 55-56)

The Silvertine Lodes is an intermediate mine between The Great Delving and The Waterworks. The quests here are about all concentrated in the Deep Descent.

The Waterworks (Level 56)

The second part of your level 56 should take part inside The Waterworks, one of the deepest area of the Mines of Moria. The easiest way to get here is to jump in the pit at the Deep Descent in Silvertine Lodes. You can find most of the quests at the Rotting Cellar, in Waterworks.

Durin’s Way (Level 56-57)

The following quests will head you to Jazargund and outside to Zirakzigil, back to Durin’s Way the northern wing of the Mines of Moria.

Zelem-melek (Level 57-58)

The most important place of the mines is the Twenty-first Hall, in north-eastern Zelem-melek. There is an Auction Hall and Crafting Hall, you can also find all the trainers here as well as an important number of quests.

Redhorn Lodes (Level 58-59)

The Redhorn Lodes area is situated South-East from Zelem-melek. The Orc-watch is the most important node of quests here.

Flaming Deeps (Level 59-59)

One of the high level zones of the Mines of Moria, Flaming Deeps, is located South of Zelem-melek. Go to Anazarmekhem at the northern entrance to this zone and start questing there.

The Foundations of Stone (Level 59-59)

This is one of the areas inside the mines with an increased degree of difficulty. Although there are solo quests at the Shadowed Refuge, but it is best to do them with a friend.

Lothlorien (Level 59-60)

The area where your leveling should end is Lothlorien. All the quests here are at Mekhem-bizru.

This Mines of Moria leveling guide shows the best order to go throught the zones of Eregion, Moria and Lothlorien. Most of the quests can be done by solo players but you will have your share of group content quests.

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Magical Panorama Route and Oliver’s Restaurant and Lodge

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Imagine… dramatic mountain scenery with isolated buttresses, sheer cliff faces and unusual geological features; imagine spectacular gorges, fairytale waterfalls and thick lush forests. I introduce to you ‘The Panorama Route’ in the Magical Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Mpumalanga meaning ‘The place where the sun rises’.

The Panorama Route offers the traveller a number of spectacularly scenic viewpoints to experience this wonderland and includes views of the Blyde River Canyon (the 3rd largest canyon in the world) and its Three Rondavels, God’s Window, Pinnacle Rock, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and a number of beautiful waterfalls such as Mac Mac, Lone Creek and Lisbon Falls. The region also has an historical influence and a visit to the historic gold mining town of Pilgrims Rest is a must. Take a stroll down its quaint little main road viewing the restored historic buildings and miners huts, visit the museum to view the old mining relics, stop in at the tourist office and join a guided tour to experience the life in the gold mining hey days and try your hand at gold panning.

Most of the Panorama Route is situated on the Highveld. The views from God’s Window and Pinnacle Rock look out over the Lowveld way below. These 2 areas experience comparatively different climates. The Lowveld is subtropical, due to its proximity to the warm Indian Ocean and latitude. The Highveld is comparatively much cooler, due to its altitude of 2300m to 1700m above sea level. The Drakensberg Escarpment receives the most precipitation, with all other areas being moderately well-watered by mostly summer thunderstorms. The Highveld often experiences severe frost, whilst the Lowveld is mostly frost-free. Winter rainfall is rare, except for some drizzle on the escarpment.

My suggestion to you when travelling to South Africa is to combine a 2-night stay in or near The Panorama Route, with your African safari experience in the world-renowned Kruger National Park or in the private reserves just west of Kruger. Three of my absolute favourite luxury game lodges are Londolozi Private Game Reserve, Savanna Private Game Reserve and Lion Sands Private Game Reserve. These are all situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve well known for its excellent game viewing and in particular, its brilliant leopard sightings.

Now to bring you back to your experience on the Panorama Route, my suggestion here would be to stay at the award winning Oliver’s Restaurant and Lodge. This lodge has built a great name for itself. It is owner run and offers a friendly home away from home experience. Situated on a peaceful and tranquil country golf estate within easy reach of the Panorama Route, Kruger National Park and Nelspruit, the closest international airport.

Oliver’s Restaurant and Lodge rooms are luxurious, spacious and beautifully appointed. Attention to detail is superb. Personal service is top class. Cuisine is to die for. These combined attributes make it an absolute pleasure to stay here.

Spend the day lazing at the pool or being lavishly pampered in their wellness spa. A game of golf is right on your doorstep at the White River Golf Club. Outdoor activities in the region are plentiful and include quad biking, gorge swinging, white water rafting, hot air ballooning, helicopter scenic flights, hiking and horse riding. Obviously with Kruger National Park being only 25km away, you could also enjoy the day game viewing in your own vehicle. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day roaming around the park spotting our fascinating African wildlife.

So one sees the abundance of options available to you in this area. It is well worth spending a couple of nights here to become acquainted with it and its friendly people. Just another magnificent part of our Rainbow Nation!

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High Potential in Kimberley Mine Dumps

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History of the Kimberley Diamond Fields

South Africa’s first diamond was found in 1866 in the Northern Province, along the Orange River banks. Following the discovery of the diamond, there was a extensive diamond rush, with thousands of hopeful prospectors flooding the area in search of alluvial diamonds along the river’s banks as well as by the banks of the nearby Vaal River.

Within a few years, several large diamonds were found, among them one located on a farm called Jagersfontein, which later became a famous diamond mine. After a number of discoveries, the area became known as Beaconsfield, which is today a suburb of Kimberley. One year after the discovery of the Jagersfontein diamond, the Kimberley and De Beers pipes were discovered nearby Bultfontein, and similar discoveries were made at farms such as Benaauwheidsfontein, Dorstfontein and Vooruitzicht. A fifth was found 20 years later, known as the Wesselton pipe.

While the pipes were initially worked by individuals, as the depth of the digging increased a more effective solution became necessary. In 1888 the De Beers Consolidated Mines came into being, under ownership of Cecil John Rhodes, a combination of the Kimberley and De Beers Mines.

In 1897, the rights to dig the Kimberley Mines were bought by a new company – Kimberley Mining Limited (KML). They mined until 1914, using a method known as opencast pit mining. This continued until World War I, in 1914. After the war ended in 1918, the mine was simply maintained for the next 8 years. At that point De Beers Consolidated took charge, but other than a few samplings of the mine’s contents, once in the 1950s and again in the 1980s, the mine has lain dormant. In 2002, the New Diamond Corporation (NDC) took control, but without funding the dumps and the mine became available. Today the Meepo Investment Consortium, part of the New African mining operations, has the rights to both the Caravan Park Dumps and the Kamfersdam Dumps of the Kimberley mines.

Town of Kimberley

Kimberley itself was established in 1871 following the diamond discoveries, and the town’s growth was largely as a result of the various mines built in the surrounding area. The town is named after kimberlite rocks – geologic volcanic rock formations that occur in vertical pipes, and which contain diamonds. Over time, the formations erode and the diamonds are carried downstream by rivers and streams to collect in alluvial diamond deposits. Not all kimberlites contain diamonds, and of those found not all are of sufficient quality or quantity to attract interest. However the alluvial diamonds found are usually of higher quality than those found inside the kimberlite pipes – because by the time the alluvial diamonds are discovered in their riverbed locations, low quality stones have been destroyed by the river’s current and only high quality stones remain.

One of the world’s premier areas for diamond mining, the Kimberley area is known today globally by members of the industry. It is nearly 500 km from Johannesburg and nearly 1,000 km from Cape Town.

Abandoned Mine Dumps

Today, in the area surrounding Kimberley there are a number of abandoned mine dumps that may have economic potential. Three of those dumps are: The Caravan Park dumps, the Kamfersdam dumps and the Eddie Williams Oval dumps. The Kimberley Municipality owns the mining rights to these areas, which they hope to turn one day into low-cost housing. Diamond Recovery can be carried out at the plant which is secured, and has both water and electricity. There is a perfect area for disposing of tailings. Kimberley’s infrastructure means it can be easily reached by airplane, railway or other means of public transport, a great boon to mining the area.

Reliability of Reports

While surveying has been done of late, it is not easy to judge the reliability of the resultant report. Primarily, both tailings and waste material have been dumped together, making the grades somewhat unreliable and although samples were taken from certain areas, the grades in other areas not tested could be vastly different. Today’s successful diamond recoveries from the Kimberley tailing dumps could be indicative of poor techniques used initially in the diamond recovery plants of the previous century. Another possible explanation is that previously the material was ground too coarsely and the smaller stones were not released or that the poorer graded material was dumped along with the tailings. As an experienced investor in New Africa Mining, I would say that this material’s diamonds, through the processes of weathering, have been released and are turning up in great quantities, also increasing the number of diamonds being recovered.

Caravan Park dumps

West of the Kimberly Mine Museum, these dumps hold material originally mined from the Kimberley mine – one of the biggest mines that existed as the 19th century drew to a close – from 1871 until 1914. The diggers mined to an ultimate depth of 1,097 meters. The caravan park sits on top of material that is between 1 and 2 meters thick, and as it contains some 595,000 tons of tailings, graded 9 cpht, there are approximately 53,550 carats worth of total diamonds located in the grounds here, with the largest diamond recovered from this dump so far weighing in at nearly 23 carats. In 2005, the dumps were mined for a total of 187 days and 1,122 hours. A total of 74,800 tons were mined and 4,874.28 carats were recovered at an average grade of 6.7 cpht. Estimates are that some 42% of the original dump material exists, which means that there is extraordinary potential for mining and a great return on the investment it will require to bring these mines to a fully active working state.

Kamfersdam dumps

Some six kilometers north of Kimberley, the Kamfersdam dumps hold material from the Kamfersdam mine, first discovered in 1880 and mined until 1914, when World War I broke out. By that time it had been mined to 104 meters deep. The Kamfersdam tailings dumps are all situated next to the abandoned Kamfersdam Mine north of Kimberley. The historically head grade of Kamfersdam was 28 carats per 100 tons (cpht). The two tailings of this dump total 5.2 meters or 5.4 million tons of tailings, which means there are an inferred.63 million total carats at 12 cpht. If 1 million tons are mined here per year, there should be another 4 – 6 years in which to make use of this resource. Despite the 12 cpht inferred, it is actually quite difficult to ascertain the grade of the material located in this dump, though it can be used for now. It will be important to discover the actual grade, as well as the average value per diamond carat – especially if it is to be compared with the diamonds found in the Caravan Park dumps so that a true estimate of its economic value can be ascertained. Over the next 4-6 years,mining these dumps should be an extremely lucrative venture, well worth the investment and a reliable source of income and investment return.

Eddie Williams Oval dumps

Some 3 kilometers north of Kimberley, these are a number of dumps that have very few resources left inside and are not worth discussing much further, so this paper will refrain from providing any more details at this stage.

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A Short Primer To Get A Canadian Commercial Mortgage In The US

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Owning a commercial property in the United States is the dream of almost every Canadian citizen living in the USA. Many of them have no idea of how to obtain a commercial finance or mortgage. Certainly, purchasing a commercial property in the US presents its own challenges, if you are not a US citizen, rather a Canadian. As per a survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), more than half of the property transactions are done in cash in the US.

However, commercial mortgage lenders are willing to extend credit to Canadian citizens on attractive terms. Sometimes these lenders even provide credit to them without a credit history in the US. Getting a commercial mortgage depends on the residential status of the Canadian citizen. Canadian borrowers can be categorized into the below categories based on their residential status.

  • Non-permanent residents with a valid Work Visa (G1-G4, E1, E2, H1B, L1, H3, H2B, and H2A)
  • Permanent Residents with a Green Card (form 1-551)
  • Foreign nationals whose residence is not in the US

Paying for mortgage

If you are a Canadian citizen who wants to purchase a commercial property in the US, then be prepared to pay more for your commercial mortgage as US mortgages are compounded monthly as opposed to commercial mortgages in Canada which are computed semi-annually. In addition to this, there may also be tax deductible in the United States for its Permanent Residents. Whereas, there is no such tax deductible available for Canadian citizens interested in purchasing a commercial property in the United States by getting commercial mortgage finance.

How to apply for Canadian citizen mortgage?

Canadians can apply for a commercial loan in the US remotely via Email or phone, if they do not mind a few long distance charges. Most of the lenders and brokers strongly recommend that Canadian citizens should have a US business bank account via a ITIN (individual tax identification number) in order to facilitate the funding of finance and transfer of the down payments for the closing.

Some of the reputed lenders offer secured mortgages of up to 75% of loan-to-value (LTV) at very competitive interest rates. Canadian citizens can avail such finances in all 50 states of US. In order to attain maximum client satisfaction, such transactions are closed in 30-45 days. The closing of Canadian citizen mortgage should be done in person in the United States, preferably at the offices of the commercial loan lenders.

Documents required for processing of the mortgages?

  • Legible copy of valid Canadian passport
  • Copy of Canadian Credit History Report
  • Fully executed legible purchase and sale contract which is signed by all the parties Verification of funds or deposit
  • 3 months bank statements showing that they have enough funds for a purchase
  • Personal Financial Statement stating Assets & Liabilities
  • Professional Reference Letter from CPA & Personal Banker
  • Bio or Resume on the Sponsor outlining previous ownership and experience managing such sizable investment
  • property if more than a $1M.+ investment
  • Real Estate Schedule of Existing Real Estate Owned In The U.S or Canada
  • Copy of U.S Individual Tax Identification Number
  • Copy of Earnest Money Deposit or Escrow Letter
  • Canadian Primary Residence

The final thought

Many commercial loan brokers and mortgage lending companies in the US offer commercial loans to Canadian citizens after verifying their financial track record, residency status and work history.

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How Cisco Meraki Can Save Both An Enterprise’s Time and Money

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The whole idea behind Cisco Meraki was generated due to a peculiar problem faced by Tim Irimies, IT Manager of Saracen Mineral Holdings. The gold mining company has five mining sites spread across Western Australia that house over 200 employees and 750 contractors. Tim wanted to manage the networking needs of those sites and he had just two IT officials based in an office in Perth. The challenge was new, but it became evident that this was the need of the near future.

With the help of Cisco Meraki, Saracen was able to fulfill all his requirements with ease. Foremostly, it was easy to install; even a non-technical person could do it. It empowered the two IT officials Saracen had to monitor and troubleshoot the installation process without leaving the office in Perth. With Meraki devices in place, Saracen could now have transparency at what was happening at network devices, client devices and connections in real-time. This was not limited to a single property, but all the 5 mining sites. With the power to access remotely through Meraki Dashboard, Saracen had everything he needed.

If you analyze this particular case, with the help of Cisco Meraki, Saracen no longer needed to invest in numerous technical professionals to troubleshoot issues at all his locations. He was easily able to ensure a regular flow of information through all the sites without moving an inch. In addition, he was able to keep a track on all his network devices. He not only saved his money but also time.

In the current scenario, where time is of great essence, Cisco Meraki emerges to be a perfect solution for wireless management, networking, and switching. The best part is that it is also extremely secure, which makes it an instant favorite among the enterprises.

Some of the superior features of Cisco Meraki that cannot be overlooked are as follows:

  • Considerably lower the network management investment
  • Can be installed by any non-technical person
  • Comes with pre-configured adapter and AP settings
  • Offers an extremely reliable and unwavering network connection
  • Easily scalable to accommodate the rapid growth of wireless
  • Provides great savings on operational costs of a) Dedicated training of the staff, b) Deployment of trained officials at different locations and c) Software upgrade on separate devices periodically
  • Easy access anytime and anywhere
  • A unified view of the whole network irrespective if the diverse geographical locations of the end devices

Concluding everything, it is safe to say that Cisco Meraki is an excellent solution that can efficiently help an enterprise save their money as well as time investments.

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How to Compare Mortgage Refinance Rates – Use a Mortgage Refinance Loan Comparison Site

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You always want to compare mortgage refinance rates before choosing a particular a lender as this is truly the only method to ensure that you are being offered the best mortgage rate on the market. People refinance their mortgage for several reasons but whatever your financial goals are I can say undoubtedly that this is the best time in history to refinance your mortgage. With interest rates currently at all time lows, along with the attractive incentives from the Obama administration, it has never been so financially advantageous for homeowners to consider a mortgage refinance.

The best way to compare mortgage refinance rates is to utilize a mortgage refinance loan comparison site. These sites will let you evaluate what mortgage refinance lenders are able to offer you the best mortgage rates. They will usually have an application that you fill out online and after it is completed you are able to get instant feedback on whether or not a mortgage refinance is right for you. The best mortgage lenders will provide you a cost/benefit analysis free of charge to help you further identify whether refinancing your home is a wise financial decision.

A mortgage refinance loan comparison site basically will take the prospecting and researching part of the process of finding the best mortgage rates. It is important that you go to a comparison site that is affiliated with several mortgage lenders and not just a few. These multiple lender comparison sites make the various lenders compete over your refinance loan and therefore act as your personal broker in a sense. They are able to use leverage through a large affiliation of mortgage lenders to guarantee the consumer the best rate on the market.

When businesses compete you win. I’m sure you’ve heard this saying before but this statement is true in almost every business sector. More competition results in a better rate for the consumer. Multiple lender websites, while relatively new, have proven to consistently offer consumers the best mortgage rate on the market. Most of these sites are free to the consumer and you would be foolish not to utilize this service if you are considering refinancing your mortgage.

After you compare mortgage refinance rates through a multiple lender comparison site you will be matched up with 3-4 lenders who were able to provide the most competitive rates. I would suggest doing a little research before talking to a mortgage professional so you are able to ask them tough questions and see who you feel most comfortable dealing with.

Using a mortgage loan comparison site is the most efficient way to compare mortgage refinance rates and find a quality lender. Most of these sites are completely free to the consumer and I strongly encourage homeowners to at least consider refinancing your mortgage. There really has never been a better time in history to refinance your home and taking action now with historic low interest rates will most likely turn out to be a financially savvy decision.

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Why Consider Having Your Broken Gadgets Be Fixed Rather Than Be Replaced?

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If you have accidentally damaged your phone, it does not necessarily mean that you need to buy a new one. Screen cracked? Battery is not charging anymore? Camera and speaker stopped working? All of these issues can actually be fixed.

Experts highly advised having your broken gadgets be fixed instead of replacing them. Of course, this option is more affordable. But there are other reasons.

Why Opt For Gadget Repair Services

You will become knowledgeable – Repair will not give you control over your stuff; rather, it will connect you with it as you begin learning what makes it tick. Also, you won’t be overcharged for just a simple repair again.

E-waste can be prevented – Did you know that about 75% of broken gadgets end up in incinerators, landfills or e-waste dump sites worldwide? Gadgets being recycled are often shredded, and then sold as raw materials.

Mining and manufacturing efforts can be conserved – Mining is actually hard on earth. It can result to huge wastewater leaks. Manufacturing, on the other hand, has real human costs. If you opt to fix your old stuff, you are not actually contributing to the mining and manufacturing of new things or items.

Why Phones Get Broken

Dropping – About 29% of smartphone claims are associated with dropping phone down the stairs. Others even dropped their gadgets in parking lots, hot air balloons, sidewalks, and hardwood floors. It is for this very reason that it is very important for users to invest in cases that can withstand almost anything you can throw at it.

Liquid – These will include spilling a drink and dropping them in a toilet.

Scratching – Screen scratches are not just caused by the keys in your pocket. It is also caused by the particles of dirt and dust rubbing against the glass as you move. They can also be a result of loose items inside your handbag. Be reminded that you can have an unlimited supply of potential screen tarnishing alternatives.

Unlocking your phone – This can result to 2 things immediately. It will void your warranty as well as boost the chances of unintended damage to the software exponentially. It may even cause many of your apps to stop working. Bear in mind that if you commit any mistakes during the conversion process, you will certainly be staring at an error screen on a costly doorstop. Repairing must only be done by knowledgeable and skilled repair experts.

Children – 1 out of 4 parents reported that their phone have been damaged by their kids. With their mind boggling and creative ways, the little ones can actually destroy a lot of things. Be reminded that in the hands of a skilled child, your gadget can go from cutting edge to paperweight in an instant.

Regardless of what the reason may be for having a broken phone, it is highly recommended that you must have the experts fixed it. Look into reliable phone repair services in your area.

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Manual Credit Card Imprinters Becoming Obsolete

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Since the introduction of credit cards in the 1960’s, the cards have carried the card number, expiration date and cardholder name in embossed or raised letters on the plastic card surface.  Mechanical devices were developed and used to imprint credit card charge slips from those raised alphanumerics.  Those slips were then, for many years, deposited into the merchant’s bank account like checks to prove the transaction took place. More recently, the cards were affixed with a magnetic stripe and were swiped through electronic devices that read and transmit the card information to processing centers for verification and sale authorization. 

Electronic processing has now become so standardized that last year Visa announced they were going to phase out the embossing of card information on the card surface and future cards will be “flat”, the card information printed but only accessible magnetically with the stripe on the back.   Other card associations – MasterCard and the rest-will follow suit shortly.

Few merchants still manually take imprints of cards anymore, with the exception of merchants accepting card payments for delivery of goods or services ordered by telephone – such as a pizza restaurant, for example.  They do so to verify that the physical card has been presented to the merchant during the transaction, in order to prevent fraudulent charge backs.

In my own wallet I have an ePassporte Visa Electron card and the numbers are flat.  No imprint can be taken.

And no imprint any longer needs to be taken.  The new standard is to always swipe the card through a terminal, whether that terminal be in the store, next to or part of the cash register or point of sale system, or via use of a wireless terminal a driver carries with themselves to the customer for payment at time of delivery.

If your business takes orders by telephone or mail and you are manually keying credit card numbers into your terminal, you are costing yourself a lot of money in additional card processing fees.  Manually keyed-in transactions are processed as “non-qualified” transactions at a rate more than double your basic rate, due to risk of fraud by the card not being physically present.

The fact is, card imprints are no longer a safeguard against fraud, because any criminal can create phony credit cards and use an Addressograph machine to emboss stolen credit card numbers onto them.  Encoding a magnetic stripe on the back, however, is almost impossible to counterfeit.  The stripe contains not only the card number but other coding which, when swiped through a terminal, verifies to the bank that the actual card is present and being swiped, not manually keyed in.

What can a merchant do?

Short of purchasing some sort of portable photocopier to copy the customer’s card and perhaps I.D., the only thing to do is to catch up with 21st century technology and equip your drivers or delivery personnel with wireless credit card terminals.  The terminals may be purchased or leased from your credit card processor and they pay for themselves quickly, because now all transactions they process will be under a lower  rate, as card-present transactions.

These terminals include a printer so you can get a signed receipt from the customer after the transaction is put through and authorized, and you print a second receipt copy for the customer.  Just as if the customer had been physically in your store.

I have equipped many mobile merchants with these devices: food delivery, locksmiths, massage therapists, computer technicians, handymen, plumbers and other repair personnel – the list is growing every day as more businesses go mobile and deliver their goods and services to customers.  The terminals are also great for fairs, shows, conventions and other locales with no landline telephone access available.

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