Cecilia Jamasmie

Cecilia Jamasmie, news editor at MINING.com, has 20 years of experience in print media, TV, online media and public relations. She is particularly interested in Diamonds, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and the Latin American market. Cecilia has been interviewed by BBC News and CBC among others. She has also been syndicated by Forbes, Seeking Alpha and BIV and been a guest speaker at mining conventions, such as MINExpo 2016. She holds a Master of Journalism (MJ) from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and she is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Vale aims to halve debt to $10bn by 2019

The company also said is ready to shut Caledonia mine mid-next year if it has not found a strategic partner ready to buy a 20 to 40% stake in the project.

Mongolian Gov’t can’t nationalize Erdenet Copper Mine — court

Erdenet, which produces 530,000 tons of ore annually, is one of Asia’s biggest copper and molybdenum mines and a top tax contributor to the country’s $12 billion economy.

Chile’s Codelco hiring for underground expansion of Chuquicamata

About 150 workers will be pre-selected as a result of the process, which closes on Dec. 24. They’ll join the over 1,100 employees already working on the much-needed project.

Canada’s Desjardins not scratching pipeline loans after all

Lender is moving to a carbon-neutral state by offsetting its own greenhouse gas emissions through the purchase of carbon credits starting this year.

Massive Oyu Tolgoi mine to more than double gold production in 2018

Rio Tinto-controlled Turquoise Hill is also predicting costs to fall about 2.8%.

Harmony Gold says Moab Khotsong mine purchase to boost cash flows

The $300 million deal, which incorporates the Great Noligwa underground mine and related infrastructure, is expected to boost Harmony's operational cash flow by 60%.

AngloGold gets going on $36 million expansion of Western Australia mine

Strategy adds 2.1 million ounces to Tropicana's business plan and extends the mine life by seven years to 2027.

This new model tracks copper use from cradle to grave…to reincarnation

Research also charts rapid growth of China’s copper use.

Newmont raises output target for 2018, lowers expected costs

The world’s No.2 gold miner is also planning to boost dividend by at least 50% next year, based on balance sheet improvements and the performance of its gold mines.

De Beers reshuffles executive committee

Chief executive Bruce Cleaver said the changes were necessary to sustain De Beers' success as a business.

Diamond Fields to resume mining off Namibian coast next year

The country’s Ministry of Mines and Energy has renewed the Canadian miner's licence for ten years.

Glencore, Canadian teachers launch mining royalty firm

BaseCore Metals will be independently operated and have its own board of directors.

Sierra Leone ‘Peace Diamond’ sold for less-than-expected

The egg-sized, 709-carat rough yellowish diamond was sold for $6.5 million to luxury jeweller Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds.

Indonesia to grab Rio Tinto stake in Grasberg mine

After pumping billions into the Indonesian mine for almost 25 years, Rio might be able to see a decent return as the country’s government plans to acquire the miner’s 40% stake in the coveted operation.

Bacanora tanks as president resigns

President and director Martin Vidal has left the post effective November 30.

De Beers steps up efforts to remove ‘conflict diamonds’ from the market

Diamond giant is investing in an open platform that will allow tracing a rock throughout the entire value chain — from mine to buyer.

Rio Tinto appoints one of its own as the company’s new chairman

After a nine-month search, the miner has picked the current leader of the remuneration committee, Simon Thompson, to assume the post in March 2018.

McEwen Mining to speed up Timmins exploration program

The Canadian precious metals producer announced a financing plan consisting of a $10-million bought deal private placement offering of four million flow-through common shares.

Alrosa’s 51-carat Dynasty diamond fails to sell at auction

The other four other stones of the collection were sold at an average premium of 30%.

Barrick Gold just bought more than $9 million worth of shares in this junior

The non-brokered private placement gives Barrick about 15% of Reunion Gold Corporation (TSX-V:RGD), which has interests in four different projects in South America’s North Atlantic coast.

Australia’s NSW to ban open-pit mining in South Drayton area

The New South Wales Government decided there would be no open-pit mining at the site formerly known as Drayton South, but it paved the way for an underground mine instead.

PotashCorp CEO confirms Chinese interested in lithium producer SQM

Chinese firms have shown “broad interest” in buying PotashCorp’s stake in the Chilean lithium producer SQM, according to chief executive Jochen Tilk, who declined to name interested parties or the number of bids the company has received.

Luxembourg, Japan team up to explore and mine space resources

The five-year cooperation agreement covers the exchange of information and expertise on the exploration and mining of out-of-earth resources.

SolGold on a roll in Ecuador with finds at Timbara, Porvenir projects

The Ecuador-focused miner said it has discovered "promising" new copper prospects at the Porvenir and Timbara projects, with rock chip samples graded up to 4.27% copper.

Brazil mining code unchanged as Senate fails to vote on bill

Brazil’s lower house of Congress removed from the agenda the discussion of a transitory presidential decree, which modified the country’s current mining law.