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.

HSBC pulls the plug on coal

Europe’s largest bank won’t fund new coal power plants, oil sands and arctic drilling, except in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam.

World’s top diamond producer first-quarter output hit by mine accident

Alrosa's production fell by 17% in the first three months of the year mainly due to the halt of its Mir underground mine and lower-grade ores processed from the Jubilee pipe.

Canada’s Copper Mountain grabs Altona Mining in $72-million deal

Merger creates a mid-sized copper miner, with an expected annual production of about 73,000 tonnes of the metal.

De Beers launches Sierra Leone-based pilot to remove ‘conflict diamonds’ from the market

The world’s top diamond miner will train artisanal and small-scale miners and provide them with tablets as well as a diamond “toolkit” to digitally track their stones throughout the supply chain.

Embattled Acacia Mining keeps losing money due to Tanzania tax row

Revenue in the first quarter slumped almost 50% due mainly to reduced operations at its flagship Bulyanhulu gold mine.

Impact of electric cars in medium-term copper demand ‘overrated’, experts say

Increasing disposable income in emerging economies and the adoption of greener technologies, are the two factors to drive most of the expected increased demand in copper during the next five years.

Copper supply crunch earlier than predicted — experts

Copper production will peak in the second half of 2019, making a growing supply deficit much more real.

Chile mulls revision to mining code

Authorities may consider potential revisions to the mining laws in order to make companies that already own concessions to work on them or else give them up.

Juniors struggle to compete with majors in exploration — Chile’s Mining Society

One of the main problems, says the head of Chile’s Mining Society, Diego Hernández, is miners have no incentives to do anything with the assets they already own and is very cheap to keep them.

Copper pipeline lowest in a century

While appetite for copper-mining assets is picking up, a supply crunch is imminent, experts say.

This historic blue diamond is expected to fetch up to $5.3 million

The Farnese Blue, passed down through European royalty, goes on sale for first time as part of a Sotheby’s auction to be held in Geneva, on May 15.

De Beers, Botswana seek fresh expansion of world's richest diamond mine

Debswana, the joint venture between De Beers and the Botswana’s government, is seeking permission to deepen the Jwaneng mine to 830 meters.

Future of $700-million Michigan potash project in regulators hands

Michigan Potash Co. is closer than ever to start building a potash mine in the state.

Solar power drew $161 billion in 2017, more than any other technology

Solar made up 57% of last year's total for all renewables (excluding large hydro) of $279.8 billion. It also towered above new investment in coal and gas generation capacity, estimated at $103 billion.

World’s top miner BHP quits global coal group over climate stance

The miner is withdrawing from the World Coal Association over a clash of views on how to fight climate change, with BHP saying it’ll reap little benefit from staying on as a member.

Teck ups stake in Chile Quebrada Blanca copper mine in $162.5m deal

Company now owns 90% of Compañía Minera Teck Quebrada Blanca, which main asset is the namesake copper project in Northern Chile.

Miners, commodities hit as US-China trade war heats up

Mining companies saw its shares plummet along with metal prices on Wednesday as China announced additional tariffs on US products, a move experts say is likely to heighten global concerns of a tit-for-tat trade war between the world's biggest economies.

Eldorado scores key win in row with Greece over projects

Ruling rejects the Greek State's motion that Eldorado's technical study for a metallurgy plant in the country’s Stratoni Valley, was in breach of any agreements between the parts.

Murray & Roberts scores $313 million worth of new mining projects

South African engineering and construction group, currently subject of a takeover bid from Germany’s ATON, said projects were located in sub-Saharan Africa, North America and Australasia.

Next phase at one Australia’s largest copper-gold projects gets OK’d

Permit allows Oz Minerals to start phase two of construction at Carrapateena copper-gold project, in South Australia, this month.

Randgold Resources Tongon mine in Ivory Coast hit by strike

Recurrent industrial action by the workforce of a subcontractor it's jeopardizing Tongon's 290,000-ounce production forecast.

Codelco CEO to stay on after Chile’s new Gov’t reshuffles management

Nelson Pizarro, who took the post in 2014, has played a critical role in the drive to reduce spending and force a reduction in costs, while kicking off a major overhaul of Codelco’s aging mines to deal with dwindling ore grades.

Chile’s recent coal phase-out decision claims first victims

French power company Engie SA is closing all of its coal-fired power plants in the country. It plans to replace the capacity with renewable energy.

Exploration spending in Canada’s poorest regions keeps sliding

The Northwest Territories and Nunavut, two of the three regions with the lowest income per capita, will see exploration investment to drop again in 2018, Natural Resources Canada says.

Miners ask Congo to introduce sliding royalty scale

The proposal, signed by companies responsible for 85% of the DRC's copper, cobalt and gold output, suggest that sliding royalties will give the government a higher share of revenues.