Cecilia Jamasmie

Cecilia Jamasmie, news editor at MINING.com, has 20 years of experience in print media, TV, online media and public relations. She specializes in 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.

BHP top shareholders step up pressure for oil spinoff

They're pressing the company not only to accept a proposal by activist investor Elliott Management to spin off its US petroleum business, but to fully demerge all of its oil and gas assets.

India’s Supreme Court won’t try forcing UK to return Kohinoor diamond

The court said it cannot interfere in the diplomatic process nor can it direct another country to not auction the gem.

Strike at Escondida hurt Rio Tinto copper output

Production for the first three months of the year slumped 37% compared with the same period of 2016.

Vale’s iron ore output just hit another record

Production of the steelmaking raw material jumped 11% to 86.2 million tonnes in the January-March period, compared to the same quarter a year earlier.

Goldcorp begins friendly $247 million takeover of Exeter

Exeter shareholders will receive 0.12 of a common share of Goldcorp for each they have in the junior — that's a premium of 67% based on the part's closing prices on the day prior to the announcement.

Production at Syncrude’s Mildred Lake oil sands to fully resume in June

Pipeline shipments would restart at approximately 50% of capacity in early May.

Minjar Gold attempt to grab Barrick’s stake in Super Pit falls through

The firm, a unit of Shanghai-listed Shandong Tyan Home, reportedly walked away from the deal due to recent tightened controls in China on outbound investment.

Recent Escondida strike may push Chile into recession

Analysts believe that would increase the chances of the country joining Latin America’s ongoing political drift to the right in November’s elections.

Silver prices poised for bullish run — experts

Speculators are long a net 105,515 silver futures contracts — the highest bullish position since Bloomberg records began in 1993 and more than three times the average weekly net long over that period.

Ecuador mining industry to grow eightfold by 2021 — report

Experts believe the value of the nation's dawning industry is set to jump from $1.1bn this year to $7.9bn in 2021 on a combination of revised regulatory framework and significant gold and copper reserves.

Freeport, Indonesia work out initial Grasberg exports deal

The Indonesian unit is now in the process of obtaining a full export permit.

Turkmenistan opens bid process for country’s second potash plant

The new plant, to be based at the Karabil potash deposit, is estimated to be worth about $1.4 billion.

Another potash mine coming soon to Canada’s Saskatchewan

Western Potash said it’s moving ahead with its Milestone project, expected to produce 146,000 tonnes of potash annually over 12 years of planned operations.

South32 drops $200 million plan to buy Peabody coal mine

The miner said it was unwilling to take the steps required to satisfy Australian steel makers to get the approval of the transaction, which would have its major deal since spinning off from BHP in 2015.

Dominion says no contact with Washington Corp after $1.1bn takeover bid

The company has repeatedly offered to engage with Washington Corp on "customary terms," according to Chairman Jim Gowans, but that has not happened.

Potash producer Belaruskali to make new kind of fertilizer — report

The company is also said to be mulling a number of investment projects involving a Chinese chemical company.

Gold bull McEwen says price rally has just begun

The founder of McEwen Mining and Goldcorp believes prices for the precious metal will reach $5,000 an ounce in a matter of years.

Chile’s Codelco sets up lithium subsidiary

The unit is expected to help speed up the approval of legislation that allows the exploration and exploitation of the country’s vast lithium deposits.

British scientists find sub-sea minerals treasure trove

They have found valuable minerals atop an underwater mountain, which is basically a huge flat-topped mound of some of the scarcest materials on Earth.

Australia greenlights Rio Tinto’s $2.45bn sale of coal mines to Yancoal

With the Foreign Investment Review Board’s approval, Rio Tinto is a step closer to fully exit thermal coal.

Brazil suspends Belo Sun's gold mine licence, stock collapses

The company's Volta Grande project is posed to become the country's largest gold mine.

Alaska approves key permit for Pebble copper-gold mine, with conditions

Permit allows Northern Dynasty to work in the area for the next 12 months, but it includes requirements for state inspections, as well as an unprecedented $2 million guarantee as back stop for exploration clean-up.

BHP brands Elliott's overhaul proposals as flawed, costly

Activist investor Elliott's proposals to break up BHP are riddled with “major flaws” and could end up costing far more to implement than they would save, the company said.

Iron ore market keeps getting uglier — prices at lowest since November

The commodity is now trading below $70 a tonne and has just suffered its largest one-day percentage decline in over a year.

Water scarcity, pollution to take shine off Latin American mining sector

In addition to raising costs for miners and delaying certain projects, the focus on the amount of water used by the extraction industry in the region will boost social pressure and anti-mining sentiment, experts say.