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 and the World's Copper Conference 2018. She holds a Master of Journalism (MJ) from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and she is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Firestone finds another massive diamond at Lesotho mine

It's the second one over 70-carat Firestone has found at its Liqhobong mine this year.

Lynas weighs up rare earths processing in Australia as Malaysia ups pressure

Lynas, one of the world’s main suppliers of rare earths outside China, said it was open to processing materials closer to its Australian mine if that meant it can renew its licence in the Southeast Asian country.

Investors with $10 trillion in assets pressure miners over tailings safety

The move is aimed at providing a tool for institutional investors to assess the risk from their holdings in mining companies.

Japan’s Mitsui injects $30m into Sigma’s lithium project in Brazil

The Japanese trading house is backing Sigma's Grota do Cirilo hard rock lithium project, in the south-eastern province of Minas Gerais.

Newcrest to fund broad gold exploration in Western Australia

Australia’s largest gold producer has been searching for juniors with appealing assets in Western Australia's Paterson region to jointly develop them.

Botswana Diamonds finishes drilling at Thorny River project

Next step is obtaining necessary regulatory approvals to start bulk sampling at the South African project, which is expected during the second quarter of the year.

Lucapa Diamond cuts debt related to building Mothae mine

The diamond producer has inked deals with New Azilian and Equigold, following the delivery and de-risking of the Lesotho-based mine, which began commercial production in December.

Barrick upbeat about new DRC president’s stance on mining, investment

The company said Felix Tshisekedi had confirmed his intention of working with miners to keep growing the Central African nation’s gold sector.

ISIS claims kidnapping and killing Canadian geologist in Burkina Faso

In the he latest issue of propaganda newsletter Al-Naba, ISIS took responsibility for the abduction and murder of Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Kirk Woodman.

Fortescue OKs $2.6B expansion of Iron Bridge magnetite project

The announcement follows the company's commitment to build the $1.3 billion Eliwana iron ore mine last year.

Frontier Lithium to build demonstration plant for battery metals products

The plant is expected to produce up to 15,000 tonnes of lithium concentrate (spodumene) per year from samples taken at the PAK deposit, located in Canada's northwestern Ontario.

First Quantum plans $327m expansion of giant copper mine in Panama

The Canadian miner plans to expand Cobre Panama, located about 120 km west of Panama City, and 20 km from the Atlantic coast, from 85 million tonnes per year to 100Mtpy beginning in 2023.

Cannabis mania mows down Canada’s junior mining sector

There is enough evidence to conclude that risk capital has found a new home, a BDO report shows. The question now is, how and where will junior miners find the capital needed to sustain their businesses?

Pure Gold eyes London listing this quarter

The Canadian company expects to start trading in London before the end of June, ahead of its transition to a producer from a developer.

Vale denied stability re-certifications on 17 dams, dikes

The decision comes on the same day a Brazilian court froze an additional 1 billion reais ($255 million) in assets as possible compensation for damages related to a recent evacuation of the area around the company's Vargem Grande dam in Minas Gerais state.

Condor Gold hails results from metallurgical test work at Nicaragua mine

Test at the company's 100%-owned La India gold project in Nicaragua confirmed 95.4% gold recovery from two samples in laboratory conditions.

Eldorado begins commercial production at its first Canadian mine

The Lamaque underground gold mine in Val d’Or, Quebec, is expected to produce up to 135,000 ounces of the precious metal a year in 2020 and 2021.

Polish looking for ‘Nazi Gold Train” finds another kind of treasure

Piotr Koper, who spent years hunting for the elusive train rumoured to be laden with gold and gems, has found two dozen priceless Renaissance portraits.

Petra Diamonds shares jump on 425-carat discovery at Cullinan

The discovery comes less than a month after Petra found a 100.83 carat gem-quality diamond at the same mine.

Chile's Codelco to boost production at El Teniente copper mine

Output increase would position the mine, which produced 465,000 tonnes of the red metal in 2018, among the world's five largest copper operations.

Firestone Diamonds halts Liqhobong mine expansion plans, limits losses

The Africa-focused diamond miner said current market conditions didn't support expansion project at the Lesotho mine.

AngloGold approves underground expansion of Tropicana mine

Work is scheduled to begin in the June quarter, with first gold expected in the second half of 2020.

Newmont readies leadership team post-merger with Goldcorp

Newmont's $10-billion acquisition of Canada’s Goldcorp is expected to close in the second quarter of the year.

UNEP, ethical investors join miners' quest for global tailings rules

Currently there are no set of universal rules defining exactly what a tailings dam is, how to build one and how to care for it after it is decommissioned.

More than a third of gold mines in Congo exposed to Ebola — report

In its current form, the epidemic won’t impact the nation’s cobalt production, as the vast distance from the Katanga region largely prevents its spread, says global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft.