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.

Rio Tinto follows Vale and joins Chinese iron ore trading platform

The move will allow the London-listed miner to sell non-contracted iron ore directly into China through the electronic trading platform.

Ontario pays God’s Lake Resources $3.5 million for surrendering mining lease

Ontario will pay $3.5 million to Toronto-based junior mineral exploration company God’s Lake Resources (GLR) for surrendering its mining lease and claims near the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) First Nation.

Canadian junior miners claim ‘lack of industry support’ in disputes with First Nations

Canadian exploration companies feel their industry association doesn’t hear them, Neal Smitheman, a lawyer who represents junior mining companies in disputes with First Nations, told CBC.

Conflict-free gold standard about to become a fact

The World Gold Council unveiled today the long-awaited “exposure draft” of the so-called conflict-free gold standard, which aims to crack down on gold tainted by conflict and human rights violations, such as the ongoing supply coming from the rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Animal poop? Now how’s that for alternative energy source

Engineers from The Denver Zoo have taken the global concern about an energy crisis a step further by developing a method to use animal waste as fuel.

Japan urges dialogue with China on rare earths

Japan, the world’s main importer of rare earths, has requested international assistance for alternatives, conservation, diversification and recycling and to continue dialogue with China to secure stable global supply

Thousands of Guatemalan farmers protest mining projects

Thousands of indigenous farmers protest in Guatemala City against mining and hydroelectric projects close to their villages. This is the first march of aboriginals during the government of Otto Perez, who assumed on January 14, for a period of four years.

Ten-year gold bonanza may be over: CMP Group

Gold prices will remain high this year, but are unlikely to rise above the record high reached in 2011, says the latest report by U.S.-based mining consultants CPM Group.

Canada's Labrador to drive potential iron ore boom in the country

A remote geographic zone straddling Canadian Québec and Labrador areas is causing quite a stir in mining circles due to the large iron reserves waiting to be developed into mines.

Canada to trim environmental assessments for large projects

Canada's government will disclose new guidelines this week to reduce the time it takes for environmental reviews of major energy and industrial projects, in a move that Reuters qualifies as an attempt set to help the oil industry.

Third diamond drill rig deployed by Angkor Gold in Cambodia

Canadian-based Angkor Gold Corp. (TSXV: ANK) announced today it has deployed a three diamond drill at its Katieng prospect. Drilling is set to commence on geochemical targets at the property. After Angkor completes the Katieng program, the rig will be moved to either its Kunmum prospect or Oyadao tenement.

Stellar Diamonds says its project in Sierra Leona confirmed as a high value asset

London-trade Stellar Diamonds (LON:STEL) said today a first JORC compliant estimate for its Tongo project in Sierra Leone confirmed it as a high value, high growth asset.

Two new pipelines to compete with Keystone XL

U.S.-based Enterprise Products Partners LP (NYSE:EPD) and Canadian Enbridge Inc. (NYSE/TSX:ENB) are shaping up as the main competitors for TransCanada Corp’s Keystone XL, as the two companies announced they will build new pipelines that will move as much as 850,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to refineries along the Gulf Coast by mid-2014.

Canadian Nordion accused of frustrating efforts to wean the world off nuclear weapons-grade uranium

Canadian health products provider Nordion was the target of criticism at a major nuclear security summit in South Korea due to the company’s deal with Russia that entitles it to sell medical isotopes made with weapons-grade uranium for the next eight years.

Japan looks to Canada as new source of natural gas

Japan and Canada have formally agreed to launch negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) to eliminate import tariffs on most products and cooperate on developing energy resources, including natural gas and minerals, reports Platts.

Nautilus Minerals shares on the rise after solid year end results

Nautilus Minerals Inc. shares were up almost 24% this morning (TSX:NUS), after the company released solid year end results with, narrowing its full-year loss in 2011 to US$34 million.

Canadian Monument busts gold thieving at its Malaysian Selinsing mine

Canadian-based gold producer Monument Mining Limited (TSX-V: MMY) informed it busted a gold stealing syndicate at the Selinsing Gold Mine in Malaysia.

BHP Billiton aluminum chief leaves amongst poor safety rumours

In a brief and low profile announcement, BHP Billiton said last week that it was replacing its Aluminum President, Jon Dudas, giving no reason for his sudden departure, nor a timeframe for his replacement.

Congolese families take Canadian mining company to the Supreme Court

The Canadian Association Against Impunity (CAAI), which represents several human rights groups and non-governmental organizations, filed today a last-minute plea at the Supreme Court against Canadian miner Anvil Mining Limited (TSX:AVM), on behalf of the victims of a 2004 massacre in Congo.

Aquila and Vale take a break on coal sales dispute

A legal clash between Brazilian mining giant Vale (NYX:VALE) and Australia's Aquila Resources (ASX: AQA) has taken a step towards resolution this morning after the companies announced they’ve reached an agreement on coal shipments from their co-owned Isaac Plains mine in Queensland.

Finders Resources reviewing options for Ojolali Gold‐Silver Project

Metals developer Finders Resources Limited (ASX:FND) announced it has started a strategic evaluation of its alternatives for the Ojolali gold-silver project, in Sumatra.

World's first all-diamond ring to cost US$68 million

Switzerland-based Shawish Jewelry is creating a diamond ring that would make Elizabeth Taylor’s 30-carat engagement band from Richard Burton look like a children’s toy— a 150-carat all-diamond ring.

Botswana Diamonds releases sparkling interim results

London-listed diamond junior Botswana Diamonds (LON:BOD) forecasts a cheerful future for the diamond market, despite it sliding into the red in the six months to the end of December with a pre-tax loss of over US$327,000.

Australia, Canada, Chile, Brazil and Mexico the top five mining projects’ destinations

In its annual ranking of countries in terms of political risks for mining investment, the mineral industry advisory firm Behre Dolbear, has ranked Australia, Canada, Chile, Brazil and Mexico as the top five nations in which to locate mining projects.

Randgold shares plunge almost 13% after military coup in Mali

Randgold Resources (LON:RRS, NASDAQ:GOLD) shares fell close to 13% this morning after a military coup in Mali, where the company has three gold mines that account for most of its bullion production.