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.

The Philippines hike mining royalties and expand bans

After months of intense debate among mining companies, environmentalists, local groups and church leaders, the government of the Philippines has decided to increase royalties from mining companies.

Canadian Candente copper to restart drilling in Peru

Candente Copper will be allowed to resume its exploration and feasibility drilling at its Canariaco project in Peru, after the local community of San Juan De Kañaris voted in favour of granting surface access to the company on Sunday.

Rinehart commits $26 million to train locals and avoid unions increasing criticism

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting is pouring $26 million to local training in the face of an increasing opposition to the company's workforce plans to hire foreign workers.

Black lung disease returns to coal mines

Black lung disease, the common name for underground coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, is now linked to workers who take part in surface coal mining, according to an investigation by NPR News.

South American Silver's Bolivian mining license revoked, workers set free

Bolivian Labour Minister, Daniel Santalla, signed an agreement on Sunday with the leaders of the Andean local community of Malku Khota who were holding five employees of Canadian South American Silver captive.

Bolivian farmer dies in demonstration against South American Silver

A Bolivian farmer died on Friday and at least four others were injured when protesters occupied the Malku Khota project, operated by Canadian South American Silver in the Andean highlands.

Rio Tinto strikes deal with locked out workers in Canada

Locked out workers at a Rio Tinto Alcan plant in Quebec, Canada, voted to end a six-month labour dispute that has dragged on since Dec. 30, said the United Steelworkers union in a press release on Friday.

Kyrgyz Prime Minister visits Centerra’s Kumtor mine amid contract evaluation

On Friday Centerra Gold hosted a visit by the Kyrgyz Prime Minister Babanov to the Kumtor mine. The visit came a week after Kyrgyzstan authorities said they wanted to renegotiate a contract with the gold miner.

July 6, 2012: The day the Oppenheimers said goodbye to De Beers

The Oppenheimer family, controller of giant diamond miner DeBeers since 1927, has officially let go of its 40% stake in the company after South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister approved the acquisition by Anglo American.

Xstrata-Glencore merger vote postponed: unions raise concerns

Xstrata has delayed voting on a merger with Glencore as investors continue to dictate the offer and unions become more vocal about their concerns over the deal.

Caterpillar loses social index as Israel uses bulldozers in Palestine

Earth-moving equipment maker Caterpillar has been removed from the socially responsible share index, managed by US investment firm MSCI, over Israeli use of its bulldozers for demolition in Palestine.

Peru detains leader of anti-mining protests then frees him after increased hostility

Peruvian police detained former Roman Catholic priest Marco Arana, the leader of the protests against Newmont Mining, yesterday evening. The situation has only worsened since the government declared a state of emergency.

The next American gold rush has a destination: Nevada

Visual Capitalist has put together an infographic explaining why the silver state of Nevada seems now to be the home of the largest gold rush ever experienced in US history.

Argentinian legislation might sink Pan American’s flagship

Pan American Silver is warning its shareholders that if the reform of mining law in Argentina's Chubut Province is approved, the company will have to declare its Navidad Project "uneconomic."

Australia won't get in the way of Glencore-Xstrata

Australia's antitrust regulator has decided it would not oppose commodities trader Glencore's $26 billion takeover of miner Xstrata.

Baja's top shareholder won't give more for Boleo

Besieged Baja Mining suffered another setback on Thursday after Mount Kellett Capital Management, the company’s largest shareholder, announced it wouldn’t provide debt or equity financing for the Boleo project in Mexico.

Rinehart sells $50 million worth of shares in Fairfax Media

The fifth richest woman in the world, Gina Rinehart, has sold $50 million worth of her shares in Australian newspaper group Fairfax as she continues to push for a seat on the company's board.

Anti-Newmont protests in Peru force government to declare a state of emergency

At least three people were killed and 20 injured in northern Peru yesterday after a clash between police and protesters opposed to the $5 billion Conga gold mine planned by Newmont Mining in the northern region of Cajamarca.

Not enough women in mining: report

In a report published this week, the Government of New South Wales concluded that women are underrepresented in the high paying industries of mining and construction and increasing their involvement is still a big challenge.

Glaciers stop progress of Barrick Gold’s mining plans in Argentina

The world's largest gold company, Barrick Gold, suffered a major setback Tuesday as the Argentine National Supreme Court reversed preliminary injunctions on glacier protection law, now back in full force for all mining companies.

Chile’s Codelco to invest $400 million in molybdenum plant

Chile-owned copper giant Codelco plans to invest $400 million in a molybdenum processing plant and to maximize its market value amid a legal dispute with global miner Anglo American.

Queen's 10,000 diamonds on display at Buckingham Palace

The exhibition, displaying more than 10,000 diamonds, brings together seven of the nine principal stones cut from the famous Cullinan Diamond for the first time ever.

Brazil's Vale confirms plans to sell euro-denominated bonds

Brazilian mining giant Vale SA confirmed Tuesday its plans to issue euro-denominated overseas bonds.

World's No. 3 copper mine Collahuasi to reduce costs with solar power

Chile’s Doña Inés de Collahuasi mining company announced Solarpack has won the contract to build a 25 MW solar energy park, which will supply nearly 13% of the mine's power needs during the day.

Barclays CEO Bob Diamond quits amid interest-rate rigging scandal

Shortly after the announcement, Barclays’ newly appointed chief operating officer, Jerry del Missier, also resigned.