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.

Canadian Baja Mining continues to struggle over funding for Mexico project

Canadian miner Baja Mining Corp (TSX:BAJ) said on Monday it won’t be able to continue with its copper/cobalt/zinc project in Mexico beyond mid-June, unless it finds a way to fund cost overruns quickly.

China wants to take over the world's largest undeveloped iron ore project

A private group of Chinese magnates is planning to take away Guinea’s Simandou, the world's largest undeveloped iron ore project, from Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto.

Canada's Leader of the Opposition targets oil sands again

Canada's Leader of the Opposition, Thomas Mulcair, again attacked the oil sands industry by saying that, because of the way it raises the value of the Canadian dollar, other parts of the country are paying a price for the prosperity enjoyed by natural resource sectors, such as the oil sands in Alberta.

Canadian Inmet set to kick off construction at Cobre Panama

Inmet Mining Corporation (TSX:IMN) has launched a $1 billion senior unsecured notes offering as part of a total finance plan for the $6.18 billion copper/gold/molybdenum project Cobre Panama.

New Chinese iron ore trading platform debuts tomorrow

The new China Beijing Metals Exchange (CBMX), the country’s first physical iron ore trading platform is set to debut Tuesday, with the major producers of the commodity BHP Billiton (NYSE:RIO), Vale (NYSE:VALE), Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) as members.

Antofagasta shares hit by copper and gold production falls

Shares of Chilean miner Antofagasta PLC (LON:ANTO) were down over 4% at 11:20 ET after the company announced yesterday that its first-quarter copper production fell almost 13% amid rising development and maintenance costs.

Argentina's Parliament approves YPF takeover bill, irritating mayor foreign investors

Argentina's Congress voted 208-32 to move forward with a bill giving President Cristina Kirchner the green light to seize a 51% stake in the country's largest oil and gas producer, YPF SA from Spain's Repsol YPF SA.

Why every miner wants to be Colombia’s new best friend

Once tinted by drug cartels and civil war, Colombia is now one of Latin America’s fastest growing markets and, according to the World Bank, the most secure country in the region in which to do business. Since yesterday, the country also has a new national mining agency, which is already looking for foreign investments to expand existing production and explore areas where rich deposits of key resources are suspected.

Brazil's Government wins latest round in Vale tax match

Brazilian mining giant Vale (NYSE:VALE) announced the country's Superior Court of Justice ruled in favour of the federal tax authority in its appeal against an injunction granted in March suspending payment of taxes on overseas profits by the company.

Contractors protest at BHP Billiton's Escondida in Chile

Contract workers blocked some roads to Chile's Escondida copper mine, the world's largest, on Thursday in a bonus dispute, although production operations weren't halted

Indonesia jumps on the mining exports tax wagon

Indonesia has decided to have its mining cake and eat it too, as the country, one of the world’s largest exporters of copper and coal, will start imposing a 20% tax on mining exports beginning next week.

Randgold profit doubles despite Mali turmoil

Gold producer Randgold Resources (LON:RRS, NASDAQ:GOLD) posted today strong results for its first quarter output and profits despite the political turmoil in Mali, from where it extract two-thirds of its gold output.

How quickly can a mining magnate make your salary?

An Australian site has developed an online wealth calculator that allows you to see how a mining magnate can make the equivalent to your annual salary in a matter of minutes.

Colombia to spend nearly $1.3 billion in coal-related ports expansions

Colombia’s leading coal producers are increasing investments dramatically to improve and expand their ports, in what is considered a key move for rising coal production in the country to 120 million tons within by 2014.

New watchwords at BHP: sequencing, discipline, cash flow

BHP Billiton addressed shareholder concerns about its ambitious investment plans in four mega-projects on Wednesday saying it will match capital expenditures closely with cash flows and stagger the project pipeline.

Malaysia rejects Lynas lawsuit against opponents of its rare earth project

The High Court of Malaysia today rejected Australian miner Lynas Corp’s (ASX:LYC) application for an injunction against pressure groups that oppose the company’s rare earth plant (LAMP), informs The Malaysian Insider.

Barrick makes investors day by hiking dividend 33%

Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) increased its quarterly dividend by 33%, as the company announced Wednesday a 3% increase in its first-quarter profit.

Japan and India sign rare earth deal to reduce dependency on China

Japan and India have reached a basic agreement to jointly develop rare earths, used in the production of several high-tech goods from weapons to cell phones, and supply Tokyo with about 14% of its rare earth needs.

Diamonds second only to gold when it comes to safe investments

Bella Ideale Diamonds, a company that sells jewellery and provides strategies for diamond investing, claims that certain high quality diamonds exceed investment returns of traditional investments and are second only to gold in price appreciation over the past 10 years.

Shear recovers 3,500 carats from Jericho diamond mine in Nunavut, Canada

Canadian junior Shear Diamonds Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SRM) announced today it’s begun processing diamonds from the stockpiles at its Jericho diamond mine in Nunavut, Canada.

Mining blamed for Canadian economy unexpected dip in February

Canada's gross domestic product surprisingly dropped 0.2% in February, with all fingers pointing at the manufacturing and mining sectors, particularly potash and nickel producers, as the main responsible, says the latest Statistics Canada report.

Newmont looking at other options if Conga costs continue to climb

Newmont Mining could reallocate project funds if an ongoing evaluation of the environmental impact study for its $4.8 billion Conga mine turns economically unfavourable, CEO Richard O'Brien said.

Xstrata copper production down, but Q1 financial performance solid

Anglo-Swiss Xstrata Plc. (LON:XTA) reported today mixed production results for its first quarter, with copper production declining 18%, but said operating and financial performance remains strong.

Australian Lynas to shut down Malaysian opponents with lawsuit

Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corporation (ASX:LYC), has filed a defamation action against Malaysian protestors and opponents over their criticism of the company's rare earth plant (LAMP), which will process ores shipped from Western Australia.

North America to lead energy investments in 2012: analysts

North America will head global energy investments this year, driven by boom in unconventional production, with a $392 billion on upstream capital and operating expenditures in the region, say global consultants from IHS.