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 publishes tax report as Australian mining levy en route to become a law

Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto (ASX, LSE & NYSE: RIO) has voluntarily published its "Taxes paid report," outlining the US$10.2 billion it has paid in tax globally this financial year.

China Moly pursues US $579 million from Shanghai IPO

China Molybdenum Co. (HKG:3993), the country’s largest producer of the element by output, plans to launch an initial public offering in Shanghai, which may raise around 3.65 billion yuan (US$579 million), to fund its new alloy project and boost output, according to a statement to the China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC).

Ecuador on the verge of closing second large-scale mining deal

Ecuador’s government and Canada’s Kinross Gold could sign an agreement in June to develop the long-delayed “Fruta del Norte” gold project, the country’s largest mine, reports local newspaper El Telégrafo.

Commodity prices drive TSX up, while Wall Street opened mixed

The Toronto Stock Exchange opened this morning moderately higher as commodity prices increased driven mainly by traders’ hopes of a U.S. housing market in recovery mode.

Australia’s controversial coal and iron mining tax passes the Senate

The Australian Senate approved today a mining legislation that imposes a 30% tax on coal and iron ore miners, allowing the government to take a larger part of profits from a mining boom pushed by Chinese and Indian demand for raw materials.

Peru's illegal miners protests on hold after three died yesterday

Thousands of informal miners suspended their indefinite protest in the gold-rich Peru’s Madre de Dios region after three gold miners were killed in clashes with police yesterday.

Korea Resources wants at least 10% of world’s largest met coal deposit

State-run Korea Resources Corp. (KORES) is planning to invest at least US$532 million (600 billion won) in mining projects abroad this yea, particularly in the coal sector of Indonesia and North America, reports Bloomberg.

Codelco’s battle with Anglo American worsens, threating Anglo’s business

Chilean copper giant Codelco is preparing new legal actions in its dispute with Anglo American (LSE:AAL) as the company is not satisfied with the documents submitted Wednesday to a civil court by the London-based company.

Australian mining magnate sues the Government for carbon tax

Australian mining tycoon Clive Palmer will be mounting a High Court challenge against the Government's carbon tax, he told ABC News’ 7.30 Report.

Harmony Gold’s workers mining their own business: company to give them 2,9% ownership

Over 33,000 workers of Harmony Gold Mining (NYSE:HMY), South Africa's third-biggest gold producer, will be owners of direct shares in the company thanks to its employee share ownership plan (ESOP), announced CEO Graham Briggs today.

Impala Platinum transferring 51% of mine stake to Zimbabwe’s government called 'naive and irresponsible'

South Africa's Impala Platinum Holdings (Implats), the world’s second-largest platinum producer by volume, has agreed to transfer 51% of Zimplats, its subsidiary in Zimbabwe, after long-drawn-out negotiations with the government of that country.

Japan buys US$435m Xstrata’s stake in Canadian coal operations

Japanese JX Nippon Oil & Energy acquired a 25% of diversified miner Xstrata Coal operations in Western Canada for US$435 million, creating a joint venture that will build the business and market coal in Japan.

U.S., Japan and the E.U. dispute China’s decision on rare earths at the WTO

The U.S., Japan and the European Union have filed an official complaint at the World Trade Organization this morning, urging the body to take actions against China’s restrictions on these metals. President Obama warned China that it would not be allowed to gain a competitive advantage in world trade by "skirting the rules."

Chile's Antofagasta shares dive despite record profit in 2011

Shares of Chilean miner Antofagasta PLC (LON:ANTO) were down 3.1% this morning after the company disappointed market hopes for a whopping special dividend and announced instead a cut on dividends and an increased spending on growth projects.

Fracking "probable cause" of Ohio earthquakes in 2011

Several small earthquakes that affected the northwest region of the United States during 2011 were probably caused by hydraulic fracturing or "fracking,” concludes the latest report by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), which regulates the oil and gas industry in the country.

Peru mining investments reached US$7.2 billion in 2011, 77% more than in 2010

Mining companies in Peru invested US$7.2 billion in 2011, 77% more than in 2010, Mines and Energy Ministry (MEM) reports.

Canada’s Gabriel Resources under fire in Romania

Canada’s Gabriel Resources Ltd. (TSX:GBU) became the centre of attention this morning as an important figure of Romania's 1989 revolution, MEP Laszlo Tokes, left his party on Monday over Rosia Montana, a debated gold mine project in north-western Romania.

Botswana’s government to trade diamonds

The government of Botswana has established a new diamond trading company that will be responsible for the purchasing, selling and marketing of the state’s portion of Debswana Diamond’s production.

Inuit government officially ends 3-year uranium mining moratorium in Canada’s Labrador

The Nunatsiavut Government of Labrador, a regional Inuit government formed in 2005, has officially lifted a three-year-old moratorium on uranium mining on Inuit lands, by enacting its Environmental Protection Act and an amendment to the Labrador Inuit Lands Act, said the body.

Gold falls as job data crushes rate outlook

Gold fell abruptly this morning, pushed by a rising dollar after data showed the U.S. economy created more jobs than expected over the last three months, decreasing prospects the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for an extended period.

Canadian Mandalay Resources resumes operations in Chile

Canadian miner Mandalay Resources (TSX: MND, MND.WT) resumed operations at its Cerro Bayo project in Chile today, after protestors removed blockades, allowing supplies in and out of the mine.

Over 18% of Canada’s job losses in February were in the mining industry

Despite a healthy economic growth, Canada’s economy lost 2,800 jobs in February, with at least 18% of those positions belonging to the mining sector.

Antofagasta Minerals CEO quits a week before 2011 results

In an surprising move, London-listed, Chilean copper producer Antofagasta PLC (LON:ANTO) announced that the chief executive of its copper division, Marcelo Awad, had agreed to quit.

Peru losing US$560,000 a day due to mining protests in gold-rich region

Peru's Madre de Dios gold-rich region is losing US$560,000 a day as a result of informal miners' protests happening in the area since Monday, said the country’s president of the regional chamber of commerce, Roman Meza.

Mexico leads Latin America’s exploration expenditures

Mexico’s exploration expenditures are the highest in Latin America, reaching a record high of almost US$1 billion in 2011, says the latest report released by the Metals Economics Group’s (MEG), a think tank based in Halifax, Canada.