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.

Billions of tonnes of diamonds in the galaxy suspected

Giant terrestrial planets also know as “Carbon super-Earths” that contain up to 50 per cent diamond may possibly be in the Earth's galaxy, a new study suggests. But if they exist, those planets are unlikely to have any sort of life and incapable of supporting it.

Gold still one of the best portfolio diversifiers

Gold is still the king of commodities when it comes its role as a diversifier and foundation asset in the portfolios of euro-based investors, says the new report "Gold as a strategic asset for European investors," commissioned by The World Gold Council (WGC).

Diamond market would almost double by 2020

Latest report from Bain & Company says that diamond industry will grow more than 6 percent a year over the next decade, which will hold up prices even through periods of volatility.

GME stocks on the rise following uranium exploration rights announcement

Australia-based Greenland Minerals and Energy Ltd (GME) stocks went up 10 per cent on the ASX from 58 cents to 64 cents on Monday, after the company announced it could start producing uranium on its Kvanefjeld property in Greenland.

Korea and Canada to boost large-scale rare earth resources mine in S. Africa

Korea Resources Corporation (KORES) has reached a definitive agreement with Canadian Frontier Rare Earths Ltd. to secure a 10 per cent interest in the Zandkopsdrift rare earth element mining project in South Africa. The contract, signed in Johannesburg on Thursday, involves an investment by KORES in both Frontier and in the large-scale rare earth element project owned by the Canadian company, along with an off-take agreement that could commit up to 31 percent of future production.

Codelco to invest over US$4 billion in 2012 as Anglo American hurries to resolve conflict

Chile's state copper giant Codelco plans to invest over US$4 billions next year to speed up the development and construction work at several new mining projects, including Ministro Hales Mine (former Mansa) in the North of the country and the expansion of El Teniente, in the South. Meanwhile, global miner Anglo American's CEO Cynthia Carroll is allegedly under pressure to resolve the ongoing dispute with Codelco as soon as possible or shareholders will demand changes at the top, the Financial Times reports today.

Global aluminum demand to slow in 2012, says top producer

Norsk Hydro, one of the world's top aluminum producers, sees growth in global aluminum demand weakening in 2012 as a result of economic turbulence that is creating a weak market and pushing many industry players into the red. In a press release, Hydro's President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg showed confidence in the market and he company, despite the fact Hydro's stocks dropped 2.9 percent after the prediction.

British Churchill Mining threatens Indonesian government with arbitration

London-listed Churchill Mining Plc is threatening Indonesia to seek international arbitration, saying that the company was unlawfully deprived of a US$1.8 billion coal discovery in the jungles of Borneo Island. The East Kutai project is a huge resource with a JORC compliant estimate of 2.7 billion tonnes of coal, acquired by Churchill in 2007 through an acquisition of a 75% stake in Indonesian group Ridlatama.

Experts urge Canada to follow New York’s “no fracking way” example

Expert from Cornell University, said that authorities should wait for results of the several ongoing studies on health and environmental dangers of fracking before granting rights to mining companies. In a talk given last night in New Brunswick, Canada, Dr. Ingraffea, said that one of the biggest problems of fracking is the failure of wells, which allowes methane gas to escape, polluting drinking water and entering the atmosphere.

Codelco starts new legal actions against Anglo amid accusations of generating an “artificial dispute”

The legal battle between Codelco and Anglo American is escalating. Yesterday, Chile’s state-owned copper company lodged a so-called pre-judicial preparatory measure in the 17th Civil Court of Santiago, seeking details of Mitsubishi’s purchase of a 24.5 percent stake announced on Nov. 9. The measure aims to ultimately annul the $5.39 billion deal between Anglo and Mitsubishi. While this was happening, London-based miner filed a legal action to annul Codelco’s “protection petition” presented Nov.14, which prevents Anglo from keep selling part of its assets.

Australian gold producer BCD Resources closing its Beaconsfield underground gold mine next year

Australian gold producer, BCD Resources has announced that it will close its Beaconsfield underground gold mine next year as today's gold price it is not viable to mine below the current depth of 1210 metres, said CEO Peter Thompson. The announcement comes nearly a year after the mine retrenched close to 100 workers in an attempt to make it profitable. Currently, over 150 people work in the mine, 103 of them being full-time employees, as well as 16 casuals and 32 contractors.

Australian mining investments reach historic record

Australia's total investment in mining industry soared by a third in the past six months to a record $231.8 billion, according to the Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics latest Mining Industry Major Projects - October 2011 report. The study, issued today, includes a record 102 projects at an advanced stage of development, including 40 minerals projects, 37 energy projects, 21 infrastructure projects and four mineral processing projects.

Farmer's legal battle against coal company intensifies

Australian landowner Ian Moore has taken to court his battle against coal company NuCoal, which wants access to drill three boreholes on his property north of Sydney for its proposed Doyle’s Creek mine. Moore says he opposed the operations because of the potential damage it could cause to underground water supplies and because he is legally blind and relies on a visual memory of his property to farm, which the drilling operations and bore holes could hinder. The beef farmer has been backed up by locals, who fear their property could be next.

Kentucky residents sue mining companies for "worsening flooding"

Dozens of south-eastern Kentucky residents have filed a lawsuit contending improper surface mining practices disrupted natural drainage and made area flooding worse in June.

China to get rid of small gold mining companies

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is drafting new standards for the gold industry which will raise the entry barriers and it will force companies with daily gold processing capacity of less than 50 tons to shut down. Citing unidentified sources who attended a national gold mining conference, the industry ministry is drawing up a blueprint to better regulate gold miners, such as shutting mines with a daily gold processing capacity of below 100 tonnes and halting approvals for small ore processing companies. China, the world's largest bullion producer, currently has no limits on gold production and production is determined by the gold producers.

China secures major second stake in Canadian oil sands with a Cd$2.1 billion deal

Chinese energy giant China National Offshore Oil Corp (CNOOC) took over oil sands operator Opti Canada Inc. (TSXV:OPC) today in a deal valued at Cd$2.1 billion. This acquisition gives China's top offshore oil company its second stake in a Canadian oil sands property. With the close, reports Reuters, CNOOC gains a 35 percent stake in the troubled Long Lake oil sands project, which operates well below its 72,000 barrels per day capacity as operator Nexen Inc (NXY.TO) works to overcome problems with the C$6.1 billion project's reservoir.

Mining industry affected by escalating social, economic and political issues: Deloitte

The global mining industry is facing intensifying social, economic and political challenges, which means companies must incorporate more complex scenarios into their strategic planning, says a new study from Deloitte. The report, titled Tracking the Trends 2012, warns of a “perfect storm” already hitting the mining industry.

Anglo American delivers first copper produced from controversial Los Bronces in Chile

Global mining giant Anglo American announced the delivery of the first copper produced from its $2.8bn expansion of its fought-over Chilean mine Los Bronces, amid signs that its battle with its state-backed rival Codelco could avoid the courts.

Chevron suspended in Brazil over oil spill

Brazil has temporarily banned Chevron from drilling in the country after it caused an oil spill off the coast of Rio de Janeiro, raising doubts about the company’s role in one of the industry’s biggest investment programmes. Late on Wednesday, Brazil’s National Petroleum Agency (ANP) accused the U.S. company of negligence late on Wednesday, announcing it would suspend all of Chevron’s drilling until it clarified the reasons for a spill that released almost 3,000 barrels of oil into the sea earlier this month. Analysts believe that the Brazilian government is keen to make an example of Chevron as a warning to other foreign companies looking to take a share of Brazil’s pre-salt reserves, which are estimated to contain as much as 50bn barrels of oil.

Vale CEO seeks major reorganization of executive board‎

Fears over the direction of Vale, the world’s biggest miner of iron ore by volume, renewed this morning as the company’s CEO Murilo Ferreira announced late on Monday that he will submit to the Board of Directors a proposal for a new structure of the Executive Board. Investors have been particularly cautious of management changes at the miner since Brazil’s government helped push out Roger Agnelli, Vale’s former chief executive, at the end of his mandate in May. The company said that the restructuring aims to establish an operational model with clearly defined roles and responsibilities for each business unit.

Chilean Government urges Codelco to avoid court battle with Anglo American

Chilean Government urged state-owned copper producer Codelco and Anglo American Plc (AAL) to seek an out-of court resolution to a contractual dispute over the sale of a stake in Anglo’s mine and smelting assets in the country. Codelco's Chief Executive Officer Diego Hernandez sai today in a public event that while the company is prepared to negotiate with Anglo, the starting point of any discussions would be to recognize Codelco’s right to the full 49 percent stake.

Codelco chief says Anglo American risks future investments in Chile

Global miner Anglo American has risked its future in the world's largest copper producing nation by denying Chile's state-owned Codelco a 49 percent stake in its Sur unit, said Diego Hernandez, Codelco's chief executive on Thursday. Miguel Angel Durán, president of Anglo American’s Chilean operations, told a Chilean newspaper that the company wants to sit down with Codelco, the Chilean state mining company, and find a way to avoid years of litigation over Anglo’s Chilean assets. The copper giant is putting together a crack team of lawyers and financial advisers from Chile and New York to fight Anglo’s attempt to block it from exercising an option to buy half of Anglo’s Chilean copper assets for $6 billion. Anglo early in November sold 24.5% to Mitsubishi for $5.4 billion.