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.

Southern Copper delays $1 billion mine opening in Peru

Record annual earnings of more than $2 billion released today by key global copper producer Southern Copper Corp (NYSE:SCCO), were overshadowed by the company’s decision of pushing back the beginning of its operation at the $1 billion Tia Maria project until 2015.

Canaccord to raise a US$1-billion fund for Chinese investment in natural resources

Canadian merchant bank Canaccord Financial Inc. (TSX:CF) stocks were up almost 3 percent this morning after the company announced this morning that it will partner with the Import Export Bank of China to raise a US$1-billion fund promoting Chinese investment in natural resources around the world. The statement followed Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper announcement of a series of multibillion-dollar trade and business deals, setting the table for a possible free trade agreement between Ottawa and Beijing.

BHP Billiton expects "significant increase" in copper production at Escondida mine in Chile

BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP), the world’s largest mining company, expects to increase production at its Escondida copper mine in Chile to over 1.3Mt/y in the 2015 financial year, said CEO Marius Kloppers yesterday in a webcast to discuss fiscal H1 results.

Teck Resources profit lifted by soaring coal prices

Canadian miner giant Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) reported Thursday a record annual profit of $2.7 billion, up by half from 2010, fuelled mainly by higher coal prices.

Codelco forced to disclose Mitsui loan contract

A Chilean civil court ordered world's largest copper producer Codelco to publish the agreement for a financing deal of up $6.75 billion with Japan's Mitsui & Co. (TYO:8031), reports the online version of local newspaper El Mercurio.

Peru no longer the second major silver producer — Minister

Peru's Mines and Energy Ministry (MEM) reported a drop in the 2011 production of the country’s major export metals, including silver, copper, gold, lead, tin and zinc. Silver production fell 6.22% in 2011, compared to 2010; followed by copper (0.96%) and gold (0.04%). In contrast, iron ore and molybdenum production increased

Clean carbon technology benefits better grasped in the Prairies than rest of Canada

Public awareness and acceptance of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as a tool to combat climate change is higher in Saskatchewan and Alberta than the rest of Canada, concludes a nation-wide survey released today by IPAC-CO2 Research Inc.

One killed and dozens injured during escalating Panama mining protests

An indigenous Ngöbe-Buglé teenager was killed and 40 people were injured in connection with a police crackdown on dissent over mining and hydroelectric developments in Panama, where Canadian mining companies have a large presence.

Goldcorp chairman denies implication in insider trading scheme

Ian Telfer, one of Canada’s most well-known mining executives and chairman of Goldcorp Inc. (TSE:G), denied yesterday’s Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) allegations that connect him with an alleged illegal insider-trading scheme that yielded profits of $962,000 for eight people involved in buying shares.

Panoramic Resources confirms hostile bid for competitor Magma Metals‎

ASX and TSX-listed Magma Metals (MMW) announced today the appointment of advisers in respect of the unsolicited proposed $40 million takeover offer for Magma by nickel miner Panoramic Resources Limited.

Xstrata and Glencore to close $90bn merger

After months of speculations and secret negotiations, Xstrata PLC (LON:XTA) and Glencore International PLC (LON:GLEN) have formally announced an all-share merger that would create a $90bn giant named "Glencore Xstrata International PLC."

Rubicon Minerals announces Cdn$200 million bought deal financing

Rubicon Minerals stocks were diving this morning (TSE:RMX) (AMEX:RBY) close to 5 per cent as the Canadian company said Monday that it has agreed to a $200.9 million bought deal financing, with funds to be used for the development of its Phoenix gold project in Red Lake, Ontario.

Anglo Pacific taps into Australian iron ore project

Anglo Pacific Group (TSX: APY) (LSE:APF) has agreed today to a proposal with Red Rock Resources Plc to acquire 50% of the Mount Ida 1.5% Gross Revenue Iron Ore Royalty (GRR) currently held by Red Rock Resources.

New GE excavator promises moving more earth for less cost

Surface mine operators are finding it harder to deliver the same amount of minerals in the same time with existing technologies. The ore being uncovered has lower concentrations of minerals as existing sites become more mature. As a result, mining companies are increasingly under pressure to find more energy efficient and reliable solutions.

Codelco already struggling to match 2011 copper output

Chilean state giant Codelco, the world's biggest copper producer, will have to strive this year to match record 2011 copper production of 1.735 million tonnes, said CEO Diego Hernandez to the El Mercurio newspaper's Sunday edition.

Randgold Resources shines bright as year profit soars

London- and Nasdaq-listed gold producer Randgold Resources Ltd. (LON:RRS) (NASDAQ:GOLD) stocks went up 3.5 percent after the West Africa-focused miner reported a more than fourfold rise in net profit for the year ended December 2011 due to higher gold prices and a significant increase in production.

Caterpillar shuts locked out Electro-Motive plant in Canada

American-based heavy equipment maker Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) through its subsidiary Electro-Motive Canada (EMC), said today that it is closing EMC's locomotive production operations at its London, Ontario plant, after several months of unsuccessful contract negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers union.

Despite violent demonstrations and a cancelled inauguration ceremony, Latin American Minerals starts operations in Paraguay

A day after violent demonstrations forced the cancellation of the grand opening of its newly minted Independencia Mine in Paraguay, Latin American Minerals (CVE:LAT)(OTCQX:LATNF) announced that it began operations at its Pilot Plant facility, located at the Paso Yobai gold project.

Cluff Gold expands its mining operations in West Africa

Cluff Gold (TSX:CFG) (AIM:CLF), a gold miner focused mainly in West Africa, announced on Friday that it will buy Orezone Gold’s Sega gold project mining licences and property in Burkina Faso for 11-million shares and $15-million in cash.

Xstrata and Glencore went from dating to a (more) serious relationship

The long-term fling between mining group Xstrata PLC (LON:XTA) and commodities trader Glencore International PLC (LON:GLEN) is getting serious. In a statement in response to increasing speculation about an upcoming merger, Xstrata confirmed today that it is in negotiations with Glencore.

BHP axes nickel operations in Western Australia

BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s largest mining company and the fourth-largest nickel producer, announced today that is decreasing mining operations at its West Australian locations by 30 percent.

BHP Billiton exits titanium industry by selling stake in Richards Bay Minerals to Rio Tinto

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX:BHP) said Wednesday that it is selling its 37% non-operated interest in South African mineral sands venture Richards Bay Minerals to partner Rio Tinto PLC (LON:RIO). With this move, BHP is officially leaving the titanium minerals industry.

London Mining makes first shipment from Sierra Leone

Junior miner London Mining’s stocks (LON:LOND) went up almost five per cent today as the company announced two major milestones: the first shipment of iron ore from its Marampa project in Sierra Leone and the commencement of production of coking coal in Colombia.

Teck acquires oil sands partner SilverBirch for C$435M

Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.A) announced today that it will acquire its oilsands partner SilverBirch Energy Corp. (TSXV:SBE) for over C$435 million.

China’s Minmetals offer to buy Anvil Mining shares extended to mid February

China’s Minmetals Resources Ltd has, once again, extended its $1.3 billion takeover offer for Africa-focused copper miner Anvil Mining Ltd (TSX:AVM) to Feb. 16. This is the third time that Minmetals offer has been extended since the deal got the go ahead by the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board, last October.