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.

BHP Billiton puts its money on the iron ore market and China

BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE:BHP) is betting on the iron ore market as one of the forces to drive the mining industry in the next decade, especially as developing nations such as China move from investment-led economic growth to consumption-led economic growth.

Sinopec to tap into shale gas market and rescue China from growing gas shortfall

Sinopec Group, China’s second biggest oil and gas producer, announced it has launched its first shale gas project, expecting to produce 300 to 500 million cubic metres a year by the end of 2012, said the conglomerate on Tuesday.

Fifth largest coal deposit in the world found in Colombia

Brazilian tycoon Eike Batista just got richer. CCX, a division of the billionaire’s EBX Group energy arm MPX, announced it has completed a study of coal reserves in the San Juan underground mines in Colombia, discovering a 672 million tons reserve, the fifth largest coal deposit in the world.

Coal industry jeopardizing humpback whales in Australia

Humpback whales may be the main victims of Australia's thriving coal industry, according to a study published on the May issue of the Marine Ecology Progress Series journal.

Canadian Cameco to buy German nuclear fuel company Nukem for $136 million

Canadian company Cameco, the world's largest uranium miner, has signed a deal to buy Nukem Energy, a German company that trades nuclear fuel products and services, for $136 million in cash plus debt.

Anglo Asian gets the green light to build second gold mine in Azerbaijan

Anglo Asian (LON:AAZ) shares were up 3% to 35 pence this morning on news that the government of Azerbaijan has approved the development of the group's second gold mine in the country, Gosha.

When $6 billion is not enough: Australian mining billionaire to sue newspaper for $50 million

Australian mining billionaire Clive Palmer is threating to sue the Sydney Morning Herald, one of the most respected daily newspapers in Down Under, for $50 million over "totally false and improper claims" about his China First coal mine.

Firestone Diamonds recovered three large rocks at Lesotho mine

Junior miner Firestone Diamonds announced today it has found three large diamonds at its Liqhobong mine in Lesotho and that first quarter production at the location was looking up.

Kimberley Process executive calls to redefine concept of conflict diamond

Kimberley Process leader Gillian Milovanovic has proposed a new definition of conflict diamonds to include acts of violence during his presentation at the opening of the 8th World Diamond Council (WDC) meeting in Vicenza, Italy.

Gold falls to four-month lows

Gold prices hit a four-month low today as worries over Europe's financial health, particularly Greece and Spain, and massive trading losses for JPMorgan hurt stock markets and the euro, prompting investors to shelter in the US dollar.

The mining industry's future belongs to robots

Automated operations are winning over today’s mining industry. Whether it is autonomous trucks, tele operated drills and blasts or automated logistics applications, mines are increasingly introducing these kinds of equipment and solutions.

Vale's $4 billion Apolo iron ore project in Brazil jeopardized

Mining giant Vale (NYSE:VALE) is having second thoughts about going ahead with its $4 billion Apolo iron ore project in southeast Brazil, which may be affected by the federal government's decision to create a nature reserve in the area.

Uranium prices to hit rock bottom this year

With the price of uranium down about 25% from levels reached before the Japanese earthquake and nuclear disaster in Japan last year, the least the industry wanted to hear was what the latest edition of the Scotiabank Commodity Price Index had to say: the yellow material prices may well bottom in 2012.

South African government granted right to appeal in Sishen mineral rights case

A South African court on Friday granted the Department of Mineral Resources and Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) permission to appeal in a complex case for limited rights at Sishen, one of the world’s largest iron-ore mines.

Protesters want Rio Tinto off the Olympic podium

A protest against London 2012 sponsor Rio Tinto (LON & NTSE:RIO), which has supplied the metal to make the Olympic and Paralympic medals, welcomed the company’s shareholders this morning in Brisbane, Australia, where the annual meeting of the company’s board was taking place.

AngloGold profit almost double in Q1 and plans investments of $1.9 billion to boost production

Africa's largest gold miner AngloGold Ashanti (NYSE:AU) posted first-quarter earnings Thursday of $429 million, which more than double the same period last year, despite a drop in production on the year.

African Barrick goes ahead with Tanzania's Bulyanhulu expansion

African Barrick Gold (LON:ABG) shares rose 6% today as the miner announced its board has approved a $185 million expansion at Bulyanhulu, its underground gold mine in Tanzania.

BHP merging embattled aluminum and nickel divisions

BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) added to market rumors that its nickel business is not relevant for the miner anymore by announcing yesterday it had merged the stainless steel materials unit with another struggling division: aluminum.

Canadian Teck Resources shows renewed interest for the iron ore industry

Canadian miner giant Teck Resources Ltd. (NYSE:TCK, TSX:TCK.B) is interested in entering the iron ore industry and would seek to acquire a producing asset rather than develop a mining project, chief executive Don Lindsay told Bloomberg yesterday at the Canada Economic Summit, in Toronto.

Anglo American Platinum to adopt fuel cell locomotive

Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), the world’s largest platinum producer, launched today the first of five fuel cell-powered locomotive prototypes to be tested at its mining operations in South Africa.

Doctor Glencore predicts 'healthy' demand for raw materials

Swiss commodities trader Glencore International PLC (LON:GLEN) painted a rosy outlook for the worldwide demand for raw materials this year, as China and the U.S. help offset the impact of the slump in Europe.

Collapse in Canadian mining deals in midst of global uncertainty

While 2011 was a near-record year for mining mergers and acquisitions (M&A), with over 2,600 deals worth $149 billion in the global mining sector, 2012 is not looking so good, at least not for Canada. The value of mining M&A tumbled 50% in the first quarter compared to the prior three months, with only one deal over $1 billion, said KPMG in a report.

'Martian Pink' diamond expected to fetch more than $8 million

"Martian Pink," the biggest pink diamond ever to appear at an auction, is expected to fetch more than $8 million dollars when it is sold at Christie's Magnificent Jewels Spring Sale on May 29 in Hong Kong, reports KeycTV.

Dinosaur intestinal gases possible cause of Prehistoric global warming

Forget about carbon emissions and greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted by humans. Sauropods — the long-necked, long-tailed dinosaurs that included some of the largest terrestrial animals ever known— could have been the first to warm the Earth's climate thanks to their massive amounts of methane-producing flatulence, says Tuesday's edition of Current Biology.

New China iron ore exchange trades 242,000 tonnes on first day

A total of 242,000 tonnes of iron ore were traded on the first day of business on China’s first physical iron ore trading platform, China Beijing Mining Exchange (CBMX) said in a press release.