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.

Largest pink diamond ever discovered goes on display

The largest pink diamond ever discovered, an 8.01 carat sparkler found earlier this year at Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine, in Western Australia, went on permanent display in a Melbourne museum Thursday morning.

UPDATED-Seven killed after plane chartered by Kinross Gold crashes in Mauritania

Seven people were killed Thursday when a military plane chartered by Canada's Kinross Gold Corp. crashed during takeoff in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, an army source told AFP.

Rio Tinto CFO steps down, major shakeup follows

Rio Tinto's long-standing Chief Financial Officer, Guy Elliott, will retire at the end of 2013 announced the miner on Thursday, along with a few other senior management changes.

Chile’s largest open pit copper mine goes underground

Chile’s largest open pit copper mine, Chuquicamata, has officially started its conversion towards underground mining. The project will cost Codelco over $2 billion in the preliminary phase but will substantially increase production and extend the mine's lifespan.

Bolivia seizes South American Silver's assets

Bolivian President Evo Morales has nationalized the assets of Vancouver-based South American Silver, accusing the miner of causing a conflict that saw violence erupt among communities around the mining project it was developing there.

Rio and BHP near the top of most transparent companies list

Mining giants Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton came up tops in the 2012 report by an anti-corruption group which analyzed the 105 largest publicly listed companies across the world.

Xstrata-Glencore merger to be decided Sep 7

Giant miner Xstrata has set Sep. 7 as the day for its shareholders to vote on the $26 billion takeover by Glencore, giving the commodities trader six weeks to reach an agreement on the conditions.

2012: the best year so far for manganese and here is why

This year could be the best for manganese producers, the 4th most traded metal in the world, according to Visual Capitalist.

Mexican workers stop Excellon Resources operations amid IIROC’s decision to impose a trade halt

Unionized workers of Durango Sate in Mexico, forced Canadian miner Excellon Resources to halt its operations at San Pedro mine after over 70 union members occupied the facilities last night.

Zimbabwe's teachers want their salary in diamonds

The core teachers’ union of Zimbabwe has demanded the proceeds of diamond sales be spent on their wages and on improving current working conditions.

Patriot Coal goes bankrupt

Patriot Coal confirmed Monday what everyone already knew: the company is headed to bankruptcy, causing shares to implode in regular trading and continue to fall after hours.

Teck weighs future of its $5.6 billion expansion project in Chile

Canadian miner Teck Resources has temporarily withdrawn the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment application for its $5.6 billion Quebrada Blanca II expansion project in northern Chile.

The Philippines hike mining royalties and expand bans

After months of intense debate among mining companies, environmentalists, local groups and church leaders, the government of the Philippines has decided to increase royalties from mining companies.

Canadian Candente copper to restart drilling in Peru

Candente Copper will be allowed to resume its exploration and feasibility drilling at its Canariaco project in Peru, after the local community of San Juan De Kañaris voted in favour of granting surface access to the company on Sunday.

Rinehart commits $26 million to train locals and avoid unions increasing criticism

Gina Rinehart's Hancock Prospecting is pouring $26 million to local training in the face of an increasing opposition to the company's workforce plans to hire foreign workers.

Black lung disease returns to coal mines

Black lung disease, the common name for underground coal worker’s pneumoconiosis, is now linked to workers who take part in surface coal mining, according to an investigation by NPR News.

South American Silver's Bolivian mining license revoked, workers set free

Bolivian Labour Minister, Daniel Santalla, signed an agreement on Sunday with the leaders of the Andean local community of Malku Khota who were holding five employees of Canadian South American Silver captive.

Bolivian farmer dies in demonstration against South American Silver

A Bolivian farmer died on Friday and at least four others were injured when protesters occupied the Malku Khota project, operated by Canadian South American Silver in the Andean highlands.

Rio Tinto strikes deal with locked out workers in Canada

Locked out workers at a Rio Tinto Alcan plant in Quebec, Canada, voted to end a six-month labour dispute that has dragged on since Dec. 30, said the United Steelworkers union in a press release on Friday.

Kyrgyz Prime Minister visits Centerra’s Kumtor mine amid contract evaluation

On Friday Centerra Gold hosted a visit by the Kyrgyz Prime Minister Babanov to the Kumtor mine. The visit came a week after Kyrgyzstan authorities said they wanted to renegotiate a contract with the gold miner.

July 6, 2012: The day the Oppenheimers said goodbye to De Beers

The Oppenheimer family, controller of giant diamond miner DeBeers since 1927, has officially let go of its 40% stake in the company after South Africa’s Mineral Resources Minister approved the acquisition by Anglo American.

Xstrata-Glencore merger vote postponed: unions raise concerns

Xstrata has delayed voting on a merger with Glencore as investors continue to dictate the offer and unions become more vocal about their concerns over the deal.

Caterpillar loses social index as Israel uses bulldozers in Palestine

Earth-moving equipment maker Caterpillar has been removed from the socially responsible share index, managed by US investment firm MSCI, over Israeli use of its bulldozers for demolition in Palestine.

Peru detains leader of anti-mining protests then frees him after increased hostility

Peruvian police detained former Roman Catholic priest Marco Arana, the leader of the protests against Newmont Mining, yesterday evening. The situation has only worsened since the government declared a state of emergency.

The next American gold rush has a destination: Nevada

Visual Capitalist has put together an infographic explaining why the silver state of Nevada seems now to be the home of the largest gold rush ever experienced in US history.