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.

Bill Clinton’s support to Keystone XL pipeline seen as votes-buying attempt

In a move seen as a clear attempt to build popularity, former U.S. president Bill Clinton called Americans to embrace TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline, only three days after the Calgary based company announced it was going ahead with the construction of the southern leg through the States.

Over a hundred workers in limbo after Firestone Diamonds’ Botswana mine surprise closure

The future of about 160 workers at BK11 diamond mine in Botswana is in the balance after UK-based owner, Firestone Diamonds (LON:FDI), suspended operations yesterday.

Chile January copper output tumbled 7.6%

Copper output in Chile, the world's largest copper producer, tumbled 7.6% in the last 12 months to 396,341 metric tons, the National Statistics Institute (INE), a government statistics agency, announced this morning.

Chile introduces employment program to encourage women in mining

The Chilean government has launched an innovative employment program that aims to allow more women to work within the mining industry. The program will be launched in the northern regions of Tarapaca, Atacama and Coquimbo to begin with and then spread to other regions later in the year.

Scotiabank’s report paints optimistic outlook for copper, zinc and nickel

As Canadian exports of iron ore and uranium to China continue to increase dramatically, Beijing will benefit from higher-quality ore and diversification of supply sources, predicts economist Patricia Mohr in the latest Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index.

Chatham House: Restoring the gold standard would hurt already damaged global financial system

Returning to the gold standard would be impractical and could even harm the financial system says a new report from a a group of experts published by the London-based policy institute Chatham House.

Enbridge CEO Daniel leaving the rocking ship

Shares of Canadian pipeline giant Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB) were falling this morning after CEO Pat Daniel announced yesterday that he is leaving the company amid an increasing controversy on its West Coast pipeline project, the $5.5-billion Northern Gateway.

South Korea to invest in Peru's energy industry

Korean ambassador in Lima, Park Hee Kwon, confirmed today that there are a few South Korean companies eager to invest in the development of renewable energy in Peru by constructing hydroelectric plants in the country's Andean region.

What rhymes with Grand Canyon? Yes, Uranium

The U.S. Nuclear Energy Institute and the National Mining Association (NMA) are demanding the Obama administration to revoke a ban on new uranium mining around the Grand Canyon in Arizona. And they are doing so by suing the U.S. Interior Department, as the organizations announced yesterday.

Experts debate feasibility of mining on the moon

The mining industry will be following closely the outcomes of this week’s International Space Station members’ meeting in Quebec city, Canada, as the heads of the world's five biggest space agencies will be discussing, among others, the possibility of exploring for minerals on the moon.

Guinea to see its first commercial iron-ore mine flourish by spring

London’s AIM-listed Bellzone Mining announced this morning that its Forécariah joint venture project in Guinea has received approval to complete the first blast at Yomboyeli, allowing Bellzone to kick off iron-ore production by the end of the first quarter this year.

Canadian junior Aquila Resources buying big in the U.S. zinc market

Canadian Junior miner Aquila Resources Inc. (TSX:AQA) announced this morning it has acquired the Five Mile Lake zinc project near Ely, Minnesota.

Canadian Mandalay Resources delays shipments to Chile due to ongoing protests

Canadian miner Mandalay Resources (TSX: MND, MND.WT) announced today that scheduled shipment of concentrate for February from the Cerro Bayo silver-gold mine in Chile has been delayed due to increasing public protests in the south of that country.

No more first come, first served for granting mining concessions in Colombia

Colombia’s President, Juan Manuel Santos, announced yesterday that the country will be issuing a new mining code to boost the industry and reinforce control of illegal mining.

Rio Tinto unit charged in Canada for 2010 death

Representatives of Rio Tinto’s Iron Ore Company of Canada (IOC), the country’s biggest producer of the steel-making ingredient, appeared in court yesterday as it is facing five charges related to a fatal accident in 2010.

Aquarius Platinum and Impala face Zimbabwe’s rejection to sell-off plans

Shares in Aquarius Platinum Ltd. (LON, ASX: AQP), the fourth- largest producer of the metal, dropped 11% this morning in Johannesburg, the deepest decline since October 2008, after the company announced that Zimbabwe has rejected a joint proposal with Impala Platinum Holdings Ltd. (PINK:IMPUY) to meet local ownership rules.

Centerra Gold announces $1 billion revenue milestone

Canadian gold company Centerra Gold’s shares were up over 2% this morning as the company reported a $1 billion revenue milestone in 2011.

EU hesitates to qualify Canada’s oil sands as more polluting than crude

In the midst of intense lobbying from Canada, a committee of the European Union Parliament blocked passage of a proposed fuel quality directive that would label Canada’s oil sands as a more carbon-intensive source of oil than conventional crude

Thousands strike again at Freeport’s mine in Indonesia

Thousands of workers at Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc's (NYSE:FCX) Indonesia unit stopped working on Thursday following an unsettled ongoing dispute with the organization, reports Reuters.

New Brunswick is the new world's top mining jurisdiction

Eastern Canada’s New Brunswick claimed the top spot at the world’s most attractive jurisdiction for mineral exploration and development list, released by the Fraser Institute today.

Energy inefficiencies jeopardizing Peru’s mining future

Lack of investment and long-term planning in the Peruvian electrical system are threatening to wreck billionaire mining projects, considered key to the economic growth of the country, reports today one of the major local newspaper.

NovaGold on its way to sell Galore Creek stake

Canadian miner NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG) said today that it has begun the process of trying to sell its 50% stake in the Galore Creek copper-gold project in British Columbia, in order to fully focus on its flagship Donlin gold project in Alaska, in a stament announcing its poor Q4 results.

Mining and Energy stocks back Canadian and American markets

Stocks struggle Wednesday morning as risk trades were daunted by dreary economic activity figures on both sides of the globe and the Greek post-deal aftermath.

BHP gets $US5.25billion in five-part bond deal

Despite persisting tightness in global money markets, mining multinational BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) has raised the third-biggest amount this year, selling a $5.25-billion five-part global bond to the US securities market.

Concerned Canadian unions say BC government is leaving coal in China’s hands

In unveiling Canada’s British Columbia’s job-creation strategy last September, the Premier Christy Clark said the government planed to capitalize on high demand for minerals, especially in Asia, by opening up eight new mines in the next four years and expanding nine more by 2015.