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.

Gold could hike to $2,000 by year-end: Thomson Reuters

Gold prices could fall below $1,550, returning to record highs by the end of this year, Thomson Reuters GFMS, a top precious metals consultancy, said this morning.

Anglo American to pump $2 billion into Brazil iron project this year

Anglo American Plc (LON:AAL) will spend over US$ 2 billion this year at its Minas-Rio 5.8-billion ton iron ore project in Brazil, the world’s second-largest exporter of the steel-making ingredient.

Peruvian miners rescued this morning

The nine miners trapped in a high altitude underground copper mine in Peru since last Thursday are well and with their families, after they were freed this morning (12:00 GMT).

Massive quake in Indonesia triggers tsunami alert

An undersea 8.6 earthquake struck Indonesia this morning at 04:38 ET, announced the U.S. Geological survey (USGS). The movement, which triggered a tsunami alert across the Indian Ocean, has forced all mining companies in Indonesia to halt their operations until further notice.

Newmont faces new protests in Peru as key report for $4.8 billion Conga project expected this week

Peru’s long-running Conga mine dispute is about to reach a turning point as international consultants appointed by the government in February finalize their environmental report on Newmont Mining and Buenaventura's US$4.8 billion copper-gold project.

Molycorp's rare earth reserves jump 36%

U.S.-based Molycorp, Inc., one of the only non-Chinese producers of rare earths, announced today that its proven and probable reserves of rare earth minerals at its Mountain Pass, California facility have increased by 36 percent, according to a new independent estimate.

Chile’s Codelco will decide future of its Chuquicamata underground mine this year

Chile’s state-owned copper giant Codelco will make a decision on the construction of an underground mine at its Chuquicamata operation before the end of this year, said CEO and Executive President Diego Hernandez.

Chile’s copper exports dropped 6.5% in first quarter

Chile’s copper exports fell 6.5% to US$10.5 billion in the first three months of 2012 from $11.2 billion in the same period last year, according to figures compiled by the country’s Central Bank.

Vedanta Group says mining ban in India hits iron ore output

London-listed diversified miner Vedanta Resources (LON:VED) announced today a significant drop in its full-year iron ore output, attributed to both a mining ban in India’s southern state of Karnataka and logistical bottlenecks in nearby Goa, which hurt one of its key profit generators.

Mining investments in Chile to reach $100 billion by 2020

Mining investment in Chile, the world's largest copper producer, would reach US$ 100 billion between 2012 and 2020, the National Mining Society (Sonami) said on Monday.

Peruvian miners trapped since Thursday unlikely to be rescued soon

Two or three days longer than anticipated could take rescuers to get to the nine Peruvian miners trapped 200 metres below ground since last Thursday, told reporters Oscar Valdes, cabinet chief to Peru's President Ollanta Humala.

$8.4 billion rare earth deposit discovered in Brazil

Brazilian miner World Mineral Resources (WMR) has found a large reserve of neodymium, one of the 17 rare earth elements, in the western Bahia state, which could bring US$8.4 billion to the country.

Lifting of sanctions against Mali welcomed by gold miners

Sanctions against Mali's military junta were lifted on Sunday after the country's coup leaders agreed to step aside, allowing a provisional authority to organize elections within 40 days.

Ready, set, go: China’s long-awaited rare earth industry group is already here

In a move to curb the rampant domestic illegal mining of rare earth, as well as to regulate its rare earths players, China launched on Sunday its industry association for the precious metal commodity, as MINING.com anticipated last week.

Zimbabwe 'owns' majority of all foreign mining companies

Zimbabwe's Black Empowerment Minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, announced today it has taken majority ownership of foreign-owned mining firms, which had not already given a controlling stake to black Zimbabweans.

Lake Shore Gold resumes operations at Timmins and announces 1Q results

Canadian Lake Shore Gold (TSX:LSG) announced it has resumed operations at its Timmins West Mine in Ontario, where a worker died on Tuesday, and reported a fall in its quarterly production.

Too much of a good thing?

A recent study published by Canberra-based think tank The Australia Institute calls for a slowdown in mining investment.

Lynas rare earths plant in Malaysia gets momentary red light

Malaysia's Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB) has postponed granting a temporary rare earths mine operating license (TOL) to Australian miner Lynas Corp. (ASX:LYC) until an outstanding appeal by residents to the science, technology and innovation minister has been completed.

Lack of mining law costs Honduras US$3 billion

Over $3 billion and near 15,000 job positions. That is the cost to Honduras, the third poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, as a result of a lack of rules for mining companies operating or wishing to explore in the country.

'King of mining' to appeal charge of market abuse

Ian Hannam, better known as the "king of mining" after advising on some of the biggest deals in the past two decades, including BHP's London listing through its merger with Billiton, is fighting to save his reputation.

Doe Run submits new proposal to Peru’s Government to restart operations at La Oroya

Peru's Minister of Energy and Mines Jorge Merino Tafur said the government is working hard on creating social programs for the communities and towns of La Oroya, which has been severely affected by the closure of Doe Run’s metallurgical complex three years ago.

U.S. mining regulator tightens coal mines safety rules

As families and friends of dead miners mark the second anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine disaster in West Virginia on April 5, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration announced it would issue its final set of rules for inspecting underground coal mines on Friday.

BHP Australia coal mines vote to continue strike

Australian coal mines owned by BHP Billiton (ASX:BHP) and Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd (TYO:8058) in the Bowen Basin area voted to resume their strike, momentarily stopped this morning, right after Easter.

Royal Bank of Canada sued for 'wash trading'

The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) filed a lawsuit against Canada's Royal Bank (TSX:RY) yesterday, saying it engaged in hundreds of millions of dollars in sham futures trades to reap tax benefits on its holdings of company stocks.

Barrick Gold's Porgera mine resumes operations

Operations at Barrick's Porgera open pit gold mine, in Papua New Guinea, resumed this morning after the government decided to send troops to the site last week, under a troop call-out order from 2009 still in effect.