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.

US studies new law to speed up one of world's longest permitting processes

"What is new is the growing awareness of its implications for our nation, particularly in a highly competitive world economy in which the demand for minerals continues to grow, especially in fast growing economies led by China and India."

Xstrata pulls out of Donkin Mine project in Eastern Canada

Australian miner Xstrata Coal is pulling out of the Donkin Mine project, which promised to employ as many as 300 people in Cape Breton, Eastern Canada, by 2014.

Give me those 6,000 skilled workers – Rio Tinto

Mining giant Rio Tinto launched today an aggressive recruitment campaign to fill 6,000 vacancies across its 30 operations in Australia.

Vale's profits down by almost half – Q1 results

Vale, the second largest mining company, fell to the lowest in over six weeks today, after reporting its third consecutive drop in quarterly profit driven by declining iron-ore prices and output.

France’s Dassault to acquire Canadian mining software firm Gemcom for $360 million

French software and consulting services group Dassault Systèmes (EPA:DSY) unveiled today its plans to take over Canadian mining software provider Gemcom, in a cash deal worth about $360 million.

Barrick sells stake in Russian Highland Gold Mining cheap

Barrick Gold (NYSE:ABX)(TSX:ABX) announced today the sale of its entire 20% stake in Highland Gold Mining Limited (LON:HGM), the AIM-quoted Russian gold producer, at a price of 120 pence per share to undisclosed institutional investors.

Should the blood diamond concept be applied to other minerals?

Please go to our Facebook page and let us know if you think the blood diamond concept – where minerals from conflict zones are classified and monitored in a way similar to the Kimberley Process - should be applied to other minerals.

Historic verdict: Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor guilty of war crimes and fuelling conflict with blood diamonds

Liberian ex-president, Charles Taylor, was convicted today of war crimes for arming Sierra Leone's rebels in return for blood diamonds during the 1991-2002 civil war by a United Nations-backed court.

Chilean court denies Codelco bid to freeze Anglo American's dividends

Diversified miner Anglo American Plc. (LON:AAL) announced today the 14th Civil Court of Santiago has rejected state copper giant Codelco's latest petition to freeze 49% of the dividends paid by the Sur Division of the London-based miner.

Rio Tinto finalizes Guinea JV with Chinese aluminum giant

Anglo-Australian diversified miner Rio Tinto announced today it has completed the formation of its joint venture with a group led by China's Chalco, subsidiary of state-owned aluminum giant Chinalco, to operate the Simandou iron ore project in Guinea.

Patagonia Gold on track for gold production target of 200,000 ounces a year by 2015

Patagonia Gold (LON:PGD) (TSX:PAT), an Argentina-focused gold and silver producer, said today it achieved rapid progress in 2011 and is on track towards its goal of producing 200,000 ounces of gold per year by 2015.

Canadian Westridge Resources extends high grades at its flagship Charay project in Mexico

Canadian junior mineral exploration and development company Westridge Resources (TSX-V:WST) is living up to its ‘Midas’ touch’ reputation among market watchers, after the company announced today it has extended high grades in the El Padre Vein, at its Charay Project in Mexico.

Caterpillar profits in Q1 beat analysts expectations

Caterpillar Inc. (NYX:CAT), the world’s largest manufacturer of earthmoving equipment by revenues, injected some optimism on the U.S. economy today, after announcing profits for the first quarter well above of Wall Street expectations.

Modest Canadian start-up wins clean technology competition with its green fuel

SABRTech Inc., a small Canadian company committed to producing and supplying biofuel for the aviation industry, it’s the winner of an international clean technology competition launched last September by the government of Nova Scotia.

First Uranium committed to sell South African mines

TSX- and JSE-listed First Uranium (TSX:FIU) (JSE:FUM) announced it will stick with an earlier announced deal to sell the Ezulwini gold and uranium operation to Chinese-owned Gold One, with shareholders due to decide on June 13.

Nova Scotia government to decide between gold mine or Christmas tree farm

Nova Scotia's natural resources minister Cleve Higgins will have to decide soon whether an Australian mining conglomerate or a Christmas-tree family farm has the rights over eight-hectares of land in Moose River, near Middle Musquodoboit.

First Nickel shares collapse after ordered to stop operations at flagship mine

Canadian First Nickel Inc (TSX:FNI) shares were down almost 22% this morning (11:11 ET) to 70 Canadian cents, after the company was ordered to stop work at its key mine Lockerby by The Ontario's Ministry of Labour over safety issues.

Broadcast live today: How James Cameron's company will mine asteroids

Google's billionaire co-founders Larry Page and Eric Schmidt and filmmaker James Cameron will officially announce today plans to mine asteroids. The company's presentation will be broadcast live today at 1:30 p.m. ET.

When $18 billion is not enough. Rinehart sues Rio Tinto for more iron royalties

Billionaire Australian Gina Rinehart, is taking Rio Tinto to court, demanding the world's third largest miner pay her 2.5% of the income streams from iron ore production at the Channar and Eastern Ranges mines on top of the royalties from three other Pilbara properties she is already receiving.

Anglo American sells South African Scaw Metals Group for $430 million

Diversified miner Anglo American Plc. (LON:AAL), announced today it has sold the South African Scaw Metals Group business for $430 million to a group of partners, on a move to refocus on its core mining business.

Peregrine Diamonds discovers third kimberlite

Canadian Peregrine Diamonds has discovered a third kimberlite during its winter drill program in the Lac de Gras region, Canada, one of the most prolific diamond districts in the world since kimberlite was first discovered there in 1991.

Global warming meets Arctic mining next week in Quebec

More than 2,000 international experts will meet in Montreal, Canada, next week to discuss the latest research about how climate change is altering the Arctic faster than the inhabitants, and the governments that regulate the phenomenon, can keep up with.

Obstructions to Anglo American Minas-Rio iron ore project keep on coming

Anglo American’s CEO, Cynthia Carroll, said yesterday the company faces further disruption to its US$6 billion Minas-Rio iron ore operation in Brazil, although it hopes to resume construction at the site.

South African mining industry at a crossroads: Webber Wentzel

The South African mining industry, the backbone of the country’s US$357 billion economy, is at a crossroads, says Johannesburg-based international legal powerhouse Webber Wentzel in the article “Whither the South African mining industry?” published late March.

Xstrata threatens Australian marketing company with defamation over spoof of anti mining taxes campaign

Mumbrella may face defamation charges from Xstrata Coal after it published a parody video of the anti mining taxes campaign, re-launched last week by The Minerals Council of Australia.