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.

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.

African Barrick Gold hikes Tanzanian Nyanzaga resource

London-listed African Barrick Gold (LON:ABG) reported increasing confidence in its Nyanzaga project, in Tanzania and said that the project has the potential to become its next mine in the country.

Firestone Energy rejects offer for Waterberg coal mine stake

Firestone Energy Limited (ASX/JSE:FSE) rejected today an offer from Tata Power to invest in a joint venture with Sekoko Resources to develop a coal mine in the Waterberg area of South Africa, saying the offer under-valued the assets.

HudBay says Constancia copper mine will cost $1.5 billion

Canadian base-metals miner Hudbay Minerals (TSX:HBM)(NYSE:HBM), rose the capital cost estimated of its giant Constancia copper project in Peru by about 50% to $1.5 billion, mentioning both scope changes and inflation as reasons.

C$25 billion to improve Canada’s Asian trading opportunities

Christy Clark, the Premier of Canada’s British Columbia unveiled details of a C$25 billion public and private sector plan to expand trade with Asia, by improving the province's transportation system.

Canada's oil sands to more than double its workforce over the next decade: Report

The Canadian oil sands will need to more than double its workforce over the next decade, as expansion projects create new positions and existing workers retire, says the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada.

Gold One buys First Uranium’s Elzuwini Mining Company for US$70M

First Uranium (TSX:FIU) announced Monday it has sold its South African-based Elzuwini Mining Co. to Gold One International for US$70 million, transaction that should be completed by June 29.

Abacus Mining looking for buyer, partner for B.C. copper-gold project

Canadian Abacus Mining and Exploration Corp. (TSXV:AME) is looking for potential buyers, partners or other alternatives under a strategic review initiated Monday, shortly after its partner moved to increase its holding in their B.C. joint venture.

Lake Shore Gold announces reserve estimate for Timmins West mine, which will support next five years of production

Lake Shore Gold Corp.(TSX:LSG)(NYSE Amex:LSG) today announced a new reserve estimate for the Company's Timmins West Mine, located 18 kilometres west of theTimmins, Ontario. Timmins West Mine is a commercial producing underground mining operation involving the extraction of ore from two adjacent deposits, Timmins Deposit and Thunder Creek Deposit.

Argentina to establish first protocol on mining social responsibility

The creation of the world’s first national protocol on sustainable and socially responsible mining was discussed at a meeting held in Argentina last week, called by the government of president Cristina Fernandez.

Chinese government rolls up independent miners in rare earth industry group

In a move to curb the rampant domestic illegal mining of rare earth, as well as regulate its rare earths players, China is launching an industry association for the precious metal commodity on April 8.

World’s first carbon neutral mine around the corner

The Yunong Qian project, located in the highlands of Nepal, might become world’s first carbon neutral mine, as Gekko Systems Pty Ltd announced today the final funding approval of the project, which will apply Gekko’s technology to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Paladin Energy forced to get new CFO as Korte moves to push world-class iron project

Uranium company Paladin Energy Ltd (TSX:PDN)(ASX:PDN) announced it named Alan Rule as its new Chief Financial Officer effective July 23, 2012. He would be replacing the current CFO, Garry Korte, who is joining Roy Hill Holdings, owned by billionaire mining magnate Gina Rinehart.

Uranium market stable despite Japan’s pending decision on nuclear reactors

Long term uranium market fundamentals remain strong, despite worries over what Japan will do with 53 of its 54 nuclear reactors, which are currently rest shut down for maintenance or safety reviews, says Australian research group, Resource Capital Research (RCR).