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.

Near-record for mining M&A in 2011 to be followed this year by an “African Renaissance” – PwC

If 2011 was a near-record year for mining mergers and acquisitions (M&A), with over 2,600 deals worth $149 billion announced in the global mining sector, 2012 will be remembered as the year of the “African Renaissance,” concludes the latest PricewaterhouseCoopers’ report released this morning.

Ecuador to sign $1.4 billion copper contract but Kinross gold project stalled

Chinese-owned mining company Ecuacorriente will sign a contract to invest $1.4 billion over five years for extracting copper in Ecuador's southern Amazon, reports local newspaper La Republica.

New Gold reached record 212% increase in net earnings last year

A record of 212% increase in net earnings in 2011, as well as record annual gold production of 387,155 ounces, reported gold miner New Gold (TSX and NYSE AMEX:NGD).

Cameco buys Areva’s uranium Millenium Project for $150 million

Cameco Corp. (TSX: CCO; NYSE: CCJ), Canada’s largest uranium company, said it agreed to buy Areva Resources Canada’s 27.94% stake in the northern Saskatchewan-based Millennium project for $150 million. With this acquisition Cameco becomes the majority holder in the proposed uranium mine.

Shore Gold shares drop as diamond mine deal falls through

Canadian Shore Gold (TSX:SGF) shares fell dramatically Thursday after the Saskatoon-based company announced it had failed to secure a deal to fund their Star-Orion South diamond project near Prince Albert.

Canadian oil sands titans form information-sharing alliance

A group of twelve major Canadian oil sands producers, including some of the world's biggest energy companies, have reached an agreement to share unlimited information on environmental technologies, which sweeps away several intellectual property rights.

Glencore International to buy near 8% stake in junior zinc miner Trevali

Canadian junior zinc miner Trevali Mining (TSX:TV) said Thursday Switzerland-based commodities trader Glencore International (LON:GLEN) has agreed to buy a 7.8% stake in the zinc miner through a private placement financing worth US$18 million.

Finning to invest US$350 million in Chile this year

Canadian company Finning International Inc. (TSX:FTT), Caterpillar’s equipment distributor in Chile, announced it will invest over US$350 millions in the South American country the year.

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.