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.

Harry Winston reports a 19% increase in production at its Diavik mine

Luxury jeweler and watchmaker Harry Winston Diamond Corp said today that production at its Diavik mine in Canada's Northwest Territories was up about 19% in the first quarter on improved grades.

Mining companies to benefit from updated FTA between Canada and Chile

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chilean President Sebastian Piñera signed yesterday an agreement to upgrade the free trade deal between their two nations, which will benefit several miners with presence or planning to explore in the South American country.

Key report for Newmont's $4.8 billion Conga gold project now expected tomorrow

Peru’s long-running Conga mine dispute is about to reach a turning point as international consultants appointed by the government in February are expected to deliver their report on the viability of proposed water for Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) and Buenaventura’s US$4.8 billion copper-gold project tomorrow.

Unheard of mineral discovered in a cave in Spain

A team of researchers from the Geological Survey of Spain and the Complutense de Madrid University has discovered a new mineral, the zaccagnaita-3R, in a cave known as “The Soplao,” located in the historical northern region of Cantabria.

U.S. Defense Department undervaluing importance of rare earths for national security: report

The U.S. Defense Department needs to realize the dangerous consequences a potential lack of domestic rare earths may have on the U.S. weapon industry, suggests a latest study by the Congress released last week.

Anglo American and Xstrata among four companies accused of environmental violations in Australia

Anglo American (LON:AAL) and Xstrata (LON:XTA) coal mines are among the four operations being investigated over probable environmental violations, after they were accused of discharging contaminated water into the Fitzroy River, located in the North East state of Queensland, Australia.

Gem Diamonds expects prices to keep rising

Rough diamond prices were expected to continue climbing “across the market” this year, London-listed Gem Diamonds said on Monday.

Anglo American faces new obstructions to Minas Rio

Anglo American has halted preliminary work for installation of a power line at its Minas Rio iron ore project in Brazil, following a judge's decision to suspend the installation license for the line.

Kinder Morgan goes ahead with its $5 billion pipeline expansion to Vancouver

Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMP) is going ahead with its planned $5 billion expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Canada, which brings crude oil from the Alberta oil sands to Vancouver’s port.

NovaGold profit tumbles to $16.8 million but on track with sale of Galore Creek stake

Canadian NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG) said its net income fell to $16.8 million in the first quarter pushed by the elimination of foreign exchange gains because of a new arrangement with warrant holders.

Doe Run Peru to be liquidated after rejected restructuring of La Oroya smelter

Metals producer Doe Run Peru’s creditors rejected a restructuring plan the company presented with a view to restarting operations at the La Oroya smelter, said in a statement the Energy and Mines Ministry, Jorge Merino Tafur.

Melting Arctic is nothing but good news for the mining industry: Lloyd's/Chatham House

The melting ice cap in the Arctic sea could open up access to immense mineral reserves, attracting billions of dollars in investment, but also bringing with it unique risks and challenges, says Lloyd’s/Chatham House latest Risk Insight report.

Minerals Council of Australia restarts anti tax ad campaign

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) resumed today an ad campaign initially launched in July last year, attacking alleged hikes on the federal government's mining and carbon taxes.

Indonesia not only wants to own foreign mining co's, now it will impose higher taxes on them too

Indonesia wants to have its mining cake and eat it too, as the country, one of the world's largest exporters of copper and coal, will speed up a tax on mining exports, the industry minister Mohamad S. Hidayat told Reuters today.

Canadian Eldorado's gold production keeps growing

Canadian miner Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD) (NYSE:EGO), which recently closed its acquisition of European Goldfields, expects its yearly gold production to touch 1.7 million ounces within five years as it brings new mines into production.

Chile’s biggest steel and iron-ore producer to invest US$700 million this year

Chile's Compañía de Acero del Pacífico (CAP) will invest nearly US$700 million this year to develop its iron ore projects in the country, president Roberto de Andraca told reporters attending Expomin, one of the world's most important mining exhibitions, in Santiago.

Lynas wins a battle, but war with Malaysians who oppose rare earth plant goes on

In what could be considered a slight victory for embattled Australian rare earths miner Lynas Corporation (ASX:LYC), the Malaysian High Court ruled today against a request to review a recent decision to grant the Lynas a temporary licence (TOL) for its processing plant.

One of the 33 Chilean miners trapped in 2010 ventures underground for first time since rescue

More than one billion people watched the rescue of 33 Chilean miners from a collapsed mine in 2010. Today, one of them has decided to venture underground for the first time since the accident during a tour to a Saskatchewan potash mine.

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.