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.

When it rains, it pours for BHP: leaked e-mail heats up battle with coal mine unions

BHP Billiton would not be willing to negotiate with the unions on strike at its coal mines in Australia and had said the battle is "likely to get tougher before it's over", an e-mail published by ABC’s PM reveals.

KI First Nation set to block Canadian company from prospecting for gold on their land

Despite the Ontario government’s efforts to avoid a confrontation between Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) community members and God's Lake Resources representatives during the world’s leading mining exploration Convention, PDAC, the conflict keeps escalating. Today, KI Chief Donny Morris released a video, shot at Sherman Lake site yesterday, where he is settled to stop any advance from small Canadian mining exploration company God’s Lake Resources (GLR).

Vale hunts for local support for its vessels access to China

Brazilian mining giant Vale (NYSE: VALE) has contacted China's second largest container line China Shipping Group to negotiate a way for its very large ore carriers (VLOCs) to dock in Chinese ports again

EU Commission gives Anglo American the green light for De Beers takeover

Anglo American (LON:AAL) can officially take over De Beers as the European Commission granted the global miner authorization to proceed with its acquisition of the world's biggest diamond company, announced in November.

Australia considers BHP’s Olympic Dam mine development a fact

South Australia’s mineral resources and energy minister, Tom Koutsantonis, said he was confident BHP Billiton will proceed with developing the uranium Olympic Dam open-pit mine, despite the project will cost billions of dollars, reports Reuters.

Chile Copper Giant Codelco to invest over US$4.3 bln in 2012

Chilean state giant Codelco, the world's biggest copper producer, plans to invest over US$4.3 billion this year, said the company’s president Diego Hernandez said on Tuesday

Gold takes the most hits in Tuesday's rough markets

Gold prices tumbled to $36.45 or 2.1% to $1,669.21 per ounce on Tuesday morning due to worries about Greece and a flight to the American dollar.

Rio Tinto to close its UK Lynemouth smelter

Rio Tinto Alcan, the aluminum division of Rio Tinto PLC (RIO) announced today it will close its Lynemouth aluminum smelter in Northumberland, England at the end of March, as part of its aluminum restructure plan.

Thousands of Peruvians protest against tougher illegal mining sanctions

Over 5,000 informal miners started an indefinite protest in the gold-rich Peru's Madre de Dios region on Monday, demanding the government to revoke a new decree that regularizes small-scale and artisanal operations.

Latin America leads global mining exploration spending again

Latin America remained the most popular exploration destination, attracting 25% of global explorations spending in 2011, said to the Halifax-based Metals Economics Group's World Exploration Trends report released on Sunday.

Over $1 Billion in mineral exploration attracted Ontario in 2011

Investment in mineral exploration in Ontario, Canada, exceeded $1 billion for the first time last year, said today the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, Rick Bartolucci.

Ontario government tries to avoid confrontation with First Nations at PDAC

In what was clearly a strategic move, the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines released a statement on Sunday saying that it has withdrawn all lands near the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (KI) community from prospecting and mineral staking.

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.