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.

New GE excavator promises moving more earth for less cost

Surface mine operators are finding it harder to deliver the same amount of minerals in the same time with existing technologies. The ore being uncovered has lower concentrations of minerals as existing sites become more mature. As a result, mining companies are increasingly under pressure to find more energy efficient and reliable solutions.

Codelco already struggling to match 2011 copper output

Chilean state giant Codelco, the world's biggest copper producer, will have to strive this year to match record 2011 copper production of 1.735 million tonnes, said CEO Diego Hernandez to the El Mercurio newspaper's Sunday edition.

Randgold Resources shines bright as year profit soars

London- and Nasdaq-listed gold producer Randgold Resources Ltd. (LON:RRS) (NASDAQ:GOLD) stocks went up 3.5 percent after the West Africa-focused miner reported a more than fourfold rise in net profit for the year ended December 2011 due to higher gold prices and a significant increase in production.

Caterpillar shuts locked out Electro-Motive plant in Canada

American-based heavy equipment maker Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) through its subsidiary Electro-Motive Canada (EMC), said today that it is closing EMC's locomotive production operations at its London, Ontario plant, after several months of unsuccessful contract negotiations with the Canadian Auto Workers union.

Despite violent demonstrations and a cancelled inauguration ceremony, Latin American Minerals starts operations in Paraguay

A day after violent demonstrations forced the cancellation of the grand opening of its newly minted Independencia Mine in Paraguay, Latin American Minerals (CVE:LAT)(OTCQX:LATNF) announced that it began operations at its Pilot Plant facility, located at the Paso Yobai gold project.

Cluff Gold expands its mining operations in West Africa

Cluff Gold (TSX:CFG) (AIM:CLF), a gold miner focused mainly in West Africa, announced on Friday that it will buy Orezone Gold’s Sega gold project mining licences and property in Burkina Faso for 11-million shares and $15-million in cash.

Xstrata and Glencore went from dating to a (more) serious relationship

The long-term fling between mining group Xstrata PLC (LON:XTA) and commodities trader Glencore International PLC (LON:GLEN) is getting serious. In a statement in response to increasing speculation about an upcoming merger, Xstrata confirmed today that it is in negotiations with Glencore.

BHP axes nickel operations in Western Australia

BHP Billiton Ltd., the world’s largest mining company and the fourth-largest nickel producer, announced today that is decreasing mining operations at its West Australian locations by 30 percent.

BHP Billiton exits titanium industry by selling stake in Richards Bay Minerals to Rio Tinto

BHP Billiton Limited (ASX:BHP) said Wednesday that it is selling its 37% non-operated interest in South African mineral sands venture Richards Bay Minerals to partner Rio Tinto PLC (LON:RIO). With this move, BHP is officially leaving the titanium minerals industry.

London Mining makes first shipment from Sierra Leone

Junior miner London Mining’s stocks (LON:LOND) went up almost five per cent today as the company announced two major milestones: the first shipment of iron ore from its Marampa project in Sierra Leone and the commencement of production of coking coal in Colombia.

Teck acquires oil sands partner SilverBirch for C$435M

Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.A) announced today that it will acquire its oilsands partner SilverBirch Energy Corp. (TSXV:SBE) for over C$435 million.

China’s Minmetals offer to buy Anvil Mining shares extended to mid February

China’s Minmetals Resources Ltd has, once again, extended its $1.3 billion takeover offer for Africa-focused copper miner Anvil Mining Ltd (TSX:AVM) to Feb. 16. This is the third time that Minmetals offer has been extended since the deal got the go ahead by the Australian Foreign Investment Review Board, last October.

Philippines shutting down hundreds of mines due to major landslide

The Philippine government on Friday ordered the shutdown of 500 small mines threatened by landslides in a southern town where a chunk of a mountain tumbled down on sleeping residents and killed at least 27 people.

Newmont trying hard to divert protestors’ attention in Peru by stressing Conga copper-gold mine community benefits

As protests against the $4.8 billion Conga project in Peru resumed this week, Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE: NEM) has put together a strategic document outlining its community investment projects related to the gold-copper project.

Potash producer Mosaic reports better than expected results

Fertilizer producer Mosaic Co. (NYSE:MOS) stocks were up US$2.50 this morning, after the company reported higher-than-expected quarterly profit as better prices helped offset a plunge in phosphate sales and flat potash volumes.

Canada’s asbestos industry on its way out

LAB Chrysotile Inc., one of the two remaining Quebec’s asbestos miners, has filed for bankruptcy because of high fixed costs and sharply declining revenues.

Union drops strike at First Quantum mine in Zambia

Workers at First Quantum Minerals' Zambian copper/gold mine resumed work this morning after the country’s minister of labour intervened to end the two-day wage strike.

Canada's Inmet Mining can go ahead with its Cobre Panama copper project

Canada's Inmet Mining (TSX:IMN) reached a milestone after the government of Panama approved the environmental and social impact assessment (ESIA) for its Cobre Panama copper project.

Deaths on Christmas Eve caused Arc Exploration Limited to have license exploration in Indonesia suspended

Arc Exploration Limited (ASX:ARX), an Australian gold mining exploration company with presence in Indonesia, has had its gold permit for the Bima gold prospect temporarily suspended due to the controversial dead of two protesters on Christmas Eve, in the area covered by Arc’s exploration license.

Illegal mining keeps taking lives in Colombia

Three men were killed Monday while working in an illegal mine in the northwestern Colombian province of Antioquia, according to a statement from the government's Ingeominas mining oversight institute.

Silver producer First Majestic names Douglas Penrose as chairman

First Majestic Silver Corp. announced that Douglas Penrose has been appointed as Chairman of the Board effective January 1, 2012. In addition to his new role, Mr. Penrose will continue to serve as the Chairman of the Audit Committee.

New biofilm could “detoxify” oil sands

PetroChina takes over Canadian oil sands project

Canadian oil producer Athabasca Oil Sands Corp. (TSX: ATH) has exercised its option to sell its remaining 40 per cent interest in the MacKay River oil sands project to Cretaceous, a unit of Chinese oil giant PetroChina for about C$680 million.

Chile’s Codelco files documents to exercise US$6 billion Anglo option

Chile's state copper company Codelco, the world's top producer, announced today that it has used its rights to exercise its disputed option to buy a 49 percent stake in global miner Anglo American's southern Chilean properties.

Caterpillar begins the year by locking out over 400 workers in Ontario

Canadian locomotive maker Electro-Motive, owned by Caterpillar Inc., began the New Year by shutting out hundreds of workers at its plant in London, Ontario.