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.

Mountain Province finds 95-carat diamond in Canada’s far north

The white octahedron of "top clarity" is the largest gem quality diamond and fourth largest stone ever recovered at the company's Gahcho Kué mine, located in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

Avanco axes Brazil copper mine production over truck drivers strike

The company had warned last week that operations at the open pit mine would be affected by the strike, as fuel and consumables failed to be delivered to site, while road blocks on highways prevented sending output to port.

Newmont sells its royalty portfolio to Maverix Metals for $17 million, stake in the junior

Other than cash sum, the US miner is receiving 60 million Maverix common shares, representing a 28% stake in the Canadian company and warrants for an additional 10 million common shares.

World’s largest diamond miner De Beers to sell synthetic stones

After vowing for over a century it would never sell stones made in laboratories, De Beers will start doing so in September.

Vedanta’s troubles worsen as Indian state orders permanent closure of smelter

Deadly protests last week over alleged pollution from the Tuticorin smelter have prolonged a shutdown of the 400,000 tonnes-a-year operation. This time it seems to be forever.

Canadian junior Millbrook aims to lead Cuba's mining pack

In late April, Millbrook Minerals became the first copper-zinc explorer to sign an International Economic Association (IEA) contract with Cuba's GeoMinera, becoming the first Canadian firm to sign a deal with the Island since the mid 90’s.

Fortescue goes ahead with $1.3bn iron ore project in Western Australia

The Eliwana mine will help the company lift its iron ore grades and so satisfy the new demands of its biggest customer, China, which is increasingly asking for higher quality ore for steel mills to help cut smog.

Mergers and acquisitions in Canada stage exceptional comeback in Q1

However, the Canadian Mining Eye index — which tracks the performance of 100 Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange mid-tier and junior mining companies — dropped 8% in the three months to March 2018.

Sibanye-Stillwater accuses union of following ‘agenda’ to harm reputation

The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) said the company failed to take precautions two avoid injuries at its mines earlier this week.

CanAlaska Uranium, Cameco make headway at West McArthur project

Work at the project, located immediately next to Cameco's Fox Lake uranium discovery, has been focused on evaluating the C10 corridor, which is highlighted by the NE-striking conductivity high in the southern part of the property.

World's No. 1 diamond jewellery retailer joins De Beers tracking pilot

Signet Jewelers is the first diamond ornaments maker to join De Beers-led blockchain pilot program, Tracr.

AngloGold Ashanti to axe 2,000 jobs as it shrinks footprint in South Africa

The company’s remaining South African assets are the Mponeng underground gold mine, and a surface operation.

Rio Tinto about to offload stake in Grasberg mine for $3.5 billion

Company confirmed is in talks to sell its stake in the world’s second largest copper mine to Indonesia’s Inalum.

Eldorado to soon obtain permit for processing plant in Greece, minister hints

The country’s energy ministry said he aimed to address the company's development plans in the coming weeks and according to a recent arbitration, which favoured Eldorado.

Gem Diamonds finds ninth big diamond from Letšeng

With the discovery, the miner has already exceeded the total number of diamonds of over 100 carats recovered in 2017.

Lucapa on a roll, finds 25-carat yellow diamond in Lesotho mine

Stone was recovered from the Neck zone of the Mothae kimberlite, not part of the current one-million carat Joint Ore Reserves Committee-compliant resource.

Rio Tinto says investors to take stance on Oyu Tolgoi as ‘test case’

Rio Tinto has called for less interference at its giant copper and gold mine in Mongolia, as it moves forward with an underground expansion.

Thor Explorations says results of test work at Segilola better than expected

The testing is part of the definitive feasibility study (DFS) for the project, poised to become Nigeria's first large-scale gold mine, and which is expected to come online in early 2020.

Glencore drops as British regulators looming probe adds to Congo issues

Britain’s Serious Fraud Office plans to open a formal bribery investigation into Glencore and its deals with Israeli billionaire and former partner Dan Gertler.

China’s Tianqi Lithium buys minority stake in SQM for $4.1bn

The Asian firm has bought a 24% stake in Chile’s Sociedad Quimica y Minera (SQM), one of the world’s biggest lithium producers.

Anglo close to selling part of stake in giant Peruvian copper project

Quellaveco is one of the world’s largest untapped copper orebodies and Anglo’s board is set to decide later in the year whether or not to green-light development of the $5.5bn mine.

Centerra gets $200 million for royalty portfolio and Kemess silver stream

The miner is receiving an upfront cash payment of $155 million for AuRico Metals’ royalty portfolio and about $45 million payable in four tranches for Kemess's silver output.

Yamana begins gold and silver production at Cerro Moro mine in Argentina

Commercial production is expected in the second quarter of the year.

BHP faces shareholder class action over Brazil mine disaster

Australian law firm Phi Finney McDonald alleges BHP knew the dam was at imminent risk of breaking but did not tell markets.

Historic blue diamond auction exceeds expectations — sold for $6.7 million

The Farnese Blue diamond, which was passed down through European royal families for about 300 years, sold Tuesday for $1.4 million more than the maximum figure experts estimated it would fetch.