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. She holds a Master of Journalism (MJ) from the University of British Columbia, Canada, and she is currently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Sierra Leone ‘Peace Diamond’ sold for less-than-expected

The egg-sized, 709-carat rough yellowish diamond was sold for $6.5 million to luxury jeweller Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds.

Indonesia to grab Rio Tinto stake in Grasberg mine

After pumping billions into the Indonesian mine for almost 25 years, Rio might be able to see a decent return as the country’s government plans to acquire the miner’s 40% stake in the coveted operation.

Bacanora tanks as president resigns

President and director Martin Vidal has left the post effective November 30.

De Beers steps up efforts to remove ‘conflict diamonds’ from the market

Diamond giant is investing in an open platform that will allow tracing a rock throughout the entire value chain — from mine to buyer.

Rio Tinto appoints one of its own as the company’s new chairman

After a nine-month search, the miner has picked the current leader of the remuneration committee, Simon Thompson, to assume the post in March 2018.

McEwen Mining to speed up Timmins exploration program

The Canadian precious metals producer announced a financing plan consisting of a $10-million bought deal private placement offering of four million flow-through common shares.

Alrosa’s 51-carat Dynasty diamond fails to sell at auction

The other four other stones of the collection were sold at an average premium of 30%.

Barrick Gold just bought more than $9 million worth of shares in this junior

The non-brokered private placement gives Barrick about 15% of Reunion Gold Corporation (TSX-V:RGD), which has interests in four different projects in South America’s North Atlantic coast.

Australia’s NSW to ban open-pit mining in South Drayton area

The New South Wales Government decided there would be no open-pit mining at the site formerly known as Drayton South, but it paved the way for an underground mine instead.

PotashCorp CEO confirms Chinese interested in lithium producer SQM

Chinese firms have shown “broad interest” in buying PotashCorp’s stake in the Chilean lithium producer SQM, according to chief executive Jochen Tilk, who declined to name interested parties or the number of bids the company has received.

Luxembourg, Japan team up to explore and mine space resources

The five-year cooperation agreement covers the exchange of information and expertise on the exploration and mining of out-of-earth resources.

SolGold on a roll in Ecuador with finds at Timbara, Porvenir projects

The Ecuador-focused miner said it has discovered "promising" new copper prospects at the Porvenir and Timbara projects, with rock chip samples graded up to 4.27% copper.

Brazil mining code unchanged as Senate fails to vote on bill

Brazil’s lower house of Congress removed from the agenda the discussion of a transitory presidential decree, which modified the country’s current mining law.

Hebron project off Newfoundland coast kicks off oil production

It's expected to help Atlantic Canada offshore production rise 44% to 307,000 bpd by 2024.

Canada’s Goldcorp challenges you to disrupt mining

Miner is calling companies and individuals to participate in #DisruptMining, a challenge aimed at accelerating the pace of innovation in the sector by thinking differently and seeking cross-sector collaboration.

Alrosa ready to auction the most expensive diamond ever polished in Russia

More than 130 potential buyers have already registered to participate in Wednesday’s online sale of the five-diamond collection, which includes the giant 51.4-carat Dynasty.

BHP tightens belt, targets $1.6bn in cost-cutting at Australian operations

The world’s No.1 miner is targeting as much as $1.6 billion in productivity gains at its iron ore, copper and coal units in the country over the next two years.

Enbridge, Michigan reach deal to boost pipelines safety, protect the Great Lakes

Agreement aims at boosting the safety of twin pipelines beneath the waterway where Lakes Huron and Michigan converge.

Investors force Rio Tinto to ditch plans to have Mick Davis as chairman

Decision comes in the wake of a full-scale investor revolt led by the Investor Forum, a London-based body representing some of the world’s biggest money managers.

Argonaut Gold acquires Cerro Del Gallo project in Mexico for $15 million

Gold-silver project is located on the San Anton property in central Mexico’s Guanajuato state, not far from Argonaut’s four other properties in the country.

De Beers puts South Africa’s Voorspoed mine up for sale

Company says move paves the way for a lower-cost operator to take the diamond mine beyond 2020, when it is scheduled to close.

South32 to spin off South Africa coal business

Process could lead to a listing of the business on the Johannesburg stock exchange, it said.

These are the top mining projects in Peru to watch in 2018

Mining investment in Peru is expected to grow 9% this year when compared to 2016, marking the end of a three-year decline than began in 2014, to reach $10 billion next year thanks to these projects.

Mexico says no link between killings and dispute at Canada's Torex mine

Two men were killed on Saturday at a road blockade mounted as part of a workers demonstration at Torex’s El Limón-Guajes gold mine.

Osisko Mining, Canadian junior team up to speed up gold exploration in Ontario

Osisko and Canadian Gold Miner Corp. have acquired a historical gold producer as well as an option for an exploration land package, both in Ontario’s gold-rich belt.