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.

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.

Rio Tinto says climbing costs, resource nationalism once again big threats

Chief executive Jean Sebastien-Jacques said the challenge for the industry is to ensure the benefits from the past frugal years are not lost against a backdrop of rising oil prices and increased political risk.

Mountain Province hires former De Beers financial chief as president and CEO

Stuart Brown has over 25 years of experience in the diamond industry and is the outgoing Firestone Diamonds chief executive officer.

Lonmin tanks as UK competition watchdog looks into Sibanye takeover

By mid-morning, Lonmin shares had lost 5.6% of their value in London, while Sibanye’s were down 4.9% in Johannesburg, even though the companies announced they had received the approval of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).

Canadian explorer looking to restart Europe's last tin mine to list in London

Vancouver-based Strongbow Exploration expects the London listing to help it raise 25 million pounds ($34 million) over the next 18 months, which will use to study the feasibility of resuming production at the South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall.

IDM Mining expects environmental permits for Red Mountain by Sept.

The company expects both the province and the federal government environmental decisions on the gold-silver project to be issued in the third quarter of the year.

Barrick signs 10-year gas supply deal to make Dominican mine greener

Converting the power plant that feeds the Pueblo Viejo mine from heavy fuel oil to natural gas is expected to reduce the operation’s average cost of sales and all-in sustaining costs by about $54 per ounce.

Chile’s Caserones copper mine a pain in the neck for Japanese owners

The mine, behind schedule ever since it began producing in May 2014, has been affected by a series of technical problems in its ramp-up phase, costing its owners hefty impairment charges.

Ethiopia suspends MIDROC Gold mining license after weeks of protests

Decision follow relentless protests in a town near the mine, where locals accuse the company of polluting their source water and the air, causing humans and animals respiratory illnesses, miscarriages, birth defects and disabilities.

Dalradian up on resource update for Curraghinalt gold deposit

Document shows a 46% increase in gold ounces at the Northern Ireland project.

Erdene soars as Altan Nar project in Mongolia proves larger than predicted

Indicated and inferred gold equivalent resources increased by whooping 208% and 172% respectively, when compared to the project’s maiden mineral resource estimate of 2015.

De Beers tracks first 100 diamonds through supply chain using blockchain

The world’s largest rough diamond producer by value will launch the tracking platform later this year, making it available to the whole industry.

Mexico greenlights First Majestic’s $320 million-acquisition of Primero

The approval was the final government agency’s permission the parties required to close the deal.

Nutrien speeds up sale of $4bn-stake in Chilean lithium giant SQM

The world’s largest potash miner said it expected to have an announcement on the matter by the end of June.

Barrick grabs stake in Midas Gold, accesses promising Idaho project

The $38-million investment will give Barrick an almost 20%-stake in Midas Gold.

Shell sells stake in Canadian Natural Resources for $3.3 billion

Once the deal closes, Shell's only involvement in Canada's oil sands will be through its 10% stake in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, majority owned by CNR and Chevron.

Nevsun shares soar as it rejects $1.2-billion bid from Lundin, Euro Sun

Nevsun, who declined the offer for the fourth time, said the proposal undervalued its Timok copper-gold project in Serbia and that junior Euro Sun was “not an attractive partner”.