Valentina Ruiz Leotaud

Valentina Ruiz Leotaud is a Venezuela-born multimedia and multiplatform journalist. She has 10 years of work experience covering local and international news, as well as arts and culture information for different media outlets and platforms. She holds a Master's Degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia and was a fellow of the International Reporting Program.

Platinum industry expects supply deficit in 2018

Jewellery posts growth of 3%, the first in four years.

World’s largest potash producer to report negative growth: analysts

“The company remains exposed to a weak pricing environment," the analysts say.

Scientists produce high-grade rare earths from coal

University of Kentucky researchers used an environmentally-conscious and cost-effective process.

Canadian diamond producer to resume mining off Namibian coast

In an alliance with International Mining and Dredging Holdings, the Canadian miner ran a bulk sampling program whose results "were extremely encouraging."

Peru takes steps to legalize artisanal and small-scale miners

The world's No. 2 copper and zinc producer has been trying to regulate small-scale and artisanal mining activities since 2002.

Nevada Copper names new VP-COO, updates Pumpkin Hollow project

The company's new strategy includes a pre-feasibility study that envisions a high-grade underground mine and puts on hold development plans for the project’s larger open-pit deposit.

Saskatchewan may set back Canada’s plan to phase out coal by 2030

One coal-fired power plant in Saskatchewan likely won't be retrofitted before 2030.

French researchers unearth largest stash of Medieval silver coins ever found

They are puzzled by the finding of 21 Islamic gold dinars at an abbey in eastern France.

Colombian police dismantle highest illegal gold mine in the country

The mine was located on a 2,800-metre high mountain.

Workers to ramp up strike action at Canadian mine in Mexico

Union leaders say that the arrival of 100 officers of the Mexican Armed Forces to the mine spurred the protesters' anger.

Zonte Metals acquires iron oxide copper gold project

According to the company's CEO, exploration is expected to start shortly in the form a ground magnetic survey over portions of the project.

Giant diamond sells for $33.7 million

Mounted in a diamond and emerald necklace, the white, matchbox-size rock was acquired by an unidentified buyer.

Iron miners: capex will not see strong comeback, says new research

BMI predicts that iron ore prices will remain on a long-term gradual downtrend until at least 2021.

Sudbury Coleman Mine in shutdown for 30 days

Under the terms of the collective agreement, employees do not get paid when work is not available.

Ink from ancient Egyptian papyri contains copper

The pigments were likely obtained as a byproduct of sulfurous ore smelting.

This is how GroundTruth’s drones to drills program works

According to Shawn Ryan, the technology reduces the environmental footprint, as well as the human resources needed on the ground.

Metallic Minerals CEO talks about Yukon project

Greg Johnson explained why the Keno Hill Silver District is considered one of the best mining jurisdictions in Canada.

Strike shuts down Harmony's Kusasalethu gold mine

Starting on Friday, workers did not go work in protest for the firing of six leaders of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.

French energy company’s shares sink on falling demand and nuclear outages

EDF has been experiencing delays in restarting some of its nuclear reactors.

Venezuela’s Mining Arch in the spotlight again

New reports highlighting the environmental dangers posed by mineral exploitation at the Mining Arch have emerged, as Venezuelan officials try to convince Alrosa to invest in the project.

New fertilizers based on metal nanoparticles expected to produce macro-harvests

Russian scientists have developed a new generation of innovative fertilizers that, they say, are capable of increasing crop productivity by 25 per cent.

Freeport Indonesia reopens main supply route to mine after shooting

The latest violent episode and temporary closure had no impact on production at the world’s second-biggest copper mine.

Mayor organizes massive protest against Berkeley's uranium mine in Spain

The leader of the Villavieja de Yeltes municipality is planning to rent buses so that people can attend the rally.

China’s demand drives long-term gains for aluminium

BMI Research raised the 2018 aluminium price forecast to $2,000/tonne, from a previous forecast of $1,900/tonne.

Sirius Minerals lands major Asian deal

The London-listed company sealed a 7-year commercial deal with Wilmar Group.