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.

Vancouver company finds faster way to extract lithium from oil

MGX Minerals says it is possible to get lithium from oil-extraction wastewater in just a few days

Argentina to ramp up exploration

Mining Development sub-secretary expects exploration activities to rise by 2 per cent in 2017

App uses augmented reality to help diamond buyers

People can now try on different engagement rings from anywhere in the world using augmented reality

Royal Road and Hemco form exploration partnership in Nicaragua

The cooperation agreement aims at identifying and exploring gold and copper targets in the areas covered by both companies’ existing licenses

How Russia plans to compete with India in the diamond market

Moscow wants state-owned Alrosa to offer more favorable terms to local cutters

Conservative radio personality takes on Adani

A TV ad featuring a famous radio broadcaster is pushing to ‘stop the taxpayer loan’ to the Indian group

Alrosa to auction rough and polished diamonds at the Eastern Economic Forum

"We have seen the interest of clients from Asia Pacific," the company’s Vice President said

Newly IPO'd Fireweed Zinc talks about its Yukon project

The Canadian junior recently started a six-week drilling program at its Macmillan Pass Project located 200 kilometres northeast of the town of Ross River in Yukon

Indian uranium mine becomes dark matter lab

India’s very first uranium mine now hosts a laboratory for conducting experiments in fundamental physics

Gold prices near 12-month high

Gold prices jumped to their highest in almost a year as a weaker dollar and escalating tensions between the United States and North Korea

Finland to get rid of coal by 2030

The head of Finland’s energy department announced that the country will introduce legislation to phase out coal and increase carbon taxes

Australia’s Blair Athol coal mine ramps up production

The company announced the appointment of Wallace Macarthur King as non-executive chairman of its board

Acacia pulls back from major gold mine in Tanzania

“The decision was driven by unsustainable cash outflows at the mine due to the concentrate ban and the operating environment,” company officials said in a statement.

Zimbabwe completes gold mining probe

Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development, Fred Moyo, said that his team looked into production and trading circles

10% of Mexico’s territory available for mining

Active mining concessions add up to 25,716

Canadian government to spend $247M on roads to support Yukon mines

Justin Trudeau announced that the federal government will inject $247 million into the Yukon’s highway network.

Colombian First Nations protest against coal mine

Wayuu leaders traveled to Bogotá to protest against El Cerrejón, the thermal coal open-pit mine owned by Glencore, BHP Billiton and Anglo American

Ecuador expects $488 million in revenue from industrial mining

The Lenin Moreno government has recently granted 237 mining concessions to private companies

Kiwis protest against seabed mining

The Green Party wants to create New Zealand’s largest marine mammal sanctuary in order to stop extractive activities in the South Taranaki Bight

Sales at Myanmar’s jade expo lower than last year

More than 6,000 pieces of jade were exhibited

Artisanal miners’ protests heat up in Colombia

They are protesting against expansion plans by Zandor Capital, a subsidiary of Canadian-based Gran Colombia Gold, and also in opposition to Bill 169

These are the mining sector’s suggestions to the Canadian government

Industry highlights the topics they would like government officials to address during the Energy and Mines Ministers’ annual conference

Codelco to produce “green” copper

The pilot project is taking place at the Gabriela Mistral mine

Coal mine shuts down in Spain due to lack of clients

La Escondida was the last project of its type in the Castilla and León region

Seabed mining approved in New Zealand despite environmentalists’ concerns

Trans-Tasman is now allowed to recover resources from the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone