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.

US lab tests record-breaking magnet

The "32 T" is 3,000 times stronger than a small refrigerator magnet.

Mexican miners reach deal with Canadian company, go back to work

If a deal wasn't reached by December 15, the company was not going to be able to compensate local employees.

Alrosa recovers huge yellow diamond from Yakutia mine

The Russian company says more than twenty large rough diamonds over 50 carats have been extracted from its Jubilee pipe.

Canadian diamond producer dealing with water issues in South Africa

"The lower number of carats tendered and sold is attributable to a reduction in the volume of material being processed," the company revealed.

Indian captive power plants running at half capacity due to coal shortage

The Indian Captive Power Producers Association denounced that most of its member companies are getting half of the coal they need from state-owned Coal India.

Kazakhstan’s largest iron ore company now has a smart mine

With a $10 million investment, the Kacharsky mine is being transformed into a smart mine.

Antofagasta has a new project in Canada

This is the second deal the Chilean miner signs with Vancouver-based Evrim Resource.

Scientists push gold nanorod technology one step forward to make it more useful for biomedical apps

Gold nanorods are becoming more and more used in the production of security materials, as well as diagnostics, imaging, and cancer therapy equipment.

Almaden rejects Mexican activists’ accusations surrounding Ixtaca project

A protest action took place in Vancouver the same day Almaden Minerals announced the completion of a social impact assessment for its Ixtaca project in Mexico.

Vancouver-based miner to expand operations in Ethiopia

East Africa Metals submitted two mining licence applications for sites located in the Tigray National Regional State, Ethiopia.

World Bank to stop funding oil and gas projects

The institution will stop all lending for oil and gas projects after 2019, with some exceptions.

World’s third-largest insurer to divest from oil sands and pipelines

AXA and three other French investment groups follow the World Bank's lead.

Responsible Jewellery Council certifies Alrosa's mining and business practices

The RJC conducted a months-long sustainability audit.

World's biggest floating solar power plant starts operating atop former coal mine

China Three Gorges says this would be not only the largest but also the "most intelligent solar power project with the most advanced technology in the world."

Argentina’s Don Nicolás gold-silver project goes into production

Initial work at the Santa Cruz site started back in 2009.

US Senate Chairman presses nuclear regulators on uranium exports by US firm owned by Russia

Senator John Barrasso is expanding a 2010 investigation into the Obama administration’s approval of the sale of Uranium One’s uranium recovery facilities to the Russian state-owned firm Atomredmetzoloto.

Canadian junior to acquire five lithium projects

Azincourt says the 6,000-hectare land package included in its agreement with New Age Metals represents the largest mineral claim holdings of projects for the lithium group or type of minerals in the Bird River Greenstone Belt.

Traditional owners say they were forced to negotiate with Adani over Australian mine

Representatives for the Wangan and Jagalingou People said they were forced to sign an Indigenous Land Use Agreement at the Native Title Tribunal for Adani’s Carmichael mine.

First Cobalt merges with CobalTech

The company is redeveloping the Keely-Frontier mine, a high-grade mine that produced over 3.3 million pounds of cobalt.

Brazil new mining regulations pose short-term downside risks: Analysts

Could the lack of a broader mining code overhaul weigh on investor sentiment over the coming months?

Kimberlite deposit in Nunavut twice as deep as previously estimated

Peregrine Diamonds also found a very rare green diamond at the site.

Recycled lithium to reach 9% of total lithium battery supply in 2025: analysts

Creation Inn says only one country will seize the financial benefits of recycling the alkali metal.

Canadian miner to survey property using Long Wave Infrared Imaging

Tasca Resources says the new technology is a significant advancement in exploration tools, particularly when it comes to developing potential exploration targets.

Two women to lead Australian iron ore mining company

As soon as the new year kicks off, Fortescue Metals Group will be led by new CEO Elizabeth Gaines and her right hand Julie Shuttleworth.

Dominican Republic presents Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative report

The country's reserves have been estimated at $60 billion for metallic and 40 billion for non-metallic resources.