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.

Alba wants to reopen gold mine behind three generations of royal wedding rings

Gold from Clogau St David’s mine in North Wales is behind the wedding bands of the Queen Mother, the Queen, Princess Margaret, the Princess Royal and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Drilling in Stars

A winter drilling program has begun on the Stars mine in British Columbia.

Freeport Indonesia’s mining permit extended until June

The permit was issued to allow the miner to continue exporting copper concentrate while company representatives and government officials go on with the discussions around Freeport’s future operations.

The EU starts to lead the Kimberley Process

Even though the system has received criticisms, its 54 participants seem committed to making it work.

Vale to get $1.35 billion less for fertilizer business

The South American miner wants to retain control of the TIPLAM port terminal, which is an asset originally included in the deal.

Diamond prices were okay in December, not so good throughout 2017

Rapaport says that following a better-than-expected holiday season, polished diamond prices stabilized in December 2017.

Moroccans continue to protest against the “mines of death"

Protesters met with authorities but no agreements were reached, so rallies are set to continue.

India’s Singareni Collieries wants to produce 85 million tonnes of coal per year

The state-owned company plans to open up 12 new mines.

Diamond sorter to jail for $500K theft

Major loss for Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company.

Patagonia Gold to pay $15 million for gold/silver project in Argentina

Patagonia’s plans have reignited a long-standing debate related to the environmental risks of open-pit operations that use of cyanide leaching technology.

Gold ions open the way for energy efficient devices

Japanese scientists want to determine the needed components to design batteries with less volatility and flammability.

On December 31, centenary Ontario gold mine shut down

The Dome underground mine was the longest continuously operating mine in Canada.

Thousands protest in Morocco against the “mines of death”

The city of Jerada has seen four days of massive protests.

Silver goes first, gold goes second: 2018 outperformers

For the second year in a row, people are being bullish on silver.

Centerra Gold halts mill operations in British Columbia due to lack of water

About 20% of the world’ fresh water is found in Canada.

Prosecutor orders three years of jail time for Spaniard couple with murky investments in Congolese copper mine

The pair invested approximately $1.9 million in shares in Mhyrre Minerals and Metal SPRL.

Spain’s OHL to oversee El Teniente’s tailings facility

The Madrid-based firm signed a $20-million-dollar contract.

Public uproar in Colombia over waterfall polluted by illegal miners

A citizen’s video showing the extent of the contamination went viral.

Why Tata Steel wants to expand capacity at its iron ore mines

In about four years, Tata may need 13.6 million tonnes of iron ore annually.

Independence Resources to sell gold, silver and cobalt-bearing property

The property is located in the historic Orofino Mining District of Deer Lodge County, Montana.

Coal mine collapses in Afghanistan killing five

Officials say the mine was dug with little regard for safety.

Oil-rich Venezuela is out of gas

"In Venezuela, we are out of gas. In Venezuela, there is no gas oil. In Venezuela, there are no lube oils."

Prehistoric bling: Research uncovers factors behind the development of earliest copper alloys

The colour properties of prehistoric copper alloys have largely been understudied. Until now.

Trek Mining merges, now trades as Equinox Gold

The new company based in Vancouver will focus on finishing construction of the Aurizona Gold Mine in Brazil.

Workers end strike at Teck’s mine in Chile

Union No. 1 was asking for a bonus scheme that would put the organization on equal footing with the Quebrada Blanca's two other unions.