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.

Villagers denounce irregular operations by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company

They say diamonds have become a curse instead of a blessing for those living in the Mutare West region.

Ontario wants high-tech mines up north

According to the Minister of Northern Development and Mines, the Province wants to help improve mine productivity in the region, increase operating efficiencies, and contribute to the global expansion of northern businesses.

Thirty-three illegal miners arrested at abandoned site in South Africa

According to the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, illegal miners in the country usually belong to organised crime syndicates.

Commander and Fjordland announce $1.2 million exploration program in Labrador

Their 29,400-hectare property is located in central Labrador, 80 kilometres south of Vale’s Voisey’s Bay Nickel mine

Fifty-five workers back to surface after fire at potash facility in Saskatchewan

After spending almost an entire day at underground refuge stations, 55 workers at The Mosaic Company’s K2 potash facility made it safely to surface.

Manganese’s novel chemical state could create more efficient batteries

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, this new state enables a high-performance, low-cost sodium-ion battery.

Kaminak founder restarts gold project in Nevada with a $12M drill program

Sterling is already permitted.

US judge rules against Venezuela in dispute with Rusoro

Judge Richard J. Leon has stayed Rusoro’s CSID Expropriation award against Venezuela registered in the U.S.

Trevali and Puma join forces in New Brunswick

Trevali will provide aCDN$7.5 million in funding to Puma in order for them to finalize the 100% acquisition of the Murray Brook Deposit.

Canadian gold miner to enter the copper business in Chile

Darien Resource Development has entered into an agreement with Artemis Mining to acquire a 100% interest in the Cristal project located in northern Chile.

Rand newly gained strength may negatively impact South Africa’s gold miners: BMI

"Our optimistic outlook for the rand will shift our existing positive view on South African gold miners over the coming years," says the market research firm.

Mexican election to pose limited risks to positive mining outlook: BMI

According to the market research firm, a possible victory by leftist Andrés Manuel López Obrador poses “minimal downside risks to an otherwise strong outlook” for the country's mining industry.

Saskatchewan company expands in Ontario

GFG Resources now controls a total of 700 square kilometres of gold assets in Ontario and Wyoming.

Canadian junior quadruples cobalt portfolio

Secova Metals acquired 1151640 B.C. Ltd.

Atlas Iron reveals strategy to weather storm of discounts

2017-2018 shipment volume and cost guidance was set last August in 9 million-10 million wet tonnes.

Venezuelan government defends Mining Arc, environmentalists say it’s not working

Very few of the 150 companies who expressed interest in investing in the Mining Arc actually presented concrete offers.

Fatal accident at Caledonia's gold mine in Zimbabwe

An accident took place in the Blanket Quartz Reef area of the mine.

Galician MP denounces tailings pond breach

Lídia Senra filed a complaint before the European Commission denouncing the breach of a tailings pond in the Touro municipality.

Vancouver company obtains positive results in process of extracting metals from petcoke

MGX Minerals will proceed with its previously announced partnership with Highbury Energy.

German scientists to build machine that speeds up urban mining processes

Some urban mining already takes place in the EU but it involves melting devices together in a furnace and removing the most valuable metals.

Zimbabwe resumes diamond sales, expects to auction 1.56 million carats

A test sale was conducted and, according to the Minister of Mines, it was a total success.

Mandalay’s coffers suffered from Cerro Bayo’s downtime

The CEO of Mandalay dubbed 2017 as a challenging year for his company.

Compass Minerals lays off workers at world’s largest underground salt mine

Goderich has undergone a modernization process in the past six years, which requires less manual labour.

Kal Tire talks retreading

The Canadian company recycles 500,000 pounds of rubber a year.

Andes Iron and Chilean ME enter conciliation process over $2.5-billion project

Andes Iron appealed an August 2017 decision that forbade its copper and iron ore project from going forward.