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.

Venezuelan Catholic Church worried about mining devastation

"The church but the entire world is worried about the environmental degradation that unregulated mining activities are causing in the Bolívar and Amazonas states."

Canadian miner expanding quickly in Mali

CanRos' CEO says western Mali has potential for discovering large gold deposits.

Silver and copper might help your clothes monitor you

Silver-coated copper nanowires could be used to embed fitness trackers and health monitors into shirts.

Canadian junior joins 'staking rush' in Brazil

Altamira Gold is mimicking big players' strategies in the Juruena Belt.

New gold mine in Côte d’Ivoire declares commercial production

Ramp-up of operations at the Sissingué gold mine was completed ahead of schedule.

British miner about to start pouring silver in Russia

Silver Bear's first silver production should be expected early in the second quarter of 2018.

Inomin acquires multi-mineral property in British Columbia

The 420-hectare property is located in the New Westminster Mining Division of southwestern British Columbia.

Why tiny diamonds make a Vancouver miner happy

“The recovery of micro-diamonds is extraordinary," said Lithoquest's President and CEO.

Investment in Africa’s mining sector to rise: BMI

BMI presents the recent changes to the DRC’s mining code as an example of a situation that challenges all the parties involved, but that is very unlikely to cloud miners’ interest in venturing in the country.

Argentinian provinces join “lithium board” to regulate industry

Jujuy, Salta and Catamarca decided to join forces.

Diamond miner in Nunavut digging for high-quality gems

North Arrow Minerals wants to focus on finding high-value orange-yellow rocks.

Artisanal gold miners in Nigeria seek government help

They want to operate under conditions that allow them to take better care of the environment and contribute to the local economy.

Scientists turn to 'self-heating' to make lithium batteries more efficient

High-density energy storage is still a hurdle between renewable-energy harvesting and its widespread use.

Community group in New Zealand worried about OceanaGold’s project

Mining at the site stopped in April 2015 when a major slip and a rockfall affected the area.

Illegal gold miners invade Grace Mugabe’s farm

Mugabe was touring the farm when she ran into the miners.

East Africa Metals and Luck Winner fail to agree on Ethiopian projects financing

“Despite the best efforts of both parties, negotiations failed to define a viable transaction," management said in a media statement.

Avaaz launches campaign against Belo Sun’s massive Brazilian mine

The U.S.-based online activist network launched a campaign to gather signatures to oppose the construction of the Volta Grande project.

Calls for gold exploration on Warwick Mountain delayed

The 30,000-hectare terrain between Earltown, Tatamagouche and Wentworth is considered to have potential for the development of multiple gold mines.

Randgold reports record year

At year-end, the company had net cash of more than $700 million and no debt.

Gold particles make the invisible visible

A researcher was able to optimize single-molecule detection using gold nanorods.

Grizzly wants to buy Robocop

Robocop is comprised of five mineral claims totalling 9,891 acres north of the Canada-US border.

Aura Minerals wants to reactivate projects under care and maintenance

The miner is working towards reactivating its Aranzazu and São Francisco gold projects in Mexico and Brazil, respectively.

Labour groups file OECD complaint against BHP and Vale over dam-burst disaster

The accident killed 19 people, left hundreds homeless and unemployed and caused sludge to wash downstream into the neighbouring state of Espírito Santo.

Canadian miner allowed to operate in Sweden

Gungnir's drill campaign would begin in the second quarter of 2018 with 20 diamond drill holes testing six target areas over a strike length of more than 8 km.

Diamonds and sapphires allow masers to operate continuously

The microwave version of lasers could now be used more widely in a range of applications.