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.

Indian woman continues fight to repatriate blue diamond

The blue Nassak, also called ‘Eye of Lord Shiva,’ is a 43.38-carat diamond.

Protests in India against Vedanta's copper smelter

Vedanta wants to double its smelter capacity from 400kt to 800kt p.a in 24 months.

Mexican environment officials visit mine following cyanide spill

Some 200 litres of cyanide solution were released into the environment.

Two injured in mine blast in the U.S.

Officials from the Mine Safety Health Administration have taken over the investigation.

B.C. miners halt exploration program to address community concerns

Following a community outcry, Aben Resources and Eagle Plains Resources decided to suspend their planned drill program at the Chico Gold Project.

Saskatchewan miner launches aggressive exploration program in Ontario

GFG says this is the first ever systematic, district-scale exploration program in an under-explored portion of the Abitibi greenstone belt.

Royal blue diamond goes on sale

With few exceptions, no one knew about this gem's existence.

Eldorado down on Q4 loss

CEO George Burns recognized that 2017 was a challenging year.

Scientists create "kagome metal"

It's an electrically conducting crystal, made from layers of iron and tin atoms, with each atomic layer arranged in the repeating pattern of a kagome lattice.

Apollo Minerals expands in the Pyrenees

The company has entered into an agreement to buy Aurenere, a project located in the northern Spanish province of Lleida.

Brazilian pension funds to sell stakes in Vale

The share sale may be worth up to $2.4 billion if BNDESPar, the investment arm of state development bank BNDES, also sells part of its Vale stake.

Argo Gold sells Rockstar property in Ontario

The Toronto-based company has agreed to sell its 100% interest in 16 unpatented mining claims comprising Rockstar.

Cyanide and copper: key ingredients in the origins of life, scientists say

Harvard researchers combined cyanide and copper in an airtight quartz container and their findings are impressive.

British Columbia allows sand mine on Indigenous land

The BURNCO project is expected to create 40 full-time-equivalent positions per year over the two-year construction period.

Workers at Idaho’s Lucky Friday mine have been on strike for 370 days

Workers marched on Saturday in Mullan, Idaho, to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the strike.

Egypt’s sole gold-exporting mine reports high profits

January profits for the Sukari gold mine are making headlines in the country.

EPA not happy with Canadian miner’s zinc-gold project in Michigan

The project is being proposed by Toronto-based Aquila Resources.

EPA may be overstating claims from the Gold King mine spill

According to AP, an Albuquerque law firm filed 13 claims totalling $120 million, but a recently released EPA spreadsheet says it was 14 claims totalling $220 million.

Canadian miner denounces illegal stoppage at Panamanian mine

“The dominant union, which represents the majority of workers, is not involved in the action,” an official statement reads.

Three tonnes of dore bars strewn across runway at Russian airport

Dore bars fell from the sky.

Big miners arrive in the DRC to go over new mining code

The companies have just resigned from the Congolese Chamber of Commerce.

Canadian miner could reopen centenary Idaho mine

Toronto-based Bunker Hill Mining Co. would consider reopening its namesake mine on a limited basis by the end of the year.

Pinochet’s son mining permit application causes controversy in Chile

The Mayor of the city of Quilpué rejected the proposal.

Canadian miner allowed to extract and export Chilean lithium

The company now has an extraction quota of 88,885 metric tonnes of metallic lithium.

Ghanaian government wants to mediate between Gold Fields and its workers

The Minister of Lands and Natural Resources announced that he has agreed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with protesting workers.