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.

Filipino miners to adopt Canadian sustainability standard

The country will tailor the protocols to reflect the unique aspects of its domestic mining sector.

The Torex saga in Mexico continues: Work contracts ended amid blockade

The suspension is in response to a 40-day long blockade at its El Limón-Guajes gold mine.

Sulphur prices spike, traditional fertilizer makers struggle

Sulphur prices rose to about $110 a tonne this quarter, $36 more than what the product cost last quarter.

Rare earth metal exposes new properties of graphene

Ames Lab scientists are working towards mastering graphene's assembly in combination with other materials.

Namibia Rare Earths one step closer to getting mining license

A 2014 Preliminary Economic Assessment concluded that the Lofdal project has the potential to produce an average of 1,500 tonnes per annum of separated rare earth oxides.

Pastor who found giant diamond in Sierra Leone to get less cash than promised

The government says the cleric violated the Mines and Minerals Act.

World’s top bullion producer to sell former world’s highest-grade gold mine

The deal was signed between Barrick Gold and Skeena Resources.

Columbus-Nordgold project in French Guiana to move ahead

Before any heavy equipment touches the ground, Columbus and Nordgold have to go through a public consultation and receive required permits.

Ecuador expects $1 billion in mining revenues for 2018

Back in September, the expectation for 2018 was of $488 million in revenues from industrial mining.

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.