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Takeover approach shakes up potash market

Frik Els | June 25, 2015
Takeover approach shakes up potash market

Potashcorp shares jump after making unsolicited bid for Europe's largest potash producer amid fundamental shifts in the industry.

Dismal state of TSX-V in two crushing graphs

Frik Els | June 25, 2015
Dismal state of TSX-V in two crushing graphs

Bear market is more than 1,000 days old and nearly 1,200 companies have dropped off the Toronto venture market.

Opposition to Sirius Minerals $3bn potash project in national park builds up

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 24, 2015
Opposition to Sirius Minerals $3bn potash project in national park builds up

The company will hear by June 30 whether it will be allowed to mine polyhalite, a type of potash fertilizer, from a deposit located under Brittan’s North York Moors national park.

Uralkali may delist before year-end ahead of imminent merger — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 22, 2015
Uralkali may delist before year-end ahead of imminent merger — report

The world's largest potash miner is said to be mulling a merger with Uralchem, one of its main shareholders.

ICL to supply India with 835,000 tonnes of potash

Andrew Topf | June 21, 2015
Takeover approach shakes up potash market

Israel's ICL has signed several contracts to supply its Indian customers with a total of 835,000 tonnes of potash.

Mining industry inertia will come at a price

Frik Els | June 16, 2015
Mining industry inertia will come at a price

PwC's John Gravelle on the mining industry's austerity drive, price realities and declining exploration spending.

Mine financing: 2015 off to dismal start

Frik Els | June 11, 2015
Mine financing: 2015 off to dismal start

A third of money raised is destined for Canadian projects while Australia's share of global total drops to only 5%.

INFOGRAPHIC: Geopolitical risks are climbing – interstate conflict is top risk in 2015

Visual Capitalist | June 11, 2015
Top forecaster says geopolitics main gold price driver

Over the last decade economic events or environmental issues came out as top risks to the world according to the annual WEF survey. Not this year.

African Potash seeks to create trading platform in Eastern and Southern Africa

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 11, 2015
African Potash seeks to create trading platform in Eastern and Southern Africa

The goal is to facilitate the mining, production and distribution of the fertilizer in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Mining the need of women

Hamilton Spectator | June 8, 2015

The story behind "Covergalls," one of the first ladies' coveralls that include wrist snaps, adjustable Velcro at the waist and two-way zippers to fit various sizes — and of course a secret trap door for when nature calls.

Most US mining and natural resources jobs lost in six years

Frik Els | June 5, 2015
Most US mining and natural resources jobs lost in six years

Mining and logging was the big exception in Friday's payroll numbers with 18,000 jobs lost in May, the worst month since the global financial crisis.

Pacific Potash risks mining rights in Brazil over $2.1 million tax debt

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 5, 2015
Pacific Potash risks mining rights in Brazil over $2.1 million tax debt

This is not the first time the company’s rights for its Amazonas project have been at risk of being revoked for failure of tax payments.

The world’s top 40 miners saw returns hitting decade-low in 2014 — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 4, 2015
The world’s top 40 miners saw returns hitting decade-low in 2014 — report

They shed $156 billion in market value last year, or about 16% of their combined worth, according to PwC.

Visual Capitalist

INFOGRAPHIC: The sprouting market for manganese fertilizer in Brazil

Visual Capitalist | June 3, 2015

Manganese is primarily known for its use in steel production, which makes up about 90% of the metal’s demand. However, manganese is also an essential micronutrient that is needed for plant life.

IMAGE GALLERY: Potash ponds in the Utah desert

Cecilia Jamasmie | June 2, 2015
IMAGE GALLERY: Potash ponds in the Utah desert

To the non-expert eye they may seem a set of mirages, but these turquoise-purple-pink visions are what ground-level potash ponds look like near Arches National Park.

Chinese company considering potash mine north of Canada's Regina

News Talk 650 CKOM | June 2, 2015

Chinese-based Yancoal has been exploring and studying a potential site about halfway between Southey and Strasbourg.

Vale may sell potash assets in Saskatchewan

Globe and Mail | May 29, 2015
Potash Corp. profit jumps 77% on record sales

As Brazil’s Vale SA figures out what to do with its fertilizer business, the mining giant is thought to be testing the waters on a potential sale, according to people familiar with the matter.

India’s appetite for fertilizers beats expectations — Phosagro

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 29, 2015
India’s appetite for fertilizers beats expectations — Phosagro

After being practically absent from the Indian market for two years, the Russian firm has signed a three-year supply contract with IPL.

Life hasn’t come back to Canada’s mining sector just yet — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 28, 2015
Life hasn’t come back to Canada’s mining sector just yet — report

Mining equities didn’t fare very well in Ernst & Young's most recent Canadian Mining Eye report.

Can the mining industry diversify itself?

The mining industry is said to be one of the worst performers in matters of gender diversity. In fact, women represent only 16% of the workforce in the mining sector.

Cecilia Jamasmie

Struggling Argentina expects US$14 billion in mining exports

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 21, 2015
Struggling Argentina expects US$14 billion in mining exports

The return to higher exports would be driven in part by at least 16 major projects likely to go into production within five years.

PotashCorp invests in technology for Aboriginal education

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More than 200 local Aboriginal students started the school week off with a special boost thanks to new educational technology donated by PotashCorp and One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Canada.

K+S on track to begin producing potash from Legacy mine next year

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 19, 2015
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Legacy will be the first new potash mine built in Canada's Saskatchewan in the last 40 years.

India’s higher potash import price threatens volumes

Mining Weekly | May 19, 2015

Having failed in a bid to avoid a price hike in the first two potash import deals for the financial year, fertilizer producers in India expected inward shipments of fertiliser minerals to drop during 2015/16.

Global gold, copper, iron ore output down in Q1 — report

Cecilia Jamasmie | May 19, 2015
Global gold, copper, iron ore output down in Q1 — report

Much of the overall decline in reported gold output was due to a significant quarter-on-quarter production declines from AngloGold Ashanti, Goldcorp, and Sibanye Gold.

Mosaic announces new $1.5bn share repurchase authorization

PR Newswire | May 15, 2015

The move would allow the potash firm to reacquire Class A or common shares, through open market purchases, accelerated share repurchase arrangements, privately negotiated transactions or otherwise.

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