Cecilia Jamasmie , Senior Editor

Cecilia has covered mining for more than a decade. She is particularly interested in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Diamonds and Latin American. Cecilia has been interviewed by BBC News and CBC among others and has been a guest speaker at mining conventions, including MINExpo 2016 and the World’s Copper Conference 2018. She is also member of the expert panel on Social License to Operate (SLO) at the European project MIREU (Mining and Metallurgic Regions EU). She holds a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia, and is based in Nova Scotia.

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Gold still one of the best portfolio diversifiers

Gold is still the king of commodities when it comes its role as a diversifier and foundation asset in the portfolios of euro-based investors, says the new report "Gold as a strategic asset for European investors," commissioned by The World Gold Council (WGC).

Korea and Canada to boost large-scale rare earth resources mine in S. Africa

Korea Resources Corporation (KORES) has reached a definitive agreement with Canadian Frontier Rare Earths Ltd. to secure a 10 per cent interest in the Zandkopsdrift rare earth element mining project in South Africa. The contract, signed in Johannesburg on Thursday, involves an investment by KORES in both Frontier and in the large-scale rare earth element project owned by the Canadian company, along with an off-take agreement that could commit up to 31 percent of future production.

Codelco to invest over US$4 billion in 2012 as Anglo American hurries to resolve conflict

Chile's state copper giant Codelco plans to invest over US$4 billions next year to speed up the development and construction work at several new mining projects, including Ministro Hales Mine (former Mansa) in the North of the country and the expansion of El Teniente, in the South. Meanwhile, global miner Anglo American's CEO Cynthia Carroll is allegedly under pressure to resolve the ongoing dispute with Codelco as soon as possible or shareholders will demand changes at the top, the Financial Times reports today.

Global aluminum demand to slow in 2012, says top producer

Norsk Hydro, one of the world's top aluminum producers, sees growth in global aluminum demand weakening in 2012 as a result of economic turbulence that is creating a weak market and pushing many industry players into the red. In a press release, Hydro's President and CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg showed confidence in the market and he company, despite the fact Hydro's stocks dropped 2.9 percent after the prediction.

British Churchill Mining threatens Indonesian government with arbitration

London-listed Churchill Mining Plc is threatening Indonesia to seek international arbitration, saying that the company was unlawfully deprived of a US$1.8 billion coal discovery in the jungles of Borneo Island. The East Kutai project is a huge resource with a JORC compliant estimate of 2.7 billion tonnes of coal, acquired by Churchill in 2007 through an acquisition of a 75% stake in Indonesian group Ridlatama.

Experts urge Canada to follow New York’s “no fracking way” example

Expert from Cornell University, said that authorities should wait for results of the several ongoing studies on health and environmental dangers of fracking before granting rights to mining companies. In a talk given last night in New Brunswick, Canada, Dr. Ingraffea, said that one of the biggest problems of fracking is the failure of wells, which allowes methane gas to escape, polluting drinking water and entering the atmosphere.

Codelco starts new legal actions against Anglo amid accusations of generating an “artificial dispute”

The legal battle between Codelco and Anglo American is escalating. Yesterday, Chile’s state-owned copper company lodged a so-called pre-judicial preparatory measure in the 17th Civil Court of Santiago, seeking details of Mitsubishi’s purchase of a 24.5 percent stake announced on Nov. 9. The measure aims to ultimately annul the $5.39 billion deal between Anglo and Mitsubishi. While this was happening, London-based miner filed a legal action to annul Codelco’s “protection petition” presented Nov.14, which prevents Anglo from keep selling part of its assets.

Australian gold producer BCD Resources closing its Beaconsfield underground gold mine next year

Australian gold producer, BCD Resources has announced that it will close its Beaconsfield underground gold mine next year as today's gold price it is not viable to mine below the current depth of 1210 metres, said CEO Peter Thompson. The announcement comes nearly a year after the mine retrenched close to 100 workers in an attempt to make it profitable. Currently, over 150 people work in the mine, 103 of them being full-time employees, as well as 16 casuals and 32 contractors.
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Chile’s Codelco set to get a slice of Ecuador’s copper riches

The world’s No. 1 copper producer is expected to ink a deal wth Ecuador's Enami this week, to jointly develop the massive Llurimagua deposit.