Companies have stepped up their requests for engineers and other positions at early stage mining projects in Chile, a local recruiter said on Monday, in a further sign of activity warming up in the industry. Chile is the world's biggest producer of copper, which makes up over half its export earnings. The global commodities slowdown has hurt Chile's economy, leading to a sharp downturn in investment and job cuts over the last three years.
Barrick Gold Corp said on Monday one of several labor unions at its Veladero mine in Argentina, the site of three cyanide solution spills in 18 months, went on strike on Sunday. Leaching activities at Veladero have been restricted since March 29 when a pipe carrying cyanide solution used for processing gold from ore failed at the mine's heap leach facility. Construction in the heap leach valley that is needed for full operations to resume at the mine is not affected by the work stoppage, Barrick said.
Kong Linghui, one of China's best-known table tennis players and now head coach of the country's national women's team, is facing a HK$2.55 million ($327,000) lawsuit over a gambling debt to a luxury hotel in Singapore, according to a Hong Kong court writ. Singapore has become a playground for Asia's rich and famous, luring cash-rich Chinese gamblers who increasingly turned their attention to the city-state when a crackdown on corruption by Chinese President Xi Jinping took on high-rollers in the nearby gambling hub of Macau. The writ submitted to the court by the Marina Bay Sands hotel said Kong signed a credit agreement two years ago to borrow S$1 million from it.