Wednesday, January 28, 2004

Scandal, Cont.: The Associated Press puts out photographs to accompany the story about AToledo's relationship with Cesar Almeyda. Reuters adds a photo to the story as well. Businessman Victor Alberto Venero gets his own Reuters photos too. (See "Scandal Again" in Peruvia, yesterday, below.)

- the Associated Press and South Korea's Chosunilbo (among others) review "Eating Out in Pyongyang," co-authored by paisano Roberto Christen, "who left Pyongyang last year after a five-year stint" as a senior technical advisor with the United Nations Development Programme. (A different Roberto Christen with Peruvian ties?)
- the Miami Herald profiles couturier Julian Chang, a 29-year old paisano (he's only '25' in his web site.)
- the Associated Press is reporting that former Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda died today. Ikeda was foreign minister from January 1996 to September 1997, and his term "was marked by Peruvian rebels' take-over of the ambassador's mansion in Lima during a reception in December 1996."
- Sky Sports suggests that it may be the Birmingham football team that ends up with Nolberto Solano.

Macro/Micro Econ:
- Reuters asks: "Could Peru's controversial banking transactions tax be buried before it is even born?" Written by JWebber and EOrozco, the piece reports on Congress' Constitutional Commission declaring the planned new tax unconstitutional. NOTE: "Economy Minister Jaime Quijandria has said he will quit if the bank tax fails."
- Dow Jones and Reuters report that PeruPetro signed a contract with Repsol Exploracion Peru and Burlington Resources Peru Limited for exploration and development of hydrocarbons in Block 57 in Ucayali. The Mines and Energy Ministry said the investment will be about USD$45 million.
- Business News Americas reports on Banco Continental and its new net income.
- Consolidated Norsemont Ventures press release states that they have acquired "a 100% interest in the Las Princesas and Reyna properties."
- Sulliden Exploration's press release announces their work in the Shahuindo gold-silver project in northern Peru.
- Reuters reports that Telefonica del Peru will "cancel its American Depositary Receipt program effective Feb. 27."

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