Thursday, March 04, 2004

OdRivero Challenges the Times: The New York Times' 'Letters to the Editor' includes Ambassador to the United Nations Oswaldo de Rivero's response to the newspapers' February 26 editorial 'Latin America's Half-Term Presidents,' which mentions AToledo. "I would like to express my surprise and serious concern on how Mr. Toledo was qualified as 'weak and apparently corrupt.' One of the characteristics of democratic leaders is not to be 'strongmen' but rather to be just and tolerant." The Ambassador ends declaring that "democracy in Peru is firmly supported by all Peruvians." (See the "1/2 Terms" in February 26's Peruvia.)

Hoof/Foot & Mouth: The Pan American Health Organization offered a press release at the conclusion of their conference on Foot-And-Mouth Disease Eradication in the Western Hemisphere. The Associated Press quotes conference attender Jose Leon Rivera, Peru's Minister of Agriculture, declaring that Peru's "success in eliminating foot-and-mouth disease is partly due to the creation of 226 local health committees, which helped adapt animal health care to the needs of the areas they represent. The country also trained 223 community leaders in vaccination and sanitary education."

Boxer Dead: The Miami Herald and the Associated Press announce that Peruvian Lightweight Champion, Luis Villalta, who lost consciousness minutes after his fight Saturday night in Coconut Creek, died Wednesday afternoon. He was 35. Donations can be made to the Villalta Family Fund, 16 Campbell Road, Hillsborough, N.J., 08844. (See 'Boxer Hurt' in Peruvia earlier this week.)

The Richness of Surfing: The New York Times offers a relaxing piece on surfing. Juan Forero's piece suggests that "Long the pastime of the rich, the sport has steadily spread in popularity to the greater middle class, with an estimated 30,000 enthusiasts clambering atop boards." However, the breadth of the article focuses on the Waikiki Club, "a club like no other — a white-glove establishment whose members come from some of Peru's most prominent and powerful families. The club and its social register overshadow whatever social statement Forero was trying to establish. "The club has 600 members, with families paying $10,000 to join." What's more, "You have to be recommended to belong. Someone who wants to just join and knows no one cannot join. This is a very exclusive club." Colourful quotes or quips come from Rocío Larrañaga (a surfing teacher at the Waikiki), Francisco Aramburu ('gentleman' surfer), Rodolfo Klima (surfboard manufacturer), Felipe Pomar and Sofía Mulanovich (Peruvian surfer champions), Leslie Pierce (Alicorp's CEO), Eduardo Arena (1st president of Surfing Federation), Hugo Valdivia (Waikiki's administrator), Víctor Curo (Waikiki waxer), Piero Solari (famous singer), Alberto Figari (owner of 'marketing company'), and Carlos Dogny ('playboy jet-setter'). NYTime's photographer Ana Cecilia Gonzales-Vigil is along for the ride and provides a photo of Klima. Another photo includes a few surfers in action but focuses largely on (the un-named) Rosa Nautica.

In Wash, DC: 'Tradition and Entrepreneurship' is the new display ant the Inter-American Development Bank's Cultural center offering "tapestries, sculpture, etched gourds and other folk objects" according to the Washington Post.

Watching Macaws, III: Grist Magazine continues with 'Day Three' of a trip to Puerto Maldonado and beyond. See 'Watching Macaws' in yesterday's Peruvia.

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