Saturday, March 13, 2004

Trouble Reading Peruvia? Press 'F11' key near top of your key board twice.

UPDATE: The Canadian Broadcast Corp identifies on of the Peruvians killed in Madrid as Neil Astocondo, "a 30-year-old Peruvian whose wife and two children stayed in Lima." The Spanish New York Daily, El Diario/La Prensa reports that in addition to Astocondor, the two other named Peruvians were Juan Sánchez Quispe and Carlos Fernández Dávila.

Peruvians Die In Madrid: The Associated Press and Reuters is reporting that at least three Peruvian died in the Madrid bombings. The UPI places the number at four. The same news agency has photos of the protestors against the terrorists in Lima. Reuters also has a photograph of Mario Vargas Llosa hugging Spanish Ambassador Gerardo Saldiva at a memorial in Panama.

People in the News:
- Bloomberg and the Financial Times reports that Albert Verme is "Citigroup's new head of investment banking." The company also put out a press release. He used to run Citigroup's Latin American investment bank.
- the Associated Press reports that Lori Berenson "has been granted conjugal visiting rights at her Andean prison." Her husband, Anibal Apari has been given permission to visit her two times a month in her jail setting in Cajamarca. The AP credits Correo for breaking the story and includes issues of pregnancy and birth prevention.
- The Associated Press reports on Peruvian Manuel Arias Silva being indicted by a federal grand jury on charges he "conspired to smuggle a prized but endangered species of orchid into the United States." If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. (For earlier accounts, see 'Orchid Thief' in March 6's Peruvia below.)

New Music CD: Keri Noble released her debut album and has begun to receive critical praise including notes from the Baltimore Sun and the Detroit Free Press. Many reviews compare her to Norah Jones. Few reveal that her father is from Peru's Amazon region.

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