Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Asparagus Wars, cont. - Talk With Reporter Today: On Sunday, The Seattle Times started a series subtitled "Pain and Gain in the Global Economy," and Peruvian asparagus crops have been a central focus of their reporting. Today, Seattle Times reporter Al Scott will be online taking questions about the series from noon to 1 pm. (click here for current time in Seattle). See the newspapers' June 27 story reported from Ica where they "toured Peru's exploding asparagus industry;" and their June 28 story where they "visit Washington farmers who had to walk away from empty fields."

Too Many Tourists in MPicchu, cont.: The Guardian and the Telegraph follow-up on yesterday's news about the possibility UNESCO would put Machu Picchu on the endangered list, thereby creating a conflict between the tourism industry and archeological/conservationist groups. Said a UNESCO spokesman, "Being placed on the list means there has been such a degradation of the site that the very qualities which make it a world heritage site are being damaged, perhaps irrevocably." The Numbers: The site brings in US$6 million (£3.3m) a year. ALSO: Last October Francesco Bandarin, the Unesco heritage director "criticised the unrestricted development nearby in Aguas Calientes, the town where visitors stay before ascending the mountain." CITED: Stuart Wittington (Explore Worldwide), and Luis Lumbreras (Peruvian National Institute of Culture).

Peruvian at US Naval Academy: The Baltimore Sun reviews the "17 young foreign nationals [who] join more than 1,200 freshmen" for the new academic year at the United States Naval Academy. At least one midshipman is from Peru. "Their presence at the academy represents one of the more obscure facts about U.S. diplomacy. Each year, the Department of Defense invites a handful of 'friendly' countries to nominate students to attend one of the country's three service academies."

Vladi Guilty, cont.: The Scotsman and the UPI reviews yesterday's news on Vladimiro Montesinos' sentencing to 15 years in prison.

COPA News: The Associated Press reports on the tensions between Peru and Argentina leading up to tonights friendly match outside of New York City. Said Peru Coach Paulo Autori de Mello, "Our objective is give the image that we are ready. Peru needs a title to solidify itself." HISTORY: Argentina "has won the Copa America 14 times, but none since 1993. Peru twice has won the continental title, the last in 1975." ALSO: "Both teams insist the result of Wednesday's match means less than the preparation for the Copa America, which begins July 6 in Lima." FIFA also previews Copa America and reports that Peru "has scaled nine places in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking for June 2004. Now 72nd, the Incaicos are enjoying their highest berth since November 2003, giving them good cause for optimism at the Copa America and in their ongoing campaign to qualify for Germany 2006. If they achieve their goal, it will end over two decades of abstinence from the FIFA World Cup feast, in which they last played back in 1982." NOTE: Peru is ranked 7th out of the 10 teams at Copa America. NOTED: Roberto Palacios, Santiago Acasiete, Jorge Soto, Nolberto Solano, Claudio Pizarro. Peru possesses "almost an embarrassment of attacking riches. It is at the back, however, that real room for improvement exists."

AMendoza Leaves Bruges: Reuters reports that Andres Mendoza "has freed himself from the final year of his contract with Belgian Cup winners Club Bruges." NOTE: "Mendoza, capped 41 times for Peru, informed the club by letter he was leaving, citing a 1978 Belgian labour law. ... A left-footed forward acquired from Sporting Cristal Lima in 1999, Mendoza played 129 games for Club Bruges scoring 54 goals."

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