Sunday, June 20, 2004

DATUM - Toledo at 7%: DATUM has released a new poll (not yet on their site) which is reviewed by Canada's Centre for Public Opinion and Democracy as well as the Spanish news agency EFE. EFE reports that 65% of Peruvians "say the only solution to the country's political 'stagnation' is to cut short" Toledo's term. 34% preferred that Toledo call early elections; 31% said Congress should declare the office of president vacant." CPOD focuses on Toledo's popularity: "7% approve of the president’s performance, a 5% drop since November 2003." NOTE on Methodology: "Interviews to 1,118 Peruvian adults, conducted from Jun. 11 to Jun. 14, 2004. Margin of error is 3%." The Miami Herald (fifth item) summarizes EFE's reporting.

Mining Law to Be Signed: Bloomberg and Reuters report that Toledo's government "would sign into law next week a controversial mining royalty of 1 to 3% of sales and try to modify it later," according to Prime Minister Carlos Ferrero. Reuters says this "goes against an earlier plan to send the bill back to Congress with changes, [and] would set in stone a law mining companies say will adversely affect investment in one of the world's top metals producers." NOTE: "Congress approved the royalty by 90 votes to 11 on June 2. Toledo has until June 24 to sign the bill." Reuters quotes Congressman Alejandro Ore Mora (Huancavelica), Victor Raul Espinoza (President of the Pasco region), Jose Miguel Morales (National Society for Mining, Petroleum and Energy), and Carlos Galvez (Buenaventura's CFO). Bloomberg quotes Oscar Gonzalez Rocha (Southern Peru). Separately: Reuters offers a "FACTBOX" for the "mining royalties controversy."

Broadcast Law - Signed: Hollywood's Variety (see also this free version of the article) outlines some of the details of the new media law "regulating investment and the content of radio and television programming. The law also stipulates that 30% of content must be locally produced and family oriented between 6 pm and 10 pm." CITED: Congressman Fabiola Morales (Piura); the National Radio and Television Society (which supports the law); and the Peruvian Media Council and National Consumer Association (which oppose the law). (Reporter Lucien Chauvin is said to be on staff at Variety even though it also suggests this is his first article for 2004.) SEE ALSO: 'Broadcast Law Limits Foreigners' in yesterday's Peruvia below.

GDP Returns To Channel 5: The Associated Press reports, through photographs, on the return of "media mogul" Genaro Delgado Parker to contolling Panamericana, and notes the riot police in front of the studios.

Foot-and-Mouth Disease: Reuters reports that on June 11, "Peru reported its first outbreak since 2000 of the highly contagious foot-and-mouth disease, saying eight infected cattle and 80 animals in contact with them have been slaughtered and more were being killed," according to Jose Ochoa of the National Service of Agrarian Health (SENASA). Ochoa said, that "It's been a fairly light outbreak, and now it is under control." WHERE: The disease was detected in Lurin but the area "had been sealed off." Possible Origin: Piura. In northern Peru there is contraband where Ecuadorian animals are passed off as Peruvian." (The Miami Herald includes a summary of this in their 'Americas' column.)

Free Trade, cont.: Xinhua Net reports that "three members of the Andean Community and the United States agreed on the term of customs reduction on industrial and agricultural products," according to a spokesman for the Peruvian delegation. "Reductions ranged from five to 10 years on different products." The Associated Press has a photograph that includes Deputy Trade Minister Pablo de la Flor at the free trade talks in Atlanta.

Asparagus Wars, cont.: The Boston Herald reports on asparagus grown in Massachusetts, declaring that "[t]oday, the asparagus capital of the world is no longer Massachusetts, but Peru. Thanks to a combination of free-trade laws, a drug-eradication program that rewards Peruvian farmers for growing asparagus rather than coca and a year-round growing climate, the U.S. market is suddenly awash in cheap asparagus from South America." The story also includes local perspectives from farmers in Concord. NOTE: Asparagus "must be harvested one stalk at a time."

Less Coca, cont.: The Voice of America catches up with the reporting on the recent UN study on coca, including a photograph. See June 18's 'Less Coca' in Peruvia below.

Peruvian On Rome City Council: Agenzia Giornalistica Italia reports on Santos Taboada Zapata recently elected as 'assistant councillor' for Latin American residents on the Rome city council. The article is on the new move to provide allowances for all concillors. IN SPANISH: For more background on Taboada, see this note from Peru's Ministry of Foreign Relations and the third letter in this issue of Caretas. See also this summary in Italian.

IN REMEMBRANCE: The Massachusetts Republican reports on the death of Dr. David R. Sigelman "who died unexpectedly in Peru May 8 after contracting altitude sickness. He was on a mission ... to teach villagers how to improve health care." According to this press release from Harvard University, the physician "died in a small hospital in the town of Tambobamba, Apurimac [where he was] teaching and caring for children." The David Sigelman Memorial Fund has been established in his honour. See Also: the Boston Globe obituary and this press release from Dartmouth College.

Peruvian Priest Hiding? The Dallas Morning News reports on their yearlong investigation on how "hundreds of [Catholic] priests accused of abuse have been moved from country to country, allowing them to start new lives in unsuspecting communities and continue working." NOTE: "In the case of one priest from Peru, his superiors have ignored a church panel's 1995 demand that he have no contact with children, as well as Chicago police's subsequent request to question him. Salesian officials in Peru say they don't know where he is, but The Dallas Morning News found him working in Mexico — the fourth country he's been in since he was first accused of misconduct more than a decade ago." Listen Also: an interview on National Public Radio with the reporter of the story.

Arts and Religion: Ha'aretz reports on "Diaspora congregations to which Israeli rabbis are sent as part of a Yad Avi Hayishuv program." The story includes Rabbi Efraim Zik "currently serving in the Lima, Peru community," working on a project "aimed at bringing Jews who had moved away from religion closer by means of art." NOTE: "When [Zik] tried to compete for the job of rabbi of a congregation in Jerusalem, he was told that he was too young." ALSO: See Rabbi Zik on this list in 'Peru' and the last contact on this list.

Madam Travels to Peru: South Carolina's Post & Courier (registration: peruvia/peruvia) offers a travel piece to Machu Picchu by their lifestyle columnist. It includes the requisite "dining on an attractively roasted guinea pig" and "Coca tea also is used to bathe new babies and dead bodies." ALSO: "Our big splurge [was] 50 solares, about $16.50 [and] we told every guinea pig joke in the universe."

SBaca in Concert: The Scotsman reviews Susana Baca's concert at Usher Hall in Edinburgh and praises her more than Thursday's Guardian (see below.) "Susana Baca was more than the cherry on the cake. ... Her philosophy edges its way inside you as she dances barefoot across the stage. Awe-inspiring." The Journal previews her show at Newcastle's City Hall.

LHorna in Wimbledon: The Associated Press and Reuters note that Luis Horna made the first round draw to become the 33rd seed for this week's grasscourt grand slam at Wimbledon as a result of Argentine David Nalbandian's injury. NOTE: The 33rd seed is the last entry for seeded players.

Olympic Team: The Baltimore Sun (near the end) notes that Carlos Cánepa is trying to make the Peruvian swim team for the Olympics in Athens. IN SPANISH: See this article about his win last year at the Patriot Invitational.

Team Peru Identified: Reuters reports on Peru's 23-man squad for next month's Copa América tournament which will include Jefferson Farfan, Nolberto Solano and Claudio Pizarro. The tournament will be from July 6-25. NOTE: "Eight of the squad are from last season's champions Alianza Lima while four are from Cienciano, last year's Copa Sudamericana winner." ALSO: The Houston Chronicle (using a Tribune Media story) reports that Univisión and TeleFutura will televise the tournament to their USA audience. Most games will play live on the smaller TeleFutura network. "Univisión will air a few of the favorite matches, as well as the semifinals and finals." NOTE: "The U.S. national team also was asked to play but declined." SEPARATELY: The BBC profiles Nobby Solano with this title: 'Solano promises more.'

Peruvian In Kentucky: Kentucky's Herald-Leader profiles jockey Rafael Bejarano after "[w]inning the $162,150 Aristides Breeders' Cup Handicap yesterday on Champali capped a run of eight days that saw him win two stakes at Churchill Downs last Saturday." ALSO: "Bejarano came to Kentucky from Peru only two years ago." See also the official story from Churchill Downs.

Kentuckian in Peru: The Thoroughbred Times reports that "Kentucky-bred Paradisus, a lightly raced four-year-old son of Numerous, solidified his role as Peru’s top sprinter by scoring his second group victory," in the Clasico America at Hipodromo de Monterrico.

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