Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Peru 3 - Uruguay 1: Agence France Press, the Associated Press, and Reuters among others, report on Peru's victory in their match against Uruguay. Reuters says that this "puts [Peru] back in the hunt for a place at the 2006 World Cup finals." Peru now has eight qualification points, the fourth in their group where "the top four teams qualify directly for the World Cup and the fifth plays off against the Oceania region winners." Nobby put in a "curling free kick for Peru in the 12th minute;" Pizarro scored on the break seven minutes later. Jefferson Farfan made it 3-0 in the second half. Uruguayan defender Gonzalo Sorondo received a red card for "spitting at Roberto Palacios." A separate Reuters story (which focuses exclusively on the match but lacks some details) reports that Peru "spurn[ed] opportunities" several times. The Washington Post includes this: "visiting Peru shocked Uruguay, 3-1." Agence France Press adds that "the Peruvians are attempting to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1982 when Teofilio Cubillas was rated one of the best players in the world and the side rivalled Argentina and Brazil." The Associated Press has the lineups for each team. Next up for Team Peru is a match at home with Venezuela on June 6 and, as the Associated Press reports, a friendly with Argentina on June 30 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Newcastle's Evening Chronicle has some kind words from former resident Solano: "Nobby on target for Peru."

Peru 3 - Uruguay 1, PHOTOS: The Associated Press offers post-game congratulations including one of Wilmer Acasiete and crowd shots. Also shown: Nobby's goal, Andres Mendoza in action; and Nobby and Pizarro celebrating.
Reuters offers photos of a victorious ClaudioPizarro, Jeferson Farfan's third score. ALSO shown, Farfan passing to Galliquio; and Nobby in action.

Football Needs Peace: Reuters reports that Arturo Woodman and the other "organizers of next month's Copa America soccer competition, Peru's biggest sports showcase in years, called on protesters on Tuesday not to ruin the event with planned strikes and demonstrations against Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo." The Tournament is scheduled for July 6-25. A 3-day strike by farmers and peasants is scheduled for July 12 and the CGTP is planning a general strike on July 14. Woodman pleaded: 'I hope that in July union leaders understand that they must agree some kind of truce and put their demands on hold. We have an important international event that merits peace. There has to be a break (in protests) because apart from being a sporting party, the Copa America also brings big benefits to the country and to tourism." Woodman was accompanied in his news conference by Minister of the Interior Javier Reategui.

FZevallos in Top Ten: The US White House released a presidential directive, a press statement, and a fact sheet which adds Fernando Melciades Zevallos Gonzales to the list of 'narcotic kingpins.' "I transmit herewith my designation of the following eight foreign persons and two foreign entities as appropriate for sanctions under section 804(b) of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act," says the letter. The BBC reports that Zevallos, "the founder of Peru's main airline, Aero Continente" has had his US-based assets frozen by Washington as well as "five other people, and seven companies linked to him." Also: "The White House's announcement came hours after a court in Lima opened proceedings against Mr Zevallos, 46, on cocaine trafficking charges." The Miami Herald uses an Associated Press story on this news and Reuters reports that this will deny Zevallos "access to the U.S. financial system and all trade and transactions involving U.S. companies and individuals."

Military Maneuvers: China's Xinhua Net reports that "fourteen American countries will take part in the military maneuvers 'Unitas' on Peruvian seas and rivers beginning on June 23," according to the Peruvian Navy. "About 15,000 mariners from Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, the United States, Mexico and seven other American countries will participate in the largest maneuvers ever held in east Pacific Ocean, which is scheduled to end on July 24. Among those expected: the US nuclear aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan, missile corvettes, coast guard and air-seaunits. ALSO: "The maneuvers will also be conducted on Peru's Amazon rivers to practice navigation techniques and deal with traps and how to survive in jungles." (See also this US Navy article from the 2003 Unitas exercises in Argentina.)

Violence in Pucallpa, cont.:Reporters sans Frontières reports that "police in Pucallpa arrested Samuel Gonzales Pineda on 28 May on suspicion of being involved in the murder of journalist Alberto Rivera Fernández." Rivera, the president of the Ucayali Journalists Federation, was gunned down on April 21 as he was entering his home. For background, see 'Violence in Pucallpa' in April 26's Peruvia.

INEI's #s: Reuters offers more details on yesterday's INEI numbers and reports that Peru's mining and fishing sectors "kept up their fast-paced growth in April, but agriculture remained in the doldrums." Other Numbers: Mining "surged 10.6%"; fishing "rose 8.7%"; agriculture "slumped 5.3%." "INEI is expected to publish Peru's full gross domestic product data for April on June 15."

Mining: Tinka Resources put out a press release to announce their agreement with Sierra Peru "to form an exploration alliance to define gold and silver targets throughout Peru."

Peruvian Stuck in Mexico: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution runs a story on illegal immigrants in Mexico detained on their way to the USA and includes Peruvian Wilma Arroyo sitting in "the women's section recently, weeping, 'I thought I would make a better future for my daughter in the United States. I thought bad,' she said, explaining that she spent $8,000 in savings and loans in her failed bid to get to the United States. She hugged her 5-year-old daughter."

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