Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Toledo in Spain, cont.: The Associated Press follows yesterday's Reuters story on Peru's new agreements with Spain "to coordinate immigration flows between the two nations, prevent double taxation and swap about $22 million of foreign debt for public investment." The agreements came as a result of President Toledo's visit to Madrid.

P-PK On The Economy: Bloomberg reports that Minister of Economy and Finance Pedro-Pablo Kuczynski said "the country's central bank will probably raise interest rates and let the sol currency strengthen to slow inflation," according to Gestion. NOTE: "The minister said faster inflation was due to a drought in the Andes and the increasing of fuel prices, the paper said."

HIV/AIDS in Peru: The InterPress Service news agency reports on the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) global report ('UNAIDS 2004 Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic') and its impact on Latin America. "Andean and Central American countries are seeing alarming increases in the number of people with HIV, some nearing 50 percent for the 2001-2003 period. Such is the case Peru (53,000 to 82,000)." SEE ALSO: The UNAIDS press release and their page on Peru.

US Navy in Punta Salinas: The USA Navy Newstand reports from Salinas Bay on the port's first multinational amphibious assault with "Naval and Marine Corps Forces from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and the United States." NOTE: "The assault is part of UNITAS 45-04 Amphibious Phase, which is hosted by Peru and sponsored by Commander U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command." ALSO: "The 1st battalion was commanded by Peruvian Lt. Cmdr. Gaetano Guevara. ... The first wave of Marines and Peruvian Army and Navy special operations units arrived by sea and air to clear the beach from hidden explosives." ALSO INCLUDED: Four photographs of the exercise including a Peruvian amphibious assault vehicle and Peruvian commandos. SEE ALSO: For more on Salinas Bay, see p. 43 of this USA military document on the Peruvian seashore.

US Navy in Iquitos: The USA Navy Newstand reports from Iquitos on the "4th Medical Battalion, participating in the amphibious phase of UNITAS 45-04, is conducting a 10-day medical community outreach ... One surgeon, three family-practice doctors, two nurses and four corpsmen, joined local Peruvian health professionals in providing free medical attention to poor residents of Iquitos and other towns along the Amazon river." (See also an accompanying photograph.)

CARE in Huaraz: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reports that a group of CARE Corps Teens from Georgia was surprised by Peruvian hospitality in Humacchuco near Huaraz. Said one participant: "The way they treated us was amazing. They had nothing to eat but would give you anything they had." The article is accompanied by a photograph from Humacchuco. SEE ALSO: CARE's press release on the same group.

Mining Las Bambas: Bloomberg reports that "BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company, is evaluating a bid for Peru's Las Bambas copper deposit after a new royalty on mining sales was proposed by the country's congress," according to a company statment. NOTE: "In Peru, BHP owns about a third of Cia. Minera Antamina SA, which operates one of the world's largest copper-zinc mines. It also operates another copper mine at Tintaya, southeast of Lima."

Anarchy in Ayacucho, cont.: The World Socialist Web Site (third item) catches up with the riots in Ayacucho: "The confrontation began July 1 when security forces attempted to force striking teachers from the Education Ministry, a building they had occupied for eight days." NOTE: "According to official reports, 48 people were wounded and 15 protesters arrested."

The Other Inca Trails: The Guardian offers a full-length piece on UNESCO's warnings on Cuzco which evolves into a mid-week travel article. NOTE: "A couple of years ago, a survey by Japanese geologists from the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at the Kyoto University suggested the earth beneath the 2,250m-high city is moving at a rate of up to one centimetre per month." ALSO: Machu Picchu remains the number one must-see in South America. And, as such, the hunt is now on for new Inca ruins as a viable, ecologically sound alternative. What most people don't realise, however, is that there's no shortage of alternative Inca trails. CITED: Efrain Condori (United Mice). LEADING ALTERNATIVE: The Choquequirao Trail.

LAN Finances: Reuters reports that "the two top shareholders in Chilean airline LAN said on Tuesday they have signed a controlling pact that analysts say aims to ensure their management of the firm and to uphold their share value prior to the sale of 10 percent of the company's stock." The Shareholders: the Cueto family (31.8% ownership) and Chilean entrepreneur Sebastian Pinera (6.14% ownership).

Keiko: Wedding And/Or Jail? The UPI follows up with Keiko Fujimori and her statements on the allegations of misused funds: "These allegations are false. I merely solicited foreign donations in order to speed up their receipt, and the funds arrived at their intended destinations. If because of that they want to send me to jail, here I am." The Washington Times runs a condensed version of the story.

Museum #1: The Calgary Sun reviews "a coming exclusive exhibit of tomb artifacts from a bygone Peruvian civilization" at the Nickle Arts Museum which "should put them on the map." CITED: Museum Director Ann Davis. NOTE: The exhibit will include 250 pieces from Peru's Sican National Museum in January 2006. CONNECTION: Former University of Calgary archaeology student Carlos Elera Arévalo who's now the director of the Sican Museum in Ferreñafe, Lambayeque.

Museum #2: The Philadelphia Museum of Art is exhibiting 'Underfoot: Photographs by Irving Penn. According to this press release, "Irving Penn's appetite for portraits inspired him to photograph not only some of the most famous people of our era but also to travel all over the world in search of ethnographical images such as those he brought back from Peru in 1948. One of these photographs from the "Cuzco Children" series in 1948 broke the artist's highest price bid at auction (USD 62,000 - 18-April-2002, Christie's New York)."

Healthy Peruvian Food: New York's Journal News reports on Hispanics and healthy eating and says, ""Peruvian food for me is very healthy. (But) if I combine arroz con pollo with papa a la huancaina, I know I will get fat," according to one Rosa Villegas. CITED: William Morante, owner of Chim Pum Callao restaurant.

COPA News:

The Copa and Culture: The Northern Report offers a photo essay of Chiclayo welcoming the Copa to town. The wires also offer several photos of how the Copa is invading Peruvian life including one of "Demetrio Benitez Rosas,73, [who] repairs balls for US$1.50 at his shop near the Univesrity stadium in Arequipa."

Security at Copa, cont.: The Associated Press adds photos to yesterday's story on the 36,500 cops providing security during the Copa. See also these other photographs.

Peru 2 – Bolivia 2: The Associated Press and Reuters offers some post-game analysis and states that "Peru promised a cooler, more intelligent brand of football in their next Copa America matches after a shaky 2-2 draw with Bolivia in their opener on Tuesday.” NOTE: “Despite almost total domination of the Group A match, Peru had to fight back from two goals down.” Reuters offers at least two analyses of the Peru-Bolivia tie credits Palacios for the good parts and blames the refs for the bad parts. Agence France Press also has a lively recounting of the match. The BBC addresses Palacios like this: "Great sportsmen often have a different conception of time from ordinary mortals." ALSO: P-H-O-T-O-G-R-A-P-H-S.

In Print: The Los Angeles Times uses the Associated Press story on the Peru-Bolivia tie match. Roberto Palacios' footwork "allowed the host nation to escape a potentially embarrassing loss." ALSO: Colombia in a 1-0 victory over Venezuela which meant it was their "seventh consecutive win in Copa America without conceding a goal." The Miami Herald and the Washington Post use 'wire services' for their Copa stories both of which included yesterday's matches. The MHerald also offers intrigue on the Brazilian team as well as plenty of other non-Copa football news. See Also: Recaps in the Guardian

- Brazil gets a Reuters story.

- Colombia's 1-0 victory over Venezuela is reported in the Associated Press, the BBC, Bloomberg, and Reuters and gets photographs as well.

- Costa Rica gets several photographs of the team arriving in Arequipa.

- Mexico gets stories in the Associated Press, the San Jose Mercury News, and Reuters.

- Uruguay gets a story in Glasgow's Evening Times.

- Leading Scorers are listed in Reuters.

Luringancho Copa, cont.: Reuters keeps pushing its Luringancho Copa story. China's People's Daily offers a late introduction to the Copa but it have individual pages for each team.

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