Monday, July 19, 2004

UPDATE: Congress' Candidates, COPA and Malecon Photos, & A Bit of Bawdiness

More Deaths in Cold, cont.: Several sources offer updates on the bitter cold in southern Peru. The United Nations reports that the Toledo government has "declared a State of Emergency in eight provinces." Separately, World Vision announced in a press release that "the most affected departments are Puno, Cusco, Ayacucho, Apurimac, Pasco and Tacna with temperatures reaching as low as -10C. According to the latest reports, 31 children have died from pneumonia." CITED: Jose Luis Ochoa (Emergency Relief Coordinator). Separately, South Carolina's WIS-TV reports that a local nonprofit, Homeworks, "held a benefit concert Sunday afternoon to help gear up for a trip to Peru where they'll distribute vitamins to a village. Arctic temperatures have swept across the country this week causing the Peruvian president to declare a state of emergency."

Congress President Election: Dow Jones reports that "elections for a new president and a new governing board of Congress will take place on July 26." President Henry Pease's one-year term is expeiring; Toledo's Peru Possible party has proposed former Prime Minister Luis Solari as its candidate; the opposition slate is led by Congressman Antero Flores-Araoz. NOTE: "Flores-Araoz, a member of the center-right National Unity alliance, is likely to receive support from the left-leaning Apra party." ALSO: "A poll by pollster Apoyo Opinion y Mercado, released Sunday in newspaper El Comercio, shows that 57% prefer Flores-Araoz, while 16% support Solari."

Toledo Responds to 1 Charge: The Associated Press focuses on President Toledo rejecting "accusations that he received bribes from a former presidential adviser who allegedly arranged a $2 million kickback to favor the sale" of Union de Cervecerias Backus & Johnston in 2002. This AP story runs in Beverage World; yesterday's Reuters story had Toledo responding to three charges, including this one.

'Manu mystery yellow bird?': Louisiana's Times-Picayune reports on the discovery last October of a new bird species found in the Manu National Park by Daniel Lane, a Research Associate at Louisiana State University." The bird is "yellow in color with a black stripe over its eye." NOTE: "I can't take the bird out of its home country, so I will be going back there to do some tests, discover the sex of the bird, get a sample of the DNA, measure various parts of it and pump the stomach to see what it has been eating," Lane said. As its discoverer, [Lane] gets to name the bird. He is leaning toward "Manu mystery yellow bird," but it will be more than a year or two, he said, before all the official work is completed, submitted and published in a scientific journal." CITED: Van Remsen, curator of the LSU Museum of Natural Science. ALSO: Don Stap's 'A Parrot Without A Name,' which chronicled LSU orinthologists John O'Neill and (the late) Ted Parker.

Cornucopia of Copa Photos: The Northern Report offers a coda to the Copa games at Mansiche Stadium in Trujillo and Elias Aguirre Stadium in Chiclayo with an array of photographs demonstrating the excitment of the games coming to town. (Be sure to click through each photograph as each has its own caption.) In addition, Reuters has a photograph of a Peruvian fan who rose to the occasion to watch the Paraguay/Uruguay match outside the Jorge Basadre Grohmann Stadium in Tacna.

COPA Wrapup: Reuters offers a wrap up of yesterdays Copa games as well as the leading scorers where Nolberto Solano is tied (with several others) for fourth. The Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, and the Washington Post all run summaries of yesterday's Copa games, using wire copy.

Malecon Ecoturistico in Puno, cont.: The Miami Herald (registration: peruvia@peruvia.com/peruvia) runs Drew Benson's Associated Press story from earlier this month and the AP offers a photo of the causeway.  SEE ALSO: 'Malecon Ecoturistico in Puno' in July 1's Peruvia which has links to items in the article. UPDATED PHOTOS: The Associated Press offers several photos to accompany the story of the "930-foot-long pedestrian causeway on Lake Titicaca." NOTE: "The tiny water plants growing like a green carpet on the water's surface - 'lemna gibba' or 'water lentils' - thrive on human sewage."

Going to Huacachina, cont.: Yesterday's Houston Chronicle re-publishes the June 13 story in the Los Angeles Times (registration: peruvia/peruvia) on sand-boarding in Ica but this on-line version is accompanied by photographs (one, two, three) and a list of travel helps. SEE ALSO: 'Going to Huacachina' in June 13's Peruvia. NOTE: The article was written by freelancer Ben Brazil, a student at Emory University's Candler School of Theology in Atlanta.

Tragedy in Canta: The Associated Press reports that "a crowded bus plunged off a 150-metre cliff in Tarahuanca ... between the towns of Canta and Lachaqui, some 85 kilometres from Lima. Witnesses said as many as 60 people were in the bus."

Buenaventura Call: Compañia de Minas Buenaventura announced their Second Quarter 2004 Conference Call for this Friday.

Bit of Bawdiness: The UK's Daily Mirror has a bit of fun at the expense of an up and coming Peruvian football club.

Alternative Inca Trail: The Guardian offers a travel piece that lets you avoid the state limitations on hiking the Inca Trail through "an alternative route to get travellers to the site 'through the back door' without such restrictions. ... Walkers arrive at the ancient city via the main gate at the back of the site, rather than the famous Sun Gate, so miss out on the classic first view of the ruin."

Large Empire? Kansas Dodge City Globe includes this: "There's a photo of them at Machu Picchu, the former Aztec hideaway perched high in the mountains of Peru."

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