Sunday, August 08, 2004

Camisea Spigot Turned On, cont.: Reuters reports on another public act of opening the Camisea gas line by President Toledo, this time from Paracas where he "launched operations at a potentially lucrative gas plant on the southern Pacific coast that has been criticized as a threat to the environment and tourism." Minister of Foreign Trade Alfredo Ferrero also attended the ceremonies and said "the plant at Paracas would generate annually $300 million in exports of propane and butane." Added the President, "This plant and the environment are not incompatible." Responded Patricia Majluf (Spondylus and the Wildlife Conservation Society), "The main risk at Paracas will be from the rise in sea traffic, bringing ships and damaging the reserve's ecosystem." Also cited: tour operator Luis Navarrete at the Hotel Paracas. Separately, Korea's Joong Ang Daily reported on the SK Corp participation in "the production facility of Camisea gas field in Peru."

US Returns Montesinos' Millions, cont.: The Miami Herald runs a summary of yesterday's Associated Press story on the $20 million in embezzled government funds the USA returned to Peru.

RAN and the Amazon: The Los Angeles Times Magazine cover story on Rainforest Action Network includes how they pushed Citigroup out of a project in Peru.

Dancing in Peru: The Washington Post profiles choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess who "created a new work for the National Ballet of Peru, and taught a full roster of master classes" in Lima this summer. His trip to Peru was made possible by the State Department's American Cultural Specialists program. In addition, "George Washington University, where Burgess is on faculty, provided a fellowship that enabled him to teach at the University of Lima and in private studios." CITED: Olga Shimazaki (Artistic Director, National Ballet of Peru); Chris Teal (Asst. Cultural Affairs officer, U.S. Embassy in Peru).

Time for Love? The Guardian offers an article on the charitable utility of soap operas and includes this: "The soap genre can clearly be used to convey an infinite variety of messages but it is currently popular with HIV/Aids charities wanting to reach young people. In Peru USAID (the American equivalent of DfID) funded 'Time For Love' with the aim of empowering young women to say no to sexual advances." SEE ALSO: The last item in this article about 'Time for Love.'

SBaca Reviewed: The Times of London reviews the latest by Susana Baca: 'Lo Mejor de Susana."

Keeping Kid in School: California's San Jose Mercury News immigration column tries to answer this question: "My 13-year-old daughter came from Peru to the United States and has since enrolled in school, but her tourist visa is about to expire. Can we request an extension? What are the chances she can get a student visa? I am not yet a legal resident, and my daughter's mother, who brought her here, holds a visitor's visa."

Artist on Puno: Florida's Sun-Sentinel profiles Boca Raton artist Patricia Boldizar who recently received 'Best of Show' at an exhibit in Delray Beach "for her creation, Los Turistas, a watercolor of people browsing in the Puno Market in Peru."

Recalling the Witch Doctors: The Los Angeles Times leads an article about the USA Women's Olympic soccer team with a reminder of the witch doctors present at the start of the Copa America.

Endorsing a Judge: The Miami Herald reports that the Peruvian American Chamber of Commerce is among the sponsors at at a judicial forum on Thursday in which "candidates in all six judicial races in Miami-Dade have been invited."

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