Sunday, October 14, 2007
ARTS & LITERATURE:
- Splendid items on authors Mario Vargas Llosa and Paul Cuadros as well as music from Psychedelic Cumbias and Juan Diego Flórez
- Free Trade seems to be good for Indiana, less so for Michigan
- Peru vs. Paraguay: 0-0; next up - at Chile, Oct 17
ARTS & LITERATURE:
- REVIEW: 'The Bad Girl' by Mario Vargas Llosa (New York Times, Kathryn Harrison) "a splendid, suspenseful and irresistible novel. ... he has transformed a revolutionary work of Western literature into a vibrant, contemporary love story that explores the mores of the urban 1960s — and ’70s and ’80s — just as “Madame Bovary” did the provincial life of the 1830s." [Read the novel's first chapter here.]
- REVIEW: 'Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru' from Barbes Records (Boston Globe, Saul Austerlitz) "Olivier Conan, owner of Barbes, a popular nightspot in Brooklyn's Park Slope, discovered the psychedelic, dance-friendly chicha sound of Peru while visiting the country in pursuit of unique sounds. ... Ironically, much of the music being celebrated abroad was abused at home for its overt commerciality. Peruvian chicha had never been compiled before because serious Peruvian music fans disdained it as pap."
- 'Expect Tenor To Light Up Carnival Center' (Miami Herald, Lawrence Johnson) "It's an exaggeration to say that Juan Diego Flórez has single-handedly revived bel canto opera ... but ... Flórez will make his Miami debut Wednesday night at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts serving up a concert of the bel canto arias for which he has quickly become internationally renowned." The Herald provides an audio file of Juan Diego's solo from Rossini's opera 'Il turco in Italia', from the album 'Arias for Rubini' (available in Europe; not yet in USA)
- Paul Cuadros discusses his new book, 'A Home On The Field', today in North Carolina (Chapel Hill News) 5:00pm at Chapel Hill Institute For Cultural And Language Education "It became Paul's goal to show the growing numbers of Latino youth that their lives could be more than the cutting line at the poultry plants, that finishing high school and heading to college could be a reality." See Also 2006 Poynter author profile and book's website (with audio)
- OPINION: 'Bush Speech Good - Too Bad It Was In Miami' (Miami Herald, Andres Oppenheimer) "this was Bush's first major speech on the pending trade deals in Latin America. ... David Lewis, a trade expert with the Manchester United firm in Washington, D.C. said, 'They are going through the motions, but it is highly unlikely, given the sentiment in Congress, that they are really going to push anything beyond the Peru agreement'.''
- 'Pending Trade Deal Would Give State [Indiana] A Big Lift' (Gannett News Service via Indianapolis Star, Maureen Groppe) "Whirlpool Corp., which employs about 1,500 at its refrigerator plant in Evansville, hopes a pending trade deal between the U.S. and Peru will remove millions of dollars in tariffs and boost Whirlpool's exports to that country. Without the deal, the company may move some production to Latin America to get around the tax. ... The deal would immediately lift tariffs on 80 percent of U.S. exports to Peru and phase out the rest over 10 years. ... Indiana's six Democrats in Congress either oppose the Peru agreement or haven't said how they will vote. ... Last year Indiana exported $18.6 million in goods to Peru. ... The problem with Peru, Holt said, is its manufacturers don't face tariffs here, but U.S. exports are taxed there. ... Caterpillar, which has a plant in Lafayette, Ind., and is one of the nation's largest exporters, estimates Peru's tariffs add more than $100,000 to the price of one off-highway truck. ... That is damaging the company's competitiveness in Peru's booming mining industry, according to Caterpillar, which is the world's largest manufacturer of mining equipment."
- 'Levin Embraces New Role' (Macomb Daily, Michigan, Chad Selweski) profile of Congressman Sander Levin (not his brother Senator Carl Levin) "Levin and Rangel traveled to Peru in August, meeting with government officials who hope for a favorable trade treaty with the United States. The two Democrats have taken a stand, demanding that all trading partners establish basic environmental protection rules and adhere to provisions that guarantee workers' rights, including a ban on child and slave labor and the right to organize."
- 'Helping Peru Recover From Earthquake' (Virginia Engineer) "An engineering geotechnical team from the University of Missouri-Columbia is traveling to Peru in October to help the earthquake-shattered nation rebuild its most devastated cities. ... Mizzou Engineering is coming to Peru’s aid under a cooperative agreement finalized last May between the MU Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the Centro Regional de Sismologia para America del Sur (CERESIS)."
- OPINION: 'Sometimes, You Need Universal Language' (London Free Press, Ian Gillespie) "There was good news this week for anyone who's ever had trouble communicating with a Peruvian aboriginal. (And really, who hasn't?)"
- 'Mayors From Around The World To Gather In Jerusalem' (Israel National News, Hillel Fendel) Lima's Mayor attending; "The mayors will participate in round-table sessions exploring various challenges facing modern metropolitan areas."
- Peru vs Paraguay: 0-0 (see players list via Reuters)
- 'Peru Holds Paraguay Scoreless' (Associated Press) "Paraguay and Peru played a scoreless draw in their first 2010 World Cup qualifying match Saturday. Aside from one shot by Peru forward Claudio Pizarro, blocked by goalkeeper Justo Villar in the 17th minute, Paraguay's solid defense kept Peru far from scoring. .. Peru next faces Chile in Santiago on Oct 17."
- 'Paraguay Hold Peru To Goalless Draw' (Reuters, Brian Homewood in Rio de Janeiro) "Vargas nearly gave Peru the lead when he met Nolberto Solano's crossfield pass with a full-blooded volley which struck the far post."
- 'Solano Gets 90 Minutes For Peru' (West Ham United) "Peru will have another World Cup double-header on 17 and 20 November at home against Brazil and away to Ecuador respectively."
- 'Qualifying Begins In South America' (Inside Soccer, Brant Parsons) Lists Peru as 8 or 10; "Peru: Another team that is banking on young talent to help improve its fortunes down the road, Peru will be looking to move past Venezuela after finishing behind it in 2006 qualifying and in its group at the Copa America. The young Peruvian team received a boost in the form of 32-year-old Nolberto Solano. The West Ham United midfielder has been recalled by national team Coach Jose del Solar and should provide veteran leadership."
- 'MLS Gaining Ground In United States' (Houston Chronicle, Glenn Davis) nostalgia about USA soccer in 1984 with Nene Cubillas playing for Fort Lauderdale Sun
- Sofia Mulanovich Defeated at NAB Beachley Classic (Sportal, Australia) "Stephanie beat Peruvian Sofia Mulanovich 16.60-11.67. ... The tour is to resume in a fortnight at Mancora in Peru."
- Sofia Tied for #3 in ASP Women's World Tour rating after Beachley (ASP World Tour) see also EXPN report
- Mancora Peru Classic - Oct 30 - Nov 4 (Daily Telegraph, Australia)
- Mancora Peru Classic Information (ASP World Tour)
BAGGAGE CLAIM: Why have one when you can have three choices for your final destination - Piura, Tumbes or Talara.
TRANSPORT: Wherever you land there are lots of willing drivers but take note from Piura it’s 2.5 hours, Tumbes its 1.15 hours and Talara; 50 minutes drive to Mancora. Your feet will take you to the good breaks in Mancora but find a driver to take you to the other breaks out of town.
- Census On October 21 (San Francisco Chronicle, Larry Habegger) "Travelers in Peru on Oct. 21 will have the novel experience of being counted in the national census, not as residents but as visitors. The census will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all public establishments and commercial enterprises, including markets and gas stations, will be closed. Officials of the National Statistics Institute said that tourists will be able to go about their business so long as they carry their passports with them that day and obtain a special document that states they have participated in the census."
- Moon Handbook: Peru - Authors In Denver, Oct 19 (Denver Post) 2nd Edition Out; at Tattered Cover
- Carlos Humberto Zandro Martín Zamora Campos marries Adena Leslie Whitman of Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa News, Alabama) "Parents of the groom are Dr. Humberto Zamora Capelli and Amelia Dennise Campos Alvizuri of Chiclayo and Lima, Peru."
- Pedro Cerna-Rojas in 'Marriage Scam' (Columbia Tribune via Associated Press, Missouri) "Public Defender Eric Affholter and Cerna-Rojas met in 2002 while Cerna-Rojas, a Peruvian national, was pursuing a graduate degree in international business at Webster University on a student visa. The couple approached Lewis to participate in the sham marriage after being unable to find a legal way to allow Cerna-Rojas to remain in the country as his visa was due to expire."
- Victor Trejo and Stamford Partnership's Latino initiative (The Day, Connecticut)
- Richard Romero and Hurricane Construction (The State, South Carolina, Kristy Eppley Rupon)
- 'Hispanic Eateries Flood Area' (Courier Post, New Jersey, Alonso Heredia) "Soledad Vela is planning to open a restaurant in the city to bring her beloved Peruvian dishes to South Jersey. Vela was born in the state of Loreto, one of the rain forest regions in Peru and has lived in Cherry Hill for nearly a year. Her new restaurant will open at Market and Cooper streets."
- 'Inka Grill Franchising Peruvian Cuisine' (Inka Grill, press release) A restaurant in California founded by Ana Maria Ives wants to spread its idea;