Saturday, October 20, 2007
Peruvia updates will be intermittent for the next several days.
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Link suggestions, corrections and questions can be sent to peruvia @ gmail.com.
- LETTERS: 'League Of Gentlemen' (Guardian, Roger Walker) "I sympathise with the Spanish government over the removal by Odyssey of a treasure of gold coins from a suspected Spanish vessel sunk in 1804. However, since the gold from which these coins were cast was probably plundered by the Spanish years earlier from the Aztecs and the Incas, I would suggest that this treasure should be returned to its rightful owners in Peru, Mexico and other countries raided by the conquistadors."
- 'Destination Of The Week' (The Independent, Simon Calder) " Peru is the most popular destination for UK holidaymakers, but there is still no sign of direct flights returning to Lima. In the meantime the well-regarded airline, Lan, has introduced three flights a week to the Peruvian capital from Madrid, with connections from Heathrow on Oneworld partners British Airways and Iberia. David Gilmour of South American Experience (0845 277 3366; www.southamericanexperience.co.uk) says 'Lan intends to increase this to six times a week from March 2008'."
Friday, October 19, 2007
2008 - INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE POTATO:
'Voluntary Isolation' (Latinamerica Press)
- United Nations says 2008 'Year of the Potato'; see www.potato2008.org
- Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru gets a review from National Public Radio
- Bloomberg, Reuters, and Sky News report on Orica's billion dollar investment in Peru
2008 - INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF THE POTATO:
- 'International Year Of The Potato' (www.potato2008.org)
- 'Press Conference On International Year Of Potato' (United Nations, press release) “We are happy that the International Year will allow us to raise awareness of the importance of potatoes, which originated in the Andes of Peru but since then have spread all over the world, particularly now in developing countries,” said Mr. Diouf, who was joined in the briefing by Ismael Benavides, Peru’s Minister of Agriculture."
- The Idea Was Peruvian (IYP, press relase) "The potato (Solanum tuberosum) originated some 8 000 years ago in the Andes of South America. It was appropriate, therefore, that the initial impetus for declaring 2008 as the International Year of the Potato came from the Government of Peru."
- 'Potatoes: Buried Treasures - US Food Trends' (Caterer Research, Kate Leahy)
- 'UN Nudges Potato Up Food Chart To Feed World's Poor' (Deutsche Press Agentur) "Russia and Peru may disagree over its historic origins, but the humble potato moved front and centre on the world's stage Thursday."
- 'McCain Sponsors UN International Year Of The Potato 2008' (McCain Foods Limited, press release)
- 'Almost Ten Thousand Missing In Peru' (Prensa Latina) "The People's Defense Office in Peru reported 1,253 new cases of disappeared persons until last September, now totalling 8,559 thousand persons disappeared due to internal violence. The new statistic corresponds to disappearances registered during the internal war of the last two decades that had not been denounced for fear or other reasons."
- REVIEW: 'Psychedelic Cumbias from Peru' from Barbes Records (National Public Radio, Miles Miles) listen to audio from 'Fresh Air' program; "The unique music style grew out of the booming cities of the Peruvian Amazon in 1970 and incorporates surf guitars, synthesizers and distinctive melodies."
- REVIEW: 'The Bad Girl' by Mario Vargas Llosa (Rocky Mountain News, Pete Warzel) "Grade: A; This feels like a novel of Llosa's [sic] sentimental old age (he's 71), but it's written with a passion and energy that delivers."
- Eva Ayllón in Houston, Oct 25 (Houston Chronicle) see flyer
- Eva Ayllón in New Hampshire, Oct 27 (Times Argus)
- REVIEW: MadeInUSA, Directed by Claudia Llosa (Miami Herald, Rene Rodriguez) "Madeinusa takes place in a tiny Peruvian mountain village during the celebration of a peculiar annual tradition: Beginning with Good Friday and ending on Easter Sunday (the time between Jesus Christ's crucifixion and his resurrection), God is presumed dead, sin does not exist and everyone is free to indulge their darkest desires without repercussion."
- 'Tenor Flórez conquers Carnival Center' (Miami Herald, Lawrence A. Johnson) "Juan Diego Flórez's lyric instrument is not bounteous in size but possesses striking tonal beauty, flexibility and vibrancy, qualities that perfectly fit his bel canto repertoire. His technical arsenal is faultless, the most complete and assured of any singer I've ever heard, able to handle all the stratospheric coloratura, roulades and ludicrously complex passages in the literature. There may be a tenor in the world who combines intelligence, taste, astounding technique and a gorgeous voice to a greater degree than Flórez but I don't know whom he could be."
- 'Democracy Deepens, Economy Surges In Post-Fujimori Years' (Associated Press)
- 'Peru's Fujimori Faces Long, Tough Fight Against Charges Of Corruption, Human Rights Abuses' (Associated Press) "Prosecutors argue that Montesinos told Fujimori of the death squad's activities, but the evidence they have revealed so far appears mainly circumstantial. They say Fujimori also showed complicity by promoting and decorating some Colina Group soldiers for their fight against the Shining Path shortly before the Barrios Altos massacre."
- 'Politicians' Divorces and Separations' (Associated Press) article on Sarkozy's separation includes Fujimori on list
- OPINION: 'Irony and Integrity' (Washington Post, Marcela Sanchez) profile of Monica Feria, winner of the Gruber Justice Prize; see 'Feria Wins Prize' in Oct 6's Peruvia.
- 'Peru's Fujimori To Face Infinite Imprisonment Before Trial Ends' (Xinhua News Agency) "The other trial against Fujimori by the Supreme Court will begin on Nov. 26 of this year. He faces a total of seven charges, and the legal process is estimated to take eight to 10 months. Before that, he will be kept in the same jail."
- 'Terra, Orica Plan To Build Peru Petrochemical Plant' (Bloomberg, Alex Emery)
- 'Foreign Companies May Build Peru Petrochemical Plant' (Reuters) "A consortium of foreign companies said on Thursday it may invest $1 billion to build a petrochemical plant in Peru as the government lures investment to the nascent sector."
- 'Orica's $1 Billion Plant' (Sky News, Australia)
- 'Peru Cement Makers Say Dropping Duties Favors Mexico's CEMEX' (Dow Jones)
- 'Peru's Interbank 3rd Quarter Net PEN 84.5 Million Vs PEN 36.5 Million (Dow Jones)
- 'Peru's September Past-Due Loan Ratio Falls To Record Low 1.51%' (Dow Jones)
- 'Change Of Economic Model Demanded' (Prensa Latina) "Economist Oscar Ugarteche and sociologist Hector Bejar, from the Peruvian Committee to Support the World Call against Poverty, coincided in alerting about presentation of the official report on the small progress to fulfil the Objectives of the Millennium."
- 'Chile, Peru Near Regional Power Grid Study' (Reuters)
- 'Deutsche Bank Seeks Expansion Into Peru' (SLi, Nisha P. Shah) "The bank has filed an application for a license to extend its investment banking business to Peru."
- 'Consorcio Minero Raises Borrowing Base Facility' (Trade Finance)
- 'Tongling Nonferrous Plans Private Placement To Buy Mining Assets' (Dow Jones)
- 'MacMillan Reports Positive Results From Hole 5 in Transition Zone between Aguila and Aguila East' (MacMillan Gold, press release)
- 'Northern Peru Copper Amends Decision' (Northern Peru Copper Corp, press release)
'Voluntary Isolation' (Latinamerica Press)
- EDITORIAL: 'The U.S. Congress and Perú, Colombia, Panamá and South Korea' (Diario Las Americas)
- OPINION: 'No Iraq Withdrawl Timetable But A Corporate Trade Deal For Peru?' (Huffington Post, Robert Naiman) " If we can stop the Peru agreement from passing Congress, it will raise the bar for future agreements."
- LETTER: 'Why Give Peruvians Special Treatment?' (Herald News, New Jersey, Charlotte Wood, Paterson) "I sometimes wonder if our politicians understand our new Hispanic immigrants. They talk as if they are all here to become citizens and vote for them. Many from Peru, for example, have made it very clear that the people from Peru are still citizens of Peru who are here just to work and send money back to their own country. Now they expect special treatment because of the earthquake?"
- Halloween Party To Benefit Quake Victims (Journal News, New York)
- 'Peru Hit By Extreme Weather Conditions; EU Commission Grants Aid' (European Union) "The departments hardest hit are at altitudes of over 2500 metres, in the central and southern Andean region, with more than 700 000 people affected."
- Chef Eddie Morales (Grand Rapids Press, Michigan)
- Chef Juan Carlos Barzola (The Maroon, Loyola University, Kayla August) "Peruvian cuisine is a blend of Amerindian and Spanish food, with influences from African, Arab, Italian and Japanese cooking."
- 'Peruvians 'Uninformed' About Genetically Modified Food' (SciDev, Zoraida Portillo) "A high percentage of people in Peru's capital Lima have never heard of biotechnology or transgenic food, and those with some knowledge of the issues cited television as their major source of information."
- 'Darkest Peru' (History Today, Peter Furtado) "Virtually all the cultural tourists to Peru make for the Inca honeypots of Cusco and Machu Picchu, but this vast and diverse country has one of the richest archaeological heritages in the world, and one that continues to produce remarkable new finds and sites including gold-drenched mummies and lost mountaintop cities – to amaze and fascinate the casual visitor and the specialist alike."
- 'Report 60: Ride It On, Baby' (The Times Jungle Blog, South Africa, Caspar Greeff) From Huancabamba to Tarapota [sic] to Yurimaguas
- Jose Crescimbeni Swims For Peru (St Petersburg Times, Florida, Bob Putnam and Brandon Wright) "Calvary Christian senior Jose "Emman" Crescimbeni, who will swim for Peru in the 2008 Olympics, confirmed this week he has committed to the University of Florida. A favorite to win Class A state titles in the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke, Crescimbeni earned dual-citizenship status in January he was born in the United States, his parents were born in Peru and earned a qualifying time for the Olympics in the 200 butterfly at the Pan-Am Games in July."
- Aurelio Elias, NYC Construction Worker (Associated Press, Christian Salazar)
- 'Peru Court Sentences 6 To Prison For Fire That Killed At Least 290 People' (Associated Press)
- 'Peru University Honors Fidel Castro' (Prensa Latina) "Peru's San Luis Gonzaga state University gave a distinction to Cuban President Fidel Castro, and recognized Cuba's solidarity with that country. Dean Juan Alba granted the institution's Golden Jubilee Medal for Fidel Castro to Cuban ambassador in Peru Luis Delfin Perez."
- 'Drug-Laced Postcards Intercepted' (UPI) "Swedish police Thursday said they have discovered cocaine being shipped from Peru inside special postcards. Four people are facing cocaine-smuggling charges after authorities claim they found the illegal drug secreted in receptacles hidden between the front and back sides of at least 30 specially made postcards. Each card carried six grams of cocaine."
Thursday, October 18, 2007
PERUVIANS IN IRAQ:
- The Associated Press and Reuters are the bearers of bad tidings: Chile 2- Peru 0
- The Hill reports on Peru's Ambassador to the USA unable to enter the White House
- Prensa Latina and Xinhua News Agency report on Pucallpa going on strike
- And leave it to a news source in Missouri (Ozarks First to offer video on the world's largest sweet bread
PERUVIANS IN IRAQ:
- 'US Rejects UN Mercenary Report' (Associated Press, Alexander G. Higgins) "The report by a five-member panel of independent U.N. human rights experts said the contractors were performing military duties even though they were hired to be security guards. The killing of 17 civilians in Baghdad last month by Blackwater USA guards underscores the risks of using such contractors, said panel chairman, Jose Luis Gomez del Prado of Spain. ... Experts from the panel visited Honduras, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Fiji to look into recruiting and training practices by the private contractors."
- 'Bush Loss, Starbucks Gain' (The Hill, Daphne Retter) "President Bush has long advocated for immigration reform to make this country more welcoming to Hispanics. But at a Rose Garden ceremony last Wednesday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, Bush ended up locking a group of foreign Hispanic leaders out on the street. About a dozen ambassadors from Latin American countries such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Peru discovered to their shock and chagrin that though the White House had asked them to the annual event, they could not get past the door because their names were not on the invite list."
- 'Peru Army Reports Killing 7 Suspected Shining Path Rebels In Drug-Trafficking Area' (Associated Press)
- OPINION: 'We Do Believe That Former Heads Of State Deserve A Fair Trial' (The Guardian, Reed Brody) Brody is Counsel for Human Rights Watch
- OPINION: 'Fujimori's Trial: An Opportunity For Peru' (Upside Down, Raúl Zibechi) "could contribute to the consolidation of Peru's fragile democracy and may even reduce the culture of fear. ... Anyone who knew Peru back in the 80s and who now walks down its streets today will notice important changes. The country is different, but not truly changed, for that would require social and cultural change."
- 'Reforms Have Resulted In Sizeable Benefits And Should Continue' (World Trade Organziation, press release) "Peru has continued to liberalize its trade regime which, in the context of other reforms and a favourable external environment, helps explain its robust economic performance since its previous Review in 2000 according to a WTO Secretariat report on the trade policies and practices of Peru. However, Peru has also moved away form its largely uniform tariff structure, thus increasing the level of effective assistance to some sectors." Read also the Accompanying government response.
- OPINION: US Republican Presidential Candidates Focus On Peru, Not Children (New York Times, Gail Collins)
- 'Tampa To Host Export Council Conference' (Tampa Bay Business Journal, Larry Halstead and Alexis Muellner)
- 'Bush Declares That He Remains Relevant' (Washington Post, Peter Baker)
- 'Press Conference By President Bush' (White House transcript) "Now Congress needs to begin moving on trade agreements with Peru."
- '63 Films Qualify For Foreign Oscar Category' (Hollywood Reporter, Gregg Kilday) Peru, "Crossing a Shadow," Augusto Tamayo San Román nee: Una Sombra Al Frente
- REVIEW: Fitzcarraldo, by Werner Herzog (Blogcritics, Dan Schneider) review of the Anchor Bay collection not the Criterion version
- 'Peruvian Jungle Region Paralyzed By Strike' (Prensa Latina) "The Peruvian jungle region of Ucayali stopped works Wednesday, while a strike of university teachers took place and entered its second day in the middle of a tense atmosphere in the nation. Ucayali Governor Jorge Velazquez expressed his support to the measure, and Angel Lopez, president of the regional Fighting Front, highlighted the relevance of the strike, which will continue until Thursday. The protest demands to preserve tax exonerations established to compensate the unfavourable geographical situation of Ucayali, which the government wants to eliminate."
- 'Peruvians On Strike Over Taxes In Amazonian Region' (Xinhua News Agency) "Ucayali's Defense Front (Fredeu) general undersecretary Angel Lopez declared, 'We reject the government's intention to withdraw our tax exonerations when we have many comparative disadvantages in comparison with the coastal and sierra development towns'."
- 'SCC Unions Press Labor Ministry To Reach Pay Deal' (BNAmericas)
- 'Peru's Central Bank Intervenes To Buy $7 Million' (Dow Jones, Rebecca Howard)
- 'Latin America Growth To Slow As Inflation Quickens, IMF Says' (Bloomberg, Patrick Harrington)
- 'IMF Urges Latin American Governments To Adopt More Reforms' (Dow Jones, Matthew Cowley)
- 'Adoption Of New Labour Law Fully Complying With ILO Standards Urgently Needed' (International Trade Union Confederation) "The report argues that the extreme flexibility of labour markets combined with serious legal obstacles faced by workers seeking to form or join a union has led to a sharp decrease in the number of collective agreements signed in the country."
- 'REPORT: Internationally-Recognised Core Laobr Standards In Peru' (World Trade Organization, 13pp.)
- 'Peru Miner Volcan's 3rd Quarter Profit Rises 44%' (Reuters)
- 'Bill To Boost Mining May Flop In Peru's Congress' (Reuters) "Peru's Congress is likely to reject a bill proposed by President Alan Garcia that would declare 20 stalled mining projects worth $14 billion in investments to be in the 'national interest' and in need of completion despite local opposition, lawmakers said on Wednesday. Mining is crucial to Peru's economy, though many poor communities in the Andes oppose new mines, often over environmental concerns. Peru is the world's No. 3 producer of copper, zinc and tin, fifth in gold, first in silver and fourth in lead and molybdenum."
- US Looking For New Country For Air Force Base (Crosswalk, Leandro Prada)
- 'NGOs Call For Regional Whale Sanctuary' (Inter Press Service, Daniel Estrada) "At the meeting, he indicated that the current dispute between Chile and Peru over their Pacific ocean border, which the administration of Peruvian President Alan García will be taking to the International Court of Justice in The Hague in November, would also be part of the debate."
- 'A Reporter On The Lam In Latin America' (Miami New Times, Chuck Strouse) "El Nuevo Herald’s Gonzalo Guillén is on the lam. His wife and son are in hiding. Colombian President Álvaro Uribe publicly belittled the reporter. Strangers repeatedly threatened to murder him. His bodyguard disappeared. "I got a call at my home ... a guy said, 'We can kill you,'" Guillén recalls from Lima, Peru, where he's been laying low for five days."
- 'IDB To Fund Indigenous Alliance' (Prensa Latina) "would finance the Aymaras without Border Strategic Alliance, a project of cultural integration and defense of traditions among Bolivian, Peruvian and Chilean municipalities."
- 'Honduran Official For UN Arbitration Between Chile, Peru' (Prensa Latina) "Deputy Foreign Minister of Honduras Eduardo Reina urged Chile and Peru to leave a maritime border solution to the International Court in The Hague."
- Ambassador Jorge Voto-Bernales At The United Nations on Burundi and Sierra Leone (United Nations Security Council)
- 'Minister Laruelle Has Earmarked Emergency Agricultural Support For Peru' (Government of Belgium) "Minister Laruelle decided to release 800,000 EURO for Peru via the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) for the emergency rehabilitation of farming activities in the affected areas."
- 'Cuban Doctors Have Treated More Than 61,000 Patients In Peru' (Granma, Cuba)
- 'Slovakia Hands Over Humanitarian Aid To Earthquake-hit Peru' (Slovak News Agency, TASR) "The transport of the aid to Hamburg was secured by the Office for Civil Protection, while Peru undertook to ship the consignment from the German port at its own cost."
- 'Chile Beats Peru 2-0' (Associated Press)
- 'Chile Sink Peru With Solid Display' (Goal.com) "After the break Peru finally came to life, and threatened the Chilean goal with the tireless efforts of Jefferson Farfan in particular, who was a constant menace."
- 'Chile Beat Peru To Kick-Start Campaign' (Reuters)
- 'Germany And Canada Bid To Host FIFA Women's World Cup 2011 - Peru Withdraws' (FIFA, press release) "The Peruvian football association yesterday informed FIFA of its withdrawal from the bidding procedure."
- 'JettyGirl Spends Some Time With Lauren Sweeney' (Global Surf News) "JG: The ASP just added the Mancora Peru Classic to the 2007 schedule. Did you get a chance to surf that wave while you were down there? What's it like? LS: Yes! That wave is awesome if it's the one I'm thinking about. All the waves in the north are awesome but Mancora is just this peeling left that doesn't break too heavy but is absolutely perfect for carving until your legs simply hurt."
- Sofia Mulanovich At Sunset Roxy Pro (Global Surf News)
- VIDEO: 'World's Largest Sweet Bread - Lima, Peru' (Ozarks First, Missouri)
- 'Cash Sent To Peru For Drugs, Court Told' (Argus, UK, Nigel Freedman) "A suspected drug smuggler wired £52,000 to his father in Peru as drugs were being posted to Crawley, a court heard."
- 'Professor Jack Hawkes, Obituary' (Independent, UK) "Botanist and potatoist; in late 1938 he voyaged to South America via Liverpool and Peru on the start of the British Empire Potato Collecting Expedition. From Lima, the party journeyed 9,000 miles through Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador and Colombia, ending in Panama eight months later. Over 1,000 samples of wild potatoes, as well as landraces or varieties cultivated by indigenous people were collected and taken back to the UK, to form the basis of what is now still referred to as the "Commonwealth Potato Collection", located in the Scottish Crops Research Institute. An early film record of these travels, some on horseback, still exists."
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
PERUVIANS IN IRAQ:
- The Associated Press and Foreign Policy each have new stories about Peruvian private security forces in Iraq
- The Virginia Quarterly Review has a special issue on South America which features Daniel Alarcón
- A blog posting from the Legal Times report on a ruling yesterday from the US Court Of Appeals for the 4th Circuit about funny business in Peru's 200 election
- ALSO: updates on Toledo, several editorials in USA newspapers on free trade with Peru, and an environmental award for Q'orianka Kilcher
PERUVIANS IN IRAQ:
- 'UN Report Describes New Mercenary Activity' (Associated Press, Alexander G. Higgins) "The report is to be presented to the UN General Assembly next month. ... In Peru, the panel heard that hundreds of Peruvians had been recruited and trained by private security companies to work in Iraq and Afghanistan as security guards and that at least 1,000 remained in Iraq."
- 'Latin America's Hidden War In Iraq' (Foreign Policy, Kristina Mani) "No less than 1,000 Peruvians ... have taken up security work in Iraq. Indeed, when the security firm Triple Canopy landed a U.S. government contract in 2005 to provide security in the Green Zone, it recruited security personnel almost exclusively from Latin America."
- REVIEW: 'The Bad Girl' by Mario Vargas Llosa (New York Sun, Chloe Schama) "a joyful romp through a torturous relationship. ... His characters — from Fukuda, the evil Japanese gangster, to Mrs. Stubard, the English guardian angel — are almost Dickensian in their dimensions, unabashed stereotypes of their native lands. The love affair is painful, perverse, and perpetual, relying entirely on unlikely coincidences."
- Virginia Quarterly Review's special issue on South America; online they present an interactive map of the continent with links to the full content of the issue and six online exclusives—plus videos, slideshows, author readings, and more.
- Daniel Alarcón In Virginia Tonight (Virginia Quarterly Review Event) Charlottesville
- 'Vallejo Ignites Poet's 'Fuse' (UConn Daily Campus, Joanna Arpie) Clayton Eshleman, the editor/translator reading from his 'César Vallejo, The Complete Poetry: A Bilingual Edition'
- 'The Challenge Of Cultural Diversity In Contemporary Peru' (Embassy, Toronto) Today at noon at University of Toronto; Claudia Balarin Benavides from the National University of San Marcos, Lima, will discuss "Andean Crafts and the Challenge of Cultural Diversity in Contemporary Peru."
- 'Fourth-Grade Students Performed an Afr0-Peruvian Dance in Arkansas' (Northwest Arkansas Times, Brett Bennett)
- 'Country Shutdown Set For Census Count' (Associated Press)
- 'Peruvian Fugitive Loses Extradition Fight' (Legal Times blog, Brendan Smith) "The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled yesterday that Oscar Eliseo Medelius-Rodriguez can be extradited to Peru to face charges stemming from his alleged involvement in a massive election fraud scheme. He allegedly forged the signatures and fingerprints of voters to register a political party that supported the re-election of Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori during the 2000 presidential campaign. ... Now being held in a federal prison, Medelius-Rodriguez was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service last year in Wilmington, N.C., after being tracked in a fugitive investigation across the East Coast."
- 'Witness Protection Against Fujimori Requested' (Prensa Latina, Cuba) re: Barrios Altos and La Cantuta; "The lawyer of relatives of the victims of two slaughters under the government of Alberto Fujimori asked for protection for the witnesses who would state against him. Defender Gloria Cano demanded strong security for the witnesses in the most important trial against Fujimori that will start on November 26." ALSO: "Fujimori's son, Kenji, repeatedly calls to a 'war' against the government and the former president's accusers, to achieve his freedom. The president of the Supreme Court of Justice, Francisco Tavara, noticed that the attitude of Keny Fujimori should be adjusted to the legal classification, and it rejected any form of violence."
- EDITORIAL: 'Let's Make Deal To Guard Free Trade' (Indianapolis Star, Indiana) "
So why is free trade with Peru -- the South American nation, not the north-central Indiana city -- so important to Hoosiers? It's about creating and retaining jobs. ...The Peru agreement is good for Indiana. Even more important, congressional approval of the pact would help stem the rise of protectionism, a trend that if unchecked could dramatically undermine the nation's economy ."
- EDITORIAL: 'Trade Agreements With The Americas Should Not Be Put Off Until 2009' (Sun-Sentinel, Florida) "The ugly rancor and vitriol attached to the U.S. immigration debate certainly hasn't helped America win friends in the Americas, either."
- 'Strong Youth Turnout For Obama' (Wisconsin State Journal, Matt DeFour) "Some activist groups, such as the Wisconsin Fair Trade Council, distributed flyers outside the event challenging Obama's stance on a free trade agreement with Peru and statements he has made about the war in Iraq."
- 'Toledo Talks Faith In Democracy' (Stanford Daily, Patrick Fitgerald) "Speaking in conversation with Hoover Senior Fellow Larry Diamond as part of the School of Education’s Cubberley Lecture Series, Toledo Ph.D. ‘93 stressed the importance of investing in nutrition, health and education to ensure that democratic governments meet the needs of their citizens in the face of populist challenges from the left."
- 'Controversial Appointment Prompts Stanford Senate Vote To Meet With Hoover Director' (Stanford News Service, Kathleen J. Sullivan) Stanford Faculty questions whether Donald Rumsfeld is 'Distinguished' enough to be on par with Toledo and 13 other Fellows
- 'Latin America Granting More Power To Localities' (Miami Herald, Tyler Bridges) reporting from Lambayeque; "The mayor of Huayre, a wind-swept town of about 10,000 in the Andes 100 miles northeast of Lima, spent $158,000 to build an erotic sculpture park in the central plaza, complete with outsized images of genitalia and of the maca root, which has been called the Andean version of Viagra. The mayor said he hoped to attract tourists, but Huayre still lacks paved streets and a sewage system in the meantime."
- 'US-Based Press Group Warns Of 'Grave Obstacles' To Americas Media' (Associated Press, Gisela Salomon) see related articles in 'Press Dangers In Peru' in Oct 15's Peruvia
- 'Slovakia Aids Earthquake-Hit Peru' (Slovak Spectator) "A package of humanitarian aid from Slovakia to Peru, which was hit by a major earthquake on August 15, reached Hamburg on October 12, where it was handed over for shipping to South America, the Slovak interior ministry said on October 16. Peru's diplomatic mission in Vienna asked Slovakia to provide the aid, which consisted of $180,000 worth of tents, blankets, field beds, clothes and medicine."
- 'Responding To Dogs In Need' (The Record, Canada, Valerie Hill) "She was deeply touched by how much the Peruvians love their dogs. Pecak smiled at the memory of so-called "inside dogs," dressed up in T-shirts or dresses to signify their elite status."
- 'Group Encourages Literacy With Every Step' (Rutgers Daily Targum, New Jersey, Cassie Bobotas) "Our money will go toward the emergency relief effort to help support the rebuilding of a learning center in Ica, Peru, where they were devastated by an earthquake in August."
- '1 in 3 Kids Part Of Immigrant Family' (The Record, New Jersey, Richard Cowen and James Yoo) "Now they're mostly Mexican, Dominican and Peruvian."
- REPORT: 'New Jersey Immigrant Kids Count 2007' (Association For Children Of New Jersey) 29pp
- Brower Youth Award To Q'orianka Kilcher (Brower Youth Award, press release) event on Oct 24 in San Francisco; "Q'orianka Kilcher, 17, of Santa Monica, CA is one of this year's awardees. Kilcher is an actress of Peruvian indigenous ancestry who has appeared in major studio films such as "The New World" (2005) opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale. ... On a trip to Peru to promote a recent film, Kilcher invited indigenous leaders to participate in a red carpet event, toured communities, conducted interviews with affected peoples for a documentary, collaborated with U.S.-based campaigners Amazon Watch, and met with employees of oil companies."
- 'Professor Studies Army-Ant-Following Birds' (Louisiana State University, press release) "nearly 20 years after that first trip to Peru, Brumfield has again teamed up with Rosenberg, who is now at Cornell University’s Laboratory of Ornithology, along with Jose Tello of the American Museum of Natural History and three other LSU researchers – Matt Carling, Zac Cheviron and Nanette Crochet – to study the evolution of army-ant following."
- The Interethnic Association Of Developent Of The Peruvian Raniforest Declaration (International Institute for Sustainable Development)
- 'LeadDog Releases Comprehensive City Street Maps For 10 Peruvian Cities' (GeoPlace) "detailed city street geographic databases for the Peruvian cities: Lima, Arequipa, Trujillo, Chiclayo, Piura, Iquitos, Cusco, Chimbote, Huancayo, and Pucallpa. LeadDog maps are in use in a wide range of applications from military and government emergency and defense support to commercial fleet management and location based services. ... In addition to the cities named, LeadDog has detailed City Street Maps for 26 other Peruvian cities."
- 'Ethical Fashion Slow To Take Off' (Agence France Press) "Judith Condor-Vidal, a Britain-based specialist of alpaca wool from coops in Peru and Bolivia whose shawls, hats and gloves are knitted by 390 women there."
- 'Paris Fashion Industry Not Convinced By Ethical Show' (Female First, Caz Moss) "One of these designers was Judith Condor-Vidal, a Britain-based specialist of alpaca wool from Peru."
- ScotiaBank Conference on Building Sustainable Growth (Scotiabank press release) Oct 16 and 17 in Lima; watch video stream (not always online)
- 'Bank Of Nova Scotia To Enter Credit Card Venture in Mexico' (Bloomberg, Sean B. Pasternak)
- 'Bank of Nova Scotia Sees Many International Acquisition Targets' (Dow Jones, Monica Gutschi)
- 'Scotia Holds Investor Conference In Peru' (National Post, Canada, Duncan Mavin)
- 'Southern Copper Unions To Strike In Peru For Mediator' (Bloomberg, Alex Emery)
- 'Southern Copper Unions Say Peru Stalling On Wages' (Reuters) "Peru's Labor Ministry waited until Tuesday to say which of its staffers will set the new labor accord, and unions leaders said that was too long. 'We entered into this agreement in good faith but we are seeing the government isn't fulfilling its part,' Roman More, head of the union at the Cuajone mine, told Reuters."
- 'Sumitomo Metal Announces New Subsidiary In Peru' (Reuters) "Sumitomo Metal Mining Co., Ltd. announced that it has set up a new subsidiary in Peru on October 15, 2007. The new subsidiary, Sumitomo Metal Mining Peru S.A., is engaged in the mining activities."
- 'Duran Reports Positive Results From Hole 5 in Transition Zone Between Aguila and Aguila East' (Duran Ventures, press release) "pleased to report the results from Hole 5 of the 2007 Phase 1 diamond drilling program at the Aguila Cu-Mo Project, Ancash, Peru. Duran is earning a 50% interest in the Aguila Project from MacMillan Gold Corp."
- 'Miners Pull Footsie Lower' (ShareCast) "Peru-based precious metals producer Hochschild Mining said it is confident of coming close to its 2007 production target of 26m silver equivalent attributable ounces."
- IDB To LEnd At Least US$125 Million For Waterworks In 2008' (BNAmericas) "The bank will become one of the main financing sources of the country's Water for All program, the executive added, while the IDB representative in Peru, Ana María Rodríguez, added that water and sanitation has become a top priority for the financial entity."
- 'Peru's Poor Speak Up: Tourism Is Good, Law School Is Better' (National Catholic Reporter) the article is behind a subscription wall; this is a September article from New American Media by Andrés Tapia)
- 'Petroperú launched bidding on EIS tender for Talara refinery' (Petroleum World)
- 'Inca Trail's Secret City' (Herald Sun, Australia, Jennifer Grimwade)
- News On Arequipa, Tarapoto, Inka Terra, and Lufthansa (Travel Video) several items including closing of airport in Tarapoto until Oct 31; new Eco Inn in Cuzco; and "Lufthansa Commits itself to considering resuming direct flights ... The Minister of Production informed that Lufthansa has committed itself to seriously considering the possibility of resuming its direct flights to Peru, after it ceased to do so in 2002."
- VIDEO: Bus Accident (Fox News) first spot of five in Fox's 'Around the World in 80 Seconds'
- 'High Alert For Chile-Peru Qualifier (Reuters) "Chile defeated Peru in the 1879-1883 War of the Pacific and seized a chunk of mineral-rich territory from their northern neighbours. Although the two countries have strong economic ties, relations are still rocky and a dispute over their sea border has bubbled anew over the last two years."
- 'Nobby Has A Ball At Farewell' (Evening Chronicle, UK, Alastair Craig) a goodbye to Newcastle; watch accompanying video; "The Toon favourite played one last time for the Gallowgate End. The film, recorded for the BBC’s Inside Out programme, shows the winger entertaining the crowd like he always did – but this time with his band the Geordie Latinos."
- Peru Draws Spain In First Round, Davis Cup (TSN, Canada) February 8-10, 2008
- Juan Carlos Rebaza in Arizona (State Press, Arizona) "For ASU men's tennis extraordinaire Juan Carlos Rebaza, making the most of new opportunities in foreign places is just a part of his everyday routine. ... His father's employment at the Peruvian embassy in Washington, D.C., was the impetus to enter the new culture, but it's Rebaza's play that has helped him feel more a part of it. He returned to Peru to finish high school and was the country's national champion in 1998, 1999 and 2002."
- 'John Severson -The Original Surfer Artist' (Surfers Path) "As a surfer, Severson was known for his innovative performance style in big surf.In 1961, he won the Peru International, and was a finalist in US and Hawaiian Championships."
- 'From The Andes To The World - The Conquistadora Potato' (Agence France Press) "No other plant had to travel so far and so long before winning the popularity it has today," said Peruvian historian Sara Beatriz Guardia, author of a history of the potato titled "The Violet Flower of the Andes" (La flor morada de los Andes).
- 'Breast-Cancer Survivor Receives An Honor' (Gazette, Maryland, Patricia M. Murret) re: Laura Clymer
- 'Dominican Power Companies Shed The Foreign Managers' (Dominican Today) "Two weeks ago in Edenorte Felix Tavárez replaced the Peruvian Eloy Suárez Mendoza, who had been dismissed when he confronted legal problems in his country, and though acquitted wasn’t reinstated."
- David Vico Whestoff Murdered In Canary Islands (Tenerife News) In El Hierro; Vico, "a professional airman stationed there had been murdered at the door of the La Pedra disco-pub in the capital, Valverde. ... He was of Peruvian birth with a German father and held a Spanish passport. He had gone out on the town last Saturday with a colleague."
- 'Medical Team Travels To Peru To Help Children's Heart Ailments' (UCLA Health Care) "Dr. Juan Alejos, a pediatric cardiologist from Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, will lead a team of more than 40 volunteers traveling to Peru to help several hundred children suffering from heart conditions from Oct. 20 to Nov. 4. ... The group will offer their services at two hospitals in Arequipa — the Carlos Aberto Seguin Escobedo National Hospital and Hospital Goyeneche. They will also send a small team to Cuzco to see patients. In addition, the volunteers will perform evaluations on children from several orphanages in both areas. ... Alejos, whose family is originally from Peru, founded the nonprofit Corazones Con Esperanza (Hearts With Hope) Foundation."
- Hernani Cesar In Aichi Prefecture, Japan (Yomiuri Shimbun)
- A Financial Times press release announced a "special report on October 17 titled 'Latin America'. This reportwill provide an overview of the enormous opportunity and looming challenges that face the region. This report will be distributed as a specialsupplement in all four print editions of the FT with additional distribution at the 2007 Annual Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund."
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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- 'Ministerial Shuffle Causes Expectation' (Prensa Latina) "Economy Minister Luis Carranza, who is considered by several sectors as neoliberal and orthodox, and Energy and Mine Minister Juan Valdivia, who practices a policy that is criticized by those who consider it excessively favorable to transnationals, will remain in their posts."
- 'ROTC Cadets Train For Challenging Military Situations' (Bringham Young Univeristy NewsNet, Angela Nash) "Last weekend, BYU's ROTC cadets learned valuable lessons from helping the Peruvian government bring down a terrorist organization as part of the annual fall field training exercise. 'The government of Peru asked them to assist in stabilizing the government against Shining Path, a terrorist organization,' said Sgt. Matthew Mason.ROTC cadets were briefed Thursday about the mission they would participate in. ... [Cadets] also met with the Peruvian village chief and his wife. 'That's real common when you go to a foreign country, to sit down and break bread,' Mason said. 'You have to learn to talk to the neighborhood leaders.' Members of The Shining Path had taken all of the women, and were holding them hostage in the chief's house. The cadets had to make a plan of how they were going to assault the city."
- 'Earthquake Aid To Peru Provides Pattern For Disaster Assistance' (US Department of State, Ralph Dannheisser) "In this era of global interdependence, the international response to the recent devastating earthquake in Peru provides a good example of a coordinated effort to deal with a disaster. That coordination can be seen between U.S. agencies and departments responding to the crisis, among governments around the world that responded with quick aid, and between governments and nongovernmental groups focused on disaster assistance. ... The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) quickly sprang into action. A day after the quake, U.S. Ambassador to Peru P. Michael McKinley declared a disaster based on its effects. That prompted USAID to fund the local purchase and transport of emergency relief supplies to the most seriously affected areas."
- 'EEFIT Releases Preliminary Report On Earthquake' (Institution Of Structural Engineers, press release) read the 74pp report here "The mission was carried out by a team of three engineers: Fabio Taucer (team leader - Joint Research Centre, Ispra), John Alarcón (Arup, UK) and Emily So (University of Cambridge, UK), all members of EEFIT, which is administered by the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE)." ALSO: "The mission was carried out in close collaboration with the Delegation of the European Commission in Peru, and with the assistance from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and PREDECAM (Apoyo a la Prevencion de Desasters de la Comunidad Andina); contacts were made with representatives of the Peruvian Civil Protection (Instituto Nacional
de Defensa Civil -INDECI), as well as with NGO’s present and active in Peru. "
- 'Excellent Work Of Cuban Medical Brigade' (Prensa Latina, Cuba) "The work of the Cuban doctors, who assist victims of an earthquake in Peru, is highlighted by local media on Monday, two months after the tragedy that killed almost 600 people."
- 'Transportation Workers Strike In Lima' (Stratfor) "About 30% of transportation companies in Lima took part in a strike Oct. 15, Peru's Andina news agency reported. Congestion in the city was heavy. The Association of Massive Urban Transport Companies, which organized the strike, said it was being held to protest the 'unconstitutional nature' of new safety and emissions inspections."
- 'CC First Supports Small Scale Procedures Looking For Investment' (CC First, press release) "CCFirst is a Norwegian-based firm founded in Peru one and a half year ago to work as a consulting firm looking for foreign investors who are interested in the agroindustrial sector from Peru in particular."
- 'Grenville Gold Finds High Ridge News Release Defamatory' (Grenville Gold Corp, press release)
- 'Call Against Poverty Takes Aim At Inequality' (Inter Press Service, Fabiana Frayssinet) "Activists in Peru have taken part in demonstrations demanding a modification in the neoliberal economic policies that began to be adopted during the term of former president Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000) and have continued to be followed by President Alan García, who took office in July 2006."
- 'How One Bank Learned To Think Beyond Borders' (Globe and Mail, Canada, Tara Perkins) re: profile of Scotiabank who purchased Weisse recently
- 'Criminal Proceeding Initiated Regarding Denial Of Access To High Ridge's Peruvian Properties' (High Rige Resources, press release)
- 'Needle Of the Golden Compass Turns To Point Toward The East' (Resource Investor, Tim Cohen) "Peru has almost trebled its gold production over the past decade."
- 'SK Energy Anticipates Future Investments In Peru' (Scandinavian Oil-Gas Magazine) "SK is not only doing business in Peru. We are also hoping to fulfill our social responsibilities through CSR activities."
- 'Old Rivals Chile and Peru To Clash In High Risk Game' (Reuters) "Matches between the pair carry an extra edge because of long-standing economic and territorial rivalry and Peru's visit has been declared a high risk game by the Santiago city government."
- 'Faraqueen Rebounds In Clasico Enrique Ayulo Pardo' (Thoroughbred Times, Michael Burns) "Haras Rancho Fatima homebred filly Faraqueen, fifth in last month's Clasico Polla de Potrancas (Per-G1) (Peruvian One Thousand Guineas), returned with a vengeance Sunday to post a convincing win in the Clasico Enrique Ayulo Pardo (Per-G1) at Hipodromo de Monterrico."
- 'Peruvian Star Linked With Liverpool Move' (FansFC, Alex Wolstenholme) re: Juan Vargas "The versatile international came close to a move to Portsmouth in the summer of 2006 before opting to join Italian side Catania."
- 'Liverpool, Juventus Tracking Catania's Juan Vargas (Tribal Football) "Vargas, who missed the Copa America with an elbow injury, is regarded as a 'young Paolo Maldini' in Peru and along with Liverpool, his form has also attracted interest from Juventus and Roma."
- Jose Paolo Guerrero Has Airport Injury' (UEFA) "The 23-year-old Peruvian international suffered the injury at an airport having sprinted while carrying heavy luggage."
- 'Peru Soccer Team Asks FOr Bonus To Be Kept Secret' (Xinhua News Agency) "sPeru's national soccer team and training staff on Monday asked the Peruvian Football Federation (PFP) not to publish the size of the prize they will receive if they defeat Chile on Wednesday, their second World Cup qualifying game."
- 'Cusco: My Kind Of Town' (Telegraph, Hugh Thomson) "I go back every year and it's been the launch pad for several of my research expeditions to look for Inca ruins. I often think that if Machu Picchu didn't exist, then Cusco, as the old Inca capital, would be far more of a destination in its own right."
- 'From Luxury To Bare-Bones: Discount Airlines Specialize' (Wall Street Journal, Scott McCartney) "Spirit Airlines flies all the way to Peru."
- 'Interview With 'King Corn' Director Alan Woolf' (Indie Wire) "I moved to Lima, Peru where I worked for almost two years as an apprentice to Peruvian filmmaker, Francisco Lombardi. It was such a rough time in Peru's history: there was tons of violence, constant blackouts, and a curfew but there was this law that said that before any foreign film played in a movie theater, they had to project a Peruvian short. So there was this incredible demand to make short films. I worked on a lot of them--doing everything from wardrobe to dolly to camera--eventually I became a shooter. It was like this incredible film school."
- 'Just Who Is Yma Sumac?' (Film.com) "Peruvian singer Yma Súmac's "Gopher Mambo" plays while secretary Alison is chased around the steno-pool by Ken, and use of the artist's music isn't just for its kitsch-like fun. Around 1950, rumors spread that Yma was actually a Jewish secretary at Capitol Records named Amy Camus, who was born in Brooklyn, not Peru (Amy Camus is a backwards spelling of Yma Sumac)."
- 'Poet And Translator Clayton Eschleman To Read In New York' (St. Bonaventure University, press release) "He will read from his translations of the Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Thomas Merton Ministry Center on the St. Bonaventure campus."
- 'Tyrant of the Middle Way Sees Huge China Expansion' (The Scotsman) on the Chinese Politburo; "The 'average' Chinese is now about 80th out of the 200-odd countries on Earth, and is better off than someone in Peru, Pakistan or Nigeria."
Monday, October 15, 2007
PERUVIANS IN IRAQ:
- The Associated Press and the Santiago Times each have stories about Peruvian private security forces in Iraq
- Agence France-Press and Xinhua on another tragic bus accident in Junin
PERUVIANS IN IRAQ:
- 'Namibia Deports US Security Employees' (Associated Press, Rodrick Mukumbira) "Some U.S. lawmakers have said the government relies too heavily on private contractors who fall outside the military courts martial system. Many of the contractors working in Iraq are also third-country nationals. Triple Canopy, a security company that has State Department contracts, has scores of Peruvian guards working checkpoints in the Green Zone."
- 'The Story Of A Blackwater Recruit From Chile' (Santiago Times) “It’s basically a commercial problem. Now it is better to contract a Peruvian for US$800 or a Ugandan for just US$500. This is the business of war,” explains Cortés."
- '22 Dead, 15 Injured In Peru Bus Mishap' (Agence France-Press) In Junin, between Morococha and La Oroya
- 'Peru Coach Crash Kills 22, Injures 39' (Xinhua News Agency)
- 'Killers Stalk Latin American Journalists With Impunity' (Miami Herald, Frances Robles and Andres Viglucci) re: Knight Foundation report "In Peru this month, two military officers were sentenced to more than 15 years for ordering the 1988 murder of journalist Hugo Bustios Saavedra."
- 'Knight Foundation Strengthens Fight Against Impunity In The Americas' (Knight Foundation, press release)
- 'Media Group: More Attacks On Free Expression In The Americas' (Associated Press, Laura Wides-Munoz)
- 'IAPA General Assembly to evaluate disturbing status of press freedom in the Americas' (Inter Ameriacan Press Association, press release)
- AUDIO: 'Free Trade Plays Role In Presidential Campaigns' (National Public Radio, )
- 'A Suggested Salve To Free-Trade Anxiety' (Wall Street Journal, Greg Hitt)
- 'Hostile Takeover - Century Desires Sulliden' (Canadian Mining Journal)
- 'Oil & Gas Report Peru Released' (PR Log, press release; purchase subscription)
- 'SABMiller 1H In Line With Hopes' (Dow Jones, Michael Carolan; Financial Times, Maggie Urry)
- 'SABMiller H1 Volumes Rise 11%, Shares Dip' (Reuters, David Jones) "Its biggest Latin American market, Colombia, saw volumes up 7% with slower growth in the latter part of the half-year, while in its second largest, Peru, volumes were up 10%, hit by cold weather and an earthquake this year."
- OPINION: 'Paving The Road To Growth' (Turkish Weekly, Bjørn Lomborg, Julio Gonzalez , Jose Luis Guasch and Tomas Serebrisky) "In Peru, logistics costs represent 34% of the value of the country’s products. Reducing this to 20% would spark an impressive increase in demand and employment across many industries. Even if this led to just one percentage point of additional growth, Peru’s GDP would increase by $800 million a year."
- REVIEW: 'Cochrane: The Real Master And Commander', by David Cordingly (Washington Post, Ken Ringle)
- El Coro LatinoAmericano in Pittsburgh, Oct 20 (Pittsburgh Tribune) "Conducting El Coro Latinoamericano will be Enrique Bernardo, from Lima, Perú. Bernardo is a concert pianist and opera singer who is currently pursuing his Artist Diploma at Duquesne University. He also received his Master’s degree in music from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006."
- 'O'Hashi: Chains Of Events' (Colorado Daily, Richard Valenty) Boulder City Council candidate Alan O'Hashi; "Part of his mother's side of the family came to the U.S., while another part went to Peru, and O'Hashi had an experience during a trip to Peru in which the common language was Japanese.”
- Peruvian Ambassador Carlos Yrigoyen at Exhibition In New Delhi (Brandsmith, press release, India)
- 'Teacher/Coach Leads Rainforest Voyages' (Daily Tribune, Jim Evans) re: Kevin Gallatin
- 'Bolivian, Chilean Intellectuals Meet' (Prensa Latina) "Among the visiting experts is Chilean researcher Jose Miguel Concha, who will lecture on 'Argentine-Peruvian Intervention in the Failure to Ratify the 1895 Chilean-Bolivian Treaties'."
- 'Mother, Daughter Die In Daly City Collision' (San Francisco Examiner, Mike Rosenberg) re: Magaly Perochena, 43, and her 8-year-old daughter Fabiola Peralta
- 'Kim Il Sung's Work Published In Peru' (Korean Central News Agency, North Korea) "President Kim Il Sung's famous work 'Let Us Develop South-South Cooperation' was brought out in booklet by the Publiraser Publishing House of Peru on October 5. The work, published on June 9, Juche 76 (1987), clarifies the principle and ways to develop the non-aligned movement and successfully realize the south-south cooperation."
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;