Saturday, April 12, 2008
NAZCA FLIGHT TRAGEDY
- Lawmakers seek better tourist protection after deadly Peru plane crash (Associated Press, Carla Salazar) "Lawmakers sought tougher tourism safety measures Friday, two days after five French tourists were killed in an airplane crash en route to the country's famed Nazca lines. The Aero Ica Cessna plane went down Wednesday near a landing strip in Peru's desert. Only the Peruvian pilot survived. The plane became tangled in high-tension cables after the pilot tried to return to the landing strip shortly after take off. The plane did not have enough lift to clear a three-story building."
- No More Room On Inca Trail; booked out through August (The Telegraph, Mark Rowe) "Before the introduction of permits, up to 2,000 tourists walked the trail each day in the high season, which runs from April until September.The present quota is set at 500 permits a day, each costing £45, but because walkers must be part of a group employing a guide, cook and porters, just 200 permits are available for tourists."
- Beauty of Andes not to be missed (San Francisco Chronicle) "Worth A Splurge: A room at the Hotel Monasterio in Cusco after four days of hiking."
- Peruvian Traveling Fair arrives in San Diego (Navy Compass, Christal A. Bailey) "Peruvian Navy transport ship BAP Mollendo (ATC 131) arrived in San Diego on April 10. Mollendo, commanded by Capitan de Fragata, Gonzolo Carrera Mazuelos, and its 139 enlisted Sailors and 38 officers are hosting tours of Mollendo, which houses a museum displaying some of Peru's industrial products such as cotton and alpaca textiles and cultural artifacts from the Incas."
- razil is promoting South American Defence Council (MercoPress) "Brazil’s Minister of Defence Nelson Jobim announced visits to neighboring countries to promote the Brazilian initiative for a South American Defence Council. “The purpose of these visits is to draft a mid term or possibly long term South American defense identity so that we can have a strong, united continent”, said Jobim."
- Cooking Competition in Callao (Associated Press photographs) Yesterday the Sarita Colonia prison in Callao held their foreign food contest. 865 out of 2,640 prisoners are foreigners, most of them imprisoned on drug charges. Contestants included Canadians, Italians, Mexican, French, Colombians, and Spanish. And
Peruvians. The Italians won with former chef Gerardo Frigieri and his Italian Spaghetti Bolognese.
- World-renown artists perform in Peru thanks to tax-cut law, says president García (Andina Press Agency) "García indicated that thanks to the referred legislation, signed last year on December 19, famed artists such as Bryan Adams, Marc Anthony and White Lion."
- Peru's Sol Drops After Central Bank Raises Reserve Requirement (Bloomberg, Andrea Jaramillo) "Peru's sol had its biggest decline in almost three months after the central bank tripled the reserve requirement on foreigners' deposits in local banks to curb capital inflows. The sol dropped 0.9% to 2.739 per dollar. "Foreign banks were taking advantage of the sol's appreciation by taking out term deposits with local banks,'' said a currency trader at Banco Santander SA in Lima. The reserve requirement increase "takes away that incentive and we'll probably start seeing dollars leave Peru as a result of this in the next few weeks.''
- OPINION: Latin American Economies Steady Despite Global Financial Shock (Washington Post, Marcela Sanchez)
- Three USA Marines investigated in heroin transaction (Free Lance Star, Virginia, Keith Epps) "The investigation stems from a Sept. 6 incident in which Peruvian narcotics officers seized a package at Jorge Chavez International Airport in Lima. The package was addressed to an apartment on Republic Way in Stafford, where two Marines stationed at Quantico live."
- 'La Limena' in Washington DC-area (Washington Post, Tom Sietsema) "It would be easy to miss this fine little restaurant, all but invisible in the corner of a plain-Jane shopping mall."
- Eat Like a Tourist In Your Local (The Guardian) "For many years, travellers have returned from Peru with strange tales of a lurid yellow drink. The mysterious beverage is Inca Kola and graduates of the gringo trail can relive their South American experiences at Tito's restaurant, which serves the bubblegum-flavoured drink along with stronger Peruvian tipples, such as Cusquena beer and Pisco sours. Reviews are mixed but the menu has regional specialities such as ceviche, parihuela, lomo saltado and aji de gallina, while apparently steering clear of cuy. El Aguajal (54 Balls Pond Road, N1 4AP) is another Peruvian joint with a good reputation."
- Brewers get extreme as they create new beers (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Jeremiah McWilliams) "Marc Gottfried, brewmaster at Morgan Street Brewery on Laclede's Landing, has experimented with ingredients like maple syrup and pumpkin mash cooked in crock pots. His next project: a naturally purple beer brewed with a Peruvian beverage."
- Flamengo overcome altitude worries to beat Cienciano (Reuters, Brian Homewood) "Flamengo, who have led a campaign by Brazilian clubs to end matches at high altitude, cruised to a 3-0 win over Peru's Cienciano at 3,300 metres above sea level in the Libertadores Cup on Wednesday."
- So Flamengo, what was all the altitude fuss about? (Reuters blog, Brian Homewood) "So what was the big fuss about? Recent results suggest that altitude does not really offer anything more than a small advantage to the home team, rather similar to playing on a bumpy pitch or in weather which the visitors are unused to. ... It also begs the question: are Brazilian clubs and the media, which has helped stoke up public opinion, being hypocritical?"
- UK towns venturing farther for twins (Financial Times, Jim Pickard) "Towns are twinning themselves with ever more exotic partners, including Timbuktu, Ulan Bator and Machu Picchu, in a telling sign of how the planet is shrinking. Haworth, the Yorkshire birthplace of the Bronte sisters, says it twinned itself with Machu Picchu, the ruined city in Peru, not only because “we wanted to” but because the two were “more similar than you may think”. Both had populations of just less than 3,000, were “50 miles from the nearest regional capital” and “evoke past societies”, said Haworth’s 'twin town group'.”
- Rev. Michael Chapman Going To Peruvian Seminary (Lincoln Tribune, North Carolina, Karen Bolick) Leader in the Holy Way to teach at the Seminary of Saints Augustine in Lima. "Fr. Chapman speaks fluent Spanish and is familiar with the Quechua language of the Inca Empire. “It is difficult to say exactly where we will be and what we will be doing."