Peru: Morning News Roundup – Monday, June 4

Morning News RoundupCold wave kills at least 52 children in Peru

At least 52 children had been killed by the cold wave that has hit central and south Peru in the past few days, the Peruvian health authorities said on Saturday. Severe respiratory disease and pneumonia were the main cause of the deaths, authorities said in a statement. The children killed were mainly from the families of poor herdsmen living in mountainous areas. The worst-hit was the Puno province, where 42,000 people got respiratory disease, 391 people caught pneumonia and 18 children died. Although it is now autumn in Peru, the temperature in some mountainous regions fell to below minus 16 degree celsius. The cold also killed livestock in the stricken areas, where the Peruvian government has been sending relief materials. (Xinhua)

Soccer-Peru beat Ecuador 2-1 in friendly in Madrid

Peru recorded a morale-boosting 2-1 win over South American neighbours Ecuador in a Copa America warmup match on Sunday. Peru took the lead after only five minutes with their first attack of the game when a low cross from the right was laid back to the edge of the area for PSV Eindhoven forward Jefferson Farfan to drill home. But they only held the lead for five minutes before Ecuador’s Christian Benitez was tripped in the area for a penalty and the experienced Carlos Tenorio made no mistake from the spot. Ecuador had a goal ruled out for offside in the 21st minute, but, despite their suspect defence, it was Peru who continued to look the sharpest. Keeper Daniel Viteri saved point-blank from Peruvian striker Andres Mendoza in the 29th minute and Farfan blasted into the side-netting just before halftime. Six minutes after the restart, Peru restored their lead when Farfan’s free kick skimmed off the head of Ecuador defender Ulises de la Cruz, hit the base of the post and squirmed across the line into his own net. Ecuador pressed hard but struggled to create clear openings and Benitez missed his side’s best chance of an equaliser, heading wide with only the keeper to beat near the end. The two sides meet again on Wednesday with a second warmup match against Peru in Barcelona. The Copa America kicks off on June 26. Peru have been drawn in Group A with hosts Venezuela, Bolivia and Uruguay, while Ecuador are in Group B with Brazil, Mexico and Chile. (Reuters)

Possible sanctions for illegal Peruvian mahogany trade

The 171-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES, began meeting Sunday to consider new limitations on commercial fisheries and timber. Among 36 proposals — each requiring a two-thirds majority of voting member states, which includes the United States — are recommendations to increase protection for whales and Spanish cedar. These are among the top agenda items: The pau brasil tree: Found in the Brazilian rain forest, it has been exploited for 500 years because it makes the best violin bows. It has been coveted by musicians since Mozart’s time in the mid-1700s for its sound quality and strength in holding a curve. Of every 3,300 pounds of wood, only 220 to 440 pounds are usable for a bow, experts say, and 80 percent of that is wasted in carving. Peruvian mahogany: Peru may face sanctions because about 90 percent of the mahogany from the Peruvian Amazon — used for guitars — is logged illegally, said the Defenders of wildlife. (Associated Press)

Peruvian surfer among standouts in Central America

The standout of the day at the 2007 Quiksilver Pro at La Libertad, El Salvador was Peru’s Gabriel Aramburu. The powerful goofyfoot posted the highest total score of the day (13.23 out of 20) during the final heat of Round 3. Also posting impressive wins in Round 3 were two local surfers, Juan Carlos Ramos and Wilber Alberenga. "I’m really happy to make it to the Quarterfinals," said Ramos. "My whole family is here and I got motivated when I heard everyone cheering for me on the rocks." The waves were somewhat bumpy and a passing tropical storm delivered periods of heavy rain. Still, despite the inclement weather, hundreds of people came down to the point to see the action along with national television and print media. The contest was a major feature in all on the national newspapers today. The event will conclude tomorrow. The surf expected to drop a bit in size but will be cleaner. Event photos and updates are posted each day at www.quiksilver.com/proelsalvador (Surfwire)

UNESCO to assess potential World Heritage soon

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization announced it will discuss 45 requests for registry as World Heritage late this month. Chief of the Latin America, Caribbean chapter of UNESCO Heritage Committee, Nuria Sanz, said a meeting will be held in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, on June 23- July 2 to examine 11 natural, 32 cultural and two mixed properties from countries including Argentina and Mexico, Spain, South Africa, Germany, Australia, Finland, China, Italy, Kenya, Namibia, Poland, Rumania, Serbia and Vietnam. Under the Convention concerning the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage 1972, UNESCO protects 830 sites of exceptional universal value in 139 countries. Argentinean glaciers, Old Havana, the colonial city of Cartagena de Indias (Colombia) and the ruins of Machu Picchu, Peru, figure in the list. (Prensa Latina)