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Peru: Morning News Headlines – Tuesday, July 3

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Record low temperatures registered on Sunday in Lima, Peru

(LIP-ir) — Peru’s weather service (SENAMHI) registered the lowest temperature of this winter in Lima, Peru, with temperatures as low as 13.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday July 1. Friday June 29 and Saturday June 30 were also record lows, with temperatures at 13.3 and 13.2 degrees Celsius. According to SENAMHI the cold wave will continue accompanied by early morning and evening drizzle.

Customers will be able to choose long-distance phone company in Peru

As of yesterday, phone service customers are permitted to choose their long distance phone company in Peru. Customers have the chance to choose their phone company until October 31, by that date they must have decided who is to be their long-distance provider, if a decision has not been made customers will have to use phone cards. The government hopes this will create competition among phone companies so consumers will be able to benefit from good deals. Currently there are 15 long-distance phone companies in Peru.

Police capture 11 ex-convicts with 27 kilos of opium latex in Cajamarca, Peru

Officers from Cajamarca’s police force have captured 11 ex-convicts with 27 kilos of opium latex and over 50 thousand soles in counterfeit money. The drug-dealers, as young as 26 and as old as 50, belonged to gangs such as "Los Shilcos" and "Los Tongotinos". Police authorities explained that the ex-convicts had been operating in Cajamarca, Peru since 2005 and were working with Ecuadorian and Colombian gangs. The 27 kilos of opium latex were stored in plastic bottles and valued at 250 thousand dollars.

Organic Products of Peru

On an international level, organic production has grown enormously. In 2006, the area dedicated to organic agriculture was estimated at 31 million hectares, with a growth of 19 % compared with the previous year. The sales reached US$ 35 million in 2006, with an average growth rate of 13 %. To really appreciate this numbers, it is important to compare it to the growth rate of the sector “food and drinks”, which lies between 3 %and 6 % annually. Peru is no exception – in 2005, the country had an area of 274,000 hectares certified or in transition. IFOAM listed Peru as the 7th country regarding the number of organic producers, counting about 33,500 small producers. Furthermore, it is estimated that in 2006, the Peruvian exports reached US$ 100 million with an annual growth rate of 50 %. (Organic-Market.Info)

Pittsburgh schools to send equipment to Peru

The Day School in Squirrel Hill and Carlow University are working together to send medical equipment to a school for handicapped children in Peru. "There are children in need down there at the Ann Sullivan Center of Peru, and the two organizations up here are in a position to do something about it if we work together," said Bill Bauer, director of The Day School. The Day School teaches 181 children with severe and complex disabilities, including cerebral palsy and autism. The school is part of The Children’s Institute, a nonprofit that provides a hospital, outpatient rehabilitation and an adoption network. Carlow became involved because its students who plan to be special education teachers take a class at The Day School to prepare them for working with severely handicapped youngsters. (read entire article by Bill Zlatos at PittsburghTribune-Review)

Peru To Prepay 68% Of Paris Club Debt

Peru has managed to secure agreements with 13 of the 15 member countries of the Paris Club to prepay its debt to the group, which totals $2.592bn, and is due 2015. The country will prepay $1.754bn, with payment of another $838 still to be negotiated with France, South Africa and Italy – the first two of which declined to participate in the prepayment agreement and the last of which only agreed to a 50% prepayment. Peru’s vice-minister of finance Juan Miguel Cayo told LatinFinance earlier this year the country would look to pay down $1.8bn in Paris Club debt by the end of 2007. (LatinFinance)

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