Peru: Morning News Roundup – Wednesday Dec 26

Poor Peruvian Youth Benefit From One Laptop Project

The inexpensive laptop computers designed for students in developing nations are beginning to find their way into student’s hands. Among developing economies, Peru has placed the biggest order of affordable laptops under the One Laptop Project. With an order of 272,000 notebooks, Peru seeks to boost its primary educational system that would benefit the nation’s poor youth. As a result of their exposure to the world, a number of the Peruvian youth has seen life beyond the farms where they are growing up. First grade teacher Erica Velasco told the Associated Press, "Some tell me that they don’t want to be like their parents, working in the field." (AHN – click here to read complete article)

Suspected Rebels Kill 2 Policemen in Southern Peru

Suspected Rebels Kill 2 Policemen in Southern Peru Peru’s police chief says armed men ambushed a police vehicle in the southern part of the country Monday, killing two officers and wounding a third. General David Rodriguez said the attackers fired machine guns and threw grenades at a police car near the town of Huanta, in the state of Ayacucho. Authorities often blame such attacks on the Maoist Shining Path rebels. The group battled Peruvian authorities in a guerilla war that killed tens of thousands of people in the 1980s. (VOA news – click here to read complete article)

Crashing a Solar Technology Trade Show in Peru

What started as an innocent day at the Museum of Pre-Colombian Art, turned into roaming the solar technology exhibitions as part of a huge trade show in Cuzco, Peru. We met with engineering students from Lima and chatted and asked the questions that official trade show participants would ask… The push for solar technology in isolated communities is admirable. I wish I could even begin to sufficiently describe the places we have seen solar technology being put to use. (click here to read complete article by Zoë)

Petrobras International to acquire 40% stake in Petrobras Energia Peru

Brazilian integrated energy firm Petrobras has authorized its Netherlands-based subsidiary Petrobras International Braspetro to purchase 40% of Petrobras Energia Peru’s joint stock for $423.3 million. Petrobras Energia Peru’s joint stock belongs to Valores Internacional de Espana, which is a subsidiary of Petrobras Energia (PESA), headquartered in Argentina. With the authorization, control over Petrobras Energia Peru is shared by PESA (59.79%) and Petrobras International Braspetro (PIBBV) with a 40% share. (Energy Business Review – click here to read complete article)

Peruvians Endorse Free Trade Deal with U.S.

Two-thirds of people in Peru welcome the free trade agreement that the South American country has signed with the United States, according to a poll by Ipsos, Apoyo, Opinión y Mercado published in El Comercio. 66 per cent of respondents support the commerce deal, while 25 per cent oppose it. In June 2006, Alan García—a member of the American Revolutionary People’s Alliance (APRA)—won Peru’s presidential election in a run-off against nationalist Ollanta Humala of the Union for Peru (UP). In July, García officially took over as president. He had previously served as Peru’s head of state from 1985 to 1990, when he oversaw a major economic crisis. (Angus Reid – click here to read complete article)

In Peru , Guinea Pig Gets a Place at the Table

Ever wonder whether a cabernet sauvignon or merlot would better complement your childhood pet? It might be a dilemma if you visit this Peruvian capital, where chefs have turned guinea pig — a staple protein of the Andes — into a gourmet dish. Five years ago, chef Marilu Madueno added cuy, as guinea pigs are locally known, to the menu at La Huaca Pucllana, an exclusive Lima restaurant popular with tourists that overlooks a pre-Inca temple. When she created the restaurant’s menu, Madueno correctly guessed that by chopping off the head and paws — cuy is traditionally served whole in the Andes — it would sell better. (AP – click here to read complete article by Leslie Josephs)