Peru: Morning News Roundup – Friday Dec 28

Monkey dies after surreptitious airplane trip to NYC

A small monkey stashed in a man’s hat during a flight to New York has died, and a U.S. federal health agency spokeswoman says authorities do not know why, according to a local newspaper. The fist-sized tamarin was seized on Aug. 7 as its owner got off a plane at LaGuardia Airport in New York City, the Daily News reported Thursday. The tiny primate apparently escaped detection during a flight from Lima, Peru, and a stopover in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. But the forest-dwelling creature was spotted after it crept out and perched on its owner’s ponytail during the trip to New York, the paper reported. (AP – click here to read complete story)

Peruvians Reject Possible US Military Base

Peruvians have rejected the possible installation of a US military base in Peru, aimed at controlling the Amazonian regions in this country and Brazil. Analysts Carlos Tapia and Alberto Adrianzen condemned the project, which the government has repeatedly denied but was denounced publicly by two ex military intelligence officials. Both Tapia and Adrianzen agreed on demanding that the Ministry of Defense make a statement on the denunciation made by retired officers Jesus Suasnabar and Juan Castro, who said Washington is about to achieve its goal. (Prensa Latina – click here to read complete story)

Peru to host Pan-Am weightlifting Olympic qualifier

Peru will host the Pan-American Weightlifting Championship, which will offer places for the 2008 Olympic Games, the president of the Peruvian Weightlifting Federation told Xinhua on Thursday. The president, Jose Quinones, said the competition will run from March 18 to 23 of 2008 and that 200 competitors have already signed up. The event will take place in the Miguel Grau stadium, home to Peruvian soccer team Sport Body, in Callao city, 14km from the nation’s capital, Lima. The competition’s top five men and top four women, as measured by points, will win a place in the 2008 Games, to be held in Chinese capital Beijing. (China.org – click here to read complete story)

Peru steps up LNG investments

The board of the U.S. Ex-Im Bank approved a US$250 million credit guarantee for the Peru liquefied natural gas (LNG) consortium’s US$3.9 billion LNG export project, according to a BNamericas report. The financing package now heads to the U.S. Congress for a standard 35-day comment period. After the comment period ends, the board will make its final decision regarding the financing. Earlier this month, the Inter-American Development Bank approved a US$400 million for the Peru LNG project, which will be the first LNG export facility in the country. The LNG plant is expected to commence operations in 2010. Peru’s energy and mines ministry has requested that Peru LNG install a distribution facility at the liquefaction plant to supply the southern portion of the country, the energy minister was quoted as saying. (Energy Current – click here to read complete story)

Radiance From Rain Forest: Featherwork In Ancient Peru

An unprecedented exhibition of luxury items from ancient Peru, embellished with brilliantly colored feathers of Amazonian rainforest birds, will go on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on February 26. Bringing together more than 70 works from public and private collections in the United States and the Metropolitan’s own holdings – many of which have never been displayed before – Radiance from the Rain Forest: Featherwork in Ancient Peru will explore the more than 2,000-year-old tradition of sophisticated feather-working that prospered in ancient Peru. (HULIQ – click here to read complete story)

Chile Cencosud sells 75 mln shares, raises $302 mln

Chile’s Cencosud, one of the region’s largest retail groups, on Friday auctioned 75 million new shares on the local market at a price of 2,000 pesos each, raising $302 million. Cencosud CEN.SN announced the sale earlier this week, saying the capital increase would be used to raise cash to finance its purchase of Peru’s top retailer, announced earlier this month.(Reuters – click here to read complete story)