Peru: Morning News Roundup – Tuesday January 29

Peru sees agriculture exports to Canada up sharply

Exporters in Peru said on Monday shipments of agricultural goods to Canada will rise sharply and complement traditional exports of minerals as soon as the two countries approve a free-trade deal. Exports of mandarin oranges, mangoes, avocados, fish, textiles and wood should surge at double-digit paces, Peru’s chamber of exporters said on Monday. "The free-trade deal with Canada will permit us to diversify our exports by having an alliance with one of the world’s most important markets," said Jose Luis Silva Martinot, head of Peru’s chamber of exporting companies. Over the weekend, trade ministers from the two countries said they had successfully concluded negotiations for a free-trade deal, which will need to be approved by legislatures in Canada and Peru. Two-way merchandise trade between Canada and Peru was about $2.4 billion in 2006. (Reuters – click here to read complete article)

Peru death squad ‘celebrated hit’

At the trial of ex-Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori, a former death squad gunman has said its members had a party only hours after they killed 15 people. Pedro Supo said his comrades drank beer and ate cake to celebrate the birthday of their leader, Santiago Martin Rivas. Mr Fujimori is accused of authorising two massacres, in which 25 people were killed, during a campaign against the Shining Path insurgency in the 1990s. If convicted, he could face up to 30 years in prison. He denies the charges. (AFP – click here to read complete article by Dan Collyns)

Peru rejects Chávez’s and Ortega’s criticisms

Alejandro Aguinaga, chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Peruvian Congress, joined a number of people rejecting the alleged intervention of Venezuelan and Nicaraguan presidents Hugo Chávez and Daniel Ortega, respectively, who claimed that Peruvian nationalist leader Ollanta Humala is the target of a "persecution." "This is an unacceptable foreign interference with the domestic affairs of this country. It seems to me that Chávez and Ortega have gone too far away," said Aguinaga, a member of rightwing Alianza por el Futuro, DPA reported. Earlier, the Peruvian government, through the head of the ministers’ cabinet Jorge del Castillo, rejected the statements made by the two presidents. (el universal – click here to read complete article)

The sounds of Peru at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

I stumbled across a group of musicians at Disney’s Animal Kingdom recently that I hadn’t seen before: Inkas Wasi. The members hail from South America and put on an entertaining show. The group plays off the musical heritage of Peru’s indiginous Inkas (or as we spell it in the U.S., Incas) and demonstrate their prowess on a variety of drums, flutes and pipes, along with stringed instruments. Some of the slower numbers are beautifully haunting, and the uptempo numbers are exhilarating. When I saw them, there was also a lively dance segment with two of the members, a festively costumed man and woman, who also posed for photos with children and talked to guests about their culture. (Orlando Sentinel – click here to read complete post by Matt Palm)

Radisson signs three new hotels

The three latin American based hotels include the Radisson Decapolis Hotel Miraflores and Radisson Hotel and Suites San Isidro in Lima (Peru) as well as the Radisson Summit Resort and Spa in Panama. This week Radisson Hotels and Resorts Latin America (RHILA), a master franchisor of Radisson Hotels & Resorts, has announced the edition of these latest hotels to the Radisson system. The 105 room Radisson Decapolis Hotel Miraflores in Lima, Peru is scheduled to open on February 15 under the management of Gerardo Camacho. Camacho previously served as the General Manager of the Radisson Decapolis Hotel Panama City. The new hotel is located in Miraflores, a highly desirable business and residential district of Lima. (4Hoteliers – click here to read complete article)

Times-News press finds new home in South America

Nine months the press sat silent, closed off in a room marked "Do Not Enter." Then Alex Prieto and Enrique Garcia came along. The men dismantled the hulking machine, loaded the parts into containers and left behind nothing more than an ink-stained floor sprinkled with oil dry. Now the press that churned out millions of copies of the Times-News sails toward South America. Soon Peruvian pressmen will breathe new life into the machine that went silent in April when the Times-News began printing the daily newspaper in Spartanburg, S.C. The press was sold to Grupo La Republica for one of the largest newspapers in Lima, Peru’s capital on the west coast of South America. (Blue Ridge Now – click here to read complete article by Scott Parrott)