Peru: Morning News Roundup – Wednesday February 13

Emotional Support Vital to Recovery in Peru

American Red Cross psychosocial delegate Jessica Hidalgo helps children recover from the aftermath of the Peru earthquake with "Paco the Hippopotamus."
© Jessica Fallas Hidalgo / American Red Cross

A Red Cross pychosocial support program helps children recover from the aftermath of the Peru Earthquake

“Doctor, doctor, are you a psychologist?” I looked up to find the face of a concerned woman with a young boy by her side. The woman explained that since the earthquake struck six months ago, her son appeared nervous and afraid, was having problems in school and no longer wanted to talk. I gently inched closer to make contact with him, but his frightened expression restrained my first attempt. “What is his name?” I asked his mother. She replied, “Juan” (name changed for confidentiality). Taking a stuffed animal out of my bag, I return my attention to the little boy. “Hi Juan, I want to introduce you to my friend who came to play with the children of Perú.” Still looking fearful, but with eyes filled with curiosity, Juan looked at the doll. Little by little, Juan allowed “Paco the Hippopotamus” to get closer to him, until with a slightly trembling hand, he took Paco and hugged him. (American Red Cross – click here to read complete article by Jessica Fallas Hidalgo)

Hands On Disaster Response Says Goodbye to Peru

Hands On Disaster Response (HODR), a volunteer-driven 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, completed their volunteer project in Pisco, Peru on January 15, 2008 after five months of providing help to the survivors of the 7.9 earthquake that struck Peru on August 15, killing over 500 people, interrupting schools, disrupting livelihoods, and destroying over 40,000 homes. Project Pisco ranks as HODR’s largest international project to date. The 535 volunteers from 30 countries; 120 of whom donated 25 days or more to Project Pisco, gave their time, energy, skills and hearts to an extensive array of projects carried out in the community. Some of the projects included debris removal, reconstructing 500 meters of an irrigation canal, building 300 temporary homes, stuffing 15,000 backpacks with UNICEF, building 100 temporary classrooms, contributed to the rebuilding of the Abraham Valdelomar School, and cleaning the beach and costal wetlands in San Andres. (Fox Business – click here to read complete press release)

Peru : radio news presenter threatened in studio for criticising regional boss

Pedro Mamani Zela of Radio Suramericana, a station based in Juliaca, in the southeastern department of Puno, was presenting his “Noticiero Sudamericano” news programme on 8 February when three hooded men, one brandishing a revolver, burst into the studio and threatened to kill him if he did not stop criticising the Puno region’s president, Hernán Fuentes Guzmán, who has been accused of corruption. They also threatened his family. Summoned by the station’s employees, the police caught one of the intruders, a minor, who admitted to being paid to threaten Mamani. The police also located the car used by the intruders, finding regional government documents inside. (Reporters without borders – click here to see article)

Peru hosting workshop to spotlight implementation of inter-american convention against corruption

The Organization of American States ( OAS ) and the government of Peru are jointly organizing a working that is scheduled to be held in Lima, Peru, February 14 and 15 in Lima, Peru, on the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption. Slated to be held at the Hotel Meliá Lima, in the Peruvian capital, the conference will cover, among other topics, the Inter-American Convention against Corruption and member state implementation of the treaty’s Follow-up Mechanism ( MESICIC ); content and scope of reports on MESICIC; and submission of Draft Plan of Action for implementing the recommendations from that Peru-based organizations. Jean Michel Arrighi, Director of the OAS Department of International Legal Affairs, will inaugurate the meeting, along with Peru’s Minister of Justice Rosario Fernández Figueroa and Chief of Peru’s National Anti-Corruption Office, Carolina Lizárraga Houghton. (Media Newswire – click here to read complete press release)

Three siblings killed by lightning in Peru

Three siblings were killed by lightning in the Peruvian region of Ancash, 420 kilometres north of Lima, police said Tuesday. Regional police said the incident happened Monday as the victims were working in the fields in the village of Patapata, in the province of Yungay. A large portion of the Peruvian territory has been suffering heavy rains for days, leading to mudslides and floods in some areas. Nestor Eugenio, 19, Daniel Armando, 20, and Ida Azucena, 11, all members of the Sanchez Barroso family, were killed by the electric charge along with three horses. (Earthtimes – click here to see article)

NEXTEL Peru to Offer Mobile Services for SMBs With Oficina Nextel Powered by SimMobile

Simdesk Technologies today announced an agreement with NEXTEL Peru to power its Oficina Nextel mobile services offering for small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs). Recognizing the compelling growth opportunities the SMB market represents, NEXTEL Peru plans to deploy Oficina Nextel powered by SimMobile due to the mobile solution’s low cost of deployment and its high-value mobile services that can be delivered to any mass-market handset or smart phone. As Peru’s market-leading mobile service provider for SMBs, NEXTEL Peru maintains the country’s highest customer satisfaction rating, which is largely attributed to the company’s high quality of service and deep understanding of subscriber needs. Oficina Nextel represents the mobile operator’s focus on delivering data services designed to meet the needs of market segments beyond the large enterprise. (Fox Business – click here to read complete press release)

Nacional Weary Of Tricky Cienciano

Nacional of Montevideo coach Gerardo Pelusso affirmed that Cienciano will be very difficult opponents in their Copa Libertadores opener in Cusco, Peru. The main factor that will play against Nacional is the altitude in Cusco, a city that is situated 3,400 metres above sea level. "The altitude makes a difference, but Cienciano are also a difficult team. They are a team with lots of experience, that won an important competition (the Copa Sudamericana), and they have a great backing from their fans," Pelusso explained. Pelusso, who has coached in Peru in the past, feels that Cienciano will do their best to win the match, but is positive that Nacional can return to Montevideo with the three points. Cienciano reached the group phase of the Copa Libertadores after defeating Wanderers of Montevideo 1-0 on aggregate after the two legs. (Goal.com – click here to read complete article)