Peru: Morning News Roundup – Monday February 18

Chile to continue working with Peru despite border dispute

The Chilean government will continue to work with Peru despite a territorial dispute which will bring the two sides to court on Mar. 14, Chilean Deputy Foreign Minister Alberto van Klaveren said Sunday. "We have several shared permanent interests," he said in an interview with local newspaper Mercurio. Van Klaveren said Chile is worried about intensified fishing activity by Peru in the disputed area, and claimed that "this is not the first time it has happened." The root of the matter "is the lack of harmonization between fishing regimes," he said. "Our core goal is to achieve a rational use of resources while preserving fish species." According to the deputy minister, Peru will spend between eight and 12 months on the written presentation of its arguments, after which Chile will spend a similar time in presenting counter arguments. (Xinhua – click here to read complete article)

Class builds connections with peers living in Peru

Gifted students help raise money for earthquake victims
They might live in opposite hemispheres, but some Chinook Middle School students are connecting with second-graders in Peru. Norma Sassone’s Challenge Academy students spent an afternoon writing letters to their pen pals, who survived a magnitude-8.0 earthquake over the summer. "It’s great to be able to communicate with these kids," said Camille Jellison, 13. "I think it’s a good thing, because they really suffered a lot." Sassone plans to continue the long-distance partnership and coordinate a trip to Peru in 2010, where her former students can meet their "hermanos menores" — little sisters and brothers. She spent the summer in Peru visiting a teacher friend. Two weeks after she left, the earthquake struck. She wanted to help some of the children in the village, so she enlisted the help of her students in Challenge Academy, a program for gifted seventh- and eighth-graders in the North Thurston Public Schools district. The class raised $900 selling fluorescent light bulbs and reusable grocery bags, and they used the money to provide Christmas gifts and supplies to the second-graders in Peru.(The Olympian – click here to read complete article by Diane Huber )

Grief haunts Peru quake survivors

It was 18:41 local time on 15 August, 2007, when the devastating earthquake struck Peru. Millions of people felt the tremors that lasted for two-and-half minutes. The city of Pisco was close to its epicentre, and in its main place of worship, the San Clemente church, a congregation of some 250 had gathered for a special mass marking one month since the death of a local man. In seconds, the church roof had caved in, killing some 200 members of the congregation. Standing in the wide open space where San Clemente used to be, Father Alfonso Ferrada explained how he was near the altar at the moment the roof collapsed. "It was so strong that I thought the Earth would swallow me up, the lights went and at that moment something fell and hit me on the arms, knocking me backwards, then the roof caved in," he says. (BBC News – click here to read complete article by Dan Collyns)

Telefonica del Peru reports full year losses

Peru’s incumbent fixed line carrier Telefonica del Peru (TdP) has posted a net loss of PEN91.31 million (USD32.06 million) in 2007 compared to a PEN178 million profit in 2006. Revenues slipped 1.7% to PEN4.42 billion, although performances were mixed across its operations: local telephony, public telephones and business communications saw sales fall 6.4%, 25% and 7% respectively, while internet, pay-tv and long-distance operations recorded increases of 23.2%, 23.9% and 17.4% respectively. (TeleGeography – click here to see article)

Volleyball Olympic qualifier: Puerto Rico replaces Kenya

The world volleyball governing body, FIVB, has granted Puerto Rico a spot in this year’s last Olympic qualifier tournament, after Kenya and Peru withdrew from the event. The eight-team qualifier, billed for 17-25 May in Tokyo, Japan, will be the last event to be used by the international federation to pick the women’s teams that qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in August. Kenya and Peru participated in last November’s World Cup in Japan, but failed to book the tickets to Beijing. At the World Cup, four teams, comprising winners Italy, first runner-up, Brazil, second runner-up, USA and hosts, China qualified for the games. Having missed the tickets at the World Cup, Kenya and Peru were given another chance – the African and South American Olympic qualifiers – where both teams fini s hed as runners-up, missing the ticket once again. (Afriquenligne – click here to read complete article)