Peru: Morning News Roundup – Wednesday February 20

Agitating Peru farmers clash with cops, toll rises to four

Two more farmers have been killed in clashes with the police on the outskirts of the Peruvian city of Ayacucho, raising the toll to four in the two-day nationwide demonstration by farmers, EFE news agency reported Wednesday. The farmers were demanding concessions on loans, water rights and compensation for losses caused by the free trade agreement with the US. The incident Tuesday occurred when a group of farmers tried to block the highway, leading from Ayacucho to the Pacific coast, and burnt a gasoline station located on the outskirts of the city. According to RPP radio, several people were injured in the incident and were taken to hospitals in Ayacucho. (Thaindian – click here to read complete article)

India’s Mahindra launches SUV, pick-up in Peru

India’s Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd said on Wednesday it had launched its Scorpio sport utility and its Pik-Up range in Peru, further extending its presence in Latin America. The launch was in partnership with Maquinaria Nacional S.A., an arm of the Gildemeister Group, an importer and distributor of vehicles which also represents Mahindra in Chile. "The launch in Peru will help us consolidate our growing presence in South America," Sanjeev Saksena, senior general manager for Central and South America, said in a statement. Mahindra, India’s top utility vehicle and tractor maker, in January began assembling the Scorpio and Pik-Up in Brazil with a local partner. It also assembles the vehicles in Egypt and exports them to markets in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. (Reuters – click here to read complete article)

Cabot Employee in Peru Trek to Raise Funds for Cancer Charity

An employee from Cabot Financial Group, market leader in debt purchase, is stepping out across the mountains of Peru as part of a marathon effort to help raise funds for the Helen Rollason Heal Cancer Charity. Annette McInery, who works as a Dialler Co-ordinator for Cabot Financial, is taking on the challenge to support the company’s chosen charity of 2008. Annette has already raised more than £2200 and is well on her way to achieving her target of raising £3000. Much of the money raised so far has been through events held at Cabot, such as dress down days and a quiz night. Annette aims to walk up to eight hours a day before she leaves for the arduous trek, which is set to take place between 28 March and 6 April 2008, in order to be in the necessary physical condition for the trip. (Creditman – click here to read complete article)

From Shantytown to Model for Urban Development

Peruvian activist María Elena Moyano became a liability in the eyes of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) rebels on Feb. 13, 1992. That was the day she dared to flout the curfew imposed by the insurgents in order to lead a peace march in the streets. Two days later, at a fund-raising party, the activist known locally as "Mother Courage", who was elected president of the Popular Women’s Federation of Villa El Salvador when she was only 24, was shot to death by Shining Path guerrillas, and her corpse was blown up with dynamite. Because of her, Villa El Salvador, a working-class district on the outskirts of Lima in southern Peru, has become a symbol for all Peruvians of the struggle to overcome against all odds. (IPS News – click here to read complete article by Clarinha Glock)

Starbucks in RI starts selling Peruvian coffee

For lovers of high quality international coffee in Indonesia, good news hit town Tuesday, with Starbucks announcing it would sell Peruvian coffee, one of the finest in the world. Peruvian Ambassador to Indonesia Juan Alvarez Vita made the announcement as he hosted a group of journalists Tuesday at a coffee tasting session organized by PT Sari Coffee Indonesia, holder of the Starbucks franchise in Indonesia. The history of coffee in Peru, Juan said, began in the 16th century and now Peru is the sixth largest coffee producer in the world. (The Jakarta Post – click here to read complete article)

Nacional tops Bolognesi

Bruno Fornaroli scored early to give Uruguay’s Nacional a 1-0 victory over Peru’s Bolognesi in Copa Libertadores Group 4 on Tuesday. Fornaroli scored in the eighth minute, and the lead was preserved by a great save from Nacional goalkeeper Alexis Viera off a penalty kick at the end of the match. Nacional next faces Flamengo in Montevideo on March 6, and Bolognesi will play Cienciano in Cuzco on March 3. (Sports Illustrated – click here to read complete report)