Peru in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games
Three Peruvians athletes will compete at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, being held until Feb. 28 in Vancouver, Canada. This is the first time Peru will be at these Olympic Games, along with countries like Cayman Islands, Colombia, Ghana and Pakistan. Peruvian cross-country skier Roberto Carcelén, 39, who lives in Seattle, will compete in cross-country skiing. Manfred Oettl Reyes (16) and his sister Ornella Oettl Reyes (18) will also represent Peru in the alpine skiing category. The cross-country skiing competition will start on Feb. 15, and some 305 athletes will participate. The alpine skiing competition started on Saturday.
For more info on these athletes, see the following links:
Manfred Oettl Reyes
Ornella Oettl Reyes
Peruvian Photographer Gets a World Press Photo Award
A young Peruvian photographer, Gihan Tubbeh, was awarded one of the World Press Photo Awards in the category “Daily Life.” His series was eleven images portraying the life of a thirteen year old autistic boy. Tubbeh, who is 26 years old, has previously worked for several national and international publications. The World Press Photo jury awarded 63 photographers of 23 nationalities in 10 categories.
To see his award winning work, click here.
Heavy Rains Lead to Flooding
Earlier this week, intense rains hit northern Peru. Tumbes, Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad were hit by severe rainfalls, which caused landslides, mudslides and floods. In Piura, some cottages collapsed after 30-hour rains. The rain has buried streets and homes under up to 5 feet of water. Thousands had to abandon their homes in the city of Tingo Maria on Sunday. More than 16 hours of heavy rain caused the Huallaga River to overflow its banks over the weekend, flooding vulnerable towns and cities in the region. The rising water affected more than 4,000 people, flooding their homes and cars and sweeping just about everything in its path down stream. The situation was not much better in Piura where 12 hours of rain did similar damage. The rain is Peru’s heaviest in 15 years and has already claimed the lives of five people.
For more information click here.
Crime in the Ignacio Merino Settlement
Around 6:30 on Friday night on Calle Japón, Carlos Neira Carrasco was returning home from a bar on a motorcycle taxi, when he was intercepted by five gunmen on motorcycles. One of them shot him in the right side of his head, killing him and wounding the driver. According to his relatives, he has seven children who are now orphaned.
To read the full article in Spanish click here.
Another victim of the motorcycle killings, Lauren Aline Ramirez Escobar (25 years old), died yesterday after spending some time with no brain activity. So far nothing is known of these attacks or the perpetrators.
To read some more information about Lauren, click here.
New Director of Public Safety
With these tales of crime in Piura, the community is calling out for more public safety. Luckily, at a ceremony on Saturday, Mauro Medina Gimaraes assumed the post as the new First Director of Territorial Police. Medina has promised to improve public safety by increasing police patrols and implementing a new system of surveillance cameras in the upcoming months. During his speech, he mentioned that he will utilize a new computer system that provides citizens with virtual consultations for complaints. He also reported that with the help of the Regional Government and the Municipality of Piura, they will expand the police training school.
To read the many plans Medina has for Piura, click here.
Dengue Fever Threat
108 families living in condos in Miraflores demanded that the mayor of Castilla, Ricardo Morales, find a solution for draining the water from a river. Every time it rains, the river floods the entrance area to the condos. But the flooding isn’t the only concern. Pedro Ruiz Palacios explained that the drainage system runs the risk of breeding mosquitoes carrying dengue fever. The community reports that they have been asking the mayor since September 16th of last year and he has yet to propose a solution.
To read the full article in Spanish, click here