Karencita de Perú

The News Headlines in Peru – El Resumen de Noticias en el Perú

Posted on: June 9, 2010

Recently there have been a number of international news stories in the headlines in Peru that I thought I would share.

First is the sad story of the murder of a 21-year old Stephany Flores Ramirez at a hotel in Lima on May 30th.  The suspected killer is Joran Van der Sloot, a 22-year old dutchman.  Van der Sloot was accused of killing another woman, Natalie Holloway, in Aruba in 2005 but was never convicted.   After the killing he fled to Chile and was on the lam until he was captured by authorities on June 3rd.  Van der Sloot has now be extradited to Peru and today has apparently admitted to the murder.  If convicted, murder carries a penalty of 35-years in Peru.  See the latest details here.

Ramirez and Van der Sloot met on May 30th at the Atlantic City Casino & Hotel, which is 3 blocks from where I live.  Van der Sloot is apparently an avid gambler and was  attending a Latin American Poker Tour event here in Lima.  I found out about the tournament  via the news story and thought I better go check it out.  On Saturday afternoon we went to the Atlantic City Casino and watched the end of the tournament.  When we arrived there were 3 players remaining but the Peruvian player, Eric Cabrera, was quickly knocked out to the dismay of the crowed.  The final two players were Ben Barrows from the U.S. and Jose “Nacho” Babero from Argentina.  The heads up round didn’t last long and “Nacho” was the eventual winner of the top prize of $250,000.  It was fun to watch the event, sponsored by Poker Stars, with all the cameras and the energy of the crowd.   I checked the player list to see if there were any big names but didn’t see anyone.  There were, however, a fair number of Canadians in the tourney.  The top Canadian finished 13th our of 384 players.  Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with  me so I don’t have any pictures of the event.  For you poker fanatics, here are more details about the tourney.

Apart from murder and gambling, the other big news here is  political.  Bill and Hillary Clinton are in town.  Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, was here to attend the Organization of American States General Assembly (OAS) on June 7th.  I had never heard of the OAS before and am still not really sure what it does, but it seems like an important international organization and her visit has received a lot of news coverage.   Here is some further details about the OAS meeting.  Wow, in this photo of Hillary Clinton with President Alan Garcia it looks like either Hillary is very small or Garcia is huge!

Bill Clinton, head of The Clinton Foundation met with President Garcia today.  The foundations stated mission is to “strengthen the capacity of people throughout the world to meet the challenges of global interdependence.”   Clinton stated that his Foundation’s work is underway in Peru.  It is doing work with children to help them out of difficult situations and is also looking at how to use tax money to reinvest in youth.

Clinton also noted that “We are helping the city of Lima to replace all traffic lights with a system of high efficiency lamps. These lights consume only 10% of current consumption  which would save a million and half dollars a year in electricity.   An intelligent system allows better control and this reduces traffic congestion and CO2 production”.

After meeting with Garcia, Clinton met with Luis Castañeda Lossio, the mayor of Lima.  During a ceremony at the Metropolitano Central Station, Clinton was handed the keys to the city.

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