The News in Brief

  • Finance Minsiter Alonso Segura appointed two new Deputy Ministers to his portfolio. Rossana Polastri, who was an analyst at The Brookings Institution and Grade, and worked for 18 years with the World Bank, has been appointed deputy minister of Finance. The new deputy minister of Economy is Enzo Defilippi, who has a doctorate in economics from Erasmus University, Rotterdam, and for the past 20 years has served as a consultant and advisor to the ministries of Economy, Production and to ProInversion.
  • Sedapal, the Lima water board, has been investing S/.30 million (US$10 mn) a year since 2012 in filtering agents — mostly activated carbon or charcoal—to purify Lima’s drinking water supply. According to the production manager, Yolanda Andia, this is a 50% increase since 2011, due to greater industrial, mining and domestic pollution of the Huaycoloro and Rimac Rivers.
  • Twenty-two royal palms have been poisoned, according to the Lima municipal council, along the Av. Javier Prado expressway in the San Borja district, and heavy gashes have been cut into 18 of the palms. The palms are between the east and west-bound lanes in the vicinity of the Ministry of Culture and the National Theatre. The Lima council has filed a complaint with the police.
  • Eminent historian Pablo Macera has donated his personal collection of 34,716 books and 1,099 manuscripts to the National Library, BNP. The collection includes manuscripts from the Colonial era and the war with Chile, as well as rare books such as a 1912 ecclesiastical yearbook from the Archdiocese of Lima, and a 1921-1927 photographic album of the Civil Guard and Police. BNP director Ramón Mujica honored Macera for his vision of Peru as a viceroyalty and a republic and for writing the first social and cultural history of Peruvian art
  • Policeman Marco Castro, 53, is recovering from facial surgery after being seriously injured in the violent protests in the Tambo Valley in Arequipa against the Tia Maria copper project. Castro sustained multiple fractures on 90 percent of his face, caused by attacks with sticks and chains.  During four hours of surgery, 15 specialists (surgeons, nurses, technicians) rebuilt his face with 10 titanium plates and 29 screws, mostly around the eye sockets and cheekbones.  According to the head surgeon, Jimmy Vilca, Castro will be able to eat bland foods in two weeks and recovered from the surgery in 45 days.

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