Machu Picchu to get airport
President Ollanta Humala announced plans on Wednesday to build an international airport near the southern city of Cusco to boost tourism to the legendary Inca citadel of Machu Picchu. The current Cusco airport, long unable to handle major flights from abroad, only operates with limited daytime flights and is limited by its location in a city, surrounded by hills. Large aircraft cannot fly into the facility. Humala said the government will invest US$460 million in the project, not including compensation to the farming communities whose land will be seized.
Serial killer house on sale
The childhood home of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is for sale in northern Ohio. The three-bedroom, 202m2 home on a private wooded lot in Bath, near Akron, was the site of Dahmer’s first murder, in 1978. He moved to Wisconsin in 1982 and went on to kill 16 more people before his crimes were discovered in 1991. The current owner is musician Chris Butler. The asking price is US$329,000. Butler believes the right buyer will be someone who appreciates the home’s 1950s vintage style. The ranch-style house was built in 1952, and a year later featured in the Beacon Journal for its modern style, open layout and floor-to-ceiling windows. Butler said he could not understand at first why the house had been on the market for six months at a price that seemed low for the neighborhood.
Columbus made personal
A Japanese artist is inviting the public to have an intimate view of explorer Christopher Columbus high above a busy intersection in Manhattan. Tatzu Nishi is constructing a living room around the statue, which is perched on a six-story column in Columbus Circle, where five busy streets intersect. “Discovering Columbus” will run from Sept. 20 to Nov. 18. Visitors will climb stairs to reach the living room — complete with couch, coffee table and lamps — where they will have a bird’s-eye view of the city and Central Park. However, some Italian-Americans say his new project makes a mockery of Columbus. “Encasing this majestic statue in a cocoon of conceptual art demeans the community and trivializes history,” said Rosario Iaconis, chairman of the Italic Institute of America, an education think tank.
Prisoners grow cannabis
Warders in a French jail where prisoners are allowed to grow their own produce have been left red-faced after the discovery of cannabis plants among the flowers and vegetables. The plants, which had reached a height of around 80cm before being spotted at the weekend, were found in vegetable patches located in the exercise courtyard of the Saint-Martin-de-Re prison in the west of France, regional official of the prison officers’ union Christophe Beaulieu told reporters.
Forbes lists powerful women
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are the world’s most powerful women, according to Forbes magazine’s annual survey. Following the two stateswomen was Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Newcomers to the list included singer Jennifer Lopez, former US Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, Meg Whitman of Hewlett-Packard Co and Marissa Mayer of Yahoo Inc. Lady Gaga was ranked at 14 and aged 26 is the youngest. The oldest, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, 86, was placed as No. 26.