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Chile asks Venezuela to pay USD 80 million to Chilean companies
  EL UNIVERSAL
Friday January 15, 2010  01:43 PM


The Chilean Foreign Ministry urged the Venezuelan government to expedite the payment of USD 80 million to about 50 Chilean companies that have done business in the Caribbean country and have not received any payment so far, said on Friday Chilean newspaper El Mercurio.

The complaint was made through a letter, the third communication sent by the Chilean Foreign Ministry with the same purpose in the last six months, according to the newspaper.

In the letters, the Chilean government asks Venezuela to expedite the payments to companies such as airline Lan Chile; wine producers such as Concha y Toro, San Pedro, Valdivieso and Tabalí, together with food companies Córpora tres montes, Intereseafood and Carozzi, among others, AFP reported.

The payments have been delayed by problems with Venezuela's Foreign Exchange Administration Commission (Cadivi).

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Pablo Jiménez Guaricuco was summarily dismissed from his Clerk III job at the Autonomous Service of Public Registries and Notaries' Offices (Saren). He read a notice published in a newspaper on November 5 informing the public that he was no longer employed to the Saren. He was sacked despite the fact that he was taking a leave of absence from work due to a work-related accident, and that he enjoyed security of employment under the parental job-immunity privilege. Most probably, the decision was influenced by his role as a union organizer. But what did he do, besides leading protests, to deserve the sack? Well, he allegedly sent off a series of tweets that definitely hurt the sensitivity of the Saren Directorate.

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