CARACAS, Friday November 30, 2012 | Update

Venezuelan oil basket slumps USD 97.10

The Venezuelan crude oil shed five cents

In the week of November 26-30, the Venezuelan oil price slid a bit (File photo)
Friday November 30, 2012  12:24 PM

The Ministry of Petroleum and Mining has reported that the Venezuelan oil basket slipped back five cents (0.05%) from USD 97.15 last week.

The Ministry posted on its Tweeter account that during the week the prices of hydrocarbons were virtually steady, as the market focused its attention on the agreement on the financial aid to Greece and the talks at the US Congress to prevent the so-called fiscal precipice.

To date, the Venezuelan oil basket averages USD 103.95 per barrel.
Gagging Twitter users

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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