CARACAS, Tuesday December 18, 2012 | Update

Standard food basket hits USD 452.57 in November

According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), the price of the standard food basket climbed 2.69% as against October, when it amounted to USD 450.46

Tuesday December 18, 2012  05:23 PM
Venezuela's standard food basket stood at USD 452.57 in November, soaring 2.69% with respect to October (USD 450.46). 

Based on a report compiled by the National Statistics Institute, the new price is attributable to the rise in the price of eggs (up 35.63%), tomatoes (up 23.77%), domestic oranges (up 12.41%), mangos (up 10.08%), plantains (up 8.02%), pineapples (up 5.62%), mayonnaise (up 5.24%), onions (up 4.91%), and chicken (up 4.62%). 

Regarding the drop in the price of some staples, the most significant were those in yucca, vegetable oil, kidney beans, black beans, potato, and oats and its by-products.

Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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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