DOSSIER. Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.
Pedro Pablo Fernández
INTERVIEW. Pedro Pablo Fernández faces the tough task of the children of his kind: breaking with the label according to which he is identified as "Eduardo Fernández's son."
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- European Union follows up trial against dissenter Leopoldo López
- Venezuelan Health Ministry discusses the sector' issues with surgeons
- Venezuela considers importing crude oil from Algeria
- Venezuelan gov't toughens electronic controls on consumers
- Supermarkets unsure about fingerprinting system's optional nature
- Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation asks for emergency policies
- Auction sales of US dollars via Sicad decline
- Venezuelan Vice-President's Office to control imports
- President Maduro: "I do not obey advisors"
- Venezuelans hold a better view about the US than about Cuba
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- Venezuelan state's imports to be centralized in Corpovex
- Obama upholds dialogue in Venezuela
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- President Maduro: Economic crisis not due to bad government policies
- Capriles: We cannot accept fingerprint-reading machines
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- Venezuelan gov't seeks "gradual" adjustment with controls
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GOVERNMENT Under the government of deceased President Hugo Chávez, Venezuela used three legal mechanisms available in the United States to lobby and influence on decision making. For such purpose, the nation paid USD 20,722,646.
CONSUMPTION The biometric system to buy food has raised more doubts that certainties in Venezuela. Over the next 90 days, the government and the private sector have to set this system to manage consumption. Luis Rodríguez, Executive President of the Venezuelan Association of Supermarkets (ANSA) is skeptical about the results.
CONSUMPTION Supermarkets in Venezuela have stated they do not reject the implementation of a biometric system for customers to buy staples, yet admitted to have doubts regarding the optional nature of the use of the fingerprinting machines.
TRADE The biometric system that will be implemented in supermarkets and pharmacy chains on November 30 in Venezuela had been rejected by the government a year ago, when a similar mechanism was implemented in Zulia state, northwest.
Crisis in healthcare sector
HEALTH The Venezuelan Pharmaceutical Federation (FFV) asked the government to establish an "emergency policy" to tackle shortages of medicines which, in their view, stem from poor supply of foreign currency to the pharmaceutical sector.
HEALTH Resident surgeons working in Caracas' public hospital's network met with Vice-Minister of Hospitals Juana Contreras to discuss several issues, such as insecurity, infrastructure, supplies, and human resources, in order to optimize the operation of healthcare facilities.
HEALTH On March 2, 2012, at the Office of the Venezuelan Vice-President, the Executive Office signed an agreement on standard prices with representatives of 10 private hospitals based in Caracas.