CARACAS, Friday November 09, 2012 | Update

Oil basket shrinks USD 1.18 in a week

Venezuelan oil basket closed at USD 96.38 per barrel this week

Ministry of Petroleum and Mining reported drop in Venezuelan oil basket price (File photo)
Friday November 09, 2012  01:24 PM

Venezuelan oil basket closed at USD 96.38 per barrel this week, slipping USD 1.18, Venezuela's Ministry of Petroleum and Mining reported.

"This week, crude oil prices were impacted by persistent uncertainty over the global economy and its effects on oil demand, higher commercial inventories in the United States, and a stronger US dollar versus the euro," the ministry informed.

The yearly oil basket averages USD 104.45 per barrel.

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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