Releases and handovers

For Sunday, 11, 2018. Written by Javier Liendo.

Photo: Panorama 

Dayana Santana, wife of José Díaz Pimentel, one of Óscar Pérez’s collaborators murdered at El Junquito, was released this Friday. She’d been detained at SEBIN Helicoide since July 26, 2017, a month after Pérez flew a helicopter over the offices of the Supreme Tribunal and the Interior Ministry. Alfredo Romero, executive director of NGO Foro Penal, confirmed that she’s barred from leaving the country and must report to a military court regularly. Douglas Pimentel and Ramón Delgado were also released with the same restrictions.

Meanwhile, the Spanish government decided to send two former high-ranking Venezuelan government officials over to the U.S. to be tried for criminal association and money laundering: former Energy vice-minister Nervis Villalobos and former Electricidad de Caracas Finance direct Carlos León Pérez. Both were arrested in Madrid on October 26 last year and are currently held at a provisional prison by order of the Spanish National Court. The U.S. also wants former PDVSA Security and Loss Prevention manager Rafael Reiter.

Empty insults

Considerably amping up the anti-Maduro rhetoric, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio said last Friday on his Twitter account, that the Venezuelan Armed Forces should rise against the regime in rebellion, remarking that the would would support them “if they decide to protect the people and restore democracy by removing a dictator.” Even though she no longer holds a diplomatic office, Delcy Rodríguez couldn’t resist the urge to rain vengeful hellfire on Rubio with phrases like: “You don’t know the stock of our Bolivarian National Armed Forces, heirs of our Liberators!” and much worse. The senator must be fuming with anger, right?

But Delcy completely missed the statements issued by Todd Robinson, U.S. chargé d’affaires in Venezuela, who expressed support for his country’s economic sanctions against members of the Maduro regime: “I’m pleased to know that American sanctions identify and prevent Venezuelan corrupt officials and criminals to travel to the U.S., use our banks and do business with American companies,” he said. He also condemned the recently-convened presidential elections as “unilateral”, remarking that when they’re held in compliance with international regulations and laws, they’re “the essential pillar of democracy.”

Healthcare collapse

Representatives of Carabobo’s Nursing Association said that over 2,000 nursing professionals have resigned their posts in the last year, either to leave the country or to focus on some other activity to boost their income. The institution’s vice-president, David Torrealba, said that salaries are buried by inflation, causing as much as 500,000 nurses to leave the Dr. Enrique Tejera Hospital City, one of the largest healthcare facilities in Valencia: “both the public and the private sector have terrible salaries and they’re worth less and less every day […] a nurse in Venezuela earns Bs. 9,743.00 a day, you can’t by a single egg with that.” he said.

A new massacre

Journalist Pebleysa Ostos reported on her Twitter account, that a group of 17 men and one woman were murdered at the Cicapra mine in Guasipati, Bolívar state, after an Army incursion. According to the official report, the Armed Forces confiscated five rifles, a shotgun, seven pistols, three revolvers and two grenades. The victims were allegedly unidentified and they all had gunshot wounds. Journalist Germán Dam said that the bodies will be transferred to CICPC office and later to Senamef Ciudad Guayana. Once again, neither the Ombudsman nor the fake Prosecutor General have issued any statements on this new massacre.

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  1. The institution’s vice-president, David Torrealba, said that salaries are buried by inflation, causing as much as 500,000 nurses to leave the Dr. Enrique Tejera Hospital City, one of the largest healthcare facilities in Valencia.



    How could that be right?

    • I got curious and looked up the statistics. It seems as though nurse to population density runs from around 4 per thousand population in very poor countries up to 10 in modern countries with aging populations. Assuming something in the middle for Venezuela, let’s say that there are 7 nurses per 1,000 population. That would be a total of 210,000 nurses in all of Venezuela.

      • In the states, there are different categories of nurses. An RN is a “real” nurse, while there’s a lower/there are lower skill levels.

        Don’t we have a poster here whose wife is/was a VZ doctor and would know this stuff?

        • An RN is a registered nurse and they can administer certain drugs and perform certain procedures that an LPN, a licensed practical nurse cannot.

          Mrs ElGuapo I do believe is Venezuelan-born and completed her medical studies here in Venezuela before gaining her license in the States. Hopefully he’ll comment. She’d certainly know the nursing structure here.

        • Mrs Guapo (err… Señora Doctora Guapa?) graduated from undergrad, then medical school, then an anesthesia residency, then two fellowships in the United States. Her family funded the undergrad. Her husband the rest. (We got married at the end of our Senior year… different colleges) She has never practiced medicine in Venezuela, though she knows many Venezuelan nurses. They are very skillful and very hard working. We know a few Venezuelan doctors who trained in Venezuela.

          Nursing comes at all levels here in the states. A lot of the menial (but important) tasks are done by CNA’s, or nurses aids. These are minimally trained, but very very handy. Help with baths, walks, and such. Then LPN’s, typically trained a year. Can’t pass SOME meds, but do what most nurses do. Then RN’s. Where I live, most have a 4 year bachelors degree, though there are diploma RN’s and RN’s with Associate (2 year) degrees. These nurses do it all and have the most responsibility. There are a lot of license issues that differ from state to state.

          The highest rungs are the APRN, or Advanced Practice Registered Nurses. These are nurses with advanced skills. Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Anesthetists. They typically have at least a Masters degree, though I think most graduate with Doctorate level degrees these days. These nurses are highly skilled and highly paid. I know that CRNA’s get paid about $200,000+ year working full time, depending on the employer and the skill set. Many NP’s are doing the work of Family Medicine doctors. We see one instead of a Family Medicine doctor, and she is fabulous. They work under the supervision of a physician though.

          Mrs. Guapo says, “Send the nurses to the United States!” There is a shortage.

          FWIW, the Cuban “doctors” that Chavez loved so much are not doctors. They are the equivalent of field medics. Good for immunizations and well baby checks. Stitches and diagnosing strep throat. But that is about it.

          • I forgot it was your wife, but thanks for the education.

            I do know that in many, many cases, a superiorly trained nurse is equal to a doctor.

            Hey, I don’t want her to do a hernia operation on me, but I don’t want a doctor to do it either.

            My balls are nothing special, but they’re still special to me.

  2. Something may soon be hitting the fan, and I’m not talking about air.Venezuelan oil firm PDVSA bonds hit by EMTA market move.
    LONDON, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Emerging markets trade group EMTA has recommended that bonds issued by Venezuela’s state-owned oil firm PDVSA should be traded flat or without accrued interest, the way bonds in default are typically traded.

    The move follows a similar advisory issued by EMTA on Venezuelan sovereign bonds last month and is likely to extinguish any lingering belief that Caracas might try and avoid a default by PDVSA — the source of 90 percent of Venezuela’s export revenue — to protect its key oil assets.

    While the Venezuelan government has vowed to stay current on its debt, it has also deferred payments into grace periods and beyond. It says U.S. sanctions are to blame for the delays.

    Between its sovereign bonds and the debt of PDVSA, Venezuela is behind on more than $1.6 billion in payments, with a good portion of it falling outside the grace periods, Japanese bank Nomura said in a recent note.

    Legal experts say PDVSA is vulnerable to litigation because its offshore assets could potentially be targeted by creditors. PDVSA’s woes in four charts.

  3. Legal experts say PDVSA is vulnerable to litigation because its offshore assets could potentially be targeted by creditors.

    The wolves are circling. This is one self-imposed mess that the Chavistas cannot manage on their own terms. Since they don’t know to operate otherwise, something has to give.

    • I don’t know in this particular case, but haven’t “they” (whoever “they” is/are) been smuggling gold from the mining arc to the ABCs (and then on to other points) for some time now? Didn’t the Maduro government try to shut down all boat traffic for the purpose of trying to stop it – until they get their cut, anyway? Hard for thieves to smuggle oil – instead they steal the $$. But gold?? That’s been smuggled around the world for hundreds (thousands?) of years.

      The guy had 50 kilos of bars in his suitcase and did not think it would be detected in this day and age of flying? I cant bring a cookie in my carry on without triggering a pat down.

      • AG, if it’s of value and can be stolen, it’ll be stolen here.

        In August of 2012 there was extremely heavy rainfall in the mountains above Mundo Nuevo. The resultant flooding destroyed a control station that fed water into a 60 inch line that runs all the way to Maturin passing near this town and many others along the way.

        So, after almost 6 years without running water here in town (and all the other towns along the line), today was going to be the day. Everything’s repaired in the mountains, the line has been tested, and today we’d receive running water again.

        Didn’t happen. Why? Major valving newly installed along the line has been stolen.

        So, basically the same people who are to benefit from finally having running water again, steal the equipment necessary to have running water again.

        Only in Venezuela.

      • The smuggling of Venezuelan gold has been reported in Aruba and Curaçao, not Bonaire. Bonaire has a special status within our kingdom and is governed directly by the Dutch government in the Hague. That means the Dutch control the boarders, Aruba and Curaçao “control” their own since they are independent countries within our kingdom. Parliament in the Hague is investigating how it’s possible Aruba and Curaçao have no mining or imports of gold yet Curaçao is exporting $500 million worth of gold last year, don’t know how much Aruba is exporting. Knowing the Dutch they will soon have results, let’s wait and see. Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten are independent countries within our kingdom and famous for their hugely corrupt politicians and ignorant population. A vast majority of the Dutch people would love to see those islands get their independence and leave our kingdom. It’s been offered to them numerous of times in last 30 years but unfortunately they don’t want to. Why leave a kingdom that’s one of the most prosperous in the world, they just want to keep suckling that tity untill the end of times.

        • Same story with the United States and Puerto Rico.

          There was a time when there was a HUGE push for Puerto Rican independence (terrorists and everything that goes along with that) and many in the US sought to annex PR as the 51st state.

          Now it is a 180 degree turn.

          Puerto Ricans either want statehood, or to continue on as a US possession. Most in the US would love to cut them loose and become independent. PR is awash with corruption. The reason it doesn’t have electricity 6 months+ after the big hurricane is due to this corruption. Anyway, they get BILLIONS each year in assistance because the government is so corrupt that it cannot fund itself.

  4. Who you gonna believe?

    “12-02-18.-The oil extractions in Venezuela fell last January by 2.8% compared to the previous month and stood at 1.6 million barrels per day, according to data from secondary sources included in the report on the situation of the oil market published today by OPEC.

    According to these calculations, used by the group to control the production of its members, the pumping of the South American country fell by 47,000 barrels per day, the biggest drop in all 14 partners of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    In contrast, official data reported directly by Caracas indicate that in January production rose by 9% to 1.7 mbd.”


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