Skip to comments.Samoa Sacrifices a Day for Its Future
Posted on 12/30/2011 2:56:09 AM PST by Cronos
The Pacific island nation of Samoa and its even tinier neighbor Tokelau are skipping Friday this week, jumping westward in time across the international date line and into the shifting economic balance of the 21st century.
The time change, officially decided in June, is meant to align Samoa with its Asian trading partners; it moves the islands work days further from the United States, which dominated its economy in the past.
..the islands 186,000 citizens, and the 1,500 who live in Tokelau, will go to sleep on Thursday and wake up on Saturday
..The prime minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, acknowledged the new distance from the American orbit but said the move would make it much easier to do business with Australia and New Zealand, whose economies are linked increasingly with the rest of Asia, particularly China.
In doing business with New Zealand and Australia, were losing out on two working days a week, Mr. Tuilaepa said. While its Friday here, its Saturday in New Zealand, and when were at church on Sunday, theyre already conducting business in Sydney and Brisbane.
Today, the statement said bluntly, we do a lot more business with New Zealand and Australia, China and Pacific Rim countries such as Singapore.
Two years ago Samoa took a step to align itself with Australia and New Zealand, putting drivers on the left side of the road rather than the right.
...American Samoa, less than 100 miles to the east of Samoa, is not making the switch.
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How about all those chilrun who won’t get to celebrate their birthday this year because their day was eliminated. How will they be compensated?
TGIT. We could use a lot more of this. Like once a week, everyone should shift the IDL to the east of their country.
Happened to me once...lots of tequila was involved.
They will be one year younger. Easy.
My first question is, how did Nancy Pelosi make this happen?
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