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Samoa Sacrifices a Day for Its Future
New York Times ^ | 26 Dec 2011 | Seth Mydans

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 island’s 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, Tuila’epa 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, we’re losing out on two working days a week,” Mr. Tuila’epa said. “While it’s Friday here, it’s Saturday in New Zealand, and when we’re at church on Sunday, they’re 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: asia; australia; polynesia; samoa
A sign of the dominance of Asia in the Pacific?
1 posted on 12/30/2011 2:56:15 AM PST by Cronos
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To: Cronos

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?


2 posted on 12/30/2011 3:13:41 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Cronos
the island’s 186,000 citizens, and the 1,500 who live in Tokelau, will go to sleep on Thursday and wake up on Saturday

TGIT. We could use a lot more of this. Like once a week, everyone should shift the IDL to the east of their country.

3 posted on 12/30/2011 3:58:39 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Ceterum autem censeo, Obama delenda est.)
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To: Cronos
..the island’s 186,000 citizens, and the 1,500 who live in Tokelau, will go to sleep on Thursday and wake up on Saturday.

Happened to me once...lots of tequila was involved.

4 posted on 12/30/2011 4:10:18 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Cowboy Bob

They will be one year younger. Easy.


5 posted on 12/30/2011 4:47:53 AM PST by Jabba the Nutt (.Are they stupid, malicious or evil?)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

My first question is, how did Nancy Pelosi make this happen?


6 posted on 12/30/2011 6:57:24 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (Mose Conservative in the Primary, the Republican Nominee in the General.)
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