10 May '11, 10am

Samoa to advance in time by one day

WELLINGTON - The South Pacific island nation of Samoa announced plans yesterday to advance in time by one day by switching to the west side of the international date line - 119 years after it moved the other way in a bid to boost its trade and economy. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi cited the same reasons for shifting back, saying moving forward a day will make doing business with key partners Australia and New Zealand more convenient. The move will see the independent Polynesian nation share the same date and time as its Pacific neighbours, including Australia and New Zealand. Samoa and neighbouring American Samoa were west of the international date line until 1892, when a United States business trader convinced both to switch to the east, moving back to the previous day's date. "A local trader lobbied successfully for the change as it was convenient for trad...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110510-0000022/Samoa-...

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