29 Jun '11, 4am

Samoa confirms time zone switch, will skip Friday, Dec 30 and head straight into Saturday, Dec 31.

APIA - SAMOA'S parliament has confirmed a plan to switch time zones so that it lies to the west of the international dateline, bringing its clocks closer to major trading partners in Australasia. The dateline - which runs through the middle of the Pacific - currently runs to the west of the island nation, meaning that it is 11 hours behind GMT and is one of the last places on Earth to see out the day. Parliament on Monday backed Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi's plan to jump ahead by one day later this year, meaning Samoa will skip Friday, Dec 30, and move straight to Saturday, Dec 31. The prime minister said the change would facilitate business with Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Business is currently restricted to three trading days a week. He pointed out when the country's major trading partners were starting the working week on Monday, it was Sunday in Sa...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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