SAMOA TO BEGIN DAYLIGHT SAVINGS NEXT YEAR

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To promote energy conservation, longer afternoons

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, November 28, 2008) – Daylight savings is to begin in Samoa on the first Sunday of October next year in a bid to address the worldwide crises in fuel and food prices.

Cabinet has approved the report by the Committee appointed to assess possible benefits to instituting Daylight Saving Time for Samoa.

Daylight Saving Time is a convention of advancing clocks so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less. Typically, clocks are adjusted forward one hour near the start of spring for the southern hemisphere and are adjusted backward in autumn.

According to the Committee’s report, daylight saving time in Samoa will have significant benefits to the country, like: promoting energy conservation; increasing opportunities for leisure; enhances public health and safety; and economic growth.

Cabinet has approved: Daylight saving time in Samoa to start on the first Sunday of October 2009 until the last Sunday of March 2010.The legislation to allow this to happen will be drafted by the Office of the Attorney General. 

The Labour Department will implement and monitor this programme.Daylight saving time for Samoa is a response to the need for national strategies to address the current worldwide crises in fuel and food price increase.

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