Chavez invents new half-hour time zone

Venezuela has created its own, unique time zone on the orders of President Hugo Chavez, setting clocks back half an hour and putting the oil-rich nation out of step with its neighbours.

Chavez invents new half-hour time zone
"I don't care if they call me crazy, the new time will go ahead," said Mr Chavez.

The president said the change would improve health, as the sun will rise before most Venezuelans get up ensuring all go to work or school in daylight.

"These children have to get up at five in the morning... they arrive at school dead tired," said Mr Chavez. "And why? Because of our time."

Government ministers lined up to support the president's theory.

"The human brain is conditioned by the light of the sun," offered Hector Navarro, the Minister of Science and Technology, assuring that the health and productivity of the nation will improve thanks to the change.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Aralık 2007, 11:31