Venezuela creates own time zone.
Hugo Chavez doesn't care if people think he is crazy, he is going ahead and creating his own time zone. Apparently the time change will give schoolchildren more daylight. The time change will give Venezuelans thirty more minutes. From the Voice of America News.
The same story from BBC news has more details. According to Chavez the extra daylight will improve the performance of the country. This also from the BBC story, "But critics say the move is unnecessary and the president simply wants to be in a different time zone from his arch-rival, the United States." Who are these critics, and why aren't they named? I have noticed this type of attribution before, it usually follows this same format. Information that is critical is often anonymously cited as "critics say." I just wonder if there was an actual person that said this and wanted to remain unnamed, or was this water-cooler talk around the BBC office and they decided to throw it in? We'll never know for sure.