Time Shift in Venezuela

No sooner had President Hugo Chavez taken office than he redistributed Venezuela's oil wealth. Now, he's redistributing the time. Currently the time in Venezuela is four hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time. Next month the country will reset its clocks to four-and-a-half hours earlier.

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No sooner had President Hugo Chavez taken office than he redistributed Venezuela's oil wealth. Now he's redistributing time.

Currently the time in Venezuela is four hours earlier than Greenwich Mean Time. Next month, the country will reset its clocks to four and a half hours earlier, offering poor school children in particular, as the technology minister put it, a more equitable share of the sunrise.

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