INTERNATIONAL: Venezuela introduces two-day week to save energy

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INTERNATIONAL: Venezuela introduces two-day week to save energy
A customer uses her phone's light to look at a dress at a store during a day because of power cuts introduced this year.
A customer uses her phone's light to look at a dress at a store during a day because of power cuts introduced this year.
A customer uses her phone’s light to look at a dress at a store during a day because of power cuts introduced this year.

TELEGRAPH –Venezuela’s socialist government ordered public workers on Tuesday to work a two-day week as an energy-saving measure in the crisis-hit South American country.

President Nicolas Maduro had already given most of Venezuela’s 2.8 million state employees Fridays off during April and May to cut down on electricity consumption.

“From tomorrow, for at least two weeks, we are going to have Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as non-working days for the public sector,” Mr Maduro said on his weekly television program.

Drought has reduced water levels at Venezuela’s main dam and hydroelectric plant in Guri to near-critical levels. The dam provides for about two-thirds of the nation’s energy needs.

Water shortages and electricity cuts have added to the hardships of Venezuela’s 30 million people, already enduring a brutal recession, shortages of basics from milk to medicines, soaring prices, and long lines at shops.

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  1. Lucians please take heed, this no joking matter. Maduro is our friend in government. Please vote Kenny out. St Lucia can easily fall into this same bracket or worse.

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  2. It is said that petroleum oil comes with a curse. How can a country which exports fossil fuels be in such an energy crisis?

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  3. You think America easy. Warning to Kenny and his gang. Considering that we do not even have the water and oil resources that Venezuela have. WTH are the people in this 2X4 going to d? Don't give up, Give him up!!

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