Spain might change time zone to be more productive

Published: Saturday, September 28, 2013 @ 9:03 AM
Updated: Saturday, September 28, 2013 @ 9:03 AM

Worried your country isn’t being productive enough? Change the time zone. That’s one idea Spain is seriously considering.

“Spanish MPs are considering a report on the issue and a possible change in the law.”

“The conclusion is we are not more productive.” (Via BBC)

The report issued by a parliamentary commission recommends moving Spain’s time zone one hour earlier to match the UK and Portugal. It says the change would improve eating, sleeping and working habits. (Via BBC)

Currently, Spain is one hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT, in the winter and two hours ahead in the summer. It’s been this way since 1942 when Spain’s government changed time zones to match Nazi Germany. (Via Sky News)

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But according to this new report, that change has negatively affected the country for multiple reasons.

“[The time zone] negatively affects many measures of productivity, such as absenteeism, stress, work accidents and school dropout rates.” (Via The Washington Post)

Euronews outlines two changes that would happen with the potential time zone switch.

“The commission says the move will shorten the working day to the traditional British 9 to 5. It also claims the move will improve family life.”

But what about the siesta, the famous Spanish tradition of taking a long lunch break? Well, the director of the company that helped create the study recommends nixing it.

"To be effective, they also have to change the hours of work... eliminate the break for breakfast and, above all, introduce a pause of no more than one hour for lunch. According to my studies, with this we would gain an hour and a half for our personal life.” (Via International Business Times)

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Bear wanders into Walmart parking lot in Kentucky

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 6:17 AM

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Some late-night shoppers in Kentucky were surprised to  be greeted by a  black bear in the parking lot.

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A bear was spotted in a Walmart parking lot in Somerset around 1:30 a.m. Monday, WLEX reported..

Police and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife officials were called to the scene to lure the bear into the woods. Until they arrived, several shoppers tried to keep the bear away from the store entrance.

"We seen it running down the sidewalk in front of the outdoor living center outside of Walmart, and me and six other cars tried to block … keep the bear from going towards the customer entrance," Malcolm Stephens told WLEX.

Witnesses said that officials were able to chase the bear behind the store and believe he eventually returned to the woods.


Alaska volcano erupts again; aviation alert code raised to red

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 1:19 AM

Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted again Sunday afternoon.
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An Alaska volcano that has been active for nearly six months erupted again Sunday, Bloomberg reported.

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The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Bogoslof Volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted at 2:16 p.m. Sunday and sent a cloud of ash at least 35,000 feet high. The eruption lasted 55 minutes, Bloomberg reported.

After the eruption, the Aviation Color Code was raised to red, the highest level.

Ash from southwest Alaska volcanos can be a threat for airlines operating between North America and Asia when a cloud rises above 20,000 feet, according to The Associated Press.

Police: 16th person arrested in Manchester bombing

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 2:55 AM

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British police have arrested a 16th person in connection with last week’s suicide bombing in Manchester, Reuters reported Monday.

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The 23-year-old man was arrested in Shoreham-by-Sea, Sussex, "on suspicion of offenses contrary to the terrorism act", Greater Manchester Police reported on its Twitter feed.

Since the bombing outside Manchester Arena, in which 22 people died, 14 men remain in custody for questioning, Reuters reported. Two other men have been released, with no charges filed.

Climber rescued from crevasse on Mount Rainier

Published: Monday, May 29, 2017 @ 5:35 AM

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Rangers at Mount Rainier National Park rescued a climber Sunday, the day after she fell into a crevasse while descending from the summit of Mount Rainier.

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The climber was rescued from 12,300 feet elevation on the Emmons Glacier, on the mountain's east side, by the park's A-Star B3 helicopter. 

A party of three had climbed the mountain Saturday morning and were descending by skis and snowboard when one member of the party, a 24-year-old woman, fell into a crevasse. Park rangers inserted six rescuers to the site, who used ropes to raise the injured but responsive climber 100 feet to the surface of the glacier by nightfall. Two rangers spent the night with her on the mountain while the rest descended with her companions. 

On Sunday morning, the A-star helicopter returned to retrieve the injured woman, who was lifted from a 35-degree slope and delivered to a waiting medical unit at the White River Ranger Station around 11 a.m. 

The patient has pelvic and back injuries, and head lacerations. She was delivered by ground transportation to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup.