Venezuela state employees to work two-day week to save energy

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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 OPEC 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,” 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.

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28 Comments

  1. Unknown
    April 28, 2016

    In my honest opinion, I think our current Government as well as the opposition are incompetent. There is no hope in sight any time soon. I foresee the DLP winning the next election except if by some miracle somebody step up to the plate and lead an opposition that is capable of lifting our island.

    Shaka Zulu you are always on point with your comments.

    • looking
      April 28, 2016

      Money talks bull walks. No opposition will be able to compete financially against the might of the current administration. The only way people are going to finally see the light is through education. We vote on emotions and not on principle and policies. Those who can afford to host the biggest parties during elections will always win at this moment, more fete, more rum, more sewo more music

  2. kubulol
    April 28, 2016

    Socialism never succeed ; not in Venezuela, neither in Cuba, USSR, …
    for the simple reason that whenever you work hard and make some money, you have to give all to the community ; so nobody is willing to work !
    No private earning allowed in socialism and communist countries

    DA should not have joigned this leftist Alba organisation created by the late crazy dictator Chavez to just fight occidental democracies like USA and Europe
    DA should have tie a friendly relationship with brother Obama and the USA instead

  3. Tumble. Back kick, bagay moun
    April 27, 2016

    Yes but nobody’s saying what the backlash would be if the delegates would have voted to leave Joshua in. Skirrit was damn well disappointed, He just did that just to play majoh as usual. And who knows, Skerrit done know how the case going to turn out and Ian most likely going down and he knows it too. Joshua was not so wise but he harden because he kind of think he clean.Then again, who knows that this was dragnet set for Joshua to include couple collateral damage in the Skerrit gang. Them fellas so wicked and evil you cannot put anything past them.

  4. ATKINSON
    April 27, 2016

    Aaah, Socialism working at it’s best. A OPEC country that cannot pay its bills and workers :mrgreen: Well there goes maduro’s plan of invading guyana :mrgreen: Dam it must be America and the C.I.A. fault. Maybe the supremo, should tell maduro about the NEP, where you just show up, get paid, and don’t do any work

  5. UDOHREADYET
    April 27, 2016

    That hydroelectric system was there long before Chavez or Maduro, It was completed in 1978.
    The issue here is rainfall which supplies a hydro electric plant. the reservoir that feeds the plant is one of the largest on earth. Venezuela also exports power from the Dam to Columbia & Brazil.

    Its not political nor financial. Venezuela has one of the largest oil reserves in the world Venezuela did the right thing by not making their electric power dependent on oil. Venezuela has the cheapest gas in the world for their people 12 cents a gallon. 74% of Venezuela electricity comes from renewable energy.

  6. Dominican
    April 27, 2016

    Viva la Revolucion!! Oh brother, I am laughing my head off. People still farting around with that “central government plan everything”. Poor people not getting any better with that but big boys parking their millions in Panama. God had pity on Chavez and removed him from that so he did not have to witness the total collapse of his insane dream, his folly.

    • April 29, 2016

      Soon Castro will join him. It is no laughing matter. Just another lost soul.

      The good news is that Jesus Christ is coming to rule the nations. Every kneel will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord! All mankind will be subject to Him whose name is above all names.

      The only way to be ready for that great day is to blow to Him now. You must believe in Him. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:36) This means to confess you are a sinner and admit you cannot save yourself. It means to trust what He did for you on the cross to put all your sins away, and receive Him as your personal Savior.

      Please get your Bible and read:

      Romans 5:6-8

      Ephesians 2:8,9

      1 John 5:11-13

      There is no other way.

      Jesus said “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” (John 14:6)

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill…

      • April 29, 2016

        Sorry. :oops:

        That should be “The only way to be ready for that great day is to BOW to Him now.

        Sincerely, Rev. Don Hill.

  7. April 27, 2016

    Skerrit gonna blame Linton :-D

  8. JUST ASKING?
    April 27, 2016

    SHAKA ZULU,

    How are they going to get the water from Dominica to Venezuela?

  9. April 27, 2016

    If there is one lesson to be learned it is simply this.

    Socialism (communism) did not work in Cuba.

    Now Venezuela is giving us another showcase window through which to study the failure of socialism. As a nation it is going down. Certainly it is not a country to follow.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    • DanteJones
      April 28, 2016

      jezus was a socialist. \”give all your possessionsto the poor\”. :)

      • April 29, 2016

        Jesus said to give it. Socialists just come and take it. There’s a big difference.

  10. April 27, 2016

    Can we all agree yet that socialism is a complete disaster as an economic development model? This news reminds me of that old joke from the Soviet Union: “We pretend to work, and they pretend to pay us.” Those poor people!

  11. awa wi
    April 27, 2016

    hmmm suspect the bill collector coming our way soon wi for the deferred payments from petro Caribe

  12. April 27, 2016

    Venezuela is on the brink of total collapse! Is Dominica still going to attempt to suck on the teat of a dying cow?

    • UDOHREADYET
      April 27, 2016

      Rainfall is the issue here buddy… its not politics. You sound like someone who would turn their back on people that helped you when you needed it during Erika. ungrateful… ignorance is blind.

      • DanteJones
        April 28, 2016

        it is politics because if they had done due diligence in the past in upgrading and maintaining the electrical grid the problem would not be as severe as itis right now. but instead of doing that they choose to play petty political games like blaming the US for supposed sabotage etc. so it has a lot to do with politics

  13. April 27, 2016

    WOW such turmoil in Venezuela. I hope our Students are safe.

    • ATKINSON
      April 27, 2016

      I hope our students have toilet paper :mrgreen:

  14. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    April 27, 2016

    “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.”

    If I was ask my opinion on the Venezuela issue, I would suggest the bottom line is that Venezuela is a practically bankrupt nation! The main resource of Venezuela is oil, and since the price of oil has plummeted, less revenue is generated into the country, hence measures must be taken to save the country from total bankruptcy!

    They produce petroleum products, diesel is most likely used to produce electricity in that country; if they claim that they are loosing money because the people are unable to pay their electricity bills I would have no difficulties accepting that as the truth!

    All else is a lie!

    I wonder what is Skerrit going to do now that one of his source of handouts is almost bankrupt?

    • UDOHREADYET
      April 27, 2016

      Telemaque, I usually read your comments but this one isn’t accurate…
      That hydroelectric system was there long before Chavez or Maduro, It was completed in 1978.The issue here is rainfall which supplies a hydro electric plant. the reservoir that feeds the plant is one of the largest on earth. Venezuela also exports power from the Dam to Columbia & Brazil.

      Its not political nor financial. Venezuela has one of the largest oil reserves in the world Venezuela did the right thing by not making their electric power dependent on oil. Venezuela has the cheapest gas in the world for their people 12 cents a gallon. 74% of Venezuela electricity comes from renewable energy.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        April 28, 2016

        Very well then since you recognized the potential of hydroelectricity, perhaps you might be able to convince Skerrit that we should utilized all of Dominica more than three hundred rivers into the production of electricity.

        We long knew that Venezuela, Guyana, and Dominica are the only three places in the Caribbean with the potential to produce hydroelectricity.

        That was one of the reasons CDC came to Dominica around 1948, early 1950’s.

        Honestly, I did not know Venezuela is into the generation of hydroelectricity, though I Knew the potential existed. Nevertheless, you need to understand the export of current to the ALBA nations which are also very poor the intake of revenue from those places may not be enough to make a difference in the economy of Venezuela.

      • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
        April 28, 2016

        “Venezuela has one of the largest oil reserves in the world Venezuela did the right thing by not making their electric power dependent on oil. Venezuela has the cheapest gas in the world for their people 12 cents a gallon. 74% of Venezuela electricity comes from renewable energy.”

        Whereas, just about all of the above might be true, my question remains.

        How come Venezuela is bankrupt?

  15. Shaka Zulu
    April 27, 2016

    Dominica has rivers flowing to the sea everyday lets start a gleau Carib program in Venezuela. Oil for water. After years of wasting the ccountry’s resources, where are your so called friends? Let this be a lesson for your dumb ALBA followers. Stupidity should be a crime.

  16. lightbulb
    April 27, 2016

    alas pa pa
    we should offer our ALBA partner so assistance.
    this is terrible.

  17. Your PM
    April 27, 2016

    The funny thing is Dominica as a third world country has chosen to follow the lead of a socialist county in Venezuela. The Venezuelan government can not pay their bills, they are being hurt by declining oil prices, inflation and declining currency values. Why did the PM hitch his wagon to a government that can’t do anything for our country. How many of those Petrovillas have been built? Do we expect the remainder to come seeing what the Venezuelan country is going through. Everything in Dominica is done is secrecy and behind closed doors, when the PM is criticized for these actions he doesn’t explain to the ppl of Dominica why he did something, instead he blames people for speaking out against him. I didn’t know we elected a God who is perfect and can’t be criticized. We need a government for all the people not just some of the people.

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