[tz] Egypt cancelled DST

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis at systematicsw.ab.ca
Tue Jul 5 21:58:41 UTC 2016

Egyptian [and other governments unable to plan ahead] folks,

Please ask your goverments to provide a month or six notice in
official announcements of time zone or daylight saving changes,
and make them aware that software developers, local and
international organizations, and global software providers
have policies and processes to follow and standards to meet,
so need adequate time to create, generate, test, and rollout
updates, to avoid the same problems caused by politicians
making announcements of changes without adequate notice.

See any major software provider's web pages about daylight
savings and time zone changes for their notice requirements.

Picking the US Independence Day long weekend and the start of
Eid to announce a change did not make things easier for anyone.

"Poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine!"

EgyptAir finally has an announcement on their rolling news header
linking to:

On 2016-07-04 06:36, Yasser Elsawi, Vodafone Egypt wrote:
> As Gano mentioned, yes we need the package of the cancellation, I
> know that the decision changed but we are facing a very limited time
> to rollback it.
> So we need the rollback package ASAP to start applying it to be
> ready.

> *From:*Abdel Rahman Gano

> I know you have had many communications on this. Sincerely, sorry for
> that and hope you understand it is totally out of our hands.

> For now, the DST is officially cancelled and shared in the official
> news as well as through the mobile operators.

> The situation is that we have rolled the previous package in the
> whole network and we are in urgent need for your help and support
> regarding the below:

> - Cancellation package to cancel the DST that is going to happen on
> the system, on 7^th of July as the current package is loaded
> already.

> - If there is a way to manually edit the time settings in the current
> package to make it for example as if it will change the time on 7^th
> Of August? The reason behind that is to give us some time to load the
> cancellation patch (when delivered) in the whole network again (as it
> requires node restarts as well).

> Once again, sorry for the inconvenience and really appreciating your
> support.

> *From:*Mina Samuel

> I can imagine the confusion happening to you with this,
> But the fact that we got a lot of conflicts to get the final decision
> and the decision initially was from the government, then the
> parlament rejected this,
> And finally today the government agreed on that, and cancelled the
> DST,

> I know it is a mess, but the fact their decision affecting our
> technology and operation for the telecom networks plus thousands of
> affected business,

> That is why we are seeking your support on this.

> *From:*Frank Bean

> I don't get where all the different dates came from.  First reports
> were regarding DST starting on the 7th, then the 5th was mentioned
> and now that it is canceled (if it really is) they say it was to be
> applied on the 8th.

> On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 12:51 PM, Mina Samuel wrote:

> Egyptian government took the decision to cancel the DST,
> Can you please help to provide the updated package as to be able to
> apply the new/cancelled rules.
Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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