FW: FW: Egypt plan to [cancel] DST during Ramadan and then to resume DST again.
Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E]
olsona at dc37a.nci.nih.gov
Fri Jul 23 23:23:06 UTC 2010
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From: Michael Deckers [michael.deckers at yahoo.com]
Sent: Friday, July 23, 2010 4:54 PM
To: Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E]
Subject: Re: FW: Egypt plan to [cancel] DST during Ramadan and then to resume DST again.
On 2010-07-22 20:01, Arthur David Olson wrote:
> I'm forwarding this message from Michael Deckers, who is not on the time zone
mailing list. Those of you who are on the list, please direct replies
> ...indicate that clocks are "...to be moved forward again after Ramadan, on Thursday 9 September.")
Right. In the first case, you have interpreted "midnight on Tuesday
10 August" as 2010-08-10 + 24 h, with the switch of local time to
2010-08-10 + 23 h, in the second case, you have interpreted
"on Thursday 9 September" as 2010-09-09 + 00 h, rather than as
2010-09-09 + 24 h with the switch of local time to
2010-09-09 + 25 h. This is inconsistent and, in my opinion,
differs from the intended meaning of the source(s). It is
certain that Ramadan will end only on the eve of 2010-09-09 in
Of course, one might say this is just one hour over one day. But
for historical accuracy, other evidence (such as local reporting
and air traffic schedules) should be considered before the matter
is decided to the nearest minute. The tz database is really a great
resource, but it lacks a systematic method to designate the
uncertainty of its data (besides the comments).
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