The following is a notification from the Samoan Tourism Authority website.
Samoa International Date Line Change
Thursday, 29 December 2011
Samoa travels in time at the end of 2011 when it officially changes time zone to be in line with Australia and New Zealand. Samoa will jump from the 29th to the 31st of December and will be one of the first nations to greet the New Year.
The International Date Line Act 2011 (the Act) commences at 12 o'clock midnight, on Thursday 29th December 2011. In effect we will be waking up on Saturday 31st December 2011, and loose one day in our lives as there will be no Friday 30th December 2011 in the history of Samoa.
Do any Jews who keep Sabbath live or plan to travel to Samoa during the next couple of days? What are the halachic implications of going to sleep on Thursday and waking up on Saturday? As I am not planning to be in Samoa on December 29th, I am not going to call up a rabbi to render a halachic decision, but I would be curious to know how the issue should be dealt with.
One note to the Samoan Tourism Authority. Please change the word "loose" to "lose."
In other news, there is an article about a fire that broke out in a dormitory in a yeshiva, probably due to a candle falling on a mattress in one of the rooms. The bachurim succeeded in saving the tefilin in the room except for one. Miraculously, while the batim of that pair of tefillin had melted, the tefillin inside was undamaged.
A chareidi site was instrumental in helping in the performance of hashavat aveidah. Someone had found a memory card with photos of a chareidi man. The site published one of the photos of the man and asked if any of the readers would be able to identify him. The man was identified within a short while. However, some people posted comments to the article in which they asked that the picture and article be removed from the site as the mitzvah of hashavat aveidah had been accomplished and the man in the photo was embarrassed by having his picture on the site. Hopefully, the article will be removed, now that it has served its purpose.