‘Just an idea’

Venezuelan president in grip of energy crisis urges women to stop using hairdryers

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Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s President has asked women to stop using hairdryers in response to his country’s continuing electricity crisis, also asking his citizens to save energy in different ways, by cutting appliance use and using less air conditioning. He also gave out other energy-saving tips such as “embracing” the tropical heat and hanging clothes to dry rather than using tumble dryers. Mentioning the hairdryers, he said: “I always think a woman looks better when she just runs her fingers through her hair and lets it dry naturally. It’s just an idea I have.”

Other measures include giving state employees Fridays off for two months, giving workers a full week off last month, and reducing the hours of more than 100 shopping centres across Venezuela. The emergency measures have drawn criticism from the President’s opponents for failing to provide a real solution to the combined economical and energy crisis, which is causing food shortages and long lines in supermarkets.  “If the President thinks that not blowdrying our hair is going to help, then the problem is far worse than we thought,” one woman living in Caracas told Al-Jazeera

Read the full story at The Independent.

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