Cryptic Crossword No 256 Playmates by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – If you prefer to work on the interactive version, click on this LINK. Six characters are playmates and have word play only. Across     1  Card game that’s an activity partially coming back (7)     5  Prepared tapas; an Italian dish (5)     8  Phew! I hit no-one in […]

Refugee groups appeal to EU

EU must take Mediterranean solutions further GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Three major NGOs (non-governmental organizations) issued a joint statement Thursday, appealing to the European Union to go further in finding a solution to the Mediterranean crisis, where thousands of migrants are being lost at sea. EU ministers are meeting in Brussels today and, according to a […]

Death in the Mediterranean (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2015 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International New York Times, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

Randa rockfall in same area as massive 1991 avalanche

April 22 rockfall in Randa, on the road to Zermatt

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Several huge boulders crashed down the mountainside in the same area where a series of massive 1991 Randa rockfalls took place, mid-morning Wednesday 22 April, say Valais police. No one was injured and home, roads and the train line were not touched, but the rockfall left a cloud of dust. Road and […]

88-yr-old robbed of CHF20,000

Thieves caught at French border GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An 88-year-old man is presumably sleeping easier for having had his CHF20,000 restored to him, thanks to the quick reactions of a citizen who saw him robbed in Lausanne. The elderly man was robbed at 10:40 the first of April, shortly after taking out CHF20,000 from a […]

Some gov’t funds rare exemptions from negative interest

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The central administration in Bern, the AI disability funds and AVS old age funds are virtually the only exemptions from the SNB’s policy to charge negative interest rates. The Swiss central bank has completed its review of who will be exempt – those clients who will not have to pay the SNB […]

Helpless Europe (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2015 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International New York Times, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.

Electronic tickets for Italy-Swiss rail travel

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Eurocity rail tickets are now paperless, thanks to the introduction of an electronic ticketing system by Trenitalia. The new tickets are valid in both directions and travelers will be required only to show their booking code. Eturbonews reports that “The electronic ticket, already available for some time on the routes of the […]

Swiss wine consumption down – again

Swiss wines grapes, by colour and type, 2014 (source: OFAG)

Swiss reds suffer surprising fall (Also published on Ellen’s Wine World) BERN, SWITZERLAND – Wine consumption in Switzerland dropped again in 2014, by 2.2 percent, confirming a 10-year trend despite a slight rise, 2 percent in 2013. The amount of Swiss wine consumed fell by 8.1 percent, a worrisome sign for the country’s wineries. Pressure […]

White Nights by Ann Cleeves

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Like the other crime investigation novels in Ann Cleeves‘ Shetland series, White Nights is memorable for the way it takes its readers right into the heart of a Shetland community with its near 24 hours of daylight and its isolation when fogs prevent planes from coming or going, […]