GDP stable in 2nd quarter

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Second quarter figures for Switzerland’s gross domestic product show little change over the previous quarter. Household consumption but also consumption by international organizations provided small boosts. Key features from the Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Seco: “In the 2nd quarter 2014 Switzerland’s real gross domestic product (GDP) was unchanged against the previous quarter […]

The Number File by Adrian Jenkins

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – The author of this compilation of useful numbers comments that it ‘might be of value to anyone who is interested in the properties of ordinary numbers [More] …

La Côte school moves into new Aubonne quarters

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The newer, larger version of La Côte International School opens 2 September in Aubonne. The school opened in 2008 and has been operating in Mies. The new custom-built facility will be welcoming 200 students and 50 staff. It is part of the Nord Anglia education group of 29 schools, with a primary […]

Massive traffic mess in Sion after truck hits bridge

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A truck that was delivering material as part of the extensive roadworks on the A9 autoroute in Sion hit a bridge Monday afternoon at 15:00. The accident at the west exit in Sion, on the south side of the autoroute, took a chunk out of the concrete on the bridge, but no […]

Putin invading Ukraine? (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2014 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.

Geneva seeks easier way to return foreign prisoners

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The canton of Geneva would like to facilitate sending foreign prisoners, especially those from Morocco and Romania, back to their countries, it said in a letter to the federal government in Bern Monday. The canton is seeking to have Switzerland renegotiate the terms of a 2004 protocol to the Council of Europe […]

80% health costs linked to non-transmissable diseases

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The vast majority of direct costs for the Swiss health care system are related to non-communicable diseases, a study being released 1 September by the Federal Health Office shows. Pregnancies and preventive measures cost 5.3 percent of the total. Direct health care costs totalled CHF65 billion in 2011 and of this CHF52b […]

Obama challenged (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2014 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.

US jacks up cost of renouncing citizenship

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Americans, stay home! Save your government some dollars! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Those who’ve thought about it too long are going to find this a bitter pill to swallow: The US government has just issued a change in price for the cost of renouncing citizenship or giving up a long-term green card. US […]

Geneva to get blinking night stoplights

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva drivers will soon find it’s quicker and easier to drive through much of the city at night, with 42 of the 456 traffic lights shifting to blinking orange lights at night. Of these, 15 will change once buses and trams stop running while the other 27 will move to orange from […]