Business news: Syngenta, Fitch on big banks

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – News highlights: Agrichemicals company seeks profits boost Syngenta confirmed in a statement this week that it will cut about 500 jobs in Basel, part of a larger reduction announced last February that will see some 1,800 jobs go, worldwide. The agrichemicals firm has 28,000 employees, of which 3,400 are in Switzerland, one […]

Border guards nab shoe thieves

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – News highlights from Switzerland: Thieves caught with 60 pairs new shoes A mixed team of Swiss-French border guards patrolling near Geneva noted suspicious behaviour by two people at the Place de la Paix in Annemasse last Thursday night at 23:45. Checking the identities of the pair, who had been putting distance between […]

A scourge of modems

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A few days of Internet ups and downs, which severely limited my ability to post news, seems to have drawn to a close. While pulling out my hair over the down side of technology (= sometimes it breaks), I spent a little time online elsewhere reading things like a list of “animal […]

A gift to handicapped children

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – This is a fine gift for any crossword enthusiast in the family and your present is a gift to children in need too. [More] …

Swiss win their first Davis Cup!

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland defeated France 3-1 to win the tennis world’s equivalent to a world cup, the Davis Cup. Roger Federer clinched it by defeating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 but Stan Wawrinki was at least an equal star in the tourament, playing steady, confident, winning tennis throughout. It’s the first time the Swiss […]

Sports: hockey’s crass clash, tennis’s cool win

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss sports results were mixed Saturday, from a social point of view. About the time that tennis men Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka was outplaying the French in the Davis Cup, Lausanne and Geneva hockey fans went after each other in front of the Lausanne train station. One person was sent to […]

Obama moves on immigration reform (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.

Cern launches Open Data Portal


2 new particles discovered, Cern says in busy week GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Cern on Thursday 20 November launched its Open Data Portal, making data from real collision events, produced by the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) experiments, openly available for the first time. “It is expected that these data will be of high value for the […]

Equal salaries at rail company

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The difference between what men and women earn for equal work at the CFF/SBB rail company is 0.3 percent, well within the “tolerated difference” of 5 percent, the company says. The rail group decided in 2012 to take part in a national programme, “Equal salaries dialogue” that encourages companies and their social […]

Crossword No 235 by Chalicea

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