Geneva police dismantle TV report

Drugs weren’t real and guns were plastic, investigators say GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva police put public broadcaster RTS on the spot late Wednesday by issuing the result of an investigation into the city’s drug scene, following a dramatic TV report in May 2014. Police close to the drug scene were skeptical after the “Temps Présent” […]

UNHCR, states, grapple with funding crisis

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The UN refugee agency says funding needs for refugees are rapidly outstripping means and the global aid funding system needs rethinking. The UNHCR, meeting with the executive committee of its governing council this week, says five “full-blown” emergencies this year and the largest number of displaced persons since the second world war, […]

Las Vegas gets 3 direct flights a week

Edelweiss planes

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Direct flights to Las Vegas in the US from Zurich have been so successful for airline Edelweiss that they will be increased from two to three a week starting in June 2015. The airline currently flies into McCarran International Airport on Wednesdays and Fridays, and in the four months it has offered […]

Demonstrations in Hong Kong (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.

Basel testing cross-border trams

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Basel began testing a cross-border tram, line number 8 from Kleinhüningen to Weil am Rhein in Germany, Monday 29 September, reports the Railway Gazette. “An initial two weeks of technical tests for all tram types in the BVB fleet will lead up to German BOStrab certification in mid-October, overseen by Stuttgart-based TAB. […]

Animal population drops 52% in 40 years

WWF Living Planet Report 2014 Cover

WWF’s Living Planet Report says Latin America worst hit GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Animal life is disappearing from the planet at a more alarming rate than previously believed, the latest WWF report, Living Planet 2014, indicates, with 52 percent of the animal population disappearing in the past 40 years. The rate leaps to 80 percent in […]

Costly timesaver, as man saws border barriers

Image that allowed the police to identify the man who was in a costly hurry

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man has been arrested on suspicion of repeatedly destroying several barriers at small, unmanned customs posts on the Geneva-French border. His handiwork has cost border guards CHF12,500 in damages. The barriers are in place at night, forcing motorists to take detours. According to the Swiss customs office, the man wanted to […]

Happy birthday Cern (history video)

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – This week is the big 60th birthday for Cern, although celebrations started months ago and will continue for several more weeks. In today’s context of scientific excellence it is easy to forget that the organization was created in the aftermath of the second world war with twin goals. Cern officials have been […]

Beastly Things by Donna Leon

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Beastly Things was just as satisfying as her crime thrillers usually are with the same additional pleasure of the setting – the streets, squares and canals of Venice. [More] …

Record September, warm and sunny

Storm arriving in Lake Geneva area, 9 September, early evening

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Conversations about 2014 weather still open with the wet and cold summer, but September was the warmest and sunniest one compared to a 30-year baseline measure. Meteoswiss’s monthly bulletin, issued 29 September, notes that on average it was 1C warmer than the 1981-2010 period and that precipitation throughout the country was well […]