Swiss bank staff get a raise

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Staff at Swiss banks have negotiated a pay increase and agreement on hours clocked in their first collective bargaining pay rise since 2009. The new deal increases the minimum annual pay for staff from CHF50,000 a year to CHF52,000 and CHF56,000 for those who have completed an apprenticeship. Employees who have a […]

Coalition en route to Iraq (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.

Weekend weather: perfect for tasting food, wine

Mushrooms, fruit - Wednesday morning market in Morges

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A perfect weekend for wandering in and out of the many food and wine events throughout the country: 18-28 September is Switzerland’s Semaine du goût (La settimana del gusto, Die Genussswoche) 2014. You’ll find an explanation and list of recommendations on Ellen’s Wine World, where you can also read about concerns over […]

United they remain: Scots 55% against independence

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The results are now in and Scotland has voted 55.3 percent against independence, with 44.7 percent saying yes. The results were released more slowly than expected because of the heavy turnout, nearly 85 percent. Links: BBC, Guardian, Herald Scotland, Scotsman, Telegraph and Irish Times, Le Monde

School breaks: plan road trips ahead

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Viasuisse, a Federal Highway Department programme, has put out its autumn forecast for busy road traffic dates, to help plan car travel during the October school holidays. Swiss cantons stagger their breaks, but in general Friday evenings you can expect heavy traffic heading south and on Sunday evening heading north. The federal […]

Cryptic Crossword No 226 by Chalicea

No 226

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Brain membrane of a primate in disorder (3,5) [More] …

Long holiday weekend for most Swiss

French-Swiss border, mid-lake

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva is the exception to what will be a three-day weekend for many western Swiss cantons: the Jeûne fédéral holiday is Monday. Despite its name, this is not a national holiday, but one observed by a number of cantons. It began as a day of fasting 350 years ago in canton Aargau […]

Joint police check nabs group of lawbreakers

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Several lawbreakers were caught by surprise in a police net operation Wednesday around the Chablais area. The purpose, police said in a statement, was to help in the fight against cross-cantonal and cross-border crime. Vaud and Valais police, working with police in several communes in and around the Chablais area as well […]

Missing person: scientist Fergus McInnes

Fergus McInnes, missing since 9 September

Swiss police investigation into researcher’s disappearance goes public GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Fergus McInnes, a 51-year-old Scottish researcher from Edinburgh, has been missing since he arrived in Geneva 9 September for a conference. He failed to show up at his hotel or at the conference, nor did he catch his flight home a few days later. […]

Scotland about to vote (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.