Train schedule 2015 starts 14 December

Rush hour, en route to Lausanne

More Geneva night service, better Biel/Bienne-Bern trains BERN, SWITZERLAND – The 2015 CFF/SBB train schedule goes into effect 14 December, and among the changes will be better nighttime service in the Geneva area. Service on the Lancy-Pont-Rouge–Genève–Coppet line will be extended from 22:00 to midnight Monday to Thursday. Geneva-La Plaine will once again have evening […]

Majority Swiss children get outside-home care


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The majority of Swiss children are now cared for regularly, a few hours a week, by someone other than their parents, outside the home. The latest numbers from the Swiss Federal Statistics Office show that 74 percent of pre-school children have regular daycare and 54 percent of children 5-12 do. The most […]

WTO does a trade deal! Customs, borders

Roberto Azevedo,  WTO director general (photo, 2013, WTO)

“Can’t wait 17-18 years for next agreement” says WTO head GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It took 19 years, but the World Trade Organization finally has a done deal: member states in Bali agreed to streamline customs and borders procedures as part of the Trade Facilitation Agreement. Thursday it was finally adopted after several snags and a […]

Cryptic Crossword No 236 by Chalicea

Cryptic Crossword No 236

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Eight clues are of a kind and have single-word clues. [More] …

Ferguson (Chappatte cartoon)

Ferguson Chappatte

©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.

Man arrested for murdering woman in Morges

Woman’s body found week after she was strangled GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The body of a 25-year-old Swiss woman was found in an apartment in Morges 4 November, a week after she was strangled and left on her bed. Earlier this week police arrested her 31-year-old companion, a Swiss man, who has admitted to choking her […]

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

A what of wildebeest - do you know the collective noun?

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

3D Calendars 001

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] …