Reading roundup

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Links to a mixed bag of information, news and reflective writing during this vacation week: High winds and Ebola A5 Yverdon-Neuchatel closed due to objects on the road and Saas Fee registered 185 kph as the tail end of Britain’s Gonzalo hurricane whipped the northern Alps with high winds. RTS report Swiss […]

News roundup: roads, mountains, sheep, tennis

Sheep found in a car trunk by Swiss customs officials in Veyrier.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It’s a vacation week for some of the schools in Switzerland, and for your editor. Here are some of the news highlights: Dramatic weekend on Swiss roads, mountains Two children were in critical condition after their car crashed down a slope in the Val d’Illiez this weekend. Their mother had parked the […]

Economics: The User’s Guide Ha-Joon Chang

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – He takes a simple situation where, for example, Ivan’s neighbour Boris acquires a new goat. Envious Ivan is given one wish by a fairy and wishes that ‘Boris’s goat should drop dead [More] …

Weekend in Lake Geneva region: what’s on, weather

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Good weather ahead for the weekend, with mostly sunny and some overcast skies in the Lake Geneva region, but no showers in sight. Temperatures dipping slight to 9-10C at night but rising to 20-21C. The autumn colours are getting richer from the lakeshore up to mid-mountain level, perfect hiking weather for the […]

Stepped-up airport screenings (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.

72% of Swiss get enough exercise, gov’t says

Glacier Patrol: a daunting high-mountain ski race that attracts professionals but also scores of amateur Swiss skiers who train for months (photo ©2012 Steve Fellay)

Steady improvement in national fitness level since 2002 BERN, SWITZERLAND – Most Swiss are getting enough exercise to avoid chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, mainly through moderate exercise such as walking and gardening. Both are growing in popularity, while the level of serious sports is rising, but only very slowly. The impact on […]

Cryptic Crossword No 230 by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – The unclued lights are all characters in a novel. [More] …

Minergy building for Zurich’s ETH in city centre

New Lee building at ETH Zurich houses mechanical engineering programme and the KOF economic studies centre

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – ETH, the federal polytechnic in Zurich, Thursday opened its new Lee building, the first to be completed as part of a 2003 rebuilding plan for the university district in the city centre. Sustainable architecture is the byword for the structure designed by Fawad Kazi, the university notes in a statement: “Ambitious sustainability […]

The siege of Kobani (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 airport improvement to go ahead

Architect's model of the newly approved East wing at Geneva airport

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss federal government has approved plans to replace the aging east boarding areas of the airport in Geneva with a new “East wing” to be used mainly for long-haul flights. The new structure, 520 m long, 20 m wide and 19 m high, will replace the current buildings, opened as temporary […]