Zurich airport profits up sharply

Zurich airport continues to win awards for service, with its most recent the World Travel Award in early August.

Year-on-year turnover down ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Zurich airport saw an eight-fold increase in profits for the first half of 2014, compared to a year earlier, the company said 27 August: CHF88.13 million compared to CHF10.1m. The airport’s turnover was down, however, by 3.4 percent to CHF453.58m. Passenger traffic continued to grow, by 0.5 percent, with […]

News roundup: banks’ money, mafia guns, Alpine golf, revenge

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Just back from three days of covering a wine fair in Zurich, which you can soon read about on Ellen’s Wine World. Local news roundup for the first part of the week: Swiss private banks reveal numbers Geneva-based bank Pictet 26 August published its financial figures for the first time in 209 […]

Breaking news: Hamas, Israel “long-term” truce

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Hamas officials say a long-term truce with Israel has been agreed to, and an announcement with details will be made shortly. Egyptian officials are reportedly saying the official announcement will be at 20:00 local time. Breaking news details: Aljazeera, BBC, Jerusalem Post, Reuters

Safety council calls for more speed checks

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – The bfu, Switzerland’s council for accident prevention, is calling for more road speed checks. The group in a statement 26 August points out that a decrease in the number of serious accidents in Switzerland is directly linked to the number of speed checks, but that unfortunately the areas with the fewest checks, […]

Driver stopped near Sion: 3.38 alcohol level

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A driver was found to have an alcohol level of 3.38 when he was stopped during a routine traffic control in Grimisuat, above Sion in canton Valais, at 17:00 Monday. The legal limit for drinking and driving in Switzerland is 0.05%. The driver showed clear signs of inebriation, say Valais police, and […]

Bolt pulls out of Zurich Diamond League

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Usain Bolt will not be racing Thursday in Zurich at the Weltklasse Diamond League event, calling an end to his season. He ran 100 metres in 9.98 seconds in Warsaw Saturday night, but his coach says he now needs to take advantage of an injury-free period to prepare for the 2015 season. […]

French await new gov’t in shuffle

PARIS, FRANCE – France is waiting today to see who will be in the new government proposed by Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who announced Monday morning that his government was resigning. President François Hollande has asked him to form a new government by Tuesday. The shuffle follows vituperous remarks about the government’s economic policy and […]

A changed Middle East (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.

The Lost Men by Kelly Tyler-Lewis

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – The world is remembering the opening events of the First World War at the moment but I have been reading an account of an equally harrowing series of events [More] …

And the good news is sunshine!

Walk in the Lavaux vineyards or catch music under the Luna tent or hockey on the ice rink in Geneva - head out this weekend!

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The holidays are gradually drawing to a close, with children in Vaud and Geneva heading back to school Monday and international schools slated to start a week later. The final weekend of summer freedom for some people will be cool and mostly sunny – good weather for doing just about anything! Temperatures […]