Italian biker released after going 161kph on Simplon

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 31-year-old Italian man was caught by a radar doing 161kph on his motorcycle at the Simplon pass, in an area where the limit is 80. Canton Valais police say he was given a hefty fine and an indefinite ban on driving in Switzerland before being released. He nevertheless faces criminal charges […]

UBS posts profit, but French legal case open

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, 29 July reported second quarter profits of CHF792 million, up 15 percent over the same period in 2013. the bank settled its outstanding case and fines with Germany, but now faces new demands from France, with a CHF1.1 billion guarantee due by August, an amount the bank this […]

Travel alert: flooding, rain, affecting train schedules

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Heavy rain in several areas of the country Monday night could have an impact on rail travel Tuesday, with some lines around Lucerne already affected Monday evening. You can check for updates on the CFF rail traffic information page, in English.

California beach hit by lightning – know the basics

Rainy weather and thunderstorms, common in Switzerland in July

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – One person has died and several people were injured, one critically, when four separate direct lightning strikes hit a crowded beach at Venice Beach in California Sunday afternoon. Police estimate that 20,000 people were on the beach near Los Angeles when unusual conditions created a sudden thunderstorm that lasted […]

Rain and more rain on the way

Rain en route, Valais, noon Monday

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you haven’t been outside yet today, go now! The forecast for all of Switzerland is for rain and more rain starting this afternoon or evening and continuing until Thursday, with very heavy showers due Wednesday. In Valais this morning the sun was shining and temperatures were perfect – but big billowing […]

100 extra trains for Zurich’s Street Parade

Inland – Street Parade 2012 (Matthias Keller/Amiado Online AG)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Zurich mean party-time next weekend, with the national First of August celebrations followed the day after by the city’s hugely popular Street Parade, a giant dance and techno fête. The CFF/SBB rail company is adding 100 trains 2 August to carry the crowds. Extra trains will leave for Zurich during the afternoon […]

Open letter to a fool on a motorbike

Villeneuve A9 bridge being demolished, spring 2014

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you cover police news regularly, as I do, it’s impossible not to notice the number of motorcycle accidents. A 25-year-old man was sent to hospital in Geneva in critical condition Saturday shortly after 18:00 when he lost control of his bike on the rue de Chêne-Bougeries, touched the corner of a […]

Police on roadworks safety awareness campaign

The A9 heading between Lausanne and Villeneuve: plan on taking a little more time with roadworks this summer

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – This is high season for roadworks in Switzerland, especially noticeable on autoroutes, which are some of the best-maintained in Europe. Drivers don’t always appreciate the reasons behind lower speed limits if their travel time is significantly longer, so police are setting out this week to make sure we understand the safety issues […]

Neuchatel says yes to pool burkinis

What to wear into the water - the rules vary

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – RTS reports this morning that the only pools in Switzerland that allow Muslim women to wear burkinis are in Neuchatel, but with limitations. The clothing must be made of Lycra or polyester since cotton and some other natural materials can carry bacteria that might affect the quality of the water. And faces […]

Vernier border guards complex architect named

Architect's model of new border guards housing complex in Vernier, Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Vernier will soon have a major new complex for border guards, part of a larger regional plan to provide service housing for them in zones that are deemed critical. The Swiss government Monday 28 July named Lucerne architect Andreas Heierle and landscape specialist Weber + Brönnimann in Bern the winners of a competition […]