Zurich’s ETH creates Ebola spread model

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Three days of incubation was too short, and the number of people contaminated by Ebola patients in Sierre Leone was 2.8 – putting to rest speculation that it was 1 to as many as 8. These are two of the results turned up by a mathematical model, using DNA, of the spread […]

Fighting from the sky (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.

Three Swiss murdered in Philippines

BERN, SWITZERLAND – A 23-year-old Geneva man and a couple aged 67 and 68 were killed Monday and Tuesday in the southern Philippines in two separate incidents, Swiss media are reporting; the Swiss Foreign Affairs office has confirmed the couple’s murder in near Opol, but not the youth’s death. The couple, who lived in the […]

Geneva pushes tree-lined image


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The city of Geneva will be planting 250 trees in coming weeks, part of a major greening of the city that will see 486 new trees planted since the winter of 2012, reports the Tribune de Genève. The trees are at the centre of a larger, ambitious project to improve parks, plant […]

Drenched, simply drenched last night

Tuesday morning gave a few clues about what would follow during the night.

Unusually heavy rainstorm for October GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The skies opened last night along the shores of Lake Geneva and even if you were indoors you couldn’t help but notice the deluge. Lausanne had 73 litres/m2 and Geneva 70 in less than 12 hours, says MeteoSwiss. Pully appears to have been hardest hit, with 74 […]

Swiss adds Geneva-Lugano non-stop


Zurich to have 22 new destinations for summer 2015 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss will have 16 non-stop flights a week between Geneva and Lugano starting in March 2015, the airline said 8 October. Prices for the run will start at CHF39 one-way. The new short-haul route is part of the summer 2015 schedule published this […]

Geneva-Paris TGVs, major delays after landslide

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – TGV trains between Switzerland and France, notably those on the Geneva-Paris line, are suffering major delays and schedule changes following a landslide near Bellegarde in France. The mudslide derailed a cargo train. No one was injured. The CFF is not yet able to provide a timeframe for the cleanup and related delays. […]

Gault & Millau awards, bounty of Swiss goodness

Chef of the Year 2015, Peter Knogl

Reposted from Ellen’s Wine World BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Basel has the latest addition to Switzerland’s extraordinary collection of fine wine and food locations, with chef Peter Knogl named by Gault & Millau as its Swiss Chef of the Year 2015 at awards Tuesday 7 October in Basel. Knogl heads the kitchen team at the riverfront […]

Juskila free ski camps for kids


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The deadline for registering 13- and 14-year-olds for a chance to take part in the week-long Juskila free ski camps is 31 October. The camps are organized by Swiss Ski and offer 600 free places to adolescents whose names are picked in a draw. The winners will take part in the 74th […]

Resources for US citizens on taxes, banking


Papers from a series of presentations at a recent Town Hall meeting held by the American Citizens Abroad group are now available online, for downloading. The talks were entitled “Changes in the US Tax Code, Wills, How to Respond to Swiss Banks and other Personal Financial Challenges: for US Citizens Abroad.”