Apple can’t sell its watch in Switzerland

Media report shows TM protected since 1985 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A Geneva-based company, Leonard Timepieces, registered the name Apple and a trademark design showing an apple, for the category “watches” in Switzerland, back in 1985. The trademark expires only in December 2015, reports Business Montres & Joaillerie today, citing the federal intellectual property office. The […]

Allergies season is upon us

Aha! packets of tissues handed out to travelers at Cornavin station in Geneva to mark national allergies day

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Allergies, hay fever in particular, or just a sneezing bout? Last week Switzerland marked national allergy day, just as pollen and other allergens were beginning to make their presence known. Hay fever sufferers are having a respite today, thanks to the rainy weather that swept into Switzerland, but MeteoSwiss is predicting a […]

Vaud tourism app in time for tulips


LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Vaud Tourism Office has updated its relatively new (2014) app, Vaud: Guide, for iPhone and Android. It’s out just in time for some of my favourite tourist treks in the region, with useful information about them: the Cully Jazz Festival, the Morges Tulip Festival, and the Cutlery Festival in Vallorbes. If […]

“Green” coffee capsules arrive

Launching environmentally friendly coffee capsules, at last, in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It’s taken five or more years, but biodegradable coffee capsules are finally on the Swiss market, thanks to dogged efforts by the Ethical Coffee Company, which took on Nestlé, the market giant. The capsules can be used in Nespresso machines and are completely biodegradable (six months in an industrial compost), made entirely […]

Zermatt celebrates 150th Matterhorn year, Valais 200

Five senses the theme of Valais's celebrations this summer

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It’s a party year in canton Valais, and a double one in Zermatt. Festivities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the ascent of the Matterhorn are gearing up. And the canton, which joined the Swiss Confederation 200 years ago, is starting its series of events, with Zermatt hosting some of them. Zermatt: […]

100+ mid-20th c. pollutants found in Visp canal

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Measurements taken recently by two groups confirm that the canal of the Rhone river in Visp, canton Valais, was chemically polluted by local employer Lonza, from 1930 to 1976. Researchers found the presence of more than 100 chemicals, with mercury heading the list, in the water. The researchers were from WWF Switzerland […]

Switzerland votes on new national anthem

Six new songs vying for role as Swiss national hymn

Four languages, six versions shortlisted for online vote BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland is going to the polls, electronically this time, to vote on a new national “hymn”. The six songs shortlisted – out of some 200 entries – by a committee of seven judges are now online. Each one is available in four languages – […]

Sports: tennis, skiing, cycling

The final races of the Grand Prix Migros ski season for under-16s, le Crozet

Cancellara out, broken vertebrae GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sports roundup: Cycling Swiss cyclist Fabian Cancellara broke two vertebrae when he went flying last week during the E3 Harelbeke in Belgium after another racer suddenly braked. The injuries mean he will be out of two key races where he has dominated, the cobbled classics. His team hopes […]

Iran talks still going on in Lausanne

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The six countries involved in negotiating a nuclear power agreement with Iran are meeting together with Iranian representatives, with increasing pressure to find a preliminary deal as Tuesday’s deadline, in Lausanne. Few concrete details are coming out about the state of the negotiations, but an agreement is still not assured, Reuters reports, […]

Solar Impulse on hardest journey to date

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Shortly after 10:00 this morning Solar Impulse noted that pilot Bertrand Piccard was over fabled Chinese flower centre Kunming, en route from Mandaley in Myanmar to Chongqing. Piccard today is facing the most difficult challenge yet for the solar airplane on its round-the-world flight: 19 hours of flying time, 1,375 kilometres. The […]