Reactions to UN climate report flowing in

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The news is not comforting governments that believe they have been making an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions: the latest UN report from IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) in Geneva is stark in its assessment of the situation. It is also far richer in information than the previous report seven […]

Lausanne voters refuse Beaulieu high-rise

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Voters in Lausanne Sunday 13 April refused a high-rise hotel and housing complex for the city-centre Beaulieu area, with 51.9 percent against and 48.08 percent voting yes. Turnout was relatively heavy at close to 38 percent. The planned Taoua Tower, which would have soared above the hilly but mainly low-rise city at […]

The strangely incestual world of Swiss media

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Le Temps now belongs to Ringier. Plus ça change … instead of the country’s two largest media companies owning the main French language paper, one of them owns it. Will there be layoffs? What are the plans for the future, for an investment in digital development, for example? Too […]

Ringier buys out Tamedia share of Le Temps

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Des Amis group rejected despite similar money GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The competition commissioner will have the final say, but Le Temps employees were told by Ringier Friday that the media firm has bought out competitor Tamedia‘s share of the newspaper. Le Temps, widely considered the quality newspaper in French-speaking Switzerland, was 46.25 percent owned by […]

Sweet news: Frey in N America, Lindt wins Haribo dispute

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s largest chocolate company, Migros-owned Frey, has just acquired Sweetworks in Buffalo, New York and its sister firm Oak Leaf Confections in Toronto, Canada to increase its presence in North America, notably in northern US states and Canada. The deal is retroactive to 1 January and involves no changes in personnel or […]

Sotheby’s May diamond sales to shine again

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sotheby’s will be auctioning three world-class diamonds at its “magnificent jewels and noble jewels” Geneva sale 13 May, turning the spotlight away from glum diamond theft news in recent days to the excitement of a major sale. The buyer of the Pink Star, the world’s largest pink diamond that was sold by […]

Swiss records set for inventions, whistles

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Weekend also saw large pillow fight in Lausanne GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The International Exhibit of Inventions ended in Geneva Sunday with a record number of inventions presented, 1,000, by 790 inventors. The crowds poured in, more than 60,000 people for the four-day event, a stable number, say the organizers. The show is the largest of […]

Swiss business roundup: P Morris, Credit Suisse, HUG

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A roundup of Swiss business news headlines Friday 4 April: Cigarette-maker to close Dutch factory Lausanne-based Philip Morris said Friday it has opened discussions with employee groups over plans to close its cigarette manufacturing operation in The Netherlands. The move would affect 1,230 of the 1,370 workers at the plant. The company […]

Baselworld closes to lower figures, more trade visitors

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – The Basel watch and jewelry fair has closed, with figures down slightly to 150,000 visitors, but Swiss watchmakers say they are not concerned because this year saw a stronger trade population. The 2013 show was the first in new quarters designed by hometown architects Herzog & de Meuron, which attracted a larger […]

EPFL SwissTech Convention Centre opens

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Latest in impressive architectural additions to Lausanne campus LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The EPFL can boast yet another noteworthy architectural work, with the official opening 3 April of the SwissTech Convention Centre on the school’s main campus in Lausanne. It’s hard to know whether to first praise the high-tech fittings or the business acumen that has […]