Swiss weekend news roundup: diamonds, Earth Hour, accidents

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sunshine and warm weather contributed to a busy weekend, with crowds filling lakefront walks and beaches, and police chasing criminals. Weekend news highlights from the Lake Geneva region. High-speed chase on the A1 leaves motorist injured Happily, there were no injuries during a high-speed chase that saw Vaud police shoot out the […]

Things to remember on Swiss trains

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Tips for travelers GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Trains are longer and more crowded than usual thanks to the car show, which opens to the public Thursday 6 March. Here are a few tips to make your journey smoother if you’re part of the crowd: Keep a close eye on your luggage at all times. That said, […]

Local roundup: watches, ribs, books

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Tram close call, hell of a start to 2014, fab watches GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The man who was thrown from his van when it hit a Geneva tram in Carouge last week, then was thrown under the tram, has not only survived but he was able to share his experience from his hospital bed last […]

World’s top 3 hotel schools are Swiss

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The École hôtelière de Lausanne has been named the world’s best hotel school in a survey of senior managers at top hotels around the world. Swiss hotel management education received a boost not just from EHL’s winning spot but from Swiss schools Glion above Montreux and Les Roches near the resort of […]

Swiss 2014 train timetable out

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The new 2014 rail timetable for Switzerland is now out. This year was French-speaking Switzerland’s turn for major changes; German-speaking Switzerland gets its turn in 2014. Note that the timetable, which goes into effect 15 December, coincides with the start of the new RER (regional rail) system in Saint Gall, which has […]

Exports keeping Swiss economy upbeat

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss GDP (gross domestic product) grew by 0.5 percent in the third quarter of 2013, compared to the second quarter, with the main growth coming from exports of goods. Growth was 1.9 percent compared to Q3 2012. In industry, value-added was the biggest source of growth. The Swiss Secretariat for the Economy, […]

Number Swiss jobs up, grow slows

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The number of employed persons rose by 1.2 percent in the third quarter of 2013 in Switzerland, but the overall figure hides a drop in jobs in the secondary sector (manufacturing), down 0.3 percent while in the tertiary sector, jobs in service industries rose by 1.7 percent. The figures are relative to […]

Lausanne restaurant fire: 17 treated for smoke

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – City police said Sunday evening 17 people were treated for smoke inhalation or light burns following a fire in an Eritrean restaurant, Lalibela on rue du Valentin Sunday afternoon at 16:00. The cause of the fire, which spread rapidly, is under investigation. Bus service in the area was interrupted until 18:30 to […]

More shop staff salaries going up

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Aldi, the German supermarket chain, said Friday 22 November that it is increasing the minimum wage in its stores by 2.1 percent, to CHF4,200 a month for a 13-month year, starting in January 2014. Salaries as a whole for its 2,250 employees will go up by 1 percent, the store said. The […]

Frank’s Leica from “The Americans” to Vevey

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Vevey Camera Museum receives Leica used for iconoclastic 1958 book GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The camera used by Robert Frank to shoot The Americans, a book published first in France in 1958, then in the US in 1959, has been donated to the  Musée suisse de l’appareil photographique (Swiss Camera Museum) in Vevey. It joins other […]