GenevaLunch News http://genevalunch.com Ellen's Swiss News World Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:32:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 100+ mid-20th c. pollutants found in Visp canalhttp://genevalunch.com/2015/03/31/100-mid-20th-c-pollutants-found-in-visp-canal/ http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/31/100-mid-20th-c-pollutants-found-in-visp-canal/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2015 11:32:56 +0000 http://genevalunch.com/?p=96915 GenevaLunch News 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 […]

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Switzerland votes on new national anthemhttp://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/switzerland-votes-on-new-national-anthem/ http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/switzerland-votes-on-new-national-anthem/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:03:17 +0000 http://genevalunch.com/?p=96905 GenevaLunch News 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 – […]

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Sports: tennis, skiing, cyclinghttp://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/sports-tennis-skiing-cycling/ http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/sports-tennis-skiing-cycling/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:22:17 +0000 http://genevalunch.com/?p=96882 GenevaLunch News 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 […]

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Iran talks still going on in Lausannehttp://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/iran-talks-still-going-on-in-lausanne/ http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/iran-talks-still-going-on-in-lausanne/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:23:52 +0000 http://genevalunch.com/?p=96901 GenevaLunch News 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, […]

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Solar Impulse on hardest journey to datehttp://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/solar-impulse-on-hardest-journey-to-date/ http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/solar-impulse-on-hardest-journey-to-date/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:55:01 +0000 http://genevalunch.com/?p=96896 GenevaLunch News 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 […]

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Weather, A9 roadworks, accidents – slow start to Mondayhttp://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/weather-a9-roadworks-accidents-slow-start-to-monday/ http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/weather-a9-roadworks-accidents-slow-start-to-monday/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:49:33 +0000 http://genevalunch.com/?p=96893 GenevaLunch News GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Students and workers suffered a slow start Monday morning as roadworks and weather, coupled with accidents, took their toll in Switzerland. Several parts of the country were swept by high winds, with Säntis recording gusts up to 141 kph, in central Switzerland. Heavy rainfall is predicted for the first half of the […]

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Basel firm to become world’s largest duty free retailer (update)http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/basel-firm-to-become-worlds-largest-duty-free-retailer-update/ http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/basel-firm-to-become-worlds-largest-duty-free-retailer-update/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:33:32 +0000 http://genevalunch.com/?p=96891 GenevaLunch News BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Basel-based Dufry is slated to become the world’s largest duty-free retailer, travel business media are reporting. The Swiss company will hold a press conference this afternoon about its announced takeover of Italian firm World Duty Free. It is reportedly buying the 50.1 percent stake the Benetton family has in WDF, for €1.3 billion […]

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The Germanwings tragedy (Chappatte cartoon)http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/the-germanwings-tragedy-chappatte-cartoon/ http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/the-germanwings-tragedy-chappatte-cartoon/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:04:44 +0000 http://genevalunch.com/?p=96888 GenevaLunch News ©2015 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.

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The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum by Heinrich Böllhttp://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/the-lost-honour-of-katharina-blum-by-heinrich-boll/ http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/30/the-lost-honour-of-katharina-blum-by-heinrich-boll/#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:00:12 +0000 http://genevalunch.com/?p=96588 GenevaLunch News GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE - it took on a new relevance in the recent furore created by devious means adopted by the British tabloid press to gain information. [More] ...

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Swiss adopts “2 in cockpit” rule following French crashhttp://genevalunch.com/2015/03/27/swiss-adopts-2-in-cockpit-rule-following-french-crash/ http://genevalunch.com/2015/03/27/swiss-adopts-2-in-cockpit-rule-following-french-crash/#respond Fri, 27 Mar 2015 22:29:55 +0000 http://genevalunch.com/?p=96880 GenevaLunch News ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Airline Swiss said Friday it is increasing security measures by adopting the “two in cockpit” rule that European airline officials are recommending in the wake of the Germanwings crash in the French Alps earlier this week. The airline said in a statement: “Swiss has resolved to modify its already-extensive cockpit safety procedures […]

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