Swiss energy use for home lighting down 25%

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Get rid of incandescent lights, even if they are new! BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss households in 2013 used 1,424 gigawatt hours of electricity for lighting, 23 percent less than in 2010, according to WWF. The environmental organization gave a mandate to the group Safe to carry out the study. Its results, published 27 October, show […]

GenevaLunch.com and ellen-books at LIF

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Sunday booksigning: Vineglorious! Switzerland’s Wondrous World of Wines Join GenevaLunch.com and ellen-books.com this Sunday at the Léman International Fair. Author Ellen Wallace will be selling and signing Vineglorious! Switzerland’s Wondrous World of Wines – the first book in English in 20 years on Swiss wines by Switzerland’s only English-language wine writer and wine judge who […]

Domestic terrorism (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.

Swiss banks request US back down on demands

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Three-quarters of the banks that signed a December 2013 “disclosure programme” as category 2 banks with US investigators are suggesting that American authorities have gone beyond the terms of the  agreement, reports Bloomberg. The news agency says it has seen a copy of the letter sent 21 October by lawyers for 73 […]

Usborne Noisy Orchestra

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – At twenty US dollars it would make a wonderful Christmas present and be a perfect introduction to the world of classical music. [More] ….

New leaders needed for region, says Ecuadorean president

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “Latin American leaders are often castigated, as caudillos or caciques“, Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, said Friday in Geneva. “But leaders are desirable.” Correa was on a visit to Geneva that included a speech at the Palais des Nations to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Unctad, and a visit to Cern. He told a […]

What the ECB says about vulnerable banks

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The European Central Bank Sunday pointed to 25 euro area banks that are “vulnerable” to failing, 13 of which were given two weeks to come up with plans for remedial action. They will then have 9 months to cover the shortfall. The ECB highlighted, in a statement issued 26 October: Capital shortfall […]

Travel alert: Lausanne Marathon

If you were thinking of looking at the vineyards around La Tour-de-Peilz Sunday, think again! You won't be able to drive on the lake road and you'll be competing for space with more than 14,000 runners!

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Lausanne Marathon takes place this weekend and canton Vaud police are warning motorists that the lake road between Lausanne and La Tour-de-Peilz will be closed most of Sunday. The 780a route national will be closed from 07:30 to 17:00, although drivers should be aware the re-opening is dependent on the race. […]

Crossword No 231 by Chalicea

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The book, past and future (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.