Swiss train schedule 2016: impact of railworks

The vineyards of Lavaux, seen from the Lausanne-Bern train

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Geneva-Lausanne will take 3 minutes longer, but Morges is being added back to the ICN stops; Grandson is connected to Lausanne; Geneva-St Gallen will be 18 minutes shorter with no stops between Winterthur and St Gallen; the Lausanne-Zurich ICN trains will be moved by 30 minutes, which will allow Yverdon/Neuchtael-Zurich trains to […]

WHO gets emergencies’ response reform

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Assembly over the weekend approved a programme to reform how the WHO responds to emergencies. A $100 million contingency plan to help finance in-field operations for up to three months is part of the package. The series of structural reforms will help the WHO “prepare for and respond rapidly, […]

News roundup: Cern, murder, gorillas, hockey kids

Mother gorilla Joas and baby, 21 May 2015 in Basel (photo: Basel Zoo)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Catching up after a bout of the flu picked up in Portugal; join me for my news roundup: Cern still has time for physics awe Cern made world headlines at the end of last week with its latest LHC news: the first particle-particle collisions at the new speed, an essential step as […]

The Islamic State (Chappatte cartoon)

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©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.

Engineers of Victory by Paul Kennedy

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – Paul Kennedy in Engineers of Victory – The Problem Solvers who Turned the Tide in the Second World War looks at the Second World War from a different point of view from the one we are so accustomed to encountering. This is not about Churchill, Montgomery or ‘Saving […]

Cryptic Crossword No 260 by Guest Compiler, Artix

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Guest compiler, Artix has provided another of his very amusing cryptic crosswords. [More] …

The Death of Faith by Donna Leon

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – There are still a few Donna Leon crime mysteries I haven’t read or commented on and they make fine reading when it is grey and gloomy outside, since she invariably takes her reader into the flying spray of the police launch and the glorious lilacs of a Venetian […]

Gondo, Swiss-Italian hot spot this week

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police and border guards around Gondo, on the Swiss-Italian border, have had a busy start to the Ascension long weekend. Two speeders were caught, one in each direction on the Gondo-Brig road that goes over the Simplon pass. And two Italian men were caught entering Switzerland with more than 1,000 fake CHF5 […]

Swiss news roundup: agrochem, refugees, rail sheep

Changing public attitudes about weedkillers, maintaining green spaces are a challenge for agrochem industry

Lausanne-Vevey trains back on track GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – News from western Switzerland: Monsanto continues to woo Syngenta The possibility of an agrochemical giant dimmed slightly during the week when Syngenta turned down a buyout offer from Monsanto, but the US firm is expected to make a new bid for Basel-based Syngenta within weeks. “The St. […]

Common sense tips to avoid being robbed

Vaud police pickpocket video

Police in French-speaking cantons, Bern and Ticino are running a theft-prevention campaign during May to remind the public that using common sense can drive down the number of crimes of this sort. Proof lies in the 2014 statistics. Property theft was down by 10 percent in 2014 in canton Vaud, with similar drops elsewhere; it […]