Electronic tickets for Italy-Swiss rail travel

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Eurocity rail tickets are now paperless, thanks to the introduction of an electronic ticketing system by Trenitalia. The new tickets are valid in both directions and travelers will be required only to show their booking code. Eturbonews reports that “The electronic ticket, already available for some time on the routes of the […]

Swiss wine consumption down – again

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Swiss reds suffer surprising fall (Also published on Ellen’s Wine World) BERN, SWITZERLAND – Wine consumption in Switzerland dropped again in 2014, by 2.2 percent, confirming a 10-year trend despite a slight rise, 2 percent in 2013. The amount of Swiss wine consumed fell by 8.1 percent, a worrisome sign for the country’s wineries. Pressure […]

White Nights by Ann Cleeves

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Like the other crime investigation novels in Ann Cleeves‘ Shetland series, White Nights is memorable for the way it takes its readers right into the heart of a Shetland community with its near 24 hours of daylight and its isolation when fogs prevent planes from coming or going, […]

Hillary and Bill (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.

Latest migrant tragedy: only 50 survivors of 700

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The numbers are unconfirmed but clearly horrendous: at most 50 people seem to have survived the capsizing of a boat filled with what appears to have been 700 migrants in the Mediterranean. Italy’s prime minister Sunday night called on the European Union to hold an emergency meeting to find solutions to the […]

Crossword No 255 by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – If you prefer to work on the interactive version, click on this LINK. Across     1  Father, religious superior and Swedish singers (4)     3  Flat round pieces used in playing the game of draughts and official country residence of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (8)     […]

Montreux Jazz Festival unveils programme

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The names are out for the 49th Montreux Jazz Festival, 3-18 July 2015 (16 days, 105 concerts in the 3 principal venues). Quite a group of names this year:

Basel zoo gets CHF30m donation for environmental centre

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BASEL, SWITZERLAND – The Basel Zoo has been given a gift of CHF30 million for a 30-pools aquarium by a donor who wishes to remain anonymous, the zoo said Thursday morning. The money will allow the zoo to move ahead on a creating what it calls an educational environmental centre called the Ozeanium, for which […]

41-yr-old French skier dies at Diableret

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 41-year-old French man who lives in the Montreux area died Wednesday afternoon while skiing off-piste at Diablerets, says Vaud police. He hit two rock ledges and fell 300 metres to his death. He was declared dead at the scene by a Rega helicopter emergency team called to the scene at 17:00 […]

The Armenian Tragedy (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.