Lausanne voters refuse Beaulieu high-rise

beaulieu tower Lausanne

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Voters in Lausanne Sunday 13 April refused a high-rise hotel and housing complex for the city-centre Beaulieu area, with 51.9 percent against and 48.08 percent voting yes. Turnout was relatively heavy at close to 38 percent. The planned Taoua Tower, which would have soared above the hilly but mainly low-rise city at […]

Easter traffic jams have started


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – In case you’ve forgotten, this is not a good day to take north-south autoroutes in Switzerland, with Easter/spring school holidays starting in several Swiss cantons and neighbouring countries. Saturday morning saw a 1h30 delay for heading south through the Gotthard tunnel, with a 10km tailback. The A1 heading towards Geneva is also […]

Great collection of Swiss aerial photos

Swiss Federal Topo Office, nearly a century of aerial maps of Switzerland

BERN, SWITZERLAND – New technology has just greatly enhanced LUBIS, the Swiss federal mapping office (Topo) product that allows anyone to see 320,000 aerial photos of the country. The photo collection dates from 1920. You can use it in English as well as the Swiss national languages. The photos initially served to help draw up […]

Elysée school students all return to Lausanne

Students, parents meet at police HQ following youth’s death in Rome LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The entire group of students from the Elysée school in Lausanne who were on a field trip to Rome arrived in the city by bus Saturday morning, say cantonal police. One of the group died from a knife wound to the […]

The Ukrainian problem

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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.

The strangely incestual world of Swiss media

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Le Temps now belongs to Ringier. Plus ça change … instead of the country’s two largest media companies owning the main French language paper, one of them owns it. Will there be layoffs? What are the plans for the future, for an investment in digital development, for example? Too […]

Ringier buys out Tamedia share of Le Temps

Le Temps sale

Des Amis group rejected despite similar money GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The competition commissioner will have the final say, but Le Temps employees were told by Ringier Friday that the media firm has bought out competitor Tamedia‘s share of the newspaper. Le Temps, widely considered the quality newspaper in French-speaking Switzerland, was 46.25 percent owned by […]

Kerry, Russians, Ukraine, EU to meet in Geneva

Kerry’s office says meeting to take place 17 April in Geneva GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – US Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Geneva 17 April to meet with officials from Russia, Ukraine and the European Union, his office announced Friday evening. It will be a “multilateral meeting … to discuss the ongoing situation in […]

Geneva consults public on plan to add 11,000 homes

Complex plan for Praille-Acacias-Vernets can be viewed to 12 May GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The PAV (Praille-Acacias-Vernets) plan to develop the 230-hectare industrial zone on the outskirts of Geneva has been posted online for public consultation, until 12 May. The major urban development plan has been a long time gestating, and the financing of part of […]

Basel U succeeds with handmade noses

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BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Researchers at the University of Basel have succeeded in growing cartilage to make human noses for reconstructive surgery. The team built noses for five people who had severe defects after nose surgery for skin cancer. One year after the patients, ages 76 to 88, received their new noses, they reported they had […]