Geneva ready to host internet governance

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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.

Drunk driving: balloons, not blood test, in future

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – If you’re caught driving after drinking more than the legal limit, police in Switzerland will ask you to take a breath test. The problem, says the Federal Highway Office, many of the tests currently used don’t work well above a blood alcohol level of .80/1000. At that point, police often take blood […]

Geneva inches way to world internet home

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva’s dream of becoming the home to internet governance, is inching closer to reality at a three-day conference that opened Monday. CEO of Icann (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) Fadi Chehadé, suggested in his opening speech at the Geneva Internet Conference that the city could play a key role as […]

Geneva transport workers strike Wednesday

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva residents could find they are better off hoofing it to work Wednesday, thanks to a TPG public transport strike involving about one-third of the company’s workers. The 24-hour strike will slow down buses and trams, with nearly 800 workers of the 1,900 TPG employees taking part. The workers are members of […]

Geneva doctor acquitted for cancer error

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A woman who was treated for an extremely serious case of breast cancer that she didn’t have broke into tears as the judge in Geneva announced that the doctor was acquitted, Tuesday 18 November. News agency ats reports that she was awarded CHF5,000 for moral damages but the doctor was not found […]

Extreme weather, extreme drops

Drenched and no one to play with - one soggy Ticino dog Monday, not exactly a look-alike for the guard dog image

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Canton Ticino is having record rainfall, but if you’re traveling there you might want to reflect on the need for winter tires. The Ticino side of the Gotthard tunnel had plenty of snow Monday 17 November. I’d been photographing the extraordinary waterfalls around from Lugano to Airolo that give the mountainsides a […]

Probe lands on a comet (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.

Weekend weather, what’s on

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – November is truly upon us, with gray skies and rain, chilly but not yet cold temperatures: 6-10C, dipping to 4C Monday in the Lake Geneva area. Pre-holiday season indoor activities are building up and skating rinks are starting to open. Things happening this weekend include the Holy Trinity Christmas fair in Geneva […]

Banking, Fifa woes continue

Blatter in 2010, at a press conference about World Cup host city bids

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Another Swiss banker has been indicted in the US for helping US citizens evade taxes, but as a Swiss citizen he has not been extradited. The bank itself has not been named by US judicial authorities, but since they said it is the city’s oldest bank, news media abroad have published its […]

Beyeler prepares major Gauguin show

Paul Gauguin Parau api, 1892 What news? Quelles nouvelles? Oil on canvas, 67 x 91 cm Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Photograph by Jürgen Karpinski

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Paul Gauguin will be making a colourful comeback in Switzerland starting in February, with the most important showing of his work here in 60 years; the last major exhibition in neighbouring countries was 10 years ago. The Beyeler Foundation, whose show runs in Basel from 8 February to 28 June 2015 says […]