72% of Swiss get enough exercise, gov’t says

Glacier Patrol: a daunting high-mountain ski race that attracts professionals but also scores of amateur Swiss skiers who train for months (photo ©2012 Steve Fellay)

Steady improvement in national fitness level since 2002 BERN, SWITZERLAND – Most Swiss are getting enough exercise to avoid chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, mainly through moderate exercise such as walking and gardening. Both are growing in popularity, while the level of serious sports is rising, but only very slowly. The impact on […]

Cryptic Crossword No 230 by Chalicea

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – The unclued lights are all characters in a novel. [More] …

Minergy building for Zurich’s ETH in city centre

New Lee building at ETH Zurich houses mechanical engineering programme and the KOF economic studies centre

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – ETH, the federal polytechnic in Zurich, Thursday opened its new Lee building, the first to be completed as part of a 2003 rebuilding plan for the university district in the city centre. Sustainable architecture is the byword for the structure designed by Fawad Kazi, the university notes in a statement: “Ambitious sustainability […]

The siege of Kobani (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.

Geneva airport improvement to go ahead

Architect's model of the newly approved East wing at Geneva airport

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss federal government has approved plans to replace the aging east boarding areas of the airport in Geneva with a new “East wing” to be used mainly for long-haul flights. The new structure, 520 m long, 20 m wide and 19 m high, will replace the current buildings, opened as temporary […]

Customs agents seize cigarettes, arrest dozing thief

100 cartons of cigarettes, worth CHF5,000 in unpaid duty

  GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Cigarette-smuggling, big business in the early 1900s, is still a popular business, Geneva customs authorities can attest. This week they released information about a 30 September haul of 100 cartons of cigarettes at Geneva International Airport, 26.5 kg of the goods imported illegally by a Russian man. The anti-fraud unit was […]

A9 closed by accident, motorist dies in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – An Italian man, age 62, died when his car crashed into a tree on the right side of the road at 02:21 Thursday 16 October in Geneva, near 52 Quai de Cologny, heading from the Route de Thonon in the direction of Quai Gustave-Ador. Police are asking anyone with information about the […]

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden Jonas Jonasson

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – I found this hilarious novel even more enjoyable than Jonasson’s first, The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared. [More] …

210 on the autoroute and drunk

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The stretch of highway from Sion to Martigny is flat and straight – too much of a temptation for one 22-year-old Valais man, who was caught by a radar driving at 210 kph near Fully. When police caught up with him he tested positive for alcohol. His permit was taken away and […]

A9 truck ban due to new flyover bridge

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Trucks are banned from the A9 autoroute, Vennes to Chexbres in the direction of Valais, until further notice, say canton Vaud police. A temporary flyover bridge installed during the early hours of Tuesday on the A9 is not considered “adequate” to handle heavy traffic and a detour has been put in place. […]