Prevention: tips for keeping your mobile phone safe

Crowded buses and trams are a favourite spot for pickpockets and thieves love cell phones - hold onto it tightly when out in public

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Vaud police, in their monthly newsletter, remind cell phone users (and doesn’t that include just about everyone now?) to be vigilant about locking the data a thief could find on your phone. Keep in mind that cell phones have been taken out of the hands of people using them, […]

A9 around Chillon: 2 lanes until Oct 2015

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Prepare for another full year of roadworks above the Chateau de Chillon, with lower speed limits for the duration. The new state of the art fiber optics concrete is being poured on the Chillon viaduct on the A9 autoroute this week. But the complexity of the work has added a year to […]

Paleo, you need this!

Putting Paleo together in a wet and muddy summer of 2014 (photo ©2014 Annie Colliard/Paleo)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Could this really be the end of mud? Just so, at least for festival-goers, says Bern. Empa in St Gallen has developed light floor panels made from a polymer mixed with fibreglass, which can be laid over large areas. The product, developed with the firm Supramat-Swiss, could be used at outdoor festivals […]

More accurate pollen maps from MeteoSwiss

By G.-U. Tolkiehn (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

BERN, SWITZERLAND – If you’re in the area around Rolle today, or west Lausanne tomorrow, and you have allergies, bookmark the Swiss national weather service’s new pollen maps page. And if you are in Geneva, one of the worst areas in the country for ambrosia, be sure to check the maps. To get your bearings: […]

Crossword No 223 by Chalicea

No 223

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Port on the Adriatic coast of Croatia (6) [More] …

Swiss banks: CHF350 billion lost over tax issues

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – One of the most in-depth looks at Swiss private banking to surface in recent months suggests that Swiss banks had to find CHF100 billion to cover fines linked to tax evasion and fraud. The study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (pwc) in Switzerland, published 28 August, says they also lost an estimated CHF250 billion […]

Frontaliers living in France: 5 years of growth


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The number of cross-border workers (frontaliers) has grown in the past five years, but somewhat unevenly in French-speaking cantons, show new figures published 28 August by the Federal Statistical Office. The office recently published figures showing that the number of jobs in Geneva rose by 0.8 percent in 2012, the latest year […]

WEF launches web “NetMundial Initiative”

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The “NetMundial Initiative” was launched at the World Economic Forum 28 August when the organization hosted a meeting with Icann, political, adademic, civil society and business leaders. The key words used by Geneva-based WEF in a statement about the initiative were global cooperation, capacity development and building trust in the internet. The […]

Pedestrian on A1 killed by police car

Separate road accident leaves youth in critical condition GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 22-year-old man was killed when a police car traveling with its lights flashing and sirens on hit him as he crouched in the righthand lane of the A1 autoroute, the Payerne exit, in the early hours of Thursday. Fribourg police have not provided […]

Bern tightens measures for Russian banks

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss government 27 August announced tighter restrictions for Russian banks operating in the country, “ensure that the most recent sanctions imposed by the European Union cannot be circumvented via Swiss territory. Today the Federal Council decided on the necessary measures. In the field of finance, issues of long term financial instruments […]