Human Rights Watch raises record amount

The crowd raising a toast with flowers to Chinese artist and dissident An Wei Wei, in Geneva (photo, Paula Dupraz-Dobias, at HRW)

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Human Rights Watch in Geneva Tuesday night raised CHF2.4 million, a record for fundraisers for the organization, worldwide, so far this year. Last year Geneva raised CHF1.4 million, putting it in third place behind London and San Francisco-Silicon Valley. An Ai Wei Wei (Chinese artist and dissident) plate sold for CHF145000 (estimated […]

Swiss Empa researchers among “top 100 thinkers”

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Researchers immitate moths’ eyes for solar energy of future ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Artificial moth eyes could provide us with solar energy in the future, if work in this area at Empa continues to be successful. The researchers say their work is far from ready for industrial applications, but their work has just been rewarded. The […]

Body of missing youth found near gorges

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The body has been found of a 17-year-old Polish youth, Jakub, who disappeared while solo hiking 4 November, say Vaud police. He appears to have slipped and fallen into the deep waters of the Arnon river, near the Covatannaz waterfall at Vuiteboeuf. The area is particularly steep and the river quite deep […]

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.