Forward march! Le Temps shifts gears (update)

Stéphane Benoit-Godet, new editor at Le Temps

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It all happened very quickly, once Comco, the competition authority, gave the final approval for publishing house Ringier to take over Le Temps, the quality newspaper in French-speaking Switzerland. Tuesday the managing editor and editor-in-chief, Valérie Boagno and Pierre Veya, quit. Wednesday, Stéphane Benoit Godet, currently editor-in-chief of Bilan news magazine, was […]

News roundup: UNHRC boss, designer, cow attacks, Jungfraubahn

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The new UN Human Rights Commissioner stepped into office this week: Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein from Jordan, takes over from Navi Pillay, who completed six years in the job. Zeid has served in a number of high diplomatic posts, most recently as Jordan’s ambassador to the United Nations in New York. He […]

1st Street View Trekker images of high Alps online

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“Street views” of high Alps and huts beckon trekkers ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – The first images are now online from a joint project by the Swiss Alpine Club, Google, My Switzerland (Swiss tourism office) and the Rhaetian Railways, showing magnificent views of the high Alps taken by the Google View Trekker. The Trekker is part of […]

Multilingualism (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.

Record gas emissions in 2014 says WMO

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – “The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide”, says the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in a statement issued Tuesday. The measurements are published as part of the annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which reports on atmospheric concentrations, […]

Road deaths down, critical injuries up

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Cyclist and motorcyclist deaths, injuries both rise BERN, SWITZERLAND – Road accident figures for the first half of 2014 show that the number of deaths fell by 7 percent compared to a year earlier, but more people suffered critical injuries, with a 14 percent increase. Accidents killed 115 people between January and the end of […]

Naomi Ragen, Chains Around the Grass

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Naomi Ragen lives in Israel where she is a bestselling author but I believe this ‘novel’ which is about the American childhood and young adulthood of a small girl named Sara, is largely autobiographical. [More] …

Verbier and partners save 4-valleys ski area

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The dispute over how to split the earnings is behind them: the canton Valais ski resorts that created the 4 Vallées ski region have signed a new contract for 18 years. Details of the new agreement were not made public, but the resorts concerned met five times in the past eight weeks, […]

Swiss unemployment inches up

Seasonal factor responsible: young graduates seeking work GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss jobless rate moved up from 2.9 percent to 3.0 percent in August, but compared to a year earlier the figure is 1.2 percent lower. The unemployment offices had 128,434 persons registered as out of work during August. The jobless rate for young people […]

Democracy in Hong Kong (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.