Lufthansa low-cost airline crash in French Alps

150 feared dead GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A Germanwings Airbus A320 with 144 passengers and a crew of 6 on board has crashed in a remote part of the French Alps, Tuesday morning. French President François Hollande and Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr say they fear there are no survivors from the crash of flight 4U9525 from […]

Put the clock on your calendar

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – A reminder that we move to summer time Sunday 28 March at 02:00. We push forward our clocks, by one hour. Put it on your calendar now!

Growing number Swiss mothers nursing babies


9% increase in maternal milk only, in past decade BERN, SWITZERLAND – New mothers are increasingly following government health recommendations for feeding newborns, with 62 percent of them nursing their babies without any supplements. A study carried out once every 10 years shows that in 2014 children were generally being introduced to foods and drinks […]

Payot changes Geneva’s bookscape


City-centre store with 4 floors, café, large English section GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – Geneva has just been endowed with its own version of a mega bookstore, with the grand opening this weekend of the new Payot in the city centre. The bookstore closed two shops, at Chantepoulet and rue du Marché, combining them […]

Brunel The Man Who Built the World

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – This gifted son of the man who designed the first Thames tunnel revolutionised engineering [More] …

Body found in clothes bin in Geneva

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police have found the body of an adult man in a clothes bin in Eaux-Vives, in Geneva. They were alerted by a neighbour shortly after 07:30, police confirmed to the ats news agency. No details are available about the likely cause of death or if foul play was involved.

Netanyahu’s position (Chappatte cartoon)

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©2015 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.

News roundup: banker pay, ski star, Geneva clubs, watches

Skier Dominique Gisin, tennis player Roger Federer: 2014 Swiss Sports Awards top athletes

Geneva’s bars, clubs, cafés get later hours GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Let the party roll! Geneva’s politicians have decided to let the city dance and party until the wee hours on weekends and pre-holiday nights. The new hours, from 15:00-08:00, are designed to reduce the problem of noise in the street when clubs close earlier, in […]

Swiss-European tax info swap in 2018


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The European Union and Switzerland initialed an agreement 19 March that will put information swaps for tax purposes into effect by 2018. The actual data exchange will begin in 2017. In a statement Bern notes: “The agreement on the automatic exchange of information (AEOI) in tax matters will replace the taxation of […]

UN gets new web page, whew

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / EDITOR’S NOTEPAD – It’s rare for a new web page to be newsworthy, but the UN’s new web page is such a marked departure from the old one, which felt like it was created before the internet iself, that it’s worth encouraging you to take a look. You can find things and […]