“Extraordinary” death in St Maurice: man jumps from organ loft

St Sigismond church, St Maurice

Death follows bizarre behaviour and car crash GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man in his 40’s is dead after provoking a car crash on the A9 autoroute, then disrobing and jumping from the organ loft of a church, say Valais police. They referred to his death as “extraordinary” in a statement following the strange series of […]

Number of deaths from flu rises

BERN, SWITZERLAND – The number of people who died in the first 12 weeks of 2015 was higher than expected, say federal health authorities. Figures released Monday 11 May show that 2,200 more deaths occurred than were predicted, based on figures for recent years. The 17 percent increase involved almost entirely people over the age […]

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

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– GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Helen Macdonald pays £800 for Mabel, her Goshawk, on a Scottish quayside. She has been fascinated by hawks since she was a child and has flown them and is an experienced falconer. It is the unexpected death of her father on a London street that almost deranges […]

Update: 5 dead after Aargau shooting

Family drama Saturday night GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Four people died late Saturday in Würenlingen, canton Aargau, at the hands of a gunman, who then committed suicide, say cantonal police. The 36-year-old Swiss man, who is separated from his wife, shot to death his Swiss parents-in-law and brother-in-law, ages 58, 57 and 32, as well as […]

Weekend weather

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Summer is en route! Expect some rain later Friday and Saturday, followed by sunshine and warming temperatures: 9-22C Sunday and sunny (Geneva) to mostly sunny (Lausanne), says MeteoSwiss. By the end of the weekend temperatures will start to climb, with sunshine and 25C expect for the early part of the week. Gardeners […]

Syngenta lays off 116 in Monthey

16% fall in turnover behind decision to close unit by 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Basel-based Syngenta will cut 116 of the 900 jobs at its production site in Monthey by the end of 2016. The firm is the world’s largest agrochemical producer and one of the largest employers in the Valais town. It makes makes […]

Cryptic Crossword No 258 by Chalicea

No 257 solution

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – If you prefer to work on the interactive version or to print a pdf of the crossword, click on this LINK. Across     7  Act of abrogating note with deep prolonged sound (6)     8  A libel out of order and subject to legal action (6)     9  Collection […]

Geneva gets stamps, poster spread for bicentennial

new GE stamp bicentennial

200 years ago the canton officially signed on to become Swiss GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – May 19 marks the 200th anniversary of the official signing of Geneva as a canton of the Swiss Confederation. New stamps and a history in posters along the Quai Wilson in the city are part of the celebrations. The stamp, along […]

Bern prof gets €2.26m grant to study polar ice cores

Hubertus Fischer, climate physicist at the Oeschger Centre, U of Bern

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Hubertus Fischer, a climate physicist at the Oeschger Centre at the University of Bern, has received a €2.26 million grant from the European Research Council to study polar ice cores. He is developing a method to measure greenhouse gases in the cores. This is Fischer’s second ERC Advanced Grant, a coveted prize […]

WTO confirms e-learning site hacked

Anonymous claims it broke in GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The e-learning site of the World Trade Organization, which provides trade-related courses for people in developing countries, has been shut down after it was hacked 4 May, Keith Rockwell of the press office told GenevaLunch.com. The main WTO site has not been affected. The WTO says that […]