Weekend weather, what’s on

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – November is truly upon us, with gray skies and rain, chilly but not yet cold temperatures: 6-10C, dipping to 4C Monday in the Lake Geneva area. Pre-holiday season indoor activities are building up and skating rinks are starting to open. Things happening this weekend include the Holy Trinity Christmas fair in Geneva […]

Banking, Fifa woes continue

Blatter in 2010, at a press conference about World Cup host city bids

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Another Swiss banker has been indicted in the US for helping US citizens evade taxes, but as a Swiss citizen he has not been extradited. The bank itself has not been named by US judicial authorities, but since they said it is the city’s oldest bank, news media abroad have published its […]

Beyeler prepares major Gauguin show

Paul Gauguin Parau api, 1892 What news? Quelles nouvelles? Oil on canvas, 67 x 91 cm Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden Photograph by Jürgen Karpinski

BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Paul Gauguin will be making a colourful comeback in Switzerland starting in February, with the most important showing of his work here in 60 years; the last major exhibition in neighbouring countries was 10 years ago. The Beyeler Foundation, whose show runs in Basel from 8 February to 28 June 2015 says […]

Cryptic Crossword No 234 On the Road by Chalicea

On the Road, Cryptic Crossword 234

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – The shaded lights are of a kind and have no further definition. [More] …

Vineglorious – Payot book-signing in Geneva

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We’re running this review again, for those of you who missed it the first time, with Ellen signing books at Payot’s Chantepoulet store Saturday afternoon. See poster here for details. Bonus: the bookstore is offering wine to enjoy while you browse and get your copy signed. GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – When did reading […]

Travel improvements: Geneva airport, A9 to VS


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Life is getting a bit easier for some Geneva area travelers, with the new CFF ticket centre open now at the airport, and roadworks on the A9 closed for the season. The new airport CFF station opened after four months of work and a CHF1.2 million investment. The service is in the […]

UBS sanctioned, 3 other banks must take measures

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ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s Finma, the bank supervisory body, 12 November made world headlines for taking a strong stance against UBS, the country’s largest bank, saying it must pay out CHF134 million. Finma pointed not just to UBS but to three other Swiss banks that it said were remiss in managing foreign exchange traders. The […]

I spy, you spy – cameras not always private


Some 220 Swiss surveillance cameras viewable on the web GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A web site that lets anyone look at some 6,000 surveillance cameras around the world – including 200 in Switzerland – is drawing attention to the importance of changing default passwords. RTS reports that it has checked out the Swiss cameras on the […]

Tense handshake in China (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.

Ticino drying out today

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LUGANO, SWITZERLAND – Canton Ticino is feeling the wrath of mother nature: massive rains and mudslides last week took the lives of a mother and her daughter in a remote area, and Monday night the rain came again, heavily. MeteoSwiss says the canton has suffered from virtually non-stop rain since the start of November. The […]