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 […]

Good tennis, lousy football, lively hockey

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Roger Federer is sailing through the ATP World Tour finals, with two wins out of two in the Round Robin format. Tuesday he defeated Nishikori 6-1, 6-2 Andy Murray in a BBC column today talks about facing Federer Thursday. He notes that while he’s happy to be getting home crowd support, “I’ve […]

Banking on time: world’s dearest watch is $24 million

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It was a good night in Geneva for the Henry Graves supercomplication, which is now officially the “most valuable timepiece in auction history”, according to Sotheby’s. The Geneva auction house sold the “masterpiece of horlogery for CHF23.2 million ($24 million) – more than double what it cost when auctioned off in 1999 […]

Prix de Lausanne announces selection

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- LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The Prix de Lausanne, an important international competition for budding dancers, Monday announced that it has selected candidates for the February 2015 competition. The finals will be held Saturday 7 February in Lausanne. Dance students compete for dance internships and scholarships with a number of schools and dance companies. This year […]

Second homes law: shift in towns covered

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Nearly one-fifth of Swiss communes have a high enough percentage of second homes for the law restricting vacation residences to apply to them: 440 of the 2,352 total. The federal government Tuesday 11 November issued its third list since the law went into effect in January 2013, bringing up to date the […]

Geneva’s pedestrians, cyclists: a bad year

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police are seeking witnesses to a series of serious road accidents that left three people in critical condition in he past week; witnesses are asked to contact police at +41 22 427 6450. An 81-year-old Geneva man died 5 November of injuries received when he fell from his scooter the previous day, […]

Stan stuns London tennis fans

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Stan Wawrinka had a very, very good day in London, demolishing Tomas Berdych in 58 minutes, 6-1, 6-1 in the London Masters. The Guardian loved his game and so did plenty of others. Here’s what the ATP site had to say. “Berdych normally relies on his flashy forehand to pressure and stretch […]

Léman Arctique Ice Storm by Sándor Szabados

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE  – Have you forgotten those exhilarating days of early February 2012 when the black bise  whipped up spray on Lac Léman and created such astonishing ice sculpture that the world’s press were enthralled by it? Sándor Szabados, the author of Léman Arctique Ice Storm felt that ‘This event, rare in […]

Federer inches closer to no. 1

PARIS, FRANCE – Roger Federer came that bit closer to retaking the title of world number 1 tennis player, defeating Milos Raonic, a very tall Canadian with a big serve. 6-1 7-6, (7-0 in tie break). The final result masked an intensive match. The BBC reports: ” The gulf in experience was vast, with the […]

pssst – it’s getting dark out and ….

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LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – …. and no, we’re not still talking about Halloween, but about another scary event, a break-in at your house. Police in French-speaking Switzerland are running a prevention campaign during November to alert people to the problem of home break-ins, with a jump each year about the time we move from summer time […]