News roundup: lakes and heat, A9 open, sports, weather

Swiss flight doing a u-turn over the centre of Lausanne late Wednesday 8 July, to head towards Geneva airport

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Catching up after a wine work trip to Greece and a one-day visit to the Expo 2015 in Milan. First, the weather forecast, since that has an impact on so many of our decisions at the moment. Heat wave: no relief in sight The heat wave continues, albeit not as dramatically as […]

General Knowledge Crossword 267 by Chalicea

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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     1  Long flat runners attached to the feet for gliding over snow (4)     3  United States gangster who terrorized Chicago during prohibition until arrested for […]

The Venetian Empire by Jan Morris

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – In The Venetian Empire Jan Morris takes on a journey through what was for almost seven hundred years the maritime empire of the Republic of Venice. Her journey begins and ends in Venice – sumptuously illustrated by art works and photographs. In a journey through time and space, she visits […]

Greek referendum (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.

Geneva Lake Parade = Water bottle, sunscreen and cheap buses

The Lake Parade had a bit of fun for everyone - Photo NicolasM190 at tilllate.com

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Geneva Lake Parade starts at 16:00 Saturday 4 July, with no shortage of sunshine, and plenty of heat. Police in the city are warning party-goers to be careful because of the heat – drink plenty of water and pay attention to the kind of excesses that lead to dehydration. Geneva is […]

Solar Impulse: they did it!

Solar Impulse heads in for a landing in Hawaii early Friday 3 July 2015

Borschberg, exhausted, climbs out of plane in Hawaii GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Solar Impulse landed in Kalaeloa, near Honolulu, Hawaii shortly before 06:00 Friday 3 July, ending a record-breaking and historic flight from Japan to Hawaii. It is the longest flight ever fueled only by solar power. It is also the longest any one individual has […]

How to shoot plastic

Complaints were high at the start of Vaud's use of taxed garbage bags, but in some communes, such as St Prex, the annual additional tax on garbage fell as commune residents increased the amount they recycle and the amount of garbage collected fell

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Swiss are generally good recyclers, but – as elsewhere – recycling efforts could be better. Plastic deserves a little more attention. WWF sent this link to the “shoot plastic” site, designed to make us all think a bit more about the plastic dilemma. Take a minute to learn more about this […]

What’s on in Geneva, in English: the official version

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Geneva is proud of its international city reputation and to show it, the city puts together a what’s on, official version, in English. Check it out – Geneva has a lot going on in the summer.

Solar Impulse flies on: sets world records

André Borschberg gives a thumbs-up after news that he's set new world records in Solar Impulse

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – André Borschberg continues to fly to Hawaii while the rest of us wonder how anyone can stay awake enough to fly a plane for five days straight. But this much is clear: he has been given a boost by knowing that he is setting new world records. Solar Impulse, the plane he […]

US Supreme Court backs same-sex marriage (Chappatte cartoon)

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In case you missed this one in the NY Times 30 June ©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.