Sweet news: Frey in N America, Lindt wins Haribo dispute

A sad Easter for the Lindt bunny

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland’s largest chocolate company, Migros-owned Frey, has just acquired Sweetworks in Buffalo, New York and its sister firm Oak Leaf Confections in Toronto, Canada to increase its presence in North America, notably in northern US states and Canada. The deal is retroactive to 1 January and involves no changes in personnel or […]

Vaud students still in Rome after knife death (update)

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – The 19 secondary students from Lausanne who traveled to Rome with a 16-year-old fellow student found dead Tuesday of a knife wound to the throat left the Italian capital Friday, reports RTS. Three youths have been retained by a Rome court for further questioning over the boy’s death. The court now appears […]

Crossword No 203 by Chalicea

No 203

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Island off the northern coast of Kent in the Thames estuary (4,2,7) [More] …

Vaud int’l. school adds scholarship programme

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – La Côte International School, a day school in canton Vaud, is offering two scholarships for the IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma Programme to take one or two students through the final two years of pre-university schooling. Either one fully funded place with a value of over CHF30,000, or two 50 percent funded places, […]

Geneva prison guards strike for 2 hours

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The guards at Geneva’s Champ-Dollon prison went on strike for two hours Thursday morning 10 April to protest the over-population and chronic shortage of staff. The prison is authorized to have 342 guards but is currently short 85. The prison was the scene of riots in February, over conditions. It houses about […]

Police investigate death of Vaud 16-yr-old in Rome

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Swiss and Italian police are saying little about the circumstances surrounding the death Tuesday night 8 April in Rome of a 16-year-old youth from canton Vaud. He was found dead in his bed in a dormitory with knife wounds to the throat. The boy was with a group of 20 year 11 […]

For sheer pleasure: Irish priest’s wedding surprise (update)

Note that the original version uploaded here was removed for copyright reasons; here’s the real one, with 10.4 million views! GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The Irish Independent and the Daily Mail have all the wedding details you’ll want, to explain this video, an instant Internet hit after the priest surprised the bride and groom by singing […]

The world’s largest democracy votes

The worlds largest democracy votes Chappatte_090414

©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.

LED lights – security not always best

LED lamps security issues Bern_090414

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Quality controls by the federal government of electric bulbs and devices in 2013 showed a surprising number, 13 percent of the 1,567 randomly checked, that were found to have safety defects. The bulk concerned LED bulbs and fluorescent lights as well as unauthorized travel adaptors and devices with voltage too low. The […]

Sotheby’s May diamond sales to shine again

Sotheby's_Geneva Pink Star _Nov2013

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Sotheby’s will be auctioning three world-class diamonds at its “magnificent jewels and noble jewels” Geneva sale 13 May, turning the spotlight away from glum diamond theft news in recent days to the excitement of a major sale. The buyer of the Pink Star, the world’s largest pink diamond that was sold by […]