Swiss reliance on oil heating too high

Flag snapping in the breeze at this old farmouse in the village centre; 30 years ago there were still cows living here

WWF says Swiss are worst in class, Germany follows BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland must cut its reliance on oil heating, with the highest rate of use in Europe says conservation group WWF Switzerland. Oil heating is the dirtiest of our heating options, according to the group, 10 times worse than heat pumps, for example. Some […]

Geneva falls in love with giant water slide

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A giant water slide, 200 metres long, and 3,800 people streaming to the Rue Voltaire in Geneva to use it – Saturday saw the first of what organizers say will be a regular, wonderful, wild way to kick off summer in Geneva. The day was a bright success, say Gliss’en Ville team, […]

Getaway car, pickup burned after bancomat robbed

Thieves tore away bancomat in Bouveret, then fled to Champéry GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – At least three people are being sought by police after a bancomat was torn from a building in Bouveret shortly before 04:00. The thieves entered the client area, attached a cable to the machine and, using a pickup, pulled it out. They […]

Sierre woman murdered, husband hospitalized

SIERRE, VALAIS, SWITZERLAND – Canton Valais police are calling the murder of a 40-year-old woman and her husband’s (57) injuries “extraordinary” and possibly a case of domestic violence, as they investigate to learn what happened Tuesday morning. The woman’s body was found in her home in Sierre at 09:00 this morning, but police have not […]

Customs agents slice into fake Swiss knives, pans sales

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss customs agents put on a crushing show for media Tuesday morning in Thonex: 2,700 fake Swiss knives and 550 fake Swiss cooking pans were flattened and destroyed under heavy tractor treads. The poor quality goods, nearly a ton of them, were confiscated during a series of border checks in recent months. […]

Hiker, biker deaths mar weekend

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A 62-year-old Swiss man died Saturday morning when his motorcycle hit a car after he braked hard. The accident occurred at 08:20 on Avenue Wendt heading towards the Rue de Lyon. The car was driven by a 19-year-old Portuguese man who was on the Rue de Bourgogne. Police are investigating the accident; […]

FIFA after Blatter (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.

Art Basel opens, with art for investing still hot

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BASEL, SWITZERLAND – Art as an investment tool is having a good year, if big auction house sales are anything to go by, and Art Basel is set to confirm that modern and contemporary art are part of the game. But the 90,000+ people attending will include scores of art-lovers whose pocketbooks are not as […]

Summertime is break-in time for thieves

Police prevention campaign, home break-ins

Police in western Switzerland start prevention campaign Story continues below GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss federal criminality statistics are reassuring at first glance: figures published in March show property crimes down 10 percent nationwide, the second year in a row they have fallen. But if you live in western Switzerland in a French-speaking area, give some […]

The Shadow Girls by Henning Mankell

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Henning Mankell‘s The Shadow Girls is one of the most astonishing books I have ever read. I enjoyed his Kurt Wallander series and expected this to be another crime thriller. The opening chapter introduces us to ‘Tea-Bag’ who is in a camp for refugees on the Mediterranean coast […]