Study shows Swiss happy with gov’t online offer


BERN, SWITZERLAND – A small sampling of the Swiss population, 1,000 people interviewed by phone, has shown the Swiss to be happy with government online services, particularly at the commune level, says Bern. The results of the study commissioned by the federal government, published 18 October, show that 85 percent of Swiss now have Internet […]

“Civilized travel” the buzz phrase as Iata unveils new airline checkpoints (update)


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Shorter lines yet greater security at airports, the stuff of dreams? Not so, says the airline industry, determined to push travel into a smoother future, as early as 2013 or 2014. To prove it, the “checkpoint of the future” has just been unveiled in Singapore 7 June by Geneva-based Iata (International Air […]

Governments in Arab world put on pause

Friday in the Arab world has dawned with relative quiet, albeit a likely temporary pause, as the position of several governments in many places shifts. Egypt: widespread rumours that appear to have started with the New York Times have the US and President Hosmi Mubarak discussing his departure with a three-head government to replace him. […]

WMO raises the alarm: greenhouse gases at highest level since 1748


(video) Geneva, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The main greenhouse gases rose 1 percent from 2008 to 2009 and 27.5 percent from 1990 to 2009, the 2009 Greenhouse Gas Bulletin published by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva. The higher levels reflect the “rising atmospheric burden of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide”, the three main […]

Bill Clinton Foundation reveals donors

After 10 years of resisting pressure to name its donors, the William Clinton Foundation started by the former US president, has published the list: about 10% of the funding comes from foreign governments, with Saudi Arabia a major contributor. But the two largest single donations come from two philanthropic groups, according to NPR (National Public […]