Competition boss looks into Swiss online booking companies

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Three companies are being investigated by the Swiss competition commission, Comco, for possibly limiting hotels’ options to vary their prices. Contracts by Booking.com, Expedia and HRS are all under review by “Mr Competition”, as the Swiss call the federal office head. The office is looking, in particular, at their online reservation “lowest […]

Vaud police nab webcam sex blackmailers in Côte d’Ivoire

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Police in Vaud joined police in Côte d’Ivoire as they arrested two men in Abidjan 16 November as they were attempting to take money out of an international bank. The arrests follow a sting operation where one police officer, posing as a victim of an online blackmail operation, deposited money into the […]

Swiss youth continue to read newspapers, magazines

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Young people in Switzerland are online, no doubt about it with Switzerland having among Europe’s highest figures for Internet use, but they are still reading newspapers and magazines, in almost the same numbers as in 2003. The figures are part of media statistics published by Wemf, a group owned by major Swiss […]

Garden seeds: never too early to think about them

My Alpine garden is under so much snow that it’s hard to believe we might have something growing there by June. And I’m not sure how much my budget will have for lovely new things, since so much will go to replace the fence and broken trees after our stupendous 1-metre-plus snowfalls. Another Alpine gardener, […]

Swiss Topo’s latest maps are faster, offer more

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss Topo, the government mapping service, has just released the latest version of its set of online Swiss maps, which are faster and more complete, with the entire range of scales now available, from 1 :25,000 to 1 : million, in English, French, Italian and German. The maps are regularly updated, so the online […]

Edipresse managing director steps down

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND – Tibère Adler has resigned as managing director of the Edipresse Group, French-speaking Switzerland’s largest media company, at the end of June. Adler and the company say that he is leaving after 22 years with the company, on excellent terms: he will continue to handle mandates for Tamedia, which bought out Edipresse, with […]

Weight-loss online miracle cures really an “alarming” health risk

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BERN, SWITZERLAND – Chemical products that pose a serious health danger are parading as “herbal” weight loss products, sold online and imported illegally, warns Swissmedic, which has responsibility in Switzerland for overseeing medical and therapeutic products. Two ingredients in particular, Sibutramine and Rimonabant, both of which are banned substances in Europe, were found in 122 […]

US man sentenced over Internet suicides

A 48-year-old former nurse accused of seeking out and encouraging via the Internet people who were considering suicide, was sentenced in Minnesota Wednesday 4 May. William Melchert-Dinkel was convicted in March over the deaths of a 32-year-old man from England and an 18-year-old Canadian woman. The judge yesterday ordered him to serve 320 days in […]

Montreux Jazz Festival site hacked and programme spilled

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Old and loved coming to Montreux: BB King, Jimmy Cliff, Santana, Ricky Martin, George Benson and more Montreux, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – The web site of the Montreux Jazz Festival was hacked Tuesday 12 April and the programme, a closely guarded secret, was published online two days ahead of the official announcement. The festival office has […]

Le Shop results up 9% in first quarter

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Smart phone orders now more than 8% Lausanne, Switzerland (GenevaLunch) – Le Shop’s steady strong growth continued in the first three months of 2011, but with a new twist, as shoppers increasingly used smart phones and tablets to place their orders. Le Shop’s sales rose 9 percent in Q1 compared to the same period a […]