In Lausanne, the city’s international dance festival has a new director. Basel has said no to more bicycle riding. In Geneva, a legal case for slander against a Russian multimillionaire is making headlines. And Easyjet is celebrating five years of remarkable growth in Switzerland.
Girls were in crosswalk when hit
One child is in critical condition and two others are in serious condition after the trio, ages 10 and 11, were thrown when a car hit them while they crossed the Route d’Evian in Aigle Tuesday. The accident occurred at 17:10 at the intersection of Chemin de Levant, in the centre of town; the driver, who was heading toward the bypass road, told police she did not see the girls. Traffic from the opposite direction had stopped for them.
Easyjet keeps climbing
Easyjet, whose third largest base is Geneva, published its results this week: 20 years old, carrying 68 million passengers a year, with profits up 18.1% for the year ending 30 September. Good news for investors, who saw share prices rise by more than 21%.
Record number to race in Escalade
The Escalade races in Geneva 4-5 December will have an additional 6,000 people running, with 42,456 people registered, reports the Tribune de Genève, which notes that the number of participants has doubled in just 11 years.
Prix de Lausanne director: from Houston
The Prix de Lausanne, international student dance festival, has announced its first-ever artistic director/CEO, Shelly Power, “in time for the 45th Prix de Lausanne in 2017. Ms. Power, currently Academy Director for the Houston Ballet will succeed Amanda Bennett, and become the organization’s first-ever full time Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer.”
Amanda Bennett has been the artistic director since 2012. She is the director of the Ballettschule Theater in Basel.
About the Prix de Lausanne, in its press release Wednesday:
“The Prix de Lausanne is an international ballet competition that aims to provide a springboard for talented dancers. Through its scholarships and apprenticeships, offered in partnership with the most eminent professional ballet schools and ballet companies around the world, the Prix de Lausanne provides a unique and invaluable stepping stone for young talent. From the very beginning, a commitment to the health, education and well-being of young dancers has been fundamental to the Prix’s underlying philosophy.
The competition takes place annually, during the last week of January or the first of February, at the Theatre de Beaulieu, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Each year, six to eight prize winners are offered one year scholarships from a choice of 32 Partner Schools or apprenticeships at a choice of 32 Partner Companies.”
Basel voters say no to more room for cyclists
Bike Biz reports on a weekend vote in Basel where efforts to increase cycling lanes were soundly defeated.
“A referendum to decide whether the city should give more priority to cyclists, pedestrians and buses resulted in a thumping defeat for the “Share Streets” initiative. 73 percent of those who voted rejected a proposal to create more bike lanes, wider footways and more bus lanes. Basel has a cycling modal share of 16 percent, and the main “Strasseninitiative” planned to greatly increase this share over the space of five years.
An Environmental Protection Act stipulates that motor traffic on Basel’s streets has to be reduced by at least ten percent by 2020, but residents remain attached to their cars. 38 percent of Basel’s 175,000 residents voted in yesterday’s referendum.”
Girls discover science futures
And this just in from Elargis tes Horizons about the fourth edition of their fair, 14 November at Unimail in Geneva, where 400 young scientists, girls from 11 to 14, explored future options.
30 companies, organisations, universities and research facilities
offered a series of workshops and stands to explore science and
technology fields such as Robotics, laboratory analysis, town
planning, particle physics and many more. Workshops were interactive
and fun; girls were encouraged to engage with science and find out
from women scientists how to carve a future career from Science,
Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (Stem) subjects at school.
The group is a non-profit association that helps girls to discover Stem careers, organized by seven women who would like to see girls continue with science and maths at school and more women enter Stem careers in the Geneva area.