GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Swiss media are talking about:
La Liberté: The much-loved Vivarium in Lausanne closed this weekend, with a crowd of fans in attendance. It is scheduled to re-open as part of a much larger museum, Aquatis, in 2017. One-third of the animals is being shipped to aquariums and vivariums abroad for now, with a large number of snakes being sent to Germany now.
Fewer violent youths
The past five years have seen a 40% drop in violence among young people in Switzerland – down 45% for minors who are foreigners, particularly from ex-Yugoslavia and Turkey – reports RTS, picking up on a press release from the Federal Sports Office. Young men arrested for violence account for 83% of delinquents, but their numbers were halved, while young women delinquents were down by one-quarter: the total drop was from 14,700 in 2009 to just over 9,000 in 2013.
“At risk” recruits: numbers up
The number of army recruits turned away because they are considered psychologically at risk rose to 1,213 last year, up from 900 the previous year, reports La Liberté. The Swiss citizen militia has done psychological profiling for recruits since 2011, following a rare attack with a military weapon by a young soldier at a bus stop in eastern Switzerland.
Also with a military weapon, in canton Vaud last week: a 47-year-old man in Bex appears to have shot his elderly mother, a cat and a dog, before turning the gun on himself, say Vaud police.
Escalade and child runners
Ouf! A wild time was had in Geneva by little runners this weekend, reports the Tribune de Genève. Some 11,000 children raced in the annual Escalade and, given the number of additional family members, all trying to make sure they had a photo of their child at the finish line, the organizational effort was impressive (90 photos of the race).