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Badenfahrt festival rocks quiet spa town

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 17:00
The ten-day Badenfahrt festival happens just once every ten years – transforming the spa town of Baden into a party animal’s playground. The theme for 2017 is “opposites” and the festival features various purpose-built structures to highlight that concept. Food, drink, music and a fun fair draw a million people to Baden, which has a population of 19,000. Located along the River Limmat, Baden is a 15-minute train ride from Zurich. Established in 1923, the Badenfahrt festival is an example of intangible cultural heritage as defined by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. As a member state, Switzerland is obliged to make a list of living traditions it deems worthy of preservation. This 11th edition of Badenfahrt runs from August 18-27, 2017. For those who can’t wait until 2027 for the next one, there will be a miniature version in 2022. https://www.badenfahrt.ch/
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Enshrining food security, from the farm to the fork

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 11:00
Voters will have the final say on an integral plan for ensuring Swiss food security on September 24. The content of the text spans the entire agricultural and food-supply chain. Opposition against the amendment is very limited and seen as merely cementing the existing situation, while supporters argue it is crucial to enshrine food security in the constitution to face up to future challenges. “Food security means that the population has access to sufficient food of appropriate quality and at an affordable price at all times,” said Swiss Economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann, launching the campaign in June. This is the case in Switzerland today, but it was not always so. Guaranteeing the food security of future generations is therefore a legitimate concern, according to the minister. Article 104a of the Swiss constitution sets out the framework conditions for achieving this goal. Applying the amendment will not require any changes in legislation, the preparatory committees ...
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New malaria drug could be ‘game changer’

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 09:22
The first new malaria drug to emerge for 20 years is beginning clinical trials in nine countries across Africa and Asia. KAF156 could be "a game changer", its developers say, at a time when the malaria parasite is evolving resistance to existing treatments. Novartis, the Swiss drug company, has developed KAF156 in collaboration with Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a public-private partnership, and charities including the Wellcome Trust and Gates Foundation. Research suggests that the new medicine quickly clears malaria infection, including resistant strains, and blocks transmission of the parasite, said Vas Narashimhan, Novartis head of drug development. About 500 adults and children suffering from malaria will take part in the trial over the next couple of years in two Asian and seven African countries. They will receive various doses of KAF156 combined with an old antimalarial called lumefantrine. Results will be compared with a combination therapy based on ...
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Continental Tightens the Screw on Fuel Evaporation

News Machinery - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:45

Gasoline fuel is not only highly combustible, it also evaporates easily. The fumes – which contain benzene – pose a health hazard when inhaled and in combination with sunlight and exhaust gases they can cause photochemical smog which is a concern in large cities. This is why modern gasoline cars have a system onboard to minimize hydrocarbon emissions. A canister filled with activated carbon is used to collect all fumes from the tank. Of course the canister with the cumulated hydrocarbon (H...

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Deere Announces Third-Quarter Earnings of $642 Million

News Machinery - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:28

Net income attributable to Deere & Company was $641.8 million, or $1.97 per share, for the third quarter ended July 30, 2017, compared with $488.8 million, or $1.55 per share, for the quarter ended July 31, 2016. For the first nine months of fiscal 2017, net income attributable to Deere & Company was $1.649 billion, or $5.11 per share, compared with $1.239 billion, or $3.91 per share, for the same period last year. Worldwide net sales and revenues increased 16 percent, to $7.808 billion,...

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Potential Worker Exposures to Mercury and Asbestos Results in OSHA Complaint

News Machinery - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:51

This summer, multiple media outlets reported about a worker who tested positive for elevated levels of mercury after working on a project at a New Hampshire power generating facility. The employee has filed a complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) claiming workers were not adequately protected, as they were exposed to materials containing mercury and asbestos.  Asbestos is a mineral fiber that was added to thousands of products in the past to strengthen th...

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Statement on the Global 7000 Aircraft Flight Test Program

News Machinery - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:59

Safety is our top priority. Our test pilots, following an occurrence this week, followed standard procedures and returned to base uneventfully. The Global 7000 aircraft program's flight test vehicles (FTV) continue to perform certification testing activities on schedule. Global 7000 aircraft have made consistent progress this year with FTV4 and FTV5 on track to join flight testing shortly and GE's Passport engine received its Federal Aviation Association (FAA) type certification in e...

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‘Anna Göldi was like a wild horse, impossible to catch’

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/21/2017 - 11:00
More than 200 years after her execution, the story of the “last witch in Europe” still fascinates. To this day, the case of Anna Göldi causes discomfort. He thinks long and hard before actually saying it. Walter Hauser knows that his words could sound sensational, or even cynical. After some hesitation, he finally utters: “It’s like a curse. I just can’t let go of this story.” Talking about a curse when referring to Göldi is somehow ironic. She was the last woman to be executed for witchcraft in Europe. Even now, well over 200 years after an executioner from Glarus beheaded her on June 13, 1782, people from all over the world are still captivated by her story. It was 12 years ago that Walter Hauser became captivated by Göldi, and he is unable to let go to this very day. He knows everything there is to know about her life. The journalist and lawyer has written two books about her; he is the president of the Anna Göldi Foundation and he worked tirelessly to have Europe’s “last ...
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Honda Marine Debuts New Outboard Jet Models

News Machinery - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 21:59

- - • New Honda 40 Jet, 65 Jet and 105 Jet models expand the range of Honda outboard motors, offering boaters additional choices for more marine applications - • Jet drives offer maximum flexibility in shallow waters, maneuvering around or over obstructions that would limit a prop-driven outboard - • New jet drive models feature the same dependable, quiet and fuel efficient operation as the hallmark Honda prop-driven models, with the added benefit of jet propulsion - • The new motors are full...

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NASA Successfully Launches Latest Communications Satellite

News Machinery - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 21:36

NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M), which is the third and final in a series of next generation communications satellites, has successfully been placed into orbit following separation from an United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. TDRS-M launched Friday at 8:29 a.m. EDT from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Ground controllers report the satellite is in good health at the start of a four-month checkout in space by its manufacturer, Boeing. NASA will c...

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Monika Tiffany, US

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 13:28
First-time congress attendee Monika Tiffany feels Swiss banks should make banking less of a hassle for Swiss citizens living abroad. She currently lives in Oregon.
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Vote topics, witches and the Unspunnen Festival

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 12:00
Here's a selection of the stories we will be bringing you in the upcoming week. Monday It’s been more than 200 years since Europe’s “last witch”, Anna Göldi, was executed in Switzerland. She was officially exonerated in 2008 and her name lives on with a new museum in canton Glarus and a musical to remember the injustice she endured. Tuesday-Friday On September 24, Swiss voters will decide on another batch of initiatives, ranging from food security, reform of the old age pension and a Geneva proposal to ban commercial advertising billboards. swissinfo.ch will bring you up to date with the issues ahead of the vote. Wednesday  Cantons Zug and Zurich are positioning themselves to make Switzerland a global leader in the financial technology (fintech) revolution. The Crypto Valley project aims to attract the best start-ups from around the world – and the best fintech talent. Friday  Every dozen years or so, crowds flock to the Unspunnen Festival that features the best of ...
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Jacqueline Tschumi: "Not much flexibility in daily work life"

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:00
Five years ago, she left for Japan on a diplomatic internship and fell in love with her new home. Now, Jacqueline Tschumi has no desire to return to Switzerland. But the 32-year-old does miss Swiss efficiency and quick access to the great outdoors. swissinfo.ch: Why did you leave Switzerland? Jacqueline Tschumi: I applied for an internship at the Swiss embassy in Japan to get some work experience and find out more about life as a diplomat. The initial four months turned into a year, and after a short visit to Switzerland they turned into another three-and-a-half years during which I was working as permanent employee at the embassy. swissinfo.ch: Do you intend to ever return to Switzerland? J.T.: I don’t really know when, however, I assume that I will go back to Switzerland in the long run. swissinfo.ch: What were the first few months in Japan like? J.T.: Everything was new, exciting and adventurous. There was something new to explore every day. Japan, and as a matter of fact ...
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Max Haechler, US

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 17:32
Longtime Organisation of the Swiss Abroad council member Max Haechler is worried about how the next generation can participate. Originally from Erlenbach near Zurich, he and his wife (from Interlaken) now live in Arizona.
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We are Swiss abroad

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 17:27
swissinfo.ch brought along a mobile photo booth to the Swiss Abroad Congress in Basel, allowing journalists to capture portraits of people with very different backgrounds. What connected them all: a great love for their homeland, and honest, diverse perspectives on recent developments in Switzerland.
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Minister praises Swiss expats, values and clichés

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 16:17
Interior Minister Alain Berset has highlighted the experience and expertise of Swiss citizens living around the world and pointed out the truth behind Swiss clichés. “Switzerland doesn’t lose anything if its citizens go and live in another country, on the contrary,” said Berset in his keynote address to the Congress of the Swiss Abroad in Basel on Saturday. Switzerland benefits from its expats and the world benefits from them too, he said in a speech to nearly 400 participants of the annual gathering. He said it’s crucial to have an organisation which makes the link with the expat community and understands its special perspective on Switzerland. He also pointed out Switzerland’s traditions, its assets and its values, including its political diversity. Referring to next month’s nationwide vote on a reform of the old age pension scheme, Berset highlighted a key political value: The ability to find compromises and seek a consensus between different groups. One world The ...
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'Africa does not exist'

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/19/2017 - 11:00
This sentence is posted next to images exhibited by Swiss photographer Dominic Nahr.
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Expat delegates give pension reform thumbs up

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 20:07
Delegates of the Swiss Abroad Council have clearly come out in favour of a reform of the country’s old age pension scheme, which will come to a nationwide vote next month. Meeting in Basel on Friday, a majority of 80 members of the assembly recommended approval of the amended social security package, which will also affect Swiss expats all over the world. Twenty-two representatives came out against it, while eight others abstained in the vote which came after a short presentation of arguments by a supporter and an opponent of the proposal. Tim Guldimann, a Social Democratic member of parliament and delegate from Germany, said the proposal was a balanced compromise and would be beneficial to the increasing Swiss expat community. He added that the compromise solution approved by parliament in March came with a price, notably for the younger generation and women. But the reform would also result in a slight increase in payments for all new pensioners and additional legal ...
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Bombardier's Chinese Joint Venture to Provide Propulsion and Control Equipment for Chengdu and Chongqing

News Machinery - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 17:00

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced that its Chinese joint venture Bombardier NUG Propulsion System Co. Ltd. (BNP) has signed two contracts with the Chinese New United Group (NUG) to provide BOMBADIER MITRAC propulsion and control equipment for Chengdu Metro Line 6 and Chongqing Metro Line 4 projects respectively. Together, the two contracts are valued at approximately 531 million CNY ($79 million US, 68 million euro), with Bombardier Transportation's direct shar...

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Airbus successfully tests Dispenser Structure for GRACE-FO satellites

News Machinery - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:30

Airbus successfully tests the dispenser structure that will hold the twin satellites GRACE-FO (GRACE = Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, FO= Follow-On) during their launch. Once the satellites are integrated in place, the assembly to the launcher or fit check test is carried out. This test is used to demonstrate the mechanical and electrical compatibility between the satellites, the dispenser, and the launcher. Airbus (Friedrichshafen / Germany) is developing and manufacturing the G...

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