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Nestlé Waters' Cabazon Plant Installs Third Wind Turbine

News Machinery - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 19:28

Today, Nestlé Waters North America announced the installation and operation commencement of a third wind turbine at its water bottling facility in Cabazon, California. This week also marks the sixth anniversary of the groundbreaking of the facility's first two wind turbines in 2012.The three turbines combined have a rated capacity of approximately 22 million kilowatt hours a year, and are expected to supply nearly 50 percent of the plant's total electricity needs, while offsetting 18,048 t...

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Metso receives favorable court decision in China on infringement of IP rights

News Machinery - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 18:41

Metso has received a favorable decision by the Shanghai Pudong New Area People's Court's in China that fully supports Metso's claims against Shenyang Sanland Mining Equipment Manufacture Co. and Shenyang Sanland Crusher and Grinder Equipment Manufacture Co. Ltd. for infringement of Metso's intellectual property rights. The court ordered the two companies to immediately cease their infringement, which constituted of production and marketing of imitations of Metso's equipment and parts. The...

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Geneva, City of Aspiration

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 16:00
I had an interesting day in Geneva last week: in the afternoon I went to see Marie Antoinette’s jewels. November in Geneva means the auction of all sorts of sparkling baubles, and this month it is the turn of the diamonds and pearls that once graced the neck of the last queen of France.  We all know what happened to her, of course, and I was reminded of that in a strangely ironic way when I reluctantly left her pearls to hurry to my next appointment: a debate on “Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilisation”.  More than two centuries after Marie Antoinette’s death, the reasons that caused her to be parted from her jewels, and indeed that caused her head to be parted from her body, are still around today.  The debate was the start of a two-day conference organized by the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. Focusing on the shameful fact that the gap between the world’s wealthiest and the world’s poorest is actually ...
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Meet a company at the heart of Swiss-made high precision

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 15:00
Swiss industry owes much of its success to the thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that export extreme precision parts, tools and machines around the world. This is the story of one of them. Sylvac is a world-renowned specialist in the production of digital measuring instruments. Eric Schnyder is head of the family-run business that will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.  Schnyder is satisfied with the way business is going, and with good reason. Sitting opposite the large bay windows in the ultra-modern factory, which opened in Malleray-Bévilard in the canton of Bern in 2014, the CEO of Sylvac describes how his company has taken off in recent years. “Our turnover has increased by nearly 30% since 2015, reaching almost CHF30 million ($30 million); whereas we actually aim for 2% annual growth over the long term,” he explains. Sylvac exports more than 85% of its production, mainly to Germany, China and the United States. Although it occupies only 3 to ...
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The rise and fall of St Gallen textiles

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:02
St Gallen was once a world-renowned textile capital. Today, very little of the industry remains. One of the last great names of the textile industry, Bischoff Textil, announced last month that it would outsource production to Asia. What remains of the textile stronghold?  Bischoff, an embroidery company from St Gallen in northeastern Switzerland, is moving most of its production to Thailand and Sri Lanka. Switzerland has become too expensive for the production and sale of high-quality embroidery and textiles.  Of the 1,000-strong global workforce, 76 people currently work in Switzerland. Of these, 45 are expected to lose their jobs. The company is based on a long St Gallen tradition in the textile industry. As early as the Middle Ages the textile industry was the economic backbone of eastern Switzerland. For centuries, thousands of families and workers lived from manufacturing and trading textiles. Of particular value was St Gallen embroidery, which became one of Switzerland’s ...
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Social sleuths to snoop on Swiss Abroad too?

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:00
Surveillance of social insurance clients abroad may take place only if provided for by international treaties, according to the Swiss authorities. Negotiations are underway for a series of accords with governments mainly in southeastern Europe and Latin America. The new legal basis for covert surveillance will be put to a nationwide vote on November 25. Could the issue affect Swiss Abroad? No, unless they happen to be visiting Switzerland, says the government. New legislative amendments approved by parliament in March 2018 give the option to social insurance agencies to carry out covert spying on their clients, where there is reason to suspect benefit fraud. + Learn more about the new legislation The new rules were drafted following a decision of the European Court of Human Rights, which found that there was not an adequate legal basis in Switzerland for surveillance of social insurance clients. Opponents of the new rules have since triggered a referendum, so there will be a ...
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‘Switzerland is the model I always refer to’

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 17:00
Claudio Ghizzo was born in Italy to a Swiss mother. The 32-year-old nurse works in Italy and believes his Swiss origins have influenced his way of thinking and civic spirit, but he is also very much attached to the landscape of the Dolomites. swissinfo.ch: Have you ever thought of living in Switzerland? Claudio Ghizzo: The wish to live permanently in Switzerland is a recurrent thought – but it’s not easy to change your whole life just like that. swissinfo.ch: What do you do for a living? When did you get your job? How are things going for you career-wise? C.G.: I’m a nurse with a degree and I work in a hospital near where I live. I got this job by going to university and passing a state exam to become a public service employee. Career-wise things could be better, as my profession is not very well recognised at the political and social level. I think in Switzerland the work I do would be more highly valued. swissinfo.ch: Where do you live at the moment? How is the lifestyle and ...
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Conflict resolution, cow horns and carbon capture

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 15:00
Here are some of the stories we'll be following the week of November 12: Monday In our series on International Geneva, we’ll be examining the role of the city as a meeting point for discussing the world’s challenges. Does the self-proclaimed “Capital of Peace” deserve the title?     Tuesday  Switzerland will vote on November 25 whether to encourage farmers to let their cows keep their horns. We will be verifying the claim that bovines need their horns to communicate with each other.     Wednesday  Switzerland is one of the world leaders in assisted suicide thanks to the services offered by organisations like Dignitas and LifeCircle. We look at the global impact of these institutions on making a case for legalising assisted suicide.     Thursday  The impact of climate change has not proved enough of a deterrent to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions to the extent necessary. We visit a Swiss carbon capture plant that offers a technological route to ...
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Switzerland’s armistice memories, carved in stone

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 12:00
On Sunday, many countries are celebrating the centenary of the end of the First World War. At the heart of these ceremonies are monuments that honour the memory of the dead.  Saint Martin’s cemetery in Vevey, overlooking Lake Geneva and the French Alps, is one such place. The British military section of the cemetery honours 88 Commonwealth soldiers who died in the First World War and 48 others who lost their lives in the Second World War.  The presence of foreign soldiers’ graves on Swiss soil dates back to the presence of prisoners of war in Switzerland since the Franco-Prussian war of 1870. This policy continued during the two world wars.  During the First World War, Switzerland welcomed more than 65,000 prisoners of war for humanitarian reasons from 1916 to 1919. They were either seriously ill or wounded or relatively old. A number of them died in Switzerland, where they are buried.  This policy has left its mark on the stone. There are more than 100 places in Switzerland ...
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Swiss artist brings Indian rug-making tradition to world stage

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 11/11/2018 - 12:00
A near-extinct carpet-making technique is receiving global exposure thanks to collaboration between a Swiss artist and Indian artisans.  Instead of fulfilment, an opportunity for Karim Noureldin to be a part of a unique artistic project only brought frustration. He was among ten artists invited to create designs that would each be transformed into carpet artworks in China. It was a unique chance for the Swiss-Egyptian artist, who was already a fan of textiles due to the many parallels with his geometric designs realised with colour pencils on paper.  “I wasn't happy with the result. So much so, that I bought the carpet I had designed,” he told swissinfo.ch.  The frustration with the outcome is what drove Noureldin on a quest to find a partner that would produce the perfect carpet for his abstract work. Online research and well-connected contacts led to him to India. Three years ago, he found a workshop near Delhi that could produce “dhurrie” rugs to his liking. But Noureldin ...
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Hazardous mountains and expensive tastes

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 18:00
Almost every article published by swissinfo.ch contains a percentage, an age, an amount of money or some other figure. Here’s a round-up of the most interesting statistics to appear in last week’s stories. 336 The number of Alpine sites in Switzerland under surveillance for climate change-related risks like landslides, rock slides and mudslides. 1.1 million The number of Swiss residents exposed to excessive noise pollution that can lead to health problems such as high blood pressure, coronary issues and depression. 136 The number of deaths on Swiss mountains in the first nine months of the year. This was nearly double the fatalities during the same period last year. 100 million The estimated cost in Swiss francs of a new glass and steel building at over 3,000m altitude on Mount Titlis designed by Swiss architect firm Herzog & De Meuron. 7 The percentage of Swiss youth who support leftwing extremism, according to a survey. This was higher than those with ...
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Carrots as you’ve never seen them

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 12:00
The city of Aarau in northern Switzerland always turns into a Mecca for carrot-lovers on the first Wednesday of November. The colourful “Rüeblimärt” (carrot market) has been a rooted fixture since 1982.  Carrots extend as far as the eye can see, offered in all colours and shapes and used to make delicacies such as carrot pasta, carrot risotto, carrot soup and carrot sausage. The yellow, orange and violet vegetables are artistically arranged into floral displays and faces.  People travel to the market from far and wide. Travel companies put on special coach tours. Up to 40,000 visitors admire the 140 carefully arranged stands. Everyone enjoys themselves, despite the crowds.  Aarau is the capital of Aargau, which has long been called at the carrot canton. This description probably comes from the second half of the 19th century, but it’s not in fact correct: canton St Gallen wears the carrot crown. It’s thought there was a mix-up between “Rüebli”, the Swiss-German for carrot, and ...
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‘Insurance fraud is unfair and asocial’

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 12:00
Using social welfare detectives has reduced the number of fraud cases massively over the past decade. If the new law fails to win approval in the November 25, those paying insurance premiums and taxes will once again be the victims, says People’s Party parliamentarian Mauro Tuena. Until 16 years ago, large parts of the population were convinced that social insurance and welfare beneficiaries do not cheat. When the Swiss People’s Party became the only party daring to claim the opposite, it was heaped with scorn. The reality, however, looks different. Under the pressure of the People’s Party and later the media, countless fraud cases committed by claimants of social welfare payments came to light. The damages resulting from such scam tactics hovered at around six per cent of the total amount of insurance and social benefits paid. We are talking about billions of Swiss francs. Use of detectives undisputed Over the past 12 years, the use of insurance as well as social welfare ...
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‘Insurance surveillance law is open to interpretation’

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 11/10/2018 - 12:00
Insurance companies will be allowed to spy on individuals claiming social security payments if voters give the green light on November 25. Social Democratic parliamentarian Silvia Schenker argues the legal text was drafted in haste and is of poor quality. She recommends rejection of the law. The European Court of Human Rights and consequently, the Federal Court, ruled that there was insufficient legal basis for the surveillance of insured individuals in either the accident insurance law or the disability law. After this, such surveillance had to be stopped. Parliament created a new legal framework for this in haste. The speed, but also the pressure from the insurance lobby, were hugely detrimental to the quality of the proposal. The law is very badly formulated. Instead of the necessary legal clarity, the wording leaves much open to interpretation. Filming in private spaces In the first instance, this applies to the ruling that is intended to define where insured individuals ...
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Swiss farmers divided over removal of cows’ horns

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:00
The question of cow horn removal, up for a vote in Switzerland, has revealed sharp divisions within the country's agricultural community. A visit to two farms reveals why. Supporters of the cow horn initiative are calling for the Swiss constitution to be amended to introduce subsidies for farmers who do not remove the horns of their cows. The leading Swiss Farmers Association has declined to take a position, preferring to leave the issue to a free vote. Two dairy farmers living in different parts of French-speaking Switzerland have starkly differing views on the issue. “I remove my milking cows’ horns to prevent them from breaking and to avoid the animals injuring each other,” says dairy farmer Laurent Tornay who, together with his sons, runs a farm near Orsières in canton Valais. Perched on a mountainside at 1,100 metres above sea level, Tornay’s farm La Rosière is accessible by a road that winds up an ever-increasing slope punctuated by breathtaking views. “It is ...
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The 50-year-old intern

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:00
Even though he's over 50, Andreas Büttiker has been working as an intern. Is it a success story that could serve as a model for others? Büttiker originally trained as a broadcast technician, but was working as a production manager when he lost his job. He realised that years of work experience weren't as useful as he might have hoped in helping him find a new job, as he didn't have a diploma which officially recognised the skills he had accumulated in the workplace. As part of a project set up by canton Solothurn, he was able to work for a new company for a three-month trial period, which led to permanent employment. Instead of wages, he received a daily allowance from the unemployment insurance scheme during his trial period.  The over-50s in Switzerland particularly struggle to find a new position if they become unemployed. Although they have years of experience, younger applicants have a different education and other skills. Some job advertisements in Switzerland even specify ...
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A Swiss revolution that started in a pulpit

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 18:00
Switzerland nowadays might be known for being a peaceful and neutral country, but that hasn't always been the case. The nation has also had its share of civil wars and revolutions. One of them was brought about by the reformer, Ulrich Zwingli.  Throughout history, thousands of men and women have shaped Switzerland's territory and society. The stories of who they were, the battles, revolutionary ideas or quiet but significant changes have been handed down through generations, and now fill the pages of Swiss history books. The traces of this rich heritage are many, some hidden and unknown. In this series by Swiss Public Television, RSI, seven places have been chosen that are linked to historical events or myths and legends, that are part of the country's cultural heritage. In this first part of the series, the story of Zurich of 500 years ago is evoked - and with it the deeds of a man who changed the country's social landscape forever: the reformer Ulrich Zwingli. (RSI, swissinfo.ch)
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Tyler Brûlé says Switzerland has ‘lost a bit of its coziness’

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:00
Monocle magazine editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé first visited Switzerland as a teen. Now the Canadian is running his media empire from a new office in Zurich. Though his love affair with Switzerland continues, he sees the need for some tweaks.  It’s a big day and Tyler Brûlé is ashamed of his haircut, the handiwork of a Tokyo barber. “I look like freaking Monchhichi,” he complains, meaning the fuzzy-headed Japanese toy monkey launched in the 1970s.  On top of the involuntary buzzcut, he seems uneasy about a welcome speech running longer than expected. As a local politician tells the audience what Zurich has to offer, Brûlé stands awkwardly at the other end of the stage – flicking through notes and murmuring to a colleague – so intently that he nearly misses a compliment.  “… in 2002, Tyler designed the ‘new look of Switzerland’ – with the SWISS design,” says Carmen Walker Späh, head of canton Zurich’s department for economic affairs. She’s referring to Brûlé’s branding of the new ...
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How easy is it for international students to land a Swiss job?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 10:00
Like in the US or UK, Swiss immigration regulations restrict non-European graduates from embarking on a professional career in the country. However, recent developments give them a fighting chance.  Foreign nationals holding a degree from a Swiss university and wanting to find work in the Alpine nation got some help from the law in 2011. An amendment to the Foreign Nationals Act came into effect that allows them to remain in the country and look for a job for up to six months following their studies. The law puts these graduates on the same footing as their Swiss counterparts when applying for a job that is “of high academic or economic interest”.  During that six-month period, graduates can work for up to 15 hours each week and must show they have housing and sufficient financial resources. The six-month limit for finding a job does not affect EU/EFTA nationals, who benefit from freedom of movement under bilateral agreements.  International students in the UK are also ...
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FDT IIoT Server Standard to Empower Platform Independent Deployment

News Machinery - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 23:37

FDT Group, an independent, international, not-for-profit standards association supporting the evolution of FDT® technology (IEC 62453), today announced that its Board of Directors voted unanimously to empower the emerging FDT IIoT Server™ (FITS™ ) architecture with full platform independence. This principled decision strengthens the FITS architecture to support the diverse array of operating systems to meet industry-driven demands. In addition to platform independence, key features of t...

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