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A breakthrough in natural crop protection

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 17:00
With their bug-banishing products the Andermatts have been proving for years that natural crop protection works. Swiss public television, SRF meets the entrepreneurs behind this success story. (SRF, swissinfo.ch) The Andermatts, Isabel, 59 and Martin, 58 are partners in life as in business. They are Switzerland’s pioneers in organic crop protection. Thirty years ago the only products for crop protection were chemicals. The Andermatts then established themselves as important organic crop protection innovators, with their virus-based product. In 1986 the Andermatts researched and developed a method that used granulosis virus to combat the codling moth, a pest that at the time infested up to 50% of Swiss farmers’ apple crops. By 1987, after successful field trials they had received the provisional approval to market their product, which is now known as 'Madex'. At present the group Andermatt Holding has a diverse product portfolio of biological plant protection and biological ...
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‘I feel like a man and a woman’

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:00
Edward learned he was intersex at age 16 – a diagnosis that changed his life. After years of what felt like a nightmare, he’s learned to accept himself, but he often feels misunderstood. He wishes doctors had taken him more seriously from the start. Somewhere between man and woman. Hate and love. Passion and despair. Long torn by these contrasts, Edward bewilders the people he meets. With his hard shell and soft centre, he struggles to be understood in a society that has trouble accepting what is different. With his tattoos and piercings, Edward sits with his mother Kate in the living room of his family home – complete with a breathtaking view of Lake Geneva. Above his head, old black and white portraits of relatives seem to lend an ear to his story. “You’re a mutant. You’ll never be able to have children or live a normal life.” These were the words of Edward’s doctor when he told him about being intersex. Edward was 16. He was sitting alone in the doctor’s office at the time. ...
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How decisions in Geneva impact all of our lives

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 10/16/2017 - 11:00
What actually takes place behind the scenes of the United Nations in Geneva? In a new swissinfo.ch series, longtime Geneva correspondent Imogen Foulkes provides insights into the often criticised institution, from the drama to the humdrum.  The United Nations in Geneva, known affectionately as ‘the Palais’, has been my place of work for over a decade. There is a danger, when you have become so familiar with a place over a long period, to get a bit blasé about it. The working days are full of meetings, press conferences, and deadlines. We Palais residents tend to scurry from one to the next, breathlessly racing, often, down the many kilometres of corridors.  But to really understand this Geneva landmark, and perhaps to regain some perspective about what we are actually doing inside the Palais, it is worth slowing down from time to time, and taking a careful look around.  Look, for example, at the door handles in the oldest part of the building, they are a carefully crafted art ...
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Tree of life’s a beech

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 14:00
In autumn, Switzerland’s beech trees are aflame with red leaves. However, they struggle with the higher temperatures that come with climate change.  If it hadn’t been for the interference of mankind, the European beech would be the most common tree found in central Europe. Already in the 600s, people made books using thin boards cut from the versatile tree. In fact, the German word for book, “Buch”, is a derivative of the German name for the tree, “Buche”. Along with spruce and silver fir, the European beech is one of the most important trees for Switzerland’s timber industry. Yet like many species, it is under threat. As the climate becomes warmer and drier, it has to adapt. Scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research have been experimenting with growing seedlings at different elevations.  A European beech tree can reach a height of 40 metres, and its leaves grow anywhere from five to 15cm long. The beech nuts, encased in prickly husks, ...
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International Geneva, Brexit, maggots and child labour

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 12:00
Here's a selection of the stories we will be bringing you the week of October 16:  Monday “International Geneva” can seem like a parallel universe with its acronyms, jargon, endless high-level meetings and save-the-world declarations. In her new column for swissinfo.ch, longtime Geneva correspondent Imogen Foulkes takes us behind the institutional curtain to provide a glimpse of how decisions here have an impact on our lives.  Monday  Finding a maggot in your apple could rapidly kill your appetite. As part of the “Swiss Pioneer” series, we look at a couple who use viruses instead of chemicals to kill fruit maggots.  Wednesday Child labour was the norm in 19th-century Switzerland, not just on farms but also in factories. So it seemed a pretty radical idea when a parliamentarian Wilhelm Joos proposed doing something about it in 1867.  Thursday Britain’s split from the European Union is occurring at glacial pace as both sides jostle to protect their ...
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When love turns to hate

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 10/15/2017 - 11:00
Indian and international film star Irrfan Khan talks about the twisted relationship between men and women showcased in his latest film, The Song of Scorpions.
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Olma fair turns 75

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 17:00
The Olma fair in the city of St Gallen, showcasing agriculture and traditional food from around Switzerland, is one of the country’s biggest and most popular. This year it celebrates its 75th birthday. Visitors can expect pig races, cattle shows and of course the wafting allure of grilled local Bratwurst (sausage). Here we present some images from over the years.
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Immortal portraits

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:00
Sébastien Kohler’s portraits are mesmerizing and confrontational. The subjects gaze directly in to the camera, resulting in images of depth and intensity. And: he uses an old technique for his art. Born in Switzerland in 1969 and resident of the western city of Lausanne, Sébastien Kohler is a self-taught photographer. He has focused on the wet collodion process of photography for several years. The method was developed in 1851 by the English sculptor, Frederick Scott Archer. The principle is simple: if one places a negative in front of a black background while lighting it from the front, it appears as a positive, because the light illuminates the metallic silver, which develops the picture. The wet collodion process produces excellent negatives on glass, which creates a timeless impression. The full richness of Kohler’s photos can be savoured in person at the Camera Museum in Vevey until March 14, 2018. In the exhibition, a video shows him at work in his studio, how he prepares ...
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Planning permission by popular consent

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 10/14/2017 - 11:00
Have you ever come across a collection of metal pylons on a patch of grass next to a house and wondered what they were for? In this episode Diccon Bewes explains how democracy works when the Swiss build new homes. (Diccon Bewes for swissinfo.ch)
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Gas turbine facility inaugurated under Saudi Aramco-Mitsubishi Hitachi strategic partnership

News Machinery - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:16

Al Qahtani was speaking at the inauguration ceremony for Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd.'s new facility in Dammam on 12 October 2017. The event was held under the patronage of HRH Prince Ahmed bin Fahd bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Vice Governor of the Eastern Province. Al-Qahtani added: “The signing of a major long-term supply agreement in 2014 marked the beginning of cooperation between Saudi Aramco and Mitsubishi Hitachi.” Al-Qahtani also noted the wider significance of the n...

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How to implement successful people's initiatives

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 10/13/2017 - 11:00
After the people vote in favour of an initiative, parliament gets to work. It’s their job to figure out how they can make new decisions compatible with existing laws. It's not always easy to implement a decision taken by the people. Popular initiatives in Switzerland are often launched as ‘elaborate drafts’ - a complete text. When a majority of the people vote in favour of an initiative, this text is added exactly as it is proposed, directly into the Constitution. Neither parliament nor the government may alter this text.  When initiatives are unclear or contradict the Constitution, parliament has to create additional laws in order to best reflect the people's will. Law scientist Nagihan Musliu is working on a manual to help this process of implementation along. In our series, 'Inside the Democracy Labs', researchers answer all kinds of questions about democracy.
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Is Switzerland being 'Muslimised'?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 17:00
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. This week, she attends a delegates' conference of the conservative right Swiss People’s Party in Bern and finds out why they are afraid of the increase in Muslims in this small, Alpine country. (SRF Kulturplatz/ swissinfo.ch) 
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Mitsui to Participate in Desalination and Pumping Projects for BHP Spence Copper Mine in Chile

News Machinery - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 15:26

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Tokyo, President and CEO: Tatsuo Yasunaga) has, through Caitan S.p.A. ("Caitan"), a 50-50 joint venture established with Técnicas de Desalinazación de Aguas, S.A. ("Tedagua") under the Spanish ACS group, entered into an agreement concerning operation for desalination and conveyance services to be provided to Minera Spence ("Spence"), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of BHP, world-leading resources company based in Australia. Caitan will supply...

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Top Swiss guns show off shooting skills

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:54
Every autumn, Swiss Air Force pilots show off their professional skills at the highest aerial firing range in Europe. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) The annual Swiss Air Force live fire event is underway at the Axalp–Ebenfluh air force shooting range in the Bernese Oberland. Tuesday’s training brought hoards of hikers to the spectators’ areas at an altitude of 2,200m above sea level. The venue can only be reached on foot by taking marked mountain paths. The event, which attracts thousands, requires weeks of preparation for organizer Simon Flückiger and his team. Toilets, waste bins and food stands, as well as rescue and medical services, must be installed. The actual air force fire show lasts for approximately 90 minutes, during which the entire shooting range area is designated as a hazardous zone and closed off for hiking. Swiss public television, SRF, went behind the scenes and followed the pilots and organizers during their preparation for the event.
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What it takes to start a Swiss business

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 10/12/2017 - 11:00
Their mum started it all by using caffeine to fight wrinkles. Then Tom and Amy Derrington came up with the idea of recycling coffee beans to make a body scrub. The British siblings, who live in Bern, explain how they went about launching their brand in Switzerland. (Veronica DeVore, Julie Hunt, swissinfo.ch)  After mixing their first batches and working out the logistics of a business plan, the Derringtons decided to set up their business, Buff Coffee Scrub, as a sole proprietorship, learning a lot along the way.  More details on the various options for starting a business in Switzerland are available here, on the Switzerland How To guide to life in the country.
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Are Swiss aid workers taking too many risks?

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 20:00
Following the recent abduction of a Swiss aid worker in Sudan, Swiss Public Television SRF asks whether it is safe for individuals to work in crisis countries, or should it be left to larger organisations? (SRF/swissinfo.ch)  Reports say Margrit S. was abducted on Saturday in Sudan’s northern Darfur region. She’s lived in the country for years and built a children’s ward and midwifey school in North Darfur. This was to be her last stint in Sudan, as she is 71 and planned to retire soon.  She is said to have been taken from her home by unidentified armed men near her home in the Agricultural Research Centre area of Al Fashir. The Sudanese authorities think a criminal gang is responsible, and have stepped up a search in and around the city of al-Fashir. They believe the gang is seeking a ransom. SRF meets Christian Brunner, a former employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross, ICRC, who was kidnapped in Afghanistan in 1991 and spent 75 days in captivity. The ICRC ...
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Taveyanne: far from the madding crowd

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:00
The picturesque hamlet of Taveyanne in the Vaudoise Alps is a place frozen in time. (RTS/swissinfo.ch) Above the clouds at 1,649 metres (5,400 feet), it’s a listed historical monument, with its timber chalets and wooden shingle roofs. Its residents have to manage without mains electricity.  To guarantee the long-term future of the hamlet and its environment, the locals teamed up with the Vaudoise League for Nature Protection in 1970 to create a nature reserve here. Most of the chalets belong to people living in the neighbouring village of Gryon and were converted from animal shelters to homes in the early 1900s. The only business in town is the Refuge de Taveyanne, where the Siebenthal family serves hearty meals like fondue in a rustic setting. There's a huge charred fireplace with a large cauldron, an ancient cash register and low-beamed ceilings. Ornamental cowbells grace the walls. The only rentable accommodation is a couple of mattresses in the refuge’s loft.
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Paediatric palliative care still hard to find

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 11:00
In Switzerland, support services for children suffering from incurable diseases, and for their families, have been slow to develop. Change is on the way, but one of the few Swiss specialists in the field says there is much to be done. "Marc, I have had enough. I want to end it all." Marc is professor Marc Ansari, head of the paediatric oncology and haematology unit at Geneva University Hospitals. Just before he spoke to swissinfo.ch, he was told this by a teenage patient suffering from an incurable cancer. The message sums up the whole difficulty of the situation: a youngster fighting a disease which, in the end, is not going to let him go; and a doctor trying to give him the treatment and support that makes sense. Ansari says the wish to die is not an unusual one. Mostly, he hears it from patients in their teens. The reasons are many, he says. "You have to try to understand the ‘why’ of such a wish – what triggered it. Sometimes, it is an attempt to deal with problems that ...
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Here’s what (the new) Swiss ten-franc note will get you

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 09:53
Crisp, yellow, and adorned with train tracks and watchmaking supplies, the new CHF10 banknote will soon be in circulation across Switzerland. But what can you buy with it?  Revealed by the Swiss National Bank on Wednesday, the banknote is the third in the new series that features better security features and more elaborate artwork than the previous editions. New versions of the CHF50 and CHF20 notes are already the standard in Swiss wallets and cash registers. The new CHF10 goes into circulation on October 18. Of course the value of the new CHF10 is the same as that of the old note, and both will be accepted as payment until the old one is eventually phased out. But what can you get with Switzerland’s smallest form of paper currency – worth $10.26 or €8.68 according to Wednesday’s exchange rate?  Here’s a round-up of some basic goods and services that cost about CHF10.  FOOD & DRINK  Swiss cheese CHF10 translates into about 500g of Swiss cheese, whether it’s Appenzeller, ...
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Dana Engineering Chosen by Concord Green Energy to Supply GE's Jenbacher Gas Engines for Waste-to-Energy FELDA Palm Oil Mills

News Machinery - Wed, 10/11/2017 - 07:31

- - • Dana Engineering to Provide Full Power Plant Engineering Solution for the Upcoming 5.6 MW Waste-to-Energy Project to Concord Green Energy Sdn Bhd (CGE) in Malaysia - • Six of GE's High-Efficiency Jenbacher Biogas Engines to Power Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) Palm Oil Mills - • Waste-to-Energy Project to Generate Electricity from Palm Oil Mill Effluent (POME) - - - General Electric (NYSE: GE) announced that Dana Engineering, GE's Channel Partner for Jenbacher gas engines,...

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