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Zermatt’s priceless peak

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:06
The Matterhorn is beloved by mountaineers and marketers alike, appearing on international products ranging from gunpowder to shower gel. A new exhibition in Zermatt, the town at its feet, brings together some of these consumer articles and gives insights into the fascination with the Matterhorn ‘brand’. The mythical 4,478-metre mountain has become a global marketing asset, helping to sell products from all over the world. Whether it be cigarettes from Malaysia or beer from Canada, the iconic pyramid-shaped peak is an image that sells.  The ‘Matterhorn Mania’ pop-up exhibition on Zermatt’s Gornergrat mountain presents a selection of the weird-and-wonderful consumer goods that use the Matterhorn image. It looks at the history of the products and marketing executives’ fascination with the brand. The exhibition was put together by the Swiss Alpine Museum in Bern, in collaboration with the Matterhorn Group and the Gornergratbahn mountain railway company. The Matterhorn Museum – ...
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NASA Cargo Launches to Space Station Aboard SpaceX Resupply Mission

News Machinery - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 21:02

Experiments seeking a better understanding of Parkinson's disease and the origin of cosmic rays are on their way to the International Space Station aboard a SpaceX Dragon spacecraft following today's 12:31 p.m. EDT launch. Carrying more than 6,400 pounds of research equipment, cargo and supplies, the spacecraft lifted off on a Falcon 9 rocket from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the company's 12th commercial resupply mission. It will arrive at the space...

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‘Look, I’m still here’

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 11:00
Agnès Parodi has lived in many places, but hardly ever in Switzerland. Having reached the respectable age of 104, she lives in Cannes, France, and life is anything but boring. “And two months,” Parodi insists. “I am 104 years and two months, so I’m actually older than 104.” The old lady sees every extra day of her life as a special gift – a bonus, so to speak. “Each morning, when I wake up I say to myself: look, I’m still here.” Parodi certainly does not want to waste her bonus days. She keeps very busy and the meeting with the Swiss journalist is just another item on her to-do list. She doesn’t even manage to keep to the arranged time of noon sharp. The only response the ringing doorbell gets is the hissing noise of the intercom, which gets lost in the chirping of the crickets on the hot Avenue des Coteaux.  Parodi has lived in this housing estate on the outskirts of Cannes for more than 50 years. "My flat is in the tallest of the five apartment blocks. I am sure you will find ...
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Colourful language: how English is invading German

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 17:00
You’re never far from an English word in Switzerland. What do the Swiss think of this “language creep”? Is there anything that can be done? Will there be “ein Backlash”? ​​​​​​​
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Anything goes at Zurich's Street Parade

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 13:23
There is no special dress code at Zurich's Street Parade. This year some 900,000 ravers, party goers and curious spectators turned out for the annual techno music festival. Since the end of Berlin's Love Parade, Zurich's Street Parade has become known as the largest outdoor techno party in the world. On Saturday, 25 'Love Mobiles - trucks covered with dancers blasting music - covered the 2.4 kilometre-long route around the lake and through the city. Some 200 national and international DJs were in attendance for the 25th edition under the slogan, 'Love never ends'. Eight special music stages had also been set up. According to police reports, there were 130 arrests on Saturday - more than twice as many as in 2016. But police said the event was no more rowdy than in previous year.  The extra arrests were attributed to increased vigilance against theft and robbery. The arrests included 35 for drugs related offences.  The number of people who required medical attention fell by a ...
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A week for the Swiss Abroad

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 12:00
Here's a selection of the stories we will be bringing you in the upcoming week. Monday At 104, Agnes Parodi is the oldest Swiss expat. She takes some time out of her busy schedule to give an interview about her past, her life today in Cannes, France, and – most importantly – her friends. Tuesday The community of Swiss living abroad has struggled to find discrimination-free access to financial services for nearly a decade. The recent refusal of Parliament to create a legal amendment guaranteeing expats the right to open an account with a major Swiss bank was the last straw. Now, the Organisation for the Swiss Abroad is fighting back with a new strategy. Wednesday “Newland: Swiss Migration Policy in the 21st Century” is a book by University of Bern researcher Philipp Lutz that aims to dispel the notion that migration can be understood as an inherently good or a bad thing. Instead, Lutz argues, we should look at the migration phenomenon as the social reality that it is.
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A week for the Swiss Abroad

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 12:00
Here's a selection of the stories we will be bringing you in the upcoming week. Monday At 104, Agnes Parodi is the oldest Swiss expat. She takes some time out of her busy schedule to give an interview about her past, her life today in Cannes, France, and – most importantly – her friends. Tuesday The community of Swiss living abroad has struggled to find discrimination-free access to financial services for nearly a decade. The recent refusal of Parliament to create a legal amendment guaranteeing expats the right to open an account with a major Swiss bank was the last straw. Now, the Organisation for the Swiss Abroad is fighting back with a new strategy. Wednesday “Newland: Swiss Migration Policy in the 21st Century” is a book by University of Bern researcher Philipp Lutz that aims to dispel the notion that migration can be understood as an inherently good or a bad thing. Instead, Lutz argues, we should look at the migration phenomenon as the social reality that it is.
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Jazz singer gives Swiss reason to smile

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 11:00
She has been making the Swiss smile for nearly 40 years, whether promoting oral hygiene or putting on a show. Bernita Bush tells her Swiss story, in the fourth of our series on US expats. I had just celebrated my 30th birthday when I came to Switzerland in November 1980 to take a job for one year as a dental hygienist. The first two weeks I lived with one of my bosses and his wife and their two sons in Grenchen, canton Solothurn. My boss – a dentist in private practice – took me around and introduced me to all the important people and really took me in and made me feel right at home. I couldn’t speak the local dialect in the beginning, other than “Gruezi” and “Danke schön” and “Auf wiedersehen” and “Gesundheit”. After about half a year - three quarters of a year, I could speak the language pretty well, and I wanted to be able to continue that. It was a challenge. I liked Switzerland: the job, the country, the peace and quiet. Leaving the United States and moving to Switzerland ...
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Jazz singer gives Swiss reason to smile

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 11:00
She has been making the Swiss smile for nearly 40 years, whether promoting oral hygiene or putting on a show. Bernita Bush tells her Swiss story, in the fourth of our series on US expats. I had just celebrated my 30th birthday when I came to Switzerland in November 1980 to take a job for one year as a dental hygienist. The first two weeks I lived with one of my bosses and his wife and their two sons in Grenchen, canton Solothurn. My boss – a dentist in private practice – took me around and introduced me to all the important people and really took me in and made me feel right at home. I couldn’t speak the local dialect in the beginning, other than “Gruezi” and “Danke schön” and “Auf wiedersehen” and “Gesundheit”. After about half a year - three quarters of a year, I could speak the language pretty well, and I wanted to be able to continue that. It was a challenge. I liked Switzerland: the job, the country, the peace and quiet. Leaving the United States and moving to Switzerland ...
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La bella vita at the Locarno Film Festival

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 11:00
The 70th Locarno Film Festival is coming to a close. For ten days, the compact city in Italian-speaking Switzerland has been transformed into a place of pilgrimage for film-lovers, actors and directors. Here are some of the highlights.  Every day the international festival lures visitors into cinemas or the Piazza Grande, the heart of the festival. Every summer Switzerland and the world meet – whether it’s on screen or over drinks.  In this anniversary year several innovations have been introduced. Four new cinema halls were opened, three of which are in “PalaCinema”, a converted school with a total of 800 seats. The “GranRex”, formerly “Ex*Rex”, has also been renovated. Both cinemas plan to be open to the public for the other 355 days of the year.  The new section “Locarno Kids” is aimed at younger visitors, with films shown on two mornings, for example the animation Zombillenium.  The Locarno Film Festival was founded in 1946 and quickly established a reputation as a window ...
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Meet the little orange men of Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 11:00
Crossing the roads can be a peculiarity in itself! Join Diccon Bewes on the streets of Bern and marvel at the oddities of the Swiss traffic light system. (Diccon Bewes for swissinfo.ch)
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La bella vita at the Locarno Film Festival

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 11:00
The 70th Locarno Film Festival is coming to a close. For ten days, the compact city in Italian-speaking Switzerland has been transformed into a place of pilgrimage for film-lovers, actors and directors. Here are some of the highlights.  Every day the international festival lures visitors into cinemas or the Piazza Grande, the heart of the festival. Every summer Switzerland and the world meet – whether it’s on screen or over drinks.  In this anniversary year several innovations have been introduced. Four new cinema halls were opened, three of which are in “PalaCinema”, a converted school with a total of 800 seats. The “GranRex”, formerly “Ex*Rex”, has also been renovated. Both cinemas plan to be open to the public for the other 355 days of the year.  The new section “Locarno Kids” is aimed at younger visitors, with films shown on two mornings, for example the animation Zombillenium.  The Locarno Film Festival was founded in 1946 and quickly established a reputation as a window ...
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Meet the little orange men of Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/12/2017 - 11:00
Crossing the roads can be a peculiarity in itself! Join Diccon Bewes on the streets of Bern and marvel at the oddities of the Swiss traffic light system. (Diccon Bewes for swissinfo.ch)
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Priest urges nations to improve migrant rescues

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 17:00
An Eritrean Catholic priest living in Switzerland says his efforts to save migrants’ lives show the need for nations to rescue more people trying to reach Europe through the Mediterranean. Nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize for his life-saving work, Mussie Zerai is now under investigation in Italy on suspicion of abetting illegal immigration. He said in a statement that the Trapani public prosecutor's office informed him of the investigation on August 7 and he was innocent of any wrongdoing. In an interview with swissinfo.ch, Zerai denounced the investigation as "a denigrating campaign” and called on European nations to assume their responsibilities to welcome and save the lives of thousands who are desperately fleeing wars, conflicts and persecution. Without nations doing enough to help migrants, he said, it is left to non-governmental organisations to shoulder these responsibilities. "It's totally contradictory to attack the humanitarian organisations to fight illegal ...
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Rapperswil, a democratic dinosaur?

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:00
With its 27,000 inhabitants, Rapperswil is Switzerland’s largest community where citizens still decide on political issues at town hall meetings. But in June this year, only 350 people took part. Is this a sign of local direct democracy losing its popularity, or even of political bankruptcy?  “I’d like to ask why there are no ashtrays at the new bus stop,” says a man, who has just walked through the packed multipurpose hall, into the microphone. In an effort to add some weight to his words, he pauses before striding back to his seat.          The members of the city parliament are assembled on stage when the mayor, Martin Stöckling, steps up to the speakers’ desk. Question time at the end of each town hall meeting in Rapperswil, or “Rappi” as the locals call it, is when Stöckling is in his element.  The citizens have just finished discussing the items on the agenda: rehabilitating the sports grounds and the financial statement for 2016. Now the floor is open; it’s a chance to ...
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Rapperswil, a democratic dinosaur?

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:00
With its 27,000 inhabitants, Rapperswil is Switzerland’s largest community where citizens still decide on political issues at town hall meetings. But in June this year, only 350 people took part. Is this a sign of local direct democracy losing its popularity, or even of political bankruptcy?  “I’d like to ask why there are no ashtrays at the new bus stop,” says a man, who has just walked through the packed multipurpose hall, into the microphone. In an effort to add some weight to his words, he pauses before striding back to his seat.          The members of the city parliament are assembled on stage when the mayor, Martin Stöckling, steps up to the speakers’ desk. Question time at the end of each town hall meeting in Rapperswil, or “Rappi” as the locals call it, is when Stöckling is in his element.  The citizens have just finished discussing the items on the agenda: rehabilitating the sports grounds and the financial statement for 2016. Now the floor is open; it’s a chance to ...
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Former U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte to Join Caterpillar Board of Directors

News Machinery - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 19:26

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced its board of directors has elected Kelly Ayotte as a member effective immediately. Ayotte, 49, is a former U.S. senator representing New Hampshire (2011-2017). She served as New Hampshire's first female attorney general (2004-2009) and, prior to that, she was deputy attorney general and chief of the Homicide Prosecution Unit in New Hampshire.  “During her career as a public servant, Kelly has distinguished herself and has been widely recognized...

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Nissan dives into human-powered mobility partnering with Red Bull Flugtag Nashville

News Machinery - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 17:48

Nissan announced it has been named the exclusive automotive partner of the Red Bull Flugtag Nashville, which will be held September 23, 2017, in Nashville's Riverfront Park on the banks of the Cumberland River. The all-new 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport is designated as the official vehicle of the event and will be used onsite, along with other Nissan vehicles. Nissan's engagement at Flugtag – which means "flying day" in German – also includes vehicle displays and consumer activities to engage t...

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When Swiss kids are forced to go hiking

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 17:00
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. This week she teams up with singer, Marco Kunz, from Lucerne. They discuss what makes Swiss kids different from foreign kids growing up in Switzerland, everything from the type of sandwiches they take on school trips to TV viewing rights. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
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When Swiss kids are forced to go hiking

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 17:00
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. This week she teams up with singer, Marco Kunz, from Lucerne. They discuss what makes Swiss kids different from foreign kids growing up in Switzerland, everything from the type of sandwiches they take on school trips to TV viewing rights. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
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