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Woman puts words near actors’ mouths

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 05/13/2018 - 11:00
How do you make theatre understandable for people who don’t know the language? A Zurich woman has spent the past 20 years perfecting the art of surtitles for the stage.  Dòra Kapusta pedals up to the Schauspielhaus theatre in a short black dress and high heels, her large handbag wedged into the bike basket.  She hurries inside into a world of plush red velvet: banister covers, curtains, upholstery, and the fat seat cushion that she grabs in passing.  We stop at a wooden door with a brass handle and the number “5” on it. This will be Kapusta’s domain for the next few hours: a private box overlooking the stage, furnished with a desk, chair and small lamp. She plugs in her laptop and removes her peach suede pumps.  “The annoying thing is that I still get nervous, at least for the first five to ten minutes,” confesses Kapusta. But not about the hundreds of slides that she’s prepared – which will distill what the actors say in German into easy-to-read English snippets. These will ...
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Battle of Gallipoli re-enactment raises eyebrows in Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 17:00
A student re-enactment of Turkey’s 1915 Battle of Gallipoli staged in Switzerland has raised concerns over the use of Swiss schools for Turkish propaganda. The performance, held in the village of Uttwil in front of Turkish dignitaries and the diaspora, was first flagged this weekend by Swiss paper SonnstagsBlick. The scene at the heart of the controversy is one of school children exchanging fire with mock bayonets on a stage dominated by a giant portrait of the founder of the Turkish Republic, Kemal Ataturk, flanked by the Swiss and Turkish flags. The re-enactment in Switzerland was perceived as an effort to promote nationalist Turkish propaganda among the expat community. The Gallipoli Campaign of 1915-16, also known Dardanelles Campaign, was an unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Powers to control the sea route from Europe to Russia during the First World War. Untested troops from Australia and New Zealand, former British colonies, met fierce resistance from Turks fighting to ...
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Confiscated heroin and a buried hatchet

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 14:00
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 the past week’s stories. Monday 14 Swiss police seized 14 kilograms of heroin worth over CHF2 million during a cross-border investigation carried out with the German authorities. Tuesday 41 For the first time, Switzerland’s Federal Tax Administration (FTA) sent details on advance tax rulings to its partners in the spontaneous exchange of information deal. The FTA said it had transmitted a first batch of reports to 41 countries. Wednesday 20 The number of gigabytes stolen during a cyberattack on the Ruag technology company in 2016. The defence ministry was criticised for its response to the theft. Thursday 104 The 104-year-old Australian scientist David Goodall ended his life at a Swiss clinic. He had drawn international attention to his right-to-die campaign. Friday 3,220,000,000 ...
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The Swiss artisans behind the Palme d’Or

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 05/12/2018 - 11:00
In a Geneva workshop, eight skilled craftspeople labour to transform a very big block of crystal and some ethically sourced gold into one of the world’s most sought-after cinematic awards. The Palme d’Or, a golden palm tree branch on a crystal base, is the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, which wraps up on May 19, and has been made by the same jewellers, Chopard, for the past 21 years. A blue wax Palme is created and buried in plaster. It is heated in a furnace overnight to melt the wax away and leave a hollow plaster mould. The 2018 edition is made from 118 grams (4.16 oz) of 18-carat yellow gold. The molten metal is poured into the mould, which is then dipped in cold water to break the plaster and leave behind a golden Palme. Extensive sanding, cleaning and polishing take place before the Palme is deemed fit to sit on the crystal base created by stonemasons. Two trophies are made in case there are two top prize-winners. Five smaller ones have also been commissioned ...
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Curtain falls on Schmidheiny era

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 17:00
The decision of Thomas Schmidheiny to stand down this week from the board of Lafarge-Holcim marks the end of an era for the most important Swiss industrial dynasty of the 20th century. The 72-year-old billionaire is one of the principal shareholders of the world’s largest cement company.  It was great-grandfather Jacob Schmidheiny who got the ball rolling in 1867, when he took charge of a small brickyard in eastern Switzerland and successfully expanded it.  His sons, Ernst and Jacob II, continued the business. Ernst invested in cement manufacturing, which would later develop into Holcim. The third generation, Ernst’s sons Max and Ernst II, focused on the production of cement and passed on the business to Max’s sons Thomas and Stephan in the 1970s.  These two would attract much admiration during their business careers but also a lot of criticism.  Thomas, a qualified machine engineer, worked his way to the top of the company. His brother, two years younger, qualified as a ...
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Qualtek Manufacturing Announces New Tool and Die Journeyman

News Machinery - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 16:00

Qualtek Manufacturing, Inc. www.qualtekmfg.com announces Matthew Struttmann successfully completed a four-year apprenticeship program and achieved certification as Tool and Die Journeyman.  Qualtek provides the only U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship Program in the state of Colorado.  Struttmann received a certificate from Mike Williams, Tool and Die Manager at Qualtek who stated, “Matthew is our first Journeyman graduate and we could not be more proud of his achievements...

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Threat of referendum ‘sword’ keeps politicians in check

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 05/11/2018 - 11:00
It’s the people who have the final say in Swiss politics, be it for constitutional amendments or for new laws. This veto is a crucial pillar of Switzerland’s Swiss political system. This “pledge” in the hands of voters may be tedious for politicians and make the legislative process more complex. But as a permanent threat, it provides sustainable and broad-based solutions. A popular anecdote may be useful to understand the importance of the referendum tool in direct democracy and help illustrate the situation when voters threw out a reform of the old age pension scheme last year. A mountain farmer in a remote region of the country is asked about his voting behaviour. He replies: “I always vote no - and have fared well with it so far.” Democracy Toolbox Switzerland is an indirect democracy. But its direct democracy mechanisms are stronger than those of any other jurisdiction. This is shown by the nearly 620 nationwide votes. Lukas Leuzinger analyses the most important tools, ...
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This is what it's like to have cancer

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 17:00
"True Talk" puts people in front of the camera who are fighting prejudice or discrimination. They answer questions that nobody would normally dare to ask directly.  Gabriel has had cancer twice and in this interview, he talks openly about what it was like. He says he never spoke explicitly about death with other cancer patients. Conversations were more focused on who had what kind of treatment, with some patients trying to outdo each other. He says when he was a teenager he was very self-critical, but having been a cancer victim, he has come to accept and appreciate what he's got. (SRF/swissinfo.ch)
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How Afghans see their homes in paintings of the Alps

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 05/10/2018 - 11:00
Golbedin Husseini, Verena Meuli, Christine Thielmann and Mohamed Ewaz Baba are four strangers in a strange place.  I meet them on a clear spring evening at an exhibition they have curated.  Golbedin and Mohamed are from Afghanistan while Verena and Christine are Swiss but weren’t born in Aeschi, the alpine village that is the setting for this encounter. The four of them first got to know each other in Aeschi three years ago.  This should have been an easy story to tell: a story of how art – particularly paintings of mountain landscapes - can facilitate a dialogue between asylum seekers and local residents.  “We looked for people who lived in the mountains, and I thought it would be very interesting to ask people who are not here voluntarily - people who’ve been sent here. The other idea – although not new – is that art can bring people together to talk,” explains Rut Reinhard, an art educator at the Fine Arts Museum in the nearby town of Thun.  Uphill Reinhard’s task was to ...
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Mahindra & Mahindra Joins McCain Foods As Strategic Partners in New Brunswick-Based Resson

News Machinery - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 16:14

Resson, a predictive analytics company for the agricultural industry, today announced a $14 Million CDN round of financing that welcomed Mahindra & Mahindra as a strategic partner, joining existing strategic partners McCain Foods and Monsanto Growth Ventures as well as existing investors Build Ventures, Rho Canada, BDC Capital, East Valley Ventures and the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation. Resson's strategic partners and investors participated in this round of financing. The company pre...

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Australian scientist’s final words in Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:52
David Goodall, a 104-year-old Australian scientist who ended his life in Switzerland on Thursday, said that choosing how and when to die should be a right.   Goodall left Australia last week and arrived in Switzerland on May 7, after visiting relatives in the French city of Bordeaux.   Speaking to reporters at a hotel near Spalentor Gate in Basel on Wednesday, the day before he took his life, Goodall stressed he was happy to have the chance to do so in Switzerland but would have preferred to do so back home.  "Everyone over middle age should have the right unquestioned to end their lives as and when they choose, but we have quite a way to go in Australia for that," he said. Goodall, who celebrated his 104th birthday on April 4, was not terminally ill but found his quality of life unacceptable because both his eyesight and hearing were failing him.   The scientist was granted a fast-track appointment at the Life Circle clinic in Basel. Switzerland is one of the few countries ...
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Del Ponte settles old scores with UN

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 15:49
Carla Del Ponte, the Swiss former prosecutor of the United Nations war crimes tribunal, has strongly criticised the international community – and the UN in particular – of thwarting any efforts to bring war criminals to justice. In her new book, Im Namen der Opfern (In the Name of the Victims), she describes her time as a member of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria. She says she was deeply frustrated and quit the UN panel last August. “We never really investigated. We only listed the crimes that were committed,” she says. “The UN, notably the Security Council, failed to set up a special tribunal on Syria.” The Swiss lawyer, who made a name for herself for taking on the mafia in Italy, also said she had never seen atrocities more heinous than in Syria. She says crimes against humanity are committed by all sides in the Syrian conflict every day. But the brutality and intensity of these crimes – the torture in prisons and violence against women and ...
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UN body nominee decries child abuse in Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 14:00
Switzerland is proposing Philip Jaffé as an independent expert for the monitoring body of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. swissinfo.ch meets with the psychologist in Geneva ahead of election day. Jaffé is a psychotherapist by training and specialised in legal psychology. He is currently the director of the Interfaculty Center for Children's Rights Studies based in the southwestern Swiss city of Sion. In the 1980s he worked in the United States, serving as the clinical director of Bridgewater State Hospital, a high security establishment near Boston for criminals requiring psychiatric treatment. He returned to Switzerland to teach at the University of Geneva, and then directed the children rights department at the Kurt Bösch University Institute in the city of Sion. Jaffé hopes to put his experience at the service of the 18-member United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. swissinfo.ch: How is your election campaign going? Philip Jaffé (PJ): Good. It is a ...
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The short, dazzling career of Switzerland’s first pilot

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 11:00
​​​​​​​ On a spring day on May 10, 1910, Swiss aviation history was made by a young man who gracefully took off and landed in the first plane built in Switzerland. swissinfo.ch looks at the birth of aviation in Switzerland through the remarkable but brief life of Ernest Failloubaz. Failloubaz, the self-taught poster boy of Swiss aviation, may have achieved great heights as a pilot but his life was punctuated by sharp lows. His father passed away when he was four years old, then his mother six years later. The orphan grew up in the care of his grandmother and an aunt in Avenches, a small town in western Switzerland which was once the capital of Roman Helvetia. He used the small fortune left to him by his father, a prominent wine merchant, to indulge a powerful passion for speed and mechanics. Failloubaz bought one of the first motorbikes in Switzerland and then a car. By the age of 18, in the autumn of 1910, he had shot to fame at the Aviation Days in Bern. He broke a flight ...
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CleanLine: The effective solution for cleaning fabrics on all sections of the paper machine

News Machinery - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:26

Heidenheim, Germany: Voith's innovative CleanLine traversing cleaning systems for fabrics provide additional benefits for customers compared to established cleaning methods. With CleanLine, Voith has developed its systems to improve paper quality by thorough cleaning of the fabrics.  CleanLine systems are available for all sections of the paper machine either as new installations or as upgrades of existing Voith equipment to remove more contamination from the surface and structure of fabric...

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Achieve significant throughput improvement for Lindemann shredders with Metso Shredder Drive Assistant

News Machinery - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:21

The innovative Metso Shredder Drive Assistant (SDA) represents state-of-the-art technology designed to boost the performance of modern shredder plants, directly impacting the profitability and sustainability of shredder operations. The Metso SDA solution ensures maximum utilization of installed shredder capacity for Lindemann(TM) shredders. The system is available both as a retrofit solution and as an option for new machinery. Metso has received encouraging feedback from customers who rep...

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Why do Swiss artists struggle at Eurovision?

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/09/2018 - 08:42
On April 30, 1988, Switzerland won the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time when an unknown Céline Dion pipped the British entry by a single point. But since reaching the peak in Dublin 30 years ago, it’s been downhill all the way for the Swiss. What went wrong?  “Ne partez pas sans moi,” the 20-year-old Canadian sang live in front of a television audience of 600 million. Don’t leave without me. The juries in 20 other countries didn’t care whether the song was about running for a bus or pleading with a lover, they knew talent when they heard it.  Apart from the jury of historic rival Austria, that is, which gave the Swiss “nul points” (Switzerland returned the favour and Austria finished last). Neighbouring France also felt the Swiss effort was worth only one point. Germany, on the other hand, along with Portugal and Sweden, awarded Switzerland the maximum 12 points. Geopolitics à la Eurovision.  “It was a very strange adventure for me,” Dion said in an interview in 2013.
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Navajo Express Honored at the Colorado Motor Carriers Association 2018 Safety Awards Banquet

News Machinery - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 17:45

The Colorado Motor Carrier Association (CMCA) hosted their annual Safety Awards Banquet April 13, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The awards program recognizes Colorado companies, drivers and safety professionals who show dedication towards highway safety practices and procedures. - Two of Navajo Express' drivers, Bruce Brown and Charles “Charley” Hamilton, were awarded with the esteemed Driver of the Month Award. Awarded drivers are chosen based on their safe driving records, acts of courtesy...

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Groupe PSA selects Punch Powertrain technology for its future electrified transmission systems

News Machinery - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 17:07

Groupe PSA, engaged in the electrification shift Groupe PSA has been actively accelerating its shift to electrified vehicles (Mild-hybrid (MHEV), Electric Vehicles (EV) and Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)) with the aim of developing an electrified offering covering 100% of its range by 2025. In this context, Groupe PSA's decision to select Punch Powertrain as the supplier of its next generation electrified transmission systems is highly strategic. Best in class Dual Clutch Transmission Group...

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Integration key for Geneva University imam course

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 05/08/2018 - 17:00
A training course for imams at Geneva University, introducing them to Swiss law and values, is yielding results. (SRF/swissinfo.ch) The course organisers say Muslim communities are pleased that their representatives are being sent for training. As part of the "integration" course funded by the canton, nine imams are studying at the university.  The Geneva course is not the only one of its kind in Switzerland. In bilingual Fribourg (French and German-speaking), the conservative right Swiss People’s Party tried to stop the opening of the Centre for Islam and Society (SZIG), which provides courses for imams on Swiss culture and society. Experts agreed that such a ban was discriminatory because it was directed against the members of a single religion in breach of the Swiss constitution. The director of the SZIG, Hansjörg Schmid, says about half of the 200 imams thought to be practicing in Switzerland participated in the first 26 workshops. "With these workshops, we have made a ...
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