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TerraForm Power, Inc. Selects GE Renewable Energy For New Digital Services Agreement

News Machinery - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:56

Today TerraForm Power, Inc. (“TerraForm”) announced that GE Renewable Energy has been selected to provide a range of services for its North American wind fleet, one of the region's largest with more than 900 turbines. The agreement leverages GE's service and digital capabilities to improve and optimize turbine performance while enabling the ability to deliver unique customer-focused financial outcomes and metrics. As part of the agreement, GE Renewable Energy will take on the remote manag...

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Siemens and PowerCell to collaborate in fuel cell systems for ships

News Machinery - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 16:21

Siemens and Power Cell Sweden AB, a Swedish producer of fuel cell modules, are to enter into a partnership in order to drive forward the integration of fuel cell modules in shipping. The aim of the collaboration is to develop an energy supply system for vessels which is based on fuel cells. Siemens will supply the SISHIP BlueDrive integrated energy and propulsion system into which PowerCell will install its fuel cell modules. Possible joint projects could include energy supply systems for...

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Alpine ‘rollercoaster’ goes viral

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:19
A video of a ride on the Gelmer funicular – one of the steepest mountain railways in Europe – has gone viral, having been seen by millions of people on Instagram. The power company that produces hydroelectricity from dams near the Grimsel pass in the Bernese Alps opened the funicular to the public in 2001. Up until then it had been in service to provide employees with access to the many dams and turbine plants on the pass. It’s become a popular tourist attraction due to its near vertical ascent and descent down the mountainside in open carriages. But now a video of the descent, done in time lapse, could make it even more popular. The national tourism marketing body told swissinfo.ch that such viral posts reach people who may have never considered holidaying in Switzerland. The office said it would begin using more “influencer marketing” (targeting influential people) in future alongside traditional approaches. The viral video was posted on the “​​​​​​​Visit ...
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When school holidays might be too long

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 14:00
Children in Switzerland are returning to school after the long summer break. But have they forgotten much of what they learned before the holidays? Mid to late August means the end of the summer holidays for most school children. Many, it seems, will not have looked at a school book for some time, which might be a problem. “What is clear, is that the longer the holidays, the greater the tendency to forget what was learned during the school year,” confirmed educationalist Bruno Suchaut to Swiss public radio RTS. According to recent studies from Germany, Austria and Sweden, this is particularly true for maths, but less so for reading, although writing also suffers. In the United States, which has done more research on the area, the phenomenon is known as “Summer learning loss”. It is particularly true for children from disadvantaged backgrounds, the US results show. In France, too, the effect on children from less privileged backgrounds, especially at primary school level, ...
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Swiss to vote on enshrining cycling in the constitution

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:00
Promote bike transport and build suitable infrastructure: this is the objective of a proposal to enshrine cycle paths in the Swiss constitution, to be voted on this September 23. A necessary step, for government and parliament. The Swiss People’s Party is the sole opponent. The article in the Swiss constitution on the principles of maintaining footpaths and hiking trails was accepted by the nation’s voters forty years ago. Will the current proposal to extend this article to cover bike paths have the same success at the polls? Swiss voters will decide on September 23. But one thing is already clear: four decades later, the context is similar. This time, as before, it all began with a popular initiative, withdrawn after a government counter-proposal (in German) gathered broad-based support in parliament. Consensus This time, with the initiative “for the promotion of bike paths as well as footpaths and trails (bike initiative)”, as 40 years ago with the initiative “to increase ...
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Reconstructing iconic images in 3D

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/14/2018 - 11:00
Is it possible to recreate an iconic photograph as a 3D model? That is the concept behind the “Double Take” project by Zurich-based artists Adrian Sonderegger and Jojakim Cortis. The World Trade Center’s twin towers terrorist plane crash, Tian'anmen Square, Abu Ghraib, or Marilyn Monroe in a white dress standing over a subway grate – all these iconic images are engraved in our minds, whether we like them or not. The Swiss artist duo Cortis & Sonderegger have re-produced these and other iconic photographs in their studio as detailed three-dimensional models. The mind-bending effect is like looking at the original photograph. Each model is meticulously built using glue, scissors, tweezers, cardboard, sand, lamps, tripods, cotton wool and plaster. But each time the visual illusion is shattered by the inclusion of the studio and articles used to build the scene. The “Double Take” exhibition, currently at the Fotostiftung Winterthur near Zurich until September 9, is an intelligent ...
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The hardest job? Change at the top of UN Human Rights

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 17:00
“Silence does not buy you any respect – none.” The words of UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein during one of his final press conferences before leaving office at the end of this month.  By that standard, Zeid should be one of, if not the, most respected men on the planet. He has been famously blunt about human rights abuses around the world, sparing no one. Throughout his time in office, his speeches and statements were eagerly awaited by the Geneva press corps: here was a UN diplomat who spoke his mind, never flinching from the task of speaking the truth about human rights to some of the world’s most powerful violators.  Zeid has likened US President Donald Trump, or Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban, to ‘demagogues’. He has suggested that Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines ‘needs psychiatric evaluation’. He has warned repeatedly of the dangers of xenophobia and populism.  His stance has endeared him to human rights activists worldwide.  “He has been ...
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How the Holocaust-Swiss banks deal was brokered

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 15:00
It has been 20 years since Swiss banks agreed to compensate Holocaust victims for assets lost during the Second World War. A documentary takes a look at the dormant Swiss bank account scandal.  The conflict over Jewish assets in Swiss bank accounts culminated in the 1990s in what would become Switzerland’s largest foreign policy crisis since the Second World War. The following report and embedded videos are from a Swiss documentary, The Meili Story. Everything started with Greta Beer. She is 97 today and lives in Boston. Her father was a wealthy textile manufacturer in Germany before the Second World War with bank accounts in Switzerland. After the war, Beer and her mother’s search for their father’s money in Swiss banks was in vain.  Her case became public in the 1990s and eventually led Republican Senator Alfonse D’Amato, Chairman of the Banking Commission, to invite her to a hearing in Washington. The Swiss government underestimated the brewing storm on the other side ...
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From China, with love and grief

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:45
Richard Bolisay from the Philippines, who took part in this year’s Critics Academy of the Locarno Festival, provides his insights into some of the Chinese entries at this year’s edition of the event, which ended at the weekend.  Locarno Festival has always been known for featuring a diverse range of films from all over the world, and this year has been exceptionally strong for Chinese-language films and works with strong ties with Chinese culture and people. What these films offer is not just a look into their nuanced lives but also a criticism of living in society filled with dread, anxiety, and longing, critical but also with occasional glimmers of hope and humour. The winner of the Pardo d'Oro this year is the Chinese-speaking Singaporean film A Land Imagined, whose central character, Wang, is a construction worker from China. Directed by Yeo Siew Hua, the film has a curious structure: It begins with two policemen looking for Wang and proceeds to show Wang before he goes ...
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The rift between natural birth and on-demand C-sections

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:00
When it comes to giving birth in Switzerland, for some women the process can’t be natural enough. Others want a Caesarean section (C-section) from the very early stages of pregnancy without a specific medical need. Both extremes can be problematic.  “Did you give birth naturally or did you have a C-section?” According to a mother from Bern, this is often the first question people ask after delivery and to her, it is clearly a judgement. “Natural is best.” The Swiss almost wage a religious war when it comes to C-sections versus vaginal delivery. And it’s not the only ideological front surrounding childbirth; the fight between conventional and natural medicine is even tougher. On the one hand, doctors are quick to interfere with natural births by using oxytocic (used to induce labour), forceps, or by administering a C-section. On the other hand, there is a growing trend towards natural childbirth among parents-to-be as well as midwives. Many Swiss women are keen to deliver ...
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When Swiss banks settled with Holocaust survivors

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 17:00
The dispute over Jewish assets in dormant Swiss bank accounts in the 1990s turned into Switzerland’s biggest foreign policy crisis since the Second World War. On August 12, 1998, a billion-dollar settlement was reached. swissinfo.ch’s archives reveal how the news was covered exactly 20 years ago.  When Jewish organisations raised questions in the mid-1990s about dormant Swiss bank accounts containing the assets of Holocaust victims, nobody could predict the storm that was about to follow. The pressure increased when the United States administration joined the debate. Two investigations, one commissioned by the Swiss government, uncovered evidence of Jewish refugees being turned away at the Swiss border, Swiss companies profiting from the Nazi war machine and the central bank buying gold looted from Jews. The final straw came in the shape of individual class actions launched in the US, claiming damages against Swiss banks.  Faced with allegations and threats of boycotts against ...
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Your views: why life is good in Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 17:00
Annual international surveys frequently place Switzerland near the top of their lists when it comes to ranking the best places in the world to live. We wanted to find out from our Facebook and Twitter communities what makes Switzerland special. Here are some of the replies we received. But first, what the official surveys say:  According to the 2018 survey from consulting firm Mercer, Zurich offers the second-best quality of life in the world. Geneva was ranked eighth and Basel came in tenth place. Mercer’s survey takes into account factors such as political stability, health care, education, crime and transport. In a survey published by the World Economic Forum in 2016, carried out by the non-governmental organisation Social Progress Imperative, Switzerland was judged the fifth best place to live in the world. The report said that the country may be expensive, but its citizens get value for money, especially when it comes to “medical” and “nutritional” matters, and "access to ...
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Cycling rights, comparing universities and a social media politician

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 12:00
Here are some of the stories we'll be following the week of August 13: Monday Every third child in Switzerland is born by Caesarian section – one of the highest rates in Europe. swissinfo.ch delves into the reasons why and discovers a virtual “religious war” between advocates of natural births and those who opt for C-sections. Tuesday Should the right to bicycle paths be included in the Swiss constitution? It may seem a trivial point to some, but the issue has forced a nationwide vote, which will take place next month. This aims to extend the existing right to hiking infrastructure to cyclists. Wednesday Switzerland unveils a new CHF200 note, but how far will that get you in the notoriously high price country? swissinfo.ch has tested how far the new note will stretch. Thursday Looking to study abroad and want to know about tuition fees? You might find the answers to your questions in the first of our series on comparing university education in Switzerland, US and ...
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Zurich’s technocolour Street Parade in pictures

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 11:41
One million ravers, 200 DJs, 28 Love Mobiles – the 27th Zurich Street Parade, one of the largest house and techno parties in the world, meandered through Switzerland’s biggest city on Saturday under perfect weather conditions. (All pictures Keystone.)  What was louder, the clothes or the music? It’s hard to tell, but the kaleidoscopic crowd slowly following the 28 “Love Mobiles” – music floats – certainly enjoyed the sun and relaxed atmosphere, reflecting this year’s motto of love and tolerance.  That said, 724 people needed treatment at the medical centre, up a quarter on last year. Most were for cuts, insect bites or circulation problems. Four people picked up serious injuries, for example after falling from a height. While most people knew their limits, the medical staff had to look after around 280 people who had overdone it on alcohol or drugs. Police said they had arrested 70 people, mostly young men, for disturbing the peace while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. ...
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This profession calls for you to put your life at risk

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 11:00
The judgement of the mountain guide can be called into question when a fatal accident happens in the Alps, like the one this summer when seven climbers lost their lives.  But if there is anyone who risks his life for the safety of climbers it is the one who leads them, says Pierre Mathey, who has been an Alpine guide for more than 25 years. With dozens of peaks over 4,000 metres, Switzerland is an inevitable destination for those who seek high-altitude adventure. Every year thousands of people try their hand at climbing the Matterhorn or the Jungfrau, driven by the desire to conquer a peak. "Someone who doesn’t manage to reach the summit talks in terms of failing. In my view, the only failure is if they don’t make it back home", says Mathey (52), who has been a guide for over 25 years and is general secretary of the Swiss Mountain Guide Association (ASGM). swissinfo.ch: From the stories appearing in the media, one might think that accidents in the mountains are on the increase.
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A million people party at Zurich Street Parade

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/12/2018 - 10:19
Zurich’s Street Parade, one of the most popular house and techno parades in Europe, attracted a million ravers on Saturday, according to organisers. Around 25 floats packed with giant music systems trundled around Lake Zurich as part of an event officially billed as a demonstration for freedom, love and tolerance. This is the 27th edition, and apart from the parade, about 100 related parties also took place over the weekend. The perfect weather conditions meant the million-mark was cracked for the third time, after 2001 and 2015. How it all began The first Street Parade was held on September 5, 1992, initiated by maths student Marek Krynski. He was inspired by a television report on the Berlin Love Parade and went to visit the German city to find out how the event was organised. It was attended by about 1,000 people. The number seems paltry compared with the huge turn-out at recent Street Parades, but in 1992, it was regarded as a huge success as no one really believed that ...
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Mixed messages about future Swiss-EU relations

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 21:06
Switzerland’s relations with the European Union have been at the centre of the annual Congress of the Swiss Abroad. Two keynote speeches gave some indications of the delicate situation for both sides in crucial talks about the future of the bilateral accords. Some members of the audience might have come away from Saturday’s speeches, presentations and panel discussions with a certain feeling of disappointment. Hoping to get some insight into ongoing negotiations between Switzerland and Brussels, they were certainly told of the importance of stable relations both for the economy and citizens in Switzerland and the 28-nation bloc. But neither Roberto Balzaretti, head of the directorate for European affairs in the Swiss foreign ministry, nor Michael Matthiessen, the EU ambassador to Switzerland, were willing to reveal any details of the tricky negotiations. Brussels has been pushing for Switzerland to agree a framework accord to consolidate a system of bilateral accords, but ...
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Which issues are important to the Swiss abroad?

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 13:44
Hundreds of Swiss citizens living abroad are gathered in the Alps to compare notes and find solutions for issues affecting them. At the Organisation of the Swiss Abroad (OSA) annual conference in Visp, we asked attendees from all over the world to tell us about themselves and why keeping up with Swiss affairs is important to them.
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Annemarie Schwarzenbach: first port of call is Spain

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/11/2018 - 11:00
Her first major journey took Swiss journalist and photographer Annemarie Schwarzenbach to Spain. It marked the start of her travels around the world, which she photographed. In May 1933 Annemarie Schwarzenbach embarked on her first journalistic tour of Spain together with friend and photographer, Marianne Breslauer. The journey was financed by the sale of her stories and photos to the press. In October of the same year they both travelled for the first time to Persia and then to Moscow, completing their journey through the Orient in April 1934. Later on, she would travel to the United States and document the Great Depression as well as the re-election of Franklin Roosevelt. A passionate journalist, Schwarzenbach wrote her first book "Freunde um Bernhard" (Bernhard’s Circle of Friends) after finishing her studies at the age of 23. Submerging herself in the world of literature, she became life-long friends with siblings Erika and Klaus Mann. Klaus was a trusty travelling ...
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Brussels’ man in Bern hints at Swiss protectionism

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 08/10/2018 - 17:00
The European Union’s ambassador to Switzerland, Michael Matthiessen, highlights the benefits for Switzerland of close relations with the EU, but he diplomatically warns against measures that discriminate against EU companies. swissinfo.ch spoke to Matthiessen on the eve of the annual Congress of the Swiss Abroad. This year’s theme is “Switzerland without Europe – Europe without Switzerland”. Since 2014, Bern and Brussels have been negotiating an institutional framework agreement with each other. Its purpose is to reorganise the selected bilateral agreements – in particular those agreements concerning single market access. But the procedure has raised various questions, for example regarding correct interpretation and application, adaptation to changing EU law and dispute resolution.  + Read more about Switzerland’s relations with the EU + Framing the terms for future Swiss-EU relations  swissinfo.ch: Why do we need this famous institutional framework agreement?  Michael ...
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