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Gory glory! In the ring with Switzerland’s boxing champs

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 07/15/2017 - 00:00
In the early years of the 20th century, boxing was booming in Paris. On the front line was the Swiss former world champion Frank Erne, who, in 1908, organised impressively large and spectacular boxing matches. A few years later, boxing fever had arrived in Zurich. swissinfo.ch dived deep into the archives and found pearls of sweat and flying fists. The boxing craze soon reached western Switzerland; the first clubs were founded in Geneva and Lausanne. In 1909, four years before the founding of the Swiss Boxing Association, the first Swiss championships were held. According to news reports, the founding meeting of the association took place in February 1913, with representatives from Geneva and Berne.  Eventually the sport was established in Zurich, mainly through the popularity with members of the working class. ‘Boxclub Sportring’ was founded in 1919, and its local counterpart ‘Box Club of the City of Zurich’ (BCZ) in 1934. The BCZ experienced a great surge in popularity in the ...
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What it takes to succeed in the new world of Swiss banking

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 15:00
​​​​​​​ The threat of cyber attacks like WannaCry and Petya are creating lucrative opportunities for specialists looking to work in the financial sector. Top candidates for a job as a cyber security expert can “easily” command salaries of CHF1 million ($1 million). That’s according to Robert Walters, founder and chief executive of the eponymous white collar recruitment agency. “Protection and security of data is vitally important and we find that cyber security experts are earning a fortune,” he said. Jobs in risk management, legal and compliance are also much in demand as Swiss banks tackle a growing array of regulatory demands – from reducing risky activities to implementing anti-money laundering rules. The tighter reins placed on banks are due in part to the financial crisis and tax evasion scandals. The new requirements eat up staff time and threaten margins. “The Swiss financial regulator wants Switzerland to be seen as an ethical, safe and secure place to have banks,” ...
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What it takes to succeed in the new world of Swiss banking

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 15:00
​​​​​​​ The threat of cyber attacks like WannaCry and Petya are creating lucrative opportunities for specialists looking to work in the financial sector. Top candidates for a job as a cyber security expert can “easily” command salaries of CHF1 million ($1 million). That’s according to Robert Walters, founder and chief executive of the eponymous white collar recruitment agency. “Protection and security of data is vitally important and we find that cyber security experts are earning a fortune,” he said. Jobs in risk management, legal and compliance are also much in demand as Swiss banks tackle a growing array of regulatory demands – from reducing risky activities to implementing anti-money laundering rules. The tighter reins placed on banks are due in part to the financial crisis and tax evasion scandals. The new requirements eat up staff time and threaten margins. “The Swiss financial regulator wants Switzerland to be seen as an ethical, safe and secure place to have banks,” ...
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The designers making life better at an asylum centre

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:00
Find and execute a design concept that solves a concrete problem, with minimal resources, in one month, inside a transit centre for asylum seekers. That’s the challenge facing students at the Zurich University of the Arts. (Carlo Pisani, swissinfo.ch) The students are on an unusual four-week course as part of a longer study programme. In this time they work on small projects to try and make life a little better, or easier, for the asylum seekers living in a large exhibition-centre hall in Zurich, which has been turned into temporary accommodation. A trade-fair hall converted into living space The setting for the course is a transit centre in Zurich Oerlikon, north of the city centre, which opened at the beginning of 2016. To respond to a shortage in accommodation, authorities repurposed a trade-fair hall (called Halle 9), by building 62 small housing capsules out of light wood, each of which houses four people. The people who live there are asylum seekers, young men and ...
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The designers making life better at an asylum centre

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 11:00
Find and execute a design concept that solves a concrete problem, with minimal resources, in one month, inside a transit centre for asylum seekers. That’s the challenge facing students at the Zurich University of the Arts. (Carlo Pisani, swissinfo.ch) The students are on an unusual four-week course as part of a longer study programme. In this time they work on small projects to try and make life a little better, or easier, for the asylum seekers living in a large exhibition-centre hall in Zurich, which has been turned into temporary accommodation. A trade-fair hall converted into living space The setting for the course is a transit centre in Zurich Oerlikon, north of the city centre, which opened at the beginning of 2016. To respond to a shortage in accommodation, authorities repurposed a trade-fair hall (called Halle 9), by building 62 small housing capsules out of light wood, each of which houses four people. The people who live there are asylum seekers, young men and ...
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Why do ethnic Albanians do the double-headed eagle?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 17:00
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. Sometimes it's hard for Tama and her friends of different ethnic origins to stay true to family traditions. She asks Arjeta what being an ethnic Albanian means to her. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
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Why do ethnic Albanians do the double-headed eagle?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 17:00
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. Sometimes it's hard for Tama and her friends of different ethnic origins to stay true to family traditions. She asks Arjeta what being an ethnic Albanian means to her. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
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Could Zika be spread in Switzerland?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:00
An escaped research subject buzzes through the air in search of its next victim. This mosquito is in fact healthy, but soon, scientists in Zurich will be infecting exotic mosquitoes found in Switzerland to see if they can transmit the Zika virus to humans. By now you’ve probably heard of the Zika virus, which has been linked to foetal defects – notably, microcephaly or an abnormally small head – when pregnant women are affected. As a mosquito-borne disease, Zika has primarily made headlines for its impact in its native tropical regions of South America, southeast Asia, and western and central Africa. But research on Zika is also needed in Switzerland, where 41 cases were recorded in 2016. Environmental changes coupled with the modern surge in international travel means that today, pathogens can easily enter Europe from abroad. “Zika was discovered in Uganda [in 1947] along with many other viruses, which had never encountered humans because they were in a completely isolated ...
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Could Zika be spread in Switzerland?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 11:00
An escaped research subject buzzes through the air in search of its next victim. This mosquito is in fact healthy, but soon, scientists in Zurich will be infecting exotic mosquitoes found in Switzerland to see if they can transmit the Zika virus to humans. By now you’ve probably heard of the Zika virus, which has been linked to foetal defects – notably, microcephaly or an abnormally small head – when pregnant women are affected. As a mosquito-borne disease, Zika has primarily made headlines for its impact in its native tropical regions of South America, southeast Asia, and western and central Africa. But research on Zika is also needed in Switzerland, where 41 cases were recorded in 2016. Environmental changes coupled with the modern surge in international travel means that today, pathogens can easily enter Europe from abroad. “Zika was discovered in Uganda [in 1947] along with many other viruses, which had never encountered humans because they were in a completely isolated ...
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Volvo Trucks unveils new VNL series

News Machinery - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 21:11

“The new Volvo VNL builds on our long-standing commitment to deliver the safest, most comfortable and most efficient long-haul truck on the market,” says Göran Nyberg, president of Volvo Trucks North America. “Infused with new innovations and technologies, we're proud to expand upon that commitment to our current and future customers with this new design.” Designers of the new Volvo VNL combined elements of Volvo's design language with dynamic new features. Swept back headlights include s...

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Caterpillar Inc. to Announce Second-Quarter 2017 Financial Results on July 25

News Machinery - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 20:00

 Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) will release second-quarter 2017 financial results at 6:30 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 25. The release will be available at  caterpillar.com/earnings  and the full text of the news release will also be available on PR Newswire at about 6:30 a.m. CDT. The news release will be furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) via a Current Report on Form 8-K in compliance with applicable SEC rules. Teleconference and webcast access: A real-time, l...

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New die making order: thyssenkrupp to supply production equipment to Chinese automaker

News Machinery - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 19:17

thyssenkrupp System Engineering has received an order from the Chinese automotive manufacturer SGMW for the manufacture and delivery of body stamping dies for a new vehicle generation. The contract value is in the double-digit million euro range. Under the contract thyssenkrupp will plan, design and manufacture tools for the production of exterior body parts, including fenders, doors and side panels, for the new SUV “CN300M”. Additionally, the two companies have concluded a joint agreement...

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Airbus A350-1000 successfully completes hot weather test at Al Ain airport

News Machinery - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 17:32

The A350-1000 test aircraft, MSN065, successfully completed the hot weather tests at the Al Ain International airport. The tests which took place from 4 to 7 July, involved the aircraft undergo extreme weather conditions at temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius. The objective of the tests is to check systems behaviour with a focus on the cabin, including cooling performance on ground. The aircraft successfully cleared all the set parameters demonstrating its maturity and readiness to oper...

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When the train conductor still whistled

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 17:00
Crowds bustling through light-filled halls, a lonely attendant’s hut standing in a field – this is the distant past of Swiss railway travel.  Punctual Swiss trains are a well-known cliché, and foreigners are often amazed at Swiss trains pulling in and out of stations bang on time. The Swiss Federal Railways is a bit of a national treasure for the Swiss. Although people like moaning from time to time about prices and packed trains, they are nevertheless proud of how their track infrastructure works.  The Federal Railways was founded in 1902 following the fusion and nationalisation of private railway lines. Today, the government is the majority shareholder in the Federal Railways.  A look through various photo archives uncovers some fascinating images from a time when travelling by train still meant excitement. The railway connected people in Switzerland's cities and small towns to the outside world.  Switzerland’s economic development is closely linked to the construction of the ...
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When the train conductor still whistled

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 17:00
Crowds bustling through light-filled halls, a lonely attendant’s hut standing in a field – this is the distant past of Swiss railway travel.  Punctual Swiss trains are a well-known cliché, and foreigners are often amazed at Swiss trains pulling in and out of stations bang on time. The Swiss Federal Railways is a bit of a national treasure for the Swiss. Although people like moaning from time to time about prices and packed trains, they are nevertheless proud of how their track infrastructure works.  The Federal Railways was founded in 1902 following the fusion and nationalisation of private railway lines. Today, the government is the majority shareholder in the Federal Railways.  A look through various photo archives uncovers some fascinating images from a time when travelling by train still meant excitement. The railway connected people in Switzerland's cities and small towns to the outside world.  Switzerland’s economic development is closely linked to the construction of the ...
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Pharma turns to big data to gauge care and pricing

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:31
Big pharma companies are turning to big data in an attempt to keep up with shifts in market demand. Swiss-based Novartis is no different. After many years building successful technology businesses, Jeremy Sohn never imagined that at 43 he would find himself on the payroll of a big pharmaceutical company. But 18 months ago he was appointed global head of digital business development and licensing at Swiss drugmaker Novartis. His appointment is evidence of how an industry, slow to respond to the disruption of digitisation, is grasping its importance as it confronts pricing pressures, ever-vaster quantities of patient data and more empowered consumers. Digitisation is changing the way pharma interacts with payers, doctors and patients, leading drugmakers to seek out different skills and personality traits in employees. Germany’s Merck last year appointed 30-year-old James Kugler as its first chief digital officer, with a degree in biomedical engineering and a tech background.
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Pharma turns to big data to gauge care and pricing

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 13:31
Big pharma companies are turning to big data in an attempt to keep up with shifts in market demand. Swiss-based Novartis is no different. After many years building successful technology businesses, Jeremy Sohn never imagined that at 43 he would find himself on the payroll of a big pharmaceutical company. But 18 months ago he was appointed global head of digital business development and licensing at Swiss drugmaker Novartis. His appointment is evidence of how an industry, slow to respond to the disruption of digitisation, is grasping its importance as it confronts pricing pressures, ever-vaster quantities of patient data and more empowered consumers. Digitisation is changing the way pharma interacts with payers, doctors and patients, leading drugmakers to seek out different skills and personality traits in employees. Germany’s Merck last year appointed 30-year-old James Kugler as its first chief digital officer, with a degree in biomedical engineering and a tech background.
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Switzerland’s 18 living ex-presidents: a political record

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:00
Germany has one, France and Britain both have four and the United States five. Switzerland, however, has 18 members of the “Living Former Presidents Society”. What does this record say about the country’s political stability and leadership?  Very little. It’s largely a trick question. Switzerland’s unique rotating one-year presidency can’t be compared with the head of government in any other country (the chancellor in Germany and prime minister in Britain).  Nevertheless, the recent announcement by Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter (president in 2014) that he would stand down in October is a chance to explain the quirks of the Swiss system. Did you know, for example, that the Swiss president never pays a state visit?  The Swiss president is neither the head of state nor the head of government. The seven-person cabinet, also known as the federal council, is considered a collective head of state and government. The president might be “primus inter pares” – the first among equals ...
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Switzerland’s 18 living ex-presidents: a political record

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:00
Germany has one, France and Britain both have four and the United States five. Switzerland, however, has 18 members of the “Living Former Presidents Society”. What does this record say about the country’s political stability and leadership?  Very little. It’s largely a trick question. Switzerland’s unique rotating one-year presidency can’t be compared with the head of government in any other country (the chancellor in Germany and prime minister in Britain).  Nevertheless, the recent announcement by Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter (president in 2014) that he would stand down in October is a chance to explain the quirks of the Swiss system. Did you know, for example, that the Swiss president never pays a state visit?  The Swiss president is neither the head of state nor the head of government. The seven-person cabinet, also known as the federal council, is considered a collective head of state and government. The president might be “primus inter pares” – the first among equals ...
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BLACK+DECKER™ Introduces New Cordless Inflator

News Machinery - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 17:05

The new BLACK+DECKER™ 20V MAX* Multi-Purpose Inflator is here in time for outdoor fun this summer! Whether you need to fill a soccer ball or a raft, the unit quickly inflates items so you waste no time getting started. Available summer 2017 at $59.99 MSRP, the cordless inflator features: - - - • 3 power sources (12VDC, 120VAC, 20V MAX* battery options) - • Digital gauge to view current pressure and set target pressure - • Automatic shutoff stops the unit once the desired pressure i...

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