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'Fake news', therapy animals and binational heartbreak

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/26/2018 - 12:00
Here are some of the stories we'll be following the week of August 27: Monday  From “fake news” to the loss of readers and advertisers, the list of challenges facing the media sector is long and daunting. Enter the new Initiative for Media Innovation, which wants to find novel ways to help outlets thrive in the digital age. Tuesday Old-age homes have a reputation for being dull, clinical and devoid of charm. We visit one that tries to buck the trend by hosting residents of the furry and feathered kind as a way to help provide therapy to those who need it.  Wednesday Marriage between Swiss nationals and foreigners is on the rise. We look at what happens when the attraction fades. Are binational couples more likely to divorce?   Thursday We continue on the nostalgia trail using tips from our readers to dig up Swiss cultural relics. This time we resurrect Saturday school, a singing bus driver, chimney sweeps and a well-travelled blue-coloured ...
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World’s steepest funicular puts Stoos back on the tourist map

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/26/2018 - 11:00
Straight up to the top of the mountain: the Stoos funicular railway gives you the steepest ascent of its kind in the world. For the little Alpine village in central Switzerland, it has meant a comeback as an international tourist destination.  The elderly Japanese couple seem lost. He keeps looking at the timetables posted for public transport. Train, bus or boat? She looks around, bewildered, as if seeking inspiration. With their boots and trekking poles the pair are equipped for Alpine hiking. But here in the little railway station of Brunnen in Canton Schwyz on the banks of Lake Lucerne, they seem completely disoriented.  I try to help them: "Stoos?". No reaction. "Railway?". Nothing. Then I stretch out my fingers and curve my hand, to indicate a steep incline: "World record?". "Yes, yes!", they chorus. Lack of any real common language ends further discussion. One thing is clear, however: the tourists want to try the steepest funicular railway in the world. Featured ...
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World’s steepest funicular puts Stoos back on the tourist map

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/26/2018 - 11:00
Straight up to the top of the mountain: the Stoos funicular railway gives you the steepest ascent of its kind in the world. For the little Alpine village in central Switzerland, it has meant a comeback as an international tourist destination.  The elderly Japanese couple seem lost. He keeps looking at the timetables posted for public transport. Train, bus or boat? She looks around, bewildered, as if seeking inspiration. With their boots and trekking poles the pair are equipped for Alpine hiking. But here in the little railway station of Brunnen in Canton Schwyz on the banks of Lake Lucerne, they seem completely disoriented.  I try to help them: "Stoos?". No reaction. "Railway?". Nothing. Then I stretch out my fingers and curve my hand, to indicate a steep incline: "World record?". "Yes, yes!", they chorus. Lack of any real common language ends further discussion. One thing is clear, however: the tourists want to try the steepest funicular railway in the world. Featured ...
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Bridge safety and banking success

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 16:00
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. Sunday 40 An estimated 1% of Switzerland's bridges - around 40 structures in total - are in a critical condition, the transport ministry says. But the state of the Swiss road network, including tunnels, is generally good. The transport ministry published the information in response to the collapse of a motorway bridge in neighbouring Italy.    Monday 38 A government advisory committee has called for the introduction of a 38-week parental leave. The proposal comes as parliament is about to tackle plans for paternity leave. Currently, only mothers benefit from 14-week statutory maternity leave. Tuesday 1,450 A famous restaurant perched under a cliff at 1,450 metres (4,800 feet) above sea level in the eastern Swiss Alps is looking for new managers. The couple running ...
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Bridge safety and banking success

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 16:00
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. Sunday 40 An estimated 1% of Switzerland's bridges - around 40 structures in total - are in a critical condition, the transport ministry says. But the state of the Swiss road network, including tunnels, is generally good. The transport ministry published the information in response to the collapse of a motorway bridge in neighbouring Italy.    Monday 38 A government advisory committee has called for the introduction of a 38-week parental leave. The proposal comes as parliament is about to tackle plans for paternity leave. Currently, only mothers benefit from 14-week statutory maternity leave. Tuesday 1,450 A famous restaurant perched under a cliff at 1,450 metres (4,800 feet) above sea level in the eastern Swiss Alps is looking for new managers. The couple running ...
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Last chance to see Szeemann's obsessions

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 15:00
Harald Szeemann was kicked out of Bern in 1969 after his controversial final exhibition as director of the city's Kunsthalle. His groundbreaking work is once again being highlighted in Bern. Szeemann's (1933-2005) departure was a big artistic loss for the city. Bern would never manage to attract the European and international artistic avant-garde that flocked into town during Szeemann's time.  For the curator, though, it marked just the beginning of a prolific international career, becoming practically, "a synonymous with the advent of globalism in contemporary art", according to the leaflet accompanying the Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions exhibition, currently on display in Szeemann's original 'laboratory', the Kunsthalle Bern.  After Bern, he would wreak artistic havoc in various cities, taking charge of some of the most important international art fixtures, such as the documenta in Kassel and the Venice Biennale.   His legacy cannot be overstated: as one of the most ...
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Last chance to see Szeemann's obsessions

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 15:00
Harald Szeemann was kicked out of Bern in 1969 after his controversial final exhibition as director of the city's Kunsthalle. His groundbreaking work is once again being highlighted in Bern. Szeemann's (1933-2005) departure was a big artistic loss for the city. Bern would never manage to attract the European and international artistic avant-garde that flocked into town during Szeemann's time.  For the curator, though, it marked just the beginning of a prolific international career, becoming practically, "a synonymous with the advent of globalism in contemporary art", according to the leaflet accompanying the Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions exhibition, currently on display in Szeemann's original 'laboratory', the Kunsthalle Bern.  After Bern, he would wreak artistic havoc in various cities, taking charge of some of the most important international art fixtures, such as the documenta in Kassel and the Venice Biennale.   His legacy cannot be overstated: as one of the most ...
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Setting sail in landlocked Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 11:00
In 1834 two entrepreneurs started to operate steam boats on Lake Zurich.  Little did they know that nearly two centuries later, passengers would still be queuing up to feel the wind in their hair as they jetted out onto the water aboard one of the lake’s boats. The boom years for lake transport came in the 1960s, as the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich’s archives show, with three new vessels being commissioned. The ‘Helvetia’, launched in 1964, was the flagship of Lake Zurich and 50 years on still retains its status. Its capacity was 1,500  — today, due to changes to the laws for safety, it has dropped to 1,000. In 1968, the Lake Zurich Navigation Company was operating a fleet of 15 motor vessels and two paddle steamers. People flocked to get on board to make short visits to neighbouring villages or spend an evening dancing on the decks in style. Growth and decline Although the capacity of the ships has declined, locals and tourists still enjoy taking boat trips on ...
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Setting sail in landlocked Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/25/2018 - 11:00
In 1834 two entrepreneurs started to operate steam boats on Lake Zurich.  Little did they know that nearly two centuries later, passengers would still be queuing up to feel the wind in their hair as they jetted out onto the water aboard one of the lake’s boats. The boom years for lake transport came in the 1960s, as the Federal Institute of Technology Zurich’s archives show, with three new vessels being commissioned. The ‘Helvetia’, launched in 1964, was the flagship of Lake Zurich and 50 years on still retains its status. Its capacity was 1,500  — today, due to changes to the laws for safety, it has dropped to 1,000. In 1968, the Lake Zurich Navigation Company was operating a fleet of 15 motor vessels and two paddle steamers. People flocked to get on board to make short visits to neighbouring villages or spend an evening dancing on the decks in style. Growth and decline Although the capacity of the ships has declined, locals and tourists still enjoy taking boat trips on ...
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