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Can ‘Old Age Security 2020’ guarantee pensions?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:00
Faced with an aging population, reduced economic growth and low interest rates, the government and a parliamentary majority are calling for a sweeping reform of the old age social security system to ensure that pensions can still be paid for in years to come. Here are the basic elements of the package “Old Age Security 2020”, which will go to a nationwide vote on September 24. It is undoubtedly one of the most important reform projects to be put to a nationwide vote in many years. Especially because it concerns the whole population: almost all residents – Swiss or foreigners, young or old, working or not, rich or poor – have a right to old age security benefits. But also because of the huge amounts of money involved: assets of CHF800 billion ($825 billion) are deposited in employee pension funds alone. The goal of the reform is to guarantee funding for the social programmes – and thus pension incomes – on into the future, despite heavy pressure in the coming decades. The main ...
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Can ‘Old Age Security 2020’ guarantee pensions?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:00
Faced with an aging population, reduced economic growth and low interest rates, the government and a parliamentary majority are calling for a sweeping reform of the old age social security system to ensure that pensions can still be paid for in years to come. Here are the basic elements of the package “Old Age Security 2020”, which will go to a nationwide vote on September 24. It is undoubtedly one of the most important reform projects to be put to a nationwide vote in many years. Especially because it concerns the whole population: almost all residents – Swiss or foreigners, young or old, working or not, rich or poor – have a right to old age security benefits. But also because of the huge amounts of money involved: assets of CHF800 billion ($825 billion) are deposited in employee pension funds alone. The goal of the reform is to guarantee funding for the social programmes – and thus pension incomes – on into the future, despite heavy pressure in the coming decades. The main ...
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&Y01 Wins First “Red Dot Award: Design Concept” Further Leading Global Design Competiti

News Machinery - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:23

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (hereafter “Yamaha Motor”) and Yamaha Corporation (hereafter “Yamaha”) are proud to announce that the &Y01 electrically power-assisted wheelchair that performs music designed in collaboration by the two companies has received the internationally-prestigious “Red Dot Award: Design Concept.” - In addition to marking the third design award received by the &Y01 - following on from the “Good Design Award 2016” and “iF Design Award 2017” - this is the first receipt of the “...

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How a Polish envoy to Bern saved hundreds of Jews

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 17:00
Aleksander Ładoś, a Polish envoy to Bern during the Second World War, saved hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust with help from Jewish associations active in Switzerland and the United States.  It’s 1942. Some 340,000 Jews live in the Warsaw Ghetto. After the Wannsee Conference in January, the machinery of the Holocaust is set in motion. By July, Germans will begin clearing the Ghetto. Only Jews with foreign passports issued by a neutral country or the United States can enjoy a fragile calm. Germans leave them alone since they may still prove useful should there ever be a need to trade them for German citizens held captive abroad.  In the Swiss capital of Bern, which knows of the war mainly from newspaper reports, a network emerged of Polish embassy staff and leaders of orthodox Jewish associations.  This article is based on an original investigation by journalists from the Polish newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. swissinfo.ch has not verified the contents.  Members included ...
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How a Polish envoy to Bern saved hundreds of Jews

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 17:00
Aleksander Ładoś, a Polish envoy to Bern during the Second World War, saved hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust with help from Jewish associations active in Switzerland and the United States.  It’s 1942. Some 340,000 Jews live in the Warsaw Ghetto. After the Wannsee Conference in January, the machinery of the Holocaust is set in motion. By July, Germans will begin clearing the Ghetto. Only Jews with foreign passports issued by a neutral country or the United States can enjoy a fragile calm. Germans leave them alone since they may still prove useful should there ever be a need to trade them for German citizens held captive abroad.  In the Swiss capital of Bern, which knows of the war mainly from newspaper reports, a network emerged of Polish embassy staff and leaders of orthodox Jewish associations.  This article is based on an original investigation by journalists from the Polish newspaper Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. swissinfo.ch has not verified the contents.  Members included ...
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Can Swiss data help catch climate cheaters?

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 14:51
Swiss scientists recording greenhouse gas emissions from the Jungfraujoch Alpine station are working to have their data recognised by those enforcing the Paris climate agreement, especially since they have sometimes recorded higher emissions than reported by individual countries.  The Swiss monitoring station, located at the highest point in Europe reachable by train, is one of just three worldwide that can monitor greenhouse gases over a region spanning several countries. Ireland and Australia are home to the only other such stations in the world.  Stefan Reimann is one of the scientists from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) gathering data at Jungfraujoch. He says the station can reliably monitor emissions from Switzerland, France, Italy and Germany, depending on wind patterns.  “The same is done in Ireland – they can see England and France very well and we can often combine our data to get an overall [European] picture,” he says.
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Can Swiss data help catch climate cheaters?

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 14:51
Swiss scientists recording greenhouse gas emissions from the Jungfraujoch Alpine station are working to have their data recognised by those enforcing the Paris climate agreement, especially since they have sometimes recorded higher emissions than reported by individual countries.  The Swiss monitoring station, located at the highest point in Europe reachable by train, is one of just three worldwide that can monitor greenhouse gases over a region spanning several countries. Ireland and Australia are home to the only other such stations in the world.  Stefan Reimann is one of the scientists from the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA) gathering data at Jungfraujoch. He says the station can reliably monitor emissions from Switzerland, France, Italy and Germany, depending on wind patterns.  “The same is done in Ireland – they can see England and France very well and we can often combine our data to get an overall [European] picture,” he says.
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The Song of Scorpions comes with a sting in the tail

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:40
Making its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, The Song of Scorpions, a Swiss-French-Singaporean co-production starring Irrfan Khan, gives audiences a taste of the sometimes poisonous relationship between men and women in patriarchal India.  Directed by Geneva resident Anup Singh, it will have pride of place at Switzerland’s most famous film festival on Wednesday evening, being shown at the Piazza Grande outdoor screening area. The wet weather may put off some, but in the film’s setting – the arid plains and dunes of Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer desert – there’s not a drop of rain in sight.  At first glance, the film could be mistaken for a tourism promotional campaign for “Incredible India”: miles of endless desert, quaint hamlets among the dunes, camel herders with not a care in the world, village women in colourful attire, and traditions and superstitions that showcase the “innocence” of local folk.  But the twisted love story between camel herder Aadam (played by Khan, ...
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The Song of Scorpions comes with a sting in the tail

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:40
Making its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival, The Song of Scorpions, a Swiss-French-Singaporean co-production starring Irrfan Khan, gives audiences a taste of the sometimes poisonous relationship between men and women in patriarchal India.  Directed by Geneva resident Anup Singh, it will have pride of place at Switzerland’s most famous film festival on Wednesday evening, being shown at the Piazza Grande outdoor screening area. The wet weather may put off some, but in the film’s setting – the arid plains and dunes of Rajasthan’s Jaisalmer desert – there’s not a drop of rain in sight.  At first glance, the film could be mistaken for a tourism promotional campaign for “Incredible India”: miles of endless desert, quaint hamlets among the dunes, camel herders with not a care in the world, village women in colourful attire, and traditions and superstitions that showcase the “innocence” of local folk.  But the twisted love story between camel herder Aadam (played by Khan, ...
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Swiss border towns to combat ‘shopping tourism’

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:00
Many Swiss consumers shop in nearby towns on the other side of the border to avoid high prices at home. Now, Swiss border towns want to form an alliance to put an end to the practice of "shopping tourism". We paid a visit to the Swiss town of Kreuzlingen to find out more. We are at the border between Kreuzlingen (Switzerland) and Constance (Germany) on a Friday afternoon in July. Konstanzerstrasse, the road crossing the border, is normally heavily congested, but today is quiet. The locals say it’s because of the holidays. “At the moment, there are surprisingly few cars,” says Andreas Netzle, the mayor of the town. “On Fridays and Saturdays, this road is usually completely packed.” Constance, Waldshut, Rheinfelden, Lörrach, Weil am Rhein: these towns sound like music to the ears of many Swiss bargain hunters, offering prices they can only dream about back home. According to Netzle, the agreement on the free movement of people, signed with the European Union (EU) in 2002, was ...
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‘Journey is destination’ for mountaineering plans of AS sufferer

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:00
As someone with an incurable autoimmune disease, Judith Safford explains the lengths she has been going to keep a crippling illness at bay while preparing to climb several of Switzerland’s highest peaks. In a first article Judith talked about being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, and her battle to carry on living life to the fullest despite the disease. I will soon begin a 5-day tour in the Monte Rosa mountain massif located between canton Valais in Switzerland and Italy’s Piedmont and Aosta valley. It includes some of the wildest glaciers in Europe, the highest mountain in Switzerland (Dufourspitze) and the twin mountains Castor and Pollux, which I always wanted to climb because my zodiac sign is Gemini.  It amounts to more than a dozen peaks over 4,000m. What is Ankylosing Spondylitis? Ankylosing Spondylitis or AS for short (known as Morbus Bechterew in German and French) is a painful inflammatory stiffening of the spinal column for which there is no known cure.
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Swiss border towns to combat ‘shopping tourism’

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:00
Many Swiss consumers shop in nearby towns on the other side of the border to avoid high prices at home. Now, Swiss border towns want to form an alliance to put an end to the practice of "shopping tourism". We paid a visit to the Swiss town of Kreuzlingen to find out more. We are at the border between Kreuzlingen (Switzerland) and Constance (Germany) on a Friday afternoon in July. Konstanzerstrasse, the road crossing the border, is normally heavily congested, but today is quiet. The locals say it’s because of the holidays. “At the moment, there are surprisingly few cars,” says Andreas Netzle, the mayor of the town. “On Fridays and Saturdays, this road is usually completely packed.” Constance, Waldshut, Rheinfelden, Lörrach, Weil am Rhein: these towns sound like music to the ears of many Swiss bargain hunters, offering prices they can only dream about back home. According to Netzle, the agreement on the free movement of people, signed with the European Union (EU) in 2002, was ...
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‘Journey is destination’ for mountaineering plans of AS sufferer

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 11:00
As someone with an incurable autoimmune disease, Judith Safford explains the lengths she has been going to keep a crippling illness at bay while preparing to climb several of Switzerland’s highest peaks. In a first article Judith talked about being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis, and her battle to carry on living life to the fullest despite the disease. I will soon begin a 5-day tour in the Monte Rosa mountain massif located between canton Valais in Switzerland and Italy’s Piedmont and Aosta valley. It includes some of the wildest glaciers in Europe, the highest mountain in Switzerland (Dufourspitze) and the twin mountains Castor and Pollux, which I always wanted to climb because my zodiac sign is Gemini.  It amounts to more than a dozen peaks over 4,000m. What is Ankylosing Spondylitis? Ankylosing Spondylitis or AS for short (known as Morbus Bechterew in German and French) is a painful inflammatory stiffening of the spinal column for which there is no known cure.
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The man who spent CHF9,999 on a whisky

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 16:48
Do you glance at the price when ordering a glass of whisky in Switzerland? Zhang Wei does not. He recently made headlines when he spent CHF9,999 ($10,290) on a Macallan 1878 – although rumours are now circulating that it’s a fake. Authenticity aside, what type of person would spend so much on so little?  “Drank some whisky and am at the top of a search engine – very surprised,” wrote Zhang on his Weibo account last week after news got out of his eyebrow-raising purchase at the Waldhaus am See hotel near the Swiss resort of St Moritz.  It turns out that Zhang, who writes under the name Tang Jia San Shao, is China’s highest-paid online author – and just can’t say no to a Macallan.  “I was in Switzerland and saw a 100-year-old whisky. I didn’t spend long weighing up whether to get it,” he continued. “In a nutshell, it tasted good. I was drinking not so much the whisky but a lot of history.”  Zhang, born in 1981, specialises in martial arts fantasy writing known as wuxia and has ...
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The man who spent CHF9,999 on a whisky

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 16:48
Do you glance at the price when ordering a glass of whisky in Switzerland? Zhang Wei does not. He recently made headlines when he spent CHF9,999 ($10,290) on a Macallan 1878 – although rumours are now circulating that it’s a fake. Authenticity aside, what type of person would spend so much on so little?  “Drank some whisky and am at the top of a search engine – very surprised,” wrote Zhang on his Weibo account last week after news got out of his eyebrow-raising purchase at the Waldhaus am See hotel near the Swiss resort of St Moritz.  It turns out that Zhang, who writes under the name Tang Jia San Shao, is China’s highest-paid online author – and just can’t say no to a Macallan.  “I was in Switzerland and saw a 100-year-old whisky. I didn’t spend long weighing up whether to get it,” he continued. “In a nutshell, it tasted good. I was drinking not so much the whisky but a lot of history.”  Zhang, born in 1981, specialises in martial arts fantasy writing known as wuxia and has ...
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Classical music gets personal in Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 15:18
From a “pianist in a box” to an overnight performance with listeners in bed, Swiss classical music audiences are being introduced to new concepts. In Davos, a pianist recently performed in a glass enclosure which only one person could enter at a time to enjoy the music. Others could watch – but not hear – from outside. Perhaps the world’s smallest concert hall, this mini venue was a symbolic act against an ongoing trend where cities from London to Geneva to Hamburg are competing to build the newest and best concert hall. The so-called “One musician – one guest – one premiere” event was part of the 32nd edition of the Young Artists in Concert Festival, where 80 of the most promising musicians from all over the world are invited to the eastern Swiss town for two weeks to perform and network. And over the weekend, German composer and pianist Max Richter gave an eight-hour overnight performance of his album “Sleep” at a venue near Zurich where members of the audience lay in ...
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Classical music gets personal in Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 15:18
From a “pianist in a box” to an overnight performance with listeners in bed, Swiss classical music audiences are being introduced to new concepts. In Davos, a pianist recently performed in a glass enclosure which only one person could enter at a time to enjoy the music. Others could watch – but not hear – from outside. Perhaps the world’s smallest concert hall, this mini venue was a symbolic act against an ongoing trend where cities from London to Geneva to Hamburg are competing to build the newest and best concert hall. The so-called “One musician – one guest – one premiere” event was part of the 32nd edition of the Young Artists in Concert Festival, where 80 of the most promising musicians from all over the world are invited to the eastern Swiss town for two weeks to perform and network. And over the weekend, German composer and pianist Max Richter gave an eight-hour overnight performance of his album “Sleep” at a venue near Zurich where members of the audience lay in ...
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57 multiple-unit regional trains from Siemens for Deutsche Bahn

News Machinery - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 13:01

Siemens will deliver 57 Mireo trainsets to DB Regio AG, the local transport arm of Deutsche Bahn. Following the product's launch in the summer of 2016, this is the second order for Siemens' new regional and commuter train platform. The Mireos will serve the Rhine-Neckar S-Bahn (regional suburban rail network). The trains will be built at the company's factory in Krefeld, Germany. In Germany alone by 2030, around six to ten million people who live in urban areas will travel by rail daily....

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Sunshield Layers Fully Integrated on NASA's James Webb Space Telescope

News Machinery - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:44

Designed by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems in Redondo Beach, California, the sunshield layers work together to reduce the temperatures between the hot and cold sides of the observatory by approximately 570 degrees Fahrenheit. Each successive layer of the sunshield, which is made of Kapton, is cooler than the one below. “This is a huge milestone for the Webb telescope as we prepare for launch,” said Jim Flynn, Webb sunshield manager, Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. “The groundbreak...

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Mazda Announces Long-Term Vision for Technology Development, 'Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030'

News Machinery - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 12:06

Mazda Motor Corporation today announced “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030,” a new long-term vision for technology development that looks ahead to the year 2030. As part of the new technology to achieve this vision, the company disclosed plans to introduce a next-generation engine called SKYACTIV-X in 2019. SKYACTIV-X will be the world's first commercial gasoline engine to use compression ignition.1 Under the original “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” vision announced in 2007, the company has striven to o...

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