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Cargo bikes: cheaper, faster, greener

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:56
Whether it’s dropping off kids at nursery or goods to customers, cargo bikes are increasingly seen whizzing around Swiss cities. This trend is the result of advances with e-bike technology – in Switzerland, riders need help with the many steep hills.  On the streets of Bern, cargo bikes are still the exception, but more and more people are using them. Sohan Lal, a former rickshaw driver from New Delhi, uses one to show tourists around the Swiss capital.  Andreas Tanner frequently chauffeurs his two-year-old son through Bern in the box at the front of his bicycle. A couple of months ago, instead of a second car he and his wife bought a cargo bike for CHF6,000 ($6,170). Since then they have notched up some 500 kilometres doing their shopping and, above all, taking his son to the nursery and then going on to work.  Compared with cars, cargo bikes are cheaper, better for the environment and zippier in city traffic – plus there’s hardly ever an issue with parking. Parents can keep ...
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Cargo bikes: cheaper, faster, greener

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:56
Whether it’s dropping off kids at nursery or goods to customers, cargo bikes are increasingly seen whizzing around Swiss cities. This trend is the result of advances with e-bike technology – in Switzerland, riders need help with the many steep hills.  On the streets of Bern, cargo bikes are still the exception, but more and more people are using them. Sohan Lal, a former rickshaw driver from New Delhi, uses one to show tourists around the Swiss capital.  Andreas Tanner frequently chauffeurs his two-year-old son through Bern in the box at the front of his bicycle. A couple of months ago, instead of a second car he and his wife bought a cargo bike for CHF6,000 ($6,170). Since then they have notched up some 500 kilometres doing their shopping and, above all, taking his son to the nursery and then going on to work.  Compared with cars, cargo bikes are cheaper, better for the environment and zippier in city traffic – plus there’s hardly ever an issue with parking. Parents can keep ...
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My plot of Swiss soil

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:00
Allotment gardens were once considered a symbol of the Swiss bourgeoisie, but times have changed. Meet some of today's gardeners.
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My plot of Swiss soil

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 11:00
Allotment gardens were once considered a symbol of the Swiss bourgeoisie, but times have changed. Meet some of today's gardeners.
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Bombardier's Chinese Joint Venture to Provide Propulsion and Control Equipment for Nanchang Metro

News Machinery - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 19:07

Rail technology leader Bombardier Transportation announced today that its Chinese joint venture Bombardier NUG Propulsion System Co. Ltd. (BNP) has signed two contracts with the Chinese New United Group (NUG) to provide BOMBADIER MITRAC propulsion and control equipment for Nanchang Metro Line 3 and the Line 2 Extension Project. Together, the two contracts are valued at approximately 204 million CNY ($30 million US, 26 million euro), with Bombardier Transportation's direct share in the...

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Caterpillar to Participate in Jefferies Industrials Conference on August 9; Webcast Available

News Machinery - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 15:47

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) Director of Investor Relations Amy Campbell will speak at the Jefferies Industrials Conference on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. She is scheduled to speak at 9:20 a.m. EDT. The presentation materials will be available at [url]http://www.caterpillar.com/en/investors/events-and-presentations.html[/url].     The event will be webcast in real-time and available to the public at  http://wsw.com/webcast/jeff107/cat Listeners should go to the website at least 30 minute...

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GE and ENGIE partner to deliver 119 MW wind farm in South Australia

News Machinery - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 14:16

GE Renewable Energy (NYSE:GE) today announced an agreement with ENGIE in Australia to supply and install 32 wind turbines at the Willogoleche Wind Farm in South Australia, 160km north of Adelaide. Upon completion in mid-2018, the 119 MW wind farm project will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 80,000 South Australian homes. With a power generation capacity of 112.7 GW, ENGIE is the largest independent electricity producer in the world, and already generates 20% of its energ...

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India’s domestic hair demand could cut short Hollywood ‘big wigs’

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:00
The shorn locks of Indian women are prized worldwide for high-end wigs and hair extensions, but growing domestic demand could mean shortages for Hollywood and Broadway.  “Indian hair is not straight like a wire. It has some life in it,” says Swiss wig maker Orlando Bassi, whose company makes high-quality, customised wigs for the entertainment industry. His creations have featured in movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 and Exodus, TV series such as Vikings, and Broadway musicals like Beauty and the Beast.  India is his biggest source of human hair but he says the country’s ideal combination of quantity, quality and price is now under threat. Earlier Indian women would wash their hair a couple of times a week and apply only coconut oil for extra shine. With globalisation and rising incomes they are increasingly resorting to shampoos and conditioners which have chemicals in them that affect the quality.  “The biggest problem is coloured hair as we cannot bleach it which ...
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India’s domestic hair demand could cut short Hollywood ‘big wigs’

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 11:00
The shorn locks of Indian women are prized worldwide for high-end wigs and hair extensions, but growing domestic demand could mean shortages for Hollywood and Broadway.  “Indian hair is not straight like a wire. It has some life in it,” says Swiss wig maker Orlando Bassi, whose company makes high-quality, customised wigs for the entertainment industry. His creations have featured in movies like Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 and Exodus, TV series such as Vikings, and Broadway musicals like Beauty and the Beast.  India is his biggest source of human hair but he says the country’s ideal combination of quantity, quality and price is now under threat. Earlier Indian women would wash their hair a couple of times a week and apply only coconut oil for extra shine. With globalisation and rising incomes they are increasingly resorting to shampoos and conditioners which have chemicals in them that affect the quality.  “The biggest problem is coloured hair as we cannot bleach it which ...
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Indian hair, film festivals and garden plots

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 12:00
​​​​​​​ Here's a selection of the stories we will be bringing you in the upcoming week. Monday Availability, quality and price make Indian hair the ideal choice for wig makers worldwide, including one based in Switzerland. But changes in grooming habits among Indian women are threatening the steady supply. Monday Thousands of film fans are descending on canton Ticino this week for the 70th Locarno Film Festival, which is held every year on the shores of Lake Maggiore. On Monday, we’ll have a video featuring Marco Solari, who has presided over the festival for the last 17 years, as he reminisces about the event’s rich past and discusses its promising future. Tuesday Swiss “Schrebergärten” are little urban plots of land that are just as much for relaxation, recreation and socialising as they are for growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. Join us on a photographic tour this Tuesday featuring the gardens of Vito from Italy, Birsen from Turkey, and Vaz from Portugal.
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Lukas Habersaat: an award-winning business model in Bangkok

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 11:00
Lukas Habersaat, a long-term resident in Thailand, has received official recognition for developing a pioneering business model in Bangkok’s entertainment district. He has lived with his partner in Bangkok for 20 years, and wants to stay. For Lukas Habersaat of Winterthur, it was no chance decision to initially train as a chef. His interest in cooking was awakened at an early age. And during the first years of his career in the hospitality industry, he continued studying – first at a business school, then, in the late 1980s, specialising in tourism at the school of hospitality in Lausanne. Picking up foreign languages and improving his grasp of them was important to Habersaat. He perfected his French and English, before also learning conversational Italian and Spanish. With those skills, he figured he was equipped with the know-how he needed to risk a leap into unknown foreign territory. Bangkok via Hong Kong At the age of 27, he wound up more-or-less by chance in Hong Kong.
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Lukas Habersaat: an award-winning business model in Bangkok

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 08/06/2017 - 11:00
Lukas Habersaat, a long-term resident in Thailand, has received official recognition for developing a pioneering business model in Bangkok’s entertainment district. He has lived with his partner in Bangkok for 20 years, and wants to stay. For Lukas Habersaat of Winterthur, it was no chance decision to initially train as a chef. His interest in cooking was awakened at an early age. And during the first years of his career in the hospitality industry, he continued studying – first at a business school, then, in the late 1980s, specialising in tourism at the school of hospitality in Lausanne. Picking up foreign languages and improving his grasp of them was important to Habersaat. He perfected his French and English, before also learning conversational Italian and Spanish. With those skills, he figured he was equipped with the know-how he needed to risk a leap into unknown foreign territory. Bangkok via Hong Kong At the age of 27, he wound up more-or-less by chance in Hong Kong.
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Turning Switzerland’s tiniest municipality into a hotel

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 16:00
The picturesque village of Corippo in Ticino’s Verzasca Valley is officially Switzerland’s smallest municipality, boasting 14 permanent residents and historic architecture. To secure its future a foundation now wants to turn the tiny rural village into an albergo diffuso or ‘scattered hotel’. Its first guest room should be ready in spring 2018.  “The traditional houses with their stone roofs have remained pretty much unchanged since the beginning of the 20th century and they are surrounded by a countryside which is largely untouched," explains Fabio Giacomazzi, an architect and president of the Corippo Foundation 1975.  The mountain village of Corippo, situated near Locarno in the Italian-speaking part of southern Switzerland, once had 300 inhabitants. But over the past two centuries, it has been slowly abandoned by the younger generation. By 1975, local farming had almost died out. Today, only 14 people live in the village.  The local authorities have fought hard to try to stop ...
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Turning Switzerland’s tiniest municipality into a hotel

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 16:00
The picturesque village of Corippo in Ticino’s Verzasca Valley is officially Switzerland’s smallest municipality, boasting 14 permanent residents and historic architecture. To secure its future a foundation now wants to turn the tiny rural village into an albergo diffuso or ‘scattered hotel’. Its first guest room should be ready in spring 2018.  “The traditional houses with their stone roofs have remained pretty much unchanged since the beginning of the 20th century and they are surrounded by a countryside which is largely untouched," explains Fabio Giacomazzi, an architect and president of the Corippo Foundation 1975.  The mountain village of Corippo, situated near Locarno in the Italian-speaking part of southern Switzerland, once had 300 inhabitants. But over the past two centuries, it has been slowly abandoned by the younger generation. By 1975, local farming had almost died out. Today, only 14 people live in the village.  The local authorities have fought hard to try to stop ...
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‘We want concrete over our heads’

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 11:00
​​​​​​​ Swiss historian Jost Auf der Maur has written a book 'Die Schweiz unter Tag' about underground Switzerland. His journey took him from beautiful drinking-water reservoirs to the negative consequences of power politics and gives a new perspective on Switzerland.  Luzerner Zeitung: What fascinates you about underground Switzerland? Jost Auf der Maur: This realm beneath Switzerland is a significant size, and I’m interested in our country and its history. Without its expensive underground infrastructure, Switzerland definitely wouldn’t function. So anyone who wants to know Switzerland must also investigate below the surface.  Luzerner Zeitung: How did you experience underground Switzerland? What can you see there? J.A.d.M.: The smell of underground Switzerland isn’t the same everywhere: each train travelling through a tunnel smells different. The odour inside the earth is not generally inviting. It’s damp and dank. The architecture is prosaic; it has to counter the ...
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‘We want concrete over our heads’

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 08/05/2017 - 11:00
​​​​​​​ Swiss historian Jost Auf der Maur has written a book 'Die Schweiz unter Tag' about underground Switzerland. His journey took him from beautiful drinking-water reservoirs to the negative consequences of power politics and gives a new perspective on Switzerland.  Luzerner Zeitung: What fascinates you about underground Switzerland? Jost Auf der Maur: This realm beneath Switzerland is a significant size, and I’m interested in our country and its history. Without its expensive underground infrastructure, Switzerland definitely wouldn’t function. So anyone who wants to know Switzerland must also investigate below the surface.  Luzerner Zeitung: How did you experience underground Switzerland? What can you see there? J.A.d.M.: The smell of underground Switzerland isn’t the same everywhere: each train travelling through a tunnel smells different. The odour inside the earth is not generally inviting. It’s damp and dank. The architecture is prosaic; it has to counter the ...
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Trickle from Swissie glacier is turning into a torrent

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 17:59
The euro crisis is over and all is well in the world. Just ask Thomas Jordan. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) chief finally has reasons to be cheerful now that his stubbornly strong currency is sliding, and at quite a pace. The decline comes two-and-a-half years after the SNB stunned markets by allowing the once tightly controlled franc to rocket higher - an event noted in currency market folklore as one of the few occasions when traders were lost for (printable) words.  SNB officials have spent the period since then moaning about the strength of the franc. To try to help it along, the central bank has also amassed foreign currency reserves of CHF694 billion ($717 billion) - roughly the same size as the entire Swiss economy. Hey presto, the tide has turned at last.  Are investors finally following instructions? Not likely. It is all about the euro getting its mojo back, with politics (merci, Monsieur Macron) and general market sentiment all pulling in the same direction. The ...
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Trickle from Swissie glacier is turning into a torrent

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 17:59
The euro crisis is over and all is well in the world. Just ask Thomas Jordan. The Swiss National Bank (SNB) chief finally has reasons to be cheerful now that his stubbornly strong currency is sliding, and at quite a pace. The decline comes two-and-a-half years after the SNB stunned markets by allowing the once tightly controlled franc to rocket higher - an event noted in currency market folklore as one of the few occasions when traders were lost for (printable) words.  SNB officials have spent the period since then moaning about the strength of the franc. To try to help it along, the central bank has also amassed foreign currency reserves of CHF694 billion ($717 billion) - roughly the same size as the entire Swiss economy. Hey presto, the tide has turned at last.  Are investors finally following instructions? Not likely. It is all about the euro getting its mojo back, with politics (merci, Monsieur Macron) and general market sentiment all pulling in the same direction. The ...
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Bombardier Honours the Memory of Jacques Daoust

News Machinery - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 15:02

With the recent passing of Mr. Jacques Daoust, Bombardier remembers a man dedicated to the development of the Québec economy, notably as President and Chief Executive Officer of Investissement Québec, Minister of Economy, Innovation and Exports, and Minister of Transportation. “Our first thoughts go to Mr. Daoust's family and loved ones to whom we convey our deepest condolences,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “Throughout his life, Jacques Dao...

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The business of secrecy has become even more lucrative, says whistleblower

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 12:02
Swiss whistleblower Rudolf Elmer tells Indian publication The Wire that tax evasion is still common despite international pressure to share banking information. He blames the ease of setting up complex corporate structures where the beneficial owner is not known. The Wire (TW): It’s been 15 years since you left Julius Bär and since then we’ve seen more whistleblowers, leaking greater amounts of data on illicit global financial flows. But we’ve also seen some international cooperation over cracking down on tax evasion. How much  have things changed? Rudolf Elmer (RE): Well, the question is have things really changed? It looks like to the man on the street that there is a lot of change going on in favour of the public over the last 15 years. In my view, generally speaking, yes there is a lot of talk. But actually not that much has changed, to be crystal clear. At the moment it appears that Swiss bank secrecy is gone. But as a matter of fact it still exists and is applied strictly ...
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