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Sex film complaints and Zurich foreigners' raw deal

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 12/30/2018 - 13:00
Here are some of the stories we’ll bring you the week that ends 2018 and begins 2019. Monday From complaints about sex films and stilettos (unconnected) to a management discussion in 1995 about whether the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation, swissinfo.ch’s parent company, should use the internet, we take a look at some of the stranger internal memos from the SBC's archives. Tuesday Good news, bad news? It's in the eye of the beholder. We'll let you know what new laws are coming into force from January 1. The young and old may be happy with some of the changes, but not taxpayers or foreign residents. Wednesday & Thursday Decision-making, politically speaking, may move at a glacial pace in Switzerland, but that doesn't make it boring. Over two days, we'll provide a forecast of the issues likely to top the agenda in 2019: EU relations - it's not only the UK which needs a deal with Brussels, corporate tax reform, spiraling health insurance costs, and - this one a certainty ...
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Through the Swiss president's eyes

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 12:00
Alain Berset ends his 12-month term as Swiss president at the end of 2018. Over the past year, he has been accompanied by the Fribourg photographer Nicolas Brodard, who has captured Berset’s unique viewpoint while in office.  This year, Berset may be remembered by many for the photo of him seated on the New York sidewalk outside the United Nations headquarters reading his notes for the 73rd UN General Assembly. The down-to-earth image of Berset, became a global talking point on social media.   Brodard took a different approach. He was interested in Berset's official job as president, not so much the individual. In each shot, he tried to point the camera in such a way as to mirror Berset’s view.   His presidential perspective reveals a range of images, from his closest staff and “fans” to members of the press. Brodard’s work will be published in February in a book entitled "Conseiller fédéral" [Cabinet member] by Till Schaap Edition.  Who is Alain Berset? Berset (born in ...
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How your personal banking can be tailored to fit your lifestyle

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 18:00
A new breed of digital financial services firm is lowering costs for high street bank account holders. Among them is a Swiss start-up called YAPEAL that also promises to transform the way people manage their finances and interact with their bank. Zurich-based YAPEAL wants its customers to help build their bank of choice from the ground up by outlining exactly what services they would like. To this end, it is building up a community of so-called “Yapsters” to play a hands-on role in the bank’s creation.  This might include accounts for children that parents can switch on and off at a swipe or robo-advisory services for checking accounts. “If you see a nice piece of furniture in a shop window or a new TV, your app can tell you if it’s a good decision to buy or whether you are best off putting some more money in your pension,” says co-founder Andy Waar. Other suggested services are an intelligent app that tunes in to the lifestyle and habits of users or a feature to easily split ...
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World-first autonomous trains deployed at Rio Tinto's iron ore operations

News Machinery - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 17:39

Rio Tinto has successfully deployed AutoHaul™, establishing the world's largest robot and first automated heavy-haul, long distance rail network. Since completing the first loaded run in July, Rio Tinto has steadily increased the number of autonomous journeys across its world-class iron ore operations in Western Australia in a controlled and safe manner, with over 1 million kilometres now travelled autonomously. Rio Tinto Iron Ore managing director Rail, Port & Core Services Ivan Vella s...

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2018 as seen by Swiss cartoonists

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:00
Hot summers, European Union-Swiss talks and Donald Trump. Here is a selection of the people and events inside and outside Switzerland that caught the attention of Swiss political cartoonists this year. Each year since 2008, Bern's Museum for Communication has exhibited the cartoons of around 50 artists who work mostly for Switzerland's main newspapers. The current exhibition runs until February 10, 2019. The best cartoon of the year, decided by visitors, will receive a prize.
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Train-spotting and people-watching at five major stations

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 15:00
Switzerland is known worldwide for its very dense and well-organised railway network, which more than a million travellers use per day. One hub is the main railway station in Zurich. Around a third of all commuters in Switzerland depend on public transport to get to work. Longer sections are often tackled by train. On the Swiss Federal Railways network alone, there are around 10,600 trains a day. In addition, the entire 5,000-kilometre-long railway network of all national and regional train companies is almost completely electrified. Project ‘The Sounds of...’ swissinfo.ch and its partners have collaborated to bring you soundscapes and images of similar places in each of our countries. The videos from Radio Canada International, Radio Poland, Radio Praha and Radio Romania International provide a chance to tour the train stations of their countries. Zurich main station is the largest train station in Switzerland and one of the busiest in the world. It is the most important hub ...
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2018 in figures – from Federer to a flaming snowman

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:00
Almost every article published by swissinfo.ch contains a percentage, an age, an amount of money or some other figure. Here are 12 of the most interesting statistics to appear in 2018.  January 20 What a score! Swiss tennis player Roger Federer won his 20th grand slam title, extending his record, when he lifted the Australian Open trophy for the sixth time. He returned to the top of the rankings in February, aged 36, and ended the year world No. 3. February 80 It was exactly 80 – or otganta – years ago that Romansh became the fourth Swiss national language, after 92% of Swiss voters gave it the thumbs up. On the anniversary of that vote, Switzerland’s Romansh lobby called to broaden the official territory of the language. 2018 also saw the release of the world’s first professional feature film in Romansh.  March 71.6 In a nationwide vote watched around the world, almost three-quarters of Swiss voters (71.6%) rejected a proposal to scrap the mandatory licence fee for ...
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The Great Swiss climbing tour: bolting your way up

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:00
What is sport climbing all about? And where are the most beautiful spots in Switzerland to reach new heights, hanging on by your fingernails? Follow professional German climber Pirmin Bertle in this exclusive swissinfo.ch series as he journeys in his van through Switzerland's natural wonders; discovering where you can climb hard, or simply take a deep breath and reconnect with nature.  In this episode, Pirmin explains what bolting in climbing is all about on the backdrop of the beautiful Gastlosen ridge. But first he shows us the amazing Still Water Forest ('Stillwasserwald'), tells the story of a devilish encounter, and becomes an audience of one for an alphorn player. Bertle has been living in Fribourg, Switzerland for ten years. One of the top sport rock climbers in the world, he's bolted and climbed two of the hardest routes in the country, "La Céne du Lézard" in Jansegg and "Meiose" in Charmey, both in canton Fribourg. 
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New cash bonus for babies born south of the Swiss Alps

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 09:58
In an effort to boost the local birthrate, the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland is introducing a CHF3,000 ($3,032) bonus for having a child. Starting in 2019, canton Ticino in southern Switzerland will offer the premium to parents of newborn or newly-adopted children. To be eligible, the family can’t earn more than CHF110,000 per year. “Having children should be a joy, not a burden,” says Paolo Beltraminelli, the director of Ticino’s health and welfare department. With more deaths (3,230) than births (2,774) in 2017, Ticino also had the lowest birthrate among the 26 Swiss cantons: 7.8 births per 1,000 residents. In comparison, the rate was 11.6 in Appenzell Inner Rhodes, followed closely by cantons Zurich (11.4) and Geneva (11.1), as reported by the Swiss statistics office. “Recent projections show that in 2040, one third of the population will be retired. It is crucial to maintain a certain equilibrium throughout the generations,” Beltraminelli told swissinfo.ch. “There is ...
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Energy highs and lows

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:00
For some people, 2018 was energising, but others found the summer heat very draining. Here’s our look back at the past 365 days, using some of the year’s most powerful images. We had the Sun’s energy in abundance this year: summer was hot, long and very dry. Water levels in Swiss lakes and rivers got low. The heat caused water temperatures to rise and resulted in an even more intense melting of Alpine glaciers. But the heatwave also increased mineral water and beer profits. Open-air swimming pools were full to bursting with people seeking to beat the heat. Mountain regions benefited too as people enjoyed the cooler temperatures of the mountain lakes and gorges. Heat at the ballot boxes The year was marked by heated vote campaigns, such as for the proposal to abolish the mandatory licence fee for Swiss public broadcasters or the “Swiss law first” initiative, both of which did not get through at the ballot box (the licence fee proposal was rejected by 71.6% voters in spring and ...
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The Swiss dog that conquers hearts

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 12/25/2018 - 12:00
The Saint Bernard, featured in everything from Christmas cards to glass-blown ornaments, is a giant bundle of joy and a year-round symbol of Switzerland. We visited the Barry Foundation to sneak in some cuddles and find out directly from owners and experts what it is like to have one as a pet. You asked us your questions about Saint Bernards. Here are (some of) the answers. Origins – why Barry and why the barrel? “Barry is the original,” explains Manuela Lanz on the sidelines of a workshop with dog owners at the Barry Foundation in Martigny. “He is the dog who saved 40 people from avalanches on the Great Saint Bernard pass. He is a Swiss symbol. Barry saved so many people. That’s why today he is the national Swiss dog. Everybody knows him.” Some readers wanted to know what is in the barrel. That, she says, is a secret – code for nobody really knows. Some people speculate that the original Barry carried schnapps to help revive people swept up in avalanches; others assume it was ...
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ANDRITZ to Supply Process Technology for Fiberline Modernization to Iggesund Paperboard, Sweden

News Machinery - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 21:02

The technology supplied by ANDRITZ will substantially contribute towards reducing emissions further and result in environmentally friendly, high-quality pulp production. ANDRITZ's scope of supply encompasses: - - - • Modernization of the brownstock washing process, including a new multi-stage DD-Washer with compact layout - • A new oxygen delignification stage for optimizing the kappa level to achieve highest possible yield and minimum chemical consumption - • Relocation of the existing sc...

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A nod to Switzerland in an American icon

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 18:00
For one American family, no car looms larger than one from a company created by a Swiss: the Corvair. You don’t see them often these days, but every time I spot one I burst with glee. I’m no car guy but Corvairs are different. These trophies of America’s love affair with automobiles remind me of my earliest days and of my most formative years. In a who-knew kind of way, they also remind me of the Swiss. The Corvair was one of the world’s first compact, economy cars with an air-cooled engine in the rear that emitted a delightful, throaty purr as its pistons and valves roared to life. It had two, heavy doors, four buggy headlights and a flared, pleasing beltline that made it look far more sporty than it was. You could take the key out of the ignition while the car was running and switch between low and high beams by mashing a button on the floor. The rear windows rolled up not horizontally but in the quarter-circle arc of a catapult firing into the wind. But the quirks that made ...
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Waste not, want not is motto of Swiss food charity

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:00
Switzerland can afford to throw away a lot of food - two million tons to be precise, each year. But 7.5% of the population in the wealthy country live below the poverty line, and can't afford a good meal. A project wants to change that by redistributing the food. The project, Schweizer Tafel, based on the American concept, City Harvest, and similar efforts in Germany, addresses the imbalance. Surplus food from supermarkets that is past its date of sale is collected and distributed to homeless shelters, street kitchens, emergency shelters and other relief organisations. It amounts to 16 tons of food each day. The project was founded in 2001 in the Swiss capital, Bern.
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‘The police closed us down within an hour!’

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 18:00
I can’t be the only British expat to have moaned about the lack of good brunches and burgers in Switzerland. Nor can I be the only expat to have considered writing a novel. I’m certainly not the only one to have done nothing about either. Richard Williams, on the other hand, is a doer.  The 43-year-old from Wales moved to Switzerland in 2004 and has not only opened a successful burger chain, a brunch café, a diner and a gastropub, he has also just published his first novel, Mostyn Thomas and the Big Rave.  I meet Lausanne-based Williams in Bern to discuss the book – a crime thriller set in the early 1990s, featuring Welsh farmers, ravers and debt collectors – but soon find myself explaining my grail-like quest for a decent Swiss burger.  “That was me ten years ago!” Williams says. But instead of complaining, in 2009 Williams and his English-Swiss wife founded the Holy Cow burger chain in Lausanne, which now comprises 15 restaurants throughout Switzerland (burgers pictured above).
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Cute dogs, iconic cars and a new breed of bank

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 13:00
Here are the stories we’ll be following the week of December 24, 2018. Monday Waste not, want not: a Swiss charity takes food past its sell by date from supermarkets and redistributes it to homeless shelters, street kitchens and other organisations in need. Our photo-reportage for this holiday season. Also on Monday: we learn about one American family’s love affair with the Chevrolet Corvair, a car made by a company created by a Swiss. Tuesday The Saint Bernard, featured in everything from Christmas cards to glass-blown ornaments, is a giant bundle of joy and a year-round symbol of Switzerland. We visit the Barry Foundation to sneak in some cuddles and find out directly from owners and experts what it is like to have one as a pet. Wednesday Energy highs and lows: for some people, 2018 was energising, but others found the summer heat draining. Our gallery features a look back at the past 365 days, using some of the year’s most powerful images. Friday A new ...
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UN migration pact: A hard landing for ‘soft law’

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 12:00
The uproar caused by the UN migration pact may have been largely political, but it also raises questions about the legitimacy of informal international agreements. For a non-binding document that looks more like a gentlemen’s agreement than a Faustian bargain, the UN’s Global Compact for Migration (approved in Marrakesh on December 10 by 164 countries) caused a surprising furore. The US backed out, after having been one of the instigators in the first place. The Swiss parliament, piqued about its perceived under-consultation, demanded the final say on the pact, forcing the government to postpone signing. In Belgium, street protests and coalition divisions brought down the government and the prime minister. Clearly the disproportionate opposition is more due to the hot political potato of migration than the concrete impact of the compact’s 23 objectives (as well as non-binding, they are far from revolutionary). Fears around migration are simmering, more and more people are ...
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Brexit, Trump and e-voting

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 18:00
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. Monday 6 The European Commission offered the Swiss stock exchange access to its markets for another six months. This allows Switzerland to hold a consultation process on a proposed “framework agreement” treaty to govern future ties between the two parties.  Tuesday 3,000 This is the number of politicians, business leaders and representatives of science, culture and civil society who attend the World Economic Forum’s annual showpiece in Davos every year. US President Donald Trump confirmed he would be among their number for a second year in a row. Wednesday 300 More than 300 successful trials on e-voting have been carried out in Switzerland over the past 14 years. This has persuaded the government to draft a bill to make digital voting a permanent feature ...
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A Christmas clinic where the patients are parcels

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 12/22/2018 - 12:00
Christmas is the busiest time of year for packages, but sometimes they get damaged, and Swiss Post has a special clinic to take care of them.  Swiss Post has a lot to do in the run-up to Christmas. In December, up to one million parcels a day are processed in its sorting centres. Each individual package passes through one of the parcel centres before it ends up under the Christmas tree. At the Härkingen parcel centre in canton Solothurn, the parcels are delivered by truck and transported on a conveyor belt to the sorting hall.
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BorgWarner Races on with INDYCAR, Extending its Agreement to be the Official Turbocharger Partner of the IndyCar Series Through the 2020 Season

News Machinery - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 20:57

BorgWarner and INDYCAR announced that BorgWarner will continue to be the Official Turbocharger Partner of the IndyCar Series with its Engineered for Racing (EFR) turbocharger, through the 2020 season. BorgWarner's innovative engineering and materials expertise are race proven, with more than 1.25 million trouble-free miles since 2012, on high-speed oval tracks, road courses, street courses and short oval tracks. “BorgWarner is honored to continue its partnership with INDYCAR and the IndyC...

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