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Bilingual teaching kicks off in secondary schools

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:05
Bilingual education is becoming more popular in Swiss schools, with German and French being used interchangeably in some subjects such as maths and history. The city of Biel/Bienne in canton Bern was a pioneer in bilingual teaching, probably because 60% of its inhabitants speak German, and 40%, French. In 2010, the city started a pilot bilingual programme in its primary schools that was considered so successful that has now been transferred to the first year of secondary school. As the new term gets underway, six new bilingual classes are envisioned at the former grammar school in Alpenstrasse, funded jointly by the city and the canton. In Neuchâtel, where 600 pupils are taught in both languages, there has been a bilingual programme since 2011. The canton started off with 4 classes in its schools. Now there are 30. The canton of Fribourg also offers bilingual classes in some of its schools. At one school, an attempt to start a bilingual programme was put on ice due to a lack of ...
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Bilingual teaching kicks off in secondary schools

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 10:05
Bilingual education is becoming more popular in Swiss schools, with German and French being used interchangeably in some subjects such as maths and history. The city of Biel/Bienne in canton Bern was a pioneer in bilingual teaching, probably because 60% of its inhabitants speak German, and 40%, French. In 2010, the city started a pilot bilingual programme in its primary schools that was considered so successful that has now been transferred to the first year of secondary school. As the new term gets underway, six new bilingual classes are envisioned at the former grammar school in Alpenstrasse, funded jointly by the city and the canton. In Neuchâtel, where 600 pupils are taught in both languages, there has been a bilingual programme since 2011. The canton started off with 4 classes in its schools. Now there are 30. The canton of Fribourg also offers bilingual classes in some of its schools. At one school, an attempt to start a bilingual programme was put on ice due to a lack of ...
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Whatever happened to: Saturday morning school?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 07:56
We asked you to get nostalgic and send in memories of anyone or anything that reminded you of Switzerland – and you didn’t let us down. Here are some of the best posts, with responses.  This is a follow-up to an article, published on Swiss National Day, which included the stars of the most successful Swiss film ever, a sticky Fribourg tart and Swatch’s Twin Phone (warning: contains very big 1980s hair).  So, whatever happened to…?  Until around 20 years ago, Swiss pupils had to go to school every day of the week apart from Sunday. Legally, they got two afternoons off (on Wednesdays and Saturdays), but at the end of the 1970s some people started pushing for a five-day week, i.e. moving the Saturday morning shift to Wednesday afternoon.  Arguments in favour included longer weekends for everyone (pupils and teachers); arguments against included timetable headaches for schools, which also worried about losing optional subjects and free-time activities. Some parents also quite ...
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Whatever happened to: Saturday morning school?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 07:56
We asked you to get nostalgic and send in memories of anyone or anything that reminded you of Switzerland – and you didn’t let us down. Here are some of the best posts, with responses.  This is a follow-up to an article, published on Swiss National Day, which included the stars of the most successful Swiss film ever, a sticky Fribourg tart and Swatch’s Twin Phone (warning: contains very big 1980s hair).  So, whatever happened to…?  Until around 20 years ago, Swiss pupils had to go to school every day of the week apart from Sunday. Legally, they got two afternoons off (on Wednesdays and Saturdays), but at the end of the 1970s some people started pushing for a five-day week, i.e. moving the Saturday morning shift to Wednesday afternoon.  Arguments in favour included longer weekends for everyone (pupils and teachers); arguments against included timetable headaches for schools, which also worried about losing optional subjects and free-time activities. Some parents also quite ...
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Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and MHPS Sign Collaboration Framework Agreement with CHI Dalian on Manufacturing and Marketing of Rectangular SOx Scrubbers

News Machinery - Thu, 08/30/2018 - 01:21

Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. (Mitsubishi Shipbuilding) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) signed a collaboration framework agreement with COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry (Dalian) Co., Ltd. (CHI Dalian) - one of group companies of COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (CHI), a state-owned Chinese shipbuilder based in Shanghai - on manufacturing and marketing rectangular sulfur-oxide (SOx) scrubbers. The scrubber which was developed by those two MHI Group companies featur...

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‘50-50 chance’ of Swiss-EU framework deal before end of year

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:00
Swiss business lawyer Jean Russotto sees a ‘50-50 chance’ for Switzerland and the European Union to reach a deal in the coming months to formalise ties – currently stalled – which could then unlock sticking problems like the ‘equivalence’ of the Swiss and European stock exchanges.  “I know the negotiations. If we put the negotiators from both sides in a room for two days, the whole thing can be sorted out as we already have the projects. When we are under pressure - and we are - we do good things. But to do so, we need the will,” Russotto told swissinfo.ch.  The Swiss lawyer has been based in Brussels since 1972, closely following relations between non-member Switzerland and the EU and advising various parties.  Since 2014, talks have been taking place to formalise relations between the two sides, now covered by around 100 separate accords. The so-called framework agreement being discussed covers five of the larger bilateral deals: free movement of persons, mutual recognition on ...
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‘50-50 chance’ of Swiss-EU framework deal before end of year

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 17:00
Swiss business lawyer Jean Russotto sees a ‘50-50 chance’ for Switzerland and the European Union to reach a deal in the coming months to formalise ties – currently stalled – which could then unlock sticking problems like the ‘equivalence’ of the Swiss and European stock exchanges.  “I know the negotiations. If we put the negotiators from both sides in a room for two days, the whole thing can be sorted out as we already have the projects. When we are under pressure - and we are - we do good things. But to do so, we need the will,” Russotto told swissinfo.ch.  The Swiss lawyer has been based in Brussels since 1972, closely following relations between non-member Switzerland and the EU and advising various parties.  Since 2014, talks have been taking place to formalise relations between the two sides, now covered by around 100 separate accords. The so-called framework agreement being discussed covers five of the larger bilateral deals: free movement of persons, mutual recognition on ...
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When divorce spells big headaches for binational couples

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 11:00
While mixed marriages are on the rise in Switzerland, they are not immune to divorce. Are the stakes of failure higher for binational couples? swissinfo.ch put the question to readers and experts. “You can come from the south pole and the north pole and love each other to bits, or be born in the same palace and want to shoot each other,” wrote one reader in Italian. Testimonies swissinfo.ch has not verified the individual testimonies included in this article. The success or failure of a relationship, many seem to agree, hinges more on the personality than the nationality of the partners: in particular, how a couple communicates and handles conflict. Culture and mentality can play a role but it is not the only factor. In the past three decades, binational marriages have tripled in Switzerland, with 15,100 documented in 2016, making 36.3 percent of all marriages. On average, more than a third of unions end in divorce, although in some cantons the divorce rate is closer to 50%. A ...
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An evening apéro on the road to citizenship

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 11:00
The conditions and red tape around the process of applying for Swiss citizenship lead some to see it as an onerous task. One swissinfo.ch reader explains how a recent citizenship information evening in Basel made him think differently about it. Earlier this year, my family and I became eligible to apply for Swiss citizenship. The moment came six months sooner than I expected, due to the reduction of the residency requirement from 12 to ten years, a change that became effective on January 1st this year. We were notified of all this by an invitation to a presentation outlining the naturalization process, to be given by a member of the Basel City Council. The meeting was scheduled for 7pm on a Wednesday evening in early May, and while I was pretty sure that I knew how the process worked, I decided to attend anyway. It seemed a good opportunity to gather in a cosy setting with twenty or thirty other newly-eligible immigrants. However, this idea of an intimate, quasi-personal ...
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When divorce spells big headaches for binational couples

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 11:00
While mixed marriages are on the rise in Switzerland, they are not immune to divorce. Are the stakes of failure higher for binational couples? swissinfo.ch put the question to readers and experts. “You can come from the south pole and the north pole and love each other to bits, or be born in the same palace and want to shoot each other,” wrote one reader in Italian. Testimonies swissinfo.ch has not verified the individual testimonies included in this article. The success or failure of a relationship, many seem to agree, hinges more on the personality than the nationality of the partners: in particular, how a couple communicates and handles conflict. Culture and mentality can play a role but it is not the only factor. In the past three decades, binational marriages have tripled in Switzerland, with 15,100 documented in 2016, making 36.3 percent of all marriages. On average, more than a third of unions end in divorce, although in some cantons the divorce rate is closer to 50%. A ...
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An evening apéro on the road to citizenship

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/29/2018 - 11:00
The conditions and red tape around the process of applying for Swiss citizenship lead some to see it as an onerous task. One swissinfo.ch reader explains how a recent citizenship information evening in Basel made him think differently about it. Earlier this year, my family and I became eligible to apply for Swiss citizenship. The moment came six months sooner than I expected, due to the reduction of the residency requirement from 12 to ten years, a change that became effective on January 1st this year. We were notified of all this by an invitation to a presentation outlining the naturalization process, to be given by a member of the Basel City Council. The meeting was scheduled for 7pm on a Wednesday evening in early May, and while I was pretty sure that I knew how the process worked, I decided to attend anyway. It seemed a good opportunity to gather in a cosy setting with twenty or thirty other newly-eligible immigrants. However, this idea of an intimate, quasi-personal ...
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Switzerland-Lebanon: what they have in common

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 15:46
Lebanon is often compared with Switzerland. swissinfo.ch asked the current Swiss ambassador in Beirut to explain why that is and why the Alpine nation is so popular in Lebanon. Switzerland and Lebanon have traditionally maintained good relations and have intensified ties of late, as seen by this week's visit to Lebanon by Swiss President Alain Berset. Monika Schmutz Kirgöz, Swiss Ambassador to Lebanon, explains what connects the two countries, and what it's like to be a woman in a male-dominated country. swissinfo.ch: Can you describe the state of relations between Switzerland and Lebanon? Monika Schmutz Kirgöz: We have very close relations and Switzerland is extremely active in Lebanon. Especially in the cultural field - sometimes Lebanese and foreign colleagues tell me that Switzerland is culturally even hyperactive. But we also have projects in the area of school improvements, the advancement of women or, for example, water supply in the Bekaa. Switzerland, also a ...
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Switzerland-Lebanon: what they have in common

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 15:46
Lebanon is often compared with Switzerland. swissinfo.ch asked the current Swiss ambassador in Beirut to explain why that is and why the Alpine nation is so popular in Lebanon. Switzerland and Lebanon have traditionally maintained good relations and have intensified ties of late, as seen by this week's visit to Lebanon by Swiss President Alain Berset. Monika Schmutz Kirgöz, Swiss Ambassador to Lebanon, explains what connects the two countries, and what it's like to be a woman in a male-dominated country. swissinfo.ch: Can you describe the state of relations between Switzerland and Lebanon? Monika Schmutz Kirgöz: We have very close relations and Switzerland is extremely active in Lebanon. Especially in the cultural field - sometimes Lebanese and foreign colleagues tell me that Switzerland is culturally even hyperactive. But we also have projects in the area of school improvements, the advancement of women or, for example, water supply in the Bekaa. Switzerland, also a ...
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How animals enliven a Swiss senior home

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:00
At a Swiss home for seniors, animals boost fitness, jog memories, and facilitate conversation among residents.  Tucked into a kink of the river it’s named after, the Reusspark senior living facility in Niederwil is about a half-hour drive from Zurich. Flanked by an old convent and surrounded by farmland, it’s a peaceful retreat for residents as well as visitors. For the past 20 years, animals have also been an attraction – originally in the form of a small zoo with European animals.  As the menagerie grew, so did the need for keepers and better housing for the feathered and furry friends. In 2016, the management decided to expand its offer to include animal-assisted therapy – something that nations like the United States, Germany and Austria have been doing for decades.  “Our program is still in its infancy,” says Stefanie Wendler, the director of therapy at Reusspark, noting that their activities mainly involve small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens.  The ...
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Why we need the WTO

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:00
Global trade is under threat. Whether or not you call the current situation a trade war, certainly the first shots have been fired. This calls for our attention, and most importantly, our action. World Trade Organization (WTO) data show a marked escalation of trade restrictive-measures over the last six months. A number of import-facilitating measures were also recorded during the same period, but crucially the value of trade covered by these measures is falling, whereas the coverage of the restrictive measures is rising rapidly. Restrictive measures can include tariffs, quotas and stricter customs regulations.  The situation is extremely serious. Reciprocal trade restrictions cannot be the new normal. A continued escalation would risk a major economic impact, threatening jobs and growth in all countries, hitting the poorest the hardest.  There is a responsibility on the whole international community to help resolve these issues. I have been consulting with governments and ...
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How animals enliven a Swiss senior home

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:00
At a Swiss home for seniors, animals boost fitness, jog memories, and facilitate conversation among residents.  Tucked into a kink of the river it’s named after, the Reusspark senior living facility in Niederwil is about a half-hour drive from Zurich. Flanked by an old convent and surrounded by farmland, it’s a peaceful retreat for residents as well as visitors. For the past 20 years, animals have also been an attraction – originally in the form of a small zoo with European animals.  As the menagerie grew, so did the need for keepers and better housing for the feathered and furry friends. In 2016, the management decided to expand its offer to include animal-assisted therapy – something that nations like the United States, Germany and Austria have been doing for decades.  “Our program is still in its infancy,” says Stefanie Wendler, the director of therapy at Reusspark, noting that their activities mainly involve small animals like rabbits, guinea pigs and chickens.  The ...
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Why we need the WTO

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:00
Global trade is under threat. Whether or not you call the current situation a trade war, certainly the first shots have been fired. This calls for our attention, and most importantly, our action. World Trade Organization (WTO) data show a marked escalation of trade restrictive-measures over the last six months. A number of import-facilitating measures were also recorded during the same period, but crucially the value of trade covered by these measures is falling, whereas the coverage of the restrictive measures is rising rapidly. Restrictive measures can include tariffs, quotas and stricter customs regulations.  The situation is extremely serious. Reciprocal trade restrictions cannot be the new normal. A continued escalation would risk a major economic impact, threatening jobs and growth in all countries, hitting the poorest the hardest.  There is a responsibility on the whole international community to help resolve these issues. I have been consulting with governments and ...
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Politicians react to shocking attacks on women

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 17:00
Six women were the victims of violent crimes committed by men in Geneva and Zurich in August. The crimes have sent shock waves shuddering through social media channels, newspapers and the world of politics – starting in a Geneva nightclub and reaching the seat of government in Bern. The viral #metoo campaign brought the issue of violence against women to the Swiss public at the end of 2017. Social media has made the Swiss people aware of the problem. In the early hours of August 8, a group of men attacked a woman at a night spot. Four other women who tried to help the victim were also brutally attacked. All five were taken to hospital, two with serious injuries.  The Geneva public prosecutor has identified the assailants. They come from France, but they are still at large. Eyewitnesses describe them as being of north African origin.  On August 12, as nearly a million people took part in Zurich’s Street Parade, a woman was brutally attacked. Eventually, two men came to her aid, ...
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From government advisor to naturopath

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 17:00
Many people change their professions when they move to Switzerland from another country. It can be because their qualifications are not recognised, or because it’s a good moment to try something new. Lisa Allansson was once an economic advisor to the Australian government. Now she's a naturopath, working in canton Fribourg. This is how she changed her career.  After graduating with a degree in economics, Lisa worked in Queensland's Department of Environment and Heritage, and then the cabinet office, where she advised the future Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd. During her time as a government policy advisor, she also studied natural medicine at night school, never intending to practice it.  Lisa was frustrated by her failure to make a significant impact on environmental policies. She told swissinfo.ch, "I really felt I was selling my soul". She left her job to take up a voluntary post in a Greek bird sanctuary. When her money ran out, she went to London with the idea of working as ...
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Politicians react to shocking attacks on women

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 08/27/2018 - 17:00
Six women were the victims of violent crimes committed by men in Geneva and Zurich in August. The crimes have sent shock waves shuddering through social media channels, newspapers and the world of politics – starting in a Geneva nightclub and reaching the seat of government in Bern. The viral #metoo campaign brought the issue of violence against women to the Swiss public at the end of 2017. Social media has made the Swiss people aware of the problem. In the early hours of August 8, a group of men attacked a woman at a night spot. Four other women who tried to help the victim were also brutally attacked. All five were taken to hospital, two with serious injuries.  The Geneva public prosecutor has identified the assailants. They come from France, but they are still at large. Eyewitnesses describe them as being of north African origin.  On August 12, as nearly a million people took part in Zurich’s Street Parade, a woman was brutally attacked. Eventually, two men came to her aid, ...
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