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'In the summer I have everybody's armpits at eye level'

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 13:46
"True Talk" puts people in front of the camera who are fighting prejudice or discrimination. They answer questions that nobody would normally dare to ask directly.  Markus Hofmann finds himself having to constantly explain that as a person of small stature, you’re not physically impaired and as such, you can still basically do any job. Despite having a height of 146cm, he wouldn’t want to be even an inch taller. However, this has not always been the case. The 41-year-old actor had to learn the hard way to accept his height and stand up for himself. Today he is even convinced that his size brings as many advantages as disadvantages.
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Switzerland regrets US move to quit human rights body

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 11:26
The Swiss government has reacted with disappointment to the United States’ decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council, defending the Geneva-based forum’s “key role” and “tangible impact”.  “Switzerland regrets the decision of the United States to withdraw from the Human Rights Council, which it sees as a core body in the promotion and protection of human rights as a whole,” the Swiss foreign ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.  The Swiss ministry said it remained committed to the 47-member forum, which has a "tangible impact on the ground, in particular by deploying fact-finding missions and commissions of inquiry into situations of concern”.  After much speculation, the US confirmed on Tuesday that it was pulling out of the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, calling it “hypocritical and self-serving” with chronic bias against Israel and lacking reform.  “Switzerland is convinced that the active engagement of the United States in the work of the ...
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Behind closed doors: where refugees call home in Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 07:45
There are 68.5 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide as a result of war, and natural or man-made disasters. Photographer Yvain Genevay’s photos show what temporary shelters look like for the small number of them who reach Switzerland. People seeking asylum in Switzerland may stay in the country while awaiting a decision from the authorities on whether their application has been successful. They receive temporary accommodation where they will stay during the first three months of their application. According to the State Secretariat for Migration, there were 18,088 applications for asylum in Switzerland at the end of 2017 and 6,360 people were granted asylum. Every asylum seeker arriving in Switzerland receives an N-Permit, proof that they have applied for asylum and are awaiting a result. A first impression In these pictures, Genevay makes a political comment about what some of Switzerland’s asylum seekers might see when confronted with their temporary housing for the ...
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GE and Vattenfall Debut World's First Upgrade with Additive Manufactured Components to GT13E Gas Turbines

News Machinery - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:17

- - • New Upgrade Continues GE's Investments in Its Power Services business - • New MXL2 with Additive Manufactured Performance Upgrade to Boost the Power and Efficiency of Existing GT13E2 Gas Turbines - • Breakthrough   Technology  Can Help Power Producers Achieve up to $3 Million of Additional Revenue per Year and Save up to $2 Million in Fuel Annually - • Launch Customer Vattenfall Europe Wärme AG to Implement Upgrade at the Heizkraftwerk Berlin-Mitte Power Plant in Germany's Capit...

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Can research tame the excesses of the blockchain revolution?

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 17:00
The cryptocurrency craze has attracted hundreds of millions of francs in crowdfunding cash to Switzerland, often based on the flimsiest of concepts. The Crypto Valley Association (CVA) is banking on research to lay a more solid foundation for the industry in Switzerland. To this end, CVA has invited academics and researchers from around the world to rub shoulders with entrepreneurs at a three-day blockchain conference to be held in Zug this week. Switzerland’s appetite for blockchain needs a more balanced diet than speculation and fanciful notions, according to Alexander Denzler, head of blockchain research at Lucerne’s University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). Research can add healthier, and more palatable, ingredients to the mix. There is a big need for a conference that focuses on technology rather than marketing for start-ups,” he told swissinfo.ch. “The blockchain hype of the last few years has resulted in a lot of heads being lost up in the clouds. We need to ...
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What to do when your friend talks about suicide

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 14:22
In Switzerland a young adult commits suicide about every three days. An innovative prevention campaign wants to encourage young people to seek help. (SRF, swissinfo.ch) One evening, an 18-year-old man receives a phone call from a friend who is upset over a girl and says he wants to kill himself. He passes the phone to his father who is successful at calming the friend down. This true story is one of the vignettes in a new suicide prevention campaign launched by Pro Juventute, a charitable foundation, supporting the rights and needs of children and youth. The campaign, “Talk, listen and get help” is also supported by the Swiss Federal Railways. The online campaign encourages young people to speak up to their friends. It presents  five first-hand stories to convince teenagers to address the subject of suicide when confronted with it. The campaign includes an app that recognises posters placed throughout Switzerland and redirects users to a website with the personal stories. It ...
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Experiments made in Zurich defy museum conventions

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:00
An eclectic selection of objects is on show on the ground floor of Hamburg’s Museum of Applied Arts (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe - MKG).  Among the discoveries in the exhibition “Mobile Worlds” are a Congolese figurine of a white missionary; a plaster model of an eighth-century Syrian sculpture of a goddess; a pile of rubber tyres; a beautifully painted pair of Indian doors; a football signed by Pele; and a collection of tsubas, Samurai sword mountings. Contemporary art rubs shoulders with ancient artefacts. Asian porcelain is juxtaposed with modern European fashion, Kurdish activists, and images of African hair art. Roger Buergel, the guest curator of the show (together with Sophia Prinz), likes to mix things up. “Mobile Worlds” is the result of curatorial experiments Buergel and Prinz have been carrying out in the Johann Jacobs Museum in Zurich since Buergel took the challenge, in 2013, to revamp the old “Coffee Museum” set up originally in the mid-1980s by the ...
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TerraSpeed Supreme: New thermal coating impresses at Hamburger Austria and Mondi

News Machinery - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:59

- - • Thermal coating for better stability and excellent sheet release - • Longer service life and fewer web breaks - • More than 15 successful installations - - - TerraSpeed roll coatings from Voith have been used successfully for many years. The product range now has a new addition – TerraSpeed Supreme, featuring new and impressive design parameters that give the coating outstanding performance values. TerraSpeed Supreme is already being used successfully in more than 15 installatio...

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Fluke Process Instruments Introduces ThermoView TV40 for Industrial Thermal Imaging Applications

News Machinery - Tue, 06/19/2018 - 05:29

Fluke® Process Instruments today announced the ThermoView® TV40, a high-performance industrial thermal imager designed for the most challenging environmental conditions. Supported by intuitive and powerful analysis software, the new thermal imager provides a fully integrated solution for temperature control, monitoring and data archiving to ensure process traceability and product quality. - - Backed by 150 years of industrial application experience, the ThermoView offering consists of the...

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GE Power Announces New Achievements by HA Gas Turbine and Services Upgrades

News Machinery - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:07

GE Power (NYSE: GE) today announced a growing list of accomplishments by its industry-leading HA gas turbine and its services portfolio—including the 26th  HA in commercial operation and the new MXL2 with Additive Manufactured Performance upgrade for the GT13E2 turbine. These accomplishments reiterate GE Power's unique position to help gas power producers efficiently and profitably meet the growing demand for electricity. According to the International Energy Agency,  world energy demand...

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What politicians can learn from Swiss cows

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 16:29
My favorite was number 73. She had a certain dignity about her. When potential intruders approached her space, she gave off an aura of invincibility causing them to walk away. When potential enemies came too close, she chased them off with a simple flick of the neck. Those familiar to her stayed nearby, confident that if they were threatened she would come to their defence. There was no question; number 73 was a natural leader. When the Hérens breed of cows are put out to pasture in the mountains after the snow has disappeared, fights break out. Enclosed in a giant field, separated by ropes and painted with numbers according to their owners, the cows are initially kept in closures, pawing at the ground and bellowing for a fight. When the barriers are brought down at an exact Swiss time, the groups begin to separate, and then all hell breaks loose.  Inalpe is a special tradition in the canton of Valais. An organized version is often shown live on television with cows fighting ...
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Video games addiction recognised as mental health problem

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:16
Gaming disorder – addiction to playing video games – has been officially listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a mental health condition. In Switzerland, there are around 70,000 “problematic” internet users – a stable number for the past five years that includes hardcore gamers.  The Geneva-based UN health agency on Monday released the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases (ICD) which now includes the condition gaming disorder. The ICD is used by practitioners worldwide to diagnose health conditions.  The WHO describes gaming disorder as a pattern of behaviour which is so severe that playing video games “takes precedence over other interests and daily activities”.   The health agency says studies suggest that gaming disorder affects only 2-3% of people who engage in digital- or video-gaming activities. But it warns that people who enjoy video games “should be alert to the amount of time they spend on gaming activities, particularly when it is to ...
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Refugees and locals learn to live together in Swiss town

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 11:00
If you check a map, you might think that Bex - pronounced without the X - is just a sleepy Swiss town known mostly for its salt mines. Look a little closer and you will see an African shop in the centre of town and faces of many colours on the street. This small town was one of the first places in the region to have an asylum-seekers’ centre - since 1982 - and some 33% of its 7,731 population are foreign, which is above the national average. So does it hold some lessons for elsewhere in terms of living together? “I have nothing against refugees, but we are a small town and many have been imposed on us when towns along the Lake [Geneva] don’t want them,” says one elderly resident who has lived in Bex all her life and preferred not to be named. “It’s too much. Sometimes when you step out on the streets, you wouldn’t even think you are in Switzerland.  We are at the bottom of the canton, it’s like we are the dustbin.” Coming by train from Lausanne, you reach Bex after glittering ...
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Metso receives major valve orders for more than 8,000 valves in China

News Machinery - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 10:38

Metso has received two valve orders totaling 8,200 valves from major pulp and paper customers in China. The orders are booked in Metso's first quarter 2018 orders received. "We have strong pulp and paper industry expertise and flow control solutions optimized for our customers' process needs. We are honored to be the trusted provider for reliable solutions and further, enable efficiency and accuracy. For our customers, only world-class flow control is good enough," says Tan HangPheng, VP...

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‘Fans’ Embassy’ hits the road in Russia

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:00
Any Swiss football fans who run into difficulties at the World Cup won’t have to deal with the problem on their own. The Swiss embassy in Russia is organising a “mobile consular service” – a minibus – to help them.  The red-and-white minibus, known as a “Fans’ Embassy”, will travel to the three cities – Rostov-On-Don, Kaliningrad and Nizhny Novgorod – in which the Swiss team is playing its three group matches.  The two or three embassy staff and their boss will help Swiss supporters who have lost documents or have questions about their visas or other issues. The exact locations (address and GPS coordinates) of the minibus can be found on the website of the Swiss embassy in Russia. Additional World Cup information is available in German, French and Italian.  These locations have been agreed with the local authorities, whom the consul-general and his staff met as part of their World Cup preparations. The embassy is also in touch with the Swiss Supporters Association, which has ...
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Ken Loach on wealthy Switzerland and how to film capitalism

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 17:00
British film director Ken Loach, known for his bleak social critiques, discusses his informative experiences and whether he's an 'angry old man'.
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Yoga's soul, the pope's visit and a polar summit

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 12:00
Here are the stories we'll be following the week of June 18, 2018. Monday Bex is a veritable melting pot of cultures: it was one of the first towns in western Switzerland to have an asylum centre, and a third of its 7,000 residents are foreigners. How does multiculturalism and integration work in practice? swissinfo.ch spoke with citizens new and old to get a sense of lessons learned. Tuesday Starting on Tuesday we’ll be in Davos - not for the annual WEF conference - but for the Polar2018 summit. Since the International Polar Year 2007-2008, it’s the first time that leading Arctic and Antarctic researchers are convening in one place. About 2,000 people are expected, with one main theme being how mountain research can be applied to the poles. Wednesday In preparation for Pope Francis' eagerly-awaited visit to Geneva on June 21 next, we run through what's to be expected – highlights, logistics, and debates – from the first papal visit to Switzerland since 2004.
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‘Big differences between the law and reality’

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 06/17/2018 - 11:00
How does a Swiss person integrate in Russia? Having Russian friends and an interest in local history, culture and sport can help, says 45-year-old Daniel Rehmann, a businessman representing Swiss expatriates living in Russia. swissinfo.ch: Why did you choose to live in Russia? Was it by chance, or planned? Daniel Rehmann: It was a result of how business was building up here and my academic further education at the University of St Petersburg. It wasn’t planned. I met some people on a trip to St Petersburg who proposed cooperating with me in building up a tourism business. That’s how I got started here. It was also during the economic boom in Russia and there were plenty of business opportunities. So I stayed and built up my own small business while furthering my education at local Russian universities.  swissinfo.ch: How did you imagine Russia before you arrived – what were your expectations? D.R.: I had visited Russia a few times previously and made some contacts here, so I ...
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Welcome to the World Cup of Direct Democracy

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 17:00
What if the World Cup were decided not by playing football but by the quality of each nation’s direct democracy?  The 32 teams which qualified for the tournament currently underway in Russia did so on very different merits from what counts in the World Cup of Direct Democracy. This tournament is decided by free and fair elections, the rule of law, and comprehensive forms of participatory and direct democracy. Here is how such a contest would play out among the 32 countries, through eight groups and a 16-team playoff.  Group A: The Beauty and the Beasts  Uruguay has been a pioneering and longstanding practitioner of direct democracy since the early 20th century. But who wins second place? The far-from-democratic Russia, with a nod to the well-drafted-if-little-used Soviet referendum tool, noses out the even less democratic countries of Egypt and Saudi Arabia. {1. Uruguay, 2. Russia, 3. Egypt, 4. Saudi Arabia}  Group B: A Regional Contest with a Guest  Three neighbouring ...
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Stray cats, dates of birth and overseas wealth

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 06/16/2018 - 17:00
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 108 The number of years Basel carnival has been run by a man. The committee for the annual event has now got its first woman chair, Pia Inderbitzin.   Tuesday 300,000 Apparently there are between 100,000 and 300,000 stray cats prowling around Switzerland! Animal welfare groups are calling for owners to castrate their cats so they don’t mate with stray ones and have kittens.  Wednesday 00.00 Swiss passports and ID cards will no longer discriminate against people who do not know their date of birth. Until now, the birthdate section on such documents recorded 00.00, which created problems for holders at border controls and shopping online.  Thursday 52 The percentage of Swiss people who trust the news, up six points on last year.  Friday 2,300,000,000,000 ...
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