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I wear a headscarf but I am not a terrorist!

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 18:00
"True Talk" puts people in front of the camera who are fighting prejudice. They answer questions that nobody would normally dare to ask directly. This week, we speak to Fathima, who wonders why she faces discrimination because she wears a headscarf. She says, "I am neither a radical, nor an Islamist, nor a terrorist. I am a Swiss woman." (SRF, swissinfo.ch)
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Swiss students, politicians work towards university access for refugees

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 15:31
Lack of information and money are keeping qualified refugees in Switzerland from studying at universities and launching careers. So says the Swiss Students’ Association, which has created a new information portal for refugee students. The organisation is also working with lawmakers to commit more funds to refugee education access.  Omar Aljundi came to Switzerland from Syria in 2013 as a war refugee. He was halfway through a bachelor’s degree programme in engineering when he left his home country, so he was keen to continue studying in his new home.  In Switzerland, he was sent to live in the French-speaking canton of Neuchâtel, where he quickly began learning the local language. At the same time, he was trying to gather information about all the requirements he needed to meet to apply to university and start his degree again on Swiss soil – a process that ended up taking him two years. He says he often didn't know where to turn and almost gave up.  “Understanding how the ...
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How the UN pushed to make business more responsible

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:00
For over 50 years, the United Nations has been urging companies to be more respectful of human rights. Political scientist Gilles Carbonnier examines the key UN processes and milestones in the slow acceptance of corporate social responsibility, as Switzerland prepares to vote on the issue in the coming months.  Corporate social responsibility has been around for years. According to a recent article by French historian Catherine Kikuchi, published on The Conversation website, the concept emerged in the late 13th century with the growth of powerful city states, merchants and international trade.  But the idea only really gained wider interest in the second half of last century. The creation of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in 1964 played a key role. UNCTAD provided a forum where developing countries could discuss global efforts to reduce disparities with richer countries and put the spotlight on multinationals’ responsibilities abroad. Despite ...
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Bringing Swiss order to initial coin offerings

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:17
Switzerland, as a financial centre, has a double reputation. On the one hand, clockwork: practical, competent, reliable. On the other, chocolate: indulgent and dark. The country’s private banks are still living down their reputations as facilitators of tax evasion. It is natural, then, that there should be knowing smiles at the news that Switzerland is keen to become a hub for cryptocurrency finance, and initial coin offerings in particular. The Swiss have broken ranks with the many countries keen to curtail the proliferation of ICOs, in which digital or fiat currency is exchanged for digital “tokens” exchangeable for services or assets, or held for speculative purposes. ICO funds are typically used to fund the creation of a business. The Financial Market Supervisory Authority (Finma) has introduced a set of guidelines designed to facilitate an orderly, legitimate and growing market for ICO funds. The same question should be asked of the Swiss approach as should be asked of an ...
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1968: the kick-off of gender equality

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:59
Zurich Women’s Football Club (Damenfussballclub Zurich, DFCZ) was founded on February 21, 1968 – the first officially recognised women’s football club in Switzerland.  Ladies had been getting together for unofficial kickabouts in the French-speaking part of Switzerland as early as the 1920s, but the Swiss Football Association did not allow them to play official matches. Even after DFCZ's founding, until 1971/1972 female teams were allowed to play only if they were affiliated to a male club. Because of this rule, in the 1970-1971 season three-quarters of the DFCZ players joined the smaller FC Blue Stars ladies team. The rest joined FC Zürich. The first official women’s championship took place the same season, with 18 teams from three regional groups. DFCZ was one of them. The early history of Swiss women’s football is poorly documented and hardly researched, according to the FCZ Museum, which is currently expanding its archive, inviting the public to participate in their research.
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2018, a year of important Swiss anniversaries

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:00
What do Céline Dion, Switzerland’s fourth national language Romansh and Swiss television all have in common? 10 years ago: Switzerland and Austria were the hosts of the 2008 European Football Championships. The same year saw Kosovo declare its independence from Serbia. Switzerland was the first country to recognize Pristina and to start diplomatic relations with Europe’s youngest country. 30 years ago: This was the last time Switzerland won the Eurovision Song Contest. Responsible for this was one Céline Marie Claudette Dion, then a little-known singer from French-speaking Canada. Her song “Ne partez pas sans moi” helped the Swiss win the coveted trophy. 50 years ago: Students went out on the streets to protest. And Swiss public television broadcast the very first colour television pictures into people’s homes, from its studio Bellerive in Zurich. 80 years ago: On February 20, 1938, Swiss men (women only received the right to vote in 1971) voted by 92% in favour to make ...
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Is adoption in Switzerland on its way out?

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 12:00
The boom days of adopting children from abroad are over – nowadays hardly anyone is adopting in Switzerland. There are several reasons for this. The airplane was full of children, Elena, Tom and Rhea (all names changed) can recall it clearly. But Myra was too small to remember. All four were adopted by Swiss parents in the 1970s. Their own parents could not or did not want to care for them anymore. Around 1,200 children from South Korea were adopted in Switzerland during this time. Many of them still meet up at the Dongari association, where they can talk freely about their experiences. Members Elena, Tom, Rhea and Myra have agreed to speak about their adoptions to swissinfo.ch. Although they have been through a lot, they can still have a laugh together – such as over their experiences of South Korea. “I am not that fond of Koreans,” said Myra. “I am Swiss and express my opinion. Koreans mostly don’t. And all this macho behaviour….” The others laugh and seem to know what Myra ...
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Support wanes for abolition of public broadcast fee

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 02/21/2018 - 07:00
A proposal to scrap the mandatory licence fee for services of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) has lost more ground, according to a major opinion poll. The survey, published on Wednesday ahead of a nationwide vote on March 4, found that nearly two out of three people will reject the initiative. The initiative was launched by the youth chapters of the two major parties on the right of the political spectrum. Support for the initiative dropped 5% compared with a previous poll carried out by the leading GfS Bern research institute on behalf of the SBC in January. “The long-running debate has been losing steam and chances of the initiative gaining the upper hand are waning,” says GfS political scientist Martina Mousson. Discussions about the initiative began last October, triggering emotional campaigns and broad coverage in the following month both by traditional and social media. “The involvement of civil society against the initiative led to heated debates, pushing ...
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GreenWood, Inc. Receives Affinity Insurance Risk Control Gold Award

News Machinery - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 19:17

Greenville, SC - - February 20, 2018 - - GreenWood, Inc., an integrated operations, maintenance and construction solutions provider, has been awarded the Affinity Insurance Risk Control Gold Award for success in safety and claims management.  The Gold level award is reserved only for companies in the top 1% of all member companies, which GreenWood ranked 4th overall out of 440.        To qualify for the award, GreenWood successfully completed a comprehensive risk control survey and audit...

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United Nations Global Opportunity Report recognises Cavotec solutions

News Machinery - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 13:27

Our  MoorMaster™ automated mooring technology has been included in the 2018 UN  Global Opportunity Report that highlights how "innovative technologies are making genuine progress towards a more sustainable world." The report is compiled by the United Nations Global Compact, global quality assurance and risk management company DNV GL, and sustainability advisory group and digital studio Sustainia. It aims to encourage progress towards the achievement of the United Nations Sustainab...

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Charities and NGOs trial new technology to enhance performance

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:00
When working under difficult conditions in underdeveloped or volatile parts of the world, charities and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) face challenges to ensuring that their efforts achieve the best results. Some groups are experimenting with the new digital technology blockchain to maximise their impact. Blockchain is sometimes referred to as ‘second-generation internet’ that promises to store and transmit encrypted data more efficiently and with greater transparency than the current digital system. It’s still in the experimental phase, with actors ranging from finance and business to governments and NGOs trying to figure out different applications. The UN World Food Programme is one such actor: it’s testing out a blockchain system to help hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees at the Azraq camp in neighbouring Jordan. The system combines biometric data, credits stored in digital wallets, and direct payments to food retailers. It also sidelines intermediaries, both ...
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Swiss Icon: a symbolic expression of Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:00
What comes to your mind when you think of Switzerland? Chocolate, banks, luxury watches? These omnipresent images are not only indispensable products in everyday Swiss life. They are also considered symbols of Swiss tradition by people all around the world. However, they are presented across cultures in very different ways. A few years ago, Chinese artist Ying Xu moved to Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. Her daily life and discussions with Swiss friends about linguistic differences and the misunderstanding of images and symbols from different cultural perspectives provided her with ideas and subject matter for the “Swiss Icon” series. It has now become a major creative project for her. The “icons” Xu chose are typical “Made in Switzerland” products such as fondue, edelweiss or yodelling and brands which probably haven’t been widely recognised internationally, for example Grittibänz, Tiger-Finkli and Ricola. During the creative process, Xu gradually developed her own way of ...
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Celebrating the ‘fifth season’ Swiss-style

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:43
During carnival, the photographers of the Swiss picture agency Keystone are often in action at unusual hours, documenting wild celebrations in all their local forms across the country.  The last big event in the annual carnival calendar in the “Morgestraich” in Basel. At 4am, masked people playing piccolos and drums set off through the city.  + More information on Swiss customs and traditions The collection of images presents a short – and obviously far from complete – stroll through Switzerland’s carnival traditions. Not everywhere puts on massive events – in many places carnival consists simply of smaller parties and masked get-togethers in local pubs.  (All images: Keystone; text: Thomas Kern, swissinfo.ch)
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Kim Cadorette recognized as an outstanding woman in business

News Machinery - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:06

At NH Business Review's award ceremony last night, Kim Cadorette was honored with an Outstanding Women in Business Award. The award program celebrates the success and achievements of women like Kim, not only in their personal lives, but also as leaders and role models across New Hampshire's diverse business community. According to the publication, the awards honor women who have a strong sense of self, a success-driven worth ethic, and extraordinary accomplishments that make them true l...

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Aid agencies in the eye of the storm

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00
It’s the perfect storm. Aid workers – the world’s modern-day saints in many eyes – are suddenly portrayed in the headlines as the vilest of sinners. The scandal around mega charity Oxfam, in which senior staff members are alleged to have used prostitutes in Haiti in 2011, has attracted global attention – and global disapproval. The idea that people who have flown into a disaster zone, ostensibly to help the poorest and most vulnerable, should then engage in sexual exploitation, has disgusted many once loyal supporters of Oxfam and fuelled an already heated debate in Britain over the value of foreign aid. In Geneva, UN aid agencies – many of which use Oxfam as an implementing partner – braced themselves for the inevitable deluge of questions: “Who, when, how many, why didn’t you?”, etc. Dangerously confused debate And while the agency spokespersons in Geneva patiently addressed those questions, repeating over and over again the UN’s policy of ‘zero tolerance’ for any form of ...
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Record-breaking Federer returns to No. 1

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:20
Roger Federer is back at the summit of men’s tennis. At 36, the Swiss is the oldest man to make it since the ATP rankings came into being in 1973. More than 14 years after Federer first reached No. 1, swissinfo.ch looks at the complete history of all the top-ranked male players in one graphic.   Federer first became world number one in 2004, when he beat Juan Carlos Ferrero in the semi-final of the Australian Open before going on to take the title. On that occasion he stayed there for 237 weeks.  “The goal [this time] was to be world number one for a week, that’s plenty for me,” he said on Friday after beating Robin Haase in Rotterdam, a victory that guaranteed Federer would rise to number one for the fourth time in his career. “If it’s more, great, I’ll take it. If I play well, good things will happen. It’s the ultimate achievement in our sport to get the number one ranking, it just doesn’t come easy.”  Asked to compare the 22-year-old Federer to the 36-year-old model, he ...
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SoftBank seeks to join Swiss Re board

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 10:22
SoftBank, the Japanese tech-to-financial conglomerate, is seeking to join Swiss Re’s board to influence how the reinsurer manages its $161billion (CHF149.2 billion) in investments, as talks progress over the acquisition of a large minority stake. Masayoshi Son, SoftBank’s founder and chief executive, will meet with Swiss Re chairman Walter Kielholz in the coming weeks as the two sides look to come to an agreement that would give the Japanese group a foothold in the global insurance industry.  Discussions now centre on a deal that would see SoftBank becoming an anchor shareholder in Swiss Re with a 20% to 30% and gaining multiple seats on the company’s board, according to people close to the matter.  By doing so, Mr Son — a perpetual dealmaker always in search of greater capital to invest with — would bolster his company’s presence in financial services and give it sway in how Swiss Re manages its $161 billion portfolio.  SoftBank, which is best known for its technology and ...
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Has Switzerland’s local democracy lost its soul?

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:00
Participation in town hall meetings has reached a new low, marking a 30-year decline in Swiss democracy at a local level. But all is not lost. Local democracy has been haemorrhaging for quite a while, reaching dramatic proportions. Research shows that only 4.6% of the population living in municipalities with between 2,000 and 5,000 residents went to town hall meetings in 2016. Such gatherings are often considered the cradle of the Swiss system of direct democracy: They decide about everything from local taxes, building projects and social issues and ideally reflect the way a community is organised. There are currently just over 2,550 municipalities with considerable political autonomy across the country. The research shows a striking pattern: The bigger the municipality the lower the rate of participation. While turnout at these meetings was 21.5% in municipalities with fewer than 250 residents in 2016, the figure dropped to a mere 2.1% in municipalities with 10,000 - ...
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Adoption, Blockchain, and Carnival

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 13:00
Here are the stories we'll be following the week of February 19, 2018: Monday The famous Basel Carnival, which runs from Monday until Wednesday, will kick off this morning with the ‘Morgestraich’ parade. The Basel ‘Fasnacht’ is Switzerland’s largest and most traditional carnival celebration, and the last of season. We’ll publish a photo gallery capturing the antics of Basel revellers, as well as images from other carnival celebrations throughout the country. Tuesday swissinfo.ch business correspondent Matthew Allen takes a look at the Swiss-based charities and non-governmental organisations, including the UN World Food Programme and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, that are experimenting with blockchain to maximise their impact – especially in underdeveloped or volatile parts of the world. Wednesday Statistics show that adoption in Switzerland is on the decline – both within the country and in terms of adoption of children from abroad. We dig ...
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Counselling on health and food made her famous

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:00
Launching herself into the fitness sector has been the best investment of her life, says Doris Hofer. The Swiss expat lives in Turkey and has become an expert on health issues. She reinvented herself after her divorce, and, not least through social media, notably Instagram, the 42-year-old Hofer has made a name for herself in Turkey giving advice about fitness and healthy food. swissinfo.ch: Why did you leave Switzerland? Doris Hofer: I left the country in 2004 because of love. I was married to a Turkish man for almost ten years and we have two children together, Zoe and Noah. swissinfo.ch: Did you plan to leave Switzerland for good or do you intend to come back one day? D.H.: I’d like to visit Switzerland more regularly and cooperate with Swiss companies. But as a patchwork family we are unlikely to move back. The father of my children lives here in Turkey and I don’t want my children to grow up without him being around. The views expressed in this article are solely those ...
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