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A Swiss haven for expats - An American view of Basel

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 15:00
Kathy Hartmann-Campbell, an American communication trainer, has lived in Basel for 35 years. After first suffering from culture shock, she’s grown to love her adopted city. This is her story. For more on expat life in Basel, read this related article comparing Hartmann-Campbell's experience with that of a new resident.
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A peony for your thoughts

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 11:00
It was 20 years ago that the Zurich University of Applied Sciences planted a peonies garden. It's a floral attraction for visitors near and far when the 250 different varieties are in bloom.   The garden is ordered geographically. There are few other garden plants that have a history as long as the peony, which was first cultivated in China over 4,000 years ago. It was praised for its medicinal properites in ancient Greece. Asclepius, the god with the power of healing, had the surname Paean. Benedictine monks in the early Middle Ages planted peonies in their gardens. The plant was used at the time to treat a number of ailments, including gout, epilepsy and jaundice. Symbolically the peony stands for wealth, healing and feminine beauty and is considered the thornless rose. It travelled with Europeans and Asians to the United States during the great immigration waves of the 19th century. It's now a common plant across the northern hemisphere.
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A peony for your thoughts

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 06/03/2017 - 11:00
It was 20 years ago that the Zurich University of Applied Sciences planted a peonies garden. It's a floral attraction for visitors near and far when the 250 different varieties are in bloom.   The garden is ordered geographically. There are few other garden plants that have a history as long as the peony, which was first cultivated in China over 4,000 years ago. It was praised for its medicinal properites in ancient Greece. Asclepius, the god with the power of healing, had the surname Paean. Benedictine monks in the early Middle Ages planted peonies in their gardens. The plant was used at the time to treat a number of ailments, including gout, epilepsy and jaundice. Symbolically the peony stands for wealth, healing and feminine beauty and is considered the thornless rose. It travelled with Europeans and Asians to the United States during the great immigration waves of the 19th century. It's now a common plant across the northern hemisphere.
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Switzerland: US shooting itself in the foot on climate deal

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:13
Swiss politicians and scientific leaders are disappointed and baffled at US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate deal but agree that in doing so, the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases is primarily hurting itself. As such, said Swiss President Doris Leuthard, “the United States has a responsibility to the planet.  It remains to be seen whether the individual US states will continue following a path towards more renewable energy”. Both Leuthard and Franz Perrez, the chief Swiss climate negotiator and head of the Federal Environment Office, found it “regrettable” that Switzerland has lost an important and competent negotiating partner in the United States.  Thomas Stocker, a renowned Swiss climate scientist, said there's no doubt that Trump's decision makes the goals of the Paris agreement harder to achieve. "It makes the ambitious goal of keeping warming to two degrees Celsius even more ambitious," he said.  "You ...
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Switzerland: US shooting itself in the foot on climate deal

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:13
Swiss politicians and scientific leaders are disappointed and baffled at US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate deal but agree that in doing so, the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases is primarily hurting itself. As such, said Swiss President Doris Leuthard, “the United States has a responsibility to the planet.  It remains to be seen whether the individual US states will continue following a path towards more renewable energy”. Both Leuthard and Franz Perrez, the chief Swiss climate negotiator and head of the Federal Environment Office, found it “regrettable” that Switzerland has lost an important and competent negotiating partner in the United States.  Thomas Stocker, a renowned Swiss climate scientist, said there's no doubt that Trump's decision makes the goals of the Paris agreement harder to achieve. "It makes the ambitious goal of keeping warming to two degrees Celsius even more ambitious," he said.  "You ...
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‘Liking’ a Facebook post is tricky legal territory

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:00
A recent Swiss court conviction found that “liking” a post on Facebook can be considered defamation in part because it propagates the information in the post. The ruling wades into new and somewhat murky legal waters, says a specialist in internet law. Mathis Kern is a partner at the Geneva-based law firm Byrne-Sutton Bollen Kern. He explains that Article 173 of the Swiss Criminal Code forbids making untrue statements about a person that accuse them of dishonourable behaviour, and disseminating such untrue statements made by others. Other Western European countries such as France and Germany have similar legislation, whereas Anglo-Saxon countries tend to distinguish more between libel (written defamation) and slander (verbal). On Monday, a Zurich court found a Swiss man guilty of defamation in part for “liking” Facebook comments accusing an animal rights activist of racism and anti-Semitism. The court also charged the man with defamation based on having commented on and shared ...
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‘Liking’ a Facebook post is tricky legal territory

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 13:00
A recent Swiss court conviction found that “liking” a post on Facebook can be considered defamation in part because it propagates the information in the post. The ruling wades into new and somewhat murky legal waters, says a specialist in internet law. Mathis Kern is a partner at the Geneva-based law firm Byrne-Sutton Bollen Kern. He explains that Article 173 of the Swiss Criminal Code forbids making untrue statements about a person that accuse them of dishonourable behaviour, and disseminating such untrue statements made by others. Other Western European countries such as France and Germany have similar legislation, whereas Anglo-Saxon countries tend to distinguish more between libel (written defamation) and slander (verbal). On Monday, a Zurich court found a Swiss man guilty of defamation in part for “liking” Facebook comments accusing an animal rights activist of racism and anti-Semitism. The court also charged the man with defamation based on having commented on and shared ...
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A divided Swiss village heads to the polls

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:00
Residents of the Swiss town of Moutier will soon decide their fate at the ballot box. The question of which canton to join – and their cultural identity – has been simmering for decades. Currently part of the Swiss canton of Bern, Moutier is a typical small town like any of the hundreds dotting the Swiss countryside. It is nestled at the foot of the Jura mountain range with its imposing rock formations, along the road leading to France. Its friendly people, quiet historic streets, old churches and industrial buildings show few signs of its underlying division. On June 18, Moutier will vote – for the fifth time in 42 years – on whether to remain part of German-speaking canton Bern or whether to join primarily French-speaking canton Jura. The vote is such a major and sensitive event that the federal government has decided to send in observers. The Moutier case The Jura-Bern conflict stems from an (almost) peaceful secession that many cite as an example of the Swiss virtues of ...
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A divided Swiss village heads to the polls

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:00
Residents of the Swiss town of Moutier will soon decide their fate at the ballot box. The question of which canton to join – and their cultural identity – has been simmering for decades. Currently part of the Swiss canton of Bern, Moutier is a typical small town like any of the hundreds dotting the Swiss countryside. It is nestled at the foot of the Jura mountain range with its imposing rock formations, along the road leading to France. Its friendly people, quiet historic streets, old churches and industrial buildings show few signs of its underlying division. On June 18, Moutier will vote – for the fifth time in 42 years – on whether to remain part of German-speaking canton Bern or whether to join primarily French-speaking canton Jura. The vote is such a major and sensitive event that the federal government has decided to send in observers. The Moutier case The Jura-Bern conflict stems from an (almost) peaceful secession that many cite as an example of the Swiss virtues of ...
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Under suspicion

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 15:05
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. Her friend Mondher is also Swiss, but with Tunisian roots. He's a Muslim and doesn't look Swiss. That leads to all sorts of problems, as we find out in this episode. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
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Under suspicion

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 15:05
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. Her friend Mondher is also Swiss, but with Tunisian roots. He's a Muslim and doesn't look Swiss. That leads to all sorts of problems, as we find out in this episode. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
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The stories you won't want to have missed in May

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:56
What were the stories that captured the attention of our readers the most this past month? From saying goodbye to Swiss resident Roger Moore, to learning how to protect yourself from ticks, here's the articles that proved popular. If you don't want to miss out next time, sign up for our newsletter and get our top stories delivered straight to your inbox. Tick bites - where are they happening? We reported on where the most tick bites happen in Switzerland, and what you can do to try and cut down the risk of contracting a dangerous illness from such a bite. The information was gathered from an app called 'Zecke'.  The death of 'Bond' star, Roger Moore The British actor who played the role of James Bond in seven of the spy adventures, died on May 23 after a short battle with cancer. He was 89. For some, time is running out to become Swiss An article on changes to Swiss citizenship law, which come into effect next year, generated a large amount of interest, and many ...
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Swiss obsession with tunnels continues

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:00
A year has passed since Switzerland inaugurated the world’s longest railway tunnel: the 57-kilometre-long Gotthard base tunnel. More ambitious tunnel projects are in the pipeline.   “The main rail and road routes in Switzerland are overburdened with traffic and need to be expanded,” explains Walter von Andrian, editor of the Swiss Rail Review. “However, nobody is willing to give up land and endure traffic noise.”  According to von Andrian, tunnel projects get the green light because nobody is really inconvenienced. However, not much thought goes into the maintenance and operation costs required over the next few decades, he says.  Solving the Zimmerberg bottleneck The route between Zurich and Baar, in canton Zug, has been described as one of the weakest links in the Swiss rail network by the press. Trains running from Zurich to the new Gotthard base tunnel still pass though single-track tunnels that are over a century old. The first phase of the Zimmerberg base tunnel - from ...
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Swiss obsession with tunnels continues

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:00
A year has passed since Switzerland inaugurated the world’s longest railway tunnel: the 57-kilometre-long Gotthard base tunnel. More ambitious tunnel projects are in the pipeline.   “The main rail and road routes in Switzerland are overburdened with traffic and need to be expanded,” explains Walter von Andrian, editor of the Swiss Rail Review. “However, nobody is willing to give up land and endure traffic noise.”  According to von Andrian, tunnel projects get the green light because nobody is really inconvenienced. However, not much thought goes into the maintenance and operation costs required over the next few decades, he says.  Solving the Zimmerberg bottleneck The route between Zurich and Baar, in canton Zug, has been described as one of the weakest links in the Swiss rail network by the press. Trains running from Zurich to the new Gotthard base tunnel still pass though single-track tunnels that are over a century old. The first phase of the Zimmerberg base tunnel - from ...
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Swiss bend rules to provide patients with affordable treatment

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 08:00
For a rich country that is a global hub for pharma companies, Switzerland is going to extraordinary lengths to avoid Hepatitis C patients having to pay for pricey drugs. Despite attempts at gentrification, Zurich’s infamous Langstrasse - or long street in English - remains one of the seediest places in the city. Sex shops and brothels abound and small groups of alcoholics sip beer at noon, oblivious to patrolling police cars. It is an appropriate location for Arud, a centre to help drug addicts and alcoholics. Arud has become the epicenter of a coordinated effort - unprecedented in Switzerland - by doctors, regulators and health insurers to make it affordable for Hepatitis C patients to access expensive drugs by bending the rules.  Hepatitis C It is an inflammation of the liver that occurs due to an infection by the Hepatitis C virus. It is transmitted via the blood of a person with disease, usually through shared syringes or insufficiently sterlised medical or tattoo instruments.
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Swiss bend rules to provide patients with affordable treatment

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 08:00
For a rich country that is a global hub for pharma companies, Switzerland is going to extraordinary lengths to avoid Hepatitis C patients having to pay for pricey drugs. Despite attempts at gentrification, Zurich’s infamous Langstrasse - or long street in English - remains one of the seediest places in the city. Sex shops and brothels abound and small groups of alcoholics sip beer at noon, oblivious to patrolling police cars. It is an appropriate location for Arud, a centre to help drug addicts and alcoholics. Arud has become the epicenter of a coordinated effort - unprecedented in Switzerland - by doctors, regulators and health insurers to make it affordable for Hepatitis C patients to access expensive drugs by bending the rules.  Hepatitis C It is an inflammation of the liver that occurs due to an infection by the Hepatitis C virus. It is transmitted via the blood of a person with disease, usually through shared syringes or insufficiently sterlised medical or tattoo instruments.
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Logic PD Manufacturing Facility Earns New Certifications

News Machinery - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 21:49

Logic PD, an Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) and Product Development solutions company for the connected digital world, has been awarded new quality management certifications for its newest manufacturing plant in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Issued by the global certification body, National Quality Assurance (NQA), the certifications recognize Logic PD's ability to maintain the highest quality electronics manufacturing standards. “Logic PD has always considered quality a key aspect...

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NIOSH 582 Equivalency Course Provides In-Depth Understanding of Sampling and Evaluating Airborne Asbestos Dust

News Machinery - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 14:13

From June 12th through the 15th, EMSL Analytical, Inc. is offering a NIOSH 582 Equivalency Course. Taught by leading asbestos experts from EMSL, one of North America's largest asbestos and indoor air quality testing laboratories, the event is expected to attract attendees from across the country. - - The four-day course will be held at EMSL's Cinnaminson, New Jersey training center located in their state-of-the-art corporate headquarters. The workshop will be held from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM ea...

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Will Switzerland seize opportunity in Sonko and Kosiah cases?

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 11:00
Human rights NGOs hope Switzerland has the political will to prosecute former Gambian minister Ousman Sonko and former Liberian rebel leader Alieu Kosiah. Sonko is suspected of crimes against humanity while Kosiah is charged with committing war crimes. The NGOs TRIAL and Civitas Maxima see both cases as important tests for Switzerland’s use of an international legal tool known as “universal jurisdiction”. Ousman Sonko, a former long-time interior minister of Gambia, was arrested in Bern in January this year, on allegations of torture filed by the Swiss branch of TRIAL International. The allegations against Sonko now include crimes against humanity, and his case has been referred to the federal authorities. But the first case that could come to trial is Alieu Kosiah, a former rebel leader in Liberia, who has been in custody in Switzerland since November 2014, on accusations of war crimes filed on behalf of Liberian victims by several lawyers, including the Director of Civitas ...
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Fatigue monitoring in underground mines enhanced by collaboration between SmartCap and Newtrax

News Machinery - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 08:49

Recently, Newtrax Technologies, which provides operational and safety management systems for underground hard rock mines, and SmartCap Technologies, which leads the world in predictive, wearable fatigue monitoring devices for mining, announced their intent to collaborate to improve fatigue management in underground mines. Over the upcoming months, these industry-leading providers of mine safety solutions will collaborate to integrate the new Life by SmartCap solution with the MineHop wirel...

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