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Automated Packaging Systems Introduces a New Line of Wide Bag Packaging Systems -

News Machinery - Sun, 10/14/2018 - 04:52

Automated Packaging Systems, the world leader in high-reliability bagging systems, has introduced two new Autobag® bag packaging systems with advanced engineering technology for flexibility and efficiency in large bag applications. The new Autobag® 600™ and Autobag® 650™ Wide Bagging Systems will accommodate a range of Autobag® bags-on-a-roll and bags-in-a-box material up to 16 inches wide by 27 inches long. -   - The Autobag 600 is a semi-automatic filling and sealing machine designed...

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Record expat pay packets and stress at work

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 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 19 The number of points – out of 20 – awarded by the Gault&Millau guide to Chef of the Year Heiko Nieder, who cooks at the Dolder Grand hotel in Zurich. No one has ever reached 20 in Switzerland.  Tuesday 3 Good news for the Swiss economy, which is predicted to grow by 3% by the end of the year, according to the International Monetary Fund. In April, the IMF had forecast Switzerland’s GDP to rise by 2.3%.  Wednesday 27.1 The Job Stress Index – published on the eve of World Mental Health Day – shows “critical” workplace stress levels rising from 25.4% in 2016 to 27.1% in 2017. Critical meaning the workload is too large for the number of people available to handle it.  Thursday 202,865 Expats in Switzerland remain the highest earners globally, bringing ...
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What the statistics don’t say about teachers’ salaries

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 13:00
How much does a schoolteacher earn in Switzerland? The federal system means that there are big differences between the cantons. There is also a gap between theory and practice. If you’re a Kindergarten teacher, you’d be better off working in the French-speaking canton of Geneva than in the southern Alpine canton of Graubünden: you’ll get CHF97,000 ($97,700) per year in the former, CHF60,000 in the latter. For primary school teachers, the story is the same: CHF97,000 in top payer Geneva, versus CHF66,000 in Italian-speaking Ticino. When it comes to secondary school, the salary gap is less: CHF105,000 in Geneva compared with CHF85,000 in the central canton of Nidwalden. Overall, the average pay for a new teacher in Switzerland with the right qualifications is CHF82,500, or CHF6,875 per month, gross (without deductions). Salaries rise through a teacher’s career, with the maximum you can earn at CHF8,700 per month… From theory to practice But it’s not quite as simple as that.
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Lopreno: ‘A philosopher who thinks with light’

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 10/13/2018 - 11:00
After publishing his photographic collection, "Voyage en Suisse" ("Journey to Switzerland"), Geneva photographer Patrick Gilliéron Lopreno continues his wanderings on the outskirts of an iconic Switzerland with "Eloge de l’invisible" ("Praise for the Invisible").  The photographer's new work has been enriched by an encounter, as unlikely as it is successful, with writer, publisher and polemicist Slobodan Despot, who wrote the preface. Left-leaning Lopreno and rightwing Despot shared their views on the Swiss landscape, its spirituality blighted by modernity. They found themselves also in agreement in their rejection of labels and fashions, as well as in their thirst for freedom.   "Anti-modern, anti-liberal, anti-system", as Swiss newspaper Le Temps described him, Slobodan Despot was totally in tune with Lopreno's work: "A book of photographs itself is  a gesture of resistance", he wrote. Resistance to what?  "First, to massification... photography, which was at first a highly ...
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GE Moves Date of Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Release and Webcast to Tuesday, October 30, 2018

News Machinery - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:26

GE (NYSE: GE) today announced that it has moved the date of its third-quarter earnings release and webcast to Tuesday, October 30, 2018.  The Company moved the call to allow GE Chairman and CEO Larry Culp to complete initial business reviews and site visits following his appointment on October 1. The Company will discuss the results for the third quarter ending September 30, 2018. Culp will share his initial observations, with more detail expected in early 2019.  The third-quarter earnin...

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Kiss-and-tell visa incident sparks official criticism

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:00
A Vietnamese woman had to share intimate relationship information to get a short-term Swiss visa. The case highlights the potential for discrimination when visa applications are processed.  The woman, whose case was described in the Swiss newspaper NZZ am Sonntag, was applying for a 30-day tourist visa to visit her boyfriend in Switzerland. She got the visa, but only after letting a clerk in Hanoi read her digital love letters – a stream of smartphone chat messages, including kissing emojis, that she and her partner had been sending to each other.  “It is an exceptional case. The error was corrected immediately,” George Farago, spokesman for the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), told swissinfo.ch.  The application had been handled by an external provider tasked with processing visa requests for Switzerland. Globally there are about 60 such external offices that have been engaged to reduce the visa-related workload of the Swiss embassies and consulates. However, the ...
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Public gets hands-on experience with Swiss drones in Boston

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 17:00
Swiss drones were front and centre this week at HUBWeek, an “ideas festival” in Boston, Massachusetts dedicated to showcasing and celebrating innovations at the intersection of art, science and technology. More than 25 researchers and entrepreneurs from Switzerland’s rapidly growing drone industry came to exchange ideas, experiences and technology with their North American counterparts and the Boston public. A“flying cage” was set up so the public could experience live demonstrations of the latest drone technologies. The showcase was organised by swissnex Boston as part if its Aerial Futures: the Drone Frontier series (see box), and sponsored by SwissTouch, an event series and social media campaign aimed at promoting Swiss innovation by the Embassy of Switzerland in the US. The more than 45 drone exhibitors at the event included representatives from the Swiss Federal Technology Institute in Lausanne, EPFL, who demonstrated multiple projects including FlyJacket, a system that ...
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Compositional Analysis Provides Industrial Companies with Precise Answers to Important Questions

News Machinery - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 14:39

Questions regarding material composition, whether in a known or unknown material, are a common issue for companies across many industries. These questions may arise because contaminants have infiltrated the manufacturing processes or an environmental investigation has identified pockets of unexpected material. Another common scenario involves the shipment of goods that arrive covered in a mysterious foreign substance. - To provide solutions for these types of situations, Advanced MicroAna...

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The four ingredients of a successful people’s initiative

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 10/12/2018 - 11:00
The people’s initiative is the fundamental instrument of Swiss direct democracy, but a number of invisible hurdles complicate its outcome. What’s needed to make an initiative successful? This text is part of #DearDemocracy, a platform on direct democracy issues, by swissinfo.ch. A people’s initiative allows citizens to put an idea on any topic to national vote, as long as they collect the requisite 100,000 signatures within a period of 18 months. But from the original idea to the final vote is a long and challenging road, and scant few have been voted through in recent years. So, what makes for a successful initiative? People who have launched their own, constitutional lawyers, and professional campaigners met to discuss the question at a public event in Zurich. Here are their four key takeaways. 1. It all begins with an idea The most important ingredient comes at the beginning of the process: a bright idea which is based on a deep conviction and which will appeal to people.
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EMSL and the new Advanced MicroAnalytical to Host an Open House on October 24th

News Machinery - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 20:10

EMSL Analytical, Inc. (EMSL) and its new advanced materials and microscopy division Advanced MicroAnalytical (AMA) is hosting an open house event on Wednesday, October 24th  at its testing laboratory in Salem, New Hampshire. Industry professionals are invited to tour the laboratory for a behind-the-scenes view of AMA's daily operation, live demonstrations as well as have the chance to speak with its leading experts. The open house will run from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. To attend the open house...

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Switzerland warms to ‘tiny houses’

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 17:00
The small house movement, an American concept that’s gaining momentum in Switzerland, offers housing that is more affordable and ecologically friendly. But in the highly regulated alpine country, getting a long-term parking permit for tiny homes can be a problem.  These structures are generally less than 1,000 square feet (93 m2), and represent a different way of living, allegedly offering more "freedom" than a regular house. Swiss Public Television, SRF, took a look inside Conny and Sandro Huber's tiny house in Affeltrangen in canton Thurgau.  It cost around CHF70,000 ($70,482) and measures 27 m2. The "bedroom" is simply a bit of roof space over the kitchen, so there is no standing room. This is not a problem for Conny Huber: "You sleep lying down, right? You just have to get used to it." Sandro says it's better than a caravan or camper van because you can choose the fixtures and fittings. You can build it, but can you park it?  Stephan Scheidegger from the Federal Office for ...
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Crypto Finance eyes Asian expansion after winning Swiss license

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 11:00
Swiss cryptoasset firm Crypto Finance says it will use its newly won regulatory approval as a platform for foreign expansion, most likely in Asia. The firm’s Crypto Fund unit was awarded an asset management license by the Swiss financial regulator on Tuesday. The license will allow Crypto Fund to sell cryptocurrency-linked collective investment schemes to institutional clients on the same footing as traditional asset managers in Switzerland. The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) license was the first of its kind awarded to a cryptoasset company. “Before getting the license we were a start-up. Now we are a fully-fledged member of the regulated, established financial system,” Crypto Finance CEO Jan Brzezek told swissinfo.ch. “FINMA has exacting standards that are appreciated by other regulators around the world.” This gold-plated seal of approval should give the Zug-headquartered firm enough clout to persuade other jurisdictions to allow the company to set up ...
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What happens when you die on holiday in Switzerland?

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 10/11/2018 - 08:00
A fall on a hiking path or a sudden heart attack could bring your Swiss holiday to an abrupt end. How difficult is it to ensure your mortal remains reach home?  Indian retiree Susanta Mukhopadhya had no idea that his life would be turned upside down on his holiday to Switzerland. He had booked a 12-day coach trip through Europe and was on his second day in the Alpine nation when disaster struck. His 64-year-old wife collapsed on a walk near Leysin in the west of the country. The tour leader, an Indian woman, had no idea what to do.  “When my wife collapsed on the road, the tour representative was trying to call Bombay for further instructions. She had no local contacts or the phone number of a hospital,” Mukhopadhya told swissinfo.ch.  Luckily a Swiss couple noticed the commotion and called the medical emergency services. Within 15 minutes the paramedics were at the scene.  “It was only then that I realised the seriousness of my wife's situation. She had suffered a sudden, ...
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What would a no-deal Brexit mean for Brits in Switzerland?

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 17:00
If the UK drops out of the EU without a deal – what will happen to UK citizens in Switzerland? With six months to go until the UK leaves the European Union, no agreed exit plan, and no basic citizens’ rights agreement between the Swiss and British, UK citizens abroad are facing major uncertainty. An outline deal between the UK and the European Union was supposed to be agreed upon by the autumn: the clock is ticking, and what might happen in the next week or so is anybody’s guess. The British Prime Minister Theresa May’s much-discussed ‘Chequers’ proposal (so called after the Prime Minister’s country residence where the government agreed on their proposition) was declared unworkable by EU leaders in Salzburg towards the end of September and even British politicians are far from united over whether they back the proposal. And of course, while an EU deal is still outstanding, so too are bilateral agreements that have to be made between the UK and Switzerland. In August, the British ...
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When a democratic revolution rocked Swiss politics

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 15:19
One hundred years ago, a political earthquake brought about fundamental change as voters ended the dominance of the party of Switzerland’s founding fathers due to a new electoral system. Switzerland’s political system is usually seen either as slow and unspectacular or as the recipe for the country’s success and stability. Nevertheless, watershed moments also exist in Swiss history. One in particular, a century ago, happened at the ballot box – no bloodshed, no shots fired. Under a new electoral system, voters in 1919 reined in the Radical Party which had dominated the 189-seat House of Representatives since modern-day Switzerland was created in 1848. In 1918, two-thirds of voters had come out in favour of a major overhaul of the electoral system, paving the way for consensus democracy in Switzerland and a fairer representation of citizens in politics. The previous parliamentary elections, during the First World War in 1917, were held under a majority, ‘winner-takes-all’, ...
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Fujifilm's B1 Format Inkjet Press Inca OnsetM Earns "Product of the Year" from SGIA

News Machinery - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 15:00

FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Graphic Systems Division announces 'Product of the Year' honors for the OnsetM, a high quality B1 format, 27.8” x 39.4” (707 mm x 1000 mm) inkjet printer, designed for the evolving needs of the commercial, display graphics, packaging and industrial print markets. The OnsetM will be showcased in Fujifilm booth #1119 at the upcoming SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, October 18 – 20, 2018. -    - SGIA's 'Product of the Year' competition showcases digital imaging prod...

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The road to proportional representation in Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 10/10/2018 - 11:00
In 1918, at a time of high political instability, Switzerland made the historic decision to move to a proportional representation system at the national level – a move that gave smaller parties a chance and broke the Liberal-Radical hegemony. Here’s how it happened. The liberal ascendency first began after the end of the civil war in 1847 and was cemented by the emergence of contemporary Switzerland under a new constitution the following year. The liberal policy of rapid social and economic development in a single national market propelled the country to become one of the most developed in Europe. However, there was a negative side to the surge: the oligarchic “Escher System”, which concentrated national power in the hands of an elite few (see box). By 1874 the system was already coming under pressure. Popular liberal movements emerging in the cantons led to the first revision of the new constitution, granting the people the right to challenge (by referendum) laws already ...
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Caterpillar Inc. to Announce Third-Quarter 2018 Financial Results on October 23

News Machinery - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 20:49

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) will release third-quarter 2018 financial results at 6:30 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, October 23. The release will be available at  caterpillar.com/earnings  and the full text of the news release will also be available on PR Newswire at about 6:30 a.m. CDT. The news release will be furnished to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) via a Current Report on Form 8-K in compliance with applicable SEC rules. Teleconference and webcast access: A real-time,...

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Why Swiss expats vote differently when they go abroad

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 17:00
Ties between Switzerland and the European Union are the main concern of nearly half of expat Swiss citizens, while these same bilateral relations are only considered a priority for one in four voters at home. The findings by the Sotomo research institute show major differences in political preferences between the Swiss Abroad community and respondents resident in Switzerland, but they confirm previous research on the issue. The findings of the online poll, published last week, were the first ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections. A list of the six main concerns of expat Swiss almost reverses the order of the overall barometer. For details see two graphics below. While 47% of expats in the survey consider Swiss relations with the EU a priority, only 28% of the overall respondents share this view. The percentage is slightly higher in the French-speaking part (30%), but below average in the main German- and Italian-speaking regions. Top of the list overall, as well as ...
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Insurers act on climate change exposure

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 11:24
Insurance companies, like Zurich-based Swiss Re, are dealing with climate change impacts in the form of direct claims related to volatile weather conditions, writes The Financial Times' Oliver Ralph. First it was fierce storms in northern Europe. Since then there have been wildfires in California, a drought in Australia and more storms, this time in the US and Asia. Extreme weather of one sort or another has been a regular feature of 2018. It was the same last year, when hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria as well as wildfires in California inflicted devastation on millions of people. Insurance companies are on the front line as they are exposed to extreme weather and the impact of climate change in a variety of ways, most obviously via direct claims related to volatile weather conditions. Half of damage not covered by insurance Whether it is paying to replace roofs torn off by high winds, repairing flood damage, or compensating farmers for the impact of drought, insurers have ...
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