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Cat draws pension without lifting a paw

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:00
It started with a bite of broccoli. Meet the cheeky little kitty who gets a pension from the Swiss Army.  Her features are dainty and her fur is silky soft, so her squawky meow comes as a surprise. Though she has her own cat flap, she urges bystanders to open doors for her. You might say she barks orders like a drill sergeant – but actually, this brazen cat ranks even higher. Known as Brigadier Broccoli, she has the run of an army base near the Swiss capital.  The frisky feline began prowling around the barracks in Lyss in 2004. As a bored housecat, she was looking for action – and she found it among all the young recruits, who were also a source of snacks between meals. The soldiers named her “Broccoli” after the tabby nibbled on a bite of the green vegetable. Though she had a home nearby, it seemed she couldn’t get enough of army life. “It was awkward. She kept coming back – even at Christmastime, when there weren’t that many people here to look out for her,” recalls ...
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Climbing mountains despite living with crippling arthritis

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 11:00
Judith Safford tells her story of suffering from an incurable autoimmune disease. Thanks to a remarkable treatment, she is preparing for a physical challenge of a lifetime – climbing some of Switzerland’s highest peaks in the span of a few days. There are big unforeseen events in our lives that we never forget. Do you remember what you were doing when you heard about 9/11, when John Lennon or Ueli Steck (top Swiss alpinist) died? In the same way, I bet everyone with Ankylosing Spondylitis or other nasty diseases remembers when they got the diagnosis, and learnt that the cause of their symptoms has a name. What is Ankylosing Spondylitis? Ankylosing Spondylitis or AS for short (known as Morbus Bechterew in German and French) is a painful inflammatory stiffening of the spinal column for which there is no known cure. Although it mainly affects the spine, it can impact other joints as well. Stiffness of the affected joints generally worsens over time. In more advanced cases the ...
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Swiss cheesemakers long for a stronger euro

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 09:00
Stressed are the cheesemakers - Switzerland’s, at least. As the European Central Bank (ECB) lowered interest rates to help the bloc out of its deflationary slump, businesses in neighbouring countries have counted the cost.  Its competitiveness wounded by the strong Swiss franc, Switzerland has imported more cheese than it has exported in some recent months - an unhappy state of affairs for producers of Gruyère and Emmental. “It would be great to get back to a reasonable exchange rate,” says Manuela Sonderegger, of Switzerland Cheese Marketing.  Now she might be close to getting her wish. With financial markets increasingly convinced that the ECB is moving towards reining in its stimulus programmes, the euro is rising and the Swiss franc has fallen to its lowest level in two-and-a-half years.  The acceleration in eurozone economic activity “will transmit itself across Europe”, says Stefan Gerlach, chief economist at EFG bank in Zurich. “I think we’re going to get out of the whole ...
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Swiss cheesemakers long for a stronger euro

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 09:00
Stressed are the cheesemakers - Switzerland’s, at least. As the European Central Bank (ECB) lowered interest rates to help the bloc out of its deflationary slump, businesses in neighbouring countries have counted the cost.  Its competitiveness wounded by the strong Swiss franc, Switzerland has imported more cheese than it has exported in some recent months - an unhappy state of affairs for producers of Gruyère and Emmental. “It would be great to get back to a reasonable exchange rate,” says Manuela Sonderegger, of Switzerland Cheese Marketing.  Now she might be close to getting her wish. With financial markets increasingly convinced that the ECB is moving towards reining in its stimulus programmes, the euro is rising and the Swiss franc has fallen to its lowest level in two-and-a-half years.  The acceleration in eurozone economic activity “will transmit itself across Europe”, says Stefan Gerlach, chief economist at EFG bank in Zurich. “I think we’re going to get out of the whole ...
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GE Supports Alba to Raise ECA Financing for Power Project in Bahrain

News Machinery - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 21:30

GE Energy Financial Services (“GE EFS”), the energy investing unit of General Electric (NYSE:GE), supported the raise of ECA financing for Aluminium Bahrain B.S.C.'s (“Alba”) 1,792-megawatt combined-cycle power plant in Bahrain, which will power the world's largest single-site smelter. The $310.4 million and €310.3 million loans (“the facility”) for goods and services provided to the project are being backed by Swiss export credit agency (“ECA”), SERV. Due to the project procurement strate...

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NTT DATA and MHI Conclude Agreements toward Tie-up in Information Systems

News Machinery - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 13:44

NTT DATA Corporation (NTT DATA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) have concluded a share transfer agreement and shareholders agreement based on their basic agreement, announced on March 30, relating to establishment of a new company to be derived from MHI Information Systems Co., Ltd. (MHIIS), a wholly owned MHI subsidiary. As a result of the two newly concluded agreements, all business operations currently carried out by MHIIS will be transferred to the preparatory company earl...

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NASA's Voyager Spacecraft Still Reaching for the Stars After 40 Years

News Machinery - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 13:28

Humanity's farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September. Despite their vast distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily, still probing the final frontier. Their story has not only impacted generations of current and future scientists and engineers, but also Earth's culture, including film, art and music. Each spacecraft carries a Golden Record of Earth sounds, pictures and messages. Since the...

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Does Switzerland’s image suffer from bad press?

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:00
As the Swiss at home and abroad celebrate their National Day, we look at what the world thinks of Switzerland despite recent negative press over citizenship issues.  Cases of citizenship requests by long-term residents being turned down have frequently made waves in the media abroad – most recently the story of an unlucky 25-year-old Swiss-born woman first published outside of Switzerland by The Guardian in the UK. News outlets around the world soon picked up on her tale, ranging from publications in the woman’s native Turkey to the Netherlands, China and other British media.  The Swiss citizenship process is a perpetual media darling, perhaps since the debut of the 1978 satire  “The Swissmakers” which exposed the barriers to becoming Swiss and became the country’s most popular movie of all time. But overall, naturalisation issues are a drop in the bucket in the international media coverage of Switzerland compared to banking, events like the World Economic Forum or direct democracy.
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Does Switzerland’s image suffer from bad press?

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 08/01/2017 - 08:00
As the Swiss at home and abroad celebrate their National Day, we look at what the world thinks of Switzerland despite recent negative press over citizenship issues.  Cases of citizenship requests by long-term residents being turned down have frequently made waves in the media abroad – most recently the story of an unlucky 25-year-old Swiss-born woman first published outside of Switzerland by The Guardian in the UK. News outlets around the world soon picked up on her tale, ranging from publications in the woman’s native Turkey to the Netherlands, China and other British media.  The Swiss citizenship process is a perpetual media darling, perhaps since the debut of the 1978 satire  “The Swissmakers” which exposed the barriers to becoming Swiss and became the country’s most popular movie of all time. But overall, naturalisation issues are a drop in the bucket in the international media coverage of Switzerland compared to banking, events like the World Economic Forum or direct democracy.
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Protecting Workers in California from Solvent Exposure Hazards

News Machinery - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 15:16

It is not uncommon for many types of business in California to have solvents inside their buildings. Whether used as a cleaning agent or as an essential component in the production or manufacturing process, solvents play an important role in many industries.  - - The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) describes solvents as substances that are capable of dissolving or dispersing one or more other substances. Most solvents are liquids, but they can also be a solid o...

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Sysmex Completes Expansion of Reagent Factory in the United States - -Reagent Production Capacity Boosted to 1.8 Times Former Level in Line with Expected Increase in Demand in the Americas-

News Machinery - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 13:12

The Sysmex Group ensures a stable supply of reagents to its customers around the world by manufacturing reagents at two factories in Japan and seven factories in six countries overseas. Sysmex has been responding to global increases in demand by reinforcing its reagent supply structure. In 2012, Sysmex expanded its production capacity at the Ono Factory, which manufactures reagents for Japan and some overseas markets, and at the Jinan Factory in China. We expanded the capacity of our reag...

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Ten things you need to know about Swiss citizenship

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:00
How do you become Swiss? Who is entitled to naturalization? How many years must you be a resident before you can apply? swissinfo.ch has collected questions from readers across the world, and ten of them are answered here.  1) I am an Italian citizen living in Italy, but I was born in Switzerland, where my parents lived and worked for many years. Can I apply for Swiss citizenship? No. In Switzerland the right of citizenship is inherited, based on the principle of “jus sanguinis” (right of blood). It is not based on birthplace. Being born in Switzerland or having parents who live or have lived in the country does not confer any right to citizenship. As a rule, a foreigner can become Swiss only if he or she lives in Switzerland, has Swiss ancestors, or is married to a Swiss citizen. 2) I am an Italian citizen who has lived and worked for years in Switzerland: What grounds do I have for applying for Swiss nationality? A foreigner can apply for naturalization if they have ...
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Ten things you need to know about Swiss citizenship

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 07/31/2017 - 11:00
How do you become Swiss? Who is entitled to naturalization? How many years must you be a resident before you can apply? swissinfo.ch has collected questions from readers across the world, and ten of them are answered here.  1) I am an Italian citizen living in Italy, but I was born in Switzerland, where my parents lived and worked for many years. Can I apply for Swiss citizenship? No. In Switzerland the right of citizenship is inherited, based on the principle of “jus sanguinis” (right of blood). It is not based on birthplace. Being born in Switzerland or having parents who live or have lived in the country does not confer any right to citizenship. As a rule, a foreigner can become Swiss only if he or she lives in Switzerland, has Swiss ancestors, or is married to a Swiss citizen. 2) I am an Italian citizen who has lived and worked for years in Switzerland: What grounds do I have for applying for Swiss nationality? A foreigner can apply for naturalization if they have ...
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Swiss celebrations, ‘natural’ foods and digital IDs

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 12:00
Here's a selection of the stories we will be bringing you in the upcoming week. Monday and Tuesday The Swiss at home and abroad will be celebrating Swiss National Day on August 1. We kick off our series of special reports to mark the big day with a look at how easy – or difficult – it is to become Swiss. On Tuesday, we report on what the world thinks of Switzerland and present the address of this year’s president, Doris Leuthard, to the Swiss living abroad.   Wednesday How would you celebrate your 70th birthday? If you were a film festival, you’d reminisce about all the stars who’ve appeared on your big screen and taken to your stage. We present a selection of the artistically – and at times politically – charged highlights from the past seven decades of the Locarno Film Festival, which kicks off on Wednesday.  Thursday How natural are the foods labelled “natural” that we buy? There may not be much substance to the claim, which is why Swiss and Spanish ...
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How safe is the Swiss capital?

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 11:00
International polls rank Bern as one of the safest capital cities to live in on the planet. swissinfo.ch found out what it means to feel secure there.  The city, with its thriving economy and excellent infrastructure, seems to offer a great quality of life. People appear to be pretty relaxed about personal safety, and burglar alarms on cars or houses are not commonplace. People often leave their belongings unattended while going for a swim in the pool or the river, while supermarkets leave goods outside the stores overnight. From children to politicians, there’s a feeling in the air that Bern is a safe place to be, whether it’s about personal property or personal security. Overall crime rates fell in 2016 by 2% compared with the year before, but the number of robberies increased by 10%. While most people we talked to thought there was nothing to fear in the Swiss capital, one woman described an attack she experienced. Even so, Bern is statistically safer than Switzerland’s other ...
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How safe is the Swiss capital?

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 11:00
International polls rank Bern as one of the safest capital cities to live in on the planet. swissinfo.ch found out what it means to feel secure there.  The city, with its thriving economy and excellent infrastructure, seems to offer a great quality of life. People appear to be pretty relaxed about personal safety, and burglar alarms on cars or houses are not commonplace. People often leave their belongings unattended while going for a swim in the pool or the river, while supermarkets leave goods outside the stores overnight. From children to politicians, there’s a feeling in the air that Bern is a safe place to be, whether it’s about personal property or personal security. Overall crime rates fell in 2016 by 2% compared with the year before, but the number of robberies increased by 10%. While most people we talked to thought there was nothing to fear in the Swiss capital, one woman described an attack she experienced. Even so, Bern is statistically safer than Switzerland’s other ...
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A digital nomad in Manila

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 11:00
He can do his job from anywhere in the world. Twenty-seven-year-old Manuel Schuster from Thun in the Bernese Oberland followed his girlfriend to the Philippines, where he now advises businesses on online marketing. SWI swissinfo.ch: When and why did you leave Switzerland? Manuel Schuster: I have always dreamt about being able to work from anywhere in the world and discover it at the same time. For this reason, I decided to travel through Asia in 2016. When I met my present girlfriend, who is originally from the Philippines, in Barcelona in October 2015, my decision was made. I was already on my way to the island country in Southeast Asia by November 2015. SWI swissinfo.ch: What were your first few months like in the Philippines? M.S.: I spent the first few months in Manila, and it was unbelievable. Traffic is horrendous and poverty is omnipresent in some parts of the city. But still, Manila has a certain charm and a lot to offer. After about two months in Manila, my girlfriend ...
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A digital nomad in Manila

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 11:00
He can do his job from anywhere in the world. Twenty-seven-year-old Manuel Schuster from Thun in the Bernese Oberland followed his girlfriend to the Philippines, where he now advises businesses on online marketing. SWI swissinfo.ch: When and why did you leave Switzerland? Manuel Schuster: I have always dreamt about being able to work from anywhere in the world and discover it at the same time. For this reason, I decided to travel through Asia in 2016. When I met my present girlfriend, who is originally from the Philippines, in Barcelona in October 2015, my decision was made. I was already on my way to the island country in Southeast Asia by November 2015. SWI swissinfo.ch: What were your first few months like in the Philippines? M.S.: I spent the first few months in Manila, and it was unbelievable. Traffic is horrendous and poverty is omnipresent in some parts of the city. But still, Manila has a certain charm and a lot to offer. After about two months in Manila, my girlfriend ...
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MAN increases operating profit

News Machinery - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 20:51

Higher profits for first half of 2017 – outlook confirmed - - The commercial vehicle and engineering company MAN has made a successful start to 2017, benefiting in particular from its strong position on the continuously growing European market for commercial vehicles. The order intake reported by the MAN Group for the first six months amounted to €8.1 billion, with sales revenue reaching €6.9 billion. The operating return on sales generated by the MAN Group rose to 4.0% during the first hal...

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GE, Harbin Electric and NPPMCL set new global record in first fire and synchronization of H-class gas turbine at Balloki Power Plant

News Machinery - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 18:34

GE (NYSE: GE) and Harbin Electric International Company Limited (HEI) have set a new global record for the shortest duration from delivery on-site to first fire and synchronization of GE's H-class gas turbine at the Balloki Power Plant in Pattoki, Punjab in Pakistan. Developed by the Government of Pakistan through the National Power Parks Management Company Limited (NPPMCL), the 1.2 gigawatt (GW) combined cycle Balloki Power Plant is a milestone project that aims to address the growing po...

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