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Boeing to Modernize, Add Muscle to Next-Generation Chinook

News Machinery - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 15:35

Boeing [NYSE:BA] will build and test three U.S. Army CH-47F Block II Chinook helicopters as part of a modernization effort that will likely bring another two decades of work to the company's Philadelphia site. A recent $276 million Army contract will fund those helicopters, which will validate technology advancements that will increase the iconic helicopter's lifting power. "The Army's only heavy-lift helicopter exists to deliver decisive combat power for our ground commanders," said Col...

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The Swiss president's National Day address

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:46
Swiss President Doris Leuthard speaks to Swiss citizens living abroad in the annual August 1 address from the government. Leuthard, who announced on the eve of National Day that she would not be contesting the next elections in 2019, discusses the importance and relevance of the Swiss abroad, and of Switzerland's place in the world.
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The Swiss president's National Day address

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:46
Swiss President Doris Leuthard speaks to Swiss citizens living abroad in the annual August 1 address from the government. Leuthard, who announced on the eve of National Day that she would not be contesting the next elections in 2019, discusses the importance and relevance of the Swiss abroad, and of Switzerland's place in the world.
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How Swiss schools abroad stand out in a competitive market

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:00
Switzerland has a network of 18 schools abroad, all over the world, but not evenly distributed. That’s because the method for creating new Swiss schools differs from that of other countries. There is also a lot of competition. Most of the Swiss schools abroad are in Italy, Spain or South America. Asia is covered by Singapore and Thailand, soon to be joined by China when the Swiss School Beijing opens in August. There is no official Swiss school in the United States. Why this uneven distribution? It’s because the schools were founded by groups of Swiss abroad in countries where they were especially numerous, explains Barbara Sulzer Smith, director of educationsuisse, the umbrella association of Swiss schools abroad. In the post-war years, many Swiss companies opened branches in South America, for example. “This is unlike the French and German schools abroad system where the government decides where new schools should be founded,” says Sulzer Smith. She doesn’t know why ...
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Maybe you are bilingual after all!

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:00
How good is your German, French or Italian? Immigrants in Switzerland have differing experiences trying to master one of the national languages. Linguistic expert François Grosjean explains that you should take heart, even if you never reach ‘native-like fluency’. "No, I'm not bilingual; I'm not fluent in all my languages"; "I don't consider myself bilingual since I don't know how to write my other language"; "I didn't grow up with two languages, so I'm not bilingual"; "I have an accent in Spanish so I can't be considered bilingual" ..... I have heard such remarks repeatedly and I have always been dismayed that so many bilinguals depreciate their language skills. The main reason is that the criterion of how fluent bilinguals are in their languages has long been dominant in how we characterize them. Even some linguists have put it forward as the defining characteristic. Hence, the American linguist, Leonard Bloomfield, stated that bilingualism is the native-like control of ...
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How Swiss schools abroad stand out in a competitive market

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:00
Switzerland has a network of 18 schools abroad, all over the world, but not evenly distributed. That’s because the method for creating new Swiss schools differs from that of other countries. There is also a lot of competition. Most of the Swiss schools abroad are in Italy, Spain or South America. Asia is covered by Singapore and Thailand, soon to be joined by China when the Swiss School Beijing opens in August. There is no official Swiss school in the United States. Why this uneven distribution? It’s because the schools were founded by groups of Swiss abroad in countries where they were especially numerous, explains Barbara Sulzer Smith, director of educationsuisse, the umbrella association of Swiss schools abroad. In the post-war years, many Swiss companies opened branches in South America, for example. “This is unlike the French and German schools abroad system where the government decides where new schools should be founded,” says Sulzer Smith. She doesn’t know why ...
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Maybe you are bilingual after all!

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 11:00
How good is your German, French or Italian? Immigrants in Switzerland have differing experiences trying to master one of the national languages. Linguistic expert François Grosjean explains that you should take heart, even if you never reach ‘native-like fluency’. "No, I'm not bilingual; I'm not fluent in all my languages"; "I don't consider myself bilingual since I don't know how to write my other language"; "I didn't grow up with two languages, so I'm not bilingual"; "I have an accent in Spanish so I can't be considered bilingual" ..... I have heard such remarks repeatedly and I have always been dismayed that so many bilinguals depreciate their language skills. The main reason is that the criterion of how fluent bilinguals are in their languages has long been dominant in how we characterize them. Even some linguists have put it forward as the defining characteristic. Hence, the American linguist, Leonard Bloomfield, stated that bilingualism is the native-like control of ...
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Clarke Energy Chosen by APA to Supply GE's Gas Engine Technology to Gruyere Gold Australian Mining Project

News Machinery - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 18:36

GE (NYSE: GE) announced today that Clarke Energy, GE's distributor and service partner, will provide 11 of GE's high-efficiency Jenbacher* J624 gas engines to Australia's leading energy infrastructure business, APA Group (ASX: APA), for its new 45-megawatt (MW) Yamarna Power Station in Western Australia, which is being constructed to supply power to the Gruyere Gold Project. Clarke Energy will engineer, procure and construct (EPC) the gas-fired power station. Gas for power generation will...

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Toshiba and Sem-Calaca Power Corporation to Cooperate in Thermal Power Plant's Total Asset Management

News Machinery - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 17:59

Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it has concluded a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sem-Calaca Power Corporation (SCPC), a DMCI Holdings group company, on a partnership to investigate the deployment of total asset management including plant optimization, predictive monitoring with IoT solutions and extending the operating life of the Calaca Thermal Power Plant in Luzon, Republic of the Philippines. The scope of MOU covers application of IoT to predictive monit...

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Tama and the car freaks

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 17:00
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. This week she visits a show organised by Tamils for auto addicts. For these collectors, the more souped up and tarted up the cars are, the better. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
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Tama and the car freaks

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 17:00
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. This week she visits a show organised by Tamils for auto addicts. For these collectors, the more souped up and tarted up the cars are, the better. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
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Protecting Workers from Diesel Exhaust and Particulate Matter

News Machinery - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 14:31

In June,  Canadian Occupational Safety  published an article about the respiratory hazards faced by underground miners. The report described the case of a miner who was a nonsmoker in his forties that developed lung cancer. Both the man's doctor and government health and safety regulators agreed the cancer was an occupational disease caused by exposure to diesel emissions. - - The exhaust from diesel engines contains a mixture of gases and very small particles that can create a health hazar...

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Crowdfunding to reward whistleblowers

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:00
Would you blow the whistle on corrupt or unethical practices if you knew you would receive a cash reward? A new Swiss crowdfunding platform thinks that’s a good idea. And so do two notable Swiss whistleblowers, Bradley Birkenfeld and Rudolf Elmer, who both told swissinfo.ch that they support the project and its goals. “Truth is under attack,” declares the Zug-based platform Trutheum. “Intentionally misleading citizens has historically been an effective strategy, not just for governments, but also for many industries and businesses. The only method to combat it is to have an informed population.” Although many people blow the whistle on corrupt practices simply to do the right thing, Trutheum believes that others need a financial nudge to divulge what they know. Its developers intend to call on the public to build a reward pool of token that can be converted into the cryptocurrency ether – which can in turn be traded for hard cash (one ether was worth around $200 or CHF190 at the ...
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Crowdfunding to reward whistleblowers

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 11:00
Would you blow the whistle on corrupt or unethical practices if you knew you would receive a cash reward? A new Swiss crowdfunding platform thinks that’s a good idea. And so do two notable Swiss whistleblowers, Bradley Birkenfeld and Rudolf Elmer, who both told swissinfo.ch that they support the project and its goals. “Truth is under attack,” declares the Zug-based platform Trutheum. “Intentionally misleading citizens has historically been an effective strategy, not just for governments, but also for many industries and businesses. The only method to combat it is to have an informed population.” Although many people blow the whistle on corrupt practices simply to do the right thing, Trutheum believes that others need a financial nudge to divulge what they know. Its developers intend to call on the public to build a reward pool of token that can be converted into the cryptocurrency ether – which can in turn be traded for hard cash (one ether was worth around $200 or CHF190 at the ...
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How long does it take to buy a Swiss home?

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:00
Buying a dream house or apartment can be an expensive and daunting process for people who move to Switzerland to live and work - but not impossible. We look at the state of the housing market, and key questions about renting and purchasing.  Recent reports confirm shifts in the Swiss property market, in a country where over 60% of people rent apartments or houses (+60%), due to cultural and cost factors.  Buying or renting? Renting is generally the easier option for new arrivals, and many real estate and relocation agencies recommend it initially, at least for the first couple of years.  “Foreigners don’t know the areas. They don’t know if they’ll like Switzerland and their ideal property may not exist yet,” explains Adrian von Moos, an account manager at Auris Relocation in Zurich. “And sometimes their company pays half their rent.”  But buying a house may be interesting, depending on the canton, available time, budget and life plans.  I’m from Ireland. Can I buy an ...
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How long does it take to buy a Swiss home?

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 11:00
Buying a dream house or apartment can be an expensive and daunting process for people who move to Switzerland to live and work - but not impossible. We look at the state of the housing market, and key questions about renting and purchasing.  Recent reports confirm shifts in the Swiss property market, in a country where over 60% of people rent apartments or houses (+60%), due to cultural and cost factors.  Buying or renting? Renting is generally the easier option for new arrivals, and many real estate and relocation agencies recommend it initially, at least for the first couple of years.  “Foreigners don’t know the areas. They don’t know if they’ll like Switzerland and their ideal property may not exist yet,” explains Adrian von Moos, an account manager at Auris Relocation in Zurich. “And sometimes their company pays half their rent.”  But buying a house may be interesting, depending on the canton, available time, budget and life plans.  I’m from Ireland. Can I buy an ...
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Caterpillar Reports Second-Quarter 2017 Results

News Machinery - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:21

Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE: CAT) today announced second-quarter 2017 sales and revenues of $11.3 billion, compared with $10.3 billion in the second quarter of 2016. Second-quarter 2017 profit per share was $1.35, compared with $0.93 per share in the second quarter of 2016. Excluding  restructuring costs  and a gain on the sale of an equity investment in IronPlanet, second-quarter 2017  adjusted profit per share  was $1.49, compared to second-quarter 2016 adjusted profit per share of $1.09....

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Tributes pour in for Swiss pop music pioneer

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:34
Tributes have been pouring in following the death of Swiss pop star, Polo Hofer. The story and his importance for German-speaking Switzerland feature in many Swiss newspapers. The singer, who founded the first rock band (Rumpelstilz) to sing in dialect, died from lung cancer at his home in Oberhofen on lake Thun.  Rumpelstilz rocketed to the top of the charts with their song, “Kiosk”. Hofer went on to form the Schmetterband, which also scored a huge chart success with “Alperose” in 1985. In 2008, the song was voted the biggest Swiss hit of all time. Hofer had a turbulent relationship with his father, who once had him arrested to stop him performing. The singer also spent time in prison after stealing instruments from fellow musicians.  He lived life in the fast lane. Alcohol and drugs were his lifelong companions, and he campaigned for the legalisation of cannabis. He announced that he had incurable cancer in August 2016, and only appeared in public again a year later on the ...
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Tributes pour in for Swiss pop music pioneer

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 15:34
Tributes have been pouring in following the death of Swiss pop star, Polo Hofer. The story and his importance for German-speaking Switzerland feature in many Swiss newspapers. The singer, who founded the first rock band (Rumpelstilz) to sing in dialect, died from lung cancer at his home in Oberhofen on lake Thun.  Rumpelstilz rocketed to the top of the charts with their song, “Kiosk”. Hofer went on to form the Schmetterband, which also scored a huge chart success with “Alperose” in 1985. In 2008, the song was voted the biggest Swiss hit of all time. Hofer had a turbulent relationship with his father, who once had him arrested to stop him performing. The singer also spent time in prison after stealing instruments from fellow musicians.  He lived life in the fast lane. Alcohol and drugs were his lifelong companions, and he campaigned for the legalisation of cannabis. He announced that he had incurable cancer in August 2016, and only appeared in public again a year later on the ...
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New Swiss school to open in Beijing

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 11:00
The Swiss School Beijing, opening next month, will be the first of its kind in China and the first new Swiss school abroad in more than three decades. “We are very excited about the start of term,” said Barbara Stäuble, president of the Association Swiss School Beijing, at the recent conference of Swiss Schools Abroad in Zurich where the buzz around the new Chinese location was palpable. The school, which will be housed in the existing Western Academy Beijing, will open on August 21 on a small scale, she explained. At first, it will offer Kindergarten as well as Primary 1 and 2 classes. The idea is to expand the school year by year, to reach 150 pupils. It will be part of network of 18 Swiss schools abroad, international schools promoting Swiss values. The Beijing location will be the first fully independent Swiss school abroad to open since 1981, since more recent openings have involved expanding existing schools. ​​​​​​​ So why now and why Beijing? The number of Swiss ...
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