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MHI Appoints Seiji Izumisawa as President & CEO, CSO, Announces Changes in Board and Executive-level Personnel

News Machinery - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 17:01

 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) today announced executive-level personnel changes effective March 31 and April 1, 2019 and made nominations for Directors to be proposed to the 94th  Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders scheduled for June 27, 2019. MHI also announced the appointment of Seiji Izumisawa as President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective April 1, 2019, and Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), a role he holds currently. He succeeds Shunichi Miyanaga, who will take on...

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Left behind and locked out of Swiss democracy

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 12:00
Democracy bases its legitimacy on the promise to adequately and appropriately represent the population. However, a look at Switzerland’s system reveals some shortcomings: women, young people, foreigners and the low-qualified are often absent from political institutions. #Dear Democracy This text is part of #DearDemocracy, a platform on direct democracy issues, by swissinfo.ch. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of swissinfo.ch. Democratic rights don’t fall from the sky. They are the achievement of brave people who demanded and fought for political rights for themselves and for their fellow citizens. Such efforts fighting for equality were also seen in Switzerland. Almost 100 years ago, the social and political situation in the country was explosive, and many were dissatisfied with living and working conditions; factory workers, in particular, felt politicians had abandoned them. This resulted in a ...
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Credit Suisse freezes bonus pool after tough year of rebuilding

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 09:27
Credit Suisse has frozen its 2018 bonus pool while awarding its top executives double-digit pay rises, as it tries to keep investors onside when it reports higher annual pre-tax profits next week. The Swiss bank’s overall pool of bonuses will remain flat at about CHF3.2 billion ($3.2 billion) in the latest pay round as the board seeks to balance distributions to shareholders with pay for employees, according to people with knowledge of the decision. However, its top executives are set to receive a significant pay boost worth tens of millions of francs after removing a voluntary cap on their pay imposed in the past two years. The move comes despite an almost 30% fall in the bank’s share price in the past year. Credit Suisse has attracted controversy before over pay. The bank, led by chief executive Tidjane Thiam, was criticised by investors for boosting bonuses 3% in 2017 and 6% in 2016, despite making more than CHF3 billion of annual losses during a painful restructuring over ...
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First Cockpit Assembly of Falcon 2000 to Be Delivered by DRAL to Dassault Aviation

News Machinery - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 19:53

The first cockpit front section of Falcon 2000 series produced by Dassault Reliance Aerospace Limited (DRAL) in its manufacturing facility at MIHAN, Nagpur, is ready to be handed-over to Dassault Aviation. Matching with the highest quality standards, this first front section is to be delivered to Dassault Aviation's Falcon final assembly line in France. This is a new step in Dassault Aviation's setting-up in India, comforting its decision to invest in India for the future and in its commi...

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Sandvik to Feature DE712 Core Drill Rig at Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada Convention

News Machinery - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 19:41

Join Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology at booth 1031 of the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) Convention, March 3-6, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Canada as we exhibit our latest technology specifically designed for the exploration market. Experts will be on hand to discuss the DE712 Core Drill Rig, built for exploration and suitable for directional drilling and geotechnical drilling. This rig features a capacity of 1,126m depth in N size a...

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Why Swiss women don’t sue their employers

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 14:46
Few women in Switzerland sue their employers for wage discrimination – with good reason. It seldom works out. Over the past four decades, 167 individual women and nine men – as well as 61 groups – have taken an employer to court. But despite the persistent wage gap in Switzerland, the number of wage discrimination lawsuits is on the decline. In addition to the inherent expense and awkwardness of suing the company that issues one’s paycheck, potential plaintiffs are put off by the fact that the chances of winning are slim. As University of Geneva law professor Karine Lempen told Swiss public television, SRF, it’s very difficult to prove an employer’s guilt. So instead, victims are more likely to approach the problem via an arbitration authority – with a greater likelihood of success. This method results in a settlement 69% of the time, whereas in court it’s 12%. Equal pay for equal work is a constitutional requirement in Switzerland. Yet according to the most recent ...
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Brexit’s ‘toxic uncertainty’ impacts Swiss and UK scientists

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:00
Scientific progress in Switzerland, and for Swiss citizens, could be at risk if research and innovation are caught up in the politics of Brexit, say those affected in the Swiss and British research communities.  “There’s this uncertainty that is very toxic,” says Vincent Croset, a Swiss post-doctoral scientist exploring issues of memory at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour. “We won’t be able to do research in the conditions that we do at the moment.” Croset is one of about 34,500 Swiss citizens living and working in the UK. Funding for his project is provided by a European Research Council grant through Horizon 2020, the European Union’s framework programme to fund research and innovation. The UK may lose access to Horizon 2020 funds and its successor program, Horizon Europe, if it leaves the European Union without a deal.  While Croset is hopeful that the UK would make up for any funding lost after Brexit and the British government has promised ...
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Uteco Group and Kodak Extend Partnership focused on Unique Packaging Solutions utilizing KODAK ULTRASTREAM Inkjet Technology

News Machinery - Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:35

Uteco Converting S.p.A. has signed an agreement with Kodak to purchase Kodak's latest inkjet printing systems featuring ULTRASTREAM Technology. KODAK ULTRASTREAM Technology first debuted as a conceptual demonstration at drupa 2016 with development plans for availability to OEM partners in 2019. Kodak's proprietary ULTRASTREAM Continuous Inkjet Technology delivers 600x1800dpi with production speeds of up to 150mpm uniquely utilizing environmentally-friendly and economic water-based inks on...

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John Deere is ready to run with a complete Stage V lineup

News Machinery - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 19:48

John Deere Power Systems (JDPS) continues to lead its OEM customers seamlessly through the upcoming emissions transition with a lineup of engines that have received Stage V certification. This includes its variable-speed engine families below 56 kW (75 hp) and above 130 kW (174 hp) as well as its constant speed engine families. The Industrial Stage V lineup from John Deere offers ratings from 36 to more than 500 kW (48 to more than 670 hp) with displacements of 2.9L through the upcoming 13...

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Why Swiss cities dominate the cocaine hit parade

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 18:00
In terms of European cocaine usage, half of the top ten cities are Swiss. Switzerland’s low regulation and high purchasing power offer ideal conditions for buying or consuming drugs, says national research centre Addiction Switzerland. Some five tonnes of cocaine are consumed each year in Switzerland – with revenues of around CHF330 million ($330 million) – according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. Swiss cities take five of the top nine slots for European consumption. The cocaine comes mainly from West African networks, reports Addiction Switzerland. Heroin, meanwhile, is imported and sold mainly by Albanian groups, with the quantity in circulation estimated at 1.8-2.5 tonnes a year. “Illegal substances can be found in cities quickly and relatively easily,” notes the Addiction Panorama for 2019, which gives an overview of the consumption of addictive substances. “Legal products are also everywhere and cheap. They can be bought around the clock ...
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‘Elections are the only solution for Venezuela’

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 16:02
Switzerland has expressed concern about the ongoing crisis in Venezuela but has not joined other countries in recognizing parliamentary leader Juan Guaidó as interim president. Yanina Welp of the Aarau Centre for Democracy Studies spoke to swissinfo.ch about the situation. swissinfo.ch: Most EU countries have recognised Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela. Switzerland's official position is that it does not recognise governments, only states. What do you think of this position? Yanina Welp: I think it’s a mistake. While it may be true that international law is clearer on criteria for recognising a state than for recognising governments, I think a country like Switzerland that seeks not only to practice but also to defend democratic principles could speak out against government changes that violate those principles. Maduro’s government in Venezuela has been violating democratic principles for years. swissinfo.ch: Does support for Maduro or Guaidó reflect that what is at ...
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Mechanism sends ‘strong signal to perpetrators of crimes in Syria’

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00
More and more European countries, including Germany, France, Sweden and Austria, are prosecuting people for war crimes in Syria. One of the tools at their disposal is the Geneva-based International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM). The body was created in December 2016 by the United Nations General Assembly and has been headed since summer 2017 by former judge Catherine Marchi-Uhel of France. This evidence-gathering body is at the service of these national jurisdictions and others that may be set up in the future, and safeguards a huge database with information for future trials. Is the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism fully operational? Catherine Marchi-Uhel: We have finished the preparatory work, but the mechanism started to be operational before that. After setting up our evidence management system and making it secure in May 2018, we were able to start gathering information, including some of the most sensitive elements. This evidence-gathering, ...
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Breastfeeding in Switzerland: myths vs realities

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00
Some 95% of mothers breastfeed their newborns in Switzerland. But there are still many prejudices over if and how you should breastfeed. swissinfo.ch spoke to two experts to gain a bigger picture. Katrin Berger and Margrit Hagen are certified breastfeeding consultants and work at the Women's Hospital of the University Hospital of Bern (Inselspital). They are also midwives with more than 30 years of professional experience. They have first-hand knowledge of the feelings, thoughts and worries of mothers when it comes to feeding their newborns. Their experience has also helped them in their work as auditors for the Baby-Friendly Hospitals label. This defines quality criteria as drawn up by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for breastfeeding. There are now 27 hospitals in Switzerland using this label. swissinfo.ch: How does Switzerland comply with UN recommendations on the promotion of breastfeeding? Katrin Berger: 95% of ...
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Picasso’s early work on show in Basel

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 11:37
A major exhibition at the Fondation Beyeler near Basel shows a young Picasso in search of his identity as a painter. It is the most elaborate and expensive exhibition ever shown at Fondation Bayeler. The works on display from the painter's early years are milestones on Picasso's way to becoming the most famous artist of the 20th century. Never before have they been presented together in such a dense and high-quality exhibition. Included are around 80 of the most famous paintings and sculptures in the world, borrowed for the most part only rarely from renowned museums in Europe, the US, Canada, Russia, China and Japan. Curator Raphaël Bouvier has chosen "Yo Picasso" (I Picasso), a self-confident self-portrait in vibrant colours, to hang at the entrance and start the show. At the age of just 20, aspiring artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso (1881-1973) embarked on a search for new pictorial themes and forms of expression. This search is also the theme of the exhibition, through ten rooms in ...
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Half of Swiss to have higher education degrees by 2037

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 02/06/2019 - 09:00
The Swiss population’s education level will rise even further over the next 20 years, says a government report. The reason – demand from employers. By 2037, almost half the population aged 25-65 is predicted to have a tertiary-level qualification – either a degree or an advanced professional diploma for those having done vocational education and training (VET). In 2017, 43% had an equivalent qualification, according to the government’s report on demographic development and education, which was published on Wednesday. The number of qualifications gained at other educational levels is expected to remain stable. More students Overall, demographic change – spurred on by a higher birth rate between 2003 and 2016 – will result in more people in education, including in schools (until 2030) and apprenticeships (from 2020). The number of students at Swiss universities and higher education institutions should “after decades of moderate growth, significantly increase (+21% between 2017 ...
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Decades Old Landslide Containing Naturally Occurring Asbestos Has Residents of Washington and British Columbia Concerned

News Machinery - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 18:04

In January, the  Record-Gazette  published an article about health concerns of many residents living near the border of the United States and Canada where the Sumas River flows between the countries. The concerns are associated with naturally occurring asbestos from an ongoing landslide that contains the minerals that are slowly being washed into Swift Creek, a tributary of the Sumas River. - - According to the report, the slow-moving landslide began decades ago and has been dumping

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Supporting local dancers at Prix de Lausanne

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:33
The world-renowned international ballet competition, Prix de Lausanne, is underway in western Switzerland – with 74 young dancers from 19 countries. In keeping with recent trends, many are from Asian countries such as Japan, South Korea and China. “But we are also keen to discover talented local dancers,” notes Kathryn Bradney, the competition’s artistic and executive director and a former principal dancer from the Béjart Ballet Lausanne company. For example, the competition organizes free ballet classes for local dance students. And there’s also a special prize for local talent. The “Best Swiss Candidate Prize” goes to the best Swiss finalist or resident who has been training in Switzerland for at least two years. There are no Swiss candidates for this award, but there are three potential winners: two 18-year-old Japanese women living in Zurich: Sumina Sasaki (candidate #313) and Mio Sumiyama (#316), as well as Basel-based 18-year-old Bulgarian Georgi Kapitanski (#422). The ...
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Geneva to vote on divisive secularism law

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 02/05/2019 - 12:00
Citizens in Geneva will decide on Sunday whether to back a controversial new law aimed at better regulating relations between religion and state, whilst reaffirming the principle of secularism in the canton. Opponents say planned changes, which include a ban on visible religious symbols, go too far and target Muslim women.  Geneva is a cosmopolitan melting pot, with 40% of its residents of foreign origin.  The canton of Protestant reformer Jean Calvin is sometimes referred to as the Protestant Rome, but times have changed, and Geneva also has a diverse religious makeup. In 2016, 35% of its residents claimed to be Roman Catholic, while 10% said they were Protestant and 6% Muslim. In all, 400 religious communities are represented, but at the same time, 38% of citizens claim to be non-believers. Over the past five years, local officials and politicians have been battling to agree on a new secularism (laicité) law, driven by minister Pierre Maudet, that supporters say will bring ...
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Remembering Switzerland’s role in the American hostage crisis in Iran

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 18:00
A Swiss documentary shown at the recent Solothurn Film Festival looks at how Swiss diplomats found themselves at the centre of a geopolitical flashpoint 40 years ago – and how they helped broker a deal. There will be no celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the hostage crisis in Iran. From November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981, 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage in the US embassy in Tehran. The 444 days of captivity were the longest for this type of hostage in history and represented the beginning of hostile relations between the United States and Iran. The break-in of the embassy by 400 Iranian students and revolutionaries was a turning point in Middle East politics as well as the probable cause of Jimmy Carter’s defeat in the 1980 presidential election. Is there anything to celebrate about the crisis? While the word celebrate is too strong, there is certainly reason to at least acknowledge the outstanding diplomatic efforts by the Swiss foreign ...
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Albanian bears explore new Swiss sanctuary

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 17:45
Two bears transferred from a small zoo in Albania are adjusting to their new home in eastern Switzerland – the Arosa Bear Sanctuary – after a road trip through four countries. Last week, Amelia and Meimo were taken from a small enclosure near a restaurant in Albania after their owners asked the Four Paws international animal organisation to help find a larger home for the bears. As cubs, the animals had been rescued from poachers in 2006. They are said to be in good health and well fed. Preparing for a road trip Vets and specialists from Four Paws and the Arosa Bear Foundation travelled to Albania to retrieve the bears. They tranquilised the omnivores ahead of their long journey, which ended on Friday night. The last part of the odyssey involved a ride in a cable car and being pushed along by a piste bully normally used to groom the ski slopes. The sanctuary in Arosa in the canton of Graubünden is 2.8 hectares (6.9 acres) and 1,800 metres above sea level. Neighbours There ...
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