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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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Twelve things that might surprise you while visiting Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:00
If you count yourself among the growing number of Americans visiting Switzerland – more than 900,000 of you are expected this year - best come prepared. During a recent trip to New England, I came to the realisation that there are indeed still many cultural differences between the US (Canada too) and Switzerland. The Swiss may patronise Starbucks, have a Netflix and Amazon account and walk around with their eyes glued to smartphone screens, but the small day-to-day things are decidedly different, as is the case in much of continental Europe. That must be what you are looking forward to, right? You may convince yourself it’s the Alpine scenery - and see it you will - but deep down, you want to return home and tell stories about the strange customs and habits of the Swiss. While you’re here, these things will take some getting used to. Coffee to stay: Cafés serve up coffee in real, non-disposable cups. Not everything is ‘to go’ in Switzerland. Cultural acclimatisation: Air ...
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Twelve things that might surprise you while visiting Switzerland

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 17:00
If you count yourself among the growing number of Americans visiting Switzerland – more than 900,000 of you are expected this year - best come prepared. During a recent trip to New England, I came to the realisation that there are indeed still many cultural differences between the US (Canada too) and Switzerland. The Swiss may patronise Starbucks, have a Netflix and Amazon account and walk around with their eyes glued to smartphone screens, but the small day-to-day things are decidedly different, as is the case in much of continental Europe. That must be what you are looking forward to, right? You may convince yourself it’s the Alpine scenery - and see it you will - but deep down, you want to return home and tell stories about the strange customs and habits of the Swiss. While you’re here, these things will take some getting used to. Coffee to stay: Cafés serve up coffee in real, non-disposable cups. Not everything is ‘to go’ in Switzerland. Cultural acclimatisation: Air ...
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Will I ever truly be a ‘local’ in Switzerland?

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 16:00
A Basel resident from Turkey was inspired to reflect on her difficult Swiss integration process after a citizenship case involving a Turkish woman made waves in the international press. As a Turkish immigrant in Switzerland, it recently became clear to me that full integration does not necessarily lead to full citizenship and acceptance in Switzerland. A lifelong resident of the country with Turkish origins recently answered more than 100 somewhat bizarre interview questions only to be denied citizenship by her local municipality. If a Swiss-born woman with Turkish parents cannot be accepted in this country after three generations, how will I ever be?  In the city where I lived an "expat" life for five years (meaning a contract-based science job, automatically renewed one-year residence permits through the international company I worked for, automatic tax deductions, working in a multicultural environment, etc.) I established myself as an adult and a scientist and formed ...
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Will I ever truly be a ‘local’ in Switzerland?

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 16:00
A Basel resident from Turkey was inspired to reflect on her difficult Swiss integration process after a citizenship case involving a Turkish woman made waves in the international press. As a Turkish immigrant in Switzerland, it recently became clear to me that full integration does not necessarily lead to full citizenship and acceptance in Switzerland. A lifelong resident of the country with Turkish origins recently answered more than 100 somewhat bizarre interview questions only to be denied citizenship by her local municipality. If a Swiss-born woman with Turkish parents cannot be accepted in this country after three generations, how will I ever be?  In the city where I lived an "expat" life for five years (meaning a contract-based science job, automatically renewed one-year residence permits through the international company I worked for, automatic tax deductions, working in a multicultural environment, etc.) I established myself as an adult and a scientist and formed ...
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Yamaha Motor Opens First Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing in Chennai — Public-Private HR Development Program through Japanese/Indian Government & Japanese Corporate Collaboration —

News Machinery - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 14:11

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) announced that it has today held the opening ceremony for the YAMAHA MOTOR NTTF Training Center (YNTC), newly established at the Chennai Plant (in Tamil Nadu State) of its local subsidiary India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. (IYM). The YNTC is the first center opened as part of the Japan-India Institute for Manufacturing (JIM) initiative, which is being undertaken by the Government of Japan, the Government of the Republic of India, and Japanese companies as a...

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Swiss startup flies a kite to produce wind power

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:00
Switzerland's Twingtec project has designed a high-altitude solution to harvest wind power in places where normal wind turbines can’t be built. It has an ambitious goal: to revolutionise wind farming using drones.  If you have ever been up the Eiffel tower, on the Empire State Building, or just on a mountaintop, you know that the higher you go, the stronger the wind blows. It’s no secret to builders of wind turbines, who have long been building ever-higher towers and ever-longer rotor blades to improve the efficiency of their devices.  “Wind turbines have shown their usefulness, but they do have limits,” says Rolf Luchsinger of Twingtec. “They can’t get up to where the wind is strongest and most constant. For technical reasons, the height of towers can’t be extended ad infinitum. And construction of wind farms on mountains is made that much more difficult by the high costs – and by the attitude of those who consider them a blight on the landscape.”  There is a whole ...
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Swiss startup flies a kite to produce wind power

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 11:00
Switzerland's Twingtec project has designed a high-altitude solution to harvest wind power in places where normal wind turbines can’t be built. It has an ambitious goal: to revolutionise wind farming using drones.  If you have ever been up the Eiffel tower, on the Empire State Building, or just on a mountaintop, you know that the higher you go, the stronger the wind blows. It’s no secret to builders of wind turbines, who have long been building ever-higher towers and ever-longer rotor blades to improve the efficiency of their devices.  “Wind turbines have shown their usefulness, but they do have limits,” says Rolf Luchsinger of Twingtec. “They can’t get up to where the wind is strongest and most constant. For technical reasons, the height of towers can’t be extended ad infinitum. And construction of wind farms on mountains is made that much more difficult by the high costs – and by the attitude of those who consider them a blight on the landscape.”  There is a whole ...
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Papros Releases Cutting Edge Technology to Enable Seamless Quality Checks for PLM Data Exchanges and Information Dissemination for Global Trade

News Machinery - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 00:46

Green leader Papros Inc. announced that it has brought advanced quality control in checking substance, substance category and exemption lists, thresholds and identities, queries and also any custom lists to the supply chain. This is necessary for the seamless dissemination of compliance information for Article level compliance for REACH. Now cross checking of product data can be done versus control lists that are uploadable in standards based xml typically provided by IEC or IPC, or any c...

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Asian education and flying high to harness the wind

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 12:00
Here's a selection of the stories we will be bringing you in the upcoming week. Monday   Is it possible to use drones to harness the wind at altitudes and places where normal wind turbines can’t be built? We’ll tell you about a Swiss start-up which is trying to do just that. The Twingtec project was on show at Expo 2017 in Astana.  Tuesday Swiss values and language will be two of the focal points for students attending the first Swiss School to open its doors in China. We report on the reason for the decision to expand the network of Swiss international schools to include the Chinese capital, Beijing.  Wednesday Are you planning on relocating to Switzerland? Should you buy or rent a home? What do you need to know about the property market? We’ll publish an overview of the housing situation to get you started.   Thursday We continue to follow the adventures of Tama Vakeesan, a young woman with Sri Lankan roots. She’s so far revealed why Tamil ...
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Asian education and flying high to harness the wind

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 12:00
Here's a selection of the stories we will be bringing you in the upcoming week. Monday   Is it possible to use drones to harness the wind at altitudes and places where normal wind turbines can’t be built? We’ll tell you about a Swiss start-up which is trying to do just that. The Twingtec project was on show at Expo 2017 in Astana.  Tuesday Swiss values and language will be two of the focal points for students attending the first Swiss School to open its doors in China. We report on the reason for the decision to expand the network of Swiss international schools to include the Chinese capital, Beijing.  Wednesday Are you planning on relocating to Switzerland? Should you buy or rent a home? What do you need to know about the property market? We’ll publish an overview of the housing situation to get you started.   Thursday We continue to follow the adventures of Tama Vakeesan, a young woman with Sri Lankan roots. She’s so far revealed why Tamil ...
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Three climbs, two wheels, one day

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 11:00
Switzerland is one of the best-kept secrets in cycling. Why? Smooth roads, giant mountain passes, exceptional landscapes, all wrapped in the history-infused heart of Europe. After a long day among the peaks, you wonder why there aren’t more riders. The destination was Andermatt: a small ski resort in central Switzerland where some of the country’s biggest mountain passes intersect. I arrived the evening before the ride, and I was nervous. My preparation had been patchy for a challenge which was not to be sniffed at – 3,000 metres of elevation gain in just over 100 km – and my fitness levels were much lower than usual for this time of year. The weather also looked ominous. Andermatt, surrounded by mountains on three sides, was shadowed by grim-looking clouds, and rain was forecast for noon the next day. I was the only person eating outside the restaurant on the main square, and the waiter – in Swiss folk-costume with warm-looking knee-socks – looked upwards and muttered as he ...
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Three climbs, two wheels, one day

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 11:00
Switzerland is one of the best-kept secrets in cycling. Why? Smooth roads, giant mountain passes, exceptional landscapes, all wrapped in the history-infused heart of Europe. After a long day among the peaks, you wonder why there aren’t more riders. The destination was Andermatt: a small ski resort in central Switzerland where some of the country’s biggest mountain passes intersect. I arrived the evening before the ride, and I was nervous. My preparation had been patchy for a challenge which was not to be sniffed at – 3,000 metres of elevation gain in just over 100 km – and my fitness levels were much lower than usual for this time of year. The weather also looked ominous. Andermatt, surrounded by mountains on three sides, was shadowed by grim-looking clouds, and rain was forecast for noon the next day. I was the only person eating outside the restaurant on the main square, and the waiter – in Swiss folk-costume with warm-looking knee-socks – looked upwards and muttered as he ...
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A Swiss in Paris

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:00
New York, Paris… 24-year-old Anja Glover has lived in some of the largest metropolitan cities around the world. This is no coincidence – after all, the young Swiss woman is studying urban sociology as well as working as a journalist. She especially loves the Parisian joie de vivre, which she sometimes finds lacking in Switzerland. SWI swissinfo.ch: What made you leave Switzerland? Are you planning to return some day? Anja Glover: I once read that not only plants, but also humans, need to be re-potted every now and then. After a few months in New York it was clear to me that I wanted to spend part of my life abroad. For the simple reason that here, far away from familiar surroundings, I learn something new every day and am less inclined to fall into a routine. Paris was an excellent opportunity for me. As an urban sociology student I am interested in culturally diverse cities, and I also learned French for many years. Plus, the city is just three hours from my home. But the ...
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A Swiss in Paris

Swissinfo EN - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 11:00
New York, Paris… 24-year-old Anja Glover has lived in some of the largest metropolitan cities around the world. This is no coincidence – after all, the young Swiss woman is studying urban sociology as well as working as a journalist. She especially loves the Parisian joie de vivre, which she sometimes finds lacking in Switzerland. SWI swissinfo.ch: What made you leave Switzerland? Are you planning to return some day? Anja Glover: I once read that not only plants, but also humans, need to be re-potted every now and then. After a few months in New York it was clear to me that I wanted to spend part of my life abroad. For the simple reason that here, far away from familiar surroundings, I learn something new every day and am less inclined to fall into a routine. Paris was an excellent opportunity for me. As an urban sociology student I am interested in culturally diverse cities, and I also learned French for many years. Plus, the city is just three hours from my home. But the ...
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Forging the dance talents of tomorrow

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:00
There is no magic formula to make it to the top in the world of dance. One thing that's for certain, is that it needs innate talent and relentless hard work. The Zurich Dance Academy trains young dancers with an all-round approach that has brought the school international acclaim. (Carlo Pisani, swissinfo.ch)  Diana Georgia Ionescu from Romania and Michele Esposito from Italy have a few things in common: they are both 17-year-olds for whom dance is their life, but they don’t have wealthy parents who can afford to support their dreams. The two teenagers were finalists in the 2017 ‘Prix de Lausanne’ dance competition. The prestigious Swiss competition was established in 1973, and is a stepping stone for many to a stage career. During the last edition at the beginning of February, out of the 67 candidates from 35 different countries who applied, 20 young talents reached the finals.   Two young dancers Among the winners was Diana, who took 7th place in the competition, earning ...
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Forging the dance talents of tomorrow

Swissinfo EN - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 17:00
There is no magic formula to make it to the top in the world of dance. One thing that's for certain, is that it needs innate talent and relentless hard work. The Zurich Dance Academy trains young dancers with an all-round approach that has brought the school international acclaim. (Carlo Pisani, swissinfo.ch)  Diana Georgia Ionescu from Romania and Michele Esposito from Italy have a few things in common: they are both 17-year-olds for whom dance is their life, but they don’t have wealthy parents who can afford to support their dreams. The two teenagers were finalists in the 2017 ‘Prix de Lausanne’ dance competition. The prestigious Swiss competition was established in 1973, and is a stepping stone for many to a stage career. During the last edition at the beginning of February, out of the 67 candidates from 35 different countries who applied, 20 young talents reached the finals.   Two young dancers Among the winners was Diana, who took 7th place in the competition, earning ...
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Birla Planetarium in Calcutta Reopens

News Machinery - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 13:05

Following an extensive restoration, the Birla Planetarium in Calcutta reopened on 18 July 2017. Originally built 55 years ago, the planetarium has a 23 m dome and is now equipped with ZEISS STARMASTER VELVET hybrid planetarium technology. The Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, officially reopened India's largest planetarium together with the Mayor of Calcutta, Sovan Chatterjee. The Chief Minister recalled the first time she first visited the Birla Planetarium as a child: "Sinc...

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GE leads the end to end power technology debate at PowerGen and DistribuTech 2017

News Machinery - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 20:24

Technology available today can be employed to create reliable, sustainable, localized and more efficient energy networks. That was the message that George Njenga, GM, Steam Power Systems for Sub Saharan Africa delivered to delegates while making his keynote address at the opening session of this year's Power-Gen Africa and DistribuTech event in Johannesburg. The electricity industry in Africa is undergoing massive transformation and the old linear model of conducting electricity affairs i...

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When commuters are smelly, loud and rude

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 17:00
Tama Vakeesan was born in Switzerland – to Tamil parents from Sri Lanka. This week, Tama and her friend Tony look at the downsides of commuting in Switzerland. (SRF Kulturplatz/swissinfo.ch)
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