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Switzerland: Geneva blocks the erection of 5G mobile antennas
2 May 2019 - Last week, Antonio Hodgers, the head of Geneva's executive, announced a ban on the erection of further 5G mobile antennas in the canton, according to an interview on RTS. [The move is motivated] by uncertainty on the potential health effects of the new technology ... [Hodgers] thinks Swisscom could have shown greater sensitivity to the public's concerns ... (more)

Switzerland: Basel to replace diesel bus fleet with electric vehicles
7 February 2019 - The Swiss city of Basel has announced plans to replace its fleet of 110 buses with electric models from the Netherlands. The aim is to run its entire bus network using environmentally clean vehicles by 2027. Basel is not the first Swiss city to introduce environmentally-friendly public transport systems. Geneva introduced 20 TOSA electric buses, manufactured by Swiss-Swedish company ABB, last year. (more)

Swiss organic farm output doubles
22 January 2019 - Between 1999 and 2017 the amount of organic food produced on Swiss farms more than doubled. In 1999, 5.3 percent of Switzerland's farm output was organic. By 2017 this figure had risen to 11.7 percent. In 1999, Swiss farms produced CHF 562 million worth of organic food. In 2017, they produced CHF 1.2 billion. (more)

Switzerland: Sales of organic products are growing strongly
12 November 2018 - Sales of organic vegetables and organic fruits in the retail sector are growing strongly [in Switzerland]. From September 2017 to August 2018, sales of organic vegetables in the retail trade increased by 7 percent, as reported by the Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG). In the same period, however, sales of conventional vegetables decreased by 3 percent. The share of organic retail sales amounts to 15 percent for vegetables. (more)

Green cement industry is possible, say Swiss researchers
2 November 2018 - The cement and concrete sector, together responsible for eight per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions, can radically cut its climate impact with only 'moderate' investment, according to a study released this week by Swiss scientists. Cement and concrete make up more than half of all the materials used in the world, thanks to their dominant use across all forms of construction, and demand is rising fast in developing countries with rapidly increasing urban populations. But emissions can be brought to heel, the scientists stressed. (more)

The 52 Places Traveler: In Lucerne, kindness trumps the (stunning) views
18 September 2018 - Lucerne, Switzerland, is best known -- rightly so -- for its mountains, lake, and views. What sticks with me [New York Times travel writer Jada Yuan] most, though, is the pervasive sense of hospitality and human kindness I found there. (more)

Swiss folklore fans gather for world's biggest alpine horn festival
22 July 2018 - The soft sounds of hundreds of wooden Swiss alpine horns filled the valley below Switzerland's Mount Tracouet on Sunday (22 July), as the world's largest festival of its kind concluded after three days. Over three meters long and built in several connecting pieces to make transport manageable, they are beloved by many Swiss ... While the horns have been used by mountain dwellers in Switzerland, Germany, France, and elsewhere, they are commonly associated with the traditional Swiss agrarian culture that dominates the country's Alpine hinterlands. (more)

Revamped collider to shine brighter light on physics mysteries at CERN
15 June 2018 - Europe's physics research center CERN launched an upgrade of its Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on Friday (15 June), six years after the huge particle accelerator solved an enduring riddle by confirming the existence of the elusive Higgs boson. Staff said the overhaul will boost the 'luminosity' of proton-smashing experiments at the LHC, a 27-km (17-mile) ring under the Swiss-French border, increasing the number of particle collisions tenfold and producing a clearer picture of the sub-atomic world. (more)

Switzerland: Nations meet in Geneva to make mercury history
25 September 2017 - Signatories to the first global treaty to rein in mercury pollution are gathered in Geneva this week to discuss how to seek further progress. Switzerland, a trader of mercury, is mulling over how to implement the convention. Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal considered by the World Health Organization to be one of the top ten chemicals of major public health concern. (more)

Swiss open new foot bridge near Matterhorn
2 August 2017 - Switzerland has inaugurated the world's longest suspension foot bridge along a trail toward the famed Matterhorn that features majestic Alpine views. A Swiss tourism official said Wednesday the 494-meter (1,621-foot) bridge can cut hiking time on the Europaweg trail by at least 3 hours between the southwestern towns of Graechen and Zermatt. (more)

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Five new findings about stress - and how Transcendental Meditation can help
16 September 2015 - Reducing stress to gain a calm, creative mind is a good reason to practise Transcendental Meditation each day. Scientists continue to provide more incentives, with new research showing deleterious effects of stress on the brain, immune system, premature ageing, and individual genetic makeup. Fortunately, our bodies are designed to eliminate stress, and daily TM practice naturally allows the nervous system to gain the deep rest that gives the body a chance to release stress. Scientific studies have shown that the daily practice of the TM technique helps eliminate stress and increases a person's resistance to stress. (more)

Switzerland: International leaders learn about Maharishi's peace-creating technologies of consciousness
7 September 2013 - The President of Maharishi University of Management, Dr Bevan Morris, returned recently from a tour of Switzerland where he spoke to hundreds of people in Zurich, Basel, Bern, and Geneva. At a lecture for dignitaries and leaders of NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in Geneva, Dr Morris presented scientific research documenting how Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's programmes are powerfully achieving peace--'the inner peace of the individual, the harmony, progress, and peace within a nation, and lasting peace in the family of nations,' commented one attendee. (more)

Switzerland: Women's health course covers wealth of knowledge about Maharishi Ayur-Veda
6 August 2013 - The 16-lesson course, Good Health through Prevention, goes deeply into the knowledge of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care. Topics include fundamental elements and principles of intelligence that structure human physiology, the importance of healthy digestion, the special method of pulse diagnosis used in Maharishi Ayur-Veda, and creating balance in the physiology to maintain optimum health. The course for women is being offered from 6 to 12 August in Seelisberg, Switzerland, under the auspices of the College of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, MERU. (more)

Good Health through Prevention: 16-lesson course for women begins 6 August in Switzerland
4 August 2013 - A 16-lesson course on 'Good Health through Prevention' is being offered for women, starting 6 August in Seelisberg, Switzerland. This very comprehensive course, offered by the College of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, lays the foundation for understanding the holistic, prevention-oriented approach of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care. It is also a prererequisite for taking the Healthy, Happy Mother and Baby Course for women health professionals, which begins 13 August in Seelisberg. The 16-lesson course is the foundation upon which all the practical knowledge provided in the later course can be fully appreciated. (more)

Switzerland: Healthy, Happy Mother and Baby - Course One starts 13 August - Register now
3 August 2013 - The Healthy, Happy Mother and Baby course for women health professionals is being offered for the second time this year, starting 13 August in Seelisberg, Switzerland. The programme is Course One, Part One of the Maharishi Ayur-Veda Family Health Series, offered by the College of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, MERU, Seelisberg. In addition, all women are welcome to take a 16-lesson course on 'Good Health through Prevention', starting 6 August in Seelisberg--a prerequisite for taking Course One. The programme provides an integrated approach with practical knowledge for promoting health in the areas of preconception, pregnancy, delivery, and postnatal care that can be offered by health professionals to prospective parents in every country. (more)

Healthy, Happy Mother and Baby course: Distinguished faculty present practical, time-tested knowledge for women health professionals
26 June 2013 - The four-part course, 'Healthy, Happy Mother and Baby'--the first in the Maharishi Ayur-Veda Family Health Series--has drawn on a wide range of expertise among both traditional and modern health professionals to offer the knowledge of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care in the context of mother and baby care. Part One is being offered from 19 to 30 June for women medical doctors, nurses, and other health professionals by the College of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, MERU, Seelisberg, Switzerland. (more)

Switzerland: Healthy, Happy Mother and Baby: Maharishi Ayur-Veda Family Health Series - Course One offered in Seelisberg
19 June 2013 - An Advanced Paradigm in Mother and Baby Health Care: Simple, traditional, time-tested knowledge practically presented to supplement modern medicine. Every newborn child is a precious expression of pure intelligence who deserves to grow in health, happiness, and enlightenment. The College of Maharishi Ayur-Veda has these highest ideals in mind when introducing the time-tested knowledge of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care in the context of mother and baby care. A special four-part introductory course has been created by leading experts and is being offered to women medical doctors, nurses, and other health professionals by the College of Maharishi Ayur-Veda, MERU, Seelisberg, Switzerland. Part One begins 19 June. (more)

Switzerland: Physician brings integrative medicine expertise to Ayurvedic health centre
6 October 2011 - At the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre in Seelisberg, high above Lake Lucerne in the idyllic Swiss Alps, guests are fortunate to have their treatment programmes in the care of medical director Dr Sophie Beall, whose interest has always been in the integration of modern medicine with natural health care. (more)

Switzerland: New Vastu facility brings benefits for Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre guests
27 September 2011 - The Maharishi Ayurveda Health Centre, located 800m above sea level in the idyllic mountain village of Seelisberg, Switzerland, recently opened its new 'Vastu Chalet'--the first Maharishi Ayurveda treatment facility in Europe designed according to Vedic architecture, Maharishi Sthapatya Veda. The architect discusses the value of receiving Maharishi Ayurveda treatments in a Vastu clinic. (more)

Switzerland: More people learning Transcendental Meditation
17 July 2011 - Interest in the Transcendental Meditation Programme, as well as programmes for education and health, is growing in Switzerland. More people have been learning to meditate, and also taking advantage of the many approaches of Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care; participation in online education programmes offered by Maharishi University of Vedic Medicine, which is based in Switzerland, is also increasing. (more)

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Switzerland: Ongoing drought and heatwave imperils cows
7 August 2018 - Swiss army helicopters began airlifting water on Tuesday (7 August) to thousands of thirsty cows who are suffering in a drought and heatwave that has hit much of Europe. Some 40,000 cows graze in the summertime in high-altitude pastures in Vaud canton (state) in western Switzerland and each needs up to 150 liters (40 gallons) of water a day, authorities said. (more)

Nestle under fire for marketing claims on baby milk formulas
1 February 2018 - A report finds Swiss multinational is violating advertising codes and misleading consumers with nutritional claims. A new report by the Changing Markets Foundation found that Nestle marketed its infant milk formulas as 'closest to', 'inspired by' and 'following the example of' human breastmilk in several countries, despite a prohibition by the UN's World Health Organisation (WHO). The study, which analysed over 70 Nestle baby milk products in 40 countries, also found that Nestle often ignored its own nutritional advice in its advertising. (more)

Climate change seen as cause for mudslide in Switzerland
28 August 2017 - The effects of climate change are partially to blame for a mudslide through a southeastern village that left eight people missing after a massive chunk of rock broke off an Alpine mountainside, Switzerland's environmental protection office said Monday (28 August). Federal Office for the Environment director Marc Chardonnens said Switzerland must do more to brace for the effects of climate change, citing the 'weakening of the permafrost' atop many Alpine peaks as an example. (more)

Switzerland headed for record warm December
28 December 2015 - Switzerland will mark its warmest December since the country that founded winter tourism began keeping records 150 years ago. The dry warmth and slopes bereft of snow have hurt resort owners and ski lift operators, who are already contending with Switzerland's strong currency discouraging foreign visitors. Globally, this year will be the warmest on record and 2016 could be even warmer due to the El NiƱo weather pattern, the World Meteorological Organization said last month. (more)

Banking culture breeds dishonesty, scientific study finds
19 November 2014 - A banking culture that implicitly puts financial gain above all else fuels greed and dishonesty and makes bankers more likely to cheat, according to the findings of a scientific study. Researchers in Switzerland studied bank workers and other professionals in experiments in which they won more money if they cheated, and found that bankers were more dishonest when they were made particularly aware of their professional role. The same experiments with employees in other sectors -- including manufacturing, telecoms, and pharmaceuticals -- showed they don't become more dishonest when their professional identity or banking-related information is emphasised. (more)

Swiss bank UBS raises rogue equity trade losses to $2.3 billion
18 September 2011 - Swiss bank UBS on Sunday increased the amount it said it had lost on rogue equity trades to $2.3 billion (1.4 billion pounds) and alleged a trader concealed his risky deals by creating fictitious hedging positions in internal systems. UBS stunned markets on Thursday when it announced unauthorized trades had lost it some $2 billion. London trader Kweku Adoboli was charged on Friday with fraud and false accounting dating back to 2008. The loss is a disaster for the reputation of Switzerland's biggest bank, which had just started to recover after it almost collapsed during the financial crisis and faced a damaging US investigation into aiding wealthy Americans to dodge taxes. (more)

Given the choice, Swiss vote to keep their guns
13 February 2011 - Neutral Switzerland is among the best-armed nations in the world, with more guns per capita than almost any other country except the United States, Finland, and Yemen. At least 2.3 million weapons lie stashed in basements, cupboards, and lofts in this country of less than 8 million people. On Sunday, Swiss voters made sure it stays that way, rejecting a proposal to tighten the peaceful Alpine nation's relaxed firearms laws. Doctors, churches, and women's groups tried and failed to require military-issued firearms to be locked in secure army depots. They also wanted the Swiss government to establish a national gun registry and ban the sale of fully automatic weapons and pump-action rifles, arguing this would help cut incidents of domestic violence and Switzerland's high rate of firearms suicides. About a quarter of Switzerland's 1,300 suicides each year involve a gun, and those calling for tighter rules claim military weapons, such as the army-issued SG 550 assault rifle, are used in between 100 and 200 suicides a year. (more)

Second-hand smoke kills 600,000 a year - WHO study
26 November 2010 - Around one in a hundred deaths worldwide is due to passive smoking, which kills an estimated 600,000 people a year, World Health Organisation (WHO) researchers said on Friday. In the first study to assess the global impact of second-hand smoke, WHO experts found that children are more heavily exposed to second-hand smoke than any other age-group, and around 165,000 of them a year die because of it. Two-thirds of these deaths occur in Africa and south Asia. Children's exposure to second-hand smoke is most likely to happen at home, and the double blow of infectious diseases and tobacco 'seems to be a deadly combination for children in these regions,' researchers said. (more)

Swiss minaret ban may signal new right-wing surge
1 December 2009 - A Swiss vote to ban the construction of new minarets puts the spotlight on the Alpine country's social and political divisions and could herald a new surge in populist, anti-immigrant sentiment. The unexpected vote and high turnout in Sunday's referendum gives a boost to the right-wing populist Swiss People's Party (SVP), a relatively new political force that has shaken up the country's traditionally cosy power-sharing system. While Switzerland's Muslim community of some 300,000 is relatively small there is wider concern about immigration in a country where foreigners make up more than a fifth of the total 7.7 million population. Nationwide voter turnout was about 53 per cent, higher than a more usual 35 to 45 per cent, and 22 of 26 cantons, or provinces, voted in favour of the initiative. Switzerland has suffered an identity crisis since the end of the Cold War robbed its neutrality of much meaning, helping fuel the rise of the SVP. (more)

Too much PlayStation may cause painful lumps
25 February 2009 - Gamers beware: Keeping too tight a grip on the console and furiously pushing the buttons can cause a newly identified skin disorder marked by painful lumps on the palms, Swiss scientists said. Called 'PlayStation palmar hidradentitis' by the scientists, the skin disorder can cause painful lesions on the palms similar to patches found on the soles of children's feet after taking part in heavy physical activity, they said. Excessive gaming is already seen as a public health issue, sparking addictive behaviour that can lead to a range of psychological problems, the researchers said. Other researchers have identified acute tendonitis from playing too much of Nintendo Co Ltd's Wii, and now a disorder related to the PlayStation can be added to the list, the team said. (more)


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