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  • Swiss ski resorts wake up to September snow

    09/18/2017 4:27:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies ^ | 18 September 2017 10:13 CEST+02:00
    It appears the summer hiking season may be over for another year, as many Swiss alpine resorts saw fresh snow over the weekend. A cold front saw temperatures fall last week and over the weekend, with many places in the lowlands experiencing ground frost. With the snow level dropping to 1,500m and heavy precipitation in many parts, on Monday many alpine resorts woke up to fresh snow on the ground. “Winter is coming, how to resist?” tweeted Verbier, its webcam pictures looking distinctly wintry. Laax, St. Moritz, the Jungfrau region and Crans-Montana were among the other resorts whose webcams showed...
  • Geneva University launches new course to help imams integrate in Swiss society

    09/18/2017 4:15:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies ^ | 18 September 2017 11:24 CEST+02:00
    As the academic year begins at the University of Geneva (Unige), a new program is on offer that aims to help imams in Switzerland integrate into Swiss society. Speaking to La Tribune de Genève, Unige’s rector Yves Flückiger said the new program would include courses in French language, political philosophy, human rights and ethics. The optional program is open to imams and people who teach in Islamic centers and has come out of discussions with Geneva cantonal government, he said. […] The initiative is in keeping with the university’s international outlook, Flückiger said, in the same vein as last year’s...
  • The Swiss refuse to pay for the security of Jewish citizens

    09/14/2017 12:18:33 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/9/17 | Dr. Manfred, Gerstenfeld
    “Swiss authorities refuse to provide for the security of Swiss Jewish institutions or to carry the cost thereof. This occurs despite the fact that it is the elementary duty of the state to defend its citizens and inhabitants and to guarantee their basic safety. In Switzerland this obligation is explicitly stated in its 1848/1866 constitution which was last rewritten in April 1999. “Switzerland has also signed and ratified the Convention of the Council of Europe on the Protection of National Minorities. That means that it recognizes the Jewish community as a national minority by law. The Swiss authorities are therefore...
  • Switzerland moves a step closer to voting on nationwide burqa ban

    09/13/2017 11:05:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies ^ | 13 September 2017 11:50 CEST+02:00
    The Swiss may get the chance to vote on the introduction of a nationwide ban on the burqa after campaigners from the so-called Egerkingen committee succeeded in gathering the required number of signatures to push the issue to a referendum. In March 2016, the committee launched a popular initiative to ban the burqa and other full-face coverings and had until this month to gather the 100,000 signatures required under the Swiss system of direct democracy to push it to a public vote. On Wednesday, Swiss People’s Party (SVP) MP Walter Wobmann, a leading member of the committee and a long-time...
  • U.S. Is Building Criminal Cases in Rate-Fixing (Obama gave immunity to UBS, his favored Swiss Bank)

    07/15/2012 7:06:58 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 4 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/14/12 | BEN PROTESS AND MARK SCOTT
    As regulators ramp up their global investigation into the manipulation of interest rates, the Justice Department has identified potential criminal wrongdoing by big banks and individuals at the center of the scandal. -snip- According to people briefed on the matter, the Swiss bank UBS is among the next targets for regulatory action. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission is pursuing a potential civil case against the bank. Regulators at the agency have not yet decided to file an action against the bank, nor have settlement talks begun. UBS has already reached an immunity deal with one division of the Justice Department,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Dem Super-Lobbyist Podesta Got $170K To End US Sanctions On Russian Bank

    03/07/2017 4:59:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 17 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 6, 2017 | Richard Pollock
    Democrat super-lobbyist Tony Podesta was paid $170,000 over a six-month period last year to represent Sberbank, Russia’s largest bank, seeking to end one of the Obama administration’s economic sanctions against that country, The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group has learned. Podesta, founder and chairman of the Podesta Group, is listed as a key lobbyist on behalf of Sberbank, according to Senate lobbying disclosure forms. His firm received more than $24 million in fees in 2016, much of it coming from foreign governments, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
  • Swiss voters favor male candidates: study

    08/26/2017 7:47:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies ^ | 25 August 2017 12:21 CEST+02:00
    Women political candidates have less chance of being elected than their male counterparts, according to research carried out by broadcaster RTS. The broadcaster studied the results of cantonal parliamentary elections in the past 15 years and found that women continue to be underrepresented. In the past 15 years, the percentage of women elected to cantonal parliaments has plateaued at 27.7 percent on average, though disparities exist between the regions. The parliaments of Basel-Land and Aargau have the biggest proportion of women, at 37.8 percent and 36.4 percent respectively, while Schwyz brings up the rear, on only 14 percent. Part of...
  • Libyan preacher on benefits investigated for suspected hate speech at Swiss mosque

    08/24/2017 11:08:41 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies ^ | 24 August 2017 10:21 CEST+02:00
    The city of Biel/Bienne is investigating a Libyan man who came to Switzerland as an asylum seeker nearly 20 years ago for giving sermons at a mosque in which he called for non-Muslims to be destroyed. His alleged hate speech was reported by Swiss media including broadcaster SRF and the Tages-Anzeiger on Wednesday, and has caused particular consternation given they also revealed the unemployed man has been living on Swiss social welfare for years, receiving nearly 600,000 francs over the last 13 years. The 64-year-old is an occasional volunteer preacher at the Ar’Rahman mosque in Biel/Bienne, said the paper. In...
  • Brr! Snow interrupts Swiss summer

    08/18/2017 11:07:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies ^ | 11 August 2017 09:53 CEST+02:00
    After weeks of scorching hot weather, Switzerland was plunged back into winter on Friday morning as heavy rain translated into snow flurries above 1,900m. A cold front passed across Switzerland on Wednesday and Thursday bringing heavy rain, especially to western, southern and eastern parts of the country. More rain was expected on Friday, turning to snow above 1,900-2,200 meters, according to MeteoSuisse. …
  • Swiss hotel sparks outrage by asking Jewish guests to shower before swimming

    08/15/2017 6:32:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies ^ | 15 August 2017 14:05 CEST+02:00
    A hotel in Arosa, in the eastern Swiss canton of Graubünden, has made international headlines for displaying signs singling out Jewish guests by asking them to shower before using the swimming pool. The sign, displayed at the Aparthaus Paradies, was photographed by an Israeli family who were visiting the hotel, reported Swiss and international press including The Jerusalem Post. “To our Jewish Guests. Please take a shower before you go swimming and although [sic] after swimming,” it said in English. “If you break the rules, I’m forced to cloes [sic] the swimming pool for you. Thank you for understanding.” It...
  • Man With Chainsaw at Large After Attack in Switzerland

    07/24/2017 8:14:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 38 replies
    KTLA ^ | 07/24/2017 | cnn wire
    Police have said they do not believe the attack is terrorism related... The attack happened after 10:30 a.m. local time (4:30 a.m. ET) in the historic town of Schaffhausen near the country’s northern border with Germany. Police described the attacker as around 190 centimeters tall (6 ft 2 in) and of an “untidy appearance.” Images of the scene on social media show a cobble-stoned street cordoned off, with police vehicles and ambulances in the area. A journalist in Schaffhausen, Marco Latzer, told CNN that helicopters were also responding at the scene.
  • Five injured in chainsaw attack in Schaffhausen (Switzerland)

    07/24/2017 6:13:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 34 replies
    The Local ^ | 7/24/2017
    Police are hunting a suspect who injured five people with a chainsaw in Schaffhausen on Monday morning. Police were alerted at 10.39am to an incident in Schaffhausen Old Town Five people have been injured, two seriously Police are still looking for the perpetrator 14:26 - Police release pictures of the suspected attacker to the media Images of the man who attacked five people with a chainsaw have been published in Swiss media including Blick, which broke the story this morning. According to the Tages Anzeiger the man's vehicle, a VW Caddy, has been found, though the suspect is still on...
  • Swiss Couple Found on Glacier 75 Years After Disappearance

    07/19/2017 6:52:34 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Al Arabiya ^ | Tuesday, 18 July 2017
    A couple that disappeared in the Alps 75 years ago has been found preserved in a receding glacier, ending decades of uncertainty for their seven children, Swiss media reported Tuesday. The bodies were found lying near each other in the Diablerets massif in southern Switzerland, along with backpacks, a bottle, a book and a watch, according to Le Matin daily. The head of the Glacier 3000 ski resort, Bernard Tschannen, told Le Matin that the bodies were found last Thursday. “It was a man and a woman wearing clothes from the last (world) war”, Tschannen was quoted as saying. “The...
  • Bodies of couple missing since 1942 likely found in glacier

    07/18/2017 12:07:06 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    cbs ^ | 07/18/2017
    he daughter of a couple who disappeared in the Swiss Alps more than 70 years ago has said the discovery of two bodies emerging from a melting glacier has brought her a "deep sense of calm" after so long without an answer. Marceline Udry-Dumoulin, now 79, told the Le Matin newspaper of Lausanne, Switzerland, that she and her siblings "spent our whole lives looking for them, without stopping. We thought that we could give them the funeral they deserved one day." Udry-Dumoulin is the youngest of seven children born to Marcelin and Francine Dumoulin. The couple went to milk their...
  • U.S. alleges tie between Muslim charity, bin Laden; man accused of trying to obtain uranium

    01/30/2003 7:30:37 AM PST · by freeperfromnj · 9 replies · 521+ views ^ | 1/30/03 - 9:41 am | The Associated Press
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) -- Federal prosecutors accused a Syrian-born American of once leading a Muslim charity that the Treasury Department calls a terrorist group, and said he tried to help Osama bin Laden get a nuclear weapon.</p> <p>The government said Mohamed Loay Bayazid was president of the suburban Chicago-based Benevolence International Foundation in 1994, about the same time he is accused of trying to get uranium for al-Qaida.</p>
  • Supernatural Experience[Charismatic Caucus]

    06/30/2017 9:55:35 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Supernatural experience is you saturated by my Presence in and through you for as Ezekiel was swept up into my presence "Behold" this IS where I desire you to be always and forever in the arms of the One that loves you is where you belong ! A Psalm of David. Psalm 23 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. 3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Even though I walk through...
  • So, You Want a Swiss Style Health-Care System?

    06/26/2017 12:58:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/26/2017 | Kevin Williamson
    If you’re wondering what in Hell is actually going on with U.S. health-care policy, the short version is this: Policymakers in both parties are trying to replicate Swiss policies in a country that isn’t Swiss. The Affordable Care Act was, as thinkers as different as Paul Krugman and Avik Roy both observed, an attempt to Swiss up the U.S. health-insurance and health-care markets. (Obligatory reiteration: Those are not the same thing.) The Swiss system, Santésuisse, achieves one big progressive goal — universal health-insurance coverage — while offering much to please conservatives: a private market for health insurance and health...
  • Gay marriage back on the discussion table in Swiss parliament

    06/19/2017 11:14:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 16 June 2017 10:58 CEST+02:00
    A Swiss parliamentary commission is to prepare a study on gay marriage after the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) on Friday failed in its bid to bury the issue. Gay marriage is not legal in Switzerland, though same-sex couples can enter into a civil partnership after the move was approved in a 2005 referendum. While many MPs — and, according to a 2015 survey, a majority of the Swiss public — are in favor of marriage equality, hardline conservative MPs have tried to block moves towards it. Speaking in parliament SVP MP Yves Nidegger said the word “marriage” was historically...
  • Swiss group Exit considers extending right-to-die to elderly in good health

    06/19/2017 11:01:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies ^ | 19 June 2017 10:25 CEST+02:00
    Exit, the Switzerland-based organization that helps those with incurable illnesses to end their lives, has commissioned a working group to look into the possibility of extending its remit to help elderly people who are still in good health but want to die. At the moment, Exit offers its services to those who have a terminal illness, a debilitating disease that brings intolerable suffering, or multiple age-related debilitating disabilities. On Saturday Saskia Frei, president of the German-speaking arm of the organization, announced it would fund a working group to look into extending Exit’s services to healthy elderly people who wish to...
  • Backpacks banned at Swiss concerts following Manchester attack

    06/05/2017 12:54:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies ^ | 5 June 2017 09:11 CEST+02:00
    Swiss concert promoter ABC Productions has banned backpacks from all its concerts in Switzerland in response to the terror attack at the Manchester Arena concert venue two weeks ago. Twenty-two people were killed and many more injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in the northern UK city on May 22nd. In a statement, ABC Productions said it is “aware of its great responsibility in safety matters.” “As a consequence of the tragic events in the Manchester Arena as well as the constantly changing demands of touring safety and artist management,...