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  • Caelestiventus hanseni: Newly-Discovered Triassic Pterosaur Lived in Harsh Desert

    08/19/2018 11:53:24 AM PDT · by ETL · 9 replies
    Sci-News.com ^ | Aug 14, 2018 | Natali Anderson
    Pterosaurs were giant flying reptiles that flew over the heads of the dinosaurs. Soaring on skin wings supported by a single huge finger, they were the largest animals ever to take wing. Originating in the Late Triassic epoch (around 215 million years ago), they thrived to the end of the Cretaceous period (66 million years ago).Triassic pterosaurs are extraordinarily rare and are known exclusively from marine deposits in the Alps (Italy, Austria and Switzerland), except for Arcticodactylus cromptonellus from fluvial deposits in Greenland.The new Triassic pterosaur is from the Saints & Sinners Quarry near Dinosaur National Monument in Utah.Named Caelestiventus...
  • Muslim Couple Bites Swiss Helping Hand: Refused citizenship after refusing to shake hands

    08/18/2018 4:52:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08/18/2018 | Michael Walsh
    For centuries the Swiss -- whether German, French, or Italian -- have been proudly insular in their mountain fastness, resolutely avoiding European conflicts. While hospitable to tourists, they're happy to see them spend their money and then get the hell out, and don't hand out citizenship lightly. Especially not when the prospective citizens bite the hand that's offered them: A Muslim couple have been refused Swiss citizenship after refusing to shake hands with people of the opposite sex, officials said. The couple were interviewed for citizenship several months ago in the city of Lausanne, and also “showed great difficulty in answering...
  • French doctor offering 'homosexuality' cure faces Swiss probe

    08/16/2018 2:06:21 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 15 August 2018 20:16 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    A French doctor claiming he can treat homosexuality using alternative therapies like homeopathy was on Wednesday placed under investigation by the Swiss canton of Geneva where he has been practicing. Regional health minister Mauro Poggia asked a commission overseeing health professionals and patient rights in the canton to open an investigation into the practice of Dr. Jean-Yves Henry, he told the Le Courrier daily in an interview. “For him, it would seem that homosexuality is an illness to cure. This element is enough to justify opening an investigation,” Poggia was quoted as saying. […] Henry, who is a licenced general...
  • All 20 people on board World War II plane (JU-52) die after Swiss Alps crash

    08/05/2018 9:17:27 PM PDT · by robowombat · 30 replies
    ITV ^ | 5 August 2018 at 1:43pm
    All 20 people on board World War II plane die after Swiss Alps crash Nearly 5,000 of the World War II Ju-52 planes were manufactured between 1932 and 1952. Nearly 5,000 of the World War II Ju-52 planes were manufactured between 1932 and 1952. Photo: AP All 20 people on board an old World War II propeller plane have died after crashing in the Swiss Alps during a sightseeing flight. The Junker Ju-52 struck the Piz Segnas mountain's western flank about 2,540 meters (8,330 feet) above sea level, killing 17 passengers and three crew members, police revealed in a press...
  • Swiss Alps plane crash leaves all 20 passengers and crew dead

    08/05/2018 7:40:00 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 54 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 5, 2018
    All 20 passengers and crew onboard a vintage plane that crashed in the Swiss Alps on Saturday were killed, police have confirmed. The authorities also confirmed that the aircraft involved was a JU-52 HB-HOT aircraft, which was flying from Locarno, near Switzerland’s southern border, to the airline’s base in Dübendorf, a suburb of Zurich. Local media and aviation sites had earlier reported that the plane, which seated 17 passengers along with two pilots and a flight attendant, was fully booked. “The JU-Air team is deeply saddened and is thinking of the passengers, the crew and families and friends of the...
  • ‘Israel Paid Syria $100 Million for Golan,’ says Sadat Aide

    11/14/2011 9:30:12 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 21 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/11/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedaliahu
    Israel paid Syrian President Bashar Assad’s grand-uncle $100 million for the Golan Heights before the Six-Day War in 1967, says a former close friend to assassinated Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. Dr. Mahmoud Jame’ said Sadat was briefed on the deal, according to the Jordanian-based Albawaba website. Jame’, a member of the first Consultative Council in Egypt, said, “One morning Sadat took me with him in private and without a guard to the (Syrian part of the) Golan Heights, and I swear by the Almighty G-d that he put his hand on my shoulder and as we were standing on the...
  • No break for Swiss giant Nestle in Kit Kat trademark war

    07/27/2018 2:27:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 26 July 2018 08:57 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    The European Union’s top court on Wednesday July 25th ordered the EU’s intellectual property office to “reconsider” Kit Kat’s bloc-wide trademark, prolonging Nestle’s decade-long battle to claim exclusive rights over the chocolate bar’s distinctive shape. Nestle has been locked in a blockbuster legal war with US rival Mondelez, maker of Cadbury chocolate, over the four-fingered wafer biscuit which was first sold in 1935. In a closely watched case, the European Court of Justice said the EU’s intellectual property office must go back to the drawing board and revisit its 2006 to decision to grant Kit Kat an EU trademark based...
  • UN envoy demands Trump resume funding to UNRWA

    07/24/2018 11:18:18 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 44 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/7/18 | Ben Ariel
    The UN special envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov on Tuesday urged U.S. President Donald Trump to resume funding he had cut to the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the UN agency which assists “Palestinian refugees”. Addressing a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East and quoted by Haaretz, Mladenov said that "UNRWA’s financial crisis remains a very serious concern. At present, UNRWA needs some $217 million to sustain its work in 2018. I urge the swift mobilization of support to enable the continuity of assistance and a maintenance of stability on the ground in the region."...
  • MiT chief in Germany promoted to be ambassador (MiT is Turkish military Intelligence)

    06/19/2018 5:56:34 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 9 Aug 2017, 00:00 | ANF NEWS DESK
    A chief of Turkish intelligence in Germany, Frankfurt Consul General Ilhan Saygili, who had close ties with Turkish-German Chief Inspector removed from duty for working for MİT Döndü Yazgan, was appointed as an ambassador in Switzerland. According to a report the German intelligence prepared on the Turkish-German Chief Inspector Döndü Yazgan, who was recently removed from duty for working for the Turkish intelligence service MİT, Yazgan met with Frankfurt and Mainz consuls general. German intelligence had documented that Yazgan shared intelligence information with Turkey via these consuls. Ilhan Saygılı served as the Frankfurt Consul General between 2008 and 2012 and...
  • Switzerland: arrest warrant against Turkish diplomats

    06/19/2018 5:36:38 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 1 replies
    ANF News ^ | Tuesday, 19 Jun 2018, 11:36 | ANF GENEVA
    The Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office has issued arrest warrants against two Turkish diplomats. The diplomats linked to the Turkish domestic intelligence service MIT are accused of planning to kidnap a businessman. The Swiss federal prosecutor's office has issued arrest warrants against Turkish diplomats Haci Mehmet Gani and Hakan Kamil Yerge. The diplomats are accused of having planned to kidnap a businessman in the late summer of 2016. The Zurich businessman with Turkish roots is said to be a married family man in his mid-fifties. The businessman was advised by the diplomats because he belonged to the movement of the Islamic...
  • 60 Percent of Failed Asylum Seekers Vanish From Swiss Centre

    06/17/2018 11:26:13 AM PDT · by davikkm · 15 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    A Swiss centre for processing failed asylum seekers had claimed to have lost track of 60 percent of the 649 migrants awaiting deportation who they say have simply disappeared. From March of 2017 to June of this year 649 failed asylum seekers have been sent to the Embrach referral centre located in the canton of Zurich, but officials say that 309 of the failed migrants have simply disappeared and authorities have little to no idea where they may have gone, 20 minutes reports. The centre is meant to be the final step for failed asylum seekers before they find out...
  • U.S. Sanctions Start to Pinch Shipping in Iran

    05/29/2018 9:12:13 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    WSJ ^ | May 29, 2018 | Costas Paris and Joanne Chiu
    U.S. Sanctions Start to Pinch Shipping in Iran Tanker and container operators prepare to wind down business with Iran ahead of U.S. sanctions By Costas Paris and Joanne Chiu May 29, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET It will be months before new U.S. sanctions against Iran take hold, but global shipping operators are already pulling back from the big oil-exporting nation. The world’s two biggest shipping lines, Denmark’s Maersk Line and Swiss-based Mediterranean Shipping Co., said they were winding down general cargo shipments, while tanker owners said they plan to move their vessels to other oil-producing countries in the Middle East...
  • Turkey moves gold to Switzerland – local news

    05/27/2018 2:02:55 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 87 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | May 24 2018 | none stated
    A Swiss news site has said that the Turkish treasury has moved 19 tons of gold to Switzerland from the United States in an attempt to dodge potential sanctions. BZ Basel said the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, which is officially extraterritorial, with not even Swiss police being able to enter, had taken the shipment from Fort Knox. The news site speculated that one reason for Turkey removing the reserves from the United States could be fear over possible economic sanctions on the country’s state owned bank Halkbank, which faces a likely fine following revelations that it allowed Iran to...
  • Government to lift legal obstacles to registering gender change [Switzerland]

    05/27/2018 12:58:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 25 May 2018 08:35 CEST+02:00
    Transgender people should be able to change their first name and gender easily without bureaucracy getting in the way, the Swiss government believes. On Thursday, it announced plans to modify the Swiss civil code to make such changes easier to register. It means that anyone who is convinced that the gender they have been assigned in the civil register is not the right one for them should be able to change both gender and first names by means of a simple declaration. No medical examination will be required for changes to the register. Under the plans — which are now...
  • Amb. Faith Whittlesey, Reagan Revolutionary and Conservative Pioneer, Dead at 79

    05/21/2018 5:25:10 PM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 21, 2018 | Staff
    Faith Whittlesey, President Ronald Reagan’s ambassador to Switzerland, who helped popularize the message of the “Reagan Revolution” and advocated for a staunch, traditional conservatism for decades, passed away Monday at 79. Whittlesey, lately of Delray Beach, Florida, succumbed to a long bout with cancer in Washington, DC, surrounded by family and friends.
  • Roman Polanski To Collect Festival Honor In Zurich

    09/16/2011 11:52:46 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    BBCNews ^ | September 16, 2011
    Roman Polanski To Collect Festival Honor In Zurich Director Roman Polanski is to collect a career honour at the Zurich Film Festival, two years after his arrest in the city on child sex charges. Organisers say the 78-year-old will attend the gala to receive his award which he was set to pick up in 2009. Swiss police arrested Polanski on his arrival in the country over his 1977 US conviction for having sex with a 13-year-old girl. He was held for 10 months before Swiss courts decided not to extradite him. The tribute ceremony to present Polanski with his lifetime...
  • Shania Twain apologizes for saying she would have voted for Donald Trump

    04/22/2018 10:05:28 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 86 replies
    .msn ^ | 4/22/2018 | Hilary Hughes
    Shania Twain apologized for her comments and clarified she does "not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President": I would like to apologise to anybody I have offended in a recent interview with the Guardian relating to the American President. The question caught me off guard. As a Canadian, I regret answering this unexpected question without giving my response more context I am passionately against discrimination of any kind and hope it’s clear from the choices I have made, and the people I stand with, that I do not hold any common moral beliefs with the current President...
  • Swiss to Debate Restrictive Gun Laws in 2018

    04/17/2018 12:40:53 PM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 18 April, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    Switzerland has long been one of the safest and well governed countries in the world. Switzerland had historically few firearms restrictions and high rates of gun ownership. Until 1996, the firearms laws in Switzerland were entirely an affair of the local cantons. Gun laws in Switzerland were generally less restrictive than in the United States. Most firearms were not registered. It was easy to purchase handguns and automatic rifles. Cannon required an approximate $5 registration which could be obtained at the local police office. Cannon breech blocks were required to be stored separately from the cannon. Before 1998, pistols...
  • ‘It’s OK to shoot down drones’, say Swiss legal experts

    04/15/2018 12:28:59 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 13 April 2018 11:05 CEST+02:00
    If a drone is invading your personal privacy, you are entitled to shoot it down and aren’t liable for damages, according to new findings by Swiss lawyers. Drones are increasingly popular with private individuals in Switzerland for recreational use and to take aerial videos, but the remote-controlled craft can also be used by for spying on individuals or taking unauthorized photos — for example of people sunbathing on their balcony. Until now, legal opinion has held that victims of drone surveillance cannot defend themselves; but Basel lawyers Jascha Schneider-Marfels and Sebastian Kaufmann say that according to their interpretation of the...
  • Campaign launched for tougher gun laws in Switzerland

    04/08/2018 7:18:09 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    TheLocal.ch ^ | 6 April 2018 12:48 CEST+02:00
    A new platform composed of left-wing politicians, police officers and psychiatrists is pushing for Switzerland to follow the European Union in tightening controls on guns. Representatives of the Social Democratic Party (SP), the Swiss police officers association VSPB/FSFP and the Swiss federation of psychiatrists and psychotherapists FMPP joined forces on Thursday ahead of a debate on the issue in parliament, the Tribune de Genève reported. The EU parliament approved a revised gun law last year designed to close security loopholes and introduce tighter controls on blank-firing and inadequately deactivated weapons like those used in the Paris terror attacks. On March...