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Swiss voters embrace shift to renewable energy
21 May 2017 - Swiss voters backed the government's plan to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy, ban new nuclear plants and help bail out struggling utilities in a binding referendum on Sunday, 21 May. The Swiss initiative mirrors efforts elsewhere in Europe to reduce dependence on nuclear power, partly sparked by Japan's Fukushima disaster in 2011. Germany aims to phase out nuclear power by 2022, while Austria banned it decades ago. (more)

Switzerland: Lowest number of murders since records began
23 March 2015 - Switzerland registered the lowest number of murders (41) since records began in 1982. Compared to 2013, there were 8.5% fewer criminal acts, 16.8% less drugs violations, and 4.7% less offences involving the law on foreigners in 2014. Homicides last year were 29% down on 2013 (56) and well below the highest recorded number in a single year (110 in 1990). The rate of murder in 2014 was 0.5 per 100,000 citizens compared to 1.6 in 1990, according to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office. (more)

Solar plane global bid lifts off (Reuters video)
9 March 2015 - Swiss-built solar plane, Solar Impulse Two, has taken off from the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi at the start of an at the first round-the-world solar powered flight. Swiss adventurers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg will take turns piloting the single-seat, 2,300-kilogramme Solar Impulse plane on its pioneering flight. The route includes stops in Oman, India, Mandalay, Myanmar, and China. After crossing the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, it will fly across the continental USA, stopping in three locations: Phoenix, New York City, and a location in the Midwest that will be decided later. After crossing the Atlantic, the final legs will include a stopover in Southern Europe or North Africa before returning to Abu Dhabi. To watch video see: (more)

CERN Large Hadron Collider ready to reopen In March 2015
1 January 2015 - The Large Hadron Collider (LHC), will be commence its second three-year run in March this year, CERN announced at the 174th session of the CERN Council. The LHC has helped particle physicists to make some amazing discoveries. The run is commencing after a 2-year technical stop. The stop has helped scientists prepare the machine for running at almost double the energy of the LHC's first run. (more)

Switzerland moves to boost number of women executives
28 November 2014 - Switzerland's government released an early draft of a law on Friday recommending that women occupy at least 30 per cent of management and board posts at top listed companies, in a tentative move to use legislation to boost numbers. Under the draft law, which still has to be debated by other parties and bodies, companies would have to adapt to the new requirements within five years. Norway became the first country in the world to impose a gender quota in 2003, requiring at least 40 per cent of public limited company board members to be women. (more)

Swiss remove last Cold War-era explosives from German border bridge
22 November 2014 - Explosives have finally been removed from a bridge on the Swiss -- German border, more than 20 years after the end of the Cold War, according to reports. The historic Säckinger Bridge, which connects the German city of Bad Säckingen with the Swiss village of Stein across the Rhine river, is the longest roofed wooden bridge in Europe. (more)

Switzerland, Singapore, US top economic rankings
3 September 2014 - The United States' competitiveness among global economies has risen to the Number 3 spot behind Switzerland and Singapore in rankings published annually by the World Economic Forum. Six European countries dominated the top 10: Switzerland, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Sweden. Aside from the US, the remaining three slots were Asian: Singapore, Japan, and Hong Kong. In its survey released Wednesday, the Forum said the US -- the world's largest economy -- moved up two spots from fifth position last year, thanks to improvements in its financial markets and public institutions. (more)

Switzerland: Scientists find inspiration for different solar cell
25 July 2014 - You wouldn't think that things as mundane as rust or the eyes of a garden-variety moth would have much in common with advances in sustainable energy. But Swiss researchers report that a way to create highly efficient solar panels may involve photocells incorporating light-absorbing qualities of iron oxide within a structure similar to moth eyes. (more)

Switzerland has been named the most innovative country in the world
18 July 2014 - For the fourth year in a row, Switzerland has been named the most innovative country in the world, according to the newest version of a report published by Cornell University, the World Intellectual Property Organization and graduate school INSEAD. The report has been coming out annually since 2007. (more)

Switzerland: Higgs boson glimpsed at work for first time
17 July 2014 - The world's largest particle collider has given us our first glimpse of the Higgs boson doing its job. For 50 years, the Higgs boson was the final missing piece in the standard model of particle physics, which elegantly predicts how fundamental particles and forces interact. The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland, was one of the detectors that helped discover the Higgs in 2012. Now ATLAS physicists report seeing pairs of particles called W bosons scattering off each other inside the detector. This rare process can be used to test how the Higgs actually operates. (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 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 Niño 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)

High prices nudge Europe nearer to genetically modified food
8 July 2008 - Like many in Europe, Switzerland's Coop supermarkets do not specify whether goods are genetically modified -- none are. But a wave of food inflation may help wash away resistance to 'Frankenstein foods'. Geert Ritsema, a genetic engineering campaigner at Greenpeace International, said proponents of biotech crop technology are using high prices to scare consumers that their food will become too expensive. The European market represents a substantial opportunity for GM companies: the European seeds market is worth $7.9 billion from a global total of $32.7 billion, according to data from consultancy Cropnosis. The global GM seeds market was worth $6.9 billion in 2007 and is set to grow further. But critics charge that the technology does not bring its promised benefits. 'GM chemical companies constantly claim they have the answer to world hunger while selling products which have never led to overall increases in production, and which have sometimes decreased yields or even led to crop failure,' said Peter Melchett, Soil Association policy director. (more)

Switzerland: Swiss allow three genetically modified crop field trials
5 September 2007 - Swiss authorities have granted permission for three genetically modified (GM) crop trials in Switzerland, despite concerns the field research conflicts with a ban on the use of GM products in agriculture. Swiss voters in 2005 approved a referendum imposing a 5-year moratorium on the use of genetically-modified organisms (GMO) in farming. However, research is still allowed. (more)

Swiss find drug treatment worse than benefit
31 May 2007 - The Swiss pharmaceuticals regulator said Thursday it ordered the withdrawal of Novartis AG's Zelmac for irritable bowel syndrome, saying the risks of the treatment, which can include angina and heart attack, are greater than the benefit. (more)

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