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February 17, 2014
Just after landing, the co-pilot came out of the cockpit and ran to the police and said, ‘I’m the hijacker.’ He said he is not safe in his own country and wants asylum.
Geneva, Switzerland police spokesman Pierre Grangean • Discussing the hijacking of an Ethiopian Airlines flight. The hijacker, who was supposed to be flying the plane to Italy when he failed to land, was not armed and nobody was hurt. (He hijacked the plane by locking the pilot out of the cockpit after he went to use the bathroom.) The 31-year-old man simply flew the plane to Switzerland in an effort to seek asylum.
12:30 // 1 month ago
January 21, 2014
Attending the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland is insanely expensive. Here’s a graphic that breaks down the costs. (Transfers, you ask? Well, some CEOs travel to Davos from the airport by helicopter.)

Attending the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland is insanely expensive. Here’s a graphic that breaks down the costs. (Transfers, you ask? Well, some CEOs travel to Davos from the airport by helicopter.)

8:54 // 2 months ago
October 8, 2013
soupsoup:

Switzerland will vote to give all adults guaranteed $2,800 monthly income.Grassroots organizers were able to collect the 100,000 signatures required to force a referendum on the proposed initiative. The move is the latest by Swiss grassroots activists who are pushing for reforms following the European financial crisis.Activists dumped 8-million 5-cent coins on Oct. 4— one coin for each person living in Switzerland— in the center of the Federal Square outside of Switzerland’s parliament in Berne.

A very handy reminder that there’s what most Americans consider left-wing, and then there’s the kind of conversation on social justice you sometimes find in European democracies. However foreign the notion of guaranteed monthly income may be to many Americans, Switzerland also passed a piece of progressive drug policy last week familiar to American liberals — the decriminalization of marijuana.

soupsoup:

Switzerland will vote to give all adults guaranteed $2,800 monthly income.

Grassroots organizers were able to collect the 100,000 signatures required to force a referendum on the proposed initiative. The move is the latest by Swiss grassroots activists who are pushing for reforms following the European financial crisis.

Activists dumped 8-million 5-cent coins on Oct. 4— one coin for each person living in Switzerland— in the center of the Federal Square outside of Switzerland’s parliament in Berne.

A very handy reminder that there’s what most Americans consider left-wing, and then there’s the kind of conversation on social justice you sometimes find in European democracies. However foreign the notion of guaranteed monthly income may be to many Americans, Switzerland also passed a piece of progressive drug policy last week familiar to American liberals — the decriminalization of marijuana.

19:22 // 6 months ago
January 25, 2013
15:26 // 1 year ago
November 11, 2012
Apple just paid Swiss Federal Railways $21 million for the rights to the design of the above clock, according to Mashable. This was weeks after the iOS6 release, in which the company received much criticism over using the clock, considered iconic of the rail company, as their new default clock design — without paying for the rights.

Apple just paid Swiss Federal Railways $21 million for the rights to the design of the above clock, according to Mashable. This was weeks after the iOS6 release, in which the company received much criticism over using the clock, considered iconic of the rail company, as their new default clock design — without paying for the rights.

17:51 // 1 year ago
October 30, 2012

Sweeping cuts accompany Swiss bank UBS’ fixed income market exit

  • 10,000 UBS employees will lose their jobs over the next three years as part of a 3.4 billion Swiss franc ($3.6 billion) company overhaul. The Swiss bank plans to exit the fixed income market, and return to a focus solely on private banking. Most of those laid off will be located in Switzerland, though sizable cuts are headed to the company’s UK and US operations as well. The first cuts went public today after a number of UBS employees were unable to to enter the bank’s building in London this morning. source
14:58 // 1 year ago
May 8, 2012
Congresswoman Bachmann’s husband is of Swiss descent, so she has been eligible for dual-citizenship since they got married in 1978. However, recently some of their children wanted to exercise their eligibility for dual-citizenship so they went through the process as a family.
Michele Bachmann spokesperson Becky Rogness • Explaining the news today that her boss, the congresswoman and former GOP presidential candidate, received dual-citizenship from Switzerland on March 19th. As it turns out, her husband, Marcus Bachmann, has been eligible due to his parent’s nationality, and that applies to Michele and their children as well. This means Bachmann is now eligible to run for office in Switzerland, which seems like a stretch, though she made it clear she isn’t immune to the charm of the western european state: “It’s tough to find a place not to like in Switzerland,” she said. source (viafollow)
22:28 // 1 year ago
March 14, 2012
reuters:

A bus carrying a Belgian school party home from a ski trip crashed into the wall of a tunnel in Switzerland late on Tuesday, killing 28 people, mostly children.
Distraught parents, many of whom still did not know if their children were among the 22 pupils killed, gathered at a school in Belgium to be flown to Switzerland on military aircraft.
The bus, transporting 52 people, mostly children aged about 12 from the towns of Lommel and Heverlee in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking Flanders region, crashed in the Swiss canton of Valais at 9:15 p.m.(2015 GMT).
A police photograph showed the bus rammed up against the side of a tunnel, the front ripped open, broken glass and debris strewn on the road and rescue workers climbing in through side windows.
Read more: Bus crash kills 28, mostly children, in Switzerland

Jesus Christ. There were kids in that bus. Could not imagine what the parents are going through right now.

reuters:

A bus carrying a Belgian school party home from a ski trip crashed into the wall of a tunnel in Switzerland late on Tuesday, killing 28 people, mostly children.

Distraught parents, many of whom still did not know if their children were among the 22 pupils killed, gathered at a school in Belgium to be flown to Switzerland on military aircraft.

The bus, transporting 52 people, mostly children aged about 12 from the towns of Lommel and Heverlee in Belgium’s Dutch-speaking Flanders region, crashed in the Swiss canton of Valais at 9:15 p.m.(2015 GMT).

A police photograph showed the bus rammed up against the side of a tunnel, the front ripped open, broken glass and debris strewn on the road and rescue workers climbing in through side windows.

Read more: Bus crash kills 28, mostly children, in Switzerland

Jesus Christ. There were kids in that bus. Could not imagine what the parents are going through right now.

10:27 // 2 years ago
January 10, 2012

Medical company Novartis issues some worrisome drug recalls

  • scary Novartis, a Swiss medical company, has issued a recall on an array of its popular over-the-counter products: Excedrin, Bufferin, NoDoz and Gas-X. Why? In the first place, the pills in the bottles might be broken or chipped, altering the manner in which they interact with the body.
  • scarier Or the bottles could contain pills from other Novartis products, like Percocet, Endocet, Opana and Zydone. So far, the company is unaware of any reported side effects from this foul-up. Production has been shut down in the plant responsible for the problems. source

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15:32 // 2 years ago
May 19, 2011
If you take out oil exports, this region of over 400 million people exports roughly the same amount as Switzerland.
Barack Obama • Noting a really interesting point about the Middle East’s economic prowess.
12:47 // 2 years ago