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How flying in and out of Switzerland will look post-Covid

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:06
Airports and airlines have outlined new safety measures as flights start to ramp up in Switzerland. Face masks are mainly recommended, but are in some cases compulsory, while social distancing measures may increase waiting times once passenger numbers increase. Airports While the wearing of masks is highly recommended, rather than compulsory, at Zurich and Geneva airports, police will have the power to insist on them being worn if people become too tightly packed together. Basel-Mulhouse airport says that face masks will be mandatory. All three airports have installed plexiglass screens and have increased cleaning services, focusing especially on surfaces that could be touched by many people, such as stair handrails and elevator buttons. Disinfectant hand dispensers will be made available for passengers. Floor markings have also been added to aid social distancing. Zurich says it will open extra passport control booths and make use of overflow lanes at security check. The number...
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How flying in and out of Switzerland will look post-Covid

Swissinfo EN - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 14:06
Airports and airlines have outlined new safety measures as flights start to ramp up in Switzerland. Face masks are mainly recommended, but are in some cases compulsory, while social distancing measures may increase waiting times once passenger numbers increase. Airports While the wearing of masks is highly recommended, rather than compulsory, at Zurich and Geneva airports, police will have the power to insist on them being worn if people become too tightly packed together. Basel-Mulhouse airport says that face masks will be mandatory. All three airports have installed plexiglass screens and have increased cleaning services, focusing especially on surfaces that could be touched by many people, such as stair handrails and elevator buttons. Disinfectant hand dispensers will be made available for passengers. Floor markings have also been added to aid social distancing. Zurich says it will open extra passport control booths and make use of overflow lanes at security check. The ...
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Rolls-Royce and Daimler Truck AG plan cooperation on stationary fuel-cell systems

News Machinery - Thu, 05/28/2020 - 00:33

Rolls-Royce plc and Daimler Truck AG plan to cooperate on stationary fuel-cell generators as CO2-neutral emergency power generators for safety-critical facilities such as data centers. They are to offer emission-free alternatives to diesel engines, which are currently used as emergency power generators or to cover peak loads. Daimler Truck AG and the British technology group Rolls-Royce have signed an agreement to this effect. A comprehensive cooperation agreement is to be prepared and sig...

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Government announces major easing of coronavirus restrictions

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 15:13
The Swiss government has announced a significant relaxation of restrictions and, as of June 19, an end to the "extraordinary situation" to deal with the coronavirus crisis. It said this was made possible by the low number of new infections in recent weeks. Interior Minister Alain Berset, who holds the health portfolio, said they were now around only 20 per day. An end to the extraordinary situation means powers will be handed back to the cantons. Simonetta Sommaruga, who holds the rotating presidency this year, told a press conference on Wednesday that parliament would also be responsible for deciding on coronavirus restrictions. "We have managed to get the virus under control," said Sommaruga, and extended thanks to "everyone who has made it possible". "The rate of infection is low, the shops are open and the hospitals are ready," she told the press conference. So it was now a question of moving to a "new normal" in which the responsibility for ensuring continued protection...
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Government announces major easing of coronavirus restrictions

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 15:13
The Swiss government has announced a significant relaxation of restrictions and, as of June 19, an end to the "extraordinary situation" to deal with the coronavirus crisis. It said this was made possible by the low number of new infections in recent weeks. Interior Minister Alain Berset, who holds the health portfolio, said they were now around only 20 per day. An end to the extraordinary situation means powers will be handed back to the cantons. Simonetta Sommaruga, who holds the rotating presidency this year, told a press conference on Wednesday that parliament would also be responsible for deciding on coronavirus restrictions.  "We have managed to get the virus under control," said Sommaruga, and extended thanks to "everyone who has made it possible". "The rate of infection is low, the shops are open and the hospitals are ready," she told the press conference. So it was now a question of moving to a "new normal" in which the responsibility for ensuring continued protection ...
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Swiss photographer captures the nature of changed borders

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:00
Living in a small country surrounded by other states, borders feature in the daily lives of many Swiss and become a focal point while closed during the coronavirus outbreak. Swiss photographer Roger Eberhard captured images of former borders in a project that took over three years to complete, resulting in a book that has now become particularly relevant. The artist and publisher from Zurich said he wanted to make a book about borders to show “a visible and ever-changing cartographical puzzle of our world”. Eberhard sees country boundaries as “fluid” and tied to politics, citing how the number of countries in the world has changed since the 1960s. In light of entry bans, border walls and mass migration being regularly on the global news agenda, Eberhard wanted his photography to reinforce what he sees as the “transcience of these man-made markings”. He travelled from country to country to gather the images for ‘Human Territoriality’, published in March 2020. His aim was to...
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Swiss photographer captures the nature of changed borders

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 11:00
Living in a small country surrounded by other states, borders feature in the daily lives of many Swiss and become a focal point while closed during the coronavirus outbreak. Swiss photographer Roger Eberhard captured images of former borders in a project that took over three years to complete, resulting in a book that has now become particularly relevant. The artist and publisher from Zurich said he wanted to make a book about borders to show “a visible and ever-changing cartographical puzzle of our world”. Eberhard sees country boundaries as “fluid” and tied to politics, citing how the number of countries in the world has changed since the 1960s. In light of entry bans, border walls and mass migration being regularly on the global news agenda, Eberhard wanted his photography to reinforce what he sees as the “transcience of these man-made markings”. He travelled from country to country to gather the images for ‘Human Territoriality’, published in March 2020. His aim was to ...
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Switzerland’s safety net must be there for all

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 09:16
Images of several thousand people queuing each weekend to receive food parcels in wealthy Geneva have circulated in the international press recently. The working poor and undocumented migrants in Switzerland have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of concerned citizens in Geneva is calling for respect for migrants’ fundamental rights and for regularisation. For many foreign observers, the fundamental right to food is something that has always been observed in Switzerland. Fundamental rights are not only at risk but are sometimes ignored Yet recent distributions of food aid by the local authorities, NGOs and private associations at the Vernets sports centre in Geneva seem to have taken the international press by surprise. For almost a month now this trend has been visible and continues to grow. In the international capital of human rights, Switzerland’s second-biggest city, and in a country often praised for its excellent economic and social organisation, part...
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Switzerland’s safety net must be there for all

Swissinfo EN - Wed, 05/27/2020 - 09:16
Images of several thousand people queuing each weekend to receive food parcels in wealthy Geneva have circulated in the international press recently. The working poor and undocumented migrants in Switzerland have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic. A group of concerned citizens in Geneva is calling for respect for migrants’ fundamental rights and for regularisation. For many foreign observers, the fundamental right to food is something that has always been observed in Switzerland. Yet recent distributions of food aid by the local authorities, NGOs and private associations at the Vernets sports centre in Geneva seem to have taken the international press by surprise. For almost a month now this trend has been visible and continues to grow. In the international capital of human rights, Switzerland’s second-biggest city, and in a country often praised for its excellent economic and social organisation, part of the population is in dire need of food. People who previously ...
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Nikon releases the Lasermeister 101A, an optical processing machine

News Machinery - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 22:09

Nikon Corporation (Nikon) is pleased to announce the release of the Lasermeister 101A, an optical processing machine. This industry-leading system optically processes various metals with ultra-high precision using a laser. The Lasermeister 101A provides additive manufacturing capabilities like a 3D printer, while also enabling laser marking and welding. The Lasermeister 101A. Product Overview Name of Product Optical processing machine Lasermeister 101A Availability May 2020 Nikon...

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Swiss hospitals and start-ups test disinfecting robots

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 16:15
Self-driving disinfecting robots with a UV-C lamp tower are currently being tested in hospitals, but the process could be applied to other closed environments. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill or inactivate micro-organisms by disrupting their DNA. As the light is dangerous to humans too, the robot only works in uninhabited environments. In order to save energy, the Swiss start up Rovenso is working on a robot that detects places frequently touched by people, which it then targets with its UV-C light. This option could interest closed environments that don’t need a thorough disinfection, like offices or other work areas. Prototypes are currently being tested, but orders haven't increased, as hospitals and workplaces are still busy fighting the coronavirus.
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Swiss hospitals and start-ups test disinfecting robots

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 16:15
Self-driving disinfecting robots with a UV-C lamp tower are currently being tested in hospitals, but the process could be applied to other closed environments. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a disinfection method that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill or inactivate micro-organisms by disrupting their DNA. As the light is dangerous to humans too, the robot only works in uninhabited environments.  In order to save energy, the Swiss start up Rovenso is working on a robot that detects places frequently touched by people, which it then targets with its UV-C light. This option could interest closed environments that don’t need a thorough disinfection, like offices or other work areas. Prototypes are currently being tested, but orders haven't increased, as hospitals and workplaces are still busy fighting the coronavirus.
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Coronavirus fuels Swiss bicycling surge

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 14:12
While demand for public transport collapsed during Switzerland's partial lockdown, bicycle usage soared across the country. But greater acceptance of cycling nationwide will depend on further political decisions and transport planning. Ernst Leuthold, the owner of a bike shop in Bern, can’t believe his eyes. “It’s amazing to see all these people who haven’t been on a bike for years and then suddenly feel the need to do so,” he declared. Daniel Schärer, director of 2roues Suisse, a trade association for two-wheel vehicles, concurs: “During the lockdown, bike shop repair workshops were extremely busy.” And it’s likely that the sales of bikes will take off in the coming months, he added. Most of these new clients probably discovered cycling for fun whilst at home. But “there are undoubtedly others who turned to bikes, particular electric bikes, to go to work”, he added. If bike usage is to continue to grow, it will most likely be people who combine cycling with other forms...
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Coronavirus fuels Swiss bicycling surge

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 14:12
While demand for public transport collapsed during Switzerland's partial lockdown, bicycle usage soared across the country. But greater acceptance of cycling nationwide will depend on further political decisions and transport planning.  Ernst Leuthold, the owner of a bike shop in Bern, can’t believe his eyes.  “It’s amazing to see all these people who haven’t been on a bike for years and then suddenly feel the need to do so,” he declared.  Daniel Schärer, director of 2roues Suisse, a trade association for two-wheel vehicles, concurs: “During the lockdown, bike shop repair workshops were extremely busy.” And it’s likely that the sales of bikes will take off in the coming months, he added. Most of these new clients probably discovered cycling for fun whilst at home. But “there are undoubtedly others who turned to bikes, particular electric bikes, to go to work”, he added. If bike usage is to continue to grow, it will most likely be people who combine cycling with other forms ...
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What’s the point of multilateralism? The UN at 75

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:00
This special episode of the Inside Geneva podcast looks at the role of the United Nations, 75 years after its founding. As the collective memory of the Second World War fades, how much do we know about the international laws and conventions designed to protect civilians during health crises and prohibit atrocities? Do we still think those laws are worthwhile, or is “my country first” a more appealing policy? And where does that leave multilateralism? Host Imogen Foulkes and guests look at the highs, and the lows, of the UN over the last 75 years. You can read more from Imogen on the topic here, in her monthly column. And for more insights from Switzerland's international city, subscribe to Inside Geneva on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
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What’s the point of multilateralism? The UN at 75

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:00
This special episode of the Inside Geneva podcast looks at the role of the United Nations, 75 years after its founding. As the collective memory of the Second World War fades, how much do we know about the international laws and conventions designed to protect civilians during health crises and prohibit atrocities? Do we still think those laws are worthwhile, or is “my country first” a more appealing policy? And where does that leave multilateralism? Host Imogen Foulkes and guests look at the highs, and the lows, of the UN over the last 75 years. You can read more from Imogen on the topic here, in her monthly column.  And for more insights from Switzerland's international city, subscribe to Inside Geneva on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. 
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The UN at 75: What’s different, what’s the same?

Swissinfo EN - Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:00
Do you know anyone who has never heard of the United Nations? Probably not. For most of the world’s population, the UN has been around our entire lives. But, do you know anyone who doesn’t really know what the UN does? The answer to that question is almost certainly a lot more ambivalent.  Some know it as the body which helps the most vulnerable in a crisis, some may have heard of disagreements and stalemates at the UN security council, others may think of the UN as a vast - bloated even - organisation which spreads its tentacles into too many aspects of life. All three are at least partially true, but none entirely accurate.  The United Nations was created on October 24, 1945 from the ashes, shock and slaughter of the Second World War. The solemn ceremony in San Francisco brought together just 51 nations, because large parts of the world were still colonised. With hindsight, it is understandable that countries which had fought so bitterly for six long years would want to ...
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Telework likely to continue after Covid-19, but not on a large scale

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 17:00
In Switzerland the Covid-19 pandemic has led to more people working from home, giving a boost to productivity and quality of life. But the trend may not continue in the same way once the crisis is over. The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly shaken up the world of work. In Switzerland, many employers expanded remote working, or even introduced it for the first time, after the government imposed lockdown measures in mid-March.  Should companies cover some of the costs of telework? According to a recent Federal Court decision reported by the newspaper SonntagsZeitung, Swiss companies must cover part of the rent of employees who work from home. The case was brought by an employee of a Zurich firm before the Covid-19 pandemic. But experts disagree on the applicability of this ruling to the wave of telework observed during the crisis.  Working from home had already been gaining in popularity in recent years. In 2019, almost a quarter of the Swiss working population worked from home ...
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Studying the new viruses that emerge from melting ice

Swissinfo EN - Mon, 05/25/2020 - 11:00
Could melting ice release potentially harmful bacteria and viruses into the atmosphere? Researchers have identified about a thousand micro-organisms – many of them unknown until now – in permafrost in the Swiss Alps. One of the obvious lessons of the Covid-19 pandemic is that technological and medical progress has not eliminated the fact that humans remain extremely vulnerable to as yet unknown pathogenic agents. While we are still trying to find the exact origin of SARS-CoV-2, researchers from around the world are warning that a new potential health threat could be hiding not in animals or laboratories, but under the ice. Due to rising temperatures and increased usage of the subsoil, old micro-organisms trapped in ice and permafrost – the layer of ground that is permanently frozen – could be released into the air and reactivated, with unknown consequences. Deadly pathogens emerging from the ice: theoretical scenario or real risk? This is not science-fiction. In 2016, on the ...
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How the Swiss have navigated crisis (mis)communication during Covid-19

Swissinfo EN - Sun, 05/24/2020 - 11:00
From red and pink posters in public squares to ministers’ frequent appearances on the nightly news, officials in Switzerland have worked hard to gain control of communication about the pandemic. Has effective messaging helped flatten the curve?  “We must act as quickly as possible but as slowly as necessary.”   It’s no accident that this statement by the minister responsible for health, Alain Berset, as he announced the government’s lockdown exit strategy in April landed not just on the pages of newspapers but also on a t-shirt sold to raise money for charity.   The message was a perfect example of the clear, measured and earnest tone that the country’s authorities have tried to strike publicly from the start of the coronavirus outbreak.  “It was received positively all over the country,” said Regula Hänggli Fricker, a professor of mass media and communication at the University of Fribourg.   Clarity, consistency and transparency are all key ingredients of crisis ...
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