An igloo,whichmeans“house” in theInuitlanguage, is a traditional,dome-shapedEskimodwellingwith a lowtunnelentranceconstructed of blocks of snowplaced in an ascendingspiral.AlthoughigloosarecommonlyassociatedwiththeInuit,theywerepredominantlyconstructed by people of Canada’sCentralArcticandGreenland’sThulearea.What is a kudlik, andhowdid it helpstrengthenthestructuralintegrity of igloos?More…Discuss
Antonín Dvořák – Slavonic Dances, Op. 46 1. No.1 in C major 4’00 2. No.2 in E minor 6’00 3. No.3 in A flat major 5’22 4. No.4 in F major 7’59 5. No.5 in A major 3’16 6. No.6 in D major 5’15 7. No.7 in C minor 3’34 8. No.8 in G minot 4’05
Don’t like your neighborhood pizzeria? Maybe it’s time to consider international pizza delivery—a tactic used until recently by many Swiss citizens trying to stretch their francs by ordering pizza from nearby German border towns, where it’s less expensive. An exception had allowed food delivery to avoid passing through customs, but it was rescinded by Swiss officials about a year ago. Although the Chamber of Industry and Commerce for the neighboring German region of Hochrhein-Bodensee lobbied for the exception to be reinstated, the Swiss customs office recently rejected the proposal. More…Discuss
In Switzerland, the day after New Year’s Day is known as Berchtoldstag and is celebrated primarily by children. Groups of playmates organize parties that feature nut eating and nut games followed by singing and folk dancing. A popular game is the building of “hocks” composed of four nuts placed close together with a fifth balanced on top. The children begin gathering and stockpiling nuts for Berchtold’s Day festivities early in the fall. More…Discuss
This little piece is the best answer to all those “music critics”, self-proclaimed experts and other snobs who throughout the years and years belittled, ignored or attacked Liszt music as primitive kitsch designed to pander to primitive tastes of gullible public. What can be closer to perfection than these few pages sparsely “populated” with few notes , easy enough for any amateur to tackle – yet profound and comforting to turn to in the moment of quiet happiness and contemplation – or in the moment of utter hopelessness and despair?
Foundress of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy. She was born at Albisola Marina, Liguria, Italy, in 1811, and was baptized Benedetta. At sixteen she became a Franciscan tertiary, and in 1837, she … continue reading
The daughter of a Pakistani prime minister executed following a coup, Bhutto was keenly aware of the risks of political life. Nevertheless, she chose to follow in her father’s footsteps and in 1988 became prime minister of Pakistan, becoming the first woman to lead a Muslim nation. Dogged by allegations of corruption, she fled the country in 1999. She returned in late 2007 and, after escaping one attempt on her life, was assassinated. Who stood accused of the 1996 murder of her brother? More…Discuss
Victims of asbestos poisoning are well accustomed to the gruelling twists and turns of Italy’s judicial process. But even the most battle-hardened were ill-prepared for the latest, bitter turn in a landmark case that has dragged on for decades.
Late on Wednesday, Italy’s top court overturned an 18-year prison sentence for Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny, the former owner of construction giant Eternit.
Schmidheiny, 67, was found guilty in 2012 of causing 3,000 deaths linked to the use of asbestos in his factories – in the biggest ever trial on asbestos-related deaths.
He was jailed in absentia and ordered to pay tens of millions of euros in compensation to local authorities and families of the victims, who included factory workers and residents who lived near Eternit factories in northern, central and southern Italy.
Gansabhauet is held only in the country town of Sursee, Lucerne Canton, Switzerland, on St. Martin’s Day. A dead goose is hung by its neck in front of the town hall, and young men draw lots to take turns trying to knock it down with a blunt saber. (Gansabhauet means “knocking down goose.”) The men—blindfolded and wearing red robes and big round masks representing the sun—get only one try at the bird. While the men whack at the goose, children’s games take place: they scale a stripped tree, race in sacks, and compete to see who can make the ugliest face. More…Discuss
GENEVA, Switzerland, October 6, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — Ebola situation assessment – 6 October 2014
The Ebola virus is transmitted among humans through close and direct physical contact with infected bodily fluids, the most infectious being blood, faeces and vomit.
The Ebola virus has also been detected in breast milk, urine and semen. In a convalescent male, the virus can persist in semen for at least 70 days; one study suggests persistence for more than 90 days.
Saliva and tears may also carry some risk. However, the studies implicating these additional bodily fluids were extremely limited in sample size and the science is inconclusive. In studies of saliva, the virus was found most frequently in patients at a severe stage of illness. The whole live virus has never been isolated from sweat.
The Ebola virus can also be transmitted indirectly, by contact with previously contaminated surfaces and objects. The risk of transmission from these surfaces is low and can be reduced even further by appropriate cleaning and disinfection procedures.
Not an airborne virus
Ebola virus disease is not an airborne infection. Airborne spread among humans implies inhalation of an infectious dose of virus from a suspended cloud of small dried droplets.
Schutzengelfest is a religious and social occasion in northern Switzerland observed since the 17th century. Its setting is the Wildkirchli, or “chapel in the wild,” a cave in the Alpsteinmountain range in the Appenzell Innerrhoden Canton. A Capuchin monk decided in 1621 that the cave was an ideal place for mountain worship. Today, the festival starts at 10 a.m., when a priest or monk from Appenzell conducts the worship service. Then, a yodelers‘ choir gives a festive concert, and participants start walking to the villages of Ebenalp or Aescher for feasting and dancing. More…Discuss
Healthy lives: The U.S. ranks last overall with poor scores on all three indicators of healthy lives — mortality amenable to medical care, infant mortality, and healthy life expectancy at age 60. Overall, France, Sweden, and Switzerland rank highest on healthy lives.
Perhaps the biggest single takeaway was this one:
The most notable way the U.S. differs from other industrialized countries is the absence of universal health insurance coverage. Other nations ensure the accessibility of care through universal health systems and through better ties between patients and the physician practices that serve as their medical homes. The Commonwealth Fund “Mirror, Mirror On The Wall — 2014 Update”
Unfortunately, many still equate “universal healthcare” with “Government run” or “single payer” healthcare. It isn’t (Universal Coverage Is Not “Single Payer” Healthcare — here).
Landsgemeinde is an open-air meeting to conduct cantonal business, held once a year in Appenzell, in thecanton of Appenzell Inner-Rhoden in Switzerland. At the meeting, citizens vote on representatives for cantonal offices and on budget and tax proposals. The assembly is a tradition that dates back to the very early days of the Swiss state. Other districts in central and eastern Switzerland also have these assemblies, each with distinct customs. In Stans, for example, the blowing of a horn signals the time to walk to the meeting place outside the town. More…Discuss
The Swiss people will soon vote on whether to adopt a plan that guarantees a basic income to all legal residents, working or not. If passed, every adult in Switzerland will receive a monthly income from the state in the amount of 2,500 Swiss francs, the equivalent of 2,800 US dollars. Supporters of the scheme say it will provide residents with a financial safety net, eliminate poverty, and afford people the freedom to pursue their passions rather than a paycheck, but opponents worry that it will deincentivize working and create a nation of loafers. More…Discuss
A UN-sponsored survey of happiness and satisfaction around the globe names Denmark the world’s happiest country. Rounding out the top five are Norway, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Sweden. Canada ranked 6th on the list, the US came in 17th, and the UK landed in the 22nd spot. The West African country of Togo was found to be the most unhappy of the 156 nations included in the report. While recent economic and political crises have greatly reduced happiness levels in many countries, over the past five years, the world overall has actually become slightly happier and more generous. More…Discuss
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