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As of March 2018, crustaceans being prepared in Switzerland will require chefs to stun or kill them instantly before placing them in boiling water. They'll also be further protected during transit. Swiss Info reports that "live crustaceans, including the lobster, may no longer be transported on ice or in ice water.

"For generations, Switzerland relied on banking secrecy to flourish. Now it has gone, the financial sector is seeking a new path," Hucker told swissinfo.ch. "We are challenging the status quo, because there is no culture of risk taking." "In Singapore, the big banks are actively pushing the whole fintech story.
Swiss economics Minister Johann Schneider-Ammann says he does not think sweeping US tax reforms will drive American firms from Switzerland. In an interview with the Schweiz am Wochenende newspaper on Saturday, he said Switzerland also has competitive advantages for companies. The minister ...
Long lines formed Sunday in Zermatt as tourists waited for tickets on a helicopter shuttle. (Keystone). Access to the Swiss ski resort of Zermatt is again closed off for the second time this month with tourists being transported off the mountain via helicopter. "Due to avalanche risk, the road and the railway line ...
Negotiations between Switzerland and the European Union on a framework agreement for bilateral relations are likely to take time, as the government is still discussing the position it will take in talks with the EU, Swiss President Alain Berset said on Sunday. Berset, speaking to the NZZ am Sonntag ...

Theresa may will meet Donald Trump when they both attend the World Economic Forum in Davos next week. Downing Street and the White House confirmed that the pair would hold a bilateral session, which is likely to focus on foreign policy issues such as Syria and North Korea. The forum will take place ...
The first thing I noticed about Basel is the absence of mountains, an unusual feature in a country dominated by big, bossy peaks that crowd your consciousness, and jostle and clamour for attention all the time. The landscape is gentler in the north-west corner of Switzerland than in the alpine areas, so there ...
The Federal Supreme Court has ruled that a Macedonian man who served jail time for murder must be given back his residence permit in Switzerland. The judges ruled that the man, who served a prison sentence in Macedonia for murder, should be allowed to re-join his wife and their child in Switzerland, ...
Lobsters are a delicious delicacy loved by coastal dwellers across the world -- but is boiling them alive inhumane? In a new law, the Swiss government has banned the common culinary practice of throwing the crustaceans into boiling water while they are still conscious. The move is a response to studies ...
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is meeting in Davos, Switzerland next week, and there are many famous faces that will be in attendance. This year's theme, Creating a Shared Future in a Fractured World, will focus on reaffirming international cooperation on mutual interests like international security, ...
The largest bird in the Alps, the bearded vulture was exterminated in the 19th century and is a vulnerable species today. Starting in 1986, bearded vultures were reintroduced in Austria, Switzerland, Italy and France; now there are roughly 200 in the Alps, and the population is doing well. In Switzerland ...
The culinary world isn't lacking in controversial practices. To produce the delicacy foie gras, ducks and geese are force-fed corn, and the calves used for veal are kept virtually immobile for their entire lives. Now, Switzerland has released an order to ban another controversial cooking practice: boiling ...
A group of Americans in Switzerland is staging a public event in Zurich on Saturday to apologize for the "damage that the current US administration is trying to cause around the world". Action Together: Zurich has joined forced with Swiss campaigning organization Campax to stage the event at the ...
The SVP, led by billionaire businessman Christoph Blocher, is fiercely opposed to the free movement of people but its proposal to ditch the border deal is opposed by Switzerland's other main parties. Social Democrat politician Eric Nussbaumer said: "It's acceptance would be Switzerland's Brexit." ...
Boiling lobsters alive -- a common practice for cooks transforming the popular crustaceans into a meal -- will soon be illegal in Switzerland. The Swiss government ruled last week that lobsters must be stunned before they are cooked and kept in a natural environment rather than on ice or in ice water.
Nearly 20 percent of students at Swiss universities are international--and nearly 40 percent leave the country after they graduate. A new report by the Swiss government's Federal Statistical Office (FSO) shows an overrepresentation of international students in Swiss schools--particularly the higher up they ...

Statistics from Switzerland's Federal Statistical Office show which groups have grown the most. Mousing over the bar chart above reveals the numbers. The greatest number of new arrivals were from EU and EFTA countries. In 2000, there were 875,000 people from these nations living in Switzerland.
North Korean officials are on their way to Switzerland for talks with the International Olympic Committee on the upcoming Winter Games in South Korea. The head of the North's Olympic Committee, Kim Il Guk, and other officials arrived at their stopover in Beijing on Tuesday from Pyongyang. They will talk at ...
GENEVA, Jan. 15 (Xinhua) -- Fewer people migrated to Switzerland last year than at any point in the past ten years and the number of arrivals from the European Union plunged last year, the Swiss media reported Monday. The number of European Union workers arriving in Switzerland halved last year ...
Switzerland has made it illegal to throw live lobsters into boiling water to kill them. The practice of boiling lobsters alive is common in seafood restaurants around the world, and stems from the belief that the crustaceans can't feel pain. Saudi Arabia's Ritz Carlton to reopen after being used as luxury prison.
U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Mexican economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo and Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland are due to attend the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, which begins on Jan. 23, the same day the sixth round of North American Free Trade Agreement talks ...
Some 47 projects have been financed by Switzerland so far with the input of Brazilian scientists since 2012. In addition, over 200 Brazilian scientists have received scholarships from the Swiss government. Switzerland is considered the world's most innovative country, according to last year's edition of the ...
Two leading Swiss organisations for social action and further education have called for big investment in training opportunities for the unemployed. At a press conference on Monday in Bern, the Swiss Conference of social institutions and the Swiss Federation for Further Education called on the state to ...
The country recognizes the sentience of lobsters and bans transporting aquatic species on ice or any other unnatural environment. Swiss government officials signed a sweeping animal welfare that will take effect in March. The new legislation prohibits the practice of killing lobsters by boiling them alive and ...
Switzerland is often regarded internationally as a model of functioning democracy. But a closer look shows that Swiss democracy is far from perfect. The "rule of all" turns out to be the "rule of some". It is September 24, 2017, a "voting Sunday" as we say here in Switzerland. Voters have the final say on a ...
The figures show the number of citizens of EU and European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries coming to Switzerland last year was 20 percent lower than the year before. The peak year for immigration was 2008 when net migration - the number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants - stood ...
Sarajevo, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) handball team beat Switzerland 21-15 in the last round of the 2019 World Men's Handball Championship European qualification tournament in Tuzla on Saturday evening. In the full Mejdan Hall in Tuzla, a city some 120 km northeast of BiH ...
The Swiss Federal Council issued an order this week banning cooks in Switzerland from placing live lobsters into pots of boiling water, joining a few other jurisdictions that have protections for the decapod crustaceans. Switzerland's new measure stipulates that beginning March 1, lobsters must be knocked ...
Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in Switzerland to protest US President Donald Trump's planned visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos. The annual meeting of world business and political leaders is scheduled to start January 23rd. Trump will be the first sitting US president to attend the ...
The European Court of Human Rights ordered Switzerland to pay €5,000 (CHF5,860) to an anti-racism group for infringing on the group's freedom of expression. Swiss courts had forced the group to remove online comments citing a politician's speech as "verbal racism", a ruling that Europe's highest ...
The move is a response to studies that suggest lobsters are sentient with advanced nervous systems that may feel pain. From March 2018, lobsters being prepared in Switzerland will need to be knocked out before they're put to death, or killed instantly. They'll also get other protections while in transit.
The Associated PressBERN, Switzerland (AP) -- In a final warmup before both teams go to the World Cup, Switzerland will host Japan on June 8. The Switzerland football Federation says the friendly will be at Lugano. The Swiss team has a training camp in the town near the Swiss-Italian border before ...
Under this agreement France and Switzerland pledged to recompense each other for social welfare benefits paid to their citizens in the other country. France had argued that the agreement no longer had validity after the free movement of persons agreement with the European Union came into force in ...
The scale of Switzerland is at once both grand and intimate. The mighty Alps and lakes provide the epic sweep, but its culturally rich cities (the largest, Zurich, isn't even in the top 100 for population in Europe) are small. So it's easy to enjoy beautifully preserved old city centres, architecture from medieval to ...
"Trump, Welcome to Hell": Switzerland's Davos Braces For protests. With the surprise announcement this week that Donald Trump is attending this year's January 22-26 Davos meet, Swiss authorities expect demonstrations across the country. World | Agence France-Presse | Updated: January 12, 2018 ...
GENEVA, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Train service resumed and roads to Switzerland's ski and winter resort of Zermatt have restored so as to allow trapped tourists to leave, local Swiss media reported Thursday. Swiss National Radio reported that the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn railway company resumed its service ...
The Switzerland football Federation says the friendly will be at Lugano. The Swiss team has a training camp in the town near the ... Switzerland leaves for Russia on June 11 ahead of its opening game against Brazil in Group E on June 17. The group also includes Serbia and Costa Rica. Japan is in Group ...
Cooks who dispatch of lobsters simply by boiling or steaming them alive are now outlaws in Switzerland. The Swiss government has passed new reforms for animal protection, according to Swissinfo, and among those are regulations in regards to how shellfish are handled. "Live crustaceans, including the ...
Amid booming investor enthusiasm for cryptocurrencies, one country in particular has been making serious efforts to capitalize on the trend and build up a powerful domestic cryptocurrency industry -- Switzerland. The country has long boasted a robust Financial Services industry, and as of late, it's been trying to strengthen ...
GENEVA (AP) -- Swiss police say an 83-year-old man apparently shot and killed his wife in her hospital bed near Zurich, then killed himself. Zurich canton (state) police said staff at the hospital in Affoltern am Albis heard shots from the room of the patient, also aged 83, shortly after midnight on Wednesday.
Bitmain, Chinese bitcoin mining giant and producer of mining hardware, is expanding its reach and has set up a new subsidiary in Switzerland. Local Swiss publication Handelszeitung reported that the subsidiary, Bitmain Switzerland, was registered in Zug last month, to Bitmain co-founder Jihan Wu, Ti Liu ...
Switzerland like all OECD countries has high untapped potential. The number of girls studying STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects is low. Only 3% of girls in Swiss schools expect a career in engineering or science, compared to 15% of boys. The OECD averages are 5% ...
animal rights advocates and some scientists argue that lobsters and other crustaceans have sophisticated nervous systems. Photograph: Gareth Phillips for the Guardian. Switzerland. Switzerland rules lobsters must be stunned before boiling. government bans the practice of plunging live lobsters into ...
Bitmain, the China-based bitcoin mining giant, has set up a new subsidiary in Switzerland. A report from Swiss-based news service Handelszeitung states that the company has based the subsidiary, Bitmain Switzerland, in Zug. The locale is the home of the "Crypto Valley", an area where a number of ...
Over the years, I have asked my university students this question: Who is the President of Switzerland? No one has ever answered; it is a trick question. Unlike most countries, the Swiss Confederation does not have a president or prime minister acting as the head of state or government. In Switzerland, the ...
As part of an overall animal protection reform, the Swiss government has banned the common practice of boiling live lobsters. As part of an overall animal protection reform, the Swiss government has banned the common practice of boiling live lobsters. It must be assumed that these animals are sentient ...
But Brussels has tied talks about granting Switzerland financial market "equivalence" to long-running political negotiations about overhauling Bern's relationship with the EU. The European Commission is putting pressure on Bern to accept its regulations and the role of the European Court of Justice.
Heavy snow falls in Saas Fee village, near Zermatt, Switzerland on Jan. 9, 2018. Unusually heavy snowfall and a high risk of Alpine avalanches stranded some 13,000 tourists in the Swiss resort of Zermatt at the base of the famed Matterhorn mountain. With nearby roads, trains, cable cars, ski slopes and hiking trails into the ...
Hong Kong comes top of the competitiveness index for corporation tax (9.9%), followed by Nidwalden (10.1%), the canton with the lowest corporation tax in Switzerland. Other Swiss cantons with low business tax were Appenzell (10.3%), Lucerne (10.3%) and Obwalden (10.9%.) Even Geneva, the canton ...


 

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