blue News and Keystone-ATS bring you the press review and highlights for Tuesday, November 22nd.
Seen in the press
ENERGY: The rising cost of energy is already taking its toll on homes. Most homeowners propose raising heating bills, to avoid an excessively high bill next year, write 24Heures and the Tribune de Genève. Questioned by the two German newspapers, the Swiss Union of Real Estate Professionals (USPI) confirms that this is the whole of Switzerland. According to Asloca, the increase is usually 50%, which allows covering the increase in energy costs.
FOOD: Sales of labeled and organic meat are stagnant in Switzerland at around 12%. According to a study commissioned by Swiss Animal Protection and revealed by the German-language newspapers of the Tamedia group, it is mainly economic reasons that prevent better animal welfare. Labeled and organic products are significantly more expensive than conventional products. There is also no incentive for farmers to switch to more animal-friendly farming as the additional costs are not fully covered. Organic producers receive a smaller share of the added value than their conventional counterparts. For the author of the study, this is a market failure.
TRANSPORT: Geneva wants to introduce more traffic lanes for carpools. Thus, on the three-lane stretches between lE Vengeron and Nyon and between Bardonnex and Perly, the third lane must be reserved for carpools and public transport, as the titles of the German-speaking group CH Media write. The Geneva Department of Infrastructure reports that it has contacted the Federal Roads Office (OFROU) and that these projects are under study. FEDRO, which will be able to access the national road network, however has serious reservations regarding the realization of this idea on the motorway.
COURT PROCESS: French far-right essayist Alain Soral will be tried on December 14 in Lausanne, report 24Heures and the Tribune de Genève. The controversialist contests the sentence to three months in prison for homophobia handed down by criminal order last April. He had attacked a journalist from the two Lemanic newspapers that published an article about him last year. He will ask for absolution.
WILD ANIMALS: The capercaillie seems to have disappeared in the canton of Neuchâtel, laments the director of the Botanical Garden of Neuchâtel, Blaise Mulhauser, in Arcinfo. No reliable sightings of the bird have been made this year in the municipality. This capercaillie has been in decline since the 1930s. It has been protected since the early 1970s, when there were still 120 of them in the territory of Neuchâtel. For Blaise Mulhauser, the only hope lies in a natural return, like those of the golden eagle, the deer or the wolf.
Birthdays and Jubilees
– 5 years ago (2017): Former Bosnian Serb military leader Ratko Mladic is sentenced to life imprisonment by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
– 15 years ago (2007): death of choreographer Maurice Béjart in Lausanne, aged 80.
– 50 years ago (1972): diplomats from 34 countries meet in Helsinki for preparatory work for what would become the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE).
– 55 years ago (1967): adoption of resolution 242 of the Security Council of the UN that demands the withdrawal of Israel from (or the) occupied territories and the recognition of each State of the region.
– 55 years ago (1967): birth of Boris Becker, former German tennis player.
– 80 years ago (1942): Soviet troops surround the German 6th Army at Stalingrad.
– 525 years ago (1497): Vasco da Gama rounds the Cape of Good Hope.
Tip of the day
“Planted in Sainte-Cécile, each grain yields a thousand”