Oct 01 2009

Roundup of Swiss News

by at 8:30 pm

Some of these stories have made the news in the U.S., but here’s some on-the-ground coverage. The last two are SwissWatching exclusives!

  • U.S./Iran talks in Geneva: “US and Iranians discuss nuclear, human rights issues, while sun shines at Genthod villa
  • EPFL built Switzerland’s  first satellite. It was launched successfully last week. It’s currently recovering from a cold.
  • I should probably have been receiving subsidies last year for my Swiss health care, which has no public option but is quite good? See NYTimes story. (Probably not for people on temporary visas.)
  • Switzerland is not part of the G20 and is not happy about it: “Bern attacks legitimacy of G20 group
  • The International Olympic Committee, headquartered in Lausanne, will decide the fate of the Olympics tomorrow, although I guess it’s all going down in Copenhagen. Chicago 2016? Follow it on Twitter.
  • Jackie’s school IHEID and the US Mission to the UN in Geneva organized a last-minute talk with Michael Posner, the new Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor on Day 8 of his new job.  It was his first public appearance.  Jackie went, and apparently he’s really awesome, comes from the human rights/NGO world, and the event seemed more like a really productive brainstorming session with academics and activists than a polished speech. Of note: he and Hillary Clinton have decided they’re going to push for the Senate to ratify CEDAW (UN Convention on Women) and CRPD (UN Convention on People with Disabilities).
  • We switched our laundry day and time for Yom Kippur so our slot was 6:30am-2:30pm last Friday (rather than 2:30pm-9pm). I woke up at 6:30am and started the laundry, then went back to sleep. I did the same at 7:30am and 8:30am. At 11:15am I went down to check on the dryer and found it off. When I tried to put a new load in the washer and turn the dryer back on I found out that neither would turn on! Dismayed I ran upstairs, Jackie and I tried calling the super (no luck—he was on vacation and his replacement was at work), I ran back downstairs to try it again. Finally, I ran into the woman whose slot we had taken and told her it wasn’t working. Unfazed, she informed me that the laundry machines go off around lunch time. At this point it was 11:45am—not lunch time—but she was not particularly concerned. They’ll go back on in awhile, she explained calmly. At noon I went back downstairs to try them again and she was right. The laundry machines in our building take an hour-long early lunch break. What?!

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6 Responses to “Roundup of Swiss News”

  1. Lizon 03 Oct 2009 at 1:09 am

    Much LOL at the laundry machines.

  2. Judy H.on 05 Oct 2009 at 3:47 pm

    HAHA re: laundry machines. I can’t imagine why that would happen!

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    […] about the relationship between lunch and laundry, I have news to share on the question of why Swiss laundry machines get a lunch break: back in the day (speculation was in the post-war era but people were vague on this point) women […]

  5. SwissWatching » Major (minor) victorieson 05 May 2010 at 10:12 am

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