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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I —I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost (“The Road Not Taken”) Dear Readers Summer finally arrived and in full force. As I write this note, the heat wave has broken momentarily to yield to a full day of torrential downpour. Mother Nature has certainly kept us entertained this year! The theme this September issue is fresh starts. It’s ‘Back to School’ for children as the new school year begins. In my interview with Nora Anghern— professional golfer and coach with the Swiss PGA—we chat about how a sports education is as important as classroom education for today’s youth. New beginnings are also an opportunity for lifelong learners of all ages. Dr Craen—owner and president of European University—shares insight into his toprated European Business School. His roots run deep in family run businesses and E.U. leads the way with a uniquely entrepreneurial approach. Across the language divide (“Röestigrabe” trans. Swiss hash brown dish ditch) we meet Helen Calle-Lin, a Geneva based restaurant entrepreneur, who created a new life for herself, since arriving in 1994 from Texas. She continues to heed her restaurateur calling and has even expanded her restaurant restoration to Berne. A hot new financial topic in the expatriate world comes from the UK, namely QROPS. An abbreviation for ‘Qualified Retirement Overseas Pension Schemes’ it’s an intriguing tax savings retirement investment plan available in Switzerland to expats who have worked in the UK. I teamed up with Jonas Hugentobler of Swiss News and VR Praxis, to discover and report on the story. Last but not least, it’s with bittersweet emotion that I share the news that this will be my last issue with Swiss News. I have decided to move on and explore a new chance. I would like to thank each and every one of our readers for their loyal readership. I am also grateful to Swiss News’ advertisers for their trust and support. Several freelancers, you know who you are (they are listed in the contributors) have helped me tremendously as has our summer intern, Manuela Paganini. Jonas Hugentobler has been generous with his time, providing Swiss News and myself with solid support and a creative business partner to bounce ideas off. María Ahuáctzin Lepel and the graphics team have worked tirelessly to deliver this monthly publication to you.

Swiss News will carry on until the end of the year led by its founder and publisher, Mr Remo Kuhn, whom I wish all the best of luck with his future endeavours. I have truly appreciated the opportunities and enjoyed working with the team at Swiss Businesspress! Erika Frey-Hasegawa Editor-in-Chief PUBLISHER Remo Kuhn • MANAGING DIRECTOR Jonas Hugentobler • EDITOR IN CHIEF Erika Frey Hasegawa • LAYOUT María Ahuáctzin Lepel, Robin Weldon • INFORMATION info@swissnews.ch MARKETING & ADVERTISING MANAGER Jonas Hugentobler, Erika Frey Hasegawa Tel: +41 44 306 47 00 • CONTRIBUTORS Robert Bartram, Dominique Calcò Labbruzzo, Angelica Cipullo, Brien Donnellon, Sabrina Dupont, Anitra Green, Dr. Alfred Kuhn, Bob Howis, Manuela Paganini, Deja Rose• PRINTING MATERIALS print@swissnews.ch • SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE SWISS NEWS, Zürcherstrasse 39, 8952 Schlieren, Tel: +41 44 306 47 00, Fax: +41 44 306 47 11, abo@swissnews.ch, www.swissnews.ch • SUBSCRIPTION RATE One year, CHF 66 inside Switzerland; CHF 96 abroad; Single copy CHF 7.50 • DISTRIBUTION & SALES Available at major kiosks, Orell Füssli, Off The Shelf, and in business class on SWISS International Air Lines flights • PRINTED BY Stämpfli Publikationen AG, Wölflistrasse 1, Postfach 8326, 3001 Berne • SWISS NEWS 31st year of publication • COPYRIGHT Under the International Copyright Convention, All rights reserved ISSN 1420-1151 • PUBLISHED BY SWISS BUSINESSPRESS SA, Zürcherstrasse 39, 8952 Schlieren, www.swissbusinesspress.ch SWISS NEWS SEPTEMBER 2013

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CONTENTS Interview of the Month

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Nora Angehrn: golfer and athletic ambassador

Made in Switzerland

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Hotel Waldhaus in St. Moritz

Financial Column

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Thailand blooms by the lake

What’s On

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Club Page

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Club news for September

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Noticeboard

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Nora Angehrn sets out to © Maria Beautell

Nora Angehrn has been a golfer since venturing onto the fairway with her parents at age 10. The Zollikon native started competing at 15, winning a place on the Swiss national team and then going professional in 2004. After retiring three years ago, she found a new calling, coaching juniors for the Swiss Golf Association and teaching at Golf Club Breitenloo. We sat down to chat about golf and her role with the NGO ‘Right To Play.’

What inspired you to become a golfer? Both my parents played golf. It was a lot of fun for me – like a family outing! I am an only child. I loved to spend time with my parents out in the open air. But I played all kinds of sport at that age; it was only when I won my first national tournament that golf really hooked me. I have also made good friends through the sport. You have won several championships. Do you feel the pressure to always improve your score? When I was competing I definitely used to feel that pressure. Golf is a neverending challenge, and that’s why I love the game. But today it just feels great to get out and play, if I have the time!

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Tell me about Right to Play. How did you get involved? Since 2006, I have been an Athlete Ambassador for the SWISS NEWS SEPTEMBER 2013

Right To Play NGO. Last year I travelled to Burundi on a field trip, which was very impressive. This year I might hopefully be going to Ghana. I used to train in South Africa over the winters, living in Johannesburg for four months out of every year. Playing sports has given me so much – I wanted to give something back. Through sports, children learn important life lessons and values, such as discipline, friendship and respect. “Fair play” especially is a key lesson. Team spirit is another. Do you think children are becoming less sporty? Yes, this is true. It’s a sign of the times. In my childhood, we didn’t have social media sites and handheld gadgets. After school, I would look forward to getting outside and playing with my friends. Nowadays it’s difficult to get children off their smartphones, and it’s pretty shocking to see that most kids can’t do somersaults or skip properly.


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Golf appears to be gaining popularity here in Switzerland. I think Migros Parks has been instrumental in making the sport public. It’s no longer an elitist sport. I do love certain traditions of the sport; the dress code is part of it. I do not believe in wearing flip-flops to the golf course. But wearing a mandatory blazer seems impractical and nonsensical. Why should one restrict golfing to a members-only country club? What tips would you give someone learning to play golf? Remember that golf is not a fast sport. You need to reserve at least three hours, or a half-day, and you need to be patient! I started out, playing with the family. It was fun and relaxing. What’s your favourite takeaway from golf? I enjoyed being part of the Swiss national team as a junior. I made lifelong friends there and have so many happy memories of playing together. We had lots of fun and

supported one another. Sounds like team spirit to me. Exactly. Although golf is an individual sport, we play international championships as a team. Sports are about having fun and healthy competition. You speak English and several other languages fluently. I always loved to travel and I love languages. My father travelled frequently for business and when I was younger he took me with him. So I was confronted with different cultures and languages at a very young age. I didn’t worry if I spoke perfectly or not. As a kid you learn fast! After I finished my “Matura,” I studied law in Zürich for two semesters, before moving to San Diego, California to study golf management. It was a great education to learn about the business side of the sport. And then, of course, I travelled a lot with the Swiss national golf team. SWISS NEWS SEPTEMBER 2013

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What is Right to Play?

Right to Play is a global organization that uses the transformative power of sports and play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Founded in 2000 by Johann Olav Koss, an Olympic gold medallist and social entrepreneur, Right to Play helps children build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities with lasting impact.

Who has the right to play?

Right to play promotes the involvement of all children and youth. We believe that the power of play can transform a child’s life. That’s why we are working in the most disadvantaged areas, engaging girls, people with disabilities, children affected by HIV and AIDS, street children, former child combatants and refugees.

What do we do?

We educate. We help children learn. We improve academic performance by using games as a tool for education, fostering physical, cognitive and social development. We promote health by encouraging physical fitness, mobilizing communities around national health issues, and educating about disease prevention priorities including HIV and AIDS, malaria and immunization. We build peace by teaching conflict resolution and peace building skills, while helping heal children and communities affected by war. We develop communities by engaging local staff and volunteers and partnering with local organizations to build infrastructure.

Who have we reached?

We reach one million children in regular weekly activities and 49% of those children are female. Right to Play is in more than 20 countries, including programmes in Benin, Burundi, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Jordan, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories (West Bank and Gaza), Peru, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand and Uganda.

How do we do it?

Our programmes are facilitated by more than 600 international staff and 13,500 volunteer coaches. Coaches are local leaders and teachers who are trained in our specially designed programming. They implement the programmes based on the needs of their communities. We also encourage leadership at all ages by providing youth with unique opportunities. Junior leaders, some as young as eight years old, become empowered through participating in Right to Play programmes, some of which involve training and technical assistance. We work with partner organizations in Bolivia, Colombia, Kenya, Norway, Panama, Peru and the United States where we train local organizations in Right to Play’s unique methodology to implement programmes.

Who else is on our team?

In addition to our staff and coaches, we are supported by a global network of professional and Olympic athletes from more than 40 countries. As role models, these athletes inspire children and lend their voices to the cause.

Are we making a difference?

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Yes, we are empowering and educating tomorrow’s leaders. Our programmes continue to produce results. We see improved academic performance, increased participation and attendance in schools, reduction in violence, increased SWISS NEWS SEPTEMBER 2013

“I made lifelong friends as a junior on the Swiss national team. Although golf is an individual sport, we play as a team.”

awareness and steps taken to prevent disease. By working with children and their communities, we are contributing to sustainable change.

Why is play so important?

The UN recognizes play as the right of every child. Play is not a luxury; it is a tool for education and health. It can bring entire communities together and inspire every individual. A game of football can teach children about tolerance and peace; a game of tag can teach about malaria. Play helps teach important life lessons and develop skills like cooperation, leadership and teamwork. Play provides a retreat from everyday hardships and brings joy and laughter, allowing kids to be kids.

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The other EU: a university and a network By Erika Frey-Hasegawa

Back in Belgium, Dr Dirk Craen’s father worked in the coated abrasive import business, and son followed father into the chemicals industry. In 1985, Dr Craen imported his ambition and entrepreneurial drive to Switzerland (he is now a citizen). I caught up with him to talk about the 40th anniversary of the European University, of which he is owner and president.

Right away, Dr Craen gives me feedback on the latest issue of Swiss News. He read it cover to cover before our phone appointment. Charmed by his impressive, take-charge approach, I ready myself with my interview questions. However, before I can launch into a journalistic questionand-answer session, Dr Craen starts to tell a story. He describes to me “his one and only job interview ever”, when at just 22 – straight out of college – he dared his potential employer: “Hire me on a commission-only basis, you’ll see how much money I’ll make both of us.” His out-ofthe-box thinking was not typical for the large chemical corporation, used to heavy regulations. I chuckle over this cheeky story from the abrasive salesman turned B-school president. Dr Craen admits: “Yeah, I had a big mouth back then!” Yet his ambition and work ethic served him well. Eventually, he “bought out the management” of what was the basics of European University in 1998.

familiarity – almost as if speaking about a friend or family. Considering that each one of his three children runs one of E.U.’s European campuses, this makes sense. The diversity of the alumni is equally fascinating. Rather than name-dropping celebrity alumni (though a little research in the EU yearbooks yields famous names from royalty to gastronomy), the university emphasises various family businesses and the entrepreneurial vision.

Walking the talk

Headquartered in Montreux, in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, E.U. offers a unique business education. The focus is on entrepreneurship and running a family business (clearly an approach close to Dr Craen’s heart). At first glance, this may all sound standard enough.

“You have to run a business school like a business. Show how it’s done.”

Celebrating 40 years of diversity in education

Established in 1973, E.U. has nore than 100 nationalities represented across its numerous campuses, located in Barcelona, Geneva, London, Montreux and Munich. E.U. has expanded its business school affiliate programmes to south-east Asia and Russia, with course locations including Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Almaty, Astana & Aktobe, Taipei, Hong Kong, Shenzen, Shanghai and Beijing. Founded before the European Union, which shares the acronym, the essence of the European spirit runs throughout the university. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, E.U. is always looking ahead. It has established ties across the Atlantic, offering academic curricula in collaboration with North American institutes. Dr Craen proudly tells me that he placed a Belgian student at an internship opportunity at the State House of Connecticut.

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However, the university’s drive for sustainability, for one thing, is noticeably different. On the surface, it seems sustainability is about making environmentally conscious decisions. “Do you really need to print this email?” reads the signature on all E.U. staff correspondence. As I comment on this admirable approach, Dr Craen rebuffs my compliment.

“You have to walk your talk. How can we expect the new generation to take over if we don’t lead the way? You have to run a business like a business. Show them how it’s done.” All the university’s printers are set to print double-sided, buildings are on an automatic energy saving mode, and all the brochures are printed on recycled paper. This appears to be organized effortlessly, giving the impression that E.U. has mastered carbon consciousness. No need for a big fuss – just get it done.

Sustainable thinking

Despite the current economic crisis in Europe, Dr Craen shares with me his optimism for the future. He openly talks about the recession – typically an unwelcome topic. Yet he


2013 Swiss Commencement Ceremony at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace hotel

speaks with heartfelt conviction about “investing in our children”. How “our future is counting on it”. That many companies do not have a proper succession plan. And how a business school programme can offer young people a “permanent education”. E.U.’s focus is currently on bachelor’s programmes. With the popularity of MBAs, this came as a bit of a surprise to me. Apparently, 70% of the programmes are at the undergraduate level. Beefing up the bachelor’s programmes, argues Dr Craen, gives young people the tools to get out and gain experience. “Be curious, study every day,” is the message he wants students to learn. The thinking he aims to communicate is that an education is a “lifelong experience”.

Redefining success

might complain about not making millions upon graduation. Yet their alma mater’s president is telling them they hold the ticket to success in their hands. Enthusiastically, Dr Craen tells me: “Having survived a world recession, I want the younger generation to understand one thing. Look into the world! Be curious. Be open to change.” And, with a chuckle, “Experience the world. Stop checking your e-mail.”

Positive thinking

I ask what new tools business schools hope to provide students in today’s economic climate. Dr Craen points to core values and soft skills, such as transparency, as being key to successfully running a business. Traditional Bschools may not be able to provide the comprehensive knowhow needed to take over and run a family business solely via case studies, he warns.

Recently, Dr Craen set expectations at a graduation ceremony. In his speech he offered a new definition of “www”: never mind the worldwide web, he warned: it would take 10 to 15 years of “winning, working, wealth” to become successful. This exercise was also a demonstration of what he urges the new generation to do – think creatively, go beyond the job description.

Dr Craen himself takes on the approach of “personal coaching” to encourage students to take action. Ethics taught at E.U. are geared towards social leadership and coownership. But the buck does not stop there. Dr Craen takes on the professors and their responsibilities as role models too.

Essentially, the president’s message is to focus on the journey, not solely the destination. Recent B-school alumni

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Dr. Dirk Craen congratulating students during his graduation speech

posts”. He tells students, “Don’t test, do it!” Differentiation is defined by being “action-oriented”, he says. As the world population increases into the billions, the challenge for the younger generation is greater than ever before. At the same time, the older generation is seeking competent people to take over their businesses. “Society is greying,” he reflects. “The human will always survive. Ambition is innate and humans are full of potential.”

But the younger generation faces more risks than just those of recession and the environment. They risk missing out on life, and opportunities, through being glued to social media. He shares the story of a student about to enter the job market. Dr Craen advised the soon to be graduate against posting “silly pictures” on his Facebook wall. Prospective employers, he reasoned, would be quick to judge and dismiss the applicant’s priorities as partying. The president elaborates with nuanced catch phrases: the “willingness to work” and a “doing mentality”. Obtaining a master’s degree could be seen as a way to get a job and to cash in on better benefits. However, the road to success, he argues, is to take a hands-on approach.

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A fellow wordsmith, Dr Craen spontaneously shares a new favourite: “eve” – olution. Since in Europe, there are fewer female CEOs or business owners than in North America, this is often a touchy topic. We chat the challenge of needing more women to rise to leadership positions. Again, Dr Craen practices what he preaches: his daughter, Ann Craen, is the managing director of the Neuchatel campus.

“A degree is important, but lifelong learning is an experience. I tell my students, study every day!”

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Passion, patience and persuasion

Sadly, as our time is up. Ever efficiently Dr Craen quickly sums up our conversation: “Entrepreneurs need not just intelligence, but a solid work ethic too.” He suggests that patience, passion and persuasion are key ingredients to success.” And then he’s gone, off to his next meeting... and, one imagines, another opportunity to practise lifelong learning. I hang up the phone feeling inspired and compelled to excel.

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Preventing online fraud By Brien Donnellon

Financial institutions are encouraging us to transact online by offering cheaper services and lower fees. They have invested vast sums into Internet security to protect themselves and also their customers. Unfortunately, if the customer is careless, the investment is pointless. Let’s take a look at the types of attacks and what we can do to protect ourselves.

Since online banking became more established in the mid1990s, banks have set up many security processes to reduce the risk of unauthorized online access to a customer's records.

to be from a trustworthy source. If the link is clicked the embedded programming can execute on the victim’s computer. Cross-site scripting is usually blamed on insecure applications.

HTTPS

Keylogger

Secure websites are one of the most common ways of offering a secure connection by using HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protokoll Secure) which encrypts traffic between the browser and the website. The most popular way of authenticating transactions is using the PIN/TAN system. The pin is a password and can be changed by the user, whereas a TAN is usually generated by a security token. Many European countries send TAN’s using text messaging to mobile phones.

Crimeware Most online banking attacks are based on tricking the user to electronically hand over their login data and TAN’s

Phishing This is an email fraud method in which the criminal sends an official looking email to gather personal and financial information from recipients. The message appears to come from a trustworthy website. The phisher casts the bait hoping to hook a few unsuspecting victims.

Pharming The criminals install malicious code on a personal computer or server, and redirect users to fraudulent websites without their knowledge or consent. This method allows the criminal to target larger numbers of computer users because it is not personal and requires no conscious action on the part of the victim. If a user enters personal information including a credit card or bank account number, or password on the fraudulent site the criminals will attempt to misuse it.

Trojan horse Brien Donnellon Brien Donnellon is the owner of KEY INVESTMENT, a financial services company providing unbiased financial advice and solutions for Swissbased expatriates, HR departments and foreign investors. The company, formed in 1997, is authorised and regulated by the Swiss Federal Banking Commission.

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A harmless programme can contain malicious code which when used can take control and cause damage such as corrupting files or forwarding information.

Denial of Service attack (DoS) This is a problem for banks and many large companies. In this incident the victim is deprived of the accustomed service. In a distributed denial of service, vast numbers of compromised systems (a botnet) attack a single target. A DoS attack is usually very costly for the victim and often causes all services to crash for a period of time. A typical attack is a Buffer Overflow; more traffic is sent to a network address than the programmers had allowed for, causing an overload.

Cross-site scripting (XSS) The criminal inserts malicious coding into a link that appears

This is a hardware device or simple program that monitors each keystroke a user types on a specific computer’s keyboard. If it is installed as hardware it is usually in the form of a small battery-sized plug that serves as a connector between the user’s keyboard and computer. The device resembles a keyboard plug and therefore easily goes unnoticed. The device collects each keystroke and saves it as text in its own hard drive. The person who installed the keylogger, often an insider, must return and physically remove the device to access the information the device has stored. A keylogger programme, on the other hand, does not require physical access, and can be intentionally downloaded to monitor activity on a computer. It can also be downloaded accidentally as spyware. The keylogger program records each keystroke the user types. It uploads the information over the Internet periodically to whoever installed the crimeware.

SMiShing This is an attack in which the user downloads a virus onto a mobile device. SMiShing is short for “SMS phishing.” Mobile device users receive an SMS message asking them to take immediate action. For example, to call a number to reactivate an account or cancel something they never ordered. They will be asked for their personal information by an automated computer voice or by a criminal. Alternatively, the victim could be asked to visit a website which downloads a malware turning the computer into a zombie and usually part of a botnet network used to launch a denial of service attack.

To protect yourself online we recommend: - Use top quality security software, turn on automatic updates - Use a firewall - Use a password consisting of 6 to 8 digits, containing upper and lower case letters, numbers, and a special character such as # - Never use pet or children’s names or birthdates - Don’t use the same password for all accounts - Delete emails from unfamiliar sources - Don’t click on links within emails or from instant messages - Don’t send your account or IBAN numbers by email - Check that you are using https when banking online - Do not use Internet cafes or hotel Wi-Fi for online banking - Log off correctly, clear the browser memory (cookies, cache) - Avoid downloading free software from unknown sources Finally stay on guard and trust your instincts. Don’t delay! If you feel you may have given your information to a criminal inform your bank immediately.


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Be aware of cyber-bullying By Dominique Calcó Labruzzo

Cyber-bullying, a modern form of bullying performed using electronic forms of contact (e.g., SMS, MMS, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter) has been considered worse than traditional bullying in its consequences for the victim. A few specific aspects distinguish cyber-bullying from traditional bullying: the increased potential for a large audience, anonymity and lower levels of direct feedback; as well as decreased time and space limits, and lower levels of supervision.

Cyber-bullying is the use of the Internet and related technologies, such as smart phones, to harm other people, in a deliberate, repeated, and hostile manner. It has become increasingly common in society, particularly among young people. Cyber-bullying is particularly threatening to teens, because it continues away from school, is not monitored by adults and can often be conducted anonymously. Cyber-bullying means that someone is being consciously insulted, affronted, exposed or harassed via Internet by a single person. Cyber-mobbing involves bullying by several offenders. Both can be illegal and the victim can appeal to the court system.

Criminal law Cyber-bullying or bullying are not punishable as elements of crime in Switzerland, but molesting, threatening and humiliating actions can be punished under other elements of crime, i.e. unauthorised access to a data processing system, computer fraud, damage to data, obtaining personal data without authorisation, extortion, offence against personal honour, wilful defamation, insult, threatening behaviour, coercion. For example a 19-year old girl from St. Gall, Switzerland, was convicted for insulting a man on Facebook. She called him a “sod” and a “sad person” during a controversial discussion about the local culture centre KuGl (Kultur am Gleis - Culture at the Rail track). In the Swiss-German language, the insult is more in the tone rather than the actual words. Increasingly, children send and receive forbidden content via applications such as Whatsapp videos, including pornography and representations of acts of violence. Unfortunately, many parents are not aware that such videos are shared during the school breaks, and they are astonished

when the police knock at their doors in order to seize the smart phone of their child.

According to Swiss law the following actions are punishable: Pornography

Any person who offers, shows, passes on or makes accessible to a person who is under the age of 16 pornographic documents, sound or visual recordings, depictions or other articles of a similar nature or pornographic representations, or broadcasts any of the same on radio or television, is liable to a custodial sentence, not exceeding three years or to a monetary penalty.

Representations of acts of violence

Any person who produces, imports, stores, markets, promotes, exhibits, offers, shows, makes accessible or makes available sound, film or video recordings or other products in which acts of extreme violence against persons or animals are portrayed, without reasonable cultural or scientific grounds therefor, and in doing so seriously offends basic human dignity is liable to a custodial sentence not exceeding three years or to a monetary penalty.

My advice

It is important that parents speak to their children in order to explain that if they receive such videos, they should immediately delete them. In fact, if they saved the videos, it could be punishable by law. In cases of insults and similar content, they should collect the proof and write a diary where they describe each and every occurrence. The school should be informed about such events and offer counselling for the victims. Before reporting an offense, it is advisable to consult a lawyer in order to evaluate the best approach to take.

Avv.. Dipl Avv ipl..-Jur Jur.. Dominiq ominique ue Calcò Labbruzzo Attorney-at-Law Bachmannweg 9 8046 Zürich www.artlaw-calco.com SWISS NEWS SEPTEMBER 2013

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Night Film Marisha Pessl Cult horror director Stanislas Cordova hasn’t been seen in public since 1971. To his fans he is an enigma. To journalist Scott McGrath he is the enemy. On a damp October night his daughter Ashley is found dead. It seems to be the latest tragedy to hit a severely cursed dynasty. Driven by revenge, curiosity and a need for the truth, McGrath finds himself pulled into a hypnotic, disorientating world. The last time he got close to exposing Cordova, he lost his marriage and his career. This time he could lose his grip on reality. CHF 27.90 ISBN 978-0-553-84110-7

Lockwood & Co: The Screaming Staircase Jonathan Stroud For more than 50 years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of psychic investigation agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions. Lucy arrives in London hoping for a notable career – instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again… CHF 21.90 ISBN 978-0-85753-202-2

Mother, Mother Koren Zailckas

Valley of Amazement Amy Tan

The Whatnot Stefan Bachmann

Josephine Hurst has her family under control. But living in this matriarch’s determinedly cheerful, yet subtly controlling domain hasn’t been easy for her family. Josephine tightens her grip, gradually turning her flawless home into a darker sort of prison. Written with style, dark wit and shrewd psychological insight, this debut is unforgettable. It is a terrifying and page-turning story of a mother’s love gone too far, and the introduction of a commanding new voice in fiction.

In fin de siècle Shanghai, Violet Minturn grows up in the most exclusive courtesan house. When revolution comes, she is forced to become a “virgin courtesan”. Both Chinese and American, Violet moves between these cultural worlds, becoming a shrewd businesswoman who deals in seduction and illusion. Her need for answers propels her on a quest of discovery: a journey to make sense of her life. Spanning 50 years and two continents, the book dramatises the collapse of China’s imperial dynasty and the life of the courtesan house. With her characteristic grace and humour, Amy Tan conjures a story of the inheritance of love, betrayal and illusion.

This is the sequel to Bachmann’s highly acclaimed debut novel and international bestseller The Peculiar. While The Whatnot stands alone as a fastpaced and steam punkinfused fantasy adventure, readers of The Peculiar will find it especially thrilling. Changeling Bartholomew Kettle lost his sister Hettie when she was pulled through a mysterious door and into the faery-inhabited forest of the Old Country. In The Whatnot, readers meet Pikey Thomas, a boy who’s helping to rescue Hettie. Featuring nonstop action and mesmerizing characters, this is an unforgettable story that will appeal to fans of Christopher Paolini, Holly Black and Susanna Clarke.

CHF 28.90 ISBN 978-0-8041-3834-5

CHF 29.90 ISBN 978-0-00-746887-4

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CHF 19.90 ISBN 978-0-06-228630-7


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September

FEDERATION OF ANGLO-SWISS CLUBS PO Box 1470, 6648 Minusio President: Bob Howis www.angloswissclubs.ch Sep 6: FASC/BRA Golf Challenge in Wallenried. See website for details.

La Chaux-de-Fonds

Solothurn

International English Speaking Club

Anglo-Swiss Club Solothurn

www.iesc-cdf.com Contact: Sannemarie Oldenziel sannemarie@hynatec.com Regular coffee mornings. Contact us for details.

Aarau

Fribourg

ESC Aarau

Anglo-Swiss Club Fribourg

www.escaarau.ch President: Thea Rauh-Cordon 062 827 3949 (9am-2pm) Sep 20, 7pm: lecture in English: “The Swiss Watch Industry”

Baden-Brugg ESC Baden-Brugg

www.angloswiss-fribourg.ch Contact: Hartmut Menzel h.menzel@pwnet.ch Sep 6, 1.30pm: FASC Golf Challenge in Wallenried, organised by ASC Fribourg Sep 17, 7.30pm: Club dinner. See website for details.

www.esc-bb.ch Contact: Penny Maag 056 241 1356 hp.maag@bluewin.ch Sep 8, 2pm: Walk along the Reuss. See website for details. Sep 28, 2pm: “Water City Zürich” walking tour. See website for details.

Lausanne

Basel

International Club Lausanne

Anglo-Swiss Club Basel

www.asc-basel.ch Contact: Felicity Hüsermann 061 721 5638 secretary@asc-basel.ch Sep 4, 6.20pm: Walk around the Bruderholz followed by a meal in Restaurant Predigerhof. Sep 19, 8.20pm: Visit to Bird’s Eye Jazz Club. Details on the website.

Berne Swiss-British Society Berne

Contact: Chris Warren 031 839 6120 ccuwarren@zapp.ch September programme will be published on the website.

Biel/Bienne English Club Biel/Bienne

www.englishclubbiel.ch Contact: Sylvia Jakob 032 323 4705 Sep 18, 7.45pm: Slideshow and talk. Contact Sylvia for details.

ES & ASC Lausanne

www.esc-lausanne.ch Contact: Mauricette Vuillemin info@esc-lausanne.ch Sep 1, 2pm: Visit in French to the Guide Dog School in Brenies

www.icl-club.ch Contact: Gabi Cruise icl@urbanet.ch Sep 21: ICL 20th anniversary party. See our website for details.

Locarno Anglo-Swiss Club Locarno www.angloswisslocarno.ch Contact: Rita Martin 091 930 0670 Sep 19, 10am: Guided tour of the REGA airport, Magadino.

Lucerne Anglo-Swiss Club Lucerne www.asc-lucerne.ch Contact: Robin Lustenberger 041 310 2912 Sep 4, 8pm: Complementary medicine – talk by an expert from the Aeskulap Clinic. Sep 19, 8pm: Observe the stars at the Hubelmatt Observatory.

angloswissclubsolothurn.org Contact: Catherine Fischer info@angloswissclubsolothurn.org Aug 31: 75th anniversary celebration, see website for details. Sep 28: 75th anniversary tea at the Ritz Hotel in London.

St Gallen Anglo-Swiss Circle St Gallen

www.angloswissclubs.ch Contact: Eileen Ochsner 071 311 2782 angloswisscircle@gmail.com Sep 13, 7pm: Visit to Sattlerei Niederberger with ECTW Toggenburg/Wil. Sep 22,, 9.30am: Walk from Jakobsbad down to Appenzell.

Toggenburg/Wil English Club ToggenburgWil

www.ectw.org Contact: Vicky Bodmer 071 944 3327 mail@ectw.org Sep 13, 7pm: Visit to Sattlerei Niederberger (see website for details). Sep 27, 8pm: Round Table in the Restaurant Lindenhof in Wil (see website for details).

Zurich The Powerhouse Network www.powerhousecollective.com Friday 6 September 2013, supported by Orell Füssli, The Bookshop, proudly presents an evening workshop with career author and mindful leadership expert Emily Bennington . Participants will learn how to create an individual career plan that covers the five core competencies of leadership, as well as specific behaviours to accelerate your results in each. Come and have fun with women from all over the globe at The Hub. Doors will open at 19.30pm and the cost is CHF 20

CENTREPOINT BASEL

www.centrepoint.ch Centrepoint, Im Lohnhof 8, 4051 Basel (Leonhardskirchplatz/Musik Acadamie Tram 3) Artwall at Centrepoint is pleased to announce Fashionable Art, an exhibition of drawings, collages and sculptural fashion by Dutch artist Mirjam Spoolder (above). Sep 1, 3pm: Spooler will be giving a guided tour of her studio. Numbers are strictly limited, please register: spoolder@yahoo.com The exhibition will run until the end of December 2013. Sep 17, 6:30pm: Vernissage, with fashion show at 7:30pm.

PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S GROUP OF ZÜRICH

www.professionalwomensgroup. com Sep 17: 18:30: The PWG is celebrating 30 years of inspiring professional women. To mark this special occasion, the club is hosting a gala event at the Marriott Hotel. The PWG looks forward to welcoming the original founders, past presidents and executive committee members, current members and guests to the celebration. The evening’s programme takes us on a journey through the early inspiration that started the PWG to the on-going inspiration that continues to move women forward in their endeavours. SWISS NEWS SEPTEMBER 2013

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Counselling in English

Individual and couple coun-selling in Zurich. Relationship communication; sex and sexuality; general mental health; transition and integration issues. Evening appointments available. Mac Bischof-Campbell, MA, MHP Psychologist FSP 078 829 87 81 www.bischof-campbell.com

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Landesmuseum Zürich.

Archaeology Treasures of the Swiss National Museum 21.06.2013 − 21.12.2014

Opening hours Tue–Sun 10am–5pm | Thu 10am–7pm Open on public holidays

Landesmuseum Zürich. Museumstrasse 2 | 8001 Zürich www.archaeologie.landesmuseum.ch

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