March 3, 2002 |
Madeline Kung's decision about how to vote in a referendum that Switzerland is holding today on joining the United Nations shows just how adept the Swiss are at avoiding controversy. The Geneva office worker said she would mark her responses to other questions on the ballot, but leave the one about U.N. membership blank. Her reason is obvious: "I am remaining neutral. " Kung is just another in a long and steadfast line of Swiss who over the centuries have chosen to stay clear of life's frays, big and small.
March 9, 2015 |
A waiter serves champagne cocktails as the vintage 1914 paddle-wheel steamer Savoie gets under way. The ship's dining room is bright and cheery, with picture windows for viewing the stunning mountain scenery. The evening meal, created by a Michelin star chef, includes lobster ceviche, risotto with mussels and clams, and filet steaks in mushroom sauce with asparagus and potato puree. All accompanied by fine wines. Hours later, after dessert and espressos, the sun has set. On a cruise ship, my wife and I might retire to our stateroom.
February 20, 2010
Women's super-G final, 1 p.m. Men's first two-man run 8 p.m.; Men's second two-man run, 9:30 p.m. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Men's 30km pursuit final (15 classic, 15 free), 4:30 p.m. Norway vs. Switzerland, 3 p.m.; Latvia vs. Slovakia, 7:30 p.m.; Germany vs. Belarus, midnight Switzerland vs. China, 5:30 p.m.; Russia vs. Slovakia, 10 p.m. Noon: Sweden vs. United States; Norway vs. Denmark; France vs. Germany; China vs. Britain 10 p.m.: Switzerland vs. China; Sweden vs. France; Canada vs. Britain 5 p.m.: United States vs. Britain; Sweden vs. Russia; Denmark vs. Switzerland; Germany vs. China Women's aerials first (1 p.m.)
December 15, 2014 |
I didn't have to think twice when I was offered a chance to spend a week at a French castle. What girl doesn't dream of being a princess in a castle, even if the opportunity presented itself a few decades, or more, after the first blush of youth? " Absolutement !" I shouted. "The Count," a friend of mine, invited me to the family castle, Chateau D'Avully, in the Haute-Savoie region of France, close to Switzerland. The chateau dates to the 12th century, a true medieval castle, and during excavation Roman tiles dating to 50 B.C. were found.
February 13, 2012 |
IVICA KOSTELIC captured his second consecutive World Cup super-combined title with a victory on the 2014 Sochi Olympics course, then hobbled off with an injured right knee that that might need surgery. The Croatian was in visible pain during the victory celebration in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia, using his ski poles like crutches and struggling onto the podium on the verge of tears while sister Janica looked on crying. "You saw he could not walk," Croatia team spokesman Vedran Pavlek said.
February 11, 2012
American John Isner shocked Roger Federer , 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-2, on an indoor clay court, giving the United States a 2-0 lead against Switzerland in their Davis Cup first-round series Friday. Isner's big serve and booming ground strokes challenged the Swiss star. A partisan crowd of 7,000 in Fribourg, Switzerland, was stunned into silence by Federer's first loss in Davis Cup singles in eight years. The upset was preceded by a thrilling opening singles match, with Mardy Fish outlasting Stanislas Wawrinka , 6-2, 4-6, 4-6, 6-1, 9-7. The United States can eliminate Switzerland in doubles in the best-of-five series on Saturday.
September 19, 2012 |
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan's prime minister told a Supreme Court panel Tuesday that his government would no longer stand in the way of a revival of a long-standing graft case in Switzerland against President Asif Ali Zardari, a decision that could help tamp down tensions in the bitterly contentious relationship between Zardari's government and the country's judiciary. The decision represents a significant turnaround in strategy for Zardari's ruling Pakistan People's Party, which for nearly three years has resisted the high court's demand to rescind a 2008 notification from the Pakistani government to Swiss authorities that corruption proceedings against Zardari in that country be dropped.
March 7, 2013 |
Switzerland ranks with Delaware and the Cayman Islands as a business-friendly legal environment. So it was a surprise, from this distance, to see every district in that wealthy mountain nation vote to approve a proposal by a Swiss senator , Thomas Minder , an organic-toothpaste baron, to force companies to vote each year on pay levels for bosses and corporate directors, and to outlaw the fat signing, merger, and severance bonuses that have...
May 20, 2013 |
FLYERS DEFENSEMAN Erik Gustafsson scored to help Sweden become the first home team to win the world hockey championships in 27 years, beating Switzerland, 5-1, yesterday in Stockholm for its ninth title. Vancouver Canucks star Henrik Sedin had two goals and an assist, and Buffalo Sabres goalie Jhonas Enroth made 26 saves to help Sweden become the first team to win the title on home ice since the Soviet Union in 1986. Switzerland earned its first medal in 60 years. "It was a tight game," Sedin said.
June 16, 1994 |
The United States team marched confidently into the World Cup in Italy four years ago intent on making history. Instead, it made trivia. "I was playing in Germany a couple of years later and I got this call from a friend in Miami at some ungodly hour of the morning," said forward Eric Wynalda, for whom Italia '90 is still a painful memory. "And he said, 'You just helped me win a game of Trivial Pursuit. The question was, which American was the first to ever receive a red card in the World Cup.' " Wynalda was ejected from the opening match against Czechoslovakia as the United States was on the way to a humbling 5-1 loss.