Working for free – swissinfo

With the time they spend working for their family and their community, volunteers contribute a big share of Swiss GDP: over 7 per cent, say the statistics. More than the banking sector, which is 6.7 per cent. But volunteers pick and choose what and who they want to help. (TSR/swissinfo.ch)
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ICRC aid in Afghanistan – swissinfo

Ten years after the start of the present conflict in Afghanistan, fighting is widespread, particularly in rural areas. Millions of Afghans struggle to get medical treatment. For the International Committee of the Red Cross, Afghanistan is the biggest operation in terms of resources committed. The organisation has nearly 1,600 national staff as well as 142 expatriates based in its main delegation in Kabul and in five sub-delegations and ten offices nationwide. In addition, it operates seven physical rehabili
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Preoccupying bankers – swissinfo

The “Occupy Wall Street” movement started in the United States and has now reached Europe. In Switzerland protesters are gathering in the major cities of Zurich, Bern, Geneva and Basel to express their existential fears as well as anger over excessive salaries. Swiss television talked to people of different age groups and social classes about the growing discontent over growing social inequality. (SF/swissinfo.ch

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Flying robots – swissinfo

Researchers at the Swiss Federal institute of technology in Lausanne have developed an autopilot drone, which – combined with a special software – can create 3D aerial images. The project has now become a spin-off company, senseFLY, which is trying to find a market for the device. Research into new applications for the drone is continuing, looking at how several of the devices can be put into the air simultaneously like a flock. (Michele Andina, swissinfo.ch)
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Bio invaders – swissinfo

Hundreds of worms, fungi and insect species are threatening to invade Switzerland’s ecosystem. To prevent this, fruit and vegetable deliveries are kept under quarantine, until parasites can be ruled out. The procedure can take a couple of days – too long for perishable products. A new tool promises to speed things up. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Tidying up art – swissinfo

Comedian makes fun of art and the Swiss obsession with order – Ursus Wehrli is a successful comedian. With his stage partner he forms the duo Ursus & Nadeschkin, who often appear on TV and on Swiss and German stages. Wehrli has also made a name for himself with his humorous art and photo books. (TSR/swissinfo.ch)
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Melting pot – swissinfo

In Bern, migrant women are learning German while having fun cooking together. The women’s cook group is held twice a week at the House of Religions, a centre which brings different religions together. Hindus, Buddhists and Christians learn about each other’s eating habits and food preferences, while gardening and cooking together. The project helps migrants put down roots in their new home. (Morven McLean and Christoph Balsiger, swissinfo.ch)
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