All play little work? – swissinfo

By law, workers in Switzerland get at least 4 weeks of vacation. On March 11 the Swiss will vote on a people’s initiative that wants to set the minimum at 6 weeks. The government and the Employers’ Association are against the initiative, because they say the law would put an extra burden on the economy. But what do Swiss workers themselves think? (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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Cold beds – swissinfo

Second homes are a bone of contention in tourist resorts. Unlike hotel rooms which are used over and over again, many holiday homes are empty for much of the time. “Cold beds” means fewer visitors spending money – but the resorts still have to maintain their expensive infrastructure. While the Swiss are about to vote on limiting second homes on a national level, St Moritz and the Engadine valley have come up with their own solutions. (Michele Andina, swissinfo.ch)
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Secret recordings – swissinfo

Powerplay studios in the small village of Maur near Zürich has been attracting international music stars since opening in 1983. The BeeGees, the Backstreet Boys, and more recently Prince and Lady Gaga, enjoy the anonymity and beauty of the place, with its uninterrupted lake views. swissinfo visited Powerplay to find out more about what goes on there. (Julie Hunt, swissinfo.ch)
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Bat-tered but not beaten – swissinfo

Switzerland is home to about 30 species of bat and most of them are endangered. The nature group Pro Natura named the long-eared bat 2012 animal of the year, to draw attention to the plight of these mammals. swissinfo wanted to find out what threats they face and how ordinary people can help to ensure their survival. (Julie Hunt, swissinfo.ch)
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Dive-in diner – swissinfo

In winter it’s hard for wild animals to find food in Switzerland. A farmer in Littau in Lucerne has taken pity on birds of prey and feeds them meat to help them get through the coldest months. (SF/swissinfo.ch)
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