switzerland

Switzerland (/ˈswɪtsərlənd/; German: Schweiz [ˈʃvaɪts]; French: Suisse [sɥis(ə)]; Italian: Svizzera [ˈzvittsera]; Romansh: Svizra [ˈʒviːtsrɐ] or [ˈʒviːtsʁːɐ]), officially the Swiss Confederation (Latin: Confoederatio Helvetica, hence its abbreviation CH), is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities, the so-called Bundesstadt ("federal city"). read more at WikiPedia

  • Ever since Vitalik Buterin and Ethereum settled on Switzerland for its Foundation and Initial Coin Offering (ICO), Switzerland has been popular among blockchain-based businesses and is considered the number one in a list of the top 10 European countries for starting a blockchain company (source cointelegraph.com).

    PwC also found that ICO volume reached new record highs in the first half of 2018 ($13.7 Billion so far), already doubling the volume of the previous year! That inspired me a way to compare at the same time the volume, the categories and amount raised for all these ICO in an interactive and fun way.

    Thanks to D3js library and IcoBench.com the development was done in a new record time! but let me present the results for the most blockchain-friendly countries Switzerland – Russia – Singapore – USA - Estonia - Germany

    You can explore all charts by zoomingpanning and hovering over each bubble. Note that I did only consider ICO which are ended, most countries have a consequent number of ongoing ICO (more than 60 ICO ongoing in Switzerland!).

    Feedback is always welcome, use comments or ping me your remarks.

  • jazoon08 

    I will be there on wednesday and thursday in Zürich Sihl City and here is the program

     

    And I will attend the following sessions tomorrow:

    Register, read the program just go there: http://jazoon.com/

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    I will one more time this year attend JAZOON 09 in Zürich. So you’ll be able to meet me there

    Jazoon is an international industry conference on Java technology in Zurich. It addresses software developers and architects, IT decision-makers and consultants throughout Europe and around the world. Jazoon gives Java experts a platform in the heart of Europe where they share their ideas and experiences.
    From 22 to 25 June 2009, Zurich will be the meeting place for the international Java community. By presenting a comprehensive conference program and creating a communicative atmosphere, Jazoon helps personal contacts grow and transcend technical, geographical and cultural boundaries. A supplementary program including an exhibition of solutions, tools and continuing education as well as career opportunities and various networking events ensure added benefits for every target group.

    Below you’ll find the conference list i will attend..

    Conference venue

    Arena Filmcity
    Kalanderplatz 8
    8045 Zurich

    Jazoon takes place in the Arena Film City cinema complex offering large presenting screens and very comfortable seats.

    Tuesday 23.06.2009

    Wednesday 24.06.2009

    Thursday

  • I will attend the keynote of Ken Schwaber @JAZOON 2010, before heading to the Office

    Keynote
    Wednesday, 2 June 2010, 9:00-10:00, Arena 5

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    Ken Schwaber
    Scrum.org

    Abstract
    Scrum is the dominant Agile process, used by 84% of all organizations claiming to be agile. However, Martin Fowler calls Scrum “flaccid.” Worse, Jeff Sutherland, the codeveloper of Scrum with Ken Schwaber, measures that less than 50% of all organizations using Scrum are actually using iterative, incremental development. As Scrum spread, its founders expected the developers who had been disabled by waterfall would come back to life as excellent, well-tooled developers. The expectation was naive, given the rot that waterfall caused over the last twenty years.
    To address this problem, Scrum.org partnered with Zuehlke and others to create as “immersion” course to revitalize the developers. The Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) course is a novel five-day course that teaches a cross-functional development team to be able to develop an increment of potentially shippable product within an iteration, or Sprint, on a Scrum Project using Java, .NET and other technology stacks.
    Ken Schwaber from Scrum.org.will discuss this program and how it is constructed during this session. They will also discuss the progress to date in delivering these courses, and the next steps in the rollout.

     

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    Tomorrow I will be tweeting from the international industry conference on Java technology

    Jazoon is an international industry conference on Java technology in Zurich. It addresses software developers and architects, IT decision-makers and consultants throughout Europe and around the world. Jazoon gives Java experts a platform in the heart of Europe where they share their ideas and experiences.
    From 1 to 3 June 2010, Zurich will be the meeting place for the international Java community. By presenting a comprehensive conference program and creating a communicative atmosphere, Jazoon helps personal contacts grow and transcend technical, geographical and cultural boundaries. A supplementary program including an exhibition of solutions, tools and continuing education as well as career opportunities and various networking events ensure added benefits for every target group.

    I am planning to attend the following conferences:

    Tuesday, 1 June 201

    9:30-10:30
    Java SE and JavaFX: The Road Ahead
    - Danny Coward

    11:00-11:50
    Pattern Driven Security Design, for Web Tier
    - Manish Kumar Maheshwar

    12:00-12:50
    Web Frameworks and how they kill traditional security scanning
    - Christian Hang
    - Lars Andren

    14:00-14:50
    Practical Dynamic Modules (OSGi) Security -- Protecting More Than Just Data
    - David Smith
    - James Gould

    15:00-15:50
    Construction Techniques for Domain Specific Languages
    - Neal Ford

    16:30-17:20
    If You Know JSF, You Know Portals and Portlets
    - Wesley Hales

    17:40-18:30
    97 Things Every Programmer Should Know
    - Kevlin Henney

    Thursday, 3 June 2010

    9:00-10:00
    The Gaia satellite and Data Processing
    - William O'Mullane

    10:30-11:20
    Essentials of Testing: The Tools You Need to Know
    - Bettina Polasek
    - Marco Cicolini

    11:30-12:20
    Spring 3.0 - Themes and Trends
    - Jürgen Höller

    13:30-14:20
    Conversational Web Applications with Spring
    - Micha Kiener
    - Jürgen Höller

    14:30-15:20
    Spring ROO - A New Level of Enterprise Java Productivity
    - Eberhard Wolff

    16:00-16:20
    Real Java EE testing with Arquillian
    - Aslak Knutsen
    - Dan Allen

    16:00-16:50
    Powerful Portals with JSF
    - Andy Bosch

    17:10-18:10
    Software in the service of handicapped people: Research & Development at Otto Bock
    - Hans-Willem van Vliet

  • Aujourd'hui, j'ai loué un camion IVECO 22 m^3 avec pont hydraulique pour mon déménagement à Zurich. Et je me suis fait refoulé à la douane après 3 heures pour cause de surcharge du chargement.
    En effet, en France et ailleurs, le PTAC Poids total autorisé en charge (véhicules utilitaires) est de 3500 kg avec un permis B, or nous avions sur la balance 4400 kg !!!
    Et pourquoi? notre camion était à moitié vide (ou à moittié plein), il nous a suffit de regarder la carte grise...
    PTV Poids total à vide: 2860kg
    PTAC: 3500kg
    2 conducteurs: C1=75kg et C2=83kg
    Le matériel de déménagement
    = 4400 kg sur la balance (Tare)

    Mais quel est donc ce camion fabuleux? (en théorie)
    PTAC - PTV - C1 - C2 = 3500 -2860 - 75 -83 = 482 kg de charge utile pour 22 m^3, autant dire rien!
    Et le poids de mon chargement? 4400 - 2860 - 75 - 83 = 1382 kg

    Résultats: 1 journée de perdu: chargement, passage en douanes,
    Mais: On a éviter l'amende pour surcharge du coté Suisse et Francais...
    Nous n'avons pas eu d'accident, car on aurait pas eu d'assurance, ni de permis -> PTAC hors catégories
    Et? je suis obligé de louer 2 camions  (j'ai assez ralé chez le loueur), de décharger et recharger pour le plaisir, repasser en douane et d'acheter 2 vignettes Suisse d'autoroute (80 CHF), d'avoir deux fois plus de frais d'essence, de faire un aller retour Zurich-Mulhouse
    Donc:  Vérifier la carte grise avant de louer -> trop lourd, vous étes plus assuré!

    Pour rire encore un peu, un douanier a déja vu un camion qui même vide mais avec 3 conducteurs dépassait encore le PTAC!!!

  • Here are the best links to prepare Your travel or find Your way in Zuirich - Switzerland

     Best map plan of the Zurich city



    Search engine if you can use the train/Tram/Bus

     Stadt zurich



  • Funny Video

  • orthopan

    I have done one last Saturday…for 22.90€ in France

    An Orthopantomogram (OPG) or Dental Panoramic Radiograph (DPR), also known as a "panorex", is a panoramic scanning dental X-ray of the upper and lower jaw. It shows a two-dimensional view of a half-circle from ear to ear. An OPG relies on tomography i.e. images of specific radiographic planes are taken to make up the larger panoramic image. [WikiPedia]

    I then ask what a MRI Magnetic resonance imaging cost, only 69€ TTC in Mulhouse (France 25km from Swiss Borders)

  • Grosses Volksfest mit Airshow
    In der Zeit um 1937 haben Luftfahrtpioniere den Beginn einer beispiellosen Entwicklung des Flugplatzes Birrfeld eingeläutet. 75 Jahre danach lässt der Regionalverband Aargau des Aero-Club der Schweiz mit dem Jubiläumsanlass «Pistenfest 2012» jene Pionierzeit neu aufleben. Eine grosse Airshow am Samstag und ein Familien-Erlebnistag der besonderen Art stehen im Zentrum des Jubiläumswochenendes.

    Big Airshow festival
    In the period around 1937 aviation pioneers have heralded the start of an unprecedented development of the airfield Birrfeld. 75 years later, the Regional Association of Aargau Aero-Club of Switzerland with the anniversary event, "Pistenfest 2012» revive those pioneer times. A large Airshow on Saturday and a family adventure of a special kind as high point of this anniversary weekend.

    http://www.pistenfest.ch

    Me in an helicopter tour with Lorenz/Yannick Haenggi over Birrfeld and its area!

    helicopterflight_pistenfest.ch&160;helicopterflight2_pistenfest.ch

    http://www.pistenfest.ch/rundumsfest/programm

    More pictures to come! (315 to sort first before publishing)

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  • Amoxicillin is used in the treatment of a number of infections including: acute otitis media, streptococcal pharyngitis, pneumonia, skin infections, urinary tract infections, salmonella, lyme disease, and chlamydia infections.

    I have to do some dental work done, and this is how I came across the following outrageous prizes in Switzerland:

    20120619_060310

    Amoxicilline
    500 mg
    Number of Pills Price € Price CHF Price per Pill Origin
    TEVA 12 2.06 € 2.47 CHF 0.2058 CHF France
    SANDOZ 12 2.25€ 2.70 CHF 0.225 CHF France
    ZENTIVA 12 2.25€ 2.70 CHF 0.225 CHF France
    MEPHA 20 37.5€ 45 CHF 2.25 CHF Switzerland

    Price per pill is 10 yes TEN times more expensive in Switzerland than in France! Yes that a

    1000% prices increase and not the 40% you hear in Swiss newspapers!

    Switzerland's Health Care System&160; is DEEPLY BROKEN and controlled by 3 monopoly

    Switzerland
    Population
    7'952'600
    Number Density for 100’000 persons France
    Population

    63’460’000
    Number Density for 100’000 persons
    Doctors 16'087 205 &160; 208’727 334
    Pharmacies 1’733 22 &160; 23’000 36.24
    Insurance companies 80 to 90 private insurance companies &160; &160; 1’275 mutuelles

    118 private insurance companies
    &160;

    CH:references 2010 +Swiss HealthCare System +http://www.civitas.org.uk/nhs/download/switzerland.pdf
    FR:References 2012 + Private Health Insurance in France http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/35/11/30455292.pdf 2500 pages / page 18 “Mutuelles represent roughly 60% of the total market. Non-profit provident institutions and private insurance companies (including both for-profit and non-profit carriers) split the remaining 40%”

    Conclusions

    Never Never buy any medicament in Switzerland, go to France/ Germany by Car, offer you a restaurant and a day abroad and it will be still cheaper!

    For the skeptical out there I have all bills and boxes to prove this!

  • I will in a few hours go visiting the swiss moto show in Z&252;rich

    Die SWISS-MOTO ist f&252;r die Motorrad- und Roller-Branche nicht mehr wegzudenken. 63'000 Besucher liessen sich 2008 das Motorrad-Mekka der Schweiz nicht entgehen! Vier Tage lang stehen Fahrzeugneuheiten, Custom Bikes, Zubeh&246;r und Bekleidung im Mittelpunkt.
    F&252;r Spektakel und begeisterte Zuschauer sorgen die akrobatischen Wettl&228;ufe der Indoor Streetbike Freestyle Weltmeisterschaft!

    Die SWISS-MOTO 2009 findet vom 19. bis 22. Februar 2009 im Messezentrum Z&252;rich statt.from www.swiss-moto.ch

    Like every year, I will be posting all my pictures in my online gallery

  • The 2011 Daytona 675 Special Edition has the same Pearl White bodywork and Sparkle Blue frame as the 2010 model, but also included as standard carbon fibre replacements for the cockpit infill panels, exhaust heat shield, exhaust cap, and rear hugger as well as Triumph's aftermarket adjustable levers. Unlike the 2010 SE, the 2011 SE also includes the updated gauge cluster first found in the standard 2010 model, as well as a new racing-inspired decal design [WikiPedia]

    Improving on perfection. Specially developed suspension from Öhlins. Born from the highest levels of competition. Exquisitely made, fully-adjustable for you. Race inspired. Want more? Brembo monoblocs. Look great. Stunning stopping power. Quickshifter. Shaving tenths. Distinctive graphics, carbon parts. That engine. 675cc. 125PS. Class beating torque. The ultimate trackday tool.

    &160;

    Engine
    Type
    Liquid-cooled, 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder
    Capacity
    675cc
    Bore/Stroke
    74 x 52.3 mm
    Compression Ratio
    12.65:1
    Fuel System
    Multipoint sequential electronic fuel injection with forced air induction and SAI
    Transmission
    Final Drive
    O ring chain
    Clutch
    Wet, multi-plate
    Gearbox
    6-speed, close ratio
    Cycle Parts
    Frame
    Aluminum beam twin spar
    Swingarm
    Braced, twin-sided, aluminum alloy with adjustable pivot position
    Front Wheel
    Cast aluminum alloy 5-spoke, 17 x 3.5in
    Rear Wheel
    Cast aluminum alloy 5-spoke, 17 x 5.5in
    Front Tyre
    120/70 ZR 17
    Rear Tyre
    180/55 ZR 17
    Front Suspension
    Öhlins 43mm upside down NIX30 forks with adjustable preload, rebound and compression damping, 110mm travel
    Rear Suspension
    Öhlins TTX36 twin tube monoshock with piggy back reservoir, adjustable, rebound and compression damping, 130mm rear wheel travel
    Front Brakes
    Twin 308mm floating discs, Brembo 4-piston radial mono-block calipers
    Rear Brakes
    Single 220mm disc, Nissin single piston caliper

    See http://www.triumph.co.uk for more details

  • Quelques liens incontournables....

    Douanes: Directions d'arrondissement  tél.  e-mail
    Bâle  061 287 11 11  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Schaffhouse  052 633 11 11  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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    Lugano  091 910 48 11  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Berne, 14.11.2012 - Le 1er janvier 2013 entrera en vigueur le premier paquet de mesures du programme de sécurité routière « Via sicura ». Celui-ci contient des mesures à l’encontre des chauffards telles que la confiscation et la réalisation des véhicules automobiles et l’interdiction des avertissements de radars…

    «Via sicura»: Erste Massnahmen treten am 1. Januar 2013 in Kraft
    http://www.news.admin.ch/message/index.html?lang=de&msg-id=46713

    « Via sicura » : entrée en vigueur des premières mesures le 1er janvier 2013
    http://www.news.admin.ch/message/index.html?lang=fr&msg-id=46713

    «Via sicura»: si parte il 1° gennaio 2013
    http://www.news.admin.ch/message/index.html?lang=it&msg-id=46713

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    • Il y a délit de chauffard lorsque la vitesse prescrite est dépassée de :
      • 40 km/h dans une zone 30
      • 50 km/h en localité (50 km/h)
      • 60 km/h hors des localités (80 km/h)
      • 80 km/h sur les autoroutes (120 km/h)

    En cas de délit de chauffard, le permis de conduire est retiré pour au moins deux ans. Il est retiré définitivement pour les récidivistes. Une restitution exceptionnelle après 10 ans n’est possible que si une expertise psychologique favorable a été délivrée. Par ailleurs, les peines appliquées en cas de délit de chauffard deviennent plus sévères. Désormais, la peine privative de liberté est d’un an au minimum et de 4 ans au maximum.

    Confiscation et réalisation de véhicules automobiles
    En cas d’infraction grave aux règles de la circulation routière, par exemple un excès de vitesse important, le véhicule peut être confisqué et réalisé, pour autant que cette mesure permette d’empêcher le contrevenant de commettre d’autres délits.

  • I read each year in the 20min.ch free newspaper a study that state that Zürich is the best city to live in. While I have been saying many times to my french friends, I have finaly found some references to that statement:

    Swiss cities were found to offer particularly good health services, banking services and low levels of crime. Each city is evaluated for personal safety, public services such as health, education and transport, as well as political, social, economic and environmental factors. The ratings is published by Mercer Human Resource Consulting:

     Zurich ranks as the world’s top city for quality of living, according to a survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. The city scores 108.2 and is only marginally ahead of Geneva, which scores 108.1, while Vancouver follows in third place with a score of 107.7. In contrast, Baghdad is the lowest ranking city in the survey, scoring just 14.5.

    click read more to undestand why Zürich has been ranked so high...

    From www.mercerhr.com

    World-wide quality of living surveyUnited KingdomLondon, 10 April 2006

    • Zurich scores highest for quality of living, Baghdad ranks lowest
    • Cities in Canada, Europe and Australia dominate the top of the rankings
    • Honolulu is the highest ranking city in the US; Houston is the lowest
    • London remains at position 39; Birmingham and Glasgow both climb one place to joint 55th position

    Zurich ranks as the world’s top city for quality of living, according to a survey by Mercer Human Resource Consulting. The city scores 108.2 and is only marginally ahead of Geneva, which scores 108.1, while Vancouver follows in third place with a score of 107.7. In contrast, Baghdad is the lowest ranking city in the survey, scoring just 14.5.


    The analysis is part of an annual World-wide Quality of Living Survey, covering more than 350 cities, to help governments and multinational companies place employees on international assignments. Each city is based on an evaluation of 39 criteria, including political, social, economic and environmental factors, personal safety and health, education, transport, and other public services. Cities are ranked against New York as the base city, which has an index score of 100.


    “When multinational companies set up expatriate assignments they have to provide attractive reward packages to compensate employees for any negative changes to their quality of living,” Yvonne Sonsino, Principal at Mercer, commented. “Moving abroad can be a big upheaval for expatriates and their families, so international assignments tend to carry large price tags, particularly if they are in cities with low living standards facing political unrest or terrorist threats.” She added: “Many companies use benchmark data to help them structure pay deals at the right level.”

    Europe and the Middle East

    Almost half the top 30 scoring cities are in Western Europe. In this region, Vienna follows Zurich and Geneva in 4th position with a score of 107.5. Other highly-rated cities include Düsseldorf (107.2), Frankfurt (107.0) and Munich (106.8) in positions 6, 7 and 8 respectively. Athens remains the lowest scoring city in Western Europe, scoring 86.8 at position 79.


    London is the UK’s highest ranking city and is stable at position 39 (score 101.2). The two other UK cities covered in the survey are Birmingham and Glasgow, which both score 98.3 and climb one place to joint 55th position.

    Dublin has dropped two places to 24th position, scoring 103.8, mainly due to increased traffic congestion.


    As predicted, cities in Eastern Europe such as Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague, Vilnius, Tallinn and Warsaw continue to benefit from incremental score increases and are gradually climbing the rankings.


    “The standard of living in many Eastern European cities is gradually improving, as the countries that most recently joined the EU attract greater investment,” commented Slagin Parakatil, Senior Researcher at Mercer. “Yet cities such as Dubai may still offer a wider variety of facilities demanded by expatriates – for example, well-connected international airports and better opportunities for recreation and leisure activities – compared to many Eastern European cities.”


    Positions for most cities in Europe and the Middle East are generally unchanged, with the exception of Cairo which has tumbled nine places to position 131 and scores 71.2 due to the political turmoil and terrorist attacks in the city and surrounding area.


    Baghdad ranks as the least attractive city for expatriates for a third consecutive year, with a score of 14.5.

    Americas

    Honolulu, the highest ranking city in the U.S., drops two positions to 27th with a score of 103.3. San Francisco remains at 28th position and scores 103.2. Boston, Washington, Chicago and Portland follow in positions 36, 41, 41 and 43 respectively (scores 101.9, 100.4, 100.4 and 100.3) while Houston remains the lowest ranking city in the U.S. at position 68 (score 95.4). Overall, U.S. cities continue to slip slightly or remain stable in the rankings, except Chicago which has moved up 11 places due to decreased crime rates.


    “Economies in the developed world tend to be relatively stable overall. Fluctuations in the quality of living in these regions are usually driven by factors such as increased air pollution, crime rates and traffic congestion, or external events like terrorism, disease outbreaks or natural disasters,” said Mr. Parakatil.


    In South America, scores vary considerably due to differences in economic and political stability. “Argentina’s steady economic recovery is likely to push its cities up in the rankings in the next few years,” commented Mr. Parakatil.

    Asia-Pacific

    Auckland and Wellington have both moved up the rankings from 8th to 5th and 14th to 12th places respectively, mainly due to strong internal stability relative to other cities, while Sydney remains at position 9 with a score of 106.5.


    In Asia, Singapore ranks 34th (score 102.5) followed by Tokyo, Japan’s highest scoring city, at position 35 (score 102.3). Hong Kong’s modern and efficient infrastructure, including its airport (which is considered one of best in the world), has pushed it up from 70th to 68th position with a score of 95.4.


    The top-ranking city in China is Shanghai in 103rd place (score 80.1). “Beijing and Shanghai are on the rise and should experience rapid improvements in quality of living in the coming years. This is mainly due to greater international investment driven by the availability and lower cost of labour and manufacturing expertise,” explained Mr. Parakatil.


    Though cities in India generally rank lower than their Chinese counterparts, they are also showing signs of development in the region.


    “The quality of living in Indian cites such as Mumbai and Bangalore is increasing slowly but steadily, primarily due to India’s improved political relationships with other countries,” said Mr. Parakatil. “Investment from multinationals setting up operations in India may prompt further improvements, boost economic growth and contribute to economic stability. In turn, this will encourage the local authorities to focus on improving quality of living standards.”


    Other low-ranking cities for overall quality of living include Congo in Brazzaville (score 30.3) and Bangui in the Central African Republic and Khartoum in Sudan (30.6 and 31.7).


    Mercer has released a new report called Managing Quality of Living for Expatriates, which provides information to enable HR professionals and others to understand the importance of assessing worldwide standards of living, including personal safety and security, health issues, cleanliness and pollution, and transportation. More than 100 cities have been selected from Western and Eastern Europe, North and South America, Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Pacific Rim. For more information, please visitwww.mercerhr.com/qualityofliving. Copies of individual city reports can also be purchased from this site.