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"swiss federal council" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

Monocle 24: The Globalist

05:56 min | 1 year ago

"swiss federal council" Discussed on Monocle 24: The Globalist

"Dangerous to human life for the first time in several years. So very much feeling the effect then entered said reports on some of the measures that have been put forth by countries in the region, namely. Saudi Arabia, the UAE Qatar Kuwait Bahrain and Oman. And the UAE is flat very much as a FrontRunner in this field and the UAE has a vision of becoming the region's quote unquote green hub, so they're investing heavily in solar energy Dubai for instance this building the world's largest solar park, but also a nuclear energy, and they've committed several almost 200 billion USD dollars to reach these unnatural target in the future. Saudi Arabia has made pledges as well and in Qatar and Oman to a lesser degree. However, again, as always, implementation is the key issue. So there's very lofty goals without real compliance in the region. And at the same time, the biggest problem in this region is oil production. And natural gas production. So instead of cutting down on that countries in the region are, in fact, wanting to increase its own Saudi Arabia, for instance, planks to increase oil production from 12 to 13 million barrels per day over the next few years and the UAE has similar visions of increasing their production. So again, a little bit of a disconnect between lofty goals and willingness and readiness to implement those goals. Now a quick look at the Swiss People's Party and the UN Security Council. That's right, so target has an interesting news article this morning on the Swiss candidacy for its first non permanent mandate on the UN Security Council for a two year term from 2023 to 2024. So these elections in the UN Security Council will take place next June, and it's almost certain that Switzerland has uncontested candidate will make it to the UN Security Council. And this campaign has been approved by the Swiss federal council and parliament on several occasions since it was first submitted in 2011. Now, this week, a couple of things have happened in relation to this campaign. So first, earlier this week, a national counselor, a member of the Swiss parliament from the S file payer party. So the Swiss People's Party, Franz Cruz submitted an application to the foreign policy commission of the parliament asking the candidacy to be withdrawn, saying that this would be detrimental to Switzerland's neutrality and really quote unquote a fall from grace for Switzerland. Now this proposal was in a very much voted down in the foreign affairs committee. But interestingly, at the same time, a parliamentary delegation from this committee was to travel to the U.S. and they did. And with the goal of visiting the UN headquarters, getting a better idea of how the UN Security Council works in a way to prepare for their role on the council in a couple of years time. But the party president of Svalbard Marco kiesa missed his flight. Now it's a bit unclear how he ended up missing the flight where there was deliberate or whether it was the airline's fault, but nonetheless it's an interesting dichotomy. So at the domestic level, they're very much strongly against this. And at the international arena in New York, they're not taking part in these discussions and in a way not also a vocally going against the campaign. But of course, for domestic political reasons very much vocally against the candidacy. Emily, you are a brave man because you're using a word much hated by our editorial director and you are, in fact, in the Zürich studio, he could walk in at any minute. So I'm not going to use that word. I'm going to say, I believe that there is a report about people taking portraits of themselves. That's right. I could not help myself, but include this one. So this is from housing in Sano mats at the finish. Main newspaper coming out of Helsinki. So yes, you must have seen pictures of people in extraordinary locations, say cliffs or moving vehicles and wondered how can that be safe? And well, it turns out it's not always so safe. So the newspaper reports on a study by a Spanish research institute that looked at the data on selfie related debts are from 2008 until July of last year, so that is deaths related to someone taking a picture of themselves in a dangerous spot for falling off a tall building or being hit by a moving vehicle while taking a selfie. And they looked at newspapers in English Spanish Italian Portuguese French and German to find out how frequent are these incidents. And it turns out since 2008, 379 selfie related that's where reported. So again, many go under reported, which averages around one death per week. So extremely high numbers. And of course, tourists are over represented in this data. So almost 40% of these deaths were by tourists, whereas the rest were by local residents. So again, if you're traveling and wanting to take interesting pictures, try and be safe while doing it. I just have to ask you one quick last question on that. Where do most accidents happen? So this data shows the number one country was India followed by a U.S. and Russia, but then when we look at more specific spots, the Niagara Falls between the border of Canada and U.S. followed by Glen canyon in the U.S. where the top two spots for selfie deaths. Unfortunately, extraordinary. Emilia, thank you very much, indeed. You're listening to the globalist on Monica 24..

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Locked Down in Switzerland and Belgium

Travel with Rick Steves

05:29 min | 2 years ago

Locked Down in Switzerland and Belgium

"Start with Stephen mcfeely he operates being be on Ireland's dingle peninsula in just before the pandemic head Stephen an interest in the hotel Oberland in October and Switzerland that's where he's had to ride out the first few months of the global lockdown good and. My goodness. My Irish friend is learning Spitzer dykes. Good here in the Alps where I've been for four months. Now in splendid isolation, my plan originally was just to come for February and March, but I've I'm still here right well, what does the vibe in Switzerland right now there's a positive vibe. The society is reopening. Tourism travel has started again just no we're on the same level as it was before we had two weekends where there was crazy crowds here huge big crowds from all over Switzerland everybody who was here was from Switzerland or had to be from Switzerland. They weren't necessarily all Swiss because there's lots of international people living in Geneva and Derek and whatnot but everybody from within the barger of Switzerland over with crowds, and then it just died and Monday to. Friday went back to being really really quiet. Okay. Well, this is sort of the very beginnings of the rekindling of tourism I would imagine it'll be people traveling with within their own countries first, and then traveling within Europe, and then finally international travel and transatlantic travel. Yes. That's exactly what we're seeing. The borders here have just reopened. So we're expecting Germans and some Austrians and maybe some French to come now also, I don't anticipate huge numbers like that would have been heretofore. One. Very noticeable thing in the Valley of course, there's no American visitors. As you know, the valley also is very popular with. Chinese travelers Indians many people from Dubai and Saudi Arabia would come here and they're not here this year. So there's a noticeable difference there. So the people getting the real cultural change would be the French speaking. Swiss. German speaking part of his Switzerland and not even leaving their own country exactly. Fifty percent of our guests. Last week were French speaking Swiss and it was the first time I've ever actually met those people and I would say to them. Are you French Swiss would say no, no, we are. All MOM and so I I learned something new immediately the K. The identify as swirl. They were saying exactly what you just said they said it's like we are in a different country it's very dramatic here it's different toossion either those on the do shut down it was really cool. They were very excited to see a different part of their own country. So that was wonderful. Now Stephen you own a hotel in Ireland in Dingle Peninsula and now you own a hotel in Switzerland in Loudoun valley two of my favorite places as a businessman working in both these countries how do you compare the support getting from the government and how the two governments are dealing with this crisis? Well, the difference is. Very. Big. I'm still on team. Ireland. So I want to be positive about my own country, but there's not a lot of support coming. Heretofore in Switzerland for example, within two weeks of the crisis occurring. The. Swiss Federal Council which is the Swiss government offered ten percent of the previous year's turnover and So that's quite a considerable amount of money and they offered that as a loan which was repayable over seven years. Zero percent interest. So they're not looking to profit from it and in Ireland we really struggled to get some assistance. And we got ten thousand euros of overdraft line of credit and but repayable at seven and a half percent interest in Switzerland. We got three hundred thousand. So it's quite a big difference there no-interest at all. No interest at all. Of course, Switzerland may have much stronger and deeper reservists than Ireland, but they were able to immediately come up with assistance very little bureaucracy paperwork, and they immediately got to help us in Ireland. The experience was just simply much different to the government really weren't as proactive for as immediate as were here in Switzerland. The roots here what's around her a lot less strict as well There is a two meter rule here, but I haven't seen anybody wearing masks very much, which is kinda shocking for me because I know in Ireland the whole north of is people should be wearing masks. People definitely are observing social distance. One of my friends said to me that the two meter rule has actually brought Swiss people closer together so. That is so insightful to the Swiss society. It's more difficult thing. It's more difficult thing for Irish people or Italian people are Spanish. Two meters distance than it would be for this people or maybe the. Scandinavians. I can see by home people are wondering. Is the Irish pub culture ever going to come back the way it was with social distancing whereas in. Switzerland. Here for me like I'm I'm in the Alps I'm surrounded by fresh air and. Of of lovely space and it's been a wonderful place to be stranded, I don't even want to complain about it because although I I was stranded here for four months. It was the perfect place I felt very safe. I might have felt different if I was in the middle of Zurich or something or Geneva but I felt very safe. I'd in the Alps and it is lovely and peaceful and quiet, and of course, that's what people are coming here for anyway

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