The Art Newspaper: Artefacts in Swiss museums were looted from the Kingdom of Benin, new report says

The Art Newspaper: Artefacts in Swiss museums were looted from the Kingdom of Benin, new report says. “Twenty-one works in Swiss museum collections were looted from Benin City when the Royal Palace was plundered by the British Army in 1897, a new report reveals. The report, published by the Swiss Benin Initiative (SBI) group, focused on 96 Benin bronze items in eight museums including the Musée d’ethnographie de la Ville de Genève and the Museum der Kulturen Basel.”

NHK World-Japan: Intl. conference to discuss how to help Ukraine recover from Russia’s invasion

NHK World-Japan: Intl. conference to discuss how to help Ukraine recover from Russia’s invasion. “The Ukraine Recovery Conference, the first gathering of its kind, will open at Lugano in southern Switzerland on Monday. It will be jointly organized by the governments of Ukraine and Switzerland. The Swiss government says the two-day conference will bring together government delegations from about 40 countries, including Japan, the United States, and European nations. EU-related delegates, World Bank officials, and other international organization representatives will also take part.”

The Local Switzerland: Swiss army bans WhatsApp due to privacy concerns

The Local Switzerland: Swiss army bans WhatsApp due to privacy concerns. “Switzerland’s army has banned the use of WhatsApp whilst on duty, a spokesman confirmed Thursday, in favour of a Swiss messaging service deemed more secure in terms of data protection. The ban also applies to using other messaging apps like Signal and Telegram on soldiers’ private phones during service operations.”

Reuters: Get a friend vaccinated and eat out on us, Swiss govt tells citizens

Reuters: Get a friend vaccinated and eat out on us, Swiss govt tells citizens. “Swiss citizens who persuade their friends to get COVID-19 shots can look forward to a free restaurant meal or cinema outing courtesy of the state, under a scheme aimed at boosting the country’s low vaccination rate. Switzerland has witnessed numerous anti-vaxxer protests and 42% of its 8.7 million population are not yet fully vaccinated, relatively high by European standards.”

BBC: France to impose border checks to stop skiing abroad

BBC: France to impose border checks to stop skiing abroad. “Random border checks will be imposed to stop French holidaymakers going to ski in neighbouring Switzerland, Prime Minister Jean Castex has said. France, in common with Germany and Italy, is shutting its ski lifts over Christmas to stop the spread of Covid-19, but Swiss slopes are already open.”

Ubergizmo: Swiss Court Rules That ‘Liking’ Hateful Content Could Be Considered A Crime

Ubergizmo: Swiss Court Rules That ‘Liking’ Hateful Content Could Be Considered A Crime. “We need to be more careful of our online social media activities. This is because in recent times, we’re starting to see the implications of what we do online affect our offline lives. More recently, over in Switzerland, the courts have ruled that it is possible that ‘liking’ or sharing online posts that are deemed hateful or defamatory could be considered a crime.”

Implant files: International journalism body creates database to track faulty medical devices (Scroll .in)

Scroll .in: Implant files: International journalism body creates database to track faulty medical devices. “The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has compiled a global database of medical devices that are either faulty or dangerous. It allows users to explore more than 70,000 recalls, safety alerts and field safety notices of medical devices in 11 countries – Australia, Canada, Finland, India, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Spain, Switzerland and the United States – in its first release.”

Selfies and salaries: Swiss share salary information on new site aiming to end pay discrimination (Euronews)

Euronews: Selfies and salaries: Swiss share salary information on new site aiming to end pay discrimination. “We’ve all wondered how much our bosses or coworkers make. Now, in Switzerland, there may be a way to find out. Swiss trade union Unia has spearheaded the creation of a new website where anyone in the country can post their salaries. The website… Zeig Deinen Lohn (Show Your Salary), went live last week and already has about 500 people posting their details. The website crashed throughout Wednesday due to the heavy online traffic it’s been receiving.”

The Telegraph: Swiss village bans tourists from taking pictures – prompting group to cancel photography trip

I can’t decide if this is brilliant PR or rock stupid. From The Telegraph: Swiss village bans tourists from taking pictures – prompting group to cancel photography trip. “A little known village in Switzerland has banned people from taking photos in an attempt, it says, to save jealous travellers around the world from a fear of missing out (or FOMO).”