September 23, 2013 |
Better known for its handy pocketknives and Vatican guards than for fighting wars, the Swiss Army of conscripts is still necessary to protect the Alpine federation and its nearly 200-year-old policy of neutrality, voters have decided. In the third referendum on conscription in 25 years, Swiss voters defeated a pacifist group's proposal to abolish the draft with a resounding 73% no vote on Sunday. The abolitionists from the Switzerland Without an Army group had argued that the 4.7 billion Swiss francs ($5.1 billion)
September 11, 2013 |
Frozen in time, Dustin Penner, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry clutch the Stanley Cup - and each other - in a striking photograph that commands a prime display spot outside the Ducks' Honda Center dressing room. Six years and many strange turns later, the trio will reunite Thursday for the Ducks' first training camp practice at Anaheim Ice. In experimenting to see if their old bonds hold, Coach Bruce Boudreau will reassemble what was broken when Penner signed a five-year, $21.25-million offer sheet from the Edmonton Oilers in the summer of 2007.
August 20, 2013 |
LOCARNO, Switzerland - Modern-day film festivals are multiheaded beasts. Many tribes circulate within this increasingly crowded global ecosystem - filmmakers, critics, buyers, sellers, programmers, sponsors and, of course, the paying public - and each is a constituency with its own interests and needs. One consequence of this enforced plurality is that big festivals often lack a point of view: The something-for-everyone approach tends to preclude a strong curatorial stance. FOR THE RECORD: Locarno Film Festival: An article about the Locarno Film Festival in the Aug. 20 Calendar section said that "Manakamana" received a top prize but didn't identify the section of the competition it won. The movie by Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez took the top prize in the Filmmakers of the Present section for first and second films.
August 10, 2013 |
Nobody tells Oprah she can't afford a handbag. Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest entertainers in the world, thanks to her willdly successful 25-season run on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and her latest media foray with the newly revitalized Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The entertainer earned an estimated $77 million from June 2012 to June 2013 alone, according to Forbes, but she says she still experiences racism because she is African American. Take this latest incident in Switzerland, where "The Butler" star went to attend the nuptials of good friend and singer Tina Turner last month.
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August 7, 2013 |
A hot-air balloon crash that killed the patriarch of a prominent Malibu family occurred when the craft floated into power lines and fell 165 feet to the ground, police said. Grant Adamson, a scion of Malibu's founding family, died early Tuesday when the hot-air balloon carrying him and his family crashed near the western Swiss town of Montbovon. Swiss police said the Adamsons were on a vacation outing when the balloon crashed after a two-hour flight from the town of Chateau-d'Oex.
June 29, 2013 |
LAS VEGAS - Any hard-core horological enthusiast will be quick to tell you that there's always been a lot more to a high-end wristwatch than tracking the hours, minutes and seconds. But that doesn't mean luxury watch brands aren't continually trying to add new bells and whistles (figuratively and in some cases literally) to their collections of wrist candy. The recent JCK Swiss Watch and Couture Jewelry shows here were full of watches that did more - in some cases a lot more - than simply relay the time, as well as others that told the time in very unexpected ways.