March 7, 2013 |
Ronny Keller, a defenseman for Olten of the Swiss B league, has been left paralyzed after getting hit into the boards during a playoff game, doctors reported Thursday. Keller, 33, was chasing a puck into a corner when Langenthal forward Stefan Schnyder came up from behind and drove Keller into the boards with a hard hit in overtime of the game Tuesday. Keller crashed head-first into the wall and remained on the ice motionless for several minutes as medical personnel attended to him. Doctors at the hospital where Keller was taken released a statement Thursday with the grim prognosis.
March 4, 2013 |
Voters in Switzerland, angered by high executive pay, backed a plan to increase the control of shareholders over compensation of corporate leaders. Nearly 70% of voters approved the so-called "Rip-Off Initiative," according to the Swiss television station SRF, which gives shareholders the right to vote on compensation for company directors and executives and bans bonuses bestowed on high-ranking employees when they join or leave a firm. "Today's vote is the result of widespread unease among the population at the exorbitant remuneration of certain company bosses," said Justice Minister Simonetta Sommaruga in a press conference over the weekend, according to the Associated Press.
February 27, 2013 |
PARIS -- A gunman opened fire on colleagues at a Swiss wood-processing plant Wednesday morning, an attack that left three people dead, including the assailant, and seven others wounded. The gunman walked into the staff canteen at the Kronoswiss wood-processing factory at Menznau, near Lucerne in central Switzerland, about 9 a.m. during a staff breakfast break and began shooting. Police said the 42-year-old suspect, who was not named, had worked at the plant for a decade and did not fire at random but picked off specific colleagues with a handgun.
January 25, 2013 |
Tina Turner wants to become a Swiss citizen, and love has everything to do with it. If you've been wondering what the iconic diva has been up to lately, she's been living in Kuesnacht, a Zurich suburb, since 1995. A Swiss paper wrote Friday that the 73-year-old had been granted citizenship, according to the Associated Press. The Nutbush, Tenn.-born singer has passed a local civics test and interview. PHOTOS: Celebrity domestic-abuse allegations "I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here....
January 17, 2013 |
Westlake Village athletic brand K-Swiss Inc. is being bought by South Korean retail giant E. Land World for about $170 million. E. Land will pay $4.75 per share, or about a 49% premium, over Wednesday's closing price, K-Swiss said in a statement. Known for its white stripes on white leather tennis shoes, K-Swiss' fortunes have fallen in recent years as its simpler designs fell out of favor with shoppers. Its sales have dropped by about 50% since 2005. Steven Nichols, chairman of K-Swiss, lauded the purchase as being "in the best interests of K-Swiss and our stockholders.
January 3, 2013 |
Three women were shot and killed and two men were wounded before police in southern Switzerland disabled the gunman by shooting him in the chest, officials said Thursday. Police said the alleged assailant, an unemployed 33-year-old who had been treated for psychiatric problems in the past, was arrested and hospitalized after the rampage late Wednesday in the village of Daillon. The man began firing from his apartment down toward the street and through the windows of other houses before coming outside and continuing to fire, police in the Swiss canton of Valais said in an online statement.