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A Taoist Center Prepares to Break Ground

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Recently, Dr. Fabrice Jordan confesses to having seen many pairs of eyes widen at the mention of his project, unique in Switzerland, the Taoist Ming Shan center which will soon be ready to break ground in Bullet. Mainly made of wood and according to the feng shui, the U-shaped building, close to the mountain and overlooking the lake, will include three practice rooms for body art. It will also be a library, a medical office, a temple, a shop, and dormitory rooms for about thirty people, and an internal restaurant with 60 seats. The center will accommodate anyone Ming Shan caress the desire for a spiritual retreat and will be an important component of the project relates to health prevention. The center Ming Shan is supported by local and regional authorities, but also by the tourism authorities. The opening is planned after 18 months of work for the second half of 2018. Eight working places will be created at first.

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The Swiss workers among the most satisfied with their job

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Switzerland is ranked sixth globally in terms of satisfaction of employees about their workplace. More than 78% of respondents reported to be satisfied, even a lot, while only 8% are dissatisfied; the remaining 14% does not take sides.

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Tag Heuer Signs Chinese Super League Deal

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Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer has signed a sponsorship deal with the Chinese Super League (CSL). The brand will become the official timekeeper and official watch of the top tier of Chinese soccer. The deal will give Tag Heuer a range of branding rights and was announced in Beijing at Beijing’s National Stadium, popularly known as the ‘Bird’s Nest’. In February, Tag Heuer completed a similar deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) in the US. “Chinese football is a world of endless passion and dream with a potential that knows no boundary,” said Leo Poon, the Greater China general manager for Tag Heuer. “With the partnership between Tag Heuer and CSL, we look forward to injecting avant-garde spirit and innovative practices into Chinese football, inspiring the passion for football of the younger generation and power up the future development of Chinese football and education.”

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Top Travel Agents Take Part in Swiss Travel Program

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Top travel agents took part in the Swiss Travel Pass Super Star programme in Switzerland, which was hosted by Swiss Travel System, Switzerland Tourism and Rail Europe and were awarded in Luzern. It included agents from India, GCC, South East Asia, China, Brazil and Australia/New Zealand, said a statement. In 2013, Swiss Travel System launched the Swiss Pass SuperStar Program as a pilot project in India. It is a reward programme for travel trade agents of Swiss Travel System products that consists of an educational part and an incentive part. In the educational part each participant has to complete six modules with questions about Switzerland and the Swiss Travel System. In the incentive part the participants earn credits for their Swiss Travel System product sales. This year, the programme was carried out in six markets and was renamed into Swiss Travel Pass SuperStar Program.

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Swiss Alps Add Chinese Pop for Tourists

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Switzerland’s strong franc has driven French and German skiers and hikers away. But in the Alpine resort of Interlaken, perched beneath Europe’s highest railway station on the Jungfraujoch glacier, a new kind of tourist has arrived from further afield.Chinese are buying Swiss watches. The top four sources of visitors after the Swiss themselves are now China, the Gulf countries, South Korea and India. European countries are out of the top five, probably for good, says tourism director Stefan Otz. Chinese popstar G.E.M. performed a concert at 3,454 meters atop the Jungfraujoch glacier this summer. Local officials and show sponsor Tag Heuer, the watchmaker, hope a broadcast in China boosts the region’s appeal. Jehovah’s witnesses offer pamphlets in Chinese between Interlaken’s most famous watch shop and its bus depot, waiting for the 200-300 Chinese visitors who arrive each day. They cannot read the hanzi characters on the forms, they said, but have learned a few phrases in Chinese. The China tourism boom helped the world’s biggest watchmaker, Swatch Group, boost sales by half in July and August in tourism hot spots Interlaken and Lucerne, Chief Executive Nick Hayek told the newspaper Tages-Anzeiger.

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Time for Luxury

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Despite an economic slowdown, Asia’s affair with high-end timepieces goes on. Watches & Wonders 2015 saw 20,000 visitors, a 25% jump from last year. Sun Yunqing reports. The third edition of Watches & Wonders, Asia’s version of the Geneva haute horlogerie exhibition, came at a challenging time this year, when the Asian market was reporting weak sales for months. But it returned, bringing a momentum, it had generated in the previous two years. Watches & Wonders 2015 opened on Sept 30 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in the presence of leaders of the 12 exhibiting maisons. The brands on display included major names from luxury giant Richemont – Cartier, IWC and Jaeger-LeCoultre – as well as independent watchmaker Richard Mille. Despite the economic challenges in the region, the return of Watches & Wonders is testimony to the industry’s confidence in Asia, said Fabienne Lupo, chairwoman and managing director of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, the organizer of the exhibition, at the opening ceremony.

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Switzerland: Students Visit for Cultural Exchange

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On August 10, 50 Swiss students in Beijing were invited to a workshop and networking event co-organized by the Swiss Embassy in China and the Office of Chinese Language Council International, which oversees the Confucius Institutes. At the event, the students were introduced to the various functions of the embassy and the major achievements of the Sino-Swiss relations, and were provided the opportunity to meet and exchange opinions with Chinese students. A total of 100 university students from Switzerland have been invited for a language and cultural exchange program in China this month, a cordial gesture to celebrate the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and China.

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Chinese and Swiss Researchers See Pressure Biosciences’ PCT Platform as Essential

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Chinese and Swiss researchers have published ‘Mass spectrometry-based proteomic quest for diabetes biomarkers’ in ‘Biochimica et Biophysica Acta’ an internationally recognized scientific journal suggesting that pressure cycling technology (or PCT) being developed by Pressure BioSciences could be critical in identifying new biomarkers for the early diagnosis progression and underlying pathway dysfunction of diabetes. As such they could also significantly improve the clinical management of this disorder. In the article the authors which included Dr. Shiying Shao of the Tongji Hospital Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan PR China) and Drs. Tiannan Guo and Ruedi Aebersold of the Institute of Molecular Systems Biology ETH Zurich (Zurich Switzerland) reviewed the current status of biomarker discovery in diabetes showing the need for limitations and possible solutions for biomarker discovery and validation in the field of diabetes research.

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Startup Rolls out Smart Air Quality Device in China to Combat Pollution

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Entrepreneur Liam Bates has launched a company that he believes can produce the air quality of the Swiss Alps in your own home. With two co-founders, the Swiss-born businessman set up Origins Technology in Beijing, which specializes in creating smart air quality devices for the Chinese market. He came up with the idea of developing a low-cost air purifying system after his fiancee’s asthma returned due to the high levels of pollution here. Trying to find the best air purifier in China, Bates turned to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd’s online marketplace Taobao.com to see what was out there. “I probably checked nearly 100 different products and I realized that most devices were inefficient,” he said. “They all shared the same characteristics, without any product standing out from the competition.” Bates decided there was a gap in the market and set up Origins Technology 2014 before rolling out the OxyBox air purifier last June.

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ZHAW School of Management and Law Organized Emerging Markets Field Trip to China

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