Migros wants to vote on alcohol sales
At the Migros wholesaler, the members of the cooperative should vote on the possible future sale of alcohol. For the next Migros delegates’ meeting at the beginning of November, several delegates put a request for a corresponding ballot on the agenda, as the “SonntagsZeitung” learned from several sources. According to the wholesaler’s statutes, Migros supermarkets are not allowed to sell alcohol and tobacco. Subsidiaries such as Globus, Denner or the online service are excluded. Accordingly, a complete deletion, maintenance or amendment of the alcohol article should come to the vote. With the change, Migros would only stop selling tobacco. The delegates will decide on November 6th whether there will be a ballot. According to company circles, it is a major concern of certain cooperative managers to be able to sell alcohol as well.
Second costliest storm since the turn of the millennium
The storms, floods and hailstorms of recent weeks have caused damage amounting to several hundred million francs in Switzerland, as reported in the newspapers “NZZ am Sonntag” and “Le Matin Dimanche”. According to the Association of Cantonal Buildings Insurance (VKG), the 18 Swiss building insurance companies have so far reported losses of at least around 450 million francs. Accordingly, the amount of damage from 2007 is likely to be exceeded. At that time, the insurance companies recorded the second largest loss balance since the turn of the millennium. Only in the storm of the century in 2005 was the result more devastating. The 18 cantonal institutions insure around 1.9 million buildings in the country, which corresponds to a share of 70 percent. According to experts, the increased damage can be traced back to increasingly frequent and severe weather events. The background is the warming of the climate.
Nuclear power plants threatened by floods
In extreme floods, the Beznau AG and Gösgen SO nuclear power plants are at risk of erosion. This is the conclusion of an almost 2000-page report on “Extreme floods on the Aare” by the WSL research institute in February, on which the “SonntagsZeitung” reported. According to this, in the event of an extreme flood, which statistically occurs every 100,000 years, the site of the two nuclear power plants on the Aare would flood over a meter deep. Among other things, because of loose subsoil, these could be undermined. After the report was published, the Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate (Ensi) asked the operators to carry out in-depth examinations of the threat of flooding and erosion. A procedure has been started in which the operators are asked to revise their safety analyzes on the basis of the latest study, explained an Ensi spokesman for the newspaper. Particular attention is paid to bank erosion.
Health director worried about the increase in corona numbers
The director of the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH), Anne Lévy, expressed concern in an interview about the resurgence of the corona numbers. «We knew they would rise when we open. But we didn’t expect it to rise so much so early. ” The pandemic is not over yet, the situation is difficult to assess, Lévy told the “NZZ am Sonntag”. As for the reason for the relatively strong increase, the 50-year-old Bernese chief official said that people are generally less careful since they were vaccinated and that there are hardly any more measures. At the moment, it is mainly younger people who are infected, Lévy said. It would be threatening if the infections jumped over from the young to the unvaccinated of the older generations and hospitalizations rose sharply again. Should the situation worsen, according to Lévy, it would be possible to expand the use of Covid certificates, for example to visits to restaurants. “That would definitely be better than renewed closings,” she said.
Compulsory vaccination in a private clinic in Neuchâtel
While the federal government and the cantons are foregoing mandatory vaccinations for nursing staff, a private clinic in Neuchâtel has rushed ahead. She only wants to hire people who are fully vaccinated against the corona virus, as reported by the “SonntagsBlick”. The Center Médical des Cadolles, which plans to open its doors in February 2022, stipulated mandatory vaccination in a written declaration: “Future employees must show their vaccination certificate. Otherwise they will not be employed. ” The rule also applies to administrative staff. According to the report, the medical center is currently recruiting around fifty employees. A walk-in clinic with ten doctor’s offices, a radiology room, a laboratory, physiotherapists and dentists is planned. France, Italy, Great Britain and Greece, for example, have made vaccinations mandatory for nursing staff.
Extension of compulsory service to women
The umbrella organization of around 22,000 officers in Switzerland calls for compulsory service to be extended to women. “It is time that both genders had the same rights and duties in the military,” said the President of the Swiss Officers’ Society (SOG), Stefan Holenstein, of “NZZ am Sonntag”. “We are convinced that the army can no longer do without more than 50 percent of the potential of society.” The proportion of women in the army is currently 0.9 percent. The SOG wants to win over more women for the military with force, but also with a cultural change. They should help to defuse the army’s personnel problem. The Defense Department VBS is currently examining four compulsory service variants. Three of them provide for compulsory service for women. According to the newspaper, the Geneva association “Service Citoyen” also wants to launch an initiative on August 1st which stipulates that all Swiss nationals in the military or in a militia organization have to work for several weeks.
The lack of people at SBB is easing
The shortage of personnel in the SBB driver’s cabs is gradually easing. At the end of this year, a balanced inventory will be achieved, said a spokesman for the railway company for “NZZ am Sonntag”. “We do not currently have a full portfolio, but new graduates are constantly coming.” Since the beginning of 2020, 12,800 applicants have registered with SBB for training as a train driver. 300 of them were taken into account for one of the training classes. All positions are currently occupied and applicants will not be accepted again until 2022. A year ago, the SBB was still missing more than 200 locomotive drivers, and before the outbreak of the corona pandemic, trains were regularly canceled from time to time because there was a lack of staff. From 2022, the Federal Railways even expect an excess of inventory. The company wants to use this to reduce the accumulated overtime of the staff, among other things. Around 2,500 engine drivers drive the SBB passenger trains, around 1,000 for freight transport.
SRF is reducing its range of cultural radio
Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) is reducing its range of cultural radio. One-hour cultural radio broadcasts are to be replaced by half-hour podcasts in the future. This is shown in an internal concept paper that was available to the “SonntagsZeitung”. The daily background program “Context” and the one-hour program “52 best books” are to be replaced by 30-minute podcasts. These are optimized for platforms of streaming services such as Spotify and Apple’s offers. The podcasts should also run on SRF’s cultural radio. The station had announced that it would save a total of 16 million francs by 2022 due to declining advertising income. At the same time, SRF wants to invest in digital in order to reach more young audiences who hardly ever consume linear television or radio.
Fewer business flights after pandemic
Large Swiss corporations are planning fewer business flights after the corona pandemic. UBS, ABB, Autoneum, Credit Suisse, Lonza, Nestlé, Novartis, Roche, Schindler, Swiss Life and Zurich told the “SonntagsBlick” that they want to keep the number of business trips low even after the end of the pandemic. “Our new travel policy provides for a significant reduction in business flights compared to the level before the pandemic,” said a spokeswoman for the pharmaceutical company Roche. A spokesman for the insurance group Zurich stated: “Our experience in 2020 has shown that our employees can successfully serve our customers with fully digitized services even without business trips.” This included the provision of damage reports via video, the use of electronic signatures and virtual risk assessments. The large corporations saved millions of francs in travel expenses during the pandemic. At UBS, travel and entertainment expenses decreased by $ 209 million.