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  • The Swiss inspiration for Star Wars
    On May 25, 1977 the first Star Wars film was released, and Switzerland has its own claim to fame when it comes to the famous space franchise. Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, began the films’ connection to Switzerland. The Swiss Alps in Grindelwald, in the Bernese Oberland, provided inspiration for mountain scenery on Alderaan, Princess Leia's home planet, that is seen in Episode III. The mountains were scouted as a suitable backdrop, and plate photography of the peaks was combined with other images to create the scenery. Grindelwald is a village and popular ski resort at the foot of the Eiger north face, surrounded by an impressive mountain landscape.  Swiss technology The Star Wars connection goes even further than Swiss mountain scenery however. The Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, (ETHZ), has a partnership with Disney, where researchers find hi-tech solutions to bring aspects of the Star Wars films to life. It was a group of ...
  • Roger Moore: at home in Switzerland
    Roger Moore, who passed away this week in Switzerland, had a close relationship with the country. Like his James Bond character, Moore enjoyed skiing, as well as Nordic walking and the gastronomy on offer in the Swiss Alps. (SRF, swissinfo.ch) But as he told Swiss public television (TSR) in a 2007 interview, it was his children who first pressured him to move here in 1978, after they had learned to ski. “Being a weak father,” he said, and having been “waiting for an excuse to leave England” – he agreed. The family first moved to Gstaad, where they lived for some years before relocating to Crans-Montana. Moore, who could speak French, was a fan of mountain life, and showed his skiing abilities on screen in the 1985 Bond movie A View to a Kill, also shot on location in Switzerland. Moore’s only gripe with the country? That despite his appearance in an advertisement for Swiss Federal Railways, he still wasn’t given a half-price discount for traveling on Swiss trains. 
  • Welcome to Biel, ephemeral capital of Swiss photography
    The city of Biel, known for being a center of the global watch industry, also is a cultural crossroads of national importance. For nearly a month every year, the largest bilingual city in the country welcomes a festival dedicated entirely to photography. The Biel Festival of Photography, which runs from May 5th to 28th, is an opportunity to discover the heritage of this often unknown Swiss city – while also enjoying a bit of physical exercise. The 28 exhibitions presented at the 21st edition of the festival, three-quarters of which are exclusively Swiss or worldwide, are distributed in eight separate venues.  Among them are three unusual locations: the Farel House, a witness to the architecture of the late 1950s; a former abandoned industrial building; and the Working Station, a private gallery space. This years's festival focuses on the notion of what is extreme. The themes dealt with are multiple: the flow of images, the omnipresence of technology, and the excesses of a global ...
  • Swiss mobile providers perform well
    Speed, availability, network responsiveness: on all counts, the mobile experience in Switzerland is “an excellent one”, according to a new report. But improvements could still be made to advance on the leader board. This is the verdict published Wednesday May 24 by OpenSignal, a London-based private held company that issues industry reports based on crowdsourced data from worldwide users of its OpenSignal app. The company says it aims to use data to increase transparency in the wireless industry, and to offer unbiased coverage maps. According to the report, the company’s first to directly address Switzerland, the country’s users have a lot to be satisfied with: “fast speeds, highly accessible LTE [wireless] signals and quick network response times” are the norm, the findings show. “Our users were able to find LTE signals on Salt, Sunrise and Swisscom's networks in seven of every 10 attempts, and when they did connect they had access to average speeds well over 20 ...
  • Roger Moore has died in Switzerland
    British actor Roger Moore, who played the role of James Bond in seven of the spy adventures, has died in Switzerland at the age of 89. He passed away after a short battle with cancer. His family announced the news on Tuesday: “it is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of our loving father, Sir Roger Moore”, they said. Moore, who played the role of Ian Fleming’s secret agent 007 between 1973 and 1985, had owned a chalet for years in the chic resort of Gstaad. Since 1996, he had lived part of the time in the mountain resort of Crans-Montana in canton Valais. He also owned property in the South of France, and in Monaco, where he was close to Prince Albert.  In 2007, he told Swiss public television, TSR, that he had moved to Switzerland after pressure from his children, who had learned to ski one winter in Gstaad. Beautiful Switzerland "As I am a very weak father, I said yes. In fact, I was waiting for an excuse to leave England and set up in a beautiful place like ...
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The United Swiss Societies of Northern California (USSNC), founded in 1912, merged with the Swiss House Association of California, which had incorporated on July 21, 1930, the merger created the new name, United Swiss House of Northern California, Inc., which on February 11, 1983 incorporated to its current name. United Swiss Societies of Northern California, Inc., organized as a California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation, 501(c)(4), tax ID 23-7126939