Victory for Leonie Küng in Prague

Leonie Küng qualified for the second round of the WTA tournament in Prague. The Schaffhousoise beat Spain’s Aliona Bolsova (WTA 102) 6-4 6-3.

Leonie Küng had yet been eliminated in the third round of qualifying in Prague but after the withdrawal of the French Fiona Ferro, winner last week in Palermo, she was drafted in the main draw.

Facing Bolsova, who precedes her by 55 places in the world rankings, Küng showed wrestling qualities during the first round. Twice she managed to make up for her loss of service. In the second set, she largely dominated even though she conceded her serve at 5-1.

Next up, Küng will face Romania’s Irina-Camelio Begu, No. 82 in the WTA.



Implenia lands 108 million francs in contracts in Germany

Construction specialist Implenia landed several contracts in Germany in July, totaling 100 million euros (108 million francs).

The group explains these orders by ‘the excellent cooperation’ with the various customers, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Implenia will demonstrate diversity in Germany, as it will build offices at the former Opel site in Bochum, in the Dortmund region, for a total area of ​​65,000 square meters. Work will begin next fall.

The Zurich giant will also be in charge of the construction of a 6,500 square meter leisure complex in the Ruhr area, with work expected to be completed in February 2022.

Implenia also won the construction of an apartment complex in Manheim and the construction of an additional building for a hotel chain in Munich.

The group believes that it is thanks to its ‘design-and-build’ strategy that such contracts have been secured. Implenia works upstream as a consultant in technical implementation and construction optimization with its client, which it believes allows for a more effective partnership during construction, the statement said.

At the close, the title gained 1.7% to 40.88 francs in an SPI market up 0.67%.



Thefts on the rise in the Jura

Crime in the canton of Jura is on the rise in July. This is shown by the latest figures published by the Jura cantonal police on Tuesday. Vehicle thefts nearly tripled with 41 offenses in July, up from 16 in June. It recorded 21 thefts by clandestine introduction, nearly five times more than the previous month. Thefts from businesses, stores and homes doubled in July with 35 thefts recorded by the authorities and 17 in June. The figures are nevertheless lower than last year, the average for this year is 16.8, against 21.7 in 2019.

The Jura cantonal police wish to make the population attentive to theft in vehicles. She communicates some tips to avoid them:

  • Do not leave any valuables visible (bag, wallet, phone, computer, GPS);
  • Do not leave any identity card, credit card, money or keys in the vehicle;

  • Make sure your vehicle is properly closed and locked before leaving it (doors and trunk), even at home;

  • Do not leave any opportunity for thugs, for example by leaving a window ajar or the roof open.

She recommends that any witnesses alert the police via the 117 when suspicious behavior is observed near a car. / comm-sab


Asylum applications fell by 60%

The measures put in place to fight against the coronavirus strongly slowed down migratory flows in Europe in the second quarter of 2020. From April to June, Switzerland recorded 1314 requests, or 60% less than a year earlier.

For the month of June alone, 606 applications were filed in Switzerland, against 1,003 in 2019 (-39.6%), indicates Monday the State Secretariat for Migration (SEM). In May, requests had fallen 69.3%

It dealt with 1225 first instance requests, 109 of which resulted in a decision not to take action. For 424 applications, asylum was granted, and 350 applicants were provisionally admitted. Some 4,862 cases are pending, a decrease of 521 cases from the previous month.

In addition, 93 people left Switzerland under the control of the authorities or were repatriated. As part of the measures to prevent the coronavirus epidemic, Switzerland applied entry restrictions from all Schengen states until June 15, with the exception of Liechtenstein. These restrictions also resulted in the suspension of Dublin transfers.

The main countries of origin of asylum seekers are Eritrea (149 requests; + 47 compared to May), Afghanistan (118; +68), Algeria (/ 50; + 26), Syria ( 49 +1), and Turkey (39; +17).



The new Cernier-Fontainemelon wood-fired boiler is delivered

District heating continues to develop in Val-de-Ruz. A second wood-fired boiler was delivered to Cernier on Monday. A 16-ton device with a power of 1.6 megawatt which will supply the village as well as that of Fontainemelon. Once operational, this machine will increase the share of renewable energy from 74% to 85% for the two localities.

This project is carried out by the company Vivaldis, a partnership between Viteos and the municipality of Val-de-Ruz.

Assembly continues with a view to commissioning the boiler. The duration of the work is estimated at 20 days. / rgi


Simon Ehammer smashes his decathlon record

Simon Ehammer is in Olympic form. The 20-year-old Appenzeller broke his Swiss U23 record at the Swiss all-around championships in Langenthal.

Author of 8231 points, the European U20 champion is only 13 points from the Swiss elite record held by Beat Gähwiler since 1988. This is the second time in less than a month that Ehammer has crossed the bar. 8000 points. This result is the best performance of the year.

This MPM, Ehammer succeeded in the 100m on Saturday with a 100m swallowed in 10”50. The Appenzeller broke his record in weight (13m75) and over 400m (47”27).

On Sunday, he started strong with 13”73 over 110m hurdles, 52m88 on the javelin and 4m90 on the pole. Each time, the young athlete has broken his personal best. In the end, he only missed a few seconds in the 1,500 m to get Gähwiler’s national record.

To do even better, Ehammer will have to work on his throws. Even if he has beaten his best marks in discus, weight and javelin, he sails far from the top names in the discipline.

For the women, a very nice weekend for Annik Kälin who won with 6167 points in the heptathlon.



More than five million cases and 162,000 deaths in the United States

The milestone of five million cases of Covid-19 has been crossed in the United States, now the world’s leading power in the head of the most affected countries. It is followed by Brazil which exceeds 100,000 dead.

The pandemic caused by the coronavirus has killed more than 162,000 people in the United States, where the contamination curve has been rising steeply since the end of June. The number of new cases recorded there reached 70,000 per day in mid-July.

To support the millions of his fellow citizens stricken by unemployment or threatened with eviction from their housing because of the Covid-19, Donald Trump unveiled on Saturday evening a new aid plan by decrees.

In second place among the hardest hit countries, Brazil officially has more than three million people infected. And this figure, as well as that of the dead, are undoubtedly underestimated according to the experts, because of the insufficient number of the tests.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has not commented on this subject: he confined himself to a tweet highlighting the number of recovered patients and celebrating a victory for his favorite football team, causing anger on social networks .

Terrible consequences

In the largest Latin American country with 212 million inhabitants, the pandemic has cast a harsh light on inequalities, the virus having wreaked havoc in the favelas and particularly affecting black populations.

In the past seven days, almost one in two deaths worldwide has occurred in Latin America. The economic consequences are terrible everywhere on this subcontinent. In Ecuador, nearly 700,000 people have lost their jobs since the start of the epidemic.

Worldwide, the virus has killed nearly 730,000 people and infected more than 19 million in total since the end of December, according to a count made by AFP on Sunday from official sources.

Hot under the masks

In Europe, where temperatures exceeded 35 ° C on Sunday in the north, the authorities are trying as best they can to enforce the wearing of masks and to deter the population from congregating on lawns and beaches. The Covid-19 has killed more than 213,000 people on this continent and gives worrying signs of a restart.

In Belgium, one of the countries with the highest number of deaths relative to its population, several Flemish towns and seaside resorts announced on Sunday the ban on ‘day tourists’ during the heat wave, after incidents caused by non-compliance with sanitary measures.

In Blankenberge (north), a group of young people refused to leave the beach on Saturday evening. A fight broke out between holidaymakers before turning into a riot, necessitating the intervention of the police.

In the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Germany too, crowds in search of freshness have gathered on the seashore, often ignoring the recommended separation distances. Local authorities have warned that some beaches in northern Germany as well as several lakes are expected to close.

‘The parks, lakes, beaches and swimming pools are packed. Keep a cool head, keep your distance and wear your mask when you can’t avoid the proximity, ‘Berlin police urged on Twitter.

‘Army of Controllers’

Since the end of July, the almost generalized wearing of protective masks in closed public places, has gained open air spaces across the planet.

In France, it will be mandatory outdoors from Monday in some busy areas in Paris. From the banks of the Seine to the heights of Montmartre, it will no longer be possible in principle to stroll with your face uncovered in the tourist districts and main shopping streets of the capital with your face uncovered.

Malawi has also decided to impose the wearing of masks in public spaces, and to close bars and churches. The number of cases has nearly doubled in the past four weeks in the southern African country, reaching a total of 4,624 on Saturday, including 143 fatalities.

“An army of controllers has been hired” to enforce these new instructions, warned Justice Minister Chikosa Silungwe.

Contrasting with the rest of the world, New Zealand is experiencing an almost return to normal and on Sunday lived its 100th consecutive day without new contamination identified.

This country of five million inhabitants, which closed its borders on March 19 and whose effectiveness in containing the epidemic is considered exemplary by the World Health Organization (WHO), had only 1219 cases and 22 deaths.



No wave of corporate bankruptcies in Switzerland, according to KOF

The measures taken to prevent a wave of business bankruptcies in Switzerland in the wake of the coronavirus seem to have proven their effectiveness.

Between March and July, the number of companies having gone out of business fell by one-fifth (-21%) compared to the same period in 2019, according to a study by the KOF Economic Studies Center and the office of Bisnode B&D consultancy.

In crafts and construction, bankruptcy cases have contracted by 32% on average, according to indications provided Monday by the authors of the study. However, the latter do not paint an idyllic picture of the economic situation, stressing that the recession is ‘manifest’ in all regions.

The cantonal disparities are significant. The number of bankruptcies has thus fallen by half in Ticino but has fallen by only 10% in central Switzerland, the statement said. Statistics also show a resurgence of cases in Valais between June and July, however without ‘significant excess mortality’.

From a sector perspective, wholesale and retail trade are particularly affected. The hotel industry and tourism have held up well, which is only half a surprise, according to specialists from KOF and Bisnode. These two sectors suffered from restrictions linked to the coronavirus, but made particularly frequent use of the Covid credit program.

Facilitated access to short-time work – one of the measures to support the economy decided in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic – would have made it possible in particular to avoid a good number of permanent closures of companies. However, there is no question of ‘raising the alert’, warn the KOF and Bisnode, because some bankruptcies have undoubtedly been postponed.

The authors of the study also recall that during previous economic crises, the rate of business bankruptcies did not change suddenly, but rather gradually. They also point out that these numbers are very volatile between month and month.



Roche: partial failure against ulcerative colitis

Roche suffered a partial setback in an advanced clinical study of etrolizumab for ulcerative colitis.

The experimental treatment delivered ‘mixed’ results in induction therapy, while no significant difference was observed compared to a placebo in maintenance treatment.

The Rhine laboratory recalls in its press release Monday also conducting a phase III clinical study on this substance in the indication against Crohn’s disease.

The clinical aspects carried out to date have not revealed any major risks for patients.



Discussions between Twitter and TikTok on a possible merger

Twitter has, according to the Wall Street Journal, started preliminary discussions for a possible merger with Tiktok. Donald Trump accuses this spy application for the benefit of China and threatens to ban it in the United States.

Asked by AFP, Twitter and Tiktok refused to confirm the information published Saturday evening by the financial daily, which mentions sources familiar with the matter.

The US president on Thursday signed an executive order banning, within 45 days, any transaction ‘of persons under US jurisdiction’ with ByteDance, the parent company of TikTok, citing a ‘national emergency’ over the application of light videos .

Earlier this week, Mr. Trump said he was open to the takeover of TikTok by an American group before September 15, but warned that the service would be banned on American soil if no transaction took place by then. The tenant of the White House also demanded that in case of redemption, a significant part of the sum return to the US Treasury.

Microsoft also interested

Microsoft expressed interest in acquiring TikTok’s US, Canadian, Australian and New Zealand businesses last Sunday.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Twitter believes it is less likely than Microsoft to be pinned for abuse of dominance in this matter because of its significantly smaller size. The platform would likely need the support of other investors to complete a buyout.

Furthermore, and unlike Microsoft, Twitter is not available in China, where the government has blocked its access since 2009.