WBEZ | Switzerland http://www.wbez.org/tags/switzerland Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en List: Some questions I have after watching 'The Bachelor' for the first time in about ten years http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-02-28/list-some-questions-i-have-after-watching-bachelor-first-time-about-te <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-28/ben nikki.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-28/ben nikki.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 296px;" title=""></p><p>Why are they all going to Switzerland?</p><p>Why is his hair like that?</p><p>Doesn't he get sick of sitting in hot tubs?</p><p>Do they ever eat the free food that's been laid out there so nicely for them?</p><p>Please tell me these women are just lying when they tell this guy they barely know that they love him.*</p><p>Is it allowed for him to just dump these women publicly without really telling them why?</p><p>Where's the dignity?</p><p><em>*Not technically a question</em></p><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2011-12-13/list-listed-occupations-contestants-upcoming-season-bachelor-94859">List: Listed occupations of the contestants on the upcoming season of 'The Bachelor'</a></p></p> Tue, 28 Feb 2012 15:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/claire-zulkey/2012-02-28/list-some-questions-i-have-after-watching-bachelor-first-time-about-te In Switzerland, lots of guns but little gun crime http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-02/switzerland-lots-guns-little-gun-crime-89981 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/switzerland.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As part of our <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/herethere" target="_blank">Here, There</a></em> series, we're taking a look at gun ownership and crime in other countries. In Switzerland, guns are readily available. Recreational shooting and shooting clubs are popular among Swiss men. Military service is compulsory, and the government issues automatic assault rifles and ammunition to all young males.</p><p>Despite widespread gun ownership, Switzerland has a very low rate of gun crime, says <a href="http://www.crim.upenn.edu/faculty/profiles/adler.html" target="_blank">Freda Adler</a> an expert in comparative criminology who's lived and studied in Switzerland.</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 15:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-02/switzerland-lots-guns-little-gun-crime-89981 Cuban cigar shipments into Chicago on the rise http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-bell/cuban-cigar-shipments-chicago-rise <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//cigars_alex.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:PunctuationKerning /> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas /> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables /> <w:SnapToGridInCell /> <w:WrapTextWithPunct /> <w:UseAsianBreakRules /> <w:DontGrowAutofit /> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> </w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="156"> </w:LatentStyles> </xml><![endif]-->Chicago border patrol officers have had their hands full seizing Cuban cigars for the last month.</p><p>Brian Bell, a spokesman for the Chicago office of Customs and Border Protection, said customs has seized over 100,000 cigars shipping from retailers in Switzerland in the past two weeks.</p><p>&ldquo;These are packaged very professionally,&rdquo; Bell said. &ldquo;It's not a smuggling attempt, these are businesses that are basically having people order their product online and then putting them in the mail and shipping them off, with obviously a blatant disregard for where they're going.&rdquo;</p><p class="MsoNormal">Bell said parcel mail that used to ship on passenger planes is now coming though customs on freighters or cargo aircrafts. That's because of a Department of Homeland Security requirement that prevents items weighing over 16 ounces from flying on passenger planes.</p><p class="MsoNormal">Bell said all the illegal cigars will be seized and destroyed, and customs will be looking into the recipients of the illegal packages.</p></p> Mon, 06 Dec 2010 23:56:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/brian-bell/cuban-cigar-shipments-chicago-rise The great American exodus to...Benelux? http://www.wbez.org/ssargent/2009/03/the-great-american-exodus/7286 <p>If you're out of work and interested in moving abroad, now is the time to do it. Why? Because, according to Anne Lowrey at Foreign Policy, there are significantly better places to be unemployed than the U.S. In a <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/cms.php?story_id=4758" target="_blank">recent article</a>, Lowrey lists the following locales as prime real estate for the jobless: Scandinavia; Benelux (a Western European union comprising Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg); Switzerland; France; Japan. These sites offer unemployment benefits for at least 10 months--and some even offer them indefinitely (Hello, Benelux!). But the best offering comes from Denmark. Part of the Scandinavia enclave, this country offers up to 90 percent of prior earnings for up to 48 months. In addition, Denmark has computer training and rĩsumĩ review, and tries to place unemployed workers into temporary positions vacated by employees on educational sabbatical or on maternity or paternity leave. And even Japan, which is at the bottom of Lowrey's list, supports workers longer if their industry is deemed to be in decline. Maybe Detroit needs to take a meeting with Prime Minsiter Taro Aso.</p> Wed, 18 Mar 2009 10:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/ssargent/2009/03/the-great-american-exodus/7286