From Donald Trump's visit to the WEF meeting in Davos to Swiss rules on how to cook lobsters, here are the stories from Switzerland that captured global attention over the last 12 months. 1) Hundreds protest in Zurich over Trump's visit to Davos In January, more than a thousand people protested in central Zurich against the planned arrival of US President Donald Trump in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum (WEF). It remains to be seen if the same will happen again when Trump returns to Davos next month. 2) Swiss cooks ordered to stun lobsters before boiling At the start of this year, the Swiss government ordered an end to the common culinary practice of throwing flailing lobsters into boiling water, ruling that they must be knocked out before they are killed – part of a wider overhaul of Swiss animal protection laws. 3) Tearful Federer wins Australian Open for 20th Slam title It's not a Grand Slam tournament if Roger Federer doesn't cry. Photo: AFP Tennis … [Read more...] about The Swiss stories that made international headlines in 2018
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Updated 8:43 am CDT, Thursday, August 23, 2018 Cassie Semyon, 21, an intern for NBC News, runs from the courthouse with results outside of federal court as jury deliberations are announced in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. less Cassie Semyon, 21, an intern for NBC News, runs from the courthouse with results outside of federal court as jury deliberations are announced in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul ... more Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP Photo: Jacquelyn Martin, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Cassie Semyon, 21, an intern for NBC News, runs from the courthouse with results outside of federal court as jury deliberations are announced in the trial of the former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul … [Read more...] about GoBlueDressGo: Sprinting intern competes to break news
News organizations rightly reported the numerous asterisks attached to a small mid-stage study of a potential Alzheimer’s treatment highlighted at this week’s Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. As some stories reported, the study was a Phase 2 trial that hasn’t been peer reviewed or published in a journal, in which the drug didn’t meet its primary goal of showing a benefit after 12 months of treatment. Also widely reported was that numerous similar attempts to clear amyloid plaques associated with Alzheimer’s have failed to pan out. That’s important since other experimental therapies have had encouraging early results but didn’t work in a Phase 3 trial. But the question remains: Why did this experimental drug — BAN2401 — attract an avalanche of news coverage? Headlines used words like “hopes,” “promise,” and “benefit.” But for consumers, at this point in time, it’s … [Read more...] about Many questions linger about this possible Alzheimer’s treatment. So why the avalanche of news coverage?
An image from a U.S. News story on “12 Things to Know Before Your First Mammogram.” While more doctors embrace the idea that women should make their own informed decisions about when and how often to get screened for breast cancer, news reporting doesn’t always reflect that nuanced approach. Take a recent U.S. News feature entitled “12 Things to Know Before Your First Mammogram,” which could have provided women with balanced information on the benefits and harms of mammography. Instead, it conveyed a misleading and one-sided message that annual screening starting at age 40 “saves the most lives.” The lead said women turning 40 have a choice “to start regular screening for breast cancer or to push off commencing this annual or bi-annual wellness ritual.” But the story that followed suggested there’s really only one sane option, and that’s to screen, screen, screen: Although the recommendation of when to start varies based … [Read more...] about Turning 40? You might want to skip this mammography primer from U.S. News
It all started with a tweet about a condiment.Heinz, the popular ketchup brand, took to Twitter Thursday with a poll about a potential product launch, a concept they billed as novel to American consumers: a pre-made combination of mayonnaise and ketchup.They called it "mayochup.""Want #mayochup in stores? 500,000 votes for 'yes' and we'll release it to you saucy Americans," Heinz tweeted. While the product is already available in some countries in the Middle East, Heinz wanted to know if Americans would be receptive to a "U.S. debut," the company said in a news release. Want #mayochup in stores? 500,000 votes for “yes” and we’ll release it to you saucy Americans.— Heinz Ketchup (@HeinzKetchup_US) April 11, 2018 The votes poured forth, totaling more than 680,000 by Friday morning. And so did the headlines: "'Mayochup' is the hybrid condiment you never knew you wanted," Insider wrote, adding "this beige-colored condiment isn't a prank." NBC's Today wrote that the … [Read more...] about Mayonnaise and ketchup, together? Heinz promotes “mayochup” and sparks international controversy