Znüni News – Friday March 23

If you are like me you wake up when it’s bright meaning that you are ready for the day to start earlier. Like it or not on the night from Saturday to Sunday we will be switching to summertime. Technically we will be putting our clocks forward and officially “losing” one hour (most digital clocks will be doing this for you automatically). On the bright side this means longer days. Check out our video at the bottom of the post explaining the history of daylight saving time.

Switzerland is too loud! This is the conclusion made by the department for the protection of the environment. 1.6 million people are living in areas with too high noise pollution. Cantons, cities and communes had been given until the end of next week to deal with this problem, but many have failed to do so. Originally they had been told to deal with this until end of 2002! but had persuaded the government to give them an extra 16 years to deal with the problem! Now they are asking for another 4 years extension to get to grips with the problem. So far improvements have been made affecting 82 000 inhabitants, this is a long way away from the 1.6 million who need protecting. One quick and easy solution is to install more 30 km/h zones but it is not feasible to do this everywhere, so infrastructures will need to be improved.

Since the beginning of the year it is legal for gay couples to adopt a stepchild in Switzerland. So if a parent had a child in a previous relationship, the (new) same sexed partner is now allowed to also become a legal parent. They now only have to prove that they have been in their relation for 3 years in order to apply. So far this year a dozen couples have applied for the right to adopt in Lucerne.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Saying of the day: “Nützt’s nüt so schadt’s nüt”. There’s no harm in trying.[/perfectpullquote]


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