SWISSTECH 2016 is an international trade fair being held at the Messe Basel in Switzerland. All sorts of technologies, materials, and components are featured by exhibitors at this important event.
There will be many presentations and exhibitions about current subjects of interest. For example, there will be a very special exhibition about “Professional 3D Printing.”
The visitors of SWISSTECH 2016 will be interested in the array of subjects covered throughout the event, ranging from the supply of raw materials down to system assembly. At this event you can also discover some of the best system providers as well.
SWISSTECH is International
International in its scope, SWISSTECH 2016 is where to find out the latest news from industrial subcontractors and leading companies, both from Switzerland and from abroad. SWISSTECH represents the best from its own country and from elsewhere around the world.
Many of the visitors to SWISSTECH come, not surprisingly, from other neighbouring European countries. In 2014, at a former SWISSTECH event, as many as 20% were from Europe, and in the same year over a period of four days over 53,000 people were in attendance.
There are a number of exhibition themes for this year’s SWISSTECH event covering different areas of industry and technology. Besides materials, machine components and tools, the SWISSTECH 2016 exhibition will be looking at heat and surface treatments, standard products and technical parts, as well as technical infrastructure and services available. For anyone involved in the world of modern industry with questions, they should find answers at this event held in Switzerland where innovation and diversity are so important.
At the same time as SWISSTECH is holding its trade fair event, PRODEX, which is an exhibition of machinery tools, tools and production, is taking place. So visitors to the Messe Basel exhibition halls get the two complementary events they can attend. Here they can find out plenty of information about technologies and important components used in industry, components such as automotive bearings, as well as much larger machinery parts and systems. A ticket for SWISSTECH or PRODEX is valid for both events.
SWISSTECH 2016 Time and Place
The venue for SWISSTECH 2016 is, as already mentioned, the Messe Basel exhibition centre in Basel, and the event takes place in Halls 1.1 and 1.2. It is being held from 15 to the 18 November, and the exhibition will be open from 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Friday.
The Messe Basel centre is easy to find in the heart of the city and can be travelled to using public transport. Basel has rail connections from its stations, which are both conveniently near to the exhibition centre.
More than 80% of attendees for the SWISSTECH event in the past have said they were very satisfied with their experience of the exhibition.
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Paris has often been called the “City of Love,” so where in the world could be a better place to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved one than in this famous French city? The capital of France is the ideal location for lovers to spend a truly romantic time but what are some of the best things to do on this special day?
There are so many ways of celebrating Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Night in Paris that you will be spoiled for choice. Whatever you decide to do, you will need some accommodation for you and your loved one, and there is a really excellent range of Paris hotels. You are sure to find somewhere that suits your needs and that adds to the romantic experience of your time in the City of Love.
Visit the Eiffel Tower
No visit to Paris is complete without a trip to the Eiffel Tower and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to show your loved one this world famous building. Going up the Eiffel Tower is something you will never forget.
There are two restaurants as well, where you can wine and dine on some of the best French cuisine. You can get some amazing views of Paris and really feel on top of the world, sharing the experience with the one you love! To really enjoy your day it is best to book tickets in advance, so you don’t need to queue up.
The Pont des Artes Bridge for Lovers
Another location on your list for lovers in Paris on Valentine’s Day should be the Pont des Arts. This bridge over the River Seine has been in the news on many occasions because of its importance to couples who want to show their love, and how this has been in conflict with the city’s authorities.
The problem has been that many thousands of people have attached love locks to the bridge, throwing the keys to these padlocks into the Seine. The weight of the locks was reported to cause actual damage to the structure of the Pont des Arts, and this has been a safety concern. In 2015, it was estimated that a million locks had been attached weighing 45 tons. The Paris Mayor’s Office, at one point, started a “Love without Locks” campaign. The love locks have been removed but the story is by no means over!
Check out the “I Love You Wall”
Besides having a famous bridge for lovers, Paris has a wall known as the “I Love You Wall,” or the “Wall of Love.” Located in the Jehan Rictus garden square in the Montmartre, this amazing wall of enamelled lava tiles has the phrase “I love you” written 311 times in 250 different languages.
Enjoy a cruise on the River Seine
Another romantic experience you can enjoy in Paris is a cruise on the River Seine, or maybe just take a stroll on the banks of this mighty river and watch the sun go down over the French capital.
Marbella is a city in southern Spain and it has a stretch of four miles (6.4km) known as the “Golden Mile,” which begins at the western edge of the resort and continues to Puerto Banús.
Golden is an apt description because Marbella is part of the Costa del Sol has golden sandy beaches and plenty of sunshine, and its Golden Mile is a very exclusive area where many wealthy people live.
This is an area with many luxurious villas and impressive properties and estates, The Mar-Mar Palace of the late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia was built on the Golden Mile of Marbella.
Celebrities in Marbella and the Golden Mile
Amongst the stars who have been spotted in Marbella are actor Sean Connery and rock star Ronnie Wood. Singer Tom Jones and film star Tom Cruise have both visited Marbella and are among the many international celebrities that have spent time there or who own properties in the area.
Lord Alan Sugar is the owner of a Marbella Golden Mile villa, and Antonio Banderas and wife Melanie Griffith own a beach-front property. Russian president Vladimir Putin has had a mansion built in the hills above Marbella. and rock musician Rick Parfitt from the band Status Quo, also has a home in the mountains outside the resort.
There are also many luxury hotels along Marbella’s Golden Mile, including the Marbella Club Hotel and the Puente Romano Hotel.
The Marbella Golden Mile motorway
Marbella’s Golden Mile is divided by a motorway with a beach side and a mountain side. There are many business centres, golf courses and other developments along it, especially on the beach side. The side of the motorway looking upwards to the Sierra Blanca mountains is not as developed yet but offers some fantastic views up into the hills and down over the coast.
The side of the motorway closest to the sea has many urbanisations, including Alhambra del Mar, Marbellamar, Rio Verde and Oasis. Other urbanisation housing developments are being built on the mountain side of the motorway as well.
Puerto Banús is a marina in the southwest of Marbella and where the Golden Mile ends. It has expensive shopping malls, fashion boutiques, high-class restaurants and bars.
Many international celebrities spend time in Puerto Banús and some of them own luxury yachts in the marina.
There are legendary nightclubs too, such as the TIBU Banus, where top DJs play the best sounds and clubbers dance and rub shoulders with celebrities. The Aqwa Mist is another of the top clubs and is open from midnight until dawn.
The Marbella area and the Golden Mile has a year-round mild Mediterranean climate and it is not surprising that it has become a high-end tourist destination and a playground for the rich and famous.
Amsterdam is a very popular city in the Netherlands. It is known for its canals, museums and coffee shops. It was made famous in the song “Tulips from Amsterdam.” But what are its main attractions? What are the best places to visit in Amsterdam?
Enjoy some art at the Van Gogh Museum
If you enjoy going to museums, then Amsterdam is the place for you because it has a great selection. One of the best is the Van Gogh Museum where you can see artworks by this world-famous artist.
There are 700 drawings and paintings housed in this museum. The Van Gogh paintings, entitled Sunflowers and the Potato Eaters, as well as his famous self portraits can be viewed here. There are also paintings by other artists, including Paul Gauguin and Claude Monet.
Cruise the Amsterdam canals
Amsterdam is so well-known for its many canals that it has been dubbed the “Venice of the North.” Apart from strolling alongside canals in the part of the city you are in, one excellent way of really seeing Amsterdam is to go on a canal cruise.
The “Hop-on, hop-off” service provided by Canal Bus allows you to take breaks from your cruise, and to do some sightseeing, or go to a waterside bar or restaurant. You can buy a ticket that allows you to use boats operated by this company for a whole day, and you can choose when you “hop on” or “hop off” these boats.
Rent a bike in Amsterdam
In Amsterdam you will see bicycles everywhere. Cycling is one of the most commonly used ways of getting around the city, so why not rent a bike and do like the locals do?
Picnic in the park
Amsterdam’s Vondelpark is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a picnic on a sunny day. This park has ornamental ponds, lawns, flower borders and many footpaths to explore.
Visit the Heineken Brewery
If you enjoy beer, a visit to the Heineken Brewery comes highly recommended as one of the main attractions in Amsterdam. It is billed as the “Heineken Experience,” and this gives you some idea of what is in store for you. You get to see how this world-famous beer is actually made and, of course, get to drink it too.
Relax at the Dam Square
The Dam Square should be on your “must-see” list when planning what to do in Amsterdam. There is always something going on, and besides public events, such as carnivals in spring, there are plenty of street performers providing entertainment for free.
If you are taking a holiday in Amsterdam there are many hotels and hostels too, where you can stay. Whatever you decide on doing, you are sure to find Amsterdam a very lively and enjoyable city by day or night!
London is too big and too thirsty for news and something underground can stay that way for a long time, but at the same time the English capital always ensures that some new party is happening "under the radar". You can choose an accommodation in London's city centre, situated closely to an underground station entrance. Thus, you can easily go to one of those secret London underground parties (and make your stay unforgettable).
Take the Fabric and Ministry of Sound for instance. These big clubs have been so popular for so many years, that one could very well catalogue them as mainstream. But that would be a big mistake, because after all this time they are still so crowded with the young and old looking for the latest sounds or dj trends, and this is because these clubs are able to constantly reinvent themselves.
But there is so much more. The Village Undeground, for example. A huge space in the heart of East London. In part it is a creative community, and partly an artistic venue, that hosts celebrations like the Mixmag parties, or there is the White Mink, an electro swing speakeasy. Live bands, dancers, performances of cabaret, professionals from the world of burlesque, all dressed to theme, take part in events staged here.
Or the Cable London, home to the Jaded afterparty and ‘We fear silence’ nights. It is another club that can accommodate 1000 people on its two floors, but due to its location between the arches of London bridge, retains an intimate feeling.
The Nest, is one of those basement bars where you don't go wearing your best clothes, because you already know you're going to be coming home dirty and sweaty, but it is a bar that attracts the names on the crest of a wave in recent years: Ivan Smagghe and Andrew Weatherall, DJ Yoda and Gesaffelstein, among others, are often here. Don't miss the Lemonade nights on Saturday, playing "progressive electronic” music, and there are performances of various art electronics.
Right beside the Old Street Station there's XOYO, which is super trendy on Fridays, with artists like Jackmaster, MSDynamite and Aeroplane. Over at XOYO there is a popular bar with a gory name that is known as The Shoreditch Butchery.
And finally there are the bars and clubs that are the most beloved of the purists of the underground: secret parties, which can be accessed only by word of mouth. Facebook groups like London Underground House help to keep us informed of all the latest rumours, but best of all, you can choose accommodation in the area you prefer. You can then start the evening at some trendy bar, such as Cahoots, which recently opened in Soho, and was designed as a vintage tube station of the 1940s.
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The German car manufacturer Volkswagen is in the news right now because the company is facing investigation into very serious fraud charges. It has been claimed that Volkswagen had falsified data for emissions from its diesel vehicles, in an effort to pretend the emissions were cleaner than they actually were.
Minister of State at the Department for Transport Robert Goodwill has stated that Volkswagen could be facing prosecution relating to a “number of areas.”
Violation of the Clean Air Act
This news follows on from 18 September, 2015, when the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in America had issued a notification of Violation of the Clean Air Act to Volkswagen. The EPA had discovered that the car manufacturer had intentionally programmed turbocharged direct injection diesel engines with software that activated certain types of controls for emissions in laboratory tests. This piece of software is known as a “defeat device,” and it works by fine-tuning the engine’s performance to limit the nitrous oxide emitted. The installation of this software caused the data for output of nitrous oxide levels to be safely within US standards. However, this was in the laboratory testing only, because in normal operation driving outside the lab, there was as much as 40 times more nitrous oxide, making it far in excess of the permitted levels for the gas. This falsification of data caused serious air pollution, and Volkswagen had deliberately installed this software and programming in approximately 11 million of its vehicles that were out there in the world, with 1.2 million in the UK alone! Nitrous oxide is a gas that contributes to the formation of acid rain and creates smog.
Other car manufacturers also in trouble - Audi and Porsche
It wasn’t only Volkswagen that were found to be in violation of the Clean Air Act. Audi and Porsche were in trouble too. On 2 November, 2015, the EPA issued a different Notice of Violation to Audi, Porsche and Volkswagen, alleging that the companies had been manufacturing and selling diesel cars and SUVs which had had a software device installed that circumvents emissions standards for certain types of air pollutant.
Many types of car are affected, and some of the models include the Volkswagen Touareg (2009 - 2016), the Porsche Cayenne (2013 - 2016) and the Audi A8 (2014 - 2016).
On January 4, 2016, a complaint was filed by the Department of Justice on behalf of the EPA, against Volkswagen, Audi, and Porsche. for alleged violations of the Clean Air Act.
It is not just the car manufacturers that have landed themselves in serious legal trouble because back in 2014, the European Commission launched an investigation into the car part supply cartels. The Swedish SKF and German Schaeffler automotive supply companies received massive fines for their part in fixing the price of car bearings. The probe by the EU Commission discovered evidence that these companies had colluded on coordinating pricing strategies.
Small parts of machinery provide big benefits in so many ways. Bearings for example, can wear out, so it makes sense to get the best ones for endurance.
What happens now?
Not surprisingly, Volkswagen is facing lawsuits from many angry motorists, and the company is under investigation in many other countries around the world, where its cars have been sold. After all the terrible publicity that Volkswagen has received, and in light of the legal action being taken against it, the German car manufacturer has said that it will fix affected models and is expecting to begin a recall of vehicles in January, 2016.
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