One of the around 7,200 sirens that will sound during testing on February 6th. Photo: Alertswiss On Wednesday February 6th, Switzerland will carry out annual testing of its nationwide siren system. For the first time, this year's test will also be carried out on smartphones. Here's everything you need to know about the tests. What are the sirens? The Swiss government maintains a network of around 7,200 stationary and mobile sirens across the country as a public warning system that would be used in case of a national emergency. That could mean a natural disaster such as major flooding, or an imminent threat to or breakdown of a nuclear power plant. Why this system? The sirens were originally established to warn of bomb threat during World War Two. Switzerland was particularly concerned that its dams could be bombed in the manner that Germany’s Möhne, Eder and Sorpe dams were bombed by the allies in 1943 (as recounted in the famous … [Read more...] about Switzerland’s annual siren test: what you need to know
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WASHINGTON – Nearly six years ago, on an unseasonably warm April night in Washington, Lauren Clark was cooling down from a jog when she spotted a man in the distance. She quickened her pace, hurried past him and, for a moment, considered crossing the street. Her fear seemed irrational – paranoid, even – until the threat became real. The man grabbed the slender 27-year-old hairstylist from behind, thrust his hand between her legs and covered her mouth. He slammed her body to the sidewalk. A pair of black spandex leggings was the only barrier between her and the hand that would not let go. Rape seemed imminent. Death, quite possible. Clark flipped from her stomach onto her back and clawed the man’s face. Her fingernails dug into his skin and tore off his eyeglasses. The man punched her in the face, grabbed her phone and sprinted away. The man was caught just minutes later by police, who linked him to an attack against another woman earlier that night. With fresh … [Read more...] about ‘The man who attacked me works in your kitchen’: Victim of serial groper took justice into her own hands
United is changing it up...but not too much Chris McGinnis, Tim Jue Updated 9:13 am PST, Thursday, January 10, 2019 A newish look for the United app...but not any major changes A newish look for the United app...but not any major changes Photo: United Airlines Photo: United Airlines Image 1 of / 13 Caption Close Image 1 of 13 A newish look for the United app...but not any major changes A newish look for the United app...but not any major changes Photo: United Airlines Ode to the United app: Handy travel tool is getting better 1 / 13 Back to Gallery TravelSkills on SFGate is brought to you by Visa . How do you improve something that already works well? That's the question the … [Read more...] about Ode to the United app: Handy travel tool is getting better
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Andy Rosen Globe Staff December 31, 2018 CHARLEMONT — The public library here, in a wing of the sturdy brick Town Hall off of Route 2, isn’t necessarily the best spot for quiet study.It’s one of the few places in this small town nestled in the northwest corner of the state where residents can reliably get high-speed Internet access. So when the library is open — parts of three days a week — patrons are as likely to be immersed in a teleconference or a streaming movie as they are in a good book.“People are coming for all of the reasons that people use the Internet,” said library director Andrea Bernard, who said she doesn’t mind a little noise, given the circumstances. “I just want everybody to be able to get the resources that they need.” Advertisement Like many of the small hill towns in the region, … [Read more...] about This Western Mass. town rejected Comcast’s offer of a broadband network and will build its own. Why?
Authorities have released a mobile app to alert and advise the public in case of emergency. The app, Alertswiss, will send push notifications with instructions or important information on what to do in specific emergency situations or what behaviour to adopt. Users can customise the app so that they receive canton-specific information or based on their current location. Also featured within the app is a blog, where users can access information on civil protection-related news; recent deployments or drills as well as policy and planning developments. All information sent via the app will also be published on the Alertswiss website. Traditionally, Swiss citizens have been informed of emergency through the use of sirens – which are tested every year on the first Wednesday in February. But a statement on the Alertswiss website says the sirens are no longer the most effective way to alert citizens. “The sounding of sirens and announcements on the radio no longer … [Read more...] about New app to alert citizens in case of emergency