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2011-08-04 07:20:00

JUNGFRAUJOCH, Switzerland, August 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The idea sounds simple: 150 years of MAMMUT equals 150 peaks. For the Swiss mountain sports specialist this is the biggest summit project of all time. The starting signal for this ambitious project was given at the peak of the Jungfrau on Wednesday, 3 August, the 200th anniversary of the first ascent. Numerous prominent figures responded to the call of this traditional brand. With the ascent of the Jungfrau (4,158...

2011-07-06 07:30:00

BERNE, Switzerland, July 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The adventure continues - the American climber and writer John Harlin III begins the third and final chapter of his attempt to travel the entire 2,000km Swiss border on July 6. After paddling and cycling along the northern and western borders, this summer he will climb the thin, and often dangerous, alpine line that separates Switzerland from its southern neighbours. Follow John's adventure through his multimedia Border Stories,...

2010-05-05 08:00:00

BERN, Switzerland, May 5, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- swissinfo.ch is presenting special multimedia reports on the country's growing and diverse list of Unesco World Heritage Sites. The special dossier, available online in Switzerland's national languages, is now also in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese and Japanese. The reports invite visitors on a virtual journey through the centuries to discover Switzerland's cultural and natural treasures that are considered by Unesco to be of...

2009-09-09 06:41:00

BERN, Switzerland, September 9 /PRNewswire/ -- No country builds more bunkers than Switzerland. Europe's longest glacier is in Switzerland. The Swiss are world champions in rail travel, recycling glass and eating chocolate. Switzerland holds many records. Some are disputed. And not all are glorious. swissinfo.ch tracks down the stories behind the records in written articles, videos, audio slideshows and picture galleries. Each Monday, swissinfo.ch will be presenting a new record:...

2006-08-11 07:15:00

By Douwe Miedema GRINDELWALD, Switzerland -- Sometimes, global warming can help put money in your pocket. Hansruedi Burgener has welcomed up to 800 people a day -- twice the average number of visitors -- to his remote mountain hostel in the Alps this summer. They all hope to watch a rock the size of two Empire State Buildings collapse onto the canyon floor up to 656 feet below, as retreating glacier ice robs a cliff face on the eastern edge of the Eiger mountain of its main support. "We would...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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