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In Memoriam – Five Years Later – Claudia Laffranchi – Hollywood Foreign Correspondent

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IN MEMORIAM
JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP REMEMBERING OUR DEAR FRIEND

Click to watch this YouTube selection of
some of Claudia’s work – Thank You Alberto Engeli, drzoom.com

We love and miss you, Claudia!

Each year during Festival season we are reminded of our community’s great loss. Claudia Laffranchi (IMDB – fb – tw), 49, Angelena-Ticinese, Foreign Correspondent, journalist and emcee of the International Film Festival in Locarno, was found dead in her Los Angeles apartment, in the early afternoon of May 22nd, 2012. 

Claudia was in very close contact with her Homeland Ticino in southern Switzerland, where she regularly collaborated with local television stations and newspapers as their Los Angeles entertainment correspondent. For the past seven years she was also the multi-talented, multi-lingual live emcee and presenter at the Piazza Grande during the Locarno International Film Festival.

This year’s “Locarno in Los Angeles” event would have been SO much richer, had she been around… sniff…

Living in Hollywood and having extensive first-hand exposure to the World of cinema and television, enticed her to also produce and direct. Claudia was welcomed to the elite circle of influential journalists by winning the prestigious 53rd journalism award given by her peers of the Los Angeles Press Club.

She graced thousands of people with her presence, her beautiful smile, her wit and sense of humor – and was a great cheerleader for the #Angeleno-Swiss/Ticinese community and the driving force behind the creation of Helvetic.LA, who encouraged many creative projects and actively promoted young talent, and mingled among the great Hollywood Stars with her usual poise, class, style, elegance and grace.

We were so much looking forward to growing old together – either in LA, in Ticino, or enjoying the Best of both Worlds – but she left us way too early. Our hearts are aching and our sincere condolences go to her loved ones in Ticino. 

Per Claudia’s Family wishes, her friends in Los Angeles had the chance to gather in a private ceremony Wednesday, to pay respects, celebrate her life, and say “arrivederci” to our dearest friend. 

In Memory of Claudia: Festival del Film LocarnoErich Maria Remarque & Paulette Goddard Foundation

Media:
(Italian Corriere del Ticinotio.chTicinonews, Giornale del Ticino, InfoInsubria, RSI-Quotidiano – video)
(German: Blick / GMX / Tages Anzeiger )
(English: LA Observer / ScreenDaily )

Previous Helvetic.LA stories of everyone’s best friend, our eternally beautiful Claudia 

#AngelenoSwissHistoryMonth: Pioneer Eugene Germain

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via google Book “Los Angeles from the Mountains to the Sea” (Download PDF – 30MB)

One of the oldest commercial institutions in Los Angeles is the Germain Seed and Plant Company, whose founder was the late Eugene Germain. He established his home at Los Angeles almost 150 years ago, and was a man of wide and influential relationships with the city until his death.

He was born in the French part of Switzerland, November 30, 1849. Educated in public schools and the college at Lausanne until he was twenty, he then came to New York City and after a short time went west to Los Angeles by way of Panama. His first enterprise in California was a restaurant, but soon afterward he opened a grocery store and gradually developed the commission business then known as the Germain Fruit Company. While it was a general commission firm, an important feature was the handling of seed, nursery stock, wines, and the operation of a fruit packing plant at Santa Ana. Eugene Germain continued as president of the business until 1893.

President Cleveland appointed him United States Consul to Switzerland for a term of four years, and during his absence the business was left in charge of a manager. On returning to Los Angeles he sold the wine department to his brother Edward and the commission business to Loeb-Fleishman & Company, and thereafter concentrated his attention upon the seed and nursery features under the name Germain Seed & Plant Company. In this line he continued active until his death in 1909, when his son succeeded him.

April 2, 1872, at Los Angeles, Eugene Germain married Caroline Sievers. They had five children: Edmund, of Brooklyn, New York; deceased; Lillian, wife of C. A. J. Sharman, of Alberta, Canada; Clare, at home; and Marc L.

Eugene Germain was the first president of the Board of Trade, one of the first vice-presidents of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, and a director and officer in many other important institutions. He was a Mason and Odd Fellow, a member of the Jonathan Club, a charter member of the California Club, and a democrat in politics.

Marc L. Germain, who was born at Los Angeles, August 20, 1882, attended the local public schools to the age of nine, and during his father’s residence abroad attended the schools at Zurich, Switzerland. He finished his education in Yale University, graduating in 1904. On returning to Los Angeles he became associated with his father in the Germain Seed & Plant Company, and as noted above, succeeded him as president in 1909. Eugene Germain has also been responsible for much building improvement in Los Angeles. Some of the buildings erected by him were the Germain Block’ on Los Angeles street, near Requena street, a building on Los Angeles between First and Second streets, another at the northwest corner of Fourth and Los Angeles streets, the Germain Hotel at Tenth and Hope streets, the Germain building at 224 South Spring, a large building at the southeast corner of Twelfth and Main streets, and 215. 219, 221 South Main, near Second street, now a parking lot.

The Germain business was originally located in the T- Kurtz building at First and Main streets, but in 1899 was moved to 326-330 South Main street. In 1918 a separation was made between the wholesale and retail departments, the retail being located at Sixth and Main streets and the wholesale at the Terminal Market.

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December 12, 2015 at 1:47 pm

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Go Green To Speed Up Your Energy

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Drinking a Green Smoothie is a great way to incorporate tremendous amounts of greens into your diet – far more than just eating your veggies. A glass contains more vegetables than many people get in a week!

In our home, my wife is the expert when it comes to smoothies. So, I asked her to share her smoothie secrets with us:


About the author

Rene von GuntenRene von Gunten NTP CPT is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the Nutritional Therapy Association and holds a diploma in Balancing Nutritional Science from the Westbrook University. He is a Los Angeles-based Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist serving clients locally and internationally via personal or phone/skype consultations. You can find him on and his website is www.swissnutritioneer.com

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August 12, 2015 at 9:45 am

About Making Better Choices

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Hiya,

flipsI really have no complaints here in Los Angeles. The weather is nice. The waves are rarely better than they are right now. The only critique I have is the fact that I’ve already broken 2 pairs of flip flops since January. I know, bummer.

Now I have 2 options:

  • continue to buy $5 models and complain again later
  • or being aware of the sign and invest a little more in better quality

It’s kind of the same thing with food. Should you ignore your symptoms and continue to complain, or react and finally feel better by choosing the foods you are supposed to eat?

The great thing about food is: everyone has it in his or her hands, respectively on the fork. 3 times a day.

For those who want to get started and need a little help in the beginning, I have updated my website with many great tools:

Get started
Listed as good or bad are the most consumed foods. Divided into 3 different approaches, depending on how healthy someone is feeling at the time. Everything is ready so you can get started today.

Videos
Especially for you I was at the hairdresser 2 months ago so that I could now start the Swiss Nutritioneer YouTube channel somewhat videogenic. The project is great fun although I still feel embarrassed watching myself.

Special: Snapshot Package $149 (reg. $199)
And to you as loyal Helvetic.LA readers, I’d like to offer my snapshot package with a 25% discount.
The package is perfect to give you a basic overview of your current health situation. It gives you the answer to questions like what nutrient deficiencies you might have, why you find it much harder to reach your top performance and why it takes more time to recover than a few years ago.
» Claim the Snapshot Package for a reduced price of $149 (Offer expires April 30, 2013)
or go over to my website to check out my other services.

Today, I will invest in a better pair of flip flops.
What will be your decision?

Thanks for reading. Ride on.
Rene
(Deutsche Version herunterladen als PDF)

About the author
Rene von GuntenRene von Gunten NTP CPT is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the Nutritional Therapy Association and holds a diploma in Balancing Nutritional Science from the Westbrook University. He is a Los Angeles-based Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist serving clients locally and internationally via personal or phone/skype consultations. You can find him on  and his website is www.swissnutritioneer.com

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June 22, 2013 at 9:45 am

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A Simple Glass of Water

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Last Sunday my wife and I made a trip to Griffith Park along with our two four-legged friends. It was a beautiful day and the destination was soon mutually agreed on: the hike up to the observatory. As always on Sundays, it was pretty crowded. As I have noticed, almost everyone carries some type of water. As a nutritional therapist I thought that was great. However, the devil is in the details, as always. Plastic containers provide for the vast majority. Simple, practical and toxic?

trinkglas-bottle

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As this study shows (1), a large majority of plastic bottles leach chemicals into the content. The contamination increases even more if the bottle is exposed to sunlight. Many of you already know that. New could be that the so-called BPA-free plastic materials also emit harmful toxins. It’s similar to yogurt, just because it’s fat-free doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy.

I always ask my clients to switch to stainless steel. Especially when the bottle could be exposed to sunlight. Stainless steel does not leach chemicals and the content survives safely a day in the hot car from taste and health point of view. (My favorites are the bottles from Klean Kanteen.) Yet drinking from a sports cap isn’t necessarily something for everyone or applicable under all circumstances.

For me glass is the most beautiful container for water. It is as transparent as water, as malleable as water, and if you are not careful it is as transient as water. A perfect match. Glass is 100% neutral in taste, does not emit toxins and can be used over and over again. Glass withstands sunlight, dishwashers and microwaves. The only enemy is clumsy hands. And for those it brings some luck after all.

For this reason, I started Trinkglas. A one liter (33 oz) beautifully simple glass bottle with a ceramic swing top seal. Highly convenient with its captive cap is the perfect solution for stationary use at home or in the office. Trinkglas is a semi-fictitious German word and simply stands for what it is, a ‘glass made for drinking’. The bottle with the unique cap was first invented in 1875 and actually sees a remarkable revival in Europe. The swing top can be opened (with a characteristic popping sound) and closed over and over again without tools such as a bottle opener. I think that bottled water hasn’t looked as great for a long time 🙂 Trinkglas is available here and here.

To clean water. Cheers.

About the author
ImageRene von Gunten NTP CPT is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine, the Nutritional Therapy Association and holds a diploma in Balancing Nutritional Science from the Westbrook University. He is a Los Angeles-based Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and holistic nutritionist serving clients locally and internationally via personal or phone/skype consultations. You can find him on  and his website is www.swissnutritioneer.com

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March 22, 2013 at 10:00 am

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#SwissTVLA – How to enjoy SwissTV @SRF in Los Angeles…

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SwissTV SRF on AppleTV

Have you ever wondered, how you could get an alternative to U.S. News? Would you like to enjoy a “Sunntigs-Jass” show, “Schweiz Aktuell”, or be informed in more detail about topics that are only briefly discussed on American Television?

Today’s technology allows you to watch SwissTV SRF anywhere you have a WiFi signal.

Add to that an AppleTV, and you’ll enjoy your favorite SwissTV SRF shows on your HD equipped television.

SO COOL!

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March 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

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