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Passing Down The Family Wine Business To Your Daughter

Swiss winemakers Gérald and Patricia Besse have watched their daughter Sarah prepare for the family business since middle school. After a period of doubt, she has now immersed herself in the "art" and hard work required to continue the s

Swiss vineyards (Dirty S)
Swiss vineyards (Dirty S)
Pierre-Emmanuel Buss

RAPPES - Sarah Besse always wanted to pursue a creative profession. And she is well on her way. In September, she will finish her degree in viticulture and oenology at the Engineering school in Changins. "Wine is art," says the young woman standing in the family vault in Rappes, just north of Martigny, Switzerland. "In this profession, you have to have ideas. In order to turn them into reality you have to work with what nature has in store for you. That's what I like doing."

At 24, Patricia and Gérald Besse's daughter knows what she wants. She chose to follow the same path as her parents and has been preparing to take over the family business since middle school. Her brother Jonathan might be able to lend a hand. "He is interested in management, and that could help me," says Sarah. "We are both very attached to our family heritage. My parents started from scratch. They had to work like crazy to get to where they are now. It's important to follow the path that they laid out for us."

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Hide-And-Seek Of Drone Warfare, A Letter From Ukraine's Front Line

A member of the Ukrainian Armed Forces writes his account of the new dynamic of targeting, and being targeted by, the invading Russian troops, as drones circle above and trenches get left behind.

A Ukrainian military drone operator during a testing of anti-drone rifle in Kyiv.

Igor Lutsenko*

KYIV — The current war in Ukraine is a game of hide-and-seek. Both sides are very well-stocked with artillery, enough to destroy the enemy along many kilometers. Swarms of drones fly through the air day and night, keeping a close eye on the earth's surface below. If they notice something interesting, it immediately becomes a target. Depending on the priority, they put it in line for destruction by artillery.

Therefore, the only effective way to survive is to hide, or at least somehow prove to the drones your non-priority status — and avoid moving to the front of the 'queue of death.'

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In general, the nature of this queue is a particular thing. It may seem to be a god, but is instead a simple artillery captain's decision of when to have lunch, and when to fire on the house where several enemy soldiers are staying. It's just a handful of ordinary people (observers, artillerymen) deciding how long their enemies will live depending on their own schedule or the weather, the availability of ammunition or if they're feeling tired.

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