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Noah crosses boundaries as favourite Swiss name

Noah was the most popular name for Swiss boys in 2011, crossing language barriers to come second among both German and French speaking parents. Mia was the most favoured girls' name thanks to its popularity among German speakers.

The Federal Office for Statistics' data on the most popular names chosen for babies born in 2011 showed that 80,808 babies were born, of which 39,182 were girls and 41,626 were boys.

Leon came first place for the boys’ names in the German-speaking part of Switzerland with 310, followed by Noah and Luca with 306 and 286 respectively. Mia topped the girls’ list with 341, followed by Lena (269) and then Elena (263).

In French-speaking Romandie, Gabriel was the most popular boys’ name with 128, followed again by Noah, (116) and then Nathan (115). The girls’ name Emma continues to be the most poplar in this part of the world, having retained first position since 2004. In 2011, 132 babies named Emma were born, followed by 113 named Chloé and 109 named Lara.

Mattia was the most popular boys’ name in the Italian-speaking part of the country (37), followed by Alessandro and Leonardo (each with 34). The most popular girls’ name from the southern-most canton were Giulia (41), Sofia (34) and Emma (31). Giulia has occupied first position here since 2008.

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Fifa’s Infantino cleared of ethics violations

Fifa's ethics committee on Friday cleared president Gianni Infantino of ethics violations after investigating him over his use of private jets, personal expenses, hiring methods and a contract dispute.

Fifa's Infantino cleared of ethics violations
Gianni Infantino was cleared by Fifa's ethics committee. Photo: Philip Ojisua/AFP
“After conducting both preliminary and formal investigation proceedings, the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has decided to conclude its investigations concerning Fifa President Gianni Infantino. It was found that no violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics had been committed,” a statement said.
   
Infantino was “pleased” with the finding, a Fifa statement said, which also thanked “all those who cooperated with the Ethics Committee to ensure that the facts were heard and the truth prevailed”.
   
The statement from Fifa investigators marked the first confirmation that a probe had been opened targeting Infantino, who replaced Sepp Blatter in
February vowing to crack down on widespread corruption in Fifa.
   
The ethics committee, which serves as Fifa's in house court, said it found “prima facie” evidence of wrongdoing, but that the formal inquiry proved Infantino's innocence.
   
Questions surrounding Infantino's conduct emerged within months of him taking charge as the most powerful man in world football.
   
An Fifa internal memo, which leaked last month but was dated May 23rd, listed concerns about Infantino's lifestyle, as well as possible conflicts of interest, such as the use of private jets, which it said were paid for by Russia and Qatar and estimated at between $115,000 and $150,000 (134,000 euros).
   
The memo further noted that Fifa has made two company cars and a driver available to Infantino. The second car which is used primarily by Infantino's family cost $20,140 in March and $13,800 in April.
   
Fifa insiders have also voiced concern about Infantino's refusal to sign his employment contract amid disputes about compensation.
   
There has been further unease about the process that led to the hiring of Fifa's new general secretary, Fatma Samoura of Senegal, with some suggesting that proper vetting procedures were not followed.
   
Lead investigator Vanessa Allard cleared Infantino on any misconduct in connection with the flights and expenses.
   
She also said that any concerns regarding his contract or hiring methods “constituted internal compliance issues rather than an ethical matter.”
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