Cryptic crossword No 248 by Chalicea

No 247 solution

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Ski injuries: gravity and rate unchanged in 10 years

Skiing, relatively safe despite the crowds

Swiss ski slopes see 87,000 injuries each year GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The rate of injuries from skiing and snowboarding has remained virtually unchanged for the past decade at 3.2 per 1,000, shows a new study by bfu, the Swiss competence centre for accident prevention. The accidents are registered when the skier seeks medical help after […]

El Gizouli named Acting IPCC Chair

RK Pachauri, photo by Marshall Niles

Pachauri resigns as climate head amid sexual harassment charges GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Rajendra Pachauri has denied any wrongdoing and says his email and mobile phone were hacked, in response to an investigation in India into sexual harassment charges, the BBC reports. The head of the Geneva-based IPCC nevertheless handed in his resignation, effective today, to […]

French chase drone-flyers

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – For the second night in a row, at least five drones have been spotted over Paris at night, in areas considered sensitive, for example near the US Embassy. Authorities managed to film some of them Tuesday night, and are now searching for the people behind them. Drones cannot be flown in urban […]

Switzerland, Italy sign tax deal

Financial advisers not responsible for clients’ crimes BERN, SWITZERLAND – Switzerland and Italy will have a new tax deal protocol that implements OECD standards and states that financial advisers who have not committed crimes themselves are not responsible for the tax crimes of their clients. It also addresses numerous tax issues for cross-border workers. The […]

Geneva and French police joint effort in hostage case

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A heavily armed Geneva police presence was noticed by many around Cornavin train station and the Rives area Tuesday morning 24 February, but cantonal police would only confirm during the day that it was linked to a French police “event”. Details have since emerged: an employee of a foreign exchange office in […]

Dipping chocolate: 2015 profits likely to fall


Swiss chocolate sales rose in 2014, but Swiss consumption down, imports up ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – This year will be a difficult one for Swiss chocolate-makers, with a high franc and rising prices for raw materials, notably cocoa. In addition, per capita consumption at home fell from 12 kg to 11.7 kg – and imported chocolate […]

Food safety alert: polenta

rapunzel polenta

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Swiss health authorities are alerting consumers to high levels of tropane alkaloids measured in Rapunzel brand corn polenta. Do not eat the product and return it to the store for a refund, suggests Bern. Tropane alkaloids are secondary metabolites than can cause food poisoning. They sometimes occur in foods, often grains, when […]

WHO calls for safer syringe use

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Geneva-based health body says smart syringes could reduce deaths GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organization has launched a global campaign for safer use of syringes for prevention (vaccinations) and medical treatment. The heart of the campaign is a push to adopt smart syringes that cannot be used more than once. The WHO is also […]

Small plane crash kills 2; snowshoe death

Yverdon plane carried men from Geneva, Vaud GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The pilot of a small plane and his passenger died Monday 23 February when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Yverdon at about 15:00, say police in canton Vaud. The bodies of two men, ages 59 and 48, from cantons Vaud and Geneva, were […]