Animal population drops 52% in 40 years

WWF Living Planet Report 2014 Cover

WWF’s Living Planet Report says Latin America worst hit GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Animal life is disappearing from the planet at a more alarming rate than previously believed, the latest WWF report, Living Planet 2014, indicates, with 52 percent of the animal population disappearing in the past 40 years. The rate leaps to 80 percent in […]

Costly timesaver, as man saws border barriers

Image that allowed the police to identify the man who was in a costly hurry

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – A man has been arrested on suspicion of repeatedly destroying several barriers at small, unmanned customs posts on the Geneva-French border. His handiwork has cost border guards CHF12,500 in damages. The barriers are in place at night, forcing motorists to take detours. According to the Swiss customs office, the man wanted to […]

Happy birthday Cern (history video)

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – This week is the big 60th birthday for Cern, although celebrations started months ago and will continue for several more weeks. In today’s context of scientific excellence it is easy to forget that the organization was created in the aftermath of the second world war with twin goals. Cern officials have been […]

Beastly Things by Donna Leon

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / BOOK MY PLACE – Beastly Things was just as satisfying as her crime thrillers usually are with the same additional pleasure of the setting – the streets, squares and canals of Venice. [More] …

Record September, warm and sunny

Storm arriving in Lake Geneva area, 9 September, early evening

BERN, SWITZERLAND – Conversations about 2014 weather still open with the wet and cold summer, but September was the warmest and sunniest one compared to a 30-year baseline measure. Meteoswiss’s monthly bulletin, issued 29 September, notes that on average it was 1C warmer than the 1981-2010 period and that precipitation throughout the country was well […]

Insurer Groupe Mutuel board replaced

Company investigated for mis-pricing premiums GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Groupe Mutuel, one of Switzerland’s main health insurance companies, saw its board replaced, including chairman Pierre-Marcel Revaz who has worked with the company for 33 years, at an extraordinary general assembly called Monday 29 September. Financial supervisory body Finma has been investigating one of Switzerland’s main health insurance […]

Immigrants account for Swiss population growth

Becoming Swiss citizens

BERN, SWITZERLAND – It’s official: the Swiss population grew by more than 100,000 people to 8.14 million in 2013 thanks mainly to immigration. The growth in the number of Swiss citizens was fueled by those who acquired Swiss citizenship, rather than births. The natural increase in the population – the difference between the number of […]

Police seek witnesses in accidents

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Pedestrians, biker injured in regional road crashes GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Police in the Lake Geneva region are seeking witnesses to recent accidents: Prangins: 12-year-old in critical condition A 12-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was hit by a scooter at the Sentier intersection at the Château de Prangins Saturday at 15:45. It appears […]

UBS creates new group

Move to group holding company part of too-big-to-fail measures ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – UBS, Switzerland’s largest bank, is launching a share-for-share exchange to create a group holding company, UBS Group AG. The move is part of a series of measures “intended to substantially improve UBS’s resolvability in response to evolving global ‘too-big-to-fail’ requirements,” the bank said […]

The Islamic State appeals to some youth

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©2014 Chappatte, distributed by Globe Cartoon. More cartoons on Chappatte’s web site. Geneva-based Patrick Chappatte works for the International New York Times, for Geneva newspaper Le Temps, and for NZZ am Sonntag. All cartoons reproduced with permission.