GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – From Swiss media, some of the top stories at the moment:
Tribune de Genève – One of two Swiss bankers called to gives testimony by French tax and fiscal system rapporteur Yann Galut, to the National Assembly in Paris, said that former French tax boss Jérôme Cahuzac is just one of 15 government officials who have money stashed in Switzerland. Pierre Condamin-Gerbier, a former manager at Reyl & Cie in Geneva also told the Assembly Wednesday and journalists Thursday that every Swiss bank has helped hide the money. The lies, he told journalists, are not those of one man, but the “lies of a system, of a country”.
Swissinfo – Three Swiss and German NGOs (non-governmental organizations) are demanding that the Swiss government step in to stop a Mindanao, Philippines mining project from going ahead as planned. The groups, in the “Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Tampakan Copper-Gold Project” report, say that Zug-based Glencore-Xstrata is showing “insufficient respect for the rights of the affected population”. The copper and gold open-pit mine is scheduled to be opened in 2019 and will be one of the world’s largest.
24 Heures – The wild winds of a joran storm (the northwest winds that affect the south of the Jura, Lake Geneva and Lakes Neuchatel and Bienne) lashed an area stretching from Nyon in Vaud to Granges in Solothurn late Thursday, leaving a camp set up for the Federal Gymnastic Tournament in ruins. Some 20,000 gymnasts are expected for the festivities this weekend, but only 300 were lodged at the camp Thursday evening and they were evacuated. The storm destroyed most of the smaller tents that had been set up, but Swiss President Ueli Maurer says the army, already there to set up much of the equipment, will work to get the camp re-established.
NZZ – A storm in Dietikon Thursday night caused a freak accident, with a tree falling on a car as it moved out of an intersection. The 22-year-old driver and a 29-year-old passenger were killed and two passengers in the back seat were injured.