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Sep 23, 2014

Ebola could strike 20,000 in six weeks, “rumble on for years” – study

GENEVA, Sept 23 (Reuters) – The Ebola outbreak in West
Africa could infect 20,000 people as soon as early November
unless rigorous infection control measures are implemented, and
might “rumble on” for years in a holding pattern, researchers
said on Tuesday.

In an article in the New England Journal of Medicine,
experts from the World Health Organization and Imperial College
said that infections will continue climbing exponentially unless
patients are isolated, contacts traced and communities enlisted.

Sep 19, 2014

Switzerland prepares to tighten screws on whistleblowers

GENEVA (Reuters) – Switzerland’s parliament will consider a bill on Monday that critics say will tighten the rules on whistleblowers, shutting the door to what is often a last resort for people trying to stop wrongdoing and corruption.

Although the bill aims to clarify a grey area of the law, it will effectively outlaw whistleblowing unless Swiss authorities — renowned worldwide as a model of efficiency — fail to follow correct procedures.

Sep 19, 2014

UN entrepreneur taps African oil for child health

GENEVA (Reuters) – Republic of Congo has become the first country to agree to divert part of its oil revenues toward childhood nutrition, a victory for “innovative financing” to help the world’s poorest, the scheme’s creator Philippe Douste-Blazy said in an interview.

The breakthrough may pave the way for similar financing schemes with other oil producers, first in Africa and then further afield, said Douste-Blazy, the U.N. under-secretary general for innovative finance for development.

Sep 17, 2014

Banks spend more on IT, hoping the cloud is silver-lined

GENEVA, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Two-thirds of banks are planning
to spend more on information technology this year, the highest
proportion since before the start of the financial crisis,
according to an annual survey published on Wednesday.

The survey of 198 senior bankers by banking software firm
Temenos also found only 11 percent anticipated spending
less on IT this year, the lowest since 2008.

Sep 17, 2014

Richemont founder returns as sales growth falters

GENEVA, Sept 17 (Reuters) – The billionaire founder of the
luxury goods firm that owns Cartier and Montblanc returned on
Wednesday as chairman after a year’s sabbatical, at a time when
the company’s sales are slowing in its key Asian market.

South Africa’s richest man Johann Rupert has a track record
of leading Swiss-based Richemont through difficult
times and his comeback at the company’s annual general meeting
in Geneva provided some comfort for investors.

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. pledges 3,000 troops to fight Ebola; experts say more needed

MONROVIA/GENEVA, Sept 16 (Reuters) – The United States has
pledged to send 3,000 troops West Africa, using its military
muscle to battle the biggest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola
virus, with an unprecedented mission to build treatment clinics
and train health workers.

President Barack Obama is expected to outline the action
later on Tuesday, his second announcement of a major military
operation in two weeks after his declaration that Washington
would bomb Islamic State fighters in the Middle East.

Sep 16, 2014

Obama to send 3,000 troops to tackle Ebola

WASHINGTON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The United States announced on Tuesday that it would send 3,000 troops to help tackle the Ebola outbreak as part of a ramped-up response including a major deployment in Liberia, the country where the epidemic is spiraling fastest out of control.

The U.S. response to the crisis, to be formally unveiled later by President Barack Obama, includes plans to build 17 treatment centers, train thousands of healthcare workers and establish a military control center for coordination, U.S. officials told reporters.

Sep 15, 2014

As Ebola grows out of control, WHO pleads for more health workers

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than authorities can manage them, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, renewing a call for health workers from around the world to go to the region to help.

As the death toll rose to more than 2,400 people out of 4,784 cases, WHO director general Margaret Chan told a news conference in Geneva the vast scale of the outbreak — particularly in the three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — required a massive emergency response.

Sep 12, 2014

WHO asks for more health workers to fight Ebola as death toll grows

LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) – The number of new Ebola cases in West Africa is growing faster than authorities can manage them, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, renewing a call for health workers from around the world to go to the region to help.

As the death toll rose to more than 2,400 people out of 4,784 cases, WHO director general Margaret Chan said the vast nature of the outbreak — particularly in the three hardest-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone — required a massive emergency response.

Sep 10, 2014

Fragile ozone layer shows first sign of recovery – U.N.

GENEVA, Sept 10 (Reuters) – The ozone layer that shields
life from cancer-causing solar rays is showing its first sign of
recovery after years of dangerous depletion, a U.N. study said
on Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news on the environment.

Experts said it was largely down to global action – a 1987
ban on man-made gases that damage the fragile high-altitude
screen. The agreement would help prevent millions of cases of
skin cancer and other conditions, they added.