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WHO wary of screening arriving passengers for Ebola, but no ban GENEVA: Screening passengers for Ebola on their arrival may have "a limited effect" in stopping the virus spreading but whether it adds anything to exit screening from affected countries is a decision for governments, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The advice from the WHO's Emergency Committee on Ebola came a day after the United States said travellers from three West African countries at the heart of the epidemic must fly into one of five major airports for enhanced screening for the virus. "Entry screening may have a limited effect in reducing international spread when added to exit screening, and its advantages and disadvantages should be carefully considered," the committee said in a statement after its third meeting. Passengers are already screened as they leave Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, a measure that is critical for reducing the exportation of the virus, it said. The committee of experts, which ...


IMF says Zimbabwe should remove ‘ghost workers’ from payroll HARARE: Zimbabwe's government should weed out "ghost workers" absent from their public sector posts, and free up money to build infrastructure, the International Monetary Fund director for Africa Antionette Sayeh said on Thursday. Sayeh said it was unsustainable for the government to spend up to 80 percent of the budget to pay its 250,000 employees."Nobody can disagree with getting rid of people whose names are on the payroll and they are not working. That's one ...

Credit Suisse flags more investment bank cuts ZURICH: Credit Suisse is to make more cuts at its investment bank, which helped the Swiss group to produce stronger-than-expected earnings in the third quarter. The bank has already scaled back its investment banking division, mainly in fixed income, to try to balance it more evenly with its private banking arm, which caters to the financial needs of the wealthy.Credit Suisse told investors to expect several potential large "structural reductions," following the earlier cuts that ...

Merkel says budget consolidation, growth should go together BRUSSELS: European Union budget rules should be respected and budget consolidation should go hand in hand with growth, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday on arriving at an EU summit. Incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has announced a three-year plan to produce 300 billion euros in public and private investment to raise Europe's growth potential. EU leaders will discuss this plan on Thursday."I support that Jean-Claude Juncker has proposed a investment programme as ...

Canada to speed up plans to toughen security laws OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Thursday the government will expedite plans to give more powers of detention and surveillance to security agencies in the wake of an attack on Parliament. "They need to be much strengthened, and I assure you, Mr. Speaker, that work which is already under way will be expedited," he told the House of Commons, one day after a gunman launched an attack on Parliament and was shot dead.Copyright ...

French delegation meets CM LAHORE: A high level delegation of prominent French company Total and Sun Power Corporation met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif here on Thursday.Sun Power Corporation expressed interest in setting up a 100 megawatts solar project in Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park.Talking to the delegation, the chief minister said the government was taking all possible measures for resolving the energy crisis being faced by the country.He said a shortage of electricity had badly affected education, health, agriculture ...


 



 
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