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U.S. ‘shocked’ at Hungarian plans to honor WW2 anti-Semite

SZEKESFEHERVAR, Hungary A U.S. envoy mentioned on Sunday Washington was shocked by plans to erect a statue of Balint Homan, who contributed to murderous anti-Semitism in Hungary in the 1930s and 40s.

“From the U.S. government perspective we feel quite strongly that history and the damage that this man did to Hungarian citizens who occurred to be Jewish can not be ignored, and to put up that statue seems incomprehensible,” Ira Forman, special envoy against anti-Semitism, told Reuters.

Hungary’s Jewish neighborhood has referred to as on the appropriate-wing government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz celebration to block the statue.

The private Balint Homan Foundation in Szekesfehervar, west of Budapest, wants to honor a man who was an eminent historian and minister of religion and education before and throughout Globe War Two.

Homan was a proponent of anti-Jewish laws and a Nazi supporter to the finish of the war. Right after it he was jailed and died in prison in 1951.

The central European nation nevertheless grapples with its previous, like its active part in deporting half a million Jews.

Reuters could not reach the foundation for comment.

Forman has traveled to Hungary to discuss Homan’s wartime function at a conference next week. On Sunday he attended a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the small square in Szekesfehervar exactly where the statue could stand.

“We believe its important to know what this man did to Hungarian citizens in the 1930s and 40s, taking away their citizenship rights and then arguing for them to be deported, which eventually meant going to Auschwitz,” Forman stated.

“Honoring a man like that – we’re shocked by it. It’s not our selection but we’re here to say we are shocked by it and we believe the globe ought to know about who this individual (was) and that men and women are contemplating placing a statue up.”

Forman was joined in lighting the eight Hanukkah candles by leading Israeli and Canadian diplomats in Hungary, as nicely as leaders of the Hungarian Jewish neighborhood.

“Tonight we celebrate the last candle of Hanukkah,” Israeli Ambassador Ilan Mor said.

“Let us hope that the light of the candle we will chase away darkness, that the light of these candles will show the way to the people of Szekesfehervar, the leaders of the city, to the proper decision, not to erect this statue.”

Szekesfehervar’s Mayor Andras Cser-Palkovics, a Fidesz member, on Friday appeared to retreat from his earlier assistance for the statue, saying external stress was so high that the foundation behind the project must “reconsider” its plans.

“If the Balint Homan Foundation decides to erect the planned statue anyway – which it is entitled to in a democracy – then the City Council of Szekesfehervar asks them to repay funds it has received from the city and the state,” he added.

Numerous government members have stated they disagree with the statue and regarded it ill-conceived.

Justice Minister Laszlo Trocsanyi, whose predecessor granted 15 million forints ($ 52,000) towards the statue, mentioned the ministry faced a “technical necessity” to execute an earlier decision. He did not elaborate.

(Editing by Andrew Roche)

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China plans to launch registration-based IPO system in two years- state radio

BEIJING Dec 9 China’s plans to launch a registration-primarily based program on initial public offerings (IPOs) at Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges inside two years, state radio reported on Wednesday.

The State Council is awaiting approval from the National People’s Congress, the parliament, on the proposal, state radio stated, citing a normal cabinet meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang.

The cabinet also pledged to take steps to tackle excess factory capacity and deal with so-called zombie firms, although enabling banks to create off far more poor loans, state radio said. (Reporting by China Monitoring Group and Kevin Yao Editing by Robert Birsel)

Zurich Insurance plans to cut about 360 far more jobs worldwide

ZURICH Dec three Zurich Insurance coverage plans to reduce about 360 more jobs worldwide in its worldwide corporate business by the finish of 2017, the Swiss insurer said in an emailed statement on Thursday.

This brings the total number of anticipated job cuts or transfers to around 1,800. At the finish of last year Zurich had around 55,000 employees.

Zurich’s chief executive quit this week soon after coming below stress following a botched takeover bid and a stuttering performance in its main business, prompting the Swiss insurer to seek an outsider to get it back on track.

(Reporting by Paul Arnold Writing by Joshua Franklin)

Chelsea submit new stadium plans

Chelsea have submitted a planning application to construct a new 60,000-seat stadium at Stamford Bridge.

The application, which involves the demolition of the 41,600-seat stadium and other buildings at present on the internet site, will be examined by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

The council have set a deadline for comments on the application of Friday, 8 January 2016.

The club say that the arranging method will final beyond the end of the season.

In a statement on their official club web site, Chelsea stated that the new stadium would see “facilities enhanced for every area” and offer you an “outstanding view” from each and every seat in an arena “developed to develop an thrilling atmosphere”.

Stamford Bridge 1992

A view of Stamford Bridge as it was prior to redevelopment in the 1990s

The new stadium involves each excavation functions and the building of new external concourse areas, including the formation of decking platforms more than component of the District Line and portion of the Southern mainline railway.

Chelsea have played at Stamford Bridge because 1905, and the ground was final redeveloped in the 1990s.

Nevertheless, its current capacity of about 42,000 is significantly smaller sized than the stadia of Premier League rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City, whose grounds hold 76,000, 60,000 and 55,000 respectively.

Blues owner Roman Abramovich had initially regarded as seeking a permanent new house, with the club describing the alternative of expanding Stamford Bridge as “not feasible or viable” in 2012.

But the club decided to redevelop its present ground due to the fact of a lack of suitable sites obtainable in London – having had a bid to create an “iconic” new stadium in Battersea Energy Station rejected.

Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China by February – WSJ

The iPhone maker has struck offers recently with China’s massive four state-run banks, the newspaper reported late Monday, citing individuals familiar with the discussions. (on.wsj.com/1LwSf8O)

Apple’s plans could nonetheless face regulatory hurdles in China, where banking and e-commerce are overseen by a number of government agencies, WSJ said.

Apple could not quickly be reached for comment. (Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

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