‘It does not look good’: Dutch military parade bans portly participants

‘It does not look good’: Dutch military parade bans portly participants

A Dutch commemoration of second world war resistance fighters has been marred by a row over an attempt to ban overweight people from taking part in a nationally televised guard of honour. Organisers were accused of discrimination for acting on dozens of apparent complaints from viewers over the growing size of those taking part in the annual event in The Hague. Volunteers with “too strong a stature” had been told they would not be able to take part directly in the main event at Waalsdorpervlakte, where the Nazis murdered 250…

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FCA sets aside £30m to smooth out Brexit process for City banks

FCA sets aside £30m to smooth out Brexit process for City banks

The City watchdog has set aside £30m to deal with Brexit this year and has admitted it will need to scale back or delay some of its regular work to prepare for Britain leaving the EU in 2019. Outlining plans to significantly increase its spending on Brexit to help smooth out the process for City banks and insurers, the Financial Conduct Authority said it would drop some “non-critical” projects and focus more of its resources on managing the changes triggered by Britain’s exit from the EU. The UK financial services…

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