3 girls killed in Budapest disco panic.

The panic incident on Saturday night at the club West Balkan near Nyugati Station resultated in 3 girls dead.

The club had a permission to operate, but only until 22:00 and with a maximum of 300 guests.  Still, according to the Saturday night party’s organizor over 2000 people were in the club when the panic erupted.  The whole incident resulted in people beeing sent out of the club in just their t-shirts.  Several eye-witnesses tell about pushing that started out in the cloak room, where, according to one boy: “Was so full that you didn’t have to keep yourself standing up, as there were people all around, holding you up”.  Many others report about people suddenly tipping over, and with a domino effect taking a huge part of the crowd down, where there were several people on top of each other.  One apparantly affected girl says “It was just so full of people that it tipped over, and then I had to be pulled out by eight people.  I am very grateful for those that helped me”

The clubs owners say that they don’t assume any responsibility, as the location was rented out for a party, and that they were present with their own crew.

According to Hungarian TV station, RTL Klub’s news, the clubs owners had been tricking the local authorities with their license applications by withdrawing them after having submitted them. Then placing their applications at the back of the line and by this they were able to operate freely while the application was in for concideration.

The below videos might give an impression of the panic of the many people trying to exit, as well as the huge crowd wanting to get in:

More Hungarians weigh job more important than family

A national survey reveals attitudes of Hungarians towards work and family.  Work keeps winning.

Less people in Hungary think that family is more important than work.
This conclusion is made after a Hungarian survey reveals that more Hungarians think work is more important.  The same survey, made ten years ago showed results with the family beeing more important.

According to the vice director at Demographic Research Institute (DRI), at the Hungarian Statistical Office, the agency behind the survey, 3/4 of the asked in 2000, both men and women thought the family to be more important than work.  She points out that there are still over 50% that think of the family to be more important, but are decreasing.

Important factors are the trends in Europe generally, where The Netherlands is beeing pointed out, with 38% of the population concidering family more important. In addition women going to work, with also more focus on their carreers and a more equal balance with both parents raising children.

Student shoots out of dorm window in Debrecen

A Debrecen student shot with an air riffle out of the window of his college dorm, reports Hungarian TV2 Tények.

A local TV station crew in Debrecen was just working in a nearby location when they saw a person shoot out of a top floor window, of the technical depts. dorm building, aiming at someone on the street.  It turned out that he was aiming for a sign, and that it was university students having fun.

-Sadly, they appear to think of this as  “but teacher, we were just playing”.  But this is no game, says Edit Szücs Emilné Varga, decan of Debrecen University’s Dept. of Technology.

She also expresses that the huge disgrace these students have brought to the faculty’s name, and the Debrecen University’s name “infront of nation and world, – none of my students are allowed to do this”

The students will most likely not be allowed to stay in the college dorm, the TV station reports.

The incident, that brings back memories of the 2009 shootings at Pécs University, where a teacher was shot and killed, while the shooters lab partner was wounded, is beeing investigated by the police.

Hungarian company brings 3D to Las Vegas

As 3D TV believers keep growing, the technical aspects of the 3D TV still has some missing elements.  There’s not enough content, and most people would opt for not wearing glasses for the sake of the 3D experience.  At the CES, the Hungarian company iPont Kft is showing its solutions for exactly these issues.

The 3D is quite popular at the movies, but these films are still not able to break into peoples living room.
One of the minor, of several reasons for this is that the 3D TVs are more expensive than the ones thar are not.  This is because people have always bought expensive, unrelated to weather they were 3D or not, when it comes to viewer comfort, this becomes a new issue.  For viewing 3D movies, you will have to wear 3D glasses, some think they look ridiculous and most think of them as uncomfortable.

Hungarian company iPont, brought 3D content and players to the CES that are viewable withouth 3D glasses.

Korcsok Zoltán, CEO of iPont, says that they are presenting the concept of a product that is ment for the end user of the product, and that they are expecting the interest of large producers.  Adding, that even before the exhibit they received interest from a major television producer.  They are also expecting interest from others, such as TV networks, film studios, cinema chains as well as sport bars.

The device presented is capable of letting the viewer watch channels intended for 3D viewing, withouth 3D glasses.

Catherine Ashton will not celebrate with the Hungarians.

On Tuesday morning it was still the plan that Catherine Ashton, who is the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, would attend the Hungarian EU Presidency inagurational celebration in the Hungarian Parliament.

On Thursday afternoon musical and cultural festivities will take place in the Hungarian parliament’s domehall. That is also the time for when Viktor Orbán, Hungarian Prime minister, will take over the EU flag, symolizing the EU Presidency, from the Belgian Prime minister.

Accoring to the original progam, the EU would be represented by Catherine Ashton, who is the unions’ High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

Application boom for Hungarian citizenship expected.

According to Hungarian newspaper Népszbadság, several hundred thousand ethnic Hungarians living in Transylvania may be applying for Hungarian citizenship, as Hungary opens for applications on Monday.

The Hungarian consulates in Bucharest, Miercurea Ciuc and Cluj Napoca will accept applications.

In Slovakia, ethnic Hungarians are expected to standby and wait with applying, with about one hundred people inquiring about this at the Hungarian consulates in Kosice and Bratislava.

Ukraine does in principle not recognize dual citizenship, but according to Népszabadság, this issue will most likely be sorted out for the about 150 000 ethnic Hungarians living in Ukraine.

In Israel, more than 15 000 residents have Hungarian citizenship.  Foreign Minister of Hungary, János Martonyi, said during his visit to Israel in November that the Israeli government accepts and supports dual-citizenship.

The Washington Post attacks Orbán once again.

After The Washington Post on Sunday went on to write about something that can be described as the Putinization of Hungary, this time it’s The Washington Post’s Eastern European expert, Anne Applebaum writes in the newspaper’s Tuesday edition that the Hungarian democracy is at danger, newssite index.hu reports.

“Jeopardizing democracy in Hungary”, was the title of the column Anne Applebaum wrote in the Tuesday edition in The Washington Post.
It is because of the new media law that she is worried about the Hungarian freedom.

The author, famous for her research on communist crimes, is the wife of the Polish Foreign Minister, but her writings are independent of the Polish governments viewpoints.
Applebaum was celebrated by Tibor Navracsics and Laszló Kövér last week.

She warns that while in Belarus the dicatorship is kept in power with violence, the democracy in Hungary is evolving towards a one party system by administrative means.
She looks at the new media law as a step towards this direction.

Applebaum writes that “Indeed, when the authors of the American constitution worried about the “tyranny of the majority,” they might have had Viktor Orban, the Hungarian prime minister, in mind.”

The column is found here.

Hungary returns to the Eurovision Song Contest.

Hungary is returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf, Germany, next year.

The Hungarian public broadcaster MTV (Magyar Televízió) has informed the EBU, European Broadcasting Union about their plans to take part in the song contest next year, according to a Hungarian ESC fansite.
The details for the Hungarian selection process for the ESC 2011 will be announced in January.

Last year the Hungarian entry was withdrawn from the ESC by the national broadcaster.

One in ten Hungarians are behind on their utility bills.

In six years the number of persons in debt towards the utility providing companies has doubled.

In the last six years the number of people in debt towards their utility company has almost doubled, the number of debters has risen to one million people.

The person behind the study, lawyer  Balazs Herpai, tells that six years ago the number of people with outstanding bills towards the electricity-, gas- and heating companies numbered 596 thousand persons, owing amounts of different sizes, last year the number was a total of 1.129 million people.

Consumer electronics are this years hits under the Hungarian Christmas tree.

Consumer electronics are this years most bought christmas gifts, with Soda Machines, LCD Tvs, laptops, digital cameras, smartphones, dishwashers, household applicances and computer games being this years’ hit under the Hungarian Christmas tree. People are more open to buy expensive products online. According to a recent poll 64 percent of the asked suggests that buying holiday presents online is a way of reducing the christmas shopping stress. 8 of 10 asked find it complicated and tiring to shop for christmas presents. Near half of the asked go shopping for gifts at more than three occasions, while a quarter answered spend more than three hours each time at often crowded shops.  The men are more efficient than the women at shopping.

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