Friday, March 11, 2011

Radio Prague Today 3.11.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Government backtracks on pension reform funding plan

The Czech coalition government has backtracked on its plan of how to pay for an overhaul of the country's pension system. The basic concept of the reform – the addition of private pension funds into the system – remains unchanged. Under pressure from all sides, however, coalition leaders now propose a lower hike in the value added tax than originally planned.

Out My Window – A 360 degree internet documentary examines lives behind the gray walls of the highrise, from Prague to Beirut

In this week's Arts I talk to Czech-Canadian documentary filmmaker Katerina Cizek – the director of Out My Window, a fascinating and highly-innovative project that looks at lives behind the walls of highrise buildings in 13 cities around the world, from Prague to Beirut. The non-linear feature film – called the first 360 degree internet documentary in the world – is up for an international Emmy next month and can be viewed on the website of the National Film Board of Canada. Kat Cizek told me more about the idea behind her project and how it all came together, on a line from her home in Toronto this week.

Business News 11.3.2011

In this week's Business News: Czech 2010 growth revised downwards; surge in real estate investments seen; coal limits look shaky as heat plants search for supplies; richest Czech falls down Forbes' ranking; and Prague centre shops rapped for ripping off customers.