Friday, September 16, 2011

Radio Prague Today 9.16.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Michal Thoma – Traveller, photographer, writer – Part 2

Michal Thoma – like his father Zdeněk – is a well-known Czech photographer, traveller, and author focussing on countries in Asia, including India and Nepal. In Part 2 of this special Panorama, we focus on Manang – a village in the Himalayas which was unchanged for centuries when Zdeněk Thoma visited and photographed there in 1979. Thirty years later, his son Michal followed in his father's footsteps and has since put together a joint-exhibition about Manang which you can see at The House at the Stone Bell in Prague.

Business News 16.9.2011

In this week's business news: the unexpected resignation of ČEZ CEO Martin Roman, the opening of the first gas pipeline between the Czech Republic and Poland, the Czech Finance Ministry to launch a pilot issue of retail bonds and Czechs increasingly sceptical with regard to the future of the Eurozone.

Prime Minister Nečas indicates no support for independent Palestine during Israel visit

Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas on Friday wound up a two-day official visit to Israel, heading the largest Czech delegation ever to visit the Jewish state. The visit came a week before the UN is expected to vote on an independent Palestinian state which was one of the issues Czech and Israeli officials debated in Jerusalem. Radio Prague spoke about the Czech prime minister's visit with Czech Radio correspondent in Israel Břetislav Tureček.

Filmmaking legend Otakar Vávra dies at 100

Czech filmmaking legend Otakar Vávra – who turned 100 earlier – has died in Prague. Over the course of a remarkable career, Mr Vávra – praised by many of the film elite – directed more than 50 films, from early dramas to acclaimed projects in the 1960s like Witches' Hammer.