A woman in a burkha casts a shadow on a wall of the Sayyidah Zaynab mosque in Damascus.
Daily Archive: May 5, 2010
The organisers of the Sixth Buda Gourmet Wine and Jazz Days promise not only the smooth taste of fine wines from the Sopron region, but also the smooth tunes to go with it.
Last year a sixties-fixated beat group in search of stage presence approached an iconic Hungarian diva who had made her name in that same decade, had remained a household name in the goulash communism era, but was ready for a new challenge. When the subsequent jamming sessions and songwriting attempts proved that the band’s lateral thinking had been right, Kovács Kati and the Qualitons was born.
Michael Nicholson, chronicler of modern wars. The renowned British war reporter and writer Michael Nicholson (OBE) has witnessed 18 wars over the last 40 years. It is said that all’s fair in love and war: reading his books and reports strongly suggest that this is true. In his memoir Measure of Danger, Nicholson records the events that television censors did not allow onto the screen, while Natasha’s Story tells the story of the girl he rescued from Sarajevo and adopted. The 1997 film on that subject Welcome to Sarajevo shocked viewers with its original footage of events in the Balkans. During a short visit to Budapest Nicholson, spoke about his experiences at a private reception at Brody House. The Budapest Times spoke to him about about western intervention, democracy, his sense of vocation, the suffering of the innocent and the PR apparatus of war.
Ken Baines, Headmaster at Britannica International School. Last year it was the American International School of Budapest that was making the bold moves in the international schools market, consolidating all its students on an expanded campus in Nagykovácsi, about 5 km west of leafy Buda. This year it is the turn of UK firm Orbital Education, owners of Britannica International School on Aga utca in District XI. (Kevin McNeany is director of Orbital and Brian Frakes is the firm’s International Education Development Officer).
Kravtex unveils its latest bus in Budapest, the last stronghold in Hungary it has yet to conquer. “Last autumn when we presented the Credo Citadell 12 we promised that we would soon put the articulated version of the bus on the market. So here it is. Here stands the Credo Citadell 19,” Kravtex owner and CEO István Krankovics said at the presentation of his new bus last week which, as with the earlier unveiling, took place against the backdrop of the Budapest citadel on Gellért-hegy.
Even though more types of fringe benefits are now taxed, their overall use is up by 15% in terms of value on average from 2009, thus far this year, a Nexon survey based on 20,000 employee responses showed.
The Hungarian National Bank lowered its base rate by 25 basis points last Monday to a new all-time low of 5.25 per cent.
The formerly state-owned regional oil company MOL held a relatively short and uneventful annual general meeting last Thursday.
Hungary’s unemployment rate reached a 20-year-high of 11.8% in the first quarter of 2010, data released last week by the Central Statistical Office (KSH) revealed.