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Kester Eddy is a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary.
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Giving Back to Nature: Restocking the Danube With Sturgeon

14 May 2024  |  BBJ.hu
The Danube River in Baja, southern Hungary, witnessed the release of 460 juvenile sterlet sturgeon as part of a long-running effort to restock the river, supported by the EU-backed MEASURES project. Since 1988, around 210,000 sterlet have been introduced into the Hungarian section of the Danube. The decline in sturgeon numbers has been dramatic, with construction of dams, poaching, and unsustainable fishing being major causes. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Hungarian Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture (NAIK-HAKI) are involved in these conservation efforts, aiming to restore commercial fishing sustainably and protect the species. The sterlet, a bottom feeder, is the most widely distributed sturgeon in the Danube, living up to 25 years, and is valued for its meat in Russia and Ukraine.

CEE management schools shrug off threat of distance learning programmes

05 Oct 2023  |  www.intellinews.com
Central and Eastern European (CEE) business schools are navigating the challenges posed by the rise of online MBA programs from Western institutions. Despite the flexibility and global reputation of online programs, many students in the CEE region still prefer the traditional classroom experience for its peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities. The University of New York in Prague and IEDC Bled School of Management in Slovenia have seen strong rebounds in student intake post-COVID, emphasizing the enduring value of face-to-face education. The article highlights individual experiences and opinions from students and academics, underscoring the unique advantages of local CEE business schools in providing relevant education and networking within the region.

Slovenia's Perpetuum Jazzile: Singing from Ljubljana to the World

05 Apr 2023  |  www.intellinews.com
Jan Trost, a member of Perpetuum Jazzile (PJ), shares his journey with the Slovenian a cappella group, which has gained international fame. The group, known for their cover of Toto's 'Africa', has performed at significant events including the UN and the World Exposition in Milan. PJ's success is attributed to their hard work, musical talent, and strong group dynamics, with Swedish a cappella specialist Peder Karlsson playing a key role in their development. Despite the challenges of balancing a semi-professional status with personal commitments, PJ plans to continue their growth with an upcoming tour in China.

Pipistrel seeks future in electric passenger aircraft

18 Nov 2022  |  intellinews.com
Pipistrel, a Slovenian company, has developed the Velis Electro, the world's first all-electric aircraft certified for commercial passenger flights, now operating from Shipmeadow near Norwich, UK. The aircraft, which is pioneering a new era of green and cost-effective aviation, can be recharged in an hour and has significantly lower operating costs compared to traditional aircraft. Demand is growing for the Velis Electro, which is also being evaluated by the UK's Royal Air Force. Pipistrel's founder, Ivo Boscarol, has led the company to innovate in light aircraft design, winning NASA competitions and producing 200 aircraft per year. In April, Boscarol sold a controlling stake in Pipistrel to Textron, which will help accelerate development and retain Pipistrel as a distinct brand within Textron.

Austria’s ‘hidden champions’ power economy

17 Dec 2021  |  www.ft.com
Austrian companies, known as 'Hidden Champions,' are significant contributors to the country's economy, employing 2.4% of the workforce and generating €17bn in revenues annually. These companies, like Schiebel, Thomastik-Infeld, Wollsdorf Leder, and Bachmann Electronic, are global or European leaders in their fields, highly innovative, and often family-run. They typically avoid publicity to protect their niche markets and maintain high margins. Despite the digital age offering alternative career choices, companies like Schiebel, which transitioned from manufacturing electronic components to becoming a leading UAV manufacturer, demonstrate adaptability and potential for continued family ownership.

Will the €4bn Belgrade-Budapest rail upgrade be a benefit or burden?

06 Oct 2020  |  euronews.com
Hungary and Serbia are modernizing and upgrading their sections of the 350-km Budapest-Belgrade rail link with a €4 billion investment, aiming to halve the journey time between the two capitals. The project, part of China's “One Belt – One Road” initiative, is expected to turn Budapest into a logistics hub for Chinese freight from Pireaus port in Greece. However, transparency issues and lack of detailed traffic projections or business cases have raised concerns. Hungarian opposition parties have criticized the project as overpriced and potentially unbeneficial, while experts suggest it is tied to broader geo-political strategies and Hungary's political capitalism. The Hungarian section, financed largely by a loan from China's Exim Bank, is scheduled for completion in 2025.

Anti-government protesters mass for 5th day in Hungary

18 Dec 2018  |  news.yahoo.com
Thousands of demonstrators protested outside Hungary's state broadcaster for the fifth consecutive day against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's right-wing government. Sparked by a new labor law allowing a six-day work week and delayed overtime payments, the protests' demands now include anti-corruption measures, an independent judiciary, and neutral state media. Opposition lawmakers, including Timea Szabo and Agnes Vadai, were forcibly removed from the broadcaster's building when attempting to read their demands on air. The government defends the labor law as beneficial for workers and the economy, while Orban's allies claim the protests are orchestrated by liberal groups, a charge denied by George Soros' Open Society Foundations.

Anti-government protesters mass for 5th day in Hungary

18 Dec 2018  |  ctvnews.ca
Thousands of demonstrators protested for the fifth consecutive day outside Hungary's state broadcaster against Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. Sparked by a controversial new labor law, the protests have broadened to demands for anti-corruption measures, an independent judiciary, and neutral state media. Opposition lawmakers were roughed up by security guards and denied the opportunity to present their demands on state television. The government defends the labor law as beneficial for workers and the economy, while Orban's allies claim the protests are orchestrated by liberal groups funded by George Soros, which the Open Society Foundations deny.

Hungary: Protesting MPs ejected from state broadcaster HQ

17 Dec 2018  |  dailyherald.com
Hungarian opposition lawmakers were physically ejected from the MTVA headquarters in Budapest after demanding to read their five demands live on air, including the revocation of a controversial new labor law. The law, which allows employers to request up to 400 hours of overtime annually, has been met with widespread protests. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government defends the law as a solution to labor shortages, while critics label it the 'slavery law.' Protests escalated with thousands gathering in subzero temperatures and riot police using pepper spray. The Open Society Foundations refuted claims by Orban's allies that George Soros is behind the protests, and Fidesz party's communications director condemned the lawmakers' actions.

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Timisoara museum keeps memory of Romanian revolution alive

03 Aug 2017  |  www.intellinews.com
Traian Orban, a Romanian museum curator, oversees the Memorial Museum of the Revolution of Timisoara, dedicated to preserving the history of the 1989 revolution that ended Nicolae Ceausescu's communist regime. Orban, a polyglot and a revolution participant himself, was injured during the protests and later treated in Austria. He has since collected extensive documentation on the revolution and co-founded the Association for the Memorial of the Revolution of Timisoara, which led to the establishment of the museum. Despite the museum's success and educational role, Orban expresses frustration over the lack of legal action for past crimes and the younger generation's limited knowledge of the revolution's significance. The article also includes the perspective of a local teenager on the revolution's impact and the current state of historical awareness among the youth.

Eastern Europe’s business schools rise to meet western counterparts

03 Jan 2016  |  www.ft.com
The article discusses the evolution of business education in post-communist Eastern Europe, focusing on the challenges and developments since the 1990s. It highlights the initial lack of understanding of capitalist business concepts among students and the slow adaptation of interactive teaching methods. The role of Western professors and institutions, such as the IEDC-Bled School of Management and IMD, in advancing teaching quality through programs like the International Management Teachers Academy (IMTA) is emphasized. The article also notes the progress made in the region, with many business schools achieving formal accreditation and local academics reaching parity with their Western counterparts. However, it acknowledges that engaging teachers remain scarce, regardless of geography.

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