The police are investigating the fatal fall of an aerial lift near Špidlerův Mlýn with suspicion of negligent homicide and grievous bodily harm. The aerial lift, which was made to be used only for transporting equipment, fell on Friday, killing one person on board and seriously injuring four others, including two children. The aerial lift was operating legally, but was not meant to transport people. The group was being taken up to a mountain lodge at the time of the accident. The police estimate that the cabin fell from the height of around ten to twenty meters to the ground when the cable it was attached to snapped.
An aerial lift which plummeted 20 metres to the ground on Friday, killing one person on board and injuring four others, may have been operated without a permit, the authorities suggest. On Monday, investigators will look into records at city hall in Špindleruv Mlýn to see if the lift was legally registered and approved and whether it fulfilled technical requirements. Without a permit, the owner of a the mountain cottage Bumbálka could face a fine of up to 10 million crowns. The question of why anyone was on board at all - when the gondola was designed only for transporting baggage, skis and ski equipment - has also not yet been answered. According to some reports, people using the lift in the area may have been common practice.
The Czech interim government will consider abolishing limits imposed on brown coal mining in north Bohemia, Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok said. Speaking during a visit to the northern Most region, Mr Rusnok said the limits were obsolete and threatened to increase unemployment in the region. The mining limits were imposed in the early 1990s to protect some north Bohemian communities from destruction. Proposals to abolish them have since been regularly discussed among Czech politicians and industry leaders.
President Zeman has not been seen in public for several days after sustaining a knee injury in a fall. The head of a team of doctors looking after him, Health Minister Martin Holcát, told the news site Novinky.cz that his condition was improving. Mr. Holcát said Mr. Zeman was trying out crutches, though he will have to remain in a wheelchair for several weeks. The minister said the president was extremely exhausted, denying media reports that his condition was the result of alcohol or a stroke.
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, spent Wednesday night in hospital
because of a knee injury. The head of a team of doctors looking after Mr
Zeman, Health Minister Martin Holcát, said that following an accident,
blood had swelled in the president’s knee and required neurological
tests. Those have since confirmed that Mr Zeman will have to use a
wheelchair and rest up for several weeks. Consequently, he was advised to
cancel planned foreign trips. On Thursday, Mr Zeman was released from
hospital care and
for the presidential chateau in Lány.
Regarding the cause of the accident, the health minister explained that the president had stumbled in the dark at night while heading for the bathroom; he said alcohol had not been a factor, which lab tests had confirmed. Mr Zeman is a heavy smoker who suffers from diabetes; doctors needed to take steps to minimalise potential threats, such as thrombosis or lung embolism.
Czech President Miloš Zeman has said coal mining limits the Usti region of north Bohemia should be broken in order to save over 8,000 jobs in a region suffering from high unemployment. On a visit to the Ustí nad Labem region on Thursday the president backed calls by the local authorities who have been pushing to lift the government-imposed limits on coal mining in the region approved in 1991 as a means of protecting an already devastated environment. The president further argued that breaking the coal mining limits would lower the Czech Republic´s energy dependence on foreign countries.
The coal and coke producer New World Resources (NWR) is planning to sell off the OKK coking plant in the Ostrava region by the end of the year. Although the final decision on the sale is yet to be approved by its shareholders, the company says it believes the move will be met with approval since it will help NWR consolidate its operation and focus more on mining. NWR recently came under a lot of criticism after its subsidiary company OKD announced the decision to shut down the Paskov coal mine by the end of next year.
The Lebanese authorities are investigating the death of a Czech tourist as a case of criminal negligence. The 46-year-old-Czech reportedly died after falling into a ravine in bad weather. His call for help on the emergency line 112 went unheard and he died of his injuries several hours later. The police have detained two people in connection with the incident. The Lebanese Interior Minister Marvan Sarbil has promised a thorough investigation of the affair. He said that while the lapse may have been caused by a language barrier the operator should have responded to the emergency.
The Příbram rally was cut short by a tragic accident on Saturday. One of the racing cars crashed killing co-driver Jan Jinderle junior. The organizers immediately announced the rally would be cut short in its seventh round. The title will go to Vaclav Pech who was in the lead in the first six rounds.
CEO of the company OKD, Ján Fabián, has said that his company will not keep the Paskov coal mine open beyond the end of 2014 with its own finances. Speaking on the Sunday Czech TV talk show, Mr. Fabián said that between 400 and 750 workers from the Paskov mine will be moved to the company’s other mines in the next few months, while a few hundred will remain in Paskov until its final closing. The mine currently employs around 3,000 people. Mr. Fabián said that he is open to discussions with the government about possible state support in order to keep the mine open longer. Prime Minister Rusnok said last week that no subsidies will be provided to OKD from state funds, though both he and President Zeman plan to meet with representatives of OKD and its parent company New World Resources next week.