The driver of an Austrian tourist bus which crashed in southern Bohemia on Friday admitted he might have overlooked a road sign, a police spokesman said on Sunday. The bus had its roof ripped off after it crashed into a bridge near the village of Dolní Dvořiště, in southern Bohemia, on Friday night, injuring over people. The profile of the bridge was reportedly 30 cm lower that the height of the bus. The police said however that the site of the accident was a dangerous spot as three similar accidents had occurred there since the beginning of the year. The police spokesman added that addition signs should be added to warn drivers of the low profile of the bridge.
The Korean film Night Fishing by Park Chan-kyong and Park Chan-wook won on Saturday the 52nd edition of the Brno Sixteen International Short Fiction Film Festival. The movie was chosen from among 52 films in the competition. Special festival awards went to the Slovak movie 25 km2 by Jana Mináriková, Fatum! by the Spanish director Pablo Milan and Aglaée by the French director Rudi Rosenberg. More than 350 films applied this year to join the Brno Sixteen festival which was first held in the Moravian city of Brno in 1960.
The Prague police found a 32-year-old man shot dead and another man, of the same age, unhurt but unconscious, in the district of Prague 10 on Sunday. No further details about the case have been released; the motive and the relation between the two men remain unclear. A police spokeswoman however denied media reports the men were brothers.
The relocation of Moja the Gorilla from Prague zoo to Spain has been postponed due to the animal’s health problems, the zoo’s director Miroslav Bobek said on Sunday. Six-year-old Moja was going to travel on Monday to the Cabárceno Nature Park, in northern Spain where she was expected to mate with a male gorilla born in the wild; however, the gorilla got a cold and could develop respiratory tract infection, Mr Bobek said, adding that the new date of Moja’s move to Spain will yet have to be determined.
Morning temperatures dropped well below zero across the Czech Republic over the weekend, with dozens of low temperature records broken. The station in Jizerka, in the north of the country, recorded the temperature of 9 degrees below zero on Saturday, the lowest in the country on that day. Decades-old records were broken in more than 25 places over the weekend.
Czech Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová beat Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulková 6:4, 6:1 in the final of the Linz Open in Austria on Sunday and claimed the fifth WTA title of her career. The 21-year-old Czech took Cibulková’s serve early in the first set but her opponent came back before Kvitová broke again and took the set. In the second, the Czech won five games in a row to wrap up the game. The win could boost Kvitová’s confidence two weeks ahead of the WTA Championships in Istanbul.
An Austrian tourist bus had its roof ripped off as it crashed into a
bridge near the village of Dolní Dvořiště, in southern Bohemia, on
Friday night, injuring 36 people; ten of them suffered severe injuries and
were taken to nearby Czech and Austrian hospitals. Most of the injured
passengers are Austrian; 12 Czech citizens traveling on the bus were also
A spokesman for Czech police said the driver of the bus must have
overlooked a road sign warning against the low profile of the bridge.
Czech rescue workers on Saturday denied claims by the leader of the Austrian tourist group who said they had arrived too late at the scene of the accident. The head of the South Bohemian emergency services said the first ambulance arrived seven minutes after they were alerted.
Around 200 people marched through the centre of Prague on Saturday as part of an attempt to spread the Occupy Wall Street protests around the world. The march passed by the Prague stock exchange before arriving in front of Prague Castle where the protestors plan to spend the night. One of the organizers said the event should draw attention to a lack of civil society in the Czech Republic. Similar demonstrations, inspired by protests in Spain, the US and other countries, reportedly took place in more than 700 cities around the world on Saturday.
Agriculture Minister Petr Bendl, an ally of Prime Minister and Civic Democrat chair Petr Nečas, was on Saturday re-elected the head of the party’s influential Central Bohemian branch. He received 74 votes while his rival for the post and an opponent of Mr Nečas within the party Petr Tluchoř, got 68. The vote is a success for the prime minister who personally came to the party conference in Kladno to back Mr Bendl’s bid. Civic Democrats in Central Bohemia are split in their support for Petr Nečas but Saturday’s vote suggests his supporters gained an upper hand. The recent sacking of Petr Bendl’s predecessor at the Agriculture Ministry, Ivan Fuksa, was seen as a move to ensure Mr Bendl’s re-election.
Leaders of the opposition Social Democrat party on Saturday called on MP
and their former chair Jiří Paroubek as well as MP Jiří Šlégr who
recently left the party to also renounce their seats in the lower house of
Parliament. The party’s central committee also elected two new members to
fill the two vacant posts.
Earlier this month, Jiří Paroubek and Jiří Šlégr quit the Social Democrat party and founded their own group entitled the National Socialist Party – the Left Wing of the 21st Century. Mr Paroubek, who headed the Social Democrats between 2006 and 2010, resigned following a poor showing in the general election last year but never found common ground with his successors at party helm.