The number of people visiting outpatient clinics and other hospital facilities in Csongrád County has dropped by 20% since the introduction of visit fees in March, the local daily Délmagyarország said last Wednesday. The number of outpatients at Szeged hospital dropped by 20% while admissions dropped by 17%, the newspaper quoted hospital director László Pajor as saying.
A memorial plaque in honour of Endre Ságvári, who was shot by police in 1944 for his activities against the fascist regime, was last week vandalised for the second time. The plaque on the wall of the Remiz restaurant on Budakeszi út – where Ságvári was killed in a gun battle – was broken into pieces. A group calling itself Sobri Jobbik was responsible for the action against the “communist terrorist”, the right-wing portal kuruc.info said.
The Turkish father who kidnapped his son from Hungary and smuggled him into Turkey using a fake passport in 2004 was last week sentenced to two years in prison by Szeged Court. Mehmet Tuysuz kidnapped 7-year-old Károly in defiance of a court order and took him to Turkey, where he remained until April this year when police finally tracked the fugitive down. The case was elevated to an international level when Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány appealed to his Turkish counterpart for help.
A real battle in the Formula One points race and a Polish driver are two of the reasons for the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix weekend breaking attendance recordsÂ with 251,000 tickets sold.
The most important issue for the global and regional capital markets has been the deepening US subprime mortgage market crisis, which prompted global investors to temporarily turn away from riskier instruments. This development and the collapse of overseas hedge funds – which had exposures on the US subprime mortgage market – sent a strong warning to markets with high risk, including emerging FX markets. The sharp rise in global risk aversion did not leave the forint and domestic bond prices untouched, while professionals’ views are mixed about the duration and the depth of the witnessed turbulence on emerging markets.
Hopes for rise in prices despite oversupplyThe latest Budapest Real Estate Market Index suggests that pessimism among residential real estate developers is diminishing. The situation on the used home market is less promising.
Western gateway fondly rememberedLast week saw the removal of the Skála logo as a prelude to the demolition of one of Hungary’s oldest shopping centres. The 20,000sqm Budai Skála department store in District XI is to be replaced by a shopping and entertainment centre with double the floor space and 100 residential units. András Elekes, managing director of the developer behind the Újbuda Center, ING Hungary Kft., said that the new complex will also include an underground car park for 1,200 cars and a 13-screen multiplex cinema.
Polish coalition in crisis againEarly elections appear increasingly likely in Poland after simmering discontent in the governing coalition came to a head when the Self Defence Party announced it intends to withdraw its ministers from the government.
A huge crucifix in memory of Stalin’s victims in the 1930s was erected in Russia last week. The 12-metre cross commemorates the thousands who fell victim to purges ordered by Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.
Police last week were asking for the public’s help after two-and-half year old Dominik Takács vanished from Margaret Island under mysterious circumstances on Friday, 3 August.