7 die, 16 injured in tourist bus crashÂ Seven people died and 16 were injured in the early hours of last Thursday morning when a tourist bus collided head on with a truck in the southern county of Csongrád, local police said.Police spokeswoman Márta Toronyk?y said that the bus, which was registered in the Czech Republic and carrying 32 Romanian nationals, collided with a German-registered car transporter travelling on the wrong side of the road. The accident happened just before 4 a.m. as the double-decker bus was transporting Romanian tourists from the southeastern town of Makó, near the Romanian border, to the nearby town of Szeged. Local media have said that the two drivers onboard were Bulgarian.
The boss of Sheffield United (the “Blades”) is considering buying the once great Budapest football club Ferencváros (“Fradi”). Ongoing negotiations with Fradi’s owners could see the Blades’ having first refusal on the pick of young Hungarian footballing talent, chairman Kevin McCabe told the UK’s Guardian newspaper last week.
From fanfare to farce; fast Ferihegy transfer flunks in first weekÂ Mayor of Budapest Gábor Demszky and Minister of Transport and Economy János Kóka launched the long-awaited rail service from Nyugati railway station to Budapest’s Ferihegy Terminal 1 last Monday. The bathos followed swiftly.
Energy talksUkraine wants to set aside a large swathe of land to allow Hungary to build a massive gas storage facility in the neighbouring state, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said in Budapest last Tuesday.
Tongue-tied referendumFidesz’s plans to hold a referendum on government policy were in disarray last week after linguist László Kálmán submitted three questions to the National Election Committee (OVB) that covered the same themes but were worded exactly the opposite way.
MP accuses cops of roughing him upIn a week when the opposition party Fidesz again accused the government of backing the illegitimate use of police force to quell demonstrations last year, an MP from the party is taking legal action against the police for allegedly using unnecessary force against him after he was stopped while driving on Sunday night last week.The police allege that Zoltán Lengyel was stopped for speeding, did not identify himself, used abusive language and had to be pulled from his car when he made as if to drive away from the scene.
Omninvest, the firm behindÂ Hungarian anti-H5N1 vaccine, has contributed to the World Health Organisation (WHO) precautionary vaccine stockpile. The company’s contribution is dwarfed by the 50 million doses supplied by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline in late June, according the US Food and Drug Administration. Despite massive injections of government money, the much-trumpeted Hungarian bird flu vaccine has yet to find any serious buyers, left-of-centre Népszabadság reported.
Governance standards slipping – World BankHungary’s governance standards have fallen over the past few years but it still performs better than other older democracies like Greece and Italy, a report by the World Bank said last Tuesday.
Cops sticking to their gunsPolice last week stuck to their story about the timing of an attack on a journalist despite the emergence of evidence which appears to contradict their story.Irén Kármán, an investigative journalist who was found beaten and bound on the banks of the Danube shortly after 11pm on 23 June, claims she was bundled into a car shortly before 10pm in Pesterzsébet after leaving a video store….
The over-budget and overdue Metro 4 line is to receive partial EU funding, the left-of centre daily Magyar Hírlap claimed last Tuesday, citing anonymous sources.