Ex-president's guards hit girl on road
THE GUARDS of former Slovak president Michal Kováč ran their car into a 12-year-old schoolgirl.
The accident happened in Bratislava's Dúbravka district on February 13, after the guards had left the ex-president's house. Kováč was not in the car.
According to the daily SME, the unnamed girl was hit when she ran into the road. The driver attempted unsuccessfully to avoid hitting her.
Ján Packa, head of the country's Office for the Protection of Constitutional Officials, said that the guards informed him of the accident via radio.
"They called me immediately, then the ambulance came and took the girl to hospital," Packa said.
Local media and regular drivers alike often criticise the driving habits of the country's special units, including the guards, who have caused dozens of car accidents in the past.
In this case, however, eyewitnesses say that the car was not speeding, and that the girl was nowhere near a pedestrian crossing when she ran into the road.
Skater: Officer broke my board
HIGH-SCHOOL student Patrik from Bratislava has complained about an aggressive policeman who verbally abused him and then broke his skateboard in two.
Partik told the Nový Čas daily that he and several of his friends were skating in a prohibited area - in front of Bratislava's Istropolis leisure centre - when a police officer appeared and chased the youths away from the area.
"I know it is prohibited [to skate there] but it's good to skate there. [When we saw the guards] we ran behind the building. One policeman caught me and he attacked me both physically and verbally," he said.
At that point, Patrik said, the officer also broke his skateboard. The teenager lodged a complaint against the officer.
A spokeswoman from the local police department, Sylvia Minovská, said the authorities would respond to the complaint within 30 days. She said that both sides of the story would be heard, and that they would check to see if the incident had been recorded by a closed-circuit television camera.
If the officer is found guilty of the attack, he may be fired from his job.
SLOVAKIA's bison population will be reduced to 14 from 18.
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FOUR BISON from western Slovakia have been marked to be culled after the keepers of the reservation in which they live determined that the bison population was too large.
Although only 18 European bison live in western Slovakia's Topoľčianky bison reserve, built 45 years ago, attendants said that there were still too many for the area's 27 hectares of land to support.
Hunters will be allowed to shoot a 25-year-old female, a 12-year-old bull, a two-year-old calf, and a three-year-old calf. These particular bison have been selected for the cull because of their poor health.
Hunters must pay between 1,590 and 6,990 euro to participate in the hunt, and in return they will be able to take home the head, pelt, and meat, provided it passes veterinary safety tests. The reserve's managers have pledged to put the money back into the maintenance of the ageing reservation.
Jozef Šmondrk from the Topoľčianky state forestry company said the hunt was going to start towards the end of February.
Valentine's Day ruins business for hookers
SLOVAK prostitutes have complained that the St. Valentine's Day weekend had a negative effect on their income.
According to the Slovak daily Narodná Obroda, prostitutes complained that despite the discounts they offered, their customers preferred to stay with their girlfriends and wives on the day of love.
"It's one of the worst weekends of the year," said Ina, 19, who on the night of February 19 was trying to attract customers near a highway between the western towns of Nitra and Trnava.
"Slovak men are incredibly faithful these days, and they tend to spend this holiday with their girlfriends or wives. Or after having bought them Valentine presents they simply have no money left to pay for a half hour of pleasure," she said.
Some prostitutes discounted the prices of their services in an attempt to boost business.
One prostitute from the western town of Sereď said she had lowered her price for oral sex from Sk500 (12 euro) to Sk400 (9.50 euro) and so-called "full service" from Sk1,000 (24 euro) to Sk800 (19 euro), but still no customers were interested.
According to Narodná Obroda, many experienced prostitutes simply took the weekend off and those who did not may do so next year.
Compiled by Martina Pisárová from press reports
24. Feb 2003 at 0:00