Friday, 18. April 2014
26. 12. 12. - 14:00
An expert report has concluded that the balcony that collapsed in the middle of October that left four girls on a skiing trip from Germany hospitalised after they fell 20 foot to the ground had not been properly built.
Prosecutors are now investigating over possible charges of aggravated assault as a result of the negligence but say that the original constructor that put up the balcony had died 10 years ago.
The false construction was the reason for the accident and as well as the fact that the builder involved has died the possibility of legal action is also now passed, as legally the time is up.
However prosecutors say that they can still take legal action against the operators of the Pension and also against to people who were friends of the owner who were supposedly qualified and checked the balcony regularly to make sure everything was in order. During these checks the faulty design of the balcony should have been noticed and acted upon say prosecutors.
Two of the four German schoolgirls were left in a coma after leaning against a balcony for a photo which then gave way tipping them to the ground at Finkenberg in Zillertal, Austria.
In total four girls all aged between 13 and 15 were hospitalised after the accident while they were on a ski course doing glacier skiing in the region.
The four only survived because they landed on wet grass rather than on a stone pavement, which they narrowly missed.
However despite that two of the girls were left in intensive care with one of them being flown by air ambulance to a specialist clinic in Bavaria.
But both of the girls are now said to be doing well and doctors are optimistic they will see no lasting damage from their injuries.
Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer
The Viennese art world has created its own version of the Easter Bunny – by making a giant sized sculpture of the famous Albrecht Dürer painting currently on display until 29 June as part of the exhibition "Dürer, Michelangelo, Rubens"
Pressure Group To Tackle Victims Of Austrian Officialdom
A group of businessmen fed up at the way companies are being squeezed not only by red tape but also by ever newer taxes have taken to the Internet to try and build up pressure for change.
First Hotel in Millstatt Celebrates 130th Anniversary on Summer 2014
Luxury hotel See-Villa in Millstatt, Carinthia opens its doors anew to welcome the 2014 summer season and celebrates its 130th founding anniversary in Austria's summer capital.
Austrian Teen Girls Become Pin Ups For Syrian Jihad
Interpol is searching for two Austrian teenage girls who they believe have been tricked into going to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels.
As seen at Haydn Kino: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Film review by Kostyantyn Steblovskyy
Schools Ordered To Save, But Also To Buy Expensive Scales
Austria's embattled finance ministry has been dragged into a new scandal after it emerged that at the same time as demanding schools save 57 Millionen Euros, they were also expected to find an additional 3 million to buy an approved set of weighing scales.
OAP Hunts Down THIS Hit And Run Cyclist
Does anyone recognise this cyclist? If so you can get yourself 200 euros, and do a good deed in the process.
Property price rise continues
The price of property in Vienna has now spiralled so much that every 4th apartment comes with a price tag of 500,000 or more. And every second flat costs 300,000 or more.
Free Staff For One Person Companies - But Only In NÖ
Since the beginning of the year one-man-companies, the so called "Ein-Personen-Unternehmen" in Lower Austria have been entitled to help in the form of a free assistant.
What is on at Burg Kino this week? (18 April - 24 April)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
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|'Most prolific burglar ever' behind bars|
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