A rescue team was able to free a speleologist trapped in the Nová Drátenická cave in Moravský kras (Moravian Karst) on Sunday. The man’s legs were pinned in an apparent cave-in; a spokesman for the fire brigade confirmed his rescue as complex, as the man was located several hundred metres away from the cave opening. Once freed, the person was taken by helicopter to Brno’s Teaching Hospital. The injuries to his legs were described as serious.
A move to introduce new rules governing the coloured signs and directions for touristic paths across the country looks like it will be defeated in Cabinet. The introduction of new rules, making the Club of Czech Tourists and the Mountain Services the legal owners of the signs and direction markers and setting a fine of up to 5,000 crowns for damaging them, has been backed by the Christian Democrats. But other parties say the proposal is full of flaws and erodes the rights of property owners. The chances of the proposal being backed in Cabinet on Monday are viewed as slim. An army of association volunteers with paint brushes renew the markets on a continual basis.
A team of explorers recently found the world’s deepest underwater cave located in the eastern part of the Czech Republic. A Czech-Polish expedition, led by the legendary Polish diver Krzysztof Starnawski, descended deep into the flooded limestone cave called Hranice Abyss and found it to be far deeper than previously thought. According to their measurements, the cave is 404 meters deep, 12 meters deeper than the previous record holder, 392-meter-deep Pozzo del Merro in Italy.
A team of explorers has just confirmed that Hranice Abyss, located in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, is deepest underwater cave on the planet. A Czech-Polish expedition, led by the legendary Polish diver Krzysztof Starnawski, descended deep into the flooded limestone abyss Hranicka Propast this week and found it to be far deeper than previously thought. The underwater cave is 404 meters deep, making it the deepest underwater cave in the world, 12 meters deeper than the previous record holder, 392-meter-deep Pozzo del Merro in Italy. News of the discovery appeared in the National Geographic which co-funded the expedition.
The Czech cyclist Leopold König has announced that he will return to Germany’s Bora, for which he will be team leader in the 2017 Tour de France, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. There had been speculation during this year’s Tour de France that the Czech would rejoin Bora (formerly known as NetApp-Endura), which has also made other significant reinforcements ahead of next season. König, who is 28, signed on with the world’s wealthiest cycling stable Team Sky in 2015.
Cyclist Ivo Koblasa has achieved the best result for a Czech so far in the Paralympics taking place in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. The 23-year-old took sixth place in the 3,000 metres individual pursuit with a time of 3.55.43. The time for Ivo, voted the best handicapped Czech cyclist for 2014,is reckoned to be a promising indication that the can be among the medals in upcoming events.
Nymburk is a small town located about 30 kilometres north-east of Prague. It is situated on the banks of the Elbe river, which flows westwards from its source in the Krkonoše mountains, and along an area of vast plains stretching from beyond Hradec Králové all the way into Prague. Nymburk lies at the heart of this absolutely flat landscape – there’s not a single hill in sight here.
Tourists are getting ripped off even more in Czech tourist hotspots by retailers and restaurant owners, according to figures from the Czech Trade Inspectorate. It found around 40 percent of businesses were guilty of unfair practices in the second quarter such as overcharging with restaurants frequently selling short portions of food and drinks. This compares with around a third carrying out such practices in the same quarter of 2015. The office handed out fines in 148 cases with the total amount of fines coming to 300,000 crowns.
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