The coalition of ANO and the Social Democrats will not support a proposed a
constitutional amendment under which marriage would only be permitted
between men and women, Czech Television reported after a government meeting
on Tuesday morning. The legislation was put forward by an MP for the
Christian Democrats and has support from over 30 deputies from six parties.
Another bill is also set to go before Parliament allowing for marriage between people of the same sex. It also has cross-party support, enjoying the backing of around 45 MPs in the 200-seat lower house.
The first quadruplets in 15 years were born in the Czech Republic last
week. The three girls and a boy – named Anežka, Monika, Klára and
Ondřej – were born at Prague’s Motol teaching hospital,
representatives said on Monday. The births went smoothly and all the babies
are reportedly doing well.
The quadruplets are the 22nd to have been born in this country since 1950. The only quintuplets ever born in the Czech Republic turned five recently.
The only quintuplets ever born in the Czech Republic turned five on
Saturday. The four boys and a girl, Alex, Martin, Michael, Daniel and
Tereza, were born by Caesarean section at Prague’s Podolí maternity
hospital on June 2, 2013. Their mother, Alexandra Kiňová, was 23 at the
A special collection was held at the time of the children’s birth to help the family financially.
The chance of quintuplets being spontaneously conceived is one in 48 million and their story received international attention at the time.
The number of Czech scouts has increased by about one third since 2006 to
over 60,500, according to the data released by the Czech Scouting Movement
Junák on Saturday. The most significant increase, by about 2,700, was
recorded last year.
There are currently 2,148 scouting clubs all over the Czech Republic. The highest number of scouts is in the South Moravian region, followed by Central Bohemia, and Prague.
The Czech scouting movement was established in 1912 and was banned three times during their history, first by the Nazis and then twice by the Communist regime.
The annual National Marriage Week, aiming at increasing rates of marriage and children born in wedlock, gets under way in the Czech Republic on Monday. According to the data of the Czech Statistical Office, the divorce rate in the Czech Republic, which has traditionally been one of the highest in Europe, has been dropping in recent years and marriages that end in divorce last longer than before.
The documentary Children Online shines a highly revealing light on how the lives of kids in the Czech Republic are increasingly shaped, if not dominated, by the internet. The film shows that for today’s generation YouTube videos have largely supplanted television, to be offline is to be an outsider and cyber-grooming is a genuine threat. I discussed Children Online, which has been screened at 20 festivals, with its director, Kateřina Hager. My first question: What had drawn her to the subject to begin with?
“Adopt a Doll, Save a life” is a project launched by the Czech branch of UNICEF fifteen years ago. Over that time it has helped to save the lives of some 30,000 children. Ahead of the Christmas holidays the Czech mission to the United Nations and the Czech branch of UNICEF brought the project to New York, organizing a charity auction at the National Bohemian Hall. I asked the head of the Czech branch of UNICEF Pavla Gomba to tell me more about the event and the project itself.