A four-year-old child has died in hospital after a Tbilisi residential building explosion rocked Tbilisi several hours ago. Doctors say the child was in a critical condition when he was brought to Imedi Clinic.
Among the injured are six minors and two middle-age individuals-a man and a woman, based on the latest information.
Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze has declared 17 January as a mourning day.
Flags on state buildings will fly at half-staff tomorrow.
Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili, who visited the injured children in the Iashvili Clinic, stated that their lives are not at risk.
She said that she is deeply touched by the huge tragedy and offered her condolences to the families of those who died.
The local authorities will accommodate them until the building is checked for safety and mandatory works are done.
Three people have been killed and at least five injured in a powerful explosion in the Didi Digomi district of Tbilisi about two hours ago – among the injured four are children.
A gas leak may have caused the explosion. Nearby buildings were also damaged in the blast, locals say.
The evacuation of people from the building where the explosion took place has ended.
Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze are at the scene.
Health Minister David Sergeenko told the media that the health condition of two minors is satisfactory, while the condition of two others is critical. One has a skull trauma, but fortunately there is no need of surgical intervention. Another is being transported from the Imedi clinic and his health condition, as far as I know, is critical,” Sergeenko said.
Residents told the media that there was a strong gas smell present in the building throughout the day. Employees of gas provider company Kaztransgas came to the building to check for a leak, but left the scene after finding that nothing was wrong with the gas infrastructure
Patrol police, rescuers and emergency brigades are at the scene.
The staircase inside the building has been destroyed, as well as the walls of several flats.
A residential building has exploded due to an alleged gas leak in Didi Digomi district of Tbilisi.
Three deaths have been confirmed, several have been hospitalised.
Rescue workers are currently trying to extinguish the fire and evacuate people from the building.
Business consultants in Georgia have until 24 September to apply for a four-day EU4Business training course on ‘Change Management for Consultants’.
The course will take place in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi over two modules, on 27–28 September and 8–9 November. It will provide consultants with the tools, methodologies and processes to deliver high-quality projects on time, within budget and with minimal risk.
The course is aimed at experienced consultants with at least five years’ experience in the field of management consulting (in areas such as IT, implementation of production systems, strategic management, human resources, etc.).
Participants will learn change management skills to meet the demands of complex clients with large-scale projects.
More information on eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found here. (http://eu4business.eu/events/change-management-training-business-consultants-tbilisi)
This training course is part of the ‘Advice for small businesses’ programme implemented by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and supported by the EU under the EU4Business initiative.
The first Eastern Partnership European School opened today in Tbilisi, Georgia. One of the Eastern Partnership's 20 deliverables for 2020, it will provide students from the EU’s six Eastern partner countries with an innovative academic programme while fostering multicultural exchanges and cooperation.
Today, the first Eastern Partnership European School opened its doors to 30 students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. The start of the academic year was marked with a special event in the presence of EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn and Mamuka Bakhtadze, Prime Minister of Georgia.
Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, said: “I’m very proud to be in Tbilisi today to open the first Eastern Partnership European School. It is a project close to my heart and marks a new milestone in the EU’s cooperation with its Eastern partners. Offering high quality education to youth is an investment in the future of the students, of their countries, and of our strong and enduring partnership. The school's opening is also proof of our determination to implement the 20 deliverables for 2020, which are at the heart of the Eastern Partnership and bringing tangible benefits to citizens."
At the Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2017, all EU Member States and the six Eastern partner countries endorsed the Eastern Partnership European School as a top priority and as part of the commitment to strengthen support to youth and education in the region. The school is one of the 20 deliverables for 2020, endorsed by leaders at the last Summit, and also constitutes part of the wider €340 million support package for youth.
The unique diploma programme offered at the Eastern Partnership European School combines academic excellence with specialised teaching inspired by the European school system. Students aged 16 and 17 will attend classes in a multilingual and multicultural environment to extend and deepen their knowledge about Europe and the European Union. Furthermore, they will have access to a rich extra-curricular programme and have the chance to participate in high-level conferences on EU subjects. The students will graduate with an International Baccalaureate Diploma on European Studies.
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) is a joint policy initiative that aims to deepen and strengthen relations between the European Union (EU), its Member States and its six Eastern neighbours: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. It is a specific dimension of the European Neighbourhood Policy. The Eastern Partnership aims at building a common area of shared democracy, prosperity, stability and increased cooperation.
In the 1-26 November period, the so-called smart surveillance cameras have observed the highest number of violations in Tbilisi, Gori and Kutaisi.
In particular, 15 542 video penalties have been imposed on drivers in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi.
It’s notable that penalties were imposed on citizens only for exceeding speed in Gori.
As for other towns, Kutaisi experienced 3 232 penalties, Kharagauli – 936, Samtredia – 318, Khashuri – 453, Mtskheta – 58, Khelvachauri – 6 and Telavi – 4 in the same period.
The so-called smart surveillance cameras fixed 26 452 video penalties in 25 days in total.
Certain streets of Georgia’s capital Tbilisi will experience traffic restrictions in relation to Junior Eurovision song contest. The traffic ban will be in effect till 20:00.
As Georgia’s Interior Ministry has informed IPN, the conjunctions of Shota Rustaveli Avenue and Anton Purtseladze Street, as well as the latter and Lado Gudiashvili will see traffic ban.
According to the ministry, traffic ban is aimed at providing public order and security. It will resume once the event is over.
Georgia’s Interior Ministry has arrested in Ponichala settlement, Tbilisi. As reported by the ministry, four special operations have been underway in the village of Ponichala and so-called Giganti settlement since this morning.
‘Four drug dealers – 2 women and 2 men – have been arrested. Investigation is in progress according to the fourth part of the #260 article of Georgia’s Criminal Code that envisages drug offense. The special operation continues,’ Georgia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs reports.
On April 27, 2017 Ukrainian Film Festival “Ukraine in Focus” opening ceremony will be held in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi. Modern Ukrainian films will be shown at the Cinema “Amirani” (36 Kostava Str.) from April 27 to April 30. Attendance for all guests will be free of charge. Films will be shown in native language with English and Georgian subtitles. Program of film screening and other details will be posted on Facebook page of the Film Festival: https://www.facebook.com/UFFUkraineinfocus/
Film Festival “Ukraine in Focus” will be opened with the film of the Director, Taras Tkachenko “The Nest of a Turtledove” (2016) at 20:00 on April 27 at the Cinema “Amirani”. Then on April 28-30 the following films will be screened in the scope of the festival: “My Grandmother Fanny Kaplan” (Director Olena Demianenko, 2016), “#SELFIEPARTY” (Director Lyubomyr Levytsky, 2016), „Ukrainian Sheriffs” (Documentary film, directed by Roman Bondarchuk, 2016), “Close relations” (Documentary film, directed by Vitaliy Mansky, 2016), “The Servant of Nation 2“(Film, Directed by Oleksiy Kiriuschenko, 2016).
Festival “Ukraine in Focus” prepared separate surprise for the lovers of short films. On April 29, at 20:00 p.m. short feature films-winners of Odessa International Film Festival will be screened: “Away” (Directed by Katya Gornostay, 2015), “Nail” (Directed by Philip Sotnichenko, 2016), “Men’s Work” (Directed by Maryna Stepanska, 2015), “It was raining in Manchester” (Directed by Antonio Lukich, 2016).
And of course The Ukrainian Film Festival has not left the younger audience without attention. Animated film “The Dragon Spell” (Mykyta Kozhumyaka) (Directed by Manouk Depoyan) will be screened for children in the scope of the festival. This cartoon was released in 2016 and according to world film rental, more then 165 000 viewers have watched and fell in love with it. The Animated Film “The Dragon Spell” (Mykyta Kozhumyaka) will be screened for the first time in Tbilisi, in native language (Ukrainian).
Except the film screenings, those who are interested may also attend the master classes and meetings with Ukrainian cinematographers within the section “Film Industry”, which will be organized throughout the day, on April 28, at RadioCafe (2 Dolidze Str. Tbilisi). Film operator Jaroslav Pillunsky will present the case of the project “Yellow Bus”, which aims to support cultural-educational communication with kids; Director of the Cinema “Zhovten” (Kiev, Ukraine), Ludmila Gordeladze will speak about her experience in cinematography, based on the case of the Cinema “Zhovten”. The meeting will be led by the Actress of Film and Theatre, Actress in the leading role in the film “The Nest of a Turtledove”, Rimma Zyubina; General producer of Odessa International Film Festival, Yuliya Synkevich will talk about building festival strategy for the film. Director Roman Bondarchuk will talk about the ‘subaqueous stoneы’ of Oscar campaign, based on the case of his film “Ukrainian Sheriffs”. The section “Film Industry” will be completed with the discussion on the cinematography issues between Ukrainian producers and Philip Illenko, Chairman of Ukrainian State Film Agency.
Maria Moskalenko, the organizer of the festival commented: “Ukrainian Film Festival is organized in Tbilisi for the third time and each year this unordinary event is visited by more and more film-lovers of different ages and nationalities. This year we have on the program the modern films of various genres and we hope that every viewer will be able to attend the film screenings of his/her interest, will learn more about Ukrainian cinematography and take something special from the festival”.
Film Festival is organized by the company FX Film Georgia and JS Films. The event is organized with support of Ukrainian State Film Agency, Embassy of Ukraine in Georgia, Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia, Georgian National Film Center, Odessa International Film Festival, as well as Company Solar Media Entertainment and Arcadia Media House.
The President of the Republic of Latvia, H.E. Raimonds Vējonis and the First Lady, Mrs. Iveta Vējonewill will pay a three-day visit to Georgia. They will be hosted by the President of Georgia, H.E. Giorgi Margvelashvili and the First Lady, Mrs. Maka Chichua.
The official welcoming ceremony will be held tomorrow at the Presidential Palace. As a part of the visit, presidents will hold tete-a-tete and extended meetings. They will also hold a joint press conference and sign mutual documents.
President Vējonis will lay a wreath at the memorial of soldiers, fallen in fight for Georgia’s independence and hold a working dinner with the Chairperson of the Parliament of Georgia.
On March 28, presidents will attend a friendly football match between Georgia and Latvia.
On March 29, presidents will visit the occupation line in Khurvaleti, after which they will visit Kvareli and open a Latvian investment project.
The state visit will end on March 30.
Tbilisi hosted Sóley Stefánsdóttir, better known simply as sóley, an Icelandic multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter. AlterVision presented her and her bend members at SPACEHALL, in Tbilisi.
The atmosphere was pleasant, quiet and comfortable. Sóley’s music united the hearts of all the listeners. The singer thanked Georgia for hosting.