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Friday, July 22
Local finds dinosaur trace fossil in his yard in Kutaisi, Georgia

A local resident of the city of Kutaisi in Western Georgia has found a dinosaur fossil in his yard. The 34-centimeter limestone fossil was found during the construction of a garage.

Representatives of the agency of reserved territories of Imereti Region have started examining the yard of the Izoria family. They presume the prehistoric animal had three toes on its foot.

The speleologists also presume the trace of a fossil found in the yard is larger than others found in Georgia before. They also think the fossil found by the Izoria family belonged to a dinosaur, the size of which was larger then medium.

A paleantological expedition is expected to start with an examination of the discovery very soon. (Rustavi 2)

John Bass Gave Humanitarian Aid to Red Cross Society

U.S. ambassador John Bass gave humanitarian aid sent by U.S. government to the Red Cross Society.

“This aid is part of the main work, USAID does for the Red Cross. As a result of this help, the Red Cross will be more effective during the emergency situations like a month ago near Rikoti tunnel. It is a good example of U.S.-Georgia partnership and the attitude we have towards Georgia and is part of the investments we make in this country”, John Bass said.

Chairperson of the Georgian Red Cross Society Nana Keinishvili thanked the ambassador and U.S. government for the help.

“Such help is very important in Georgia during disasters and conflicts, which was revealed in 2008 war. We have different equipment, including emergency clothes, special T-shirts to wear in cold weather, sleeping bags, tents and this aid is very important to us”, Nana Keinishvili stated.

Director of emergency situations management department of MIA Irakli Kadagidze and representatives of U.S. Defense Ministry attended the ceremony. (Interpressnews)

Criminal Case Instituted Against Employee of Embassy of Georgia in Ukraine

A criminal case has been launched against the employee of the embassy of Georgia to Ukraine for physically assaulting a journalist, according to an online portal. The correspondent for the portal is the injured journalist Aleksandr Yamkov.

The criminal case on a charge of hooliganism was initiated by the Shevchenko region militia department. The attacker faces the possibility of 7 years in prison.

The aggrieved journalist intends to pursue a case under criminal code article 171, hindering a journalist’s professional activity.

“The rate of police work assures me that the case will soon be settled and the attacker will be punished”, the journalist said.

The movement FEMEN doesn’t believe that the attacker will be punished as they presume that he has already left Ukraine as he was dismissed after the incident.

On July 18, FEMEN protested in support of Georgian photo reporters outside the embassy of Georgia in Kiev. A man from the embassy tried to disperse the protest. He allegedly assaulted journalist Aleksandr Yiamkov. (Interpressnews)

Staff of the 8th Hospital Demand Meeting with President of Georgia

Medical staff of former 8th hospital met with the leader of the united trades union Irakli Petriashvil over closing the clinic.

The doctors declare that the main reason of the meeting was closing the hospital and dismissing its employees.

As a doctor told InterPressNews, the government doesn’t protect the rights of medical staff. Their main demand is to meet with President Mikheil Saakashvili to introduce him to the problems that concern the medical staff of the 8th hospital. They say that they cannot accept the decision of the government regarding closing the clinic. The doctors say that they learnt about the decision several weeks ago and claim that say that about 530 staff will be unemployed after the clinic closes.

Irakli Petriashvil promised help to the medical staff saying that trade unions will fight to protect the doctors’ rights. (Interpressnews)

Workers discover ruins of ancient building

People working on the construction of a new motorway, have made a new discovery - the workers found the ruins of the basement of an ancient building at the Igoeti section of the motorway. Scientists have already visited the site. They presume the building dates back to the first millennium BC, the period of the first king of Iberia, Pharnavaz - VI-III centuries BC. They say that they found the basements of ancient churches and the sepulchers, where they found things made of metal and ceramic. (Rustavi 2)

Group of producers arrive in Georgia from Bollywood

A group of producers from Bollywood have arrived in Georgia to view film settings and conduct casting for the Indian blockbuster, gangster thriller Billa 2. They will travel to various regions of Georgia and carry out casting to select actors for several roles.

The visit aims to forge ties with Georgian companies working in the film industry.

The guests will hold meetings with the Ministers of Culture and Economics, representatives of the National Agency of Investment and the Movie-Centre.

Bollywood producers are visiting Georgia for the second time. After their first visit to the country in January, where they shot an ad-video on Georgia. (Rustavi 2)

Incident after Dacia vs. Zestafoni

The Champions League qualifier between Dacia Chisinau and Zestafoni ended with an accident on the field - after the match held in Chisinau on Wednesday, the main coach of the Moldovan team, Igor Dobrovolsky hit the Georgian player Irakli Dzaria in his face. The incident grew into a clash between both sets of players.

The directors of FC Zestafoni plan to report the case to the UEFA disciplinary committee. Gia Geguchadze`s team defeated Dacia 3-2 on aggregate.

FC Zestafoni will now play Sturm Graz of Austria in the third qualifying round. (Rustavi 2)