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Tuesday, September 7
Georgian basketball team to participate in 2011 European Championship

For the first time in the history of Georgian basketball, the Georgian national team will take part in the 2011 European Championship - the decision was taken by the International Basketball Federation at the congress held in Turkey. Under the decision of the FIBA, Georgia will be among the 24 countries that will play in the European Championship in 2011. The championship will be held in Lithuania.
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Labour Party will return constitutional court to Tbilisi

The Labour Party of Georgia objects to the decision of the government to move the Constitutional Court from the capital to Batumi. Giorgi Gugava, a member of the party said the President moved the court from Tbilisi to Batumi in order to make it a subordinate body and weaken it.

The opposition party pledges to do its best to return the court to the capital after Saakashvili’s term expires.

“Since Saakashvili made this court his subordinate body and moved it to Batumi, the court has turned into an invalid shelter of slave judges, who serve Saakashvili but not the country. We promise to return the constitutional court back to the people’s service after Saakashvili’s regime is changed,” Giorgi Gugava said.
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Helicopters try to Extinguish Fires in Kvareli Woods

Tbilisi. September (Prime-News) – Helicopters are trying to extinguish the fire in Kvareli woods, but the attempts are so far, unsuccessful.

According to the Internal Ministry’s Emergency situations department at this stage the fire does not represent a danger to the local population.

The fire was noticed by 15:00 of September 5 and has spread over 20 hectares in the woods in 5 kms away from Kvareli.

The fire also hit the woods of the villages Mtisdziri and Sabue of the Kvareli district on Septemebr 5.

Police detain Bribery Suspects

The Constitutional Security Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has arrested the deputy director of the Kobuleti Environment Protection Service Tamaz Papunaishvili. This was reported by the deputy head of the CSD Ioseb Topuridze at a special briefing of September 6, who stated that Papunaishvili was caught red-handed while taking a bribe for US$ 1000 from a businessman in return for issuing a permit to install a side-show at the seaside park.

Employees of the Gori municipality Mariam Orjonikidze and the governor of Karaleti village, Zviad Berianidze have also been detained on charges of bribery. They asked for GEL 2,000 from a citizen in return for the rental of land.

The Constitutional Security Department is investigating the cases.

Ferris wheel opens in Mtatsminda Park

A new attraction has opened in the Bombora Park. Construction of the giant Ferris wheel lasted three months. Experts say it meets all international standards, in particular international standards of safety.

The wheel is 62 metres tall and has 44 cabins, each with air conditioning and heating.

The wheel was presented on Sunday evening. A Tbilisi jazz band, fairy tale characters, Shapito circus artists and the Pantomime theatre participated in the event.

Under the initiative of Tbilisi’s mayor, Gigi Ugulava, children from Kojori and Tskneti orphanages attended the event, which ended with magnificent fireworks.
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Security for Georgian football fans

Tbilisi City Hall, the Georgian Football Federation and the Patrol Police have agreed to take joint measures to ensure the safety and security of Georgian football supporters.

Georgia will play Israel at the national stadium in Tbilisi on September 7. Around 52,000 supporters are expected to attend the game.

Tbilisi City Hall has drawn up a plan and given it to the patrol police. According to the plan, all the streets near the stadium will be closed during the match.

Members of the Georgian National Football Team returned from Greece on Friday; where they held the Greek National Team to a 1-1 draw. Alexander Iashvili put the Georgians ahead in the third minute of the game, a lead the visitors would keep for over an hour – more than enough time to convince the spectators of Greece’s demise. However the story changed abruptly with just one goal, a 72nd minute equalizer from Nikolaos Spiropoulos.
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