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Georgia defeated Germany in rugby with score 50:6
The Georgian National Rugby Team “Borjghalosnebi” held the match of Rugby Europe 2017 against Germany today and defeated the rival with score 50:6. As a result, Georgian team gained the bonus point and moved to the first place in the league table.The match has been held at Rustavi Rugby Stadium. First Channel of the Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) aired the match live. “Borjghalosnebi” will hold the next match against Spain on March 4.
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Society
Health condition of Giorgi Mamaladze is stable
According to Sopo Ungiadze, the head of the Cardiology epartment of the Chapidze Heart Clinic The health condition of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for attempted murder, is stable. Doctor says that Giorgi Mamaladze is being treated for pneumonia and medical examinations are being carried out. He will  remains placed at Chapidze Heart Clinic under supervision of doctors for several days. The prison administration decided to hospitalize the detainee Giorgi Mamaladze as his health condition was unstable and turned to the worse on February 17.
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Religion
Ilia II: “What Happened, why Father Giorgi speaks one thing and then the other?”
“What Happened, why is that Father Giorgi speaks one thing and then the other? Whose order is that?” – Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II says in a video address released while his being at a clinic in Berlin, Germany. “Obieqtivi” TV released the full address. “Sorrow and joy are like twin brothers. When a person enjoys joy, he/she should wait for a sorrow,” Ilia II said and told about his operation and current health condition. Patriarch also touched upon the detention fact of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze and said that the Georgian church and the country as well as the population have always been a united organism, nobody could violate the unity of the nation and church. 
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Media
Georgian FM commented on protest broadcasting of Rustavi 2
Georgian Foreign Minister Mikheil Janelidze commented on launch of protest broadcasting by Rustavi 2 TV Company from Germany where Munich Security Conference is being held. Janelidze said that freedom of media was guaranteed in Georgia. “The case of Rustavi 2 is in court and making ado, attempt of destabilization and causing tension in public are less effective. We should wait for court decision together,” Janelidze said. Rustavi 2 TV Company and its web-page are working in protest regime. Broadcasting is stopped and the staff is preparing for a protest to be held in support of Rustavi 2 at central Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi on February 19. Zaal Udumashvili, Deputy General Director of TV Company said that it was not easy to make the decision about protest but TV Company had no other choice. 
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Politics
Ana Gomes holding meetings with Georgian colleagues
Ana Gomes, a member of Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, continues holding meetings with Georgian colleagues. Gomes today met with representatives of parliamentary majority and opposition.  Ongoing processes in the country and media freedom with respect to the developments around Rustavi 2 TV Company and Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) were discussed during the meeting. 
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Politics
Russian occupants detain Georgian local
Russian occupants detained a local of Anaklia resort on charge of having attempted to cross the so-called border illegally, the State Security Service reports. The incident took place near the occupation line in Ganmukhuri village, Samegrelo region. Reportedly, the detainee Davit Tsertsvadze was accompanied by another person too, however, he managed to escape.According to State Security Service, the hotline has already been activated and efforts for his release are underway.
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Society
PM visited Patriarch at the clinic in Berlin
Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili has arrived in Berlin, Germany. He visited Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II at the Clinic, who underwent through a surgery at Helios Klinikums Berlin-Buch Clinic in Germany.
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Society
Board of Trustees presented vision on evaluation criteria of GPB programs
Board of Trustees of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) has presented a vision on evaluation criteria of GPB programs to the Executive Council of GPB. According to Sulkhan Saladze, one of the members of Board, no particular resistance from the management took place. He said that talks focused on ratings.Management will present its point of view about the document at the session of the Council, which is scheduled for tomorrow.
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Society
GPB Executive Council releases statement
Executive Council of Georgian Public Broadcaster (GPB) released a statement through which the council thanks the public for interest over the current developments and planned reforms at GPB. The Council calls on the interested persons for being actively involved in public discussions about the development strategy. “We chose the way, which ensures transparency, fairness, consensus and protection of employees’ rights. We believe that the process will be a start of the new stage, which will transform GPB into a media organization oriented on public’s interests, attraction of audience and quality,” reads the statement. Full text of the statement is published on GPB web-page www.1tv.ge.
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