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Rorshok Georgia Update

A weekly update in English of the events in Georgia, brought to you by Rorshok Podcasts.

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Georgia Update - 29nd of July, 2021

Rorshok's weekly ten-minute update of stuff happening in Georgia. Confirmed cases of COVID-19 saw a major upswing this week, with over 2,500 patients testing positive for the virus. That is a jump of over 1,000 new cases. Pfizer vaccines have arrived and began being distributed Monday. Also this week, Tea Tsulukiani presented the culture ministry’s 10-year action plan, calling for plans to launch eight cultural programs worth 20 million lari (about 6.5 million US dollars). The proposals will support the socially underprivileged, disabled and vulnerable populations.This and much more in this week’s episode.Thanks for tuning in! We want to know why you are listening, how you found us, and your life story! Thoughts? Recommendations? Important stuff we missed we might have missed, or topics you want us to cover? Things we got wrong, in your humble opinion? Email us at podcast@rorshok.com. Like what you hear? Subscribe, share, and tell your buds. Examine the poverty line in Georgia and just how many are living below.

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30 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Georgia Update - 22nd of July, 2021

Rorshok's weekly ten-minute update of stuff happening in Georgia. Updates on the Tbilisi Pride fallout, drug allegations facing violence victim Lesko, continued protests supporting media representatives, the Batumi International Conference, Kahha Kaladze as Tbilisi mayoral candidate, COVID-19 hospitals reaching full capacity, negative PCR tests required for certain events/gatherings, facemasks may be mandated again, high out-of-pocket healthcare costs in Georgia, bread prices increasing, a first coming soon for Belavi Belarusian airlines, export strategies for wine producers, paintings discovered at the Hotel London building, mental health during the pandemic, and much more! Thanks for tuning in! We want to know why you are listening, how you found us, and your life story! Thoughts? Recommendations? Important stuff we missed we might have missed, or topics you want us to cover? Things we got wrong, in your humble opinion? Email us at podcast@rorshok.com. Like what you hear? Subscribe, share, and tell your buds. Read the WHO’s report on healthcare in Georgia hereView the photos of paintings discovered at the Hotel London building hereInterested in how the pandemic has affected mental health in Georgia? Here’s a datablog about it

9mins

23 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Georgia Update - 15th of July, 2021

Rorshok's weekly ten-minute update of stuff happening in Georgia. TV Pirveli cameraman Lekso Lashkarava, who was one of 53 media representatives previously attacked at a Tbilisi Pride counter-rally, was found dead this week. At home recovering from multiple injuries sustained during the attack, circumstances surrounding the journalist’s death are still pending and under investigation, but some officials are pointing toward a drug overdose. Lesko’s death prompted protests across Georgia, including Batumi where protesters attempted to spray paint the word “murderers” on the Government of Adjara building. In other news, COVID-19 cases are still on the rise, but the country did receive 43,000 AstraZeneca vaccines this past week. Farmers who lost cattle to anthrax will receive compensation from the state, beginning in 2022. A deeper dive into politics and women refusing maternity leave. These stories, and much more. Thanks for tuning in! We want to know why you are listening, how you found us, and your life story! Thoughts? Recommendations? Important stuff we missed we might have missed, or topics you want us to cover? Things we got wrong, in your humble opinion? Email us at podcast@rorshok.com. Like what you hear? Subscribe, share, and tell your buds. Listen here to Lekso Lashkarava’s final interviewYou can find the ISET and UN Women report “Maternity Protection Convention” here

8mins

17 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Georgia Update - 8th of July 2021

Rorshok's weekly ten-minute update of stuff happening in Georgia. Used to be TBLPOD. Updates on Tbilisi Pride, a brief history of LGBTQ+ activism in Georgia, COVID-19 updates, a cyber attack on the official vaccine registration site, Georgia receives vaccines donated by Austria, a new 10-year economic development plan, air traffic recovery dynamics on the mend, increased funding for Georgian micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, candidates for the Central Election Commission selected, the US State Department’s 2021 Trafficking in Persons report, the “largest ever” cleanup of Georgia’s Black Sea coastline, animated film “Abandoned Village” wows at Paris International Animation Film Festival, Georgian national women’s team claims gold at Wheelchair Fencing World Championships, and much more! Thanks for tuning in! We want to know why you are listening, how you found us, and your life story! Thoughts? Recommendations? Important stuff we missed we might have missed, or topics you want us to cover? Things we got wrong, in your humble opinion? Email us at podcast@rorshok.com. Like what you hear? Subscribe, share, and tell your buds. Still need to register for the COVID vaccine? You can do so here: booking.moh.gov.ge You can read the 201 Trafficking in Persons Report here. You can find the JAMnews article “The History of Georgia’s LGBT+ community’s struggle for equal rights and non-discrimination” here.

8mins

9 Jul 2021

Rank #4

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Georgia Update - 1st of July 2021

Rorshok's weekly ten-minute update of stuff happening in Georgia. Used to be TBLPOD. Updates on the Ninotsminda boarding school case, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines incoming, more COVID-19 updates, Tbilisi Pride news, Tamar Zhvania resigns, a memorandum for Georgia and Ukraine’s NATO membership, Georgia now chairs the BSEC, 7 years since Georgia’s AA deal with the EU, a new bread factory in Tbilisi, examining the Gelati Monastery complex, a new article on the Georgian-Ossetian village of Velebi, travel and summer plans, and more! Thanks for tuning in! We want to know why you are listening, how you found us, and your life story! Thoughts? Recommendations? Important stuff we missed we might have missed, or topics you want us to cover? Things we got wrong, in your humble opinion? Email us at podcast@rorshok.com. Like what you hear? Subscribe, share, and tell your buds. You can find the JAMnews article “Life in a secluded Georgian-Ossetian village of Velebi” here.

8mins

2 Jul 2021

Rank #5

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Georgia Update - 24th of June 2021

Rorshok's weekly ten-minute update of stuff happening in Georgia. Used to be TBLPOD. Updates on COVID-19 regulations, incoming vaccines, waived fines, no more iron barricades for HPP protesters, Tbilisi Pride division and concerns, elections in Armenia, a new UN general assembly resolution initiated by Georgia, grant competition bringing performances and initiatives to Georgia, the newest Sustainable Development Report, a documentary about deforestation in Dighomi forests, vacation in Anaklia, a new great area in Tbilisi, and more! Thanks for tuning in! We want to know why you are listening, how you found us, and your life story! Thoughts? Recommendations? Important stuff we missed we might have missed, or topics you want us to cover? Things we got wrong, in your humble opinion? Email us at podcast@rorshok.com. Like what you hear? Subscribe, share, and tell your buds. You can find the JAMnews documentary here.

7mins

25 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Georgia Update - 17th of June 2021

Rorshok's weekly ten-minute update of stuff happening in Georgia. Used to be TBLPOD. Protests for and against the Namakhvani hydropower plant project, the French Development Agency’s loan to Georgia, the rejection of the amnesty bill, a massive power cut, 50 million euros provided by the European Investment Bank to support vaccination for everyone in the country, new parking lots added, first ever display in Georgia about the city of Pompeii, and much more! Thanks for tuning in! We want to know why you are listening, how you found us, and your life story! Thoughts? Recommendations? Important stuff we missed we might have missed, or topics you want us to cover? Things we got wrong, in your humble opinion? Email us at podcast@rorshok.com. Like what you hear? Subscribe, share, and tell your buds. You can find the Datablog “Who smokes in Georgia?” here.

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18 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Georgia Update - 10th of June 2021

So TBLPOD.com is back! Just leaner, more exciting, more concise, greater relevance for your life! Did we miss anything? What do you think? If you have something you want announced and we think it’s cool enough, let us know and we’ll spill. We are open for any and all. Remember we research and record this thing and you listen to it and even go so far as to read these show notes, which means you are at least a bit interested, but we don’t know that. So say hi. Here: podcast@rorshok.com Don’t forget to sign up to get notified when it comes out each week, however you listened to this. How do you listen to Podcasts by the way? We’re curious. You can find the articles mentioned in the episode here: Georgia’s Minorities: Breaking Down Barriers to Integration.Vaccination registration link for tourism sector representatives. 

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11 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Georgia Update – 3rd of June 2021

Rorshok's weekly ten-minute update of stuff happening in Georgia. Updates on the the Namakhvani hydro power plant situation, new political party, financial aid provided by the US, Covid vaccination certificate to allow travelling, cases of the Indian variant reported, health minister tested positive for Covid, shortening of the curfew to help farmers, new transport network announced by Tbilisi City Hall, and much more! Thanks for tuning in! We want to know why you are listening, how you found us, and your life story! Thoughts? Recommendations? Important stuff we missed we might have missed, or topics you want us to cover? Things we got wrong, in your humble opinion? Email us at podcast@rorshok.com. Like what you hear? Subscribe, share, and tell your buds. You can find the book “Clientelism and Nationality in an Early Soviet Fiefdom: The Trials of Nestor Lakoba” by Timothy K. Blauvelt here.

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4 Jun 2021

Rank #9

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Georgia Update – 27th of May 2021

Rorshok's weekly ten-minute update of stuff happening in Georgia. Independence day celebrations, historic results at the European Court of Human Rights, protests against a Hydro power plant construction, influencers visiting Georgia to promote tourism, Georgia won several prizes at the International Wine Challenge, all natural protected areas reopened, and much more! Thanks for tuning in! We want to know why you are listening, how you found us, and your life story! Thoughts? Recommendations? Important stuff we missed we might have missed, or topics you want us to cover? Things we got wrong, in your humble opinion? Email us at podcast@rorshok.com. Like what you hear? Subscribe, share, and tell your buds. If you want to check out the Report “Indicators of Living Conditions 2020”, go here.

8mins

28 May 2021

Rank #10