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Lobont undergoes surgery in Belgium

The goalkeeper of the football team Dinamo Bucharest and of Romania’s national team, Bogdan Lobont left to Belgium this afternoon, where he will undergo right-knee surgery at Doctor Marten’s clinic, where other players were also operated, such as Florin Bratu, Ianis Zicu and Cristian Pulhac. “Lobby” got injured during the Dinamo Bucharest versus Gloria Bistrita game in the Championship and will not return to Romania immediately after the knee surgery. He will stay in Belgium until doctors allow him to start recovery training.

Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard at Mamaia

Formula One drivers Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard will be present at Mamaia on May 2, Adevarul online informs. Fans will have the possibility to watch them in a demonstrative race. The first one to drive is going to be Kimi Raikkonen. David Coulthard, one of the well known Formula One drivers, will take part to the Red Bull F1 Mix event. The races are going to take place at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Coulthard will drive a Red Bull racing car on Mamaia boulevard, between Rex Hotel and Club Bamboo.

Universitatea Craiova, Steaua and Gaz Metan Medias won the 27th round

The football team Universitatea Craiova achieved a difficult victory by 1 – 0 in a home game, against FC Arges Pitesti, in a game included in the 27th round of League I, on Sunday. The only one goal of the game was scored by the Cameroon-based player Jeremie Njock in the 78th minute. In another game, Gaz Metan Medias achieved a precious victory by 2 – 1 in an away game with the team Gloria Buzau. The Brazilian Eric de Oliveira scored both goals for the winners in the 32nd and respectively the 64th minute, and Mera scored in the 38th minute for the hosts. Steaua Bucharest won the game against CS Otopeni by 1 – 0 . The sole goal of the game was scored by the Greek player Kapetanos in the second minute of the extra time.

Athletics: Dragos Neacsu and Ana Maria Groza, Balkan March Champions

Romanian sportsmen, who obtained victories in both races of 20 kilometres, dominated the Over-21 Balkan March Championship in Bucharest. The men’s competition was won by Dragos Neacsu with 1 h 23’ 26’’ 6 / 10, followed by another Romanian marcher, Silviu Casandra. The bronze medal was won by the Greek Alexandros Papamichail). In the women’s competition, the golden medal went to Ana Maria Groza (Romania), with 1 h 29’ 30” 6 / 10, followed by Maria Chatzipanagotidou (Greece) and Ana Rodean (Romania). In the overall women’s chart, Romania also reached the first position by 23 points, followed by Turkey (18 points) and Greece (17 points) while the men’s overall scores were dominated by Greece (17 points), followed by Romania (15 points), the Republic of Moldova (13 points) and Bulgaria (2 points). In the overall charts, Romania reached the first place with 38 points, followed by Greece (34 points), Turkey (32 points) and the Republic of Moldova (13 points).

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Alina Dumitru wins EC Bronze Medal in Tbilisi

Judoka Alina Dumitru has won the 48-kilogram category’s Bronze Medal at the European Championships in Georgia. Alina Dumitru was the first semi-finalist of the 48-kilogram category following her Group A victories against Portugal’s Leandra Freitas and Turkey’s Kubra Tekneci. However, in the semi-finals Hungary’s Eva Csernoviczki defeated the Olympic title holder, score 1-0, in 2 minutes and 56 seconds. Alina Dumitru went on to defeat Belarus’s Volha Leshchenka, winning the Bronze Medal. The other Bronze Medal was won by Germany’s Michaela Baschin who defeated Spain’s Oiana Blanco. The final of the category will be played by Hungary’s Eva Csernoviczki and France’s Frederique Jossinet.

Alina Dumitru was unable to win the European Gold Medal after five years of continental dominance in her weight category.

League 1 – leg 27

Farul Constanta – Dinamo 1-4
Rapid Bucuresti – Tg. Jiu 2-0
Bistrita – FC Timisoara 0-1
Poli Iasi – Unirea Urziceni 0-2
FC Vaslui – FC Brasov 0-1

Froch: I’ll smash Bute to bits in six rounds

The British pugilist Karl Froch declared that, were he to play with the Romanian boxer Lucian Bute in the ring, he would “smash” the latter “to bits”, Mediafax announces, quoting ‘The Sun.’ Froch will compete this Saturday evening with the American Jermain Taylor, to defend his WBC title at the Super middleweight category. “I will stylishly defend him and I will make great games and big bucks,” the British pugilist declared. Carl Froch is already making plans for the forthcoming games against adversaries such as Kelly Pavlik, Mikkel Kessler and Lucian Bute. “I will confront Pavlik if he accepts the challenge and I will go to Copenhagen, to overtake Kessler’s WBA title. As for the IBF Champion, Bute, I’d smash him to bits in six rounds,” Froch declared. The Romanian boxer Lucian Bute defended for the third time his IBF Supermiddleweight World Title on March 14, 2009, after defeating the Columbian sportsman Fulgencio Zuniga by technical KO in the forth round of a game in Montreal.

Water Polo – CSM Oradea wins Romanian title

CSM Oradea has defeated Rapid Bucharest on Saturday in the last game of the 2008/2009 season, score 15-5 (4-0, 3-2, 2-1, 6-2), winning the Romanian championship for the third consecutive time.

The results of the 6th tournament for the top 4 places: Steaua – Rapid 9-7 (2-0, 3-2, 2-3, 2-2); Dinamo – CSM Oradea 11-6 (1-1, 4-1, 3-1, 3-3); Rapid – CSM Oradea 5-15 (0-4, 2-3, 1-2, 2-6); Dinamo – Steaua 6-6 (2-1; 1-3; 3-2; 0-0).

These are the final standings: 1. CSM Oradea, 73 pts.; 2. Steaua, 70 pts.; 3. Dinamo, 69 pts.; 4. Rapid, 29 pts.

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Jon Bon Jovi’s marriage success

Jon Bon Jovi’s marriage is successful because he is never at home, according to Cosmopolitan magazine. The 45-year-old rocker, who has been married to his childhood sweetheart Dorothea for 18 years and has four children, insists absence makes the heart grow fonder. Jon also slams the notion that rock stars can’t have long-lasting relationships. He told Cosmopolitan magazine: “I’m never at home! Seriously, Dorothea’s obviously someone I get along with. “The media has this idea that if you make music and are a celebrity, you can’t have a happy marriage. I don’t think that’s true. Many singers have a life like mine.” Jon also insists women are more intelligent than men and credits them for his prolific career. He adds: “The women in my life are why I’ve been successful. Women are the smarter sex.” Jon is the new face of the fragrance RSVP by designer Kenneth Cole. He also has a new album scheduled for release later this year.

Brooke Shields wants studious daughters

Brooke Shields has banned her daughters from taking up acting. The former “Lipstick Jungle” star – who starred in her first advertisement when she was just 11-months-old and shot to fame as a model aged 14 – won’t let Rowan, five, or Grier, three, pursue a career in the spotlight until they have a university degree. According to Time Out Kids magazine, quoted by CelebrityWonder.com, the 43-year-old actress said: “Times are different. I wouldn’t let my children join the industry until they’ve graduated from college. They need a degree, and then at that point I’ll help them do whatever they want.” Despite her strict rules, Brooke says her children are already natural entertainers who love to be in the limelight. She added to Time Out Kids magazine: “Like all little girls, there is a theatrical element to them.” “They love singing and dancing and all of that, but I don’t think they have that passion to be in the business. They know I work so hard, and they wouldn’t have the patience!”

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Romania will finally have a National Registry of Honorary Donors

The Government will open on September 1 the National Registry of Honorary Donors in order to help the people suffering from leukemia, Prime Minister Emil Boc and Health Minister Ion Bazac announced on Sunday during a TV show. The two officials have pointed out that a technical commission will take over by July 1 the Spanish and Italian legislations, procedures and databases – some of the best in the domain – with the Registry set to be introduced on September 1 through a Government decision. In the following period two new medical clinics for the people suffering from leukemia will be opened in Bucharest and Iasi. Romania is one of the few European countries that lack such a Registry, with the patients being unable to resort to the International Registry of Honorary Donors if they need a bone marrow transplant, with that inability significantly lowering their chances of survival.

Campaign for homeless children

The ‘Save the Children’ Organization is conducting the ‘I thank you for looking down’ campaign, a campaign that seeks to inform the public about the 2 per cent Fiscal Code provision. Through that provision each taxpayer can directly support the education of underprivileged children, by redirecting 2 per cent of the income tax. According to the latest studies, 70,000 children are not enrolled in school, being forced to work in order to earn their daily food. In what concerns the number of homeless children, 830 have been identified in Bucharest, 200 in Constanta and 120 in Brasov, many others being present in all important cities. More information about the procedure of redirecting 2 per cent of the income tax, as well as the necessary printed forms can be found at the financial administrations or on the websites www.anaf.ro and www.salvaticopiii.ro.

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After rainy spring, summer to start with boiling hot days in southern Romania

According to the meteorologists, the end of April will register normal temperatures for this time of the year in eastern regions. Temperatures will exceed 25 degrees Celsius in the hottest of days, but they will also drop to -5 degrees Celsius at night in northern and central low areas. The month of May will arrive with temperatures close to the normal levels for that time of year, with the exception of western regions where temperatures will be somewhat lower than usual. While we could expect temperatures of over 30 degrees Celsius during the hottest days of the month, the lowest temperatures will be close to freezing in northern and central parts of the country. Significant rainfalls will also be registered in April and May in western, central and southern regions. On the other hand, the first summer month will be warm and sunny, with temperatures set to surpass 35 degrees Celsius. The quantities of rainfall will be within normal levels, with the exception of south-eastern regions where those quantities will be lower than the normal levels.

Masonic Temple to be build in the Capital

The Great National Loggia of Romania voted, within the works of the annual Convent, which ended on Saturday, the project related to the construction of the Great Temple in Bucharest.

The Great Master of the Great Loggia, Viorel Danacu, said, at the closure of the works, that the construction of a Masonic Temple in the Capital was a must considering that this could not be achieved since the December 1989 revolution. Danacu said that the money collected for the construction of the temple were gathered for many years, but he was waiting for the land price to decrease and to take advantage of the real estate crisis. Yet, a land at Popesti Leordeni was found, having 800 square meters at EUR 17,000, but another offer, more convenient was expected. The Great Master said that the temple would bear symbolist elements, specific Masonic architecture, providing the example of the Romanian Athenaeum venue.

Another decision refers to the establishment of the European Masonic School in Bucharest.

Tourist dead after falling in Bucegi precipice

A 21-year-old tourist, severely injured after falling 200 metres in a precipice while descending on a prohibited route in the Bucegi Mountains, died on Saturday at the Emergency Hospital in Brasov, Mediafax reports. According to Gheorghe Haiduc, the Head of the Busteni Mountain Rescue Team, the young man slipped on the snow and fell over 200 metres in a precipice, and his colleague immediately alerted the Rescue Team. To rescue the comatose tourist, the intervention of two teams of rescuers was required, not to mention that of the meteorologists of the Varfu Omu (Omu Peak) station, and also one of a helicopter that would overtake the victim and urgently carry it to the hospital. Despite of the doctors’ attempts to save his life, the young tourist died during surgery at the Brasov Emergency County Hospital.

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Liberals to file censure motion tomorrow

PNL President Crin Antonescu has announced that the Liberals’ censure motion on the budget rectification will be filed on Tuesday. The Liberals are mainly staking on UDMR backing the motion. Antonescu stated yesterday during a press conference that he expects the censure motion to be signed by PSD President Mircea Geoana and by PSD heavy-weights, but also by some ‘Democrats’ that are friends of the SMEs. ‘We will try to obtain all the signatures. We start off from the PNL – UDMR core. I expect even Mr. Mircea Geoana to sign, considering his expressed reserves on the minimum tax. I am thinking that a lot of Democrats shouted during the campaign that they are the SMEs’ life-long friends and maybe some of these folks with a conscience will come over and sign,’ Antonescu said. The statement came after PNL Secretary General Radu Stroe stated on Friday that the motion could be signed by PSD and PD-L MPs.

Geoana: EPP and European right have stoked anti-Romanian message within EP

PSD President Mircea Geoana has stated yesterday in Sinaia, during a training stage for the campaign teams in view of the EP elections, that the European People’s Party and the European right in general has stoked an anti-Romanian message to the European bodies, on the backdrop in which Romania finds itself increasingly isolated on the continent. ‘Romania is increasingly isolated in Europe. We face enmity in the East and indifference in the West,’ Geoana stated. He stated that the distribution of votes between the right-wing and left-wing parties during the EP elections on June 7 will be ‘decisive’.

The Social-Democrat leader asked the ones responsible for the party’s EP elections campaign to mobilize the electorate so that the European left will force through its economic anti-crisis policies. ‘The true stake of the elections has to do with the answer that the left has to give to the terrible crisis that we are facing,’ Geoana stated.

Diaconescu and Aurescu, decorated for successful trial in The Hague

Foreign Affairs Minister Cristian Diaconescu and Bogdan Auresscu, State Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) were decorated with the National Order “The Romanian Star in the Rank of Knight” by President Traian Basescu, for their contribution to Romania’s success in the trial at The Hague, on the proper delimitation of the maritime plateau. According to a decree published on Friday by Monitorul Oficial, our state offered several decorations “to show the great appreciation of the extraordinary contribution to our country’s success in the trial in Hague versus Ukraine, for the delimitation of the maritime areas.”

Prince Albert II of Monaco, offered the Romanian Star in the Rank of Sash

Prince Albert II of Monaco was decorated with the National Order of the Romanian Star in the Rank of Sash by President Traian Basescu, as sign of appreciation for his contribution to the development of the relations between Romania and Monaco. Prince Albert II of Monaco ended its two-day visit in Romania on Friday with a journey to the Danube Delta. He was accompanied by Culture Minister Theodor Paleologu and the Tourism Minister Elena Udrea.

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Murat Sabaz – interim president of Credit Europe Bank Romania

Murat Sabaz is going to be interim president of Credit Europe Bank Romania. The president of Credit Europe Bank Romania, Tamer Ozatakul, died following a heart attack on Saturday, while in Milan, at the age of 50, Mediafax reports. Credit Europe Bank Romania executive management includes vice-presidents Omer Tetik, Mirela Bordea, Sedat Topcu and Paul Prodan. Bank’s assets increased during the first part of 2008 by 14 per cent against the end of 2007, reaching EUR 1,358 M.

Coldwell banker: Old apartments’ prices halved

During the first three months of the year, the most dynamic sector of the Bucharest real estate market has been the one regarding old apartments. The lack of demand, determined by the financial situation and the difficult access to crediting – all have led to a decrease in prices of old flats by 40-50 per cent against February-March 2008. Last year the maximum prices on sq m had been registered, a survey of Coldwell Banker reveals.

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First Dedeman store in Bucharest, investment of EUR 12 M

The construction materials retailer Dedeman Bacau opened its first store in Bucharest and the thirteenth in the network, with an investment of EUR 12 million, according to a press release. The trade centre is located on a field of 30,000 square metres in the South of Bucharest, near the Progresul railway station and has a built surface of 12,500 square metres. The Dedeman Group closed the year 2008 with a turnover of EUR 265 million including EUR 250 million resulted from the sales of construction materials achieved by the company. This year, the group will open three more stores in Buzau, Iasi and Bucharest.

G7 signals worst of world recession may be over

WASHINGTON – Finance chiefs from the G7 powers said on Friday the global economy may be past the worst phase of a recession although recovery was not yet assured, and they pledged to make sure that big financial firms are sound. Group of Seven finance ministers and central bankers said after a meeting that economic activity should begin to recover later this year. However, they said the outlook remained weak and there was a risk that the global economy may still worsen. be somewhat encouraged, but we would be wrong to conclude that we are close to emerging .

It was a less dire assessment than the G7 finance officials delivered at their last gathering in February, when they warned that the severe downturn would persist through most of 2009 and made no mention of promising signs of stability. “Recent data suggest that the pace of decline in our economies has slowed and some signs of stabilization are emerging,” the G7 said in a closing communique. “We will continue to act, as needed, to restore lending, provide liquidity support, inject capital into financial institutions, protect savings and deposits and address impaired assets.

Ringier Romania – turnover by 27 pc lower

Ringier Romania registered, in 2008, a turnover amounting to CHF 61.5 M, by 27 per cent lower than in the previous year, when it amounted to CHF 84.3 M, based on a company press release. The drop in the revenues of Ringier Romania was induced by the sale of three titles (two TV guides and the newspaper Pro Sport), the fluctuations in the real exchange market and the fierce competition, mainly in the field of tabloids. Also, the revenues from advertising decreased by 21.4 per cent. For 2009, Ringier AG, the mother company estimates that the revenues from advertising are likely to continue to decrease, and the first recovery signs are not expected earlier than 2010. Also, Ringier AG intends to intensify its investments, aiming at expanding to the digital media.

RomMedica at Bucharest International Fair – ROMEXPO

During April 23–25, 2009 at Bucharest International Fair – ROMEXPO, most representative companies active in the medical field from Romania and famous companies from abroad exhibited at ROMMEDICA 2009. These exhibitions foster business contacts, which is a very important aspect for the health system, with positive consequences on costs and efficiency in such a sensitive field. Starting with the edition from five years ago, new events were introduced within the exhibiting events, MEDICA SERVICE EXCHANGE FAIR, which gathers the most representative private clinics and where the most modern medical services are presented, as well as ROMESTETICA, a specialists’ event addressing medical aesthetics.

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Dacia to raise the pace to 1,340 vehicles/day as of June 15

Dacia shall raise production, as of June 15, from 1,200 units per day currently, to 1,340 units per day, following the higher demand at export and in Romania, as well, and it employs 500 persons, needed for backing the production pace, based on a company press release, Agerpres informs. “Following the recovery programs of the automotive markets, adopted by several countries in Europe, Romania included, and the success enjoyed by Dacia range at export, Dacia Vehicle Plant shall raise the production rate from 1,200 vehicles per day to 1,340 vehicles per day, starting June 15, 2009,” the press release informs. The 500 new employees shall be recruited mainly from the former employees having labour contracts on determined time periods. Also, contracts will be extended, on determined time periods, in case of other 400 employees. Dacia production reached 1,200 units per day in the second part of February, from 1,085 units per day in the first two weeks of February. Until then, the pace was 1,360 units per day, a record level in the plant history.

The restyled version of Toyota Yaris launched in Romania as well

Toyota Romania, the local representative branch of the Japanese automotive constructor, launched in Romania, a restyled version of the small class (B) Yaris, which sells at prices, VAT included, ranging from EUR 11,061 and EUR 17,832, as the company informed on Friday in a press release. Toyota Yaris is available in two versions, with three and five doors, and in five equipping versions, Optimo, Terra, Luna, Sol and Sol Plus. Until the end of this year, Toyota Romania intends to bring six new models: the mini class (A) model iQ, the crossover Urban cruiser, the new generation of the hybrid care Prius and the family car Verso, the restyled version of the compact SUV RAV 4, as well as the new generation of Land Cruiser 120.

BMW dealer Trado Motors Iasi invested EUR 1 M for expansion of services

BMW dealer Trado Motors Iasi invested EUR 1 M in the expansion of post-sale services, by the construction of a hall for tin and paint services, the General Manager of the company, Catalin Dobre declared, as quoted by Mediafax. According to the manager, the investment will generate fifteen new workplaces and has the role to attract BMW customers and to increase the service quality standards. The works for the expansion of the BMW Trado Motors Centre in Iasi started in 2007 and are almost finalized. The hall will start functioning in May. At the time being, the dealer provides trade and service activities on a 30,000 sq m area.

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Post-conflict reconstruction debated in Bucharest

The post-conflict reconstruction of a country is a slow and arduous process that calls for the involvement of both the international organizations and the locals, a fact that makes the signing of a peace agreement not the end but rather the beginning, Bogdan Aurescu, the secretary of state for Strategic Affairs, has stated yesterday at the opening of the ‘Current developments in post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization’ conference, Agerpres informs. He pointed out that in the long-term the reconstruction entails the restoration of institutions, civil reconstruction and the pursuit of a subsequent development. ‘We shouldn’t limit ourselves to physically rebuilding houses, buildings and infrastructure; we also have to rebuild the political and institutional structures and, what is particularly important, we have to restore confidence between the belligerents, between the parts of the community, something that is not easy to achieve,’ Aurescu underscored.

In this context, he underlined that the solving of problems having to do with the implementation of a stable power in a region of conflict is not enough in order to avoid a new wave of violence, being necessary for the society to create functional institutions and to institute the rule of law.

Guests from Romania and from EU and NATO member states were invited at the event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the European Commission and the Secretariat of the Council of the EU. The proceedings will take place today too. (C. S.)

Nastase’s warnings

Adrian Nastase writes on his blog that the party is entering the campaign on the backdrop of losing classical constituencies such as those in Moldavia and those in rural areas. ‘We are entering with an ever higher deficit in certain electoral areas and sectors where we were absolute winners until recently. It is true that we maintain Moldavia as a core area but we have entered the PD-L’s ship wake, in the context in which PSD used to be the clear frontrunner there’ Adrian Nastase wrote. ‘I can make a similar observation in what concerns the rural areas, where a large part of our traditional electorate is located’ Adrian Nastase wrote. Moreover, Nastase notices that the left-wing voters/right-wing voters ratio has changed at the expense of PSD. ‘It remains to be seen whether the opinion polls will be confirmed by reality. Until then however PSD has to react to these warning signals. The first step is that of analysis. If we skip it we risk having surprises; unfortunately, unpleasant surprises’ the President of the PSD’s National Council states.

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