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Court clerks and archivists start strike next Monday

Court clerks, archivists and other representatives of the ancillary staff affiliated to the Projust Federation will start another warning strike on May 11, and will stop working for two hours. A notification to announce the strike was sent to the Ministry of Justice and Citizens’ Rights. Therefore, the Projust National Unions Federation sho­wed yesterday in a press release that a warning strike will take place during 10.00–12.00, and if claims will not be solved, a general strike will start in justice, Mediafax announces.

Magistrates released Becali, claimed he cannot stay in jail until definitive sentence

Gigi Becali was released by the magistrates because he allegedly represented no social threat, Realitatea TV an­nounces. The judges of the Bucha­rest Court offered an explanation for Be­cali’s release today. Two of them voted for the release of the businessman, although the President of the panel of judges voted against. According to the two judges who agreed with Becali’s release, the businessman should have stayed under arrest until the reaching of a sentence, if he were a social threat. Moreover, the magistrates declared that no evidence proved that Becali could have influenced the investigation. Nonet­heless, the Presi­dent of the Panel of Judges was against Becali’s release. The judge who disagreed with his colleagues declared, in the explanation provided, that his two colleagues violated the law by ignoring the usual practice of the Supreme Court.

Official visit of Their Japanese Imperial Highnesses to Romania

During May 19-22, 2009 Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino will pay an official visit to Romania at the invitation of H.E. Mr. President Traian Basescu. This May, on the occasion of the “Japan-Danube Friendship Year 2009,” Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino will visit Austria, Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania.

First tier of salary chart finalised

The group working on the drafting of the blanket salary chart has completed its first tier, establishing that the lowest salary in the 1 to 15 pay ratio will be represented by the minimum salary in the economy, with Government to decide at next week’s session what the 15 level will be equated with, Mediafax reports. After the talks, Labour State Secretary Valentin Mocanu said that Labour Ministry officials will present government with a note on the current stage of the blanket salary law. ‘We have completed three reference levels, namely the functions missing from the ministries that had not come up with the documents requested,’ Mocanu said. Under the equivalency scheme concluded by the Labour Ministry, the position of head doctor is equated with those of under-commissary, university lecturer, major, senior Finance Ministry adviser, court judge, probation councillor, judicial assistant, tribunal prosecutor, opera singer, superior councillor at the National Agency of Public Servants. The second bracket equates the 1st degree senior high school teacher with a work seniority of 6 to 10 years with an inspector at the Ministry of Administra­tion and Interior (MAI), a lieutenant graduate of an institute of higher learning, with a PhD, from the Ministry of National Defence, a 2nd grade Justice Ministry clerk, graduate of an institute of higher learning, 3rd grade relations councillor at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a 2nd degree custodian, a parochial priest, a pharmacist and fizio-kinetotherapist (Health Ministry), chief expert, chide legal advisor and principal auditor at the National Agency of Public Servants. The third tier completed equates the position of chief ministerial referent (senior high school graduate, with a debutant police agent (MAI), school secretary or pedagogue (Minis­try of Education, Research and Innovation – MECI), afferent to the positions of volunteer soldier and NCO, civil referent (MoD), court clerk (senior high school graduate – Justice Ministry) and superior referent at the National Agency of Public Servant.

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Bazac denies NYT report about swine flu having Romanian origin

Health Minister Ion Bazac on Wednesday evening said a New York Times report that the swine flu virus might come from Romania was “pure speculation”. “Lately, the World Health Organization established a very clear communication policy and this kind of information can only be provided by competent bodies, meaning WHO, the Center for Disease Control in the US and the Center for Disease Control of Stockholm, which indicate the origin and structure of the virus. And it’s scientifically proven that the main strain of this virus comes from the American continent,” Bazac said. He also underlined that so far, Romania has not identified any infections with the virus in its citizens. “I believe that the publication of such information brings a lot of damage to both the population and the country’s image,” Bazac added. He suggested that NYT published this report because its new owner, “a Mexican cement magnate (…) has its own economic agenda at the border with Mexico”.

Geoana’s American image advisers brought to Romania by Hrebenciuc

US consultancy Benenson Strategy Group has been brought to Romania to work on Mircea Geoana’s image by Viorel Hrebenciuc, one of his allies of circumstance and also undeclared. Official sources told ‘Gardianul’ that Hrebenciuc had sent a friend to the US to negotiate with Benenson. The very founder of the American company, Joel Benenson, is expected to pay a visit to the headquarters of the Social Democrats these days. Moreover, the head of the team that will work with candidate Geoana is the director of the Washington-based company, Peter Brodnitz. Both PSD President Mircea Geoana and PNL leader Crin Antonescu are becoming noteworthy contenders of Traian Basescu, according to latest opinion polls.

Tarasiuk: Romania made a mistake when it expelled the Ukrainian diplomats

Romania acted wrongly in the case of the expelling of the Ukrainian diplomats early this year, because it chose to do it ‘with a lot of noise in the mass-media’, by that attracting upon itself the responsibility for ‘that unpleasant fact, Boris Tarasiuk, Chairman of the European Integration Committee from the Supreme Rada and ex-Foreign Minister of Ukraine who was on a visit to Romania said yesterday, according to Mediafax. The Ukrainian official refused to comment on any possible reasons behind the decision to deport two Ukrainian diplomats from Romania and two Romanian diplomats from Ukraine.

‘According to international practice, it is obvious that, if a country expels diplomats for any reason – and it does not have to explain the reason – it realizes that the other country may act in the same way. This is the international practice (…)’ Tarasiuk said.

The ex-foreign minister of Ukraine finds the postponement of President Traian Basescu’s visit to Kiev was a correct decision because the visit wouldn’t have resulted in any well-balanced decisions ‘because there isn’t enough political will to answer mutual concerns.’

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Traian Basescu criticizes the weak training level of many teachers

“It is clear that many teachers should not be working in the educational system,” president Traian Basescu stated at the national radio station, considering that the weak training level of many teachers has serious and visible consequences: there are high school graduates that do not write correctly, Agerpres reports.

“Some of them remain unemployed, because we have a doubtful quality level of a significant percentage of teachers, that have nothing to do with teaching and that is obvious in the students’ weak performance levels and failures in life. You can check how many students make spelling mistakes after they graduate from high school and then you can have a clear picture on the quality of education…therefore it is obvious that there is a significant number of teachers that should not be working in educational system,” Basescu declared.

Yesterday, over 400,000 secondary school students took the single subject examination at the Romanian Language and Literature, after the education trade unionists decided to suspend the protests on Wednesday. In case the protocol signed between the trade unions and the Government remains in force, the single subject examinations will continue on May 13 by the examination in Mathematics, and afterwards on May 21 by the optional examination in History or Geography.

C.V. Tudor: Traian Basescu won’t run as Americans won’t let him

‘Traian Basescu will not run in the presidential election since Americans won’t let him. However, I will, as I feel pity for this country,’ Corneliu Vadim Tudor said, according to Antena 3 news channel. The Greater Romania Party (PRM) leader made a bet with TV moderator Mihai Gadea that in case the head of state wins the election, Corneliu Vadim Tudor will have the headline ‘Mihai Gadea, forgive me’ printed on the front page of his newspaper, ‘Romania Mare’.

During a televised programme, C.V.Tudor accused Basescu of running Romania worse than a Bolshevik’. ‘Over the past 20 years, the whole of Romania has been run by delinquents, with Traian Basescu the biggest of them all,’ C.V. Tudor charged. The PRM leader runs in the Euro-parliamentary elections, alongside Gigi Becali, who is banned from leaving Bucharest and Ilfov County. Vadim Tudor revolted against the ban, saying one cannot enter the electoral race ‘with his hands and feet tied.’ Meanwhile, the judge has granted Becali the right to travel without restriction in Romania in order to campaign, under the condition to announce his schedule 24 h before leaving.

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Cosmote – profit of EUR 13 M

The mobile telephony operator Cosmote registered an operational profit of EUR 13 M, vs. operational losses of EUR 7.07 M in the same period of 2008, a press release informs. The number of Cosmote users increased by 44.1 per cent, reaching now over 6.1 million, which corresponds to a market share of 23 per cent. Also, the base of new clients has increased by 212,000 in the first quarter of 2009. Cosmote Romania is a member of Cosmote Group, mobile operator with the most extended presence in Southeast Europe.

Richard Moat-new MD of T-Mobile UK

Richard Moat has been appointed the new managing director of T-Mobile UK. The 54-year old Briton, who has been the Chief Executive Officer of Orange Romania, will succeed Jim Hyde, who left the company for personal reasons at the end of March. Before becoming CEO of Orange Romania in 2004, Moat held similar positions in Scandinavia and Asia as Orange Denmark CEO from 2002-2004 and Orange Thailand CEO from 2000-2002. ‘Richard has an excellent track-record as an executive with significant international experience in the field of telecommunications, and we are delighted that he will be joining us to lead T-MobileUK,’ said Hamid Akhavan, Chief Executive Officer of T-Mobile International and member of the Board of Management of Deutsche Telekom, a company press release informs. ‘With Richard we have found a highly skilled manager who will build on the successful foundation of T-Mobile in the United Kingdom and who will further develop the company as a leading-edge, value-adding operator for the benefit of our customers and the T-Mobile Group,’ he added.

Romania – fall of the number of tourists in 2008

Romania registered the most significant decline of the number of nights spent by non-residents in hotels and other tourist accommodation structures in June-September 2008, compared to the same period of 2007 – namely 14.4 per cent, according to the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat). At the opposite pole is Latvia, with a growth of 13.3 per cent of the number of foreign tourists. In EU 27, the number of nights spent in hotels and other tourist accommodation structures dropped by a total of 2.3 per cent in June-September 2008, compared to the same period of 2007. The nights spent by residents registered a decline of 1.9 per cent, while the nights spend by non-residents fell by 2.7 per cent.

Sales registered by Coca–Cola HBC in Romania decreased in Q1

The sales registered in Romania by Coca – Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC) decreased in Q1 of the year due to the deterioration of the economical situation and of the improper weather of March, Mediafax announces. Coca–Cola HBC had registered restructuring expenses of EUR 700,000 in Q1, related to Romanian operations. The greatest bottler of Coca–Cola products in Romania registered sales of EUR 495.4 million in the first three months on emerging markets, which was a decrease of 8 per cent to the sum of EUR 538.8 million registered in the similar period of the previous year. Moreover, the operational profit in these states decreased by 57 per cent, to EUR 8.5 million, from EUR 19.8 million registered in the first three months of 2008.

Most spam messages are sent from the USA, Brazil and Romania

By the end of Q1, Romania had reached the third place in a spam sources’ chart, with a share of 5.8 per cent. Romania is placed after USA, which registered a share of 11.61 per cent and Brazil, which registered 11.5 per cent, according to a study made by the producer of Panda security IT & C solutions, quoted by Mediafax. In Q1, less than 7 per cent of the e-mails received by companies were legal mailings, 90.92 per cent were bulk messages and 1.66 per cent of them were infected with various sorts of viruses. Reported to various types of spam messages, the amount of messages referring to false work offers increased. This fact is attributed to the present economical crisis.

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