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October 5, 2022

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Pianist Lucian Ban at Art Jazz Club

The reputed Romania-based jazz pianist Lucian Ban, who currently lives in New York, will perform this evening at Art Jazz Club, in a rare appearance for a Chamber Jazz Show. The concert stars two of the best Romanian jazz musicians, guitar player Sorin Romanescu and saxophonist Cristian Soleanu.

Art Jazz Club23A Nicolae Balcescu Blvd.Telephone Number: 0722.589.058

Handsome Furs show in Control Club

The Canadian indie rock band Handsome Furs performs tonight in Control Club in Bucharest. The event is the third in the OneDay Live series, an independent initiative for promoting local and international artists of the indie scene. The pop punk band Mes Quins of Bucharest will be the opening act of the show. Founded in 2005, in Montreal, the band Handsome Furs consists of the frontman of the band Wolf Parade, Dan Boeckner (vocals, guitar, drum machine) and his wife, Alexei Perry (synthesizers and drum machine).
Control Club, Bucharest, 10.00 PM

19th Academy Street, Telephone Number: 0733.927.860

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Rugby: Romania vs. Tunisia friendly match on May 30

The national rugby team of Romania will have a friendly away game vs. Tunisia on May 30, before IRB Nations’ Cup. The team that will attend the match in Tunis does not include the players that attend foreign championships and therefore, the team of this game will be an under-23 Romania, according to the website www.rugby.ro. This game might be the first of the new coaches Serge Lairle and Olivier Nier, helped by Romeo Gontineac and Razvan Mavrodin. Tunisia is not competing with Romania for the first time. Up to this moment, our team played four games with this national team, and Tunisia even registered one victory, of 17 – 15, in 1986.

FRF: Steaua sanctioned with a warning

The FRF Discipline Committee decided on Wednesday to sanction Steaua with a warning and a fine of RON 50,000 for the incidents that occurred during the derby with Dinamo, by the end of last week. On Friday, May 8, the viewers attending the game at the Steaua Stadium lighted and threw several torches in the field, determining the Spanish referee Carlos Velasco stopped the game and noted the incidents on the arbitration file. Therefore, the game with Rapid, due on Friday, May 15, will be played with viewers.

Men’s Basketball: Asesoft and Elba in the Division A final

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti, the champion of the latest six editions of the Men’s Basketball Division A, qualified in the final of this year’s season of the internal competition after winning the semi-final vs. CSU Atlassib Sibiu by 3–2. Asesoft won the return leg, a home game, with a score of 82–72. The players of Ploiesti were even lost by 2–0 in one of the semi-finals but managed to win the following three games and will play with Elba Timisoara in the final, as Elba has defeated CS Otopeni by 3–2.

Appeal without object in the case Marcel Licas

The Appeal Court of Pitesti rejected the request of release on bail submitted by FRF observer Marcel Lica, as the cause remained without object after the requester was set free by the same Court on the previous day. “The appeal of the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) to the request of release on bail decided by the Court of Arges was admitted, the case was retried and the request of release on bail was overruled as it remained without an object after the defendant was set free on the previous day. Moreover, the bail will be refunded,” the spokesperson of the Appeal Court of Pitesti, Paula Cotovanu declared. The Arges Court had decided on May 8 to release Marcel Lica on bail, establishing a value of RON 10,000, yet the DNA prosecutors filed an appeal. On May 12, before trying the appeal, the Appeal Court overruled the request to prolong Marcel Lica’s preventive arrest mandate and ordered his definitive release.

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Fake 112 calls punished with 230,000 text messages

The SMS bombardment for those who abusively dial the single emergency number 112 started on March 12 this year and, by end-April, those who made farces were harassed with nearly 230.000 SMS, while more than 244,000 fake phone calls were received by the emergency service, announces the Special Telecommunications Service (STS), which runs the single national system for emergency calls (112). “

Under a decision by the telecom regulatory authority, those who made 5 to 10 abusive calls to 112 during the same day will get up to 20 text messages, while those who made more than 10 abusive calls will receive up to 50 SMS. The initiative, whose costs are sustained by cell phone operators for the first three months of the project, is motivated by the fact that 90 p.c. of the 112 calls are abusive and that over 90 p.c. of these fake calls are initiated from mobile public networks. Fake 112 calls are now punished by a fine worth RON 500 to 1,000.

Traffic accidents is decreasing

The number of accidents has fallen 14 per cent in the first four months of this year, while the number of dead by 22 per cent vs. the same period from 2008, declared the chief of Road Police Division, chief commissioner Lucian Dinita, according to RFI, quoted by HotNews. The statistics are encouraging, in the conditions in which last year around 3,000 persons died on the roads of the country. Romania is among the states with the most numerous traffic accidents in the European Union. “If the road officer is close to community, I would like the community to be close to the officer, not to simply reject him,” Dinita explains, believing that the dignified appearance of the traffic officers will be appreciated again. “In the coming period, the dignified appearance of the traffic police officer will return, because it is first of all a matter of professionalism and also of elimination of those who damage the image through corruption deeds or, who knows, other indiscipline actions which do not have any connection with the profession of police officer,” he declared.

President attends Romania, R. Moldova local authorites’ forum

President Traian Basescu is expected to attend the first edition of the Forum of Local Authorities from Romania and R. Moldova, in Piatra Neamt on Thursday and Friday. The head of State is due to arrive in Piatra Neamt on Friday morning, and his agenda also includes an address at the Forum. Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu and the minister of Communications and Information Society, Gabriel Sandu are due to take part in the event. Almost 150 mayors from municipalities in Romania and R. Moldova are attending the first edition of the Local Authorities Forum. Debates will focus on administrative decentralization in public health, public order, culture and welfare.

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BCR shareholders approved dividends of RON 813 M for 2008

BCR shareholders approved on Thursday the granting of dividends per share of RON 1.0259 for the financial year 2008, which means that the total value of the payments will be RON 813 M, representing 40 per cent of the net consolidated profit of RON 2.032 bln, according to Mediafax. The shareholders have also approved the distribution of the profit and to establish the dividend for 2008 financial exercise at RON 1.0259 per share, up over two times over the amount of RON 0.4667 per title granted for the year 2007. The total value of the dividends is RON 813.072 M, representing 40 per cent of the net annual consolidated profit, established in compliance with the International Financial Reporting Standards, of RON 2.032 bln, the press release mentions. In exchange, the dividend represents almost 70 per cent of the profit calculated according to the Romanian standards, of almost RON 1.2 bln. AGOA also agreed to appoint the firm Ernst&Young financial auditor of the bank for 2009 and 2010.

Romtelecom and Boom TV close deal for new sports channel

The subscribers to the Dolce TV satellite services by Romtelecom will be offered two months of free access, starting tomorrow, to a new sports’ channel initiated by Boom, named Boom Sport One. After these two promotional months, the channel will be available via subscription, according to a commercial agreement signed between Romtelecom and DTH Television Group, a campaign that owns the Boom brand, announced yesterday by the telecommunications operator, HotNews reported. The TV channel has exclusive live broadcasting rights for the matches in the football championships of A Series in Italy, and of Primera Division in Spain, as well as for the South American qualifiers for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and, starting in August, for Champions’ League.

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