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Claudia Cardinale and Florin Piersic, honorary guests of TIFF

The two film legends will be the honorary guests of the eighth edition of the Transylvanian International Film Festival (TIFF), as winners of Lifetime Achievement Awards. The two artists will be paid homage at TIFF 2009 by being granted “The Lifetime Achievement Award to a Personality of European Cinema” for Claudia Cardinale, and respectively, the “Lifetime Achievement Award” to Florin Piersic. These awards will be handed to the artists during the TIFF closing gala, as the two actors will become the protagonists of a special moment on the stage of the National Theatre in Cluj-Napoca. Florin Piersic is one of the most beloved and charismatic Romanian actors. He has an impressive theatre and film career, and made his debut film appearance in the same year as Claudia Cardinale, in 1958, as a member of the cast of “Ciulinii Baraganului.” Piersic gained tremendous popularity as a film actor due to his performance in “De-as fi Harap Alb,” a film he was cast for by Ion Popescu-Gopo, who has previously worked with him on the films “S-a furat o bomba” and “Pasi pe luna.” The collaboration of the two artists continued in the 80s as well, in the films “Galax, omul papusa” and “Ramasagul.”

Maia Morgenstern criticizes TNB carelessness

Actress Maia Morgenstern contested the decision of the National Theatre of Bucharest (TNB) to sanction her with a written warning for her unannounced attendance to an international theatre project, claiming that the sanction of the institution that employed her is “disproportionably small” and “less than enough” for the “gravity of the mistakes” she had committed. “I had to acknowledge the reason of my being sanctioned by the TNB Decision 43 / May 11, 2009. I understood the charges against me. Considering these charges, I am forced to contest the decision of the management. In the spirit of justice, of equal rights and obligations, I consider that the sanction against me is “disproportionably small” and “less than enough,” considering the gravity of the mistakes I have committed. I dared not to inform the Management regarding my collaborations with other institutions,” the actress outlined in a contestation she submitted on Friday to the TNB Management, also sent to news agencies. On May 12, Maia Morgenstern had declared in a “public confession” that she was discontent with the TNB decision to sanction her for the “courage” to enter new projects, considering that she was not cast in any of the forthcoming premieres of the National Theatre.

Show ‘in memoriam’ of Grigore Vieru

A moving show of poetry and music in the memory of Moldovan poet Grigore Vieru was staged Thursday night at Sala Palatului in Bucharest, in presence of family members of the man who will be remembered by history among the most prominent supporters of Romanian language and culture across the Prut River, Agerpres reports. The event was named ‘In memoriam Grigore Vieru,’ took place under the logo ‘Light from Light, the Mystery that defends me’ and was organized by the Ministry of Culture, Religions and National Patrimony, with benediction from the Patriarch of the Romanhian Orthodox Church, Daniel. The show was aired live by Radio Romania Actualitati and was recorded by the Romanian Television.

Saga, Queensryche and Limp Bizkit at “Rock the City” fest in Bucharest

Although they approach different music genres (progressive rock, progressive metal and respectively Nu metal), each of these bands may be a headliner to any festival of the world. The combination of these three names on the same poster, on the same day, appeared due to the event organizer, the well-known promoter Marcel Avram, who worked with D & D East Entertainment, Jurnalul National announced. If the concert to be performed by Saga, Queensryche and Limp Bizkit in Bucharest will be entitled “Rock the City,” the following one will take place in Sofia, on June 29, at the Academic Stadium, and will be entitled “Rock the Bal-kans.” The tickets for the Bucharest show are distributed by Eventim and may be purchased in all Germanos stores over the country and online on www.eventim.ro. They may be purchased at RON 130 until May 31, and at RON 150 afterward. Recently reunited in the original lineup, Limp Biznit is currently on the Unicorns ‘N’ Rainbows Tour 2009, Queensryche returns to Romania after precisely one year and the legendary group Saga will introduce us their new vocalist Rob Moratti.

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Pilot Lucian Garbacea died during Rally of Iasi

Pilot Lucian Garbacea died on Saturday afternoon during the Rally of Iasi, after the car he was driving, a Renault Clio R3, hit a tree beside the road. The accident occurred during the Special Speed Race No. 3, from Popesti to Madarjac. Suddenly, the pilot lost control over the wheel and the vehicle overturned. An ambulance arrived as soon as possible to the scene of the accident, and doctors tried to resuscitate Lucian Garbacea, but were unable to rescue him. Lucian Garbacea’s co-pilot Tudor Marza was carried to the Emergency Hospital in Iasi. His condition is stable, as his injuries were slight.

Women’s volleyball: Romania defeated Turkey again in the European League

The women’s national volley team defeated again Turkey’s representatives by 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-12) on Saturday, in Constanta, in a game of the European League Group B. Romania had defeated Turkey on Friday as well, by 3-2. In another game, France defeated UK by 3-0. Romania is looking forward to play two away games versus France, on May 30 and 31.

Sheriff Tiraspol won the Cup of Moldova, as well

After winning the title of Champion of Republic Moldova, Sheriff Tiraspol won the Cup of Republic Moldova, too, after defeating the team Dacia Chisinau in the final, by 2-0 (0-0). In the final at Chisinau, the winners’ goals were scored by Benjamin Balima, in the 48th minute, and by Floran Ruamba, in the 87th minute.

Athletics: Adriana Turnea on 2nd position, Romania on 3rd place at Women’s Under-18 March European Cup

The Under-18 competition at the March European Cup, which took place on Sunday morning in Metz (France), brought the young Romanian athlete Adriana Turnea the second place, as she registered 46 minutes 32 seconds for the 10 kilometres of the race. As for the teams’ competition, Romania reached the third position by 12 points, after Italy (10 points) and France (11 points). The Russian team, although considered the great favourite of the race, was not included in the standings, as both Russian sportswomen were disqualified. Both individual under-18 competitions were won by Russia’s representatives: the men’s competition was won by Stanislav Emelianov, by 41 minutes and 22 seconds and the women’s competition was won by Tatiana Mineeva, by 44 minutes and 16 seconds.

Rallying-Latvala wins rally of Italy, Loeb third

Finland’s Jari-Matti Latvala won the Rally of Italy on Sunday after his Ford bosses decided against ordering him to let team mate Mikko Hirvonen take maximum points. A win for Hirvonen in Sardinia could have made a bigger dent in championship leader Sebastien Loeb’s advantage but Latvala, who beat compatriot Hirvonen by 29.4 seconds after the three-day rally, was allowed to seal the second victory of his career. France’s Loeb, bidding for a sixth straight world title, finished third having won the previous five rallies this season. The Citroen driver is being investigated by the International Automobile Federation (FIA) over possible irregularities in a quick tyre change on Saturday, organisers said.

Tennis-Newcomers Serbia clinch World Team Cup

Newcomers Serbia clinched the World Team Cup in Duesseldorf with a 2-1 victory over hosts Germany in the final on Saturday.

Janko Tipsarevic gave Serbia their second, winning point when he beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-4 for an unassailable 2-0 lead with the doubles rubber remaining.

The Serbs, who also won all three group matches, grabbed the lead when Viktor Troicki edged past Rainer Schuettler 6-4 7-6.

Serbia became the first country since Yugoslavia in 1990 to win the cup on their debut appearance, organisers said. Tipsarevic carved out two breaks in the first set and another in the second to beat the world number 31 and clinch the title for his country with an ace on match point.

Dominant throughout, world number 72 Tipsarevic gave Kohlschreiber no chance of a comeback similar to the ones the German staged in his group matches. “I cannot be satisfied with my game,” said Kohlschreiber. “Nothing was working at the back,” he said of his error-ridden performance. Nicolas Kiefer and Mischa Zverev took a point for Germany in the dead doubles rubber, beating Troicki and doubles world number one Nenad Zimonjic 7-5 4-6 10-7.

UEFA charge Drogba, Bosingwa and Chelsea

Chelsea players Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa have been charged with misconduct by European soccer’s governing body UEFA after ugly scenes at the end of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona on May 6.

UEFA has also brought disciplinary proceedings against the Premier League club for the improper conduct of their players and the throwing of missiles by their fans.

Barcelona went through to the final against Manchester United next Wednesday on away goals after the match ended in a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge. Ivory Coast captain Drogba harangued Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo after the final whistle before directing a foul-mouthed tirade at a television camera while Bosingwa made disparaging remarks about Ovrebo in the media.

Both players face charges of bad sportsmanship.

“UEFA has today announced it has instigated disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea FC and two Chelsea players, Didier Drogba and Joseph Bosingwa, following the Champions League second leg semi-final match at Stamford Bridge.

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Ten persons found in the double floor of a van, at Negru Voda Customs

Ten citizens from Bangladesh were found in the double floor of a van, Realitatea TV reports. The ten were supposed to go to Greece, but because they did not have Schengen visas they asked a Bulgarian driver to help them. The latter had to receive EUR 1,500 if he took them to Greece. The border officers prepared for the Bangladesh citizens documents preceding the criminal pursuit for attempt to illegally cross a border, while the Bulgarian driver is investigated for trafficking in humans.

TAROM aircraft lands safely after reporting problems

A TAROM flight from Cluj to Bucharest landed safely on the Otopeni airport, after reporting problems at the landing gear, TAROM officials told Agerpres. “The Cluj-Bucharest flight with 40 passengers on board made an extra tour to check the landing gear, and the captain decided to fly to Bucharest with the landing gear down. The aircraft eventually landed on Otopeni in full safety,” TAROM spokesman Madalin Tudor declared.

Police European conference

Starting today, Bucharest Police hosts the XXXI Conference of the Polices from the European Capitals, event where the representatives of all the countries are expected, the daily Ziua reports. According to Christian Ciocan, spokesman of Bucharest Police, the chiefs of the European Polices will approach, during May 24-29, a range of problems regarding the trafficking in humans, the analysis of information, the police activity based on geospatial information, terrorism, organized crime, the protection of victims, the concept of intelligence policing, and the inter-institutional, regional and international cooperation.

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Tokes: Transdniestr, Szeklers Land deserve autonomy status

Bishop Laszlo Tokes last week drew a parallel, at an electoral meeting in Sf. Gheorghe, between the situation of Transdniestr and that of the Szeklers Land, saying that both would deserve the autonomy, Ziua newspaper reports.“I believe that our interests, of us Hungarians, coincide with the interests of Romania’s representatives in the European Parliament. I even drew a parallel with the situation of the Republic of Moldova, i.e. of the Szeklers Land and of Transilvania in general. More precisely, Transdniestr would deserve a status of territorial autonomy, the same as the Szeklers Land, and this would mean a peaceful and democratic solution to the situation of the two countries,” Tokes said. In addition, MEP Laszlo Tokes stated yesterday, in Targu Mures, that on Friday night he sent an Account to the European Parliament in which he described the removal of Hungarians from the leading positions of deconcentrated institutions.

‘Memorial Day’ ceremony in Kiseleff Park

Jeri Guthrie-Corn, Charge d`Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, and Viorel Oancea, MoD state secretary, on Saturday commemorated the American heroes, during a Memorial Ceremony at the American Heroes Monument in the Kiseleff Park, Bucharest, voicing the gratitude of the American nation for those who died in the War and for war veterans, Ziua daily reports.

“We now stand before the Monument of the American Heroes here in Kiseleff Park to praise those U.S. servicemen – mostly airmen, and many still unidentified – who gave their lives in and over Romania to defeat tyranny and fascism in World War II. This monument, donated by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, Massachusetts, is a perfect setting for us to pause and reflect on the significance of their sacred acts,” Ms. Guthrie-Corn stated. The US official added that her father was the pilot of an airplane brought down in the spring of 1944 during raids over Prahova Valley, against “Hitler’s oilfields.”

Romanian – Serbian consultations on security issues

State Secretary for Strategic Affairs, Bogdan Auescu, participates today, in Belgrade, in bilateral consultations addressing security issues, Agerpres informs. During the talks, common interest topics in the field of bilateral relations shall be addressed, the EU and NATO commitment in the region, as well as the security status in the Balkans.

William Branza: “We have a Foreign Ministry and 42 embassies”

In premiere for Romanian politics, representatives of the Liberal-Democrat Party (PD-L) from all over the world met at the first congress of diaspora, held on Spanish soil, Libertatea online reports. “At this Congress, we signed the act of birth of the 43rd organization outside Romanian borders. From now on, PD-L has not only 42 organizations all over the world, but also a command center. This means we have a Foreign Ministry and 42 embassies,” stated PD-L Deputy William Branza, who represents the Romanians from European countries.

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Sorin Dimitriu: Romania, highly appealing for investments

Romania remains highly appealing for investments, according to Sorin Dimitriu, chairman of Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIB), during a meeting with Justin Berg, deputy economic counselor of USA Embassy in Bucharest, Agerpres informs.During the talks, fields of interest were identified in this respect, such as infrastructure, energy, green energy mainly, and waste management, as well. “Bucharest has the highest absorption rate of the EU funds in Romania”, according to Dimitriu. In the opinion of CCIB head, another level for cooperation is represented by cooperation in third markets, as he indicated that within the business missions organized by Bucharest Chamber in the Southern part of the Ex Soviet space, an interest has been indicated for such projects, mainly in relation to complex business installations (construction materials, equipment, etc.).CCIB official informed that the institution he led was considering the organization, in 2010, in Bucharest, in partnership with the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham), of a business forum.

Elena Udrea suggests a “prurient” tax and duty policy

Tourism Minister, Elena Udrea, believes that the owners who have left tourist assets, taken from state over, following privatization, to degrade, could be convinced to sell them or to have them back into the circuit by charging a “prurient” tax and duty policy, according to Agerpres. Elena Udrea has recently showed discontent as to the fact that the local authorities inside the country have not applied to receive funds to develop the infrastructure. Attending this Saturday, in Sfantu Gheorghe, an event, Elena Udrea said that out of the EUR 60 M which Ministry of Tourism made available for the local authorities for investments, only 5 per cent were used.

Risto Meskus, new Nokia factory manager

Nokia factory from Jucu village, Cluj County, has a new manager, Risto Meskus, who is replacing John Guerry, the latter being assigned to Nokia factory in Mexico, Agerpres informs.

At the end of his term, John Guerry met, last Friday, with the chairman of Cluj County Council, Alin Tise, as a press release of Cluj structure indicates.

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