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Nina Inkari’s exhibition in Bucharest

Finnish artist Nina Inkari will open today an exhibition of paintings and graphics at Galeriile Fundatiei (Strada Dem. I. Dobrescu Nr.11), today at 6 pm.

The event is organised by the Romanian Academy in cooperation with National Foundation for Science and Art. Academicians Eugen Simion and Maya Simionescu as well as Professor Mircia Dumitrescu will participate in the opening. The exhibition will be opened until 25-th of June. Graduate of the Stroganov Arts and Industry University in Moscow, Nina Inkari had numerous personal and group exhibitions mainly in Finland where she lives. Some of her works are displayed in the permanent collections of the Helsinki City Art Museum.

Alexandru Arsinel celebrates 70th anniversary

The well-known and beloved actor Alexandru Arsinel celebrates his 70th anniversary today. Referring to this moment, the actor looked back and declared that he was a man with numerous personal and professional achievements, and the greatest of them was his family.

“I am a man who has achieved many things. Yet, my greatest achievement is my family: my children and my children-in-law. I must also mention my work beside the “Constantin Tanase” Revue Theatre and the fact that I am an actor who is recognized by people on the street, that I meet many persons who stop me and thank me for all I have done,” the actor declared for Agerpres. Alexandru Arsinel declared that he had many projects: first of all, the Herastrau Park Summer Garden, a project he managed to finalize “with the help of Our Lord.” Moreover, Master Arsinel confessed that he has prepared a premiere for Savoy – “30 Years of Stela and Arsinel,” a great revue performance, exquisitely conceived, with beautiful outfits and wonderful choreography, and guests “who will attract numerous viewers to Savoy Hall.”

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Sorana Cirstea defeated in Roland Garros quarterfinals

Romanian tennis player Sorana Cirstea has failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the Roland Garros tournament, being defeated on Wednesday by Australia’s Samantha Stosur (top seed number 30) in two sets, score 6-1, 6-3. Sorana (19), who ranks 41st in the WTA, lost after 85 minutes, being overwhelmed by the stakes of the game. Cirstea, the 2008 winner of the WTA tournament in Tashkent, registered her best career result in Roland Garros. Ruxandra Dragomir was the last Romanian tennis player to reach the Roland Garros quarterfinals, that performance being registered in 1997. Irina Sparlea was the last Romanian tennis player to reach a Grand Slam’s semi-finals. Sparlea reached the US Open semi-finals in 1997. In Paris Cirstea successively defeated Carly Gullickson (6-4, 6-2), France’s Alize Cornet (top seed number 21; 6-3, 6-2), Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki (top seed number 10, 7-6 (3), 7-5) and Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic (top seed number 5, 3-6, 6-0, 9-7).

Cirstea will receive a check for EUR 132,500 and 360 WTA points.

Junior Elena Bogdan qualifies for quarter-finals in French Open doubles

The pair Elena Bogdan (Romania)/Noppawan Letcheewakarn (Thailand) defeated Irina Kormaseva (Russia)/An-Sophie (Belgium) on Tuesday, score 6-3, 5-7, 10-3. The game counted for Round 2 of the juniors’ tournament in Roland Garros. In the quarterfinals Bogdan and Lertcheewakarn will play against America’s Beatrice Capra and Lauren Embree.

Elena Bogdan also took part in the singles event where she was defeated by Croatia’s Silvia Nijric in Round 3, score 5-7, 0-6.

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FM urges Romanians from the country and abroad to vote

Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu on Thursday urged Romanians from the country and abroad to go out and vote for the European Parliament. “We are issuing an appeal and a plea to Romanians in the country as well as to those abroad, to go out and vote. After all, this is a right we won by Romania’s accession to the European Union, and the Euro MPs who will represent us in the European Parliament will have to fulfill their mandate of supporting Romania and its citizens, in the European space to which we belong with full rights, as a country,” Diaconescu said.

The minister added that all Romanian citizens abroad, tourists included, may vote for the candidates proposed by the Romanian parties, at the 190 polling stations set up for Romanians outside country borders. According to the head of the diplomacy, voting will start Saturday night at the polling stations opened in Australia and will end Monday morning, at 7:00 AM, on the West Coast of the United States.

Boc Gov’t – emergency ordinances champion

According to a ministerial document quoted by Mediafax, over half of the acts approved by the Government in the first five months of the year were emergency ordinances, their number exceeding the documents issued in January-May 2005 by Tariceanu Government and being almost three times bigger than the ordinances passed in January-May 1997 by CDR Cabinet. Thus, during January-May 2009, the Government passed 110 draft normative acts, 59 of them being emergency ordinances, 46 bills and 5 simple ordinances issued subject to the habilitation law, in January. However, the present Cabinet is outdistanced by Nastase Government, which approved during January-May 2001 a number of 80 emergency ordinances. The document also shows that of the total of 116 legislative measures proposed in the legislative programme of the Government, only 25 projects have been presented and approved by the Executive, accounting for 21 per cent of the total, most of the non-fulfilled projects belonging to the Ministries of Agriculture, Finances, Labour, Health and Culture.

Robbery on US Embassy construction site

Unknown persons looted yesterday morning the barracks from the Baneasa site where the new offices of the US Embassy are built, after they immobilized the security man. Christian Ciocan, spokesman of Bucharest Police, quoted by Mediafax, said the unknown persons entered the site after they climbed a fence with the help of a board, and then cutting a barbed wire enclosure. Two of them attacked the security man with a paralyzing spray, and then immobilized him. Other three persons entered five barracks wherefrom they stole several goods, among which four laptops. Ciocan mentioned that the police officers have taken evidence from the site, and will begin the criminal pursuit for robbery.

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General Ioan Geoana – laid to rest with military honours

General Ioan Geoana was led yesterday on his last journey by hundreds of colleagues, friends and members of the Social-Democrat Party, whose president is his son Mircea Geoana is.

General Ioan Geoana was buried with military honors at the Ghencea Military Cemetery, while retired General Marin Dragnea and a number of colleagues movingly evoked his activity and the merits he had during his career, Agerpres reports.

His son, Mircea, and grandson Alexandru Geoana, aged 16 spoke with much emotion about his kindness and qualities as a father and grandfather. The two promised the late parent that they won’t forget the very moral and human education, as well as the patriotism they were taught by him and pledged to carry on the name of Geoana with honor for the years to come.

The personality of General Ioan Geoana was also evoked in a message from the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Daniel, who sent all his compassion to the mourning family, wishing it to stay strong in its faith. Nine O’Clock presents its sincere condolences.

Iosif Puwak, husband of former PSD Minister of Integration, sentenced for corruption

Iosif Mihai Puwak – the husband of Hildegard Puwak, a former Social-Democrat minister of European integration –was handed down yesterday a final two and a half years suspended jail sentence on the charge of corruption. The Bucharest Tribunal also ordered a ban on some of the defendant’s civil rights for the next two years, Agerpres reports.

Iosif Mihai Puwak has been convicted and brought to trial for repeatedly changing the legal destination of certain funds from the European Commission budget during 2001-2002.

After Hildegard Puwak resigned from her ministerial post, in December 2003, and until 2005, the National Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office kept closed the criminal dossier on both her husband and son. In 2005 however, the National Anti-corruption Directorate reopened the dossier at the demand of the institution’s head, Daniel Morar.

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PM Boc opens first hotspot in IOR Park

Prime-Minister Emil Boc opened the first wireless internet hotspot in the IOR Park in Bucharest yesterday. According to the PM, the project had been the Government’s idea that ‘was brought to life very quickly’. According to Boc, the Government plans to set up 345 hotspots in the Romanian parks, campuses or city centres by the end of August.

MEP Daianu launches new book

Former Finance Minister Daniel Daianu, currently an MEP in the Liberal-Democrat group of the European Parliament, launched his most recent book yesterday in Bucharest. The book, called “Which way goes capitalism?”, was launched at the headquarters of the National Bank of Romania. The launch was attended by several officials, including BNR Governor Mugur Isarescu.

Small magnitude quake in Vrancea

A small magnitude earthquake occurred yesterday afternoon in Vrancea. The quake, measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale, occurred in Vrancea, 81.45 km underground, according to the Romanian Seismo­logy Institute. The Euro-Mediterra­nean Seismologic Center announced that the quake measured 2.6 on the Richter scale.

Aurescu to represent Romania in SEECP summit

Romania will be represented by Secretary of State for Strategic Affairs Bogdan Aurescu in the South-Eastern Europe Co-operation Process (SEECP) summit in Chisinau, after President Traian Basescu has cancelled his participation. Thursday and Friday, Aurescu will attend three events hosted by the Republic of Moldova: the annual meeting of the Regional Co-operation Council (RCC), the meeting of the foreign affairs ministers of the states participating in SEECP and the SEECP summit, according to a press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

ANI: Deputy Sergiu Andon in incompatibility status

The National Agency of Integrity (ANI) has established that Conserva­tive Deputy Sergiu Andon is in incompatibility status, since, as a lawyer, he provided legal assistance to a defendant charged with corruption, Agerpres reports. Andon said he would challenge ANI’s decision since he is not in incompatibility given he only looked into a case referring to a person whose going to trial was out of question.

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Basescu: Romania supports two-state solution to Mideast conflict

President Traian Basescu said on Tuesday evening after returning from a two-day state visit to Israel that during talks in Jerusalem, he reiterated Romania’s support for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Agerpres reported.

“Talks focused on all important files in the region and not only. The Mideast peace process continues to be a priority on Romania’s foreign policy agenda. Our main objective in the Middle East is to obtain a long-lasting peace between Israelis and their Arab neighbours,” Basescu said.

He added that during his visit, he voiced Romania’s wish to develop stronger economic ties with Israel, with cooperation in fields such as high-tech industry, communications, infrastructure, agriculture and the food industry.

Basescu also said that his visit to the Yad Vashem Memorial strengthened his conviction that education is the first step towards a better understanding of the Holocaust and coming to terms with the past.

Meanwhile, a Tel Aviv court ruled that survivors of the Holocaust from Romania and Bulgaria, who were held under house arrest during World War II, will have the right to receive compensations from the Israeli state, Haaretz reported, quoted by daily ‘Romania libera’. The court thus accepted holocaust survivors’ plea and rejected the appeal of the Israeli Finance Minister.

Diaconescu urges Romanians in Italy to go to Euro polls

While on a working visit to Rome, Romanian Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu said that authorities in Bucharest wish Romanians living in Italy to show more determination to vote for European elections, hoping this time would not be a repeat of the low turnout registered at the ballots in 2007 and 2008. The minister’s visit to Rome has the exact purpose to see how election preparations are going, to approach the issue of Romania’s consular representation in the Peninsula and the problems of the Romanian community there. Italy is home to the largest Romanian community abroad, which prompted the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) to open there more ballot stations than anywhere else in Europe – 16, and two more, in San Marino and Malta, respectively. ‘We have no difficulties whatsoever over the number of bulletins and organisation on voting day; what we would like would be for Romanians to be more determined to get involved in the electoral process,’ the head of diplomacy said. Diaconescu’s visit to Italy’s capital also included a meeting with members of Romania’s consular body in Rome, Milan, Bologna and Trieste, another one with representatives of Romanians’ associations in Italy, as well as a visit at the Romanian Orthodox Diocese in Italy.

Diaconescu said he discussed in Italy the possibility of dispatching a Romanian internal affairs attaché to each consulate. Two more attachés on labour issues will also be sent to Italy, he added.

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Iancu: Disagreements between Romanian authorities and Sterling to be amicably settled

The disagreements between the Romanian authorities and the Sterling Resources Company could be settled amicably at the end of the recent talks held on the right to explore and exploit the hydrocarbon deposit areas in the Black Sea, Iulian Iancu, the President of the Lower Chamber’s Commission for Industries and Services, stated yesterday according to Agerpres. ‘We are currently talking with the Sterling Company in order to solve the problem of the contract signed by the company and by the Romanian state. We intend to recover for the Romanian side the share that it held. The disagreements will most likely be settled amicably. There is no need to reach the point of taking hasty measures.

Price of natural gas for industry negotiated by Romgaz and Petrom

Romgaz and Petrom will negotiate the price of the natural gas that they will supply from internal production to the industrial companies, Economy Minister Adriean Videanu stated yesterday when attending the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the Energy Studies and Designs Institute, Agerpres informs. ‘Companies from all industries will receive natural gas from internal production, with Romgaz and Petrom set to discuss the tariffs. This is beneficial for the companies considering that a sufficient quantity of natural gas has been stored,’ he stated. Likewise, the Economy Minister pointed out that supplying the industry with natural gas from internal production would not affect the share that the imported natural gas has in the household consumer’s basket. ‘The imported natural gas’s share in the daily basket will not grow,’ Videanu pointed out.

Patriciu denies selling residual stake in Rompetrol

Dinu Patriciu told ‘Adevarul’ daily he had not made up his mind about selling his residual shares in the Rompetrol Group, denying information published by another national daily, HotNews informs. ‘Ziarul financiar’ was quoting market sources yesterday suggesting that the businessman was conducting intensive negotiations with the Kazakhstani from KazMunaiGaz over selling his 20 per cent of the petroleum group. ‘Patriciu has already sold his remaining stake in Rompetrol, with the official announcement to be made at the beginning of July’ ‘Ziarul financiar’ stated, quoting market sources. In his statement to ‘Adevarul, a publication he also happens to own, Dinu Patriciu claims it is ‘a press rumour that cannot be verified.’ He stressed he had not made a decision about selling the stake, although he would be perfectly entitled to do so. Rompetrol Rafinare, a member of the Rompetrol Group, states in a release that it is unaware of any change of shareholding at the group level. ‘Rompetrol Rafinare, a Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) publicly quoted company, is in possession of no information suggesting a change of shareholding at the level of the Rompetrol Group NV, a Dutch trading company holding the companies making up the Group. We are therefore unable to comment on the rumours that have emerged on the market,’ reads the release to the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB).

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