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Over 290 judokas from 23 countries in Bucharest World Cup

Over 290 judoka from 23 countries will take part in the 2009 edition of the men’s Judo World Cup. The tournament takes place from June 6 to June 7 within Bucharest’s Polivalenta Hall. Romania will enter the competition with 44 judokas, the most numerous foreign delegations being those of the Ukraine (21 athletes), Republic of Moldova (20 athletes), France (18 athletes), Egypt (14 athletes) and Brazil (14 athletes). Florin Lascau, the secretary general of the Romanian Judo Federation, also noticed during a press conference the presence of athletes from North Korea (10), a country in which Judo is a very developed sport. In 2009 Romania hosts the world’s third international Judo tournament after the European Kata Championship and the Petrom Cup in Ploiesti. Lascau opined that this World Cup tournament will reveal the current level of men’s Judo and will give junior judokas the chance to get noticed in view of the 2012 Olympic Games. Marius Vizer, the President of the International Judo Federation, has confirmed his presence within the Polivalenta Hall on Saturday. Octavian Bellu, Secretary of State with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, has underlined that some of the important international competitions hosted by Romania, such as the European Weightlifting Championship and the European Kata Championship, did not enjoy adequate media coverage and attendance.

CFR Cluj’s Alvaro Pereira signs for FC Porto

CFR Cluj has announced on its official website that it has transferred Uruguayan player Alvaro Pereira to Portugal’s FC Porto, Agerpres informs. ‘Alvaro Pereira was transferred from CFR 1907 Cluj to FC Porto on Thursday, June 4. The Uruguayan player had offers from three very important European clubs but his desire was to leave for Porto’ the communiqué reads. The transfer was confirmed by FC Porto. The team has set a contract canceling clause of EUR 20 M. Pereira has signed a five-year contract set to expire on June 30, 2014. The transfer totaled EUR 4.5 M, with FC Porto buying 80 per cent of the rights for the Uruguayan player.

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Minister Andronescu: Teachers who request money for protocol will be sanctioned

Education Minister Ecaterina Andronescu urged school inspectorates to check if there still are, throughout the country, schools where protocol money was raised for Baccalaureate exams.

The minister made this announcement on Realitatea FM radio channel, after explaining that teachers from several counties kept the habit to ask pupils for protocol money (usually for cookies, soft drinks and water). “I want to tell you without any reserve that we are going to severely sanction the teachers who get involved in such acts. There is an order of the minister explicitly prohibiting this and I cannot understand why once for all these things are not observed as provided by regulations,” Ecaterina Andronescu pointed out.

Police car involved in car crash in Oradea

A police car was involved in a spectacular car crash while on duty on Wednesday evening in Oradea, Mediafax informs. The three police officers onboard were chasing a motorcyclist that that did not heed their stop signs. In an intersection the police car was violently hit by another vehicle. The impact was so powerful that the police car was thrown into a scooter after which it overturned several times and came to a standstill after hitting a parked car. The police officers were largely unscathed but their vehicle was almost completely destroyed. The young man miraculously survived the crash but he was later arrested for driving without a license and for leaving the scene of a car crash.

The pursuit started when the motorcyclist refused to stop at a road block. Another serious car crash took place in Bucharest when a 50 year old man was hit by a car on the pedestrians’ street crossing, Antena 3 informs. The witnesses state that other people were close to being hit by the same car. The witnesses saw the victim thrown several meters through the air. They called the ambulance because the victim was barely breathing. The victim is now in a coma after suffering severe head trauma.

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Sandu: IT&C – a solution to crisis in Romania

Information technology and telecommunications represent the solution to the current crisis for Romania, with the e-Romania strategy for migration to the digital age to be launched in the future, Communications Minister Gabriel Sandu stated on the Communications Day yesterday, Agerpres informs.

‘Telecommunications are the solution that could push Romania out of crisis. Next week we shall release the strategy or the national service by minister’s order. The e-Romania national strategy will follow, as well as the strategy for the access to the telecom infrastructure,’ said the minister. Sandu further stated that the e-Romania strategy would give access to information on the 3,500 communes, as well as on the government activity in the sector of justice, education, etc., on e-guvernare.

Italian retailer Conad – interested to enter the Romanian market

Italian retail network Conad is interested to enter the Romanian market and is conducting negotiations to open a supermarket in Bucharest, the director of the Italian Foreign Trade Institute, Mario Iaccarino announced yesterday, quoted by Mediafax. According to Iaccarino, Conad is in negotiations to open a supermarket within a commercial center of the Titan district of Bucharest, near the IOR Park. Conad is Italy’s largest entrepreneurial network of independent retailers, with some 3,000 traders with a total turnover in excess of EUR 8 bln in 2007. Referring to the Italian direct investments to Romania, Iaccarino said he hopes their volume will only lose 10-15 pc this year, compared to 2008, as they dropped by 20-30 pc during January-April 2009. Last year, Italian direct investment to Romania stood at about EUR 800 M, accounting for 6-7 pc of total foreign investment.

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