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Man United accept record Real bid for Ronaldo


LONDON – Manchester United have accepted a world record bid of 80 million pounds ($131.7 million) from Real Madrid for Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo, the English champions said yesterday. United, who fended off the Spanish club’s interest in the World and European Player of the Year 12 months ago, have given the nine-times European champions the go-ahead to talk to him. “Manchester United have received a world-record, unconditional offer of 80 million pounds for Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid,” the club said. “At Cristiano’s request, who has again expressed his desire to leave, and after discussion with the player’s representatives, United have agreed to give Real Madrid permission to talk to the player.


“Matters are expected to be concluded by June 30.” Real Madrid confirmed they had made an offer for Ronaldo. “The club expects to reach an agreement with the player in coming days,” Real said in a statement. Should Real complete the signing of the 24-year-old it would seal a remarkable double for the Spanish giants who snapped up Brazilian playmaker Kaka from Milan this week for a fee reported to be around 68 million euros. Kaka was the first player to be signed since Florentino Perez returned to the presidency this month and Real Madrid appear intent on continuing their spending spree.

FIFA Confederations Cup on TVR


During June 14-29, the Romanian Television will air, live, from South Africa, the football games from FIFA Confederations Cup, edition 2009. The teams from the two groups are: South Africa, Iraq, New Zealand, Spain (in Group A), Brazil, Italy, Egypt and USA (in Group B).


The football lovers from Romania can watch the matches on TVR 1, TVR 2, and TVR HD, as follows:


Sunday, June 14:


16.55 h.: South Africa – Iraq, live from Johannesburg (TVR 1 and TVR HD)


21.25 h.: New Zealand – Spain, live from Rustenburg (TVR 1 and TVR HD)


23.10 h.: South Africa – Iraq retransmission on TVR 2

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Presidential adviser speaks of threats
on Romania



In an interview published by ‘Ziua’ daily yesterday, President Basescu’s adviser on security matters, Iulian Fota, stated that the espionage on the countries outside NATO and the EU influenced the country’s political, economic and military life. ‘From the point of view of non-Western entities, we are an attractive target in two different departments: the access to information and our position in NATO/ EU which can be influenced by illegal, unorthodox means, including or especially at a political level,’ the adviser explained. In his opinion, another risk factor for Romania is the new flu pandemic. ‘In respect of the swine flu, the alarm is very serious, but what we feared – the massive pandemic – has not yet occurred. But people in the West claim it will still arrive’. According to the counsellor, the third most imminent risk is a war, including a cyber-war, during the holidays period. ‘After the hot subject regarding Georgia, no serious country in Central Europe is neglecting the aspect. (…) If you have an opponent, you must never forget that he will always try to take you by surprise, to hit you when he thinks you are the least vigilant. I believe the Georgian lesson has been correctly learnt even in the West,’ Fota warns.


Becali will learn in one week if he can leave the country


The magistrates of Bucharest Tribunal postponed until Thursday, June 18, the judging of the recourse filed by the lawyers of Steaua financier, Gigi Becali, at his request to cancel the prohibition to leave the country, Agerpres reports. The reason of the postponing was the fact that Becali’s lawyer, Catalin Dancu, is not in Bucharest. Becali was represented in the courtroom by an assistant of Dancu, who requested to postpone the trial. Moreover, the lawyers could not invoke that Becali must go to Brussels, because he received only yesterday afternoon the mandate of MEP from the Central Electoral Bureau.


Ioana Maria Vlas moved to Tirgsor Prison


Ex-SOV Invest Manager Ioana Maria Vlas has been moved from the Criminal Investigations Directorate to the Tirgsor Prison, in Prahova, where she will serve the rest of her sentence made definitive by the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) in the National Investment Fund (FNI) bankruptcy case, Agerpres informs. On June 4, ICCJ re-confirmed her ten year-sentence in the FNI case. Vlas has served five years so far.


Nati Meir, self-declared “new Obama
of Romania”



Nati Meir, independent candidate for the Presidency of Romania inaugurated yesterday a tent for collecting signatures in the University Square, declaring: “I think I will be a new Obama in Romania. If a black person was able to win the campaign in America, the same may be achieved by a Jew in Romania,” Mediafax reported. Nati Meir had also a gift in store for those who offered him their signatures: toothbrushes and toothpaste. He showed that the persons supporting him would be offered a toothbrush with a gadget that helps the toothpaste be placed directly on the brush. “The idea is that we want to change the political class and politicians, to clean their mouths. We should get rid of Becali’s and Vadim’s style, we should get rid of Vanghelie and all of those who use a nasty language and curses!” the self-proclaimed new Obama of Romania declared. He told journalists that he was about to build six tents in Bucharest, in order to collect signatures and to build tents in other important Romanian cities as well. Nati Meir declared that he has already collected 37,500 signatures from people living in Romania, Israel and Italy.

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Train locomotive caught fire at Vaslui, no victims


The locomotive of a fast train of passengers traveling on the Bucharest – Iasi route caught fire yesterday morning in the Buhaesti railway station in Vaslui County, due to a short circuit that occurred at the electric installation. The fire was put out almost immediately and the evacuation of the passengers was not required, Mediafax reported. According to the Emergency Situations Inspectorate of Vaslui, the person who noticed the conflagration was the locomotive engineer, while the train was stopped at the Buhaesti Railway Station. Moreover, the locomotive engineer was the first to intervene for the extinction of the fire, by using the hydrant included in the equipment. After the fire was put out, the locomotive was removed. The train continued the journey with its second locomotive.


Constanta woman
fakes car theft
to claim insurance



A woman in Constanta has been put under investigation after faking the theft of her own vehicle in order to claim the EUR 65,000 insurance premium, Mediafax informs. Constanta County Police report the woman was the manager of a local company and was driving a leased Mercedes. On March 9, she claimed her limousine had been stolen from Constanta City, some time between February 24 and March 5. The Police, however, found out that the woman actually traded her car in for an Opel Astra. Afterwards, she faked her car theft, claming that one of her ignition keys had been stolen from one of her company’s offices. The woman filed for her insurance premium worth EUR 65,857.

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SIF Olteania sells Bancpost stake
for EUR 12.1 M



SIF Olteania (SIF5) has sold to Bancpost majority shareholder EFG Eurobank its existing 3.49 per cent stock in the registered share capital of the bank and the shares it was entitled to following the capitalization of the issuance premiums, for EUR 12.1 M, increasing EFG Eurobank’s shareholding to 88.22 per cent of Bancpost. The financial investment company will cash the EUR 12.1 M in two instalments: EUR 9 M within three days of the signing of the sale-purchase agreement and the balance no later than September 15.


Franklin Templeton Investments,
FP manager



Franklin Templeton Investments of the US has won the tender for the management of the Proprietatea Fund (FP) by placing a better bid than its direct competitor in the final stage – Morgan Stanley Investment Management, according to Mediafax. The Chairman of the selection panel, Enache Jiru, stated that the details of the financial bid would be made public after the approval of the contract by the General Assembly of Shareholder of FP and by the Government


Petrom to spend EUR 15 M on two Arpechim reservoirs reclamation


Petrom (SNP) will invest EUR 15 M in cleaning and reclaiming two reservoirs – Dambovnic and Suseni – belonging to the Arpechim Pitesti Refinery, but will recover the money from the state. On August 7, the company will hold an open tendering procedure to select a service provider for the contract, Petrom’s tender advertisement reads. The contract will be performed from September 1 through to December 30, 2011 and will be funded by Petrom’s own resources.


Bucharest – 70th in Europe and 187th in the world in the top expensive cities
for expats



Bucharest dropped one position in 2009 in the top most expensive European cities for expats, from 71 to 70, while at world level it is on the 187th position, 55 places lower than in 2008, according to the British recruitment firm ECA International, Mediafax informs. ECA International compared the cost of life in the biggest 370 cities from 184 countries, based on an average basket consisting of basic goods, food and non-food, among which dairy products, meat and fish, fruit, vegetables, drinks, tobacco, clothes, household appliances, and relaxing activities.


360 pc SIXT New Kopel car booking rise


SIXT New Kopel specializing in car rentals, reports a 360 per cent year-on-year rise of bookings in the January-May 2009. ‘There is no doubt about the fact that more and more Romanians are changing habits. They now prefer to rent a vehicle where they spend their holidays rather than driving all the way to their destination,’ said SIXT New Kopel Romania General Manager Dud Perry, according to Agerpres. The company offers luxurious, sports, average and small vehicles: Peugeot 207 CC , Smart for2Cabrio, VW EOS, VW Beetle, BMW 325i, BMW 325d, Audi A5, Mercedes-Benz CLK or Volvo C70.

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