Depeche Mode cancels show in Bucharest

Depeche Mode representatives officially announced that the band was unable to reschedule any of the open-air shows canceled during the period of May 12 – June 8, including the one in Bucharest, the local organizers of the show, E-mag!c Entertainment announced.

The people who bought tickets for the show initially scheduled for May 16 can be refunded, or if they wish, they can change their tickets for the upcoming B’ESTFEST Festival. Depeche Mode announced on Friday that all the eight open-air shows included in “Tour of the Universe,” that were initially postponed, would be definitively canceled and fans will be refunded. On May 12, front man Dave Gahan, suffered a severe bout of gastroenteritis, before going on stage and was rushed to a hospitalized in Athens.

“Bucharest Music Film Festival” starts on Wednesday

The fourth edition of the “Bucharest Music and Film Festival” is scheduled to take place in the George Enescu Square from June 17 to 21, during 11.00 – 23.00.

The music and film festival in Bucharest will take place in special venue, located in front of the former Cina restaurant, near the Romanian Athenaeum, temporarily turned into an oasis of flowers, lawn and terraces. Based on the model of the cultural projects that take place from 2006 and up to this moment, recordings of international classical music concerts will be broadcasted and preceded by short live recitals of Romanian artists. The entrance to all events will be free.

“Summer on the Road” Creation Camp, at the Village Museum

The traditional “Summer on the Road” Creation Camp will take place during July 13 – August 8 in the building of the Summer Pavilion of the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum in Bucharest. The event may be attended by children and teenagers aged 6 to 18. Children aged 6 to 9 may attend the camp as accompaniers.

Young persons are thus offered an opportunity to discover traditional crafts (pottery, decorating eggs, wooden sculptures, weaving and embroidery, wooden icons, folklore masks, music instruments, folklore jewelry, knitting, naïve painting and toy manufacturing) in creation workshops.

The traditional crafts lovers may subscribe for this camp during June 15 – July 3. The attendance fee is RON 200 person, RON 350 for two, RON 400 for 3 or 4 and the tax for accompaniers is RON 15 per person, except for the retired.

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.Forecasts: the budgetary revenues to decrease in H2 as well

The collections to the state budget shall continue to drop in the second part of the year, also, which requires measures to increase the efficiency of the state institutions, as Mircea Geoana, Senate Chair, said during the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Parliamentarian Assembly, Agerpres informs. He said that Romania did not have a control instrument for how public money is spent. “We discuss about budget earmarking for one institution or another, but we do not have a clear instrument to see what has been done with these amounts. Such an example is Transport Ministry, where billions of EUR were spent in the past years and the outcome is almost null”, Mircea Geoana said. If the money from the European funds could become a reserve in case the budget is unable to support the investments, Geoana said that Romania has not acted very well and attempts are now in progress to absorb the European funds which had to be used two years ago already.

Rompetrol raises fuel prices

On Saturday night, Rompetrol raised the reference price of the gasoline it sells at pumps by RON 0.04 per liter and of the diesel by RON 0.03 per liter, Agerpres reports. A liter of Efix 95 gas now costs RON 3.9, one of Alto 101 – RON 4.51, one liter of Efix Diesel costs RON 3.72 and a liter of Diesel Alto 55 is RON 4.01. The prices of fuels sold in the Rompetrol Downstream network may vary by +/- 5 pc from reference prices.

Eurostat: New record drop of industrial production in the EUR zone, in April

The industrial production registered a new record drop, in Europe, in April 2009, within the context of the most serious recession of the past 50 years made the producers reduce production, according to the data presented this Friday by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat), cited by Agerpres. In April 2009, compared to April 2009, the industrial production dropped by 21.6 per cent in the EUR zone, and it had a decline by 19.4 per cent within the European Union.

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Successful start for Romania in IRB Nations Cup

Romania’s national rugby team registered a victory of 17 – 11 (17 – 6) versus Uruguay on Friday, in its first game at the IRB Nations Cup, that takes place in Bucharest, on the “Arch of Triumph” Stadium. The goals of the Romanian team were scored by Florin Vlaicu (an essay, a penalty kick and two changes) and by Alexandru Manta (an essay). The goals of the South-Americans were scored by Juan Campomar (an essay) and Jeronimo Etcheverry (two penalty kicks).

Sabau to leave Gloria Bistrita

Coach Ioan Ovidiu Sabau announced on Friday that he would end his collaboration with the team Gloria Bistrita, after having trained the respective team for four seasons. “I have decided that it is time for a new challenge after four years, at another level. I want to thank Mr. Jean Padureanu, the President of the club, for granting me protection and support, for helping me to develop as a coach and for never trying to compromise me throughout these years. The agreements I had with him were always completed. I wish all of those who start a career as a coach to have such a person beside them. I am really, really sorry for leaving such a person behind, because I am tremendously grateful to him. Gloria offered me a lot, indeed,” Ioan Ovidiu Sabau declared, as quoted by the official website of the club.

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Hilton Hotel has been deprived of rating

The Hilton Hotel, owned in Bucharest by George Copos, was deprived from rating, following that Elena Udrea’s staff started to analyze it. The Athenee Palace Hilton Hotel, in Bucharest, has recently lost its five – star rating. A control from Ministry of Tourism found out that the accommodation unit functions on the basis of a new commercial company, which was not declared within the legal deadline and which suspends the authorizations initially received. The representatives of the hotel must prepare not a new rating file, but considering that the hotel has no more parking places, it shall not receive the five – star rating any longer, but maximum four. The parking issued emerged when Bucharest City Hall terminated all the contracts with Dalli company, addressing 11 parking places in Bucharest, among which the places in front of Hilton. Sorin Oprescu canceled the contract on space rental that had been concluded between Ana Hotels, George Copos’s company, and Dalli, a company that was owned by Dorin Cocos, husband of Tourism Minister, Elena Udrea. Left without parking places and not benefiting from understanding at municipality, George Copos started a lawsuit against the City Hall.

Water Park Otopeni, EUR 150,000 invested in upgrading

The additional renovation and equipping of the aquatic amusement park Water Park Otopeni required an investment amounting to EUR 150,000, as the business portal says, which cites a declaration by the marketing manager of the company owning the location, Agerpres informs. Based on the cited source, the investment included electronic games rooms, re-decoration of the children playgrounds and a new aquatic toboggan. During the summer season of 2008, Water Park registered an average number of 3,000 visitors over the week end and nearly 1,000 clients per day during the week, which resulted in a profit amounting to EUR 830,000.Water Park Otopeni can accommodate 4,000 persons, it stretches over 10,000 square meters, the entry fares being RON 50, during week ends, and RON 30 during the week.

Nokia to launch the phone whose battery never discharges

The researchers from Nokia are close to revolutionizing the mobile phone segment by designing a prototype whose accumulator works non stop, according to the portal, cited by Agepres. According to Markkn Rouvala, an expert at Nokia Research Center from Cambridge, UK, the new device shall be able to capture the electromagnetic radiations issued by Wi-FI transmitters, the aerials of the mobile phones, TV aerials or other similar terminals, which are to be converted into electricity, and this will feed wireless the batteries of Nokia phones. The capturing power shall be 50 milli -watts, which is ten times more than in case of the current prototype developed by the Finn producer, which assimilates 3 to 5 milli-watts. In time, energy collection has been used only in the niche markets, charging wireless sensors or RFID chips.

AB InBev to divest central Europe operations

The world’s largest brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev is considering divesting its central European operations involving 11 breweries in seven countries, Belgian newspaper Le Soir reported on Saturday. AB InBev sold its South Korean subsidiary Oriental Brewery to private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. last month for $1.8 billion, as part of a move to repay debt incurred in the $52 billion purchase of Anheuser-Busch. The paper said 11 breweries producing a total of 15 million hectolitres of beer a year in Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Czech Republic, Serbia and Montenegro, were part of a “packaged” deal to be sold as a whole. A spokesman for AB InBev declined to comment. Le Soir said the brewer of Budweiser, Stella and Beck’s beer was divesting its central European operations considered as fragmented and non-strategic, to focus on its north and south American operations. Barclays is advising the company on the deal and at least one private equity firm CVC Partners, is mentioned as interested in the deal, Le Soir reported in its weekend edition.

Chevrolet sales in Romania, 22.9 pc advance in May

Chevrolet sales in Romania were by 22.9 per cent higher in May than in April, according to a press release issued by General Motors Southeast Europe, Agerpres informs. Within Western Europe, over the first four months of 2009, Chevrolet market share advanced by 0.27 per cent, compared to the same time period of the previous year, up to 1.27 per cent. The small and attractive models from Chevrolet, Spark and Aveo, were much appreciated by the clients looking for new vehicles. “Currently, clients look for those units that provide value for money. In fact, this is Chevrolet philosophy. This is the reason because of which clients throughout Europe have chosen Chevrolet over a record number, in the past few years. I am very optimist about our future, mainly when I look at Chevrolet Cruze and at other new and appealing products which we prepare”, according to Wayne Brannon, CEO of Chevrolet Europe.

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Teenagers attacked by a bear near Babele chalet

Two teens, aged 16 and17, were attacked by a bear on Saturday night, on the Bucegi Plateau, near Babele chalet where they had raised their tent in a no-camping area. The youth were slightly injured in the incident. According to Costel Juganaru, the chief of Babele chalet, one of the tourists hit the bear with a knife and then ran to seek help at the chalet. The two youth were slightly injured in the incident and one of them suffered a fracture at the right hand.

Two women, 13-year-old teenager drowned

Two sisters from Dolj County and a thirteen-year-old girl, daughter to one of them, drowned into the river Jiu on Thursday afternoon. Doina Brebenel, aged 43, from the commune Bradesti, her 13-year-old daughter Daniela and her 41-year-old sister Anisoara Brebenel took a walk on Thursday afternoon, on the shore of the river Jiu. After a while, the teenager jumped into the water in order to swim a little, yet, strong currents prevented her from reaching the surface again. Her mother and aunt followed her into the water, to rescue her, but they were taken away by the tide, as well. A few persons who were walking nearby and saw Anisoara Brebenel’s five-year-old son crying on the shore of the river, called 112.

Romania, observer at the Council of Baltic Sea States

Romania hails the decision by which it was granted the status of observer at the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS), announced at the 15th ministerial meeting of CBSS in Helsinngor, Denmark, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Friday. As CBSS observer, Romania will focus on the direct opportunities of these countries to become part in the projects to be developed in the Baltic Sea region, while promoting certain projects within the Northern Dimension, identifying cooperation opportunities between Council participants and the states from the Black Sea region.

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