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Don Luciano’s evenings at Festival ‘39


The jazz fans will have the great occasion to satisfy their music needs starting this Thursday, at the Festival ’39 Café, which will organize “The Evenings of Don Luciano.” The event will start at 9 pm by the famous jazz singer Luiza Zan, and a ticket offers its owner both a seat to the show and an opportunity to taste the delicious food of the Swedish buffet.


Luiza Zan had performed with Geri Allen, Robert Hurst and Eric Harland at the Jazz Festival of Montreux, with Sorin Romanescu and Vlaicu Golcea in the Luiza Zan Trio project, which joined her in tours around Hungary and of Romania’s biggest cities (Bucharest, Iasi, Targu Mures and Cluj), as well as with the band Slang, which accompaniated her in Brussels, Taliandorogd, Esztergom, Budapest and in most specialized Romanian festivals. Beside Slang, Luiza won the first prize for the 2004 edition of the Golden Stag Festival with the song “Frunzulita d’ alior.” Luiza Zan will perform at several “Don Luciano’s Evenings” at festival ’39, with three other famous instrument players: Rick Condit (saxophone), Eddie Neumann (saxophone) and Razvan Boroda (piano). For further information: www.myspace.com/festival39.


Orthodox believers started St. Peter’s Fast


On Monday, Orthodox believers started the Fast of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, honouring these two disciples of Our Saviour. According to the Christian traditions, believers abstain from meat, egg and dairy products, until June 29, the Holy Apostle’s Day. They must confess during the Fast, and prepare for the Holy Eucharist. The Fast is an impulse for the believers to focus our physical energy in spiritual activities, and to turn it into spiritual love for our neighbours, showing mercy and studying the Bible.


Medically, the Fast represents a benefic and radical purification diet. A series of subtle processes start functioning in fasting persons’ bodies, up to the cellular level – lipids in the subcutaneous tissues are burned, and the energy is granted by the proteins of the muscular tissue. The excess in our body is consumed, and the entire organism contributes to this effort.

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200 passengers grounded after emergency landing on Baneasa


200 passengers remained blocked on Baneasa airport from Bucharest and Central airport from Lisbon, after the aircraft which connected the two cities made an emergency ordinance in Bucharest, because of technical problems, Antena 3 reports. The boarding was delayed over 10 hours. Besides the 70 passengers from Bucharest, another 130 persons awaited for long hours the same aircraft in Lisbon. The tourists should have left on Monday, by noon, to Lisbon. The flight was deferred for 23.00 h., when the aircraft actually took off. After a flight of one hour, the craft returned on Baneasa airport. Among the 70 passengers who were grounded on Baneasa airport there were also 10 children.


One of the two victims of bear attack, in hospital


One of the two men attacked by a bear at a sheepfold in the area of the Mazgavu Peak in Fagaras Mountains was admitted yesterday to the Curtea de Arges Municipal Hospital where he underwent surgery, Mediafax reports. The shepherd was taken to the hospital by a team of mountain rescuers who needed over seven hours to bring the victim to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. The hospital’s director said the man has multiple injuries in his left shank. ‘The man had emergency surgery, has bear biting injuries in his left shank, scratches in his left thigh, yet his condition is stable. He will stay in hospital until his lesions have healed,’ the hospital official said. The victim, Dumitru Popa of Titesti, Valcea County, said he tried to drive the bear away by hitting it with a club. The other man, who was slightly injured, didn’t require hospitalisation.


Rroma protest in Bucharest


Several leaders of local Rroma communities yesterday criticised the representatives of their delegation that participated in talks with government officials, on grounds of their failure to punctually lay out the problem communities face, Mediafax reports. Roughly 200 Rroma people, of whom a few dozen were clad in traditional garb, gathered yesterday in front of the ‘Grigore Antipa’ National Museum in Bucharest to commemorate the 67th Romanian Rroma Holocaust anniversary. A Rroma delegation headed by the leader of the European Committee of the Krisinitors (grand judges of Rroma) in Romania, Florica Motoi, was called for talks at Victoria Palace where he met with an adviser to Premier Emil Boc, who was tendered a document containing general issues that ethnic Rromas face. The Rroma leader was promised a new meeting whose date will be known within the next ten days. The Rroma waiting for the outcome of the talks reproached the delegates the failure to make a punctual presentation of Rroma problems.


Becali and DPEA shall pay the state over EUR 300,000


The Bucharest Tribunal yesterday ruled that Gigi Becali and the Dragasani Mechanical Plant Employees’ Association (DPEA) shall pay the state penalties worth over EUR 300,000 for failing to comply with the provisions in the privatization contract, Mediafax reports. The court dismissed the other claims filed by the Office for State Ownership and Privatisation in Industry and a guarantee request from the Valcea branch of the Finance Ministry. The ruling can be appealed. The trial began in 2006, when the Authority for State Asset Resolution (AVAS) asked the Bucharest Tribunal to terminate the privatisation contract of the Dragasani Mechanical Plant for failing to stick to the investment programme.

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Three ambassadors on farewell visit to Cotroceni


President Traian Basescu yesterday received at Cotroceni Palace the ambassadors of Germany – Roland Lohkamp, The Netherlands – Jacques Louis Werner, and Canada – Marta Moszczenska, on farewell visit at the end of their mission to Romania. On this occasion, the head of state awarded the Dutch ambassador the decoration ‘Ordinul National Serviciul Credincios in Grad de Comandor”. In the address held after the awarding ceremony, the president thanked the Dutch diplomat for the way in which he fulfilled his mission in Bucharest. “I always appreciated the opinions expressed by the Dutch government, even those about the cooperation and verification mechanism in Justice. (…) During your term in office, economic relations between Romania and the Netherlands experienced a strong development, Dutch investors were encouraged to invest in Romania, political relations between the two governments consolidated,” the president declared, quoted by Agerpres.


Answering the head of state, the Dutch ambassador voiced his gratitude for the decoration and said his mission to Bucharest meant “four wonderful years” for him and his family. “I saw your country developing of a dynamic manner. I saw Romania joining the European Union and we rejoiced for it, together with the Romanians,” Jacques Louis Werner stated. “The Netherlands wants to reinforce this link, the Dutch business community remains strongly interested by Romania, despite the current difficult economic and financial situation,” he added. The ambassador mentioned he will work in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he will be in charge with the relations with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.


By the time “Nine O’Clock” went to print, no information about the meeting with the German and Canadian ambassadors was available.


Geoana meets Thai counterpart


Senate Speaker Mircea Geoana yesterday had an official meeting with the President of the Senate of the Kingdom of Thailand, Prasobsook Boondech. On this occasion, the Romanian official stressed the importance of consolidating the bilateral relations, in the context of economic crisis, Agerpres reports. He voiced the hope that the visit paid by the Thai delegation will be fruitful and will represent a new landmark in bilateral relations. The Speaker of the Romanian Senate wished the Thai officials welcome to Bucharest and in the Palace of the Parliament, “a building with many memories, not all of them positive,” but which shelters “the roots of Romanian democracy.” In his turn, Prasobsook Boondech expressed his sincere gratitude, emphasizing the importance of consolidating bilateral relations, especially at Parliament level. The Thai Speaker of the Senate and his delegation met the members of the Romania-Thailand Parliamentary Group of Friendship. During their visit, the Thai guests will meet the speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Roberta Anastase, and will be received by President Traian Basescu.

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Council of Europe representatives check enforcement of ECHR decisions in Bucharest


A delegation of the Council of Europe Service in charge of the Execution of the judgments rendered by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is visiting Romania these days. The Foreign Ministry informs by press release that the visit is a new stage of the direct bilateral dialogue between the Romanian authorities and the Execution Service of the Council of Europe. The CE officials and the Romanian authorities will discuss the implementation in Romania of the decisions passed by the Court in Strasbourg in cases of torture or ill-treatments, regarding the right to fair trial, to privacy or in cases of discrimination.


The delegation headed by Corinne Amat, Chief of Service, will meet with representatives of the Ministry of Justice, the National Prison Administration, the Superior Council of Magistracy, and the Secretariat General of the Government, the National Roma Agency, the National Anti-Discrimination Council, the UN Development Programme and the National Council for the Study of the Former Securitate Archives.


The members of the Execution Service of the CE are visiting Romania a second time after another visit in March 2008.


Vasile Dancu: Transilvania will decide the president of Romania


The former strategist of the Group from Cluj, the Social-Democrat Vasile Dancu, states that the battle for the presidential elections of this autumn will be waged in Transilvania, and he considers a winner the candidate who will manage to “disrupt the balances” in the area. “That who obtains in autumn the best trend in Transilvania will be the winner,” Dancu said in an interview published yesterday by the daily “Cotidianul.” He argues his assertions through the fact that sociologically the electorate from Transilvania is autonomous, “meaning that it cannot be convinced to go to poll with sugar and oil, by busses, from section to section.” Asked if a candidate of the region, of Transilvania may appear to “disrupt the games” of the national candidates, Dancu answered that for the moment “it is too early for candidates that sustain the regional profiles.” “Definitely, at the next elections this will be (possible – editor’s note),” the Social-Democrats said, mentioning however that he is not interested in such a candidacy. Vasile Dancu made also a few predictions for the next 10 years, saying that we shall have surprise fights, “atypical candidacies, independents,” but also “a revolution on Internet.”

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Dacia’s sales double in May


According to data from Brussels-based industry association ACEA, new car registrations fell 4.9 per cent to 1.27 million vehicles in May, although most markets also had one fewer working day on average versus last year’s comparative month. Whereas consumers largely eschewed luxury brands like Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz, they cashed in on state subsidies in some markets to scrap old cars in favour of new, cheap models like Dacia’s no-frills Logan saloon and Sandero hatchback where buyers could extract the most savings. Renault’s low-cost Romanian marque saw its new car registrations double in May despite Dacia’s own domestic market shrinking by half, giving the brand a 2 per cent share in Europe last month – equivalent to that of Japan’s Nissan. Alone in the higher margin Western European market, Dacia more than tripled its sales to nearly 20,000 vehicles. (Reuters)


ING: MFP funding needs depend considerably on BNR’s repo operations


The funding needs of the Public Finance Ministry (MFP) have come to depend considerably on these operations of injection of liquidities, and so it seems rather improbable that the central bank would not organize a repo operation in the next sessions, and the breaking of the pattern of their organization would exert pressure on the request for the instruments issued by MFP, reads an ING report, HotNews informs. According to the document, a significant leap of the long maturity interest rates seems rather improbable in the next sessions, but the current tension can persist and will maintain probable the short term interest rates at the current level.


BCR cuts term deposit and savings accounts interest rates by up to 1.75 pc


In keeping with the Central Bank’s gradual monetary relaxation policy, Banca Comerciala Romana has revised the interest rates it pays for retail and corporate term deposits and savings accounts by up to 1.75 per cent, according to a bank press release quoted by Agerpres. The new standard interest rates for deposits in RON go up to 12 per cent per year, for deposits in EUR are up to 4.25 per cent per year and for deposits in USD – up to 3 per cent per year. The maximum interest rate for the Maxicont BCR savings account is 10.5 per cent per year for EUR, 4.75 per cent per year for EUR, and 2.75 per cent per year for USD. BCR will continue to stimulate long term saving by offering an attractive range of investment products including deposit certificates, investment funds, securities and the Banca pentru Locuinte saving plan.


Realitatea-Catavencu group, 25 M losses of in 2009


The businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vantu declared for www.paginademedia.ro that the losses of the group Realitatea-Catavencu – which he controls – are estimated at EUR 25 M in 2009, and that Sergiu Toader will return to Romania in August for a new project, Mediafax informs. “The market has literally collapsed. This year, Realitatea-Catavencu was supposed to go on profit. But so, I have shifted the trust on investments in the next three years. Hopefully, things will ease down until then,” Sorin Ovidiu Vantu said. According to the businessman, Sergiu Toader will return in August from New Zealand, for a new project that he will submit to Realitatea Board.


Ec. Min wants to hasten Gazprom’s agreement with Romgaz


Economy Minister Adriean Videanu has sent to the leadership of Gazprom on Monday a letter asking for the hastening of the agreement between the Russian Group and Romgaz Medias, the Romanian natural gas producer, an agreement on the production of electricity and the construction of natural gas storage sites. ‘I have written to Medvedev yesterday (Alexander Medvedev, Vice President of Gazprom, editor’s note)’ Videanu stated for Mediafax. Romania’s partnership with Gazprom is the first signed after 1989 and it also includes the setting up of a joint company for storing and selling natural gas, as well as involvement in electric energy production projects. The agreement could be extended by becoming associated with local authorities in order to produce energy in co-generation, Videanu stated in early June.

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Croitoru: “Twin deficits” may appear, if recession exceeds expectations


The current account deficit and the budget deficit might become equal, and Romania might look forward to “twin deficits” if the recession of economy will “exceed all expectations,” Lucian Croitoru, advisor of Mugur Isarescu, the Governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) declared on Tuesday, as reported by Mediafax.


He explained that the current account deficit has suddenly modified and that the budget deficit might exceed 4.6 pc of the GDP in 2009, but mentioned that he had no access to detailed information. Moreover, Croitoru showed that there were many risks regarding the evolution of the budget deficit, such as the electoral year, that might create issues related to expenses, as well as a decline of economy by over 4 per cent and lower inflation, leading to reduction of income for the budget. As for the current account deficit, Croitoru anticipates an adjustment by 4.8 – 5.5 per cent for 2009, compared to the level of 12.3 per cent of the GDP, reached in 2008.


Vasilescu: Romania cannot avoid recession this year


Romania cannot avoid recession this year, and as of June 30 statistics will officially confirm this, the declaration being made by the adviser to the governor of the National Bank of Romania, Adrian Vasilescu, the Money Channel informs. He confirmed in this way the assertions made by President Traian Basescu, stressing however the fact that in Romania there isn’t risk of stagflation, meaning of economic decline and big inflation. The National Bank has warned since the beginning of the year over the risk of recession, Adrian Vasilescu states. “Romania cannot avoid recession at the end of this first half of the year 2009,” Adrian Vasilescu declared. The good news is that Romania will not have stagflation, meaning economy with a minus and growth of inflation.

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