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Men’s volleyball: Romania – Belgium 3-2 in European League Group B


The Romanian men’s national volleyball team has defeated Belgium on Sunday evening, score 3-2 (25-22, 25-27, 22-25, 25-23, 15-6). The game counted for Group B of the European Volleyball League. The game lasted two hours and five minutes, with Romania managing to take revenge for the Belgians’ 3-1 win in Constanta on Saturday. In the other group game Germany defeated Greece, score 3-0. Group B standings: 1. Germany – 10 points; 2. Belgium – 9 points; 3. Greece – 9 points; 4. Romania – 8 points. Romania will next play against Belgium, with the two games scheduled on June 26 and June 28.


Women’s volleyball: Romania defeats France in European League


The Romanian women’s national volleyball team has defeated France on Sunday evening, score 3-2 (14-25, 25-20, 25-16, 22-25, 18-16). The game counted for the European Volleyball League. ‘A very tense game that had all the ingredients that such a game needs. We go to Turkey with big plans, with the desire to put on a good show, especially since we defeated Turkey twice in Constanta. A qualification for the Final Four would mean a step ahead for the women’s national volleyball team but also an impulse in order to promote young players,’ central defender Ioana Paslaru stated. Romania and France played on Saturday too, with France winning that game, score 3-2. In two other Group B games, Turkey defeated Great Britain, score 3-1 and 3-0. Ahead of the last two Group B games Romania ranks second with 17 points, just one point behind Turkey. France ranks third with 15 points and Great Britain is at the bottom of Group B with no wins. The final games, Turkey vs. Romania and Great Britain vs. France, are scheduled on June 27 and June 28.


Rugby – Romania finishes IRB Nations Cup on 4th place following defeat against Italy, score 13-24


Romania’s national rugby team has finished the 2009 edition of the IRB Nations Cup on the 4th place after losing its Sunday game against Italy A, score 13-24. In the first game on Sunday Russia defeated Uruguay, score 29-26. On Sunday evening Scotland A defeated France A, score 22-12 (12-3), thus winning the IRB Nations Cup tournament.


IRB Nations Cup results:


Italy A – France A 15-31; Scotland A – Russia 49-7; Romania – Uruguay 17-11; Scotland A – Uruguay 27-3; Italy A – Russia 35-3; Romania – France A 16-20; Russia – Uruguay 29-26; Italy A – Romania 24-13; France A – Scotland A 12-22.


Final standings:


1. Scotland A – 13 points; 2. Italy A – 9 points; 3. France A – 9 points; 4. Romania – 5 points; 6. Uruguay – 2 points.


Victor Hanescu ranks 28th in ATP standings


Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu has climbed one place to rank 28th with 1,651 points in the ATP standings publicized on Monday, the atptennis.com website informs. This is Hanescu’s best ranking in his career. Victor Crivoi continues to rank 87th with 820 points. In the doubles’ standings Romania’s Horia Tecau ranks 68th with 1,567 points, climbing two places since last week.

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University Education Center in Cluj to be financed by the Hungarian government


The Hungarian government allotted from the state budget the sum of EUR 1.3 M to build a University Education Center in Cluj-Napoca, which will host only professors supporting the higher education in the Hungarian language. According to yesterday’s edition of ‘Romania Libera’ newspaper, the center will provide lodging to professors from the Babes-Bolyai and Sapientia universities. “The building will accommodate young university professors.


This was our purpose. In 1999, we started the design and in 2004 we began the construction, fully financed by the government of the Hungarian Republic, on funds from the budget. Between July 1 and August 30, university personnel aged up to 45 can apply for an apartment of one or two rooms, and the final decisions will be made in September,” said the executive president of UDMR, Deputy Kelemen Hunor. The building has 21 suites, of which 14 with one room and seven with two rooms. The tenants will have to pay rents of EUR 80 for one room and EUR 120 for two rooms. Prices are about half those charged on the Cluj Napoca real-estate market.


Romania among EU states with highest rate of deadly car crashes


Approximately 39,000 people lost their lives in car crashes within the European Union in 2008, with Romania being among the EU states with the highest rate of deadly car crashes, according to a study published yesterday by the European Council for Transportation Security (ECTS) and quoted by the on-line edition of ‘Romania Libera’ daily. Thus, last year 79 per one million people were killed in car crashes, in contrast to 113 per one million in 2001. The figure includes the persons that died from injuries sustained in car crashes in a period of 30 days after the car crashes. The United States registers 122 killed per one million people. The streets of Malta, Sweden, Netherlands, Great Britain and Switzerland (which is not part of the EU) are the safest in Europe.


The aforementioned states register a fatality level of 50 per one million people. Norway and Germany trail closely behind, followed by Ireland, Finland, Spain, France, Denmark, Luxembourg and Italy. All the other states surpass the European average, while Bulgaria, Latvia, Greece, Romania, Poland and Lithuania are close to a level of 150 killed per one million people.


Patient from Arad dies jumping from the second floor of a hospital


A man admitted in the Municipal Hospital from Arad died after he jumped out through the window of a toilet from the second floor of a medical unit, on the night of Sunday through Monday, Mediafax reports. The man, aged 64, had been admitted in a ward on the second floor of the building. During the night he left the room, being found a few minutes later dead in the yard of the hospital by the medical staff. The manager of the medical unit, Carmen Lucuta, declared that the patient was going to have surgery on Monday, for prostate adenoma, being admitted in the urological department. According to the quoted source, the patient who jumped out through the window from the second floor of the hospital, died further to the impact with the ground. The medics cannot explain the reasons of the suicide, adding that the patient did not seem to be stressed by the surgery.

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Berlin-bound airliner forced to make emergency landing shortly after take-off


A 84-pasenger Berlin-bound Blue Air flight had to head back to Baneasa Airport 20 minutes after take-off due to a technical malfunction, Mediafax reports. ‘The Bucharest-Berlin roundtrip flight that took off from the Baneasa Airport had to return 20 minutes after take-off. The airliner commander noticed a minor malfunction at the signalling system and decided to go back,’ Florentina Ivan, the company’s marketing director, said. Company official say that after a check-up that lasted a few hours, the airliner took off to Berlin with 84 passengers onboard, and reached destination with a two-hour delay. The return flight with 64 passengers aboard the plane is also due for a late landing


On June 14 a Blue Air Boeing 737 flight bound to Cologne took off from ‘Aurel Vlaicu’ Airport with a 95 minute delay, as the jet liner hit a flock of birds while the plane was running on the tarmac, on wheels, before the actual take-off.


Child kept tied with a rope in Neamt County


A shocking case was brought to the attention of Realitatea TV by its viewers, who sent footage showing a six-year-old child from Davideni village, Neamt County, being held tied with a rope, like a dog. The footage was taped by neighbours of the family, who also said that the child lives in miserable conditions, without food or proper care. The child is kept tied to the fence and has to eat his own feces, according to the people who sent the images. The TV station also said that local authorities and those from Piatra Neamt, the capital city of Neamt County, know about the case but cannot do anything. A team of the Piatra Neamt Child Protection Department was called by neighbours and checked on the situation of the child last week, according to the TV station. The child’s mother refused to give them the child because she receives funds from the state for his care.


Meanwhile, daily ‘Cotidianul’ reported yesterday that the number of children abandoned has grown by 50 per cent in March this year compared to the same time last year. The main reason seems to be the current financial crisis, according to the state secretary in charge of the National Child Protection Authority, Ileana Savu. The official said both the number of children entrusted to the state and that of children abused by their parents has significantly increased and that most cases are reported in small communities on local level.


She added that the highest number of child abandonment cases was reported in rather poor areas of the country, mostly in the east, in Moldavia, and in the south.

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Mircea Geoana on visit to the People’s Republic of China


The president of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), Mircea Geoana, Speaker of Senate, is paying a visit to the People’s Republic of China during June 22-26, 2009, PSD stresses in a press release remitted to Agerpres. The agenda includes meetings with several Chinese officials, among whom Jia Qinglin, president of the Political Consultative Conference of the Chinese People, Wang Gang, vice president of the Political Consultative Conference of the Chinese People, Wu Bangguo, president of the Standing Committee of the People’s National Assembly, etc. PSD president will also participate to the ceremony of initiation of the construction of the Pavilion of Romania at the World Exhibition Shanghai 2010, will visit the Exhibition Hall no. 1 of the General Division of the World Exhibition, and will have a meeting with representatives of the business circles from Shanghai.


Justice Minister Catalin Predouiu meets Austrian counterpart


The Minister of Justice and Civic Liberties (MJLC), Catalin Predoiu, had yesterday a bilateral meeting with his counterpart from Austria, Claudia Bandion-Ortner. According to a MJLC press release remitted to Agerpres, the matters of joint interest discussed during the meeting referred to projects of the two ministers regarding the internal reforms in Romania and Austria, and also European files and possible bilateral projects. The Romanian minister made a comprehensive presentation of the progress registered in the context of the Mechanism of Cooperation and Verification (MCV), approaching each conditionality and the measures taken by the Romanian authorities to fulfill the European commitments. “Thus, the themes which were discussed refer to the study of the new codes and the preparation to enforce them, the problem of the human resources in the judicial system and the recruitment of the magistrates, the judicial inspection, ANI’s activity, the progresses in the anti-corruption domain, both the big and local corruption. The Romanian official recalled the recent evaluation report regarding the enforcement by Romania of the European warrant of arrest, a main pillar of the community acquis in the criminal sector,” the press release reports. According to the Romanian Minister of Justice, the positive conclusions of this report allegedly generate a contradiction with the enforcement of some sanctions against Romania, through the activation of the safeguard clauses, in the context of MCV monitoring. MJLC also stresses that the two ministers proceeded to an exchange of experience and ideas regarding the organization and operation of the anti-corruption structures in the two states.

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Kurt Strohmayer gives up JW Marriott management


Kurt Strohmayer, the Austrian who managed for six years the five-star hotel JW Marriott from Bucharest, will leave the head position in the unit starting next month, Antena 3 TV informs. His place will be assumed by Igael Porecki, who has managed so far a Marriott hotel from Tbilisi, Georgia. JW Marriott was inaugurated in 2000, Strohmayer assuming the leadership of the hotel in 2003. Under his management, the unit registered a growth year after year, in trend with the hotel market from Bucharest. The five-star hotel, which has 402 rooms, is owned by Grand Hotel Companies Society, whose shareholders are, according to the latest available information, Bauholding Strabag Austria (with 51 per cent of the capital held directly and 4 per cent indirectly), ONT Carpati (with 30 per cent) and Alliance Overseas Import-Export (with 15 per cent).


OTP launched the first closed investment fund with guaranteed capital


OTP Bank, OTP Asset Management and Intercapital Invest launch the first closed investment fund with guaranteed capital, that will be listed in August with Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB). “The fund has a three years maturity and offers the possibility to cash annually the participation quota subject to performance. At the end of the three years, the initial investment will be entirely recovered, regardless of the evolution of the fund,” said Dan Popovici, manager investments OTP Asset Management Romania, quoted by Agerpres. The product can be purchased during four weeks, starting on June 29, in any working point of Intercapital Invest, as a broker, but also from the branches of OTP Bank Romania, as distributor. The minimum value of the investment is only RON 200, and OTP WiseRO can be traded on the stock exchange.


Coca-Cola HBC and ContourGlobal invest EUR 16 M in Ploiesti thermal station


Coca-Cola HBC Romania and ContourGlobal will inaugurate near Coca-Cola factory from Ploiesti, at the end of July, a thermal station of 6.1 electrical MW and 3.7 thermal MW through an investment of EUR 16 M, according to the data issued by Coca-Cola and quoted by The Money Channel TV. The co-generation station from Ploiesti will supply electricity, warm/cold water and heat for the production facilities of the plant, and will reduce the carbon dioxide emissions by at least 40 per cent,” according to the data of the company. The thermal station, whose construction started in November 2008, will be entirely operational by the end of July 2009. About 200 persons worked at the construction of this project which covers a surface of 2,100 sq m and is 15 m high.


New promotions of Alpha Bank Romania


Alpha Bank Romania launched a new promotional campaign, providing natural persons the opportunity to choose between two current account packages that provide multiple benefits, respectively the Current Account Package and the Alpha Premier Package, a press release sent to our paper announces. The campaign “Upload a FIAT 500 into Your Account,” due to take place until August 30, will offer a Fiat 500 to a lucky winner. The customers who will choose the “Current Account” or “Alpha Premier” benefit of free opening of the account and free issue of an Alpha Bank Visa Electron card or an Alpha Bank Visa Classic Card. The promotional “Alpha Premier” package offers daily bonuses for the sums available in the account, with a monthly interest rate. These funds may be accessed anytime, without any costs or restrictions.

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Elena Basescu sows seeds of discord in EPP


Elena Basescu’s presence in the European People’s Party (EPP) has turned into a controversy, EPP prominent leader, Hungarian MEP Surjan Laszlo having challenged her admission to the European political party, ‘Cotidianul’ daily reports. The Hungarian MEP attacked the Romanian President’s daughter after she has made clear her intention of returning to her former party PDL as soon as she won a seat in the European election. On Thursday Surjan sent an internal e-mail message to all MEPs and to the President of the EPP, Wilfred Martens, raising several objections to Elena Basescu’s becoming a member of the European political group. The MEP argues that the European People’s Party political group should take a vote on her entry application. PDL group leader in the European Parliament Theodor Stolojan said he was convinced there weren’t going to be any issues with her application to join the EPP, not excluding a ballot though. ‘The leadership of the political group will ask the Romanian delegation for its position on the matter. Only if several MEPs endorse Mr. Surjan’s point of view are we going to have a vote,’ Stolojan explained. Elena Basescu has promptly answered Surjan’s attack which she suspects was orchestrated by Stolojan’s former adviser and PM Emil Boc’s current adviser Andreea Vass. ‘I am not worried about the letter because it is the result of a friendship between Ms. Vass and that Hungarian MEP starting at the time when the two of them were working at the EP’s Budget Committee. I simply look at it as Ms. Vass’s revenge for not getting an eligible slot on the lists of candidates,’ Elena Basescu told ‘Cotidianul’.


PNL wants Minister Ridzi prosecuted


Yesterday, the PNL Deputies filed with the leadership of the Chamber of Deputies a request to approve the prosecution of the Minister of Youth and Sports, Monica Iacob Ridzi, for embezzlement and abuse of office against the public interest, Mediafax informs. ‘Our action is based on considerations such as the unaccounted for expenditures incurred by the Ministry of Youth and Sports on May 2, and the suspect awarding of contracts in connection with the celebrations,’ reads a press release by PNL Deputy Alina Gorghiu. The Deputy also states her hope that PNL will not block PNL’s request and let justice fulfill its role, stressing that ‘full light needs to be shed on the case, as long as the lady minister cannot remember what she spent the money on.’

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