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FC Timisoara wins appeal and will play only one game in different stadium


FC Timisoara has won its appeal against the sanction issued against it after the incidents registered during the Romanian Cup final. Thus, according to the FRF’s Appeal Commission, FC Timisoara will play only one game in a different stadium. The Commission has admitted the appeal filed by FC Timisoara against the decision taken by the Disciplinary Commission on June 17, 2009 and as a consequence will partly modify that decision, a communiqué posted on the FRF’s official website informs. Thus, the sanction has been reduced from 4 games to one game and the fine from RON 50,000 to RON 40,000, the communiqué points out. The sanction had been issued after the incidents caused by the team’s fans during the Romanian Cup – Timisoareana final played on June 13 in Targu Jiu.


Grigoras testing three Liberty Oradea players


Petre Grigoras, the head coach of Politehnica Iasi, will test three Liberty Oradea players during his team’s training stage in Austria. Lucian Cigan, Bogdan Straut and Viktor Bolcsfoldi are the three players that have joined Poli’s training camp. Cristian Lucian Cigan was born on July 15, 1987 and he is 1.77-meters high and weighs 65 kilograms. Cigan plays as a striker and started his football career by playing for FC Bihor Oradea.


Bogdan Straut is a 23 year-old fullback and right-wing midfielder. He is 1.80-meters high and weighs 72 kilograms. Straut started his football career by playing for FC Jimbolia.


Viktor Bolcsfoldi, a 21 year-old Hungarian striker, was transferred to Liberty Oradea this winter from FC Fehervar Videoton Szekesfehervar and can play as a midfielder too.


Romania qualifies for U-20 EC semi-finals, Division B


The Romanian women’s national basketball team has qualified for the semi-finals of the U-20 European Championship after defeating Greece in the quarterfinals, score 64-56 (18-17, 18-12, 11-15, 17-12).


Claudia Pop (18 points) and Ramona Tarta (16 points) were our team’s best players. In the semi-finals that took place yesterday at 10 PM, Romania played against Belgium. Slovakia played against the Netherlands in the other semi-final.


Mutu to find out on July 30 whether he will pay EUR 17 M to Chelsea


Mutu will have to wait two more weeks before finding out the verdict of the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sports in his trial against Chelsea. EUR 17 M are at stake, a sum that the Romanian player could be forced to pay to the club, Realitatea TV informs.


Although originally set to for July 14-16, the court has postponed the verdict until July 30 in order to prepare a full justification of the decision. The Romanian player’s state of mind was revealed by the statement of his lawyer Paolo Rodella: ‘Adrian has gotten used to waiting for five years. A prognostication? We have presented a lot of arguments in the appeal but I couldn’t say there are elements that would make us optimistic or pessimistic.’ An unfavourable decision would force the Romanian player to pay EUR 17 M to Chelsea in damages for the cancellation of his contract because of his exclusive fault. The break took place in 2005 after Mutu tested positive for cocaine. The first consequence was his eight-month suspension. In parallel, Chelsea started its own trial against the player, a trial that it has won until now.

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The illegal terrace from Cismigiu Park demolished


The authorities pulled down on Monday a terrace which was functioning without authorization in Cismigiu park. If on the one hand the owner says that the demolishing was made abusively, the representatives of the City Hall say that the terrace breaks the law and it functioned without construction, functioning or environment authorizations. Moreover, the latter also say that the demolishing is legal and the owner had been informed already last year that the terrace was to be cancelled. The investment in the terrace exceeds EUR 200,000, but the assets can be recovered by the owner from the Lakes and Parks Administration. The park of Cismigiu is declared a historical moment, and therefore the terraces which function on its premises need the assent of all the state institutions.


Woman reports ATM scam


A woman in Constanta realised the ATM where she was about to take out some cash had been fiddled with and decided to report it to the authorities, Antena 3 informs. The Officers from the Brigade against Organised Crime called to the bank found a video camera looking towards the keyboard and recording customers’ PIN codes. The Police open an investigation, being convinced they are dealing with a well-organised criminal ring.


Baccalaureate promotion rate – 81.47 pc


After the students’ contestations have been solved the baccalaureate’s promotion rate stands at 81.47 per cent, registering a 3.21 per cent growth compared to the one registered last year when the promotion rate stood at 78.26 per cent, Realitatea TV informs. The promotion rate has grown by 1.52 per cent compared to the one registered before the filing of the contestations. High promotion rates were registered in: Mehedinti (98.43 per cent), Botosani (97.42 per cent), Constanta (96.71 per cent) and Hunedoara (95.57). The list of Counties that registered low promotion rates was topped by Ialomita (62.52 per cent), Galati (62.70 per cent) and Giurgiu (66.96 per cent). From July 13 to July 18 the students that flunked their Baccalaureate exam will be able to register for reexamination in the August 18 – September 4 session.


Motorist fined for doing 205km/h


A driver was clocked at 205 km/h on National Road 1 between Sacele and Saliste, where there was a speed limit of 100 km/h, Realitatea TV reports. The driver was stopped by the Hunedoara Police after their Sibiu colleagues had filmed him driving at 105 km above the legal speed limit. The young man was fined RON 1,000 and was banned from driving for three months.


New-born killed by alcohol in breast milk


A 25-year-old woman from Iasi, mother of four, was referred to court yesterday for the sudden death of her youngest child – an infant aged one month and 12 days.


The new-born died shortly after the mother had breast-fed her and the necropsy established that the baby had an alcohol concentration in the blood of 1.20/ 1,000.


The baby was killed by the alcohol drunk by her mother, synthesized by her liver and sent into the breast milk. According to ‘Evenimentul zilei’, the authorities have established that, on October 30, 2007, Adriana Popovici, the mother of the baby, had drunk 0.5 litres of wine, 2 litres of beer and 100 grams of brandy, between 8PM and 12PM, then she went to bed and woke up at 5:30 AM to breast feed the infant. After wards, she left the child in bed and went out to start her day around the house. At 7:30 AM, she came back inside and found the child dead.

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Traian Basescu to pay a state visit to the Czech Republic


President Traian Basescu pays today and tomorrow a state visit to the Czech Republic, at the invitation of his counterpart, Vaclav Klaus, when he will have meetings with the Czech Premier, with the Speakers of the two Chambers of Parliament, and will participate in an economic forum.


According to the site of the Presidency, the programme of the state visit includes official discussions between President Basescu and his Czech counterpart, separate meetings with the Speakers of the two Chambers of Parliament, and a meeting with the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. The Head of State will also meet the Mayor of Prague and will attend a Romanian-Czech economic session.


Mircea Geoana turns 51


The Senate Speaker and Social Democratic Party (PSD) President Mircea Geoana yesterday celebrated his 51st birthday anniversary. On the occasion, he received congratulations and gifts from his friends and fellow Social-Democrats, at the PSD headquarters. According to Mediafax, preparations were made for a reception in the pavilion located in the yard of the PSD main quarters for those who came to wish him ‘Happy Birthday!’ About 200 guests were expected to attend the birthday celebration yesterday evening. Mircea Geoana invited his guests to a show performed by the Dan Puric troupe at the Bulandra Theatre, and then to a private party in the theatre foyer.


AMR accused Predoiu of abuse of office


The Association of Magistrates of Romania (AMR) has filed a complaint against Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu with the High Court Prosecutor’s Office, accusing him of abuse of office. The AMR denouncement was registered with the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice yesterday, according to the Press Office of the institution, quoted by Mediafax.


Yesterday morning, AMR President Mona Pivniceru said she was going to file a complaint against Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu, with the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court, accusing him of having issued ‘an internal document that defied the law’.


Pivniceru explained the decision had been made after long debates held Monday night, the other professional organisations being against the penal petition. As for filing a penal complaint against the Government, Mona Pivniceru said the magistrates’ associations would resume talks at the end of the week. The Magistrates association also asks the PM for an ‘urgent meeting’ to settle the bonuses issue.

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Rafo Onesti intends to sell all gas stations


Rafo Onesti refinery decided to sell the 43 gas stations that it has around the country, the leader of Rafinorul union, Ion Marian, declared yesterday, HotNews informs. The stations ceased to be functional last autumn, because the activity of the refinery had been suspended in February 2008. After modernization, the refinery will produce diesel, liquefied gas, black oil, coke, etc, that will be distributed in the petrochemical sector. We don’t rule out the possibility to export them, Ioan Marian added. The decision to resume the production of aromatic products was based on the steady fall of the consumption of gas in Europe, and the technological premises. Initially, Rafo had been the main source of raw material for the petrochemical sector in Romania. On another hand, the representatives of the refinery say that the 43 gas stations were evaluated and, in the coming period, Rafo will announce whether it maintains them in its portfolio or will send them.


Google – BT partnership


Banca Transilvania (BT) and Google yesterday announced the beginning of the ‘My Friend Google’ campaign introduced as a premiere on the Romanian market, through which the banks gives its SME customers who use one of its products a voucher worth RON 150 to promote their business through the Google AdWords service. The press release quotes Hernandez Gallardo, Head of New Markets, EMEA Google, who describes this Romanian premiere as ‘an opportunity to work more openly with companies and with various institutions, but also to contribute to the fast growth of the digital environment, including e-commerce and online marketing services’. The Banca Transilvania campaign is addressed to the customers of the Abonament Bancar IMM (SME Banking Subscription), as well as to the small entrepreneurs who wish to promote their website with Google AdWords.

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Blue Air opens Suceava–Vienna, Venice, Cluj Napoca flights


The representatives of Blue Air company announced in a press conference held at Suceava that direct flights to Vienna, Venice and Cluj-Napoca will be operated starting today from Suceava Airport, Mediafax informs.


The PR manager of the company, Florentina Ivan, declared that Suceava-Vienna flight is inaugurated today, while Suceava-Venice flight will be inaugurated tomorrow, both of them with a frequency of three times a week, and Suceava-Cluj flight with a frequency of six flights per week, all of them being return flights. She pointed out that it is for the first time that the company includes three destinations in the opening of the operations on an airport, adding that this proves the confidence in the potential of the area. Ivan also added that Blue Air had purchased a 737 Boeing craft, series 500, which adds to the other eight, and this company expects to have in 2009 a turnover of EUR 170 M, vs. EUR 120 M.


Competition Council looks into Cosmote taking over Telemobil


The Competition Council is analyzing the economic concentration achieved by Cosmote Mobile Telecommunications, by gaining sole control over SC Telemobil, Agerpres reports. The competition watchdog is considering the operation of economic concentration in terms of possible anti-competition effects, in line with the Regulation on authorizing economic concentrations. As provided by law, a decision on this operation must be made within 30 days from the moment when the notification is considered as effective. Acting regulations provide that the operations of economic concentration which exceed the value limits provided by law are subject to control and must be reported to the Competition Council, so that to be analyzed if they are compatible with a normal competition-driven environment. Economic concentrations must be notified to the Council if the cumulated turnover of the two economic agents involved in the operation exceeds the equivalent of EUR 10 M and if there are at least two economic agents involved in the operation, which achieve on Romanian soil a turnover equivalent to EUR 4 M each.


New exchange office rules


Under order 448/July 1, 2009, starting with July 15, currency exchange offices must only display the selling and buying exchange rate on a single board and nothing else. Even if the order is already in force, many exchange offices have not changed their information boards according to the new rules. Most of the exchanges offices in the Magheru Boulevard, for example, still have the ‘0% commission’ displayed on the boards, despite the legal requirement that nothing else may be added to the selling and buying exchange rate. ‘Operators claim ‘there is no misleading information’ and that it is their way of attracting customers. For misleading the customers, exchange offices will be drastically fined by the Consumer Protection commissars following the new rules. Fines are from Ron 1,000 to RON 10,000 and may be accompanied by a suspension of activity.


Thermal power plants risk being closed as of next year


Co-generation plants risk being closed as of next year because they fail to comply with the environment norms imposed by the European Union, HotNews reports. This is precisely why the Ministry of the Economy is rushing to restructure the energy sector and to form two big companies that will include Termoelectrica. This is a way to try saving Termoelectrica, to the detriment of valuable companies like Hidroelectrica, Romgaz and Nuclearelectrica.


“Starting next year, thermal power plants risk being closed because of failure to comply with environment norms. There is no money for environmental investments. Then, the Ministry of the Economy thought to take money from Hidroelectrica, Romgaz and somehow Nuclearelectrica, as main credit takers, in an attempt to solve the problem of thermal plants,” the president of Romania’s National Institute for the Study of Arranging and Using Energy Sources (IRE), Jean Constantinescu declared.

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