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Vasile Maftei signs three-year contract with Unirea Urziceni


Rapid’s fullback Vasile Maftei has signed on Wednesday a three-year contract with Unirea Urziceni and will join Dan Petrescu’s team in its training stage in Scotland. ‘Starting on July 15, Vasile Maftei, Rapid’s skipper in recent seasons, has become Unirea Urziceni’s player. He has the chance to register his Champions League debut with that team. Sought by Romania’s new title holders, Rapid’s fullback received his club’s green light. Keeping in mind what Maftei did for Rapid, the club agreed to let him go. Rapid’s now-former skipper has become Unirea’s player for three years and has confessed that he will find it very hard to play against his beloved team, nevertheless taking solace in the fact hat he will not play for one of Rapid’s traditional rivals’ Rapid’s official website informs in an article titled ‘Rapid allows Maftei to play in the Champions League.’ Vasile Maftei could play its last game for Rapid in the friendly game that the team will play against Ankaraspor in Goch, from where he will probably leave for Scotland on Friday morning. There he would join Unirea Urziceni’s training camp. Vasile Maftei (28) has played for Rapid for eight years, scoring 9 goals in a total of 211 games. His sports record with Rapid includes a championship title (2003), three Romanian Cups (2002, 2006 and 2007) and three Supercups (2002, 2003 and 2007), as well as an UEFA Cup quarterfinal in 2006.


Wrestling: Six Romanian wrestlers in the Golden Grand Prix 2009 final


The best wrestlers in the world will gather in Baku (Azerbaijan) where they will take part in the Golden Grand Prix 2009 tournament that will start this Friday and will end on Sunday. Romania’s delegation consists of 6 wrestlers – 4 girls and 2 boys.


Romania will be represented by Cristina Croitoru (48-kilogram category), Ana Maria Paval (55-kg category), Roxana Iancolovoci (67-kg category), Diana Mudrag (72-kg category) – free style; Aurelian Lecui (60-kg category) and Ion Panait (66-kg category) – Greco-Roman style. The six wrestlers have won the right to take part in the tournament’s final thanks to the points that they have gathered in previous competitions.


The tournament’s prizes are significant – USD 3,000 for the 3rd place, USD 5,000 for the 2nd p


The Greco-Roman competition is scheduled on Friday and the women’s free style competition on Saturday. The men’s free style competition is scheduled on Sunday.

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President Basescu to pay official visit to Turkmenistan


President Traian Basescu will pay an official visit to Turkmenistan on July 21-22, the online publication Turkmenistan.ru announces, quoted by Mediafax.


During the meeting of July 14 of the Government from Turkmenistan, vice premier Rashid Meredov, foreign minister, informed the Head of the State about the stage of the preparations for the official visit of the President of Romania, the publication reports. The Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov voiced his belief that the visit of the Romanian President “will give a new impetus to the traditional relations of friendship between the two states and will help the future development of a fruitful dialogue with the countries from the EU.” President Traian Basescu welcomed in July 2008, at Cotroceni Palace, the President of Turkmenistan, on which occasion several agreements were signed between the Governments of Romania and Turkmenistan regarding the economic collaboration and investments.


Another case of AH1N1 infection


The Cantacuzino Institute’s laboratory has confirmed another case of A/H1N1 infection. The person infected, a 23 year old man, arrived in Romania from Spain on July 12.


The patient is currently hospitalized to the ‘Matei Bals’ Institute in Bucharest where he is given a special treatment. The health authorities have started an epidemiological investigation in order to check the persons he came into contact with.


The total number of A/H1N1 infection cases in Romania has thus reached 57.


Iulia Buje replaced as Turin consul by husband


Alexandru Mugurel Buje is proposed to hold the office of consul general of Romania in Turin, position held so far by his wife, Iulia Buje, governmental sources, quoted by Mediafax, declared yesterday.


According to the same sources, Iulia Buje will further occupy the position of consular officer in Turin, but without management attributions. Alexandru Mugurel Buje had been in the past consul general of Romania in Milan, his wife being his assistant at that time, as certain members of the Romanian community from Italy say.


He was replaced in Milan by Tiberiu Dinu, diplomat whose calling back from post had been requested by Premier last spring.

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Worker dies in scaffolding collapse in District 5


A worker died on Wednesday evening after falling with the scaffolding from the eight floor of a building in Bucharest’s District 5, Police spokesperson Christian Ciocan stated. According to the spokesperson, the accident took place around 6.30 PM on Calea 13 Septembrie. The 27 year old man from Vaslui County was repairing the building’s roof. The scaffolding he was on fell on top of a thermal power station. Police officers, prosecutors and inspectors from the Labour Inspectorate have started an investigation in order to establish the causes of the accident. The labour inspector will check whether the company that was working on that building had legally employed the worker, since the company representatives failed to provide all the necessary documents.


Two persons hit by train


A person was killed and another one is hospitalized in a coma within the Craiova County Hospital after they were hit by the train in two separate incidents that took place on Wednesday evening.


The Railway Police officers were called on Wednesday evening to intervene near the Daneasa and Draganesti-Olt train stations where the body of a man was found. The investigators established that the 65 year old man was hit by a train traveling on the Bucharest – Craiova route after he recklessly tried to cross the railway lines while attending his flock of sheep. A young 18 year old woman was hospitalized within the Craiova County Hospital on Wednesday night after she was hit by a self-propelled railway carriage traveling on the Caracal – Piatra-Olt route. The young woman was on the train station’s platform when she was hit by the carriage’s stairs.


Driving licence shipped for free to your address


As of yesterday, driving licences and vehicle registration certificates are dispatched to the address of the holder by currier, the Driving Licences and vehicle Registration Department (DRPCIV) informs. The system will be also implemented in Bucharest and Ilfov County at the end of the year. The institution notes that the documents will be dispatched by the Romanian Post in all counties starting Thursday and in Bucharest and Ilfov only from the end of the year on. According to DRPCIV, people will no longer depend on the opening hours if the issuing desks. The only situations where you will still need to visit the institution are for submitting examination application files or to have your driving licence renewed.


Two CMU doctors suspended over child’s death


The Bucharest College of Medical Doctors Wednesday suspended the anaesthesiologist and the physician conducting the nuclear magnetic resonance imaging scan for two months in the case of the death of the three-year-old at the Unirea Medical Centre (CMU). The fellow doctors established that the patient had been investigated in Vienna where the doctors refused to perform the MRI because there was no anaesthesia/intensive care ward in the MRI area. ‘We are not clear is CMU do have an anaesthesia/intensive care unit either,’ College Vice-President Monica Pop said. The College Disciplinary Panel interviewed the CMU doctors on the case, on Wednesday. The father of the child who died after an NMR scan at the Unirea Medical Centre on June 29 says he will file an official compliant against the two doctors with the College.

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Basescu undecided about presidential run, grounds Realitatea, Antena journalists


President Traian Basescu has not yet decided whether to run for a new term in this year’s presidential elections and suggested that he will make a decision in October or November. “Honestly, I haven’t made any decision yet. Let’s wait until October or November,” said the president when asked by a Romanian woman in the Czech Republic whether he will seek a second term. Basescu has repeatedly said that he will decide on whether to run again based on how the economic situation evolves. In May, he said that if there are signals that the economy will get back on its feet, he might run for president again. He further explained that if unemployment rate exceeds 10 per cent, he will surely not run for another term.


Meanwhile, daily ‘Cotidianul’ reported that the journalists from the TV channels Realitatea TV, Antena 3 and Antena 1 were not included in the group of journalists that accompanied Basescu’s delegation to the Czech Republic. The official reason: there were no places in the aircraft, the newspaper said.


Just hours after he accused Realitatea-Catavencu and Intact media trusts of having made “dirty deals” with some politicians on public money, President Basescu grounded on Wednesday morning the journalists from Realitatea TV, Antena 3 and Antena 1, when he left for the Czech Republic. The respective journalists were told – not through the spokesperson, but through some employees from the Press Bureau – that there were no places in the presidential aircraft. The situation is new, the two news channels almost always having places in the official aircraft of the Head of the Romanian state.


In exchange, in the press delegation which accompanies Traian Basescu to the Czech Republic there are representatives of some TV channels with a very low audience rating, but with a well meaning or even favourable attitude towards the current Head of the Romanian state, writes ‘Cotidianul,’ a member of the media trust Realitatea-Catavencu.


ANI checks wealth of CJ Constanta president Nicusor Constantinescu


The inspectors of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) check the wealth of Constanta County Council (CJ) president Nicusor Constantinescu, sources with the agency told Mediafax on Wednesday night. The sources were unable to explain whether ANI received a petition about Constantinescu’s wealth or if the institution started the investigation based on a press report.


In its Wednesday edition, ‘Academia Catavencu’ magazine ran a story that casts doubts over the source of Constantinescu’s wealth, given the fact that he wrote in his wealth statement, as sole income source, the salary he receives as president of CJ Constanta. On May 18, 2008 the Coalition for a Clean Governance placed Constantinescu among the 56 CJ candidates who don’t comply with integrity criteria, as he is a business associate of Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare. ANI leaders refused to comment the news about the verification in the Constantinescu case.


Under the wealth statement filed on the CJ Constanta web site in June 2009, Constantinescu jointly owns with his wife about 5,000 square meters of town land, two houses and a holiday cottage, five cars and other valuables.

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Mugur Isarescu entered in Book of Records


Mugur Isarescu has officially entered in the Book of Records as the longest serving governor of a central bank, having begun his tenure in 1991, according to the World Records Academy, Realitatea TV reports. Isarescu, aged 60, has been coordinating Romania’s economic policies for 19 years, and is held by some as Romania’s ‘shadow’ PM. Many are those who believe that the Isarescu-led team at the National Bank of Romania (BNR) saved Romania from a financial collapse resembling that experienced by Bulgaria, by increasing the country’s gold and euro reserves, tempering inflation and introducing the RON. Isarescu’s role in the Romanian economy is compared to Laszcek Balcerowicz’s, who implemented the reforms in Poland. He is the only Romanian politician who is also a member of the Trilateral Commission and a member of the Rome Club too. Mugur Isarescu was Romania’s premier during December 1999 and November 2000. He is the author of many economic books and articles, and earned a PhD in economics from the Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies.


Protest against low price of milk in Chisinau


Several dozen farmers have protested yesterday in front of the Republic of Moldova’s Government against the low price of milk. The farmers have asked the Government for measures of protection and stimulation, threatening to start larger protests if the situation is not addressed, Agerpres informs. ‘Currently the price of a liter of milk bought from the farmers stands at RON 1.5 – 1.75 (10 cents), while a 0.5-liter bottle of mineral water is two to three times more expensive’ one of the protesters stated. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry announced that the milk acquisition and price policy and the measures seeking to address the situation registered in the milk industry were debated a day earlier within the Ministry, in the presence of the producers. ‘The Ministry’s leadership gave assurances that all the suggestions and constructive aspects pointed out during the meeting will be presented to the Government for examination’ the institution’s communiqué informs. Earlier this month Prime Minister Zinaida Greceanyi met a group of citizens that complained that the price of milk is too low and that the intermediary companies that collect the milk from the producers fail to respect their payment commitments.


Romtelecom no longer constrained to stick to certain tariff plans


National telecom operator Romtelecom will no longer have to stick to certain tariff plans or be forbidden to practice expensive or ruining charges for fixed telephony services, under a draft decision by the telecom arbiter, which holds that pressure from competition by cable and mobile telephone operators especially no longer require that sort of control, HotNews reports. ‘Based on an analysis of competition issues, we consider that previous obligations imposed on the supplier need to be withdrawn: the obligation to observe the control formula on raising tariffs, the obligation not to practice excessive or ruining charges; the obligation on separate accounting records,’ according to the grounds exposition to the draft decision. As of May 2007, Romtelecom has been imposed obligations on observing tariff ceilings for access and call services on retail markets where it was designated as holding significant power.


We lack highways but plan to build 10,000 km of roads…


Vasile Blaga, the Regional Development and Housing Minister, has announced yesterday in Botosani that he will propose to the Government a ‘gigantic’ project on building 10,000 kilometers of county roads, Agerpres informs. According to Blaga, the project will be presented to the Government in a month’s time at most. ‘These are brave infrastructure projects. I assure you that in a month’s time the Ministry of Development will propose a new great project to the Government – 10,000 kilometers of county roads. We need County roads when we talk about the development of the North-East region and beyond’ Vasile Blaga stated while taking part in a regional conference in Botosani. The conference was titled ‘How do we economically develop Romania’s North-East region?’ The Minister claims that ‘the Government should decide on the financing solution.’ ‘On Axis 2 we have a financing of EUR 880 M for County roads but overall we have financing requests for eligible projects of over EUR 3 bln,’ Vasile Blaga stated.

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