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Romanian women win European sabre title


The Romanian women’s national team has won on Saturday the Gold Medal in the European Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria after defeating Poland, score 36-34. The team, consisting of Ana Maria Branza, Anca Maroiu, Iuliana Macesanu and Simona Alexandru, reached the European final after defeating Russia (45-31) and Germany (43-38). On Friday the men’s team (Rares Dumitrescu, Florin Zalomir, Cosmin Hanceanu and Alexandru Sireteanu) won the Silver Medal.


Hanescu qualifies for singles and doubles final in Stuttgart


Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu has qualified on Saturday for the final of the Stuttgart tournament in both the singles and doubles competitions, with this being his best result this season, the tournament official website informs. The tournament offers total prizes of EUR 450,000. Hanescu defeated Italy’s Fabio Fognini in the semi-finals on Saturday, score 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. In the final the Romanian was to play on Sunday evening against France’s Jeremy Chardy. The latter defeated Germany’s Nicolas Kiefer, score 7-6 (7/4), 6-1. Victor Hanescu and Horia Tecau have also qualified for the final of the doubles competition after defeating Lukas Kubot (Poland)/Oliver Marach (Austria) on Saturday, score 6-4, 7-5. For his performance Hanescu, the tournament’s top seed number 4, has won 150 ATP points and a check for EUR 37,700. Victor Hanescu could break Ivan Lendl’s 1985 record by winning both the singles and doubles finals in Stuttgart.

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Son of new youth minister in gay hypostases, wearing Satanist symbols


Andrei Razvan Placinta, the son of the minister of youth and sports, Sorina Placinta, has posted on internet, according to daily ‘Libertatea’, quoted by Antena 3, several pictures in which he appears in the company of several men, in homosexual hypostases. Another photo feeds the rumours regarding his closeness to a religious denomination charged with Satanist practices. According to the journalists from ‘Libertatea’, Andrei Placinta became, on April 3, 2008, at the age of 18, priest of the “First Atheist Church,” a denomination which denies the existence of God and is considered by some priests similar to the Satanist ones. The medal that the boy has at his neck in one of the photos is a pentagram, the best known symbol of Satanism. The son of the youth minister is 19 and is studying at Montreux, Switzerland.


Message from doctor to fellow colleague: ‘Callousness’


Dr. Florin Paraschiva, the coordinating director of DSP Olt, was brought to the scrutiny of the Slatina Emergency County Hospital where he works as a doctor after he allegedly wrote ‘callousness’ and ‘suck c…’ in a patient’s examination chart. The message was most likely addressed to a colleague that had called him up to see a patient. According to Diana Iacobescu, the manager of the Slatina Emergency County Hospital, a patient was seen by Dr. Mihaela Dogaru on the night of July 14 within the hospital’s Emergency Ward. Dr. Dogaru told the patient to see cardiologist Dr. Florin Paraschiva for further investigations. ‘After he was seen by the doctor that night he was told to go to the Cardiology ward; but Dr. Paraschiva was seeing another patient there, a patient that was in a very serious condition and that died the following day,’ the hospital’s manager stated. In a press communiqué the hospital informs that cardiologist Dr. Florin Paraschiva will undergo an internal investigation.


Child stabbed with scissors in heart area, possibly by mother


A child aged seven, from Galati, arrived at the hospital on Thursday evening, in a serious condition, after he was stabbed with the scissors, the circumstances of the incident being still unclear, according to the early data the boy having been possibly stabbed by his own mother.


Initially, the boy’s mother had refused to comment the happening, but later on she recognized that the boy may have been the victim of the carelessness, and she might have stabbed the boy with the scissors. “I took the scissors, and threw them on the bed box. And since the boy was sitting up in the bed, he probably tried to avoid the scissors which hit him in the chest,” said Larisa Campulungeanu, the mother of the stabbed boy.


The representatives of the Child Protection Division from Galati told the representatives of the media that if things are as the boy’s mother said, there are 90 per cent chances that the child would be shifted under the care of the Division’s assistants.

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Alessandra Mussolini: ‘When a child enters Italy, he is like ours’


After last week’s scandal caused by the two Romanian children adopted by Italians, the chairwoman of the Italian Parliament’s Commission for the rights of the child, comes with fresh controversial statements.


According to Mediafax, Alessandra Mussolini declared in Bucharest, last Friday, that whenever a Romanian child enters Italy without family, he may be adopted, even though Romanian legislation forbids international adoptions. Italian legislation allows international adoptions, so it also encompasses Romanian minor citizens, she added.


Alessandra Mussolini also said Romania should have courts for children, even though their creation would imply big costs.


According to the Italian politician, between 1,700 and 2,000 Romanian minors live unattended in Italy and they risk disappearing, as they can be easily recruited by organized crime groups. In retort, Bogdan Panait, state secretary with the Romanian Office for Adoptions urged the Italian government – through the person of Mussolini – to inform Romanian authorities about all the Romanian children in Italy. (A. M.)


Dalli car parks go to municipality


The employees of the Car Park Division from the Bucharest Street Administration started last Friday to take over the over 3,000 parking lots exploited so far by Dalli Exim, for 18 locations with around 360 places each, parking being free of tax for one month. “The local authority asks the Bucharesters to not pay the equivalent of the parking to the so-called <> in order to avoid encouraging racket,” the municipality stresses.


According to the municipal authorities, the locations from Alba Iulia square, Valter Maracineanu, Victoria Square, the lateral streets of the Government building, in front of Cina restaurant, in “George Enescu” square, near Hilton car park, and also in front of Eva shop and on Magheru Blvd, will also be taken over.


Bucharest mayor Sorin Oprescu declared that by taking over the car parks the public domain law will be observed. In retort, Dalli Exim requested mayor Sorin Oprescu to find a solution for the 147 employees of the company who remained without a job.


Romanian from California committed suicide in Grand Canyon


Gheorghe Chiriac, a Romanian aged 57, who was living in California, committed suicide at the beginning of the past week, rushing together with his car into the Grand Canyon, right in front of the tourists, writes ‘The Examiner,’ quoted by Hotnews. It was only on Friday that the local police could identify the body. The Romanian was living in Apple Valley and had immigrated to America 30 years ago. He rushed with his car into the Grand Canyon in front of the hotel El Tovar, where there wasn’t any protective barrier. The authorities discovered that Gheorghe Chiriac had driven the car coming from the hotel, entered a grass area, and then turned right directly into the canyon. Further to investigations, the authorities from the State of Arizona established that it was a suicide.

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FM: EU should allow the free circulation of Serbs in Europe


Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu declared last Saturday at the trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers from Serbia, Hungary and Romania that EU should answer favourably the request regarding the free circulation of the Serb citizens in the European space, Mediafax reports.


“We greeted the progresses made by Serbia in the past few months and we consider that EU must answer favourably the request regarding the free circulation of the Serb citizens in the European space, and in connection with the interim trade agreement,” Diaconescu declared. In his turn the Serb foreign minister, Vuk Jemeric, voiced his hope that the Serb citizens will have the possibility to travel without visa in the EU starting in 2010.


“I am firmly convinced that the day when there will not be any longer borders among Romania, Hungary and Serbia, except those drawn on the map, is not far. This will become a clear fact starting next year, when the citizens of Serbia can travel without visa in the European space,” Jeremic said. The Serb minister also said that the three countries could work out a common social insurance plan. According to the Serb official, such a plan was enforced by Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium and could increase the labour exchange capacity among the involved countries.


Other issues on the agenda of the three foreign ministers referred to the regional cooperation within the Danube-Cris-Mures-Tisa Euro-region, the EU strategy for the Danube Region and energy security.


Advanced discussions with Kiev over Basescu’s visit to Ukraine


Foreign Minister Cristian Diaconescu declared on Friday at Iasi that the Romanian party is having advanced discussions with the authorities from Kiev regarding the visit of the Romanian President to Ukraine. Asked if there is any new information about the visit of President Traian Basescu to Ukraine, Diaconescu answered, quoted by Mediafax: “The bilateral contacts are on our agenda. We are in advanced discussions with the Ukrainian party over the visit of the Romanian President to Ukraine.” President Traian Basescu had to pay a visit to Kiev on February 25-26, but the visit was cancelled at the last moment. The espionage scandal burst out a few days later, further to which Romania and Ukraine proceeded to mutual expulsions of diplomats.

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Videanu: Ministry of Economy started restructuring


The restructuring of the Romanian economy has started said on Friday the Economy Minister Adriean Videanu, who made this statement while at Galati, Agerpres informs. He said that restructuring has started in case of primary energy producers, such as coal, referring to National Pitcoal Company and to Oltenia National Lignite Company, but also to energy plants.Economy Minister added that they would continue to pursue the investment program in case of Hidroelectrica and Nuclearelectrica, through the establishment of the two national companies “sufficiently strongly bankable so that they are able to secure resources in this sector.” “Should we have an adequate business environment, we shall attract those investments we need. I hope that Ministry of Finances shall conduct a proper analysis and shall be successful, within the negotiations with IMF, to have not charging taxes on reinvested profit effective as of January 1, 2010,” minister Videanu said. Economy Minister Adriean Videanu also met last Friday, at Galati, the unions and board of Sidex in an attempt to find solutions for re-launching potential orders which have been placed with the plant. The Minister said that ArcelorMittal, like any business which is active in a country where market is the regulatory agent for demand and supply, must participate in the calls for bids addressing the supply of necessary parts for infrastructure investments, emerged as an opportunity for economic development and to limit the effects of the economic crisis.


Rin Grand Hotel places a locker on 300 rooms


Ron Grand Hotel, located in Bucharest, has its main business in tourism for businesses, which has lately been suffocated by he crisis, so that 300 rooms of this grand hotel will turn their lights off, according to Realitatea.net Since hotels in Bucharest rely on business tourism, the receipts have reduced to almost a half. Businessman Ionut Negoita said that they will be disconnected from utilities and put on hold. “Because Bucharest relies strictly on business, it was stronger affected than other capitals, such as Prague or Budapest, where the decline was by only 19 per cent, compared to 40 per cent in Bucharest.”Thus, at Rin Grand Hotel out of 1,400 rooms, in 300 access is forbidden. The savings are important, according to owners: “The usual maintenance of a room costs the hotel owners EUR 10 per day. If they keep it in conservation and they disconnect it from utilities, than costs reduce to only EUR 1 per day”. Yet, the hotel owners who managed to rescue themselves from this extreme measure, had to lower the price significantly. And they have reduced enough, mainly in case of luxury hotels. Thus, the accommodation prices dropped from RON 500 per night and there are also promotions: you buy 2 nights and the third is free.


Blue Air to carry on investments worth more than USD 1 bln


Blue Air company has enlarged its fleet by another Boieng 737 – 500 aircraft, seating 126 persons, which leads to nine planes available for the flights operated by the company, Agerpres informs. Negotiations are in progress, within the existent contract, between Blue Air and Boeing company in relation to the acquisition of ten more Boeing 737 Next Generation planes, to which five additional options add. Thus, in case of a new order placed, Blue Air has priority in relation to the delivery period, for the additional order of five planes.The total investment, considering the catalogue value, which Blue Air will complete following the finalization of the negotiation in progress, shall be USD 1 bln worth.

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Hrebenciuc: Romania risks skidding


Viorel Hrebenciuc, the leader of Social-Democrat MPs, stated yesterday in a press conference that the Government is trailing six months behind the crisis, with Romania being at risk of an economic and social skidding unless immediate measures are taken. Hrebenciuc pointed out that PSD is waiting today for an official answer from PD-L concerning the anti-crisis plan that the Social-Democrats proposed. ‘The Government is trailing six months behind the crisis and we are convinced that unless urgent measures are taken Romania will be unable to avoid a significant economic and social skidding this autumn,’ Hrebenciuc warned.


He pointed out that the PSD has listed a series of important measures in the anti-crisis plan that it has forwarded to PD-L, its Government partner, and that it expects an answer to them. The list includes the elimination of the lump tax starting on September 1 and the reduction of VAT on foodstuffs, as well as the reduction of the price of electric energy for household consumers.


‘Both PD-L and Premier Emil Boc lack any kind of pretext for postponing the issuing of a point of view on the measures included in the action program proposed by the PSD,’ Hrebenciuc pointed out.


Ilie Sarbu: If Geoana is elected president, PSD will appoint premier


It is quite possible that PSD would appoint premier if Mircea Geoana wins the presidential elections, the Social-Democrat vice president Ilie Sarbu declared in an interview for NewsIn, quoted by Realitatea TV. Asked if the present coalition resists in the event that Mircea Geoana is elected president, Ilie Sarbu said that it depends a lot on who enters the second round. “If Traian Basescu and Mircea Geoana are in the second round, a strong coalition is formed around Mircea Geoana to sustain him it is one thing, and if a strong coalition is formed around Traian Basescu it is something else. Normally, the current coalition should resist.” Sarbu added that Geoana is not in danger of losing PSD leadership if he is in the race for the presidency of the country: “He doesn’t risk anything, because he will win the presidential elections, and then he may not continue to be the president of the party.” The Social-Democrat leader Mircea Geoana declared in May, for Realitatea TV, that if he wins the presidential elections, there will be a recalibration of the majority, meaning that his formation must give the premier.


Gigi Becali re-elected president of PNG-CD


MEP Gigi Becali was elected president of PNG-CD at a congress of this formation which took place on Saturday. “I have the mandate to negotiate with any party an alliance of the party,” Becali said after he was elected president of PNG-CD. He mentioned that his mandate refers to alliances, not to mergers, but the priority is the reconstruction of PNG-CD. He added that at the congress most of the representatives of the party had asked him to run for president. Becali mentioned that he turned down “politely” the request because, if he accepted it, it would have been “unfair towards Vadim Tudor.” Becali explained that through his candidacy to presidency, there would be a rupture in the nationalist-Christian electorate.

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