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Tourist injured by lioness in Brasov Zoo


A tourist was injured by a lioness in the Brasov Zoo on Sunday evening. The man was immediately taken to the Brasov County Emergency Hospital. Witnesses claim that the man, aged 20, approached the lioness’s cage and pushed his hand through its bars. At that moment the lioness attacked him, wounding his right arm. According to Mediafax, the young man was immediately taken to hospital by a SMURD crew. The doctors on the ambulance stated that the wounds are deep but the man’s life is not endangered. The Brasov Zoo has signs placed on every cage, warning the visitors to keep their distance because the animals are very dangerous.


Over 100 people resume search for missing child at Ranca


Over 100 police officers, gendarmes, community police, mountain rescuers and volunteers continued yesterday the search for the 7-year old boy who disappeared last Thursday from Ranca Mountain resort, Gorj County, Realitatea TV reports. The chances to find minor Constantin Velcev alive are decreasing with each day, as more than four days passed since the child was reported missing. Even a helicopter fitted with an IR camera flew over the area last Sunday, but to no avail. Also on Sunday, the minor’s grandparents were tested with the polygraph. According to police sources, after hours of hearings, the officers found that the grandparents of the minor – who is being searched now by hundreds of people – did not lie in their statements.

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Ministers Diaconescu and Puscas at CAGRE meeting in Brussels


The foreign minister Cristian Diaconescu attended yesterday in Brussels, the meeting of the General Affairs and External Relations Council (CAGRE), while the minister for European affairs, Vasile Puscas, participated in the General Affairs section of CAGRE, Agerpres informs, quoting the two press releases of MAE and Department for European Affairs (DAE). The meeting debuted with the General Affairs session, whose main themes are the priorities of the Swedish presidency: the economic and financial crisis, the preparation of the international negotiations for the conclusion of a post-2012 agreement in Copenhagen, in view of reducing the emissions of gas with greenhouse effect, and Stockholm Programme, in the domain of justice and internal affairs, and the going into effect of the Lisbon Treaty. The EU strategy for the Baltic Sea is another theme which was approached within CAGRE. Georgia, Iran and Somalia were among the subjects entered on the agenda of the External Relations session. This was the first CAGRE meeting organized under the Swedish presidency of the European Union.


Romanian MEPs blame Mazare’s gesture to wear a Nazi uniform


The Romanian MEPs from the EPP request the PES leader, Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, to publicly disapprove of the gesture of Radu Mazare who wore a German uniform from WW II, stressing that “the Romanian people disapprove and don’t share this type of irresponsible and immoral behaviour,” Mediafax reports. The Romanian MEPs from EPP sent an open letter to the president of the Party of the European Socialists in which they call unacceptable the public exposure of the uniform and of the insignia of the German Army from WW II. They assure the Socialist leader that “the Romanian people do not approve and do not share this type of irresponsible and immoral behaviour,” adding that the conduct of Radu Mazare “is a strictly personal and isolated case.” Later yesterday, Constanta prosecutors announced that they would begin an investigation against Mazare for having worn Nazi insignia.


Intellectuals lash out at Basescu and Geoana over Spiru Haret scandal


A group of 35 intellectuals, among whom Gabriel Liiceanu, Andrei Plesu and Dan Perjovschi, wrote a letter wherein they call for ‘powerful measures, if necessary’ in the case of the ‘Spiru Haret’ University and criticise Basescu’s and Geoana’s actions over the scandal, yesterday’s issue of ‘Cotidianul’ daily newspaper reports. ‘We, the undersigned, academe, researchers, people of culture, have stunningly learned of some major politicians, as Mircea Geoana, the president of the PSD and the Senate, hushing up the scandal surrounding the ‘Spiru Haret’ private university, as well as the bid by Romania’s president himself, to suggest that the state and private universities fighting for influence is the real reason behind this scandal,’ reads the protest document signed by the 35.

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Petrom and Rompetrol raised fuel prices


Petrom increased yesterday the reference price of the gasoline traded in its own stations by seven bani/liter and of the diesels by six bani/liter, as a result of the evolution of the international quotations of the oil products, Agerpres informs. Thus, the reference price at the pump for the Premium leadless gas 10 ppm is RON 3.72, of the Top Premium leadless 99+ is RON 4.09, of the OMV Carrera 95 – RON 3.86, and OMV Carrera 100 it is RON 4.49. One liter of Top Euro Diesel 5 costs RON 3.61, OMV Sprint Diesel – RON 3.66, Euro Diesel 5 – RON 3.45, and OMV Premium Diesel – RON 3.94.


Starting yesterday, Rompetrol also increased the referential prices of fuel products traded in its stations by RON 0.07 per litre, Agerpres announced. Thus, a litre of Efix gasoline 95 costs RON 3.95 starting this Monday and one of Alto 1010 gasoline costs RON 4.56. A litre of Efix Diesel costs RON 3.76 and one of Alto 55 Diesel costs RON 4.05. The prices of fuel products traded in Rompetrol Downstream stations may range by up to 5 per cent to the referential prices.


VW mulls 4 billion euro capital hike, paper says


Volkswagen is considering a EUR four billion (USD 5.7 billion) capital increase to offset the credit rating impact of its merger with Porsche, Financial Times Deutschland reported on its website on Monday. Citing company sources, the newspaper said Volkswagen would acquire initially a 50 percent stake in the sports car maker and purchase the rest in 2011. The acquisition price is estimated at 8 billion euros, it added. When contacted by Reuters, a spokeswoman from Volkswagen declined to comment on the report. Volkswagen has cash reserves of 11 billion euros and can therefore afford to pay for the Porsche acquisition, the newspaper said. But what was worrying was that Porsche’s mountain of debts could drag down the credit rating of Europe’s biggest carmaker, the newspaper reported. German magazine Spiegel said Porsche’s debts total around 14 billion euros. Porsche said on Thursday it would seek at least 5 billion euros in fresh funds, setting the stage for its merger with Volkswagen. The merger deal would create a combined automotive group targeted for mid-2011. Details on plans for the combined company were to be mapped out at VW supervisory board meeting on August 13.


Oltchim shareholders approved EUR 62 M loan


The shareholders of Oltchim company have recently approved, in the Ordinary General Meeting, to take a loan of EUR 62 M, based on economic-financial principles and on the selection of the most competitive offer, Agerpres informs. The loan will be used to acquire from Petrom the assets necessary for the petrochemical unit from Arpechim Pitesti, the revision in view of restarting the petrochemical unit, and for working capital. According to a press release remitted to Bucharest Stock Exchange, the credit will be taken for a period of six years, with a period of grace. The credit will be guaranteed as follows: 80 per cent of the value of the credit, meaning EUR 49.6 M, to be guaranteed through bank guarantee letter issued by the Export-Import Bank – Eximbank, and 20 per cent of the value of the credit that will not be covered by this guarantee, to be guaranteed by the commercial company with immobilized assets belonging to Oltchim, worth RON 55.768 M. SC Oltchim will split over the duration of the guarantee only with the previous assent of Eximbank.

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