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Sorana Carstea failed to qualify for Los Angeles Tournament Final


Romanian tennis player Sorana Carstea was unable to qualify on Saturday for the final of the WTA Tournament in Los Angeles. The total value of the prizes of this tournament is USD 700,000. Carstea was eliminated in the semi-finals by the Australian Samantha Stosur, with 6 – 3, 6 – 2. In the final, Stosur will confront the Italian player Flavia Pennetta, who defeated the Russian Maria Sharapova with 6 – 2, 4 – 6, 6 – 3.


Goian gets T-Shirt No. 3, attends first training in Palermo


Fullback Dorin Goian, transferred from FC Steaua to Palermo, signed a four-year contract with the Italian team, was offered T-Shirt No. 3 and attended his first training with his new colleagues on Friday evening, the official website of the Italian team reported. According to the daily paper Mediterraneo Online, Goian will be paid the following sums during the four years stipulated in the contract: EUR 350,000 in the first year, EUR 375,000 in the second, EUR 400,000 in the third year and EUR 425,000 in the last year.


Lazio stun Inter to win Super Cup in Beijing


Italian Cup winners Lazio stunned Serie A champions Inter Milan with two goals in two minutes early in the second half to win the Super Cup 2-1 in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium on Saturday. Brazilian midfielder Matuzalem opened the scoring against the run of play in the 61st minute and Inter had barely recovered from the shock before Lazio skipper Tommaso Rocchi chipped Inter keeper Julio Cesar to double the lead. Inter piled on the pressure and new signing Samuel Eto’o lashed the ball into the net to cut the deficit with 15 minutes to go but Lazio held on to win the traditional pre-season contest for the third time.

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Five Romanians died in accident in Hungary


Five Romanians, four adults and one child, died after their car, registered in Spain, collided with a truck registered in Romania. The accident occurred close to Szeged, MTI news agency reports. Initially, it was believed that the dead persons were Spaniards, but later on the authorities confirmed that all five were Romanian. A boy aged 12 and his parents died in the accident, as well as other two adults. The tragedy occurred after the driver of the car bypassed another vehicle entering the lane going into the opposite direction. Three extrication teams were necessary to take the victims out of the twisted irons, while traffic in the area was blocked.


Man dies in worksite accident in Ilfov


A 43-year-old man died in a worksite accident in Stefanesti, Ilfov County, after he suffered head injuries in a collision with a beam. Antena 3 informs. The accident took place in the worksite of one of Transylvania Highway’s bridges. According to the eyewitnesses, the man was working in a crane’s cockpit from where he was pouring concrete.

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Four employees
at Mechel severely injured in work accident



Four employees with the Mechel Targoviste industrial complex were injured in a work accident at a lime burning furnace Saturday. Two of them sustained burns and were listed in serious condition, which required their sending to the Hospital for Plastic, Reconstructive Surgery and Burns in Bucharest. According to Mediafax, early investigations by ITM Dambovita showed that some lime chunks fell off the furnace walls and hit its door, where one of the four injured workers stood. ‘The four were on a platform near the lime furnace, about 15-metre-high. At some point in time, some lime fell off the furnace walls. It may have detached itself as it was not cooled enough. A blast is nonetheless out of question,’ an ITM Dambovita inspector said. Two employees were seriously injured, underwent surgery and are now in the Intensive Care Unit, their condition reported as critical. The other two workers are only slightly injured and did not require hospital admission.

Israeli tourists
rescued in Piatra Craiului mountains



Three foreign tourists lost in Piatra Craiului mountains were rescued on Saturday night. The youth were not aware of the emergency number from Romania, so one of them called his father in Israel, who asked the Romanian mountain rescuers to help them. After a seven hour rescue operation in Piatra Craiului, the three youth were descended safely from the mountains. The three tourists had lost their way on a trail from Piatra Craiului, remaining isolated in an area with rock walls. “The area in which they were is very abrupt, and then their physical condition, their physical training, their equipment and their luggage rendered the mission very difficult,” explained Ioan Pivoda, chief of Salvamont team from Zarnesti.


The tourists were localized in Padina Calului area, an extremely dangerous zone, even for professionals. They were descended with the help of the ropes. Hardly after midnight the tourists arrived at their hotel.

Female driver on drugs speeded
at 200 kms/hour



Car chase worthy of an action flick on Motorway 2. A woman who was driving her car at 200 kms/hour was stopped by police at the entry into Calarasi County. The car also contained the driver’s three children. It appears the woman took the kids in the car without her husband’s consent. The anti-doping test showed the woman had taken drugs. Moreover, the husband says the woman is mentally ill. The police tracked the vehicle on the Sun Motorway and chased it down. At some point, the woman drove the car at over 200 kms/hour, which made her catching difficult. The driver had her driver’s license lifted for overspeeding and not stopping at police signals. She also risks being opened a criminal file.

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Intesa Sanpaolo Bank cuts interest rates for saving products


Intesa Sanpaolo Bank has revised downward the standard deposits for natural and legal persons, both in RON and in foreign currency (Euro and USD) and the deposit certificates in RON and Euro intended for natural persons, reads a press release of the bank, Agerpres reports. For the deposits in RON the interest rates were curtailed on the average by one per cent, while for those in foreign currency the fall is 0.5 percentage points. For the deposit certificates the annual interest rate is 10.50 per cent for 3 months, 10.00 per cent for 6 months, 9.50 per cent for 12 months, and 9.00 per cent for 18 months. For Euro, the same maturities are improved


Rompetrol brings fuel prices down


Rompetrol Downstream reduced the reference prices of car fuels by RON 0.05 per liter of gasoline and RON 0.04 per liter of diesel, as of August 10, the company announces in a press release quoted by Agerpres. Thus, as of Monday, the reference price for one liter of Efix 95 gasoline is RON 4.05, while Alto 101 gas will cost RON 4.66/liter, Efix Diesel costs RON 3.81/liter and Diesel Alto 55 is RON 4.10/liter. The prices of fuels sold in Rompetrol Downstream fuel stations may vary by +/-5 pc compared to reference prices. Crude oil price oscillated around USD 71/barrel on Monday, in Asia, according to AP. The quotation for September’s deliveries went up 17 cents, to USD 71.10/barrel on the Singapore electronic market of the New York Stock Exchange (Nymex). On Friday, contracts went down by USD 1.01, to USD 70.93/barrel. Prices for September’s gasoline deliveries decreased by 0.65 cents, to USD 2/gallon. Natural gas deliveries for September went up 4.7 cents, to USD 3.72 for 1,000 cubic meters. In London, Brent price rose by 20 cents, to USD 73.79/barrel.


Petrom initiates seismic surveys in the Black Sea


Petrom, one of the producers of oil and gas in South-East Europe, begins seismic surveys in Neptun block from the Black Sea, the company informs, according to Agerpres. The initial works will include a 3D seismic acquisition programme on a surface of around 3,000 sq km, the biggest surface explored in Romania through the 3D seismic acquisition technology. The operations are run by Petrom in partnership with ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Romania Ltd., a subsidiary of ExxonMobil corporation. The utilization of the 3D seismic acquisition technology allows the identification of the most promising areas of potential deposits of hydrocarbons at depths of several km below the sea level. The exploration works will be performed using one of the biggest seismic acquisition ships in the world, GeoCeltic, a ship operated by Fugro-Geoteam company. The ship arrived in the port of Constanta on August 4.


Galati: Over 2,700 companies
have suspended their activity



Over 2,700 companies have suspended their activity in Galati in the first six months of the year, Marian Filimon, the President of the Galati SME Employees Association, stated yesterday, Agerpres informs. Of those, 2,240 companies have temporarily suspended their activity as a consequence of the introduction of the lump tax. However, in Filimon’s opinion, the number of companies that will suspend their activity because of that tax will shortly reach 2,900. ‘It was a hasty measure taken without an impact study,’ Filimon stated. The first half of 2009 also registered the dissolution of 58 companies and the bankruptcy of another 442, up by 61 companies compared to the number of companies that went bankrupt last year. 28,492 companies are still listed in the tables of the Galati Commerce Registry. Of that number, 22,353 are commercial companies, 34 are corporatist companies and 6,105 are physical authorized person companies.

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