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Canoe-4 team won bronze medal at World Championship


Romania’s C-4 men’s team, consisting of Catalin Costache, Silviu Simioncencu, Iosif Chirila and Andrei Cuculici won the bronze medal of the 1,000-metre competition on Saturday, in the final of the 2009 edition of the World Kayak – Canoe Championships in Darthmouth, Canada. On the other 1000-metre finals scheduled on Saturday, Florin Mironcic reached the fifth position in the C-1 competition, and the C-2 team, Constantin Popa and Niculae Bogdan was ninth.


Cristina Bujin qualified for Triple Jump final


Athlete Cristina Bujin qualified on Saturday for the final of the Triple Jump competition of the World Athletics Championship in Berlin, with a performance of 14.29 metres that granted her the fourth position in the B preliminary group. Cristina Bujin was the first member of the Romanian team to qualify for a final of this edition. On the same day, Ancuta Bobocel and Cristina Casandra failed to qualify for the final of the 3,000-metre steeplechase competition.

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Four persons injured in violent brawl in Slobozia


Four persons were hospitalized and others were lightly injured after a brawl that took place late Saturday night and that involved two Roma families in Slobozia’s Bora neighborhood. Apart from shotguns, the two families used swords and axes, Agerpres informs. As a consequence of the conflict, Vice Premier Dan Nica, who is also the Minister of Administration and Internal Affairs, announced yesterday that the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police (IGPR) will launch a control in Ialomita County.


Body of boy torn by animals found in Ranca


The body of a boy torn by animals was found a few miles away from Ranca chalet and investigators believe it might be the seven-year-old who went missing about a month ago in the area, Realitatea TV reported. The boy found dead near the chalet has not yet been identified.


On July 23, a seven-year-old boy went missing from the chalet where he stayed together with his grandparents. The body was found just a few miles down from the area where the child went missing, an area where police conducted several searches in the last few weeks.

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Berceanu considers suing the Financial Administration


Transport minister Radu Berceanu says that he does not have “any emotion” if a parliamentary commission is set up to investigate him, stating that if something is found against him he would sue the Financial Administration which “kept controlling” him and did not find any problem. Berceanu declared on Saturday that the setting up of parliamentary commissions of investigation in the case of some ministers of Boc Cabinet is “a sort of fashion” intended to draw the attention of the public and the media to other things than the reality of daily life. PSD president Mircea Geoana has recently declared in a press conference that if there are “clear enough elements” for a parliamentary commission in the case of the transport minister Radu Berceanu, such commission would be set up.


Ex SIE chief doesn’t rule out CIA secret jail in Bucharest


The former head of the Foreign Intelligence Service (SIE), Catalin Harnagea, does not rule out the possibility that there was a secret CIA detention centre in Bucharest, as alleged in a New York Times report last week. During a show on Antena 3, Harnagea said that if there truly was a CIA prison in Romania, very few people would have known its location. “Generally, these kind of things are known only by the head of state and a person or two at most,” he said. The New York Times reported that the CIA had a secret prison to hold terror suspects on a ‘busy street’ in Bucharest. Intelligence services immediately denied the report and so did several officials that were part of a parliamentary commission investigating allegations that Romania hosted secret CIA detention facilities.


Businessman Catarama: “I am sorry I quarreled with Patriciu”


After he left the position of PNL leader, the millionaire Viorel Catarama remained with the party card, far from any political activity, and regrets the row he had with the Liberal fellow Dinu Patriciu. “I made one of the biggest mistakes in politics quarreling with Dinu Patriciu in ’92. If I did not quarrel with him, and I acknowledge that it is my fault, I think that PNL would head today the Romanian right,” Catarama confesses in an interview to the daily Evenimentul Zilei.


In the same interview, the businessman adds that in politics he did not only waste time, he lost also much money. “My regret is that PNL did not manage to become the center right political force from Romania. There were satisfactions and also major disappointments, but nobody obliged me to join politics and nobody obliged me to activate. I did it out of my own free will and, although my mother told me to do anything but not politics, I rendered her justice much too late,” Catarama declares. Asked if he is thinking to return to politics, Catarama declared that although he continues to be a PNL member, his only contribution is to pay his subscription every year. “This is my only political activity. (Calin Popescu) Tariceanu proposed me last year to candidate for the parliamentary elections, but I refused. I am not interested to obtain public offices.”

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Romania’s annual inflation rate – highest in the EU in July


In July Romania’s annual inflation rate (5 per cent) was the highest in the EU, with the EU-27 average standing at 0.2 per cent according to the data presented on Friday by Eurostat, the EU’s Statistics Office. The lowest annual price hike rates were registered in Ireland (-2.6 per cent), Belgium (-1.7 per cent) and Luxembourg (-1.5 per cent). Romania, Hungary (4.9 per cent each) and Poland (4.5 per cent) stood at the opposite end of the table, the Eurostat communiqué points out. The annual inflation rate stood at 0.2 per cent in July in the EU and at -0.7 per cent in the Euro Area. In what concerns the average inflation rate on 12 months, Romania ranked third in the EU. In what concerns the monthly inflation rate, the only price hikes were reported in Hungary and Poland. With an inflation rate of -0.1 per cent in July compared to the month before, Romania has the lowest drop among the EU member states, alongside Germany, Malta, Slovakia and Bulgaria, states that reported an identical monthly inflation rate.


MFP draws EUR 447 M from commercial banks


The Ministry of Public Finances (MFP) drew EUR 447 M on Friday by selling bonds denominated in foreign currencies, the sum being EUR 147 M above the indicative value of EUR 300, at a benefit of 5.25 per cent per year, banking sources stated for Mediafax. The information was confirmed through a communiqué issued by the central bank. The tender for bonds denominated in foreign currencies targeted the internal market alone and was the first operation of its kind in the last five years. 11 banks took part in the tender, buying bonds of at least EUR 30 M apiece, bonds that will fall due in four years’ time. The banks that took part in the tender were: Alpha Bank, BRD, Carpatica Commercial Bank (BCC), Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR), Transylvania Bank, Bancpost, CEC Bank, Citibank, Raiffeisen Bank, RBS Bank and UniCredit Tiriac Bank. The banks bought bonds worth EUR 437 M on their behalf, with the EUR 10 M difference being subscribed to their customers’ accounts.


China interested in investing in Tarnita-Lapustesti hydropower plant


Constantin Nita, the Minister for SMEs, Commerce and Business Environment, stated on Friday for Mediafax that several Chinese companies are interested in investing EUR 1 bln in the hydropower plant located in Tarnita-Lapustesti, Cluj County. ‘The Chinese are interested. They have built 20 hydropower plants of this type throughout the world but none in Europe. They are interested in financing and building such a hydropower plant. They held talks with the Ministry of Economy representatives and that Ministry will draft the pre-feasibility study, with things set to go in a good direction’ Nita stated. The Tarnita-Lapustesti hydropower plant has an installed capacity of 1,000 MW and represents a priority of the short and medium-term development strategy of the energetic sector as included in Romania’s 2007-2020 Energy Strategy.

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