ARTS & LEISURE

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Final homage to Florin Bogardo


Composer Florin Bogardo was buried yesterday to the Bellu Catholic Cemetery, according to his wife Stela Enache, Agerpres announced. Those who wished to pay their homage to the great musician went to the residence of the Romanian Composers’ Union. Later, a Requiem celebrated Florin Bogardo’s memory at the Saint Joseph Roman-Catholic Cathedral, the wife of the composer mentioned. Many Romanian composers came, yesterday, to pay a last tribute to Bogardo. Among the figures who attended the funeral, also came the ex Culture Minister, Adrian Iorgulescu. Titus Munteanu, Titus Andrei, Cornel Fugaru, Cornel Constantiniu, Virgil Popescu and Horia Moculescu were some of the figures attending the commemoration of Florin Bogardo.


Films from Anonimul agenda, at MTR


The award-winning productions, as well as a few of the competitors to the International Independent Film Festival “Anonimul 2009” will be broadcasted, starting today and until Sunday, at the Romanian Director’s New Cinema, at the Romanian Peasant’s Museum, Agerpres announced. Today, starting at 19.00, the audience will have the opportunity to watch the following French films: “8,” directed by Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders, Gael Garcia Bernal, Gaspar Noe, Jane Campion, Jan Kounen, Mira Nair and Abderrahmane Sissako, and “Stella” by Sylvie Verheyde. From Wednesday to Sunday, the Romanian Director’s New Cinema will present short films that entered the fiction and animation sections at the competition of the “Anonimul” Festival, and the Romanian short films broadcasted off-competition. Moreover, on Friday and Saturday, two parallel programs will be organized: actors who became directors and producers and ECO DOCS.


Claudiu Mitcu’s film, “Australia,” broadcasted at ICR


The documentary “Australia” by Claudiu Mitcu, based on an idea by Tudor Giurgiu, presenting the national football team of the homeless persons in Romania at the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne (2008) will be presented on September 30 at the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in Bucharest, Mediafax announces. The film will start at 19.00. The film was produced by HBO Romania. “Australia” describes the experiences of the national football team of homeless persons in Romania and its attendance to the Homeless World Cup in Melbourne, in December 2008. The protagonists are six men from Timisoara who manage to become sportsmen despite of their unfavourable situation. Vasile Bereghi, Beniamin Calancea, Pavel Calancea, Daniel Podina, Claudiu Kostity and Radu Muntean are the members of the homeless persons’ football team, and are trained by Coach Mihai Rosus.

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SPORTS

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Unirea Urziceni wins derby against Steaua, score 1-0


Romanian title holder Unirea Urziceni won its away game against Steaua on Sunday evening, score 1-0 (0-0). The game counted for Round 3 of League I. This was Steaua head coach Cristiano Bergodi’s first defeat since taking over the team. The game’s sole goal was scored by Iulian Apostol in the 71st minute. The game was played with no fans in the stands, as per the decision taken by the Professional Football League’s Disciplinary Commission that sanctioned Steaua for the incidents that its fans caused during the game against CFR Cluj. Back then the fans threw various objects on the pitch. FC Steaua financier Gigi Becali stated at the end of the game that he will talk with the entire League I club leaders in order to ask for foreign referees for the League I games. ‘Now I realize how Unirea Urziceni managed to win the championship. MM (Mihai Stoica, the general manager of Unirea Urziceni) comes from the bench and yells, exerts pressure,’ Becali stated.


Handball: Romania fails to qualify for U-19 EC main groups


Romania’s handball team has failed to qualify for the main groups of the U-19 European Women’s Handball Championship after losing to Sweden on Sunday, score 31-16 (17-5), in the last game of Group C. After losing to the Netherlands (31-34) and winning against Denmark (27-25), Romania ranked third in the group with 2 points, trailing behind the Netherlands (6 points) and Sweden (4 points), but ranking above Denmark (0 points). The top two teams have qualified for the next stage. Romania will next play for the tournament’s final standings, in a group that will include Denmark, Serbia and Poland. Romania will play against Serbia on August 18, at 3.30 PM.

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Japan lifts visa for Romanians


The Romanian citizens who own valid passports will be allowed to enter Japan without a visa if they intend to spend less than 90 subsequent days in this country, the Embassy of Japan announced yesterday, as reported by Mediafax.


Visa will be still required for citizens searching for a paid job or a paid opportunity to practice their profession in Japan (including arts or sports).


The measure will be applied starting on September 1 for a two-year period, and if no incidents occur during this time, it will become definitive. The measure was introduced in order to celebrate 50 years since the restart of the diplomatic relations of Romania and Japan, in order to facilitate commercial and cultural relations.


The unions from administration threaten with protests


The National Federation of the Unions from Administration (FNSA) announced yesterday, in a press conference, that in the next period they intend to organize a range of protests in Bucharest and the whole country, if the Government does not begin, urgently, negotiations with it in order to find solutions regarding the announced restructuring measures.


The leader of “Cartel Alfa” National Confederation, Bogdan Hossu, estimated that around 25,000 persons can rally in Bucharest, while at local level, subject to the number of unionist federations which join FNSA, the number of protesters could rise to 5,000-6,000.


FNSA executive president, Romel Neagu, declared that he has already conveyed a protest to President Traian Basescu and Premier Emil Boc, in which they express their “dismay” at the declarations made by them and informs about their list of demands. FNSA requested President Traian Basescu “to reconsider his stance regarding the public local administration.” According to Neagu, the unionists from administration want to maintain the jobs in the public local administration, to maintain the present revenues of the employees, the promotion of the single salary law in the state sector, and to suspend during the economic crisis the incompatibilities to which the civil servants are subject.

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BUSINESS

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Romania’s trade deficit down to EUR 3.7 bln.


Romania’s trade deficit during January-May 2009 decreased to EUR 3.7 bln, from EUR 9.1 bln a year ago, according to figures released Monday by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat), Agerpres reports. While Romania’s exports declined by 21 pc, to EUR 11 bln during January-May 2009, compared to EUR 13.9 bln a year ago, imports diminished by 36 pc, to EUR 14.7 bln, from EUR 23 bln during January-May 2008. According to Eurostat, the euro zone registered in June 2009 a trade balance surplus, for the third month in a row, as exports decreased less than imports. (B.C.)


Patriciu: RON – a fake currency


Businessman Dinu Patriciu considers that the exchange rate against the EUR should be fixed on the basis of the Monetary Council’s system. In an interview for ‘Adevarul’ daily Dinu Patriciu stated that currently any investment, expenditure and business plan are calculated in EUR. He added that the majority of Romanian exports (approximately 70 per cent) are denominated in EUR but that fact does not eliminate risks. According to Patriciu there is a major risk that Europe would recover from the crisis much slower than the United States. The businessman claims that the RON is a fake currency that lacks any connection to the real economy. He added that presently the national currency’s exchange rate is the result of speculation. ‘Also back then I stated that the exchange rate should be RON 4.7 – RON 4.8 for EUR 1’ Patriciu pointed out.


The prices in Euro of new dwellings from Bucharest – at 2005 level


The prices in Euro of the new dwellings from Bucharest fell by an average of 15-40 per cent in the first half of the year vs. the same period of the past year, reaching the level from 2005, but in RON the fall was not so marked, considering the fluctuation of the exchange rate, according to CB Richard Ellis, Mediafax informs. Thus, for the new dwellings the fall starts from EUR 400 and reaches EUR 1,500, which is in certain cases a cutting by half of the prices for units from areas like Sisesti-Straulesti. In this area, the developers used to request EUR 1,800-2,800 per sq m, but now their demands dropped to EUR 1,000-1,300. The authors of the survey estimate that in the near future the fall of the prices will continue on the background of the increasingly marked lack of liquidities of the potential clients.


New Romania – Bulgaria ferry line to be launched in October


The ferry line linking Romania’s Turnu Magurele to Bulgaria’s Nikopol will be launched in October, after the completion of a ten-kilometer road, mayor of the locality Nikopol, Valerii Zhelazkov said cited by Bulgaria’s BTA news agency, Mediafax informs. Construction works are due end September, thus the new ferry line will be launched in October, although it was planned initially for September. The trip will last between eight and ten minutes, Zhelazkov said and the two ferry boats will perform daily 12 trips both ways, carrying up to six heavy vehicles and 30 light vehicles. The total value of the project reaches EUR 5 million. The contracts for the construction of the new ferry complex were signed by Bulgaria and Romania in 2004, and works began a year later, encountering several delays.

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