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W. A. S. P. to perform in Bucharest


The American heavy metal band W. A. S. P. will give a show in Bucharest, on November 16, the organizers of the event, Pro Music Production and Maximum Rock announced, Mediafax informs. The band will return to Romania after its first concert performed in Cluj – Napoca.


The venue, as well as the remaining details will be announced soon.


The Bucharest concert will promote the band’s new album “Babylon,” due to be launched on October 12. W. A. S. P. is one of the most famous American heavy metal bands. Founded in 1982 by Blackie Lawless, the band has released 13 albums that made it break into the greatest European and American charts. Hits such as “I Wanna Be Somebody,” “Forever Free” and “Wild Child” gathered hundreds of thousands of fans around the band, which performed numerous sold-out shows.


Michael Jackson’s burial postponed until September 3


LOS ANGELES – Michael Jackson’s burial has been further delayed by five days because some family members did not want the pop star to be buried on what would have been his 51st birthday, a lawyer for the singer’s mother said on Friday. Londell McMillan, attorney for mother Katherine Jackson, said there was a miscommunication within the family about the burial date, which had been set for August 29 but has been pushed back to September 3. The service for friends and family will be held at Glendale Forest Lawn Memorial Park, in a suburb of Los Angeles at 7 p.m., family representatives said. The studio behind the Michael Jackson film “This Is It” on Thursday advanced its release by two days to October 28, anticipating huge demand for the movie of his final performance rehearsals just days before his death.


The Observer: “I’d sell my soul to see this Faust again”


The Observer published an appreciative article for Goethe’s “Faust” play, directed by Silviu Purcarete. Faust is a special play, presented in the official section of Edinburgh International Festival. This is the most important festival of arts from the entire world and takes place between 14 August and 6 September. The Romanian play, “Faust”, was on from 18 until 22 August at Lowland Hall. “Quite the most blisteringly stunning theatrical experience of this (or, appropriately enough, any other) life, Faust (Ingliston Lowland Hall) seared and stuck like hot tar on bare skin. This Romanian production, in a hangar of a shed near the airport, left most of us mesmerised and enthralled, and left me saddened only in one perverse way: I may never see a grander, more theatrical event in my life”, wrote Euan Ferguson, from The Observer newspaper.

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Romania qualifies for Division A of Euro Beach Soccer League


Romania’s national team has managed to qualify for Division A of the Euro Beach Soccer League after defeating Greece (score 5-2) on Sunday in the decisive game of the Vila Real de Santo Antonio tournament (Portugal). The Romanian team coached by Nelu Stancea defeated Turkey (3-2), Belarus (3-2) and Greece (5-2). Russia won the Euro Beach Soccer League super-final after defeating Portugal, score 4-3.


League 1 results of matches played on Sunday


Otelul Galati – Steaua Bucharest 0-1;
Gloria Bistrita – FC Vaslui 1-3; Pandurii Tg. Jiu – Int’l Curtea de Arges 2-3; Dinamo Bucharest – CFR Cluj 1-0


Standings after four legs:


FC Brasov – 8 points, FC Timisoara – 8, Dinamo Bucharest – 7, FC Vaslui – 7, CFR Cluj – 7.


Mutu – on Batistuta’s heels


Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu scored the goal that brought his team the 1-1 draw in its away game against Bologna on Saturday. The goal has also placed him in a tie with Luca Toni, now Bayern Munich’s player, in Fiorentina’s all-time table of goal-scorers. Mutu now has a tally of 47 Serie A goals, Mediafax informs quoting violanews.com. Argentina’s Gabriel Omar Batistuta tops the goal-scorers’ table with 168 goals.

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American soldier in hospital after grenade went off in his hand during mock drill


An American military participating in a mock drill at the Babadag shooting range sustained several wounds in his right hand and forearm after a grenade exploded in his hand. The man was rushed to the Constanta County Hospital by helicopter, Mediafax reports. His condition was reported as stable, given he hasn’t lost much blood in spite of having several open fractures. The victim joined another 1,200 Romanian and American troopers in a joint military exercise at the Mihai Kogalniceanu military base. This is the second incident that ended in militaries from the Kogalniceanu base being taken to hospital. Recently, two American soldiers were taken to a hospital in Constanta following injuries sustained in a softball game.


Under 14-year-old filmed while illegally driving vehicle in Bacau


An under 14-year-old was filmed by a friend while driving a limousine in Bacau and cursing pedestrians, Realitatea TV reports. All this time, another juvenile friend of the ‘driver’s’ was smoking in the back seat. The adolescents drove through a Bacau neighborhood at ease and, probably considering that driving itself was not an exciting enough experience, raced other motorists in traffic.

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Andronescu: ‘I am deeply disappointed of being used as political weapon between PSD and PDL’


Education Minister Ecaterina Andronescu said this Monday that she was “deeply disappointed” of the fact that she was used within the political arguments between the two parties which form the governing coalition.


In an internal document of PSD, which was published by mass media this Sunday, Social–Democrats say that PDL is approaching 18 PSD MPs to recruit them, and PM Emil Boc intends to dismiss Education Minister on September 1.


“Perhaps if this is what I deserve…” Andronescu commented, answering a question whether she could be dismissed. According to Mediafax, Andronescu said that she did not know whether PM Boc would dismiss her.


Regarding the sole topic works, Education Minister said that most of the teachers stated their opposition in relation to this. “Everybody inside the country is against sole topic works. I travel to at least two counties, every week, I meet several teachers and they all refuse this type of works,” Andronescu said.


Geoana’s convoy injures journalist


A journalist was injured by a car that was part of the Senate Speaker’s convoy. The incident took place at the PSD headquarters from where Mircea Geoana was in a hurry to leave. According to Mediafax, the PSD leader entered his official car without answering any questions. After his car drove off another car that was part of his convoy ran over the leg of a journalist from Amos News. The driver of the car did not stop to see what happened and followed Geoana’s car. Later on, Geoana’s press adviser took the journalist to hospital.


Arad: RON 250,000 stolen from Ford safe


Around RON 250,000 were stolen on the night of Sunday through Monday, from a Ford representative in Arad, whose shareholder is also a state secretary from the Transport Ministry, Eusebiu Pistru (PDL). According to police officers, quoted by Mediafax, the holdup took place in early morning, the video cameras of the unit recording two masked guys. The State Secretary Eusebiu Pistru, who was on Monday at the offices of the sacked unit, refused to make comments.

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MAI purchased beverage worth EUR 140,000 in spite of crisis


During a time of severe crisis, Ministry of Administration and Internal Affairs (MAI) purchased, only in the first 4 months of 2009, thousands of beverage bottles worth EUR 140,000, according to the yesterday edition of ‘Romania Libera.’ These beverages are directed to the hotels within the entertainment bases which the former PSD government gave the Ministry for administration purposes.


The contracts have been won, year after year, by the same companies, and a large share of these is granted by direct negotiation, on grounds of “extreme emergency.” Namely, one needs to secure “that food supply activities, and related activities, are on continuous basis within the leisure complexes.”


In July this year, the Ministry’s Economic and Administrative Directorate bought in addition wine worth EUR 21,000 and beer worth EUR 11,200, which placed an increased burden on the state budget.


It seems MAI has renounced the acquisition of cigarettes since the last public procurement conducted by MAI for purchasing cigarettes was in May 2007.


Thus, in times of crisis, MAI appears not to experience any shortages in funds to buy beverages but they complain they have run out of funds to pay the rents for police officers.


Romosan’s Securitate file in the press after he called for EBA’s resignation from Luxten


Petru Romosan – former image director at Luxten – called on the company management in 2007 to find a ‘solution’ so that the president’s younger daughter, Elena, no longer be an employee of the company, people familiar with the issue told ‘Gardianul’ newspaper. In Romosan’s view, Luxten was losing money and had its reputation dented as several articles unfavourable to Luxten were published in the printed press only because of Elena Basescu is the daughter of Romania’s president.


Shortly thereafter, Petru Romosan was accused in the press of having engaged in political policing before 1989, with several papers publishing excerpts from his Securitate file. Contacted by ‘Gardianul’ to tell his side of the story, Romosan did not deny having called for Elena Basescu to be dismissed, yet he would not discuss the issue at length. ‘Luxten is a serious enterprise. I’m glad they got rid of the pain in the neck image-wise called Elena Basescu,’ Romosan told ‘Gardianul.’ He admitted that the Luxten management disregarding his suggestion on Elena Basescu had been one of the reasons behind his decision to quit his job.

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GfK: The value of large consumption goods sold in H1 advanced by 17 pc


The value of large consumption goods sold in H1 this year advanced by 17 per cent, but this stands for a slow down as against the same time period of 2008, when the reported advance was 22 per cent, based on a survey by GfK Romania. Personal care and house care products, as well as food products, reported the most significant growth. “The factor that has largely contributed to the evolution of this trend in relation to large consumption products was the value growth of the purchase basket, influenced by price raise and backed by a larger volume of purchases,” said Andi Dumitrescu, general manager GfK Romania. Depending on volume, chocolate has been one of the most dynamic categories within the food product basket. On the other side, non gas soft drinks – a “star” of last year in terms of volume advance (more than 20 per cent) reported less than 5 per cent growth.


Romania, one of the lowest drop in new industrial orders


In June, Romania reported one of the lowest drop in the number of new orders for industry within the European Union, by 16.3 per cent, compared to the similar time period of the previous year, exceeding only those from UK and Czech Republic and much below the EU average, where the indicator dropped by 24 per cent. Out of the 21 countries included in the Eurostat report, in Ireland only the number of orders for industry advanced in June, compared to the similar time period of last year, by 4.2 per cent. The most important drops were reported in Lithuania (41.3 per cent), Greece (36.2 per cent) and Finland (34.5 per cent). In UK, the indicator dropped by 14 per cent, and it dropped by 13 per cent in Czech Republic. Within the EUR zone, the number of new orders for industry diminished by 25.1 per cent.


BNR launches mint set


The National Bank of Romania will launch, on August 26, for numismatic purposes, a mint set with the year of issue 2009, a press release informs. The mint set encompasses the Romanian coins in circulation, with face values of ban 1, bani 5, bani 10 and bani 50, as well as a silver medal dedicated to the anniversary of the International Year of Astronomy. Both the medal and the coins included in the set are proof quality. The set comes in a case including a leaflet and the medal and coins are embedded in special cases. The numismatic issue comprises 1,000 sets.


More than 2,000 employees in energy plants to be laid off


The Government decided to lay off more than 2,000 employees in companies reporting to Ministry of Economy, the employees made redundant receiving severance payments. According to Mediafax, the recently approved list by the Government with companies to conduct collective layoffs, included Oltenia Lignite National Company, Autonomous Corporation for Nuclear Activities, Termoelectrica, Turceni Energy Plant, Craiova Energy Plant, Minbucovina, Moldomin, Electrocentrale Bucuresti, Rovinari Energy Plant , Electrocentrale Deva, Electrocentrale Galati , SN Coal Ploiesti , Minvest Deva.

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