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Class One Romanian Grand Prix – Fazza wins second race


Fazza, a team consisting of Arif Al Zafeen and Nadir Bin Hendi (United Arab Emirates) has won the second race of the Romanian Grand Prix. The Romanian GP was the third stage of the UIM WPPA Class I World Powerboat Championship. The second race took place on Sunday on the Siutghiol Lake in Mamaia. Here is the general table of the Class I World Powerboat Championship: Fazza – 71 points; Victory 1 – 57 points; Maritimo 11 – 40 points; Welmax – 38 points etc.


Muscle problem keeps Mutu on the bench


Cesare Prandelli, the head coach of AC Fiorentina, stated on Sunday following his team’s victory over US Palermo (1-0) that Romanian striker Adrian Mutu was kept on the substitutes’ bench because of a muscle problem, the Datasport agency informs. ‘Mutu had a muscle problem during the training session on Saturday and I did not risk using him in the game,’ Prandelli stated.


On the other hand, Chelsea is putting to rest the rumors about Adrian Mutu’s suspension. After the Italian press announced that Fiorentina’s striker has to pay EUR 17 M to Chelsea by August 31, Chelsea’s press director stated for goal.com that the information published is nothing but press speculations. ‘The Italian press does not understand one thing: Chelsea cannot take the decisions. Only FIFA is able to apply punishments. The Italian media has no clue what Chelsea asked or did not ask for, nor what FIFA plans to do. These are pure speculations,’ Simon Greenberg, Chelsea’s press director, stated.

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Three died in car and train collision


Three persons died and the fourth was injured after the collision of a train and of a car yesterday morning, at a railway passage nearby the Lovin locality in Timis County. A coach of the train caught fire shortly afterwards, as reported by Mediafax.


According to the spokesperson of the Timis County Police Inspectorate, Sergiu Rus, the three dead were in the car and the severely injured was driving it. In another accident, three persons were injured and carried to the hospital after a microbus hit another car on National Road 2, in Buzau County.


Poor weather, followed by heat


Heavy rainfalls will affect southern and eastern Romania in the forthcoming days, meteorologists announced. A heavy storm already caused plenty of damage in the Blejoi locality in Prahova County. The strong wind ripped off the roof of a residence, several advertising panels and tree branches. The roof was thrown to a distance of over 20 metres and fell over an electricity pole. Nonetheless, although the rainy weather will continue for the week to come, and will decrease temperatures by up to ten degrees Celsius, the heat will be back soon. According to the weather forecast for the forthcoming months, temperatures of over 30 Celsius degrees are expected for September and October.


Antonescu to tie the knot before election


PNL President Crin Antonescu and MEP Adina Valean are getting married before the presidential election this autumn. Valean disclosed their intention in a conversation with the press during the Young Liberals’ Summer School in Mamaia, according to ‘Evenimentul zilei’ daily. ‘I cannot tell you the exact wedding date, but it will certainly be before the election’, Valean said.

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MTI: Railway companies have not budgeted compensation payments


State-owned railways companies CFR SA, CFR Marfa and CFR Calatori hav/Be not budgeted this year funds to pay the trade unions- required lay-off compensation equalling 24 salaries, MTI Under-Secretary of State Constantin Axinia stated yesterday, according to Mediafax. He further said that the trade unions were meeting with the management of the three companies today and that a decision should be made on the restructuring of those companies the following week.


If the trade unions accept the lay-offs proposed by the companies – 1,000 people from CFR SA, 1,300 from CFR Calatori and 8,500 from CFR Marfa – 40 per cent of the entire wage fund will be saved. About the employees who are eligible for retirement, Axinia said operators were ‘a little behind’ as workers prefer to continue working to cash possible compensations if they are made redundant.


Railway unions have come up with the proposal of transferring a total of 1,000 workers from CFR Marfa to CFR Infrastructura and to CFR Calatori, but the Transport Ministry (MTI) says that’s impossible because no personnel may be hired for the moment under the law. Constantin Axinia stressed the fact that employees may not be transferred from one company to another because the notion of ‘transfer’ as such no longer exists.


PRM protestors started conflict with law enforcement forces


A group of fifty supporters of the Greater Romania Party (PRM), holding banners with the inscription “Down with the real estate Mafia!” started conflict with the law enforcement forces of the Bucharest Mayoralty, following protest organized by the PRM Bucharest subsidiary in front of its residence.


The community police officers and gendarmes prohibited the access of all protestors in the building of the Bucharest Mayoralty, at the meeting of the Bucharest General Council, and limited the number of persons to 20 for entrance to the building.


Following the incident, several persons were slightly injured. PRM protestors wanted to remove a point on the General Council agenda, referring to the approval of a Zonal Urbanism Plan for the North Highway, including the building of a real estate ensemble in the area by the businessman Costica Constanda. The project allows the building of five-floor, 28-metre high buildings, hosting offices, hotels and provision stores.

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Tiriac Jr. and Ileana Lazariuc tie the knot


Ion Ion Tiriac, son of business tycoon Ion Tiriac, and Ileana Lazariuc were married in church yesterday in what the media dubbed as ‘the wedding of the year’, Realitatea TV reports, formalising a 7-year relationship that produced two children. Tiriac Jr. and Ileana Lazariuc married in a hush-hush civil ceremony in Monte Carlo last year. They however wanted to have their wedding in Romania, alongside family and friends.


Journalist Gheorghe Voicu is the new head at ‘Observator’


As of today, journalist Gheorghe Voicu is the editor-en-chief at Antena 1’s ‘Observator’ news programme, ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ quoted the Intact Group as reporting. Mr. Voicu made increasing the audience rating of the programme his chief goal. ‘I will make an appraisal of the current situation. I rely on the current team, I won’t make any changes, although a downsizing is called for,’ Voicu explained.

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As hybrid cars gobble rare metals, shortage looms


The Prius hybrid automobile is popular for its fuel efficiency, but its electric motor and battery guzzle rare earth metals, a little-known class of elements found in a wide range of gadgets and consumer goods. That makes Toyota’s market-leading gasoline-electric hybrid car and other similar vehicles vulnerable to a supply crunch predicted by experts as China, the world’s dominant rare earths producer, limits exports while global demand swells. Worldwide demand for rare earths, covering 15 entries on the periodic table of elements, is expected to exceed supply by some 40,000 tons annually in several years unless major new production sources are developed. One promising U.S. source is a rare earths mine slated to reopen in California by 2012. Among the rare earths that would be most affected in a shortage is neodymium, the key component of an alloy used to make the high-power, lightweight magnets for electric motors of hybrid cars, such as the Prius, Honda Insight and Ford Focus, as well as in generators for wind turbines.


Dwellings 10-40 pc cheaper


The price of the dwellings expressed in RON decreased by 10-40 per cent in the first half of the year, vs. the end of the past year, according to the estimates of the evaluation company Darian Rom-Suisse, taken over by Mediafax. At the level of the important cities, the prices of the old flats dropped by an average of 23 per cent, while those of the new ones by 17 per cent, shows the survey. In almost all the cities the prices of the old flats dropped more than those of the new ones, an exception being Baia Mare, where the situation is the opposite. The new flats registered a fall of 35 per cent of the prices, vs. 25 per cent in the case of the new ones. In Bucharest, the situation is similar to that from the countryside, the prices of the flats decreasing by 33 per cent in the segment of the old houses, and by 25 per cent in that of the new houses, compared to the values registered in the previous half year, i.e. the end of 2008.


Private pensions – 0.18 pc in Romanian GDP in 2008


The assets of the private pension funds from Romania accounted for 0.18 per cent of GDP at the end of 2008, while at the level of the states members of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) this indicator was 63.4 per cent, according to APAPR data, according to Mediafax. At the end of 2008, the citizens of OECD member states had total savings in the form of private pensions of around USD 15-16,000 bln, reads a press release of the Association for Privately Managed Pensions from Romania (APAPR) remitted on Monday to Mediafax agency. Romania must “go on the same path” and stimulate the savings in the private pension system, declared APAPR president, Crinu Andanut. “Presently, the most important measure that the state must take is to return in 2010 to the initial agenda of contribution to Pylon II, namely to transfer a contribution of 3 per cent, not of 2.5 per cent, into the personal accounts of the 4.4 million active participants from the system,” Andanut said.

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Dacia resumes production after one month of interruption


Dacia plant, the whole industrial platform from Mioveni and the factories of auto part suppliers resume activities on Monday, after having undergoing technical revision in August, according to Mediafax. Based on Dacia union representatives, nearly 14,000 employees resume work. During this time, the automotive plant ceased production, the only departments which continued the work being those responsible for sales, maintenance and repairs.


Basescu: Romanian agriculture can feed 80 million people


President Traian Basescu said yesterday during a TV show about rural life on the Romanian public channel that the country’s agriculture has the potential of producing enough food for 80 million people, but that Romania continues to import approximately 70 per cent of its necessary food. Basescu also talked about milk-related issues and underlined that milk produced in Romania must abide by European Union standards. As for a conflict that broke out between hypermarkets and food producers, following a controversial code of good practices to rule both sides’ relationship, Basescu said this row seemed ‘propagandistic’ and without any real reason.


Udrea: Everybody in tourism does fiscal evasion


Tourism Minister, Elena Udrea, said this Friday in Mamaia that “everybody, or almost all those active in tourism” does fiscal evasion, which is not only the case of guesthouses, but also the case of large hotels, where the exact number of accommodations is never declared. “We try, without putting too much pressure on the owners of accommodation structures, to make them do legal business,” Udrea said, cited by Mediafax. Tourism Minister plans also to put in place lump sum tax on restaurants and guesthouses.


Four CFR branches terminate activities and 1,000 employees laid off


CFR SA proposed unions the cessation of activity in four regional branches, respectively Brasov, Timisoara, Galati and Constanta, following to which there will be by 1,000 fewer employees, according to the leader of the Federation Movement – Sales, Gheorghe Popa, Mediafax informs. He said that CFR Calatori did not send the program with propositions for company restructuring, this remaining to be notified today. The union leader said that the difficulties in railways could not be addressed provided that “a discriminatory treatment is maintained” between road and railway infrastructure.


Coca Cola closes down production in Iasi


The local Coca Cola bottler, the largest player in the non alcoholic beverage market, informed that they were closing down Iasi factory with 75 employees, this being the third production unit they have abandoned in the past two years, after Bucharest and Oradea, Mediafax informs. The measures will result in consolidating the long term growth plans in the two markets. The 75 employees affected by business consolidation will be offered the available vacancies in the company, and the 32 persons who serve the warehouse may come with options for jobs with the contractor who will operate the distribution center.

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Ex president endorses Crin Antonescu


Former President Emil Constantinescu wrote in an open letter that he addressed yesterday to the civil society that Liberal leader Crin Antonescu is the only viable Presidential candidate and that both President Traian Basescu and PD-L First Vice-President Theodor Stolojan were close to the former Securitate. Constantinescu pointed out that he can back his statements in a court of law.


‘Far from being the erotic fantasy of the Romanian electorate, the ‘Basescu monument’ is a collective creation to the building of which many opinion leaders and a large part of the Romanian press have contributed,’ Constantinescu claims. He also wrote that the opinion leaders, the press and the intellectuals have compromised on backing Teodor Stolojan’s bid to take over the PNL leadership. Constantinescu states that Stolojan was ‘a highly reliable person for Ceausescu’s Securitate.’


The former President issued a call for the creation of a group supporting Antonescu’s candidature. The group would consist of important personalities from the Romanian world of science, culture, art, technology, economy and finances. ‘In my opinion now there is a viable candidate: Crin Antonescu. He can be defined not only by contrasting him to Traian Basescu who is now ‘the great evil,’ but also by comparing him to the European Head of State model that Romania needs. Crin Antonescu is not tarnished by any of the sins that are so widespread throughout the post-Revolutionary political spectrum,’ Constantinescu writes.


Stolojan however slammed Constantinescu’s accusations, saying that the former president’s speech was based on “hatred and resentment”. The PDL leader called on Constantinescu to give up this sort of speech and instead try to contribute positively to the construction of a Romania that lives to European standards.


Patriciu sure Basescu ‘will end up badly’


President Traian Basescu will end up badly either now or in five years’ time, Liberal magnate Dinu Patriciu said in an exclusive interview for Impactnews. The businessman stressed the fact that the president will be acting against his own interest if he runs for a new term. ‘I think he will be acting against his own interest if he runs. If he chose to step aside for a term, he would probably have a chance to stay in politics. Otherwise, he will end up badly, either now, or in five years’ time. People are fed up with fighting, with suburban conduct, with this entire atmosphere charged with a false tension’, Patriciu said.


Dinu Patriciu is of the opinion that the solution for the country to heal is a deep restructuring of its political class. ‘The Romanian political class is lagging behind. They are suffering from autism, they have lost touch with reality. The general public of this country is at a totally different level than the politicians who are fighting for a piece of the cake’.


Patriciu also thinks PNL can work with both PSD and PDL, with one condition, though, in the last case: ‘I think we cannot co-operate with PDL as long as it is under the guidance of President Basescu. I hope PDL will find the strength to brake away from Basescu’.

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