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Victor Hanescu Trophy for children and under-16


Domnesti, Arges County, was home September 2 through 6 to the second ‘Victor Hanescu Trophy’ tennis tournament for children and under-16, organised by the Domnesti Tennis Club and tennis player Victor Hanescu. This tennis tournament is part of the Romanian Tennis Association circuit for the age groups of 10-12-14 year-olds, boys and girls. Children from over 20 Romanian counties registered for the tournament. A joint Dr. Oetker Romania-Victor Hanescu action, the tournament is aimed at supporting the development of rural sports. The winners received prizes worth over EUR 10,000.


Alexandru Nyisztor, national sword champion


Oradea-based Alexandru Csaki Nyisztor of the Oradea Municipal Sports Club (CSM) won the national sword title in the National Championships in Oradea. According to coach Nicolae Ille, Otto Tardi, also from Oradea (CSM), came second, and Marius Badea (Steaua), third, followed by Cosmin Cortian (Farul Constnta), Alin Zbarcea (Universitatea Craiova) and Andrei Timocea (CSM Oradea). “This is the sixth national title in succession won by Oradea sportsman Alexandru Nysztor and the 25th in his entire sports career. This was a final between two sportsmen from Oradea and we hope to win the team title tomorrow as well,” the coach said.


Champions CSU Ploiesti suffer second defeat in Serbia


Romania’s male basketball champions, CSU Ploiesti, also lost their second friendly, 69-96, to Hemofarm Vrsac, on Saturday, while in a training camp in Serbia. The best scorers of the team coached by Vladimir Arnautovici were Hargrove, 18 points, Burlacu, 10, Burleson, 9 and Griffith, 9. In the first friendly in Serbia, CSU Ploiesti were defeated by OKK Belgrade, 83-76. During the group training in Serbia, CSU Ploiesti were also scheduled to take on Vujic Metalac Valjevo yesterday, and they will afterwards play against Mega Vizura (September 9) and KK Swisslion Tako Lion Vrsac (September 11)


Oltchim lost ‘Vinko Kandja’ Memorial Tournament final in Slovenia


Romania’s female handball champions Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea on Saturday lost the final of the ‘Vinko Kandja’ Memorial Tournament, after a 7-metre shootout, to Buducnost Podgorica of Montenegro, 36-34 (15-22, 32-32). In the first match of the tournament hosted by Krim Ljubljana, Friday, Oltchim cruised past Hypo Vienna, 32-22 (19-8), and Buducnost edged past Krim, 35-34.

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Ridzi, local coordinator at the presidential elections


PDL Central Political Bureau decided that all the MPs of the party will be in charge with the campaign for the presidential elections and will be held responsible for the results of the candidate at the presidential elections in the college that he represents. Thus, the former minister of youth and sports, Monica Iacob Ridzi, will be in charge with Jiu Valley area at the presidential elections. At the same time, her husband, Tiberiu Iacob Ridzi, interim president of PDL Hunedoara and mayor of the city of Petrosani, will coordinate the campaign at county level. Two months ago, Monica Iacob Ridzi resigned from the head of the Youth Ministry further to the scandal prompted by the way in which she spent the money for the organization of the Youth Day. The way in which Monica Iacob Ridzi spent the public money formed the object of a parliamentary inquiry, and now the former minister is investigated by DNA in the “Youth Day” file.


Sector 1 City Hall of Bucharest devastated by fire


The fire in which the roof of the building from Banu Manta Blvd, which shelters Sector 1 City Hall, and which is now in the process of rehabilitation was announced on Saturday by 11.40 h. The firefighters could liquidate the fire after over three hours. Further to the extinguishing of the fire of the roof, the whole building was inundated, generating more damages, Mediafax reports. The fire in which the roof of the City Hall was burnt may have been set by a cigarette, the military firefighters finding evidence which conducts to this hypothesis.


UDMR offices from Bucharest broken


UDMR offices from Bucharest were broken yesterday morning, the police officers finding the rooms upside down, without however saying if something was missing from the premises. According to Bucharest Police spokesman, Christian Ciocan, quoted by Mediafax, a window of UDMR offices had been broken, officers from the Criminal Investigation Bureau assuming that the persons entered the building after they climbed the wall. The Police was announced at 11.10 h., about the broken window of UDMR offices from Bucharest, the officers of Section 8 Police going in two vehicles on the scene.

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France and Romania have common interests in agriculture


Ambassador of France in Bucharest, Henri Paul, said yesterday, during an interview for RFI, that France and Romania were sharing common interests as to the reformation of the Common Agricultural Policy, as well as in fields such as agriculture, energy, based on the old friendship between the two countries, Mediafax informs. Regarding the European Commissioner position which Romania should have, the Ambassador underlined that Romania needs to be decisive and have good allies for this negotiation. “There is France support already, but there should be others as well, since it is about a negotiation conducted among 27 and you need to secure majority. I believe that the manner to treat Romania for the previous Commissioner position was not a proper one. This time, there are no more reasons for Romania to be badly treated”, Ambassador of France in Romania concluded.


Pirelli estate division liquidated from Romania


The real estate division of the Italian group Pirelli and UniCredit Tiriac decided on the liquidation of a joint venture, Pirelli RE Romania, a company specializing in the administration and investments of real estate because of the adverse market situation. “The decision to liquidate the company is an outcome of the adverse macro-economic situation in the real estate sector of Romania”, according to Pirelli representatives, cited by Mediafax.


Taxes on luxury products, removed


The state has to lift, until end of the year, taxes on luxurious products. The European Union threatens Romania with a new infringement action in case it does not eliminate, as of 2010, the excise duties charged for furs, jewels, crystals, perfumes, hunting weapons or yachts, according to Realitatea TV. Currently, in case of furs, the excise duties account for 45 per cent, in case of perfumes, for 35 per cent, 30 per cent in case of crystals and 15 per cent for jewels. The law draft which provides for the removal of these excise duties is currently under public debate.


CEC partial privatization, a solution for the bank


No progress was registered as to the talks related to CEC capitalization, as declared on Saturday by Bogdan Chiritoiu, Chair of Competition Council, within a workshop held in Sinaia, according to HotNews.co. Romania has been unsuccessful so far to convince the European Commission that the Romanian state acts as “a private investor” in relation to CEC capitalization and that this measure does not represent state aid. Currently, there are two solutions to convince the European Commission that the state acts as a private investor. According to Chiritoiu, the first solution is to conduct a survey in this respect by a specialist company, which costs EUR 100,000 and Public Finance Ministry is not willing to spend so much. The second solution, according to Chiritoiu, is that 30 per cent of the capital growth be contribution of private investors. “If private investors would contribute by EUR 60 M, the European Commission could agree that the Romanian

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