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A new principal at Bucharest Cervantes Institute


Juan Carlos Vidal Garcia is the new principal of Bucharest branch of Cervantes Institute, ‘Cotidianul’ informs. He was a principal of Cervantes branches in Warsaw, Tel Aviv, Moscow, Chicago and a director of Culture Department within the headquarter of Madrid Based Cervantes Institute. Juan Carlos Vidal is a graduate of the prestigious Complutense University from Madrid. He is an author of several articles in the Spanish media, for the central daily newspaper El Pais (and it cultural supplement, “Babelia”, since its establishment in 1986). Within the Spanish issues of the magazine “Lettre Internationale” he was the author of a permanent column called “Letters from Warsaw.”


Demis Roussos comes to Romania


The Greek singer Demis Roussos, known for launching in the ‘70s, successful albums such as “Good Bye My Love, Good Bye” or “Happy To Be On an Island In the Sun”, will perform, on December 4, in a concert at Bucharest Sala Palatului, according to daily newspaper ‘Evenimentul Zilei.’ The artist, who performed in Romania in May last year, will sing famous songs such as “Zorba”, “Lovely Lady of Arcadia” or “Forever and Ever”, along with international music such as “Silent Night” or “Ave Maria”. Tickets are available as of Monday, at prices ranging from RON 85 to RON 250.


“All my sons” – a successful premiere at national Theatre


The first night of the show “All my sons,” a set up of the text of the American playwright Arthur Miller signed by Ion Caramitru, opened on Saturday evening the autumn season of the National Theatre from Bucharest (TNB), filling up the Great Hall of the National Theatre and receiving standing ovations for long minutes, Agerpres informs. The show from the National reflects, in an American atmosphere typical of the ‘50s, important themes of Miller’s dramaturgy: guilt, culpability, pain, death, regret, and the morality of certain elections.

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Panduru appointed technical director with FC Steaua


Basarab Panduru will be FC Steaua’s new technical director starting this Monday, sport.ro informs. Steaua’s financier Gigi Becali claims that the move has nothing to do with the team’s technical staff where Bergodi can be at ease. ‘Panduru will come to Steaua on Monday because he has a show on Saturday. Starting on Monday he will no longer be a journalist. He is a very intelligent man, he could be better than MM was. He says what he thinks, which is an important quality,’ Gigi Becali, Steaua’s financier, stated.


South Africa win Tri-Nations with victory over New Zealand


South Africa won their first Tri-Nations title since 2004 with a 32-29 victory over New Zealand at Waikato Stadium on Saturday. South Africa fullback Frans Steyn slotted three long-range penalties, while flyhalf Morne Steyn kicked 13 points for the visitors, who withstood a late charge from the All Blacks. Fourie du Preez and Jean de Villiers scored tries for the visitors. Sitiveni Sivivatu and captain Richie McCaw scored second-half tries for the All Blacks, while Daniel Carter added 19 points with the boot. New Zealand meet Australia in the final game of the series next week in Wellington.


Mutu files appeal against CAS


The Romanian player’s lawyers have filed within the Swiss Federal Tribunal an appeal against the decision taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). The CAS decision forces Fiorentina’s player to pay EUR 17,173,990 in damages to his former club Chelsea London. According to Italy’s ‘La Nazione’ daily, quoted by Agerpres, ‘in the best of cases the tribunal could postpone the CAS decision because of procedural errors. Mutu’s lawyers have filed their appeal being well aware of the fact that this initiative could not block a possible suspension decided by FIFA’s Disciplinary Commission at the behest of Chelsea FC.’


Ivan Patzaichin: ‘I will retire from Olympic team’


Ivan Patzaichin, the head coach of Romania’s Olympic team of canoe/kayak, has announced on Realitatea FM that he will retire. ‘In fact, this is not even an official position because I have been reshuffled through the team from one position to the other for several years,’ Patzaichin explained. The decision of the former great athlete comes as the Kayak/Canoe Federation is planning to remove him from the team, a fact confirmed both by former canoeist Elisabeta Lipa and by Ivan Patzaichin himself.

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Bazac: Police to check on the employees on sick leave


Health Minister Ion Bazac declared on Friday that he wants to introduce, starting next year, the “Italian model” in connection with the employees who are on sick leave, meaning that the officers will check on those persons to see if they are really sick “in the event that they do not appear in the documents of any hospital.” Bazac explained that the persons who are on sick leave are either admitted in a hospital, and then they appear in the documents of the medical unit, or are sick at home and the Police will check this. According to the minister, the “Italian system” will be applied in Romania starting on January 1, 2010.


Unirea Passage reopened to traffic


Mayor general Sorin Oprescu reopened last night Unirea Passage for road traffic, after the upgrading works performed this summer. Traffic in Unirea Passage was restricted and fully closed several times, the drivers being warned each time to use the surface road. Oprescu had promised, on his last visit to the site, that the works would be finished prior to the beginning of the new school year, in order to facilitate road traffic in the area. The cost of the rehabilitation of Unirea Passage amounted to RON 2.5 M.


Suspect in the case of the equipment stolen from abroad, apprehended by police


One of the suspects in the case of the equipment stolen from abroad, Mihali Nicoara, who was searched by police officers after he had fired at them a week ago, was apprehended yesterday morning in the dwelling of his girlfriend from Borsa. The chief of Borsa Police, Vasile Simon, declared that Nicoara was captured while he was trying to enter the house where his girlfriend, pregnant in five months, lives. The officers say that Nicoara was armed when he was captured, having a pistol with him. Nicoara, from Borsa, against whom an all-point bulletin had been issued, had shot on the evening of September 4 several times at a Police car which was pursuing him, managing to escape for the second time, after over a month ago his off-road vehicle had hit a Police car, but managing to run away in spite of the fact that the officers fired at him.

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Several participants call out at Basescu at a festival


Several participants to “Festivalul Cascavelei” organised on Saturday in Doftana Valley, Prahova County, called out at President Traian Basescu accusing him of not “feeling” Romanian” and expressed their discontent with the level of the salaries of the teachers in Romania.


A woman present at the Festival reproached the Head of State, shouting that he doesn’t “feel” Romanian. She also said that “in the country there are still people who feel Romanian.” The President answered her after a few moments of silence: “Oh, no, don’t say such a thing.” Another participant to the Festival shouted at the Head of State, while some people were taking photos with him: “You will see what I’ll do to you if you take photos with <>,” stirring the laugh of the people. A woman also asked the President if “it is okay” with the salaries of the teachers, Basescu answering that compared to the working hours, it is okay. The woman asked him if he can say the same thing in the case of the senior teachers, but President’s answer was not heard.


Four ambassadors called back


President Traian Basescu signed on Friday the decrees regarding the calling back of four ambassadors and also for the accreditation of Valerica Epure as extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal and to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, the Presidential Administration informed. The ambassadors who were recalled are: Emil Ghitulescu from the position of extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Sudan; Constantin Alexa, from the position of extraordinary and extraordinary ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Uzbekistan; Gabriel Gafita, from the position of extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Portugal; Oana Cristina Popa, from the position of extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Romania to the Republic of Croatia.


Romanian Freemasons withdraw their support for state leadership


The Great Council of the Great National Lodge of Romania (MLNR) has decided to withdraw its support for the state’s fundamental institutions, including the Presidency and the Government, Viorel Danacu, the Grand Master of the Lodge, stated on Saturday for Agerpres. Danacu added that the Great Lodge does not want to ‘be a party to the chaos and thievery that unfortunately gain roots throughout the state’s institutions.’ At the end of a meeting that inaugurated a new Masonic temple that bears the name of Nicu Filip, the first Grand Master chosen by the Romanian Masonry after 1989, Danacu stated that the Great Lodge of Romania is fighting for changing the mentality in what concerns the promotion of national values. On the other hand however, Danacu underlined that ‘the Masonry is not engaged in politics and will not allow anyone to politicize a great lodge.’ His statements were made during a ceremony occasioned by the start of the 6009-6010 Masonic year. Also on this occasion the aforementioned temple was inaugurated and a Great Council meeting was held within it, a meeting within which the MLNR projects for next year were approved and two treaties of ‘friendliness and recognition’ were signed with the Great Lodge of Paraguay and the Great Lodge of Italy.

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Heroes of the Red Army monument vandalized in Bucharest, Moscow accuses


A part of the monument dedicated to ‘the Heroes of the Red Army killed in Romania in the fight against Fascism, 1944-1945’ and located in Pipera was painted in red. Christian Ciocan, the spokesperson of Bucharest Police, stated on Friday that he has no information regarding a monument being vandalized in Bucharest. Russia has sent the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs ‘a note of protest’ following an act of vandalism against a monument located in Bucharest and dedicated to the memory of Soviet soldiers killed in World War II, the Russian diplomacy informed on Friday. The communiqué issued by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs pointed out that a part of the moment was painted in red and covered with ‘inscriptions that insult the memory of the heroes that died in order to free Romania from Fascism.’


Moscow encourages Bucharest ‘to remedy without delay the consequences of this crime, to conduct a detailed investigation and to severely punish the guilty,’ at the same time underlining similar incidents took place in the past in two other Romanian cities – Iasi and Galati.


Raluca Basescu retired from the arms deal


Raluca Basescu, the niece of the President of Romania, retired from the shareholding of the firm Ice Age SRL, which stored the 105 containers with expired ammunition from Taiwan, according to the daily ‘Evenimentul Zilei.’ Thus, Sorin Trasca, the person about whom sources close to Basescu family say that he actually deals with the activity of the firm, becomes sole associate. The Trade Registry Office of Constanta Tribunal confirmed last week, in the incorporation certificate, the modification of the constitutive act of the firm. The withdrawal of Raluca Basescu had been decided six days before, by the General Assembly of the Associates, when Basescu and Trasca signed the transfer of the social part to the latter.


Sources close to the family of Mircea Basescu, brother of the President, declared for the publication that Mircea Basescu decided to retire also his son from the firms whose associate he is “in order to avoid having headaches and not give occasion to speculations.”


Head of state agrees with Musetescu’s inquiry


President Traian Basescu conveyed on Friday to the Minister of Justice Catalin Predoiu the request to start the legal proceedings for criminal pursuit of Ovidiu Tiberiu Musetescu, former minister in charge with the Authority for Privatisation and Administration of State Participations (APAPS).


The Presidency had received a request from the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Appeals and Justice, to start the legal proceedings for the criminal pursuit of the former APAPS minister, Ovidiu Musetescu, reads a press release of the Presidential Administration.


Musetescu, former president of APAPS and member of the Government during 2001-2003, is investigated for the offences of abuse of office and for establishing with intent a value lower than the real commercial value of the assets belonging to the business operators whose shareholder is the state, in the privatisation of SC Alro SA Slatina and SC Alprom SA.

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Romania – 129th out of 133 for road quality


A survey by World Economic Forum, which designed an hierarchy that is performance based, indicates that the network of motorways which is only on paper, along with the quality of the roads existent in Romania, have resulted in Romania ranking the 129th, out of 133 countries, in this respect, according to Realitatea.net. We have bad roads, public money is not spent efficiently, and there is much room still for the transparency of governmental decisions. Only four countries have roads that are worse than ours, which are: Paraguay, East Timor, Bosnia and Mongolia. In relation to the transparency of governmental decisions, we rank the 128th out of 133. Regarding this field, from the viewpoint of honesty of criteria based on which authorities make decisions, we rank the 117th. In terms of spending public money, Romania ranks the 112th. The level of taxation has a high adverse impact on businesses, which led to us being on place 122 out of 133 countries. A better place, 22, has been gained for the time required for the establishment of a company, namely 10 days.


Franklin Templeton: Romania could offer investment opportunities


The less developed countries, Romania included, could offer interesting opportunities for the investors in search of “tomorrow emerging markets,” as the general manager of the American company Franklin Templeton, Mark Mobius, said, cited by Mediafax. The company set up branches in Vietnam and Dubai over the past years in order to capitalize the advantages of Middle East and the Mekong river region in Asia, as Mobius said in a report. Romania, Slovenia, Croatia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine have started to be promising, he added.


Johan Gabriels takes over the office of RBS Romania managing director


RBS Romania General Executive Manager, Peter Weiss, ended his four – year tenure at the bank leadership and he will be replaced by Johan Gabriels in October, after the approval of the appointment by the central bank, based on an announcement of the lending institution released on Friday.


Weiss, who has been active in Romania since 2005, will become general executive manager of RBS branch in Greece.


Johan Gabriels, with 20 years of experience, held previously financial and general management positions both in the financial – banking field, and in large consumer good sector. Gabriels worked for companies such as Arthur Andersen, Mars (The Netherlands, Russia, France), PepsiCo (France, Italy, Spain), CapitalOne (USA, UK) and RBS.

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