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March 2, 2021
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League 1, 7th leg results


International Curtea de Arges – Politehnica Iasi 0-2

Astra Ploiesti – Unirea Alba Iulia 4-2

Otelul Galati – Gaz Metan Medias 0-1

Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt – Gloria Bistrita 2-1

Universitatea Craiova – Rapid 3-4


Matches played on Sunday, after the closing of our issue:


Steaua – Pandurii Targu Jiu

CFR Cluj – FC Brasov

Dinamo – Unirea Urziceni

FC Vaslui – FC Timisoara


Stoichita, Steaua’s 11th coach in the Becali era


Mihai Stoichita became the new head coach of Steaua Bucharest after Cristiano Bergodi was sacked on Thursday evening. Stoichita is Steaua’s 11th coach since Gigi Becali took over the club. Some of Steaua’s previous head coaches had double stints at the head of the team’s technical staff. Of the 10 previous head coaches, four were foreigners (3 Italians, 1 Ukrainian). Victor Piturca had the longest mandate as head coach of Steaua (52 games), with the number of games in which he coached the team being surpassed only by that of Olaroiu (56 games in two mandates).


Gymnastics: Ana Porgras wins national title


Ana Porgras won on Saturday the national title within the National Gymnastics Championship in Buzau, outclassing Diana Chelaru (CSS Onesti) and Anamaria Tamirjan (Petrolul Ploiesti). All three gymnasts will represent our country in the World Cup 2009 in London. Ana Porgras (CSS Galati) topped the standings with a total of 57.525 points, being followed by Diana Chelaru (CS Onesti) with 56.700 points and Anamaria Tamirjan with 56.300 points.


Davis Cup: Sweden defeats Romania 3-1


Sweden defeated Romania in Davis Cu on Sunday. Robin Soderling defeated Victor Hanescu 7-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the fourth game. Sweden’s tennis team led Romania in the Davis Cup by 2-1, after winning the doubles game on Saturday. The game in Helsingborg counts for a continued presence in the World Group. Sweden’s Robin Soderling and Robert Lindstedt defeated Romania’s Victor Hanescu and Horia Tecau, score 6-1, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) after 2 hours and 27 minutes.


Tennis: BCR Open Romania main table, Hanescu top seed


The singles event main table in the BCR Open Romania international tennis tournament 2009 was drawn on Saturday. The 17th edition of the tournament will take place from September 19 to September 27 within Bucharest’s BNR Arenas and will be Andrei Pavel’s last tournament as a professional tennis player. Pavel had announced last year that he will retire after this tournament. The tournament’s organizers have designated Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu as the top seed. According to the tournament’s official website, following his performance in the US Open Victor Hanescu is the Bucharest tournament’s top seed. The list of top seeds is completed by Nicolas Almagro (Spain) and Igor Andreev.

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Second new flu case at Slobozia high-school


A second case of A/H1N1 (new influenza) virus in the education system was reported at the ‘Mihai Viteazu’ high school of Slobozia, the Health Ministry announced yesterday, in a press release quoted by Agerpres. According to the source, a classmate of the teen girl who last week was found infected with the new flu strain has been confirmed positive following laboratory analyses conducted by the ‘Cantacuzino’ National Institute. The girl, aged 16, is hospitalized now at the ‘Matei Bals’ Institute, where she receives antiviral medication.


The epidemiological probe reveals the fact that the teen only had contact with a person, who presents no sign of the disease so far. The two girls are feeling well, writes the release. The Health Ministry announced that, during the week September 14-20, seven new cases of infection with the new strain of A/H1N1 were reported, taking the total figure to 333 cases at country level.


Catholic Church opens two new lawsuits over Cathedral Plaza


Bucharest Roman-Catholic Archbishopric (ARCB) opens two new lawsuits, one against the Ministry of Culture, and another one through which it requests a court to establish that the works at the Cathedral Plaza, the construction adjacent to Saint Joseph Cathedral from Bucharest, continue illegally, in the attempt to stop its construction. The archbishopric said in a press release it was seeking about EUR 22 M in damages from the Culture Ministry. In a press conference on Monday, ARCB representatives announced that they have already requested District 1 Court from Bucharest to establish that the works to Cathedral Plaza office building, which is erected close to Saint Joseph Cathedral, continue without authorization, because the initial one has expired almost six months ago.


Cathedral Plaza project targets the construction near Saint Joseph Cathedral from Bucharest – considered a historic monument – a 75 m high building with four underground levels, with garages for 200 cars, ground floor and 19 floors above ground.


Oprescu to twin Bucharest and Moscow


On the occasion of the Bucharest Days, mayor general Sorin Oprescu and the prefect of the Central Administrative Sector of Moscow, Alexei Alexandrov, concluded a framework-protocol of collaboration between the two municipalities, considered by both to be “without precedent,” according to the daily ‘Ziua.’ The discussions referred also to an exchange of experience in domains of community interest, such as infrastructure, public transport, urban constructions, social programmes for children, young families and pensioners, and in other domains. The mayor general had during the weekend bilateral meetings with official delegations of several important cities from the world, invited by the mayor of the occasion of the celebration of 550 years since Bucharest was first mentioned in a written document. The meetings debuted on Friday with the delegation headed by Nikita Kaklamanis, mayor of Athens, the first capital twinned with Bucharest in 1993. Bucharest mayor general had afterwards discussions with the vice president of the Municipal Committee of Beijing, Zhao Wenzhi, and the mayor from Tbilisi, George Ugulava. Oprescu and Ugulava also discussed collaboration opportunities.

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Personalized stamps and web cameras in ballot sections


Ministry of Administration and Interior (MAI) will propose the personalization of the stamps with the word “Voted,” adding the electoral year and the number of the section, and intends to set up web cameras at the entry to the special ballot sections, in order to prevent the multiple vote at the presidential elections. “Thus, each ballot section will have stamps with its own identification elements – the year of the electoral process and the number of the ballot section – which will exclude the possibility of the fraudulent use of this voting instrument from one section to another,” reads a press release issued yesterday by MAI. At the presidential elections from this year there will not be additional lists. The citizens who are not in their place of residence on the ballot day can vote only in the special ballot sections, as stipulated by Law 370/2004 modified and completed, about 3,300 such sections being set up this year. As for the web cameras, the recorded images will be stored on DVD or CD and will be conveyed to the Permanent Electoral Authority, in order to represent additional evidence in the case of some possible multiple vote criminal cases, MAI stresses.


First negative temperature registered in Harghita


The temperature dropped yesterday below zero degrees C, in the county of Harghita, for the first time this autumn, at the Meteo Station from Miercurea Ciuc being registered, by 7.30 a.m., a minimum temperature of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, according to Mediafax. According to meteorologists, the night of Saturday through Sunday was the coldest in this season, the white frost covering the earth of most of the localities of the county. Similarly cold it was at Toplita and Joseni, where there were lows of zero degrees Celsius.

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Gazprom boss in Bucharest


Gazprom President Aleksei Miller is on a visit to Bucharest during which he is due to meet with Romania’s Economy Minister Adriean Videanu. The Russian Federation Embassy in Bucharest confirmed Mr. Miller’s coming to Bucharest in his capacity as head of the Russia’s gas giant. The Romanian Economy Minister met with the Gazprom top official last May in Moscow, when Mr. Videanu announced underway negotiations for Romania being supplied gas without any third parties involved. The Romanian official said the topics discussed include the likelihood of imported gas straight to Romgaz and a gas storage partnership in summer, when the gas price is at its lowest.


Cow milk EU standard alignment period extended by two years


The European Union gave Romania a two-year respite to align to the community hygiene rules on cow milk, according to yesterday’s statement by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rutrral Development (MADPR), which said that the milk produced during the transition period will only be marketed in Romania. Last July, Agriculture Minister Ilie Sarbu said that 61 per cent of the milk obtained in Romania complies with EU standards, adding that processing plants don’t accept milk that does not obey community standards.


MedLife invested circa EUR 7 M into private sector expansion


MedLife injected about EUR 7 M over the past two years in expanding the Life Memorial hospital to 12,500 sq m, the latest project, price tag EUR 1 M, being a five-apartment mini-compound part of the maternity clinic, the company announced Monday. When it opened in 2007, the 100-bed hospital had a surface area 10,000 sq m. For 2009, Life Memorial Hospital sets out to double its earnings to RON 20 M, from its 2008 counterpart. The medical supplier eyes a turnover o EUR 31.5 M, up 40 per cent from EUR 21.2 M in 2008.


CET to get subordinated to EM and mayoralties


Coalition members approached yesterday the issue of troubled power complexes (CETs) and their likelihood to get subordinated to the Economy Ministry in a first stage towards upgrading and refurbishing and then to mayoralties, according to Social-Democrat Party (PSD) Vice-president Gheorghe Nichita. Also, emergency measures were tabled to help the CETs provide optimum heat through the coming winter and plans for a future relevant plan.


190 hotel projects underway


Nearly 190 hotel projects are underway in Romania, of which half in construction stage, with the bulk amounting to RON 3-4 M, according to IBC Focus, a company monitoring the construction market in Romania. The other half of the projects is represented by design-stage investments (49 per cent) and 1 per cent are in various stages of construction. There are 61 construction projects estimated to cost an average of over RON 4 M, 93 – between RON 3 M and 4 M, or under EUR 1 M. Investors have 14 lodging facilities under construction in Bucharest alone. According to the report, investors have 14 lodging unit projects unfolding and more than 830 leisure projects.

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German MEP against equal minimal wages in Germany and Romania


Christian – Democrat MEP Elmar Brok said, in an interview for Deutschland Radio, that he would not agree with the provision of a minimal equal wage in Germany and in Romania, but the workers from other countries who work in Germany must be paid equally to the German ones, The Money Channel informs. Asked whether he would be in favor of a unitary wage being provided within the EU, Brok, a person close to Chancellor Angela Merkel, answered that he would not support such a proposition. “We cannot provide a minimum European wage because the gaps are too large. The same minimum wage for Romania and Germany would not make sense. The principle of the country of origin foresees that when minimal wage is provided in an EU Member State, then it should be thus observed so that the workers from other states would not work below this threshold. I am in favor of the minimal wage, but for one equal within all the EU Member States”, Brok said.


Public auction for EUR 1.71 M worth communication network


National Regulatory and Administration Authority for Communications (ANCOM) will organize, on November 11, a call for offers for the acquisition of a communication network within the institution, the estimative value of he contract being EUR 1.71 M (VAT included), Mediafax informs.


The contract, to be implemented over two years, requires also the supply of electronic communication services through fix and mobile networks (Internet, data communication, fix and mobile phones). The future participants shall submit a participation guarantee amounting to RON 60,000. The most important criterion for the evaluation of offers submitted shall be the total price of monthly subscriptions, accounting for 65 per cent.


Tiriac: Romania to become prosperous in 15 – 20 years


Romania shall become prosperous only in 15 – 20 years, this is the estimation of businessman Ion Tiriac. According to him, Romania overcomes the crisis at one year and a quarter after USA, and one of the advantages is that the collapse was not as strong as in other countries, since the collapse was only from the “first floor”.“There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but one should be happy because of one thing, that one fell from the first floor and not from floor 70 as Spain did. When Romania overcomes the crisis, it will grow”, Tiriac said during the broadcasting “Dupa 20 ani” (After 20 years), broadcast on Sunday by PROTV. Tiriac said that the current crisis occurred at a bad time in Romania when economy was “eventually” going up by 6-7 per cent. He specified that the investments in infrastructure and the attraction of funds from the EU were the most important targets that the authorities should consider at this moment.

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PSD Suceava kicks Octav Cozmanca out of the party


The County Permanent Bureau (BPJ) of PSD Suceava expelled from party the former Social-Democrat leader Octav Cozmanca, who had suspended himself from the party last Sunday, PSD Suceava spokesman Virginel Iordache announced, quoted by Mediafax.


Iordache told a press conference that the BPJ of PSD Suceava analyzed the attitude expressed by Cozmanca in the letter sent to party members and to the PSD electorate, and decided that he staged an attack against the party.


Previously, Cozmanca had announced on Sunday, in an open letter, his decision to suspend himself from the party, because PSD no longer is a leftist party and does not have an authentic leader, being led by “groups of interests.” He refrained from commenting the decision taken by the County Permanent Bureau of PSD Suceava to expel him. Also yesterday, the president of the PSD National Council Adrian Nastase said that the problems raised by Cozmanca are also known by the PSD leaders, but they must be discussed after the presidential elections.


Iliescu backs Geoana ‘in spite of some weaknesses’


The former president Ion Iliescu writes on his blog that Traian Basescu should not win another term of office as president, any of his first three counter-candidates being preferable. Iliescu stresses that he supports the PSD leader Mircea Geoana, although he has “certain weaknesses, inabilities and awkwardness.” “Insofar as the counter-candidates are concerned, everyone has his preferences, and also his political options. I believe like everybody that any of the main counter-candidates (actually the first three with real chances) is preferable to Traian Basescu. Of course, I back Mircea Geoana, the candidate of the Social-Democrat Party. I don’t deny that he has certain weaknesses: insufficient experience and political training, certain inabilities and awkwardness. But, who does not have weaknesses?


In exchange, unlike Traian Basescu, Mircea Geoana has the necessary intellectual capacity and the potential required to surmount them, and has a useful experience in the international relations (as I said, an essential attribute of the head of state),” Iliescu writes.


Presidential Commission on patrimony finalizes report


The Presidential Commission on the built patrimony, the historical and national sites from Romania launched yesterday its report in the presence of president Traian Basescu and of PM Emil Boc, the Presidential Administration informed on Sunday. Thus, Basescu said he is optimistic about the effects of this document, adding that he would convey it officially to Government and Parliament. President Basescu also appreciated that the destruction and the damaging of the built patrimony are the result of an understanding between the local administration and the professionals from the domain of constructions. In his turn, PM Emil Boc said that the Romanian state has the obligation to protect and conserve the national patrimony in order to transmit it to the future generations. On September 16, 2008 the Presidential Commission on patrimony proposed at Cotroceni, in the presence of the Head of State, a set of 12 priority measures.

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