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‘Tales from the Golden Age’ hits Romanian cinemas today


‘Amintiri din Epoca de Aur’ (Tales from the Golden Age) is a complicate movie. It started as a trilogy, with ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days’ and continues with two films: the first is named ‘Comrades, How Beautiful Life Is!’ (comprising four episodes) and will reach cinemas this Friday, while the second – ‘Love in the Spare Time’ (two episodes) will enter the market on October 23. “It is a collective movie. I took it to Cannes in May, then it sold to 30 countries. Now we want to see whether a comedy is still able to bring the public in halls in Romania, or see if people still enjoy art movies,” the young director explained. Cristian Mungiu considers that the best audience for ‘Tales from the Golden Age’ – a film based on his own screenplay and directed jointly with Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Hoefer, Razvan Marculescu and Constantin Popescu – is to be found in the Romanian communities living abroad.


Photograph exhibition at the Romanian Peasant Museum


The photo exhibition “Open doors and windows,” organised as part of the project “Village collections from Romania. Patrimony and local identity,” which wants to identify and promote the village collections and encourage the collectors, will be open today at the Romanian Peasant Museum from Bucharest. The photos were taken at the Straw Hat Museum of Lajos Szocs from Criseni, at “Vatra cu dor” museum-house of Paul Buta from Sivita, at the Pastoral museum of Ileana Morariu from Jina, at “Zulfie Totay” museum-house of Zulfia Seidali from Cobadin, or at “Radacina Vrancei” Museum-house of Costica Besa from Barsesti. “In the rural area there are private collections of ethnographic interest, museum-houses or even small museums made by enthusiastic persons, without a specialized training, in personal households or in spaces acquired with their own money. These spaces are considered “museums” by both the initiators and the community, and they are even visited by tourists, although some of them are not yet prepared to cope with them,” MTR representatives say.


Daniela Danz and Christoph Ransmayr in double reading session in Bucharest


Today, from 7 PM, at the Carturesti book store – the Verona Café, German poet Daniela Danz and Austrian writer Christoph Ransmayr will offer a double reading session followed by a dialogue with the public, moderated by Gabriel H. Decuble, on the topic of the Pontus Euxinus reflected in the world literature. Daniela Danz was born in Eisenach, Germany, in 1976, and has studied arts history and germanistics in Tubingen, Prague, Berlin and Halle. So far, she has published two poetry volumes and a novel. She is a free-lance writer and art historian currently based in Halle an der Saale. In Bucharest, she will present a few poems of her latest ‘Pontus’ volume published by the German Wallstein publishing house this year. ‘One can destroy artists, but not their art. This is the parable Christoph Ransmayr recounts to us’.

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SPORTS

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BCR Open – results


The results registered on Wednesday, on the third day of BCR Open Romania tennis tournament, with total prizes of EUR 450,000, which is taking place at Arenele BNR from Bucharest: Round 1: Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) – Andrei Pavel 6-3, 7-6 (2), Simon Greul (Germania) – Steve Darcis (Belgium) 7-5, 6-3, Round II: Ruben Ramirez-Hidalgo (Spain) – Marius Copil 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-4, Fabio Fognini (Italy) – Nicolas Almagro (Spain) 6-4, 7-6 (3), Santiago Ventura (Spain) – Alberto Martin (Spain) 4-5. Alberto Martin abandoned


Romania defeated by Russia, score 35-25 in the World Cup at Aarhus


The national women handball team of Romania was defeated by the Olympic vice champion Russia, score 35-25 (16-14), in the second match from the World Cup at Aarhus. Worth noting is the fact that Russia-Romania match was refereed by the Danes Martin Gjeding and Mads Hansen, the ones who complained to EHF of being bribed EUR 30,000 by the former vice president of the Romanian Handball Federation, Petru Paleu, and coach Aihan Omer, before the men’s match Montenegro-Romania, both being suspended in the next five years from the international competitions, further to the declarations of the two northern referees. In the first match from group A, the Romanian women defeated the team of the host country, Denmark, by the score of 28-22 (14-11).


Romania – Faroe Islands match to be played at Piatra Neamt


Romania – Faroe Island match, counting for the last leg of the World Cup preliminaries from 2010, group seven, will be played at Piatra Neamt, after the federation from Faroe accepted to displace the match, initially scheduled in Bucharest, frf.ro informs. Thus, Romania – Faroe Islands match will be played on October 14, at 21.00 h., on “Ceahlaul” stadium. After playing eight matches from group seven, Romania ranks fifth, with 9 points.


England-Brazil friendly to be played in Qatar


The national football teams of England and Brazil will play a friendly match on November 14 in Qatar, the English Football Federation announced. The game is to be played on Khalifa International stadium. Both England and Brazil are qualified for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. England’s coach Fabio Capello said the match is an important one for his team. ‘We shall be able to determine our value and the level we have to reach in order to play against the best teams,’ Capello said.

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Diabetes prescription fraud worth RON 21 bln


Health Minister Ion Bazac demanded yesterday that Doctor Tiberiu Mogos be lifted the right to write medical prescriptions until the conclusion of an investigation into a fraud estimated at over RON 21 bln related to the national diabetes programme. The minister also said he is set to see the damage recovered and the pharmacy involved closed.The Health Ministry tendered a notification to the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice about an early estimated damage of RON 21 bln as a result of alleged wrongdoings by Bucharest Diabetes Expert Dr. Tiberiu Mogos. Mediafax reported Bazac as saying he is convinced a great deal of the medicines prescribed have never been dispensed actually. ‘They have not been dispensed, they have never reached the pharmacy. It was all but a pharmacy scheme. Further more, the ministerial investigation showed that 9,000 shady prescriptions have been reimbursed, which means other doctors too are involved with the scheme.


Romanian researchers find new cure for lung cancer


A team of doctors from the Cluj Oncology Institute, under doctor Tudor Ciuleanu’s leadership, developed a new cure for lung cancer, daily ‘Romania libera’ reported yesterday. The treatment has already been approved by the European Medical Agency for the entire European Union, but also by the US Food and Drug Administration for the United States. Extensive reports about the cure were also published in international publications such as The Lancet or Modern Medicine. The cure consists of administering a drug called Pemetrexed, together with platinum-based chemotherapy, and was developed starting from a study done by a group of American medical specialists and meant to find a treatment for menopause effects on women suffering from lung cancer. Romanian doctors continued research and found that the cure could be successfully administered to everybody suffering form lung cancer, not only to women at their menopause, the newspaper said.

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BUSINESS

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GfK Romania opens EUR 1 M subsidiary in Iasi


GfK Romania has opened a subsidiary in Iasi with an investment of over EUR 1 M which enabled the company to move its entire telephone data collection operation from the entire country, the research institute informed by press release yesterday. The new branch is equipped with a call centre of 72 workstations enabling the conduct of several interviews in shorter time as well as faster data conveyance. GfK Romania posted a 6M turnover of RON 16.5 M, very similar with its 2008 first six months results.


EIB could co-fund EUR 40 M Paroseni electric station


The European Investment Bank (EIB) could co-fund EUR 40 M a project of modernization of the energetic group no. 4 at the electric station from Paroseni, run by Termoelectrica, Mediafax informs. The total investment is estimated at EUR 80 M. The long term financing institution of the European Union analyzes the proposal, according to a notice posted on EIB site. The project supposes an environmental investment at the energetic group no. 4 of the electric station in co-generation (simultaneous production of electrical energy and thermal energy) from Paroseni, consisting of a gas desulphurization installation and a system for the collection, transport and storage of ash and slag. The investment will conduct to the significant decrease of the emissions of sulphur dioxide in the atmosphere and the reduction of pollution caused by the handling of ash and slag, EIB notes.


2010 budget project built on deficit of 5.9 pc of GDP


The draft budget for the next year will be built on a deficit of around 5.9 per cent of GDP, while the total volume of the funds allotted from the budget to sustain the public investments will amount to 6-7 per cent of GDP, declared yesterday the finance minister Gheorghe Pogea, quoted by Mediafax. He pointed out that the Finance Ministry has asked the other ministries to forward their own budgetary projections for the next year, in order to finalize the draft budget. For this year, the Government and IMF agreed to modify some targets from the loan agreement, based on the worsening of the predictions regarding the evolution of the economy, the most important being the increase of the estimated budgetary deficit, from 4.6 per cent of GDP to 7.3 per cent of GDP. For 2010, the Government and IMF agreed to lower the budgetary deficit in 2010 below 6 per cent of GDP.


CESifo: Anti-crisis measures in Romania among the most inefficient in the world


The anti-crisis measures adopted in Romania are among the most inefficient in Europe and in the world, both as extent and structure, while the economic crisis determined the Romanian companies to reduce their efforts to combat corruption, according to a CESifo survey, Mediafax informs. On a scale from 1 to 9, the measures to combat the economic and financial crisis adopted in Romania were evaluated with a score of 1.3 resulted further to the centralization of the opinions of 12 economists from Romania interviewed by CESifo. On another hand, CESifo analysis shows that Romania is among the states with the fewest legal and administrative restrictions for the foreign companies. But the political instability factor can deteriorate the business environment for the foreign investors.


New laws for business environment


A package of five normative acts regulating the activity of trading companies is now undergoing public debating, ‘Adevarul’ daily informs. Holdings, lobby, employers’ organizations, a single control register and start-ups opened by young entrepreneurs will operated based on new laws and the concept of tacit approval will be also introduced. SMEs Minister Constantin Nita yesterday launched the new legislative package for the business environment which will introduce a number of important changes to the Romanian business environment. For instance, a company won’t be allowed to be part of more than one employers’ organization at a time and an employers’ organization will only be affiliated with a one association of employers’ organization, set up based on the criterion of the core business companies have and with one association set up in keeping with the territorial principle, according to the new employers’ organizations act. Another change proposed by the Ministry for the SMEs is that an employers’ organization must be made up of e a minimum if 15 legal entities as members, and not 15 legal entities or freelancers as the current law stipulates.

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