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Romania women handball team wins World Cup


The national women handball team of Romania won on Sunday the final of the World Cup from Aarhus, defeating the European and Olympic champion Norway, by 28-27 (19-13). In the semifinal, Romania defeated Germany by the score of 30-24 (15-10). Thus the game for the places 3 and 4 was played between Germany and Denmark.


Albert Montanes – winner at BCR Open Romania


The final of the international men tennis tournament BCR Open Romania, which took place at Arenele BNR from Bucharest, was won by Montanes on Sunday, who defeated Argentinean Juan Monaco 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (8/6). Montanes. 53rd in ATP standings, Montanes would get 250 points and a check of EUR 71,700. On Saturday, in the semifinals of the competition, with total prizes worth EUR 450,000, Juan Monaco no. 3 seed defeated in two sets, 6-4, 6-3, the German Simon Greu, while Albert Montanes (no. 5) defeated in three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, his fellow countryman Santiago Ventura.


The pair Cermak/Mertinak winner of the double


The double event from the international men tennis tournament BCR Open Romania, with total prizes worth EUR 450,000, closed with the victory of the pair Frantisek Cermak (the Czech Republic)/Michael Mertinak (Slovakia), who defeated in the final, by 6-2, 6-4, the pair Johan Brunstorm (Sweden)/Jean-Julien Rojer (Dutch Antilles), on Saturday.


Hamilton cruises to victory in Singapore


Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish winning the Singapore Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. It was the Briton’s second win of the season and the eleventh of his career. Toyota’s Timo Glock secured his highest placing this season coming in second with Renault’s Fernando Alonso coming home in third. Championship leader Jenson Button bounced back after a disappointing qualifying session to finish fifth, ahead of his teammate and rival for the title Rubens Barrichello who finished sixth. The result means that Button extends his lead over the Brazilian by one point to 15 points with three rounds of the championship to go. Button can now secure the drivers’ championship in Japan if results go his way. Sebastian Vettel who was chasing Hamilton for the first half of the race eventually finished fourth after incurring a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.


League 1, 8th Leg results


Unirea Urziceni – Astra Ploiesti 4-1

Gaz Metan – Dinamo 1-0

Unirea Alba Iulia – FC Vaslui 2-0

Politehnica Iasi – Ceahlaul PN 2-0

FC Timisoara – Universitatea Craiova 1-1


Arbiters from Cyprus for Serbia-Romania match


FIFA communicated on Friday the names of the officials sent to Serbia-Romania match, scheduled on October 10, at 21.30 h. on “Crvena Zvezda” stadium from Belgrad, in the preliminaries of FIFA World Cup 2010, Europe zone, group 7. The brigade of arbiters comes from Cyprus, at the center being Costas Kapitanis (45 years, wearing the FIFA badge since 1996).


Dinamo extinguished the litigation with Pandurii


Nicolae Badea, president of the Board of Dinamo Bucharest club, announced on a TV channel that the litigation with Pandurii Tg. Jiu over the contractual situation of the footballer Ilie Iordache was extinguished. “The matter was formally settled today (Thursday – editor’s note), we reached an agreement with Pandurii and thus the LPF decision to not schedule the team from Gorj in the next leg of the championship was cancelled. We decided to reach this agreement especially for the players from Targu Jiu, and also in order to not deprive the supporters from that city of a team from League 1. We agreed to schedule the amount of EUR 1.2 M until the end of this edition of the championship,” declared Nicolae Badea.

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Young man accidentally shot dead by police


The young man wounded in the incident which took place on Saturday at Braila, when the police officers used their weapons to stop a car, died yesterday at noon at the Emergency Hospital from Galati where he had been taken in coma, according to Mediafax. The man, aged 30, was taken to hospital in fourth degree coma after he had refused to stop at the signal of the officers who were trying to apprehend a car in which a person under international pursuit was. The officers used their guns, shooting several times in the air, but also in the tires of the car. One of the bullets shot into a wheel ricocheted and the man who was driving the car was hit in the head by the bullet.


Dutch tender at tIMOn


The organizers of the National Real Estate Fair tIMOn, which took place in Piata Constitutiei until yesterday, announced the sale of five houses through a Dutch type auction, HotNews informs. Each estate was bidden on Sunday by public starting with the list price, in a descending order. Within the auction, which addresses public at large, five houses were put up for sale, the offer including four flats and one house with the corresponding ground.


Basescu: Decision on prostitution, light drugs use is with politicians


President Traian Basescu said yesterday, during a meeting with local authorities in Bihor County, that the propositions of the presidential commissions addressing prostitution and drugs are only suggestions and the decision to be made belongs to the political class. The Chair of Bihor County Council, Liberal Radu Tarle, told the president that the countries which legalized the consumption of light drugs regretted this. “Everyone told me that this was the greatest mistake they did,” Tarle said. The head of state told him that it would have been impossible not bring the facts to debate based only on electoral grounds. Basescu continued saying that it was impossible for him not to consider the opinion of those who drafted the respective report and nor could he intervene on it.

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Meeting with arguments at Bucharest Municipal General Council


Several events during the meeting on Friday of Bucharest Municipal General Council (CGMB) prior to voting for projects related to the approval of Zonal Urban Plans (PUZ), when the municipal counselors of PNL and PSD groups left the room. According to Mediafax, from among the plans, there is also the project of businessman Costica Constanda, which has resulted in the meeting adjourned because of lack of quorum. PNL group leader, general counselor Dan Meran, said that the group of the Liberal counselors would not participate in the debate and approval of projects, expressing also the opinion that PNL group “will confront the real estate Mafia.” After the depart of PNL counselors, the PSD ones followed, so that the CGMB meeting was adjourned on grounds of lack of majority among general councilors. Several general councilors of the Capital claim that they have received several phone threat messages such as “You either approve the project, or we’ll take care of you and your children!” – ‘Evenimentul zilei’ reported on Saturday.


Ten killed in three accidents yesterday


Five young people between 20 and 25 were killed in a traffic accident on National Route 2A in Ialomita County yesterday morning after their car skidded off the road and crashed into a tree, police said, quoted by Mediafax. Preliminary investigations showed that the five were returning from the disco and were killed immediately at impact.


In a separate incident, three people, including a ten-year-old, were killed and two others were injured in an accident on National Road 1 in Sibiu County. The accident involved a minibus, an undertaker’s vehicle and another car. Investigations showed that the accident was caused by the driver of the undertaker’s vehicle, who tried to overpass the minibus. Two other people died and two were injured in an accident on European Route 60, in Mures County, also yesterday morning. Traffic in area was blocked for over an hour.


US Air Force settles camp at Campia Turzii


US Air Force, the American military aviation, will install a navigation system at 71 Air Base from Campia Turzii. The base was used in the past by the American troops, daily ‘Romania Libera’ reports. Two of the American experts coming from the base at Ramstein, Germany, which hosts an important share of the American air fleet in Europe, performed a check on the conditions performed by the base from Campia Turzii, Cluj County, as this is the place where the Americans would install a navigation system next year.


The Americans checked whether the preparations for the installation team, planned to be in Romania in the summer of next year, are developing based on the schedule agreed with the Romanian authorities.


American Sergeant Aaron Tibbits said that the preparation activities were far from over.

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Crin Antonescu got married in Brussels


PNL President Crin Antonescu got married on Friday in Brussels to the MEP Adina Valean, a PNL member, according to Mediafax. Valean declared that she would not be called after her husband. She refused to give details about the place of the wedding, mentioning that it is an event in a restricted circle with the participation only of the family members. Valean declared that neither party colleagues nor close friends were invited.


Antonescu declared last week that the wedding godparents would be neither party colleagues, nor other politicians or businessmen, denying the rumours according to which they were going to be Norica Nicolai or Dinu Patriciu. The relation of the two politicians was made public in early March by Valean. On June 25, Antonescu declared that he had proposed to Valean, and he was waiting the answer. Subsequently, the Liberal leader stated that he would get married before the presidential elections.


Basescu at the canonization of Saint Voivode Neagoe Basarab


President Traian Basescu and over 15,000 believers participated on Saturday in the ceremony of local proclaiming of the canonization of Saint Voivode Neagoe Basarab, in the Metropolitan Cathedral from Targoviste. The office was performed by Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church.


Last year, in July, the Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church had decided to canonize Saint Voivode Neagoe Basarab of Walachia, his general canonization, together with other saints, taking place on October 26, 2008. Also on Saturday, over 2,000 believers and hundreds of priests attended, at Curtea de Arges, the ceremony through which the Bishopric of Arges was raised to the rank of Arch-bishopric. Present at the ceremony were also the PSD and PRM leaders, Mircea Geoana and C.V. Tudor, and Nicolae Vacaroiu – Court of Accounts president.


‘Police should take weapon in hand,’ president Basescu says


President Traian Basescu participated on Friday in the swearing in ceremony of the students from the first year of “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” Police Academy, according to Mediafax. Asked in the end about the increase of the number of offences in which weapons are used, President answered briefly: “It means that Police should also take weapons in their hands at the soonest.” As for the evolution of Police situation, Basescu estimated that this institution “evolves concurrently with the country.” The Minister of Interiour Dan Nica, who also attended the event, expressed a point of view similar to that of the Head of State.


About 600 students from the first year were sworn in, the ceremony including also a parade. The presence of Basescu at the event had not been previously announced by the presidential administration.

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Romanians queue for a job


More than 35,000 persons of the whole country participated last Friday in the Fair of jobs for graduates, 507 persons being employed on the spot, according to the National Agency for Labor Force Occupancy (ANOFM), cited by Mediafax. Thus, the competition was two to three persons for one job, the newspaper ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ informs. The market offer was not satisfactory for those who are university graduates. In the Capital, the participants came to the fair in a large number to have time to submit their CVs for the almost 2,000 available jobs. In other counties from the country, as well, among which Timis, Gorj, Covasna or Iasi, they had to deal with an unexpected number of persons in search of a job.


Local taxes to grow in 2010 by nearly 20 pc


Government decided that as of 2010 they would raise the local taxes and duties by nearly 20 per cent, Mediafax informs. Thus, the taxation value for the buildings made of resistant materials and connected to utilities is to be raised, as of next year, from RON 669 per square meter to RON 806. The taxes were raised by a decision approved by the government in August and published on Thursday evening in Monitorul Oficial (Official Journal). The same government decision provides also for the total volume of taxes charged by local administrations for various services, such as the issuance of authorizations and certificates.


Civil servants will not go on unpaid leave as of October 1


The unpaid leave of the civil servants postpones again, according to Realitatea.net. In spite of the fact that the measure was due to be enforced as of October 1, the law cannot be applied since it was disputed with the Constitutional Court by PNL. The magistrates will pass a verdict on October 8 the soonest. Other measures shall also be again postponed because of the same reason. Civil servants should have gone on unpaid leave for 10 days since September, but the law was not ready. Now that the law was approved, it still needs to be put on hold for at least two weeks for the judges of the Constitutional Court to pass a resolution as to its legality.

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