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Armed robbery at BancPost branch in Baia Mare


An armed man threatened with a handgun, yesterday, a cashier of the BancPost office in Baia Mare and robbed RON 6,200 from the bank. Mediafax quotes sources with the Maramures County Police saying that the robber showed the cashier a note writing “Give me the money or I will shoot you,” and the woman gave him all the money she could get, then the man left. Police is on his tracks now. Investigators did not find out, so far, if this was a real or toy pistol. The criminal was not masked and he only wore sunglasses. The incidence of armed robberies increased in Romania this year, targeting banks, exchange houses, jewelries and even gas stations.


Software piracy severely punished in 2009


Software piracy was severely punished in the first seven months of 2009, according to data published by the Romanian Police, by the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice and by the Business Software Alliance yesterday. In the mentioned period, Romanian investigators conducted over 430 inspections, recorded 583 criminal offenders and referred to court a total of 95 software piracy cases, Mediafax informs. According to the named source, the Chief Prosecutor of the Service co-ordinating the work of the Public Ministry in the area of intellectual property rights, Monica Pop, informed that, two legal entities had been convicted in Romania in 2009, for the first time ever. Another premiere had been recorded six months before, when a legal entity was referred to court on a charge of software piracy. The Business Software Alliance estimates a loss from software piracy of about USD 249 M in 2008.


2011 Visa lottery begins on Thursday


Online entry registration for Diversity Visa – 2011 lottery will begin Thursday, October 1, 2009 and will be open through November 30, 2009, the US Embassy in Romania informs. Interested applicants can visit www.dvlottery.state.gov only during the mentioned period, reads the Embassy press release of Tuesday. The requirements are that every diversity visa entrant must be born in one of the eligible countries and must have at least a high school education or its equivalent or have, within the past five years, two years of work experience in an occupation falling under occupational category number four of the US Department of Labor. Winners are selected randomly by a computer programme, and visas are distributed to six geographic regions, with a larger number reserved for regions with lower immigration rates. Countries having sent over 50,000 emigrants to the US within the past five years are not eligible. DV-2011 instructions are available on the web-site of the American Embassy (www.bucharest.usembassy.gov) and on the website of the US State Department (http://travel.state.gov). Diversity Visa lottery applicants selected are notified by mail between May and July of the next year, when they also receive detailed emigration instructions.

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Spanish example – starting point in supporting emigrants


Attending the Romanian-Spanish bilateral conference ‘Opportunities of using the European Social Fund: Supporting return of emigrants to their home countries. The Spanish example,’ the Social-Democrat leader said Romanian and Spanish authorities should use the European Social Fund as a support in their efforts to bring back home the Romanians working in Spain in order to create attractive conditions for their return. The Senate speaker congratulated the Spanish Government on its manner of action in connection with the Romanian community in Spain in a moment of crisis. ‘The way in which the government in Madrid has acted demonstrates an extraordinary ability of adjusting to difficult economic and social conditions without turning the massive Romanian community in Spain into the scapegoat of a crisis none of us can be blamed for. I would like to congratulate the Spanish Government for not falling into the facile trap if demonising Romanian immigrants as other populist, right-wing governments in Europe have done,’ Mircea Geoana said.


Romanian-Norwegian agreement on fighting crime


Romanian Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu has met his Norwegian counterpart Knut Storberget yesterday in Bucharest, with the two signing a bilateral agreement on fighting crimes committed by Romanians in Norway. According to Predoiu, quoted by Mediafax, the agreement seeks to facilitate the transfer of Romanian offenders back to their country. The Romanian Justice Minister pointed out that 1,400 Romanians were under investigation in Norway last year, in contrast to 171 under investigation in 2003. In his turn, the Norwegian Minister stated that many Romanians are living in Norway and are doing a great job, but that crimes committed by some of them cannot be overlooked. ‘These crimes have indeed risen and we’re talking about breaking-in offenses, minor thefts. Approximately 77 Romanians are now in Norwegian prisons, 55 of which are in custody,’ Storberget stated.


IPP criticizes the President


The Public Policies Institute (IPP) criticized yesterday the intention of the Head of State to publish the transcripts of the discussions from Cotroceni regarding the revision of Constitution. “IPP disapproves of the practices of President Traian Basescu through which, in the context of some disputes, he threatens to publish extracts from certain discussions from Cotroceni Palace . As long as these discussions have a confidential character, the access of the media being prohibited during them, we note that the President is making use at his own discretion from such information in order to put his dialogue partners in politically vulnerable situations,” IPP shows in a press release quoted by Mediafax. Thus, the Institute requests the Presidential Administration “to explain publicly what the regime applicable to the transcripts and the official records of the discussions from Cotroceni Palace is.”

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