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Silver medal in fencing


Rares Dumitrescu has won the Silver medal in the singles saber event within the World Fencing Championship in Antalya after he lost the final to Germany’s Nicolas Limbach, score 11-15. A member of Dinamo Brasov club, the former European champion had a perfect evolution up to the final, defeating Senegal’s Mamoudou Keita (15-5), Canada’s Joseph Polossifakis (15-3), Spain’s Jaime Marti (15-9), Italy’s Aldo Montano (15-14) and Hungary’s Tamas Decsi (15-10). His win in the semifinal also revenged the defeat suffered by his colleague Florin Zalomir in the quarterfinals at the hands of the Hungarian fencer. Unfortunately in the women’s saber event Ana Maria Branza, the Olympic runner-up, abandoned her last-16 game against Canada’s Sherraine Schalm after complaining of significant pain caused by an acute tendinitis at her left hand. At that moment the score was 10-9 for the Canadian fencer.


League I: Timisoara undefeated


FC Timisoara categorically defeated International Curtea de Arges in the last game of leg 9, score 3-0. Dorin Goga opened the score in the 50th minute, defeating goalkeeper Marius Popa after receiving a pass from Arman Karamian. Gigel Bucur scored in the 69th minute at the end of an opportunity created by the Karamian brothers. In the 77th minute Arman Karamian sealed the game with a 15-meter shot. With this success Timisoara is just one point behind League leaders Rapid Bucharest. Timisoara is the only undefeated team in League I.


Bulgaria match scrapped after team left with 6 men


A Bulgarian third division match was abandoned after only four minutes when injuries left an already depleted team with only six players on the pitch, local media reported. Home side Gigant Belene began their highly-anticipated clash with Chavdar Byala Slatina on Sunday with only eight players, saying they were unable to field a full line-up due to numerous injuries and suspensions. Gigant, second in the standings before the match, were quickly reduced to six after two players sustained injuries, leaving referee Stoyan Denev no choice but to abandon the game. Teams have to field at least seven players according to the rules of the game. Visiting Chavdar were awarded a 3-0 victory for the shortest soccer match played in the Balkan country, according to local statisticians.


Injured Massa returns to Maranello


Felipe Massa returned to Ferrari’s headquarters at Maranello on Monday for the first time since fracturing his skull at the Hungarian Grand Prix in July. The Brazilian, in line to race again at the start of next season if not sooner, will work on a simulator and improve his fitness in the coming days with a decision not yet taken on when he will test a 2007 car as part of his comeback. “I’m finally back home,” Massa told www.ferrari.com. “This is my second family and I couldn’t wait to see them again, all the people I’ve been working with for many years and who have been close to me these days. There’s lots to do, but I’m happy.”


Marquez keen to extend Barcelona contract


Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez is keen to agree a contract extension that would keep him at the European champions after his current deal ends next year. “I’m more than willing to resolve the situation. I would like to finish my career with Barcelona,” the 30-year-old Mexico defender was quoted as saying by the club’s website (www.fcbarcelona.com). Barca president Joan Laporta added: “We don’t want to let him get away.” Marquez joined Barca from AS Monaco in 2003.

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Governor Isarescu: Annual inflation rate was much under 5 pc in September


The annual inflation rate in September was much under 5 pc, with the latest Central Bank forecast giving a level around 4 pc for the end of the year, BNR Governor Mugur Isarescu announced yesterday, quoted by Mediafax. “We expect the trend to continue in the coming months,” Isarescu told a meeting of the Parliament’s Budget and Finance Commissions, called for interviewing the candidates for the BNR Administration Board.


Prosecutor general met FBI directors


Prosecutor general Codruta Kovesi met on Tuesday, in Bucharest, with the director of the Bureau on international relations, Sean Joyce, and the director of the Division on IT criminality, Shawn Henry, from FBI. The Bureau on public information and media relations from the Public Ministry announced that the meeting referred to the approach to the activity on combating offences connected with terrorism, organized crime and IT criminality in Romania and in the United States of America, and the possibility to improve the cooperation between the judicial authorities, taking into account the specific legislative frameworks from the two states.

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Oprea and Iordanescu are supporting Basescu


Former PSD – now independent – legislators Gabriel Oprea and Anghel Iordanescu told Mediafax on Wednesday that they support Traian Basescu in the race for the presidential elections.


The former PSD minister of Administration and the Interior, Gabriel Oprea, and the former PSD vice-president for Ilfov County, Anghel Iordanescu, who are both independent MPs now, wrote in a statement sent to Mediafax that forming a team motivated by public responsibility, apt to generate efficient development projects and to decrease the lack of confidence in public authorities is a necessary project for the future president of Romania. “We consider the candidacy of President Traian Basescu as being guided only by national interest, with no specific group of interest being involved. This is why supporting the acting president’s candidacy by the civil society, the independents, as well as some parties represents a gesture of participation to a necessary national solidarity, at a time marked by economic crisis,” Oprea and Iordanescu declared.


DGA and Border Police have new chiefs


The ad-interim minister of Administration and the Interior, Vasile Blaga on Monday signed orders for appointing new people in top position of structures within MAI. According to a press release sent to AGERPRES, Brigade General Rugina Gheorghe Nicolaie was appointed as first deputy general inspector and Chief of Staff of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Gendarmerie. Commissary Liviu Popa was appointed as general director of the National Anticorruption Department, replacing chief commissary Georgescu Ionel, who was released from position. Questor Buda Ion will replace main quaestor Nelu Pop as general inspector of the Romanian Border Police. In his turn, main quaestor Nelu Pop will replace chef commissary Condoiu Vasile as general director of the Romanian Immigrations Office.


Romania – the highest child mortality in EU


Romania had last year the highest child mortality compared to the European Union countries: 11 per thousand among babies below one year of age, against 4.6 per thousand – the EU average (2.5 per thousand in Sweden and 3.7 per cent in Italy). Half of the deaths of the Romanian babies are registered in the first month of life.


The main causes: the disadvantaged communities are unaware of the prevention and treatment methods, the parents do not identify the signs of the diseases or live too far from hospitals. At world level, 9 million children die every year before turning five. Almost 4 million of these children die in the first seven days of life, and among them, 2 million in the first day of life. The figures appear in the report “The next revolution,” launched on Monday by the International Alliance Save the Children, concurrently with the global campaign “Every One” for the reduction of mortality.

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Romania sued to ECJ for treaty breach


The European Commission sued Romania to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over breaching the provisions in the accession treaty on management of protected natural areas. The court action has already started, interim Environment Minister Elena Udrea told a press conference Tuesday, the first since her appointment, adding that on the issue of protected areas, Romania and the European Commission ‘are beyond correspondence stage’, as a trial is going on. Romania has been sued in the ECJ for failing to provide an accurate account of protected areas,’ Udrea said, stating that the issue at stake will get resolved once the draft law on reorganizing certain public administration institutions ‘will go through the Constitutional Court’, when a Directorate will be set up at the ministry to handle this issue. Udrea confirmed that the National Agency for Protected Areas (ANAP), established more than two years ago, to be disbanded under the reorganization law, ‘has never functioned actually.’


Basescu – OSCE secretary general meeting


President Traian Basescu received on Tuesday, at Cotroceni Palace the secretary general of OSCE, Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, who pays a two day visit to Romania. At the beginning of the meeting, the President expressed his intention to exchange a few points of view with the secretary general of OSCE over the situation in the region. “I would like us to exchange a few points of view in connection with our region, about R. of Moldova and Transdniester,” President Basescu said.


The secretary general of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe is paying a visit to Romania, on October 5 and 6, at the invitation of the interim foreign minister, Catalin Predoiu. Marc Perrin de Brichambaut participated in the OSCE seminar on the “Impact of the climate changes on the European security” and delivered a conference with the theme “Security Challenges in Wider Europe,” at the International Law and International Relations Association.


Kelemen Hunor: Senate, turned into Regions’ Chamber


UDMR candidate to Presidency, Kelemen Hunor, proposed on Tuesday to turn the Senate into the Regions’ Chamber, in order to have “a balanced representation of the Romanian diversity.” In the opinion of the executive president of the Union, “bicameralism, as it is now, is obsolete because the competences of the two Chambers are almost identical.” “If there is a proposal of President Basescu regarding the referendum, and the shifting to unicameral parliament, I have a counter-proposal, because Romania, with the very powerful historical regions, with very powerful regional identities, with this diversity, must be represented both in the Chamber of Deputies and in Senate,” said the UDMR leader.


Kelemen Hunor estimated that the Senate should have new competences, connected with the regional development, foreign policy, national security, defence and energy security, while the remaining attributions, those connected with enactment, should be the competence of the Chamber of Deputies.

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PNL proposes Bogdan Olteanu as BNR vice-governor


The National Liberal Party proposed Bogdan Olteanu for the post of vice-governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR), Liberal Deputy Eugen Nicolaescu told Mediafax yesterday. Daniel Daianu had been PNL’s original choice for the post. The candidates for the Board of Administrators at the BNR were heard Tuesday by the two specialized parliamentary commissions. Napoleon Pop, Silviu Cernea and Daniel Daianu run as independents for a seat on the Board of Administrators of BNR. Pop and Cernea are board members already. Liberals however say they will vote for Napoleon Pop, alongside Olteanu. Given the coalition breakup, it is little probable for the protocol to stand anymore, with the Social-Democrat Party (PSD) likely to back the PNL candidates.


Switzerland grants ‘Medieval jewel of Romania’ award to Sighisoara


The Scientific Committee that grants the Swiss Tourism Awards formally notified the Sighisoara Municipality that the town received the ‘Medieval jewel of Romania’ award in the ‘Destinations worth discovering’ category, Realitatea.net reports. Sighisoara will get its prestigious prize during the International Swiss Holiday Fair, to be staged on October 29 – November 1 in Lugano. “The fascinating and flourishing past, the medieval uniqueness and the romantic scent, the suggestive location on the Tarnava Mare Valley (…)are just a few reasons that made us grant this prestigious award to Sighisoara,” writes the motivation of the Scientific Committee for the Swiss Tourism Awards.

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CNRP, ASSI and SNR managements changed


The Ministry of Communications has dismissed the management of the Romanian Post (CNPR), of the National Radio-Communications Company (SNR) and of the Agency for Information Society Services (ASSI), the ministry announced yesterday. The measure seems to follow PSD’s defecting Government. Gabriel Grecu has been replaced as SNR Director by Commercial Director Marius Popentiu, who became President of the Board of Directors. ASSI Vice-President Toma Campeanu has become the President of the agency, replacing Bogdan Mihailescu. According to the ministry, Marius Vatafu has renounced his position as President and General Manager of the Romanian Post and had been replaced by the Post Economic Director Tudor Bohalteanu.


Tax Authority collects less in fines this year than in 2008


The Financial Guard has cashed less in fines in the first eight months this year than in the first eight months of 2008, with the total value of fines being also smaller than in the period of reference in 2008, according to the institution’s statistics. The same document shows that, from January 1 through August 31, 2009, the Financial Guard commissars applied fines in the value of RON 163,946,000, of which only RON 93,129,000 was actually cashed. By comparison, in the same period in 2008, the total fines applied were RON 180,124,000 of which RON 111,367,000 was actually cashed, despite the fact that the number of inspections – 125,884 – was nigger than in the first eight months of 2008 – 120,255.


Early loan repayment penalty, unjustified


The President of the Competition Council (CC), Bogdan Chiritoiu, yesterday stated that, by 2010, Romania should enforce the European directive under which the early loan repayment penalty is limited to one per cent of the balance in the case of consumer loans that are not secured on property. The early loan repayment penalty may be as high as 3 per cent of the entire loan. Last year, the local competition authority opened 14 infringement investigations and two for market knowledge, completed eight investigations started in 2004-2008, with the total value of fines given and authorisation fees being EUR 34.2 M, according to the institution’s annual report.


TUI to return to Romania next year


The Ministry of Tourism and the TUI group signed a partnership agreement last week, further to which the German operator will return to the Romanian market next year, Tourism Minister Elena Udrea stated yesterday, according to Mediafax. This autumn, the ministry and TUI will publish a catalogue that will include Romania. The Ministry of Tourism has also conducted negotiations with German Air Berlin operator the opening of a charter flight next spring to fly German tourists to and from the Constanta Kogalniceanu Airport. In 2006, TUI gave up on bringing tourists to Romania and removed the local destinations from its catalogues, unhappy with the accommodation conditions, high hotel rates, noise and uncleanness.

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