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Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna divorce


Opera’s iconic couple, Roberto Alagna – Angela Gheorghiu, will split after 13 years since the marriage officiated on the Metropolitan stage, by then New York mayor Rudy Giuliani. Agerpres reports. In an exclusive interview with French daily Le Figaro, Roberto Alagna announced he separated from diva Angela Gheorghiu and spoke for the first time about his wealth. “We are no longer doing things together for a long time. Each of us is focusing on his own career. I thought it would be difficult, but now I feel calm and free… At last I see the beauty of the moment… Angela doesn’t want to hear about divorce. The important thing is for her to be happy and have the power to get on stage.” Just one day after the tenor’s interview, the soprano denied her husband’s statement and announced on her website that she started the procedures in view of an official separation, Cotidianul newspaper announces.


Boyzone: Stephen Gately died last Saturday


Stephen Gately, 33 years, the Irish from Boyzone died Saturday in Mallorca, the band informed yesterday. “We are truly sorry to confirm that Stephen tragically died yesterday whilst on holiday, with his partner Andrew, in Majorca. We are unable to give any other details at this time”. Ronan, Keith, Mikey & Shane are devastated by the news and send their deepest sympathies to Stephen’s family and his many friends all over the world”, reads a communiqué posted on the band’s website. Stephen Patrick David Gately (17 March 1976 – 10 October 2009) was an Irish pop singer, writer and actor, who, with Ronan Keating, was one of two lead singers in the boy band. All of the band’s studio albums hit number one in the UK, their third and last being their most successful internationally.


Paul Di’Anoo to play in Bucharest and Cluj


Paul Di’Anoo, the first singer of Iron Maiden in 1978-1981, will give two concerts in Romania, on November 19 in Bucharest, and on November 20 in Cluj-Napoca, according to Agerpres. The concerts are part of the world tour which includes almost 30 countries, among which Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, Germany, Spain, Norway, Romania, Ireland. Paul Di’Anoo will sing Iron Maiden songs, such as “Running free,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Transylvania,” “Iron Maiden,” “Killers,” and newer songs of the other bands he played with. The two concerts will be opened by the Norwegians from Thunderbolt, a band which featured also King Diamond concert in Bucharest. According to organizers, only 300 tickets are available for the concert from Cluj.

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HCM Baia Mare in round 3 of EHF Cup


Romanian women’s handball club HCM Baia Mare has managed to qualify for round 3 of the EHF Cup after defeating Greece’s GAS Artas on Saturday, score 37-36 (20-16 at half time). The game counted for the return leg of the round 2 fixture. Otelul Galati, the other Romanian club present in the competition, lost its return leg against Serbia’s RK Kikinda, score 32-27, and failed to qualify for round 3. HCM Baia Mare won the first leg too, score 37-23 (16-13).


Fatih Terim resigns from Turkey’s national team


Fatih Terim, the head coach of Turkey’s national team, has announced his intention to resign after his team lost to Belgium, score 0-2. The defeat has taken Turkey out of the race for a place in the World Cup 2010 tournament, AFP informs. ‘The game against Armenia will be my fare-well game,’ the head coach said. Turkey will play against Armenia on Wednesday in Bursa, in the last game of the World Cup qualifiers. Terim won the UEFA Cup with Galatasaray in 2000. Before taking over Turkey’s national football team in 2005 he coached Fiorentina and AC Milan.

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Trade unions ask Basescu to release copy of Revolution’s files


Several civic and trade organizations are asking Romania’s President and Prime Minister to demand the relevant bodies to release the copy of the files of the December 1989 Revolution so that accusers Teodor Maries and the ’21 December Association’ will build their defense within the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Agerpres informs.


The European High Court in Strasbourg ruled in favor of Teodor Maries, the latter being in his 68th day of hunger strike through which he demands the observance of the ECHR decision (the release of a full copy of the Revolution files to the accusers – editor’s note), a decision that was taken in 2008.


Policeman arrested for drug trafficking


The magistrates of the Bucharest Tribunal have decided on Friday to arrest George Sebastian Voicu, an officer within Bucharest’s Precinct 17 charged with growing cannabis in his home.


According to Agerpres, as part of the same dossier the magistrates decided to arrest two more persons – Emil Constantin Popescu (American citizen residing in Romania) and Alexandru Andrei Vlad – for the same charges.


According to the DIICOT prosecutors, George Sebastian Voicu, Emil Constantin Popescu and Alexandru Andrei Vlad grew cannabis in the police officer’s house from June to October this year, with the intention of selling it. The police officer was also the brains behind the whole operation.


George Sebastian Voicu is a police officer and under-inspector within the Crime Investigation Office of Precinct 17. He was also studying for a master’s degree in preventing and fighting drug trafficking.


Arrest warrants for 30 people accused of illegal alcohol production


Bucharest Tribunal magistrates issued on Friday night arrest warrants for 30 of the 35 people accused by DIICOT prosecutors of illegally producing and selling alcoholic drinks.


Prosecutors challenged in court the decision to leave the remaining 5 at large.


Thursday and Friday, DIICOT prosecutors, police officers and gendarmes launched the BACHUS operation, which aimed at dismantling a strong network dealing with the production and sale of large quantities of counterfeit alcohol.


During the operation, searches were conducted at the homes of 114 suspects, at illegal alcohol production lines and at clandestine printing shops where counterfeit labels were made, along with fiscal bands and liquor stamps. On these locations, investigators found and seized tens of tons of bootlegged alcohol and liquors.

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Heads of municipal sports clubs sacked on political grounds


After 42 years of sports activity and a competition won in April, Amza Tinca, the president of the Braila Municipal Sports Club (CSM), was sacked and replaced with the person proposed by PDL, Catalin Tolontan, the chief editor of ‘Gazeta Sporturilor,’ writes on his personal blog, being quoted by ‘Jurnalul National’ daily.


Amza Tinca led CSM Braila for 12 years. Romania’s sole winners of Olympic Gold in the swimming competitions – Diana Mocanu and Camelia Potec – started their careers at CSM Braila. Anisoara Cusmir also trained there, ‘under my direction and in a small part through my efforts’ Amza Tinca says. ‘Tuesday I received a note informing me of my sacking,’ she recounts. According to ‘Obiectiv Vocea Brailei’ daily, Gabriela Staicu is the person proposed by PDL as Amza Tinca’s replacement. According to the aforementioned source, the answer that came from the Ministry of Youth and Sports is the following: ‘According to the legislation in force, starting on April 1, 2008, Mrs. Amza Tinca fulfilled all the necessary requirements for retirement.’


Big Brother law ruled unconstitutional


The Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR) has ruled on Thursday that the provisions of law number 298/2008 on the storage of telephone data are unconstitutional.


According to Agerpres, the Court judges thus admitted the exception raised by the Commissariat for Civil Society in a trial against a mobile phone company.


The ruling refers to the provisions on the storage of data generated or processed by the providers of electronic communications services or by the public communications networks, as well as to the modification brought to law number 506/2004 on the processing of personal data and the protection of private life in the electronic communications sector.


US Embassy closed for Columbus Day


The US Embassy in Bucharest and the American Cultural Center will be closed today in order to celebrate Columbus Day, Agerpres informs. The institutions will resume their activity on October 13. Columbus Day is a national holiday in the US since 1934 when the Americans started to celebrate the day on which Christopher Columbus discovered America in October 1492.

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Udrea: Hotel owners will have the option to submit project applications for EU funding through Casa Verde


Hotel owners on the seaside shall have the option to submit project applications, in ten days, to receive funds for alternative heat energy sources through the program “Casa Verde”, with the aim of extending the tourist season, as Tourism Minister, Elena Udrea, said this Saturday in Neptun, according to Mediafax.


Udrea, who secures interim for Environment Ministry as well, informed this Tuesday that she was planning to extend by one more year the program “Casa Verde” in order to enable co-financing of private projects, the key beneficiaries being owners of hotels on the seaside. She explained that she has had several talks with hotel owners at the seaside who told her that they could not afford being open in months such as April, May, September or October, since the rooms have to be warmed. In this respect, the interim Environment Minister estimates that the whole budget of the program Casa Verde, amounting to RON 13 M, could be used even if not until end of 2009.


PCC accuse Ministry of Economy


The German company PCC, minor investor in Oltchim Ramnicu – Valcea (OLT), claims that the Ministry of Economy, major shareholder in the plant, has abusively withdrawn its right to be represented within the plant administration board, Mediafax informs. Oltchim shareholders approved last Friday the starting of the liability action against Waldemar Preussner and Wojciech Zaremba, former and respectively current administrator, on behalf of PCC, for actions against the company interests.


The decision was adopted “on the bases of not documents charges” to which PCC provided “itemized and legally documents answers”, as the German company claims in a press release. Constantin Roibu was mandated to pursue, on behalf and on the account of Oltchim, the actions required in court against Preussner and Zaremba. Alina – Eugenia Tirlea was appointed administrator replacing Zaremba.


On the other side, company Prochem Invest, former Oltchim MBO, established in 2008 by Oltchim (OLT) employees to participate in the privatization of the chemical fertilizer producer, was dissolved, the shareholders maintaining that the authorities have abandoned the intention to privatize the plant.


Constantin Toma leaves Omniasig


Constantin Toma, one of the most powerful persons from the insurance industry, general manager of Omniasig for 14 years, could give up this position soon, sources from the insurance market say. The information was confirmed by Vienna Insurance Group, Ziarul Financiar informs.


“Vienna Insurance Group is involved in negotiations with Mr. Toma to finalize his mandate at the end of this year,” said Alexander Jedlicka, in charge with PR, Vienna Insurance Group. Toma was elected on Thursday president of the group of firms that will manage the compulsory dwelling insurance, even if Omniasig, controlled by Vienna insurance Group, is not a member of it. The quoted sources say that this is how one of the most durable directors of a major insurance company from Romania, who practically contributed to the creation of a market of EUR 2 bln, will withdraw from the position of CEO of Omniasig.


The insurance market is EUR 1.26 bln. worth after seven months


The insurance market has reached RON 5.3 bln. after the first seven months of this year, according to the most recent data of the Commission responsible for Insurance Monitoring (CSA), following that in July, the insurers underwrote premia amounting to RON 759.2 M, by 8 per cent over the level reported in the previous month, according to the daily newspaper Ziarul Financiar. CSA started this year to ask the insurers for monthly reports regarding the gross underwritten premia, these reports being quarterly until 2008. the indemnities paid by insurers in July amounted to RON 468 M, by 9 per cent over June. Over the first seven months, the total indemnities amounted to over RON 3.4 bln.


“The market had a good evolution considering that it was growing as against the same time period of last year, even if it is not a two digit growth. Based on the talks we had wit the insurers, it seems that September was a better month than the others”, according to Angela Toncescu, CSA Chair.

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Romania, Georgia and Azerbaijan could sign cooperation agreement in natural gas


Romania, Georgia and Azerbaijan could sign, in the next few weeks, a cooperation agreement in the field of natural gas, one of the targets being Nabucco gas pipe line, as Tudor Serban, State Secretary in Economy Ministry, said on Friday, cited by Mediafax. “In one week or two we shall sign a tripartite agreement with Georgia and Azerbaijan addressing Nabucco, White Stream and other projects in the field of gas. For the time being, the talks are only about Nabucco”, Serban said. A delegation consisting of representatives of several energy producers from Romania and Economy ministry made visits this week in Georgia and in Bulgaria with the aim of establishing agreements of cooperation in energy.


According to Serban, Romania and Georgia consider cooperation in the field of oil transit in the Black Sea and the shipment of liquefied oil gas (GNL) from Georgia to Constanta Port. Romania plans to build a GNL terminal in Constanta Port.


Hidroelectrica general manager could be replaced by ex Transelectrica head


Hidroelectrica general manager, Mihai David, could be replaced from the management of the company by Economy Ministry, from among the names considered to become the head of the electric energy producer being also Stelian Gal, former manager of the electricity transporter Transelectrica, Mediafax informs.


“Stelian Gal is one of the persons proposed to replace David. Another person could be a manager within Hidroelectrica. In any case, the change of David has to take place following the summoning of an Administration Board”, according to sources from Ministry of Economy.


Mihai David Ciprian, former Cabinet Director at Victoria Palace during the time when Mugur Isarescu was PM and former State Secretary in Nastase Government, was appointed general manager of Hidroelectrica in July, replacing Traian Oprea. Stelian Gal is a former general manager of Transelectrica, who was replaced in January 2009.


Anti-cancer laser to be built in Romania


Romania shall be the host country and the key partner for the construction of the strongest laser worldwide, within the European project “Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI)”.


Romania shall build a complex installation of lasers and particle accelerators, such as Tandem Accelerator is, at Magurele, near Bucharest. ELI project targets laser fascicles having intensities one thousand times over the values available currently. It can provide within very short time (Atto seconds, namely a small part of a second) an equivalent power 10,000 over the power produced by all the facilities of the producing planet. “Thus, it becomes possible to explore areas so far inaccessible, such as the laser interaction with material at energies where the laws of relativist physics may not be sufficient, investigations of dynamics of electrons within atoms, molecules, plasmas and solid bodies”, according to Marius Enachescu. Vice Chair of the National Authority for Scientific Research (ANCS).


The production of such a laser was, as ANCS Vice Chair maintains, “the second revolution in medicine, having laser as a landmark, after the use of surgery instruments” and the power of the lasers results shall be measures in pet watts or even in hex watts.

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