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Prometheus Awards announced


Writer Ileana Malancioiu – Opera Omnia – and the musicians Remus Azoitei and Eduard Stan – Opera Prima – are the winners of the Great Prometheus Awards, which are at the 8th edition, being granted on Wednesday evening at Prometheus Club.


The president of the jury who established the list of finalists is Andrei Plesu, while the members are: Livius Ciocarlie – specialist in literature; Dumitru Avakian – specialist in music; Aurelia Mocanu – specialist in visual arts; Alexandru Dabija – specialist in interpretative arts.


The Great Prometheus Awards are granted annually by Fundatia Anonimul, starting in 2002.


Conflict from “Enescu” Philharmonic defers season’s start


The opening of the season at “George Enescu” Philharmonic from Bucharest was postponed after the concerts due yesterday and today were cancelled. The rehearsals did not take place, further to the refusal of the orchestra members to play with the concertmaster Anda Petrovici.


The members of the orchestra declared on September 28, on the occasion of the first rehearsal for the new season, that they will never play again with Anda Petrovici, because of her dictatorial behaviour.


On the same day they submitted a memorandum to the Ministry of Culture, Religious Denominations and National Patrimony, to which “George Enescu” Philharmonic is subordinated, in which they requested the dismissal of Anda Petrovici and of the management of the Philharmonic.

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League 1, leg 10 matches this weekend


To be played on Friday:


Unirea Urziceni – FC Vaslui

Alba Iulia – Intn’l Curtea de Arges


To be played on Satuday:


Pandurii Tg. Jiu – Gaz Metan

Rapid – CFR Cluj

FC Timisoara – Ceahlaul PN


To be played on Sunday:


Gloria Bistrita-Otelul Galati

Astra Ploiesti-U Craiova

FC Brasov-Dinamo

Poli Iasi-Steaua


Rugby: Romania to play test game against Fiji


Romania’s national rugby team will play a friendly game against Fiji on November 28 within Bucharest’s ‘Arch of Triumph’ stadium. The Romanian Rugby Federation (FRR) has favourably answered the request of its Fijian counterpart. Alin Petrache, the president of the FRR, has stated that he is honoured by the initiative of having the Romanian national team playing at home against one of the world’s top teams. ‘I am also very thrilled with the fact that the rugby fans will have the chance to see here the team that managed to go beyond the group stage during the previous edition of the World Cup,’ Petrache stated, being quoted by the FRR website. On November 3, in another preparation game, the Romanian rugby team will play an away game against Italy’s second team. The Romanian players want to exact revenge for the loss their registered at the hands of Italy at the IRB Nations Cup 2009.


Steaua, only one game behind closed doors


The Professional Football League’s Disciplinary Commission has decided on Wednesday to change the sanction it had ruled against Steaua Bucharest by limiting it to only one game behind closed doors. The LPF’s official website informs that the Commission accepted FC Steaua’s request to revise decision number 79 issued on October 7. The decision had sanctioned the club to play two games behind closed doors and to pay a RON 40,000 fine after the incidents registered during the Steaua vs. Gloria Bistrita game counting for leg 9 of League I. Steaua also got rid of the RON 40,000 fine.


Valencia faced ruin
without government help



Valencia would have faced ruin or relegation to Spain’s third tier if the regional government had not guaranteed a 74 million-euro ($110 million) loan in August, president Manuel Llorente was quoted as saying on Thursday. The La Liga club, which has debts of more than 500 million euros and made a loss of 70 million last season, used the cash to build a stake of 72.5 percent via a capital increase to try and stabilise their finances. They had to suspend work on a new stadium and Llorente told As newspaper he expected a further loss of between 35 and 40 million euros this term. “Without the intervention of the regional government we would have defaulted on our payments or been relegated to the Segunda B (third tier),” Llorente said. Valencia finished sixth in La Liga last season and qualified for the potentially lucrative Europa League.

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Nati Meir withdraws from the presidential race


Nati Meir, candidate for a mandate of head of state at the elections from November, announced on Thursday, through a press release, that he withdraws from the presidential race. “I took this decision as a sign of protest against what is happening in Romanian politics. I love Romania and I want to do something for this country, but what has happened these days with the Romanian politicians convinced me that everything in Romanian politics is for «a piece of pie» and I hope that observers will come on November 22 to avoid the defrauding of the elections,” Meir said. He stressed that he will not disappear from Romanian politics, he will candidate in the place of the Liberal Bogdan Olteanu, appointed BNR vice governor, who was elected in the constituency from Sector 1 of Bucharest.


Downtown Bucharest closed down on Sunday


Traffic will be stopped on Sunday from 6 AM to 4 PM in downtown Bucharest because of the second edition of the Bucharest City Marathon. Drivers are advised to park their cars outside the following perimeter: Constitutiei Square, Unirii Boulevard, Unirii Square, Libertatii Boulevard, United Nations Boulevard, Independentei Boulevard, Halelor Street, Victoriei Boulevard, Eroilor Bridge, Izvor Street, B.P. Hasdeu Boulevard, 13 Septembrie Street. The decision was green-lighted by the Bucharest City Hall’s Traffic Commission.


This is the second edition of the Bucharest City Marathon, an event organized together with the Bucharest City Hall.


Population on growing trend for second
consecutive month



According to the communiqué issued by the National Statistics Institute, the Romanian population grew in August 2009 on account of a higher number of births. This is the second consecutive month when the population is on the rise after a lengthy period of negative growth. 20,877 children were born in August (11.4 live births per 1,000 people) and 18,797 persons died (10.3 deaths per 1,000 people). In August 2009 the number of births was higher by 1,081 compared to the level registered in the same month last year and the number of deaths was smaller by 249.


In August the population grew by 2,080 people, while in August 2008 the growth stood at 750.

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Five judges run for chief of Supreme Court


Five judges, Lidia Barbulescu, Gabriela Victoria Birsan, Elena Circei, Danut Cornoiu and Ilie Iulian Dragomir, have submitted their candidacies for the office of president of the High Court of Appeals and Justice (ICCJ). The candidacies will be discussed in the session from October 22 of the plenum of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM), reads the CSM press release of Thursday. On September 14, Traian Basescu decided to release from office the former president of ICCJ, Nicolae Popa, as a result of his pensioning. The appointment as ICCJ president is made for a period of 3 years, with the possibility to be reinvested only once.

‘Romania has no
interest to remain West’s eastern border’



Romania does not want to remain the West’s eastern border and is determined to act as a catalyst of regional cooperation and Euro-Atlantic engagement in the region, interim Foreign Minister Catalin Predoiu said yesterday, in the opening of a workshop meant to help develop NATO’s new strategic concept. “Our purpose is to have prosperity, stability and democracy in the Black Sea region, at out borders,” Predoiu added, quoted by Agerpres. In the context, he underlined that NATO’s enlargement to central and eastern European countries has proved to be a highly efficient means to make the region stable, to encourage reforms and strengthen Europe.


The process to renew NATO’s strategic concept offers the opportunity of emphasizing NATO partnerships’ profile and revealing the need for the alliance to have a higher contribution to strengthening security in its vicinity – in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, the Caspian Sea region, Central Asia and the Mediterranean area, Predoiu said. He added that Romania will spare no efforts to support this strategic process. The new concept would include new threats such as terrorism, cybernetic attacks, climate change and energy supply, but also the issue of NATO-Russia ties.

President, Moldovan PM discuss border accord, ties


President Traian Basescu and Republic of Moldova’s Prime Minister Vlad Filat yesterday talked on the phone and discussed several issues regarding bilateral ties, according to a press release from the Chisinau government, quoted by Agerpres. “The issue of the accord on small traffic at the border was also discussed. Filat voiced his opinion that work on the accord should be stepped up and he received assurances from the Romanian president that all necessary measures in this direction would be taken,” the release said. Filat and Basescu also discussed the opening of some additional ballot stations in the Republic of Moldova, for the upcoming presidential elections in Romania. Another topic approached by the two officials was the opening of new consular offices of Romania in Moldova, according to the document. After the July 29 elections which brought a pro-West alliance in power in Moldova, ending many years of communist rule, relations between Chisinau and Bucharest began to improve. Shortly after the election win, Filat said that one of the main priorities of the Alliance for European Integration is to sign the base political treaty with Romania and the small border traffic accord, two documents deemed essential for Moldova’s path towards European accession.

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ACEA: Dacia matriculations in Europe down 15.9 pc in September


The number of matriculations of Dacia cars in Europe came to 14,000 units in September 2009, down 15.9 per cent, from 16,638 in September a year ago, and the carmaker’s market share also fell from 1.3 per cent to 1 per cent, according to statistics published yesterday by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA). ACEA statistics deals with auto markets in 28 European countries – of which 25 EU members (Cyprus and Malta are not included) and three EFTA states – Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. A total of 174,080 Dacia cars were matriculated during January-September of this year, up 25.2 per cent from the year-earlier period, when matriculations totalled 139,025 units. Renault Group January-September overall sales on the 28 markets amounted to 958,043 units, down 6.3 per cent from the 1,022 M units sold during the same interval a year ago.


Petrom purchased of oil, gas and other products worth EUR 80 M in September


Petrom (SNP) purchased in September oil, gas and other products for almost EUR 80 M and sold fuels and other products of over EUR 58 M, transactions made with several firms from OMV group, to which the company also belongs, Mediafax informs. The products were purchased subject to 39 contracts. The biggest amount, of USD 41.9 M (EUR 28.8 M) was paid for the acquisition of oil from OMV Supply & Trading AG, according to a Petrom report remitted on Thursday to Bucharest Stock Exchange.


The company also purchased diesel for USD 52.4 M (EUR 36 M), also from OMV Supply & Trading, through three contracts, two of them to be paid in installments.


Oil rises towards $76 on U.S. inventories, dollar


Oil rose for a sixth straight session toward $76 a barrel on Thursday, touching its highest price in a year after U.S. industry data showed a modest fall in crude stockpiles. Further support for crude came as the Dow Jones industrial average rose above 10,000 points for the first time in a year on Wednesday, while the dollar slumped to a fresh 14-month low against a basket of currencies. Traders will look to weekly jobless claims and U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) inventory data later in the trading session for confirmation that fuel demand in the world’s largest economy is rising.

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