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Director Ion Cojar passed away

Theater director, actor and professor Ion Cojar died yesterday morning, in a Bucharest hospital, where he underwent, for the last three months, treatment for a fall in which he had dislodged his hip, sources close to the director announced, quoted by Mediafax. “We were expecting this, he was ill and had great pains,” explained actor Florin Zamfirescu, a colleague of Cojar and teacher himself at the ‘I.L. Caragiale National University of Theatrical Art and Film (UNATC). Zamfirescu said he paid Cojar a visit at the hospital and found him totally changed. “I had to put my ear at his mouth, to hear what he was saying,” he recollected. “He collapsed after his wife Raluca died a year ago. He was in great pain,” Zamfirescu added. According to the actor, Ion Cojar was “a great professor, director and man of theater” and his disappearance represents “a big loss.”

Fans line Dublin streets for Boyzone singer’s funeral

DUBLIN – Some 3,000 people lined the streets on Saturday for the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, who died on the island of Majorca a week ago. The four remaining members of the Irish boy band sang and spoke at the service which fans listened to through speakers around St Laurence O’Toole Church where locals had swept pavements and painted fences in preparation on Friday. Gately’s Boyzone bandmates, who spent the night in the church with his body, helped carry the coffin out of the church. A post mortem revealed on Tuesday that 33-year-old Gately died of natural causes due to fluid on the lungs at his home on the Spanish island last weekend.

Polanski undergoing medical treatment

GENEVA – Film director Roman Polanski, arrested in Switzerland three weeks ago to face extradition in a U.S. sex case, has been moved from jail for medical treatment, his French lawyer said on Saturday. “All I know is that he has been taken from prison for medical attention. I don’t know where he is or when he will be returned to prison,” French lawyer Herve Temime told Reuters. He said he did not have any other details. Temime said last week after visiting Polanski in a Zurich jail that he was depressed and tired and expressed concern about his medical condition.

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League 1 – CFR Cluj defeats Rapid in derby

CFR Cluj defeated Rapid Bucharest on Saturday in the leg’s derby by 4-1 (2-1) in an away game. CFR is now placed second while Rapid is third in the standings. FC Timisoara has taken the lead after defeating Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt. Here are the results of the matches played over the weekend:

Unirea Alba Iulia – Intn’l Curtea de Arges 1-2

Unirea Urziceni – FC Vaslui 1-2

Pandurii – Gaz Medias 0-0

Rapid – CFR Cluj 1-4

FC Timisoara – Ceahlaul 6-0

Gloria – Otelul Galati 2-1

Astra Ploiesti – U. Craiova 3-1

Ghana won Under-20 Football World Championship

Ghana national team won the final of the under-20 football world championship, after it defeated on Friday, in Cairo, the national team of Brazil, at the penalty shootout, score 4-3 (0-0). Ghana played with a missing player, Addo, who was excluded in minute 37. At the end of the extra time, the score was 0-0, and further to penalties, Ghana players manage to impose themselves by 4-3. It is for the first time that an African team wins this trophy. Ghana has already played two finals of the Under-20 World Championship in 1993, when it lost to Brazil, and in 2001, when it was defeated by Argentina.

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Romanian President to meet
P.R. of China vice-president

Romanian President Traian Basescu will receive today the official visit of the vice-president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, the Presidency writes in a press release. Xi is paying a state visit to Romania against the background of the two countries celebrating, in 2009, sixty years since the Romanian-Chinese diplomatic relations were established. According to the source, the visit marks a new stage in the widening of bilateral relations.

Cornel Constantiniu undergoes surgery in Vienna

Romanian singer Cornel Constantiniu was submitted to surgery on Saturday in Vienna, to change the brain stimulator he was implanted five years ago, as a treatment against the Parkinson disease, Mediafax quotes the artists’ son, Mihai Constantiniu as saying. The operation to which the famous artist was subject is a standard procedure for replacing his Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) system – the best treatment existing now for the Parkinson disease. Cornel Constantiniu was implanted the device five years ago, also in Vienna, his son added. “It is the maximum medicine can do now, but you don’t have it on life, it must be replaced sometimes,” Mihai Constantiniu said.

Romanian Academy launches
Surgery Treatise

The full series of the National Surgery Treatise, in ten volumes, published under the care of Prof. Irinel Popescu at Editura Academiei, was launched on Friday at the Library of the Romanian Academy, according to Agerpres. Popescu declared that the elaboration of a treatise was always considered a duty of honour for the representatives of the surgery school from Romania. “This type of treatise represents a difficult task, which was assumed starting from the second half of the past century by the Romanian surgeons,” Popescu explained.

Deputies of DGIPI replaced

Vasile Blaga, interim minister of internal affairs, signed on Friday the orders through which the deputies of the general manager of the General Division on IT and Internal Protection (DGIPI), chief commissioner Paun Iordache and chief commissioner Trosca Florin, are released from offices, informs a press release of the Ministry of Administration and Internal Affairs. According to the press release, Blaga signed also the orders through which the police quaestor Bujor Florescu and commissioner Robert Marin are appointed deputies of DGIPI general manager.

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One dead, three injured in labour accident at Petromidia refinery

One worker died and three were injured on Saturday afternoon, in a work accident at the Petromidia oil refinery, Mediafax reports. According to Rompetrol spokesman Bogdan Urzica, the four workers were making upgrade works at an installation, around 1:00 PM, when they were caught in a gas cloud that accidentally escaped a pipe. Several ambulances were sent from Constanta, but one worker had already died before they arrived. The remaining three were rushed at the Constanta County Hospital, one of them being in critical condition. According to hospital officials, he is now in deep coma at the Emergency Ward, under mechanical ventilation, suffering from a severe intoxication with hydrogen sulfide.

Becali sent to court for kidnapping thieves who stole his car

MEP Gigi Becali was sent to court by the prosecutors from the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Appeals and Justice for sequestration of the persons who have allegedly stolen his car. Together with Becali will go to court also his five bodyguards and police officer Romulus Dumitrescu, who has allegedly participated in the “trial” organized ad-hoc by Steaua boss. Since Gigi Becali is a MEP, his file will go on the table of the judges from the Supreme Court.

President of Revolutionaries Association gives up hunger strike

The president of Association 21 December 1989, Teodor Maries, declared on Friday that he decided to renounce the hunger strike after he received around 1,300 volumes from the Revolution file, awaiting one hundred more, classified by various institutions of the state. He declared that he decided to give up the protest after he received on Friday the information from CNSAS that the institution has already conveyed to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Supreme Court a document through which it shows that the volumes “classified by CNSAS” can be also conveyed, according to Agerpres. Maries had gone on the hunger strike on August 4.

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GDF SUEZ Energy Romania and E.ON Romania,
audited by ANRE

The National Energy Regulation Authority (ANRE) has started to audit GDF SUEZ Energy Romania and E.ON Romania, the two large players on the country’s natural gas market, Money Channel TV informs. According to the data communicated by the Authority, the audit will be completed on October 30. ‘These audits entail the checking of the total quantities supplied in 2008 on the regulated market and on the competitive market, the checking of direct costs per total activity and the ones for the regulated supplying conducted the year before, of the investments concluded/started in 2008, of the revenues obtained from the quantities supplied to the regulated market in 2008 and distinctly for the quantities supplied from January 1, 2009 to May 31, 2009 (in order to quantify the loss in revenues caused by applying different levels of the supply quotas from January 1, 2009 to April 30, 2009), as well as the checking of the costs of acquisition of natural gas in 2008,’ the data communicated by the ANRE shows. From November 2 to November 27 the ANRE will also start to audit Transgaz, the national company that handles the transportation of natural gas.

Training and recreation center of RON 30 M
in Cernavoda

Nuclearelectrica, the second largest electric energy producer in Romania, will build a training and recreation center for young people and children in Cernavoda, a center in which it will invest RON 30 M and that will be ready by 2012, Ionel Bucur, the director of the Cernavoda Nuclear Power Plant, stated. ‘This training and recreation center will be ready sometime in 2012 since its construction lasts 24-30 months,’ Ionel Bucur stated. In her turn, Cristina Bucur, the head of the Environment Control Laboratory, has stated for Realitatea.net that the Cernavoda nuclear power plant will have new environment sampling equipment that will cost EUR 100,000 and will be bought at the end of a tender organized early next year.

Natural gas imports drop by more than 65 pc
in first 8 months

According to the National Statistics Institute, in the first eight months of this year Romania imported a quantity of natural gas of 1.004 million tons oil equivalent (toe), 65.3 per cent smaller than the one imported in the same period last year (1.888 million toe). In the aforementioned period the internal production of natural gas totaled 5.858 million toe, 4.9 per cent smaller (304,200 toe) than the one registered in the same period last year. At the same time, Romania’s net production of coal stood at 3.772 million toe, 15.6 per cent smaller (-694,900 toe) than the one registered in the same period last year.

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