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Romania to reward its award-winning gymnasts


Youth and Sport Minister Sorina Placinta announced the ministry will give financial rewards to Romanian gymnasts who received awards at the World Championships in London. The minister did not unveil what sums the gymnasts will receive, only saying that it will rather be “a recognition effort.” “No sum would be enough for their work and results. The sum does not matter, this is rather an effort in recognition of their work and results,” Minister Placinta declared on Sunday.


Romania U17 –
in the EC Elite Tour



Romania’s Under 17 team qualified Sunday for the elite tour of the qualifiers for the 2010 European Football Championship. The team, coached by Florin Cheran, defeated 4-0 in Buftea the U-17 team of Faroe Islands, with goals scored by Gavra (19), Vatajelu (43), Petrea (77) and Baluta (80+1). In the first two rounds of qualifier Group 2, the Romanians gathered six points and secured one of the first two places that allow them to qualify.


Erick Iactor and Daniela Carlan win the Bucharest Marathon


Kenyan runner Erick Iator on Sunday won the second edition of the Bucharest Marathon, with 2 hours 20 minutes 35 seconds for the traditional distance of 42.195 kms of the race. Kenyan athletes dominated this race, as they held the first five places in the final classification. After the end of the Raiffeisen Bank Bucharest City Marathon, the winner declared: “It was rather cold for African athletes in Bucharest, and if temperature was more adequate for running, my result would have been better. I will also participate in the third edition of the Bucharest Marathon, in 2010. I want to defend the title I won this year.” John Kioko ranked second, with 2 h 21 min 04 sec, followed by James Mbei, with 2 h, 21 min, 29 sec. The winner of the women’s race is Romanian runner Daniela Carlan (Steaua Club Bucharest), with 2 h 44 min 47 sec. The winners received awards of EUR 3,000 each. A number of 60 prizes were given, worth a total EUR 40,000.


CFR Cluj buys striker Cristian Bud


Football club CFR Cluj purchased the striker of Gaz Metan Medias, Cristian Bud, starting with January 2010, the Cluj-based team announced on its web site. “Achieving this transfer will reinforce the attack compartment of our team starting with the return of this championship. We wish him welcome in the CFR Cluj family and good luck in meeting the goals of the club and, of course, in winning the championship,” said club president Iuliu Muresan. Cristian Bud, aged 24, signed a five-season contract with CFR Cluj. In the past, Bud played for FC Baia Mare, Liberty Salonta and Gaz Metan Medias.

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Bucharest and Babes-Bolyai universities in Top Times Higher Education


The University of Bucharest and Cluj’s Babes-Bolyai University were included in the 2009 edition of the Times Higher Education- QS World University Rankings, but are not among the top 500. A press release from the Bucharest University says the educational institution was placed between 500 and 600 positions in the international rankings, after three years where it was situated between 400 and 600 positions. The Cluj University of Babes-Bolyai is placed on a position after 600. Also, Times Higher Education places Bucharest University on position 288 in the discipline rankings, for science projects.


375 Romanians
diagnosed with AH1N1



Over the week October 12- 18, 24 new cases of AH1N1 were diagnosed in Romania, the Health Ministry informs. Of the 24 new cases, 15 were diagnosed in Iasi County, in the student camp Gaudeamus for International Exchange. In Bucharest, four people were affected, two returning from Great Britain and two from Spain. Two other people in Cluj returning from USA, Greece respectively, were diagnosed with the virus. According to the Health Ministry release, all the cases are light clinical forms and were treated with antiviral medicine.

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Romanian media market worth around EUR 350 M in 2009


The Romanian media market will be worth approximately EUR 350 M by the end of this year, according to Media Fact Book 2009 prepared by specialists from the Initiative media agency. Initiative anticipates that, compared to 2008, advertising budgets attracted by televisions will fall by 33 per cent, by the print media by over 50 per cent and by radio broadcasters by 30 per cent this year. Outdoor advertising budgets will also lose 35 to 40 per cent compared with 2008. In their survey last year, the Initiative expected the Romanian mass-media market to be worth approximately EUR 590 M by the end of 2008, 22 per cent more than in 2007 when the value of the market was EUR 486 M and 32 per cent more than in 2006.


Vlasceanu: EC may caution Romania
over failure to send green certificates evaluation



The European Commission can caution Romania any time for failure to convey information connected with Law 220/2008 requested for over a year, said yesterday Silvia Vlasceanu, adviser on energy problems at the Commission on economy and industry from the Chamber of Deputies, Agerpres informs. According to the official, the European authority awaits since October 2008 the evaluation of Law 220/2008 by the National Regulatory Authority in Energy (ANRE) and to explain to EC if the granting of green certificates represents a state aid or not. She added that in 2009, the Competition Council has repeatedly requested ANRE and the Ministry of Economy to forward the information requested by EC. According to the Ministry of Economy, through the methodological norms referring to the enforcement of Law 220/2008, namely HG for the establishment of the system of promotion of the production of electricity from renewable sources, it is stipulated that, at investment level, there is the possibility to finance the projects for the production of alternative energy from structural funds.


Romanians accept anything to be employed


The companies have reduced the number of employees and the bonuses because of the economic crisis, while the employees have renounced their demands and accept anything in order to be hired, according to the results of an opinion poll performed by Mednet Marketing Research Center, according to Mediafax. The opinion poll, carried out with the participation of human resources managers and employers, shows that the unfavourable economic situation from the last year had an impact also on the labour market, many companies being obliged to promote a human resources policy based on the reduction of costs. “This policy was implemented either through the reduction of the number of employees, or by reducing the bonuses, or cutting the salaries,” the authors say.

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