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Gymnastics: Marian Dragulescu and Anamaria Tamarjan at the Swiss Cup


Romanian gymnasts Marian Dragulescu – double world champion in the floor and vault events – and Anamaria Tamarjan will pair at the Swiss Cup contest, on November 1st, in Zurich. Dragulescu also scored victories at the Swiss Cup editions of 2001 and 2003, when he teamed with Silvia Stroescu and Oana Ban, respectively. Romanian gymnasts also were successful in 2002, with the Romanian-Australian pair Monica Rosu/Philippe Rizzo, in 2004, with Catalina Ponor/Marius Urzica, and in 2007 with Steliana Nistor and Flavius Koczi. Last year’s winners were Chinese gymnasts Ning He/Bo Lu.


LPF Discipline Commission suspends coach Sorin Cartu for the next 6 games


The Discipline Commission of Romania’s Professional Football League (LPF) on Monday suspended Sorin Cartu, the coach of Pandurii Tg. Jiu team, for 6 games and fined him RON 6,800 for the gestures he directed at the referee of the match with Unirea Urziceni. Alexandru Pacurar (CS Pandurii Tg. Jiu) was grounded for one game and will have to pay RON 740 as fine, after being dismissed from the field in the same match.


European Chess Championship: Romania defeats Slovenia in women’s contest


Romania’s women chess team defeated Slovenia 3-1 in the first leg of the European Chess Championship of Novi Sad, Serbia, due to the points won by Carmen Voicu and Alina Motoc. Romania now ranks 5th, with 13.5 points. In the men’s contest, Romania ended 2-2 the match with England, as all four games ended in draws. In the top of countries Romania ranks 17th, with 10.5 points. In the 6th leg of the event, the women’s team will meet Spain, while the men’s team will go against Norway. The championship will end on October 31.


Beckham certain to return in January,
say Milan



MILAN – David Beckham will definitely return to AC Milan on loan in January, chief executive Adriano Galliani said on Monday. The Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder, who wants to play in Europe to try to secure his place in England’s World Cup squad, had previously said the deal was 95 percent done. “It’s 100 percent certain. The only thing that is missing is the signatures but the agreement is complete,” Galliani told Italy’s Sky television. Beckham is expected to stay at the San Siro from January until the end of the Serie A season in May, just as he did this year.

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Romania wins 4 medals in Olympiad
on Astronomy and Astrophysics



Romania’s Olympic team has topped the European countries’ table in the International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics after winning four medals – two Gold medals and two Silver medals, HotNews informs. The International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics took place in Iran from October 19 to October 26. Over one hundred competitors from 20 countries took part in the competition. Romania topped the European countries’ table, outranking Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Serbia, Slovakia and Belarus. Romania ranked third in the Olympiad’s overall standings, being surpassed by India and Iran.


German state Hesse delegation on visit to Bucharest


A delegation of the German state Hesse’s local parliament (landtag) was on a Bucharest visit and had meetings with several lawmakers and the head of the government’s Department for European Affairs (DAE), Agerpres reports. The delegation discussed the issue of national minorities with the head of the Senate’s human rights committee, Gyorgy Frunda. In a meeting with Senate deputy Speaker Anca Boagiu, talks focused on economic collaboration. After the discussion, Boagiu voiced hope that a German-Romanian Chamber of Commerce will be set up, in order to increase trade between the two countries. Hesse Landtag President Norbert Kartmann also met with DAE minister Bogdan Manoiu and discussed both bilateral cooperation and EU policies and strategies.


Nati Meir remains in custody


The Bucharest Court of Appeal (CAB) has rejected yesterday the appeal that Nati Meir, an Israeli-born politician, filed against the preventive custody decision taken in the dossier in which he is charged with fraud and the use of counterfeit money. Meir told the judges that he has been living in Romania for well over 14 years and that he always helped out the Romanians that asked him for help. In reply the judge pointed out that Meir is a suspect in another fraud dossier and that at one point he was sentenced in Israel. Thus this is not the first time Meir has something to do with criminal deeds and he is a threat to public order, the prosecutor underlined. The Bucharest Tribunal ruled on October 20 that Meir should be held in custody for 29 days. The prosecutors have identified several persons that claim that they were cheated by Meir who was giving out loans by using counterfeit money.


21 more local transmission flu cases in Iasi


Twenty-one other cases of local transmission infection with AH1N1 were reported in Iasi County yesterday, Mediafax reported. The confirmation prompted a one-week suspension in classes in the school where 17 of the cases were reported. Earlier, local officials had announced only four cases of local transmission: two university students and two pupils, who were hospitalized. None of the four traveled abroad or had any contact with foreign citizens from countries affected by the virus, a spokesperson for the Iasi Infectious Disease Hospital said. Later yesterday, the Health Ministry announced that 17 more cases were reported at the same school. The first case of local transmission flu was reported at this Iasi school last week.


Blaga and Degeratu invited for hearings in Parliament


The defence Committee of the Chamber of Deputies decided in the absence of the PDL representatives, yesterday, to invite interim Home Affairs Minister Vasile Blaga and presidential Adviser Constantin Degeratu for hearings in the DGIPI and Omar Hayssam cases, said Committee Deputy Chairman George Scutaru, quoted by Mediafax. Scutaru noted that PNL and PSD suggested that the hearings should take place on Wednesday, generating the protest of PDL, whose MPs left the meeting room. The Defence Committee also decided to invite journalist Sorin Rosca Stanescu over for hearings in the Babeni affair, responding to his own request, said PNL Deputy Mihaita Calimente, member of the Committee. The Babeni case came from a suspicion of weapons and ammunition trafficking involving President Traian Basescu’s brother, Mircea Basescu. Most disclosures in the Babeni affair have been made by journalist Rosca Stanescu.

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Prunariu, Chairman of UN Space Committee from 2010


Romanian cosmonaut Dumitru Prunariu, the President of the Scientific Board of the Romanian Space Agency (ASR), told Agerpres news agency that he would be the Chairman of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space from 2010 to 2012. In his new capacity, Prunariu says he would promote ocean mapping, evaluation of damages caused by natural disasters and the discovery of water sources in arid regions on the globe. According to the astronaut, accidents also occur in the outer space, and some of them may have especially serious consequences on people and activities on Earth and it is the task of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Use of Outer Space to investigate into such accidents, establish liabilities and find solutions to prevent the reoccurrence of similar situations.

Ludovic Orban,
new vice speaker of Chamber of Deputies



PNL Deputy Ludovic Orban was elected yesterday, with 165 votes for and 81 against, vice speaker of the Chamber of Deputies. After the election, Orban declared that he will fulfill his attributions of vice speaker of the Chamber of Deputies with responsibility and regretted that PDL voted against him, although the vote was rather formal.


Last week, the vote for the occupation of the position of vice speaker by Orban was postponed, after the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies was suspended for lack of quorum. The necessary quorum for the vote that had to validate Orban had to be 167 Deputies, but only 155 were present in the room. The position of vice speaker remained vacant after the resignation of Bogdan Olteanu, who became vice governor of the National Bank.

MAE reacts to reports about Israel embassy employee


The Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) lacks clear legislation to take measures in case embassy staff or diplomats stand trial, a spokesperson for the institution, Alin Serbanescu, said, commenting on reports in daily ‘Ziua’ that a minister adviser of the Romanian Embassy to Israel was a collaborator of the communist secret police. Serbanescu explained that precisely because of this “void in legislation,” the ministry can only wait until the end of legal proceedings against a diplomat, more exactly, for a final and irrevocable court ruling, before taking any measures. Serbanescu’s comments came as the newspaper reported yesterday that Mihai Burghel, an adviser of Romania’s embassy offices in Tel Aviv, was sued by the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives (CNSAS) for his collaboration with the former political police of the communist regime. An economist at the Foreign Trade Ministry and fluent in Arab, Burghel was in the first stage under surveillance, starting in 1987, for suspect relations with foreign citizens, during an official mission on economic problems to Iraq. In 1988 he was recruited by Division III – Counterespionage of Securitate for the settlement of “some tasks on Security line,” being sent to the economic section of the Romanian Embassy in Iraq. According to the publication, Burghel was sending to Securitate informative notes about the sex life of the Romanians who were working in Iraq. He had the code names of “Barbu” and “Barna,” the newspaper said.

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Cosmote Romania takes over Telemobil


The Competition Council (CC) yesterday authorized Cosmote Mobile Telecommunications to take over Telemobil telecom operator, in a move that will grant Cosmote full control over the company, CC sources announced, quoted by Mediafax.


The analysis of the operation of economic concentration was based, among other aspects, on the information and data sent by the National Administrative and Regulatory Authority for Communications (ANCOM), by the involved parties and their competitors. The Council also took into account the possible competition related issues raised by the providers of mobile communication services. CC President Bogdan Chiritoiu said the takeover creates conditions for a more dynamic competition on Romania’s market of mobile electronic communication services, especially on the market of mobile telephony services and internet access. This will result in more choices for the end user, he added.

In Bucharest, 40 pc of real estate transactions are made on cash


Nearly 50 pc of the Bucharesters who want to buy a home have allotted a budget in excess of EUR 60,000 to this view, hence a bigger sum than the maximum credit ceiling granted through the First House program, finds out a survey made by Proiecte.biz, quoted by Agerpres. Most of the potential buyers (72.5 pc) are looking for apartments, with two-room suites being preferred, followed by three-roomers. A quarter of subjects are interested to purchase a house and less than 3 pc would buy just a plot of land. The bulk of those interested to make a real estate investment is represented by people aged between 25 and 34. As payment mode, 40 pc of prospective buyers want to pay cash – 49 pc of them will pay with the money obtained from buying their current properties, and 51 pc from personal funds. A total 56 pc of subjects will take a credit. The First House program targets a relatively small segment of the population, as only 22 pc of those looking for a dwelling said they will resort to this program.

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Carpatair opens
second direct
Bucharest-Bari flight



After opening the first direct flight from Bucharest to Ancona, Italy, Carpatair starts operating direct flights from Bucharest to Bari, Itali, the company informs. For October 27 – November 30, the airline will operate two flights a week, on Tuesdays and Sundays. Starting December, a third flight will add, on Thursdays.


All flights will be operated in the afternoon and are complementary to those run in the morning through the Carpatair Hub, from Timisoara to Bari, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tickets are available online, on www.carpatair.com, through Carpatair Call Center, and at ticketing agencies in Romania and Italy. The flights will be made with Saab 2000 aircraft of 50 places, and the passengers will be provided complex services.


Nokia Jucu Factory, one of the world’s leading green buildings


Nokia’s Jucu Factory in Romania has been chosen as one of the world’s leading green buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The prestigious Gold Rating for Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) is the first for a building in Romania, and recognizes the major investment in innovative environmental features made by Nokia since its construction in 2007, a press release of the company informs. USGBC certification recognizes buildings that set new standards in the design and construction of the world’s greenest, most energy efficient and highly performing buildings. 


The Nokia Jucu factory is one of a small number of buildings around the world to achieve the LEED Gold rating and the first in Romania to be recognized by the USGBC for its green features. Nokia’s China campus in Beijing was the first Nokia facility to receive LEED Gold Certification in 2008. “We are extremely proud to be leading the way in creating truly sustainable buildings in our operations. It is an honor that our factory in Romania has been picked as one of the world’s most sustainable buildings and Romania’s greenest factory.


This achievement demonstrates our strong commitment and investment in sustainability, efficiency and environmental quality in the way we run our daily business” said Risto Meskus, Jucu factory Managing Director.


Alpha Bank Romania implements
new IT application



Alpha Bank Romania will implement a new IT application starting on November 2, 2009, reads a press release remitted to the editorial office. The solution used for the new application, FLEXCUBE, furnished by Oracle company, is used by over 390 financial institutions from 125 countries.


The same system is implemented by Alpha Bank Group in the other subsidiaries. Because of the implementation of the new application, the activity will be temporarily interrupted in various segments during October 29-November 2. Further to the implementation of the new system, the debit cards accounts issued by Alpha Bank Romania will evolve to the status of current account and will offer more advantages to clients.


GE may bring USD 250 M investment fund
to Romania



General Electric has launched the Healthymagination GE Fund with stock placements to invest in medical technology companies. ‘GE is capable of assisting medical technology manufacturers worldwide, including in Romania. The assistance includes the necessary R&D financing, as well as investing expertise,’ said Radu Gorduza-Lupu, GE healthcare Strategic Manager for Moldova, Bulgaria and Romania, according to the online edition of ‘Ziarul Financiar’.

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