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Madonna’s shoes sold for EUR 10,000 on charity ball


The record sell took place on Saturday, during the Halloween Charity Ball at the Parliament Palace. The Halloween Charity Ball was organized by Ovidiu Rom Association with the purpose to collect funds for the programme “Every child at school,” the donations were made by filling in several variants of vouchers, the objects being gained through draw of lots. The pair of Christian Dior shoes, donated by Madonna, was obtained further to a donation of EUR 10,000, by Andreea Mihai, marketing manager of the chain Carrefour Romania, the gold necklace which belonged to Vanessa Redgrave went to Steven Van Groningen, president Raiffeisen Bank Romania, who donated EUR 5,000, and the Jimmy Choo bag, offered by Andreea Esca, was adjudicated for EUR 1,000 by Oliver Meister, member of Pro TV Managing Council.


Dennis Hopper
diagnosed with cancer



Hollywood star Dennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and has cancelled travel plans to focus on treatment, his manager said. The 73-year-old Easy Rider star is being treated in a “special programme” at the University of Southern California, his manager Sam Maydew told the Associated Press. “We’re hoping for the best,” Maydew said when asked about Hopper’s condition and prognosis.


Winners announced
for 53rd London Film Festival



Jacques Audiard’s “A Prophet” took top honors at the Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival. John Hillcoat’s apocalypse drama “The Road” also received honourable mention. Both Best Film awards were the first for the venerable festival, whose organizers hope to boost its profile on the global award circuit. The London Film Festival concluded Oct. 29 with the world premiere of Sam Taylor-Wood’s “Nowhere Boy,” about the young John Lennon.

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League 1, 12th leg results


Astra Ploiesti – Ceahlaul 1-1


Urziceni – Universitatea Craiova 3-2


Unirea Alba Iulia – CFR Cluj 1-1


FC Vaslui – Curtea de Arges 1-0


Played yesterday evening, after the closing of our edition: Rapid – Otelul Galati, Politehnica Iasi – Dinamo, FC Timisoara – Steaua. To be played on Monday: Bistrita – Gaz Metan


Rugby: Steaua wins its 10th Romanian Cup


Steaua Bucharest won the Romanian Cup on Saturday after defeating Farul Constanta within Bucharest’s Arch of Triumph stadium, score 27-15 (13-3). Steaua’s points were scored by Basalau, Marinescu, Dascalu (one try each) and Vlaicu (two penalties and three conversions), while Farul’s points were scored by Natriasvili, Lazar (one try each) and Ben Aoina (one penalty and one conversion). This was Steaua’s 10th Romanian Cup, its previous success being registered in 2007.


Gheorghe Multescu, Ceahlaul’s new head coach


Head coach Gheorghe Multescu stated on Friday that he reached an agreement with Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt and that he signed a contract set to run until the summer, a contract that could be extended. ‘I’ve signed a contract with Ceahlaul until the summer, a contract that can be extended,’ Multescu stated. After manager Florin Marin resigned at the end of leg 11 of League I the club negotiated with Marin Barbu. However the latter was unable to cancel his contract with League II team Dunarea Giurgiu.


Dinamo Zagreb loses
3 points because of
incidents before game against FC Timisoara



UEFA’s Control and Disciplinary Body decided on Thursday that Dinamo Zagreb will be penalized three points in the Europa League because of the incidents that its fans provoked on the occasion of their team’s away game against FC Timisoara on October 1, UEFA’s official website informs. Likewise, UEFA decided that Dinamo Zagreb will play its next two home-side games in the Europa League behind closed doors. Dinamo Zagreb can appeal against the decision in three days’ time. FC Timisoara lost its game against Dinamo Zagreb, score 0-3 (0-1). The game counted for round 2 of Group A games. On the day of the game the police detained 160 fans of both clubs. As a consequence of UEFA’s decision the Group A table is the following: 1. Ajax Amsterdam – 5 points; 2. Anderlecht Brussels – 5 points; 3. FC Timisoara – 2 points; 4. Dinamo Zagreb – 0 points.


Handball: Rulmentul defeats HCM Baia Mare
in EHF Cup



Women’s handball club Rulmentul Urban Brasov defeated HCM Baia Mare in a home-side game on Saturday, score 31-26 (12-10). The game counted for the first leg of the EHF Cup’s Round 3. Rulmentul’s head coach Herbert Muller made no substitutions in the first 50 minutes because he only had two players on the substitutes’ bench (Georgeta Vartic and Carmen Ilie). While the first suffered an injury in the warm-up, the latter failed to convince Muller that she deserved to play. Despite the problems, Rulmentul was in charge throughout the game. Towards the end of the game Muller nevertheless introduced Vartic in the defense. The return leg is scheduled on November 7 in Baia Mare. Rulmentul Brasov has financial problems, with a significant part of the players being declared free of contract because of the club’s failure to pay their salaries.

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Ridzi says that she is to be heard today


The former minister of youth and sports, Monica Iacob Ridzi, declared yesterday that she is going to be questioned today by the prosecutors in the file opened further to her complaint against nine member of the parliamentary commission of investigation for the verification of the sums of money spent by the ministry. According to Mediafax, Ridzi said that she would appear today before at Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Appeals and Justice for hearings, as damaged person. She said that she would make declarations at the Prosecutor’s Office in the case of the complaint filed against nine persons from the parliamentary commission of investigation in the case of the money spent by the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the “Youth Day.” According to her complaint, the nine persons should be investigated for the offences of “abuse of office against the interests of the persons and the attempt to determine her to commit perjury.”

Opening of virtual resource center for minorities


The Diverse Association launched on Friday the Info Diversity webpage, a virtual resource center for minorities. The center’s goal is to compile structured and detailed information from the domains of ethnic, cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. According to Agerpres, Info Diversity will be a flexible and interactive platform that will include several categories: Diversity Map (presenting all national minorities, including the regional and county specificities of their history, traditions, dress, customs, folklore etc.), Resources, New Minorities, Diaspora, Legislation, Press Watch, Weekly Articles, Calendar (information on organized events) etc.

Roberta Anastase opens Plum Brandy Festival in Valenii de Munte


Roberta Anastase, the Speaker of the Lower Chamber, alongside political opponents Theodor Melescanu (PNL) and Mircea Cosma (PSD president of Prahova County Council), opened the Plum Brandy Festival in Valenii de Munte on Friday afternoon.


The 12th edition of the Plum Brandy Festival took place in Valenii de Munte these days, Mediafax informs. The festival is organized each year.


On Friday afternoon the opening of the festivities was attended by Speaker of the Lower Chamber Roberta Anastase, who is also president of PD-L’s county branch, by Liberal Senator Theodor Melescanu and by Mircea Cosma who is the president of the Prahova County Council and president of PSD’s county branch.

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BRD keeps first place among brokers in October


In October too, the brokerage division of BRD-Groupe Societe Generale was the most active intermediary on BVB, with transactions worth RON 581.9 M, and it climbed on the first place of brokers also in terms of transactions during the first 10 months, with a market share of 9.93 pc, Mediafax reports. In October, BRD achieved a market share of 31.89 pc, with the bulk of transactions being bonds transfers, worth RON 541.94 M.


Gas and energy prices to stay unchanged in 2010


The National Regulatory Authority for Energy (ANRE) intends to keep unchanged the prices paid by population for natural gas and energy, at their current level, for the whole year 2010, interim PM Emil Boc announced Friday on Realitatea TV. To this respect, he can present an official viewpoint of the energy watchdog, the premier explained. ANRE President Petru Lificiu had earlier announced, at end-September, that the institution wants to keep the prices paid by population for gas and electricity at their current levels, until April 1, 2010 at least.


No compensations paid for trains coming late, during the next 5 years


The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure is seeking a five-year derogation from enforcing the European Commission (EC) regulation on the rights of passengers in the railway sector, which would imply compensations worth 25-50 pc of the ticket price in the case of trains coming late, Mediafax reports. Regulation 1371/2007 will come into effect on December 3 and will be enforced in Romania too. Its purposes are to protect the rights of passengers and to improve the quality of rail transport services. Member states however have the possibility of obtaining derogations from certain provisions. The derogations may be obtained for a five-year duration and may be renewed twice, by durations of maximum five years. In the states that won’t resort to derogations, passengers will be entitled to receive compensations if trains come late. The amount of compensations goes from a minimum 25 pc of the ticket price, for delays between 60 and 119 minutes, to 50 pc for 120 minutes and more.


Oil slips 3 pct to under USD 78 a barrel
on economic woes



Global stocks slumped and crude oil fell on Friday after reports showed U.S. consumers cut spending in September while sentiment turned lower this month, fanning skepticism about an economic recovery. The U.S. dollar rebounded after steep losses on Thursday, when data that showed the U.S. economy grew in the third quarter fueled a global stock rally that helped gains on Friday in Asia. Gold prices slipped below USD 1,040 per ounce in Europe before paring losses as the dollar extended gains against a basket of currencies, while oil prices fell 3 percent to below USD 78 a barrel as the bearish data dented investors’ confidence. Major U.S. and European stock indexes slipped more than 2 percent on the day and racked up declines for October.

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Crin Antonescu:
I shall request President Basescu another consultation



As a result of the serious situation prompted by the absence of a government able to prepare a budget draft absolutely necessary for the running of the agreement with IMF, PNL president Crin Antonescu declared yesterday at Targu Mures that he would request the President of the country another consultation. “This situation is the deed of one person, of President, who blocks stubbornly a realistic, decent political situation, convenient for all, convenient first of all for Romania. I made the proposal and I found over a month ago a majority for a government at least until the presidential elections. We could have had already two weeks ago a government that would work, we could have had a government that would receive this delegation of the IMF, of the EC, of the World Bank, a government that would have forwarded the draft budget (…) I shall request President Traian Basescu another consultation in order to try to convince him that he cannot assume the irresponsibility to push Romania – as he says it himself – into the situation of not being able to pay the pensions and the salaries to the most worried people from this country who live a day-to-day existence,” Antonescu said, quoted by Agerpres.


The PNL leader and candidate of the formation to the Presidency of Romania stressed that the Liberals are concerned about this situation, they are ready to solve it, but the easiest solution, would be for the President of the country to take into account the majority which exists now in Parliament, as it is normal, logical and democratic.

Tanasescu does not exclude accepting PM’s position after presidential elections


Romania’s representative to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mihai Tanasescu, does not rule out the possibility of accepting to be the new PM, if he receives the offer after the presidential elections, but does warn he is not the kind of person who is willing to plead with the parties to form a parliamentary majority. ‘It would be an honour for me to be made such an offer (PM – our note). I am not a person willing to go from party to party, begging them to form a majority. I believe that, after that date, a serious discussion with all political parties will have to take place, in order for us to see exactly w

Varujan Vosganian: Romania loses EUR 500 M due to current political crisis


PNL Vice-President Varujan Vosganian, former Economy and Finance Minister, stated in Galati, on Friday, that President Traian Basescu’s ‘stubbornness’ about keeping ‘an illusory government’ in office in Romania would bring about a budget loss of at least EUR 500 M. According to Mediafax, the liberal defended his assumption by the fact that Romania’s relations with the IMF and with the World Bank had had to suffer from the political crisis, situation for which he blames the president. “If today we had a legitimate government supported by the parliamentary majority, we would have had an interlocutor for the IMF and for the World Bank and we would have been able to start the necessary procedures to receive all the money. (…)’, said the liberal leader.

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