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Steaua, 60th among world clubs

Steaua Bucharest is the Romanian team that has the best ranking in the table compiled by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) for October. Steaua is 60th in the world. Manchester United tops the table, being followed by Barcelona. These are the other Romanian clubs included in the table: CFR Cluj (73rd, 133 points), FC Timisoara (97th, 121.5 points), FC Vaslui (108th, 114 points) and Dinamo (142nd, 103.5 points). Manchester United tops the table with 326 points. FC Barcelona is second with 298 points, and Shakhtar is third with 293 points. The table took into account the results registered from November 1, 2008 to October 30, 2009.

Victor Hanescu climbs
in ATP standings

Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu has climbed one place to rank 36th with 1,021 points in the ATP table publicized on Monday, the atptennis.com website informs. Victor Crivoi has dropped 7 places to rank 113th with 487 points, while Adrian Ungur has climbed 4 places to rank 191st with 269 points. In the doubles table Horia Tecau ranks 51st (1,367 points) after climbing two places, while Andrei Pavel climbed two places to rank 98th (735 points).

First international wrestling show in Romania

The first international wrestling show will take place on Friday, December 4, at 8 PM within Bucharest’s Polivalenta Hall, Agerpres informs. The show will last approximately two hours and will feature American Wrestling Rampage stars. The event includes several individual and team matches. A match between two women will be one of the attraction points. The wrestlers will meet with fans in order to give their autographs. Wrestling is very popular in the United States and is successfully practiced in Great Britain, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Germany and Italy. Until now the Romanian wrestling fans were able to see their favorite shows only on TV.

Williams sign Barrichello and Hulkenberg for 2010

LONDON – Brazilian Rubens Barrichello will begin a new chapter in his record-breaking Formula One career next year as a Williams driver alongside German rookie Nico Hulkenberg. “Rubens needs no introduction,” team founder Frank Williams said in a statement on Monday announcing his all-new line-up for 2010. “He is not only the most experienced driver in Formula One but a passionate and talented driver who fought hard for the drivers’ championship this year. “Nico Hulkenberg won the GP2 Championship this season as a rookie and has previously won the F3 Euroseries, Formula Masters, A1 GP and Formula BMW Germany.” Hulkenberg was also the team’s test and reserve driver this season. Williams thanked departing German driver Nico Rosberg, the highly-rated 24-year-old who is expected to take Barrichello’s place alongside Jenson Button at Mercedes-powered champions Brawn GP, and Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima. “Nico and Kazuki have represented … Williams and our partners with dedication, discipline and skill and we wish them every success with their future endeavours,” he said.

Toyota-backed Nakajima, son of former racer Satoru, ended the season in Abu Dhabi on Sunday with the unfortunate distinction of completing all 17 races without scoring a point.

Williams have already announced that they are switching to Cosworth engines from Toyota. Rosberg, son of Finland’s 1982 champion Keke, had already announced last week that he was leaving after four seasons with Williams.

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New consulates opened in R. Moldova

President Traian Basescu on Monday signed the decrees for the opening of two consulates general in R. Moldova: one in Cahul and one in Balti, the Presidency informs. On October 20, MAE announced that the Moldovan authorities had accepted the opening of the two Romanian consulates and that the Romania – R. Moldova small-scale cross-border traffic agreement had been sealed in Chisinau. Although the opening of Romanian consulates in Cahul and Balti had been on the agenda of all Romanian foreign ministers in the recent years, results became visible only after this summer’s election in R. Moldova after which the Vladimir Voronin regime was removed from power.

36,700 Romanians sought temporary US visas in 2009

US General Consul in Bucharest, James Gray told Mediafax that until the end of September 2009, the Embassy received an approximate 36,700 temporary visa requests. The number of requests oscillates throughout the year, and there may be between 100 and 500 people scheduled for interview during a day, explains the US diplomat. In the fiscal year 2009, the US Embassy received about 36,700 requests for temporary visas, the General Consul said. According to Gray, most solicitors who don’t receive visas are rejected because they do not comply with the criteria provided by section 214 (b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Under this act, those who apply for temporary visas are considered potential immigrants and they must be turned down, except for the case when they can prove that they have strong personal, economic and social ties with the place of residence. A refusal under section 214(b) means that the solicitor did not convince the consular officer that he meets all criteria in order to receive the US visa.

Mandate of DNA president contested

The former deputy general prosecutor of Romania, Gabriela Ghita, requested in justice the annulment of the decree for the reinvestment of the chief of the National Anticorruption Division, Daniel Morar, declaring that it is null, Mediafax informs. According to the document submitted to the administrative and fiscal litigation section of Bucharest Court of Appeal, the decree of President Traian Basescu, from February 12, 2009, through which Daniel Morar was reinvested must be suspended and then cancelled. Gabriela Ghita states in the document that President Traian Basescu was in a “conflict of interests” and when he acceded to office he reinvested Morar in order to obtain a solution of exemption from criminal pursuit (SUP) in the Fleet case. “It is necessary to say that President Basescu required the prosecutor general Laura Codruta Kovesi and DNA chief prosecutor Daniel Morar the legal frame up of the undersigned with the purpose to eliminate one of the prosecutors who had been in contact professionally with the Fleet file,” said the former deputy general prosecutor in her document. Worth stressing is that Gabriela Ghita, alongside four magistrates and a notary, went sent to court in May 2008 for involvement in the defrauding of the examination from 2007 for the offices of chief prosecutors. Daniel Morar was appointed chief prosecutor of DNA in August 2005, with a term of office of three years, and in February 2009 he was reinvested for another term of office.

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Italo Romena Bank opens new branch

Italo Romena Bank has officially inaugurated the agency from Suceava, reconfirming in this way the territorial expansion programme, a press release informs. “Italo Romena Bank proves that it is confident in Romania and in its economic potential opening new agencies both in Bucharest and in the main cities. The agency from Suceava, which is in an important region of Romania – Moldova, represents an important step in the strategic plan of territorial expansion of the bank,” declared Franco Antiga, president of Italo Romena Bank. In his turn, the general director of Italo Romena Bank, Antonio Bianchin, pointed out that the bank “continues to support its clients, especially the corporate ones, Italian and Romanian companies alike.” The volume of credits granted in the first half of 2009 reached EUR 979 M, which represents a growth of 13 per cent vs. the volume registered in the first half 2008. Presently, the territorial network of Italo Romena Bank has 21 agencies.

Train passengers to get compensation for train delays

Damages of at least 25 per cent of the price of the ticket if the train is more than one hour late. This is only one of the provisions of the community regulations that will go in effect in all the states of the European Union on December 3, according to Antena3.ro. The legislative provision meant to defend the rights of the travelers will oblige CFR to pay damages that could rise on average to as much as EUR 2 M per year, if it is enforced. The officials from the Ministry of Transports intend to work out a normative act draft through which they want to obtain a five-years delay of the enforcement of the community regulations.

Cosmote Group
completes take-over of Telemobil

The Hellenic Cosmote Group has completed the full take-over of Zapp mobile telephony operator Telemobil, having obtained the approval of the relevant authorities, Mediafax informs. ‘The Zapp acquisition gives Cosmote Romania the opportunity of expanding its data and mobile broadband service portfolio’, Cosmote Romania CEO Stefanos Theocharopoulos states in a press release. Last week, the Competition Council authorized the take-over of Telemobil by Cosmote Mobile Telecommunications (Greece) who gained single control over the company. Part of the Greek OTE group, Cosmote Romania is the third largest mobile telephony operator on the local market.

BNR issues phishing alert

The National Bank of Romania (BNR) has issued a warning about a phishing message apparently sent from the bnr.ro domain. ‘At the end of the October 26-31 week, a number of messages sent from the administrator@bnr.ro e-mail address have been reported. Please be informed that the e-mail address in question does not belong to the National Bank of Romania and that the message is a phishing attempt indirectly associated with the central bank’s acronym’, reads the BNR press release.

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