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Hip-hop diva, Eve, concerts on Friday at Bamboo


The hip-hop diva Eve, known for the songs “Who’s That Girl,” “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” or “Satisfaction,” will concert on Friday in Bamboo Club from Bucharest. Winner of the Grammy award, the actress, TV entertainer and “Fashion icon,” EVE Jihan Jeffers was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on November 10, 1978. She has sold over seven million albums around the world. In 1999 the artist launched her first solo album “Let There Be Eve… Ruff Ryders’ First Lady.” The album debuted on the first place in Top Billboard 200, being for the second time when a rap artist reaches this performance. In the same period she collaborated with The Roots for her single “You Got Me.”


Guitarist Sorin Romanescu in concert at Jukebox


Guitarist Sorin Romanescu will give a concert on November 22 at Jukebox Club from Bucharest. “Povesti and chitarisiri” is a successful programme of the musician who will play on five different guitars, approaching varied styles in his pieces which have enraptured this year the Bucharesters at the Radio Grand Hall. Awarded as “Musician of the year 2008 in Romanian Jazz,” Sorin Romanescu launched himself in a career of soloist in the “guitar hall” which appears to be the appropriate place for an artist and five guitars, two of them made by the string-instrument maker Domenico Moffas especially for the Romanian musician.


The first klezmer music festival at MTR


Bands from Romania, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Austria will concert during November 4-8 at the Peasant Club from the Romanian Peasant Museum (MTR) during the first festival of klezmer music from our country. “Jazz Meets Klezmer” is organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum and is backed by the representation of the European Commission to Bucharest. The event rallies bands like Hakeshet Klezmer Band (Romania), Di Naye Kapelye (Hungary), Klec (the Czech Republic), The Klezmer Connection (Austria), Vienna Klezmer Band (Austria) and Klezmaholics (Poland).

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Lance Armstrong: I want to win Tour de France!


Lance Armstrong wants to win the Tour de France once again. Lance will be 38 years old at the time of the competition next year. Seven time winner of the Tour, Lance considers that he can defeat Contador despite being categorically outclassed by the Spanish cyclist this summer. Lance won the Tour, the most important world cycling competition, 7 consecutive times but finished third when he returned to the Tour in 2009. The American was clearly outclassed by Alberto Contador (his Astana teammate) and by Luxemburg’s Andy Schleck. ‘I want to win Tour de France in 2010. This year’s race was just for fun and training. Alberto is a good cyclist. However next year I will be in a better shape than I was this season, but that won’t mean it will be easy to defeat him. Anyway, I want to win,’ Lance Armstrong stated for the American press. Armstrong has already announced his participation in the Tour of California, a competition that will take place at the same time with Il Giro (Italy’s Cycling Tour).


Romanian Cup quarter-finals draw


The draw for the Romanian Cup Timisoareana quarter finals was performed yesterday at the Football House. The ‘derby’ of this phase of competition is Universitatea Craiova-CFR Cluj. The other matches are: Astra Ploiesti – Dinamo, FC Vaslui – Inter Curtea de Arges, FC Brasov – Gloria Bistrita. Dinamo, CFR Cluj and FC Vaslui had been included in the first value group, while FC Brasov, Gloria Bistrita, Universitatea Craiova, Astra Ploiesti and Inter Curtea de Arges had been included into the second value group. The matches are to be played on November 17,18 and 19.


Ioan Andone cancels contract with Al Ahli


Head coach Ioan Andone has canceled his contract with UAE’s Al Ahli, ‘ProSport’ daily informs on its website, quoting assistant coach Iulian Mihaescu. ‘Yes, it is true that we amicably canceled our contract with Al Ahli. The club owners told us that they were very pleased with us and that they followed our work but that unfortunately the results did not favour us,’ Mihaescu stated for ‘ProSport.’ According to ‘Adevarul’ daily Ioan Andone is expected to return to Dinamo but he also has an extremely advantageous offer from a Ukrainian team.


Last two games of leg 12


FC Brasov defeated Pandurii Targu Jiu on Monday, score 2-0 (1-0 at half time). The goals were scored by Maldarasanu in the 44th minute and Ilyes in the 60th minute. In another game, Gloria Bistrita drew against Gaz Metan Medias, score 1-1 (1-0 at half time). Keita opened the score for the hosts in the 5th minute, with Silvasan equalizing for the visitors in the 70th minute. These were the last two games of leg 12 in League I.

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Three ambassadors join Habitat for Humanity site in Prahova


U.S. Ambassador to Romania Mark Gitenstein, Canadian Ambassador Philippe Beaulne, Austrian Ambassador Martin Eichtinger, and Deputy Head of Mission for Netherlands in Bucharest, Hans Sandee, along with twenty US Embassy employees, participated in the Ambassador’s Build days event organized by the non-profit Association Habitat for Humanity in Baltesti Village, Prahova County. According to a press release from the association, the diplomats together with central and local authorities and the project sponsors’ representatives worked voluntarily on the interior site of two homes for underprivileged Roma families. The members of the Diplomatic Corps accredited in Bucharest visited the homes of the beneficiary families from Baltesti village to see their current living conditions.The event took place in the community development project “One home, one future” developed by Habitat for Humanity Romania and Soros Foundation Romania for three years in Baltesti and Vinatori, Neamt, in order to support and promote actions to help the Roma families living in unsuitable conditions in Romania, the release says.


Searches target organized
crime network in several cities



Over 20 searches took place yesterday in Craiova, Bucharest, Ploiesti and Rovinari. The searches were part of a coordinated DIICOT mission targeting an organized crime network specializing in the forging of credit cards, Mediafax informs.


Adrian Gluga, the chief prosecutor of DIICOT’s Craiova Territorial Branch, stated yesterday that several searches were conducted in Craiova and the communes located in its vicinity. Eight people were taken in for hearings, being suspected of forging credit cards. ‘A total of 23 searches took place throughout the country. Searches were conducted in all of Craiova’s neighborhoods but also in the communes around the city. Eight people were taken in for hearings, five or six of which in Craiova,’ chief prosecutor Adrian Gluga stated. According to judicial sources, searches were also conducted in Bucharest, Ploiesti and Rovinari (Gorj). Significant sums of money and luxury vehicles were confiscated.


Main suspect in cop killing brought
to Romania



The young man detained in Hungary and considered to be the main suspect in the killing of the border policeman in Sannicolau Mare was handed over to the Romanian authorities on Tuesday. The suspect was taken to the Timis County Police headquarters and is expected to be taken in front of the prosecutors for hearings. According to Mediafax, Gheorghe Breazu, the main suspect in the killing of the border policeman, arrived in Timisoara yesterday, being escorted to the headquarters of the Timis County Police. The suspect made no statements. The young man will be taken to the Timis County’s Prosecutor’s Office for hearings.


Romanian child dies after rejection by hospitals in Italy


A prosecutor in southern Italy has launched an investigation into the death of a Romanian child who was rejected by all town hospitals after having been hit by a car, Romanian Times online reported. The four-year-old child – named only as Mirko – was walking with his parents in Messina’s city centre when he darted into the street and was run over by a Twingo driven by Giuseppa La Rocca, 54.It was immediately clear Mirko’s condition was serious. His parents took him to Piemonte hospital, but the doctors refused him, saying there wasn’t a free bed. They then went to Policlinico hospital, where doctors told them it was full. The same thing happened when Mirko’s parents arrived at Papardo hospital, where doctors put Mirko on a rescue helicopter to be transported to Cannizzaro hospital in Catania. The boy, however, died on the way to it.

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Parliament raises heating aid ceiling back to RON 615


Romania’s Chamber of Deputies decided Tuesday to raise the ceiling for state subsidy for heating bills to an income of RON 615 per family member after the Senate voted in favor of the raise late October, Agerpres informs. Hungarian minority party lawmaker Kerekes Karoly said acting Prime Minister Emil Boc “begged” lawmakers to increase the heating aid ceiling, though he had previously slashed it. Social-Democrat MP Mircea Dusa said that, by adopting the ordinance increasing heating aid ceiling to RON615, the Parliament corrected a big mistake made by the Government.


Two Rompetrol gas stations on A2, for an investment of USD 6 M


Rompetrol Downstream yesterday opened two gas stations on the Bucharest-Cernavoda motorway A2, one on each direction, at the kilometer 88+300, following an investment worth USD 6 M, the retail division of Rompetrol Group announced. The new gas stations also provide services complementary to fuel sales, including shops, restaurants and car maintenance services, according to the National Company for Motorways and National Roads. Rompetrol thus operates four gas stations on A2, which required a total investment of USD 13 M. The four units use 74 employees.


AVAS repeats sale of Petromin, at a price of RON 14.95 M


The State Assets Resolution Authority (AVAS) once again put on sale, by open tender, its stake in shipping company CNM Petromin, at a starting price of RON 14.95 M – the same as in the previous privatisation attempt, when it received no offer. The share package put on sale represents 70.02 pc of the Constanta-based company capital. The open bid will be held on December 11, at a starting price of 0.95 RON/share, with the total stake being worth RON 14.95 M, AVAS writes in a press release.

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