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Anniversary album about Bucharest launched at ArCuB


The anniversary album “Bucharest – 550 years since it was first attested in a document,” coordinated by Radu Oltean and edited by ArCuB, will be launched on Wednesday, November 11. The work includes over 400 old photographs and engravings from the collections of the Romanian Academy Library, the Museum of the Municipality of Bucharest, the National Military Museum, the National Archives, from the private collections of Alexandru Galmean, Simion Caltia, Adrian Bejenaru, and also from books, old magazines and newspapers. In the volume are also reproduced artifacts from the old art collections of the National Art Museum of Romania, the Museum of the Municipality of Bucharest and the National Military Museum. The modern or recent photos are made by the author and by Cristian Radu, Andrei Pandele, Cristian Malide, Stefan Tuchila, Mircea Struteanu, Stefan Cristescu.


Roma art, culture and traditions festival


The Roma art, culture and traditions festival Roma Cult Fest will take place Saturday, November 14, at the Children’s Palace of Bucharest, with film projections, a photo exhibition, the fair of handicraftsmen, traditional food and a concert of Damian & Brothers band. The Secretariat-General of the Government concludes the SPER (Stop to Prejudice against Ethnic Roma) 2009 program with Roma Cult Fest. During a whole day, the public is invited to visit a photographic exhibition against discrimination and the fair of Roma handicraftsmen, which will feature goldsmiths, silversmiths, wood carvers and leather dressers. Several movies will run during the festival, between 11.30 AM and 5.00 PM: ‘Hidden pains’ – a documentary by Michelle Kelso about the Roma Holocaust, ‘Today I was young, beautiful’ – a film directed by Alexandra Gulea, which explores the presence of beliefs and superstitions in the Roma music, ‘The curse of the hedgehog’ by Dumitru Budala, ‘Mamaliga is ready’ – a movie directed by Laurentiu Calciu, about the survival of a very poor Roma family, and ‘Bahtalo!’ – a documentary directed by Robert Lakatos, which follows the voyage of two people through Romania, Hungary, Austria and Egypt.

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Preparations for game against Poland


The players of Romania’s national football team met yesterday within the Mogosoaia training camp in view of preparing for their friendly game against Poland, a game that will take place on Saturday at 6 PM (broadcast live by TVR 1) in Warsaw. The list of players called up by head coach Razvan Lucescu includes Daniel Niculae, a player that was at the origin of the goal through which AJ Auxerre won its away-game against UC Le Mans on Saturday evening, score 1-0. Nevertheless the list does not include Adrian Mutu and Adrian Cristea, two of the Romanian players that received the heaviest flak after the game that Romania lost against Serbia in Belgrade, score 0-5, a game counting for the World Cup 2010 qualifiers.


Silver medals won in Para-Cycling World Cup


Romania’s Carol Eduard Novak has won two Silver Medals in the Para-Cycling World Cup that took place in Manchester from November 6 to November 9. Aged 33, Intersport Miercurea Ciuc’s racer has thus completed a perfect season after winning two other medals earlier this year in the Street World Cup in Bogogno, Italy (one Gold Medal and one Silver Medal). Novak’s finishing times represent a national and personal best, with Novak finishing second in the 4-kilometer and 1-kilometer races, sportlocal.ro informs. This year Novak took part in the Street World Cup in Bogogno where he won two medals. In 1996 Novak’s right leg was amputated after a car crash. Novak now wears a prosthetic leg.


Bent recalled to England squad for Brazil match


Sunderland striker Darren Bent has been recalled to the England squad for next Saturday’s friendly against Brazil in Qatar despite missing a penalty in front of England coach Fabio Capello on Saturday. Bent has been in excellent form since moving to Sunderland this season, scoring eight goals for his new side. However, he did miss a penalty when Sunderland lost 2-0 at his former club Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Tottenham’s Tom Huddlestone, who scored a blistering goal against Sunderland on Saturday, could win his first senior England cap. Aston Villa defender Stephen Warnock is also included and has the chance to add to the one cap he won as an 84th minute substitute when England played Trinidad & Tobago in Port of Spain in June last year. David Beckham has been selected but will be released from international duty if his Los Angeles Galaxy side win their MLS Conference semi-final against Chivas USA on Sunday night. Capello has again omitted Michael Owen, even though forwards Emile Heskey and Carlton Cole are out with injuries and Owen’s chances of playing in the World Cup finals next year now look slim. Other absentees include Steven Gerrard, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Aaron Lennon and David James. They are all carrying injuries, apart from Cole who is playing his way back into the Chelsea side after an injury layoff.

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Son of former integration minister Puwak, 3 year prison with suspension


Court of District 4 decided to sentence to three years in prison with suspension the son of Hildegard Puwak – former PSD minister for European Integration – for embezzlement and changing the destination of the European funds without observing the legal procedures. The solution can be attacked with appeal to Bucharest Tribunal. The anti-corruption prosecutors decided in December 2007 to send Mihai Puwak to court. The grant contract between the National Professional Training Center “Leonardo Da Vinci” and the company “P & I International” SRL, legally represented by Mihai Puwak, was concluded on February 28, 2002. The investigators established that actually the 15 “trainees” were not hired by the firm, they were actually former faculty colleagues of the defendant, and the project did not reach the purpose for which it was financed. The anti-corruption prosecutors accuse the son of the former minister of having changed the legal destination of the amount of EUR 32,160, EC money that he used illegally to cover personal expenditures and debts of his firm which did not have any connection with the implementation of the project.


Medical staff from Iasi takes to the streets because of repeated delay
of salaries’ payment



The medical staff from the emergency units from Iasi hospitals started yesterday a spontaneous protest because of the delayed payment of salaries and the failure to grant the stability bonus, although the medical activity was not interrupted, Mediafax informs. Tens of persons from the medical sector gathered in the courtyard of “Sfantul Spiridon” Hospital from Iasi, protesting against the repeated delays of the salaries, and of the failure to grant the stability bonus. The unionist leader from the emergency unit (UPU) of “Sfantul Spiridon” Hospital from Iasi, Carmen Enache, said that a delegation of the protesters went to the Public Health Division from Iasi to discuss with the leadership of the institution. Twenty employees of the emergency unit of Iasi Emergency Hospital also gathered in the courtyard of the unit and signed a memorandum that will be sent to the Health Ministry.


Five persons sent to court
for EUR 2 M frauds



The prosecutors from the National Anticorruption Division (DNA) – Alba Iulia Territorial Unit sent to court five persons for a fraud of EUR 2 M, through the trading of cereals and oil products. According to Mediafax, the investigators decided to send to court, in preventive arrest, Ovidiu Dinu and Codrut Mircea Mirita, for tax evasion. Together with them, three other persons, Adrian Andreescu, Danut Mester and Toader Iagaru, administrators de facto, and respectively de jure, of the firms SC Seltix Services SRL Sibiu, SC D 33 A Service Invest SRL Sibiu, and SC Dea Service Invest SRL Sibiu, were also sent to court. According to the indictment, the five produced during May 2008-May 2009 a prejudice to the Romanian state of over EUR 2 M, avoiding paying the fiscal obligations due to the state, omitting to evidence in the accounting documents the commercial operations performed and the obtained revenues.


Sick girl rescued by firefighters


The firefighters were called yesterday afternoon by a family from Budanesti, a village in Mehedinti County, whose young daughter had fever and could not be carried to the ambulance because the house had remained isolated after the rain flushed away the bridge which crossed the river Cosustea Mica. According to Mediafax, the little girl aged three had fever, and the medics from the ambulance could not arrive to her because of the water. The same source stressed that according to the information coming from the county, several communal roads were affected by rains in the last 24 hours. According to the warnings issued by Mehedinti Water Management System, the “red code” issued yesterday morning for Motru River was lifted, applicable remaining the “orange code” as a result of the decrease of the flow.

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Cotnari returns
with two medals from ‘Vinandino 2009’



Two wine varieties produced at Cotnari received two medals at the International ‘Vinandino 2009’ Wine Festival held in Argentina, November 2 through 5. The company states in a press release that the ‘Grasa de Cotnari 2002’ variety received the gold medal and ‘Grasa de Cotnari 2006’ – the silver medal. Q3 2009 financial statements suggest the Romanian wine producer had a profit of EUR 590,000, down 15.7 per cent compared to Q1 2008 – EUR 700,000.


New and used vehicle registrations
notable falling



The registrations of new vehicles dropped by 69 per cent to 7,572 units in October 2009 compared to October 2008 and the registration of used vehicles fell by 62 per cent to 13,889 units, according to the Vehicle Registration and Driving Licenses Department (DRPCIV). The number of registered new passenger vehicles in the first ten months of the year dropped by 61 per cent to 96,209 units, and the number of used passenger vehicles fell by 12 per cent to 179,156 units, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The best selling brand in the new passenger vehicle segment was Dacia – 2,483 units in October 2009 compared to 7,778 units in October 2008, the decline registered by the brand being of 68 per cent. Regarding the registrations of used passenger vehicles, Volkswagen came in the first place with 4,081 units, followed by Opel – 3,596 units, and by Ford – 1,250 units.

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