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Valentina Elisei-Ardean undergoes
successful surgery



Handball player Valentina Elisei-Ardean’s surgery took place on Monday in a clinic in Antwerp (Belgium) and was successful, her husband stating that the surgery lasted quite some time but was successful. ‘It wasn’t easy, the surgery lasted a lot but now everything’s fine and Alice is sleeping. We will return home on Saturday and we all hope that the recovery will go well,’ the handball player’s husband stated.


Valentina Elisei-Ardean was operated by famous orthopedic surgeon Marc Martens and will need approximately 6 months to recover.


Valentina Elisei-Ardean injured her left knee in the first half of the game that Oltchim played and won against Zvezda Zvenigorod, score 31-27. The game counted for Group C of the EHF Champions League.


This is the second time when Ardean will miss a World Cup tournament because of an injury. She previously lost World Cup 2007.


Hanescu,
eliminated from round 1 of Paris Masters



Romanian tennis player Victor Hanescu, 37th in the ATP, was defeated by Spain’s Albert Montanes (32nd in the ATP) on Monday, score 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (3). The game was part of the first round of the Paris Masters Series, a tournament with total prizes of EUR 2.75 M. For his presence on the main table Hanescu will receive EUR 8,000 and 10 ATP points.


Three Romanian
representatives within the commissions of the European Union of Gymnastics



1Mircea Apolzan, the secretary general of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation, Irina Deleanu, the president of the Romanian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, and international referee Anca Grigoras Mihailescu, have won new four-year mandates within the special commissions of the European Union of Gymnastics at the Tel Aviv Congress. The three representatives of the Romanian school of gymnastics have been re-elected or elected for the first time as follows: Mircea Apolzan (re-elected member of the Men’s Technical Commission), Irina Deleanu (re-elected member of the Rhythmic Gymnastics Commission), and Anca Grigoras Mihailescu (elected member of the Women’s Technical Commission).

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Tanker truck with nitric acid bursts into flames


A Slovak tanker truck carrying nitric acid fell 10 meters from a bridge and burst into flames. The crash took place on Tuesday morning on a bridge in Nadasel locality, close to Cluj-Napoca. Gina Pop, the spokesperson of the Cluj County Police Inspectorate, has stated that the firefighters intervened on the scene and that the fire was put out. There were no victims. The truck’s driver and a passenger were nevertheless seriously injured, with the extrication crews intervening in order to set them free from the mangled wreckage. The 20-ton tanker truck fell from a bridge located on National Road 1F. The preliminary investigations have shown that the driver had fallen asleep. Traffic on DN 1F Cluj-Napoca – Zalau was disrupted for several hours but returned to normal in the afternoon.


Armed robbery
in Medias



A man robbed a gas station in Medias, Sibiu County, on Tuesday morning after waving a toy gun at an employee. The robber left off with RON 1,300. ‘The incident took place at a gas station located at the edge of Medias on the road towards Dumbraveni. After taking the money the man drove off,’ Luciana Baltes, the spokesperson of the Sibiu Police, stated. ‘Considering that the robber wore a mask it is difficult to come up with a police sketch. The Medias policemen are conducting investigations and have formed a circle of suspects. We are primarily hearing and checking the persons in our database. Moreover, we are conducting investigations that are specific for this type of cases,’ Baltes added.

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Romania, inefficient
control of agriculture subsidies in 2008



The European Union’s Court of Accounts has labeled Romania’s administrative procedures and controls inefficient when it comes to making sure the EU’s agricultural subsidies have been properly offered as part of the surface-based system of payments, Mediafax informs.


Last year Romania received EUR 421 M from the EU funds (totaling EUR 2.974 bln) earmarked for the Single Surface Payments System (SPUS). The funds came from the European Fund for Agriculture and Rural Development. The European institution’s inspectors have signaled irregularities in what concerns both the administrative procedures and controls whose goal is to check the correctitude of the payments, but also in what concerns the implementation and the control of the BCAM system that conditions the obtaining of the funds on a series of agricultural and environment criteria.


Proper waste
management system
can develop ecotourism



Romania currently has extremely slim chances to develop its ecotourism if we consider the amount of littering that takes place within the Danube Delta, with the segment able to develop only through a proper waste management system, Costel Popa, the director of the ‘Save the Danube and the Delta’ Association, stated yesterday in a press conference. In his opinion, Romania fares badly when it comes to waste management. ‘Romania fares badly when it comes to the waste management system. The environment NGOs consider that not everyone should pay a tax for the picking up of garbage,’ Costel Popa stated. ‘The reformation of the Environment Fund cannot be done unless there are experienced independent evaluators, a table to reflect the established criteria, a reduction of bureaucracy and last but not least, the disappearance of those agreements reached with fellow organizations that have party members,’ Popa explained.

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Rombat sets new historical sales and production record in October


Bistrita-based Rombat SA company – the largest Romanian vehicle battery producer – has outdone itself setting a new production and sales record in October, in spite of the adverse crisis conditions, according to a press release. Never before in its nearly 30 years of activity had Rombat managed to sell over 225,000 batteries or to produce more than 233,000 in one month. ‘(…) This new record encourages us and gives us the hope that Rombat’s position on the local and European relevant market will strengthen. The investment made in the previous years is now paying off’, Rombat SA General Manager Ioan Repede stated. The battery producer reported an approximate turnover after first ten months of RON 168,12m, 1.04 per cent up compared to the relevant period the previous year – RON 165.83 M.


Lime Rock invests USD 25 M in Expert Petroleum


Expert Petroleum SRL, a Romania-based oil and gas company specializing in the reclamation of depleted oil and gas fields announces in a press release it will be the recipient of USD 25 M investment by global energy operator Lime Rock Partners. Expert Petroleum SRL, part of the NT&S Grup Energy, has acquired eight depleted field licences in Romania, where it is implementing state of the art technology for their re-development and reclamation, as well as for the preparation of new oil and gas extraction fields. The USD 25 M to be invested by Lime Rock will continue to finance the company’s operations as well as its drilling activities. The Lime Rock Partners and the Expert Petroleum teams will continue working together to identify new investment opportunities, to expedite the development of existing oil and gas fields, to purchase new production fields and to set up innovative partnerships with regional gas production leaders together with whom they intend to restore and redefine other depleted oil and gas fields.


Over 100 brands at HiFiarena 7th edition


Over 100 brands will participate in this year’s (7th) edition of the HiFiarena – ‘Romanian Home Entertainment Show’ – with latest generation equipment – stylish sound systems, speakers incorporating state-of-the-art technology with superior playback quality, ultra-slim home theatre surround systems, high definition players and super-efficient LCDs. According to a press release, the landmark event for both the relevant market and for hi-fi technology passionate will be organized by Expotek at the Radisson SAS Hotel, November 12 through 15. The 7th edition of the HiFiarena will open on Thursday, November 12, at 10:00, and can be visited every day from 10:00 to 20:00, for RON 30.


Sixth edition of EXPOMIL to start today


The ROMEXPO Exhibition Center will host the 6th edition of EXPOMIL, the military exhibition, from November 11 to November 14, a press communiqué informs. EXPOMIL takes place every two years. Companies from the Romanian defense industry and prestigious international companies will present military products and equipment that armed forces use in the theaters of operations. Eurofighter will be present at exhibition stands 26-31, with the visitors having the chance to try out the advanced flight simulator, a system that perfectly replicates the fighter plane’s flight characteristics. At the end the visitors will receive a certificate of competency. Specialists can visit the exhibition from November 11 to November 13 (10 AM to 6 PM), with the general public allowed to visit on November 14 (10 AM to 4 PM).


Renault-Nissan to launch Indian low-cost car in 2012


NEW DELHI – Renault, Nissan Motor Co and their Indian partner will launch an ultra low-cost car in India in 2012 that will cost less than Tata Motor’s Nano, the world’s cheapest car. Carlos Ghosn, chief executive of both the French and Japanese car makers, said on Tuesday an agreement has been signed with India’s Bajaj Auto, building on a May 2008 plan for an ultra-low-cost car code-named ULC. The design, manufacturing and sourcing for the car would be done by Bajaj, with Renault and Nissan handling marketing in India and overseas, Ghosn told reporters in New Delhi. “I can tell you the cost of this car would be lower than any car today made in India,” he said, adding there would be a difference between the cost and price.

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Interim Gov’t may present 2010 budget in Parliament


Chamber of Deputies passed yesterday, without any vote against, and only two abstentions, a draft amending the Law regarding the organization of the Government, through which the dismissed Cabinet is empowered to forward to Parliament the draft of the state budget and that of the social insurance budget for 2010. The normative act modifies art. 26 of Law 90/2001 regarding the organization of the Government and stipulates that in extraordinary situations, whose regulation cannot be postponed, the Government can initiate draft laws for the ratification of certain international treaties and the drafts of the state budget and the state social insurance budget. The legislative proposal will be conveyed to Senate which is the decision-making Chamber.

Gitenstein: US don’t have favourites at the presidential elections


The United States don’t support a certain candidate at the presidential elections from Romania, declared the American Ambassador to Bucharest, Mark Gitenstein, in an interview published on Monday on the blog hosted by the electronic edition of the daily Wall Street Journal. “Everyone wants to know immediately where the U.S. stands, especially regarding the upcoming election. But we don’t have a candidate. We have to be careful not to make statements on that front that could be misinterpreted, because the U.S. is not supporting a candidate’, the American Ambassador said.


Gitenstein also stated that he was busy in the first weeks of his mandate of ambassador, a “very intense” office, considering the turmoil in the political arena from Romania, extremely commented by the media which is in his opinion “very aggressive and presents the situation from a variety of political points of view, which is a good thing for a healthy democracy, as he said.

Ovidiu Ohanesian requests declassification of Iraq abduction file


The journalist Ovidiu Ohanesian requested on Tuesday the Senate Commission on Defence to take steps for the declassification of the file regarding the abduction from Iraq and of the two files disjoined from it, the armament file and Hayssam escape file. “I put at the disposal of the Commission numerous documents, recordings, and testimonies which prove the muffling of these files for four years, I brought clarifications especially in connection with the armament file, which comes up after four years and proves that behind the abduction from Iraq there were quite different things, quite different interests, especially the international trafficking and smuggling of weapons, made by Omar Hayssam with various persons from important institutions of the country, politicians and businessmen,” Ohanesian said. Asked to what politicians he referred, the journalist said that they are politicians “who want to become the president of the country.” He declared himself discontent with how the file was handled and how the affair was muffled. “President Traian Basescu classified for 50 years what was more important in the file of the abduction from Iraq, more exactly the main guilty persons, the organizers of this affair and the real reasons for which the kidnapping from Iraq was set up, namely the weapon trafficking and smuggling,” he said.

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