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Romanian national team, 32nd in the world

Romania’s national football team is 32nd in the latest FIFA table despite not being one of the 32 teams that will take part in the World Cup 2010 in South Africa, Hotnews.ro informs. The team climbed four places in one month. Romania’s 763 points (11 of which won in October) place it ahead of Slovenia, the latter set to take part in the final tournament next year. Last month Romania’s national football team was 36th, with that being the poorest standing in its history. Spain tops the table with 1,622 points, followed by Brazil, The Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Germany, France, Argentina, England, Croatia etc.

Dinamo Zagreb
recovers points

Dinamo Zagreb has recovered its points after UEFA’s Appeal Commission decided that the punishment that the Croatian club received because of the incidents that its fans caused before the game against FC Timisoara on October 1 was too harsh. Thus, following this decision Dinamo Zagreb is third in Group A, with FC Timisoara being the last in the group with 2 points. Dinamo Zagreb had appealed against the UEFA Disciplinary Commission’s decision on October 30. The UEFA decision had cost the team 3 points and deprived it of the presence of its fans in the stands for its next two home-side games in the Europa League (the games against Ajax Amsterdam and FC Timisoara). When the case was reopened the Croatian team risked being eliminated from the European Cups but UEFA’s Appeal Commission decided to fine Dinamo Zagreb EUR 75,000 and to maintain the decision regarding its home-side games. The team will be excluded from European competition if its fans cause new incidents in the next three years.

Dinamo in Romanian
Cup semifinals

Dinamo defeated Astra Ploiesti last week, score 2-1, thanks to striker Andrei Cristea’s top form. The game counted for the Romanian Cup quarterfinals. Cristea opened the score in the 9th minute and went on to seal the game in the 54th minute.

The complete results of the Romanian Cup quarterfinals:

Astra 1 – Dinamo 2 (Paun 16th minute; Andrei Cristea 9th, 54th minutes); Craiova 0 – CFR Cluj 1 (Dubarbier 33rd minute); FC Vaslui 1 – Inter Curtea de Arges 0 (Burdujan 87th minute);

FC Brasov 3 – Gloria Bistrita 0 (Hadnagy 4th minute, Zaharia 30th minute, Ilyes 60th minute).

ATP chief rules out
Agassi probe

There will be no new investigation into Andre Agassi’s positive drugs test in 1997, the governing body of men’s tennis has confirmed, BBC Sport informs. Agassi admitted in his autobiography that he took crystal meth and then lied to the ATP to avoid a ban. The World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) had suggested the issue “warrants further investigation”. But ATP chief executive Adam Helfant said: “We can’t reopen the case because he’s no longer playing on the tour.” Agassi, who won eight Grand Slams and is one of only six men to win all four major titles, wrote in his autobiography that he took the highly addictive drug with a former assistant and then lied to the ATP that his drink had been accidentally spiked.

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Three Romanian soldiers wounded
in Afghanistan

Three soldiers that are part of the National Support Element based in Kandahar, Afghanistan, were wounded on Friday in a rocket attack, a communiqué issued by the Romanian Ministry of Defence informs. Sergeant-Major Cristian Mostoc and Sergeants Marian Muscaloiu and Marius Bertoni Taifas were injured by the blast. They are in a stable state. Sgt. Muscaloiu suffered minor injuries and was not hospitalized. The National Support Element made up of 33 soldiers started its mission in Afghanistan in October. The Romanian Army currently deploys approximately 1,050 soldiers in Afghanistan, soldiers that are mainly active in Zabul and Kandahar provinces.

Chirieac, Stanescu: explanations
in the recordings row

Sorin Rosca Stanescu declared yesterday in a press conference that the recordings which appeared in the media as a result of a meeting between himself, Catalin Macovei, president ANI, and Bogdan Chirieac, represent “one fifth” of all that was recorded in those meetings. The same also stressed that these recordings were chopped off, “were put in a certain order that may correspond chronologically or not to the way in which the discussion took place, and gave a certain interpretation to a meeting from Snagov.” In his turn, Bogdan Chirieac said that in the discussion that he had in the car with Catalin Macovei referred to several politicians. He also stressed that “this unchecked information” was used as an “electoral ace.”

1.921 cases of new flu

Health Ministry informs that another 72 cases of new flu were confirmed at national level, until yesterday, at 12.00 h., the number of cases infested with A/H1N1 virus rising to 1,921. The new cases were confirmed in the following counties: Alba – 2; Bacau – 3; Buzau – 3; Cluj – 2; Dambovita – 6; Dolj – 4; Ialomita – 1; Iasi – 2; Suceava – 7; Vrancea – 7; Ilfov -2.

In Bucharest, 33 new cases of flu with A/H1N1 virus were confirmed.

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INS: Oil and gas imports are falling

Romania imported in the first nine months of this year a quantity of crude oil of 6.1 M tons equivalent petroleum (tep), meaning 524,000 tep (7.9 per cent) less than in the same period of 2008, according to the data centralized by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).

The oil production rose during January-September to 3.601 M tep, being 2.8 per cent (98,600 tep) bigger than that from the same period of 2007.

In the same period, Romania imported a quantity of usable natural gas of 2.963 M tep, 18.8 per cent (687,300 tep) smaller than that from the same period of the past year, according to the data centralized by INS.

In the above mentioned period, the internal production of natural gas totaled 7.1 M tep, being 5.4 per cent (411,800 tep) smaller than that from January-September 2008.

Tarom: EUR 9 tickets
for another 3 international destinations

The “Winter Marathon” offer of Tarom company continues to furnish promotional tickets of EUR 9 (plus airport fees) for the return flights from Bucharest to Budapest, Zurich of Lyon. The tickets were put on sale Saturday, November 21, until December 6, 2009.The usual price of the tickets, fees included, acquired from Tarom site is EUR 92 on Bucharest-Budapest route, EUR 108 for a Bucharest-Zurich flight, and EUR 114 for Bucharest-Lyon.

The return tickets for these destinations, purchased during November 21-December 6, can be used in the period November 30-December 20. The departure date is between November 30 and December 6, while the maximum stay is 14 days.

Romania ranks the 11 largest
world producers of wine

Romania ranks the 11 in the top biggest world wine makers, with a production of 6.8 M hectoliters, being surpassed by the world leader Italy, with a production of 48.6 M hectoliters, and Chile, on the ninth place, with a production of 8.7 M hectoliters, and also Russia, tenth in the top with a production of 7.1 M hectoliters, according to the report presented by the general director of the International Vineyard and Wine Organization, Federico Castellucci, an article published on Internet portal hebdorivenord.com informs. In terms of world consumption of wine, Romania ranks tenth, with 5.4 M hectoliters per year, on the first place being France with 31.8 M hectoliters. At world level, the consumption of wine amounts to 254 M hectoliters per year.

Lafarge inaugurated at Medgidia biggest Dom silo in the world

Lafarge Ciment Romania inaugurated on Thursday, at the plant from Medgidia, the biggest “dom” silo in the world, according to Agerpres. Having a capacity of 250,000 cubic meters of clincher, the investment cost EUR 16.5 M, declared Philippe Questiaux, CEO Lafarge Ciment Romania. It is an important signal that this company “is one step ahead in regard to the preparations for the moment when the construction market recovers” and that what it planned to offer its clients “was accomplished.

The investment plan for 2006-2011, with a total value of EUR 90 M, is fulfilled in 2009 in a proportion of 75 per cent, through the commissioning of this project.

Sony Ericsson Naite, the first ecological phone in Vodafone portfolio

The ecological phone Sony Ericsson Naite, a first in Romania, is available starting today in Vodafone and partners shops, at prices starting from EUR 79 (VAT included), together with a two-year Vodafone subscription, a press release informs. Part of the international programme GreenHeart developed by Sony Ericsson for the promotion of a responsible ecological behaviour, Sony Ericsson Naite is an innovative product, conceived to contribute to the reduction of the negative impact on the environment. Thus, the material from which the phone is made contains plastic recycled in a proportion of minimum 50 per cent. The new Sony Ericsson Naite has also a charger with a low consumption of energy, while the instruction book is available in electronic format, in the menu of the phone, reducing by over 90 per cent the quantity of paper included in a standard mobile phone package.

Financial woes seen limiting U.S. economic rebound

The U.S. banking industry may have pulled back from the brink, but finance executives say they still face hurdles that will tighten credit and delay an economic rebound. In recent months the industry has shown signs of recovery from the worst recession in 70 years, which crushed some of the nation’s biggest banks and forced others to write down tens of billions of dollars in toxic assets.

But with banks reluctant to lend and consumers afraid of borrowing, chances of a strong and quick economic recovery are slim, bankers and investors said at the Reuters Global Finance Summit this week.

The U.S. economy grew at an annual rate of 3.5 percent in the third quarter, its first growth in more than a year. But the main impetus was government subsidies on cars and housing. Unemployment rose to a 26-year high of 10.2 percent in October and is expected to be a drag on the economy for some time. Banks – which need to increase lending for a true recovery to take hold – have been trimming credit to cushion losses and save capital. Mortgage delinquency rates and the percentage of loans in foreclosure jumped to record highs in the third quarter, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association. It forecast the trend will continue into 2010. Credit card losses are seen peaking next year, and commercial real estate losses will likely become a big headache for more lenders.

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