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National league,
last results

Gloria Bistrita managed to win its home-side game against FC Brasov on Sunday evening, score 2-1, delivering the surprise result of leg 14. Despite the three points it won, Gloria Bistrita continues to be 17th in the League I table. On Monday evening: U Craiova won 3-2 against Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt. Also on Monday took place the folowing games: Astra Ploiesti vs. Steaua; FC Vaslui vs. CFR Cluj; FC Timisoara vs. Dinamo. Politehnica Iasi will play against Pandurii Tg. Jiu today in the last game of leg 14. An unpleasant incident occurred on Sunday when the plane that was taking Dinamo to Timisoara had to return to Bucharest due to poor weather conditions.

Palermo fire Zenga after derby draw

Palermo on Monday sacked Coach Walter Zenga, just a day after their 1-1 home draw against Sicilian rivals Catania, Zenga’s former club. Zenga thus becomes the sixth Serie A coach to be sacked this season while Luciano Spalletti also quit as AS Roma boss, AFP comments. His sacking comes as a surprise as Palermo were having a reasonable season and some had been suggesting that Zenga, a former Italy goalkeeper, would be in the running to be the next Inter Milan boss. Palermo had not won in four games but one of those was a thrilling 5-3 defeat at leaders Inter where Palermo hit back from 4-0 down at half-time to 4-3 at one point. Prior to those four games they had won three in a row, including a 2-0 success over Turin giants Juventus, prompting Zenga to proclaim that his team could finish in the top four this season. They currently sit 12th but are only seven points off fourth in a tight mid-table.

Bolt, Richards win Athlete of the Year awards

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and 400-meter runner Sanya Richards of the United States won their second IAAF World Athlete of the Year awards on Sunday, AP informs. Bolt retained the honor by winning the 100- and 200-meter finals in record times at the World Championships in Berlin, matching his 100-200 double from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He won a third gold in the 400-meter relay. “It’s been an amazing year for me,” said Bolt, whose training was hampered after he injured his foot when he crashed his car in April. “I had to refocus my goals and put in a lot of hard work. I did extremely well and I’m proud of myself.” Richards, the 2006 winner, got her first major individual gold medal at the worlds in August.

Henry ‘considered
quitting’ after
handball row

Thierry Henry considered ending his international career following the furore that surrounded his handball against Ireland in the World Cup playoff in Paris last Wednesday, Mediafax reports quoting AFP. Speaking to L’Equipe newspaper, the Barcelona striker said that he felt abandoned and alone in the days after the game which saw the French qualify for South Africa on the back of a goal set up by Henry’s sleight of hand. Asked if he had considered calling time on his international career Henry replied: “Oh yes. On Friday when everything had gone too far. “I was really upset, and not for the first time. After the World Cup in 2006, I considered that but it was too early. “After Euro 2008 also but it was not the right moment. There was a new generation who needed me. It just wasn’t possible. “Despite everything that happened last week, the way I felt abandoned, I will never let my country down.”

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Cartel Alfa vice-president died on Sunday

The vice-president of the National Trade Union Confederation (Cartel Alfa), Octavian Luca, died on Sunday, most likely of a heart attack. He was found in his personal car pulled over by the side of the road between Bucharest and Brasov. According to the Cartel Alfa press office, Octavian Luca, aged 51, was on his way to a seminar in Brasov.

Armed robbery
for a meager RON 1,000
at Timis petrol station

An unidentified robber has stolen RON 1,000 from a petrol station in Dumbravita, Timis County, after the cashier was threatened at gunpoint. The robber, wearing a balaclava, and black gloves, was filmed by video surveillance cameras According to the spokesperson for the Timis County Police Inspectorate, quoted by Antena 3, the robbery lasted about 30 seconds. The robber is yet to be identified. Police is yet to learn if the gun was for real or just a toy.

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BRD, world’s 5th best factoring service provider

BRD-Groupe Societe Generale was ranked the world’s fifth best provider of factoring services by Factors Chain International. The bank expects to keep its current market share thanks to a factoring turnover of over EUR 1.7 bn this year, down 22 percent compared to the turnover in factoring services reported at the end of 2008, Agerpres informs. Having been number 6 in 2007 and number 3 in 2008, BRD is number 5 in 2009 in the charts of the best important and export factors, prepared by the Factor Chain International organisation. Since 2004, BRD has been the local factoring market leader, with a market share of 40 percent at the end of 2008. ‘In 2009 we have seen a change in the product portfolio structure, where the non-recourse factoring operations without regress (the factor takes on the bad debt risk if customers default) have grown to 64 percent of the total portfolio now compared to the period of reference in 2008, when their share was 44 percent. It shows the current trend among economic operators of better securing their debt portfolio’, said Mihaela Dimitriu, head of BRD Factoring Department.

CEC Bank to issue microprocessor cards

CEC Bank will start issuing cards with microcontroller chips in view of aligning with the relevant international security standards, the bank informed by press statement yesterday. The other new services CEC Bank is launching is the acceptance of its cards by merchants, the service being actually addressed to economic operators who will now be able to settle VISA and MasterCard payments, and the payment of service and utility bills via the CEC Bank ATM network. The latter service is addressed to CEC Bank card holders, does not require the filling in of any prior application form, and is free from charges and commissions. CEC Bank currently has a network of 1,342 offices, offering cash dispensing services at the desk and through its 810 ATMs.

Raiffeisen Zentralbank exceeds 1 percent SIF stock cap

Raiffeisen Zentralbank Austria has exceeded the maximum allowed stock held in each of the five financial investment companies (SIFs) which is 1 percent, with average shareholding of about 1.2 percent in the companies, according to a statement made to the Bucharest Stock Exchange yesterday, Mediafax reports. The Austrian bank holds 1.257 per cent in SIF Muntenia (SIF4) and 1.25 percent in SIF Moldova (SIF2), the two also being the largest stocks held in the SIFs. Raiffeisen Zentralbank is also among the shareholders in SIF Oltenia (SIF5) – almost 1.22 percent, SIF Transilvania (SIF3) – 1.16 percent, SIF Banat-Crisana (SIF1) – 1.16 percent. The stock exchange legislation stipulates that an investor may not hold more than 1 per cent stock in a financial investment company and, in cases where it does, he has three months to sell the extra shares.

BCF starts operating

The Commercial Railway Bank – BCF – started operating yesterday, when its first branch, in the city of Arad, opened. The opening of savings deposits and current accounts are the first services made available by the bank, Mediafax reports. The BCF general director, Petre Tulin, said the bank began operating having opened its first current account with the National Bank of Romania (BNR). As of early next year, the bank will introduce its first credit products.

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