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iReadfaces opens
in Bucharest



iReadfaces – an exhibition showing over 250 photographic portraits signed by Cristian Radu will open at The Ark in Bucharest, Wednesday at 8 PM, the organizers of the event told Mediafax.


iReadfaces is a photographic project that took off in the summer with an author’s self-portrait, and continued with a few more dozens of works. Hundreds of people including Cristi Puiu, Cristian Crisbasan, Jean-Lorin Sterian, Dan Persinaru, Vali Barbulescu, Carla Szabo, Cornel Lazia, Alexandru Balasescu and Cristi Balint let themselves be photographed ‘without the masques they wear in the society everyday’.


The concept of the exhibition – Cristian Radu, the author of the project, explains – is ‘to show people as they really are’. ‘My challenge was to convince them to take off their masques, and their challenge was to see themselves as I show them’ the photograph said. Cristian Radu has studied photography at the Ecole Nationale Superieure Louis-Lumiere of Paris. He has worked with various Romanian magazines, and now he has works exhibited at the Karousel – the only Romanian exclusive photography gallery. The exhibition will be open until December 3, from 10 AM to 7 PM. Entry will be free.


Photo exhibition
by female-inmates
at Nottara



Photographs taken in prison by six inmates at the Targsor Women’s Prison, coordinated by Cosmin Bumbut will be shown in an exhibition at the Nottara Theatre on November 25/26, within the National Inmates Theatre Festival. The National Prison Administration informs in a press release that the six prisoners locked up at the Targsor penitentiary had attended a photography workshop organised by Cosmin Bumbut in their orison, in July – August this year. They were equipped with cameras by the F64 shop and, for two months, were able to take photos inside the penitentiary. ‘I was amazed after the first training course; the girls had already taken a few good photographs suitable for an exhibition’, Cosmin Bumbut said. He further noted that the inmates had continued to improve their skills and that, at the end of the project, it had been very difficult for him to make a selection out of a total of 14,000 pictures.


Online Christmas radio channel ProFM Xmas launched


ProFM has launched ProFM Xmas, an online radio station dedicated to the winter holidays, which can be listened to at www.profm.ro, according to a press release to Mediafax. People who want to listen to the most beautiful Romanian and international Christmas music of all times only need to visit www.profm.ro. ‘Apart from the extremely well-known Christmas pieces, our play lists will cover a wide range of genres (dance, pop, pop rock, country, oldies), as long as a long period of time, from the first Christmas songs in the 1940s up to the latest pieces of contemporary artists’, ProFM live stream Manager Bogdan Graur said.


Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Dean Martin, Elvis Presley, Jackson 5, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, but also Celine Dion, Gregorian, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Stefan Hrusca, Stefan Banica, Anca Parghel, Andra or Nicola are some of the artists in the play lists of the new ProFM Xmas stream that will be accessible until December 31.

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Bute vs. Andrade live on public television


The bout that pits Lucian Bute, the world’s IBF super-middleweight champion, against Mexico’s Livrado Andrade will be aired live by TVR 1 on Saturday at 5.30 AM, Agerpres informs. This will be the fourth time when Bute is defending his world title and his second bout against Andrade. Bute previously defeated Andrade on October 24, 2008. Howard Grant, Librado Andrade’s coach, compares Lucian Bute, the world’s IBF super-middleweight champion, to a seriously damaged Mercedes. Andrade’s coach believes that the Mexican boxer will set things right in this return bout.


‘Ioan Chirila’ Awards: Marian Dragulescu –
athlete of the year



Gymnast Marian Dragulescu won the ‘Athlete of the year’ award during the fifth edition of the ‘Iona Chirila’ Awards gala. Likewise, Catalin Oprisan won the ‘Book of the year’ award for his book ‘Steaua – The legend of a football team.’ Journalists Catalin Tolontan and Mirela Neag won the Grand Award, while Andrei Nourescu won the ‘Reporter of the year’ award. The competition included the journalists nominated by the most important media institutions in Romania.


Contra could return
to Dinamo



34-year-old Romanian fullback Cosmin Contra, currently playing for Spain’s Getafe, could leave his club during this winter’s season break in order to return to Dinamo, the futbolmercado.es informs. ‘Cosmin Contra, Getafe’s Romanian fullback, could part ways with the club after five seasons spent there because of the small number of caps that head coach Michel gave him this season. Thus, as he underlined for ‘Cadena Ser,’ the Romanian player has many opportunities to return home once the winter’s transfer period opens in January. His fate could be to rejoin Dinamo Bucharest, the team that is interested the most in obtaining Contra’s signature,’ the aforementioned source wrote.


Banned from the stadium, spotted in the stands


Four Steaua fans that were banned from entering Romanian stadiums were spotted in the stands during the game that Steaua Bucharest played against Astra Ploiesti, Mediafax informs. The four were spotted with the help of CCTV cameras after they managed to make their way past the security agents posted at the stadium’s entrances. The fans, with ages ranging from 16 to 22 years, were banned from entering Romanian stadiums for a year after they stoned a public bus in April this year. The incident occurred ahead of Steaua’s game against CS Otopeni and the bus was carrying CS Otopeni fans.


CONCACAF endorses U.S. bid to host World Cup
in 2018 or 2022



The U.S. bid to host the World Cup again in 2018 or 2022 has been endorsed by CONCACAF, soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, Mediafax informs. Mexico withdrew its bid in September, leaving the U.S. as the lone contender from the Americas. Australia, England, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands-Belgium, Russia, and Spain-Portugal have also bid to host both World Cups, and Qatar and South Korea bid for 2022 only. England and Spain are viewed as the leading contenders to host in 2018, while the U.S. is viewed as a top candidate for 2022.

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PDL Gorj campaign
manager seriously injured in road accident



Four people, among whom the campaign manager for the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) in Gorj County, Ionel Mantog, were seriously injured, and a fifth person lost his life, following a road accident. According to the chief inspector with the Gorj traffic Police, Constantin Sabulea, the accient happened on DN 66, in the Gorj commune of Pieptanari, after the BMW car driven by Mantog engaged into overtaking and hit an oncoming ambulance containing four people. All the four people in the ambulance were gravely injured. One of them died a short while after the accident. The collision also resulted in the former leader of PDL Gorj being injured too. He, and the other three injured, were rushed to the Tg. Jiu-based County Hospital.


Pupils go on holiday 5 days earlier


The pupils from the pre-university education will go on holiday five days earlier, meaning on December 14, instead of December 19 as stipulated by the structure of 2009-2010 school year, because the teachers will be on unpaid holiday during December 14-18. The Education Ministry established, at the end of the past week, that the unpaid free days for the teachers will be granted on November 30 and during December 14-18. The measure was taken in the context of the enforcement of Law 329 regarding the reduction of the expenditures.

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Wizz Air enlarges Cluj Napoca-based fleet and launches new routes


Romania and Central and Eastern Europe’s largest low fare – low cost airline Wizz Air is launching new flights from Cluj-Napoca and from its other two local bases – Bucharest and Timisoara, according to a press release. A brand new Airbus A320 will be allocated to the local base next summer, increasing the Wizz Air Cluj-based fleet to three units and the total fleet the company has in Romania to seven A320 aircraft. The new plane will start flying on June 12, allowing for new routes to be introduced from Cluj-Napoca to Pisa and Cuneo. At the same time, the air carrier will also launch a Bucharest-Pisa flight and, on March 29, a Timisoara – Forli Bologna flight. Wizz Air will continue to develop in Romania where it will announce further plans regarding the expansion of its flight network in the near future. ‘(…) Being the biggest low-cost airline in Romania, our prestige and level of commitment drive us to grow and develop ourselves for the benefit of the country and of our passengers. We trust that the third aircraft allocated to our Cluj-Napoca base will continue to strengthen our market position’, Wizz Air Commercial manager Gyorgy Abran stated.


European funds
for Romanian farmers



Until now the Agency for Payments and Intervention in Agriculture (APIA) has paid RON 642.3 M (EUR 152.2 M) to the farmers, with the sum being the advance payment that represents 70 per cent of the financial support offered from European funds, an APIA communiqué points out. 496,519 farmers that fulfilled the conditions imposed by European regulations have benefited from this financial support. APIA started to offer the advance payment as part of the single payment per surface scheme (SAPS) on October 16, with the advance payment standing at RON 209.98 per hectare. For 2009 the value of the direct single payment per surface stood at EUR 71.12 per hectare. 1,121,107 requests were filed as part of the SAPS 2009 campaign. For the SAPS 2009 campaign Romania benefits from EUR 623.3 M from EAGF funds, the national budget and the EAFRD. The schemes/support measures are financed by the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (EAGF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), the state budget, and by the budget of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Development.

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BNR: Population
and company deposits up 0.2 pc in October



The deposits of non-government resident customers rose in October by 0.2 percent against September 2009, to RON 162.066 bln, the National Bank of Romania (BNR) announced. The deposits in RON of the population households dropped 0.7 percent to RON 58.582 bln. On October 31, 2009, the deposits in RON of the population households registered a growth of 17.2 percent (12.4 percent in real terms) vs. October 31, 2008.


The deposits in RON of the legal persons (non-financial companies and non-monetary financial institutions) decreased by 1.8 percent, to RON 40.853 bln. On October 31, 2009, the deposits in RON of the legal persons decreased by 1.7 per cent (-5.8 percent in real terms) vs. October 31. 2008. The deposits in foreign currency of the residents of the population households and the legal persons (non-financial companies and non-monetary financial institutions), expressed in RON, went up 2.5 percent, to RON 62.630 bln (expressed in Euro, the foreign currency deposits increased by 0.2 percent, to EUR 14.58 bln). Compared to the same month of the previous year, the deposits in foreign currency of the residents expressed in RON increased 27.5 percent (expressed in Euro, the deposits in foreign currency of the residents went up 8.7 percent).


BCR awarded
at Good CSR 2009 Gala



The Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR) was awarded for the best corporate social responsibility report, within Good CSR 2009 reporting and international communication programme, developed by Braun&Partners Network, according to a press release. Five Romanian companies published in 2009 their first reports under the Global Reporting Initiative international indicators, alongside 22 Hungarian companies and two Polish companies. BCR received the award for the best type C short corporate social responsibility report (CSR), under international indicators, for the transparent communication of the CSR practices, corporate governance and commitment to community. During the regional Gala from Budapest, on November 23, 2009, an independent jury awarded the companies which had the best reports , and from Romania BCR was chosen as winner.


CEC Bank – seventh
subject to assets



CEC Bank climbed on the seventh place in a classification of the banks from Romania subject to assets, Standard.ro informs. CEC president Radu Ghetea declared that the advance of the bank is due chiefly to the growth of the credits this year. CEC Bank has arrived at a solvency level of 18 percent, above the level requested by the central bank. This year, when almost all the local banks have frozen or reduced significantly the credits, CEC Bank announced an advance of the market share in the loan segment of 1 per cent. The resources attracted from clients also registered a similar evolution, and the bank arrived to control 7.4 percent of the total deposits from the banking system. CEC adjudicated at the end of June 5.5 percent of the assets of the banking market and ranked the seventh biggest player from the system. CEC Bank has 1,351 units at national level, the equivalent of the most extended network from the Romanian banking system. “We have only three years since we operate as a commercial bank. This metamorphoses from savings house to commercial bank does not depend exclusively on us. The behaviour of the clients is very important. The populations, the SMEs, the local administration are the clients of the bank. The population is the traditional segment of CEC and I believe that in the coming year they will remain the basic clients. We have planned affairs with the local administration and to fund agriculture,” declared Radu Gratian Ghetea, president CEC Bank. In the next period, CEC Bank intends to credit the SME’s and agriculture on a priority basis.


The national currency
has appreciated
at RON 4.2648/Euro



The National Bank of Romania announced yesterday a reference rate of RON 4.2648 for 1 Euro, down 1.61 bani (0.37 per cent) compared to Monday, when the Euro was rated at RON 4.2809. The best RON/Euro rate registered in the past few weeks was on October 6, 2009, when 1 Euro was rated at RON 4.2619. The US dollar lost ground in front of the national currency, BNR establishing a rate of RON 2.8525, down 0.55 bani (0.19 per cent), vs. the value of RON 2.8580 from the previous session. The gram of gold was rated on Tuesday at RON 107.3530, up 20.12 bani (0.18 per cent), compared to RON 107.1518, the value established in the session of Monday.

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Final results: Basescu, Geoana at 1.29 pc votes difference


According to the final results announced yesterday by the Central Electoral Bureau, Traian Basescu won the first round of elections with 32.44 per cent of the votes. Mircea Geoana was second with 31.15 per cent of the votes. Crin Antonescu won 20.02 per cent of the votes. Here are the results registered by the other candidates: Corneliu Vadim Tudor – 5.56 per cent; Kelemen Hunor – 3.83 per cent; Sorin Oprescu – 3.18 per cent; George Becali – 1.91 per cent. The other candidates won less than 1 per cent of the votes. The voter turnout stood at 54.37 per cent, namely 9,946,748 voters. The results of the referendum show that 77.78 per cent of the voters were in favor of a single-chamber Parliament, with 88.84 per cent voting in favor of reducing the number of MPs. The voter turnout for the referendum stood at 50.95 per cent, namely 9,320,240 voters.

75 per cent of Antonescu voters might support Geoana, survey shows


According to a survey authored by the ‘Qvorum’ European Institute for Participative Democracy and publicized yesterday, 75 per cent of the people that voted for Liberal leader Crin Antonescu in the first round would vote for Social-Democrat Mircea Geoana in the run-off. The survey shows that the largest part of Antonescu’s electorate finds Geoana’s ideas on its liking rather than Basescu’s. If the Liberals were to vote on rational rather than emotional bases, then 75.1 per cent of them would back Geoana in the run-off while 24.9 per cent would vote for Basescu. In what concerns the electorate of the other candidates, the situation is the following: 81 per cent of Corneliu Vadim Tudor’s voters would vote for Geoana and 19 per cent for Basescu; 65.2 per cent of Kelemen Hunor’s voters would vote for Geoana and 34.8 per cent for Basescu; 78.3 per cent of Sorin Oprescu’s voters would vote for Geoana and 21.7 per cent for Basescu.

Poll: 4 pc of Romanians followed election campaign
on the internet



The web-based election campaign seems to have been an unprofitable business for the candidates in the presidential election, according to the results of an opinion poll conducted by the Romanian Institute for Evaluation and Strategy, quoted by Realitatea TV. The poll suggests only 4 per cent of Romanians actually followed the political battle on the internet, and 95 per cent say were not interested in it. Over a half of the respondents think the election will be won by the most deserving candidate. Opinions are divided when it comes to visual broadcasters: 43 per cent say TV stations were objective and 42 that they were not objective. Over 51 per cent of the population say they were pleasantly surprised by at least one candidate, while 60 per cent say were disappointed in the performance of one of the 12 candidates.


All candidates’ political programmes remained a mystery for more than 35 per cent of the voting public and only 30 per cent were aware of their electoral offers. Thirteen per cent say they knew the programmes of a majority of the candidates and 13 per cent were aware of the electoral agenda of at least one of the candidates.

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NGOs challenge
referendum in Constitutional Court



The Pro Democratia Association and the Press Monitoring Agency have challenged in the Constitutional Court the process of the referendum on Sunday and the constitutional judges will establish the date when they address the motion of the two NGOs. A motion for the suspension of the referendum, filed before the date of the referendum on the unicameral Parliament and reduction of the number of MPs was declined by the Bucharest Court of Appeal last week.

PRM challenges
presidential election



The Greater Romania Party (PRM) is asking the Constitutional Court to cancel the first round of the process for the election of the president of Romania, on Sunday, claiming ‘an unimaginable avalanche of fraud instances’. The constitutional judges are expected to set a date for addressing the motion. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday announced that PRM’s request had been registered, waiting for a court date. ‘President Ioan Vida, given the unimaginable avalanche of instances of fraud, abuses and other illegalities committed in the process of the presidential election on November 22, 2009, the Greater Romania Party hereby asks you to cancel the election’, reads PRM press release sent to Mediafax. According to PRM, as long as Romania is a member state of the European Union, if ‘this so-called election – that scandalizes an entire country – was to be validated’, Romania would become ‘the laughing stock of the entire world’ and the public would lose confidence in democracy.

TVR wants to organize at least two election debates


On Tuesday the public television station has filed to the campaign staffs of the two candidates still in the Presidential race the invitations to at least two debates on TVR, the Romanian Television Company (SRTv) informs. The debates, proposed by TVR for November 30, December 1 and December 4, will be organized with all the legal provisions in mind, the SRTv communiqué reads. ‘The SRTv initiative comes as a consequence of the interest shown by the public for a direct confrontation between the candidates and out of the desire to stimulate a high voter turnout,’ the Romanian Television points out. Traian Basescu stated that he will accept the TVR invitation to two debates against his counter-candidate Mircea Geoana, adding that he is ‘open to taking part on theme-based debates on a daily basis.’ ‘Do you think that’s enough? I think there should be a minimum of 3-4 debates. We could have one each day,’ Basescu stated when asked if he agrees with the TVR debates.

Diaspora voted
for Basescu



The electoral bureau set up for the voting centers located abroad has announced on Tuesday that of the 94,383 votes cast abroad 52,904 were for Traian Basescu, 16,449 for Crin Antonescu and 11,717 for Mircea Geoana.


C.V. Tudor was fourth with 5,080 persons voting for him abroad. Sorin Oprescu was voted by 3,190 people, with George Becali winning 2,285 votes. Hunor Kelemen won 999 votes. The electoral bureau for the voting centers located abroad points out that all of the votes from the 294 voting centers have been counted.

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