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New flu in football league


The Professional Football League (LPF) has announced the postponement of a second League I game because one of the players tested positive for new flu infection. Astra Ploiesti’s Abel Valdez is in quarantine, with the LPF deciding to postpone the leg 15 game between Otelul and Astra. ‘The FC Otelul Galati vs. CS Asta Ploiesti game scheduled on Friday, November 27 and counting for the 15th leg of League I is postponed for a date that the LPF will establish later on depending on the epidemic developments,’ the LPF communiqué reads. This is the second of AH1N1 infection in League I after Politehnica Iasi’s Cornel Buta previously tested positive.


Another player commits suicide


ESV Pandorf’s Marcelo Da Silva Moco, committed suicide on Sunday in Austria, hotnews informs. Aged 30, Marcelo is the second player that committed suicide recently after Germany’s Robert Enke did the same. Da Silva had his driving license suspended on Saturday because he was driving under influence. The player had celebrated alongside his teammates the 6-0 victory against Wilfeinsdorf. Aged 30, Da Silva was divorced and had an 8-year-old daughter. According to the Austrian press, the player found it increasingly difficult to stay separated from his child. The police made no statement about the reasons behind his suicide but all the indications point to a serious depression, just like in Robert Enke’s case.


World chess champion
in Bucharest



World chess champion Viswanathan Anand and his wife Aruna will be present in Romanian Parliament’s ‘I.C. Bratianu’ Hall on Saturday, November 28, at 3 PM where he will take part in a chess tournament alongside 20 personalities. Anand was invited by International Grand Master Elisabeta Polihroniade. Anand was a FIDE version world champion from 2000 to 2002 at a time when the world title was shared. He subsequently won the world title in 2007 and successfully defended it against Vladimir Krmanik in 2008. With that victory he became the first player in history to win the World Championship in three different formats: Knockout, Tournament and matches. He will defend his title against Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov in 2010.


Failure in debut game


CSU Asesoft Ploiesti lost on Tuesday evening its first game in the Eurochallenge Cup. The Romanian title holders were defeated by Russia’s Enisei Krasnoiarsk, score 74-73 (33-35). Belgium’s Belgacom and Ukraine’s Donetsk are also part of Group E. Asesoft will next play against Belgacom on December 1. Only the top two teams in the group will qualify for the next stage.

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PDL Gorj campaign chief probed
for manslaughter



The head of the Democrat Liberals’ campaign in Gorj County, will be probed for manslaughter, according to prosecutor Cosmin Semenescu, who is handling investigations into the accident caused by the PDL member on Tuesday, Agerpres reported. The former PDL Gorj leader was involved in a car crash on Tuesday. Police said Mantog made an illegal turn and fully crashed into an ambulance coming from the opposite direction. One person was killed and four were injured in the crash, including Mantog. The PDL member was transferred to the Bucharest Military Hospital yesterday after asking doctors for permission to undergo further medical tests in the capital. Mantog suffered a closed head trauma during the crash, but the injury does not endanger his life, doctors said.


Senate accepted to cancel distance education at “Spiru Haret” University


Senators adopted yesterday the ordinance which stipulates the cancellation of the distance education programme at “Spiru Haret” University, regulating at the same time also the right of the students from this type of education to continue their studies at temporarily authorized or accredited programmes. PSD Senator Ecaterina Andronescu, former minister of education, explained during the debates that the ordinance tries to establish legality at a university which has gone beyond the limits of the law, and on another side to regulate the situation of the students from the distance education programme. The former minister explained that all these legislative approaches were taken only from the wish to have a good quality education in Romania and to have respect for any diploma which is issued.


CCR: Ministers and MPs may cumulate pension and salary


The judges sitting in the Constitutional Court of Romania (CCR), the members of the Superior Magistracy Council (CSM), the members of Parliament, the ministers, the ombudsman, the counselors of the Court of Audits may cumulate pension and public sector salary under a resolution of the CCR judges which nevertheless excludes the rest of the public sector workers from the list of beneficiaries of the right, according to ‘Evenimentul Zilei’ daily.


The motivation of the decision regarding the law on the re-organisation of selected public authorities and institutions was published in the Official Journal of Romania Monday evening. Concretely, the CCR judges find that the law observes the Constitution only to the extent to which the chapter on the pension-salary cumulus ‘does not refer to those individuals whose length of term is expressly set by the Constitution’.


Two students accused of murder, indicted


The two students suspected of the murder and chopping of a man in one of the quarters of a student dorm belonging to the Timisoara Medical School were indicted on charges of aggravated murder and profanation of graves. Timis Court House spokeswoman Mihaela Pop reports the prosecutors have completed the case of the two students charged with murder and referred it to court. Pop said the two students – Sergiu Florea and Carmen Bejan, both 20 years old, had been referred to court on charges of aggravated murder and profanation of graves, where the latter count refers to the fact that the two chopped the body of the man they had murdered. The first court date in the case has been set for December 4. The two defendants will be taken to the Timis Courthouse for an extension of their remand on November 28.

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Trichet: Avoided deflation, system needs fixing


AMSTERDAM – The European Central Bank has been able to prevent deflation in Europe due to its ‘solid anchoring’ of expectations on price stability, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet said in an interview published on Wednesday. “We have managed to avoid deflation risks from becoming a reality, thanks to solid anchoring of inflation expectations,” Trichet said in an interview with Dutch newspaper Financieele Dagblad. “The global financial system was too fragile,” Trichet was quoted as saying when asked about lessons learned from the past five years. Trichet also said that economic improvement has not been rapid, when considering unemployment data.


Tiriac Group no longer imports Mercedes cars


Daimler AG and the Tiriac Group have signed an agreement under which Daimler is taking on the 49 per cent held by the Tiriac Group in Mercedes-Benz Romania, Money.ro informs. From November 13, 2009, onwards, Daimler AG has been the single shareholder in Mercedes-Benz Romania. By selling of the stock in Mercedes-Benz Romania, the Tiriac Group practically stepped out of the activity of importing the German brand. The company however announces its intention of remaining an active partner in the distribution and servicing of Mercedes-Benz in Romania. Mercedes-Benz Romania (originally Daimler Chrysler Automotive Romania) started working on January 1, 2007 as a partnership between Daimler AG (51 per cent) and the Tiriac Group (49 percent). Tiriac Holdings, controlled by businessman Ion Tiriac, was forecasting EUR 1.4 bn turnover in selling vehicles, spare parts and service in 2008. Tiriac Holdings’ main competitors are Porsche Romania, Renault-Nissan Romania, General Motors South East Europe and Trust Motors.


Unita hotels cut rates
by 30 pc



The Unita chain has implemented a measure to last until March 31, 2009, under which rates in a total of 18 member-hotels (in fact all of them except those at the seaside) has been cut by about 30 percent. ‘We have cut reception rates by 30 percent on the average because we wish to attract more tourists. Our eight hotels at the Black Sea are excepted because they are closed during the affected period. The occupancy rate for the entire chain is very low at present – about 15-20 percent’, said Unita owner Josef Goschy. He added that the entire chain’s occupancy rate in the first ten months of 2009 had been about 40 percent, compared to over 50 percent in 2008. ‘2009 has been a missed year. We have had to fight in order to resist’, the businessman further said. With its 26 hotels of over 3,500 guestrooms and 7,000 restaurant seats, Unita Turism is the largest hotel chain in Romania.


Acer: Romanian notebook market to be halved


The Romanian notebook market will plunge by over 51 percent to 250,000 units this year from 480,000 units sold in 2008, according to estimations by the local representation office of Taiwanese PC manufacturer Acer. ‘We forecast that the market will drop to 250,000 units – less than the 290,000 announced by the IDC consultancy who also considered imports. In the first nine months, we imported over 31,000 notebooks and had over 30 per cent market share. To those we would add the 30,000 units carried into 2009 from the local distributors stocks in 2008 when we imported 100,000 notebooks to Romania’, said Acer Romania Notebook Business Manager Constantin Balmus, according to Mediafax. Acer expects to import 25,000 more units in the last quarter. Notebooks account for 90 per cent of Acer Romania’s revenue.

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