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Mircea Lucescu – coach of the year at the Romanian Football Gala


Head coach Mircea Lucescu and fullback Razvan Rat, the winners of the last UEFA Cup trophy with Shakhtar Donetsk, have won the head coach of the year and the player of the year awards at the Romanian Football Gala, an event that took place on Wednesday at the Rin Grand Hotel. Robinson Zapata, Steaua Bucharest’s goalkeeper, won the best foreign player in League I award. Danut Coman (FC Brasov) won the best goalkeeper award, while Marius Bilasco (Unirea Urziceni) won the best striker award. Unirea Urziceni’s head coach Dan Petrescu won the special award for representing Romania in the Champions League. Marius Avram won the referee of the year award, while head coach Viorel Hizo won the excellence award. The gala also hosted the Miss Romania 2009 competition won by Alina Sarmasan.


League I, leg 15 schedule


The Professional Football League has announced the schedule of leg 15 (November 27-30):


Saturday, November 28


Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt – Inter. Curtea de Arges, 4 PM


Dinamo Bucharest – Unirea Alba Iulia, 6 PM


CFR Cluj – Universitatea Craiova, 8 PM


Sunday, November 29


Pandurii Targu Jiu – Rapid 2 PM


Gaz Metan Medias – FC Timisoara, 4 PM


Steaua – FC Vaslui, 8 PM


Monday, November 30


FC Brasov – Poli Iasi, 6 PM


Unirea Urziceni – Gloria Bistrita, 8 PM


The match Otelul Galati – Astra Ploiesti is to be rescheduled, after being delayed due to AH1N1 flu.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

Grant of RON 100 M for
R. of Moldova



The Government will request Parliament to approve, urgently, the granting of a non-reimbursable financial aid of RON 100 M to the Republic of Moldova, and a set of 400,000 doses of vaccine against the pandemic flu, the spokeswoman of the Executive, Ioana Muntean, announced. According to Mediafax, the aid for the neighbouring state will be promoted in Parliament as a legislative initiative.


After the visit paid to Bucharest two weeks ago, the Moldovan Premier Vlad Filat declared that 400,000 doses of vaccine against AH1N1 virus will be donated by Romania to the Republic of Moldova. Locally made A/H1N1 vaccine shipped to outbreak areas


Presidential result leads
to sanctions



The score that Traian Basescu obtained in the first round of elections on Sunday, a score that is very low compared to the Democrat-Liberals’ expectations and with the estimates of opinion polls conducted by the party, has caused a significant row within PD-L, with the party wing headed by Blaga not wasting the opportunity to tax the Stolojan team whose representatives registered poor results in the Counties in which they headed the party’s campaign. Thus, according to ‘Jurnalul National’ daily, Monica Iacob Ridzi and her husband have already lost the right to lead the party’s run-off campaign in Hunedoara County, being replaced by Finance Minister Gheorghe Pogea. At the same time Vasile Blaga has retaliated against Catalin Flutur, Gheorghe Flutur’s cousin and the president of PD-L’s Botosani County branch, after the latter registered a crushing defeat at the hands of PSD. PSD’s result in Botosani was higher than PD-L’s by 20 per cent.


Boureanu: Dinescu was offered EUR 2,000 to support Basescu


Cristian Boureanu (PDL) and Mircea Dinescu had a live conflict full of invectives and allegations, ‘Gandul’ daily informed yesterday. The cascade of invectives culminated with a serious accusation Boureanu made to Dinescu: ‘Hey you! Dinescu, I’m looking at you and I’m going to let it out although I didn’t mean to! What about when the Mayor of Craiova was giving you EUR 2,000 on every occasion, money you have never declared, what about when you went to Basescu to negotiate your pay for campaigning for the D.A. Alliance, at the Sucevita monastery?’ ‘What a prat!…’ Dinescu replied. He went on: ‘I am prepared to swear on the Bible that I have never taken a penny’. ‘Go ahead! Sue me!’ Boureanu howled a few times.


Basescu possibly reporting
to DNA on December 8



In its yesterday’s edition, ‘Cotidianul’ daily answered the following question: ‘Why does Traian Basescu want a second term in office?’ According to the named source, Basescu is desperate for a new term because there is not yet a statute of limitations on his ‘Fleet’ judicial case. If Basescu loses election, the part of the case the High Court had returned to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) will be re-opened, the investigation will have to be redone and one of the two decisions will have to be made: Basescu will either be cleared of all charges or he will be referred to court. The president benefits from absolute immunity from prosecution up to December 6 but, should he lose, the ‘Fleet’ case will be brought up again after five years when the inquiry has been kept in suspension.

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Overdue credits of RON 945.299 M


The population and the business operators from Bucharest registered at the end of October overdue loans in RON totaling RON 945.299 M, around 23 per cent of the total overdue loans at national level, of RON 4.034 bln, according to the data published by the National Bank of Romania (BNR). The total value of the current loans in RON, in Bucharest, amounted at the end of October to RON 21.161 bln, out of a total of RON 79.84 bln in the whole country. The business operators from Bucharest had taken loans in RON of RON 10.891 bln (RON 39.208 bln at national level), while the population of RON 8.999 bln (RON 39.203 bln in the whole country). The loans in foreign currency taken up by the business operators and the population amounted in Bucharest to RON 52.563 M and in the country to RON 122.546 bln, while the unpaid ones to RON 1.332 bln, respectively RON 3.162 bln.


Gold fast approaching USD 1,200
per ounce threshold



The price of gold continues to rise, toppling record after record in the last month and a half. The precious metal’s value climbed continuously in the last ten days, HotNews informs. An ounce of gold was traded for USD 1,195.4 yesterday on the London Bullion Market, the body that regulates the precious metals’ market at world level. That was the highest value ever registered. On Wednesday the gold had reached a new historic high, surpassing the USD 1,180 per ounce threshold against the backdrop of the USD’s depreciation. The ounce of gold is quickly getting close to the USD 1,200 threshold. The price of gold reached the USD 1,100 per ounce level barely three weeks ago. The developments are registered against the backdrop in which the investors show increasingly lower confidence in the USD. The tendency is encouraging the central banks to hike their gold reserves. The brokers believe that the investors want to hedge themselves against inflation so they choose to invest in gold.


CRPE: Commitment to cut emissions will cost Romania EUR 12.5 bln


The cost that Romania will have to pay in order to comply with the commitment made towards the European Union rises to EUR 6.1 bln until 2015, and EUR 12.5 bln until 2020, Agerpres informs. The contribution consists chiefly of the growth of the quota of renewable energy and projects of energy efficiency in residential buildings, industry, transport, shows a report drafted by the Romanian Center for European Policies (CRPE). The document warns also that some of the units which generate electricity (Turceni, Rovinari, etc.) must be closed down gradually because of the emissions of nitrogen and sulfur dioxide. The condition for these centers to remain open is directly connected with the future investments in their “clean” operation. About the reduction of the gas emissions with hothouse effect, the survey notes the commitment made by Romania, in compliance with the Protocol from Kyoto, through which we are obliged to cut by 8 percent the quantity until 2012 against that from 1989. In other words, Romania may produce 1.279 bln tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) between 2008 and 2012.

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