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Bronze medal in Weightlifting WC


Romanian athlete Valeriu Calancea won the Bronze Medal in the 94-kilogram category’s clean and jerk event last Friday at the Weightlifting World Cup in South Korea. Calancea won the medal after lifting 211 kilograms and after failing in his attempt to lift 218 kilograms. The Romanian athlete was outclassed by Vladimir Sedov (Kazakhstan) who won the Silver Medal and by Kim Seong-Jong (South Korea) who won the Gold Medal. In the snatch event Calancea failed all of his three attempts. Vladimir Sedov won the Gold Medal both in the snatch event and in the overall standings. Calancea’s medal was Romania’s second after Ninel Minulescu won the Silver Medal in the 69-kilogram category’s snatch event.

Rugby: Romania 18 – Fiji 29


Romania’s national rugby team lost its test-game against Fiji on Saturday, score 18-29 (11-7). ‘The Oaks’ scored two tries (Tonita and Balan), two conversions (Vlaicu and Dumbrava) and two penalties (Florin Vlaicu). Fiji scored three tries (Goneva, Naikadawa, Nagusab, Ratu), three conversions (Matavesi) and one penalty (Matavesi). Both teams had one of their players temporarily eliminated. Fiji played a man down in the first half after Samu Bola was booked for stepping on the head of an opponent. In the second half Romania played one man down for 14 minutes after Stelian Burcea was booked for high tackle.

Chess tournament at Palace of Parliament


India’s Viswanathan Anand, the holder of the chess world title, took part in a chess tournament within the Palace of Parliament’s I.C. Bratianu Hall. Dr. Constantin Balaceanu-Stolnici, politician Valeriu Tabara and six juniors took part in the tournament. The tournament lasted approximately two and a half hours, with Anand winning all of the 20 games. Anand was a FIDE world champion from 2000 to 2002 at a time when the world title was shared between two players. Anand became the world’s undisputed champion in 2007 and in 2008 he successfully defended his title against Russia’s Vladimir Kramnik. That victory made Anand the first player that won the World Championship in three different formats: knockout, tournament and games. He will defend his title in 2010 against Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov.

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Tourist found dead
in Fagaras Mountain



A tourist was killed on Saturday in Fagaras Mountain after slipping on the snow and falling into a precipice. Sibiu Mountain Rescue Chief Adrian David said that tourist left Balea Lac to Caltun on Saturday and that the accident occurred in the area surrounding Laitel Peak, at a 2,390-metre altitude. “His companions called us on Saturday and told us the man had left the chalet and they didn’t know where he was. Later on, they called us and said they found him in a precipice and that he was dead. The tourist probably hit some rocks when falling and died,” David said. In Fagaras Mountain, the layer of snow is of about 15 centimetres at heights of over 2,000 metres.

Truck involved
in lethal accident
in Calarasi



One man was killed and another one was severely injured when the truck they were on, loaded with bitumen, overturned on National Route 3 between Bucharest and Calarasi on Friday. Preliminary inquiries showed the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle, which skidded off the road and overturned, landing in a roadside ditch. A spokesperson for the Calarasi Emergency Situations Inspectorate, Mihai Ionescu, said military firefighters were called on the scene, together with a team of the Mobile Emergency Intervention Unit. The firefighters sprinkled foam over the truck, to prevent the fuel from igniting and causing a blast. Ionescu added that the driver, 33, died upon impact, while the front-seat passenger, a 38-year-old man, was taken to Calarasi Emergency Hospital in severe condition. The accident also disturbed traffic in the area for several hours.

Romanian stabbed
to death in Hungary



A Romanian was lethally stabbed in a Hungarian night club. The incident occurred in Polany, in the south-west of the country, where the Romanian was living. The 28-year-old man was stabbed by a young man from a neighbouring town. Hungarian police said the assailant was arrested shortly after leaving the scene of the crime. It is not yet known why the assailant stabbed the Romanian. Almost a year ago, Romanian handball player Marian Cozma was the victim of a similar attack in a night club in the Hungarian town of Veszprem.

Two killed, six injured in Urziceni car crash


Two people died and six were injured, including two in severe condition, in an accident on National Route 2 in Urziceni yesterday. The crash involved three vehicles and occurred after one of the cars entered the opposite lane, Mediafax said. Ialomita police said an Opel with Vrancea license plates, in which there were two passengers, entered the incoming traffic lane and hit a Skoda, which was also carrying two passengers. After impact, the two vehicles hit a third car, a Dacia Logan, which was carrying four passengers, all of them from Bucharest. The two people in the Opel were taken over by an ambulance, but died in hospital. The other six people involved in the accident suffered various injuries, two of them being in severe condition and are currently at Bucharest’s Floreasca Hospital for further medical tests.

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Emil Boc: Budget revenues grow by
8 pc after 11 months



The state budget revenues have reached the level of RON 10.7 bln on November 27 this year, being 8 percent higher than the level registered on the same date last year, Premier Emil Boc stated on Saturday on Realitatea TV. ‘The state budget revenues reached a level of RON 10.7 bln on November 27 compared to the same date last year back when the revenues stood at RON 9.9 bln, as a consequence of the restructuring of expenditures and of the investment policy,’ the interim Prime Minister stated. The official pointed out that economic growth is thus being prepared for 2010, especially since the restructuring of 112 state agencies brought an extra EUR 1 bln to the state budget this year. On the other hand the Government has funds from which to cover the payment of salaries and wages in November, December and January even if the third tranche of the IMF loan comes in March, Emil Boc added. The Prime Minister pointed out that because of the fact that the tranche was postponed the interest rate at which the state will borrow from the banks in order to pay salaries and pensions will be higher.


Banks, world leaders play down Dubai debt threat


DUBAI/LONDON – World leaders expressed confidence in the global economic recovery on Friday despite fears about a debt default by Gulf emirate Dubai, while major banks played down their exposure to the debt. A host of European banks face potential losses on an estimated USD 40 billion in exposure to Dubai after the city state’s largest corporate entity, Dubai World, asked creditors for a six month standstill on debt repayments, raising fears that recent signs of improvements in banks’ bad debt levels could stall. Most banks said their exposure to Dubai and Dubai World is small or wouldn’t comment. Dubai World accounts for about USD 60 billion of the city state’s USD 80 billion in liabilities, of which half is estimated by analysts to be held by European banks. Banks helping entities to place loans typically keep at least 10% of the total, while syndicating the rest to other banks and institutional investors. Credit Suisse analysts said European banks could face a 5% increase in their bad loan provisions in 2010, or an aggregate hit of about EUR 5 billion after taxes, if they lost 50% on their estimated exposure to Dubai.

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