SPORTS

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League 1, leg 16 this weekend


The leg 16 of League I will span 5 days and will have the following schedule:


Friday, December 4: Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt – Unirea Urziceni;


Saturday, December 5: Poli Iasi – Gloria Bistrita; Rapid Bucharest – FC Brasov;


Sunday, December 6: Unirea Alba Iulia – Gaz Metan Medias; FC Vaslui – Otelul Galati; FC Timisoara – Pandurii Targu Jiu;


Monday, December 7: International Curtea de Arges – CFR Cluj; Universitatea Craiova – Steaua Bucharest;


Tuesday, December 8: Astra Ploiesti – Dinamo Bucharest.


Dan Petrescu,
on suspension, wants
to leave Romania



The Disciplinary Commission of the Professional Football League (LPF) has announced yesterday that it has suspended Dan Petrescu, the head coach of Unirea Urziceni, for two legs and has fined him RON 320 for his nervous outburst during the game that his team won against Gloria Bistrita in leg 15, score 2-0. The Romanian head coach had expressed his desire to leave League I immediately after the incident that occurred during the game, before the LPF announced its decision. During that game the head coach was sent off into the stands because of a nervous outburst caused by a controversial decision taken by the referee. Petrescu is ready to pack his bags and leave, being dissatisfied not only with this incident alone but with the refereeing decisions in general. ‘I am determined to leave! The decision is 90 per cent taken,’ Dan Petrescu stated, arguing that ‘it’s better for my health to leave.’


Ivan Patzaichin parts ways with the Federation


Former grand champion Ivan Patzaichin has stated in a communiqué that he is listed as a member of the Romanian Kayak-Canoe’s leadership structures without his permission. Patzaichin is listed as a member of the Federal Bureau, of the Federal Bureau’s Executive Bureau and of the Central Commission for competitions. ‘I find unacceptable even the simple listing of my name on a website alongside the names of persons whose competence and good-faith I continue to challenge,’ the communiqué reads, being quoted by Agerpres. Pointing out that he refuses to endorse ‘the current team that has taken over the federation’s leadership in a debatable manner,’ Patzaichin added that he will never be a party to the decline of the sport that he served for 43 years.


Nadia Comaneci launches the ‘Nadia Doll’


The ‘Nadia Comaneci’ Foundation will launch the Nadia Doll on Sunday within the Baneasa Shopping City, as part of the ‘10 for Gymnastics’ social program. By buying a Nadia doll one can become a backer of Romanian Gymnastics, with the funds resulting from the sales being earmarked for the ’10 for Gymnastics’ program that seeks to back the training activities of a group of 12 gymnasts with ages ranging from 7 to 10 years. The gymnasts are members of the Nadia Comaneci Sports High School in Onesti.

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Sixth death from swine flue reported


Less than 24 hours since reporting two more death caused by AH1N1 infection, a sixth person was reported dead following new flu infection, associated with another chronic disease. According to a release from the Health Ministry, the dead person was suffering from chronic bronchitis. Also the last 48 hours’ toll reached 124 new cases with AH1N1 pandemic, the general count reaching 3,551. On Wednesday, two other adults were reported dead, one of the patients had leukemia, and the other suffered from diabetes, a chronic affection that weakens system immunity. So, apparently, none of the dead people was healthy, they all presented other chronic diseases, creating favorable ground for the AH1N1 to develop. Of the new 124 cases diagnosed, 17 were reported in Dambovita, 15 in Bucharest and the rest in Mures, Hunedoara, Vrancea and Botosani.


According to a study by ‘Adevarul’ daily, the virus is much more dangerous for pregnant women, especially the ones in the first trimester. “The woman’s body is weak from an immunity point of view, so the virus finds favorable ground,” Dr. Geza Molnar, head of Romanian Epidemiological Society said, quoted by ‘Adevarul.’


Court acquits Doctor Serban Bradisteanu tried for EUR 4 M bribe


A Bucharest Courthouse panel yesterday acquitted Doctor Serban Bradisteanu, chief of ward at Floreasca Emergency Hospital, in a case in which he was accused of having received EUR 4 M in bribe for fixing some tenders. The court also decided to lift an asset freeze imposed on two houses and an apartment owned by the doctor. The ruling is not final and the National Anticorruption Department (DNA) has already announced it would file an appeal. Anticorruption prosecutors charged that in 2001-2002, Bradisteanu, as head of an evaluation commission for a medical equipment tender organized by the Justice Ministry, illegally allocated medical equipment to penitentiary system hospitals, using tax payers’ funds. Bradisteanu reportedly received EUR 4 M to influence the outcome of the tender.

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BUSINESS

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Ever more construction
firms go bankrupt



The number of the companies from the construction segment falls quickly. Thus, one out of five construction firms has gone bankrupt or insolvent in the first nine months of this year, and the construction sector has shrunk by up to 18 percent, declared the president of the Romanian Association of Entrepreneurs in Constructions (ARACO), Laurentiu Plosceanu, Agerpres informs. “According to my knowledge, we notice a decline of 45-50 percent of the number of authorizations for new constructions this year compared to 2008,” Plosceanu said. He stressed that Romania needs a trans-governmental strategy regarding infrastructure and, correlated with it, a strategy regarding the consumption of the available structure funds and for the generation of public-private partnerships for infrastructure projects. ARACO president considers that the investors could come from Germany, or even from the East, especially from China, and it is a moment of opportunity for the Romanian market, but which could be missed.


Romania ranks 33rd in terms of purchasing power


Romania has been ranked 33rd in Europe in terms of purchasing power by a GfK survey ‘Purchasing Power in Europe 2009/2010’. This year, Europeans’ purchasing power has dropped by EUR 800 on the average compared to 2008, now sating at EUR 11,699 per person/per year – the average of 41 countries in Europe, Agerpres informs. The situation, which is a result of the global economic and financial crisis, has considerably stepped down the bridging of the East-West divide. Romanian citizens have a purchasing power of EUR 3,103/year, according to GfK. In just about one third of the 42 Romanian counties the purchasing power is above the national average. The average purchasing power in Bucharest is EUR 4,282, which is more than 40 percent above the national average, and yet just above one third of the of the purchasing power in Germany’s poorest regions. The poorest county in Romania is Vaslui, with EUR 2.296 per person/ per year, purchasing power there being 26 percent below the national average.


Dacia to launch coupe and medium-class model


Following the Duster SUV, Dacia is launching a new medium-class saloon, bigger than the current Logan, according to the French publication AutoPlus, quoted by Antena 3 TV. The first details will be available in the second half of 2010. The future Dacia model may borrow a number of features from Renault Fluence and will sell for approximately EUR 14,000 in France, where it is set to be launched around the middle of 2011. Apart from the future saloon, Dacia is also preparing a sports coupe at an approximate price of EUR 11,000.


Bentley model Mulsanne coming
to Romania



Importer Porsche Romania is already taking pre-orders for the latest limousine from Bentley – the Mulsanne -, with deliveries expected to begin in the second half of 2010, company representatives said, according to Hotnews. The new model introduced in Frankfurt, in September, will have a V8 engine and European prices will be from EUR 243,000. The price for Romania has not yet been decided, but it cannot be too different, Porsche Romania officials said. ‘At this time we can only accept pre-orders, but the specifications of the vehicle will be ready in February 2010 and deliveries will begin in the second half of next years’, importer representatives also said. The Mulsanne will be made at the English plant Crewe starting with the second quarter of 2020. The vehicle has a V8 6.8 L and 512 HP engine, is 5.56 M long and has a 96 L fuel tank. Bentley expects to sell around 700 Mulsanne in the entire world every year.

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RON at a new maximum against EUR and the maximum of the year against USD


The National Bank of Romania posted yesterday a reference rate of RON 4.2171/Euro, down 3.25 bani (0.76 per cent) against that of Wednesday, marking a new minimum of the last two months, not reached since September 30. For the USD, the reference rate is RON 2.7883/USD, a new minimum of the year, down 0.97 per cent against that which was posted on Wednesday. Most of the analysts explain the appreciation of the RON from the last week through the loan of EUR 1.4 bln taken by the Public Finance Ministry (MFP) from banks at the end of November, not through the data published yesterday by the National Institute of Statistics regarding GDP shrinking in Q 3 by 0.06 per cent.


Euro holds gains as ECB rates unchanged


The euro held earlier gains against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank left interest rates steady, as expected. The euro was up half of a per cent at USD 1.5120, near the day’s high around USD 1.5130 and within sight of a 16-month high of USD 1.5145.Analysts say Trichet has to walk a fine line, as any hints of a rate rise would prompt traders to bid up the euro, especially as the U.S. Federal Reserve has said it would keep rates low for an extended time. On the 12-month tender, there had been some speculation the ECB may index the 12-month rate or add a spread, which would be euro positive, analysts at RBC Capital markets said. The ECB kept its main interest rate on hold at a record low of 1 percent for the seventh month running.


Fitch: Romanian banking system less resistant than other ones in the region


Romania has one of the highest – double digit – bad credit rates in the region, but experts note that local accounting standards are more restrictive than the international ones, according to Fitch rating agency, quoted by realitatea.net. The Romanian banking system is less resistant than other ones in the region, Fitch analysts claim. That is also the reason why Romania, Hungary, Latvia and Lithuania have sought the assistance of the international financial institutions. The four countries wanted to balance economic disequilibria and give their respective banking system a better stability.

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POLITICS

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Leading PNTCD members leave posts after Timisoara Pact


Actor Ion Caramitru and reputed politician Alexandru Herlea left their positions at the helm of the National Christian Democrat Agrarian Party (PNTCD), the faction led by Radu Sarbu, following the “shameful betrayal” of PNTCD’s anti-communist values with the signing of a pact in support for PSD leader Mircea Geoana. The pact was signed in Timisoara during December 1 National Day events, by Timisoara Mayor Gheorghe Ciuhandu, Geoana, PNL leader Crin Antonescu, Sarbu, and Sibiu Mayor Klaus Johannis. Under the partnership, Ciuhandu offered his support to Geoana in the presidential race. The partnership was denounced by many people present, who started jeering the politicians and mostly Geoana.


“We also want Mr. Ciuhandu to apologise to Timisoara voters for having trampled upon the values of this city, a symbol of the fight against communism,” PNTCD Cluj, in which Caramitru and Herlea are members, said in a press release yesterday.

Fight over PSD leadership if Geoana wins
election



The top post of the Social-Democrat Party is already the target of heavy in-fighting, as most party members expect current PSD president Mircea Geoana to win Sunday’s runoff against President Traian Basescu and therefore leave his position inside the party vacant, according to daily ‘Evenimentul Zilei.’ The newspaper reported that for several weeks now, ex PM Adrian Nastase, who is currently the head of PSD’s National Council, and party vice president Dan Nica are gathering supporters and are locked in a tight battle to the PSD leadership. They could be joined by a third contender for the post, such as Victor Ponta, a member of the younger generation, the newspaper said.


Nica is reportedly supported in the fight by the Viorel Hrebenciuc-Marian Vanghelie group inside the party. Moreover, Nica eyes the interior minister and deputy prime minister position in the future government led by Klaus Johannis and supported by PSD and the Liberals, according to the publication.


Nastase was the first to voice his wish to return to the party’s leadership, in a TV show on Antena 3. He added that he must see whether his colleagues are ready to accept him. “I have given it a lot of thought. I am ready. If my colleagues are ready, everything is all right,” Nastase said.


Another PSD vice president, Ion Stan, quoted by the newspaper, said there are other options for the position, such as Cristian Diaconescu. He added that Nastase will be interim leader of the party until in February or March, when an extraordinary congress will be held to elect a new leader.

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