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Conductor Camil Marinescu- on the stand of Radio Chamber Orchestra


Conductor Camil Marinescu, one of the best known Romanian conductors will return in December on the stand of the Radio Chamber Orchestra, for two concerts due on December 9 and 16, at the Radio Hall. The Wednesday programme includes only Mozart works: in the first half Symphony no. 35 in D major Haffner, K 385 and Concerto no. 2 in E flat major for horn and orchestra, K 417 (soloist Ionut Podgoreanu, first hornist of the famous Gran Teatre del Liceo from Barcelona), and in the second half Symphony no. 36 in C major Linz, K 425. The second concert conducted by Camil Marinescu will be on December 16 and will have pianist Dan Grigore as soloist. This programme also includes only Mozart works: in the first half Overture to the opera La Clemenza di Tito, K 621, and Concerto no. 20 in d minor for piano and orchestra, K 466, and in the second half Symphony no. 37 in G major, K 444 and Symphony no. 38 in D major, Prague, K 504. After he studied the bassoon at the music high school, Camil Marinescu studied this instrument, concurrently with composition and conducting at the Conservatoire from Bucharest, being one of the pupils of the remarkable conducting professor Constantin Bugeanu.


Russian director Shakhnazarov comes
to Bucharest



Karen Georgevich Shakhnazarov will be the honourary guest at the Days of the Russian Film, to be held during December 11-13 at the Peasant Museum’s New Cinema. The programme of the festival includes five films directed by Karen Georgievich Shakhnazariov. The event opens on Friday, at 8 PM, with the film “Palata No. 6” (Ward No. 6), Russia’s proposal for the Oscar 2009 awards (the “best film in a foreign language” category), in the presence of the director. The Russian director, producer and scriptwriter Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov was born in 1958 at Krasnodar. In 1975 he graduated VGIK, the Film School from Moscow. In 1998 he became general director of Mosfilm studios. His films are unanimously appreciated by the international critics, obtaining numerous awards at prestigious festivals. Besides “Ward No. 6,” other films made by Karen Georgievich Shakhnazarov to be seen at the festival are: “Kurer” (The Messenger) (1987), “Ischeznuvshaya imperiya” (Vanished Empire) (2008), “Vsadnik po imeni Smert” (The Rider Named Death) (2004), and “Gorod Zero” (City O) (1988).


History of jewelry
workshop



Calea Victoriei Foundation organizes, starting on December 8, the workshop “Introduction to the history of jewelry.” According to a press release of Calea Victoriei Foundation, the trainees will learn about the Western civilization seen through jewels, from the shell necklaces from the Paleolithic, to the goldsmiths of the Renaissance, from the glass, wood and rubber jewels to unique creations signed Cartier or Tiffany. The trainers will explain how the jewel fashion has changed, who wore them and in which cases. The participants to the workshop will also learn about the jewelers’ activity, influenced by the discovery and the import of new gems, emeralds from the New World or diamonds from South Africa, or the new materials, such as platinum and aluminum.

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Steaua Bucuresti defeated Universitatea Craiova
in extra time



The team Steaua Bucuresti defeated on Monday, in an away game, by the score of 2-1 (1-1) Universitatea Craiova team, in a match from leg 16 of League 1. The victory goal was scored by Szekely in minute 92. Craiova’s coach, Eugen Neagoe, declared that the defeat suffered by his team is unjust, because his pupils failed too many occasions to score, “as much as in half a championship.” In his turn, the forwarder Florin Costea said he is the one guilty for Universitatea’s failure, because he missed without a goalkeeper in the post. The match from Craiova was watched also by the current coach of the national team, Razvan Lucescu.


Dinamo gives up the
collaboration with
Astra Ploiesti



The football club Dinamo Bucuresti announced that it stops the collaboration from this year with Astra Ploiesti. The announcement came after coach Nicolo Napoli from Astra disclosed that Miranda and Ganea were asked by Dinamo managers to not play in the direct match from leg 16 of League 1, Agerpres informs. “I deeply dislike the fact that Miranda and Ganea were called by managers from Dinamo who told them to take care, because they risk their future if they go on the field. The boys were honest and told me, and having dignity I make it public,” Napoli said. In his turn, the president of the Managing Council from Astra, Marcel Iancu, stressed that the formation from Ploiesti is not the third team of Dinamo, while the club from Bucharest denied any attempt to intimidate.


“The Shark” promises
a “quick” improvement



The Romanian boxer Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu promises his fans to see a new Diaconu, much faster, in the return match with Jean Pascal, WBC world champion of the light heavyweight category. Adrian Diaconu was dispossessed of the WBC world belt on June 19, when he was defeated by the Canadian Jean Pascal. According to Agerpres, Diaconu trained very well for the return match with Pascal and promises, the same as Bute did before with match with Andrade, that the people will see a different boxer. “I worked very much to train, I am very well prepared. Maybe I was too tense in the first match, sometimes I was feeling as if I was not in the rink. Pascal was 100 per cent better than I expected him to be and he won. It was however a tight fight. This time it will be different, I worked a whole range of technical details, I will be faster. I had six weeks of training, I feel well and I am ready to fight,” Diaconu declared. The match with Pascal will take place at Bell Centre from Montreal, on December 11.


Tadic fined for drinking champagne


A Serbian court has fined President Boris Tadic EUR 400 for drinking champagne, in contravention of an alcohol ban in football stadiums, to toast Serbia’s World Cup qualification, Mediafax informs. He celebrated at the Red Star Belgrade stadium on 10 October after Serbia’s victory over Romania, which qualified them for the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa. Tadic told the court that he was unaware that drinking alcohol had been banned at football games. ‘I did not know that consumption of alcohol, even if only for a toast, has been forbidden so I fully take responsibility for the violation,’ he told the court. The law prohibits the sale or consumption of alcohol in stadiums and arenas during and 90 minutes after a match.

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Over 4,000 road accidents in Bucharest in 2009


A number of 4,097 accidents happened in Bucharest during January through November of this year, which left 131 people dead, 905 seriously injured and 3,893 lightly injured, the head of the Road Education Department of the Bucharest Traffic Police Brigade, Daniel Pistea, told Agerpres. The number of accidents this year was down 11.14 per cent against last year. The main causes for accidents in Bucharest included over speeding, failure to adjust speed to road conditions, inattentive or reckless pedestrian crossing and failure to comply with the ‘Yield’ sign.

Woman attempts suicide in Gorjului metro station


A woman aged 37, living in Bucharest, was rushed to hospital yesterday morning, after she jumped under a metro train entering Gorjului station. According to sources of the Bucharest Emergency University Hospital (SUUB), quoted by Mediafax, the woman escaped almost unharmed, with just a scratch, but she will stay under medical observation, because she allegedly is at her second suicide attempt. Following the incident, subway traffic between Eroilor and Preciziei stations was halted for roughly half an hour.

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GarantiBank launched credit for teachers


GarantiBank launched the credit for personal needs “Summa cum laude,” intended for the teachers from any form of education. This new product offers the teachers an interest rate 1.2 percent lower than the standard interest rate, valid over the whole duration of the contract, a granting commission cut by half, and the possibility to opt for a period of grace of four months (July, August, September, October) in each of the first four years since the credit is taken up, a press release remitted to the editorial office informs. “We developed this product in order to support the teachers who want to obtain a loan for personal needs, taking into account their specific activity. Thus, during the summer holiday, between July and October, the teachers may forget the concern to repay the loan installments. Through the credit “Summa cum laude” we offer the teachers a period of grace of up to 16 months in the first four years, when they don’t have to pay anything, interest rate or commission,” declared Okan Yurtsever, director Retail Banking and Bancassurance. The credit is available in Euro or RON, USD, Swiss Francs.


BCR: Real losses and recoveries visible only at the end
of 2010



The biggest problem of the banking system this year was that of the bad loans, and the next year it will be that of the provisions, because at the end of 2010 the real losses and the recoveries will be recorded, BCR president, Dominic Bruynseels, declared yesterday, according to Mediafax. He pointed out that the revenues of the banks will be “rather difficult to find” in 2010, situation to which the pressure of the provisions adds, which means that the banks will continue to be very careful about the costs. Bruynseels considers that the foreign credit institutions will maintain also next year the exposures in Romania, subject to the power of the parent-bank. BCR chief also estimates that the Romanian banking system as a whole will not reach any longer growths of 20-40 per cent in the coming years, considering a probable advance below 10 per cent in the next year. Bruynseels also said that the interest rate for the loans in RON will fall next year, but for the credits in foreign currency it may rise.

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