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October 18, 2021


Mutu, row in Florence

Fiorentina’s striker Adrian Mutu is accused of punching a Lebanese man in a row that erupted at a party in Florence on Friday morning. No longer worried about the debt he owed to Chelsea nor about his ‘football duties’ after he suffered an injury in November, Mutu came back under the limelight after a new ‘sleepless night.’ ‘Not the entire city is asleep in the early morning of a Friday in December: the VIP guests of a party taking place at the luxurious Four Season Hotel in Florence are still dancing. Fiorentina’s ‘phenomenon’ is among those persons. A noisy group is formed towards the end of the dance. Mutu is at its center, standing next to a guest that fell down. At least one fist was thrown so someone called the ambulance,’ violanews.com writes, quoting Italy’s ‘Il Firenze’ daily. Mutu claims that it was self-defense: ‘I fought back in order to defend myself. There is a video recording that proves that,’ he said, ANSA informs.

Ice Hockey: Game won
in U-20 WC

Romania’s Under-20 national hockey team debuted with a win at the Ice Hockey U-20 World Cup in Narva, Estonia, defeating Belgium, score 5-3 (0-1, 1-2, 4-0) at the end of a tense game, the Romanian Ice Hockey Federation (FRHG) informs. ‘The Romanian team had a poor start, with Belgium’s Jordan Paulus scoring the first quarter’s only goal in the 4th minute. Things were not much different in the second part of the game, with Romania’s Vlad Botos being sent off in the 29th minute. Gradually Romania’s players recovered the difference and managed to pull a surprising win.

World Taekwon-Do medal

Sorin Miron, a player registered within the Kwang-Gae Sports Club in Iasi, has returned from the ITF Taekwon-Do World Cup with two Bronze Medals. This year’s World Cup took place from November 26 to 29 in Argentina’s Mar del Plata and consisted of 800 competitors from 47 countries. At his first participation in a world cup Sorin won the Bronze Medal in the Team Special Technique event and in the Team Power Test event. ‘I am very glad for winning the 2 Bronze Medals and for having had the chance and honor to be among the best in the world,’ Sorin Miron stated.

Swimming: Five world records in a day

Five new world records have been set last Saturday in the third day of the European Short Course Swimming Championship taking place in the Abdi Ipecki arena in Istanbul, the EFE agency informs, being quoted by Agerpres. Croatia’s Sanja Jovanovic finished the 50-meter backstroke race in 25 seconds and 70 hundreds of a second, thus improving the record set by China’s Jing Zhao last month in Stockholm (25 seconds and 82 hundreds of a second). France’s Diane Bui Duyet finished the women’s 100-meter butterfly race in 55 seconds and 5 hundreds of a second. Russia’s Arkadi Viatcianin proved to be the fastest in the world in the men’s 100-meter backstroke event that he finished in 49 seconds and 17 hundreds of a second. Slovenia’s Peter Makoc set a new world record after he finished the men’s 100-meter individual medley event in 50 seconds and 76 hundreds of a second. Makoc thus broke the record set by Russia’s Serghei Fesikov (50 seconds and 95 hundreds of a second). The last world record was set on Saturday by the Dutch women’s 4×50-meter individual medley relay race with a time of 1 minute, 42 seconds and 69 hundreds of a second.

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Foreign investors pull out 2.87 million euros from BVB

Net outflows of foreign investors trading on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) – the difference between their selling and buying – stood at RON 12.329 million (2.87 million euros), according to data with the BVB, Agerpres informs. Total trade in shares on the BVB this November reached 98.777 million euros. Foreign investors’ investment in the stocks traded on the BVB stood at 15.74 million euros, with sales totaling 18.61 million euros. Non-resident individual investors bought shares to the tune of 1.56 million euros in November and sold shares worth 2.41 million euros, while non-resident legal persons reported stock acquisitions of 14.18 million euros and sales of 16.2 million euros. Also in November, local investors bought shares worth 80.07 million euros and sold stocks worth 76.92 million euros.

Foreign investments dropped to less than half of last year’s

Direct foreign investments in Romania rose slightly over the January-October interval of this year, to EUR 3.72 bn, yet, they only accounted for less than half of the year-earlier entries, of EUR 7.66 bln, according to data released by the National Bank of Romania (BNR), Mediafax reports.

During the said period, capital participations, including reinvested profit, represented EUR 1.95 bn, from EUR 4.48 bn during the similar interval of 2008, while intra-group credits contributed EUR 1.77 bn, almost half the figure in the corresponding period of last year. Direct foreign investments, which covered 94.1 per cent of the current account deficit, equaled EUR 3.95 bn. During January through September, direct foreign investments totaled EUR 3.5 bn, nearly half of the EUR 6.994 bn drawn in 2008. Last year, investments came up to EUR 9.02 bn, up 24.5 per cent from 2007, and made up to 53.3 per cent of a current account deficit of EUR 16.87 bn.

Bank Gutmann AG
enters Romanian market

Bank Gutmann AG is an Austrian financial institution specialized in the management of the possessions, which operates in the German space and in Central and Eastern Europe. It has offices in Vienna and Bucharest, and will soon open a representation also in Bucharest. The legal approaches for the beginning of the operations are in an advanced stage at this moment. “The bank has offered financial services to the Romanian clients for over one and a half year, but so far they either came to our offices from Vienna and Budapest, or we were going to Romania to discuss with them about their needs and methods of administration of the wealth,” Ilinca von Derenthall, senior officer with Gutmann, declared.

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