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Handball: Complete
failure in China



Despite leaving for China with the intention of winning the world title, the Romanian women’s national handball team obtained only a disappointing 8th place in the World Championship, losing its last game against Germany at an unlikely goal difference (final score 25-35). Despite having a good start in the tournament by scoring a promising win against Hungary, Romania went on to register three consecutive defeats in its decisive games against Norway, Spain and Germany.


Eight Italian fans
arrested in Sofia



Eight AS Roma fans have been arrested on Wednesday evening in Sofia after they clashed with Bulgarian fans ahead of the game that the Italian team played against TSKA Sofia, a game counting for the last leg of the Europa League, the BTA Agency informs, being quoted by Agerpres. The Italian fans were part of a group of 60 people that rampaged through a cafe located in downtown Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The group also damaged several cars parked nearby. After their arrest the other Italian fans were escorted to the ‘Vasil Levski’ stadium where they watched their team thrash TSKA, score 3-0. Bogdan Lobont was on AS Roma’s official roster.


High level chess


Former chess champions Boris Spaski and Viktor Korcinoi are taking part in the ‘Clash of titans’ from December 17 to December 27 in Elista, the capital of Kalmukia, the organizing committee announced, being quoted by the Interfax agency. The game will consist of 8 matches with each lasting one hour and a half, the aforementioned source informs. Boris Spaskim, a former Soviet and now a French citizen, was a world chess champion from 1969 to 1972. Despite not being a world champion, Viktor Korcinoi was nevertheless the USSR’s champion for 4 times. He currently holds the Swiss citizenship. Kalmukia, a republic that is part of the Russian Federation, was chosen because its President Kirsan Iliumjinov is also the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE).


Football: Agreement between German and Israeli Federations


The Football Federations of Germany and Israel have signed a cooperation agreement in view of training head coaches, referees and young players, the German Federation informed in a communiqué quoted by Agerpres. This agreement, set to last for two years, shows ‘our common hope that football is becoming a means of promoting good international relations,’ Theo Zwanziger, the president of the German Federation, stated. Among the projects scheduled for next year a representative of the German Federation will hold a seminar on training goalkeeper coaches, with the Israeli referees set to referee games within Germany’s third tier, while their German colleagues will referee games in Israel’s first league.

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Health authorities urge people
to have new flu vaccine



State secretary in the Health Ministry, Adrian Streinu Cercel, made an appeal yesterday to the mass media to promote among the population the vaccine against A/H1N1 virus, stressing that it is “an absolute error” for the media to ask whether the population should have the vaccine or not. Present at the meeting of the National Council of the Audiovisual (CNA), Streinu Cercel declared that the problem of the A/H1N1 virus is “most serious.” “You have a fantastic power. If you can help to the promotion of the campaign, you can do it. The new flu is a problem at the level of the whole world. The vaccine is the only one which can prevent the disease,” Streinu Cercel told the reporters. According to Streinu Cercel, “the vaccine is a specialty in medicine.” “We have 29 deaths on the territory of Romania and 5,000 cases. The only method (of prevention – editor’s note) is to give the vaccine to the population. It is not a new vaccine, it has been for over 30 years in use,” the state secretary stressed.


Bucharest to have new hospitals


Bucharest City Hall can begin next year the construction of three new hospitals, thanks to several draft resolutions approved on Wednesday by the municipal advisers. Thus, the first new hospitals in the last 30-40 years will be built in the next four years in Bucharest, according to the general director of the Hospital Administration from Bucharest City Hall, Marius Savu. The new hospitals will be built in the courtyards of the hospitals “Victor Gomoiu,” “Colentina” and “Foisor.” “We shall have a new pediatric hospital, at “Victor Gomoiu,” the first Stroke Center at “Colentina,” and maybe the most modern European center for hip prostheses, at Foisor. We shall use the already existing spaces in the courtyards of these hospitals because it is much easier for us, than looking for some new ones,” Savu explained. The municipal advisers also approved on Wednesday the technical and economic indicators for capital repair, consolidation, expansion and equipment of “Nicolae Malaxa” Hospital and the construction of an additional floor to “St. Luca” Chronic Disease Hospital.


Car of Romanian Embassy in Singapore
was stolen



A car of the Embassy of Romania in Singapore was stolen on the night of Monday through Tuesday, being found later on damaged on the outskirts of the city, Alin Serbanescu, spokesman of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, declared, quoted by Agerpres. He said that the local police was immediately announced at the emergency number and, further to the investigation of the police authorities, the car was found damaged on the outskirts of Singapore. Police started an inquiry in this case.

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BUSINESS

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Mariana Gheorghe hopeful govt will join Petrom capital increase


The Petrom (SNP) CEO, Mariana Gheorghe, said Thursday she would have talks with officials of the next government to persuade the Executive to participate in a likely capital rise at the oil company, which is needed to keep investments going. She added that the capital increase aside, Petrom also has other solutions available to draw funds, namely the financial and banking market and aligning internal gas prices to that of imports. In a press release Wednesday, Petrom announced it does not rule out increasing its share capital or other funding options. ‘In order to make investments, we need more money, and to take loans, we need to have capital resources. One billion euros is not enough to carry on with the investments we set out to do,’ the Petrom CEO said.


Szabolcs Ferencz –new director of MOL Romania


Szabolcs Ferencz, Communications director at MOL Romania, will be, as of January 1, 2010 the new CEO of MOL Romania. He succeeds Zsolt Szalay, whose four-year term expired. ‘I took over a very well-structured company and we are set to continue improving the chain of petrol stations in Romania,’ Mediafax cited Ferencz as saying. He stated that while the year ahead, too, will be a difficult one for the fuel market, the economy will recover in the second half of next year. MOL, which owns a chain of 132 petrol stations, cracked the Romanian fuel distribution market in 1994. Last year, the group reported a turnover of nearly EUR 590 M, up 11 per cent, from the year before, and a profit of circa EUR 12 million.


BCR – BL concluded 130,000 contracts in 18 months of activity


In the 18 months of activity on the Romanian market BCR Banca pentru Locuinte concluded over 130,000 saving – crediting contracts, for a total amount of RON 3.1 bln, the new president of the bank, Alexandru Ciobanu, declared yesterday, Agerpres informs. 80,000 new contracts were concluded in 2009, for a total amount of RON 2.3 bln, with an average of RON 29,000 per contract. “We have exceeded the targets predicted for this year by 20 per cent,” Alexandru Ciobanu said, stressing that the bank will turn towards the quality of contracts and the quality of saving. “We cannot grow more than that organically, we must take clients from other banks, in our development strategy,” Ciobanu said.


Bank of Cyprus buys 10 pc of Banca Transilvania


The financial group Bank of Cyprus acquired a package of 9.7 per cent of Banca Transilvania titles through several transactions made on Bucharest Stock Exchange, with a total value of EUR 58 M, Realitatea.net informs. Thus, the Cyprus group has become the second biggest shareholder of Banca Transilvania, after EBRD, which has a participation of almost 15 per cent. The price paid by Bank of Cyprus evaluates Banca Transilvania at almost EUR 600 M. “I learnt about this new shareholder. I believed so far that the big transactions on the Stock Exchange from the last few months were made by two big investment funds. I didn’t discuss with Bank of Cyprus about the sale of packages, and I haven’t received any offer from them in this respect,” Horia Ciorcila, president Banca Transilvania, stressed.


“Sol,” volume of poetry dedicated
to BNR governor



“Sol,” the 17th volume of the poet and professor George Virgil Stoenescu, which appeared at Editura Univers Enciclopedic, is dedicated to the governor of the National Bank of Romania, Mugur Isarescu, Agerpres informs. “Mugur Isarescu is like a guardian angel of the Romanian economy. He has been carrying this economy on his back for almost twenty years, and received in exchange especially digs in the ribs and criticism. He is a solar type, optimistic, who knows how to receive blows without saying a word and knew to keep high BNR’s dignity and blazon. I don’t know if all the people have been aware of the huge effort made by the national bank during this period. I dedicated him this book about sun and I wrote it thinking to him. In the bankers’ world, Mugur is a very special person,” George Virgil Stoenescu also said.

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