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Design exhibition
at Venice Carnival



The exhibition of epoch costumes and objects “RETROmania. Romanian refinement 1850-1947,” organized by the Romanian Institute of Culture and Humanistic Research (IRCCU) from Venice, will be opened on Saturday, the first day of the Venice Carnival this year, the Institute reports. The exhibition will be presented at Mocenigo Palace Museum – Research Center for the History of Textiles and Costumes in Venice, until March 7. The exhibits are part of the collection of costumes and artefacts which belong to Adina Nanu. The collection includes authentic and new, high society and folk costumes from the 19th and 20th centuries, and objects that recreate the atmosphere of each epoch. Besides the clothes which come from the collection of Nanu family, the “Retro” collection includes objects which belonged to family or friends, among whom personalities such as Vasile Alecsandri, Sabin Popp and Ligia Macovei. The collection is structured by years and periods, each exhibit being placed in the cultural context of the respective epoch. The event is organized by IRCCU Venice, in collaboration with the Foundation of Civic Museums from Venice.


Geological Institute organizes
“St. Valentine Fair”



The Geological Institute of Romania, through the National Museum of Geology, organizes, during February 12-14, “Saint Valentine Fair,” an exhibition with sale of jewels, crystals and semi-precious gems. The stars of the exhibition will be the ruby, the rodonite and the pink quartz. “For thousands of years, the ruby has been considered the gem of love, of energy and of passion, being the perfect symbol of the strong feelings. Any jewel which has a ruby signifies plenty of passion and love between two persons,” the organizers say.


Another representative semi-precious gem from this exhibition is the rodonite “recommended to those who want to maintain the state of love every day.” In the 16th century it was considered the gem of happiness, joy and honour, being attributed magic powers. In its turn, the pink quartz is considered the gem of pure love. Besides the jewels made of ruby, rodonite and pink quartz, the visitors will have the possibility to admire and acquire also other decoration artefacts, either mounted on precious metals, or naturally shaped, ornamental objects and interior decoration elements.


Scooter to perform in Bucharest on June 5


The German band Scooter returns to Bucharest where it will perform on June 5, at Arenele Romane, reads the site bilete.ro. The tickets will cost RON 85 until February 15, and RON 100 afterwards. The concert is part of the world tour for the promotion of the new album “Under the Radar Over the Top.” The band has already concerted in Bucharest in the summer 2006. Scooter is a hard-dance German band which has sold over 25 million albums along its career. Presently, the members of the band are H.P. Baxxter, Rick J. Jordan and Michael Simon. Some of the best known pieces of the formation are “Hyper Hyper,” “Move Your Ass!” “Fire,” “How Much Is The Fish?” “Posse”.

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Ionita signed
with FC Cologne



Agent Traian Gherghisan declared on Monday that the forward Alexandru Ionita signed a contract for three and a half years with FC Cologne, but stressed that for the time being he is not sure that the player will be lent until summer to Rapid or another team. “Ionita signed with FC Cologne, it is a contract on three and a half years. Last night we had negotiations until midnight. And it is very difficult to discuss with Mr. Copos. We shall see if he is lent to Rapid until summer or to another team,” the agent said.

Cristian Chivu – on Inter Milano list for Champions League


Cristian Chivu, Romanian fullback of Internazionale Milano, was entered on Monday on the list of the matches from the Champions League, although he is in a period of rehabilitation after his injury at the head, the daily Corriere dello Sport informs. Fullback Cristian Chivu had an accident in the match with Chievo, played on January 6, where he had an injury at his head in a duel with the footballer Sergio Pellissier. The Romanian international player was quickly removed from the field on a stretcher and was replaced by Marco Materazzi, the Romanian being carried by an ambulance to the hospital from Verona, where he had a successful surgical intervention.

Romania’s opponents in EC water polo preliminary groups for juniors


The national water polo junior team of Romania will play in group III, in the company of the representative teams of Russia, Israel, the Czech Republic, Switzerland and the Netherlands, for qualification in the final tournament of the European Championship in Germany (August 8-15). According to the drawing of lots from Monday, in Croatia, the young Romanian players will play in the group from Israel, the first two in the group going further on.

Dubarbier signed four and a half years contract with
FC Lorient



The Argentinean attacker Sebastian Dubarbier signed on Monday a contract on four and a half years with the French team FC Lorient, which ranks ninth in League 1, the official site of the club from the “Hexagon” reports. “This transfer is like a springboard for my career,” Dubarbier declared. The former player of CFR Cluj, aged 23, has been courted this winter by several clubs from Europe.

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WB: Romania has the worse, most expensive roads in Europe


A World Bank (WB) report shows the Romanian state pays a lot more money than the European average on motorway construction, according to Realitatea.Net. Here, in Romania, a kilometer of built motorway costs no less than EUR 80 M, on the Comarnic-Brasov stretch. Authorities say the high cost is due to the rough terrain in the area. By comparison, a kilometer of built motorway costs EUR M in France, 19 M in Germany and as little as EUR 10 M in Greece. The Sun Motorway, including the 50-kilometer Cernavoda-Medgidia and Medgidia-Constanta segments costs a whooping EUR 400 M. The Romanian state pays 30 per cent of the money, with the rest too come from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). The project is slated for completion in 2011, when the 22-kilometer Constanta beltway is to be finished as well. Works come up to EUR 142 M, of which EBRD will contribute 54 per cent and the Romanian government, 46 per cent. Transylvania Motorway, too, experiences problems.


ZTE to build HSPA+ and LTE network for Cosmote Romania


The Chinese company ZTE, the supplier of telecommunication equipment for Telemobil, will build a UMTS network for Cosmote Romania, to facilitate the shifting of the operator from the GSM/UMTS (3G) standards to HSPA+ and LTE (4G), which allow higher speeds. “Until next March, ZTE will help Cosmote to launch HSPA+ services, offering high speed data services in all the major cities from Romania. At the same time, ZTE solutions for the modernization of the network (…) will assure continuous services with minimum perturbations for the current users of the network,” reads a press release of the Chinese company published yesterday. ZTE is, since January 2008, the official supplier of telecommunication equipment for Telemobil.


Medicines prices to go up by April 1


The price of drugs will rise as of April 1, because, through the state budget law, the exchange rate was set at RON 4.25 per EUR, instead of RON 4, as it was in the normative act from 2009, health minister Cseke Attila declared for Mediafax. The announcement comes after several Romanian drugs became more expensive at the beginning of 2010. The biggest price rise will be experienced by the medicines brought from Switzerland, because of the appreciation of the Franc. In exchange, those which are imported from Poland will become 11 per cent cheaper, thanks to the fact that the RON strengthened against the Zloty.

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BT posts operational profit up 96 pc,
to RON 610 M last year



The operational profit posted by Banca Transilvania (TLV) for last year rose by 96 pc, to RON 610 M (near EUR 144 M), but provisions worth RON 533 M limited the net gain to RON 61.9 M (EUR 14.6 M), Mediafax reports. Thus, the net profit was 6.4 times lower than in 2008, according to preliminary financial results. In 2008, the bank registered an operation profit of RON 311 M, against a net gain of RON 396.8 M. Last year’s EBITDA topped RON 86 M (EUR 20.2 M), 5.4 times less than the RON 430.7 M achieved in 2008, the bank announces in a press release. Total incomes rose last year by 13.9 pc to RON 4.89 bln (EUR 1.154 bln), from 2008’s figure of RON 4.293 bln.


Alpha Bank Romania increases
share capital



Alpha Bank Romania increased the share capital by RON 288.37 M, from RON 670.43 M to RON 958.8 M, the executive president of the bank, Sergiu Oprescu, declared, according to Mediafax.


“The new capital increase allows the bank to boost its own funds and assure solvability above the average of the system,” Oprescu said. Further to the operation, Alpha Bank AE, main shareholder of the bank, holds 99.59 per cent of the share capital of the credit institution. Prior to the capital increase, the shares of the bank were held in a proportion of 99.437 per cent by Alpha Bank AE.


GarantiBank cut 1.08 pc interest rates
for RON credits



GarantiBank announced yesterday that it cut the interest rates of the credits in RON for natural persons, the reduction being applied both to the old credits and to the new ones, reads a press release of the bank. The representatives of the credit institution say that the reduction of the interest rates for credits is determined by the decrease of the monetary policy interest rate by the National Bank of Romania. Thus, starting on February 1, GarantiBank lowered to 11.40 per cent the interest rates of the real estate credits, while the interest rate for the mortgage credit for constructions declined to 12.60 per cent. The credits for personal needs have interest rates between 10.32 per cent and 11.82 per cent. The credits for the acquisition of cars also benefited from the cutting of the interest rate which reached 11.82 per cent.


Azerbaijan could exploit oil and gas
in Romania



Romania and Azerbaijan have signed yesterday a memorandum of cooperation in the energy sector. The memorandum gives Azerbaijan’s SOCAR company the possibility to exploit oil and natural gas in the European Union, including in Romania, Coreliu Condrea, director within the Economy Ministry, stated for Mediafax. ‘This memorandum has established Romania’s collaboration with Azerbaijan in any project that concerns the transportation of oil and natural gas from the Caspian region to the European Union, including to Romania,’ Condrea stated. Condrea was part of a delegation that visited Baku, a delegation headed by Tudor Serban, secretary of state with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment.


State sector to operate job cuts


A special commission that includes a World Bank expert will cut the number of jobs in the state sector and will reanalyze salaries, so that civil servants will be paid according to their education and to the complexity degree of their work, the leader of Cartel Alfa trade unions federation, Bogdan Hossu announced yesterday, after a meeting at the National Statistics Institute (INS). According to Realitatea.net, the public system now comprises 830 positions, from country president to unskilled worker, and authorities say the system must be simplified. Over 500 positions are for higher education personnel, while the others are held by high-school and college graduates. Most jobs – over 80,000 jobs corresponding to just one position – are those of social assistants with middle education, followed by public order police officers, doorkeepers, guardsmen, janitors, 1st degree teachers and NCOs.

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