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Germany’s top skating pair comes to Bucharest


Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, Germany’s best award-winning artistic skating pair, will be part in the ‘Kings on Ice – Olympic Tour 2010’ show in Bucharest on April 11, alongside current European champion Evgeni Plushenko and European vice champion Stephane Lambiel. The performance on Mihai Flamaropol skating rink will bring together the most representative figures of artistic skating, against a musical backdrop provided by famous violinist Edvin Marton. After winning the silver medal in the European Artistic Skating Championship last month in Tallinn, Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy will also join a group of highly acclaimed skating champions. The championship in Estonia once again brought Savchenko and Szolkowy back in the public’s attention, with the pair winning the silver medal with a record score of 211.72, just 1.43 points below the pair that won the first place. The two made history in Germany by being the first pair that won two consecutive titles at the World Artistic Skating Championship (2008 and 2009) in the last 11 years, being at the same time also the first skaters that obtained the top mark from the jury of the International Skating Union. The tickets have the following prices: RON 120, 180, 250, 350 and RON 400. They can be bought online from myticket.ro and from the Diverta stores.


Cuba’s “superabuelos” take over Netherlands before Bucharest
performance



The members of the ‘Live From Buena Vista: The Havana Lounge’ orchestra are warming up by taking a small tour through the most important cities in the Netherlands ahead of giving their last demonstration of authentic Cuban music in Bucharest. One of their shows was given on a stage that was the ‘preferred’ stage of the world’s rock legends: U2, Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd. Part of the World Music Masters series, the show scheduled on February 12 within Bucharest’s Palace Hall, will reunite on the same stage the elite of Cuban music, featuring the charismatic ‘superabuelos’ Teresa Garcia Caturla and Julio Alberto Fernandez. After taking their music beyond their country’s borders and winning millions of fans all over the world with the energy and warmth of Cuban rhythms, ‘Live From Buena Vista: The Havana Lounge’ returns to Netherlands, one of its favorite countries, with a series of ten exceptional shows given on the country’s largest stages in Amsterdam, Roermond, Uden, Nijmegen, Eindhoven, Scheveningen, Rotterdam, Zwolle, Leiden and Apeldorn. The ‘Live From Buena Vista: The Havana Lounge’ tournament started in the Netherlands on January 26 and is not a simple musical synthesis of Cuba’s history since the 1930s until today, but instead represents a veritable cultural exchange between nations. After giving numerous sold-out concerts in cities such as Vienna, Brussels, Bremen, Gottingen and Zurich, the four generations of musicians that consist of famous names from the ‘Afro-Cuban All Stars’ the ‘Buena Vista Social Club,’ the ‘Sierra Maestra’ and ‘Tropikana,’ led by the two ‘superabuelos’ (‘super-grandparents’) of Cuban music will return this month for the fourth and last time to Bucharest. The tickets have can be bought for prices ranging from 70 to 160 RON in Diverta stores.

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Romania, 38th in FIFA standings


The national football team of Romania occupies the worst place – 38 – since the International Football Federation (FIFA) established first its standings in 1992, according to the hierarchy released on Wednesday at Zurich. Romania (745 points) lost two positions vs. December 3, 2009, when the previous classification was announced. The first nine positions of the hierarchy remain unchanged, with Spain on the first place, followed by Brazil, The Netherlands, Italy, etc. Egypt, the winner of Africa Cup of Nations, had a spectacular advance, of 14 places, from the 10th position.


Steaua, the first
in Romania



Steaua Bucuresti is the formation from League 1 which is on the highest place in IFFHS (International Federation of Football history and Statistics) classification, the team being on position 40. Following are CFR Cluj (place 69) and FC Timisoara (position 85), while Dinamo is on position 94. Steaua is at a tie with Fluminense, both teams having a score of 166 points. CFR Cluj, the former champion of Romania, is on the same position as Bate Borisov (place 69 with 139 points), while FC Timisoara is on place 85 with 128.5 points. Dinamo remains on place 94, equal to Besiktas.


Fencing: Victory
in Luxembourg



The Romanian fencer Loredana Iordachioiu won the women sword event at the international contest “Le Duel des Lions,” held in Luxembourg. Oana Puiu ranked 3, the same as Dorian Parvan, in the similar men event. The fencers of Universitatea Craiova Sports Club, coached by Mircea Alecu and Dumitru Popescu, ranked 5 (Roxana Lazar and Liviu Dragonir) and 6 (Robert Sfarloaga), informs the official site of the club from Craiova, quoted by Agerpres. Athletes from 10 countries, 65 men and 20 women, participated in this competition.


Gigel Bucur, close
to Kuban



The Romanian attacker Gigel Bucur (FC Timisoara) is very close to a transfer to Dan Petrescu’s team, Kuban Krasnodar, which plays in the second league from Russia. The amount paid for Bucur’s transfer is around EUR 1.8 M. The attacker will have a salary of EUR 600,000 per season in Russia. “The transfer will be done, it is made in a proportion of 99 per cent. There are some small details to settle, but there won’t be problems. The main factor for which I chose Kuban is Dan Petrescu, a coach with a future, with whom I was on very good terms at Sportul Studentesc,” said Gigel Bucur (aged 29). The move was confirmed also by Timisoara’s boss, Marian Iancu. Bucur went to Timisoara in 2005. He played in 124 matches for that team, for which he scored 52 goals. Gigel Bucur has also played for Sportul Studentesc, being League 1 goal getter in 2009 and 2005.

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Internal affairs cooperation deal with Land of Hessa


Interior Minister Vasile Blaga yesterday met his counterpart from the German Land of Hessa, Interior and Sports Minister Volker Bouffier. During the talks, the two officials signed a collaboration agreement for issues related to internal affairs, according to a press release from the Interior Ministry. The German official was scheduled to meet other Romanian administration and interior officials as well, the release said.

Tiraspol: Romania can get involved in Transdniester talks


Romania can become involved in the settlement of the Transdniester conflict as a member state of the European Union, separatist region’s FM Vladimir Yastrebcheak said yesterday, according to Radio Free Europe’s website. Russian news agency Interfax says Yastrebcheak had previously stated Romania needed not participate in the negotiations over the Transdniester conflict. Last week, Romanian President Traian Basescu said Romania had made a mistake when renouncing participating in the talks in the first years of the last decade. ‘Romania had taken part in the negotiation system until an uninspired decision was made by the government in Bucharest in 1991. It should have stayed there and act as an advocate for R. of Moldova’s and for its territorial integrity,’ the president said in an interview granted to Pro TV Chisinau.

Diplomat Ionescu suspended from office pending probe


Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi yesterday suspended diplomat Silviu Ionescu from office awaiting prosecution. Ionescu’s case will be dealt with by the prosecutors with the Criminal Pursuit and Criminalistics Unit.


The decision is justified by the relevant legal provisions, with a view to ‘the suspicions the High Court Prosecutor’s Office has in Mr. Ionescu’s case, namely the commission of the criminal offences of unintentional manslaughter, leaving the place of the accident and untrue statements,’ reads a press release from the Foreign Ministry. Yesterday, the prosecutors placed under sequester the diplomat’s assets, according to judicial sources quoted by Mediafax. Ionescu has been charge d’affaires at the Romanian Embassy to Singapore. He has been prosecuted in a hit and run and false statements case. So far, investigations have revealed that, on December 15, 2009, Ionescu hit two pedestrians crossing on the zebra, with an embassy car. Investigators note that Ionescu left the place of the accident and hit a third person. One of the three victims sustained severe injuries and died.

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Baby boy found in snow beside drunk mother


An eight-month-old baby boy from Rosiesti, Vaslui County, was brought to the Vaslui County Emergency Hospital Tuesday evening, after a local resident found him lying in the snow by, right beside his dead drunk mother. The man dialed the emergency number 112 for a police crew and an ambulance to come to the scene. Meanwhile, he took the baby into his home, warmed him up, changed his clothes and gave him first aid. The ambulance took the baby to the Vaslui hospital where he was tended to. ‘Upon his admission, the baby had a fever and was restless. Doctors promptly stabilized his condition,’ Dr. Nicu Oprisan, the hospital’s director, told Mediafax.


Young man dies
in hospital without
medical insurance



The Iasi College of Medical Doctors on Tuesday announced it had opened an inquiry in the case of a 36-year-old patient who died in the Pascani hospital and whose family is accusing the doctors of delaying his surgery because he had no medical insurance. The man from the Iasi commune of Vanatori died in January in the Pascani Municipal Hospital where he had presented with a leg bone fracture. The family is displeased with how the patient was treated in hospital.

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AutoItalia: First Abarth showroom in Bucharest in March


The AutoItalia Group is opening the first Italian brand Abarth showroom in Romania in Bucharest, in March, where both commercial and racing vehicles will be sold, the importer announces. AutoItalia will import the street models Abarth 500, Punto Evo 695 and the racing versions 500 Assetto Corse – Trofeo, 500 Rally – N Group and Abarth 500 Rally – R3T Group, according to Mediafax. The brand representation office will open at the City gates building in Piata Presei Libere in Bucharest, on March 25. Abarth is an Italian rally car maker founded in Turin in 1949. The company was sold to Fiat in 1971. The Fiat Group re-launched the Abarth brand through its Grande Punto in 2007.


Renault and Dacia registrations in Germany up 39 pc in January


According to Germany’s Office for Vehicle Registrations, the registrations of new Renault and Dacia vehicles have grown by 39 per cent to 11,773 units in January this year compared to the same month last year, in the context in which the market dropped 4.3 per cent to 181,189 units during the same period, Mediafax informs. The French group had a market share of 6.5 per cent in the first month of 2010, in contrast to 4.9 per cent in December. Last year the French group controlled 5.9 per cent of Germany’s auto market, being surpassed by Volkswagen (21.2 per cent), Opel (8.9 per cent), Ford (7.6 per cent), Mercedes (7.4 per cent), BMW and Mini (6.8 per cent) and Audi (6.2 per cent). The registrations of Renault and Dacia vehicles have grown by 53.5 per cent to 225,965 units in 2009. In 2009 Germany became Dacia’s main export market, with 84,708 units sold there, up by 231.3 per cent compared to the level registered in 2008. The growth was due to the German government’s cash for clunkers program that represented a significant discount for the Romanian car models.


Bazac removes Vigroup constructor from Ferrari shop shareholding


Bazac family, owner of Ferrari – Forza Rossa importer, has consolidated its business taking over the shares that the Italian group Vigroup – Ploiesti was holding in the companies Forza Rossa Downtown Invest and Forza Rossa Store, the Ferrari shop opened on Calea Victoriei, Ziarul Financiar informs. According to the data published in Monitorul Oficial, Camelia Bazac, administrator of Forza Rossa group, took over 50 per cent of the shares held in the two companies by Vigroup through two local firms. Vigroup Holding and Vigroup Finance, which originate in Italy, are involved in real estate projects. “In the context of the evolution of the relevant market, the two companies decided to withdraw their commercial and retail operations from Romania and conceded their social parts. According to the statute of the companies Forza Rossa Downtown and Forza Rossa, the existing shareholders have the right of preemption for the purchase of the social parts, and thus they exerted it,” Ion Bazac declared without mentioning the value of the transaction. Florin Tudor, Vigroup administrator, declared that the withdrawal from the shareholding was performed further to the redefinition of the strategy of the company.


70 pc of road network is expired,
MT argues



The poor quality of the asphalt, the traffic jams, the snow and the freezing temperatures have transformed the roads into a series of potholes. The specialists are blaming the asphalt, while the National Road Company (CNADNR) states that it is waiting for springtime in order to fix the roads. ‘The main problem consists of the fact that more than 70 per cent of the road network has expired,’ Dorina Tiron, head of the CNADNR, stated for ‘Gandul’ daily. Tiron explained that repairing modernized roads that are in warranty is the exclusive duty of their constructor. According to Dorina Tiron, neither the asphalt’s quality nor the law on public acquisitions, which stipulates that the lowest-priced offer has to be chosen, are to blame for the potholes. ‘Potholes appear everywhere. I’ve seen them in Austria too for example. No asphalt is 100 per cent waterproof,’ the CNADNR official added. The construction engineers from the private sector state that the road problems will persist because their causes are far more serious than those invoked by the Transport Ministry (MT) officials. ‘The most important factor that causes the current state of roads is the law on public acquisitions, a law according to which the best offer is the one with the lowest price. It’s obvious that some constructors will make everything possible to reduce the costs, including by superficially treating the asphalt mixture,’ Catalin George Marin, an engineer specialized in roads and airports, stated.

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Nestor Law Firm posts EUR 16 M revenues


Ion Nestor, one of the best known business lawyers in Romania, reported for 2009 a turnover of EUR 16 M, amount which includes the fees cashed by the law office NNDKP (Nestor Nestor Diculescu Kingston Petersen) and the firms specialized in taxes and intellectual property, according to Ziarul financiar. In 2008, NNDKP registered revenues of EUR 14.8 M only through the law office, whose profit rose to EUR 6.6 M. In 2009, the law firm registered revenues close to it. Taking into account a margin of profitability of around 40 per cent, the nine associate partners will share a profit of EUR 5-6 M for the year 2009, the biggest shares going to the senior partners – Ion Nestor, Manuela Nestor and Ana Diculescu-Sova – whose names are in the name of the firm.


CC looks into possible anti-competitive
consequences of setting up Hidroelectrica



The Competition Council is looking into the possible anti-competitive consequences of the merger of selected Hidroelectrica branches with Electrocentrale Deva, Electrocentrale Bucuresti, Compania Nationala a Huilei and some of the Termoelectrica branches to form the new Hidroenergetica national company, Mediafax informs. ‘The competition authority is looking at the operation from the point of view of its possible anti-competitive consequences’ the Council informs in a press release sent to Mediafax on Wednesday. Hidroenergetica will be set up by merger of the following Hidroelectrica branches: Bistrita, Buzau, Curtea de Arges, Hateg, Portile de Fier, Cluj, Oradea, Sebes, Slatina and Caransebes with the following Hidroelectrica repairs branches: Hidroserv Bistrita, Curtea de Arges, Sebes, Hateg, Cluj, Portile de Fier and Slatina, with the electricity producers Electrocentrale Deva, Electrocentrale Bucuresti, Compania Nationala a Huilei and the Termoelectrica branches of Paroseni and Termoserv Paroseni. The core business of the resulting company will be the production, distribution and supply of electricity.


COTAR renounces getting optional motor insurance on 30pc of vehicles, protests announced for February 8


The Confederation of Authorised Operators and Carriers of Romania (COTAR) will renounce paying the facultative motor insurance for 30 per cent of its fleet because of the higher rates and late claim refunds. The confederation also announces a rally on February 8, Mediafax informs. COTAR’s fleet is approximately 300,000 goods and passenger transport, taxi and driving schools vehicles. COTAR President Vasile Stefanescu said on February 8 the federation would organize a protest rally in Bucharest, to be followed by a second one in March. ‘We have got the approval to bring 50 platforms and 300 people and, on February 8, we will protest in the Charles de Gaulle and in the Constitutiei Squares. For March, we have scheduled protests in front of the Ministry of Transport and Government. We are making no demands, the only thing we want being that the legislation in force is observed’ the COTAR president said.

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Union leaders
refuse filing wealth statements



The leaders of trade union federations affiliated with ‘Cartel Alfa’ notified the Ombudsman and the unions confederation will sue the Romanian state at the International Labour Organization over the provision of the Law on the National Integrity Agency that forces the leaders of trade union federations and confederations file wealth and interest statements.


‘Cartel Alfa’ President Bogdan Hossu told a press conference yesterday that the provisions forcing the top representatives of trade unions – presidents, vice-presidents, treasurers and secretaries general – to make public their wealth and file interest statements is an abuse.


Hossu said he will not file the wealth and interest statements, not because he has anything to hide, but because this is not normal. The ‘Cartel Alfa’ leader added that discrimination is made between social partners, because the leaders of employers’ organizations do not have to file such statements, even though “they work sometimes with public money.”

Deputy PM Marko Bela gets new duties


Government modified through emergency ordinance the attributions of Vice-premier Marko Bela, establishing that he would coordinate the activities from the domain of education, culture and protection of the national minorities, reads the document published on Wednesday in Monitorul Oficial (Official Journal).


In the first meeting after the vesting, the Government had established that vice premier Marko would coordinate the European Affair Department, the Regulatory Authority in Energy, and the National Regulatory Authority for the Public Utilities Community Services, assuming in this way attributions similar to those exercised by the former vice premier Dan Nica. The emergency ordinance also established that the National Regulatory Authority in Energy (ANRE) would not be directly coordinated any longer by the Vice-premier, being subordinated now to the Premier.

Actor Calinescu denies joining PDL


Actor Florin Calinescu said on Wednesday evening that he has no intention to run for a Parliament college, mentioning in this respect that he is not enrolled with PDL and will not run for the college left vacant by the Conservative leader Daniela Popa in District 4.


“I am not enrolled with PDL. I don’t know what I shall do in the future, but I won’t run for Parliament any longer, whether enrolled or not with PDL,” the actor concluded.


Calinescu will be expelled from PNL, the leader of Pitesti Liberal organization, Marius Postelnicescu, announced, stressing that the expulsion will take place on Monday, in the meeting of the Bureau of the municipal organization. In retort, Calinescu declared on Wednesday evening that he cannot be expelled from PNL Pitesti for the reason that he had resigned from the Liberal formation in December 2008.

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