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Dalles season’s festival opens on Thursday


As of February 11, until Women’s Day, the Dalles Galleries in Bucharest will be open for shopping buffs with season’s gift suggestions and all sorts of sweet trifles suitable both for Valentine’s Day and the March 1-8 celebrations.


Organizers have this year decided to keep the fair open for almost a month. The event will feature a large sale exhibition of traditional “martisoare” made manually, season’s cards, floral arrangements and all sorts of gift suggestions, from chocolate and sweets to cosmetics and jewellery, books, accessories and confectioners’ treats.


A novelty this year will be the Photo Cabinet booth where visitors will be able to have their picture taken in vintage costumes and background.


The Festival will be open daily between 10 am and 8 pm, entry is free.


Valentine’s Night at the Light Cinema


Movie lovers or just…lovers are invited to celebrate Valentine’s Day in a special all-night marathon dedicated to the world’s most beautiful feeling.


The Valentine’s Night will kick of one minute before midnight and will close at 6 AM on Sunday morning. For the price of 20 RON a ticket, viewers can choose from a special selection of movies, such as Avatar 3D orMy Bloody Valentine 3D, New Moon, Spread and The Rebound, as well as other surprise feature films.


For each ticket bought, viewers can get a lot of surprise gifts, from The Light vouchers to theatre invitations, as well as various food treats.


A RON 20 ticket buys one person unlimited access to movies running all night long.


Directia 5 sings for love


Fans of the Romanian band Directia 5 can see them live on Valentine’s Day in a special concert filled with fireworks and surprises. Marian Ionescu, the band’s leader promises a memorable night, dedicated to the special love celebration day. “We will also record a live disc to mark the occasion,” says Ionescu, who claims “ a concert with Directia 5 will be a good opportunity for people to declare themselves love.”


60 lucky pairs will be invited on stage during the concert. The event will coincide with the launch of the “Love Statement” album from the group. The event will be hosted by Palace Hall and kicks off at 7 pm.


A trip to Brittany extended


The successful exhibit featured at MNAR, “A Trip to Brittany” was visited by 30,000 people in its three month time and was coming to a close on Sunday, but due to its increasing number of requests, organizers decided to keep it on by February 28.


“We had the accord from our exhibition partners in Quimper, France, “says curator Alina Patru. Organized by the French Institute and the French Embassy in Bucharest, the exhibition’s aim was to “illustrate the seduction of the Briton world to artists coming from various cultural backgrounds,” according to MNAR head Roxana Theodorescu.


The 200 pieces in the exhibit ranged from sculpture and paintings to tapestry and fashion design works and featured an impressive number of artists from the second half of the 19th century to the 2000’s. For younger viewers, an interactive visit is still available at the museum.


Romanian director Pintilie honoured as writer


The French Film Critics’ Association has handed Lucian Pintilie the best film book award for 2009 for the volume “Bric-a brac- from nightmare to magic realism”.


The French Critics’ Syndicate has been handing the award for 30 years.


Born in Ukraine, Lucian Pintilie graduated in 1956 from Bucharest’s Art& Film School and is one of today’s acclaimed theatre and film directors. His first success was “Re-enactment” a black social satire that was forbidden on Romanian screens during the Communist regime. Another of his shows, the theatre performance with “The Inspector” was forbidden in 1972. The author immigrated to France where he became one of the most successful stage directors. He also directed Tchekov and Moliere performances in the USA. Returning to Romania after 1989, Pintilie directed some successful movies such as “ Balanta” and “An unforgettable Summer.”

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SPORTS

NEWS IN BRIEF

Sfantu Gheorghe: One hundred persons attend commemoration
of Marian Cozma



Approximately one hundred persons gathered on Monday evening outside the Sports Hall in Sfantu Gheorghe, sister city of Veszprem, in order to commemorate Marian Cozma, ‘a symbol of Romanian-Hungarian friendship.’ Locals, fans of Sepsi BC women’s handball club, representatives of the Sfantu Gheorghe Local Council and athletes were among those that came to light a candle or place a flower near Marian Cozma’s photograph. The event took place one year after the handball player’s death. On Saturday in Veszprem thousands of persons unveiled a monument dedicated to Marian Cozma’s memory.


Second half of League I season won’t be postponed


Dumitru Dragomir, president of the Professional Football League (LPF), has announced on Monday that the start of the second half of the League I season won’t be postponed because the National Meteorological Administration (ANM) has issued a favourable weather forecast for the next two weeks. ‘Nothing is postponed! We have received data from the ANM and there will be 5 degrees Celsius on February 20. Some clubs have requested the postponement but they have time to clear the snow until next week. Anyway, the clubs are not the ones to decide when the second half of the season starts, the decision belongs to LPF,’ Dragomir stated. Because of the massive snowfalls that took place recently the president of the LPF had stated on Sunday that he considers postponing the 18th leg of League I for a week. The leg is scheduled on February 19-21.


FC Rapid’s insolvency
procedure closed



The Bucharest tribunal has decided to close the insolvency procedure in the case of Football Club Rapid, a procedure that had been started at the request of the Elite Events Company in September 2009. The debt for which the procedure was started stemmed from the catering services provided by the Elite Events Company in 2008 and 2009. In September 2009 the Bucharest tribunal had opened the bankruptcy procedure requested by SC Elite Events SRL. On January 12, 2010 the court decided to close the insolvency procedure however the decision was attacked. The Bucharest Court of Appeals will now analyze the attacked decision on April 26, 2010.


Sorana Carstea –
39th in WTA standings



Romanian tennis player Sorana Carstea continues to rank 39th in the WTA standings published on Monday, totaling 1,512 points, the wtatour.com website informs. Alexandra Dulgheru continues to rank 54th with 1,232 points, while Raluca Ioana Olaru continues to rank 71st with 893 points. Monica Niculescu ranks 115th with 531 points, Edina Gallovits is 129th with 468 points and Simona Halep has climbed one place to rank 186th with 307 points. Monica Niculescu continues to ranks 27th in the WTA’s doubles standings with 2,920 points. Two other Romanian players are in the table’s top 100: Sorana Carstea (59th with 1,445 points) and Raluca Olaru (78th with 1,001 points). Serena Williams (US) tops the WTA table with 9,195 points, followed by Russia’s Dinara Safina (6,480 points) and Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki (5,995 points).

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BUSINESS

NEWS IN BRIEF

BCR Leasing names
new CEO



BCR Leasing has received a new CEO – Thomas Tolazzi, who replaced Claudiu Stanescu who had left the company at the beginning of the month, Mediafax informs. Thomas Tolazzi had held a senior management position in BCR in the risk management area. Tolazzi has been working in Romania for ten years. “I will work to make sure both that good sales continue and the risks we face are continuously addressed” says Thomas Tolazzi. The ownership of BCR Leasing is as follows: 92.14 per cent – Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR), 7.39 per cent – Financiara SA (company of the BCR Group) and the rest – natural persons.


New BMW X5 to be launched in Romania
in June



The new BMW X5 model will crack the local market in June. The price will start from EUR 56,406 and, depending on motorization and equipping, could go as high as EUR 75,029, Mediafax reports. The model is available in four motorized versions – petrol engines (two – 3-liter and 306 HP and 4.4-liter 407 HP respectively) and diesel engines, also two, 3-liter 245 HP and 3-liter 306 HP. All the engine versions are in line with the emission norms EU5 and benefit from matriculation tax 0 on Romanian market.


Avioane Craiova subsists on government orders


Romanian Avioane Craiova Company is hoping that the State will continue to help it survive up until privatization, according to ‘Bursa’ daily. Awaiting orders from the Ministry of Defence, the company subsists on smaller contracts that fail to keep all 380 workers busy. Company General Manager Radu Costasuc has said in the autumn of 2009 had sent out offers for a joint venture partnership to a number of combat aircraft producers of Italy, Sweden, Switzerland and Argentina, but all he had received back were polite refusals. ‘Before the Romanian State sends a clear signal to a prospective investor, nothing will change about the circumstances of the company’ Costasuc said. The director of Avioane Craiova claims all potential investors come with conditionality related to how the State would approach the procurement of the multipurpose fighters. Three big foreign companies – Saab, Alenia together with BAE Systems and EADS, as well as Lockheed Martin – have made fighter sales offers to the Ministry of Defence.


Sidex trade unions brace for strike


The Solidaritatea trade union of the ArcelorMittal Galati steel mill yesterday announced it will start a conflict of interests, as the management rejected the demand to include salary hikes in the collective labor contract. Mediafax quotes Solidaritatea President Gheorghe Tiber as saying that the decision was made because the union’s sole demand – which refers to the salary increase – was not accepted by the administration. According to the union leader, the conflict will be terminated only when the management will accept the trade union’s request to increase salaries by 10 pc, starting with January 2010.

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