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Romania’s Cup semifinals


Following Thursday’s draw, we now know the teams that will face each other in the semifinals of Romania’s Cup. In the first leg, FC Brasov will play home against FC Vaslui, while CFR Cluj will play away against Dinamo Bucharest, on the Stefan cel Mare arena. The first leg of the semifinals is scheduled for March 23-25 and the second for April 13-15. The final is scheduled for May 26, on the Emil Alexandrescu stadium of Iasi.


League I, season’s
second half



The second half of the National Football League’s season will start this weekend. Today Otelul Galati will play at home against International Curtea de Arges. The following games are scheduled on Saturday: Steaua vs. Ceahlaul Piatra Neamt, Poli Iasi vs. Rapid, FC Brasov vs. Unirea Alba-Iulia, Gloria Bistrita vs. FC Timisoara and Dinamo vs. U Craiova. On Sunday Pandurii Tg. Jiu will play at home against Astra Ploiesti and Gaz Metan at home against FC Vaslui. The final game of leg 18 is scheduled on Monday: Unirea Urziceni vs. CFR Cluj.


Municipal Targoviste
one step closer to FIBA EuroCup semifinals



MCM Municipal Targoviste has won its home-side game against Russia’s Dinamo Kursk on Wednesday evening, score 75-57. The game counted for the first leg of the women’s FIBA EuroCup quarterfinals. The Romanian title holders have thus taken an important step towards qualifying for the competition’s semifinals although the return leg, scheduled on February 24, will be difficult.

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240 kilo woman gives birth to girl


A pregnant woman weighing 240 kilograms gave birth to a healthy 2.9 kilo baby girl by caesarean section. The mother is listed in stable condition, yet doctors are monitoring her carefully, as post-surgery complications cannot be ruled out. The woman gave birth to a girl Thursday morning at the Bucharest University Emergency Hospital, with surgeons opting for a caesarean section, the hospital’s spokesman, Bogdan Popescu told Mediafax. The 25-year-old pregnant woman, a native of Draghiceni, Olt County, was brought to the Bucharest hospital Wednesday afternoon. It took three emergency crews to help her reach the Emergency Room. She was brought from the Craiova Emergency County hospital, as the table in the hospital’s operating room could not sustain patients who weigh beyond 170 kilos. The woman said she made ’efforts’ to keep the pregnancy, as she wanted very much to have a child. ‘You realize what I’ve been through and I’m afraid, as any mother is at birth, for my child, whom I hope to come safely into this world,’ the mother said.


Ialomita: Active load projectile found
in anti-drift agent



An active load projective was found Thursday into anti-drift grit in a van property of a trade enterprise based in Fetesti, Ialomita County. The projectile was loaded into the van along with the grit that was to be spread out on local roads. According to the spokesman for the Ialomita Inspectorate for Emergency Situations, Lt. George Damian, the projectile was spotted in due time by the company’s employees, who alerted pyro-technicians by dialing the emergency number 112. ‘The pyrotechnic crew rushed to the scene and picked up the ammo. No incident happened, company workers being vigilant and announcing us was quite helpful,’ the Inspectorate spokesman said. Pyrotechnicians carried the 122 mm active load projectile under maximum security conditions to the Perisoru Military Unit, where it would be destroyed. Investigations are ongoing to establish the circumstances in which the projectile was deposited along with the grit, and its origin.


Nine persons remanded after searches at Red Dragon complex in Bucharest


Nine persons, who had set up a criminal group which was taking out of Romania up to one million dollars every week, were taken in custody by DIICOT, the investigators seizing on Wednesday, further to 37 searches, seven gold ingots, over EUR 550,000 and over USD 780,000. According to the Romanian Police, over 130 organised crime officers, 230 gendarmes from the Special Intervention Brigade of Gendarmerie, and 30 border offices participated in the raid. The purpose of the action was to dismantle “the most important organized crime group which took action in the “Red Dragon” commercial complex,” suspected of tax evasion, smuggling and money laundering. According to investigators, the leader of the group is Hua Le Duc, aged 51, with double citizenship, Romanian and Vietnamese. The group was formed of another 18 members, with Romanian, Chinese and Moldovan citizenships.

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Panos Makris, appointed commercial manager of Cosmote Romania


Panos Makris was appointed as commercial manager of Cosmote Romania – a newly created position – and will coordinate the divisions of Sales, and Customer Relations, Marketing and Communication, and Distribution, with the mission to develop a commercial strategy that will support the targets of the telecom operator. “Makris has over 17 years of experience in marketing and sales, acquired in multinationals like Procter&Gamble, Vivartia and Nikas. Before joining Cosmote Romania, Makris was the international operations manager of Nikas, headquartered in Bulgaria,” Cosmote Romania writes in a press release sent to Nine O’Clock.


Romtelecom to lay
off over 600 employees until May



Romtelecom, the biggest landline phone operator in Romania, will lay off 600 employees until May this year, the company writes in a press release. The most significant changes will occur in the Operations department. Romtelecom currently has a staff of 9,600. “All employees who leave the company will receive compensation packages. Those who leave by mutual agreement will have their packages doubled. The amount of compensations depends on seniority in the company. Furthermore, all the employees to be made redundant will receive free consulting in view of finding new jobs,” mentions the release.

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BNR: Crediting will pick up at corporation level


Banks expect large companies will soon start to resort to banks, starting with this quarter, but only for short-term credits, at the moment. Corporations’ demand for short-term crediting might have reached its minimum in Q4 of 2009, and banks estimate the negative trend has ended, finds the latest survey conducted by the National Bank (BNR) in February, about credits to non-financial companies and population. However the 10 banks that participated in the survey consider that, in the case of SMEs, the negative trend still continues, with a slightly steeper angle for long-term loans. Banks actually estimate that the demand for credits with long-term maturity will further decrease in the first quarter of 2010. According to bank forecasts, crediting risk is on the increase at the level of the whole economy, except for the energy sector, while the least exposed sectors are agriculture, transportation and communications. In terms based on the size of companies, banks perceive an increasing risk for corporations, as SMEs have long been associated with higher risk.


UniCredit Tiriac cuts interests on real estate crediting


UniCredit Tiriac Bank cuts by one percent point the interests on new real estate credits and consumer loans with mortgage, in RON, the bank announced yesterday. Thus, the interest on new credits in RON, provided for the acquisition and construction of housing units, the interest falls from 12.80 pc to 11.80 pc a year, while the new consumer credits with mortgage will have a yearly interest of 13.80 pc, down from 14.80 pc, UniCredit Tiriac Bank writes in a press release.


Cheaper credits in RON at Banca Transilvania


As of March 1, 2010 Banca Transilvania (BT) cuts by 0.5 pc the active interests of ongoing credits, which now have an interest over 14.5 pc, writes a press release. The announcement refers to the credits in local currency, granted to individual and corporate clients. BT already brought down the interest on new credits, since February 9 this year. Interest rates for the debit and credit cards issued by BT will stay unchanged.


Pogea proposed
in CEC Bank Board



PM Emil Boc blames with every occasion the “impudent salaries and pensions,” but continues to sneak the political cronies, regardless of the signals issued by the media, into the administration boards, the monitoring councils or the general assemblies of the shareholders from state institutions, daily ‘Financiarul’ reports. Thus, Gheorghe Pogea, former minister of finance, was proposed by the Public Finance Ministry in the Board of Administration of CEC Bank, after he was “co-opted” at the end of the past week in the Monitoring Council of the Property Fund, a position which is remunerated with around EUR 5,500 a month. Thus, Gheorghe Pogea can cash at least RON 227,585/year, meaning almost EUR 4,500/month, the amount cashed by a simple member of CEC Board.

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IMF opens up 191.3 T gold sale to wider market


The International Monetary Fund said it will soon begin phased sales of 191.3 tonnes of gold to the open market, a move that has called into question demand for bullion from official sector buyers. Gold prices fell some 1 percent after Wednesday’s news, with some analysts saying the open market element signalled that demand from central banks — a key fundamental driver — was not as robust as first thought. However, prices later stabilised above USD 1,100 per ounce. The Fund said the sales, which are part of a programme launched last year to boost IMF resources for lending, “will be conducted in a phased manner over time” to avoid disruptions to the gold market.


Daimler scraps dividend after EUR 2.6bn loss


Daimler shocked markets on Thursday by posting a worse-than-expected net loss for 2009 and axing its dividend, as the German premium carmaker vowed to return to growth and profit this year. The Stuttgart-based car and truck maker sent its share price as much as 9 per cent lower after it announced a net loss of EUR 2.6bn for the past year. Analysts had expected a much lower net loss of about EUR 2bn, according to a poll. The result marked the first loss in nine years, following a profit of EUR 1.41bn the year before. But the results followed high losses at French rivals Renault and PSA Peugeot Citroen, after a dire year in which dramatically falling sales had affected the industry.

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