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Judo: Romanian
sportswomen handed
in awards by…
Lothar Matthaus

Romanian judokas Alina Dumitru and Corina Caprioriu ranked third in the 48 and 54-kilo event respectively at the Dusseldorf, Germany, Grand Prix Judo. The contest, offering USD 100,000 in prizes, invited former German football great Lothar Matthaus to hand in the awards to crowning Olympic Champion and bronze holder Alina Dumitru, and the other two medal winners – Japanese judokas Tomoko Fukumi – gold, and Haruna Asami – silver.

Tire kills fan at drag race

A spectator died after being hit by a tire from a crashing dragster at the N.H.R.A. Arizona Nationals in Chandler on Monday, New York Times informs. The woman, who was not identified, was watching a run at Firebird International Raceway when Antron Brown’s dragster went out of control on the strip and its left rear tire and wheel came off. The woman died at a Phoenix-area hospital. Brown was not hurt.

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Unirea escapes with only marginal defeat on Anfield Road

Unirea Urziceni escaped with only a marginal defeat from the away match against FC Liverpool. Romania’s football champion team lost the first leg of the Champions League’s last 32 venue, at a score of just 0-1, and has chances to qualify for the last 16, after the return match at home this Thursday. The Cormorants clearly dominated their opponents during the whole match, but British press was very critical against the team coached by Rafa Benitez. “I knew it would be a tough match. Unirea is a very good team. We managed to score and I think this is the most important thing… In the return leg, anything is possible, we must focus a lot,” Benitez said after the match.

Golf: Media grant wide coverage
to Tiger Woods’ apology

The public apology made by US golf star Tiger Woods, broadcast on Friday across the whole US territory and abroad, holds the second place in a “top” of best covered such events, after the 1998 apology of President Bill Clinton, who blamed himself for his relation with Monika Lewinsky, Agerpres reports. In the US, the public statement delivered by the champion – who got in the media spotlight for an extra-marital affair – was aired live by nearly all big TV channels, which interrupted their programs on this occasion, and also by many web sites.

Constantin Dumitriu
is the new president of the Romanian Chess Federation

As of Saturday, Constantin Dumitriu is the new president of the Romanian Chess federation. The General Assembly of the Federation elected Dumitriu as president on Saturday, with 91 votes, while the second ranking candidate, Dan Radu Zatreanu received only 65 votes. Constantin Dumitriu, aged 38, was a member of the European Parliament during 2007-2009. The Federation’s former president, Ionut Dobronauteanu did not run for a new mandate. Vasile Manole and Mariana Ionita were elected as vice-president, the Chess Federation announced.

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Basescu to attend Yanukovych’s
swearing-in ceremony, media reports

Around 100 foreign delegations are expected to attend the inauguration of Ukrainian president-elect Victor Yanukovych, one of the event organisers told the Interfax Ukraine news agency, quoted by the electronic edition of the ‘Kyiv Post’. ‘To date, we have received confirmations of attendance by presidents from Bulgaria, Turkey, Romania, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, and Latvia.

The European Union will be represented by Baroness Catherine Ashton (EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy) who confirmed to us her attendance yesterday (Saturday). The US will send a delegation led by General James Jones, U.S. President’s National Security Adviser’ Party of Regions deputy leader Serhiy Liovochkin told journalists on Sunday.

The delegations invited to Yanukovych’s swearing-in ceremony are primarily from the neighbouring countries, the EU, CIS, G20 and Ukraine’s biggest trade partners, he said. The ceremony will be “as low-key as possible,” given Ukraine’s difficult financial and economic situation, Liovochkin said. ’No parades, no fireworks are being planned, everything will be held low key. We want to keep it as solemn as possible so that the Ukrainian people can be proud of how this day goes,’ Liovochkin said.

PC Hunedoara president to run
for party president

The president of the Hunedoara branch of the Conservative Party (PC), Petru Marginean, yesterday said he registered his candidacy for president of the party, adding several PC organizations in Transylvania vowed to support his bid for the presidency. ‘I sent my letter of intention and CV Saturday and registered in the race for president. It was the Hunedoara organization, of which I am a president that proposed I should run for the job and several Transylvanian branches promised they would lend me their support.

I won’t campaign at county level. I believe my experience and being known by party members nationwide, who, I hope, will stand behind me, is my trump card against Dan Constantin, who also registered for the position. I have been a PC member since 1996,’ Mediafax quoted Marginean as saying.

His top priorities will include the party clarifying its doctrine, clearly defining its short and medium-term political alliances and obtaining over 5 per cent of the votes in local elections.

Deputy Eugen Bejinariu aims
PSD Suceava leadership

Social-Democrat Deputy of Suceava, Eugen Bejinariu, yesterday made public his intention to run for president of the Suceava office of the Social Democrat Party (PSD), a position currently held by Senator Gavril Mirza. The organization’s first vice-president, Deputy Catalin Nechifor, also announced his bid for the Suceava presidency. Mediafax quoted Bejinariu as saying he will ‘most likely’ stand for president of the Suceava charter of PSD. ‘I think I would run for president of PSD Suceava. I’m not 100 per cent sure, but it’s most likely I’ll run for it,’ Bejinariu said. A PSD MP, he stood for party vice-president at the recently-held party congress, where he failed to garner the necessary number of votes required to obtain the post.

Bontida PNL and PDL mayoral
candidates go to runoff

The Liberal and Democrat-Liberal aspirants for mayor in the Cluj County commune of Bontida, Emil Carhat and Mariana Bagacean will vie for the mayor’s seat in a runoff ballot given the vote count of Sunday’s local mayoral election which, according to Electoral District Bureau President Camelia Parpucea, produced the following results: PNL candidate Emil Carhat came first, with 904 votes, 36 per cent, and Democrat-Liberal runner Mariana Bagacean, second, with 695 votes, 27 per cent. Behind them, Terezia Mora (PSD) – 491 votes, Vasile Bodocan and Marcel Calatean.

Radu Mazare finishes Sao Paolo Carnival samba contest on third place

Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare – the first Romanian invited on a carnival cart to dance samba in the famous Sao Paolo Carnival parade – together with his son Raducu and his team finished the competition on the Sambadrome, Pro TV reports. Radu Mazare and his son went up on a carnival cart where they danced samba at the Sao Paolo Carnival. The mayor takes pride in having the opportunity to taste the typically Brazilian madness next to former football world champion Cafu (Brazil). A week before, Mazare and his son were training for the carnival. As soon as they had reached Sao Paolo, they received their costumes worth a few thousands euros’ which nonetheless needed a few adjustments. After the costumes had received the final touches, Radu and Raducu Mazare started practicing samba moves. They chose to dance bare-footedly for the best possible choreographic result.

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130 years of bilateral relations
with France, Germany and the UK

Romania celebrated on Saturday 130 years of diplomatic relations with the French Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) writes in a press release.

To mark this anniversary, MAE, the embassies of France, Germany and the UK in Bucharest, and the National Archives of Romania will stage a series of events in the near future. At the end of March 2010, a joint exhibition of documents will be organized, which will reflect the main moments in the evolution of Romania’s diplomatic relations with the three European countries. In their turn, the diplomatic missions of Romania will hold actions of public diplomacy in the three states, to mark this moment.

100 kilos of heroine found in Haiti aid relief truck

According to a Romanian General Police Inspectorate (IGPR) release, narcotics officers with the Organized Crime Department found roughly 100 kilos of heroine hidden in a truck and trailer that carried aid relief for Haiti.

The truck was held up Saturday morning at the Varsand, Arad, customs checkpoint, as the drugs were found hidden in the brake system. ‘Police officers accompanied by a drug-tracking dog found several drug-containing packets in the brake system. About 100 kilos have been uncovered so far, as the search is ongoing,’ the release states, according to which the truck driver, a Bulgarian national, was travelling from Bulgaria and had Antwerp, Belgium, as final destination.

Authors of double murder in Siret yet to be caught

The police officers that investigate the double murder that took place in Siret town on Wednesday, back when a 39-year-old woman and her 6-year-old daughter were shot in the head, are currently working on the two suspects’ facial composite sketches. Police inspector Gabriel Pantiru, the spokesperson of IJP Suceava, stated on Saturday for Mediafax that the investigators are continuing the hearings and searching for new witnesses.

He stated that the investigators did not establish the motive. Vasile Hritcu, the Siret local whose wife and daughter were killed, believes that robbery was the motive, considering that EUR 12,000-13,000 disappeared from the house. He underlined that he has no enemies and denied being involved in cigarette smuggling. He stated on Friday that back on Wednesday he was in Suceava with his boy and spoke to his wife on the phone. The latter told him that two persons showed up at the door and she cannot reason with them because they were speaking what sounded like Ukrainian. The call was then interrupted. Asked whether the killers are from Ukraine, Hritcu stated that the nearby villagers also speak Ukrainian.

Robbery at currency exchange house in Alba Iulia

On Sunday a person stole EUR 4,000 from a currency exchange house located in downtown Alba Iulia after attacking the cashier with mace spray. Chief commissioner Tudor Grindean, the head of the Alba Police, stated for Mediafax that the cashier went outside after she noticed that a passerby knocked down the billboard on which the exchange rates were posted.

At that moment an unidentified person sprayed mace in the women’s face and entered the exchange house. According to the doctors from the Emergency Ward of the Alba Hospital the woman was brought in a state of shock with two-degree burns to her face and eye irritation. She is currently under medical supervision.

Funeriu: High school to last
for three years

Education Minister Daniel Funeriu said last Thursday that education cycles will be reorganized: high school will last for three years, the 9th grade will be included in the middle school, and the preparatory year at kindergarten will become mandatory for all children.

The measure will be enforced through the new Education Law, which the Ministry of Education will put on public debate soon. Daniel Funeriu made his proposal during the opening conference of the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion.

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Over 16 million nights in Romanian hotels in 2009

Romanian tourism registered last year 16.6 M nights spent in hotels and other institutions with a similar role, down 16.4 per cent against 2008, according to the data presented by Eurostat. The non-residents have a weight of 15 per cent in the total number of nights. At the level of the European Union the number of nights spent in hotels dropped 5.1 per cent last year, to 1.496 bln nights, of which 658.3 M non-residents. Of the EU member states, the only one which registered the growth of the number of nights is Sweden, but the advance was modest, only 0.1 per cent. Spain is at the top of the classification of the number of nights with 251 M nights, down 6.5 per cent against 2008, followed by Italy, Germany and France.

CCIR develops collaboration with Embassy of Tunisia

The relations between the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Romania (CCIR) and Tunisia are growing firmer. Thus, CCIR President, Mihail Vlasov, met with Her Excellency Mrs. Saloua Bahri, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Tunisia to Bucharest, to discuss about the bilateral commercial relations which have a developed potential. Through the collaboration agreement concluded between the National Chamber and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Tunisia in 1992, numerous economic missions, activities and bilateral meetings between businessmen were organized. The Ambassador of Tunisia, H.E. Mrs. Saloua Bahri presented the project of organisation of a business forum in June this year at the Palace of the Chamber of Commerce, addressed chiefly to the companies from the following domains of activity: energy, agro-food industry, textile industry, telecommunications, tourism.

Direct subsidies to compensate
farmers’ losses backed

According to a communiqué remitted to the editorial office, Romania backs the offering of direct subsidies, tax reductions or fiscal exemptions, as well as the establishment of a crisis fund and of framework contracts between farmers and processors in order to compensate the agricultural producers’ losses. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mihail Dumitru attended yesterday the meeting of the Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries. The meeting mainly focused on the European Commission’s report on the animal welfare labeling and the setting up of a European network of reference centers for the protection of animal welfare, a report filed to the European Parliament, and on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy and the management of the market after 2013. The meeting on Monday was the first Council of Ministers for Agriculture and Fisheries meeting since Dacian Ciolos became the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.

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Banca Romaneasca
launched MasterCard in RON

Banca Romaneasca launched the credit card MasterCard in RON for payments to traders or on Internet, and also for the withdrawal of cash from ATMs, a press release informs. The card has a period of grace of up to 61 days, and the users must pay every month at least 5 per cent of the spent amount.

The persons who acquire the credit card MasterCard Standard during February 19-April 30 are exempted from the issuing and administration commission in the first year, reads the press release of the bank. The credit institution does not levy a commission for the payment of the purchases to traders in Romania and abroad or for the transactions made on Internet. For the purchases made on card during March 1 – May 31, the owners receive a bonus of 2 per cent of the value of the purchases of at least RON 100.

ING Real Estate Romania chief to manage also operations in Hungary

Gijs Klomp, chief of ING Real Estate Investment Management (REIM) Bureau from Romania, of the real estate investment division of the Dutch group ING, assumed also the management of the operations of the company from Hungary, Mediafax informs. The appointment of Klomp in the position of head of asset management for Hungary and Romania comes further to the decision of the company management which wanted to bring together the two countries in one management center. Klomp will coordinate and supervise from Prague the activity of the asset management team. The former ING REIM chief for Hungary left the company.

Microsoft Romania: If GDP rises 1 pc, the growth of IT sector will be tenfold bigger

The growth of the local IT sector this year will be ten times bigger than the advance of GDP, estimated at about 1 per cent, Calin Tatomir, general manager Microsoft Romania, declared yesterday. “According to our estimates, if the advance of Romania’s GDP is 1 per cent, the growth of the local IT sector will be 10 per cent,” Tatomir said. He added that the local branch of Microsoft registered in December 2009, compared to the same month 2008, the first annual growth and declared that he “wants an aggressive growth” until the end of June, when the tax year of the American company closes. In July, August and September, Microsoft Romania declined significantly, and in December they were in the black. Tatomir expects an aggressive growth in the second half of Microsoft tax year, with a growth above average registered by the American company in this zone of Europe. He anticipates in regard to the evolution of the sales of Window 7 licenses that the operation system will have a market share of 18-19 per cent at the end of June 2010.

RTC expands to 11 European states

Debenhams company granted the right of franchise to the company RTC Holdings for the clothes shops, in 11 states from Central and East Europe, further to an agreement, according to Mediafax. Thus, RTC wants to open between three and five units in 2010 and over 100 in the next ten years. “Hopefully, in ten years we shall have over 100 Debenhams shops operated by us and we’ll generate rollovers of over half a billion Euro,” Octavian Radu, president RTC group, declared yesterday in a press release. The brand will enter the 11 new markets to the extent to which commercial projects likely to allow the renting of spaces of about 2,000 sq m will be identified. The British clothes retailer Debenhams will have this year a network of 184 shops at world level and a rollover of 2.3 bln pounds.

HP Romania targets
market share of 20 pc

HP Romania business dropped in 2009 to the level of 2007, but the activity of the company was more profitable, situation which allowed maintaining the number of employees, declared yesterday HP Romania general manager Radu Enache, Mediafax informs. The local branch of Hewlett Packard, the biggest producer of IT equipment at international level, registered in 2008 a turnover of RON 224.3 M (EUR 60.9 M), according to the data published by the Finance Ministry, 21 per cent bigger than in 2007, while the net profit fell 27.5 per cent to RON 20 M (EUR 5.4 M).

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Ciolos asks Romania to address APIA deficiencies

Dacian Ciolos, the European Commissioner for Agriculture, has asked Romania to address the deficiencies registered by the system through which APIA offers the European subsidies after the deadlines set in order to do that have expired. Ciolos has sent Romanian Agriculture Minister Mihail Dumitru a letter in which he signals the delays in addressing the deficiencies registered by the Integrated Management and Control System (IACS). IACS is the system through which APIA offers the European subsidies from the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund. The Commissioner is asking the Agriculture Minister to give priority to finalizing these activities while respecting the deadlines set.

AIG Life Asigurari became Alico Asigurari Romania

The insurance company AIG Life Asigurari Romania has become Alico Asigurari Romania, by assuming the name of the majority shareholder, American Life Insurance Company (Alico). The general manager of the company, Theodor Alexandrescu, stressed on Thursday, during a ceremony, that the takeover of the name is reflected only on the name of the company, its structure, management team and strategy being maintained. As for the expectations for 2010, Alico Asigurari Romania stressed that the stabilization of the financial markets will materialize this year in growths in the unit-linked insurance segment. Also, if the health system reform is enforced, this can conduct to the growth of the relevant private insurance market. Concurrently with the takeover of the new name, AIG Fond de Pensii company, whose majority shareholder is Alico Asigurari, will become Alico Societate de Administrare a unui Fond de Pensii Administrat Privat, which operates on private pension pylon II. (A.B.)

Dacia bets on sales of 18,000 cars through “Junk” programme in 2010

Automobile Dacia counts in 2010 on a volume of sales under the programme of renewal of the car stock similar to that from the past year, namely 18,000 units, the commercial manager of the car maker, Fabrice Cambolive, declared on Friday, according to Mediafax. “The programme comes with many improvements against the past year, and Dacia has offers adapted to this programme. For example, the cheapest Logan can be bought for EUR 3,200, if three vouchers are presented. We have also implemented a programme in leasing, adapted to the “Junk” programme, through which a person can acquire a vehicle starting from one Euro per day,” Cambolive said. Last year, 57 per cent of the total volume of cars sold through the “Junk” programme were Dacia brand. Cambolive also said that, in 2010, the sales on the car market were launched practically concurrently with the “Junk” programme.

Romtelecom doubles compensations
for laid off employees

Ruxandra Inceu, spokeswoman of Romtelecom regional division from Cluj, declared that the curtailing of the staff is “painful” for the employees who are going to be laid off, but it is necessary for the company. Thus, the compensations to be received by the laid off persons will be the double of those stipulated in the Collective Labour Contract, some amounts going as high as EUR 14,000 net, subject to seniority. The Federation of the Unions from Communications (FSCOM) warned Romtelecom and also the Government, which holds 46 per cent of the company’s shares, to not make abuses when it lays off personnel of the company, Mediafax informs. Romtelecom plans to lay off some 600 employees.

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