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Real win thriller
to go top of La Liga

Rafael van der Vaart scored an injury-time winner as Real Madrid came back to beat Sevilla 3-2 and replace Barcelona at the top of La Liga on Saturday after the champions were held 2-2 in Almeria. Sevilla stunned the home fans by taking a two-goal at the Bernabeu with an own-goal from Xabi Alonso and an Ivica Dragutinovic freekick early in the second half. Real stormed back, netting twice in four minutes through Cristiano Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos and the winner came when Van der Vaart scrambled the ball home in added time. Barca twice came from behind to draw with Almeria thanks to a double strike from Lionel Messi, the second coming after Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been sent off in the 61st minute. Real climbed into first place, level on 62 points with their arch-rivals but with a superior goal difference.

Masked gang storms Berlin poker tournament

Masked gunmen stormed an upmarket hotel in Berlin on Saturday and forced staff working at a poker tournament there to hand over money, police said. There was “a little panic” among guests during the hold-up at the Grand Hyatt in the central Potsdamer Platz square, during which some were slightly injured, a police spokesman said. He declined to confirm media reports said the gang got away with 800,000 euros ($1.1 million).

Woods turns down Paddy Power sponsorship offer

Tiger Woods has turned down a $75 million sponsorship offer from Paddy Power, the Irish bookmaker said on Friday, adding it would make an improved offer to the golfer. The 14-times major champion winner was dumped by sports drink brand Gatorade last week, the third major corporate sponsor to abandon the American since details of his adulterous affairs surfaced late last year. The Dublin-based company said its initial offer to Woods, who was estimated to have earned $100 million annually in endorsement deals before taking an indefinite break from golf in December, covered a five-year period.Woods did not set a date for his return to competition when he spoke to media last month for the first time since the scandal over his private life erupted. Paddy Power lost 1.5 million euros ($2.04 million) by paying out to those who had gambled on Woods after just 36 holes of last year’s U.S. PGA Championship, which the world No.1 eventually lost to South Korea’s Yang Yong-eun.

Rome and Venice officially launch 2020 summer bid

The cities of Rome and Venice in Italy officially launched their respective bids for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, with their mayors submitting documentation to the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI). Venice Mayor Massimo Cacciari voiced concerns that the lagoon city, which is built on thousands of islands, doesn’t have enough space for Olympic-scale sports facilities. He said, “the area that would host the Games is much more extended”, adding that it would stretch beyond the city to encompass mainland areas including those near the Marco Polo international airport and those surrounding the cities of Treviso and Padua. He said, “even if it is still too early, tens and tens of millions of Euros will be needed”, when asked about the cost involved in hosting an Olympic Games.

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Constanta mayor’s Nazi insignia file, reopened

Constanta Mayor Radu Mazare told a press conference yesterday that prosecutors reopened an investigation against him on charges of using Nazi insignia in public, after he took part in a fashion show dressed as WWII German officer last year. Mazare explained that although prosecutors initially decided not to press charges against him, the case was reopened after the leadership of the Constanta Court of Appeals Prosecutor’s Office was changed.

The mayor charged that the new chief prosecutor, Adina Florea, wants to put him in jail and decided to continue inquiries against him, although he officially apologized for his gesture. Moreover, he said the prosecutor set up a rogatory commission to ask the Israeli state whether it took offence in Mazare’s use of Nazi symbols. “To set up a rogatory commission on this level for this kind of nonsense, the state spends a lot of money. Moreover, Israeli officials already made it clear they have no claims and no complaints,” Mazare said, quoted by Mediafax.

Romanians, most likely
to live with parents into their 30s

Romanians are among Europeans who are most likely to continue living with their parents into their 30s, according to a Eurostat survey quoted by Realitatea.net. Bulgaria ranks first in the survey, which uses data from 2007, followed closely by Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta, Romania, Greece and Italy.

Bulgarian, Slovakian and Slovenian figures are slightly higher, with the average age for Slovakia and Slovenia being 31.5 for males and 29.7 for females. Bulgarian males, however, took the prize for living with their parents the longest in the EU, until the age of 31.5, but Bulgarian women tend to leave home somewhat earlier, at the age of 27.7. Although in all member states, men stay longer in the parental home than women, there is a wide range in the figures across the Union. At the other end of the spectrum to Bulgaria, in 2007 the average age for leaving home for men was 23.1 in Finland and 24.2 in both France and the Netherlands

For women, the average age was below 30 in all member states, ranging from 22 in Finland, 23.1 in France and 23.2 in the Netherlands to 29.8 in Slovakia, 29.6 in Slovenia and 29.5 in Italy.

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MTI budget supplemented RON 2 M
for Ungheni check point

The Transport and Infrastructure Ministry (MTI) budget could be supplemented with RON 1.9 M from a Government reserve fund for the opening and operation in Ungheni, Iasi, of a rail check point with the Republic of Moldova, Mediafax informs. The Romania -Moldova border is currently crossed by rail at Cristesti-Jijia. “The checkup point platform, a provisional building consisting of the construction and appropriate fencing of the platform and the separation of the flows of people into and out of the country, requires the urgent assignment of funds for these works,” reads a memorandum accompanying a governmental resolution draft worked out by MTI.

EC cautions Romania over precious metals

Ministry of Economy proposed the Government an emergency ordinance for the modification of the legislation regarding the precious metals and gems, after the European Commission conveyed to Romania, on January 28, a formal notice of delay for failure to implement a directive into the national legislation, reads the draft of the normative act worked out by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Business Environment, Mediafax informs. EC granted Romania a deadline of two months to remedy the situation. The Economy Ministry justified the urgency of the normative act through the limitation of the right of the EU companies to run transactions with precious metals and gems in Romania if the project is not adopted, and also through possible sanctions set by EC. The precious metals to which the draft normative act refers are gold, silver, platinum, and palladium, in any form, while the considered gems are the diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and the natural or culture pearls. The failure to observe the legal trading provisions is sanctioned with fines between RON 3,000 and 10,000, and the seizing of the assets.

Medicard opens cardiology clinic at Buzau

Medicard launched a new cardiology clinic within the Buzau Emergency County Hospital. The clinic is equipped with last generation medical devices, such as Innova 2100 IQ digital detector angiograph, produced by General Electric, according to a press release from Medicard. The new clinic benefited from an investment of over EUR 700,000 and already has a team of 20 people, rallying well-known specialists in the domain of interventional cardiology, paramedics and administrative personnel. The staff includes five medics and 15 paramedics. The range of medical services includes: interventional cardiology, angiography and peripheral angioplasty, electrophysiology, Doppler heart ultrasound, EKG and blood pressure Holter monitoring. Up to ten diagnostic investigations can be made every day, and emergencies can be treated through interventional cardiology and electrophysiological procedures. The project started last year in collaboration with Medical Finance, which was also its integrator, with funds from Unicredit Leasing. The new clinic will function in a co-payment system for settlement of medical services in the case of patients who have health insurance, while the remaining amount is settled by the county hospital.

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