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March 24, 2023


Second edition of Canto Festival at National Opera

The Bucharest National Opera (ONB) is organizing the second edition of the ‘Lyrical Art Masters’ International Canto Contest on March 23-28. This edition is dedicated to soprano Arta Florescu, a prestigious opera singer on both Romanian and European stages and a leading representative of the local canto school, the institution said in a press release. The contest, aimed at discovering and promoting a young generation of lyrical voices, will consist of two eliminating stages in the ONB’s Yellow Foyer (with piano background) and a final stage, with orchestra backing, in the opera house main hall.

The jury will include several celebrated opera singers, musicians and composers, such as Eugenia Moldoveanu, Grigore Constantinescu, Ioana Bentoiu, Victor Dumanescu, Ionel Pantea, Costin Popa, Maria Slatinaru Nistor, Anda Tabacaru-Hogea, Leontina Vaduva. Winners will be announced and awarded on March 28.

Urban culture in movies, at ICR Paris

The Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in Paris and French project Cite de l’architecture et du patrimoine, will organize the “Ville et cinema roumain” (“Romanian city and cinema”) programme on April 9 and 10. “Starting with 2000, Romanian movie making has been reborn after several decades in the shadow. The ‘Ville et cinema roumain’ programme offers a plural reading of emerging Romanian movie making, through the city theme, as it was presented in some recent productions,” ICR said in a press release quoted by Agerpres.

The event will try to answer some questions as to how current and former movie makers regard urban spaces, how important architecture is to them, how they resonate with urban areas and what city poetics they try to detail in their work, the release said. The project will include the screening of three Romanian movies centered on urban life, an event likely to be attended by architect Andrei Feraru and visual artists Calin Dan, but also by young directors Ioana Marinescu and Robert Fearns. Palme d’Ort winner ‘4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days’ by Cristian Mungiu will also be shown, together with Corneliu Porumboiu’s “12:08 East of Bucharest.”

Young performers set up film acting workshop

Three successful young actors, Dragos Bucur, Dorian Boguta and Alexandru Papadopol, will hold a film and television acting workshop in the capital, meant to help aspiring actors to learn techniques and discipline needed on a movie set. Designed in a less traditional manner, the workshop is Bucur’s initiative, starting from an idea suggested by director Radu Muntean a few years ago. The workshop relies heavily on three actor’s experience in both TV productions and big screen feature films.The project is divided in two three-month sessions, on March 29-June 28 and September 20-December 20. Classes will imply various debates, challenges, role playing in front of the camera. The sessions will also gather six film professionals, from cinematographers, stuntmen to directors and script writers. The first session will benefit from the experience of director Muntean, cinematographer Vivi Dragan Vasile and sound editor Cristian Ternovetchi, among others.

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Adrian Mutu to be tried
as repeat offender, risks two-year suspension!

Anti-doping prosecutor Ettore Tori suggests Mutu will be tried with aggravating circumstances in the ‘Sibutramine file.’ Mutu risks a long-term suspension. The alarm launched by ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ daily last Thursday is now confirmed by the anti-doping prosecutor himself, ‘Gazeta sporturilor’ daily reports. According to calcionews24.com website, Ettore Tori, a prosecutor who has already heard the player at CONI headquarters in Rome, has warned Fiorentina’s striker: “We will seriously analyze the file and all the documents, including documents from his first doping case back when he was playing for Chelsea. Theoretically the player tested positive for the second time and that’s an aggravating circumstance.” The prosecutor also drew the conclusions: “If the hypothesis is confirmed, Mutu will risk a two-year suspension. One for his repeat offence and another one for not informing the club’s doctor that he took weight loss pills.”

Why Ioan Andone
refused Dinamo

The EUR 1 M bonus that FC Dinamo’s executive director Cristi Borcea promised in case he would win the title failed to impress Ioan Andone. The latter asked for guarantees that the players’ salaries will be paid on time and that special bonuses will be offered for the games against the title contenders. The demands were turned down by Borcea. “Borcea offered me USD 120,000 for six months plus a USD 1 M bonus for winning the title. I told him: ‘money is not my problem. You can promise me USD 5 M for the title since you’re on 8th place.’ I’ve asked for practical things for the team, not for me. First of all, I’ve asked salaries to be paid on time. Borcea said that’s not possible. Then I’ve asked for players to receive bonuses for the games against the top seven teams, namely the teams that ranked above Dinamo at the end of the first half of the season. Borcea again said no. So I told him I cannot return to Dinamo and that was all,” Andone told tabloid ‘Click.’

Premier League
managers threaten
war against FIFA over video technology

The FIFA and International Board decision not to allow introduction of video technology in football has brought Premier League managers on the barricades. Their association (LMA) has even threatened war. “The video technology has a future in football. You will see,” LMA representative Richard Bevan said. Bevan suggested that Sepp Blatter, the president of the world body, has far too much power, “but that could change in the future.” “You cannot oppose so categorically a measure such as placing a camera on the goal line, for example, when everybody wants that in order to eliminate human error.”

Tennis: Edina Gallovits
in Indian Wells qualifiers second round

Romanian tennis player Edina Gallovits has qualified for the second round of the WTA Indian Wells tournament’s qualifiers stage, a tournament with total prizes of USD 4.5 M, after she defeated Sandra Zahlavova (Czech Republic), score 6-4, 7-5. Gallovits won the game in 100 minutes and will play against France’s Pauline Parmentier in the decisive match after the French player defeated America’s Amanda Spears, score 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (2). Monica Niculescu was defeated by Thailand’s Tamarine Tanasugarn, score 0-6, 1-6.

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One dead, one injured
in Hungary collision

A pickup truck driver lost his life on Monday evening near Abony locality (90 kilometers east of Budapest) after frontally colliding with a truck that had Romanian license plates, MTI informs. The Romanian truck was heading towards Budapest when it entered the opposite lane and smashed into the pickup truck. The impact threw the latter into a ditch, Zoltan Orosz, the police spokesperson, explained. The pickup truck’s driver died on the spot, while the Romanian driver was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Motor coach involved in road crash in Bulgaria

A motor coach with Romanian citizens onboard overturned on Monday night near Pernik, in Western Bulgaria, after it skidded on the road and fell into a canal, the Novinite.com website informs. There were no victims. All 45 Romanians were offered shelter in the nearest village. The incident caused a pile-up in which two other cars were involved.

Fugitives caught
in Germany

A 41-year-old man from Roman, Neamt County, was escorted by Interpol from Germany to Romania. The man had a European arrest warrant issued on his name because he had fled before serving an 18-month sentence for theft. In the night of July 30/31, 2008, the man broke into the headquarters of a company in Roman and, along with his accomplice, stole two electric hair clippers. At the same time, a 28-year-old man from Gheraesti commune, Neamt County, was detained by the Irish authorities and is now jailed in Bucharest.

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Gov’t to set up
investment fund as part of anti-crisis measures

Premier Emil Boc confirmed yesterday the government is working on an anti-crisis program which provides, among others, an investment fund fueled by minority shares the state holds in various other companies, Mediafax reports. “I can confirm that, as we speak, the government is working on a project seeking to set up an investment fund that can make financial resources for Romania’s major projects available. This fund has several sources, including minority stock the state holds in various companies and enterprises,” Boc explained. The PM also confirmed the government programme includes incentives for young people willing to set up SMEs.

IAR Ghimbav provides services to MoD

The Ministry of Defence is planning to procure four personnel localisation systems for search &rescue and attack helicopters, as well as one to four systems of radio stations also to equip search&rescue and attack helicopters. MoD and IAR Ghimbav have concluded a framework agreement in that respect, under which the ministry can buy up to four personnel localization systems and as many radio connection stations for eight IAR 330 Puma Socat search&rescue and attack helicopters, Adevarul informs. The value of the equipment amounts to RON 9,381,764 VAT not included.

IBM releases new POWER7 systems

IBM yesterday launched its new POWER7 systems designed to manage complex applications, ranging from intelligent electrical networks to financial market fast assessment tools. The new systems are capable of processing a very large number of simultaneous transactions, as well as large data volumes, which they can also analyse extremely fast. The POWER7 systems allow users to manage their applications and services at lower costs while enjoying the benefits of technological innovation in terms of virtualization, energy saving and efficient memory usage. In addition, the IT company has announced its co-operation with a number of different partners for the construction of more intelligent buildings, offices and infrastructures. IBM is helping customers set up a command centre for data management and IT operations centre, as well as other physical resources such as water supply, office equipment, heating systems and so forth. IBM co-operates with Johnson Controls and Ricoh on this particular project.

New real estate index includes dwelling condition data

New price index of real estate properties established by the National Institute of Statistics (INS) will be calculated, among others, based on condition of property, heating sources and neighbourhood quality, INS sources said, quoted by HotNews. The sources added that the project is running in compliance with a collaboration protocol between INS, the Central Bank and Notary Publics’ Union. INS representatives added that last year, they registered prices of real estates traded and registered by notary offices all over the country. The information refers to transaction prices and to several physical characteristics – type of dwelling, surface, construction year, comfort, maintenance, heating source, construction materials, neighbourhood quality, etc. They also said that they are currently trying to establish the best calculation method so that results reflect reality more accurately.

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GMO crops to be green lighted upon ‘thorough’ scientific studies

The Agriculture Ministry is ‘cautious’ to authorise the growing of GMO crops, Minister Mihail Dumitru stated yesterday. He said that authorizations would only be granted after ‘thorough scientific assessments’ and based on demonstrated certain economic advantages, Mediafax informs. Referring to the fact that such decisions regularly trigger ‘emotions’ among the general public, Minister Dumitru said there was no ‘scientific evidence’ to give reasons for ‘concerns’. Regarding the particular case of the Amflora – a genetically-modified potato variety, the minister said it had been authorized by the former European Commission ‘after many hesitations and delays’. He anticipates a low interest in cultivating the Amflora variety among Romanian farmers, as it had been exclusively developed for industrial starch production. The minister further stated that, in the current EU framework for the authorisation of the cultivation and import of genetically-modified organisms, the decision is made by the Council of the EU or by the European Commission, based on a scientific opinion issued by the European Food Safety Agency. Minister Dumitru however reminded of a recent decision by European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, John Dalli, according to which the EC would make a proposal to amend the system towards enhancing subsidiarity in the field, sometime this summer.

OMV Petrom ups petrol and diesel oil prices

As of yesterday, OMV Petrom increased the price of petrol and diesel oil by RON 0.06/litre, following an uptrend in international quotations for petrol products, according to Mediafax. The Premium unleaded and 99+ Premium unleaded petrol cost now RON 4.20/liter and RON 4.57/litre respectively. Petrol varieties OMV Carrera 95 and OMV Carrera 100 are priced at RON 4.34 and 4.97/litre respectively. The Top Nordic Diesel type can be purchased for RON 4.13/litre, and OMV Sprint Diesel, for RON 4.17/litre. Also, Euro Diesel 5 and OMV Alpin Diesel prices now stand at RON 3.96/litre and RON 4.46/litre respectively.

HR Club chairs EAPM executive

The Association of Human Resources Professionals in Romania (HR Club) is chairing the Executive Committee of the European Association for People Management (EAPM) until half through 2011. The first proposals put forth by the HR Club for this year refer to a communications platform being created, allowing experience exchanges in accessing European funding between the 30 EAPM member states, and EAPM becoming a hub in identifying, promoting and mediating a dialogue between its members and world-acknowledged human resources mentors.

Only 14 pc of companies to hire over next three months

One in five local market companies will operate layoffs, 64 per cent of enterprises will not downsize their workforce and only 14 per cent employers will recruit new personnel during the coming three months, according to a Manpower study on employment prospects April-June 2010, Realitatea.net reports. Trade and agricultural companies are the only enterprises to hire more staff in the second quarter of the year, while construction, transport and power sectors face a grimmer outlook. Region-wise, only two out of the eight regions examined predict modest hiring increases during the second quarter. Employers in the South-East and Central regions are the only ones to have hiring plans. At the opposite end of the scale are employers from the North-Western and South-Western regions. Those seeking a job in western Romania also stand a weak chance to find employment.

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