ARTS & LEISURE

NEWS IN BRIEF

National Theatre tours Italy with Ionesco’s ‘Lesson’


‘The Lesson,’ directed by Horatiu Malaele at the National Bucharest Theatre, based on Eugene Ionesco’s play, will be on tour in Italy, on March 26-31, the institute said in a press release quoted by Mediafax. The show will be staged on March 26-27 at Barberino di Mugello’s Corsini Communal Theatre and on March 30-31 at Florence’s Puccini Theatre. The tour is part of an international project run by Catalyst foundation an Tuscany, in collaboration with Associazione Teatro Puccini and Barberino di Mugello authorities, under the tutelage of the Romanian embassy to Italy. ‘The Lesson,’ in which Malele is both director and lead performer, was highly acclaimed by audience and critics alike. Ionesco’s work was seen by Malaele “as a tragic farce that denounces both the absurdity of unique, exclusivist theses, language as tool of power, and the lethal relationship between sexuality and dictatorship.” “As the world hasn’t learned anything from history mistakes, this show’s lesson is not meant to be a moralizing and boring guideline, but rather a clear mirror,” the press release writes.


Bulandra’s Izvor Hall
to reopen on Friday



The performance ‘Voiajul domnului Perrichon’ (‘Mr. Perrichon’s Journey) by Dinu Cernescu will be staged for the first time at Bulandra Theatre’s Izvor Hall on Friday, marking the reopening of the hall after modernization works, Mediafax reported. In the last few months, the hall’s stage and mechanisms were renewed, while the foyer and access areas were also refurbished. Bulandra Theatre representatives said the foyer was completely modernized, while major changes were also operated backstage, where a computer controlled light system was set up. ‘Mr. Perrichon’s Journey’ is based on the homonymous play by Eugene Labiche. The cast includes Virgil Ogasanu, Manuele Ciucur, Ion Cocieru, and Vlad Zamfirescu. The play will be staged again on Saturday, Sunday and next Wednesday.


Rokolectiv electronic music fest in Bucharest next month


The fifth edition of electronic music and related arts festival Rokolectiv will be held in the capital on April 22-25. The event will include 15 live concerts, over 40 artists, art installations and debates, to be hosted by The Ark and National Contemporary Art Museum. This year’s edition is dedicated to how electronic music gets combined with related arts, revealing an impressive selection of international talents and new local projects. May it be deep house, techno, spaced out disco, psychedelic rock or ex-centric pop, the festival remains loyal to its mission to create a communication space and direct attention to social issues. The festival will include performances by famous names of contemporary electronic music, such as Germany’s Move D, US’ DJ Sprinkles, Swiss trio Sinner DC, Omar S. Danilo Plessow, British duo Mount Kimbie, French band Turzi and Baltimore’s most eccentric artist, Dan Deacon.

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SPORTS

NEWS IN BRIEF

League I – Rapid
defeated by FC Vaslui



The final two games of leg 23 ended on Monday evening. Vaslui delivered a surprise by defeating Rapid Bucharest, score 1-0. In the 6th minute fullback Papp scored the game’s only goal and his first goal in League I. FC Vaslui’s Denis Zmeu shook the post in the 50th minute. This was Rapid’s second consecutive defeat and FC Vaslui’s second consecutive victory. After the game Rapid owner George Copos said his team will have to downgrade its goal from winning the title to qualifying for the Europa League. FC Timisoara won its away-game against Astra Ploiesti, score 3-1 (2-1 at half time). Timisoara’s goals were scored by Lukas Magera (2nd minute) and Doring Goga (10th minute, 88th minute – penalty), while Liviu Ganea scored for Astra in the 18th minute. FC Timisoara managed to win despite playing the second half with one man down.


Box: 7 Romanians at Youth World Boxing Championships in Baku


Romania’s box delegation at the Youth World Boxing Championships in Baku (April 20 – May 2) will consist of 7 boxers and head coaches Petre Mateescu and Ilie Captari. Here is the list of boxers that will leave for Azerbaijan as part of the delegation led by FRB Vice President Vasile Catea: Stefan Caslarov (CS Dinamo/BC Arad, 48-kg category) Maike Cioaca (CS Armata Craiova, 51-kg), Alexandru Marin (CFR Unirea Iasi, 54-kg), Daniel Buciuc (Box Club Simion, 57-kg), Amansio Paraschiv (CS Conpet/Stelica BC Ploiesti, 60-kg), Ciprian Florea (CS Dinamo, 64-kg), Alexandru Vanta (CS Dinamo/CFR Craiova – 69-kg).


Ice Hockey: Steaua back in the cards


Steaua Rangers Bucharest is back in the cards for Romania’s Ice Hockey title after defeating Sport Club Miercurea Ciuc on Sunday evening within the ‘Vakar Lajos’ skating rink, score 1-0 (0-0, 1-0, 0-0), in Game 4 of the final. Steaua, who is led by 3 games to 1, won thanks to the goal scored by Nicusor Lusneac (25th minute). The next two games will be played in Bucharest on March 24-25. The final consists of seven games, so that SC Miercurea Ciuc needs just another win in order to secure its second consecutive title.


CSKA Sofia handed 4-0 loss for pitch invasion


The Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) handed CSKA Sofia a 4-0 defeat on Tuesday following a pitch invasion during their league match at Lokomotiv Mezdra at the weekend, Reuters reports. The BFU had ruled on Monday that CSKA should play their next three home matches at a neutral ground and pay a fine of 15,000 levs ($10,370) for the riot in the northwestern town of Mezdra. The sanctions were imposed after more than 100 CSKA fans stormed the field a few minutes after striker Ismail Isa put Lokomotiv in front midway through the second half, forcing referee Ivaylo Stoyanov to abandon the game. The BFU’s sports and technical commission awarded Lokomotiv a 4-0 victory. The Mezdra-based club were leading 1-0 when the match was abandoned in the 65th minute. CSKA is coached by Romanian Ioan And one. The team includes also Romanians Florentin Petre and Daniel Pancu. The decision leaves CSKA second in the standings with 38 points from 19 matches, four points behind leaders Litex Lovech. The 31-times Bulgarian champions will begin their stadium ban on Wednesday.

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BUSINESS

NEWS IN BRIEF

BNR official
says sees end-2010 CPI on target



Romania’s inflation should be in the middle of the central bank’s target range at about 3.5 per cent at the end of this year and below target in 2011, deputy bank Governor Cristian Popa said on Tuesday, Reuters informs. “The latest inflation reading of 12-month headline is 4.5, per cent and we see it ending somewhere in the vicinity of 3.5 per cent, which is the central point of the target for this year,” Popa told an economic conference in Prague.”The inflation projection for two years ahead, for the end of 2011, is below the 3 percent central point”. Popa also said nonperforming loans in Romania had increased to about 15 percent but the trend appeared to be slowing. Also, the reference exchange rate announced by the central bank dropped on Tuesday to a new minimum, after January 7, 2009 at 4.0736 RON/EUR, down one Ban and a half (RON 0.015) under the previous one, as the latest regional trends kept the Romanian currency under the 4.08 RON/EUR threshold these days, Realitatea.net reports.


Dacia Sandero – French TV station’s
competition prize



France’s TF1 has launched a competition titled ‘Policier du Jeudi,’ a competition whose prize consists of two Dacia Sandero Black Line limited edition cars each with a value of EUR 9,600, Antena3.ro informs. In France Dacia launched a limited edition of the Logan, Sandero and Logan MCV, dubbed Black Line. This limited edition has power windows for the front seats, central locking system and assisted transmission. The prices start off from EUR 9,600 and can go as high as EUR 14,550 depending on the engine and equipping options. Nevertheless, the winners of the competition will win the cheapest model.


Alpha Bank Romania teams up with Cosmote and Germanos


Alpha Bank Romania along with Cosmote and Germanos are launching a new campaign for their common customers, a release informs. Thus, the clients that use any of the AlphaCard Visa Gold, AlphaCard Visa Credit and AlphaMaster Card Credit cards in the Cosmote and Germanos stores from March 22 to May 23 will get back 15 per cent of the sum they spend, within the limit of RON 15. Likewise, each transaction done with an AlphaCard Debit or AlphaCard Credit card in the Cosmote and Germanos stores will give the customers the chance of taking part in a lottery whose prizes consist of 30 portable DVDs.


Carpathian lost interest for Romania


British fund Carpathian is no longer interested to invest in Romania and might also drop other projects developed by Atrium Centers company in Baia-Mare and Satu-Mare, after it already made its exit from a similar one in Cluj-Napoca, Mediafax reports.


“I, together with several managers of Atrium Centers, will probably take over the 75 pc stake held by the fund in the other two projects in Baia-Mare and Satu-Mare,” Michael Israeli, managing partner of Atrium Centers said yesterday.

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