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Fencing: Victory in Italy


The Romanian men’s saber team, made up of Tiberiu Dolniceanu, Rares Dumitrescu, Cosmin Hanceanu and Florin Zalomir, has defeated Italy, score 45-42, and has won the saber event at the World Cup in Tunisia. Romania previously defeated Poland (45-37), US (45-44) and South Korea (45-27). Dumitrescu finished on third place in the individual event.


Figure Skating:
China wins Gold in Turin



China’s Pang Qing and Tong Jian have won the Gold Medal in the pairs’ event at the Figure Skating World Championship for the second time in the last four years. The Chinese skaters (both aged 30), runners up at the Olympic Games in Vancouver, have topped the pairs’ free programme standings, followed by Germany’s Aliona Savcenko and Robin Szolkowy, with Russia’s Yuko Kavaguti and Aleksandr Smirnov finishing on third.


Cristi Sapunaru sanction reduced


The Portuguese Football Federation’s Disciplinary Council has reduced on Wednesday the sanction it had issued against FC Porto’s Romanian fullback Cristian Sapunaru and Brazilian striker Hulk. The two were sanctioned last December for violent behavior. Sapunaru and Hulk were suspended for six and four months respectively but FC Porto appealed against the decision. Their suspension was reduced to four months and three games. Herminio Loureiro, president of the Federation, announced his resignation after the decision was made public.

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Top prosecutors sworn
in for new term



President Traian Basescu yesterday signed the decrees for a second term of Codrut Olaru as Terrorism and Organized Crime Department’s chief- prosecutor and Gabriela Scutea, as his deputy, a president’ office release shows. Reinvestment orders were signed following a one month back favorable decision from the Supreme Magistracy Council. Law provides that such positions as General prosecutor, first- deputy and his assistant, Anti-corruption Agency’s general prosecutor and his deputies, as well as the chief prosecutors from Terrorism and Organized Crime department are named and reinstated by the head of state, following a Justice Minister’s proposal.


Two killed
in gas pipe blast



Two workers were killed yesterday afternoon by the explosion of a gas pipe, in Gorj County. Nobody else was injured in the incident, Realitatea TV reports. Police officers of IPJ Gorj and a prosecutor went to the blast site and will probe into the accident. According to the spokesman of IPJ Gorj, inspector Daniel Tica, the Emergency Service 112 received a call, yesterday around 2:40 PM, announcing an explosion at a gas pipe in Pesteana village, Gorj County. Two ambulances were first to arrive on the spot, and the medics found the charred bodies of two workers who were doing maintenance works to the pipe.


Nurse killed by patient
in Focsani



A medical assistant has died yesterday following knife-inflicted injuries in her Focsani office, Realitatea TV reports. Police have set roadblocks to catch the fleeing murderer. The assistant’s fellow workers say the aggressor stepped into her office and asked her about the price of an X-ray.


He returned after a few hours, armed with a knife, and stabbed her in the back. ‘It was closing time, she was about to leave office. He came in, stabbed her in the back and she fell to the floor right before our eyes,’ an eyewitness, Manuel Dagusanu said.


‘She underwent emergency surgery but she was in hemorrhagic shock. She had her cava vein injured, which, unfortunately, proved deadly,’ Alina Pelin, spokeswoman for the Focsani ‘St.Pantelimon’ Hospital, said.


“Before surgery, the woman made a physical description of her aggressor to the police. Based on it, we have set police roadblocks not just in Focsani but countywide, “ Vrancea Police spokeswoman Catalina Olteanu said.

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European students simulate UN
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Students from eight European countries are attending a conference simulating United Nations activity, which began yesterday in Bucharest and will end on Monday. The event is organised with Romanian Foreign Ministry, reads a press release. The event, called ‘Bucharest International Students Model United Nations,’ was officially open at the capital’s Law School yesterday, in an event attended by Foreign Ministry Secretary of State Bogdan Aurescu, Senate foreign committee head Titus Corlatean, Bucharest University head Ioan Panzaru and several UN representatives in Romania. The conference gathers 185 students from eight countries: Romania, Greece, Slovenia, Belgium Great Britain, Poland, Germany and Bulgaria, who will discuss issues of international concern, taking their inspiration from UN and European Council models.

Gorbachev to visit Romania on April 13


Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Wednesday confirmed he will visit Romania on April 13, upon invitation by a private company, ‘Jurnalul National’ daily reports. According to sources close to organizers, during his two-day stay in Bucharest, the ex-secretary general of Soviet Union’s Communist Party will hold a public conference about the connections between the USSR and the 1989 Revolution. On the agenda there will also be meetings with Romanian politicians, including former president Ion Iliescu. In December 2009, Gorbachev announced another visit to Romania, for a TV show, which he eventually called off, following health issues.

Intelligence chief decorated for
overseeing ‘complex missions’



Romanian Intelligence Agency (SRI) chief George Maior was awarded the Romania Star National Order, Officer, for successfully coordinating very complex missions, under a presidential decree made public yesterday. The distinction was offered to the SRI head “on occasion of the SRI’s 20th anniversary, in sign of high appreciation for the service to our country by coordinating very complex missions which were crucial to assuring Romania’s security.”


On Wednesday, President Basescu also signed decrees to promote in rank ten SRI officers, including deputy chief Dumitru Cocoru. Earlier in the day, the head of state attended the agency’s 2009 activity report session and praised its modernization in the last five years, also voicing confidence that intelligence agencies can no longer be politically controlled.

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National currency appreciates
to new 14-month low



The annual reference rate posted by the National Bank of Romania (BNR) went down for the third trading session in a row, to a new minimum of the last 14 months, at 4.0653 RON/EUR, though Romanian currency yesterday moderated its increase, while still keeping gain from the end of Wednesday’s session, Mediafax reports.A stronger rate, of 4.0629 RON/EUR, was reported by the Central Bank on January 6, 2009. Against Wednesday’s rate of 4.0716 RON/EUR, yesterday’s reference dropped by 0.63 Ban (RON 0.0063). For the US dollar, BNR posted an exchange rate down by 0.16 Ban, from 3.0469 to 3.0453 RON/USD. In the money market, very short term interests resumed their decline and returned near the 3 pc annual interest rate set by BNR for the deposit facility, after slightly going up on Wednesday, as a new term for setting minimum reserves has started.


Tobacco products tax evasion worth
EUR 1 bln



Tax dodging for tobacco- related products amounts to EUR 1 bln. According to Financial Squad Head Commissar Ladanyi Arpad Csaba quoted by Mediafax, smuggling across Romania’s border with Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova respectively and duty-free shops are mainly responsible for it. ‘Duty-free shops sales are so high that each traveler allegedly buys 50 packets of cigarettes, Ladanyi said, according to whom the Financial Squad has set new performance indicators for county offices, including identifying illegal cigarette warehouses and even small clandestine cigarette manufacturing factories, although no such unit has been uncovered since 2007. The Financial Squad official’s estimate figure is similar to that advanced by the Novel Research Company, which published a study showing cigarette contraband in Romania accounts for 36 per cent of the overall market, up from 22 per cent in the last quarter of 2009, and could incur this year budget losses of over EUR 1 bln.


No VAT for purchasing buildings without commercial purpose


People who purchased new buildings and construction land for personal purpose, during 2005-2009 will be exempted from VAT paying, as rumors circulating these days are only “hoax” and “pathetic” attempts of turning focus on honest beneficiaries, ANAF chief Sorin Blejnar reassured. ANAF is doing continuity checks of individuals who made real estate transactions with new buildings and lands for construction. So far, the institution checked 7,145 individuals who made 85,442 transactions during 2006-2008, worth a total RON 14.88 bln. Blejnar ruled out the possibility that people who purchased buildings or construction land will be called in court by sellers, to provide guarantees, or they will be forced into joint liability by ANAF if developers do not pay VAT.

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50 Romanians may work for Google


Internet giant Google intends to open an office in Romania, where the best Romanian programmers will work. “We hope to have an office in Romania towards the end of the year. For now, we don’t know exactly when it opens or what staff it will have. The recruitment procedure is underway,” Google Agency Relationship Manager for SEE Europe and Middle East Amelia Cretu said, quoted by daily ‘Gandul.’ Although Google officials in Romania have not disclosed anything regarding any future recruitment, HR specialists say the search engine developer may hire some 50 Romanians. IT professionals were among the few Romanians whose pay was ‘slurred over’ by crisis last year. “A software development specialist makes about EUR 800 gross salary per month on the average in the West of the country. A software developer in the experience rage of 3-4 years can easily make EUR 1,500 a month, plus bonuses or project success premiums,” Serban Mrejeriu, working as a consultant for AIMS Human Capital Timisoara specialising in wage surveys, said. Google’s activity in Romania is currently co-ordinated by its Irish subsidiary. Last autumn, the Google team in Romania was made up of ten people, at least four of them being locals.


Mansory brings four cars worth EUR 1.5 M to Romania


Mansory, a German carmaker specializing in luxury motor vehicles, will bring in Romania one unit each of Porsche, Bentley, Aston Martin and Mercedes car models, worth an overall EUR 1.5 M. The cars will be on display at the company’s first showroom ever in Romania, Mediafax reports. Mansory Romania will put on display a unit each of Porsche Panamera or Cayenne, a Bentley Continental GT, an Aston Martin Cyrus and a Mercedes G-Couture, of which the last priced at EUR 500,000, tax not included, the head of the luxury car dealership, Andrei Marton, said. He added that the first Mansory showroom in Romania will likely open in September, a roughly EUR 150,000 investment.

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Dacian Ciolos puts forth EU quality politics
legislative proposal



The European Parliament (EP) yesterday passed a report containing proposals aimed at improving the labeling rules of farm products made in EU states, Mediafax informs. The reports’ suggestions will become part of a draft directive, according to EU Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos. The EP-passed report shows that mandatory labeling offers customers important information on food quality and also increases farmer competition. Protecting geographical indications and traditional specialties against fake products is another ‘vital’ measure aimed at promoting and ensuring quality standards for EU-made food products. The report, drafted by Italian EMP Giancarlo Scotta, shows EU agro-food quality policy ‘can bring added value to the economies of European regions.’


Commissioner Ciolos announced he would put the proposal before the European Parliament late this year, adding he will take into account the EMPs’ ideas and suggestions.


Videanu: Government must decide over Rosia Montana in 2010


Economy Minister Adriean Videanu yesterday said that Rosia Montana mining project will be compromised if no decision is made this year. According to Mediafax, he added that, as far as he is concerned, any minister of the Economy should support such investment. “Certain doubts and lack of confidence appeared on the markets where the project is listed, so state authorities must decide,” Videanu said. According to the minister, all those interested by the project should collaborate in securing the best environment conditions, the best conditions for protecting heritage in the area and, if they are willing to discuss, then solutions will be found.

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