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Nadal blasts past Tsonga to meet Roddick


Spain’s Rafa Nadal will face American Andy Roddick in the semi-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open after the pair enjoyed convincing victories on Wednesday. Roddick cruised with a 6-3 6-3 win over Spain’s Nicolas Almagro while Nadal was in blistering form in front of a packed crowd as he crushed France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-2. The big serving Tsonga matched Nadal in the opening exchanges but never recovered after the Spaniard broke his serve in the seventh game of the opening set.


O’Sullivan suffers first-round China Open exit


Ronnie O’Sullivan sensationally crashed out of the China Open with a 5-3 first-round defeat by Tian Pengfei, BBC Sports informs. The three-time world champion had begun confidently, opening up with a break of 93 in the first frame, followed up with 77, 59 and 61. However, uncharacteristic mistakes allowed his 22-year-old opponent to capitalise and square the match at 3-3. O’Sullivan looked to have the seventh frame in the bag following six reds and six blacks but missed an ambitious cut along the top cushion, allowing home favourite Tian to clean up with a break of 87 to take a 4-3 lead.


Dulgheru reaches
quarterfinals in Monzon



Romanian tennis player Alexandra Dulgheru (top seed 1) qualified on Wednesday for the quarterfinals of the Monzon (Spain) challenger tournament, with total prizes of USD 75,000, itftennis.com website informs. Dulgheru defeated Canada’s Valerie Tetreault in the second round, score 7-6 (8/6), 6-1, and will next play against Anastasia Yakimova (Belarus).

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Police fires gunshots to catch house burglars


Officers of the Bucharest District 6 Criminal Investigations Department fired two gunshots on Thursday at noon, to stop three house burglars they were chasing by car, near Lujerului road-tunnel. Christian Ciocan, spokesman for the Bucharest Police, said the two suspects – two men and a woman – attempted two home break-ins, in the Politehnica and Militari districts of the Capital. The three are also suspected of similar crimes in Timisoara and in the counties surrounding Bucharest.


Tanker truck carrying toxic substances rolls over
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A tanker truck carrying toxic chemicals rolled over, on a Hunedoara County road between Branisca and Ilia yesterday, forcing police to evacuate and secure the area, given the risk of explosion. “The truck was driven by an Italian citizen and, most likely, it carries acetone. The perimeter has been secured and nobody may enter, as there is the risk of explosion if the liquid spills and catches fire. For the time being, we are trying to find a translator, so that we know precisely what substance is in the tanker. Meanwhile, we disconnected the truck battery, to avoid sparks,” said a spokesperson for the Hunedoara Emergency Inspectorate.


One dead, for injured in road crash on DN7


One died and four were injured in a road crash this Thursday on National Road (DN) 7, near Lesnic, Hunedoara County. All five victims worked on the same construction site in Germany and were coming home for Easter. According to police sources, the driver of the automobile carelessly tried to overtake a vehicle, in a road zone without visibility, and crashed into a lorry driving on the opposite lane. The accident blocked traffic on DN7 for more than two hours.


Udrea against legalizing prostitution


Development and Tourism Minister Elena Udrea declared on Thursday, during a videochat session with the readers of Gandul daily, that she is against legalizing prostitution, adding the state should offer “these women” a chance to earn their living “differently.” “Without being a feminist myself, I consider women need more respect. I wouldn’t legalize the prostitution,” Udrea said. She mentioned the state should do something so women are no longer forced to “sell their body.” Last year President Basescu backed a report of a presidential commission proposing the legalization of prostitution and the use of light drugs.

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Romania, Ford’s strategic export location


The Craiova-based Ford plant will become one of the main export centres of the US carmaker in Europe, according to John Fleming, Ford of Europe CEO and Chairman, after reaching an output of 300,000 units in 2012, ‘Ziarul Financiar’ reports. Ford runs a total of ten plants in Europe, including Russia and Turkey production centres. Although vehicle sales have recorded steep falls in the context of the economic crisis in Europe, especially in what concerns commercial vehicles, Ford’s plans for Craiova have not changed. A total of 7,000 employees will be working for Ford in Craiova, the company also contemplating introducing at least two new models to complement utility vehicle Transit Connect that will soon start being manufactured in Romania. In the next four to six weeks, Ford will open its new body painting department and from that moment on the Transit Connect models will actually start being manufacturer in Romania. Currently, they are just CKDs (collections of completely disassembled vehicle parts) imported from the Ford plant in Turkey. In the latter half of the year, the supermini B-Max MPV will go into commercial production in Craiova.


Dacia sales up by over 400 pc in France


The sales in France of new Dacia vehicles have grown by more than 400 per cent to more than 16,600 units in March compared to the same period last year, thus reporting highest growth on a market that grew by 18 per cent. According to the French Automobile Manufacturers Association, the sales of new Dacia vehicles have grown from 4,032 units in March last year to 16,624 units this March, Mediafax informs. Dacia’s market share grew from 2 per cent in March 2009 to 6.8 per cent this March. In Q1 this year the Dacia sales grew from 10,803 units to 31,414 units, a level that gave the company a market share of 5.3 per cent.

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