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Romania, invited to participate
in London Book Fair



Romania will attend the London Book Fair, an international event staged on April 19-21, where it will have a national stand organised by the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) for the third consecutive time. Romania’s stand put up under the slogan ROOMania WITH A VIEW will exhibit 700 titles published by 29 Romanian publishing houses and more than 100 translations issued abroad with ICR support, the Institute’s Press Service said in a release. The visitors will be handed in Romanian literature promoting materials (catalogues, CDs) and brochures presenting the ICR programmes. The University of Plymouth Press publishers, who are the special guests of the Romania stand, will present the series Twenty Romanian Authors launched in last November and backed by the ICR under the same-name programme. On the first day of the fair the stand will host the debate called Text-Door Neighbours, starting from the series launched at University of Plymouth Press (UPP), in which taking part will be Stelian Tanase, whose volume Aunt Varvara’s Clients is to be published by the UPP later this year and UPP director Paul Honeywill. Peninsula Arts designer Sarah Chapman will unveil the programme developed at the University of Plymouth, that includes Romanian music and theatre shows. Actress Cristina Catalina will read excerpts from the published translations. On Tuesday, April 20 the Romanian stand will host the debate on Crime and Reason: The Romanian Crime Writers Club Enters the (Crime) Scene to be attended by authors George Arion and Oana Stoica Mujea.


Hamlet – main focus
in Shakespeare Fest



The International Shakespeare Festival, reaching its seventh edition, will take place between April 23 and May 9, 2010, in Craiova and Bucharest. The theme of this edition is The Hamlet Constellation. Two major creations of contemporary theatre will be played on the stages of Bucharest theatres: performances of Hamlet directed by Thomas Ostermeier (Germany), presented by the actors of the Berlin Schaubühne Theatre, and Elizabeth LeCompte (USA), played by The New York Wooster Group. The two representations by the Berlin Schaubühne Theatre will be presented on the opening of the event, at the Great Hall of the Bucharest National Theatre, on April 24 and 25, while the four representations by The New York Wooster Group will take place on May 6, 7, 8 and 9, at the Bulandra Theatre, “Toma Caragiu” Hall. Two Romanian productions will also be present in the festival. Hamlet directed by Laszlo Bocsardi will be presented by the Metropolis Theatre, on May 8. On May 9, at the closing of the festival and as an anticipation of the 2012 edition – “All the world’s a stage, and we mere players” – the play “Pyramus & Thisbe 4You”, directed by Alexandru Dabija, will be shown at the Odeon Theatre.


26 movies lined up for NexT trophy


Competition in the NexT International Film Festival appears to be stronger than ever this year. Of the 950 short and medium length features that applied for the selection, the artistic director Andrei Gorzo chose, after three months of viewings, 26 “noteworthy” titles, coming from 19 countries on five continents. This year, too, the NexT competition couldn’t do without multi-awarded short feature films: be it Diploma (d. Yaelle Kayam, Israel, 2009), awarded in the Cinéfondation section of the Cannes festival; How I Met Your Father (d. Alex Montoya, Spain, 2008), winner of the short feature trophy at Sundance, or Derby (Romania, 2010), Paul Negoescu’s short feature film, selected in the Berlin Festival competition and to première in Romania at NexT.


Ionel Haiduc, re-elected chairman of the Romanian Academy


Ionel Haiduc was re-elected chairman of the Romanian Academy, in the General Assembly, that took place on Thursday, at the seat of the Romanian cultural and scientific organization. Ionel Haiduc’s opponents were art historian Razvan Theodorescu, physician Victor Voicu and mathematician Viorel Barbu, Mediafax informs. 190 full-members, correspondents and honorary members of the Academy from across the country attended this Thursday’s General Assembly. The election of the new chairman was made behind closed doors, by secret vote, on bulletins. Another General Assembly will be summoned on April 22, to elect the four vice-presidents and the secretary general. Those who wish to occupy one of these positions may apply until April 12, at 16:00.

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League I: Unirea Urziceni – champion of draws


Unirea Urziceni has confirmed the ‘champion of draws’ statute that it enjoys in this second half of the season after finishing its away game against FC Vaslui in a tie, score 1-1, thanks to an equalizer it scored in the 5th minute of stoppage time.


The result registered by the two teams that are still in the race for the title favors the other contenders – CFR Cluj, Steaua and FC Timisoara. The Disciplinary Commission of the Professional Football League decided last weekend that Timisoara won its March 5 game against Rapid, score 3-0, because the latter illegally used players Dacian Varga and Tibi Balan. The decision gave Timisoara three crucial points in the title race.


Gymnastics: Romanians dominate at home


Flavius Koczi and Raluca Haidu won the individual all-around event on Day 1 of Romania’s International Gymnastics Championships hosted between April 9-11 by Bucharest’s Polivalenta Hall. The surprise came from Sandra Izbasa, winner of the Olympic title in the floor event, who recovered from the serious injury she suffered last September and took part in an uneven bars exercise on the sidelines of the official competition. Athletes from Romania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Greece, Great Britain, Turkey, Hungary and Qatar took part in the 52nd edition of Romania’s International Gymnastics Championships was attended.

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Two F-16 fighter planes at BSDA


Two F-16 fighter aircrafts flown from Italy and piloted by US pilots touched down at Bucharest Baneasa airport Saturday. They will be displayed at the Black Sea Defence & Aerospace (BSDA) exhibition, Sebastian Tudor, director at TNT Productions, the company organising the event, told MEDIAFAX. The two aircrafts will be on display starting Tuesday afternoon through April 15. The security will be provided by the company and an anti-terror unit with the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI). ‘The two F-16s will not fly, but only be displayed on the ground throughout the exhibition,’ Tudor said, adding those interested to visit the BSDA exhibition can do it free of charge as of Tuesday afternoon, yet with previous Internet registration at www.bsda.ro. Those unable to register online will need to present their ID and a personal business card at the gate, Sebastian Tudor said, adding that visitors need to be 16 or older. BSDA will be running at Romaero Baneasa, April 13-15. There will be flight demonstrations featuring planes with Romania’s air force: MIG Lancer, IAR 99 Soim, and Hercules C130. Last week, Eurofighter and SAAB-Gripen announced they will not present any multi-role aircraft at the BSDA show, thus expressing their discontent at the decision by the Supreme Council of National Defence (CSAT) to procure F-16 fighter planes as part of the multi-role programme.


Intelligence agency on alert after Iraqi religious leader threats


The Romanian Intelligence Agency (SRI) has taken standard measures following anti-terrorist information received from foreign partners, a SRI spokesperson stated on Thursday evening after Antena 3 revealed that Baneasa and Otopeni airports were put on high alert. “According to some sources, the alert has to do with the threats recently made by Moqtada al-Sadr, one of the very influential religious leaders in Baghdad. Moqtada al-Sadr urged his followers to fight against the forces that invaded Iraq. Since Romania was one of the countries that had troops in Iraq, the authorities took the threats seriously and adopted the necessary measures. The special measures taken within Bucharest airports were not made public by the authorities but the sources that revealed the information point out that passengers who have connections with Iraq will undergo more thorough searches,” Antena 3 reported on Thursday evening. Contacted by Mediafax, SRI spokesperson Sorin Sava said the agency took standard measures after it received anti-terrorist information from foreign partners, information that does not concern Romania. “After receiving information of anti-terrorist nature from our foreign partners, information that does not concern Romania, the Romanian authorities, in this case the SRI, took standard measures,” Sava said.

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Lukoil denies plans to move Neftochim refinery to Romania


Lukoil would not move the Neftochim refinery it currently holds in Bulgaria to Romania or other Eastern European states, the Russian group announced on Friday, Mediafax informs. Officials add they would invest over EUR 500 M in the modernization of the plant. Lukoil-Neftochim would launch in May two new installations for diesel fuels, the chairman of the refinery’s board of directors, Serghei Andronov, announced, quoted by Novinite agency. Moreover, Andronov denied rumours that Neftochim would be moved to Romania or any other state. He added that not one of the 2200 employees of the plant would be made redundant and that the company intended to invest a billion leva (approx. EUR 511 M) in technology and in building a new refining plant. The plant would produce low-sulphur fuel and would offer 300 jobs.


‘Matache Macelaru’ goes bankrupt


Meat processor ‘Principal Company,’ who sold its charcuterie products under the ‘Salonta’ and ‘Matache Macelaru’ trademarks, was declared bankrupt by the Buzau Tribunal, which opened an insolvency procedure based on outstanding debts to five creditors, Antena 3 reports. “The sentence that instated the insolvency procedure upon our company is not final and we are challenging it in court,” said officials of the meat processing firm. Principal Company has a turnover of EUR 25 M and is jointly controlled by Signus Establishment and the shareholders of Murfatlar winery. The meat processor also announced it will appoint a special company administrator.


Prahova Valley Reserve
Chardonnay 2009- bronze medal
at “Chardonnay du Monde”



Prahova Valley Reserve Chardonnay 2009 a product of Halewood Wine Cellars was awarded the bronze medal in the “Chardonnay du Monde” international competition, after being sampled by 300 international experts, a press release informs.


The 17th edition of “The Chardonnay du Monde” competition, that took place in March in France, was attended by famous wine companies from around 40 countries and included the testing of almost 900 wines.

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Aerostar and Textron to manufacture armoured vehicles for Army


Textron Marine & Land Systems and Aerostar Bacau will jointly manufacture in Romania armoured security vehicles (ASV) and armoured personnel carriers (APC), in view of revamping the hardware available to the Romanian Ground Forces, the US company writes in a press release. Textron Marine & Land Systems, an operational unit of Textron Systems, which in turn is a division of Textron Inc., will provide the expertise and technology, while Aerostar will manufacture and assemble the military vehicles, Mediafax reports. Since 2004, Textron has delivered over 2,600 armoured military vehicles to the US Army and clients from other states, most of these being currently used in support of combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, reads the release. In his turn, Textron vice-president of strategy and business development, Mark Savarese, emphasised the cooperation with Aerostar and Romanian Ground Forces. In the ‘90s, US giant Textron was interested to take over Romanian helicopter manufacturer IAR Ghimbav, but the contract signed in 1997 by the Government with Textron’s division Bell Helicopter was not completed.


Kraft hires banks to sell Cadbury businesses


HSBC has been mandated to sell the Polish confectionery business and French bank BNP Paribas is understood to have been hired to sell Romanian chocolate business, according to telegraph.co.uk site. A sale of the two assets, which is unlikely to generate more than €500m, was demanded by the Europe Commission as a stipulation for Kraft’s acquisition of Cadbury going through. The Commission cleared the £11.5bn deal in January but in a document assessing the impact on competition in EU markets it said the takeover gave rise to competition concerns in the Polish and Romanian chocolate confectionery markets.

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