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Gymnastics: Romanians grab 11 titles out of 12


Ana Porgras is Romania’s artistic gymnastics champion on beam in the last apparatus finals at Polivalenta Hall Sunday, on 15,250 points Diana Chelaru won on floor, 14,775, Alin Jivan, vault, 15,900 and Adrian Bucur, single bar, 14,550. Romanian gymnasts got 11 titles out of the 12 overall at the Romanian International Gymnastics Championship. Greece’s Dimitrios Markousis was the only foreign gymnast to become Romania’s champion, on uneven bars, with 14,500 points, followed by Romanian Cosmin Marcu, 14,350 and Swiss Kevin Rossi, 13,850.


Daniel Niculae scored for Auxerre


Romanian international Daniel Niculae played throughout Auxerre’s away game against Nancy and scored his team’s only point in a French championship 32 leg fixture Sunday. Auxerre ranks first in the standings, on 60 points, followed by Marseille, 59, (from 30 matches) , Montpellier, 58 points (32) and Lyon, 57 (31).


Steaua’s financier accused of racism


Dumitru Dragomir, president of the Professional Football League (LPF), said yesterday morning that he will sue Steaua’s financier Gigi Becali, whom he accuses of influence peddling, racism, blackmail and corruption. “Despite being an MEP he is unbelievably racist. He always insults the owners of CFR Cluj, he calls those of Rapid gypsies. The gendarmerie knows this but I will notify UEFA and FIFA about all these cases of racism. He is now resorting to traffic of influence and blackmail, trying to have me fired. I hereby tell him to stop blackmailing me and threatening me and my family. Nonetheless I will sue him, I won’t ask anything from him in court but let’s see if he can resist,” Dragomir stated. Two days earlier, Becali said that he will call for Dragomir’s removal from the leadership of LPF.


Barclays to oversee sale of Liverpool FC


The U.S. owners of Premier British League Football team Liverpool are looking to sell the club and have appointed Barclays Capital to find a buyer, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Sunday. American businessmen Tom Hicks and George Gillett are facing a demand to repay 100 million pounds ($153 million) of the club’s 237 million pounds debt to its lenders, Royal Bank of Scotland and U.S. bank Wachovia, in July. That has prompted them to seek a buyer for the club, which has been English champions 18 times and won the European Cup five times. The Sunday Times had reported that Barclays would back a 300 million pounds ($458.8 million) refinancing at Liverpool that would lead to the sale of the Premier League club.

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One autistic child born in Romania every seven hours


One autistic child is born every seven and a half hours in Romania, experts say. Although roughly 30,000 Romanians suffer from an autistic spectrum condition, once they reach the age of 18, their diagnosis of autism is no longer recognised, and therefore they receive no assistance. Representatives of autistic children say relevant decision-makers must acknowledge the existence of autistic children and draft a national strategy on autism, Agerpres reports.


There is no such thing as official statistics in Romania on the incidence/prevalence of autism. In this country, after they turn 18, their disease is classified as a ‘mental condition’ of psychotic kind, while before 18, their condition is labeled as ‘mental disorder’ under the medical-psychosocial general criteria for identifying and classifying children (0-18) with disorders and disabilities.


EUR 4.5 M European building safety
and security project



Over 1,200 individuals will undergo training on prevention of occupational risks in SMEs operating in constructions within an EU project worth EUR 4.5 M, financed by the European Social Fund (ESF).


‘The Building Safety’ strategic project took off in December 2009 and is expected to last three years.


Mediafax says the project aims to promote the concept of work health and safety around the development and implementation of the management tools for the Prevention of Occupational Hazards in SMEs operating in the construction sector, in keeping with the relevant EU directives and national legislation.


The management tools will be subsequently presented to the SME staff during project training sessions.


Antonie Solomon, at Pitesti Court
of Appeals



The suspended mayor of Craiova, Antonie Solomon, was brought yesterday to the Pitesti Court of Appeals, expected to judge the appeal the former made to a previous ruling by a lower Arges court, which rejected his second petition for release under judicial restrictions.


According to Mediafax, Solomon was brought from Colibasi Prison in a van of the National Penitentiary Administration and refused to make any statements to the press on entering the Pitesti Court of Appeal.


On April 7, an Arges Court rejected the second petition for release made by Solomon’s lawyers, deeming it unjustified, and the latter made an appeal. The decision to be made yesterday by magistrates of the Pitesti Court of Appeal would remain final. Solomon was sent to trial on corruption charges, and the first court session in this case was set for April 13.

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EUR 48 M projects to boost business in rural areas


The Payment Agency for Rural Development and Fisheries (APDRP) will conclude financing agreements for a total of 328 projects in the framework of Measure 312 – ‘Encouraging the setting of micro-enterprises’ of the National Programme for Rural Development, submitted in the October-November 2009 tendering session, Mediafax reports. The total eligible value of the projects selected for funding is over RON 200 M (EUR 47.92 M). The financial allocation made available for the October-November 2009 tendering session was EUR 47.92 M. The non-repayable funds obtained by applicants will finance a rich variety of activities.


GarantiBank targets 150,000 credit cards in 2010


GarantiBank intends to increase the number of Bonus Card credit cards to over 150,000 units this year after doubling the portfolio to more than 80,000 units in 2009 as a result of its many promotions, the bank informs by release. At the same time, GarantiBank plans to increase the number of Bonus Card partner retailers giving shopping bonuses from the current 3,200 to more than 5,000 by the end of the year. The bank’s statistics show that Romanians most frequently use their credit cards when shopping at super-markets, home appliance stores, filling stations, DIY stores and clothes shops.


Citibank starts promotion for credit card holders


Between April 1 and June 30, 2010, each RON 50+ transaction made with a Citi credit card will be automatically signed up for a raffle with prizes within the promotional campaign ‘Citi Credit Card sends you on holiday’, a press release informs. The three main prizes consist of traveller’s vouchers worth RON 20,000 each. The winners will be able to choose from an expedition to Africa, a trip to Alaska, a trip to New York or to any other destination within the value of the voucher. Citibank Romania is also disposing of 14 weekly prizes each worth RON 1,800 and of 91 daily pri9zes each worth RON 500. All transactions made using the City credit card are eligible for the raffle, with one exception cash withdrawals.


Credit Europe Bank cuts bank commissions for SMEs


Credit Europe Bank offers entrepreneurs in Romania multiple advantages through the operational package ‘e-discount IMM’. Those interested in this package for SMEs (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) benefit from internet banking free of charge and commission cuts of up to 100 per cent on bank transactions conducted through a secure internet banking connection, according to a press release received by Nine O’Clock.

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