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Soprano Angela Gheorghiu nominated for Classical Brit


The Romanian-born soprano has won best classical artist in 2001. Among nominees, this year, there is also a premiere. Pope Benedict, whose voice is featured on an album of music from the Vatican, was nominated on Monday for a Classical Brit Award.


“Music From the Vatican (Alma Mater featuring the voice of Pope Benedict XVI)” is one of 10 records contesting the album of the year category, as is 14-year-old “Britain’s Got Talent” star Faryl Smith with her debut album “Faryl.” Smith was also nominated for the young classical performer prize ahead of the awards ceremony on May 13.


Also nominated twice for the awards, sponsored by financial services group NS&I, are Antonio Pappano, conductor and music director of the Royal Opera, and composer Howard Goodall. Featuring three previous winners, the category for female artist of the year is expected to be one of the most hotly contested categories on the night. Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu (winner 2001), Russian soprano Anna Netrebko (winner 2007 and 2008) and U.S. conductor and violinist Marin Alsop (winner 2005) all received nominations for 2010. At the prize ceremony in London’s Royal Albert Hall, New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa will be honored with a lifetime achievement award.


Cannes Festival line-up to be announced today


This has been a big week for the 2010 Festival de Cannes: On Monday organizers announced that British actress Kristin Scott Thomas will be mistress of ceremonies for the 63rd edition; then, on Thursday, organizers will reveal the fest line-up. According to a report in The Hollywood Reporter, Scott Thomas, who lives in Paris, will preside over the festivities, introducing the opening night and closing night ceremonies as well as inviting onstage Tim Burton and his fellow Cannes judges. Scott Thomas previously was mistress of ceremonies in 1999. The Opening night film for the festival, which runs May 12-23, will be ‘Robin Hood,’ starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett. Other films likely to screen at Cannes include Woody Allen’s ‘You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,’ starring Naomi Watts, Anthony Hopkins, Josh Brolin and Antonio Banderas; and Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps,’ starring Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas and Brolin. Less than a month before kicking off, the festival became no stranger to controversies. Major international video news agencies face the prospect of having their coverage of the annual Cannes Film Festival limited by severe restrictions being placed by festival organizers on regular newsgathering activities at the May 12-23 event. The agencies are now in dispute with the festival organizers and are trying to ensure that some kind of “acceptable” coverage can be provided, according to a statement sent to clients by Reuters, AFP, Getty TV and Associated Press Television News.

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Women’s Handball: Oltchim wins national title


Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea has mathematically won its fourth consecutive title after defeating Universitatea Jolidon Cluj on Tuesday, score 42-25 (22-14), in a game counting for leg 21. Oltchim tops the standings, having a comfortable 12-point advantage with five legs to go before the end of the season. Oltchim totals 42 points, followed by U Jolidon Cluj with 30 points.


Boxing: Miranda
threatens Bute



Edison Miranda has taken part in intense training in order to go against Romanian boxer Lucian Bute on April 17 in a bout counting for the IBF super middleweight title. ‘After the best training stage of his life,’ one in which he sparred against six left-handed boxers, Miranda threatens that Bute will be knocked out before round 6. ‘He worked enormously. He had five or six left-handed sparring partners chosen precisely in order to match Lucian Bute’s boxing style,’ Miranda’s coach Joe Goosen stated.


Bronze medal won
at European Wrestling Championships



Romania’s Stefan Gheorghita has won the Bronze medal in the freestyle wrestling even of the 84-kilogram category on Day 1 of the European Wrestling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. Stefan Gheorghita eliminated Israel’s Sergey Kolesnikov (3-1) and Turkey’s Serdar Boke (3-1) but lost to Azerbaijan’s Sharif Sharifov in the semifinals (0-3). In the playoffs Gheorghita defeated Macedonia’s Dejan Bogdanov (3-1) and won the Bronze medal. Russia’s Anzor Urishev won the Gold medal after defeating Azerbaijan’s Sharifov.


Alexandra Dulgheru in last-16 stage in Barcelona


Romanian tennis player Alexandra Dulgheru has qualified for the last-16 stage of the WTA tournament in Barcelona, a tournament with total prizes of USD 220,000, after defeating Spain’s Silvia Soler Espinosa, score 6-2, 6-1. Dulgheru won the game after 71 minutes and secured a check for USD 2,950 and 30 WTA points. In the last-16 stage Dulgheru will play against Italy’s Sara Errani after the latter defeated Argentina’s Gisela Dulko (top seed 6), score 2-6, 6-1, 7-6 (4).


Dan Petrescu wins
away game



Kuban Krasnodar, the Russian team coached by Romania’s Dan Petrescu, won its away game against Luci Energhia Vladivostok on Tuesday, score 1-0 (0-0 at half time). The game counted for leg 4 of Russia’s second league. Serbia’s Nikola Nikezic scored the game’s only goal in the 57th minute. Romanian striker Gigel Bucur played for Krasnodar until the 86th minute when he was replaced by Kalimullin. The latter however suffered an injury and left the pitch two minutes later, being replaced by Ianciuk. Bucur was booked in the 83rd minute. Kuban has registered two wins and two draws, being 5th with 8 points, behind Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast (10 points), Jemciujina Soci (9 points), FC Krasnodar (8 points) and FC Himki (8 points).


Radoi 0 – Olaroiu 0


Saudi Arabia’s Al Hilal, fullback Mirel Radoi’s team, registered a goalless draw in its away game against Qatar’s Al Sadd, the team coached by Romania’s Cosmin Olaroi. The game counted for round 5 of Group D games in the AFC Champions League, the competition’s official website informs. Thanks to this result Al Hilal totals 11 points and secures its qualification for the last-16 stage, while Al Sadd totals 7 points and needs to win the last group game.

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BUSINESS

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Ford Romania production must go up 625 times by 2011


Ford Romania must increase its output more than 625 times over the next one and a half years, to over 250,000 car units, otherwise the US-based car manufacturer will have to pay the Romanian state damages of up to 25 per cent of the price the company paid to acquire Automobile Craiova, Mediafax reports. The sanction level falls to 10 per cent of the contract value if 200,000 to 225,000 vehicles are produced, and 5 per cent, for 225,000 to 250,000 units. During the two and a half years since Ford bought the Craiova plant, the automaker has assembled up to 400 motor vehicles there, which means the company will have to increase production hundreds of times over the next 18 month to meet the contract target. Ford Romania officials have released no information whether the company is able to reach the contract-stipulated production volume by the said deadline.


Dacian Ciolos visits Romania on April 21-25


European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Dacian Ciolos will be on his first official visit to Romania after his nomination in the European Commission (EC). According to an EC press release, quoted by Mediafax, the commissioner will be in Bucharest and Sibiu, during April 21-25. On agenda are meetings with President Traian Basescu, Premier Emil Boc and Agriculture and Rural Development Minister Mihail Dumitru. In Sibiu, Ciolos will meet the local mayor, Klaus Iohannis, adds the source. Thursday, April 22, Dacian Ciolos will attend the “Semi-Subsistence Farming Seminar: current situation and future prospects,” organized by the EC’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development.

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Permanent access to information via MyING.ro


As of this month, the www.MyING.ro will integrate the life insurance module to give customers information on all contracts held through ING, the bank informs by press release. Customers will now find in the same user account information on life insurance policies, compulsory private pensions and optional pensions that they hold. ‘To financial service consumers, the possibility of having permanent access to accurate, reliable and transparent information on the products they hold is an extremely important and necessary benefit, all the more so as financial markets are growing fast and the number of available products and services is getting bigger’, ING Asigurari de Viata CEO and ING Fond de Pensii Chairman Cornelia Aurelia Coman stated. The MyING service was launched in May 2008 together with the collection of the first contributions made under Pillar II (compulsory private pension scheme).


Provident Financial Romania reached over 170,000 customers


The consumer credit company Provident Financial Romania had at the end of the first quarter over 177,000 customers, up from 102,500 customers at the end of March 2009. These results were announced on Wednesday in London by the UK-based parent-company International Personal Financial, a press release informs. The value of loans granted by the company in the first quarter went up 36% as compared to the corresponding period of last year. “Our results in the first quarter reflect improved economic conditions and also the effects of measures we undertook to ensure a healthy growth. Our careful management of lending criteria ensured the quality of our portfolio and the tight management of costs helped us reduce expenses and we maintain our initial estimation that we will move into profit by year end,” said Russell Johnsen, the managing director of Provident Financial Romania.


Xella opens first factory in Romania, upon EUR 32 M investment


German producer of autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) Xella yesterday opened its first Romanian factory in Paulesti, Prahova County, following an investment of EUR 32 M, a press release informs. According to Xella Ro local subsidiary officials, the company plans to sell some 285,000 cubic meters of AAC by the end of this year, accounting for a 13 pc share of the AAC market. In parallel with the local output, to improve logistic efficiency and end costs, the company will keep importing products from Hungary and Bulgaria. “The priority was opening this factory, and we may also build a second unit, but it is also possible that we buy a factory from a local producer. (…) We want to develop our presence in this country,” Xella Group CEO Jan Buck-Emden said in a press conference.

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