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May 17, 2021


Soccer: Steaua’s stadium suspended

Steaua’s stadium was suspended one leg because of clashes between fans and gendarmes during and after the team’s game against FC Timisoara last Sunday. Moreover the club will have to pay a fine of RON 50,000. The incidents between fans and law enforcement officers started immediately after Timisoara scored its third goal. The incidents culminated with veritable street clashes within and around the stadium. Steaua will thus play its home-side game against Astra Ploiesti on a stadium in Buzau. The game counts for leg 31.

Chess: Anand takes the lead

India’s Anand won match 4 of his game against Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov, a game that counts for the world title. Playing with the white pieces, Anand had a brilliant game, forcing Topalov to give up on move 32. Before this match, Anand had the moral advantage of a victory in match 2; in order to avoid falling into his opponent’s game, Topalov chose a variant of the Catalan defense. Overall, Anand leads by 2.5 points to 1.5 points. The game will resume on Friday.

O’Sullivan may quit ‘painful’ snooker

Ronnie O’Sullivan may be set to quit snooker after he confessed that he is finding the game “painful”, according to espn.co.uk. The World No. 1, who refused to guarantee he would return to the sport next season, was speaking after his quarter-final exit at the Snooker World Championship to Mark Selby. The three-time Crucible winner lost eight of the last ten frames against Selby to throw away a commanding 9-5 lead. It has not been a stellar tournament for O’Sullivan, who has only briefly shown glimpses of the high quality of which he is capable.

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Former referee arrested
on bribery charge

Former football referee Ionica Serea was arrested on Thursday by the National Anti-corruption Prosecution (DNA) Pitesti on suspicion of bribery and taken to the lockups of Arges County Police, according to mediafax.ro. In the evening he was taken to the headquarters of DNA Pitesti to be interviewed in the corruption case involving Gheorghe Constantin and Cornel Penescu. Thursday morning, the prosecutors conducted a search of Serea’s home. At about 2pm the former referee was taken back to the lockups of Arges Police. Serea was arrested for 24 hours. On Friday, he will be arraigned in court where prosecutors will most likely ask for his arrest warrant to be extended to 29 days. Serea was banned form acting as a referee a year ago after making several questionable decisions during the CFR Cluj vs. FC Vaslui (2-0) semi-final of the Cup of Romania.

Singapore appoints special envoy
to deal with Silviu Ionescu case

Singapore Ambassador to Brussels Anil Kumar Nayar will be sent to Romania as special envoy tasked to establish direct channels of communication with the Romanian Government in former Romanian diplomat Silviu Ionescu’s case, Singapore Foreign Ministry reports, quoted by Mediafax. The Foreign Ministry of Singapore has asked Romanian authorities to assist with the first visit scheduled for May, as well as with possibly more still to be arranged, by giving the special envoy and his team access to relevant Romanian officials and agencies in the case. The Singapore Government has also hired a solicitor in Romania to represent its interests. The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) on Thursday noted that Romanian Ambassador to Japan Aurelian Neagu, also accredited to Singapore, had informed Singapore authorities that former charge d’affaires Silviu Ionescu was covered by jurisdictional immunity.

Four High Court judges, heard by DNA

Four judges from the legal-administrative department of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) were heard, on Thursday, by National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) prosecutors, as witnesses in the corruption investigation targeting Senator Catalin Voicu. According to judiciary sources, quoted by Agerpres, judges denied the magistrate Florin Costiniu had intervened in the favourable solution of some trade cases involving the businessman Costel Casuneanu. The four judges were part of the panels which judged litigations of the Pa& Co International Ltd company, owned by Costel Casuneanu. Hearings will continue on Friday, when DNA summoned the head of judge Florin Costiniu’s cabinet. The vice-president of the Social-Democratic Party Dolj branch, Maria Schutz, was also present, on Thrsday, at the DNA headquarters, where she was questioned, for more than one hour, by prosecutors, in the Catalin Voicu case. On departure, Schutz said she was not a friend of the senator Catalin Voicu, and that the latter had not intervened in any of her court cases.

Board of PNL Suceava and of other county branches- dissolved

The boards of 40 local organizations of the National-Liberal Party (PNL) Suceava branch were dissolved, on account of their low performance, and equal sanctions were applied to the party’s Suceava county branch, whose interim board violated statute regulations, the president of PNL Suceava, Alexandru Baisanu, announced, on Thursday. He mentioned that the party’s Suceava county organization was dissolved because the present interim board violated statute regulations, having surpassed the legal term for interim, Mediafax informs. Baisanu said that a new interim board of PNL’s Suceava county organization would be appointed by the County Permanent Bureau, adding that in 30 days’ time they would organize elections, in the 58 polling sections, to be followed by the county conference. The president of PNL Suceava added that, following regional studies, the boards of 40 of the 114 organizations of PNL Suceava were also dissolved, as they had had a low performance.

Romanian, foreign academics appointed in Communist Crime Investigation Council

The scientific council of the Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile (IICCMER) will be constituted of 14 Romanian and foreign representatives of the Academia. Thus, according to Mediafax, the council will include Tom Gallagher (University of Bradford), Paul Hollander (University of Massachusetts), Anna Kaminsky (Stiftung zur Aufarbeitung der SED-Diktatur), Lavinia Stan (St. Xavier University, Canada), Mark Kramer (Harvard University), Maria Bucur (University of Indiana in Bloomington), Bogdan Murgescu (University of Bucharest), Levente Salat (Bebes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca), Nicolae Manolescu (University of Bucharest), Dorin Dobrincu (Al. I. Cuza University, Iasi), Mihnea Berindei (Institut des Sciences Sociales du Politique), Janos Rupnik (Directeur de recherches, Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Internationales, Fondation nationale des sciences politiques), Andrzej Paczkowski (Director of Modern History Studies in the Political Institute of Polish Academy of Sciences). The make-up of the council was regulated by a decision of the prime-minister Emil Boc.

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Hidroelectrica turnover tops RON 670 M

Hidroelectrica’s turnover grew by 17 per cent from RON 572 M in Q1 of 2009 to RON 670 M (EUR 163 M) in the same period this year, Mediafax informs. The turnover growth came as a consequence of the growth in production and the price hikes. During the aforementioned period the state-owned company reported a gross profit of over RON 180 M (EUR 43.8 M), 2.7 times higher than the RON 65 M profit in January-March 2009. The company is owned by the state through the Ministry of Economy, Commerce and Business Environment. Hidroelectrica’s production grew by 6.6 per cent from 3,954 GWh in Q1 of 2009 to 4,217 GWh in the same period this year. According to Mihai David, general director of the company, natural gas fired power plants, hydropower plants and wind farms with a total capacity of 1,000-2,000 MW will be built in Romania in the next three to five years.

Rompetrol to build 150-MW fossil-fuel power station at Petromidia

Rompetrol, a member of the KazMunaiGaz Group, wants to build a 150-MW fossil-fuel power station on the platform of the Petromidia refinery, Dmitri Grigoriev, the financial director of Rompetrol Group, stated for Mediafax. He added that in the last three years Rompetrol registered losses of USD 400 M. According to him the group is making efforts to avoid layoffs. On the other hand, KaMunaiGaz, which controls Rompetrol group, will be unable to pay in full its debt to the Romanian state, one possible solution being the realignment of the debt along the next three or four years, the financial director of Rompetrol group, Dimitri Grigoriev, said, yesterday, Mediafax informs.

Wizz Air temporarily relocates Cluj-Napoca operations to Targu Mures

Wizz Air will relocate its Cluj-Napoca operations to Targu Mures because the Cluj airport will be closed down from May 6 to May 10, a communiqué remitted to the editorial office informs. The company will relocate its operations from May 6 (8 AM) to May 10 (8 AM). During the five-day period Wizz Air will operate 47 flights from Targu Mures. The Cluj-Napoca international airport will be closed in early May in order for runway repair and maintenance works to take place, with almost 200 internal and external flights being suspended as a consequence.

Lufthansa announces new Airbus A380 flights

Lufthansa’s first Airbus A380 flights are open for bookings, a communiqué remitted to the editorial office informs. The new flights’ destinations are Tokyo, Beijing and Johannesburg. The first flights operated by A380 airplanes are scheduled to start on June 11 on the Frankfurt – Tokyo route. The A380 airplanes will replace the Boeing 747-400 fleet. An A380 has a total of 526 seats and has modern services and operating standards.

Dacia sales in Bulgaria down by 56 pc last year

Dacia sales in Bulgaria last year dropped by 56 per cent from 3,977 units in 2008 to 1,744 units, on an automotive market that decreased by 52 per cent compared to 2008, according to Renault-Nissan importer data quoted by Mediafax. On the other hand, with 6.78 market share, Dacia moved from position number seven in 2008 up to position number six. Dacia’s market share in Q1 this year rose by 8.34 per cent – 330 units sold in total – , with the best selling model being Logan. As for purchasing methods, 52 per cent of Bulgarians preferred to pay cash, the rest of 48 per cent taking out lease contracts. In Romania, 91 per cent of Dacia cars are sold for cash. The Romanian brand is represented in Bulgaria by a total of 19 showrooms.

Labormed completes corporate rebranding

Labormed, a leading company on the Romanian pharmaceutical market announced today the completion of the rebranding process marking the final stage of the integration of the Ozone and Ozone Natural product ranges, into Labormed’s consolidated business, according to a press release. The rebranding process was a natural and necessary continuation of the integration work and fits with the overall vision of the company which aims to be a key player not only on the Romanian market but also throughout Central and Eastern European region.

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