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ARTS & LEISURE

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Famous American
playwrights invited
at the Odeon



Playwrights Arthur Kopit, Theresa Rebeck and David Henry Hwang will be present at the Capital’s Odeon Theatre on May 12-14, participating in the Arte 2 programme, the theatre informs. The Arte 2 (American-Romanian Theatre Exchange) programme consists in a theatre exchange between artists in Romania and the US, namely, between Bucharest’s Odeon Theatre and Lark New York. The programme presupposes the meeting and collaboration of the three American playwrights with young Romanian directors and actors of the Odeon Theatre. The Bucharest stage of the programme will include the reading shows “Dublura”/ “Understudy”, by Theresa Rebeck (starring Gabriel Pintilei, Relu Poalelungi and Catalina Mustata), “Pentru ca poate”/ “Because he can”, by Arthur Kopit (starring Ionel Mihailescu, Elvira Deatcu, Mihai Smarandache, Gelu Nitu and Ioan Batinas), and “Copilul de aur”/ “The Golden Child”, by David Henry Hwang (starring Marian Ghenea, Antoaneta Zaharia, Paula Niculita, Crina Muresan, Jeanine Stavrache, Mircea Constantinescu). Theresa Rebeck, a very popular playwright in the United States, has written and produced for television “NYPD Blue” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”.


Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony, at Romanian Radio Hall after 7 years


Symphony no. 2, “Resurrection”, by Gustav Mahler will be played again, after seven years, at the Romanian Radio Hall, interpreted by the Romanian Radio Choirs and Orchestras, on Friday, May 7, starting 19:00, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The work was last played at the “Mihail Jora” Studio in 2003. The Romanian Radio Orchestra will be conducted by Jin Wang, an artist who has recently had quite a triumph, at the helm of this ensemble, on the stage of the Banat Philharmonic, in the opening of the “Timisoara muzicala” International Festival. Tickets for the concert can be bought from the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Hall box-office, in Germanos and Vodafone shops, in Carturesti and Humanitas bookshops and online on www.eventim.ro. Mahler composed Symphony no. 2 between 1888 and 1894, while spending his summers on the shores of Attersee, near Salzburg. The conductor Jin Wang can boast over 600 concerts at the helm of renowned European orchestras, such as the radio symphonic orchestras of Copenhagen, Stockholm, Berlin, the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic, Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra (Italy), the Prague Symphonic Orchestra, philharmonics in Helsinki, Bergen, Stockholm, as well as conducting the national orchestras of China, Taiwan, Singapore, Korea, Japan, etc.


1,000 more tickets on sale for AC/DC concert


On public demand, organisers of the AC/DC concert issued 1,000 more Golden Circle tickets (in front of the stage, standing), exclusively through Eventim.ro, according to a press release from D&D East Entertainment. Tickets will be available starting today, 10:00, only through Eventim.ro. The Eventim network comprises 400 outlets, throughout the country (Germanos and Vodafone shops, Humanitas and Carturesti bookshops). The keenest awaited event of the year, the AC/DC concert is scheduled for May 16, in Bucharest’s Constitution Square, starting 18:00. The Australians will reach Romania in their Black Ice Tour, to promote the latest AC/DC album.

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SPORTS

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Tickets for return leg of EHF CL final sold out


Women’s handball club Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea management announced yesterday that tickets for its May 15 return leg against Viborg HK, counting for the Champions League final, have been sold out. According to a release remitted to Mediafax, the demand for tickets was three times higher than the capacity of the ‘Ioan Kunst Ghermanescu’ Sports Hall. The return leg is scheduled on May 15 (8.45 PM), with the first leg scheduled on May 8 (7.15 PM) in Herning, Denmark.


Mircea Lucescu wishes Fulham good luck in Europa League final


Mircea Lucescu, the Romanian head coach of Shakhtar Donetsk, has sent a letter to Fulham manager Roy Hodgson and to his players, wishing them success in the Europa League final that they will play against Atletico Madrid, the official website of the Ukrainian club informs. Fulham eliminated Shakhtar Donetsk in the last-16 stage of Europa League (2-1 at home and 1-1 in Ukraine).


Anatoly Karpov,
special guest at world title chess game



Anatoly Karpov, the 12th world chess champion, arrived in Sofia in order to watch the chess game that pits India’s Viswanathan Anand against Bulgaria’s Veselin Topalov and counts for the world title. Karpov is a candidate for the presidency of the World Chess Federation. Russia’s Karpov was received by Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov. He then took part in a press conference and symbolically made the first move in match 7 of the Anand vs. Topalov game. Anand leads by 4-3. The world title game consists of 12 matches.


Daniel Niculae breaks rib but AS Monaco and Nancy still interested


Romania’s Daniel Niculae, striker for Auxerre, has broken a rib and will miss the remaining games of the season, ‘L’Equipe’ informs. Niculae was injured on Friday during Auxerre’s game against Olympique Marseille (0-0). On Monday it was discovered he has a broken rib. Nevertheless, the Romanian striker, whose contract with AJ Auxerre will expire at the end of this season, is still on the list of players that AS Monaco wants to buy in order to strengthen its offence next season, the French press writes. At the end of April, French news reports said AS Nancy is among the teams that are interested in transferring the 27-year-old striker. Niculae has been playing for Auxerre since 2006 after he was transferred from Rapid Bucharest.

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BUSINESS

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Holcim Romania cement and clinker sales down in Q1


Holcim Romania cement and clinker sales volume in Q1 was down by 40.4 per cent and local cement prices in RON in the same period dropped by 9.9 per cent, the Swiss construction material producer announced yesterday, quoted by Mediafax. Holcim’s aggregate sales volume in Romania in the same period dropped by 35 per cent and prices in RON in the segment were down by 36.1 per cent, Holcim’s quarterly report shows. Romania is thus among the Eastern-European markets where Holcim in Q1 reported the steepest business decline. The only market in the region where the cement manufacturer reported growth in Q1 is Slovakia, thanks to two big projects. In countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia or Croatia, the company suffered the most notable percentage volume decreases. Holcim’s net sales at world level in Q1 rose by 7.7 per cent from EUR 3.05 bln to EUR 3.24 bln. Operating profit at the same time rose by 37.6 per cent from EUR 229 M to EUR 315 M.


Vodafone to return to India?


Vodafone is to consider deal-making opportunities in India once the New Delhi government has relaxed rules that prevent consolidation between the country’s mobile operators, ‘Financial Times’ reports. Analysts at Bernstein say that Vodafone believes the top two mobile operators in particular countries are usually better placed than smaller rivals to secure returns on their investments. Vodafone should sell eastern European assets, such as its mobile businesses in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Albania, according to the analysts. Vodafone Romania declined to comment on this issue. The analysts add that some of the proceeds from disposals could be handed back to shareholders, with the remainder reinvested in Vodafone’s flagship European businesses, which are in Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK. The Indian market is ripe for consolidation. It has 15 operators engaged in a vicious price war. Analysts say that possible Vodafone acquisitions are Idea Cellular and Aircel, two medium-sized mobile operators.


Alpha Bank launches new maturity deposit with fixed interest


Alpha Bank Romania has launched a 2010 h (84 days) maturity deposit account with a fixed interest rate of 8.5 per cent per year for RON, 4 per cent for EUR and 3.5 per cent for USD, Mediafax informs. Opening the Alpha 2010 deposit account is free of charge and the bank charges no commission for withdrawing or depositing cash or for the management of the associated current account.


Customers receive an Alpha Card Visa Electron card with no issuing or management charge and free Alpha Bank Internet Banking service with which they can perform all banking operations they need. Customers opening deposit accounts of EUR 10,000 or the equivalent in other currencies get an Alpha Club non-transactional card offering discounts with partner merchants. This year, Alpha Bank is also conducting a promotion campaign offering prizes to customers opening the 2010 hours deposit account.


7.02 pc of Carpatica Bank shares transferred on stock exchange for 16 M RON


Several share packages held by Carpatica Commercial Bank (BCC), accounting for 7.02 per cent of the share capital of the Sibiu-based company, have been traded within minutes on the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BVB) for 16 M RON, EUR 3.8 M, Mediafax reports.


The stock has been transferred straight on the BVB main market via over 170 transactions, for 0.102 RON a share, a quotation similar to its standard counterpart, up 2 per cent from the face value of 0.1 RON a share. According to the latest reports, businessman Ilie Carabulea, holds 36.45 per cent of the bank’s stock, his enterprise, transport company Atlassib, 4 per cent, and Albu Alin, 10.05 per cent respectively. The Carpatica Bank is raising its capital through a cash injection of 62.2 M RON, to 290.3 M.


Halewood Vineyards, distributor of Ibericos wines in Romania


As of this month, the Halewood vineyards will also import Ibericos, the new wine brand of Torres Company, according to a press statement. The company is known internationally for its rich range of wines including Vina Sol, Sangre de Toro, Coronas, Mas la Plana and Brandy Torres 10. Halewood Vineyards has been importing wines to Romania since as early as 2003. “We import Torres Company brands from various Spanish regions so that our portfolio is complete and we are able to offer Romanian customers quality Romanian and foreign wines in order to have various options in choosing the right wine for every occasion,” Halewood Vineyards General Director Dan Muntean said. The Ibericos brand contains 100 per cent Tempranillo wines, matured in oak barrels for 12 months and bottle-matured for yet another six months.

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Romania’s annual IPP growth, sixth largest in EU


Eurostat figures show that in March, Romania’s annual industrial production price growth was the sixth largest in the EU, being three times higher than the EU average. In the European Union, the IPP grew by 1.7 per cent in March compared to the same month last year, while the indicator grew by 0.9 per cent in the eurozone. The 4.5 per cent growth reported by Romania was behind that of Greece (7.9 per cent), Great Britain (5.6 per cent), Denmark and Finland (5.5 per cent each) and Belgium (5 per cent). The highest IPP drops were registered by Latvia (-7.8 per cent), Slovakia (-6.1 per cent) and Germany (-1.7 per cent). Monthly industrial production prices grew by 0.7 per cent in the EU and by 0.6 per cent in the eurozone. Romania’s monthly growth of 0.7 per cent was the seventh largest, in a tie with that of Germany and France.


The strongest monthly growths were reported in Great Britain (1.7 per cent), Bulgaria and Greece (1.3 per cent each), Belgium and Lithuania (1.1 per cent each). The only member states that reported monthly drops were: Sweden (-1.7 per cent), Denmark (-1.2 per cent), Estonia (-0.4 per cent) and Ireland (-0.3 per cent).


Unemployment on the rise in April


Analysts and managers claim that the unemployment rate will rise in April as well, even if officials from the National Agency for the Employment of Labour Force (ANOFM) anticipate the unemployment rate will stall at 8.36 per cent, daily Evenimentul zilei writes. “The unemployment rate will remain constant, then, gradually start to ebb, from May on,” the president of ANOFM, Silviu Bian, said. The unemployment rate for April will be made public on Thursday, after all applications filed by unemployed citizens are validated. According to the economic analyst Ilie Serbanescu, unemployment cannot but rise, even if the economy picks up in some sectors. “Economic growth will be resumed now only in those sectors which do not create many jobs, so that the great number of unemployed persons cannot be catered for,” Serbanescu says. Moreover, he argues that the authorities “doctor” statistics and that, actually, the number of unemployed persons is a lot higher than we are told. “They take them out of the statistics and place them in the middle of nowhere,” the analyst claims. The latest ANOFM statistics indicate that, in March, the unemployment rate has grown at 8.36 per cent, compared to 8.30 per cent in the preceding month. In the European Union, the unemployment rate remained at 9.6 per cent in March, although the number of unemployed persons rose by 123,000, compared to February, according to data supplied by Eurostat.


Road authority to modernise three flyovers


The Regional Office for Roads and Bridges Bucharest (DRDPB) has launched the tender notifications for works on three flyovers located on the Ploiesti West beltway, with their total cost being estimated RON 5.88 M, VAT not included. The first overpass, 45.7-meters long, is located at kilometre 9 near Ploiesti. The works will cost an estimated RON 3.14 M, VAT not included. The eight-month contract will be financed from the state budget, with the works set to have a three-year guarantee.

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