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Romania – at Turin International Book Salon

The Romanian stand, covering 50 square metres, was built by an innovative and interactive concept, so as to illustrate the production of major Romanian publishing houses, in keeping with the chosen topic. For the first time, both Romanian publishers and Italian ones which launched translations of Romanian literature will be able to sell books at the ad-hoc selling point within the Romanian stand, the organizers announce. The Romanian stand will be opened officially on Thursday, May 13, 13:00, in Pavilion 3. The events to mark the Romanian presence at the Turin Book Salon will include two roundtables to approach “Romanian proposals for publishing” – scheduled for Sunday, May 16 – and the workshop titled “A writer and … two translators” – on Saturday, May 15. The first roundtable will be moderated by Roberto Merlo (University of Turin), and the second by literary critic Marius Chivu. The workshop will be coordinated by Mauro Barindi (the Italian Cultural Institute of Tel Aviv) and will have the actress Monica Barladeanu as its special guest. The topic of the Romanian stand will be illustrated, first and foremost, by the presence of some of the major Romanian contemporary authors: Dan Lungu, Vasile Ernu, Filip Florian, Nora Iuga, Nichita Danilov, Dinu Flamand, Stefania Mihalache.

Chinese peasant paintings to be exhibited at MTR

An exhibition of Chinese peasant painting will be opened at the Romanian Peasant’s Museum in Bucharest, between May 11 and 31. The exhibition will include paintings reflecting the country as you may have imagined it: vast, sumptuous, as well as cheerful, full of energy and optimism, of stamina and daring. The exhibition will open on Tuesday, May 11, starting 17:00, at the Irina Nicolau Hall of the Romanian Peasant’s Museum. The paintings depict the daily life and work of Chinese peasants. The “Chinese peasant painting” exhibition will bring paintings which impress the beholder by refinement and realism, by the interweaving of the fabulous and the fantastic. The multiple techniques they use create unique combinations, breeding new styles, and contribute to documenting the recent history of post-1950 Chinese peasant art. The exhibition will be open until May 31, 2010, Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 to 18:00, and it is brought in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China to Bucharest.

Cellist Razvan Suma in concert with the Romanian Radio Chamber Orchestra

The Romanian Radio Broadcasting Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Tiberiu Soare, will perform with cellist Razvan Suma as soloist. The artist will play the Concerto for cello and orchestra in D major by Haydn. The concert is to take place on Wednesday, May 12, starting 19:00, at the Romanian Radio Broadcasting Hall. The programme will open with a first performance ever of Salbe…, a monodrama for soprano and chamber orchestra by Felicia Donceanu, featuring the soprano Iulia Maria Dan. The second half of the concert offers the Symphony in D major, by Luigi Cherubini. “The cellist Razvan Suma has charmed the public by his talent, sensitivity and intelligence.” It was in these terms that the famous German magazine Das Orchester reviewed the young Romanian cellist’s performance – a great musical talent, a confirmed artistic asset of our day and age.

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Sorana Cirstea just short of Estoril final

Spain’s Arantxa Parra Santoja eliminated Romania’s Sorana Cirstea in the semi-finals of the open tournament in Estoril (Portugal), score 6-1, 6-4. Cirstea and Spain’s Anabel Medina Garrigues won the Estoril title on Saturday after defeating Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko and France’s Aurelie Vedy in the doubles final, score 6-1, 7-5. Cirstea and Garrigues were the top favourites. For her results Cirstea will receive 130 WTA points in the singles standings, 280 WTA points in the doubles standings and a check for EUR 11,353. The tournament had total prizes of USD 220,000.

Alina Dumitru wins Judo GP in Tunis

Romania’s Olympic champion Alina Dumitru won the 48-kg category at the International Judo Grand Prix in Tunis, the first competition that offers points that will count for a place at the Olympic Games 2012. Alina Dumitru defeated France’s Louise Raynaud, Ukraine’s Tetiana Lusnikova, Belgium’s Amelie Rossenue and France’s Laetitia Payet. Romania’s Carmen Bogdan finished the same category on 3rd. In the 57-kg category Corina Caprioriu finished 3rd and Andreea Chitu finished on 5th. Andreea Catuna and Monica Ungureanu were eliminated in the second round of the 52-kg category. In the men’s event Dan Fisie was eliminated in the first round of the 66-kg category.

Soccer-Bayern beat Hertha to clinch Bundesliga title

Bayern Munich beat relegated Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Saturday to win the German championship for a record 22nd time and take the first step towards an unprecedented treble for a German team. Arjen Robben, the champions’ best player this season, struck twice after Ivica Olic had put them in the lead in the 20th minute and Adrian Ramos had equalised for the Berliners on the hour. Bayern, who finished on 70 points, five ahead of second-placed Schalke 04, are still in the running for a treble that has never been won by a German team. They play in the German Cup final on May 15 and the Champions League final a week later. Dutchman Mark van Bommel became the club’s first foreign captain to lift the Bundesliga trophy, in front of 75,000 spectators in the Olympic stadium, before he and his team mates chased coach Louis van Gaal around the pitch to pour beer on him.

Cycling-Giro leader Wiggins likes the smell of success

Neither the smoke from an Icelandic volcano nor spectators’ cigarettes could stop Bradley Wiggins from enjoying his victory in the first stage of the Giro d’Italia on Saturday. The British Team Sky rider took the opening time trial in Amsterdam on the first of three Dutch stages and was unperturbed by the possibility of a volcanic ash cloud hampering the route back to Italy on Monday for the rest of the race. The 30-year-old, a surprise fourth in last year’s Tour de France, won three Olympic golds in track cycling but has now committed to road racing and loves being close to the crowd. Wiggins joined Britain’s newly formed Team Sky for this year and having replicated the feat of compatriot Mark Cavendish, who won last year’s Giro first stage, the Belgian-born rider is predicting greater success for underachieving British road cycling.

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Shimon Naor –
apprehended in Paris, to be extradited to Romania

Shimon Naor, sentenced to 11 years in prison for arms trafficking and on Romania’s most wanted list since 2006, was apprehended in Paris and is to be extradited to Romania, the spokesperson for Romanian Police, Raluca Seucan, announced on Saturday, quoted by Mediafax.

The Israeli citizen was arrested on August 25, 1999, and released a couple of months later, on procedure grounds, and shortly afterwards fled Romania. Shimon Naor’s release resulted in custody and a prison sentence for his lawyer, Lidia Peter, as well as for several magistrates, who had accepted bribes to repeal the warrant for the Israeli’s preventive arrest.

Gaming hall robbed
in Oradea

A masked robber hit a gaming hall in the town of Oradea yesterday at noon, but left with the meager sum of RON 600, Mediafax reports.

According to the news agency, the robber threatened the sole employee of the hall with a knife and a pepper spray, forcing her to give him the day’s earnings of RON 600. After he got the money, the masked assailant pepper sprayed the room and ran away. According to police sources, the female employee was alone in the hall at the time of the attack.

Pregnant high-school student commits suicide

A five-month pregnant high-school student from Craiova committed suicide for the very reason that she was expecting. According to Adevarul, her boyfriend refused to acknowledge the child and she could not afford an abortion. The girl hanged herself last week by a belt from a beam, in her grandmother’s shed. Before committing suicide, she sent several text messages to her ex-boyfriend, announcing her intentions. The young man claims, however, he had not seen the messages in time: “I was driving and the music was loud, the phone was set on vibration. I was going to the country. I read them in the evening. I called her immediately and her uncle answered, telling me a misfortune had happened”. Relatives said the girl had had another suicide attempt, last year.

Offender detained while visiting Internal Affairs Ministry

An offender who was wanted to serve a sentence of three years in jail for fraud was caught on Saturday while visiting the headquarters of the Ministry of Administration and Internal Affairs (MAI) on Open Doors Day, MAI representatives told Mediafax.

The offender was monitored during his visit and later detained. The man was subsequently taken in custody by the Bucharest Police.

According to a Bucharest Police spokesperson, the man said he visited the MAI on Open Doors Day at his daughter’s request.

Hang glider crashes in Cisnadie, pilot dies

A hang glider crashed on Saturday at the Cisnadie airdrome in Sibiu County. According to inspector Luciana Baltes, the spokesperson of the Sibiu Police, the pilot lost his life, Mediafax informs. According to the same source, the pilot was a 33-years-old Sibiu local. ‘The man had a hang glider license and was flying during week-ends. The reasons for which the hang glider crashed are not known for now,’ the Sibiu Police spokesperson stated. According to the director of the Sibiu airport, the crash will be investigated by experts from the Transport Ministry’s General Aviation Office and from the Romanian Aeronautical Authority.

Industrial climber falls to his death

A 22-year-old industrial climber who was cleaning the windows of an office building located in Grozavesti, Bucharest, fell to his death after one of his ropes failed. Constantin Bujor, director of the Bucharest Labor Inspectorate stated for Mediafax that the office building was located in the Sema Park centre. Bujor pointed out the young man was the employee of a company located in District 6.

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WEF: Romania’s economic competitiveness,
last but one in EU

In the World Economy Forum (WEF) table, a table led by Sweden, Romania has dropped one place and is last but one in the EU, surpassing only Bulgaria, Mediafax informs. According to the survey, several countries that joined the Union in 2004, such as Estonia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic, have outclassed many of the older member states, which implies that they are closer to fulfilling the goals set by the Lisbon Treaty. Possible new members Croatia and Montenegro have outclassed Poland, Italy, Romania and Bulgaria, while Turkey and Macedonia outclass Bulgaria. The table is topped by Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands and Luxembourg. Germany is 6th, France is 8th, Great Britain is 9th, while Spain is 18th and Italy is 25th.

Qatar investor buys UK department store Harrods

The investment arm of Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund has bought the famous London department store Harrods from Egyptian-born businessman Mohamed al-Fayed in a deal reported to be worth around 1.5 billion pounds (USD 2.3 billion). Qatar Holding, the prime vehicle for strategic and direct investments by the State of Qatar, would not confirm the estimated figure reported by Sky News. The country’s prime minister, who is also chairman of Qatar Holding, said there were plans to upgrade the luxury store, popular with tourists and an historic landmark in the upmarket Knightsbridge area of London. “What I can assure you is Qatar Holding will do their best to upgrade this monument, to make it even greater and better for the tourism and also for the British people,” Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani told reporters in an impromptu news conference at the store. He said it will create a “road map” to upgrade Harrods in the next few months.

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Fin Min: If we fail we’ll have to leave

Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu stated in an interview for Pro TV News and incont.ro that the drastic measures announced for the public sector and pensioners have been taken because the private sector has already cut its expenditures and can no longer support the public sector. The Minister states that if it fails in implementing the package of measures the Government will have to ‘go home.’ ‘Throughout last year I heard about salary adjustments and personnel cuts ranging from 20 to 50 per cent in various places. And here we can also talk about private businesses where people were laid off and we can look at the unemployment rate that massively grew in 2009 against the backdrop in which the public sector did not adjust at all,’ Vladescu stated, adding that hiking the VAT would continue to affect those that have already adjusted, incont.ro informs.

At the same time Vladescu added that no measures other than those announced on Thursday by President Traian Basescu will be adopted. ‘It’s an extra deficit of approximately 3 per cent of GDP, hence we will adjust by approximately 3 per cent,’ Vladescu said when asked about the announced measures’ GDP impact.

Videanu: Measures announced by Basescu because he assumes them

The drastic measures cutting public expenditures were announced by Traian Basescu and not by PM Emil Boc because, under the Constitution, the president is ‘part of the executive power’, and, by his announcement Basescu assumed them, Economy Minister Adriean Videanu said at a press conference in Galati on Saturday. ‘Under the Constitution, the president is part of the executive power. The president assumed that role as part of the executive power. The president may consult with the government on major subjects involving the country. This is an exceptionally important subject and he found it appropriate to publicly assume it and, in my opinion, he did very well, because, during such a difficult period, all relevant institutions need to participate in the restructuring of the public sector. What I have in mind is the President, the Parliament and the Government’, Videanu said.

Former Fin Min Daianu: Breaking IMF accord would have catastrophic consequences

Former Finance Minister Daniel Daianu stated that if the agreement with the IMF is interrupted our country will default. ‘Breaking the agreement with the International Monetary Fund will have catastrophic results for Romania.’ The public sector expenditure cutbacks would be brutal, consisting of drastically lowering salaries and pensions and even hiking taxes.

‘If this agreement is broken, and I say this with full responsibility, in my opinion if Romania no longer has this backing, if it no longer does everything it can in order to rebalance the public sector budget then we will no longer have any financing. (…) In the first stage if it has no access to financing the Government will be forced to rebalance itself brutally, namely it will cut expenditures by far more than it does now,’ Daniel Daianu said.

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