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Cesaria Evora cancels Bucharest concert


The concert that Cesaria Evora was supposed to give in Bucharest on May 15 was cancelled, and organisers are considering a further date on which to reschedule the show, either October 28, or October 30. “There will be an official release after we sign the final agreement for this date,” spokespeople for organisers Trilogy Media stated yesterday, for Agerpres. Evora had to be hospitalised in Paris on Monday, because of heart problems, wordlmusiccentral.org informed. The artist’s upcoming concerts, including the one in Bucharest, were cancelled.


On May 15, the artist was to promote her album “Nha Sentimento” in a concert at the Bucharest Roman Arena, and, on May 14, was to receive the insignia and the title of honorary ambassador to Bucharest.


The artist, aged 68, suffered another heart attack two years ago. At the time, she was also supposed to have a concert in Romania, on July 3, at the Mihai Eminescu amphitheatre in the National Park, but cancelled the entire tour.

Over 20 museums take part in the Long Night of Museums


Over 20 museums in Romania will mark, on May 15, the Long Night of Museums, an event already on its sixth edition, which was initiated by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. Taking place, yet again, under the patronage of the secretary general of the European Council, as well as of UNESCO, which joined the Museum Night in 2009, the event proposes to offer visitors free access to museums on the night of May 15, up to the morning of the next day. On the night of May 15, museums in Bucharest await their guests with exhibitions, music, dance, theatre and film shows, projections and special interactive events. The museums in the Capital taking part in the manifestation include the National Art Museum of Romania, the National Geology Museum, the “George Enescu” National Museum, Romania’s National History Museum, the National Museum of Romanian Literature, the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum, the Romanian Peasant’s Museum. In last year’s edition of the Museum Night, most Bucharest visitors crossed the threshold of Romania’s National Museum of History (25,000 participants), followed by the National Geology Museum (20,000 participants), the National Art Museum (15,000 participants) and the “King Ferdinand I” National Military Museum (15,000 participants).


Romanian early and classical music, at Mogosoaia Palace


The Imago Mundi group will give, next Sunday, a concert of Romanian early and traditional music, in the Rugs’ Hall of the Mogosoaia Palace. According to organizers, the pieces in the programme thrive on the dialogue between instruments peculiar to the Romanian cultural space of Dimitrie Cantemir’s time (lute, baglama, bouzouki, darbouka, bendir) and modern classical instruments (flute, oboe, violin, guitar). The event is part of the “Music at the Brancovenian Palaces” series, organized by the Brancovenian Palaces Cultural Centre. Imago Mundi is a group that targets, in terms of its repertoire, an audience seeking alternatives to conventional music. The Imago Mundi website announces that the group will present, at Mogosoaia Palace, familiar songs, as well as a series of songs in premiere, which will constitute the starting point for the group’s next album, titled “Isvor”.

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Cornel Penescu and Liviu Facaleata on remand


FC Arges financier Cornel Penescu and Liviu Facaleata, former director of PIC, have been placed on 29-day remand on Tuesday for bribery, Mediafax informs. The court sitting took place behind closed doors, with both defendants present along with their lawyers. After approximately three hours, Arges Court magistrates have admitted prosecutors’ request to place Penescu and Facaleata on 29-day remand.


The Court’s decision is not final and can be appealed within 24 hours. The appeal will be settled by the Pitesti Court of Appeal.


Walter Zenga and Razvan Cocis at Al Nassr


The former Italian head coach of Steaua, Dinamo and FC National, Walter Zenga, has signed for Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr and his first move was to transfer FC Timisoara’s Razvan Cocis. Zenga has signed a two-year contract with Al Nassr and is set to receive a salary of EUR 1 M per season. His goal is to win Saudi Arabia’s championship. Zenga will start working in July but has already been officially presented by Prince Faisal Bin Turki, the club’s president. Faisal Bin Turki also announced that the club’s first transfer in the Zenga era is that of Cocis from FC Timisoara. ‘Our club’s first acquisition is Razvan Cocis; I heard only good things about him,’ the Saudi Prince said. Romania’s Ilie Balaci and Mircea Rednic were among Zenga’s predecessors at the club. Zenga also holds Romanian citizenship. Cocis will be Al Nassr’s second Romanian player after Adrian Neaga.


Nicolae Negrila hospitalised after heart attack


Nicolae Negrila, a former fullback playing for Universitatea Craiova and the national football team, was hospitalised on Sunday evening in a serious condition after he suffered a heart attack, ‘Prosport’ informs. Aged 56, the former international is hospitalised within the Emergency County Hospital in Craiova. Negrila, Universitatea’s former assistant coach, is currently employed within the club’s scouting department. Negrila totaled 350 caps in Romania’s first league, all of them while playing for Universitatea.


Ioan Andone: I have two offers and I wait an answer by May 31


Ioan Andone, the head coach of Rapid Bucharest, stated on Monday that he has an offer from Arab countries and one from Europe and he is waiting for an answer by May 31. ‘On Saturday I talked with Mr. Copos and I might stay at Rapid. I said I have two offers from abroad and unless I get an answer by May 31 then I will stay at Rapid. I was contacted by a club from an Arab country, not Saudi Arabia, and by another from Europe, but not Eastern Europe. The latter could give me an answer even before May 31. But if I make up my mind I will stay here. The fans here deserve more. It’s a good pitch, a good stadium; there are chances of winning the Cup and the championship. First of all I am happy I was accepted by the fans. That’s something gained and could make me continue here. Two lists have already been made, one with the players we will buy, one with the players that will leave. If I leave I will leave behind a report with everything I did here and if I stay I will carry on with my project,’ Andone said.

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Difficult landing for Swiss Air jet


The passengers of a Swiss Air flight from Zurich to Bucharest went through terrible moments when landing at Otopeni. “The plane reached the airport around 12.40 and landed at 13.02. The pilot barely managed to land on his second attempt, with the help of the flaps. This is a common procedure on other airports too. The passengers are not affected at all in this kind of situation,” Valentin Iordache, the spokesperson of the Henri Coanda International Airport, stated for Realitatea.net. The plane had approximately 100 passengers on board. Since this is not considered a serious incident, airport representatives did not receive other information. “It is possible the pilot was asked to delay his landing. That decision can be taken for a lot of reasons,” Iordache added.

Unusual protest


Some 300 people from the Bogza, Caiata, Dumbraveni, Dumitresti and Jitia localities, Vrancea County, protested on Monday against the fact that National Road 2N Martinesti – Bogza – Caiata – Dumbraveni – Dumitresti – Jitia and National Road 2R Jitia – Vintileasca – Bahnele are full of potholes. The spontaneous protest took place in Dumbraveni locality, an area transited by European Road 85. The protesters blocked the national road by continuously using the pedestrian crossing. The people chanted anti-government slogans and carried placards reading: “We pay taxes – we want roads!” and “Where are our moneys.” The protesters were joined by the Mayors of several Vrancea County localities and by Liberal MP Nini Sapunaru.

£1 damage


A Romanian national who stole hundreds of thousands of pound sterling by card skimming and cloning and was sentenced to five years in prison in Great Britain will only have to pay damages worth £1, as authorities could not find the stashed money, Express reports. Adu Bunu, 36, along with other accomplices, fraudulently obtained at least £43,000, yet British detectives believe the actual amount comes to nearly £1 M. The whereabouts of Bunu’s s partner, Florin Pelade, are not known. The York Court, which sentenced Bunu to five years in prison in July 2008, deemed ‘unrealistic’ the expectation the money pilfered by the Romania would ever be recovered, as he is most likely to have sent it to Romania. Therefore, a count of his assets in Great Britain led to his only going to pay £1 in damages. Bunu will be released from prison in July and deported to Romania. The Romanian is a repeat offender, his first felony committed when he was 10 years old.

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Love tragedy in Iasi


Painter and Professor Ilinca Ganju, daughter of the late painter Ioan Ganju, was murdered by her lover. According to Antena3.ro, Ilinca was found by her friends who were worried because she was running late for the party that her twin sister had prepared. They broke down her apartment’s door and found her dead, with multiple stab wounds. After murdering her, the man tried to kill himself by taking sleeping pills. Although a student was also living in the apartment she claims she had no idea what had happened in the other room. The investigations revealed that the woman was stabbed dozens of times. It seems everything started when she wanted to break up with the man. The man is now hospitalized within the Socola psychiatry hospital in Iasi and the doctors will establish whether he was sane when he committed the murder.


Another victim of ethnobotanicals


Ethnobotanical products put another teenager in Iasi into hospital. The latter ended up in ER in shock: he was shivering and couldn’t speak. Doctors found out that the boy, aged 17, had ingested banned weeds. This is the fifth case in the past two months. The young man went into shock after ingesting Bonsai – one of the strongest varieties on the list of such banned products. His mother found him unconscious in the house and called an ambulance.


Students sentenced to 16 years in jail


The two medical students charged with killing a man in Timisoara were sentenced yesterday to 16 years in jail. The Timis Court’s sentence can be attacked in ten days’ time with the Timisoara Court of Appeal. Sergiu Florea and Carmen Bejan, two 20-year-old medical students, were arrested on August 2, 2009, after a man’s body was found cut into pieces in the trunk of a car parked in front of a students’ hostel in Timisoara. Florea was charged with homicide while Carmen Bejan was charged with being an accessory to homicide. After the hearings, Bejan was charged with homicide too. The two also underwent a psychological examination within the ‘Mina Minovici’ Forensic Institute in order to see whether they were sane when they committed the murder. Florea and Bejan were put on trial in November 2009, being charged with homicide and tomb desecration. The second charge was brought against them because they had cut the victim’s body into pieces.

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Phone for the elderly by Orange


Orange Romania on Thursday is set to launch a mobile phone that has been purposely designed and developed for the elderly. The phone is easy to use, equipped with high speaker volume, large font keys, voice repeat of keyed-in numbers, speed dial and emergency call shortcut key, a press release informs. Apart from basic voice and text-messaging functions, the ZTE S 302 model also comes with radio FM and a torch. Characters show very visibly on the display and the straightforward menu gives the user easy access to telephone options. When pressing the emergency call shortcut key, the telephone automatically makes a call or sends a text message to a user pre-set number. The price of the new terminal is from EUR 1 including VAT.


Minister Vladescu, object of forced execution for failing to pay debts to the state


EOL Renewable Energy firm, in which Minister of Finance Sebastian Vladescu is a shareholder, is the object of forced execution by tax authorities for a RON 25,278 debt to the state budget, Money.ro informs. The firm, which generates electrical power, has distinguished itself so far by signing a contract with the Cerna mayor’s office, in Tulcea County, for the building of Cerna Wind Park. It is not the first time when one of the minister’s firms has arrears to the state. The previous list, with debitors executed on December 31, 2009, included the firm Boss Constructions & Consultancy Ltd, where Vladescu has over 90 per cent of shares. The firm owed RON 604 to the state budget. According to his statement of interests, the minister of finance is a shareholder in ten firms, two of which are in cancellation. The firms in question are PVB Euroconsulting (75 pc), Ecologic Allpro (10 pc), Wine Club Co., Boss Constructions & Consultancy (94 pc), Team Delta Project (30 pc), VKT Environment (37.5 pc), Rom offset Management (40 pc), EOL Renewable Energy (25 pc), Tipo Trading and Leader High Tech. According to his statement of wealth, the minister is also a shareholder in Aqua Fin Consulting, BCC Ltd and Lord Expert Consult.


EBRD-Turceni talks on hold until the founding of Electra


Talks between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Turceni Energy Complex (EC) for a loan of EUR 150 M were postponed until the founding of the Electra energy society, which will include the energy producer in Oltenia. “We still need EUR 150 M for group 3, but talks are on hold until Electra is set up,” the general manager of Turceni EC, Laurentiu Graure, stated, on Tuesday, for Mediafax. The energy complex is owned by the state, through the Ministry of Economy, and will be included in Electra, a company which will merge several coal and energy plants. Electra is to be set up by June 31. The energy producer started negotiations with ERBD for a credit of EUR 300 M in 2008. The loan was to finance the modernization of groups 3 and 6. For the time being, the Turceni Energy Complex signed an agreement for EUR 170 M, for unit 6, with EBRD. Works on group 6 are to be completed by 2012, respectively, by 2013, for unit 3.


Flanco plans to get out of insolvency in September


IT&C Flanco International retailer, owned by Flamingo, wants to get out of insolvency in September and to draw an investor that would take over the leading package in exchange for a capital injection, Mediafax informs. “We want to put this company in the hands of a healthy investor. We are conducting complex negotiations with five investors, each negotiation allowing for a different scenario,” Andrei Cionca, managing partner of the Transylvania Insolvency Firm, the legal guardian of Flanco, announced yesterday, in a press conference. The recovery plan envisages drawing funds for the future development of the retailer and does not include separate agreements to erase debts. Thus, the chosen investor would take over the company, following a boost of capital, and the main banking creditors would also be given the option to convert the claims they have to recover into shares.

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Ionut Popescu resigns from EximBank


Former Finance Minister Ionut Popescu submitted his written resignation from the EximBank Board of Administrators (CA), which came into effect on May 1, a month after it was handed. Under the trustee agreement signed by board members, the resignation must be announced three months before it becomes effective. “As I don’t have the possibility to lower myself the fee I receive from EximBank, I chose to resign. Obviously, I understand this resignation will not curb the bank’s expenses, as the one who will replace me will earn the same money, but for me, personally, I believe this is the best decision,” reads the written resignation, quoted by HotNews.ro. In a different move, EximBank announced in a press release that it opened a new office in Iasi, to bring its product portfolio closer to companies of Iasi and Vaslui counties. The Iasi agency adds to the network of 11 territorial units operated by EximBank in Bucharest, Bacau, Brasov, Constanta, Cluj, Craiova, Timisoara, Buzau, Oradea, Deva and Alba Iulia.


UniCredit sets up Financing & Advisory area


UniCredit has established Financing & Advisory, a new specialized line of products and services for corporate clients in Romania, the bank announced by press release. The Financing & Advisory expertise area is consolidating the Structured Finance, Syndications, Real Estate Funding, European Funding, Factoring and Consulting operations. Ciprian Paltineanu is the UniCredit Financing and Advisory Managing Director. ‘We are set to increase the satisfaction level of our corporate customers, capitalizing on enhanced organizational efficiency and the synergy between the in-depth knowledge of customer, relationship management wise, and product expertise at Financing & Advisory, Paltineanu said. This expertise area covers both basic financial products and sophisticated solutions of structured finance or consultancy, and is aimed at small and medium-sized companies, but also at multinationals, large corporate clients, or investment funds and real estate customers.


Alpha Bank launches promotional campaign Alpha Dreams


Alpha Bank is launching a new promotion campaign. Alpha Bank clients who will open an Alpha Dreams savings account until June 30 will also benefit from free medical services for their children. The bank also provides the same benefits to clients who already have Alpha Dreams accounts, the bank announced in a press release. No matter the sum in the account, the interest of the Alpha Dreams account is calculated each day and is capitalised on a monthly basis. Each year, in June, until their child reaches the age of 18, clients receive twice the interest, if the account is older than nine months. The holder of an Alpha Dreams account may put money in it anytime and in any amount, at tax-exempted annual interest rates of 7.50 pc for RON, 3.25 pc for EUR and 2.00 pc for USD.

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Franklin Templeton to manage FP assets


National stock market authority CNVM yesterday authorised the Romanian subsidiary of Franklin Templeton Investment Management as manager of the Proprietatea Fund (FP) assets, CNVM commissar Bogdan Chetreanu said, according to Mediafax. The company was registered with the National Securities Commission (CNVM) under the European free movement passport last year after the notification received from the British competent authority. The Romanian subsidiary of Franklin Templeton was opened in early August 2009. The FP is supposed to submit all the paperwork required in order to be registered with CNVM by Friday, with most of the necessary documents having already been sent in April. The FP needs to be registered with CNVM ahead of stock exchange listing.


New car registrations up in April


According to National vehicle registration authority DRPCIV data, quoted by Mediafax, new passenger vehicle registrations were up 120 per cent in April compared to March, to a total of 8,875 units accounting for the biggest monthly increase of recent years. APIA Vice-President Constantin Stroe explains the performance is the pay-off of the national scrappage scheme. Compared with April 2009, the decline of car registrations in April this year slowed down to 19 per cent, after registrations had dropped by 50 per cent compared to the same month last year.


The total number of vehicles registered in April was up 91 per cent to 10,365 units, yet was down 22 per cent compared to the same month of 2009, according to DRPCIV data. DRPCIV in April registered 172 mopeds and motorbikes, accounting for a decrease by 38 per cent compared to March 2009. Registering 3.17 per cent year-on-year hike, in April 2010 Dacia was the best selling passenger vehicle with a total of 836 units.


Renault relies on Dacia’s success


Renault relies more than over on Dacia’s success, given that the recession makes people increasingly favour simple and cheap cars, according to ‘Le Figaro,’ quoted by Mediafax. “[Dacia] has been the fastest growing brand in Europe in the past three years. The recession enhanced a deeply-rooted tendency: consumers want cars which are less sophisticated, strictly meeting their needs, and cheaper. Renault reacted to this trend by launching the Logan, the Sandero and, recently, the Duster 4X4, which is very much in demand. We will offer a wider range in the future,” Renault’s delegate operating officer, Patrick Pelata, said. He added that Renault would focus on developing operations in Russia and India.


Honda to deliver first hybrid car in Romania


Honda Trading Romania auto dealership will deliver the first Honda Insight hybrid car purchased via Romanian old car scrappage programme through Craiova-based Policolor Exim partner, Mediafax reports. The car dealership is also set to launch the Honda CR-Z hybrid model at the GreenChallenge 2010 contest.

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