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February 1, 2023


Quest by Ionut Piturescu, screened at ICR

The documentary “Cautare” (Quest), directed by Ionut Pitulescu, ex-aequo winner of the SFR Award for The most daring short feature film in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs section of the Cannes International Film Festival, the 2010 edition, will be projected at the Romanian Cultural Institute on the Night of Cultural Institutes, an event to start on Friday, June 25. “Cautare” is a film about two friends in the Apuseni Mountains who have a cart for a home and a horse as their companion in their journey through the Transylvania Plain. The documentary was awarded, in 2009, the ICR award for the best documentary created within the Aristoteles workshop, organized between August 23 and September 23, 2009, at Sibiel. On the Night of Cultural Institutes, ICR will also host a projection of short feature films “Rebel, Rebel”, a documentary created by directors Mihai Bauman and Alexandru Belc, and “Femei pe panza” (Women on a canvas), directed by Otilia Babara.

2000 more tickets
for Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood

The Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood concert will take place on June 11 on the “Iolanda Balas Soter” stadium in Bucharest. The event is presented by D&D East Entertainment, East European Concert and Marcel Avram, and tickets are on sale exclusively through the Eventim Network. The public has shown a tremendous interest in the concert, rushing to buy tickets the moment the event was announced. The tickets priced at 179.2 and 293, offering seats on the field, went the fastest. In response to public demand, 2000 more tickets were put on sale, priced 349, 293 and 179.2, offering seats in the stand. The “Iolanda Balas Soter” stands are undergoing renovation works, but, as the public demand hasn’t stopped, especially for this concert, the stands will be opened and arranged. The plan of the venue can be seen on www.eventim.ro, where buyers can choose seats based on the chart of the stadium.

Uruguay Carnival
on display
at Peasant Museum

Music, photographs and the projection of a traditional murga performance from the Carnival of Montevideo, Uruguay, will be presented on Thursday, starting 19:00, at the Peasant’s Club, within the Romanian Peasant’s Museum in Bucharest, according to a release. The Embassy of the Republic of Uruguay to Bucharest and the Romanian Peasant’s Club invite the public in Bucharest to a presentation of the Uruguay Carnival, filled with the colour and dynamism of the longest carnival in the world. The presentation will be delivered by Antoaneta Roman, who spent three months in Montevideo, conducting research for her M.A. dissertation in Communication studies, pursued at the Université du Quebec à Montreal in Canada. Her study focused on the social significance of carnival and its importance as an unconventional means of communication. Antoaneta Roman will speak of carnival as a whole, explaining its history, evolution and present trends. The presentation will be illustrated with music and photographs, ending with the projection of the anthology-performance “El Tablado del Tiempo” (The Stage of Time), by the murga group Asaltantes con patente.

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FC Timisoara head coach resigns

Ioan Ovidiu Sabau, head coach of FC Timisoara, a team that finished the season on fifth place, has resigned, gsp.ro informs. The main reason for his decision was the increasingly tense relation he had with FC Timisoara fans, the latter vehemently attacking Sabau, the aforementioned source says. “I decided to step down. I informed Mr. Iancu (club president – editor’s note); he understood me very well. I no longer want to coach Timisoara,” Sabau said.

N’Doye signs new
contract with Dinamo

Senegalese midfielder Ousmane N’Doye has signed a new two-year contract with Dinamo Bucharest, the club announced, being quoted by Agerpres. “The contract signed with Ousmane N’Doye for the next two seasons has come into force,” Nicolae Badea, chairman of the club’s Administration Board, stated, thus putting an end to press speculations. “The season was less successful but there’s no point looking back. I am always optimistic and I am looking ahead. I hope we will have results and win trophies next season,” Ousmane N’Doye stated. FC Vaslui is the team N’Doye previously played for during his stint in Romania.

Romania, 28th in FIFA standings

Romania continues to rank 28th with 853 points in this month’s FIFA standings publicized on Wednesday. There were no changes in the top 9 positions, with Brazil continuing to top the standings with 1,611 points, followed by Spain with 1,565 points and Portugal with 1,249 points. Ukraine, Romania’s opponent in this Saturday’s friendly, has climbed 2 places to rank 23rd. Macedonia, a team Romania will play against on June 2, ranks 61st. Honduras, scheduled to play against Romania on June 5, ranks 38th. Here are Romania’s opponents in the European Championship Qualifiers: France – 9th place (unchanged), Bosnia – 51st place (unchanged), Belarus – 82nd place (dropped one place), Luxembourg – 127th (unchanged).

Czechs give United States 4-2 wake-up call

The United States were given an early World Cup wake-up call when they were beaten 4-2 at home by the Czech Republic in their opening warm-up game on Tuesday. U.S. coach Bob Bradley rested many of his likely starters but gave a run-out to key central defender Oguchi Onyewu, who had been sidelined since a knee operation in October and looked well short of match fitness. The States, who face England in their World Cup opener on June 12, took the lead in the 17th minute through Maurice Edu but goals from Tomas Sivok (44) and Jan Polak (58) put the Czechs in front. Substitute Herculez Gomez equalised but a shaky American defense conceded twice more as Martin Fenin (77) and then Tomas Necid (90+2) led the Czechs to victory. The United States also face Slovenia and Algeria in World Cup Group C.

Tiger Woods to make return at Memorial

Tiger Woods will return to competition at next week’s Memorial Tournament after a layoff due to a neck injury, the Golf Channel reported. The world number one withdrew from the final round of the Players Championship on May 9 due to the injury. Woods will return to action at the Muirfield Village golf course where he has captured four titles and is the defending champion of the tournament, hosted by Jack Nicklaus, the report said (www.thegolfchannel.com). Woods plans to play in next month’s U.S. Open at Pebble Beach where he will pursue his 15th major.

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Basescu meets CIA director
at Cotroceni

President Basescu on Wednesday received at Cotroceni Palace a delegation of the United State’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), led by its director, Leon Panetta. The talks, also attended by the chiefs of Romanian Intelligence Agency (SRI) and Foreign Intelligence Agency (SIE), focused on bilateral cooperation in matters of security. “On agenda were topics like fighting terrorism, counter-proliferation, counter-espionage, economic security and the protection against cybernetic attacks,” reads a press release from the presidential administration.

Prince Charles cancels this year’s
visit to Romania

Prince Charles notified, Monday evening, Bucharest authorities that he would cancel his visit to Romania, scheduled for the end of this week, as well as meetings already set with the president Traian Basescu and the prime-minister Emil Boc, for health reasons, official sources informed, quoted by Mediafax. “We were told that doctors warned him of minor respiratory problems and advised him to reduce his travel schedule,” the quoted sources stated. The information was, subsequently, confirmed by the Embassy of the United Kingdom. “A spokesperson for Clarence House stated that Prince Charles had to cancel his visit to Romania. Physicians diagnosed him with a respiratory infection and advised him to travel less. His Royal Highness is extremely disappointed he will not be able to visit Romania this year, but hopes he will come back at a later date,” the Embassy of the United Kingdom to Romania announced. The visit is cancelled a few days before the date the heir to the British throne was due to arrive in Romania, on a visit which was supposed to include several villages in Transylvania. Romanian authorities were not informed, as yet, whether the visit would be rescheduled, the quoted sources added.

President meets Bavaria prime minister

President Traian Basescu yesterday at Cotroceni Palace met the prime minister of Bavaria land, Horst Seehofer, with whom he discussed the deep need for cooperation with German lands in the context of Romania’s failure to spend EU funds at a fast-enough pace. “We are delighted with your presence here, especially as strong business ties exist between Bavaria and Romania. We hope that your presence will enhance ties between Bavaria and our country,” the president said. In his turn, the German guest said there is, indeed, a “wide-ranging relation” between Bavaria and Romania, adding that, in the meeting he had earlier yesterday with Prime Minister Emil Boc, they agreed on consolidating this relation in various fields, including education, energy and tourism.

Senator Catalin Voicu in arrest for 60 more days

Senator Catalin Voicu remains in arrest, after the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) validated, on Tuesday, the measure to arrest preventively the senator accused of influence-peddling, as legal. According to Voicu’s lawyer, the latter would appeal to the ruling of the high court. After Voicu’s deferral to justice, while in preventive arrest, the court will analyze the legality of preventive arrest evey 60 days, unless the defendant is released by another preventive measure, which would not require custody. ICCJ is to analyze, tomorrow, the legality of preventive measures barring entrepreneurs Marius Locic and Costel Casuneanu and the former judge Florin Costiniu from leaving the country. July 14 will be the first term of trial in the case deferring the senator Catalin Voicu, alongside judge Florin Costiniu and the two businessmen, to justice, on charges of corruption.

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Contract delay sanctions, limited at double the amount

Senators yesterday passed a law stipulating that, in the case of contracts between service providers and consumers, the total of delay sanctions applied cannot surpass the double of the amount in question. According to Mediafax, the Senate assembly passed, with amendments, a bill to modify the Government Ordinance 21 of 1992 regarding consumer protection. Initiators of the bill argued, in their motivation, that there are consumers obliged to pay delay sanctions added up on the basis of service-providing contracts, other than financial ones, for example services of phone companies, Internet, TV cable, sanctions whose total is disproportioned in relation to the amount in question.

ANAF president sacks six customs checkpoints chiefs

The president of the National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF), Sorin Blejnar decided to replace several customs officers, including the chiefs of six customs offices, after analysing the incomes earned from excise duties by the regional and county departments for excise duties and customs operations, Mediafax reports. The checkpoints that will receive new chiefs are those of Moravita, Jimbolia, Oancea, the Giurgiu Free Zone, Constanta Sud Agigea, and Otopeni. According to a press release issued by ANAF, all customs checkpoints will be subject to a thorough activity analysis in the near future.

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Gas transport tariff to grow by 10 pc on July 1

According to Transgaz Medias (TGN), the operator of the national natural gas transportation system, starting on July 10 the natural gas transportation tariff will grow by approximately 10 per cent from RON 7.5/MWH to RON 8.25/MHW. According to Mediafax, the price hike is caused by the fact that Transgaz has to recover through tariffs the RON 94.1 M that represent the unpaid difference between the regulated revenues reported from July 2008 to July 2009 and the revenues approved by the National Energy Regulation Authority (ANRE) during the same period. Likewise, the average price at which internally-produced natural gas is bought is estimated to reach RON 49/MWH, up by 10 per cent against the last quarter of 2009, HotNews.ro informs. Transgaz estimates that this year it will transport 134.4 million MWH (approximately 12.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas), up by 4.5 per cent against 2009.

Nabucco gets over 60 bids in prequalification tender

The Nabucco pipeline venture, planned to carry natural gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe, got more than 60 prequalification bids from companies to supply about USD 3.5 billion euros (USD 4.3 billion) in pipes, Adevarul daily informs. “We got more than we expected and the applicants are practically the most important pipe suppliers in the world,” Vlad Pavlovschi, general manager of Nabucco Gas Pipeline Romania SRL, said today in a telephone interview from Vienna. The applications are being evaluated by an independent auditor, he said, declining to provide more details. The prequalification tender for long-lead items including line pipes, valves and bends ended May 17. Companies that meet requirements will be invited for the actual tender in July, the OMV AG-led venture said last month. Nabucco will need about 2 million tons of steel. The 7.9 billion-euro pipeline is planned to stretch more than 3,300 kilometers (2,050 miles) from Turkey to Austria to send gas to Europe and reduce the region’s dependence on Russia.

ABB completes brand new 110/20 kV Harman transformer substation

ABB finalised on May 5, 2010 the brand new 110/20 kV Harman substation, whose beneficiary is FDEE Electrica Distributie Transilvania Sud, according to a press release. The transformer substation, situated in the Eastern side of Brasov, supplies power to consumers in this area, which is in full expansion. The general contractor of the project was ABB in Romania, having as subcontractor for the civil works and erection of the substation S.C. ICCO Electric and TRACTEBEL ENGINEERING SA – Romania for the design. ABB was responsible for the design, civil works, engineering, erection and commissioning of the substation. “The creative model used for the brand new 110/20 kV Harman substation demonstrates once more ABB’s competence and flexibility to deliver personalised technical solutions of a high energy efficiency to its customers,” said Peter Simon, Country Manager for ABB in Romania, Bulgaria and Republic of Moldova.

State debt to building companies: EUR 1.5 bln

State authorities should find quick solutions to pay back debts owed to construction companies, otherwise the system risks going into collapse ‘Financiarul’ newspaper reports. Unless the construction sector is part of the solution aimed at going out of crisis, but remains part of the problem, economic recession will only deepen further, officials with the Romanian Association of Construction Entrepreneurs (ARACO) say. State debts to construction companies amounted to nearly EUR 1.5 bln at the end of the first quarter this year, ARACO President Laurentiu Plosceanu told a press conference yesterday after the award ceremony of the ‘Quality Trophy’ for the best constructions in Romania. Plosceanu made the point that although debt value was slashed by circa EUR 300-400 M at the end of last year, they are still running very high, jeopardizing the financial stability of the construction sector.

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