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Concert reminder


When: Today, 7 p.m.


Who: Paul Anka Live


Where: Palace Hall


Tickets: RON 90-600


Anka first became famous as a teen idol with hit songs such as “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” and “Put Your Hand on My Shoulder.” For the more classical in music taste.

Contemporary dance group Kafig comes
to Bucharest



The French contemporary dance group will give two presentations in Bucharest on Wednesday, June 2, and Thursday, June 3, at the Izvor Hall of the Bulandra Theatre, starting 19:00, HotNews informs. Kafig will present an original performance in which hip hop meets Brazilian fever and contemporary dance. The programme of the 11 Brazilian dancers of the Kafig contemporary dance company comprises two plays of 30 minutes each: Agwa (water) – a choreography created by Mourad Merzouki in September 2008 within the Lyon Dance Biennale – and Correria (foray), which features more prominently the tense, raw hip-hop acts of Brazilian dancers. In Agwa, the choreography is “placed under the sign of water and distils, drop by drop, an ecological message regarding this fundamental element.” In Correria, the choreography starts from a fast-paced daily life, always in a rush, a frantic and exciting race, akin to the one shaping our lives in this day and age. The Agwa & Correria programme presented by the Kafig troupe in Bucharest is part of a European tour started in January 2010. Founded in 1996, the dance troupe enjoyed a tremendous success, giving more than 1,500 performances throughout the world. The group performs in Romania at the invitation of the French Institute and the French Embassy.


Six films in the TIFF 2010 competition will also be posted online


In premiere, in a partnership with the prestigious MUBI cinema portal, known until recently as The Auteurs, six films in the TIFF 2010 Competition can be watched for free online during the festival, immediately after the first projection of each within TIFF. Thus, Romanian users who access the festival’s website, at mubi.com/festivals/transilvania, will be able to watch the films Altiplano (Germany, Belgium, Holland, 2009), directed by Peter Brosens and Jessica Hope Woodworth, Last Conversation (Holland, 2009), directed by Noud Heerkens, Nothing Personal (Ireland, Holland, 2009), directed by Urszula Antoniak, Devil’s Town (Serbia, 2010), directed by Vladimir Paskaljevic, Felicia inainte de toate/ Felicia above all (Romania, 2009), directed by Razvan Radulescu and Melissa de Raaf, and Invers/ Rewers (Poland, 2009), directed by Borys Lankosz. The films can be watched for free, within the limit of 300 visitors for each film, and will remain available until June 7, 12:00. As of this year, TIFF joins other prestigious festivals, already present in the Mubi.com video on demand “network”: Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Rotterdam, Telluride, San Sebastian, Locarno, Toronto, Tribeca or Sundance.

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SPORTS

NEWS IN BRIEF

Women’s volleyball: Romania qualifies
for EC 2011



Romania has qualified for the European Championships 2011 after winning Group E in the Qualifiers. Romania defeated Belgium on Sunday in the last game of the second tournament in Constanta, score 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-20). The first tournament took place in Hasselt, Belgium. Romania topped the final standings with 12 points, followed by Belgium with 10 points, Slovenia with 8 points and Sweden with 6 points. The final tournament will be hosted by Serbia and Italy from September 22 to October 2, 2011. Romania has qualified for the EC after a 6-year dry spell. The men’s national team failed to qualify after it was unable to win any of the six games it played against Belarus, Turkey and Italy.


Fencing:
Bronze in Montreal



Romania won the Bronze medal in the women’s sabre competition in Montreal after defeating Poland in the game that pitted the teams that lost the semifinals, score 35-34. The competition was part of the World Cup. Romania (Ana Branza, Anca Maroiu, Simona Alexandru and Loredana Iordachioiu) defeated Sweden in last-16 stage (44-42) and Russia in the quarterfinals (45-36) but lost to Italy in the semifinals (37-45). Russia’s Tatiana Logunova won the singles event. Anca Maroiu finished on 10th, Olympic runner-up Ana Maria Branza finished on 36th, Simona Alexandru finished on 41st and Loredana Iordachioiu finished on 47th place.


Handball: THW Kiel wins EHF Champions League


In their fifth EHF Champions League final, for the first time THW Kiel managed to defeat a Spanish team and took the EHF Champions League trophy for the second time after 2007. In a highly tensioned and emotional final THW beat FC Barcelona 36:34 (17:20), ehfcl.com informs Match winners were outstanding Kiel goalkeeper Thierry Omeyer (15 saves) and EHF Champions League top scorer Filip Jicha, who hit the back of the net eleven times, including the last goal. The Kiel sniper finished this season with 119 goals in total. Barcelona was on level, the match was decided only nine seconds before the final whistle. THW never had won a EHF Champions League final against a Spanish team before, as they had lost against Barcelona (2000) and Ciudad Real (2008, 2009).


Soccer-Mourinho accepts ‘big challenge’ at Real


Real Madrid unveiled Jose Mourinho as their new coach at a news conference on Monday. The Portuguese has signed a four-year contract with the Spanish giants following his move from European champions Inter Milan. “I like to give myself a challenge and this is a big one,” Mourinho said. “I have a lot of confidence in myself and my ability as a coach.” Real sporting director Jorge Valdano welcomed Mourinho to the nine-times European champions, who failed to win a trophy last season. “It’s an honour to have one of the most prestigious coaches in the world,” Valdano said. “We are delighted to have him here with us. The best thing for our club right now is to have Mourinho with us.” The 47-year-old Mourinho, former coach of Porto and Chelsea, replaced Manuel Pellegrini who was sacked last week.

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BUSINESS

NEWS IN BRIEF

Trichet, ECB: We need a budget
federation across the euro zone



The president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Jean-Claude Trichet, pleads for the founding of an Euro Zone budget federation, to prevent disturbances like the ones produced by the Greek crisis, Money.ro informs. “We are a monetary federation. It is necessary, now, to set up the equivalent of a budget federation, as a means of control and of monitoring the implementation of fiscal policies,” he said, in an interview to Le Monde. Trichet warns, however, that European states should learn the lesson to be derived from recent evolutions. “The watch of budget policies, the evolution of performances by economies in the Euro Zone and structural reforms are in need of radical change”. The president of ECB thinks that the austerity plans applied by more and more European governments are necessary, and draws a comparison between a state budget and a household budget.


Finance Ministry wants to draw RON 4.6 bln by selling bonds


The Ministry of Public Finance (MFP) intends to draw, in June, RON 4.6 bln by five sessions of bond issues, after taking, in May, a RON 4.5 bln loan, significantly below the estimated value, of RON 4.5 bln. The first operation is scheduled for Thursday, June 3, when the Ministry of Finance will issue bonds with a 3-year maturity term, worth RON 600 M, according to Mediafax. On June 7 there will be a bid for the sale of treasury bonds with a 1-year maturity term, by which the ministry hopes to draw RON 1.2 bln. A similar bid, with the same indicative value and the same maturity term, will take place on June 21.


BNP Paribas and SocGen interested in acquisition of Bank Zachodni WBK


French banks BNP Paribas and Societe Generale are interested in the acquisition of 70 per cent Allied Irish Banks hold in Bank Zachodni WBK of Poland, Agerpres news agency reports. French daily ‘La Tribune’ says BNP Paribas is among the favourite candidates for the acquisition of the Polish bank. The publication quotes unnamed sources close to Societe Generale as saying that the bank may need an injection of capital in order to be able to buy Bank Zachodni WBK S.A. Other banks that appear to be interested in acquiring the Polish credit organisation are: Banco Santander S.A., Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A., Intesa Sanpaolo SpA, HSBC Holdings Plc and Sberbank.


Mihai Popescu is new head
of Aviva Romania



The new General Manager of Aviva Romania is Mihai Popescu, formerly Marketing Director at Alico Romania. Popescu is replacing Shah Rouf, who vacated his position in February, the insurance company informs. Popescu took over his post formally yesterday, but his appointment will be brought before the Insurance Overseeing Board (CSA) pending approval, Mediafax reports.

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BUSINESS

NEWS IN BRIEF

Berceanu bans vehicles and furniture procurement


Transport and Infrastructure Minister Radu Berceanu passed an order banning the acquisition of vehicles, equipment, furniture and office equipment up until the end of the year, ministry sources told Mediafax. The order will apply to both the ministry and reporting companies and, in addition to the aforementioned, also prohibits the procurement of software, devices and ‘the similar’. Under a draft act the Ministry of Finance is working on, the procurement of passenger vehicles, PCs, furniture, motor fuel, as well as of ITR, cleaning, insurance and air transport services by central public institutions will be carried out in a centralised system, through one of its subordinated units. Government institutions and state-owned companies in the first four months of this year bought cars, laptop computers and mobile telephones worth over EUR 100 M and budgeted similar procurements totalling EUR 24 M, with the total sum almost matching the one in the entire 2009.


Pit coal price possibly up 20pc if subsidy scrapped


The price pf pit coal may be put up by 20 per cent of the subsidy is abrogated next year, National Pit Coal Company (CNH) General Manager Constantin Jujan stated yesterday, according to Mediafax. He added a decision was expected from the European Commission by the end of June – beginning of July on whether or not pit coal subsidies currently awarded to all EU companies in the industry would be preserved. ‘Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland are strongly lobbying the EC to keep on the subsidy’, Jujan added. CNH is the biggest state budget debtor with a total balance of RON 4.1 bln (EUR 985 M). The state-owned company’s commercial debt is also of RON 40 M (EUR 9.6 M). The Government has passed a decision to grant CNH – company controlled by the state via the Ministry of Economy – total subsidies of RON 245.6 M (approximately EUR 60 M).


CFR Marfa loses RON 22.5 M contract


CFR Marfa has lost a RON 22.5 M (plus VAT) contract with National Coal Company (CNH) for the transportation of coal, which was eventually awarded to private rail transport operator Grup Feroviar Roman (GFR). The reason why the state-owned railway company lost the contract is that it had outstanding debts in unpaid taxes and social security contributions to the budget, Mediafax informs. CFR Marfa applied for the requirement to be scrapped from the tendering procedure, arguing that, under the law, the contracting authority may disqualify bidders with unpaid debts, but that is not a compulsory requirement. In addition, CFR Marfa pointed out that, on March 19, CNH itself had unpaid debts towards freight transporters of RON 6.5 M, explaining that it was one of the reasons why it owned money to the state budget. CNH overruled the objection, therefore CFR Marfa filed a complaint with the National Complaint Review Board (CNSC), but withdrew it after some time.

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