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Painting exhibition signed Tudor Marinescu at ICR


The painting exhibition titled “Esafodaje pentru lucruri mici”/ “Scaffoldings for the little things” of the artist Tudor Marinescu will be opened on Monday, June 7, starting 18:00, at the Romanian Cultural Institute, in 38 Aleea Alexandru. Most of the works on display were completed this year and they represent the revisiting of themes which the artist has been pondering on during the past ten years. Marinescu returns to the abstract after a series of figurative works, trying to find new means of expression, which would lay the foundation for the little things, the geometries or simple lines that run across spaces laden with colour.


Italian and English music
at Radio Hall



The Radio Broadcasting Academic Choir, conducted by Dan Mihai Goia, will give a concert of Italian and English music, a cappella. The concert, to take place on Thursday, June 3, starting 19:00, at the Radio Broadcasting Hall, will include works by G. Pergolesi, G. Verdi, G. Rossini, L. Guastini, F. Fresi, Cl. Macchi, R. Vaughan Williams, H. David Leslie, J. Barnaby, E. German, E. Elgar, A. Sullivan and G. Holst. The Radio Choir will be joined by soloists Carmen Sandulescu, on the piano, and Simona Popovici, on the organ. Founded with a view to ensure the vocal-symphonic repertoire, the Radio Broadcasting Academic Choir completed the trajectory to artistic maturity, constantly perfecting and widening its range, becoming familiarised with new scores, so that its members are now masters of an impressive amount of works: oratorios, cantatas, madrigals, poems, ballads and numberless miniatures.

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Ioan Andone, Dinamo’s head coach


Ioan Andone has officially become Dinamo’s new head coach after signing a two-year contract with the club. “I’ve talked with the club’s leadership and we’ve reached an agreement. Yesterday evening (Monday – editor’s note) I signed a two-year contract, with an option to extend it by another year. The goals I and the club leadership agreed on are the following: rebuilding the team in the first year and winning the title in the following season,” Ioan Andone stated for Mediafax. Andone coached TSKA Sofia and Rapid Bucharest in the season that just ended and won Romania’s title twice, while coaching Dinamo in 2004 and while coaching CFR Cluj in 2008.


Adidas reject criticism
of Jabulani ball



Adidas have rejected criticism from top international goalkeepers Julio Cesar and Iker Casillas that their World Cup ball is too lightweight and impossible to control. The German sports manufacturers launched the ‘Jabulani’ ball in December and it will be used throughout the upcoming tournament in South Africa. In the last few weeks it has been blasted due to its perceived unpredictable movement and was labeled a “beach ball” by Real Madrid and Spain shot-stopper Casillas after the weekend 3-2 victory against Saudi Arabia, goal.com informs. Speaking to reporters, company spokesman Thomas van Schaik brushed aside the accusations. He insisted the ball has been tested thoroughly since its launch, praised by most professionals who have used it and declared all balls move erratically at altitude where several matches will be played in the competition.

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Inconclusive vote for a new Constitutional Court judge


A vote in the Chamber of Deputies’ assembly for the appointment of a new judge at the Constitutional Court will be resumed in a new meeting, after Social-Democrat Party (PSD) deputies and those from the Democrat-Liberal Party (PDL) failed to reach an agreement on the validity of the vote. In the first attempt, PSD’s nominee Valter Dorneanu collected 161 votes, and PDL’s Stefan Minea – 123. PSD deputies Florin Iordache and Valeriu Zgonea claimed that Dorneanu was appointed CC judge from the Chamber, as he secured half plus one of the number of votes of deputies present, whereas the Speaker of the Chamber, Roberta Anastase (PDL), argued that Dorneanu should have obtained at least 168 favourable votes, that is, half plus one of the total number of deputies. After debating procedure, Anastase suspended the meeting, invoking the lack of quorum. The terms of three CC judges expire in 2010, two of whom are to be appointed by Parliament, while the third is appointed by the head of state.


Udrea: I’m losing sleep over
the bank instalment



In an interview to Hotnews-RFI, the minister of Regional Development, Elena Udrea, claims she is losing sleep over the instalments she is due to pay by the end of the year to reimburse the EUR 3.28 M credit contracted at the Romanian Development Bank (BRD). She said she was taught a lesson and that she would no longer plunge head first in real estate businesses at times of recession.


“I’m losing sleep over the bank instalment. Let me tell you why: I have to pay this credit by the end of the year. The loan was taken to buy a piece of land. The real estate market was booming. I thought at the time that I could build a condominium on that plot, it’s not that big, it covers 6,000 square metres, I thought I could build a couple of houses and sell them so I could repay the loan and make a bit of profit as well,” Udrea claimed. She says that, however, because of the recession, she was left with the land, unable to build anything of what she had set out. Nevertheless, Elena Udrea’s adventure on the real estate market is far from ending here. She owns a block of 12 flats, out of which she managed to sell 3, and, together with her husband, Dorin Cocos, she also owns two hotels in Bucharest which she intends to put on sale now as “things have been going bad since last year”.


Mihnea Nastase punished with a visit to the Wiesel Institute


After the ‘Kamikaze’ publication announced on Wednesday that it will publish pictures showing Mihnea Nastase with a swastika painted on his hand during a Halloween party in Switzerland, Adrian Nastase replied on his blog that his son made a mistake for which he has no excuse and that he will send him on an internship at the ‘Elie Wiesel’ Institute. The photographs show Nastase’s son attending a Halloween party organized by his high school in Switzerland and the publication claims that it will offer details about his scholarship there. Former Premier Adrian Nastase writes on his blog that he recently “found out” that his son Mihnea “made a mistake abroad.” “I don’t think age can be an excuse for such a gesture and that is why I have decided that Mihnea will have to find out in a very direct manner that there are subjects which one cannot joke about,” Adrian Nastase writes on his blog.


Nati Meir and son deferred to justice for influence-peddling


The former deputy Nati Meir and his son, Or Meir, were deferred to justice by anti-corruption investigators, on charges of influence-peddling and, respectively, complicity in the first charge. According to the indictment drawn up by prosecutors of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) – the Galati Territorial Service, in 2008, Nati Meir, in his office as a deputy, required an informer to pay the amount of EUR 50,000 in exchange for the influence he claimed to be able to exercise over the magistrate-judges at the Galati Court. Moreover, in 2009 and in March-April 2010, Nati Meir, by means of his son, asked of five informers the total amount of EUR 65,00, in exchange for the influence he claimed he could exercise on magistrate-judges at the High Court of Cassation and Justice. On April 22, 2010, Or Meir was caught in the act immediately after receiving EUR 20,000 from one of the informers, as a down payment from the amount his father had asked for.

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Eurozone unemployment rate at 10.1 pc


The statistical office of the European Union, Eurostat, estimates that 23.311 million men and women in the EU27, of whom 15.860 million were in the eurozone, were unemployed in April 2010. Compared with March 2010, the number of unemployed people increased by 25 000 in both the EU27 and the eurozone. Compared with April 2009, unemployment went up by 2.400 million in the EU27 and by 1.275 million in the eurozone. Romania is presented in the study with numbers from the last quarter of 2009, when the unemployment rate was 7,6 per cent. Among member states, the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in the Netherlands (4.1 per cent) and Austria (4.9 per cent), and the highest rates in Latvia (22.5 per cent), Spain (19.7 per cent) and Estonia (19.0 per cent in the first quarter of 2010).


Generali: The fire at the Red Dragon, possibly biggest damage in the history of insurance
in Romania



The fire at the Red Dragon is, possibly, the biggest damage in the history of the Romanian insurance market, but they will have the capacity and resources to cover such damage, is stated in a press release by Generali Insurance. “We hereby confirm that Niro Investment, which owns the ‘Red Dragon’ Shopping Centre, is insured by Generali Insurance as of 2010. On the basis of the complex insurance policy against material damage of goods, which also covers the risk of fire, we will see to the prompt evaluation and instrumentation of the damage claims. Generali Insurance is a strong and reliable insurance company, reinsured with major international companies. No matter what the damage amounts to, the financial stability of Generali Insurance will not be affected. Moreover, we are famous for the correct and speedy instrumentation and payment of damage claims,” Marie Ková?ová, general manager of the company, stated, yesterday. To ensure neutrality in this case, Generali contracted the services of international damage experts, loss adjusters.


The number of daily flights operated by Carpatair to Italy rose by 25 pc in Q1


Carpatair, the full-service flight operator with a hub in Timisoara, introduced in the first half of the year a number of 22 additional weekly flights to Italy, which represents a raise by 25 per cent of the number of weekly flights to Italy, according to a press release. Carpatair consolidates, thus, its position as a national and regional leader on the sector of Italian destinations, as it is the company with the best flight frequency/ week (170 one-way flights – 85 frequencies) and with the biggest number of Italian destinations (9 destinations). “Italy represents one of the major markets for Carpatair. We have an experience of over 10 years of uninterrupted operation on this market, a time during which we came to closely know the clients’ exigencies and to come up with services that would perfectly meet their needs. Therefore, when we decided to extend our operational bases in Bucharest-Otopeni and Craiova, we opted for the Italian destinations which are most in demand at the moment,” Paula Ardelean, deputy manager of Marketing & Sales.


Bulgarian lesson – no salaries and pensions will be cut


The Bulgarian government took the measures needed to avoid the dramatic financial situation experienced by Romania. Sofia authorities even announced economic growth for this year. In an interview with Adevarul daily, Bulgarian Finance Minister Simeon Djankov said the country won’t cut salaries and pensions. Bulgaria does not need money from the IMF and will report an economic growth of at least 1 pc this year. “At the end of February, unemployment rate was at 10.3 pc, and now it stands at 9.7 pc. Exports have been on the rise for nearly five months and we are stimulating recovery of the manufacturing sector, which returned on the increase. (…) Bulgaria curbed its administrative expenses and restructured by 11 pc the number of employees in its public sector. “Recently, we sent Parliament new measures aimed at cutting public spending by another 14 pc, but we also provided for certain expenses in other sectors, to balance the situation. I believe this is the major difference between Bulgaria and Romania. We were fast to take and enforce measures,” the Bulgarian finance minister explained.


Romania makes PEOP offer to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan


Romania will make in the upcoming period an offer to Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan over petrol supply through the Pan European Oil Pipeline (PEOP), Economy State Secretary Tudor Serban told Mediafax yesterday. Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Italy signed in 2007 an agreement on the construction of the 1,400-kilometer-lomg PEOP, to carry petrol from the Caspian basin to Constanta and on to the Italian port of Trieste, a USD 2-3.5 bln project. Serban also said Romania and Serbia are examining the likelihood of a pipeline between Constanta and Pancevo, part of PEOP, and not an alternative project.

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Dacia, top-performing brand in France


Dacia’s new car sales in France have grown by more than 300 per cent to 10,258 units in May compared to the same period last year. Dacia was thus the top-performing brand on a market that dropped by 11.5 per cent to almost 186,340 units, Mediafax informs. At the same time, according to the French Car Manufacturers’ Committee, Dacia is the second-ranking brand in France when it comes to the number of new car sales in May, trailing behind Volkswagen (11,752 units). The Romanian auto maker is also second when it comes to the brands’ market share for passenger vehicles, its market share growing from 1.6 per cent to 5.5 per cent. Volkswagen tops the standings with a market share of 6.3 per cent.


Hödlmayr to transport 56,000 Dacia cars to foreign destinations


Austrian concern Hödlmayr International and Dacia have struck a deal for the transport and distribution of a total of 56,000 vehicles produced by the Renault-held carmaker to seven destinations including Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, France (the North – Lille and Nancy), Serbia and Montenegro, a press release informs. Some of the cars will be shipped to French territories via the ports of Antwerp, Zeebrugge and Amsterdam. The Austrian company’s partners in this international shipping project are French company Touax, Hungarian Logistics Specialists Raabersped, part of the Rail Cargo Austria group, and Austrian company Wiener Lokalbahnen Cargo. 27,000 of the 56,000 cars will be transported by rail in an attempt to cut delivery times and reduce environmental impact.


Continental to invest in expanding its Romanian business operations


The German group Continental, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of tyres and auto parts, will invest a two-figure million euro amount in expanding its business operations in Romania. ‘The investments will have in view expanding the production capacity and introducing new product series. While we cannot provide the exact investment value, we can say it amounts to a two-figure million euro amount,’ International Media Press Officer Department Ildiko Kovacs said. The amounts stipulated are also aimed at hew hiring, depending on projects allotted to production units. ‘Between late last year and the end of the first quarter this year, Continental employed 200 employees at its Romanian subsidiary, and recruiting will continue, in the technical, research and development department especially, although career opportunities are also likely in the administrative, financial and marketing areas,’ the company’s representative said.


‘Cash for clunkers’ could be boosted by another 30,000 vouchers


The ‘cash for clunkers’ program could be boosted again by approximately 30,000 vouchers after the last tranche of printed vouchers will be entirely distributed to car recycling centres by the end of this week, Environment Minister Laszlo Borbely stated on Tuesday, being quoted by Mediafax. 110,000 old cars have been scrapped and 22,000 new cars have been bought this year. “The ‘cash for clunkers’ program will continue in the same conditions. We are thinking about hiking the number of vouchers by about 30,000” Minister Laszlo Borbely stated. According to Borbely, all 160,000 vouchers issued for the 2010 edition of the ‘cash for clunkers’ program will be distributed to the car recycling centres throughout the country by the end of this week. “We’ve already scrapped 110,000 cars in just three months after restarting the program. This number is equal to the number of all cars scrapped through this program in its entire existence,” Borbely pointed out. The Environment Minister added that over 22,000 new cars have already been bought through the ‘cash for clunkers’ program, more than half of them being locally produced.

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