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Bulgarian champions Litex sign striker Bratu on loan


Litex Lovech have signed Romania striker Florin Bratu from Dinamo Bucharest until the end of the year, the Bulgarian champions said on Wednesday. Litex, who will play in the Champions League qualifying rounds next season, have an option to extend the deal. “I’m very pleased,” Bratu, who scored 42 goals in 109 matches in the Romanian top flight, told a news conference. “There are a lot of quality players here and I think Litex will succeed in the Champions League.” He has also played for Turkish side Galatasaray and French clubs Nantes and Valenciennes.


Contador leads Astana in final at Dauphiné Libéré


Alberto ContadorAlberto Contador (Astana) will be heading to France this weekend to race the Dauphiné Libéré in what will be his last stage race before he looks to defend his Tour de France crown next month. The Spaniard will contest the event following a brilliant first half of his season that included wins in the Volta ao Algarve, the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and Paris-Nice.


Scrappy Serbia fire warm-up blanks again


Serbia gave their coach Radomir Antic plenty to ponder with the World Cup drawing closer after a tepid 0-0 draw against Poland in a friendly in Kufstein, Austria on Wednesday. It was the second successive unimpressive performance by the Serbians, who lost 1-0 to New Zealand on Saturday and again looked bereft of ideas. Serbia play their final warm-up against Cameroon in Belgrade on Saturday before flying out to Johannesburg. They open their Group D campaign against Ghana in Pretoria on June 13 before playing Germany and Australia. Other result on Wednesday: Azerbaijan 0 -Honduras 0; Greece 0 – Paraguay 2; Zimbabwe 0 – Brazil 3; Belarus 0 – Sweden1; Norway 0 – Ukraine 1


Capello to stay on as England coach until 2012


Fabio Capello will remain as England coach until 2012, the Football Association (FA) said in a statement on Wednesday. The Italian, poised to lead England to this month’s World Cup in South Africa, had been linked in Italian and British newspapers with the vacant manager’s job at Inter Milan. The 63-year-old Capello has signed an amended contract which removed a break clause option. “We’re very pleased to have Fabio’s commitment for another two years and it’s good that we have been able to resolve this before the team flies to South Africa,” Club England Chairman Dave Richards said.


Blatter praises Mandela at stadium handover


FIFA president Sepp Blatter called Nelson Mandela “the most charismatic humanist alive” when Soccer City, venue for the World Cup’s opening match, was officially handed over to soccer’s ruling body on Wednesday. Blatter, speaking to reporters, also described the 90,000 capacity stadium as a magnificent flagship for Africa. The Swiss though reserved his most effusive praise for the 91-year-old Mandela, the former South Africa president and the man who guided the country out of the dark years of apartheid into multi-racial democracy in 1994. “The right legacy for this event will be ‘let’s celebrate Africa’s humanity’,” Blatter said.

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Three sanitary-veterinary inspectors arrested, six more under investigation on bribery suspicion


There of the nine sanitary-veterinary inspectors who had been taken into custody by the corruption prosecutors were arrested for an initial period of 29 days by order of the Bucharest Tribunal Wednesday night. There three arrested inspectors are Iulian Hofman, Robert Bejan and Gabriela Macarie. Although not arrested, the other six will continue to be investigated the National Anti-Corruption Directorate. The nine Bucharest Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Directorate (DSVSA) inspectors are accused of taking money or goods in order not to fine various trading companies where irregularities had been found, judicial sources say according to Mediafax.


The remand order passed by the court is not final and can be appealed. DNA prosecutors have appealed the decision by which the court of the Bucharest Tribunal had released the nine DSV inspectors for the duration of the investigations and claim they had operated within an organised group and abused the authority and powers coming with their public office.


New rules for BCR ATMs


BCR cash points will return cards before dispensing the money and will present an additional screen with explicative anti-fraud information, the bank informs. The changes will be implemented early next week.


The system will also ask for the PIN code for every type of operation conducted over the ATM (cash withdrawal, Orange/Vodafone card re-crediting, bill payments) in the same transaction session. It will now be possible for the user to choose not to be given a receipt for the ‘ATM bill payment’ facility. BCR will also change the sum a user may ask for via the fast withdraw operation from RON 10 to RON 50. Changes in the card system will be implemented on Monday night (June 7 to June 8) when the bank’s ATMs are scheduled to be out of service from midnight until 8am).


Romanian murder suspect arrested in Spain


An 18-year-old Romanian murder suspect was arrested in Valencia after an elderly woman was found dead in her home. Police officers think the 79-year-old woman was strangled during a robbery attempt, Antena 3 informs.


The woman’s neighbors state that they heard screams from her house and immediately called the police. A police unit immediately arrived on the scene, finding the door open and signs of a break-in. The woman’s life could not be saved. The doctors believe she died from asphyxiation. An 18-year-old Romanian suspect was arrested shortly thereafter.


Fire at Constanta Mayor Mazare’s hotel in Mamaia


A fire broke out, on Thursday, in a room of the Flora Hotel in Mamaia, which was quickly extinguished by the employees, and no victims have been reported, according to Mediafax. The fire broke out around noon, in a free room. An employee of a garden nearby saw smoke coming from the room and alerted the hotel staff, also calling in the fire fighters. Three teams of the Dobrogea Emergency Situation Inspectorate came in, but the fire had been put out. The fire was caused by an electrical short circuit, according to the Inspectorate. The majority share packages of Flora Hotel are owned by the Constanta Mayor, Radu Mazare, and the president of the Constanta County Council, Nicusor Constantinescu.

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Orange slashed mobile data roaming charges


Orange Romania is cutting Travel Data subscription tariffs charged to users who are roaming and using e-mail and mobile internet services in the EU and Switzerland by up to 58 per cent, according to a press release. According to the data traffic they need, Orange subscribers can choose from one of the Travel Data options including 10 MB, 20 MB or 50 MB for EUR 8, EUR 15 and EUR 30 (gross of VAT). If the subscriber chooses the 10 MB Travel data option for EUR 8 and uses 18 MB while roaming in the EU or Switzerland he/she will pay EUR 16, meaning less than EUR 1/ MB, following automatic option activation.


EU retail down 1.6pc in April


Retail sales across the 27 EU member states in April fell by 1.6 per cent on an annual basis. Dropping by 5.5 per cent, Romanian retail experienced the sixth steepest contraction in the EU, similar to the one reported by Slovakia, according to Eurostat data. Retail sales across the 16 countries which share the euro fell by 1.2 percent in April on an annual basis, Mediafax reports. Retail sales fell in 14 of the member states and went up in five. The biggest falls were in Bulgaria and Lithuania (11.7 per cent down each), Denmark (8.3 per cent down) and Latvia (7.7 per cent down), and the biggest rises in Malta (8.7 per cent up) followed at considerable distance by Belgium (0.7 per cent up).


Turkish banks want to buy Hellenic banks’ operations in Romania and Bulgaria


A number of banks of Turkey are trying to buy operations in Romania and Bulgaria that belong to Hellenic lenders who nonetheless seem determined to keep their positions in both countries, ‘Greek publication ‘Proto Thema’ states, citied by Mediafax. Greek banks are determined to stick to all their operations in Romania and Bulgaria despite attempts being made by various Turkish banks such as Ziraat Bankasi to acquire their subsidiaries in the two countries, a feature published by ‘Proto Thema’ and titled ‘Turkish-Hellenic war over Balkan banks’ reads.


Ukraine found enough Black Sea energy resources for 1,500 years


Ukraine has secured energy resources for the next 1,500 years, as Ukrainian and German scientists have discovered huge resources of gas hydrates, also known as ‘flammable ice’ in the Black Sea. According to preliminary estimates, the Ukrainian economic area of the Black Sea contains methane gas reserves equal to at least 100 of Ukraine’s yearly methane gas production, ‘Romania Libera’ daily newspaper reports. Roughly 20 bln cubic meters of gas are being extracted from the Ukrainian soil every year. If an equally-high volume of methane gas were extracted from the Black Sea, it would be enough to ensure Ukraine’s supply for the next 1,000 to 1,500 years, experts say.

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BNR to politicians: Stop promising things you go back on


The National Bank of Romania (BNR) argues, yet again, that politicians are to blame for the critical situation we find ourselves in. “They lied when repeatedly estimating revenues of 38 per cent, but they’ve never managed to collect more than 23 per cent. They overestimated,” Adrian Vasilescu, advisor to the BNR governor, said, quoted by Antena 3. He argues that, unless the government is brought down by the no-confidence vote, supplementary measures will have to be taken shortly, alongside reducing wages. Representatives of the Central Bank say politicians shouldn’t have raised pensions and wages if they were aware the budget cannot sustain these measures.


EC opens infringement procedure against Romania over payment services


The European Commission has opened an infringement procedure against Romania and four other member states to which it will send letters urging them to completely implement the payment services directive preparing the deployment of the Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) into their national legislations. According to Mediafax, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, Poland and Romania will soon hear from the Commission, which will demand that they fully implement the named directive, to ensure that payments within the EU – in particular credit transfer, direct debit and card payments – become as easy, efficient, and secure as domestic payments within a member state.


Dalli lashes at Ludovic Orban


Dalli Company attacked Liberal Ludovic Orban, who stated, in a talk-show, that Dalli exploited over 12,000 parking lots in Bucharest and charged the fees on 600 cars in one hour. The company claims that, as mentioned in the official release of Bucharest City Hall when cancelling the contract, “over 3,000 parking lots” were taken over from Dali, Realitatea.net quotes, from a letter addressed by the firm to Orban. The tone of the letter is aggressive, as the company claims Orban is not entitled to speak of morality.


Eximbank President,
facing a 65 pc wage cut



The salary of Eximbank president Ionu Costea, brother-in-law of Mircea Geoana, Speaker of the Senate, may be reduced by 65 pc, at RON 30,218, compared to the present level, of RON 89,062, without other incentives, Realitatea.net announces. The cut will be operated if the proposal lately circulated by the press – the introduction of a wage ceiling of maximum RON 5,000, and the allotment of 70 per cent of incomes above this ceiling to a solidarity fund – is applied. Thus, Geoana’s brother-in-law would “contribute” no less than RON 58,000 to the solidarity fund.

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