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Gershwin evening at Bucharest Opera


The ‘Ludovic Spiess’ Experimental Opera and Ballet Studio (SEOB) within the Bucharest National Opera will present a vocal-instrumental recital called ‘Gershwin Evening’ on Tuesday, June 8, starting from 6:30 p.m. The event will be staged in the Opera House’s yellow foyer. The recital will be given by soprano Madalina Stan and mezzo-soprano Sorana Negrea Stoica, who will play some of George Gershwin’s most famous songs, Summertime, Somebody Loves Me, Love is Here to Stay, Fascinating Rhythm, Just Another Rumba and others. The young artists will be accompanied on the piano by Lidia Butnariu. Ballet dancers Cristina Osiceanu and Relu Dobrin will also take part in the event. Artistic direction is signed by Anda Tabacaru Hogea, with choreography by Maria Popa. Gershwin is one of the most popular composers of early 20th century America. Managing to combine elements of symphonic jazz with popular music, Gershwin wrote both for Broadway music theatres and for classic concert halls. He garnered great success with songs played by major American instrumentalists and singers, such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Herbie Hancock and many others.


Aerosmith gig moves location


The concert Aerosmith are scheduled to give in Bucharest on June 18 will be held at the much newer Zone Arena complex, instead of Romexpo, the initial location of the event, organisers said in a press release.


Zone Arena (164, Barbu Vacarescu Boulevard, Floreasca) offers more functional advantages and the re-location will allow organisers to issue additional cheaper tickets (Pitch B), sold out in the configuration offered by the initial location, Romexpo. The re-location will also improve visibility for all ticket categories. Sector distribution and seat arrangement in the VIP stand will remain unchanged. The audience can check a map of the Zone Arena complex, starting on Monday, June 7, on the website eventim.ro. The event’s schedule remains the same. Audience access will begin at 6 p.m. and the opening act will be the band Reamonn, which will warm up the atmosphere for an hour. Aerosmith’s concert is schedule to last about two hours. “When the contract with Aerosmith was signed early this year, Zone Arena was still in a project stage. Today, it is functional reality, which offers benefits and advantages especially designed for our activity, concert organising. One of the immediate advantages is that, due to the area’s configuration, 1,000 more Pitch B tickets will be available in the Eventim network, starting on Monday, June 7,” Events General Director Sorin Burlacu said.

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SPORTS

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Romania 3 – Honduras 0, finally a victory


The week-end that just ended the Romanian national football team won its first game this year. Romania defeated Honduras, a team that is qualified for the World Cup tournament in South Africa, thanks to the goals scored by Daniel Niculae (20th minute), Florescu (45th minute) and Radoi (76th minute, penalty kick). “We are fighting against the Romanian press, against the Romanian world of football and against those that do business in football. We are going up against everybody on our own but we are far more united because of that – and that’s the most important thing,” head coach Razvan Lucescu stated for Prosport after the game. Other results on friendly matches, this week-end: France0-China1 (!); Italy1-Mexico2; Germany3 – Bosnia1; Spain1 – South Koreea0; Switzerland1-Italy1; Serbia4-Camerun3; Algeria1 – EAU0; Ghana1-Lathvia0; Usa3 – Australia1; Soth Africa1 – Denmark0; Netherlands6-Hungary1; Slovenia3 – New Zeeland1; Cote d’Ivoire2 – Japan0.


Judo: Gold medals at World Cup in Bucharest


Romania’s Olympic and European Gold medalist Alina Dumitru (48-kg category) won the Gold medal at the Women’s Judo World Cup in Bucharest, defeating her fellow national Carmen Bogdan in the final. Romania’s European champion Corina Caprioriu (57-kg category) also won a Gold medal, defeating France’s Sarah Loko in the final. Romania’s Andreea Chitu was defeated by Germany’s Miryam Roper in a game counting for the Bronze medal. Romania’s Loredana Ohai finished 7th in the same category. Romania won 4 medals (2 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal and 1 Bronze medal) on Day 1 of the competition that offers points that count for qualifying for the Olympic Games 2012.

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BUSINESS

NEWS IN BRIEF

Romanian Post holiday bonus, 60 pc of gross basic pay


The gross average salary at the 100 per cent state-owned Romanian Post was of 1,576.21 RON in the first quarter of this year, with five net April salaries ranging between RON 11,368 and 15,741 going to some employees that retired this month, the Romanian Post has recently explained, according to HotNews. The list of bonuses and benefits is however worth mentioning, as it includes seniority and loyalty bonuses, overtime and night-shift bonuses, along with a holiday bonus equal to 60 per cent of the gross basic salary. The Romanian Post employs a work force of over 35,000 people and makes a paltry net profit of 32,793 RON. The company insisted the earnings are stipulated under the provisions of the Labour Code and the Collective Work Contract 2008 -2018, with bonuses and other income supplements stipulated along with the basic pay. The loyalty bonus ranges from 3 per cent to 18 per cent of the basic salary for a work seniority beyond five years in the postal system, and of 5 to 25 per cent for a work seniority longer than three years.


British labour market restrictions on Romanians might be extended


Great Britain needs to further extend labour market restrictions on Romania and Bulgaria, Shadow Minister for Education and Labour presidential candidate Ed Balls said, according to Realitatea.net. Balls believes that temporary restrictions by Great Britain on immigration from Romania and Bulgaria should be maintained for longer a time than intended now, even if migration actually receded on account of recession and may keep doing so next year, when Germany and France are due to lift relevant work restrictions. ‘There have been some real economic gains after the arrival of some young hardworking immigrants from Eastern Europe over the past six years. Yet, this also had a direct impact on the wages, terms and condition of too many people – in those communities poorly prepared to cope with a globalised reality,’ which resulted in rising anti-European sentiment and parties that believe they can ‘seal off’ this country’s borders, Balls also said.

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