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European Royal Orchestra to concert in Bucharest


A show titled “Italian Night” will be presented, on June 30, by the European Royal Orchestra, conducted by Fiorangelo Orsini, at the Roman Arena in Bucharest. Organized by the “Joys of Music” Cultural Association, the event brings together the soprano Ianna and the “Distinto” group in a programme featuring works by Giacomo Puccini, Gioachino Rossini and Pietro Mascagni. The European Royal Orchestra includes the best graduates of music faculties in Romania and abroad.


Fiorangelo Orsini earned the public’s and the critics’ recognition by appearing alongside great conductors, the likes of L. Bernstein, L. Maazel, R. Muti, C. Abbado, Z. Metha, W. Sawallisch, L. V. Matacic etc. Composed of four tenors who sing pop-opera, with a wide repertoire which includes arias in operas and operettas, canzonetas and evergreens in varied musical arrangements, “Distinto” rapidly made a name for itself in the Romanian and international music scene.


Eminescu celebrated in Istanbul


Mihai Eminescu will be paid homage on Sunday, on the commemoration of 121 years since his death, after the Mass, at the “St. Parascheva” Romanian church (founded in 1692 by Brancoveanu), by the “Dimitrie Cantemir” Cultural Institute in Istanbul and the Romanian orthodox community in Istanbul. According to the Romanian Cultural Institute, the manifestation will include a lecture given by the writer Ali Narcyn (Istanbul), the first to translate Eminescu in Turkish directly from Romanian, in a first volume published last year, and the Anastasis Coral in Deva, conducted by Father Dorin Kladni, will sing compositions based on the poet’s lyrics. Moreover, the literary supplement of the prestigious Turkish daily “Cumhuriyet” will host a page dedicated to Eminescu, under the signature of Ali Narcyn, and, on the Ulusal TV channel, Ali Narcyn and Mihai Maxim will present a programme dedicated to the great poet.

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Becali’s cash bag remains under distraint


The High Court (ICCJ) has repealed the appeal that FC Steaua financier George Becali had filed against the High Court Criminal Section’s ruling. According to that ruling, issued in February, the EUR 1.7 M that Anti-Corruption Office (DNA) prosecutors had confiscated from Becali as part of the famous “Cash Bag” case will remain under distraint. The “Cash Bag” trial started on January 21, 2009, within the Cluj Court of Appeals, however on October 6 the Cluj-based magistrates sent the case to the ICCJ because Becali became an MEP. FC Steaua financier George Becali and national football team’s head coach Victor Piturca were sued by the DNA prosecutors on December 18, 2008. In the “Cash bag” file Becali was charged with bribery and forgery, while Victor Piturca was charged with aiding and abetting the person charged with bribery.


Stoichita, new head coach of Astra Ploiesti


After coaching Steaua Bucharest last season, early this week Mihai Stoichita was presented as the new head coach of Astra Ploiesti. Stoichita signed a two-year contract, his goal being to qualify the team for a European Cup. “I came to Astra after talking with Mr. Ioan Niculae and understanding that this club wants results. Transfers will take place because what is wanted here is a team that will set out to do more than merely survive in League I,” Stoichita said. He also talked about the time he spent at Steaua, pointing out that he was honored to coach that team. “I was honoured to be Steaua’s head coach, I wasn’t disappointed for being verbally attacked; if you’re strong you can take it standing, and I think I did. Steaua is a closed chapter for me now. If you want to do your job you will do it just as professionally whether at Steaua or at Astra,” Stoichita explained.


Gheorghita Geolgau, Universitatea Craiova president


Former player Ion “Gheorghita” Geolgau has been appointed president of Universitatea Craiova. Geolgau played for Universitatea Craiova from 1976 to 1989 and also had 24 national team caps. He won 2 titles (1980 and 1981) and a Romanian Cup (1983). Geolgau was then the assistant coach of Jiul Petrosani, U Craiova and various Faeroe Islands and Icelandic teams. Geolgau, now aged 49, coached in Kuwait last season. In the summer of 2009 he was Universitatea Craiova’s sports director for approximately one month.


Roni Levi gets away unsanctioned


The Professional Football League’s Appeals Commission has canceled the 8-leg suspension and the RON 150,000 fine that the Disciplinary Commission had ruled against Unirea Urziceni head coach Roni Levi for the latter’s statements to the effect that the Universitatea Craiova vs. CFR Cluj (2-3) had been fixed. The Appeals Commission decided to issue only a warning for Levi. On May 27, Levi stated for Unirea Urziceni’s official website: “I never told anyone that this game was fixed in any way. I don’t know where these false statements attributed to me came from. On the contrary, I’ve always said, almost in every press conference, that Romania’s League I is very valuable and balanced, with the number of teams that fought over the places that ensure a qualification for the Champions League and the Europa League being proof of that.”


CAS repeals Rapid’s appeal


The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has repealed the appeal filed by Rapid Bucharest against the Professional Football League’s decision to deprive it of the three points it won after its game against FC Timisoara, prosport.ro informs. Rapid defeated FC Timisoara on leg 20 of the 2009-2010 season, score 1-0, but the Professional Football League decided that Rapid should lose the game because it illegally used players Dacian Varga and Tiberiu Balan. The CAS decision means Dinamo, a team that finished the season on 6th place, will qualify for Europa League. Rapid finished the season on 7th place but the three points involved in the litigation would have allowed it to rank above Dinamo in the final standings.


Universitatea Craiova in friendly against Juventus Turin


This summer Universitatea Craiova will play a friendly game against Italy’s Juventus Turin, the Romanian club’s official website informs. The game will take place on July 11 in northern Italy’s Pinzolo, a locality with population 3,000 in the Trento region located in the vicinity of the border with Austria. Alessandro Del Piero’s team will take part in a training stage in Pinzolo from July 3 to July 18.


Romanian Television TVR 1 broadcasts today


09.00 – Brazil – North Korea (recorded)


14.20 – Honduras – Chile – (live)


16.50 – Spain – Switzerland – (live)


21.20 – S Africa – Uruguay – (live)


01.15 – Honduras – Chile – (recorded)

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Over 170 arrests including in Romania in bank card fraud operation


The Spanish Police yesterday announced the dismembering of a vast international credit card forging ring, operation in which a total of 178 people had been arrested in 12 countries including Romania, where 16 arrests were operated, AFP reports according to Mediafax. The members of the criminal network were duplicating credit cards with previously gathered data, which they were afterwards using to withdraw money from cash points or to shop with various merchants, the Spanish Police explain in a press release. The members of the group are also suspects of ‘theft, fraud, sexual exploitation and money laundering’. The proceeds of all these criminal activities amount to ‘over EUR 20 M’, Police say. Seventy-eight suspects were arrested in Spain, 30 in France, 16 in Romania, 16 in Germany, 12 in Ireland, eight in the US, seven in Italy, four in Hungary, there in Finland and two in Australia, Sweden and Greece respectively.


Spanish national caught carrying drugs at Otopeni Airport


A Spanish citizen was detained by Pitesti Organised Crime and Terrorism Investigation prosecutors at the Bucharest ‘Henri Coanda’ International Airport for high-risk drug trafficking and possession yesterday. Legal sources quoted by Mediafax said that 15 grams of cocaine and 15 grams of hashish had been found stashed away in his luggage. The Spaniard and his Romanian partner had flown from Spain with the intention of spending their holidays in the woman’s home locality of Mioveni.


Almost 12 M cigarettes seized by Police in one week


Almost 12 M cigarettes were confiscated by the police in one week and a total of RON 2.5 M fines were applied in national operations against contraband tobacco involving almost 3,500 law enforcers. The operations organised by the Ministry of Administration and Interior (MAI) in June 7-13 involved police forces, border police, gendarmes and officers with the Intelligence and Internal Protection Directorate General, a MAI informed yesterday by press release. The cigarette seizure was higher by almost 30 per cent than the week before. In the said period, the judicial police and gendarmes performed a total of 46 criminal investigations against 77 suspects, 37 of whom being put under investigation, ten being detained and six arrested.


MoD to procure 50 utility vehicles via car scrapping programme


The Ministry of Defence will voluntarily retire 150 used vehicles – light utility vehicles and trucks – and purchase 50 new cargo utility vehicles via the voluntary vehicle retirement programme. Central and local public institutions were accepted into the old vehicle scrapping programme for the first time in 2010. The scrapping premium consists of a voucher with a face value of RON 3,800 in 2010. A maximum of there such vouchers are accepted from entities willing to buy a new vehicle. Answering a Mediafax inquiry, MoD on Monday noted that the value of the utility vehicles to be bought was of RON 570,000 and the cost would be covered by the Environment Fund.


35,000 year-old cave paintings
discovered in Romania



Romanian speleologists have discovered the oldest cave paintings in Central Europe in a cave in the Western Mountains. The drawings date from the Palaeolithic and are 35,000 years old. Romanian Speleology Federation chief Viorel Lascu says the paintings discovered in the cave of Coliboaia near the town of Beius depict animals including a horse, a bison, heads of bears and even a rhinoceros. Romanian researchers discovered the paintings there four months ago, Realitatea TV quotes Lascu as saying. The Coliboaia Cave is 750 metre long and is situated 560 metres underground in the Mounts of Bihor.

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Violinist Dan Claudiu Vornicelu kills himself


The violinist Dan Claudiu Vornicelu, professor at the Bucharest National Music University, committed suicide on Monday evening, stirileprotv.ro informs, quoted by Mediafax.


Dan Claudiu Vornicelu, aged 37, was an assisting professor at the Bucharest National Music University, the Performance Faculty, where he taught violin and piano. His body was found by the neighbours in front of the block he lived in. The doctors who arrived at the scene were unable to do anything for him.


According to friends, quoted by stirileprotv.ro, his girlfriend was about to leave the country, and he no longer wished to go on living without her.


Dan Claudiu Vornicelu started to play the violin at four, and, at six, he made his debut as soloist of the Bacau Symphonic Orchestra.

One injured and
four flats damaged
in Slatina explosion



One person was injured and four apartments were damaged in a powerful explosion in a Slatina apartment building yesterday lunchtime, Mediafax reports. The owner of the apartment where the explosion took place suffered severe burns and was transported by the paramedics to the Slatina County Hospital ER. Three passenger vehicles parked in front of the building were also damaged.

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First underpass connecting Sun Plaza mall to local underground station opens today


Sun Plaza developers today are opening the underpass connecting the mall to the Piata Sudului underground station, built with an investment of EUR 3 M, Mediafax reports. A Romanian first, the underpass starts right from the underground station and has two exits – one onto the southern esplanade of the Sun Plaza and one straight into the shopping centre. Nearly 100 staff were engaged in the building works. A Cinema City complex is also opening on Friday at the same Sun Plaza, developers informs by press release. The Bucharest Piata Sudului shopping mall that opened on February 25 has so far attracted a total of EUR 250 M investment. The project has been developed by EMCT, registered in Romania and controlled by two French businesspeople and the investor is Sparkassen Immobilien, part of the Erste Bank group of Austria.


Medicover to invest EUR 50 M
in its first Bucharest hospital



Medicover will invest approximately EUR 50 M in its first hospital in its first hospital in Bucharest, the privately-owned healthcare service provider having already signed the papers for the purchase of the land where the unit will be built. ‘After opening our hospital in Warsaw, which was a very enlightening experience, Medicover (Swedish group – our note) is embarking on its second large-scale project these days,’ Medicover Romania CEO Mariana Otelea states in a press release. The initial investment estimate was EUR 40 M. Medicover may take out a loan of up to EUR 16.66 M with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a division of the World Bank Group. IFC was saying in February that the hospital was going to be based in the Pipera area of Bucharest, on a plot situated amidst a number of other large residential and office space developments. The hospital will have 88 beds, an inner area of 12,900 sq m, four departments and two-storey underground car park. Medicover Romania is part of the Medicover group of Sweden, present in six countries in Central and Eastern Europe.


Romtelecom, IT application aimed at reducing fraud cases


Romtelecom will introduce an IT application to integrate three risk management services modules aimed at decreasing fraud cases, the company’s general director, Yorgos Ioannidis, said yesterday, according to Mediafax. ‘The application is being implemented and will help us identify likely instances of abuses committed by customers, including fraud. Once the system is installed, Romtelecom will have a competing edge in the future, Ioannidis told the conference ‘Credit Risk Management’ organized by ICAP Group Romania. The IT application will integrate three risk management modules – “Antifraud”, “Credit Risk” and “Revenues Assurance”. With the help of the “Antifraud” module, the operator may identify the situations wherein third parties may abusively use a customer’s line. The ‘Credit Risk” module enables the company to handle risks associated with customers failing to pay the bills, and “Revenues Assurance” makes sure a customer is billed fairly for the services used.

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2010 budget funding EUR 8-8.5bln,
Fin Min Vladescu says



Romania’s finance minister sees the country’s total funding needs for 2010 at 8-8.5 billion euros and expects first-half budget revenues to be less than forecast, he said on Tuesday. “On a deficit of no more than 7 percent of GDP we would need 8 to 8.5 billion euros,” Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu told reporters. “First half revenues are expected to underperform.”


Number of employees down 1.6pc


The total number of employees in Romania in Q1 dropped by 1.6 per cent as compared to Q1 of last year. However, the descending trend slowed down for a forth consecutive quarter, Eurostat says. The decline in Romania is slightly higher than in the EU27 – by down 1.5 per cent – and in the eurozone – down 1.2 per cent in the analysed period. In the previous quarters, the number of employees in Romania had fallen by 2.1, 1.8 and 1.7 per cent year-over-year. The decrease registered in the Romanian economy is similar to Portugal’s and is among the smallest in the EU, standing at number 13 as percentage points. Only two of the EU member states reported a rise in the number of employees in Q1: Austria (up 0.2 per cent) and Malta (up 0.6 per cent). The steepest falls were registered in Latvia (down 14.9 per cent), Estonia (down 9.9 per cent) and Bulgaria (down 7.3 per cent).


Romania, EU’s second-highest Q1
export rate



Romania ranked as European Union country with the second-highest export rate, 21 per cent, in the first quarter of the ongoing year, and the eight-highest trade deficit, EUR 2 bln, close to Poland’s, according to the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT). Romania’s exports rose 21 per cent against the year-earlier period, to EUR 7.9 bln. Imports too went up, 13 per cent, to EUR 9.9 bln. In the fist three months of this year, Romania’s trade balance recorded a deficit of EUR 2.2. bln. Malta stands first in terms of the rise in first quarter exports, 36 per cent. The UK registered the widest import-export gap, EUR 24.9 bln. No fewer than 17 EU countries registered a first quarter trade deficit, and Slovenia was the only country where the value of imports matched that of exports.


Retail sales volume not quite hit
by insolvency



An insolvency market commissioned out by Flanco and released yesterday, shows that 80 per cent of the polled individuals have heard about insolvency and only 25 per cent of them (or 20 per cent of all respondents) actually know an insolvent company. The survey also suggests that 50 per cent of the 25 per cent respondents knowing an insolvent company (or 10 per cent of the total) would not shop with that company. According to the Flanco poll, one of the reasons that could make the 50 per cent people who know an insolvent company to buy things from it is their expectation of very attractive offers of that particular company. ‘Merging all the data gathered in our survey, we have come to the conclusion that insolvency can influence a company’s turnover by a maximum of 5 per cent. The beginning of insolvency procedures in December 2009 only compromised short-term sales and, as we have already announced, by March 2010 we had already made up for the lost market share since January 2009,’ CEO Flanco Adrian Olteanu said.

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