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April 15, 2021
SPORTS

NEWS IN BRIEF

Fan survives 30-foot fall at baseball stadium


A baseball fan survived a 30-foot (nine meters) fall from the stands during Tuesday’s Major League Baseball game between Texas and Cleveland, according to the Rangers website. The incident occurred when the fan was reaching for a foul ball but lost his balance and flipped over the railing of the second deck and fell onto the lower-level seats. He was conscious and able to move his extremities before being taken to a nearby hospital. Four other fans were treated for minor injuries and the game was delayed for 16 minutes.


Dinamo to find out Europa League opponent


The second leg of Europa League’s first preliminary round is scheduled this evening. Dinamo Bucharest will find out its future opponent at the end of the game that pits Azerbaijan’s Kazar Lankaran against Moldova’s Olimpia Balti. The two teams registered a goalless draw in their first leg game. Another 25 games will take place this evening, including the following: Armenia’s FC Banant vs. Cyprus’s Anorthosis Famagusta (first leg result: 0-3); Lithuania’s FK Tauras vs. Wales’s Llanelli AFC (2-2); Macedonia’s Metalurg Skopje vs. Azerbaijan’s FK Qarabag (1-4); Malta’s Sliema Wanderers vs. Croatia’s HNK Sibenik (0-0); Estonia’s FC Flora vs. Georgia’s Dinamo Tbilisi (1-2).


Nicolae Dica to sign
for Manisaspor



Nicolae Dica is expected in Turkey where he will undergo medical checkups and will sign a contract with Manisaspor, haberaktuel.com informs. Dica will play one season for Manisaspor as a loaned player since his transfer price is too high. At the end of the season the club will have the option to buy him. Haberaktuel.com notes that Nicolae Dica “wears a number 10 jersey just like Hagi did,” with the player’s size and skill living up to that comparison. Manisaspor finished the 2009/2010 season on 14th place.

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BUSINESS

NEWS IN BRIEF

Motorway tax to be introduced next summer


As of the summer of 2011, a tax motorway will be introduced in Romania, Transportation Minister Radu Berceanu announced yesterday, adevarul.ro informs. The motorway tax will be low, Berceanu added, up to EUR 4. The decision comes following a request by the European Commission who wants to make sure that the motorways built with EU funds will be properly preserved.


WB: Foreign funded enterprise setting up procedure
in Romania, easy



Romania is ranked second in the world, after Slovakia, in terms of how easily one can set up a foreign funded limited liability enterprise, with a total of seven procedures lasting 11 days by a World Bank report published yesterday and cited by Mediafax. The indicator measuring the easiness to set up a foreign owned company and assessing business start-up regulatory regimes is 89.5 for Romania and 92.1 for Slovakia, out of a maximum of 100. At the opposite end there are countries such as Ghana where it takes 72 days to set up a business, Saudi Arabia and Angola, where the process takes 263 days or almost nine months. The same index is 76.8 for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and 64.5 worldwide. Except for procedures applicable to local companies, a parent-company opening a subsidiary in Romania is supposed to have its documents translated and notarized abroad.


Kraft Foods sells Cadbury Romania


Kraft Foods announced on Wednesday it has signed an agreement to sell Cadbury’s Kandia-Excelent chocolate, soft cake and sugar confectionery business in Romania to Oryxa Capital, an international investment fund, for an undisclosed sum, PRNewswire informs. The sale includes Kandia-Excelent brands (Rom, Magura, Kandia, Laura, Sugus and Silvana and others), related trademarks and the manufacturing facility in Bucharest. Approximately 530 Cadbury Romania employees work for Kandia-Excelent. Kraft Foods will retain the Cadbury international brands, including Halls candy.


MFP: Only earnings after July 1 will be taxed


The Ministry of Public Finance (MFP) has re-reconsidered the way in which interest would be taxed and allowed the banks to take as a calculation base only the interest earned between July 1 and the maturity date of accounts. ‘MFP decided that, whether or not the interest has been already sent into the holders’ accounts, the earnings for the period before July 1 would not be taxed for any kind of deposit account. All deposits with maturity after July 1 will be subject to pro-rata tax’, the President of the Romanian Banks’ Association, Radu Ghetea, conforms.

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POLITICS

NEWS IN BRIEF

Constitutional Court rejects complaint against wage cuts


The Constitutional Court rejected a complaint from opposition lawmakers against austerity laws’ provision that all public sector wages will be cut by 25 per cent. The complaint was filed by 40 senators of the National Liberal Party, Social Democrat Party and Conservative Party. The lawmakers insisted in their complaint that the 25 per cent salary cut for all public sector workers would be illegal. But Constitutional Court judges ruled unanimously that their complaint was ungrounded. About two weeks ago, the Constitutional Court accepted a request from the opposition to declare pension cuts unconstitutional. The government was planning to cut all pensions by 15 per cent, but the court decided that the move was going against fundamental law provisions. The nine judges of the court also decided that the government’s intention to recalculate special pensions would apply to all categories except Constitutional Court magistrates, judges and prosecutors.

PNL notifies Ombudsman over administration layoffs


Liberal Mayor of Bucharest Sector 1 Andrei Chiliman on Wednesday said he had notified the Ombudsman with a request to challenge in the Constitutional Court the emergency ordinance amending the system of local public finance which, among other things, stipulates layoffs in the local administration, Mediafax informs. Last week, the Government decided to let go approximately 55,000-60,000 employees from the public sector, most of whom (54,000) being from the local administration. “Last Wednesday, on the last day of Parliament sitting, the Government issued several emergency ordinances one of which severely affects the law on the local public administration and being, in fact, a big step towards the subordination of local public administrations in Romania to the Basescu-Boc-Udrea tribe. Their actual target is Bucharest where they want to get their hands on the management of sector and municipality budgets,” Chiliman said. During the same conference, PNL Deputy Ludovic Orban announced that the current power was preparing to dissolve sector administrations because “Bucharest’s budget of over EUR 2 bln is not at the tip of their pen.”

Ponta: Basescu had a plan to destroy PSD


Social Democrat Party (PSD) leader Victor Ponta said yesterday during a party conference in Slatina that the Democrat Liberals and President Traian Basescu had a “clear plan” to destroy PSD. “The group of lawmakers who left [to join the independents] was sold to Basescu last year. Criminal probes were prepared to attack us. One of our senators was attacked. Files were prepared for our mayors as well because Basescu knew this would be a bad year and that PSD could be a problem for him,” Ponta said, quoted by Agerpres. The senator the PSD leader was referring to was probably ex FM Cristian Diaconescu, who is now part of a group of independent lawmakers who back the current rule. Ponta added that Social Democrats will have talks with Liberals but they have nothing to discuss with the PDL. “Under no circumstance will you discuss and negotiate with them,” he said.

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