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Tennis: Davis Cup
quarterfinals



The Davis Cup World Group games will take place this weekend. France will play against Spain in Clermont-Ferrand (France), Russia will play against Argentina in Moscow, Croatia will play against Serbia in Split (Croatia), while Chile will play against Czech Republic in Coquimbo (Chile).


Simona Halep qualifies for Biarritz quarterfinals


Romanian tennis player Simona Halep has qualified for the quarterfinals of the ITF tournament in Biarritz (France), a tournament totaling USD 100,000 in prizes, after defeating France’s Stephanie Cohen-Aloro in the last-16 stage, score 2-6, 7-5, 6-0. In the quarterfinals Halep (top seed 5) will play against Czech Republic’s Lucie Hradecka (top seed 3). In the doubles events, Monica Niculescu and Lourdes Dominguez-Lino have qualified for the semifinals after defeating Australia’s Sophie Ferguson and Trudi Musgrave, score 7-5, 6-1. In the semifinals Niculescu and Dominguez (top seed 2) will play against Australia’s Sally Peers and France’s Aurelie Vedy (top seed 3).


Athletics: Marian Oprea wins in Rethymnon


Romanian athlete Marian Oprea has won the triple jump event at the 26th edition of the Vardinoyiannia international competition in Rethymnon, Crete. Oprea jumped 17.02 metres, outclassing America’s Kenta Bell (16.90 meters) and Italy’s Fabrizio Schembri (16.85 metres). Romania’s Sergiu Ursu finished on 4th position in the discus throw event (63.41 metres). Hungary’s Robert Fazekas won the event with a 66.21-metre throw, followed by Australia’s Ben Harradine (65.83 metres) and Iran’s Mohammad Samimi (65.41 metres).


Mutu reaches agreement with Al Nassr, Italian press


Romanian striker Adrian Mutu has reached an agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Al Nassr, a club willing to pay EUR 5-6 M to Fiorentina and a total salary of EUR 10.5 M to the player for a three-year contract, the Italian press informs, quoted by Agerpres. According to ‘Corriere dello Sport-Stadio,’ the transfer was about to become official yesterday. ‘Gazetta dello Sport,’ another Italian sports daily, announced that Fiorentina’s sports director “is currently analyzing two offers from Fenerbahce and Al Nassr.” Al Nassr’s Italian head coach Walter Zenga insists on transferring Mutu.


Francesco Toldo retires


Inter Milan’s goalkeeper Francesco Toldo has announced his retirement, thus putting an end to a professional career of over 20 years. Toldo (38) played a total of 147 games for Inter after his transfer there in 2001, winning five consecutive titles, three Italian Cups as well as the Champions League (he was a substitute in the CL final). Previously he played eight season for Fiorentina, a team with which he won two Italian Cups. Francesco Toldo played 29 games for Italy’s national team from 1995 to 2004.

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Timisoara mall ceiling collapses


The ceiling of a mall in Timisoara collapsed yesterday, Realitatea TV reports. Eyewitnesses say they first heard a funny noise, and saw how a large chunk of the ceiling at the top floor of the building fell down onto the floor. Luckily, there was nobody in the area at the time. “I heard a deafening noise, after which a portion of the ceiling fell down onto the floor. A few water pipes broke in the process, with water spurting around. I was a few metres away from the scene of the incident,” one of the eyewitness said. Mall representatives got to the scene and did their best to fix the damage. Rains lately, which led to water infiltrations in the ceiling, may be one of the likely causes for the fall.


Exchange office robbery suspect apprehended


The man who robbed an exchange office in Bucharest was apprehended by police yesterday. Bucharest Police spokesman Christian Ciocan said the suspect is a 30-year-old Dutch national. The man is suspected of having robbed the office of EUR 1,000, USD 300, and a RON amount. The suspected robber walked into the office on Iancu de Hunedoara Boulevard in Bucharest and asked the cashier for a glass of water. When the woman gave him the glass of water, he hit her in the face and made it off with EUR 1,000, USD 300 and a RON amount.


Corduneanu clan members remain under arrest


A Maramures court has decided that the members of the Corduneanu Clan, arrested for human trafficking, blackmail and fraud, will be trialed under arrest. The court turned down the probation requests filed by two clan members and noted the legality of the arrest in the case of the other ten. The decision can be attacked through an appeal filed within the Cluj Court of Appeal within 24 hours after it was taken. According to the Organised Crime and Terrorism Investigation Department (DIICOT), the clan was active from 2006 to 2009 both in Romania and abroad, its members being investigated for human trafficking, violent acts, IT crimes and economic fraud.


Romanian student stabbed and burnt in Canada


A Romanian student died after she was stabbed and then burnt in a fire that engulfed the student hostel belonging to Canada’s Ryerson University. According to the ‘Toronto Sun,’ quoted by Mediafax, her boyfriend is considered the main suspect. Carina Petrache (23) was a psychology and criminology student and was living in the St. Huron student hostel. Her boyfriend, aged 27, is hospitalized in a serious condition with first degree burns. The doctors are reserved in what concerns his chances of survival. The Romanian student and her boyfriend had separate apartments in the student hostel. Police officers could not say whether the man was working or studying. In what concerns Carina Petrache, she was considered “a brilliant, sociable, likeable young woman that was studying while at the same time working for an accounting firm,” according to the detectives.


Romanian doctor involved in row in France


The people of Belesta locality, France, are up in arms over the fact that a Romanian doctor left her job without previous notice. Moreover, the people state that the doctor took their medical files and medical equipment, TF1 informs. According to the locals, the Romanian doctor was exempt from paying rent for her clinic for nine months and for her house for six months. The medical equipment whose value tops EUR 8,000 was bought with funds offered by a local pensioner that also put his car at the doctor’s disposal. The locals plan to file a complaint within France’s Regional Council of Doctors and to protest outside the doctor’s new clinic.

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Finance Ministry rejects all bank offers for state bonds


The Ministry of Public Finance (MFP) yesterday rejected all the offers made by banks for state bonds with a 3-year maturity, on grounds of an unacceptable yield level, HotNews.ro reports. The auction had been announced at an initial value of RON 500 M, and the banks have bid for a total RON 810.52 M. The Finance Ministry also rejected the offers in two similar auctions, on June 3 and May 13. The last successful auction was on April 1, when MFP drew RON 498.72 M, at an average annual yield of 6.80 pc. Additionally, the ministry plans to float, in July, T-bills with discount and benchmark bonds worth a total RON 4.65 bln, in view of refinancing the public debt and financing the budget deficit.


Dacia sales soar 18 pc in H1


Dacia sales rose by 18.2 pc in the first half of this year, to 181,826 units, and by 8.6 pc in June, to 37,134 cars, French group Renault, which controls the company, announced yesterday. The sales of passenger vehicles soared 15.9 pc, to 169,430 units during January-June and 7.1 pc in June, to 34,601. In the segment of light commercial vehicles, Dacia reported a sales increase by 61.6 pc at six months, to 12,396 units, and by 35.1 pc in June, to 2,396 units. Additionally, French group Renault sold 23,971 vehicles in Romania during the first six months of the year, hence consolidating by 4.8 percent points, up to 41.9 pc, its leading position on a declining market. On the other hand, Automobile Dacia will start manufacturing Euro 5 engines for the brands Dacia, Renault, Nissan and Renault Samsung, by assimilating into production a new family of engines and adapting one of its existing engines to Euro 4 emission standard, Mediafax reports. The Mioveni-based plant will put in operation a manufacturing line for the new family of Euro 5 engines that will soon include the H4 and H5 models.


Over 100 French companies will invest in Romania this year


Over 100 companies with French capital will come to invest on the Romanian market this year, especially in the industrial sector, said Michel Oldenburg, commercial adviser with the French Embassy in Bucharest, quoted by the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIR) in a press release. “The economic sector works well in Romania and creates foreign investment opportunities. To France, Romania is an attractive market in this segment. French exports to Romania have reached EUR 2.4 bln now. In the first quarter of 2010, French exports rose by 15 pc against 2009, while Romania’s exports to France soared by 30 pc in the same interval, driven by the exports of Dacia Duster.” According to Sorin Dimitriu, vice-president of the National Chamber and president of the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry, French investors might be tempted by several economic sectors, like balneal tourism, food industry (processing the local produce), the aerospace industry, and research.

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South Stream project open for both Bulgaria and Romania


Bulgaria’s decision to take part in the construction of the South Stream natural gas pipeline does not influence Romania’s possible inclusion in the Russian project, Tudor Serban, secretary of state within the Economy Ministry, stated for HotNews.ro. According to Serban, both Romania and Bulgaria can take part in the South Stream project. Serban considers that disagreements could arise over the quantity of natural gas set to reach each of the two countries, not over the pipeline’s route. He claims that the information that recently appeared in the press is part of a political game. “What appears in the press is a political game. They keep saying that if Bulgaria is out, Romania is in and if Bulgaria is in Romania is out. Although Bulgaria agreed to take part in the South Stream project, the situation remains unchanged for Romania. Talks will continue with the Russian side,” the secretary of state pointed out. Tudor Serban added that talks between Romania and Gazprom “remain open” with the efficiency of Romania’s involvement in this project set to be analysed. In fact, Gazprom president Alexei Miller will visit Romania this autumn when a decision could be taken. “A feasibility study concerning Romania’s and Macedonia’s inclusion in the South Stream project will be completed in the next two-three months,” Miller stated recently for ITAR TASS.


Economy Minister: I have never
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to 10pc



Economy Minister Adriean Videanu stated on Realitatea TV yesterday that he had never ‘declared officially’ that the flat rate tax would be cut to 10 per cent from the current 16 per cent, after daily ‘Gandul’ had reported on Wednesday that Videanu confirmed PDL was looking into it.


“The Ministry of Economy has no powers in the area of tax policies,” Videanu added. Moreover, PDL Vice-President Ioan Oltean said the flat tax had not been under debate at Monday’s meeting that, in fact, dealt with the setting up of an anti-crisis working group. On the other hand, PM Emil Boc denied any such analysis. “What is in force exists. Apart from that, nothing else exists. Let’s stop this scenario-making rush, let’s stop acting on all sorts of matters so that no one knows what the other one does,” the premier said. The option of a 10 per cent flat tax was also endorsed by businessman Dinu Patriciu who, in May, also advocated a 15 per cent VAT. On the other hand, top PDL sources told Hotnews.ro the party’s specialised committees were considering a revamping of the tax system in 2011 with a tax on pensions and flat tax cut set to foster entrepreneurship.

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