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Symphonic concert
in Vaser Valley



An original event was organized on the Vaser Valley in Maramures County this weekend. The “Classic” string quartet of the Hungarian Opera in Cluj-Napoca performed a symphonic concert in the midst of nature. The idea for the concert originated with a young couple in the Vaser Valley area. The artists played at their wedding, and the couple fell in love with their music. Organizing the event was only a step away. Almost one hundred tourists climbed aboard the slow train and headed to the Paltin stop. On reaching it, they were surprised to find the quartet there. The next musical project in the midst of nature will be a rock concert offered by the Hazard band from Cluj, scheduled for the beginning of August.


Folk You at Vama Veche


Legends of Romanian folk and rock met up at Vama Veche last weekend, from Thursday to Sunday. Thousands of fans sang and danced for hours on end at the most important summer event, dedicated to high quality music, organized on the seaside by ‘Jurnalul National.’


The folk family came together on the beach of Vama Veche to sing, as one, songs which made history throughout the past decades. The first day of the festival featured concerts by Tapinarii, Pasarea Colibri and Iris. The festival continued with resounding names in folk, such as Alexandru Andries, Zoia Alecu, Stefan Hrusca, Nicu Alifantis & Semineu Band, Compact, Ducu Bertzi and Tudor Gheorghe.

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SPORTS

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Tennis: Tecau wins Bastad tournament


Romania’s Horia Tecau and Sweden’s Robert Lindstedt won the doubles tournament in Bastad, Sweden, a tournament with total prizes of EUR 450,000, after defeating Italy’s Andreas Seppi/Simone Vagnozzi on Sunday, score 6-4, 7-5. The game lasted one hour and 23 minutes. The final’s first set had no less than 5 breaks. Tecau and Lindstedt were in the lead (4-2 and 5-3) but had to work a lot in order to win the first set after missing countless set balls. It took them 38 minutes to win the first set. The second set was more balanced. The pair’s serves were perfect up to 6-5 when it won the break and the set.


Tour de France: Sweet revenge for Vinokourov


Alexandre Vinokourov enjoyed swift redemption when he surged in the final climb to Revel to win the 13th stage of the Tour de France on Saturday. The Kazakh, right-hand man to defending champion Alberto Contador, had narrowly missed victory in Mende on Friday when he was caught one kilometre from the line by Contador.Briton Mark Cavendish outsprinted the main bunch to take second place in the 196-km ride ahead of Italian Alessandro Petacchi. Seven-times champion Lance Armstrong crashed in the neutral zone before the start but made it to the finish with bruises on his elbow. Now 36th overall and with no chance to make it on the podium in Paris, the 38-year-old American crossed the line 4:35 behind Vinokourov. He left in his private car after signing a few autographs. Sunday’s 184.5-kms 14th stage took the bunch to the ski resort of Ax 3 Domaines after two demanding climbs, including the intimidating Port de Pailheres 30 kms from the finish. “Alberto is going to be strong, for sure,” Schleck said before the start.

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BUSINESS

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Aerospace Institutes in Romania and Germany,
collaboration project



The National Institute for Aerospace Research (INCAS) in Bucharest and its corresponding institution in Germany intend to set up a partnership with a view to developing an aircraft for regional flights, Mediafax informs. They also wish to draw other European states in this project.


“I don’t know the exact time when we will sign the agreement, for the time being we are just promoting it. If we propose to involve other European Union member states, I think we will have to sign it by next summer,” Joachim Szodruch, the aeronautics president of the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft (the German Aerospace Centre) stated, on Friday, in a press conference. The plane, meant to perform regional flights, will be designed to accommodate about 50 passengers and will be able to fly at a height of 12,000-13,000 metres. The states which will be interested in joining the project may contribute by providing the pieces needed to build the machine, manufactured on their territory. Factories in Romania which may provide pieces, as well as equipment for fuselage or landing gear, include IAR Brasov, Avioane Craiova, Aerostar Bacau and Romaero. “We have no intention to compete with Airbus, […] it may even act as our partner. Also, there is no decision to include or exclude any state in particular,” the general manager of INCAS, Catalin Nae, stated.


Termoelectrica and ArcelorMittal joint power project


The ArcelorMittal steel-maker may forge, by the end of the year, a joint-venture to build, in Galati, an electric power generation unit, the minister of Economy, Adriean Videanu, stated, recently. The Galati project, with an estimated cost of EUR 400 M, was to be run by Termoelectrica in a partnership with CEZ, but the Czech utilities group decided to pull off, owing to unforeseen considerable costs. Moving on to another topic, the memorandum for reducing the state’s share in the joint company which is to build reactors 3 and 4 of the Cernavoda plant will be addressed this week in the Cabinet meeting, Adriean Videanu further stated. The project to build reactors 3 and 4 is run by the joint company EnergoNuclear, 51 pc of whose shares are owned by the Nuclearelectrica state company.


M. D.Lificiu and Plaveti shift places at the helm of ANRE


The prime-minister Emil Boc signed the decisions by which Petru Lificiu is replaced from the office of president of the Energy Regulation Authority by one of the vice-presidents, Dan Iulius Plaveti, and is appointed vice-president of the institution.


By the decisions recently signed by the prime-minister, Dan Iulius Plaveti is discharged from his office as vice-president, holding the rank of under-state secretary, of the National Authority for Energy Regulation (ANRE) is appointed president of the institution, holding the rank of state secretary. On the other hand, Petru Lificiu is discharged from his office of president, ranked as state secretary, of ANRE, and appointed vice-president, ranked as under-state secretary.

Romania represented in European Business Awards


European Business Awards has recently announced that Provident Financial Romania was selected in the second stage of the most important competition awarding European companies. “European Business Awards bestows distinctions to the most dynamic and responsible companies in Europe, and this nominalization is an acknowledgement of our efforts to promote the best business practices and to contribute to the development of the communities we operate in,” Russel Johnsen, general manager of Provident Financial Romania, stated. Provident supports the first non-profit financial education program in Romania addressed to a wider public, the Family Budget.

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