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Athletics: Gabriela Szabo as EC official


The organizers of the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona (July 26 – August 1) have presented a list with the European Athletics legends that will attend the 20th edition as officials. Gabriela Szabo, Vice President of the Romanian Athletics Federation, former Olympic, world and European champion and former holder of the world record in the 5,000-meter race, is present on that list. A record number of athletes and countries have signed up for the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona: 1,370 athletes from 50 countries (with all EAA members being present for the first time). Romania will take part in the competition with 33 athletes – 21 girls and 12 boys.


Medals won in World Junior Championships in Athletics


Romania’s Elena Mirela Lavric has won the 800-meter race at the World Junior Championships in Athletics in Mocton (Canada), finishing it in 2 minutes, 1 second and 85 hundreds of a second. In her turn, Bianca Razor won the Bronze medal, finishing the 400-meter race in 53 seconds and 17 hundreds of a second. The race was won by Shaunae Miller (Bahamas, 52 seconds and 52 hundreds of a second), with Nigeria’s Margaret Etim finishing on second (53 seconds and 5 hundreds of a second). Romania’s Andrei Gag won the Silver medal in the discus throw event. Gag threw the discus 61.85 meters, improving his career’s previous best (61.48 meters). Lithuania’s Andrius Gudzius won the event (63.78 meters), with Australia’s Julian Wruck finishing on third place (61.09 meters).


Contador poised to secure third Tour title


Spaniard Alberto Contador was poised to win his third Tour de France on Saturday after he extended his lead over Andy Schleck to 39 seconds following the 52-km individual penultimate stage time trial. Contador held an eight-second advantage over his rival going into the timed stage and a strong finish over the final third of the course put the title in his grasp despite a valiant effort from Luxembourg’s Schleck, who is now set to finish runner-up for the second successive year. Sunday’s final stage is a 102.5-km ride to the Champs-Elysees in Paris, traditionally a day-long parade. “It’s very emotional, it was so very difficult. I trained very hard all year. I kept focused and this was a hard Tour until the last minute,” said Contador, who cried when receiving the yellow jersey on the podium.


Menezes set to coach Brazil


ive-times world champions Brazil offered Mano Menezes the coach’s job on Friday shortly after original choice Muricy Ramalho’s club Fluminense refused to release him. If he accepts, Menezes, who has lifted two of the country’s most popular clubs out of the doldrums, will have the huge task of trying to rebuild Brazil’s national team and win a sixth world title when they host the 2014 World Cup. Winning their own World Cup is seen as an obligation by Brazil’s 190 million inhabitants. The job, one of the toughest in international soccer, has been vacant since Dunga quit following the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Netherlands three weeks ago. Ramalho, who has considerable domestic success but like Menezes is little known outside Brazil, sat down for talks on Friday with Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Ricardo Teixeira, who praised the gruff 54-year-old’s track record.

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Two Romanian women killed in Spain and Greece


A Romanian immigrant, who was sleeping on a beach near Athens, was killed, and her husband was severely injured after a sand-cleaning vehicle ran them over, on Friday, the Greek police announced, quoted by the Swissinfo.ch website.


According to the police, the two Romanians had been sleeping on the beach for approximately a month. “The driver mistook them for a pile of clothes left lying on the beach,” a police official stated. “He ran them over,” he further stated.


The driver was arrested for accidental killing, the official added. The body of another Romanian woman, aged approximately 25, was found charred at the wheel of a burnt car, belonging to her boyfriend, in a region of Spain, euroweeklynews.com in its electronic edition reports. According to the quoted source, the victim was working as a waitress, as well as baby-sitter, in the Llucmajor region. Her colleagues were the first to notice she was missing when she failed to make it to the bar in Plaza de Palma where they were supposed to meet up.


Baby dies by drowning during baptism, in R. Moldova


A baby died by drowning on Friday night in Mihaileni, Rascani County, Republic of Moldova, after being immersed in the font, because of the priest’s negligence. Parents claim the baby suddenly fainted after being immersed several times in the font by Father Valentin Taralunga, and died on his way to hospital. A forensic examination found out the baby died by drowning, Publika.md reports. A criminal probe of manslaughter was opened against the priest.


The press secretary of the Metropolitan Church of Moldova said the Church has no record of a similar case ever, in Moldovan history.

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44 crime groups annihilated


Romanian Police has annihilated 44 groups of illegal drug traffickers, and seized almost 260 kg of drugs and important sums of money in the first half of this year, the Romanian Police announced yesterday. The estimated value of drugs would have exceeded EUR 6 M, if sold in the street. The 44 crime groups comprised 251 people, of which 106 were taken in custody or arrested. Police also seized RON 39,432,000, EUR 48,477, USD 430 and the equivalent of EUR 1,000 in other currencies. Additionally, investigators impounded two buildings, 19 automobiles and other assets worth RON 1,753,000.


During home searches, officers found 39 firearms and 106 rounds of ammunition.


The oldest woman in Romania turned 106


Ecaterina Gavan turned 106 on Saturday. In a life spanning over a century, she lived to see a mutiny, the two world wars, three kings, the communist regime and, now, democracy. She has 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren. Ecaterina Gavan led a hard life, being forced to work weeks on end in the fields, cutting and harvesting. She got married at 19 and a half and gave birth to 11 children, of whom only seven survived. Although, as a young girl, she didn’t think she’d live to be 70, Ecaterina Gavan made it to a much riper age. She says that life is at its best now, compared to all the other times she witnessed, thanks to freedom. “We lived through wars, drought, for three years … folks used to eat boiled apples and weed the fields,” Ecaterina Gavan said, quoted by Realitatea TV.


Three earthquakes shook Wallachian Plain on Saturday


The earthquakes’ epicenters were in the Wallachian Plain, not in Vrancea. According to the Geophysics Institute, the first quake took place early Saturday morning and had a magnitude of 2.1. Two aftershocks, each of them having magnitude 2, took place around noon at a depth of 14 and 15 kilometers respectively.


A small magnitude 2 quake took place in the Wallachian Plain on Friday morning too. Two earthquakes (3.6 and 3.7 magnitude) took place in Vrancea on July 21. The specialists claim that such earthquakes are normal, with no devastating earthquake being foreseen in the near future.

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Basescu calls for re-examination of public-private partnership law


The president Traian Basescu has recently sent, to the Parliament, a request to re-examine the public-private partnership law, arguing that the emergency ordinance OUG 34/2007 regarding the granting of public acquisition contracts is much more comprehensive that the said law, Mediafax informs. Moreover, the document states that the publication of the notice of intent for a public-private partnership in the Electronic Public Acquisition system (SEAP), according to art. 24 of the present law, may lead to confusion on the market, as a result of the failure to operate a distinction between the general legal regime set in the OUG 34/2006 and the derogative one, stipulated in the present law. “In this respect, we think it is necessary that the lawmaker should ensure the transparency of procedure set by the present law, using another means than its publication in SEAP,” the Presidency explains. “We consider a total transparency of procedures is needed, which will ensure a real competition, contributing to the creation of beneficial economic conditions for the public. Taking into account the exclusive legislative competence of the Parliament, we call on you to re-examine the law sent for promulgation, which is left to the Parliament for a final decision,” the president said.


ATEbank – also present in Romania – did not pass the stress test


Seven out of the 91 European banks submitted to a stress test under crisis conditions were unable to meet the required parameters; this is also the case with ATEbank, which also operates on the Romanian market, Agerpres reports. Except for ATEbank, the 16 foreign financial institutions present in Romania successfully passed the stress test applied in the banking systems of 20 European Union member states. “In case of a negative scenario, the capital adequacy ratio of the seven banks would drop below 6 pc,” reads a press release issued by the Committee of European Banking Supervisors. ATEbank would need EUR 242.6 M to bring its capital adequacy ratio up to the level of 6 pc, in the worst-case scenario submitted to analysis, reads a release sent by the bank to the Athens stock exchange.

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Tanasescu: Economy to recover in 2011


Like we pointed out in the previous edition, Mihai Tanasescu, Romania’s representative at the IMF, stated that the delegation will have three main goals, Agerpres informs. Thus, the delegation will analyze the rectification of the 2010 budget, will discuss the 2011 budget and will list the fiscal and monetary policies. The current mission, meant to review the fulfillment of the terms of the current agreement, will set the bases for the construction of the main indicators for the following year, Tanasescu added. He considers that 2011 will be the year of economic recovery for Romania. Although some voices in Bucharest suggested that the IMF could be asked to raise the fiscal deficit target, mainly because of the effects that the floods had on economic activity, the IMF representative dismissed that possibility.


Romania won’t sway between Nabucco and South Stream


President Traian Basescu recently stated that Romania will remain a firm supporter of the Nabucco project and that it won’t sway between Nabucco and South Stream, Mediafax informs. “If we are to talk about European energy projects we are currently talking about South Stream and Nabucco. (…) Nabucco alone is the option that creates energy supply alternatives for us,” Basescu stated at the ‘Central Europe – Europe’s Centre?’ seminar in Baile Tusnad.

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