Tourism brand to be launched in Shanghai in the presence of sports legends

Romania’s tourism brand will be launched on Thursday in Shanghai during Romania’s day at the World Expo 2010. Ministers Elena Udrea and Teodor Baconschi and sports legends Nadia Comaneci, Ilie Nastase and Gheorghe Hagi will attend the event. “The new logo and slogan under which Romania will be promoted as a tourism destination in the following years will be presented on this occasion. The brand’s characteristics will be underlined by maestro Gheorghe Zamfir’s recital,” a Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism release informs.

Carrefour Romania opens its fifth supermarket in Bucharest today

Carrefour opens, today, its fifth supermarket of the Bucharest network, Carrefor Market Delfinului, in the Pantelimon area, the 27th Romanian market of the French group, a press release informs. The new market will have a selling surface of 780 square metres and 80 employees. The offer will comprise a range of approximately 7,000 products, including 1,000 bearing the Carrefour own brand. The retailer will also open, tomorrow, a market in Alexandria, Carrefour Market Alexandria, and a hypermarket is due for inauguration in August in Drobeta Turnu Severin.

New general manager at Groupama Insurance as of autumn

Groupama Insurance announced, yesterday, in a release, that the general manager Denis Rousset will end his term in Romania in September, and is to be replaced by Sandu Nicoara, at present director of operations and deputy executive of the company. Denis Rousset, during whose term the French group merged three companies purchased on the local market in 2007 and 2008, namely, Asiban, BT Insurance and OPT Garancia, founding Groupama Insurance, will take as of this autumn the office of chief controller within the group. According to the press release by the insurance company, between September and November, Denis Rousset will ensure the progressive transfer of responsibilities to Sanda Nicoara.

FlyNiki to increase Bucharest-Vienna flight frequency to 17 per week in October

FlyNiki airline controlled by Austrian businessman Niki Lauda on October 4 is increasing its flight frequency on the Bucharest-Vienna route from 6 to 17 per week, low-cost operator announced yesterday. ‘Vienna is an excellent transfer hub for Eastern-European passengers. Together with our partner Air Berlin we provide many connecting flight options to Germany and Eastern Europe’, Lauda states in a press release. From October 4 onwards, FlyNiki will operate three flights every day, Monday to Friday, a one daily flight Saturdays and Sundays.

Carpatair, 20 pc higher turnover in H1

Carpatair in H1 reported a 20 per cent rise in turnover and 10 per cent rise in the number of passengers on a year over year basis, according to an airline press release. The company also reported 6 per cent passenger load factor increase in H1, when Carpatair flew a total of 250,000 passengers. ‘The increase registered in the first half of 2010 indicates a slight recovery of the air transport industry, while also verifying Carpatair’s development strategy for 2010’ Carpatair Marketing & Sales Vice-President Paula Ardelean said.

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“The Music of Romanian Palaces” national tour

The first edition of the “Music of Romanian Palaces” National Tour will take place between July 31 and August 8 and is organized by Radio Romania Cultural and ExcesMusic, through the “Opportunities at Home” program. Within the manifestation, the Resonance Quartet ensemble tempts music-lovers with five concerts in which the flutist Nicoleta Angheloiu, the violinist Ioana Jijian, the violist Emilia Rotomeza and the cellist Gabriela Bokor will perform works by Paul Constantinescu, Jean Francaix and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Made up of young musicians, laureates of numerous national and international contests, the ensemble will appear, on Saturday, July 31, at the George Enescu National Museum – the Tescani section, on Sunday, August 1, at the Sturza Castle in Miclauseni, on Thursday, August 5, at the Union Museum in Iasi, on Saturday, August 7, at the Peles Castle in Sinaia, and, on Sunday, August 8, at the Mogosoaia Palace. Entrance to the concerts is free, except for the one at Peles Castle, where access is granted only to those holding an invitation, which can be acquired from the Peles National Museum.

The painting “Cosmic Wedding” by Sabin Balasa was restored

The mural piece “Nunta cosmica” [Cosmic Wedding], made by Sabin Balasa in 1982, exhibited in the foyer of the Radisson Blu hotel in Bucharest, can be admired once more by the public, after restoration works were completed. According to a release remitted to AGERPRES, the owners of the Radisson Blu building, the initiators of the project for the restoration of Sabin Balasa’s work, paid in full the amount of EUR 110,000, the cost of works meant to restore the painting to its original state, showing a vivid interest in the conservation of the valuable work and in ensuring that the present modern and elegant setting of the hotel does it justice. Partially affected during the works of rebuilding the hotel, the mural has been restored in full and partially repainted. Works lasted four months.

Romanian short in Mexico festival

The short feature film “Derby”, directed by Paul Negoescu, will be included, between July 23 and August 1, in the competition of the Expresion en Corto festival in Mexico. The festival is held simultaneously in two cities (San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato) and is one of the major short feature film festivals in North America, boasting an annual average of over 80,000 spectators and about 300 correspondents. The novelty lies in the fact that the film will be projected in Blu-ray, being the first Romanian film accessible in this format. “As far as I know, I think it’s the first Romanian Blu-ray film, but I am persuaded more and more films in this format will appear, because it is a very practical and convenient format. It allows for HD projections at high quality and much lower costs than on film. It will probably become a standard format in the future, at least for the projection of shorts in festivals,” Paul Negoescu, the director and producer of “Derby”, argues. A 100 per cent independent production, “Derby” premiered this year at the Berlin Film Festival, while being selected in another A-class festival, the one in Karlovy Vary, and is also running, this month, in the Sarajevo Film Festival competition.

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6 Gold medals
at EC Youth Table Tennis

Romania topped the country standings at the European Table Tennis Youth Championships in Istanbul, having won 6 Gold medals, 1 Silver medal and 2 Bronze medals. Romania’s Gold medals were won by the junior teams (Cristina Hirici, Camelia Postoaca, Andrada Vincze, Roxana Istrate), by the cadet teams (Bernadette Szocs, Irina Ciobanu, Bernadette Balint), by Bernadette Szocs in the cadets’ simple and doubles events (alongside Irina Ciobanu), by Hunor Szocs in the juniors’ doubles event (alongside Denmark’s Jonathan Groth) and by Lucian Munteanu and Cristina Hirici in the juniors’ double mixed event. Irina Ciobanu won Silver in the cadets’ double mixed event alongside Hungary’s Marton Szita. The two Bronze medals were won by Cristina Hirici (alongside Hungary’s Dora Madarasz) and by Camelia Postoaca (alongside Hungary’s Krisztina Ambrus) in the juniors’ doubles event.

Gigi Becali faced with fresh trouble

The Brazilian impresario firm Sport Men Consultaria de Atletas Professionais de Futebol (SMCAPF) in Porto Alegre (Brazil) sued the owner of Steaua Bucharest, Gigi Becali, summoning him to pay commissions of about EUR 300,000, resulting from the transfers of players Jose Xavier Gomes Elton and Andrey Nazario Alfonso, which were operated in 2007, “Adevarul” reports. The Brazilian firm claims that it fulfilled its contractual obligations and completed the transfers of the two football players, but that Steaua “forgot” to fulfil its part of the deal. Gigi Becali stated, for “Adevarul”, that he had paid the entire amount for the transfer and that the person to blame for any problems related to these transfers is, supposedly, the former manager of the club, Mihai Stoica.

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Five shot with rubber bullets in wind farm row

Five people were injured, on Monday, in Cogealac, Constanta County, after being shot with rubber bullets, following a conflict between the mayor and the locals, on the one hand, and employees of a security firm employed by the company setting up wind turbines, Mediafax reports. According to chief inspector Adrian Rapotan, deputy chief of the Constanta County Police, the mayor of Cogealac, Hristu Cati, and a few dozens people went to the company setting up a wind park in the area to fine it. They were forbidden to climb the fence of the company, on the grounds it was a private property. Following the row breaking out between the mayor, locals and the employees of the security firm, five people suffered injuries, made by rubber bullets, and were taken by ambulance to the Constanta County Police for medical investigations. The police are conducting an inquiry to decide whether the security firm may be held responsible for use of weapons.

Elderly patient beaten up by alleged relative

Bihor County Police started probe into the case of a 72-year-old man, interned at the Recovery Hospital in Baile Felix, after his ward-mate shot scenes in which the patient was beaten, on the hospital bed, by an alleged nephew, who used to visit him every day, Mediafax reports. According to police officers, the old man is bed-ridden, after suffering a stroke, and is interned in the Recovery Hospital in Baile Felix. He is unable to either speak or move. The old man was visited, daily, by a man from Oradea, aged about 50, who claimed to be his nephew and who used to beat him. Initially, the old man’s ward-mate was met with disbelief from the hospital authorities when recounting what was going on, so that he filmed the violent scenes with his mobile phone.

Probe into newborn death at Slatina hospital

The board of the Slatina Emergency County Hospital started a probe into the case of a newborn who died, supposedly, following a surgical intervention on the mother last week, Mediafax informs. Doctor Ion Eremia, the one who performed the surgery, claims he did everything in his power to save the infant’s life. “I’m not to blame. I’ve done everything that was humanly possible. Anyone may say what they wish,” Eremia said. Almost 40 Roma people, relatives of the mother, gathered, on Sunday evening, in the hospital’s yard, and police officers and gendarmes had to intervene.

Social assistance system allegedly robbed of about EUR 36 M every month

Tens of thousands of Romanians defraud the social assistance system by approximately EUR 36 M every month, and the figure might actually be higher and growing, an investigation by daily ‘Adevarul’ reveals. Current re-evaluation of all kinds of social assistance has already revealed the fact that a very high number of Romanians took advantage of the system’s weaknesses and corrupt authorities to cash money from the state illegally, the newspaper said. Preliminary results of the government’s re-evaluation of all social cases show that more than 25 per cent of pensioners on medical reasons are actually fit for work, that 23.5 per cent of those who receive the minimum guaranteed income do not actually meet the requirements and that 17.2 per cent of those who get aid for disabled people don’t actually have any serious medical problems, as their certificates claim. For all these abuses and illegalities, the state pays more than EUR 36 M every month, the newspaper said.

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