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Romania represented by “The Tempest” in Poland Shakespeare Festival

he 14th edition of the International Shakespeare Festival, one of the most prestigious and competitive theatre festivals in Europe, started on Friday in Poland. As in past years, the festival is held on the Baltic seashore, in Trójmiasto (The Three Cities: Gdánsk, Gdynia, Sopot), an important cultural and artistic centre of Poland. The stages of all theatres in the three cities, as well as some less conventional venues, will host, between July 30 and August 9, theatre troupes from Armenia, France, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, the United Kingdom, Poland, Russia, Romania, Hungary, the Ukraine and Zimbabwe. According to the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in Warsaw, Romania will be represented, in this year’s edition, by the “Toma Caragiu” Theatre in Ploiesti, performing “The Tempest”, directed by Cristi Juncu. Romanian theatre was represented, so far, in the 1995 Gdánsk International “Shakespeare” Festival, by the performance of “Titus Andronicus” by the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre in Craiova, directed by Silviu Purcarete; in 2004, by “Romeo and Juliet”, performed by the “Tamási Áron” Theatre in Sf. Gheorghe, directed by Bocsárdi Lászlo, and, in 2006, by “The Twelfth Night” production of the National Theatre in Craiova, directed by the selfsame Silviu Purcarete. Two years ago, Romania was a special guest of the “Shakespeare” Festival, being allotted a special section, which featured two Romanian theatres, presenting very different performances in terms of style and approach: “Hamletmachine”, directed by Dragos Galgotiu, a production of the Odeon Theatre in Bucharest, and “Measure for Measure”, directed by Silviu Purcarete, a production of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre in Craiova. Last year, the “Radu Stanca” Theatre in Sibiu presented, in the festival, a performance of “Hamlet”, directed by Radu Alexandru Nica. The 2010 edition has a special significance, in the context of the founding, at the beginning of March, of the European Network of Shakespeare Festivals. The founding members of this important network, which proposes to promote Shakespearian performances at international level, by means of joint European projects, are: the International Shakespeare Festival Romania (director Emil Boroghina), the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre (Mircea Cornisteanu), the Shakespeare Festival – Gyula, Hungary (József Gedeon), the Shakespeare Festival – Gdánsk, Poland (Jerzy Limon), the Shakespeare Festival – Neuss, Germany (Rainer Wirtz) and the Shakespeare Festival – Bath, England (Philip Parr).

“One-on-One” theatre show, by Ana Margineanu, performed in New York

The play “The Blind Trip”, exploring an innovative, “One-on-One”, theatre concept, directly involving each and every spectator, directed by Ana Margineanu, based on texts by four Romanian authors, was performed on Thursday night in New York, and sparked the interest of ‘The New York Times’. “The Blind Trip”, directed by Ana Margineanu, based on texts signed by Saviana Stanescu, Andreea Valean, Peca Stefan, Maria Manolescu and Sarah Jude, is heralded by ‘The New York Times’ as an example of the “One-on-One” theatrical formula, as quoted in a release by the Romanian Cultural Institute in New York, which hosted rehearsals for the performance, presented on Thursday at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. The performance was meant to involve a maximum of 30 spectators, but involved in the end all the 45 spectators present. The number of spectators is an important element, as the performance proposes an initiating journey, undertaken by each spectator, a scarf covering his/her eyes, while guided by actors bearing masks. The journey includes five parts, exploring different themes, based on each text, and ends with the untying of the scarf covering the spectator’s eyes, in front of a “blind” actor, who summons the former to respond to an improvised quiz and to pick a slip of paper from the mast of nutshells-turned-sailboats. The slips of paper bear messages like: “love is the answer, all you have to do is ask the question” or “there is no fate, except what you do out of your own life” or “embrace your fears, this is how one learns to progress”, the release states.

Inviting the spectator to embark on a singular and singularising experience, the performance will be repeated both in New York, and in Romania, starting this autumn, ICR New York announces.

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Romania qualifies for Water Polo World Cup 2011

Romania’s national water polo team has qualified on Sunday for the World Cup 2011 (Shanghai) after defeating Australia, score 9-5 (1-1, 3-1, 2-2, 3-1), and finishing the World Cup in Oradea on 5th place. In the group stage Romania defeated Iran (26-1) and Australia (11-9) but lost to Spain (8-14). In the quarterfinal Romania lost to US (12-14) and defeated Iran (26-4). The World Cup final (Croatia vs. Serbia) and the game counting for the third place (US vs. Spain) took place on Sunday evening, after the closing of this edition. The teams that reached the semifinals directly qualified for next year’s World Cup in Shanghai.

Rugby: Steaua 32 – Dinamo 25

Steaua Bucharest defeated Dinamo on Saturday on leg two of the National Rugby Division’s playoff, score 32-25 (16-16). “Any of the players that played on Saturday could play for Romania’s national rugby team. The national team’s coaches attend these games. The door is always open to those that want to make performance,” Florin Matei, secretary general of the Romanian Rugby Federation, stated. “The teams came well prepared from their training camps. Our internal championship is growing too,” Alin Petrache, president of the Romanian Rugby Federation, stated for Agerpres. CSM Stiinta Baia Mare tops the standings (59 points), followed by Steaua Bucharest (57 points), Farul Constanta (45 points), Dinamo Bucharest (42 points), CSU ‘Aurel Vlaicu’ Arad (27 points) and RCM Timisoara (23 points).

Rugby: New Zealand punish Australia to win 49-28

New Zealand’s march to a fifth Tri-Nations title in six years gained pace on Saturday with an emphatic 49-28 win over Australia made easier by the Wallabies having 14 men for most of the second half. The All Blacks charged out of the blocks in the first half, notching up four tries and a 32-14 lead to secure a bonus point before the break. They added three tries in the second half to get their third win from three games in the Southern Hemisphere tournament. Drew Mitchell started brightly with a try for the Wallabies after seven minutes but was sent off after earning his second yellow card two minutes after the break, leaving Australia unable to avoid their eighth straight loss to the All Blacks. Fullback Mils Muliaina scored a try in each half for the All Blacks, while Dan Carter collected 19 points, including a try, four conversions and two penalties. The Wallabies scored two tries through Adam Ashley-Cooper and Rocky Elsom in an improved performance after half-time but were left ruing Mitchell’s indiscipline.

Twente win Dutch Super Cup

Twente Enschede beat Ajax 1-0 to win the Dutch Super Cup thanks to a goal by Luuk de Jong after a goalkeeping blunder and a first-half red card for the Amsterdam side’s Uruguay World Cup striker Luis Suarez. Ajax’s Netherlands keeper Maarten Stekelenburg was at fault for the goal after his sloppy pass to Gregrory van der Wiel was intercepted by De Jong and the Twente forward calmly opened the scoring with a shot from a tight angle after eight minutes. Champions Twente dominated the first half against the Dutch Cup winners and came close to doubling their lead when Theo Janssen hit the bar before Stekelenburg denied De Jong a second goal by keeping out his powerful header. Twente open the Dutch season on Friday at Roda JC Kerkrade while Ajax travel to Groningen next Sunday.

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Flood warning on Prut extended until today

Hydrologists have extended the flood warning on the Falciu-Danube segment of Prut River, in the Vaslui and Galati counties, Agerpres reports. The warning is in effect between July 31, 4.00 PM, and August 2, 4.00 PM. “Given the amount of water released by the Stanca – Costesti dam and how it will flow downstream, the hydrological warning of July 19 gets updated,” the National Institute of Hydrology and Water Management announced. A flood watch has been issued, for the same time interval, on the Stanca Aval – Ungheni and Dranceni – Falciu segments of the Prut, in the Botosani, Iasi and Vaslui counties.

Safe stolen in exchange house robbery

A safe was stolen from an exchange house in central Arad, Saturday night, by thieves that forced the door between the exchange house and an art gallery located in the same building, Mediafax reports. Local police was announced about the theft Sunday morning, by an employee of the exchange house. According to Police spokesman Ovidiu Liber, the alarm of the exchange house went off twice on Saturday night. Investigators say that the security agents on contract with the house responded to both calls, around 1.00 AM and 3.00 AM. “The security agents checked the entrance door twice and saw no trace of trespassing,” Liber said.

Airplane aborts takeoff after hitting a bird

An Alitalia flight to Rome was forced to return after hitting a bird, shortly after takeoff from Otopeni, Bucharest, on Saturday. The plane should have departed at 6.30 PM, but the takeoff was delayed until 8.15 PM, and the incident occurred just minutes into the flight. “A bird impact occurred during the takeoff procedure of the Alitalia flight to Rome, so the pilot aborted takeoff, for safety reasons. None of the 92 passengers was harmed,” said a spokesman for the Henri Coanda airport, Valentin Iordache.

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Romania, 19th in the EU as regards

Romania ranks 19th in the EU, in unemployment figures, at 7.4 per cent, a situation similar to the one in the Czech Republic, and the number of the unemployed ebbed slightly across the 27 member states, and rose in the euro zone, while the unemployment rate remained steady, in June, at 9.6 per cent, respectively, 10 per cent, according to data supplied by Eurostat. The number of unemployed in the EU decreased by 32,000 people in June, at 23,062 million, while rising by 6,000 in the euro zone, compared to May, at 15.771 million. According to figures previously announced by the National Agency for Labour Force Employment (ANOFM), the unemployment rate in June was of 7.44 per cent, compared to 7.67 per cent in May, and the total number of unemployed persons was of 680,782, less by 21,072 compared to the preceding month.

BCR net profit, dropping by 19.5 pc in H1

The net consolidated profit after tax and the payment of minority interests of the Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR) group dropped in the first half by 19.5 per cent, at RON 488.5 M, owing mainly to higher expenses in provisions, generated by the contraction of the economy, which had a considerable negative impact on clients. The group’s operating profit rose in the first quarter by 19.8 per cent, at RON 1.63 bln, as a result of a rise in the operating income, alongside an effective cost control, according to a press release. At the same time, the net profit after tax and the payment of minority interests of the BCR main shareholder, Erste Group, dropped in the first semester by 4.1 per cent, at EUR 471.9 M, from EUR 492.1 M, as a result of dropping operating earnings and the raising of minority shareholders’ profit shares.

EBRD might provide Expur company with EUR 80 M development loan

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) contemplates the possibility to give a loan worth EUR 80 M to Romanian-based oilseed processing company Expur, in view of developing its manufacturing operations. The EBRD management will discuss the financing on September 1, the financial institution announced. The money will be granted via two syndicated loans to merchant banks. The financing will allow Expur to increase its production capacity, quality, efficiency and product range, as well as its share on the local market. Expur deals in buying, pressing and processing sunflower seeds and rapeseeds, for the Romanian market and for export. The company is headquartered in Bucharest and operates plants in Urziceni and Slobozia.

Greece’s Alpha open to tie-up with a foreign bank

Alpha Bank, Greece’s third-largest lender, would consider teaming up with a foreign bank if it is large and strong enough, its chairman told Sunday’s ‘Proto Thema’ newspaper. “If it is big and solid, we would look into it,” Alpha Bank’s Chairman Yannis Costopoulos was quoted as saying when asked whether the bank would consider an alliance with a foreign lender. Merger talks in Greece’s banking sector, battered by the country’s debt crisis, has sparked a rally in shares since July 15 when Piraeus Bank offered EUR 701 M in cash to buy government stakes in Hellenic Postbank and ATEbank. Piraeus, Greece’s fourth-largest lender, has offered to buy 77.3 per cent in ATEbank and 33 per cent in Hellenic Postbank (TT). The government has said it will seriously assess the bid. Costopoulos told the paper he did not see changes in the country’s banking landscape taking place immediately. Asked whether he would consider reviving a merger with National Bank, a deal which was pursued years ago but failed to materialize, Costopoulos said: “Everything is game, why not?”

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The Cabinet is expected to pass today methodology norms for the enforcement of the recent changes to the Fiscal Code, which expands taxation basis. Though they were due for last week, the norms were put a few days on public debate on the internet site of the Finance Ministry. Under the new norms, all non-salary incomes resulting from professional activities are subject to income tax and individual contributions to the social insurances system, health and unemployment insurances. The draft regulation regarding the methodology norms of the Fiscal Code clearly stipulates that copyright and related incomes are considered as independent activities, and the independent activities that generate incomes from liberal professions, as well as copyright fees, cannot be reconsidered as dependent activities.

Ford national sales company starts running

The National Sales Company (CNV) Ford Romania started running, as of yesterday, and will be the exclusive provider of the American brand, as well as the exclusive operator of repair works and post-sale services, a press release informs. Authorised dealers will be able to purchase vehicles and components directly from Ford. Yesterday marked, also, the ending of the collaboration with Romcar, which acted as Ford’s main dealer for over a decade. “(…) Romania is an important market for Ford in Europe. Ford already boasts a strong presence in Romania, by means of the production plant in Craiova,” Ingvar Sviggum, deputy president of the Marketing, Service and Sales department of Ford Europe, stated. The team of the Ford National Sales Company comprises approximately 30 members and is based in Bucharest.

Automobile Dacia will launch own car insurance service

Dacia will launch, this autumn, its own car insurance product, by means of a partnership between the Renault group’s financial services company, Renault Credit International Banque, and brand dealers, sources close to the car-maker stated for Mediafax. “After the project is completed, the dealers will be able to offer car insurance. The project is close to completion,” the quoted source explained. For the project to be initiated, all Dacia-dealers had to report, among the fields of activity, two new operations, namely “activities of evaluating insurance and damage risk” and “activities conducted by insurance agents and brokers.”

Pirelli supplements investment funds, including for Romania

Italian group Pirelli supplemented by EUR 50 M, at EUR 350 M, funds for this year’s investment programme, by which the third biggest tire-producer in Europe proposes to expand production in several factories, including the unit in Romania. “Our factories operate at full capacity,” the general manager of the tire division, Francesco Gori, stated, according to Italian daily ‘Milano Finanza,’ quoted by Mediafax. Pirelli intends to expand its production capacity for car tires in the Romanian factory by 60 per cent, compared to the end of last year, until 2011.

Advanced talks with ArcelorMittal to set up plant in Galati

Talks between the Ministry of Economy and ArcelorMittal to set up a 400 MW plant in Galati, on the iron and steel platform, are in an advanced stage, Economy Minister Adriean Videanu stated, quoted by Mediafax. According to the minister, the electric power-generating unit may start running as of the autumn of 2012.

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