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January 21, 2022
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Gheorghe Hagi Academy wins Eastern Stars Cup


The Gheorghe Hagi Football Academy has won on Saturday the first edition of the Eastern Stars Cup tournament, an Under-15 competition that took place on Constanta’s ‘Farul’ stadium. Hagi Academy defeated Partizan Belgrade in the tournament’s final, score 1-0, thanks to the goal scored by Alexandru Tarnovan in the 14th minute. Legia Warsaw finished on third place after defeating Galatasaray Istanbul, score 2-1. Former Romanian international Gheorghe Hagi handed out the prizes.


Men’s basketball: Romania defeats Belarus


Romania’s national basketball team defeated Belarus in Minsk on Saturday, score 80-79 (35-46) in a Group B game counting for the EC 2011 qualifiers (Division B). After categorically dominating the first quarter, Romania found itself equally dominated in the 10 minutes that followed, the half-time break finding it 11 points behind. Belarus maintained a lead in the third quarter too, but the last quarter was more balanced, Romania coming back into the lead in the 32nd minute (58-57).

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Under-aged Romanians forced to have sex with up to 30 customers a day


British police has been tipped off that Romanian girls as young as 14 are forced into prostitution as many as 30 times a day in brothels where they are held hostage by white slavery traffickers, ‘Romania libera’ quotes ‘News of the World’ weekly as reporting. According to information received by Strathclyde Police, the girls are locked in apartments in a Glasgow district, an area inhabited by about 14,000 immigrants. The girls were supposedly brought to the UK by a mysterious “Mr. Bigs”, who owns no fewer than six brothels in the area.


NCO kills himself with own gun


A 30-year-old NCO shot himself on Saturday at 4 AM with his own gun within an army base located in Barlad, Vaslui County. Liviu Rotaru was not married. A professional soldier hired by Army Base 01411 Barlad, the sergeant was the head of the security detail and in charge of all the soldiers guarding the base during his shift. According to Liviu Rotaru’s neighbors, the soldier allegedly committed suicide because of his girlfriend, ‘Adevarul’ writes. Being threatened with a breakup, the young man could not stand the thought of being left alone and decided to shoot himself while on duty. The Army Prosecutor’s Office has been notified about the incident.


36 Afghans and Iraqis tried to trespass Romania’s border into Hungary


Arad border authorities and their Hungarian counterparts have found 36 Afghan and Iraqi citizens hidden into a truck carrying dry cattle fodder, intent on trespassing the Romanian border into the Schengen area. According to a release quoted by Agerpres, two Polish drivers, aged 35 and 38, of a truck carrying dry cattle fodder to Poland stopped for a routine check at Romania’s Varsand border checkpoint. The border police found 36 men hiding under the truckload in a specially built wooden structure reinforced with an inner metallic frame and provided with a ventilation and lightening system.

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Politicians, artists and journalists found Initiative Group for the Defence of the Press


Founding members include Carmen Moldovan, from the Social Democratic Party (PSD), Lavinia Sandru, Florin Chilian, Sorin Rosca Stanescu, Corina Dragotescu, Victor Ciutacu and Valentin Nicolau. This initiative came in response to the decision to include the press in the defence strategy drawn up by the High Council for National Defence (CSAT), a gesture which the founders of the Group qualify as an attack on the rights and liberties of people in the press. As a consequence, the group announced it would militate for the elimination of the said item out of the CSAT strategy. The initiative group also has its own website: libertateapresei.ro. The CSAT’s Defence Strategy mentions, under vulnerabilities, orchestrated press campaigns meant to denigrate state institutions and pressures exercised by press trusts on the political decision.


Former communist leader dies at 98


Former communist leader Gheorghe Apostol, signatory of the “Letter of the six” that criticised Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, died on Saturday afternoon at the age of 98, Realitatea TV informs. He will be buried at the Cernica Monastery. After the death of Gheorghiu Dej, Apostol was Nicolae Ceausescu’s main competitor for the leadership of the Romanian Communist Party (PCR). Apostol was twice First Vice President of the Council of Ministers, First Secretary of PCR’s Central Committee, President of the Trade Unions’ Central Committee and ambassador to several Latin American countries. In 1989 Apostol, Alexandru Barladeanu, Silviu Brucan, Corneliu Manescu, Constantin Pirvulescu and Grigore Raceanu signed the famous letter that criticised Ceausescu and his regime. The document was made public in March 1989 on Radio Free Europe and Voice of America, with Apostol being consequently placed under house arrest until the Revolution.


Basescu-signed photo up for US charity auction


Democrat-Liberal Deputy Cristian Boureanu and his wife, Valentina Pelinel, donated an autographed photo of President Traian Basescu to be put up for the auction block at a charity event at Montgomery Place, Rhinebeck – New York, US. Proceeds from the auction will go into project “Each Child in School” in Romania. “The photograph has been auctioned along with autographed photographs of five US presidents. The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, Bono, U2 and many more…” according to a Mediafax release.


US Ambassador reacts to anti-Semitic coin issue


The US ambassador to Bucharest, Mark Gitenstein declares himself “very disappointed” with the National Bank of Romania’s intention to issue a commemorative coin depicting Patriarch Miron Cristea. “I’m very disappointed by the decision on the part of the National Bank of Romania to issue the coin commemorating Patriarch Miron Cristea. Cristea’s actions as Prime Minister – specifically his role in the revocation of the citizenship for over 225,000 Romanian Jews – cannot be ignored,” Realitatea TV quoted a statement by Ambassador Gitenstein as saying. According to the same source, the ambassador also said Cristea’s actions are at odds with his avowed religious devotion and should be looked into, along with his positive contributions to Romania’s history in his capacity as patriarch. BNR replied, making the point that Cristea being included in the numismatic issue dedicated to the Romanian Orthodox Church is not and cannot be linked but to his brief tenure as Romania’s prime minister.

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Vladescu is reporting RON 350 M out of Rompetrol debt under revenue


The Ministry of Finance budgeted in the rectification RON 350 M-revenue out of the Rompetrol debt, maturing in September, but will insist, in the negotiations, on the payment of the full amount, and is authorised to sue, sources in the government told Mediafax. According to the sources, the state will take the matter to court, arguing that the debt can be erased either by paying the amount in full, or by conversion into shares, but not in both ways. Rompetrol has already paid approximately EUR 50 M out of the debt and promised it would transfer a similar amount in the near future. In fact, the sources quoted by Mediafax claim that the shareholders of Rompetrol promised they would pay only an amount which would allow them to maintain control of the company after converting the remaining debt into shares. “The Kazakhs acted in anticipation and hired four of the biggest law firms in Romania,” the sources added. The Rompetrol group has to reimburse over RON 2 bln to cover the long-standing debt of Petromidia refinery, contracted in a 2003 issuing of binds maturing in seven years. Rompetrol’s arrears to the state amounted, on September 20, 2003, to USD 603 M, including interests and fines, the press agency reports.


BCR – over 10,000 loans through First Home programme


The Romanian Commercial Bank (BCR) has surpassed the 10,000 credits threshold offered through the First Home programme (First Home 1 and First Home 2), Mediafax informs. Thus, the volume of loans offered surpasses EUR 420 M. Most of the loans were taken in Bucharest (over 3,000 loans surpassing EUR 150 M), Transylvania (over 2,000 surpassing EUR 70 M), Banat and Crisana (over 1,500 surpassing EUR 50 M).


Tarom – 1.12 million passengers in first seven months


In the first seven months of the year Tarom has transported 1.12 million passengers, up by 24.7 per cent from 898,211 passengers transported in the same period last year, the company owned by the Transport and Infrastructure Ministry announced on Friday, Mediafax informs. From January to July Tarom conducted 9,743 regular flights (both external and internal), up by 742 compared to the same period last year. Tarom’s average passenger load factor grew by 8.3 per cent to 61 per cent.

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All procurements from projects financed with EU funds under scrutiny


According to a draft emergency ordinance devised by the Ministry of Public Finances, the procurements that were part of projects financed from European non-reimbursable funds will be verified by the Unit for the Coordination and Verification of Public Procurements (UCVAP) irrespective of their estimated value and manner of assigning, Mediafax informs. “This modification is urgently called for, the more so since the procedural verification function has a preventive role, allowing the contracting authorities to remedy in real time the irregularities discovered by the UCVAP observers by applying their recommendations,” the draft emergency ordinance reads.


Unemployment fund at risk of imminent budgetary disaster


The funds earmarked for unemployment benefits for the whole of 2010 have been spent in six months. The unemployment fund is at risk of collapse, being fuelled with billions of RON from the state budget, just like the pensions fund is, Capital.ro informs. The unemployment fund’s expenditures stood at RON 2.25 bln in H1. The sum amounts to three quarters of the total sum earmarked for 2010. In August the government’s first budget revision supplemented expenditures by RON 1.1 bln, while at the same time lowering revenues by RON 321 M. Before the revision the fund’s deficit was estimated at RON 1.1 bln. According to the new budget projection, the deficit will surpass RON 2.6 bln at the end of 2010, an enormous sum considering that until 2008 the fund ran surpluses that helped balance the general consolidated budget. It is unexplainable how the 2010 budget expected the fund’s expenditures to be similar to their 2008 and 2009 levels despite the fact that all estimates, including the IMF’s, had pointed to a severe unemployment hike this year.


Agriculture funds absorbed by Romania, 8th largest in EU


According to the European Commission’s general office for Common Agricultural Policy, the agriculture funds that Romania absorbed in 2009 (USD 2.1 bln) were the 8th highest in the EU, with France, Spain, Germany and Italy being the largest beneficiaries, Mediafax informs. In what concerns direct agricultural payments, Romania absorbed only EUR 596 M, compared to Hungary’s EUR 758 M. Poland tops the new member states’ standings with EUR 1.6 bln absorbed in the form of direct agricultural payments.

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