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Gymnast Dragulescu warned by FIG


Romanian gymnast Marian Dragulescu has received a severe warning from the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) as a consequence of his failure to respect anti-doping procedures, hotnews.ro informs. If he breaks the rules again he will risk a suspension of 1-2 years. Marian Dragulescu retired in 2008, accusing health problems, but returned in 2009. Dragulescu however broke the rule according to which a gymnast has to announce his return to competitions after a period of inactivity. Because of his failure to observe that rule he was not taken into account for the anti-doping tests because he was not on the anti-doping commission’s official list. “Defying the rules in force, the said gymnast took part in the World Championships in London in 2009, where he won two Gold medals in the vault event and floor event,” the FIG communiqué reads.


Alexandra Dulgheru, top seed 25 at US Open


Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru will be top seed 25 at the US Open, the last Grand Slam of this year. The tournament will start on Monday, August 30, within New York’s Flushing Meadows Arena. Four Romanian players will try to qualify for the US Open’s main table this week. Adrian Ungur, the second-best Romanian player, has signed up for the men’s qualifiers. Monica Niculescu, Raluca-Ioana Olaru and Liana-Gabriela Ungur will try to reach the women’s main table. Niculescu will play against Austria’s Nikola Hofmanova, Ungur will play against Canada’s Rebecca Marino and Olaru will meet China’s Shuai Zhang. Romania’s Victor Hanescu, Alexandra Dulgheru, Edina Gallovits and Simona Halep have already secured their presence on the main table.


Steaua buys three more players


Steaua head coach Ilie Dumitrescu has bought the first players since he took over the team. His request to strengthen the team by buying three Urziceni players was met, with the club set to transfer Pablo Brandan, George Galamaz and Marius Bilasco. Nevertheless, Astra Ploiesti also claims to have transferred Unirea’s skipper Galamaz. “It’s true; in principle we’ve reached an agreement with the three. I hope the details will be settled soon and I’ll be able to use them. I cannot state anything more for now,” Dumitrescu stated for ‘Adevarul’ daily. The move has pushed the number of players bought by Steaua this summer to 17.


Unirea Urziceni – more than EUR 17 M in revenues


According to data published by the European Football Union and quoted by Agerpres, Unirea Urziceni received EUR 17,720,000 for its evolution in the 2009/2010 edition of the Champions League. Unirea, now on the verge of dissolution, received EUR 3.8 M for reaching the groups stage, EUR 3.3 M in bonuses for the games played, EUR 2.8 M for the 8 points (a record for a Romanian team) it totaled in Group G (FC Seville, VfB Stuttgart, Glasgow Rangers) and EUR 8.2 M from broadcasting rights. Coached by Dan Petrescu, Unirea Urziceni finished on 3rd place in Group G, behind FC Seville (12 pts) and VfB Stuttgart (9 pts). Glasgow Rangers closed the standings with 2 pts.


CFR Cluj buys another Brazilian


Brazilian striker Ramon Anselmo will sign a contract with title-holder CFR Cluj, ‘Prosport’ informs. Ramon Anselmo played for Avia, having been loaned from Cruzeiro, and his adjustment at CFR should not be a problem considering he will meet Rafael Bastos, his teammate at Bahia in the 2006/2007 season. CFR Cluj have also signed yesterday Italian forward Ferdinando Sforzini (25) on loan from Udinese for one season. In the past five years Sforzini played for SSC Napoli, Hellas Verona, Modena, AS Bari and Udinese.

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Elias Hospital
employee found hanged in the building



A member of the technical and administrative staff of Elias Hospital was found dead in the hospital building yesterday morning, with first available information suggesting the worker had hanged himself.


The body of the 57-year-old man was found at about 7am, Elias Emergency Hospital spokesman Dr. Valentin Calu said, adding there is nothing to suggest a professional motivation for the man’s gesture.


The man was working for the technical and administrative department of the hospital.

11,000 signatures for Miron Cozma’s party


Miron Cozma, former leader of the Jiu Valley miners’ trade union, claims he has already collected over 11,000 signatures needed for creating the Romanian Workers’ Party, Agerpres informs. “I still have some signatures that have been collected but haven’t been centralized. By law I have to collect 25,000 signatures. To be honest I haven’t been able to collect them from my territorial representatives throughout the country because I have had fairly significant financial problems and I can’t afford to go to Iasi where there are 3,164 signatures ready to be picked up, for example,” Cozma said. He hopes the Romanian Workers’ Party can be legally registered within the Bucharest Court by the end of this year.

Timisoara:
BCR ATM robbed



Several unidentified individuals broke into a Timisoara-based company Tuesday night and cut with a power cutting machine the back lid of a BCR ATM from where they stole RON 43,240.


Police say the ATM was embedded in the wall and the room was fitted with a sensor-based alarm system that, however, had not been enabled. “The perpetrators cut the hinges of the back lid of the safe box with a power cutting machine and removed the money cases. The room was fitted with a sensor-based alarm system which, however, was not active at the time of the robbery, so the alarm didn’t go off. The security guard told investigators his patrol area is quite big and that he had not seen anything up until this morning,” a Timisoara police official said.

Scottish paedophile apprehended in Vaslui


A 33-year-old man from Scotland on Monday night was remanded in custody by the Vaslui Tribunal for child pornography and sexual intercourse with a juvenile, suspected of having lured several nine to 13-year-olds whom he engaged in sexual intercourse, Mediafax reports. The Organised Crime and Terrorism Investigating Department (DIICOT) says James Connor has recruited several children from Vaslui and had sexual intercourse with them after watching together pornographic video material. Investigators say the victims would be lured into the cabin of the man’s lorry with sweets or money. Afterwards, the children would be driven to various Vaslui and Brasov addresses were they were molested. All scenes were videotaped and stored on a laptop computer. Connor was caught by the Vaslui Traffic Police when he was driving into the city with two children in his lorry, one aged nine, and the other one aged 13. The youngest child was being looked for by his family since last week-end when he was reported missing while playing in front of his apartment building. He was remanded in custody for 29 days.

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BUSINESS

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Russia bans fruit and vegetable imports from R. Moldova


Over 100 Moldovan companies will now be unable to export fruits and vegetables to the Russian market because the goods contain poisonous substances, Moscow announced on Tuesday, when it also issued a list of 33 Moldova-based companies still allowed to export, Pro TV Chisinau reports. Only 33 of the over 130 Moldovan companies currently exporting fruits and vegetables to Russia will still be able to do that.


Ghimbav runs risks of losing EUR 500 M


Helicopter producer Eurocopter has decided to cancel upgrading in Romania 33 Puma helicopters belonging to the British Army, ‘Gandul’ daily informs. The contract will be performed at Oxford, UK, instead. The piece of news has not been confirmed yet. By losing this EUR 350-500 M contract, Romania will lose jobs, taxes and capital of image.


Worst year in wine-making history


The frost at the beginning of the year, hailstone, floods and extreme heat recorded so far this season will decrease wine production by over 15 per cent, ‘Adevarul’ daily informs. Wine consumption has dropped by nearly 10 per cent this year in the context of population impoverishment. Winemakers are now exploring export opportunities trying to cope with the situation. Damages are different from region to region and from producer to producer. Wine sales in Romania from December 2009 to July 2010 amounted to RON 605 M, down by appreciatively 10 per cent compared to the same period last year.


PwC: Romanian auto production could grow by 75 pc by 2014


Romania’s auto production could reach 520,000 units by 2014, up by approximately 75 per cent compared to last year’s level. That would be the third fastest growth rhythm in Central and Eastern Europe, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) analysis shows. The audit and consultancy company’s estimate shows that Romania could become the sixth auto producer in the region by 2014, behind Russia, Turkey, Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia but ahead of Hungary, Ukraine and Slovenia, Mediafax informs. In the first seven months Romania’s auto production grew by 24.7 per cent to 219,656 units. During this time Automobile Dacia produced 215,463 units, while Ford produced 4,178 units.

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PACE President
on official visit
to Romania



Mevlut Cavusoglu, president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will pay an official visit to Romania on August 29 – September 1, a press release quoted by Mediafax informs.


During his visit the official will meet President Traian Basescu, Speaker of the Lower Chamber Roberta Anastase, Speaker of the Senate Mircea Geoana, Foreign Affairs Minister Teodor Baconschi and Patriarch Daniel, the leader of the Romanian Orthodox Church.


Mevlut Cavusoglu will also visit Tulcea where he will meet the local authorities’ representatives. The PACE official will hold a press conference within the Palace of Parliament on September 1.

R. Moldova
ambassador:
We have Romania’s consolidated support



The Ambassador of R. Moldova in Bucharest, Iurie Renita, yesterday met with the Senate Speaker, Mircea Geoana, after which he stated that he could find understanding and a consolidated and very clear support from Romania and that the message was an encouraging and very good one. ‘It has been an extraordinarily interesting and productive meeting from the point of view of the talks and topics we raised. (…) We also reviewed other fields such as parliamentary co-operation, co-operation within European bodies and support for R. Moldova’s efforts in the process of European integration’, Renita said.

Law speeding up
legal proceedings, passed by Senate



During its extraordinary sitting on Tuesday, the Senate adopted the law designed to speed up judicial proceedings, with 76 Democrat Liberal and Liberal senators voting in favour, 37 Social Democrat senators voting against, and one abstention. During the debates, PSD argued the law had been prepared by the Ministry of Justice without consulting with magistrates’ associations. Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu said the ministry had been unable to reach a consensus of opinions and that it was normal that there should also be a certain amount of criticism in the matter. The law speeding up legal proceedings brings over 150 changes to many articles of the Code of Civil Procedure, Code of Criminal Procedure, Criminal Code, Family Code and Court Executors’ Law.

Court cases cannot be automatically
suspended by
unconstitutionality motions



Assembled in extraordinary sitting on Tuesday, the Senate adopted with a majority of votes the proposed modification of the Constitutional Court Law and of the Codes or Criminal and Civil Procedure, making it impossible for court cases to be put on hold by one of the parties’ introducing an objection of unconstitutionality. During general debates on the draft law, Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu said the adoption of the law would make a substantial contribution to smoothening and shortening proceedings. “The procedure has been the cause of so many postponements and prolongations of court terms for years and years, obviously not in favour of justice-seekers or of the judicial system,” Predoiu said.

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