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Piturca signs for Universitatea Craiova


Former Steaua head coach Victor Piturca signed on Thursday a three-year contract with Universitatea Craiova and led the team’s first training session that very evening, club owner Adrian Mititelu announced, Mediafax informs. Adrian Mititelu pointed out that Victor Piturca’s staff will consist of Florin Marin, Ovidiu Costesin and Gabriel Boldici. Silvian Cristescu will be the club’s new president. Piturca will coach Universitatea Craiova on Saturday during its leg 4 game against Sportul Studentesc. Piturca coached Steaua in the first three legs of this season but left the club because of disagreements with club owner Gigi Becali.


Mirel Radoi scores for Al Hilal


Former Steaua skipper Mirel Radoi has scored again for Al Hilal. The Romanian player opened the score in the 56th minute with a 20-meter shot in a game that his team went on to win, score 5-1. The result keeps Al Hilal on top of the standings after leg three of Saudi Arabia’s football championship.


US Open: Monica Niculescu in second round of qualifiers


Romanian tennis player Monica Niculescu has qualified for the second round of the US Open qualifiers after defeating Austria’s Nikola Hofmanova, score 6-4, 6-0. Niculescu will next play against Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko who defeated Greece’s Eleni Danoiilidou (7-6, 6-3). Three other Romanian players – Liana Ungur, Raluca Olaru and Adrian Ungur – are present in the US Open qualifiers.


Villa scores first for Barca, Ibra talks go on


David Villa scored his first goal for Barcelona in a friendly against AC Milan on Wednesday, while behind the scenes the two clubs prepared to continue their negotiations over Barca striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


Barcelona won the Nou Camp friendly 3-1 on penalties after the game finished 1-1, with Villa’s close-range effort cancelled out by a stunning strike from Filippo Inzaghi. Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani met Barca president Sandro Rosell and Ibrahimovic’s agent earlier in the day and they will reconvene on Thursday for further talks.


“Negotiations will continue tomorrow,” Spanish media quoted Galliani as telling the club’s television station. “I have an appointment with Barca’s president at midday.


FIFA dismiss North Korea witchhunt claims


FIFA has dismissed allegations that North Korea’s coach and players were punished for losing all three of their games at this year’s World Cup. Asian media reported the side had been publicly shamed after returning from South Africa having conceded 12 goals in the first round. Soccer’s governing body FIFA insisted it was business as usual for North Korea and that no such witchhunt had taken place. “The (North Korean) FA assures FIFA that Mr Kim Jong-hun, head coach of the national team, and all the other members of the national team are training as usual,” FIFA said in a statement. “The association also indicates that there were no sanctions to the coach and that the reports on this matter were baseless. “With all of the information at hand, and having checked all of its sources, FIFA has decided to close the matter.” North Korea lost 2-1 to Brazil, were humiliated 7-0 by Portugal and easily beaten 3-0 by Ivory Coast at the World Cup. Radio Free Asia and South Korean media claimed Kim and his team were forced onto a stage at the People’s Palace of Culture in front of 400 government officials, students and journalists. Reports said the players were subjected to six hours of criticism for their performance at the World Cup, their first appearance since 1966.

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Three former railway company directors indicted in EUR 700,000 fraud case


National railway company SNTF general manager, Alexandru Noaptes, the Deputy Manager of SNTF ‘CFR Calatori’, Nacu Vanghele, and the traction operations manager of SNTF ‘CFR Calatori’, Nicolae Iosub, have been referred to court for a fraud worth EUR 700,000, the National Anti-corruption Directorate informs by press release quoted by Mediafax.


The three managers are accused of abuse of office against public interests with especially grievous consequences. Six other directors of trading or joint stock companies have been sent to trial on charges of accessory to abuse of office against public interests with especially grievous consequences. When the alleged offences were committed, the defendants were in the specified positions.

DNA accused OTV owner of asking EUR 25 M bribe from Ursus company


OTV owner Dan Diaconescu was heard by the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) yesterday in a new case she he is suspected of having demanded a bribe of EUR 25 M from Ursus company to stop a 2009 journalistic investigation. Diaconescu said he was amazed by the new allegations which he declined. He also noted that, following the mentioned journalistic investigation in respect of the beer made by that company, his station had been fined RON 90,000 twice. In addition, Diaconescu also pointed out, he learnt from the prosecutors that they were working on a forth case against him, this time with the accusation that he ships some 10-11 tons of gold bullions to Iran every week. The Police and the Gendarmerie two days ago raided the head offices of SC Ursus Breweries SA, where they looked for evidence in support of the new blackmail charge against Dan Diaconescu. Mediafax quotes sources as saying that the journalistic inquiry in question was actually a guise for blackmailing the breweries, after an OTV journalist had claimed the Redds beer contained certain ingredients that were bad for health, reason why Ursus withdrew the beer from the market for a year. Apart from Diaconescu, blackmail charges in the Ursus case have also been brought against OTV programming director Doru Iuga.

20 thieves caught in Ilfov search


Several searches were conducted yesterday morning in Mogosoaia and Chitila localities, Ilfov County. Twenty people suspected of stealing from houses and cars were caught, six of them being already investigated in relation to a clan brawl that took place in Mogosoaia on August 10.


According to Claudia Burada, spokesperson of Ilfov Police, the 21 searches conducted in the two localities sought to find persons suspected of committing numerous thefts from cars and houses in Bucharest, Ilfov, Prahova and Dambovita. The police also confiscated RON 10,000 and EUR 1,000, money that the suspects obtained from selling stolen goods. According to the spokesperson of Ilfov Police, most of the suspects are Roma ethnic relatives.

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Raiffeisen Bank offers refinancing products


From August 23 to October 7, Raiffeisen Bank will be offering its customers a refinancing loan for any kind of loans taken from other banks (consumer, mortgage or credit card), the bank announced, according to Agerpres. The aim of the offer is to help individuals migrate all their loans to a single bank. Within the campaign, in the case of mortgage loans, the bank is offering prizes covering notary fees in relation to the institution or transfer of the mortgage from RON 600 to RON 1,200, according to the value of the refinanced loan, without any other justification documents. On the other hand, loans to large and medium corporations, SMEs and individual persons had exceeded EUR 2.7 bn by June 30, 2010, up 6.7 per cent compared to the end of June 2009.


Alina Dragan, new UniCredit Tiriac Bank deputy CEO


In August, Alina Dragan has been appointed as deputy CEO in charge of HR Division and member of the UniCredit Tiriac Bank Board, after her application had been endorsed by the National Bank of Romania, the bank informs according to Agerpres. In her new capacity, Alina Dragan will supervise the fulfilment of the bank’s objectives in the HR field. With eight-year experience in the area, Dragan had been co-ordinating the HR Division of UniCredit Tiriac Bank as an executive for over a year, having been in various managerial positions in the same sector of activity in the bank.


RON 3 bln loan default in Bucharest at the end of July


Bucharest population and economic operators at the end of July were in RON 2.946 bln foreign currency credit default, representing 5.1 per cent of the total national loan default value and in RON 11.522 bln local currency loan default (accounting for 6.8 per cent of the total), according to data published by the National Bank of Romania, taken over by Agerpres. RON credit default amounted to RON 6.748 bln and other currency credit default was at RON 6.69 bln nationwide. The total value of current RON loans in Bucharest at the end of July was of RON 20.816 bln out of a total of 71.945 bln in the entire country. Current loans in other currencies totalled RON 54.552 bln in Bucharest and RON 122.558 bln in the entire country.


Budget deficit hits 3.9 pc of GDP


Romania’s budget deficit reached 3.9 per cent of the gross domestic product after the first seven months of the year, amounting to RON 19.92 bn, according to officials with the Ministry of Public Finances (MFP) quoted by HotNews. The figure is higher by 13 per cent than the one recorded for the January-July 2009 period, when the budget deficit was at RON 17.6 bn. At the end of June, the budget deficit represented 3.3 per cent of the GDP estimated for the year 2010. Romania’s 2010 budget deficit target is 6.8 per cent.

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