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Football: Boloni sacked from Al Wahda?


Emirates Al Wahda’s head coach, Romanian Laszlo Boloni, was sacked late on Wednesday night after leading his team to their first victory in the UAE Pro-League (UFL) beating Al Ittihad 3-1, gulfnews.com informs. Al Wahda was reported to have signed a contract with Brazilian coach Tite, the former coach of Al Ain, who is expected to arrive in Abu Dhabi to finish the negotiations. The news came after the same source earlier, quoting Al Wahda’s team manager Khalid Awad, denied that newly appointed Laszlo Boloni is to become the first managerial casualty of the Etisalat Pro League. Boloni lost the Super Cup in a shock defeat to newly relegated Emirates 3-1 and fell to a 2-0 defeat in the league opener against Al Wasl, both within the last fortnight.


Hagi thrilled with charity game


Former Romanian international Gheorghe Hagi expressed his satisfaction with the charity game organised in order to collect funds for building a new wing for the Bucharest-based ‘Marie Curie’ hospital, stating that he would like to repeat the event. Hagi played on Wednesday in the ‘Football for life’ game that pitted a team made up of former Romanian football legends against a team made up of artists. “It was a special evening and it would be good for these things to happen again in Romania,” Hagi said.


Water Polo: Romania’s defeat to Belarus


Romania water polo team was defeated by Croatia 13-7 (3-4, 4-1, 3-1) in the European Championship in Zagreb, Wednesday. This is the team’s first loss, after victories against Turkey and Spain. Romania will next take on Italy, September 3, and European reigning champions Montenegro, September 5.

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Three lawyers and one bank director involved in real-estate scams


Organised Crime and Terrorism Investigation Department (DIICOT) – Bucharest prosecutors have heard yesterday 45 persons picked up at the end of several searches conducted in Bucharest and suspected of running real-estate scams. Three members of the Bucharest Bar Association, a chief keeper of records within District 1’s Land Deeds Service, and a bank director are among those charged in this case. According to a DIICOT release, quoted by Mediafax, the members of the crime group have conned ten persons by selling them, with false paperwork, plots of land and buildings for sums ranging from EUR 100,000 to EUR 400,000. The damages are currently estimated at approximately EUR 1 M.


Violent Romanians in Italy


Two Romanians, aged 29 and 26, are charges with murdering a 77-year-old man in Italy. The two broke into the elderly man’s house in order to steal and stabbed the old man several time before getting away in his car. According to ‘Adevarul’ daily, they were caught several hours later.


Two other Romanians were at risk of being lynched in Livorno, Toscana region, after assaulting two Italians, TGcom informs. According to the aforementioned source, an Italian saw two Romanians dumping an old washing machine in the street and berated them. The Romanians picked up a couple of bats and hit the Italian man and his father. After the event approximately 200 Italians gathered in order to lynch the Romanians. The latter barricaded themselves inside their home, being able to leave it only under police escort.


Necolaiciuc may be extradited in October


The trial of Mihai Necolaiciuc, former head of the Romanian Railways (CFR), who was charged with corruption and fled Romania in 2005, starts on October 18, in Florida, where he was caught and arrested. Charged by Romanian authorities with having embezzled over EUR 100 M out of the state budget, Necolaiciuc claims, in a statement to ‘Evenimentul Zilei,’ that he is innocent, adding, however, that, if he should lose the trial, he would not appeal, and that he wants to return to Romania to defend himself. The trial will start, therefore, in Florida, based on a 7,000-page-thick folder. The Romanian authorities call, however, for the former head of CFR’s extradition, as he is the defendant in several cases in Romania and several arrest warrants were issued in his name.

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Catalina Stan, president and CEO of BDR Associates – named on European Excellence Awards international jury fourth time


Catalina Stan, president and CEO of the strategic communication agency BDR Associate, exclusive associate in Romanian of Hill&Knowlton, was invited for the fourth consecutive time, on the jury appraising the PR projects coming from various European countries, running in the European Excellence Awards annual competition, a release remitted to our editing office informs. “European Excellence Awards is on its fourth edition and is a competition initiated by ‘Communication Director’, a prestigious European communication and public relations magazine. Bringing together the most valuable PR projects and campaigns, European Excellence Awards confirms the importance of PR in the development of campaigns and celebrates creativity and exceptional achievements on various markets, Romania included, as Romanian PR agencies are, every year, among the winners,” Stan stated. The annual evaluation process is closed by a final deliberation, deciding who the most important awards, such as the Best PR Campaign or the European Agency of the Year, should go to.


Blue Air to sack part of its flight attendants


Blue Air will not launch new destinations this year and is planning a company restructuring programme that aims among other things to fire a number of flight attendants, Sherif Ussama, the low-cost airline’s managing director, stated for Mediafax.


He added that the fleet restructuring process will entail sackings, with the flight attendants being mainly targeted, including pilots and stewardesses, without giving details about the number of employees set to be affected. Ussama pointed out that the company currently has 780 employees. He added that this year Blue Air will not launch new destinations given the precarious economic situation. According to Ussama, in H1 the company reported a 41 per cent growth in the number of passengers and a 10 per cent growth in revenues.

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Romania, among EU states with lowest economic growth in Q2


Romania is one of the states with the lowest economic growth in the EU in the second quarter, compared to the first three months of 2010, three times below the 1 per cent growth rate reported by the European Union and the euro zone, according to data presented yesterday by Eurostat, Mediafax reports. The only countries in the EU whose economic growth rate in the April-June interval, compared to the first quarter, was lower than in Romania were Spain and Portugal (0.2 per cent), Latvia (0.1 pc), Hungary (0 pc) and Greece (-1.5 pc). At the opposite end, Lithuania’s economy advanced by 3.2 per cent, Finland’s GDP rose by 3.1 per cent, and Germany advanced by 2.2 per cent. Compared to the second quarter of the preceding year, Romania is one of the six countries whose economy ebbed in the April to June interval. The steepest falls in the GDP were reported by Latvia (-3.9 per cent), Greece (-3.5 pc), Romania and Bulgaria (-1.5 pc), while Spain’s and Cyprus’s economy contracted only by 0.1 per cent, respectively, 0.2 per cent.


Berceanu: CFR Freight privatisation over by mid-2011


Transport and Infrastructure Minister Radu Berceanu stated yesterday that the CFR Freight privatisation should be over half way through 2011, Agerpres informs. Trade unions have asked for the privatisation process to be postponed because “the time is not ripe” for such an action. “There are three elements that make the privatisation’s timing not ripe: the economic backdrop, the tense relationship with the trade unions and CFR Freight’s dropping market share,” Iulian Mantescu, leader of the Federation of Locomotive Mechanics, stated. He asked for the trade unions to be able to consult the project on CFR Freight’s privatisation strategy before the next debate. The project was authored by Deloitte.


Titu, the town revived by Renault


As of 2013, Renault will become the most important employer in Titu, after the inauguration of the research centre which will work on developing the company’s new models, ‘Adevarul’ reports.


As most towns in the Baragan, Titu looks like a village in whose centre some block of flats were “planted.” The place was turned into a town in 1969. In Ceausescu’s time, Titu was forcefully industrialised, as were most places around Bucharest. The ‘90s marked the beginning of the town’s political decline, up to 2000, when the first investor was an Italian who opened two knitted and ready-made clothes companies. At present, he has 500 employees, all of whom live in Titu. The main beneficiary of clothes manufactured in the Italian’s factory is the famous Benetton clothes brand. On September 14, 2005, Mayor Ilie Dinu and Constantin Stroe, the then-general manager of Automobile Dacia, had the first talk about starting a Renault investment in Titu.

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