Jul 052017

During the inauguration of a new bridge over Somes river, the Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Emil Boc, asked the constructors to stay under the landmark as the first vehicles crossed above.

emil boc

Emil Boc (photo credit: wikimedia)

It meant to be an original way of checking the quality of the works that had been performed on the Traian bridge and this “tradition” is set be used in the future to verify the strength of similar infrastructure works.

“The constructor assumed the quality of the works and sat under the bridge when the first cars set into motion, and the bridge passed the test. Let’s hope that this bridge will last for 100 years, as the old one did for 85 years,” said the mayor.

The first driver who crossed the new bridge was awarded a diploma, a tie and a city album handed over by Mr. Boc.

The construction works on the new Traian bridge cost 6.5 million lei and started in August 2016. The bridge has four lanes, bicycle tracks and pedestrian walkways. “As of Saturday, the traffic will be open also for the public transport,” said the Mayor.

The old Traian Bridge over the Somes River was built between 1928 and 1931 and its costs amounted to 6.6 million lei at that time.

In 2013, due to its poor condition, a woman was about to fall into Somes through a hole that opened in the sidewalk.
Photo credit: By Razvan Socol [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Sep 032016

Elena Basescu and her husband Bogdan Ionescu a.k.a. SYDA, pulled the plug of their 4-year-old marriage by signing the divorce papers before a notary public.

Elena Basescu and Syda (pic: evz.ro)

Elena Basescu and Syda (pic: evz.ro)

Bogdan Ionescu (SIDA) lives alone in the apartment which he previously shared with his family while Elena Băsescu and their two children, Sofia Anais, 3, and Traian, 2 moved out to Stejari, a Bucharest neighborhood.

In a first reaction about divorce, Elena Basescu, the daughter of former Romanian President Traian Basescu, said: “We already live separately at this moment.”

Elena and Syda got married on 1 September 2012, but the two had been knowning each other for a long time having a common entourage. They had a couple of arguments before getting officially together, but managed to overcome all issues.

According to the local tabloids, the split did not come up suddenly, but rather amid discontent that built-up in time.

In a message posted on her Facebook page, Elena Basescu wrote:
“The family Ionescu – Basescu decided in an amicable manner to put an end to this marriage that started in 2012. The break-up takes effect via notary procedures. Now, we already live separately.

We hope that the media will show understanding and respect to the private life of each of us. This is the only comment we will make on this subject.

Bogdan Ionescu and Elena Băsescu”

Jun 162016

Mircea Basescu, the brother of ex-Romanian president Traian Basescu, was sentenced to four years in jail on Thursday when the Bucharest’s Court of Appeal upheld the verdict given previously by the Tribunal of Constanta.

Meanwhile Mircea Basescu turned himself in at a Police office in Constanta. Next, he will be taken to Poarta Alba prison where he will stay in quarantine for 21 days. Then a decision will be taken whether to serve the executory sentence in closed or semi-open conditions.

Mircea Basescu

Mircea Basescu (pic: nasul.tv)

Basescu was charged with influence peddling in a case that involves underworld member Florin Anghel (known as Bercea Mondial) and his family.

Marian Capatana, a defendant in the same case, wis set to serve 3 years in jail for complicity in influence peddling, as the judges maintained a decision given by a Constanta Court earlier this year.

The magistrates have also agreed with the “special confiscation” of 265,000 euros from Capatana but rejected the claim of the same amount from Mircea Basescu who is apparently more relieved after a levy on his assets has been lifted.

The two defendants were given also a ban on the right to be elected to any public office and the right to occupy positions involving the exercise of state authority.

On the other hand, the court rejected as unfounded the claim filed by Florin Anghel for the amount of 600,000 euros allegedly given by his family as bribe for Mircea Basescu.

The brother of Romania’s former head of state had been sentenced in January this year to 4 years behind bars, but he made an appeal against the decision.

He was indicted for receiving 250,000 euros from Bercea Mondial’s family, to persuade the judges, so they can rule a favorable solution in a case of attempted murder.

From June to November 2014 Mircea Basescu spent his time in custody, and later under house arrest.

Throughout the trial stages, he had vehemently denied the accusations.

Mar 022016

King Michael I of Romania was diagnosed with chronic leukemia and epidermoid carcinoma and underwent surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday. The information was made available by the royal house lawyer, who says in a video recording that His Majesty is in a serious health condition. According to him, Michael (Mihai in Romanian lang.) was diagnosed with both advanced leukemia (metastases stage) and skin cancer.

King Michael (Mihai) I of Romania during his youth (public domain)

King Michael (Mihai) I of Romania during his youth (public domain)

The Royal Council announced that the king follows a complex and exhausting treatment, which prevents him from appearing in public, therefore he will spend an undetermined period of recovery away from the public life.

The Royal House website posted King’s official message that announces his withdrawal:

“In recent weeks we have received news of a serious medical diagnosis. This comes in the year when family and country are celebrating 150 years since the founding of the dynasty and the modern Romanian state. I’m sure that my daughter Margaret, the Custodian of the Crown, will find the wisdom and strength to represent me and to carry out my public duties. I asked the Royal Council to continue its mission and provide advice to the Custodian of the Crown.

Michael R – 1 March 2016”
wrote the former Romanian Royal, King Michael I.

King Michael of Romania was born in 1921 as the son of Carol II of Romania and Princess Helen of Greece and Denmark. He became King of Romania for the first time at the very young age of 6 and “ruled” the nation for about three years between 20 July 1927 and 8 June 1930. He took over the throne again on 6 September 1940 when he was nearly 19 and led the country throughout the second world war until 30 December 1947 when he was constrained to abdicate by the government controlled by the Communist Party of Romania. As a descendant of Queen Victoria through both his parents he is a third cousin of Her Majesty The Queen “Elizabeth II” and several other reigning heads of state. He married Princess Anne of Bourbon-Parma in 1948 and together they have five daughters.

The official message released by King Michael I on March 1, 2016

The official message released by King Michael I on March 1, 2016

The line of succession according the 2007 Family Statute of Romania is as follows:

(1) Crown Princess Margareta (b. 1949)

(2) Princess Elena (b. 1950)

(3) Elisabeta-Karina de Roumanie Medforth-Mills (b. 1989)

(4) Princess Sophie (b. 1957)

(5) Elisabeta-Maria de Roumanie Biarneix (b. 1999)

(6) Princess Maria (b. 1964)

Video: Royal Council Declaration over situation of King Mihai I of Romania

Nov 222014

Culita Tarita died at the age of 62 after losing battle with pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer. The news of the death was announced by his family. Tarata was married and had three children.

In the past six months, the head of Neamt County Council underwent ​​chemotherapy treatments at the AKH clinic in Vienna, Austria. The disease had a strong impact on his physical appearance which changed radically as his health condition worsened.

Culita Tarata

Culita Tarata died of cancer (pic: web)

Lately, Tarata Culita was rarely seen at the County Council headquarters, being mostly out of his office on a sick leave.

Tarata was a social-democrat deputy in two legislatures, between 2000 – 2004 and 2008-2012.
He resigned from the PSD in 2011 when became the founder and vice president of of UNPR party.

As an agronomic engineer, Tarata founded TCE 3 Brazi Holding, a company that went bankrupt in September 2014. In the past six years, TCE 3 Brazi has gathered a 50 million euro profit, but also 30 million euro in debts. Culita’s firm became the largest recipient of State Domains Agency (ADS), after being given on lease 57,000 hectares of land in the Big Island of Braila.

Local media reported on Saturday that the coffin with Tarata’s body was laid at the politician’s home and burial ceremony is set to take place at the cemetery Eternity in Piatra Neamt on Tuesday.

Jun 192014

Mircea Basescu – Bercea Mondial Scandal!
During a press briefing held at the Cotroceni Palace on Thursday, Romania’s President Traian Basescu said that he regrets the involvement of his brother, Mircea Băsescu, in the underworld scandal linked to the famed convicted interloper Bercea Mondial.

“I will not turn into an advocate for my brother as long as it seems he is linked to immoral people he was not supposed to get involved with,” said Basescu who added that his sibling is an adult responsible for his deeds. At the end of the speech, President Basescu dropped also tears.

Mircea Băsescu was detained by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) for 24 hours for traffic of influence and now prosecutors have proposed his arrest.

Mircea Basescu would have received the amount of 250,000 euros from a whistle-blower (Florin Anghel), through an intermediary, in exchange for the promise that he will persuade the magistrates to resolve the case related to the crimes of Bercea Mondial aka Sandu Anghel, investigators say.

Apr 042011

Impresario Dumitru Tudor, revealed exclusively for media outlets that Natalia has left the arrest of Amsterdam police tonight.
Dumitru Tudor had explained previously that the daughter of former football player Dorin Mateut will be released from custody, as Natalia’s defending lawyer also confirmed. It was thought that Miss Mateut was just a victim, she did not know what was going to happen during her trip through the Netherlands.

“Her boyfriend wanted impress her and to buy her gifts too. There they met with several friends. How could the girl know that he will use fake cards? She did not know what he does.”

Natalia will be released “, said Dumitru Tudor. Then he continued: “Natalia is now in a cafe, she drinks a coffee. He was already released.

“They are not guilty (confusing…Natalia and boyfriend?), the others with whom they met there are the culprits. You have no idea what kind of things happen in Amsterdam.”. Really? As someone living in Amsterdam I doubt that Natalia’s manager knows what he is talking about.