Stabilit la Cluj în urmă cu 10 ani, americanului Sam îi plăcea să le spună tuturor că este “regele României, mai român decât tine care nu ştii decât să te plângi”. Originar din Orlando, Florida, el se recomanda drept Sam cel Român şi spunea că că cel mai bun loc în care poate trăi este ţara noastră pentru că “are tot: mare, munţi, oraşe frumoase, aer proaspăt, apă bună, mâncare sănătoasă, femei frumoase”. A scris o carte în limba română şi un ghid al României. Iar pe 21 iulie,a fost ”îndepărtat de pe teritoriul naţional” sub escortă şi cu interdicţia de a intra în ţară pentru doi ani şi jumătate. (more: gandul, protv)
Victor Ponta presented on Tuesday, in a press conference, a document by which he tried to demonstrate the positive effect of the social security tax (CAS) cut and the sources to cover the revenues that the state budget will lose by implementing this measure. (via ri, PDF)
South Korea’s science ministry said Wednesday it has opened an information technology research center with its Romanian counterpart to conduct a handful of IT projects in the Eastern European country over the next three years. Under the deal signed between South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning and Romania’s Ministry of Communications and Information Society, the Bucharest-based center will map out pilot projects regarding the IT industry and push ahead with them. The two have agreed to inject US$1 million each to fund such projects, the South Korean ministry said in the release. The key areas of focus will cover the expansion of broadband networks and the improvement of public key infrastructure (PKI) and information securities. PKI refers to a technology that manages financial transactions online. (via S. Korea, Romania to join forces in IT industry)
Only in Romania.. A Romanian visited his holiday home only to find a completely empty plot of land with a field of corn planted in its place after his house had been stolen by thieves. Police in the Romanian port city of Braila got a call from Andy Pascali, 40, complaining that his holiday house on the Danube Delta had been stolen. At first they thought it was a joke, but when they turned up at the nearby village of Baldovinesti they found not only that there was no property where there should have been a three-bedroom building, but that a field of ready-to-harvest corn had been planted in its place. (via dm, vice, InSerbia News)
“I believe that this can happen only in Romania. They stole my house, and neighbors used the opportunity to plant corn in its place. Absolutely unbelievable,” Andy wrote on Facebook.
Parents in Romania have had to undergo therapy after agreeing to watch child porn made by a star of hit reality TV show ‘The Voice of Romania’… to check if their children were among those he abused. Lucian Darie, a music teacher from Piatra Neamt, a city in north-eastern Romania, was arrested when the parents of one of the girls complained that their daughter said he had assaulted her. Police also seized the man’s computer where they found hundreds of pornographic movies mostly involving girls aged between six and seven. (via Mail Online)
with many of the videos not showing the girls’ heads, police decided the only way to identify any of the other victims was to contact the parents of girls he had taught, and ask them to view the images.
Police defended the decision to ask the parents to help, saying that it was the only way to make sure victims who would need help could be identified, and to make sure the arrested man was tried for all the offences when the court case starts next month.
Darie found fame in Romania after he sang Unforgettable by Nat ‘King’ Cole on Romania’s version of The Voice in 2012.
In today’s “because pitong”, Romanians consider Ceausescu their best president ever. Nicolae Ceauşescu este considerat de către români că a fost cel mai potrivit cu funcţia de preşedinte al României, arată un sondaj INSCOP realizat la comanda ziarului „Adevărul”. (via adevarul.ro)
Nicolae Ceauşescu ocupă primul loc în top, 24,7% din români considerându-l cel mai potrivit pentru funcţia de preşedinte. Ion Iliescu este pe locul al doilea cu 19,1% din opţiunile publicului, Traian Băsescu pe locul al treilea cu 14,2% şi Emil Constantinescu pe patru (9,7%). 23,9% din respondenţi consideră că niciunul dintre cei patru nu s-a ridicat la înălţimea funcţiei. Non-răspunsurile sunt în proporţie de 8,4%.
Darie Cristea, coordonator proiecte Inscop, nuanţează rezultatele cercetării: ”În realitate, vorbim despre o falsă pozitivare a unui Nicolae Ceauşescu, care este asociat cu o perioadă percepută ca mai ordonată din punct de vedere al vieţii cotidiene, dar ale cărei lipsuri s-au mai uitat. Pozitivarea relativă a lui Ceauşescu vine şi în scopul evidenţierii imaginii totuşi proaste pe care publicul o are cam despre toţi preşedinţii postdecembrişti ai României. Să nu uităm că spre finalul mandatelor toţi aceştia au încheiat cu un nivel redus de încredere publică”.
One of the first Romanian immigrants to arrive in the UK after border controls were relaxed in January has complained that this country is too expensive. Victor Spirescu became a minor celebrity earlier this year after being pictured with politicians after climbing off a plane at Luton airport. At the time he said he came to London to send money back to his wife in Romania so he could start his own business, but now says he cannot make savings because the capital is too expensive. (via Mail Online)
‘I want to save some money to make my own business in Romania. I expected to save some money but no.
‘I believe England opened the border because they need people to work. English guys are at home on benefits.
‘I want to go home but I haven’t saved any money. The system is wrong I pay too much tax, too much money for travel and rent it is too expensive to live in London.’
Four NATO warships assigned to Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group TWO (SNMCMG2) arrived on Thursday in Constanta Harbor for a five-day port visit during their deployment to the Black Sea. The visit is part of the International Activity Plan of the Romanian Naval Forces for this year and is part of the line of developing relations between Romanian sailors and the alliance partners, according to Lt. Col. Corneliu Pavel, spokesperson of the Romanian Naval Forces Staff. (via GlobalPost)
"Romanian princess" and "cockfighting" probably aren’t the two terms you were expecting to hear together today, but Irina Walker just made that happen—again. The 61-year-old daughter of the last king of Romania and her husband, John, pleaded guilty yesterday to running an illegal gambling operation from their Oregon ranch. The admission came as part of a government deal in which charges of animal fighting and conspiracy to violate the animal welfare act were dropped, the AP reports. The princess admitted to profiting from what authorities say were at least 10 rooster "derbies" that she and her husband hosted in which the birds fought to the death with sharp knives strapped to their legs. "I provided food and beverage, your honor, and the location," she said in court. They charged 100 or so spectators a $20 cover and kept profits from alcohol sales, according to the Oregonian. Irina also attempted to make food to sell to the crowd, but prosecutors said attendees deemed her offerings “unacceptable”; the Walkers then commissioned a Mexican woman to make tacos (they reportedly let her keep her concession cash after charging her a fee). The Walkers are set to be sentenced in October, with an expected government recommendation for the duo to pony up $200,000 from their cockfighting proceeds and get three years of probation, says the AP. (via n)