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American economist John Perkins, the author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, who was in Romania for several days until October 19, spoke about the danger coming from large corporations, including in the oil and gas industry. Perkins held speeches at several economic universities across Romania, and visited, among others, the Rosia Montana gold mining site. In the context of the hydraulic fracturing in Romania, which caused many controversies, the American author insisted on oil company Chevron, warning that this is an evil that Romania should keep away from (via perkins-blog, ri, db)

(Source: youtube.com)

Iranian refugee Kamal Saadik, 26, irons fabric at a clothing factory in Baia Mare, northern Romania, where he has settled after a long and torturous journey from his homeland. He is well integrated and liked by his co-workers, who helped him learn Romanian. (via UNHCR - From Ironman to doctor? Romanian hospitality may make it possible)

Iranian refugee Kamal Saadik, 26, irons fabric at a clothing factory in Baia Mare, northern Romania, where he has settled after a long and torturous journey from his homeland. He is well integrated and liked by his co-workers, who helped him learn Romanian. (via UNHCR - From Ironman to doctor? Romanian hospitality may make it possible)

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Romanian software producer I.T.N.T. was the fourth fastest growing technology company in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region in the last five years, with a whooping 1,433% increase in turnover – or 15-fold – over the last five years, according to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 in Central Europe ranking for 2014. A total of six Romanian companies were selected by Deloitte in this year’s ranking, which includes companies in the technology sector that had the highest growth rates over five years. Romania has had six representatives in the ranking in each of the last four editions of the ranking and the highest ever total was seven companies, in the 2010 edition. (via ri, ranking)
Romania’s fastest growing technology business in the last five years was I.T.N.T., which is the developer and owner of www.soft32.com, an international software distribution platform which facilitates the distribution and sales of apps for Windows, Mac and Mobile. The company was founded by Romanian entrepreneur Lucian Todea in 2003. In 2013, the company had a turnover of almost EUR 7 million, 15 times higher compared to 2008.

The second Romanian firm in Deloitte’s ranking, on 27th, is software producer Softelligence, with a 459% increase in turnover over the last five years. It is followed by Life is Hard SRL, a software developer from Cluj-Napoca, which increased its business by 453%.

IT&C integrator Teamnet International is next, on 34th, with a 424% increase in turnover. Teamnet is the largest Romanian company in the Fast 50 ranking, with a turnover of EUR 63.6 million in 2013. Teamnet is also one of the five biggest companies in the Deloitte ranking. The company has been appearing in this ranking for the last seven years.

The two other Romanian companies are IT outsourcing provider Fortech, on 37th, and Trencadis, a local supplier of e-government solutions, web portals and custom software, on 42nd.

Poland has the biggest number of companies in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 in Central Europe, 17, followed by Hungary, with 10 companies. The fastest growing company in this year’s ranking is Szallas.hu, an internet business which sells accommodation in Hungary and Central Europe.

Romanian software producer I.T.N.T. was the fourth fastest growing technology company in the Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) region in the last five years, with a whooping 1,433% increase in turnover – or 15-fold – over the last five years, according to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 in Central Europe ranking for 2014. A total of six Romanian companies were selected by Deloitte in this year’s ranking, which includes companies in the technology sector that had the highest growth rates over five years. Romania has had six representatives in the ranking in each of the last four editions of the ranking and the highest ever total was seven companies, in the 2010 edition. (via ri, ranking)
Romania’s fastest growing technology business in the last five years was I.T.N.T., which is the developer and owner of www.soft32.com, an international software distribution platform which facilitates the distribution and sales of apps for Windows, Mac and Mobile. The company was founded by Romanian entrepreneur Lucian Todea in 2003. In 2013, the company had a turnover of almost EUR 7 million, 15 times higher compared to 2008.

The second Romanian firm in Deloitte’s ranking, on 27th, is software producer Softelligence, with a 459% increase in turnover over the last five years. It is followed by Life is Hard SRL, a software developer from Cluj-Napoca, which increased its business by 453%.

IT&C integrator Teamnet International is next, on 34th, with a 424% increase in turnover. Teamnet is the largest Romanian company in the Fast 50 ranking, with a turnover of EUR 63.6 million in 2013. Teamnet is also one of the five biggest companies in the Deloitte ranking. The company has been appearing in this ranking for the last seven years.

The two other Romanian companies are IT outsourcing provider Fortech, on 37th, and Trencadis, a local supplier of e-government solutions, web portals and custom software, on 42nd.

Poland has the biggest number of companies in Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 in Central Europe, 17, followed by Hungary, with 10 companies. The fastest growing company in this year’s ranking is Szallas.hu, an internet business which sells accommodation in Hungary and Central Europe.

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Romania’s anti-corruption prosecutors said on Monday they had begun a criminal investigation of two prominent Social Democrat party lawmakers suspected of collaborating to produce a bill on amnesty and pardons in criminal cases that would benefit one of them. The investigation of Senator Dan Sova and Viorel Hrebenciuc, the vice president of the lower house, by the Directia Nationala Anticoruptie (DNA), emerged two weeks before a Nov. 2 presidential election. Prime Minister Victor Ponta is widely expected to win and consolidate the position of the Social Democrats as the ruling party. (via Romania starts corruption investigation of ruling-party bosses)

Romania’s anti-corruption prosecutors said on Monday they had begun a criminal investigation of two prominent Social Democrat party lawmakers suspected of collaborating to produce a bill on amnesty and pardons in criminal cases that would benefit one of them. The investigation of Senator Dan Sova and Viorel Hrebenciuc, the vice president of the lower house, by the Directia Nationala Anticoruptie (DNA), emerged two weeks before a Nov. 2 presidential election. Prime Minister Victor Ponta is widely expected to win and consolidate the position of the Social Democrats as the ruling party. (via Romania starts corruption investigation of ruling-party bosses)

Shocking video from Romania-Hungary Euro qualifier at Arena Națională in Bucharest - which was marred by violence on and off the field (via dm)
A violent clash between rival football hooligans has been captured by one using a chest-mounted GoPro camera.

The shocking point-of-view footage appears to have been taken a recent Euro 2016 qualifier between Hungary and Romania.

A horde of masked fans can be seen congregating in the top stand of Arena Națională in Bucharest.
A number of them then vault a fence to square off with security and opposing supporters - a section of fencing is also thrown in their direction.

There is then a flurry of violence as the camera operator yells and launches himself at another man. Flares can be heard and seen going off throughout the ground.

The Hungarian fans then flee as they are pursued by a large group of the opposition. A police man can then be seen using pepper spray.
According to the YouTube footage, the cameraman is part of a group of 30 hooligans supporting Hungarian club Ferencvaros.

The game on October 11 was marred by violence on and off the field - with supporters clashing in the stands before, during and after the match.

Reports claimed Hungarian fans set fire to seats after disallowed goal and police sprayed tear gas to calm the crowds.

Scottish referee William Collum was gave out 12 yellow cards during the match which finished 1-1.

(Source: youtube.com)

Tightening the screws on Russia’s belligerence in Eastern Europe, the United States on last Friday marked the expansion of its defence foot print in Europe. It ignored Russia’s long standing criticism, and made the first land-based U.S missile shield a reality when the U. S. Navy commissioned its new offshore missile defence base in southern Romania. It is the first of the two land-based interceptor sites in Europe designed as a NATO missile shield, (via U.S. Missile Shield In Europe Opens In Romania: Russia’s Reservations Ignored - International Business Times)

Tightening the screws on Russia’s belligerence in Eastern Europe, the United States on last Friday marked the expansion of its defence foot print in Europe. It ignored Russia’s long standing criticism, and made the first land-based U.S missile shield a reality when the U. S. Navy commissioned its new offshore missile defence base in southern Romania. It is the first of the two land-based interceptor sites in Europe designed as a NATO missile shield, (via U.S. Missile Shield In Europe Opens In Romania: Russia’s Reservations Ignored - International Business Times)

Romania has scored better on five of the six indicators of World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators for 2013. Romania recorded higher values on political stability and the absence of violence, governing efficacy, regulation quality, the state and corruption control than in 2012. It only scored worse on representation and responsibility, which reflects the perception on citizens’ participation in naming the Government, as well as the freedom of speech and media freedom. The Worldwide Governance Indicators index measures governing quality across the globe, and measures the six arrears for 200 economies. The index has been calculated yearly since 1996. (via Romania shows improvements on five of six Worldwide Governance Indicators | Romania-Insider.com)

Romania has scored better on five of the six indicators of World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators for 2013. Romania recorded higher values on political stability and the absence of violence, governing efficacy, regulation quality, the state and corruption control than in 2012. It only scored worse on representation and responsibility, which reflects the perception on citizens’ participation in naming the Government, as well as the freedom of speech and media freedom. The Worldwide Governance Indicators index measures governing quality across the globe, and measures the six arrears for 200 economies. The index has been calculated yearly since 1996. (via Romania shows improvements on five of six Worldwide Governance Indicators | Romania-Insider.com)

Anti-If by Kostas Varnalis (If by Rudyard Kipling below)

If you can fool yourself when someone else hits you,
Pretending him a wise man and never you blame him;
If you dont trust nobody and no ones trusting you,
Forgive your sin is easy, but never others sins.

If you respite the evil no single moment and
You lie louder and louder when other people lie;
If youre enjoying hitting the love with hate and though
Pretend to have a wise and even saint good side.

If you move like a worm and never fly with dreams,
And interest is always up to your highest aim;
If you leave the defeated for the winner all times,
Though both of them betraying is your standing desire.

If you can gain a thousand for every little gift
And mother land to play at cards is not a heavy act;
If you dont pay a penny as duty you have made,
As for being you paid is always right and fair.

If you can urge your thinking and heart and even nerves,
Ill old all them to make some new and evil acts;
And indecision bowing low deserves from you as serve,
When all bawl Forward! youre the only crying Back!.

If you reject the evil no single time or plot
And in its shadow feel like in a saint life tree shade;
Yours will be whole Earth and all its gifts and mines,
You’ll be the first of masters, but never MAN, be sure!

Anti se

Se tu sai fare finta di nulla quando gli altri
ti fanno l’occhiolino, e ti accusano tutti;
se tu non credi a niente e gli altri non a te;
se perdoni a te stesso tutto, ma niente agli altri;

se non esiti quando ti accingi a far del male,
e più bugie ti dicono, più tu ne dici in cambio;
se godi nell’odiare anche chi non ti odia
e fai sempre il perfetto, quello che la sa lunga.

Se cammini col ventre e non fai sogni, mai,
e se sai tener conto solo del tuo interesse;
se pianti in asso il vinto e sempre balzi al fianco
del vincitore, e senza tema tradisci entrambi;

se ciò che dici e scrivi gli altri poi lo ripetono
per vero – per gabbare il popolino stolto;
se i tuoi atti e i tuoi detti il vento come fumo
li disperde all’inferno, e tu ne esci pulito.

Se ciò che hai guadagnato sai sempre incrementarlo
e sei pronto a giocarti la patria a testa o croce;
se rifiuti di rendere i tre soldi che devi
e trovi giusto solo di essere pagato;

se il tuo cuore, la mente, i nervi “nel peccato”
sono invecchiati, e ancora li spremi perché rendano;
se fai sempre l’ambiguo, ritto in piedi e chinato,
e quando gli altri “AVANTI!”, tu invece gridi “INDIETRO!”.

Se il tuo valore sdegna di parlare alla plebe,
e invece coi potenti ti pieghi in due, t’inchini;
se non tieni mai conto di amici e di nemici,
e fai finta di amarli, ma non ami nessuno;

se non perdi occasione di escogitare il male
e solo agendo il male la tua anima è serena,
è tua tutta la Terra con le sue meraviglie
e sarai un gran signore. Ma un uomo non sarai!

Anti – Dacă

De poţi să faci pe prostul când altul te repede –
făcând-o pe deşteptul nici cu-n cuvânt nu-l cerţi
De nu te-ncrezi în nimeni şi nimeni nu te crede
De-ţi poţi ierta păcatul care altora nu-l ierţi

De nu amâni o clipă un rău să-l împlineşti
Şi dacă minţi mai tare când alţii nu spun drept
De-ţi place în iubire cu ură să izbeşti
Şi totuşi iţi pui mască de sfânt şi de-nţelept

De te târăşti ca viermii şi-n visuri nu-ţi iei zborul
Şi numai interesul îl pui la rang de ţel
De părăseşti învinsul trecând cu-nvingătorul
Şi-i vinzi fără sfială, pe amândoi la fel

De rabzi să-ţi afli scrisul şi spusa tălmăcite
drept adevăr, să-nşele mulţimea oarbă, şi
când vorbele şi fapta în vânt ţi-s risipite
tu dându-le la naiba poţi altele scorni

De poţi să faci întruna dintr-un câştig o mie
şi patria pe-o carte s-o vinzi la primul semn
De nu-ţi plăteşti bănuţul luat ca datorie
dar tu să fii plătitul găseşti că-i drept şi demn

De poţi să-ţi storci gândul, inima şi nervii
îmbătrânite-n rele, să facă rele noi
şi sub nehotărâre, plecându-te ca servii
când toţi strigă “ ‘nainte!” …doar tu strigi “înapoi”

Dacă stând în mulţime te-mpăunezi semeţ
doar lângă cel puternic îngenunchezi slugarnic
şi pe duşmani sau prieteni, tratându-l cu dispreţ
te faci că ţii la dânşii dar îi înşeli amarnic

Dacă nu pierzi momentul să faci oriunde-un rău
si-n umbra lui ai linişti, ca-n umbra unui pom
al tău va fi Pământul cu tot prisosul său
vei fi-ntre Domni Întâiul – dar niciodată OM


If by Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Se

Se riesci a non perdere la testa
quando tutti intorno a te la perdono dandotene la colpa;
se riesci ad aver fiducia in te stesso quando tutti dubitano di te,
ma tenendo nel giusto conto anche il loro dubitare;

se riesci ad aspettare senza spazientirti nell’attesa,
o essendo calunniato, a non rispondere con calunnie,
o essendo odiato, a non farti prendere dall’odio,
pur non mostrandoti troppo buono, né parlando troppo da saggio;

se riesci a sognare – e non fare dei sogni i tuoi padroni;
se riesci a pensare – e non fare dei pensieri il tuo scopo,
se riesci ad affrontare il successo e la sconfitta
e a trattare questi due impostori allo stesso modo;

se riesci a sopportare di sentire la verità che hai pronunciato
distorta da furfanti che ne fanno una trappola per gli ingenui;
o vedere le cose per cui hai dato la vita, distrutte,
e chinarti a ricostruirle con i tuoi strumenti ormai logori;

Se riesci a fare un gruzzolo di tutte le tue vincite
e a rischiarle in un sol colpo a testa o croce,
e perdere e ricominciare tutto dal principio
e non dire mai una parola sulla tua perdita;

se riesci a costringere cuore, tendini e nervi
a servire ai tuoi scopi benché ormai sfiniti da tempo,
e a tener duro quando niente più resta in te
tranne la Volontà che dice loro: “Tieni duro!”

se riesci a parlare alle folle e conservare la tua virtù,
o a passeggiare con i Re e non perdere il tuo fare ordinario,
se né i nemici né gli amici più cari possono ferirti,
se tutti gli uomini per te contano, ma nessuno troppo;

se riesci a colmare l’inesorabile minuto
e a dar valore ad ognuno dei suoi sessanta secondi,
tua è la Terra e tutto ciò che è in essa,
e − quel che più conta − tu sarai un Uomo, figlio mio!

Dacă

Dacă-ţi rămâne mintea când cei din jur şi-o pierd
şi fiindcă o ai te apasă cu vorbe care dor
Dacă mai crezi în tine când alţii nu mai cred
şi-i ierţi şi nu te superi de îndoiala lor

Dacă de aşteptare nu osteneşti nicicând
nici de minciuna goală nu-ţi clatini gândul drept
Dacă, izbit de ură, nu te răzbuni urând
Şi nu-ţi pui mască de sfânt sau înţelept

Dacă visezi şi visul stăpân tu nu ţi-l faci
Sau gândul, deşi judeci, nu-l faci ţel
Dacă-ncercând Triumful sau Dezastrul, taci
Şi poţi prin amândouă trecând, să fii la fel

Dacă înduri să afli cinstitul tău cuvânt
răstălmăcit, naivii să poarte în ispită
sau truda vieţii tale spulberată-n vânt
de poate iar s-o-nalţe unealta-ţi prea tocită

Dacă poţi strânge toate câştigurile tale
ca să le joci pe-o carte şi să le pierzi aşa
şi iarăşi de la capăt să-ncepi aceeaşi cale
fără să spui o vorbă de neizbânda ta

Dacă poţi gândul, nervii, inima să-i pui
să te slujească încă, peste puterea lor
deşi în trupul firav o altă forţă nu-i
afară de voinţa ce le impune spor

Dacă te vrea mulţimea, deşi n-ai linguşit
şi lângă şef tu umbli ca lângă un oarecare
dacă de răi sau prieteni nu poţi fi rănit
şi nu doar unul ci toţi îţi dau crezare

Dacă ajungi să umpli minutul trecător
cu şaizeci de clipe de veşnicii mereu
vei fi pe-ntreg Pământul deplin stăpânitor
dar mai presus de toate vei fi OM, copilul meu

(Source: youtube.com)

[Tom Gallagher strikes again!]
The Western gravitational pull has been dominant since the overthrow of the communist ruler, Nicolae Ceausescu, almost 25 years ago. But there is a strong Eastern undertow, as shown by the return to office in 2012 of the successor party to the communists, the Social Democrats (PSD), in parliamentary elections. Polls suggest that its abrasive leader Victor Ponta is likely to be elected president of Romania in November. He seeks a strategic partner in the east – but he courts China, not Russia. Most of the country’s political forces see Russia as a counterpoint, where they seek genuine Europeanisation or some form of semi-authoritarian populism – currently the option most in vogue. Romania may have known decades of hardline national Stalinism before 1989, but it has a much stronger pro-Western orientation than there ever was in post-communist Russia. The justice system recently demonstrated its independence by condemning to prison hundreds of public figures for corruption. Traian Basescu, president for the past decade, has been emphatically pro-Western in his policy choices. (via Russia’s borders: Romania strengthens ties with NATO as old anxieties return)
It came as no major surprise in Romania this year when Russia grabbed Crimea and proxy forces sought to detach parts of eastern Ukraine from Kiev control. Nor will Romanians probably be surprised if Russia sponsors a breakaway state in Ukraine similar to Transnistria, which effectively cut loose from Moldova in 1992 with the help of Russian troops.

But if Romanians still feel wronged by the loss of Bessarabia, neither do they have much desire to reunite with it. Contrary to a favourite stereotype, nationalism is not a dominant feature of the political culture in the country. Romania was prepared to accept western European domination of much of its economy as the price for joining the EU in 2007. And recent figures suggest that out of 7m EU citizens who work in another country within the union, no less than 1.3m are Romanians. Polls show that Romanians are less disillusioned with the EU than most of the other 28 member states, while they continue to rate their own political and state institutions very negatively. This is despite the fact that the EU has so far failed to lift Romania’s economic status.
Bucharest is also nervous about the possibility that pro-Russian elements might win the Moldovan elections in December, since it could enable Russian influence to press up against Romania’s borders. two things afford the Romanians some breathing space. They are far less dependent on Russian energy imports than any other east-central European country because they have a decent resource of their own (albeit the Russians did substantially cut gas exports to Romania recently). Second, the volume of trade with Russia is not high. This means that Moscow is unable to bring Romania to heel by abruptly halting exports as it has done regularly with Moldova. Whatever the reality of the military threat to Romania, low economic dependence on Russia is a useful advantage.

[Tom Gallagher strikes again!]
The Western gravitational pull has been dominant since the overthrow of the communist ruler, Nicolae Ceausescu, almost 25 years ago. But there is a strong Eastern undertow, as shown by the return to office in 2012 of the successor party to the communists, the Social Democrats (PSD), in parliamentary elections. Polls suggest that its abrasive leader Victor Ponta is likely to be elected president of Romania in November. He seeks a strategic partner in the east – but he courts China, not Russia. Most of the country’s political forces see Russia as a counterpoint, where they seek genuine Europeanisation or some form of semi-authoritarian populism – currently the option most in vogue. Romania may have known decades of hardline national Stalinism before 1989, but it has a much stronger pro-Western orientation than there ever was in post-communist Russia. The justice system recently demonstrated its independence by condemning to prison hundreds of public figures for corruption. Traian Basescu, president for the past decade, has been emphatically pro-Western in his policy choices. (via Russia’s borders: Romania strengthens ties with NATO as old anxieties return)
It came as no major surprise in Romania this year when Russia grabbed Crimea and proxy forces sought to detach parts of eastern Ukraine from Kiev control. Nor will Romanians probably be surprised if Russia sponsors a breakaway state in Ukraine similar to Transnistria, which effectively cut loose from Moldova in 1992 with the help of Russian troops.

But if Romanians still feel wronged by the loss of Bessarabia, neither do they have much desire to reunite with it. Contrary to a favourite stereotype, nationalism is not a dominant feature of the political culture in the country. Romania was prepared to accept western European domination of much of its economy as the price for joining the EU in 2007. And recent figures suggest that out of 7m EU citizens who work in another country within the union, no less than 1.3m are Romanians. Polls show that Romanians are less disillusioned with the EU than most of the other 28 member states, while they continue to rate their own political and state institutions very negatively. This is despite the fact that the EU has so far failed to lift Romania’s economic status.
Bucharest is also nervous about the possibility that pro-Russian elements might win the Moldovan elections in December, since it could enable Russian influence to press up against Romania’s borders. two things afford the Romanians some breathing space. They are far less dependent on Russian energy imports than any other east-central European country because they have a decent resource of their own (albeit the Russians did substantially cut gas exports to Romania recently). Second, the volume of trade with Russia is not high. This means that Moscow is unable to bring Romania to heel by abruptly halting exports as it has done regularly with Moldova. Whatever the reality of the military threat to Romania, low economic dependence on Russia is a useful advantage.

Four new residential projects developed by foreign investors started unit sales earlier this week, totaling 1,100 units. The investment in these projects amounted to EUR 100 million, according to Mediafax. A Swiss investor builds a residential block in Batistei area, while Lithuanian Hanner Group works on a residential compound in Tineretului area. Israeli group Tagor will develop a project in Pipera, while Spanish firm Volumetric, on a project on Ficusului boulevard. (via ri)

Four new residential projects developed by foreign investors started unit sales earlier this week, totaling 1,100 units. The investment in these projects amounted to EUR 100 million, according to Mediafax. A Swiss investor builds a residential block in Batistei area, while Lithuanian Hanner Group works on a residential compound in Tineretului area. Israeli group Tagor will develop a project in Pipera, while Spanish firm Volumetric, on a project on Ficusului boulevard. (via ri)

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