Archive for October, 2010

31 October 2010

Porn Star Couple Innaugurates Swingers’ Club

Joanna Romain and Mihai Dumitrescu, famous for their careers as porn stars, were the couple to give the “maiden run” to one of Bucharest’s new swingers’ clubs. With dimmed music and candle light, the club offers swinging couples a place to socialize and get to meet. And for those who want to move to the next level, the club also features private rooms, with beds and condoms.

Unlike most swingers’ clubs, those in Bucharest allow single men to enter. Of course, the charge for a single man to attend is three times higher than the one for single women: 300 Romanian Lei (about 100 USD) for a man, 100 Lei for a woman and 200 lei for a couple. Swingers’ clubs have become evermore popular in Bucharest in the past decade and there have been several such clubs opened throughout Romania.

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31 October 2010

Posh Club in Bucharest, Cover for De-Luxe Brothel

500 Euros per night in the company of any of the 10 young girls that worked there as “dancers” was the price that foreign tourists or businessmen in Bucharest would pay at a night club in the poshest area of Romania’s capital. One of the girls was only 17 and her parents learned from law enforcers about her late night job.

Four girls were actually caught in the act by the raiding police officers, as they were giving the “de-luxe treatment” to two customers from Switzerland. According to prosecutors, the club would also advertise its sexual services on the internet. The club’s owners, a man and a woman, have been arrested for 29 days.

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31 October 2010

Teacher to End 70 Days Hunger Strike

“I won’t be a martyr and this is endangering my life”, said Cristina Anghel, the 51 years old Romanian primary school teacher, onher 68th day on hunger strike. She announced that she will resume a normal diet starting on Monday, the 1st of November.

Mrs. Anghel went on hunger strike in August, in protest of the Romanian government’s announced pay cuts of 25 percent, made at the request of the IMF. Her name was mentioned in Parliament by opposition leaders, as the same government was facing a vote of no confidence earlier this week.

Several other teachers in Romania have also gone on hunger strike, in support of Mrs. Anghel. She said that she will not influence their decision on whether to continue or to cease their protest, as it is entirely up to them.

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31 October 2010

Hundreds Flock for Free Food at Market Inauguration

A massive crowd flocked outside the gates of a refurbished shopping market in Vaslui, Romania, as the inaguration ceremony was about to begin. The people were there not to shop, but to get their hands on as much free food they could carry.

The crowd gathered outside the market gates hours before the opening, despite the cold, in anticipation of the plates of free food prepared for the ceremony. As the gates opened, the people rushed to seize as much of the free meat, salami and cheese as they could. Many packed bags and took home as much as they could snatch.

Most of the people were pensioners, the poorest walk of life in Romania. A state pension in Romania usually is 350 Romanian Lei, about 110 US Dollars. The situation of the elderly is alarming, as authorities seem powerless to help improve the lives of the senior citizens.

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30 October 2010

Legal Drugs, Now With Home Delivery

It’s the latest marketing trick for Romania’s more and more competitive legal narcotics market. In Iaşi, to the North-East of the country, where the market was also born, there are now at least 15 legal drug shops who compete for a target of many thousands college and high school students.

Home delivery is now being offered for any order that exceeds 20 Romanian Lei (about 6 US Dollars), anywhere in the half a million strong city of Iaşi, the unofficial capital of Eastern Romania. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The numerous attempts from doctors and law makers to stop the legal drug frenzy have, so far, all but failed. In Iaşi alone, there are between 50 and 100 young people that need emergency medical care because of the legal drugs each week. On the bright side, the people of Iaşi are spared the nightmare of heroin addicts, that has plagued Romania’s capital city, Bucharest. In the nation’s capital, there are around 50 thousand heroin users, from a population of almost 3 million.

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29 October 2010

Poverty Line: Hundreds Queue for Free Bread in Romania

It’s still long before sunrise when hundreds of poor Romanian pensioners in Bucharest line up for the two free loaves of bread given three times a week by a local charity. The two loaves may be worth less than a dollar, but they still mean a lot to the poorest pensioners, who receive less than 100 dollars a month from the state, after decades of work.

The charity also provides bread for pensioners outside of Bucharest, two times a week. Charity representatives claim that the poverty queue has thickened since Romania’s authorities adopted austerity measures, at the request of the IMF.

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29 October 2010

Russian Businessmen in Highest Level Corruption Row in Romania

Two important businessmen from Russia, representatives of Marco
Group, who owns ALRO Slatina, are being accused of pulling strings
around the Romanian president, in order to arrange for cheaper electrical power to be delivered to ALRO, one of Europe’s largest aluminum plants.

Persons in high positions, like Elena Udrea, Dorin Cocoş, as well as
Valeriy Krasnov and Vitaliy Maskitskiy, Russian businessmen, have been
intercepted by secret services while talking about the alleged
transaction. The transcripts of those talks, from 2005, have just been
revealed. Sources claim also that president Medvedev is also being mentioned in the conversations.

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29 October 2010

Newspaper Promotion: A Pound of Potatoes with Every Copy

This is how a Romanian newspaper was advertising on October the 27th. For every copy bought in a certain chain of mini-markets, the readers were being offered a pound of potatoes for free.

The newspaper is called Click and it is well positioned on Romania’s tabloid market. The owner of both the newspaper and the chain of stores in none other than Romania’s tycoon Dinu Patriciu, who has made his vast fortune from oil business and has moved into the media market. The exact promotion slogan is “Buy half a kilo of potatoes from Mic.Ro and get another half for free”, when producing a little card that was being given away along with the paper.

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27 October 2010

Nicolas Cage to Shoot in Fairytale Castle in Romania

“Ghost Rider”, the sequel, starring Nicolas Cage, is going to feature scenes shot in a medieval castle in Romania. The producers are interested in renting the castle for 35 to 40 hours, for the price of 1000 Romanian Lei (300 USD) per hour.

Nicolas Cage is also going to be filming in Sibiu, Romania, starting November the 1st, according to his Romanian representatives. His crew consists in 200 people, mostly Romanians. According to an announcement made by a casting company in Sibiu, the film makers will also be hiring extras, adults and children, for the amount of 15 to 20 dollars a day.

The exact date of the shoot in the Corvin Castle is yet unknown. It belonged to the noble family of Hunedoara, who reigned over Transylvania. The Corvin Castle, dated estimately in the 14th century, was built by a fairy, in just a week, according to it legend. According to documents, though, it was donated by the king Sigismund of Luxemburg, in 1409.

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27 October 2010

Massive Rallies as Government Faces Vote of No Confidence

Over 80 thousand people are expected to take to the streets in Bucharest, Romania, today, in a massive protest rally against the government’s policies, as the Parliament is scheduled to examine a vote of no confidence against the executive.

The main opposition party has allegedly been offering support to protesters all across the country to come to Bucharest. Hundreds of buses packed with protesters have been arriving in the Romanian capital and a immense police force has been mobilised to ensure public order. The centre of Bucharest has been closed for traffic as of 6:30 Romanian time (GMT plus 2) because of the rallies.

The opposition has filed for a vote of no confidence against the government, as a result of its policies regarding pay cuts in the public sector. If the parliament decides to give the executive a vote of no confidence, a new government will need to be named by the president of Romania, Traian Băsescu.

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