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What the newspapers say: June 2, 2009

de C.B.     HotNews.ro
Marţi, 2 iunie 2009, 1:39 English | Press Review

The name of a Romanian citizen is featured on the list of the passengers that disappeared today on the Rio de Janeiro – Paris Air France flight, Romanian press informs. Elsewhere in the news, Romanian minister of Health threatens that passengers who forget to fill in the health check forms on arriving to Romania might face penal charges. Romanian tennis player Sorana Carstea qualified in the Roland Garros quarter-final. The slight depreciation in prices on Bucharest real estate market also attracted media’s attention. Last but not least, Transylvania hosts the only Nokia European factory to produce phone accessories.

A Romanian citizen is listed among the passengers on board of the plane that disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean today, Cotidianul informs. Romanian ambassador in Paris Teodor Baconsky declared that on the Rio de Janeiro – Paris flight there was also a Romanian woman. Her name corresponds to several persons from Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ database; therefore there will be a date-of-birth investigation before her family will be announced. The list containing the names of the passengers was made available by Air France spokesperson.
    
Most passengers flying to Romania "forget" to fill in the health check forms and the authorities do not seem to care, according to Evenimentul Zilei. The procedure was voluntary, so the passengers did not bother to waste time with the forms. It is also the case of the Romanian woman who returned from the US and was diagnosed yesterday with swine flu. She, her mother and her boyfriend are currently hospitalised at Matei Bals Institute in Bucharest.

According to Romania Libera, Romanian minister of Health Ion Bazac declared that filling in the forms is compulsory and those who fail to complete the forms and may spread the disease will be likely to face penal charges. People refusing or forgetting to comply risk going to jail between one month and two years or pay a fine. Romania has now a direct flight to the US starting yesterday. 

Romanian Sorana Cîrstea won against Jelena Jankovici at Roland Garros, Gandul reads. The 19 year-old tennis player qualified on Monday evening for the French Open quarter-final after the most important victory in her career. Carstea eliminated favourite No. 5 Serbian Jelena Jankovici from the competition, after almost a 3 hours match, score 3-6, 6-0, 9-7. This is the first time Romania is represented in Roland Garros quarter-final in 12 years. The last Romanian tennis player to have made it was Ruxandra Dragomir in 1997. Next, she will play against Australian Samantha Stosur.

Bucharest home owners are slightly dropping the prices, Evenimentul Zilei informs, according to real estate agency Colliers International. The lowest prices in Romania’s capital are seen by sector 5, where prices dropped 4% against their value in April. The cheapest apartments can be bought in the sixth sector though, where the medium price is 913 euros/square metre. Sector two follows closely with 990 euros/square metre. In sector one, home are being sold with 1,656 euros/square meter. 
 
General Nokia manager John Guerry announced on Monday that Nokia Romania started producing phone accessories in Jucu, Cluj (central Transylvania), Adevarul reads. It is the only European factory to produce Nokia phone accessories. Guerry said the initial project will be respected, creating 3,500 jobs. There are presently 1,500 people working at Jucu, with an indefinite term contract. The company also hired 400 temporary staff. Nokia’s traditional suppliers, BYD, Hansa and Stora, promised to create up to 15,000 work places two years ago. Guerry believes their commitment has not been cancelled, but deferred.
























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