SPEECH – Romanian Crown Princess Margareta will deliver a speech before Parliament on April 26, marking the anniversary of 100 years since Iasi was named the capital of the Kingdom of Romania between 1916-1918 and the City of the Great Unification”. The event celebrates the adoption 100 years ago of the laws reforming the Romanian modern state, the agrarian law and the election law, both adopted by the Senate and the Deputies’ Assembly. According to a press release issued on Suday, political and legislative measures adopted by the Parliament that fled to Iasi during the Great War, are the expression of a concerted political effort on behalf of all the parties making up the Constituent Assembly, as expressed by King Ferdinand in his opening speech in the Parliament plenary session of December 15, 1917. We recall that after the Great War, all of Romania’s historical provinces were united under one single entity, the Kingdom of Romania.
AVALANCHE – Saturday’s avalanche in Retezat Mountains killed two teenagers, 13-year-old Dor Geta Popescu and 14-year-old Erik Gulacsi, both professional climbers enrolled in a sports club in Brasov. The local mountain rescue service has warned against imminent avalanche risks. Dor Geta Popescu was the holder of six world titles and a European trophy. At 10 years of age she became the world’s youngest climber to summit Ararat, at an altitude of 5,000 meters. Erik Gulacsi last year was designated the youngest European climber to summit Aconcagua Peak in Argentina, at over 6,900 meters, the highest in America. The police is investigating the tragedy.
ROMANIANS – Three Romanians from Constanta, eastern Romania, attended festivities marking 2770 years since the city was founded. Disguised as Dacians, the three reenacted battles led by Emperor Trajan in the Dacian-Roman wars on modern-day Romanian territory in 101-102 and 105-106 CE. After their defeat, the Dacians were Romanized, while only a few Dacian words still survive in Romanian, the only neo-Latin language in southeastern Europe. A chronicle of the Dacian-Roman wars is sculpted on the famous Trajan Column in Rome.
SAINT GEORGE – Over a million Romanians celebrated their name day on Sunday, the feast day of Saint George, the first martyr of early Christianity. Saint George is also the patron saint of the Romanian Land Forces. Ceremonies were held in most barracks across the country, attended by representatives of the Ministry of Defense, local authorities, military on reserve status and war veterans.
GYMNASTICS – Romanian athlete Catalina Ponor on Sunday grabbed gold in the beam final at the European Gymnastics Championships hosted by Cluj-Napoca, northwestern Romania. In the same event Larisa Iordache won bronze. Also on Sunday, Marian Dragulescu won silver in the men’s vault event, after winning gold in the floor final on Saturday. Cluj hosted the European Gymnastics Championships 60 years after the last edition was held in Romania. A total of 274 athletes from 37 countries took part in the event.
TENNIS – Romania’s Fedcup team defeated Great Britain on home turf 3-2 in the playoffs for the Second World Group. On Sunday, Simona Halep defeated Johanna Konta of Great Britain, 6-1, 6-3 in the third rubber match while Irina Begu defeated Heather Watson. On Saturday, Halep won against Watson while Konta defeated Sorana Cirstea. We recall that Saturday’s match between Konta and Cirstea was interrupted due to an incident caused by Romanian coach Ilie Nastase, who was sent off after swearing at the umpire and verbally abusing Johanna Konta and the British coach. The ITF has launched an investigation (Translated by V. Palcu)