TENNIS Romanian tennis player Simona Halep who is currently ranking 7th
in the world's standings, on Monday clinched a 6-3, 6-3 win against the
15-year-old US challenger Cori Gauff in the round of 16 of the Wimbledon
tournament, the third Grand Slam tournament this year. Gauff was the revelation
of the present edition of the prestigious competition and before meeting Halep
she had defeated experienced players, including her famous compatriot Venus
Williams. Simona will next take on Shuai Zhang of China on Tuesday. Halep's
best performance at Wimbledon was the 2014 qualification for the semifinals.
Also on Monday the pair made up of Romanian Horia Tecau and Dutch Jean-Julien
Rojer qualified for the quarter-finals after Argentinians Horacio Zeballos and
Maximo Gonzales had abandoned the game. We recall that Tecau and Rojer won the
Wimbledon tournament in 2015.
EXAM The baccalaureate pass rate in Romania has this
year been around 73.7%, one percent higher than last year, the country's Education
Ministry has announced. 177 students have got the highest mark, 73 more than
last year, whereas 84 students have been eliminated for fraud or attempted
fraud. The highest pass rate has been registered in capital Bucharest and in
Cluj, western Romania.
AGREEMENT The Romanian government on Monday signed an agreement with the
European Investment Bank through which the latter offers technical assistance
for building three regional hospitals in Iasi, north-eastern Romania, Cluj
Napoca in the north-west and Craiova in the south-west. The aforementioned
projects benefit from European funding. According to Romania's Health Minister
Sorina Pintea, the agreement has a total value of roughly 12.9 million Euros.
In turn, the bank's vice-president Andrew McDowell said the expertise of the
EIB experts would be transferred to the Romanian personnel with the Project Implementation
Unit of Romania's Health Ministry.
GDP Romania's GDP went up by 1.3% in real terms in the first
quarter of the year as against the last quarter of 2018 and is by 5% bigger as
compared with the same period of last year, according to provisional data made
public on Monday by the National Institute of Statistics. Romanian authorities
estimate a 5.5% increase in Romania's economy this year, while international
financial institutions have put it at under 4% - the European Commission at
3.3%, the IMF at 3.1%, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development at
3.2% and the World Bank at 3.6%. On the other hand, the net medium salary stood
around 660 in May, down against the month before. The IT and cloth
manufacturing sectors reported the biggest salaries.
(translated by bill)