• PM Ciolos’s wife: Why donating for “Wisdom of the Earth “? Because it is a symbol of the Romanian people

    Wife of Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos, Valerie Ciolos-Villemin, on Thursday evening joined other artists at the Roman-Catholic Cathedral of Alba Iulia in staging a concert of sacred music in support of a national public fundraiser for the purchase of Constantin Brancusi’s sculpture “Wisdom of the Earth,” saying that donations should be made because the sculpture is a symbol belonging to the Romanian people.

    “You may realise [what would happen]t if each of us donated 1 euro — we are 22 million here, let us ignore the children — but all employed people should contribute at least one euro; perhaps 10 million out of 20 million, then we would raise more [than necessary for the purchase] that perhaps could be used for something else as well,” said Valerie Ciolos-Villemin.

    She said she had not donated yet, but that she will do so in the period immediately ahead.

    “I am going to donate. I am the accountant at home, but I was away for two weeks and I did not donate, but now I will do it. Why donate? To me, it is about a symbol, about Brancusi, who is a Romanian, a man who always looked for the essence of things and who was an exceptional person. The statute rightfully belongs to the Romanian people. In fact, to me it is about a symbol, an archetype to which anyone can contribute what they can afford. As you can see, I have done my best here. I am no professional player, as you could see I also made mistakes, but I did my best, what I liked,” added Ciolos-Villemin.

    Alongside soprano Alexia Trif, tenor Ioan Chiciudean, pianist Valentina Popovciuc and a children’s choir conducted by Boris Rancov, Valerie Ciolos-Villemin staged a concert of sacred music at the Roman-Catholic Cathedral of Alba Iulia, organised by the Ladies’ Academy as part of a camping ‘From Heart to the Community.’ The concert was designed to win the involvement of the local community in supporting the purchase by Romania’s Culture Ministry of Brancusi’s “Wisdom of the Earth.”

    “I always feel very good here, because you are well-mannered people, and I feel great here in Alba Iulia. Thank you for your involvement. You are an active local community and I’d like you to go on,” said Ciolos-Villemin.

    She added that she will spend Easter in Transylvania with her family.

    “I am getting ready to enjoy it with them, to eat painted eggs and cozonac [sweet bread]. (…) I will help my mother-in-law make the sweet bread, in case she has not finished yet,” said the PM’s wife, adding that the cozonac is her favourite Easter food. More…

  • Mariana Anghel, the Romanian singer who made the ‘pricesne’ well-known worldwide

    The Romanian folk singer Mariana Anghel is unique in her way because she is the one who has made the ‘pricesne’, a hymnography that is sung at the end of the holy liturgy well-known all around the world.

    In an interview with AGERPRES, she explains the way she preaches these special hymns for seven years now, in national and international tours, called ” Christ is risen!”

    Together with Ionut Fulea and Dorel Visan she manages to ring a bell in the Romanians’ consciousness wherever they are.

    For her talent and abnegation, Mariana Anghel has been awarded the Order ‘Saint Hierarch Andrew, Metropolitan of Transylvania’.

    In the past years, Mariana Anghel has created a music trend. Therefore, the ‘pricesne’ have departed from the churches of Ardeal to the ones in southern Oltenia and eastern Moldova and are now sung by folk singers and students and graduates of the Theology Schools and in religious worship places, and also on the world’s scenes.

    She says that Romanians shouldn’t forget that ‘home’ is where their soul is, where God is holding them and comforting them when they are in need.

    Mariana Anghel says that the ‘pricesne’ are part of the peoples’ creation of the Transylvanian villages, a creation that subsequently was accepted and introduced by the clergy at the end of the Sunday’s Liturgy. ‘Priceasna’ is a religious work, made by the cantor and the village’s ingabitants. It has a broad thematic.

    “I managed to piece together these songs to father a story, from the entrance of Jesus in Jerusalem to the Ressurection. Some ‘pricesne’ are like parables, a sermon that is sung.

    She says she had picked ‘pricesne’ from her native area, in western Hunedoara.

    Years ago, the “Army of God” band appeared. They were singing the ‘pricesne’. And so she hit the road with actor Dorel Visan, with Petrisor Varga, the conductor of a chamber choir they have kept all these years, because he came with a very special orchestra. It is him who has dressed this hymns in robes and made them accessible.

    “We had some vocal groups and for a few years we have remained with the Anghelos group, conducted by Traian Stoita, which is absolutely angelical.When they sing, time simply stops,” says Anghel. More…

  • Saint Lucia to continue supporting a just and viable solution of the Cyprus problem

    The government of Saint Lucia will continue supporting the efforts of the government of Cyprus for the achievement of a just, viable and functional solution of the Cyprus problem, the island country`s Deputy Governor MacDonald Dixon has stressed.

    Receiving the credentials of the new Cypriot High Commissioner, stationed in New York, Vasilis Philippou, Dixon also thanked the government of Cyprus for the scholarships it offered to the government of Saint Lucia.
    According to an official press release, presenting his credentials, the Cypriot High Commissioner informed Dixon about the current state of affairs as regards the Cyprus talks and pledged to work hard to enhance bilateral relations, especially in the fields of tourism, education and maritime.

    In the framework of his visit, the Cypriot High Commissioner held a meeting with the Foreign Minister Alva Romanus Baptiste and other government officials.

    CNA/AAR/GCH 2016

  • BTA

    Bulgarian Parliament Concludes Passage of Election Code Amendments, Takes Recess

    Sofia, April 28 (BTA) – Bulgaria’s Parliament Thursday passed conclusively the last batch of amendments to the Election Code and took an Easter recess.

    Overseas Voting Restrictions Modified

    Reversing an earlier resolution, the legislature voted, 105-29 with one abstention, to modify the ban on overseas voting outside the Bulgarian embassies and consulates by certain exceptions. Voting sections in settlements in EU Member States where there is no Bulgarian diplomatic mission or consular post may be established provided that not fewer than 100 voters have submitted applications stating their wish to vote. In countries which are not EU Member States, a single voting section may be established in a settlement of a population exceeding 1 million by a decision of the Central Election Commission (CEC) on a proposal from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided that not fewer than 100 voters have submitted applications stating their wish to vote. More…

  • Bulgarian President Unveils Bulgarian Christian Art Exhibition in Austrian Monastery

    Vienna, April 28 (BTA exclusive by Tsvetana Delibaltova) – Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev attended the opening of a large exhibition of Bulgarian Christian art, titled “The Glory of the East,” in the Klosterneuburg Monastery in the Austrian state of Lower Austria on April 27.

    The show features 100 exhibits from the National Museum of Archaeology (NMA) in Sofia, including some very precious icons and church utensils. It highlights the development of Christianity and Christian art in Bulgaria from the 4th until the 17th century. More…

  • President Iohannis: I’ve promulgated the debt discharge law

    President Klaus Iohannis on Thursday announced having promulgated a debt discharge law.

    “I have promulgated the law, and it will be published in the Official Journal today,” Iohannis said at the Cotroceni Palace.

    He added that the law, as reexamined by Parliament, is okay. “The law initially came to me and I sent it back to Parliament with some observations. Back then, in my opinion, the law had not been properly drawn up. Parliament considered my observations and amended the law accordingly and sent it back to me in its new version. I am commending Parliament for having taken my observations into account and I believe the law as is now for promulgation is okay,” said Iohannis. More…

  • Bulgarian President Plevneliev Confers with Lower Austria Governor Proll

    Vienna, April 27 (BTA) – On the second day of his visit to Austria, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev conferred with Lower Austria’s Governor Erwin Proll. Bulgaria and Lower Austria share a common vision for the European and regional development and have actively developing trade and economic relations. Bilateral trade has the potential to be more dynamic, Plevneliev said after the meeting, quoted by his Press Secretariat on Wednesday. More…Bulgaria_LowerAustria

  • Bulgarian, Austrian Presidents Confer in Vienna

    Vienna, April 27 (BTA exclusive by Tsvetana Delibaltova) – Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev opened his two-day working visit to Austria on Tuesday by a session of talks with Austrian President Heinz Fischer. The Bulgarian head of State presented to his host the Order of the Balkan Range with ribbon, which was conferred on Fischer for his services to the promotion of bilateral relations. For his part, Plevneliev received the Grand Star of the Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria. More…


  • Communications Minister: There is no cybersecurity without system interconnection

    The risks associated with transformations come along with interoperability, and if the systems aren’t interconnected, we cannot speak of cybersecurity, Minister of Communications and Information Society Marius Bostan told a specialist conference on Wednesday.

    “The strategies are now corrected very often, and country strategies are much more complex than those in a company. Without continuous innovation and adaptation of strategies, we stray from our goals and miss the chance to carry them through (…) Unfortunately, I sometimes meet people who are under the impression that things are easily done. The risks associated with transformations come along with the interoperability part. If the systems aren’t interconnected, we cannot speak of cybersecurity. I believe that education and professional training are very important. Regulations cannot keep pace with the fast-changing technologies,” Bostan said.

    According to the Communications Minister, Romania needs a resettling of the IT&C goals, in the context where the legal framework must be adjusted to the current needs.

    “I hope this year we shall lay the foundations for the resettling of the goals in the area. The state anyway follows into the steps of the private companies (…) personally I am the supporter of a change and I would like to be able to implement it by September — October. The adaptation of the legal framework still requires a lot of work. For now, we have the Economic Technical Council for the Information Society which assesses all projects worth over 2.5 million lei,” the minister said.

    Over 200 representatives of the IT&C industry (technology specialists, CIOs, IT managers) participate on Wednesday in the “Connected world. Disruption is around the corner” conference, an IT management event organised by the CIO Council Romania Professional Association.

    The association of chief information officers in Romania — CIO Council — gathers over 60 members holding and having held the chief information officer (CIO) position or information technology (IT) director operating in large Romanian or multinational corporations in various activity fields. More…

  • Nicosia calls on UNSG to tell Turkey it must conform with international legality

    Nicosia has expressed grave concern over Turkey’s questioning the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus to its exclusive economic zone and its exploration and exploitation of natural reserves.

    Permanent Representative of Cyprus to the United Nations Ambassador Nicholas Emiliou, in a letter addressed to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, which circulated as an official document of the General Assembly and the Security Council, noted that Turkey’s fulfillment of all its obligations arising from the UN Charter and international law is the only mutually beneficial path ahead.

    In his letter, Emiliou expresses the government`s “grave disappointment and concern over a press statement issued by the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 25 March 2016, which constitutes yet another example of Turkey’s continued provocative and destabilizing attitude vis-à-vis the Republic of Cyprus”.

    The Republic of Cyprus, he points out, exercising its sovereign right, in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, has recently called for a third international tender for hydrocarbon exploration in its exclusive economic zone. The tender was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 24 March 2016.

    In its press statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey continues to call into question the sovereign rights of the Republic of Cyprus to an exclusive economic zone and its exploration and exploitation, said Emiliou.

    Turkey’s deplorable position, he continued, “based on an arbitrary interpretation of international treaties and conventions, is totally unfounded and lacks any legal basis. In addition, it constitutes further proof of its continuing refusal to comply with international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, especially resolutions 541 (1983) and 550 (1984)”.

    The Permanent Representative said “it would be redundant to underline once more that the Republic of Cyprus, a State Member of the United Nations, is fully entitled to legitimately exercise all its sovereign rights deriving from international law over both its land and marine territories, including the sovereign rights over its exclusive economic zone and continental shelf, as guaranteed by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which was ratified by the Republic of Cyprus in 1988”.

    He described as “regrettable that Turkey uses as a pretext for its assertions the “protection of the rights of the Turkish Cypriots”. The Government of the Republic of Cyprus has repeatedly made it abundantly clear that “Cyprus’s natural wealth belongs to the people of Cyprus — that is to say, to all citizens of the Republic of Cyprus. Following the resolution of the Cyprus problem, all people of the island will reap the benefits of their country’s natural resources”.

    The rights of the Turkish Cypriots will be best served in the framework of a comprehensive settlement of the Cyprus problem, said Emiliou, which will allow all Cypriots to live in conditions of peace, dignity and prosperity. It is in this way that the exploitation of Cyprus’s hydrocarbons will benefit all Cypriots and guarantee a prosperous future for generations to come.

    Hence, the Cypriot diplomat noted, “it is in this direction that Turkey should be concentrating its efforts, adopting a constructive attitude towards a settlement of the Cyprus problem, which will result in the reunification of the country, its people, its economy and its institutions”.

    Emiliou said it will take several years before any financial benefits materialize from the exploitation of hydrocarbons in Cyprus’s exclusive economic zone and “it is therefore of utmost importance that the Cyprus problem be solved by then. We remain confident that this can be achieved, if the Turkish side shows the necessary goodwill and contributes positively and in a concrete way, within the agreed basis of the talks, to the negotiations under way in order to reach a solution in a timely manner”.

    Emiliou underlined that Turkey’s fulfillment of all its obligations arising from the Charter of the United Nations and international law is the only mutually beneficial path ahead and the way forward for Cyprus and its people to benefit from its natural wealth.

    “The Government of Cyprus remains determined to uphold and protect its sovereign rights to explore and exploit its natural resources within its exclusive economic zone under international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, using all peaceful means at its disposal”, he stressed.

    Emiliou reiterated Cyprus` call for Ban to convey to Turkey a firm message that “it must conform with international legality and honour its obligations under the Charter of the United Nations, respect the sovereignty and sovereign rights of all States Member of the United Nations and contribute in a concrete way to the efforts for a settlement of the Cyprus problem and the promotion of regional peace and stability”.


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