Romania in International Mass Media – Monday, September 09, 2013




The Globe and Mail
Gabriel Resources seeks Romanian clarification on key gold mine
Gabriel Resources Ltd. is frantically trying to confirm statements by Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta and other ministers regarding rejection of a draft bill allowing the company to build Europe’s largest gold mine. Media reports on Monday quoted Mr. Ponta as saying that the Rosia Montana gold-and-silver project in a small Romanian town is “case closed” after a week of protests by environmentalists and citizens throughout the country concerned over the use of cyanide in the extraction process. Gabriel will assess all its options if the draft bill is rejected, including the possibility of launching a lawsuit against the government for “multiple breaches of international investment treaties it said.

Romanians protest over gold mine
A seventh night of protests have taken place in Romania over plans for Europe’s largest open-cast gold mine. The government approved a draft law, which allows for Canadian company, Gabriel Resources, to mine for the estimated 300 tons of gold and 1,600 tons of silver at the town of Rosia Montana in western Transylvania. Over 1,000 people gathered at Bucharest’s University Square on Saturday night.

CBC News
Romania divided on Canadian mine proposal
Thousands of Romanians demonstrated on Sunday both for and against a planned Canadian gold mine that would use cyanide in the extraction process. The project would create the biggest gold mine in Europe, razing four mountains to make way for an open pit mine. Supporters say the mine would bring vital jobs and investment to the deprived area in northwest Romania. But opponents say it will present an environmental risk. “Save Rosia Montana,” some 2,500 protesters against the mine shouted in the Romanian capital, referring to the town where the mine would be and where gold has been mined for more than 2,000 years. The AFP news agency put the turnout in Bucharest at closer to 8,000.

Fox News
Thousands protest Romania gold mine plans
More than 15,000 Romanians took to the streets for the eighth straight day Sunday to protest a Canadian company’s plans to open Europe’s largest gold mine in a picturesque Transylvanian village. Canadian firm Gabriel Resources hopes to extract 300 tonnes of gold in Rosia Montana in the Carpathian mountains with mining techniques requiring the use of thousands of tonnes of cyanide. In Bucharest, around 8,000 people marched or rode their bikes to the government headquarters .

Protest in Bucharest over killing of four-year-old by stray dogs
Hundreds of people gathered in the Romanian capital Bucharest on Sunday, to campaign for the euthanasia of the city’s stray dogs. The killing of a four-year-old by strays in a park has thrown a serious spotlight on the issue and led to calls for a cull on some sixty thousand dogs which roam the streets. Many held up placards saying, “We don’t want to be next.”

BBC News
Romania campaign to kill stray dogs after boy’s death
Hundreds of Romanians have demonstrated in support of a plan to kill stray dogs in the capital after a four-year-old boy was mauled to death. Bucharest Mayor Sorin Oprescu says a referendum will be held on 6 October asking residents if they agree with “euthanasia” for stray dogs. A pack of dogs attacked the boy near a park a week ago. The city is reckoned to have about 65,000 stray dogs.

Joint military exercises with Romania start in Turkey
Joint military exercises with Turkish and Romanian armed forces started at a military base in Turkey’s Konya province, the official website of the Turkish Armed Forces reported on Monday. According to the report, the exercises will be held until September 20 with Air Force units of Turkey and Romania will participating. The purpose of the exercises is the training of personnel, as well as exchange of experience.

The Telegraph:
British man and his Romanian fiancée drown in Sicily holiday

Andrew Sturgess, 34, and Carmen Spiridon, 25, have drowned while on holiday, in Sicily. They are thought to have drowned as he tried to save her while on holiday in Sicily.


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