Make room, a summer of super moons is approaching!

The mysterious light and look of the Moon will be bathing our planet in July, August and September, according to .

A super moon is considered to be 14 % bigger than 30 % brighter than other full moons. A supermoon is the coincidence of a full moon or a new moon with the closest approach the Moon makes to the Earth on its elliptical orbit, resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from Earth.

The term “supermoon” is not astronomical, but originated in modern astrology. The association of the Moon with both oceanic and crustal tides has led to claims that the supermoon phenomenon may be associated with increased risk of events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, but the evidence of such a link is widely held to be unconvincing.

The most recent occurrence was on 30 January 2014. The next occurrence will be on 10 August 2014, which will be the closest encounter in 2014.
The opposite phenomenon, an apogee-syzygy, has been called a micromoon,though this term is not as widespread as supermoon.


Ioana Toader, Access Romania Online

Romanian Government to cut in half, for the next three years, the funds to bound the apartment blocks with high seismic risk

dreamstime_2369494Romanian Government has announced that the funds from the state budget intended for the municipalities to bound the apartment blocks  with seismic risk, will be cut  in half in the next three years, even if the experts warned that the buildings could collapse in case of an earthquake.

In five years, the money appropriated from the state budget for this case, has a few fluctuations from RON 7.8 million in 2008 and RON 5.8 million in 2010, to RON 8.1 million in 2012. This year it is estimated that will be spent RON 10 million to bind the apartment blocks.

The announcement reveals the fact that for the next three years the amount from the state budget will be cut in half to RON 4 million for 2014, RON 4.5 million in 2015 and RON 5 million for 2016.

Experts warned several times that many blocks, especially in Bucharest, are in great danger in case of a strong earthquake.  According to the official lists with buildings of high risk, there are 112 included in class I of seismic risk, which are endangering the public. These buildings were built between 1900 and 1950 and other 260 buildings of which 60 were built in 1824-1898, are presenting high risk to collapse in case of an earthquake. From this list only 30 were bound in 1990.

In an official document written back in 2006, technical experts have warned the Government that the work to reduce the seismic risk of the existing buildings should be considered as being national interest because a potential earthquake like the one in 1977 or 1940 could produce high losses because of damage over time and could increase the number of buildings affected by earthquakes.

That document indicates that the list of buildings to be bound are listed about 3,000 buildings, of which 600 are classified as Class I seismic risk and the vulnerable buildings are located mainly in Bucharest, in the counties under the influence of  seismic area from  Vrancea, Banat and Fagaras.

At the end of 2011, a study presented by the Pool of Insurance Against Natural Disasters (PAID) warned that the losses resulting from an earthquake similar with the one in March 1977 could cause to the residential sector would reach EUR 4.8 billion, given that the total value of housing nationwide is estimated at EUR 105.6 billion.

The earthquake from March 4, 1977 had a magnitude of 7.2 on the Richter scale and caused losses of over USD two billion, meaning 5 % of GDP from that year, according to the World Bank data.

Of the total losses, 50% were apartments, in Bucharest 90% being victims and 70% losses. The quake caused the death of a number of 1,570 people to which were added 11,300 injured because of a collapse of 28 tall buildings.

-Access Romania Online-Ioana Toader

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The biggest career fair to take place in Bucharest, Romania this week-end

Targ Joburi

Approximately 15,000 visitors, over 90 companies participating, 3,200 career opportunists, 30 trainee and internship programs, 25 conferences and workshops are announced for the 14th edition of the great big career fair, “Angajatori de TOP” (April12-13 , Palace Hall Bucharest), according to a press release sent by Catalyst Solutions.

The top areas, depending on the number of opportunities, the top three are IT Software, sales and customer support, followed by accounting, internship & trainee, marketing & PR, procurement, telecommunications, engineering and administration.

In order to increase your chances of getting one of the jobs available, the organizer recommends candidates to learn about the participating companies on career portal and enroll in career workshops and thematic conferences.

In the fair will be a stand called ‘CV Clinic’ where applicants can receive information on procedures for how to write a CV and tips on how to improve your CV so that you can attract the attention of the employers.

“Angajatori de TOP” fair is organized by Catalyst Solutions, a company specialized in developing solutions for recruiting potential candidates.

Access Romania Online 

Laura Codruta Kovesi proposed as chief prosecutor for DNA Romania

Laura KovesiRomanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta named as chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), Laura Codruta Kovesi, and Tiberiu Nitu was named as General Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice, according to .

The proposals were advanced on Wednesday morning, April 3, 2013 through a letter to the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) by the PM Victor Ponta as Interim Minister of Justice.

Bogdan Licu was also proposed for the position of first deputy general prosecutor, Codrut Olaru as deputy general prosecutor, Alina Bica as chief prosecutor of the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) and Elena Hosu as deputy chief prosecutor of DIICOT.

Kövesi Laura is the daughter of Ioan Lascu prosecutor who served from 1980 to January 15,  2010 as head of the Prosecutor’s Office of Court Medias. Her brother, Sergiu Lascu, in 2010 became deputy director of Information Technology and Communication Department Transgaz. Between 1991-1995 she studied  the Faculty of Law at Babes-Bolyai University.

Access Romania

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