[April 25] Romanian
International Championships: surprising edition
[April 23] Vox
Populi: President Bush has to award a medal to Hero Liviu
19] Liviu Librescu,
The Hero. Everybody's Hero
YORK / America was the first to name him The Hero; Israel,
his adoption country, named him "Our Hero"; Romania,
his native country, named him Hero also and gave him the highest
distinction; the Romania's Parliament honoured him today with
a minute of silence. Liviu Librescu has become Everybody's
Hero, the greatest Honor somebody can get, above any medal
or State Funerals.
National order The Star of Romania, awarded to Liviu Librescu
Despite the strongest political turmoil
taking place these days, (actual President may be suspended
today by Parliament), in his darkest moments, President Basescu
has found the time to award, at once, to Liviu Librescu Romania's
highest distinction. We are all grateful for that to him and
[April 18] President
Bush spoke about Romanian born Hero Liviu Librescu
WASHINGTON / President George W.Bush has visited
today the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. During
his speech he mentioned the Romanian born Hero Liviu Librescu:
"Our flags fly at half-mast in memory
of 32 souls whose lives were taken at Virginia Tech on Monday
morning. That day we saw horror, but we also saw acts of quiet
courage. We saw this courage in a teacher named Liviu Librescu.
With the gunman set to enter his class, this brave professor
blocked the door with his body while his students fled to
safety. On the Day of Remembrance, this Holocaust survivor
gave his own life so that others might live. And this morning
we honor his memory, and we take strength from his example."
born Hero Liviu Librescu received Highest Award
[April 17] Romanian
born and Holocaust survivor saved Students' Lives
Romania/ Liviu Librescu, a Romanian born who survived the
Nazi killings and later escaped from Communist Romania, was
one of several foreign victims of Monday's shootings, which
coincided with Israel's Holocaust remembrance day.
Photo: Liviu Librescu
The e-mails from grateful students
arrived soon after Liviu Librescu was shot to death, telling
how the Holocaust survivor barricaded the doorway of his Virginia
Tech classroom and saved their lives at the cost of his own.
"My father blocked the doorway with
his body and asked the students to flee," Librescu's son,
Joe Librescu, said Tuesday in a telephone interview from his
home outside Tel Aviv. "Students started opening windows and
jumping out." Joe Librescu, who studied at Virginia Tech from
1989 to 1994, said his mother received e-mails from students
shortly after learning of her husband's death. The gunman,
identified as Cho Seung-Hui - a 23-year-old English major
and native of South Korea - killed 32 people, then committed
The academic community in Romania also
was mourning Librescu's death. "It is a great loss," said
Ecaterina Andronescu, rector of the Polytechnic University
in Bucharest, where Librescu graduated with a degree in mechanics
and aviation construction in 1953. "We have immense consideration
for the way he reacted and defended his students with his
life." At the Bucharest university,
people placed flowers on a table holding his picture and a
President of Romania Traian
Basescu, Prime Minister Calin Popescu-Tariceanu and Minister
of Foreign Affairs Adrian Cioroianu sent today messages of
condolences to their US counterparts expressing sincere regrets
for the tragic deaths of 33 students and professors in the
incidents at Virginia Tech University on April 16 th , 2007
. Romanian authorities expressed solidarity with the American
people in these tragic moments of profound distress. The romanian
authorities also addressed heartfelt condolences to the family
of Professor Liviu Librescu...
To honor and remember the victims, a website has been created
by Virginia Tech so those within the university community
and around the world may share condolences, thoughts, and
your condolences - Click Here
Gymnastics International Championships Results
PLOIESTI, Romania/ The 50th edition of Romanian International
Championships ended Sunday at Ploiesti under the Romanian
gymnastics team expected dominance. Here are the full results
of the competitions; for detailed results, check the PDf files.
political turmoil, Octavian Belu remains ANS President
BUCHAREST/ Romania's Prime Minister Tariceanu has visited
the National Sport Agency (ANS) headed
to express his full support -at least that's was the official
a no-use, no-consequences but
rather grab-some-points-in-polls meeting at the ANS headquarters
Romania's Prime Minister Tariceanu and Octavian Belu, ANS
Belu, former main coach of the Romanian gymnastics
team, has been named as ANS President by the democratic Party,
which resigned from the Government last week. Octavian
Belu was the only leader (are you surprised? guess
not!) named by the Democratic party, to keep his job after
this political turmoil.
Internationals, last test for Romanian gymnastics
PLOIESTI / Romanian International Championships, the last
test of Romanian gymnastics team before European Championships,
will start tomorrow at Ploiesti, a refinerys city 40 miles
will broadcast on web.
Forminte, the main coach of women team, will put on
Lacusteanu and Andreea
Grigore (they look for a place in the team for Euros)
and juniors Gabriela
Tamarjan and Ana
Maria Tamarjan .
Forminte, the main coach of Romanian gymnastics
team and Aluissa
Lacusteanu at Ploiesti International Championships
has complained once
more about the girls health; past
months he seems to always complaining about something, starting
with referees at Worlds last year and again at World Cup this
year. Bad attitude.
[April 6] Olympic
champions donated clothes for charity auction
Olympic champions and Romanian gymnastics stars
Raducan and Monica
Rosu donated some of their clothes
at a Charity auction for the benefit of Romanian athletes
in need. The auction was organized by the Romanian National
Sport Agency, headed by Octavian
Belu, the former coach of the Romanian gymnastics
Romanian gymnastics Star Andreea
Raducan, the Romanian gymnastics star which has attracted
a huge sympathy during Sydney Games after being asked to return
her Olympic medal (found positive at drug test) , offered
her gymnastics costume from Sydney Games; it was sold with
35mil. Lei, which is around $1500.
Ponor returned training; her scarlet fever arrived faster
Ponor, the Romanian gymnastics Star, has
returned Monday to training at National training Center in
Bucharest, after a two weeks pause caused by scarlet fever.
Ponor was supposed to stay in quarantine,
her flashing red convertible car couldn't get unnoticed by
her local fans, during late evenings, nearby Constanta's main
disco, a Ceausescu's former communist propaganda and brainwash-alike
center named "The House of Culture".
Ponor cries after Romania won the gold during the
women's gymnastics team final at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games
in Athens, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
Catalina's boyfriend and
member of the Romanian gymnastics male team, was emergency
hospitalized last Saturday due to scarlet fever. The scarlet
fever has a 21 days incubation period, which mean he got it
three weeks ago.
wins Sportsman of Year Award; Nadia Comaneci glowed
Tennis star Roger Federer won his straight Laureus sportsman
of the Year award for the third year in a row in Barcelona
Romanian gymnastics star Nadia
Comaneci glowed once more as a member of Laureus World
Sports Academy: her appearance in a blue dress was sensational.
Photo: Laureus World Sports
Academy member Nadia Comaneci and dancer Joaquin Cortes;
Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images for Laureus
A 42-member panel of the Laureus World
Sports Academy picked Federer for the top honour over a group
of finalists that included golfer Tiger Woods and former Formula
One champion Michael Schumacher.
Nadia Comaneci at Laureus Sports Awards Photo Gallery
Comaneci as Foreign Minister-succesful Foul's Day Story
BUCHAREST/ Former Romanian gymnast Nadia
being named as the new Romania's Foreign Ministry was
a successful April 1st Fool's Day story. We received hundreds
of e-mail asking for details or congratulating Nadia
Comaneci for being named in such a honorable position
(which she may deserve, anyway). Romanian gymnastics fans
have to wait longer for this to happen...or maybe just until
next April 1st?....
2] Andreea Raducan in TVRi documentary
Bucharest/ Romanian gymnastics Star Andreea
Raducan will be featured in a documentary about her
live, made by Romanian TVR1 and replayed today on TVRi (available
live on web for free, click
here) today at 21,30 local time (14,30 NY).
The recorded first part of the documentary
can be found here.
Comaneci arrived at Laureus Sports Awards
Romanian gymnastics and World Sports Legend Nadia
yesterday in Barcelona to attend the the eighth annual Laureus
Yesterday's program of Laureus Academy members
included a visit to the Barcelona Olympic Museum, a photo
session at Miramar Hotel and a Laureus Welcome Party at Shoko.
Barcelona will be the focus of the
sporting world as the eighth Laureus Awards Ceremony, attended
by global figures from sport, entertainment and fashion, is
staged in the city.
FC Barcelona President Joan Laporta and
players Puyol, Ronaldinho and Xavi are to attend the 2007
Laureus World Sports Awards.
1] Nadia Comaneci
named Foreign Ministry; Karolyi is back!
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