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24 Apr 2019, 11:34 AM

Today, the Navy Safety Authority (UPS) has received a modern new SAR 5 rescue vehicle, which is a donation worth EUR 220,000 to the Civil Aviation Agency.

On the handover of the ship to UPS and Search and Rescue Service (STS), the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Traffic Osman Nurković praised the UPS’ results on this plan and assessed that the donation was a continuation of good two-year cooperation between UPS and the Agency.

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"With the boat, a thermo-vision camera was also received, which can record a boat of four or a person at a distance of two kilometers, by night. With good training of the complete crew onboard and technical equipment, we can carry out interventions to save people's lives," said Osman Nurkovic.

He welcomed the successful action conducted by STS last night.

Text by Radomir Petric, on April 23rd, 2019, read more at Vijesti

24 Apr 2019, 11:31 AM

Energy Efficiency Measures have been so far applied, within the two phases of the Energy Efficiency Program in public buildings, in 33 educational institutions, for which about 25 million euros have been spent, the Ministry of Economy said. The Government said that in mid-April works on the implementation of energy efficiency measures at Komanski bridge in Podgorica, worth 1.2 million euros, were completed.

"The executed works involved the installation of thermal and waterproofing on roofs and façades on all buildings, partial replacement of façades, installation of new heating and cooling systems, installation of ventilation systems in kitchen and restaurant, installation of solar collectors and installation of central hot water preparation system, partial replacement of lights, reconstruction of sanitary nodes, floor restoration, painting and other minor works," the Ministry said in a statement.

This Government, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Labor and Social Welfare and the Property Management, implements two phases of the Energy Efficiency Program in public buildings, which include the application of these measures in selected educational and social institutions and administrative facilities.

For the implementation of the program funds from the KfW Bank were provided, worth EUR 13.94 million for the first phase and 22.74 million for the second.

"Last year, five educational institutions, including the Gymnasium "Slobodan Skerović", resource center for children and youth in Podgorica "1st June", as well as primary and secondary schools "Aleksa Djilas Beco" and "Vuksan Djukic" in Mojkovac, saw an investment of 5.1 million euros," said the Ministry of Economy. They added that the tender for the selection of contractors for the reconstruction of kindergarten “Our joy” in Herceg Novi, planned for this year, is ongoing.

Text by MINA Business, on April 23rd, 2019, read more at Vijesti

24 Apr 2019, 11:28 AM

Citizens who have properties in the rural area of ​​the Pluzine Municipality will be exempt from paying real estate tax this year, as stated in the proposal of the president of this municipality Mijusko Bajagic.

The Socialist People's Party (SNP) announced that the proposal was adopted at the local parliament session on Monday.

"As stated in the statement’s explanation, tax exemption is a measure of encouraging the development of agriculture and creating conditions for a better life and retaining of the population in the rural area," said SNP.

As they add, the municipality of Pluzine has been facing the problem of population migration for a long time, which is particularly noticeable in the rural area.

The causes of such a trend are mainly related to significant differences in the level of village development, insufficiently developed infrastructure, limited natural resources, and inability to recruit young people," the statement adds.

As a result of continued migration of the population, villages have remained without permanent residents or dominated by old households and available existing natural resources.

"For these reasons, the Pluzine municipality has decided to make such a decision to encourage the development of agriculture and rural development as a whole through the implementation of incentive measures at the local level," the statement concludes.

Text by MINA Business, on April 23rd, 2019. read more at Vijesti

24 Apr 2019, 11:17 AM

April 24, 2019 - NGO Maškarada accused the Mayor of Tivat Dr. Siniša Kusovac (DPS) for intentionally mining the project of the International Summer Carnival in Tivat.

This tourist-entertainment event premiered last year with significant financial support from the local administration and the Tourist Organization of Tivat, and the city and local tourism leaders were then very proud of the carnival and were very satisfied with the quality of this event and the number of guests it gathered. The municipality is now, however, drastically "finishing the financial tap" for the carnival, which is perceived as a political pressure by the local DPS-SD-HGI government in the Maškarada as a summer carnival manager Goran Božović, who a few months ago due to the conflict with Kusovac, publicly left the DPS and moved to the Montenegrin party.

"Even though at the session of the Municipal Assembly of Tivat, at the end of December, when it adopted the budget for 2019, it was publicly confirmed that this year the municipality would be the sponsor of the carnival contributing 20 thousand euros as last year, the Municipality changed the decision, arbitrarily broke the deal and that amount fell to only 2,000. By the above procedure, Kusovac directly undermines the event with the desire to release it, and only for the sake of personal animosity to Goran Božović, the carnival manager, which he has repeatedly confirmed with his public announcements," said the Managing Board of Maškarada and the Organizing Committee of the Summer Carnival.
 
They recall that last year there were over 500 participants in the international carnival procession in Tivat, of which about 250 from abroad, while the whole event brought together around 10,000 visitors. The Carnival cost about 60 thousand euros and was financed, each with one-third of the required money, by the Tivat Municipality, the Tourist Organization, and the Maškarada. They say that the same principle was agreed for the upcoming carnival and that the municipality publicly took on the obligation to allocate 20,000 euros for it.
 
"However, by neglecting the public agreement, Mayor Kusovac on 4 February this year made changes the Proposal of the Program of Fundraising events, organized by the Secretary of Culture Dubravka Nikčević, only and exclusively in the part of the financial support to the International Carnival, reducing the sum by 10 times, to only 2,000 euros," said the Maškarada. They regret that Kusovac, who is also the president of DPS Tivat, resolves his political dispute with Božović over the back of that organization that gathers citizens of different political positions and attitudes, and has won numerous awards for her carnival performances in the country and abroad.
 
"Is it possible that the President of the Municipality, which is a member of the Federation of European Carnival Towns, is trying to bring down the Carnival based on which Tivat became a member of that Federation?" said Maškarada, adding that carnival will be despite all obstructions and that this event will be held as planned, from 6 to 9 June this year.
24 Apr 2019, 10:51 AM

April 24, 2019 - The session of the Municipal Assembly of Kotor, where the councilors will decide on the Proposal for the dismissal of the President of the Municipality of Kotor Vladimir Jokic, is scheduled for today at noon. The proposal for the removal of Jokić was jointly filed by the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and opposition parties in that city - the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the Social Democrats (SD) and the Croatian Civic Initiative (HGI).

Several leaders of local administration announced resignations if today’s Assembly replaces President of the Municipality Vladimir Jokic.
 
"If the Assembly of the Municipality of Kotor at the session of 24 April decides on the dismissal of the President of the Municipality, we will submit irrevocable resignations to the functions we perform, considering it as a professional and moral obligation, "says the letter submitted to the Radio Kotor. Assembly of Kotor president Dragica Perović, Vice President of the Municipality Milivoje Mišo Samardžić, Secretary of the Assembly Maja Mršulja, Chief administrator Veljko Vujović, Director of Cultural Center Nikola Đurković Marija Bernard, Secretary of the Secretariat for Property-Legal Affairs Željko Dapčević, Secretary of the Secretariat for General Administration Marina Bjelja and Director of Information Center Ida Waldegg signed the letter. 
 
The SDP initiated Jokić's dismissal as considered that he had made several illegal decisions, including for Port of Kotor, and their proposal supported opposition parties at the local level.
 
A public gathering precedes the debate on this initiative in support of Vladimir Jokić organized by Democratic Party of Montenegro, scheduled for 11 am in front of the palace Bizanti.
 
On the occasion of today's session of the Assembly, and after the last meeting of the Municipal Committee, the SDP made a statement saying that “SDP Kotor fully backed the foundation of the Club's commitment to the Municipal Assembly - which has persistently and publicly held last year and day in the Assembly Kotor Municipality.
 
"SDP Kotor reiterates its readiness to continue, despite the unprecedented blatant absence of individual members of the ruling majority, attempting to preserve power within the existing majority, trying to make a modest contribution to the struggle of citizens in the protest ODUPRISE 97000," according to the SDP statement
 
23 Apr 2019, 23:24 PM

23 April 2019 - According to the conclusions from the first session of the Honorary Committee of the Games of the Small States of Europe 2019, chaired by the Committee Chairman Prime Minister Duško Marković, the Government of Montenegro, Podgorica Capital City, the Old Royal Capital Cetinje and the municipalities of Budva, Bar and Tivat, as well as the competent state authorities, are undertaking all necessary activities in order to organize the 13th Games of the Small States of Europe 2019, which will be held in Montenegro from 27 May to 1 June. These actions are being conducted to provide all necessary conditions for the organization of the games at the highest level, and to use them to promote Montenegro as a stable country and prestigious investment and tourist destination.

GSSE 2019 to Promote Montenegro as Investment and Tourist Destination

Mayors and presidents of municipalities in which the games will be held informed the Committee about the infrastructure preparation to hold the games, recognizing the importance of the competition that will gather more than 1,000 athletes, and numerous accompanying staff. They expressed their full readiness to financially contribute to the event by allocating budget funds, in addition to 605.000 EUR which the Government allocated for the event so far.

The Honorary Committee invited public companies and other sponsors to support the competition within the bounds of their possibilities, thus contributing to further affirmation of the country.

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"The Games of the Small States of Europe do not only have significance in the aspect of sports. Taking into consideration that the participants of the games include small but successful countries of the European Union and since there are renowned sports organisations behind these countries, this is a real opportunity for Montenegro to present itself once again to the world in a high-quality manner and to confirm its economic, political and sporting commitments," PM Marković stressed.

The Games of the Small States of Europe, which have been held since 1985, currently bring together nine countries: Andorra, Montenegro, Iceland, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, and San Marino. The competitions are organised in athletics, bocce, volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, swimming, judo, shooting, tennis and table tennis.

23 Apr 2019, 22:58 PM

23 April 2019 - The fortress walls of the Old Town Budva, which reveal the marvellous Budva Riviera, are officially open for visitors, and the entry ticket price is two euros.

As announced from the Museums and Galleries of Budva, the price of the ticket includes a brochure about the history of the fortress wall, which interested visitors can request in English, Russian, Montenegrin and soon in the German language.

The access to the fortress walls of the Old Town Budva is currently available from 10 am to 6 pm. Starting from June 1, the working hours will be from 10 am to 8 pm.

Budva represents one of the oldest urban centres on the Adriatic, being more than 2,500 years old.

As vividly illustrated by Way to Monte, the mighty fortress wall around the Old Town Budva in Montenegro was rebuilt by the Venetians during the Renaissance after a devastating earthquake in the 17th century. The first defensive constructions of the city were erected at this location in the 9th century, and one of the ancient fortress walls was part of the Benedictine monastery that overlooked the coast. According to ancient engravings in the Museum of Budva, the city fortifications of the 16th century have six somewhat elongated towers and one round tower, between which there are stretched thick walls laid out of hewn stone. Its borders were unchanged for several centuries, as the number of residents of the city did not exceed 1000 people.

After the massive earthquake in Montenegro on April 15, 1979, Old Town Budva and its fortification wall were destroyed for the second time, and restored only later in 1987. To date, the Old Town Budva is an architectural monument of antiquity and is protected by UNESCO. The Old Town Budva is a whole open-air museum with a great number of attractions, cultural sites and historical monuments where people still live in medieval buildings of hewn stone. Its protective fortress walls are a famous tourist attraction, since the whole Budva Riviera is visible from the site. From this viewpoint, visitors can observe the modern residential part of Budva, fishing boats and luxurious yachts, various churches and temples, as well as ancient streets and ancient inner courtyards.

Narrow aisles and staircases on the fortress walls of the city are found in several places of Old Town Budva. One of these passages to the fortress is located near the gate opposite the hotel Avala. To get to it, a visitor just needs to go inside the Old Town, immediately turn left and go through the summer terrace of the Mozart restaurant.

The fortress wall has a shape of a horseshoe, which means that it is not closed and visitors cannot make a full circle around the Old Town. Despite this, they can spend a lot of time looking at the brickwork and ancient loopholes, as well as enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea, the mighty rocks, the marvellous nature of Montenegro and the coastal settlements.

23 Apr 2019, 14:43 PM

On the occasion of April 22nd, Earth Day, pupils from the high school "Braca Selic", with the support of NGO Natura, Forestry Directorate of Montenegro and the Kolasin Municipality, carried out afforestation of the locality Bakovici.

With this action, they continued the two-decade cooperation of NGO Natura with numerous partners, within which more than 25,000 seedlings of different tree species have been planted.

Monday's activities are part of the initiative "Ecological City in the Ecological State", in partnership with NGO Civic Youth Initiative from Rozaje and within the project "Together for a Better Climate in Montenegro."

This project is implemented by Green Home, in cooperation with partner organizations Climate Action Network from Brussels (CAN Europe) and the Council for the Green Building of Montenegro. It was supported by the European Union Delegation to Montenegro through the IPA Civil Society Development Program 2016.

Text by Dragana Scepanovic, on April 22nd, 2019, read more at Vijesti

23 Apr 2019, 14:35 PM

The program "Spring in the Snow", which is held for the third consecutive year in Orjensko sedlo (1600 m above sea level), organized by the Agency for Development and Protection of Orjen and the hiking club "Subra" from Herceg Novi, allowed visitors to enjoy the snow while at the coast, the swimming season began.

"Lovers of the mountain from Herceg Novi and Dubrovnik attended and participated in the attractive creation of snowball cocktails and ice cream, presented by the Agency for Development and Protection of Orjen. Preparing and tasting under the open sky is part of an unforgettable experience, completed with a "silly" contest in sledding, on the polygon "excavated" only for this occasion by the members of the Mountaineering Club “Subra”," the Agency said.

A kind of bobsledding trail is set on the steep slope of the nearby Kosmaš, about a several hundred meters long. The depth of the trail provided safe passage and avoided the Orjen pond, the largest water surface on this otherwise arid mountain.

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The fastest were awarded diplomas from "Spring in the Snow", an event by which, this year, the organizers marked with Earth Day.

"This illustrative way emphasizes that everything is connected, and that regional pollution of the atmosphere could have a negative impact on the chemical composition of the snow on Orjen, and that future climate change could seriously endanger the existence of Orjen spring snow, the natural phenomenon of the mountain on the edge of the warm Adriatic sea," said the Agency for Development and Protection of Orjen.

Text by Vijesti online, on April 22nd, 2019, read more at Vijesti

23 Apr 2019, 14:34 PM

On the occasion of Earth Day, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and NGO "EKOM", awarded the best works of students from Montenegro who participated in the twentieth competition "Young eco-reporters". As stated in the contest, which is being realized within the framework of the Foundation for Ecological Education (FEE), special topics this year were "Responsible Production and Consumption" and "Eco Schools", and over 480 works from 33 elementary and 16 high schools were received.

In the category of elementary schools, the first prizes were awarded to the pupils from the Elementary School "Daso Pavicic" from Herceg Novi - Sergej Dragovic, Petar Lucic and Danilo Dabovic for the video piece "Red evil” from "Narodni hero Savo Ilic" in Dobrota, Nikola Kovac for the eco-article "Where is this boat sailing”, Danilo Tesla from "Drago Milovic" in Tivat for eco-photography "Everyone on their own" and pupils from the school “Aleksa Djilas Beco” from Mojkovac Ksenija Lasic and Nikolija Medojevic for biodiversity photography "Talks between conifer and deciduous trees" and "Talks between fall and winter".

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"In the category of high schools, the first awards were given to Filip Raicevic from the High economic and catering school in Niksic, for the video collection 'Let’s Collect and Recycle', and Jelena Djurdjic from the same institution for the eco-article 'Progress causes a setback'. Jovana Stanic from high school “Spasoje Raspopovic” from Podgorica received the first prize for eco-photography "Ashtray" and Sedat Sijaric from the school "Vaso Aligrudic" also from Podgorica for the photo of biodiversity "Nest in my vineyard".

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"EKOM", as the organizer of the competition, awarded the prizes for the selection of works on environmental activism, to the high economic and catering school from Niksic, the secondary School "Spasoje Raspopovic" from Podgorica, the Gymnasium "Tanasije Pejatovic" from Pljevlja and the primary schools "Dr Dragisa Ivanovic" and "Bozidar Vukovic Podgoricanin" from Podgorica, "Salko Aljkovic" from Pljevlja and "Braca Ribar" from Zaton.

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The Gymnasium "Niko Rolovic" from Bar was awarded a plaque for selection of works on responsible production and consumption.

This year's selected works can be viewed on www.mladi-ekoreporteri.org.me , and online voting takes place until June 5th when, on the World Environment Day, the best works will be announced in the opinion of the public.

Text by Borko Zdero, on April 22nd, 2019, read more at Vijesti

23 Apr 2019, 11:45 AM

April 23, 2019 - With the exceptionally favourable conditions on the sea and the excellent organisation of accompanying contents, the 13th Tivat Regatta UNA Montenegro Cup overcame all the expectations and confirmed already last year the apparent fact that Tivat gets a severe sport and tourist manifestation dedicated to sailing and the culture of life along the sea. Along with Bokelian competitors in the Optimist and Laser sports classes, who competed on Friday and Saturday, the Sunday Tivat regatta gathered 32 boats and over 150 sailors. The ship MM Shinning triumphed under the colours of YC Lahor Kotor with skipper Miloš Radonjić, setting a new track record - 1 h 34 min.

Exceptional conditions for sailing made the 13th edition of the long-distance regatta only two and a half hours, and the dynamics of the sea and the dominance of eternal local rivals and regatta guests, who return year after year, are best testified by the spectators, who traditionally gather in Ponta Seljanovo and Verige in large numbers. Hosts this year also provided all the interested photographers and camera operators the opportunity to watch the regatta from the sea.
 
tivat regatta 1Tivat Regatta 2019- Award Giving Ceremony, Photo by Iva Gopčević Čelanović
 
In partnership with UNA Montenegro, JK Delfin presented its traditional regatta as the central event of a multimedia program that encompassed sports, cultural, musical and gastro-content. Apart from the Municipality of Tivat and the Tourist Organization, the realisation of the regatta was helped by a wide range of companies, local civil society organisations and individuals. The slogan "Be an Optimist!" also successfully realised the organization of the 13th edition of the famous Delfin Regatta to procure the class-yacht Optimist to strengthen the club's sailing school, through which about 50 young people of Tivat are trained on the sailing course each summer. By reaching this goal, as the organisers announced on the awards ceremony last night, all the participants of the regatta won.
 
In addition to the performance of the "Kotorski Grdelini" children's Klapa and the female Klapa "Bisernice Boke", an awards ceremony was held in front of Delfin's premises. It started by announcing the winners of the photo contest "Sailing".
 
Of the 22 photographs received, the jury of the Photo, Cinema and Video Club Mladost Gornja and Donja Lastva selected the most successful photo "Storm" by Miško Kordić, "Sailing boat" by Damir Montić and "Preparations for Fašinada " by Iva Malešević. The first three awards - Quad Photo Safari on the slopes of Vrmac, were presented to the winners by the member of Mladost, Roko Stjepčević.
 
Prizes in sports classes were handed by veterans Delfina-Dragan Rajčević in the Optimist class, while Branko Krstović was awarded the most prestigious Laser 4.7 and Laser Standard medals and cups. The first day of the regatta featured the small class of sailboats under the regatta committee of YC Lahor Kotor. The second day offered the first opportunity to many young sailors to take part in the navigational regatta "Three Lighthouses" with a north-west wind of 10-15 knots, sailing on the route Ponta Seljanovo-Tunja-Kalimanj-Ponta Seljanovo.
 
Among the 32 vessels that applied for the Tivat cruise regatta, three were out of the category- Latin sail wooden boat of Bokovac workshop from Bar, a catamaran with skipper Sanja Bozovic and Hobbie Cat of YC TriBelan with Toni Belan.
 
Other ships were classified in six classes. The best prizes in J70 and Class 2 were awarded by the representative of the general sponsor of the regatta, DT Thermo from Moscow, Stevan Nikolić. Class 4 and Class 5 prizes were awarded by TO Tivat director Gabrijela Glavočić, while marketing manager of Luštica Bay company, Damir Moškov, robbed the most successful in Classes 6 and 7.
 
The honour to award the prize to the winner of the regatta in real time, the new recorders, the team of MM Shinning, the state champion of the Optimist class, YC Delfin's competitor Pavlo Musić, who is the winner of these regattas in his class, generally and in the category up to 12 years.
 
The growing interest of sponsors, the large number of members and friends of the club who give their time and creative energy, as well as numerous local organisations that support the Tivat Regatta, promise that this event will be the central spring manifestation in Boka Bay. Both in terms of sports and in terms of the specific tourist offer for one of the most profitable and ecological tourist niche.
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