May 18, 2020 - From September 1, every first-grade student in Montenegro, all seven and a half thousand, in 500 classes and their 500 teachers, in addition to the classic ones, will have digital textbooks and other contents, the Ministry of Education announced.
In this way, a comprehensive digital transformation of the education system will begin through the pilot project Digital Classroom.
"I can freely say that this is a turning point which means the modernization of the educational process and at the same time giving up the anachronistic traditional, outdated way of presenting teaching content," said Minister of Education Damir Sehovic.
He explained that digital content would be presented in the form of 2D and 3D animations, video materials, simulations, virtual models that will be related to the curriculum and the content of the textbook itself.
"From the next school year, children will have the opportunity to absorb knowledge in a modern, European way and to make that knowledge more permanent," said Sehovic.
The Ministry of Education plans to equip all classrooms with a quality wi-fi signal and IT equipment in all primary and secondary schools by September. Smartboards and smart TVs will be purchased by the sixth grade of primary school, for which the Ministry of Education cooperation with the European Investment Bank, allocated 4-5 million euros.
Thanks to the Learning at Home project, the school year will be completed in a regular way, which will end following the projection defined by the school calendar. It means that the school year will end on June 12, ie, on May 20 for students in the final grades of primary and secondary schools.
"With the Learn at Home project , we saved the children, what is most important, their health, but we also enabled the continuity of learning, which was the essence of the whole story," Sehovic emphasized.
The project Learn at Home project (Uči Doma) has involved 240 teachers from 34 schools. They have recorded 1,700 lectures.
May 18, 2020 - Italian art genius, Marco Mastrazzo, is the new confirmed guest of the fourteenth edition of the Herceg Novi Strip Festival (HSF), which takes place from September 4 to 9. Mastrazzo, one of the biggest names in Italian comics at the moment, has been in the creative drive of the ninth art since 2006.
Practically from the beginning, his professional engagement was related to drawing covers for Dylan Dog's annual specials and American editions of the same hero, which are published under the label Epicenter Comics. He also works for the publisher Editoriale Cosmo as a cover artist for the comic book Caput Mundi. His complete opus also recommends him to American publishers, so today, his covers are adorned by Zenescope Entertainment. At the same time, in Italy, he joins the prestigious publisher Edizioni Inchiostro as the exclusive cover designer for the series "Brothers in Blood." However, Mastrazzo is also engaged in another dream job. In the last three years, he has been a member of an elite team of artists who make unique art posters for Ferrari for Formula 1 races. Due to his incredible talent and relaxed lifestyle, Mastrazzo was a logical choice for a special guest HSF, and if you ask him and HSF was the logical choice of the festival, he wanted to come.
The Herceg Novi Strip Festival has been in the focus of the European comic scene for several years due to the reputation and image of the cool festival. Still, this year it attracts special attention to the ninth art public. Given the fact that the most significant spring festivals in Europe as well as in the region are canceled, it is logical that the attention of comic book lovers turned to Montenegro as a potential corona-free destination, and Herceg Novi as its capital of the ninth art.
"The traditional start date of HSF, the first Friday in September, is once again confirmed by chance as the perfect choice of the festival's founder Nikola Ćurčin. It gives us enough time to thoroughly monitor the development of the situation regarding easing measures and opening European countries. In addition to the increasingly resounding names of artists who confirm their arrival in Herceg Novi as special guests of the festival, this year, our event will be attended by many organizers of the most famous European comics festivals and their fans. The arrival in Herceg Novi has been announced by the directors of the cult festivals, British NICE, and Russian Boom Fest. It is a unique opportunity to promote Herceg Novi as a cultural and tourist destination to a broad audience that visits these major European festivals, "said HSF organizers.
They are aware that the only Montenegrin event dedicated to the ninth art is considered a small cultural miracle in the world of comics. That is an additional motive, but also an obligation to present Herceg Novi and Montenegro in the best possible light this year and justify that epithet. The HSF reminds that so far, in addition to Mastrazzo, the guests are the British PJ Holden, the Slovenian Izar Lunaček, Sedat Oezgen from Germany, and Artyom Trakhanov from Russia.
May 15, 2020 - Every year in Perast, May 15 is solemnly celebrated in memory of the incredible victory over the Turks in 1654. That victory was attributed to the help of the Mother of God, because the forces of Perast were so small that they could only win with the help of heaven. That is why they made a vow to commemorate the victory every year and to thank God and the Mother of God for the grace bestowed.
May 14, 2020 - Five weeks, ten kilometers of ropes, about 60 artists, 99 works which, through auction sales within the viber group "Jelena #BudiOptimist" generated a humanitarian income of 10,113 euros, are just some of the results of the great initiative Meštar O' Konopa 2020 (Master of Ropes 2020), realized by Tivat UNA Montenegro in partnership with Radio Tivat and several local businessmen.
At the moment when life stopped, and the need to be socially responsible made us find ourselves locked in our houses, Miško Lučić, founder and owner of the rope factory UNA Montenegro, which last year marked 25 years of work, came up with the idea to invite Bokelians to a game of ropes. Radio Tivat wholeheartedly supported this initiative, and in just two days a team was formed, which will coordinate the next five weeks with a prize competition. Time will tell - and the praiseworthy humanitarian action "Jelena #BudiOptimist," when the masterpieces of our artists found buyers in a joint action under the motto "Tivat watch over its people."
The game began with the promotion of ambassadors, carefully selected Bokelian creatives who are already recognized as masters of the style in various professions. The ambassadorial team, as we called them, delighted us with their creativity, even though there were those among them who reached for the rope for the first time. As Ivan Lučić from the company UNA has repeatedly emphasized - the ambassadors are the soul of this project, and with their energy and creativity they gave the organizers the credibility to confidently approach the search for this year's Meštar.
Three competition weeks full of excitement followed, and about 40 competitors joined the game through its phases. Challenges changed from week to week, and the ambassadorial team had no easy task to select the three best works at the end of each cycle, which sent their authors to the finals of the Meštar O' Konopa 2020 challenge, which included nine contestants.
The first place and the title of Meštar O' Konopa 2020 was won by Boris Radović from Kotor for the work "Sailboat." The second prize went to Sanja and Vasilije Vuković for the wall clock, while the third place went to Dijana Pavićević with a rope mandala.
Most of the participants at the beginning of the game had no experience working with the rope. After five weeks, we can say that Tivat has a serious pool of masters, so from this beautiful story, maybe some entrepreneurial initiative will emerge.
Seeing the great interest of the citizens to participate and the fantastic works that were presented from week to week, the initiators of the action came up with the idea that this whole endeavor could be used for humanitarian purposes, because a large number of Bokelians expressed their interest in buying works. When it turned out that our fellow citizen Jelena Prekajski needed help, Meštar started the viber group "Jelena #BudiOptimist." Through this group, in nine calls, 99 works of the master and about 20 works of art were auctioned - gifts from friends for the auction. The total income generated by their sale - 10,113 euros, was sent directly to support the treatment of Jelena Prekajski.
"Thank you wonderful, creative people, for this whole action and the love you send me," said Jelena through her sister, who followed the last gathering and auction of works organized by the Meštar O' Konopa 2020. In addition to the works of masters created in the final cycle, an amphora- a gift from the florist Nina from Donja Lastva, woven into a rope by Milan Lučić and Mima Mehović Šabović, was also sold at the last auction.
The creative challenge Meštar o ’konopa 2020 brought us back to tradition, but also showed us a possible new way of developing the local community in circumstances that have changed drastically in the last few months. The economy must adapt to the new situation and try to create sustainable flows of functioning at the local level. The Meštar O' Konopa can serve as a kind of model of how to network the local community into initiatives through which all participants in the process benefit.
The sponsors of the weekly awards for the winners of the Meštar O’ Konopa 2020 challenge cycle were provided by the Tivat companies Konoba Bacchus, Mala Barka and Montenegro Fishing.
When it comes to the auction "Jelena #BudiOptimist", in addition hardworking masters, we owe a special thanks to the PR manager of Porto Montenegro, Danilo Kalezic, who donated four paintings, as well as auction participants who provided the largest individual donations - Ivan Pekovic, who bought the winning work of the Meštar O' Konopa 2020, Asja Usanović who fought for the amphora, and especially Petar Žurić, who decided to donate the last sum with which he tried to gain the amphora.
The organizers are delighted with the effects of the action and promise that the Meštar O' Konopa will become another Tivat tradition.
April 21, 2020 - Do foreigners in Montenegro feel more or less safe sitting out COVID-19 here than in their home country, and what are their experiences? A new series on Total Montenegro News, with Julie Barbidonskaja from Moscow in Budva as the first contributor.
Montenegro was the last country in Europe that COVID-19 penetrated. Since then, confirmed cases and deaths have remained low compared to the rest of Europe. But how do expats in Montenegro feel about being self-isolated in Montenegro rather than in their home country? In a new TMN series, we start by asking Julie Barbidonskaja from Moscow, who is currently locked down in Budva.
Everything is fine with me, despite all the hype with the virus and quarantine. I am in Budva with my husband. I was lucky enough to return from Moscow, where I was visiting relatives, a couple of weeks before the borders of Montenegro were closed. For now there are just over 300 people with the virus identified. Tests, as I understand it, are done selectively, mainly among the circle of people affected. Honestly, I am not so much concerned about the virus as about the situation with quarantine, closed borders and the economy. My work has partially stopped, because government agencies do not work with visitors right now, and clients cannot come. But now I have time to actively engage in developing my website, services promotion, and self-education.
Of course, all these restrictions are extremely unpleasant, especially those related to freedom of movement. It seems to me that in Budva, people tried to observe such measures as masks and gloves only for the first couple of weeks. Then everyone relaxed to some extent. Over the last week, you can see a lot of people on the streets who, despite the prohibitions on walking to the beach and walking in parks and other public places, actively walk there. In general, the restrictions do not affect me much because I work from home. Now I’m just a little bit more at home than usual. Relations with my husband are warm, we are used to spending a lot of time together))) So it is unlikely that we will fall into the 50% of couples who will divorce after quarantine)))
Perhaps when the panic began in Italy, and the EU states began to close the borders one after another. And a bit later, when the stock market collapsed on Black Tuesday. I started to read a lot of information in different languages both about the virus itself and about the situation in countries and the consequences for the economy.
Montenegro was very fast with preventive measures. But, unfortunately, a bit late in general. I think that if they started with the control of visitors earlier, when the first infected people in Italy were discovered, Montenegro would have been able to maintain its status of a corona-free country. In any case, it seems to me that Montenegro is doing its best. It is no secret that the country's healthcare system is not strong enough. So the introduction of preventive isolation measures probably gave some time for preparation.
In Budva, only 4 people have been infected in the last three weeks. Therefore, I have no concern about the epidemiological situation in the city.
It is difficult to compare Montenegro and Russia. Two different states: territory, economies and the development of the health system are completely different. But in general, for me, the most important thing is that here in Budva, unlike in Moscow, we are not locked at home. We can safely move around the city from 5 AM and until 7 PM during the week. This is not a problem for me. And in Moscow, you can not venture more than 100m from your home. And for larger movements (for example, to work, to the doctor, etc.) electronic passes are needed.
I came across this issue recently when I had to make an appointment with a doctor and make a pass for my old relatives. Since they themselves cannot do this at the age of 90, I did it for them, 3,500 km away. Oh, the power of the Internet! Yes, the Moscow authorities did their best to describe in detail how to obtain this electronic pass. But it takes time to manage it.
In addition to the fact that here, in Montenegro, we can freely leave the apartment, without any special restrictions, the weather is an absolute plus. Although I must admit, I have often envied those who have their own house with a small plot of land. Well, in Moscow at this time of the year the weather is not so pleasant. And there I would have to constantly stay in an apartment in a gassed city (my flat is in the city center). I am a sun addict, and I would go crazy in Moscow locked in my apartment.
So thank you to the Montenegrin authorities that they allowed free movement within cities.
I must say that both the Montenegrin and the Russian government were very efficient in terms of information. We listened to the first news about restrictive measures live on the Internet (we do not have a TV at home, use exclusively the Internet). I follow the Montenegrin government posts on their official Twitter page. Posts published right during online press conferences. There is also an English version. In Russia, the president was constantly speaking on TV, and I watched them on YouTube. Well, in both countries the media reacted very quickly - all new information became available very quickly.
The only problem, of course, was the rapid closure of borders - in 3 days, without warning. In Montenegro, that is how it was. The government in the evening, about 20:00, announced that the borders would be closed. And after 30 minutes the borders were locked. People were not ready for this. Many of them just had no concept of lockdown. There was a story of people coming back from Russia by car who got stuck between two borders: Serbia and Montenegro. The Serbs closed the border immediately after they passed. And the Montenegrins closed the border when they approached it. People were locked at the border for 2 days, while the Russian embassy and the Montenegrin authorities tried to solve the situation. Well, of course, there were problems with the cancellation of flights. Today people can fly, and tomorrow all flights are suddenly cancelled. This was perhaps the most resonant and difficult moment in both countries.
My life has not changed much in isolation. So I have everything that I need.
The crisis confirmed the importanсe of some basic rules related to the organization of personal finances, business, understanding of global processes and psychological feelings. The lives and business of many people around the world are crumbling. People are panicking because of their fear of the future, of the virus. Many of them can not resist the pressure. And, as I see from many thousands of discussions in social networks, many were not ready for the crisis - neither economically, nor morally. Although in the Balkans, and especially in Russia, people know well enough what economic crisis is. Analysts constantly talk about the cyclical nature of the crisis over the span of 10 years. Each new crisis in Russia entails the collapse of the rouble. I am glad that in general the current situation has not affected me either financially or morally. In terms of the virus itself, I am not an alarmist so no fear. As for the financial situation we have savings, enough for a family of two for a reasonable period. There are no renting obligations because we bought our own apartment. Work is organized in such a way that there are no financial losses. We continue to work actively and prepare for a quick restart as soon as the borders are reopened.
Thanks, Julie. Stay safe and see you on the other side. You can connect with Julie via her MNE Consult website.
If you would be interested to record a video version for our partners www.rplus.video please let us know in the email. Thanks and stay safe.
Foreigners Self-Isolating in Croatia: Do You Feel Safer Than in Your Home Country?
Firstly, how are you? Are you alone/with someone? Tell us a little about your situation and sanity levels.
What do you think about the economic measures the government is taking, are they helping your business? (PLEASE IGNORE IF THIS DOES NOT AFFECT YOU)
When did you realise that corona was going to be a big issue?
What is your impression of the way Montenegro is dealing with the crisis? How safe do you feel?
Now compare that to your home country and how they are handling it. What is Montenegro doing better/worse?
What about official communications from the authorities, compared to your home country?
What's the one thing you wish you had taken with you into self-isolation.
One thing you have learned about yourself, and one thing you have learned about others during this crisis.
TMN has recently become a partner in Robert Tomic Zuber's new R+ video channel, initially telling stories about corona experiences. You can see the first TMN contribution, my video from my home on Hvar, Croatia, talking about the realities of running a news portal in the corona era below. If you would like to also submit a video interview, please find Robert's guidelines below
VIDEO RECORDING GUIDE
The video footage should be recorded so that the cell phone is turned horizontally (landscape mode).
There are several rules for television and video news:- length is not a virtue- a picture speaks more than a thousand words
In short, this would mean that your story should not last more than 90 seconds and that everything you say in the report should be shown by video (for example, if you talk about empty streets, we should see those empty streets, etc.).
How to do it with your cell phone? First, use a selfie camera to record yourself telling your story for about a minute and a half. Ideally, it would be taken in the exterior, except in situations where you are reporting on things in the interior (quarantine, hospital, self-isolation, etc.). Also, when shooting, move freely, make sure everything is not static.
After you have recorded your report, you should capture footage that will tell your story with a picture, such as an earlier example with empty streets.
One of the basic rules of TV journalism is that the story is told in the same way as a journalist with his text. Therefore, we ask you for additional effort. Because we work in a very specific situation, sometimes you may not be able to capture footage for each sentence of the report. In this case, record the details on the streets: people walking, the main features of the city where you live, inscriptions on the windows related to the virus, etc.
The same rules apply if you are shooting a story from your apartment, self-isolation, quarantine. We also need you to capture footage that describes your story.
When shooting frames to cover your reports, it is important that you change the angle of the shot (in other words, shoot that empty street from several angles). Also, when shooting a detail, count at least five seconds before removing the camera to another detail.
The material should be about 5 minutes long (90 seconds of your report + frames to cover your story).
Wash your hands.
US Bloomberg ranked Montenegro among the top 20 destinations that will be particularly popular this year.
State Secretary at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Damir Davidovic, said that at the same time, China Travel Agent magazine awarded Montenegro as China's most popular niche destination last year.
This, he said at a press conference organized by the National Tourism Organization (NTO), shows that the results and potential that the state has achieved have been recognized.
The director of the NTO, Zeljka Radak Kukavicic, said that last year was a record year and that they can boast a good start this year.
"On New Year's Eve, we had 60,000 guests and good attendance on other days," said Radak Kukavicic at a conference organized by the NTO in cooperation with the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism.
US Bloomberg recommends 20 inspiring destinations that will be especially enticing this year. Thus, Montenegro found itself ahead of Italy, Kyrgyzstan, Hungary, Bolivia, Mozambique, Jamaica and Cairo.
Bloomberg writes that the tiny Balkan country has slowly positioned itself as the new jewel of the Adriatic, with a mix of centuries-old villages, aristocratic mansions and numerous challenging locations beyond gravel beaches.
NP Durmitor - Black Lake - photo Boka News
"On your Montenegro adventure, you may encounter a brown bear, a gray wolf, a Eurasian lynx and other endangered species in Durmitor and Biogradska Gora National Parks," Bloomberg states.
After the wild beauty, they recommend going to the "sunlit" shores of the sea.
“Be sure to visit the luxury marina Portonovi in the Bay of Boka Kotorska, where the first European resort, One & Only, will open in June. Cruise the sea or fly Lufthansa to Tivat, a seaside town with an airport. Whatever you choose, you are sure to bypass the crowded Dubrovnik in neighboring Croatia," the author said.
Bloomberg also recommends when it is best to visit Montenegro and when not, with a handy overview of annual accommodation rates.
According to them, the weather in Montenegro is warm enough for bathing until October, when the prices are the most affordable.
"You will have a good time in the late spring as well, when the nights are warm but pleasant," recommends this eminent media.
Text by Boka News, on January 9th, 2020, read more at Boka News
During 2020, 540 cruisers will sail to the Kotor Harbor.
The first arrival this year was recorded on January 3, when Costa Deliziosa sailed to the port.
"The first larger ship will sail again on April 1st. It is a cruiser - Aida Blu, and in the meantime, we have the constant arrivals of Athens and Artemis, smaller ships with a length of 58.80 m and 1,206 GRT," said Port Director Branko Kovacevic.
Last year, 529 smaller and larger cruise ships sailed to Boka Kotorska bay, with more than 600,000 tourists.
Text by Boka News (source Radio Kotor),on January 9th, 2020, read more at Boka News