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23 Jan 2019, 14:07 PM

Solidarity and pressure on the institutions of the system will contribute to a better position of journalists in Montenegro, according to the newspaper agency MINA and non-governmental organizations "35mm" and NOMEN on the occasion of January 23rd - Journalist's day.

35mm and NOMEN said that on the occasion of the Journalist’s day from different addresses, there would be greetings that will repeat the known information that the position of the journalist is not at the level which the function as a guardian of democracy deserves.

They argue that the announcements will neither remedy the journalist's economic problems, nor diminish their fear for family and family safety, will not motivate them to continue, even more heartbreakingly and professionally, to fight for the rights of others, but that they will have an impact on the solidarity and pressure on the institutions of the system.

We call on employees in the media to join forces with their owners to fight for journalist's rights and joint activities to press the institutions of the system to start: resolve cases of journalist attacks, punish those who violate laws regulating the media, pay regular earnings of employees, and get caught up in solving all the other problems of this industry," said the statement.

35mm and NOMEN, with the project "Dealing with Ethics and Fake News," which is sponsored by the European Union Delegation in Montenegro within the Media Professionalization Program, contributed to the strengthening of the stable media community. It is pointed out that through the website media.me, not only employees in the media, but also citizens, students, pupils, can learn about the news, the Journalist Code, ethical reporting and false information, and ask explanations by experts.

This way, in front of MINA information agency, NGO "35mm" and NOMEN, we call all the media and employees in them to continue to strengthen the media community, because we can only, united, fight for human rights, both for us and others, "it is said in the statement.

Text by Vijesti online, on January 23rd 2019, read more at Vijesti

23 Jan 2019, 11:33 AM

Today it’s easy to advertise a restaurant with all kinds of available marketing tools i.e., social networks, internet platforms, billboards, and more. But I think the most qualitative publicity is when a local tells you where to get a tasty and proper meal at reasonable prices.

In Tivat, depending on your tastes, of course, there are a lot of restaurants offering various national and foreign cuisines.

Therefore, for example, if you are a fan of sushi and Asian cuisine the restaurant “Mitsu” in Porto Montenegro is the right place for you (https://www.facebook.com/mitsurestaurant/ .

Just opposite “Mitsu”, there is the Lebanese restaurant “Byblos” (https://byblos.me/porto-montenegro/) which is very busy in the summer not only because of the food, but it also organizes thematic evenings with attractive belly dancers shows.

Next to “Byblos”, you will find one of the first restaurants opened in Porto Montenegro “Al Posto Giusto” (https://www.portomontenegro.com/en/restaurants-cafes/al-posto-giusto/ ) which offers mostly Italian food such as pizza, pasta, risotto, fish etc. This restaurant is also popular on the weekends when there is always a D.J. or live bands which you can dance to by drinking tasty cocktails.

Al Posto Giusto – APG Tivat

In Seljanovo, on the seaside, there is the famous restaurant “Big Ben” (http://www.bigbentivat.com/index.html) which used to be a café with only 30 tables when it first opened around 25 years ago and now it has 200, both on the ground and the upper terrace which is open only in the summer.  Here you can eat very tasty food varying from Montenegrin, Italian, Mediterranean dishes and also sweets at very reasonable prices. This restaurant does not have delivery, but you can call them, and they will prepare the food and get it ready for you to pick up at the bar.

“Bevanda” is a recently opened restaurant next to the hotel “La Roche”. Here you can watch the chef doing his magic in preparing pizza which is also visible to the guests and creates a cozy ambience. There are also promotional prices for certain meals depending on the day, so you should follow their Facebook or Instagram page to get updates (https://www.facebook.com/bevandapizzeria/ ). This restaurant is also popular with the locals because it organizes “Karaoke nights” (Thursdays) and “Kafanska noc” (Fridays), but be aware because the times can be altered, and it is difficult to find a free table on these nights.

Restaurant “Volat” (http://volattivat.com/) is located at the beginning of the little marina Kalimanj and with its nice ambiance offers a variety of Mediterranean meals and also cakes. In the summer it offers a great view on the marina from the terrace on the third floor. There is usually live music on Saturdays.

A little bit further going towards the marina, there is the fish restaurant “Mala Barka” (https://www.facebook.com/konobamalabarka/). So, if you are a fish lover, you cannot skip visiting this place in Tivat.

Now, we will present you the restaurants doing food deliveries, which is very practical. Therefore, there are a number of them you can choose from.

Konoba “Bakina Kuhinja” (“Grandmother’s Kitchen) is located in Seljanovo, turning right from the main road on the corner from the “Aroma” market. They can deliver you daily homemade meals at very reasonable prices (4-5 euros). Also, if you need a catering company for any kind of event, they will prepare the perfects canapés, finger food, fruits and alike. More info on Instagram profile

https://instagram.com/konoba.bakina.kuhinja?utm_source=ig_profile_share&igshid=1g9hjluq9r9e

“Bacchus” is also a typical restaurant-konoba which also has daily homemade meals, but also a great offer of fish and barbeque. It is located at the corner near the former bus station in the town’s center (https://www.facebook.com/Konoba-Bacchus-439611812790041/ ).  

Restaurant “Sidro” in Kalimanj is famous for its barbeque specialties which you can easily order and get it delivered to your home (https://www.facebook.com/grillsidro/ )

At the main square Magnolija, there is “Recoleta” (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Recoleta-Tivat/753089671540984 ), which offers great food at convenient prices and also does the delivery.

If you want to order a family or regular size pizza, pasta, sandwiches or alike, you can call “KLM” ( http://www.klmtivat.com/) or “City hall” (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cafe-Bar-City-Hall-Tivat/205499169496550 ), both located in the center of Tivat.

These are most of the restaurants in Tivat. Even though we couldn’t cover them all and in so much detail, we hope to have helped you with an idea of where to eat next while staying in our nice little town.

22 Jan 2019, 15:22 PM

January 22, 2019 - The quality of media programs for children and youth in one country directly shows the quality of life of that country, said Jan-Willem Bult, director of the Center for Children, Youth and Media in the Netherlands, the UNICEF Office in Montenegro stated today. 

At the opening of the Prix Jeneusse Media Training on the production of quality TV programs for children and young people, organised by the Agency for Electronic Media and UNICEF, Bult emphasised that for the creation of quality programs for children and young people their participation is essential.
 
"During my daily work with children, both with preschoolers and with the youth, I learned a lot about them. We mutually influence each other. I think the attitude of adults who create programs for children and young people should be the following: I learn from you, as you learn from me. With this attitude, you will grow together, and this is the only way to create a quality program for children," says Bult.
 
Director of Montenegrin Electronic Media Agency Abaz Beli Dzafic says that the goal of AEM and UNICEF is to support Montenegrin media to strengthen the capacity to produce quality content for children and young people.
 
"We want our media to justify the trust that children and young people point to and to be a medium that will enable them to develop their intellectual, social, analytical skills," Dzafic said.
 
UNICEF Head of Mission in Montenegro Osama Kogali recalled four basic UNICEF criteria for defining quality content for children.
 
"The programs for children should be per the age of the children they are addressing. The child should be approached holistically because the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of the child is interrelated; should be positive and promote the potential of every child to end up with both small and big struggles in life instead of focusing on shortcomings or problems. Finally, it should involve the most endangered children to have positive media representations of young people from different cultures and all socio-economic environments," Khogali said.
 
The young reporters, participants of the media literacy campaign "Let’s Choose What We Watch " had concrete tips to the industry.
 
"I appeal to the media to make the image of childhood, children and young people of Montenegro more realistic so that they will more often ensure that voices of children and young people from different social groups are heard and by actively involving them in the production of TV programs for their peers," said young journalist Balsa Bozović.
 
Balsa’s colleague, young journalist Ranko Magovcevic, called on Montenegrin media engage more children with disabilities in their programs.
 
"Not only because we need them to talk about the situation and the problems of children with disabilities, but they, like all other children, should be involved in talks on all topics related to children and young people," Ranko said.
 
Young reporter Dunja Sekulovic believes that the production of the children and youth should equally involved the children and young people of minorities. 
 
"All the kids should be visible in media, so the image they create is closer to reality," Dunja said.
 
Their colleague Sofia Krivokapic concluded that it is essential that programs for children and young people do not promote stereotypes about the role of girls and boys in society.
 
"So, apart from the same number of girls and boys on the screen, we also want to see girls who are not just beautiful and boys who are not only physically strong. Also, we want female and male superheroes who solve violence without violence and send a clear message to children and young people that this is possible and desirable," said Sofia.
 
Prix Jeneusse Media Training is a part of the campaign "Let’s Choose What We Watch", launched by the AEM with the support of UNICEF. The aim of this project is encouraging the development of media literacy for children and parents, as well as strengthening media capacity to produce quality media content with children and young people and to report on ethically correct information on all issues of the rights of the child in Montenegro.
22 Jan 2019, 12:35 PM

The draft law on electronic administration seeks to improve the ambience in which public administration will be at the service of citizens and businesses, by which citizens and businesspeople will communicate with public administration at any time and from any place. This was announced at a roundtable organized by the Ministry of Public Administration on the occasion of a public hearing on the Draft Law on Electronic Administration. At the Round Table, the State Secretary of the Ministry of Public Administration Dejan Abazovic and Head of the Directorate for Interoperability of Registries and Regulatory Affairs, Bojana Bajić, spoke. 

Representatives of the Ministry of Public Administration in the introductory part of the presentation emphasized that one of the Government's major priorities is digitization and the development of a modern, digital state.

"They pointed out that one of the key reasons for the adoption of a new law is to improve further legal solutions that should overcome certain weaknesses and problems that have emerged in practice," it is said in the statement.

The aim is to further organize the area of e-government, following its real and projected needs, both from the aspect of development and following the requirements of international integration processes. "A new legal solution seeks to improve the ambience in which public administration will be at the service of citizens and businesses in a way that citizens and business entities communicate with public administration at any time and from any place," the statement reads.

As outlined, the new law on electronic administration regulates the use of information-communication technologies in management authorities at all levels, both in the performance of their duties and in communication with citizens, companies, other legal entities and entrepreneurs.

"The Draft Law on Electronic Administration advises the handling and use of the unique information system of the state administration authority, the information and communication network of the state administration, the domain of the state administration network, the unique system for electronic data exchange, the establishment of meta-registers and information systems as well as other resources necessary for the electronic administration," the ministry said.

In addition, electronic communications of the state administration authorities, the manner of use and assignment of licenses, the obligation to publish the catalog of electronic administration services, the way of delivering electronic documents, the system for electronic identification and authentication and the electronic billing system for administrative fees are agreed. 

"Also, this legal solution will create the conditions for citizens, the economy and the state to utilize the new technologies to the fullest extent, to make the jobs faster, more efficient and cheaper, and by implementing this law to increase transparency and trust in the work of public administration," concludes the statement.

Text by MINA News, on January 21st 2019, read more at Vijesti

22 Jan 2019, 12:26 PM

One of the oldest and most beautiful houses in Bijelo Polje, although crowded with the gray of various architectural buildings, is more than a silent witness of the past times.

In the soul of the rare united traditional town house in the center of the city, the unparalleled kindness and cordiality of the family of Mehmed Salemovic is interwoven, who, roughly nine years ago, with restoration, prevented it to collapse and preserved its authentic appearance.

That's why the house for years has been a favorite place for visitors and tourists to take pictures, especially in the summer. The house was visited several years ago by the then-Turkish ambassador in Montenegro Nijazi Tanilir with his wife. It is difficult to say whether it is more beautiful in the summer, with the windows lined with flowers, or under the snow that colors its rusticity.

Though restored, its appearance, particularly the hand-cut steep roof covered with shingles, resembles the appearance of about 170 years ago, which, as he came from Skopje, was found by Salem, which later became Salemovici.

Its authentic appearance is also witnessed by the picture of the house by the famous painter from Bijelo Polje Rasim Hadrović Polimski, which dominates in one of the rooms on the upper floor.

In addition, in Bijelo Polje, among the older houses are Gušmirović, Kajabegović, Kučević and Muzurović. Among them, only Kajabegović's house is restored.

The house of Salemovic has no foundation, and it is "attached" to the land with thick walls up to ninety centimeters. The lower part of the house served to tie the horses of various traders who came to the city, and thus an extra income for the family of the then famous tailor Ćerim Salemovic, Mehmed's father.

By placing a wooden floor and a window this space was turned into a kitchen and dining room, and at night it served as a bedroom. The ground floor is made of stone and the upper floor of loam, which gives the house a special charm.

Steep wooden stairs lead to the room on the first floor. Rooms with rugs are bordered by thick walls having a wooden door with a bolt.

Entrance to the rooms, especially the most prominent, with shingles ceilings with no paint, with old chandeliers, with tens of exhibits of various objects of that time, give the impression of a rich museum setting.

In that room at the end of the two walls, right next to the windows, is dominated by a huge "stretched" divan where there are " šilteta” - cushions, in front of which there is a “tegara”, which once played remarkable importance in the organization of life.

This charming portable bowl with a copper recess in which the cinder was placed, with a lid, beside the room warming, served to make coffee in cezve, and also to prepare the delicious dishes – as it is Dutch oven for roast meats. The sewing machine “Singer” from which the old tailor Cerim used to feed his wife and five children, is still used by Muradija. Old embroidered slippers complement the sewing machine with a silk shirt. Mehmed explains that it was not exactly established when the house was built, but it probably originates from the period up to 1850 and it is not known whether his grand grandfather built or bought this house. His father, Ćerim, and his mother, Lutva, daughter of the then famous imam Mustafa - Mujo Dizdarević, who served in the mosque, which was located at the site of the building “Elektroprenos” until 1957, invested their entire life in its repair and maintenance.

My father would say as a joke: "While other people and couples go to the sea, I keep my home on injections for 40 years," Mehmed says, whose father was the founder of the first tailor co-operative in Bijelo Polje. He says the idea of restoring the house came after his mother's death nine years ago, especially when the walls started "moving" down the street.

"It took me two years to find the board-shingle roof, while the ceilings - the hatchbacks retained the authentic look and were never painted. Even though the walls went to fall on the outside of the house, the craftsmen were skillfully able to stop their further movement and clamps - kept the original state," he said, adding that the works lasted for about a year.

Today, on the ground floor of the renovated house, live the sisters Muradija and Bisera, and sister Sanija often joins them. They do not mind that every so often someone rings the door-bell asking if they can take a picture, and sometimes to have a look inside. And with friendly hosts, old items, albums, cakes, among which is the popular “Tri leće” prepared by Mehmed's wife Edina, the man is easily carried away and forgets about the time.

Text by Jadranka Cetkovic, on January 21st 2019, read more at Vijesti 

21 Jan 2019, 15:59 PM

In the Atlas of Montenegrin beaches and bathing resorts, adopted by the Government, 12 types of beaches are defined, such as hotel, family, recreational, entertainment, romantic, beach resorts with no beach furniture, beaches for dogs, bathing resorts with natural healing factors and wellness amenities, excursion, nudist and beaches designed as children's resorts. This document defines general and particular conditions for all types of beach resorts in detail 

The hotel beach resort is a bathing resort designed only for high category hotels with 4 and 5 stars. The 5-star hotels (big hotels), which are made at the highest standards, for the sake of greater comfort, have the beach furniture placed on 15m².

A family beach is a public, well-maintained and constructed bathing area that must be equipped and organized by the Ordinance on conditions to be met by well-maintained and built resorts.

An active holiday beach is intended for sports and recreational activities on the beach and in the sea. Depending on the type of activity, the active holiday resorts are divided into three categories: Sports, Recreational and Adrenaline Baths, Resorts for diving and a Kite/Wind Surfing resort. For each sub-category, the organization's special conditions are prescribed. It is particularly emphasized that the presence of licensed instructors for sports activities is mandatory in these beach resorts.

Party beach is organized in isolated areas and in locations where the noise does not affect the environment and can organize entertainment for 24 hours.

A Romantic beach includes a special program of organizing events (weddings, engagements, anniversary celebrations). A City beach with no beach furniture is a public resort where no beach furniture is allowed to be installed - sunshades and sun loungers. Here, you are not allowed to rent beach furniture. A Beach for dogs is a public bathing resort designed for swimmers with their dogs.

 The beach resort with natural healing factors and wellness facilities implies the existence of natural healing features (medicinal mud, mineral water) for which it is necessary to have a certificate of quality on these baths. The presence of professional staff to supervise the use of healing features is necessary. The access to Women’s beach in Ulcinj,  only women are permitted.

The excursion beach is a public bathing resort that does not have (or has a minimal) access from the coast but only from the sea.

Nudist beach is a special resort for special purposes, which includes, among other things, controlled and limited access to the beach for special categories of bathers.

A beach designed as a children's resort requires constant attendance and supervision of the staff. On this beach is not allowed renting of beach furniture (sunshades and sun lounges).

Read what general and particular conditions should be met by the party, romantic and beach resorts for dogs as well as on which locations they are located.

PARTY BEACH

This type of bathing resort should have a table featuring prominent beach information, beach regulations, and information about safety. It is necessary to have showers, toilets, changing cabins, mobile waste bins, and waste collection bins, if available, rescue services (rescuer, tower/rescue point, signaling flags, rescue equipment, boat).

It is imperative to fence the beach on the seaside (with a buoy), setting up beach furniture (one umbrella and two deck chairs), removing the beach furniture from 1/2 of the beach in length and depth, and clearly and visibly marking this area, liberating the seafront zone for the non-disturbed entry and exit of swimmers, free access path to the sea, which must be clearly marked, fire-fighting apparatus and a visible pricelist.

The particular conditions that this type of beach has to fulfill is that the location of the beach is in isolated areas and in places where the noise does not affect the environment, has a 24-hour entertainment offer, and has space for organizing entertainment and music events, as well as organizing event parties at least once a week.

These bathing resorts are located in Platamuni, Solila-Obala Đuraševića, Velja Spila-Oblatno-Luštica, Kamenovo.

ROMANTIC BEACH

A romantic beach must be marked with a table featuring beach information, beach regulations, and safety information.

In the Atlas of Montenegrin beaches, it is stated that there should be showers, toilets, changing booths, waste bins and waste collecting baskets on a romantic beach if there are any. The obligatory presence of rescue services (rescuer, tower/rescue point, signaling flags, rescue equipment, boat) is mandatory. This type of bathing resort should be fenced off from the seaside (with buoys), and beach furniture (one umbrella and two deck chairs) should be set on it. Also, a part of the bathing area should be cleared from the beach furniture on ½ of the beach in length and depth, and this area to be visibly marked, a free seafront zone, for ease of movement, and the entrance and exit of swimmers, free access routes to the sea, in width of at least one meter, at every 20 meters, which must be clearly marked.

At romantic beaches, a fire-fighting apparatus and visible price list are also essential.

Special conditions for romantic resorts are the organization of special programs (weddings, engagements, anniversary celebrations) and individual services, fun-recreational activities at sea, recreational activities on the beach or in the hinterland of the beach, and wellness facilities at this beach.

These baths are located at: Žanjice, Jaz, Zuta greda, St. Nikola Island, Reževići-Perazića do-Crvena stijena, Petrovac-Bršalj, Žutokrloca – forest Leković, Ulcinj Old Town and Velika Plaža.

BEACHES FOR DOGS

For those who have dogs and want their pets to enjoy a holiday on the Montenegrin coast, they can take them to the beaches for dogs. Dog beaches must be marked with a table with highlighted bathing information, bathing regulations and safety information, showers, toilets, changing cabins, waste bins and bins for selective waste collection, if available, rescue service (rescuer, tower/rescue point, signaling flags, rescue equipment, boat).

The bathing grounds for the dogs should be fenced off from the seaside (with buoys), and there should be beach furniture (one sunshade and two deck chairs). The beach must be free from the furniture on ½ of it in length and depth, clearly visually marked, a free seafront zone for ease movement, and the entrance and exit of swimmers, free access routes to the sea that must be clearly marked. These bathing resorts must have fire-fighting apparatus and a visible price list.

Special conditions for dog baths include rules of behavior for owners and animals, access to bathing areas for persons with special needs, props for cleaning and disposing of dogs, water pots and pet food, dog requisites, separate (zoned) bathing grounds for dogs on a leash and for free-moving dogs, the possibility of providing dog care services and dog showers. It is possible to separate (zoned) bathing areas for various types of dogs, if necessary, as well as a catering facility with a supplemental service and an offer for dogs on the beach. These baths are located at the following locations: Šetališe Pet Danica-Military Hospital, Kotor-Benovo, Mrčevac-Kukoljina, Mogren II-Mogren I, Slovenska beach (from the Obala restaurant in the hinterland to the stream), Buljarička plaža, Topolica and Velika plaža.

Text by A.G., on January 20th, 2019, read more at CdM

21 Jan 2019, 15:55 PM

The Department for the Protection of Cultural Goods has accepted the initiative to establish the protection of assets – making wooden boats.

The Shipbuilders Workshop "Bokovac" pointed out that the conditions for further steps - the application of regulations for the protection and determination of the value of the goods - have been obtained.

Radomirka-Lala Bokovac from the workshop, which has been making wooden boats for decades, says that by insight into the legal documentation on cultural assets and heritage, it has been established that for the good "construction of a wooden boat" no valuation of cultural-historical value has been done so far. She stressed that the adoption of the initiative is a strong wind in the back "both to us and to all who deal with traditional shipbuilding".

"The production of wooden boats possesses the required traditional values, as evidenced by the preliminary results of the research findings. This act is of great significance for us and our decades-long work and effort in traditional wooden boat making, which is now for the first time valued in the right way. In our Shipbuilders Workshop, persistently, with love and much denial, practically without the right and sufficient assistance, we preserve and maintain the ancient knowledge and skills of the old craftsmen, shipbuilders, boatmen, and sailors. There are few of us in Bar, Kotor, Tivat and Herceg Novi, as well as beyond the borders of Montenegro" said Bokovac.

In March last year, three "baranka" - wooden boats with sails "born" at the Shipbuilder Bokovac workshop were sailed for owners from Abu Dhabi. 

This was the first export to Arabia of a domestic final product made in Bar, not only in this era, and as was previously announced, the boats were produced by shipbuilders from Bar - Nenad Neno Bokovac and his father Pero.

"A wooden boat is a miracle for the culture and tradition of a naval country if that is properly valued. They need to be maintained, we have a few models, it is the national treasure of the state, and the history and the future of maritime affairs. Everything started with these wooden boats, and everything will end with them," says Nenad.

During construction, the builders use mulberry, mulik, acacia, and add some teak and mahogany.

According to Nenad's words, the mulberry is very easy when it is dry and strong and durable, so is mulik and thus the ships can easily last for almost a century.

Lala, Nenad's wife, points out that hand-crafted ships can be the bearers of the Montenegrin identity in the tourist sense and economic progress, and above all serve in the preservation of the tradition.

"The country without tradition is empty, people are reflected in the culture and tradition of their own country, and the main driver and push for tourism is culture and tradition, which are the things Montenegro is most proud of. Because of this, the act of accepting the initiative is a big step towards protecting small wooden shipbuilding, regardless of the origin area of a ship, a tradition that unfortunately becoming extinct on the Adriatic," said Bokovac.

The five-year-old wooden boats of Bokovci sparkle in the summer in front of the Hotel Regent in Porto Montenegro, where they are seen by passionate sailors from UAE. They were impressed by the boat's performance, so they came to Bar, where they were thrilled to see that Bokovci ships are traditionally built without epoxy resins. They ordered three "baranka" which have their mark. Pero and Neno say they do not know exactly how many boats they have repaired, but they point out that, not just in Bar, all the wooden ships went through their hands.

Neno says that the oldest boat which he repaired was "Markisa" anchored at marina Bar - which was 118 years old.

"The quality of a wooden ship in relation to plastic and metal is its stability on the sea, safety ... But its maintenance is difficult and expensive, so you do not have to take a wooden boat if you do not like to work on it. It is not just said that a man with a wooden boat is happy twice - the first time when he buys it and the second when he sells it," says Nenad Bokovac. He explains that there are two meanings of the word kalafat (shipbuilder), which is used both in Italy and in Croatia.

"It's the master who puts the tow between the boards, and the other - that's the chief master. So, that is my father Pero who started the ship-building in Bar in 1965, and today he supervises all the works on wooden boats and is dedicated to this, for someone a craft and for others -  art. Kalafat (shipbuilding) is a special type of carpentry, but it cannot be executed by only a carpenter," says Nenad.

Text by Radomir Petric, on January 20th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

20 Jan 2019, 20:03 PM

The largest swimming for Epiphany (Bogojavljenje) in Montenegro was held in Podgorica, at the mouth of Ribnica in Moraca.

More than 200 people participated in the swimming for the Holy Cross.

Goran Čađenović was the first one to arrive at the cross, while the fastest one among the females was Slađana Ćuković.

Just as ten years ago, when the Epiphany swimming was held for the first time in this century in Bar, and Tomo Pekic was the first to arrive at the Holy Cross.

During rainy weather in front of hundreds of citizens of Bar on the town's beach, more than 60 believers swam for the Holy Cross, among whom the youngest participant Pavle was only three years old. This year more children participated in the Epiphany swimming, even the girls, the youngest of which was seven-year-old Petra.

“This is the second time that I swim for the holy cross. I was swimming ten years ago when I also arrived first. For ten years I did not swim for the Epiphany. I wanted to mark the decade when I was only 18 years old when I arrived first to the holy cross. I was honored that for the second time in my life I arrived first and thus marked this jubilee, "said Pekić, who is the assistant coach at the Women's Volleyball Club “Galeb”.

Draško Jelovac from Tivat was the first to reach the holy cross in the traditional Epiphany swimming at Miholjska Prevlaka. In the swim, there was the largest number of participants so far - over seventy, including dozens of girls, and the event brought together a large number of believers from Tivat and Boka Bay. This year, before the swim, they entered the sea with the chief priests of the Miholjska church.

Marko Mićović (19) from Banjani is the winner of Epiphany swimming, which was organized for the first time by the Church municipality Nikšić on the river Zeta, near Manitovac, while in Bar Tomo Pekić (28), the assistant coach at ŽOK Luka Bar was the first to arrive to the holy cross. This is the second time for Tomo to be the fastest swimmer at the Epiphany.

Nikola Radonić from Baosici was the first to reach the epiphany cross at the Skver in Herceg Novi. This year's contest included 48 swimmers, including three women swimming in the sea whose temperature was 11 degrees.

Though it was a rainy day with showers the sky was clear at the time of the swim.

Text by CdM, on January 19th, 2019, read more at CdM

20 Jan 2019, 19:59 PM

The concert of the National Symphony was held at the Montenegrin National Theater (CNP), performed by the Chinese troupe Gansu. The concert is part of the China Culture Week, which began on Wednesday, and is organized by the Embassy of the Republic of China in Montenegro.

The Chinese artists gathered in Gansu's troupe, in front of the full CNP, and brought a rich Chinese music culture using musical notes. They performed the masterpiece "Silk Road" on traditional Chinese instruments for the Montenegrin audience, which has been accompanied by several encores.

During the whole concert, the audience followed the troupe's performance in rhythm and judging by the reactions, experienced the spirit of the specific traditional Chinese music in the right way.

Two Chinese artists who celebrated their birthday on the scene last night were greeted with thundering applause.

The leader of the Gansu troupe, Yang Jianren, said that 32 artists were presented to the Montenegrin audience last night, who were performing on major tours around the world.

"We've evoked the particularities of the Chinese culture with music and 'Silk Road'. There is no limit in music, hearts do not demand the same language and I believe that this is what the Montenegrin audience felt. Also, I believe that through art we will make a friendly bridge between our two countries," said the leader of the troupe.

China's Ambassador in Montenegro Liu Jin said that the Chinese Embassy wants to meet the Montenegrin people with the Chinese culture in anticipation of the grand holiday - Chinese New Year.

"Relationships between Montenegro and China are traditionally friendly. Culture is an important link that can further bring the two populations closer together. We want to say that relations between the states are most dependent on the relationship between citizens, and I hope that the two countries' interpersonal and cultural cooperation will be even better," said the ambassador.

Let’s recall, during the Chinese Culture Week, the cultural richness of the country will be presented through three thematic groups - The Week of Chinese Film, the Concert of the National Symphony and the Two-Day Presentation of Chinese Intangible Heritage.

Lovers of the Seventh Art in the cinema “Cineplex” in Delta City can watch the movie “Youth” today at 6 pm, while at the same time tomorrow there is the cult movie from 1993 "Good-bye, my concubine". On Sunday the romantic comedy "Love is not blind" will be screened, on Monday, the Chinese film that won four Oscars, "Silent Tiger, Hidden Dragon", and the Week of Chinese Film will be closed by the screening of the film, whose scenes were also filmed in Montenegro - "Golden Job".

The Chinese Culture Week will be closed by the two-day event of Chinese Intangible Heritage. In the central auditorium of the Delta City, during the 22nd and 23rd January, the traditions and heritage of the city of Quanzhou, the cultural center of Southeast Asia will be presented. Visitors will be able to get acquainted with the process of making many famous Chinese handicrafts, such as colorful figurines of rice, holiday lanterns made of paper ribbons, but also with ancient painting art, stone carving, incense burning and drinking of tea.Access to all events is free of charge.The Chinese Culture Week is organized in the forthcoming of the China's New Year, the most important traditional Chinese holiday, which this year begins on February 5th, according to our calendar.

Text by CdM, on January 18th, 2019, read more at CdM

19 Jan 2019, 21:50 PM

January 19, 2019 - The Little Fiesta of Orange will "spice up" the Jubilee 50th Mimosa Festival with salty and sweet delicacies. Organization members and their guests have prepared rich gastro content devoted to orange. NGO Hands from Herceg Novi is organizing the Little Fiesta for the fifth time.

NGO Hand carefully prepared the party, exploring the traditional and creating new specialties year by year. The range of dishes, which focuses on orange as a "winter fruit", is increasingly more productive and attracts more and more attention from the visitors to the Mimosa Festival.
 
Entries for the party have already begun, the interest is significant, and the organizers are already trying to provide enough to ensure hospitality to their guests from other towns of Montenegro, explained president of the NGO Hands, Milina Kovačević for Radio Jadran.
 
"It is our first seasonal fiesta of the year, from which everything has started and which, according to the experience so far, brings together the most significant number of exhibitors and visitors. We hope that time will serve us to keep everything outdoors. We are preparing a lot; we want this party to be more vibrant, diverse, not just gastronomically, but also when it comes to the whole program content. What we can now discover is that we will have a cooking workshop devoted to the orange, where Mirjana Martinetti will demonstrate the preparation of some dishes with orange," Kovačević said.
 
Orange is one of the "most gratifying" ingredients or "supplements," whether it is sweet or salty, so Kovačević points out that the participants are the most creative when it comes to its application:
"It's tough to figure out what we had on our fiesta for the last four years ... There were jams, cakes, and cookies. By continually researching new recipes, the options for using orange are unbelievable. We expect a record number of exhibitors, over 30, who, apart from Herceg Novi and Boka bay, come from Podgorica and Nikšić, and we also expect some friends from Bosnia and Herzegovina," she said.
 
In addition to the tasting of various dishes with oranges, the party will also include the donor dining and music section of the program, but this segment will be defined later.
 
The Little Fiesta of Orange is the first seasonal gastro event organized by NGO Hands. As in the past years, they are planning the fiesta on the promenade by the famous bars across the Addico Bank branch in Herceg Novi.
 
Interested parties can apply by January 22 at the FB site of NGO Hands (NVU Ruke) or the association e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Little Fiesta of Orange is on the program the following Saturday, 26 January, from 10 am to 14 pm.
 
Source: Radio Jadran
 
18 Jan 2019, 14:48 PM

The police in Bar escorted several citizens who rebelled against the cutting of cypresses in Bar.

Three of the civilian protesters were taken to the police station where, according to police quotes, "they should make statements as citizens".

In front of the building of the police in Bar gathered  30 citizens, relatives, and the friends of three young men, one of whom is a student at the gymnasium in Bar.

Among the citizens are also professors from the schools in Bar.

Young men were released after giving statements and were welcomed by the applause of the citizens.

Stevo Martinovic, Bojan Rukavina and Uroš Pajovic told reporters that they were taken to the police because they undertook passive resistance to police officers, that the police officers treated them fairly and that they protested quietly against the cutting of the cypress trees within the fenced area.

Due to the lack of personal documents, Blažo Marinović was also in the station and was released after giving a statement.

Many police officers were present at the site.

In front of the construction site fence, citizens yelled "UA" at the sound of the wood-saws and were singing the national anthem.

This morning, around six 6 a.m., the cutting of the cypress trees began in front of the gymnasium in Bar.

The trees were removed to build a kindergarten there.

Citizens of Bar were battling for weeks in order to save the cypress trees and kept watch to protect them.

The petition was signed by thousands of citizens, but the city authorities remained silent.

 By 8 a.m. almost 20 trees had already been cut.

Police officers were legitimizing civil activists this morning, who gathered in the enclosed yard and said to "decide whether to continue the protest or not.

Around 8:30 a.m. there were 15 activists inside the site, and around the fence the citizens gathered while the workers of the Nikšić "consortium" continued to cut the cypress trees.

Representative of the contractor said that “Konzorcijum” workers from several cities started cutting around 7:15 a.m., "according to all obtained permits" and that the plan was to cut 80 to 90 trees.

The citizens protested when the cutting began at 7:15 pm, pointing to the trees that were already cut inside the schoolyard.

The police unofficially said that the citizens are legitimized this time, and that the next time they will be arrested, and that "we will provide assistance if the contractors call us", with the statements that the citizens, from this moment, are located where they are not supposed to be because of the works.

Support to the citizens was given by the participants in the expert seminar "Development of Critical Thinking" for elementary school teachers who are holding their workshop in the amphitheatre inside the enclosed part of the yard, besides the cut cypresses.

Text by Radomir Petric, on January 17th 2019, read more at Vijesti

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