21 Oct 2019, 14:14 PM

The Ministry of Science has approved 17 scholarships for doctoral studies, for which it has allocated around 750,000 euros, announced this Government department.

They explained that the scholarships include a monthly fee of €700 for researchers, free tuition fees for doctoral studies at universities in Montenegro and research money, an important segment of which is international or intersectoral mobility, up to ten thousand euros a year.

On April 24, the Ministry announced the second competition for the award of doctoral research scholarships.

They stated that by the expiry of the application deadline, 33 applications have been received, followed by an evaluation process.

The Ministry has prepared a list of approved scholarships for doctoral research, comprising 17 scholarship recipients, 13 in the fields of science-mathematical, technical-technological, medical and agricultural sciences, and four in social sciences and humanities.

"Last year, the Ministry first announced an open competition for attractive doctoral scholarships and research conditions when 19 candidates were selected and about 750,000 euros were allocated for them," the statement said.

This year, they pointed out, that number is rising to 36, which means that in two years they have allocated 1.5 million euros for strengthening human resources and research capacity.

"The intention of the Ministry is to announce the same competition next year, in order to reach a critical mass of about 50 young researchers and the ultimate goal of retaining talents in Montenegro," the statement concludes.

Text by MINA News, on October 18th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Oct 2019, 20:16 PM

18 October 2019 - The art exhibition New Realities - Réalités Nouvelles, which will open on Saturday, October 19 in Paris, will feature artworks from four artists from Montenegro, reports CdM. This collaboration was mediated through an artist living and working in Paris, Milija Belić, who suggested that Montenegro presents itself at such a prestigious cultural event.

Réalités Nouvelles exhibition has an international character and brings together the most eminent artists from all over the world. Founded in 1946, it represented the ideas of artists such as Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevich and Lissitzky, extending the views of the groups that preceded and were active in the first half of the 20th century; most notably “Cercle et Carré” and “Création-Abstraction”, in time grew into an association that today bears the name Réalités Nouvelles. The group gathers over four hundred artists, oriented to abstraction in the field of painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, installation, engraving, and digital media. Today, the Salon is open to all artists who deal with abstraction in any form of fine art. It represents a "stepping stone" for artists for further success and progress in the field of abstraction, as well as an inexhaustible source of ideas and possibilities.

As TMN reported earlier, the exhibition New Realities - Réalités Nouvelles from Paris was recently presented at the Modern Gallery Jovo Ivanović in Budva, Montenegro, from July 20 to August 20. The exhibition, organized by Public institution Museums and Galleries of Budva in cooperation with The Salon des Réalités Nouvelles from Paris, was one of the most important in this year's exhibition season of the Institution and represented important cultural cooperation between France and Montenegro. At the exhibition, whose curator was Senka Subotić, 50 artists who have dedicated their work exclusively to abstraction presented their artwork.  

This year, the President of the New Realities Salon paid tribute to the director of the PI Museums and Galleries of Budva, Ms. Lucija Đurašković, and invited her to select four artists to present at this year's prestigious exhibition of the Réalités Nouvelles Salon. Four abstract artists who were selected by Ms. Đurašković and who will present their artwork in Paris are Montenegrin artists Dragan Karadžić, Nataša Đurović, Biljana Keković and Vaso Nikčević.

The artists’ participation in the exhibition in Paris is realized under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, the Municipality of Budva and the support of the Embassy of Montenegro in France.

18 Oct 2019, 13:55 PM

On Saturday, the fighters who saved Bistrica will celebrate their victory, instead of the protest where they planned to raise their voice to save the river.

Denis Mekic from Bijelo Polje announced the news.

On behalf of the Citizens' Initiative “Save Bistrica”, he said after the Government's decision to open negotiations on the termination of the concession agreement on the waters of this river, that this great victory of citizens is an indicator that "by communion and involvement of all in such and similar processes we can change our society to the better".

"We will celebrate our victory with dignity after the protests on Saturday, October 19," he said.

He pointed out that for all who came to protest, a visit to the river they fought for would be organized.

"That day, we, the citizens, will take the initiative to establish a Day of Trout and Healthy Food, instead of devastation and set a good example of how to promote this promising area of Bijelo Polje. We will mark that day as one of the most significant for Bistrica," he said. He pointed out that the fight for Ecological Montenegro is only beginning.

"We invite all citizens to come in order to tell the Government together to adopt a permanent moratorium for the protection of Bistrica, and with our common strength and attitude on Saturday we want to express our opposition to the devastation of other rivers in our city. First of all, Ljestanica, which is facing the same fate that our Bistrica saw coming, as well as Lim, which is constantly devastated by various pollution. On Saturday, the protest will be a sign of support for our remaining rivers," Mekic said.

Text by Jelena Jovanovic, on October 17th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

18 Oct 2019, 10:54 AM
October 18, 2019 - The Kotor Tourist Organization is in the process of preparing winter content, including holiday programs and the traditional manifestation "From Christmas to Christmas," Ana Nives Radovic, director of the local tourism organization, told Radio Kotor.
"From Christmas to Christmas is a manifestation of great local importance, but also a program recognized in the region and as such deserves a great deal of recognition and praise. There is a tendency that whatever is done in Kotor is always trying to be transferred, copied somewhere else. We should not blame anyone who takes anything from Kotor or looks negatively at it, but be proud of what one of us is learning," Radovic said.
According to her, through a series of events, Kotor has shown how good an organizer can be.
"The attitude of the Kotorans and all those who live here towards the city exist as something that preserves local culture and tradition and represents it in the best way.
Any attempt to imitate all this always results in its results. Quality stays here. Everyone has the right to try something. How successful it is will be demonstrated by the sheer duration of the manifestation. From Christmas to Christmas is something that is indeed recognized, rewarded, valued, and universally accepted," Radovic explains.
Radovic states that "From Christmas to Christmas" is no longer just a local manifestation, but residents of other surrounding cities also come to this event.
When it comes to the New Year's program in Kotor, Radovic points out that he is in the pipeline and will know very soon who is going to perform in the Old Town.
"The New Year's program will be in the same style as we did in the previous years. Without any musical distaste and giving away great fees to performers, we are retaining the opportunity to engage local Kotor musicians as much as possible, taking into account the highest quality from the offer," emphasizes Radovic.
This year's Boka Night showed how many quality musicians live or gravitate towards Kotor.
"We have seen that we can do a lot even when we don't have too much money. It is not always a big honor that determines the quality of the event itself. We keep the local tradition and take care of our musicians, performers, bands. The fact that we do not hire music stars from distant countries, whose arrival is expensive, really shows how truly honest we are in our efforts to preserve our local culture, identity and quality, " concluded Ana Nives Radovic in an interview for Radio Kotor.
Source: Radio Kotor
17 Oct 2019, 18:52 PM

17 October 2019 - Starting from 20 October, Delta City shopping mall will not be charging for parking on Sundays. Delta City representatives said that the mall would be working according to the established schedule when the new provisions start to apply, except that boutiques will be closed.

"Facilities that will be working on Sunday are the cinema, hospitality facilities, mobile operators, playground, flower shop, banks, dry-cleaning service, beauty salon, pharmacy, and other services. On Sunday, parking will be free of charge," the statement said, writes Cafe del Montenegro.

Parking tickets started in August and it was necessary due to scores of cars and the boost of settlements near the shopping mall.

"The decision to charge for parking is aimed at providing enough space for parking. On weekends, the area around Delta is jammed with buses from the coast and Albania. Settlements nearby spread at a great speed," said Delta City representatives earlier.

The first 30 minutes are free of charge whereas one hour of parking costs 0,40 EUR. For parking services, shopping mall employees pay 30 EUR per month.

Read more news about lifestyle in Montenegro at TMN's dedicated page.

17 Oct 2019, 12:59 PM

The Secretariat for Public Utilities, Transport and Energy Efficiency of the Municipality of Tivat announces that an electronic waste collection action is underway, which will last until Tuesday 22 October.

"We invite the citizens of our municipality to take part in this action and bring their electronic waste to the communal workshop warehouse located in the Big City Park or the property Monte pranzo, where we also set up a metal box for this type of waste, from 8 am to 6 pm."

The utility company is implementing this action with the assistance of the Municipal Secretariat for Public Utilities, Transport and Energy Efficiency and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism.

For more information please call +382 67 748 442.

Text by Boka News, on October 16th, 2019, read more at Boka News

17 Oct 2019, 12:57 PM

The roundabout at the intersection of 4th July and Vojislavljevic streets in the Podgorica's settlement Zabjelo has a new look.

According to the company "Zelenilo", cypresses, dwarf spruce and dasylirions were planted at the roundabout.

"Following all the principles of landscape architecture, we have begun the work of arranging a roundabout at the intersection of 4th July and Vojislavljevic streets. After completing the preparation of the substrate, which involves removing the surface layer of barren and filling new humus soil, we started installing hydro systems and digging holes for planting the florae. "In the selection of species, we paid a lot of attention to the aesthetic appearance, so cypresses, dwarf spruce and dasylirion have been planted at this roundabout," stated Zelenilo.

The role of the roundabouts, in addition to its function in traffic regulations, has a very important decorative feature, so arranging them requires a very aesthetic approach in design and equipment.

"Due to heavy traffic on roundabouts, great care is being taken in selecting the species to be planted, as they must be resilient to urban conditions," added Zelenilo.

They point out that work has begun on the roundabout on the Adriatic Highway to include the Southwest Bypass, and if weather conditions permit, work on this roundabout will be completed within the next two weeks.

Text by Vijesti online on October 16th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

17 Oct 2019, 12:54 PM

Members of the Committee on Education, Science, Culture and Sports overwhelmingly supported the Bill amending the Law on the Protection of the Natural, Cultural and Historical Area of Kotor.

The General Director of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture, Aleksandar Dajkovic, said that the proposal for amendments to the act is another step towards the preservation and valorization of the natural and cultural-historical area of Kotor.

In today's session of the Committee on Education, Science, Culture and Sports, he said that since 2016, the state had taken significant steps to preserve this area.

"Most of the problems we see in Kotor are due to certain deficiencies in the planning documentation. I believe that after the adoption of the zoning plan, a significant number of these challenges will be prevented in practice," said Dajkovic.

As for the infrastructure projects whose implementation is necessary in Kotor in order to preserve the area and enable its sustainable development, the Ministry of Culture will intensively speak with UNESCO and will absolutely support the local government and the state government.

A delegate from the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) Bogdan Fatic said the changes to the law relate to refining the procedure for carrying out the project documentation, or how an investor can get permission to execute works in a protected area.

"This is a buffer zone that covers an area of about 48,000 hectares," Fatic said.

He explained that the amendments to the Act made it clear that before issuing the urban-technical conditions, the chief city architect must submit an initiative to the Directorate for the Protection of Cultural Property, and the Board would form a committee that would consider these requests within 15 days.

"The Management Board makes an individual assessment at the request of the investor, and for its preparation, the Management Board establishes an expert team within 15 days from the day the law is being adopted," said Fatic.

The expert team then elaborates and submits an individual assessment proposal based on specific guidelines.

"It is good that these amendments to the Law clearly define what these guidelines are and what guidelines are necessary for such a project to be fulfilled," Fatic added.

He said that the National Commission for UNESCO submits the report to the Directorate and later submits it to the UNESCO for further opinion.

According to Fatic, only after a positive opinion from UNESCO is received, does the investor have the right to build in a protected zone.

"In this way, all the deficiencies that were present during the previous implementation of the Law were eliminated and I believe that by adopting these amendments we will improve this act, and thus have a positive impact on the protection of the natural and cultural-historical area of Kotor and its surroundings," said Fatic.

Liberal Party MP Andrija Popovic said Kotor is a unique area because of its status.

He stated that he supports the amendments to the Law on the Protection of the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor concerning individual Heritage Impact Assessment, where each project would be subject to an individual Heritage Impact Assessment.

"Of course, I support this, and I think this is a step forward in the whole Law on the Protection of the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor," Popovic said.

He called on the Government and the Ministry of Culture to take Kotor more seriously, as the city is in a complicated and challenging situation.

"Every year, there is a growth of ten to 15 percent of tourists, and the infrastructure in Kotor cannot handle it," Popovic said.

Bosnjak Party MP Ervin Ibrahimovic said he was convinced that the protected zones would finally be clearly identified.

DPS MP Branka Tanasijevic said Kotor is a city that needs a lot of attention, not just because it is on the UNESCO list.

She stated that she supported the Bill on the Protection of the Natural and Cultural-Historical Area of Kotor, as it is a great contribution to the protection of that city.

Text by MINA News, on October 16th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

17 Oct 2019, 12:51 PM

As part of the traditional masquerade "Carnival of Autumn Masks", 140 toddlers have taken part in a parade on the streets of Kolasin. The children from the kindergarten “Sisters Radovic”, aged two to five, designed and made the costumes, together with their parents and educators.

The associations to the fall were diverse, and the imagination of the children was lavish. In addition to the masks inspired by this season, the streets of Kolasin were filled with characters from fairy tales, fables, animated movies, and some costumes were inspired by the favorite animals, clowns, and fruits.

In pre-school, children are often encouraged by this kind of creativity, and their presentation to their fellow citizens is usually the most attended event.

"Similar city parades are a tradition for us. They represent the fruit of creativity and toddlers’ skills, as well as our cooperation with their parents. It always gives good results. We encourage children to be creative, to show their acquired skills, but also to spark their imagination. These events are a way to show our fellow citizens the way we are doing it," said the kindergarten.

Text by Dragana Scepanovic, on October 16th 2019, read more at Vijesti

16 Oct 2019, 18:34 PM

16 October 2019 - The European Institute of Innovation and Technology as a networked institute is an excellent example of how entrepreneurship and academic community can work together and spread the culture of innovation and business. The establishment of EIT centres is necessary for the Western Balkans and Montenegro, highlighted Montenegrin Minister of Science Sanja Damjanović, at a recent INNOVEIT conference.

As reported by the Ministry of Science, Minister Damjanović took part in the main panel discussion of the INNOVEIT conference in Budapest, which the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) organises every year.

European Institute of Innovation and Technology Centres Necessary in Montenegro

The EIT innovation model is designed to efficiently transform the European innovation environment in a way that solves market and system deficiencies by linking all the actors in the field of innovation, regardless of which disciplines and sectors they are related to, to work together. Through the next EU programme (Horizon Europe 2021 – 2027), this institute will have an increased budget and one of its focuses will be the expansion of the regional impact, including the Western Balkans countries.

In a panel discussion about the education and the regional dimension as the basic pillars of the future of this unique institute, Minister Damjanović stated that the EIT is a powerful driver of innovation in Europe.

"Our young people, representatives of the business sector and start-ups participated in EIT schools, competitions and manifestations, which significantly affected their way of thinking and working," Minister Damjanović pointed out, hopeful that the European Commission's Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) will find a way to support the development of innovation centres of this institute in the Western Balkan countries. Referring to the long experience of researches and outstanding cooperation with CERN, Minister Damjanović highlighted that the EIT as a networked institute, that is, CERN as the infrastructure, are examples of how entrepreneurship and academic community can work together and spread the culture of innovation and business.

"It is exciting to see how advances in robotics, chemistry and food science, energy and ICT, data science and artificial intelligence, mechanical engineering contribute to the significant innovations the nominated innovators have developed in the EIT Venture Award category," Minister Damjanovic noted, emphasising that she comes from a small country in the Western Balkans, which has just started implementing innovation policies and developing and linking its innovation ecosystem, and that Montenegro finds great inspiration in seeing how society functions and changes for the better.

The EIT Venture award was given to the finalists whose team has been developing a unique technology that converts wave energy efficiently and sustainably. Minister Damjanović also congratulated the innovators in other categories and the EIT communities, who, by supporting such innovators, make Europe, a true innovation union.

Read more about lifestyle in Montenegro at TMN's dedicated page.

16 Oct 2019, 12:57 PM

Fifteen-year-old Andrija Djukic, a student of School of Secondary and Higher Education “Sergije Stanic”, in the humanitarian action "one million steps", raised €2,500 for six toddlers from Montenegro. This was announced at a presentation of his action, and as it has been clarified, the money will be distributed from to the six toddlers who are on the list of the Foundation "Be Humane".

Andrija said that his journey, which lasted 34 days and traveled 880 kilometers, was difficult, arduous, exhausting, but he did not want to give up.

"Because I was thinking of children who need help. Although there were times when it was difficult, the thought of them gave me strength," Andrija pointed out.

On his pilgrimage to France and Spain, the Pyrenees and Galician regions, Andrija was accompanied by his mother, Jelena.

"I was only there to support him. To encourage him not to give up," said Jelena Djukic.

She pointed out that she had supported Andrija from the beginning in his idea and was very proud of him.

The journey of St. Jakov that Andrija went with his mother began in the French city of Saint Jean Pied de Port and led to the Spanish Santiago de Compostela.

He later found out everything on the internet, asked for information, and the turning point for Andrija happened after watching the movie "The Way".

He chose the path of St. Jakov because he wanted to test himself and, as he says, strengthen physically and mentally.

"We traveled 20 to 30 kilometers a day. I met a lot of people, and new friendships took place every day."

Text by Borko Zdero, on October 15th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

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