"I will not stop until I clean Montenegro," promises Milica Boca, the face of the campaign #beanexample (#budiprimjer) implemented by the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro and the EU Info Center to protect the environment and nature.
Milica was born in Herceg Novi, a town known for its parks and greenery. She and her brother and sister, Dragisa and Bojana, are already known in the neighborhood where they live for their clean-up actions, and have included friends and acquaintances in the activities, and are now operating as an organized group of citizens who once a week clean up settlements through Novi and join the actions in other cities.
“Back in high school, I felt the need to make my city cleaner and greener, and all this was instilled in me by my mother, who was always cleaning the green areas around our building, and in the house she treated food and water very carefully and never allowed it to be thrown away, "Milica told “Vijesti”, convinced that young people can certainly find out more about their relationship to the environment and nature in the family.
The first time she, Dragisa and Bojana came out to clean the part of the access road to their house, passers-by asked why they were not invited either. Milica then organized a new action and made an invitation to participate through Facebook and Instagram, on the profiles "Do not throw away the bottles".
From then, at every new action, someone new appears.
"And that's our goal. I can't clean all of Montenegro on my own, but I can with people who recognize my idea and want the same as I do. What makes my joy greater and the wind in my back are these people. There are plenty of us," she says, adding that she is pleased with every message she receives from strangers who recognize the importance of socializing through the actions.
"As much as conscious people are living in the background at this time, their conscience is louder than any malpractice," Milica says.
There is a new face at each new action (Photo: Private archive)
She is not counting the participants; she says it is more important that the actions take place all the time.
"Continuity is key, because it doesn't matter how many of us are there, but what we want to achieve. I'm not alone in this. From the very beginning, in addition to my brother and me, who are the initiators of the action, there are several people who are with us all the time. I'm just someone who speaks ahead of behalf of our endeavors," she told “Vijesti”.
Milica and her team cleaned Lustica, Traste Bay and Ostrvo cvijeca ...
“People cannot believe that we are constantly doing this, because usually, everyone who starts some clean-up actions will mark certain days of the year. We are trying to start and change people's minds by our example," she says.
Actions are taking place, but it happens, Milica adds, that they find new garbage at the site where they have already cleaned. And that makes her the angriest.
"What makes me the most angry is that when we get to a site that we have already cleaned, we find even more trash than the last time. There is also anger and sadness in me because I can't believe that someone could even think, let alone throw a trash bag in the woods or by the side of the road, and not in a dumpster," she says.
She is convinced that education is paramount to solving problems.
"Bombing people about how to dispose of waste, which involves separating plastic, paper, glass into special containers that we have and don't know how to use. Then the city government would take the waste to the recycling centers we already have and that we need more of," Milica said.
In addition to education, she added, it is also important to spread awareness through personal example.
"Because if everyone picked up a piece of paper or cardboard they come across while walking, the situation would be much better. People are still ashamed to pick up trash on the street, park, beach, and do not realize that this would make their living space better. It is a shame to not pick it up," she said, adding that living habits should also change – eliminate the disposable plastic, plastic toothbrushes, plastic q-tips, straws, use personal water bottles, and use linen instead of plastic bags.
“An individual makes society, and if we as individuals were to change, so would society. The motto of our group is 'Think global, act local' and this will always guide us. "
Although the actions which are initiated by her as one of the organizers have not yet brought any major changes, she is happy for the joy in the eyes of those who stop her on the street and praise her for the actions she organizes.
"This is a battle that is fought in the long run, and we are on the right track. The changes are small but visible. The company “Cistoca” from Herceg Novi joined, which has supported us from the very beginning, has provided us with bags and gloves and a dump truck."
The campaign, "Be an example, get involved", implemented by the EU Delegation and the EU Info Center with partners, is also dedicated to recycling, planting and using alternative modes of transport.
Text by Damira Kalac, on October 27th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The unusually high temperatures for autumn have allowed many to swim in the sea even on October 27.
At the sight of the beaches on the Montenegrin coast, one would not say that it is the end of October, since there are plenty of visitors enjoying the sun and the sea.
Beautiful weather for a few more days (Photo: Jelena Jovanović)
Meteorologists are announcing nice weather for a few more days. The highest daily temperature today will be 22 to 27 degrees.
Take a look at the photos in the gallery, sent by Vijesti readers.
Text by Vijesti online, on October 27th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The all-day Autumn Color Festival, attended by about twenty food, agricultural and handicraft producers from Boka Bay and its surroundings, was held at several locations within Lustica Bay in Krtoli near Tivat.
The festival was organized under the motto "Good, Better, Domestic", in support of the national project for the promotion of local flavors and producers from Montenegro, whose realization is, among other things, the responsibility of the National Tourism Organization.
"Like last year's fair, the festival shows that such manifestations are of interest to participants who represent their business, as well as visitors who want to buy a quality local product," said PR adviser to "Lustica Development" Dragana Becirovic.
This year, the participation of "Meštrina" from Tivat, as a women's organization engaged in handicrafts, was a novelty at the fair, and the offer of cheese from the Dacevic farm, vegetables from the ethno-household Djedovina from Grahovo and agricultural products Vuksanovic attracted considerable attention.
Natural cosmetics, medicinal balms and tinctures of medicinal mountain herbs "Jelena" were of interest to the ladies, and Olga Ovcar from Lustica offered an exceptional selection of cheeses, as every year.
The painting colony "Shades of Autumn," was held, which was attended by students of Tivat elementary schools, and the high school "Mladost", to whom the organizers provided easels, paintbrushes, paints and canvases for painting the Mediterranean landscape.
Members of KUD "Boka" performed a series of dances in the marina to the general enjoyment of the visitors.
An animation and entertainment program was organized for the youngest guests, and they had the opportunity to adopt the puppies from the farm Ovcar in Lustica.
Text by Sinisa Lukovic, on October 27th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
27 October 2019 - After a decade of using its emblem, Herceg Novi finally received new city symbols - a coat of arms and a flag, which was put up on the city’s Clock Tower Tora.
As the Mayor of Herceg Novi, Stevan Katić, said at the ceremony, the new symbols have a historical foundation and represent a specific cultural heritage created for centuries. He emphasized that the symbols are in step with the efforts of the local government to present Herceg Novi in a recognizable way, which will correspond to its uniqueness, reports Radio Jadran.
“The new coat of arms and flag are elements of the common past and present of Herceg Novi. I hope that the citizens of Herceg Novi will be able to understand the exact meaning of the symbols and that they will bind them to the city and each other. This flag will be put up on the Tora Clock Tower, after that at the fort and numerous establishments throughout the city. The flag, along with the coat of arms, will tour the world representing our city. By emphasizing them today, Herceg Novi celebrates its wealth, heritage, honesty, wisdom, peace, strength and daring," he said.
During the ceremony, the City Music and Majorettes went on a festive walk from Gradska kafana through Njegoš’ Street. They performed in front of numerous citizens of Herceg Novi and guests, who enjoyed the entertaining program at the Square and Tora Staircase, extending the ceremony to highlight new symbols of the ancient city.
After the ceremony raising the flag, a bazaar was opened in the main city square, serving traditional dishes, prosciutto, and wine to locals and guests.
The street symbol exhibition attracted many visitors, who were also entertained by the street musicians’ performance. Castel Nuovo made a tour through the city, all the while entertaining the audience with authentic tunes.
Mayor of Herceg Novi Stevan Katić has been in Malaga to sign the Declaration on the Protection of Mediterranean Biodiversity, aligning the city with others that have made a commitment to protect natural ecosystems in the Mediterranean region, through strengthening management and networks between protected areas.
As announced on the local government website, the signing is part of activities within the project to streamline networking and management efforts in Mediterranean Protected Areas as a mechanism to enhance nature conservation and protection in the region - PANACeA, with Malaga hosting both the signing of the Declaration, and the project lead - the University of Malaga.
The visit was an opportunity to organise a bilateral meeting between the leaders of Herceg Novi and Malaga, which is the first official meeting between representatives of the two cities, and the first step towards further ties. During the meeting, both parties expressed an interest in linking the cities, and the Acting Mayor of Malaga accepted the invitation of Mayor Katić to visit Herceg Novi in the near future and talk about the next steps.
The Herceg Novi delegation also included Deputy Mayor Danijela Đurović and Secretary for Utilities, Ecology, and Energy Efficiency, Aleksandar Kovačević.
Source: Radio Jadran
In the narrowest part of Boka Bay you'll find the restaurant Verige65, where simple shapes and glass surfaces give the impression of a deep connection with the natural environment of the bay.
Restaurant Verige65 (Photo: Miloš Samardžić)
The carefully decorated interior exudes airiness without hiding the beauty of its surroundings. Every detail is chosen with care that you can't help but notice. True hedonists will be overwhelmed by the superb service, unusual menu and excellent wine selection. The Verige65 menu combines elements of different culinary traditions that they like to call a fusion of world cuisines. Inspired primarily by the Mediterranean, then Asia and the Middle East, Verige65 offers a diverse range of world-class cuisine prepared by the chef.
Verige65 offers a diverse range of world-class cuisine (Photo: Instagram)
The view from the terrace of this restaurant is perhaps the most beautiful postcard you will take with you. The small town of Perast, the islands of St. George and Our Lady of the Rocks. You will also have the extra pleasure of meeting the cruisers, yachts and catamarans that are just ten meters away from you during your stay.
The view from the terrace of this restaurant is perhaps the most beautiful postcard you will take with you (Photo: Instagram)
You don't have to worry about parking either, as there is plenty of space, and if you happen to be coming from the sea, there is a pier located right next to the restaurant and it is convenient for boats up to 15 meters long.
Verige65 - a blend of modern architecture and a deep respect for nature (Photo: Instagram)
The list of reasons why you should visit this place is almost as long as the European Route 65, which this restaurant symbolically carries in its name.
Text by Promo, on October 23rd, 2019, read more at Vijesti
Nice weather with summer temperatures in October will last until the end of the week, and this October 21st was the warmest since measurements were made, said the meteorologist Dusan Pavicevic.
"28 degrees Celsius was measured, respectively. Including October 22nd, we had 16 days in Podgorica this month with temperatures above 25 degrees Celsius in the capital. When the temperature exceeds 25 degrees, those days are counted as summer, and it is interesting that all those 16 days, the mercury in the thermometer also exceeded 26 Celsius," Pavicevic said.
He said 29.2 degrees were measured in the capital on Tuesday, which is the second warmest that day since measurements were made.
"The warmest October 22nd in Podgorica is from 2004 when 29.8 degrees Celsius was measured," he said.
Pavicevic explained that the average maximum temperature for October this year is 26 degrees Celsius, so it is likely to break the record from October of 2001 when it was 26.2.
He stated that in October 2001, the temperature in Podgorica was measured over 25 degrees for 23 days.
"So that record probably won't be broken this year," Pavicevic said.
He said that northern Montenegro recorded unusually higher temperatures in October than the average.
The weather in the south of the country is also nice, with temperatures as high as 28 degrees Celsius. So, with a sea temperature of 22 to 23 degrees, it is ideal for swimming," Pavicevic said.
The meteorologist said the nice weather would last until the end of the week, with a slight drop in temperature next week.
"Temperatures will be above normal throughout this week. There may be conditions for rain next week," Pavicevic said.
According to the current forecasts, there should not be large quantities of rain.
Winter hours begin on Sunday
The wintertime calculation starts on Sunday and will last until the last weekend in March next year.
On Sunday, October 27, at 3 am, the hands on the clock will be turned back one hour.
On March 4th, the European Parliament declared that the clock settings would be abolished from 2021 so that all EU countries would have to choose summer or wintertime.
It has been suggested that the change of time on the last Sunday in March 2021 should be the last one for the EU countries opting for the summer calculating time.
Text by Borko Zdero, on October 23rd, 2019, read more at Vijesti
We bring you a video story from Vijesti of Prokletije, one of the largest mountain ranges in the Balkans.
The steep and mysterious slopes of Prokletije are the biggest challenge for all lovers of hiking and adrenaline. There are more than 50 peaks above 2000m of altitude here and as many as 20 peaks above 2500m of altitude. The view from either of them leaves you breathless, and perhaps the most attractive is the one that extends from the peaks of Talijanka (2056m) and Popadija (2057m) on Karanfile.
The wild and untouched nature of the "Balkan Alps," as the Prokletije is often called, is almost unexplored, and the landscapes are diverse, from steep cliffs to picturesque forests.
One thing is for sure, a day spent on this magical mountain cannot be lost!
Text by Bojana Tomic, on October 23rd 2019, read more at Vijesti