28 Oct 2019, 13:38 PM

"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

28 Oct 2019, 13:26 PM
October 28, 2019 - Over the past two years, the Institute of Marine Biology in Kotor received approval and funds for many international projects. One of them is that the Institute building will open its doors after 57 years by locating and creating the first public aquarium in Montenegro. The aquarium will not only be part of the tourist offer of the city of Kotor but of all of Montenegro, Dr. Mirko Djurovic, director of the Kotor Institute of Marine Biology, told Radio Kotor.
Dr. Djurovic points out that the idea of ​​opening a public aquarium is old, but that it failed to materialize earlier due to lack of funds.
"It is challenging to find a donor or a financier of such a story. We applied for the project of the Adriatic Biodiversity Conservation Center, within which a public aquarium will be realized, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway through the Embassy in Belgrade. They provided us with additional funds for the reconstruction of part of the Institute building, thanks to which we completely renovated and saved from decaying a terrace that has not been used for the last 25 years, precisely because of the lack of material resources for its maintenance," explains Dr. Djurovic.
The aquarium will be located on the ground floor of the Institute of Marine Biology.
"The entrance to the aquarium will be from the Plagenti promenade. At the end of the boardwalk, a special ramp and gate will be made, as well as all accompanying facilities. The complete left side of the Institute's courtyard facing the city will be in the function of the aquarium," says Dr. Djurovic.
The construction of the aquarium is planned in several stages. "In the courtyard of the Institute, we will set up pavilions to house various representations of the marine ecosystem. The idea is to create a small open-air marine museum," said Dr. Djurovic.
The aquarium will be made up of three units. "The first unit will be the Mediterranean with three large pools, measuring 2 meters high by 3 meters wide, which will house the most characteristic Mediterranean species. Then, we will enter from this room into a room where we will accommodate species that are characteristic of the Montenegrin coast. Section C will try to imitate the shape of the Bay of Boka Kotorska, which will house species living in the Boka and Adriatic Sea, such as flatfish, rye, etc.
The first part will also house two pools with jellyfish and seahorses. The Aquarium Rehabilitation Center will be an integral part of the aquarium, one room separated from the aquarium by the glass. Visitors will be able to see the sea turtles, but they will not be able to approach them," explains Dr. Djurovic.
The aquarium is scheduled to open in May 2020.
"All funding is project-based. It is a grant from the Kingdom of Norway, supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development's MIDAS II program. This program is related to the purchase of aquarium equipment," explains Dr. Djurovic.
The Marine Biology Institute is a unit of the University of Montenegro, which has been operating in Kotor since 1961. This institution once hosted numerous "Nobel Prize winners" and prominent scientists from the former Yugoslavia.
"The Institute of Marine Biology is one of the most recognizable institutions in Montenegro with young and active scientific staff, which, with the help of younger colleagues, Ph.D. students and others, implements very significant scientific research projects, as well as through good international cooperation, and by the number of scientific papers they publish," emphasizes Dr. Djurovic.
Source: Radio Kotor
28 Oct 2019, 13:11 PM

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

28 Oct 2019, 13:07 PM

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 Oct 2019, 14:46 PM

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.

27 Oct 2019, 11:56 AM
October 27, 2019 - The paintings we had the opportunity to see on Friday at an exhibition held at the Regatta Cafe in Tivat were painted by participants of free workshops held within the project "Women's Social Entrepreneurship in Culture". In addition to the extraordinary series of paintings titled "Sold out", signed by Iva G. Celanovic, also the leader of the painting and drawing workshops, the Tivat Creative Center president, and the exhibition organizer the Regatta Cafe, was filled with many "handmade" jewelry made of natural materials as such as stone and clay.
Vesna Sindik, Head of the Weaving Workshop, presented her artistic creations in the form of handbags and bags, scarves, and ponchos. Still, besides her, with her creative achievements, the participants of her workshops were rightly praised, and we were able to see and the exhibition wallets and cases for mobile phones.
"We did an exhibition of creative participants as part of a project called 'Women's Social Entrepreneurship in Culture.' Why 'female'? Because women, they became proactive. We have taken the initiative, and we are ready to present it to the public," Iva G. Celanovic said in her opening address and added:
"The essential goal is to move and change some things in the community slowly. We want to emphasize once again that we all need space, creative, both for artistic creativity and association and for expression.
We believe that what we are doing and what we all can share in perspective is worth, in a broad sense, to the broader community. To be around the exchange of some new energies, topics, and missions that touch us all together and not arrive, at this time, to dedicate ourselves and consider exhibitions of this type to be the ideal place.
It would be best if we had some exhibit space so that we could organize exhibitions more often."
According to Iva G. Celanovic, she and her colleagues Vesna Sindik and Tatjana Radonic, the head of the workshop for painting stone and other natural materials, may have been present at the first exhibition.
"It is only a month and a half to two days behind us with our program participants. We also believe that our goal is for the next five exhibitions to take over and to be the new entrepreneurial forces. What we certainly expect, we expect your support, and we expect some good energy."
When asked why the Regatta, Iva stated that the Regatta for one, Tivat, since she is a Tivat woman, grew up there and decided to stay there and live, and is a woman of choice.
"The project brought together a large number of women who have recognized this opportunity immediately. I believe and wish that as many local women as possible understand this chance for themselves. Altogether, it is no longer just about women, but also about the wider community. We have to advocate somehow for our cultural and social spaces, without which we have remained in the meantime. I think we will all be left without that unless we take a stand.
Here, let's say that this exhibition is our first initial attitude and impulse. We have something in the meantime, of which one may not live in that financial sense, but one lives out of love, one lives out of good energy, one lives out of art. We are ready to share this with you in the next five months."
Iva went on to refer to the current initiative for the former Mar-Mar: "It is a space that was created as a classroom, and subsequently as a school, and served in the meantime for the informal programs of the Mar-Mar Cafe Gallery. We are working on this right now. We believe that this initiative we have launched will be supported by a broader community that recognizes this place as our chance. We hope to be there in perspective, as well as in the Regatta. Thank you again and welcome, "are the words by which Iva G. Celanovic closed the opening presentation and also opened an exhibition held under the ReLOaD program.
27 Oct 2019, 11:30 AM
October 27, 2019 - The lecture "Restoration of old olive trees and olive groves - practical issues" was held on Saturday in Stoliv, organized by the Cultural and Native Association "Napredak" from Gornja Lastva in cooperation with the Olive Society "Boka" and the NGO Kamelija Stoliv.
On this occasion, a workshop was organized where a Croatian expert Stanislav Stambuk demonstrated practical methods of pruning olive trees to rejuvenate and restore them. According to him, the misconception is that the tree should not be pruned for three years. Stambuk points out that it is pruned the first year immediately after planting. He showed the growers from Boka the principles of pruning and restoring old trees and pruning younger trees.
"The pruning is an agro-technical operation that must be done every year. The tree will give fruits, but you need to give it shape when you start growing it. It must not be allowed to rise abruptly into the air. It should be a large canopy so that there is room for new twigs to grow on the inside and not too thick. The beetle is a nursery for plant diseases and pests. Soot fungus occurs in olives that are too thick," Stambuk explains.
Štambuk is a Croatian expert working at the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia in the Directorate for Professional Support to the Development of Agriculture and Fisheries.
"Today's action aims to teach people how to cut olives, especially the older ones, to rejuvenate them and restore them, given that most of them are in Vrmac. It is part of a project that aims at restoring growing throughout Vrmac, restoring old olive groves as the start of the renewal of rural development.
There used to be many settlements all over Vrmac in which olive trees were planted. Our goal is to revitalize the villages that once existed and have exceptional architectural and ambient value, instead of contemporary construction and concretization of the entire coast and the whole area," Marija Nikolic from the Cultural and Native Association Napredak Gorna Lastva told Radio Kotor. 
She emphasizes that the restoration of olive growing should be an impetus to all other activities that will lead to the recovery of life in the villages. Yesterday's workshop is the last activity of the project "Platform for the renewal and development of olive growing in Vrmac - New old olive grove." The project, Nikolic explains, began in April.
 "We had a round table at which we presented to growers the legislative framework for the development of olive growing in Montenegro. We then had a workshop on how to produce, store and use quality olive oil," Nikolic said.
According to her, the final product of the whole project will be the document Olive Growing Restoration Strategy in Vrmac, which should be completed by November 20.
Nikolic believes that the municipalities of Tivat and Kotor should adopt this document, according to which will be able to restore olive growing and restore life to the village in the long run. She states that both municipalities have shown interest in the project.
The project on the Platform for the Restoration and Development of Olive Growing as a Basis for Rural Development in Vrmac is funded by European Union funding under the program "Rural Development led by rural civil society organizations", implemented by the Foundation for the Linking of Natural Values ​​and People.
The attendees were greeted on behalf of the host by Romeo Mihovic, in front of the Kamelija NGO Stoliv. He said there are many olive trees in Stoliv. Besides Lustica, there is the most significant number of olive trees in Stoliv.
 "There is a true legend that says that in Stoliv, no boy could have married if he had not planted a hundred olives. That is why this place was named Stoliv - one hundred olives," explains Mihovic.
The workshop was held in the Grigorije Mihovic olive grove in Stoliv. For over 100 years, no one has planted large quantities of olives in this place. Resident Grigorije Mihovic planted the first young grove with about 120 trees.
Source: Radio Kotor
24 Oct 2019, 13:43 PM

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

24 Oct 2019, 12:52 PM

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

24 Oct 2019, 12:50 PM

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

24 Oct 2019, 12:46 PM

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

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