23 October 2019 - The second edition of Luštica Bay Fall Colors Fair, featuring local food, agricultural and handicraft producers, will be held on October 26, at several locations on the promenade in the Marina settlement. The fair exhibitors have prepared a rich offer including gastronomic specialties, local products, folklore performances and a painting colony for children and young people, reports Radio Tivat News Portal.
The event, which will take place this Saturday, is dedicated to the rich fall colors of the Luštica peninsula, but also local gastronomy, organic food production, art, and science.
The festival is organized under the slogan "Good, Better, Domestic", in support of the national project for the promotion of local flavors and producers from Montenegro, which is implemented by the National Tourism Organization of Montenegro.
The all-day event will start at 11 am and bring together producers from Luštica, Bay of Kotor, Nikšić, and the surrounding area. The painting colony will be attended by students of Tivat elementary schools, high school "Mladost" and Folklore association Boka from Tivat. A special animation and entertainment program will be prepared for the youngest guests, all of which will be further spiced up with the delicacies of the Čedi Hotel - apple and pumpkin pie for all the visitors.
Fans of home-made delicacies and Mediterranean autumn scenery will be able to enjoy a variety of food, home-made cheese, prosciutto, wine, honey, brandy, juice, fruits and vegetables. The fair will also offer handicrafts, such as paintings, as well as natural cosmetics, soaps, teas, balms and tinctures of medicinal herbs.
“There is a significant interest in the fair by participants and visitors who are interested in local products, and at this point, they can certainly get an excellent selection of food from domestic production both from the Luštica area and from Boka and the surrounding area. The first edition of the fair (last year), brought together many participants and assured us that such events are very interesting to visitors and useful to exhibitors," said Slavica Milić from marketing company Luštica Development.
During the painting colony "Shades of Autumn", the autumn Mediterranean landscape will be transferred to the canvases by talented students from Tivat under the guidance of Professor Milica Krivokapić, for which they will be provided with painting accessories - easels, paintbrushes, canvas colors.
The Ministry of Interior has launched a tender procedure for the procurement of video surveillance systems in cities. According to a previous announcement from the Interior Ministry, Podgorica, Nikšić, Bar, Budva, Kotor and Herceg Novi are soon to be monitored by cameras, with the installation video surveillance equipment to be completed by 2021.
The decision on the winning bid will be made 90 days from the public opening of the offer.
The technical specifications of the tender are classified, and therefore the exact number of cameras to be installed remains unknown. Companies interested in the contract have until the 18th of November to submit their bid, writes “Dan”.
“The successful contractor is required to sign a public procurement contract no later than 8 days from the date of the contract submission, and return the signed contract to the contracting authority together with the irrevocable, unconditional and immediately chargeable guarantee of positive completion of the contract amounting to 5 percent of the full contract value,” the tender states.
The section of the documentation that relates to technical specifications or characteristics of the subject of procurement notice contains classified information. It can only be obtained directly from the Ministry’s Public Procurement Officer.
The procurement contract includes the preparation of design documentation, delivery, installation, connection, and commissioning of the equipment at the specified locations of the contracting authority, as well as user training.
Source: Radio Jadran
From now until November 6, a public debate will be open on the Draft Concession Act to deliver the Kotor – Lovćen cable car project, organised by the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism.
The draft act is available on the website of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, on the e-government portal and in print media.
The public debate is organised using a round table at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and through the submission of proposals, suggestions and comments in written and electronic format.
The Ministry invites citizens, municipalities, scientific and professional institutions, relevant bodies and organisations, civil society and others to participate in the public debate.
The round table within the public debate on the Draft Concession Act will be held on 28th October at 11 am on the premises of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism.
Following the last session of Government, it was announced that the Plan for granting of the concession for the Kotor – Lovćen cable car project 2020 would enable the commencement of a procedure for attracting private investment into projects that are primarily in the public interest. The aim is to ensure the highest possible benefit to tourism from the extremely valuable natural resources and cultural heritage.
Source: Radio Jadran
“EUobserver” - an independent Brussels portal, published a text addressing current environmental problems in Montenegro, notably Durmitor, which this year was at risk of being removed from UNESCO's World Heritage List due to an investor's plan to build 30 bungalows in the protected area, due to which several dozen centuries-old trees were cut down.
EUobserver also refers to Sinjajevina, which was threatened by the decision of the Government of Montenegro, to transform the area into a military training ground, for which the Agency for Nature Protection proposed to be a park.
The text states that the intention to build 30 bungalows at Black Lake was contrary to UNESCO standards, but that protests by local activists united in the movement obstructed the plan. "You Cannot Go any Further" and wider echoes in Montenegrin society.
They also say that the survival of Sinjajevina, as a pristine area that is Europe's second-largest pasture, is endangered, thanks to which many families survive.
The fate of Sinjajevina is threatened by the announced construction of the military training ground, which is opposed by most locals. However, they state that there are active movements in Montenegro that fight for the protection of ecological values.
"Montenegrins do not lack the passion for fighting for what they love," “EUobserver” said.
The text also emphasizes that Montenegro has intensified the negotiations on EU membership, that it has opened 32 out of 33 chapters, and that it is the one that, after Croatia, could become part of the community of European states.
"One of these chapters deals with the environment. The report of the European Commission stated that "potential investments in hydro and tourism construction should be in line with nature protection." The report also mentioned EC concerns about the rule of law, democracy and media freedom in Montenegro. However, no mention was made of Durmitor or the wider anti-environmental trend that exists in Montenegro and it would be an astounding irony if Durmitor, the "Director of All Mountains," was ruined when the EU opened its doors to Montenegro," reads the text published by “EUobserver”.
It is recalled that the first anti-communist government declared Montenegro an ecological state in 1991, just in Durmitor, or Zabljak, and that today, the fate of the area remains uncertain, and all hopes are placed in local activists defending the area.
Durmitor(Foto: Luka Zeković)
One environmental activist, Aleksandar Dragicevic, who is actively involved in defending Durmitor against devastation, told “EUobserver” that "Durmitor is a masterpiece of nature and must remain part of UNESCO World Heritage."
His colleague, Aleksandar Milatovic, who is one of the leaders of the Sinajevina Protection Movement, said that people and environmental activists would not allow the plateau of Europe's second-largest pasture to be destroyed.
“EUobserver” points out that if European politicians and civil society leave people like Dragicevic and Milatovic alone on the frontline of Montenegro's defense of natural resources, membership of our country in the EU and NATO will cost Montenegrin citizens a lot. They point out that Montenegro became part of NATO in 2017, and now one of its greatest natural beauties, Sinjajevina, is threatened by a potential military training ground.
The text also states that Montenegro could become part of the EU by 2025 if all goes well, and by then, as Aleksandar Dragicevic warned, Durmitor could get industrial scars. He said that Durmitor is "Mona Lisa of nature."
Dragicevic said that in November 2018, a UNESCO mission made it clear that setting up facilities and infrastructure on Black Lake, as well as expanding ski resorts instead of replacing existing cable cars (with which UNESCO agreed), would delete NP Durmitor from the World Heritage list.
"On this occasion, one of the UNESCO mission members addressed government and local government representatives with the following words: Gentlemen, you have a Mona Lisa, other cities do not have one. You cannot put a Mona Lisa in a plastic frame. Our representatives chose Disneyland and construction instead of reconstructing the ski resort, and we pointed out mistakes and preserved this jewel of nature."
Text by Jelena Jovanovic on October 22nd, 2019, read more at Vijesti
Over 1,000 students have signed a petition demanding an exception from paying the tuition fees at all faculties and all levels of study, with a request for a refund to all students who have paid tuition in this and the previous academic year, as well as to cover the cost of accommodation in the student’s dormitory and transportation.
They submitted the petition to the Student Parliament (SP) of the University of Montenegro.
"As it is certain that the petition will be signed in the coming days, it is certain that this number will be far higher, which confirms that this issue is of utmost importance to the students," added SP.
They state that they expect the Ministry of Education to consider the student's requests.
"We are of the opinion that there are justifiable reasons, which are stated in the petition, for which concrete measures should be taken and the official position of the line ministry should be sought," they concluded.
Text by Vijesti online on October 22nd, 2019, read more at Vijesti
22 October 2019 - Producers of ‘Montenegrin Prosciutto’ from Cetinje – eight companies comprising the cluster – took part in the 13th International Prosciutto Fair in Istria, which was held last week in Tinjan.
Producers of prosciutto represented Montenegro at the Fair and were backed by the Montenegrin Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.
"During the three-day International Prosciutto Fair in Istria under the slogan ‘Come and find your favorite slice of prosciutto’, attended by over 25.000 visitors, more than 15 tons of this exquisite delicacy from different parts of the region and Europe was served. The ‘Montenegrin prosciutto’, which got the protection of geographical indication of a product last year, got noticed by a large number of visitors," the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development stated, writes Cafe del Montenegro.
Eight members of the cluster called ‘Montenegrin prosciutto’ attended the Fair, including Martex, Zrnožit, Interproduct, MiAnja, Monstate, Gornič, DDR commerce, and Nani Prom, along with the representatives of the Cetinje Tourism Organization and the Old Royal Capital Cetinje.
As part of the Fair, a ceremony was organized awarding certificates for the successfully completed course and exam for sensory prosciutto analyst and three Cetinje residents were awarded: Petar Muhadinović, Boris Vujović, and Ilija Ševaljević.
Read more news about lifestyle in Montenegro at TMN's dedicated page.
October 22, 2019 - Although in recent years we have looked forward to new fields of Pinna Nobilis across the Boka Bay, it seems that the problem that has engulfed most of the Mediterranean has also arrived in our aquatics. The Haplosporidia Pinne parasite is threatening to destroy the population of the endemic Pinna Nobilis, the largest Mediterranean shell.
The Regional Theater Union (RUTA), whose member is also the City Theater, was formed in Belgrade. In addition to the City Theater, the Union consists of five other theater companies from the territory of the former Yugoslavia: Belgrade Drama Theater, Drama Theater Skopje, Chamber Theater 55 from Sarajevo, Ljubljana City Theater and Ulysses Theater from Zagreb.
The formation of the Regional Theater Union was officially formalized in the Belgrade City Assembly, and this act was accompanied by a protocol on business cooperation between the mentioned theaters, signed by Artistic Director of the City Theater Dusan Kovacevic, Sofija Kunovska from Skopje Drama Theater, Vedran Fajkovic from Sarajevo Chamber Theater 55 , Barbara Hing Samobor from Ljubljana City Theater, Dusko Ljuština from the Ulysses Theater (Zagreb / Brioni) and Jug Radivojevic from the Drama Theater Belgrade.
The goals of the newly formed Theater Union are to institutionalize collaboration between these theaters, to allow the audience to see representative performances from the region, and to produce major co-productions. In this context, one of the initial steps will be the organization of the first RUTA festival, which will take place from December 1-6 at the Drama Theater in Belgrade.
"The collaboration will allow for fair competition, and at the same time make the ex-YU theater scene more quality, and thus the audience more satisfied," said the Artistic Director of City Theater Dusan Kovacevic.
Belgrade Theater Director and Union’s mastermind Jug Radivojevic said that since its inception, Belgrade Drama Theater has tended to be innovative and keep pace with the times. He added that RUTA is a good abbreviation because the theaters in the region have a common path, direction and journey.
"I would like to thank my colleagues, who quickly recognized the great idea. Creating a union is an event of great importance for the culture of the entire region," emphasized Radivojevic.
The representative of the Ulysses Theater Dusko Ljustina pointed out that he participated in the formation of the KPGT and the concept of cooperation of the three philharmonics "Pika, točka, tačka", with the assessment that the RUTA festival will surely be a theatrical holiday.
"But without journalists, we would not have reached anyone. If journalists were watching the theater as they were following politics, then those policies would be better," said Ljustina.
Chamber Theater Representative 55 Vedran Fajkovic noted that during the art festivals, Sarajevo awakens and becomes "the old Sarajevo that many remember, which welcomes guests with open arms." That is why, as he emphasized, this idea of collaboration is noble, because artists do not know the boundaries inside their minds.
Text by CdM on October 20th, 2019, read more at CdM
October 22, 2019 - Each September, millions of volunteers from all over the world come together to clean up the beaches and coastlines of their respected countries - and with this event, highlight the dangers of waste in our environment.
This year, Montenegro took part in the event for the third year in a row. Organised by the NGO Zero Waste Montenegro (ZWMNE), the International Clean Up Day brought together thirteen NGOs, citizen groups, national and international institutions and organisations in eleven different locations, from Ulcinj and Tivat to Zabljak and Pljevlja.
Just like the previous years, the volunteers and organisations conducted a Waste Audit to identify the types of waste frequently found in nature. What was special this year was the additional Brand Audit that was conducted for the first time in Montenegro to identify the biggest brands found in nature. This means that the collected waste was not only sorted by type of waste but also by type of brand. The results were written down in the Waste Audit Report. A total of 563 volunteers collected 926 garbage bags with a total weight of 5,941 kg of rubbish.
Due to the frequent usage of plastic material in Montenegro, it is not a surprise that more than half of the rubbish collected was plastic waste while the rest was metal, glass, organic, paper and other waste. Plastic takes up to hundreds of years to decompose and is never fully gone because it stays in the environment in the form of microplastics which makes it so harmful.
The Brand Audit gave everyone a clear picture of which brands were the biggest polluters in all locations. When it comes to national brands the ones most often found were Suza, Niksic Brewery, Aqua Bianca, Diva Voda and Srna, while the international brands were dominated by Coca Cola, Knjaz Milos and Vlasinska Rosa.
All plastic bottles from Niksic were taken to the recycling yard in Podgorica. Unfortunately, most cities in Montenegro lack access to good recycling infrastructure which results in a low recycling rate. For this to change, the government needs to make access to recycling infrastructure available to everyone and inform the citizens on how to separate their waste. However, it is important to keep in mind that recycling is only a small part in the big picture: we need to get people to refuse, reduce and reuse before they even get to a point where they need to recycle anything. Policies need to change, and information needs to be transmitted in a more effective way. Thanks to NGOs such as Zero Waste Montenegro and their promising and highly motivated members this switch might become reality soon.
For more information on Zero Waste Montenegro visit their website here.
21 October 2019 - The most beautiful girls from more than 50 countries, including Montenegro, are competing tonight for the Miss Globe title in the southernmost city of Montenegro, Ulcinj.
The Miss Globe is an Annual International Beauty Pageant run and produced by Deliart Association & owned by the Canadian based The Miss Globe Beauty Pageant. It is a competition that has traditionally focused on judging and ranking the physical attributes of the contestants, as well as the women’s personality traits, intelligence, talent, and a contestant's ability to answer judges' questions on various subjects as judged criteria. The pageant is organised every year, and the International Final is open to the public and broadcasted by the national TV channels.
During their stay in Montenegro, representatives of the participating countries visited Podgorica, Tivat, Bar, Kotor and Cetinje, all with the aim of promoting Montenegro as a tourist destination.
In an interview for RTCG Portal, a representative of Montenegro, 21-year-old Martina Božinović told that the girls were most delighted with Tivat and Porto Montenegro, but also with Cetinje.
"I feel a kind of responsibility for the role of the host. For this reason, it was easier for me last year at the Miss Tourism World competition in China," Martina said with a smile, stating that she is not currently as focused on winning, as much as she aims to represent Montenegro in the best way possible.
Watch the Miss Globe pageant live at the Official Miss Globe Website.
The Fall Festival returns for a second year to celebrate the wonderful colors and flavors of autumn. The all-day festival will feature events celebrating the season, a local food market and pumpkin carving competition.
Last year, this event had amazing success and looking at the weather, it seems it will be yet another amazing day this year. Between food stations, painting colony, folklore, and kids’ animation, there will be plenty on offer for everyone.
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