19 Aug 2020, 20:19 PM
August 19, 2020 - Hotel group Casa del Mare and Michelin-starred chef Eros Picco have presented a multi-year project for the pop-up restaurant Casa Epico. From August 14 to 16 at the Casa del Mare Mediterraneo in Kamenari, visitors had the opportunity to discover excellent dishes that combine the best of their two brands and the Mediterranean in the Boka way.
The home of Mediterranean flavors Casa Epico is planned for next year as a pop-up restaurant running for several weeks. The presentation of the concept was made over three promotional evenings where Eros and Casa del Mare chefs prepared the best Mediterranean recipes using local ingredients. In search of the best groceries, they visited a large number of rural households and farms.
"From the day Eros came, until the very beginning of the promotional evenings, we did not stop looking for Montenegro's best. Everything that was prepared that evening was fresh - nothing was frozen, nothing was imported. It required a lot of dedication and effort, but the satisfaction was tremendous. We wanted to show Casa Epico magic, and judging by the reactions of visitors, we succeeded in that," said Casa del Mare's Director of marketing and sales Milena Milić.
The Casa del Mare and Eros Picco team visited the Sikimić household in the village of Žlijebi, the Moric household in Luštica, the Savina winery, the shellfish farm in Kamenari, and Njeguši, Vrbanj and Grahovo.
"I was especially fascinated by the diversity in such a small area, the meeting of different climates, which allows you to have the highest quality ingredients that grow in your natural environment. It is impressive that in such a small geographical area, you have geographic and climatic conditions for drying prosciutto, growing olives, but also potatoes. The Mediterranean and mountain climate intertwine in this place, and it is something that left a powerful impression on me," said chef Eros Picco.
Casa Epico combines typical local flavors and fresh local ingredients with Mediterranean flavors, using the most modern and very best processing and preparation techniques. 
The project was supported by the National Tourist Organization and the local Tourist Organization of Herceg Novi.
Source: Radio Jadran
18 Aug 2020, 21:10 PM
August 18, 2020 - The Association of Comic Book Lovers "Herceg Novi Strip Festival" (HSF) will participate in this year's program "Open Kotor Squares," organized by the Municipality of Kotor. An exhibition of original HSF posters with motifs of Herceg Novi and Boka, which are the work of previous HSF's special guests, will be held at Cinema Square on Friday, August 21 from 09:00 to 11:30. 
The exhibition will be accompanied by a comics workshop led by the Director of the Association, artist and comic artist, Nikola Ćurčin. Along with this announcement, the HSF also confirms the arrival of the Croatian artist Esad Ribić - another special guest of the 14th Herceg Novi Comic Festival, which will be held from September 4 to 9 at several locations in Herceg Novi. Ribić is currently drawing for one of the largest publishing houses in the world - MARVEL, and he is the author of, among other things, cult comics such as Silver Surfer "Requiem," Submariner "Depths," or Tor "Executioner of the Gods."
"This is the first time that HSF will present some of what it does in Kotor. We are glad that our program has been selected in the Public Invitation announced by the Secretariat for Culture, Sports and Social Activities of the Municipality of Kotor. In addition to the great works exhibited thus far on Cinema Square, we will premiere some of the posters made for the upcoming, XIV edition of the Herceg Novi Comic Festival, which will be held from September 4 to 9," HSF announced. Noting that there are only three weeks left until the opening of the 14th edition of HSF, the organizers of one of the most important cultural events in our country, recall that the last preparations are taking place with vigilant monitoring of the COVID-19 virus pandemic.
"There is great enthusiasm among all the planned special guests. We can already confirm the arrival of greats such as Glenn Fabry, the first winner of the Eisner Award, William Simpson, the official HSF World Ambassador, and Artyom Trakhanov, a huge star from the publishing house Image. It is a great honor to announce Esad Ribić, one of the greatest cartoonists of all time in the Balkans, and one of the greatest in the world. He is an extraordinary cartoonist who has long fascinated the entire world with his painting style. In addition to the superheroes already mentioned, he has also worked on Conan, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Punisher, Gamora, Secret Wars, Civil War, X-Men, X-Force, Wolverine, Ultimates and many more titles. His biography deserves a more prominent column or a weekly feuilleton, and it will be a particular pleasure to share comic book days with him in Herceg Novi," HSF states.
18 Aug 2020, 18:32 PM
August 18, 2020 - A group of 83 NGOs from Montenegro, the region, and the world asked the President of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic, and the future Parliament and Government of Montenegro to immediately stop the development of the military range in Sinjajevina and leave the area available to livestock farmers for agricultural and tourism development.
"Civil society organizations have supported the residents of Sinjajevina and surrounding villages and towns and expressed concern over the militarization of the second-largest pasture in Europe. According to the Montenegrin National Strategy and Biodiversity Action Plan, Sinjajevina was the subject of accession negotiations with the European Union (EU). It should have been declared a regional nature park before the end of 2020. It has been, as they recall, registered as an Important Plant Area (IPA) since 2016 and proposed as an area of ​​bird protection and an area of ​​particular interest for the conservation of the EMERALD network, a status which Sinjajevina would acquire after Montenegro accedes to the EU," the Civic Initiative Let's Save Sinjajevina announced.
They recall that Sinjajevina is a part of the UNESCO Tara Biosphere Reserve and borders the Durmitor National Park, one of the oldest in the Balkans. In September 2019, the Government "ignored a legitimately and legally voted petition of more than 3,000 citizens opposing opening a military training ground on over 7,500 hectares in the heart of the mountain." The same year Montenegrin, American, Austrian, Slovenian, and Italian troops participated in NATO's first international military training, "using over half a tonne of explosives, while the local population was present with its herds on the mountain."
The joint statement points out that the military training ground endangers at least 25,000 families on the slopes of Sinjajevina, but also the preservation of biological diversity and the local ecosystem. They point out that no assessments of the impact of the military range on the environment have been made, as well as any medical and socio-economic consequences of the creation of the army range on the mountain.
"We call on the President of Montenegro, Mr. Milo Djukanovic, the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the President of the Parliament and the Government of Montenegro to immediately stop the militarization of the territory of Sinjajevina and make an independent environmental and citizen impact assessment, including health, social and economic aspects. They must ensure the participation of citizens in the decision-making process on how Sinjajevina is to be used. We seek the protection of traditional lifestyles and ecosystems following Chapter 27 on EU accession. Steps should be made to begin implementing European environmental standards defined in the Green New Agreement for Europe and relevant EU directives (EIA Directive 85/337 / EEC) as well as the statement of the UN Aarhus Convention. We call for the involvement of Sinjajevina local communities in political processes, whenever decisions affect them," stated 83 NGOs, adding that local communities should play a crucial role in determining the use of space, as announced from the Civic Initiative Let's Save Sinjajevina.
ICCA Consortium spokesman Marco Basi, a member of the Council responsible for Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, and anthropology professor at the University of Palermo in Italy, said areas like Sinjajevina are not just neutral, geographical or productive land, but "territory of life." He pointed out that the management of Sinjajevina is based on ancient institutions such as the Katun and the choir leading to the roots of Montenegro and their identity.
"The recognition of Sinjajevina as a biosphere reserve of the UNESCO Tara canyon, the presence of Natura 2000 sites and European Union studies to turn it into a regional park, speak of the ability of local communities to use these areas in harmony with nature, turning Sinjajevina into an area of global heritage. 
"It can be a moment to choose peace, demilitarization and de-escalation of the conflict," said Basi, who pledged the ICCA consortium's support in fighting to protect Sinjajevina using the experience of Italy, which protected the Katun way of life by law.
His colleague Joam Evans shared, as announced from the GI Let's Save Sinjajevina, his experiences and the struggle of his community against mining in Spain. He stated that their struggle for land has been going on for decades, but that they manage to resist "the attacks of an industry that wants to destroy the whole community's life."
"That is why we stand by Sinjajevina and support your fight to protect your mountain. The voice of the locals must not be ignored, they must know what is planned for their country, and no actions can be taken against their will," he pointed out.
On behalf of Land Rights Now, Sabine Palace expressed solidarity with the traditional communities of Sinjajevina and supported the untouched nature of the mountain. She stated that in many countries, land protection is crucial in the fight against poverty, hunger and climate change.
"The right to land is also a human rights issue, especially where indigenous peoples and local communities have ruled the land for centuries. Land rights are part of protecting the diversity of life, culture, and language whose beauty and meaning they attach to our lives. Saving Sinjajevina is an occasion "for all of us, not just the citizens of Montenegro. What is at stake here is the unique biodiversity and natural beauty that should concern everyone," she said.
The Director of the Environmental Movement Ozone and the representative of the Coalition for Sustainable Development (KOR), Aleksandar Perović, called on the future Government of Montenegro to deviate from previous practices, and repeal the decision to declare Sinjajevina a military training ground. He stated that the next Government would have a partner for environmental issues in the KOR and expect to be respected since that has not been the case thus far.
"If the ignorant attitude towards the civil initiative for the protection of Sinjajevina continues, we tell the new Government that we will use all civil resistance mechanisms to protect the public interest. And that is to put Sinjajevina under the appropriate level of national and international protection," said Perovic.
The representative of the Civic Initiative Let's Save Sinjajevina, Milan Sekulović, pointed out that preserving Sinjajevina is a matter of respecting the protection of human rights. He highlighted that the Civic Initiative Save Sinjajevina remains consistent in their request to repeal the decision to declare Sinjajevina a military training ground, and insists on the intention to protect the area by declaring it a regional nature park developing agriculture and tourism.
15 Aug 2020, 18:54 PM

August 15, 2020 - The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is traditionally celebrated in Boka on the island of Our Lady of the Rocks with Holy Mass in the presence of a large number of locals, pilgrims, and tourists.

"On this day, both Orthodox and Catholics come to Our Lady of the Rocks, jointly celebrating the Mother of God, the mother of Christ and all Christians, who unites and connects us. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is especially celebrated here on the island. It is the pearl of the Bay of Kotor, "floating," a unique pinakothek on the Adriatic that sends a beautiful message. Our ancestors had a firm hope that with their efforts on the artificial island after two hundred years, a beautiful church would grow to connect and unite people from all over the world. This church primarily connects, through coexistence, Catholics and Orthodox believers in the Bay of Kotor, and Montenegro," the manager of Our Lady of the Rocks, don Srecko Majic, said to Boka News.

In the morning, bells from numerous churches in the Bay of Kotor announced the feast of the Assumption. It is celebrated with Holy Mass also on the Jesuit Island of Our Lady of Mercy, the Bay of Tivat, and in the Benedictine monastery of Our Lady of Ratac, Bar.

Source: Boka News

14 Aug 2020, 22:59 PM

August 14, 2020 - Luštica Bay is offering a new attraction intended for all residents, guests, and visitors. From today, they are invited to enjoy a 700 meter-long hiking trail, leading from the village marina to the Bay of Oblatna and the Almara beach.

In addition, a temporary access path has been formed by adaptations in space, with minimal terrain modeling on a rocky surface, and without permanent physical changes.

The trail, integrated into the surroundings, includes several wooden bridges over existing bays. In contrast, a wooden path was made over the steep rocks to preserve the coast's natural ambiance in the Trašte bay.

"We expect that it will be exciting to all visitors because it is a pleasant walking route, from the entrance to the parking lot in the Marina Resort to the Bay of Oblatna and the Almara beach. Rest points have been provided at several places, with wooden benches that offer a very nice view of the sea. This year we decided to be mostly outdoors in the company of nature. Our activities were aimed at enhancing what we offer, so our new facilities include three beaches, a new lighthouse and terraces, and gardens for new shops on the promenade, "said Dragana Bećirović, PR advisor to Luštica Bay.

On the parts of the new path where the terrain is flat, the promenade was constructed by filling with fine white gravel. The route is visually protected from the sea, and the edges are fashioned from natural local stone, reflecting the natural environment's color, so as not to disturb the appearance. The height differences in the level of the path are facilitated by wide steps made of coniferous shapes.

A protective fence is made for each location. Depending on the nature of the terrain, there are wooden slats, natural branches attached to the existing greenery, and wooden poles placed in locations where it was necessary to provide additional protection.

The descent to the two natural beaches along the trail is made possible by wooden stairs that will be removed after the summer - the statement concludes.

14 Aug 2020, 12:47 PM

August 14, 2020 - NGO Green Life has announced today that it has established an eco-patrol in cooperation with the NGO Green Step. The patrol is part of the project "Ulcinj Coast without Plastic", whose goal is to encourage the public to act and positively influence the reporting process for incorrect waste disposal and fly tipping.

According to the NGO, incorrect waste disposal on the territory of Long Beach and Ada Bojana is a big problem, given the large number of illegal landfills that have appeared there.

"In clearly identifiable uniforms, the representatives of the eco-patrol will visit the areas of Long Beach and Ada Bojana and record information on any newly created landfills, as well as reporting any criminal acts they observe. The reports will be sent to the local police. One such report has already been filed with the police. We want to contribute in our way to ensuring a prompt reaction from the local police when it comes to preventing illegal waste disposal,” Green Life stated.

They add that the work of the eco-patrol will also make it easier in future for members of the public who notice improper waste disposal to report cases to the competent authority.

"The development of a mobile application is also planned, which will enable easy reporting of those who dispose of waste incorrectly," NGO Green Life stated.

The project "Ulcinj Coast without Plastic" will run from June 2020 to September 2021. Its activities are supported by the German Organization for Development Cooperation (GIZ) as part of the project "Integrated Waste Management and Marine Litter Prevention in the Western Balkans - MLP" which is financially supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development BMZ.



11 Aug 2020, 20:14 PM

August 11, 2020 - As part of the Open Kotor Squares programme organized by the Municipality of Kotor, vocal group Škuribanda and the klapa ensemble Incanto will perform at Škaljari Square on Wednesday, 12th August, from 9am to 1030am, while a concert by Acoustic Jukebox will take place from 9pm to 10pm on Flour Square.

On Thursday, 13th August, Jelena Mijanović will perform Kotor Notes on Flour Square from 7:30pm to 8:30 pm. On the same day, from 7 to 8 pm, at the church of St. Clara/Anton a concert will be given by the mandolin orchestra Tripo Thomas.

On Friday, 14th August, from 10am to 11am, Petar Bukilica will give a concert on Škaljari Square, and a concert by the group Nitro will be held on the Square of Arms from 9pm to 10pm.

On Saturday, 15th August 15, from 830am to midday on Cinema Square, a "Painting Square" will be organized (for amateur artists and painters), while a concert by the klapa ensemble Maris will take place between 8pm and 9pm on Museum Square.

On Sunday, 16th August, from 730pm to 830pm on Flour Square - Kotor Notes. Performance by Jelena Mijanović.

According to the Municipality of Kotor, all the aforementioned performances will be held in compliance with measures of the Government of Montenegro and the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases.



10 Aug 2020, 14:42 PM

August 10, 2020 - A conference entitled "Festivals in Times of Crisis", held as part of the KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days, will take place tonight, starting at 8pm, on Cinema Square in Kotor.

The organizers of the festival highlight that directors of several festivals from across Montenegro and the region will speak at the conference, including Ksenija Popović (Bar Chronicle, Bar), Ana Vukotić (FIAT, Podgorica), and Ivan Radojičić (Festival of Street Musicians, Nikšić), as well as Zoran Rakočević (Korifej, Kolašin), and Dora Ruždjak Podloski, Artistic Director of the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

A representative of the Ministry of Culture, the Head of the Directorate for Cultural and Artistic Creativity, Dragica Milić, as well as the State Secretary of the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Tourism, Damir Davidović, will also speak at the conference. The host and moderator of this conference will be the Director of KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days, pianist Prof. Ratimir Martinović.

"Speakers will present their views on the topic and this year's plans with regard to the epidemiological situation, following which there will be a debate on the position, impact, significance, place and meaning of festivals in times of crisis. The debate will unpack current and future formats, the ways in which festivals communicate with their audience, as well as defining a new, and hopefully better - normal, also in terms of the life of the festival," a statement by KotorArt Don Branko's Music Days reads.

On Tuesday 11th August, at 930pm on Cinema Square, one of the first theatre performances in Montenegro since the beginning of the pandemic is planned, in cooperation with the Dubrovnik Summer Festival.

"An original project entitled 'Mara and Kata' by Saša Božić, Curator of the drama programme within the Dubrovnik festival, is about a duo of gossipmongers who criticize everyone with their specific humour, comic statements, original language and absurd revaluation of everyday wisdom. Nataša Dangubić and Doris Šarić Kukuljica have the audience in stitches, and never fail to make a joke at their own expense," the play’s press release notes.

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Dua Bulatović Nikčević to perform tomorrow (Photo: KotorArt)

On Wednesday, 12th August, also at 930pm on Cinema Square, there will be a performance by the famous Montenegrin guitar duo of Srdjan Bulatović and Darko Nikčević. The duo will, in addition to their classic, well-known repertoire, also present songs from their latest album called Peninsula.

All programmes, it is emphasized, will be held in front of a limited audience, respecting the measures of the NKT and the Institute of Public Health. The programmes are also broadcast directly online, through KotorArt's profiles and via Facebook and Youtube.

Source: RTCG

08 Aug 2020, 22:01 PM

August 8, 2020 - The Office for Project Management of the Municipality of Bar has presented the first tourist map of ancient olive trees in the Jidžarin grove near Stari Bar. The map has been produced for tourists who want to visit and experience the beauty of Bar olive groves.

The Municipality of Bar announced that the map was produced as part of the cross-border cooperation project Cross Border Ol, financed through the Interreg Italy-Albania-Montenegro programme.

The Head of the Project Management Office, Ana Živanović, said that those who visit the Old Town of Bar often have no idea what beauty lies within its immediate vicinity, in the olive grove.

"The basic idea was to promote the olive grove for tourism by presenting it on a map together with well-known cultural locations and other attractions in Bar, and directing visitors from those locations towards the olive route," said Živanović.

She added that she is certain the map will serve as a way for visitors to Bar to get to know the city and its natural resources better, but will also be used by travel agencies as a good starting point for creating new day trips. The route map of ancient olive trees will be a successful tool to publicize Bar as well as to promote the olive route and agro-tourism specifically.

Bar's map of ancient olive trees gives an overview of the location of olive groves, the Old Town, the remains of cultural and historical assets, stone bridges and fountains, the Kajnak spring, the Old Mill and 23 ancient olive trees, as well as providing a broader view of the centre of Bar with faithfully illustrated cultural locations and attractions.

The Municipality announced that the ancient olive trees will be marked in situ with information boards including data on the trees, their estimated age and geographical coordinates.

The route map of ancient olive trees has been distributed to the various stakeholders in the tourism economy and to cultural institutions, i.e. the Tourist Organization, the Cultural Centre, hoteliers and tourist agencies, in order to be further distributed to tourists both this and next year.

"Tourism professionals who wish to provide maps for their guests will be able to do so after the presentation, by contacting the Project Management Office," the statement concluded.



07 Aug 2020, 00:06 AM

August 6, 2020 - The education system is being prepared for the regular beginning of the school year, which should be acceptable to both parents and students, the Ministry of Education announced, and the portal reports.

They will communicate with the Institute of Public Health in the coming days to receive confirmation.

The Ministry says that, given the public's expected interest, they must announce their position at the beginning of the school year. They point out that the appearance of coronavirus has clearly shown that it is not acceptable to make long-term plans and promises, which can be changed in a few days, due to objective circumstances.

"At the same time, the epidemiological situation changes day by day, and a serious education system must have a support scenario for such unforeseen situations, which are possible in the coming weeks and months," the Ministry of Education claims.

That is why they will record classes for the first quarter, "exclusively as" Plan B ", and not as an already established substitute for regular classes during August."

"Re-recording video lessons will serve as a temporary basis for the education system, so that a possible deterioration of the epidemiological situation would not find us unprepared. However, as we have already said, this basis will most likely serve only as a support to the education system and will be a useful resource for students and teachers in regular classes," the Ministry explains.

They hope that the prescribed measures will assure the improvement of the epidemiological situation and that they will receive confirmation from the competent health institutions that children, to everyone's satisfaction, can be in school in September.

06 Aug 2020, 23:17 PM
August 6, 2020 - Montenegrin seafarers are facing a severe problem in the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic. As of very recently, if they are preparing to board a ship in a foreign port, they cannot do a PCR test in country, which their employers consider valid only if they are between 24 and 48 hours old, writes Pobjeda.
The Institute of Public Health is now conducting PCR testing according to epidemiological criteria, and seafarers are not among the priority groups.
According to Nenad Lazovic, long-voyage captain and President of the Association of Seafarers' Employment Agencies, the Institute tested sailors until recently. And yet, they have been told that since the new wave of the epidemic, they are not a priority when it comes to epidemiological and health situations.
"The Institute has always worked for free because by its nature it cannot charge for tests. Croatia is organized differently; they have left the responsibility to health centers, which have had the right to charge for sampling. In our country it has been done differently. In March, April and May, that is, until the epidemic progressed again, we (seafarers) could be tested in Montenegro. We then received the official notification from the Institute of Public Health that we are not a priority testing group. Not only could we not even pay, but we could no longer also make an appointment. People were chosen according to their health priorities, that's what the profession says," Lazović explained to Pobjeda.
In practice since then, seafarers have been left to themselves and, adds Lazović, they have been left to their own devices to look for a laboratory in which to perform a test.
He points out that there were no problems while Croatia's border was open and that the only disputed number was the number of people who could receive sampling there.
"Our seafarers also went to Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the problem is, among other things, that they needed a test again when they returned to Montenegro. Since the closure of the Croatian border, the company "Marin Med Montenegro" has appeared, which performs sampling on the PCR test in the cross-border area between Montenegro and Croatia at the Karasovići Border Crossing. The agency does not recommend our seafarers to take a test in the cross-border region because we have not received a notification from any institution that it is legal, that is, approved," added Lazović.
The price of the standard PCR test performed by "Marin Med" is 350 euros, for a 48-hour turnaround, while the express test, which is ready in 26 hours, costs 400 euros.
It is not clear to the seafarers why the sample is not taken in Kotor, where this company also has offices, but in the cross-border area between Montenegro and Croatia.
Lazović says that they have information that sampling is done on weekdays from 7 pm, but he also points out that the prices for sampling on weekends go up to 450 euros.
He emphasizes that they believe that it is inappropriate in this situation, especially, he adds when you take into account that Croatia has lowered the prices of tests in all institutions by up to 60 percent.
According to Lazović, his association also wrote to the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases, the Institute of Public Health, the Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs and the Ministry of Health, but as yet they have had no reply.
It is clear to them, he says, that the state has priorities in epidemiological terms. Still, it is not clear to them that they could not find a way to do 20 to 25 samples a day for Montenegrin seafarers, which would solve major problems and allow them to travel.
According to the company "Marin Med Montenegro" in Kotor, they do not carry out testing in Kotor itself; this is carried out by their sister company from Dubrovnik, reports Pobjeda.
Pobjeda is awaiting answers from NKT, the Institute of Public Health, and the Ministry of Transport on how the problem faced by our seafarers will be solved.
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