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17 Oct 2019, 18:52 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 Oct 2019, 12:59 PM

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

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

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

For more information please call +382 67 748 442.

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

17 Oct 2019, 12:57 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 Oct 2019, 12:54 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17 Oct 2019, 12:51 PM

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

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

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

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

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

16 Oct 2019, 18:34 PM

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

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

European Institute of Innovation and Technology Centres Necessary in Montenegro

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 Oct 2019, 12:57 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 Oct 2019, 12:53 PM

For October 15th, International Day for Rural Women and World Hiking Day, the Cycling Club “Perun” and NGA "Ancestral Roads" from Niksic organized a walking tour this year from Trebjesa to the town market, where they donated flowers to the women who have stands there.

Pupils from the elementary school "Mileva Lajovic Lalatovic" and children from kindergarten "Kosovka djevojka" handed the women presents, along with flowers, while the children from kindergarten prepared greeting cards for them.

They were rewarded with healthy organic food, hugs and warm smiles.

"The aim of the action is to highlight the importance of rural women and their great contribution to society, because while rural women around the world play an important role in rural development, agricultural production and the survival of their families, their role is not sufficiently promoted. We are sending the message to the youngest population that consuming healthy homemade food with outdoor recreation is one of the essential things in every person's life. Combining hiking, visiting organic food producers and consuming the same, we promote healthy lifestyles, which should be everyone's priority," said Ana Petrovic from BC “Perun”.

They were supported by the ministries of agriculture and rural development for both human and minority rights.

The idea of celebrating World Women's Day was launched in 1995, during the 4th UN Conference on Women in Beijing, and is celebrated every year on October 15th.

Text by Svetlana Mandic, on October 15th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

15 Oct 2019, 22:52 PM
October 15, 2019 - Knightsbridge KSI Montenegro International School in Tivat has been selected to host the first NASA Space Apps Challenge organized in Montenegro. 
 
Now in its 8th year, Space Apps is an international hackathon for coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and others in cities around the world, where teams engage with NASA's free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space. Space Apps 2018 included over 18,000 participants at more than 200 events in 75 countries. Space Apps is a NASA-led initiative organized in collaboration with Booz Allen Hamilton, Mindgrub, and SecondMuse.
 
The International NASA Space Apps Challenge lasts 48 hours and is held in various cities around the world between October 18-20, 2019. NASA develops challenges each year for the Space Apps event. Using its data to solve the set challenges, Space Apps teams learn about the data themselves and participate in the creation and application of the resulting knowledge. In 2018, Space Apps involved over 18,000 participants in more than 200 events in 75 countries.
 
This kind of event is being organized for the first time in Montenegro and Knightsbridge Schools International (KSI) Montenegro has been selected as the host.
 
On 19 and 20 October, the doors of the school will be open to participants who will collaborate on a technology development project in several areas. This event attracts talented individuals as well as initiative volunteers - anyone who has the desire to make an immediate impact on the world. Therefore, we invite all those who wish to contribute, to register at 2019.spaceappschallenge.org/locations/tivat/, said Zorica Djurovic, the school's marketing manager.
 
The NASA Space Apps Challenge is an opportunity to showcase innovation, build awareness, and encourage participants to leverage NASA's data to solve complex problems that relate to Earth and space.
 
In such a significant international project, government agencies, numerous organizations, and academic institutions from around the world are collaborating.
15 Oct 2019, 22:21 PM

"Durmitor, you are the leader of all mountains" - so goes a 1980s song about a spectacular mountain in Montenegro, a Unesco World Heritage Site, which survived the uncertainties of the last century, though it faces a new threat just as the Western Balkan country moves closer to the EU.

The Black Lake, in the heart of Durmitor national park, narrowly avoided playing host to a sprawling tourist compound - 30 bungalows, an adventure park, a bar, and a restaurant on the lakeshore - in April.

It would have been a clear violation of Unesco rules and might have triggered international legal proceedings.

The contractor had already felled dozens of 100-year old trees when the government revoked its permit. But the project, which included a Durmitor ski resort, would probably have gone ahead if not for protests by local activists - a campaign group called "Enough is enough" - and a wider outcry by Montenegrin civil society and public figures.

Developers have also threatened Durmitor's high-altitude plateau, Sinjajevina. The site is Europe's second-largest natural pasture and hundreds of local families depend on it, but it has been slated to become a military training ground.

Government-backed firms have spoken of building hydro-electric plants on the pristine Bukovica river in the region.

And the government has proposed new oil rigs off Montenegro's Adriatic Sea coast.

The environmental alerts come after the Western Balkan country made progress in leaps and bounds in its EU accession process in recent years.

EU accession

It has opened negotiations on 32 out of 33 "chapters" of the EU's legal rulebook, putting it in pole position to be the next country to join Europe after Croatia did so.

One of those chapters deals with the environment.

And "potential investments in hydropower and tourism developments need to comply with nature protection ... legal requirements", the European Commission said in its last progress report on Montenegro.

"Work continued" on designating EU-protected sites, it added, mentioning other endangered ones - the Ulcinj Salina wetland, the Skadar Lake, and the Tara River.

The commission report also mentioned concerns on the rule of law, democracy, and media freedom in Montenegro.

But it did not mention Durmitor or the broader anti-environmental trend, and it would be a staggering irony if the "leader of all mountains" was ruined just as the EU opened its door.

The fragile ecosystem survived Yugoslavia's communist era and the 1990s Balkan Wars.

Podgorica's first post-communist government even sang its praises in a special declaration in the local town of Zabljak in 1991.

But its fate remains uncertain so long as local activists are left alone to defend it.

Montenegrins do not lack the passion for fighting for what they love.

Durmitor is "nature's masterpiece" and "must remain a [Unesco] world heritage site," Aleksandar Dragićević, one of the activists who took part in April's anti-industry protests, said at the time.

"We will not let anyone destroy it [the Sinjajevina plateau]", Aleksandar Milatović, another local activist, said.

"We drink water from the Bukovica [river]. We swim in it, as have generations of our ancestors. We won't let them take it from us," said Mihailo Bulatović, who spent 30 days and nights in a camp in front of construction equipment.

Steep price

If European politicians and civil society leave people like them alone on the front line, then Montenegro's EU and Nato accession might come at a steep price.

Montenegro joined Nato in 2017, and now one of its beauty spots risks becoming a no-go military bomb site.

It might join the EU by 2025 if things go well.

But by then, Durmitor, called "nature's Mona Lisa" by Dragićević, might already bear the scars of industry.

And in this situation, not just Montenegrins but all Europeans have "a clear choice", Dragićević said.

"Either we keep Mona Lisa intact, or we turn her into a Disneyland with catastrophic consequences," he said.

Text by Aleksandar Perovic, NGO Ozon,  published for www.euobserver.com

15 Oct 2019, 21:21 PM

Tivat Municipality will host an Open Fun Football School - a sporting and educational project for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 12 years that also brings together dozens of trainers and coaches.

The Open Football School will be held on Friday, 18th November at 10.30 am, at the main Stadium of the Arsenal Football Club in Tivat.

The main idea behind the Open Football School is to get together, play and improve your football skills, as well as to enjoy the game, Tivat Municipality states.

Partnering with the Tivat Municipality in the project is the Arsenal Football Club, which brings together over 200 children of various ages, and NGO “Sport Spaja” (Sport Connects), an organisation that works with the Danish “Cross Cultures Project” football school, responsible for organising fun football schools around the world.

Last year, six open football schools were organised in Montenegro, and sporting equipment was distributed in six towns, in total 750 footballs and 90 sets of kit for coaches and school instructors.

Over 1,600 boys and girls have so far participated in the football schools.

The event will be opened by Darka Ognjanović, MA, Secretariat for Youth, Sport and Social Affairs, Tivat Municipality.

Source: Radio Jadran

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