An exhibition of the best photographs that arrived at the photo contest "Natural beauties of Montenegro" for the municipalities of Niksic, Pluzine, Savnik and Zabljak will be organized at Pluzine Cultural Centre tomorrow.
At the competition above, which was organized by the Art-Music Association "Scena" from Niksic, 258 photos were received by 86 authors, and the expert jury selected the top 30 which will be presented to the citizens of Pluzine, Niksic, Savnik and Zabljak. Photographer Zeljko Sapuric led the jury, and beside him were also Milos Zvicer, Dusko Markovic and Zoran Dziknic.
"In addition to the three-member expert jury, visitors of the traveling exhibitions will have the opportunity to vote anonymously during the exhibition, after which the expert jury will take into account the votes and select the three best photographs, and the authors will be rewarded with tablet computers," it was explained from “Scena".
Authors of the 30 best photographs are Jelena Todorovic, Anastasija Djuric, Sofija Bajagic, Tanja Jovanovic, Vukica Bujisic, Rade Vojinovic, Vukica Tomic, Milenka Samsal, Desimir Medojevic, Luka Vasiljevic, Ognjen Ceranic, Milica Krstajic, Milan Sapuric, Ljiljana Bogdanovic, Danilo Mijanovic, Miloš Dziknic, Dragana Sumic, Dusan Dakic, Boro Raskovic, Marko Nedovic, Dragutin Pasić, Zeljka Zoric, Ilija Vulanovic, Masa Stevovic, Andrija Vasiljevic, Andrej Karadzic, Dijana Lazarevic, Olga Jokanovic, Miljko Bulajic and Jelena Pavicevic.
The goal of the photo competition is, as they said from the NGO above, the promotion of natural beauties of Niksic, Pluzine, Savnik and Zabljak, as well as the promotion of photography as an art among pupils of primary, secondary schools and students from the mentioned municipalities. The photo contest is organized by the Art Music Association "Scena" within the project "Improvement and promotion of cultural and artistic creativity of the young people of Niksic, Plužine, Savnik and Zabljak", financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro, and based on the Public Competition "The Diversity of the Expressions at the Independent cultural scene ".
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Text by Svetlana Mandic, on March 26th 2019, read more at Vijesti
The organizing team of Spark.me, one of the largest marketing conferences in Southeast Europe, scheduled for May 25th and 26th, which is organized for the first time in the Porto Montenegro Auditorium in Tivat, announced a new Spark.me conference speaker - Cate Murden. Murden is the founder of PUSH, a consulting firm whose practice is based on research into human behavior and who, with clients such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Saatchi & Saatchi, Havas, IMG, HSBC, Sainsbury's and Vice, is working to create a more productive and healthier working environment. Murden, after an exciting career in the media industry that lasted for almost two decades, rose to the position of director of partnership in one of the largest and most successful media agencies in London.
However, such a demanding career took a tribute, and Murden, due to accumulated stress, was forced to leave the job. She managed to overcome the challenging period that was before her, and then turned her personal experience into business and founded the consulting house PUSH, to assist organizations in helping their employees in planning their time better and in dealing with challenging and stressful business tasks.
Murden believes that the organizations in which we work can also be the cause and solution of such problems. Therefore, her mission is to help employees, teams and organizations work better - to do business with less stress, less sensory overload, fewer unnecessary costs, and ultimately, more profit. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research modes, PUSH strives to understand how companies operate and to regulate the system by making the ultimate goal to be more relaxed and satisfied employees on the one hand, and higher productivity and profit on the other.
Organizers of Spark.me previously published the names of two speakers this year - they are Anab Jain (TED speaker, designer, film producer and co-founder of Superflux, a world-renowned company that innovates in the field of design and technology trying to bring us closer to the world of the future) and Jeremiah Owyang (co-founder of Kaleido Insights and worldwide authority in developing programs that promote innovation of corporations). In the following period, the names of other speakers at the conference will be announced.
Text by Vijesti Online, on March 27th 2019, read more at Vijesti
March 27, 2019 - "Montenegrin lighthouses as destination icons" is the scientific monograph by Doc. Dr Andjela Jaksic-Stojanovic (Mediterranean Univesity, Montenegro) and prof. Dr Nevena Seric (the Faculty of Economics, University of Split) which recently emerged from the press.
26 March 2019 - The Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone of Montenegro in cooperation with the Municipality of Budva plans to deal with the most valuable walking space in this town - promenade from Budva to Bečići and to solve this through the development of a quality permanent plan, said Predrag Jelušič director of this public enterprise. He expects the project to be estimated at 10 million EUR.
The Coastal Zone of Montenegro is planning to invest significant funds for international competition tender for the selection of the best architectural and visual solution of the Lungo Mare promenade, from Sole Mio in Budva to Plavi kamen in Rafailovići.
"It will be a very challenging job for both companies and local government. I believe that we will all be equally committed to choosing a quality solution because Lungo Mare promenade should have a completely different form and a different tourist offer," said Jelušić.
He believes that after the promenade in Tivat and Pet Danica in Herceg Novi, and the promenades in Čanje and Sutomore, now it is Budva's turn to reconstruct its own.
"I believe that Budva is ready to reconstruct this space in a quality way and that this will become a permanent solution that will be full for at least nine months of the year. This way promenade will have its own life and suitable premises that will be able to promote tourist offer and application on its own. Budva will gather many more tourist in this way for both the town and for Montenegro," pointed out Jelušić.
He also added that the perfect example of how Montenegrin coast should look alike and the model for other coastal towns to look into is promenade in Tivat.
"This project will be financially demanding, but it will also be a big benefit to hotel chains in the area, such as the hotel group Budvanska rivijera and other venues that are in the interest of making the promenade according to the most up-to-date standards," stressed out Jelušić.
"I am expecting full commitment from local tourism organizations, because management of this destination is crucial for our city. The tourists want to see every city segment working at its best, from parking to horticulture," Jelušić concluded.
Are there free spaces in the parking lot? What is a 21st-century greenhouse like? How do you learn grammar? These are just some of the great projects that the Montenegrin elementary school pupils managed to realize using micro-bit devices.
The micro-bit computer actually allows the use of hardware parts through the software, and the British Council will provide around 4,000 micro-bit pocket computers over the next three years, which should encourage student's innovation.
In 20 schools the students are already designing projects, on 600 micro-bit computers, which are also a gift from the UK Government through the British Council and the Ministry of Education. Irena Selcanin from the Ulcinj Elementary School "Marko Nuculovic" is already familiar with the micro-bit device. She says it seemed interesting, but also complicated."In time, by getting to know this powerful device and its capabilities, it became easier, more interesting, and I was eager and thrilled to start working on them," she said.
The project she worked on is called "Smart Parking".
"We had more ideas. We decided on this project because we wanted to contribute to solving the problems that our local community has. The project involves detecting free spaces in the parking lot. By igniting the lights on one of the micro-bits, busy parking spaces are displayed, and on the second micro-bit, the number shows how many other free places there are. When the number of zero is displayed, the ramp is lowered" she explains.
Pupils of the elementary school "Risto Ratkovic" from Bijelo Polje Milica Markovic, Katarina Dragovic, and Marko Markovic tell us that at one of the workshops they were assigned the task of creating the code for the project that we would present at the competition. Ideas have been merged into one, applicable in language classes, regardless of the course.
How to learn grammar while playing a game – Pupils of the elementary school “Risto Ratkovic”(Photo: Mpin.gov.me)
"We begin with the game by pressing the start button after which a number between one and five displays on the micro-bit screen. The number is the indicator which key the player needs to press. After pressing a specific button on the micro-bit, a letter will appear that represents a specific task. (The player needs to say a particular type of word that begins with that letter). After the acoustic signal, the player has to solve the given word to continue the game. In case a player does not respond to a task at a specific time interval, he falls out of the game. The game continues until one player-winner remains. Depending on whether the player replied correctly or incorrectly on the screen of the micro-bit, a certain signal will appear which is given by the game manager via the radio connection.
Miro Marjanovic and Milo Sekularac from Berane Elementary School "Vuk Karadzic", with the help of micro-bits, made a model of a greenhouse for the 21st century. For "Vijesti" they point out that the idea came from the desire to help farmers to grow their plants more efficiently and in better quality.
"Due to the complexity and specificity of the work in the greenhouse that requires a constant presence of farmers, we wanted to allow the farmer to be able to deal with some other activities or rest, and that the cultivation of plants in the greenhouse is as good and quality as if the farmer himself is present. In other words, the micro-bit would allow the control of the temperature inside the greenhouse - if the temperature exceeds the allowed limits within the greenhouse, the micro-bit with the servo motor opens or closes the windows, and thus prevents the withering of plants due to high or low temperatures.
It would also allow light measurement - if the light intensity drops below a certain limit, the micro-bit includes the light source (light bulb), if the intensity of light meets the predicted level, it turns off the light source. In this way, an additional light source allows the growth of plants."
Micro-bit, it is emphasized, also measures the speed of wind outside the greenhouse, and if the wind has a speed above normal, the micro-bit closes the windows with the help of a servo motor, which protects the plant culture from possible damage.
Students from Berane third in Belgrade
"During the development of the project, we used the knowledge of biology, physics, technology, and informatics. At the national micro-bit computer program competition held in May last year, we won the first place, whereby we acquired the condition to attend the "New Technologies in Education" fair which was held in June 2018 in Belgrade. At the fair, we presented our project with which we won third place at the regional competition in coding micro-bit computers," said Marjanovic and Sekularac.
The digital age does not eliminate the chalkboard
Minister Damir Sehovic said that the assessment of the Ministry of Education that turning the head from the fact that our children live in the digital age is irresponsible because in this way we would get children who cannot even recognize the numerous possibilities, but also the dangers that lurk in this cyber world.
"That is why we will not turn our head, but we will work on education in which the chalkboard, but also a good book, will occupy the place that belongs to them. But, we will be aware at the same time that the modern age in which we live requires a new - modern way of thinking but also learning because it is the only way to create preconditions for using all the benefits of today, which are unlimited. "
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Text by Tina Popovic, on March 25th 2019, read more at Vijesti
On Sunday, in the organization of the Agency for the Development and Protection of Orjen, a group of 50 nature lovers visited several sites that have their own story about water: Kotobiljski spring, Tajno brdo, Austro-Hungarian water-supply system and ultimately Ljuti krs - the biggest attraction of this tour. An educational tour called "Voda u krsu" was organized on the occasion of the World Water Day.
The area of Ljuti krs is extremely rich in various forms of rocks, coves, canals, gutters, and even pits created by chemical decomposition under the influence of precipitation waters. "The water crushed its huge stone blocks by chemical erosion, creating a fascinating micro-relief. Except for a few stones, there are no drops of surface water here, because it directly goes with vertical channels in its unexplored interior. Water in the areas of the karst is therefore even more precious, but also more sensitive to pollution since limestone terrain is far less purified than usual. On the other hand, as much as it is inaccessible to people, the underground is the only habitat for some forms of life, and so is the olm, the most famous living species of cave streams, the kind that probably inhabits our underworld, which is another argument for the need of careful protection of the water in the karst," the agency said.
In the labyrinth of Ljuti krs
At the end of the tour, participants tried local specialties of this region at the Stanovcic family home in the village Kameno, known among others by the oldest rural water-supply system in our hinterland, made even during the Austro-Hungarian administration.
However important it is to recognize the tourist potential of such an unusual karst relief, it is also important to preserve its underground from the pollution, since Orjen is a mountain with the highest amount of precipitation in Europe, deep in its interior, it was stated from the Agency for the development and protection of Orjen.
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Text by Slavica Kosic, on March 25th 2019, read more at Vijesti
Today, 50 boys and girls arrived in the barracks "Milovan Saranovic" in Danilovgrad for voluntary military service in the Army of Montenegro.
"We are starting a new working week strengthened with 50 boys and girls who arrived today at the “Milovan Saranovic” barracks in Danilovgrad for voluntary military service," reads the official Facebook page of the Ministry of Defense.
From that Government's office, they said that 50 of them would spend the next three months in the barracks and be trained for basic military skills.
"Today is the day to get acquainted with the environment, colleagues, commanders, dressing up in the uniform and pair of boots. Continue to follow us, in the coming period we will show you how #DobrovoljnoUVojsku looks like with our first generation," reads the Facebook profile of the Ministry of Defense.
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Text by Vijesti Online, on March 25th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
24 March 2019 - Montenegro will develop an economy based on know-how and innovation, at the same time preventing the brain drain, Prime Minister Duško Marković underlined at the conference on the occasion of ending the project Towards Entrepreneurial Innovation Ecosystem in Montenegro.
"Montenegro can develop this economy of the future. And it has to stick to that path. Currently, this segment of our economy is not at the level we would like it to be, but the opportunities and chances that exist on the market are very attractive for many talented entrepreneurs and researchers," said Prime Minister Marković.
In parallel with the development, he added, Montenegro will make efforts to prevent the brain drain, which makes international operations easier. Innovative and young entrepreneurs, especially in the field of information technologies, as well as older, more experienced innovators and researchers, are already looking for better conditions for applying their ideas in Montenegro: "I would like to take this opportunity to say that we will create conditions for their work in order to get a new vital energy for our economy."
Recalling Monstat's data on economic growth of 4.9% for the previous year, and pointing to an increase in production in a number of economic activities with an increase in exports, the Prime Minister said that we have a realistic basis for optimism. He pointed out that one of the priorities of the Government is enhancing the business environment for the growth and expansion of business based on knowledge, with the help of the EU partners.
"The Government has developed a precise plan. We have adopted the Programme of Measures Promoting Innovative Start-Ups, which relies heavily on the project that has gathered us here today. We will work on creating concrete favourable legislative conditions, such as tax relief, cutting red tape and better protection of intellectual property, as well as on the creation of new financial instruments that will direct the business towards prospective innovations and those that help solve our local problems and challenges," the Prime Minister pointed out at the conference.
He added that it is necessary to work on changing the culture of work, which needs be strengthened in every way - through non-formal education, the media, and also the entrepreneurial approach of the administration itself, both the state and local one.
"From the beginning of the year, we have been implementing the Programme that we adopted. With the support of the World Bank, experts will be engaged to work on the development of a new, modern legislative framework for encouraging innovative businesses through fiscal and other measures. Most importantly, we have established a central institution of our ecosystem - the Scientific and Technological Park of Montenegro," Prime Minister Marković explained.
In this business, he stressed, the key partnerships that we have established at the national level are of key significance, which is also demonstrated by today's event. Examples of business and high-quality applied research projects should become visible models for other trends in the economy.
"This transition is not easy to achieve - some Western countries took more than 20 years for doing that. We can use their know-how and experience to make our transition as fast and successful as possible," the Prime Minister of Montenegro underscored.
He said that Montenegro is also leading a great regional initiative, namely the establishment of the International Institute for Sustainable Technologies in South East Europe, which will be a driving force for improving the technological environment in the region.
"We have realised that this initiative was found in the recommendations of the EU experts who are with us today, proposing that Montenegro should initiate at least another similar major initiative at the national level, which is going to be considered," Prime Minister Marković noted.
The Prime Minister thanked the European Commission, the World Bank and the members of the scientific diaspora of Montenegro for supporting the country, pointing to how to build the capacities for the policy that was the subject of the conference.
25 March 2019 - Minister of Culture Aleksandar Bogdanović is paying an official visit to the Republic of France, where he met with French Minister of Culture Franck Riester.
The two ministers discussed the cooperation projects that are being implemented by the already signed Agreement on cooperation in the field of culture, as well as on new exchange initiatives.
Furthermore, they discussed the intensification of cooperation and exchange of programmes and artists in the fields of music and theater, visual arts, as well as the possibilities for translating Montenegrin literature into French and French into Montenegrin.
"A special focus of our future cooperation will be on creative industries. To develop this area, Montenegro is developing creative hubs that will be a synergy of art and entrepreneurship, both of domestic and foreign artists," Minister Bogdanović said, adding that the French experience will be of great importance to us.
The ministers also discussed the exchange of good practices and experiences in the field of cultural heritage protection, project development and exchange of programmes between libraries, museums, archives, and cinemas.
Bearing in mind the many years of friendly relations and cooperation between Montenegro and the Republic of France, as well as the fact that the building of the former French mission was located in Cetinje, two ministers discussed the possibility of joint restoration of this facility.
Minister Bogdanović informed Minister Riester about the activities that are being implemented in Montenegro in order to transfer the remains of members of the Petrović Njegoš dynasty to Montenegro in the near future, and pointed out that the support of the Ministry of Culture and other relevant institutions of the Republic of France will be of particular importance in the transfer of the remains of Mihailo Petrović Njegoš, buried in Paris.
Minister Riester pointed out that the Republic of France appreciates the importance this initiative has for Montenegro and its last ruling Petrović Njegoš dynasty and stated that they would provide all the necessary assistance.
Minister Bogdanović expressed satisfaction with the friendly relations between the Republic of France and Montenegro in all areas and expressed the gratitude for the continued support that France provides to Montenegro on its path to full membership in the European Union.
Chargé d'Affaires of the Embassy of Montenegro in France Zdenka Radulović and President of the Association of Artists of Montenegro Igor Rakčević also attended the meeting.
Collecting emblems, ornaments, badges, ranks, table flags, t-shirts, vehicle models, festive uniforms, helmets, and firefighter monographs is the decade-long hobby of Jasmin Tutundzic from Pljevlja.
A thirty-year-old, who works as a firefighter in the Protection Service of Pljevlja, has a rich collection of firefighting, military and police souvenirs, and adds new ones each day which he gets or exchanges with his colleagues around the world.
He says that he is one of the two firefighters in Montenegro who are trying to save the objects, equipment and many other things that testify to the work of firefighters around the world. There is a story that in his collection, there are more than 540 emblems, sixty medals, dozens of fire truck models, and 200 badges of various firefighting brigades from the former Yugoslavia.
"I started with this hobby by accident. I received the first souvenirs from Slovenia. They were sent from a colleague with whom I have been in contact through social networks. In the beginning, I did it for fun, and today the hobby has turned into a passion."
Tutundzic says that his love for the craft was inherited from his father, who also worked as a firefighter.
He spent time with his parents living in the building where the fire department was located, and daily socializing with the firefighters from Pljevlja largely determined his life path.
Various badges and medals
Before becoming a professional, Tutundzic worked as a volunteer in the Pljevlja Fire Department.
"All my life I was attached to the fire department. It seems to me that I would not be able to do any other job except being a firefighter. "
He intends to collect firefighting souvenirs from all the countries of the world, and many of them already adorn the walls of his room.
He owns the souvenirs from BiH, Serbia, Macedonia, France, Spain, Italy, Venezuela, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands. Hungary, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and the most numerous are from Croatia, Slovenia, and the United States.
"Emblems are usually worn on the chest or shoulder. Many services in the world have this. In Montenegro, only a few municipalities, including Pljevlja, have their emblems. Our firefighters, unlike many countries in the world and the environment, have no ranks or formal uniforms, which should be reinstated."
Tutundzic remarked that firefighters had solemn uniforms during the former Yugoslavia.
He keeps some of them in his rich collection, as well as the solemn uniforms of the Dutch and Turkish firefighters. "I would hardly give up my collections, given how much time and effort I have invested in collecting all this. Maybe one day, when I can no longer be involved in collecting fire brigades souvenirs, I will give my valuable collection to the Protection Service."
Jasmin says he traveled to France, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, and Serbia thanks to his hobby, where he met colleagues with whom he cooperates. He points out that through social networks he is in touch with many colleagues around the world. Pljevlja is cherishing the firefighting tradition more than one century-long
Tutundzic says that the first fire brigade in Pljevlja was formed more than a hundred years ago, during the Austro-Hungarian rule, and that it functioned voluntarily.
"The society emerged out of necessity because the fire would often catch the wooden stores in Pljevlja, heated with manganese. Because of this, members of the first firefighting society were mostly the local craftsmen. The fire-fighting department worked with interruptions and was re-formed in 1933. The company had 73 members who were primarily craftsmen and workers up to 35 years of age. The Second World War interrupted the activity of this society, but it was revived immediately after the liberation, by the decision of the National Committee of Pljevlja region in 1946. At that time, there were 24 members.
In the absence of equipment, the firefighters extinguished fires practically with their bare hands, with ordinary water bins. More organized work began in 1948 when funds were provided for the procurement of necessary fire equipment, like motor pumps and hoses. The firefighting department then counted more than 100 members, mostly workers, said Tutundzic.
The first firefighting truck with a capacity of 1,500 liters of water was purchased in 1952, he said.
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Text by Goran Malidzan, on March 24th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
23 March 2019 - Minister of Transport and Maritime Affairs Osman Nurković spoke at the press conference following the Government of Montenegro session about what was done in the area of regular and investment maintenance, reconstruction and construction of state roads in 2018 and what is planned for 2019.
Minister Nurković pointed out that the budget for 2018 amounted to 244,400,000 EUR (out of which 207,200,000 EUR was intended for the Bar-Boljare motorway's priority section and 800,000 EUR for the road crossings belonging to the Railway Directorate's budget).
The 2019 budget plans an investment totalling 45,087,263 EUR.
Projects implemented from European Investment Bank and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development loans, in line with the Budget Law, will be funded up to the amount of their execution.
Under the Programme for reconstruction and modernisation of main and regional roads, works will be carried out on 25 roads, and 27,300,000 EUR will be allocated to the rebuilding of the main and regional roads. The projects will be funded from the General Revenues of the Budget of Montenegro, the European Investment Bank loan and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development loan.
In the last five years, a total of 197.84 million EUR was invested in maintenance, reconstruction and construction of regional and trunk roads in Montenegro, said the director of the Directorate for state roads within the Ministry of Transport, Mirsad Ibrahimović during mid-October 2018. As he said, this had an impact on more comfortable, economical, safer and high-quality transport and, therefore, resulted in better accessibility of Montenegro as a tourism destination.
“The European Commission also recognized insufficiently developed infrastructure of the Western Balkans. It, therefore, aims to increase the maturity of projects and enhance the development of the transport network through the available mechanisms of Berlin process,” said Ibrahimović during this occasion.