31 Jan 2019, 22:37 PM

The Rotary club Kotor will organize a big "Masquerade Humanitarian Ball" to collect money for the procurement of new diagnostic equipment for Tivat Health Center. Rotarians from Tivat, Kotor and Herceg Novi gathered in RC Kotor to set themselves the goal of collecting the money for the purchase of a new colposcopy device for Tivat public health institution, and for this, a thoughtful and imaginative way of collecting the funds has been designed.

In the spirit of the traditional Boka Bay Carnival Festivals held in February, RC Kotor will host the event at the Business center "Vukšič" in Radanovići on February 16th. The last organizational details by the members of RC Kotor, chaired by the captain Rajko Čavor, were agreed at their regular weekly meeting in Tivat last night, and a rich entertaining program and lottery are being arranged.

Ball scheduled for February 16th

The ticket price for the ball with a festive dinner, for which is mandatory for the visitors to wear a mask, can be bought on the spot for 30 euros.

All the funds collected from the tickets sold masks and donations made that evening will be paid to the Tivat Health Center for the procurement of a colposcopy device - a diagnostic appliance used primarily for gynaecological examinations.

Text by Sinisa Lukovic, on January 31st 2019, read more at Vijesti

31 Jan 2019, 22:31 PM

The concert of the regional star Zdravko Čolić on Friday evening at the plateau in front of Hotel Igalo will open the Jubilee 52. Mimosa festival, as confirmed by the organizers at today's press conference.

We remind that we thought that the expected spectacle, in case of heavy rain, would take place at the Igalo Sports Center, which has been discarded as an option.

"Due to technical and security reasons, it is not feasible to accommodate a large number of people in this facility, and the interest for Čolić's concert is enormous," said the Vice-President Miloš Konjević

During the 50 days of the festival, 60 different programs will take place: from folk festivals to the theater, art, literary and other programs. Director of Herceg Novi Fest, Gordana Porobic Krcunovic, said that Herceg Novi would be "a European festival stage" during that period. Secretary for Social Activities and Sports, Darko Klasić announced the sports program within Mimosa Festival, which will have 15 different events from the Coup of sports fishermen to Race of “karića”.

To the remarks that the program, defined late and still not accurate, overwhelming and without a clear concept, the Festival Director said that they adhere to the original concept from the 70s.

It remains to be seen, for example, how many visitors outside of Herceg Novi will be motivated to visit the Mimosa Festival because of the Days of Norway, Poland, Italy and some other countries or for a theater show.

The representatives of the Directorate have announced that the jubilee celebration of the mimosa is expecting a record number of visitors, after all, that they have done in recent months in promoting this unique winter event. Director of Tourist Organization, Pavle Obradović pointed out that a lot of marketing and advertising of the Mimosa Festival in the region was done. He is confident that the hotels and private accommodations will be fully booked. The excellent promotion, as stated from the Festival's Directorate, also contributed the Mimosa Festival Caravan, which visited 17 cities in five countries. Good acquaintances claim that the effect would surely be better if the Caravan was organized at least a month or two before the beginning of the Festival.

Text by Slavica Kosic, on January 31st 2019, read more at Vijesti

31 Jan 2019, 15:25 PM

January 31, 2019 - Dr Ivan Ilic, the director of the General Hospital of Kotor, spoke with Radio Kotor about the need to build a new, modern facility in Boka Bay, which would bring together health services now obtained in three hospitals in the territory of the Kotor Municipality. Dr Ilic recently pointed out that this idea was seriously taken into account by the authorities and that the realisation of the mentioned investments is not impossible, reports Radio Kotor.

"I have indirect information that this idea has come to the Prime Minister of Montenegro, who has given certain instructions to the ministries. I cannot say anything precisely, but I find it useful to talk about it. Some models would enable the relatively fast implementation of this idea. Some of them are a development loan or an IPA project. There are also loans from the World Development Bank," said Dr Ivan Ilic.
The emergence of a new hospital is, according to him, the only real way to improve the health service in Boka Bay. 
"The new hospital would bring together all the medical centers in the region. I mean the General Hospital in Kotor, the Special Hospital for Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Neurology Vaso Cukovic in Risan and the Special Psychiatric Hospital in Dobrota. Their unification is the only way to provide quality care," says Dr Ilic.
Considering the demographic growth of the surrounding cities, the development of a new hospital would be the best in the Industrial Zone in Radanovici or its surroundings. "By making this move, the hospital will be several kilometres closer to Budva and Tivat, and the problem with Herceg Novi will be solved by ferry, fast ship transport or helicopter transportation. It would be a hospital that would work twenty-four hours in full capacity. It means that there are always surgeons, anesthesiologists, neurologists, and internal medicine specialists available. That would be a real hospital for the acute care of patients. I think it would be useful to combine equipment and staff in one place," says Dr Ilić.
He also believes that responsible institutions should consider the necessity of providing conditions for the work of young doctors who will soon complete their specialisation.
"If the labour market is soon liberalised towards the West, I think that a significant number of our young colleagues will leave our country. And then there is a problem, how will we replace the medical staff? Who will heal us for ten, twenty years? But if we are building a new and modern hospital infrastructure, while also solving part of the housing needs of employees, then it's one of the ways to keep young doctors stay and work here," says Dr Ilic.
The construction of a modern hospital is significant also because of tourism, declared a strategic economic branch in our country.
"Foreign guests and staff will certainly wonder what kind of health care they will have. Without the development of a strong healthcare structure, we can endanger the development of tourism activities planned in this area," says Dr Ilic.
The overall construction of a new hospital would, according to his estimates, cost about 40 million Euros.
"We have state and municipal land that can be freed from communal payments because such a project would be of great importance to the region. There are also spaces in which the present facilities of the mentioned three hospitals are located, which have a significant value. Also, we can redeem hospitals projects from the environment. I think 35 to 40 million Euros can make a top hospital," says Dr Ilic.
Source: Radio Kotor
31 Jan 2019, 13:24 PM

January 31, 2019 - The Old Captain's House - the Stumberger Museum in Baosici will open its door for visitors for the Mimosa, Fish, and Wine Feast, which attracts the most significant number of visitors of the Herceg Novi Riviera during the Mimosa Festival. On Saturday, 2 February, the museum will be open for visitors from 8.30 am until 3 pm. Entrance is free.

Miroslav Stumberger was born in 1892 in Slovenia. A highly educated man who spoke five languages was a passionate explorer and fighter for preserving the history, culture and ethnographic heritage of Boka Bay and the whole of Yugoslavia.

Stumberger has collected a valuable collection of antiquities that adorned his house in an exquisite ambiance, which he invented at the end of the 50s, later called the Old Captain's House.

He gave the house and legacy to the Baosici Local Community and the city of Herceg Novi. The Stumberger Museum's settings make collections of icons, weapons, technical, naval and other devices, amphorae, old family photos, ethnological objects, geographic and naval charts.

At the end of the last century, this museum was one of the most visited places on the Herceg Novi Riviera.

In the valuable legacy, there were over 700 titles. Stumberger's library contained the British Encyclopedia of 1788, the Famous English Bible of 1548, Napoleon's 1806 Code, Astronomy and the Basics of Geometry from 1604 and many more. The museum of Miroslav Stumberger, "The Old Captain's House," was several times a target of vandals and thieves, repeatedly robbed. Between lots of lost artifacts was a valuable British Encyclopedia.

Miroslav Stumberger was born in Brezice, Slovenia. He completed the Military-Naval Academy in Pula and continued his service as a Naval Officer in the Army of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.

He was the first commandant of the submarine "Nebojša," today exhibited in Porto Montenegro as an integral part of the permanent setting of the Maritime Heritage Collection. As a captain of the battleship and commander of the South Military Sector based in Kumbor, Miroslav Stumberger retired in 1937 at the age of 45.

Stumberger was a well-known and acclaimed antiquity finder and ship modeler. Among the valuable artifacts of his collection, the museum visitors also have the opportunity to see his craftsmanship- models of old sailing ships he created with a lot of knowledge and passion.

Public institution Herceg Novi Museums and Galleries, after decades of decay, renovated and reopened the Old Captain’s House - Stumberger Museum to the public in July 2015.

31 Jan 2019, 12:01 PM

January 31, 2019 - As an introduction to the 50th Mimosa Festival, the City Gallery Josip Bepo Benkovic will open tthe 52nd Herceg Novi Winter Salon, one of the longest and most important art manifestations in Montenegro. The official opening is scheduled at 7 pm on Thursday.

The selector of this year's Herceg Novi Winter Salon is Senka Subotić, a sociologist of culture and art from Budva. From the City Gallery "Josip Bepo Benković" point out that the concept of the exhibition thematizes different parallels on the artistic approach of contemporary artists of the ex-Yu region.
Herceg Novi Winter Salon, under the motto "PARALLELS", is conceived as a synthesis of the various artistic expressions of the authors, who in parallel create and operate in the territories of the former Yugoslavia over the last few decades, in order to present the situation and to set some parallel contemporary paintings in this area. Presenting themselves at the Salon, with two works, artists point to the development of modern trends in the field of art. Likewise, the influence of their predecessors is evident, so they parallel partake of the tradition of artists they encourage. All these parallels focus on the concept, which aims to point out this segment in both the common and the different, and above all, the diversity of approaches to the artwork as well as the materials used in its expression.
The Salon will feature works by 20 artists from many academies from the territory of the former Yugoslavia. Some of these academies are relatively young and are for the first time presented at the Herceg Novi Winter Salon.
From the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Mostar, Dr. Silva Radic, as well as two of her students, Ivana Pavlovic and Josip Ivesic will be presented.  From the Academy of Arts of the University of Banja Luka, doc. Mr. Milan Krajnović will give two young and very active artists Renata Rakic and Boris Eremic. From the Belgrade Academy of Art are Jelena Trajkovic, Kristina Pirkovic and Milija Belić, full professor at Sorbonne University Paris and chairman of the Realities Nouvelles association in Paris.
Among the exhibitors are the most prominent artists from Montenegro. Miodrag Scepanovic, Peko Nikcevic, Zoran Petrusic, and Sreten Nikcevic have already exhibited at the Herceg Novi Winter Salon, while Elvir Lero Adrovic, Ivana Babic, Isidora Dautovic, Goran Cetkovic, Jelena Djuraskovic, Miodrag Miso Vemic, and Marija Vemic, the organizers said.
The jury is composed of Radoslav Milošević-Atos, artist and the president of the panel; Tamara Rajković, art historian and artist Savo Pavlović, awarded three awards at the 52nd Herceg Novi Winter Salon. The first prize of 700 euro was given to Miodrag Šćepanović for the sculpture "Silence." Maria Vemić deserved the second prize of 500 euro for two pictures from the "Touch yourself" cycle, and the third in the amount of 300 euro, got Silva Radić for the work in Combined  technique named "Wonderful Life."
30 Jan 2019, 15:28 PM

The 50th Mimosa Festival Caravan announces the jubilee edition of one of the oldest and most famous tourist-propaganda events in Herceg Novi and Montenegro, which will last from February 1st until March 23rd.

The caravan today introduces the mimosa into two Slovenian fraternized towns - Novo Mesto and Kranj, and tomorrow in Ljubljana, where they will perform at the Tourism Fair and in the city center, the organizers said.

City music orchestra, majorettes, clowns and trombone players performed at the main town square in Novo Mesto, with the support of Mestne godbe Novo Mesto, with whom Herceg Novi City music has excellent cooperation. Music, dance and mimosas invited citizens of Novo Mesto and Slovenia to visit Herceg Novi during the 50 days of the 50th Mimoza Festival, during which Slovenia's Days will be held in Herceg Novi on March 20th.

The parade was preceded by a reception at the Mayor of Novo Mesto Gregor Macedonia, for the delegation from the Herceg Novi Municipality headed by President Stevan Katić. During the reception, the Mayor was given with a plaque of the 50th Mimosa Festival, as a sign of gratitude for the support of the Caravan. Representatives of the two cities have stressed that they are looking forward to the continuation and nurturing of the several decades of fraternized contacts between Herceg Novi and Novo Mesto, as well as new opportunities for cross-border cooperation. The Mayo announced that the Novo Mesto delegation would visit Herceg Novi in March. He thanked them for the opportunity to host the caravan in Novo Mesto saying that Herceg Novi and Mimosa are "always good news".

Text by Slavica Kosic, on January 29th 2019, read more at Vijesti

29 Jan 2019, 14:51 PM

January 29, 2019 - As soon as it recovered and began to settle down at the bottom of the Boka Bay, a protected endemic species, the largest Mediterranean shellfish Pinna Nobilis, is still in jeopardy.

This beautiful shell attacked a parasite and threatened its population in France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, and Malta. Still, it has not yet arrived at the Adriatic, a scientist at the Institute for Marine Biology, Dr Vesna Macic, said Radio Jadran.
"I'm afraid that next year, probably, the parasite will come to the Adriatic. Somewhere in Spain it began spreading to a large number of locations, causing 100% mortality of Pinna Nobilis," she says.
Scientists in Europe, not even in our country, have no defense mechanism from this parasite for now, or to stop it from spreading to the Mediterranean.
"We are continually talking about the problem in the sea being much more accessible to stop than to treat because there are no limits and barriers. Since it is a microscopic organism, it is impossible to prevent it from spreading to other areas. The only thing scientists are trying to do is to have some aquariums in areas where this parasite has not yet appeared," she explains, adding that we still do not have the possibility.
It is just the idea right now because so far there has not been such a great seafloor of this kind of shellfish. Dr Macic points out that there are different types of parasites in the sea, activated in different ways, and most frequently triggered by pollution.
Hope lies in the fact that some parasites, as well as all kinds of species, have changes in growth, such as flu viruses. Suddenly they appear, so they disappear.
In the shallow of the Boka Bay, the population of Pinna Nobilis reaches up to 300 organisms on 100m²
This beautiful large shell, inhabited only the Mediterranean sea, did not live in Boka Bay for a while. At the Institute for Marine Biology in Kotor, they believe that the reasons for this are uncontrolled extraction, anchoring at its habitat, seabed pollution.
"Extreme growth of the population occurred for 4-5 years ago, so now we have a broad representation of Pinna Nobilis in the shallow on a small surface. Over 200-300 units per 100m², which is exceptionally full," she says.
A similar situation has also occurred in Italy, so scientists believe that the cause is a kind of stress through which the shells pass. The organisms are under high pressure trying to leave bigger offspring so that as many individuals survive unfavorable conditions, explains Dr Macic. However, this is just one of the theories.
Hope remains that the expansion of the parasite that will destroy Pinna Nobilis across the Mediterranean will reduce before it reaches our sea.
Source; Radio Jadran 
29 Jan 2019, 12:30 PM

You may not be aware, but in Montenegro, even the dolphins are called by their names, and recently everyone who wants to can adopt them, as long as they are left in their natural habitat. The adoption costs 20 euros a year, and this money goes to the support fund of the international project of marine mammals.

The first person to adopt is a German from Bar, a renowned environmentalist Michael Bader.

The dolphins in the Montenegrin Maritime zone have been monitored and studied for the third year in a row by the branch of the Turkish Maritime Mammal Species Research Association (DMAD), through which project “Montenegrin Dolphin Research” Bader got the certificate for the adoption of the dolphin King, which he has proudly framed and put up on the wall of his apartment.

A dedicated group of DMAD volunteers from all over the world, located in Bar settlement Ilino, monitors the dolphins from land and sea and, according to the scientific director from this NGO Dr. Ajlin Akajabas, they have already formed a significant database of dolphins, out of which seventeen are identified and named at the coast from Ulcinj to Kotor.

"What we are trying to figure out is what is happening in the marine eco-system of Montenegro, with the focus on the dolphins who are the top predators here, some sort of marine police, nature and sea protectors. By getting to know what's going on with the dolphins, we see what happens to the fish, which areas need to be protected, whether the sea is healthy or not. We get all this information by looking at the dolphins, and yet they are so lovely, and we enjoy being in their company," says Akajabas, who has a PhD in biology of the sea.

According to her, this DMAD project is registered and is now planning to be extended to its second phase. The team includes volunteers from Turkey, England, the Netherlands, Argentina, Germany, Canada, Australia, USA, who takes turns, and the core team has had the same composition for more than a year.

"We have an intensive program of work, non-stop, we follow the dolphins from a position on the land three times a week, and we follow them on a boat once a week. We use special optical equipment for viewing, monitoring and photographing them. Each of the dolphins we follow has its name, they are individuals to us," says Akajabas. Young scientists of the dolphins recognize and discern their backbone fins because, as she says, each has special markings. Based on this, they keep records of how many of them are staying in which place.

Boka Bay is, of course, their favorite place. "Now, in our registry there are 17 of them, and we are thrilled when we see them with the cubs, which is very important," says Akabajas. Melissa Basmaka, who is in charge of communication, points out that the adoption of dolphins is a unique model of support for such research, and also a very effective way of raising public awareness that these wonderful creatures live right next to us, in the sea.We saw them just the other day at the entrance of Bar marina. you need to understand how important they are for the sea," Basmak emphasized. Michael Bader is now the only one in Montenegro who has adopted a dolphin, and DMAD activists hopes others will follow his example.

"I am aware of these activists for a long time, because I am happy to participate in all activities related to the preservation of the environment. We went together twice on a boat to follow the dolphins, and when I saw that there was a possibility to support them, I immediately went into action and subscribed to five years. Particularly when I saw that one of them is named the King, there was no other way but to adopt him immediately," Bader said.

Montenegro is beautiful, Aylin and Melissa say, and for them as researchers a "real gold mine".

"Research in these areas was sporadic from time to time, and that is why we make the databases we want to share with Montenegrin governmental state institutions, to fill in obvious gaps in these areas, to use these data for the necessary protection of particular areas and species. What is good for Montenegro is the seriousness with which they approach these aspects in the Agency for the Protection of the Environment, they really want to follow the protocols to protect. Our job is to collect data and to hand them over. But we really need the Montenegrins in the team," Melisa said.

Text by Radomir Petric, on January 28th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

29 Jan 2019, 12:26 PM

The international project "Seek, innovate your dreams", which aims to help pupils to understand and prepare for future professions, has been joined by a group of teachers and students from Montenegro. Coordinators from Montenegro are professors of the mother tongue and literature from Rožaje and Plav, Mirsada Šabotić and Senada Đešević, professor of biology from Niksic Olivera Lucic, a mathematics professor from Rožaje Munirka Agovic and professors of class teaching, Marina Knežević and Dušanka Vujičić from Nikšić, and Ivana Milic from Podgorica. They have succeeded in involving 105 teachers and 2,657 students from many Montenegrin elementary and high schools.

"The project deals with the promotion of three out of 17 United Nations sustainable development goals - quality education, available clean energy and industry, innovation and infrastructure. The project activities will last for seven weeks, with particular emphasis on the student's competencies such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, creativity and innovation, digital skills. The theme of the project is the future professions that do not yet exist, the role of technology in the world of change, the future industry, SDGs, the coordinators explained

Pupils and teachers who will receive certificates after completing the project have already started their first assignment and the results can be seen on social networks.

The project, founded by professors Karum Vits from Pakistan and Rania Lumpur from Greece, has gathered 1,700 teachers and 100,000 students from nearly 60 countries.

Text by Svetlana Mandic, on January 28th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

29 Jan 2019, 12:24 PM

The Serbian Education Society (SPKD), "Prosvjeta", awarded the traditional life-work award this year to the teachers Čeda Vukićević and Savo Radanović for their contribution to the education of numerous generations of young citizens of Herceg Novi.

Čeda Vukićević (maiden name Bronzic) was born in 1923 in the village Kameno in the family of Lazar Bronzic, also a teacher, as the tenth of twelve children. She finished the primary four-grades school in her native village, which was then the most advanced in the municipality Herceg Novi and which will produce the largest number of educated people, and especially teachers. In Lazara Bronzic’s family, all children will be educated in high schools and more. After completing four grades in Kameno, she attended high school in Herceg Novi and Teacher’s school n Cetinje.

She remembered the war years because the Italians set their house on fire in 1942, so she moved with her family to Herceg Novi, Savina, to their cousins Zloković. As a teacher in 1946, she worked in Petnjica. She got married in 1947 for geodesic engineer Dušan Vukićević, who became a post-war Minister of Transport.

Then she worked at the Ministry of Education in Cetinje and was also the school director in Baošići. She retired as a teacher at the elementary school "Milan Vukovic”. Her former pupils are today distinguished citizens, engineers, professors, doctors, professional athletes and artists.

Teacher Savo Radanovic was born on March 3rd in 1947 in Prijevor, in the municipality of Herceg Novi. He graduated from the Pedagogical Academy in Dubrovnik and spent his entire working life at the elementary school "Dašo Pavičić" as a class teacher.

During several decades of work, Savo showed outstanding expertise and responsibility in work. Thanks to his many years of work at Sutorina, this school branch has survived.

The pupils, parents, and locals immensely admired him because of his enthusiasm and genuine dedication to the pedagogical and every work for the benefit of his native region, they say from SPKD "Prosvjeta".

Text by Slavica Kosic, on January 28th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

29 Jan 2019, 12:21 PM

The 50th Mimosa Festival Caravan traveled to Slovenia to visit Novo Mesto, Kranj and Ljubljana.

The City Music Orchestra, majorettes, trombone players, masks and chariots will go to Novo Mesto at noon and will be presented in Kranj at 5 pm and in Ljubljana on Wednesday. The parade is planned for the Tourism Fair, where TO Herceg Novi will have its stand, as well as at the main city square.

The Mimosa Festival Caravan this year presented a flower festival in Vienna, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Vrbas, Višegrad, Zlatibor, Bijeljina, and Podgorica.

The Jubilee Mimosa Festival will be open with the concert by Zdravko Čolić on the plateau in front of Hotel Igalo in Igalo. For the 50 days of festivities in honor of the yellow flower, masquerades, entertainment, cultural and sports programs will be organized.

Text by Slavica Kosic, on January 28th 2019, read more at Vijesti

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