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21 Nov 2019, 04:40 AM

Geotehnika Montenegro of Nikšić will be carrying out major works until November next year to mitigate the landslide around Kanli Kula, which, once implemented, will stop further shifting of the land and “cracking” of the fortress. The estimated value of the project, financed by the Public Works Administration of Montenegro, had been 300k euros; however, an offer from Geotehnika was accepted at 219,615 euros including VAT. Experts from Geotehnika have already been working for a month on the complex project.

The audit of the main project is being carried out by Civil Engineer, Podgorica. The Public Works Administration had earmarked 50k euros for this; however the company has cost 27,600 euros for the completion of the work.

The damage to Kanli Kula has become all the more visible in recent years, with cracks and crevices in the walls widening, and sagging increase. Experts have confirmed that this is the consequence of a significant landslide from the main road to the Old Town and The Church of the Archangel, noting that it is now precarious.

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Kanli Kula Damage - photo Radio Jadran

 

The repairs to Kanli Kula, an old Turkish fortress from the 16th century - once a prison, but in 1966 rebuilt as one of the best summer stages on the Adriatic - will be carried out in two parts. The first is to carry out minor works that will precede major landslide mitigation. Only then will the second-stage reconstruction of the fortress take place, Prof. Dušan Lučić of the Montenegrin Institute of Civil Engineering, stated to Radio Jadran. Prof. Lučić was a member of the team involved in the exploratory work carried out at the beginning of April 2017.

The project works will take one year, given the need to use the entire 11- month hydrological cycle to monitor how the soil “reacts” in all atmospheric conditions.

During a visit to Herceg Novi this summer, the Ambassador of Turkey to Montenegro, Songul Ozan, stated that the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Montenegro was interested in cooperating with the city and government to find a model that would assist the renovation of Kanli Kula and remedy the landslides that threaten the fortress. Together with her Deputy Bled Kačar and Trade Relations Advisor Derij Koč, the Ambassador urged the Municipality’s leadership to consider applying for the project with the Turkish Agency for International Cooperation and Coordination.

For the repairs and adaptation to Kanli Kula, JUK Herceg Fest, which manages the fortress, will be working jointly with the Ministry of Culture under a mandatory conservation project, stated the Institution’s Director Gordana Porobić Krcunović.

Although architecturally in a deplorable state, the fortress has been able to “withstand” all cultural and entertainment programmes that have been minimised in technical and technological terms. This summer, a high-tech visitors centre was opened at the fortress, with funding provided by the Interreg IPA Cross-Border Cooperation Programme for Croatia-Bosnia Herzegovina-Montenegro 2014-2020, through the Fortress ReInvented project. With augmented reality glasses and 3D animation, users were able to step back into the Middle Ages and see what this centuries-old fortress and the city of Herceg Novi looked like throughout history.

 

Source: Radio Jadran

20 Nov 2019, 16:57 PM

November 20, 2019 - After the first public electric car charger, Podgorica is now about to get the first electric taxi service. Six Tesla vehicles (Model S) are already in capital, and the luxurious taxi service is expected to start in the forthcoming weeks. According to the Tesla project coordinator, Mr Milan Prodanović, plans are afoot to extend the fleet of Tesla vehicles.

 

As Mr Prodanović said, ordering taxi rides will be managed through their “TeslagoApp”.

“Given the fact that this is the state-of-the-art application of its kind (like Uber and Yandex), enabling high-quality, more transparent and more efficient service, we firmly believe people will acknowledge the benefits and gradually start using the application, following the trend in the world”, explained Mr Prodanović.

Mr Prodanović said that these were very expensive cars and pointed out they had tried to adapt the price to average and make it just slightly higher than it s in other companies.

“In accordance with the new Decision on Taxi Services, minimum prices won’t be in force anymore, and every company will be required to set prices at €0,50. We don’t want to elaborate on that right now, we’ll rather inform clients on the commencement of service provision”, said Mr Prodanović.

 

He pointed out that Podgorica was the first town in the region to provide Tesla car taxi service.

“Citizens’ awareness is changing and car producers are becoming aware that they should focus on the electric cars sale, as they bring numerous advantages (instant acceleration, no gear shifting, more comfortable driving etc.)”, said Mr Prodanović.

He says that there’s a shortage of electric car chargers in Podgorica, which is the reason why the project of the installation of electric chargers was started six months ago.

“Currently, we own the only fast charger but, with time, that will change”, said Mr Prodanović.

Text by CDM on November 20, 2019, read more here

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20 Nov 2019, 13:29 PM
November 20, 2019 - By the removal of one of the remaining two large pine trees Pinus Pinea from the former garden of the Hotel "Mimoza" on the waterfront in Tivat, the destruction of this once valuable horticultural entity continued, which from the beginning follows the realization of the Mimoza Group project - construction of a condo-hotel with by the same name on the site of the first Tivat hotel. In addition to the outraged citizens, the drying and removal of the pine tree caused the reaction of the Municipality of Tivat, which seeks action by the competent inspection services.
 
The Municipality of Tivat condemns this way of treating natural values ​​and urges the competent institutions to sanction those responsible for the decay of one of the oldest and most beautiful trees in the city center of Tivat, says Tamara Furtula, the secretary of the Secretariat for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development.
 
Workers were using a crane to cut and remove a large pine tree that had completely dried up in recent months, after a Russian investor destroyed its root, digging land near a tree and building two floors of underground garages. After this, there is only one more large pine tree left in the eastern corner of this plot, but the citizens of Tivat suspect that it will soon be destroyed as its lower branches "enter" space where the second floor of the new hotel should be.
 
pine trees mimozaThe former Mimoza Hotel Garden, Photo by Sinisa Lukovic
 
Most of the herbs in the formerly luxurious park of the Mimoza Hotel have been cut since 2016 when the old Mimoza Hotel and a 4,600-square-foot plot of land were sold to a new owner, Mimoza Group, behind which stands Russian capital. They demolished the old hotel, which paid 6.5 million euros, and in its place, after changing the planning documents according to their wishes, began the construction of a new condominium hotel with the old name.
 
The Municipality of Tivat has repeatedly addressed the inspection bodies regarding the devastation of the green area on which the dried pine-tree is located, as it has been recognized through the spatial-planning and environmental documentation as a green area that needs to be preserved and upgrade. Specific protection of the trees at this location was to be ensured through compliance with the measures prescribed by the Environmental Impact Assessment Study, developed for the project of the new hotel, the Municipality of Tivat pointed out.
 
"For the construction of the Hotel Mimoza 5 *, an Environmental Impact Assessment Study was prepared and approved by the Agency for Nature and Environmental Protection, within which landscape taxation was carried out - a description of the vegetation at the subject site was given, and categorization of trees was performed. On this occasion, it was determined that the two largest pine trees with trunks over 1m in diameter, one of which has recently dried, fall into category A - high-quality trees (for conservation). Within the landscape taxation, the so-called "root protection zone," indicating how far the tree can be approached when excavating without the risk of root damage. Both imposing specimens of pine nuts by the Environmental Impact Assessment Lab are scheduled for on-site conservation," reads a statement sent by the municipal information service.
 
According to the Municipality of Tivat, the company "Mimoza Group" on October 8, 2019, addressed by letter to the Secretariat for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, stating that the pine tree had dried, that it was a danger to passersby and construction site workers. They asked for consent to remove that tree as soon as possible.
 
"The Secretariat for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development is not competent to issue the required permit, and given the severe damage to the landscape, ambient and horticultural values ​​of the city center, this authority has submitted a report to the Inspection Directorate - Department for Environmental Inspection. As the authority responsible for controlling whether the project developer implements the measures prescribed by the Environmental Impact Assessment Study to which the consent has been issued,  the Tivat Municipality explained.
 
The company "Mimoza Group" then again addressed the Municipality of Tivat with a letter informing about the removal of the dried pine tree, after which the Secretariat for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development back submitted a report to the Directorate for Inspection - Department for Environmental Inspection. The Secretariat also addressed the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism - Directorate for Inspection and Licensing, requesting an inspection of project documentation and control of activities carried out in the field.  The Municipality suspects that the area of ​​root protection was not respected during the execution of works, which led to root damage and subsequent drying of the tree.
 
"I expect the inspection authorities to take appropriate measures to punish those responsible for the immeasurable damage to the city. I declare that such a case of damage to natural values ​​will not go unpunished," said Secretary of the Secretariat for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, Tamara Furtula.
20 Nov 2019, 13:09 PM

The National Tourism Organization (NTO) presented Montenegro's tourism offer at the specialized IBTM congress industry fair in Barcelona, with an emphasis on congress tourism, which is important for extending the season.

The NTO said it is one of Europe's most important trade shows for the congress industry, business and motivational travel, bringing together 2.6 thousand exhibitors from 77 countries and over 2.7 thousand professionals in the field.

During the first day of the fair, representatives of the NTO presented Montenegro's offer for congress tourism.

"During the meetings with event organizers from the markets of Spain, Belgium, Germany, Russia, Poland, Great Britain, France, they informed them about the improved hotel capacities, better airline connectivity and the possibilities for organizing events offered by our country," the statement said.

The NTO said that Montenegro is a growing destination on the list of the most popular destinations for business tourism.

"From year to year, the demand is increasing, in accordance with numerous advantages, in the first place the opening of new four and five star hotels that have the necessary facilities and state-of-the-art equipment, Mediterranean climate, unusual nature, the possibilities for organizing unforgettable excursions, and the fact that it is located at about two hours' flight distance from most European centers," the statement added.

For Montenegro, the development of this type of tourism is especially important from the aspect of extending the season and creating a year-round tourist destination and generating higher revenues from tourism, given the fact that business trips are realized during the period outside the main tourist season, and that a tourist on a business trip consumes significantly more than the average tourist.

The NTO booth is represented by the Tourism Organization Budva, Montenegro Stars Hotel Group, Regent Porto Montenegro Hotels, The Chedi-Lustica Bay, MTS Montenegro Travel Agencies, Explorer, Intours DMC, Montenegro In Style and East West Voyage.

The IBTM Specialized Congress Industry Fair lasts till Thursday.

Text by MINA, on November 20th, 2019, read more at Boka News

20 Nov 2019, 13:04 PM

Beach “Galija”, located on St. Stefan in Budva and considered to be one of the most exclusive on the Montenegrin coast, has been hit for the second time in the last half-year by a severe weather storm, which has caused enormous damage.

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Damages is over € 100,000

“Galija's” executive director, Nikola Novakovic, said the damage was estimated at more than 100,000 euros. He added that many owners of beaches on the Montenegrin coast are in a similar situation.

"Most importantly, no one was hurt. We tried to save some of the inventory, but unfortunately, we failed. The damage is huge," Novakovic said.

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Devastated Beach bar

As he points out, this is the second time in the last six months that such an accident has hit them, and the fifth one in the last few years.

"The enormous amount of hard work and effort, as well as the huge financial resources that have been invested in making the beach one of the most elite, both in Budva and on the entire Montenegrin coast, has been destroyed. I hope that the Municipality of Budva and JP Morsko dobro will support us and that there is an emergency fund for situations, such as this one," Novakovic points out.

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New toilets destroyed

He adds that the damage will be repaired and that next season, their guests will be greeted as they are used to and how they deserve.

"It will take a long time for the damage caused to be adequately repaired and the beach returned to its original condition. We were unable to secure the inventory, because the insurance companies do not insure the facilities near the sea, and I hope that the state will support not only me but everyone who is affected by this storm, "he concludes.

Although the most popular beach in Budva is almost destroyed, Novakovic assures all fans of Galija who express their concern these days that they will do their best to enable them to enjoy this ambience next season with the same quality as before.

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"Galija" destroyed for the second time in the last half-year

Text by Promo, on November 20th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

19 Nov 2019, 11:36 AM
November 19, 2019 - Organized by the Creative Center Tivat, a dance therapy workshop "Flow through the unknown," using the Maria Fux method, will be held on Saturday, November 23 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the Josip Markovic Cultural Center in Donja Lastva, Tivat. After the last month's presentation, licensed dance therapist Milica N. Popović is coming back to meet the great interest of the participants to discover more on this method, which rests on the realization that authentic dance lives in all of us. We need to recognize and wake it up to live more in tune with ourselves and the world around us. 
 
"Marija Fux's method is based on the possibility of change, which provides a way out of the vicious circle of uneasiness and problems, through the gradual abandonment of rigidity, fear, and instability, regardless of one's psychophysical and social status," explains Milica N. Popovic. Milica, born in Belgrade, who has lived in Florence for two and a half decades, has been dancing for 15 years using this method. For the last three years, having earned the trust of her teachers, she has enjoyed the opportunity to share her dance with those interested wherever she is.
 
"The human body is naturally destined to move. Our skin, muscle, and bone structure are constantly inviting to dance, having a great capacity for expression and communication. When illness, trauma, depression, or loss of interest in the environment, a distance from the authenticity of our being, introduces us into the foggy spaces in which we do not feel enough alone, dance therapy through free movement can bring us dimensions of pleasure and balance. It enables us to express our abilities and reaffirm our identity," Milica points out.
 
"Over many years of endeavoring to understand, refine and deepen body language through personal transformation, I have traveled to many geographical places, communicated with people of different generations, and felt diverse human states conditioned by different cultural backgrounds, environmental reasons, and social starting points. Along the way, I tried to understand the common root that binds every human being to his or her ability to remove the external and internal barriers of any kind. It is undoubtedly a process and an endless journey. Still, I feel that it is grounded in secret and shared the desire of a person from any cultural circle to return to the "house of love," in which dance therapy gently and unobtrusively shows us the direction. I can say that for many years, I have been feeling like I am walking the world of a decorated body. I would love for you to experience that experience as well," Milica says, referring to Saturday's workshop.
 
radionica lastvaDance Workshop with Milica N. Popović, October 2019, Donja Lastva, Photo by Antonela Stjepcevic
 
Natasa Prorocic is one of the students who had the opportunity to dance with Milica in October and explains why she decides to continue exploring herself through dance therapy using the Marie Fux method.
 
"I would say that we are living in a challenging time, which brings with it many different possibilities, but also many challenges. The pace of life is much faster, and therefore much more stressful. Therefore, it is up to us to find a way to balance ourselves in the chaos around us. We have to find some of our inner peace, in a way that is close to us. Today, there is a wide range of techniques that work to bring back ourselves. And dance therapy is one of those techniques, whose presentation I had the opportunity to attend and to meet a wonderful person like Milica Popovic, who introduced us to this method," says Natasa. 
 
She speaks of his personal experience:
 
"I have to admit that before the dance therapy presentation, I didn't know what to expect. At the very beginning, I was in a spasm, like most of us who participated. It took me a while to relax and indulge. But when I allowed myself to indulge, it was as if I had been drawn into another dimension, different from our every day, which was very liberating. I have entered a natural state that is lost somewhere over time, but is actually deep inside us and is just waiting to be awakened. Personally, it seems to me that dance therapy has begun to imbue that primal, intuitive, strong female energy."
 
The presentation of dance therapy by the Marie Fux method, by which Milica honored the citizens of Tivat, lasted an hour. The dance workshop, which is announced for Saturday, will take a full three hours. Natasha looks forward to this because although the hour seemed long, she wanted the dance to continue to last as long as possible.
 
"I think the radio show, which will be held on November 23, will be more intense and will be able to provide us with more than what this method provides. An hour is short. I think the announced three hours is the optimal time to relax and enter that second state of consciousness and work through this method on our subconscious. I liked that we would hang out for three hours on this occasion, and I look forward to meeting you on Saturday," concludes Natasa Prorotic, one of about 20 students who have already had the opportunity to dance with Milica.
 
Registration for a dance therapy workshop is required. For more information and registration, interested can contact the organizer, Creative Center Tivat, by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone 069 713 315.
19 Nov 2019, 10:33 AM

In order to provide better service to citizens, “Parking Service Herceg Novi” has introduced the android application “EasyPark” which shows the locations where users of our services can park.

“EasyPark” is the European leader in the parking payment category with the “Find & Park” concept. In 2018, this app was used in 13 states, 1,200 cities in 20,000 locations. With “EasyPark”, you can pay for parking throughout Europe.

After installing the application at any location in the World, by selecting Montenegro, the user can see Herceg Novi with a map of parking places, as well as the price and time of operation.

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Parking HN

After simple registration - the user enters the mobile number and opens a simple guide with suggestions on the main functionalities and benefits for the user. By positioning the indicator at the desired location on the map or automatic location pointer at the parking location, the application opens essential city information - the parking zone and allows you to pay for parking in the same. Payment is possible with a credit card, which will make it easier to use, especially for foreigners.

From today also in Herceg Novi, the world's best parking app, “EasyPark”. The future of parking - lighter and nicer.

Text by Boka News, on November 18th, 2019, read more at Boka News

19 Nov 2019, 10:31 AM

The 55th anniversary of the Tivat Music School will be marked by a series of programs throughout the 2019/20 academic year.

The main celebration of this anniversary is a festive concert which will be held on Friday, November 22 at 8 pm in the school's concert hall. The concert, called "Music for the Birthday," was included in the November Days event, which commemorates November 21 - Tivat Municipality Day.

The concert, as announced yesterday by the director of the Tivat Music School, Professor Pina Bubanja, will be attended by representatives of the Municipality, Adriatic Marinas and Lustica Development, directors of public companies of the city, directors of music schools, students of the first generation of Tivat Music School from the 1964/65 school year and others.

Text by S.L. on November 19th 2019, read more at Boka News

19 Nov 2019, 08:42 AM

November 19, 2019 - Minister of Economy, Ms Dragica Sekulić, and minister of Energy and Water Management of Malta, Mr Joe Mizzi, put Mozura wind farm into operation. The wind farm’s capacity is46 MW and is worth €90 million. Ministers agreed that this act was a confirmation of stable cooperation between the two countries.

“The fact that mostly state-owned energy company, from the EU member state, has recognized the potential of this project is the best confirmation that we created a favorable environment. When prudent investors come to Montenegro, we don’t need another promotion”, said Ms Sekulić.

Her Maltese counterpart said that his Government “recognized energy sector as of key pillars of the economy”.

“Construction of this mega-project took three years. The project encompasses 8,5 km of newly-built roads. Challenges were numerous but we managed to overcome them all. This project brought our countries closer to one another”, said Mr Mizzi.

Both ministers pointed out the importance of the fact that this energy is green.

Montenegro’s minister said that Mozura confirmed that further development in green energy was possible and, in fact, more favorable.

 

“Mozura gives us cause for optimism. It is particularly important for Montenegro’s energy sector and economy in general that this project was completed shortly after its construction stagnated for several years thanks to Enemalte involvement”, said Ms Sekulić.

Ms Sekulić wished investors successful work and good wind.

Mozura wind farm is a production facility with 46 MW of production power capacity. It consists of 23 individual windmills (2 MW of power).

The investment was implemented by Enemalta, Maltese state company and Malta Montenegro wind Park company, headquartered in Malta.

The second-largest wind farm in Montenegro will produce 120 GWH of energy annually.

By virtue of the amendments to the regulation on ways of promoting renewable energy resources, the functioning of Mozura won’t affect electricity bills in Montenegro.

Text by CDM on November 18, 2019, read more here

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18 Nov 2019, 15:08 PM
November 18, 2019 -The typical and unrelenting atmosphere of heavy rain and southern wind of the Boka region was not an obstacle for the numerous audiences who traveled to Gornja Lastva to enjoy a multimedia program entitled "Boka - Area of Mysterious Beauty."  Cultural Heritage Organization Napredak Gornja Lastva organized the event to join in celebrating the November Days of the Municipality of Tivat.
 
Last night's heavy rain was an adequate overture to the screening of a short film by Kotor author Dušan Vuleković, entitled "Južina." By skillful combinations of scenes and sounds, with three protagonists, Vuleković was able to fully evoke the atmosphere of nature and the state of man faced with her relentlessness - characteristic melancholy of southern weather in the bay, from which neither the hills of Boka nor the man, is compelled to escape.
 
The melancholic poetics of Frano Alfirevic, a poet who, in the first half of the 20th century, sang nostalgically with his verses and prose about Boka southerners and the details of his life, was spoken about by professor of literature, Neven Stanicic:
 
"For Frano Alfirević, Boka is a place where nature speaks with primal power and primordial purity. The post-storm Boka is a place that brings us back to the first days of the world. The sea with him evokes respect and fear, the fear that man has just in confronting himself. And, as much as it is a commonplace - I never had any idea that we would experience the same sentence in the film - that it is challenging and inconvenient to encounter ourselves during the heavy rain, which here lasts for days."
 
Actress Dubravka Drakić presented Alfirević's prose and poems, followed by carefully selected tunes performed by our exceptional cellist, Maja Antić.
 
The smell of rain on Bokelian night was joined by the scent of Priganice prepared by housewives at the Ilija Marković Cultural Center in Gornja Lastva. With Rakijas enriched with Vrmac herbs and fruits, both locals and guests, last night, felt once again all the senses of Boka, the area of the mysterious beauty.
18 Nov 2019, 14:42 PM
November 18, 2019 - In cooperation with UNICEF, the Statistics Office - MONSTAT organized the regional conference in Tivat, presenting the key findings of the MICS Survey on Multiple Indicators of the Rights of Children and Families in Montenegro, conducted during 2018. It is the largest post-census survey, conducted with the support of UNICEF, every five years, to collect statistically reliable and internationally comparable data on a range of indicators in the areas of health, education, child protection, and HIV / AIDS.
 
The conference began with a screening of short animations on crucial findings of MICS research in Montenegro at the general population and the Roma settlements level, after which UNICEF Ambassador to Montenegro Ambassador Osama Makawi Kogali addressed the conference. Today's discussion was based on the presentation of data obtained in four areas: breastfeeding, early education, immunization, and violent disciplining of children. The results show that progress has been made in certain areas compared to the previous survey conducted in 2013, but also indicates fields where further efforts are needed. A particular problem, especially in the southern region, continues to be violence against children.
 
"The 2018 MICS survey shows no progress in terms of violence against children at home compared to five years ago. About two-thirds of children aged 1-14 are exposed to at least one form of psychological or physical punishment by their parents. This problem is even more pronounced in the southern region of Montenegro, where the percentage of children facing some form of violence is as high as 70 percent. These data tell us that we need to change the social norms of child-rearing and lower the threshold of tolerance for violent disciplining of children and all other forms of violence," said UNICEF Ambassador to Montenegro Osama Makawi Kogali.
 
Director of the Directorate for Statistics Gordana Radojevic presented the key findings of the research, which included extensive preparation and training for young researchers, which ensured that the data obtained were relevant and comparable to MIKS surveys conducted worldwide. Also, Montenegro now has a significant pool of young researchers who can deal with not only statistics but also analysis and research in general tomorrow," Radojevic said.
 
Key findings from MICS health research were presented by Dr. Senad Begić, Assistant Director of the Institute of Public Health, after which the audience was able to ask questions.
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