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16 Apr 2019, 13:08 PM

April 16, 2019 - A consortium made up of Adriatic Marinas - Porto Montenegro and Damen, a global-level company engaged in shipbuilding and super-yachts, is launching a program for recruiting candidates to shipbuilding and refitting yachts that will work in the shipyard in Bijela.

For the Days of Open Doors on April 17th in Bijela (Administrative Building of the Adriatic Shipyard Bijela, 10 am - 2 pm) and April 18 in Tivat (Building of the Army House, 3 pm-7 pm), all interested candidates will have the opportunity to meet the members of the management team, and discuss the company, its plans and employment opportunities. The candidates are expected to bring several copies of their business biographies.

Companies will recruit a wide range of skilled workers: yachting workers, mechanics, pipe workers, engine engineers, carpenters, maintenance engineers, doctors and transport specialists, supervisors (by disciplines), metal workers, but remain open and familiar candidates of other professional occupations.

We are looking for candidates who will share our passion and commitment to the exciting transformation of the former Adriatic Shipyard Bijela into a new service for the maintenance and repair of yachts and mega-yachts. First of all, we are looking for worthy people full of enthusiasm, who nurture the teamwork necessary for the shipyard to embark on a new, successful period of its existence. The willingness and ability to learn and the desire to achieve the highest in their profession are a vital part of this story because that is the essence of the success of the yachting industry, says HR Manager Porto Montenegro Sandra Kapičić.

Benefits for the economy of Montenegro will be significant, as it is expected that more than 300 people will be re-employed in the shipbuilding industry. Bijela, that is, Herceg Novi and Boka Kotorska, are the historical position of this industrial sector in Montenegro, and with this project, the region will again provide recognised services of this kind to the entire Mediterranean maritime market.

The consortium is working on recruiting the initial workforce to participate in the planning and transformation of the Bijela shipbuilding facility into a new refurbishment facility, and for the possible early start of preliminary operations - the provision of certain shipyard services on the current west wing of the shipyard, while the restoration of points and yachts in the eastern part.

15 Apr 2019, 23:41 PM

15 April 2019 - Prime Minister Duško Marković delivered keys to ten new flats to healthcare workers built by the Government of Montenegro, the Capital City of Podgorica and the Housing Cooperative of Health Workers of Montenegro "Healthcare".

"There are 27 flats here, and 63 flats were provided to health workers in Nikšić in late 2018. We have reason to be pleased to say that, apart from working on the quality of health services, we also make efforts to advance the living standards of those who provide healthcare services to our citizens. I want to congratulate the Housing Cooperative "Healthcare" on these activities. I got information about how many flats were assigned to workers across Montenegro. This is a truly impressive result, favourable prices of apartments with privileged conditions for their redemption," said the Prime Minister.

He added that in the past two years the Government has allocated to this housing cooperative unit more than 750.000 EUR to build flats for health workers and that it will continue with these activities. He added that the Capital City of Podgorica played an important role in this project worth about 3,5 million EUR, by investing more than 550.000 EUR.

"We see that besides serious problems that we have in society - low living standards of employees in healthcare and in education and in other sectors - the Government works intensively to improve their working conditions not only through procurement of equipment, but also by improving the conditions of work in health institutions in Montenegro, quality of life of employees in the health system. We will continue to work in such a way. I believe that the results of the Government's policy in terms of social growth, stabilisation of public finances, which should be finalised under the Stabilisation Finance Programmme at the end of this year, give the opportunity to talk about higher wages in health and education, and in other sectors. Therefore, I ask healthcare and education workers to understand the general social environment and the Government's efforts to improve this environment in order to enter the next, very important phase for healthcare and education employees in terms of increasing their wages. I believe that the end of this year and the beginning of 2020 is a good time for this new policy that will be promoted by the Government of Montenegro," Prime Minister Duško Marković highlighted.

Government Delivers Keys to Ten New Homes for Healthcare Workers

Minister of Health Kenan Hrapović said that in this way the Government has allocated 1,8 million EUR in three years in order to enable health employees to solve their housing issues under favourable conditions.

"It is the responsible attitude of the Government and the Ministry of Health," said Minister Hrapović, adding that in this way, 322 employees in the healthcare system will resolve the housing issue.

"It is 54 flats per year, it proves that the Government really takes care of employees in the healthcare system," he underscored, noting that negotiations with trade unions in other cities and with local administrations are underway.

Director of the Housing Cooperative of Health Workers of Montenegro "Healthcare" Vladimir Pavićević thanked the Prime Minister and the Health Minister for supporting the Housing Cooperative "Healthcare".

"The Housing Cooperative solves this problem for employees of the Clinical Centre of Montenegro, Health Centre Podgorica, the Institute for Public Health, Blood Transfusion Institute, Emergency Medical Assistance Office, Montefarm, Health Fund and the Ministry of Health, which makes almost 4,000 employees. We are hopeful that we will continue to enjoy support from the Government and the Capital City," he underlined. He added that the structure of those who resolved the housing issue in this way is equal to the structure of the employees in the healthcare system.

15 Apr 2019, 15:48 PM

On the 12th of April, the Center for Security, Sociological and Criminal Investigations of Montenegro Defendology, within which operates the Day Center for Children and Families with the same title, marked the International Children's Day at the city square in Niksic. The children of RE population carried banners with the inscriptions "The Street Is Not My Home", “Give less and do more”, "Do Not Close Your Eyes in front of Children Begging", "We Have the Right To Play", to draw attention to the problem of begging while the elders paid attention to the vulnerability of giving money to children and the need to better understand the phenomenon of begging in order to donate food and clothes instead of money.

"Defendology Daily Center is the only daily center in Montenegro that directly deals with working with children from the street. This day is a good opportunity for citizens of Niksic and others to point out that children should not be given money but that systematic approaches can affect the fact that begging will come to an end by donating food to children instead of money," said Jelena Milic, coordinator in the Defendology center.

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The Center has been doing the activities "The street is not my home" and "Give less and do more" to show the public the difficulties of the work and the lives of the children on the street.

"Children on the street are often legally invisible, experiencing various forms of violence. The most common exploiters are their parents, and research has shown that most commonly boys are forced to beg, although there is also a certain number of girls. What sets us out of our practical work is that children on the street experience insults, maltreatment, and even cases of sexual abuse," Milic said.

Since the establishment of the Defendology Center, 338 children have passed through it, who have different behavioral problems, and among them about 25 children who have been or are still engaged in begging, and over 70 parents.

"There have been a lot of cases that children are being taken off from the street, but that does not mean that the problem is solved because the next day you have a new child on the street. Therefore, for these categories it is said that children are beggars and are at risk of becoming children from the street. Such centers would be necessary for many municipalities in Montenegro because begging is a major problem in all of the country," Milic said.

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There were also children from JPU "Dragan Kovačević" at the square and they all walked to the building of the Municipality where they spoke with the Deputy Mayor of the Municipality, Sonja Nikcevic and Secretary of the Secretariat for Sport, Culture, Youth and Social Welfare, Milan Korac about the work of Defendology Center and its positioning in the local community.

The International Children's Day has been celebrated since 2011 in over 130 countries.

Text by Svetlana Mandic, on April 12th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

15 Apr 2019, 15:43 PM

Adopting the law on the life partnership for persons of the same gender will be a key moment in the lives of LGBT people, which will show that the deputies are concerned for all the citizens despite their differences, it was said by the Director for Promotion and Protection of Human Rights Juventas, Jelena Colakovic.

"Why do I say the key moment? Because the same-gender communities are a reality which is only necessary for the state, or legislator, to legally determine so that the community and the people of the same sex have the rights of heterosexual couples in extramarital or marital communities," explained Colakovic.

As she said, in the current situation there is a gray zone that is susceptible to discrimination and violence.

"In this case, with the rights that the LGBT people will receive through this law the gray zone will be regulated. In that case, we have individuals who have higher quality lives, are more satisfied and contribute to their community and to their future," said Colakovic.

Specifically, she added, adopting the law would, among other things, also entitle the right to inheritance.

"For example, a couple who lived and created a life together for a long time would not be in a situation where, if something happens to one of them, the other could not inherit the property, i.e., what they acquired and what they built over time," said Colakovic.

According to her, everyone is trying to create something in the communities that is important and what they will use in the future.

"So also, the people who are in the same-gender communities want security. We know that when someone close to us, for example, a partner is in an intensive care, not everyone can enter to see him, but only family," said Colakovic.

As she said, they want the law to provide basic things, which is primarily just living their lives.

"Someone will think of this as something special, and in reality, it is only the life itself and only what everyone should have, regardless of what their sexual orientation and gender identity is," said Colakovic.

On the other hand, the state would get happy individuals.

"We know that happy individuals make a more satisfied society and we hope that with this message of taking care of all its citizens, not only by the state, but also by the deputies in parliament, to show concern for the citizens regardless of their differences," said Colakovic.

She added that everyone, both those who bring and those who enforce laws, will be somewhat more responsible towards LGBT people.

As she said, they would be more responsible in the context of their lives, "and it seems to me that this will also affect those citizens themselves."

"They will see that someone really takes care of them and that the negative things they are exposed to are slowly diminishing or trying to be fixed by implementing a legal solution that will in any case improve the quality of their lives," says Colakovic.

She told the decision makers that the key thing is to take care of all the citizens, regardless of what their diversity is.

"The fact is that Montenegro needs more satisfied people, and if you show that you worry about them, I think you will have citizens who will be grateful to you," said Colakovic.

The text was written in co-operation with the non-governmental organization "35mm" within the project Engaging content, in order to promote different experiences and attitudes through media content. The project is part of the Balkan Media Assistance Program, supported by USAID, implemented by Internews. Content is the exclusive responsibility of the agency MINA. Text can be downloaded and published without restriction, with mandatory source references.

Text by MINA News, on April 14th, 2019, read more at Vijesti

15 Apr 2019, 15:42 PM

NGO activists from the "Ecologic Movement Donja Bukovica" and villagers who gravitate to this river on Durmitor organized an action to clean part of its bed about two kilometers long.

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This is another one in a series of actions that, apart from ecological character, are aimed at fighting the construction of two mini-hydropower plants. Meanwhile, it also stands as a commitment to put the river Bukovica under protection, which is famous for its drinking water and peat trout, says in the NGO "Ecological Movement Donja Bukovica".

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"By organizing this action, we once again wanted to show that we are still here, along with our river, and that we will fight for its protection till the end. This is only the first in a series of actions we have planned for this spring and summer," said the NGO "Ecologic Movement Donja Bukovica" and stressed that during the Labor Day holidays they will organize a protest against the planned construction of the small hydropower plants on this river.

Text by Obrad Pjesivac, on April 14th 2019, read more at Vijesti

15 Apr 2019, 13:16 PM

April 15, 2019 - The Bay of Tivat was good for the final day of the 44Cup Porto Montenegro with three races held and the most worthy winner in Igor Lah's Team CEEREF. The Slovenian team led this first event of the 2019 44 Cup from the outset. Today, neither they nor Vladimir Prosikhin's team Nika won a race, but showed impeccable consistency, both enjoying a trio of podium place results, elevating team Nika from fourth to second overall.

Today's opening race went underway in light conditions, but eminently easy to race by the nimble RC44s. In this, Chris Bake's Aqua was winning and then team CEEREF ultimately finished ten boatlengths ahead.

"We missed doing another two of those," said Chris Bake. "It was a little shifty, but the boat was set up well. A big rotation of team members required work this week, but they seemed to be doing pretty well. The venue is magnificent - phenomenal infrastructure-wise."

On Thursday, Kirill Frolov on Bronenosec Sailing should have won the first race, holding a massive lead until their spinnaker exploded. The St Petersburg Yacht Club team made up for this in today's second race. After a giant split left and right up, they chose the favoured left and followed team CEEREF at the top mark. Then John Bassadone's Peninsula Petroleum took the right side of the run to claim the lead. Finally on the next upwind Bronenosec edged ahead, led at the top mark and on to the finish.

"If you are not in the hunt you can sail a freer race and everyone else isn't so worried about you," said tactician Cameron Dunn. "Overall we sailed our best day of the regatta. We felt like we made some nice improvements to our speed and generally got off the start line better."

It was the turn of Hugues Lepic's Aleph Racing to win the third and what turned out to be the final race, held on a new axis course, the wind having veered to the west. In what tactician Michele Ivaldi admitted was their first good start of the week, the French RC44 won the pin but then tacked over to cross the fleet. They benefitted on the right side of the course to lead at the top mark. From there the French RC44 was never challenged.

"It was great day but it was hard all the way through - that is what is so great about this class," said Lepic. "For us it was great to be able to finish on a high. The team now is stable and very high quality and we are very pleased about our manoeuvres. We hope to get some better positions over the course of this season."

Team CEEREF's victory at the 44Cup Porto Montenegro was by seven points from second placed Team Nika, in turn two ahead of Team Aqua, with Peninsula Petroleum relegated to fourth after a disappointing final race. Incredible, even though Lah's team won the seasons in both 2016 and 2017 and came close last year, the 44Cup Porto Montenegro is their first event win since the World Championship in Sotogrande three years ago.

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However Lah was most proud to have won with his son Tine on board. "I feel proud that he's sailed his first regatta and won it," he said. "We had great starts. Everything was in place like it should be, and the teamwork was okay, especially since we only had one day of practice. I was really surprised, because I had a feeling we weren't going to race at all and then we got in nine races – Montenegro has been brilliant."

Team CEEREF's British tactician Adrian Stead added: "We said today 'no matter how many races we have, just try and keep your nose clean and sail your own races'. But there were moments in all three races.

Igor's concentration - particularly in the tight stuff, when he needed to put a tight leebow on someone or to tack in front of someone, was very good at executing it. Plus we didn't have a bad start all week. I am really pleased with how the team is, given we have three new people.

Having Tine sailing with us is excellent. He is not very experienced, so it really made us think about our manoeuvres. By coaching him it makes you do your things in a slightly different way."

While the racing is over, tomorrow a Pro-Am race will be sailed on a long distance coastal course, the nine RC44 sailing more guests on board than usual.

From Montenegro, the RC44s head up the Adriatic to Rovinj, Croatia for their second event of the season, the Adris 44Cup over 29 May to 2 June.

15 Apr 2019, 12:52 PM

Between 1.300 and 1.400 Montenegrin students live abroad, and most of them are in the faculties of economics, management and business, architecture and political sciences.

Most young people from Montenegro are studying in Italy, then Turkey which is increasingly popular, followed by Austria, Slovenia and Russia.

"We can find our students around the world, on all continents, except Africa and Antarctica. Because of the proximity between the states, the number of scholarships and finances Europe is the foremost destination. Most of them are in Italy, and in recent years Turkey has been the main candidate to take over the first position as a destination for studying," said Vildan Ramusovic, President of the Organization of Montenegrin Foreign Students' Organization (OCSI).

This organization founded eight years ago has over 350 registered members and most of its representatives are in Italy in seven cities - Rome, Milan, Trieste, Bologna, Bari, Turin and Padua.

Connecting students around the world for eight years

Ramusovic explains that OSCI, as a non-political, non-profit and non-governmental organization, brings together students at regular studies abroad, exchange programs for a year, as well as students in the following year after graduation (Alumni). Apart from students, target groups are high school students, as well as representatives of Montenegrin academic, artistic, diplomatic and entrepreneurial Diasporas.

"OCSI was founded on the initiative of five perspective young people who have been conducting regular studies abroad - Aleksandar Jacimovic, Bojana Minic, Fedja Pavlović, Milena Stankovic and Tonja Ratic. The main goal of the organization is to establish a platform for efficient and effective cooperation among Montenegrin students in the aim of stimulating professional, scientific and other types of cooperation," explains Ramusovic.

Among the activities of the OSCI, he says, are the formation of Montenegrin students in foreign universities and the establishment of cooperation among them, cooperation with young professionals from Montenegro, promotion of the state and its natural and cultural heritage, and support to Montenegrin high school students in the choice of future education.

"I must point out that all the members of the OSCI Managing Board accepted their obligations without financial compensation, all because of the desire to create a strong network of people abroad who will be of help to future generations. However, money is needed for these projects. In one-part, certain alumni members who are already working abroad help financially, but this is not enough".

Ramusovic was elected President of the OSCI Assembly at the end of last year, and his main task is to lead the global Alumni network and to coordinate the network of local branches and organize the summer and winter assembly:

"Of course, besides this, I want to contribute with my work in all areas of the organization. Together with my colleagues, I try to create a strong network of people abroad who would further help our citizens on their way to achieving their goals.

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Ramusovic was elected president of the OCSI Assembly as a student in Slovenia and a representative in Maribor, who was elected at the end of last year. "Since I knew a lot of our students here, and at the suggestion of an old representative of Montenegrin students Ivana Picuric in Maribor, I was chosen for the new one. Already then, I joined the Organization of Montenegrin students abroad. The first task, together with colleagues from Ljubljana and Kopar, was the organization of the event "Montenegrin Embassies Open House" at the Montenegrin Embassy in Slovenia," said Ramusovic. He says he subsequently applied for the OCSI Presidential Competition, and after two weeks of elections and digital voting he was elected for that year. It is perfect to be a student in Slovenia


Ramusović, although at the master studies in Podgorica where he still has to pass his master thesis, enrolled another master last year at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Transportation and Architecture in Maribor.

He decided to study in Slovenia primarily for the bilateral agreement between them and our country.

"If you enroll, your education is free. Otherwise, one year costs 3.500 euros. In addition, it is possible to study and work here.

The program is designed in a way that you are greatly prepared for future work after college. Recently, on one subject we had contact directly with the investor. All of us, who received tens of dollars (among the top nine groups, two were Montenegrin) were rewarded by the investor.

In addition, he has funded the best publications. During that process, I saw a document regarding the preservation of intellectual property for the first time. The Faculty thus protected its students from misusing the idea and the project itself. In Montenegro, I did not have the opportunity to see such things," says Ramusovic.

"Architects in Montenegro have come to a very bad position, at least those who keep up to their profession and the basic postulates of architecture," Ramusovic says. He argues that it "is perfect to be a student in Slovenia because of all the comforts offered by that republic".

"Every working day, one meal is subsidized, so for two to three euros, you can get soup, a main course, salad and fruit. There are no canteens in Maribor, and everything is at restaurants. For each type of food, we have a discount — both in the city and the whole country. Visits to cinemas, theaters, museums are also subsidized. On specific dates, some are even completely free of charge.

Ramusovic says he has mastered the Slovenian language a lot in one pub where he works in the afternoon. Even though he passes the mornings at the faculty and afternoons at work, he still has time to socialize. "The students from Montenegro meet regularly. At least once a week," he says. Ramusovic will be in the Gran Canary Islands in Spain for several months because he has been awarded with the Erasmus scholarship to spend one part of the education there.

Although he misses Montenegro a lot, he does not exclude the possibility that after his master's thesis he can work in Slovenia.

"Maybe I'm going to start my work here and perhaps pursue doctoral studies in another country. What I am confident of is that with the help of my profession I want to help my homeland. Often those of us in foreign countries say that knowledge and money acquired abroad we want to return to Montenegro. Perhaps a bit selfish from the countries we study in, but we do it for the benefit of future generations in Montenegro. We want to contribute to the system being such that a student wants to stay in his state where he will be given everything – a comprehensive education and a perfect job to be paid according to his merits," Ramusovic says.

Student life in various countries in seven days

OSCI is currently working on two projects, "Me Studying Abroad" and "Outside the Amphitheater", led by students Kristina Djendjinovic and Nikolina Cabarkapa. "The aim of the project 'Me Studying Abroad' is that the Montenegrin students who are abroad tell us their story, show the city they live in, faculties, presentations, festivals, concerts, performances, nightlife, as well as the library, cafeteria, road from homes to faculties, well-known and less well-known places, how they learn, how to spend time, all through photos, Instagram stories and announcements. All this with the help of our official Instagram page. The student who gets the opportunity to participate in the project has seven days to present the above mentioned. With the project "Outside the Amphitheater" we present our members (CSI athletes and artists) whose amphitheaters are podiums, terrains, ateliers and winning podiums. We write about their dreams, notes, balls, cups and medals, black belts, tears and smiles," says Ramusovic.  

He explains that he is officially working on two other projects, among others, the "Summer Assembly 2019", which is written and for which they are currently seeking funding.

Many doors are open to award-winning students

Ramusovic, together with two fellow students, won the competition for the interior design of a famous hairdresser brand in Ljubljana, and this project has already opened many doors and introduced them to the world of the profession in Slovenia.

"Immediately afterwards, for the same investor, we got to do two more projects. The final project whose performance is underway is the "Cut & Art & Wine" project. Throughout the day, the building serves as a barber shop, and in the afternoon it becomes an art shop and a place where the best Slovenian wines are tasted. The task was extremely unusual, but also very difficult because we had to merge activities that otherwise are not functioning together. The competition was preceded by many types of research and detailed analyzes. All furniture is unique, that is the product of our design," says Ramusovic.

Text by Ana Komatina, on April 14th 2019, read more at Vijesti

15 Apr 2019, 12:45 PM

April 15, 2019 - The Organizing Committee of the Civic Movement #ODUPRISE last weekend organized a tour of 11 Montenegrin cities to spread the idea of the movement in direct conversation with citizens and mobilize them to join the movement in designing and conducting actions aimed at overthrowing Milo Djukanovic's regime.

The caravan visited Kolasin, Mojkovac, Bijelo Polje, Pljevlja, Žabljak, and Savnik on Saturday and Sunday and organised gatherings in the cities of Budva, Tivat, Herceg Novi, Kotor, and Cetinje.
 

#ODUPRISE Kolašin

 
Representatives of the Citizens' Movement started the caravan in northern Montenegro by visiting Kolasin, where they talked about the future actions with gathered citizens in the city square. 
 
Representatives of this movement announced more frequent actions in Montenegrin cities.
 
"We are continuing the path we have set for the liberation of this country and the regime's fall and the construction of a better future for all of us. The Odupri Se organization will continue to act more and more because we want constant pressure on the authorities and institutions that do not do their job. We will bring them to the point of having to turn against those who hold the shackles in their hands or will resign," said Nikola Grdinić of the organizational board of the #ODUPRISE movement.
 
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#ODUPRISE Mojkovac

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#ODUPRISE Bijelo Polje

 
Speaking on behalf of young people, a student of the Faculty of Political Science Amar Sadikovic said that no country acts against itself as Montenegro, which "does what it does best."
 
"This power is even taking electricity of the citizens for Dukanovic's family. It is our country. They steal and take our steam. The electricity bill has two items that are in contradiction to the Constitution, law and international law. They only serve Blažo and Milo Djukanovic," Sadikovic said.
 
Branka Mrdak said she had watched various troubles, opportunities, and troubles, but wants to talk about what is currently happening to educators.
"We are not giving education to our children, and our institutions have lost their primary educational impact since this is peer violence, so we do not deal with it," Mrdak said.
 
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#ODUPRISE Pljevlja

 
"Citizens have finally woke up, like the youth of Montenegro, so that this evil will finally end, because we are a state, and we are young people ready to fight for freedom, justice, and truth," said Milovan Markovic from Podgorica, one of the organizers of the caravan at a protest at Pljevlja.
 
Luka Jovanovic said the Montenegrin youth does not agree with bending the spine in front of fraudsters, villains, and thieves.
 
"Love of Montenegro is measured with the will and the strength to rid this corrupt companion," Jankovic said.
 
Mirsad Kurgaš called on citizens to actively engage in designing requests and actions to root the changes in the system.
 
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#ODUPRISE Žabljak

 
"We came to meet and to jointly make new actions in every form against this plague that has been eating us for years," said Nikola Grdinić, a member of the organizing team of "Odupri Se  97,000" at the gathering in Zabljak.
 
Dragan Sošić said the goal was to link, exchange views and agree on future actions.
 
"First of all, I congratulate you on the defense of the lake. We, free Montenegrin citizens, defend every square of this country from the criminals who have been usurping for 30 years so that we can do it only together, regardless of party affiliation," Sošić said.
 
A citizen activist from Žabljak, Aleksandar Dragićević thanked the representatives of the organizers that came to Žabljak.
 
"From the beginning, I have been with the movement "Odupri Se" as someone who supports all possible civil issues when it comes to anything, especially about overthrowing this malevolent government," Dragićević said.
 
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#ODUPRISE Šavnik

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#ODUPRISE Budva

 
The Sunday Caravan Movement started from Podgorica, and the first station in the southern region was Budva.
 
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#ODUPRISE Tivat

 
Mirsad Kurgaš of the Organizational Committee of the Movement said that citizens would quickly go "without those who brought us into this black, destroying the state and industry, factories and hotels."
 
"The only thing left by this company is our nature- our sea, the rivers, the lakes, the forests, but they are on the path to destroy it. The only way we can prevent them is to take them from power and send them to a deserved place - in Spuž," said Kurgaš. He called on citizens of Tivat to join them, not to look just behind the windows "because it is not just our struggle but the struggle of all of us."
 
On behalf of his family, whose 11 members attended the gathering, the Organizations of the National Liberation Army fighters Tivat and Matica Boke, the meeting was welcomed by Mato Brguljan.
 
"My satisfaction is that here are my sons and their children, from the youngest one who has one year to me who is 71 years old. It is just the beginning, And this is the only way to overcome this power," Brguljan said.
 
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#ODUPRISE Kotor 

 
The Sunday protest gathering in Kotor followed the local protest against the SDP initiative for dismissing Mayor Vladimir Jokić.
 
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#ODUPRISE Herceg Novi

 
"Herceg Novi is one of the few free towns in Montenegro, so we came here to take part of that positive energy and share it with everyone in Montenegro," said the "Odupri Se - 97,000" movement organized on the main city square.
 
Members of the Organizing Committee of Civil Protests, Nikola Grdinić, Dragan Sošić, Mirsad Kurgaš, Vladan Šćepanović and Danijela Đurović (SNP) from Herceg Novi spoke.
 
According to the organizer's words, a civil protest could soon be reported by the traffic blockade, the blockade of the instructors and the system.
It was stated that from the lousy privatization of Herceg Novi there are many, the Igalo Institute should now be defended.
 
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#ODUPRISE Cetinje

 The weekend caravan ended its journey around Montenegro by organizing the meeting in Cetinje.
 
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#ODUPRISE representatives today in the meeting with opposition parties

 
A new session of representatives of the parliamentary opposition and the civic movement "Odupri Se" will be held in Niksic at 15.00 today.
 
The host of the meeting will be the Social Democratic Party, the party said.
15 Apr 2019, 10:31 AM

April 15, 2019 - Montenegro marks 40 years since the most devastating earthquake, which, in 1979, hit our country. The earthquake caused catastrophic devastation across the entire Montenegrin coast, over 100 kilometers long, the consequences of which in some areas can still be recognized today.

The earthquake on 15 April 1979 at 7:19 am, with a Richter magnitude of 7.0, caused catastrophic destruction shocking the whole Montenegrin coastal area by the intensity of IX degree Mercalli scale. The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Adriatic Sea, between Ulcinj and Bar, 15 km from the coast. This earthquake took 101 lives in Montenegro and 35 in Albania. Several towns were destroyed, namely Ulcinj, Bar, Petrovac, Budva, Tivat, Kotor, Risan, and Herceg Novi, as well as 250 villages. By the end of 1979, 90 strong earthquakes were recorded with Richter magnitude 4.0 or higher, over 100 earthquakes with Richter magnitude 3.5 - 4.0 and nearly 10,000 weak shakes.
 
The consequences of the earthquake, which lasted only ten seconds, were more than catastrophic. About 100,000 people were left without a roof over their heads. Ulcinj, Bar, Petrovac, Budva, Tivat, Kotor, Risan, and Herceg Novi saw most of the modern hotel facilities destroyed, with 53 health facilities damaged, 570 social and child protection facilities, and 240 schools.
 
Most of the cultural and historical monuments were damaged, and about 350 kilometers of highways and 200 kilometers of regional roads were destroyed.
 
The damage was estimated at over $4.5 billion. But, in the words of the witness, the earthquake in 1979 will be remembered, above all, by despair and solidarity. Assistance to the people of Montenegro came from all the republics of the former Yugoslavia, whose employees in the next decade allocated one percent of their income to help Montenegro.
 
During the 20th Century, the seismic activity on the Montenegro territory and its surroundings were characterized by intense seismicity. Several thousand strong and powerful earthquakes occurred in this region during that period. Some of them were recognized as destructive and catastrophic ones. The numerous old archives describe the broader Balkan region and Montenegrin coastal area as a territory with a high level of seismic risk. Montenegro's coastal zone is characterized by much higher seismic hazard than the inland region, not only of Montenegro but also of the broader surrounding. It is essential to emphasize the seismic zones of Ulcinj, Budva, Boka Bay and Skadar Lake (13 June 1563 - Boka Bay, 25 July 1608 - Boka Bay, 15 April 1979 - the Adriatic Sea, 24 May 1979 - Adriatic Sea).
 
Forty years since the tremendous natural disaster will be marked with different events in all coastal towns of Montenegro- Herceg Novi, Kotor, Tivat, Budva, Bar and Ulcinj.
15 Apr 2019, 09:39 AM

April 15, 2019 - Several hundred citizens gathered on Sunday, 14 April in the Arms Square in Kotor at a protest gathering "Who is handing over Kotor?. The protest is against the shift of Mayor Vladimir Jokic (Democrats). They called on the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to give up its initiative for his resignation until the creation of conditions for fair and free elections.

With harsh disapproval and whistles on each mention of the party and its members, demonstrators have called on the SDP to fulfill its obligations in the ruling coalition with the Democrats, the DF, the URA, and the SNP. Protestors called SDP constituents to cease to sabotage the work of the majority in the local parliament, which Ranko Krivokapić's party has been doing for months now.

Otherwise, as heard at the meeting, the citizens of Kotor and the rest of the local governmental councilors believe that the SDP opened a coalition with the opposition DPS, SD, and HGI in that city and thus overlapped the electoral will of citizens from the last local elections in 2016. Acting this way, SDP also fails its signature on the recently-concluded Future Agreement with the rest of the opposition and organizers of civil protests #ODUPRISE.

SDP had formally launched the Jokić dismissal initiative ten days ago, accusing him of being autocratic, failing to meet strategic development plans and causing damage to Kotor. Their effort was supported by the DPS, SD and HGI delegates, and a session of the Assembly that is scheduled for their request, which will address the issue of trust to the Mayor, is scheduled for 24 April.

kotor protest vladoMayor of Kotor, Vladimir Jokic and the president of Democrats, Aleksa Becic, Photo by Sinisa Lukovic

An informal group of citizens organized Sunday's protest against the intentions of SDP, DPS, SD, and HGI to rid Jokić, and support was provided by numerous activists of the movement "97,000 - Odupri Se".

The leader of Democrats, Aleksa Becic and the party functionaries Boris Bogdanovic and Danilo Saranovic, President od Crnogorska Vladimir Pavićević, mayor of Herceg Novi Stevan Katić (Democrats), Deputy Prime Minister of Kotor, Mišo Samardžić (PzP), President of Kotor Parliament and President DSS Dragica Perovic and numerous civic and NGO activists attended the protest. There were also members of the SNP headed by the former delegation of that party at the Montenegrin Assembly Snežana Jonica.

Among the citizens of the Arms Square were some of the members and functionaries of the Kotor SDP: Mladen Lučić, the current director of the Utility Company, the president of the Women's Forum SDP Kotor Jelena Milić, vice-president of the Women's Forum SDP Kotor Danijela Vidović.

Speaking to the gathering, Perovic said that the session of the local parliament on April 24 will not be the Assembly for which they voted and who expressed the will of the citizens from October 2016, for which the attendees invited them to the square to declare whether they are for or against the shifts Mayor of Jokic.

"I find that the proposal for the dissolution of the President of the Municipality of Kotor has been strongly rejected," Perovic said following the crowds presenting support for Jokić and the rejection of the SDP initiative.

kotor protest dragicaThe president of the Assembly of Kotor, Dragica Perovic, Photo by Sinisa Lukovic

"All of your efforts to end the election of thefts, intimidation, pressures, and political corruption, have resulted in the withdrawal from the Montenegrin regime in Kotor. Who is trying to bring that cremated ghost back to the political scene? Who wants to go to Kotor? Is our memory so short that we have forgotten everything they did - all the damage, all the lawlessness, the devastation of our environment and our lives, and which individuals are trying to rehabilitate in the last half of the year?"Perovic said, pointing out that "the time of the carnival has passed, so the political masks in Kotor should drop."

"The obsession that has been following us for the last thirty years is a great burden for each of us, especially for our children, our youth that is happy, prosperous, and humane," said Milica Ilic, one of the organizers of the civil protest.

"I sincerely believe in the love and dedication of Vladimir Jokic to Kotor. That's why I'm here today. I want to save the forces, the will, and the character of Kotor, a bastion of freedom, for our children and us," she said.

Dr. Goran Jovanovic (Timur Tmurni), Deputy of Democrats in the Assembly of Kotor, poet, satirist, and musician reminded that citizens of Kotor recently burned this year's carnival Tranjo Djudice Montanaro, who alluded to the leader of SDP Ranko Krivokapić.

"In this kind of Montenegro, politics is reduced to infinite obstructions, raids, blackmails, attempts to take you back to the barracks; to be with them in the same mud. They are constantly knocking on their chests, calling for everlasting consistency, repeated phrases that differ from promises and acts, and support the survival of collective amnesia and collective madness," Jovanovic said, and added that "the biggest devastator of Kotor's mafia and thug regime Don Milo Corleone Djukanovic, his satellites and partners in holding a thief bag."

"Some still keep the sack, and some have kept it for a while, so maybe again," said Jovanovic, adding that "Kotor is undone and wounded, abandoned by many worthy and disappointed, but still has the power to resist and will resist."

Source: Sinisa Lukovic/ Boka News

15 Apr 2019, 09:41 AM

The company "Zain Property Development" from Oman will soon begin construction of a diplomatic residence in Podgorica in Zagoric, and a Montenegrin company will build the villas, confirmed "Vijesti".

"Zain Property Development" will soon sign a contract with Montenegrin contractors, but they did not want to reveal which Montenegrin company would build luxurious villas in the area of the former barracks in Zagoric.

The project is worth six million euros, and will be officially presented to the Montenegrin public next week.

The project in Podgorica is a "test of the European market", says the Oman company.

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"Zain Property Development" has already implemented several similar projects in Oman, and they are registered in Montenegro since 2016.

"Zain", a company owned by the family Moos Al Raisi from Oman, bought the land of 9,696 square feet in Zagoric for 752,201 euros in April 2017.


They received the consent of the chief architect Dusan Vuksanovic for the conceptual solution of the complex (residential building, squares, etc.), which was made by Studio Synthesis architecture & design from Podgorica.

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Representatives of the company asked the Agency for the Construction and Development of Podgorica to calculate a fee for utility installations of the land for the construction of the complex in Zagoric.

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At its session on December 29th in 2016, the Government approved the sale of land in Zagoric.

"In response to the request, the Ministry of Finance initiated the procedure of sale of immovable property in the ownership of the state of Montenegro, i.e. part of the urban plots, and, after obtaining the consent by the Government, in accordance with the regular legal procedure, issued a public invitation to participate in public tenders for the sale of immovable property owned by the state of Montenegro, with a total area of 9,696 square meters, estimated at EUR 77.58 per square meter," the Ministry of Finance said earlier. 

The executive director of the company, according to the Central Register of Business Entities, is Milos Milosevic, and founders are members of the family Al Raisi with 49 percent by Moos Mohamed Abdullah Moos, and 51 percent by Mish 'Al Mohamed Abdullah Moos. The headquarters are on Tuski put in Podgorica.

Text by Borko Zdero, on April 12th 2019, read more at Vijesti

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