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10 Sep 2020, 14:42 PM

September 10, 2020 - Montenegro urgently needs a modern fishing port, according to the Institute of Marine Biology (IBMK) Director, Dr. Aleksandar Joksimović. He emphasizes that Montenegro's current situation is such that our fishermen, unfortunately, do not have fishing ports specifically for their use, but use berths in other ports or marinas along the coast.

Joksimović highlighted that the public debate on the construction of a port on Rt Đerani near Ulcinj, with a capacity of 50 fishing vessels, worth tens of millions of euros and financed by the World Bank within the MIDAS 2 project, will last until September 23.

"What fishers currently have at their disposal is not enough for them, so it is administratively and financially complicated. Therefore, this project, which we have been talking about for a long time in Montenegro, is gaining in importance every day," Joksimović said for Radio Kotor, adding that the fishing port will be a real tourist attraction.

The goal is to improve the competitiveness of fisheries in Montenegro by increasing state support in compliance with EU accession requirements. The project's value is 30 million euros, and construction is expected to last until June 2023. Eight years ago, the construction of a fishing port was planned in Njivice, but it was abandoned.

Joksimović recalled that the University of Montenegro's Faculty of Maritime Studies in Kotor, in cooperation with the Institute of Biology, will be coordinating a regional project called "Development of a Regional Joint Master Program in Maritime Environmental Protection and Management."

The project includes such national partners as the Agency for Nature and Environmental Protection of Montenegro and the NGO Eco Center Delfin alongside partner universities from EU countries in Ljubljana, Cadiz, and the Cote d'Azur University in Nice. The total project budget is 845,188 euros.

09 Sep 2020, 18:38 PM
September 9, 2020 - Since the last section, the Institute of Public Health has completed PCR analysis of 822 samples for the new coronavirus, which registered 219 new cases of COVID-19 infection.
 
The number of new COVID-19 cases by municipality is as follows: Berane 69, Podgorica 40, Nikšić 36, Rožaje 30, Bijelo Polje 13, Kotor 8, Pljevlja 7, Herceg Novi 6, Cetinje 4, Bar and Ulcinj 2 each, Mojkovac and Andrijevica 1.
 
Since the last section, two deaths have been reported in COVID-19 patients from Pljevlja and Cetinje, born in 1977 and 1962, treated at the Nikšić General Hospital and the Clinical Center of Montenegro.
 
The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 infection since the beginning of June is 105. Since the beginning of the first wave of the epidemic in mid-March -114.
 
Recovery has been reported in 38 patients.
 
The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Montenegro is currently 1630.
 
Since the beginning of the year, the total number of registered cases of new coronavirus infection is 6094.
 

Mugoša: Almost 30 percent of the tested patients are COVID-19 positive

The Institute of Public Health Director Dr. Boban Mugoša called on politicians, religious leaders, prominent cultural, educational, sports, and other personalities to encourage the public to respect the measures. Montenegro's epidemiological situation is dire and is going to be dramatic, Mugoša warned.
 
He said in a statement for the PR Center that, in recent days, analysis results show that almost 30 percent of those tested are positive for coronavirus.
 
"It is not unexpected, and people know well what the situation has been like over the last 20 days, how much the rules have been respected. Now the seeds of that behavior are bearing their fruit," said Mugoša.
 
He hopes that the reasons why people gathered together and did not follow the rules have passed.
 
"We ask all those with public influence - politicians, religious leaders, prominent cultural, educational, sports and other personalities- to help with their appeals to make sure Montenegrins apply all the measures that have been mentioned for months, making the situation better. 
 
"We are in danger of losing control over the epidemic, which will mean a large number of sick and dead," Mugoša said.
 
Mugoša pointed out the fear that there could be a new "lockdown," especially in cities where the indicators of virus transmission in the local environment are high.
 
"This is an opportunity for everyone to focus on the biggest problem now in Montenegro, especially bearing in mind that we are about to open schools. At the same time, respiratory infections are starting, which will further complicate the situation. I also ask the media to give enough space and focus on promoting the measures addressed to the population, which, when applied, give good results."
 
He reiterated that citizens must wear masks, keep physical and social distance, take care of hand and spacial hygiene, and ensure that everyone in charge of monitoring respect for the measures should also act responsibly.
 

Montenegro has the most active COVID-19 cases in the region

Montenegro ranks first in the region for the number of people actively infected with COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants and has the most infections per million inhabitants.
 
In the region, Montenegro ranks first in terms of the number of hospitalizations per 100,000 inhabitants, followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and Kosovo third.
 
There are 259 active cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Montenegro, 176 in BiH, and 156 in Kosovo.
 
In Albania, 142 active cases were registered per 100 thousand inhabitants, in North Macedonia 92, in Croatia 63, and Slovenia 29 infections were registered per 100 thousand inhabitants.
 
In the region, the largest number of COVID-19 infected per million inhabitants is registered in Montenegro, followed by Kosovo, and in third place North Macedonia.
 
In Montenegro, 9,673 people were registered infected per million inhabitants, in Kosovo 7,987, and North Macedonia 7,352.
 
In fourth place is BiH with 6,341 infected per million inhabitants, followed by Serbia with 4,594, Albania with 3,720, Croatia 3,095, and Slovenia with 1.6 thousand infected per million inhabitants.
 
In the region, the largest number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients per 100 thousand inhabitants is registered in Montenegro, the second is Kosovo, and in third place is North Macedonia.
 
In Montenegro, 20 hospitalizations per 100 thousand inhabitants were registered, in Kosovo 19, in North Macedonia 15, in Croatia seven, and in Serbia six people were hospitalized per 100 thousand inhabitants.
 
In Slovenia, one hospitalization per 100 thousand inhabitants was registered.
 
Concerning the number of infected, the region's highest mortality was registered in Slovenia, followed by North Macedonia, and Kosovo by the third.
 
In Slovenia, the death rate is 4.18 percent, in North Macedonia 4.14 percent, in Kosovo 3.97, BiH 3.05, Albania 3.04, and Serbia 2.27.
 
The mortality rate in Montenegro is 1.91 percent, and in Croatia 1.65 percent.
 
The most tests per one million inhabitants is in Serbia, 143,430, followed by Montenegro with 88,217, and Slovenia with 83,790.
 
In fourth place is North Macedonia, with 77,010 tested per million inhabitants, followed by BiH with 57,328, Croatia with 49,299, and Albania with 24,448 tested per million inhabitants.
 
According to the municipalities of Montenegro, the largest number of actively ill people per ten thousand inhabitants is registered in Berane, Rožaje, and Bijelo Polje.
 
In Berane, 95 active cases of COVID 19 per ten thousand inhabitants were registered, in Rožaje 62, in Bijelo Polje 36.
 
In Plav, there were 35 active cases per ten thousand inhabitants, in Nikšić and Andrijevica 34 each, in Gusinje 24, in Podgorica 22 and Budva 20.
 
In Tuzi, 19 active cases were registered per ten thousand inhabitants, in Pljevlja and Ulcinj 15 each, Kotor 14, Cetinje 13, Mojkovac and Bar ten each and Tivat nine.
 
Eight active infections per ten thousand inhabitants were registered in Kolašin, six in Plužine, five in Herceg Novi, four in Petnjica, and one in Danilovgrad.
 
The total number of active COVID19 cases in Montenegro is currently 1,630.
09 Sep 2020, 17:01 PM

September 9, 2020 - The leaders of the three opposition coalitions, which won a majority in the August 30th parliamentary elections, presented today the Agreement on the principles on which the future government will rest, including cooperation with NATO, unquestionable recognition of Kosovo, and excluding changes to Montenegrin state symbols. 

The Agreement, signed by the leaders of the coalition "For the Future of Montenegro," "Peace is Our Nation" and "Black and White", Zdravko Krivokapic, Aleksa Becic, and Dritan Abazovic, announced that the new government in Montenegro:
  •     will responsibly implement all international obligations undertaken by the state, strengthen cooperation with NATO and commit to implementing all reforms necessary for Montenegro's full membership in the European Union;
  •     fully depoliticize key government institutions in an uncompromising fight against organized crime and corruption;
  •     respect the Constitution of Montenegro and will not launch initiatives to change the state flag, coat of arms, and anthem;
  •     will not initiate proceedings to withdraw recognition of Kosovo's independence;
  •     will not retaliate on political or any other grounds;
  •     will adopt and revise all laws in line with European standards, to integrate Montenegro into the EU as soon as possible,
  •     will allow minority parties to participate in government, whether they have parliamentary status or not.
According to the preliminary results of the State Election Commission, the three opposition coalitions won 41 seats. Black on White led by the United Reform Action of Dritan Abazović four, For the Future of Montenegro led by the Democratic Front 27 and Peace is Our Nation of Aleksa Bečić 10 seats. From the 81st parliamentary seat, Milo Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists won 30 seats, their coalition partner the Social Democrats three, two Albanian lists two, the Bosniak Party three, and the opposition Social Democratic Party two seats.
At the presentation of the Agreement, Krivokapić stated that the course of the three coalitions will be pro-Montenegrin.
 
 
According to the Peace is our Nation coalition leader, Aleksa Bečić, this Agreement is the best response to creating an artificial crisis. He says that the new government will be conciliatory and pro-European.
"There won't be any initiatives to change state symbols. Our objective is to reinforce civil Montenegro. We are not going back to the past. No revanchism. However, we demand responsibility, work, and order. The Constitution of a new, democratic government is ahead of us. We want our citizens to live better," Bečić said.
Dritan Abazović firmly believes that this Agreement is the most significant historical achievement in the last decade.
"The new government will urgently address the economic situation in the country. An empty cash register is what we have. A fight against corruption and crime is what lies ahead. This is a new page in the political life of Montenegro. European Montenegro has won."  
Asked to comment on the fact that some members of the coalition "For the future of Montenegro" refuse to stand during the national anthem, Krivokapić said it was quite natural. "Personal feeling cannot be dominant in any way," he pointed out.
Abazović thinks the new government will be formed before the end of October. The "salvation government", as Krivokapić called it.
Bečić remarked that cooperation with national minorities is on a good footing and that their representatives will be part of the new government. "We have reached out to national minorities. We are establishing a government of all citizens. If anyone thinks that he will manage to protect themselves from what they were doing with the governing party using small trades, they are wrong," Abazović said.
Krivokapić added they "want full transparency of state authorities" while Abazović points out that this government should be everything that DPS never was.
Instead of the government of demagogy, we will have the government of economy, Krivokapić concluded.
08 Sep 2020, 17:57 PM

September 8, 2020 - Since the last section, the Institute of Public Health has completed PCR analysis of 839 samples for the new coronavirus, among which 216 new cases of COVID-19 infection have been registered. Three COVID-19 patients have died in the last 24 hours, and 40 have recovered. The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Montenegro is currently 1451.

The number of new COVID-19 cases per municipality:

Podgorica 73, Nikšić 43, Berane 40, Bijelo Polje 22, Rožaje 13, Pljevlja 8, Budva 4, Mojkovac and Herceg Novi 3 each, Bar and Cetinje 2 each, Gusinje, Andrijevica and Tivat, one new case of COVID-19 infection each.

Since the last section, three deaths have been reported of COVID-19 patients from Gusinje, Tivat, and Pljevlja, born in 1959 (2) and 1948, treated at the General Hospital in Berane and the General Hospital "Blažo Jokov Orlandić" in Bar.

Since the beginning of June, the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 infection is 103. Since the beginning of the first wave of the epidemic in mid-March - 112.

Since the beginning of the year, the total number of registered infection cases with the new coronavirus is 5875.

The Clinical Center of Montenegro is treating 21 patients with COVID-19 infection, the health institution announced. "Three patients are in a life-threatening condition and are connected to non-invasive ventilation," the Clinical Centre said.

The General Hospital in Berane is treating 32 patients who are positive for coronavirus; it was announced today. "Seven patients have a severe clinical picture. Four patients are on non-invasive ventilation," the statement read.

Abdic is the new head of the Crisis Medical Staff fighting the COVID-19 epidemic


The new Head of the Crisis Medical Staff, which deals with the organization of the health system during the COVID-19 epidemic, after yesterday's resignations, will be Nermin Abdić, the current Director of the Emergency Center of the Clinical Center.

Resignations were submitted by the Head of the Crisis Medical Staff, Dr. Ranko Lazović, and a member, Dr. Nemanja Radojević, for differing reasons.

Radojevic said that he does not enter into deliberations over the motives for people's behavior as that would go beyond the medical profession and scientific scope, and especially the humanistic approach of medicine, which is that the only medical goal is human health.

"I am dedicated to that goal, but given the current circumstances, I understand that I cannot achieve my aims, and today I have resigned from the membership of the Crisis Medical Staff of NKT," said Radojevic.

Former boss Ranko Lazović told "Vijesti" that his management of that body, founded by NKT, was already pre-term until September 1.

Lazović said that in friendly circumstances he repeated to Simović that he was leaving his position due to his professional obligations at the Faculty of Medicine and the Medical Center. "My resignation from the position of Head of the Crisis Medical Staff has nothing to do with the election result. I will remind you that after the DPS and coalition partners' election victory in 2016, I resigned from the position of Director of the Clinical Center. I am indeed a member of the Main Board of the DPS, and will remain so," he told Vijesti. 

Members of the body, Ivan Vukovic, and Predrag Boskovic, were present at "patriotic rallies" held on Thursday and Sunday, in which NKT measures were violated.

The measures were also violated at rallies celebrating the election victory of the opposition.

The NKT did not answer questions yesterday as to why they did not warn of the epidemiological risk caused by the gathering held on Sunday night, as they had done for previous mass-meetings.

Radojevic said yesterday that 126 patients were hospitalized in Montenegro, seven of whom were on mechanical ventilation.

08 Sep 2020, 16:16 PM
September 8, 2020 - The company Brand New Tivat (BNT) has launched a newly-created portal for Tivat, a web platform to promote Tivat in a completely new way as a business, tourist, and destination for authentic traditions.
 
The new portal, www.brandnewtivat.me, is interactive, enabling two-way communication with site visitors, and is a modern means of presenting the city.
 
On the new web platform, Brand New Tivat, founded by the Municipality, short promo films have also been launched as a new way to acquaint the public with the specificities of Tivat, some of which are somewhat forgotten or have disappeared.
 
Four short documentaries can be seen on the portal: Firstly "Tivat, many worlds within", and then "Submarine on the land" about the museum exhibit - submarine P-3821 "Hero" in the Collection of Maritime Heritage in Tivat."Fishing under the light" is about the unique ancient method of fishing under a lamp with the use of a special sword - Kurćela - for catching fish, and "Tivat City Park" about the largest botanical garden in the southern Adriatic, founded in 1892.
 
 
Ribanje pod ukres/ Fishing under the light
 
 
"Short documentary video formats are based on the idea of ​​preserving authentic stories about Tivat and its traditional events. The topics translated into documentaries were chosen by the creative team led by Neven Staničić. The shooting and directing are overseen by a professional film crew led by director Dušan Vuleković " stated BNT Executive Producer, Predrag Gajić.
 
Each of the films lasts less than three minutes. Through a specific director-camera approach and narration of one interlocutor, they give an exciting and captivating presentation of segments of Tivat's natural and cultural heritage.
 
The films can also be viewed on the official accounts of Brand New Tivat on the social networks Facebook and Instagram and the YouTube channel.
 
Links to official sites for Brand new Tivat:
 
 Insta: brandnewtivat 
 Facebook: Brand New Tivat 
 YouTube: brand new tivat
08 Sep 2020, 08:56 AM

Stress is a fact of life, but has become all the more part of our days since COVID struck. I spoke to Anastasia Dorosh, massage therapist, about her love for Montenegro, and the stress-busting benefits of massage.

 

Tell us a bit about yourself. What brought you to Montenegro?

 I’m a massage therapist and have been living in Montenegro for six years.  It's funny, but before moving to Montenegro I didn't know anything about the country. A move from Ukraine to live in Montenegro wasn't part of my plan at all. I first came to Montenegro, as I say, 6 years ago, for seasonal work in a hotel, and my employer offered to extend my stay to a full year. For the first two years I was still considering a move to another country, but I started to get used to the Montenegrin lifestyle and local mentality. And now I can't imagine myself anywhere else.

What do you like most about where you live, and about Montenegro in general?

First of all, I am in love with the natural beauty of Montenegro, really the Montenegrin landscapes are amazing.  I love travelling and discovering the country.

But the main reason I’m happy in Montenegro is my new lifestyle. The rhythm of my life has changed a lot here. I was born and lived 23 years in a capital  city, and I became really tired of big city life. I always dreamed of living in a small cozy town with a sea view. And I found this perfect place in Montenegro - Tivat. As is the case for many other people, I wanted to be self-employed, and here I successfully achieved my goal. And here I also met my husband, he also moved to Montenegro from another country.

How did your massage therapy business come about? Where did you train and where have you worked previously?

 I loved doing massage from my childhood, I often gave massages to my family and I really liked it. I took my first steps into massage training in 2011 at the Medical Centre «Alternative medicine» in Kiev, where I completed a programme «Health massage with bases of anatomy». The same year I began to practice in a spa that was owned by the biggest hotel chain in Greece. Then I began working as a massage therapist in a Spa at a Greek 5 star resort hotel, and was there for three seasons.

My first two years in Montenegro I worked in the hotel industry. I dreamed of returning to the massage sphere, but I was sure that there would be plenty of massage therapists in such a small town as Tivat. I was very surprised, and of course very pleased, when I was offered a massage partnership with a major resort here. Later I registered my own company as a private entrepreneur. Now I have my own customer base as well.

I regularly develop my massage skills to improve as a professional. As some of my clients were asking me about anticellulite massage, I decided to attend a master class in anticellulite massage techniques. In 2018 I went to Thailand to study Traditional Thai Massage. In 2019 I completed a course in facial massage in Kiev.

Where do you usually work? Do you have your own premises, or are you mobile?

Really, I am very flexible in my business. There is a cozy massage room at the resort, and I also do massage in my own home. I can come to a client's place, and I’ve also had experience of doing massage on yachts. This year also I started to do massage at a hotel spa, for their hotel guests.

 Do you have a particular massage therapy you specialize in, or that you enjoy practising most?

I like to combine different massage techniques to achieve better results. I do various types of massage, such as classical, Thai, anticellulite, face massage. Depending on the client's problems and requirements I try to find the best combination for each case individually.

 Describe your work routine, in non-COVID times.

Usually I am very busy in high season (from April to October). Normally I have all types of clients in this period: tourists, yacht crew, foreigners who own real estate here. In high season clients have to book appointments in advance, if they plan to have a full massage course during their stay in Montenegro.

 How have you managed to adapt your work to the pandemic?

I can't say that my working routine has changed a lot. As in my sphere hygiene standards must always be followed, I continue to follow them as I always have. I always use clean towels for each client; wash my hands before and after the procedure and ask about the client's health before and after the massage. One addition is that I have started to use hand disinfectant as well. If you come for a massage at the resort, the administrator will check your temperature too.

 How do you see your work developing and evolving in the next few months?

Unfortunately I have fewer clients this year because of COVID. To attract new clients I’ve started special offers with lower prices for the COVID period. This idea has been quite successful; I now have new clients, people who are living in Montenegro. My plan is to continue to work with special prices until the pandemic ends. 

What does your business have to offer people in the current climate, in terms of the importance of wellness in general?

Because of Covid many people have started to work online, and this has led to different physical health problems, especially in the neck and back area, as people have to sit more. School pupils have the same problem, and after quarantine I’ve seen more teenagers than usual.  I believe that massage helps people not only physically, but also influences general well-being.  Massage has a positive influence on the immune system and on the metabolism, as well. It’s a great anti-stress therapy, and that’s what lots of people really need now. 

 Sounds great! And how do we access this wonderful, stress-busting therapy?!

The best way to contact me is to text me on Viber or Whatsapp +38268744861.

07 Sep 2020, 23:45 PM
September 7, 2020 - The laboratories of the Institute of Public Health (IPH) have completed PCR analysis of 380 samples for the new coronavirus since the last section. One hundred six (106) new cases of COVID-19 infection were registered. 
 
One death was reported in a COVID-19 positive patient from Nikšić, born in 1956, treated in the General Hospital of Nikšić, the IPH announced.
Since the beginning of June, the total number of deaths related to COVID-19 infection is 100. Since the beginning of the year, 109.
 
Recovery has been reported in 41 patients.
 
The total number of active COVID19 cases in Montenegro is currently 1278.
 

The epidemiological situation in Montenegro is becoming more complicated

 
The Head of the Crisis Medical Staff, Dr. Ranko Lazović, and a member of the Crisis Medical Staff, Nemanja Radojević, have resigned from the team, formed at the end of March when the number of cases of coronavirus in Montenegro began to increase.
 
As Dr. Nemanja Radojevic announced at the press conference, his resignation was related to people's behavior in the last seven months, both before and after the parliamentary elections.
 
"Dedicated to the medical goal of human health, I know that I cannot achieve such a goal in the given circumstances. As a consequence, I have resigned from my post in the Crisis Medical Staff of the National Coordination Body," said Dr. Radojevic, stating that Dr. Lazovic had ended his work in the Crisis Staff due to other obligations.
 
Recently in Montenegro, church and political gatherings have dominated, characterized as high-risk health events. These have led to an increase in the number of patients, exceeding a hundred a day in the previous few days.
 
In the last 24 hours, one person has died from the effects of COVID-19, and there are 106 new cases of infection. The largest number of newly infected is in Berane 48, with 18 in Podgorica, Rozaje 13, Andrijevica 9, Bijelo Polje 5, Pljevlja 4, Plav 2, Kotor 2, Tuzi 2, Bar 1, Cetinje 1, Mojkovac 1.
 
The Director of the Institute of Public Health, Boban Mugoša, assessed that the epidemiological situation is becoming more and more complicated, and the increase in active cases is worrying.
 
"Because we did not respect the measures, the spread of the infection is accelerating and the number of infected growing. Thus we have a number of seriously ill patients and also deaths. Due to the events in the previous twenty days with mass gatherings that continue, we will have a trend of increasing numbers of patients," said Mugoša, appealing for people to keep their distance.
 

Dr. Kadic: Mugosa and Erakovic to leave NKT

 
"With yesterday's presence and live stream from the rally of the President of the National Coordination Body for Infectious Diseases (NKT) Milutin Simović, Minister of Defense Predrag Bošković, and other members of NKT, this unconstitutional body has wholly lost its little credibility and purpose," stated Vuk Kadic, a radiology specialist and a member of the expert team of Zdravko Krivokapic, the holder of the list of the coalition "For the Future of Montenegro."
 
A rally was held on Independence Square in Podgorica last night, announced by, as they call themselves - Montenegrin patriotic organizations, without mention of the name or specific organization behind the rally. The police administration announced that about 50,000 people were present at the gathering. The President of NKT and the outgoing Deputy Prime Minister, Milutin Simović, joined live from a mass gathering in Podgorica last night via his Facebook account. However, the same body issued an order on Friday that only100 people were able to gather at public events. Simovic later said that his live stream from the protest was "a mistake by his FB page administrator."
 
According to Dr. Kadic, no less scandalous than the presence and live involvement of the NKT leadership at yesterday's rally is the "support for the gathering by Secretary of Health Nikola Antovic, the announcement of the Montenegrin Police Administration regarding the 50,000 participants, and the silence of Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stankovic."
 
"If today Montenegro has over 200 infected people per 100,000 inhabitants, then yesterday's rally, according to a statement from the Police Directorate, theoretically had more than 100 infected people. The consequences of last night's rally could be catastrophic. Especially if you take into account that the same persons in the coming days will return to their cities and towns, and come into contact with numerous other people," Kadic said.
 
He called on the Institute of Public Health (IPH) Director, Boban Mugosa, the Director of the Clinical Center of Montenegro (KCCG), Jevto Erakovic, and all other doctors to immediately leave their posts at "the compromised, unconstitutional and harmful institution of the NKT". He called for its abolition and the formation of a new body, which, as Kadić states, will manage society's defense against the COVID-19 epidemic, which is seeing a resurgence.
07 Sep 2020, 10:52 AM
September 7, 2020 - This weekend was marked by triathlon races in Boka Bay, one held in Trašte - The Luštica Bay Aquathlon, and the other in Perast - The Boka Triathlon Race.
 
In a great atmosphere, the 2nd Luštica Bay Aquathlon was held on Saturday, with over 200 competitors in 5 age categories, and excellent organization by the Triathlon Club Multisport Academy Mayer.
 
In the main race (1000m swimming - 5000m running), Herceg Novi triathlete Luka Cupic took the overall 2nd place in a time of 36:09 behind the winner Luka Djurovic from TK Dubrovnik in a time of 35:20.
 
Nikita Kharchenko came in third (42:25).
 
Aleksandar Vlahović from Herceg Novi achieved an excellent ranking, winning 1st place in his age category (44:16)
 
Dragana Krković won the first place in the women's competition (56:28), second place went to Zoja Kustudić (1:01:47), and the third to Tamara Mitrović (1:20:47).
 
On Sunday, September 6, the traditional Boka Triathlon Perast 2020 was organized (750m swimming, 20km bicycle, 5km running) - the oldest triathlon race in Montenegro. In its ninth year, it gathered 44 competitors in the individual competition and three relays.
 
There was an exciting battle for the finish in the men's race. After the first two events (swimming and cycling), a group of 5 competitors was formed, and the run was to prove decisive.
 
The first to cross the finish line was Dušan Milošević from Triathlon Club Podgorica in a time of 1:04:20, Luka Čupić won second place from TC Herceg Novi (1:05:33) and the third place went to Saša Radenović from TC Podgorica (1:06: 22).
 
Last year's title was successfully defended by Jelena Tomašević (1:16:40) from TK Herceg Novi. Her club colleague Tamara Lepetić (1:27:09) was second, and Marija Marković from TK Kotor won 3rd place (1:33:35).
 
The Novi-Podgorica relay "Skupljeni" (Davor Preočanin, Ivan Arcon and Saša Kulinović) won first place among the relay teams (1:15:00).
 
Second place went to the Tot sisters from TC Kotor (1:31:19) and third place to Karakal (Gorana, Stanka, Lidija) from TC Podgorica (1:35:25).
 
The Boka Trialthlon was impeccably organized by the hosts, Triathlon Club Kotor.
06 Sep 2020, 20:55 PM
September 6, 2020 - The highlight of the tourist season over the past seven years in Herceg Novi has always been a big sports and tourist event, big game fishing. Although there was almost no season this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it will traditionally be rounded off with the 8th Big Game Fishing event.
 
Maintaining all preventive measures of the NKT, Big Game Fishing will be opened on Wednesday night at the restaurant "Jadran" in Škver.
 
The competition for tuna, swordfish, needlefish, lanterns, albacore, and other fish in the tuna family will begin on Thursday, August 10, Radojica Raco Gardašević, President of the Big Game Fishing Club Herceg Novi, told Radio Jadran on behalf of the organizers:
 
- We will have our usual tournament, with 20 team registrations, as in previous years. However, Big Game Fishing will be organized in compliance with all precautions. People are eager to relax, go out to sea, fishing is not essential in the current climate. Most of the participants are already staying on our coast. In addition to local fishers, there will be participants from Serbia and Croatia. Precisely because of the preventive measures due to the coronavirus, the program has been somewhat reduced. There will be no festivity at Škver with the distribution of the catch to passers-by or "Little Game Fishing" - for particiapants aged between seven and fourteen - at Rose - says Gardašević.
 
The ships will set sail for three days at 8 am from the City Port and fish at distances from the shore to 12 miles. Crews of 2 or 4 members each will stop fishing at 5.30 pm and return to the city's port at 6 pm. The measurement and weighing of the catch will occur at 8 pm in the "Adriatic," with the allowed number of visitors.
 
The competition ends on Saturday night with the announcement of the winner - Gardašević points out.
 
He requests all those who are coming to Škver to follow the competition over the three evenings to strictly respect the distancing measures.
 
Big game fishing has always been a tourist attraction, but it will be on a smaller scale this year. At the same time, this event is a small contribution to our tourist season, because about 100 participants and members of their families will occupy some of the available private rooms and apartments.
 
The tournament organizers are the Big Game Fishing Club Herceg Novi and the Association for Sport Fishing of Montenegro, with several sponsors.
06 Sep 2020, 20:42 PM
September 6, 2020 - Putting identity issues in the background and maintaining the state's foreign policy course are the obligations of the new authorities in Montenegro, said the Executive Director of the Politikon network, Jovana Marović, stating that overcoming program and ideological differences are one of the main challenges.
 
She said the new government would be elected after decades of one-party rule and that the tasks ahead would be challenging for any party or coalition.
 
"The new government will consist of three coalitions with significant differences, both programmatically and ideologically. Overcoming these differences will be one of the main challenges for the new government to achieve the goals they have set," Marovic told MINA.
 
As she stated, one of those goals is to accelerate the process of democratization and move the integration process out of the current deadlock.
 
Marovic said that Montenegro has been stagnant for several years, and in many areas is falling behind established parameters.
 
"The European Union (EU) has noted that there are elements of a captive state in Montenegro, while Freedom House has classified it as a hybrid regime. The economic situation with massive public debt is no better, with additional problems that arose from the crisis caused by coronavirus," said Marović.
 
She added that the new government must avoid clientelism and nepotism.
 
As Marovic stated, considering that so far all elections have been held with shortcomings in legislation and with a problematic voter list, these are problems that the new government will have to respond to for the next elections to be held in a democratic atmosphere with fair conditions.
 
"Putting identity issues in the background, maintaining the country's foreign policy course, and respecting everything written in the Constitution should be added to this palette. It should not be a challenge considering that these are the foundations of a democratic and pro-Western society. Still, suppose we return to the differences already mentioned between the parties - it will also be a challenge for the new government. Yet, at the same time, it is an obligation," Marovic said.
 
As she stated, the three coalitions' leaders agreed on the principles on which the new government should be based, and that is currently a reason for optimism.
 
"However, the coalition agreement should be more comprehensive and precise, while still basing itself on the agreed principles. Montenegro must fulfill the obligations arising from NATO membership and respect all international obligations and agreements it has signed," said Marovic.
 
She stressed that Montenegro must not back down from integration and efforts to become a full EU member.
 
"There are other, non-Western actors who are interested in Montenegro, and while in the economic sense we could talk about some shared interest, in the political sense, turning to these countries would not bring anything good," said Marovic.
 
Those countries, as she said, do not offer a framework for democratization, so their "mentoring" would mean moving away from the principles of liberal democracy, and Montenegro is already significantly behind EU countries in this area.
 
Marovic emphasized that democracy cannot be built without the change of government.
 
"And in that sense, it is positive that those who manage the processes will be different individuals. "The public now have proof that changes depend on them, and following that, they will know how to reward or punish the moves of the new government with their vote," concluded Marović.
 
 
Source: Vijesti
06 Sep 2020, 20:24 PM
September 6, 2020 - The Institute of Public Health has reported 278 new COVID-19 cases in Montenegro over the weekend. On Saturday, the Institute detected147 new patients via PCR analysis of 591 samples for the new coronavirus, while today, they confirmed 131 new COVID-19 patients among the 526 samples analyzed. The total number of active cases of COVID-19 in Montenegro is currently 1214.
 
Two new deaths were registered, both treated at Berane General Hospital. A COVID-19 patient from Berane, born in 1964, died yesterday, and a patient whose death was reported today was born in 1937. 
 
Recovery was reported in 21 patients on Saturday, and seven more on Sunday.
 
The total number of deaths related to COVID-19 infection since the beginning of June is 99, and since the beginning of the year, 108," the IPH reported.
 
Since the beginning of the year, the total number of registered infections with the new coronavirus is 5,553, said the Institute of Public Health.
 

COVID-19 statistics for countries of the region - Montenegro has highest number of patients per 100 thousand

In the region, the largest number of active cases of COVID-19 per 100 thousand inhabitants is registered in Montenegro, the second is Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), and in third place Kosovo.
 
In Montenegro, 193 active cases per 100 thousand inhabitants were registered, in BiH 176, and Kosovo 163.
 
In Albania, there are 133 registered cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, in North Macedonia 108, in Croatia 68 and Slovenia 26 infections per 100 thousand inhabitants.
 
In the region, the largest number of COVID-19 cases per million inhabitants is registered in Montenegro, followed by Kosovo and North Macedonia.
 
There are 8,814 infected people per million inhabitants in Montenegro, 7,844 in Kosovo, and 7,255 in North Macedonia.
 
In fourth place is BiH with 6,143 infected per million inhabitants, followed by Serbia with 4,570, Albania with 3,561, Croatia 2,932, and Slovenia with 1,529 infected per million inhabitants.
 
In the region, the largest number of hospitalizations per 100 thousand inhabitants is registered in Kosovo, followed by Montenegro, and North Macedonia.
 
In Kosovo, 20 hospitalizations per 100 thousand inhabitants were registered, in Montenegro 17, in North Macedonia 14, and in Serbia and Croatia, seven hospitalizations per 100 thousand inhabitants were registered.
 
One hospitalization per 100 thousand inhabitants has been registered in Slovenia.
 
Concerning the number of infections, the region's highest mortality rate has been registered in Slovenia, followed by North Macedonia, with Kosovo registering the third-highest mortality rate.
 
In Slovenia, the mortality rate is 4.27 percent, in North Macedonia 4.09 percent, in Kosovo 3.99, in Albania 3.08, in BiH 3.04, and Serbia 2.27.
The mortality rate in Montenegro is 1.94 percent, and in Croatia 1.65 percent.
 
The most tests carried out per million inhabitants are in Serbia, 140,160 per million inhabitants, in second place is Montenegro with 84,978, and in third place is Slovenia with 81,449.
 
In fourth place is North Macedonia, with 75,730 tested per million inhabitants, followed by BiH with 56,257, Croatia with 46,902, and Albania with 23,578 tests per million inhabitants.
 
In Montenegro, according to municipality data, the largest number of actively ill people per ten thousand inhabitants is registered in Rožaje, Berane, and Plav.
 
In Rožaje, 52 active cases of COVID were registered, or 19 per ten thousand inhabitants, in Berane 49, in Plava 34, in Bijelo Polje 28.
 
In Nikšić, 27 active cases of COVID-19 per ten thousand inhabitants were registered, in Gusinje 24, in Budva 21, and Podgorica 19.
 
In Ulcinj, 14 actively ill people were registered per ten thousand inhabitants, Andrijevica 12, in Cetinje and Kotor ten each, Tivat and Pljevlja nine, and in Kolašin and Bar eight.
 
In Plužine, six people were infected with COVID-19 per ten thousand inhabitants, in Tuzi and Petnjica four each, in Mojkovac three, in Herceg Novi two, and Danilovgrad one.
 
The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Montenegro is currently 1,214.
 
The MINA agency processes the official data of the countries in the region, which it takes from the official specialized sites launched by countries themselves during the epidemic. Additionally, the data are compared with data from the WHO, ECDC, and other relevant health institutions, reports MINA.
 
Source: Vijesti
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