November 24, 2019 - Montenegro has been a very interesting country in terms of geopolitics and there’s clear foreign influence on the media, which has been subject to misinformation and media manipulation.
Such state of affairs might affect some social and political processes, especially in the times of global tensions, so the whole society must be aware of the problem and thus make a broader social coalition for the responsible solution to this issue, President of the Association of Citizens ‘Why Not’ [in Montenegrin: Zašto ne], Darko Brkan, assessed in an interview for Dnevne Novine daily.
After Mr Bokan launched the portal Raskrinkavanje.ba [it monitors, analyzes, assesses and reveals fake news and media manipulation], many similar portals were launched in the region as well and as for MNE, it exists within the Centre for Democratic Transition, CDT, since last year.
According to him, media literacy represents the best answer to the problem of misinformation and media manipulation, but it is a long-term job and current threats need to be addressed at multiple levels, starting from the strengthening of organizations dealing with media liability.
When asked to comment on the situation in MNE and the fact that it has been exposed to a kind of hybrid war, he said: “Montenegro has similar problems as the rest of the region in this context. The media, in pursuit of sustainability, lose their independence and become spokespersons for political groups, and journalists in such situations cannot maintain their integrity. The division on the political scene leads to the division in the media.”
In his previous interviews, Mr Brkan used to claim that there were two types of fake media –one launching misinformation for money and others for political reasons. On the question of which one we have more in the media scene, he answered: “There is no doubt about it – the media spreading misinformation for money. “
Speaking about the cooperation with the colleagues from Montenegro, that is, the CDT, he noted: “Of course we are collaborating with our colleagues from the CDT, we have developed the methodology by joint forces, and we helped them when they were starting this whole process. Challenges before the CDT are just as ours, and our greatest challenge right now is the lack of capacities so that we can check all the articles in the media on a daily basis…but the situation is getting better.”
On the situation in the region and major issues in the media, Mr Brkan said: “There are three kinds of problems in the media: the first and the most important one is the usage of the media for political and business purposes. The problem with this is that it leads to significant violations of journalism ethics manifested through the spreading of fake news and media manipulation. Another problem is a complete transformation of the society through which we are getting the information, which came as a consequence of social networks.”
Text by CDM on November 23, 2019, read more here.
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Cooperation in areas of culture and tourism is successfully developed between Saint Petersburg and Herceg Novi, to the satisfaction of both sides, it was announced during a meeting between officials from the two cities. It was agreed that Saint Petersburg would be represented at the 51st Mimosa festival, and that cultural exchanges would also continue, giving the public in Herceg Novi the opportunity to attend choral concerts, theatre performances and other artistic events from this Russian cultural capital, reported Herceg Novi Municipal Information Service.
During a working visit to Saint Petersburg, held at the invitation of the mayor of the city, the Mayor of Herceg Novi Municipality Stevan Кatić, Deputy Mayor Miloš Кonjević, Director of Herceg Novi Tourism Organisation Pavle Obradović and local councillor Savo Marić met with the Chair of Saint Petersburg Culture Committee Konstantin Eduardovich Sukhenko, Head of Government Organisation “Petersburg Concert” Yekaterina Anatoliyevna Artyushkina, Yuriy Gruzdyev and representatives of the city’s Culture Committee, in the Saint Petersburg Municipal Building.
Herceg Novi and Saint Petersburg are linked by their importance as cultural centres with rich historical heritage where great artists lived and worked, as well as both being important tourist destinations in their respective countries. Culture and tourism are therefore recognised as main themes for cooperation and connection, within which there are many opportunities for projects and exchange, it was announced at the meeting. It was noted that such meetings broaden and strengthen cooperation between regions, and contribute to ensuring relations remain at the highest possible level.
Photo: Herceg Novi Municipality
It was concluded that cooperation between the two cities would undoubtedly thrive as all the right conditions are in place - both in terms of the productive cultural potential of the “Northern Venice” and the “Pearl of the Adriatic” - and the goodwill of officials on both sides. A joint wish was expressed for the signing of a friendship agreement between Herceg Novi and Saint Petersburg.
Representatives of Herceg Novi thanked the Saint Petersburg Culture Committee for its readiness to support the development of cultural cooperation between the two cities. At the end of the meeting, held in a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the delegations exchanged gifts. Кatić presented Mr Sukhenko with a letter of thanks for strengthening and expanding cultural cooperation between Saint Petersburg and Herceg Novi.
Presentation of Herceg Novi tourist attractions in Saint Petersburg
In addition to the meeting with city officials, the working visit to Saint Petersburg was an opportunity for the tourist organisations of the two cities to meet. Emphasis was placed on building on the excellent cooperation developed thus far, as well as promotional issues and arrangements for the delivery of joint projects.
At the same time, a meeting was held with Svetlana Vasiliyevna Lavretsova, Director of the A. A Bryantsev Theatre, which has successfully performed twice to audiences from Herceg Novi. There was a summary of cooperation so far, and the next performance was also agreed in principle.
Presentations were also made of Herceg Novi’s tourist attractions and tourist potential to tour operators, tourism companies, and media from Russia. During the conference at the Astoria Hotel in Saint Petersburg, leading companies in the Russian tourist market had the opportunity to discover all the possibilities the city has to offer.
Source: Radio Jadran
November 22, 2019 - Nevidio eco-village is the first holder of sustainability certification and the EU’s Ecolabel in northern Montenegro. This ecological certification is confirmation of the application of ecological standards relating to the environmental protection policy, rational use of water, preservation of air quality, energy efficiency, a proper deposit of waste and reduction of packaging waste.
Nevidio eco-village, located in Pošćenje village, on the south slope of Durmitor, offers visitors accommodation in original bungalows in the middle of the picturesque panorama of the Durmitor region.
“Raising ecological awareness of the staff and guests is the goal every eco-hotel aims to achieve by harmonizing the quality and comfort of the offer, with special emphasis on the environment protection. Nevidio is an excellent example of such accommodation, where guests can enjoy Pošćensko lake, Nevidio canyon, Durmitor NP and adventures to remember. Sustainability certification contributes to a better quality of services and strengthening position on the market”.
As representatives of UNDP say, Montenegro has received a total of 26 international sustainability certifications in tourism.
“Sustainability certification is the green stamp confirming that the facility creates sustainable tourism products while saving energy and water. Greater number of certified accommodation units is important for positioning Montenegro as an ecological destination on the Western European market and Northern European market”, said the UNDP representatives.
Text by CDM on November 22, 2019, read more here.
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Porto Montenegro Marina Director Tony Browne has been named President of the Global Marina Institute. GMI has the responsibility for overseeing education in the marina sector, training, and certification of those marinas’ members through the institutions of the Association of Marina Industries (MIA) and British Marines (BM), said “Adriatic Marinas”.
Browne has been named President of the Institute based on ten years of experience in running and operating the Porto Montenegro Marina, the winner of the unique and prestigious Platinum Award awarded by the British Yacht Harbor Association (TYHA). With this global recognition, Porto Montenegro marina is the only marina in the world as the carrier of the highest ranking in the yachting service and industry. Browne emphasized that he is looking forward to this function and that his mission is to educate all boaters to the highest standards of the world and to do their work following the same.
The Global Marines Institute (GMI) was established in 2011 as a partnership between the British Marines Association and the Marina Industry Association - providing global training and certifications for marinas to maintain and raise standards in marinas worldwide. GMI works to maintain existing certifications and develop new certification pathways and training to meet the needs of existing marinas and marinas that are being developed around the world.
Text by Zora Krstovic, on November 22nd, 2019, read more at Radio Tivat
The third in a series of seasonal events, the Autumn Festival will be held on Saturday, November 23, from 10 am to 2 pm, in Njegoseva Street, as well as in front of the City Cafe in Herceg Novi.
An exhibition of handicrafts and local products, food and drinks, and creative workshop for children will be on offer.
Donations will be collected for pupils from the elementary school “Daso Pavicic” for Masa Berat.
“The inspiration for celebrating food and design is autumn, and the flavors and colors of autumn fruits we have in abundance this season. An event for the whole community, something for all ages and interests,” said the organizers, members of the Non-Governmental Association NGA “Ruke” (Hands).
Text by Boka News, on November 22nd, 2019, read more at Boka News
According to Monstat, the minimum consumer basket in October amounted to EUR 645.1, which is 0.4 percent more than in September.
"Out of the total value of the minimum consumer basket, expenditures for food and non-alcoholic beverages amounted to EUR 269.2, which is 0.4 percent less than in September," the statement said.
Statisticians said expenditures for non-food products and services amounted to 375.9 euros, which is one percent more than in September.
The minimum consumer basket refers to household consumption, which includes food and non-food products and services, which enables the maintenance of life and working ability of household members.
The minimum consumer basket complies with the minimum recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the USDA Food Guide 2010 for a minimum caloric intake of 2.21 thousand calories per person per day.
“The value of the minimum consumer basket is based on data from the Household Budget Survey and the World Bank (WB) recommendations. The value of a minimum consumer basket for a four-person household is the minimum monthly expenditure related to food and non-alcoholic beverages and non-food products and services," said Monstat.
For the calculation of minimum expenditure relating to food and non-alcoholic beverages, average prices for the current month and monthly quantities in kilograms for a four-member household are used.
Consumer price indices (CPIs) are used to calculate the value of a basket of non-food products and services.
Text by MINA Business, on November 20th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
The celebration of Kotor Municipality Day on November 21st began this morning when City Music, as usual, toured the city, after which a reception of City Music members was organized in the hall of the Kotor Municipality. A reception for members of the Boka Navy was held at 9.30 am.
At 10 am, wreaths were arranged for the fallen fighters in Risan. At 11.15 am in front of the building of the Municipality of Kotor, a ceremonial report and the flag of the Boka Navy was handed over. Laying wreaths at the memorial to fallen fighters at Park Sloboda (Freedom) took place at 11.30 am.
At noon, the Boka Navy performed a traditional dance at the main town square. At 1 pm in the hall of the Cultural Center "Nikola Djurkovic", the ceremonial session of the Municipal Assembly of Kotor will begin, and the award of the traditional 21 November prize.
Believers today celebrate Our Lady of Health and St. Arandjel Day.
Text by Boka News, on November 21st, 2019, read more at Boka News