In the Balkans, COVID-19 measures may not apply to religious leaders
Screengrab from a widely shared video by Twitter user @DoturLui.The Balkans reacted in outrage at the sight of thousands of people queuing to kiss the mortal remains of the Bishop Amfilohije Radović, the 82-year-old head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Montenegro who died of COVID-19-related causes on October 30.Mourners came, for the most part maskless, to the bishop's wake and funeral at Podgorica's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral by the thousands. In the small, little-ventilated room where his body lied in an open casket, priests and nuns recited litanies for several hours throughout the weeke...
Claro’s Colombian FTTH footprint reaches 110 cities
26 Oct 2020Claro Colombia has announced that it has extended its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network to 19 new locations, taking its total footprint to 110 towns and cities. New locations served are: Caqueza, Villeta, Pacho and La Mesa (Cundinamarca); Quimbaya, Montenegro, Calarca, Circasia and La Tebaida (Quindio); Barbosa, Apartado and Girardota (Antioquia); La Virginia and Belen de Umbria (Risaralda); Viterbo and Anserma (Caldas); Guamo (Tolima); Cartago (Valle del Cauca); and Chiquinquira (Boyaca). The rollout activity has taken place over the last six months.© 2002-2020 PriMetrica, Inc. All ...
Montenegro considering 5G auction in Q4 2021
6 Oct 2020Montenegro’s telecoms watchdog the Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services (EKIP) will call an auction in the fourth quarter of 2021 to allocate 5G-suitable mobile spectrum, reports SeeNews. According to information contained in the body’s draft annual plan for 2021, which was submitted for parliamentary approval late last month, all resources from the 694MHz-790MHz and 3400MHz-3800MHz bands, as well as 1GHz of spectrum in the 24.25GHz-27.5GHz block (26.5GHz-27.5GHz), are expected to be made available for auction in the fourth quarter of 2021, with appropriate approv...
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Biden says he hopes to avoid taking Trump’s ‘bait’ at debatesWASHINGTON — Democratic nominee Joe Biden said Thursday he hopes he can avoid being baited into a “brawl” by President Donald Trump when they debate this fall.“I hope I don’t take the bait because he’s going to say awful things about me, my family, etcetera,” Biden said at a virtual fundraiser. “I hope I don’t get baited into getting into a brawl with this guy because that’s the only place he’s comfortable.”The former vice president said he expected to be able to keep his cool because “I’m used to dealing with bullies.”Trump has freq...
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Crew member aboard 20-ton cocaine cargo ship admits role in record $1 billion Philly port drug bust
PHILADELPHIA — A Montenegrin ship’s electrician became the third crew member of an international cargo vessel to admit his role in smuggling the record-breaking, 20-ton cocaine haul seized by federal authorities at the Port of Philadelphia last year.Aleksandar Kavaja, 27, pleaded guilty to narcotics conspiracy charges and told a federal judge he and three other crewmates aboard the MSC Gayane were recruited by drug smugglers in their native country before the ship even set out on its journeyHis guilty plea is the latest sign of progress in an investigation into one of the largest cocaine busts...
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Electoral glimpse of hope in Montenegro
After governing Montenegro for 29 years as the successor to the League of Communists of Montenegro, the big-tent Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) lost its first-ever electoral race on August 30. Three political coalitions, each including a number of opposition parties and movements with rather divergent programs won the day by the skin of their teeth and secured a parliamentary majority of 41 in an 81-seat parliament. Most importantly, the change of power occurred via the ballot box and not under the watchful eyes of tank commanders, riot police units, and army sharp shooters.While DPS alo...
Netizens across former Yugoslavia celebrate 75 years of women's suffrage
A married couple of Yugoslav Partisans in a photo taken in Slovenia, 1944. Source: znaci.net. Public Domain.This past August 11 marked 75 years since now-dissolved Yugoslavia's granted women the right to vote. Human rights activists and feminists from the successor states remembered the date by sharing photos from that period on social media — and used the opportunity to advocate for equal rights.Universal suffrage was part of the political program of Yugoslavia's communist-led resistance to occupation by Nazi Germany and its allies. It became law in 1945 following Nazi defeat, and women voted...
“Baku” street opens in Montenegro’s Podgorica after reconstruction
By Trend“Baku” street opened in the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica, after reconstruction and expansion work, Trend reports on Sept. 3.The representative of the municipality of Podgorica, Ivan Vukovic, members of the municipality, employees of the diplomatic mission of Azerbaijan in Montenegro, members of the parliament of Montenegro, and public representatives of the country attended the opening ceremony of the street.After the conducted work, the length of Baku street was increased up to 595 meters, it joins two important city avenues – Mihailo Lalic and Cetinjski Put avenues. The latter is...
Montenegro woos tourists to Europe's 'corona-free' corner
Less than two months after detecting its first infection, Montenegro is the first country in Europe to declare itself coronavirus-free, a success story the tiny country hopes will lure tourists to its dazzling Adriatic coast this summer.For weeks hotel staff have been raking empty beaches as the pandemic kept away visitors who would normally be arriving by plane, cruise ship and car this time of year.But finally, there is a sliver of hope after Montenegro announced it no longer has any active cases of COVID-19.Tourism operators have already seized the opportunity to brand Montenegro as "Europe...
Montenegro woos tourists to Europe's 'corona-free' corner
Kotor (Montenegro) (AFP) - Less than two months after detecting its first infection, Montenegro is the first country in Europe to declare itself coronavirus-free, a success story the tiny country hopes will lure tourists to its dazzling Adriatic coast this summer.For weeks hotel staff have been raking empty beaches as the pandemic kept away visitors who would normally be arriving by plane, cruise ship and car this time of year.But finally, there is a sliver of hope after Montenegro announced it no longer has any active cases of COVID-19.Tourism operators have already seized the opportunity to ...