Montenegro Gay Pride Cancelled, Claiming Lack of State Support

Homophobic attackers struck in Podgorica just hours before organisers of Montenegro’s first Gay Pride had to cancel the event claiming lack of state support. Podgorica Pride – scheduled for May 31 – has been indefinitely postponed due to the apparent lack of state commitment or support for the LGBT population in Montenegro, organisers said on Tuesday. 

Hours earlier, members of the organising committee had been attacked after leaving a concert of around 600 members of the LGBT community, friends, supporters, many of whom came with their families and children. The concert by Croatian band Lollobrigida was organised by Juventas under the banner ‘Love is the Attitude’, as part of their third year of activities to support to mark International Day Against Homophobia. Violence had erupted earlier at the concert, when tear gas was thrown. 

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Royal Rights to be Restored in Montenegro?

Montenegro’s former royals could be returned to some of their past glory, if a draft bill backed by descendant Prince Nikola Petrovic-Njegos (right) is adopted by the country’s parliament.

The Petrovic dynasty ruled Montenegro for more than 200 years until 1918, when it was toppled by the Serbian Karadjordjevic dynasty.  Deposed King Nikola died in exile in France.

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Belgrade Students Beat Off Stiff Competition to Triumph in Europe

Europe salutes Serbian entrepreneurs as a talented team of Belgrade students beats the odds to win at the Sustainable Energy Europe Awards.

Strawberry Energy were invited to the seat of the European Union in Brussels to attend the European Commission’s prestigious award ceremony (12/4/11). Not only did they hold their own alongside far more established businesses and brands – they walked away with the trophy.

Their win came in the ‘Consuming’ category for their Strawberry Tree public solar powered phone charger, imagined, designed and delivered by Strawberry Energy’s charismatic CEO Miloš Milisavljević.  The device, deployed outside EU offices in Brussels during the event, was rewarded as the best within ‘projects, activities or services designed to help reduce energy consumption’.

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New UK Immigration Cap Restricts Non-EU Workers

Major immigration changes have come into place to restrict the number of non-EU workers moving to the UK. The Home Office has imposed an annual cap of 20,700 on non-EU people coming to work in skilled professions, as a boost to home-grown employment.

From today, people coming from outside the EU wishing to work in the UK will need to have a graduate level job, speak an intermediate level of English, and meet specific salary and employment requirements

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