LONDON 30 Jun 2012 Government pledges to release Hillsborough disaster documents
On 15 April 1989, 95 Liverpool football club supporters were killed in a crush of fans at a Hillsborough ground, where the club was playing a major semi-final against the Nottingham Forest club. A 96th victim died later. If the Hillsborough Independent Panel hasn’t already done so, Britain’s Cabinet Office had agreed to release all government documents related to the disaster on Jun 30. It had argued against the release.
BELGIUM & FRANCE 30 Jun-22 Jul 2012 Australian Cadel Evans aims for second Tour de France win
The 2012 Tour de France, less mountainous than usual, begins with the prologue in Liege and travels clockwise around France before ending with the triumphal ride down the Champs-Élysées in Paris. Cadel Evans is aiming for the winner’s yellow jersey for a second time. The grueling 2161.7 mile (3479 km) cycling race, viewed on television in some 190 countries, has come to be paired with doping. This year is no exception.
WASHINGTON DC 30 Jun 2012 World Bank President Robert Zoellick leaves job
World Bank President Robert Zoellick announced on Feb 15 that he will leave his job at the completion of his five year term on Jun 30. Under a 58-year-old agreement with Europe, his replacement will be an American–unless several countries with growing economic clout succeed in changing the informal succession agreement. New bank guidelines adopted in 2011 call for an “open, merit-based and transparent selection” process.
ATICAN 29 Jun 2012 Anglican and Vatican choirs join for saints’ feast day
In an unprecedented manifestation of ecumenism, the Westminster Abbey choir will join with the Sistine Chapel choir in St. Peter’s basilica on Jun 29 for liturgical celebrations of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. A joint statement from the Anglican Church and the Vatican noted that this “is the first time in its over-500 year history that the Sistine Chapel Choir has joined forces with another choir.” Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the head of the worldwide Anglican Church, is expected to attend the Jun
WORLD 28 Jun 2012 Jean-Jacques Rousseau tercentenary observed globally
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, born in Geneva on 28 Jun 1712, became a towering figure in the Age of Enlightenment. But for being born in the wrong century, he might also have been Renaissance Man. His influence spanned many disciplines, as attested by the variety of scholars and others who will observe the tercentenary. He is an ancestor of radical revolutionaries and totalitarian dictators, and the framer of modern notions of the self that underpin both the French and American revolutions.
BRUSSELS 28-29 Jun 2012 EU leaders meet, could return to external issuesRead More
BEIJING 27-30 Jun 2012 1st OIC Congress on China and the Muslim World convenesRead More
SOUTH AFRICA 26-29 Jun 2012 Ruling party convenes important policy conference
Convened every five years before an elective conference, the Policy Conference of the ruling African National Congress brings the party hierarchy, branch delegates and ANC allies to Midrand, near Johannesburg, to decide on policy issues and changes that will be put to the vote at the ANC elective conference in December. Nationalization of the mineral-rich country’s mines and a national health insurance scheme are among the expected proposals, as well as measures to deal with the party’s and South Africa’s biggest problems.
LONDON 25 Jun – 8 Jul 2012 Wimbledon tennis championships – a warm up
Because the Olympic tennis tournament will be held just three weeks later at the same facility, the 2012 premier championship in world tennis, Wimbledon, could seems like a mere warm-up. On center court, which turns 90 in 2012, Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova will attempt to hold on to their 2011 Wimbledon titles. Three weeks later, the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club courts could look and sound very different.
PRAGUE 24-29 Jun 2012 ICANN stakeholders meet with recent gTLD drama on agendaRead More
SOUTH KOREA 24 Jun-24 Sep 2012 Yeosu hosts 2012 World ExpoRead More
UNITED KINGDOM 21 Jun – 9 Sep 2012 Scotland celebrates OlympicsRead More