June 2012 Issue 114
MESSAGE FROM THE STAFF
June 1st is the start of the 2011 hurricane season, but if the weather stays the way it has been – very wet – there won’t be much of anything rain left to create any kind of a disturbance. However, there already have been two named (Alberto and Beryl) tropical storms off the Carolina coast.
This turned out to be a fairly long issue, because there is so much happening, especially in the sports world. And this is being distributed during Memorial Day week, and there was a lot going on, especially on the racing circuit, during the Memorial Day weekend. The Staff just got wrapped up in it, and reports on three major races held on Sunday, May 27th.
And, do not
forget that Robin’s Best Shirt Award is on THIS Friday, June 1st.
IMPORTANT JUNE FACTS
Several stories are passed around to show how the month of June was named. The most widely accepted explanation is that it is named after the Roman goddess Juno, wife of Jupiter and equivalent to the Greek goddess Hera.
Gemini May 22 - June 21
Cancer June 22 – July 22
Birthdays and Anniversaries
There must be more than this. Let’s hear about YOUR birthday.
Missed May Birthdays and Anniversaries
THE MAYAN CALENDAR GOES WAY BEYOND 2012
Newly discovered wall writings found in Guatemala show the famed Maya culture's obsession with cycles of time. But they also show calendars that go well beyond 2012, the year when the vanished civilization, according to popular culture, expected the end of the world.
"So much for the supposed end of the world," says archaeologist William Saturno of Boston University, lead author of a study in the journal Science, which reported the discovery on Thursday.
Discovered in the ruins of Xultun (SHOOL-toon) , the astronomical calendar was unearthed from a filled-in scribe's room. While about 7 million Maya people still live in Central America today, the "Classic" Maya civilization of pyramid temples had collapsed there by about 900 A.D., leaving only a few birch-bark books dating to perhaps the 14th century as records of their astronomy, until now.
"The numbers we found indicate an obsession with time and cycles of time, some of them very large," Saturno says. "Maya scribes most likely transcribed the numbers on the wall in this room into (books) just like the ones later seen by conquistadors."
Explorers first reported the site of Xultun, once a large Maya center, in 1915. But it was only two years ago that National Geographic Society-funded archaeologists noted a small residential room partly exposed by looters. The room's walls proved to hold murals and small, delicate hieroglyphs inscribed in rows between paintings of scribes and rulers that not only corresponded to a 260 day ceremonial calendar and 365-day year, but the 584-day sky track of Venus and 780-day one of Mars.
Examination of the rows shows they are columns of numbers and symbols similar to lunar eclipse calculations found in early 16th century Maya writings that tied astronomical events to rituals. Some of them include dates corresponding to a time after the year 3500.
"A fascinating discovery and a first in Maya archaeology," says Maya anthropologist Victoria Bricker of Tulane University in New Orleans. She notes its conclusive linkage of the later books to the Classic Maya calendar carved in stone dating back to before 300 A.D. The room's wall calculations likely served as a blackboard for scribes, in a society where festivals, rituals and farming were tied to astronomical observations.
"Seeing the actual writing on the wall certainly gives us a little insight into history," says Maya writing expert Simon Martin, co-curator of the "Maya 2012: Lords of Time" exhibition now ongoing at Philadelphia's Penn Museum. Although once viewed as peaceful star-gazers, more recent scholarly work has revealed that politics, war and trade dominated ancient Maya society. "We're seeing the pendulum swing back with this discovery, where we can now see astronomy playing a role in ordering their society," Martin says.
MONACO GRAND PRIX, MAY 27th
Mark Webber wins from pole position to win historic race in Monte Carlo. For the second time in three years Webber triumphed around the streets of the principality, leading home a train at the end of the 78 laps as the top six were covered by just a few seconds.
The Monaco Grand Prix (French: Grand Prix de Monaco) is a Formula One race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world, alongside the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The circuit has been called "an exceptional location of glamour and prestige."
The race is
held on a narrow course laid out in the streets of Monaco, with many
elevation changes and tight corners as well as a tunnel, making it one of
the most demanding tracks in Formula One. In spite of the relatively low
average speeds, it is a dangerous place to race. It is the only Grand Prix
that does not adhere to the FIA's mandated 305 km minimum race distance.
THE INDY 500, MAY 27th
Dario Franchitti prevailed in a wild duel as Takuma Sato crashed while attempting to pass Franchitti on the final lap of the 96th Indianapolis 500. It was Franchitti's third Indy 500 victory, one that set records for heat and lead changes. Sato was attempting to pass Franchitti by going low into Turn 1 on the final lap when Sato's car spun. Franchitti's car missed Sato's car and, as the caution light came on, was in first place.
The Indianapolis 500-Mile Race, also known as the Indianapolis 500, the 500 Miles at Indianapolis, the Indy 500 or The 500, is held annually, typically on the last weekend in May (specifically over the Memorial Day weekend) at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event lends its name to the IndyCar class, or formula, of open-wheel race cars that have competed in it.
The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered one of the three most significant motorsports events in the world. The official attendance is not disclosed by Speedway management, but the permanent seating capacity is more than 257,000 people, and infield seating raises capacity to an approximate 400,000.
The Indianapolis 500 is held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a 2.5 mile oval circuit. The race consists of 200 laps, run counterclockwise around the circuit, for a distance of 500 miles. The first Indy 500 took place on Memorial Day, May 30, 1911.
Traditionally, the field consists of 33 starters, aligned in a starting grid of eleven rows of three cars apiece. The event is contested by "Indy cars", a formula of professional-level, single-seat, open cockpit, open-wheel, purpose-built race cars. As of 2012, all entrants utilize 2.4 L V6 turbocharged engines, tuned to produce a range of 550–700 horsepower (410–520 kW).
The race is the most prestigious event of the IndyCar calendar, one of oldest and most important automobile races in the world, and is the largest single-day sporting event in the entire world. In addition, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway itself is regarded as the world's largest sporting facility in terms of capacity. The total purse exceeded $13 million in 2011, with over $2.5 million awarded to the winner, making it one of the richest prize funds in sports.
COCA-COLA 600, MAY 27th
On a night of blistering speed at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Kasey Kahne set the most torrid pace of all. With a strong finishing kick in the Coca-Cola 600, Kahne breezed to a 4.295-second victory over Denny Hamlin on Sunday night. The 600-mile race was completed in 3 hours, 51 minutes and 17 seconds — a record for the longest event on the Sprint Cup schedule. The previous mark was 3 hours, 56 minutes, 55 seconds in 1995. In comparison to the Indianapolis 500 run earlier in the day, it took stock cars going roughly 180 mph only 53 minutes longer than Indy cars needed to finish 500 miles at 215 mph.
The Coca-Cola 600 is an annual 600-mile (965.606 km) NASCAR Sprint
points race held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina
during Memorial Day weekend. The event, when first held in 1960, became the
first race to be held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Run since 1960, it
is the longest race sanctioned by NASCAR.
THE STANLEY CUP FINALS FIRST GAME, MAY 30th
The 2012 Stanley Cup Finals will be the championship series of the National Hockey League (NHL) 2011–12 season, and the culmination of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. It will pit the Eastern Conference playoff champion, the New Jersey Devils, against the Western Conference playoff champion, the Los Angeles Kings. Based on their superior regular-season point total, the New Jersey Devils will host Games 1 and 2 of the best-of-seven Final, as well as Games 5 and 7, if necessary. Games 3 and 4 -- and Game 6, if necessary -- will be hosted by the Western Conference champion Los Angeles Kings.
This will be the 119th year of the Stanley Cup's presentation.
The Stanley Cup is the final series of postseason games of the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup is won by winning four of seven games played between the champions of the Western and Eastern Conferences. The Stanley Cup is the trophy awarded to the team who wins the Finals. That team's members are inscribed on the cup itself, and the team keeps the cup until another team wins the finals, at the earliest the following year. The Stanley Cup is also known as "the Cup", "“the Holy Grail" or ironically, "Lord Stanley's Mug". The trophy itself was donated in 1892 by the Governor General of Canada, Lord Stanley, to the top-ranked amateur hockey team in Canada. With various league expansions and consolidations, the Stanley Cup has become the oldest sports trophy in North America and the highest ice hockey honor in the world.
Cup Finals games are played at the respective home arenas of the two final
teams competing for the championship. The team with the better regular
season record receives the home ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Finals, and
hosts games 1, 2, 5, and 7, whereas the team without that advantage hosts
games 3, 4, and 6.
A MILD 2012 HURRICANE SEASON PREDICTED, JUNE 1st
As June 1, 2012 draws nearer, we will see the start of the 2012 Hurricane Season. The active hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30. One thing to keep in mind is that tropical cyclones can develop at any time of the year. It is during the official hurricane season, however, that we see the most development.
Overall, the predictions are not dire for 2012. The season is being forecast to be relatively tame. Forecasters seem to agree mostly that there is a probability of 12 named storms and out of the 12 named storms, seven possibly will develop into hurricanes. Out of the seven hurricanes, three of these are being predicted to be "major" hurricanes in scope with winds sustaining 111 mph or more. This would place them at a minimum at Category 3 status on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Most the landfall models are predicting fairly close or normal landfall of storms along the United States coastline. The Gulf of Mexico coastline and the coastline of Florida are being given an elevated chance of landfall over the East Coast in 2012.
As of 5pm on 05/20/2012,the National Hurricane Center has upgraded Invest 93L to Tropical Storm Alberto. We are off and running. Alberto is earliest-forming tropical storm in Atlantic since 2003.
After having been upped to 60 mph earlier, Alberto’s maximum sustained winds are now clocked at 50 mph. A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the South Carolina coast from the Savannah River to South Santee River (see tropical storm-force wind probabilities here). Dangerous surf is possible along the South Carolina and Georgia coast through Monday. The National Hurricane Center expects little change in Alberto’s strength during the next 48 hours.
Memorial Day weekend, sub-tropical storm Beryl, the second tropical
cyclone of the current season in the Atlantic, developed east of Georgia and
some 215 miles southeast of Charleston, South Carolina. Beryl packed 50 mph
winds and a central pressure of 999 hectopascals. The National Hurricane
Center in Miami had Beryl touching land as a tropical storm in far southern
Georgia, near the Florida border, some time on late Sunday or early Monday.
NAVY DAY, JUNE 1st
Navy Day is an official Mexican holiday. The day is held on the June 1st and has been recognized every year since 1942.
The Mexican Navy (Armada de México or SEMAR) is the naval branch of the Mexican military responsible for conducting naval operations. Its stated mission is "to use the naval force of the federation for the exterior defense, and to help with internal order". The Navy consists of about 56,000 men and women plus reserves, over 189 ships, and about 130 aircraft. The Navy attempts to maintain a constant modernization program in order to upgrade its response capability.
Given Mexico's large area of water (3,149,920 km2) and extensive coastline (11,122 km), the navy's duties are of great importance. Perhaps its most important on-going missions are the war on drugs and protecting PEMEX's oil wells in Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. Another important task of the Mexican Navy is to help people in hurricane relief operations and other natural disasters.
Navy Day for additional information.
ROBIN’S BEST SHIRT AWARD, JUNE 1st
Come one, come all, to the Beach Bar, where we’ll have a ball.
It’s time for the “Best Shirt Award”, which is held on the first Friday of each month during Happy Hour at the Lol Ha Beach Bar. This award is based on Robin’s penchant for good, classy Beach Bar shirts, and his sister, Mary Henderson, is ready to once again be the judge and jury as she selects the “Best Shirt” for June. And, as we go to print the criteria are still somewhat nebulous, but it looks like “coolest”, “neatest”, and “most colorful” might work.
award for “Best Shirt” went to Wendell Day, who had to go through some very
tough scrutiny by the judges, because there was some serious competition.
May Best Shirt for more photos.
RYAN FREDETTE GRADUATES, JUNE 2nd
On Saturday, June 2nd, 2012, Ryan Fredette will graduate from Uxbridge, Massachusetts High School. The entire Staff of The Akumalian will be there to celebrate this milestone.
In the Fall, Ryan moves on to the next chapter in his life when he enters the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus, 710-acres on the South Coast of Massachusetts, between Providence, RI and Cape Cod—just one hour from Boston. Ryan is enrolled in the Charlton College of Business.
FULL MOON, JUNE 4th
Full Strawberry Moon occurs on June 4th at 6:11am AST. This name
was universal to every Aztec tribe. However, in Europe they called it the
Rose Moon. Also, because the relatively short season for harvesting
strawberries comes each year during the month of June, so the full Moon for
June was christened for the strawberry!
TRANSIT OF VENUS, JUNE 5th
Yes!! This will be visible in Akumal.
A transit of Venus across the Sun takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and Earth, becoming visible against (and hence obscuring a small portion of) the solar disk. During a transit, Venus can be seen from Earth as a small black disk moving across the face of the Sun. The duration of such transits is usually measured in hours (the transit of 2004 lasted six hours). A transit is similar to a solar eclipse by the Moon. While the diameter of Venus is almost four times that of the Moon, Venus appears smaller, and travels more slowly across the face of the Sun, because it is much farther away from Earth. Observations of transits of Venus helped scientists use the principle of parallax to calculate the distance between the Sun and the Earth.
Transits of Venus are among the rarest of predictable astronomical phenomena. They occur in a pattern that repeats every 243 years, with pairs of transits eight years apart separated by long gaps of 121.5 years and 105.5 years. The periodicity is a reflection of the fact that the orbital periods of Earth and Venus are close to 8:13 and 243:395 commensurabilities.
A transit of Venus took place on 8 June 2004 and the next will be on 6 June 2012. The previous pair of transits were in December 1874 and December 1882. After 2012, the next transits of Venus will be in December 2117 and December 2125.
A transit of Venus can be safely observed by taking the same precautions used when observing the partial phases of a solar eclipse. Staring at the brilliant disk of the Sun (the photosphere) with the unprotected eye can quickly cause serious and often permanent eye damage.
COMINGS AND GOINGS
Comings, in May, for Best Shirt Award, Kentucky Derby, and other things:
·Tom & Judy Baxter have returned to South Akumal.
·Beryl & Susanne Van Lierop are back at Yal Ku Cai
·Mike & Peggy Stone are here at Iguana.
·Monica Meyer was back at Los Primos in South Akumal.
·Monica’s friends, Jane and Janine, were with her.
·Arlene Pargot returned to Las Vigas with her brother, Ron.
·Pat & Cheryl Reagan were around and about for a short stay.
·Macon & Susan Gravlee were back for a bit.
·Susan Gravlee’s son, Greg, and his friend, Donna, were here too.
·Russ Motley’s brother was in town with some friends.
·Michael Schwartz stopped in South Akumal on his way to Mexico City.
·Hugh Maynard and Carolyn Harris are back at Yalku Cai through to August.
· Memo & Marcy Essay have returned to Iowa for the season.
Kevin “Red Beard” McKee departed for Anchorage, Alaska on May
16. Kevin reports, “It's 6,500 miles or 10,000 km. Just a short 2 weeks
with lots of stuff along the way. I will try to update as much as possible
, pics. included. My US cell is 240-372-3483. I will be online at my
www.whereisredbeard.com as much as possible.”
BELMONT STAKES, JUNE 9th
The 143rd running of the Belmont Stakes will be held at Belmont Park on Saturday, June 9 ABC-TV and ESPN will provide live coverage of the day’s events. Post time is 5:35pm AST
Because of its distance and status as the race that can make or break a Triple Crown champion, the Belmont Stakes has been the venue for some of the most famous moments in American racing.
I'll Have Another captured a thrilling Preakness Stakes on Saturday to give him victories in the first two legs of the Triple Crown, with a chance to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1978 to win the coveted title when he runs in the Belmont Stakes on June 9. As he did in the Kentucky Derby, I'll Have Another stayed off the pace set by speedy Bodemeister, then roared past him near the finish line to win the 137th running of the Preakness by a neck before a record crowd of 121,309 at sun-splashed Pimlico Race Course.
The first Belmont in the United States was not the famous stakes race or even the man for whom it is named. Rather, the first Belmont was a race horse that arrived in California in 1853 from his breeding grounds of Franklin, Ohio. The Belmont Stakes, however, are named after August Belmont, a financier who made quite a name and fortune for himself in New York politics and society. Obviously, Mr. Belmont was also quite involved in horse racing, and his imprint is even intertwined within the history of the Kentucky Derby.
One thing the Belmont does have over the Derby is that it is the oldest of the three Triple Crown events. The Belmont predates the Preakness by six years, the Kentucky Derby by eight. The first running of the Belmont Stakes was in 1867 at Jerome Park, on, believe it or not, a Thursday.
tidbit you didn't see in Derby or Preakness history. When Grey Lag won the
Belmont in 1921, it marked the first running of the Belmont Stakes in the
counter-clockwise manner of American fashion. This 53rd running was a mile
and three-eighths over the main course; previous editions at Belmont Park
had been run clockwise, in accordance with English custom, over a fish-hook
course which included part of the training track and the main dirt oval.
FRENCH OPEN FINALS, JUNE 9 & 10th
The 2012 French Open (also known as Roland Garros, after the famous French aviator) is a tennis tournament played on outdoor clay courts. It is the 112th edition of the French Open, and the second Grand Slam event of the year. It is taking place at the Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France, from 27 May to 10 June, 2012.
finals is on Saturday, June 9, and the men’s final is on Sunday, June 10.
TONY AWARDS, JUNE 10th
The American Theatre Wing's 66th Annual Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards will be broadcast live from Beacon Theatre in New York City on Sunday, June 10, 2012 (8:00-11:00 p.m., live EST) on the CBS Television Network. The awards honor theatre professionals and distinguished achievement on Broadway. The cut-off for nomination eligibility on the 2011-2012 Broadway Season was April 29, 2011.
The Antoinette Perry "Tony" Awards are bestowed annually on theatre professionals for distinguished achievement. The Tony is one of the most coveted awards in the entertainment industry and the annual telecast is considered one of the most prestigious programs on television.
While the theatre-going public may consider the Tony Awards to be the Oscars of live theatre, critics have suggested that the Tony Awards are primarily a promotional vehicle for a small number of large production companies and theatre owners in New York City. Only shows playing in one of 39 "Broadway" theatres designated by the Tony Awards Management Committee are eligible for the Tony Awards. The 39 "Broadway" theatres are all large venues located between 40th and 66th Streets and 6th and 10th Avenues in New York City, an area surrounding Broadway from Times Square to Lincoln Center. Shows playing in "off-Broadway" or "off-off-Broadway" theatres, or shows playing outside of New York City, are not eligible. Since there are only 39 theatres, only a portion of which will be featuring a "new" production in any given season, and 27 award categories, it's likely that many "new" shows will reap at least one award.
Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris will return to host the American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards this year, for the third time. Harris will preside over a star-studded ceremony live on stage at the Beacon Theatre.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of this year's Tony Awards,” said Harris. “Not only will I be shining a spotlight on the best that Broadway has to offer, but hopefully I'll score some free house seats to a show or 5. "
previously hosted the Tonys to great acclaim in 2009 and 2011. As he did in
2011, Harris will also act as a producer, along with executive producers
Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment?
FLAG DAY, JUNE 14th
The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. Go to Flag Day for additional information.
In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which happened that day by resolution of the Second Continental Congress in 1777.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; in August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.
Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though on June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first (and only) U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. One of the longest-running Flag Day parades is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, which began in 1952 and celebrated its 57th year in 2009.
Know? If you like to study flags, then you are a Vexillologist!
US OPEN, JUNE 14-17th
The United States Open Championship, commonly known as the U.S. Open, is the annual open golf tournament of the United States. It is the second of the four major championships in golf, and is on the official schedule of both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. It is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA) in mid-June, scheduled so that, if there are no weather delays, the final round is played on the third Sunday, which is Father's Day.
The US Open will be played at
The Olympic Club in Daly City, near San Francisco, California.
FATHER’S DAY, JUNE 17th
Historians have recorded that there was a tradition to celebrate Father's Day even thousands of years ago. Their studies say that 4,000 years ago in Babylon, a son called Elmesu carved a father's day message on a clay card. In his message Elmesu wished his father a long and healthy life. There is no knowledge as to what happened to this father son duo, but it is believed that several countries retained the custom of celebrating Father's Day. Go to Father’s Day for additional information.
WHAT’S NEW AROUND TOWN?
Lol-Ha Restaurant Summer
Daily Specials at Lol-Ha
and a New Summer Menu!
Turtle Bay Café Happy
“The Flatbreads are here to stay. Right now we are trying to work on some logistics issues with them. They take a little longer to get made and into the oven, and then it is a 12 minute cook time, therefore the staff is to just get them out whenever they are ready.”
The Turtle Bay Café
Look on the Internet for Tonight’s Specials.
“For all the locals still around, we will still be having the delicious fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs on Wednesday nights, and we need your support to continue supporting our staff.”
Jack Kelly Has Passed
“He was a funny, sharp, wonderful man who lived an interesting life and who never stopped adventuring. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He will be missed very much at Iguana condos and in Akumal. Bob and I have lots of happy memories of fun times that will bring smiles to our faces when we think of Jack.”
Stacy Lee Watkins Has
“Stacy was born on July 3, 1973 in Florence, Colorado to Richard C. (Dick) and Andrea L. Watkins. Stacy is survived by her family and hundreds of friends.
“Dick and Andrea spend their winter months on the beaches of the Caribbean at their residence in Paamul. Stacy loved the sea, so in late 2008 she came to Quintana Roo. Many in the area knew her personally from the year-and-a-half that she spent either in Paamul with her parents, on Xpu-Ha Beach, or Xcalacoco. She was a ray of sunshine for everyone who knew her.
“In early 2010, she moved back to Texas, where she felt at home. At the time of her death she worked for BJ's Brewhouse and Restaurant in Hurst, Texas.
“While Stacy lived on XpuHa Beach, she and her friend walked the entire beach on the beautiful bay at least twice a day all year long. During sea turtle nesting and hatching season they were on the beach many times during the days and nights making sure that the nests were protected from predators; she wanted those little eggs to hatch. Once the eggs were hatching, she wanted to make sure the little hatchlings would be able to find their way to the water to fight for their lives in the sea.
“Stacy's parents chose Centro Ecológico Akumal (CEA) and their Sea Turtle Protection Program as the organization for donations to be made in Stacy's memory. If you choose to donate to this cause in Stacy's memory, you may do so by clicking here.
Ferry – Progress -
PLAYA DEL CARMEN
Bud says, “I'm
doing fine. Played tennis last Monday night with my Philly group. Probably
not returning to Akumal 'til late fall.”
AKUMAL FISHING TOURNAMENT, NADA
It has been
reported that the Annual Akumal Fishing Tournament will NOT take place on
this year. Unfortunately, no further details have been forthcoming.
WIMBLEDON, THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, JUNE 25 – JULY 8th
The Championships, Wimbledon, or simply Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is considered the most prestigious. It has been held at the All England Club in the London suburb of Wimbledon since 1877. It is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments – the other three Majors are the Australian Open, French Open and US Open – and the only one still played on the game's original surface, grass, which gave the game of lawn tennis its name.
The tournament takes place over two weeks in late June and early July (25 June – 8 July), culminating with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Final, scheduled respectively for the second Saturday (July 7) and Sunday (July 8).
traditions include a strict dress code for competitors, the eating of
strawberries and cream by the spectators, and Royal patronage. The
tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the
courts. In 2009, Wimbledon's Centre Court was fitted with a retractable
roof to prevent rain delaying and interrupting Centre Court matches during
SUMMER SOLSTICE, JUNE 20th
This is the first day of summer!!
Each year, the timing of the solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. This occurs annually on June 20 or June 21 in North America, depending on your time zone.
The word solstice is from the Latin solstitium, from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).
In temperate regions, we notice that the Sun is higher in the sky throughout the day, and its rays strike Earth at a more direct angle, causing the efficient warming we call summer. In the winter, just the opposite occurs: The Sun is at its southernmost point and is low in the sky. Its rays hit the Northern Hemisphere at an oblique angle, creating the feeble winter sunlight.
The Sun is
directly overhead at its most northern point at "high-noon" on the summer
solstice, creating more sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere on this day than
AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES, JUNE 26 – JULY 1
America’s Cup Racing Returns to Newport, Rhode Island
America’s Cup racing returns to the United States later this month when the AC World Series brings nine of the top sailing crews in the world to Newport, R.I. The American team, ORACLE TEAM USA, currently leads the AC World Series by one point, so the final stop on the 2011-12 AC World Series circuit will determine the overall winner of the first-ever season.
“The championship has been extremely close since the first event in Portugal last summer,” said Jimmy Spithill, skipper of ORACLE TEAM USA. “I won’t be surprised to see it come down to the final race, on the final day in Newport. And that’s the way it should be.”
Newport will host a festival of sailing from June 23 to July 1, culminating with the AC World Series running from Tuesday, June 26 through Sunday, July 1. The series will climax on the final Sunday, when both the event and season champion will be crowned. The final race day will air live, nationwide, on NBC.
The AC Village will be located at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, the shoreside hub of the event. Visitors will experience a unique view of the team bases – the 'pit row' – where the 45-foot catamarans with their 70-foot fixed wing-sails will be launched each day. The AC Village will offer a fantastic vantage point for spectators, with racing unfolding just yards offshore in the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.
Fans will enjoy a live race feed with commentary, as well as a Moët & Chandon champagne bar, Napa Valley Vintners wine lounge, multiple concessions featuring the best of the local Rhode Island food scene, the PUMA store, and the Teams Store. The Exploration Zone, with interactive exhibits from the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography and the America’s Cup Healthy Ocean Project partners, will give visitors an appreciation of the marine environment.
General admission tickets to the AC Village in Fort Adams State Park during race days (June 28 - July 1) are $10 per person per day, with children aged 12 and under free. No tickets are required from June 23 - 27. Tickets are available online at http://americascup.frontgatetickets.com and at the Newport Gateway Visitor's Center. The AC Village opens at 11am each day, closing at 5pm (7pm on race days).
from seven countries are competing in the AC World Series, including:
Artemis Racing (Sweden), skipper Terry Hutchinson; China Team (China),
skipper Phil Robertson; Emirates Team New Zealand (New Zealand), skipper
Dean Barker; Energy Team (France), helmsman Loïck Peyron; Luna Rossa
Challenge (Italy), with two boats, helmsmen Chris Draper and Paul
Campbell-James; ORACLE TEAM USA with two boats, skippers James Spithill and
Darren Bundock; and Team Korea (Korea) with skipper Nathan Outteridge.
TOUR DE FRANCE, JUNE 30 – JULY 22
Running from Saturday June 30th to Sunday July 22th 2012, the 99th Tour de France will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,479 kilometers. It is scheduled to start in the Belgian city of Liège, and end on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. Besides Belgium, the Tour also visits the country of Switzerland.
features a total of 96.1 km covered in individual time trials. This large
number of time trial kilometers favors 2011 winner Cadel Evans according to
two-time winner Alberto Contador. The course is likely to also favour other
GC contenders that excel in time-trials, such as Bradley Wiggins, Denis
Menchov and Tony Martin. Climbers like Andy & Fränk Schleck, Robert Gesink,
Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Ivan Basso and Damiano Cunego also have the
disadvantage of only three uphill finishes: La Planche des Belles Filles
(stage 7), La Toussuire - Les Sybelles (stage 11) and Peyragudes (stage 17)
Then again, there was the monthly ONDARTE Reception on the last Saturday of May, but The Staff did not make it.