The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games were held in London, England, between the 29th of August and the 9th of September. They were officially opened by the Queen Elizabeth II.
The moto of these Paralympic Games was “Inspire a generation“.
They are the fourtheenth Summer Paralympic Games, the first ones being held in the summer of 1960 in Rome, Italy.
The 2012 Summer Paralympic Games had the largest nubmer of participants so far – 4,294, coming from 164 different countries, 18 more than the Summer Paralympic Games in Beijing, 2008.
The participants competed in 503 events of twenty different sports: archery, athletics, boccia, paralympic cycling – road and track, equestrian, football – 5-a-side and 7-a-side, goalball, judo, powerlifting, rowing, sailing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.
The five countries that won the most medals are:
1) China, with a total of 204 medals – 84 gold, 65 silver and 58 bronze medals;
2) Great Britain, with a total of 115 medals – 33 gold, 40 silver and 42 bronze medals;
3) Russia, with a total of 92 medals – 32 gold, 35 silver and 25 bronze medals;
4) Ukraine, with a total of 74 medals – 30 gold, 19 silver and 25 bronze medals and
5) Australia, with a total of 75 medals – 29 gold, 20 silver and 26 bronze medals.
The next Summer Paralympic Games will be held in 2016, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
On 22nd of August, four groups of disabled and non-disabled scouts lit the Paralympic Flames at four different places: Scaffel Pike in England, Snowdon in Whales, Ben Nevis in Scotland and Norther Ireland's Slieve Donard. The Flames were then united on the 28th of August at Stoke Mandeville, the spiritual home of the Paralympic Movement, in order to create the London 2012 Paralympic Flame.
The flames were supposed to ensure that the spirit of each home nation is represented in the Paralympic Flame.
On 28th of August, at 8pm, 580 torchbearers, divided in teams of five, carried the torch on a 24-hour, 92-mile relay from Stoke Mandeville to the Olympic Stadium.
The teams included five members of the UK's first blind cricket team and five PE teachers from Davenant Foundation School that had been nominated for their dedication to teaching Paralympic sports.
Before visiting the six host towns, the Paralympic Torch Relay traveled through some of the communities of Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
The Summer Games of the XXX Olympiad took place in London, United Kingdom, from 27th July to 12th August 2012. More than 10,000 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees participated. London also hosted the modern Olympic Games in 1908 as well as in 1948.
Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Brunei entered female athletes for the first time, meaning that for the first time every country sent a female competitor to at least one Olympic Games.
The Olympic flame arrived on 18th May from Greece. The relay lasted 70 days and involved about 8,000 people carrying the torch a distance about 12,800 km starting from Land's End in Cornwall.
The Games were opened by Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. The rating of 24.24 million viewers was the highest rating for any British television broadcast since 1996.
The Olympic Committee of Serbia sent a total of 115 athletes. Serbia won four medals: one gold, one silver and two bronze. Milica Mandic won Serbia's first ever gold medal in Olympic history as an independent nation in taekwondo.
The closing ceremony featured a flashback to British music with many world-famous singers and bands like, Madness, Pet Shop Boys, George Michael, Jessie J, Annie Lennox, The Spice Girls. In addition, the well-known comedian who played in Monty Python, Emeli Sande, sang the unforgettable song 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life'.
On 6th February 2012, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor became only the second British Monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee; the only other was Queen Victoria. Queen Elizabeth II is today the queen regnant of 16 sovereign states, 12 of which were British colonies or Dominions at the start of her reign. For the Diamond Jubilee, the Queen toured only the United Kingdom, while her children and grandchildren toured the Commonwealth realms, whereas during her Golden Jubilee she toured most of her countries around the world. The Queen set two guidelines for the planning of her jubilee - the use of public funds should be minimized and nobody should be "forced to celebrate".
The first major event of the jubilee celebrations was the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, also referred to as The World Comes to Windsor - a cavalcade held at Windsor Castle to celebrate her visits to and tours of over 250 countries, and her passion and love for horses. The show featured 550 horses and 1100 performers from around the world and was performed in the evenings between the 10th and the 13th of May, after the events of the annual Royal Windsor Horse Show.
On 18th May, the Queen hosted a lunch at Windsor Castle for over 20 current or former monarchs from other countries.
The River Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant took place on 3rd June - a maritime parade of 1000 boats from around the Commonwealth together with other celebrations along the river banks.
Members of the Royal Family along with governor-general and prime ministers from the Commonwealth realms attended many events on 4th and the 5th June; Buckingham Palace reception, a London Guildhall reception, a lunch at Lancaster House and service of thanksgiving at St. Paul's Cathedral are among the biggest ones.
On 5th June, a message from the Queen was released and aired on television everywhere around the world, in which she stated that the events she had attended to mark her Diamond Jubilee had been a humbling experience and expressed her thanks to those who had organized the celebrations over the extended weekend, ending it by saying "I will continue to treasure and draw inspiration from the countless kindnesses shown to me in this country and throughout the Commonwealth. Thank you."
15th March, 2012
From February 13th to March 10th, 2012, the students from ten schools located in Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci participated in a project called Make !t Possible. Eighteen students going to the second, third and fourth grade in Karlovačka gimnazija also took part in this project. It consisted of a series of seminars focusing on educating students about global issues, a fundraising party, and a closing conference, all of which were organised by AISEC.
AIESEC is the world’s largest global, non-political, independent, non-profit organisation in over one hundred and ten countries. What makes AIESEC outstanding is the fact that it is run by students for students in order to gain leadership skills, competences, experience, knowledge, and attitudes in a global learning environment and become responsible leaders.
Serbia has been a part of AIESEC since its very beginning, 60 years ago. There are nine local offices, out of which one is based in Novi Sad. This year, the office in Novi Sad has implemented five projects designed to encourage young people to improve themselves in various fields such as agriculture, ecology, and youth employment.
Make !t Possible is run with the aim to raise awareness among young people about global issues by connecting international students, students from Serbia, and partners in a unique favorable learning environment, and to influence young people to resolve the 8 Millennium Development Goals. The main goal of the project is to encourage students to improve themselves and have a positive impact on society, to create their own future, and not to adapt to change but to be the change they want to see in the world.
''By having a positive influence on young people and encouraging them to create their own future, we are on our way to create a more beautiful and better world,'' says Neda Kosorić, PR of the project.
Organising 10 seminars and educating over 200 students in Novi Sad and Sremski Karlovci was the first part of the project. Some of the issues discussed during the seminars were severe poverty and famine, gender equality, and HIV/AIDS. What made these seminars so special were the refreshing games and workshop facilitators from Germany, Iran, Italy, Russia, and Turkey.
As a result of collaboration with the humanitarian campaign called ''Battle for Babies'', aimed at raising funds to purchase 100 new incubators for the smallest, youngest and most vulnerable citizens, AIESEC Novi Sad hosted a fundraising party on March 7th. They collected a little more than £200.
The closing conference took place in Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj Grammar School on March 10th. Its goal was to gather together the most active students from the previously held seminars and pass the AIESEC members' knowledge to them. In the first part there was a retrospective presentation on making of Making !t Possible. The second part of the conference consisted of the workshops in which the students were taught how to be successful and indenpendent facilitators. They were taught how to facilitate and make an effective project presentation. Also, the students learnt which characteristics and skills make a competent facilitator. After that came the creative part in which everyone had to participate and give their best. The students had to create their own presentation and give it, after which they received their facilitator’s constructive critisism about the improvement of their skills. After these workshops every participant should be able to facilitate any project they choose to work on.
What is certain is that everyone who participated in the project did not only gain new knowledge, skills and competences, but also hope for a better tomorrow. In addition, they made long-lasting connections, and more imporantly - friends.
Ivana and Marina II-4
Photographs: Vanja II-4
08 Feb 2012.
Having been snowed in since last week, children in Serbia are using their creativity to make the most of the temperatures below zero.
All around Novi Sad, one of the cultural centres of the country, the youth organised different kinds of activities. Some of them, such as making snowmen, snowball fights and sledging, are for the youngest, whereas more extreme ones, such as skiing on the main streets, are reserved for teenagers.
Miloš, aged 17, drew media attention by making igloos to keep himself and his friends warm.
Unlike adults, Serbian youth seem to enjoy their unexpected holiday.
Nina & Tamara II-2
08 Feb 2012.
It is official, Novak Đoković is the best spotsman of 2011. The Laureus World Sports Academy's award ceremony was held in London on February 5th.
Novak Đoković was running against Barcelona's forward, Lionel Messi, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and other great athletes. He is back in Belgrade and has announced he will not be attending the first round match of Davis Cup against Sweden.
the longest finale in history, played in Melbourne, Australia, Novak
has a chance to be the second tennis player to win all four major
singles titles in a row, the first being Rod Laver.