The Wright View; Much hope for Rio

first_imgFour years after the London Olympics, the hype regarding the safety of the next venue, Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, seems to have died down, particularly where track and field is concerned. The start of the lucrative Diamond League series has heralded the onset of several other meets all over the world, giving fans and indeed athletes an opportunity to discover who are the potential finalists in the many events to be contested this summer. Jamaicans got an opportunity, up close, to witness one such early contest with the staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet last Saturday at the National Stadium. The meet was well attended and the usual World leading and personal best performances of some of the athletes on show added to the general satisfaction of those who attended or who watched on television. The late withdrawal of some of the big name stars seemed not to have dampened spectator enthusiasm except when it was announced – just before the start of the women’s 200-metre event – that double Olympic sprint champion and Jamaican sprint queen, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce would not be running. The Jamaican hopefuls who did compete, however, gave fans confidence that the prophesy of Olympian and new Member of Parliament, Juliet Cuthbert-Flynn, would be fulfilled. Mrs Cuthbert-Flynn predicted that the nation would surpass the 12 medals garnered at the event in London in 2012. Elaine Thompson (10.79), Kemar Bailey-Cole (10.01) in the 100-metre races, Danielle Williams (12.55) in the sprint hurdles, Janieve Russell (54.61), Jaheel Hyde (49.16) in the 400m hurdles races, Javon Francis (44.85) and Novlene Williams-Mills (50.87) in the flat 400m, all showed signs of being in the finals of their events in Rio. This is not to say that the other Jamaicans who competed last Saturday night have no chance in reaching the finals or even medalling in Rio. Asafa Powell looked very good in the early stages of the men’s 200m and his time of 20.45 is not to be sniffed at. However, with his history of groin and hamstring injuries, I am confident that his handlers will encourage him to concentrate on the 100m and the second or finishing leg of the 4x100m relay, of which the nation seems to be a sure pick for the gold in Rio. There were other very notable performances at the JII last Saturday. Bahamian Shaunae Miller, who ran what seemed to be an easy 22.14 in the women’s 200m, was the standout performance of the night. Miller is better known as a 400m runner, who uses the 200m to sharpen her speed in the first 200m of the race. Her body type is reminiscent of another top world class runner (a male) and if she continues to progress (as it now appears), Marita Koch’s very suspicious world record of 47.60 seconds may be in danger. Well, maybe not this year, but definitely before the following Olympics.last_img read more

Writer Bernstein visits Nixon library

first_img“I’ve written and reported on Nixon,” Bernstein said. He said his book, “Final Days,” co-written with Woodward, is an account of Nixon’s struggle with himself and the public. “It’s important to understand not only the office of the president but also the life of the person in the office,” he said. Bernstein said that was one of the reasons he chose to write about former first lady and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “This woman could be the next president of the United States, and all we know of her is a caricature,” he said. He said his book, “A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” breaks the seal on the mystery. “Unfortunately, most of her story has been left to others, both enemies and true believers, to tell,” Bernstein said. He interviewed 200 people over a three-year period for the book, which was released earlier this year. sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! YORBA LINDA – It didn’t take long for Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Carl Bernstein to address the irony of his speaking at the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. “I am about to say a sentence I never thought I’d hear myself say,” said the silver-haired Bernstein as he stepped to the podium Monday in the library’s auditorium. The standing-room-only audience of 325 laughed and applauded as he paused before saying he was “honored, humbled and moved to be in this magnificent building.” Bernstein, 63, said the library, which the federal government took control of from the private Nixon Foundation in July, shows the two halves of the man. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“What you get here is a magnificent feeling of a whole life lived,” he said. “It’s impossible for me not to feel some kind of strange kinship,” Bernstein said in front of a backdrop of a dozen American flags. Bernstein recalled watching Nixon’s resignation speech in August 1974 on TV and being overcome by a sense of astonishment and awe in the roles he and fellow Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward played in the event unfolding before his eyes. The two reporters uncovered the link between the president and the break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate building, which eventually led to Nixon’s resignation. He argued with those who call him a critic of Nixon, who attended Whittier College and began his law career in Whittier. last_img read more

Former President Ford hospitalized

first_imgRANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) – Former President Ford was undergoing treatment for pneumonia Monday at the same facility where he was briefly hospitalized a month ago, his chief of staff said. He was said to be doing well. Ford, 92, was admitted Saturday to Eisenhower Medical Center near his home in Rancho Mirage in Southern California, Penny Circle said. “Based on his age it is prudent for his initial course of treatment – IV antibiotics – to be done at the hospital,” Circle told The Associated Press. Ford was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday or Thursday, she said. “He’s doing very well,” she said. Hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Wholihan referred inquiries to Circle, who said in a statement that there would be no further comment until a press release is issued Tuesday. Ford was admitted to the hospital Dec. 12 and left the next day. Circle said at the time that Ford had undergone a regularly scheduled health exam but noted that he also had been battling a bad cold. Asked if the pneumonia was the result of any lingering effects from the cold, Circle said, “I don’t think so.” Ford suffered two small strokes five years ago and spent about a week in a hospital. He became the nation’s oldest living former president after the death of Ronald Reagan in 2004. Ford was House minority leader when President Nixon chose him to replace the resigned Spiro Agnew as vice president in 1973. Ford became president on Aug. 9, 1974, when Nixon resigned amid the Watergate scandal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more