Olympics

ANOTHER OLYMPICS SWEEP BY THE AMERICANS

 

By Liz Alper

Photo credits:  Simone Biles courtesy Creative Commons: Agencia Brasil Fotografias, Katie Ledecky courtesy Agencia Brasil, Simone Manuel courtesy Chan-Fan on Wikepedia, The Final Five courtesy San Diego News, Kayla Harrison courtesy Youtube screenshot, Michael Phelps slideshow photo Creative Commons courtesy movefly.com

August 11, 2016 (Rio de Janeiro, Bra.) - When it comes to the Olympics, the stereotype about Americans is true:  we love being the best.  And the athletes of Team USA are certainly proving that stereotype true at the Rio Games.

FORMER REFUGEE AND BOSTON MARATHON WINNER MAKES THE OLYMPICS—AGAIN

 

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photo:  Keflezighi in the 2014 Boston Marathon.  Credit to Gr5 on Wikipedia

 

February 15, 2016 (Los Angeles) - Two years ago, ECM ran a story on Meb Keflezighi, the incredible local refugee-turned-athlete who won the Boston Marathon in 2014.

 

Always dreaming bigger, Keflezighi is realizing one of his biggest dreams two years later--he's going to his fourth Olympic games, this time in Rio de Janeiro.

ROMNEY AGREES TO AID MAYOR FILNER IN EFFORT TO BRING OLYMPICS TO OUR REGION

 

May 8,2013 (San Diego) – Mayor Bob Filner met with former Governor Mitt Romney on Monday evening to discuss the City of San Diego’s Olympic bid for the 2024 Summer Games.

Mayor Filner announced last month that the cities of San Diego and Tijuana will submit a bi-national bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. The Mayor invited Romney to his office to ask if the former Presidential candidate, who formerly headed up Salt Lake City’s Olympic organizing committee, would lend his advice to the effort. Romney said yes.

OLYMPIC COMMITTEE RULES MAY PRECLUDE BINATIONAL OLYMPICS HERE; MAYOR FILNER "UNDAUNTED", SEEKS RULE CHANGE



Media outlets reported today that the International Olympic Committee rules may prohibit a joint bid by the U.S. and Mexico to host the 2024 Olympic Summer Games in San Diego and Tijuana.

In response Mayor Bob Filner released the following statement. “We are undaunted by this statement from the International Olympic Committee. We don’t have all the answers right now."

SAN DIEGO/TIJUANA ONE OF TOP 10 SITES BEING CONSIDERED FOR 2024 OLYMPIC BID

April 27, 2013 (San Diego) – Mayor Bob Filner’s efforts to win the bid to host the 2024 Olympics in our border region is getting serious consideration from the U.S. Olympic Committee.  The San Diego/Tijuana team is on the list of top 10 cities under consideration.

The Mayor announced his idea earlier this year at the opening of the San Diego’s new Tijuana office, alongside Mayor Carlos Bustamante, who is wholeheartedly behind the idea and committed to working together to make this happen.

“I am very serious about this proposal and clearly the U.S. Olympic Committee is paying attention,” said Mayor Bob Filner.  “Imagine the message we could send to the world in the true spirit of what the Olympics is all about, bringing together people and countries.  What better way to do it than with our neighbors south of the border?”

Mayor Bob Filner and Mayor Carlos Bustamante will soon name a top-notch committee to guide the bi-national effort.

FILNER SEEKS TO BRING OLYMPICS TO REGION: MAKES ANNOUNCEMENT AT OPENING OF TIJUANA OFFICE

February 28, 2013 (San Diego)—San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and Tijuana Mayor Carlos Bustamante officially opened a San Diego City office south of the border on Friday, February 22, in a show of unity and commitment to encouraging both economic growth and cultural respect.

“Somos dos ciudades pero una region.  We are two cities, but one region.  This office opening is not just a symbolic gesture, we are going to solidify our relationship and work together to build a great border community,” said Mayor Filner.

SOCIAL SECURITY GOES FOR THE GOLD

 
By Jeannette Nunes
Social Security District Manager
 
August 5, 2012 (El Cajon) -- Millions of Americans are following the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. The last time swimmer Michael Phelps competed, he brought home more gold medals at one time than anyone in the history of the Olympics. This week, he collected the 18th gold medal of his career.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
August 2, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
 
 
 

U.S.

  • Romney would let wind energy tax credits expire, campaign says (Denver Post)
  • Leaders have agreement to avoid pre-election government shut-down (The Hill)
  • Scathing report on for-profit colleges and their $32 billion in tax dollars (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
  • Congress warned that Al Qaeda in Iraq is coming to America (Jewish World Review)
  • Scalia: Guns may be regulated (National Journal)
  • More worries for the wealthy? Inheritance taxes to jump unless Congress acts (Christian Science Monitor)
  • U.S. raises taxes on Chinese wind turbine makers (NY Times)
  • 14 reasons why this is the worst Congress ever (Wonkblog)
WORLD
  • India blackout affects millions, grid failure among world’s worst power outage (Reuters)
  • Japan utility gets $12.8B nuclear crisis bailout (UT San Diego)
  • Cuba broadens economic reforms, plans new measures (Reuters)
  • In pictures: Olympics opening ceremonies (BBC)
  • Thousands flee amid growing ethnic violence in India (NPR)
 
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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 
July 19, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
   
 U.S.
  • Drug trial offers hope for Alzheimer’s treatment (USA Today)
  • Worst drought in decades grips nation (Los Angeles Times)
  • Why Democrats are willing to walk off the “fiscal cliff” (Washington Post)
  • Can Obama save manufacturing? (Washington Post)
  • Controversial GOP spending bill released (The Hill)
  • Romney attacks on Bain questioned: Obama campaign accuses Romney of lying about Bain tenure (Boston Globe)
  • Could Obama’s negative attacks on Mitt Romney backfire? (USA Today)
  • NAACP crowd boos Romney for voting to repeal health reform (NBC)
  • Condi Rice a possible VP pick for Romney: pros and cons (CNN)
  • Supreme Court rejects ‘Stolen Valor’ law, says lying about military honors isn’t a crime (McClatchy News)
WORLD
  • Google searching for human traffickers, drug cartels  (Fox)
  • Olympics security shambles is a “humiliating shambles”, boss concedes (CNN)
  • Dutch, U.S. authorities investigating needles in airline sandwiches (CNN)
  • Central Damascus hit by clashes (Reuters) 
 
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