Usain Bolt: la leyenda del hombre más veloz del mundo

El jamaicano Usain Bolt amplió su leyenda como el hombre más veloz del mundo al ganar esta semana por sexta vez la prueba de 100 metros planos en el campeonato mundial que se disputa en China. Bolt desmintió a los escépticos al registrar su mejor marca del año (9.79 segundos), batiendo al hombre más rápido de las dos últimas temporadas, el estadounidense Justin Gatlin, quien partía como favorito. El “relámpago caribeño” siempre demuestra su clase en las grandes competencias. Anteriormente sólo …

Tracing a Family Tree, From Harlem to China

Paula Williams Madison is the epitome of success: Vassar College grad, award-winning journalist, former TV executive, entrepreneur, community activist. But the Harlem native was also driven toward another goal — finding more about the Chinese grandfather she never knew. Madison, 62, details her multicultural family odyssey in her new book, Finding Samuel Lowe, due April 14. A documentary by the same name is making its rounds at film festivals, including a recent screening at the International Black History Month celebration …

John Kerry Shows Chinese Diplomats His Guitar Chops

Secretary of State John Kerry, who as a teenager played bass for the Electras – a rock group he formed with high school classmates – still has some guitar chops at age 70. On July 10, while on a diplomatic mission in China, Kerry took a few moments to show off some of his finger-picking skills for Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and others in the Great Hall of the People. The impromptu concert, captured on a cellphone and published …

The Beat Goes On Marching Band of Oregon to Play Shanghai Festival

You can say that one merry band does indeed march to the beat of a different drummer. The Beat Goes On marching band of Portland, Ore., has made a quite a name for itself in the mere 2½ years it’s been struttin’ its stuff in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. And now that beat will lead the musicians to China in September. The organizers of the Shanghai Tourism Festival discovered the band online and invited it as the only U.S. …

Talents Can Transform Your Life and the World

In the movie A Bronx Tale, Robert De Niro plays a father who declares that wasted talent is “the saddest thing in life.” Those words ring true for me on a lot of levels. As an economist I view older Americans as an undervalued asset, too often denied the chance to use talents honed over a lifetime. As a policy wonk and advocate, I look for strategies that can help people live rewarding lives and that remove obstacles in their …

4 Facts You Should Know About National Debt and Default

In all of the turmoil about a possible U.S. default on its $16.8 trillion debt, there’s an overload of information to follow. Here are four tidbits that you might have missed. Sign up for the AARP Money Matters newsletter 1. China does not “own our debt.” Yes, it does hold an IOU from the United States for about $1.28 trillion, making China Uncle Sam’s largest overseas creditor. But that represents only 7.6 percent of the nation’s debt. 2. The U.S. …