National Press Club

Women Serving on Submarines Is Right, Says Navy Secretary

April 30, 2010 | By Bill Miller | williammiller512@aol.com

Assigning women to serve aboard submarines “is absolutely the right thing to do -- and it's going to make us a better Navy,” said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus in a Luncheon speech April 30.

The former Mississippi governor and U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia, soon to observe his one-year anniversary in the Navy's top civilian post, made the remark on the day the service began selecting the first group of women to perform submarine duty. Although the Navy announced its intention to lift the ban on females in submarines in February, Congress had until April 30 to intervene.

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College Executives Advocate Cost Containment, Public Support

April 29, 2010 | By Lorna Aldrich | lorna2@verizon.net

College executives urged more support for public colleges and universities as well as innovation and cost containment for all higher education during a debate at the National Press Club on April 27.

William E. Kirwan, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, opened by agreeing with the debate proposition, “The business model of higher education is broken.”

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Exiled Eritrean Journalist Calls For Press Freedom in His Country

April 28, 2010 | By Chlothilde Le Coz | clc@rsf.org

Despite having a fraction of its population, Eritrea has almost as many reporters in prison as China, a fact that highlighted an event at the National Press Club on April 27.

Milkias M. Yohannes, an exiled Eritrean journalist living in Maryland, became the first Eritrean reporter ever arrested for doing his job.

“I was arrested right after I interviewed the U.S. ambassador to Eritrea," Yohannes said. "I was accused of being a CIA spy. From my colleagues who were there with me, one is in jail. We don’t know if the other is still alive."

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Theodore's of Georgetown Sponsors 5K

April 28, 2010

Theodore's of Georgetown has been added to the growing list of sponsors of the NPC Beat the Deadline 5K.

5K Chairwoman Jessica Brady says Theodore's donation means "we're getting closer to our fund-raising goal, but we're not there yet."

The July 17 race raises money for the training programs and scholarships provided through the Club's non-profit arm., the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library.

To become a sponsor, please email committee Brady at jessicabrady@rollcall.com.

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EU Parliament President Stresses Need For Transatlantic Cooperation

April 28, 2010 | By Tejinder Singh | tejindersinghdc@gmail.com

European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek called for an increase in direct contacts between the U.S. Congress and its European counterpart at an April 27 Newsmaker.

“We want to build a much closer Transatlantic legislative partnership between the European Parliament and U.S. Congress," Buzek said. "After the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, we need to create common EU-U.S. working groups.”

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Dennis Quaid Features Club in Film "Chasing Zero"

April 26, 2010 | By Melissa Charbonneau | melcharbonneau@aol.com

Dennis Quaid's April 12 National Press Club address on preventing dangerous medical errors is featured in the actor's new documentary, "Chasing Zero: Winning the War on Healthcare Harm.”

Quaid, a patients' rights advocate, launched the film project as a result of the near-fatal Heparin overdose of his newborn twins in 2007.

The film is scheduled to be nationally televised on The Discovery Channel on Saturday, May 1, as the first in ongoing patient health care series.

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S. Korea Economic Official Previews G20, Sees Bank Levy Possible

April 26, 2010 | By Peter Hickman | pjhickman@hotmail.com

The establishment of a global lending entity will be high on the agenda of the next G20 meeting, a U.S.-based economic adviser to the president of South Korea said at an April 23 Newsmaker press conference. The meeting finance ministers and world bank governors will be held in South Korea in November.

Hyun-Song Shin, also a professor of economics at Princeton University, said the international lending agency could be patterned after a March currency trade accord among South Korea, Japan, China and some southeast Asian countries.

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Science Fair Champ, Gay-Rights Activist Win Zimmerman, Club Scholarships

April 23, 2010 | By Andrea Snyder | asnyder5@bloomberg.net

A science fair prize-taker and a gay-rights activist are the winners of the two scholarships the National Press Club awards high school seniors each spring.

Cathryn Walker of San Antonio, Texas, will receive the $5,000 Richard G. Zimmerman Journalism Scholarship, and Mary Susman of Omaha, Nebraska, will take the National Press Club Scholarship for Journalism Diversity, which is up to $10,000 over four years.

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Weiner Public News Joins 5K as Sponsor

April 23, 2010 | By Jessica Brady | jessicabrady@rollcall.com

Weiner Public News has become a sponsor of the National Press Club's Beat the Deadline 5K.

The 5K Committee would like to thank Club member and loyal 5K runner Robert Weiner for his generosity and looks forward to seeing him cross the finish line on July 17!

Here is recent coverage of the race:

Washington Examiner
http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/politics/blogs/yeas-and-nays/It_s-been-brought_-P90X-creator-gets-Congress-in-shape-91862529.html

Policito
http://dyn.politico.com/click/index.cfm?cat=23

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Widow of Slain Sri Lankan Journalist Describes His Murder

April 22, 2010 | By Gil Klein | gilbert.klein@yahoo.com

Sri Lankan journalist Sonali Samarasinghe, widow of slain Sunday Leader editor Lasantha Wickramatunga, described his assassination as she accepted the National Press Club’s 2009 International Freedom of the Press Award given to her husband posthumously on April 21.

“Lasantha and I were used to being threatened,” said Samarasinghe, who also worked for The Sunday Leader in Colombo, Sri Lanka. “Over the years, he had been followed, dragged from his car, attacked with clubs and nearly arrested for what he wrote.”

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