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WMC Daily News Brief - China, Obama, Sexism

July 11, 2008

China Promises Foreign Media Freedom 7/11/08 UPI: A senior Chinese leader says foreign journalists covering next month's Beijing Olympics will be allowed freedom to do their job. Li Changchun, during a visit to the Beijing International Media Center, said foreign reporters can lodge complaints if they encounter any problems while covering the events, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Obama Lobbies For Women's Vote 7/11/08 LA Times: Beginning at a breakfast fundraiser with Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama devoted his day to appealing to her most loyal supporters: women.At events in New York and Virginia, he drew a sharp contrast with John McCain, charging that the Republican candidate does not support equal pay or abortion rights. Women's Groups Slam 'Sexist' Amar 7/10/08 Six women's organisations, some of them Left-affiliated, have taken strong objection to Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh bringing a sexist angle to his and CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat's meetings with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. Lawmakers Assail Digital TV Effort 7/11/08 Washington Post: A billion-dollar program to help consumers prepare for the upcoming switch to digital television has been mismanaged and is running out of money, key lawmakers said, prompting concerns that millions of TV viewers could be left in the dark. With Hillary Gone, Presidential Race Has Drama 7/11/08 AP via Yahoo: While covering the New York senator's White House bid for 18 often-exasperating months, I never imagined writing those words. But now that she's gone, I miss Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton. Donors Asked To Give for Two 7/11/08 Washington Post: The fundraising machine Sen. Barack Obama is relying on to overwhelm Sen. John McCain this fall has shown signs of wear in recent weeks, as Internet contributions have slowed and efforts to recruit top donors to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign have been beset by lingering tensions. Women Break To Front Of Tech 7/11/08 USA Today: A wave of female CEOs is putting a new face on the once male-dominated technology industry. These technically astute up-and-comers are benefiting from more start-ups, plenty of funding and lower costs to start a Web 2.0 company. And some heavyweight players, such as Google, are proving to be fertile grooming grounds for aspiring female executives. Hindu Priest Shortage Spurs Women To Take Up Profession 7/11/08 Chicago Tribune: As more Hindu men enter more lucrative, secular professions, Tandon and a handful of Hindu women in America have begun performing priestly duties as a way of passing their faith to the next generation. Women Have a Role to Play in Nation, Say Activists 7/11/08 Long lasting peace and unity cannot be achieved unless women are involved fully in the political and democratization process in that country. This was the clarion call by Somali women leaders who gathered in Nairobi, Kenya, this week. ANC Women's League President Says South Africa Has Gender-Friendly Laws 7/11/08 VOA News: The newly elected president of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) Women's League says the ANC-led government has made it possible for South African women to empower themselves. Angelina Motshekga urges South African women to strengthen institutions to address violence against women, poverty, and political participation. Melanoma Cases Surge Among Young Women 7/11/08 LA Times: Melanoma rates have risen 50% among young women in the U.S. since 1980, a trend that may be related to an increase in the use of tanning salons and exposure to the sun's damaging rays, according to a report released Thursday. Women Risk Health By Using Abortion Websites 7/11/08 Telegraph, UK: Medical researchers found more than one in 10 customers in a sample study on one of the most well-known websites needed a surgical procedure after taking the medication. Women in more than 70 countries where abortion is restricted have used the Women on Web site to obtain the drugs for a donation of £55 a time. Ova Donations Spur Ethical Debate in Israel 7/11/08 Women's eNews: As donated eggs run low for infertile couples in Israel, a push is on to widen the ranks of possible donors. But one of the country's oldest women's rights groups fears the possibility of financial exploitation and wants tighter oversight. Still No Deal for SAG, AMPTP 7/10/08 Broadcasting and Cable: The Screen Actors Guild Thursday did not accept what the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers claimed was its "final offer." In response, the AMPTP called for SAG to put the offer to a membership vote. Get Going! 7/10/08 A program of the Women's Sports Foundation, Go Girl Go provides for girls ages 8 to 17 a noncompetitive venue to stretch themselves physically and psychologically. Tennis legend Billie Jean King and other WSF board members hatched Go Girl Go out of a recognition that opportunities arising from Title IX weren't reaching a large majority of girls. On Way to 60, Creamer Birdies 9 of Last 11 Holes 7/11/08 NY Times: Creamer birdied 9 of the last 11 holes, including the final three, for a course-record 60 over the par-71 Highland Meadows layout Thursday in the opening round of the Jamie Farr Owens Corning Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.