- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 12, 2006

PRESIDENT BUSH

Addresses the Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week conference at the Atrium Hall, Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Departs from the White House for Camp David, Md., for an overnight stay.

ECONOMIC REPORTS

8:30 a.m. Bureau of the Census releases figures of the advance monthly sales for retail and food services for March. Location: 1401 Constitution Ave. NW. Contact: 202/482-2235.

FEDERAL AGENCIES

9 a.m. Federal Aviation Administration holds a meeting of the Research, Engineering and Development Advisory Committee on air traffic services, airports, aircraft safety, human factors, and environment and energy. Location: FAA, 800 Independence Ave. SW, Bessie Coleman Room. Contact: 202/267-8937.

2 p.m. —Internal Revenue Service holds a meeting by teleconference of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Taxpayer Advocacy Panel. Contact: 888/912-1227.

SUPREME COURT

No oral arguments scheduled. Contact: 202/479-3211.

SENATE

Not in session because of Easter recess. The Senate reconvenes 2 p.m. on April 24. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/224-8601, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/224-8541.

HOUSE

Not in session because of Easter recess. The House reconvenes 2 p.m. on April 25. Contact: Republican Cloakroom, 202/225-2020, or Democratic Cloakroom, 202/225-1600.

GENERAL AGENDA

Small business — all day The Small Business Administration holds a conference to celebrate the National Small Business Week. Events begin 9 a.m.

Highlights — 9 a.m. — Phoenix Awards Breakfast honoring disaster recovery contributions

10:50 a.m. — President Bush

12:30 p.m. — State Small Business Awards Luncheon.

Location: Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 202/401-3059.

Economic outlook — 8:30 a.m. — The International Monetary Fund holds a conference call briefing, beginning 8:30 a.m., on Chapters II, III and IV of the its latest “World Economic Outlook.” Raghuram G. Rajan, director of research at the IMF, participates. Contact: 202/623-7100.

Algeria and global terror — 8:30 a.m. The Council on Foreign Relations holds a meeting with Algerian Foreign Minister Mohammed Bedjaoui on “Algeria and the Global War on Terror.” Christopher Ross, special adviser to the State Department, participates. Location: the Washington Club, 15 Dupont Circle NW. Contact: 202/518-3428. [Note: This event is open to media only. RSVP required.]

Wireless implementation — 8:30 a.m. TheAssociation of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International Inc. (APCO) and the E9-1-1 Institute hold a press conference to discuss progress made in implementing wireless services across the United States. Wanda McCarley, president of APCO, participates. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 703/323-6006.

Chinese president’s visit — 9 a.m. The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion on the upcoming visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao. Bates Gill, Michael Green, Derek Mitchell and Kurt Campbell of CSIS and C. Fred Bergsten and Nicholas Lardy of the Institute for International Economics participate. Location: CSIS, 1800 K St. NW. B-1 Conference Level. Contact: 202/775-3242.

Early child development — 9 a.m. The Urban Institute holds a discussion, “Early Child Development and Home Visitation: Bringing Lessons into the Living Room,” as part of its “Thursday’s Child” series. Karla Klingner of the office of Sen. Christopher S. Bond, Missouri Republican and Deborah Daro of the Chapin Hall Center for Children participate. Location: Urban Institute, 2100 M St. NW. Contact: 202/833-7200.

Japanese fisheries — 9 a.m. The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society holds a press conference on a report, “Driven by Demand,” which traces the evolution of the Japanese drive fisheries, or drive hunts. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 480/678-7977.

Darfur discussion — 10 a.m. The Brookings Institution holds a discussion, “Current Policy Options for Darfur.” Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick; Carlos Pascual, vice president of the Brookings Institution; and Kenneth H. Bacon of Refugees International participate. Location: Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: 202/797-6105.

Wreath-laying ceremony — 10 a.m. The National Park Service holds a ceremony, featuring a military color guard and laying of wreaths, to mark the 263rd birthday of Thomas Jefferson and the 205th anniversary of his inauguration as the nation’s third president. Location: Jefferson Memorial. Contact: 202/619-7222.

Palestine Awareness Week — noon Students for Justice in Palestine at American University hosts events as part of Palestine Awareness Week 2006. Location: AEI, 1150 17th St. NW, Wohlstetter Conference Center, 12th floor. Contact: 202/862-4871.

Falun Gong rally — noon Falun Gong practitioners hold a rally to call for an immediate opening of all labor camps in China for investigation. The rally follows a recent report in the Epoch Times newspaper, in which a military doctor said China had a system of 36 labor camps that “stored Falun Gong practitioners and murdered them for their organs.” Location: Farragut Square, 17th and K streets Northwest. Contact: 301/237-1242.

Book discussion — 12:30 p.m. The Trover Shop holds a book discussion with Judge Charles Pickering, author of “Supreme Chaos: The Politics of Judicial Confirmation and the Culture War.” Location: Trover Shop, 221 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Contact: 703/739-5920.

Free trade discussion — 1 p.m. The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs holds a discussion, “Free Trade Agreements and the Case for Taiwan.” David Tawei Lee of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States and Michael Moore, professor of economics and international affairs at the Elliott School, participate. Location: Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st St. NW, Morton Auditorium. Contact: 202/994-6240.

Peaceful world — 6:30 p.m. Andrew Mack, director of the Human Security Centre at the University of British Columbia’s Liu Institute for Global Issues delivers a lecture, “A More Peaceful World? Explaining the Post-War Decline in Armed Conflict,” as part of the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s 19th annual Vernon M. and Minnie I. Lynch Lecture series. Location: National Press Club, 14th and F streets Northwest. Contact: 703/993-1310.

• Compiled by FIND/AFP and The Washington Times

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