- The Washington Times - Friday, April 18, 2008

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April 15 - 18 POPE BENEDICT XVI Highlights: 8:30 a.m. Departs Andrews AFB en route John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. April 16 - 18 PRIME MINISTER GORDON BROWN OF THE UNITED KINGDOM Highlights: 7:30 a.m. Breakfast with FRB Chairman Ben Bernanke. 9:45 a.m. Departs Andrews AFB for Boston. Notes: Times subject to change without notice. April 17 - 18 EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER AHMED ABOUL GHEIT Highlights: 12:30 p.m. Speaks to the Council on Foreign Relations. 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

April 16 - 19 SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT LEE MYUNG-BAK Highlights: Holds a breakfast meeting with American experts on Korea, travels to Camp David to meet President Bush over dinner. Breakfast meeting with American experts on the Korean Peninsula. Places floral tribute at the Korean War Memorial on the Mall. Meets with Defense Secretary Gates. Meets with Secretary of State Rice. Meets with USTR Susan Schwab.

April 17 - 18 EXPORT-IMPORT BANK The Export-Import Bank holds its 2008 conference, Global Infrastructure Development Opportunities. Location: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert St. NW Contact: Marianna Ohe, 202/565-3200 April 17 - 18 LAW FIRMS Georgetown Law Center holds a symposium on the future of the global law firm. Location: 12th floor, 120 G St. NW. Contact: Kara Tershel, 202/662-9500 April 17 - 20 HEALTH DISPARITIES The Office of Minority Health and the National Hispanic Medical Association hold a conference to share health care innovations affecting Latinos. Highlights: 9 a.m. Plenary session on federal leadership. 10 a.m. Session with Rep. Grace Napolitano. 10:30 a.m. News conference on the summit findings. Dupont Room. 2 p.m. Forum on health care reform and health disparities. Representatives of Sens. Obama, Clinton and McCain. Location: Washington Hilton & Towers, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW Contact: 703/369-0414 CRITTENTON FOUNDATION The Crittenton Foundation, the first charitable organization established by congressional charter, marks its 125th anniversary. Highlights: 8:30 a.m. Congressional breakfast, with Sen. Richard Burr. Room 385, Russell. 5:30 p.m. Gala. Mayflower Hotel. Contact: Leslie Carlson, 503/805-5560 April 18 - 19 RELAY FOR LIFE About 2,500 Georgetown University students are expected to participate in a celebration of life and hope during the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. Location: Georgetown University Multi-Sport Field. Contact: 202/687-4328 Notes: Starts at 7 p.m. Friday and ends at 7 a.m. Saturday. April 18 - 21 EXTRATERRESTRIALS The Paradigm Research Group sponsors X-Conference 2008, The Insiders II, focusing on the political, governmental and social aspects relating to extraterrestrial-related phenomena exopolitics. Highlights: 9:45 a.m. Conference Opening - Stephen Bassett & Cheryll Jones, with Tribute to John Mack. 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. Documentary Films, Touched, Odyssey with Laurel Chiten & Joyce Libutti ((part of tribute to Dr. John Mack). Location: Hilton Washington North, 620 Perry Parkway Gaithersburg, Md. Contact: Stephen Bassett, 202/215-8344 April 18 - 21 VENEZUELA The Venezuela solidarity Network holds a conference on U.S.-Venezuelan relations. Location: Blackburn Center, Howard University. Contact: Banbose Shango, 202/544-9355 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. CIVIL RIGHTS-ELECTION The American Constitution Society holds a conference on civil rights, civil liberties and social justice in the 2008 election season. Location: Equality Center, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW. Contact: Daniel Schuman, 202/393-6181 MORNING 9:30 a.m.NAFTA The Council of the Americas holds a roundtable discussion on NAFTA and North American relations in advance of the upcoming North American Leaders’ Summit in New Orleans April 21-22. Participants include former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Jim Jones, others. Location: National Press Club. Contact: Michelle Morton, 202/659-8989 10 a.m. FUEL ECONOMY The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, American International Automobile Dealers Association, Association of International Automobile Manufacturers, and the National Automobile Dealers Association host a briefing to discuss the importance of preserving the single, national fuel economy standard signed into law last year. Location: National Press Club. Contact: Kim Custer, 703/247-2110 10 a.m. HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGES The Center for Strategic and International Studies holds an event, A Perfect Storm: The New Humanitarian Challenges of the 21st Century, with Josette Sherran, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme. Location: B-1 conference level, 1800 K St. NW. Contact: 202/887-0200 ext 3332 10 a.m. PAIN CENTER Walter Reed Army Medical Center holds a grand opening event for the Army Regional Anesthesia and Pain Management Initiative. Location: Joel Auditorium, main hospital. Contacts: 202-782-9351 Notes: RSVP required.

12 p.m. COX U.S. Chamber of commerce holds a program with SEC Chairman Christopher Cox. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682 Notes: Seating limited. RSVP required. 12 p.m. GAFFNEY The Defense Forum Foundation sponsors a luncheon with Center for Security Policy President Frank Gaffney discussing Islamofacism. Location: Room B-339, Rayburn. Contact: 703/534-4313 12:30 p.m. MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT The School of Advanced International Studies holds a discussion on the role of NGOs in achieving the millennium development goals, with Charles MacCormack, President, Save the Children. Location: Rome Auditorium, 1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Contact: Felisa Klubes, 202/663-5626 1 p.m. CHRISTIANS-IRAQ The Caucus on Religious Minorities in the Middle East will host a briefing with a panel of expert witnesses that will offer testimony on the plight of Iraq’s dwindling Christian population. The Caucus on Religious Minorities in the Middle East is a bipartisan Congressional Member Organization dedicated to serving as a central location for information on religious minorities in the Middle East. Location: Room 122, Cannon House Office Building. Contact: Molly Miller, 202/225-5136 2 p.m. NORTH AMERICAN SUMMIT U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue holds a briefing on the upcoming North American Leaders’ Summit in New Orleans. Other participants include Deputy Assistant Commerce Secretary Walter Bastian, Assistant Homeland Security Secretary Alfonso Martinez-Fonts; Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Shannon. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682 2 p.m. U.S.-KOREA DHS Secretary Chertoff and Korean Foreign Affairs Minister Yu Myung-hawn sign a memo of understanding on the Visa Waiver Program, followed by a media availability. Location: Press Briefing room, CBP offices, Reagan Trade Center. Contact: 202/282-8010

3 p.m. COLOMBIA The U.S. Chamber of Commerce holds a briefing with Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos on the future of a trade promotion agreement. Location: 1615 H St. NW. Contact: 202/463-5682 3:30 p.m. DEMOGRAPHICS The New America Foundation holds a discussion on the new geopolitical map of the 21st Century, with authors Neil Howe and Richard Jackson. Location: 7th floor, 1630 Connecticut Ave. NW. Contact: Liz Wu, 202/986-2700 ext 315

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