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With so many summer activities to choose from, it can be hard to decide what to do with your carefree days. From planning weekend getaways to finding ways to give back to your community, there are endless possibilities for your sunshine-filled summer.

Friends play not only a huge part in summer fun, but they also help you decide which activities to partake in. According to a recent Bing survey, more than 90 percent of people seek the opinions or advice of friends and family as part of their decision-making process for trips, purchases, events and more.

Some U.S. visas have become cheaper, others cost more.The United States last month lowered some immigrant visa processing fees. The lower rates became effective on April 13 and immediate relative and family preference and employment-based applicants are among the big winners.

According to the U.S. State Department, spouses, children and relatives filing for their immigrant relatives will now pay a processing fee of $230, a savings of $100. Employers filing for employees will also pay $405, saving them $315. Others saving will be winners of the Diversity Visa Program and applicants who are filing to have their residency status returned. Those fees were lowered from $440 to $330 for the diversity program and from $380 to $275 for the returning resident status applications.

Special Assistant to the President  White House Office of Faith Based Neighborhood PartnershipsTop federal and local leaders in children and family services will gather with hundreds of parents, students, practitioners, researchers and policy makers at the International Fatherhood Conference, June 12-15, Westin Hotel Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This is the 14th time the Washington D.C. based nonprofit organization, The National Partnership for Community Leadership (NPCL) has sponsored the international conference which highlights the important role fathers’ play in the lives of children.

Martelly-podiumThe United States says while some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have done a lot to deal with the illegal drugs trade, there is still room for much concern.

In its 2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR), released here recently, the U.S. Department of State said some countries, like Belize and Jamaica, still have a long way to go in dealing with all aspects of the trade.