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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.

Soon school will be out, now what? If you haven’t planned a summer vacation, then now is the time to start! Planning ahead could translate into big savings. As we all know, last minute travel can be very expensive. Below are a few tips to plan your perfect trip without stretching out your wallet.  Do your homework: Search for travel deals on the internet. There are several search engines that are great resources for discounted flights, hotels, and tours. Sign up with them to receive alerts and begin receiving great travel offers. In addition, check out travel books at your local library where you can find a wealth of information for free.   Read More  Statewide Travel: If staying in Florida, check discounts available to Florida residents. Several amusement parks in the state offer discounted rates. If you are member of AAA, inquire about their special rates.    Lodging: Another way to save money on hotel stays for your vacation is by staying farther out from a city center or in a suburb near the town you’re visiting. You can also look into getting a suite with rollaway beds instead of multiple rooms for the whole family to save you big money on your hotel stay.   Meals: Dining costs can go way up when you’re on vacation because you’re eating out for every meal. When you vacation on a budget, never leave food as something you’ll figure out as you walk around—you almost always end up exceeding your budget. Book a hotel room that includes breakfast and has a refrigerator. Find a local grocery store and purchase water, sodas, snacks, cold cuts, bread and bag your lunch. You’ll save lots of money and instead of eating three meals out during the day, opt for just one.    Entertainment & Activities: Once you have your travel, hotel, and food arranged all that’s left is to plan what you’re going to do on those vacation days. Again, start putting a plan in place ahead of time. Make sure to check prices, plan activities that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. Indulge in free options like visiting parks or beaches, or just take a walk through the town. Also check the local papers to see if there are any free local events like art shows, festivals, and even concerts.   Library Museum Pass Program: If your purse strings don’t allow for travel on planes or trains, there are plenty of free activities here in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade Public Library System offers patrons FREE admission for a family of four to the Deering Estate at Cutler, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Fruit & Spice Park, HistoryMiami, Miami Art Museum, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Science Museum and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Just visit your nearest branch library, see staff for availability and use your library card to check out a museum pass.  How the pass works:  Pass is good for up to a family of four.   Pass is good for one visit.   Pass is not renewable or available for reserve.   Pass is valid for seven days from the time of check out.    Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.   Pass will not be replaced if lost or stolen.    Only one pass may be checked out at a time.   *For Deering Estate passes, a family of four is two adults and two children ages 4-14. *For and Fruit & Spice Park passes, a family of four is two adults and two children ages 6-11.  Museums may apply restrictions including blackout dates or separate admission to special event/exhibits.   If you are ready for a summer vacation, then there is no time like the present to plan ahead. Whatever destination you decide on, just remember one very important thing, be safe.Soon school will be out, now what? If you haven’t planned a summer vacation, then now is the time to start! Planning ahead could translate into big savings. As we all know, last minute travel can be very expensive. Below are a few tips to plan your perfect trip without stretching out your wallet.  Do your homework: Search for travel deals on the internet. There are several search engines that are great resources for discounted flights, hotels, and tours. Sign up with them to receive alerts and begin receiving great travel offers. In addition, check out travel books at your local library where you can find a wealth of information for free.   Read More  Statewide Travel: If staying in Florida, check discounts available to Florida residents. Several amusement parks in the state offer discounted rates. If you are member of AAA, inquire about their special rates.    Lodging: Another way to save money on hotel stays for your vacation is by staying farther out from a city center or in a suburb near the town you’re visiting. You can also look into getting a suite with rollaway beds instead of multiple rooms for the whole family to save you big money on your hotel stay.   Meals: Dining costs can go way up when you’re on vacation because you’re eating out for every meal. When you vacation on a budget, never leave food as something you’ll figure out as you walk around—you almost always end up exceeding your budget. Book a hotel room that includes breakfast and has a refrigerator. Find a local grocery store and purchase water, sodas, snacks, cold cuts, bread and bag your lunch. You’ll save lots of money and instead of eating three meals out during the day, opt for just one.    Entertainment & Activities: Once you have your travel, hotel, and food arranged all that’s left is to plan what you’re going to do on those vacation days. Again, start putting a plan in place ahead of time. Make sure to check prices, plan activities that don’t cost you an arm and a leg. Indulge in free options like visiting parks or beaches, or just take a walk through the town. Also check the local papers to see if there are any free local events like art shows, festivals, and even concerts.   Library Museum Pass Program: If your purse strings don’t allow for travel on planes or trains, there are plenty of free activities here in Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade Public Library System offers patrons FREE admission for a family of four to the Deering Estate at Cutler, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Fruit & Spice Park, HistoryMiami, Miami Art Museum, Miami Children's Museum, Miami Science Museum and Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Just visit your nearest branch library, see staff for availability and use your library card to check out a museum pass.  How the pass works:  Pass is good for up to a family of four.   Pass is good for one visit.   Pass is not renewable or available for reserve.   Pass is valid for seven days from the time of check out.    Passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis.   Pass will not be replaced if lost or stolen.    Only one pass may be checked out at a time.   *For Deering Estate passes, a family of four is two adults and two children ages 4-14. *For and Fruit & Spice Park passes, a family of four is two adults and two children ages 6-11.  Museums may apply restrictions including blackout dates or separate admission to special event/exhibits.   If you are ready for a summer vacation, then there is no time like the present to plan ahead. Whatever destination you decide on, just remember one very important thing, be safe.A very special Rising Stars Showcase, by New World School of the Arts, lit up downtown Miami this year. Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, NWSA's showcase of its crème de la crème was nothing short of spectacular. As it has done for two and half decades, the showcase kicked-off with an exhilarating art exhibition at the New World Gallery, highlighting the work of 15 exceptional visual artists.

Charged with the theme "black, white, and red", the young artists, from the high school and college programs at New World School of the Arts, created multi-disciplinary artwork that illustrated the many facets of their artistic training and technique.

ana-oliviera2On Thursday, May 10, 2012, The New York Women’s Foundation® (NYWF) Celebrating Women® Breakfast honored Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-jen Poo, and Executive Director of the Women’s Center for Education and Career Advancement Merble Reagon, at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.  Secretary Clinton was awarded with The Century Award, while Ms. Poo and Ms. Reagon were awarded the Celebrating Women® Awards.

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