7 Billion Baby (U.N. Press Event Update October 31, 2011)

The press conference statement: the UN the Hon. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 

Hon. Secretary made some statements; including are little protest here in the USA about the Wall Street protest about the growing disconnect between the working class and business class. Hon. Secretary had mention about there is lots of food but yet one billion people still go without food. Hon. Secretary also talk about the problems relating how government treats its own people. Hon. Secretary had mention, in a world where governments and people would rather spend building weapons instead of investing in the future of our children and the world.

Hon. Secretary had left us two basic question for each of us to answer;

  1. What kind of world has baby seven billion been born into?
  2. What kind of world do we want for our children in the future?

What are some of your comments to Hon. Secretary two basic question. I would like to hear from you.

The United Nations Population Fund press statement they also had also set  three core areas of their work; population and development strategies, reproductive health, and gender equality.

With the following areas to be study and research, Assisting in emergencies, Aids epidemic, supporting youth and adolescents, human rights, women’s equality, Sexual and reproductive health, and development and population strategies.

Within their press statement The United Nations Population Fund had quote from Hon. Ms. Navi Pillay High Commissioner for Human Rights that is fitting because the 7 billion baby was a girl.

“If she was born a girl, she will have fewer choices. If born in the developing world, she or he will have fewer opportunities. If born a descendant of Africans in a non-African country, or as an indigenous person, member of a religious minority, or as a Roma, she or he is likely to face discrimination and marginalization, with a childhood rife with vulnerability, and a future adult life hedged in by exclusion.”

 Reference;

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon UNHQ 31 October 2011 Opening remarks at press event on Day of Seven Billion http://www.un.org/apps/news/infocus/sgspeeches/statments_full.asp?statID=1361 

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund http://www.unfpa.org/public/cache/offonce/home/news/pid/8769;jsessionid=95354ABBBBCBE8F19326CBC8B7C6D1CC.jahia01

Picture below is provided at the website; http://www.unfpa.org/public/cache/offonce/home/news/pid/8769;jsessionid=95354ABBBBCBE8F19326CBC8B7C6D1CC.jahia01

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7 Billion Baby U.N. chose baby Danica May Camacho from MANILA, Philippines

U.N. chose baby Danica May Camacho from MANILA, Philippines as the symbolic 7 billion baby population in the word. She was born at Manila’s Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital as a one month premature baby with a weight of 2.5-kilo (5.5-pound) baby.

Mother name is  Camille Galura and Father name is Florante Camacho

photo provided by the following website http://7billionactions.org/page/13-media-toolkit

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Photo Expo NYC 2011 Conclusion;

October 28, 2011

Photo Expo 3

It start out early, I had arrive at the Port Imperial/Weehawken water taxi location the parking was difficult with no disability parking and road construction with very little sidewalks usage and elevator out. I had chosen to take this route because of the non-accessibility parking in NYC and tolls increase in getting into the city had increase this is the best choice. I had enter into the main lobby at was greeted by the ticket counter woman who was very accommodating and answer every question with kindness and enthusiasm for which it was just a little past 6:30 in the morning. The price for person with disability was $8.25 for person with a disability a 75 cent discount and the parking fee for being in before 10 am on a weekday was $8.00. I was able to enter onto the water taxi with zero steps but it look like nowhere to tie down a wheelchair. We had made across the Hudson River in about ten minutes. I was expecting to sit for about an hour before go to convention center, but some employee lock the doors in open position it was like about 35 degree in the terminal. The coffee guide who gives you hot steaming coffee but when it arrive to you about 5 seconds after it was poured icebergs were floating it. I had also seen the employee behind the ticket count wearing hats, coats, and gloves just to keep warm. Just outside the gate was the NYC bus for both the 42 and 34 lines were there. Just up the street you can see the Circle Lines Tours and USS Intrepid locations. The backside of the convention center was across the street. So you need turn to the left go over to the 40th street travel down a long block to get into the North Pavilion side entrance to convention center it’s actually between 34th and 40th street. Warning there are no places to sit down to rest either inside at this point I was regretting not bringing my wheelchair, boy did I paid a price for not bring it at the of the day. I did have a chance to take some pictures in where their where nobody standing around inside of expo. The signage for person with disability access was missing and where things are locate. The bathrooms were available for person with a disability and accessible.

Java Jacb Center 1

Photo Expo shots 5

The Photo Expo NYC 2011 had 22 thousand in 2009 and 24 thousand 2010 and was expected to top those numbers this year. They didn’t have any numbers as to exhibits space but some of the attendees had said the show space was smaller this year. There were number of exhibitors that were hard to find due to booth numbers not being mark and lots of exhibitors were sharing exhibit space. I had walked past the Phase One booth three times missing each time, and I finally found their space it was smaller than bathroom closet but I was able to get see their medium format 80 megapixel camera. I had also notice that the major software companies were not at the show like Adobe. Also computers were lacking at the show like Panasonic Toughbook Notebook Company, but the consumer division of Panasonic but not the professional side was there. It was a cross of not knowing if you were at professional or amateur/hobbyist show except for the short clothes-tall models walking around for this show that signal that this is a show for professional.

Nikon Shots 1

For the major players they had brought out their A game by having presentation at their booth that were free and with great tips in how to improve your photography and take it to that next level, for which you would need all three days to see everyone, not the one day shot that I had done. I was able to talk to a lot companies to learn about disability access/marketing, and where they would like to see their product go over next year. There were lots self publishing companies at the show to help photographer display the work of art and to publish them in different formats. There were the standard magazines and trade associations representing there. If you didn’t learn something from the show then you were not at the show.

The 2012 Photo Expo NYC will be held next year on October 25-27, 2012.

References;

Photo Expo

http://www.photoplusexpo.com/

Water Taxi (Port Imperial/Weehawken)

http://www.nywaterway.com/PortImperialWeehawkenRoute.aspx

 The Javits Center Accessibility

http://www.javitscenter.com/Default.aspx?cmsid=69#accessibility

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Jobs Announcement for Person with a Disability (HHS and FDA Virtual Hiring Event)

FDA now announcing a jobs virtual hiring for person with a disability event this week of Oct 31 through Nov 4, 2011 with the following link http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/WorkingatFDA/ucm277724.htm

It seems that Federal Government has learned some of their mistake from the last job fair for person with disability that Federal Government did in April 2010. In where they said only 500 person with disability will be interview while thousands upon thousands had sent in their job ready applications in just only 4 weeks to go have an e-mail sent to them that the job ready application was delete and that if they get one of the 500 slot interview then they can resubmit it.

I hope that Federal Government starts to get serious about hiring person with disability to diversified their workforce.

The national average for person with a disability is at 66% unemployment rate with severely disability hovering around 80% unemployment rate.

This is not just a problem at the Federal Government but at all levels of State, County, Local Government for the diversity employment for person with disability.

Federal Government needs also to starting hiring Disability Managers as require by Federal Law. Plus needs to make sure there is a job classification for this position. This positions also needs not to be assigned as additional duties but actually job positions working on issue of person with disability that might come in contact with the organization of all its program, activities, and services that it has to offer.

Also the Federal Government needs to address and enforce the schedule A hiring requirements for person with a disability. Which state an affirmative action for hiring severely qualified person with disability in the Federal Government.

Also the Federal Government needs to address and enforce the Section 503 requirements. Which state an affirmative action hiring for qualified person with disability in receiving Governmental Contracts.

Reference;

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/ca_503.htm

Office of Disability Employment Policy
 
Federal Employment of People with Disability; (US Office of Personnel Management)
 
USA JOBS Working for America
 
National Association of ADA Coordinators Home Page
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# 396 US Park Unit (Fort Monroe, Hampton, VA)

October 30, 2011

That Fort Monroe will become the #396 US Park Unit under the Antiquities Act by the President Barack Obama on Tuesday November 1, 2011.

The history of the fort dates way back to settlement of Jamestown to historical place of refuges for slaves during the civil war. The base was decommission in Sept 2011 by the Federal Government. The property has not been turn over to the state, so the president was able to declared the property under the Antiquities Act. The entire community was backing to make this a National Park, since it was listed as a base closing in 2005.

I had visited the site in 2005 and the site is semi-accessible and has lots of potential to become a premier site to visit with its view overlooking the Chesapeake bay.

We are edging closer to the number 400 US Park unit, will it be the Harriet Tubman either in New York or Maryland, Great Falls National Park in Paterson Falls, NJ, Ronald Reagan boyhood home, in Dixon, IL  its anyone guess, in which park will be #400.

Reference;

It was just reported by the The Virginian-Pilot on October 29, 2011 by By Kate Wiltrout @ http://hamptonroads.com/2011/10/white-decides-making-fort-monroe-national-monument

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Canon (Photo Expo NYC 2011 Part 2)

October 28, 2011

Canon EOS 1DX

I was at the Photo Expo NYC 2011 I had stop by the Canon booth to check out their products and services. Canon had the flagship camera on display the EOS 1DX, it’s a full frame CMOS Sensor 18.1 megapixel, with dual digic 5+ image processors , 61 point high density reticular AF, 512,000 high ISO standard, 12 FPS high-speed continuous shooting, and EOS iTR AF. It also has the capacity to do EOS full Video with increase audio function with a dual card slots for max data transfer rate of 167 mb/s and the ability to transfer from one card to another when it get full.

When I had lifted it up the weight was extremely heavy it won’t be a camera that you want to hold for a very long time, but that said if you drop it on to the floor it might crack the floor it built that tough. One question; why did Canon go in the wrong direction of not getting over the 25 megapixel range to take on film? The answer from Canon Rep.; was that canon felt that the noise was a problem and the best solution was at 18.1. I think Canon took a short cut on this camera they are the best in business of RD of camera, they could have overcome this noise problem if they put their minds to it. I think there is still some time to fit this problem it has an estimated shipping date of March 2012 with price still to be determined. Over all the camera has a lot problems fix and have listen too many of the photographers of asking for different features.

Canon had a many different stages to demonstrate the different products lines. The main stage had guest speakers and camera setups. Another stage was talking about the seminars and programs that they have. I talk with Ms. Rocco about the Canon Seminars of being accessible and that she had not come across this problem and that I should touch base with Kristen Cunningham her email address is kcunningham@cusa.canon.com at Canon. Later on that day Ms. Myers AS/PR was able to answer some of my question but directed me to Mr. Donach Technical Specialist with online education. I able to ask about the accessibility of the Canon website and was able to show him in where it would be hard for someone who used a jaws program or other speech programs to navigate the website. Also I showed that the Canon website was not in compliance with Web Accessible guidelines for person with disability. I also had mentioned that person with disability had over 175 billion dollars worth of discretionary spending and why is canon not marketing to person with a disability for their seminars and photography destination. Mr. Donach said that he would get back in touch with me to advise if some of the change can be done.

It was great to see the other products and some of the stage presentation. Canon Professional Services were on hand to help with any all questions and cleaning your canon products.

Reference;

Canon USA EOS-1DX

http://usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/slr_cameras/eos_1d_x

Canon Live Learning

http://learn.usa.canon.com/home/home.shtml

Canon Professional Services (CPS)

http://www.cps.usa.canon.com/

US DOJ Customers with Disability Mean Business

http://www.ada.gov/busstat.htm

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Rehabilitation through Photography (Photo Expo NYC 2011 Part 1)

October 28, 2011

A program that I had met at the Photo Expo 2011 was Rehabilitation Through Photography is an organization that used photography as a therapeutic means of healing. They are a 501-C3 non-for-profit organization for the past 70 year. They currently work with 20 organizations supporting nearly 1,000 participants from ages 8 to 80 in various photo programs throughout the New York metro area.

Some of the photography programs range from providing training, direction and equipment to the physically and emotionally challenged, the elderly, at-risk and disadvantaged youth, the homeless, veterans and the visually impaired.

They also have a word press blog their web address is http://rtplook.wordpress.com/

I had also mention if there are working with sprout, other disability film festival and they have said they have heard but short on staff and volunteers, will hope to be able to move forward  over the next couple months with a new executive director on board after the retirement of the last executive director for over 40 years.

The persons at the Photo Expo booth that I talk with were Susan Schaffer, Vice President of Board of Director and Adam Sherman Director of Operation.

Rehabiltation Photography 1

Reference;

Rehabilitation Through Photography;

http://www.rtphoto.org/

In NYC other Non-for-Profits that support person with disabilities through photograpy

Sprout;

http://sproutflix.org/

 ReelAbilities;

http://www.reelabilities.org/about-us

 DISTHIS;

http://disthis.org/index.htm

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Delaware may get a National Park

Reported in the Newark Post dated; Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Under President Obama’s American Great outdoor initiative Delaware has three sites that are included for a new national park unit.

1) The first State National Historical Park

Along with history of the English, Dutch, and Swedish explorers and settlement will make a great history lesson

2) Delaware National Bayshore Proposal

Great Birdwatching along these shore and protecting for generation to come will be great.

3) C&D Canal recreational trail

The canal connects the Delaware River and the Chesapeake Bay. The canal is about 17 miles long.

With 395 national parks units in every state but Delaware is not right, but the time for it is great considering that the Vice President was the senior senator.

This legislation does open the door for a possible of a 100 new national park units. With this means of how is the National Parks services is going to pay for all these new park unit, since their budget has been severely cut over the last decade.

Time to support Delaware in their cause to have a park unit in their state.

Reference;

http://www.nap.usace.army.mil/Projects/CD/index.htm

http://www.newarkpostonline.com/articles/2011/10/26/news/doc4ea85de44ea0a568225979.txt

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what is a “Human rights defender”

United Nation General Assembly in 1998 pass resolution a/res/53/144 adopting “The Declaration on Human Rights Defenders”

The duties of states of which to but not limited to protect, promote and implement all human rights, and to provide effective means of redress for the victims of human rights violations.

The United Nations Human Right commission has describe what is a “Human rights defender” That can be anyone who “contributing to the effective elimination of all violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms of Peoples and individuals”.

This means a person can either do it through professional activities in capacity of voluntary or paid positions.

Human Rights defender can’t pick and choose which human rights that you will accept, you must be acceptance of the basic principle that everyone has a right to live.

Human Rights Defender must take action that does no harm and must be peaceful to comply with nonviolence.

As journalists Ie; bloggers we must educate and bring awareness to issue of human rights why its important to have a diversified community.

Don’t forget Human Rights Day is December 10, 2011

Two quotes from Navi Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

quote 1

“Human rights defender is a title each and every one of us can earn. It is not a role that requires a professional qualification. What it depends on is regard for our fellow human beings, an understanding that we are all entitled to the full range of human rights and a commitment to seeing that ideal become a reality.”

quote 2

“In deciding to act on principle, the security of human rights defenders and their ability to work is often jeopardized, either by blatant repression and violence, particularly in areas of conflict, or by increasingly insidious patterns of restrictions and abuse. Each one of us has a responsibility to support their efforts and to add our voices to those who demand protection for the defenders and their families. ”

Reference;

http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2010/about.shtml

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/SRHRDefenders/Pages/Defender.aspx

 

 

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Help with Medical and Drug Costs

You may be eligible with help for your part b and drug costs if your income is below a threshold, contact your local Social Security Office for more details.

Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 to apply by phone or get a paper application.

TTY users should call 1-800-325-0778.

Reference;

http://www.medicare.gov/navigation/medicare-basics/medical-and-drug-costs.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1#LowIncomeSubsidy

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