Stop the Bloody Whale Slaughter on the Faroe Islands

On a group of islands just north of Europe, the traditional bloody whale and dolphin slaughter takes place every year. The Faroe Islands are a part of Denmark, where whaling is banned, but they have laws that are independent of Denmark's laws, so they are allowed to continue with this mass execution. Year after year, thousands of pilot whales, beaked whales and dolphins are chased into the bay by boats, where they are slaughtered.

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Whale tourists need realistic expectations

Tourists who visit Tonga's northern Vava'u island to swim with whales need to have realistic expectations about what will happen.

That's according to underwater photographer Tony Wu, who visits the island regularly to document the way humpback whales use the area to breed.

He says he managed to count 48 whale calves born in Port of Refuge harbour this last season, which is a lot.

But Mr Wu says the Tongan whale watching industry needs to make sure not to promise tourists that the whales will come close to them or touch them.

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Court rejects efforts to strip beluga whale protections

A federal judge this week rejected an attempt by Alaska to strip Cook Inlet beluga whales of Endangered Species Act protections. Last spring, the National Marine Fisheries Service designated critical habitat for the whales despite state’s lawsuit.

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End comes closer for whaling ban

The opponents of whaling fear a return to commercial hunting is virtually inevitable within the next few years.

Conservation groups at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission believe the 1986 whaling moratorium cannot last much longer.

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PETA lawsuit alleges SeaWorld enslaves killer whales

Can killer whales sue SeaWorld for enslavement?

A lawsuit filed Wednesday by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and other "next friends" of five SeaWorld killer whales takes that novel legal approach.

The 20-page complaint asks the U.S. District Court in Southern California to declare that the five whales -- Tilikum, Katina, Corky, Kasatka, and Ulises -- are being held in slavery or involuntary servitude in violation of the 13th Amendment.

A PETA statement said the lawsuit is the first of its kind in contending that constitutional protections against slavery are not limited to humans.

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iPad 2 Jailbreak - Whale Watching GuideIf you decide to take your iPad 2 at with you while whale watching you may need to use the iPad 2 jailbreak software to unlock the hidden features for video recording.  The iPad 2 is one of the most interesting gadgets of 2011 but has it’s limitations without unlocking it first.

You may not know everything that it can do though. You probably know that it can do many of the same things that your computer can do, even if it is a scaled down version of the Apple computer.  The great news is that there’s actually an app for whale watching.  All you need is a unlocked iPad which is capable of establishing an iPad VPN connection,  to do the video and you’re good to go.

One thing you need to be careful of if you decide to jailbreak your iPad 2 is that if Apple finds out about the process, they can void your warranty and you also run the risk of what’s commonly called bricking. It’s called bricking because the iPad basically is as useful as a brick now since it doesn’t work.  There are ways to unbrick the iPad, but chances are you will be charged a ridiculous price to do so.

Jailbreaking an iPad is not always necessary. A tablet that works with a mobile service requires this. A tablet with wifi does not.  The jailbreaking process works the same way it does for a cell phone. When you jailbreak the unit you can use the iPad on any cellular network. The major problem with jailbreaking an iPad or iPhone is that it may require you to alter the hardware to switch carriers.  If that’s the case you may require a professional with the right equipment to perform the procedure.

Once you’ve taken care of jailbreaking your iPad 2 it’s time to enjoy the whales.  You’ve got your new whale watching app, full video features, and a cheaper internet carrier to take advantage of.  Now start videoing these beautiful creatures and load them up online and share it with the world.  Just be careful not to drop it in the water.

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During 2008 and 2009 I was lucky enough to do some extensive solo travelling throughout the world and one of my favourite destinations was the last country I visited; New Zealand.  The main reason for this was the fact that on Sunday 15th February 2009 I got to go Sperm Whale watching in Kaikoura, a small town on the East coast of New Zealands South Island, famous for whale, dolphin, seal and bird watching.  I was told by the boats whale guide that I could expect to see 2 or 3 Sperm whales on our short trip and I was hugely excited.  Well, the chap was wrong, in total I saw 9 sperm whales flipping their huge tail in the air and diving below the surface to continue feeding.  We saw plenty of other whales that day blowing water up through their blow holes so even the guide was hugely excited.  He believed their was over 20 around us in the water which was an absolutely huge number.  I was so excited and I felt so honoured that I had managed to see such a magnificent beast on that day and it is an I will hold dear till the day I die.

I have always been a big animal lover and seeing them in their natural habit is such a great feeling.  On the way back to the harbour, I was reflecting about what I had seen and suddenly really started to miss my own families pet cat!  I could just imagine her running up and down her cat furniture getting all excited and wanting to play. She is a typical playful, pouncing cat but even though she is a domestic cat and I will never get to see her in her natural environment I am really pleased that she is so clearly very happy and stimulated.  As you can tell, the sight of watching such a great beast clearly had quite an emotional effect on me as I am quite a soppy chap!  The next plan I have is Safari in Africa to see some really big cats – I wonder if I will thinking about my little cat then as well?

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Lately, the medical industry is continuously to be in great demand anywhere around the globe. With this in bright perspective, more and more individuals choose a medical career for better pay and recognition like a medical assistant position.

Availing a medical assistant career is not an easy task to accomplish. You have to be a detailed and highly organized person in order to pass the entire training program. But, that task doesn’t end there before you can fully acquire a truly rewarding career as a medical assistant. You have to pass a series of certification exams and the last part that most of us dread to be in that situation is to be in the “hot seat” meaning the first ever “job interview”.

Well, to save you the trouble of having to research or ask around how to be physically and mentally ready for that grueling moment, here are some tactics that you can apply.  In addition to these have a little look around the internet, you can access most medial resources online although you may need to hide your IP address for some – read this Is VPN Safe. Take them seriously and you will benefit in the end for your first ever job interview:

  • Prepare in advance what you need to bring for that first interview like important documents as proof of your eligibility as a certified medical assistant. You don’t want to forget something that the interviewer might ask for during the interview itself.
  • Read your medical assistant resume. You should set aside a time to review what you have put in your resume. Try to memorize all the data in your mind, so that when the hiring manager or employer asked you a question related to your resume, you know exactly what to say. Bear in mind that what you put in your resume should tally with the facts you cite verbally during the course of the job interview. Be honest at all times.
  • Dress appropriately. Come in your best corporate or formal attire for your interview. Impress the interviewer by looking presentable in whatever outfit you chose to wear. Wear something in the neutral color schemes that envisions power and classy look. Avoid wearing too loud colors and look for clothes that you can mix and match without spending too much. Remember, this is just one of the many interviews you might have, so be ready with a different set of clothes for variation.
  • Be confident. Present yourself to the hiring manager as someone who knows what is expected of you with great confidence, but not showing any trace of arrogance. Be modest when you answer their questions and speak clearly and in the right tempo meaning not too fast or too slow in order for the one conducting the interview to fully understand what you are saying.

Take a deep breath and look in to the mirror before you enter that panel room for the scheduled interview. Do the last minute final touches on your face, outfit and try to be calm as possible when you enter that room. Give the interviewer or your future employer a courteous, warm greeting and offer a firm hand shake to show professionalism. You can make it, stay positive always and pass that medical assistant interview.

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When I was looking up how to become a social worker online, I came across a sad story about a social worker in India who came across a massive whale carcass on Cola beach in Canacona.  Unfortunately, whales have washed up on Cola beach’s shores in increasing numbers in the last several years.

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It made me wonder what causes whales to wash up on shore.  Obviously there are many reasons, including illness and rough weather, but an interesting theory caught my eye: earthquakes at sea.  As explained by Captain David Williams of, pods of seaquake-injured whales may wash up on shore if they are unable to recover from their injuries.  Captain Williams also believes that this phenomenon may be the cause of missing ships.

I encourage you to check out Captain Williams’ website for more information about the seaquake theory.  It’s fascinating!

For Further Reading on Indian whales, you may need this Indian proxy service which allows you to bypass the various blocks and filters which often deny access on the internet.

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This summer my wife and I went to Victoria British Columbia and one of the things she wanted to do was to go whale watching. I was hesitant because I didn’t want to pay a lot of money and end up seeing nothing, which is possible when you set out to find whales. However, my fear was unfounded as we had a great time and saw lots of whales.

We decided to use the company called Five Star Whales because they had boats where you could sit inside and be shielded from the wind. This turned out to be a good choice as it was a 1 hour high speed ride to and from the whales which would have been freezing cold had we chosen another company with smaller boats where you sit lower and are exposed.

The journey to the whale area was comfortable and the two guides were there to give you all the information you needed. If you are looking for summer good jobs for 18 year olds or college students in Victoria and you have marine wildlife training or knowledge, this type of work could be great if you can get it. It looks fun and it surely is exciting when you get to the whale area.

After the approximate 1 hour ride our boat slowed down to a crawl for the next hour and everyone rushed outside. There were over 30 other boats in the area and all of them were moving slowly with crowds of people on them.

The whales were luckily there that day and the guide told us there were over 50 of them comprising three different families. We watch as they surfaced quickly and went back under. None of them ever jumped fully out of the water but it was still amazing to be that close to real wild whales. We even saw a baby whale traveling on its mother’s back.

While we were in the whale area almost a full hour, it seemed much shorter. Before no time the boat sped up again and retraced its journey back home. It was a beautiful day and we were very fortunate that the weather and the whales all cooperated to make our experience one we will never forget. It was definitely worth the $100 per person we spent for the 3 hour ride.

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Language issues aside, I think I’ve travelled enough to make a good decision on the best TV channels to watch in the world.  The Japanese stuff even with English subtitles is just bizarre, the quiz shows plain scary and eventually it just is no fun to watch – perhaps if I spoke Japanese it would have helped but I’m not sure it would have.

Some American TV is great, there’s some wonderful shows although I did find them scattered around the many channels and hard to find.   US TV though is spoilt for me by the incredible amount of advertising – impossible (well for me) to get in to a show that cuts to adverts every few minutes.

Australian TV is well let’s just say disappointing, I’m not quite sure why it’s so bad – after all there’s some great Australian entertainers, rock bands, actors and films but believe me the TV is not good.

So eventually I always go back to the BBC, it’s not designed to watch 24/7 but the quality and the total lack of advertisements makes it a winner for me.  When I travel I always make sure I can access the BBC IPlayer site, for the uninitiated to watch IPlayer abroad you need either a VPN or proxy server based in the UK, like this.  This stops the blocking device which looks up your IP address when you connect – although you can disconnect from the service after the show has started.

These proxies or VPNs are available from hundreds of service providers for a small monthly charge in most cases.  If you work for a big company with offices in the UK – check to see if you have a VPN available which will work just as well.  It is possible to even find proxies available for free online – but prepare to spend many, many hours constantly hunting for a fast enough one to stream media from – you’ll need a lot of spare time for this.

Perhaps one day all these TV firms will unlock their content to the world, and we can all share our TV stations like the great ones in the UK like BBC iplayer and ITV player – see help here. Without all these restrictions and perhaps the increased interaction between nations will enable us to discover what the hell is going on with the Japanese TV stations!

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