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.

Go to: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201111/s3373429.htm

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.

Go to: http://summitcountyvoice.com/2011/11/22/court-rejects-efforts-to-strip-beluga-whale-protections/

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.

Go to: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/3911651.stm

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.

Go to: http://articles.cnn.com/2011-10-26/justice/justice_killer-whale-lawsuit_1_killer-whales-orcinus-sea-world-trainers?_s=PM:JUSTICE

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. 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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