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If you’re lucky, you may find yourself snorkeling with sea lions. They don’t bite. Well, maybe just a nibble, says naturalist Giancarlo Toti.

Dueling sea lions

Creeping up on tortoises

Only penguin in the Northern Hemisphere

Waved albatross

Marine iguana

Playful sea lions

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By BREE FULLERSept. 15, 2014, 8:53 p.m.

A respected Austinmer veterinarian has joined the Wollongong Dog Community group in a fight to save the northern Illawarra’s off-leash dog beaches.

A respected Austinmer veterinarian has joined the Wollongong Dog Community group in a fight to save the northern Illawarra’s off-leash dog beaches.

Former RSPCA NSW director and veterinarian of 43 years Dr Rick Prowse has called for the council to maintain existing off-leash zones, saying further restrictions would unfairly punish responsible dog owners.

“I’m happy to stand up and defend the only area available to people who spontaneously want to get up, go for a walk, throw a ball and do something with the dog,” the Austinmer vet said.

“The beach is an ideal, beautiful environment and we’ve got enough beaches to share for those who like dogs and for those who don’t like dogs.

“There are an irresponsible few who don’t clean up after their dogs or don’t control them when there are people around who may be a little anxious about dogs … but I don’t think you should chastise the thousands of people who are doing the right thing for the few who aren’t.”

Under planned changes to its dogs on beaches and parks policy, the council has recommended dogs only be allowed on Sharkeys, McCauleys and Little Austinmer beaches at restricted times, provided they are on a leash.

Dr Prowse said the dog-owning community needed safe and convenient places to exercise their dogs, away from roads and free from hazards such as bush ticks and snakes. He said a lack of suitable parks or open spaces in the northern Illawarra meant the beach was the only viable option for most people.

If the council took that option away, the health and well-being of dogs and owners would be negatively affected, Dr Prowse said.

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Jaikumar Vijayan | May 15, 2014

A federal appeals court this week ruled that a woman’s Fourth Amendment rights may have been violated when San Francisco police arrested her after an automated license plate reader mistakenly identified her car as stolen.

A federal appeals court this week ruled that a woman’s Fourth Amendment rights may have been violated when San Francisco police arrested her after an automated license plate reader mistakenly identified her car as stolen. The decision provides fodder to privacy advocates calling for restrictions on the use of the technology.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District Tuesday reversed a district court ruling saying the police made the arrest in good faith. A three-judge panel at the appellate court held that a reasonable jury could indeed find that the woman’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure had been violated. The case was remanded back to the district court.

The case involves Denise Green, 47, who was stopped, handcuffed and detained briefly by multiple police officers with drawn guns, on a March night in 2009.

The incident was triggered when Green’s car passed a police cruiser whose ALPR mistakenly determined that the vehicle was stolen. According to the appellate court’s description of the incident, the photograph taken by the ALPR was blurry and illegible because of darkness.

The police officer operating the license plate reader radioed in a description of Green’s vehicle and provided the incorrect license plate number from the ALPR read to dispatch. He did not confirm the tag number visually.

Dispatch quickly identified the plate as belonging to a stolen vehicle prompting a sequence of events that ended with Green being stopped by multiple police cars, handcuffed at gunpoint and detained while officers searched her car and person before letting her go.

Green filed a lawsuit against San Francisco Police Department, the city, county and the police officer in charge of the incident contending Fourth Amendment violations as well as unreasonable use of force and other charges. She asked the court for a summary judgment on her claims.

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rejected Green’s motion and agreed with the SFPD’s assertion that they had acted under reasonable suspicion.

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Awesome diving at the Poor Knights Islands in New Zealand with Ocean Blue, April 2014 diving at Northern Arch, Tye-Die Arch, Blue Mau Mau.

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Warriewood and Turrimetta Beaches, Northern Beaches, Sydney – February 2014
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San Mateo, CA (PRWEB) April 16, 2014

Freedom Financial Network (FFN), the largest negotiator of consumer debt in the nation, reports results for the first quarter of the year that include resolution of $186.3 million of debt for clients.

The results represent a 6 percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2013, and bring the total of debt resolved for the company since 2002 to more than $2.7 billion. During the fourth quarter, FFN negotiated resolutions on 33,627 individual creditor accounts in the quarter, up nearly 7 percent over the previous quarter. In the process, the company helped 23,460 clients, up 8.5 percent over the last quarter. The debt resolution results equate to negotiating $2.07 million of debt each day throughout the quarter, or more than $86,000 each hour.

The first-quarter results get the year off to an excellent start, says Andrew Housser, co-founder and CEO. As the company helps more consumers get out of debt, the company is able to employ more people, he adds. Currently, FFN has nearly 120 open sales, customer service, negotiation, loan officer, underwriting, analytics and software engineering positions in its Tempe (Ariz.) and San Mateo (Calif.) offices. Freedom Financial Networks commitment and work are obtaining results for clients and for the economy, Housser says. We value the opportunity to make a difference in so many lives.

FFN is a consumer credit advocate that negotiates directly with creditors on consumers behalf to resolve debt balances. Offering an alternative to credit counseling, debt consolidation and bankruptcy, the companys debt relief program helps clients resolve their unsecured debt, often in 24 to 48 months.

Freedom Financial Network (http://www.freedomfinancialnetwork.com) Freedom Financial Network, LLC (FFN), provides comprehensive consumer credit advocacy services. Through the FFN family of companies Freedom Debt Relief, Freedom Tax Relief, ConsolidationPlus, FreedomPlus and Bills.com FFN works as an independent advocate to provide comprehensive financial solutions, including debt consolidation, debt resolution, debt settlement and tax resolution services for consumers struggling with debt. The company, which has resolved more than $2.7 billion in debt and assisted more than 265,000 clients since 2002, is an accredited member of the American Fair Credit Council, and a platinum member of the International Association of Professional Debt Arbitrators.

Based in San Mateo, Calif., FFN also operates an office in Tempe, Ariz. The company, with more than 600 employees, was voted one of the best places to work in the San Francisco Bay area in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013, and in the Phoenix area in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. FFNs founders are recipients of the Northern California Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

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All of Northern Ireland's beaches have an acceptable level of water quality, according to the annual Good Beach guide, published on Tuesday.

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Volunteers from across Northern Ireland will be taking part in a UK wide campaign this weekend to clean up beaches.

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Air New Zealand has re-signed agreements with the Cook Islands Government to operate non-stop services between Rarotonga and Los Angeles and Rarotonga and Sydney.

The airline has worked alongside the Cook Islands Government to operate a weekly return service to Los Angeles since 2007 and to Sydney since 2010.

Air New Zealand Manager Pacific Islands Peter Walsh says the airlines latest safety video which was shot in the Cook Islands has helped to cast a global spotlight on the tropical beauty of the Cooks.

“The agreements ensure that visitors from both the Northern Hemisphere and Australia have convenient travel options that allow them to experience this island paradise in person.”

Air New Zealand was announced as the preferred bidder for the tender to provide the two long haul services in November following a comprehensive Government review of the underwritten contracts.

“We are honoured to renew these two four year agreements to operate to Los Angeles and Sydney from Rarotonga” says Mr Walsh.

“These services will help to further stimulate tourism in the Cooks and ensure the picturesque islands remain accessible to those outside of New Zealand.”

In 2013 Air New Zealand carried around 200,000 people to Rarotonga from Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles.

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Air New Zealand renews agreements to operate long haul Cook Islands services

Air New Zealand has re-signed agreements with the Cook Islands Government to operate non-stop services between Rarotonga and Los Angeles and Rarotonga and Sydney.

The airline has worked alongside the Cook Islands Government to operate a weekly return service to Los Angeles since 2007 and to Sydney since 2010.

Air New Zealand Manager Pacific Islands Peter Walsh says the airlines latest safety video which was shot in the Cook Islands has helped to cast a global spotlight on the tropical beauty of the Cooks.

The agreements ensure that visitors from both the Northern Hemisphere and Australia have convenient travel options that allow them to experience this island paradise in person.

Air New Zealand was announced as the preferred bidder for the tender to provide the two long haul services in November following a comprehensive Government review of the underwritten contracts.

We are honoured to renew these two four year agreements to operate to Los Angeles and Sydney from Rarotonga says Mr Walsh.

These services will help to further stimulate tourism in the Cooks and ensure the picturesque islands remain accessible to those outside of New Zealand.

In 2013 Air New Zealand carried around 200,000 people to Rarotonga from Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles.

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