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Last Tuesday, SeaWorld announced that it would be laying off 320 employees from 12 of its theme parks. This is the second time in just two years that the company has significantly downsized its staff. An SEC filing submitted by SeaWorld notes that the recent layoffs are in regard to a restructuring plan that will work to reduce costs by about $65 million. In 2016, the company's shares dropped by 14 percent, which marks an all-time low for them. Furthermore, attendance was cut by half a million guests in the second half of 2016 in comparison to the same period in 2015. It's hard not to consider the downfall of SeaWorld to be related to the 2013 documentary Blackfish that exposed years of disturbing animal abuse happening at the park, while also uncovering the horrific reality of cetacean captivity. The film caused mounting protests against the captivity of orcas, and lead to California lawmakers putting in more effort to banning breeding in captivity.
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npr.org/player/embed/504958822/504975542" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Meanwhile, U.N. negotiators are frustrated by the lack of progress in talks on how to help the civilians who are trapped. "[T]he Member States that are supposed to help us get access [are] poles apart on what is happening in Syria," United Nations Senior Adviser Jan Egeland told reporters on Thursday . Here's more from the U.N. on why the process is so difficult: " 'I have never, in my many, many years of humanitarian negotiations, been in as difficult negotiations and as frustrating talks that produced nothing in spite of thousands of contacts with all of the parties, and it is with bitterness and frustration that we have to report that we have not been able to evacuate even the wounded,' he announced. "In order to provide humanitarian assistance, cooperation is necessary from the Government of Syria, the Russian Federation, various armed opposition groups, opposition health directorates, and others who must all agree on where, how, what conditions, guarantees, protection standards, and logistics.
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" It's expected to be a difficult fight for Iraq's security forces, which suffered a rapid and humiliating defeat there two years ago . Mosul is much larger than other recently liberated cities such as Ramadi and Fallujah. Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced the operation in a televised speech, vowing that ISIS will be defeated by the end of 2016, as The Two-Way has reported . The Two-Way The U.S. Is Sending 600 More Troops To Iraq Mosul will be a hard fight, but the Iraqi security forces are ready. They've been waiting to liberate Mosul for two years, and today is the day," U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, the top general of the U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition in Iraq, said in a statement . The coalition is providing air support and advisers on the ground but is not participating in fighting. Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga fighters are pushing toward Mosul from the northeast, as Alice explains, while a force primarily composed of Iraqi army troops is advancing from the south.
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In an age of digital and online voting, there is no way to know if the announced results of any given election faithfully express the intent of the voters. This is not only because digitized voting machines can be hacked or manipulated. The fact is, modernday ballots are not available as public documents — even after elections. Dr. Jonathan Simon, executive director of Election Defense Alliance, tells WhoWhatWhy ’s Jeff Schechtman that this is a risk we should not be taking when so much is at stake. Simon makes a data-driven argument that our computerized voting system is frighteningly vulnerable to corruption and partisan sabotage — at a time when corruption and partisanship are rampant. He argues that we have sacrificed transparency for convenience and speed, and that nothing short of votes counted observably and by hand can undo the damage to democracy.
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The watch also gets in on the Pokemon Go craze of the summer with a game adaptation specifically for the device. But perhaps a bigger gaming piece of news came from Nintendo, which announced that Super Mario is finally coming to the app store. Coming To The App Store: Nintendo's New Game Super Mario Run' Listen · 1:31 1:31 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/493073602/493073603" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Shigeru Miyamoto, known as the father of Mario , took the stage to announce a new game called Super Mario Run, which you can play on the phone with one hand — "while eating a hamburger or eating an apple," as Miyamoto said. Shares of Nintendo, which as The Verge points out "has been slow to bring its iconic characters and games to smartphones," jumped on the news. Apple's shares didn't see major gains. Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit NPR .
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Large, For-Profit ITT Tech Is Shutting Down All Of Its Campuses Listen · 3:31 3:31 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed "> iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/492819673/492857972" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Facebook Twitter Google+ Email September 6, 2016 1:36 PM ET Heard on All Things Considered Anya Kamenetz Facebook Twitter The sign on the campus of ITT Technical Institute in West Covina, Calif. Susan Goldman/Bloomberg via Getty Images The fall semester has just begun on most college campuses, but tens of thousands of students in 38 states were told Tuesday that, instead, their college is closing its doors. In a press release , ITT Educational Services announced it would close all campuses of its ITT Technical Institutes. The for-profit college system has become a household name over the past half-century.
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None of that data has ever been collected and stored by WhatsApp, and we really have no plans to change that." All Tech Considered Firms Are Buying, Sharing Your Online Info. What Can You Do About It? On Thursday, however, the messaging company released details of new "terms of service." As analysts have long predicted, WhatsApp and Facebook are moving toward closer linking the two independent businesses and making money from the free messaging app. "As we announced earlier this year, we want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you too, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam," said WhatsApp's blog post announcing the changes . The company had teased this possibility in January when it did away with subscription fees. WhatsApp says it will also begin sharing phone numbers and other data, such as the last time of log-in, with the " Facebook family of companies ," whose largest members include the photo site Instagram and the virtual-reality company Oculus VR.
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" At the same time, the attack sends a signal to Turkey in general that ISIS is capable of striking against civilians, Peter says. Parallels Terrorism Fears And Travel Bans Shake Tourism In Turkey The pro-Kurdish political party HDP also suggested that the attack could have been meant to exacerbate tensions between Kurds and the Turkish government, The Associated Press reports. "[HDP] said in a statement that it was "quite significant" that the attack, which it also blamed on IS, came hours after the Kurdistan Communities Union, a militant organization that includes the PKK, announced plans to try to negotiate to end a three-decade conflict between Kurdish militants and the Turkish government," the AP writes. The attack has been condemned around the world. Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his condolences; Russia and Turkey have had a tense relationship for the past few months, but have recently indicated a willingness to mend fences.
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