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SeaWorld Announces Last Generation of Orcas in Its Care

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ORLANDO, Fla., (FNN NEWS) — SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS), a leading theme park and entertainment company, today announced that the killer whales – or orcas – currently in the company’s care will be the last generation of orcas at SeaWorld. The company will end all orca breeding as of today.

SeaWorld also will introduce new, inspiring, natural orca encounters, rather than theatrical shows, as part of its ongoing commitment to education, marine science research, and rescue of marine animals. These programs will focus on orca enrichment, exercise, and overall health. This change will start in its San Diego park next year, followed by San Antonio and then Orlando in 2019.

SeaWorld also announced today a broad new partnership with the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) to protect our oceans and the animals that call them home. The company is committing to educating its more than 20 million annual visitors on animal welfare and conservation issues through interpretative programs at the parks and expanded advocacy for wild whales, seals, and other marine creatures.

“SeaWorld has introduced more than 400 million guests to orcas, and we are proud of our part in contributing to the human understanding of these animals,” said Joel Manby, President and Chief Executive Officer of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. “As society’s understanding of orcas continues to change, SeaWorld is changing with it. By making this the last generation of orcas in our care and reimagining how guests will encounter these beautiful animals, we are fulfilling our mission of providing visitors to our parks with experiences that matter.”

“SeaWorld’s commitment to end breeding of orcas is a long-held goal of many animal advocacy organizations, and we commend the company for making this game-changing commitment,” said Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of HSUS. “Today we turn a corner, working together to achieve solutions on a wide set of animal issues including sunsetting the use of orcas at existing facilities; maximizing SeaWorld’s focus on rescue, rehabilitation and advocacy for marine mammals in the wild; and sourcing food for animals and customers from humane and sustainable sources, including cage-free eggs and crate-free pork.”

“We are pleased to join with HSUS on the significant issues facing marine mammals and their ocean homes,” said Manby. “The work done by zoological facilities like SeaWorld is critical for the protection of animals in the wild, especially marine mammals. To that end, SeaWorld has committed $50 million over the next five years to be the world’s leading marine animal rescue organization, to advocate for an end to the commercial killing of whales and seals and an end to shark finning.”

The current population of orcas at SeaWorld – including one orca, Takara, that became pregnant last year – will live out their lives at the company’s park habitats, where they will continue to receive the highest-quality care based on the latest advances in marine veterinary medicine, science, and zoological best practices. Guests will be able to observe these orcas through the new educational encounters and in viewing areas within the existing habitats.

SeaWorld reaffirms its commitment not to collect marine mammals from the wild. It has not collected an orca from the wild in nearly 40 years, and the orcas at SeaWorld were either born there or have spent almost their entire lives in human care. These orcas could not survive in oceans that include environmental concerns such as pollution and other man-made threats.

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Military Simulation and STEM on Display at I/ITSEC Conference at Orange County Convention Center

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People take photos at the 2016 I/ITSEC Conference display at the Orange County Convention Center. Photo: Orlando Business Journal.

(ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The nation’s best military minds bring the latest simulation tech to Orange County Convention Center with the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Annual Conference from December 2-6, 2019.

I/ITSEC, sponsored by the National Training and Simulations Association (NTSA) is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training conference. It provides industry professionals the opportunity to experience, learn and review the most current research in Modeling and Simulation. NTSA, part of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) aims to promote international and interdisciplinary collaboration, training, education, analysis, and other related disciplines at the annual meeting. NDIA focuses on our country’s national defense and security, based out of Arlington, VA.

This week, members will present the most current research and trends, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and a competition event for teachers and secondary students focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The STEM awards take place December 5.

 

For more information and a detailed interactive agenda:

I/ITSEC 2019 Interactive Program

I/ITSEC 2019 Mobile App

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Sara-Beth Colón Jeffrey is the Associate Editor for Education and Technology for Florida National News. | tech@floridanationalnews.com

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Apple Announces New Batch of Emojis on World Emoji Day

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Apple's new emojis offer greater representation for those with disabilities, LGBTQ+ and an even greater variety of funny emoticons. Image: Apple.

Cupertino, CA (FNN NEWS) — July 17th is National Emoji Day! What better way to celebrate this holiday with an announcement of a fresh batch of emojis from Apple?

With the next major update bringing more animals, faces and food, these fun new additions to apple products are set to release as soon as this fall.

The company is also going to include hand-holding emojis that contain 75+ combinations of skin shades and genders, as well as emoticons for people with disabilities, further broadening their range of inclusion and shedding light on diversity.

Only 20 emojis have been revealed out of the the 50+ being released, and consumers are eager to see and use them all.

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Jay Pina is a Florida National News contributor. | social@floridanationalnews.com

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STUDY: Cities Where The Majority of Americans Can’t Afford a Home

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LOS ANGELES (FNN NEWS) / GOBankingRates / — Six cities on the U.S. coasts have a 70 percent or higher percentage of households that can’t afford a home, a new study found.

Personal finance website GOBankingRates used the median home listing price in the 100 largest cities to calculate typical monthly mortgage payments. Using the rule that no more than 30 percent of income should go toward housing, GOBankingRates calculated the income needed to afford a mortgage. Researchers then compared this income to the number of households with income equal to or greater than that amount.

For full study results and more details on methodology, visit: Places Where 50% of Americans Can’t Afford a Home

Top Five Cities With the Highest Percentage of Households That Can’t Afford a Home

1. San Francisco

Median listing price: $1,199,000
Percentage of households that can’t afford a home: 76.7 percent

2. Boston

Median listing price: $725,000
Percentage of households that can’t afford a home: 75.7 percent

3. Miami

Median listing price: $450,000
Percentage of households that can’t afford a home: 74.3 percent

4. Long Beach, Calif.

Median listing price: $549,900
Percentage of households that can’t afford a home: 73.5 percent

5. Los Angeles

Median listing price: $749,000
Percentage of households that can’t afford a home: 72.9 percent

Additional Study Insights

  • Perhaps unsurprising due to its high real estate prices, six of the top 10 cities with the highest percentage of households that can’t afford homes are in California.
  • Some surprising cities made the final list. In New Orleans, the median home price is $300,000 but 65.4 percent of households can’t afford a home because wages are lower.
  • Median home prices in Oakland, Calif., are half as expensive as they are across the bay in San Francisco.

SOURCE | GOBankingRates

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