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Charter Focus: The Power & Prowess of Alfa Nero

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 04/25/2018 - 11:00
Charter Focus: The Power & Prowess of Alfa Nero The yacht that broke the mould, Alfa Nero is an icon in the superyacht community and an 82-metre luxury masterpiece with global charter appeal. With Summer heating up, we take a look at the design values and lifestyle on board that makes Alfa Nero the ideal superyacht to bring the Mediterranean to heel this year.

Built for an experienced yachtsmen, Alfa Nero brought new style to the water in 2007 alongside a world of design solutions which changed the game entirely for the luxury yacht experience.

Her distinctive profile is not only a work of art, but a result of innovative breakthroughs; such as extending the giant beach club across the aft deck and placing an infinity pool on board (which also transforms into a helipad for stylish arrivals).

Designed by Nuvolari Lenard, the first-impression of stepping on board was described by the Italian-based studio as stepping on to the grounds of a large property and having the space to respect the scale of what you’re experiencing. This is the joy of arriving on board Alfa Nero, and heading from beach club, across the open aft deck to stepping inside the ocean-going giant.

The modern exterior style, still ahead of the curve even today, is a major hint at what lies within; offering up to 12 guests on board ample space through a beam of 14.2-metres and a remarkable decor - filled with Brazilian lacewoods, abstract textured effects and beautifully crafted furniture to represent a high-line European nightclub - by Alberto Pinto and Nuvolari Lenard.

The Owner’s residence, a huge amount of space set aside on the Upper Deck, is built with two entrances, an office, dressing area, Jacuzzi, steam shower and easy access to the private patio and balcony, facing aft to enjoy a sanctuary of solitude while the water ebbs away behind the boat.

After a long day enjoying the sun by the pool on the many loungers, at the bar on the aft deck or enjoying life on the expansive Sun Deck, guests can retire to the numerous VIP cabins below; each with its own unique view of the water through flawless design.

The onboard experience is also enhanced by the highly-skilled staff of 26 crew on board, on hand to add an extra dimension to the charter lifestyle; available through global brokerage house Burgess.

Alfa Nero was introduced to the world by Oceanco, one of the world’s finest yacht builders in the 80m+ market today, and thanks to the expertise installed across the yacht - from design to completion - this is not just an option for charter in 2018, but the perfect way to make a lasting impression on the Mediterranean this Summer.

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National Geographic Ranked Top Social Brand in 2017 by Shareablee

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 21:14

Fourth consecutive year the 130-year old brand has led cross-platform social media engagement

NEW YORK, NY, April 24, 2018 – For the fourth consecutive year, National Geographic was ranked as the Top Social Brand by leading social media data and analytics firm Shareablee. Overall, National Geographic saw more than 1.6 billion actions (Reactions, Comments, Shares, Retweets and Likes) across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in 2017, growing from 1.39 billion actions in 2016.

National Geographic was also named the Top Brand on Instagram in 2017 (with approximately 1.5 billion actions), holding first place since 2014. In fact, National Geographic’s video of a jaguar pulling a small crocodile called a “caiman” out of a river in December was the top Instagram video by any brand for the year, with 1.7 million actions. Additionally, the brand had the No. 3 Instagram post with more than 2.2 million actions.

“At a time when traditional media brands are struggling to keep pace with today’s evolving media landscape, National Geographic continues to find new ways to innovate and adhere to the current digital appeal in order to best reach and speak to global audiences,” said Tania Yuki, Founder and CEO of Shareablee. “The brand stays relevant among consumers of all demographics by way of dynamic, 360 storytelling, immersive brand experiences and a social media presence that rivals top celebrities.”

National Geographic currently hails as the most followed media brand across social platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, with more than 420 million followers globally – resulting in 7.6 billion content engagements each month. Additionally, they are the most widely distributed television channel in the world – reaching 487 million television households in 172 countries and 43 languages every month. Most recently, National Geographic today was named the first-ever Media Company of the Year by the Webby Awards (and took home an impressive 26 wins overall).

The brand has set itself apart digitally by prioritizing visual experiences, creating dialogues with their audiences across all platforms, and leaning into a principle of turning their yellow border into a portal for digital content experiences produced with their community of Explorers, photographers, journalists, immersive storytellers, and contributors. Photographers, for example, are given direct access to National Geographic’s Instagram account, enabling them to upload photos, stories, or go live in real-time while they’re on assignment or in the field.

“We are a brand that was founded with the mission of helping people better understand the world around them. That means creating opportunities for people to discover new places, cultures, and experiences that are sometimes out of reach,” said Jonathan Hunt, SVP of Digital Content and Audience Development for National Geographic Partners. “Our followers can go on live daily safaris in Kenya via Facebook, participate in Reddit AMAs with National Geographic Explorers such as Bob Ballard (who discovered the shipwreck of the Titanic), or explore the most awe-inspiring locations around the globe on Instagram. Hence, our success is not only the product of strategy and being data-informed with our content and programming, it is also about deliberately bringing to life our brand’s mission in every digital experience we create.”

The ranking came in Shareablee’s recently published eBook, “The State of Social Media in the U.S. in 2017.” Shareablee’s eBook explores the platforms, categories, brands and content steering the growth of the social web and unpacks the key drivers of engagement for marketers.

In 2017, Shareablee found that social engagement for the average U.S. brand grew 20% year over year across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Twitter and Instagram captured a majority of the growth in engagement, both increasing by 34%. Video content continued to grow across the social web, the number of video posts from brands increased by 36% and engagement with those videos also grew by 77%.

For more information on Shareablee’s findings and rankings, or to download the eBook, please visit here.

About Shareablee, Inc

Shareablee is the leader in audience-based social media measurement for media publishers, agencies and brands that want to understand the impact and effectiveness of their cross-platform social media campaigns. Launched in 2013, Shareablee empowers brands by providing data that can help them define and drive success on social media by arming them with metrics and predictive analytics that inform powerful best practices. Shareablee is the leading authority on audience intelligence, competitive benchmarking and actionable insights with clients in 15+ countries.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

Press Contact:

Bill Daddi

Daddi Brand Communications

Bill@DaddiBrand.com

646-370-1341

917-620-3717

Tierney Oakes

Beck Media for National Geographic

ngpr@beckmedia.com

(512) 640-6078

 

National Geographic Wins 26 Webby Awards and Named First-Ever Webby Media Company of the Year

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 04/24/2018 - 17:56

WASHINGTON (April 24, 2018)—National Geographic has won the first-ever Webby Media Company of the Year Award, presented to the media organization that performs best across all Webby Award categories. National Geographic won 26 awards total.

“First of all, wow. What an incredible honor from both the Webbys and our community of fans,” said Rachel Webber, EVP of Digital for National Geographic Partners. “National Geographic has served as a platform for exploration for over 130 years, and with new technology and the Internet we’ve been able to empower our millions of fans to explore the world with us. This year’s celebrated work is a testament to our inspiring Explorers and Photographers, a massive team effort across the organization and our commitment to impact-driven storytelling.”

The Webby Award winners are selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences and the Webby People’s Voice Awards are voted on by the online public.

A record number of media companies were nominated this year, and the other media organizations in the running for Media Company of the Year were VICE Media, Condé Nast, Turner and Viacom. National Geographic will accept its award on May 14 at the Webby Award Show in New York.

Considered the internet’s highest honor, the Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries this year and 3 million votes were cast for the Webby People’s Voice Awards. Fewer than 10 percent of the entries were selected as nominees.

Press Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, (202)-912-6724

National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

National Geographic’s World-Renowned Photographers Celebrate Earth Day 2018 with Flash Print Sale

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 14:00

Signed, 8×10 Prints for $100. Nine Days Only.

WASHINGTON (April 20, 2018) – Powerful visual storytelling is at the heart of National Geographic, and this year for Earth Day, its world-renowned photographers are sharing the wonder of the globe with a limited flash print sale for nine days only. Prints by 18 National Geographic photographers celebrating the rich diversity and vitality of our planet will be available to buy as signed, 8” x 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 each. Sharing their photos taken across the world, photographers including Ami Vitale, Cory Richards, Jimmy Chin, Beverly Joubert and Frans Lanting have prints available to purchase for a limited time only, through midnight (EDT) on April 28, at http://www.NGCreativeFlashSale.com/.

National Geographic Creative, which represents many of National Geographic’s photographers, is presenting the sale as a tribute to the organization’s legacy of capturing nature’s most wondrous scenes in order to inspire others to care about the planet. National Geographic is overseeing the production of the premium, unframed prints, which will be made on Fuji Crystal paper and signed by the respective photographer.

“National Geographic photographers bring critical stories from the farthest corners of the globe to the everyday global citizen,” said Alice Keating, SVP, Photography Business Strategy, who oversees National Geographic Creative. “We are thrilled to bring decades of some of the finest National Geographic photography to the flash sale on Earth Day this year, as a powerful way for our community to take home what makes life on planet Earth so precious.”

National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information, visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

 

MEDIA CONTACTS 

Leah Jereb

leah.jereb@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6716

 

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan

anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com

(202) 912 6724

National Geographic Celebrates Earth Day 2018 Across Multiple Platforms

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:53

National Geographic kicks off Earth Day 2018 with Symphony for Our World, an artistic celebration of planet Earth that pairs breathtaking wildlife footage with an original musical composition. Broadcast event on Nat Geo WILD accompanies global live tour beginning in San Francisco on April 22

 Documentary about the National Geographic Society’s Okavango Wilderness Project will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on Earth Day

 National Geographic Kids magazine “Save the Earth” special April issue provides readers with background on environmental issues and tips on how they can help protect the planet

 NationalGeographic.com’s online Earth Day hub provides readers with participation tips and historical perspective since the first Earth Day in 1970

 Purchase breathtaking, signed images by National Geographic photographers at the second annual flash sale

WASHINGTON (April 19, 2018)— For 130 years, National Geographic’s iconic yellow border has offered a portal to explore the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond.  Earth Day, April 22, 2018, marks the 48th anniversary of the birth of this environmental movement- an effort that National Geographic has given voice to through groundbreaking storytelling from the best scientists, photographers, explorers and filmmakers in the world. This year, National Geographic will be celebrating Earth Day in a number of ways:

  • Symphony for Our World’ broadcast event: A musical event that combines stunning natural history footage with an original symphony and theme composed by Bleeding Fingers Music, featuring composers Austin Fray and Andrew Christie, and a special musical collaboration with X Ambassadors. The five-part arrangement – broken down by sea, shore, land, mountains and sky – brings audiences from the depths of the sea, up to coastlines, over mountains, and into the sky. ‘Symphony for Our World’ will premiere on television as a one-hour commercial-free event on Earth Day at 7/6c on Nat Geo WILD. Click here to view trailer.
  • Symphony for Our World’ global live tour: National Geographic will feature the original music created for the ‘Symphony for Our World’ broadcast special in a live, global orchestral tour kicking off on Earth Day at San Francisco’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. The global live tour features narration by Tony- and Grammy-award winner Daveed Diggs as well as JooWan Kim of Ensemble Mik Nawooj. On Earth Day weekend, enter the code EARTHDAY at checkout to receive 10 percent off tickets. This sale will run from Friday, April 20 at 10 a.m. local time until Monday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. For performance dates and ticket information, visit natgeo-symphony.com.
  • Images and video from the National Geographic Photo Ark will be featured in the ‘Symphony for Our World’ events to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. Founded by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the Photo Ark aims to document every species currently living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action thorugh education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Viewers can learn more at org and join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #SaveTogether.
  • National Geographic’s “Into the Okavango”premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 22, at 5:00p.m. ET. The film chronicles National Geographic Fellow Dr. Steve Boyes and an international team of modern-day explorers on their first, epic four-month, 1,500-mile expedition across three countries to save the river system that feeds the Okavango Delta, one of our planet’s last wetland wildernesses. Directed by Neil Gelinas and showcasing the National Geographic Society’s Okavango Wilderness Project, the film draws the world’s attention not only to the Okavango River Basin, one of the most important areas for biodiversity conservation, but to the little-known and vulnerable wilderness area in the Angolan highlands on which it depends.
  • The “Save the Earth” special April issue of National Geographic Kids magazine empowers young readers to protect the planet, tackle climate change, biodiversity, pollution and habitat destruction. The issue provides kids with scientific background on some of the most pressing environmental issues and encourages them to go further with innovative tips on how they can individually help save the Earth.
  • NationalGeographic.com will be sharing focused digital content around Earth Day instructing readers on how to participate, explaining the largest environmental issues the world faced on its first Earth Day in 1970, and providing a list of 48 things that have changed since then. Please visit our Earth Day hub online for this content and more. Additionally, National Geographic Travel will host a discussion about ways to be a more eco-friendly traveler on its Facebook page starting at 11 a.m. ET.
  • National Geographic Creative flash sale, from 9:00 a.m. ET, April 20, to midnight April 28, sells prints by National Geographic photographers that pay homage to the Earth. The photos will be available to buy as signed, 8” X 10” unframed prints, priced at $100 each.

One of National Geographic’s core goals is to ignite the explorer in all people, and to further help them understand the world around them. To explore Earth Day-focused content further and see how you can help protect the planet, please visit https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/earth-day-stories.

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National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

Contacts

For Symphony for Our World (Nat Geo WILD Broadcast Event):

Molly Mulrain

Molly.Mulrain@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6745

 

For Symphony for Our World (Global Live Tour):

Meg Calnan

Meg.Calnan@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6703

 

For Into the Okavango at Tribeca Film Festival:

Kristin Montalbano

Kristin.Montalbano@natgeo.com

(703) 678-3678

 

For Nat Geo Kids “Save the Earth” April Special Issue:

Caitlin Holbrook

Caitlin.Holbrook@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6714

 

For National Geographic Creative Flash Sale:

Leah Jereb

Leah.Jereb@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6716

 

For NationalGeographic.com Digital Content:

Kelsey Taylor

Kelsey.Taylor@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6776

Interior Insight: Accented Simplicity on Joy

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 11:00
Interior Insight: Accented Simplicity on Joy When Feadship brought 70M Joy to the water, she came with high expectation. Living up to the yard’s standards in silhouette and style, her exterior lines commanded attention and the industry tilted their heads in awe. Slightly more understated but just as clever, Joy's interior story by Studio Indigo makes her one of the most charter-worthy yachts on the market today. We take a closer look.

At 70M, Joy has little limitation when it comes to her interior arrangement. Dramatic spaces make way for a basketball court, an al-fresco disco, enough wellness facilities to turn a week’s holiday into a retreat, and the air-conditioned winter gardens you didn’t even know you needed.  

Sleeping 12 guests and with room for 19 crew, her suites and cabins are spacious, yet are enhanced further through the designers’ clever use of colour, texture and pattern.

Unlike her carefully-carved exterior, Joy’s interior is subtle for an easy-on-the-eye effect following a day at sea. Her palette flushes with pastel hues in lilac and rose, while delicate whites form the basis for most of the guest accommodation.

Accents to the simplicity come from a considered use of soft furnishings. Plushy embroidered cushions line each and every relaxation area, inviting guests to indulge, while hints of mosaic can be found on harder surfaces to add a touch of flair. However, it’s elsewhere that Joy’s personality comes to life. Clearly crafted to entertain, the social spaces are vivid and vibrant; providing an antithesis to where guests sleep.

In the dining room, wooden carvings contour the walls into a formal space, while in the main saloon takes art-deco influence (dark woods, angular furniture and plenty of marble) and seamlessly blends it with a tribal-feel.

Earthy greys mix with regal metallics to create just the right amount of opulence without being flash. It’s tasteful yet comfortable, glamorous but inviting; the ultimate place to spend an evening sipping martinis feasting on canapés before retiring to the plush suites below.

Available to charter this season with Burgess, Joy has harmonized interior versus exterior making her the perfect match for this summer in the Med.

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National Geographic Announces First-Ever Custom Content Special to Launch on Weekly Travel Block Programming

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:53

Hour-Long Special, New Orleans: City of Stories, Commemorates the Iconic City as it Celebrates its 300th Anniversary

Premieres Monday, April 23rd at 6PM; Additional Cities to Include Asheville, North Carolina and San Diego, California

(NEW YORK, NY – April 17, 2018) – – National Geographic announced today its first-ever, one-hour custom content special featuring the iconic city of New Orleans in partnership with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Pegged to the 300th Anniversary of the city, NEW ORLEANS: CITY OF STORIES, will delve into the uniquely rich culture, or “the soul of New Orleans” as the locals like to say, exploring the city’s deep ties to music, food, arts and diversity that have made it an American treasure. The hour-long special, the first of many in Nat Geo’s new custom travel block, will launch on Monday, April 23rd, at 6 p.m. EST on National Geographic.

For upcoming travel programming, National Geographic will continue to partner with tourism organizations and travel industry insiders to produce a series of hour-long specials in addition to other travel shows that focus on remarkable destinations around the world. Asheville, North Carolina and San Diego, California are the next destinations to be featured in the new travel line-up. This new cities series will focus on what makes each featured city so unique, providing an inside look into the history, art, food, drinks, music and cultural experiences. Each program will inspire audiences to travel to a new destination or explore their own backyard.

“We are proud to showcase New Orleans in its tricentennial anniversary as our first custom content program in our new cities series,” said Kimberly Connaghan, VP global partnerships, National Geographic Partners. “This is a city like no other and its authenticity comes shining through as locals share their stories about what makes New Orleans so unique.”

“We are thrilled to partner with National Geographic to bring the unique and culturally rich story of New Orleans and our Tricentennial to their vast audiences,” commented Mark Romig, President and CEO of New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. “Through the process we uncovered some of the city’s most talented and culturally diverse artists who carry the passion of their love for New Orleans in their craft. We look forward to sharing these stories and many others throughout this special year.”

In NEW ORLEANS: CITY OF STORIES, viewers will go on a historical journey of The Big Easy. Along the way, viewers will meet the people that give New Orleans its vibrant atmosphere and enthusiasm, including musicians, accomplished artists, community leaders, artisans, bartenders and historians. These New Orleans residents explain the history of jazz funerals, tell stories through colorful street art, delve into the history of iconic New Orleans cocktails, explain the revitalization of a historic dance style and showcase how a music education program is bringing joy to the local community. This in-depth look at the thriving city proves that the magic of New Orleans extends far beyond Bourbon Street.

Media Contact

Meg Calnan, National Geographic, Meg.Calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

National Geographic Launches ‘Open Explorer’ Community Platform — First of Its Kind Digital Field Journal — By and For Explorers

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:00

Platform enables explorers, scientists and adventurers alike to tell the stories of their expeditions and fieldwork and to follow fellow community members’ adventures in real time

Partnership with National Geographic Explorer David Lang aims to connect the global exploration community with new tools and resources to further their work

WASHINGTON (April 17, 2018) – National Geographic has announced the acquisition and re-launch of Open Explorer, a community platform for explorers and scientists to document their expeditions in real-time from the field and share their journeys with the world through digital storytelling. Anyone with a story to tell or a place to explore can now share their journey and crowdfund their fieldwork, including university researchers, citizen scientists, students and professional explorers. The online platform aims to democratize exploration by lowering the barrier of entry, giving access and allowing anyone to share their stories of curiosity and adventure.

For any explorer or scientist in the field, their journal is one of the most important tools. When Open Explorer was originally founded in 2014 by National Geographic Explorer David Lang, it was conceived as an answer to the question, “If Darwin were alive today, how would he have kept his notes?” Lang recognized the need for a place to record experiences, tell stories and collaborate with a community that cared about science, exploration and storytelling. Furthering the knowledge and understanding of our world has always been the core purpose of National Geographic. As such, National Geographic, in partnership with Lang, is making Open Explorer part of the National Geographic ecosystem and is focused on growing the community, connecting members with new tools and additional resources, and sharing the community’s stories with the world through National Geographic’s vast global storytelling portfolio.

“There’s never been a better time to be curious person, it’s truly the golden age of exploration,” said Lang, founder of Open Explorer and co-founder of OpenRov, a company that creates new tools for underwater exploration. “In a digital world filled with instant and endless information, it’s easy to forget that there is so much we as humans still don’t know. Nearly every app and website aims to answer questions or make some process more convenient. Open Explorer is different. It’s a tool for finding better questions.”

Rachel Webber, Executive Vice President of Digital for National Geographic Partners, said, “For more than 130 years, National Geographic has served as a platform for exploration; today, technology enables us to empower our millions of fans around the world to participate.  It’s thrilling to see the diversity of projects and people in the Open Explorer community – from teenagers in Chicago looking for meteorites to our National Geographic Society Explorers like Steve and Chris Boyes trekking the Okavango Delta. We’re very grateful and honored that David brought this project to us, and we’re excited to continue to invest in and collaborate with this inspiring community.”

Open Explorer Site Functionality:

When users visit Open Explorer, they will find inspiring expeditions to follow and the ability to start their own projects. Users can document their work, upload photos and videos, leverage fundraising tools and collaborate with fellow expedition members. Audiences can follow expeditions for regular updates from the field and can engage on posts through comments and sharing material on social.

As Lang says, “People who are empowered to explore the world around them will love their planet and people who love their planet will protect it.”

To interact with the community, follow expeditions or start your own, visit Open Explorer here.

To follow expeditions that are happening right now, visit the Expedition Discover page.

To begin building your own expedition, visit this detailed guide to get started.

Press Contacts:

For interviews, visuals and more information, please contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan, anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com, (202) 912 6724

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6776

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE INTRODUCES REDESIGNED PRINT EDITION

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 14:00

New Paper, Design, Sections, Typefaces, and Energy Debut with the May Issue 

Redesign showcases even more of National Geographic’s stunning photography and follows on the heels of one of the most successful years in the magazine’s 130-year history

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2018)  On the heels of one of the most successful years in National Geographic magazine’s 130-year history, the iconic print publication is introducing (video HERE) a bold new redesign, with new visual story forms, thought-provoking essays, and even more stunning photography. The May issue, on print newsstands April 24 and available online at ngm.com, explores and illuminates the frontiers of our world, from the depths of the ocean to the frontlines of culture, always with an eye for understanding the people, places, and ideas that shape our planet. Through dynamic new sections, type faces, premium paper stock, and more of the breathtaking photography that has engaged audiences for over a century, the iconic yellow border will continue to offer a portal to the farthest reaches of the Earth and beyond.

Since the formation of National Geographic Partners in 2015, the brand has made an aggressive push to go “Further” moving the yellow border from reverence to relevance by delivering premium, distinctive content to a 21st century audience across its multiple platforms including linear, print, digital, social, consumer products, books, and travel. With the redesign of the magazine, National Geographic’s most iconic and revered platform will now deliver today’s audiences even more of the high quality, creatively inspired, and visually spectacular storytelling that readers around the world have come to expect in a fresh and contemporary way.

“National Geographic has helped readers explore the world for 130 years, and we thought it was important to move forward by embracing our heritage in new and modern ways,” said Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor in Chief of National Geographic magazine. “The new National Geographic delivers the same sense of wonder readers expect but with a bolder, more provocative, more captivating eye.”

“This next evolution of National Geographic brings to bear the full set of tools available to the contemporary magazine,” said Emmet Smith, Creative Director of National Geographic magazine. “It allows us to more fully showcase the spectacular work of our photographers, reporters, and artists—and, in turn, provide an even better magazine for our readers.”

Goldberg and Smith worked on the strategy and redesign of the magazine with Godfrey Dadich Partners (GDP), a firm whose team of editors, designers, and marketers come from some of the nation’s top publications, including WIRED, The Atlantic, Fast Company, The New Yorker and Los Angeles magazine. GDP was engaged to identify and distill the core values that would serve as the foundation for the magazine’s next chapter.

“It was an honor for us to collaborate on such an iconic brand—to dive into a 130-year history of cartography, photography, typefaces, and journalism, then design a new kind of magazine for today,” said Scott Dadich, founder and co-CEO of Godfrey Dadich Partners. “Redesigning the magazine enhances its ability to deepen people’s understanding of the world and their role in it.”

What’s Changed

The redesigned National Geographic magazine includes pages that are easier to navigate and more exciting, with dynamic new sections at the front of the magazine. There is more space for stunning photography. New typefaces are adapted from styles that harken to its past, but are updated to reflect today’s sensibilities. The magazine is now printed on two new premium paper stocks, making the photographs more lush and rich, and giving the magazine itself a more luxurious feel to the hand.

New front sections: Three distinct sections in the front of the magazine provide an energetic and captivating introduction:

  • Proof—Dedicated to short photo essays highlighting new, provocative perspectives.
  • Embark—Investigating new ideas and arguments, challenging readers’ views of the world and everything in it.
  • Explore—Adventure pieces that allow the reader to journey, escape boundaries, and investigate the great mysteries of life. New elements include “Atlas,” a story told through maps, and “Through the Lens,” the backstory of a single, memorable photograph.

Even more emphasis on visual storytelling: Instead of four or five feature stories of roughly the same length in each issue there will now be several shorter, visual features rich with illustrations and photos; two traditional-length stories with the deep, global reporting and imagery that are the magazine’s hallmark; and one major, marquee package.

A bolder design and new typefaces: Two typefaces were created, inspired by both historical typefaces and pioneers who have helped build the legacy of the magazine. The first is Earle, named in honor of legendary oceanographer and National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence Sylvia Earle, who was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The second is Marden, based on an archival type that’s been updated and digitally re-cut for a clean, new look. It pays tribute to Luis Marden, an adventurer and photographer who was a pioneer in color photography.

What’s Stayed the Same

Most importantly, the three principles that underlie all that the magazine was built on remains the same—We are on the side of science, on the side of facts, and on the side of the planet.

Building On Success

Throughout its 130-year history, National Geographic has continuously pushed boundaries—from its innovative use of photography starting in 1906 to becoming the most followed brand on Instagram today. National Geographic has always found new ways to inspire audiences through high-definition, visual storytelling that’s impossible to ignore.

In 2017, the magazine had its best showing than ever before, garnering awards across photography, design, digital, and editorial. It was named as a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its 2017 single-topic issue about gender, and also won the National Magazine Award for best single-topic issue for the ground-breaking gender issue. In 2017, newsstand sales were up 16% year over year, at a time when sales are down for most of the industry, and it was one of the only magazines to increase its print readership among c-suite and millennial readers.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure, and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing, and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers…and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation, and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.

 

Press Contacts:

Anna Kukelhaus                                              Mistrella Murphy

National Geographic Partners                         Godfrey Dadich Partners

Anna.Kukelhaus@natgeo.com                        Mistrella@godfreydadich.com

202.258.8020                                                   917.797.3475

 

SKY AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORK TOGETHER TO FIGHT OCEAN PLASTIC

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 09:00
  • National Geographic commits $10 million to supporting Sky Ocean Ventures activity
  • Sky and National Geographic to partner on a new set of grants, Innovation Challenges and events designed to eradicate marine plastic and encourage enterprise innovation
  • Collaboration will create the largest global media campaign to date to reduce plastics in the ocean

London/Rome April 16th 2018: Sky and National Geographic have today announced that they are to join forces in the fight to eradicate the destructive impact of plastic litter in the world’s oceans and that National Geographic will commit $10 million to bring its scientific expertise, grants and media reach to support the activities of Sky Ocean Ventures.

Sky Ocean Ventures was launched in March 2018 with a £25 million cornerstone commitment from Sky and the objective of seeking out investment opportunities in businesses that can help solve the ocean plastic crisis. The National Geographic Society joins the effort and will bring together its global network of scientists and academics to support the fund’s vision, along with a financial commitment focused on activity that aligns with its mission, values and objectives. Activities will include:

  • Grants: Targeted funding will be made available with the National Geographic Society and Sky issuing calls for proposals that will measurably reduce plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean. Priority will be given to projects that aim to develop solutions to help stop plastic from reaching waterways through improved recycling, waste management or other means as well as innovative methods that engage stakeholders to create solutions that dramatically reduce plastic use and/or input into watersheds
  • Innovation Challenges: A series of Innovation Challenges issued to the best talents and minds around the globe will identify, award and support groundbreaking technologies designed to reduce plastic waste and its impact on oceans. Challenges will address the myriad inefficiencies in the plastics value chain from material innovation and product design to consumer use and collection
  • Events: A series of events will convene and engage industry leaders, corporations, institutions and foundations focused on the issue of marine plastic pollution

With its expertise in research and grants management, together with its historical perspective and legacy in conservation, the National Geographic Society is uniquely positioned to serve the objectives of this campaign.

This latest collaboration builds on the grassroots grants programme Sky and the National Geographic Society launched in the fall of 2017 to select 10 young academics to run marine-based research projects, underpinned by funding and support from National Geographic. Three of the grantees have subsequently been awarded an additional Sky Ocean Rescue Scholarship and will receive supplementary funding and mentoring from Sky to enhance the impact of their research.

The Sky Ocean Rescue Scholars were announced on stage at National Geographic’s Festival of Science in Rome and include:

  • Imogen Napper, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, United Kingdom

Project Title: How Effective New Technologies are at Capturing Released Synthetic Microplastic Fibers from Domestic Washing Machines.

  • Martina Capriotti, University of Camerino, San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy

Project Title: An Innovative Approach for Testing Microplastic Hazardousness in the Adriatic Sea.

  • Annette Fayet, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

Project Title: Why are Puffins Going Extinct? Combining Novel Technology and Machine Learning to Understand the Cause Behind Long-Lasting declines in an Endangered Seabird.

As part of this collaboration, National Geographic Partners will also use its authentic and inspirational storytelling, award-winning photography and renowned journalism to shine a spotlight on this critical issue and the innovative solutions the Sky Ocean Ventures collaboration aims to enable.

Collectively, this new collaboration will create the largest global media campaign to date to reduce plastic litter in the ocean.

Speaking on the collaboration, Sky’s Group Chief Executive Jeremy Darroch said:

National Geographic is a world leader in science and exploration with expertise, knowledge and credibility that only comes from spending over a century protecting our planet. I’m excited that we share the same vision and understand the pressing need to take action and find meaningful solutions to the plastics problem. Together, we will create real impact, and I look forward to bringing other financial and non-financial partners on board.”

Gary Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners, added:

“Sky Ocean Ventures is a bold new project that will support breakthrough thinking and invest in new ideas aimed at the impact plastic is having on our oceans and marine life.  National Geographic will use our global media portfolio to encourage conservation of our oceans and exploration of new ways to be better stewards of the world in which we live.”

Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist and SVP, Grants and Exploration at the National Geographic Society added:

“This is a unique opportunity to build upon National Geographic Society’s 130-year history of investing in bold people with transformative ideas and using the power of our storytellers to help achieve a planet in balance. By 2025, Sky and National Geographic will have helped to bring pledges of people taking action to reduce their own plastic footprint, helped transform the way businesses deal with their supply chain and innovation as far as plastic is concerned and will have invested in or supported technologies with high potential to be transformational.” 

Through Sky Ocean Rescue, Sky will continue to inspire simple, everyday changes that will stop our oceans from drowning in plastic. Sky is leading by example as the first FTSE 100 company to commit to transforming its own business to be free from single-use plastics by 2020. This means that 1,000 tonnes of plastic will be removed from its supply chain and operation — the equivalent weight of seven blue whales. Sky are encouraging and supporting innovation to develop solutions through Sky Ocean Ventures and we are working to influence others to take action.

Sky Ocean Rescue follows the successful Sky Rainforest Rescue campaign which, with the support of its customers, raised over £9m to help save one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest. Ten years ago, Sky became the world’s first carbon neutral media company and is currently listed in the top 8 of sustainable businesses in Newsweek’s Green Rankings, Silver Class in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and included within the FTSE4Good.

ENDS

Notes to editors

Further information pertaining to the new grants and global innovation challenges as part of the new relationship between Sky and National Geographic:

Grants:

  • National Geographic and Sky will also issue calls for proposals that measurably reduce plastic pollution before it reaches the ocean
  • Priority will be given to projects that aim develop innovative solutions to help stop plastic from reaching waterways through improved recycling, waste management, or other means; as well as innovative methods that engage stakeholders to create solutions that dramatically reduce plastic use and/or input into watersheds
  • Applicants can be from a range of backgrounds, including scientists, conservationists, educators or storytellers
  • Applicants should visit nationalgeographic.org/grants for more information and to begin the application process

Innovation Challenges:

  • The National Geographic and Sky Global Innovation Challenge will identify, award and support leading solutions and innovative enterprising technologies designed to reduce plastic waste and its impact on the oceans
  • Competitions will be hosted in strategic markets around the world, with the potential for winners from national competitions to compete in regional or global competitions
  • Challenges will address the myriad inefficiencies in the plastics value chain from material innovation and product design to consumer use and collection
  • Further information about the challenges and details of how to submit proposals will be made available on org

About the National Geographic Early Career Explorers grant, supported by Sky Ocean Rescue

Criteria for selection included (but wasn’t limited to):

  • Being passionate about protecting marine spaces and enhancing our understanding of the ocean, and be willing and excited to convey this to the general public.
  • Propose a research, technology, or conservation project that will advance our knowledge of the ocean and the challenges it currently faces (e.g., climate change, coastal development, pollution, threats to biodiversity, microplastics, unsustainable fishing practices); develop technology to advance ocean exploration or protection; or effect changes in policy or behaviour, including through community-based projects that will protect the future of the ocean. Preference will be given to projects focused on the North Sea, North Atlantic, and Mediterranean.
  • Be studying for—or have recently completed—a master’s or Ph.D. in a relevant subject OR be working in ocean conservation or marine technology with less than six years of experience in the field.
  • Be born after January 1, 1986
  • Propose a unique and independently led project that will start between 1st May and 1st August 2018 and involve marine-based work in Europe. The project should show a desire to take risks, think differently, and push the boundaries of what is possible.
  • Demonstrate a wide reach for the project (e.g., in terms of direct beneficiaries, potential audience, scale of impact).

 For further information, please contact:

For Sky Ocean Ventures

Shannen Jones, Corporate Media Relations

Email: Shannen.jones@sky.uk

Mobile: +44 7833 744 309

For National Geographic

Daniel Maynard, Senior Communications Director

National Geographic Partners, Europe & Africa

Email: Daniel.Maynard@fox.com

Mobile: +44 (0)7971 058 864

About Sky Ocean Rescue

As Europe’s leading entertainment company, we’re using our voice and potential reach to inspire simple, everyday changes to stop our oceans from drowning in plastic. Since January 2017 millions have engaged with Sky Ocean Rescue and we want to do more. As a business, we’re leading by example and transforming our own business by eliminating all single use plastics from our operations by 2020. We are encouraging and supporting innovation to develop solutions through Sky Ocean Ventures and we are working to influence others to take action. Sky Ocean Rescue forms part of the Bigger Picture which also inspires the new generation through the power of sport, and invests further in creativity and diversity in our industry to make a difference.

 About National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. The Society aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about the planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time, all while ensuring that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Instructor training week finally sees the sun

Booker Gliding - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 21:15
Today there was warm sunshine, blue sky and cumulus - finally the instructor training was to be actual flying in real gliders. The day turned out to be soarable but with fairly poor vis. It was a very busy day for training, and some private owners ventured out to Bicester in the murk.

Ready to go - againAll out
The airfield is drying out quickly but in places is still a quagmire, so occasionally a bit of extra effort was required.

Triple tow
Maddi has been working hard all week on patter and all that, this afternoon she went for a bit of R&R in the Duo, and came back with a pic of the vario showing 6.2kts.

George and MaddiWe packed up a bit early in order to get to the AGM.

MEDIA ALERT: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND WILL SMITH HOST FIRST EVER INSTAGRAM LIVE FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION THURSDAY, APRIL 12, AT 11:45 AM EST

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:44

Beamed Live From 250 Miles Above Earth, NASA Astronaut Drew Feustel Chats From the ISS with One Strange Rock Host Will Smith

WHAT: In the first ever Instagram Live from the International Space Station, One
Strange Rock host Will Smith will virtually join NASA astronaut Drew
Feustel for a discussion about space, music and more! Tune into National
Geographic’s Instagram Live on Thursday, April 12, at 11:45 AM EST.

WHO: Will Smith, Host of National Geographic’s One Strange Rock, (@willsmith)
and NASA (@NASA) Astronaut Drew Feustel, Expedition 55 Flight Engineer (@astro_feustel)

WHEN/WHERE: Follow @NatGeo on Instagram to watch live.
Tomorrow (Thursday, April 12)
11:45 AM – 12:05 PM EST

Reporting LIVE from the ISS on Instagram Live

Footage will be available after the live broadcast.

Be sure to keep watching #OneStrangeRock on National Geographic, Mondays at 10/9c!

For More Information on Expedition 55: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition55/index.html

For More Information on One Strange Rock:
Nat Geo Press Site
Nat Geo Online

MEDIA CONTACTS
Tahli Kouperstein, 240-401-9674, Tahli.Kouperstein@natgeo.com
Jennifer Bond, 301-787-4721, Jennifer.Bond@natgeo.com
Caitlin Holbrook, 202-912-6714, Caitlin.Holbrook@natgeo.com

Cornish adventures: Best watersports in Cornwall

Windsurfing - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:31

Not so long ago, having a great holiday meant going abroad. But in recent years, UK destinations have been wooing and wowing holidaymakers into ‘staycations’. Top of the list are Cornish adventures with the best watersports in Cornwall making any visit extra special. Why go for a sailing holiday in the...

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Last Thursday - corny gliding photo

Booker Gliding - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 22:50
For those that didn't fly their own glider on Thursday (ie everyone except me), it was probably better than you thought and anyone more adventurous than me probably would have gone somewhere - but not far.  Blue but soarable.  I feel I let the side down as there are now quite a few flights on the BGA Ladder and we should get a few Booker XC flights loaded. Here is one of those corny "look how good my thermal was" photos, just to prove there really has been nearly 4 knots for 20 seconds on one day this year.



Maldives adventure holidays: 10 best activities in paradise

Windsurfing - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 17:10

In the heart of the brilliant blue Indian Ocean, the Maldives is a group of more than 1,000 pristine coral islands. Known as one of the most luxurious destinations on the planet, Maldives adventure holidays also provide the best activities in paradise. Wonderful weather, beautiful beaches, amazing accommodation and fabulous...

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Daveed Diggs and JooWan Kim to Collaborate on National Geographic: Symphony for Our World

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 16:24

Premiering This Earth Day, April 22, National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. Welcome Award-Winning Actor as Part of First-in-Class Symphonic Experience

SAN FRANCISCO – April 6, 2018 — National Geographic and Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. today announced that Tony- and Grammy-award winner Daveed Diggs will narrate, as a contributing artist, the upcoming National Geographic: Symphony for Our World, which begins touring in April 2018. The actor, rapper and producer, known for his award-winning work in the musical Hamilton, is bringing a modern take on the classics to the symphony scene with this new show. With MGP Live as the official promoter, an inaugural performance of Symphony for Our World will be held in San Francisco at the Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall on Earth Day, April 22, 2018.

“Working with National Geographic on this new kind of immersive storytelling, and sharing so much about the world with music, is something near and dear to my heart,” said Daveed Diggs. “Ever since I was a kid I’ve always liked National Geographic, and am so excited to be a part of Symphony for Our World.”

The original symphony and theme were created by Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music featuring composers Austin Fay and Andrew Christie with contributions from multi-platinum selling rockers X Ambassadors. Along with Diggs, JooWan Kim of Ensemble Mik Nawooj has joined the project, composing the music for the show’s narrations and overture.

“I had a great time collaborating with the creative director, Ryan, as he gave me the freedom to be inventive in deconstructing Le Carnaval as well as the iconic Elmer Bernstein National Geographic theme. The idea was to create new pieces based on the originals as opposed to medleys with modified instrumentation, which I believe we succeed in doing. I injected boom bap, trap, and other variants of Hip-Hop whenever possible so people could bop their heads to,” said JooWan Kim.

This inspiring 90-minute live orchestral performance will be presented in concert venues around the world, with groundbreaking imagery and storytelling from 130 years of beloved National Geographic history matched in perfect synchronization with a live orchestra and choir.

“National Geographic has inspired generations to explore, understand and protect our world. Bringing this type of storytelling to life in symphony is an incredible honor,” said Jason Michael Paul, President of Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc.

“At National Geographic, we believe that our unparalleled visual storytelling can profoundly impact and inspire people to care about our planet. Our yellow border serves as a portal for people to gain new insight into the farthest reaches of the earth and beyond,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “We’re thrilled to have Daveed Diggs join us in sharing this ground-breaking show that combines our beautiful imagery with breathtaking music. Daveed’s passion for our mission truly elevates Symphony for Our World.”

The tour’s first performance is in conjunction with the television broadcast premiere of ‘Symphony for Our World’, an hour-long special which airs commercial-free on the same day on Nat Geo WILD. The ‘Symphony for Our World’ television event will premiere globally in 140 countries. For more information, visit www.natgeowild.com or www.natgeotvpressroom.com.

As a special addition to Symphony For Our World, photos from National Geographic Photo Ark will be featured for this Earth Day event. Founded by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the Photo Ark aims to document every species currently living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Learn more at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether.

Driven by a five-part composition, Symphony for Our World pairs artistry with science as it brings viewers from the depths of the sea, up to coastlines, over mountains and soaring into the sky. Each environment will be accompanied by a different orchestral movement, resulting in a powerful musical tribute to the beauty and wonders of our wild world.

For performance dates and ticket information, visit www.natgeo-symphony.com. Additional updates are available on Twitter and Facebook.

Assets

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGdDkxoVCKs

About Jason Michael Paul Entertainment

A pioneer and leader in the live symphonic concert industry, Jason Michael Paul Entertainment, Inc. has been responsible for producing world-renowned concerts including events for The Three Tenors, Luciano Pavarotti, Dear Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, More Friends ~ Music from FINAL FANTASY, PLAY! A Video Game Symphony, rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, The Legend of Zelda- 25th Anniversary Concerts and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses. For more information, please visit https://jmpent.com.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About Bleeding Fingers Music

Emmy- and BAFTA-nominated Bleeding Fingers Music has assembled an exceptional and sonically diverse roster of composers to create superlative original film and television scores. Co-founded by Hans Zimmer, Extreme Music CEO Russell Emanuel, Steven Kofsky and SonyATV, the company’s core belief is that collaboration breeds innovation and working in an environment where the gifted are empowered to be adventurous, experimental and creatively generous results in extraordinary music. Our 20 state-of-the-art studios based on Zimmer’s world-renowned campus and our best-in-class production team allow us the ability to produce music at the very highest standard. Bleeding Fingers has created original music for productions including Fox’s The Simpsons, BBC’s Blue Planet IIPlanet Earth II, and Big Cats, National Geographic’s Diana: In Her Own Words and Challenger Disaster: Lost Tapes, Sony’s Snatch (TV), Netflix’s original Dope, History Channel’s Mountain Men and BBC America’s Top Gear.

About MGP Live MGP Live is an international entertainment company based in NYC specialized producing concerts and special events. For over 30 years Massimo Gallotta, Founder and President of MGP Live, has been a leading promoter in the international music scene.  With an eclectic roster of clients, MGP Live has also championed the niche world of the multimedia symphonic experience, partnering with top entertainment brands to present various multimedia symphony tours worldwide.

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Media Contacts

Kate Lollar

PR for JMP Entertainment

kate@jmpent.com

901-674-6443

 

Meg Calnan

National Geographic

meg.calnan@natgeo.com

202-912-6703

Aeros in the sun

Booker Gliding - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 21:33
The sunshine today brought out a fair few members onto the airfield, which was a bit soggy in places but usable. Amongst them was Maddi who did a bit of practice with Graham and then flew a solo sequence for her Standard Aerobatics badge. Well done Maddi!

Filling in the paperwork
The famous Easter Egg Cup aerobatics comp has been postponed from this weekend until better weather is assured. Watch this space.

Exclusive: New Nasca Lines Found in Peru, Spokesperson & Visuals Available

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 18:30

**National Geographic Exclusive News**

 Exclusive: Massive Ancient Drawings Found in Peruvian Desert

National Geographic Supported Expedition Reveals More than 50 New Examples of Nasca and Paracas Lines

Spokespeople and Amazing Drone Footage available

 Peruvian archaeologists armed with drones have discovered more than 50 new examples of mysterious desert monuments traced onto the earth’s surface in lines almost too fine to see with the human eye. These lines date back from 500 B.C. to 200 A.Dand provide crucial informationon the Paracas culture, as well as the Topara culture, which marked the transition the Paracas and the Nasca. Centuries before the famous Nasca lines were made, people in the region were experimenting with making massive geoglyphs.

A groundtruthing expedition to visit and photograph these sites used drones funded by the National Geographic Society which revealed the unexpected new geoglyphs that fall within this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 The team collaborated with the GlobalXplorer initiative, founded by National Geographic Explorer, 2016 TED Prize winner and space archaeologist Sarah Parcak, which trains citizen scientists to analyze satellite imagery for archaeological sites and signs of looting.

Read the full National Geographic story here.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic Archaeology expert is available for interviews.

Contact Information:

Kelsey Taylor, Kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey Announces Expansion into the Middle East, Starting with Collaboration with the General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 15:03

Left Photo (L to R): Alexander Svezia, SPE Partners; Rosa Zeegers, National Geographic Partners; Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, KBW Ventures; William Pennell, SPE Partners; Christine Kurtz, SPE Partners

Right Photo: Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, KBW Ventures experiences the creation of a bait ball feeding frenzy at National Geographic Encounter. Photo Credits: Diane Bondareff/AP Images

New Partnership with Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, Founder & CEO of KBW Ventures, Grows Encounter’s Portfolio around the World

NEW YORK, NY (April 5, 2018) – National Geographic Encounter announces its expansion with KBW Ventures and its partner, the General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia to develop and launch up to 10 new locations with Ocean Odyssey, an entertaining and immersive walk-through adventure across the ocean from the South Pacific to the coast of California, throughout the region on an unprecedented scale. The first of several locations in Saudi Arabia will be situated in the city of Riyadh starting in 2019.

Coming off the heels of the recent successful opening of National Geographic Encounter’s flagship location in New York City’s Times Square, SPE Partners, creators and developers of Encounter, and its partner the Peterson Companies will once again engage a world-class global team of Academy, GRAMMY®, and Emmy® Award-winning artists, including the design firm Falcon’s Creative Group, Pixomondo which is the visual effects team behind “Game of Thrones,” and GRAMMY® Award-winning composer David Kahne, to produce this experience that is changing the landscape of entertainment and cinema. Through groundbreaking technology and stunning photo-realistic animation, guests are transported to extraordinary underwater destinations and gain access to rarely witnessed moments in nature.

“We are excited to bring this iconic brand and immersive experience into Saudi Arabia and provide premium entertainment in our country,” said Faisal Baraft, CEO of the General Entertainment Authority of Saudi Arabia.

“Our goal at SPE and Peterson is to expand and revolutionize entertainment and storytelling, while delivering world-class guest experiences,” said Alexander Svezia, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of SPE Partners. “We aim to combine the power of technology with the awe of entertainment to advance science and conservation, and KBW shares that vision. The General Entertainment Authority’s mission, to create a vibrant

society and provide exciting entertainment and tailored experiences in Saudi Arabia, aligns perfectly. We are excited to bring ‘entertainment with purpose’ to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”

“When I first visited National Geographic Encounter and saw that the experience brings people around the globe into the natural world of wildlife, I knew that this was the future. We also believe in Encounter’s ‘entertainment with purpose’ ethos, especially with our current work with Future Oceans, an organization whose mission is to protect all marine wildlife,” said Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, Founder and CEO of KBW Ventures.

National Geographic Encounter consulted with dozens of technologists and scientists to create a new kind of immersive experience that guests can walk through to share stunning ocean encounters with friends and family. Blockbuster new science – some of it not even published yet – was used in its creation. National Geographic Encounter is also working with marine biologist, professor and National Geographic Emerging Explorer David Gruber, Chief Science Advisor to the experience and who specializes in bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine animals.

National Geographic Encounter Fun Facts:

  • Guests will get up close with dozens of species, including mischievous sea lions waiting for a playmate, sharks up to 20 feet long, a 50-foot Humpback whale, and a battle between two ferocious Humboldt squids which could have as many as 35,000 teeth each;
  • The coral reef was built from a process called photogrammetry, where more than 1,300 photos were taken on location in the Solomon Islands. The 2D photos were then used to construct 3D models of coral;
  • Kelp found throughout the experience is modeled after the Giant Kelp species, which grows at a rate of up to 2 feet per day; 120,000 fish make their appearance in the magnificent bait ball feeding frenzy.Once visitors “resurface” to land, they can go even deeper on their adventure in Exploration Hall, hearing breathtaking stories from National Geographic photographers and deep-sea explorers, including Sylvia Earle, Bob Ballard and Enric Sala, who through transparent multi-media screens, share their inspiration and passion for the ocean. Audiences can also enjoy a gaming challenge to clean up their own piece of the ocean and play with holograms of the sea’s greatest wonders and mightiest creatures. Everyone will have the opportunity to take an individual pledge to take action that makes a difference in ocean conservation, and share it with their social communities and on a live social feed, discovering how everyone can be a champion for our oceans in everyday life.“National Geographic has been igniting the explorer in all of us for 130 years through ground-breaking storytelling from the best scientists, explorers, photographers, and filmmakers in the world,” said Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President, Consumer Products and Experiences at National Geographic Partners. “Because of our partnership with SPE Partners, audiences have gotten to experience this in a completely new way as part of the enriching, immersive experience that National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey offers in New York. Encounter has been wildly successful, and has proven to be a powerful new storytelling platform for us that perfectly embodies our passionate belief in entertainment with purpose and is a natural extension of our brand. These expansion plans are very exciting, and we’re looking forward to delivering this one-of-a-kind experience to our important Middle East audience.”National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey helps support the National Geographic Society’s critical works around the globe, including the Pristine Seas Project. By returning a portion of its proceeds to the non-profit work of the Society, National Geographic Partners contributes to the Society’s critical work of exploring, understanding and protecting our ocean through scientific grants and programs. To learn more, visit www.natgeo.com/info.For more information, visit NatGeoEncounter.com or follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @NatGeoENCOUNTER.###

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey Media Contacts

Shin-Jung Hong, ShinJung@nicholaslence.com / Tel: 212.938.0005 Cristyne Nicholas, Crisytne@nicholaslence.com / Tel: 212.938.0002

National Geographic Media Contacts

Heather Wyatt, Heather.Wyatt@natgeo.com / Tel: 212.822.7093
Meg Calnan, Meg.Calnan@natgeo.com / Tel: 202.912.6703
Hannah Sedgwick, Hannah.Sedgwick@natgeo.com / Tel: 202.912.6762

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 130 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About SPE Partners

SPE Partners, LLC, is a New York City-based entertainment developer, founded by entertainment executives Alexander Svezia and William Pennell, with the vision of transforming the cinematic experience. The company is run by managing partners Svezia, Pennell, Christine Kurtz, a 25-year executive in New York commercial real-estate, and Lisa Truitt, who is also SPE’s Chief Creative Officer and a 29-year veteran of National Geographic film, television, and specialty cinema. SPE aims to expand and revolutionize entertainment and storytelling, while delivering world-class guest experiences. www.spepartners.com

About Peterson Companies

Peterson Companies is one of the largest privately-held real estate and investment companies in the Washington, DC region. Over the past 53 years, the company has developed some of the most prominent and successful mixed-use retail/entertainment, residential and office developments in Northern Virginia and Maryland including National Harbor, Virginia Gateway, Downtown Silver Spring, RIO Washingtonian, Fairfax Corner, Fair Lakes, Burke Centre and Tysons McLean Office Park. In addition to an extensive real estate portfolio, there are several other companies and investments under the Peterson Companies umbrella including Vizuri Health Sciences and National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey. For more information about the Peterson Companies, please visit www.petersoncos.com.

KBW Ventures, founded by Chief Executive Officer HRH Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed bin Talal, invests in companies with transformative technologies and business models and the potential for significant financial returns while also delivering positive social impact. The KBW Ventures portfolio spans the venture capital spectrum from earlier stage ventures, to more established companies looking to expand into the Middle East. For more information contact media@kbw-ventures.com

About the General Entertainment Authority

The General Entertainment Authority (GEA) is responsible for the development and regulation of the entertainment sector in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Through collaboration with other government bodies and the private sector, GEA aims to nurture a diverse and high-quality entertainment sector that meets the needs of all who live in and visit the Kingdom. The development of the entertainment sector is key to building a vibrant society, offering a good quality of life and attractive living environment for all – one of three core themes of Vision 2030.

 

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