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Lleweni Parc easterly

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 03/23/2017 - 19:51
All change today, the wind was from the east and at first there was a lot of mist, but after a while the sky cleared and we started launching towards the ridge. There was no sign of the promised easterly wave, but there were thermals and the scenery looked great. Landing procedure was no longer 'roll to the end of the runway' as that would have meant a gentle canter down the slope on the second half with the possibility of continuing on down the grass to the stream, so we aimed to stop at the taxiway, referred to as the Cook Strait, halfway down. Seemed to work. Here are some random pics from the day.

316 on tow
Symeon trying out an alternative mode of transportThere was a much more difficult version with just the one wheel, like a unicycle without a seat. Mostly it required people walking either side to keep the rider upright.

Booker's homemade fuel bowser
GH in its temporary home
The gang at the end of another fun day
Scary selfie
Categories: Gliding

Denbigh Wave - there's more from Tuesday

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 20:58
Just a couple more pics of Denbigh sights. T4 and LC flew out to the coast together after a spell swanning around just below 7000 feet close to the airfield. It was relatively easy to transition in to the wave by pushing out from the ridge, with the lift working over a large area. It was a great flight, but I should have landed 15 minutes earlier to avoid the edge of a large (massive) shower, won't do that again!

View of Dee Estuary looking towards Liverpool.
Prestatyn Pontins.
Categories: Gliding

Palm Beach 2017: The Unbridled Lifestyle of Skyfall

Super Yachts Carters - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 14:00
Palm Beach 2017: The Unbridled Lifestyle of Skyfall Set to take the Palm Beach Boat Show by storm is the Trinity-built superyacht Skyfall, a luxury yacht ideal for relaxed Bahamian cruising or entertaining off the coast of Miami. We take a closer look at what makes this 57-metre (190 foot) icon a must-see at this week’s U.S. superyacht showcase.

On the market for both sale and charter, Skyfall’s shallow draft, expansive deck space, speed and comfort make her an unmissable option for either vacation or purchase. American-built in 2010, this immaculate yacht was completely updated during a refit in 2015 and now stands as one of the best in the American superyacht brokerage fleet.

Those on board can take an elevator through the decks to visit any of the expansive deck spaces to enjoy relaxation on the sundeck, take advantage of the plunge pool and jacuzzi or enjoy a cocktail served by the five-star service crew.

For those who enjoy the water, the tender garage is packed to the rafters with toys and tenders to make the most of any anchor point, or simply watch the world turn from the beach club as the water laps at your feet. There’s even room for the biggest toy of them all, a helicopter deck suitable for an EC130 helicopter.

During the refit, living spaces on board were completely updated with her interior brought forward to exacting modern standards and the appointment of a seventh stateroom, bringing her accommodation up to 17 guests. Her master suite is particularly noteworthy, with a split-level master suite with his and her bathrooms, office and 280 degree views.

Visit Skyfall at the Palm Beach Boat Show this week and find out the unbridled lifestyle for yourself, but for those who aren’t heading to the docks tomorrow, we look forward to bringing you updates from on board yachts across the show.

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Categories: Charters

To Snowdon and back

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:58
Yesterday was a stunner. A brisk westerly produced lively conditions at times but in general the trend was upwards. Symeon got the back seat of the ASG31-MI belonging to Rod who owns the airfield. They went over the hills and far away........

River Conwy and the Great Orme
The seasideOther people flew the ridge from one end to the other - 30km - in a mix of ridge and thermal, there were those who turned points out to sea near Rhyl. Richard and Simon went to Snowdon.......

Alwen Reservoir and Lake Brenig
Menai Strait
The Great Orme....again
The seaside
More seaside
Snowdon in cloudAll this fun was temporarily halted by a shower front when it seemed best to be on the ground, and then we started again. The Duo and K21 had wave flights - the Duo reported 8000ft and minus 11degC.

Somewhere over WalesWorking backwards - on Monday we flew from dawn to dusk, literally, the last flight landing on the dot of official night.

And yet more seaside
A bit of the ridgeAbsolutely legalAnd in other news.......our loyal readers may have been wondering about food. No photos, but the household at Caeu Mawr has been eating well. Here's the menu so far:
- Cod on a bed of beans and tomato, with cheesecake to follow
- Salmon in parcels with leek, petits pois and creme fraiche, with apple frangipani flan
- Smoked salmon followed by Piedmont stuffed peppers, then the last of the cheesecake with fresh raspberries
- Mexican shepherds pie (sweet potato topping) followed by homemade lime and tequila ice cream (to die for!!)

Last night we were all a bit worn out by all the fun so we had pate, Morrison's battered haddock with the rest of the shepherd's pie.......and the last of the ice cream.



And finally......there are some rather odd creatures around the perimeter of the airfield.



Today we have some soft Welsh rain obscuring our usual view of the ridge so a rest day is in prospect.

Categories: Gliding

National Geographic and Fleurus Presse Introduce Local-Language Edition of National Geographic Kids Magazine in France

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 20:31

PARIS, France — Fleurus Presse has partnered with National Geographic to launch the local-language edition of National Geographic Kids magazine in France. The newest edition of National Geographic Kids magazine debuts with the April 2017 issue, launching on March 29. The magazine will be available monthly on newsstands and by subscription.

Aimed at children ages 6 to 14, National Geographic Kids magazine is a photo-driven publication that inspires young adventurers to explore the world around them. Each month, the magazine features colorful stories about animals, people and places, interspersed with fun puzzles, comics, facts and figures. It also includes the popular departments “Weird But True,” “Wild Vacation” and “Amazing Animals.”

Readers will find articles about animals and nature, intriguing facts, comics, games and other news. Young animal- and science-enthusiasts will set off on the adventures of National Geographic explorers, among them extreme photographers, archaeologists and biologists.

“We’re looking forward to working with Fleurus Presse to introduce the National Geographic brand to kids in France,” said Yulia Boyle, senior vice president, international media for National Geographic. “Our goal with National Geographic Kids magazine is to inspire kids to learn more about the world, people and cultures through visually rich, interactive, educational and highly entertaining content, full of incredible stories. In doing so, we hope to create the next generation of thoughtful and responsible global citizens and explorers who believe in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world and make it a better place for all people.”

“We are very excited to launch one of the most loved children’s magazine in France and bring the National Geographic world to the entire family. Thanks to its unique positioning in France, National Geographic Kids magazine will ignite children’s questioning and fascination with nature, animals and the world through reading,” said Olivier Bramly, general manager of Fox Networks Group, France.

The magazine will have all that a curious and adventurous young mind needs to discover the world. “Through National Geographic Kids magazine, Fleurus Press wants to give the opportunity to children to understand the world” says Emmaunel Mounier, CEO of Fleurus Presse and Unique Heritage. “We are really proud to launch National Geographic Kids magazine in France: This new magazine and Fleurus Presse share the same values and both are passionate about creating qualitative and entertaining products.”

The price for the magazine on newsstands is 5,50€. Subscription costs are:

– 54€ for 11 months (4,50€ per month)- 57€  for 12 months (4,75€ per month) = 11 magazines + 1 special issue

National Geographic Kids launched in the United States in 1975 as National Geographic World magazine. The French edition of National Geographic is the 19th  local-language edition of the magazine. Other local-language editions are available in Australia/New Zealand, Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, South Africa (Afrikaans and English), Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. National Geographic Kids has a worldwide circulation of approximately 1.4 million.

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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million 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.

About Fleurus Presse

As a children’s media publisher, Fleurus Presse offers quality magazines for all ages and for the whole family. Founded in 1929 with the publication of the first issue of Cœurs Vaillants, Fleurus Presse is also known for its children’s weeklies, Fripounet and Perlin. For nearly 90 years, Fleurus Presse has constantly expanded its offerings, and today serves as a major publisher for children.

National Geographic Kids will add to the range of Fleurus Presse magazines, which already is comprised of 15 titles: Papoum, Abricot, Pirouette, Mille et une histoires, Je lis déjà, Quelle Histoire magazine, Histoires vraies, Les P’tites filles à la Vanille, Les P’tites Princesses, Les P’tites sorcières, Le Monde des ados, Tout comprendre, Comment ça marche and its encyclopedic quarterly Tout le Savoir, and Réponse à tout! and its various quarterly supplements.

Specializing in education, Fleurus Presse offers renowned magazines for all age groups. Its publications encourage children to read and to develop their curiosity and knowledge.

Categories: National Geographic

Welsh Monday

Booker High Wycombe - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 22:22
This morning started very wet indeed but by lunch time the bad stuff had passed and the fleet was rigged.

LaunchpointEveryone was soon batting up and down the ridge and climbing away in wave, with views of the seaside, iron age forts, the Jubilee tower and lots of lovely countryside, some of it quite wet. The field off the runway and peri track is also quite wet, so the rule about keeping off the grass has a lot to be said for it if you don't want to get covered in mud. All good fun though. And one happy person is Nik von Merveldt who finally completed his Bronze by demonstrating that he could get to the end of the runway on landing. It was also his first time ridge and wave flying, the grin when he landed was quite something.

Well done Nik!
Categories: Gliding

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC EXPEDITIONS ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF INAUGURAL NAT GEO TEEN SERVICE AWARD

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 15:02

WASHINGTON (March 20, 2017)—As part of an ongoing effort to recognize extraordinary high school and middle school students who are making a difference through outstanding service work, National Geographic has named three winners of its inaugural Nat Geo Teen Service Award. Alexa Grabelle, 15, of Voorhees, N.J., Eastern Regional High School, was awarded the grand prize for her work collecting and distributing books to low-income children through Bags of Books, a non-profit Grabelle founded at age 10. She will receive a community service trip with National Geographic Student Expeditions to Fiji and a $500 scholarship for her college savings. The two runners-up, Delaney Reynolds, 17, of Miami, Fla., Palmer Trinity School, and Kaimana Idica, 18, of Wailuku, Hawaii, Kamehameha Schools Maui High School, will each receive a $500 scholarship towards college savings.

Grabelle was selected from almost 300 student nominees as the recipient of the Nat Geo Teen Service Award. With her 501c(3), Bags of Books, Grabelle collects books, then donates them to schools in need. She also organizes pop-up “stores” where students can fill a bag with free books for his or her own home library. Since Bags of Books began, Grabelle has distributed more than 110,000 books to charities, non-profits, shelters and children’s hospitals in five states. In her submission essay Grabelle noted, “Changing the world means helping children–one book at a time.” National Geographic Kids Books, a leading publisher of children’s nonfiction, donated 300 books to Grabelle’s non-profit in celebration of her Nat Geo Teen Service Award.

Delaney Reynolds was announced as the second prize winner for her work with her Sink or Swim project, which uses public education and political advocacy to inform people of the local impact climate change has on Florida. Since the project’s outset, Reynolds has reached more than 35,000 people. In part, because of Reynolds’ advocacy, Miami Dade County has allocated $1.7 million to decrease the impact of sea-level rise.

Kaimana Idica was also named the third prize winner for his work educating the public about the impact of single-use plastic waste on the environment, both globally and locally, as well as eco-friendly alternatives. Idica has made significant strides to ban polystyrene take-out containers in Maui County.

Students had to be nominated in order to enter the contest. Judging was based on the student’s positive impact on the community/planet, commitment to community service initiatives and the strength of his or her nominator’s case for why the nominee deserves the award.

“Connecting with and benefiting communities around the world is a key focus of National Geographic Student Expeditions, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to recognize students across the country who are making a difference in their own communities,” said Deb Friedman, Vice President, Independent and Specialty Travel. “We were blown away by the nominations we received for these Awards.”

National Geographic Student Expeditions offers travel and field work opportunities to high school and middle school students, ages 13 and older. Students can follow in the footsteps of National Geographic experts, photographers, scientists and journalists on six different continents.

For more information on the winner and finalists of the Nat Geo Teen Service Award and National Geographic Student Expeditions, please visit http://ngstudentexpeditions.com/2017-student-contest.

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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million 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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Categories: National Geographic

Lleweni Parc pics

Booker High Wycombe - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:59
Here are a few pics from Saturday and Sunday. It's a bit wet this morning but we hope for sunshine later.

Fran and Richard on the ridge
View from the top
Nice cloud!

Jim W and Richard in wave
....and again
Categories: Gliding

Lleweni Parc day 2

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 23:12
Still blowing a gale, but Pete Wyld battled through wind and weather from Booker in the Robin, with the whole expedition lined up to watch his landing. After a pause for breath he launched Richard and Jim in 315, they promptly wafted up to 6000ft in wave. It was getting a bit late by then so we fuelled up the tug and went to our respective homes.

How many people does it take to pump fuel into a Robin?
Categories: Gliding

Booker spring expedition to Wales

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 03/18/2017 - 22:32
Booker Gliding Club's spring expedition to Wales has a different venue this year - Lleweni Parc near Denbigh. The weather so far has been a bit wet and windy but 315 had no sooner arrived than it was rigged and going up the wire for a look at the local sights, including the 30km Clwydian Ridge.

Richard and Fran ready to go

Back again ahead of the rain

Categories: Gliding

MEDIA ALERT: National Geographic Partners with Microsoft on #MakeWhatsNext Workshops

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 21:38

On Saturday, March 18, National Geographic Explorer Jenny Adler will take viewers into the field with her on the Ichetucknee River in Florida. This spring-fed river will be holding a freshwater turtle census, offering a unique opportunity for National Geographic’s Facebook audience to experience a live science project while hearing from a National Geographic Explorer about the importance of STEM education. The Facebook Live is part of Microsoft’s “Make What’s Next Campaign”, which will include six other events happening simultaneously across the country at select Microsoft Store locations. Each in-store event will include a two-hour STEM workshop featuring a National Geographic Explorer. The full schedule and registration information can be found here. Participating Explorers include Jedidah Isler, Cristina Mittermeier, Paul Nicklen, Constance Adams, Tan Le, Tierney Thys, and Arianna Soldati.

When: Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 P.M. ET

Where: National Geographic’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/natgeo

Attend in-person at one of the following Microsoft Store locations:

Categories: National Geographic

The Largest Superyachts at the Palm Beach Boat Show

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 14:00
The Largest Superyachts at the Palm Beach Boat Show After the acquisition of the Palm Beach Boat Show by Informa earlier this month, all eyes are on America’s next big superyacht showcase. With some of the latest and greatest yachts heading to Palm Beach this week, we take a look at the largest superyachts set to arrive at the dock from March 23 - 26.

Solandge
Built and delivered by Lurssen in 2013, the 85.10-metre motor yacht Solandge has been one of the stand-out superyacht launches of recent years. Drawing on the extensive design expertise of Espen Oeino, Lurssen introduced a timeless exterior profile to the water, while the interior is the work of Aileen Rodriguez and Dölker & Voges.

On display with Moran Yacht & Ship, her most striking feature is a 16 metre sculpture spanning the yacht’s entire height from the tank deck up to the bridge deck, or the simple draw that this yacht is built for charter, with DJ booths, dance floors and private cinemas.

Martha Ann
Measuring 70.11 metres, Martha Ann is heading to Palm Beach with IYC, and is set to impress both potential buyers and charter guests with another Espen Oeino exterior and Lürssen Yachts construction dual collaboration. The timeless style, deep blue hull and an understated, contemporary superstructure are a must-see for those in search of the true meaning of space.

Natita
Previously named Dilbar, the Oceanco and Kusch Yachts-built superyacht Natita was launched in 2005 and features a beautiful curving profile, with ample size and style. With a varied interior concept brought to life by Alberto Pinto, this 66-metre (216 ft) has been immaculately maintained with a refit in 2009 and a dedicated crew, who will be showcasing her with pride at the Palm Beach Boat Show later this month.

Double Down
Built by Codecasa in 2010, the sleek, simple and understated lines of Double Down perfectly match the clean, minimalist interiors by Della Role Design. This 65-metre (213 ft) superyacht will be on display at the Palm Beach Boat Show for sale and charter with TWW Yachts.

Skyfall
Delivered in 2010, the 57.90-metre Trinity-built superyacht Skyfall is a modern combination of the latest technology and classic yachting style. On display for charter and sale with TWW Yachts and HMY, the idyllic on-board experience is created through the sophisticated Patrick Knowles interior, open spaces both inside and out, ample accommodation for 17 and notable design features such as wine cellar and uninterrupted main deck.

Madsummer
Formerly known as Twizzle, the stylish Feadship superyacht Madsummer is on display at the Palm Beach Boat Show with Moran Yacht & Ship, offering guests on board minimalistic, luxury style inside and out by Redman Whiteley Dixon and space for 10 guests across 55.50-metres (182 ft).

Quinta Essentia
Admiral launched the Quinta Essentia superyacht earlier this year, and with it came a milestone unveiling for the Italian shipyard in terms of both design and evolution. With Vripack Naval Architecture, revolutionary Dobroserdov exterior styling and an subtle interior design, using beautiful placements colour, Quinta Essentia is a complete package.

Superyacht Solandge Superyacht Martha Ann Superyacht Natita Superyacht Double Down Superyacht Skyfall Superyacht Quinta Essentia Superyacht Madsummer
Categories: Charters

Air League at Booker

Booker High Wycombe - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 11:59
The Air League group yesterday had a great time trying out our simulator and flying real gliders - and the weather was perfect for the occasion. Today we received a thank you email from the organiser, Amir, here's an extract:

I'd like to say a huge thank you to yourself, Richard and the team for your incredible work in making today a possibility. As you may remember, XXX GC were unable to take on the school; and so without you, today would certainly not have happened!





Categories: Gliding

Air League day at Booker today

Booker High Wycombe - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 14:39


Over 22 Air League students on site experiencing the joys of Gliding

Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

Categories: Gliding

National Geographic and ITB Berlin Announce World Legacy Awards Winners

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 18:00

WASHINGTON (March 8, 2017)—Coinciding with the United Nations International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development, the five winners of the 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards were announced today during an awards ceremony held at the Palais am Funkturm. The World Legacy Awards, a partnership between National Geographic and ITB Berlin, showcase the leading travel and tourism companies, organizations and destinations — ranging from large resorts to small eco-lodges and from wildlife conservancies to entire countries — that are driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the global travel industry.

More than 100 entries, representing 45 countries across six continents, were submitted for these prestigious travel awards. An international panel of 26 judges coordinated by Costas Christ, a internationally recognized sustainable tourism expert and award-winning National Geographic travel writer, scored each entry according to globally recognized sustainable tourism criteria. All 15 finalists underwent a rigorous on-site inspection.

Christ said, “Sustainable tourism development is crucial for the future of travel and for the planet. The time is now for action on a global scale. The travel and tourism industry is based on promoting and selling culture and nature holiday experiences and as such, needs to take a bigger role in protecting the very resources that their business depends upon. When planned and managed well, tourism can be a tremendous force for good – from saving endangered species to heritage preservation and poverty alleviation. The World Legacy Award winners and finalists are demonstrating the way forward to a brighter travel future for people and the planet.”

“National Geographic stands for exploration, conservation and stellar storytelling. World Legacy Awards celebrate the people, places and experiences that exemplify our mission in the global travel industry,” said George Stone, National Geographic Travel editor-in-chief. “We are proud to honor these leaders in sustainability who represent the future in travel and inspire the explorer in all of us.”

The 2017 National Geographic World Legacy Awards winners and finalists are:

Earth Changers recognizing cutting-edge leadership in environmentally friendly business practices and green technology, from renewable energy and water conservation to zero-waste systems and carbon-emission reduction. 

WINNER:

  • Cayuga Collection, Costa Rica and Nicaragua — This innovative hotel collection combines state-of-the art sustainability with experiential travel at eight unique properties in Central America. Reduction and monitoring of energy, water, waste, composting, recycling, and other earth-friendly initiatives inspire staff and guests to make green practices part of their own lives. Innovative practices also include eliminating plastic waste (at Cayuga, even drinking straws are reusable bamboo), and guests join popular behind-the-scene tours to learn how sustainability directly touches their vacation experience. 

Finalists:

  • Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel, Ecuador
  • ITC Hotels, India

Sense of Place recognizing excellence in enhancing sense of place and authenticity, including support for the protection of historical monuments, archaeological sites, cultural events, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions.

WINNER:

  • City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA — If American pioneers from more than a century ago were to visit Santa Fe’s central plaza today, they would recognize it instantly. The oldest state capital in America considers safeguarding its rich heritage a duty and a passion. The historic downtown and surrounding area protect archaeological sites and cultural authenticity, including the Santa Fe Indian Market, now almost 100 years old and still going strong. Santa Fe’s annual festivals and events place Native American, Spanish, and Anglo heritage front and center, while strong sustainability initiatives also bring the past into the future.

Finalists:

  • Adventure Canada, Canada
  • Awamaki, Peru

Conserving the Natural World — Recognizing outstanding support for the preservation of nature, restoring natural habitat and protecting rare and endangered species, whether on land or in the oceans.

WINNER:

  • North Island, Seychelles — With the Seychelles Islands known as the Galapagos of the East, this luxury eco-resort’s innovative Noah’s Ark project has successfully reintroduced some of the Seychelles’ rarest and most endangered species back to nature as part of their restoration of native habitat on the former plantation island. Biologists on site monitor all aspects of the island’s ecology, contributing to greater global understanding of migration patterns, sea temperatures, and the impacts of climate change in one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots.

Finalists:

  • Mark Thornton Safaris, Tanzania
  • Misool, Indonesia

Engaging Communities recognizing direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care and education.

WINNER:

  • The Lodge at Chaa Creek, Belize — Belize’s pioneer jungle lodge demonstrates that putting local people first benefits employees, villagers, and its own bottom line. The Lodge provides economic benefits to community projects across the nation, directing 10 percent of all room revenue to support social and environmental programs. They offer annual training and workshops to promote career development, and sponsor an Environmental Outreach Program, a free Eco-Kids summer camp, and scholarships and internships for local students.

Finalists:

  • Andaman Discoveries, Thailand
  • Chambok Community Based Eco-Tourism/Mlup Baitong, Cambodia

Destination Leadership recognizing destination leadership, including cities, provinces, states, countries and regions that are demonstrating environmental best practices, protection of cultural and natural heritage, benefits to local communities and educating travelers on the principles of sustainability.

WINNER:

  • Slovenian Tourist Board, Slovenia — with nearly 60 percent of its land protected, the country of Slovenia has successfully laid the foundation to become one of the world’s most sustainable destinations. The Tourist Board unifies all stewardship initiatives through its Green Scheme, which sets guidelines and provides tools for monitoring sustainability progress, instilling a culture of continual improvement in the country’s tourism efforts based upon benefiting local communities, protecting cultural heritage and saving nature, including revitalizing rural areas and creating authentic travel experiences for visitors.

Finalists:

  • The Riverwind Foundation/Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, Wyoming, USA
  • Segera Retreat, Kenya

The sponsors of the World Legacy Awards are Adventure World and TreadRight Foundation. To learn more about the sponsors, visit www.adventureworld.com.au and www.treadright.org

For more information on the World Legacy Awards, including the full list of 2017 finalists and interviews, go to www.nationalgeographic.com/worldlegacyawards/.

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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million 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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

About ITB Berlin and the ITB Berlin Convention

ITB Berlin 2017 takes place from Wednesday to Sunday, 8 to 12 March. From Wednesday to Friday ITB Berlin is open to trade visitors only. Parallel with the trade show, the ITB Berlin Convention, the world’s largest tourism convention, is held from Wednesday, 8 to Saturday, 11 March 2017. More details are available at www.itb-convention.com. ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show. In 2016 a total of 10,000 companies and organizations from 187 countries exhibited their products and services to 180,000 visitors, who included 120,000 trade visitors.  Join the ITB Press Network at www.linkedin.com.

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Categories: National Geographic

LuxuryDayCharters.com: Yacht Charter, By the Day

Super Yachts Carters - Wed, 03/08/2017 - 16:00
LuxuryDayCharters.com: Yacht Charter, By the Day When the schedule is too full to warrant a week escape on board a yacht, a solution can be found in the form of LuxuryDayCharters.com; an accessible way to live life on the water. We speak to founder Dhardra Blake at the Yachts Miami Beach exhibition to find out more about the history and the service of yachting your way.

“When I came to start this company, there were a lot of naysayers saying day charters were crazy and it would ruin the boat,” explains Dhardra Blake, Founder of LuxuryDayCharters.com. “But, I work with corporate clients, families and high-net-worths who can’t afford the time to charter a yacht for seven days or more.

It comes down to time and affordability, everybody is busy. If people get the opportunity to take the family out on the boat for a half day, a day or even a few days it feeds a market that didn’t necessarily exist before.”

The method of chartering a yacht for a day opened up an entirely new market of last minute, family and friend orientated escapes which are time, economically friendly and completely customisable.

“Everything is really customised,” continues Blake, “you can customise the time, you can customise the location, you can customise the food and beverages, guests can hire a chef for the day or they can cruise to a restaurant.”

The story of how LuxuryDayCharters.com came to be surrounds the demand for more accessible charter across South Florida, which led to a natural expansion across the Eastern Seaboard of America.

“I mainly started out here in South Florida because there is a demand, mainly Miami but partly Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach, the Keys and The Bahamas. About four years ago I expanded my business north to Newport, Rhode Island, basing there and servicing the new england market in the summer.”

With an inventory of Westport, Sunseeker, Azimut and Lazzara yachts available for charter for seven days or less, LuxuryDayCharters.com offers a glimpse into the charter lifestyle for those looking to sample the owner lifestyle and cruise the U.S. and The Bahamas in style.

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ANNOUNCES FIVE DAYS OF SUPPLEMENTARY SXSW PROGRAMMING (AND FREE DRINKS!) AT THE “NAT GEO FURTHER BASE CAMP”

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 03/07/2017 - 20:59

Lineup Includes Groundbreaking Augmented Reality; Interactive Robotic Art; Inspirational Talks and Interviews With Ron Howard, Brian Grazer, Ridley Scott, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jason Silva, Cory Richards, Steven Kolter, David Guttenfelder and Aaron Huey; Plus a Birthday Party and Pi Day Celebration for Albert Einstein

Live Musical Performances From R.LUM.R, Ponytrap and Little Hurricane

WHAT: This year at SXSW, National Geographic presents Nat Geo Further Base Camp: an interactive hub open daily to festival attendees to explore their own genius through brain-boosting and mind-boggling activities.

Hosted by TV personality Jason J. Carter (“#SayWhat?!,” “RuPaul’s Drag Race”), Base Camp will feature enhanced experiences inspired by the network’s highly anticipated global event series GENIUS from Academy Award winners Brian Grazer and Ron Howard. Highlights of the five-day activation include:

  • See FURTHER: Experience the world’s first commercially available untethered augmented reality headset, the Microsoft Hololens, a cutting-edge blend of the digital and physical worlds that will bring the theory of relativity to life through powerful visualizations, as if Einstein himself were there to explain it.
  • Sketch Like Einstein: Einstein’s iconic chalkboard will be transformed into a first-of-its-kind interactive robotic artist, sketching art from guest-submitted Twitter photos through a genius algorithm using Einstein’s words, symbols and equations as pixels.
  • Celebrate Pi Day and the Birth of a Genius: Fete the greatest genius of all time, Albert Einstein, whose birthday also happens to be Pi Day (3.14). Coincidence? We think not! Guests will help Einstein blow out all 138 candles, enjoy a cocktail menu inspired by the trials and tribulations of the iconic genius and snack on a pi-inspired dessert bar.
  • Explore Genius: Hear from the forces behind Nat Geo’s commitment to content that pushes the boundaries of human curiosity, including:
    • Entertainment Weekly chat with GENIUS executive producer and director Ron Howard, executive producer Brian Grazer, actor Johnny Flynn (young Einstein) and actress Samantha Colley (Mileva Maric);
    • Live recording of StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson;
    • Breakthrough panel on cyberterror with security expert and author Jayson Street, social psychologist Nafees Hamid, Breakthrough series producer and showrunner Kurt Sayenga and director and producer Steven Hoggard, moderated by Jason Silva (Breakthrough, premiering May 2, is Nat Geo’s anthology series that shines a light on the world’s leading scientists and how their cutting-edge innovations and advancements will change our lives in the immediate future and beyond);
    • Origins panel with modern-day philosopher Jason Silva and author, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Kotler (new series Origins, premiering March 6, is a full-sensory, time-travel adventure that delves deep into history to find the pivotal “origin” moments that made the world modern);
    • Daily recording of podcasts from The Verge reporting on the festival’s hottest news, including special SXSW recordings of “The Vergecast”, “Decode,” “Too Embarrassed to Ask” and “Recode Decode” with SXSW Hall of Fame inductee Kara Swisher; and
    • Various musical performances highlighting genius in its many forms including LUM.R., Ponytrap and Little Hurricane.
  • Chasing Genius With Nerd Night: For the third year in a row, National Geographic partners with the popular Nerd Nite at SXSW. This year’s presentation will feature speakers including National Geographic Explorer and submarine pilot Erika Bergman, science and tech journalist Seth Porges and MIT researcher Adam Haar Horowitz. It is themed to Chasing Genius, a new platform being unveiled by National Geographic ahead of SXSW.
  • Travel Further: Win a 10-day National Geographic Expeditions trip for two to the Galapagos Islands by visiting Base Camp to learn about the Nat Geo Further Photo Contest.

Nat Geo Further Base Camp comes to life in advance of the April 25 premiere of GENIUS, starring Geoffrey Rush as Albert Einstein, Johnny Flynn as the younger Einstein and Emily Watson as his wife Elsa.

Beyond nonstop programming and content, Nat Geo Further Base Camp will offer premium Wi-Fi, charging stations and meeting spaces, in addition to a free premium bar available daily, featuring GENIUS-inspired cocktails.

Join the conversation with @NatGeoChannel on social media using #NatGeoAtSXSW.

 

Schedule*:    

Friday, March 10

12:00 p.m. – Doors open

3:30 p.m. – “Alien: Covenant” with Ridley Scott, Katherine Waterson and Danny McBride in conversation with Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd

4:00 p.m. – “Recode Media” podcast recording with Peter Kafka and Glenn Beck

5:30 p.m. – Cocktails and Q&A with National Geographic adventure/expedition photographer alpine climber Cory Richards (Richards is also SXSW Keynote Speaker scheduled on March 10 from 2:00pm-3:00pm in Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center)

7:00 p.m. – “Life Of Us” VR installation introduced by Chris Milk, founder and CEO of Within, produced by Megan Ellison and Annapurna Pictures, and Made With Unity

7:45 p.m. – Special guest performance

 

Saturday, March 11

7:00 a.m. – National Geographic Geopolitical Conflict, Conservation and Culture Photographer David Guttenfelder Photo Walk

12:00 p.m. – Doors open

12:30 p.m. – “Too Embarrassed to Ask” podcast recording with Kara Swisher and Lauren Goode, with special guest Mary Lou Jepsen

3:30 p.m. – Q&A with SXSW keynote speaker and TED Talker Jessica Shortall

4:30 p.m. – Conversation with the founder of Black Girls CODE Kimberly Bryant

6:00 p.m. – “Walking the Line” discussion and Q&A with Aaron Huey and Peter Krogh

8:00 p.m. – Nerd Nite; showcasing GENIUS in a real way with sessions from National

Geographic Explorer and submarine pilot Erika Bergman, science and tech journalist Seth Porges and MIT researcher Adam Haar Horowitz

10:00 p.m. – R.LUM.R acoustic performance

 

Sunday, March 12

12:00 p.m. – Doors open

12:30 p.m. – The Verge’s “Vergecast” podcast recording with Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Casey Newton and Lauren Goode

2:00 p.m. – Discussion with National Geographic photographer David Guttenfelder

3:00 p.m. – Conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ron Howard

5:00 p.m. – Breakthrough panel on cyberterror with security expert and author Jayson Street, social psychologist Nafees Hamid, Breakthrough series producer and showrunner Kurt Sayenga and director and producer Steven Hoggard; moderated by Jason Silva

6:30 p.m. – National Geographic Adventure/Expedition Photographer and Alpine Climber

Cory Richards Photo Walk

7:00 p.m. – Chat with avant-garde artist and cyborg activist Neil Harbisson

8:00 p.m. – GENIUS panel moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Rosen and featuring Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and cast members Johnny Flynn and Samantha Colley

10:00 p.m. – Performance by Ponytrap

 

Monday, March 13

7:00 a.m. – National Geographic Photographer Aaron Huey Photo Walk

11:00 a.m. – Doors open

12:00 p.m. – “Recode Decode” podcast recording with Kara Swisher with guests Tim Simons and Matt Walsh from the cast of “VEEP”

1:00 p.m. – Feature Filmmaker Panel featuring Sebastian Junger, Marina Zenovich and Jonathan Chin moderated by Entertainment Weekly’s Jessica Derschowitz

3:30 p.m. – Origins panel with modern-day philosopher Jason Silva and author, journalist and entrepreneur Steven Kotler

5:00 p.m. – Nat Geo Explorers Panel featuring Erika Bergman, Topher White and Albert Lin

6:30 p.m. – “Empowering the Millennial” with Erica Williams Simon

 

Tuesday, March 14

12:00 p.m. – Doors open

12:30 p.m. – The Verge’s “Vergecast” podcast recording with Nilay Patel, Dieter Bohn, Casey Newton and Lauren Goode

2:00 p.m. – Chat with Pakistani-Canadian film and television actress, writer, producer and comedian Fawzia Mirza

8:00 p.m. – Einstein’s Birthday Party featuring Little Hurricane

*Final schedule subject to change; please RSVP to press contacts to confirm specific panels/discussions.

 

WHERE:

Nat Geo Further Base Camp

418 East 6th Street

Austin, TX 78701

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC APPOINTS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CREATIVE

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 03/06/2017 - 19:59

WASHINGTON (March 6, 2017) — National Geographic Partners has named two new executives to its Consumer Products and Experiences division. Juan Gutierrez has been appointed Senior Vice President of Consumer Products and Live Events, overseeing global licensing and location based entertainment. Cynthia Rapp has been named as Senior Vice President of Creative and will lead the development of the division’s creative strategy and execution, in alignment with National Geographic Partners’ overall marketing strategy. Gutierrez and Rapp will both report to Rosa Zeegers, Executive Vice President of Consumer Products and Experiences.

“National Geographic is one of the world’s most trusted brands, touching over 730 million consumers in 171 countries every month,” said Zeegers. “Both Juan and Cynthia will be essential to extending the brand’s reach and value to consumer products and experiences relevant to National Geographic and translating that into new areas that deliver products and experiences to our global audience. They bring a stellar track record of working with premium brands to enhance their presence across consumer-facing businesses, and I am confident that we will benefit tremendously from their extensive experience.”

Gutierrez has dedicated his career to building consumer products and brand extension businesses around the world. He joins National Geographic after spending 19 years at Mattel where he led licensing for several brands, regions and business lines. In his most recent role as Vice President of Consumer Products at Mattel, Gutierrez was responsible for restructuring Mattel’s international agent network and launching its Live Events and Experiences business. Before Mattel, Gutierrez was General Manager, Mexico, at NBA Properties, Inc., opening their first satellite office in Mexico City to represent and manage all operations in the country including consumer products, special events, sponsorships, broadcasting rights, partnerships and public relations. Gutierrez started his career at LA Gear, Inc. where he established their distributor and licensee network throughout the Americas.

Rapp comes to National Geographic with extensive experience in brand and creative development across a myriad of industries including entertainment, beauty, and fashion. Most recently, she served as Senior Vice President, Global Creative and Product Development at Saban Brands. Prior to Saban, she was Senior Vice President of Creative at Fox Consumer Products and Chief Marketing Officer at Stila Cosmetics where she led brand strategy, advertising, online, social media, creative and public relations. Before her role at Stila, Rapp was a Vice President for Cartoon Network Enterprises, the licensing and merchandising division arm of the network. At Cartoon Network, Rapp was responsible for translating the network’s original series into consumer products programs. She has also previously served as Vice President, Consumer Products and Brand Image for Mattel and as Creative Director for fashion and beauty companies including L’Oreal, Liz Claiborne and Calvin Klein.


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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million 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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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LOYAL: 38 Inspiring Tales of Bravery, Heroism, and Devotion of Dogs

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 22:53

WASHINGTON (March 3, 2017) – Dog lovers know that our canine friends bring out our best selves. In LOYAL: 38 Inspiring Tales of Bravery, Heroism, and Devotion of Dogs (National Geographic Books; ISBN: 978-1-4262-1773-9; On-sale March 7, 2017; Hardcover; $14.95), author, journalist and dog advocate Rebecca Ascher-Walsh has collected heart-warming stories paired with adorable photographs of four-legged heroes who have worked side by side with soldiers, searched the wreckage of natural and man-made disasters, changed families’ lives through emotional support, and administered aid around the world and at home in the United States.

Rebecca Ascher-Walsh has been a dog-lover since childhood with a furry friend always by her side. Now, she runs the nonprofit Deja Foundation, which offers veterinary and training assistance to dogs rescued from euthanasia in high-kill shelters. Her passion for canines inspired her to write the acclaimed Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life with Dogs, an inspiring mosaic of stories that dramatically illustrates the many ways a dog can positively impact our lives. In her follow-up book, LOYAL, she gives readers a glimpse into the lives of 38 caring canines and the work they do to help the people they love:

  • Bandit, a European Great Dane, works at a USO in Missouri to help injured soldiers and their families find comfort. Bandit was born with severe leg deformities and his own physical challenges bring an added dimension and understanding to his relationship with military patients. Bandit’s travels have taken him across the country to work with veterans. He has visited Arlington National Cemetery and numerous military hospitals
  • Wyatt, a Rhodesian Ridgeback from New Jersey, possesses an incredible life-saving skill: he is able to detect cancer with his nose. He travels the country helping to detect cancer in firemen.
  • Judge, a Czech shepherd, dedicated his life to protecting the town of West Deptfod, New Jersey with his owner and partner on the police force, Sergeant Michael Franks. In Judge’s seven-year career, he apprehended 152 suspects, recovered three stolen vehicles, three firearms and $47,000 in drug money. After his retirement, Judge was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease. In their final walk to the vet, Judge was honored by 100 saluting police officers.
  • Drago, a Spinone Italiano from Connecticut, used his shaggy coat and gentle nature to help school children in the aftermath of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.
  • Eudy and Tula, Maremma sheepdogs, protect the dwindling population of little penguins in Victoria, Australia. Eudy & Tula took over the guard from Oddball, the inspiration for a 2015 film titled ‘Oddball’, to protect the penguins from fox and hawks.

About the Author:

Rebecca Ascher-Walsh, a journalist who specializes in celebrity and lifestyle coverage, has a soft spot for four-legged stars. Ascher-Walsh is the author of Devoted: 38 Extraordinary Tales of Love, Loyalty, and Life with Dogs. In addition to sharing the stories of amazing animals and volunteering at a high-kill shelter in Manhattan, Ascher-Walsh is a founding director of the Deja Foundation, an organization devoted to raising funds for the care of rescue dogs.

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 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 730 million 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.

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