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Solaris Arrives on the Charter Market with Imperial

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 17:29
Solaris Arrives on the Charter Market with Imperial One of the finest examples of the award-winning 40M Princess Yachts range, Solaris has returned to Imperial Yachts, her new central agents on the charter market.

Elegant and timeless, Solaris is the epitome of what Princess Yachts set out to achieve with every build. The exceptional experience on board encapsulates the perfect family getaway, crafted by combining spacious exteriors and inviting custom interiors by Mark Berryman.

The intelligent layout of Solaris features notable accommodation elements such as double Master cabins, cinema, full-size gym and vast deck space, with ample room for up 12 guests to enjoy life on board.

The very experience of being on board is structured with the spacious layout, but brought to life with a vast selection of the latest water-toys, as well as fold-down balconies and reading corners for those in search of a slower pace.

Preparing for arrival at the Monaco Yacht Show with central agents for charter Imperial Yachts, Solaris is refined as she is elegant and a must-see at the superyacht showcase coming this month (28th-1st September).

The elegant Princess Yachts 40M
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National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 09/15/2016 - 14:39

WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2016)—National Geographic is bringing its 128 years of science, adventure and exploration to its first hosted digital video series,Ingredients, The Stuff Inside Your Stuff,” premiering today on YouTube and on NationalGeographic.com.

Join MIT-trained chemist and science-educator George Zaidan (@GeorgeZaidan), co-host of CNBC’s “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor,” as he tries to recreate everyday household products like toothpaste, lipstick and shaving cream using only natural ingredients… and no recipe. In each episode, George will decode long lists of intimidating chemical names, figure out what they all do, try and find natural substitutes and cook up the do-it-yourself versions in his chemistry lab/kitchen. While George may or may not succeed, we’ll all learn something new and surprising about the products we take for granted every day. For more information on the series by executive producer Danielle Steinberg, visit natgeo.com/ingredients or follow National Geographic on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Snapchat.

Check out the series trailer here.

“In this series, I take viewers on a journey to discover the magic behind some of our society’s most common and widely used products,” said Zaidan. “I want to understand why there are so many different ‘things’ in some of the most basic products many of us use every day, what they all do and how complicated (or in some cases, straightforward) it is to make natural consumer products in my kitchen. We’ll all learn together. It’s fun. It’s exciting. It’s science.”

“This series offers a better understanding not just of the products themselves, but of how our world is constructed for us from afar,” said James Williams (@burningtoast), vice president of digital video for National Geographic. “We often take for granted the science behind ordinary life, but it’s fascinating when you start peeling back the layers. You’ll never look at these products the same way again, and you’ll likely appreciate them even more.”

About George Zaidan:

George Zaidan is the co-host of CNBC’s new hit TV series, “Make Me a Millionaire Inventor.” He co-writes and directs MIT’s webseries “Science Out Loud.” He has also developed, written and hosted shows for TED-Ed, The Weather Channel and The Pentagon Channel. His work has been featured in Forbes, The Boston Globe, NPR’s The Salt, NBC’s Cosmic Log, Science, Business Insider and Gizmodo. George holds an S.B. in chemistry from MIT, where he won the F.D. Greene Teaching Award. He is a New Media Consortium Emerging Leader and Khan Academy Talent Search Winner. He is a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Education and a member of the American Chemical Society. George is an avid rock climber, former single-digit-handicap golfer, beginning tennis player and recreational cook.

Episodes Include:

  1. Toothpaste on Sept. 15: 

Ancient toothpaste used stuff like rocks and bones — and modern toothpaste isn’t all that different.

  1. Lipstick on Sept. 22:

From ground-up bugs to rust, there might be some unexpected ingredients in your lipstick.

  1. Shaving Cream on Sept. 29:

What gives shaving cream all that lathery goodness?

  1. Nail Polish on Oct. 6:

Nail polish has a ton of ingredients. Here’s why.

  1. Gum Base on Oct. 13: 

What makes gum stay chewy for so long?

  1. Air Freshener on Oct. 20: 

Do air fresheners really purify the air? Kind of…

  1. Peanut Butter on Oct. 27: 

Crunchy vs. creamy, runny vs. solid… there’s more to peanut butter than peanuts and salt.

  1. Conditioner on Nov. 3:

Conditioner — it makes your hair silky smooth and it’s a lot like… fat.

  1. Hand Sanitizer on Nov. 10:

There’s more to hand sanitizer than just alcohol.

  1. Dry-Erase Markers on Nov. 17:

What makes a dry-erase marker erasable?

  1. Gum Sweetener on Nov. 24: 

How can sugar-free gum taste sweet?

National Geographic Partners:

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels 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, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World Introduces New Members

National GeographicNewsFeed - Tue, 09/13/2016 - 23:21

WASHINGTON (September 13, 2016) — National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World continues to expand with the recent addition of eight new members, bringing the hand-picked collection to 51 properties on six continents less than two years after its launch. The newest members to join reflect the diverse and singular experiences that the collection encompasses, ranging from a medieval European castle to a beachfront eco-lodge in the Galápagos. To help travelers find the experience they seek, National Geographic has recently published a series of lists highlighting the “Bests” of the collection.

Among the “Best Family Getaways,” for example, is new member Ashford Castle, an 800-year-old castle set on the shores of Lough Corrib in County Mayo, Ireland.  The castle recently underwent a stunning top-to-bottom refurbishment that erased years of neglect and also revitalized the local community. While guests of any age are enchanted by its medieval splendor, many activities at the castle are perfect for families, include riding horseback in the surrounding parklands, learning falconry or archery, going zip-lining, boating with a local guide, and catching a movie in the castle cinema.

Three of the newest members are featured among the “Best Places to Get Immersed in Another Culture.” In the mountains of China’s Yunnan province, Banyan Tree Ringha is a group of beautifully restored Tibetan farmhouses that invite guests to experience the warmth and hospitality of ethnic Tibetan culture and explore the stunning landscapes around Shangri-la. In Kenya, the thatched tents of Sarara Camp are nestled within a conservancy run in partnership with the local Samburu people. Many of the lodge staff and safari guides come from local communities, and visits to nearby Samburu villages allow guests a rare and intimate encounter with the timeless culture. Further south, Bushmans Kloof Wildlife Reserve and Wellness Retreat is situated amid otherworldly sandstone formations of South Africa’s Western Cape. Along with 18,000 acres of wilderness that’s home to zebras, gemsbok, and much more, the reserve also harbors more than 130 ancient San rock art sites, which guests are free to examine with a lodge expert.

Wildlife enthusiasts can find out which lodges are best for witnessing a great migration, whether it’s sea turtles swimming to the island of Dominica to nest or thousands of elk wintering right near the Bentwood Inn in Jackson Hole. Or they can search for close-up encounters with wildlife: Guests at the seaside Finch Bay Eco Hotel in the Galápagos Islands find themselves immersed in one of the most pristine wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and can snorkel, bird-watch, and stroll among sea lions within a few steps of the property. Segera Retreat on Kenya’s Laikipia Plateau provides a fantastic wildlife experience imbued with a sense of romance—the yellow bi-plane in which Robert Redford flew Meryl Streep in Out of Africa is a beloved fixture on the property. And Lone Mountain Ranch is located so close to Yellowstone that guests can enter this so-called “Serengeti of North America” on horseback or cross-country skis. Other top ten lists target specific interests, such as hiking, cuisine, and even the “Best Places to Watch Nature’s Light Shows.”

Each lodge offers guests who book through National Geographic an exclusive, complimentary experience such as a private cooking lesson or a behind-the-scenes visit with a resident biologist. At the Bentwood Inn, wintertime guests are invited on a private sleigh ride in the National Elk Refuge. Those who stay at Segera Retreat have the opportunity to meet with researchers to track the endangered patas monkey, learning about the species’ behavior and ongoing conservation efforts.

National Geographic offers a full-service booking experience: Working with reservations specialists, travelers can reserve rooms on a nightly basis, book a private expedition that features the lodge, or create a custom trip tailored to their specific interests.

For more information about National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, visit www.nationalgeographiclodges.com or call 1-888-701-5486.

About National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; digital travel content; travel books; maps; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) has 13 international editions. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, journeys with G Adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel digital group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of nearly 14 million. National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. Follow National Geographic Travel @NatGeoTravel on TwitterFacebookTumblrPinterestInstagram and Google+.


Categories: National Geographic

@NATGEO: THE MOST POPULAR INSTAGRAM PHOTOS From the No. 1 Media Brand on Instagram

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 09/08/2016 - 18:23

WASHINGTON (Sept. 8, 2016) — National Geographic is the top media brand on Instagram. How does a brand over a century old come to stand at the forefront of new media? With a fairly unusual approach: Creative control is in the hands of National Geographic photographers (and nothing is for sale). The team numbers about 100, each posting in real time from around the world, sharing the rare and incredible sights their eyes (and lenses) are trained on at any given moment. That authenticity and immediacy, paired with the beauty of the images, is connecting in a huge way—to the tune of 59 million followers and well over a billion likes.

@NATGEO: The Most Popular Instagram Photos (National Geographic Books; on sale Oct. 25, 2016; ISBN 978-1-4262-1710-4; 336 pages; $19.95) collects 300 of these incredible photographs, showcasing favorites from nearly all the contributing photographers, thoughtfully pairing images to new, touching and funny effect, and including comments and reactions from the public alongside the evocative photographs.

As Instagram CEO and Co-Founder Kevin Systrom shares so eloquently in his forward to the book, National Geographic images have long captivated the public by showing our world to us. Now we have the gift of that access in the palm of our hands and the luxury to enjoy it in full on the page.

One of National Geographic’s premier photographers (and adventurers), Cory Richards, was present the moment the account was born, and @natgeo could not have a better steward. Richards is a passionate believer in the power of storytelling—on social media, in person, on the page—to inspire, connect and propel change. He is a living example of that potential, most recently sharing his journey climbing Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen in real time on Snapchat.

In @NATGEO, the cumulative voice of National Geographic photographers takes us on a visual journey that has already affected and inspired millions. This fall, audiences can experien­­­ce the images live and in person at the @NATGEO exhibit opening at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 11, 2016. On the eve of the opening, Nov. 10, National Geographic will host a daylong, coast-to-coast celebration with participation from beloved photographers, including Richards, and beginning Sept. 8, fans are invited to join Richards on Instagram—where it all began!—sharing their talents, images and stories of how #NatGeoInspires them. Participants can win an opportunity to be featured in the upcoming @NATGEO museum exhibit and the chance to attend a photography workshop in Washington, D.C. For full contest rules and prize details visit: nationalgeographic.com/natgeobook.

About Cory Richards

Cory Richards and his camera have gone from the controlled and complex studio to the wild and remote corners of the world, from the unclimbed peaks of Antarctica to the Himalayas of Nepal and Pakistan. His photography has appeared in National Geographic magazine, Outside and the New York Times, and his film work has won awards at nearly every major adventure film festival including the grand prize at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. He was named a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels 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, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

Categories: National Geographic


National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 09/07/2016 - 17:41

WASHINGTON (September 7, 2016)— National Geographic Kids announced today the multiplatform launch of Weird But True!, the magazine’s most popular fun facts feature and book series, to syndicated television and SiriusXM radio. Beginning Saturday, Sept. 10, Weird But True! will premiere as a syndicated series airing Saturday mornings primarily on FOX television stations. Additionally, the popular strand will be featured as an hour-long radio show on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live channel 78 on Friday evenings starting in October.

National Geographic Kids is ringing in the weirdness in its first-ever Weird But True! live event on the National Geographic Kids Facebook page at 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 14. Tune in to see the Weird But True! facts come to life. Nat Geo Kids is continuing the weirdness online at NatGeoKids.com/WBT and on social media with #WeirdButTrueWednesdays, a regular stream of Weird but True! facts on Nat Geo Kids’ Facebook and Twitter (@NGKids) every Wednesday.

The new TV and radio program announcements come on the heels of hugely successful book sales for the franchise, with more than 21 titles published and over four million copies sold to date. National Geographic Kids magazine first launched Weird But True! in a section of the magazine showcasing wild and wacky facts with fun and vibrant designs and pictures in September 2004. It quickly became the most popular feature in the magazine every single issue.

“Kids consistently told us how much they loved Weird But True! every time we ran our facts in the magazine, so we listened to them,” said National Geographic Kids Creative Director Melina Bellows. “We hope they’ll be happy to see we now have expanded Weird But True! to TV, satellite radio, online, in bookstores and in our Weird But True! app!”

About the Weird But True! Syndicated Series

Weird But True! premieres as a syndicated series on Saturday, Sept.10 primarily on FOX television stations (check your local listings). Follow the talented science-loving sibling hosts Charlie and Kirby Engelman as they investigate the fun, strange and surprising ways our world works. From exploring shipwrecks to discovering how our senses work, no topic is off-limits for the curious duo.

Weird But True! is produced in partnership with Steve Rotfeld Productions, and is airing as part of a three-hour educational block of syndicated programming alongside popular programs Xploration Awesome Planet, Xploration Outer Space, Xploration Earth 2050, and two new series also debuting this fall: DIY Sci and Nature Knows Best. Xploration Station shows have been nominated for five Daytime Emmy Awards and five Cynopsis Kids Awards, respectively. The returning Xploration Station series were named by Common Sense Media as three of the Best Science Shows for Kids on TV.

“National Geographic sets the gold standard for factual programming,” noted Rotfeld Productions President Steve Rotfeld. “It is tremendously exciting to have Nat Geo Kids’ most popular franchise, Weird But True!, join our popular and critically-acclaimed Xploration Station block. We are loving this series and are proud to be partnering with the iconic Nat Geo brand.”

About the Weird But True! SiriusXM Radio Program

Debuting in early October on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live channel 78, the Weird But True! radio show features National Geographic Kids Editors Becky Baines and Kate Hale, who have spent 12 and seven years, respectively, building the impressive database of the weirdest (but all true) facts on the planet. The radio show will air new episodes weekly on Fridays at 5 p.m. ET, with a replay on Sundays at 1 p.m. ET and two replays on Weird But True Wednesdays at 2 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET. SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live channel 78 is a 24/7 interactive talk and music channel featuring music and talk shows for kids, with live in-house concert events from the biggest names in kids’ music, live hosts to take song requests and fun, on-air games.

“Did you know that you can shine your shoes with a banana peel?” said Mindy Thomas, program director and host of The Absolutely Mindy Show on Kids Place Live. “Becky and Kate have been two of my favorite guests, who are always teaching our listeners something new, so when we had the chance to turn this into an official show, we jumped at the opportunity.”

About the Weird But True! Books Franchise

National Geographic Kids has been publishing Weird But True! books in response to the overwhelmingly positive reception kids gave the Kids magazine section and to date has published 21 titles and sold more than four million copies, making it the most popular franchise across National Geographic Kids. New books in the popular series include Weird But True! Sports (ISBN: 978-1426324673, May 31, 2016, $7.99), Weird But True! Sticker Doodle Book (ISBN: 978-1426324567, July 12, 2016, $12.99) and Weird But True! 8 (ISBN: 978-1426325595, November 8, 2016, $7.99) and are available wherever books are sold.

Visit the National Geographic Kids Weird But True! online hub (NatGeoKids.com/WBT) for more Weird but True facts and follow Nat Geo Kids on Facebook and Twitter on Wednesdays for #WeirdButTrueWednesdays.


About Steve Rotfeld Productions

Steve Rotfeld Productions (SRP) is an Emmy Award winning television production and broadcast syndication company.  Since its inception in 1985, its programs have appeared in national broadcast syndication, on TLC, ESPN, ESPN Classic, Animal Planet, Travel Channel, History Channel, FOX and other outlets around the world.  Steve Rotfeld formed SRP after six years of working for his father’s TV production company, Greatest Sports Legends, Inc., where he won a National Sports Emmy Award for Writing on a Jackie Robinson documentary.  In 2014, SRP launched Xploration Station, a revolutionary, new take on E/I programming.  Xploration Station is the first and only broadcast destination dedicated exclusively to STEM-based programming for tweens, teens and their families.  In its first two years on the air, Xploration Station has received five Daytime Emmy Nominations.  In addition to Xploration Station, SRP and its sister companies have produced shows including The Haney Project and Donald Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf for Golf Channel, Wild Weddings for TLC, Wild About Animals, Awesome Adventures, Whaddyado, The Lighter Side of Sports for ESPN, and Greatest Sports Legends.

About SiriusXM

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the world’s largest radio company measured by revenue and has more than 30.6 million subscribers.  SiriusXM creates and offers commercial-free music; premier sports talk and live events; comedy; news; exclusive talk and entertainment, and a wide-range of Latin music, sports and talk programming.  SiriusXM is available in vehicles from every major car company in the U.S. and on smartphones and other connected devices as well as online at siriusxm.com. SiriusXM radios and accessories are available from retailers nationwide and online at SiriusXM.  SiriusXM also provides premium traffic, weather, data and information services for subscribers through SiriusXM Traffic™, SiriusXM Travel Link, NavTraffic®, NavWeather™.  SiriusXM delivers weather, data and information services to aircraft and boats through SiriusXM Aviation, SiriusXM Marine™, Sirius Marine Weather, XMWX Aviation™, XMWX Weather, and XMWX Marine™.  In addition, SiriusXM Music for Business provides commercial-free music to a variety of businesses.  SiriusXM holds a minority interest in SiriusXM Canada which has approximately 2.7 million subscribers. SiriusXM is also a leading provider of connected vehicles services to major automakers, giving customers access to a suite of safety, security, and convenience services including automatic crash notification, stolen vehicle recovery assistance, enhanced roadside assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

About National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids teaches kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. You can follow National Geographic Kids on TwitterFacebook and Google+.

Categories: National Geographic

Superyacht Elixir Arrives on the Charter Market

Super Yachts Carters - Wed, 08/31/2016 - 12:35
Superyacht Elixir Arrives on the Charter Market Elixir emerged from the AMELS yard in June this year, building on a proven platform to create an evolution in superyacht lifestyle. Now, after arriving in the Mediterranean, Elixir has broken on to the charter market with Y.CO to provide the very best experiences available on the water.

Y.CO has unveiled the exquisite lifestyle on board with a ream of stunning new photos. We take a look to get a better understanding of Elixir; a proven platform with undeniable appeal.

The exterior design by Tim Heywood is an immediately distinctive part of the AMELS 180 DNA, presenting guests tendering to the boat with the joy of flowing lines and distinctive style; with each of the myriad design elements reflecting the unbridled elegance within.

Her rich, contemporary interiors were drawn by Laura Sessa and can accommodate 12 guests in 5 beautifully styled staterooms. The proven platform of the AMELS 180 itself, ensures complete comfort underway and a generous layout for those on board; most notably of which is a generous owner’s area with fold down balcony and large steam shower in the ensuite.

The exterior areas are also remarkable, with one of the most spacious sun decks ever seen on a 55 metre yacht with Jacuzzi and backlit onyx bar. Elixir takes the dedicated charter edge one step further by offering a large beach club, sauna and dive equipment for underwater adventures across the world’s best locations.

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Categories: Charters

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles and National Geographic Ignite Curiosity, Invite Players to Explore the Breathtaking World One Puzzle at a Time

National GeographicNewsFeed - Fri, 08/26/2016 - 17:16

SAN FRANCISCO – Aug. 26, 2016 – Magic Jigsaw Puzzles, the premiere digital jigsaw puzzle app, and National Geographic, today unveiled an assortment of new puzzle packs featuring stunning images from National Geographic’s iconic photo library. Four new themed packs – Endangered Animals, U.S. National Parks, World Heritage and YourShot – are available now on the free jigsaw puzzle app for Android and iOS devices, on Amazon, Facebook and in the Windows Store.

“Animals, travel and planet Earth are by far the most popular puzzle themes with our highly engaged community of players,” said Alex Grishin, Head of Product, Magic Jigsaw Puzzles. “National Geographic’s dedication to educating a global audience about the magical world around us makes them the ideal partner for expanding our ever-growing library of premium puzzles.”

The new puzzles come in packs ranging from 21 to 48 images and cost $2.99 and $4.99 respectively. The special YourShot pack is free and includes 5 puzzles featuring a selection of images from National Geographic’s popular online photo-sharing community.

“Magic Jigsaw Puzzles provides a new and creative way for millions of people to experience our beautiful imagery and compelling digital content,” said Dimitri Kirin, National Geographic’s director of brand licensing. “Digital games are the perfect platform for curious people of all ages to explore our planet and engage in the world around us through play. We plan to continue to grow in this space, giving audiences of all ages yet another way to interact with our brand.”

Magic Jigsaw Puzzles’ continuously updated library contains more than 20,000 high-definition puzzles and offers players the ability to upload personal photos from their camera roll. The app is perfect for puzzlers of any age and features six difficulty levels with the added option to rotate pieces for a greater challenge. Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is free to play with premium content available via in-app purchases.


About Magic Jigsaw Puzzles

Launched in 2011, Magic Jigsaw Puzzles is the premier jigsaw puzzle app by ZiMAD, a San Francisco-based game developer and publisher. The game is available across all major platfroms: on Android and iOS devices on Amazon, Facebook and in the Windows Store. Providing countless hours of stimulating entertainment, Magic Jigsaw Puzzles puts the popular pastime at players’ fingertips, delivering a vast cache of continually updated, high-definition images, and offering players the option to upload personal photos from their camera rolls to the app. With 25 downloads across all platforms globally and billions of puzzles solved, Magic Jigsaw Puzzles continues to challenge players by providing a constant stream of new content though fresh puzzle packs and licensing agreements with iconic brands.

For more information on the app, please visit the Magic Jigsaw Puzzles’ website or follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels 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, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Categories: National Geographic

Making a Break for British Columbia on Cloudbreak

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 18:09
Making a Break for British Columbia on Cloudbreak September marks the start of an incredible charter journey on board Cloudbreak; offering modern day adventurers the chance to travel the world in style, hike the wilds of British Columbia and heli-ski the peaks, before cruising Central America and surfing just off idyllic Caribbean islands.

In May, SuperYachtsMonaco announced an exciting and upcoming navigation which explored nature, ocean and island alike. From September 1st, Cloudbreak will embark for British Columbia, before heading back to the shipyard over October, all in preparation for her November journey to the Caribbean and Central America.

Named after a Fijian surf Mecca, Cloudbreak is the perfect platform to any exploration thanks to an incredibly varied list of toys, including: Ski Boat; four different Jet Skis; four Kayaks; two Minicat Dinghies; four F5S SeaBobs; one Flyboard; ten Kite Surfing Kites; five Kite Surfing Boards; three Wind Surfing boards; wakeboards; surfboards; Paddleboards; Sea pool; inflatable towables; Mountain and Road bikes; Ski and Snowboard equipment; Golfing equipment and full diving gear.

Cloudbreak is the most luxurious and well equipped explorer yacht on the water. This 72.50 metre luxury expedition vessel, built by Abeking & Rasmussen in 2016, was drawn by superyacht designer Espen Oeino to compliment the adventures she was born to make.

Rugged, modern and ultra-stylish, Cloudbreak is a vision from the shore and provides an unparalleled lifestyle on deck. The open exterior spaces offer friends and family a space to kick-back and enjoy an alternative pace which can suit any number of guests, from all 12 to just one person seeking solace instead of adventure.

While the possibilities of stepping on to the tender, heading ashore and discovering new territories across the planned cruising grounds are endless, the home atmosphere on board is comfortable, simplistic and relaxed, with an expert Christian Liaigre taste to bring the whole surrounding together into a luxury residential feel.

Available for charter with SuperYachtsMonaco, you find out more about the cutting-edge lifestyle available across British Colombia, the Caribbean and Central America by clicking here.

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Introducing the First Virtual Reality Experience Featuring President Obama

National GeographicNewsFeed - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 16:10

Today you can embark on a VR journey with President Obama in Yosemite National Park in Through the Ages: President Obama Celebrates America’s National Parks. Take in the president’s remarks as you explore every angle of the incredible surroundings of Yosemite, including El Capitan, the Cathedral Rocks, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite Falls, and the Merced River.

Created by National Geographic, Felix & Paul Studios, and Oculus, this experience is available today on the Oculus Store for Gear VR with Rift coming soon! You can also check out a 360 video version on Facebook.

“National Geographic has been a pioneer in visual storytelling throughout its 128-year history.  We see virtual reality as a new frontier and are thrilled to use this powerful medium to help celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial anniversary.” — Rajiv Mody, Vice President of Social Media for National Geographic.

A historic first, this VR experience provides an up-close-and-personal look at President Obama’s trip to Yosemite with his family over Father’s Day weekend. Follow along as he traverses the park, interacting with students during an event tied to his “Every Kid in the Park” initiative and speaking with Don Neubacher, the Yosemite National Park Superintendent.

Walk with the president as he crosses the footbridge and takes in the view of Vernal Falls with the First Family—First Lady Michelle Obama, Malia, and Sasha. You can catch a time-lapse sunset go by from Glacier Point, and float along in a canoe, framed by mountains, to learn about John Muir’s enduring legacy.

“As filmmakers, we wanted to use cinematic virtual reality’s unique transportive power to bring audiences into a journey with President Obama where they could experience firsthand the vertiginous, lyrical and timeless beauty of Yosemite. We were deeply inspired by the idea that American national parks such as Yosemite were originally established ‘for all people for all times,’ as a way to allow future generations to experience the extraordinary and untouched beauty and richness of these natural wonders.” — Félix Lajeunesse, Co-founder of Felix & Paul Studios

Preserving a legacy in VR

This month marks the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service, and we’re honored to help commemorate this milestone.

Very few people will get to experience the beauty of the US national parks alongside a sitting president. Transporting people to places they might not get to see in their lifetime is one of the great powers of VR.

Categories: National Geographic

The Yachts of the MYBA Pop-Up Show in Montenegro

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 08/25/2016 - 12:30
The Yachts of the MYBA Pop-Up Show in Montenegro The MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show in Montenegro is set to once again welcome brokers from across the world this September; offering access to stunning regional beauty and a fleet of yachts which illustrate the area's growing popularity. We take a closer look at the East Med sale & charter yachts open to view on the docks of Porto Montenegro next week.

With global brokerage brands (such as IYC, Y.CO, Burgess, Fraser Yachts, Camper & Nicholsons, Ocean Independence, Northrop & Johnson and Blue Water) bringing an estimated 92 brokers and rising, the yachting display of vessels already cruising the waters is already set to mark a significant second year.

Lord of the Seas
The 58 metre superyacht Lord of the Seas is a contemporarily styled charter yacht launched in 2012. Her large beam of 10 metres provides a huge amount of space on board while the ALFA Marine naval architecture provides complete comfort underway. The Altunbas-designed interior provides a sophisticated surrounding of rich woods and elegantly styled, Asian inspired furniture to complete the homely, peaceful and escapist atmosphere on board. Perfect for a relaxing voyage across the waters of Eastern Europe.

Seagull II
Seagull II is an idyllic reflection of elegance underway, with a classically styled exterior expertly brought up to the luxury standards of today. This 54 metre motor yacht was custom built in 1952 by the Croatian Uljanik Shipyard; however, in 2009 she was completely refitted by Waterline Ltd. and can now accommodate up to twelve guests in complete and distinguished luxury.

Phillip Zepter Yachts built the 49.91 metre JoyMe in 2011, an outstanding superyacht with a striking red and striped yellow hull, cutting-edge futuristic superstructure and graphics covering the lateral walkway. A matter of individual style on the outside, JoyMe is a revelation of on board living within. Large exterior areas provide the spaces for a yacht built to entertain larger numbers, while the interior continues the creative trend with wall graphics, art icon-inspired cabins carrying thematic styling throughout.

Reve d’Or
The 46 metre Reve d’Or superyacht made its way to the waters of Italy in 2011, and offers 10 guests on board complete comfort with a sophisticated Studio Massari interior. The third in the Sanlorenzo 46 Steel range, Reve d’Or is a vessel styled for absolute comfort and experience on board, with large exterior spaces and solid engineering for longer stays or crossings.

The 42.50m Daima yacht is a picture of Turkish elegance, with open sails driving the classically styled deep red hull through the water thanks to styling by Karatas Yacht Design and construction expertise by Arkin Pruva Yachts in 2009. Daima has won every race in the Bodrum Cup, and offers the chance for up to ten guests to cruise the water in both style and comfort.

The 41 metre Riana may have been launched in 2007, but her spirit echoes a more elegant time of sailing excellence. The lifestyle under sail is surrounded by every inch of luxury, whether you’re enjoying high winds of the Caribbean winter season for the thrill of the race, or floating off the coastal doldrums of the East Mediterranean for a summer escape. The exterior spaces on deck are unparalleled, offering the perfect chance to entertain, while her interior provides a rich and sophisticated style to retire in comfort.

Custom built in 1975 by CRN, Parvati underwent a full refit in 2014 and today stands as a superyacht with a classic style and a perfect chance for 11 guests to take the ocean, surrounded by every comfort possible. This is a majorly updated superyacht which has benefitted from exquisite taste and commitment to keeping Parvati once of the most meticulously maintained yachts on the water.

These are just seven of the luxury yachts that will be welcoming guests on board throughout the MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show (September 2-4). Other names in the fleet include Novela, Lady Sunshine, Pida, Imagine, Serenity, Cloud’s, Blue Eyes, Kirke, Naseem, Rebecca V, Silver, Saladus, Annabell II and Golden Osprey.

With a constantly evolving list of yachts set to dock in Porto Montenegro, the second MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show is showcasing the best of sales and charter in Eastern Europe and already showing signs of growing success.

Click here to register for the Porto Montenegro Pop-Up Show

The MYBA Pop-Up Superyacht Show in Montenegro A Sneak Peak at the Superyachts of the Porto Montenegro MYBA Pop-Up Show Porto Montenegro Superyacht Lord of the Seas Motor Yacht Seagull II Superyacht JoyMe Superyacht Reve d'Or Superyacht Riana
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National Geographic Kids Announces New Brand Ambassadors for 2016-2017

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 23:30

WASHINGTON (Aug. 24, 2016)—National Geographic announced today the family bloggers who will participate in the National Geographic Kids Insider brand ambassador program for the 2016-2017 yearlong assignment. During this time, the “Insiders” will get a behind-the-scenes look at National Geographic’s resources, activities, content and projects for kids and families. They will receive review copies of books, magazines and toys, and will be offered interviews with authors, explorers and editors. All “Insiders” are also given a badge to display on their sites.

“This year’s group of digital influencers inspires us with their passion for raising tomorrow’s explorers, conservationists, scientists and storytellers,” said Melina Bellows, executive vice president and creative director of National Geographic Kids. “We’re thrilled to give them a peek behind the yellow border to see what makes National Geographic Kids so much fun for kids and families.”

“This year, we were blown away by the number of truly remarkable applications we received for our program,” said Anna Irwin, director of the National Geographic Kids Insider program. “We are looking forward to introducing our new Insiders to National Geographic Kids and surprising our existing Insiders with new ‘Weird But True’ facts, amazing animal content and experiences and stunning visual storytelling.”

The 2016-2017 National Geographic Kids Insiders and their blogs are:

The National Geographic Kids Insiders were selected because of their enthusiasm for raising the next generation of explorers. The application process will reopen to the public in May 2017, and a new group of Insiders will be selected.

About National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids teaches kids about the world and how it works, empowering them to succeed and make it a better place. National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. You can follow National Geographic Kids on TwitterFacebook and Google+.

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STARTALK with Neil deGrasse Tyson

National GeographicNewsFeed - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:41

On National Geographic Channel’s two-time Emmy-nominated late-night talk show “StarTalk,” astrophysicist and pop-culture icon Neil deGrasse Tyson bridges pop culture and science through interviews with guests from the wide world of pop culture and lively discussion with a panel of comedians and experts. This fall, National Geographic Books will publish STARTALK: Everything you Ever Need to Know About Space Travel, Sci-Fi, the Human Race, the Universe, and Beyond  (ISBN: 978-1-4262-1727-2 |On sale: September 13, 2016 | Hardcover | 304 pgs | $30 ) the companion book to the hit radio-show-turned-podcast-turned-TV-show, featuring expanded and all new content.

The book takes the best of “StarTalk” from the airwaves to the page by taking a deeper dive into some of the greatest discussions from the show. STARTALK is divided into four sections: “Space,” “Planet Earth,” “Being Human,” and “Futures Imagined.” Within these pages, readers will discover the mystery behind black holes, real ideas for tackling climate change, what makes humans tick, and the amazing actual science behind science fiction.

In addition to the scientific questions answered throughout the text, STARTALK features informative sidebars throughout. There’s “Laugh Out Loud,” featuring comedic bits from hilarious guests; “Back to Basics” to help brush readers up on some of the more complex concepts; “Neil Tweets” with some of his best tweets; “Biography” section that highlights remarkable scientists who have changed the way we view the world; and “Drink of the Evening” featuring cocktail recipes that Neil has concocted with bartenders at various “StarTalk Live!” shows.

Tyson and various guests from both the podcast and the show share their scientific insights in the book. An eclectic group of past featured guests, including Bill Nye, Jason Sudekis, Malcolm Gladwell, and Anthony Bourdain, share their thoughts on the universe. STARTALK isn’t just for science lovers, it’s also perfect for pop-culture enthusiasts and anyone curious about the world around us.

The third season of “StarTalk” premieres Monday, September 19 at 11/10c on the National Geographic Channel. Premiere episodes include:

StarTalk: Whoopi Goldberg

Premieres Monday, Sept. 19, at 11/10c

Legendary Academy Award–winning actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg sits down with host Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss a range of topics, from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” to superheroes to medical marijuana. Tyson is joined in the Cullman Hall of the Universe in front of a live studio audience by comedian co-host Chuck Nice and guests Charles Liu, astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History, and Dr. Staci Gruber, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Adding to the discussion, Nice hits the streets in search of fellow nerds, data journalist Mona Chalabi explains the U.S. budget for space exploration and Bill Nye gives his take on medical marijuana. 

StarTalk: Mayim Bialik

Premieres Monday, Sept. 26, at 11/10c

Host Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, who plays the character of neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory.” Tyson and Bialik, who completed her doctorate in neuroscience at UCLA in 1997, discuss the portrayal of science on television by analyzing such topics as women in science, television characters as role models and using comedy to spark interest in science. In the Hall of the Universe, Tyson is joined by comedian co-host Chris Hardwick (founder, CEO and creative head of Nerdist Industries) and guest Summer Ash (director of outreach for the department of astronomy at Columbia University). Adding to the discussion, data journalist Mona Chalabi shares statistics on women in science, Chuck Nice hits the streets of New York City to get the public’s opinion and actress Taryn O’Neil joins via video call to talk about how to make science appealing to young people. Tyson and guests answer fans’ Cosmic Queries, and Bill Nye gives his take on the topic of science on TV.

StarTalk: Man on Wire

Premieres Monday, Oct. 3, at 11/10c

Phillipe Petit, who is known for his 1974 walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, sits down with host Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss his influences and motivation to become a high-wire artist; how he planned and executed his famous walks; and our innate curiosity and desire to explore, which inspires us humans to leave our comfort zone on the surface of the earth and “enter the void.” Tyson is joined in the Hall of the Universe by comedian co-host Eugene Mirman and guest astrophysicist Charles Liu. Adding to the discussion, tightrope instructor Sonja Harpstead joins via video call to talk about the skills required for the high wire, Chuck Nice faces his fears on the trapeze and Bill Nye gives a tribute to Petit from the grounds of the World Trade Center.


STARTALK with Neil deGrasse Tyson
On Sale: September 13, 2016
National Geographic Books

Hardcover | 288 pgs | $30.00

ISBN: 978-1-4262-1727-2

Categories: National Geographic

Grandfather's flight

Booker High Wycombe - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 08:57
We were recently visited by former member John Porter, who was at Booker from 1969 to 2006. His granddaughter Laura arranged a flight for him, and he flew with Graham Saw. To judge by the smiles it was a great day out.

Graham and John
With granddaughter Laura
Just like old times
Categories: Gliding

Charter Focus: The Style & Distinction of Cacos V

Super Yachts Carters - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 13:22
Charter Focus: The Style & Distinction of Cacos V Created by the team at Admiral Yachts, in collaboration with widely-respected exterior designer Luca Dini, Cacos V was built for charter. Contemporary, distinctive and stylish, this 40 metre superyacht is the perfect way to discover the East Mediterranean.

Superyacht Cacos V found her way to the water in 2013. Since then, she has been cruising the waters of the world, offering the best in on board experience.

From the shores, the Admiral Tecnomar Impero 40S superyacht Cacos V is immediately distinctive thanks to the Luca Dini styled rugged, sharp and modern look which paints a picture of a vessel ready for anything.

Stepping off the dock, onto the tender and making your way on board, it soon becomes apparent that the visual distinction isn’t just on the surface. Her interiors, designed by Admiral Centro Stile are a reflection of modern luxury, combining expert lighting, dark colours and rich textures to provide a sense of both comfort and remarkable Italian style.

The interior works with the engineering, to create an overall lifestyle; with a spacious layout throughout, a 50sqm Master Suite and an atmosphere which benefits from extremely low noise with very little vibration underway.

The 11 guests on board are comfortably accommodated in a 5 suite layout, with breakfast served on the al-fresco dining table, lunch by the water and dinner in the sophisticated dining area on board before cocktails on the sky lounge as the sun goes down over your chosen backdrop.

This is one of the best superyachts in her 40m class, awarded and acclaimed as a charter yacht with distinctive style, vast volumes and a lifestyle par excellence.

Available for charter across the East Mediterranean this summer and listed for sale with IYC, find out more about Cacos V by following the links.

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Surf Store discount: 5% off windsurfing gear

Windsurfing - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 11:32

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5 great shops to buy water sports equipment online

Windsurfing - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 11:30

Water sports shops aren’t exactly on every street corner, which is why many of us buy water sports equipment online. But with so many online surf stores to choose from, which are the best? Why buy water sports equipment online? Convenience is part of the reason, unless you live near...

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National Geographic Launches 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year Contest

National GeographicNewsFeed - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 17:00

WASHINGTON (Aug. 15, 2016)—National Geographic invites photographers from around the world to enter the 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year contest. The grand-prize winner will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos with National Geographic Expeditions and two 15-minute image portfolio reviews with National Geographic photo editors.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/photocontest to submit photographs in one or all of four categories: Landscape, Environmental Issues, Action and Animal Portraits. Each entry to the contest will be submitted through National Geographic’s photo community, Your Shot, where members can comment on photos and share their favorites. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo, and there is no limit to the number of submissions per entrant. Entries must be in digital format and submitted electronically. The contest ends Saturday, Nov. 4, at 12 p.m. EDT (U.S.).

“The 2016 Nature Photographer of the Year contest is an opportunity for photographers to show us the power of nature and their love of it through their imagery,” said Sarah Leen, director of photography for National Geographic magazine and National Geographic Partners. “Every year, our judges are delighted by the incredible passion and skill evident in the entries, and I expect this year to be no exception.”

Sarah Polger, senior producer for National Geographic Travel and manager of National Geographic photo contests, remarked, “The four categories of this year’s contest will give photographers a chance to capture the complexity and beauty found in the world around us. We anticipate compelling and revealing images.”

One first-place winner will be chosen from each of the four categories, and the winning photographs will be published on nationalgeographic.com. The overall grand-prize winner will be chosen from the four category winners and will be announced in December 2016.

For details and official contest rules, visit natgeo.com/photocontest.

About National Geographic Partners LLC

National Geographic Partners LLC, a joint venture between National Geographic Society and 21st Century Fox, combines National Geographic television channels 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, catalog, licensing and e-commerce businesses. A portion of the proceeds from National Geographic Partners LLC will be used to fund science, exploration, conservation and education through significant ongoing contributions to the work of the National Geographic Society. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

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Sunday activities

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 19:06

Some people went to church today. A long glide to get to the better weather, or a later start. A variety of tasks flown in what turned out to be a pleasant day.
Categories: Gliding

Aliens and crop circles

Booker High Wycombe - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 19:01
It has now been confirmed, crop circles are created by grazing UFOs 6th August 2016
Categories: Gliding