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SKY AND NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC WORK TOGETHER TO FIGHT OCEAN PLASTIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gary Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners, added:

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

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

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

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

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

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Notes to editors

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

Grants:

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

Innovation Challenges:

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

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

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

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

 For further information, please contact:

For Sky Ocean Ventures

Shannen Jones, Corporate Media Relations

Email: Shannen.jones@sky.uk

Mobile: +44 7833 744 309

For National Geographic

Daniel Maynard, Senior Communications Director

National Geographic Partners, Europe & Africa

Email: Daniel.Maynard@fox.com

Mobile: +44 (0)7971 058 864

About Sky Ocean Rescue

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

 About National Geographic Society

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

About National Geographic Partners LLC

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

Instructor training week finally sees the sun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reporting LIVE from the ISS on Instagram Live

Footage will be available after the live broadcast.

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

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

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

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

Cornish adventures: Best watersports in Cornwall

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

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

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Last Thursday - corny gliding photo

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



Maldives adventure holidays: 10 best activities in paradise

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Assets

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

About Jason Michael Paul Entertainment

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

About National Geographic Partners LLC

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

About Bleeding Fingers Music

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

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

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Media Contacts

Kate Lollar

PR for JMP Entertainment

kate@jmpent.com

901-674-6443

 

Meg Calnan

National Geographic

meg.calnan@natgeo.com

202-912-6703

Aeros in the sun

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

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

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

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

**National Geographic Exclusive News**

 Exclusive: Massive Ancient Drawings Found in Peruvian Desert

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

Spokespeople and Amazing Drone Footage available

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

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

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

Read the full National Geographic story here.

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

Contact Information:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Geographic Encounter Fun Facts:

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

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey Media Contacts

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

National Geographic Media Contacts

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

About National Geographic Partners LLC

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

About SPE Partners

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

About Peterson Companies

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

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

About the General Entertainment Authority

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

 

Charter Focus: To the Mediterranean Sea on Soy Amor

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 15:42
Charter Focus: To the Mediterranean Sea on Soy Amor As the glittering shores of the Cote d’Azur come alive this spring, with events such as Festival de Cannes and Monaco Grand Prix to name a few; the charm of Benetti’s Soy Amor is ready and raring for charter and the blue water playground of the Med; an idyllic backdrop for a superyacht like her.

Now available for charter with Moran Yacht & Ship, the luxury of this 2014 builds turns heads at almost every location, with the crystalline waters of the Western Mediterranean just being one of them.

Part of the Crystal 140 range, from the lines of Stefano Righini, her exterior stylings stamp European credibility through balance, proportion and sophistication. 

With a layout that invites up to 10 guests across 5 staterooms, her timeless stylings call for restful resides in sublimity. Caramel coloured leathers paired with sweeping white features fuse to create a soft and sultry colour palette, while mirrored corners and lashings of silver offer a dash of glamour with a true design signature by Zuretti also responsible for Benetti interiors such as M/Y Nomadess.

Splashes of colour burst across its interior space through art installations that dot the walls, while flashes of sea-blue cushions make their way across the deck. 

But the comfort doesn’t stop with aesthetics alone. Beyond interior flairs, Benetti’s Soy Amor, built with a GRP hull and superstructure, features both underway and zero speed stabilisers enhancing onboard comfort both at anchor and while cruising.

With a cruising speed of 11 knots and a maximum speed of 15 knots, she is the perfect combination of stability and performance. Still available for charters at events such as the Monaco Grand Prix, Soy Amor is unrivalled in her ability to encapsulate guests, whether it be for relaxation or events and celebration. 

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Charter Focus: Imperial's New Legenda

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:00
Charter Focus: Imperial's New Legenda With just a few short weeks until the well-rested Med becomes the summer home to a number of superyachts, Imperial has announced a new addition to their charter fleet. At 41m, Legenda is an Italian pedigree from Mondomarine, built in 2009 and refit in 2016. Entering the charter stakes for the first time, we take a look at what’s in store for those lucky enough to step on board…

Legenda, designed by Car D. Rova and refit by Luca Dini is a Made in Italy classic, almost built to cruise the salty shores of the continent.  Not only does her combination of build and design excellence gain her stripes across the Riviera, but her tasteful grey hull against the azure seas is pleasing on the eye.

Speaking with Imperial's director, Julia Stewart about their new listing acquisition, she described, “This is an interesting challenge to bring LEGENDA on the charter market because our extended experience with 40m+ superyacht taught us that yachts of this size are highly demanded, and we push to this market the perfect yacht for this purpose."

Packing numerous superyacht features into a sub 45m package, Legenda offers a crew of 7 to dote on up to 10 lucky guests in 5 staterooms laced with creamy soft-furnishings and delicate wood furniture. Forming a solace to Europe’s vibrant coastal towns, two large salons are accompanied by a cinema room and library covering every angle of relaxation.

For those more active afternoons, newly appointed Opacmare swim steps form a path directly from the deck into crystal waters, while the sun-deck Jacuzzi allows guests to make the most of the on the water lifestyle around the clock.

By nightfall, there’s plenty of al-fresco dining space on the upper deck where, following each sunset, a new Mediterranean landscape forms the backdrop to your evening. 

Neverthless, when it’s time to rest your head, Legenda assures you can do-so with every home comfort. A full beam master-suite one the main deck and four staterooms on the lower deck all boast en-suite bathrooms with the added touch of heated marble floors; a welcome warmth after a day at sea.

When asked to explain her stand out charter features that particularly matched the Med, Julia confirmed; "Her crew knows the region very well, and so the Mediterranean: their extensive knowledge on both private or charter yachts make them really efficient with all kind of guests and any situation, any location. We are proud to offer extraordinary moment at sea, and her Argentinian Chef has extraordinary talents that must be tasted.”

So, with all eyes turning to the summer season, this Mondomarine is made for the Med and open to charter guests with Imperial Yachts for the very first time. 

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National Geographic Receives 24 Webby Award Nominations, Among Organizations Earning the Highest Number of Nominations

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 20:43

National Geographic also in contention for the first-ever Webby “Media Company of the Year” award, presented to the media company that performs best across all Webby Award categories, alongside Vice Media, Condé Nast, Turner and Viacom

Voting for the Webby People’s Voice Awards is open now until Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 11:59PM (ET)

Washington, D.C., April 3, 2018 —National Geographic has earned 24 nominations and 3 honorees from the 22nd Annual Webby Awards, garnering the third-most Webby nominations of any organization. Considered the internet’s highest honor, the Webby Awards received more than 13,000 entries this year from all 50 states and 70 countries worldwide. Fewer than 10% of the thousands of global entries were selected as Nominees. 

Voting for The Webby People’s Voice Awards, voted on by Internet fans around the world, closes April 19th. Winners will be announced the following Tuesday, April 24th. 

Read more about National Geographic’s nominated work here.

For more information, see the Webby Awards press release here

Media Contact:

Anna Kukelhaus Dynan

anna.kukelhaus@natgeo.com

202-912-6724

 

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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LAUNCHES 2018 TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR CONTEST

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 04/02/2018 - 17:01

Entries accepted until May 31 at 12 p.m. EST

WASHINGTON (April 2, 2018)—The 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest launches today, inviting photographers of all levels to submit their best shots to the annual competition. The grand-prize winner will be awarded $10,000 (USD), have his or her photo posted on the @NatGeoTravel Instagram account, as well as earn the prestigious title of National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. The contest is open now and entries must be submitted by May 31, 2018, at 12 p.m. EST.

For 130 years, National Geographic has ignited the explorer in all people through photography and storytelling. For the Travel Photographer of the Year contest, we encourage photographers to show us the world through their own stories of travel and exploration.

Eligible contestants can visit natgeo.com/travelphotocontest to submit their best photos in any or all of the three categories: Nature, People and Cities. The entry fee is $15 (USD) per photo and there is no limit to the number of photos an entrant can submit. During the contest period, National Geographic Travel will periodically highlight editors’ favorite photos in online galleries on natgeotravel.com/travelphotocontest.

A panel of judges, selected by National Geographic Travel, will choose a winner in each of the three categories. One of the category winners will be named the overall grand prize-winner and the other two category winners will each be awarded $2,500 (USD).

After the conclusion of the entry period from June 11 through 15, members of the National Geographic community are encouraged to vote for their favorite photo in each category from a selection of images chosen by National Geographic photo editors. The photos with the most votes will be named People’s Choice winners.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick, Hannah.Sedgwick@natgeo.com / Tel: (202) 912-6762

Meg Calnan, Meg.Calnan@natgeo.com / Tel: (202) 912-6703


About National Geographic Partners LLC

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

The evening groups are back.........soon

Booker Gliding - Fri, 03/30/2018 - 15:37
 Evening flying starts again on Tuesday 17th April. The groups will, as last year, be run by:

Graham Saw - Tuesdays
Chris Rowland - Wednesdays
Symeon Economou - Fridays

Evenings are a great time to make progress with your flying - circuits, aerobatics (on Tuesdays), spot landing, aerotowing .......... or just enjoying a peaceful evening flight as the sun sets. It's also a good time for group visits - a (special price) trial lesson and a picnic, or maybe a trip to a local pub - just contact the office to make arrangements.

Don't sit indoors on a warm sunny evening, come on down to the airfield and make some new friends.

Opening the Adriatic: Luštica Bay Making Waves

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:00
Opening the Adriatic: Luštica Bay Making Waves It’s no surprise to read about future developments along the dazzling coast of Montenegro. One of the future players in the top charter destinations stakes, this sleepy corner of the Adriatic is home to a number of new advances. Luštica Bay – which plans 2 marinas, 1500 properties and seven hotels – is the latest to open for business.

Founded back in 2008, as a joint venture between Orascom Development Ltd. (90%) and the Government of Montenegro (10%), Luštica Development AD set out to create a secluded spot, which would eventually develop into a 690-hectare town.

Blending in seamlessly to the country’s rich natural beauty, the development was to offer a cascading mountain backdrop, yet push the boundaries of modern, state-of-the-art infrastructure.

With more than a first glimpse of the progression so far, the above video shows the moving-toward-completion state of the 1.1 billion Euro investment (the biggest yet in Montenegro) and the birth of what appears to be a historic fishing village; with the main marina at it’s very heart. Popping up in this traditionally inspired village are restaurants, bars and a wide portfolio of properties all posing as part of a new and full-integrated community and within reach of three major airports.

With elements opening this summer, Luštica Bay is likely to see its first glimpse of Mediterranean life fill its cobbled streets and golden shores. The Chedi Luštica Bay Hotel (a 5-star hideout) will host the official opening this summer.

Offering 110 rooms, 60 of which will be hotel condominiums and part of The Chedi Residences, there will also be two restaurants, a bar, conference and business centre, a heated outdoor pool, spa and fitness centre featuring indoor heated pool and gymnasium and ancillary facilities.

Nevertheless, it’s 1 of 2 marinas opening this season that hope to bring both charterers and owners to this Adriatic gateway. It promises accommodation for 176 power and sail boats up to 35 meters in length, and a sizeable secondary mooring area for smaller vessels. In addition, a yacht club with crew facilities, 24-hour yacht assistance and a multitude of luxury marina facilities including a sports club and access to a swimming pool, hope to keep guests safe and harbored in a new Rivera-style.

Luštica Bay also offers commercial and private yacht owners a range of financial benefits as a non-EU country. Not subject to EU tax and import regulations and with no VAT to pay when purchasing a boat, not to mention tax and duty-free fuel and unlimited berthing, there’s a lot more to Luštica than just its charming village-feel.

So, whether it’s a new destination to cruise, place to invest or just a summer retreat, we’ll be watching the evolution of Luštica, and of course Montenegro, into the superyacht hot-spot we’ve been waiting for.

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