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Media Alert: Koko the Gorilla, Spokesperson & Images Available

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 22:29

**Media Alert**

 Why Koko the Gorilla Mattered

 Featured twice on the cover of National Geographic magazine, Koko led to major revelations about animal empathy and communication.

 Spokesperson and Images Available

 Koko, the western lowland gorilla that died in her sleep Tuesday at age 46, was renowned for her emotional depth and ability to communicate in sign language. She became an international celebrity during the course of her life, with a vocabulary of more than 1,000 signs and the ability to understand 2,000 words of spoken English.

National Geographic magazine featured Koko of its cover twice: First in October 1978, with a photograph that she took of herself in a mirror (perhaps making it one of the earliest prominent animal selfies). She also appeared a second time on the cover in January 1985, in a story about Koko and her pet kitten.

Douglas Main, National Geographic animal expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C. Doug would be able to put into perspective what Koko meant to the scientific community, to conservation groups and to animal lovers. 

Press Contact:

Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6724

Media Alert: Why This Year’s Summer Solstice Is Longest Ever, Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 01:36
**Media Alert**   This Summer Solstice, Earth’s Days Are Longer Than Ever   Earth hasn’t always had a 24-hour day. Here’s what that means for the June solstice.  
Spokesperson Available   Over billions of years of Earth’s history, the time it takes Earth to rotate once on its axis has been getting longer.1.4 billion years ago, a single “day” lasted only about 18 hours. Changes in the gravitational dance between our planet and the moon are causing Earth’s day to get ever so slightly longer each year.    So, what is exactly is a solstice? And what has been influencing the lengths of Earth’s days? To learn more about this year’s summer solstice, see the full story HERE. Victoria Jaggard, National Geographic science and space expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C.  Press Contact:  Kelsey Taylor, kelsey.taylor@natgeo.com, 202-912-6776

MEDIA ALERT: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BECOMES ONE OF THE FIRST MEDIA COMPANIES TO LAUNCH LONG-FORM CONTENT ON INSTAGRAM, AIRS FULL “ONE STRANGE ROCK” FINALE

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 19:38

National Geographic’s 89MM Instagram followers will be able to watch the entire one-hour episode on IGTV, Instagram’s new long-form video feature

WHAT: National Geographic will air the final episode of ONE STRANGE ROCK on Instagram as soon as the platform’s new long-form video hub, IGTV, goes live. Announced today, Instagram’s highly-anticipated new feature, which will be offered as both a stand-alone app and within the original Instagram app, will allow creators to upload vertically-oriented video experiences for up to an hour in length. Users will be able to watch the full episode of the acclaimed documentary series — hosted by Will Smith and executive produced by Darren Aronofsky — from National Geographic’s Instagram account (@NatGeo) for free.

WHEN/WHERE: @NatGeo on Instagram, once IGTV is available

WHY: Already the #1 brand on Instagram, National Geographic will be one of the first media companies to take

a made-for-TV video, adapt it for vertical distribution, and share it with their 89MM followers on Instagram. By airing the episode on IGTV, National Geographic will offer ONE STRANGE ROCK to one of its largest digital audiences, while utilizing this new format of online storytelling and the highly-public release of Instagram’s new video feature.  

“A 10-part series that explores both the fragility and mind-bending wonder of our planet, ONE STRANGE ROCK is a very intimate experience that brings the viewer face-to-face with host Will Smith and NASA astronaut, Peggy Whitson, on her journey home to Earth after spending 665 straight days in space – a NASA record,” said Jonathan Hunt, Senior Vice President of Digital Content and Audience Development. “By leveraging one of already our most engaged-with digital platforms and formats, this partnership with Instagram grants us the opportunity to drive awareness and expose more people to our longer-form video projects, including breakthrough series like ONE STRANGE ROCK. And what you get is a totally visceral, personal and sometimes frenetic mobile viewing experience.”

About ONE STRANGE ROCK:

There really is no place like home. National Geographic, acclaimed filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (“mother!” “Black Swan,” “Requiem for a Dream”) and award-winning producer Jane Root (“America The Story of Us,” “The 80s: The Decade That Made Us”) join forces on an epic, cinematic event series that will redefine science and natural history filmmaking. Hosted by Will Smith (“Ali,” “Pursuit of Happyness,” “Men in Black I, II, III”), ONE STRANGE ROCK promises to be a mind-bending, thrilling journey exploring the fragility and wonder of our planet, one of the most peculiar, unique places in the universe. It’s the extraordinary story of why life as we know it exists on Earth, brought into perspective by the only people to have left it behind: astronauts. This 10-part series from Nutopia and Protozoa Pictures brings cameras where they’ve never been before, having filmed in 45 countries, on six continents and from outer space on the ISS. ONE STRANGE ROCK guides viewers through our vulnerable speck of a planet among the vast, harsh cosmic arena, revealing the twists of fate that have allowed life to emerge, survive and thrive on Earth.

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

Press Contact:

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

 

Conrad Shipyard Delivers Newly Christened Viatoris

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:26
Conrad Shipyard Delivers Newly Christened Viatoris After 13 years in the making, Conrad Shipyard has delivered their flagship, a 40-meter superyacht christened Viatoris (Latin for ‘traveller’); the biggest yacht ever to be made in the country. Polish shipyard Conrad aims to prove themselves in the same league as the Germans and Dutch with their newest and largest project to date.

Set to make her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show in September, Viatoris was christened in the presence of owners and project staff during a series of intimate events over the weekend with family and friends. Guests included Andrew Langton of Reymond Langton Design responsible for the exterior, the Diana Yacht Design team responsible for naval architecture, honorary guests like Frank Neubelt, representatives from Ocean Independence and Fraser, as well as media from Europe, Russia, and the Middle East.

As is customary for Conrad Shipyard, all employees were able to enjoy the fruits of their labour with onboard tours alongside family members and friends, as a sign of gratitude from the company. 

She is expected to leave the shipyard on the 20th of June for her maiden voyage to the fjords of Norway, after which she will be returned to Poland for maintenance and checks. From there, she will go on to tour several Northern European cities including London and Hamburg before proceeding to her base in Croatia. 

Designed in close cooperation with the owner, the 40-metre motor yacht features exterior styling by British design studio Reymond Langton and naval architecture by Dutch firm Diana Yacht Design. The interiors boast the finest materials and elegant yet understated design details, which are both aesthetic and functional with decor imbued with Europe’s top design houses in London, Milan, and Paris.

The result is a luxury yacht that can safely, efficiently, and comfortably cross the Atlantic while being operated by a relatively small crew.

Her feature at the Monaco Yacht Show is highly anticipated and will mark a great step forward for the Conrad Shipyard. Furthermore to the milestone delivery for the yard, Conrad has reserved the expertise of building Viatoris to create a semi-custom model to continue production and build on their new position in the superyacht market. 

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Media Alert: Explaining the U.S. “Space Force,” Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 17:00

**Media Alert** 

Would a U.S. Space Force Be Legal? Get the Facts.

With the president calling for a new military branch this week, get the pros and cons of the plan and find out what the U.S. military is already doing off-world. 

Spokesperson Available

Yesterday, President Donald Trump voiced support for a “Space Force,” a sixth branch of the U.S. military that would be focused on all matters off-world.

In remarks to the National Space Council, President Trump said, ““I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a space force as the sixth branch of the armed forces. That’s a big statement. We are going to have the Air Force and we are going to have the Space Force — separate but equal.”

In the wake of Trump’s directive, there are some major questions. Does the U.S. now have starship troopers? What are the pros and cons to a Space Force? And is such a military branch even legal under international treaties? 

Michael Greshko, National Geographic science and space expert, is available for commentary out of Washington, D.C. Michael would be able to break down this directive, help viewers understand what “Space Force” would look like, and answer any other questions regarding the implications of this latest news.

Press Contact:

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

Gliding at Aero Expo 2018

Booker Gliding - Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:14
Aero Expo took over the airfield 14th-16th June with plenty of interesting aircraft to look at. We had another excellent display stand thanks to Chris Collett, and an enthusiastic team of club members to staff it. The first couple of days were a bit quiet - apart from registration spotters - but on Saturday we had lots of conversations with bored PPL holders who were interested in improving their skills and having more fun, so we hope to see some of them at the launch point in due course.

Ashley persuading Adrian Hegner of the benefits of gliding
Our display before the visitors arrived Many thanks to the team - David Fogden, Bob Sinden, Ashley Birkbeck, John Lambie, Nils Wedi, and a special mention for Nils's son Benjamin (age 11) who was brilliant, full of energy and very good with the visitors. Also to Chris for the stand, Graham Saw for helping with setting up the hangar and doing a stint on the stand, and to Bob Smith for trying very hard to get the sim running - and for helping to give it a good wash.

Squeaky clean - apart from the top which we couldn't reach
For anyone wondering about helping at events, it's a really good way to get more involved in the running of the club. It's good fun talking to visitors and other pilots and you will get a warm glow of satisfaction for helping your club to bring in more members. Ashley, for example, said he really enjoyed his shift and would be delighted to help out at future events.

Klippeneck update

Booker Gliding - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 22:25
A leisurely breakfastThen lots of flying
Southern edge of the Black Forest at SchluchseeMiddle of the Black ForestHohenzollern CastleSomewhere along the Schwäbische Alb

Guide to Egyptian windsurfing: 10 best windsurf spots in Egypt

Windsurfing - Thu, 06/14/2018 - 13:10

With all year round good weather and beautiful beaches, isn’t it about time that you check out the Egyptian windsurfing scene? With a wealth of options, deciding where to go is tough. For inspiration, check out this guide to the 10 best windsurf spots in Egypt. Why windsurf in Egypt?...

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On The Market: Lauren L for Charter with Titan Fleet Management

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 06/13/2018 - 15:00
On The Market: Lauren L for Charter with Titan Fleet Management At 90-metres, Lauren L is one of the largest yachts available on the charter market. Her recent refit by Mokka Design and Elysee Yachts has delivered a pristine new interior of sumptuous grace and elegance.

"She's ideal for large families or several families who want to holiday together," her charter broker, Stephanie Belmas Rayon from Titan Fleet Management says. When it comes to parties, few yachts are able to offer more capacity - Lauren L has ample space for up to 300 guests for a party. 

She has five chefs onboard providing Michelin Star standard cuisine. There's a dedicated dining room where guests can opt for either a buffet style service or full a la carte menu. 

Later, retiring to the piano bar with dancefloor, or enjoying a relaxing cocktail on the sundeck, it's easy to see why Lauren L has been such a consistent hit with previous guests. Intimate seating areas flank a huge deck area which has makes for a wonderful dance floor. 

Working with the efficiency of a well-oiled machine, Lauren L's crew, led by Captain Brent Chapman, have a long and proven experience catering for every guest's whim, "We have a great crew onboard who work very well together as a team," Captain Chapman says. She normally operates with between 35 and 45 crew. 

Lauren L's interior layout sleeps up to 36 guests in eight executive staterooms and 10 double staterooms. The 110 square metre master suite is located on the bridge deck and includes a full-size bathroom with marbled jacuzzi tub, a walk-in-wardrobe, dressing room, lounge area, office and private balcony.

Lauren L is also equipped with a conference/cinema room and library. The extensive salon, gym and health-suite ensure guests have an exclusive and indulgent voyage. Youngsters can enjoy the children's play area, looked after by a nanny, giving parents a well-earned break. 

With a staggering 3,400 nautical mile range at a cruise speed of 12 knots, Lauren L is no stranger to more exotic cruising further afield. She's spent time in the Maldives, Seychelles with her Captain saying his most memorable trip was to Panama, which he described as being "like something out of a National Geographic" article. 

As for her location, Belmas Rayon says, "This year Lauren L has already been to Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia. She is now in Greece and is available in the Med for  charter." Fully booked for August already, interested parties should waste no time in contacting Titan Fleet Management to secure a wonderful summer charter. 

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Busy Wednesday

Booker Gliding - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:55
There was quite a lot going on yesterday, what with one thing and another. Mike Sheppard converted to the Junior...…..

Looking cool after landingAnd then a very large whirly thing appeared, hovered around a bit and landed on the gliding side, then departed again.  Aircraft spotters will recognise this as an Apache.



 

Windfoiling experiences #2: Zeeko Alloy Windfoil review

Windsurfing - Tue, 06/05/2018 - 14:28

As more and more people a looking for windfoiling experiences we decided to catch up again with Tez Plavenieks to find out how he is getting on. He penned us this update, which includes a Zeeko Alloy Windfoil review. Even though windfoiling (or windsurf hydro foiling if you will) has only really...

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National Geographic Celebrates World Environment Day and World Oceans Day with Full Week of Activities Highlighting the Need to Reduce Plastic Pollution and Improve Ocean Health

National Geographic News Feed - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:13

National Geographic will release new Planet or Plastic? content, including exclusive cut of singer-songwriter Jack Johnson’s documentary on ocean plastic; Q&A with actor Adrian Grenier; and tips for families on how to reduce reliance on single-use plastic

Planet or Plastic? activates in New Delhi, India, around the World Environment Day conference with an exhibition space and workshops

National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey to unveil plastic bridge interactive art installation in Times Square

 

WASHINGTON (June 4, 2018) – To celebrate World Environment Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day (June 8), National Georgraphic is releasing engaging new content and hosting a series of events to highlight the importance of protecting the world’s oceans. These activities come on the heels of National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? launch and will help support the theme of both World Environment Day and World Oceans Day 2018, which is centered on preventing plastic pollution.

Planet or Plastic? is National Geographic’s multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness about the global plastic crisis and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world’s oceans. Using the power of storytelling and science, National Geographic is encouraging its audiences around the world to help tackle the crisis, beginning with the release of the June issue of National Geographic magazine, which takes an in-depth look at the impact of plastic on ocean health and is available on newsstands now. The multiyear effort includes a major research and scientific initiative; a continued consumer education and engagement campaign; updated internal corporate sustainability commitments; and innovative partnerships with like-minded corporations and non-governmental organizations from all over the world.

Activities happening throughout the week of June 4 include:

EXCLUSIVE CUT OF JACK JOHNSON SHORT DOCUMENTARY “THE SMOG OF THE SEA” ON WORLD OCEANS DAY: National Geographic will release an exclusive cut of singer and songwriter Jack Johnson’s short documentary “The Smog of the Sea,” highlighting the impact plastic pollution is having on the world’s oceans, along with a Q&A. Johnson’s recently released song “Fragments” is featured in the documentary and was inspired by the topic. Johnson is an environmental activist who, along with his wife, Kim Johnson, founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in Hawaii’s schools and communities, as well as the Johnson Ohana Foundation to support environmental, art and music education worldwide. Through these efforts, Johnson supports plastic-free initiatives and raises awareness about solutions to plastic ocean pollution.

Q&A WITH ACTOR ADRIAN GRENIER, A UN ENVIRONMENT GOODWILL AMBASSADOR, FOR THE UNITED NATIONS WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: On Tuesday, June 5, National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg will interview actor, filmmaker and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Adrian Grenier on the work he is doing to eliminate single-use plastic. Grenier’s organization Lonely Whale focuses on cleaning up oceans and minimizing plastic pollution’s impact on the ocean.

PARTNERSHIP WITH PLAYMOB ON “DUMB WAYS TO KILL OCEANS” APP: National Geographic is teaming up with the gaming-for-good company Playmob for the launch of “Dumb Ways to Kill Oceans,” a minigame launching on World Oceans Day. By engaging with the game, audiences will be able to learn about the issues faced by the oceans and read advice on how they can make everyday changes to their own lives that can help turn the tide on plastic pollution, ocean warming and coral reef degradation.

NEW DIGITAL AND SOCIAL CONTENT ON WHAT YOU CAN DO TO REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC: Today, National Geographic released new tips for parents and kids on how they can reduce their reliance on single-use plastic as a family. Later this week, National Geographic will publish an exclusive video and story on National Geographic Fellow Heather Koldewey’s latest work regarding the emerging crisis of ghost nets, or abandoned fishing gear, and possible solutions to remedy the problem. Ghost nets were recently found to be the biggest component of ocean plastic by volume. Throughout the week, National Geographic will dedicate its social and digital channels to highlighting the plastics crisis and its impact on ocean health.

UNVEILING OF PLASTIC BRIDGE INTERACTIVE ART INSTALLATION IN TIMES SQUARE: On World Oceans Day, the Dopper Foundation, in collaboration with National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey, will unveil its Plastic Bridge interactive art installation. National Geographic Explorer Asher Jay is the artist behind the installation, a plastic replica of the Brooklyn Bridge built with 5,000 single-use plastic water bottles and measuring 30 feet wide by 11 feet tall. The unveiling kicks off the Dopper Foundation’s global Plastic Bridge Project, an educational initiative that raises awareness about the harmful impact of plastic pollution in our world’s water sources. The goal of the Plastic Bridge Project is to ultimately inspire 20,000 children around the world to step into a lifestyle that is free of single-use plastic water bottles within the next five years.

PLANET OR PLASTIC? AT WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY CONFERENCE IN NEW DELHI, INDIA: National Geographic is involved in a series of events taking place in New Delhi, India, the 2018 World Environment Day host country, in support of this year’s theme, “Beat Plastic Pollution.” In collaboration with UN Environment and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in India, activities will include an exhibition space featuring National Geographic images of plastic pollution in South Asia, as well as presentations by National Geographic Explorers Heather KoldeweyJenna Jambeck and Lilly Sedaghat on the World Environment Day Conference stage.

PRISTINE SEAS SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION: National Geographic Society’s Pristine Seas team is conducting a scientific expedition to explore the waters around Portugal’s Azores archipelago. Working with leading marine scientists from Portugal and across the globe, the expedition team will study the marine environments of the area, from nearshore ecosystems to the lesser-known deep-sea and open ocean areas as well as never-before-surveyed seamounts. The expedition, led in partnership with the Oceano Azul Foundation, the Waitt Foundation and the Regional Government of the Azores, departed from the city of Horta on June 3 and will run through June 23. The National Geographic Pristine Seas project uses exploration, research and media to inspire the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive. Its mission is to help protect 20 of the last wild places in the ocean by 2020.

ANACOSTIA RIVER CLEANUP: On June 7, National Geographic employees, including National Geographic Partners CEO Gary E. Knell, National Geographic Society Interim President and CEO Mike Ulica and National Geographic Magazine Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg, will join colleagues from other 21st Century Fox business units to pick up trash in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia River. The event is in partnership with the nonprofit Anacostia Riverkeeper and is part of 21st Century Fox’s Impact Week. National Geographic Travel will host a Facebook Live from the cleanup addressing the plastics crisis.

National Geographic’s celebration of World Oceans Day raises awareness for protecting the world’s oceans from the dangers of single-use plastic. To join the global community stemming the tide of single-use plastic, take the pledge. For more information on Planet or Plastic?, visit natgeo.com/planetorplastic.

Useful Links:

  • Read more about plastic in the June issue of National Geographicmagazine, available on newsstands now, HERE.
  • Take the pledge HERE.
  • Access media opportunities and a summary of magazine content HERE.
  • View the media tool kit HERE.
  • Learn more about the science and exploration efforts aimed at reducing single-use plastic HERE.
  • Read about National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic? announcement HERE.

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On the Market: Cocoa Bean for Charter With Cecil Wright

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 05/30/2018 - 12:00
On the Market: Cocoa Bean for Charter With Cecil Wright Previously unseen on the charter market, 74 metre Cocoa Bean is an enticing prospect for a rich and satisfying charter experience. With Cecil Wright & Partners appointed as her new central agent, this elegant yacht is available for summer in the Western Med and Adriatic.

Delivered in 2014 by Trinity Yachts, Cocoa Bean’s stand out features are her extensive deck areas making her a delight for the outdoor-loving charter guest. “This is the first time she has been offered to the charter market and she’s in immaculate condition,” says Cecil Wright’s Claire van der Vorm. “We took her to the ECPY in Nice and she was very well received with lots of inquiries made,” she adds. This summer is an opportunity to be one of the first guests to enjoy this immaculately kept yacht previously kept under wraps by a very private owner. 

Cocoa Bean’s voluminous Balinese and Middle Eastern influenced, yet very traditional, interior is characterised by warm woody tones and rich velveteen fabrics. She delights the senses from the minute guests sink their feet into her deep and soft carpets. Able to accommodate 12 guests, each of the six beamy cabins are vast with plenty of light flooding in from large windows. “The owner’s cabin is amazing,” van der Vorm enthuses, “the private office is stunning,” she adds. 

Cocoa Bean’s captain, Sean Barber, has been in the industry for nearly three decades and is vastly experienced, having come from a seafaring family. He was the build captain on Feadship’s 92m Aquarius and is renowned for his impeccable standards. “Cocoa Bean has a delightful new crew for the season who are really eager to impress,” van der Vorm says, “The stews are fantastic but particularly stand-out is a Belgian member of the crew who makes the most wonderful cocktails. There’s a real science to his mixology.” Along with elegant table scaping, guests can expect exceptional dining from the yacht’s chef. 

Fully equipped with a stable of water toys and a huge beach club, this is a yacht for guests who love to get close to the water. The massive sun pad on her top deck and her new very deep jacuzzi and pool bar are also particular draws. “Cocoa Bean promises so much fun. Anyone who spends time onboard will have wonderful memories,” van der Vorm concludes. 

On the Market: Cocoa Bean for Charter With Cecil Wright

New toy

Booker Gliding - Sun, 05/27/2018 - 13:02
John and Nick took advantage of a bit of sunshine yesterday to rig and fly their new toy - a turbo Duo Discus. The vis was very poor but they managed to find their way back to the airfield.

Happy smiling faces
Ready to go
Phil practising for the tug of war


Charter Focus: The Contemporary Edge of Ouranos

Super Yachts Charters - Wed, 05/23/2018 - 11:00
Charter Focus: The Contemporary Edge of Ouranos Stepping on board the stylish superyacht Ouranos is a unique experience that encapsulates the joy of charter, offering everyone on board a world of opportunities and the perfect way to conquer the Mediterranean.

Built to an immaculate standard by Italian shipyard Admiral Yachts, the 50-metre Ouranos is a contemporary solution for charter guests looking to embark across both the East and West Med this summer. Designed by Unielle Yacht Design, the simple, angular lines and modern profile of Ouranos make this 2016 launch is a formidable addition to the global fleet.

But, while she may have a strong first impression aesthetically, Ouranos expertly uses an intelligent layout (maintaining the below 500GT volume) to create a spacious superyacht with global appeal. A few notable spaces include the incredible beach club (with terrace and gym) and the open interior spaces with full-height windows running between both large saloons.

Her interiors, designed by Gian Marco Campanino, are a minimalistic play on light and space. Speaking to Superyachts.com recently, the architect discussed the use of extremely high-quality materials to bring an entire atmospheric concept to life, commenting: “Delicate bright suede covered wall and ceilings; stillness of clear skies were translated into clean lines, to emphasize the sense of purity. Darkness and luminosity were re-interpreted by dark Macassar ebony wood, in opposition to huge floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, full of light.”

On deck, the exterior spaces offer up the chance to dine al fresco against your chosen backdrop or relax on the sundeck (featuring jacuzzi) with guests. Alternatively, take to the water with the arsenal of toys on offer; including a 14-metre tender which can reach blistering top speeds of up to 70-knots.

The ethos of adventure and enjoyment run throughout Ouranos, bringing the contemporary superyacht lifestyle to the water in unparalleled style. Available for charter through IYC, this is an unmissable option for those taking to the Mediterranean this summer.

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National Geographic Traveler Cover to Feature Top Photo from Your Shot Photo Assignment

National Geographic News Feed - Fri, 05/18/2018 - 16:05

The June/July National Geographic Traveler cover image was taken by a photographer from National Geographic’s Your Shot photo community

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2018)—Today, National Geographic Traveler and Your Shot, National Geographic’s global online photo community, announced the cover image for Traveler’s June/July 2018 issue. The image, which includes Japan’s iconic Mount Fuji, was captured by Takashi Nakazawa, a Japanese photographer. Nakazawa submitted the photo as part of “The Trip That Changed My Life” Your Shot assignment that invited photographers from around the world to submit a photo from a life-changing trip. National Geographic Travel editors selected Nakazawa’s image from nearly 20,000 submissions. This marks the second time in Traveler’s history that a Your Shot member’s photo has graced the cover. The June/July 2018 “Epic Summer” issue of Traveler is on newsstands May 29, 2018.

The team at Traveler selected Nakazawa’s beautiful image of a five-story pagoda with Mount Fuji as the backdrop in Fujiyoshida City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. The image features three Japanese icons—cherry blossoms, pagodas and Mount Fuji. Nakazawa’s photo was chosen by a panel of National Geographic Travel judges that included Editor in Chief George Stone, Director of Photography Anne Farrar, and Photo Editor Jeff Heimsath.

This Your Shot photo assignment encouraged photographers to think like National Geographic photographers and tell strong, groundbreaking stories using the power of photography. “Our mission is to tell unforgettable stories about unforgettable places,” said Stone. “That’s why we love working with the Your Shot community, photographers who are traveling the world every minute, every day, and capturing moments that reveal the epic beauty all around us. We are excited to feature Your Shot photographers in this issue—and especially on the cover. Reviewing 20,000 images has left us with an even greater appreciation for the talents of the next generation of National Geographic photographers.”

Learn more about Nakazawa on Your Shot and National Geographic Travel, and see his stunning image on the cover of the June/July 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveler.


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 FacebookTwitter, InstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

Media Contacts

Hannah Sedgwick, hannah.sedgwick@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6762,

Meg Calnan, meg.calnan@natgeo.com, (202) 912-6703

 

Planning a meaningful adventure? 11 best countries to volunteer

Windsurfing - Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:45

Travelling for pure adventure is great, but combining activities with volunteering takes travel to another level. If you are planning a meaningful adventure, then check out the 11 best countries to volunteer in. Many organised voluntary programs are fairly adventurous in themselves. Plus there is normally time for more adventure before or after the...

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National Geographic Launches Planet or Plastic?, a Multiyear Initiative to Reduce Single-Use Plastics and Their Impact on the World’s Oceans

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:00
Planet or Plastic? Takes Comprehensive Approach to Tackling Major Environmental Crisis, Encompassing Storytelling, Consumer Education & Engagement, Scientific Research and Innovative Partnerships June Issue of National Geographic Magazine Looks in Depth at How Single-Use Plastic Impacts Our Planet National Geographic Asks People to Take Simple Steps to Reduce Single-Use Plastic; Hosts 3-Day Takeover on Social Channels Featuring Zooey Deschanel

WASHINGTON (May 16, 2018)— As the amount of single-use plastic in the world’s oceans continues to grow, National Geographic is announcing a new, global commitment to tackle this pressing problem. Today, National Geographic is launching Planet or Plastic?, a multiyear initiative aimed at raising awareness of this challenge and reducing the amount of single-use plastic that enters in the world’s oceans. Doing so will not only benefit the thousands to potentially millions of marine animals that become entangled in, suffocated by, or ingest plastic each year, but will also contribute to the overall health of the planet’s marine ecosystems and all who rely upon them.

As a global brand with a rich history of scientific discovery and exploration, National Geographic is uniquely positioned to tackle this crisis in a way that only National Geographic can — through storytelling and science. The Planet or Plastic? initiative will leverage the power of National Geographic’s media portfolio around the world and the expertise of National Geographic’s explorers and scientists who are witnessing firsthand the devastating impacts of this crisis. This organization-wide effort will include a major research and scientific initiative; a consumer education and engagement campaign; updated internal corporate sustainability commitments; and innovative partnerships with like-minded corporations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all over the world.

Today’s launch is tied to the release of the June issue of National Geographic magazine, which takes an in-depth look at the role single-use plastics play in our society and the impact they are having on our environment. Starting with this issue, National Geographic announced that it will begin wrapping the U.S., U.K. and India subscriber editions of the magazine in paper instead of plastic, with the goal of wrapping all global editions in paper by the end of 2019. The June issue is available online at natgeo.com/planetorplastic on May 16 and on print newsstands on May 29.

Each year, 9 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean. Some estimates suggest this plastic could remain in marine environments for 450 years or longer, and the problem is only getting worse. Addressing a challenge of this magnitude requires an unprecedented approach. In concert with the release of the June magazine, the Planet or Plastic? initiative will also kick off with the following:

  • PLANET OR PLASTIC? PLEDGE: Starting today, National Geographic will ask audiences around the world to take the Planet or Plastic? pledge, a commitment to reduce their use of single-use plastic. By taking the pledge, individuals will become part of a global community working together to stem the tide of single-use plastic polluting the ocean and will continue to receive information and tips to help them in their efforts. The pledge marks the beginning of a comprehensive consumer awareness and engagement campaign that National Geographic will execute across its multiple platforms in the months and years to come. Elements of this campaign will range from inspiring and informative content, ongoing consumer engagement activities, events and more.
  • SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND DOCUMENTATION: The nonprofit National Geographic Society will embark on a journey to better document how plastic travels from source to sea and to fill critical knowledge gaps. Starting with an initial expedition in 2019 to study the type and flow of plastic in a river system, National Geographic will provide science-based, actionable information to help local and national governments, NGOs, businesses and the public more effectively invest in and implement innovative solutions. The Society is also sourcing solutions to the challenge of plastic waste through an existing Reducing Marine Plastic Pollution Request for Proposal (RFP).
  • THREE-DAY SOCIAL TAKEOVER: As the No. 1 social media brand, National Geographic will use the power and reach of its platforms to educate people about the impact of single-use plastic and to encourage them to take the pledge. For the next three days, National Geographic will “pollute” its Instagram feed, @natgeo, with photos of the plastics crisis as well as animated Instagram stories to highlight the true impact of humanity’s pollution of the natural world. Today, @natgeo will feature photos taken by photographer Randy Olson, who traveled around the world to document the plastics crisis and is featured in the June issue of the magazine. On Thursday, May 17, actress and singer Zooey Deschanel (“New Girl,” She & Him), co-founder of The Farm Project, which recently commissioned the series, Your Food’s Roots, will curate National Geographic’s Instagram account, posting photos of the plastic crisis. On Friday, May 18, National Geographic’s photographers will be posting their own photos of the crisis. Also on Friday, Kathryn Kellogg, a writer and public speaker who lives a “zero-waste” lifestyle and focuses on the dangers of plastic pollution, will host a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) about small, actionable eco-friendly steps that people can take in their everyday lives. Kellogg, who is featured in the June issue of National Geographic, has fit all of the trash that she has generated at home in the last two years into a 16-ounce jar.
  • SKY COLLABORATION: Sky Media and National Geographic are joining forces in the fight to eradicate the destructive impact of plastic litter in the world’s oceans. National Geographic has committed $10 million to support the activities of Sky Ocean Ventures, an initiative launched by Sky Media to seek out investment opportunities in businesses that can help solve the ocean plastic crisis. Bringing to bear National Geographic’s scientific expertise, grants and media reach, the collaboration will identify and champion projects and groundbreaking technologies designed to reduce plastic waste and its impact on oceans. It will also support a series of events with industry leaders, corporations, institutions and foundations, engaging them around the issue of marine plastic pollution. Collectively, this new collaboration will create the largest global media campaign to date to reduce plastic litter in the ocean.
  • CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPSNational Geographic will seek out and partner with a number of like-minded corporations and organizations that are committed to raising awareness about the enormity of the ocean plastic issue as well as to finding solutions. For example, The North Face, who is partnering with National Geographic to introduce a limited Bottle Source Collection, featuring shirts made from recycled plastic bottles diverted from National Park waste streams.  The shirts will be available for purchase at TheNorthFace.com on May 23. S’well and National Geographic will unveil an assortment of co-branded bottles available for purchase beginning in June 2018.
  • INTERNAL COMMITMENT: Finally, National Geographic will be taking steps to reduce its own reliance on single-use plastics. Starting with the June issue and moving forward, those who subscribe to the U.S., U.K. and India editions of National Geographic magazine will receive their issues wrapped in paper instead of plastic. This change will save more than 2.5 million single-use plastic bags every month. By the end of 2019, all global editions will be wrapped in paper instead of plastic. This is just one of many steps National Geographic is taking to reduce its own single-use plastic consumption. Over the next month, National Geographic will initiate a third-party audit of its single-use plastic use and will develop a timeline and action plan to further minimize single-use plastics in the workplace.

“For 130 years, National Geographic has documented the stories of our planet, providing audiences around the world with a window into the earth’s breathtaking beauty as well as to the threats it faces,” said Gary E. Knell, CEO of National Geographic Partners. “Each and every day, our explorers, researchers and photographers in the field witness firsthand the devastating impact of single-use plastic on our oceans, and the situation is becoming increasingly dire. Through the Planet or Plastic? initiative, we will share the stories of this growing crisis, work to address it through the latest science and research, and educate audiences around the world about how to eliminate single-use plastics and prevent them from making their way into our oceans.”

Added Jonathan Baillie, the National Geographic Society’s chief scientist and senior vice president, science and exploration: “By harnessing National Geographic’s scientific expertise, we intend to pinpoint activities on land, particularly near rivers, that contribute to the flow of plastics polluting our oceans — and then use what we learn to inspire change at home and around the world. A crisis of this enormity requires solutions at scale, and National Geographic is uniquely qualified to amass the best in research, technology, education and storytelling to effect meaningful change.”

The efforts announced today are just the beginning of this multiyear initiative. Next month, National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odyssey in New York City’s Times Square, an entertaining and immersive adventure across the ocean from the South Pacific to the coast of California, will highlight this initiative during World Oceans Day on June 8. National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Sylvia Earle will also be in New York City for the festivities to raise awareness about the damaging impact of plastic pollution in our world’s fragile oceans. On June 15, National Geographic will host a “Party for the Planet” as part of its annual Explorers Festival in Washington, D.C., a night dedicated to the elimination of single-use plastic.

Get the latest updates on Planet or Plastic? HERE and join the conversation on social via #planetorplastic. 

Useful Links:

  • Read more about plastic in the June issue of National Geographic magazine HERE.
  • Take the pledge HERE.
  • Access media opportunities and a summary of magazine content HERE.
  • View the media tool kit HERE.
  • Learn more about the science and exploration efforts aimed at reducing single-use plastic HERE.

Press Contacts:

Courtney Rowe

Courtney.Rowe@natgeo.com

(202) 912-6714

 

Claire Jones

cgjones@ngs.org

(202) 807-3184

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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 the 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.

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