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Media Alert: Yeti Legends are Based on Real Animals, DNA Shows; Spokesperson Available

National Geographic News Feed - Wed, 11/29/2017 - 00:20

** MEDIA ALERT **

Yeti Legends Are Based on Real Animals, DNA Shows

 Spokesperson Available 

 Purported to be a towering human-like figure covered in shaggy fur, the Yeti continues to excite dedicated believers still hoping for evidence that the mythical beast is real. Now, DNA analysis of multiple supposed Yeti samples—including hair, teeth, fur, and feces—shows that the stories are based on real animals roaming the high mountains. The results are the best evidence yet that the Yeti legend is rooted in black and brown bears. With this new study,  the team has been able to create a new family tree of vulnerable subspecies of Asian bears, which may prove useful in efforts to protect the animals.

 Learn more about what these findings mean by reading our full story here.

Nat Geo Expert Available for Interviews:

Science expert and editor, Victoria Jaggard, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

Contact:

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

National Geographic Travel Unveils Annual Best of the World List

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 17:41
The 21 Best Places to Visit in 2018 According to National Geographic Traveler’s Editors

WASHINGTON  (Nov. 28, 2017) – Today, National Geographic Traveler magazine revealed the 2018 Best of the World, its annual list of the 21 must-see destinations to visit in the year ahead. Traveler editors selected their top picks for places in three key categories- Cities, Culture, and Nature. The results are in the December/January 2018 issue of Traveler magazine, now available on newsstands and online at NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2018.

“The No. 1 question we get from our 9.6 million readers is, ‘Where should I go next?’ Our Best of the World list responds to that question with 21 timely destinations that make for a year of transformative travels,” said George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor in chief. “With 15 international editions, National Geographic Traveler has a global team of writers, photographers and travel experts who helped build our list and report on these stellar places. We looked for cities that bustle with new energy and intrigue; parklands that percolate with vitality and ecological protection; and communities rich in local character that offer opportunities for cultural engagement. Packed with surprise, humor and relevance, our list advances our National Geographic mission to explore, conserve and share unforgettable stories about the best of our world.”

The 2018 Best of the World destinations are:

CITIES

  • Dublin, Ireland
  • Malmö, Sweden
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Santiago, Chile
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Tbilisi, Georgia

CULTURE

  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Friesland, Netherlands
  • Harar, Ethiopia
  • Labrador, Canada
  • Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Tétouan, Morocco
  • Vienna, Austria

NATURE

  • Albania
  • Jordan Trail, Jordan
  • Jujuy Province, Argentina
  • Madagascar
  • Oahu, Hawaii
  • Ruaha NP, Tanzania
  • Seoraksan National Park, South Korea

The digital hub includes an immersive visual experience along with an overview of the top highlights of each place on the list. Visitors can also dive deeper into three of the Best of the World destinations- Dublin, Oaxaca, and Oahu, through a selection of feature stories from the issue. National Geographic Travel will be hosting a Best of the World-themed Twitter chat on Tuesday, November 28 at 2 p.m. ET. Join the conversation with George Stone, @travelerstone, and #BestTrips2018.

National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 15 international editions. The National Geographic Travel digital group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of over 40 million.

To learn more about each destination, visit: NatGeoTravel.com/BestTrips2018.

Press images are available here: https://foxgroup.box.com/s/fb14cbslwt4yyf2c6jj0s8lutek2ecn4

National Geographic Partners LLC
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic and 21st Century Fox, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivaled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo MUNDO, Nat Geo PEOPLE) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on FacebookTwitterInstagramGoogle+, YouTubeLinkedIn and Pinterest.

CONTACT:     
Meg Calnan
202-912-6703
meg.calnan@natgeo.com

Breaking News: Nat Geo Exclusively Reveals the Age of Christ’s Alleged Tomb, Interviews & Visuals Avail

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:48

***National Geographic Breaking News***

EXCLUSIVE: Age of Jesus Christ’s Alleged Tomb Revealed

Ancient construction materials date to Roman times, suggesting the legacy of the original holy site has survived despite its destruction 1,000 years ago.

National Geographic Exclusively Reports 

Spokespeople and visuals available

Scientific tests provided exclusively to National Geographic have confirmed that the remains of a limestone cave enshrined within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem are remnants of a tomb, believed to be that of Jesus Christ, first located by the ancient Romans 1,700 years ago. The new dating results put the original construction of today’s tomb complex securely in the time of Constantine — A.D. 345.

The tomb was opened for the first time in centuries in October 2016, when the shrine that encloses the tomb, known as the Edicule, underwent a significant restoration by an interdisciplinary team from the National Technical University of Athens. Several samples of mortar from different locations within the Edicule were taken at that time for dating, and the results have been exclusively provided to National Geographic.

Until now, the earliest architectural evidence found in and around the tomb complex dated to the Crusader period, making it no older than 1,000 years. But now, scientists can confirm that it is indeed the site identified as the burial place of Christ 17 centuries ago. 

Read the full story HERE.

Kristin Romey, National Geographic’s archaeology expert, who has been exclusively reporting on the findings for National Geographic, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

In addition, National Geographic Archaeologist-in-Residence, Fredrik Hiebert, is available for interviews out of Washington, D.C.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also featured on the cover of the December issue of National Geographic magazine and is the subject of an upcoming National Geographic documentary, “The Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special,” premiering Sunday, Dec. 3 at 9/8c. In addition, the National Geographic Museum’s immersive, 3-D exhibition, ‘Tomb of Christ: The Church of the Holy Sepulchre Experience,’ virtually transports visitors to this iconic site and is currently on display in Washington, DC through the fall of 2018.

 

Contact:

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

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

On the Market: The Best of American Build

Super Yachts Charters - Thu, 11/23/2017 - 08:00
On the Market: The Best of American Build As our focus shifts to the growth and activity of the modern American market, we take a look at the best of U.S. builds available for both sale and charter this Thanksgiving.

Aquila
The largest yacht built in modern day America, Aquila was formerly known as Derecktor’s Cakewalk and is today carving a new reputation on the water as one of the finest charter yachts available. A central listing with Burgess, Aquila was renewed in her entirety to emerge anew in 2016, gathering high-acclaim and a lot of attention on the market with it. The spacious interiors, ultra-stylish decor and ample accommodation for 12 guests are just the core of the wider Aquila experience on the water.

Katya
Delta Marine introduced Katya to the waters of Seattle in 2009, bringing a true charter machine to the water with understated modern style. Sleek and sporty in nature, with ample space and room for 12 on board, this 2009 superyacht offers guests everything a discerning charterer could desire; from cruising the Bahamas with a cocktail on the Sundeck, to relaxed and stately interiors to hideaway after a long day with the family.

Victoria del Mar
Space is the resounding theme running throughout this elegantly crafted and timeless charter yacht from Delta Marine. Up to 14 guests on board can make the most of the ample dining areas, huge saloons, al fresco dining and relaxation on the giant Sundeck. With a gym, bar and everything an idyllic cruise requires, Victoria Del Mar is deceptively sized for a 50-metre and a must-see for winter journeys in the Caribbean.

Skyfall
Available for both sale and charter with TWW Yachts and HMY, Skyfall is the ideal example of American yachting. Built for an American owner with a keen eye for both saleability and value, Skyfall was ahead of its time when it emerged from the Trinity Yachts shed in 2010 and stands as a timeless superyacht to this day. Large, fast and with a Bahamian friendly draft, this is a versatile vessel with luxury in droves.

Silver Lining
One of Christensen’s latest launches, Silver Lining is available for sale with IYC and on the charter market and captures the ideals of modern American yachting thanks to a 2017 launch and exemplary approach to both design and construction. Elegant, stripped-back style gives way to a unique Carol Williamson interior and ample space through for cruising with the family. Silver Lining is truly one of the finest contemporary American-built yachts on the water today.

Mia Elise II
The second Trinity Yachts launch on this list, Mia Elise II (ex Areti) is available for both sale and charter but stands out as a magnificent member of the wider American inventory for numerous reasons. Open space within, a 60-metre length with ample exterior areas and an interior maintained to perfection since launch in 2012. Her classical tri-deck style, understated elegance and timeless style are all factors that add to the 14 guest accommodation on board.

Boxer
You can’t find finer in the U.S. than Westport construction, and Galati has brought Boxer - the ideal reflection of the American Dream come true - to the market. Having just emerged from a comprehensive refit, the Westport-built superyacht Boxer is one of the understated must-sees on this list thanks to her expert construction, stripped-back style and lifestyle, engineered to perfection on board.

Aquila - The American Icon for Charter with Burgess The Delta-built charter machine Katya Charter yacht Victoria del Mar For Sale: Superyacht Skyfall For Sale: Christensen's superyacht Silver Lining

Fast learner

Booker Gliding - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:41
Today's sunshine brought out lots of members to enjoy the autumn colours, but Max Norfolk had more on his mind than sightseeing. Not long ago he bought one of the club's Flexi courses and today, after only 14 flights and an hour in the Falke, he did his first solo, and then for good measure followed it up with another.

Richard congratulates MaxMax sells fast cars for a living and races them for fun. He's looking forward to learning about cross country racing in a glider.

Adventures with kids: 11 best family adventure holidays

Windsurfing - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 15:00

Adventures with kids. There’s nothing quite like it. From camel trekking to conservation work and skiing to safari there are so many options. Lucky for you we’ve pulled together the 11 best family adventure holidays to give you some ideas. Adventures with kids The primary idea of adventure trips is to get everyone...

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Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. Signs an Agreement with Ulstein Verft for Building of New Polar Vessel

National Geographic News Feed - Tue, 11/07/2017 - 16:45

LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS HOLDINGS, INC. SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH ULSTEIN VERFT FOR BUILDING OF NEW POLAR VESSEL

World’s Foremost Expedition Vessel Will Be the First Polar New Build in the
Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Fleet

NEW YORK, NY, November 7, 2017 — Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: LIND; “Lindblad”, the “Company”), the global leader of expedition cruises and adventure travel experiences, today announced that it has signed an agreement with Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Ulstein to build the world’s foremost expedition ship.

The new vessel will be built in Ulsteinvik, Norway and is scheduled for delivery in the first quarter of 2020, with an option for two additional ships to be delivered in subsequent years.

The state-of-the-art polar vessel has been designed as the ultimate expedition platform with a focus on safety and comfort, as well as incorporating innovative sustainability solutions to reduce its environmental impact.  A core feature is Ulstein’s signature X-BOW®, a distinctive bow that provides fuel efficiency while significantly improving guest comfort in rough seas; and a very high ice class for access deep into polar regions.  The ship’s expanded fuel and water tanks provide for extended operations in remote areas; while the zero-speed stabilizers will ensure stability underway, whether at zero speed when stopped for wildlife observation, or embarking/disembarking the ship.

“We are incredibly excited to be working with Ulstein and their brilliant team of engineers and designers on this state-of-the-art vessel as we continue expansion of our fleet.  It is the next step in the long-term growth of the company, and will be the most extraordinary global expedition ship in the world on a multitude of levels,” said Sven Lindblad, President and CEO of Lindblad.

“The launch of this ship will mark the 50th anniversary year of the first-ever purpose-built expedition ship, Lindblad Explorer, which was built by my father, Lars-Eric Lindblad, and will set another important milestone in the company’s commitment to deliver expedition travel at its best,” added Lindblad

In keeping with the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic ethos to connect guests with the environment being explored, the ship will be designed to access the outside environment from anywhere on the shipWith 75% of the cabins featuring balconies for private viewing; multiple observation decks inside and outside, and new “observation wings,” the surrounding environs will always be accessible.   Off-ship exploring will be greatly enhanced with an innovative Zodiac loading system which will allow everyone to get ashore quickly and safely, ensuring quick access to every destination.  The ship’s complement of expedition tools for exploration will include kayaks, cross-country skis, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV), hydrophones, a video microscope, underwater video cameras, a helicopter landing platform, and more to be announced in the coming months.

The ship will afford gracious comfort and an unparalleled level of service, with the highest comfort class for guests to ensure a quiet and peaceful environment onboard.  The 69 spacious guest cabins and suites will include 12 cabins for solo travelers. The spa and fitness area will include treatment rooms, saunas, a fitness room, a relaxation area and yoga room; and there will be two infinity Jacuzzis for the utmost relaxation in pristine environments.   Dining offerings include a main restaurant with outstanding views to the surroundings, and an outdoor barbeque and bistro area.

“Our expedition cruises, operated through our alliance with Lindblad Expeditions, have delivered remarkable experiences to our guests for the past 13 years,” said Nancy Schumacher, head of Travel and Tour Operations for National Geographic. “The expansion of the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet is truly terrific news, as it allows us to offer these unforgettable trips to even more travelers in the future. We look forward to joining our partner Lindblad Expeditions in celebrating the launch of the latest addition to the Lindblad-National Geographic fleet.”

“We are pleased to have been chosen as a partner for this exciting project.  Lindblad is an innovative company and a frontrunner in the exploration cruise industry. We look forward to turning this project into reality together with Lindblad and their partners,“ stated Gunvor Ulstein, CEO at Ulstein Group.

About Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc.

Lindblad Expeditions Holdings, Inc. is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organizations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world. The partnership’s educationally oriented voyages allow guests to interact with and learn from leading scientists, naturalists and researchers while discovering stunning natural environments, above and below the sea, through state-of-the-art exploration tools.

About Ulstein Group  

ULSTEIN has 600 employees and is headquartered in Ulsteinvik, Norway. ULSTEIN delivers products and services within ship design, shipbuilding and equipment packages to the international market. In 2017, they celebrate their 100-year anniversary. Throughout a century they have created tomorrow’s solutions for sustainable marine operations together with their partners.

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 ecommerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of our world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 129 years, and now we are committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for our consumers … and reaching over 760 million people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month as we do it. NGP returns 27 percent of our proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education. For more information visit natgeotv.com or nationalgeographic.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Lindblad Expeditions, USA: Patty Disken-Cahill, pattydc@expeditions.com, (212) 261-9081

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

Waitrose Bank Balance Warning

Booker Gliding - Mon, 11/06/2017 - 14:57
BEWARE - Waitrose Thame has subbed out their car park to Britannia Parking. If you go over the 2 hour limit you will get a mugging with a bill for £40 (£70 if not paid immediately). Their signage is almost invisible (I have marked it with a yellow arrow) and when I complained they said 'tough shit, it is our policy'. Bandits.



My new policy is never to buy from Waitrose or John Lewis again.

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