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Wolgan Valley Honoured with Condé Nast Travelers World Savers Award

first_imgWolgan Valley Resort & Spa Source = Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa With approximately 4,000 acres of land dedicated as a wildlife reserve, the Wolgan conservancy project re-establishes and secures a future for many of the region’s indigenous and endangered species, which were under critical pressure from introduced flora and feral predators – the major cause of species extinction in Australia. To date, over 175,000 indigenous trees have been planted in wildlife corridors and along creek banks at Wolgan Valley. The resort also incorporates many Ecologically Sustainable Design principles and resource-saving technologies, ranging from rainwater collection, full recycling of all domestic water, heat exchange technology to reduce electricity consumption and the use of solar panels for all hot water systems.  Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa, the world’s first internationally accredited carbon-neutral resort, has been honoured at the prestigious 2011 World Savers Award for its pioneering work and commitment to wildlife conservation.  The Condé Nast Traveler’s fifth annual World Savers Awards acclaims travel companies from around the world for their leadership in social responsibility. The rigorous process is judged across six categories including wildlife conservation, poverty relief, environmental and cultural preservation, education, and health initiatives. “In just two years of opening, we’re incredibly humbled to receive another global accolade for our commitment to wildlife conservation. From the outset, the resort has been built on the philosophy of complete integration with the Australian environment and a focus on endangered species protection,” said Joost Heymeijer, General Manager, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa.  A scenic three-hour drive from Sydney, Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa is nestled between two of Australia’s most prominent national parks and borders the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The resort itself occupies just two per cent of the Emirates-owned 4,000-acre property, and combines the expectations of the high-end traveller with a commitment to broader social, ecological and environmental sustainability. Travellers have become sensitive to environmental issues – in particular their own impact on the locations and communities they visit. They are equally are not expecting to lower their standards, and the quality of their experiences when travelling.   “When guests stay at Wolgan Valley, they immediately recognise our ethos and ongoing commitment to be truly environmentally and socially responsible; and of course also appreciate the unique, luxury world-class experiences delivered by Emirates have not been compromised. “We commend our colleagues in Australia and around the world who are making contributions to become more socially responsible. We hope these efforts continue to protect our naturally beautiful landmarks and locations, ensuring our industry grows and prospers,” concluded Mr Heymeijer. Albino Wallaroo at Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa For further information on the conservation policies and work at Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa please visit www.wolganvalley.com. Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa General Manager Joost Heymeijer hands the Conde Nast Traveler’s World Savers Award to Phil Cram, Facilities Manager and Ben Boothby, Senior Field Guide with the resort’s Conservation Teamlast_img read more

The Arizona Cardinals won 11 games in 2014 and if

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals won 11 games in 2014, and if not for an incredible amount of injuries very well could have had an even more successful season.Look around, though, and you’ll see varied opinions on how they will fare in 2015. Some view them as a contender, a team that will compete for a Super Bowl if it can have a little luck in the health department. Others believe last year was a bit of a fluke, that they are destined to take a step back. As training camp nears, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the team on a position-by-position basis, grading each group on a five-star scale. So, how does the team look? Though there are some question marks along the line, the good news is the position group itself might be the deepest in the team’s history. Earl Watford was the talk of mini-camp after proving he could play at either of the guard or tackle spots, while Larsen, Humphries and Bradley Sowell — the starter at left tackle in 2013 — should all be capable of filling in if needed, assuming of course none of them start. Of course, while the left side of the offensive line looks dominant, everything to the right of Iupati is, well, a bit questionable. Not necessarily bad, but questionable.At center, the team will likely turn to either Ted Larsen or A.Q. Shipley. A free agent pickup from Indianapolis, Shipley is the favorite to earn the job with Larsen moving into more of a swing-lineman role, which may be what he’s best suited for. Last season, with the Colts, Shipley graded out as the 13th-best center by ProFootballFocus, with positive grades for both run and pass blocking. In fact, in seven games at center, he allowed just three QB hits and zero sacks. Next to Shipley, assuming he earns the job, will be Jonathan Cooper. The team’s first round pick — seventh overall — in 2013, Cooper has battled injuries and inconsistency his entire professional career. Now healthy and on the right side instead of the left, the former North Carolina Tar Heel is confident he will start to be the player the team thought it was drafting.Where things are likely to be very interesting is at right tackle, where the incumbent, Bobby Massie, will look to hold off this season’s first-round pick, D.J. Humphries. Massie, who will be 26 when the season begins, was adequate as the team’s right tackle last season, credited by ProFootballFocus with nine sacks allowed last season, along with eight QB hits and 28 QB hurries. However, the team spent its first 2015 selection on Humphries for a reason, and surely wouldn’t be upset if the rookie played his way into the lineup. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo OL: Jared Veldheer, Mike Iupati, A.Q. Shipley, Jonathan Cooper, Bobby Massie, D.J. Humphries, Earl Watford, Ted Larsen, Bradley Sowell, Antoine McClain, Cameron Bradfield, Rob Crisp, John FullingtonGrade: 3.75 starsWhen was the last time you felt good about the team’s offensive line entering a season? If your answer is “never”, you’re probably not alone. But times, they are a changin’. We’ll start things off at left tackle, where Jared Veldheer exceeded expectations after signing a five-year, $37.5 million contract last offseason before producing a season ProFootballFocus rated as the ninth-best among all left tackles. According to them, Veldheer allowed just one QB sack and four QB hits last season while grading out positively as both a pass and run blocker. Shoring up that position allowed the Cardinals to focus their attention elsewhere, which brings us to the man who will be lining up to Veldheer’s right, Mike Iupati. The team’s big free agent signing of 2015, the former Pro Bowler form the San Francisco 49ers comes to the Cardinals with a reputation for being one of the game’s best run blockers, though a bit shaky in pass protection. ProFootballFocus rated him as the 14th-best guard in the NFL last season, though sixth-best among left guards. If he can be the run blocker the team is expecting as well as the pass protector he says he is, then the left side of Arizona’s offensive line will be one of the most dominant in the NFL. Top Stories Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more