Make a Plan: Vote This November to Protect Our Winters

first_imgmakeadamnplan.org  With incredibly close Senate, congressional and even presidential contests in North Carolina and Virginia that will decide the future of outdoor sports and the country’s public lands: outdoor voters have outsized power to make a massive impact. But to do that we must all vote. “As Americans, we all come from different places and have different stories. But we are united by the places we love to play. It’s not left or right, it is literally our common ground. I encourage all of those who love the land to join us and make a plan,” said Jeremy Jones, professional snowboarder and founder/president of Protect Our Winters. As an outdoor enthusiast, you know that having a plan before you head out is the best way to ensure you reach your destination safely. That’s why POW launched Make A Plan To Vote as a way to help voters understand how to get out and cast a ballot this November, even in the midst of a global pandemic. With that collective political power, POW is challenging outdoor enthusiasts to take a stand this November and vote to protect our public lands, rivers, and mountains from the effects of climate change. Defined not by common borders but rather a shared passion for the outdoors, this is the time to make a difference together as the Outdoor State. While climate change can’t be tackled alone, it can be solved by a powerful community of passionate people ready to step up for our outdoor spaces. You can join the Outdoor State today with a pledge to vote by texting OUTDOOR STATE to 65351 or by visiting MakeADamnPlan.org. Make a damn plan and vote this November to Protect Our Winters. center_img Voting Made Easy Whether you plan to vote by mail or in person, this tool is a one-stop shop for all the information you need about election day with step by step instructions to guide you through the process. Check on your registration status, request a mail-in ballot, set reminders for important election deadlines, and find your polling station all in one easy to use location. POW is an alliance of athletes, scientists, creatives, and brands committed to preserving our world for future generations. If the more than 50 million eligible voters who identify with any outdoor sport vote together as the Outdoor State, it would be larger than any state and one of the most influential voting blocks in the country. This community of skiers, snowboarders, hikers, runners, climbers, bikers, and anglers has the power to change the direction of global warming and protect our wild places. But to do that, those who play outdoors together must also vote. Jeremy Jones, photo by Andrew Miller “At 50 million strong, those of us who live to play outdoors are the largest and potentially most influential voting block in the country. But to have that influence, we must vote,” said Mario Molina, Executive Director of POW. “Protect Our Winters’ Make a Plan to Vote tool provides personalized, behavioral science-based nudges and planning actions that are shown to increase voter turnout by 9.1%, which is nearly 5 million people in the Outdoor State, and could be the difference in tight races.” There is a lot at stake this November. And Protect Our Winters (POW) is helping those who play outdoors to make a plan to vote and vote together for climate champions.last_img read more

New awards for the Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun.

first_imgDubrovnik Gardens of the Sun once again won international awards this year, which is the best indicator of excellence, as well as confirmation of the leading position in the field of family and wellness tourism in Europe.As part of the renowned 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards, the Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun resort won the award for the best luxury spa resort in Croatia (Best Luxury Resort Spa), and the best spa in the destination (Luxury Destination Spa). The World Luxury Spa awards are given for high quality standards within the luxury wellness segment, and are part of the world-renowned organization World Luxury Awards, which awards prizes for impeccable service and facilities in the hotel industry.”In recent years, we have invested a lot in the development of the spa concept, as well as the improvement of the overall wellness experience in order to exceed the expectations of our guests and maintain the position of the best SPA resort in the region. These awards are a confirmation that we are on the right path, and I congratulate my staff on their success and continuous work and effort.”Said on this occasion the general manager of the resort, Christian Larss Kreković and adds that the Resort for the second year in a row won recognition in the prestigious competition 2017 Junior Design Awards – a silver award for best family hotel (Best Family Hotel, UK & Worldwide).By the way, Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun, a luxury five-star resort, is located on the coast in Orašac near Dubrovnik and is part of the prestigious group The Leading Hotels of the World. In addition to luxury accommodation in 201 rooms within the hotel and 207 residences, the resort offers an award-winning spa, sports center, 16 different bars and restaurants, a beach and three outdoor pools, and one of the best conference centers in the region.Related news:Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun has joined The Leading Hotels of the Worldlast_img read more

Soccer splits games on the road in the Midwest

first_imgMatt Karatsu | Daily TrojanThe last two matches for the women’s soccer team could best be described as a roller coaster. The No. 12 Trojans split their two games over the weekend, topping Missouri and falling to Kansas.On Friday, the Trojans started their road trip in Columbia, Mo. facing off against the Tigers. Going into the game, the Trojans knew they needed to apply pressure for the entirety of the game, establish their back line and capitalize on scoring opportunities. The first half was a struggle for the Trojans. Going up against a makeshift defense — as a result of four Mizzou injuries — USC may have been expected to dominate against the Tigers early on. However, two substantial missed scoring opportunities resulted in a scoreless first half. Although the Trojans missed opportunities on offense, they were able to establish a reliable defense and limit Mizzou to four shots on net. The Tigers were left scoreless in the first half thanks to a magnificent diving save by redshirt freshman Kaylie Collins and a goal line stop on a corner kick by sophomore defender Julia Bingham.In the second half, the Trojans came out strong. Thirty seconds in, freshman forward Tara McKeown found the back of the net on a cross from redshirt junior midfielder Sydney Myers to give the Trojans the lead. After taking the lead, the Trojans did not take their feet off the pedal. Eight minutes later, the team struck again as freshman midfielder Savannah DeMelo put away a cross from fellow freshman Tara McKeown. The Trojans’ goals marked both McKeown’s and DeMelo’s first scores in Cardinal and Gold.The second half saw a dominant USC performance. But head coach Keidane McAlpine was still not satisfied with the way his team played. “It was not our best performance, but it was good to get a result tonight on the road,” McAlpine said. “We hope to get better as we head into our game on Sunday at Kansas.”If USC wants to continue to win, it must demonstrate intensity from minute one until minute 90. McAlpine and company knew that as they headed to Kansas to battle the Jayhawks. USC’s gameplay against the Jayhawks was surprisingly similar to its performance against the Tigers a couple of days prior — a lackluster first half followed by a roaring second half on offense. Unfortunately for the Trojans, this time they weren’t so lucky, as Kansas went up early with a goal from sophomore forward Katie McClure in the 13th minute. Moving into the second half, the Trojans managed to put shots on net and create scoring opportunities, but were met with resistance. In the 69th minute, the Trojans played a ball back to keeper Kaylie Collins, who was unable to field the pass. The ball bounced into the Trojans’ net to put the Jayhawks up by 2. In the 74th minute, Trojans redshirt senior forward Alex Anthony capitalized on a penalty kick to halve KU’s lead. The Trojans outshot the Jayhawks 13-6, five of which came from Anthony. Nonetheless, they were unable convert on their scoring opportunities to tie the score and fell to Kansas 2-1. “I was very disappointed with our performance in the first half,” McAlpine said. “We did not bring enough energy to compete in a game of this magnitude. We played a better second half, but when you give away 45 minutes to a good team, you don’t give yourself the best chance to win, and that’s the lesson that we learned tonight.”This game means a lot for the No. 7 Trojans, as a loss to an unranked Kansas will likely drop them in the rankings. The Trojans concluded their road trip in Kansas and return to Los Angeles to prepare for a two-game stretch against Santa Clara and Iowa State.last_img read more

Max Scherzer does his job again, and in typical hard-nosed fashion

first_imgScherzer expected to work deep Wednesday, especially after the first few frames. He got the seventh inning from manager Davey Martinez and, in typical fashion, finished with a flourish. MLB.com says he threw 13 four-seam fastballs in the inning; his slowest was 94.3 mph and his fastest was 97.6. He struck out his last three batters.He long ago earned respect from teammates with his competitive fire and his ability to put up numbers, but this game, and Scherzer’s 2019 season, should lift him to a higher perch, even if he is counted on to be indestructible. Scherzer leads the National League with 146 Ks and 106 1/3 innings pitched, and his 2.62 ERA is fourth-best. He’s right in the heart of what is now a crowded Cy Young race.If the Nats’ promotions people were smart (or just feeling mischievous), they’d rush to create a new batch of Scherzer bobbleheads for their scheduled Friday giveaway. Show the type of commitment their ace does and add a splotch of purple paint below every right eye. Show that the organization can get the job done, too, no matter what might get in the way. Max Scherzer wasn’t hurt Wednesday even though his bruised face indicated otherwise. He had all he needed: clear eyes and a right arm full of gas.The Nationals’ ace took the mound one night after he busted his nose by bunting a batting practice pitch into his face. The bunt was executed with, shall we say, less than total gusto. Scherzer’s pitching, on the other hand, was quintessential . . . Max effort. He limited the Phillies to four hits and a pair of walks over seven scoreless innings and 117 pitches. He struck out 10. He got the win and the Nats (35-38) completed a sweep of a day-night doubleheader, which pushed them to four games behind the Phils for the National League’s second wild-card berth.MORE:  Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNNow, while it’s true that Scherzer’s performance wasn’t a Bloody Sock Game or a gem thrown by someone whose elbow (or hamstring) could unravel at any second, it was still a forceful reminder to teammates and opponents alike: Answer the call, do your job, no excuses.”This is just going to be part of what you got to do. You take the ball every fifth time,” Scherzer told reporters after the game, per The Washington Post . He said he felt “zero” pain on the mound and minimal discomfort. Scherzer also said he would have lobbied to stay in if the break had occurred during a game.Nats second baseman Brian Dozier was of a similar mind.”Well, I hate to kind of undercut it by any means,” Dozier said, per the Post, “but we expect that from him.”last_img read more