The women’s first round – not classed as elite according to government guidelines – was originally scheduled for November 15, but the earliest return date possible for the competition will be December 2, when lockdown restrictions are due to be eased.But the minister for sport, tourism and heritage Nigel Huddleston provided an update on Thursday, suggesting there was a possibility for the women’s competition to go ahead despite the latest restrictions. Clubs below the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship will be unable to train or play matches for the duration of the lockdown, with all 24 women’s sides in the FA Cup first round from the fourth tier or below.Teams from the Women’s National League North and South Premier divisions – the third tier of the women’s pyramid – enter at the second-round stage.All clubs from the top two divisions in women’s football do not join the FA Cup competition until the fourth round.- Advertisement – The government and the FA are in talks over potentially resuming the Women’s FA Cup, which has been suspended during the four-week national lockdown in England, despite the men’s competition being given approval to continue.The Football Association confirmed on Tuesday that the 10 non-elite teams competing in the first round of the men’s FA Cup will be able to compete from November 6-9.- Advertisement – His tweet said: “We are in discussions with the FA about the Women’s FA Cup to see if a solution can be found that means the competition does not need to be paused.”- Advertisement – An FA statement read: “Ahead of the upcoming national lockdown The Football Association is working with the UK Government, clubs and key stakeholders to continue the Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship seasons under the elite sport guidance and protocols. Our number one priority remains the safety and welfare of everyone involved in our game. A special thanks to all women’s football fans for their ongoing support during these challenging times.“Whilst the Barclays FA WSL and FA Women’s Championship will continue, ‘non-elite’ football, which includes Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid, the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues, the Barclays FA WSL Academy League, FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs, indoor and outdoor grassroots fixtures and all training, is to be paused during this period as a result of the new UK Government restrictions.”The FA added details on fixtures and dates for this season’s competition would follow in due course.All adult and children’s grassroots football has been put on halt in England during the lockdown, which came into effect on Thursday. Elite sport will continue behind closed doors.Manchester City beat Everton 3-1 in extra-time to win the 50th Women’s FA Cup final behind closed doors at Wembley on Sunday.The competition was originally scheduled to finish in May but was delayed for over six months at the quarter-final stage because of the pandemic.Women’s FA Cup first-round drawFC United of Manchester Women vs Fleetwood Town Wrens LFC or Liverpool Feds LFCChester-Le-Street Town Ladies FC vs Brighouse Town Women FCNewcastle United Women FC vs Barnsley Women’s FCWolverhampton Wanderers WFC vs Stourbridge FC LadiesLincoln City Women FC vs Solihull Moors Women FCWem Town Ladies FC vs Boldmere St Michaels Women FCHarlow Town Ladies FC vs Ipswich Town LFCKent Football Utd LFC or AFC Wimbledon Ladies vs Luton Town Ladies FC/ Enfield Town LFCBillericay Town LFC vs Maidenhead United LFCEastbourne Town LFC or Leyton Orient WFC vs Actonians LFCAFC Bournemouth Women vs Southampton FC WomenExeter City Women FC vs Cheltenham Town LFC We are in discussions with the @FA about the Women’s FA Cup to see if a solution can be found that means the competition does not need to be paused. pic.twitter.com/dFN5E90Hrr— Nigel Huddleston MP (@HuddlestonNigel) November 5, 2020 – Advertisement –
Good tourist figures are expected for the holidays Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković pointed out that the City of Dubrovnik is satisfied with the support they have from the Ministry of Tourism and the fact that the Minister of Tourism recognized that Dubrovnik has really shown certain changes in destination management and sustainability of the tourist destination. Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković and Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli, with their associates, held a meeting in Dubrovnik today. The Minister of Tourism also commented on the number of arrivals and overnight stays, both at the level of the year and for the upcoming holidays. As he said, in the “first package” for the first six months the increase was 15 percent, in the “second” July and August, we recorded a five percent increase in tourists, and in the “third”, and these are the last four months we have a constant five up to a six percent increase. ”We will observe and approach these three periods in the future. We can say that we will end the year with five percent more tourists and two percent more overnight stays. The plan was achieved. Today we have two billion kuna more than last year fiscalized in accommodation, catering and tourism services, which is some eight percent”Concluded Gary Cappelli. Also, Minister Cappelli commented on the issue of solving, ie improving the tourist infrastructure in Dubrovnik. ”We see that large projects are being prepared for everything that this government has recognized as a crucial problem of Dubrovnik, and that is the tourist infrastructure, sewerage and everything that goes with it, along with solving the issue of cruisers. The big problem is the bypass from Župa dubrovačka to the airport. This was discussed and Minister Butković told me that he was taking it seriously, that he was talking to the prefect and the mayor. Further development, tourist development, any development of the city of Dubrovnik, the whole county, survives practically on that bypass which is very important. If we know that we have about 3 million passengers who came to Dubrovnik Airport, that the big problem is the bottleneck at the traffic lights in Župa, if we know that tomorrow we are talking about investments in Kupari and if we want a congress center there, then we are really getting into a problem. primarily addressed infrastructurally”, Also pointed out Minister Cappelli. DUBROVNIK FINALLY DEVELOPED THE PROGRAM “WINTER IN DUBROVNIK” SENSELY AND CONNECTEDLY “The city of Dubrovnik is satisfied with the support we have from the Ministry of Tourism. Namely, the Minister mentioned the fact that the introduction of a cruise tax was allowed, which is extremely important for Dubrovnik because we will use the entire tax exclusively for the improvement of transport infrastructure in the area of the City of Dubrovnik. As far as the issue of sustainability is concerned, just as the issue of the excessive number of guests in the destination did not come overnight, so the issue of sustainability alone cannot be resolved overnight. However, with a systematic solution, step by step, we are going in that direction. I am glad that the world’s leading organizations have got involved and that now UNESCO itself says that Dubrovnik is an example of how to approach solving a certain problem. There is still a lot of work ahead of us but I am sure we are going in the right direction”, Said Mayor Franković. AFTER 13 LONG YEARS, DIRECT AIRLINE BETWEEN DUBROVNIK AND BUDAPEST IS BEING INTRODUCED AGAIN Cappelli: Solving the bypass would ensure the day-to-day tourist development of Dubrovnik and the entire region DUBROVNIK EXPECTS OVER HRK 10 MILLION IN REVENUE FROM THE TOURIST FEE FOR CRUISES “The season for Dubrovnik is not over yet, the numbers are good, the preparations for this season have started well. I am glad that with our new package of laws on tourist boards we have managed to do exactly what Dubrovnik has certainly benefited from, and that is the introduction of an additional tax for cruisers. I am particularly pleased that this was their proposal, and we are considering some more decentralization proposals that we have discussed now.”, Said Minister Cappelli after the meeting with Mayor Franković, noting that there was a decentralization of the package of laws on residence tax, which are passed by the decision of the city councils. In their statements for the media after the meeting, they referred to current issues related to the current situation and further development of this most important economic branch for Dubrovnik. WHAT TO EXPECT FROM DUBROVNIK TOURIST WINTER 2019/2020? When asked about the Dubrovnik tourist winter, he added that last year they had a good increase in airlines and this was reflected in the increase in the number of guests in the destination of 20 percent compared to the winter before. “This year it will be even more. We are connected to London, Spain, Poland, Istanbul and Frankfurt. We have a connection with all international centers and we believe that this season will be good and successful. As for the offer we have, we have the problem of closed catering facilities, although now present to a lesser extent, because the city has forgiven the lease of public space to those who are open in winter. With the new contracts, all those who will be in the city will have the obligation to work in the winter and thus our offer will be more complete.”Concluded Fanković. “We talked about further decentralization, about the issue of private accommodation. It is very desirable, but it needs to be solved better ”, said Minister Cappelli also explaining that his proposal in some future law will be to allow city councils to make a decision on limiting the number of private accommodation facilities on the mayor’s proposal due to infrastructure capacity and destination absorption. Photo: City of Dubrovnik Cover photo: j_nnesk_sser, Pixabay.com RELATED NEWS:
After playing their first eight matches at neutral sites, the Women of Troy finally get to show what they can do in their home pool.No. 2 USC (7-1) hosts No. 6 Hawai’i (2-3) in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation conference clash Thursday at 5 p.m., hoping to continue its six-match winning streak.“We’re going to have to go out and play really good team defense,” senior All-American driver Nadia Dan said. “We have a lot of depth this year, so we’re going to be playing a lot of girls and hopefully wear them out.”Nearly every position player on the roster has scored multiple goals for the Women of Troy, with 18 players netting at least two points.Sophomore two-meter Kaleigh Gilchrist has led the offensive onslaught so far, scoring 15 goals, matching her season total from her freshman campaign.“I haven’t really been thinking about it,” Gilchrist said. “Goals will come. But goals don’t really win national championships, defense does.”The Women of Troy haven’t been too shabby on defense, either.Only No. 1 Stanford has managed to net more than six goals on the Women of Troy, who only gave up a total of 12 goals in their four matches at the Lancer Invitational last weekend while mostly resting their starters.Sophomore All-American goalkeeper Flora Bolonyai works as the fulcrum of the tenacious defense.“Hands down, I can say Flora’s the best goalie in the nation,” Gilchrist said. “It’s awesome to know that just in case one of us screws up, we have [Bolonyai] in the goal to back us up.”Bolonyai, who helped her native Hungarian team win the bronze medal at the European Championships last month, is averaging 6.7 saves per game while only allowing 5.1 goals per game.Bolonyai will try to keep the Rainbow Wahine at bay in Hawai’i’s first match since Feb. 5.The Rainbow Wahine (2-3) have more losses than wins, but their three losses have come at the hands of either No. 3 UCLA and No. 4 California.“They had pretty solid games against UCLA and Cal,” Dan said. “They’re a good team, and they have a good goalie.”Hawai’i goalie Serena Reid is averaging 8.2 saves and 7 goals allowed per game.The Women of Troy eked out a 5-4 overtime win against Hawai’i last season and currently own an 11-game winning streak over their MPSF rivals.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown makes a catch in a drill during an NFL football practice, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t talk like someone eyeing the finish line.If anything, the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is doing what he can to push it further into the distance.The 36-year-old overhauled his diet in preparation for his 15th season and points to the lack of time spent in the trainer’s room during camp as proof the choices he’s made are working.Asked if he feels rejuvenated and Roethlisberger nods.“I really like where this team is,” the two-time Super Bowl winner said. “I think if you didn’t have a good feeling about this team it probably wouldn’t be as exciting, but I am excited about this group.”The feeling, however, could be fleeting. Eight months removed from a stunning home playoff loss to Jacksonville , the Steelers are well aware the missed opportunities in recent seasons are starting to pile up. While Pittsburgh has reached the postseason in each of the past four years, the Steelers have just three playoff victories to show for it. Le’Veon Bell, shown here in this New Pittsburgh Courier file photo from Brian Cook, rushed for nearly 180 yards Oct. 15 against the Chiefs in the Steelers’ 19-13 win.Though Pittsburgh is heavily favored to win a third consecutive AFC North title, the window that once seemed so wide open could be starting to close. All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell is likely playing his final season in black-and-gold after failing to come to terms on a new contract. The offensive line features three Pro Bowlers but also three starters in their 30s.While Roethlisberger downplays any additional sense of urgency — he’s been around long enough to know that any season that doesn’t end with a victory parade through downtown Pittsburgh in early February is considered a disappointment — he’s also well aware the standard coach Mike Tomlin mentions so frequently has not been met.“Winning games can lead to Super Bowl opportunities is always our ultimate goal,” he said. “There are 31 other teams doing the same, but that needs to be our singular focus.”A focus that was lacking at times in 2017 even as the Steelers rolled to a 13-3 record.There was the national anthem debacle in Chicago. The drama surrounding enigmatic wide receiver Martavis Bryant. The late season decision to cut linebacker James Harrison. The devastating spinal injury to budding star linebacker Ryan Shazier. Social media chatter of a rematch with New England in the AFC title game, chatter that looked foolish after the Jaguars beat the Steelers at Heinz Field for the second time in four months. The front office has done what it can to limit the distractions heading into 2018. Bryant was traded to Oakland. Harrison is retired. Longtime quarterbacks coach Randy Fichtner takes over as offensive coordinator for Todd Haley. Shazier is walking again and serving as a de facto coach/scout as his body continues to recover.The message could not be clearer: the team that’s built to win now needs to win. Now.“Time is running out for everybody,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “I know it’s all fun and games for everybody at the beginning but man it’s time to win. It’s been too long.”Other things to look for as Pittsburgh vies for a fifth consecutive playoff berth for only the third time in franchise history:REMODELED BACK END: The Steelers gave the secondary a massive overhaul after the Jaguars lit them up for 45 points in January, drafting safety Terrell Edmunds in the first round and signing veteran Morgan Burnett from Green Bay. The goal is to reduce the number of big plays allowed. Pittsburgh gave up 13 passes of more than 40 yards, tied for third-most in the league. Burnett’s sure tackling will help in the run game and Pittsburgh believes third-year safety Sean Davis’ athleticism will allow him to be an effective center fielder at free safety.FLIP FLOP: Pittsburgh exercised the fifth-year option on the contract of outside linebacker Bud Dupree in the offseason, a sign it believes the 2015 first-round pick’s best days are ahead of him despite uneven results in his first three years. The Steelers moved Dupree from the left side to the right side in the spring, confident he’ll be a more effective pass rusher attacking the quarterback’s blind side. Either way, Dupree understands he’s still in the “prove it” mode in his career and needs to become more consistent at a position that’s long been a focal point in Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense.BELL’S BET: There may not be a player in the NFL with more at stake in 2018 than Bell. The 26-year-old believes he’s in a class by himself among running backs and wants to be paid accordingly. He’ll make $14.4 million this season playing under his one-year franchise tender, but thinks he’ll be even more valuable on the open market next spring. Bell shouldn’t lack for opportunities to show he’s worth a massive payday. He led the NFL in touches last season and Tomlin could opt to use him even more extensively knowing he’ll be out the door in the spring.TIGHT SPOT: The Steelers are still trying to find a legit heir to tight end Heath Miller, who quietly stepped away in the spring of 2016. While Jesse James has evolved into a solid complementary player, Vance McDonald is the closest thing to a complete package Pittsburgh has at a vital position. One problem: McDonald has struggled to stay on the field. He missed practically all of camp with a foot injury. The Steelers need him to be a factor in the passing game to help take some of the attention off Brown and second-year wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) passes in the first quarter of an NFL preseason football game against the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)
In this Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) passes in a drill during an NCAA college football practice in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh head coach Pat Narduzzi says sophomore quarterback Kenny Pickett doesn’t have to think he’s “Kenny Perfect.” Either way, Pickett will be the focal point for Pitt when the Panthers open the 2018 season on Saturday against Albany. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File) PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kenny Pickett’s first college start set almost impossible expectations for his second. Everywhere except inside the Pittsburgh locker room. While coach Pat Narduzzi understands the hype surrounding the sophomore quarterback — last seen engineering an upset of then second-ranked Miami in the 2017 regular season finale — Narduzzi also knows a reality check will come at some point. Perhaps as early as Saturday when the Panthers open against Albany.“I know everybody thinks he’s going to go out there and be ’Kenny Perfect,’” Narduzzi said. “That’d be in a perfect world. But nobody’s perfect. I don’t want to make Kenny tight like that where he’s got to play perfect. He’s still a baby.”Even if Pickett didn’t play like one while accounting for all three Pitt touchdowns in the victory over the Hurricanes. Nine months later he steps onto Heinz Field again eager to prove it was no fluke. The atmosphere will be different. So will the stakes. That’s fine by Pickett. A year ago he was running the scout team. Now he’s firmly entrenched as the starter.Will he be pumped? Yes. Will he show it? Meh.Pittsburgh quarterback Kenny Pickett (8) passes under pressure by defensive lineman James Folston Jr. (40) during their annual NCAA intrasquad college football spring Blue Gold game, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Blue team won 10-3. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)“I can’t be going nuts on the field, then I lose my mind and lose my read, what I have to do,” Pickett said. “Just stay calm, stay smooth from the first quarter to the last one.”The Panthers could use a steady hand at the wheel following a tumultuous 2017 in which they finished 5-7 and failed to reach a bowl game for the first time in a decade. A seemingly unending rotation at quarterback — from Max Browne to Ben DiNucci back to Browne back to DiNucci then ultimately to Pickett — didn’t help.Pickett’s rise could give Pitt long-term stability , though he is quick to point out he’s just one part of an offense he believes will be “explosive” under second-year coordinator Shawn Watson.“It’s our offense now this year,” Pickett said. “Last year we were 50/50. We didn’t know our identity really.”Now the Panthers believe they do. Senior running backs Darrin Hall and Qadree Ollison are eager to bounce back after an underachieving 2017 . Fullback George Aston returns after missing most of last season due to injury. The receivers are largely inexperienced but Pickett is hardly concerned.“I feel really comfortable back there,” Pickett said. “I have trust in seven to eight guys to go in there and do exactly what the guy before them did. That’s something we didn’t have last year and we do this year. … It’s been countless hours of work and preparation and we’re ready to go.”Some things to look for as Pitt attempts not to get tripped up by the Great Danes.NO QB JITTERS: Albany QB Vince Testaverde Jr., a fifth-year graduate transfer at his third school, will start his first game for the Great Danes. The son of longtime NFL quarterback and 1986 Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde is a transfer from Miami, where his dad starred. He started his college career at Texas Tech and played in one game as a non-scholarship freshman in 2014, completing 15 of 26 passes for 116 yards against Texas, then transferred after one semester.Although his dad will be at the game, Vince says it will be business as usual.“I’m just going to play my game, tell everyone else just to play theirs,” said Testaverde, who will be playing in only his second game in college. “Nothing’s different. Football is football, no matter if we play in a small stadium, big stadium, wherever we play.”ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT: Narduzzi raised some eyebrows when he told a crowd of fans at a kickoff luncheon that he would see them in Charlotte — site of the ACC title game —at the end of the season. It’s a limb Narduzzi is willing to step out on thanks to the mentality of his 19 seniors.“I think we’ve got the talent, I think we have the mindset, I think we’ve got the chemistry to win a championship,” Narduzzi said. “Is that going to happen? We’ll find out.”OLD HOME WEEKEND: Albany head coach Greg Gattuso is a Pittsburgh native. He won eight MAAC championships in 12 seasons at Duquesne (1993-2004) and also worked on the Panthers’ staff for six seasons (2005- 11). This will be Albany’s second game ever against an FBS opponent.“They had an opening (on the schedule). It worked out. It was a much better idea four years ago than it is right now,” Gattuso said, joking. “But I’m excited about it, and I think the kids are really excited about it.“Ultimately, it’s a great experience for our athletes to play … against the team that just beat the No. 2 team in the country in their last game.”Albany offensive line coach Jim Sweeney is from Pittsburgh and a Pitt grad.___AP Sports Writer John Kekis in Syracuse, New York, contributed to this report.___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/tag/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
PITTSBURGH (AP) — If Le’Veon Bell is returning to the Pittsburgh Steelers later this month, he hasn’t let his teammates and coaches know.Coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday he hasn’t heard from the All-Pro running back, who told ESPN on Monday that he will end his standoff with the team around Pittsburgh’s bye week, which begins after the Steelers face the Bengals on Oct. 14.“I have not talked to Le’Veon and I really have no Le’Veon update,” Tomlin said. “It’s the best approach for us to focus on the guys which are here and working … we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it. Nothing has changed in that regard.”Bell is in the midst of an extended absence as an act of self-preservation when he and the Steelers could not reach a long-term agreement after Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on him in the spring.Technically he is not holding out because he has yet to sign his one-year deal, a decision that is costing him more than $850,000 a week. Bell did not offer a specific date for his return, but if he comes in around Oct. 15 it would give him two weeks to show the coaching staff what he can do before the Steelers play Cleveland on Oct. 28.The two-time defending AFC North champions have slumped during Bell’s self-imposed sabbatical. Pittsburgh is 1-2-1 a quarter of the way through the season thanks in large part to sluggish starts that have forced them to play from behind and abandon the running game. The Steelers ran for 19 yards on 11 carries in a loss to Baltimore on Sunday night.Several of Bell’s teammates — particularly the offensive line — expressed frustration in early September when Bell opted not to rejoin the team in time for the opener, as he did in 2017. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hopes Bell gives Pittsburgh a much-needed jolt, but isn’t exactly expecting Bell to show up and save the day, whenever that day actually arrives.“If (Bell) can come back and help us and be ready to go, then we’ll be ready to welcome him back,” Roethlisberger said on his weekly radio show on 93.7 The Fan. “A lot of things were said earlier in the year, but that’s kind of in the past and we’ve moved on, and hopefully he’s moving on in the sense of getting back and ready to be with us.”Bell’s actual physical readiness is unknown. During the summer of 2017 he flooded his social media accounts with video of draining workouts. He was merely OK in his first 2017 appearance but quickly took off after that, eventually leading the NFL in touches and piling up 1,946 total yards.Concerns over his usage rate in 2018 perhaps hurting his value on the open market in 2019 played a role in Bell’s unprecedented move to remain away while the Steelers got off to their worst start since they dropped the first four games in 2013, his rookie season.That was also the last year Pittsburgh missed the playoffs. Though it’s still too early to panic, the way the Steelers have been losing has drawn major red flags for Tomlin. The defense is 30th in the league in yards allowed and 26th in points allowed and the offense can’t seem to get it going before finding itself in a hole. Pittsburgh has been outscored 42-6 in the first quarter this season.“We’ve got to get out of the gate quicker,” Tomin said. “You can’t spot people points in the National Football League. We’ve got to do a better job of starting game on both sides of the ball.”NOTES: The Steelers placed CB Nat Berhe on injured reserve with a torn pectoral and promoted CB Brian Davis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. … WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) and ILB Vince Williams (hamstring) will be monitored this week and could play against Atlanta. … CB Mike Hilton (right elbow) and S Morgan Burnett (groin), both of whom did not play against Baltimore, may be available to face the Falcons.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin listens to a question while meeting with reporters following a 26-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Fred Vuich)
Submitted by Gateway RotaryGateway Rotary Club President Tom Carroll recognized North Thurston Public Schools Superintendent Raj Manhas as an Honorary Member of Gateway Rotary Club. Carroll praised the Superintendent on the performance of the school district since he assumed the leadership position with the school district. Carroll said the Gateway Rotary Club was committed to supporting the school district and the children being served. Honorary memberships are conveyed to individuals who have distinguished themselves by community service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals.The Gateway Rotary Club meets every Wednesday at 7:00 a.m. at the Hawks Prairie Restaurant.For additional information please contact:Jerry WilkinsGateway Rotary Club360-791-6255JerryWilkins@comcast.net Facebook3Tweet0Pin0
Facebook88Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Catherine (CJ) Pearce for Game Night to RememberFor the past 2 years, local favorite Game Night to Remember has been bringing together community members from around the South Sound for 24 hours of free, family-friendly fun. This year’s event on October 6 and 7 is expected to double in size and scope; and the volunteers hope to raise $10,000 toward ending Alzheimer’s disease!Event creator CJ Pearce poses with 2 Star Wars costumed characters from the 501st Legion. This Saturday from noon until 5pm, visitors can expect up to 6 costumed characters to meet and take photos with! Photo courtesy: Catherine (CJ) PearceGame Night to Remember (GNTR) is hosted at Gabi’s Olympic Cards and Comics in Lacey, which has recently finished a major expansion to double the size of the gameplay area. This growth allows room for GNTR to be divided into 5 major sections: freeplay board games, play-to-win games, RPGs (role-playing games), indie/demos, and large special events. Just like every year, there will be games for every player, from casual classics like Clue, to a version of Magic the Gathering called Battlebond. There will also be a general pub-style trivia challenge, and one entire team trivia event with only Harry Potter facts!The event’s creator, Catherine (CJ) Pearce, credits her success in creating the event with great support from local businesses. Olympia marketing company Fashionably Frank created a new website for the event and professional photographer Cast + Forge captures treasured moments from the event to help promote it.“Every year, I get a donation from nearly every business in Olympia who I contact.” CJ says. “It is a wonderful feeling to know that we live in a community that is always willing to give back so readily.” This support is what helps CJ to keep the event entirely free to the public. Hard work and generosity is also how Game Night to Remember has maintained no operating funds for 3 years, giving 100% of every dollar raised directly to the Alzheimer’s Association.This model for fundraising is very important to CJ, who lost her dad, Nick, to the disease in 2014. Nick Pearce received a diagnosis with Alzheimer’s in his mid-50s and had to retire much earlier than expected from his job as a high school Art teacher. He received cutting edge treatments and care, but passed away at the young age of 61.“There are 2 things that really resonate with me about this disease and why we have to stop it,” CJ explains, “the first is how different this disease is from all the others, because there is absolutely no hope. People have survived stage 4 cancer, but there has never been an Alzheimer’s survivor. The second thing is that your lifestyle choices don’t matter. There is no blame or cause or prevention or link that has been substantiated. You could be the healthiest person alive (and my dad was extremely healthy), but this disease might take your mind and then your body, anyway. This is why we have to stop it.”CJ works directly with the Washington State Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association to ensure that her efforts go toward the needs and support within our state.You can help CJ and her team of 13 volunteers to be a huge success, and have a blast while doing it! Head over to Olympic Cards and Comics between 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 7 to show support, learn new games, and win prizes!
France-based digital technology provider Neotion has launched a new cardless conditional-access module (CAM) for Slovakian pay DTT service, Plustelka. Plustelka will broadcast its service on four nationwide multiplexes. MUX1, MUX2, MUX3 will host 10 free-to-air channels, while MUX4 will carry 12 Pay TV channels for a monthly fee of €5.99.Neotion CAM is compliant with the CI+ 1.3 standard but is also backward compatible with older versions like CI+ 1.2, according to Neotion. It is powered by Irdeto Media Content Protection, while Neotion partner Strong will manage the master distribution of the products and will reallocate orders to local partners in Slovakia.