Coronavirus pandemic: Rugby Australia to stand down 75 per cent of staff

More than 100 Rugby Australia staff members have been stood down for three months as chief executive Raelene Castle revealed the code is staring down the barrel of a possible $120 million black hole. The day of reckoning, which Castle described as the “hardest news imaginable”, was just as brutal for Australia’s four Super Rugby clubs, with dozens of staff either stood down for three months or told their hours had been cut significantly as the reality of the coronavirus crisis hit home. The worst could be yet to come, however, with franchises waiting to learn the outcome of discussions between RA and the Rugby Union Players Association regarding player pay cuts, which are expected to continue throughout the week. RUPA is yet to receive confirmation about when another meeting will take place, leaving its members in the dark. RUPA chief executive Justin Harrison said RA had again failed to provide details regarding planned financial arrangements for players after three weeks of requests. “Although RA provided no assurances, RUPA looks forward to the opportunity to assess that information in the near future,” Harrison said. At 4pm on Tuesday, Castle informed staff via a video conf...

Local Youth and Their Animals Shine at the Fair | Features

Carter Piller, 7, of Bridgman (upper left photo) with “Max” during the Aug. 14 Berrien County Youth Fair Rabbit Costume contest. The fair took place Aug. 12-17 in Berrein Springs. – photos by David Johnson Ava Brown of Galien and “Pattywhack” race around a pole during an Aug. 17 Gymkhana event at the Berrien County Youth Fairgrounds in Berrien Springs. Hailey Hauch, Ashley Strefling and Alyssa Carson (with “Flops” the goat) talk at the Berrien County Youth Fair on Monday, Aug. 12. Allison Kirk (left, riding “Lucy”) and her cousin, D.J. Freehling (aboard “Felix”) in the warm-up ring before the start of a Berrien County Youth Fair Trail Class on Friday, Aug. 16. Tyler Klopfenstein of Galien (left) and Josh Kaminski of Union Pier during the Sheep portion of the Aug. 17 Berrien County Youth Fair Large Aninmal Showmanship Sweepstakes (seven different types of livestock were shown). Alexander Patton of Galien moments before his Grand Champion Market Turkey was auctioned off at the Berrien County Youth Fair. Laura Wamser of New Buffalo rounds a barrell while riding “Chic” during the Berrien County Youth Fair. Emma Zeiger of Three Oaks brings “Fred” to a s...

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March 20 — Five Chicago pitchers qualified for the ERA title and finished with an ERA

March 20 — Five Chicago pitchers qualified for the ERA title and finished with an ERA of 3.20. Zip Zabel of the Cubs in 1915, Rich Nye of the Cubs in 1967, Fergie Jenkins of the Cubs in 1972, Kerry Wood of the Cubs in 2003 & José Quintana of the White Sox in 2016.Let’s dig in to March 20 in Chicago sports history!Today’s BirthdaysGeorge Altman turns 87.He was an All-Star for the Cubs in 1961 and 1962, and was one of three players ever to homer off of Sandy Koufax twice in a game. The others were Ernie Banks and Felipe Alou.Bobby Orr turns 72.The Hall of Fame defenseman played the final 26 games of his NHL career with the Blackhawks. He had over a dozen knee surgeries in his career and was limited to 20 games in the 1976-77 season, and 6 games in 1978-79.It’s Rick Hahn’s Birthday, too.Fun with dates: Rick Hahn was named White Sox Senior VP and GM on Oct. 26, 2012. The White Sox won the World Series on Oct. 26, 2005. Original White Sox owner Charles Comiskey died on Oct. 26, 1931. Former Sox GM Roland Hemond was born Oct. 26, 1929. 1919 White Sox manager Kid Gleason was born on Oct. 26, 1866…Jamal Crawford turns 40.He is one of four players in Bulls history to score 50 p...

Nokero believes it has created the world’s most efficient solar light

Using a clean and renewable source of light, such as this solar LED lamp, can help families avoid both the high cost and the dirty effects of using kerosene or candles for illumination. Designed and built for daily use in harsh conditions, with the ability to produce plenty of light for long sessions of working, preparing food, or reading after dark on a single day’s charge, Nokero’s latest offering is an affordable and effective solar light with a social mission. Nokero (for ‘no kerosene’) has been in the business of creating clean lighting alternatives for the developing world since its inception in 2010, and since then has introduced several different models of solar lights and chargers, but its latest lays claim to being the “world’s most efficient light.” “I was drawn to this project by the opportunity to improve millions—hopefully billions—of lives. This invention draws on my 20 plus years as an electrical engineer and is an amazing advance to the sector.” – Nokero Co-inventor Steve Dunbar Small enough to fit in a pocket, yet bright enough to be truly useful, and rugged enough to stand up to daily use under demand...

At Printpack India 2019, TRESU Group, together with its regional agent CGSASP, is showing its ancillary

At Printpack India 2019, TRESU Group, together with its regional agent CGSASP, is showing its ancillary solutions for automating ink supply and enhancing quality, efficiency and output on flexographic label and packaging presses. The company is also presenting information about its Flexo Innovator, an inline flexo printing and converting machine for paperboard applications, combining high speed, minimized waste and fast setup times. TRESU’s Ancillary division is highlighting the vital contribution its program of chamber doctor blades and ink supply systems make in optimizing print quality, waste elimination and machine uptime. Covering label, paperboard, flexible packaging, tissue and specialist coating applications, TRESU’s chamber program is available for all web widths between 185 mm and 6000 mm. Using the company’s unique ‘Pressure Control Technology’, the chambers eliminate air contamination and microfoaming, to ensure clean, uniform print on the substrate. A long-life rubber seal system provides an airtight enclosure, preventing leakage, and maintains consistent ink pressure. Ink quality is assured by a liquid barrier, formed between the rotating anilox rolls and the chamb...

AA Cars boss shares low-emissions tips, including things to consider and the best new and used options AA Cars boss shares low-emissions tips, including things to consider and the best new and used options

New registrations have been falling month-on-month for more than a year, with alternatively fuelled vehicles such as electric cars and hybrids one of the few segments seeing growth.  And it’s been rapid growth – EVs were up 243 per cent in February while plug-in hybrid (PHEVs) were up 50 per cent. However they still account for less than six per cent of all new registrations and there remains a lot of confusion about the options available and their suitability for different drivers’ requirements. For a detailed breakdown of the difference between different low-emissions vehicles read our guide here.  To address some of the broader questions, we’ve spoken to James Fairclough, CEO of AA Cars, about some of the things to think about when looking for a low-emissions vehicle, as well as some of the best new and used options to consider.  For many, the upfront cost will be the biggest consideration. Thankfully, manufacturers have been investing heavily in hybrid and electric cars in recent years, meaning there are now new low-emission cars to suit many budgets which can be bought with or without car finance. New hybrid cars typically start from £16,000 upwards and new electric cars r...

Valve Release Counter Strike Global Offensive Patch to Address Stuttering Issue

Counter Strike Global Offensive ranks among the most popular games across the globe. In recent years, there has been some speculation flying around that the game’s popularity is on the wane. One look at the numbers, however, and that suspicion immediately becomes invalid with a reported 500,000 daily visitors in February. And given the current coronavirus situation, the number is increasing every passing day. The one issue that has bugged the Counter Strike Global Offensive community recently, is the in-game stuttering. A lot of users have experienced this since the February updates. In many cases, the sudden and sharp drop in FPS made it near impossible to play the game. The widely reported issue had no connection to low-end hardware. However, there was one common factor in the reported issues, which was NVIDIA users. Many professional players like Kenny “kennyS” Schrub and Jake “Stewie2K” Yip were left frustrated with the issue as well. Anyone knows how to fix massive FPS drop on CS ? It never happened before today, really annoying

A new light: the best and most beautiful lampshades

Coronavirus business&nbspupdate Get 30 days complimentary access to our Coronavirus Business Update newsletter 30 days complimentary This oriental-inspired design is available in a range of colours and two sizes; rothschildbickers.com Made with Belgian flax linen, this colourful printed shade can be purchased without the trim or lining; kdloves.com Sporting a woven cane trim, this design uses Kvadrat fabrics and is also available as a floor lamp; monologuelondon.com Offered in a variety of sizes, the ikat silk is hand-stitched on to each bespoke frame; rosannalonsdale.com Using Uhura fabric by Linwood, this shade can be used on table lamps and pendants; patience-gough.com Handmade from discarded cardboard, this shade is laser-cut and treated with an environmentally friendly fire retardant. designwharf.com Inspired by Brazilian folklore and tradition, this one-off design is created from straws, spoons and ribbons salvaged from landfill. paulahovi.pb.design Orr salvages discarded shades and upcycles them, giving each item a new life and diverting it from landfill; heatherorr.co.uk Welcome to a new newsletter for smart people interested in the property market and curious about ...

Live PlayStation 5 Event Debuts ‘Geometry Engine’ Graphics, Virtual Surround Sound, and Much More

Sony’s PlayStation 5 will offer a complete suite of new audio and visual advances, covered in this in-depth livestream. The long-awaited PlayStation 5 itself has yet to debut, but a presentation of its new specs streamed live on YouTube. This is it! The “Road to PS5″ stream — hosted by PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny — was heavy on the technical, with graphs and numbers leaving many dazed and frankly confused on what to take home from the experience. No new games were demoed, which suggests that the live stream had developers in mind as an audience, instead of gamers. New additions included paradigmatic shifts in balancing GPU, CPU, and power, and also 3D audio enhancements, each incorporating power to achieve a new level of immersive gaming. Sony is committed to custom silicon, focusing on increasing gaming abilities to next-gen level, but this could leave developers — who have grown comfortable with developing on the PS4 platform — feeling alienated, reports Tech Radar. For the PS3, custom hardware made it difficult for developers to do their job, but the PS5 is slated to solve this paradox, Tech Radar reports. The console developer also plans to use new...

Bath mats are one of the simplest ways to make a bathroom actually feel like your

Bath mats are one of the simplest ways to make a bathroom actually feel like your own. They can add personality to a, sometimes, pretty bland room. Like with towels, you can easily add a pop of color or make it look more plush just by laying down a bath mat. Some are even machine washable, so when it gets a little dirty you can just toss it in the wash. My favorites are ones that add a unique pattern, especially when you have plain tile flooring. We’ve rounded up some of the best you can get so you can add your own personality to a place you’ll be spending plenty of time in. Just looking at this bath mat makes me feel like I’m stepping into a spa. Made from 100% cotton terrycloth, this pebbled mat is machine washable, padded, and highly-absorbent. A tufted bath mat is a great way to feel comfy and dry as you step out of the shower. It’s extra thick and has a non-slip treatment on the bottom so it won’t go anywhere, even when wet. I can picture myself scrunching my toes on it right now. If you have kids who never dry themselves off properly, you’re gonna need a super absorbent rug like this one. It’s ultra plush and made from a thick, soft chenille fabric. Plus, it can actually g...

Gift Sculpture Installed in Williams’ Restored Reading Room / iBerkshires.com

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The sculpture gracing the renovated reading room in the new Stetson-Sawyer Library was created by one of China’s leading contemporary artists today: Zhan Wang. “Artificial Rock No. 77,” a modern-day take on the traditional Chinese “scholar’s rock,” was installed in its permanent home on Sept. 17, approximately two years after Susan Adler donated it in honor of the Williams College Faculty of Art and in memory of her late husband, Herbert S. Adler. Herbert Adler was a chairman of the Williams College Museum of Art’s visiting committee and the Williams Parents Committee, and a director of the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. The sculpture was in the care of WCMA during construction of the $86 million library project. “I once put it in an exhibition at the museum for a short time,” Kathryn Price, curator of collections, said, adding that the sculpture was always meant to be moved upon completion of the library. High expectations were met, if not exceeded, on the day of installation. Even workers gathered round to admire the piece. David Pilachowski, director of libraries, said on the occasion that, ...

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