Today marks a very special holiday, Super Pi Day. We all know that Pi is 3.14, the same as today’s date (3/14), but interestingly, the first digits of Pi are 3.14159, which rounds to 3.1416. As today is 3/14/16, we couldn’t let this milestone go uncelebrated.Thus, we decided to take a trip down memory lane to when The Disco Biscuits brought their infamous “Pi Jam” to Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The date may have been 3/1/08, but that didn’t stop the group from having a little fun with the transcendental number. As the group was in the midst of an “Astronaut” sandwich, coming out of a “Run Like Hell” segment, the Biscuits started playing an interesting and unusual chord progression. It was difficult to discern what exactly the band was playing, but around the 2-minute mark, they began chanting “3….1….4….1….5….9….” over and over. The digits of Pi! The crowd picked up on the nerdy improvisation and joined in for the chanting, only to be bombarded with actual pies from the band at the end of the jam.Check out video from this awesome Pi celebration, below:And for some more listening pleasure, here is the entire show courtesy of Archive.org (taped by T.J. Samulis):
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force has ordered a broad review of security at all its installations after an unarmed man got access to the flightline at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and entered an aircraft used by top U.S. and military officials. The base says the man entered a C-40 aircraft on Thursday. The C-40 is primarily used to transport members of the Cabinet, Congress and military combatant commanders. Chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby says the Air Force has already adjusted some of its security protocols at Andrews. He did not provide details on the adjustments, but President Joe Biden is expected to arrive at Andrews later on Friday to fly home to Wilmington, Delaware.
Governor Wolf Urges the U.S. Senate to Pass Paycheck Fairness for Women SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Equality, National Issues, Press Release, Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA – Marking Equal Pay Day for women today, Governor Tom Wolf is urging the U.S. Senate to pass H.R. 7, the landmark Paycheck Fairness Act, which passed the House last week.“Women must receive equal pay for equal work,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is about economic justice for all women. Paycheck fairness upholds our values as Americans that hard work should be rewarded. Equal pay is good for women, good for families and will make Pennsylvania and our nation stronger.”Equal Pay Day is April 2, which symbolizes the date three months into the year when women’s wages catch up with what men were paid the previous year. The pay gap is even greater for women of color.Pennsylvania women working full time, year-round are paid just 80 cents on the dollar of what men are paid, a gap of 20 percent, the same as the national average. Pennsylvania ranks 24th out of the 50 states for pay disparity. That means Pennsylvania women need to work nearly 15 months for the same paycheck a male worker earns in just a year.Over their career, pay inequity robs women of an estimated $700,000 for a high school graduate, $1.2 million for a college graduate and $2 million for a professional school graduate.“Businesses, families, workers, and our economy benefit when all employees are paid fairly, regardless of their gender,” said Gov. Wolf. “Women have waited far too long for paycheck fairness. The U.S. House took a dramatic step forward by passing the Paycheck Fairness Act. It’s time for the Senate to also pass the federal law and unleash the full power of women in our workforce and economy.”Governor Wolf took action last year to help level the playing field for women working for the commonwealth. The governor signed an executive order in June that ended the practice of state agencies requiring a job applicant to provide their salary history during the hiring process. The governor continues to urge the General Assembly to pass similar protections for all working women in Pennsylvania. April 02, 2019
Chelsea have twice been denied a penalty in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, where Cesc Fabregas went off injured soon after the interval.With the tie finely poised after a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the first leg, they looked menacing from the first whistle and might have been awarded a penalty in the opening five minutes.Diego Costa got the better of Mamadou Sakho on the right-hand side and picked out Willian, whose shot was blocked by Lucas with the ball hitting the Liverpool man’s hand as he threw himself in the way.At the other end, Raheem Sterling scampered towards goal after Kurt Zouma had misjudged a long ball, but the centre-back recovered to tackle him after Sterling had gone past Chelsea skipper John Terry.The hosts were soon back on the attack and Costa appeared to be fouled in the box by Martin Skrtel, but again referee Michael Oliver ignored appeals for a spot-kick.With Terry back in the side after being rested for Saturday’s FA Cup debacle against Bradford, Blues boss Jose Mourinho made a bold decision by retaining youngster Zouma and instead dropping Gary Cahill to the bench.And Chelsea have been caused some problems at the back, twice relying on keeper Thibaut Courtois to prevent Liverpool going ahead.The Belgian saved superbly from Alberto Moreno following a clever pass from Steven Gerrard.Soon afterwards Courtois was called into action again, this time saving with his legs to keep out an effort from Philippe Coutinho, who showed great skill to get himself into a shooting position but ought to have then scored.Chelsea were dealt a blow four minutes into the second half when Fabregas was hurt after colliding with Terry as both went for the ball. The Spaniard was replaced by Ramires.But they stayed on the front foot and Eden Hazard fired wide after a brilliant run saw him ride three challenges near the edge of the area.Hazard’s away goal means a 0-0 draw would take Chelsea to Wembley to face Tottenham or Sheffield United in the final – but only if that were to remain the scoreline after extra time.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas (Ramires 50); Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ake, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Despite a slowing global economy, South Africa remains one of the most promising emerging markets. It is also Africa’s most sophisticated and diverse economy.South Africa has a diverse economy built on mineral wealth, technology and financial services. (Image: Brand South Africa)South Africa’s position at the tip of Africa is key to its importance as an investment destination. This is true for both commercial opportunities within its borders and the potential it offers as a gateway to the rest of the continent – a market of some 1-billion people.The country has enormous potential as an investment destination, offering a unique combination of highly developed first-world economic infrastructure with a vibrant emerging market economy.Here are just 10 of the many reasons to do business in South Africa:1. Sound economic policies2. A favourable legal and business environment3. World-class infrastructure4. Access to markets5. The gateway to Africa6. Trade reform and strategic alliances7. The cost of doing business in South Africa8. The ease of doing business in South Africa9. Industrial capability and cutting-edge technology10. Global competitivenessSound economic policiesSouth Africa’s disciplined fiscal framework promotes domestic competitiveness, growth and employment and increases the economy’s outward orientation.Key economic reforms have created solid macroeconomic stability. Taxes have been reduced, tariffs lowered, the fiscal deficit brought under control, and exchange controls relaxed.The National Development PlanDespite its bright prospects, South Africa still faces the key challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality. The National Development Plan is a bold effort to overcome these.The plan aims, by the year 2030, to:achieve a real annual economic growth rate of 5%,reduce inequality,and rein in unemployment from its current 25% to a mere 6%.Two ambitious economic frameworks support the targets of the National Development Plan.The New Growth Path aims to create a more developed and equitable economy, largely by creating 5-million jobs.The Industrial Policy Action Plan aims to promote broader participation by historically disadvantaged groups in the mainstream of the industrial economy. It plans large-scale state investment in infrastructure, small business and skills development, and interventions targeting specific areas of the economy.The South African Reserve Bank, the central bank, maintains its independence from the government. Its programme of inflation targeting has shown good results in stabilising both interest and exchange rates.South Africa’s investor-friendly policies also make it clear that foreign investment is welcome.Read more about South Africa’s economic policiesA favourable business and legal environmentSouth Africa’s Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) rates among the top 20 exchanges in the world by market capitalisation.The JSE is regarded as a mature, efficient, secure market with world-class regulation, trading, clearing, settlement assurance and risk management. It has harmonised its listing requirements, disclosure and continuing obligations with those of the London Stock Exchange and offers superb investor protection.The World Economic Forum’s 2015-16 Global Competitiveness Index rates South Africa first in the world – out of 140 countries – for financing through the local equity market, and second for the regulation of securities exchanges.The index also rates South Africa first for the strength of auditing and reporting standards, and gives it third place for both the efficacy of corporate boards, and the protection of minority shareholders’ interests.South Africa’s legal system is based on Roman-Dutch law, although aspects of it – particularly company law and the law of evidence – have been heavily influenced by English law.General commercial legal practices relating to transactions and the drafting of commercial agreements are generally globally applicable and in line with international norms and conventions.South Africa’s globally admired and progressive Constitution – which includes a Bill of Rights – is the highest law of the land, regulating the protection of human rights and the principles behind all legislation. One of its guarantees is the independence of the judiciary.Trade and industry takes place a free enterprise economy. The courts are open to foreigners on exactly the same terms and conditions as South African citizens. But many commercial disputes avoid the courts, instead being resolved with arbitration and by agreement between the parties.Sanctity of contract is protected under common law, and independent courts ensure respect for commercial rights and obligations.World-class infrastructureSouth Africa has world-class infrastructure – including a modern transport network, sophisticated telecommunications and superb tourism facilities.The government has identified massive infrastructure projects as key to boosting the country’s economic growth rate and creating employment, and is spending billions of Rands on getting the investment ball rolling.South Africa’s success in hosting the world’s largest sporting event, the 2010 Fifa World Cup, has shown that the country is capable of undertaking – and successfully completing – major projects on time.Read more about South Africa’s infrastructureAccess to marketsIts position at the southern tip of the continent gives South Africa easy access to the 14 countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) – with a combined market of over 250-million people.The country is also an excellent launchpad to the islands off Africa’s east coast, and even the Gulf States and India.South Africa is a trans-shipment point between the emerging markets of Central and South America and the newly industrialised nations of South and Far East Asia.Major shipping lanes pass along the South African coastline in the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. The country’s seven commercial ports form the largest, best equipped and most efficient network in Africa.The gateway to AfricaAfrica, with 200- to 300-million of its people approaching middle-class status, is seen as the next great growth story after China and India.The McKinsey Global Institute has identified Africa as the world’s second-fastest growing region. This growth is “creating substantial new business opportunities” for global companies.South Africa allows easy access to the other markets of sub-Saharan Africa. It is the economic powerhouse of the continent and considered a dynamic force in the Southern African Development Community.Sharing borders with Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho, its well-developed road and rail links provide the platform and infrastructure for ground transportation deep into sub-Saharan Africa.South Africa also has the resident marketing skills and distribution channels to open up commercial ventures into the rest of Africa.South Africa has a host of investment incentives and industrial financing interventions to encourage commercial activity. The country’s trade rules favour a further expansion in its already burgeoning international trade.The special International Headquarter Company (IHQ) regime is aimed at positioning South Africa as a holding company gateway for foreign multinationals investing into Africa.Trade reform and global strategic alliancesSouth Africa has trading relationships with more than 200 countries and territories.In 2011 the country was admitted to the BRIC group of major developing economies – Brazil, Russia, India and China – now renamed BRICS.In 2015 the BRICS group set up the New Development Bank to help finance the growth of emerging economies. Each of the five countries has a 20% shareholding in the bank, which has an authorised capital investment of US$100-billion.The bank will be headquartered in Shanghai, China. Its first regional office, the Africa Regional Centre, is to be set up in South Africa’s commercial hub, Johannesburg.The BRICS countries have also established a Contingent Reserve Agreement, in which they undertake to provide financial support to each other in the event of balance of payment problems.South Africa also has special relationships with the Southern African Customs Union (Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland), the Southern African Development Community, and the European Union. It also has bilateral agreements with Mozambique and Zimbabwe.The country has become a key trade and investment partner to China, today a major investor in Africa.Plans are afoot for a continental free trade area to boost commerce within Africa, opening up opportunities for South African companies.Trade agreements further the aims of the South African government to accelerate growth and industrial development. The Economic Development Division (ITED) of the Department of Trade and Industry is responsible for trade negotiations.The cost of doing business in South AfricaSouth Africa’s exchange rate makes it one of the least expensive countries for foreigners to live and do business in – with a first-world infrastructure and high living standards ensuring good value for money. While energy costs have increased in recent years, the government plans to meet the country’s growing energy needs with renewable and efficient sources.South Africa petroleum prices compares favourably with other continental markets. Private sector and multinational oil companies refine and market nearly all imported petroleum products in southern Africa.Telecommunications costs are coming down. The government is taking steps to ensure cheaper and more widely available bandwidth capacity, while the landing of several submarine fibre-optic cables along both the east and west coasts of Africa has boosted the continent’s connection with the rest of the world.South Africa’s corporate tax rate – 28% for the 2016/2017 tax year – compares favourably with a number of developing countries. Professional labour costs are far lower than those in developed economies.The ease of doing business in South AfricaSouth Africa ranks at 73rd out of 189 countries in the World Bank and International Finance Corporation’s 2016 Doing Business report.The report is an annual survey of the time, cost and frustration of complying with legal and administrative requirements of doing businesses.The survey rates the ease of doing business in South Africa as higher than major developing economies such as Brazil (116), China (84), India (130) and Nigeria (169). It also scores far above the sub-Saharan African average rank of 143.All companies planning to do business with the South African government and the general business community must comply with Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) policies. These aim to redress imbalances and broaden the economic access to members of historically disadvantaged communities.Industrial capability and cutting-edge technologySouth Africa’s manufacturing output is increasingly technology-intensive.The high-tech manufacturing sectors – machinery, scientific equipment and motor vehicles – enjoy a growing share of total manufacturing production.South Africa’s technological research and quality standards are world-renowned. The country has developed a number of leading technologies, particularly in the fields of energy and fuels, steel production, deep-level mining, telecommunications and information technology.CompetitivenessSouth Africa ranks at 49th out of 140 countries in the World Economic Forum’s 2015-16 Global Competitiveness Index.South Africa is the highest ranked country in sub-Saharan Africa, and claims the middle ground among the BRICS countries – behind China (28) and Russia (45), but ahead of India (55) and Brazil (75).South Africa’s government provides incentives for value-added manufacturing projects, support for industrial innovation, improved access to finance, and an enabling environment for small business development.Industrial development zones have been established in close proximity to major ports and airports, offering world-class infrastructure, dedicated customs support and reduced taxation.South Africa has a well-developed and regulated competition regime based on best international practice. Competition legislation follows European Union, US and Canadian models.The law places various prohibitions on anti-competitive conduct, restrictive practices (such as price fixing, predatory pricing and collusive tendering) and abuses by “dominant” firms, defined as companies with a market share of 35% or more.Sources:South Africa YearbookDepartment of Trade and IndustrySouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryStatistics South AfricaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments The 26-year-old Romeo, one of the best guards in the country today, has been on a downward slope since his verbal spat with his former coach Pido Jarencio last March that ultimately led to GlobalPort trading him to TNT a month later.The relationship between Romeo and the Talk ’N Text franchise, however, didn’t last long and it ended with TNT dumping the former Far Eastern University standout to San Miguel Beer in exchange for third stringers David Semerad and Brian Heruela and a 2021 first round draft pick.“He’s really excited to play and we’re excited to have him also. We welcome him with open arms,” Austria said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Romeo to San Miguel Beer after a failed experiment at TNT was given the go-signal by the PBA on Wednesday and the idea of having another deadly scorer at his disposal had Austria mixing and matching potential lineups in his head.“I can put him off the bench or make him a starter. It really depends on the game,” Austria told INQUIRER.net on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefBut one thing is for sure, Austria said Romeo couldn’t care any less whether he’s part of the starting five or coming off the bench.“We spoke on the phone yesterday (Tuesday) and he told me, ‘Coach, I don’t care if I’m starting or if I’m second or third stringer. I just want to win and help the team.’ And I believe him,” Austria said. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria is already licking his chops in anticipation of the arrival of Terrence Romeo, the latest addition to the star-studded Beermen roster built around reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:45Gordon on commute dare: ‘I don’t want be laughing stock like Panelo’02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Magnolia ends PBA title drought, closes out Alaska in Game 6 LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves were coming off consecutive blowout losses to end a six-game road trip, were missing three starters and had two other key veterans getting IV fluids before the game just to suit up.Then came the cure for what ails any reeling NBA franchise these days — the New York Knicks.Kevin Martin shook off an illness to score 37 points and the Timberwolves snapped a five-game losing skid with a 115-99 over the Knicks on Nov. 19.“I know a lot of guys just wanted to lay down,” Martin said after the Wolves went 1-5 on a six-game trip in which Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic were injured and Thaddeus Young left the team after the death of his mother.“And Flip (Saunders) came in here and had one of the most intense practices I’ve seen in the last 10 years. … We knew we had to respond so we don’t have another one of those practices.”Martin tied a career high with seven 3-pointers and Shabazz Muhammad had 17 points and eight rebounds in his first career start for the Wolves.Carmelo Anthony had 20 points and Amare Stoudemire added 19 for the Knicks. But New York’s 23 turnovers led to 28 points by Minnesota, and the Knicks got swept in the Milwaukee-Minnesota back-to-back.Anthony and Stoudemire combined to shoot 14 of 19 and the rest of the Knicks were just 20 for 50.“I just don’t want to get used to feeling this feeling, you know, losing basketball games, games that we should be winning,” Anthony said. “Just letting it slip out of our hands, regardless if it’s early in the season or not.”The Wolves were playing their first home game in 18 days and both Martin and Corey Brewer needed fluids before the game in order to play. Martin then scored 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting in the first quarter to get the Wolves rolling.The Knicks have been among the worst teams in the league at defending the 3-pointer this season, which invited even the Timberwolves to let it fly. They entered the night last in the league in 3-point attempts per game at just over 14 tries a night.Martin hit 3-of-4 from deep in the first quarter and the Wolves made eight by halftime, which was more than they had made in an entire game this season. They finished with 11.The gimpy Stoudemire was spry in the first half against the depleted front line, but both he and Anthony combined for just four points in the entire second half.“A lot of things have to change,” new Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “It’s not really to talk about. It’s for us to do the work and get there.(JON KRAWCZYNSKI, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares