BI injects $32.7b into financial system as rupiah strengthens

first_imgBank Indonesia (BI) has injected Rp 503.8 trillion (US$32.7 billion) into banks and the debt market to stabilize the rupiah and help support the government’s financing needs to combat the economic shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said that banks would be obliged to buy government bonds after the central bank freed up Rp 102 trillion in liquidity. Starting May 1, the reserve requirement ratio will be lowered by 200 basis points (bps) for commercial banks and 50 bps for sharia banks.BI’s policy to revoke banks’ obligation to fulfil the Intermediary Macroprudential Ratio (RIM) would add another Rp 15.8 trillion of liquidity, said Perry. “Fiscal policy will be crucial in channeling these funds into the real economy sector,” Perry told an online media briefing on Wednesday. “These quantitative easing measures taken by the central bank will fuel economic activities.”This is in addition to the Rp 386 trillion worth of liquidity freed by the central bank since the beginning of the year to support the country’s crashing currency and boost banks’ liquidity, Perry said.The central bank has bought Rp 166.2 trillion worth of government bonds in the secondary market as investors dumped Indonesian assets over fears about COVID-19, resulting in a slump in the value of the rupiah, which depreciated as much as 18.5 percent in early March.BI’s repurchase agreements (repos) with banks through government bonds as underlying assets has provided the financial system with Rp 137.1 trillion, while BI’s decision to lower the reserve requirement ratio since the beginning of the year has provided banks with Rp 53 trillion. Furthermore, BI’s monetary operations in the form of foreign exchange swaps has provided Rp 29.7 trillion, according to Perry.The rupiah has started to gain against the greenback over the last few weeks, strengthening to Rp 15,394 per US dollar as per 11 a.m. on Wednesday from this year’s low of 16,625 per US dollar, according to Bloomberg data.“The volatility of the rupiah is due to technical factors affected by the ongoing conditions,” Perry said, citing the country’s large-scale social restrictions and economic growth projections and other issues as “negative news”. “However, there are also positive factors such as successful bond sales by the government and the strengthening futures market in the US.”The central bank regards the current rupiah level as “fundamentally undervalued” and projects the country’s currency to reach Rp 15,000 per US dollar by the end of the year.Topics :last_img read more

What we learned from Syracuse’s 85-68 loss to North Carolina

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. – For the fifth straight time, North Carolina got the best of Syracuse. The latest edition came in a Final Four rematch that the No. 9 Tar Heels (17-3, 5-1 Atlantic Coast) won, 85-68, over the Orange (11-8, 3-3) in the Dean Smith Center on Monday night. UNC outrebounded SU by 20 overall and 12 on the offensive glass, and a combined 30 second-half points from Tyler Lydon and Andrew White wasn’t nearly enough as the Orange dropped to .500 in conference play.Here’s what we learned from Syracuse’s 17-point loss.Even the Orange’s best showing away from home wasn’t nearly good enoughSyracuse has certainly laid some eggs away from the Carrier Dome this season, most notably a 50-point dud at Madison Square Garden in a two-point loss to Connecticut and a 15-point defeat to Boston College at Conte Forum. Add losses to South Carolina, Wisconsin, Virginia Tech and now UNC, and the Orange is 0-6 outside the Carrier Dome.Even though Monday night’s loss to the Tar Heels tied SU’s largest defeat on the road or a neutral court this season, head coach Jim Boeheim stressed the silver lining his team can take away from its eighth loss of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter all, SU shot 41.7 percent from deep and over 44 percent from the field. SU is still the best foul-shooting team in conference play (81.9 percent). And despite getting clobbered on the boards, Syracuse held UNC to below 30 percent from 3-point range and chipped significantly into double-digit deficits on several occasions.“I thought we played the best that we’ve played all year on the road. When you make a couple mistakes against them, they take advantage of it,” Boeheim said. “It doesn’t look like it with the final score, but I thought we showed a lot of good things.”Syracuse has a problem at point guard that doesn’t have a solutionFor the second straight game, John Gillon struggled on the offensive end. On Monday night, he shot 1-of-7 from the field and scored only four points. The difference from SU’s 23-point win against Boston College, in which the fifth-year senior scored four points on 1-of-6 shooting, was that this time Syracuse couldn’t afford it.“I know I didn’t have a big scoring night,” Gillon said on Saturday, “but we played such good defense I didn’t have to score at all this game.”On Gillon’s first shot of the game with only 1:07 gone, he had a floater rejected by Justin Jackson. Boeheim immediately summoned Frank Howard from the bench, who in short order returned to the sideline following a sloppy turnover near midcourt. He didn’t come back into the game.SU’s only other option at the point is Battle, but bringing the ball up would restrict his ability to attack from the wing. So when asked what Gillon did to earn 38 minutes to Howard’s one, Boeheim answered bluntly.“What’s the difference?”Andrew White is still fairly one-dimensionalEven though White scored 15 points, 12 of them coming in the second half, they all came on 3-pointers.White continues to struggle creating his own shot, and is often the benefactor of screens and his ability to find an open space when his teammates are pressured. Rarely have we seen the fifth-year senior create his own jumper off the dribble or finish a drive to the rim.“(Justin) Jackson did a great job,” Boeheim said of the UNC forward who guarded White. “White had at least four really good opportunities getting to the basket and nothing happened.”Granted, he’s still providing SU with substantial scoring numbers, but the expansion of his game would do wonders for a Syracuse offense that couldn’t do enough to overcome rebounding woes against the Tar Heels. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 16, 2017 at 11:16 pmlast_img read more

Hastings Major All-Stars rock past White Rock to capture 2012 B.C. Little League Baseball Championship

first_imgThe game was over so fast that anyone late to their seats missed most of the highlights.Hastings Major All-Stars scores early and often, and them some in blasting White Rock 20-0 in the final of the 2012 B.C. Little League Baseball Championships Saturday at Andy Bilesky Park in Trail.Dunbar put up nine runs in the first inning, then rode the two-hit pitching of Cole Dalla-Zanna en route to the lopsided victory.The Vancouver squad pounded White Rock pitching for 22 hits including home runs by Kolby Buljevic Noah Hanson-Stafford and Cez.Paguio.Evan Lane took the loss for White Rock in a game that lasted only four innings. Hastings advanced to the final by shutting out Vancouver rival Dunbar 8-0.White Rock, the top team following a week of round robin play, dumped Beacon Hills of Victoria 21-3 in the other semi final.White Rock defeated Hastings 7-6 during the round robin, snapping a 6-6 tie by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning after the Lower Mainland squad scored four in the top of the frame to tie up the ball game.Hastings started slow in the tournament, but got better with age finishing provincial championships by scoring a total of 100 runs while allowing only 14 runs in seven games played.The team now moves on to play in the Little League Canadian Champ[ionship tournament in Edmonton, Alberta from August 4-11.Hastings opens the tournament against Ontario Saturday.The Trail Allstars, with players from throughout the West Kootenay, finished the tournament with a record of 1-4, missing the playoff round.last_img read more

Victolero urges referees to be ‘consistent’ after Magnolia loss in Game 3

first_imgANTIPOLO CITY, Philippines—The championship series between Alaska and Magnolia in the PBA Governors’ Cup got really interesting after the Aces blew out the Hotshots, 100-71, in Game 3 Sunday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alaska finally wona game in the seven-game series but it’s not just the on court action that got intriguing but also this seemingly budding back-and-forth between the coaches.Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero called out the referees to show consistency in officiating the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I just want the referees to be consistent. We’re playing hard and we didn’t change anything so I don’t know what happened. I’m calling the attention of the referees,” said Victolero in Filipino. “Alaska’s players are holding my players and I think they can do that but my players aren’t allowed to play our kind of defense.”Victolero’s statements were similar in nature to what Alaska head coach Alex Compton had to say after the Aces lost Game 2, 77-71. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Compton claimed Magnolia guards Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca are going over the legal holds with the two Hotshots “karate chopping and tripping” the Aces in the previous game.The numbers, though, don’t show much difference between the two teams’ alleged physicality.Magnolia was called for 27 fouls while the Aces were whistled for 24.Victolero said Compton “did a good job of calling the attention of the referees in the last game.”“I think he got the referees’ attention when he said that my guards were fouling his players and that my players are playing dirty so the referees are not calling on our side and the referees are calling on their side,” said Victolero.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Let’s just be consistent, that’s my only request. If they won’t call on us then they shouldn’t call on Alaska. If they will call against us then also call against Alaska.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next De Jesus sad to see Bundit go: ‘He has contributed so much to PH volleyball’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

Scientists Discover Godliness Works

first_imgMany secular researchers deny God, but sometimes have to admit his principles fit human behavior.Free will liberated: One prerequisite for moral behavior is freedom to choose. The Bible assumes people are responsible for their actions because they can choose good or evil; Joshua called  out, “Choose you this day whom you will serve… As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). Moses cried out, “Choose life” over against the judgments that would come from disobedience (Deuteronomy 30:19). Jesus told his disciples to proclaim, “Repent and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). Indeed, all the admonitions of Scripture would be meaningless if people had no power to choose. Some previous psychology tests had supposedly disproved free will by showing actions preceded thoughts. According to Medical Xpress, experiments by psychologists in Berlin showed otherwise. Theologians’ ears may perk up at the last sentence here:“A person’s decisions are not at the mercy of unconscious and early brain waves. They are able to actively intervene in the decision-making process and interrupt a movement,” says Prof. Haynes. “Previously people have used the preparatory brain signals to argue against free will. Our study now shows that the freedom is much less limited than previously thought. However, there is a ‘point of no return’ in the decision-making process, after which cancellation of movement is no longer possible.”The God’s-eye view: The psychologists who wrote a paper in PNAS were probably not intending to turn people to God’s word, but the title of their paper reveals what their interviews with real people found: “Thinking from God’s perspective decreases biased valuation of the life of a nonbeliever.” This was true, they found, regardless of the religion of the participant. Even people filled with hate would moderate their feelings when asked to think from God’s perspective. “We find that although Muslim Palestinian participants valued Palestinian over Jewish Israeli lives when making difficult moral choices, they believed that Allah preferred them to make moral decisions that valued the lives of Palestinians and Jewish Israelis more equally,” the summary says. “Beliefs about God may promote more equal valuation of human life regardless of religious identity, encouraging application of universal moral rules to believers and nonbelievers alike.” They seem to be claiming that even atheists live better when imagining would God would think.Moral indignation: Surprisingly, PhysOrg announced that “Moral anger is a force for good at work.” Millennia ago, King David said, “Be angry and sin not; let not the sun go down upon your anger” (Psalm 4:4). This indicates that one can be angry without sinning. A management expert from the University of Liverpool says, “In seeking to supress [sic] or eradicate anger all together, employers are missing out on the emotion’s ‘more socially-functional, adaptive and fairness-enhancing components.’” He wasn’t talking about selfish or immoral anger. “Allowing morally-motivated anger to be expressed can serve as a tool of organisational diagnosis to better our individual and collective behaviours.”Holy health: It makes sense that a righteous Creator would make purposeful behavior the best option for his creatures. Science Daily says, “Sense of purpose in life linked to lower mortality and cardiovascular risk.” They’re not speaking of just any purpose (like purposing to kill others), but a purpose exhibiting “positive psychosocial factors,” presumably cooperation, love, and constructive involvement with others. My, where have all the investigators been on this intuitive idea?“Of note, having a strong sense of life purpose has long been postulated to be an important dimension of life, providing people with a sense of vitality motivation and resilience,” Dr. Rozanski comments. “Nevertheless, the medical implications of living with a high or low sense of life purpose have only recently caught the attention of investigators. The current findings are important because they may open up new potential interventions for helping people to promote their health and sense of well-being.”Healthy giving: “Can charitable giving improve your health?” PhysOrg asks. Answer: yes, of course. Research shows it relieves stress, improves the immune system, and is likely to prevent “health-related problems including high blood pressure, cancer, heart attack, and obesity.” More givers than non-givers reported being in excellent health. But doing it for those reasons is not really charity, which is focused on the well-being of others. This implies that altruism is something innate in human nature, a perennial puzzle for Darwinians to explain (2/08/15).Holy voting: Atheists will not like this one, but findings are findings. Science Daily announces, “We trust in those who believe in God, study finds: Voters view religious candidates favorably, atheists not likely to win votes.” Researchers found that Democrats often have to feign religiousness to avoid scaring voters away. They noted there is only one openly atheist Congressman.“Our findings suggest that not demonstrating religiousness is a significant roadblock for winning public office in the United States, and being perceived as religious increases the level of trust instilled in politicians by voters,” Clifford said. “For Republicans (showing religiousness) will reinforce their existing support, but Democrats can expand appeal to moderates and conservatives with displays of religiousness.“As everyone knows, politicians can be experts at pretense, and will often pander to whatever group they are speaking to. The researchers were not asking if the “religiousness” is genuine. They also failed to distinguish the effects of different religions. In America, most politicians would claim some kind of Christian affiliation, or perhaps Jewish—a Biblical religion that upholds the Ten Commandments at least. By contrast, it’s not hard to imagine the negative effects on an audience if a politician proclaimed allegiance to Islamic jihad or the Flying Spaghetti Monster.Is morality defined by the community?  Another article on Science Daily claims that religious decline does not equal moral decline. Yet the researcher claiming this, Dr. Ingrid Storm, sets down her own moral standards: (1) It’s morally good to buck tradition and support abortion and homosexuality, and (2) It’s morality bad to break the law, hurt others or act in a self-interested way. By what authority does she judge these things? Anyone could play that game and produce their own findings. “To be effective, religious norms need to be validated by a moral community of other religious friends and family and social and political institutions,” she says. That’s moral relativism, judged by the shifting winds of majority opinion.Millennium fall con: PhysOrg purports to tell its readers “Why millennials are leaving religion but embracing spirituality.” According to this article, “leaving religion” means leaving church; that’s an empirical fact, especially in Europe where church attendance is pathetically low. Hear, for instance, Albert Mohler discuss the implosion of the Anglican church in its home country, where the bishops steadfastly refuse to consider the lead of the only branch that is growing: the Evangelicals, who continue to preach the authority of Scripture. But back to this article. It lets an academic expert jawbone about the reasons for the trend. One takeaway line: “Spirituality is what consumer capitalism does to religion.” If consumer religion is what millennials are after, they have not meditated on Isaiah 66:1-2:Thus says the Lord:“Heaven is my throne,and the earth is my footstool;what is the house that you would build for me,and what is the place of my rest?All these things my hand has made,and so all these things came to be,declares the Lord.But this is the one to whom I will look:he who is humble and contrite in spiritand trembles at my word.”Academia and Big Science are so thoroughly impregnated with secular Darwinian thinking, it’s hard to trust anything they say about “religion” and “morality.” It’s none of their business, anyway. Humans are not lab rats. But some things are so plainly obvious, they would have to deny their senses to disbelieve them. One is that belief in God promotes healthy societies and healthy individuals. Another is that humans have innate yearnings for God and meaning in life.Darwinian secularism cannot fill the void in man’s soul. Only Jesus Christ can. He is the Creator, Redeemer, and Great Physician. Knowing our nature intimately, he can give that purpose in life that mends hearts and minds. Stop trusting in mortals who don’t know what they’re talking about because they do not tremble at the Creator’s word. Read the Operator’s Manual given by the Creator himself. At the very least, follow the observable evidence where it leads—from nature’s intricate complexity, to the patently good fruits of righteousness, to the tuggings of your own conscience. The trail signs lead to Christ. (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Google Versus Microsoft: The Battle for the K-12 Cloud Contract

first_imgNorth versus South. Rural versus urban. Add to those delineations now, as schools and government agencies across the U.S. move to the cloud, Google versus Microsoft. On the surface, at least, it’s a public relations battle. Google announces one state or school district has adopted its cloud offerings; and then it’s Microsoft’s turn to respond with a new list of cloud clients. Google touts 10 millionApps for Education users. Microsoft touts 15 million for its [email protected] Goes Google, Portland Public Schools Goes MicrosoftIn this light, today’s announcement by Microsoft seems like a veritable coup. On the list of the 16 new cloud computing agreements it has signed is the Portland Public Schools, the largest school district in the state of Oregon with more than 46,000 students. Oregon, if you recall, was the first state to “go Google” in April 2010. Of course, “going Google” doesn’t mean that – presto, change-o – every student, teacher, and administrator in a school, district, or state are suddenly up and running on Google Apps for Education or even that they will be someday. Rather, the Oregon Department of Education now gives schools and districts the option to pursue their own IT solutions and doesn’t force them to go with one particular contractor.A Difficult Choice, A Difficult Move Nick Jwayad, chief information officer at Portland Public Schools said that the decision to move to Microsoft’s [email protected] “wasn’t easy by any stretch.” He said the district weighed its options carefully, listing the things he said made Microsoft’s service more appealing: security, support and synergy.To be clear, this isn’t an abandonment of Google Apps for Edu. The school district is moving away from an on-premise Novell environment towards what Jwayad describes as a “Microsoft-centric” infrastructure. Microsoft, he told me, was the “product-of-choice,” as, among other things, the Portland Public Schools plans to provision email accounts to students for the first time.When Jwayad described to me of the school district’s decision to “go Microsoft,” he made it sound like a technological one. That’s not too surprising. He’s the CIO, after all. And as I learned when I attended a K-12 summit for Oregon school district tech coordinators, sponsored by Google, the challenges around moving schools, students, teachers, administrators to the cloud – whether it’s Google’s or Microsoft’s – can be pretty daunting. Today’s announcement from Portland Public Schools will mean that the district will have migrated to [email protected] by the beginning of the 2011-12 academic year. The challenges for school districts migrating to the cloud include the infrastructure. There are the policies (COPPA and FERPA). There are the parents. There are the permissions. And of course, there are the teachers and students, who now not only want email (let’s pretend, for the sake of argument here that the kids want email) but demand a whole suite of online products and services where they can easily communicate and collaborate – in the classroom and at home.It’s not an easy move nor necessarily a cheap move (despite the promises of eventual cost savings). It may be a technological move (“to the cloud!”). And as Paul Nelson, an ed-tech specialist for Oregon’s Northwest Regional ESD (a Google district), once told me, it’s a cultural move, one requiring district, administrator, and teacher buy-in. In the face of all these challenges – despite the PR from Microsoft and from Google – migration to the cloud is a slow move for most schools.Photo credits: Flickr user Hans Splinter Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters Tags:#Google#Government#Microsoft#NYT#web Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

first_imgUPDATED on May 14, 2014Friedrich is launching a ductless minisplit heat pump designed for installation by a homeowner with only modest mechanical skills and no professional HVAC training.Ductless minisplits are high-efficiency air conditioners and heaters that include an outdoor compressor and an indoor fan unit, typically mounted on a wall. They’re usually sized and installed by professionals, partly because of the heat gain and loss calculations required to choose the right unit and partly because indoor and outdoor components are connected by electrical, condensate and refrigerant lines that may be difficult for a non-pro to handle.Friedrich hopes its Breeze heat pump kits will help homeowners navigate those problems without the help of a professional installer. The San Antonio, Texas, company says the unit is available nationally. Just two sizes to choose fromHeating and cooling professionals normally run Manual J calculations before choosing a specific piece of equipment to make sure its output matches the heating and cooling loads in a particular space. But Friedrich is offering only two models of the Breeze, one for spaces up to 500 square feet and another for spaces up to 1,600 square feet.The company says its inverter-equipped motors, the same technology used by minisplit pioneers like Fujitsu and Mitsubishi, helps the unit reach its set point quickly and hold it more efficiently than conventional equipment.After choosing either a large or small capacity unit, the only other decision installers will have to make is whether to run the modular connecting line through a 3-inch hole in the wall behind the fan unit, or through an accessory that sits in the bottom of a window opening. Through-the-wall installations are hidden when installation is complete.The connecting line comes with a quick-connect fitting allowing it to be snapped into place without tools, according to Friedrich. The compressor also has snap-in electrical connectors.The whole process is covered in an 8-minute YouTube video.The smaller of the two units has a maximum cooling output of 12,000 BTU/h and produces 7,000 BTU/h of heat when the outdoor temperature is at 17°F (11,000 BTU/h at 47°F). It runs on 115 volts AC. The large unit has a maximum cooling output of 24,000 BTU/h and produces 14,200 BTU/h at 17°F (22,0000 Btu at 47°F). It requires 230 volts AC.The units cost from about $2,000 to $2,500.Update: On May 14, 2014, Friedrich announched that the company is limiting sales of the Breeze. The company announced, “Friedrich has intentionally rolled out the product with limited production for sale only in New York and South Florida. While Friedrich wanted broader exposure this summer season, the company has decided to pull back to avoid creating demand that Friedrich cannot deliver on. Friedrich is currently reviewing its broad launch date with its retailers and production team.” For more information, see Friedrich Pulls Back on DIY Minisplit Launch.last_img read more

Kerr ‘not well enough’ to coach yet for Finals Game 1

first_imgEvery 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes Rio Olympian Ian Lariba diagnosed with leukemia Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 file photo, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr directs his team during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Oakland, Calif. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr is not yet ready to return to the bench as the franchise prepares for its third straight trip to the NBA Finals.OAKLAND, California — Steve Kerr expects to decide soon whether he will coach the Golden State Warriors at all in the NBA Finals, saying Monday he is not yet ready but hasn’t ruled himself out for Game 1.“As of right now I would not coach Thursday night. It’s still up in the air. Still waiting for ‘Ahhhhhh!’” Kerr said, reaching his hands to the sky as if to receive some miracle healing. “It’s coming, it’s coming. … I think once we get to Game 1, that might be a good time to make a decision one way or the other.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Golden State, unbeaten this postseason at 12-0 with sweeps of Houston, Utah and San Antonio, hosts the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers in Games 1 and 2 on Thursday and Sunday.The reigning NBA Coach of the Year is still not feeling well after a May 5 procedure at Duke University to repair a spinal fluid leak stemming from back surgery complications nearly two years ago. He filled in addressing the media Monday when acting coach Mike Brown was out with the flu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies,” Kerr joked.Brown has been coaching the Warriors since Game 3 of the first-round playoff series at Portland, with Kerr assisting at practice and from the locker room before and during games. Brown was expected back Tuesday. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Mike’s been amazing. It’s an awkward situation, again this is so unique,” Kerr said. “I’m not sure it’s ever happened. … It’s just weird because on the one hand Mike has to coach the team as he sees fit. I’m taking part in practices, helping with the messaging, taking part in coaching meetings, but I’m not on the sidelines during games. And so he has to make those decisions as if it’s his team, but he’s also taking my advice and counsel behind the scenes. So it’s not easy, but he’s obviously doing a good job. There seems to be a theme when I’m out, I think the team is like 108-2.”Brown is set to go up against LeBron James and a Cleveland team he coached in two separate stints.Brown wasn’t around during the past two Finals when the Warriors faced the Cavaliers, so he has watched some of last year’s Finals. Kerr recently reviewed all seven games from 2016, when Golden State squandered a 3-1 lead and missed a repeat championship.Everything he can do to help Golden State get prepared, Kerr is doing — until he feels he might be fine to return to the bench.“I’m not well enough to coach a game and I know that (because) I coached all 82 games and I did OK. I was uncomfortable and in a lot of pain but I did fine, I could make it through,” he said. “The first two games of the Portland series, whatever happened, things got worse. You saw me in the fourth quarter of Game 2, I could not sit still in my chair, it was that much pain. I would say I’ve gotten a little bit better, that’s why I’m here talking to you right now, but you can probably tell I’m not sitting here happy-go-lucky.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

The Last Time The Chiefs Were This Good They Won A Super

3D. Culpepper2004MIN4-172.21766183127.0 9T. Brady2015NWE5-070.61699141118.4✓ NE61NE66NE+0.1– DAL53GB57GB+6.7– OAK68%OAK58BAL+9.4– The Kansas City Chiefs’ Week 5 win over the the Houston Texans was significant for several reasons. It squashed any lingering doubts about who the NFL’s best team is, as the league’s only 4-0 team moved to 5-0. It also solidified KC’s place atop our NFL projections, as we now give them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs and an 81 percent chance of earning a coveted first-round bye. But perhaps the team’s most impressive achievement so far is this: These are the best Chiefs since KC’s last (and only) championship team, 48 years ago.Using Elo, our pet metric for judging a team’s strength at any given moment, we can trace the various incarnations of the Chiefs week by week in NFL history. Their current Elo rating of 1701 is the highest it has been since the team hit its all-time peak rating of 1775 after defeating the Vikings in Super Bowl IV. Of the 899 weeks for which we have Elo data on this team, there are only eight in which Kansas City’s rating was higher than it is right now — and all of them came in that 1969 campaign, in the last year of the AFL. Move over, Len Dawson, make room for Alex Smith.But we have certainly seen hot starts from Andy Reid’s team before. They started the 2013-14 season 9-0 and then lost five of their next seven regular-season games before bowing out to the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Wild Card game. So will this year be any different?The defense has regressed since the 2013 season, surrendering 22.2 points per game through five games, compared with 19.1 for the whole of the 2013 season. But they’ve maintained respectability despite losing star safety Eric Berry, who went down for the season with a torn Achilles tendon in the team’s opening-night road win over the New England Patriots. And any step back here has been more than compensated for by improvements on offense. Led by Smith and rookie running back Kareem Hunt, the offense is off to a blistering pace, averaging an NFL-best 32.8 points per game, 5.9 points better than the 2013 team managed to produce.This may be hard to digest, but Smith is having one of the best starts to a season of any quarterback in NFL history. In almost every major offensive category — passing completion rate, passer rating, adjusted yards per attempt and interceptions — Smith ranks among the best. Here are the best season-opening five-game stretches ever, according to passer rating, among QBs who made more than 150 passing attempts in that span in any season since 1950. 4A. Smith2017KAN5-076.61391110125.8 BUF51BUF57CIN-9.3– MIN58MIN64MIN+2.0– 7M. Ryan2016ATL4-169.11740122121.6✓✓ In addition to having the fourth-best passer rating in this time frame, Smith has yet to throw an interception. And among these quarterbacks, Smith’s completion rate of 76.6 percent is the highest. The table above puts Smith in some nice company: Every QB joining him is either a Hall of Famer already or will likely be one soon — with the exception of Daunte Culpepper. (And unlike Culpepper, Smith doesn’t have the luxury of being able to heave jump balls to Randy Moss.) In this group, Culpepper and Smith also stand out as the only ones to not start at least one Super Bowl in their career to date. Culpepper may be alone in that regard after this season.In the PittsKansas City’s Week 6 opponent had a slightly less glorious Week 5. In fact, the Pittsburgh Steelers suffered one of the worst losses in their 85-year history. Ben Roethlisberger threw five interceptions in a brutal 30-9 loss at home to the Jacksonville Jaguars (yes, them). The Steelers’ loss was so bad that they dropped 55 Elo points, the 49th-worst single-game drop in more than 30,000 NFL games, and the franchise’s third-worst loss ever. Steelers fans may not want to remember the two worse losses, but we’ll remind them anyway: a 24-6 defeat at home to the newly formed Houston Texans in 2002 and a 34-10 thumping on the road against the previously winless Cincinnati Bengals in 1979 (ouch!).The latest loss means Roethlisberger is under intense pressure to retire, with even the two-time Super Bowl winner admitting that he might not have it anymore. That, along with the quarterback’s public spat with wide receiver Antonio Brown in Week 4, means the Steelers could be in a minor crisis. Pittsburgh finds itself 3-2 and atop the AFC North standings, with the Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals lurking just behind. Looking at the underwhelming slate of opponents the Steelers have played so far — the Cleveland Browns, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars — gives even more cause for concern. The Steelers travel to the Chiefs next week before a home game against their bitter rivals the Bengals and a visit to the surprisingly good Detroit Lions. The rest of October could alter Big Ben’s plans in 2018.FiveThirtyEight vs. the crowdWeek 5 in our NFL prediction game — in which we invite you to pick football games and try to outsmart our Elo algorithm — was much better for you readers than the previous two weeks had been — readers were just 21 points behind the Elo predictions in Week 5 compared with 146.2 points behind in Weeks 3 and 4 combined. The readers made gains mostly by being less wrong than our algorithm. Both Elo and the readers picked the Oakland Raiders to beat the Ravens and the New York Giants to beat the Los Angeles Chargers, and neither of those picks worked out. However, the average reader was less confident in either the Raiders or the Giants of winning than Elo was, so readers lost fewer points on those misplaced bets.The biggest net gain for Elo came in the Miami Dolphins’ win over the Tennessee Titans. Even without factoring in that the Titans’ Marcus Mariota was inactive for the game, Elo put its faith in Jay Cutler and the Dolphins and was rewarded. (Never doubt Jay Cutler! Haha, no, we’re kidding. Definitely doubt him.) That’s it for this week — be sure you make your picks for Week 6. NYG68NYG59LAC+9.0– 8D. Marino1984MIA5-065.21527153121.6✓✓ Source: QBYEARTEAMW-LCOMP %YDSTDINTPASSER RATINGWON DIV.?MADE SB? OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION 10D. Brees2009NOR5-069.21400132118.4✓✓ PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.WINNERREADERS’ NET PTS NYJ65NYJ59NYJ-7.3– 6K. Warner2000RAM5-072.11947147122.0 1P. Manning2013DEN5-075.8%1884201136.4✓✓ 5A. Rodgers2011GNB5-071.71721142122.9✓ PIT80PIT79JAX+0.0 Alex Smith is in royal company … plus Daunte CulpepperTop passer ratings among quarterbacks who have thrown at least 150 attempts in a team’s first five games of a season, since 1950 DET63DET59CAR+2.6– SEA55SEA51SEA-6.3– KC67KC65KC-4.1– 2T. Brady2007NWE5-074.11383162128.7✓✓ PHI65PHI67PHI-0.6– Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 5Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 5 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game IND75IND62IND-11.3– MIA59TEN51MIA-11.9– read more

Ohio States resurgent offense to be put to the test against Penn

Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the football into the end zone during a game against Maryland on Oct. 10 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 49-28. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorThe Ohio State offense seems to be coming into its own, putting up 121 points in its last three games, including 49 against Maryland in Week 6.The best test of the progress it has made since the start of the season could come on Saturday, as OSU (6-0, 2-0) welcomes a team ranked 10th in the nation in defense.Penn State (5-1, 2-0) has allowed just 275.7 yards per game, including only 158.7 yards through the air.OSU coach Urban Meyer said his team will have to be at its best to put up points against the Nittany Lions.“Excellent defense,” Meyer said. “I think they’re top 10 … we had a hard time moving them last year, very good defense.”That game last year was a double-overtime thriller in State College, Pennsylvania, in which the Buckeyes emerged with a 31-24 victory.Then-sophomore defensive end Joey Bosa was the star of that night, piling up 2.5 sacks, including a game-ending sack in which he threw the Penn State blocker into quarterback Christian Hackenberg.“I don’t think I’ll be able to top a moment like that this week,” Bosa said.The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native called last year’s game “the hardest fought game” he’s ever played and expects the Nittany Lions to present another tough test on Saturday. He said it all stems from the junior Hackenberg.“I see a very confident quarterback, a guy that can really make all the throws down the field,” Bosa said.Hackenberg, considered to be one of the nation’s top quarterback prospects, has struggled at times this season. On the year, he is 87-of-164 for 1,086 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions.Saturday’s contest is set to kick off at 8 p.m., the first night game Ohio Stadium has played host to since Nov. 1 of last season against Illinois. Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller said games played at the primetime hour give the team a different sense of energy.“The last couple of night games I played in, it was exciting, the atmosphere was crazy,” Miller said. “Guys always love playing under the lights.”With Penn State standing as one of the four teams in the Big Ten East division undefeated through two conference games, Bosa said the team recognizes games like that as key points of the season.“It gets bigger as the season continues because it’s harder every week to stay undefeated I think,” Bosa said. “It’s Big Ten season and that’s when I think it really picks up.”Previously for Penn StateWhen the dust settled from the Nittany Lions’ opening game, things were not looking pretty.In-state rival Temple thoroughly dominated Penn State, coming away with a 27-10 victory, and potentially sending coach James Franklin’s squad to a downward spiral of a season.However, the Nittany Lions did just the opposite.Since the opening game in Philadelphia, Penn State outscored its opponents 141-59 on the way to a five-game winning streak.“I remember watching them their first game this year and it’s nowhere close to where they’re looking now,” Bosa said. “They’re finally getting it together and looking like a really good team.”Penn State’s victories came against Buffalo, Rutgers, San Diego State, Army and Indiana. However, all five of those games came at home at Beaver Stadium, so it remains to be seen if the Nittany Lions can improve from their lone road showing.Sack mastersSaturday’s game features two of the top players in the country when it comes to bringing the opposing quarterback down.Penn State redshirt senior defensive end Carl Nassib has recorded more sacks than anyone else in the nation with 10 — all solo.The hulking 6-foot-7, 272-pound West Chester, Pennsylvania, product has at least one sack in each of his six games this year, including three games with two or more sacks.On the other side, Bosa hasn’t found the same results this season but is still feared nationally after picking up 21 sacks in his first two seasons.Bosa recorded his first solo sack of the season against Maryland, with a first-game suspension, constant double or triple teams and quick-handed quarterbacks holding him back.“It feels good to get there, obviously,” Bosa said. “It’s what D-linemen go for every game, to get their sacks.”As a team, the Nittany Lions are second in the country with 4.17 sacks per game, while OSU is 11th with 3.17.On the other side of the ball, OSU is 20th in the country with 1.17 sacks allowed per game, while Hackenberg has been brought down 3.17 times per game, 112th in the nation.Up nextAfter Saturday’s 8 p.m. showdown, the Buckeyes are slated to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers on Oct. 24. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more