Eli Manning, the Giants QB, is working hard ahead of tomorrow's game against the Panthers.
Eli Manning, the Giants QB, is working hard ahead of tomorrow's game against the Panthers.

Eli Manning is Giants' man



A little more than an hour after their Christmas Eve practice ended, most of the New York Giants had already left for some last-minute shopping or gone home to be with family and friends. In the weight room, quarterback Eli Manning sat on a mat and started stretching. There was more work to be done for the Giants' crucial game with the Carolina Panthers (6-8) tomorrow in their run for a wild-card berth in the NFL play-offs.

Not only has Manning emerged as the leader of the Giants (8-6), he is doing it while having a career season. He has thrown a career-best 26 touchdowns through 14 games and he 179 yards shy of setting a new personal best for passing yards, breaking his mark of 3,762 set in 2005. "It's not one person. When one guy plays well, it's because everybody else is doing their job," said Manning. "Receivers are getting open, offensive line is blocking, we're running the ball better so we are not in a whole lot of third-and-long situations.

"Defence is getting us the ball. So I think it is just a combination of everybody." Manning's play in the past two weeks in games against division rivals Philadelphia and Washington has been outstanding. The 28-year-old QB has completed 46 of 64 for 659 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. "I think he has been playing great football," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. "I wouldn't say just the last two weeks either. He has been playing great for the last six or seven weeks."

The only exception that Gilbride pointed out was the Giants' game in Denver in late November, when the offence did very little. Gilbride said the Giants rely on Manning more than most teams do on their quarterbacks, and he cannot be judged solely on his throws and accuracy. "We ask so much of that position in our system," Gilbride said. "He has to set up the running game, and the run game has been getting steadily better.

"He has to set up the protections, which obviously helps him. "He gives us the chance to have the success that we have had. We are very pleased with the way he is performing." Not only is Manning making plays, he is spreading the ball to his receivers. In New York's 45-12 win over Washington last Monday, the former Super Bowl MVP hit 10 different receivers. Teammates say Manning is seeing the field exceptionally well.

He has thrown only 11 interceptions, which is one more than he had last season in leading the Giants to the NFC East division title and the best regular-season record in the conference. In becoming the Giants' first quarterback to throw for 3,000-plus yards and 20-plus touchdowns for five straight seasons, Manning has accomplished the feat with a basically new group of receivers. Former Giants player Plaxico Burress is in prison serving a two-year sentence on a weapons charge and Giants all-time leading receiver Amani Toomer was not re-signed.

Left receiver Steve Smith and tight end Kevin Boss are Manning's go-to guys and are backed up by a group of role players and youngsters, led by second-year pro Mario Manningham and rookie Hakeem Nicks. Smith has 90 receptions, a franchise record and tops in the NFC, for 1,093 yards and six touchdowns. Nicks, the 29th pick in the draft, has 40 catches for 751 yards and six touchdowns, and Manningham has 51 receptions for 735 yards and five scores.

Nicks said of Manning: "He pretty much sets the tempo and pretty much gets it going, if it's a quick motivational speech in the huddle or whether he is calling the play. He just gets the job done." * AP

The specs

Engine: 2.3-litre 4cyl turbo
Power: 299hp at 5,500rpm
Torque: 420Nm at 2,750rpm
Transmission: 10-speed auto
Fuel consumption: 12.4L/100km
On sale: Now
Price: From Dh157,395 (XLS); Dh199,395 (Limited)

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: DarDoc
Based: Abu Dhabi
Founders: Samer Masri, Keswin Suresh
Sector: HealthTech
Total funding: $800,000
Investors: Flat6Labs, angel investors + Incubated by Hub71, Abu Dhabi's Department of Health
Number of employees: 10

Cultural fiesta

What: The Al Burda Festival
When: November 14 (from 10am)
Where: Warehouse421,  Abu Dhabi
The Al Burda Festival is a celebration of Islamic art and culture, featuring talks, performances and exhibitions. Organised by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, this one-day event opens with a session on the future of Islamic art. With this in mind, it is followed by a number of workshops and “masterclass” sessions in everything from calligraphy and typography to geometry and the origins of Islamic design. There will also be discussions on subjects including ‘Who is the Audience for Islamic Art?’ and ‘New Markets for Islamic Design.’ A live performance from Kuwaiti guitarist Yousif Yaseen should be one of the highlights of the day. 

Company profile

Name: Tharb

Started: December 2016

Founder: Eisa Alsubousi

Based: Abu Dhabi

Sector: Luxury leather goods

Initial investment: Dh150,000 from personal savings

 

The Specs

Engine: 1.6-litre 4-cylinder petrol
Power: 118hp
Torque: 149Nm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Price: From Dh61,500
On sale: Now

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: Floward
Based: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Founders: Abdulaziz Al Loughani and Mohamed Al Arifi
Sector: E-commerce
Total funding: About $200 million
Investors: Aljazira Capital, Rainwater Partners, STV and Impact46
Number of employees: 1,200

The specs: 2018 Maserati Ghibli

Price, base / as tested: Dh269,000 / Dh369,000

Engine: 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged V6

Transmission: Eight-speed automatic

Power: 355hp @ 5,500rpm

Torque: 500Nm @ 4,500rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 8.9L / 100km

KEY DATES IN AMAZON'S HISTORY

July 5, 1994: Jeff Bezos founds Cadabra Inc, which would later be renamed to Amazon.com, because his lawyer misheard the name as 'cadaver'. In its earliest days, the bookstore operated out of a rented garage in Bellevue, Washington

July 16, 1995: Amazon formally opens as an online bookseller. Fluid Concepts and Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought becomes the first item sold on Amazon

1997: Amazon goes public at $18 a share, which has grown about 1,000 per cent at present. Its highest closing price was $197.85 on June 27, 2024

1998: Amazon acquires IMDb, its first major acquisition. It also starts selling CDs and DVDs

2000: Amazon Marketplace opens, allowing people to sell items on the website

2002: Amazon forms what would become Amazon Web Services, opening the Amazon.com platform to all developers. The cloud unit would follow in 2006

2003: Amazon turns in an annual profit of $75 million, the first time it ended a year in the black

2005: Amazon Prime is introduced, its first-ever subscription service that offered US customers free two-day shipping for $79 a year

2006: Amazon Unbox is unveiled, the company's video service that would later morph into Amazon Instant Video and, ultimately, Amazon Video

2007: Amazon's first hardware product, the Kindle e-reader, is introduced; the Fire TV and Fire Phone would come in 2014. Grocery service Amazon Fresh is also started

2009: Amazon introduces Amazon Basics, its in-house label for a variety of products

2010: The foundations for Amazon Studios were laid. Its first original streaming content debuted in 2013

2011: The Amazon Appstore for Google's Android is launched. It is still unavailable on Apple's iOS

2014: The Amazon Echo is launched, a speaker that acts as a personal digital assistant powered by Alexa

2017: Amazon acquires Whole Foods for $13.7 billion, its biggest acquisition

2018: Amazon's market cap briefly crosses the $1 trillion mark, making it, at the time, only the third company to achieve that milestone

If you go...

Etihad Airways flies from Abu Dhabi to Kuala Lumpur, from about Dh3,600. Air Asia currently flies from Kuala Lumpur to Terengganu, with Berjaya Hotels & Resorts planning to launch direct chartered flights to Redang Island in the near future. Rooms at The Taaras Beach and Spa Resort start from 680RM (Dh597).

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: Almouneer
Started: 2017
Founders: Dr Noha Khater and Rania Kadry
Based: Egypt
Number of staff: 120
Investment: Bootstrapped, with support from Insead and Egyptian government, seed round of
$3.6 million led by Global Ventures

Specs: 2024 McLaren Artura Spider

Engine: 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 and electric motor
Max power: 700hp at 7,500rpm
Max torque: 720Nm at 2,250rpm
Transmission: Eight-speed dual-clutch auto
0-100km/h: 3.0sec
Top speed: 330kph
Price: From Dh1.14 million ($311,000)
On sale: Now

Score

New Zealand 266 for 9 in 50 overs
Pakistan 219 all out in 47.2 overs 

New Zealand win by 47 runs

New Zealand lead three-match ODI series 1-0

Next match: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, Friday

RACE CARD

6.30pm: Maiden (TB) Dh82,500 (Dirt) 1,200m

7.05pm: Maiden (TB) Dh82,500 (D) 1,900m

7.40pm: Handicap (TB) Dh102,500 (D) 2,000m

8.15pm: Conditions (TB) Dh120,000 (D) 1,600m

8.50pm: Handicap (TB) Dh95,000 (D) 1,600m

9.25pm: Handicap (TB) Dh87,500 (D) 1,400m

TOUCH RULES

Touch is derived from rugby league. Teams consist of up to 14 players with a maximum of six on the field at any time.

Teams can make as many substitutions as they want during the 40 minute matches.

Similar to rugby league, the attacking team has six attempts - or touches - before possession changes over.

A touch is any contact between the player with the ball and a defender, and must be with minimum force.

After a touch the player performs a “roll-ball” - similar to the play-the-ball in league - stepping over or rolling the ball between the feet.

At the roll-ball, the defenders have to retreat a minimum of five metres.

A touchdown is scored when an attacking player places the ball on or over the score-line.

COMPANY PROFILE

Name: SmartCrowd
Started: 2018
Founder: Siddiq Farid and Musfique Ahmed
Based: Dubai
Sector: FinTech / PropTech
Initial investment: $650,000
Current number of staff: 35
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Various institutional investors and notable angel investors (500 MENA, Shurooq, Mada, Seedstar, Tricap)

What is an FTO Designation?

FTO designations impose immigration restrictions on members of the organisation simply by virtue of their membership and triggers a criminal prohibition on knowingly providing material support or resources to the designated organisation as well as asset freezes. 

It is a crime for a person in the United States or subject to the jurisdiction of the United States to knowingly provide “material support or resources” to or receive military-type training from or on behalf of a designated FTO.

Representatives and members of a designated FTO, if they are aliens, are inadmissible to and, in certain circumstances removable from, the United States.

Except as authorised by the Secretary of the Treasury, any US financial institution that becomes aware that it has possession of or control over funds in which an FTO or its agent has an interest must retain possession of or control over the funds and report the funds to the Treasury Department.

Source: US Department of State

The National selections

6pm: Barakka
6.35pm: Dhahabi
7.10pm: Mouheeb
7.45pm: With The Moonlight
8.20pm: Remorse
8.55pm: Ottoman Fleet
9.30pm: Tranquil Night


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