WHO confirms 3 H5N1 cases in Indonesia

first_imgOct 16, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed three fatal cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Indonesia, involving two women from Java and a boy from South Jakarta, bringing Indonesia’s toll to 72 cases with 55 deaths.The first case involved a 67-year-old woman whose infection was reported by the Indonesian health ministry on Oct 11. The WHO said she became ill on Oct 3, was hospitalized Oct 7, and died Oct 15. Her illness was complicated by a chronic condition, the agency said.The second case involved an 11-year-old boy from South Jakarta who got sick on Oct 2, was hospitalized Oct 7, and died a week later. The WHO said the boy had been exposed to dead chickens in his neighborhood.The third case was in a 27-year-old woman from Central Java province who became ill on Oct 8, was hospitalized Oct 12, and died the next day. The WHO said the source of her exposure is under investigation.The Jakarta Post reported on Oct 12 that doctors who treated the 67-year-old woman suspected she also had encephalitis. Hadi Jusuf, a doctor at Hasan Sadikin hospital in Bandung, where the woman had been hospitalized, said hospital neurologists who examined the woman concluded that she had a brain inflammation caused by a virus.Hadi told the Post that the woman was unconscious when admitted to the hospital but that doctors could find no evidence that her loss of consciousness was related to acute respiratory distress or pneumonia, as was true of some other avian flu patients treated at the hospital.The woman’s cerebrospinal fluid was tested repeatedly after an initial result was negative, Hadi said.  He said he had not received results from the health ministry’s lab. If the tests are positive, the woman would be Indonesia’s first avian flu patient to have brain inflammation caused by the infection, Hadi told the Post.Neurologic complications of H5N1 infection have been reported before, though rarely. A Vietnamese boy who died of encephalitis in 2004 was later found to have had H5N1 infection, according to a research report published last year. Encephalitis is also known to be a rare complication of ordinary influenza.The sole survivor of the avian flu case cluster in North Sumatra last May, Jones Ginting, had brain abscesses after he was hospitalized. An Associated Press article, published after he was released from the hospital, said that after he experienced a stiff neck and headaches, tests showed multiple brain abscesses caused by parasites.With the three newest avian flu cases, Indonesia’s case-fatality rate is 76%, second only to that of Cambodia, where all six H5N1 patients died.The latest cases bring the WHO’s global avian flu count to 256 cases with 151 deaths, for a case-fatality rate of 59%.See also:Oct 16 WHO statementFeb 16, 2005, CIDRAP News article “Avian flu caused encephalitis in Vietnamese boy”last_img read more

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Round-up: QPR sign Owens as Chelsea prepare for Wembley

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesQPR have confirmed the signing of Charlie Owens following his release by Tottenham.West London Sport revealed in March that midfielder Owens was on trial with the R’s ahead of a possible move.Owens, who spent three years at Spurs, has signed a 12-month contract at Loftus Road.He made five appearances for QPR’s development side towards the end of last season. Conte wants ‘dream’ send-off for TerryEmbed from Getty ImagesAntonio Conte says Chelsea are determined to ensure John Terry bows out by lifting another trophy.Terry, who is leaving after 22 years at the club, made an emotional farewell at Stamford Bridge at the weekend following his team’s final league match of the season.He will be among the substitutes for Saturday’s FA Cup final against Arsenal at Wembley, where the newly-crowned champions will be looking to complete the Double.Asked if Terry might feature one final time for the Blues,boss Conte said: “For sure John will be with us and for sure he will be on the bench, and then we’ll see what the game requests in the moment we are playing.“Our target is to reach another trophy and to see him lift the trophy. That is his dream and my players also have this dream.” Conte keen to improve squadEmbed from Getty ImagesConte says he and the Chelsea hierarchy are in full agreement over the need to strengthen the squad during the summer.The Blues have won the Premier League in Conte’s first season as boss, but a return to the Champions League will place added demands on the squad next term.“We have to finish this season but we have started to work for next season and I think we have the same point of view,” said Conte.“For sure we will try to improve our squad for next season because we have to face an important competition like the Champions League.“Me and the club have the same point of view about this.” Blues duo play in England U20 winEmbed from Getty ImagesChelsea youngsters Fikayo Tomori and Dominic Solanke featured as England beat hosts South Korea 1-0 at the Under-20 World Cup to progress to the last 16.Tomori (pictured) started the match at the Suwon Stadium, where Solanke came off the bench. Another Blues youngster, Jake Clarke-Salter, was an unused substitute.Everton’s Kieran Dowell scored a second-half winner, meaning England finished top of Group A. Parker in talks with FulhamEmbed from Getty ImagesScott Parker is discussing a potential new contract with Fulham.Cameron Burgess and keeper Jesse Jorenen are also in talks with the Whites, who have released nine players.Ryan Tunnicliffe and Jack Grimmer are leaving now their contracts are expiring, as are Larnell Cole, Ryheem Sheckleford, Josh Smile, Jake Soutter, Josh Walker, Cassian Thomas and Josh Lukwata.Tayo Edun, Elijah Adebayo and Taye Ashby-Hammond have been offered new deals.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Stunning Elegant Leaves Crystal Headband Chain Hair Accessories Head Band – ace but got2order another :-\

first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-02-17 08:40:22Reviewed Item Stunning Elegant Gold Leaves Crystal Headband Chain Hair Accessories Head BandRating 5.0 / 5  stars, based on  30  reviews Extremely quite and a deal invest in, i love how it appears to be like on, however the color did fade immediately after sporting it a couple of situations so had to order a new one particular.Quite quite fantastic worth rapidly postage.Failed to realise that one of the chains was designed of diamanté, which i like. It sits around my head nicely, but like all of these headbands, i have to clip them to my hair, so it stays.Took endlessly to arrive but is very lovely. Just as the photo shows, nevertheless, the chains get tangled in hair and gets to be somewhat painful striving to get it out. Also the chains split very effortlessly, but it does glance quite quite and is fantastic offer relating to the rate. Appears particularly like the photograph.And i only wore it two times in working day.Appears to be like extremely great when carrying it.Such a attractive, dainty piece – only problem is that it’s so big and unfastened, usually it really is beautiful :).Shipping and delivery was quick, item was great, used it after and i bought mega drunk, and finished he night time with the head piece. It see aimed on my head at all times, did not crack. Also when i took it off drunk it didn’t crack.Wonderful piece, only draw back is that it is a little bit as well massive for my near but at the time i fastened that its perfect.great value for moneyace but got2order another :-\which I like. It sits around my head nicely Posted on February 17, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Uncategorized Fantastic selling price terrific product.Incredible piece extremely awesome arrived in one piece i assumed some of the diamanté bits might slide out and the leaf issues may well of all through submitting but came nicely packaged really happy.Incredibly pleasant piece, seems to be additional expensive when you see the serious detail.Even so there is a little something improper with the way its made. It ought to join together in the center in this buy. Leaf, diamond, simple gold chain and it does on one particular facet but on the other the leaf and the plain chain are swopped so when i place it on my head its marginally twisted. . That’s kind of irritating in fairness.last_img read more

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The Internet Of Things Might Try To Kill You

first_imgRelated Posts Lawrence Pingree could be voted Most Likely To Become A Supervillain. The Gartner research director has put an inordinate amount of thought into various ways bad actors might compromise the hardware systems we have today—not to mention the ones we may have tomorrow.For instance: Given the profusion of sensors and controllers in today’s automobiles, and the fact that their numbers will continue to mushroom as we move closer to self-driving cars, it’s probably only a matter of time before someone can—theoretically, at least—seize control of your car and effectively turn it into a multi-ton weapon of metal, glass and fuel. Hello, Christine.Here’s another. Consider the world of medical devices, increasing numbers of which feature wireless connections that allow remote programming. (The advantage for implanted devices such as pacemakers is obvious: Wireless reprogramming obviates the need for a second surgery.) It’s not hard to envision these devices eventually connected to the Internet for monitoring, analysis of health data and firmware updates.Now suppose hackers find a way to hijack these systems to injure or kill their users. Diabetics and heart patients aren’t the only ones at risk; biomedical monitors, “smart” drug patches and even hospital devices such as robotic surgical systems are all potentially vulnerable.Let’s Get SmallThe example of medical devices highlights a problem that’s endemic to many of the new gadgets now linking up to the Internet of Things: They’re frequently built to tight specs with limited memory and processing power that barely accommodates the functions their designers have crammed into them. There often isn’t much headroom for anything else. Like, well, security.Such limitations are widespread. So even if a manufacturer had the wherewithal to retrofit existing devices with hardened security, there may be very real limitations preventing such upgrades. And that, in turn, means that many of the “things” on the Internet may already be wide open to selective attack.You don’t need a hypothetical scenario to see some of these threats. All you really need is a specialized search engine like Shodan.Shodan is designed specifically to locate devices that have been carelessly plugged into the Internet without much attempt at preventing unauthorized access. It’s sometimes portrayed as the scary bogeyman of the Internet of Things, an all-powerful master search engine that can find any device connected to the Internet at any time.The reality isn’t quite that dramatic; Shodan isn’t very user friendly and performing searches takes time. But sophisticated users won’t have any trouble using Shodan or similar tools to find unguarded systems to attack.Why Disaster Hasn’t Yet StruckSo what’s holding them back?“Hackers usually want to keep systems up and running,” Pingree says. Destruction of the systems hackers subvert would—usually—run counter to their goals of profiting or making a broader social/political point. At the individual level, only a true supervillain would want to blow things up for the sake of blowing things up. Which is good news, since as we’ve recently learned, prisons sometimes have trouble keeping regular villains locked up.What we have seen, thus far, has been the small stuff, the kind of activities that one would expect from hackers. Just this summer, for example:An unknown person hacked into a baby monitor-camera in a 2-year-old’s room in Houston, Texas. The hacker bypassed the manufacturer’s security and used the established connection to shout obscenities though the monitor’s speakers.Security expert Nitesh Dhanjani released a whitepaper detailing the security vulnerabilities of the Philips Hue lighting system. The vulnerability could theoretically allow an attacker to black out locations via remote control, though there aren’t any known exploits. Yet.Forbes reporter Kashmir Hill was walked through a demonstration of a connected home system hack, which had her controlling the lighting system of a complete stranger’s home.But Simon Mullis, a systems engineer at the security firm FireEye, raises a new concern. Compromising lower-level devices such as simple sensors could offer hackers a way to move up the food chain toward their real target. A hacked low-level device, Mullins warns, could help inject malware into a government or company control system with more authority, and thus create a major security breach.“You could use a device to inject bad shell code into another device, and up the chain until you take over one of the company’s servers,” Mullis said.Nation-states and terrorists, by contrast, might harbor fewer qualms about such destruction. Financial systems, power grids, sewage systems, oil and natural-gas pipelines communications—all might be fair game in a declared or undeclared cyberwar, Pingree argues. If things go badly wrong, it won’t be groups like Anonymous or LulzSec or a real-life Lex Luthor to blame, but a state or terrorist actor bent on doing real, serious damage.What Is To Be Done?Preventing such scenarios is simple but not easy. Pingree wants to start at the beginning by setting up and enforcing strict security standards at the manufacturing level, so that devices are hardened before they leave the factory. Developers and engineers also need to start putting on their black hats, he said, and really start thinking about scenarios where things could go sideways with their devices.It may also come down to a complete revision of how such devices are utilized. CoreTalk Founder and CEO Sandy Klausner proposes a model where devices are explicitly connected to a domain controlled by a single entity (a person, corporation or government). Any functions directed to a device from someone outside the domain would always be blocked. Only domain-specific commands would be regarded as true, and pretending to be inside the domain would be impossible.All this is more easily said than done. At the moment, there’s no authority ready to devise and enforce new security standards for thermostats and the like. Some manufacturers may take on that challenge themselves, but that would only offer piecemeal protection. Sad to say, it may take an actual disaster to get the attention of device builders.Will the Internet of Things will be the harbinger of a post-apocalyptic world where we’re all huddled over smoldering fires and munching on lichens? Probably not. But it’s time to take security more seriously to minimize the odds that malefactors can wreak havoc via the smallest of our devices. Tags:#Internet of Things#security brian proffitt Of course, it sounds insane to plug the controls for a nuclear power plant or hydroelectric dam into the open Internet. But we’re also talking about large numbers of fairly innocuous devices like thermostats, monitor screens and residential power meters. That doesn’t sound so bad, does it?Not really—at least, not until they develop minds of their own, at which point the downstream effects of minor security breaches can get serious, fast.Consider the hypothetical disaster above. Innocuous pressure sensors in the tires of BMW M7s overheated at the behest of malicious commands, causing the tires to blow. Master control of data-center cooling went down because attackers fooled associated sensors into reporting emergency conditions that warranted immediate shutdown. Home alarms were easily tripped with faulty sensor data. Transformers exploded when outside commands disabled their surge-protection features and then jolted them with current spikes.Viewed this way, the Internet of Things is comprised of a multitude of potential security weaknesses, each largely innocuous in itself. But put them all together, and ya got Trouble with a capital T.Control A Controller, Crash A Car Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img The Internet of Things promises to make life easier in countless ways. But don’t make it angry. You won’t like it when it’s angry.Rise Of The MachinesScene: New York City in mid-July, not too many years from now—the first day of a new war.The Holland Tunnel connecting New Jersey with lower Manhattan is just over a mile and a half long. One of six thoroughfares managed by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, it features 84 massive fans that can change out air throughout the tunnel every 90 seconds.One Monday morning in the middle of rush hour, those fans suddenly stop. So do the ventilation systems of every other tunnel leading into Manhattan. Within minutes, air quality nose-dives—though, oddly, automatic alarms fail to sound. Drivers woozy from carbon monoxide plow into guardrails, walls, and each other. The carnage is terrible; multiple huge pileups block exits in all directions, trapping thousands of people amid toxic fumes and inevitable conflagrations as spilled gasoline ignites. Over on the George Washington Bridge, all is chaos when a string of BMW M7 coupes—the hot new car among Wall Streeters—experience multiple-tire blowouts while crossing the span. Many drivers survive the resulting crashes thanks to airbags; others are not so lucky after exiting their crumpled vehicles, only to find another 4,642 pounds of luxury sports car screeching toward them, sparks flying from their tireless rims.Other new BMWs soon experience surges of unexpected acceleration and brake failures, with predictable results. In a matter of minutes, traffic across the city is hopelessly snarled across its major arteries and intersections, as often as not in flaming vehicular pileups. Other major cities up and down the eastern seaboard are similarly plagued with gridlock and blazes that no fire company can easily reach.Meanwhile, up and down the East Coast, cooling systems in dozens of data centers inexplicably shut themselves down, defying technicians’ attempts to coax them back to life. The enormous heat generated by endless racks of servers soon forces now-understaffed IT managers to shut them down, costing businesses millions of dollars an hour—and also taking offline critical systems such as emergency response.Residential and business alarm systems inexplicably begin sounding all over the five boroughs, overloading 911 systems and adding to the general chaos. Power transformers all over Manhattan then blow out all at once, as do others of the same model in Newark, Philadelphia, and Baltimore. Fires start to burn in cities paralyzed with crumpled vehicles and conflicting reports.By the end of the day, more than 1,600 people are dead in New York and other East Coast cities, amid confused and badly sourced reports of war, terrorism and rioting. When the dust finally settles, experts agree that the tragedy was the most damaging cyberterror attack in history—a coordinated effort that subverted both public and private infrastructure to wreak unprecedented death, destruction and panic at an eventual cost of several hundred billion dollars. The only consolation was that it could have been much, much worse.All because folks let the Internet of Things get out of hand.Meanwhile, Back In RealityThat hypothetical example points to a largely unspoken yet very real concerns about the coming Internet of Things: the way that a distributed but “intelligent” network of ordinary devices could threaten normal commerce, personal privacy, and even human life should malicious types figure out how to hack it.The Internet of Things is basically today’s Internet on steroids—one that’s connected to an incredible variety of handheld, household and industrial gadgets, each of which can transmit data to or even control other connected devices without human intervention. Some classic theoretical examples include the car that signals the maintenance center when a part is close to failing, or the toaster that tweets when your bagel is ready.See also: What’s Holding Up The Internet Of Things and How The Internet Of Things Will ThinkThere’s still a lot of work to do before that kind of semi-autonomous network actually comes into existence. And it’s easy to envision it as a technological haven where devices work in concert to ease the burden of our daily lives by directing traffic in our cities, managing power consumption in our homes and letting us know when our kids are on their way home from school.But if we’re not careful, the Internet of Things could also turn out to be one of the most dangerous weapons around. Subverted by malicious intent, the Internet of Things could just as easily turn our lives into a horror movie, one in which the everyday objects we depend on have suddenly developed a new urge—the urge to kill.Spoof A Sensor, Destroy A Data CenterDevices on the Internet of Things generally fall into one of two categories: sensors and controllers. Let’s talk sensors for a moment.Sensors monitor anything that can be measured: temperature, location, power, hydroflow, radiation, atmospheric pressure—you name it. More sophisticated sensors can also watch and listen to their surroundings. Link them all to the Internet of Things and suddenly you have a nervous system for much of the planet, one replete with feedback systems that loop in other devices.Many of those other devices are the controllers. These are the gadgets that act on the world around them—actuators, switches, servos, valves, turbines and ignition systems, just to name a few. (You may recognize some of these controllers as common elements of critical infrastructure such as power plants and transportation systems.) Though fewer controllers are connected to the Internet than sensors, engineers are rapidly redressing that imbalance. How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo…last_img read more

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Heartbreak for UCF dad, son as Aubrey Dawkins game-winner rolls out

first_imgMOST READ Dawkins was the only reason UCF had a chance at the end. He scored 32 points — matching Williamson — on 12 of 18 shooting, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers. He also had four assists and two offensive rebounds, including the putback he rolled off the rim. After the miss, he sank to his knees next to the frame supporting the basket.“Aubrey was the best player on the court today. He was magnificent,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who told reporters he was close to tears, heartbroken for the opposing coach who helped build Duke into a powerhouse in the mid-1980s and the boy he watched grow up in shooting sessions after practice with his dad in Cameron Indoor Stadium.Johnny Dawkins, who addressed his sobbing players in an emotional locker room speech after the loss, was the point guard for Krzyzewski’s first Final Four team.“Proud of you man, proud of you,” Johnny Dawkins said, hugging his son. “I know it’s hard. I know it’s hard.”Aubrey Dawkins wanted to go to Stanford and play for his dad, but the school didn’t admit him, saying he didn’t meet their academic standards.ADVERTISEMENT “Heartbreak. That’s the only way to sum it up.” Aubrey Dawkins quietly recalled 20 minutes later to reporters.Nothing left to do but console his teammates, sprawled across the floor after the 77-76 loss where UCF led 76-73 with 14 seconds left when Duke’s Zion Williamson drove right at UCF’s 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall. The superstar Williamson hit the layup while drawing the big man’s fifth and final foul. R.J. Barrett put back Williamson’s miss for the winning basket.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsB.J. Taylor drove on UCF’s last chance, but the short jumper came off the glass just a little too hard. Dawkins swooped in and…“It was up there forever, I felt like, in slow motion. Once I saw it go past the midpoint and roll out, it was, at that point, nothing left to do,” he said. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Johnny Dawkins said Saturday that may have been a blessing in disguise. He loved his son, but wasn’t sure he could coach him after spending so much time with him on the court through the boy’s childhood.Aubrey Dawkins spent his first two seasons at Michigan, but after his dad left Stanford for the Knights, the son decided to join him at UCF. Just before the 2017-18 season started, Aubrey Dawkins suffered a season-ending injury.He came back and averaged 15 points this season, but maybe more importantly, Aubrey Dawkins said he got to play for his dad.“Having the chance to be around him at this stage in my life and my career in basketball has just been priceless. That’s what I love most, just going every day next to him and learning from him and us getting closer as a father and son and also as a player and coach,” Dawkins said.And the father said his son playing like he did in the most important game of their lives meant a lot to him, too.“Aubrey was terrific. He’s capable of having moments like that, and he had one tonight on one of the biggest stages you could have it on,” Johnny Dawkins said. “He couldn’t have picked a better time for that.” Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 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 Krausscenter_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Central Florida’s Aubrey Dawkins (15) shoots a three-pointer over Duke’s Tre Jones (3) during the first half of a first round men’s college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Columbia, S.C. Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)COLUMBIA, S.C. — The coach’s son was having the game of his life in the biggest game of his dad’s life. Down 1, UCF’s Aubrey Dawkins pushed a miss back up with his right hand with 2.5 seconds left. The ball bounced once, twice and then rolled off the rim.Overall No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed Duke survived to reach the Sweet 16. Dawkins, the son of UCF coach Johnny Dawkins who shot hoops with his dad on the Blue Devils home court when Johnny was a Duke assistant, hung his head as his teammates hit the floor.ADVERTISEMENT Breaking down the NBA playoff race as it winds down Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Are The Giants Sneaking Up On Us Again

In 2007, the Giants’ passing attack through 10 games wasn’t very good (and it would only get worse: The team finished the regular season at 22nd in adjusted net yards per attempt and 24th in passer rating). The running game (more on this in a minute) is what powered the team. But Eli Manning had some of his best games in the playoffs, particularly in the first two games.In 2011, the Giants were defined by the passing offense: Manning had one of his best seasons, teaming with wide receivers Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks. Manning again played better in the postseason, particularly in the early rounds.This year? Despite highlights from Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. and the success of rookie Sterling Shepard, the Giants have had a mediocre passing attack. They rank 19th in passing EPA and 16th in ANY/A. There’s obvious upside with Manning and Beckham, but if the Giants go on a Super Bowl run, the data suggests that the passing offense won’t be behind it.Rushing offense In 2007, the Giants’ offense was centered around Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward, with spot appearances by Reuben Droughns and rookie Ahmad Bradshaw. The ground game ranked fourth in yards and yards per carry.But even though the Earth, Wind and Fire Giants carried over their rushing success into 2008, the running game has been more of a weakness than a strength in more recent years. In 2011, the Giants finished dead last in both yards and yards per carry. And once again, the Giants can’t seem to piece together a running game. This season, New York ranks 31st in yards and 30th in yards per carry, with the underwhelming Rashad Jennings the leader in an unimpressive committee. The veteran back is averaging an anemic 3.40 yards per carry, 38th out of 43 qualifying rushers.With this year’s Giants featuring a mediocre passing game and a bad running game, you’ve probably figured out that it’s not the offense carrying the team.Pass defense It’s easy to dismiss the success of the 7-3 New York Giants. The team ranks 23rd in scoring, tied with the 49ers, and is 11th in points allowed; overall, the Giants have outscored opponents by only 4 points all year. In fact, the Giants haven’t won a single game by more than 7 points. Meanwhile, they rank 20th in yards per game and 16th in yards allowed per game and have benefited from a favorable schedule: The team has played only three true road games this year.1The Giants have played six games at home; they also played one game in London, against the Rams.Ahead of Week 11’s games, the Giants ranked 16th in both ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings and Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average, and their 6-point home win against a bad Bears team is unlikely to move those needles. And even after Sunday’s win, the Giants rank only 17th in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL Elo ratings.So the Giants are just an average team that has lucked into a good record, right? That’s an easy conclusion, but the Giants have a history of sneaking up on the rest of the NFL, as they did in 2007 and 2011:In 2007, New York was 7-3 through 10 games but imploded in the team’s 11th game. Against Minnesota, Eli Manning threw three pick sixes (he would finish the year with 20 picks, tied for the league lead).In 2011, the Giants through 10 games had scored 228 points and allowed 228 points, leading to a 6-4 record.At the time, neither of those teams seemed very noteworthy, and they finished with 10-6 and 9-7 records, respectively. Our current simulations have this year’s Giants finishing with 9.9 wins, which would put them right in line with those other good but not great Giants teams.Of course, both of those Giants teams wound up winning the Super Bowl. Is there any reason to think this year’s team could similarly surprise in the playoffs? To find out, let’s use expected points added to measure how the Giants have fared in every season (through 10 games) going back to 2006.2The first year for which we have EPA data. And while EPA does not adjust for era, we have adjusted those numbers on a per-play basis to account for those differences. I took an average of the per-play EPA for passing and rushing plays from 2006 to 2016 and then adjusted each season of team EPA data based on how the per-play average in a given season differed from the per-play average overall.Pass offense The 2007 and 2011 Giants were both strong against the run, but this year’s squad is even stronger. The Giants currently rank eighth in rushing yards allowed per game and fifth in yards per carry allowed. The additions of Harrison and Vernon have transformed the defensive line, after the defense ranked in the bottom half of the league in most rushing categories last year.ConclusionThe defense is the clear strength of this year’s Giants team, and it’s in a better position through 10 games than the defenses were during those Super Bowl-winning seasons. That’s a good thing, because unlike in those championship seasons, Eli Manning and the Giants offense are playing at or below league average — not exactly in position to carry a team on a late-season winning streak. So if the Giants make a run for the Super Bowl, it may be less likely to resemble Eli Manning’s two Super Bowl teams and more likely to resemble Eli’s brother’s team last year.Check out our latest NFL predictions. The most enduring image of the 2007 Giants is likely the beating that the team gave Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots, but it’s easy to forget that through 10 games, that team was below average against the pass. Same goes for the 2011 version, which was among the worst teams in the league at defending the pass until it got its act together down the stretch.Last year, the pass defense was the Giants’ downfall — the team ranked 28th in EPA and 29th in ANY/A allowed, factors that led to the team finishing 30th in points allowed and last in yards allowed. The Giants finished 6-10, with opposing quarterbacks leading five fourth-quarter comebacks against them and a sixth loss involving another blown lead in the final minute.In the offseason, the Giants spent a ton of money to improve the defense. The team re-signed Jason Pierre-Paul; added Olivier Vernon, Janoris Jenkins and Damon Harrison; and drafted cornerback Eli Apple in the first round. Those additions have paid dividends, and safety Landon Collins, selected 33rd overall last year, has been a huge part of the team’s turnaround. This year, the Giants rank eighth in pass EPA and fifth in ANY/A allowed, and the pass defense is the strength of the team in a way it hasn’t been in years.Rush defense read more

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TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Feb 2016 – One of the most effectively managed EU programs is in the Turks and Caicos Islands; this was the statement from the Director General for Development and Cooperation at the European Union, Jolita Butkeviche at the close of the 14th Ministerial EU and OCTA meeting held in Brussels last week. The Turks and Caicos delegation was led by EU Program Manager for the TCI, Deputy Governor Anya Williams and Premier Rufus Ewing who was joined by Finance Minister, Washington Misick and his Permanent Secretary Athenee Harvey-Basden. As Vice Chair of the session, Premier Hon Ewing addressed the June 2016 referendum in the UK where it will be decided if the United Kingdom remains a part of the EU. The Premier stated that he hoped the promised EU funds for the TCI will not be jeopardized by this diabolical vote. Minister Washington Misick explained that through EDF 10 and 11, some 25 million Euros are earmarked for TCI. A third draw down for upgrading the business sector was as recent as December 2016. The EDF11 monies are earmarked for Educational developments. Recommended for you One Stop Shop plan Rebooted, who knew? DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Finance Ministry to work with OECD on taxes Related Items:anya williams, athenee harvey, european union, washington misicklast_img read more

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Commodore Tellis Bethel Welcomes Commanding Officers and Ships Companies back to Coral

first_imgRBDF Photo 2 shows: Commodore Tellis Bethel welcomes Senior Lieutenant Bertram Bowleg, Commanding Officer, HMBS Lignum Vitae to the Coral Harbour Base. He was onboard one of several Defence Force crafts which returned after spending 4 days at sea during a recent hurricane avoidance exercise. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, September 12, 2017 – Nassau – The almost 200 officers and marines spent almost 4 days at sea under adverse stormy weather conditions during a recent hurricane avoidance exercise.All ships returned safely from sea and are now shifting their operations into disaster relief and recovery mode as they now prepare for redeployment to affected Family Islands. Commodore Bethel thanked the men and women for their hard work and dedication at a time when their country needs them most.RBDF Photo 1 shows: Commodore Tellis Bethel along with his Senior Officers including the Commanding Officers of several RBDF patrol crafts and the RBDF Headquarters Force Chief. (For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel) -rbdf-#GuardOurHeritag RBDF Photo 5 shows: One of several Defence Force patrol craft berthing at HMBS Coral Harbour after spending 4 days at sea.(Photos courtesy RBDF Public Relations Section) RBDF Photo 3 shows: Commodore Tellis Bethel welcomes Lieutenant Ricardo McQueen, Executive Officer, HMBS Madeira to the Coral Harbour Base. He was onboard one of several Defence Force crafts which returned after spending 4 days at sea. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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