Law Enforcement Firearms Fatalities Spike 78 Percent in First Half of 2016

first_imgToday the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund issued a new report with preliminary data through July 20, 2016, revealing that 67 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in 2016—an eight percent increase over the same period last year (62)..Key FactsFirearms-related fatalities (32) spiked 78 percent in the first half of this year from 18 during the same period last year. Of particular concern, ambush-style killings of law enforcement officers have dramatically increased more than 300 percent from the same period in 2015. Fourteen officers were shot and killed in ambushes, seven officers were killed stopping a suspicious person and five officers were killed while executing a tactical arrest or high-risk warrants. Additional circumstances are included in the 2016 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report.Traffic-related incidents were the second leading cause of officer fatalities, with 24 officers killed during the reporting period—a 17 percent decrease over the same period last year (29). Thirteen officers were killed in automobile crashes involving another vehicle; five officers were struck while outside of their vehicle; four officers were killed in motorcycle crashes and two officers were killed in single-vehicle crashes. The two single-vehicle crashes are a 78 percent decrease from nine during the same period last year—an early indication that progress is being made reducing these preventable deaths.- Sponsor – Eleven officers died due to other causes such as job-related illnesses in the first half of 2016, compared to 16 officer deaths during the same time last year—a 31 percent decrease. Heart attacks were the cause of six officer deaths, two officers fell to their death, one officer died in an aircraft crash, one officer was beaten to death and one officer drowned.Texas led all states with 13 officer fatalities; followed by Louisiana with seven officer deaths. California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio and Virginia all lost three officers thus far in 2016. The Memorial Fund is currently constructing the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The Museum currently hosts discussions and free programming designed to educate the public about law enforcement policies and tactics. When the Museum opens in 2018, it will tackle tough issues our country faces with open dialog amongst law enforcement, civic leaders and the citizenry. Supporting Quote:“Each day some 900,000 men and women work to keep our communities safe, and we owe each of them a debt of gratitude,” declared NLEOMF President and CEO Craig W. Floyd. “All American citizens should be outraged at the number of officers who have been targeted, shot and killed this year. The brutal assassinations of law enforcement officers in Texas and Louisiana shocked our nation and we saw similar ambush attacks on officers in other parts of the country earlier this year. Public safety is a partnership. Thankfully, the vast majority of Americans clearly support and appreciate the vital role law enforcement plays in our society. So, now is the time for all law-abiding citizens to partner with law enforcement in support of safe communities.”A copy of the full report, “2016 Mid-Year Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities Report,” is available at www.LawMemorial.org/FatalitiesReport. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Powerful Image Analysis With Google Cloud Vision And Python

first_img (rb, ra, il)From our sponsors: Powerful Image Analysis With Google Cloud Vision And Python Posted on 10th January 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Powerful Image Analysis With Google Cloud Vision And Python Powerful Image Analysis With Google Cloud Vision And Python Bartosz Biskupski 2019-01-09T13:45:32+01:00 2019-01-10T12:02:39+00:00Quite recently, I’ve built a web app to manage user’s personal expenses. Its main features are to scan shopping receipts and extract data for further processing. Google Vision API turned out to be a great tool to get a text from a photo. In this article, I will guide you through the development process with Python in a sample project.If you’re a novice, don’t worry. You will only need a very basic knowledge of this programming language — with no other skills required.Let’s get started, shall we?Never Heard Of Google Cloud Vision?It’s an API that allows developers to analyze the content of an image through extracted data. For this purpose, Google utilizes machine learning models trained on a large dataset of images. All of that is available with a single API request. The engine behind the API classifies images, detects objects, people’s faces, and recognizes printed words within images.To give you an example, let’s bring up the well-liked Giphy. They’ve adopted the API to extract caption data from GIFs, what resulted in significant improvement in user experience. Another example is realtor.com, which uses the Vision API’s OCR to extract text from images of For Sale signs taken on a mobile app to provide more details on the property.Machine Learning At A GlanceLet’s start with answering the question many of you have probably heard before — what is the Machine Learning?The broad idea is to develop a programmable model that finds patterns in the data its given. The higher quality data you deliver and the better the design of the model you use, the smarter outcome will be produced. With ‘friendly machine learning’ (as Google calls their Machine Learning through API services), you can easily incorporate a chunk of Artificial Intelligence into your applications.Recommended reading: Getting Started With Machine LearningAhoy! The hunt for shiny front-end & UX treasures has begun! Meet SmashingConf San Francisco 2019 — a friendly conference on performance, refactoring, interface design patterns, animation and all the CSS/JS malarkey. Brad Frost, Sara Soueidan, Miriam Suzanne, Chris Coyier and many others. April 16–17. You can easily convince your boss, you know. Check the speakers ↬How To Get Started With Google CloudLet’s start with the registration to Google Cloud. Google requires authentication, but it’s simple and painless — you’ll only need to store a JSON file that’s including API key, which you can get directly from the Google Cloud Platform.Download the file and add it’s path to environment variables:export GOOGLE_APPLICATION_CREDENTIALS=/path/to/your/apikey.jsonAlternatively, in development, you can support yourself with the from_serivce_account_json() method, which I’ll describe further in this article. To learn more about authentication, check out Cloud’s official documentation.Google provides a Python package to deal with the API. Let’s add the latest version of google-cloud-vision==0.33 to your app. Time to code!How To Combine Google Cloud Vision With PythonFirstly, let’s import classes from the library.from google.cloud import visionfrom google.cloud.vision import typesWhen that’s taken care of, now you’ll need an instance of a client. To do so, you’re going to use a text recognition feature.client = vision.ImageAnnotatorClient()If you won’t store your credentials in environment variables, at this stage you can add it directly to the client.client = vision.ImageAnnotatorClient.from_service_account_file(‘/path/to/apikey.json’)Assuming that you store images to be processed in a folder ‘images’ inside your project catalog, let’s open one of them. An example of a simple receipt that could be processed by Google Cloud Vision. (Large preview)image_to_open = ‘images/receipt.jpg’with open(image_to_open, ‘rb’) as image_file: content = image_file.read()Next step is to create a Vision object, which will allow you to send a request to proceed with text recognition.image = vision.types.Image(content=content)text_response = client.text_detection(image=image)The response consists of detected words stored as description keys, their location on the image, and a language prediction. For example, let’s take a closer look at the first word:[…description: “SHOPPING”bounding_poly { vertices { x: 1327 y: 1513 } vertices { x: 1789 y: 1345 } vertices { x: 1821 y: 1432 } vertices { x: 1359 y: 1600 }}…]As you can see, to filter text only, you need to get a description “on all the elements”. Luckily, with help comes Python’s powerful list comprehension.texts = [text.description for text in text_response.text_annotations][‘SHOPPING STOREnREG 12-21n03:22 PMnCLERK 2n618n1 MISCn1 STUFFn$0.49n$7.99n$8.48n$0.74nSUBTOTALnTAXnTOTALnCASHn6n$9. 22n$10.00nCHANGEn$0.78nNO REFUNDSnNO EXCHANGESnNO RETURNSn’, ‘SHOPPING’, ‘STORE’, ‘REG’, ’12-21′, ’03:22′, ‘PM’, ‘CLERK’, ‘2’, ‘618’, ‘1’, ‘MISC’, ‘1’, ‘STUFF’, ‘$0.49’, ‘$7.99’, ‘$8.48’, ‘$0.74’, ‘SUBTOTAL’, ‘TAX’, ‘TOTAL’, ‘CASH’, ‘6’, ‘$9.’, ’22’, ‘$10.00’, ‘CHANGE’, ‘$0.78’, ‘NO’, ‘REFUNDS’, ‘NO’, ‘EXCHANGES’, ‘NO’, ‘RETURNS’]If you look carefully, you can notice that the first element of the list contains all text detected in the image stored as a string, while the others are separated words. Let’s print it out.print(texts[0])SHOPPING STOREREG 12-2103:22 PMCLERK 26181 MISC1 STUFF$0.49$7.99$8.48$0.74SUBTOTALTAXTOTALCASH6$9. 22$10.00CHANGE$0.78NO REFUNDSNO EXCHANGESNO RETURNSPretty accurate, right? And obviously quite useful, so let’s play more.What Can You Get From Google Cloud Vision?As I’ve mentioned above, Google Cloud Vision it’s not only about recognizing text, but also it lets you discover faces, landmarks, image properties, and web connections. With that in mind, let’s find out what it can tell you about web associations of the image.web_response = client.web_detection(image=image)Okay Google, do you actually know what is shown on the image you received?web_content = web_response.web_detectionweb_content.best_guess_labels>>> [label: “Receipt”]Good job, Google! It’s a receipt indeed. But let’s give you a bit more exercise — can you see anything else? How about more predictions expressed in percentage?predictions = [(entity.description, ‘{:.2%}’.format(entity.score))) for entity in web_content.web_entities]>>> [(‘Receipt’, ‘70.26%’), (‘Product design’, ‘64.24%’), (‘Money’, ‘56.54%’), (‘Shopping’, ‘55.86%’), (‘Design’, ‘54.62%’), (‘Brand’, ‘54.01%’), (‘Font’, ‘53.20%’), (‘Product’, ‘51.55%’), (‘Image’, ‘38.82%’)]Lots of valuable insights, well done, my almighty friend! Can you also find out where the image comes from and whether it has any copies?web_content.full_matching_images >>> [url: “http://www.rcapitalassociates.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/receipts.jpg”, url:”https://media.istockphoto.com/photos/shopping-receipt-picture-id901964616?k=6&m=901964616&s=612×612&w=0&h=RmFpYy9uDazil1H9aXkkrAOlCb0lQ-bHaFpdpl76o9A=”, url: “https://www.pakstat.com.au/site/assets/files/1172/shutterstock_573065707.500×500.jpg”]I’m impressed. Thanks, Google! But one is not enough, can you please give me three examples of similar images?web_content.visually_similar_images[:3]>>>[url: “https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/z/shopping-receipt-paper-sales-isolated-white-background-85651861.jpg”, url: “https://thumbs.dreamstime.com/b/grocery-receipt-23403878.jpg”, url:”https://image.shutterstock.com/image-photo/closeup-grocery-shopping-receipt-260nw-95237158.jpg”]Sweet! Well done.Is There Really An Artificial Intelligence In Google Cloud Vision?As you can see in the image below, dealing with receipts can get a bit emotional. Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019center_img HomeWeb DesignPowerful Image Analysis With Google Cloud Vision And Python An example of stress you can experience while getting a receipt. (Large preview)Let’s have a look at what the Vision API can tell you about this photo.image_to_open = ‘images/face.jpg’with open(image_to_open, ‘rb’) as image_file: content = image_file.read()image = vision.types.Image(content=content)face_response = client.face_detection(image=image)face_content = face_response.face_annotationsface_content[0].detection_confidence>>> 0.5153166651725769Not too bad, the algorithm is more than 50% sure that there is a face in the picture. But can you learn anything about the emotions behind it?face_content[0]>>> […joy_likelihood: VERY_UNLIKELYsorrow_likelihood: VERY_UNLIKELYanger_likelihood: UNLIKELYsurprise_likelihood: POSSIBLEunder_exposed_likelihood: VERY_UNLIKELYblurred_likelihood: VERY_UNLIKELYheadwear_likelihood: VERY_UNLIKELY…]Surprisingly, with a simple command, you can check the likeliness of some basic emotions as well as headwear or photo properties.When it comes to the detection of faces, I need to direct your attention to some of the potential issues you may encounter. You need to remember that you’re handing a photo over to a machine and although Google’s API utilizes models trained on huge datasets, it’s possible that it will return some unexpected and misleading results. Online you can find photos showing how easily artificial intelligence can be tricked when it comes to image analysis. Some of them can be found funny, but there is a fine line between innocent and offensive mistakes, especially when a mistake concerns a human face.With no doubt, Google Cloud Vision is a robust tool. Moreover, it’s fun to work with. API’s REST architecture and the widely available Python package make it even more accessible for everyone, regardless of how advanced you are in Python development. Just imagine how significantly you can improve your app by utilizing its capabilities!Recommended reading: Applications Of Machine Learning For DesignersHow Can You Broaden Your Knowledge On Google Cloud VisionThe scope of possibilities to apply Google Cloud Vision service is practically endless. With Python Library available, you can utilize it in any project based on the language, whether it’s a web application or a scientific project. It can certainly help you bring out deeper interest in Machine Learning technologies.Google documentation provides some great ideas on how to apply the Vision API features in practice as well as gives you the possibility to learn more about the Machine Learning. I especially recommend to check out the guide on how to build an advanced image search app.One could say that what you’ve seen in this article is like magic. After all, who would’ve thought that a simple and easily accessible API is backed by such a powerful, scientific tool? All that’s left to do is write a few lines of code, unwind your imagination, and experience the boundless potential of image analysis. Powerful Image Analysis With Google Cloud Vision And PythonYou are here:last_img read more

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De Ligt & the top transfer targets in Eredivisie

first_imgTransfers Lozano, De Ligt and 15 summer transfer targets in Eredivisie Peter McVitie 21:01 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Matthijs de Ligt Ajax Getty Images Transfers Eredivisie Heerenveen VVV Ajax Groningen ADO Den Haag Sparta Rotterdam AZ Utrecht Heracles Roda JC PSV Excelsior Feyenoord NAC Breda Willem II PEC Zwolle Vitesse Twente The Eredivisie remains a fruitful hunting ground for Europe’s top leagues and has many possible targets for clubs looking to strengthen this summer Netherlands’ inability to compete with the top guns of European football at club and international level may prevent their best players from showing off their talents on the big stage, but the Eredivisie still has a solid reputation for producing bright young stars.The likes of Ajax, PSV and Feyenoord are always supplying the continent’s richer leagues with players looking to test themselves at a higher level after a successful time in the Dutch top flight and this year there is another group of stars from across the league ready for a step to another division.Here,  Goal  takes a look at some of those options.last_img read more

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Dzeko sends Roma into quarter-finals

first_imgRoma 1 Shakhtar Donetsk 0 (2-2 agg): Dzeko edges Italians through on away goals Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 05:37 14/3/2018 EdinDzeko - cropped Twitter (@asromaen) Shakhtar Donetsk fell short of just a second Champions League quarter-final appearance as their 10 men were beaten by Roma and Edin Dzeko. A second-half Edin Dzeko strike earned Roma a 1-0 Champions League last-16 second-leg win over Shakhtar Donetsk, enough to narrowly progress on away goals after a 2-2 aggregate draw.Cengiz Under’s goal and a string of Alisson saves in a 2-1 away first-leg defeat had kept Roma in the tie, and Eusebio Di Francesco’s men edged to victory in the return to reach the quarter-finals despite a dismal display in which Dzeko’s winner was scarcely deserved.Indeed, despite needing only a draw to themselves reach the last eight on Wednesday, this was no backs-to-the-wall job for Paulo Fonseca’s Shakhtar as they sought to enjoy themselves at Stadio Olimpico. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp An assured away performance was led by Manchester City target Fred as Shakhtar had the better of the opening 45 minutes, pressing the Serie A side when out of possession and then attacking at speed.Chances were few and far between, though, and a lack of cutting edge in the final third was ruthlessly punished by Dzeko seven minutes after half-time.Shakhtar’s desperation for the away goal they now required left gaps in defence and Ivan Ordets was dismissed for halting a late Roma breakaway, Alisson holding on for a fourth consecutive home Champions League clean sheet to seal the hosts a place in the draw for the last eight.FT | #RomaShakhtar – (*2-2)Edin Dzeko scores the crucial goal… and #ASRoma are through! pic.twitter.com/vRz9m7DvFZ— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) March 13, 2018It took Dzeko just 22 seconds to work Andriy Pyatov for the first time, but Shakhtar would not bow easily to the hosts’ early pressure and were soon knocking the ball around with confidence in the Roma half.Alessandro Florenzi flicked a risky backwards header just wide of his own goal and a nervous home crowd witnessed the visitors maintaining a level of control throughout the first half, Pyatov intercepting when Aleksandar Kolarov led a rare Roma foray.Taison flashed a 25-yard effort over the top, before Federico Fazio recovered in time to force Facundo Ferreyra wide having cheaply given up possession to his fellow Argentinian.Kolarov then crucially swept the ball away from Ferreyra’s toe inside the Roma box as the sides went in level at the break.Roma did not initially improve from the restart but, when the Shakhtar defence switched off the first time, a clear chance finally fell for Dzeko and he made no mistake.Kevin Strootman hooked a hopeful pass forward to set his team-mate away, Dzeko in the clear and reaching the ball ahead of Pyatov to prod a finish through the goalkeeper’s legs.1 – Edin #Dzeko has scored his first goal in a Champions League knockout phase game. Wait. #RomaShakthar— OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) March 13, 2018Diego Perotti fired straight at Pyatov as Roma chased a second and Dzeko then almost struck again with a wonderful curling shot that just faded wide, before Shakhtar redoubled their efforts.Fred recycled the ball and Taison danced by challenges, but they could not muster the necessary response and tempers flared as Ordets tugged back Dzeko to see red with 11 minutes remaining, Ferreyra clashing with a ball boy to earn just a yellow as Roma held on. Key Opta Facts:- Roma have reached the quarter finals of the Champions League for the third time in the club’s history and for the first time since 2007-08.- This is the first time Roma have progressed from a knockout tie in which they have lost the first leg; ending a run of five consecutive knockout tie defeats.- Roma have kept a clean sheet in each of their last four Champions League home games, winning the last three (W3 D1 L0).- Shakhtar Donetsk however, have lost seven of their last eight Champions League away games (W1 D0 L7).- Shakhtar Donetsk failed to register a single shot on target against Roma in this match.- Iven Ordets red card was the second Shakhtar have received in the competition this season – as many as in their previous four Champions League campaigns combined.- Edin Dzeko has had a hand in 55 per cent of Roma’s 11 goals in the Champions League this season (4 goals, 2 assists).  read morelast_img read more

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NATIONAL 18’S HALF TIME MATCH UPDATES

first_imgHALF-TIME MATCH UPDATES* Please note this is not the official record, please visit the Sporting Pulse website for official resultsDay One Wednesday 13/9/069.00amWomen’s Pool B R.1: QSST (4) v SunCoast (0)Women’s Pool A R.1: NSWCHS (5) v NQ (0)Women’s Pool B R.1: Eagles (0) v Cobras (4)Women’s Pool C R.1: NSWCCC (2) v Suns (3)9.50amWomen’s Pool A R.1: Scorpions (1) v Mets (1)Women’s Pool A R.1: Tasmania (2) v CQ (2)Women’s Pool B R.1: Crusaders (0) v NSWCIS (5)Women’s Pool C R.1: SQBD (6) v ACT (0)11.00amOpening Ceremony11.50amMen’s Pool C R.1: SQBD (1) v Suncoast (2)Women’s Pool C R.1: Rebels (0) v Hornets (4)Men’s Pool C R.1: SWQ (1) v Cobras (4)Men’s Pool A R.1: Scorpions (0) v CQ (4)12.40pmMen’s Pool A R.1: Suns (2) v Hornets (2)Men’s Pool A R.1: Crusaders (1) v NSWCCC (4)Men’s Pool C R.1: NT (0) v Mets (10) Men’s Pool B R.1: NSWCIS (1) v QSST (7)1.30pmWomen’s Pool A R.2: NSWCHS (6) v CQ (0)Men’s Pool B R.1: NSWCHS (6) v Eagles (1)Men’s Pool B R.1: ACT (1) v NQ (5)Women’s Pool B R.2: Suncoast (5) v Eagles (1)2.20pm Women’s Pool C R.2: NSWCCC (6) v NT (3)Women’s Pool B R.2: Cobras (4) v Crusaders (1)Women’s Pool A R.2: NQ (3) v Scorpions (1)Women’s Pool A R.2: Mets (4) v Tasmania (1)3.10pmWomen’s Pool B R.2: QSST (6) v NSWCIS (0)Women’s Pool C R.2: Hornets (1) v SQBD (2)Women’s Pool C R.2: ACT (0) v Suns (8)Men’s Pool C R.2: SQBD (0) v Tasmania (2)4.00pmMen’s Pool A R.2: Hornets (6) v Crusaders (2)Men’s Pool A R.2: NSWCCC (3) v Scorpions (2)Men’s Pool A R.2: Suns (5) v CQ (1)Men’s Pool C R.2: Mets (3) v SWQ (1)4.50pmMen’s Pool A R.2: Hornets (1) def Crusaders (3)Men’s Pool A R.2: NSWCCC (4) def Scorpions (2)Men’s Pool A R.2: Suns (9) def CQ (3)Men’s Pool C R.2: Mets (13) def SWQ (3)Day Two Thursday 14/9/069.00amMen’s Pool B R.3: NSWCHS (2) v ACT (1)Men’s Pool C R.3: Suncoast (0) v Mets (2)Men’s Pool B R.3: QSST (2) v NQ (1)9.50amMen’s Pool C R.3: SQBD (1) v Cobras (4)Men’s Pool B R.3: NSWCIS (1) v Eagles (5)Men’s Pool C R.3: NT (6) v Tasmania (0)Women’s Pool A R.3: CQ (1) v Mets (3)10.40amWomen’s Pool A R.3: Tasmania (0) v NQ (8)Women’s Pool C R.3: Suns (6) v Hornets (0)Women’s Pool B R.3: Crusaders (0) v Suncoast (5)Women’s Pool A R.3: NSWCHS (7) v Scorpions (0)11.30amWomen’s Pool C R.3: NSWCCC (5) v ACT (0)Women’s Pool B R.3: QSST (5) v Eagles (0)Women’s Pool C R.3: Rebels (5) v NT (1)Women’s Pool B R.3: NSWCIS (3) v Cobras (2)12.20pmMen’s Pool A R.3: Suns (9) v Crusaders (1)Men’s Pool B R.4: ACT (6) v NSWCIS (1)Men’s Pool C R.4: SQBD (5) v SWQ (2)1.10pmMen’s Pool C R.4: NT (1) v Suncoast (5)Men’s Pool A R.3: Scorpions (1) v Hornets (5)Men’s Pool B R.4: Eagles (0) v QSST (4)2.00pmMen’s Pool B R.4: NSWCHS (6) v NQ (1)Men’s Pool C R.4: Tasmania (2) v Cobras (6)Men’s Pool A R.3: CQ (1) v NSWCCC (3)2.50pmWomen’s Pool A R.4: NSWCHS (5) v Mets (1)Women’s Pool C R.4: Rebels (0) v Suns (5)Women’s Pool B R.4: Eagles (4) v Crusaders (0)3.40pmWomen’s Pool B R.4: QSST (6) v Cobras (0)Women’s Pool C R.4: NT (2) v ACT (4)Women’s Pool A R.4: Scorpions (3) v Tasmania (2)4.30pmWomen’s Pool C R.4: NSWCCC (1) v SQBD (5)Women’s Pool B R.4: Suncoast (2) v NSWCIS (1)Women’s Pool A R.4: NQ (4) v CQ (1)5.20pmMen’s Pool A R.4: Suns (3) v NSWCCC (4)Men’s Pool C R.5: Suncoast (5) v Tasmania (0)Men’s Pool A R.4: Crusaders (1) v Scorpions (3)6.10pmMen’s Pool C R.5: SQBD (1) v Mets (5)Men’s Pool A R.4: Hornets (5) v CQ (3)Men’s Pool C R.5: SWQ (1) v NT (3)7.00pmWomen’s Pool C R.5: Suns (6) v NT (1)Women’s Pool C R.5: SQBD (1) v Rebels (0)Women’s Pool C R.5: NSWCCC (0) v Hornets (1)Day Three Friday 15/9/069.00amMen’s Pool C R.6: Tasmania (1) v SWQ (3)Men’s Pool C R.6: SQBD (4) v NT (1)Men’s Pool C R.6: Mets (4) v Cobras (0)9.50amWomen’s Pool C R.6: NT (0) v SQBD (4)Women’s Pool C R.6: Hornets (4) v ACT (2)Women’s Pool C R.6: NSWCCC (5) v Rebels (3)10.40amMen’s Pool B R.5: QSST (5) v ACT (1)Men’s Pool B R.5: NSWCHS (5) v NSWCIS (2)Men’s Pool A R.5: Suns (5) v Scorpions (2)11.30amMen’s Pool A R.5: NSWCCC (3) v Hornets (1) Men’s Pool A R.5: CQ (4) v Crusaders (2) Men’s Pool B R.5: NQ (5) v Eagles (2) *Full-time scoreMen’s Pool C R.7: Mets (7) v Tasmania (0)12.20pmWomen’s Pool B R.5: QSST (10) v Crusaders (0)Women’s Pool B R.5: NSWCIS (3) v Eagles (1)Women’s Pool C R.7: ACT (1) v Rebels (0)Men’s Pool C R.7: Cobras (4) v NT (0)Men’s Pool C R.7: Suncoast (7) v SWQ (0)1.10pmWomen’s Pool A R.5: NSWCHS (7) v Tasmania (0)Women’s Pool A R.5: CQ (0) v Scorpions (3)Women’s Pool C R.7: Suns (3) v SQBD (3)2.00pmWomen’s Pool C R.7: Hornets (1) v NT (0)Women’s Pool B R.5: Cobras (2) v Suncoast (3)Women’s Pool A R.5: Mets (3) v NQ (3)2.50pmMen’s Champ QF 1: Mets (6) v CQ (1)Men’s Champ QF 3: NSWCHS (2) v NSWCCC (1)Men’s Shield QF 2: ACT (5) v Eagles (1)3.50pmMen’s Champ QF 2: Suns (5) v Cobras (4)Men’s Champ QF 4: SunCoast (4) v QSST (5)Men’s Shield QF 1: SWQ (7) v SQBD (3)4.50pmWomen’s Shield QF 1: Hornets (2) v Rebels (1)Women’s Plate QF 1: Tasmania (1) v Crusaders (0)Men’s Plate QF 1: Tasmania (1) v Crusaders (1)5.50pmWomen’s Champ QF 1: NSWCHS (8) def SunCoast (2)Women’s Champ QF 3: Suns (6) def Cobras (4)Women’s Shield QF 2: Mets (7)  def Eagles (6) *drop off6.50pmWomen’s Champ QF 2: QSST (6) v NSWCCC (1)Women’s Champ QF 4: SQBD (2) v NQ (1)Day Four Saturday 16/9/068.00amWomen’s Plate SF 1: CQ (3) v Tasmania (0) Women’s Plate SF 2: ACT (2) v NT (0)Women’s Shield SF 1: Scorpions (0) v Hornets (1)Women’s Shield SF 2: NSWCIS (5) v Mets (2)Men’s Plate SF 2: NT (1) v NSWCIS (5)9.00amWomen’s Champ SF 1: NSWCHS (2) v SQBD (1)Women’s Champ SF 2: QSST (2) v Suns (0)Men’s Shield SF 1: NQ (6) v SWQ (2)Men’s Shield SF 2: Hornets (3) v ACT (1)Men’s Plate SF 1: Scorpions (3) v Tasmania (0)10.00am Men’s Champ SF 1: Mets (5) v QSST (3)Men’s Champ SF 2: Suns (2) v NSWCHS (3)Women’s P/O 13/14: Rebels v Eagles *Forfeit by RebelsMen’s P/O 13/14: SQBD (1) v Eagles (3)Men’s P/O 7/8: CQ (2) v Cobras (7)11.00am Men’s P/O 5/6: NSWCCC (3) v SunCoast (5)Women’s P/0 5/6: Cobras (2) v NQ (6)Women’s P/O 17/18: Tasmania (2) v ACT (4)Women’s P/O 11/12: Scorpions (3) v Mets (2)Women’s P/O 7/8: SunCoast (4) v NSWCCC (3)12.00pmWomen’s Shield Final: Hornets (1) v NSWCIS (3) Women’s Plate Final: CQ (5) v NT (0)Men’s P/O 17/18: Tasmania (3) v NT (3)Men’s P/O 11/12: SWQ (2) v ACT (4)1.00pmMen’s Shield Final: NQ (6) v Hornets (2)Men’s Plate Final: Scorpions (3) v NSWCIS (4)Men’s P/O 3 v 4: QSST (4) v Suns (2)Women’s P/O 3 v 4: SQBD (2) v Suns (1)1.50pm Celebrity Challenge Game2.30pmWomen’s Final: NSWCHS (6) v QSST (6)3.30pmMen’s Final: Mets (3) v NSWCHS (2)4.30pmPresentationFOR ALL THE LATEST NEWS AND STORIES:www.austouch.com.au has all the latest news and stories, as well as a photo gallery and match reports.FOR ALL THE LATEST DRAWS AND RESULTS:The SportingPulse website has the draws, results and touchdown scorers for all matches and can be accessed using the following link NATIONAL 18 YEARS AND UNDER CHAMPIONSHIPS DRAW AND RESULTSlast_img read more

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Thiago Silva ready to lead Brazil again?

first_imgSerbia v Brazil Four years later, captain Thiago Silva is standing tall with Brazil again Brasil Global Tour Last updated 1 year ago 18:40 6/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Thiago Silva Brasil chegada Sao Petersburgo World Cup 20062018 Lucas Figueiredo/CBF/Divulgação Serbia v Brazil Brazil Serbia World Cup The PSG man was heavily criticised for his perceived lack of leadership four years ago, but is now playing a key role with the Selecao in Russia GOAL ANALYSIS – Raisa Simplicio & Rupert Fryer Thiago Silva sat alone, perched on a solitary ball, unable to look, overcome with emotion.As his team-mates prepared for their penalty shootout with Chile, the tension proved too much for their captain in Belo Horizonte that afternoon.The Selecao came through the Round of 16 clash thanks to Neymar’s penalty, edging one step closer to the promised land, to avenging the Maracanazo of 1950 by securing a long-awaited world title on home soil. Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Thiago Silva Brazil Chile 28062014Their progress, of course, would be halted in the most dramatic fashion less than two weeks later as a rampant Germany inked the numbers 7-1 into the storied history of the most successful national team in world football.Thiago Silva missed that match through suspension, but that certainly didn’t earn him protection from the vitriol that would follow. Brazil, they said, were too emotional throughout. The 7-1 was a disaster waiting to happen. And the image of their captain sitting alone that afternoon was held up as an example of it all.The Selecao needed a fresh start following the 7-1, but Thiago Silva certainly didn’t get one after the arrival of new coach Dunga. First, he was stripped of the captaincy and then, a year later, was made the villain of the piece as his handball gifted Paraguay a penalty at Copa America 2015 before the Selecao were dumped out on penalties.Thiago Silva Brazil Paraguay 07192015Thiago Silva would not be recalled by Brazil for a year, returning only when new coach Tite took the reigns and wiped a muddied slate clean, recalling others who had fallen out with the previous boss. But still, the PSG stopper was on the periphery.For the next 18 months he would have to make do with a place on the bench, as Marquinhos and Miranda marshalled what became one of the meanest defences in international football. But in March this year, Thiago Silva got a pleasant surprise when, after a number of cameos, he was recalled to the first-team, ending an almost three-year wait for place back in the starting XI.Marquinhos was recovering from a slight knock, and Thiago Silva grabbed his chance with both hands. With more minutes than his PSG team-mate in the domestic season, Thiago Silva was recalled for the Brasil Global Tour clash with Russia in Moscow and retained his place for an epic follow-up – a first meeting with Germany since the 7-1. Timo Werner, Thiago Silva e Daniel Alves - Brasil x Alemanha - 27/03/2018A rare starting role, it appeared, had opened up in an otherwise settled Brazil team as coach Tite began experimenting before the World Cup.Tite has always liked Thiago Silva both professionally and personally, and, increasingly anxious about forming a team that could overcome deep-lying defences in Russia, Thiago Silva’s ability to play out and start attacks from the back gave him the edge over Marquinhos.And against Costa Rica, Thiago Silva’s rebirth was complete as he returned to a World Cup with captain’s armband, thanks to Tite’s policy of rotating the role around the team.”To me it’s not a problem,” he said last week. “I think the main thing is to give your best regardless of whether you’re the captain or not. Everyone has a great responsibility.”We managed to share this responsibility on the pitch. First we had Marcelo, then Miranda. All of us have individual characteristics and we are all ready to be captain when the coach decides.”Thiago Silva Brazil Costa Rica 22062018And after a quiet start, the coaching staff were impressed with the leadership qualities he displayed as two late goals saw the Seleaco triumph 2-0.‘Thiago Silva is not a leader’ the cry has been ever since that afternoon he sat alone on top of that ball in Belo Horizonte four years ago. Now Thiago Silva is back on his feet, standing tall alongside his team-mates, with his chance to prove he can be one of 11 leaders who can take Brazil to the promised land.last_img read more

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Football’s 10 greatest comebacks

first_imgWorld Cup Barcelona, Man Utd, Belgium & football’s 10 greatest comebacks Goal Last updated 1 year ago 04:10 7/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Marouane Fellaini Belgium 2018 Getty Images World Cup UEFA Champions League Newcastle United Sweden Manchester United Mali Brisbane Roar Arsenal Blackpool Liverpool Barcelona Premier League FA Cup League Cup Africa Cup of Nations A-League Stunning victories have been snatched from the jaws of defeat countless times in football. Here, Goal takes a look at some of the best comebackslast_img read more

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Forsberg fires Sweden into quarter-finals

first_imgSweden 1 Switzerland 0: Swedes dream thanks to Forsberg’s moment of fortune Rob Lancaster Last updated 1 year ago 23:56 7/3/18 Forsberg_Sweden_cropped Francois Nel/Getty Images Manuel Akanji’s unfortunate touch on Emil Forsberg’s shot sent Sweden through to the World Cup quarter-finals in Russia. Sweden are through to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1994 after a deflected goal from Emil Forsberg clinched a 1-0 win over Switzerland.The first meeting between the nations at a major tournament simmered in the St Petersburg sunshine until Forsberg’s fortunate strike handed Sweden a crucial lead.The RB Leipzig playmaker’s tame 66th-minute effort was heading straight at Yann Sommer until Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji stuck out a foot, sending the ball looping beyond his wrong-footed goalkeeper. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Forsberg also produced a well-timed clearance in his own penalty area to preserve the advantage against a Switzerland side who finished with 10 men, defender Michael Lang seeing red after clipping the heels of Martin Olsson just outside the penalty area when the substitute was clean through on goal.Referee Damir Skomina initially gave a penalty deep into stoppage time before VAR intervened, though the change of decision made no difference to the final outcome of the contest.The only disappointment for Sweden was a first-half booking picked up by Mikael Lustig, ruling the defender out of a last-eight clash against either Colombia or England in Samara on Saturday.In contrast, Switzerland’s run in Russia came to a rather subdued end. They had to change half of their defence for the knockout fixture, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Fabian Schar were both ruled out through suspension, yet it was in attack where they struggled the most.#SWE WIN!Ten-man #SUI are knocked-out thanks to a deflected strike from @eforsberg10! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/BDYSnxskt9— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) July 3, 2018The reshuffled back four stood firm in the first half, though they relied upon goalkeeper Sommer’s reactions to turn away Marcus Berg’s first-time strike with his left foot.They were also fortunate to see an unmarked Albin Ekdal fail to hit the target prior to the break, the Hamburg midfielder going for an ambitious volley instead of throwing his head at Lustig’s inviting cross from the right.Blerim Dzemaili blazed over at the other end to waste a rare sight of goal for Switzerland, who had developed a reputation as second-half specialists at this year’s tournament.Yet Vladimir Petkovic’s side – who had scored four of their five goals in Russia after the interval – continued to struggle, only waking from their slumber after falling behind.Ola Toivonen wastefully fired over when well positioned inside the penalty area before Forsberg finally broke the deadlock, albeit more through luck than judgement, his attempt clipping the unfortunate Akanji to beat Sommer.2 – Sweden have won back-to-back World Cup matches for the first time since 1958, when they won the quarter-final and semi-final on their way to the final as host nation that year. Rising. #SWESUI #SWE #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/tAWajEqBDE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) July 3, 2018Switzerland responded to the setback by sending on forwards Breel Embolo and Haris Seferovic, and the latter at least tested Sweden goalkeeper Robin Olsen with a header in the closing stages.Sweden were denied the chance to double their lead from the spot following Lang’s late dismissal for taking out Olsson, with Sommer beating away Toivonen’s driven free-kick after a lengthy delay – but one goal was enough for Janne Andersson’s side to progress.Key Opta stats:- Switzerland have still never won a World Cup knockout match; suffering elimination in all seven matches, including their last four round of 16 games (in 1994, 2006, 2014 and 2018).- This was only Switzerland’s fourth defeat in their last 15 matches at the previous four World Cup tournaments, with three of those defeats coming by a 1-0 scoreline.- Sweden kept their third clean sheet in four games at the 2018 World Cup – as many shutouts as they’d recorded in their previous 24 matches combined at the World Cup finals.- Emil Forsberg scored his first World Cup goal for Sweden with his 14th shot of the tournament.- Sweden’s Marcus Berg attempted three shots in this match and has now had 13 shots without scoring at the 2018 World Cup, more than any other player. read morelast_img read more

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‘Marcelo excellent but Ramos makes Real tick’

first_imgAl Ain are hoping to secure the notable scalp of Real Madrid in the Club World Cup final, but Caio is aware that the likes of Marcelo and Sergio Ramos pose a serious threat to their chances.The Blancos, who saw a Gareth Bale hat-trick fire them past Kashima Antlers at the semi-final stage, are chasing down a third successive global crown.Santiago Solari’s side are heavy favourites to make that a reality, with a star-studded squad expected to have too much for Abu Dhabi-based foes on their home soil. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Caio concedes as much, but the Al Ain midfielder is looking forward to rubbing shoulders with illustrious countrymen and some of the finest players on the planet.The Brazilian told Goal: “I think I will have to face Marcelo because I play on the right wing. I am looking forward to seeing him, to talking with him and hugging my compatriot – the same with Vinicius and Casemiro. Marcelo is excellent.”While being a ban fan of a fellow countryman, Caio believes it is a talismanic skipper that makes Madrid tick and makes Al Ain’s task all the more difficult.He added: “If I could remove one Real player from the match who would it be? Sergio Ramos. He is a great defender, he is always well placed, helps his team and is a leader. Without Ramos it would be easier for us.”Al Ain have already pulled off one shock in the 2018 staging of the Club World Cup.Caio Al AinNewly-crowned Copa Libertadores winners River Plate were edged out on penalties in the last four to set up a date with Real.Caio admits they are now massive underdogs against the champions of Europe, but claims that is providing added motivation for a side determined to hold their own.“It was special and gratifying to play against champions like River Plate and we’re really happy after a victory and to play in the final,” he said.“River Plate is a strong team and they came back after our first goal but we also made an extra effort. I’m happy with my goal to help my team to win.“We don’t have a secret, only to give our best. It’s clear for us that we have to leave the pitch having given our all and this could be the only advantage for us. It is true that our fans are supporting us and it is also motivation that all the people think Al Ain won’t win.“We have played three consecutive matches and we’re tired but I expect to be recovered before the final. We had time to rest and to be with our families, to think about other things and not about football and we’re focused on the final.”Al Ain and Real Madrid will battle in out for major silverware at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on Saturday.last_img read more

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How does your donation page stack up?

first_imgIf you didn’t see the online fundraising results you were hoping for in 2013—or you’d like to do even better this year, Network for Good has a new tool that can help. The Donation Page Grader will help you assess your donation page so you can see if you’re getting the most out of your online efforts. Take this short quiz to get your donation page grade and suggested resources to help you take your online fundraising to the next level. Click the image below to get started.See how you fare and come back and share your results. Then, consider these three basic requirements any online donation experience should satisfy:1. It should make giving easy. This can’t be stressed enough, so we’ll say it again and again. Don’t make your donors think too hard about giving to your organization. This includes enabling your supporters to quickly interact via mobile and social: does your donation page offer donors easy ways to give and share on the go?2. It should keep donors in the moment of giving. When a prospective donor lands on your donation page, each component should reinforce their decision to give while making it quick and easy to complete their donation. This means it should closely match your nonprofit’s branding, campaign materials, and message. Make your donation page an extension of the conversation you’re having with your potential donors so there’s no disconnect.3. It should help start your donor’s relationship with you off right. Donor retention really begins before a donation is made. If it’s confusing, difficult, or frustrating to give to your cause, you’re not starting your donor’s experience with your organization on a positive note. Your donation page should also help you quickly thank donors with a powerful post-donation experience and email acknowledgement, plus give you the information you need to cultivate these supporters over time.last_img read more

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