0Shares0000Neymar at a promotional event in Sao Paulo this week – the PSG star is still in his native Brazil as he recovers from a foot operation last month © AFP / Nelson ALMEIDAPARIS, France, Apr 20 – There can be no release clause in Neymar’s Paris Saint-Germain contract, the French league (LFP) insisted on Friday, in response to an earlier report in Spanish daily El Pais.The article in El Pais claimed that a release clause — worth no less than 300 million euros but whose exact value depended on certain results — could be activated from September 1 if the Brazilian star wanted to leave PSG. Neymar moved to Paris last August from Barcelona when the French club activated his release clause at the Camp Nou by paying 222 million euros, making him the world’s most expensive player.But while such release clauses are commonplace in Spanish football, the French LFP’s rules forbid their existence.“Club directors cannot draw up contracts with a ‘release clause’, providing for a contractual relationship to be broken by one party or another in exchange for compensation, a ‘termination clause’ or a clause allowing for unilateral termination with a French or foreign player, either for the club or the player,” according to the rule in question.A spokesperson for the LFP told AFP: “There is therefore no such clause in the player’s contract ratified by the legal commission of the LFP.”Rumours that Neymar could leave PSG in the next transfer window continue to abound while the player himself remains in Brazil, where he has been since undergoing surgery on a fractured foot at the start of last month.Spanish media have linked him with a move to Real Madrid.Spanish sports daily Marca have claimed that Neymar could leave PSG in the close season of 2019 for 222 million euros, the same fee for which he arrived from Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)
7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Roy Rubin, co-founder of the popular Magento open-source project, announced this week he is bowing out of the project he helped launch back in 2008.It’s not the first time the leader of an open-source project has stepped away from her project, but it’s remarkable by its response: Relative silence.It’s not because Rubin wasn’t critical to Magento. He was. For six years, Rubin was the soul of Magento. But open source has grown up, and it’s increasingly shedding its cult of personality. While no one wishes Linux founder Linus Torvalds gets hit by a bus, we’re to the point that we, like Linus, “won’t care.”But it wasn’t always this way.Worshipping The Benevolent DictatorSuccessful open-source projects have long been associated with strong leaders, and for good reason. Influencing a vibrant community of individually-minded developers can be the equivalent of herding cats. While differences of opinion on the direction a particular open-source project can turn into a parting of ways (and code, called a “fork”), more often than not a “benevolent dictator for life,” or project leader, will step in, exert leadership and keep the community together.The term “benevolent dictator for life” (BDFL) may have started with Guido von Rossum, the founder of Python. It has since been applied to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux, as well as Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu’s lead, among others. Sometimes two leaders on a project share the title, as did Adrian Holovaty and Jacob Kaplan-Moss for Django.At their peak, the departure of any one of these leads would have wreaked havoc on the fortunes of the project, given how closely identified the projects were with these strong leaders. Over time, however, this has changed. The Django BDFLs moved on to other projects, and Django kept chugging along. Ditto Python, Lucene (Doug Cutting), JBoss (Marc Fleury) and many other projects.While open source communities still rally around strong leaders, we don’t seem to be as dependent on them as we once were. Open source’s “cult of personality” faded, and perhaps has died altogether. But what happened?Apache And The Rise Of Community Well, community did, for starters. I realize I’m making a somewhat subjective assertion here, but over the roughly 15 years I’ve been involved in open source, I’ve seen a gradual shift away from tightly-controlled free software projects to more loosely joined open-source communities, often with significant corporate interest.While it’s not clear whether the open, BSD/Apache-style licensing “chicken” came before the corporate open source interest “egg,” the two together have definitely changed how open source operates.This includes the need for a BDFL. For example, and while it’s not a project, it’s hard to imagine Free GNU without Richard Stallman. By contrast, it’s pretty easy to imagine Apache Hadoop without… wait, who is in charge of Hadoop, anyway?The answer? Everyone. Or many, rather. It started with Doug Cutting, but it has since grown to become a community of companies and individuals (but mostly companies that employ those individuals) working together.The same is true of OpenStack, which has a host of companies involved. If any particular OpenStack developer were to leave, the OpenStack show would go on. And it has thus far. The same is true of an increasing number of open-source projects.A BDFL-Free Future?This isn’t to suggest that leaders aren’t needed in open source. They are. But as more open-source projects become communities of corporations, the risk of a BDFL leaving diminishes. Frankly, even if companies aren’t heavily involved, projects with an Apache license may not be as dependent on a BDFL, anyway.Photo of Richard Stallman courtesy of Friprog on Flickr How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Matt Asay Why You Love Online Quizzes Tags:#apache#benevolent dictator for life#Magento#Open Source#Roy Rubin Related Posts Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid
Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi at an iftar party on Friday night. He made the remarks while talking to reporters after the feast.Biryani and kebabs are gastronomic delights whose mention is more important than the rising cases of gang rape and murder for Uttar Pradesh Governor Aziz Qureshi. This can be the only explanation for Qureshi brushing aside media queries on crime cases in the state, including the one in Lucknow in which the victim was tortured before being gang-raped and then murdered.”Did you taste the biryani? It was great. And kebab was also nice. Leave other things aside,” Qureshi said before walking past the cameras of television crews in Lucknow on Friday night. The UP governor made this comment after attending the roza iftar party hosted by Advocate General V. C. Mishra.The mediapersons had sought the response from Qureshi on the gang rape and murder of a lab technician of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences. A mother of two children, the woman had failed to save her husband two years ago even after donating one of her kidneys.Originally from Gorakhpur, the widow was working to ensure good education to her 11-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. Her brutalised body was found inside a school in Lucknow’s Mohanlalganj area on Thursday. But these facts apparently didn’t evoke any empathy in Qureshi, a Congressman, who has recently developed tremendous proximity with the leaders of Samajwadi Party. Qureshi, who is also the Uttarakhand governor, has been given additional charge of Uttar Pradesh.advertisementQureshi is not alone in making such insensitive comments as state Sports and Youth Welfare minister Narad Rai said crimes against women take place all over the country. “Such kinds of crime take place all over the country. I will pray to the God to give us strength to fight against the evils,” he said on Saturday. Sadly, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav still appears to be supporting his son Akhilesh Yadav’s government. “Going by the population of the state, I must say that there are many states where the rate of crime is higher than UP. We cannot stop every crime in the state. I believe the women are most secure in UP,” he said.But the insensitive comments did not end there. G.P. Prajapati said in Amethi: “We cannot deploy a police officer for the protection of every woman in the state. After all, even the police are human.”As per a report from 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh, more than 240 rape cases have taken place in the last three months. Meanwhile, the police claimed to have cracked the gang rape and murder case and arrested three persons. The police said one of the killers wanted to marry the victim. He along with his two friends committed the crime when she didn’t agree for marriage.
For the past two years there have been two teams who have dominated at the National Youth Championships (NYC) – NSW Combined High Schools (NSWCHS) and Queensland School Sport Touch (QSST).The pair have been unstoppable in their respective divisions since 2010.NSWCHS have won the girls championship and QSST have taken out the boys equivalent for the last two years.It is an impressive record that could continue when the NYC’s get underway in Port Macquarie tomorrow (Wednesday, September 19).Although their rivals will be gunning for them this week, the pressure of a three-peat is not a concern for NSWCHS coach Brooke Playford.“I would love to win a third title but I wouldn’t say it is added pressure,” Playford said.“We have been there before but we are not worried about that at this stage. We are focussing on reaching the semi-finals first.”NSWCHS have the player roster to win a third straight title.Last year’s Player of the Series Ashleigh Quinlan will lead the team and she will be well-supported by Ashlee Jaegar, Breannan Singman and Tanisha Stanton.However, NSWCHS will be without Emma Crear and Danielle Davis who both picked up injuries forcing them out of the championships.NSWCHS get their campaign underway against Touch New Zealand under 15s at 9am tomorrow.It will be a new-look QSST aiming for a third men’s crown.Ashley Taylor is the only player from last year’s champion team backing up.QSST coach Jason Boyd said having a whole new side won’t be a problem.“Overall the boys have combined well and they will be up for the challenge,” Boyd said.“We definitely can win again. They have plenty of skill and determination.”Once again perennial finalists NSW Combined Catholic Colleges will be a threat in the boys competition as will Central Queensland Bulls and NSWCHS.QSST take on Touch New Zealand under 15s in their first match at 10.40am tomorrow.Related LinksSearching for a three-peat
Crystal Palace boss Hodgson confident Zaha will find his best formby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is confident Wilfried Zaha will find his best form soon.The 26-year-old winger was a target for both Arsenal and Everton during the summer and is reported to have handed in a late transfer request in the hope of pushing through a move.After resuming domestic action following a late return from the Africa Cup of Nations, Zaha has so far failed to open his account for the new season or provide any assists.Hodgson said: “Very few people in our teams have scored goals, we’ve only scored three so it is quite easy to remember who the goalscorers were.”As for assists it is only three possible assists, so it is probably a little unkind to start saying ‘you are not assisting enough or scoring enough.”I would say that we expect a lot more from Wilf in terms of assists and goals and I think that we are going to get it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Agent of Real Madrid midfielder Valverde: He can play with Pogbaby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Real Madrid midfielder Fede Valverde can see him playing with Paul Pogba in the future.It’s been suggested Valverde’s emergence will see Real drop their interest in the Manchester United star.”Pogba is a fantastic player. In the future they can play together, but you have to be careful,” agent Gerardo Rabajda told Radio Marca.”The future is promising but Fede must keep his feet on the ground. He knows he got this chance but he has to stay calm and keep growing. He has proved on the pitch that he has status. He knows when to talk and when to be quiet. We are talking about a future Ballon d’Or winner.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Forget Ronaldo! Liverpool keeper Alisson biggest Messi nemesisby Paul Vegas11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker has played down his great success against Barcelona.Alisson was voted goalkeeper of the year at the Best FIFA awards last month having helped Liverpool win the Champions League and Brazil the Copa America during the summer.On both occasions, the Reds shot-stopper came up against Messi in the semi-finals, facing Barcelona and Argentina. Alisson was also part of the Roma team that eliminated Barcelona from the Champions League the previous campaign.He told Mundo Deportivo: “The truth is that Messi played very well in the first leg in Barcelona (against Liverpool) and scored two goals, but in the return I managed to stop him in some important moments.”Messi is one of the best players in football history, but I don’t think only of duels with him. Both Barcelona and Argentina are two very good teams that have high quality players.”Luckily, in the last three matches I have been able to overcome him, but the merits are of the whole team: Roma, Liverpool and Brazil.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Alabama Football/InstagramAlabama is ready for football.Are you?You will be after watching the following hype video.The Crimson Tide released this, “Who is ready for some Alabama football?” hype video on Instagram.Check it out:Alabama, No. 1 in both the preseason polls, opens its season on Saturday, Sept. 3 against USC at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
HALIFAX – Nicholas Butcher was acting in self-defence when he stabbed Kristin Johnston inside her Halifax-area home, his lawyer said Thursday during closing arguments at the law school graduate’s second-degree murder trial.Peter Planetta told the 13-member Nova Scotia Supreme Court jury that Butcher, 36, did not intend to kill the Montreal-born yoga instructor on March 26, 2016.“He never wanted to kill Kristin Johnston … He killed a person he didn’t want to die,” Planetta said, as Butcher sat at a bench behind him, showing no emotion.Planetta said Johnston, 32, went and got a knife as Butcher slept and stabbed him in the neck, and that he was acting in self-defence when he fought back.“He did it quickly… with no time to think,” he said.Meanwhile, the Crown argued Butcher deliberately killed Johnston after realizing their relationship was deteriorating.In her closing address, Crown lawyer Carla Ball suggested Butcher stabbed Johnston to death, and then tried to kill himself with the same knife before cutting off his right hand with a mitre saw.“You might find yourself contemplating, ‘Who stabs themselves in the neck 13 times?’” Ball asked the jury.“The answer: the same person who progresses from a razor blade to a power saw in a desperate attempt to quickly and efficiently end their life, and the same person who murders the woman they supposedly love and watches them die within five minutes the exact same way and with no way out.”Ball asked the jury to reject Planetta’s suggestion that the 137-pound woman was able to attack Butcher, a stocky man, and create a “tight pattern” of 13 injuries on his neck: two clusters on the right and left sides and another cluster in the middle.She said several things point towards Butcher being guilty of second-degree murder: the blood stain patterns inside the bedroom, the weapon, his suicide attempts, the defensive wounds on Johnston’s hands, and the lack of defensive wounds on Butcher’s hands.“This case is about a man who had significant financial challenges. He was highly educated, but underemployed. It caused him significant upsets leading up to March 25, 2016,” said Ball, referring to Butcher’s $200,000 debt from law school.“And if that wasn’t enough… he realized that the investment that he put into the relationship with Kristin Johnston deteriorated in a blink of an eye. These factors built up like a constellation until he decided that if he could not have Kristin Johnston, no one else could have her.”Planetta suggested to the jury that Johnston was “acting quite erratically” in the days before her death after she returned home from a trip to Costa Rica and following the closing of her yoga business in Halifax.“You could say (she is) almost losing her grip because of the pressure she’s under,” Planetta said, referring to messages Johnston sent friends about how she was feeling.“Those are her words describing how she felt on March 25, 2016. She’s panicked, she could get sick, she’s smothered, she’s trapped. That, I would submit, shows someone going through a hard time and not handling it well.”Planetta also suggested Johnston was upset with Butcher for getting “in the way” of her plan to rekindle a relationship with an old friend, Michael Belyea.The jury heard that Butcher showed up to Belyea’s unexpectedly and found Johnston and Belyea kissing, hours before her death. Friends testified that Johnston had broken up with Butcher earlier in the evening, but he disputed that as he took the stand in his own defence.Planetta said a message she sent to Belyea later that morning after Johnston and Butcher returned home indicates she was angry, and she eventually snapped.Ball suggested that Butcher read Johnston’s Facebook messages, in which she discussed wanting to end her relationship with Butcher, and then “tracked her down.” She asked the jury to reject Butcher’s assertion that he went uninvited into Belyea’s apartment a second time because he feared for Johnston’s safety.“What makes sense was that the real threat was Mr. Butcher,” she said.The trial has heard Butcher called 911 and told the dispatcher he had killed his girlfriend and tried to kill himself. He cut off his hand with a mitre saw, but it was surgically reattached.Butcher — the defence’s only witness — told the jury he fatally stabbed Johnston when he awoke to someone stabbing him in the throat with a knife.He testified it was dark and he couldn’t see who it was, but managed to grab the knife and fight back — realizing seconds later he’d killed Johnston.Before closing arguments started, Justice Joshua Arnold told members of the jury that one juror had been discharged, although it was not explained why.Arnold will deliver his closing instructions Friday morning, after which the jury will begin deliberating.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team during a game against Michigan on Nov. 14 at St. John Arena. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team has a new mantra coming into this season: tribe. It is a concept that the team was introduced to in February by Olympian Kerri Walsh-Jennings when she visited the program. It was the saying Walsh-Jennings used during her Rio Olympics run with April Ross and means more than just coming together as a team.“It goes beyond being teammates. It goes to being sisters,” senior middle blocker Kylie Randall said. “It creates a bigger bond between us, and it’s something we’re going to live and die by this year.”The Buckeye sisterhood welcomed seven newcomers to the team this season, including six freshmen, as well as Abby Fesl.Fesl is a senior transfer from the University of North Florida, who earned more than 2,400 assists during her time with the Ospreys.“Abby’s added a lot of culture to our team,” OSU coach Geoff Carlston said. “It’s always great when you have a senior with that much experience coming in.”Carlston praised the maturity of his veteran players and their part in helping to shape preseason attitudes.“Our seniors are not juniors anymore, and I think they’ve really embraced that role,” Carlston said. “I think our returners have done a great job of mentoring and being patient with our younger players to get them on board.”One of Carlston’s returnees already expected to make a big splash this season is senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. She was named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team on Tuesday morning for the second consecutive season.Sandbothe finished her junior year with a .366 attacking efficiency and crashed into the top five in four different Ohio State women’s volleyball record categories. “I love to see those things come out, especially before we’re even getting a chance to play as a team, kind of show what we’re about,” Sandbothe said. “It’s a huge honor, and I’m blessed to be a part of it.”A goal echoed by multiple members of the team is to reach the NCAA Tournament Final Four, which will be held in Columbus this December. OSU has fallen in five sets in the regional semifinals the past two seasons. “While we’re proud of sort of where we’ve come from, we also want to make that jump, but the reality is with our preseason schedule and our Big Ten schedule, we’ve got to stay super grounded in the daily grind of getting better,” Carlston said. Sandbothe echoed his sentiments, emphasizing the team goal of playing in Nationwide Arena when December comes around.The Buckeyes will put in their first weekend of work on Friday as they play Texas State, North Texas and Texas A&M — all unfamiliar teams to OSU — in the North Texas Challenge tournament.Texas A&M poses a big threat, as it brought home the Southeastern Conference championship last season and pulled together for 14.09 kills per set. Texas State posted a 19-12 record in 2015, and is picked to be the Sun Belt Conference runner-up this season. “I think we just have to be on our toes and willing to run down balls that wouldn’t necessarily happen in the Big Ten,” sophomore setter Taylor Hughes said.Carlston is choosing to look at their lack of first-hand knowledge about this weekend’s teams as an unusual gift, as it allows his team to better examine and perfect their own skills and play.“It’s actually kind of nice not to have a ton of video and a ton of stats. It’s pretty much just raw volleyball,” Carlston said. “For us, it’s really try to out-defend and whatever they give us, we’re ready for it.” Carlston and the women’s volleyball tribe kick off their season at 1:30 p.m. on Friday against Texas State at the North Texas Volleyball Center in Denton, Texas.