This is the man who can win Chelsea the Champions League this season

first_img 3 “It would be 0-0,” says the player, laughing, when we ask how he thinks he would get on in a Champions League game alongside ten clones. “I would not score a lot of goals. But I have played in nearly every position. When I was young, I started as a striker; afterwards, I played on both wings and even in midfield with the under-19s for the national team. So I’ve played more or less everywhere, but I’ve always tried to improve in every position to be a better player.”Always learningWith Serbian Branislav Ivanovic occupying the right-back berth at Chelsea, the right-footed Azpilicueta found himself playing on the opposite flank – and performing well enough to displace longstanding incumbent Ashley Cole. “I tried to learn from him in every training session,” says Azpilicueta of Cole. “The same with Ivanovic as well – I try to learn from everybody.”The signing of left-back Filipe Luis provides him with another player to learn from, but also a threat to his place – although the Brazilian didn’t start a league game until Azpilicueta had to serve a suspension for getting sent off against Crystal Palace. It was the first straight red card of his career, and only the second dismissal for a player who, as a defender, picks up surprisingly few bookings (just two last season, in 45 appearances for club and country).Azpilicueta insists the presence of the £15.8m signing isn’t troubling him, though. “My job is not to think about this,” he says. “It is to work and to be available for the manager. I have played against Filipe Luis before, and he is a very good player. So now we are a stronger team.”The team has been strengthened with other new signings, two of whom – Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas – are familiar to Azpilicueta from a tough summer with the national team. “It was the end of an era in which they won everything,” he says of his first major tournament experience with Spain, who crashed out in the group stages of the World Cup. “It didn’t work, but not a lot of players can say they have experienced playing in a World Cup. We expected to go further, but sometimes in football you get beat. You have to accept this.”Despite their travails in Brazil, both Costa and Fabregas have hit the ground running in west London. “I knew they were good additions to the team,” says Azpilicueta. “They’re getting very good goals and assists and making the team play better. “Costa is a strong player. He holds the ball, he can shoot with the right foot and the left foot. I think he is a complete player who can make the difference at any moment. You cannot give him any space.”Century cityAzpilicueta reached 100 games for Chelsea in the London derby against Arsenal recently, but feels he still has a lot to learn. “You see the dressing room, the names we have – a lot of them have won the Champions League; they have played important games,” he explains. “I’m trying to learn from them, and to play as many important games as possible.”He cites the positive influence that the return of Stamford Bridge legend Didier Drogba has had on the dressing room, but saves his highest praise for Mourinho. “He has changed everything, I think,” he smiles. “The first year was difficult, but now we have the stability he brings. He’s one of the best, and I think both as a club and as a team we are improving. I think we go step by step, though, game by game. It’s a long way until May.” 3 3 Cesar Azpilicueta This feature appears in the current edition of Sport magazine. Download the free iPad edition from the Apple Newsstand, and follow on Twitter @sportmagukWhen Cesar Azpilicueta joined Chelsea from Marseille in the summer of 2012, he quickly struck up a close friendship with the other Spaniards at the club: Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Oriol Romeu. “We were close,” he says. “We were always together, but football is like this – you cannot keep thinking about what you had before.”The defender is the only one of the four still at the club – Romeu and Torres are out on loan, while Mata was sold to Manchester United in January. For a time, it looked like Azpilicueta might be in the same boat: the full-back didn’t start a league game until the October of Jose Mourinho’s first season back at Stamford Bridge. Now, however, the man the Chelsea fans call ‘Dave’ is an integral part of a squad that remains unbeaten and top of the Premier League.“Azpilicueta is the kind of player I like a lot,” said Mourinho ahead of a Champions League tie in February. “I think a team with 11 Azpilicuetas could probably win the competition, because football is not just about the pure talent. Football is also about character and personality, and Azpilicueta has all those traces of a winning personality.”last_img read more

Q&A: A’s pitcher Fernando Rodney takes us under his crooked cap

first_imgFor more 2019 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.It’s safe to say Fernando Rodney is comfortable in his own skin. What else would you expect from the game’s eldest statesman and the No. 2 pitcher on the active saves leader list?If 45-year-old Bartolo Colon retires, the 42-year-old Rodney will assume the mantle of MLB’s most senior citizen.Playing for 10 different teams over 16 seasons, the right-handed, three-time All-Star has amassed 325 saves — second only to Craig …last_img read more

MySQL Vs. MariaDB: Power Plays By Expanding Communities

first_imgbrian proffitt Tags:#MariaDB#MySQL#Oracle Related Posts David Axmark and Monty WideniusMariaDB, the open source fork of the popular MySQL relational database, is slowly but surely making inroads in the MySQL user base by building a stronger community. Clear evidence of that comes with the report from The Register today that Google is assigning a full-time engineer to the MariaDB Foundation. But Oracle is responding with its own plans to diversify its own MySQL developer community.In itself, Google sending a single developer to MariaDB might not seem like big news, but it points to a growing trend for MariaDB in its battle against predecessor MySQL. MySQL has become increasingly isolated as an open source project since the open-source database was acquired by Oracle when the software giant purchased Sun Microsystems.“Isolated,” in this case, points to the growing perception that Oracle does not accept many outside contributions for the MySQL database, which is dual-licensed under the GNU General Public License for developers and a commercial license for customers. The GPL is key here: any project that forks away from MySQL and makes code changes to improve upon the original MySQL code is required to publish the source code for those changes somewhere, presumably for the benefit of the MySQL team.This is the very heart of free software “copyleft” development: it ensures that improvements can be shared among many related projects. But critics such as Monty Widenius  the original creator of MySQL and the newer MariaDB project, maintain that Oracle is deliberately keeping the number of accepted contributions low. There is no rule in the GPL, after all, that says code changes have to be accepted by the parent project.The effect of such policies, critics charge, is that as forked versions of MySQL like MariaDB are changed, it is increasingly difficult to maintain compatibility with MySQL. While some forked projects in the open source world don’t give a flying fig about compatibility  MariaDB most certainly does—otherwise, it would not be able to be a one-to-one replacement for existing MySQL databases.This is why Widenius and his MariaDB team are geared up about Google’s participation: they believe that strength in diversity will make MariaDB a better project and one not controlled solely by a single commercial entity. Indeed, the Register article speculates that this is why Google is coming on board: their own Cloud SQL product is based on MySQL, and therefore has its destiny tied to the whims of Oracle. Getting more involved with MariaDB is a good piece of insurance, should Oracle get squirrelly.SkySQL CEO Patrik Sallner gave The Reg his theory on why he thinks Google is joining in. ‘There are quite a few companies not financially sponsoring the Foundation but [which] are providing resources, because they see the value of being part of the community. That’s another thing we learned from MySQL, to make sure there are enough contributors. At MySQL there were not that many externally,’ he said.‘None, none,’ Widenus [sic] chipped in during our conversation.Did Oracle Pick Up The Clue Phone?Widenius may have gotten ahead of himself with that statement to the Register, as Oracle may be wising up to the fact that if it wants to keep interest going in MySQL as an open source project, it has better start opening the shell a little. As recently as last month, MySQL Community Manager Dave Stokes made a public call for external contributors for MySQL.Stokes’ request was met with some derision, with complaints about his mentioned requirement for contributors to sign the Oracle Contributors Agreement. Such agreements can rankle those in the open source development community, since they usually mean giving up license control and even intellectual property rights for submitted code to the project host.Former MySQL Community Manager Giuseppe Maxia came to Oracle’s defense a few days later.“I may not like it, but licensing was still a consistent part of the business when I left Oracle, and I assume it still is. Since this “feature” helps paying the developers that create open source software, I believe it is a reasonable trade-off.“Besides, also MontyProgram asks the same thing, and so does Apache and Canonical,” Maxia wrote.Maxia also cited that in his experience, contributing to MySQL code is more difficult than other projects, due to the intricacy of the database’s source code itself.If Oracle’s call to action has the intended effect, it should increase the diversity of the MySQL community, and perhaps allay ongoing fears that Oracle will always dominate the destiny of MySQL and can’t be trusted.But that won’t stop the MariaDB team from using the “more open than MySQL” tactic to win over business customers and their developers. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…center_img Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

MFLN “Network News” – June 2016

first_imgSpotlight: Virtual Learning EventsThe Military Families Learning Network provides virtual learning events (VLEs) for military family service providers and other interested professionals serving military families. Our VLEs consist of several sessions centered around a common theme, providing unique engagement and in-depth discussion opportunities. This year we are offering three VLEs hosted by the Personal Finance, Military Caregiving and Family Development concentration areas. For this edition of “Network News,” we are highlighting the Personal Finance VLE taking place June 14-16. Be sure to subscribe to the MFLN monthly email update to receive news on the other VLEs as well as our regularly scheduled programming. Personal Finance VLE: “Enhancing Financial Fitness”The Personal Finance VLE is a three-day web-based event aimed at connecting personal finance managers and educators working with military service members with research, resources, and each other. Taking place June 14-16, this event will focus on the research, traits, and behaviors that lead to financial success. Being “financially fit” means having financial understanding and the capability to make positive financial decisions. Visit the VLE homepage or check out the individual sessions below.Tuesday, June 14, 11 am-12:30 pm ET: What is Financial Fitness & How is it Measured?Wednesday, June 15, 11 am-12:30 pm ET: Positive Personality Traits of Financially Fit PeopleThursday, June 16, 11 am-12:30 pm ET: Wealth Building with Savings, Investing & WindfallsThursday, June 16, 1 pm-1:30 pm ET: VLE wrap-up sessionDid you miss last year’s virtual learning events? Not to worry! You can still view them in our archives to obtain continuing education credit.Personal Finance: Motivating Clients to Develop Positive Financial BehaviorsMilitary Caregiving: Reimagine Your Skills as a Helping Professional: Working with Military Family CaregiversFamily Development: Family Violence: Increasing Professional Knowledge, Prevention & IntegrationJune is chock full of professional development opportunities. We invite you to join us for any or all of them!last_img read more

Congress doesn’t want President’s rule in Maharashtra, says Ashok Chavan

first_imgThe Congress in Maharashtra on Sunday said it didn’t want President’s Rule in the State which is in the midst of a political crisis in view of the BJP’s announcement that it would not form government. Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan said newly-elected MLAs of the party will seek advice from the party high-command over its future political stand in the State. “We are in Jaipur. We will discuss the issue here and will seek advice for the future political stand. The party doesn’t want president’s rule in the state,” he told reporters. Mr. Chavan said he was in favour of forming a stable government in Maharashtra.last_img read more