AC Milan to offer QPR £3m for Taarabt, reports in Italy claim

first_imgAC Milan plan to offer QPR £3m for Adel Taarabt, Sky Sport Italia have reported.Taarabt ended last season on loan at the Italian club and is desperate to join them on a permanent basis.And it is claimed that Kia Joorabchian, who has advised QPR on various transfer deals and acts as Taarabt’s representative, is due to meet Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani on Tuesday to discuss a potential deal.Rangers manager Harry Redknapp, who sold Taarabt to the R’s when he was Tottenham boss, has indicated that the player is determined to move on.Taarabt’s future is uncertain following his return to Rangers.Spurs would be entitled to a significant share of any transfer fee under the terms of the deal that took Taarabt to Loftus Road in the summer of 2010.For more transfer speculation, including ex-Chelsea man Lassana Diarra being linked with QPR, see Sunday morning’s Paper Talk.See also:QPR linked with Leicester City target and former Portsmouth starFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Biggest questions facing the Warriors this season

first_imgIn the wake of an NBA Finals loss, Kevin Durant’s departure and moving into a new arena, the Warriors faced several questions as they opened training camp three weeks ago. Yet, the preseason may have given rise to more questions than answers.Here are the biggest concerns facing the Warriors ahead of the regular-season opener against the Clippers on Thursday.How many points will Steph Curry score per game?The season before Durant’s arrival in the Bay Area, Steph Curry scored 30.1 points per …last_img read more

Karachi Airport Under Attack

first_imgAt least 27 people were killed in a terrorist attack on Pakistan’s busiest airport, Karachi’s Jinnah International, on Sunday night. The assault began when 10 heavily armed militants with grenades gained entry to a cargo area using forged identity cards. The gunmen used grenades to kill four security guards. Violence continued through the night as security forces clashed with the militants, leaving many passengers trapped inside the terminal. When the firefight concluded early Monday morning, the death toll had reached 21. All 10 militants were killed along with eight airport security workers, two Pakistan International Airlines employees, and one ranger.All inbound and outbound flights at Jinnah International Airport were cancelled as a result of the attack. The airport is currently under military control. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack.last_img read more

Open Source: Going Strong, but my Open Source Model may not be Yours

first_imgNew reports from Evans Data and The 451 Group were issued last week about the health of the Open Source movement.  The reports show that Open Source is gaining in commercial acceptance globally.  Further, the reports find that software vendors with traditional licensing models are being increasingly pressured to reinvent their business models, and causing them not only to rethink how they license and distribute their software, but also causing them to realign their relationships with their customers.Increasingly vendors are testing the waters by opening up some part of their software portfolios as Open Source.  Microsoft has begun to experiment too, even as they continue to spread FUD as with comments in the news today from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer where he says that Open Source trampels Intellectual Property rights. Microsoft started some years back with the “Shared Source” concept. More recently, Microsoft has set up a web site called Codeplex to host Open Source projects based on Microsoft technologies.  An interesting example of the kinds of projects hosted on Codeplex is enterprise PLM software from a company called Aras.  Aras has transformed their proprietary licensing model for their Innovator product to Open Source.  More recently Microsoft has also begun experimenting with an incubator project called OfficeLabs within their Dynamics ERP and Dynamics CRM groups that is chartered as true Open Source.The Evans Data study found that, rather than services revenue, more than half of the 31 vendors they surveyed said that their greatest revenue opportunity is in commerical licensing.  It is quite common for vendors to offer Open Source Community editions that have limited forum-based support and to provide a commercial license for an enterprise supported version of their software.Some critics charge that the original intent of the free share-and-share-alike philosophy of Open Source has been lost as more commercial entities are adopting some forms of the Open Source model.  As an example, IBM has released strategic Open Source initiatives like Eclipse, OpenCloud, and Unstructured Information Analysis and Search (UIMA) that have driven revenues to IBM in the forms of compatible for-fee middleware and services, and at the expense of their competitors.Another problem of Open Source often cited is that there are a flood of point Open Source solutions.  Integrating all the pieces from Open Source together into more comprehensive enterprise business solutions can be a huge task, one that might lead you to reconsider the one-shop certified solutions coming out of Oracle, Microsoft or SAP.A new organization has been formed called the Open Solutions Alliance (OSA) that seeks to remedy the interoperability problem.  The goal is to create something comparable to the big-vendor software suites and that provides consistent licensing and interoperability.  Founding OSA members include EnterpriseDB, JasperSource, SpikeSource, and sourceforge.net.last_img read more