September 10, 2018

Five things about Alibaba’s Jack Ma

Five things about Alibaba's Jack Ma Image copyright Getty Images The co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and one of China's best-known businessmen, Jack Ma, is stepping down. Alibaba said chief executive Daniel Zhang would succeed Mr Ma as chairman of the board in a year's time. He will leave on his 55th birthday on 10 September, 2019 - making him the first founder among a generation of prominent Chinese internet entrepreneurs to step down from his company. Here are five things to know about Jack Ma. 1) He was an English teacher Born to a poor family in the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, Mr Ma began his career as an English teacher before becoming a self-made dotcom billionaire. Mr Ma struggled at school and was rejected for 30 different jobs, including one at KFC. He bought his first computer at the age of 33 and was surprised when no Chinese beers turned up in his first online search for "beer". With no background in computing, Mr Ma co-founded Alibaba in his..
September 10, 2018

Huge gold-encrusted rocks unearthed in Australia

Huge gold-encrusted rocks unearthed in Australia Image copyright RNC MINERALS Image caption More than 2,400 ounces of gold were found in the largest rock, RNC Minerals says Miners in Western Australia say they have discovered two huge gold-encrusted rocks that are each estimated to be worth millions of dollars. The largest specimen, weighing 95kg (210lb), was found to contain more than 2,400 ounces of gold, Canadian miner RNC Minerals said. The company said it had extracted gold worth about C$15m (£9m; $11m) from a mine near Kalgoorlie last week. One mining engineer described the finds as "exceedingly rare". "People do still record finding nuggets in the goldfields, but typically they are less than several ounces," said Prof Sam Spearing, director of the Western Australia School of Mines at Curtin University. The mining company valued the largest rock at about C$4m. It said the second-largest - a 63kg specimen with an estimated 1,600 ounces of gold - was worth C$2.6m. Giant gold nug..
September 9, 2018

Cambodia releases opposition leader Kem Sokha on bail

Cambodia releases opposition leader Kem Sokha on bail Image copyright Reuters Image caption Kem Sokha once was serious challenge to the governing party Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha has been unexpectedly released from prison where he was awaiting trial on charges of treason. Mr Sokha has been released on bail and it is not clear if the charges against him will be dropped. He had been arrested in 2017 in a case widely seen as politically motivated. His party was subsequently dissolved and with no political opposition left, the ruling party won a landslide election victory earlier this year. The crackdown on the opposition sparked international condemnation and threats to withdraw aid from the country. When the UN ran a countryJailed for standing up to a strongmanMr Sokha had been accused of colluding with the US to conspire against the Cambodian government. If found guilty, would have faced up to 30 years in jail. The politician was the head of the Cambodia National Rescue P..
September 9, 2018

Alibaba’s Jack Ma to step down in September 2019

Alibaba's Jack Ma to step down in September 2019 Image copyright Getty Images Jack Ma, the executive chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, will step down in a year, the company has confirmed. The news follows conflicting reports over the weekend on the timing of his exit. Mr Ma, one of China's richest men, will hand over the reins to Daniel Zhang, currently Alibaba's chief executive. Alibaba is one of the world's most valuable companies - its shares nearly doubled in value last year. Mr Zhang will become executive chairman on 10 September 2019, the company said in a statement. Mr Ma will remain a director on Alibaba's board for now and a permanent member of the Alibaba Partnership, according to the South China Morning Post. The billionaire co-founded Alibaba in 1999 and has seen it become one of the world's biggest internet companies. Mr Ma has a current net worth of $36.6bn (£28.3bn), according to Forbes.
September 9, 2018

The Indian tribe that gave up hunting to save forests

The Indian tribe that gave up hunting to save forests Image copyright Sayan Hazra Image caption Chaiyievi Zhiinyii was a hunter A tribe in the north-eastern Indian state of Nagaland gave up their ancient tradition of hunting to protect wildlife. Photographer Sayan Hazra chronicles life in the village years after it banished the practice. At one time, 76-year-old Chaiyievi Zhiinyii was a skilled hunter. But he stopped hunting in 2001. The Khonoma tribe gave up what was an important source of livelihood some 20 years ago in order to create a more stable ecosystem for future generations. For centuries, many in the remote, hilly village spent the majority of their time hunting. They killed animals for sustenance but also because it was a tradition and a way of life. Image copyright Sayan Hazra It all began in 1993 when some tribespeople began a campaign to stop hunting. They were spurred to act after they discovered that the grey-bellied Tragopans, a type of pheasant, was an endangere..
September 9, 2018

‘Children jailed as adults’ seek justice from Australia

'Children jailed as adults' seek justice from Australia Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAbdul says he was a child when he was jailed by Australia for people smuggling More than 120 Indonesians who say Australia wrongly jailed them as adults - when in fact they were children - have launched a bid for compensation. The BBC's Indonesia editor Rebecca Henschke visited remote Rote Island to hear how they became caught up in human trafficking. Siti Rudy's eyes fill with tears when she recalls the long months in 2009 when, with no news, she assumed her son Abdul was dead. "I cried and cried because as the youngest he was the one who looked after me," she says, sitting on the cement floor of her home, a one-bedroom house in Oelaba village on Rote, the Indonesian island closest to Australia. "After a long time he called me and told me he was in jail in Australia. That was a very hard thing to hear." Image caption Siti Rudy (right) thought she had l..
September 9, 2018

Kylie and Jason dance again live in Hyde Park

Kylie and Jason dance again live in Hyde Park Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kylie and Jason reunited to perform their Christmas hit from 1988 Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan have reunited at last... performing Especially For You on stage in London. Kylie, who was headlining Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park, teased the audience by starting the duet on her own, with a gospel choir singing Donovan's lines. "I need a dance partner," she sighed after the second chorus, at which point Donovan emerged from the wings. He picked her up and spun her around the stage before joining in for the song's finale. Skip Twitter post by @BBCRadio2 Wait! What... Kylie? JASON? KYLIE AND JASON? KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE AND JASON! KYLIE! JASON! — BBC Radio 2 (@BBCRadio2) September 9,..
September 9, 2018

Australian police find ‘up to’ five bodies in a house in Bedford

Australian police find 'up to' five bodies in a house in Bedford Up to five bodies have been found in a house in suburb of Perth, according to police in Western Australia. The dead include women and children. Assistant commissioner Paul Steele said the incident was "tragic" but that there were no ongoing safety concerns. He said officers made the discovery on Coode Street in Bedford after a man attended a regional police station. The man, who is in his 20s, is in custody. It is not yet known if the victims were related. Skip Twitter post by @gracefitz8 Huge police presence in Bedford this afternoon. Both Coode and Moore streets cordoned off and major crime scene set up. Details at 6 on @9NewsPerth — Grace Fitzgibbon (@gracefitz8) September 9, 2018 Report End of Twitter post by @gracefitz8 Mr Steele called the discovery "heartbreaking" and said the tragedy would send send a ripple through the wider community. He said forensic teams were on the s..
September 9, 2018

Naomi Osaka’s US Open win wows Japan

Naomi Osaka's US Open win wows Japan Image copyright ALLSPORT/GETTY Image caption Ms Osaka beat Ms Williams 6-2 6-4 Japan is celebrating its first ever Grand Slam tennis win after Naomi Osaka's US Open win over Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 at Flushing Meadows. Ms Osaka stayed calm as Ms Williams went into meltdown after the umpire imposed a series of penalties. She was later in tears waiting to be given her trophy as the partisan crowd booed the match officials. The 20-year-old was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father but was raised in the US. Williams accuses final umpire of sexismPrime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Ms Osaka on Twitter, thanking her for "giving Japan a boost of inspiration at this time of hardship" - an apparent reference to last week's Hokkaido earthquake in northern Japan that killed more than 20 people. Skip Twitter post by @AbeShinzo 大坂なおみ選手、全米オープンの優勝、おめでとうございます。四大大会で日本選手初のチャンピオン。この困難な時にあって、日本中に、元気と感動をありがとう。
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