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CEO Daniel Zhang to succeed Jack Ma as chairman of Alibaba Group

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Mr. Ma will complete his current term as a member of Alibaba Group’s board of directors until its annual general meeting of shareholders in 2020.

 

Mr. Ma is a lifetime partner in the Alibaba Partnership and is a member of its partnership committee. The Alibaba Partnership is currently comprised of 36 partners who are also members of senior management of Alibaba Group or its affiliates. Pursuant to the articles of association of Alibaba Group, the Alibaba Partnership has the right to nominate a majority of the directors to the board of the company.

Mr. Ma in a letter to Alibaba’s customers, employees and shareholders said, “Today, as we mark the 19th anniversary of Alibaba, I am excited to share some news with you: with the approval of our board of directors, one year from today on September 10, 2019 which also falls on Alibaba’s 20th anniversary, Group CEO Daniel Zhang will succeed me as chairman of the board of Alibaba Group. While remaining as executive chairman in the next 12 months, I will work closely with Daniel to ensure a smooth and successful transition. Thereafter, I will stay on the Alibaba board of directors until our annual shareholders meeting in 2020.”

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Founded in 1999, Alibaba aims to last more than 102 years and for sustainability its build on sound governance, culture-centric philosophy, and consistency in developing talent.

“No company can rely solely on its founders. Of all people, I should know that. Because of physical limits on one’s ability and energy, no one can shoulder the responsibilities of chairman and CEO forever,” Mr. Ma added.

Daniel Zhang has been with Alibaba Group for 11 years. Since he took over as CEO, he has demonstrated his superb talent, business acumen and determined leadership. Under his stewardship, Alibaba has seen consistent and sustainable growth for 13 consecutive quarters. His analytical mind is unparalleled, he holds dear our mission and vision, he embraces responsibility with passion, and he has the guts to innovate and test creative business models.

Mr. Ma says he’ll plan on continuing his role as the founding partner in the Alibaba Partnership and contribute to the work of the partnership.

 

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BMW hires Zimmer to create sound for electric cars – KBC

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Hans Zimmer is an award-winning film music composer

BMW has hired Academy award-winning music composer Hans Zimmer to create a new, characteristic driving sound for their electric cars – BMW i4, the M version of the BMW i4 and the BMW iX.

The all-electric BMW i4. Courtesy BMW M GmbH.

Hans has composed notable film scores including Inception, Dark Knight, The Lion King and Man of Steel to mention a few. In this particular project, he will be working with sound designer Renzo Vitale with whom he had previously worked to co-develop the driving sound for the BMW Vision M NEXT revealed in 2019.

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BMW released a video (above) on their YouTube channel detailing the goals of the project and what kind of sound they’re looking for. You can hear the sound created for the BMW i4 M version from the video.

Speaking of the project, Hans said, “Every BMW has its own character, which is reflected in the sound it makes. So for the electrically driven BMW M models, we have developed a driving sound which accentuates their emotional driving experience particularly vividly and ensures their performance can be felt with even greater intensity.”

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The new drive sounds developed as part of the collaboration with Hans Zimmer are expected to feature in the BMW i4 and BMW iX over the course of 2022 according to BMW.

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Pleas for calm as Jerusalem violence escalates – KBC

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Early on Tuesday, the Palestinian Red Crescent, a humanitarian group, said more than 700 Palestinians had been injured in clashes with Israeli security forces in Jerusalem and across the West Bank.

Bombardments did not abate overnight as the sound of Palestinian rockets and Israeli air strikes echoed across the region on Tuesday morning.

Israel’s military said it carried out strikes on 130 targets across the Gaza Strip. In one strike, a woman was killed and two others were injured, health officials said.

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Meanwhile, Hamas fired at rocket barrage at the city of Ashkelon in southern Israel. It said this was retaliation for an Israeli attack on a civilian apartment block near Gaza city.

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Qualification to 2023 WC would be dream come true; says coach – KBC

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The national 15s rugby team head coach Paul Odera, believes the Simba’s as they are popularly known, has got what it takes to defy all odds and secure a place at the coveted rugby World Cup set for 2023 in France.

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Kenya will play in pool A with France, New Zealand, Italy and America 1 at the competition should they qualify.

If Kenya fails to secure Africa 1 and go through the repechage, they’ll play in Pool C with Wales, Australia, Fiji and Europe 1 following completion of the Pool Allocation Draw was done in December 2020 in Paris.

And Odera who was appointed to be in charge of the team from 2019 is very optimistic that the team will deliver when it matters most.

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“Making the World Cup in France is something much bigger than just rugby for us,” Odera told World Rugby.

“Because to us it’s to bring the country together, to bring all the different races together, to bring all the different tribes, ethnic groups together, to bring those disparate social groups together and for the country to start believing in the men.”

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He added: “What’s driving me is my passion and that passion is what I’m trying to get into the players, into my coaching staff, into the Kenya Rugby Union as an organization, is that we are transforming this country through the game of rugby and we’re going to get success on and off the field.”

Last month, Odera took the first step on the long road that could lead the Simbas to France when he named a bumper 102-man training squad to continue preparations for their opening RWC 2023 qualifiers in July.

This initial squad will undergo a series of assessment tests after which the team will be narrowed down to 50 players and later, a final list of 30 players who will compete in this year’s Rugby Africa Cup.

The management has scheduled several training camps that will either be virtual or face to face, depending on the next directive on Covid-19 protocols.

This is in preparation for the Stellenbosch camp in June followed by the RA cup in July 2021 where the Simbas will host Senegal and Zambia.

Among those who earned a place in the bloated squad is Fijian Jone Kubu who has been in Kenya for the past five years playing for Kabras Sugar RFC thus is eligible to play for the Simbas having met the minimum requirement for three years according to World Rugby residency rules.

Kubu has played an integral part in the rise for the Kakamega-based outfit and was key for the side when they won the Kenya Cup in 2016 after beating Impala and Enterprise Cup in 2019 against the same opposition.

The tournament is scheduled to run from 8 September 2023 to 21 October 2023 with the confirmed fixtures and kick-off times to be announced in due course.

Rugby World Cup 2023 Pools:

Pool A: New Zealand, France, Italy, Americas 1, Africa 1

Pool B: South Africa, Ireland, Scotland, Asia / Pacific 1, Europe 2

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