Jack Ma, China’s richest man, steps down as chairman of Alibaba

Charismatic 55-year-old entrepreneur to be replaced by Daniel Zhang at e-commerce firm The Alibaba founder, Jack Ma, is stepping down as head of one of the worlds largest e-commerce companies, handing over the reins to his handpicked successor. Ma, who announced his retirement as chairman of the company last year, will celebrate his final day at a celebration marking his 55th birthday at an Olympic-sized sports stadium in Hangzhou, where he founded the company 20 years ago. The charismatic entrepreneur and one of Chinas most recognisable public figures will be replaced by the lower profile Daniel Zhang, the companys chief executive and an accountant by training. In a video posted on Monday, Ma said: Im the person always looking forward. …

The Day After I Killed Myself- The World Kept Turning, but I Wasn’t There

ShareTweetPin I killed myself The world kept turning, but I wasn’t there to see it. Last night was too much. I couldn’t bear another night of crying myself to sleep, of screaming into my pillow and praying for the pain to stop. I was tired. Tired of being sad. Tired of not being able to get out of bed. Tired of nobody caring. I was tired of being alone but also hated being with others, because they couldn’t understand the constant pain I was in. So I killed myself. The next morning, the sun rose, the birds sang, and the frost melted. My loved ones woke up, and with a good night’s sleep my best friend forgot about the stupid …

‘The Phantom Menace’ Was The Prequel To Today’s Fan Culture

Leonardo DiCaprio is at a Toys R Us right now buying “Star Wars” merch.  Despite his doubts, Callister rushed out to the Santa Monica toy store, making it in time to snap the internet-famous photos of “Over the years, I’ve had crazy calls, but generally they’ve been serious news stories,” Callister told HuffPost. “I didn’t really expect that call and that early in the morning to basically see an A-list celebrity buying ‘Star Wars’ toys. I didn’t even know Toys R Us stayed open that late.” This was “Phantom Menace” mania, and not even Jack Dawson from “Titanic” was immune to It had been 16 years since the previous “ “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace” would go on to become …

Don’t Make Me Go To Your Gender Reveal Party | Betches

Lisa Schwartz is a Los Angeles native, actress, and YouTube sensation whose channel Lisbug has over 2.2 million subscribers. Her book, THIRTY-LIFE CRISIS: Navigating My Thirties, One Drunk Baby Shower at a Time, out now, is a collection of comedic personal essays in which she shares stories and musings about being an ambitious, modern day woman in her thirties. Before you decide to have a gender reveal party, I ask you to reconsider. Don’t get me wrong—I want the best for you. You have absolutely every right to do whatever your sweet pregnant heart desires; after all, you are brewing a baby and that’s no easy feat. The ones who have dug into their bank accounts to get you that bread maker for your …

‘There is nothing here’: The future is uncertain for 70,000 in the Bahamas left homeless by Dorian

(CNN)As the Grand Celebration cruise ship sailed away from the Bahamas on a humanitarian mission carrying nearly 1,500 hurricane evacuees, Ceva Seymour looked back at the hundreds of desperate Bahamians left behind at Freeport Harbour. Seymour, her relatives and all those who stayed behind are among the 70,000 people thrust into homelessness on Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands by the strongest hurricane ever to hit the archipelago nation of about 390,000 residents. Young Dorian survivor saw woman get swept away with baby Nearby, in the town of Mudd, the devastation is so complete — homes entirely smashed — that it is difficult for residents to locate where their homes once stood. Local authorities believe there are people buried under …

Bahamas evacuees arrive at a Florida port on a cruise ship after facing Hurricane Dorian’s devastation

Riviera Beach, Florida (CNN)Ceva Seymour says she’s one of the lucky ones. Then, she and 16 family members were able to leave the storm-ravaged Bahamas and make their way to the safety of Florida on Saturday aboard the Grand Celebration humanitarian cruise ship.

Ferry operator apologizes after dozens of Bahamian evacuees were told to get off a ferry headed to the US

(CNN)The ferry boat operator that ordered dozens of Hurricane Dorian evacuees from the Bahamas off its boat apologized to passengers Monday but said it made the decision after being told more authorization for their travel was needed. Balearia Caribbean said it regretted and apologized for the “hardship and inconvenience” experienced by the 119 passengers from Grand Bahama who were not transported. But it added, “We boarded these passengers with the understanding that they could travel to the United States without visas, only to later having been advised that in order to travel to Ft. Lauderdale they required prior in-person authorization from the immigration authorities in Nassau.” US Customs and Border Protection struck a different tone Monday, pinning the blame for …

‘Storm Area 51’ Founder Pulls Out Of ‘Alien Stock,’ Fears Another Fyre Festival

In July, Matty Roberts semi-jokingly proposed a storming of the gates at Area 51, the Nevada military facility that supposedly contains the secrets to extraterrestrial visits to Earth. 2 million people signed up for the event ― now known as “KSNV TV. potentially dangerous idea of raiding a military facility into something positive. But the festival received UFOs ― unusually fiery objections ― from residents of Rachel, who feared the town wouldn’t be able to handle hordes of alien seekers.  “lack of infrastructure, poor planning, risk management and blatant disregard for the safety of the expected 10,000+ AlienStock attendees.” In a statement given to KSHV, Roberts said Connie West, the owner of the festival permit, refused to provide him and his …

Bahamian evacuees find welcome in Florida but politics dog their presence

Thousands forced to flee their homes by Hurricane Dorian found refuge in the Sunshine State but Trump has cast aspersions They descended the cruise ships gangplank at the Port of Palm Beach looking like refugees from a war zone. Some carried babies and small children; others clutched small bags of possessions snatched hastily from the rubble of their ruined homes; most had just the clothes they stood in. For the 1,435 weary Hurricane Dorian evacuees from the Bahamas who disembarked the Grand Celebration liner and stepped on to the dockside at the weekend there were the pressing concerns of where they would find immediate shelter. But while the Red Cross spoke of how they had received offers from across Florida …

I arranged my office furniture so colleagues could not stop to talk | Jonathan Wolff

Once academic work was collaborative and enjoyable now for many its a series of lonely billable hours Folkore has it that the reason why the academic year is punctuated with a long summer break is to allow students to return home to help with the harvest. I suppose there must be a few students who still do this, but, frankly, it would seem to be something of a minority pursuit. These days the main purpose of the break is to allow universities to maximise their commercial revenue through summer rentals, and to provide purveyors of stationery a second annual opportunity to market their wares, and especially new diaries. Those academic year diaries have missed a trick, though, by not having …

Trump Wanted to Boast About His Own Camp David Accords Before Taliban Deal Collapsed

LONDONThe Afghan government of President Ashraf Ghani had a feeling, based on long experience, that peace negotiations between the Trump administration and the Taliban Chris Wallace asked Pompeo on Fox News. We know the history of Camp David, Pompeo said. We reflected on that as we were thinking about how to deliver for the American people. Although only last week the U.S. negotiator had announced an agreement in principle, this not-so-secret meeting might have offered a chance for Trump to show off the art of the deal. According to Pompeo, Trump said, I want to talk to President Ghani. I want to talk to these Taliban negotiators. I want to look them in the eye. I want to see if …

Can strike-hit BA rebuild its reputation?

As he told the BBC: “Management want to squeeze every last penny out of customers and staff.” This week’s strike is about pay, but Mr Strutton says there is a wider context – a lack of trust and confidence in management. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBA’s CEO says they are willing to negotiate further as two-day strike begins Pilots, and other crew, have long complained about an erosion of benefits, such as poorer accommodation on long-haul stopovers. In the lean years when BA was recovering from the global financial downturn, staff say they gave up pay rises. The airline’s generous pension scheme has been closed, saving hundreds of millions of pounds. ‘Fight for survival’ While a …

Can strike-hit BA rebuild its reputation?

As he told the BBC: “Management want to squeeze every last penny out of customers and staff.” This week’s strike is about pay, but Mr Strutton says there is a wider context – a lack of trust and confidence in management. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBA’s CEO says they are willing to negotiate further as two-day strike begins Pilots, and other crew, have long complained about an erosion of benefits, such as poorer accommodation on long-haul stopovers. In the lean years when BA was recovering from the global financial downturn, staff say they gave up pay rises. The airline’s generous pension scheme has been closed, saving hundreds of millions of pounds. ‘Fight for survival’ While a …

Can strike-hit BA rebuild its reputation?

As he told the BBC: “Management want to squeeze every last penny out of customers and staff.” This week’s strike is about pay, but Mr Strutton says there is a wider context – a lack of trust and confidence in management. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBA’s CEO says they are willing to negotiate further as two-day strike begins Pilots, and other crew, have long complained about an erosion of benefits, such as poorer accommodation on long-haul stopovers. In the lean years when BA was recovering from the global financial downturn, staff say they gave up pay rises. The airline’s generous pension scheme has been closed, saving hundreds of millions of pounds. ‘Fight for survival’ While a …

From saving orphans to Strictly Come Dancing

In that programme she would be permanently on the move, solving problems against the clock, bringing an energy and an assortment of jumpsuits that would also be a feature of Challenge Anneka. Image caption There were more than 60 episodes of Challenge Anneka The crew would frequently go overseas, often to challenging locations. “We did a project in Croatia… and were working in a town called Pakrac and there were literally Serb snipers in the hills with their guns focused on us, and we had to have protection from the United Nations,” Rice says. “We all wrote letters home to our loved ones and left them in the hotel in case something happened.” The projects were often ambitious in scale, …

Pink’s Husband, Carey Hart, Knows How To Write A Birthday Message

Pink is celebrating a major milestone of a birthday and her husband, Carey Hart, knows just what to say.  “Welcome to 40 baby. I’ve celebrated 18 birthdays with you, and I can say it’s amazing growing up with you. The person you have grown into is inspiring,” he wrote, shouting out what an amazing wife, “motorcycle mama,” philanthropist and businesswoman she is.  View this post on Instagram A post shared by Carey Hart (@hartluck) on Sep 8, 2019 at 8:18am PDT “Happy birthday. You have settled in my soul as the embodiment of living a well fought for life, an amazing mom and wife and human,” actress Selma Blair added. “I love you.”  “THANK YOU FOR MY BDAY WISHES. I’m …