JSA rolls out outreach programme

first_img Major objective KINGSTON: Seeking to expand the reach of the game, the Jamaica Squash Association (JSA) has rolled out an outreach training programme with Penwood High School. Under the programme, eight female students from Penwood will participate in squash training sessions each Saturday at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston. The inaugural workshop was conducted last week by seven-time All Jamaica squash champion Chris Binnie. Fresh from the successful defence of his national title at the All Jamaica Championships last month, Binnie gave the girls an introductory squash lesson before taking them through a series of on-court drills and some match simulation. Subsequent sessions will be conducted by certified coach and 13-time All Jamaica ladies champion Karen Anderson and JSA junior programme manager Gill Binnie. The major objective of the initiative is to expose youngsters to the sport with a view to recruiting new competitive and recreational players. “In order to keep local squash growing we have to ensure that a wider cross section of people get to experience the fun and excitement of the sport,” Gill Binnie said. “The JSA is developing a programme to work with both primary and high schools, and although we are starting it on a small scale we hope to attract financial support so we can broaden the scope in the future,” she added. The Penwood students will participate in training sessions until the end of the school year in late June. After the initial training programme, players will have the option to become part of the JSA’s junior squash programme.last_img read more

Tottenham v Swansea line-ups: Spurs trio return, Davies dropped, one Swans change

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesKieran Trippier and Moussa Sissoko return to Tottenham’s starting line-up for the visit of Swansea to Wembley.Ben Davies drops to the bench as Tripper replaces Serge Aurier at right-back and Sissoko comes in for Mousa Dembele in three changes from the side that beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in midweek.Dele Alli also returns as Aurier and Dembele take places among the substitutes, as does Fernando Llorente, who came on for his Spurs debut in the 3-1 group-stage win, and fellow summer signing Juan Foyth, who is yet to make an appearance.Mike van der Hoorn replaces Leroy Fer in Swansea’s only change from the team that lost at home to Newcastle. Loan signing from Bayern Munich Renato Sanches starts again despite a disappointing debut against the Magpies.Tottenham: Lloris; Trippier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Dier, Sissoko; Son, Alli, Eriksen; KaneSubs: Vorm, Aurier, Foyth, Dembele,Davies, Winks, LlorenteSwansea: Fabianski, Naughton, van der Hoorn, Fernandez (C), Mawson, Olsson, Clucas, Sanches, Carroll, Ayew, AbrahamSubs: Nordfeldt, Rangel, Roque Mesa, Fer, Routledge, Narsingh, Bony Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Altech UEC opens high-tech STB factory

first_img3 August 2011Technology company Altech UEC has opened a high-tech facility outside Durban with an annual manufacturing capacity of three-million digital set-top boxes (STBs), which are needed as South Africa and sub-Saharan African countries convert their television signals from analogue to digital transmission.With demand for STBs in South Africa expected to reach more than nine-million, and a further 30-million required for the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, the company has consolidated six buildings on two sites into a single, state-of-the-art, 13 500 square metre factory at Mount Edgecombe.“Our investment in this facility is in direct support of government policy,” Altech CEO Craig Venter said at the launch on Wednesday. “Not only are we employing people in the factory, but services such as packaging, delivery and installation will create tens of thousands of small business opportunities in the years to come.“In the process, people will acquire new skills, equipping them for the next wave of ICT innovation and development.”Economic spin-offs destined to be hugeVenter said the economic spin-offs are destined to be huge – from technical support to retailing – while the increased demand for broadcast content, especially regional-based programming, will create more jobs for local content producers and their supply chains.“New jobs will be created all down the delivery chain, while millions will be able to benefit from better education and communication through new electronic means,” said Venter. “Digital migration creates an opportunity to build a globally competitive export sector that is an objective of the [government’s] Industrial Policy Action Plan.”Venter said the new generation STBs would enable millions of people in South Africa and the wider region to access digital television.Resuscitating local research and developmentVenter said ICT innovation, driven by intellectual property, was a “cornerstone of global competitiveness”. There was therefore a need to resuscitate local research and development and, while a South African Silicon Valley might be far-fetched, poverty could only be eradicated by economic growth, which depended on competitiveness.“In a world where everybody has access to the same technological tools, competitiveness depends on how the technology is applied to harness information and create new knowledge,” he said. “People and countries who can meet these demands are the ones who succeed.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Three and Four Point Editing in Adobe Premiere Pro

first_img3 and 4 point edits are a way to get a higher degree of control and precision in your Premiere Pro video editing.  Here’s how!Premiere Pro has many great tools to help editors get the right clip in the right place at the right length – three point editing is one of them.  That said, I don’t tend to use three point edits a great deal but when I do I find them to be very helpful especially when using the OUT point in the timeline.What is a 3 point edit?A three point edit requires you to specify 3 points in your project to make an edit. These points may well include the IN point and the OUT point of a clip in your project or source panel as 2 of the 3 points.IN and OUT Points of a Clip in the Project PanelBut that still leaves 1 more point to be specified, and this is done in the TIMELINE.The Timeline with an IN Point SpecifiedYou can either create an IN point in your timeline by simply selecting your timeline and going to the place where you want the edit to start and hitting the ‘I’ key to get the results shown above. Or use the OUT point method…The Timeline with and OUT Point SpecifiedYou can park your playhead in the Premiere Pro timeline at the point you want the clip to END and hit the ‘o’ key again as shown above.If you get the IN point or the OUT point in the wrong place, don’t worry, just right-click where you see the blue area indicating an IN or OUT point has been created and you will get an option to clear IN, OUT or both.So, you’ve set 3 points. The first 2 happen to be on the actual clip you want to insert and the third is on the Premiere Pro timeline. At this point you’re ready to insert your clip by selecting it and hitting the ‘point’ or ‘full-stop’ (.) key. This will create an overwrite or overlay edit with the the clip behaving as follows:If you have selected an IN point in your timeline then the IN point of the clip will match the IN point you have specified in the timeline.  The clip will overwrite into the timeline and its length will be the same length as you specified for the clip, potentially overwriting clips AFTER the place of insertion.If you have selected an OUT point in your timeline then the OUT point of the clip will match the OUT point you have specified in the timeline and the clip will over-write into the timeline from its OUT point FORWARDS – potentially overwriting the clips BEFORE the place of insertion.Inserted Clip Overwriting the Following Clip Because an IN Point Was SpecifiedFor me, I tend to use this more for inserting clips which have to end at a specific point (in other words by specifying an OUT point in the timeline) than for clips that need to start at a specific point.NOTE: You can also do three point editing in reverse of the above explanation.  Set an IN point and an OUT point in the TIMELINE and just an IN point OR an OUT point on the clip. The clip would start at the IN point of the clip and end at the OUT point set in the Premiere Pro timeline.4 Point Editing in Premiere ProWell, a four point edit will have IN and OUT points on both the clip AND the timeline. However, as you can image it is highly improbable that the length of the clip from IN to OUT and the length of the space in the timeline from IN to OUT will be the same.Timeline AND Clip with IN and OUT Points SpecifiedThus, because of this mismatch, when you hit the point or full-stop key (.) to overwrite the clip into the timeline you get the following ‘Fit Clip’ options box.Fit Clip Option BoxThis box is basically telling you, ‘OK, the clip IN and OUT points won’t match the IN and OUT you’ve specified in your timeline so what do you want me to do about it? The default setting is simply to ignore the sequence (timeline) OUT point and let the clip flow along down the timeline, but what do you want?’As you can see the options include ignoring both clip and sequence (timeline) IN or OUT points or – at the very top – ‘Change Clip Speed (Fit to Fill)’. This option will either speed the clip up to fit into a space smaller than the length of the clip OR slow the clip down if the clip is shorter than the space you want it to fit into – which can be a really useful option.  One note though, this option will affect the audio of the clip. So, if you end up speeding up the clip the audio will get higher pitched and, if you slow it down, the audio will get lower pitched which may not be what you want to do (however, you can always strip out the audio after the fact).Use 3 and 4 point editing in your Premiere Pro timeline to get precise control over your edits!last_img read more

2014 Black Friday Deals for Filmmakers

first_imgMiscSamsung 32 inch TV at B&H for $197 (was $320)Lens Rentals is offering 25% off all rentals and 10% off used equipment.Ripple Training 20% off3 or more tutorials.Camera lens mugs at Amazon for $8 (was $56) LightsGenaray Spectro LED Light at B&H for $249 (was $499) LensesSigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 Canon Mount at B&H for $349 (was $549)Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 (all mounts) at B&H for $1,199 (was $1,399) AccessoriesImpact 5-in-1 Reflector at B&H for $27 (was $38)Vanguard Tripod Legs at B&H for $149 (was $349)Buy an Atomos Ninja Star, Get 50% Off 64GB CFast Card You don’t need stay up all night to get these Black Friday deals.It’s that special time of year again where advertisers try to lure customers to their stores by offering incredibly cheap products to a limited number of people. However, this year instead of facing the crowds, check out these awesome Black Friday deals that you can get online from the comfort of your home. So whether you’re a filmmaker looking for a good deal or looking for a present to give your filmmaking family members, these deals could save you a ton of money.CamerasCanonCanon Rebel T3i w/ 18-55mm IS Lens at Radioshack for $399.99 (was $499)Canon EOS Rebel T5i w/ 18-135mm IS STM Lens & B&H for $849 (was $1,049)Canon EOS 70D (body only) at B&H for $999 (was $1,199)Canon 60D (body only) at B&H for $699 (was $899)Canon EOS 7D SLR Digital Camera with 28-135mm IS USM Lens at B&H for $1,099 (was $1,699)NikonNikon D5300 w/ 18-140mm Lens at B&H for $996 (was $1,296)Nikon D610 w/ 16gb card, bag, and battery at B&H for $1,596 (was $1,999)Nikon D7100 (body only) at B&H for $946 (was $1,196)PanasonicGH4 (body only) at B&H for $1,497 (was $1,697) with a free $50 gift cardcenter_img SoftwareCreative Cloud Subscription at Adobe for $39.99 a month (was $49.99)Creative Cloud Subscription for Students at Adobe from $15.99 a month (was $19.99)Sony Vegas 13 at B&H for $299 (was $399)All Red Giant Products including Trapcode Particular 40% offTriune Films is offering 50% off all digital assets.Boris FX is offering 30% off their entire store. Storage1.5 TB Passport at B&H for $69 (was $89)3TB WD External Hard Drive at B&H for $90 (was $200)8TB MyBook Raid Storage at B&H for $379.99 (was $449)500GB WD Portable Hard Drive at B&H for $49 (was $62)WD 4TB My Book Desktop HDD at B&H for $139 (was $159) Know other awesome deals? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

Mamata opens skywalk at Dakshineswar, promises another at Kalighat

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday inaugurated a skywalk at the famous Dakshineswar temple on the northern fringes of Kolkata, a move aimed at reducing congestion on the roads leading to the 19th-century shrine.“The Dakshineswar temple is an international site for religious tourism. Whenever I came to the temple, I found the roads very congested,” Ms. Banerjee said after inaugurating the bridge, recalling the initial opposition to the project and how it took years for construction of the structure and how the matter at one point had reached the Calcutta High Court.Constructed by the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority, the skywalk, named after Rani Rashmoni, who had built the temple in 1847, is 340 metres long and 10 metres wide. There are 14 escalators and four elevators to the skywalk, making the access of pedestrians to the temple much easier. The Chief Minister assured hawkers, who feared loss of livelihood, that they will be allocated shops on the skywalk.“All the 137 shops on the skywalk will be given to the hawkers but you will have to promise to keep it clean,” Ms. Banerjee said. She also announced that the KMDA had been asked to consider a similar skywalk at the busy Kalighat temple. “I want to assure you that like Dakshineswar, no shopkeeper will be affected at Kalighat temple too,” she said.She added that the State government had plans for a light and sound show at the Dakshineswar temple, highlighting the history of the place, and added that a tender had been floated for the same.last_img read more

The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, Aug. 8———OTTAWA LOOKING TO BEEF UP BLOOD/ALCOHOL RULES: Federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is considering lowering the legal alcohol limit for licensed drivers, according to a letter she sent to her Quebec counterpart. In the correspondence to Stephanie Vallee dated on May 23, Wilson-Raybould suggests lowering the limit to 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood from the current 80 milligrams. The federal minister said the change would “make it easier to fight the danger posed by drivers who have consumed alcohol.” She said the current rules were established after research indicated the risk of being involved in a car crash was twice as likely when a driver has 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood in his or her system. Wilson-Raybould said the risk is twice as high at 50 milligrams and close to three times as high for 80 milligrams, “and the risk increases exponentially after that.”———GUNS AT BORDER WITH ‘ALARMING FREQUENCY’: Six Americans have been charged with bringing handguns across the New Brunswick border so far this summer, as a Canadian prosecutor says it’s proving difficult to let otherwise law-abiding people know they can’t bring firearms on vacation. “The offences continue to occur with alarming frequency during the summer months,” federal prosecutor Peter Thorn said from Hampton, N.B. Five men — three from Florida, two from New England — pleaded guilty and were fined between $1,500 and $2,000, he said. Thorn, who has prosecuted these cases for years, said most of the people caught are “respectful and law abiding citizens of the U.S.A.” who are unaware handguns are either restricted or prohibited in Canada. He said many don’t realize they can legally declare firearms and leave them behind as they enter the country. Many of the tourists are 60 and older, and from the South.———TRUMP WARNS NORTH KOREA OF ‘FIRE AND FURY’: U.S. President Donald Trump says that North Korea “had best not make any more threats to the United States” or “they will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Trump issued the warning during a briefing on opioid addiction at his golf course in Bedminster, N.J. A Japanese defence paper and a U.S. media report said Tuesday that North Korea may have successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles. That’s a key benchmark in the country’s attempt to become a full-fledged nuclear power. Washington’s alarm over North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s pursuit of a nuclear capability has intensified in the past month after the North conducted two tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles last month.———CANADIAN TEAM TAKING PRECAUTIONS DUE TO STOMACH VIRUS: Canada is moving some of its athletes into new accommodations at the world track and field championships to avoid a stomach bug. Athletes still to arrive in town will stay at a different hotel than the one in central London, where nine Canadian athletes and staff members have become ill, Canadian team doctor Paddy McCluskey said Tuesday. And several Canadian athletes have been moved to higher floors in the hotel. Canadian Eric Gillis dropped out of Sunday’s marathon around the 30-kilometre mark a couple of days after falling ill, and sprinter Aaron Brown said he’d been quarantined after catching the norovirus, which causes vomiting, diarrhea, a low-grade fever and abdominal pain. “The last two days have been better for us in terms of new cases, so I’m really hopeful we’re coming out the other end,” McCluskey said. The outbreak was another bad break for the Canadian team which lost stars Andre De Grasse and Derek Drouin to injury.———ANGUS REJOINS NDP LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN: NDP leadership hopeful Charlie Angus is shifting back into campaign mode this week after taking a step back to support a gravely ill sibling — a difficult decision for the Ontario MP juggling heightened personal and political demands. After missing last week’s leadership debate in Victoria, B.C., Angus said he has decided to hit the road again while he keeps a close eye on his sister’s health. It is a critical point in the race to replace Tom Mulcair, Angus added, noting his team is trying to strike an appropriate balance. “It is hard to juggle all the balls in the air because you have a campaign that is firing at all cylinders,” Angus said. “It is hard to explain, you want to be there for your sister at all times but you also have to go out and keep pushing the campaign.” The next few weeks of the race will be key for all candidates — the others are Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh, Manitoba MP Niki Ashton and Quebec MP Guy Caron — as they seek to sign up as many members as possible ahead of an Aug. 17 registration cutoff.———SYSTEMIC RACISM CONSULTATIONS DIVIDING QUEBEC: Quebec is being widely criticized for its plan to launch public consultations on systemic racism, even by those who agree visible minorities face many structural barriers in the province. The debate has highlighted a deep divide among Quebec’s political left, with some people saying the consultations encourage an ideology of victimhood and demonize the province as inherently racist. Some civil rights activists argue the consultations are meaningless unless the government is finally prepared to hold its institutions accountable for failing to uphold racial diversity. Moreover, activists say they will increasingly use the court system to push through changes in society regardless of what comes out of the government’s consultations. Quebec has asked its human rights commission to launch public consultations on systemic discrimination and racism. Only discussion on discrimination involving race, colour or ethnic and national origin will be allowed when the hearings begin in September. The goal, the government said, is to forge “concrete and durable” solutions in order to “fight these problems.”———SMALL GROUP PROFITING FROM AIRBNB RENTALS, STUDY FINDS: New research suggests a small number of large commercial property owners are the most successful on Airbnb and are eating up the local supply of housing in Canada’s three largest cities in the process. A team of urban planners from McGill University looked at Airbnb trends in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto and noted a 50 per cent increase in the number of short-term rental properties year over year. Using figures from an analytics firm, lead author David Wachsmuth says his team found that 10 per cent of hosts account for the lion’s share of yearly revenue in the three Canadian cities. The study, which is entitled “Short-term Cities: Airbnb’s Impact on Canadian Housing Markets,” published Tuesday. Airbnb is calling the McGill study baseless and says data was manipulated to misrepresent the profile of Airbnb hosts. A spokeswoman says 80 per cent of its users engage in short-term rentals of their primary residence to earn additional money.———HIP BONE DISCOVERY SHAKES UP DINO FAMILY TREE: Dinosaur hip bones unearthed by a University of Alberta paleontology student are shaking up the family tree of a group of small meat-eaters that lived 75 million years ago. Aaron van der Reest found the pelvis of what was believed to be a Troodon formosus three years ago in Dinosaur Provincial Park southeast of Calgary. But the pubis bone of the dinosaur was rotated backward instead of pointing straight down, like in other specimens. After further research, it was determined that Troodon formosus is no longer a valid classification. Two new species have taken its place, and there could be even more to follow as more bones are examined. One of the new species was named for van der Reest’s late mother. She died of cancer a year before the discovery. Van der Reest says she’d probably be amused that a dinosaur was named after her and it was the least he could do to honour her memory.———MAN CHALLENGES CFIA RULING ON WEST BANK WINES: A Winnipeg man says he is challenging a decision made by the federal food inspection agency last month that allowed two wines produced in the West Bank region to continue to be sold in Canada with the label “Product of Israel.” David Kattenburg, a university instructor, says his lawyer has filed a formal complaint with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s complaints and appeals office, claiming the agency did not follow Canadian and international law in making its decision. The CFIA ruled in July that two wines, made at the Psagot Winery and Shiloh Winery in the West Bank, could be sold in Canada with the label “Product of Israel” because of the terms of the Canadian-Israel Free Trade Agreement. The Canadian government does not recognize permanent Israeli control over several territories occupied in 1967, including the West Bank. But under the agreement cited by the CFIA, Israel refers to any territory where the country’s customs laws are applied. Kattenburg says labelling the West Bank wines as originating in Israel is fraudulent.———TORONTO COP HELPS ALLEGED SHOPLIFTER: A Toronto police officer who purchased a shirt and tie for an alleged shoplifter after learning the young man needed the items for an upcoming job interview said Tuesday that he wanted to show kindness to someone who had fallen on hard times. Const. Niran Jeyanesan said the case unfolded Sunday night when he and his partner were called to a Walmart in the city’s north end in response to a report of shoplifting. The would-be thief had attempted to steal a long-sleeved shirt, a tie and a pair of socks, he said, adding such items are not common targets for shoplifters. Jeyanesan said the unusual merchandise prompted him to try and dig deeper and find out the reasons behind the teen’s actions. The story he heard was of a young man in a time of crisis, he said. His family had recently lost their home after his father — the main bread-winner — fell seriously ill, he said, adding the 18-year-old felt mounting pressure to fill the financial void and help provide for his parents and younger siblings.last_img read more

Claude Puel satisfied with draw

first_imgLeicester City manager Claude Puel says their 1-1 draw at Brighton felt like a win as fought back from one man down to earn a point.28 minutes into the game, Leicester are already one man down and one goal behind, but they held on and equalized 11 minutes before fulltime through a Jamie Vardy penalty, and Claude Puel is happy to settle for a point.“It’s like a win. Obviously, it’s just one point but it’s one point away after a difficult situation with the sending off,” Puel told Sky Sports.“We conceded set pieces also and it was difficult to react but with 10 men in the second half, we played like 11 men.“I think we deserved to come back in the game and perhaps to win because we dominated a lot of the second half.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“We had a good performance on the floor and quality. I like our mentality and fighting spirit in these conditions.“It’s not the first time we have conceded a goal then succeeded at coming back in the game. It’s strange for the team to continue in this way.“Of course, I have to correct some points from the first half but I am happy with the reaction from all the team and the squad. It was perfect.“We could have won the game. We dominated a lot in the second half and we almost deserved a win for our fighting spirit and mentality.”last_img read more

Hasina makes volteface over quota Fakhrul

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday claimed that his party is not doing politics over quota reform movement and the health of the party’s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.“The party, as a big political party, is only projecting truths before the people,” Mirza Fakhrul told a human chain organised in front of the National Press Club in the capital.Bangladesh Sammilito Peshajibi Parishad, a pro-BNP platform of professionals, organised the human chain demanding release and treatment of BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.“The quota reform movement of the unemployed youths is justified. The prime minister [Sheikh Hasina] announced in anger in parliament that there would be no quota, but now she is saying there is no scope to go beyond the High Court verdict on the issue. She has clearly made a U-turn.”Dwelling on the court decision on the quota system in the public service, the BNP leader said the court has not given any verdict on it, rather it made an observation.He also alleged that the prime minister is using the court whenever it suits her interests.Fakhrul also criticized ruling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader for his remark that the BNP is doing ‘dirty politics’ over Khaleda’s health.“Quader is misguiding the people by this kind of remarks. Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail in an ‘utterly false and politically motivated’ case in a bid to keep her away from politics and election.”Fakhrul alleged that Khaleda is not even getting minimum legal facilities.“Though she obtained bail in the primary case, her release is now being delayed by bringing one ‘false case’ after another to the fore. The government wants to keep her behind bars as long as its goal is not fulfilled,” he added. He alleged that the Awami League-led government’s goal is to cling to power by conducting another one-sided election like that of 5 January 2014. Criticising the recent incident of adulterating the gold kept in Bangladesh Bank’s vault, Fakhrul said the finance minister is giving shelter to those involved in widespread corruption.He also claimed that the finance minister is destroying country’s economy.last_img read more

Jack Ma to Retire From Alibaba to Focus on Philanthropy Report

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Alibaba is active in sectors across the Chinese economy and has transformed many. One of those is entertainment, through its Alibaba Pictures arm, which owns a stake in Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, and through its hugely popular movie-ticket sales app, Tao Piao Piao. The company also has a 12-year partnership with the International Olympic Committee, to help the organizers of the Olympic Games with digital strategy and processes.Ma stepped down as CEO of Alibaba in 2013. That post now belongs to Daniel Zhang, a former head of Alibaba’s Taobao, the consumer-directed sales site that helped vault its parent company into the financial stratosphere from its humble beginnings as a B-to-B operation.Although he was no longer in charge of the day-to-day running of the company, Ma continued to be Alibaba’s guiding hand and its most recognized face. He has become a familiar figure in both Hollywood and Silicon Valley, hobnobbing with the global elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos and other gatherings.“Everyone has the right and the ability to give. It doesn’t matter how big or small your contribution is, and it doesn’t mean you have to do something big or be someone important to do philanthropy,” Ma Said recently at Alibaba’s conference on philanthropy, in Hangzhou. “Personal philanthropy is not about giving cash, but giving your heart, your time and most importantly, your action. Ultimately, personal philanthropy makes you a better person, and if everyone participates, we will have a better world.”center_img Jack Ma, the co-founder of e-commerce giant Alibaba and China’s richest man, says he is retiring from the company in order to focus on philanthropy.No formal announcement has yet been made by the company to shareholders or the stock markets. Alibaba is China’s largest corporation and, with a listing on the New York Stock Exchange, is currently valued at $420 billion.In a yet-to-be published interview with The New York Times, Ma said he would step down Monday – his 54th birthday – as executive chairman of the company that he helped found in 1999 and that has become a digital behemoth in the world’s most populous country. The paper said Ma would remain on Alibaba’s board of directors and continue in a mentoring role.His retirement would mark “the beginning of an era” for him, one in which he could concentrate on charitable activities in education, a field close to his heart, he said in the interview.last_img read more