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Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma to retire

BEIJING: Alibaba Group  Ltd’s co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma will retire from the e-commerce company on Monday. Ma, one of China’s best known corporate leaders, will remain on the company’s board of directors and continue to mentor its management, the New York Times said on Friday. Ma, who founded Alibaba in 1999, stepped down as chief executive in 2013. He currently serves as the company’s international face at top political and bushiness’s events. Alibaba did not respond to requests for comment but said…

Google retires DoubleClick, AdWords brand names

NEW YORK: Alphabet Inc’s Google announced on Wednesday the biggest-ever rebranding of its advertising software, retiring the DoubleClick and AdWords brands to streamline entry points for advertisers and ad sellers. Google executives said its fees are not changing, and no services are merging. The company will retain the AdSense and AdMob brands for ad sales technologies that are aimed at small websites and mobile app developers, respectively. But its basic tool for buying ads now will be named Google Ads, with access…

Argentinian midfielder Cambiasso retires

PIRAEUS: Former Argentine international midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has retired to focus on a possible coaching career, his final club Olympiakos confirmed on Friday. The 37-year-old ended a stellar 19-year career, during which he won the 2009-10 Champions League with Inter Milan and five Italian Serie A titles. "Esteban, we thank you for everything," the Greek club posted on social media. Cambiasso recently earned an official UEFA coaching license which will allow him to immediately serve as an assistant or…

WWE legend The Undertaker ‘retires’ in style

Light goes off, flames lit up, then out of nowhere a man wearing a long raincoat and a round hat appears amid thick smoke and nobody doubts that this is The Undertaker. Mark William Calaway alias The Undertaker has ruled the wrestling world and hearts of his fans for about 27 years. His career with WWE seems to have finally come to an end after 27 years. This came to understand after he lost to Roman Reigns in the main event of WrestleMania 33. He was known as 'the first world champion to have no last name'. The…

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Lampard retires at 38

LONDON: Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from professional soccer on Thursday after spending last year with New York City in Major League Soccer in the United States. Lampard, who started his career at West Ham United, established himself as one of Europe's finest midfield players during a 13-year spell at Chelsea. "After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer," Lampard said in a statement. "Whilst I…

Former world number one Ivanovic retires at age 29

BELGRADE: Former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 29 on Wednesday because she no longer feels fit enough to compete at the highest level. Ivanovic became the first Serbian woman to win a grand slam tournament when she beat Russian Dinara Safina in the 2008 French Open final, following in the footsteps of compatriot Novak Djokovic who clinched the Australian Open title the same year. "There is no other way to say it. I have decided to retire from professional tennis.…

Former Liverpool and England captain Gerrard retires

LIVERPOOL: Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement on Thursday a week after confirming he would not be returning to play for MLS side LA Galaxy. "Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football," Gerrard, 36, said in a statement. "I've had an incredible career and I'm thankful for each and every moment of my time with Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy." Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in 1998 and established…

Special Representative for Pakistan, Afghanistan Richard G. Olson retires

WASHINGTON: Special envoy of the United States for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard G. Olson retired after three decades of service, announced a press release issued by the US Department of State on Tuesday. The US Secretary of State, John Kerry, on behalf of the State Department, appreciated Ambassador Olson on his retirement after three decades of service to the US. “Rick (Ambassador Olson) is quite simply one of our most distinguished diplomats, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service who has been on the…