Julian Assange WikiLeaks In a sovereign decision Ecuador withdrew the asylum status to Julian Assange after his repeated violations to international conventions and daily-life protocols. #EcuadorSoberano pic.twitter.com/pZsDsYNI0B— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) April 11, 2019 Sci-Tech Video footage obtained by the Spanish newspaper El Pais shows Assange in a skimpy singlet doing his best to thrash on a skateboard, but mainly just falling all over himself. Ecuador grew tired of Assange’s antics and his continued work with WikiLeaks from inside the embassy, opting to bounce him last Thursday. Share your voice Comment British police were allowed to enter the embassy and drag Assange out to be arrested on charges of jumping his bail years ago. The rape charge in Sweden has been dropped, but charges in the UK remain and charges against him in the US have also been unsealed. No word yet on whether extradition to skate school is an option. Originally published 4:43 p.m PT. 1 Julian Assange works on a new hobby while holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London. El Pais video screenshot by Eric Mack / CNET What does a wanted man do when he’s stuck inside the Ecuadorian embassy for nearly seven years? If you’re Julian Assange, apparently you strip down to your singlet and shred on your skateboard for anyone willing to watch — and for security cameras. Seems he’s been passing the years by causing a bit of trouble and sometimes just trying to shred like Tony Hawk … if Tony Hawk were confined to a really small room and never learned to skateboard well at all. On Thursday, the infamous WikiLeaks founder was kicked out of the embassy in London that has been his home for several years. In 2012, Assange was accused of rape in Sweden, which led him to flee to the embassy where he spent six years and 10 months living in a small room. Tags
According to reports, the article written by Bhat is alleged to have derogatory remarks against Nikhil Kumaraswamy. The FIR was lodged after a complaint was filed by the general secretary of JD-S, Pradeep Kumar SP.However, this incident has led to severe criticism of the state government and JD-S, which had earlier protested against the arrest of journalists in several cases. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has won the general elections, has also hit out at HD Kumaraswamy for filing a false FIR against a senior and reputed journalist by invoking non-bailable and cognisable sections.The incident has outraged social media users who have spoken against the JD-S dynasty for its power politics, curtailing freedom of press and freedom of speech. The Twitterati have called this a state of “Emergency in Karnataka”. Vishweshwar BhatTwitter [Representational Image]The Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) in Karnataka is suffering from a severe backlash over dynasty politics after a party leader filed a case against a journalist for defaming HD Kumaraswamy’s son Nikhil Kumaraswamy.The Bengaluru City Police have filed an FIR against the editor of Kannada daily-Vishwavani Vishweshwar Bhat for writing an article after the defeat of Nikhil Kumaraswamy in the Lok Sabha elections against independent candidate Sumalatha in Mandya.Kumar’s complaint alleged that the article about a heated argument between Nikhil and party supremo and his grandfather HD Devegowda was baseless as no such incident had taken place. It was meant to destroy the image of the party, wreck Nikhil’s political career and extract money from them.
Ron Sappington, who has worked for BGE for 49 years, raises the BGE flag while (from left) Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Christie McMullen, BGE, vice president of gas operations, Steve Pennington, managing director of business and industry sector development, Maryland Department of Commerce and BGE CEO Calvin Butler look on. (Courtesy photo)Continuing its statewide celebration of its 200th anniversary, Baltimore Gas and Electric announced plans to host a reception for its community partners on June 24 at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore.BGE has organized a series of events this year to mark its 200th anniversary, including having the longest-tenured employee at each of its Maryland locations raise the BGE flag under the U.S. flag on June 17.“It’s our way of saying thank you,” BGE CEO Calvin Butler Jr. said of the Hippodrome reception. “We appreciate and value the part in the community we play as local utility. Although we serve nine other counties, Baltimore is in our name.”The Hippodrome Theatre event will highlight organizations and people including the AFRO, the United Way, Greater Baltimore Committee, first responders and members of arts and culture organizations.The Orchkids, an orchestra for underprivileged children run by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, will perform.Butler promises the event will focus on fun, and the speeches will be limited.“It’s less about a script and more about a celebration,” he said. “This doesn’t happen every day.”
“The good news for Snapchat is that performance advertising can scale rapidly, enabling meaningful revenue beats,” the analyst wrote in the note. But, he added, “it is critical for Snapchat to convince higher quality brands of the performance ROI that can be found on the platform.”Other reasons Greenfield cited for the upgrade: “user stickiness,” saying even the “wide array of missteps over the past two years” has not led to a collapse of users or usage; evidence that Snapchat’s newly rebuilt Android app (code-named Project Mushroom) provides better performance; and improved morale.While “2018 was an awful year for Snapchat with morale at all-time lows,” Snap has made new senior executive hires over the past few months that have boosted morale, according to Greenfield. Specifically, he cited Snap chief business officer Jeremi Gorman, formerly head of Amazon’s global advertising sales, as burnishing the company’s perception among brands and advertisers. Popular on Variety Snap has made a concerted effort to bring professionally produced original and third-party content to Discover, and its much-derided overhaul of the Snapchat app in 2018 was aimed at splitting personal messaging (with friends) from media aimed at general consumption. The company has ramped up its slate of TV-like short-form originals, from partners including Bunim/Murray Productions, the Duplass Brothers, Brad Weston’s Makeready, and Mark Boal, and has continued to expand its media partnerships with players including NBC, CBS, ESPN, Viacom, Discovery, A&E and Condé Nast Entertainment. At the same time, the architect of Snap’s media strategy, VP of content Nick Bell, last fall announced his departure from the company after nearly five years.Based on Snap’s improving advertising-growth trends, Greenfield revised estimates for 2019 revenues upward to $1.65 billion for the year (versus $1.4 billion previously). He predicts an adjusted loss of -$268 million (up from -$500 million) and a net loss of 71 cents per share (versus a net loss of 92 cents prior).Snap’s challenges remain, Greenfield acknowledged. Those include chaos among its the senior management team and high-level exits, a botched redesign last year, its delay in releasing a viable Android version of the Snapchat app, and a failure to recognize the threat of Instagram (which successfully copied Snapchat’s Stories feature). In addition, there’s a pending SEC and Justice Department probe into allegations that the company failed to provide important disclosures leading up to its IPO.Snap reported 186 million average daily users for Snapchat for the fourth quarter of 2018 — down 1 million from the end of 2017 and flat versus to the prior quarter.In his revised estimates, Greenfield predicts negative free cash flow of only $510 million for 2019 and “no longer believe the company will need to raise capital next year, reducing the financial risk/threat of a DOJ/SEC settlement.” Shares of Snapchat parent Snap rose over 10% Thursday — to a six-month high — on an upgrade by a Wall Street analyst who’s turned bullish on the stock, in part because the app has shifted away from “clickbait/seedy influencer content” to more premium-produced content.In a note Thursday, BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield upgraded Snap from “neutral” to “buy,” with a $15-per-share price target based revised financial projections. It’s the first “buy” rating from the analyst since the company’s IPO in March 2017. Shares were up as much as $11.14 in morning trading; note, however, the stock is still well off its 52-week high of $17.97 and less than half its peak following the IPO.Among the factors for his upgrade: Snapchat’s Discover section has made a “meaningful reduction” in content with a “low-quality, clickbait/T&A feel,” in favor of premium publisher content, which reflects the change in Snapchat’s underlying content-recommendation algorithm, Greenfield wrote. That should lead to more user time spent in Discover and more attractiveness to advertisers. ×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