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ASSANGE ARRESTED. This morning it was reported that Wikileaks founder and Ecuador embassy notorious resident Julain Assange was arrested. Video of the arrest has surfaced and he looks nothing like he did when he sought asylum seven years ago. Assange, initially sought asylum to avoid extradition to Sweden over a sexual assault case that has since been dropped, was arrested failing to surrender to the court. His asylum was withdrawn by Ecuador’s president Lenin Moreno after his repeated violations to international conventions. His arrests was made on behalf of US authorities citing his outstanding US extradition warrant…..Read more
- LOCAL/CHICAGO: Singer and actress Jennifer Hudson’s contentious separation from former fiance and father of her son David Otunga got a bit nastier. The Blast is reporting that recent court documents, Hudson says she has no duty to support Otunga and “denies that the child support should extend to housing subsidies for David when the parties were never married.” The Economic Club of Chicago announced that Debra Cafaro, chairman & CEO of Ventas Inc, will be its new chairwoman. She was intriduced at the organizations annual dinner meeting as its guest speaker, in conversation with outgoing chair Mellody Hobson.
- NATIONAL: In better late than never news, Uber’s going public. There’s very loud chatter the ridesharing company is readying its IPO to be announced Thursday for next month debut. This as Jumia, the largest e-commerce operator in Africa, delays its IPO from Thursday Apr. 11 to Friday, Apr. 12. The funeral procession and memorial for murdered rapper, philanthropist and activist Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, will take place today and will air on BET. The procession which will span 25 miles will begin at the Angelus funeral home, make stops at key landmarks including his stor The Marathon and end at Staples Center where there will be heavy security. He was gunned down in front of his The Marathon store on March 31 by a suspect who is in jail on $5 mil bail.
- WORLD: Another day another Brexit extension. The EU has granted Theresa May and the UK an extension until October 31 to get this Brexit deal together. In other world news, India is holding its largest, biggest democratic election. The first phase will see about 140 million voters in 20 states elect 91 candidates into parliament. Accordint to reports, almost 900 million of India’s 1.3 billion people are eligible to vote. Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir is out. Did he voluntarily step down or was it the result of a coup after months of protests. Sudan’s defense minister Awad Ibn Ouf said on state TV that al-Bashir’s “regime” was being removed and he would be kept in a “safe place” with a three-month state of emergency was being put in place and the army will oversee a two-year transitional period followed by elections. al-Bashir came into power in 30 years ago in 1989, after a coup.
- The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are definitely dancing to the beats of their own drums when it comes to establishing their household and brand. Following rumors that Meghan Markle will eschew giving birth at Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s hospital and do a home birth at Frogmore Cottage, they just announced that they will only announce the birth of their baby once they have “had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”
- Tina Brown’s Women in the World Summit in New York which aims to answer the question, “Can Women Save the World?” kicked off Wednesday and will go until Friday April 12. Oprah Winfrey’s keynote speech Wednesday evening served empowering anecdotes for women of the world saying that women should continue to “rock the boat” and redefine the message that’s positive, ambitious, inclusive and “brimming with hope.” “It is time for women in the world to set the agenda. It’s time for women to redefine the message. We need to make that message a positive one.” Winfrey’s to the summit’s overarchign question was that women have been doing exactly that for so many years. Other guests on Wednesday included Captain Marvel’s Brie Larson, who was interviewed by Vanity Fair editor Radhika Jones.
- Thanks to LVMH’s recent Q1 performance which saw a 16% increase in year-over-year revenue growth, CEO Bernard Arnault’s now third wealthiest person in the world passing up Warren Buffett. The Olsen sister’s somewhat lower priced line Elizabeth & James (compared to The Row) is headed to Kohls. The announcement comes months after their design team was let go . Kohl’s will be the exclusive retailer of a less-expensive version of the upscale Elizabeth and James line offering apparel, handbags and accessories. Ted Baker has confirmed Lindsay Page as its new CEO. Page, who was the interim CEO following the departure of founder Ray Kelvin who had to step down after investigation into allegations of inappropriate behavior and comments, has been with Ted Baker for 22 most recently as COO and finance director. Kim Kardashian is Vogue magazine’s May cover star where she talk family, business, dealing with Kanye’s bipolar and studying for the bar.
“The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.”
― Ernest Hemingway
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