Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star is BornLady Gaga (@ladygaga/Instagram)Bradley Cooper will be reportedly moving in with Lady Gaga. A tabloid from Australia has reported that the co-stars of ‘A Star is Born’ will be taking this step in the next few days. The report states that Lady Gaga will be selling her Malibu home because she is searching for “a love pad” where she and her co-star can stay together. It is also being reported that Cooper led to Lady Gaga and Christian Carino’s split. And as Cooper’s relationship with Irina Shayk has also come to an end, they both decided to stay with the other. “They’re both so attracted to one another,” a source has claimed. Bradley Cooper (R) and his partner Russian model Irina ShaykGetty imagesThe report further argued that there is a reason why the two are discreetly looking for a home together and that their discretion does not surprise their friends at all. Cooper has a two-year-old daughter with Irina Shayk. He has been spending less time with Irina Shayk and more with Gaga to “dive into the next phase of their relationship.”However, this story has been debunked by folks at Gossip Cop. The fact that Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk were spotted along with their daughter and his mom dining at Jennifer Garner’s residence last week is proof that an actor is still a family man. Cooper has also purchased a $13.5 million townhouse in Manhattan. And despite having a house all to himself in Los Angeles, he spends most of the time in New York.This is not the first fake news that the tabloid has published about Cooper and Lady Gaga. A few weeks back, they had reported that Lady Gaga had proposed to Bradley Cooper and that Lady Gaga was pregnant with Cooper’s baby.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a military ceremony in the courtyard of the Hotel des Invalides in Paris, France on 26 November 2014As Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi prepares to be sworn in for a second four-year term on Saturday, a wave of arrests signals his government’s fear of social dissent, analysts say.Personalities involved in the January 2011 popular uprising that brought down president Hosni Mubarak are among those to have been detained, amid a crackdown that began after March elections gave Sisi an official 97 per cent of the vote.Two of those arrested are blogger and journalist Wael Abbas and Shadi Ghazali Harb, one of the youth leaders during the 2011 revolution.They also include Hazim Abdelazim, who has described his decision to head the youth committee of Sisi’s successful 2014 presidential bid as his “biggest mistake”.“The arrests are in line with the repressive policies of recent years, which aim to subdue” all potential checks on power, said Karim Bitar, a researcher at the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs.A month ahead of the elections, the public prosecutor’s office warned the media it would act against the dissemination of “false information” deemed detrimental to the country’s “safety and security”.The latest arrests show “nothing has changed in the security-focused policies of the regime” in Egypt, said Mostafa Kamel el-Sayed, a political science professor at Cairo University.“There is still worry of a repeat of what happened in January 2011, which the president has expressed more than once,” said Sayed.Economic hardship may also be making the authorities jittery, analysts say.The government has brought in a value-added tax, cut fuel subsidies and hiked electricity prices, as it seeks to keep to the terms of a $12-billion (10.3-billion-euro) loan deal with the International Monetary Fund.The authorities may also fear activists will “use these circumstances to mobilise citizens against Sisi’s regime”, with figures who made their names in 2011 a particular source of potential concern, Sayed told AFP.A collapse in the value of the currency in late 2016 and resultant inflation, which peaked at 33 percent last July, has also left consumers feeling the pinch.Another electricity price hike and cut to fuel subsidies are planned for the summer.To prepare the public for this unpopular medicine, state-run media has cited the government’s massive 104-billion-pound ($5.8 billion, five-billion-euro) petroleum subsidy bill and the squeeze caused by oil prices rising back above $75 per barrel.‘State of oppression’Advocacy groups have condemned the arrests, calling on authorities to release the activists, with Human Rights Watch on Thursday denouncing a “state of oppression”.The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has also condemned the wave of arrests.“Sustainable stability and security can only go hand in hand with the full respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms,” her spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said.“The increasing number of arrests of human rights defenders, political activists and bloggers in the latest weeks in Egypt is therefore a worrying development,” said Kocijancic.Egyptian foreign ministry spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid rejected the criticisms, saying the EU’s track record in human rights can also be condemned.Abu Zeid pointed to “the immense difficulty and degrading treatment suffered by many of the immigrants and refugees, as well as the violations committed by law enforcement authorities” in the EU.“That is in addition to the growing effect of the rise of extremist, right-wing parties and movements, with the ensuing manifestations of racism, discrimination, violence and hate speech,” Abu Zeid said in a statement.Also last month an Egyptian military court sentenced Ismail Alexandrani, a prominent journalist and expert on jihadist movements in the Sinai Peninsula, to 10 years in prison.The court has yet to issue its reasoning, but Alexandrani’s lawyer said he had been accused of publishing military secrets and belonging to the banned Muslim Brotherhood.For Paris-based researcher Bitar, Egypt’s policy direction is at least in part the consequence of the West’s own policies.“The Western preference for Arab authoritarianism provides rulers in the Middle East blank cheques that make them feel they have no limits in regards to oppression,” said Bitar.
Indian warship ‘INS KORA’ arrived at Chittagong naval port on a five-day goodwill visit, BSS reports.Chittagong Naval Zone Chief Staff Officer Captain Kamal Nasser welcomed the ship in a traditional ceremony on Friday, said an ISPR press release.Indian naval officials are on the visit as part of the ongoing bilateral exchanges between Bangladesh and India.“The visit will further strengthen the friendship that has historically existed between the two Navies,” the release added.
Firefighters on ladders work to extinguish a blaze in an office building in Dhaka on 28 March 2019. Photo: AFPAn electric short-circuit on the eighth floor of FR Tower sparked the deadly fire that killed 26 people last month, state minister for disaster management Enamur Rahman said Tuesday.”The fire spread to the ninth and 10th floors. A number of people died because of smoke in the 11th, 12th and 13th floors,” he said after meeting the ministry’s probe committee and representatives of various ministries, reports UNB.Enamur admitted that the fire service and civil defence lacks equipment.”We wanted to procure equipment worth Tk 10 billion but after Churihatta and FR Tower fires, we understood that this budget is insufficient,” he said.Seventy-one people were killed after a deadly blaze swept through several buildings in the old quarter of Dhaka in late February.Many of the capital’s buildings are unplanned and lack proper firefighting equipment.”We’ve realised that we need heavy machinery and a bigger budget to ensure fire extinguishing system,” the state minister added.
Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Load Comments,After Christchurch shooting, Jewish communities share in trauma and healing By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — African-American young adults are more likely than their white counterparts to drop out of Protestant churches during their early adult years, new research shows.But equal percentages of black and white young adults say they currently attend services regularly.A new analysis of survey data released last week (March 13) by LifeWay Research of Nashville, Tenn., found that nearly three-quarters of black young adults said they stopped attending church regularly for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22. By comparison, 65 percent of white young adults said they halted regular attendance during that period.But 44 percent of white and black young adults who attended church regularly for more than a year in high school said they currently attended church at least twice a month. A quarter of white young adults said they did not currently attend church, compared to 19 percent of African-American young adults.Reasons church dropouts say they stopped attending church. Graphic courtesy of LifeWay ResearchThe survey, which was conducted in 2017, sampled the views of U.S. Protestant adults between the ages of 23 and 30.Despite the early-adult dropoff in attendance, a black church expert at LifeWay Christian Resources said many African-American students continue to feel they have a connection to a church they previously attended.Mark Croston. Photo courtesy of LifeWay Christian Resources“Very often in African-American culture, we’re really, really tied to what we would call our home church, the church you grew up in,” said Mark Croston, a former pastor who works for the publishing division of the Southern Baptist Convention. “And so for many of our students, as they would move away to college, they would in their minds still be holding onto their relationship with their church back where they grew up.”Croston said the survey shows that churches that do not have an active young adult ministry should consider having one.The father of two adult children who are millennials said both expressed how important finding a congregation with a young adult ministry was to them as they looked for a new church after moving away from home. His daughter, he said, gave up on one congregation because it no longer offered a vibrant group that focused on young people.“These are her words: ‘They don’t have anything there for me anymore,’” he recalled.For both black and white young adults, college attendance or a move far from the church they had been attending were key factors in their halt in regular churchgoing. Among other reasons were disagreements with a church’s stance on social or political issues — which was cited by 28 percent of white young adults and 18 percent of black young adults.The analysis focused on the race of the individuals surveyed and not the racial makeup of the congregations they may have attended.It found that 72 percent of African-American young adults said they spend regular time in private prayer, compared to 58 percent of white young adults. Forty-seven percent of black young adults said they regularly read the Bible privately, compared to 33 percent of white young adults. Current Spiritual Practices. Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research “Did you stop attending church regularly (twice a month or more) for at least a year between the ages of 18 and 22?” Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research Current church attendance among all young adults who attended a Protestant church regularly 1+ years in high school. Graphic courtesy of LifeWay Research “The fact that they were still engaged in the disciplines of the faith, prayer and Bible reading, really says that something is really still going on in their lives,” said Croston.The survey was sponsored by LifeWay Students, the arm of LifeWay Christian Resources focused on student ministry, and included only those who had attended a Protestant church twice a month or more for at least a year during high school.The new analysis was based on a sample of 2,002 online interviews. The overall margin of error was plus or minus 2.4 percentage points. Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Share This! 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