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.
PM Modi during the pre-Budget meeting with economists.Twitter Narendra ModiFinance minister Arun Jaitley may on Thursday, February 1, announce big-ticket schemes and populist changes, but beneath each and every move will work calculations to keep Modi in power at least till 2024.And what about 2024 and beyond? Expect Union Budget 2018 and those in the next few years to pave the way for policies that will let the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate after Narendra Modi continue without much backlash.Interestingly, one common refrain at the grassroots of the party seems to be “2024 tak Modi, uske baad yogi [Modi till 2024, Yogi after that].” This is Yogi Adityanath, the current chief minister of Uttar Pradesh – the state that has sent the most number of prime ministers to office.Modi himself is a Lok Sabha member from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, and the common political understanding is whoever rules UP also rules India. Thus, it won’t be surprising if the BJP chooses Adityanath as Modi’s successor, and budgets henceforth have a little extra to keep UP happy with the saffron party.This is also the BJP-led NDA government’s last full budget before the next Lok Sabha elections, and many other political calculations seem to be casting a shadow on it. For one, Modi may decide to call for the Lok Sabha elections to be held this year itself. Second, he may take the combined-election route — simultaneous Lok Sabha and state Assembly elections — to beat the anti-incumbency factor in some states. More importantly, he may take some steps to chip away at the poll planks that political rivals might use. Here’s a breakdown of how each factor may influence Budget 2018: In picture: EVMs used in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly polls being stored in a strong room in Surat, Gujarat on Dec 10, 2017. [Representational image]IANSCentral and state-wise issuesIndia is going to see Assembly elections in four major states in 2018: Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The North-Eastern states of Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Nagaland are also due for elections this year.However, since none of the North-Eastern states has much of a Congress presence, and the BJP rules all the aforementioned major states barring Karnataka, the South Indian state will be the one the BJP will focus on. And thus, the Union Budget 2018 can be expected to have some sops and development projects for the state.As for Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the BJP will be fighting the anti-incumbency factor there, besides several regional issues.In Madhya Pradesh, for example, the BJP will look to mollify farmers who have protested from time to time. In Rajasthan, on the other hand, it might have to do something for people who have been affected by the actions of cow-protection vigilantes.But the saffron party may have another ace up its sleeve to counter anti-incumbency. Farmers stage a demonstration against the killing of farmers of Madhya Pradesh’s Mandsaur; in New Delhi on June 15, 2017.IANSPossibility of combined and early electionsOf course, the BJP will have an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, and tweak Budget 2018 accordingly. However, there is now buzz that Prime Minister Narendra Modi may call for simultaneous state and Lok Sabha elections. Combined state and Central elections are nothing new in India. That is how they happened in the first couple of decades or so since Independence. And then, Rajesh Jain – the man behind the saffron party’s Mission 272 in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections – wrote in an article in the Quint on January 23 that the BJP might call for general elections “in the next 100 days.”If this happens, along with the combining of polls, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana may also see polling along with the Lok Sabha elections and the eight aforementioned states.With elections combined, voters may not want to choose candidates from two different parties in the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls — something the BJP will count on to help it beat the anti-incumbency factor in the states. To that end, the BJP may make Union Budget 2018 much more broad-based, so people prefer it at the Centre, and by extension in their states.For example, the North-East may receive special focus in the form of some infrastructure and defence projects, but the garb this focus will wear is the defence against China, which the whole country may throw its weight behind.Then there is the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana, aka the Saubhagya scheme, launched last year with an aim to bringing electricity to all rural areas across the country. Mint has quoted sources telling it that the scheme will find a mention in the Budget, which means the BJP will have ammunition to needle the “dark era” of successive Congress governments in India.Encroaching on Opposition agendaThe BJP is also looking to take away the caste-based or region-based agenda that several regional parties with national-level ambitions have built their voter-base on.The saffron brigade was out in full strength looking to win Dalit support when Mani Shankar Aiyar called Modi a “neech kism ka aadmi,” and the Shiv Sena – which has said it will is parting ways with the BJP for the Lok Sabha elections – will have to deal with the saffron party taking credit for the massive Shivaji statue coming up in Mumbai.The BJP is expected to continue this “encroachment” with Union Budget 2018. It has already started with the Congress’ plank of empowering women, with Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian saying: “In our bid to further the cause of women’s empowerment, the cover of Economic Survey 2018 is pink.” In picture: Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian (right) shows the pink Economic Survey 2017-18, in New Delhi on January 29, 2018.Press Information BureauAnother political move Jaitley might choose to make is bringing back wealth tax and inheritance tax. This should help the BJP firm up its pro-poor image, something it can once again use to hit back at the Congress.
The 17th session of the 10th parliament will continue until 14 September next.The sitting of the house began at 5:25pm with speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. Earlier, the business advisory committee of the house sat at a meeting at 4pm with the speaker in the chair to fix the duration and businesses of the session. A five-member panel of chairmen was nominated by the speaker for the 17th session of the 10th parliament. Members of the panel are Lt Col (retd) Muhammad Faruk Khan (Gopalganj-1), Motahar Hossain (Lalmonirhat-1), Suhrab Uddin (Kishoreganj-2), Fakhrul Imam (Mymensingh-8) and Mahjabeen Khaled (Women Seat-18). The speaker announced their names at the beginning of the day’s business. They will conduct the proceedings of parliament in chronological order in the absence of the Speaker and the deputy speaker.President Abdul Hamid on 22 August last called the 17th session of the 10th parliament exercising the power bestowed upon him as per Article 72 (1) of the Constitution. On 13 July last, the 16th session (4th budget session of 10th parliament) of the Jatiya Sangsad was prorogued after 24 sittings that passed the national budget for fiscal 2017-18 .
Share Manuel Balce Ceneta/APFormer California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in October on the day arguments took place in a case about political maps in Wisconsin.Updated at 4:39 p.m. ETThe U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up a Republican challenge to the newly drawn Pennsylvania congressional map ahead of the 2018 elections.The decision means Republicans have few, if any, options remaining to try to stem a map that will almost certainly result in Democrats picking up potentially three or four seats and could make half a dozen or more competitive.Tuesday is the filing deadline for candidates for Pennsylvania’s April 26 primaries.Last month, the Supreme Court also declined to block the state court decision that said the old GOP-drawn map violated the Pennsylvania Constitution.Republicans drew a gerrymandered map in 2011 that resulted in a 13-5 congressional district advantage. That was despite Democrats having won the state in five straight presidential elections at the time.Democrats need to win a net of 24 seats to win a majority in the U.S. House.The decision comes on the same day a federal court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Republican congressmen challenging the new map. It’s a double gut punch to the GOP and all but guarantees that Democrats pick up a few seats, and in an election with control of Congress at stake, every seat counts.Legally, the challenge could also open the path to a slew of state court challenges.Challengers to the 2011 GOP-drawn map called into question its legality based on the state constitution, a rarity that could provide a road map for challengers in other states.The Supreme Court’s decision Monday also shows a possible reluctance to weigh in on state law when it comes to redistricting.This is not the last say the Supreme Court will have, however, on redistricting. It is hearing arguments March 28 on a Republican challenge to Maryland’s Democratic-drawn congressional map, and the court has a decision pending on a Democratic challenge to GOP-drawn state legislative districts in Wisconsin.Both cases deal with political rather than racial gerrymandering. While the court has ruled previously on racial gerrymandering, it has never ruled on political gerrymandering.The Supreme Court will hear arguments April 24 on racial gerrymandering in Texas as well. And the court also temporarily blocked a lower court’s decision in a racial gerrymandering case in North Carolina ordering the state to redraw a map that was favorable to Republicans.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROA Baltimore native has returned home from Harvard Law School.D’Sean Williams-Brown, 25, is now studying for his bar exam after graduating in Harvard’s 2018 class.After studying at Howard University and Harvard Law School, D’Sean Williams-Brown is back in his hometown. (Courtesy photo)Born in 1993, Williams-Brown grew up on the 2600 block of Kirk Avenue before moving north in 1998 to Winston Avenue.It was in these Black communities that Williams-Brown’s interests in politics and law grew.“The neighborhood I lived in, what it looked like, the challenges that both my family faced and everyone in the neighborhood faced; the folks that were facing these challenges, all of them looked like me,” Williams-Brown told the AFRO. “The politics of the Black community, the issues were so common, but it is the truth, I couldn’t put two and two together, I just knew that something else was involved, and it led me to examine how did this happen?”He had more questions as he took more of Baltimore in.“How do I live in a block with all Black families and then when I go across to the other side of town, it looks different,” Williams-Brown said. “Why is my school set up in a certain way? We have one Black teacher in school, how do these things come into play?”While working on these questions, Williams-Brown somewhat struggled in middle school as a B-C student.“I got into mischievous stuff, joking, teasing, not listening to teachers, not really paying attention, my grades suffered with a few detentions here and there,” Williams-Brown said.He was denied admission to Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, due to his subpar grades, leaving his parents with a tough choice.“My parents were left either to send me to a school in the area that was struggling, and eventually closed, or send me to private school,” Williams-Brown said. “My dad had found me a private school, he talked to my mom, he said ‘you know what, let’s give this a shot.’”With help from his three aunts and his grandparents, Williams-Brown’s family was able to raise the tuition for him to attend Calvert Hall Catholic High School.“I think that sort of sparked within me, that I need to take it serious,” Williams-Brown said. “This is not cheap, this is not easy, they really are pushing for me to accomplish, so let me go and do well. It was a different experience, coming from a city school to a private school, my only focus was to go in, put my head down and do the work and make sure that investment paid off.”It did pay off. Upon graduation, Williams-Brown was awarded a full academic scholarship to Howard University.“People call it the Mecca, it’s this center of Black culture and Black history and education for so many brilliant people and experiences,” Williams-Brown said.While studying alongside the Black elite, both peers and professors, some of the experience was taken for granted until graduation.“You go back and look at folks who graduated from Howard and contributed to society and how great and successful and prominent these folks have become and how important their work has been to the movements,” Williams-Brown said. “By the time my senior year came, I really started to appreciate what I had been a part of and being able to graduate and say that I went to an institution that was a part of that.”While there were too many Howard professors and mentors to recognize, Williams-Brown did go on at length about his Mock Trial coach, attorney Angela D. Minor, Esq. William’s-Brown was himself a mock trial attorney, his team went to nationals.“Watching her commitment, learning from her, and getting the opportunity to be able to go out and explore what my interests were, and explore my talents and get better at the trade was something that was very important to me,” Williams-Brown said. “It’s one of those things that will follow through the rest of my career.”Williams-Brown’s academic career next took him to Harvard Law School. He interned for the ACLU and was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. In Boston, Williams-Brown fought evictions and foreclosures, serving as a community lawyer for the disadvantaged and vulnerable.He’s returned to and taken up residence in Baltimore, a city with an alarming and nation-leading rate of eviction.As Williams-Brown’s wrote on his Harvard application:“Knowledge of the law is empowering,” he wrote. “I witnessed this firsthand when I saw the weight lifted off my mother’s shoulders as an attorney explained the legal procedures and her potential options during the foreclosure process. Although at times limited, the law also has the ability to promote the ideals of self-determination, equality, and social justice. During my legal education, I know that I will gain the skills necessary to continue to advocate for the underprivileged in society. Motivated by my own humble upbringing, I hope to collaborate with a variety of bright legal minds and utilize legal scholarship to imagine innovative solutions and create the change that I want to see in the national community.”
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 6 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 26, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global From MyFitnessPal to Equifax and Ticketfly to MyHeritage, it seems like every week we learn of a new security breach that impacts our personal information. In fact, in the time it takes for you to read this sentence, there will be approximately 280 data records stolen, with nearly five million records breached every day.Yet, despite the proliferation of cybersecurity threats, consumers seem somewhat unfazed by the risks their own behaviors pose to their accounts. For example, a recent survey found that only 55 percent of people would change their password if their account was hacked. It also found that fear of forgetting passwords is driving this user apathy.While our brains are oversaturated with information every day, this password indifference becomes even more critical when we look at employee password behaviors and how it can put business information at risk. The truth is, complacency can cost you, whether with personal or work accounts.Related: Passwords Are Scarily Insecure. Here Are a Few Safer Alternatives.Here are four password mistakes you’re making and how to fix them.1. Thinking your passwords aren’t at risk.Think your data isn’t valuable enough to make it worth a hacker’s time? Think again. While it might be obvious that a banking or PayPal account has value for hackers, over the past year, stories have emerged about hacked Airbnb, ride sharing and even food delivery accounts. Did you know that these logins can be sold by hackers on the dark web too?Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report found that 81 percent of hacking-related breaches leveraged either stolen and/or weak passwords. A password can be a goldmine for hackers looking to exploit that information to get access to other accounts, data and more. Whether it’s your banking login or even a long-forgotten login to a shopping site or rarely used employee site, your password is almost always valuable to a hacker.This is why users should treat every account as unique. Be sure not to share credentials and log-in information across sites, no matter how seemingly unimportant the accounts may be. And don’t make it easy for hackers to guess your password. Passwords should be lengthy and complex. 2. Reusing passwords, especially from home to office.We’ve all done it. You create a strong password that passes the security test on one website and decide to use that password over and over again. A recent survey found that 91 percent know that using the same passwords for multiple accounts is a security risk, yet 59 percent mostly or always use the same password. However, if a hacker gets access to a password used across multiple accounts, they have access to much, much more of your information. While this can be problematic for your personal data security, it can become even riskier when this behavior moves from home to the office where confidential information is stored for the business and numerous employees. Take Dropbox as an example. An employee’s re-used password, obtained from the LinkedIn breach, was used to steal user credentials for more than 60 million accounts.Related: Five Ways to Protect Your Company Against Cyber AttacksThat’s why no two accounts should ever use the same password, whether at home or at work. Using unique passwords ensures that a breach at one website doesn’t result in a stolen account at another. While this might seem like a daunting task, password generators can help to simplify the process and take the guesswork out of creating unique logins for each site. And using a password manager can help you securely keep track of credentials for each site. These tools can alert you when a password is duplicated across accounts and will allow you to change a password with the click of a button, which is beneficial following major breaches, like the Netflix breach.3. Using your default password.Unchanged default passwords like “admin” or “password” can leave your information vulnerable to compromise. While these default passwords can be easy to remember for accounts we use every day like employee logins, these passwords can be a hacker’s go-to to gain access to your account. Default passwords are also a risk for any hardware or software you use to keep your business operating, from routers to collaboration software.The good news is, this is an easy fix. You can change your password at any time. But if fear of forgetfulness is holding you back, consider using a passphrase instead of just a password. A passphrase is a string of words or phrases put together to create one long phrase that’s easy for you to remember, but difficult for anyone else to guess or crack. For example, you can use your dog’s birthday to create a passphrase such as “mydogmolly’sbirthdayis_october19.”Related: Why Google’s New Facial Recognition Security System Won’t Let Us Kiss Our Passwords Goodbye Quite Yet4. Two-factor authentication is there, but you don’t use it.While long, complex passwords are important, they are not sufficient on their own. Many websites now offer two-factor authentication for added security. Two-factor authentication means adding another login step when you’re signing into an account. It combines something you know (your password) with something else you have like your phone or fingerprint, or even your location that lets you approve a new login.Whenever possible, turn on two-factor authentication with your accounts. The benefit with two-factor authentication is that should your password somehow be compromised — perhaps in a phishing attack — the attacker still won’t be able to get into your account without the two-factor authentication information.As today’s hackers have access to more tools and exploits, and cyber threats become more advanced, threats to our data within accounts of all kinds are becoming a daily occurrence. Whether it’s your food delivery account or your payroll login, it’s critical that we treat passwords as the first line of defense. Making these quick fixes to your everyday password habits can help minimize risk of a compromise to your personal information and limit your business’s attack exposure.