Beverly Hills, Jul 24 (AP/UNB) — The deep-sea explorer who discovered the wrecked Titanic is tackling an aviation mystery: Amelia Earhart's disappearance.
Robert Ballard and a National Geographic expedition will search for her plane next month near a Pacific Ocean atoll that's part of the Phoenix Islands.
Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan were attempting an around-the-world flight when their aircraft disappeared in July 1937, spawning years of searches and speculation.
Ballard and his team will use remotely operated underwater vehicles in their search, the National Geographic channel said Tuesday. An archaeological team will investigate a potential Earhart campsite with search dogs and DNA sampling.
The channel will air a two-hour special on Oct. 20. "Expedition Amelia" will include clues gathered by the International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery that led Ballard to the atoll, named Nikumaroro.
Westerly, Jul 24 (AP/UNB) — Police in Rhode Island have arrested an Iowa man they say intended to visit singer Taylor Swift's beachfront mansion in the state and was carrying a backpack containing a baseball bat and items commonly used in burglaries.
Westerly Chief Shawn Lacey tells The Sun of Westerly that 32-year-old David Page Liddle, of Des Moines, Iowa, was arrested Friday after residents reported a suspicious man at a boat yard near Swift's home.
Lacey says Liddle told officers he was looking to "catch up" with Swift because he knew her personally and she had agreed to help his singing career.
Security guards at Swift's mansion told police they had seen Liddle earlier outside the front gate.
Liddle was held on $10,000 bond at a court appearance Monday. No attorney was listed in online court records.
Nashville, Jul 24 (AP/UNB) — Country singer Thomas Rhett will have a trio of daughters as he announced on social media that his wife is pregnant with another girl.
Rhett on Tuesday posted a photo of his other two daughters, Willa Gray and Ada James, posing with their hands on his wife Lauren Akins' belly. He added that he was "excited to share that I will now be paying for 3 weddings."
Rhett, who won male artist of the year twice at the Academy of Country Music Awards, often writes about his wife and family on his hit country songs including "Die A Happy Man" and "Life Changes."
Beverly Hills, Jul 24 (AP/UNB) — Common, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Hugh Jackman are enlisting in the Global Citizen movement.
They're among the celebrities featured in a National Geographic docuseries highlighting efforts to fight global poverty.
The series is being done with Global Citizen, a group whose aim is to eradicate extreme poverty and its root problems through advocacy and activism.
Titled "Activate: The Global Citizen Movement," the program follows Common as he fights for criminal justice reform. Chopra Jonas campaigns to break down barriers to girls' education, and Jackman works on the group's New York City concert. Other featured celebs include Becky G, Uzo Aduba and Usher.
Digital hubs on NatGeo.com and GlobalCitizen.org will offer more information on the issues highlighted in the docuseries, which includes Procter & Gamble as a partner.
The six-part show debuts Sept. 5.
Dhaka, 23 July (UNB) – Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) on Tuesday here organized the inaugural session of the ‘Appreciation Course-2019’ aiming to accelerate the artistic and aesthetic thirst among art enthusiasts in different arenas.
The opening ceremony at BSA’s National Art Gallery where Cultural Affairs minister K M Khalid was present as the chief guest.
This course is aimed to serve enthusiasts in total five sectors- film, fine arts, dramatics, music and choreography.
Chaired by BSA Director Liaquat Ali Lucky, the program was also attended by art-critic Moinuddin Khaled, filmmaker and mentor Zahidur Rahim Anjan, Professor of Jahangirnagar University’s Department of Dramatics Dr Afsar Ahmed along with its Associate Professor Dr Soma Mumtaz and National Music College teacher Komol Khalid.
The classes on specific five sectors will begin on 25th July, with the Film appreciation course.
This 12-day–long course will be jointly directed by Moinuddin Khaled, Zahidur Rahim Anjan and Moinuddin Khaled.
The next course 10-day–long course will be on music which will be mentored by Komol Khalid. Another 10-day course on dance and choreography will be mentored by JU Associate Professor Dr Soma Mumtaz.
The last will be a 15-day theatre appreciation course to be jointly directed by JU’s Department of Dramatics Professors Dr Afsar Ahmed and Abdus Selim.
A graduation ceremony will be held on August 31, where certificates will be provided to the attending participants in these courses.