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.
Dhaka, 23rd July (UNB) –Students of five madrasas from Gopalganj performed a a cultural program here on Tuesday at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) aiming to increase their involvements in cultural activities.
State Minister of Cultural Affairs K M Khalid was present as the chief guest while BSA director Liaquat Ali Lucky delivered the welcome speech.
K M Khalid said that this was a unique program arranged by madrasa students. They have been being involved in cultural activities as well as breaking the miss interpretation about them which is really remarkable.
He also announced TK 50,000 donation from his ministry to each of five participating madrasas.
The program titled ‘Let the light of youth and education spread out in the songs of youths’ enchanted the spectators.
The students performed in several categories, such as patriotic and Islamic songs, recitation of poetries from famous Bangladeshi poets and performed a group drama.
Gopalganj Deputy Commissioner Habibur Rahman and District Administrator Shahida Sultana attended the program as special guests.
Thanking the BSA authority for such initiative, BSA’s Gopalganj unit General Secretary Khandaker Yahiya Khaled Sahi, cultural officer Al Mamun Bin Saleh, Salehia Kamil Madrasa Principal Md Abu Sayeed spoke in the program.