Lifestyle / Entertainment / Music by Press Association 23/12/2018, 9:05 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Netflix star Debby Ryan has announced her engagement to her partner, Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun. Ryan, best known for starring in teen black comedy series Insatiable on the streaming service, shared their news on Twitter with a number of pictures showing the proposal. She told her 3.9 million followers: “I said yes! Well technically I said ‘NO WAY’ twice but I meant yes.” One of the snaps showed Dun down on one knee holding a ring as Ryan laughed in disbelief, against a forest backdrop. Another was a shot of him kissing her head as she still appeared to come to terms with the news. Dun, 30, shared the same pictures with his 3.8 million Instagram followers and wrote: “I found a tree house in the woods in New Zealand and proposed to my girl. “She my dude for life. I love … [Read more...] about Insatiable star Debby Ryan and Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun are engaged
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Popular on social media Unification Council elects head of Ukrainian Orthodox Church 1686 Vatican recognizes autocephalous church in Ukraine 1001 Veselka serves hundreds daily with Ukrainian cuisine in Manhattan 762 Ukraine’s image was boosted in several ways in 2018. Here’s five that made a difference: Creativity, journalism Cannes Lions Award Kyiv-based Banda Agency and design studio Republique won the Bronze Lion Award, a first for Ukraine, in the design category at the Cannes Lions International Creative Festival in June. For Eurovision 2017 branding, Banda and Republique created the slogan “Celebrate Diversity, as well as a logo that depicts circles with different patterns bound together as a traditional Ukrainian necklace. Prior to the Bronze Lion Award, the Banda Agency and Republique received a Grand Prix in communication design at the German Red Dot Awards for their Eurovision branding. Red Dot Award Banda Agency also came up with the … [Read more...] about 5 great reasons to celebrate better image of nation in 2018
When Mohammed Riasat, a government forest service officer, peers up at the majestic ridges around him, he sees small miracles others might miss: a few dozen pine seedlings that have sprouted in rocky, near-vertical cliffs or a grove of healthy young eucalyptus trees, planted on a patch of terrain that had been eroding after years of illegal use. "When I see a grown tree cut down, I feel like a close relative has died," said Mr Riasat, who has spent three decades working with limited funds and staff to protect Pakistan's beleaguered forests here in the verdant hills of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. "When I see a new one appear, I feel attached to it." Two years ago, that struggling effort got a huge boost. Imran Khan, then a politician whose party governed the province, launched a programme dubbed the "Billion Tree Tsunami". Eventually, hundreds of thousands of trees were planted across the region, timber smuggling was virtually wiped out and a cottage industry of backyard nurseries … [Read more...] about Pakistan to plant 10 billion trees to combat decades of deforestation
The helicopter pilot held hostage and forced to help heavily armed men snatch a notorious French gangster from prison has spoken for the first time of his terrifying ordeal. Stéphane Buy told how he was expecting to give a flying lesson to two men; instead, he was beaten, knocked briefly unconscious and ordered to take a group of masked men to break Rédoine Faïd from jail. A massive manhunt for Faïd, 46, a serial criminal serving 25 years for his part in a failed robbery in 2010 in which a police officer died, is ongoing. Buy said he had been approached by two men, one aged around 50 and the second in his twenties, seeking flying lessons. “It was the second or third time I’d seen them. They’d already done an initiation flight with me and it had gone very well. I thought it was a father who wanted to treat his son,” Buy, an experienced pilot with 3,000 flying hours, told RTL radio. “It was a flying lesson like any other.” He said … [Read more...] about ‘Gun to head’: French prison break helicopter pilot describes ordeal
On this Memorial Day weekend, with 15,000 U.S troops still deployed to Afghanistan, we bring you a cautionary tale of how five U.S. soldiers, including two Green Berets, died there on the night of June 9, 2014. As we first reported this past November, the Pentagon concluded the deaths were an "avoidable" accident, known by the contradictory phrase "friendly fire." It was the deadliest such incident involving U.S. fatalities in 17 long years of ongoing war in Afghanistan. It wasn't gunfire that killed the U.S. soldiers, it was a pair of 500-pound bombs dropped right on top of them by a U.S. warplane. You're about to hear what happened that day from three of the soldiers who were there, including the Green Beret commander. They dispute the official version of events and warn it's going to happen again. It started just after sundown on a sweltering night with a fierce firefight. Brandon Branch: Bullets whizzing by, kickin up all around you. Henry "Hank" Montalbano: At certain … [Read more...] about Why were five U.S. soldiers killed by an American bomber in Afghanistan?