Odds & Ends: Debra Messing & Will Chase Split & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Debra Messing & Will Chase Split Broadway alums Debra Messing and Will Chase have ended their relationship after dating for two and a half years. Us Weekly reports that the pair, who found love on Smash, intend to remain close friends. In happier news, Messing’s new TV series The Mysteries of Laura has received a full season, 22-episode order from NBC. You can check it out on Wednesdays at 8PM.Madam Secretary, Starring a Host of B’way Vets, is a HitThere’s more good TV tidings for some of our other Great White Way faves including Bebe Neuwirth, Patina Miller and Sebastian Arcelus, along with Jersey Boys standout Erich Bergen—CBS has picked up a full season of episodes of their series Madam Secretary. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the political drama is Sunday’s most-watched scripted show and has been averaging 13.5 million viewers.Tracey Ullman on Into the Woods & The Band Wagon on B’wayTracey Ullman has found some solace in her work after her hubby Allan McKeown died on Christmas Eve. She told the New York Daily News that filming the Into the Woods movie “was fantastic because I had that focus during a terrible time.” The Emmy winner is also set to appear in the potentially Broadway-bound The Band Wagon at City Center, although she isn’t sure she’d transfer with the show: “One of the things that appeals to me about this is that it’s not a huge time commitment.” Whatever the case, we’re just pleased we get to see her on stage and screen soon!Nathan Lane & Andrea Martin Get RevealingTony winners Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin stopped by Watch What Happens Live on October 27 and got quizzed about their favorite (and not so favorite) co-stars. Watch their answers below and speaking of co-stars, keep an eye out for Lane’s It’s Only a Play colleague Micah Stock, who was doing an admirable job bartending (although we think he’s better at coat-checking). Nathan Lane Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 View Commentscenter_img It’s Only a Play Star Files Andrea Martinlast_img read more

Saltwater Cowboys: True Grit of the East

first_imgPhoto by Denise BowdenBy 6 a.m. on a late July morning, Bobby Lappin has already been in the saddle for an hour.He’s not alone. Fifty-some cowboys ride at his side. They cluck and yip and crack their whips against the water, driving over one hundred Chincoteague Ponies down the beaches of Assateague. The herd of hooves rumbles along the sand heading south toward a corral at the end of the island.“You got the sun coming up, sometimes a little haze, dolphins in the background swimming while we’re coming down the beach. It’s one of those surreal moments, I guess,” says Lappin.Lappin grew up along the shores of Chincoteague and Assateague. Like his fellow riders, he has spent nearly his entire life on the back of a horse. The feral Chincoteague Ponies, which annually draw over 50,000 people to his home island, are about as normal to Lappin as the squirrels in your front yard.“You really don’t pay no mind to them sometimes,” he says of the ponies. “The horses being there is just part of our heritage and our way of life.”Lappin is the Chief of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company and the Pony Committee Chairman. Sounds like an unlikely résumé, but the relationship between the local fire department and the ponies is a longstanding one. In the early 1900s, a number of fires wreaked havoc on Chincoteague Island, leaving the volunteer fire department without equipment to perform their duties. In 1925, the firefighters took matters into their own hands, hosting the famed “pony penning” as it exists today to raise money for the department.Although pony penning did occur prior to 1925, it was meant more as a way for the island’s livestock owners to claim and brand their horses. Today’s roundup now features the “Pony Swim” during which the herd is ushered across the Assateague Channel at low tide, a live auction, and a community carnival to top it all off. The annual pony penning has since become more than a fundraiser for the fire company and is arguably the most important economic driver for the island.“It keeps a lot of businesses alive,” Lappin points out. “They might be having a hard time, and this is what pulls them out.”The event also acts like a trip to the doctor for the herd. Each year, the horses receive vaccinations, dewormer, and blood tests. They’re inspected for injuries and shuttled across the channel if deemed too young or too weak to swim. Though the public may only view these free spirited ponies as “wild,” the fire department makes sure their herd is taken care of.That’s right—their herd. Because Assateague Island is split by the Maryland and Virginia border, so, too, are the island’s ponies. The National Park Service takes care of the Maryland herd while the Chincoteague Fire Department oversees the Virginian one. Under a special grazing permit licensed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the fire department is only allowed a herd of 150 horses, a number they maintain by annually auctioning off ponies at the summer roundup.“We’re over there once a week at least,” Lappin says of trips to the ponies’ home on Assateague, a 37-mile barrier island that received the National Seashore designation in 1965. “During the winter we took hay over there and went around to the water holes to bust the ice.”By “we,” Lappin is mostly referring to his fellow firefighters, the men who form the Pony Committee and are charged with caring for the herd. These 55 men are known locally and nationally as the “Saltwater Cowboys.” They’re the true grit of the East, and while Chincoteague’s knee-deep mud and vast swaths of swampy marshland are certainly not the open desert of spaghetti westerns, these cowboys know firsthand what it’s like to battle the elements while herding hundreds of wild horses across open terrain.“When I say we’re out on a marsh, I’m talkin’ about miles of marsh before you can even hit a road,” says Lappin. “It’s not like you can take cover or get under something,” which, as was the case during the swim of 2013, can prove particularly problematic.On the morning of the swim, Lappin and the Saltwater Cowboys rise at dawn to wait for slack tide, a roughly 30-minute period when the channel has no current and the horses can more safely make the swim to Chincoteague. On that late July morning in 2013, the swim had every appearance of being a success—blue skies, big crowd, cooperative ponies. But in a matter of minutes, the sunny day took a dark turn.“The same time we were getting ready to hit the water we had lightning, hail, thunder,” Lappin remembers. “We were waiting for the tornado to come next. It was game on.”Because the swim is timed around the tides, there was no pausing for the storm to pass. The cowboys knew they would be pushing their luck, but any bit of shelter was a least a half hour’s ride away. As the skies continued to darken and lightning struck from every direction, the men were forced to make a decision—the swim must go on.With heads barely above water, the horses followed local islanders in boats as they navigated the narrowest part of the channel to Chincoteague. Despite the foul weather and pelting hail, over 10,000 spectators stayed to cheer the ponies on. In a matter of minutes, the horses were standing on shore, shaking water from their coats, foals whinnying in search of their mothers. Thankfully, the swim passed without incident and just a few hours later the storm had cleared out.“You could see a little bit of fear on everybody’s face,” Lappin remembers. “Thank God that nothing happened that day.”From the black-mud banks of Chincoteague, the Saltwater Cowboys continued the procession through town to the carnival holding corrals where the ponies stay through the week until their return swim to Assateague. Lappin and his cowboys swap hats after the swim, tending to the ponies and manning the fire station by day, working the carnival grounds by night.“None of us get paid for it,” Lappin says. “It’s just our way of life. We’re like family,” ponies and all.* Giddy-up10 Fun Facts About Chincoteague Ponies You Probably Didn’t Know– They don’t actually live on Chincoteague Island.– They aren’t technically considered “horses” due to their size — 12 to 13 hands (the equivalent of about four feet in height).– Due to the high amount of salt in their diets, Chincoteague Ponies have to drink twice as much water. This explains why they look round and bloated.– Legend has it that Chincoteague Ponies are descendants of Spanish mustangs that swam to the safety of Assateague after a ship wrecked in the early 17th century.– Chincoteague Ponies are considered “feral,” as in they were once domesticated but have since returned to the wild.– The ponies’ diet primarily consists of coarse saltmarsh cord grass and American beach grass, although they will also eat greenbrier stems, bayberry twigs, rose hips, seaweeds, and poison ivy.– Chincoteague Ponies removed from their harsh environment often grow to be full-sized horses, likely because of the higher protein diet they receive.– The Chincoteague Pony became an official breed in 1994.– Roughly 70 Chincoteague foals are born every year.– Ponies can be bought and continue to live on the island as part of a tax write-off program.Tour de ChincoteagueIn town for the Pony Penning with a few days to kill? Check out these local favorites for where to eat, what to do, and sights to see while you’re on island time!EATBrunch: Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks / billsseafoodrestaurant.comLunch: Etta’s Channel Side Restaurant / ettaschannelside.comDinner: AJ’s On the Creek / ajsonthecreek.comSweets: Island Creamery: islandcreamery.netDrink: Chatties Lounge / donsseafood.com/chattiesDODrink champagne at sunsetCaptain Barry’s Backbay Cruises / chincoteague.com/captainSpot dolphinsChincoteague Cruises / chincoteaguecruises.comRide a Chincoteague ponyChincoteague Pony Centre / chincoteague.comListen to local loreRoe “Duc-Man” Terry, Decoy Carver and Saltwater Cowboy / chincoteaguechamber.comlast_img read more

Video:Braithwaite mocks shameful moment during Barca unveiling

first_imgBarcelona forward Martin Braithwaite has addressed his embarrassing attempt at keepy uppies during his unveiling at Camp Nou with a new video from isolation.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole MovieBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee Facts Martin Braithwaite attempts some keepy ups in his back garden during isolationThe striker signed in February after Barca were granted an emergency exception with long-term injuries to Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele. But when he was put in front of the cameras for the first time the 28-year-old cracked under the pressure.The striker attempted a series of tricks which he was unable to pull off leading to many fans mocking him on social media.After those efforts failed he proceeded to casually dribble the ball backwards and forwards.The Danish striker has been working on his skills since his embarrassing unveiling at BarcelonaBut now Braithwaite has redeemed himself with a video of him practicing in isolation as the football season continues to be disrupted by coronavirus.The forward captioned the post: ‘THIS is how it was meant to go…’This time Braithwaite was able to flick the ball over his head and control it with ease.center_img Read Also: Coronavirus: Ronaldo set to lose £8.4m from Juventus contractPerhaps there was less pressure in his garden than there was in one of the most famous grounds in world football.Braithwaite isn’t the only footballer to have been keeping himself busy during the indefinite break.Several stars have attempted ‘stay at home’ challenges with the likes of Lionel Messi doing keepie uppies with a roll of toilet paper while Paul Pogba took part in pram racing with his wife.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Fennecs Test Run with Champions League for Eagles

first_imgFour of the 18 foreign-based Algerian players invited by new coach, Georges Leekens, were in the starting line-up of their various European teams as the UEFA Champions’ League group stage passed half way mark.Nigeria had only Ahmed Musa in action for Leicester City against FC Copenhagen.Musa’s Algerian team mate, Riyad Mahrez played all of 90 minutes for the English Premier league champions while his compatriot, Islam Slimani, was benched by the Nigerian assistant captain.Another Algerian, Rachid Ghezzal played full 90 minutes for ambitious Lyon side that stunned home team Juventus with a late minute equaliser in the 1-1 scoreline that assured the French side an opportunity to nurse the ambition of reaching the knock out stage of the competition.Also, Faouzi Goulam, filed out for FC Napoli against Besiktas and played full time in the useful 1-1 scoreline against the Turkish side on Tuesday just as Hilal Soudani made Dinamo Zagreb’s starting line-up in the humiliating 0-4 lost to host Sevilla on Wednesday.The Algerian Fennecs who are not taking anything for granted moved swiftly yesterday to replace injured Bordeaux forward, Adam Ounas, with Sofiane Hanni from Belgian club Anderlecht.Hani is one of the two more foreign pros as well as four players from the country’s domestic league added to the squad heading for Uyo.Jean Mehdi Tahrat, the other foreign-based player features for Angers in the French Ligue 1.The four local league players are two goalkeepers – Malik Asselah (JS Kabylie), Chemseddine Rahmani (MO Bejaia)– as well as defenders Houari Ferhani (JSK) and Mohamed Khoutir Ziti (ES Setif).Meanwhile, newly invited Super Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi, has said he is 100 per cent ready for the World Cup qualifying clash against the Algerian opponents.The Chippa United shot stopper was a late call up after being initially omitted in the roll calls by Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr, But injury on Wolverhampton Wanderers goal tender, Carl Ikeme ensured the immediate fall back on the former Heartland and Warri Wolves safe hands.Akpeyi said he considers the late call up as a rare honour and privilege even though he was cocksure he merited the early invitation.“Of course, I consider it always an honour and privilege to serve my fatherland, I’m happy with the call up as I’m 100 per cent fit and determined to justify my inclusion in the game against the Algerian opponents, Desert Foxes.“The truth is that I had looked forward to be named in the first list but when it did not come through I kept faith and focus on my club career.“I should be arriving Nigeria on Sunday or Monday as the invitation specified to team up with teammates to prepare for the clash against Algeria.“The match against Algeria is not going to be an easy task given the North Africans pedigree in the land but I’m confident we can always conquer at the end of the day to sustain the momentum after the heroic performance against Zambia in Ndola.“I strongly believe that Algeria will certainly go the way of Zambia in Uyo on November 12,” said Akpeyi to supersport.com.The Super Eagles are at the group’s summit on three points after Match-day 1 clash success at Zambia in Ndola while opponents, Algeria have one point same as Cameroun.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Akpeyi excited by late call up to Super EaglesFemi SolajaAhead of the Match-day two clash of the 2018 World Cup qualifying clash between Nigeria and Algeria in Uyo next Saturday, players listed for action by the North African country midweek gave samples of what to expect in the much-anticipated game.last_img read more

NBA Finals 2019: Dell Curry on Warriors’ loss: We lost, ‘but it’s still a win’

first_img Raptors parade 2019: Time, route and how to watch NBA championship celebration Warriors’ last show of Oracle spirit comes at huge cost Dell Curry put the Warriors’ loss in perspective and celebrates the journey 🙌 (via @ramonashelburne) pic.twitter.com/zUwV3sNH34— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 14, 2019Dell Curry, a regular attendee at Warriors games this postseason, has a point, and it’s easy to see why the Warriors would use the Game 6 loss to reflect on their incredible run in recent years. Sure, they lost their bid to win a third straight championship, and fourth in five years. But given the adversity the team faced in the playoffs, with the loss of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, it was a credit to the team’s determination that they pushed the Raptors to the buzzer in Game 6.Coach Steve Kerr wasn’t exactly popping champagne after the loss Thursday. But after congratulating the Raptors on their win, he echoed Dell Curry’s sentiments — what this Warriors team has accomplished the past five seasons, and this postseason, is something to celebrate. “Let me say a couple of words about our team,” Kerr said. “It’s actually, it’s hard to put into words how I feel about our team. What I’ve witnessed as their coach over the last five years is just an incredible combination of talent and character and commitment to each other.”This just doesn’t happen. A group of guys like this doesn’t come around together and do what they did over the last five years. … I could not be any luckier as a coach to be with these guys every day and to watch them compete and, boy, do they compete. I think they showed that throughout this series and throughout the playoffs.”It’s amazement that we’re sitting in this position, during the game we have a chance to win the game and force a Game 7 and go back to Toronto, and you just think, how? How has this group of guys put themselves in position to do it?”center_img The Warriors apparently found reason to celebrate after losing the NBA Finals.After Toronto defeated Golden State in Game 6 Thursday to win the franchise’s first championship, Stephen Curry’s father, Dell, told ESPN the Warriors’ mood was upbeat. “To do it for five years, with the circumstances we had, and still be in it, I can’t believe it,” Dell Curry said. “We’ve celebrated more tonight, during a loss, than ever. Because we knew how hard it is.”We lost, but it’s still a win.” Related Newslast_img read more

Latest cost of living report shows Mason City still a good value

first_imgMASON CITY — The latest Cost of Living Index Report from the Council for Community and Economic Research shows that living costs in Mason City continue to be a good value. The index is based on six components — housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, healthcare, and miscellaneous goods and services. A score of 100 represents the national average of 268 metropolitan and micropolitan areas. Mason City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Robin Anderson says Mason City’s score of 89 indicates a lower-than-average cost.  “It just solidifies the fact that North Iowa is a very economical place to live. When you consider our quality of life, having a low cost of living really contributes to that.”Anderson says she was pleased with two components of this latest report.  “We were extremely competitive in groceries, and hopefully our citizens are noticing that when they bring their shopping carts to the checkout lane. We’re also very competitive in the healthcare sector, and when you consider the quality of healthcare that we have here with a top 100 hospital, it’s pretty remarkable that that is such a bright spot as well.”Anderson says the transportation component is something she’ll be watching in the next few reports.  “We’re a little concerned, normally we are competitive in transportation,  and it looked like that was unusually high, so we’ll be watching that to see if that is a trend or if it was just a blip.”The least expensive place to live in the most recent survey was Little Rock Arkansas with a score of 80.4, while Manhattan in New York City is the most expensive with a score of 254.7.last_img read more