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

Guardiola confirms Bayern Munich departure

first_imgHe’ll be replaced as coach of the Bundesliga club by Carlo Ancelotti.Guardiola, 44, has been linked with Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal.The former Barcelona boss has won two league titles and the German Cup since joining Bayern in summer 2013.last_img

Students Commend Sime Darby

first_imgThe Liberian operations of Malaysian oil palm giant, Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL), has been commended for offering ‘hardship allowance’ to beneficiaries of its scholarship studying agriculture-related disciplines at major universities in Liberia.A number of students benefiting from the company’s US$135-monthly hardship stipend say the offer would not have come at any better time. Sime Darby Liberia launched the hardship allowance scheme during the height of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in the country few months ago to help the students earn their living during the Ebola crisis. The scheme is an augmentation of existing monthly US$45 scholarship allowance for each of the beneficiaries. About 51 students at various tertiary institutions in the country are benefiting from the Sime Darby’s scholarship program and their benefit under the hardship allowance scheme has now been increased to US$135 per month. Beneficiaries spoken with said the gesture by Sime Darby Plantation Liberia (SDPL) during this Ebola outbreak is far from just a corporate social responsibility of the company. “It is a great sense of humanity that any company would consider,” one of the beneficiaries said in a recent interview.They believe that the company could have stopped the scholarship allowance scheme since all schools including universities and colleges have been close because of the Ebola outbreak. “But, Sime Darby Foundation decided to go extra miles to ensure our survivability,” said Miss Hannah Karnwhiene. Miss Karnwhiene is studying agriculture at the Stella Maris Polytechnic in Monrovia.The Sime Darby Foundation had always given beneficiaries of its scholarship in Liberia monthly allowances of US$45 to US$135 per month, but the Company decided to step up the amount for all 51 students to US$135 per month after Ebola struck the country, leaving schools closed. And with economic activities taking a nosedive, the Malaysian Company decided to come to the rescue of its students.“For me, what the company is doing is more than a help. There is no active work going on at the plantation due to the Ebola outbreak, yet the Company is paying us and they have even increased the amount.  I am just grateful for such assistance,” said Miss Karnwhiene.Many Liberian girls have the tendency of shying away from entering into the field of agriculture due to what they call difficulties in obtaining jobs after graduation.According to Sime Darby Liberia Management, the ‘hardship allowance’ will last until the Ebola is finally eradicated from Liberia and normalcy returns to the country. Sime Darby Management has also declared that the hardship allowance will continue until the economy is lifted from recession. “Once normalcy returns and the students are back in school, the company would revert to its old US$45 per student payment scheme which it started,” said an SDPL official.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more