View Comments The diner is “opening up” with a full cast for the upcoming North American touring production of the hit Broadway musical Waitress. The company will be led by Bailey McCall (Cabaret national tour, off-Broadway’s The Big Bang Theory: A Pop-Rock Musical Parody!) as Jenna, Kennedy Salters as Becky, Gabriella Marzetta as Dawn and David Socolar as Dr. Pomatter. The Waitress tour will premiere at Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre on November 12, before continuing on to cities all across the U.S. and Canada.Also joining the touring company of Waitress are Brian Lundy as Ogie, Clayton Howe as Earl, Jake Mills as Cal and Michael R. Douglass as Joe. The ensemble includes Julia Bain, Ryan Ballard, Meagan Chieppor, Jerica Exum, Stephanie Feeback, M. Justise Hayward, Kelly Krauter, Olivia London, Trey McCoy, Shawn W. Smith and Ryan Washington.Meet Jenna, a waitress and expert pie-maker who dreams of a way out of her small town and rocky marriage. Pouring her heart into her pies, she crafts desserts that mirror her topsy-turvy life such as “The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie” and “Betrayed By My Eggs Pie.” When a baking contest in a nearby county—and a satisfying encounter with someone new—show Jenna a chance at a fresh start, she must find the courage to seize it. Change is on the menu, as long as Jenna can write her own perfectly personal recipe for happiness.Waitress is the first Broadway musical in history to have four women in the four top creative team spots, with a book by Jessie Nelson, a score by seven-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (composer of “Love Song” and “Brave”), choreography by Lorin Latarro and direction by Tony winner Diane Paulus. The Waitress tour features choreography re-created by Abbey O’Brien and tour direction re-created by Susanna Wolk.Find out when the Waitress tour is headed to your city and get tickets to see the show by visiting BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com. Bailey McCall(Photo provided by Anita Dloniak & Associates, Inc.)
Finding lost spacecrafts and space debris in Earth’s orbit can be a technological challenge. Detecting these objects in orbit around Earth’s moon is even more difficult. Optical telescopes are unable to search for small objects hidden in the bright glare of the moon. However, a new technological application of interplanetary radar pioneered by scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has successfully located a spacecraft orbiting the moon – one active, and one dormant. This new technique could assist in the planning of future moon missions.Scientists have been able to detect NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter [LRO] and the Indian Space Research Organization’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft in lunar orbit with their ground-based radar. Finding LRO was relatively easy, as they were working with the mission’s navigators and had precise orbit data where it was located. Finding India’s Chandrayaan-1 required a bit more detective work because the last contact with the spacecraft was in August of 2009.The Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft is very small, a cube about five feet (1.5 meters) on each side – about half the size of a smart car. Although the interplanetary radar has been used to observe small asteroids several million miles from Earth, researchers were not certain that an object this small, located as far away as the moon could be detected, even with the world’s most powerful radars. Chandrayaan-1 proved to be the perfect target for demonstrating the capability of this radar technique.While all radars use microwaves, not all radar transmitters are created equal. The average police radar gun has an operational range of about one mile, while air traffic control radars have a range of about 60 miles. To find a spacecraft 237,000 miles (380,000 kilometers) away, JPL’s team used NASA’s 70-meter (230-foot) antenna at NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex in California to send out a powerful beam of microwaves directed toward the moon. Then the radar echoes bounced back from lunar orbit were received by the 100-meter (330-foot) Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia.Finding a derelict spacecraft that has not been tracked for years at lunar distances is tricky because the moon is riddled with mascons (regions with higher-than-average gravitational pull) that can dramatically affect a spacecraft’s orbit over time, and even cause it to crash into the moon. JPL’s orbital calculations indicated that Chandrayaan-1 is still circling some 124 miles (200 kilometers) above the lunar surface, but it was generally considered “lost.” However, with Chandrayaan-1, the radar team utilized the fact that this spacecraft is in a polar orbit around the moon, so it would always cross above the lunar poles on each orbit. So, on July 2, 2016, the team pointed Goldstone and Green Bank at a location about 100 miles (160 kilometers) above the moon’s north pole and waited to see if the lost spacecraft crossed the radar beam. Chandrayaan-1 was predicted to complete one orbit around the moon every two hours and 8 minutes. Something that had a radar signature of a small spacecraft did cross the beam twice during four hours of observations, and the timings between detections matched the time it would take Chandrayaan-1 to complete one orbit and return to the same position above the moon’s pole.The team used data from the return signal to estimate its velocity and the distance to the target. This information was then used to update the orbital predictions for Chandrayaan-1. Scientists found that they needed to shift the location of Chandrayaan-1 by about 180 degrees, or half a cycle from the old orbital estimates from 2009. But otherwise, Chandrayaan-1’s orbit still had the shape and alignment that they expected.Radar echoes from the spacecraft were obtained seven more times over three months and are in perfect agreement with the new orbital predictions. Some of the follow-up observations were done with the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which has the most powerful astronomical radar system on Earth. Arecibo is operated by the National Science Foundation with funding from NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office for the radar capability.Hunting down LRO and rediscovering Chandrayaan-1 have provided the start for a unique new capability. Working together, the large radar antennas at Goldstone, Arecibo and Green Bank demonstrated that they can detect and track even small spacecrafts in the lunar orbit. Ground-based radars could possibly play a part in future robotic and human missions to the moon, both for a collisional hazard assessment tool and as a safety mechanism for spacecraft that encounter navigation or communication issues.
PNG Olympic Committee Sir John Dawanincura has retained the position of president on the executive board of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee following elections held on Saturday June 27 during the organisation’s Annual General Assembly held at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby. As per the PNG Olympic Committee Constitution, the elections were conducted using an exhaustive ballot process supervised by the PNG Electoral Commission. Sir John surpassed challenger, Ralph Tarasomo in the second round of voting, by one vote after the third candidate for the position, Karo Lelai was eliminated in the first round. This will be Sir John’s third and final term on the PNG Olympic Committee Board and he has sworn to carry on the important work that has been established within the organisation and see new developments during his time at the helm. Among these are the good governance structure of the PNG Olympic Committee, the hosting of the 2015 Pacific Games and its success by Team PNG as well as the recent establishment of the PNG Olympic Haus. Sir John brings with him leadership, continuity and stability for another four years as well as knowledge based on his experience and networking in PNG and regionally. “I’d like to thank Karo for putting up her name and also Ralph for putting up his name due to the democratic process that we abide by, and I thank you all for casting your votes,” said Sir John. “I also take note of the voices of National Federations as valued members with focus on more support for them,” he said. In the other positions voted on, Tony Green is the new Senior Vice President of PNG Olympic Committee taking over from Mel Donald who also vacated the seat after serving the three-term limit (four years per term). Donald is a former PNG international athlete in the sport of shooting and has been on the PNG Olympic Committee Board since 2004. The position of Male Vice President went to Kila Dick who unseated Michael Henao while Iammo Launa became the new Female Vice President which was left vacant by Emma Waiwai who was nominated for the Senior Vice President role. The Treasurer’s position was taken up by Grace Mataio who fills in the position unopposed. It was previously occupied by Tamzin Wardley whose tenure also ended after she completed the three-term limit. Wardley has been on the PNG Olympic Committee Board since 2004. During that time she has led Team PNG as Chef de Mission to various Pacific, Pacific Mini and Commonwealth Games events. She was appointed to be the Chef de Mission again to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics which has now been postponed to 2021.
TUSCALOOSA – A challenge was laid down and accepted.Alabama coach Nick Saban wanted his player to respond to last Saturday’s loss the right away.That means with a renewed vigor when it comes to the details of practice and preparing for Saturday’s SEC road game at Arkansas.“I thought it was pretty good,” offensive tackle Austin Shepherd said. “The leaders tried to bring more energy, motivate more people, just try to have more of a presence at practice.”Players got back to basics on how to play and accepted it won’t be a perfect season, but it can still end well.“We bounced back fine,” cornerback Cyrus Jones said. “We understand that we missed a great opportunity on Saturday, but it’s not time to dwell on it. We understand what happened, and we just got to focus on getting better and preparing for our upcoming opponent.”Saban liked what he saw in practice and believes his players can shake off the loss and finish strong in the last seven regular season games.The seventh-ranked Crimson Tide (4-1, 1-1) can still win a West Division title, conference tile and reach the College Football Playoff.“Our players have really responded well this week,” Saban said. “Players worked their way through it and focused on what we needed to do to respond the right way to the adversity we’ve created for ourselves based on how we’ve played and our focus is on fixing the things that will help us play better.”Bigger rolesAlabama spent the week working on backup players to step into bigger roles this week, but Saban wouldn’t give any insight into their progress.Redshirt freshman center Bradley Bozeman takes over for Ryan Kelly (knee) for at least two weeks, sophomore Altee Tenpenny moves up to the No. 3 running back the rest of the year and Denzel Devall (ankle) will be replaced by Ryan Anderson and Dillon Lee for a month.“Obviously there’s some players that are going to get new opportunities,” Saban said. ” We’re doing everything we can to help those players be able to take advantage of those opportunities as they get a chance to play this weekend against a very good Arkansas team. How you respond to a loss is kind of like adversity tolerance. You’ve got to overcome a lot of things.”Previously injured players such as safety Jarrick Williams, cornerback Eddie Jackson and receiver DeAndrew White came out of positions with developed depth.Alabama doesn’t have many reserve game-ready offensive linemen and is now down two running backs.Important roleThe interior defensive linemen have been relatively quiet this season because Alabama has faced so many spread offenses that use the perimeter.Arkansas plans to use its power running game, so the likes of A’Shawn Robinson, Brandon Ivory and Dalvin Tomlinson will be called upon to make more plays other than taking up blockers for the linebackers.“I think when you play against Arkansas, you’ve got to have some physical people on the line of scrimmage because that’s what they’ve done to most people is they dominate the line of scrimmage,” Saban said. “It opens up the passing game, it keeps them in the right down and distance to be a good third-down team.”Quick gameGiven the way both Alabama and Arkansas likes to play, this could be a quick game. Both teams like to control the clock on offense, which means keep it running. Alabama averages 34 minutes, 42 seconds of time of possession to ranks sixth nationally. That’s 11 minutes more than its opponent on average. Arkansas possesses the ball 33:05 a game to rank 17th in the nation.