SILVERSTONE, England (AP): Just like his tyre, Sebastian Vettel’s championship lead was shredded at the British Grand Prix. A 20-point lead was slashed to a single point by Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes driver led from start to finish to cruise to a fourth win of the season as Vettel capitulated halfway through the season. Vettel was never in realistic contention for victory yesterday, but he was still third entering the penultimate lap a finish that would have ensured 10 points still separated him from Hamilton. But Silverstone witnessed a remarkable collapse, a final twist on an afternoon of thrilling racing. A front-left blowout on Vettel’s Ferrari sent rubber remnants of the tyre flying across the track as the four-time world champion crawled back into the pits for repairs just in time. It ensured Vettel was still able to finish seventh and collect the points that kept him top heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30. NO ONE TO BLAME F1 British Grand Prix Results Not classified “It could have been a bit better for sure, but, a disaster? I don’t think so,” Vettel said. “I don’t think there is anyone particularly to blame.” Troublingly for Ferrari, Vettel’s tyre trouble struck a lap after teammate Kimi Raikkonen’s car also experienced a puncture as he was set for second. It allowed Valtteri Bottas to complete a Mercedes one-two with Hamilton as Raikkonen completed the podium. “I don’t wish any misfortune on anyone,” Hamilton said, “but we didn’t have any issues (unlike the last two races when Hamilton lost ground in the championship).” There was a faulty headrest in Azerbaijan that contributed to Hamilton finishing fifth, followed by a five-place grid penalty for an unauthorised gearbox in Austria, where he was fourth. Now, Hamilton is back on top of the podium, for a record-equalling fifth time at his home race. “Obviously, the pendulum has swung this weekend,” Hamilton said. “That is only good for Formula One and good for the fans with the close battle we continue to have.” Hamilton was not on the podium for long. Soon, he was among the fans who roared him to glory, vaulting out of the pit line and crowd-surfing. The celebration carried a pointed message to critics of his failure to attend a showcase of the sport in central London that was attended by the 19 other drivers. Unlike in Trafalgar Square, there were certainly not any jeers of Hamilton’s name at Silverstone as he joined Jim Clark and Alain Prost as five-time winners of the race. “There is no reason to question my preparations,” Hamilton said. “(There was) so much negativity trying to pull the weekend down, but, obviously, it had no effect … the fans were out-and-out loving and supporting all weekend.” 1. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, Mercedes, 51 laps, 1:21:27.430, 25 points. 2. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Mercedes, 51, +14.063 seconds, 18. 3. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Ferrari, 51, +36.570, 15. 4. Max Verstappen, Netherlands, Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer, 51, +52.125, 12. 5. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer, 51, +65.955, 10. 6. Nico Hulkenberg, Germany, Renault, 51, +68.109, 8. 7. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Ferrari, 51, +93.989, 6. 8. Esteban Ocon, France, Force India Mercedes, 50, +1 lap, 4. 9. Sergio Perez, Mexico, Force India Mercedes, 50, +1 lap, 2. 10. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Williams Mercedes, 50, +1 lap, 1. 11. Stoffel Vandoorne, Belgium, McLaren Honda, 50, +1 lap, 0. 12. Kevin Magnussen, Denmark, Haas Ferrari, 50, +1 lap, 0 13. Romain Grosjean, France, Haas Ferrari, 50, +1 lap, 0. 14. Marcus Ericsson, Sweden, Sauber Ferrari, 50, +1 lap, 0. 15. Daniil Kvyat, Russia, Toro Rosso, 50, +1 lap, 0. 16. Lance Stroll, Canada, Williams Mercedes, 50, +1 lap, 0. 17. Pascal Wehrlein, Germany, Sauber Ferrari, 50, +1 lap, 0. Fernando Alonso, Spain, McLaren Honda, 32, did not finish, 0. Carlos Sainz, Spain, Toro Rosso, 0, did not finish, 0. Jolyon Palmer, Britain, Renault, 0, did not start, 0.
Shortly after Senator George Weah (Montserrado County) accepted the petition statement mandating him to contest for the 2017 presidency by the Congress for Democratic Change’s (CDC) Legislative Caucus, he told the mammoth crowd that he would wage war against the poor standard of education if elected to power.Respond to the petition, Weah, who dropped out of high school in his early years, described the country’s education as substandard, calling it a “national security threat.” He referred to the health sector as disastrous, calling electricity “elusive.”However, Weah now holds a master’s degree from the Arizona-based DeVry University, an online college program for people who want to continue their education.“Under my administration, there will be sufficient budgetary allotment to the education sector so as to meet international standards, as well as invite international experts to come and train teachers,” Weah declared to deafening rounds of applaus from supporters, who defied the scorching sun to grace yesterday’s ceremony.He said he would rebuild the health sector by negotiating with partners in and out of the country, while also promising to revamp the agriculture sector by putting in place agricultural procurement programs for farmers.As for the business community, Weah gave them hope that when he becomes president, he will create an enabling environment for them to employ more Liberians.Meanwhile, Weah, who out-rightly rejected merger talks with any of the political parties, however, called on other political parties to join the CDC in the struggle to end the Unity Party rule. Weah, who is now a first-term Senator for Montserrado County, first ran for president in 2005, coming second to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. He ran again in 2011, this time as vice presidential candidate to Winston Tubman, a lawyer by profession, and again his party finished second to Sirleaf’s Unity Party.As early as 6 a.m. yesterday, residents of several communities around Monrovia woke up to a dramatic crowd of mainly supporters of Weah’s CDC as they trooped to the party’s headquarters in Congo Town, where they petitioned Weah to contest the ensuing 2017 presidential election as a presidential candidate.His partisans, some of them from the Monrovia suburbs of West Point and New Kru Town, were joined by fellow CDCians from the central city and made their way to Congo Town; some walked, while others were crammed in the trunks of vehicles heading in the direction of the party’s headquarters for the ceremony.By 10 a.m., CDC partisans from the eastern end of town in the Paynesville District were also connected to their colleagues from SKD Boulevard, SD Cooper Road and the infamous “Peace Island” Community, jubilating with songs of victory and shouting political slogans they coined as they marched to meet Weah, who was on his way, heavily guarded, from ELWA to respond to the petition.Although Weah’s supporters were peaceful, they chanted anti-government slogans as authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) increased their manpower to provide the necessary protection. For his part, CDC national chairman, Nathaniel McGill, told the Voice of America’s (VOA) James Butty that the 10-year administration of President Sirleaf has failed to improve the welfare of Liberians in spite of the enormous international goodwill it has received. As a result, McGill said “marginalized Liberians yearn for change, and they believe Senator Weah can be the vehicle for that change.“Considering that the Unity Party-led government has not done sufficient in the face of the enormous resources it has received, we think there’s a need for change. Liberians believe Senator Weah can be the vehicle for that change. He’s a man who understands their condition, who indeed understands their plight,” he told the VOA.Some analysts have commented that the CDC lost the last two presidential elections because, while the party was popular in urban areas like the capital, Monrovia, it failed to extend its reach to the rural areas.McGill described the assertion as a myth. He said the only political party with national appeal is the CDC. “If we are a Monrovia-based party, how come we pushed this president to the second round in two successive elections? The fact that the government did not win on the first ballot shows we are not a Monrovia-based party. We are a national-based party,” McGill said.He also said the CDC hopes to improve on its errors from the last two elections. “We realize that we needed to improve our ability to man the polls, and in that area we had some lapses. But we’ve improved on that, manning the polls making sure we have strong and vigorous poll monitoring officers. And we are quite sure that this time around there will be no reason to complain, because we will be on top of our game.” Following the first-round of the November 2011 presidential election, the CDC decided to boycott the second-round vote because it felt it had been cheated in the first.A rally of its supporters called by the CDC leadership in support of the party’s plan to boycott the run-off election turned violent when police fired on protesters, killing one and reportedly wounding several.A commission set up by President Sirleaf to investigate the violence recommended, among other things, the dismissal of the Director of Police, Marc Amblard.A number of Liberians have already announced their intentions to contest the 2017 election. They include Liberia’s current Vice President Joseph Boakai of the ruling Unity Party; Charles Brumskine of the opposition Liberty Party, who also ran in the 2005 and 2011 presidential elections; and businessman Benoni Urey, who served as head of the country’s Maritime Affairs during the presidency of Charles Taylor.Others likely to enter the race include Dr. J. Mills Jones, former governor of the Central Bank of Liberia; former Foreign Minister Augustine Ngafuan, who resigned last year, saying he wanted to be an “active player” in the coming 2017 presidential and legislative elections; and Alexander Cummings, who was recently appointed political leader of the Alternative National Congress (ANC).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An alleged robbery and rapist accused Samuel George, 27, on Friday reappeared in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan and pleaded not guilty to the robbery charge.George denied the charge which stated that on 28 March, 2016 at East Ruimveldt, Georgetown, he robbed Evelyn Peters of one phone valued 00, and ,000 in cash.Bail was not refused by Police Prosecutor Deniro Jones after he informed the court that investigations into the robbery are complete and the file is ready, he however noted that the rape is still being investigated.George of Lot ‘A’ East Ruimveldt, made his first appearance earlier this month, when he dramatically entered court, while being transported by policemen, bitterly crying and shouting “ I am wrongfully accused..” .George was granted ,000 bail and will make his next court appearance on April 25.
Matchup History Next Match: vs. Ryerson University (OUA Final) 3/9/2019 | 6:00 p.m. Preview The University of Toronto Varsity Blues women’s volleyball team took down the Final Four host Waterloo Warriors 3-1 (25-18, 11-25, 25-13, 25-23) to advance to the OUA championship final on Friday (Mar. 8) night. The Blues will play either Ryerson or Western for the gold medal tomorrow (Mar. 9) night at 6 p.m.CHAMPIONSHIPS BOUND: The team also earned a berth into the U SPORTS championship, March 15-17, in Edmonton. TORONTO STATS: Fourth-year outside hitter Alina Dormann posted a game-high 24 points on 20 kills, three blocks and an ace. She also added a team-high 14 digs in the match.Fifth-year veteran Anna Feore tallied 14 kills, 1.5 blocks, an ace, and 10 digs to balance her stat line, while first-year setter Hayley Goodwin put up a game-high 39 assists in the victory. WVB: BLUES WIN! @Blues_Vball defeats Waterloo 3-1 in the semifinals to advance to their first OUA championship since 2016 and earn a berth into the U SPORTS championships, March 15-17, in Edmonton!!The Blues will face the winner of Ryerson/Western for GOLD tomorrow at 6pm! pic.twitter.com/WS82ufneUC— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) March 9, 2019 WVB: It’s official! Toronto schools will battle it out for OUA GOLD as the Varsity Blues take on Ryerson in Waterloo. Opening serve is at 6pm.WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE #WeAreTO pic.twitter.com/8Z8lMkMaKb— U of T Varsity Blues (@Varsity_Blues) March 9, 2019 Watch Live Full Schedule Roster HOW IT HAPPENED: The Blues jumped out to an 8-2 run to start the match. They used that to head into the first technical timeout up 16-8. Toronto held off Waterloo the rest of the way capturing the first set 25-18.Waterloo responded going up 16-7 at the technical timeout. From there the Warriors outscored the Blues 9-4 to take the set 25-11.Toronto rebounded in the third set, pulling away with a 16-10 advantage at the technical timeout. The Blues rallied off an 8-1 run, which led to a 25-13 set victory.The fourth set was a back-and-forth, but Toronto led 16-15 at the technical timeout. With the score 24-23 for U of T, Dormann slammed the kill to push the team to the finals.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
0Shares0000New Zealand’s Asafo Aumua (L) is tackled by England’s Joe Kenneth Mullis on June 18, 2017 © AFP / Vano ShlamovPARIS, France, Jun 18 – New Zealand reclaimed the rugby union world under-20 title on Sunday with a crushing 64-17 victory over England in Tbilisi.The Baby Blacks ran in 10 tries with hooker Asafo Aumua claiming a hat-trick. They led 40-7 at half-time as they built a base for their seventh success in 10 editions of the world event.New Zealand scored an average 62 points in each of their five matches.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000MONACO, April 23- Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri insists his side will not be in the Champions League semi-finals just to make up the numbers after the Italian giants edged past Monaco on Wednesday evening.The Serie A leaders played out a 0-0 second-leg draw at the Stade Louis II to win their quarter-final tie 1-0 on aggregate, Arturo Vidal’s penalty in Turin last week ultimately proving to be the difference. While Juve have recovered from the Calciopoli scandal that rocked Italian football in 2006 to dominate again domestically in recent seasons, they have not been in the last four in Europe’s elite club competition since 2003.The two-time European champions will therefore be the underdogs in Friday’s draw alongside holders Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munich, clubs who have 10 appearances in the semi-finals between them over the last four seasons alone.But a bullish Allegri said: “We are not afraid. This was an important objective for us but not the final one.“There would be no point in qualifying if we didn’t want to go even further. We will of course look to reach the final.”In his first season in charge of Italy’s most successful club, Allegri has Juve on the brink of retaining the Serie A title, in the final of the Italian Cup and now they remain in with a chance of continental glory, 30 years after they won their first European Cup on the night of the Heysel disaster.“It is a great year for Juve. The supporters can be happy. The results show that we are on our way to becoming strong again and building a basis for the future,” Allegri added.“The performances were not sensational. The two games were not beautiful but we defended well and we needed to be brave and tenacious.”Vidal had recovered from illness in time to start the game in the principality and Allegri revealed that the bug from which the Chilean was suffering had passed on to strikers Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata, who were both sick after being substituted.“That shows how big the result is and that we have an exceptional group of players who managed to hold on to their advantage. We are enormously satisfied at being through.”It was the sort of rock solid defensive performance so often associated with Italian teams in the past, as Juve kept a ninth clean sheet in their last 10 games.– ‘The Italian way’ –“There was a lot of pressure on the players after 12 years of waiting. It’s the Italian way, it’s ugly but it works,” French full-back Patrice Evra told beIN Sports.Evra was part of the Monaco side that reached the Champions League final in 2004 and he admitted that the principality club deserved more for their performances over the two legs.Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim agreed, but his side were let down by their lack of quality in the opposition area and also by penalty calls that went against them in both legs.The decision to award Juve a spot-kick in the first leg for a foul that appeared to take place just outside the box was controversial, and the Ligue 1 side had strong claims for a second-leg penalty waved away after Geoffrey Kondogbia went down under Vidal’s tackle.“I am proud of what we did over the two games. Monaco were never inferior to Juventus. We played good football and showed all of Europe our individual and collective quality,” Jardim said.“I’m not going to speak about referees. I think you (the media) need to do that, but certainly in the quarter-finals of the Champions League it’s a shame that the tie wasn’t decided by the quality of the players.”Monaco, who are currently third in the French top flight with five games left, must now focus on holding onto a podium place which would take them back into the Champions League next season.“At the moment the number one objective is to make sure the team recovers, physically but also mentally,” added the coach.“Now we will focus our energy and ambition on the league to try to secure our objective, although we know it will not be easy.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
SACRAMENTO – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a $131.4 billion budget Friday – the first on-time state spending plan in six years – after vetoing $112 million for programs ranging from court translators to air pollution control. “It’s a great day to celebrate. It’s a big day for California,” Schwarzenegger said at a signing ceremony in the Capitol rotunda, where tourists looked on from the wings and a second-floor gallery, about 12 hours before the start of a new fiscal year. Lawmakers approved the budget Tuesday night, avoiding a repeat of the partisan deadlocks that have held up budgets in most recent years. “This was a budget that was done the way it ought to be done,” said Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The budget uses a revenue windfall to fund one of the largest increases ever for California schools. It also sets aside billions to pay down debt and build up reserves. But it still leaves a deficit of at least $3.5 billion for the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2007. Overall, it’s about 11 percent bigger than the $117.3 billion budget Schwarzenegger signed last July, 11 days into a new fiscal year. The new budget will give schools $55.1 billion, an increase of $5.1 billion. Hundreds of millions of that extra money will go to programs like music, art, physical education and guidance counselors that were neglected in recent years. It also provides for a $6-per-unit cut in community college fees and avoids an increase in fees for students at California State University and University of California campuses. Other key provisions would set aside nearly $4.9 billion to pay debts and build up $2 billion in reserves, increase funding for drug treatment programs, pay for as many as 50 new judges, provide cost-of-living increases for the elderly, blind and disabled poor, expand anti-gang programs, and expand child-care and foster-care programs. “This is a great budget,” Schwarzenegger said. “The real winners here today are the people of California.” But his Democratic opponent in the November election, state Treasurer Phil Angelides, said Schwarzenegger hadn’t “squarely faced up to the state’s deficit spending, as he promised to do.” “The fact is, if Arnold Schwarzenegger is re-elected governor, next year we know what he is going to do,” Angelides said. “He’s going to cut schools, he’s going to raise college tuition and fees.” A spokesman for Schwarzenegger’s re-election campaign, Matt David, said Angelides was “blinded by partisanship.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Four of the Premier League’s top five highest paid players are now at Manchester United with Paul Pogba earning £280,000-per-week, Romelu Lukaku £250,000 and Zlatan Ibrahimovic £220,000.Kevin De Bruyne’s new Manchester City contract puts him third, with weekly wages of £280,000.Mr Naeem is a season ticket holder, but added: “Sir Alex Ferguson often used to say that from the kitchen to the top we are all one family. You would like to think that they would do everything to make sure that they are doing everything right ethically.”Reverend Ian Rutherford, Chair of Greater Manchester Citizens and City Centre Minister at Methodist Central Hall, Manchester said: “As the winter transfer window closes many workers at Old Trafford will be choosing between putting the heating on or a hot meal.“We’ve heard many stories about the real cost of life on low pay for workers at Old Trafford, many of whom are employed directly and struggling to live with dignity.”In a statement sent to talkSPORT, the club said: “Manchester United pays its staff competitive salaries for the jobs they undertake. We have many variations of contracts in place due to the size of the club, although all permanent employees, whether engaged on a full or part-time hours basis, are paid the Voluntary Living Wage, in line with the Premier League agreement.“Staff welfare is very important to the club and we consistently score in the top quartile of employers measured in independent surveys on staff satisfaction.”At 11am on 1 February, campaigners will deliver a letter to Manchester United’s Executive Vice Chairman, Ed Woodward, outlining their requests.The letter is as follows:* * *Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, Manchester UnitedSir Matt Busby Way, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 0RADear Ed,We are writing as representatives of the local community to request a meeting with you to discuss how we can work together to see Manchester United FC become a real Living Wage employer.We are Manchester Citizens, a group of leaders from faith, educational and community institutions, as well as parents, parishioners, students, local residents, and football fans. We’re asking you to do the right thing on behalf of the lowest paid staff at Manchester United football club, who have told us of their struggles on low pay in a time when football players are receiving a king’s ransom in wages every week.As the 2018 winter transfer window draws to a close Manchester United FC is once again named the richest football club in the world and is as of this month home to three of the top five highest paid Premier League footballers, we are asking you to show leadership by taking a community-first business approach to ensure the cost of living is met for low-paid workers.The community spirit and passion of low-paid staff has helped to build the club’s prestigious reputation as the Theatre of Dreams. Workers who dedicate time spent away from their families; cleaners and security staff who work on night shifts; everyone who makes the magic of match day happen deserves to live with dignity.We acknowledge the vital contribution that Manchester United FC makes to the UK economy as a global brand. We would be delighted if this boost could be reflected in a wage uplift for all low-paid staff, including sub-contracted workers and casual part time staff, a commitment that has already been made by three other Premier League clubs – Chelsea, Everton and West Ham. moral leadership from a world-renowned football club such as Manchester United would be welcomed by fans and staff alike.We know from speaking to match day staff that some young people are paid less than £7 per hour and are struggling to make ends meet. Why not extend the beliefs of the Manchester United Foundation, which already does good work investing in community engagement with grassroots football and on other charitable causes to supporting your low paid workers and their families with a wage rate that truly reflects the cost of living in our city?We would like to meet with you and your team at your earliest convenience to discuss how we could work together to see Manchester United FC move to paying a real Living Wage to all staff and contractors in 2018.We’re co-signing this letter as the Manchester member institutions and supporters of community organising charity Citizens UK’s campaign on Premier League low pay. The campaign is encouraging both Manchester clubs and all clubs in the Premiership to pay a living wage.We can be contacted on email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you to arrange a date to meet.Yours sincerely,Greater Manchester Citizens, Citizens UKReverend Ian Rutherford, Co Chair, Greater Manchester Citizens and City Centre Minister at Methodist Central Hall, ManchesterSteven North, Branch Secretary, Salford City UNISON and North West Representative to UNISON National Executive CouncilLynn Sbaih, Coordinator, GM Living Wage Campaign, Greater Manchester Citizens UK is calling on the club to sign up to the Living Wage Foundation and pay all its workers the real Living Wage of £8.75-per-hour.Executive Director Neil Jameson said: “Not only is Manchester United turning a blind eye to the harsh realities faced by the undervalued low-paid staff it employs, the club seemingly has a bottomless pit to pay players.“It is time they showed leadership by getting their house in order and doing the right thing by those who work hard for them off the pitch.”Sophie (not her real name), who works in hospitality at Manchester United FC, said: “The pay I am getting right now is pretty low for any job. A pay rise wouldn’t seem much to most people but it would be a big help. It would help me with the groceries, daily stuff and help with the rent.” Manchester United are being accused of ‘turning a blind eye’ to their low-level stadium staff by paying Alexis Sanchez £400,000-per-week.Charity Citizens UK says it will take the Chilean 82 minutes of his potential home debut against Huddersfield this Saturday to earn the annual salary of a low-paid stadium worker: £14,625.The organisation insists Sanchez’s contract reveals ‘a grotesque tale of two halves with many low-paid staff struggling to make ends meet’.Former Old Trafford steward Furqan Naeem, 31, told talkSPORT: “For a football club the size of Mancheter United it is a scandal that those on the lowest wages do not get paid the living wage.” 3 Alexis Sanchez is reportedly paid £400,000-per-week at Manchester United 3 3
Photo Credit: Erich Belt Official Statement from NCSHP:Trooper Involved Collision in Haywood CountyRALEIGH – On Tuesday, July 25 at approximately 2:53 p.m, a trooper with the State Highway Patrol was involved in a two-vehicle collision on US 74 near Old Balsam Rd in Haywood County. The trooper, who was traveling west on US 74, was attempting to make an enforcement contact with his emergency equipment activated. A van, traveling east on US 74, made a U-turn into the trooper’s path and was struck by the patrol vehicle within the westbound travel lane.As a result of the collision, both the driver and passenger in the van succumbed to their injuries at the scene. Authorities are attempting next of kin notification at this time.The trooper was transported to an area hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.The State Highway Patrol Reconstruction Unit is conducting the collision investigation. July 25th, 2017- 3:15pm :Authorities have reported two people have died and a trooper was seriously injured after a wreck in Haywood County.The accident happened Tuesday afternoon on US 23/74. An officer was involved in an enforcement action and someone turned in front of them near the Red Bank Road area of Balsam. Roads were closed from Exit 98 (Sylva) to Old Balsam Road, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. The highway did not reopen to public traffic flow until 11:30pm
As part of a unique partnership with NASA, Southwestern Community College’s STEM Club has set up an “Solar System Walk” in downtown Sylva.The walk, which is open to the public through the day of the Great American Eclipse (Aug. 21), features a poster of every planet in our solar system placed relative to its distance from the sun to give perspective as to how far apart each is.It starts at the fountain at the base of the historic Jackson County Courthouse steps, and the entire walk is approximately a half-mile.Each poster contains facts about a particular planet – including its temperature, gravity and how long it takes to orbit the sun.“We know that a lot of visitors will be coming to our area over the next few days, and this is a great outdoor activity they can do while enjoying our beautiful downtown area,” said Patsy Allen, SCC’s Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative coordinator. “It’s also an opportunity for people to learn more about science.”Southwestern is the only community college in the nation to be directly partnered with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate STEM Activation Team.For more information about SCC’s eclipse preparations, visit www.SouthwesternCC.edu/eclipse.To learn more about SCC’s NASA-funded project, visit SouthwesternCC.edu/stem.