Dense Smoke Advisory Issued For Sterling Seward Highway

first_imgSmoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times, according to the advisory. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享8/21/19 – 6:00am Sean Baines with the National Weather Service: “Smoke will likely be dense along the highway along Cooper Landing to Sterling along the highway. Not only should be people driving be careful, but those with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside and are advised to use caution.” In addition, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Air Quality has issued an Air Quality Advisory that includes the Kenai Peninsula due to wildfire smoke from the Swan Lake fire. The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 10pm Wednesday. The advisory stretches from the Sterling and Seward Highway junction southward to Seward.center_img Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day, surface heating will generally cause the smoke to lift, temporarily improving air quality, according to the release. A dense smoke advisory means fires will create widespread smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. Air quality monitors have been set up near the fire area. Data from monitors in Cooper Landing can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y3rsbkr5. The monitor in Sterling can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5ens5fv.last_img read more

In Other News Connecticut Sub Base Marks Sesquicentennial

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR During its first 50 years, the Navy base in Groton, Conn., wasn’t particularly important. But over the past 100 years, Naval Submarine Base New London has grown in prominence, with the nation’s submarine fleet playing a significant role in projecting power. State and local leaders, along with Navy officials, gathered outside the Submarine Force Museum last week to recognize the base’s past as they celebrated the 150th anniversary of the deed of gift from the state and the city of New London establishing a naval yard and storage depot on the Thames River, reported the Day.Day photo by Tim Martinlast_img read more

VIDEO Watch Antique Fire Engine Parade Held In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association held its 42nd Anniversary Fire Apparatus Parade, Show, & Firematic Flea Market on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). This was the first time the event was held in Wilmington.The parade started Kitty’s Restaurant (123 Main Street) in North Reading and traveled through North Reading and Wilmington, ending at the Shriners Auditorium.Watch the parade, which lasts approximately six minutes, below, courtesy of YouTuber Firefighter_1775:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Antique Fire Engines Show On June 22In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, June 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WILMINGTON AROUND THE WEB: The Best Stories From Wilmington’s NewspapersIn “Community”last_img read more

Venezuela opposition leader puts more pressure on Maduro

first_imgVenezuela`s opposition leader Juan Guaido speaks during a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela, on 25 January 2019. Photo: ReutersVenezuela’s opposition leader stepped up his campaign to oust president Nicolas Maduro on Friday, calling for a “major demonstration” and rejecting an offer of talks with the socialist leader.National Assembly head Juan Guaido, who proclaimed himself acting president during street rallies by tens of thousands on Wednesday, said he wouldn’t attend a “fake dialogue” on a crisis that has left 26 dead this week in clashes between anti-Maduro activists and security forces.After four years of economic pain that has left Venezuelans short of food and medicine and driven more than two million to flee the country — which sits on the world’s largest oil reserves — the opposition found its voice this month in Guaido after Maduro was sworn in for a second presidential term following controversial elections.Mexico had offered to host talks between the rival leaders, and Maduro professed he was ready to go “wherever I have to.” But Guaido, who is backed by the US and several Latin American countries, told supporters in Caracas the public would remain in the streets “until we achieve an end to the usurpation, a transitional government and free elections.”He accused Maduro’s regime of only offering talks after “repression” failed to achieve its objectives.The European Union and US have ratcheted up the pressure on Maduro to agree to a new vote. An EU diplomat told AFP the bloc wanted “an immediate call for elections in the near future.”US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will underline US support for the Venezuelan people at a UN Security Council meeting Saturday and urge members to recognise Guaido as interim president, the State Department said.US issues economic warningPresident Donald Trump’s administration has spearheaded the international pressure on Maduro, who accuses Washington of being behind an attempted “coup,” by declaring his regime “illegitimate.”On Friday, Pompeo announced the US was naming a new envoy to lead efforts to help Venezuela “in achieving democracy.” Elliot Abrams was a central figure in former president Ronald Reagan’s controversial anti-communist campaigns in Central America during the 1980s.Washington’s immediate support for Guaido led to Maduro, who retains the powerful military’s backing, closing his country’s embassy and consulates in the US and breaking off diplomatic ties, giving US diplomatic staff until Saturday to leave the country.Guaido, though, urged the US diplomats to stay and keep the embassy’s doors open.Maduro’s deadline runs out on Saturday but even though it ordered non-emergency staff to leave Venezuela, the US has refused to comply fully with the order.Despite the diplomatic sparring, Maduro on Friday said his country will continue to sell oil to the United States, which private consultants say provides the largest source of cash to Venezuelan coffers.”If they buy our oil, we will sell oil,” Maduro said.But the US Treasury Department warned that “commercial transactions by the Venezuelan government, including those involving its state-owned enterprises and international reserves” must be consistent with Washington’s recognition of Guaido.Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov — whose country is Venezuela’s second-largest creditor and a military ally — denounced US policy on Venezuela as “destructive.”Spain pushed the EU to recognize Guaido’s claims to the presidency if no new elections are held, while Germany said it may follow suit.France warned Maduro against “any form of repression” of the opposition as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said more than 350 people were arrested this week during the protests.Maduro’s re-election last year was boycotted by the opposition and rejected by the US, EU and UN as a sham — but the military has repeatedly reiterated its loyalty to the socialist leader.Galvanised oppositionGuaido, 35, has galvanised a previously divided opposition and even attempted to attract military support by offering an amnesty to anyone who disavows Maduro.In a Skype interview with Univision late Thursday he went one step further by suggesting Maduro could also be offered amnesty if he agrees to step down.But such an option would have to be evaluated, he said, because Maduro is responsible for the deaths of protesters.Guaido continues to seek military support, though, and has tasked his supporters with handing out copies of the amnesty law parliament is working on to soldiers on Sunday.Analysts at the Eurasia Group consultancy noted that while international recognition of Guaido as interim president cemented his position as the main opposition leader, his failure to win over the military meant Maduro’s fall “does not appear imminent.”Venezuela’s political crisis rapidly escalated after a group of soldiers rose up against Maduro this week and sparked a number of protests leading up to Wednesday’s rival rallies of pro and anti-Maduro groups.Guaido’s proclamation of himself as acting president drew recognition from major regional players including Brazil and Argentina, as well as the US.Trump has openly mused about military intervention in Venezuela, saying “all options are on the table,” but Russia said that “violates the fundamental norms of international law.”Maduro came to power in 2013 as the designated heir to the hugely-popular Hugo Chavez.last_img

Hornberger named to four House committees

first_img Categories: Hornberger News 26Jan Hornberger named to four House committees Representative will help lead Education Reform as vice chair State Rep. Pamela Hornberger, of Chesterfield Township, was named vice chair of the House Education Reform Committee and to three additional House committees, Speaker Tom Leonard announced today.Hornberger has a master’s degree in education administration and taught at East China School District in St. Clair County for 23 years before being elected to the Michigan House.“Our children’s education is a top priority for their success and the future success of our state,” Hornberger said. “It’s well recognized that across the state many school districts are struggling and students’ results need improvement. I’m looking forward to fine tuning what is already working and reviewing the many proposals and ideas out there to meet the goal of delivering the quality education our children and their parents deserve.”In addition, Hornberger was appointed to the Commerce and Trade, Judiciary, and Health Policy committees.People can contact her office by calling 517-373-8931; by email, PamelaHornberger@house.mi.gov., or addressing letters to N-796 House Office Building, Lansing, MI 48933.#####last_img read more