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London emergency: Victoria Station 'evacuated' as police and fire crews rush to scene

Video footage on social media appeared to show emergency services including police vans, an ambulance and fire engines attending an incident. 

A Twitter user wrote next to the video: “What’s happening in Victoria Station? We just got evacuated.”

More to follow…

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Paisley emergency: Police rush to lock down street after incident near polling station

Photos from nearby Broomlands Street show several police cars blocking the street and directing people away from the street. One eye witness described it as a “major incident”. It is not yet known what the police are responding to or if the polling station, Maryrs Church Hall, has been closed.


Locals took to Twitter to report the incident, with one person writing: “Some kind of major incident at well street in Paisley.

“Several police vans, cars and several incident support unit outside a polling station.”

They added: “Just we had to pass it by en route and it was a pretty scary sight!

“Cldnt [sic] see anything as road completely blocked by so many vehicles.”

Another person wrote: “Anyone got any idea what’s happened on Broomlands Street at the Church/Polling Station?

“Police everywhere directing traffic away from the street.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Police Scotland for a comment.

Scots head to the polls today to elect the new members of Holyrood. 

The SNP is on course to win a fourth term in office, but it is not yet clear whether they will secure an overall majority.

Voters will head to the polls on Thursday, May 6, from 7am to 10pm.

Anyone who is aged 16 and over is eligible to vote in the election.


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Protesters who obstruct emergency vehicles could face felony charges in Texas

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ABC13 Exclusive: Rep. Dan Crenshaw talks emergency eye surgery and recovery ahead

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw is on the road to recovery and is optimistic about his sight returning to normal after emergency surgery for a detached retina.Eyewitness News spoke exclusively with the representative on Wednesday via Skype, who said he hopes to be back in action soon.

“I never had a good eye,” he told ABC13 via from his Houston home. “Everybody sees me in public and thinks, ‘Well, he’s got one eye. At least he’s got one eye.’ Well, that’s never really been true. I’ve always had extensive damage to my one eye, and that scar tissue had built up in my eye from the damage over the years and eventually caused it to detach.”READ MORE: Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw recovering from emergency eye surgery

The second-term Republican congressman, who represents Texas’ second district, lost his right eye during a bomb explosion Afghanistan while serving with the Navy SEALs in 2012. His left eye requires specific contacts or severe glasses.

Crenshaw has no natural lens and likens his vision to someone with a cataract. But weeks ago, it got worse.

“The left half of my vision was closing in,” Crenshaw explained. “The retina was peeling off. It’s like a poster on your wall peeling off. Luckily, it didn’t fall off. If it had fallen off, I would have gone blind immediately.”

He credits his doctors at the Houston VA hospital for an outstanding job. For seven days, he was forced to sit face down and couldn’t travel for six weeks.

Crenshaw won’t risk the increased pressure in the gas bubble inserted to help the retina.”The retina looks like it’s in a good place,” he said. “So, I am optimistic that I’ll get back to my sense of normal. Again, that’s very different than your sense of normal, but my sense of normal is what I’m hoping for. ”

Crenshaw is also a best-selling author. In his book, Fortitude, he spoke about resilience and self-reliance, personal responsibility and having a positive attitude.

“It was terrifying, but it can always be worse,” he said. “That’s what perspective is. America needs a lot more of that these days. It could always be worse, and you always deal with it better. That’s an important reminder when going through tough times.”He said that’s what he takes from this experience. The congressman hopes to be on the road again by the end of May, but his office never shut down. They continue to the people’s business, and he can participate remotely in much of the daily Capitol Hill work, for now.

To watch Rep. Crenshaw’s full interview, watch it now on ABC13 using your favorite streaming devices, like Roku, FireTV, AppleTV and GoogleTV. Just search “ABC13 Houston.”

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Japan issues 3rd coronavirus emergency in Tokyo, Osaka area

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Only three months before the postponed Olympics, Prime Minister Suga announced the emergency for Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo from April 25 through May 11.

TOKYO, Japan — Only three months before the postponed Olympics are set to open, Tokyo and Japan’s second largest metropolitan area of Osaka have been placed under emergency orders aimed at stemming surging cases of the coronavirus.

The measures, which take place during Japan’s “golden week” holiday period, are meant to limit travel and keep people out of public places. They are to end on May 11, just ahead of a widely reported visit to Hiroshima by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach.

Bach said this week that the visit, reported for May 17-18, is still in the “planning phase.” But Bach’s presence was immediately criticized by opposition lawmakers who say the Olympics are being prioritized ahead of public safety.

“Japan should decide its own public health policies. There is no reason we should be told by Mr. Bach what to do,” said Yuichiro Tamaki, the head of the Democratic Party for the People.

Bach said the duration of the state of emergency had nothing to do with his planned visit to the city, where he would greet the Olympic torch relay. Hiroshima was destroyed in 1945 by the American detonation of an atomic bomb over the city, and is a favorite backdrop for visiting politicians and dignitaries.

“This (state of emergency) is absolutely in line with the overall policy of the government,” Bach said. “But it is not related to the Olympic Games. It is related to the golden week.”

Japan’s third state of emergency is to include shutdown orders for bars, department stores, malls, theme parks, as well as theaters and museums. Even restaurants that do not serve alcohol are being asked to close early, as well as public transportation. Schools will stay open, but universities are asked to return to online classes.

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“I hope that the situation is going be better as soon as possible,” Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee, said Friday in a online briefing.

Japan has attributed about 10,000 deaths to COVID-19, good by global standards but poor by standards in Asia. It has vaccinated less than 1% of the population and has not enforced lockdowns with people becoming impatient and less cooperative as cases have again accelerated.

Hashimoto said several test events would continue during the emergency period, but without fans. The Olympics open on July 23.

She was asked again if there were any plans to cancel the Olympics. The question had disappeared at briefings, but has surfaced again in the last several weeks.

“As the organizing committee, we are not thinking about cancellation,” Hashimoto said.

The IOC gets almost 75% of its income from selling television rights and has seen that cash flow stalled by the postponement. It needs the games to happen, which will be followed in six months by the boycott-threatened Beijing Winter Olympics.

Tokyo is officially spending $ 15.4 billion to organize the Olympics, with several government audits suggesting the number is much larger.

The IOC and organizers are hoping to muffle more cancellation questions next week by rolling out the second edition of the “Playbooks,” guides that are to explain how the Olympics can be held safely in a pandemic.

The first edition rolled out in February was vague. Next week promises to offer more details and is likely to include requirements that 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes be tested almost daily while in Japan.

The IOC has said vaccinations are not required to participate in the Olympics, but it has encouraged all athletes to be vaccinated.

The Playbooks are not expected to offer a decision on venue capacities, nor if any fans will be allowed at all. Fans from abroad have already been banned.

Hashimoto, who participated in seven Olympics as an athlete and won a bronze medal in speedskating at the 1992 Albertville Games, has been open about her concerns. Between 70-80% of the Japanese public polled say they games should not go on.

“I understand a lot of people are worried and also healthcare workers might be worried,” Hashimoto said. “I think about the feelings of those people — every day I think about this.”

Tokyo Olympics chief hopes for ‘swift return to normalcy’ as fears rise for Games after Japan declares Covid emergency

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Tokyo Olympics organizers maintain that they are unwilling to cancel this summer’s Games despite a “short” state of emergency being imposed in regions including the Japanese capital.

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has declared a targeted state of emergency for four prefectures including Tokyo and Osaka in an attempt to halt a surge in Covid-19 cases, with just three months to go before the Olympics.

The government implemented tougher restrictions, such as banning restaurants and bars from serving alcohol, temporarily closing department stores and movie theaters, and barring spectators at sports games, which will be in place from Sunday through May 11.

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We will implement short and intensive measures during Golden Week, strengthening steps related to eating establishments and temporarily halting the flow of people,” Suga said.

The emergency declaration which covers roughly a quarter of Japan’s population of 126 million has raised doubts over the country’s ability to host the summer Games, which are set to take place in July.

Suga said the country would take measures to ensure it could safely host the Olympics, which were already postponed last year due to the pandemic.

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Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto said the Games organizers were not considering cancelling the event.

We, as Tokyo 2020, continue to wish for the swift return to normalcy and will continue to work closely with the relevant parties to make sure a safe and secure Olympics can happen,” she told a news conference.

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ERCOT asks Texans to conserve power, but says outages not expected as it nears emergency conditions

The state’s main power grid operator asked Texans to conserve power Tuesday afternoon and into the evening as the electricity grid is barely keeping up with the demand for electricity.

But the Electric Reliability Council of Texas said it does not expect customer outages like those caused in February.

The tight conditions for the grid are being caused by a stalled cold front over Texas, combined with a high number of energy-producing plants being offline for maintenance.

“This emergency declaration allows us to access tools that will bring supply and demand back into line,” Woody Rickerson, an ERCOT vice president, said in a statement.

Maintenance outages are very common during the spring and fall. Those outages are higher than usual right now, a spokesperson told the Tribune early Tuesday, due to additional repairs necessary from the February winter storm.

A spokesperson for ERCOT was not immediately available to comment Tuesday afternoon.

Data from ERCOT showed that the current demand for energy on the grid was near 49,000 megawatts at 5 p.m., when the available supply to the grid was about 50,000 megawatts. That’s much less than the peak demand it neared during February, about 72,000 megawatts, when energy use surpassed record levels as Texans tried to stay warm during a severe winter storm.

But ERCOT said a significant chunk of its generation is currently down due to maintenance. Approximately 33,000 megawatts of generation was offline earlier this week, according to an ERCOT spokesperson.

The supply and demand for power must remain balanced on electricity grids at all times. Asking Texans to conserve power is among the first steps the grid operator takes in order to bring it back in balance.

While maintenance repairs are common this time of year, experts said the amount of outages was still significant.

“It borders the edge of reasonable,” Beth Garza, director of ERCOT’s independent watchdog from 2014 to 2019, told the Tribune.

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Senate passes bill to curb Texas governor’s power to shut down

The Texas Senate passed a constitutional amendment Tuesday that would substantially reign in the power of the governor during emergencies like this past year’s coronavirus pandemic.

The Senate action, which must still be approved by the House, would require the governor to call a special session in order to declare a state emergency that lasts more than 30 days. The special session would give lawmakers the chance to terminate or adjust executive actions taken by the governor, or pass new laws related to the disaster or emergency.

The Legislature did not meet last year, as the pandemic swept the state, so Gov. Greg Abbott addressed the largely unprecedented situation with executive orders and declarations spanning several months, citing the Texas Disaster Act of 1975.

Abbott issued what essentially amounted to a statewide shutdown order last year, and he kept in place some level of capacity limitations for businesses until early March of this year. In July, he mandated that Texans wear masks in public. He also used executive authority to lift other state regulations to help businesses struggling during the pandemic, such as allowing restaurants to sell groceries and mixed drinks to go.

But, many state lawmakers say the Legislature should be the government body to make decisions that affect businesses and livelihood of Texans.

“Early on, people understood [business closures] because they’re like, ‘we don’t know what this is,’” Sen. Brain Birdwell, R-Granbury, said on the Senate floor. But as the pandemic and business closures wore on, Birdwell said the anger grew as the mandates continued.

Birdwell said if the governor believes the situation is dire enough that businesses need to close, then he needs to get the Legislature involved.

The resolution now heads to the House, where another proposal to check executive powers received a hearing but has not yet made it out of committee.

Birdwell and others have said the law is not intended to be an indictment of Abbott’s handling of the pandemic. But both Democrats and Republicans have been critical of how the governor wielded his power throughout the crisis.

Over the past year, Democrats and some public health experts have urged the governor to issue tighter restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 or give authority to county officials to impose local measures on top of statewide rules. On Tuesday, some Democratic senators expressed concerns the Legislature would not be able to act quickly enough to take necessary steps to address a disaster.

“I don’t see this Legislature being able to convene fast enough to answer…in the kind of disasters I have seen and expect the state to see in the future,” said Sen. Sarah Eckhardt, D-Austin, who used to serve as Travis County judge.

Meanwhile, a priority bill filed in the House would carve out future pandemics from how the state responds to other disasters.

That bill, HB 3, has not yet made it out of committee, but would allow the governor to suspend state laws and require local jurisdictions to get approval from the secretary of state before altering voting procedures during a pandemic.

Rep. Dustin Burrows, R-Lubbock, previously told the Texas Tribune that the proposal was meant as a starting point to map out responses in the event of another pandemic.

“HB 3 was trying to set structures, predicting the disaster or the emergency,” Birdwell said. “What I did was set a baseline…It is impossible to predict the disaster.”

Abbott lifted the statewide mask mandate and reopened businesses at 100% capacity in late February and has signaled he is aware lawmakers, even within his own party, are interested in curbing his power.

In his State of the State speech earlier this year, he promised to “continue working with the Legislature to find ways to navigate a pandemic while also allowing businesses to remain open.” In media appearances afterward, he signaled openness to reforming the governor’s emergency powers, telling the Tribune that his office is “offering up some legislation ourselves on ways to address this going forward.”

Abbott’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the resolution.

Kate McGee
This article originally appeared on The Texas Tribune: Main Feed

ERCOT says it may enter emergency conditions due to outages, demand

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Just nearly two months after earning national attention for mass power outages during Texas’ winter storms, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which controls the flow of electricity in the state, fears it may soon enter “emergency conditions.”

ERCOT says system was four minutes away from complete collapse during winter storms

On Tuesday, ERCOT announced that high generator outages that are typical for the month of April coupled with “higher-than-forecasted” demand caused by a stalled cold front have led to the condition.

The council says it doesn’t expect customer outages and that declaring an emergency would allow it time to access additional resources. Nevertheless, ERCOT is asking customers and businesses to conserve electricity use into Tuesday evening.

Back in February, millions of Texans spent days without heat or electricity under single digit temperatures, and ERCOT’s management — or mismanagement — of the crisis came to be near-universally acknowledged as a failure. With this judgment, came increasing attention on its leadership.

This meant a wide-reaching shuffle in the coming weeks, including resignations for several board members and the termination of President and CEO Bill Magness. Even more trouble for the council: hearings in both the Texas House and Senate to determine the extent of the council’s preparation for the storms.

As of Tuesday evening, the ERCOT Real-Time System Conditions board showed Texas is using about 99.999% of available power across the state.

Russell Falcon
This article originally appeared on KXAN Austin

The Nintendo eShop Is Currently Down Due To “Emergency Maintenance”

Nintendo eShop

Update (Tue 6th Apr, 2021 15:35 BST): Unless our eyes are deceiving us, the eShop is now back up and running in both Europe and North America. Nintendo is yet to update its network status page, but it would appear the “emergency maintenance” ran for just under five hours in total.

So what was the problem? And why did it take so long to fix? Who knows? Hopefully Nintendo will offer an update soon.

Original Article: At the time of writing, the Nintendo eShop appears to be inaccessible for all users across both Europe and North America. If you’re struggling to access the digital store on your Nintendo Switch, don’t worry, you’re certainly not alone.

While no advance warning was issued, Nintendo has now provided an update acknowledging that services are unavailable on its network status page. The notice reads, “Service is currently suspended due to emergency server maintenance. We apologise for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience.”

The maintenance began at 2:40am PT this morning (so 5:40am EDT / 10:40am BST / 11:40am CEST), and is still “ongoing” with no specific end time being set just yet. Usually, maintenance is scheduled for a set block of time, so this “emergency” maintenance with no end in sight is certainly out of the ordinary.

We’ll make sure to update you if Nintendo offers up further information on the matter; until then, the eShop’s sadly a no-go! Thankfully, other online services do appear to be working as normal.