After an apparent explosion of gas, FIRE crews have been tackling the massive fire in Durham. Photos show thick black smoke rising from the ground and warnings not to go near the site.
Publiated at Wed 15 Sep 2021, 13:46:00 +0000
Last night, the fire broke out at Sellindge’s Interconnexion France -Angleterre interconnector site. Kent Fire and Rescue Service crews are present.
Twelve fire engines, as well as other special vehicles, were responding to the call in Ashford, Kent, at the height of the fire.
Ten teams are still at the fire scene, and both a height vehicle (and bulk water carrier) and a height vehicle (both in attendance) remain.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Progress has been made. However, firefighters will be present for some hours.
Residents may notice a drop in their water pressure due to firefighting activities.
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The National Grid also has data that shows the flow of a 2,000-megawatt IFA-1 cable into the site. These flows were stopped overnight.
Folkestone is the landing place for the submarine cable connecting France and the UK. Underground cables are connected to the Sellindge converter station, then to the UK’s transmission stations.
This outage occurs at a time when UK power prices continue to rise amid strong demand, global shortages of gas supplies, and low wind production.
Publiated at Wed 15 Sep 2021, 08:51:00 +0000
After the Financial Times reported on a British study that found Valneva to have less effectiveness than other booster jabs, the UK decided to end its agreement with Valneva. Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1491206/coronavirus-deaths-UK-not-vaccinated-hospitalisations-data-latest-EVG” rel=”tag”>the vaccine maker’s defence and stated that the company could have a positive future within the bloc instead. According to the French Ministry, “On the European Side,” the Commission continues negotiations on the contract for delivery in 2022.
According to Valneva, they “have the desire” to keep in touch with the EU about the distribution of vaccines within the bloc.
Valneva, which is partially based in France, is currently in clinical trials.
The company did however sign a contract to supply 100 million doses of the drug from the British Government in case there were positive results.
The UK ending its contract for distribution of vaccines in Britain is an enormous blow to the pharmaceutical firm, as it was their only order.
After this announcement, the stock price of the company fell by 40%.
The French government responded by saying that the “on the European Side, the Negotiations conducted By the Commission on This Contract Continue for Delivery in 2022”.
Many European countries including France are now relying upon this vaccine to diversify their vaccine coverage.
This vaccine is based on an inactivated virus. It’s currently approved by the EU.
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Ms. Sajid replied to Hannah Bardell (Scottish National Party MP), whose constituency was Livingston, where the Valneva vaccine was being administered.
Ms. Sajid stated that she was not suggesting that vaccines be administered that have not been approved.
He said that the Livingston vaccination facility was important to both the UK’s and the Scottish governments.
He stated, “That’s something we will work together to see what else we can do.”
Monika Pollenberg also reports.
Publiated at Tue 14 Sep 2021, 18:30:01 (+0000).
Sturgeon is being urged to reconsider her plans by the licensed trade sector in Scotland and Holyrood’s opposition leaders. The First Minister said vaccine passports had a role to play in the prevention of future lockdowns, and an increase in COVID-19 case. This is in spite of the fact Sajid Javid’s announcement on Sunday about plans to scrap vaccine passports for England.
Javid stated to the BBC: “We shouldn’t be doing it for the sake of being done”, adding that the high levels of vaccine uptake and testing had prevented a significant rise in winter cases.
But, Scotland plans to continue to offer vaccine passports starting October 1.
Only double-jabbed people will have the right to attend large sporting events or nightclubs.
Sturgeon defended the decision by stating that passports were part of a “package of measures”.
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She admitted, however, that passports are unlikely to boost vaccine uptake when she appeared on Trevor Phillips’ Sunday Sky News show.
Professor Stephen Reicher is one of Sturgeons Covid advisors. He highlighted two recent studies that suggested vaccine passports could backfire. They will render vaccination appear like a control measure.
Paul Waterson, spokesperson for The Scottish Licensed Trade Association stated to The Telegraph that there is no evidence that the increase in cases could be attributed to hospitality events.
“Westminster has looked at it, and they have made a U-turn. I think the same should happen in Scotland.”
These plans were also condemned by the chief executive of Scotland’s professional football league (SPFL), who warned that it wouldn’t be possible to verify that all spectators at each event have been double-jabbed.
Sturgeon was asked to use spot checks as an alternative. He said it was more practical.
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Publiated at Tue 14 Sep 2021, 13:32:00 +0000
It occurred shortly before 7 a.m. on the clockwise carriageway, just after junction 1A of the A206 Dartford. The delay is estimated at around 90 minutes.
Tailbacks can extend up to nine miles.
According to reports, the collision involved both a crane and a truck.
After the accident, three lanes were shut down. However, they’ve been opened again.
Insulate Britain, an offshoot from Extinction Rebellion, staged sit-down protests at Junction 3 in Swanley, Kent; Junction 6 in Godstone, Surrey; Junction 14 in Heathrow Terminal 5 Junction 20 in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire and Junction 31 in Purfleet, Essex.
One driver tried to pull a protester off of the road.
Protest began Monday morning at 8 a.m. and continued until noon.
Publiated at Tue 14 Sep 2021, 07:27:00 +0000
The supermarket is preparing for Christmas and has criticised EU border controls since Brexit. Archie Norman (chair of Marks & Spencer) stated that the delays of 24 hours on imports from Ireland or the rest of Europe were “of no use at all.”
He said that the EU’s rules for managing borders and the customs union were out-of-date and unsuited to their purpose.
Our product, fresh sandwiches, and ready-to-eat meals are being delayed for about one day. This is bad news if your sandwich is a sandwich.
We are getting around 80% of the product through. This is less than in France, which, as you can see, is draconian.
The announcement by Marks & Spencer follows that it is reviewing its future plans for France’s stores due to delays.
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The Government may delay their implementation to allow businesses time to adjust.
The Government was told by Retailers on the high street that delays would not help, as they create more uncertainty.
“Most members of this group have put in a lot of effort and made significant investments in staff training and building new relationships with customs agents. It’s going to all be lost to some extent if it doesn’t begin on October 1, said Ian Wright, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation.
The government told us for six months that there would be no change, and so our credibility is at stake.
Publiated at Tue 14 Sep 2021, 01:14.40 +0000
Link” href=”https://www.express.co.uk/latest/chris-whitty”>Professor Chris Whitty alongside a panel unveiled plans to vaccinate 12-15 year-olds in the UK, the BBC’s Medical Editor Fergus Walsh branded the fact that the JCVI (Joint Commission on Vaccination and Immunisation) made a separate announcement 10-days ago on their feelings towards vaccinating youngsters compared with British scientists who have given the go ahead for the rollout as having confused parents and the British public.
Mr Walsh asked, “Isn’t it a risk that many parents and children will be confused because the JCVI did not recommend vaccinations for this age group and you now are?”
Whitty retorted, saying that “our view”, which is professional, was the opinion of the vast majority of public health workers and doctors, is not in conflict.
“JCVI stated that the marginal advantage was based on their evaluation, but that it was insufficient to not recommend it. They remained independent and unbiased.
“They offered further suggestions and we added them in. JCVI suggested it and I agree with that. We don’t see a conflict.
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Whitty emphasized that in medicine there are factors to consider. Some are direct factors while others are more general. This is what he claimed influenced his decision to support jabbing children.
As he began to tear into the medical professionals’ offices, Mr Walsh retorted that the panel was in a “limbo for ten days”.
While he acknowledged that the panel’s position was clear on vaccines, he stressed that it would be better for the general public to receive one combined announcement from the JCVI scientists and British government scientists. He said the two separate ones were confusing.
M. Whitty insists that the correct course was taken with these announcements, despite the hostile response.
The announcement comes just as Chris Whitty made a separate announcement. They shared the JCVI’s belief that the benefits of vaccination outweigh the possible harms, but they acknowledged the ” great uncertainty about the extent of these potential harms”.
They stated that there is no evidence to suggest that COVID-19 vaccine has any health benefits for children aged between 12 and 15 who don’t have any underlying conditions or health problems which could make them more susceptible to severe COVID-19.
The potential dangers of vaccination are very low, and there have been reports of myocarditis post-vaccination. However, these cases can be serious, so it is still being investigated.
Given the rare nature of such events, and the short follow-up period of young children with post-vaccination myocarditis (children and adolescents), there is still considerable uncertainty about the health consequences of adverse events. ”
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The committee stated that they believe that vaccination has marginally more benefits than potential harmful effects (tables 1 through 4), but acknowledged that it is difficult to know the exact magnitude.
The margin of benefits, which is primarily based on health, is too low to support the recommendation for a universal program of vaccines to healthy 12- to 15-year old children.
As longer-term data about potential adverse reactions accumulates, more certainty could allow us to reconsider the harms and benefits. These data might not be readily available for several months.
According to UK chief medical officers, healthy children between 12 and 15 years old should receive one dose of the Covid vaccine. It would reduce disruptions to education, according to the CMO. After the vaccine committee of government said that there wasn’t enough health benefit for it to be warranted, but ministers can consider other factors.
CMOs considered this to be a tipping point, as the virus would continue spreading through winter.
Publited at Mon, 13 Sep 2021 1:57:00 +0000
LBC’s RachaelVenables shared footage of a man driving a truck and dragging a demonstrator away. It was a furious tirade. The man can be heard telling the protesters to “get outta hell!” The man, after being pulled aside by others drivers, added that they would f***ing lose their jobs due to them.
Surrey Police asked drivers to stay clear of the area.
One spokesperson stated that they were currently monitoring a J6 M25 protest reported at 8:15 AM.
Insulate Britain protesters are present at the spot, with slip roads being closed and diversion set up.
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“Please do not enter the zone at this time.”
Sir Hugh Orde, former chief constable, condemned the demonstration.
Sir Hugh spoke to Nick Ferrari about LBC and stated that a clear message must be conveyed.
The right to peaceful protest is an individual right. It’s not an absolute.
David said to LBC, while a driver waited in line, “A lot people may have supported your cause but it’s been ruined by this kind of thing.”
He added: “I’ve wasted so much diesel. This morning, I have caused so much pollution.
“I am really upset and angry at what they have done.”
Publication Date: Mon, 13 September 2021 at 08:26:00 +0000