In the latest stage of the vaccination programme, the NHS is now inviting all those aged 60 or over to get a life-saving COVID-19 vaccination. This week, around two million people between the ages of 60 and 63 will be invited to book an appointment and receive their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Across England, there have now been 16.5 million people who have received their first jab - just over a third of the whole adult population.
Praising the ongoing vaccination programme, Professor Stephen Powis, the NHS’s national medical director, said: “The NHS vaccination programme, the biggest in the health service’s history and fastest in Europe, goes from strength to strength.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) is advising pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure dogs, cats and other small pets are kept safe from hidden and potentially fatal winter hazards.
As with humans, pets can fall ill upon exposure to extremely cold temperatures for extended periods. To avoid this, BVA is asking owners to consider putting a coat on old dogs or those with thin fur to keep them warm. It is also important to wipe your dog’s paws and belly on returning home from a snowy walk to remove any traces of ice or grit, and to regularly check for cracks in paw-pads or for redness between the toes.
Police opposition to high strength alcohol being sold in a Milton Keynes city centre kiosk was overruled by a council committee.
The Point Kiosk, in Midsummer Boulevard, had applied to Milton Keynes Council to lift a ban on selling booze above six per cent, including wine and spirits, from the premises.
But Thames Valley Police objected, saying that problem drinkers tend to congregate around places where they can buy high-strength booze, causing problems.
Police opposition meant that a licensing sub committee was convened on Tuesday to decide the issue.
Licensing officer Gemma McCormack told the committee that “street drinkers who congregate outside of off licences, appear to target off licences who sell higher strength alcohol.
when hurricane irma hit anguilla, a deejay became vital for many people. >> michael holmes has his story. >> that's right. 11 days after hurricane irma. and you have it on 103.3. >> reporter: before hurricane irma, deejay jamie patterson was to play music and keep up an upbeat banter. >> it went from me to getting the party started to you're the guy we're looking to for all of the information now. >> reporter: irma change his job description and his life. since his workers have switched from deejays to lifelines. >> you don't need to go in the line or the cues to get gas if your tank is on half. there's no gas shortage. >> reporter: this island was battered by irma. and the days that followed were brutal.
no power damaged, infrastructure. the communication mast was destroyed. but the humble studios next door survived. staying off air was not an option. so, they knew what they had a job to do. >> when we saw the damage, we're like, okay. we're off air. we need to get back up. >> reporter: one mast later, 103.3 cool f.m. was back on-care. listeners take advantage of the barbershop, listening to the radio on generator power. >> we understand what is going on with the hurricane. >> reporter: people turn to the deejays for information and guidance and comfort here and on other islands. how important was the radio station when the hurricane had gone through? >> it was very important to get
staying off air was not an option. so, they knew what they had a job to do. >> we need to get back up. >> reporter: one mass later, 103.3 cool f.m. was back on-care. listeners take advantage of the barbershop, listening to the radio on generator power. >> reporter: people turn to the deejays for information an comfort here and on other islands. how important was the radio station when the hurricane had gone through? >> it was very important to get information around. to know what is happening is st very vital to our community. >> reporter: vital to communities throughout the region, through irma.
european, that a fantastic job as far as its location was forecasting, with the right turn from cuba towards southern florida. right now, they make that right turn and keep it off the eastern united states. it's seven days out before we get to that point. a lot can change. that's uncomfortly with close for what will be a significant storm. there's a lot of people in the path of the storm system, guys. >> on-deck, puerto rico. they do feel, many people i spoke with, feel they dodged a bullet. they felt the intensity of the storm but could have been much worse. now, they have storm coming that way. pedram, thank you. in anguilla, a radio deejay known for spinning hit, was a lifeline during that storm. >> that's right. 11 days after hurricane irma. and you have it on 103.3.