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this is bbc news with the latest headlines. doctors�* leaders welcome moves to ease the workload of gps in england so they can focus on the covid booster rollout, but some patients�* groups say postponing services could be dangerous. a campaign begins encouraging expectant mothers to get vaccinated. unvaccinated mums who were severely ill with coronavirus tell their stories. the parents of a teenager accused of the fatal shooting of four us high school students using a gun bought by his father are appearing in court where they have entered not guilty pleas to manslaughter charges. dozens of troops have been deployed to northumberland to help people whose homes are still without power eight days after storm arwen. residents on the indonesian island of java flee a vast plume of ash as an active volcano erupts
for the second time in a matter of months. and in half an hour here on bbc news, click talks to the musicians creating soundscapes for electric cars. concerns have been raised over plans to temporarily suspend routine health checks for patients aged 75 and over at doctors�* surgeries in england. the move is designed to free up time for the campaign to offer all adults coronavirus boosterjabs by the end of january. the british medical association has insisted gp practices will continue
to keep their sickest patients safe. but some campaigners claim the plan could backfire and put the health of older people at risk. it comes as the government also launches a new campaign urging all unvaccinated pregnant women to come forward and receive their jab. megan paterson reports. at this medical centre on merseyside, the demand for boosterjabs is high. staff here have seen nearly 800 walkins a day over the last week. we are doing over 30,000 booster vaccinations since september but people are still coming for their first and second vaccination, which is great news, because it is never too late to start the vaccination. gps across england will now be allowed to defer some of the services they provide to patients like routine health checks for over 75s to allow doctors to focus on covid—19 boosterjabs instead and to ease growing pressures. we are struggling to meet
the increased demand of day—to—day work, our own backlog and also the backlog from the hospitals, but at the same time, we do understand the importance of trying to vaccinate the population. but there is concern from some patient groups. they warned that the measures will disadvantage older people and lead to early warning signs of illness being missed. the british medical association insists all patients will still receive the care they need. i was in surgery yesterday and i saw dozens of patients, many of whom were over 75 and that care is not being compromised. we are still caring for all of our patients as best we can. as the boosterjab roll—out continues, the government has also introduced a new campaign, urging all unvaccinated pregnant women to accept theirjab. it comes as figures from the department of health show 98% of pregnant women critically ill in hospital with covid are unvaccinated. one in five women need
to be delivered preterm, one in five babies need to go to the neonatal unit. so it's really clear that covid—19 infection has got serious implications for the woman and the baby. but we now have evermore data to say that the vaccines are safe in pregnancy and very strongly recommended by everyone. more than 90 million covid—19 booster or third doses have been given in the uk so far. the new measures for gps in england, an attempt to meet what's been described as a national mission to increase vaccine capacity. joining me now is dr steve mowle, a spokesperson for the royal college of gps and a practicing gp in south london. is this a good idea? definitely. we need more capacity to help with this critical booster campaign which we are sure is the right thing to do
for the country.— are sure is the right thing to do for the country. when you look at what has happened _ for the country. when you look at what has happened since - for the country. when you look at what has happened since the - for the country. when you look at what has happened since the last| what has happened since the last outbreak of coronavirus and the country went into lockdown, many of the procedure is that the nhs were scheduled to give weather not given, and then we have been dealing with this massive backlog. is there not a danger that could happen again if gps are made to focus just on vaccinations? i gps are made to focus 'ust on vaccinations?�* vaccinations? i think there undoubtedly _ vaccinations? i think there undoubtedly is _ vaccinations? i think there undoubtedly is a _ vaccinations? i think there undoubtedly is a backlog l vaccinations? i think there - undoubtedly is a backlog from the pandemic. there are, i think, undoubtedly is a backlog from the pandemic. there are, ithink, small risks associated with this. at the end of the day, we are talking about routine health checks which are there to help patients who have long—term conditions or patients who are maybe new to practice who have moved into the area, having a check at the point of registration. but art routine _ at the point of registration. but art routine health checks where gps sometimes find more serious problems that patients need treatment to? well, the patients coming for
routine health checks are not necessarily sick when they come for their routine health check. and postponing them for two or three months is unlikely to have any significant impact on the patient�*s overall health. someone whose blood pressure is just a little bit sub optimal, leaving that for maybe two months, that is unlikely to have a major impact on the health going forward. ~ ., ., major impact on the health going forward. ., ., ., ., forward. what would you say to that 75-year-old — forward. what would you say to that 75-year-old person _ forward. what would you say to that 75-year-old person who _ forward. what would you say to that 75-year-old person who is - forward. what would you say to that 75-year-old person who is watching | 75—year—old person who is watching now who has diabetes and is waiting for their regular check and is now going to be told that you are not going to be told that you are not going to be having that cheque? i going to be having that cheque? i think any patient approaching their gps for a cheque will still go ahead with that cheque. it is just that we wouldn't necessarily be proactively inviting people. furthermore, any patient who is sick or has concerns about the health such as any sign of serious conditions such as cancer or their diabetic control is less well controlled, it is important that they contact their gp. gps are here
to care for patients, just that they have done throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so. what have done throughout the pandemic and will continue to do so.— and will continue to do so. what i gps are saying — and will continue to do so. what i gps are saying about _ and will continue to do so. what i gps are saying about this - and will continue to do so. what i gps are saying about this as - and will continue to do so. what i | gps are saying about this as well? are your colleagues also in support of what you are trying to do here? yes, i think gps are broadly supportive of these measures. i don't think, you know, every practice is going to be involved in this booster campaign. and for those practices that are particularly, as i say, digging deep to get involved here, it will give them some release to be able to do this important and essential work. we to be able to do this important and essential work.— to be able to do this important and essential work. we really appreciate our time, essential work. we really appreciate your time, thank _ essential work. we really appreciate your time, thank you _ essential work. we really appreciate your time, thank you so _ essential work. we really appreciate your time, thank you so much, - essential work. we really appreciate your time, thank you so much, havej essential work. we really appreciate i your time, thank you so much, have a lovely weekend. scotland yard says it will consider a call from labour mps to launch an investigation into whether parties held at downing street in the run up to last christmas breached covid restrictions. the prime minister — who didn't attend the parties —
insisted no rules were broken. earlier i spoke to our political correspondent, ione wells. they are responding to the fact that two labour mps have written to the metropolitan police asking them to investigate reports that we had seen over the last couple of days that this time last year there was a party held in downing street on the 18th of december attended by downing street staff and aide where we have been told there were games played, that food was served, drinks were served, at a time when london was in tier 3 restriction so social gatherings were not allowed at the time. the metropolitan police had said it is not really their routine policy to retrospectively look at and investigate alleged breaches of covid restrictions but said it would consider the correspondence they have had from his mps. have you had any more intel from mps or ministers about actually what happened that day? some people are saying there were games, there was alcohol, food, others are saying it was a just a gathering. so far, what we know and what sources have been telling
the bbc is that there were several dozen people in attendance, that food was served, drinks were served, that games were played, a gathering of sorts around the christmas period. number ten has stressed that all rules were followed at all times, something the prime minister has said as well, but what they haven't done is clarify how exactly people attending this event were following the rules, given the restrictions we know were in place at the time. i think the anger this has attracted is apparent among the labour mps who have decided to write to the police about this. their argument is that they don't see a way this could have been following the guidance at the time and want the police to investigate. but at the moment the police don't seem to have any plans to do so but they did certainly say they would consider the letters they have received. in the us, the parents of a teenager accused of killing four of his fellow students
are appearing in court where they have entered not guilty please to charges of involuntary manslaughter. james and jennifer crumbley were arrested in detroit earlier. prosecutors say the couple's 15—year—old son ethan carried out the shooting at his school on tuesday with a semi—automatic pistol which had been bought by his father. aru na iyengar reports. i'm jennifer crumbley. i'm james crumbley. ethan crumbley�*s parents, james and jennifer, were found in a warehouse in detroit hours after going on the run. a reward of $10,000 had been offered for information leading to their arrests. their lawyer says they fled for their own safety. the pair, seen here earlier following their son's arrest, face charges of involuntary manslaughter. prosecutors say they ignored warning signs before their 15—year—old son, ethan crumbley, allegedly used his father's gun to shoot classmates in oxford, michigan — killing four and wounding seven. james crumbley bought a gun and made it available to his son.
at school, a teacher spotted ethan searching online for ammunition and alerted his mother. prosecutors say she later sent text messages to her son saying, "lol, i'm not mad at you. you have to learn not to get caught." then, on the morning of the killings, teachers contacted the parents over a note ethan had drawn. the note contained the following — a drawing of a semiautomatic handgun pointing at the words, "the thoughts won't stop, help me." in another section of the note was a drawing of a bullet with the following words above that bullet, "blood everywhere." but some question whether the parents really can be held responsible for the actions of their teenage son. i think it is actually highly unusual. it is opening the door for a very large slippery slope. and so that is kind of where i'm having trouble saying that the parents committed manslaughter, meaning they were aware that this was going to happen.
bell chimes. at a candlelit vigil in oxford last night, the community came together to honour the four teenagers. four minutes of bell ringing, one minute for each victim. ethan crumbley is being charged as an adult and is accused of terrorism charges and first—degree murder. aruna iyengar, bbc news. going back to our story about gps focusing on vaccinations. joining me now is caroline abrahams who is a director at age uk. what are your concerns about doctors focusing on vaccinations? i am what are your concerns about doctors focusing on vaccinations?— focusing on vaccinations? i am not worried about _ focusing on vaccinations? i am not worried about focus _ focusing on vaccinations? i am not worried about focus -- _ focusing on vaccinations? i am not worried about focus -- doctors - worried about focus —— doctors focusing on vaccinations, it is the right thing to do. one in five older people in care homes haven't had their boosters yet and to be honest,
there really is quite frightening because all of this talk about the new variants and the thought that it could be more dangerous for old people whose immunity wanes faster, we absolutely have to accelerate this programme. no dispute from us at age uk about the nhs privatising the booster programme. it has gone a bit wrong and they absolutely need to sort it. the question is how do they free up gps in order to get them to help. if that means laying some checks for people that are looking at risk factors rather than really threats like covid, then i think that is justifiable. we are not clear at this stage exactly what they mean they are going to stop because there aren't special checks for over 75 so whether that means if you are over 75 and you normally may be have your blood pressure checked every three months that they are going to delay it for a bit, we will have to find out. but there are not special checks for over 75. henge have to find out. but there are not special checks for over 75. have you soken to special checks for over 75. have you spoken to people — special checks for over 75. have you spoken to people over _ special checks for over 75. have you spoken to people over 75? - special checks for over 75. have you spoken to people over 75? what - spoken to people over 75? what response have you been getting from
them in reaction to this?— them in reaction to this? not yet, the news only broke on friday evening so we haven't had any feedback about it yet. the main issue we are concerned about is that lots of our people who are vulnerable elderly have had their jabs, that is the really worrying thing. jabs, that is the really worrying thin. . , jabs, that is the really worrying thin. ., , ., jabs, that is the really worrying thin _ ., , ., , jabs, that is the really worrying thin._ ., , , ., , jabs, that is the really worrying thin, ., , , �* thing. that is our big priority. are ou thing. that is our big priority. are you worried _ thing. that is our big priority. are you worried about _ thing. that is our big priority. are you worried about that _ thing. that is our big priority. are you worried about that they - thing. that is our big priority. are you worried about that they may l thing. that is our big priority. are l you worried about that they may be more of a backlog if 75—year—olds are not given their regular check ups? we have seen that the nhs has been struggling with that backlog after the first outbreak of covid, is that something you are worried about? �* . , is that something you are worried about? �* ., , ., ., ,., is that something you are worried about? �* ., , ., ., ., about? i'm really worried about all of it. we about? i'm really worried about all of it- we are _ about? i'm really worried about all of it. we are between _ about? i'm really worried about all of it. we are between a _ about? i'm really worried about all of it. we are between a rock - about? i'm really worried about all of it. we are between a rock and i about? i'm really worried about all of it. we are between a rock and a | of it. we are between a rock and a hard place, aren't we? 0n the one hand, we know there is enormous backlog of people needing help and thatis backlog of people needing help and that is why the people bash reasons gps are so stretched. some demand during the pandemic has been held back because people are worried about approaching their gps. now it is all coming forward so we have all
this amount of work that has been held back, possibly people who should really have seen the dr rather sooner, and on the other hand, we have this dangerous threat of the new variant and i am afraid there are no easy choices. the problem is we haven't got enough capacity in our gp system. in a way, we are where we are because we have underinvested in gps for years and years and years and we absolutely have to address this once we start to have a bit of daylight coming out of the pandemic. if to have a bit of daylight coming out of the pandemic.— to have a bit of daylight coming out of the pandemic. if you had a magic one, what of the pandemic. if you had a magic one. what are _ of the pandemic. if you had a magic one, what are you _ of the pandemic. if you had a magic one, what are you saying _ of the pandemic. if you had a magic one, what are you saying the - one, what are you saying the solution here is? i presume you are saying theyjust need to be more gps? saying they 'ust need to be more gps? , 4' saying they 'ust need to be more gps? , ~ ,., saying they 'ust need to be more gps? , ~ ., , gps? yes, i think so, more gp capacity. _ gps? yes, i think so, more gp capacity. and _ gps? yes, i think so, more gp capacity. and it _ gps? yes, i think so, more gp capacity, and it takes - gps? yes, i think so, more gp capacity, and it takes time - gps? yes, i think so, more gp capacity, and it takes time to i gps? yes, i think so, more gp - capacity, and it takes time to grow a gp, it takes six years to train a dr but the sooner we start, the sooner we will be in a better place. it is not good for gps of the public, particularly older people, who of course need to use more medical services as they get older. thank you for your time.
the headlines on bbc news... doctors leaders welcome moves to ease the workload of gps in england so they can focus on the covid booster rollout but some patients' groups say postponing services could be dangerous. the parents of a teenager accused of the fatal shooting of four us high school students using a gun bought by his father are appearing in court where they have entered not guilty pleas to manslaughter charges. dozens of troops have been deployed to northumberland to help people whose homes are still without power eight days after storm arwen. let's get the sports news now. good afternoon. let's start with a big win for west ham in the premier league — they beat leaders chelsea 3—2 in the early kick off at the london stadium in a hugely entertaining game — the sides were 1—1 before mason mount sent the visitors
in at the break with the lead, brilliant finish from him. then in the second half jarrod bowen produced a superb strike of his own to level it up for west ham, who twice came from behind. then with three minutes of normal time remaing arthur masuaku scored a bizarre late winner — consolidates west ham's place in the top four. well, chelsea will drop to 3rd if both liverpool and manchester city win — liverpool are away at wolves in one of the three matches underway right now. those guys —— those games are goalless at the moment. rangers will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the scottish premiership to seven points. they host dundee in one of three 3 o clock kick offs. second place celtic are away
at dundee united tomorrow. morcambe are through to the third round of the fa cup for only the fifth time in their history after beating buxton, the lowest ranked side left, i—0. the weather made good football difficult at the silverlands ground. the league one side made the breakthrough on the half hour mark thanks to cole stockton. forjust the third time in the history of test cricket, a bowler has taken all 10 wickets in an innings. new zealand's ajaz patel achieved the milestone in the second test against india in mumbai. he took four wickets on the first day and then proceeded to take another six on day two. he'sjoinsjim laker and anil kumble as the only men to have achieved the feat. kumble described it as a special effort, especially as it came so early in a match when conditions are normally harder for spinners. not so good for patel�*s side, though, they're staring at defeat after being bowled out forjust 62.
these things don't sink in until later, if i am honest with you. obviously, it is a special moment, obviously, it is a special moment, it is brilliant for me, not only for me but my family, you know, my mum and dad and they're all their support and my wife, and her support. it is not being easy being a cricketer, i spend a lot of time away from home. eileen ash, the world's oldest former test cricketer, has died at the age of 110. the bowler played seven matches for england either side of the second world war and rang the lord's bell ahead of the women's world cup final in 2017. the uk snooker championship in york has reached the semi final stage. these are live pictures. kyren wilson is currently taking on luca brecel.
best of 11 frames. later this evening, barry hawkins plays zhao xintong. follow it all on the bbc website. max verstappen leads the way heading into qualifying for the saudi arabian grand prix the red bull driver was quickest in the final practice session injeddah, two—tenths ahead of title rival lewis hamilton and team—mate sergio perez. hamilton trails verstappen by eight points in the drivers�* championship withjust two races remaining. saracen�*s have gone top of the table in the women�*s premier 15s after beating bristol bears by 17 points to 12. saracens scrum half ella wyrwas produced the moment of the match at the stone x stadium chasing her own kick to score her team�*s second try. there are four other matches this afternoon. that�*s all the sport for now.
people in around 9,000 homes are facing a second weekend without power in parts of scotland and northern england, following storm arwen. those affected are now bracing themselves for almost freezing temperatures forecast over the next 2a hours, and the army and the british red cross have been distributing emergency aid in some areas. yes, so the soldiers are here now as you can see in this fire station, receiving their briefing, and shortly, they will be moving off to some of those communities in south northumberland that remain without power for an eighth day. the total as of now is round about 5,100 homes in north—east england still without power. the arrival of the soldiers follows northumberland yesterday declaring a major incident. that follows neighbouring county durham, which did that on thursday, and the reason for doing that is it unlocks further
support and it�*s felt it necessary to get the army in and to get people out on the streets because they can�*t be sure from northern powergrid when exactly all of those homes will have their power reconnected, so the soldiers will be going out, knocking on doors, providing reassurance and we saw them yesterday as county durham also providing food parcel, support and that kind of welfare that people without power might need. to give you an idea of how much longer this problem has to run, northern powergrid say that they have around 700 engineering projects left to do — 200 this weekend and another 500 to do next week — so the best guess is the middle of next week before all of this is back to normal. let�*s speak now to stephen deakin. he is in dissington in newcastle upon tyne. he lives with his wife and two children and he�*s been without power for 8 days.
what has it been like for you and your family without power for that long? your family without power for that [on ? ., your family without power for that [am ? ., ., ., your family without power for that [on ? ., ., ., . your family without power for that loni? ., ., ., . l, your family without power for that low? ., ., ., . , long? you forget how much you use it. you long? you forget how much you use it- you have — long? you forget how much you use it. you have to _ long? you forget how much you use it. you have to have _ long? you forget how much you use it. you have to have electrics - long? you forget how much you use it. you have to have electrics for. it. you have to have electrics for the pump and thermostats even if you have a boiler. every night, you go into a room and turn the light switch on even though there is no light. everything seems to operate now with electricity. haifa light. everything seems to operate now with electricity.— now with electricity. how do you kee- now with electricity. how do you keep yourself— now with electricity. how do you keep yourself warm? _ now with electricity. how do you keep yourself warm? how - now with electricity. how do you keep yourself warm? how do i now with electricity. how do you | keep yourself warm? how do you now with electricity. how do you - keep yourself warm? how do you have warm dinners? are you having warm dinners? ~ ., , ., dinners? well, we have been out most niihts, to dinners? well, we have been out most nights. to be — dinners? well, we have been out most nights, to be honest— dinners? well, we have been out most nights, to be honest with _ dinners? well, we have been out most nights, to be honest with you. - dinners? well, we have been out most nights, to be honest with you. we - nights, to be honest with you. we had some log burners which we got going for the first days, we got some: had the log burner is going. i managed to get a small generator and i put some cables out through the window and put some oil filled radiators in. that kept us warm. as of yesterday, i got a decent generator so we now actually have the main central heating. we generator so we now actually have the main central heating.- the main central heating. we have some pictures _ the main central heating. we have some pictures from _ the main central heating. we have some pictures from you _ the main central heating. we have some pictures from you that - the main central heating. we have
some pictures from you that we i the main central heating. we have. some pictures from you that we will take a look at now. just to see what you have been enduring. we have got some trees down there, looks pretty serious and difficult to deal with. especially if it is your garden. you have two young children, what has it been like for them? when they are so young, perhaps they don�*t understand as well as you as to why you are dealing with this at the moment? they went to stay with their grandmother for the first couple of days whilst we were getting things tied up a little bit. but it was the worry of these wires, that paragraph powell had been broken and were lying on the floor and we were worried that they may still be alive. and all the false promises from northern powergrid about we will get it back on monday, thursday, friday, today, tomorrow. i was really nervous because nobody would come out and deal with these broken cables, i was worried they would turn it back on and they would become live again. haste would turn it back on and they would become live again.— would turn it back on and they would become live again. have you heard of an one,
become live again. have you heard of anyone. let's — become live again. have you heard of anyone. let's not _ become live again. have you heard of anyone, let's not -- _ become live again. have you heard of anyone, let's not -- let's _ become live again. have you heard of anyone, let's not -- let's hope - become live again. have you heard of anyone, let's not -- let's hope not, l anyone, let�*s not —— let�*s hope not, anyone, let�*s not —— let�*s hope not, anyone being hurt in all of this? no, that is the positive thing. the big disaster here is that the company as large as northern powergrid not having a plan, an action plan that would have been implemented immediately. things seem to be happening now when we get the army and everybody up from down south and there were two really nice guys who came from halifax who came and looked at the garden and the wires and that is a week later. nothing seems to have happened, there doesn�*t seem to be an emergency plan and it seems incredible that we can go along like that. . ~ incredible that we can go along like that. ., ~ , ., incredible that we can go along like that. ., ~ i. ,., incredible that we can go along like that. ., ~ i. . incredible that we can go along like that. ., . , , that. thank you so much. i can sense our that. thank you so much. i can sense your frustration _ that. thank you so much. i can sense your frustration there _ that. thank you so much. i can sense your frustration there and _ that. thank you so much. i can sense your frustration there and we - that. thank you so much. i can sense your frustration there and we have i your frustration there and we have also heard from other people conveying a similar sentiment, so thanks very much. there�*s been a record rise in anti—semitic incidents during the first six months of this year, according to the community security trust, the charity which monitors anti—jewish hate. it says 2021 is likely
to be the worst year on record for anti—semitism. 0ur reporter tom brada has more. i�*m tom and i am a bbc journalist who also happens to be british and jewish. i�*m proud of who i am, but the past year has been complicated and sometimes frightening. let's break that. i he's- jewish. in the first six months of 2021, there was a record spike in anti—semitism. from controversy around the middle east, to conspiracy theories and the toxic environment of social media, manyjewish people are questioning how safe it is to express who they are. i want to find out what is going on and i�*m starting in burnley where ashley was the victim of an extreme example of anti—semitism. in march 2020, ashley was attacked by three menjust outside his home. the assault took place in front of his mum. they were going where that blue car is now, but it was a different coloured car
then, and started shouting, "dirtyjew, look at that dirtyjew," and then one of them came onto the driveway and started attacking me and i was full of blood and i was still with the adrenaline pumping. how long were you dealing with the physical injuries? about three or four weeks. and any mental injuries of the back of it? ptsd. it took me a while to go back outside again. quite a lot of people in burnley actually came to me and said are you 0k? do you need anything? stuff like that. it was really heart—warming. what does yourjewish identity mean to you? everything, absolutely everything. it is my life, really. and how does it make you feel that something you hold clearly so dear to you, something you love about yourself, is something that other people use as a target? it hurts me a lot, because at the end of the day, what we all want is to just live our lives in peace. never gonna happen, though. 0ne harmful stereotype people hold aboutjews is that we are a monolithic group who think, feel and even look the same way,
but that is far from the truth. i�*m meeting up with the nadine, a blackjewish woman who last year confronted the grime artist wiley after he posted an anti—semitic rant on twitter. ijust think it just demonstrated the complexity of what it can be like being a jewish black person. it is a lot easier to recognise if someone calls me the n word or someone says something derogatory about my skin colour to know that it is racist versus if someone makes a comment like, "oh, you know, jews run the media," it is not as overt in some ways, but i also think they manifest themselves differently and i think in the 21st century. you do not have the structural socioeconomic intergenerational i think in the 21st century, you do not have the structural socioeconomic intergenerational inequality that you see within black communities, as in the same
in the jewish community, but that does not mean that, you know, the threat levels are not serious. see, ijust don't think people have a very solid understanding of what anti—semitism is, because i don't think we are taught about it very well. there are many elements behind what drives racism and specifically anti—semitism, but there is also a familiar pattern that whenever israel is in the news, there is a spike in anti—semitism here in the uk. it all happened very quickly. obviously, it is petrifying. i do not think that whatever is going on in the world in terms of the fighting and the, you know, do you believe in this side, do you believe in that side, should affect anyone�*s medical care that is happening, and i would never use someone�*s beliefs or religion or ethnicity or anything to decide how i am going to treat them. tom brada reporting there. residents on the indonesian island ofjava have been fleeing a vast plume of ash as an active volcano erupted for the second time in months. you can see the think cloud of ash here filling the sky. witnesses said a the rain
of volcanic ash from mount semeru was blotting out the sun in two local districts. so far, officials said no casualties have yet been reported with evacuations are under way. a volcano monitoring body issued a warning to airlines of an ash cloud rising up to 50,000 feet. cat micro—chipping is to be made compulsory in the uk — video released by nasa shows a total solar eclipse as seen from western antarctica this morning. the earth�*s southernmost continent experiences continual daylight from mid—0ctober until early april, but the eclipse brought a few minutes of total darkness. a solar eclipse occurs when the moon moves between the sun and earth, casting a shadow on earth, fully or partially blocking the sun�*s light in some areas. for a total eclipse to take place, the sun, moon, and earth must be in a direct line. the only place that this total eclipse could be
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