this is bbc news. our top stories: in the us, heavy snowfall dampens wildfires in colorado as residents criticise evacuation plans and get a first look at devastation. families immobilised without any warning and we all got safely out of town, and that is a christmas miracle. i know families that have lost everything. as the world welcomes a new year, london puts on a surprise in the skies. lasers and fireworks mark the start of 2022, celebrations kept secret to deter the crowds.
mourners in south africa pay their final respects to archbishop desmond tutu ahead of his funeral on saturday. and tributes are paid to the golden girls actress betty white who has died just weeks before what would have been her 100th birthday. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. the governor of the us state of colorado has pledged to help residents who've lost everything to rebuild their lives after sudden wildfires destroyed 1,000 homes. tens of thousands of people were evacuated as the fires tore through suburban areas of boulder county on thursday. gary 0'donoghue has this report. winds of more than 100 mph drove the flames across more than 1600 acres of suburban colorado, which would normally have snow on the ground
at this time of year. the fires spread quickly through homes and businesses, leading to the evacuation of tens of thousands of people. the emergency services did their best, but the sheer speed of the fire took everyone by surprise. coming down this road, the ditches and things and the trees, they're all up in flames. like, there's embers everywhere. packed myself, my cat and... just keep our fingers crossed. local officials declared a state of emergency, unlocking federal funds to help fight the blaze, and the governor spoke to president biden. this was a disaster in fast motion, all over the course of half a day, nearly all the damage, many families having minutes, minutes to get whatever they could — their pets, their kids — into the car and leave. the last 2a hours have been devastating.
remarkably, no—one died in the fires, and as dawn broke on friday, winds had significantly dropped and a forecast of snow should reduce the chances of any flare—ups — leaving the thousands of families to count the cost of the handful of hours that have devastated their lives. gary 0'donoghue, bbc news. thousands of residents outside denver had to evacuate their homes. earlier i spoke to one of them, jen gardner, who had to leave her house in louisville and hasn't been able to return yet. we just moved home a few months ago from england and we were just getting our life back together and we had a child from across the street playing at our house and i saw what looked to be a storm roll in and they called the kids over thinking i would teach them some science and we looked outside and realised it was smoke. iran
inside and asked them to grab shoes and jackets, they grab their stuff, we ran back outside to our other neighbours across the street to kind of get together with her grandmother and decide what to do next. both of us were really calm, we heard it was at the bike trails six miles away, i cried because i love those trails, and we were back inside and i've finished lunch. i looked outside again and the wind was going really hard and the cat was freaking out. and that was kind of when we started filming. we grab the cat. my husband was coming down the mountain from the ski hill. he happened to be right at 36 and foothills and saw the entire scene and texted to me and said i need you to start packing bags. i thought there is no way it is going tojump a highway, it is a six lane highway, there are thousands of families and in 20 minutes he got home, was slow in packing because they really didn't think this was happening, and then we were in the car and i was worried about my neighbour, because she was so calm and she left so slowly. and then there was fire.
we could see the flames, we could see embers and smoke. we could hear over the police radio that cars were on fire and we drove on the wrong side of the road to get out of louisville, to get through to lafayette and get up to the highway and out of town. there was never a warning system. there was never a phone call. the only phone call i received was from the energy company telling us they turned off the natural gas and that was at ten o'clock last night. we went to a hotel near denver with my family. i had to get far away. and now we're back at my girlfriend's house while theirfamily is in mexico, because we are still all on winter break. they don't know what we're doing next week. i don't know if our house is personally affected. they know our neighbours across the street are ok. and my girlfriend just texted me and said you are on tv, and it's your house! what i want everyone to take away is that we had to make
these decisions alone. i love my community, i think our school has been really on top of it, the sheriff has been really on top of it, i need a warning system. they need to know where to go, i need a phone call, i need a facebook page. all of these things i'm searching for in this panic moment, i am college educated, we have systems in place, and there was nothing. there was nothing there for 20, 30, a0 minutes people are driving crazy and i was worried we would get into an accident getting out of town. and thousands of families just mobilised without any warning. and we all got safely out of town. and that's a christmas miracle. i know families in our neighbourhood who have lost everything. jen, it sounds like you have gone through a lot, it sounds really try to come and select something out of a movie with you talk about. i guess you are hoping that local authorities can mobilise better in the future for things like this when it happens in the future, because obviously colorado and wildfires in december aren't too uncommon and you would expect maybe there would be a process in place
for when that happens, i guess. yes! we can do this. we can do this better. and we need to be bearing power lines and we need to accept that we need to change and we need to stop flying all over the place and start recycling. i don't mean to get on a soapbox, but we need to wake up. because these fires are getting closer and closer to our communities and families have lost everything in the blink of an eye and nobody needs to go through that. so, if anything can come from this, let it be the change, and let it be support. i know everyone is asking us right now what we need and, you know, clothes and food, it hasjust snowed like a foot. nobody is thinking clearly enough to make amazon wish lists or to think what comes next, other than food and housing for the next week. another thousands of families are going to be fighting for a rental in a very tight rental market against covid.
so, please keep praying and follow the links, and we will organise the money later, honestly. at least 12 people have died and many others have been injured in a stampede at a famous shrine in indian—administered kashmir. local media says that a large number of pilgrims had reached the hindu shrine of mata vaishno devi on the first day of the new year. the holy cave, near the town of katra is among india's most revered pilgrimage sites. we'll bring you more as we get it. virginia giuffre has accused prince andrew of sexually assaulting her when she was a teenager at the homes of jeffrey epstein and ghislaine maxwell. prince andrew's lawyers argue that virginia giuffre is not a us resident
and that legal action should be halted. prince andrew has consistently denied her allegations. the usual firework display in london was moved to a secret location to avoid crowds turning out. it followed earlier celebrations in asia. light after another dark year of the pandemic. the uk's new year's eve a breathtaking fireworks and light show performed to london's white —— quiet streets with millions following advice to stay home and watch on television. again and again a straight forward, looking for an opening. this looks promising and...
celebrating successes in another tough year, like the england football team in the euros. the plan is kept under wraps to avoid crowds turning up. many travelled from scotland and wales into england where there are no restrictions after those nation's new year's celebrations were cancelled. sydney's skies lit up first, showing the world how it's done, with the biggest fireworks display on the planet. six tons of fireworks over sydney harbour in front of crowds. three, two, one! asia next to welcome the new year. hong kong's spectacular victoria harbour allowing crowds for the first time since 2018. the pandemic and social unrest cancelling previous years. china's capital signalled
towards 2022 by showing off to the world their 0lympic tower ahead of the winter games in february. then came moscow's moment. its pristine red square deserted, closed off to the public amid 0micron concerns. athens' ancient parthenon stood three times, other pandemics. the city's restaurant and bars below allowed to open with no standing or music and a 2am cu rfew. large, lively crowds in madrid's porta del sol square, the spanish capital's version of times square, as they prepared to party. closely packed crowds in goa, western india, squeezed together on the beaches for fireworks and fun. the world ringing in the new year in different ways, but with a united
hope for a better year. louise pilbeam, bbc news. in south africa, thousands of people have waited in line to pay their final respects to the late archbishop desmond tutu, whose body was lying in state for a second day ahead of the state funeral later on saturday. the archbishop, who played a leading role in the battle against racial segregation and the apartheid regime, died on sunday at the age of 90. 0ur south africa correspondent nomsa maseko reports from cape town. the clergy, anglican churchwardens, and a marching band lining the streets as a guard of honour for archbishop desmond tutu. the outspoken priest who became one of the world's great moral voices lying in state for a second day in a plain, pinewood coffin, in accordance with his wishes. thousands of people have been flocking to st george's
cathedral to pay their last respects. one man hitch—hiked for more than 1,000 kilometres just for this moment. it's a memory that i will live for for the rest of my life and ijust hope, as he said, in his words — he said, "south africa, you must be careful. if you don't live according to those values, you might bite the dust." archbishop tutu campaigned against white minority rule and worked hard to unite a deeply divided nation. the arch, as he was known fondly, was also a family man. my parents' relationship was strong and loving. they talked about loving each other. they would say, "i think you're so handsome, you're so beautiful, you're so gorgeous, you smell delicious. he wouldn't say delicious. he would say, "0oh,
you smell expensive!" the globally revered anti—apartheid icon�*s send off will be held at the cathedral he called home for many years, to the sounds and hymns he chose ahead of his funeral. nomsa maseko, bbc news. and we'll bring you desmond's tutu funeral in a special programme here on bbc world news and the bbc news channel. coverage starts on saturday at 7:45 gmt from st george's cathedral in cape town. still to come: tony blair lighted with olympic heroes among others given prestigious awards.
the most ambitious financial and political change ever attempted has got under way with the introduction of the euro. tomorrow in holland, we're going to use money we picked up in belgium today. and then we'll be in france and, again, it will be the same money. it's just got to be the way to go. george harrison, the former beatle, is recovering in hospital after being stabbed at his 0xfordshire home. a 33—year—old man from liverpool is being interviewed by police on suspicion of attempted murder. i think it was good. just good? no, fantastic! that's better! big ben bongs
this is bbc world news, the latest headlines: heavy snowfall in the american state of colorado helps to douse a wildfire that destroyed a thousand homes. a new year surprise in the skies — lasers, fireworks and drones light up london to welcome 2022. nearly 2.3 million people in the uk have covid in the week before christmas, the highest level of infections since was first compiled last year and that translates into greater pressure on the national health service. more than 25,000 healthcare workers are themselves of sick or isolating every day. most nhs staff will be glad to see the back of 2021. nearly two years into this pandemic, many are exhausted. a spike in covid cases is driving a rise in staff sickness. in england, london's worst
affected with about 4% of staff in acute trusts absent for covid—related reasons in the week before christmas, up nearly 60% on the week before. many feel it's impacting on patient care. the staff that are at work will be caring for more patients, trying to do more to cover for their missing colleagues, working extra hours, starting early, finishing late. the pressure will be immense. in the latest infection survey from the 0ns, infections increased across the uk to their highest level on record in the week to christmas eve. in england, one in 25 had the virus. in scotland, wales, and northern ireland, it was one in a0. infections doubled in a week in london. one in 15 tested positive. but there were big rises too in the north—west, yorkshire and the humber and west midlands. other regions weren't far behind. it is now the dominant variant. statisticians say infections are twice the level they were this time last winter in england because they're
being fuelled by the more infectious 0micron variant. so across all age groups, we are seeing increases, but particularly driven by those young age groups, we've seen increases among school—age children fairly recently, particularly from nursery through to primary. but we are now seeing infections among older age groups as well, so young adults from the mid—20s to the mid—30s, but spreading right the way up to increases now in the over 70s, although they remain the lowest group to be infected. there's some more encouraging news on boosters. new uk data suggests a booster shot is 88% effective at preventing people ending up in hospital due to 0micron. and after a huge push, all uk nations say they've hit the target of offering all adults a third dose by the end of the year. i would just say to people again, there's 1.5 million slots out there over the next few days. there's plenty of opportunities. there is mobile vaccination units, there's gps vaccinating,
there's all sorts of ways to get vaccinated. just please come forward and help yourself, but also help reduce that burden on the nhs. and now, this. a second antiviral pill has been approved by the uk regulator. in trials, pfizer's paxlovid drug offered nearly 90% protection from severe illness and death among vulnerable adults. there's a glimmer of hope for the new year. vaccines and new treatments should help protect the most at risk from serious illness. but there are huge uncertainties. if there is a sharp rise in hospital admissions, health leaders say ministers will have to act fast. katharine da costa, bbc news. the new year honours list has been published, featuring more than 1200 people, many of them being recognised for their work during the coronavirus pandemic. they're joined by almost 80 olympic and paralympic athletes who competed in last summer's tokyo games. lizo mzimba reports. their faces have become
familiar to the public throughout the pandemic. now the chief medical officers for england, chris whitty. .. if lots of people are vaccinated, that reduces risk of transmission in the community. ..for scotland, gregor smith, and for wales, frank atherton, have all been knighted. a knighthood as well for england's deputy chief medical officer, jonathan van—tam. also being recognised for their roles responding to covid — jenny harries of the health security agency and june raine, head of the uk's vaccine regulator. they have both become dames. # wheels on fire... in the entertainment world, joanna lumley says she is stunned to be made a dame... patsy stone — 47. ..both for her acting career... i'll sue! ..and for her campaigning work. when i saw the sentence saying dbe, i burst into tears. it was an extraordinary shock. it was such a shock. i put my head in my hands and sobbed like a baby. then i thought, "how has this happened?" "is it a mistake?" i truly was thrown by it,
but i am thrilled to bits. award—winning actress vanessa redgrave says she is surprised and grateful to also become a dame for services to drama. broadcaster trevor phillips has been knighted in recognition of his decade—long work on equality and human rights. james bond actor daniel craig has been made a cmg, the same honour held by the fictional spy, while commander bond's movie producers, michael g wilson and barbara broccoli, say they are honoured to be made commanders of the order of the british empire — cbes. consumer champion martin lewis becomes a cbe for his work on consumer rights, particularly during the pandemic. i never thought they would give a cbe to someone like me, so it's very gratifying to get it. and especially after the couple of years we have had, when myself and my team have put so much work into trying to help people get through the pandemic financially. goodbye, old friend.
two of our best—known soap stars, william roache and june brown, have both become 0bes for services to drama and charity. hello,jim. it's me, dorothy. as has tv personality and campaigner katie piper for her work with people affected by burns and other injuries. spice girl mel b, a patron of women's aid, has been made an mbe for her work highlighting abusive behaviour. as the world watched on, another black life gone. and diversity star ashley banjo says he is humbled and proud to become an mbe for services to dance. black lives matter. lizo mzimba, bbc news. the legendary american actor and comedian, betty white, has died at the age of 99. her career spanned nine decades — from the earliest days of television, to the latest toy story film just two years ago.
she will probably be best remembered for her portrayal of rose nylund in the sitcom the golden girls, as gail maclellan reports. rose, is this another one of those scandinavian viking concoctions? yes. it's called geneukenfleuken. betty white's performance as the ditzy rose earned her an emmy and the hearts of generations of fans. the golden girls, which ran from 1985 to 1992, a top rated series of its time, featured an age demographic rarely highlighted on television. betty white was the last surviving member. now she too is gone, just days before her 100th birthday. she began her entertainment career in radio and by the late 1930s had made her television debut, appearing in variety shows and in a sitcom, life with elizabeth, which she also produced. she reached a new level of success on the mary tyler moore show, where she played the role of sue ann nivens and won two emmys.
as she said, she never stopped working. i've been working in this wonderful business for 63 years now, and i am so lucky to be as busy as i am. but i am always worried about overexposure, so i'll say no when they stop asking me. so if you want me to retire, stop asking. but she gained a new audience with a popular role in the sandra bullock film the proposal. her co—star ryan reynolds, who called her his ex—girlfriend, reacted to news of her death. oprah winfrey added her appreciation. you know, the only thing that hurts me — why did they wait to do
this until i was 90? i mean, a few decades ago would have been swell. honey, snap out of it. 0k, she's just beautiful. said to be one of the nicest women in show business, she was honoured with seven emmys, one of them a lifetime achievement award in 2015, and was still making films into her late 90s. betty white died just 17 days short of her 100th birthday. before we go, let's have a look at some new year celebrations from around the world, starting in sydney. these are fireworks over the sydney harbour bridge and we are about 13 minutes
away now from the celebrations in new york which we will bring you live in 30 minutes time. thank you for watching, stay tuned right here on bbc news. hello. you're not imagining it — it is exceptionally mild at the moment, and we will continue to remain in very mild air for the first few days of the new year. notjust the uk, though, but many of our european neighbours have seen record temperatures for new year's eve. certainly records fell in parts of poland, austria, germany and the netherlands. and for new year's day, once again we could see records being rivalled or toppled — for the day, that is. this cold front will push across the uk through new year's day. quite a skinny little weather front, not much temperature contrast across it. and because it is such a narrow band of rain, actually, it won't stick around in many areas for very long, perhaps an hour or so of rain working its way from west to east across england and wales. these showers for western scotland and northern ireland
perhaps more persistent affairs. but look at the temperatures again — quite a lot of sunshine through the day and widely highs in the mid teens. squally showers for the south—east of england through saturday evening, into the small hours of sunday, some heavier showers, sweeping in from the west of wales and the midlands. a very mild night again. these are the temperatures — more typical of daytime for this time of year, even perhaps slightly above. sunday saw wetter weather again on the cards for england and wales and some blustery winds. we could see some intense showers working their way through. i think the driest and brightest weather for sunday will be for scotland and northern ireland. and then on monday, we fall into a bit of a pincer movement in terms of our weather across the uk. we will see this weather front to the south trying to push some rain in and this area of low pressure to the north trying to turn things increasingly unsettled. between the two, some breezy conditions. but i think the best of any sunny spells for perhaps the midlands,
the north of england. but to the very south and the very north of the uk there could be some heavier, more persistent rain. a little cooler as well on monday, but temperatures still slightly above average for the time of year. however, for tuesday it looks like we are going to flip around and pick up a northerly wind, and that will bring about a very dramatic change in the way things feel because we'll also have to add on the effect of the wind—chill. but temperatures in edinburgh just four degrees on tuesday, down to eight in london, so some big contrasts in our weather to come over the days ahead.
this is bbc news. the headlines: in the us, heavy snowfall in colorado has helped firefighters douse a wildfire that destroyed around 600 homes. president biden�*s approved specialfunding for those affected in the state after entire neighbourhoods in two towns near denver were engulfed. residents have criticised authorities warning systems and evacuation efforts. at least 12 people have died in a stampede at a shrine in indian—administered kashmir. a large number of pilgrims had reportedly reached the hindu shrine of mata vaishno devi on the first day of the new year. the holy cave, near the town of katra, is among india's most revered pilgrimage sites the world welcomes a new year. rio's copacabana beach hasjust hosted a huge fireworks display as 2022 began in brazil. in london, there was a surprise in the skies as a laser display formed part of celebrations that had been kept secret to prevent crowds gathering.