this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines at a... spanish police have named the three british holiday—makers who died in a swimming pool on christmas eve. gabriel diya and his two children drowned at a hotel on the costa del sol. a powerful typhoon tears through parts of the philippines, killing at least 16 people and leaving thousands homeless. as bushires rage out of control in australia there's a warning that more record—breaking temperatures could be on the way. israel's prime minister faces a political fight, as his likud party decides who will lead them into the country's third general election in a year. what's occurin'? more than 11 million people tuned in for the return of gavin and stacey, making it the most watched christmas day
programme of the decade. join us, the brexitcast gang, in half an hour, to look back at the year that was in the world of brexit. good afternoon and welcome to bbc news. spanish police have named a british holiday—maker and his two children who drowned in a swimming pool on christmas eve. gabriel diya had been staying with his family at a resort on the costa del sol. police say the pool appears to have been working normally at the time. emily unia reports. according to spanish police, gabriel diya, who was 52, died trying to rescue his nine—year—old daughter, comfort, after she got into difficulties in this hotel swimming pool.
his 16—year—old son, praise—emmanuel, tried to help and also died. postmortem examinations confirmed that all three drowned. a 14—year—old girl, the children's sister, raised the alarm. a british tourist who's staying at the resort told the bbc she spoke to the children's mother. i noticed a woman was walking towards where i was. she looked really distraught. when she came closer, she was just saying, "help me, help me. please help me, my children are drowning." it was horrible. i didn't sleep. i can't even begin to tell you how distraught i feel. and i don't want to imagine what the mum is going through. after the incident, police divers retrieved the girl's swimming hat from the pool pump, but couldn't find anything wrong with the filtration and pump systems. the pool, which doesn't have lifeguards on duty, has now reopened to the public. emily unia, bbc news. at least 16 people have died and many more are missing after typhoon pha nfone hit the phillippines on christmas eve.
the storm carried winds of 120 miles an hour and has left a trail of devastation through the centre of the country. james waterhouse reports. typhoon phanfone first arrived on tuesday night. with it came winds of almost 120 miles per hour, causing devastation and fear. the storm then worked its way over the islands of the central philippines. only today is there a sense of the damage caused. as buildings were reduced to rubble, 16,000 people were moved to shelters. thousands more were stranded as they tried to get home for christmas. coastal villages have been devastated. the typhoon was so powerful, large boats were overturned. the philippines is no stranger to tropical storms and typhoons, with around 20 arriving each year.
the most powerful one to hit land ever in the world, typhoon haiyan, struck in 2013, leaving more than 6,000 people dead. today, as a country rebuilds, the red cross warns it could take weeks to bring back power and running water. not only that, many filipinos are still missing. james waterhouse, bbc news. the chairman of the philippine red cross richard gordon, spoke to the bbc, about how the country is coping. well, first of all the access is difficult because people are stranded, you have to bring the goods you have to deliver, several islands have been affected. a lot of people have lost their homes, and they
need food, they need hot meals. we are serving hot meals, it's not enough, obviously, we are trying our best to do that. lifelines like power has been affected, there is a complete blackout in certain areas which will be solved in two or three weeks. water has been interrupted in certain areas. so, there is an awful lot of things to be done. the rescue phase if over. we are giving support in terms of relief, water, food, a lot of first aid interventions. certainly our doctors will be providing beds for hospitals that have lost their roof. we are also fighting the earthquake and recent typhoon, we are not finished there. definitely there is a lot to do, with polio, measles and the like vaccinations.
firefighters in australia are bracing themselves for a return to heatwave conditions, replacing recent cooler weather. there are currently 72 bushfires in the state of new south wales, about half of them burning out of control. 0ur correspondent, phil mercer has travelled to the town of bilpin to meet one of those affected. simon tadrosse lost 40% of his orchards when the fires tore through. the emotional and financial toll has been immense. he stayed to defend his property in the blue mountains against flames a0 metres high and he almost died. what was the most
frightening bit for you? um, facing it, driving towards it in the tractor and you couldn't sort of really get out of it. that was the frightening thing. but obviously i made it through, but scary, very scary. what was it like looking into that beast of a fire thinking you might not make it? it's worrying, very worrying. yeah, look, you can't bring a life back, you only get one chance, and if you lose a life that's the end of it. your trees, your houses, your buildings, you can always rebuild. communities have been traumatised by the fires and recovering from devastation like this could take years. cooler conditions today in new south wales are helping the firefighting effort, but more dangerous days do lie ahead. here in australia's most populous state, more than 70 blazes are still burning, but this is a nationwide crisis.
there are still active fires in the states of victoria and south australia. phil mercer, bbc news in bilpin, the blue mountains. police say a man, shot dead on christmas eve, was killed in front of his family as they returned home from a night out. police were called to reports of shots being fired in battersea church road at about 9pm on tuesday and found a 36—year—old man with gunshot wounds. no arrests have been made and detectives are continuing to appeal for information. the israeli prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, is a facing a vote today, for his leadership of the likud party, from long—time rival, gideon saar. it's said to be the biggest challenge mr netanyahu has faced to his 20 year rule of likud. yesterday evening a rocket fired from the gaza strip, interrupted a party rally in the border town of ashkelon. the prime minister and his wife were escorted from the stage,
after sirens went off. 0ur middle east correspondent, barbara plett usher, is injerusalem. she explained a little earlier, why support for benjamin netanyahu could be showing signs of weakening. there has been a united front in likud behind him, despite a lot of problems in the past year including two elections after which he was unable to form a government, and then charges of corruption against him. so he is very popular still, there is a lot of loyalty to him, but this is beginning to show a crack, and that is a challenge not expected to unseat him necessarily, that would be a big upset, but one that shows disquiet amongst some members of the likud party, not the senior members publicly, but gideon saar does have growing amount of support amongst the grassroots, local party leaders and so on. the concern is that mr netanyahu may have lost his magic touch. he wasn't able to form a government in the past year and now they're
going into a third election he again will not be able to form a government and the right wing could ultimately lose power and likud could go into the opposition, this is mr saar‘s campaign. that's what we're seeing now, and the big thing to watch is by how much benjamin netanyahu wins substantially, he wants to quell any sort of dissent. if he does not win substantially, that will weaken his grip on the party. the return of gavin and stacey to our tv screens saw the highest christmas day ratings for more than a decade. more than 11 million people tuned in for the show‘s christmas special comeback, according to initial figures. seven of the top ten most watched programmes yesterday were made by the bbc. 0ur correspondent lizo mzimba said the success of gavin and stacey was a huge win for the corporation.
this felt like something really special for audiences. it's also a pretty big achievement beating the queens christmas message which for five years in a row has been the most watched programme on christmas day, because it is a tradition, that families like to sit down and watch together and of course it also has the advantage of being not just on bbc one but itv and sky as well. now, the last time we had a christmas day viewing figure of this magnitude, the last time it was bigger than gavin and stacey, was back in 2008, with the special one—off wallace and gromit, a matter of loaf and death so this
or something like that but proof that there is still huge audiences out there wanting to enjoy this kind of thing together. it also got 11.6 million yesterday. people will always have differing opinions on that, this week marks the century of women being accepted into the legal profession. during that time the number of women practising law has increased. however, figures show that they still hold less than 25 percent of the top jobs. sian lloyd has been finding out about some of the changes that have taken place. and i'm introduced to somebody very charming, very pleasant, and they'll say, "what do you do?" and i'll say, "well, i'm a judge," and quick as a flash, they'll say, "do you work in family?" it tells you a lot, doesn't it, about subconscious assumptions that are still being made that we need to battle against. this piece of art is an emblem of how the change has happened and how the future has got to be different because law has to reflect the world that we live in, and it's getting there.
the first ever artwork commissioned to celebrate women's contribution to the legal profession, marking the centenary of them being allowed to practise law. unveiled in the supreme court, a legacy to those who paved the way, part of a campaign to inspire future generations. i think it will give the courtroom a different feel, an altogether different atmosphere. a new atmosphere of a more egalitarian and modern approach. this is how it looked 100 years ago — not a woman in sight. times have changed. mrsjustice carr has recently been promoted to the court of appeal. she wants to see more women get the top jobs. my own personal experience at the top levels, certainly in terms of the judiciary, is everybody is willing you to succeed.
and we've got this far, we've almost done the hard stuff. the hard stuff comes in the 30s to 40s. that's when you see the numbers drop, for all the obvious reasons. so i think the work has to come right from the bottom — schools, universities, getting women in, giving them confidence, then creating the right working environments to encourage women to break through the ranks in those middle years, and then encouraging them to carry on. all rise. and these are the lawyers of the future. as long as we raise our sons and daughters to believe in women as equal and then we pass that on, we've got to break the mold. it looks a bit like a dream... to say, like, "i'm going to become a judge one day." but i think it's step by step. marking a new chapter as the first 100 years draw to a close. sian lloyd, bbc news. the headlines on bbc news...
spanish police have named the three british holiday—makers who died in a swimming pool on christmas eve. gabriel diya and his two children drowned at a hotel on the costa del sol. a powerful typhoon tears through parts of the philippines, killing at least 16 people and leaving thousands homeless. firefighters continue to tackle out—of—control bushfires in australia, with a warning that more record—breaking temperatures could be on the way. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's chetan. good afternoon. sam curran's been the star bowler on the opening day of the first test against south africa taking 4 wickets as the hosts were left on 277 for 9 at stumps at centurion. a promising start for england who had south africa 111 for 5 at one stage after some indifferent batting. quinton de kock mounted a recovery
before curran stopped him just 5 runs short of a century. curran with 4 for 57. earlierjames anderson struck with his first ball and three wickets for stuart broad. it was a hot and gruelling day with ben stokes out of action for much of it due to dehydration. tottenham came from behind to beat brighton and boost their hopes of finishing in the premier league's top four. adam webster had given the visitors a deserved lead towards the end of the first half. but spurs raised their game after the break, harry kane with the equaliser before dele alli's sublime lob completed the turnaround. a new manager but same old problems for arsenal, mikel arteta's first game in charge at bournemouth. chelsea are trying to avoid back to back home defeats
southampton lead 1—0 thanks to michael 0bafemi's goal. sheffield united 1, watford 1. boxing day's biggest game is the one that comes tonight. top of the table liverpool against second placed leicester. jurgen klopp‘s side were in qatar a few days lifting the club world cup and now — like all teams — face a packed festive schedule. something the liverpool manager isn't impressed with. none of us managers have a problem with boxing day. but playing the 26th in the 28th is a crime. it is absolutely not ok. and we still have it. every year the managers, this year we don't have the 26 and 29 it is like holiday, but i understand all the others who are moaning, not moaning, telling itjust should not happen. in the edinburgh derby, hibs beat hearts 2—0. martin doyle scored both goals for hibs in the first half at tynecastle, volleying the first just six minutes in, with the second
on the half hour mark. that makes it back to back derby wins for the first time since the 1970s. hearts remain at the bottom of the scottish premiership table. in the 3pm kick—offs these are the latest scores. and aside from football, another sporting boxing day tradition is the sydney to hobart yacht race. over 600 miles to tasmania and blue skies when they left from sydney harbour overnight, with little smoke from the bushfires that have been raging in new south wales. 11 hours into the race and a third different leader too. last year's runners up black jack are ahead. very calm winds at the minute with the winner set to be crowned late tomorrow night or early saturday morning. clan des 0beaux has won
the king george the sixth chase for the second successive year at kempton. ridden by sam twiston davies, the 11 to 2 shot beat off competition from the favourite to romp home by over 10 lengths. it's trainer paul nicholls' eleventh win in the prestigious race. that's all the sport for now. chetan, thank you. more than 60 migrants in small boats have been rescued trying to cross the channel to the uk. 49 people in four boats were met by border force and brought to england, while a further two boats were dealt with by french authorities. the coastguard said it had been co—ordinating several search and rescue operations. well, following the incident the home office have said it would try to return anyone who arrived in the uk illegally back to mainland europe. we're joined now by bridget chapman from the kent refugee action network. it looks like a lot of people have
been rescued after trying to cross the channel? yes. very dangerous... the weather today is treacherous, thank heavens they all appear to be safe. what you say generally about what the government are saying, the home office, which is that the policy is to return people who are, who do come to the uk unlawfully, we will work to return them to mainland europe, say the home office, illegal migration is a criminal activity. those who seek to come to the uk illegally and the criminal suit facility journeys are all illegally and the criminal suit facilityjourneys are all breaking the law and endangering lives. well... i agree... the law and endangering lives. well... iagree... resting the law and endangering lives. well... i agree... resting their life for the chance... under the
geneva convention... there is no way... i geneva convention... there is no way... lam geneva convention... there is no way... i am sorry, we have a terrible lime so we will try and speak to you again but it is not a very good line. the seychelles off the coast of east africa is setting itself up as a hub for marine preservation. the first ever large scale coral reef restoration project was set up there and now they are transplanting what they call super coral‘. with over half of the world's reefs already lost because of rising sea temperatures, there's hope this tiny chain of islands could hold the key to saving these animals from extinction. catherine byaruhanga has more they're called the reef rescuers. they work in the indian ocean trying
to find ways of saving the world's dying coral. today, they're checking on their nursery. it's a manmade coralfarm and one of the biggest in the world. so this is a large—scale coral reef restoration project. the nursery that we use is a rope nursery. so our coral fragments are actually placed inside a rope and then they are hung mid—water. over half the world's reefs have already been lost because of climate change. coral gets its colour and its energy from the algae which live inside it. as the water gets warmer, though, the algae becomes toxic, so the coral evicts it. this is called bleaching. with its food source expelled, the coral often die. from the nursery, the small coral are brought down and cemented to the ocean floor. within minutes, fish swim to what the reef rescuers call super coral.
our coral gardening methodology identifies resilient colonies by visiting reefs shortly after bleaching events and looking at which colonies have survived and have some level of confidence that they are resilient and will make our restoration site resilient forfurther climate change events. the nursery is also an open water classroom. from the surface, i can see hundreds of coral beneath me. scientists have come from all over the world to learn how it's done here. this technique has already been taken to countries like colombia and the maldives and next are kenya, tanzania and mauritius. the reef rescuers‘ project was born here on cousin island, a thriving world class nature reserve. cousin island was
the desired prize... it was set up by nirmal shah. he's been running conservation projects here for over three decades and he's already thinking about the next big idea. so all these experiences we've learned from scratch. we know the entire technique now. so the next step is to grow corals on land, tinker around with them until they become resilient to climate change and plant them back. scientists predict most of the world's coral will be gone by 2050. innovation might be the only way to preserve them. catherine byaru hanga, bbc news, the seychelles. people across certain parts of the middle east, india and south east asia have witnessed the last solar eclipse of the decade. the path of the eclipse allowed millions of people to see it. shaun hassett has more. this is an annular solar eclipse or as some people call
it, the ring of fire. it happens when the moon covers the sun centre, but leaves the outer edges visible. although it doesn't feel this way for many of us in the northern hemisphere right now, we are getting closer to the sun. that means the sun is actually larger in the sky than average so the moon is not able to cover it completely leaving an annulus of light, hence an annular solar collapse. millions of people were able to see this. from astronomers in the uae, to schoolchildren and their teachers in mumbai. to these crowds in singapore, where people will not get another chance to see the ring of fire until 2063. it's an annular eclipse and the next one will be when i am in my 60s and so i might as well take my youth and look at this lovely ring of fire. it took around five hours for the path of the eclipse to move across the indian
and pacific oceans. for those watching on the ground, the celestial show was even shorter. it's only two minutes but it's so intense that you talk about it with your friends and family for the next... month. whilst some places will have to wait decades for their next annular solar eclipse, others will not have to wait anywhere near that long. the good news is a very similar in fact even better eclipse will occur on the 21st of june next year. the path of that eclipse will take in parts of africa and the middle east and southern china. now it's time for a look at the weather with sarah keith—lucas. hello. boxing day has brought us a fair amount of cloud and that has been producing some outbreaks of rain. this picture was taken by a weather watcher in west sussex a bit earlier on. a similar picture across much of the uk but the rain will be easing and over the next couple
of days, better news, particularly where we have had the flooding across central and southern england, things are turning drier and milder through the final few days of 2019. this evening, still some patchy rain lingering for the south—west of england and south wales for a time but, for most of us, a spell of dry weather before the next area of wet and windy weather moves in across northern ireland and western scotland first thing tomorrow. milderfrom the west, temperatures around 11 overnight for parts of devon and cornwall. still chilly in the east but a frost free start for most of us. things turn milder through friday as a warm front pushes eastwards across the uk, which will introduce south—westerly winds, bringing mild air through the day on friday and that will be staying with us over the next few days. quite a cloudy day for most places on friday, patchy rain at times for northern ireland and northern england and particularly for scotland, where it will also be breezy in the far north—west but, for much of england and wales, a drier day, still quite cloudy,
a bit of sunshine perhaps across eastern parts through the day. temperatures between seven and 12, above average for the time of year and things will continue to turn warmer into the weekend as high pressure starts to dominate our weather. still some weather fronts not far away, mainly towards the north—west. saturday, a dry day for most places, there will be some rain for northern and western scotland, quite a bit of cloud but some brightness breaking through, particularly anywhere to the north—east of higher ground, north—east england, north wales. temperatures in double figures across the board. by the time we get to sunday, spot the difference, still a bit of rain for the north—west of scotland but largely dry elsewhere. a bit more sunshine by sunday afternoon so brightness breaking through, lifting temperatures up to 1a or so for the warmest spots. above average for this time of the year. it remains largely dry and settled through to the end of 2019, some rain to come towards the north—west. bye for now.
hello, this is bbc news — with ben brown. the headlines: spanish police have named the three british holiday—makers who died in a swimming pool hello, this is bbc news — with ben brwn. who died in a swimming pool on christmas eve. gabriel diya and his two children drowned at a hotel on the costa del sol. a powerful typhoon tears through parts of the philippines — killing at least 16 people and leaving thousands homeless. firefighters continue to tackle out—of—control bushfires in australia — with a warning that more record—breaking temperatures could be on the way. israel's prime minister, benjamin netanyahu, faces a political fight — as his likud party decides who will lead them into the country's third general election in a year. what's occuring — more than 11 million people tuned in for the return of gavin and stacey, making it the most