16/02/2018 Newsround


16/02/2018

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Hi, I'm Ayshah with your

final Newsround update

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this Friday afternoon.

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It's Chinese New Year!

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And one thing you might associate

with the celebrations is fireworks.

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But in cities around China,

they've been banned.

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Here's why.

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People around the world love

to beckon in the New Year

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with big firework displays,

and Chinese New Year

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is no different.

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But no, not this year I'm afraid.

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Instead, the Year of the Dog has got

off to a very quiet start.

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Fireworks have been banned

in China's capital city of Beijing,

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and in more than 400 other areas.

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It's because of concerns

about the way they pollute the air.

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Pollution levels are high in China,

and low air quality often causes

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a problem for the people

who live there.

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Pollution is especially bad in

the busy and populated capital city.

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The ban has made life difficult

for some firework sellers

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who haven't been able to make enough

money from sales.

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Some people who have been desperate

to see fireworks have been driven

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out of the city to areas

where they are being let off.

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TRANSLATION:

Ever since

I was little, I remember really

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looking forward to this time,

and tonight I suppose

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I didn't want to miss out.

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Then I read online that people

are allowed to sell them here,

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and I came from the city.

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I drove more than 30 kilometres.

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But despite the ban,

China is still determined

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to celebrate in style.

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Amazing light shows are taking place

in cities all around the country,

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lighting buildings and landmarks.

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So even though it's quieter

than usual, happy New Year for 2018,

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the Year of the Dog.

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Head online to find out

which Chinese Zodiac animal

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you are - I'm a Tiger.

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To the Winter Olympics next,

and great news from Pyeongchang.

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A first medal for Team GB!

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Dom Parsons scooped bronze

in the skeleton bob in the early

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hours of this morning.

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We caught up with him

soon afterwards.

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I feel like I'm in a bit

of a dream at the moment.

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It doesn't quite seem real yet.

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I couldn't believe it, really.

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I went from devastation to...

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It wasn't elation straightaway,

it was more trying to make sure it

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had actually happened,

and that I was in the

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bronze medal position.

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No, I haven't had time yet.

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I've caught up on WhatsApp

messages, but that's

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as far as I've got so far.

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I've had a message from my great

aunt and from my sister.

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Apparently my great aunt stayed up

to watch both the runs,

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so she's probably lacking

a bit of sleep.

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That's going to be something that

I'll definitely hang on to.

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Maybe the panel will go up

on a wall or something.

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I was about 20 years

old when I started skeleton.

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Pretty clueless about the whole

thing, to be honest.

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It was brutally cold

when we first arrived here.

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It was getting close

to -20 overnight.

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That's let up a little bit more

recently, so it's not quite as cold.

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But it can really bite

you, the cold here.

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Football next, and Scotland

have named Alex McLeish

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as their new manager.

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It's the second time

he'll take on the job.

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He signs a deal to manage

the national side until 2020.

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He replaces Gordon Strachan,

who left the job in October

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after Scotland did not qualify

for the World Cup.

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A team from Chester Zoo is trying

to save wild orangutans

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in the country of Borneo

in South-east Asia.

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They re doing it by repairing

bits of the forest that

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have been damaged.

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The BBC s Victoria Gill has

been finding out more.

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Zoo programmes like this

preserve small populations

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of Bornean orangutans.

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But in the wild, they're being

pushed rapidly towards extinction.

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Their rainforest home

continues to be cleared

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for agriculture and mining.

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Scientists estimate

the deforestation alone could wipe

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out another 45,000 orangutans

here in the next three decades.

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But this bridge building project

is a much-needed sign of hope.

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Where the forest is fragmented,

a team from Chester Zoo

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and the Malaysian charity Hutan

is physically reconnecting it

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with tough polyester straps.

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This remarkable footage captured

by a tourist is the project's

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first sign of success.

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To actually see them using them,

and see them moving more

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freely across this habitat

that is so fragmented,

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is a really positive sign.

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This is very much

a short-term solution.

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The long-term solution

is to reforest the area.

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Thanks for watching!

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Newsround's back in the morning.

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