29/01/2017 Midlands Today


29/01/2017

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Now on BBC1 it's time for the news where you are.

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Good evening. for the news where you are.

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The MP for Stratford-on-Avon says he feels "demeaned and discriminated

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against" after learning he's banned from visiting the USA

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under Donald Trump's new immigration policy.

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Nadhim Zahawi, who was born in Iraq, has also expressed concerns

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about seeing his children who are studying at an American University.

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Satnam Rana reports.

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Spontaneous protests across America in reation

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to President Trump's executive order, which has halted all refugee

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admissions and barred people from seven Muslim Majority countries

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to enter America for 90 days.

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An order which has a direct impact on Stratford-on-Avon

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MP Nadhim Zahawi.

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Our two sons, our twins,

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are at Princeton University, so we do need to travel quite a bit.

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He's a British Citizen, born in Bhagdad.

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Under President Trump's order, he can no longer enter the US,

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which means he can't visit his twins who are studying there.

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On the Andrew Marr Show this morning he expressed his dismay.

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I don't think I have felt this discriminated against probably

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since little school when kids were very cruel, as a young boy

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coming from Iraq, of Kurdish origin.

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For the first time in my life last night I felt discriminated against.

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It's demeaning, it is sad.

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From an MP to a PHD student at Birmingham University.

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Raouf Abozariba is from Libya.

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He's been keeping track of the news on social media.

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How does it make you feel knowing that you can't go

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to America right now?

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I think everyone wants to have freedom or to have opportunity to go

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somewhere or to visit somewhere or to have the opportunity

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to work, to travel.

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It's always good but to have this freedom taken away

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from us, it's really bad.

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President Trump has defended the executive order,

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saying his country needs strong borders and extreme vetting.

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But that's little consolation for people like Raouf,

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who is facing uncertain times with the question what next?

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on his mind.

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Satnam Rana, BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham.

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Nine men have been arrested after hundreds of fans invaded

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the pitch during Coventry City's game against Northampton.

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The League One fixture was disrupted several times by fans

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yesterday afternoon.

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Police say six arrests were made when Sky Blues fans invaded

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the pitch and a further three when flares were let-off.

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Coventry lost the game 3-0.

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The police watchdog says it's investigating an officer who pulled

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over a Birmingham DJ in his Bentley and told him it was a fact that

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black men in gangster clothes commit crimes.

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27-year-old DMO Deejay was stopped near Leicester Square

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in London earlier this month.

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The whole incident was captured on a camera set up in the DJ's car.

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A swan that was shot with a crossbow in Cheltenham has "miraculously" not

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lost its eye and is up and walking.

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The bird, known as "George", was found with a bolt

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embedded in its head in Pittville Park on Tuesday.

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Despite fears it had lost its eye, staff at Vale Wildlife Hospital

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were amazed to see it was still there after the swelling went down.

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More than 30,000 people descended on Birmingham today to celebrate

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the start of the Chinese New Year.

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The event was funded entirely by money raised

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by the local community.

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And despite the wet weather, organisers say the celebrations

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were a huge success.

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Audrey Dias reports.

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The year of the Rooster starts off with a bang,

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Thousands gathered in Birmingham to mark the beginning

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of the Chinese New Year.

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The Chinese community encompasses a lot of different cultures as well.

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Although it's called Chinese New Year, it's not actually

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celebrated just in China, it is also celebrated

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in Singapore, Malaysia,

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Thailand, Vietnam.

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So, all over far East Asia.

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We count ourselves as one big happy family, coming altogether,

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doing a big festival.

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I think it's the perfect thing for a pick me up.

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SHE SINGS IN MANDARIN.

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People born under the sign of the Rooster are said to be

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hard-working but there are also said to be dreamers and flashy dressers.

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Well, they're's plenty of that on offer here today.

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More than 12,000 Chinese people live in the city and that's

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1% of the population.

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But they weren't celebrating alone. It's just really nice

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But they weren't celebrating alone.

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It's just really nice

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to the Birmingham as a place that is so multicultural

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and having a day that you can come out and celebrate.

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Everyone coming along together, that's what humanity is.

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It's important, isn't it, because we live in a big city

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and different cultures and we need to learn from each other.

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A tiger, a snake an oxen and a rat, so it was good fun, we enjoyed it.

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Packed with colour and atmosphere, it seemed the damp weather was no

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match for the high spirits of this truly diverse city.

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Audrey Dias, BBC Midlands Today, Birmingham.

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Nice to see the rain didn't stop people coming

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to enjoy the festivities.

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Is the wet weather likely to continue?

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Here's Alex Hamilton with the forecast.

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Good evening.

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Well, we've had a bit of everything today.

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We started off on a frosty note and then as these fronts

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came our way we have seen quite a bit of wet weather.

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But as we go through the course of the night,

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it will be noticeably milder.

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We start to get rid of that rain in the early hours but there will be

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some patches of mist and fog around here and there.

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Lows tonight of around six Celsius.

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Then as we look at tomorrow morning, we will have some brightness

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for a time once that mist and fog starts to lift and clear but then

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yet again we have got some more showery rain working its way

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across the region over the course of the day.

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Highs of around nine Celsius.

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I will leave you with the outlook.

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We have got some unsettled weather to come over the next few days

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but it will be turning noticeably milder with highs in double

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figures by the midweek.

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That's it for now.

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I'm back with the late bulletin at 10.20pm.

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Until then, enjoy the rest of your evening.

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