World Snooker promoter Barry Hearn says players have made “amazing improvement” over 40 years of the top international competition. Over seventeen days, 32 players will compete for the coveted World Snooker title at Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre with Hearn predicting “a huge number of century breaks”. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
The snooker championship returns to the Crucible Theatre and celebrates the 40th year of World Snooker in Sheffield. World Snooker promoter Barry Hearn has vowed the tournament will remain in the city for at least a further 10 years. Mark Selby lifted the trophy last year and is favourite again this year. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Human rights campaigners in Sheffield observed international Human Rights Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Held annually on 10 December, this year’s Human Rights Day campaign calls on everyone to stand up for someone’s rights. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Musheir El- Fassa, chair of Sheffield Palestine Solidarity Group, and former Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.
Sheffield Wednesday’s Czech international Daniel Pudil has said that the Owls will be looking to continue their recent good form as they take on QPR at Hillsborough. Pudil was the Owl’s midweek goalscorer as they came from behind to share the points with Cardiff. Defender Pudil said he understands the increased expectation from Wednesday fans after their recent wins and success of last season.
Events and activities for Black History Month are being organised in Sheffield as part of an international celebration. The month recognises the contribution of Black and ethnic minorities in Britain to cultural, political, social and economic life. Black History Month has been celebrated in Sheffield since 1997 though its origins date back to the United States in the 1920s. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Vena Truscoft, director of SYAC.
Maxine Bowler spoke to Sheffield Live! about why she is part of Stand up to UKIP and why it is important to fight racism.