Author Archives: Greg Burak

Children’s Food Trust says ‘Childhood Obesity Strategy’ should go further

Sheffield-based Children’s Food Trust has given a mixed reception to the government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy. It is over a year since the Government introduced the idea of a strategy for tackling obesity from a young age. The plan was described as a game changer that would clamp down on the use of sugar in the products of food and beverage companies. A year later and the published strategy has received a critical reception.

Sheffield Live! reporter Shamaan Freeman-Powell spoke to Children’s Food Trust.

Yorkshire Ripper set for prison transfer

Peter Sutcliffe, known as the Yorkshire Ripper, could be moved to a top security prison within weeks following a mental health tribunal ruling. Sutcliffe has recently been linked again to an attack at Silsden four decades ago and may face further charges. The 70-year-old Bradford serial killer, convicted in 1991 for committed murders across the country including in Sheffield, is set to move out of Broadmoor top security psychiatric hospital and back into jail after a mental health tribunal ruled he was sane enough to do so. The move has to be ratified by the Ministry of Justice, which has confirmed the tribunal’s decision. Sheffield Live! reporter Shamaan Freeman-Powell spoke to crime historian, Richard Cobb.

Campaigners say no to new strip club

Plans for a new lap dancing club in Sheffield’s city centre are facing growing opposition. Scores of people have sent messages opposing Rockwave Leisure’s plans to open a lap dancing venue on Suffolk Road. The proposed club, to be called ‘Villa Mercedes’, would be situated next door to the Leadmill music venue. One hundred and eighty objections to a licensing request are reported to have been sent to Sheffield Council with only one comment in favour of the club. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Councillor Douglas Johnson about the campaign.

Arts Council England celebrate 70 year’s of arts and culture

Created out of the ‘Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts’ 1940, the ‘Arts Council England’ aimed to support Britain’s culture as part of the war effort. Now, seventy years on, Sheffield Live wanted to find out how the ‘Arts Council England’ helps Sheffield and whether the ‘Brexit’ vote after the EU referendum may change this. Here’s what Senior Manager Pete Massey had to say.

Stars of the future cheers on our Jess!

As Jessica Ennis Hill began the defence of her heptathlon title, dozens of young Sheffield athletes cheered on her at the English Institute of Sport right here in Sheffield. The EIS is one of Jess’ main training venues where she has been putting in the hard hours with her coach Tony Minchello. David Bly is the Dry Sports Manager at EIS and he explained why Jess is such a favourite of these youngsters.

South Yorkshire 999 Life Team

A new team has been set up by the fire authority & the NHS. The aim of the pilot project is to take the pressure off from emergency services. Allowing the lesser priority incidents be taken on board by the new team. Azz Mohammed spoke to the chief of South Yorkshire fire and rescue Martin Blunden to find out more.

It is one year to go before the Special Olympics kicks off in Sheffield

There’s one year to go today before Sheffield host next year’s Special Olympics National Games – which are held every four years. It’s the biggest disability sporting event in the country in 2017, with 2,600 athletes with learning disabilities from across England, Scotland and Wales taking part in 20 different sports. These Games are a chance to make a huge difference to the lives of many inspiring athletes with learning disabilities.

‘The Big Ride’ for Palestine

Cyclist from Sheffield, London, Bristol and Edinburgh have been taking part in the big ride for Palestine. Riders from our city left on Saturday and arrived at Elbit factory in Shenstone on Monday afternoon where they protested against the manufacturing of drones which they claimed are sent to Israel and are use against civilians. ‘The Big Ride’ is an initiative by supporters of the Palestinian people which combines a love of cycling with practical solidarity and awareness raising, especially around the plight of children in Gaza. Musheir Elfara is the chair for the Sheffield Palestine solidarity.

Sheffield golf fans cheer on Danny for Rio glory

Masters Champion Danny Willett will be aiming for gold this Summer as he makes the long trip to Rio. Whilst the Top 4 golfers in the World have all pulled out of the Olympics including Rory Mcllroy, Sheffield born Danny is now in prime position to capitalise. Andy Carnall the Golf General Manager from Sheffield International Venues certainly fancies his chances.

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