Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, has warned Covid-19 cases may continue to rise as second wave takes hold. On Monday the Prime Minister announced a new three-tier system of ‘Medium’, ‘High’ and ‘Very High’ Covid risk with Sheffield in the High category.
Over 70 human rights activists mounted a protest outside Vulcan House as part of the Justice For Simba campaign. The protest was part of the “Solidarity Knows No Borders” days of action to end what they describe as the government’s hostile environment towards asylum seekers. Earlier this year Simba Mujakachi was charged nearly £100,000 to receive life saving surgery. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Sheffield resident and university professor Laura Serrant OBE has been recognised as one of the most influential health figures in the country in the BAME50 list published by Health Service Journal. Serrant, who graduated from Sheffield Hallam University is currently Head of the School of Nursing at Manchester Metropolitan University and was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to health policy. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Dozens of Sheffield Iraqi residents gathered at Vulcan House on Monday to protest the Home Office requirement for Iraqi visitors to be tested for tuberculosis as a condition of travelling to the UK. According to Hemin Qadir, one of the protesters, there is currently no functioning tuberculosis test centre in Iraq and so the condition imposed requires families to travel to neighbouring countries to access testing. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
As part of Black History Month, events are taking place across the UK to celebrate the contributions of Black people 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. Artist and activist Tchiyiwe Chihana spoke to Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh about what Black History Month means to her.
Crookes Social Club are appealing to customers to return to help the business survive with bosses saying the club is on the brink of shutting down. Speaking to Sheffield Live! general manager and secretary of the club Maurice Champeau said the new 10pm closing time has affected the business severely. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Sheffield Hallam University student Avumile Sibanda told Sheffield Live! that the move to online lessons means students are not getting value for money and tuition fees should be reduced to reflect this. Baillor Jalloh reports.
A bird crime report has revealed 85 confirmed incidents of bird of prey persecution in the UK in 2019 including shooting, trapping and poisoning, with Yorkshire ranking as one of the worst affected regions. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds claim the law has failed birds of prey and is calling for urgent government action to end bird of prey killing and ensure grouse shooting operates legally and sustainably. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to RSPB assistant investigations officer Thomas Grose.
Sheffield Hallam University has moved most of its teaching online, student union president, Andrew Adegbola, has told Sheffield Live! Earlier this week the University of Sheffield suspended all face to face teaching in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19 among students and staff. Both universities have recorded nearly a thousand positive cases since the return of students two weeks ago. Baillor Jalloh reports.
Following the resignation of the Dean of Sheffield, members of the cathedral’s former choir group have said they hope for new dialogue. Peter Bradley resigned earlier this week 17 years after taking up the post and citing “tremendous pressure” seriously affecting his health. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Kate Caroe of the Steel City Choristers, which was set up after the cathedral’s choir was dissolved.