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Skateable street project unveiled in Castlegate

A new skateable street architecture project has been unveiled providing a place for street sports in the Castlegate area, part of the grey to green regeneration project. The multi-use blocks and rails on Exchange Street offer a destination for skateboarders, BMX’ers and scooters. The project has been in the planning for around four years with support from Sheffield Council and building works provided free of charge by construction company NMCN. The unveiling comes ahead of skateboarding making a debut at the Tokyo Summer 2021 games. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Neil Ellis, head of engagement for Skateboard England.

Support grows in pandemic for universal basic income

Sheffield’s UBI Lab has been at the forefront of a campaign for a universal basic income that has gained momentum in the face of financial distress for many resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. UBI is an unconditional payment available to all instead of a means tested benefits system and has the aim of ensuring that no one should face the risk of falling into destitution. A growing network of cities and countries are exploring the concept with pilots ready to launch subject to government approval. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Sam Gregory and Tchiyiwe Chihana from UBI Labs network.

Universities adjust for students’ return

As tens of thousands of students return to universities this week and next, strict measures have been taken to minimise the spread of the coronavirus in city campuses. Thousands of students returning to colleges and universities will find their educational and social experience very different to previous years. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Dr Peter O’Brien, executive director for Universities in Yorkshire and Andrew Adegbola, Sheffield Hallam Student Union president.

Sheffield man shares story of asylum seeker struggle

A Sheffield-based asylum seeker and community volunteer has published a first hand account of a decade of struggle to gain refugee status. The ebook “Detention, destitution and deliberations” is a collection of short stories by Victor Mujakachi about the UK asylum system. Mujakachi, who faced political persecution in Zimbabwe, tells of his detention at Morton Hall immigration removal centre and his release following a successful campaign. Bailor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Covid cases spike in Sharrow and Broomhall

There has been a rise in Covid-19 cases in Sheffield in the last week with significant spikes in Sharrow and Broomhall. Schools have also seen new Covid-19 cases with Meersbrook Primary School being the most recent to send children home. Greg Fell, Sheffield’s Director of Public Health told Sheffield Live the increases relate mainly to younger people aged 20 to 25 and may be due to students returning to Sheffield early. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Cafe owner welcomes end to government eat out scheme

A London Road cafe owner has said she is pleased the government’s eat out to help out scheme has ended as too many customers abused the offer by bringing takeaway boxes and ordering more than they need. Asia Javed, owner of Desi Cafe on London Road told Sheffield Live! they had welcomed the scheme initially but found it put a lot of pressure on staff and regular customers. The government scheme gave diners 50 percent off up to £10 and was praised by others as a success. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield dentist to swim the Channel for charity

Sheffield dentist, Jim Lafferty, is preparing to swim the English Channel to raise funds for the dental charity DentAid which helps those in the UK and overseas who cannot afford dental treatment. Jim, who lives in Nether Edge and works at Orgreave Dental Surgery hopes to cross from Dover to Calais in around 12 hours and aims to raise at least £5,000. The marathon swim is planned between 9th and 15th September depending on weather conditions. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield mum’s campaign against forced return to school

A Sheffield woman’s petition campaign to let parents decide on safe return to schools has racked up over 100,000 signatures. Jennifer Dunstan launched her “Don’t Fine Parents” petition on social media and plans to take legal action against forced return to schools amid the coronavirus pandemic. Jennifer’s son attends a Special Needs School and she herself suffers from an auto-immune disorder. She spoke to Sheffield Live! about her concerns for care of her son in case she catches the virus. Azz Mohammed reports.