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Sheffield Council admits China deal collapse

Sheffield City Council has confirmed a Chinese investment deal that it once described as the best investment deal outside London has now been scrapped. The Labour-run local authority announced the 60-year agreement with the Sichuan Guodong construction firm in 2016. Sheffield Liberal Democrats leader Penny Baker told Sheffield Live! she is not surprised that the deal collapsed. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Seniors world snooker set for the Crucible

The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker competition is set to come to Sheffield for the first time with snooker legends Stephen Hendry, Jimmy White and Joe Johnson among 20 players from 16 countries competing for the trophy. The competition will run for five days from 14 August. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Children’s Media Conference draws to a close

Sheffield’s international conference for children’s media brought over 1200 delegates to the city for three days of talks, screenings and exhibitions. The Children’s Media Conference brings together delegates from film, TV and interactive media involved in developing, producing and distributing content for kids. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to conference director Kathy Loizou.

Sheffield plan to recognised Palestinian statehood

Sheffield Council Deputy Leader Olivia Blake has said the city will bring forward a motion to recognise Palestine as an independent state. If passed, Sheffield could become the first UK city to recognise Palestinian statehood. The announcement followed the presentation by Palestinian solidarity campaigners of a petition with over 15000 signatures. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

City centre dance festival returns to the streets

Sheffield’s best known free annual dance festival, Chance to Dance, was staged across the city centre at the weekend. The Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Barker’s Pool, the Winter Garden and The Moor were filled with music, movement and joy as local dance groups took to the streets. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Marching band marks Armed Forces Day

Sheffield marked Armed Forces Day with performances at The Moor and Sheffield Cathedral by the Band of the Yorkshire Regiment. The concerts, at the invitation of the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, honour the contribution of current members of the armed forces and veterans of all ages. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Campaigners welcome release of Hamid Baygi

Migration rights campaigners have welcomed the release of Hamid Baygi, a Sheffield resident who was recently detained and threatened with deportation to his home country Iran. Hamid Baygi has lived in the UK for nearly 50 years but was detained three weeks ago by immigration officers after he visited the Immigration Service at Vulcan House. Baillor Jalloh spoke to Manuchehr of South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group.

Sheffield company launches children’s book club

A new Sheffield-based social enterprise aims to promote positive images of sub-Saharan Africa through a children’s book club, educational workshops, lectures, campaigns, festivals and the production of educational material. True Talk Africa launched in February and is encouraging children, including those of African heritage, to discover literature by African authors during their school holidays. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to founder Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh.