Archive for December, 2011

Word From the Streets – w/c 12th December 2011 – AND FINALLY…

An impromptu Sports Woman of the Year Award has been launched by William Hill after no woman made the shortlist for the 2011 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. The public can vote online or at any of the 2350 William Hill shops. The shortlist is as follows: Rebecca Adlington, who won a gold and silver medal at the World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai; Charlotte Edwards, Captain of the all conquering England Women’s Cricket Team; Jessica Ennis, UK No. 1 Heptathlete, won silver at World Championships; Tamsin Greenway, captain of the Surrey Storm, bronze medal winner at the netball More >

Word From the Streets – w/c 12th December 2011 – QUOTES

“I can’t believe it: a Prime Minister who is prepared to tackle the hidden problem of child abuse and neglect. But I’m sorry that it took the summer riots to wake the nation up to the price we must pay when some 1.5million children are being maltreated in Britain every year………You can’t save troubled families on the cheap.”

-       Camilla Batmanghelidjh, founder of charity Kids Company, on government plans to troubled help families

“We’ve been alarmed at the plight of young people: nothing for them to do, nowhere to go and now, no jobs.”

-       Rupert Simmons, councillor, on the plight of young More >

Word From the Streets – w/c 12th December 2011 – INTERNATIONALLY

A 23-year-old star athlete is being mourned as the last solider to die in combat for the US army in Iraq. Specialist David Hickman, from North Carolina, was a star high school athlete and had recently married, he was killed by a roadside bomb in Taji on the northern edge of Baghdad on 14th November. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Colonel John McManus, said: “You are thinking, ‘Now a 23-year-old is dead and has a wife’. It’s surreal when you are actually involved in it.” The US army has now left the Iraq, let’s see where More >

Word From the Streets – w/c 12th December 2011 – NATIONALLY

The British Olympic Association may not attend the prestigious BBC Sports Personality of the Year award show in protest at the all male shortlist. The show is due to be filmed at Salford Quays Media City next week and is the last one before next year’s London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games. The BOA chief executive, Andy Hunt, wrote on Twitter it was “nuts that SPOTY have none of our outstanding women’s world champions of 2011 on the nominations list. How can you have got this so wrong in not recognising the extraordinary achievements of women in sport!” A BOA More >

Word From the Streets – w/c 12th December 2011 – REGIONALLY

A Toy Appeal in Liverpool has won the support of bakers Greggs, who are handing out free sausage rolls or mince pies to people who donate a gift for this year’s appeal. They join the ECHO appeal along with Liverpool Unites children’s charity, Lions Club and BBC Radio Merseyside. Greggs regional operations manager, Moira O’Boyle, said: “This is a great cause which both our shop teams and our customers are always pleased to support.”

An 11-year-old boy was left fighting for his life after being hit by a car in St Helens. A blue BMW also struck an 11-year-old girl, both More >

Word From the Streets – w/c 12th December 2011 – LOCALLY

Construction on the new City of Salford Stadium has been finished and the venue has now been handed over to the company responsible for managing the facility. The £26m 12,000-capacity stadium will managed by Salford City Council (SCC) and Peel Holdings through a joint venture company. The first match to be played at the stadium will be a friendly match between Salford City Reds versus Leigh Centurions on Saturday 7th January. Peter Hosker, who is chair of the Joint Venture and Peel Group director of legal and corporate affairs, said: “[The stadium] will be an excellent community facility as well More >

Word From the Streets – w/c 12th December 2011

As we approach Christmas and the end of 2011, we review all the year has had or not had to offer. A youth rebellion began in London and gradually spread across the globe only to come right back to our doorstep here in the UK with the riots of the summer – the youth do have a voice and the government must now step up and listen…

Word From the Streets – w/c 5th December 2011 – AND FINALLY…

TV presenter Matthew Wright caused uproar after ‘joking about the murder of a teenager. Wright announced the murder of Liam Aitchison, 16, who was killed on the Isle of Lewis, using an imitation of TV detective Taggart, saying: “There has been a murder.” Liam’s father, Norman, wrote on the The Wright Stuff’s website: “Would your panel members be making a joke of this if it was one of their own children?”

Word From the Streets – w/c 5th December 2011 – QUOTES

“The kids going around with guns are getting younger every day.”

-       Juana, resident from Marino Acapulco, Mexico.

“I see more bad people every day and I don’t trust anyone anymore.”

-       Marley, resident from a poor Bario on the road to Mexico City.

“It hurts and I’m still hurting. I can only say I’m sorry for all those people affected.”

-       Sepp Blatter, FIFA president, still saying sorry for his previous comments on racism in soccer.

“We need new ideas to help raise standard of education.”

-       Andrew Grimes, MEN columnist, for the MEN.

“Richards must remember his brain.”

-       Roberto Mancini, Man City manager, offering advice to More >

Word From the Streets – w/c 5th December 2011 – INTERNATIONALLY

The Beyond Sport Summit and Awards ceremony has been held in Cape Town, South Africa. The summit and awards is providing an opportunity for sport and development figures from around world to come together discuss their work and celebrate successful practice. World leaders such as: Tony Blair, the former prime minister of the UK; Olympic legend Michael Johnson; and Lord Paddy Ashdown, the chairman of UNICEF; played key roles in delivering the summit. Representatives from FIFA, the NBA, the NHL, NASCAR, the Australian Football League, the Qatar Foundation, SportAccord, PricewaterhouseCoopers, StubHub, Sony, Canterbury, Virgin Atlantic, Populous and other relevant organisations More >