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Swiss college to open book of condolences for Hull man killed in Alps disaster

The Swiss college where Paul Bramley was studying has opened a book of condolences in his memory.

César Ritz College in Lucerne also says it will hold a minute's silence for Mr Bramley who was studying hospitality and hotel management.

It is with deep sadness that Swiss Education Group learned that Paul Bramley, a student of César Ritz Colleges Lucerne, was killed in the Flight 4U9525 Germanwings plane crash. The group’s Executive Board expresses its heartfelt sympathy and extends its condolences to his family and loved ones during this difficult time. César Ritz Colleges will be offering grief counselling support to Paul’s classmates and friends. A minute's silence in memory of Paul has been planned, as well as a book of condolences in which students and staff can express their emotions about this tragic loss.

– Swiss Education Group

'Grey to Green' project aims to transform Sheffield

Geoff Poyzer of NM Construction, Cllr Jayne Dunn, Cllr Leigh Bramall and Simon Ogden of Sheffield City Council

The first phase of a project to help regenerate the Riverside Business District and Castlegate area in Sheffield is about to get underway.

The scheme aims to enhance the environment and reduce the barriers between the Riverside Business District and Castlegate with the rest of the city centre and on to Kelham Island and Victoria Quays.

The 'Grey to Green' project will transform 1.3 kilometres of redundant road space, creating new public space with meadows, a sustainable drainage system and rain gardens. There will also be walking and cycling routes.

Parents call for junk food ads to be banned before 9pm

New statistics show the majority of parents in Yorkshire and the Humber believe stopping children being exposed to junk food adverts could cut childhood obesity.

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) polled 2000 UK parents and found 57% of parents in the Yorkshire region believe that stopping children being exposed to junk food adverts could help towards tackling the obesity crisis in children.

The charity is delivering a 30,000 strong petition to Downing Street calling on the government to ban the ads before 9pm.

Junk food companies are exploiting legal loopholes in the regulatory system, allowing them to continue bombarding children with junk food adverts. Over 30,000 people have backed our campaign to ban these adverts before the 9pm watershed. By protecting young people against the sophisticated marketing techniques of junk food advertisers we can help tackle the obesity crisis which threatens the heart health of future generations. We urge the UK Government to heed the public's clear call and take immediate action.

– Mike Hobday, Director of Policy at the British Heart Foundation

Schoolchildren transform tree into work of art

A group of schoolchildren from Sheffield have created a decorative bench from a tree which had to be chopped down because it was damaging pavements. The pupils at Anns Grove Primary School teamed up with chainsaw sculptor Lorraine Botterill to transform the trunk. It was part of Sheffield's Big Boulder Music and Arts Festival. The bench now sits in Heeley Park, where the festival took place, as a lasting memento of the tree and for local people to admire and enjoy.


Patients condemn 'whitewash' report into contaminated blood

Patients who contracted potentially fatal diseases from infected blood in the 70s and 80s have described as "a whitewash" the latest report into what happened. An inquiry, published in Scotland, admitted there could have been better screening for hepatitis C but said all that could reasonably have been done to identify HIV was done. The Prime Minister has apologised to those affected - but it's not enough according to one patient from our region who's been speaking to James Webster. His report contains flash photography.

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