Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Feb 27, 2023

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'If I went on Question Time again, I'd shut Twitter down' -- BBC News (UK)

Comedian Rosie Jones, 32, has cerebral palsy and is touring for her first solo stand-up tour; Her Triple Threat tour will examine the idea of dealing with new fame and whether she actually deserves it

Outline: (what is this?) comedian rosie jones

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) - Twitter, ± Rosie, -- BBC

Woman with terminal cancer chooses party over funeral -- BBC News (UK)

Linda Williams, 76, from High Wycombe, was diagnosed with terminal cancer a year ago; She decided to throw a 1940s-themed party rather than have a funeral

Outline:  terminal cancer

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Germany, ? Dresden, ? BBC

Rosie Jones: 'If I went on Question Time again, I'd shut Twitter down' -- BBC News (UK)

Comedian Rosie Jones, 32, has cerebral palsy and is touring for her first solo stand-up tour; Her Triple Threat tour will examine the idea of dealing with new fame and whether she actually deserves it

Outline:  comedian rosie jones

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Russia, + NATO, ++ Twitter

Trans violent offenders banned from womens prisons in England and Wales -- The Guardian

Transgender women with male genitalia banned from womens prisons

Outline:  trans women offenders

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- E, -- Guardian, ± genitalia

Lincolnshire drivers warned of 368 tonne load moving at 15mph -- BBC News (UK)

250ft (76m) load is being moved from Caenby Corner in West Lindsey to Donington; Police are escorting the 17ft (5.3m) wide freight at 15mph (24km/h) on the A15, the A17 and the A52

Outline:  lincolnshire drivers

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Lincolnshire, -- Freennamdikanunow, ++ Brexit

Mass brawl outside Hampden ahead of League Cup final kick-off -- BBC News (UK)

Police Scotland launch investigation into mass disturbance outside Hampden; Alarm was raised at about 09:00 on Sunday, six hours before the match

Outline:  hampden park

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Celtic, ? Glasgow, ? Rangers

Sheffield illegal raves give city sleepless night -- BBC News (UK)

South Yorkshire Police said they believed two illegal raves were held in Ringinglow and Darnall; Angry residents said the noise had "kept half of Sheffield awake but nobody can find it to shut it down" One woman said: "Woke up at 3am to very loud music thumping, thought it was a neighbour

Outline:  illegal raves

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Sheffield, ? china, ? Gladiators

Lab leak most likely origin of Covid pandemic, says US -- The Telegraph

The study is in tune with the FBI which has also blamed a leak from a Chinese laboratory for the pandemic

Outline:  covid pandemic

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± China, - R, + US

Covid-19 likely came from lab leak, says news report citing US energy department -- The Guardian

Covid-19 likely emerged from laboratory leak, US energy department says

Outline:  china virus

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + US, ± China, ? COVID

The mission to save the biggest frog on earth -- BBC News (UK)

The goliath frog has been over-hunted for food and the pet trade in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea; The frog is now classified as endangered on the official extinction Red List

Outline:  largest living frog

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Cameroon, ? Fergal O’Brien

River Bollin investigation after fish killed in river pollution -- BBC News (UK)

Raw sewage, microplastics and slurry found in the River Bollin in Cheshire; The Environment Agency said it was not related to any of its operations

Outline:  river bollin pollution

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Bill Gates, ? England, ? Ohio

Body found in search for missing hillwalker in Glencoe -- BBC News (UK)

Kyle Sambrook, from West Yorkshire, arrived in the Highlands on 18 February; He had intended to walk and wild camp, accompanied by his beagle called Bane

Outline:  glencoe mountain rescue team

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Kyle Sambrook, ? Bane, ? Twitter

Amputee hikes to Mount Snowdon summit on crutches -- BBC News (UK)

Matt Edwards, 24, lost part of his left leg below the knee in 2018 when he came off his motorbike; He uses crutches as he cannot wear his prosthetic leg due to an abscess

Outline:  amputee

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Romania, ? Ukraine, ? Matt

Social housing bosses could need formal qualifications -- BBC News (UK)

Housing Secretary Michael Gove said people had been "inexcusably let down" Landlords would also have to investigate and fix damp within strict time limits; Would affect about 25,000 people who currently work in the roles

Outline:  social housing managers

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Michael Gove, ? RICS, ? NHBC

Liam Fox lobbied PM on behalf of trade group that pays him 1,000 an hour -- The Guardian

Former trade secretary is chairman of the Global Britain Commission; He is expected to receive £6,000 for six hours of work over the past six months

Outline:  global britain commission

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Labour, ? Ukraine, ? EU

Dilbert comic strip dropped by US media over creator's racist tirade -- BBC News (UK)

Scott Adams, who is white, said black Americans were part of a "hate group" and that white people should "get the hell away" from them; The Washington Post said Mr Adams' remarks promoted segregation

Outline:  dilbert cartoon strip

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ BBC, -- Scott, ? Europe

Cost of living: Leisure centre may drop pool temperature over cost -- BBC News (UK)

Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group in Staffordshire said its annual energy bill would set them back £300,000; The government said billions had already been spent on winter support

Outline:  community leisure centre

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Brexit, ? Net Zero, ? Brixit

Majority of drivers think aggressive cyclists are a threat to their safety -- The Telegraph

Survey also finds motorists would not support a law assuming drivers are always responsible for collisions with bikers or pedestrians

Outline:  aggressive cyclists

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Opposite Day

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