Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 21, 2023

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UFO-like cloud forms in Turkey -- BBC News (UK)

Outline: (what is this?) rare cloud formation

Tone: (what is this?) ++ v. positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ UFO, ± Turkey, ++ BBC

Light pollution causes huge reduction in stars that can be seen with naked eye -- BBC News (UK)

The number of stars that people can see with the naked eye has reduced dramatically over the last decade; The cause is "Skyglow" from artificial lighting - the brightness of that glow has increased every year since 2011

Outline:  light pollution

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ BBC, ? UK, ? Sherlock

Experience: I ate 40 rotisserie chickens in 40 days -- The Guardian

A rotisserie chicken is very evocative: with even just the word, you can smell it, taste it, feel the grease beneath your fingertips; I like that it’s a simple, mundane thing

Outline:  rotisserie chicken

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Philadelphia, ? Philly, ? UK

Archbishop will not use new prayer blessing for gay couples -- BBC News (UK)

Church of England wants to offer blessings to gay couples but would not allow priests to marry them; Justin Welby said he celebrates the change, but has a "responsibility for the whole communion" Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell said he will offer the prayers

Outline:  new prayers

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Bible, ++ I, ++ Christ

Whats it like to be gay and a priest? I feel like a second-class citizen in the Church of England | Charlie Bell -- The Guardian

The church made me answer prurient questions in order to be ordained – and if I were to enter a civil marriage, I’d essentially be sacked; If we enter into civil marriages with people of the same sex, we are essentially sacked too

Outline:  priests

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Bible, ? Little Narrow, ? England

'Patients save up problems for a GP appointment' -- BBC News (UK)

Surgery in Moulton, near Northampton, has more than 12,700 patients on its books; Practice manager Wendy Ward says demand for book-on-the-day appointments has increased

Outline:  patients appointments

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - NHS, ? UK, ? GPs

Sajid Javid calls for patients to pay for GP and A&E visits -- The Guardian

Former health secretary says 'contributionory principle' should be part of radical reforms; Rishi Sunak set out plans to issue fines to patients who miss GP appointments

Outline:  nhs ration

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? NHS, ? America, ? Torypoliticiams

Man has 100-mile round trip for dentist appointment -- BBC News (UK)

Dafydd Williams has lived in Newtown, Powys, for 20 years but his dentist is in Telford, Shropshire; Powys was one of 10 councils the BBC found last year did not have any dentists taking NHS patients

Outline:  nhs dentist

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + NHS, - Wales, ? England

Be wary of lone policemen, warns London head teacher -- BBC News (UK)

Fionnuala Kennedy, head of Wimbledon High School, made the comments in a blog post; She said she was "breathless with anger" about the failure of Met Police to protect women

Outline:  london head teacher

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? UK, ? London

Student denies charges over eggs thrown at King Charles -- BBC News (UK)

Patrick Thelwell, 23, denies using threatening or abusive words or behaviour; The University of York student is due to stand trial on 14 April at York Magistrates' Court

Outline:  york magistrates

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? America, ? Fred, ? Twit

Ban for head teacher who made breast comments -- BBC News (UK)

Paul Scott, 54, took charge of Arboretum Primary School in Derby in 2016; He was suspended in 2019 when concerns were raised by staff at the school

Outline:  breast comments

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Romania, ? Ukraine

Romanian teens explain how Andrew Tate approached them on social media -- BBC News (UK)

Andrew Tate and his brother Tristan are accused of approaching girls on social media; Two girls have spoken out to the BBC about how they say they received messages from Andrew Tate

Outline:  romanian girl

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- BBC, - Tate, - Romania

King and Queen Consort meet Gareth Southgate in Manchester -- BBC News (UK)

King Charles visits Kellogg's Corn Flakes factory

Outline:  manchester king charles

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Gareth Southgate, ? Marcus Rashford, ? IRGCterrorists

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Saturday's Mail: "Labour's woman problem"

Outline:  kyiv leopard tanks

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- BBC, -- IRGCterrorists, -- NHS

US to designate Russias Wagner Group as transnational criminal organization -- The Guardian

US will apply designation in the coming days, says national security council spokesman, John Kirby, imposing new sanctions on the group; The Treasury will apply the new designation, putting it in the same category as Italian mafia groups and Japanese and Russian organized crime

Outline:  russias wagner group

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? russia, ? CIA, ? Yul Brynner

Olaf Scholz won't release the Leopards - here's why -- The Telegraph

After breaking away from decades of cosy relationships with Moscow, Germany is reluctant to unilaterally escalate for the war in Ukraine

Outline:  german tanks

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Germany, ± Ukraine, ? Lithuania

Stagecoach co-founder Dame Ann Gloag charged with human trafficking offences -- BBC News (UK)

Stagecoach co-founder Dame Ann Gloag has been charged with human trafficking offences; Her husband David McCleary and two other members of their family have also been charged

Outline:  stagecoach co - founder dame ann gloag

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? Gloag, ? Prince Andrew

Driverless bus takes passengers across Scotland's Forth Road Bridge in UK first -- BBC News (UK)

Volunteers were taken on an autonomous Stagecoach single-decker over the Forth Road Bridge; The trial was part of a project to have five self-driving buses run on a route between Edinburgh and Fife

Outline:  driverless bus

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? IRGCterrorists, ? AI, ? Bill Gates

Letter from Somerset arrives in Northumberland almost 30 years later -- BBC News (UK)

Letter arrives three decades after being posted

Outline:  royal mail

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Royal Mail, ? Somerset, ? NATO

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