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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 12, 2022

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Pokemon's Ash Ketchum wins its World Championship -- BBC News (UK)

The anime has followed Ash Ketchum in his quest to become a Pokemon Master since 1997; Fans have expressed their delight at the character becoming the strongest trainer in the world

Outline: (what is this?) pokemon anime series

Tone: (what is this?) ++ v. positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ BBC, ++ Pokemon, ++ Ash

Rapper who protested over death of Mahsa Amini faces execution in Iran -- The Guardian

UN calls for international action as regime announces public trials for protesters and Iranian lawmakers seek harsh punishment; Human rights organisations warn that the regime may unleash a bloody campaign of revenge in an attempt to quash continuing protests

Outline:  iranian authorities

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  + Iran, - MahsaAmini, - US


World Cup: Ministers urged to warn LGBT+ fans about Qatar risks -- BBC News (UK)

UK government urged to warn LGBT+ fans about risks of attending World Cup in Qatar

Outline:  qatar risks uk government

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Qatar, ? Lewis Hamilton, ? Rome


Watch Jamie Carragher pick his 2022 World Cup winner with our predictor tool -- The Telegraph

Can England finally end 56 years of hurt at the 2022 World Cup Qatar, or will it be further heartbreak for Gareth Southgate's side? In the countdown to the tournament, picks his 2022 World Cup winner with our predictor tool

Outline:  gareth southgate

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? England, ? Argentina, ? France

Why is the UK struggling more than any other big country? -- BBC News (UK)

Bank of England and others anticipate that this is the first of a run of several quarters marking the start of a lengthy recession; The official rationale is that the UK is being buffeted both by the European energy shock arising from Russia's invasion of Ukraine

Outline:  uk economy

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Brexit, -- UK, ± BBC

Kate Winslet covers mum's 17,000 energy bill -- BBC News (UK)

Kate Winslet donates 17,000 to mother facing sky-high energy bill to operate daughter's life support

Outline:  energy bill kate winslet

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Kate, ? England, ? Cayman Islands


Desperate NHS pays up to 2,500 for nursing shifts -- BBC News (UK)

Spending on agency staff rose by 20% last year to hit £3bn in England, BBC finds; NHS bosses are paying premium rates for agency staff to fill gaps in rotas

Outline:  nursing shifts nhs bosses

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - NHS, - BBC, - Tory


Rishi Sunak says nurses pay demands not affordable -- The Independent

Prime Minister said he shared the public’s ‘respect and gratitude’ for nurses; He said he was pleased the health secretary was meeting unions to resolve the issue

Outline:  affordable chancellor jeremy hunt

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ NHS, ++ Sunak, ? Ukraine

Armistice Day: UK holds two-minute silence -- BBC News (UK)

UK marks Armistice Day with a two-minute silence to remember the war dead

Outline:  armistice day

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? World War 1, ? SBLC, ? BrexitDisaster


I told Liz Truss she was going too fast, says former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng -- BBC News (UK)

Former chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng says he warned Liz Truss she was going too fast after mini-budget; Labour's Rachel Reeves says it is "disgraceful" that he has the cheek to do this interview

Outline:  political correspondent liz truss

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Truss, ++ Kwasi, ± Tory


Labour vows to lift ban on onshore wind -- BBC News (UK)

Rishi Sunak scrapped move to relax planning rules to allow more onshore wind farms

Outline:  new onshore wind farms

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  - UK, ? California, ? Bitcoin

Why is the weather so warm this November? -- BBC News (UK)

UK temperatures are "exceptionally mild" for the time of year, with Scotland and Northern Ireland having the warmest November night on record; A powerful jet stream is bringing warm air up from the Tropics and that milder air is spreading north to the UK

Outline:  high november temperatures

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Brexit, ? UK, ? Covid


Why smart thermostats don't always save you money -- BBC News (UK)

Dominic McCann hacked his smart thermostat to track what his boiler was doing every minute of the day; He plotted graphs that charted boiler activity against the changing temperature of a particular room

Outline:  beneficial smart thermostats

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? China, ? Japan, ? Israel

Louis Tomlinson: Faith in the Future review ex-One Direction star gets lost in a sea of influences -- The Guardian

Louis Tomlinson has always felt like the scrappiest member of One Direction; He juggled genres, trying everything from EDM to guitar-led Oasis cosplay

Outline:  mimicry louis tomlinson

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Louis, ? twitter, ? Harry


Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan: I dont want my kids growing up with a has-been father -- The Guardian

The rock singer talks about getting his band back on track and how he learned to stop playing the villain in interviews; Corgan recently got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Chloe Mendel

Outline:  pumpkins billy corgan

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Billy Corgan, ? Bitcoin, ? Crypto


Beatles superfan finds John Lennons face in a pint of beer -- Metro

Excuse me, we think there's a Beatle in our beer... This superfan has been treated to a birthday surprise by none other than John Lennon after the singer was seemingly reincarnated in a pint

Outline:  beatles superfan

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? John Lennon, ? Michael Myers, ? Jim Morrison

Priti Patel withheld some documents from Novichok public inquiry -- BBC News (UK)

Priti Patel signed restriction notice on 27 July "without consultation", pre-inquiry review told; It prevented disclosure of "a small set of documents" in an "exceptional measure", it was told

Outline:  public inquiry priti patel

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Boris Johnson, ? UK, ? Priti Patel


The former health secretary cleared the air with his fellow campmates on Friday's episode -- ITV News

Outline:  former health secretary

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Johnson, ? covid, ? Hancock

Wales man dies after being found with genitals severed -- BBC News (UK)

Reginald Roach, 63, was found with his genitals severed in Bangor, Gwynedd; North Wales Police said it was not looking for anyone else and there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death

Outline:  reginald alan roach

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Wales, ? Reginald Roach, ? Welsh

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