Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 09, 2022

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Former One Direction star Zayn Malik writes to PM over free school meals -- BBC News (UK)

Ex-One Direction star says he relied on free school lunches as a child in Bradford; The charity estimates 800,000 children in England live in poverty but do not qualify for free meals

Outline: (what is this?) free school meals zayn malik

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ Marcus Rashford, ? Zayn, ? BBC

Zayn Malik urges Rishi Sunak to give free school meals to all children in poverty -- The Guardian

Bradford-born singer who relied on free school lunches urges PM to extend provision to all families on universal credit; Malik is urging people to write to their MPs on the issue as part of the campaign

Outline:  free school meals

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Zayn, ++ Twitter, ? Ukraine

BREAKING: Elon Musk says Twitter is the worst amid increasing criticism -- The Independent

Elon Musk has said that Twitter is the "worst" but also the "best" He has been tweeting heavily since he took over the company last week; Mr Musk has faced criticism and scandals in the time he has been owning the company

Outline:  twitter elon musk

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Twitter, ± Elon, ? Wesley Willis

Tesla recalls 40,000 cars over power-steering fault -- BBC News (UK)

Tesla says power-steering assist system may fail on rough roads or after hitting a pothole; National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it could require greater steering effort

Outline:  fault tesla

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Twitter, ? Tesla, ? ford

Trump and Elon Musk are dangerous narcissists tailored to 2022 America | Robert Reich -- The Guardian

David Frum: Musk and Trump represent the emergence of a particularly American personality in the early decades of the 21st century: the wildly disruptive narcissist; Both wield sledgehammers to protect their fragile egos, Frum says

Outline:  disruptive narcissist

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Robert Reich, ? Trump, ? Hollywood

The Crown: Will the Netflix show change perceptions of the monarchy? -- BBC News (UK)

Will The Crown make the young dislike the monarchy?

Outline:  royal family

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ The Crown, ± EU, ++ Netflix

Prince Andrew very depressed after King banned him from royal duties -- The Independent

Sources close to Andrew said he emerged from meeting ‘emotional and fraught’ as hopes to resume royal duties dashed; Andrew stepped back from royal duties in 2019 amid scrutiny of his relationship with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

Outline:  royal duties prince andrew

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? FBI, ? Prince Andrew, ? US

What we know so far about King Charles III's coronation -- BBC News (UK)

King Charles III's coronation will take place on Saturday 6 May 2023 at Westminster Abbey in London; The King will be crowned alongside Camilla, the Queen Consort

Outline:  coronation king charles iii

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? AbolishTheMonarchy, ? Charles Windsor, ? North Korea

Boy, 12, signs for Dundee Utd after fleeing war in Ukraine -- BBC News (UK)

Stanislav Drabych, known as Stas, left Ukraine with his family in March; The 12-year-old moved to Monifieth, Angus, where his new school quickly learned about his abilities

Outline:  dundee utd

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Ukraine, ? Dundee, ? EU

Bill Treacher: EastEnders star dies aged 92 -- BBC News (UK)

Actor Bill Treacher, who played Arthur Fowler in EastEnders, dies aged 92

Outline:  actor bill treacher

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Bill, ? BBC, ? Deaths In Three

Last of the Summer Wine star Tom Owen dies aged 73 -- BBC News (UK)

Tom Owen played Tom Simmonite, the long lost son of Compo; The nomadic character featured in the long-running BBC sitcom for 10 years

Outline:  summer wine actor tom owen

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Tom Owen, ? bitcoin, ? Lesley Phillips

Kitten found with no sex organs in veterinary first -- BBC News (UK)

Hope, a tabby-and-white kitten, was found with no internal or external sex organs; The 15-week-old kitten was originally thought to be a female cat when it was handed in

Outline:  female cat

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? LGBT, ? george

Londoners urged to prepare for more flooding by scientists -- BBC News (UK)

Met Office is warning Londoners to prepare for the risk of flooding as winter approaches; It follows a heatwave and flooding in the capital this summer, with temperatures above 40C recorded

Outline:  flooding

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± London, ? UK, ? China

Social housing tenants fear poverty as energy bills rise -- BBC News (UK)

Emmanuel Court in Clifton is on a heat network and residents do not have individual meters; Social care charity Brunelcare warns situation facing residents is the worst in recent history

Outline:  social housing tenants

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? USA, ? Brexiteer

COP27: 'We'd never seen this much water' - Pakistan flood survivors -- BBC News (UK)

More than 1,700 people died in the floods and two million homes were damaged or destroyed; Pakistan's government says the figure for losses and rebuilding now stands at more than $30bn

Outline:  pakistan flood survivors months

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Pakistan, ? Ukraine, ? US

D-Day veteran George Batts dies aged 97 -- BBC News (UK)

George Batts was an 18-year-old sapper when he landed on Gold Beach in June 1944; The British Normandy Memorial charity said Mr Batts's legacy would live on

Outline:  day veteran george batts

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? bitcoin, ? George

WW1 war memorial soldier snapped in half -- BBC News (UK)

The Silent Soldier was created for the 100th anniversary of World War One; Exeter City Council shared photographs of the broken metal figure outside Exeter's Guildhall

Outline:  memorial soldier

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Barclay Premier league, ? world war 2, ? First World War

Why young NHS workers are voting 'yes' to strike action -- BBC News (UK)

NHS nurses are expected to vote in favour of the biggest-ever strike action their profession has seen; Unions say nurses aren't paid enough as cost of living rises overtake wages

Outline:  action nhs nurses

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  + NHS, ? tik tok, ? UK

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