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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Jan 17, 2023

It's Tuesday! Things are happening. Let's take a step back, pop out of the old echo chamber, and see what's going on!

Energy boss warns higher bills are here to stay -- BBC News (UK)

Anders Opedal said he does not expect gas and electricity bills to return to the levels they were before Covid; Equinor is one of Europe's biggest energy companies, with operations in 36 countries including the UK

Outline: (what is this?) norwegian energy

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) + UK, ++ BBC, ++ covid


Britishvolt hopes for last-minute bid to stave off collapse -- BBC News (UK)

Fears rise over future of British battery giant

Outline:  british battery giant

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Twitter, ? Tories, ? Tory


M&S to create 3,400 jobs as it opens new shops -- BBC News (UK)

Seven of the eight shops will be relocations, of which five will be at former sites of Debenhams; New Simply Food outlets will be opened in towns including Stockport, Barnsley and Largs

Outline:  m&s

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Covid, ? Brexit

Cost of living: The young people saving money by going sober -- BBC News (UK)

Going sober to ease the cost of living

Outline:  student loan

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ BBC, ± NHS, ? London


University students say cost of living crisis increasing stress -- BBC News (UK)

Welsh government announces £2.3m of funding for mental health and wellbeing services; Funding intended to improve and promote money advice services in higher education

Outline:  student finance

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? London, ? Onlyfans, ? China


What do I do if I can't afford to pay my debts? -- BBC News (UK)

Citizens Advice says that you should work out how much you owe, who to, and how much to pay each month; Identify your most urgent debts, such as energy and council tax

Outline:  debt advice

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Bitcoin, ? Zahawi, ? Windsor

Italian star Gina Lollobrigida dies aged 95 -- The Guardian

Lollobrigida's performance in Beat the Devil opposite Humphrey Bogart brought her international fame; Howard Hughes invited her to Hollywood for a screen test where he repeatedly tried to seduce her

Outline:  italian star gina lollobrigida

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Gina, ? WW2, ? Never So Few


Richard E Grant and Alison Hammond to host Bafta film awards -- BBC News (UK)

The Withnail and I star follows in the footsteps of Stephen Fry, Graham Norton and Rebel Wilson

Outline:  bafta film awards

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ± Alison Hammond, ? BBC, ? BAFTAs

Loud quitting: the very high-risk way to negotiate a raise -- The Guardian

Loud quitting is the latest employment buzzword and it means – get this – quitting loudly; You don’t loud quit because you want to keep your job

Outline:  loud quitting

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Bitcoin

Elite Metropolitan police officer David Carrick revealed as serial rapist -- The Guardian

David Carrick, 48, carried out 85 serious offences over 17 years, despite force being told repeatedly of allegations; He pleaded guilty to 49 charges at Southwark crown court, bringing total of 49 charges to 49

Outline:  elite metropolitan police officer david carrick

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? David Carrick Christian, ? CPS, ? UK

Council plans to switch off street lights in new budget to save costs -- BBC News (UK)

Currently alternate LED lights in half of the city are off from midnight until 6am; It comes as it consults on a draft budget, including a council tax rise of 9.5

Outline:  more street lights

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Newport, -- Zahawi, ? Essex


New plans to widen police powers for disruptive protests -- BBC News (UK)

Downing Street says the proposals will help officers clamp down on "disruptive minority" Rights group Liberty says it is an attack on the right to protest; The Public Order Bill is currently being scrutinised by the House of Lords

Outline:  disruptive protests police

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- UK, ? Sunak, ++ Tory

Hereford nurse who split hazmat suit loses seven stone -- BBC News (UK)

Sarah Wynter, 40, from Hereford, used to weigh more than 17 stone (108kg) The mother-of-two said splitting open a hazmat suit as she bent down to care for a patient was the turning point to losing seven stone (44kg) She said she made a joke of the moment with colleagues but "inside I was really humi...

Outline:  hereford nurse

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ BBC News, ? Twitter, ? Nadhim Zahawi


Man trampled to death by cows in lunch-hour walk, inquest hears -- BBC News (UK)

Michael Holmes, 57, was fatally crushed by a herd of cows in a field in West Yorkshire; His wife Teresa suffered a spinal cord injury and fractured ribs following the incident

Outline:  mrs holmes

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? crypto, ? Bovine

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Tuesday's Telegraph: "'We have failed. He should not have been an officer'"

Outline:  dak prescott

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Zahawi, ? UK

Woman pregnant at 42 reveals how she's tackling critical comments -- BBC News (UK)

When Lucy Baker announced she was pregnant aged 42, she says she experienced negativity; She says a midwife wrote the words "older mum" on her maternity notes

Outline:  advanced maternal age

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? UK, ? USA, ? BBC


Rupert Murdoch spotted in Barbados with new girlfriend Ann-Lesley Smith -- The Independent

New relationship comes months after media mogul’s abrupt divorce from Jerry Hall; The 91-year-old was pictured holidaying on a beach in Barbados with Smith, 66

Outline:  rupert murdoch finalise divorce media baron rupert murdoch

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Rupert Murdock, ? Ann Lesley

Ukraine: Military hardware donations weaken Army - UK chief -- BBC News (UK)

Challenger 2 tanks donation to Ukraine weakens British Army, says UK chief

Outline:  tanks donation

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Ukraine, ? USA, ? US


Russia-Ukraine war at a glance: what we know on day 327 of the invasion -- The Guardian

Russia and Belarus begin joint air force drills which Ukrainian officials say will increase number of air alerts; Death toll from weekend Russian missile attack on Dnipro rises to 40

Outline:  russian missile attack

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- UK, ? Putin, ? Russia

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