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News for May 26, 2023

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Watch: Chelsea Flower Show visitor hoses down Just Stop Oil activists -- The Telegraph

Do you recognise this woman? A Chelsea Flower Show visitor hosed down three Just Stop Oil protesters after orange powder was thrown over an award-winning garden today. Let us know below

Outline: (what is this?) chelsea flower show visitor

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ± Karen, ++ Camilla, ++ Heroine

Chelsea Flower Show: Just Stop Oil protesters arrested -- BBC News (UK)

Just Stop Oil activists arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage at Chelsea Flower Show, Met Police say

Outline:  chelsea flower show

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- BBC, ? UK, ? China

Police Scotland chief says force is institutionally racist -- BBC News (UK)

Sir Iain Livingstone said prejudice and bad behaviour within the force was "rightly of great concern" He also said acknowledging the issues exist was vital for real change to happen

Outline:  police scotland chief

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Scotland, -- UK, ? Glasgow

Racist graffiti defaces Birmingham black history sculpture -- BBC News (UK)

Sculpture was unveiled earlier this month at the Soho Loop Canal in Winson Green, Birmingham; It represents "the wealth" of black British history dating back from Roman era to modern day

Outline:  black history sculpture

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- BBC, ++ Churchill, ? Birmingham

Moment car crashes into Downing Street gates -- BBC News (UK)

Watch the moment a car crosses Whitehall and hits Downing Street gates

Outline:  car crosses whitehall

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Downing Street, ++ Braverman, ++ Boris

Man arrested after car crashes into Downing Street gates -- BBC News (UK)

"When you have any kind of incident like this, the police will always take it immensely seriously" Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper pays tributes to officers following the arrest of a man after a car crashed into the Downing Street gates

Outline:  downing street gates

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? BBCNews, ? twitter, ? Downing Street

A man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and dangerous driving after a vehicle was driven into the gates of Downing Street. Footage obtained by ITV News shows a man being led away by police -- ITV News

Outline:  dangerous driving

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Boris, ? s, ? The Slow and Curious

Sam Smith cancels shows due to vocal cord injury and offers refunds -- BBC News (UK)

Sam Smith "heartbroken" after scrapping Manchester gig just four songs in

Outline:  refunds sam smith

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Sam, ± Themchester, ? UK

BBC News Home -- BBC News (UK)

Friday's Express: "Rishi: I get it! You want migration down"

Outline:  president erdogan

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Daily Mail, ++ BBC, ? France

The campaign launch Ron DeSantis will want to forget -- BBC News (UK)

Ron DeSantis has a reputation for avoiding journalists and behaving awkwardly with voters; His critics claim he doesn't have the charisma required for a successful presidential campaign

Outline:  campaign launch ron desantis

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - BBC, ? Twitter, ? Elon Musk

Americast - Ron and Elon: A Failed Launch? - BBC Sounds -- BBC News (UK)

Ron DeSantis and Elon Musk: A Failed Launch? Listen to the latest episode of

Outline:  ron desantis

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Trump, ? uk, ? China

Epileptic passenger thrown off bus during seizure in Sheffield -- BBC News (UK)

Even Allen said driver mistook slurred words and unsteadiness for signs of alcohol or drug use; Epilepsy Action charity has launched a campaign to tell people how to respond to those having seizures

Outline:  epilepsy action charity

Tone:  -- v. negative

Discussion:  ? Epilepsy, ? UK, ? Sheff

Patients urged to shop around on NHS app to shorten wait for treatment in England -- BBC News (UK)

IT systems have been updated to allow patients to more easily exercise their right to choose where they go for planned care; They will be able to view up to five providers filtered by distance, waiting times and quality of care

Outline:  patient choice

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - NHS, -- US, ? BBC

Council "extremely worried" over plan to house 300 asylum seekers in single hotel -- BBC News (UK)

Carmarthenshire council says it is "extremely worried" by the Home Office plan; Council leader Darren Price says the plans would have a "detrimental effect on the local community" The Home Office said it was making "every effort to reduce hotel use" to house asylum seekers

Outline:  single hotel carmarthenshire council

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? uk, ? NHS, ? Kier Starmer

Madeleine McCann: Portugal reservoir search ends after three days -- BBC News (UK)

Fresh search for evidence in Portugal in the hunt for Madeleine McCann appears to be over

Outline:  madeleine mccann murder investigation

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Mccanns, ? Mccann, ? Vishal Mehrotra

Little Mermaid 2023 cast say Disney film's diversity is 'wonderful' -- BBC News (UK)

The Little Mermaid is a live-action remake of 1989's classic Disney film; Main character Ariel is played by black actress and singer Halle Bailey

Outline:  main character ariel

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± Disney, ++ BBC, + Anne Boleyn

Dani Dyer gives birth to twin girls -- ITV News

Outline:  twin girls

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Dani Dyer

Suez Canal: Bulk carrier refloated after running aground -- BBC News (UK)

Container ship grounded in Suez Canal

Outline:  suez canal

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? Europe, ? Suez Canal, ? Evergreen news

Abba rule out 2024 Eurovision reunion on 50th anniversary of win -- BBC News (UK)

Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson have ruled out a reunion at the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest in their native Sweden; Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the band winning the competition with their song Waterloo

Outline:  eurovision reunion abba

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Sweden, ++ ABBA, ? Finland

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