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Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 30, 2022

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Tennis star Emma Raducanu receives MBE at Windsor Castle -- BBC News (UK)

Emma Raducanu was awarded the honour for services to tennis at Windsor Castle; The 20-year-old became the first British woman to win a Grand Slam singles title since 1977

Outline: (what is this?) tennis star emma raducanu

Tone: (what is this?) ++ v. positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ US, -- E, ++ MBE


Emma Raducanu receives her MBE from the King -- The Times

Emma Raducanu is to collect her MBE today after she was recognised for her services to tennis

Outline:  king emma raducanu

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Emma, ? Virginia Wade, ? UK

Leicester one of first cities in UK with no ethnic group majority, new census data shows -- BBC News (UK)

Leicester is one of the first cities in the UK where people identifying as white are no longer the majority; A total of 51% of the city said they were white when the data was last captured by the ONS in 2011

Outline:  mixed heritage

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  + Leicester, + UK, - London


Britain increasingly multi-cultural as one in 10 homes contains two or more ethnicities -- The Independent

BREAKING: Englands white population declined in past decade, census data reveals

Outline:  common ethnic group

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Brexit, ? England, ? Europe


Nearly 100,000 people now identify as Cornish -- BBC News (UK)

Office for National Statistics said questionnaires were more user-friendly and people could write in Cornish; In total, 14% (80,000) of the population reported a fully Cornish identity in 2021

Outline:  cornish identity

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  + Cornwall, ++ UK, ± BBC

Putin has lost nearly 160 generals and colonels and 1,500 officers in Ukraine war -- The Independent

Kremlin has been guarded in its public admissions regarding the scale of millitary losses in Ukraine; Most recent official figure of 5,397 – given in September – is significantly lower than Western estimates

Outline:  ukraine war death rate

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Russia, ? Putin, ? Pinewood

Musk threatens war with Apple over claims it is censoring free speech -- The Telegraph

Elon Musk has threatened to go to war with Apple after accusing the iPhone-maker of stifling free speech and threatening to block its app

Outline:  free speech elon musk

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Apple, - Twitter, + s


Elon Musk set to become number-one influencer on Twitter -- BBC News (UK)

Analysts predict Elon Musk will become the number-one influencer on Twitter in January 2023; With 120 million followers, his account, @ElonMusk, is already the second most followed, after @BarackObama, which has 130 million

Outline:  followers mr musk

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Twitter, -- BBC, + Musk


Will Elon Musk really let Twitter go bust? -- The Guardian

Advertising shortfall and issues over subscription revenues should worry new owner given huge level of debt; Twitter has cash of $2.7bn on its balance sheet to help meet interest payments

Outline:  twitter

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Twitter, ++ Elon, -- Tesla

The Papers -- BBC News (UK)

Wednesdays i: UK Christians in minority for first time since Dark Ages

Outline:  uk christians

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- UK, -- BBC, - Rashford


Less than half of population in England and Wales identify as Christian, Census 2021 shows -- BBC News (UK)

For the first time fewer than half of people in England and Wales describe themselves as Christian; The proportion of people who said they were Christian was 46.2%, down from 59.3% in the last census in 2011

Outline:  non - religious population

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ± LGBTQ, - Bible, ? England


England and Wales now minority Christian countries, census reveals -- The Guardian

Number of Christians has dropped by 13.1% and the number of Muslims has risen by 1.7; It is the first time in a census of England and Wales that fewer than half of the population have described themselves as Christian

Outline:  non - religious population

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- UK, ++ England, ? Iran

Duchess of Sussex faced disgusting threats to life, senior Met officer says -- The Guardian

Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu says Meghan was subject to 'disgusting' threats; He says they were ‘very real’ and led to prosecutions of people who have been prosecuted

Outline:  many credible threats

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Harry, - Princess Anne, ? Meghan


Camilla, the Queen Consort, condemns "pandemic" of violence against women -- BBC News (UK)

Camilla, the Queen Consort, spoke at a Buckingham Palace event highlighting the threat of domestic abuse and violence against women; Campaigners at the event warned that the cost-of-living crisis would increase the numbers needing help

Outline:  queen consort

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Camilla, ? WHOM


Met Police launches abuse and corruption hotline -- BBC News (UK)

Line will be run by Crimestoppers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week; Officers have been convicted of a string of offences including sex crimes, theft and assault

Outline:  corruption hotline

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Michelle Mone, ? Tories, ? Lancashire

Will Smith says bottled rage led him to slap Chris Rock at the Oscars -- BBC News (UK)

Will Smith has been interviewed for the first time since the incident at the Oscars; The actor stormed the stage at the Hollywood ceremony after Rock made a joke about his wife's shaved head

Outline:  will smith

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  - Will Smith, - Chris Rock, ? Oscar


Will Smith completely understands if audiences avoid his films post Oscars slap -- The Guardian

Actor says he hopes his actions won't 'penalize' the work of others on Emancipation; The film is his first major project since he attacked Chris Rock on stage at the Oscars

Outline:  slavery drama emancipation

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ Will, ? Oscars, ? Chris

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