Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Nov 17, 2022

The news is so noisy. An endless slew of stories pulling you every which way. Here's Newspin, with some noise-cancelling analysis!

Amber Heard: feminist groups sign open letter in support of actor -- The Guardian

Some 130 signatories including Gloria Steinem back actor who faced harassment after losing Johnny Depp defamation suit

Outline: (what is this?) johnny depp defamation suit

Tone: (what is this?) - negative

Discussion: (what is this?) -- Amber Heard, -- Depp, -- Amber

Mariah Carey: US singer's application to trademark 'Queen of Christmas' moniker denied -- BBC News (UK)

Mariah Carey is officially not the "Queen of Christmas"

Outline:  own christmas hit

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Mariah Carey, ? China, ? Christmas

Cost of Living: 'I'm 20 and I've given up booze and Netflix to cut costs' -- BBC News (UK)

BBC News has been hearing from young people in Gloucester about managing their money; Kye Bourne, 20, is a care leaver who has been in supported living for two years

Outline:  rent

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Netflix, ? Brexit, ? BBC

Cost of living: University of Manchester to give students 170 -- BBC News (UK)

University to give full-time students one-off payment of 170 to help with the cost of living

Outline:  student support scheme

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Manchester, ? Paul, ? BBC

What is council tax and how much do you pay? -- BBC News (UK)

Council tax is a compulsory charge on properties in England, Scotland and Wales; It is set by local authorities to raise money to spend as they wish to provide services in their area

Outline:  council tax

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Iran, ? MahsaAmini

Snowdon: Park to use mountain's Welsh name Yr Wyddfa -- BBC News (UK)

Snowdon's English name dropped in favour of Welsh

Outline:  welsh name yr wyddfa snowdon

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  - Wales, - Snowdon, ++ Welsh

Scotland named world's best golf destination -- BBC News (UK)

Scotland named the sport's best destination in the world at the World Golf Awards; It was the first time in six years that the global tourism prize wasn't awarded to Portugal

Outline:  world golf awards

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Scotland, ? Donald Trumps, ? Florida

Ryan Reynolds speaks Welsh during awards acceptance -- BBC News (UK)

Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney received the Diolch Y Ddraig [Dragon Award] at a special "Wales and the World" concert in New York; The Hollywood star said "Cymru am byth" [Wales forever], as the Wrexham co-owners accepted the award

Outline:  welsh culture

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Great Britain, ? Wrexham, ? Ryan Reynolds

Elon Musk tells Twitter staff to work long hours or leave -- BBC News (UK)

Elon Musk tells Twitter staff to sign up to work 40 hours a week or else leave; Those who do not sign up by Thursday will be given three months' severance pay

Outline:  top twitter executives

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  + Twitter, - Elon Musk, - BBC

Elon Musk gives Twitter staff deadline to commit to being hardcore -- The Guardian

Remaining staff given until Thursday to confirm they will work 'long hours at high intensity' as part of 'the new Twitter' Elon Musk has given Twitter’s remaining staff a Thursday deadline to commit to being ‘extremely hardcore’ or else leave with three months’ severance pay

Outline:  twitter staff deadline

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- twitter, ? USA, ? Sick Of It All

Iain Duncan Smith 'astonished' as man accused of 'slamming' cone on his head cleared over 'weak' evidence -- The Telegraph

Sir Iain Duncan Smith has been left "astonished" by a decision to clear a man accused of assaulting him by "slamming" a traffic cone on his head because of "weak" evidence

Outline:  evidence sir iain duncan smith

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Smith, ? Ian, ? Iain

Covid loan fraudster closed firm day after banking 25,000 -- BBC News (UK)

Ben Hamilton applied for the Bounce Back Loan in May 2020 but applied to dissolve company; Within 24 hours of the money being paid, he filed paperwork to close Netelco Ltd

Outline:  covid loan fraudster

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? covid, ? crypto

Helena Bonham Carter becomes London Library's first female president -- BBC News (UK)

Helena Bonham Carter is to become the first female president of The London Library; Charles Dickens was one of the 181-year-old library's founding members

Outline:  london library

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Tim Burton, ? Jhene Aiko, ? Kanye

MrBeast overtakes PewDiePie as most-subscribed YouTuber -- BBC News (UK)

PewDiePie, real name Felix Kjellberg, became the most-subscribed YouTuber in 2013; MrBeast, really Jimmy Donaldson, gained 112 million subscribers this month

Outline:  youtuber mrbeast

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ youtube, ? Mahmoudmirzaei, ? MrBeast

The chief executive of a housing society in charge of a flat where a two-year-old boy suffered prolonged exposure to mould was paid 170,000 the same year that the youngster died -- ITV News

Outline:  housing society

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Iran, ? ITV, ? Tories

Prince William says he's supporting England and Wales in World Cup -- BBC News (UK)

Prince of Wales said he will cheer on England and Wales at the World Cup; He said it would not be right to "suddenly drop England", as his association with the Three Lions was longstanding

Outline:  welsh rugby

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ Wales, ++ England, ++ Qatar

Prince William has addressed his World Cup allegiances after Michael Sheen criticised the royal for visiting the England squad -- ITV News

Outline:  prince william

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? Wales, ? england, ? Twitter

Asda and Lidl limit egg sales after supply issues -- BBC News (UK)

Asda said customers would be limited to buying two boxes of eggs until further notice; Lidl is limiting customers to three eggs and Sainsbury's is sourcing eggs from Italy

Outline:  lidl limit egg sales

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ BBC, ++ UK, ? Brexit

Asda and Lidl are limiting the number of boxes of eggs customers can buy amid supply disruptions caused by rising costs and bird flu -- ITV News

Outline:  eggs customers

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Lidl, ? dajjal

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