Newspin: Balancing the News (UK)

News for Mar 15, 2023

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'I earn 30,000 a year and I'm still struggling' -- BBC News (UK)

Ellie Monajemi, 27, has a good job earning £30,000 per year, but is struggling to make ends meet; The rise in her energy and food bills mean she does not know if she and her partner will be able to afford to stay in the one bedroom flat they rent

Outline: (what is this?) monthly rent

Tone: (what is this?) + positive

Discussion: (what is this?) ++ London, - UK, ? USA

Budget: Pensions to get boost as tax-free limit to rise -- BBC News (UK)

How much you can pay into pensions without being taxed expected to go up in Budget to encourage people not to retire early

Outline:  free pensions lifetime allowance

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  -- Ukraine, ++ Tory, ++ Tories

Cost of living: Student nurse could quit over money -- BBC News (UK)

Worcester student nurse could quit due to cost of living

Outline:  money worcester student nurse

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - BBC, - NHS, ? France

Dorset farmer to conduct music at King's coronation -- BBC News (UK)

Sir John Eliot Gardiner became friends with King Charles after meeting him at Sandringham; The pair share an interest in classical music and sustainable agriculture

Outline:  sir john eliot

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- BBC, - John Eliot Gardiner, ± Dorset

We are all Ashley Graham: the joyless task of dealing with men like Hugh Grant -- The Independent

Opinion: Hugh Grants interview with Ashley Graham is something all women recognise

Outline:  hugh grant opinion

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ± Hugh, ++ Ashley Graham, ? Vanity Fair

Alert after large crack appears in Seven Sisters chalk cliff face -- BBC News (UK)

Crack spans for several metres along a section of the Seven Sisters cliffs, near Seaford; Safety officials urge people to stay away from cliff edges and bases

Outline:  seven sisters chalk cliff

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Brexit, ? Britain, ? EU

Uncle guilty of killing niece who refused marriage -- BBC News (UK)

Mohammed Taroos Khan, 53, found guilty of murder of Somaiya Begum, 20, at Bradford Crown Court; Student was subject to a Forced Marriage Protection Order at the time of her death

Outline:  mohammed taroos khan

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? UK, ? England, ? Gary Lineker

Paedophile Gary Glitter recalled to prison -- BBC News (UK)

The 79-year-old was freed in February after serving half his 16-year jail term; Upon release, he was subject to licence conditions including having a GPS tag

Outline:  paedophile gary glitter

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  - Gary, - UK, -- BBC

Facebook-owner Meta to cut 10,000 staff -- BBC News (UK)

Mark Zuckerberg said the cuts - part of a "year of efficiency" - would be 'tough' In addition to the 10,000 jobs cut, 5,000 vacancies at the firm will be left unfilled; Mr Zuckerberg told employees he believed the company had suffered "a humbling wake-up call" in 2022

Outline:  chief executive mark zuckerberg

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  -- Elon Musk, -- Zuckerberg, ? Facebook

Vinyl records outsell CDs for first time in decades -- BBC News (UK)

Recorded music revenue in the US reached a record high of $15.9bn in 2022; Overall, revenue for recorded music in 2022 increased by 6%, according to a new report by the Recording Industry Association of America

Outline:  physical music revenues

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  -- Brexit, ? Spotify, ? Vinyl

BBC came under No 10 pressure to avoid using lockdown in early pandemic, leak shows -- The Guardian

Emails and messages were shown to the Guardian amid concern among some BBC insiders that the corporation has been too cowed by the government in recent years

Outline:  lockdown britain

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Tory, ? Tories

The Gary Lineker row isnt about impartiality its just the latest attempt to discredit leftish decency | Zoe Williams -- The Guardian

As usual, as usual, what his critics are singling out is not what they really hate; The question is more fundamental: when politics marches resolutely rightwards, at some point the concept of impartiality in the wider culture becomes meaningless

Outline:  impartiality

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ++ bbc, ++ Gary, ? Twitter

Gary Lineker suspension echoes Putins Russia, says Labour -- The Guardian

Shadow minister accuses government of ‘deliberate strategy of undermining BBC’ as calls mount for corporation’s chair to quit; Richard Sharp is a Conservative donor who has come under fire for his role in facilitating a loan to Boris Johnson, who appointed him to the role

Outline:  gary lineker suspension echoes putins russia

Tone:  + positive

Discussion:  ? Putin, ? Britain, ? Labour

Cardiff shop's energy bill up from 900 to 4,700 -- BBC News (UK)

Ruhail Shahzad has run Tremorfa Superstore in Cardiff for four years; His energy bills have increased since his previous contract came to an end last summer

Outline:  cardiff shop

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ++ UK, ? South Africa, ? Russia

Tiny data centre used to heat public swimming pool -- BBC News (UK)

Exmouth Leisure Centre in Devon uses data centre to heat pool to 30C 60% of the time; Deep Green charges clients to use its computing power for artificial intelligence and machine learning

Outline:  tiny data centre

Tone:  ++ v. positive

Discussion:  ? BBC, ? Sunak, ? Romania

Russell Brands descent into conspiracy politics | Letters -- The Guardian

Comedian Russell Brand has moved, apparently unaware of it, from left to middle (his spiritual phase), to flat-out right; Jonathan Allum, Dr Helen Hintjens, Dr Daniel Gay and Andy Ruff respond to an article by George Monbiot on the comedian's far-right conspiracy theories

Outline:  russell brand

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ++ Guardian, ++ Russell Brand, ? Bill Maher

BBC staff should avoid comparisons with Nazis and the Holocaust, say anti-Semitism groups -- The Telegraph

BBC staff should be told not to draw comparisons with Nazis and the Holocaust in new social media guidelines, anti-Semitism campaign groups have said

Outline:  anti - semitism groups bbc staff

Tone:  ± mixed

Discussion:  ++ Nazi, ? BBC, ? Lineker

Deaths in Scotland exceed births by 16,000 in past year -- BBC News (UK)

National Records of Scotland figures show there were 62,942 deaths and 46,959 births last year; There were 16,856 deaths between October and December - 9.3% more than the five-year average

Outline:  infant deaths

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Scotland, ? India, ? Pro Vax

My girlfriend wants sex on demand even when Im not in the mood -- The Guardian

I love her, but often feel pressured into having sex the minute I walk in the door; I'm not always in the mood and need sex to be more organic

Outline:  sexual response

Tone:  - negative

Discussion:  ? Twitter, ? Jim Slade

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