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Lloyds Bank 'to cut 6,000 jobs but create 8,000 new ones'

Lloyds Bank 'to cut 6,000 jobs but create 8,000 new ones'

Business
Lloyds Banking Group is expected to confirm it is cutting 6,000 jobs and creating 8,000 new ones as it overhauls its digital services.Britain's biggest High Street lender has been trying to reorganise as more people bank online, rather than going into branches. The 6,000 job cuts are expected to be spread across the bank and unions have been briefed.Lloyds Banking Group has so far declined to confirm the reports.According to Sky News, the cuts are expected to fall in divisions like corporate and retail banking, while the 8,000 new roles will be focused on digital services. Lloyds replacing debit cards for some Lloyds Banking Group to close 49 branches It is understood that bank will not be announcing further branch closures. Unions are expected to discuss...
UK robot 'to pave way for humans to explore Mars'

UK robot 'to pave way for humans to explore Mars'

Technology
Work has started in Britain on building on a robot vehicle that will be sent to look for life on Mars. The European Space Agency's Mars rover is being constructed in Stevenage with the aim of exploring the Martian surface in 2021.It has a drill to probe up to two metres under the surface of Mars and has instruments on board that can examine the samples it finds.The 300kg robot vehicle is capable of travelling 2cm a second for at least 90 days, but scientists hope it will remain active for as long as the latest American rover Curiosity, which landed in August 2012 and is still exploring. Image: An artist's impression of the ExoMars rover on the Red Planet's surface. Pic: ESA Liz Seward, senior strategist ...
'To some, Maddie was just a junkie': Obituary gives new take on drug addiction

'To some, Maddie was just a junkie': Obituary gives new take on drug addiction

Health
Madelyn Linsenmeir was a mother, sister and friend, who was "hilarious, and warm, and fearless, and resilient." She was also an opioid addict. Linsenmeir was a drug addict for 12 years and, at what her sister said were some of her darkest points, she would sometimes panhandle for money. She lost custody of her young son because of her disease. On Oct. 7, the 30-year-old died in the hospital while in police custody, according to her sister, Kate O'Neill. O’Neill does not want Linsenmeir to be remembered for her addiction. Her surprisingly honest obituary she wrote for a local Vermont paper is getting widespread attention for its warmth and candor. “It is impossible to capture a person in an obituary, and especially someone whose adult life was largely defined by drug addict...
BBC 'to make classical music archive available'

BBC 'to make classical music archive available'

Entertainment
The BBC is set to announce plans to make its back catalogue of classical music available to the public.Director general Tony Hall is expected to say the move will mean historic and recent performances are "returned to the public".They will be available on services such as BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sounds app.Lord Hall is expected to reveal the plans at the launch of the BBC's year-long classical music project, Our Classical Century on Thursday evening.The project will look back at 100 years of classical music in the UK and will be covered online and on BBC Four, BBC Two and Radio 3.The corporation has one of the biggest classical music archives in the world, with recordings from the BBC Proms, BBC orchestras and choirs along with B...
Uber 'to focus on bikes over cars'

Uber 'to focus on bikes over cars'

Technology
Uber says it plans to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business, and less on cars, despite the fact it could hurt profits. Boss Dara Khosrowshahi said that individual modes of transport were better suited to inner city travel.He also forecast users would make more frequent shorter journeys in future."During rush hour, it is very inefficient for a one-tonne hulk of metal to take one person 10 blocks," he told the Financial Times. "Short-term financially, maybe it's not a win for us, but strategically long term we think that is exactly where we want to head." Uber move into sidelines deepens loss Uber invests in Lime scooter hire company The ride-sharing firm has invested in a number of bike firms in the last year. Its ...