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3,500 jobs at risk as Honda plots Swindon closure

3,500 jobs at risk as Honda plots Swindon closure

Business
By Mark Kleinman, City editor Honda is preparing to announce the closure of its factory in Swindon, dealing a devastating blow both to its 3,500-strong workforce and ministers' hopes that the UK will remain an elite manufacturing economy after Brexit.Sky News has learnt that the Japanese car manufacturer could disclose the plan as soon as Tuesday morning. A Honda spokesman did not return calls seeking comment on Monday.If confirmed, the move will represent a further savage blow to Britain's automotive sector amid enormous uncertainty surrounding the terms of future trade with the European Union.A source close to Honda said the company was expected to close its plant in Swindon in 2022, although the company will retain its European headquarters in Bracknel...
DNA analysis suggests people migrated from Siberia to Finland 3,500 years ago

DNA analysis suggests people migrated from Siberia to Finland 3,500 years ago

Science
Nov. 27 (UPI) -- For the first time, scientists have used genetic analysis to confirm the link between Finland and Siberia. The research showed Siberian ancestry migrated from Russia's Kola Peninsula to Finland several thousand years ago. Scientists confirmed the link by comparing DNA from 3,500-year-old bones and teeth recovered from Bolshoy Oleny Island, located along the Kola Peninsula, to DNA from remains excavated from a 1,500-year-old water burial in Finland. The findings -- published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications -- offered new insights into the genetic origins of early Finnish settlers. "Our analyses show that Siberian ancestry entered the Bolshoy population around 4,000 years ago," Thiseas Christos Lamnidis, researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for the Science o...
How a mailed check for $112 got cashed for $3,500: The new 'fishing' scheme

How a mailed check for $112 got cashed for $3,500: The new 'fishing' scheme

Finance
It was around noon on April 12. Josefina Gomez Pando, 83, dropped a check for $ 112 into a blue mailbox on a corner on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Then she proceeded to her doctor's appointment. Her check would never make it to the mailman. That's because someone else, most likely using a sticky rat trap attached to the end of a string, fished her check right back out of that mailbox. And then they wrote a new one for $ 3,500. ...