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Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Shepherds were tending sheep in Central Asia at least 8,000 years ago

Science
April 8 (UPI) -- Neolithic herders were tending flocks of sheep and goats as early as 8,000 years ago on the slopes of Central Asia's mountains. The earliest crops and domesticated livestock originated around 10,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia and the mountains of Western Asia. Advertisement During the millennia that followed, the so-called Neolithic Revolution spread north in Europe and south into Africa and South Asia. However, most researchers estimated it took a few thousand more years for sheep, cattle and goats to make their way to Central Asia. The latest research, published Thursday in the journal Nature Human Behavior, suggests livestock were moving along the trade pathways that would come to form the Silk Road much earlier than previously thought. The retur...
Almost 8,000 missed COVID-19 cases still haven’t had their contacts traced

Almost 8,000 missed COVID-19 cases still haven’t had their contacts traced

Technology
Almost half of the nearly 16,000 people with coronavirus missed by the Test and Trace system still have not had their contacts traced, the health secretary has admitted.An "IT failure" within Public Health England - a problem with an Excel spreadsheet reaching its maximum size - has been blamed by ministers for a delay in the reporting of 15,841 COVID-19 cases in England.Downing Street revealed extra contact tracers had now been drafted in to help track down the contacts of people whose positive tests went unreported between 25 September to 2 October.Live coverage of the latest coronavirus news and updates Matt Hancock said the situation was "ongoing" but that the government's assessment of the pandemic had "not substantially changed".The health secretary also told the Commons that just ov...
Rolls Royce ‘to cut 8,000 jobs’ as coronavirus lockdown hits air travel

Rolls Royce ‘to cut 8,000 jobs’ as coronavirus lockdown hits air travel

Business
Rolls Royce is reportedly planning to cut up to 8,000 jobs after aircraft manufacturers slashed production during the coronavirus pandemic.The British civil engineering giant - which makes engines for planes - currently employs 52,000 people. As many as 15% could lose their jobs, the Financial Times reports, quoting company sources.That would exceed the 5,000 redundancies the firm made after the 9/11 terror attack in 2001. :: Listen to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker Advertisement ...
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...
PNB, other PSBs may get Rs 8,000 crore lifeline

PNB, other PSBs may get Rs 8,000 crore lifeline

Finance
NEW DELHI: The government may infuse about Rs 8,000 crore in five or six state-run banks that are likely to fall short of regulatory capital requirements, a senior finance ministry official said. These banks may include Nirav Modi scam-hit Punjab National Bank. “There are some banks that have issued additional tier 1 capital bonds and the interest payments are due. Now if they don’t meet the regulatory capital norms, they will not be allowed to make such payments,” the official said. The government cannot allow public sector banks to default on such payments, which will impact their rating, the official said. Banks raise capital through AT1 bonds, which are perpetual in nature and therefore provide higher interest rates to investors. A high level of bad loans and widening...