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M&S to cut 7,000 jobs over next three months

M&S to cut 7,000 jobs over next three months

Business
Marks & Spencer is cutting 7,000 jobs over the next three months across its stores and management.It said the coronavirus pandemic had made it clear there had been a "material shift in trade".In-store sales of clothing and home goods were "well below" 2019, although online and home deliveries were strong. M&S said it hoped a "significant proportion" of the cuts - about a tenth of its workforce - will be voluntary redundancy and early retirement.In a statement, M&S said it was "too early to predict with precision where a new post-Covid sales mix will settle. We must now act to reflect this change".But the retailer said operating during the pandemic had showed it could work "more flexibly and productively", with more staff multi-tasking and movi...
Ancient genomes reveal 7,000 years of demographic history in France

Ancient genomes reveal 7,000 years of demographic history in France

Science
May 26 (UPI) -- According to new genomic analysis, France was populated by a pair of ancient migrations: the first during the Neolithic period, roughly 6,300 years ago, and the second during the Bronze Age, some 4,200 years ago. "There were almost no data from ancient populations on the territory of present-day France and our study begins to fill a gap that leads to a clearer picture of the evolution of populations throughout Europe," Eva-Maria Geigl, a researcher with the Jacques Monod Institute in Paris, told UPI in an email. For the new study, researchers in France generated and analyzed the mitochondrial genomes, Y-chromosome markers and genotypes of 243 individuals, whose remains were recovered from dig sites across present-day France. The dates of the individuals comprised a period...
FBI failed to access 7,000 encrypted mobile devices

FBI failed to access 7,000 encrypted mobile devices

Technology
Agents at the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have been unable to extract data from nearly 7,000 mobile devices they have tried to access, the agency's director has said.Christopher Wray said encryption on devices was "a huge, huge problem" for FBI investigations.The agency had failed to access more than half of the devices it targeted in an 11-month period, he said.One cyber-security expert said such encryption was now a "fact of life".Many smartphones encrypt their contents when locked, as standard - a security feature that often prevents even the phones' manufacturers from accessing data.Such encryption is different to end-to-end encryption, which prevents interception of communications on a large scale.Cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward at the University of Surrey said d...
Rolls-Royce safeguards 7,000 jobs in East Midlands

Rolls-Royce safeguards 7,000 jobs in East Midlands

Business
Rolls-Royce has secured more than 7,000 jobs in the East Midlands after announcing its biggest single investment in the UK for over a decade.The engineering giant said it would be investing the majority of the £150m in a new test bed in Derby.This facility would test large civil aero-engines creating up to 200 jobs.There will be no compulsory redundancies in Derby, or Hucknall and Annesley in Nottinghamshire - safeguarding 7,000 jobs for five years.Rolls-Royce has further axed plans to close a precision machining facility in Derby, which would save about 150 jobs.Live updates from the East MidlandsSimon Hemmings, from the Unite union, said the deal was "a once in a generation type of investment and a big commitment to the UK"."It's about keeping jobs in Derby for 25 years plus and we are h...