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Jaguar Land Rover running out of parts amid coronavirus crisis

Jaguar Land Rover running out of parts amid coronavirus crisis

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The boss of Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has warned UK production risks being damaged from next month because of supply chain difficulties in coronavirus-hit China.Sir Ralf Speth said the company had enough parts to complete the manufacturing processes at its UK sites this week and next but warned of shortfalls from March should delays to deliveries persist. He added: "We have flown parts in suitcases from China to the UK."China's efforts to combat COVID-19 - the medical name for the coronavirus strain - have resulted in factory shutdowns and movement restrictions in the world's second-largest economy.That has hit exports of goods to customers globally with Apple among a growing number of companies to acknowledge damage this week. ...
Jaguar Land Rover to cut output at two UK factories

Jaguar Land Rover to cut output at two UK factories

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Jaguar Land Rover is to cut production at two of its UK factories as the firm seeks to slash costs in response to falling demand.Britain's biggest carmaker posted a 2.3% fall in retail sales in the three months to the end of December and is looking to realise billions of pounds worth of savings in the face of the reduced call for diesel on the European market and a tough trading environment in China. The firm will halt production on selected days over a four-week period from late February at its Castle Bromwich factory in the West Midlands and stop production on some half or full days at its nearby Solihull facility until the end of March. Image: The company said the trading environment 'remains challenging' for the industry The comp...
Pentagon to roll back restrictions on land mine use

Pentagon to roll back restrictions on land mine use

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Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The United States is rolling back prohibitions on land mine use, the White House and Department of Defense announced Friday. The decision, announced via a White House statement Friday, reverses an Obama-era policy prohibiting the United States from using land mines outside of the Korean Peninsula. "The Department of Defense has determined that restrictions imposed on American forces by the Obama Administration's policy could place them at a severe disadvantage during a conflict against our adversaries," the White House said. "The President is unwilling to accept this risk to our troops." In a press release issued Friday, the Pentagon specifically denied the policy change was related to recent events in Iran, but instead said it is "the result of DOD's policy review and t...
Map reveals land beneath Antarctic ice sheet in unprecedented detail

Map reveals land beneath Antarctic ice sheet in unprecedented detail

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Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Scientists have successfully mapped the topography of the land beneath Antarctica's ice sheet at high resolution by combining radar observations with ice volume and flow velocity data. The new map will help scientists identify regions of ice that are likely to be more or less susceptible to the deleterious effects of climate change. The results of the BedMachine project, published this week in the journal Nature Geoscience, revealed a variety of interesting topographical features. Scientists found ridges that stabilize ice flowing across the Transantarctic Mountains, as well as structural features conducive to accelerated melting beneath the Thwaites and Pine Island glaciers in Western Antarctica. To build the new map, scientists sourced data from a wide diversity of so...
Denman Glacier: Deepest point on land found in Antarctica

Denman Glacier: Deepest point on land found in Antarctica

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The deepest point on continental Earth has been identified in East Antarctica, under Denman Glacier.This ice-filled canyon reaches 3.5km (11,500ft) below sea level. Only in the ocean are the valleys deeper still.The discovery is illustrated in a new map of the White Continent that reveals the shape of the bedrock under the ice sheet in unprecedented detail.Its features will be critical to our understanding of how the polar south might change in the future.For comparison, the lowest exposed land on Earth, at the Dead Sea shore, is just 413m (1,355ft) below sea level.The new finding shows, for example, previously unrecognised ridges that will impede the retreat of melting glaciers in a warming world; ...