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No-deal Brexit threatens Jaguar Land Rover UK future

No-deal Brexit threatens Jaguar Land Rover UK future

Business
UK plants and at least 40,000 jobs are at risk if the country leaves the European Union without a free trade deal, Britain's biggest carmaker has warned. Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has told the government that, while its "heart and soul" are in the UK, a bad Brexit could force a re-think, with a "no-deal" scenario forcing it out of the UK because of an expected £1.2bn surge in tariff costs.JLR exports 80% of its cars worth £18bn annually.Dr Ralf Speth, chief executive of JLR, said: "We, and our partners in the supply chain, face an unpredictable future if the Brexit negotiations do not maintain free and frictionless trade with the EU and unrestricted access to the single market."We urgently need greater certainty to continue to invest heavily in the UK and safeguard ...
Fish farming can help relieve pressures on land resources, study shows

Fish farming can help relieve pressures on land resources, study shows

Science
April 30 (UPI) -- As population growth accelerates in much of the world, demands for meat are putting added pressure on natural resources. New research suggests some of the pressure can be relieved by fish farming.Scientists with the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization estimate an additional 10 billion people will be hungry for protein by 2050 and that a 52 percent increase in animal production will be required to meet their needs.According to the latest calculations by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, if those protein needs are met with an increase in farmed aquatic animals, humans can conserve land. Recent studies have suggested as much as 75 percent of the planet's land and soil has already been significantly degraded."While aquaculture can add s...
Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 1,000 jobs'

Jaguar Land Rover 'to cut 1,000 jobs'

Business
Jaguar Land Rover is to shed 1,000 jobs and cut production at two sites, according to reports.The carmaker said it would make an announcement to employees on Monday regarding its production plans for 2018/19.It added: "In light of the continuing headwinds impacting the car industry, we are making some adjustments to our production schedules and the level of agency staff."We are however continuing to recruit large numbers of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices as we over-proportionally invest in new products and technologies."We also remain committed to our UK plants in which we have invested more than £4bn since 2010 to future-proof manufacturing technologies to deliver new models."Production will be cut at the Castle Bromwich and Solihull sites, with affected staff based a
Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Origins of land plants pushed back in time

Science
A seminal event in the Earth's history - when plants appeared on land - may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought.Land plants evolved from "pond scum" about 500 million years ago, according to new research.These early moss-like plants greened the continents, creating habitats for land animals.The study, based on analysing the genes of living plants, overturns theories based purely on fossil plant evidence."Land plants emerged on land half a billion years ago, tens of millions of years older than the fossil record alone suggests," said study author, Dr Philip Donoghue of the department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol. "This changes perception of the nature of early terrestrial environments, displacing pond scum in favour of a flora that would have t...
Mirai Nagasu becomes first American woman to land triple axel at Olympics

Mirai Nagasu becomes first American woman to land triple axel at Olympics

Sports
Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Figure skater Mirai Nagasu became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics on Monday in Gangneung, South Korea.The 24-year-old pulled off the move during her free skate at the Gangnueung Ice Arena. She was the first of five women to perform the skate on the final day of competition for an Olympics team medal. It was her first jump in a 4.5 minute program.Her skate helped put Team USA on the podium for a bronze medal in the mixed team final. Canada won the event and the Olympic Athletes from Russia finished with a silver medal.Nagasu began her routine with the U.S. team sitting in third place. She completed the triple axel and several other rotations, wrapping up a smooth skate with an explosion of emotion.Nagasu pumped her firsts before her final scor...