5 Things You Need To Know, Today, on Friday 19th February 2021

Justin Waite
5 Things You Need To Know
06:28, 19th February 2021

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5 Things You Need To Know, Today, on Friday 19th February 2021


5. Huawei is turning to technology for pig farmers as it deals with tough sanctions on its smartphones.

Along with Artificial Intelligence (AI) tech for pig farmers, Huawei is also working with the coal mining industry.

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4. The head of the Robinhood trading platform has apologised to customers at a US congressional hearing prompted by last month's GameStop trading frenzy.

Vlad Tenev said the situation the firm faced in January - when financial strains led it to limit certain stock purchases - was "unacceptable to us".

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3. It may be legal for companies to insist on new staff being vaccinated as a condition of their employment, the justice secretary has said.

However, Robert Buckland said it was unlikely bosses could make existing workers have vaccines under their current contracts.

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2. Business rates for High Street retail stores should be slashed by 35%, according to the boss of one of the UK's biggest retail chains Next.

Lord Simon Wolfson says that unless the government sets rates at a level that is fair, a huge number of shops will have to close unnecessarily.

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1. The UK is to launch a "high-risk" science agency to look for ground-breaking discoveries.

The agency, Aria, which has £800m funding over four years will be run along the lines of US equivalents that were instrumental in the creation of the internet and GPS.

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