Huawei ban could lead to mobile phone blackouts, MPs warned | Science & Tech News

There could be mobile phone blackouts across the UK if the government forces phone companies to strip Huawei out of their networks, MPs have been told.

BT and Vodafone executives today warned parliament that if the government forced them to completely remove Huawei’s equipment from their networks suddenly, it would cost billions of pounds and lead to customers losing phone signal for several days.

The science and technology committee hearing follows reports that the government is set to order the phasing out of the Chinese company’s technology from the UK’s networks due to security concerns.

The UK is reassessing its previous decision to allow Huawei equipment a limited role within the country’s 5G networks following new sanctions imposed by the US government.

“If the current guidance were to be tightened and further restrictions were to be imposed, we would need to spend in the order of billions to change our

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Coronavirus: Brooks Brothers joins US retail casualty list | Business News

It has clothed generations of Americans for more than 200 years, including 40 of the country’s 45 presidents, but Brooks Brothers has just become the latest US retailer – and probably the most high-profile – to turn up its toes.

The company, which for the last 19 years has been owned by the Italian businessman Claudio del Vecchio – whose father founded the Luxottica eyewear group – filed for bankruptcy protection late on Wednesday, revealing it has an estimated 25,000 creditors.

While in Britain a host of well-known retailers have gone into administration since the COVID-19 pandemic began, including Debenhams, Kath Kidston, TM Lewin, Oak Furnitureland, Monsoon, Oasis and Warehouse, the US has also been rocked by a number of high profile retail failures.

Claudio del Vecchio bought Brooks Brothers from M&S in 2001

They include the 113-year old department store operator Neiman Marcus, its rival JC Penney and

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Coronavirus: Gyms, indoor pools and leisure centres in England to reopen from 25 July | UK News

Gyms, swimming pools and other sports facilities are to be allowed to open their doors once again and this summer’s club cricket season is finally getting under way.

A day after Rishi Sunak served up cheap meals and urged the nation to “eat out to help out”, the government is relaxing lockdown rules to encourage us all to get fit again.

Outdoor swimming pools in England can reopen from 11 July and indoor gyms, swimming pools, dance studios and sports like badminton and volleyball from 25 July.

A gym in Northumberland moved equipment into the car park so classes could be held outdoors

At a Downing Street news conference, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden confirmed beauty salons, tanning shops and tattooists can reopen in England from Monday.

Outdoor arts performances – including theatres, opera, dance and music – will also be able to resume from this weekend, although audience numbers

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Sky given go-ahead to build new TV and film studio at ‘British Hollywood’ site | Ents & Arts News

Sky – the owner of Sky News – has been given the green light to start building a new “state-of-the-art film and TV studio”, close to the famous Elstree Studios in Hertfordshire.

Known as the birthplace of Star Wars, some of the most iconic films in the world have been produced there, including Indiana Jones, Superman and – more recently – Paddington.

It is also home to some of Britain’s top TV shows, including EastEnders, The Crown and Strictly Come Dancing.

The development was given planning permission on Wednesday night by Hertsmere Borough Council

Sky Studios Elstree, which was given planning permission on Wednesday night by Hertsmere Borough Council, will provide “space for the ongoing boom in film and TV production in the UK”.

Sky Studios’s chief financial officer Caroline Cooper said the plan “will create a world-leading production studio that will turbocharge Sky Studios’s plans to

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