Day: June 12, 2020

Indonesia eyes ‘travel bubble’ for 4 Asia-Pacific nations

JAKARTA — Indonesia’s government has begun internal discussions on restarting regular travel to and from China, South Korea, Japan, and Australia, despite coronavirus cases in the country showing no signs of slowing down.

Odo Manuhutu, deputy coordinating minister for maritime affairs and investment, said Friday in a virtual news conference that the country’s foreign ministry will draw up criteria for a so-called “travel bubble” with the four countries.

The four countries are particularly important for Southeast Asia’s largest economy, accounting for a large percentage of tourists and investment inflows. China and Japan provided more than a third of foreign direct

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Greene King fits pubs with perspex screens and controlled toilets for reopening

‘Green light’ systems at toilet entrances and perspex screens at bars are among the safety measures Greene King has implemented in 1,700 pubs as they prepare to reopen.

The company has invested £15m in its so-called “Pub Safe” set of standards which aim to protect staff and customers when pubs emerge from lockdown.

The measures will only apply to Greene King’s managed pubs, restaurants and hotels, which account for 1,700 of its overall 2,750 estate. 

Greene King is understood to be planning a phased reopening from July 4, but is awaiting official guidance from the Government.

Trade body the British

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Kantar: Consumers want brands to take stance on social issues, but demographic divides remain

Dive Brief:

  • As tensions around racial justice increase in the U.S., 68% of consumers expect brands to be clear about their values, according to a report from Kantar Monitor shared with Marketing Dive.
  • That number rises depending on a consumer’s ethnicity or other demographic group, with 69% of Hispanics, 71% of LGBTQ+, 79% of Asian Americans and 82% of African Americans expecting brands to speak up about where they stand on current societal issues.
  • Millennials have the highest expectations for brands to speak out, Kantar found. Forty-six percent of the age group expect brands to be brave, followed by 42%
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Tesla wins green light in China to use cobalt-free batteries

BEIJING — Tesla has received approval from China to assemble electric cars with batteries that contain an alternative to cobalt, an expensive rare metal whose production is linked to child labor.

The cobalt-free batteries will be used in the U.S. automaker’s Model 3 vehicles, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a notice published Thursday.

Though the document did not name the supplier, the batteries will be made by China’s Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd., the global industry leader known as CATL, a person with knowledge of the matter said.

Cobalt is mostly produced in the Democratic Republic

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