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13
JUL

South Africa faces coronavirus 'storm'

South Africa has reintroduced some restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to rise. The BBC's Matthew Davies discusses the health impact of the pandemic so far. With a ban on the sale of alcohol up and running again, Wendy Pienaar, chair of the industry organisation the Craft Brewers Association of South Africa tells us about the severe toll the restrictions have had on the beer and wine sector. And we get reaction to the latest changes from John Steenhuisen, leader of the official opposition Democratic Alliance in South Africa’s parliament. Also in the programme, the BBC's Michelle Fleury reports from the US on how some community banks in the country have stepped in to help struggling businesses with loans, where bigger banks have been slower to act. Plus our regular workplace commentator Peter Morgan considers the concerns of those working in the service sector about the future of tips, given that in the drive to reduce the spread of coronavirus, payments in cash are being discouraged, or even in many places banned outright.
12
JUL

Thousands cast 'protest' vote against new Hong Kong security law

500,000 Hong Kong citizens have queued to cast ballots over the weekend in what the Chinese-ruled city's opposition camp says is a symbolic protest vote against tough national security laws directly imposed by Beijing. We hear from the BBC's Danny Vincent. China releases second quarter growth figures this week; independent economist Michael Hughes tells us what to expect. Leaders of the 27 EU nations meet virtually on Friday to discuss plans to inject hundreds of billions of dollars into economies ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic; we hear from Maria Demertzis, deputy director of the Bruegel think tank in Brussels. Plus, Hannah Deacon, a medical cannabis campaigner says that the coronavirus pandemic could be opportunity for the industry to grow in the UK. And in Wales, churches and chapels will start to reopen from Monday. But there will be one thing missing for people sitting in the pews: a choir; we hear from Delyth Morgans Phillips a member of the Corisma choir in South Wales.
09
JUL

'UK faces mobile blackouts if Huawei ban rushed'

UK phone companies warned of mobile blackouts if a possible ban on Huawei is rushed. British parliamentarians were taking evidence from network operators as well as network technology manufacturer Huawei, and BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones brings us the details. Meanwhile, Emily Taylor, editor of the London-based Journal of Cyber Policy considers the implications for Huawei's business around the world.
Also in the programme, voters in Singapore head to the polls on Friday for what's being called the 'pandemic election'. The government there has unveiled four big-spending budgets to cushion the impact, but as the BBC's Sharanjit Leyl reports, not everyone is confident that it will work.
Plus we hear from some African technology entrepreneurs how their sector has actually been boosted by coronavirus, as they were able to provide vital virtual services to people who were suddenly unable to leave their homes.
07
JUL

Update: Evidence emerging of airborne transmission of COVID-19

The World Health Organisation has acknowledged "evidence emerging" of the airborne spread of coronavirus, after a group of scientists signed a letter urging the organisation to update its guidance on the disease’s transmission. One of the signatories, Joe Allen, an Assistant Professor of Exposure Assessment Science at Harvard University in the US, explains his concerns to Rob Young.
Also in the programme, Deutsche Bank will pay a $150 million penalty to a New York regulator, mainly for failing to properly monitor its relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, as Kadhim Shubber of the Financial Times explains.
And we’ll get the view on the day’s trading on Wall Street, from Joe Saluzzi of Themis Trading.
06
JUL

The future of shipping

Shipping has evolved a great deal over the years, so is the next move towards autonomy? Antoon Van Coillie is founder of Blue Line logistics, and tells us about his firm's Zulu barges, which have the potential to be remote controlled and are already cruising. An Magritt Ryste is programme director for next generation shipping at Kongsberg, and explains why her organisation is backing a cluster of European organisations developing an Autoship programme. And shipping expert Lori Ann LaRocco considers whether the public are ready for self-driving ships. Also in the programme, following a string of accounting scandals the UK's Financial Reporting Council has ordered the big four accounting firms to ringfence their audit divisions from the rest of their businesses by 2024. We get the background from Tabby Kinder, tax and accountancy correspondent for the Financial Times, and Prem Sikka, emeritus professor of accounting at Essex University discusses the implications. Plus, as the UK government unveils a coronavirus rescue package for arts institutions across the country, Lisa Burger, joint chief executive of the National Theatre in London, tells us how much the financial lifeline means for theatres like hers.
05
JUL

Threat of fresh sanctions for Russia as Putin basks in referendum victory

Constitutional reforms could see Russia's President remain in office until 2036. Some workers have protested, concerned about falling living standards. With coronavirus case numbers in Russia on the rise, how many frontline medical staff have died? A recent statement from a health official suggested 500 people, but this was quickly removed from online circulation. Elsewhere, Spain puts Galicia and parts of Catalonia back under lockdown after coronavirus outbreaks. Plus, with Russia already under sanctions from the UK and the US, among others along with a collapse in oil prices, we ask economist Cornelia Meyer what that means if you're doing business there. Also, European Union countries are seeing their international trade recover from the pandemic at a faster pace than in Russia
02
JUL

India-China relationship worsens

Business relations have declined between India and China following a border dispute. Users of the Chinese mobile app TikTok express frustration that they're no longer allowed to use the service since the Indian government banned it along with dozens of other apps. Renu Agal, Hindi editor at The Print explains the background to the row, whilst we get wider context from Dr Yu Jie, senior research fellow on China at Chatham House. And Parveen Khandelwal, secretary of the Confederation of All Indian Traders discusses a boycott of Chinese goods that many shops are engaged in. Also in the programme, the US economy created 4.8 million jobs in June. The BBC's Samira Hussein brings us the latest figures, and we examine the likely impact of it all on the US economy, with Chris Low of FHN Financial. Plus, a committee of the UK House of Lords is calling for tougher controls on loot boxes that can be bought in video games, which contain special characters or equipment, arguing that it is a form of gambling. Lord Grade is chairman of the committee, and explains why it has taken that stance. And we get reaction from Jo Twist, chief executive of UKIE, the trade body for the UK's games and interactive entertainment industry.
01
JUL

UPDATE: Tesla becomes the world's most valuable firm

The American electric carmaker, Tesla, has become the most valuable car firm by market capitalisation - overtaking Toyota to record a total share value of nearly 210 billion dollars. Tesla's share price has nearly tripled this year - despite that fact that it has never made an annual profit. And it's worth noting that Toyota makes around 30 times as many vehicles. According to Susan Schmidt at Aviva Investors in Chicago, market investors love a tech business with the potential for growth.
01
JUL

Germany economy shows signs of recovery

As a VAT cut comes into force, there are signs of life in the German economy. Thomas Lengfelder runs Berlin’s hotels and restaurants association, DE-HOGA, and tells us many businesses can't afford to pass on the tax cut. And Holger Schmieding, chief economist at the German bank Berenberg discusses the implications of today’s changes for the German economy.
Also in the programme, amidst the recent upsurge in Black Lives Matter activism, some firms decided to suspend advertising on Facebook in an attempt to persuade it to do more about hate speech on the platform. Damien Huang of outdoor clothing company Eddie Bauer explains his company’s stance, and we get wider context from Steven Levy, editor-in-chief of Wired magazine.
Plus, we hear from the British film director Gurinder Chadha, whose credits include ‘Bend it Like Beckham’, on why she’s contributed to a series of short films made entirely at home for the streaming service Netflix.
30
JUN

China approves new Hong Kong security law

China's parliament has approved a controversial new national security law for Hong Kong. Gary Leung runs a business in Hong Kong helping people to move overseas, and tells us he's seen a big increase in emigration enquiries since the security law first emerged. Jodi Schneider of Bloomberg explains how Hong Kong originally established itself as a centre for global business. And we hear from Allan Zeman, chairman of Lan Kwai Fong Concepts Holdings, and Scott Salandy-Defour of Liquidstar, about why they respectively support and oppose the new regulations. Also in the programme, the International Labour Organisation estimates that 400 million full-time jobs have been lost in the first half of the year as a result of coronavirus. The organisation's director general, Guy Ryder, discusses the sort of roles that have been hit hardest. Plus we find out why Kweichou Moutai, which makes a quintessentially Chinese alcoholic spirit, has become the most valuable business listed on China's stock market. Lucille Liu is from Bloomberg in Beijing and fills us in.

(Picture: Police confront protesters in Hong Kong on June 28th. Picture credit: Getty Images.)
29
JUN

Coty buys 20% of Kim Kardashian West’s beauty line

Cosmetics maker Coty is buying a $200m 20% stake in Kim Kardashian West’s beauty line. Leila Abboud of the Financial Times tells us about the deal. So what makes influencers like Kim Kardashian West’s make-up brands different from those that have gone before? We hear from Millie Kendall, who used to run her own make-up label, and is now chief executive of the British Beauty Council. And we talk to influencer Vanessa Davis, who is known as the Skull-tress. She records tutorials on elaborate face make-up and is planning to launch her own product range. Also in the programme, as Boeing prepares to restart test flights of its 737 Max planes which were grounded by regulators after two fatal crashes, the BBC’s Theo Leggett reflects on the significance of the moment for the firm. Plus, now that summer’s here in the northern hemisphere, many of us will be looking forward to a holiday. But due to coronavirus, complications abound, as our regular workplace commentator Stephanie Hare explores.
28
JUN

How has Egypt's plummeting economy led to a surge in coffee imports?

Coffee bean imports have grown threefold since the Arab spring in 2011 as young and aspirational Egyptians embrace artisanal and speciality coffee - and a devalued currency has made instant coffee products less affordable. Our reporter Mohamed El Aassar has been finding out more from local baristas and roasters.
France and the US report surges in their numbers of new confirmed coronavirus cases. We speak to Margot Haddad, Paris-based news anchor, on how the pandemic may have affected turnout in the country's second round of local elections.
And Michael Hughes explains which countries might replace China in the world's supply chain.

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