Alphabet has announced that it is folding all Sidewalk Labs’ projects under the umbrella of Google, after the founder and CEO of Sidewalk announced that he will be stepping down ahead of a possible battle with ALS.
Alphabet Inc. is an American tech company which was created through a Google restructuring in October 2015, eventually becoming the parent company of Google and several subsidiaries of Google. One of the subsidiaries of Alphabet Inc. is Sidewalk Labs, which deals with urban planning and infrastructure. Until recently, Sidewalk Labs was headed by founder and CEO Daniel Doctoroff.
Doctoroff, who had previously been in charge of Bloomberg LP, announced in a blog post on Thursday that he would be resigning as CEO. He made this decision in the wake of a possible battle with the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), a highly deadly neurodegenerative condition. Doctoroff has not been diagnosed with the disease yet, but meetings with experts in the field, meetings and test results have all pointed to the possibility of being diagnosed.
He however said that he tested negative for a gene mutation that points to ALS, which had been present in his family with the disease, making it a possibility that he is fighting a disease with similar symptoms to ALS but which is not ALS.
According to Doctoroff, the disease runs in the family as both his father and uncle were diagnosed with the devastating disease. Since the ALS fears, he has decided to spend more time with his family and lead his organisation called Target ALS. Doctoroff said he plans to raise $250 million for medical research through the Target ALS group.
In the wake of Doctoroff’s resignation, Google will take over Sidewalk projects like the parking technology Pebble, and low-cost energy tracking system Mesa. Doctoroff announced that the projects will still be led by Sidewalk Labs’ President of Urban Products Prem Ramaswami and the Chief Technology Officer Craig Nevill-Manning, who are both former workers with Google.
It was however announced that the company did not have a date for the transition yet.
Coca-Cola Launches JAMII: its New Sustainability Platform in Africa
Today, Coca-Cola Africa Operating Unit (“AOU”) and its bottling partners announced the launch of JAMII, the new Africa-focused sustainability platform. The platform houses the Company’s existing and new sustainability initiatives. Through this signature platform, Coca-Cola hopes to attract like-minded partners to help accelerate on-the-ground impact of its initiatives.
The new platform will build and expand on the past accomplishments in three areas; water stewardship, the economic empowerment of women and youth and waste management. This will be delivered together with bottling partners, system employees, and several NGO partners.
“We recognize the responsibility we have as market leaders to make a meaningful difference – to empower and protect the communities and the environment in which we operate. Whether it is giving people access to safe drinking water, creating economic opportunities for people in dire need of it, or reducing the impact of our operations on the environment- we are committed to making that difference,” said Bruno Pietracci, Africa President at The Coca-Cola Company.
Patricia Obozuwa, AOU Vice President for Public Affairs, Communications and Sustainability added; “We chose the name JAMII, a Swahili word that means Community, Society, People – because it represents who we are as Africans and aligns with our values as an organization- our resilience, our commitment, and our spirit of community. Consolidating our sustainability efforts under this umbrella will allow us to strengthen our value proposition and make good on our promise to continue to be a trusted partner for sustainable growth in Africa.”
In the area of women and youth economic empowerment, JAMII will promote and stimulate entrepreneurship opportunities through the provision of improved access to skills training, networks, finance & markets. To date, over 2 million women across Africa have been economically enabled as part of the 5by20 program.
In the area of water stewardship, we will replenish 100% of the water used in production of our products by managing water use efficiency in our operations, supporting the conservation of natural water resources and improving community water access and climate change adaption. So far, combined efforts by Coca-Cola Africa, The Coca-Cola Foundation and its partners have resulted in sustainable access to drinking water for over 6 million people through the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN).
For waste management, Coca-Cola Africa is committed to driving a world without waste. Nearly all of Coca-Cola’s packaging is already recyclable with the goal of recycling the equivalent of 100% of its packaging waste by 2030.
Obozuwa added that “Coca-Cola Africa is already forming new partnerships to facilitate the implementation of JAMII projects that will deliver on these goals.”
Internally, JAMII will inspire employees to make a difference in their immediate communities. Employee-nominated charities will receive grants and employee volunteering will be encouraged. Also, The Coca-Cola Employee Disaster Relief Fund will support employees facing financial hardship as a result of a natural disaster.
Dangote Cement Commences 2nd Phase of Shares Repurchase for 50kobo Each
Dangote Cement Plc has announced the commencement of the second tranche of its share buyback programme.
It is a 170 million shares repurchase which will run from 19th to 20th of January as contained in a release signed by the company’s deputy secretary, Edward Imoedemhe on Wednesday.
“Tranche II will be executed under the approval granted by the Company’s shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of DCP, which was held on 26 May 2021, within the framework provided under Rule 398 (3)(xiv) of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Rules and Regulations (as applicable) and in accordance with Rule 13.18 of the Rulebook of the Nigerian Exchange Limited (“NGX”). Based on the aforementioned shareholders’ approval, the number of shares to be repurchased under the Share Buy-Back Programme will not exceed 10% of DCP’s issued capital.
“The Programme is being effected in tranches, with Tranche II being executed by the appointed stockbrokers on the Company’s behalf.”
The release further stated that the company will continue to monitor the evolving business environment and market conditions in making decisions on further tranches of the Share Buy-Back Programme, adding that an announcement will be published upon completion of Tranche II of the Programme.
The Mode of Exchange is open market on the Nigerian Exchange Limited with current shares: 17,040,507,404 as fully paid-up ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each; Tranche Size Up to 170,003,074 fully paid-up ordinary shares of 50 Kobo each, representing 1% of the currently issued shares, less treasury shares.
Shareholders and investors were advised to exercise caution when dealing in the securities of Dangote Cement until the completion of Tranche II of the Share BuyBack Programme.
Meristem Stockbrokers Limited and Vetiva Securities are joint stockbrokers for the transaction.
The market value of the company stands at N4.7 trillion as of Wednesday with Aliko Dangote as the majority owner.
The company, which disclosed the ambition two years ago, said it would purchase 170 million units of its common stock from the open market in the new phase of the share buyback scheme launched in December 2020.
The scheme is aimed at making fewer shares available for trade as it drives its share price.
Having checked its current valuation as being lower than it should be, the multinational company seeks to buy back 10 percent (1.7 billion units) of its outstanding shares hoping that the repurchase will drive up price.
It repurchased 0.24 per cent (40.2 million units) of its ordinary shares for N9.8 billion in the first tranche at the end of 2020, with the intention of acquiring 0.5 per cent.
BUA Group Lists BUA Foods Plc on Nigerian Exchange Limited
BUA Group, a leading foods, infrastructure, mining and manufacturing conglomerate in Nigeria with diversified investments, has listed its food unit, BUA Foods Plc on the Nigerian Exchange Limited on Wednesday.
The Nigerian Exchange Limited listed the company by introduction on the Main Board of the Exchange.
BUA Foods Plc listed a total of 18 billion ordinary shares at N40.00 a unit under the Consumer Goods sector of NGX, with the trading symbol, BUAFOODS.
Following the listing of BUA Foods, the market capitalisation of the Nigerian Exchange Limited grew by N720 billion, further boosting the liquidity in the Nigerian capital market and providing opportunities for wealth creation.
According to the NGX, “it is expected that this listing will also increase the visibility of the food manufacturing, processing, and distribution company, BUA Foods, to investors on the African continent and across the globe.
“NGX facilitated over N7 Trillion worth of capital raises across several asset classes for both public and private corporations in 2021. As a multi-asset Exchange, NGX is strategically positioned to be the preferred listing and investment destination connecting Nigeria, Africa and the world.”
Since listing on the Exchange on Wednesday, the price of BUA Foods Plc has appreciated by 20 percent to N48.40 a unit with investors trading 11,289,437 shares valued at N544,692,788.80 on Thursday.
In 2020, BUA Group listed BUA Cement Plc on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, now Nigerian Exchange Limited, and in 2021, BUA consolidates its foods business into BUA Foods and subsequently listed it on the stock market on January 5, 2022.
Founded by Abdul Samad Rabiu in 1988, BUA Group is a leading conglomerate with diversified investments spanning key business sectors in Africa. BUA Cement Plc, the second-largest cement manufacturing company in West Africa, now produces 8,000,000 MTPA, Combined Cement Production Capacity. While BUA Sugar Refinery Limited combined sugar production capacity stood at 1,500,000 MTPA.
BUA Foods Plc comprises of:
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