Cadbury Nigeria Plc ( 2013 Annual Report

first_imgCadbury Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Cadbury Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cadbury Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cadbury Nigeria Plc (  2013 annual report.Company ProfileCadbury Nigeria Plc manufactures and markets a range of chocolate malt drink mixes, sweets, powder beverages and chewing gums in Nigeria. The company was established in the 1950s to source cocoa beans from Nigeria for the Cadbury Group; it then branched into re-packing imported bulk products and grew rapidly into a fully-fledged manufacturing operation producing a range of popular Cadbury brands. Cadbury Bournvita is the company’s flagship product which is a brand of malted and chocolate malt drink mixes that has energy and nutritional properties. The company introduced other Cadbury brands into its range in the 1970s; TomTom, a large black and white sweet for soothing relief; Cadbury Buttermilk, a delicious sweet with a butter and mint flavour; Tang, a popular powdered beverage; and Clorets and Trident, brands of chewing gum. Cadbury Nigeria Plc has a 99.66% stake in Cadbury Nigeria Plc Cocoa Processing Plant which sources cocoa powder for the manufacturing of Cadbury Bournvita. Mondelez International has a majority equity-interest of 74.97% in Cadbury Nigeria Plc through its holding in Cadbury Schweppes Overseas Limited. The remaining 25.03% equity-ownership is held by a diverse group of Nigerian individuals and institutional shareholders. Cadbury Nigeria Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Cadbury Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Automatic Systems Ltd ( 2016 Abridged Report

first_imgAutomatic Systems Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Automatic Systems Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Automatic Systems Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Automatic Systems Ltd (  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileAutomatic Systems Limited operates a totalisator system for horse racing and football betting. The company runs its operations through is two subsidiaries, Supertote which deals with the horse racing bets and Superscore which deals with the football bets. Automatic System Limited organises this betting platform for the horse racing in liaison with the Mauritius Turf Club in Mauritius. The company also runs this betting platform for soccer in Africa. Automatic Systems Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Livestock Feeds Plc ( HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgLivestock Feeds Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Livestock Feeds Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Livestock Feeds Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Livestock Feeds Plc (  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileLivestock Feeds Plc manufactures and markets a range of animal feed products in Nigeria which includes feed for poultry, pig and cattle. The company is the dominant brand in animal feeds with an installed capacity of 40 MT/hour single shift and a network of 12 franchise millers. Livestock Feeds Plc was established in 1963 as a subsidiary of Pfizer to provide health and nutritional products for exotic milking cows and hybrid chicken that were being imported into Nigeria. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Livestock Feeds Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Brick House / Leth & Gori

first_imgCopyEngineer:Buro Happold ApSConsultants:Teknologisk Institut, Nini Leimand, KADK – Institut 2, MuroMain Contractor:Ebbe Bernth Murer og TømrerBricklayer:Murermester Ask AskholmCarpenter:Ole Larsen & Sønner v. Anders Larsen ApSClient:Realdania BygBudget:2.4 mil. DKKArchitect In Charge:Uffe Leth og Karsten GoriCity:NyborgCountry:DenmarkMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© STAMERS KONTORText description provided by the architects. What if a house can last at least five generations instead of two?LETH & GORI’s Brick House is a project that creates innovation by reinventing history. By revisiting materials and solutions from historic houses which have proven to be robust and have a long life span a new type of contemporary sustainable house is created.Save this picture!© STAMERS KONTORBrick House is part of a development project titled Mini-CO2 houses initiated by the philanthropic foundation Realdania. The goal of Realdania’s project is to develop affordable sustainable houses with a low CO2 footprint. A total of six houses have been built on a site in Nyborg Denmark. Each house with a different approach to how CO2 reduction can be achieved for example by focusing on materials and building techniques or by focusing on aiding the inhabitants to reduce CO2.Save this picture!SectionA [long] living houseBrick House has two main objectives; to create a house which is maintenance free for 50 years; and to create a house with a life span of minimum 150 years.Save this picture!© STAMERS KONTORReducing complexityBrick House is based on a vision of a house that is alive and can breathe. This vision is realised by reducing the wall construction of the house to one material; clay. By using clay blocks and bricks a solid and homogeneous and first of all simple outer wall is created. This outer wall is diffusion-open thus allowing the building to breathe just like the traditional solid brick houses that have proven to last. In addition the reduction to one wall material reduces the number of joints between different materials and the potential building mistakes that these joints traditionally causes.Save this picture!Interlacing MasonryThe solid brick walls result in a robust and healthy house with a long lifespan, good indoor climate and low maintenance.Save this picture!© STAMERS KONTORRevisiting historyBrick House rediscovers knowledge and techniques from traditional brick houses in Denmark. Especially the houses from the era of the National Association for Better Building Traditions [Bedre Byggeskik] from the beginning of the 20’est century has served as examples. As the name suggests these houses have a strong focus on creating buildings that are built well with good technical solutions, craftsmanship and materials. Brick House uses the same principles to build a contemporary home with a long life span thus adapting the best of historic buildings but at the same time integrating new knowledge and techniques. The result is a house that radiates qualities of architecture and craftsmanship.  Project gallerySee allShow lessEmerging Practices in India: Abin Design StudioInterviewsLonberg-Holm: The Forgotten Architect, RememberedMisc Share Year:  Manufacturers: Louis Poulsen, Randers Tegl, Artemide, EVERS, Jeld-Wen, Juwo, KVIK, Moelven, Monier, Petersen Tegl, Ideal Standard, Leth & Gori, Scanoton Products translation missing: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Brick House / Leth & GoriSave this projectSaveBrick House / Leth & GoriSave this picture!© STAMERS KONTORHouses•Nyborg, Denmark Houses 2014 Projects Area:  136 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily Architects: Leth & Gori Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Photographs:  STAMERS KONTOR Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeLeth & GoriOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNyborgDenmarkPublished on June 20, 2014Cite: “Brick House / Leth & Gori” 20 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in SkyPodsShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma EDoorsC.R. LaurenceMonterey Bi-Folding Glass Wall SystemTable LampsLouis PoulsenLamps – Panthella PortableBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersSealantsEffisusMetal Roof Flashing – Stopper MRDropped CeilingsPure + FreeFormLinear Clip-Strip Ceiling SystemUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – CUBEVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryLouversAccoyaAccoya® Wood for Shutters and LouvresSpa / WellnessKlafsGyms & Relaxation RoomsMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Products used in this ProjectLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionBricksRanders TeglFacing Bricks – Unika+ 31 Share “COPY” Denmark ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Brick House / Leth & Gori “COPY” Photographslast_img read more

National Trust launches Lake District appeal

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. The National Trust is asking supporters to donate to its appeal in support of its response to the severe flooding that affected the Lake District in November 2009. The charity is hoping to persuade supporters to make a one-off donation towards the £300,000 needed to prepare for the likelihood of future floods. In some instances, buildings may need to be relocated entirely.Direct-to-digital agency TDA has devised the campaign which highlights the scale of damage to iconic properties and countryside whilst detailing immediate and long term protection priorities. The campaign reminds supporters that 12 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, prompting decisive action from National Trust staff and volunteers.“We protect and manage around 25 per cent of the Lake District National Park,” explained Louise McRae, Head of Direct Fundraising at National Trust. “Many of our supporters take holidays or short breaks in the region, so we know it is close to their hearts and that they are likely to want to help safeguard its future. The extensive damage to footpaths, dry stone walls and landmark buildings such as Wordsworth House was unprecedented. There is still a lot that we need to put right, and we also have to implement measures to minimise risk during future floods.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis National Trust launches Lake District appeal  35 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual giving TDA Howard Lake | 30 May 2010 | Newslast_img read more

New platform for fundraisers launches

first_imgNew platform for fundraisers launches Tagged with: Online Communities  246 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Melanie May | 19 June 2020 | News Fundraising Space has launched today, Friday 19 June: a new community for fundraisers.Founded by three people working in fundraising, engagement and online campaigning, it seeks to give a platform to new voices and support innovation by creating space for sharing and learning.As such, it is launching:      A series of ‘pay what you like’ webinars showcasing case studies on digital fundraising and engagement      A crowd-sourced blog designed to give a platform to a range of voices within the sector and spark debate      Resources to help charities plan and deliver their online activitiesThe first webinar takes place on 2 July, on the topic of engagement during coronavirus.Taking place at 2pm, cost is a recommended £10 but people can pay what they like. Andrew Taylor-Dawson from Fundraising Space, Hannah Winter from Refugee Action, and digital expert Zoe Amar will be speaking.Andrew Taylor-Dawson will start by introducing Fundraising Space and the aims for the project, with Amar giving her thoughts on engagement during the pandemic, and keynote speaker Hannah Winter talking about how Refugee Action has responded to Covid-19 as an organisation, changing their ways of working to refocus their fundraising and supporter engagement work in response.More information on the webinar and tickets are available through EventBrite.  245 total views,  2 views today Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Poll Shows Support for RFS

first_img Previous articleHouse Ag Announces Farm Bill Hearing ScheduleNext articleUSDA to Work with Education Department to Promote Ag Careers Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Apr 18, 2012 SHARE Home Energy Poll Shows Support for RFS Renewable Fuels Association President and CEO Bob Dinneen says poll after poll demonstrates Americans believe we must pursue the production and use of renewable fuels to reduce our dependence on imported oil. A recent poll commissioned by RFA showed 61-percent of adults support the key federal policy driving renewable fuel innovation in the country today – the Renewable Fuel Standard. Dinneen says the RFS ensures ample supplies of renewable fuels like ethanol are available now – and that new promising renewable fuel technologies will have a market in the future. He adds that it has proven effective in addressing the nation’s goals by helping reduce volumes of imported oil, create jobs and lower greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuel.The poll – conducted by American Viewpoint – also showed Americans have a strong desire to increase their use of domestic ethanol. Fifty-eight percent of respondents said they were very likely or somewhat likely to purchase a fuel with more domestic ethanol – specifically E15 – when available. Sixty-five percent of poll participants said they support incentives to help expand cellulosic ethanol production – and seventy-five percent would support requiring automakers to build cars to run on fuel sources other than oil.Dinneen says there’s an overwhelming wave of support for developing energy policy that looks beyond just fossil fuels. By protecting the RFS, supporting the breakthrough of advanced and cellulosic ethanol production and expanding renewable fuel options through greater ethanol blends at the pump – he says Congress can respond to the will of the American people and begin creating a more secure and stable energy future.Source: NAFB News Service Poll Shows Support for RFSlast_img read more

Farm Show Crowds Bullish on 2013

first_img By Gary Truitt – Jan 16, 2013 There is also a lot of interest in hybrids with drought tolerant traits that performed well in 2012. Spalding says 2013 may be a year to give this technology a try, “This would be a good year to try this new technology. Put some of these hybrids on your sandy soil and give it a try.” Seed Consultants offers hybrids that are specially bred for the Eastern Corn Belt where conditions were the driest last  year. [audio:|titles=Farm Show Crowds Bullish on 2013] SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleFarm Labor Reform Needed in 2013Next articleSeed Consultants Market Watch 1-17-13 Evening Comment with Gary Wilhelmi Gary Truittcenter_img Higher corn and soybean prices during the show have some growers talking about more acres, but Spalding does not expect rotations to change much, “I have talked to some guys who are thinking about more soybeans, but I really don’t think the rotations will change much.” The farm show continues Thursday. Farm Show Crowds Bullish on 2013 Jack Spalding,There are big crowds at the Ft. Wayne Farm Show this week, and most are bullish about the 2013 crop year. Traffic at seed company exhibits was especially heavy. Jack Spalding, with Seed Consultants, told HAT that farmers are looking for a return to trend line yields in 2013. He says many are looking to adjust seed populations, “It really depends on your soil type.  Using variable rate technology, you can adjust your seed population to match your soil type.” He added that on lighter and sandier soils you can cut back on seed population to optimize yields, “You know your fields. If you cannot get 200 bpa yields in a field, don’t shoot for it.” Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Farm Show Crowds Bullish on 2013last_img read more

Slovene media owned by oligarchs, corrupt politicians

first_img Media in Slovenia: among criminals, politicians and “the barbarians” Once praised as a role model country for the Balkans, Slovenia as the most developed part of former Yugoslavia, an EU and Nato member today, is facing many challenges in its media landscape. The transition from a former socialist republic to a parliamentary democracy brought some successes and failures where the media ownership structure seems to remain one of the major blunders, as media owners openly or covertly control editorial policies. During the transition period local oligarchs made a fortune mostly by collaborating with local post-communist politicians in dubious privatisation processes, which was arbitrary and similar to developments in Russia and other transitional countries. An important issue that affects Slovenia’s media landscape nowadays is that almost all mainstream media owners are under criminal investigation for gross crimes by the FBI-like National Bureau of Investigations and Special Prosecutors which deals with corruption, organised crime and terrorism. Some of them were convicted already. Stojan Petrič, owner of the Kolektor industry and construction group, who in 2015 purchased the previously most influential daily Delo and the tabloid with highest circulation Slovenske novice, is under investigation for abusing his position and the trust in his business activity. The police revealed that a group of perpetrators, including Petrič, gained at least 1,8 million euros of illicit money. But his actions as the new owner of Delo are troubling too. Immediately after the takeover he appointed Gregor Knafelc, chief of public relations in Petrič’s main holding company FMR, as acting editor-in-chief of Delo. Knafelc, without a single day of journalistic or editorial experience, consequently fired many of Delo’s media workers, mostly renowned and experienced journalists, and thereby significantly changed the editorial policy of following and covering business related topics. Knafelc was replaced on 1 December 2017 with new acting editor-in-chief, therefore the newspaper will remain without an editor with a full mandate for the next period again. “Loyalty” and “unity” In an unusual interview given in February 2018 to his own newspaper Delo, Petrič said that he expects “loyalty” and “unity” from Delo journalists. He praised the Chinese political system and said that smaller nations should follow the Chinese model. He also announced new media takeovers in Slovenia. Delo today is just a pale shadow of the respected and influential newspaper it once was, comparable to The Times or Le Monde in the UK and France. However, Delo’s credibility crisis did already start in 2005, when Janez Janša’s right-wing government came to power and started meddling intensively with the editorial policy, helped by then owner Boško Šrot, who is serving a sentence of five years and ten months for abuse of office authority in a chain sale trading of a 7.3 per cent stake in the holding Istrabenz in 2007, and who had been given an additional sentence of 5 years in 2014 for abusing his position or trust and for money laundering. Šrot is still in prison. In October 2017 prosecutors filed a request for a court investigation against Stojan Petrič and co-defendants, who denied any wrongdoings. Slovenia’s second largest newspaper Dnevnik is owned by the DZS financial group since 2003. DZS’s main business is the tourism industry. Its owner Bojan Petan is under criminal investigations in Slovenia and other countries for different crimes. He faces up to eight years in prison for the alleged crime of abuse of position or trust in business activity during the privatisation of the Terme Čatež tourist resort which allegedly resulted in dozens of millions of euros of illicit gains and damages to the company. Additionally, he was investigated for organised crime and money laundering by special prosecutors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He denied any wrongdoing. Business operations in offshore countries Petan was also co-owner of the major advertising, PR and lobbyist agency Pristop, together with his business partner Franci Zavrl, the founder of Pristop and former owner of the left-leaning weekly magazine Mladina, who is the husband of investigative journalist Anuška Delić who worked with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on the Panama and Paradise Papers. Both Petan and Zavrl have business operations in offshore countries and have been investigated by the police for the alleged misappropriation of dozens of millions of euros. The Slovenian elite criminal police conducted house searches in Petan’s and Zavrl/Delić apartments and many other offices in June 2014. Also this investigation is ongoing, and the accused deny all wrongdoing. Finally, Bojan Petan is well connected, and his business empire serves as a safe haven for many former intelligence and government officials. Sebastjan Selan, former chief director of the main Slovene intelligence agency Sova became one of the most important managers in his business empire. Some other former spies work for DZS, too. Meanwhile former government spokesperson Darijan Košir became the news deputy editor of Dnevnik and simultaneously runs his own PR company. A criminal case against Petan is still pending. He denies any wrongdoing. But prosecutors dropped the charges against Zavrl in this case. However, this was not the only close encounter of Zavrl with police investigators. He was investigated by Finnish and Luxembourg police for alleged money-laundering of millions of euros in the Patria arms deals*, which was one of the major scandals in Slovenia during the past decade. Also these criminal charges have been dropped. Former Prime minister Janez Janša, who was together with Zavrl arrested in 1988 by the Yugoslav People’s Army in a “Roška trial” which triggered the so called “Slovenian spring”, a popular movement which lead to democratic changes and Slovenia’s succession movement in then Yugoslavia, was convicted to two years in prison for bribery in the Patria deal. The conviction of Janša was confirmed by all of Slovenia’s regular courts, including the Supreme Court. However, the Constitutional Court later repealed these judgements and demanded retrial in the Patria bribery, then a statute of limitations had passed. Illicit gains The third mainstream daily Večer was purchased from Delo by Uroš Hakl and Sašo Todorovič. They paid just one million euro for this newspaper in 2014, but the deal was mostly financed by debt and they immediately started to sell some real-estate owned by the newspaper to finance the takeover. Todorovič is the former chief executive officer of T-2 telecommunication provider. Hakl is the former director at the Pristop PR agency and was also investigated for the alleged abuse of office and official duty. Hakl and co-perpetrators allegedly made more than a million euros of illicit gains from state aid, that was given to the most impoverished Slovene region. Hakl is facing up to eight years in prison. The criminal case against the co-owner of Večer is currently under court investigation, and he denies all wrongdoing, too. Another media mogul is Martin Odlazek, who is also a printing and waste management “baron”, and who was sentenced to six months in prison for abuse of position and trust in business activity in 2013. He served his sentence under house arrest. But his criminal past didn’t prevent him from expanding his media empire and starting the new tabloid Svet24 and many other weekly magazines, including the purchase of the right-leaning weekly Reporter. He also owns several Slovene radio stations. In Slovenia’s television landscape the public broadcasting service RTV Slovenija continues to serve as a political playground for major political parties who implement their influence on the editorial policy though the programme council where 21 of 29 members are elected by the parliament. A recent example happened in July 2017 when new CEO Director General of RTV Slovenia Igor Kadunc attempted to replace the director of the tv programmeLjerka Bizilj for violating editorial standards as she supported news-editor Jadranka Rebernik who approved the promotional programme of the neo-Ustasha Croatian singer Marko Perković ‘Thompson’ in prime-time. Kadunc’s proposal was then repealed by the programme council with a majority of votes from right-wing council members. This case confirms that politics are still controlling public broadcaster editorial policy through many proxies. The owner of the majority shares of the smaller private television station Planet TV and 100 per cent shares of the widely read online outlet is the state owned major telecommunication company Telekom Slovenije which again offers many channels for political influence behind the scenes. The small party television station Nova24TV, founded by the right-wing SDS that is led by Janez Janša, on the other hand received significant financial investment from Hungary. Some Hungarian media owners who are close friends of Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban invested at least 800.000 euros in this small TV station and in exchange received significant capital shares in a media outlet that is constantly spreading right-wing political propaganda. Also SDS’ weekly magazine Demokracija is owned by friends of Orban today. Janez Janša, whose party is a member of the European People’s Party, is closely affiliated with Orban and his anti-immigration and anti-liberal politics. But the seismic shift in the Slovene media landscape happened in July 2017. Pro Plus company was the owner of the tv channels POP TV and Kanal A who are reaching 70 per cent of the viewers in the Slovene market and who receive an even higher share of advertising revenues in Slovenia. The company was bought by United Group, owned by the New York based private equity firm KKR (Kohlberg, Kravis and Roberts) for 230 million euros. Before that, Pro Plus belonged to Central European Media Enterprises (CME) incorporated in the tax haven of Bermuda. “The Barbarians at the Gate” Two founders of KKR, Henry Kravis and George Roberts are known as inventors of leveraged buy-outs and their take-over of the RJR Nabisco company in the US was made into a Hollywood movie in 1993: The Barbarians at the Gate. However, these “barbarians” find strong support for lobbying in the Balkans in KKR Global Institute chairman David Petraeus, former director of the CIA and commander of US military forces in Afghanistan and Iraq. He served also in the Nato peace operation in the Balkans. Petraeus visited Slovene Prime Minister Miro Cerar on 18 May 2017 and lobbied for the purchase of Slovenia’s major television company which also owns the most visited online outlet: Additionally, KKR bought Croatia’s most watched tv channel Nova TV simultaneously, but Croatian regulators did not approve this part of the deal. Minority shareholder and chairman of United Group, Dragan Šolak met premier Cerar on 19 April 2017, too. Without a doubt, after Petraeus’ lobby work the Slovene Agency for Protection of Competition Protection Agency (CPA) did probably greenlight the 230 million euros KKR deal despite the fact that such an investment is creating a vertical integration in the media and telecommunication markets as it bears the danger of a monopoly in many other local markets. Moreover, the appointment of CPA’s new director Andrej Matvoz raises many questions about his independence. Despite him lacking any experience in this demanding field of law, he was appointed by the Minister of Economic Development and Technology as acting director. But the Slovene court later declared the decision as illegal. Additionally, the Slovene Commission for the Prevention of Corruption filed charges against Matvoz for cheating in an expert exam to the Slovene police. Nevertheless, all these serious questions didn’t keep the ruling political coalition from confirming Matvoz in the parliament. Intensive lobbying is also confirmed by a decision of Slovenia’s Ministry of Culture which formally determined that Pro Plus is not a related party of POP TV and Kanal A programmes which are owned by Pro Plus with 100 per cent of the shares. Thus, the Ministry of Culture excluded itself from making any decision about the United Group (KKR) takeover in its role as a regulator of the media industry. United Group, registered in the Netherlands, also owns the SBB and Telemach telecommunications company, Sportklub, Total TV, Net TV and many other media companies in the region of former Yugoslavia. It reaches 1.74 million households and made 488 million euros of revenues in the last year. It is one of the most important telecommunication and media providers in the Balkans, offering also mobile phone services, and it airs the N1 TV channel, the local partner of CNN in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia. The Serbian-Slovenian minority owner of United Group, Dragan Šolak – one of the richest man in the Balkans – regularly operates in offshore countries. According to the Croatian weekly magazine Nacional*, its subsidiary United Media with headquarters in Zürich, Switzerland, managed to funnel 6.7 million euros out of Croatia to secret bank accounts in Liechtenstein and Cyprus for broadcasting licenses without paying any significant tax. Additionally, KKR and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) are hiding their ownership of United Group behind a complex corporate structure with more than a dozen offshore companies in tax havens of Delaware, the Cayman Islands and Luxembourg. Among such a concentration of media owners with a criminal past and present, with corrupted politicians as well as aggressive Wall Street barons it’s almost impossible to work as a professional independent journalist in Slovenia. Many experienced journalists already left their profession or were forced to leave. On the other hand, a new generation of young journalists seems to be fully adapted to business interests and the goals of new media owners. Professional solidarity among Slovenian journalists lies in the long forgotten past. The professional and personal ethics of journalists who are serving these criminals, politicians and “barbarians” tend to reach new lows again and again.By Blaž Zgaga for European Centre for Press & Media Freedom * The Patria scandal was unearthed in 2008 in collaboration between Finnish journalist Magnus Berglund (YLE) and author of this article. ** The investigative story in Nacional was written by the author of this article. The author of this article started his journalistic career at the national desk of the newspaper Delo in 1993. In 1998 he joined Večer where he spent the next ten years. In 2007 he initiated the petition against censorship and political pressure on journalists which was signed by 571 Slovene journalists, one quarter of all professional journalists in the country. Because of mobbing and censorship he quit Večer and works as a freelance journalist since 2008. He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) and one of the Information Heroes of Reporters Without Borders. His articles are regularly published in the Croatian weekly magazine Nacional. Receive email alerts SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassmentEconomic pressure May 21, 2021 Find out more Slovenian Prime minister Miro Cerar meets Dragan Šolak, chairman of the United Group (copyright: Tamino Petelinsek, STA) RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Slovenia Help by sharing this information March 16, 2021 Find out more Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the mediacenter_img News A European Union member since 2004, Slovenia successfully transitioned to democracy but has not been as successful in defending press freedom. Media ownership is nowadaysoverly concentrated in the hands of oligarchs and corrupt politicians, endangering editorial independence.Reporters Without Borders (RSF) publishes a report by Blaz Zgaga. SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Conflicts of interestJudicial harassmentEconomic pressure Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU February 13, 2018 – Updated on February 14, 2018 Slovene media owned by oligarchs, corrupt politicians to go further News News Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenialast_img read more

Art Center Announces $15 Million Gift

first_imgNews Feature Stories Art Center Announces $15 Million Gift From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 14, 2013 | 12:03 pm Community News Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Required fields are marked * Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Art Center College of Design today announced an unprecedented $15 million gift to the College from Southern California philanthropists and classic car enthusiasts Peter and Merle Mullin. The donation is the largest ever to the college in its 83-year history. The commitment will help fund construction of a new industrial and transportation design facility, fuel campus growth and support future creative leaders. The proposed site of the new facility is on the five-acre Art Center South Campus located on the corner of Glenarm Street and Raymond Avenue, near the entrance to the historic Arroyo Seco Parkway.The couple’s gift, says Peter Mullin, an Art Center trustee, is “a chance to make a difference. I’ve been luckier than I ever expected in business and in my life. Los Angeles has been a great place for me. I was born here, stayed here, never left and I don’t have any intention of leaving. So our gift is also an expression of gratitude to a great city that provided me with great opportunity.”He notes the robust concentration of talent in Southern California, where every major carmaker in the world has established a design studio. “The fact that all of these studios are populated by graduates of Art Center is impressive and really means that Art Center is a jewel,” he says, “a worldwide center of elegance and excellence.”“We are extremely grateful to Peter and Merle for their extraordinary philanthropic investment,” says Art Center President Lorne M. Buchman. “Their gift will make a transformational impact at the College for generations to come.”Peter Mullin is chairman of M Financial, a national reinsurance company, and chairman emeritus of MullinTBG, the nation’s largest independent executive benefits services and solutions provider. He co-founded the Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, Calif., with his wife Merle and serves as chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. The Mullin Automotive Museum pays homage to the machine age and the art deco era; its renowned collection features historic French automobiles from the Bugatti to the Voisin, as well as decorative arts from the 1920s and 1930s. At the Petersen Automotive Museum, a permanent exhibition is dedicated to Art Center’s legacy of leadership in transportation design education.How does an investment of such magnitude improve an industrial design program already renowned for graduating many of the world’s top vehicle, furniture and product designers?In recent years, the scope of industrial design projects has become significantly constrained by lack of space on the Hillside Campus. The Mullins’ timely gift will create strategically important new studios and shops for the College’s undergraduate programs in Environmental, Product and Transportation Design, enabling students and faculty to create and simulate the scale and quantity of projects that will be demanded over the coming decades. The Mullin donation will also contribute to the creation of studios, labs and prototyping facilities needed by the College’s current graduate programs in Environmental, Industrial and Transportation Design.All of which, says Buchman, will reinvigorate the College educational experience and reinforce Art Center’s place at the cutting edge of design education.“Expanding spaces for learning is a central element of the College’s Strategic Plan,” says Board Chairman Robert C. Davidson, Jr. “This generous gift from Peter and Merle will help make our dreams a reality.”A Legacy of Support to the CollegeThe Mullins have funded scholarships for Art Center students since 2005, including the Peter W. Mullin Endowed Scholarship, which provides financial support to students majoring in Transportation Design.Fourth-term Transportation Design student Christian Christensen del Rello received the Mullin Scholarship in Summer 2013. Along with financial assistance, the scholarship provided Christensen del Rello with an invaluable sense of affirmation. “Learning that there is someone who believes in my effort was one of the most motivating experiences I have had at Art Center,” he says.“I’m fascinated with the brain, how art students think, their commitment, their curiosity—how they explore an idea, put it on paper and then turn it into a real object. That’s what Art Center students do so well, ” says Peter Mullin. “Having an opportunity to help with the development of this new building dedicated to industrial design and knowing the tremendous impact it will have on the future of transportation design is an exciting project for both me and Merle.”“Peter has a real love affair with art and design, and he’s endlessly curious,” says Stewart Reed, chair of the College’s Transportation Design Department. “He absolutely views cars as functional objects that are really works of art, a beautiful marriage of aesthetics and function.”“I’m grateful the Mullins care so deeply about our students who, thanks to this incredibly generous gift, will now have more of the resources they need to continue developing their talent and skills to make a difference in the world,” Reed continued.A Lifetime of Passion for All Things FastThe son of a chemical engineer, Peter Mullin first fell in love with fast cars and boats at events sponsored by his father’s employer, Mobil Oil Company. As a young boy, Mullin got hooked on the thrill of speed while enjoying boat races with his dad at Long Beach Marine Stadium and meeting Indianapolis 500 racecar driving champion Ralph DePalma.He remembers the solid steel of the family’s ’34 Cadillac because he and his five siblings would jump from the top of the car onto the hood without making a dent, until they got caught.When he had his driver’s license and had saved up the cash, he bought his dream car, a ’54 Chevy. The vehicle needed an overhaul, so Peter and his best friend’s brother became after-school and weekend grease monkeys. “That’s really how I learned how engines worked,” says Mullin. Meticulously numbering and labeling every part removed from the engine, he proudly recalls his surprise, after putting it all back together, that it ran “like a top.” “We had a box full of leftover parts. Neither one of us could figure out what they did or where they went,” he laughs.Mullin, today a vintage car racer, drove the rebuilt Chevy convertible painted Sierra gold through high school in Pasadena and college at the University of California, Santa Barbara. “I had a great time cruising down Pacific Coast Highway and looked pretty cool with my surfboard sticking out the back.”In addition to serving on the Art Center College of Design Board of Trustees, Peter Mullin serves on the Guggenheim Foundation Advisory Board; Occidental College, St. John’s Hospital and The UCLA Foundation Boards of Trustees. He is chairman of The Music Center Foundation of Los Angeles, as well as past chairman and current member of the Board of Visitors of the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA and chairman of the Peter Mullin Automotive Museum Foundation. He is also president of the American Bugatti Club.About Art Center College of DesignFounded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, Calif., Art Center College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. Art Center offers 11 undergraduate and six graduate degrees in a wide variety of art and design disciplines, as well as public programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for its ties to industry, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status, providing opportunities for students to create design-based solutions for humanitarian and nonprofit agencies around the world. During the College’s 83-year history, Art Center’s alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more