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Aston Martin debuts the DBX707

Aston Martin debuts the DBX707

Business, Domains, Technology
Aston Martin fans said they wanted something with more performance, and here it is. LONDON — British carmaker Aston Martin Lagonda on Tuesday launched a new non-electric SUV called the DBX707. “It will be, and is, the greatest ultra-luxury, high-performance SUV in the world,” Aston Martin Executive Chairman Lawrence Stroll told CNBC in an interview. Aston Martin said the car has a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine that produces 707 brake horsepower and enables it to go from 0-62mph in 3.3 seconds. The 109-year-old company is only planning to produce 5,000 DBX707 vehicles per year and it expects sales to be strongest in the U.S. and China, with Europe not far behind, Stroll said. The launch of the DBX707 comes a year after Aston Martin launched the standard DBX, whic
Africa’s COVID-19 numbers rises

Africa’s COVID-19 numbers rises

Business, Domains
Highest Covid-19 cases recorded in South Africa Africa’s caseload has crossed the 700,000 mark as of today. Half of the cases are recorded in South Africa where there are over 350,000 confirmed cases. As of last Friday (July 17), the WHO Africa region reported that there had been a 27% increase in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the region. 10 countries account for 88% (440,672) of all reported COVID19 cases in the African Region: South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, Ethiopia & DRC, a WHO Africa situation report noted. “Sub-Saharan Africa hosts more than 26% of the world’s refugees and around 19 million internally displaced people. It is in the interest of peace, international security and equity that all countries &
Tuskys saves face amidst pressure from Government

Tuskys saves face amidst pressure from Government

Business, Domains
Tuskys today launched an amazing partnership with the cooperative movement through the Cooperative Corona virus Response Committee (CCRC). The initiative was launched in a bid to respond to the needs of members of different cooperatives around the country and other vulnerable populations during this period. The chief guest was Ali Noor, PS State Department of Cooperatives.   This comes after Tuskys Supermarket was put on the spot for not paying suppliers. In response, Tuskys says it has apologized to suppliers whose payments have been restructured as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. In a letter dated May 14th, 2020 to Phyllis Wakiaga, CEO Kenya Association of Manufacturers(KAM), Tuskys CEO Mr. Dan Githua said the payments rescheduled in April will be progressively released o...

DCA Trust sends a warning Letter to ICANN Board on GAC consultation over .Africa

Domains, Governance
. Days just before the ICANN Dublin meeting, DCA Trust has sent a warning to ICANN Board, through a letter posted on 14th October 2015. This letter responds to the Chair of ICANN Board, who wrote a letter to Chair of ICANN GAC “to request the GAC to clarify, or refine the earlier GAC Objection Advice that had been previously issued in April 2013 against DCA Trust’s .Africa application.” DCA Trust which has been embroiled in a battle over .africa for nearly 4 years and another 2 years in a legal battle with ICANN, won in an independent review panel decision to its favor on July 12015,  has asked ICANN not to shift blame to GAC for its own errors and omissions in making decisions over the .africa gTLD, noting that the IRP was against ICANN’s actions and not against the GAC. “Your lett
KEYNOTE by Sophia Bekele:  Business Ethics and Victory over the DCA vs ICANN IRP

KEYNOTE by Sophia Bekele: Business Ethics and Victory over the DCA vs ICANN IRP

Domains, Governance
  The CEO and Founder of DCA Trust Sophia Bekele, who has gone through it all in the quest for an Africa domain using the transparent and ethical channels has spoken about the surprises ,intrigues of an uncountable internet governance system in her Key note speech at the Lincoln University  in Oakland California. While citing various types of scandals from recent years like the Scott Thomson, FIFA and ICANN's accountability meltdown and U.S. Congressional Intervention, Sophia reckons that “knowing the time to avoid the results of unethical behavior is before it occurs, and not after.   In our profession we always say "Prevention is superior to inspection", and in no area is this more important than business ethics.” Speaking about the DCA vs ICANN .Africa IRP, the CEO noted that  
Post DCA Vs ICANN IRP: DCA calls for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN

Post DCA Vs ICANN IRP: DCA calls for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN

Domains, Internet
DCA has called for a Joint Cooperative Framework with ICANN, following the final IRP ruling.  Here is DCA Trust's response   after the ICANN board's resolution and interpretation of the IRP report. The DCA response contained most of the points that would have addressed some of the recent developments on ICANN' reaction to the IRP ruling and public comments. Immediately after the IRP Ruling ICANN was found to have redacted most of the incriminating details, the contents of ICANN’s role in failing DCA before the Initiation evaluation. The report in summary is well detailed in this 3 series blog. John Jeffrey,  ICANN’s Counsel wrote a  Blog titled “.AFRICA IRP Declaration – Clearing Up Some Facts” , which was was meant to explain the reasons behind the redactions and reaction of public opi

U.S. Government further delays IANA Transition timeline with an option of up to three additional years if need be

Domains, Governance, Internet
The Internet global multi-stakeholder community needs time to complete its work, have the plan reviewed by the U.S. government and then put it into action if approved, the U.S. Department of Commerce said Monday. The U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said in March last year it planned to let its contract with ICANN to operate key domain-name functions expire in September 2015, passing the oversight of the agency to a global governance model, however this is likely to extend as per the latest blog update below The Internet’s global multistakeholder community has made tremendous progress in its work to develop a proposal to transition the historic stewardship role NTIA has played related to Internet’s domain name system (DNS). When we announced our

The McFadden Files: How Geo Panel contractor bungled .Africa evaluation to favour ICANN’s preferred candidate

Domains, Governance, Internet
ICANN’s new gTLD guidebook clearly specified how its contractors were supposed to act with competence, and also independently to assure best quality performance in the evaluation of the 1930 new gTLD applications that were submitted under the new gTLD program. The outcome of an  Independent Review Panel however indicates otherwise in one of the most controversial applications under the ICANN new gTLD program. The discovery process of the .Africa IRP which pitted DCA Trust against ICANN showed a wide array of underhand dealings between InterConnnect Communications, the independent firm that was contracted to review geographic names and ICANN staff that were guided to ensure that ICANN’s choice, ZACR got the string and not DCA Trust. Here is an excerpt from the new gTLD Applicant Guideb
Breaking: DotConnectAfrica Trust victorious on its challenge of ICANN Board over .africa

Breaking: DotConnectAfrica Trust victorious on its challenge of ICANN Board over .africa

Domains, Governance, Internet
In a landmark ruling announced on Thursday, 9 July 2015, Independent Review Process (IRP) facilitated by the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) declared that DotConnectAfrica Trust was the prevailing party in the two year case was commenced after a suit that was filed by DCA Trust in October 2013 to challenge an ICANN Board decision. The international IRP Panel comprised of Arbitration experts, Mr. Babak Barin (President of Panel), a leading Commercial Arbitration Expert from Canada and a member of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); Prof. (Dr.) Catherine Kessedjian, an International Dispute Resolution Specialist and Professor of Law at the University of Panthéon-Assas, Paris, France; and the Honorable Judge William J. Cahill, a retired San Francisco Supe

Stats: Two-thirds of internet users don’t know about cybersquatting

Cyber Security, Domains
Research published by ICANN has pointed to a growing awareness of new gTLDs, although such strings lag significantly behind legacy TLDs in terms of familiarity. Arguably more of a surprise is the finding that just over one in three internet users are aware of cybersquatting. Extract: Just 40% of all respondents were aware of cybersquatting. One positive is that in Africa (50% awareness) and Asia (45%) this figure was higher but, on the flipside, the levels drop to 31% amongst South American and 29% amongst European respondents. In the US awareness reached 37% We have previously reported on studies that have examined awareness of the online expansion amongst consumers worldwide, those conducted to date suggesting there is some way to go before gTLDs go mainstream. The latest contribution ...