Africa too risky for Kroll: "The decision by US-based risk consultants Kroll to shut down their Africa practice on 3 April appears to have been taken, oddly enough, because the US$1.9 billion company judged Africa to be just too risky. More precisely, it was probably insurers Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC), which has owned Kroll since July 2004 and generates revenues of about $12 bn. a year, which made the final call as its new managers restructured the company."
Africa, technology, media, humanitarian issues, Africa jobs.
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Wednesday, April 12, 2006
TechWeb | Domain Names | .EU registry defends itself: "An American company's charge that cheating went on during the rush for new .eu domains is flat out wrong, the European registry responsible for handing out the names countered Tuesday.
'We certainly don't agree with him,' said Patrik Lind?n, spokesman for EURid, the Belgium-based non-profit chosen by the European Commission to operate the new .eu top level domain. "
Posted by Ben at 9:01 a.m.
allAfrica.com: Uganda: Regulator Seeks Control of Uganda's Domain Name: "If you want to register a domain name with a Ugandan country code, .ug, the man to speak to is Charles Musisi, an Internet entrepreneur who has managed the country's domain names over the past decade." [Meanwhile, another domain name controversy closer to home...]
Posted by Ben at 8:57 a.m.
Soul Beat Africa: Communication for Change - Awards - Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism: "The Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism recognises independent and professional reporting that sheds new light on controversial issues. Established in 2002, two US $5,000 prizes are awarded each year, one to a local reporter in a developing country or nation in transition, and the other to a freelance journalist covering international news. "
Posted by Ben at 8:51 a.m.
.Eu Domain Name Fraud - 'Eu Won't Believe It' article: "Were you aware there are registered companies in Europe with such ambrosial names like ?Rus & Sia? and ?Ser & Bia?? Well, there weren?t until internet touts used loopholes in the European Union?s shambolic registration process to acquire thousands of the continent?s most desirable internet addresses."
Posted by Ben at 8:33 a.m.
More controversy over the mass quatting of .eu domains "The .EU landrush fiasco. A bumbling registry allows Europe's very own domain name to be highjacked!"
[Note in the comments to this post that names are named... Lexicon Media managed to grap one I wanted...]
Posted by Ben at 8:04 a.m.
Tuesday, April 11, 2006
Official: U.S. backing Somali militants | Harowo.com: "'Our leaders used to pay us $60 dollars (a month), but after the formation of the new anti-terrorism alliance they increased our salary to $160,' Garaare said."
Posted by Ben at 5:30 a.m.
Monday, April 10, 2006
Measuring HIV infection rates: "The new studies show, however, that these earlier estimates were skewed in favor of young, sexually active women in the urban areas that had prenatal clinics. Researchers now know that the HIV rate among these women tends to be higher than among the general population." [Pregnant women attending clinics are not representative of the general population...]
Posted by Ben at 5:03 a.m.
Sunday, April 09, 2006
.EU domain squatting frenzy The Daily Nation might be surprised to know that dailynationkenya.eu is already registered to a company in Cyprus, whose website has the following er... disclaimer:
"Ovidio Limited [http://www.ovidiolimited.com] owns a portfolio of .eu TLD domain names and operates corresponding websites. Through these sites it offers product and service information to direct navigation and other customers. Ovidio Limited uses advanced proprietary techniques to identify appropriate domain names for its portfolio. It is Ovidio’s policy not to register domain names that have been registered by third parties as trade marks or that are used by third parties in the course of trade." (My emphasis)
While Kenya-Airways.eu is registered to a company called Swinweb in London...
Anyway, here's all the Kenya .eu names so far:
Posted by Ben at 10:53 a.m.
Swamp CottageSo, here are the .eu domain names registered in the first two days of .eu's existance which contain the word africa:
Posted by Ben at 10:36 a.m.
Posted by Ben at 10:11 a.m.
Monday, April 03, 2006
BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Niger halts BBC hunger coverage: "Niger has withdrawn permission for a BBC team which found evidence of hunger in the country to continue to report on the humanitarian situation there."
Posted by Ben at 11:26 p.m.