.Africa is the proposed Internet generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) for the African and Pan African communities and users wherever they may reside. The .africa gTLD serves as a regional domain for individuals and entities based in and out of Africa.
The .Africa gTLD has not yet been delegated to any organization as registry operator. The .Africa application that was submitted by DotConnectAfrica Trust is now the subject of an unresolved disagreement with ICANN (DCA Trust vs ICANN) following an Independent Review Panel (IRP) Process that was invoked by DCA Trust under ICANN’s accountability mechanism in October 2013. The IRP was administrated by the International Center for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) New York, US.
DCA Trust had passed all the new gTLD applicant evaluation criteria, but before the Initial Evaluation (IE) result was issued, a Governmental Advisory Committee GAC Objection Advice that had been issued in Beijing in April 2013 was later accepted by the ICANN Board in early June 2013 which caused the ICANN Board to instruct ICANN staff that DCA Trust’s .Africa new gTLD application will not be approved. This had caused the non-completion of the evaluation of DCA Trust’s application; which then led DCA Trust to challenge the ICANN Board decision through a series of accountability mechanism.
The initial idea for the song came from David Paich. Jeff Porcaro explains the idea behind the song: "a boy is trying to write a song on Africa, but since he's never been there, he can only tell what he's seen on TV or remembers in the past."
David Paich said: "At the beginning of the '80s I watched a late night documentary on TV about all the terrible death and suffering of the people in Africa. It both moved and appalled me and the pictures just wouldn't leave my head. I tried to imagine how I'd feel about if I was there and what I'd do."
Musically the song took quite some time to assemble, as Paich and Porcaro explain:
Africa and De viris illustribus were partially inspired by Petrarch's visit to Rome in 1337. According to Bergin and Wilson (p. ix). It seems very likely that the inspirational vision of the Eternal City must have been the immediate spur to the design of the Africa and probably De viris illustribus as well. After returning from his grand tour, the first sections of Africa were written in the valley of Vaucluse. Petrarch recalls
The fact that he abandoned it early on is not entirely correct since it was far along when he received two invitations (from Rome and from Paris) in September 1340 each asking him to accept the crown as poet laureate. A preliminary form of the poem was completed in time for the laurel coronation April 8, 1341 (Easter Sunday).
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Not that China can be considered a newcomer when it comes to Africa's green energy development and industrialization ... While observing that funding and technological bottlenecks have gummed up parts of Africa's green transition, Adhere hails China's support for the implementation of renewable energy programs.
China has already announced that it will no longer support new coal-fired power projects abroad, which means China is likely to provide more funding for renewable energy projects in Africa, which will help the two sides to meet the dual challenge of generating energy and fighting climate change.
In January 2020, for instance, SouthAfrica’s Megamillion EnergyCompany announced plans to construct a US$35m 0.25 GWh lithium-ion battery production pilot plant, with plans to increase annual output to 32 GWh by 2028, albeit to be initially focused on the energy storage market but ultimately for EVs as well.
Lekela, an Africa-focused renewable energy ... At a time when global attention is on the climate crisis, and what businesses and governments can do to solve it, this project shows that the future of energy in Africa must be renewable,” said Lekela's chief executive Chris Antonopoulos.
“SouthAfrica should be investing in green energy solutions and not undertaking unnecessary seismic activity that results in immediate negative impacts to marine ecosystems and species as well as having long-term climate implications due to continued reliance on oil and gas.”.
Joining other voices, WWF says it does not believe the development of an expanded fossil gas industry is necessary for SouthAfrica’s energy mix transition, and “certainly it is not aligned with South Africa’s recent climate commitments that were made at COP26”.
At this year’s Oil Trading and Logistics (OTL) Africa Petroleum DownstreamExpo, the managing director of Total Energies, Samba Seye announced the company was making plans to construct two CNG stations in Abuja and Lagos expected to become operational within the first quarter of 2022.