From dreams to reality
Yet, the TF-X concept is not Terrafugia's first
attempt to take to the skies. Founded in 2006,
the company made headlines in recent years
with Transition, a street legal airplane that can
be flown in and out of general aviation airports.
More like a driveable plane than a flying car, the
two-seat vehicle can fold up its wings -- just like
putting the top down into a convertible car --
and fly with a cruise speed of 100 miles per
hour; it can also be parked inside a single car
garage, driven on the road on a highway speed
and run on automotive gasoline.
Terrafugia has been flying prototypes of
Transition since 2009 and is now very close to
getting it to the market. "We have over 100
orders for Transition," says Dietrich, adding that
Transition costs $279,000. "We are expecting to
ship the first products to customers in the
second quarter of 2016."
We have to make it easier, we have to make
it safer, we have to make it faster than
driving your car.
Carl Dietrich, Terrafugia CEO
But in order for users to be able to fly the
Transition, they would need to have at least a
sport pilot's license, which requires 20 hours of
flight time -- most sport pilots take 30-35 hours
to get their sport pilot certificates.
With its new prototype, however, Terrafugia
believes that just five hours would be enough
for users to learn how to operate the TF-X
vehicle, appealing to a broader segment of the
population. Dietrich says all operators will need
to know is how to interface with the vehicle,
how to determine if it's to safe to take off and
land and what to do on the event of an
emergency -- in those cases, operators would be
able to pull a handle which would be able to
activate a parachute system for the entire
vehicle by pulling a handle.
Thursday, 10 April 2014
From dreams to reality
Gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram
Islamists stormed a packed viewing
centre in Nigeria’s restive northeast and
shot dead two people watching
Champions League matches, police said
The centre was showing the two quarter-
final matches between defending
champions Bayern Munich and Manchester
United, and Atletico Madrid-Barcelona, on
Wednesday when it was attacked.
“The gunmen came in a car and opened fire
outside the viewing centre and sped off,”
Yobe State police commissioner Sanusi
Rufa’i told AFP of the incident in Potiskum,
a hotbed of the insurgency.
“One person died on the spot while another
died later at the hospital. Several other
people were injured, some critically,” he
Residents said the centre was full at the
time, with those who could not get a space
inside hanging around the windows to
watch the second-leg games, which saw
Bayern and Atletico reach the last four.
Rufa’i did not directly blame Boko Haram
for the attack but the hardline group has
been known for preaching against football
as part of its agenda to impose strict
Islamic law in northern Nigeria.
In several video clips, Boko Haram leader
Abubakar Shekau has described football
and music as a Western ploy to distract
Muslims from their religion.
In April 2012, gunmen killed two men at a
viewing centre in Potiskum, days after Boko
Haram warned people in leaflets to stay
away from such centres and calling for such
places to be closed.
Football is Nigeria’s national sport and the
country’s national team, the Super Eagles,
are the reigning African champions.
English Premier League football is wildly
popular, with many Nigerians supporting
top clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea,
Manchester United and Liverpool, whose
matches are shown live on television.
With one of the hottest collaborations released
last year, both Eminem and Rihanna are making
triumphant returns to the Movie Awards’ stage.
Back in 2009, Eminem performed a medley of
“We Made You/ Crack a Bottle” and then created
one of the most talked about moments in Movie
Awards history with Sasha Baron Cohen, while
Rihanna performed one of her signature hits,
“Umbrella” with Jay Z in 2007.
“2014 MTV Movie Awards” rewards movie
greatness in quirky categories such as Best
Comedic Performance, Best Villain, Best Kiss,
Best Musical Moment, Best On-Screen Duo, Best
Fight, Best Shirtless Performance and more.
Voting for Movie of the Year will continue
throughout the live broadcast of the show (see
list of nominees at end of document).
Other blockbuster moments to look out for at
the MTV Movies awards this year include
Additional performances by twenty one pilots,
performing their new single “Car Radio” and Ellie
Goulding & Zedd, performing excerpts from the
“Divergent” soundtrack, the presentation of the
“MTV Generation Award” to Mark Wahlberg by
his fellow “Entourage” cast members Adrian
Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin
Dillon – the first public reunion for the cast
ahead of their highly anticipated movie release
in June 2015.
This year, the “MTV Movie Awards” has the
distinction of being the only Award show to
nominate cinematic legend Robert De Niro,
Kanye West and Joan Rivers in the same
category (Best Cameo), see Matthew
McConaughey and Jared Leto take on Ice Cube
and Kevin Hart (Best On-Screen Duo), and pit
Jennifer Aniston against some of the hottest men
on the planet (Zac Efron, Chris Hemsworth,
Leonardo DiCaprio and Sam Claflin) for the
coveted Best Shirtless Performance category.
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Striking lecturers in federal polytechnics
yesterday staged a protest rally in Lagos, saying
they would not end their six month-old strike
until the federal government meets their
The rally which was led by the ASUP chairman
Aromolaran Adeyemi started from the Yaba
College of Technology at about 9:00am after a
Addressing journalists, Adeyemi said the
lecturers had resolved not to resume academic
activities until the government meets all
agreements reached with the body which
includes establishing a commission for
polytechnics as the National Universities
Commission (NUC) in the case of universities.
Adeyemi said it is unfortunate that of all the 13
demands, only two;-the constitution of governing
councils for polytechnics and assessment of
polytechnics’ needs were addressed by
But Supervising Minister for Education Chief
Nyesom Wike said in Bauchi Monday that the
strike would have been over had the lecturers
accepted the federal government’s offer of
payment of N40 billion emolument in two
“In 2009, the federal government reached a 13
point agreement with lecturers but government
has failed to meet the demands. And major
among these demands is the need to set up a
commission for the polytechnics because
universities already have a commission, colleges
of education have, nomadic education also has,
so we are demanding the establishment of a
commission for Nigerian polytechnics as well,”
According to him, the federal government must
also ensure that the age-long disparity between
polytechnic and university graduates is removed.
He added that issues relating to the review of
the Polytechnic Act, proper funding of the
polytechnics and payment of CONTISS 15 to
lower cadre officers in polytechnics are also
“It is unfortunate that the president has been
paying lip service to polytechnic education,
forgetting the fact that a good polytechnic
education is the bedrock of the transformation
agenda government is championing. This is the
reason we are shouting to the world that
polytechnic education must be rescued,”
Adeyemi said.... #DAILY TIME NEWSPAPER. 9/4/2014
THE National Universities Commission, NUC, has
given the first entrepreneurial university in
Nigeria, Joseph Ayo Babalola University, its
approval to run a College of Law.
The NUC team, which visited the institution to
ascertain its level of preparedness for the
commencement of the programmes in Law, gave
its mandate to the University via a mail sent to
the Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor
Professor Sola Fajana said all hands have being
on deck awaiting the approval of the
programme. He added that concerted efforts
have been made to ensure that the University is
constantly in line with the provisions laid down
by the regulatory body.
The National Universities Commission, NUC, gave
its approval for two programmes in the
University, Law (LLB) and Public Administration
The regulatory body admonished the University
Management to provide adequate human and
material resources for the development and
growth of the approved programmes.
I still don't feel like calling it a Nollywood thing....
The film” Half of a yellow sun”, an
adaptation of Chimamanda Adichie’s, novel has
been described by movie goers in London as
one of Nigeria’s finest brand.
The film, which depicts the story of the Nigerian
Civil War, love and family, saw a “sold out ticket”
in its premiere on Tuesday night at the Odeon
Cinema in streatham.
Some movie goers at the premiere told the
Europe Correspondent of the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) that the film would become one of
the nation’s international acclaimed brands
given its unique story line.
Others said they were satisfied with the superb
performances by `A list’of international and
local cast in the film.
NAN reports that the hall was full to capacity
with people of all races, who wanted to fill in
the gaps on the story of Nigeria’s civil war.
The film, which was directed by Mr Biyi Bandele,
featured stars like the Nigerian-born British
actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Hollywood actress
Others are Onyeka Onwenu, Genevieve Nnaji,
John Boyega and Joesph Mawle among others.
In an interview with NAN, Bandele said the film
was quite contemporary in style and had
received positive responses from movie goers.
He expressed the hope that the film will go a
long way in countering the stereotypes about
the nation, adding that “the cast of the film was
a selection of best actors”.
Also speaking Ejiofor, who won the British
Academy Film Awards 2014, for his role in”12
years a slave” said that the film was a “beautiful
story based on the Biafra civil war which
captured the beauty of the Nigerian society”.
Also speaking to NAN the author said she was
delighted that the film was able to capture the
essence of the novel.
She said the book portrayed the message she
tried to pass across about love, relationships
and the civil war.
NAN recalls that the film had its world premiere
at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in
The film will also be premiered in Nigeria and
the U.S. in April...... waiting!
Last week we received a sad news concerning
the death of one of our medical students in
Okofia ,Nnewi campus, the source said.
Name: Chisom Donny Osigwe
According to the information, she died after
observing an all night reading on Thursday 3rd
April 2014 to prepare for her quiz the next day
but to the surprise of everybody she did not
wake up to go for the lecture.
When her friends got tired of waiting for her to
wake, they started to bang on her door to know
whether she will open but she never did.
After several knocking and banging on the door,
they then broke into her room only to find
nothing else but her lifeless darkened and
We were told that her complexion was dark
when they saw her in her room lying lifelessly.
What could possibly be the cause of this death?
Some persons interviewed said that she has
other health issues before which could be the
cause of her death.
However, the cause of her death is still a