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Travel / Re: Arik Air Passengers Trapped In Hot Plane (Video ft Banky W) by Wallie(m): 8:18pm On Apr 08
InvertedHammer:

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You have just proved that someone can be naturally stupi.d from birth.

The major concern is lack of operational a/c secondary to the flight delay.

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And I'm about to tell your father, my messenger, to stand in the corner and start doing frog jumps for raising a bastard from an ashi joint. And your mother, my maid, to kneel down just for giving birth to sperm she should have swallowed when the whole street ran train on her! Your entire lineage, maternal and paternal, are stupi.d!
Travel / Re: Arik Air Passengers Trapped In Hot Plane (Video ft Banky W) by Wallie(m): 3:41pm On Apr 08
lastpage:

Where in that post (even though the law you quoted was specific about wasting passengers time sitting like a duck on the tarmac) was it stated that the PLANE LACKED CENTRAL AIR-CONDITIONING (as with the Arik flight) ... a health risk to many passengers?

Again, the post you quoted two pages behind where there is a jail term for "assaulting a plane crew" was specific about "ASSAULT of the STAFF".
Asking to be let out of a "suffocating plane" just sitting on the tarmac for two hours, by "banging on the door" is NOT THE SAME as assaulting a member of the crew.
The American govt that put such law in-place know that it is an 'extreme circumstance' that has no justification, ...not a Nigerian 'everyday occurrence'!

Let us compare "likes for likes", Oranges and apples are never the same.

Lastpage!

BTW: I do not advocate violence but knowing the "Nigerian setting", l say the only language that some of those in position of responsibility understand is "forceful demand" for your right.

Definition of assault
a threat or attempt to inflict offensive physical contact or bodily harm on a person (as by lifting a fist in a threatening manner) that puts the person in immediate danger of or in apprehension of such harm or contact
http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assault

Battery is when you physically touch someone.


I do not know what happened with the airplane but if the AC was completely off, it could be due to bad APU. Here's a pilot trying to explain the Long Tarmac Delay Rule.

While we are waiting we are burning gas similar to a car’s engine idling. The one difference is that airliners have an auxiliary power unit (APU). The APU is a small turbine engine producing adequate electricity and air conditioning to allow us to shut down the engines. Normally we will taxi out to a position on the taxiway or tarmac and then shut down the engines using the APU for power and air conditioning therefore burning much less gas than the engines. On most of the jets I have flown, an airplane sitting with the engines shut down and the APU running will burn in 2 to 3 hours the same amount of gas as just one engine running for one hour or both engines running for thirty minutes. This is the reason why we normally shut our engines down if we know there will be a long delay.

http://expertaviator.com/2011/06/01/long-tarmac-delay-rule-a-view-from-the-cockpit/

There are horror stories all over the internet about people being stranded on airplanes for hours. http://www.independenttraveler.com/travel-tips/air-travel/airplane-horror-stories

One thing I’m 100% certain of, if you try what those guys did over here, you would have been arrested by Air Marshalls on the plane or by the feds on the ground, and you will be potentially facing a very long sentence (mandatory minimum) due to the federal offense. This is not to say you couldn't get off but do you want to put your future in jeopardy in front of a judge for a silly offense?
Business / Re: Nigeria's Protectionism Is Hurting Africa - John Mahama (President Of Ghana) by Wallie(m): 3:07pm On Apr 08
The REAL issue is not between Nigeria and other countries in West Africa but between Nigeria and other western countries that will import products prohibited in Nigeria into other West African Countries.


Here's an example:

1. Nigeria bans the importation of laptops into the country due to Zinox's capability of supplying the demand. We know that Zinox cannot compete head-on with laptops from developed countries and the government is willing to give Zinox and any other local competitor 5 years to develop the local market. Zinox has no real competitor in other West African countries.

2. A company in China (or even an enterprising Nigerian) sees that Zinox and other companies like them are making a killing.

3. We have a free trade agreement with other West African countries and there's free flow of every type of commerce.

4. The Chinese company starts flooding the Ghanaian market with laptops because Ghana allows importation of laptops from other countries since they don't have a local manufacturer.

5. The laptops "destined" for the Ghanaian market can now move freely into Nigeria since we have a free trade agreement with Ghana.

6. Zinox and other local companies will either die a slow death or will resort to importation just to stay alive.

Close the damn boarders to strategic goods!

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Politics / Re: Dora Akunyili - Shocked! Speechless! - Cramjones (latest Pictures) by Wallie(m): 8:17pm On Apr 07
harvey511:

I guess that's the same route president musa y'ardua took, what became of him ?

What became of him is debatable but whatever it is, we still talk about him and his presidency! Do you think we would talk about him as much if he had refused to become the president due to ill health? What will become millions of people that will die quietly in their bedroom? They will leave this world quietly with very few caring that they were ever here.

If you want to leave a legacy, a footprint, or a vacuum in this world put other people’s welfare first and try to make a difference.
Travel / Re: Arik Air Passengers Trapped In Hot Plane (Video ft Banky W) by Wallie(m): 7:55pm On Apr 07
Dee60:
No American airline will try that with American citizens! The episode is ridiculous. Yes, it is wrong for the people to bang the door to the cockpit but that would have been avoided if the captain took time to explain what was going on. You simply cannot keep people inside that condition and then say nothing! Why board them when you were not ready?

Are you sure?

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that American Eagle Airlines became the first airline to be slapped with fines for violating the Department’s three-hour limit for tarmac delays.

On May 29, 2011, 15 different American Eagle Airlines flights left 608 passengers sitting on the Chicago O’Hare International Airport tarmac for a total of 225 minutes — 45 minutes beyond the limit.

For the violation, American Eagle Airlines has received a fine of $900,000 — the largest fine to date in a consumer case not involving civil rights violation. $650,000 must be paid within 30 days, and up to $250,000 can be credited for refunds, vouchers, and frequent flyer mile awards provided to the May 29th passengers, as well as to passengers on future flights that experience lengthy tarmac delays.

The rule, which was put in place in April 2010, states that any U.S. airlines operating with 30 or more passenger seats are prohibited from allowing their flights to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours without giving passengers an opportunity to deplane.

“We put the tarmac rule in place to protect passengers, and we take any violation very seriously,” explained U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We will work to ensure that airlines and airports coordinate their resources and plans to avoid keeping passengers delayed on the tarmac.”

And it seems to be working. In today’s press release, the Department notes that between May 2010 and April 2011, the larger U.S. airlines required to file tarmac delays reported 20 tarmac delays of more than three hours but less than four hours. By comparison, during the 12 months before the rule took effect, these carriers had 693 tarmac delays of more than three hours, and 105 delays longer than four hours.

But tarmac delays persist, and JetBlue may be the next airline to incur heavy fines from the Department. On October 29, 2011 a JetBlue Airways Airbus A320 left passengers stranded on the tarmac for over 7 hours at a Connecticut airport after the plane was diverted when severe weather struck the northeast. More than 100 passengers on that JetBlue flight were left onboard without food, water or functioning bathrooms. If the government determines that the airline violated the tarmac delay rule, JetBlue could be fined as much as $27,500 per passenger.

Next week, airlines and airports alike will be on high alert to avoid delays as 23.2 million passengers take to the air for Thanksgiving weekend. As ABC News’ Matt Hosford noted, the Air Transport Association’s Thanksgiving travel forecast predicts there will be 37,000 fewer passengers per day compared to last year.

But don’t expect empty seats — flights will still be full despite the 2 percent drop as U.S. carriers have reduced capacity to match demand. If you are flying for Thanksgiving, the ATA says the busiest days will be Friday, Nov. 18, Sunday, Nov. 27, and Monday, Nov. 28.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/11/u-s-department-of-transportation-issues-first-ever-fine-for-tarmac-delay/
Travel / Re: Arik Air Passengers Trapped In Hot Plane (Video ft Banky W) by Wallie(m): 5:16pm On Apr 07
The outcome of the event will be different for both the passengers and the airline in the US.

1. In the US, there is a rule, which was put in place in April 2010, states that any U.S. airlines operating with 30 or more passenger seats are prohibited from allowing their flights to remain on the tarmac for more than three hours without giving passengers an opportunity to deplane. The fine could be as much as $27,500 per passenger.
See http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2011/11/u-s-department-of-transportation-issues-first-ever-fine-for-tarmac-delay/


2. Do not try what the passengers did in the US even if you have recourse.

49 U.S. Code § 46504 - Interference with flight crew members and attendants: An individual on an aircraft in the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States who, by assaulting or intimidating a flight crew member or flight attendant of the aircraft, interferes with the performance of the duties of the member or attendant or lessens the ability of the member or attendant to perform those duties, or attempts or conspires to do such an act, shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both. However, if a dangerous weapon is used in assaulting or intimidating the member or attendant, the individual shall be imprisoned for any term of years or for life.

Assaulting a crewmember is punishable by up to 20 years’ imprisonment, and a fine of up to $250,000. If a dangerous weapon is used, the defendant can be imprisoned for life. (18 U.S.C. § 3571, 49 U.S.C. § 46504.)

For example, striking a flight attendant or trying to hurt a pilot on an airplane would probably be considered assault on a crewmember.
http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/49/46504
http://www.criminaldefenselawyer.com/resources/interfering-with-a-flight-attendant-or-crewmember.htm

In other words, if you’re in the US, do not take the law into your hands and let the authorities deal with the situation unless your life is in danger and you’re ready to be charged with a federal offense that you may eventually beat.

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Travel / Re: 16 Ways Europeans Are Just Better At Life by Wallie(m): 6:49pm On Apr 03
Toaskarity: This is absolute nonsense! How can you compare a continent to a country...

Tell me more about how a continent that is falling everyday to a world best economy, until anybody beats that then stfu!

Oh I remember none of them can even stand out if not for Usa pouring so much into that old world after ww2

Tell me about soccer! As if anybody cares..usa have four sports than dominates its market before you talk ofsoccer..The fact they re not interested in it like every europeans countries doesn't mean europe is now better than Usa..for christ sake, you wanna talk about sports then talk about Olympics..thats make more sense. The arguement you made is jst as silly as someone saying Usa is better than europe because of basketball or football (if u knw what that mean)

Oh yeah, europe transport is good. And u mention only germany and lets add few west europe to it like france and england, what about others ..listen, here the road are wide and awesome , the ppl can afford big a.s.s car and they love it so deal with it esp when most europeans cant afford such car neither will they be able to enjoy such on their tiny old roads..

I can go on nd on how Usa is better than europe nd don't have to search online like you did..
And next time u want to compare, Europe is all about four serious countries which fact a country like france still relevant because of their attachment to their colonized countries in africa, or fake English that licks Usa a.s.s on international issues..Germany(i do like that country) which is doing better than most of em but were built back by same Usa after ww2..

Oh most of u that don't know poo about Usa healthcare and screams how terrible it is because others says so..I bet if I ask u what u know about it, ur ans will be that england or france healthcare is better smh

Don't even go into entertainment cos its only a fool that can't see the king in that..no wonder English actors re rushing to Hollywood lol..As for singing..abeg close ur mouth on that too, nobody listen to europe music..

Pls don't jst copy and paste stuff u see online..read it thru..you could have come with a better reason not that bullcrap..

My source : myself been living in tx since I was ninteen ..

And how old are you now...20? grin Can't you see that the article was a tongue-in-cheek way of highlighting the quality of life in Europe? By the way, I'm almost certain that I have lived in the US for more years than you've been on this earth. I wonder what’s wrong with all these 90s babies running their mouth!

And next time, unless you’re on some of those hit-a-button-3-times to get an alphabet, stop with all that abbreviating crap! And you say you’re in Texas? You must be 20!

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Travel / Re: 16 Ways Europeans Are Just Better At Life by Wallie(m): 2:47pm On Apr 03
Dis Guy:
a bit over the top there @wallie, about 30days off in a year wont exactly grind the economy to a halt cheesy

Since work week is Monday thru Friday for most people, the 30-day count does not include weekends and national holidays. I also lumped Canada into the mix because they have paternity leave and women can take up to a year off work (although, Canada's taxes are CRAZY high)!

I can't even imagine what I will do with 30 work days off plus national holidays! I have so little paid time off that I spend less than a week off work when I travel to Nigeria just so I could have time to do some other stuff!

Take a look at this article:
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/06/08/countries-most-vacation-days/2400193/
Travel / Re: 16 Ways Europeans Are Just Better At Life by Wallie(m): 2:03pm On Apr 03
Porthable: I think the OP probably applied for a visa at the United States Embassy and got denied, thereby using this medium to take it out on them. What a sentimental thread, you compared the whole of Europe to just one country out of the two American continent. Haba?

Thank God (1) I have never needed a visa to visit or live in the US, and (2) I did not write the article, which was why I provided the link. grin

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Travel / Re: 16 Ways Europeans Are Just Better At Life by Wallie(m): 1:57pm On Apr 03
There's no question that the quality of life is better in Europe than the United States! I envy how they're able to take so many months off work but I do not envy how little they earn from work or how small their houses, cars, and roads are.

I think for someone not yet wealthy, the US is the place to be and once you're swimming in dollars, then you should go buy one of those castles in France just to goof off!

Having said all that, if I have to choose between the US and Europe, it will take me less than a Pico second to choose the US. The US is so vast that you can find whatever quality of life you desire, especially if you’re rich. You can choose to live in absolute seclusion on your 100 acre ranch, on a mountain in the middle of nowhere, in a big city where the party never stops, among the super wealthy where people own private jets, in the same building with celebrities, on an island like someone vacationing, or just like a regular middle class family with a white picket fence and a dog. All these while driving your Ferrari or Honda Civic.

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Travel / 16 Ways Europeans Are Just Better At Life by Wallie(m): 7:57pm On Apr 02
The United States is a great place. From New York to Los Angeles and covering everything in between, the U.S. boasts unprecedented diversity, natural wonder and opportunity. Americans love freedom so much, they have hot dog-eating contests on Independence Day to prove it. And good luck finding something better than a cronut.

Despite that general awesomeness, though, the U.S. isn't the best at everything. That's not dinging the land of the free and the home of the brave for no reason, but rather, to say that Europe just does some things better.

Here are a few arenas where the U.S. could learn a thing or two from the old country.


1. HEALTH CARE

Europeans:
As the U.S. Congress plows into gridlock again over Obamacare, Europe offers a number of examples of far more efficient health care systems. According to a Bloomberg study, four European nations rank in the top 10. Apparently, the U.S. could learn something from Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden.

Americans:
In fact, of the 48 nations surveyed, the U.S. ranked 46, edging out only Serbia and Brazil.

2. CHEESE

Europeans:
Europe produces wonders such as Gruyere, Parmesan and Feta.

Americans:
Meanwhile, this yellow, nondescript foodstuff bears the name "American."

3. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Europeans:
Across the pond, larger cities flaunt extensive metros and buses circumnavigate nearly every town. Granted, the U.S. takes three days to drive across, but a high-speed train in Germany is the closest thing to being in "Star Trek" as any mode of transport in this half of the 21st century.

Americans:
What's that? You don't live in New York/Washington/Chicago and don't have a car? OK. Enjoy waiting for your transfer bus for the next three hours.

4. SONG CONTESTS

Europeans:
The annual Eurovision Song Contest brings out the best (and sometimes the worst) of pop music. But as much as anything, it takes nationalism, shakes it up with a whole bunch of ridiculous, and pops out an entertaining spectacle.

Get ready for five minutes of Eurovision awesome.

Americans:
"American Idol" was once a juggernaut. But for a good chunk of the show's running, half the fun has just been watching how terrible the tryouts are.

5. LIFE EXPECTANCY

Europeans:
Switzerland and San Marino -- the microstate surrounded by Italy -- tied Japan for the world's longest life expectancy, at 83 years, according to a 2011 World Health Organization study. From there, eight European nations tied for fourth place, at 82 years, including Italy, Andorra and Sweden. In fact, 24 European nations rank ahead of the U.S. on the list, which comes in at...

Americans:
...No. 33, just one spot ahead of Cuba.

6. FOOTBALL (SOCCER)

Europeans:
European nations have won 10 of 19 World Cups, led by Italy, Germany and reigning world champ, Spain. And you don't have to wait four years to see soccer magic — the 2012 UEFA Champions League final drew a global audience of 150 million on average, compared to 106 million for the 2013 Super Bowl.

Americans:
The U.S.'s best finish came its first time in the World Cup — third place in 1930.

Then it didn't qualify for the tournament for 40 years after 1950.

7. VACATION TIME

Europeans:
The top seven nations in the world, in terms of time off? All European. Austrians get 35 (35!) paid days off per year. Nobody criticizes them for being lazy.

Americans:
Meanwhile, the U.S. is the sole developed nation that requires no paid vacation time or holidays by law.


8. CHOCOLATE

Europeans:
When anyone says the word "Belgian," three things come to mind: Beer, waffles and Jean-Claude Van Damme.

But seriously. Belgium and chocolate are practically synonymous.

Americans:
M&Ms are tasty and all, but that candy-coated shell can't hold a candle to Brussels' finest.


9. POLITICAL SEX SCANDALS

Europeans:
A "Bunga bunga" party can actually get a politician in trouble. But in a lot of cases, politicians' extramarital extracurriculars tend not to mean all that much to voters. Just take a look at the strange saga of the present French President and his present partner, Valerie Trierweiler. President Hollande's ex-wife, Ségolène Royal, could have been president in 2007, but she lost to Nicolas Sarkozy. And then she lost Hollande to Trierweiler.

And that's not even bringing up that Sarkozy divorced and remarried while he was president.

Americans:
Then you have Americans like Mark Sanford, who cried in public about his infidelity, making the story even more sad than it ever was interesting.

10. MEASUREMENTS

Europeans:
Europe uses the metric system. If you can multiply by 10, you now have the next highest unit. Boom. Done.

Americans:
There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon, 16 tablespoons in a cup, 2 cups in a pint, 2 pints in a quart and 4 quarts to a gallon. There are 12 inches in a foot, 3 feet in a yard and 1,760 yards in a mile (or 5,280 feet, as is more commonly known). There are 144 square inches in a square foot and 43,560 square feet in an acre. There are 16 ounces in a pound and 2,000 pounds in a ton.

This list excludes such fun units as picas, furlongs, fathoms, nautical miles, survey townships, bushels and hogsheads. Yup. A hogshead is a unit of measurement and not a Harry Potter character. Look it up.

11. SEXY ACCENTS

Europeans:
Here's Spanish actress Penelope Cruz speaking English:

Americans:
Here's New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking Spanish:

12. FUEL-EFFICIENT CARS

Europeans:
In Europe, nobody laughs at the guy driving the car that's only slightly larger than a bathtub...because they're likely driving those cars, too.

Americans:
Meanwhile, here's a familiar sight from an American parking lot: A gas-guzzling SUV, probably parked over the lines at the grocery store, with one of those stick figure family decals in the back window. Because gallons of milk need to be transported in tanks.

13. Unclothedness IN MEDIA

Europeans:
Royal-family-peeping aside, it's just not a big deal in Europe.

Americans:
Pretty much anyone over the age of 15 knows full well how Nipplegate ushered in a new era of American Puritanism.

14. AUTOMOBILE RACING

Europeans:
Dat. Tunnel. (FF to 1:00).

Americans:
NASCAR goes in circles.

15. CASTLES

Europeans:
Holdovers from bygone centuries — some from well before Columbus discovered America — castles dot the European landscape. In fact, some are even cheaper to buy than New York City apartments.

Americans:
Cinderella's is probably America's most well-known castle. And it costs $92 to go there.

16. TAKING THEIR TIME

Europeans:
A long lunch in a Parisian café, a siesta in Spanish sunshine, or sipping wine on an Italian terrace -- it's hard to argue with the ways Europeans spend their time. As the saying goes, Europeans work to live and Americans live to work.

Americans:
Americans are seemingly always in a hurry. They have to be first on and off the subway car. They need to be able to buy size XL sweatpants and Fruit Loops at 3 a.m. And if they don't reply to emails within 10 minutes, coworkers start considering missing persons reports.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/07/16-ways-europeans-are-just-better-at-life_n_3950351.html

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Business / Re: Why Nigeria Shunned EU/ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Agreement –FG by Wallie(m): 3:29pm On Apr 02
Someone in power finally sees the big picture! Thank you, Mr. Olusegun Aganga!

The Europeans should come back when/if our manufacturing sector wakes up from coma.

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Politics / Re: Dora Akunyili - Shocked! Speechless! - Cramjones (latest Pictures) by Wallie(m): 3:06pm On Apr 02
kastonkastrol: lorretta ; the truth is always bitter, dora is broke. She needs that 12million box even for the sake of her treatment. Just take a good luk @ her on the pix cramjones uploaded. Is she really suppose to be there? I know she did a lot of gud when she was giving the fake drug dealers(her brodas) a hard time but she is not suppose 2 be in dat conference luking like that. She very very very sick for God sake. Nigeria is not a country u can die for, is not worth it.

Btw how's ur husband? Hope all is well with you and ur wondaful family?

Do you know that some people view their service to humanity as something greater than self-preservation? Have you ever wondered what difference your life on earth will make when you're gone? Death is the ultimate price that each one of us will pay and there's nothing we can do about it; however, what we do with our life when we are still on this earth is within our control.

Dora was/is sick but summoned the strength needed to appear in public to contribute her own quota and we ridicule her? Is she the first person to get sick? If she thinks she’s up to the task and she was nominated, what’s the problem? Do you have any idea how many people look healthy but are really walking-corpse?

May people who are selfless continue to have the strength and courage to carry on for the greater good of us all until their time is up!

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Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 10:16pm On Mar 27
Capnd143: the pakis have a huge weapons technology base, though grossly underestimated, the pakistanis military technology if acquired can help us build our own home grown airframes as time goes on. All we need to do is play along, learn the basic no matter how small, and personally i dont think that we need to acquire that large amount in Tech from the Jf-17 considering nigeria already has an indigineous aircraft development project, Tag "PROJECT FARAWA". The pakis can give us cheap aircraft technology, navagition tech, propulsion tech, guidance tech at no cost at all, rather than just partly paying 4 the goddam Research.

lol...even if you steal tech secrets, you still need R&grin to reverse engineer or black box test it provided the equipment still works. If you think that we are so far along and all we need are just some ancillary equipment then why not just build the aircraft using civilian technology?
Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 10:10pm On Mar 27
SirShymmex:
At the bold, I don't think Nigeria has that much to spend, if you factor in the money budgeted for the military and the extreme corruption, in the country. Evidently, in this case, we need to go for anything we can get - as long as we can get technology transfer. Spare parts aren't that important, if we can develop the engineering/intellectual-capability aspect of our military. The Iranians and Chinese have shown that with top-notch engineering capabilities, you can always do reverse-engineering for any weapon system - and build your own spare parts.
Also, to the last paragraph of your post - I think that's more reason why we need to start building military relationships with countries that have vast experience in counter insurgency. And Pakistani military is one of them.

More than anything, technology transfer is what we need! We need to know how to do stuff so that we can start developing our own home-grown weapons.

Also, access to spare parts is everything with sophisticated weapons because generic parts are usually not up to spec, which is what separates military hardware from civilian hardware. With military grade weapons, it is a question of how far can you see (optics, radar, calibration)? How long can you operate in an extreme environment (cooling, materials)? How fast can you travel (materials, engine)? How accurately can you shoot a target far away (calibration, materials)? How reliable are you (system)? Can you escape RPGs (counter measures)? How high can you fly (materials)? How many Gs can the plane pull to avoid harm (materials)?

You get all that extra oomph due to higher spec components, which is why military grade components are restricted. We are decades away from developing our own sophisticated military components but with access to the components we are only a few years away from putting them together to form our own systems if we get the know-how we need.

The immediate areas of need are with embedded programs using Ada and Vxworks. If given the components, can we code and load the necessary programs on them to make them do what we want? Do we know enough hard sciences to calculate what the program in the system needs to do?
I'm all for building more military relationships because it will only strengthen our ties with other nations.
Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 9:34pm On Mar 27
Nuclear2: I really think we can get US apache and even the F-16s if we play our cards right.
Nigeria is the US largest trade partner in africa and is currently facing protracted terrorist attacks that threatens american interests.
Anyway,i'm not high on western weapons.
There is too much terms and conditions attached.

True but nothing worse than buying a weapon only to get shot down due to its malfunction! Not only would we have lost millions of dollars in the purchase, we would end up raising BH’s moral and give them an opportunity to create another propaganda video. I won’t be surprised BH has heat seeking RPGs.

I think what we should have is a good mix of weapons so that we can pick and choose which to use based on the enemy’s sophistication. I just truly hope that we are not sleeping at the wheel before these crazies start getting bold enough to attack other states!
Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 9:25pm On Mar 27
SirShymmex:

Nigeria has a few attack helicopters in its inventory. 6 Mi-35P, 4 Mi-171Sh, 3 Mi-34 Hermit, 5 Mi-34 Hermit, and 4 Mi-34 Hermit. However, I agree with you that we need an all purpose attack one like the Apache but Apaches are too expensive and the maintenance is just too dire. The Russian Mil Mi-28 is a cheaper, better and more effective option. And I honestly don't think the yanks would be willing to sell to Nigeria - and the UK Apaches are specifically built for the Royal Air force.

That said, we also need 4th generation for some heavy bombings with precision, but we don't have that capability at the moment. J17 is a good head-start. And since F16 and F15 might be elusive to Nigeria - I won't mind the French Dassault Rafale, Sukhoi Su-27 or Mikoyan MiG-29.


I like to believe those in charge of the military are pretty smart because weapon systems are long term commitments that shouldn't be rushed. How can one guarantee spare parts and the necessary updates for the JF-17 20 years from now? I just think we should get more than aircraft out of the deal. When you have money to spend and you have a lot of options, you have some power to dictate what you want. I would hate to see us “penny wise and pound foolish.”

The cheap price of the plane is nice but the risk of something going wrong in the near future is too great with untested planes that no one has ordered! If they can let us develop our intellectual capability using the planes then it will negate the risks.

Anyway, it seems our threat for the foreseeable future is internal and not external, which means that a significant portion of our yearly $2.3 billion defense budget should be towards buying weapons to counter insurgency. BH will be with us for a while and the sooner we develop capabilities to tackle them, the better off we are!
Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 9:10pm On Mar 27
ISLAMABAD — Financial difficulties aside, Pakistan is modernizing its air power mainly through investing in the critical JF-17 Thunder program. But the Chengdu J-10B/FC-20 order is less certain.

With a funding crunch, the Pakistan Air Force “will concentrate most resources on JF-17 to ensure its success and further development,” said Usman Shabbir, with the Pakistan Military Consortium think tank.

Last year, the Air Force admitted modernization efforts under the Armed Forces Development Plan 2025 had gone unfunded since 2007. However, Pakistan secured a Chinese loan to keep JF-17 production on track. No details, including the amount of the loan, have been made public.

Production of the second block of 50 began in December. With 50 jets in service, Pakistan’s requirement is for up to 250 planes to replace its Mirage and F-7 aircraft. It already has replaced the A-5C Fantan strike fighter with two squadrons.

The Block II JF-17 has improved avionics, weapons load and carriage capability, a data link and an electronic warfare suite, plus an in-flight refueling capability, but officials are reluctant to give specific details.

A spokesperson for the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC), which jointly manufactures the JF-17 with China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Group, would say only that the avionics suite is a “mixed package” and has been contracted.

Shabbir said he believes the NRIET KLJ-7 X-band radar will have been retained for the Block I/II aircraft, and standoff weapons such as the Ra’ad air-launched cruise missile, H-2/H-4 glide bomb and Mectron MAR-1 anti-radiation missile might also have been integrated onto the Block II jets.

Multiple ejector racks will make up for a lack of additional weapon store stations, and a dedicated designator pod station could be added later underneath the plane’s port intake.

No JF-17 has been seen carrying a designator pod, but a Chinese type will likely enter service, even though Shabbir said the Pakistan Air Force’s Air Weapons Complex “has also developed one in collaboration with a European firm.”

Which firm is unknown, but PAC collaborates with European companies such as Selex ES and Sagem.

Shabbir said the addition of a separate forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor is unlikely, and those fitted to Mirage 5s would not be “recycled” because “the FLIR-equipped [retrofit of strike element-III] Mirages will soldier on for many years as they are specialist night attack aircraft.”

Further avionics improvements will probably wait until Block III production begins in 2016, with an active electronically scanned array radar variant of the KLJ-7, he said. But “so far, Block III is just conceptual, and even though PAF/PAC and CATIC [China National Aero-Technology Import & Export Corp.] agree on broad terms what capabilities Block III should offer, the design is not finalized,” Shabbir said.

The importance to Pakistan aside, for CATIC, the FC-1/JF-17 is an export program that has yet to secure an order and become profitable. Production lines in both countries are underutilized. PAC produces 18 aircraft a year but has a capacity of 25.

This has caused some friction, as the Pakistan Air Force wants to meet its requirements before concentrating on exports.

Douglas Barrie, a senior fellow for Military Aerospace at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, said he believes China could influence exports as “a Chinese purchase of the aircraft, even if only in token numbers, would also bolster its credentials.

“There’s no obvious reason why the Chengdu JF-17 should not be a credible contender in a number of markets where a more capable combat aircraft is either unaffordable or unavailable, particularly in some African and possibly Middle Eastern states looking to replace legacy types with a low-cost platform,” he said.

Barrie highlighted the “reasonable selection of air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons,” and said the air-to-air SD-10/PL-12, a beyond-visual-range missile, is a “credible weapon.”

J-10 Purchases
A Pakistan Air Force purchase of the FC-20/J-10B, while attention focuses on JF-17 exports, would therefore be favorable, Shabbir said. However, the status of the deal is uncertain and there is thought to be a discussion within the Pakistan Air Force as to its fate.

The country’s Defence Ministry would not comment on the matter, and the Air Force has not responded to queries.

Shabbir said the order “was always planned to be signed in the 2014-2015 time frame.” A reported US $1.4 billion agreement was negotiated for 36 FC-20/J-10B aircraft in 2009, with reports at the time claiming they would enter service around 2014 or 2015, but that date has slipped.

However, “if money becomes an issue and if the [Indian Air Force] does not go for the Rafale [fighter jet], it is possible that the [Pakistan Air Force] might drop the FC-20 plan and invest even more resources into the JF-17 project, along with buying more used F-16s and bringing them to Block 52 standard,” he said.

Former Air Force pilot and analyst Kaiser Tufail said, “Purely from a political standpoint, it would be wise for the [Air Force] to diversify its source of advanced fighters of the F-16C class. China is an obvious reliable source and the FC-20 is a possible candidate, though my personal assessment is that overall, it is not as advanced as the F-16C [Block 50/52].”

Yet he still believes ordering the FC-20/J-10B could benefit the JF-17.

“I think that later JF-17 Blocks III and IV could possibly have avionics systems commonality with the FC-20, as these would have been tried and tested systems on the latter aircraft,” he said.

Though Tufail admitted the possibility of speculating too far, “since the specifications and airframe configuration of the later JF-17 Block III and IV is not at all clear, it would be futile to speculate if hardware other than avionics systems could find commonality with the FC-20,” he said.

Similarly, Tufail said he’s uncertain whether a Chinese stealth jet would be a better option than the FC-20/J-10B, as “the full performance capabilities of the Chinese stealth aircraft are not known as yet and on this account, it may be premature to draw up a wish list.”

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20140210/DEFREG/302100032/Thunder-Resonates-Modernization-Inches-Forward-Pakistan

The moral of the story? Wait for the system to further develop (JF-17 Blocks III and IV) before jumping on board.

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Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 8:51pm On Mar 27
To be honest, I think what Nigeria needs more today are attack helicopters to combat BH. Airplanes are too fast and will require precise location of targets that are usually mobile. Also, you need soldiers on the ground painting a target so that the airplane wouldn't miss. With attack helicopters, you can observe from a distance while hovering and attack at the best time!

With helicopters, the group of BH fighters attacking the military installation should have been made to pay the ultimate price! Here a really GRAPHIC video of 2 Apaches helicopters engaging a group of Taliban fighters:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TZOxlTwAvA
Politics / Re: Why Is Nigeria Throwing Away This Military Deal With Pakistan? by Wallie(m): 7:46pm On Mar 27
Capnd143: look up to u.s and u.k in arms trade and weapons development? You are probably the best mo.ron around! So you think the U.s will be willing to share the blueprints of its f-35 jet? B-3 bomber? F-16 jet? HH-46 COPTER? Man u are up for a good dreaming session! If the U.s even share their tech it will come with so many strings attached that you will hope u didnt sign such a deal!
And if you werent such an ignorant dullard you would know that 99% U.S of weapons system are "CLOSED SOURCE" military system making it almost impossible to reverse engineer while pakistans system are mostly "OPEN SOURCE" making it easy to reverse engineer.
the only thing nigeria can get 4rm the u.s are boneyard stored weaponry.
And u are also moronic enof not to realise that pakistan ranks among the top militaries of the world

What exactly will Nigeria be getting from the deal? If you say the blue prints for the airframe is open source, what about the more important parts like radar, propulsion system, and avionics?

I would say if we have $20-25 million to burn per plane then it should be to develop Nigeria's engineering capabilities! Since the whole thing seems to be open source with parts from different countries, then we should only buy a few if we can assemble and configure it ourselves. Technology transfer is the key otherwise we might as well buy from established manufacturers!

If technology transfer on a LARGE SCALE is not occurring, it will be a waste of money and we will only be funding Pakistan’s development!
Business / Re: World Most Expensive Currencies - Kuwaiti Dinar by Wallie(m): 7:22pm On Mar 23
Rhukie: The dollar is overrated
What do you mean? Dollar is simply the currency that the world trades with. If you're trying to buy goods from China or Dubai, do you think the trader will accept Naira?
Business / Re: Starting up a free Newspaper Business 'Abuja Metro' by Wallie(m): 7:13pm On Mar 23
If you're going to give your paper away for free bear in mind is that mass distribution does not equal more ad money. The business model can work but you will have your work cut out for you. Using airports as your distribution channel presents a problem because people flying are heading to a location far away from where you are in Abuja where your advertisers are. How is someone in Lagos or Aba going to buy a product or service advertised in your paper from a company located in Abuja?


Try answering the questions below with your partners to help guide your thought process -

1. How are you going to write/acquire the stories in the paper?
2. How and at what cost are you going to print the paper?
3. How are you going to distribute the paper? By hand and/or self-service racks?
4. How are you going to get agreements in place to place self-service racks at airports? How much will it cost you to hire people that will hand deliver?
5. Will airports or whatever channel you use to reach your customers allow you to distribute your paper?
6. Your value proposition will come from being able to reach your target audience effectively and cheaply. How are you going to do that?
7. How are you going to reach your advertisers? Are you going to hire a sales team?
8. How are you going to finance the cost of acquiring content, design and printing, hiring a sales team and distributing your paper?
9. Why should advertisers place ads in your paper in lieu of Punch, Vanguard, etc? Is your content different?
10. Why are newspapers folding up all over the world and what makes you think you won't suffer the same fate?
Business / Re: World Most Expensive Currencies - Kuwaiti Dinar by Wallie(m): 1:45am On Mar 21
einstein_e: Lol at the posts in this thread. That a currency is worth more than dollars does not mean the country's economy is strong. If Nigeria was an exporting country, the current exchange rate would have been great. As someone who exports services and receives dollars, i am actually happy that the naira is lower cause it means more money in my pocket.

In a country where everything you need is imported you actually want your local currency to be strong, which explains the strength of all the currencies in the Arab countries.

In a country that imports very little but exports a lot, you want the local currency to be somewhat weak because you get a lot more local currency for your goods, which means that people in your country will have more money to buy more stuff made in that country. Outsiders will not be able to compete because whatever products they try to sell in that country will be too expensive. Those countries try to artificially devalue their currency. See China.

In Nigeria, the weak Naira helps the government but impoverishes the citizenry. The government gets more dollars for oil exports, converts the dollars to Naira to pay her citizens but when you go to the market, you cannot buy much because most of what we need daily is imported. There's obviously a balance to be struck but I sincerely believe that the balance is tilting the wrong way.

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Investment / Re: The South Africanisation Of Nigeria by Wallie(m): 8:58pm On Mar 18
dubem3:
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Where then are the Nigerian entrepreneurs? It appears they are either asleep or looking for oil. This is an attempt to embarrass us by challenging Nigerians to rise to the South African challenge. Nigerians need to realise that there is already underway a South African play for Nigeria, and this challenge is not simply at the level of the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana where we have tended to reign supreme. This is at the more cogent level of economic supremacy. It is at the level of determining the preeminent and representative black African country in the world today.
...
http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/03/south-africanisation-nigeria/

I agree mostly with the article but I think that (1) lack of access to capital, and (2) lack of knowledge of a workable business model will always cause us to wait for the South Africans to take a lead. No bank will lend you money on a business model that is not proven. The South Africans have been doing it for a while and they can easily show banks that they have the knowledge and right business model to make a business work. In general, wealthy Nigerians will only invest in something that they know will work and for that to happen they need to see someone else make a fortune from it so that they can copy the business model.

Shoprite is not a first store of its kind in Lagos. I remember we once had Leventis, UTC, Cash and Carry, etc in the late 80s. We had satellite phone companies before MTN.

On the flip side, do you think the telecom industry would be this successful if it were a Nigeria only affair? Absolutely not! Competition is what creates ingenuity. MTN raised the bar so high that the other entrants had no choice but to surpass it if they want to survive. When there’s strong competition, the only winner is us because the companies will eventually try to differentiate on price, service and/or quality. This is the reason why credible and strong opposition/competition is needed, especially in politics. It matters not which party you favor; your party will become better if they want to survive.

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Programming / Re: Can We Compete With Programmers From Usa, China, India Etc by Wallie(m): 7:23pm On Mar 18
AjanleKoko:
Not exactly. In the dotcom years, a lot of Nigerians got jobs in the US from here, without having schooled over there.
But only then. Now the competition is fiercer, and we haven't really created or leveraged any advantage the way the Indians have.
Today it will be almost impossible for a Nigerian in Nigeria to get a job directly in the US, without any US education or work experience. Parallel industry experience notwithstanding.

logica: Do you know my friends? Yes, some went ahead to school in the US but they got jobs even before their US schooling. What mattered was, they were mostly self-schooled.

I guess you guys didn't see the lawyerly wiggle room that I created by saying "almost" and "rarely"? grin I've been trained never to say "never" as there are no absolutes.

On a more serious note, I'm surprised that some companies did hire directly from Nigeria strictly based on Nigerian credentials (not even GMAT or GRE scores?).

Logical, I'm not disputing that people who can "show" what they know can't get jobs directly in the US, only that one almost always require proven experience and/or US schooling to do the same. I just don't see how a hiring manager for a company hiring for the US market will see a Nigerian resume come through his/her desk and will slate that person for an interview unless something extra-ordinary catches his/her eye. But who knows!
Programming / Re: Can We Compete With Programmers From Usa, China, India Etc by Wallie(m): 4:50pm On Mar 18
logica: For every friend of yours that got rejected (and didn't know about algorithms), I've had friends that worked with Microsoft, IBM, NASA and about every major employer of IT/Software Development labor you can come up with (and they knew their onions).

Yes, universities here in Nigeria back in my day didn't teach algorithms, yet we that were trying to get into the software development industry knew about them. I for instance developed a game for my final year school project. A game of strategy and perfect information (same class of games as chess, checkers, etc) and implemented the Minimax with Alpha-Beta Pruning algorithm. Yet I was not taught algorithms in class. What does that tell you?

I agree with you but with a caveat. Almost all those Nigerians that you spoke of schooled in the US in addition to their Nigerian schooling, and/or have proven expertise in their field. Unfortunately, having just Nigerian schools on your resume will very rarely get you an American job in America if you apply through the normal channel.
Programming / Re: Can We Compete With Programmers From Usa, China, India Etc by Wallie(m): 4:39pm On Mar 18
As an anecdote to what I said above, I wanted a whiteboard/explainer animation video and I would have loved to give the project to a Nigerian company with proven competence if the can do it cheaper than US companies but a quick internet search turned up nothing. The companies that I found in the US charged anywhere from $5-20k for a 90 second video. A Nigerian company could have easily created the script, storyboard and animation, and simply hire an American (my target market) for the professional voice over.


Here’s another: I’ve tried to outsource about 10 different coding projects over the years which I sought proposals for and ended up moving forward with about 5 of those proposals. Where can I find concentrated talents from Nigeria that can bid on a particular project without having to resort to Elance, Odesk or Freelance, etc.? I’m sure that there are hundreds just like me willing to give a capable Nigerian company a chance.


Lastly, I advertised some technical positions and I want to hire Nigerians; however, I’m faced with what seems like insurmountable headache in trying to find a model that will work for me and those that I hire.

(1) I’m afraid that I will be setting them up for failure if I do not train and equip them with the structure necessary to succeed. Ideally, I would like to set up a contract with a company without having to hire the people directly; something that I can easily do in India.

(2) How am I going to get the needed structure in place? How can I get an office running without spending a fortune? I’m not sure that I want to sign a 2-year lease on an office that may not work out. How about NEPA issues? Internet service nko? Am I ready to be my own local government when I have a choice of not being one?

(3) Who is going to manage the employees? Who’s going to do all the required hand-holding?

(4) Will the people hired be contractors or employees? Do I want/need to set up a local company? What about taxation?

(5) How am I going to readily get dollars into the country without spending a significant portion on fees?

(6) By the time I add up all the added expenses and headaches of setting up an office and managing the employees in Naija, wouldn’t I be better off hiring the much more expensive Americans that I’m certain will have the requisite expertise?


All these issues might seem trivial but they present another level of risk to an already risky situation, especially when India presents a path of less resistance. But I’m tired of giving money to Indians when I believe (or want to believe) that we have capable Nigerians if given the right environment.
Programming / Re: Can We Compete With Programmers From Usa, China, India Etc by Wallie(m): 3:12pm On Mar 18
AjanleKoko:

Yes and No. Yes we can compete, but no I don't see that happening for the next 50 years because we are so far behind. However, if the government all of a sudden wakes up and starts to aggressively push a clear and concise agenda, we may get there in 20 years. Why? We have the raw material in abundance. Youth and talent.

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I agree. What some people fail to realize is the need for some sort of critical mass technology adoption before we can compete with such countries. The only problem is that someone has to fund that early adoption stage because the initial results won’t be very promising. 10 or 20 experienced/talented developers or coders cannot do the trick. Talented people need talents to feed off of which explains why there are technical hubs around the world like Silicon Valley where people go to develop the next big thing. Simply put, you need a pool of talents to draw from and bounce ideas off of.

AJ is right about people in other countries being exposed to what we learn at 30 years old at a much younger age like 10. How are we going to compete with such people?

Secondly, we lack the structure and resources needed to nurture great talents! Even if we have the next Google in Nigeria, do you think they will have access to the funding and mentorship required to turn the great idea into reality? How come almost every single tech company in Nigeria with a buzz sought outside funding? Did we suddenly run out of millionaires? No. The truth is that people will only invest in what they understand and that’s the way it should be. I’m sure there’s no shortage of people willing to invest in real estate or buying and selling.

But how do we create investors that understand technology? Not going to happen overnight because most tech investors are entrepreneurs that made money from the tech industry. How many tech millionaires do we have? :-)

A single person can only do so much with a laptop and sooner or later will require additional resources to turn his idea into reality. Banks rarely lend money to tech startups even in the US because the risk of failure is too great, especially pre-money startups. Also, who’s going to teach that talented tech guy the needed business acumen to be successful like financial projections, profit & loss statements, cash flow requirements, funding sources, marketing & sales, business model generation, valuation, taking the company public to raise additional capital, etc.?


Here’s what I think we need to get there:

1. Tech business incubation centers – this will give the needed structure and advice to entrepreneurs (office space, help with business plans, mentors, investors and potential partners, networking)
2. Business Accelerators – provide initial seed capital and mentorship needed to turn a great idea into reality (mentors, investors and potential partners, networking)
3. State funded investment programs – fund promising startups
4. Angel investors – once startups can show market adoption and income, raising additional capital will be a lot easier.
5. Tax incentives

In summary, unless there’s a concerted effort by the government (State and/or Federal), I’m afraid that we are not going to get there.

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Business / Re: Startup Blues – Lessons From My Failed Ventures by Wallie(m): 2:16pm On Mar 14
Here are some questions that you will need to answer as an entrepreneur:

1. Customer segments - who are your customers and what are their needs? What pain are they looking to alleviate? How big is the customer segment?

2. Value Proposition - what service or product are you delivering to alleviate your customers' needs? Is your value proposition validated?

3. Channel - how are you going to reach your customers? Where are they? Are they newspaper readers, Facebook users, radio listeners, conference attendees, or scattered all over the streets of your state with no single way of reaching them?

4. Customer relationship - what kind of relationship do your customers need or expect? Do they need you to personally assist them or they can self-serve?

5. Revenue - how are you going to earn income? Can your identified customer segment pay for the value you’re providing? If they can, how much are they willing to pay?

Get this book to help you better define your business model: Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers


Also, you said you got a lot of traffic to your site but why didn’t you convert that to sales? Why are people not buying your service? Where are they getting stuck? Do they just leave your website after the landing page or do they click further to see the services that you offer (bounce rate)? Did you get any feedback from such people to know why they’re not buying or interested in your service?

The only way to answer some of the questions posed is to use some sort of website analytics like Google Analytics and it’s free. http://www.google.com/analytics/


Lastly, you hinted that you should have initially started with a minimum number of services and I agree. You probably spread yourself and your resources way too thin. Try to get your hands on this book - The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

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Culture / Re: What Is Your Perception Of Nigerians With Twisted Accents Or Phonation? by Wallie(m): 9:42pm On Mar 07
adconline:
The problem is not accent but pronounciation. Cyril Stober and Eugenia Abu of NTA never called it FU.el but fyu.l. Soyinka, Achebe, Kofi Anaan would say fyu.l. Our English teacher who "taught" us Oral English were bad or students didnt pay attention

Wouldn't the end result end up being the same? Certain pronunciations are unique to the US. The Brits think we pronounce syllables that are not there and we think they talk funny.

Here's a few American pronunciations -

Interview = Innerview
International = Innernational
Picked = Pikt
Hoped = Houpt
Raced = Rast
Can we get it? = Kwee geddit?
909-5068 = näi nou näin, fäi vo sick sate

http://www.americanaccent.com/pronunciation.html
Culture / Re: What Is Your Perception Of Nigerians With Twisted Accents Or Phonation? by Wallie(m): 6:47pm On Mar 07
A lot of people with misplaced aggression on this thread! I speak with an accent and I'm also proud of my heritage. I echo the same sentiments as some of the people commenting that due to our penchant for pronouncing every single character in a word, you have no choice but to re-learn your pronunciations because you will be asked to repeat yourself over and over again. Moreover, if you spend a significant amount of time with people that speak differently, you’re bound to hear and speak like them. Your accent will start to change when you start to hear and differentiate the way people around you speak.

I remember talking to my boss about two decades ago, and I had to say the word "fuel," I must have repeated myself 5 times and he still did not understand me until I spelled the word. You should see how everybody busted out laughing!

By the way, in Nigeria we say "fu.el" but it is pronounced "fyu.l" here in the states.

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Jobs/Vacancies / Re: Research Positions For Graduates Of Science, Technology, And Engineering by Wallie(m): 5:39pm On Mar 06
ralph1983: I just saw the ad for the product research analyst. I hope the position is still available as i believe i am an ideal candidate. The areas of interest that i have a flair for is cryptography, database and management information systems. I also would like to show you a sample of my thesis on cybercrime in the nigerian industrial sector. If the position is still available please contact me at raphaelumunna@ymail.com

Maybe later as I have too many applicants for now.

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