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Ben Bruce Asks FG To Ban Petrol-Powered Cars By 2035

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Former Senator and Founder of Silverbird Group, Ben Murray Bruce has once again called for a ban on all combustible engine cars by 2035.

He asked the federal government to ensure a total ban by 2035.

Ben Bruce made the call when he announced his order for 2 Lucid Electric cars.

He made this known via a twitter post on Saturday.

Ben Bruce has been vocal on his opposition to continuous reliance on fossil fuel. As a Senator, he sponsored a bill for the ban of fossil powered vehicles.

He added that the Lucid Car is better than Tesla.

“In practising what I preach, I recently put a deposit on this yet to be manufactured Lucid Electric Car. Delivery is early next year. It’s capable of more miles per charge than a Tesla. An amazing machine. Nigeria should ban all combustion Engine cars by 2035,” he said.

However, reactions to the post are not supportive of the idea. Several commentators faulted the call for ban.

@TMbanche twitted, “I am an advocate of EV but saying Nigeria should ban Gasoline cars iñ the future is not realistic enough, how many Nigerians can afford EV? Most of EVs are brand new while majority of our population don’t have the financial nerve to afford brand new cars. Let the compete period.”

@Made_in_ND also tweeted “This is pure wickedness Where are the roads to ride on? Are you aware they are a thousands of youth in the Niger Delta region that lack education and jobs?

“Let me ask you, how many companies/Establishments and empowerment programs have you put on ground? This is a same.”

This is coming in the wake of federal government’s plan to invest $1.5billion on the Port Harcourt refinery and Dangote group about to deliver the Dangote refinery in Lagos.

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Debris Of Chinese Rocket May Hit Abuja, Other Cities This Weekend

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The debris from a Chinese rocket could hit Abuja this weekend, according to NBC.

The American news platform, NBC, cited experts as saying that a piece of a rocket launched by China in late April is expected to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere between late Saturday and early Sunday.

“It’s 10-stories tall and twice as heavy as a school bus, and it’s set to crash back to Earth this weekend — but no one is quite sure where or when.”

The section of China’s Long March 5B rocket is described as 98-foot-long and 20-ton and is said to be tumbling through space in an uncontrolled orbit at 18,000 miles per hour.

The rocket blasted off in April carrying part of China’s new space station, NBC quotes experts and officials.

Apart from Abuja, Beijing, New York, Los Angeles, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro, were listed as other places the rocket could land.

In a tweet on Friday, The Aerospace Corporation, a US non-profit research firm, said its prediction for landing was eight hours on either side of 4:19 GMT time on Sunday.

Don Pollacco, a physics professor at the England’s University of Warwick, said, “It will hit the atmosphere, bounce around a bit and it’s correct to say most of the planet is covered by water, so that’s where it will likely land. But there’s a chance it won’t.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told reporters on Friday that the debris would burn up on re-entry calling its descent “common international practice.

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First Moon Landing Astronaut, Michael Collins Dies Aged 90

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Michael Collins, the command pilot of the first crewed mission to the moon, has died aged 90 following a “valiant battle” with cancer.

Collins was the command pilot of Apollo 11 in the first crewed mission to the moon with Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin.

His family said in a statement: “We will miss him terribly. Yet we also know how lucky Mike felt to have lived the life he did.

“Please join us fondly in remembering his sharp wit, his quiet sense of purpose, and his wise perspective, gained both from looking back from Earth from the vantage of space.”

“We regret to share that our beloved father and grandfather passed away today, after a valiant battle with cancer.

“He spent his final days peacefully, with his family by his side.

“We will miss him terribly.

“Please join us in fondly and joyfully remembering his sharp wit, his quiet sense of purpose, and his wise perspective gained both from looking back at Earth from the vantage of space and gazing across calm waters from the deck of his fishing boat.”

On July 16, 1969, Collins was launched to the Moon in the Apollo 11 mission with commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Edwin Aldrin.

Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the Moon in the lunar module Eagle on July 20 while Collins remained in the command module Columbia, circling the Moon at an altitude of 97–121 km (60–75 miles).

Mr Collins was a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, New York.

He joined the space program in 1963 after transferring to the air force, becoming a test pilot at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

On July 21 Armstrong and Aldrin rejoined him, and the following day the astronauts left lunar orbit. They splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on July 24.

Neil Armstrong died on August 25, 2012, while Buzz Aldrin is 90 and living in Florida.

The Armstrong Air & Space Museum tweeted its condolences saying, “Neil gained another crew member today”.The Armstrong Air & Space Museum is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of #Apollo11 astronaut Michael Collins. We take comfort in knowing that Neil Armstrong now has another crew member and friend in the exploration of this final frontier.”

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MTN Slashes Data Price In South Africa, Mum On Nigeria

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MTN South Africa has taken the axe to prepaid data prices, reducing the cost of 10GB of data (including another 10GB for use at certain times of the night) to R149.

It was learnt that the new MTN BozzaGigs LTE tariff plan also offers 10GB (5GB plus 5GB night-time data) for R99 and comes a week after Vodacom cut headline prepaid data prices, with 1GB of data falling to R85 from R99 (approx. N2,847.50k) previously.

The new MTN deals have a validity period of 30 days. Prepaid customers will have to move to the BozzaGigs LTE plan before they can take advantage of the prices.

In addition to the 10GB and 20GB plans, MTN is also offering a 15GB (7.5GB plus 7.5GB) plan for R129, also with 30-day validity from purchase.

Although there hasn’t been much by way of an organised, meaningful effort to get telcos in Nigeria to review their data prices downwards, a precedent seems to have now been set in MTN’s home country, South Africa.

With over 68 million MTN subscribers in Nigeria as of December 2019, Africa’s most populous country is easily the telco’s largest market. As a matter of fact, it has twice as many subscribers in Nigeria as its home country – 30.2 million subscribers.

The height of the squabble was in 2015 when the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) handed MTN Nigeria a massive USD 5.2bn fine for not complying, on time, with rules regarding unregistered SIM cards on its network. That fine was eventually reduced to USD 1.6bn, of which MTN has reportedly paid NGN 275bn.

While voice revenue took a blow, data revenue is rising fast. MTN said traffic patterns changed following the locked of Lagos, Abuja, and the Ogun States as part of initial responses to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria

Between January and March, the company’s total number of active data subscribers jumped by 1.7 million to 26.8 million. Data revenue equally witnessed growth as it increased by 59.2 percent during the first quarter.

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