Car makers Nissan have announced a partnership with Apple that will see them produce the first set of cars with iTunes Radio.
The Japanese car maker will be the exclusive automotive launch partner for Apple’s new media streaming service, part of a concerted effort by the tech giant to make inroads into automotive infotainment.
iTunes Radio is essentially Apple’s competitor to Pandora; it’s an internet radio service that can create playlists based on a user’s listening history.
It’s already in the hands of iPhone and iPad users; now Nissan will get the first crack at putting iTunes Radio in a car.
“We see iTunes Radio as an integral part of our new vehicle launches and ‘big moments,’ riding the wave of interest and usage of this exciting new service to maximize exposure of Nissan’s new models,” Nissan North America vice president of marketing Jon Brancheau said in a statement.
The Federal Government has declared Tuesday, October 1, 2013 as public holiday to mark Nigeria’s 53rd independence anniversary.
The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, who made the declaration on behalf of government in Abuja on Monday, congratulated all Nigerians at home and abroad, and urged them to build a more united and virile nation that would be the pride of all.
Moro enjoined all Nigerians to use the period of the public holiday to reflect on “the giant strides made by government in the development of the country, especially under the leadership of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.”
He wished all Nigerians a happy Independence holiday celebration.
An Abuja Customary Court sitting at Jiwa, yesterday ordered one William Thomas, a school teacher to pay N40, 000 as damages for impregnating a secondary school student out of wedlock.
He was also ordered by the judge to pay a monthly maintenance fee of N10, 000 for the baby’s upkeep.
Thomas was arraigned following a complaint by the father of the girl, who had accused him of unlawfully putting his 25 year-old daughter in the family way without parental consent.
The girl’s father said the action had jeopardized the education of the girl, a secondary school student even as the accused had abandoned her while she carried the pregnancy.
He said he had on two different occasions, with police intervention, tried to end the relationship between the two unsuccessfully, adding that he had also earlier taken the case to court claiming N5m as damages. When the matter was read to the accused, he pleaded guilty, and asked for leniency.
In her ruling, Judge A’isha Muhammad, ordered the convict to pay the sum of N20,000 to the lady for expenses incurred during her pregnancy and another N20,000 for delivery. She also ordered that he should pay an additional N10,000 monthly for the baby’s upkeep for the next two years.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has given 2015 as the deadline for phasing out the paper and pencil method of examination in the country.
The Board advised prospective university candidates to make adequate use of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities that abound in the country ahead of the deadline.
According to the registrar, Dibu Ojerinde, “any person who can use the mobile phone can also take part in the test.’’
Mr. Ojerinde said that candidates in the 2014 UTME could still choose between CBT and the normal “pencil and paper’’ method. “After 2014, there will be no option for any candidate to choose again. CBT is the key. The world is changing and technology has reached an advanced stage.
“The way to go now is technology. If we don’t want to remain in the same place,’’ he said.
Thousands of travelers on the busy Port Harcourt-Warri axis of the East-West highway were left stranded for several hours on Monday when a section of the road gave way around Patani, Delta State.
It was gathered that the section of the road was washed away by heavy downpour on Sunday night.
Angry motorists and their passengers blamed their fates on perceived inefficiency of the contractor handling the protracted road project and the Federal Government.
Sources from the scene told our reporter that traffic started building up as early as 5am when the first sets of the vehicles reached the failed portion.
Those desperate to get to their destinations were forced to walk several miles through the failed section of the road and hundreds of stuck vehicles to get other vehicles to take them to their destinations.
Mr. Eghosa Osayande, a staff of Julius Berger Nigeria, told our reporter that he spent several hours there on his way from Port Harcourt to Warri.
“I arrived there at 7:24am I had to leave the Agofure (commercial) bus at 9:30am to where I could get a vehicle to ughelli,” he said in a telephone conversation. Eghosa later got to Warri at about 1pm, over seven hours after he left Port Harcourt.
Others, particularly those who drove their own cars were not so lucky as most of them were still at the scene at the time of this report on Monday evening.
The perplexed JBN staff advised those planning to travel through the road on Monday to reschedule their trips in order to avoid spending the night on the road.