Coronavirus | Italy’s Death Toll Surpasses China, hitting 3,405

Italy’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 3,405, surpassing the 3,245 fatalities reported in China.

The death toll rose by 14.3 per cent from Wednesday, the Italian Civil Protection Agency says in its daily bulletin, also reporting a 14.9-per-cent hike in the total number of contagions, to 41,035.

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Recoveries are up by 10.3 per cent to 4,440, while the number of intensive care patients – a closely watched figure given the shortage of hospital beds – has risen by 10.7 per cent, to 2,498.

Lombardy, which surrounds Milan, remains the region worst hit by the outbreak, with nearly 20,000 cases and 2,168 deaths. Lazio, the region that includes Rome, reports 823 cases and 38 deaths.

Russia Parliament Passes Reforms Allowing Putin to Be President For Life

Russia’s lower house on Wednesday passed constitutional reforms in their final reading that include the possibility of President Vladimir Putin extending his rule for another two terms.

A total of 383 State Duma lawmakers voted in favor of the package of constitutional amendments, with 43 abstentions and none against.

Putin

The measures must now be approved by the upper house Federation Council and be put to a public vote scheduled for April 22.

Putin announced the package of reforms in January, then repeatedly denied they were meant to extend his grip on power as he approaches the end of his fourth and final presidential term in 2024.

However, on Tuesday another amendment was introduced that would reset presidential terms, making it possible for Putin to run again if the constitutional court allows it.

The changes “are not just justified… they plan… for the strategy of the development of the country,” Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said after Wednesday’s vote, Russian agencies reported.

Other additions to the constitution include guarantees for pension payouts and minimum salaries, and giving parliament additional power to nominate the head of government.

They also give the president additional powers to fire judges in the country’s higher courts and to reject laws passed by parliament.

(AFP)

Harvey Weinstein Sentenced To 23 Years In Prison

Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison by a New York judge on Wednesday, two weeks after he was convicted of rape and sexual assault.

Judge James Burke ignored the pleas of Weinstein’s defense team to give their client a minimum of five years behind bars.

Harvey Weinstein

Prior to his sentencing, the once-influential Hollywood producer whose actions ignited the #MeToo movement in the United States faced between 5 and 29 years in prison for last month’s convictions on the first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape. The charges were based on testimony in a New York courtroom by Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann, who both spoke at the sentencing.

Weinstein who was acquitted of two more serious charges of predatory sexual assault which could have come with a life sentence was found guilty of committing a first-degree criminal sexual act by forcibly performing oral sex on production assistant Haley in 2006. He was also convicted of third-degree rape, for attacking aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013.

He was sentenced to 20 years for the attack on Haley and another three years in prison for the attack on Mann.

Before being sentenced, Weinstein addressed a packed Manhattan courtroom and said he had “deep remorse. Making a rambling speech, he also pushed back at the #MeToo movement which according to him had gone too far. 

He said; 

“I am totally confused. I think men are confused about all of this…this feeling of thousands of men and women who are losing due process, I’m worried about this country.

“This is not the right atmosphere in the United States of America,”

It was further gathered that defense lawyers plan to appeal Weinstein’s conviction which finalized a dramatic fall from grace for one of Hollywood’s most powerful figures.

Weinstein still faces further criminal charges, for rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles.

YouTube Music Lands in Nigeria

From the Coachella livestream to popular videos like Wizkid’s “Joro“, Burna boy’s “On The Low“, and Drake’s “God’s plan” people come to YouTube to be part of music culture and discover new music. But YouTube was made for watching, which meant fans have had to jump back and forth between multiple music apps and YouTube.

Those days will soon be over. Today, we’re excited to bring YouTube Music to Nigeria. YouTube Music is a new music streaming service made for music listening, on top of the magic of YouTube: making the complete world of music easier to explore and more personalized than ever. Whether you want to listen, watch or discover – all the ways music moves you can be found in one place. 

Here are six reasons we think you’re gonna like YouTube Music:

  • It’s ALL here. Not just music videos, but official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music you can only get on YouTube. 
  • Recommendations built for you. A home screen that dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on what you’ve played before, where you are and what you’re doing. At the gym workin’ on that fitness? Escaping during your commute? The right music is right here, built just for you. 
  • Thousands of playlists across any genre, mood or activity. That means no matter what kind of music you like, where you are, what you’re doing, or what mood you’re in, you can easily find the right playlist for that moment. Try “RELEASED” to discover new music or “Afrobeats Hotlist” to get the rhythm flowing. 
  • Smart Search so we’ll find the song, even if you can’t remember what it’s called. Try “that billionaire song” or “That rap song with flute” – We got you. You can also search by lyrics (even if they’re wrong). It’s that “bode thomas” right? 
  • The hottest videos. The hottest videos in the world right now are right there, on their own dedicated Hotlist screen. And with YouTube Music Premium you can seamlessly transition between a song and its music video for uninterrupted listening and watching with a simple tap of a button. 
  • No internet? No problem. Get YouTube Music Premium to listen ad-free, in the background and on-the-go with downloads. Plus, your Offline Mixtape automatically downloads songs you love just in case you forgot to.

While fans can enjoy the new ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free, we’re also launching YouTube Music Premium, a paid membership that gives you background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for [N900] a month. Music fans can get one month free of YouTube Music Premium here, ([N900] per month after, [N1,400] per month for a Family Plan).

YouTube Premium also launches today

Starting today, you can also upgrade to YouTube Premium, providing members with the benefits of Music Premium, plus ad-free, background, and downloads across all of YouTube.

Youtube Premium

You can also binge-watch YouTube Originals shows and movies, including the hit series Cobra Kai and many more. Try YouTube Premium free for one month here, ([N1,100] per month after, [N1,700] per month for a Family Plan).

Google Play Music subscribers will automatically receive access to YouTube Music Premium at their current price. Nothing is changing with Google Play Music – you’ll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always.

YouTube Music and YouTube Premium are rolling out to users in Nigeria starting today. Get the new YouTube Music from the Play Store and App Store today or check out the web player at music.youtube.com. You can sign up for YouTube Premium at youtube.com/premium.