Just days after her shocking sex video leaked online, Blac Chyna is fighting another scandal involving a porn performance by a woman she insists isn’t her.
Chyna’s lawyers have reportedly sent a score of cease and desist letters to various x-rated sites that are posting the video and purporting it stars the former stripper.
The new video, which first appeared on Twitter before going viral online, shows a couple having sex. The woman sports several tattoos and shares similar features with Chyna, including body type and skin tone.
The 13-minute video, however, is blurry, making it impossible to determine whether or not the main actress is Chyna.
sex tape showing her performing oral sex on a man leaked online on Feb. 19.
“She’s a mess right now,” a source told Radar after the scandal exploded.
“Revenge porn — posting explicit images without the consent of everyone in those images — is a crime, a civil wrong, and a form of domestic abuse,” blasted Chyna’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom. “It’s also a cruel attempt to slut shame women for being sexual.”
If you think celebrities are immune to pain and heartbreak, you are wrong. The truth is that at the end of the day, they are regular people just like you and me and they all have their share of tragedies. Some of them have lost children which they claimed was due to negligence of some doctors.
Saturday Beats lists some popular entertainers who have had to deal with loss of loved ones, no thanks to the poor Nigerian health care system.
For close to two decades, popular screen diva, Eucharia Annunobi, has succeeded in planting smiles on the faces of millions of Nigerians through her interpretations of various roles. Sadly, on August 23, 2017, the actress had no reason to smile as the cold hands of death snatched her only child from her. Although it was widely reported that the child died due to complications from sickle cell anaemia, in an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, she revealed that her son’s life was cut short due to negligence on the part of Nigerian doctors.
She said, “My son was a good boy to me, but he was mistakenly killed by the doctor. My son was not supposed to die. He was a very wonderful child. I have been dealt a severe blow but God has been holding me up. God has said that I should not walk by sight but by faith. So I am not looking at the event that has surrounded me. If I begin to look at the event, like Peter in the bible, I would sink instead of walking on water. My son died in my hands because it was a mistake by the doctors. My son is gone physically but not spiritually, so casting blames would not mean anything. People have told me to sue but my faith in God and his spirit and his word that is in me say that nothing happens without God’s consent. So I would prefer that we let sleeping dogs lie.”
No doubt, John Okafor popular known as Mr. Ibu, has carved a niche for himself as a comic actor. In fact, he is so good at his act that mere looking at his face is enough for one to burst into laughter. However, there was nothing funny to the funny man in 2011 when he lost his two-year-old son due to what he called the negligence of the hospital staff.
He told Saturday Beats, “On January 18, 2011, my son fell ill. He was diagnosed with inflammation of the liver. The hospital suggested that he should be scanned. At the same time, I was informed that I could take my son out of the hospital to get the scan done elsewhere. But the same people later declined, saying that everything had to be done in the hospital because he was too weak to be taken outside. After a while, I was told that there was no electricity in the hospital. When I asked if there was no standby generator, they said there was no fuel in it. I offered to pay for fuel only to be told that the man that operated the generator was not around. When I left the place and got back later, the man still had not returned. Then I was advised to write an application and submit to the admin department. That was how my son died. Later, one of the doctors came to me and without even sympathising with me, asked if I could release my boy’s corpse to him so that they could cut it open and use it to teach other medical students. At that moment, I felt like committing murder for the first time in my life. When I told my lawyer what happened at the hospital, he was shocked. He said it was actionable. Due to the severe blow, I received because of the death of my son, I told him that I was ready to take the hospital management to court and sue for $100 million in damages because my son’s death was caused by the carelessness of the professionals whose duty was to save his life. But my lawyer advised me to let go.”
Nora Nkiruka Ugo
A popular American public speaker, Les Brown, once said, “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is there that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered.”
Right now, the late budding actress, Nora Nkiruka Ugo, is housed at a graveyard as her fast-rising career was cut short due to a doctor’s misdiagnosis. On January 30, 2018, it was reported that the actress died of a fatal pulmonary embolism after uterine artery fibroid embolisation, simply known as fibroid treatment surgery. Her trouble reportedly started last year when she was experiencing heavy menstrual flow. She consulted doctors who kept giving her painkillers, unknown to them that the actress had developed a huge fibroid that necessitated an urgent surgery. She reportedly went under the knife to get the fibroid removed only to develop a complication that manifested in form of overwhelming pain and shortness of breath hours after the surgery.
The source said the doctors did everything possible to save her life before she slipped into a coma. She reportedly had respiratory and cardiac arrest before doctors administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation on her. Sadly, when there was no cardiac activity throughout the CPR, it was discontinued after sometimes before she was pronounced dead. An autopsy later confirmed that she died of pulmonary embolism. While expressing her condolence, her colleague, Ruth Kadri, took to her Instagram page and wrote, “You were that girl that made my life change, you were that girl that made me laugh a lot. You were that girl that I got so mad at. You were that girl that was a friend to all. I spoke to you last week. You were the strongest sick person I know. I’m hurt by your death. My head still aches. Wish death was a thing that could be undone.”
Tope, Yomi Gold’s friend
Going by the Instagram post of popular actor, Yomi Gold, on November 7, 2017, it is wise for Nigerians to seek medical assistance abroad. The actor made this call after he lost a friend in a Nigerian hospital due to medical negligence. He made this observation in a video after losing a friend named Tope, who he believed died based on the poor expertise of doctors who handled the procedure. The grieving movie star could not hold back tears as he lamented the sudden passing of the deceased, who died at a young age. The clip saw the actor berating the rate of unskilled personnel in the field of medicine. According to the actor, anyone with a high financial capacity should make a medical trip their preference so as to ensure they receive the best care. In a post, he further wrote, “I am sorry this might get to some professional doctors but who knows the real professional when it comes to visiting those hospitals in Nigeria. My friend is gone because he decided to have his operation done in Nigeria. Too young to depart from us. Tope, this is sad. I pray God should give his families a great strength to hold this down. I love u ore mi atata.”
Source: The Punch
President Donald Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo.
Speaking before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday, Trump turned around onstage and smoothed the back of his famous hair.
He said, “I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks”. The crowd cheered as Trump glanced at a monitor and added, “Doesn’t look bad. Hey, we’re hanging in.”
During the 2016 campaign, Trump let a woman tug the hair on top of his head to prove it is attached.
The president’s bald spot was exposed February 2 when he turned away from cameras to climb aboard Air Force One. As Trump climbed the stairs, a wind gust blew aside a flap of hair.
Convicted terrorist Henry Okah’s 24-year prison sentence and convictions have been reinstated after the Constitutional Court on Friday set aside the Supreme Court of Appeal’s order overturning the Warri bombing convictions, which led to a reduction in his sentence.
Okah was originally sentenced in March 2013 in the South Gauteng High Court after being convicted on 13 counts of terrorism, including engaging in terrorist activities, conspiracy to engage in terrorist activities, and delivering, placing and detonating an explosive device, relating to two car bombs detonated in Abuja, Nigeria, on October 1, 2010, the anniversary of the country’s independence.
Twelve people were killed and 36 were injured.
One person was killed and 11 seriously injured in another bombing in Warri on March 15, 2010, at a post-amnesty dialogue meeting.
In both bombings, two car bombs went off minutes apart. The cars were parked in close proximity to each other, News24 reported at the time.
Okah, a Nigerian citizen who has been a permanent resident in South Africa since 2007, was found to be the leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta and was convicted for terrorist acts under the Protection of Constitutional Democracy Against Terrorist and Related Activities Act.
Special court entries
Four charges relating to the Warri bombings, during which Okah was in Nigeria, were overturned on appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal on the basis that the act confers extra-territorial jurisdiction only for the financing of terrorism, and that it did not establish jurisdiction for a South African court to convict for offences committed outside of the country.
At the end of his High Court trial, Okah applied for three special entries on its record for alleged proceeding irregularities, which included the State’s failure to inform him of his right to consular access.
The application was refused, and was also unsuccessful in the Supreme Court of Appeal.
The Constitutional Court held that the High Court had erred in not allowing the special entry regarding consular access, but that the irregularity did not lead to a failure of justice. It granted this portion of his leave to appeal and the special entry was made.
However, Okah’s appeal against his entire conviction on the basis of this special entry was dismissed.
AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli said that he felt “sorry for Arsenal” after they were given a trip to the San Siro in the Europa League round of 16.
Following the draw live on the Serie A club’s Facebook page from their Milanello training centre, Mirabelli responded to a draw which he feels ticks all the boxes.
“I’m sorry for Arsenal, who I’m sure would have liked to have continued in Europe,” he said. “It would have been a nice final, but I’m happy. It’s best to face a big club like Arsenal now. We needed opponents like these.”
Christian Abbiati, Milan’s club manager, told Sky Sport Italia: “Facing Arsenal is a fascinating encounter. It’s bound to be a great tie.”
Abbiati was between the posts for the Rossoneri when the two sides met in the Champions League round of 16 in 2012, with Arsenal nearly overturning a 4-0 defeat in Milan by winning 3-0 in London.
“It was a disaster at London, where we lost 3-0, but in the end, we made it through,” Abbiati said. “I hope we don’t see the same mistakes this time. Milan are in good form at the moment with some good results and I hope we can keep it up.
“This is definitely not the same Arsenal as back then and we meet them in what is a positive moment for us, even if we’ve got lots of games coming up with the league and the Coppa Italia. Playing games like this motivates you by itself.”
Like in 2012, Milan will be at home for the first game on March 8 before travelling to the Emirates Stadium for the second leg a week later.
Both teams are sixth in their respective leagues, with Milan eight points behind the Serie A top four and qualification for the Champions League next season and Arsenal the same distance behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League.
Winning the Europa League could therefore provide the winner of this tie with a quicker, if not necessarily easier, route to the Champions League next season.
Zimbabwe’s anti-graft agency has reportedly said that the ongoing investigation into Grace Mugabe’s controversially acquired PhD will not lead to the arrest of the former first lady herself.
According to New Zimbabwe.com, the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Committee (Zacc) chairperson, Gordon Nguni said that Grace could have been an “innocent beneficiary of a fraudulent academic degree”.
Grace, whose husband resigned in November under pressure from the military, received the doctorate in 2014 amid allegations she did not study for it.
She was awarded the degree after just months of study. Former president Robert Mugabe was University of Zimbabwe (UZ) chancellor at the time.
Doctorates typically required several years of full-time research and writing.
Nguni said that there was no evidence linking the former first lady to the violation of university regulations.
“There is no evidence to probe Grace. Grace is not a University of Zimbabwe official. She does not know the rules of how people are granted PhDs.
“We are investigating those people who knew the regulations and who fraudulently did whatever they did… we are probing those university authorities who violated university regulations,” Nguni was quoted as saying.
This came amid reports that the anti-graft agency was investigating one of the UZ lecturers, who supervised Grace’s PhD thesis.
Zacc indicated that Professor Claude Mararike faced arrest once investigations were concluded.
“He (Mararike) is under investigation and he faces arrest once investigations have been completed,” Zacc spokesperson, Phyllis Chikundura was quoted as saying recently.
The UZ head Levi Nyagura was arrested also last Friday over the controversial awarding of the PhD to Grace.
Investigators at ZACC said they had arrested Nyagura over the suspected fraudulent awarding of a doctorate to the former first lady.
Lamar Odom is “really happy” for his ex-wife Khloe Kardashian as she prepares to welcome her first child into the world.
The 38-year-old basketball player was married to the ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’ star from 2009 until their divorce was finalised in 2016, and although they’ve had their ups and downs, he has nothing but well wishes for her as she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson.
He said: “To tell you the truth, it couldn’t happen to a better person. I was really happy for her. I know if she can take care of a grown man for four years, I know she can take care of a baby.”
Lamar noted that Khloe, 33, already has experience when it comes to being responsible, as she rushed to his side in 2015 following his hospitalisation when he was found unconscious at a brothel.
Khloe had filed for divorce in 2013, but put things on hold after the incident so she could make medical decisions as his wife. She then re-filed in 2016.
Speaking to ‘Access Hollywood’, Lamar said: “She will be [a great mom]. She took care of me for four years, she can take care of a baby. That’s going to be one spoiled a** baby too.”
It isn’t the first time Lamar has spoken about Khloe’s impending journey into motherhood, as he previously said she would be a “great” mother.
He said: “I’m happy for her! She took care of me. She’ll be a good mother, for real. She’s a great woman.”
Despite his heavy praise, Lamar knows it is “over” with the blonde beauty.
He added: “I still got my shorty’s name still on me, her initials still on me. But for no reason. You know what I’m saying? I understand when it’s over, it’s over. When she was with her second or third NBA ballplayer, I could see that.”
Canada’s Kaetlyn Osmond won bronze in women’s figure skating, while Olympic Athlete from Russia Alina Zagitova held off teammate Evgenia Medvedeva in the free program to win gold at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Osmond earned 152.15 points for her Swan Lake and Black Swan routine in the free to bring her total to 231.02. Both scores smash previous personal bests for the 22-year-old from Marystown, N.L., who also earned gold in the team event where she skated in the short program.
The medal is Canada’s 27th of the Olympics, surpassing the previous record of 26 from the Vancouver Games. Osmond, who lives and trains in Edmonton, is the sixth Canadian woman to earn an individual figure skating medal at the Olympics and the first since Joannie Rochette’s emotional bronze at the 2010 Games.
Medvedeva, who skated last, matched Zagitova in the free with 156.65 for her Anna Karenina routine, bringing her total to 238.26. She couldn’t surpass her 15-year-old counterpart, who brought her total to 239.57 following a 156.65 in the free skate set to Don Quixote by Leon Minkus.
Zagitova’s gold is the first of the Games for the Olympic Athletes from Russia, bringing their total to 14 (one gold, five silver and eight bronze.
Gabrielle Daleman didn’t fare as well in the free, falling twice on triple Lutzes and again on a triple loop while skating to Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. She pushed through to the end of her routine before tearing up, earning 103.56 points and an ovation from a supportive cloud that included many of her Canadian teammates.
“It’s just an out-of-body experience when it happens to you,” CBC analyst Kurt Browning said about Daleman, who entered the free program in seventh.
“You start searching for the feeling of jumping and rotating and landing. You search for it instead of allowing it to happen and the harder you search for it, the farther you push it away until you’re skating into a jump and it feels as if you’ve never done this before in your life.”
Daleman ultimately placed 15th with an overall score of 172.46. The 20-year-old from Newmarket, Ont., guaranteed gold for Canada in the team event with her Gershwin routine, scoring 137.14 to secure the title before the final ice dance program even began.
“Nobody for a second is ever going to think it’s because she didn’t try because I don’t know anybody that’s tougher than she is,” Browning said.
Osmond and Daleman will be looked to as leaders of Canadian team that will have to rebuild after these Olympics. Among those retiring are ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who won double gold in Pyeongchang, three-time world champion Patrick Chan, and two-time world pairs champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford, who captured bronze.
“We all know that Gabby Daleman is a much, much, much better skater than the one we saw today,” CBC commentator Brenda Irving said about the reigning Canadian champion.
Osmond almost quit skating after breaking her leg in a training accident in 2014, nailed her long program, landing seven triples jumps. Her only mishap was a slight bobble on a triple Lutz.
Neymar will quit Real Madrid for Paris Saint-Germain if Luis Enrique is the man to replace Unai Emery this summer.
At least that’s what Don Balon claim the Brazilian has told Parc des Princes chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi as pressure mounts on Emery.
PSG are 12 points clear at the top of Ligue 1 and are into the French Cup quarter-finals, where they’ll play Marseille.
Their goal is to win the Champions League though and that desire motivated the world-record £200m purchase of Neymar last summer.
PSG finished above Bayern Munich to top Group B before Christmas but their hopes of success in Europe hang by a thread following last week’s 3-1 loss to Real.
Emery is under increasing pressure and Al-Khelaifi could wield the axe if PSG fail to overturn that deficit.
Former Barcelona boss Enrique has been tipped to take Emery’s place at the Parc des Princes.
However, the latest reports from Spain suggest Neymar has not been too impressed by that speculation.
Don Balon claim Neymar has warned Al-Khelaifi that he will quit PSG for Real if his old manager replaces Emery.
That is said to have put the PSG president off pursuing Enrique, who’s also being eyed up by Chelsea.
Neymar has long been in Real’s sights and rumours surrounding a potential Bernabeu switch have surrounded his time in France.
And Al-Khelaifi is determined to do all that he can in order to keep his talisman in Paris.
Neymar will be out to impress when PSG take on Marseille in Ligue 1 this Sunday.
Neymar delivers surprise transfer warning to PSG chief
The Democratic Alliance on Thursday said it was vindicated by the Public Protector’s finding that Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown was guilty of misleading Parliament after she failed to disclose business dealings between Gupta-linked Trillian and Eskom.
Natasha Mazzone, DA public enterprises spokesperson, urged President Cyril Ramaphosa to act swiftly against Brown.
“The [Public Protector’s] report has now given President Cyril Ramaphosa 14 days to take action against the minister after it found that Brown had violated the executive ethics code,” Mazzone said.
“The DA urges President Cyril Ramaphosa to act swiftly against the minister and immediately fire her from his Cabinet.”
“If the president is truly committed to building a government that is beyond reproach, he must immediately remove anyone who is found guilty of unethical behaviour from his Cabinet,” Mazzone said.
She said Brown, in a response to a DA parliamentary question, had denied any agreement between Eskom and Trillian.
“The complaint has now found Minister Brown guilty of misleading Parliament and contravening the executive ethics code,” Mazzone said.
She said Brown had acted with “utter impunity” for too long and that under her leadership parastatals such as Eskom had been “financially ruined and ethically ruined”.
“Her time has finally come to face the music,” Mazzone said.
“The Public Protector’s finding is a victory for all those who have fought bravely against state capture.”
Global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), has again ranked Nigeria low in its 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released on Wednesday.
The latest ranking has Nigeria in the 148th position out of 180.
Global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International (TI), has again ranked Nigeria low in its 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) released on Wednesday.
The latest ranking has Nigeria in the 148th position out of 180.
According to the CPI, Nigeria scored 28 out of 100, a figure lower than the average in the Sub-Saharan region.
CPI score relates to perceptions of the degree of corruption as experienced by business people and analysts and ranges between 100 (highly clean) and 0 (highly corrupt).
Corruption seems to be getting worse in Nigeria, according to the latest corruption perception index (CPI) as Nigeria was ranked 136th in 2016 a significant 12 places below where it was the previous year.
This is a blow to the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s anti corruption war.
Although the administration has seized assets of politicians and government officials, it has also been accused of being partial in curbing corrupt practices by top government officials.
Source: Daily Post
Gina Rodriguez suffered from “debilitating” anxiety and panic attacks after taking too much medication for her ongoing struggle with Hashimoto’s disease.
The 33-year-old actress has been battling the disease – a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid – for some time, and has admitted her medication for the condition caused her to have crippling bouts of anxiety when it became apparent she was taking too much.
Luckily for the star, she was able to lower her dosage of Hashimoto’s disease medication, and no longer battles the mental health conditions.
She added: “To the core of my being, I know what it’s like to feel like there is no way I can win this, so where do I even begin. [Hashimoto’s] affects so many aspects of your life. I’ve had it for so many years … that rebellion of not taking care of myself can’t exist anymore.
“It is really important for us to be super self-aware. I wasn’t banking on that. I wasn’t like, ‘hey, yeah, let me get a disease that makes me have to be super aware.’ I don’t want to be super aware of myself all of the time.”
The ‘Jane the Virgin’ star credits her boyfriend Joe LoCicero with helping her manage her illness, which can also result in fluctuating weight for the star, meaning she has to watch her diet closely.
Speaking to SELF magazine, she said: “[Mine and Joe’s relationship is one of] respect and kindness, and generosity, and compromise, and sacrifice.
“[He] has really helped me have a healthier perspective on [weight], that stupid number that can destroy us and feel like it’s equivalent to our self-worth. This love is so easy.”
IAN WRIGHT believes Paul Pogba’s agent could look to engineer a move for the Manchester United midfielder after he was dropped to the bench against Sevilla.
After missing Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Huddersfield in the FA Cup, Pogba was expected to start against Sevilla in the Champions League.
But when the line-ups were revealed Pogba was surprisingly left on the bench with youngster Scott McTominay selected alongside Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera.
When pressed prior to the match, United boss Jose Mourinho was reluctant to discuss why he picked Pogba as a substitute but hinted at a fitness issue.
And Wright has suggested a potential repercussion of Mourinho’s decision is Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola looking to sell the midfielder.
Wright told BBC Radio Five Live: “As soon as a player gets left out, his agent’s on the phone to people asking “why has he been left out?” – then people start getting touted, they say “he’s not happy”.
“I totally get that that’s what happens now.
“We’re in a day and age where players go on strike if they’re left out.
“They get interest from somewhere else and they don’t want to play anymore.”
Wright added: “I think Paul Pogba has lost some confidence. He is a confidence man. He needs to be playing.
“He needs to be handled a little differently from how he is now.
“It seems like Jose Mourinho had lost a bit of faith and his confidence is gone. He is someone who needs to be loved.”
US President Donald Trump is again attacking his predecessor, suggesting he should have done more to prevent Russian election meddling.
Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday: “Question: If all of the Russian meddling took place during the Obama Administration, right up to January 20th, why aren’t they the subject of the investigation? Why didn’t Obama do something about the meddling?”
The president also took a swipe at his attorney general, misspelling his name. He said: “Why aren’t Dem crimes under investigation? Ask Jeff Session!”
Trump has previously criticised Obama for not doing more to prevent meddling.
During the 2016 campaign, President Barack Obama called out Russia for political interference when much less was known about it and followed up after the election by expelling 35 Russian diplomats suspected of being intelligence officers.
Trevor Noah’s award-winning autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood will be getting the big screen treatment.
Deadline reported on Wednesday that Academy Award winning actress Lupita Nyong’o will play his mother Patricia in the upcoming film adaption.
The Black Panther actress shared the news on Instagram alongside a picture of her and Noah she wrote: “When I read @TrevorNoah’s “Born A Crime,” I could not put the book down. Excited to announce that I will be starring in and producing its feature film adaptation! #BornACrime.”
Noah reposted the picture saying: “My mom is a powerful woman who could easily be one of the beautiful soldiers in Wakanda. So it’s beyond a perfect fit that she would be portrayed on the big screen by the radiant and regal Lupita Nyong’o. I’m beyond excited.”
The 2016 best-seller centres on Noah’s childhood growing up in post-apartheid South Africa as the son of a white father and black mother.
According to The Hollywood Reporter the film which is still in its early stages will be produced by Noah’s Ark Angel Productions.
Manchester United held Sevilla to a goalless draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, but the game raised questions for Jose Mourinho ahead of their Super Sunday meeting with Chelsea.
United were on the back foot for long periods at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, with David De Gea making fine saves from Steven N’Zonzi and Luis Muriel before the break.
But did Paul Pogba show the defensive discipline Mourinho demands? Is Scott McTominay ready to face Chelsea? And do Manchester United have a creativity problem? We take a look.
Did Pogba take his chance?
Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that his relationship with Pogba has become strained recently, but he did little to dispel that notion in his pre-match interview on Wednesday. “Paul created some doubts by not playing on Saturday, by his own decision, because he was not feeling good,” he said of the Frenchman’s absence against Huddersfield.
The United boss responded by leaving Pogba on the bench at the Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, but Ander Herrera’s early injury ensured he did not have to wait long for his opportunity, jogging onto the pitch in the 17th minute as his team-mate trudged down the tunnel.
Mourinho’s issues with Pogba’s recent performances have centred on a lack of defensive discipline, but he will take encouragement from his contribution against Sevilla. Pogba was arguably United’s best player with the ball, making nearly twice as many passes in the opposition half as anyone else, but it was also notable that he did not stray too far forward.
In fact, Pogba only had a single touch in Sevilla’s box. Instead, he was defensively switched on and clearly mindful not to leave too much space between himself and his midfield partners. By the end, only Scott McTominay and Ashley Young had won possession more times. “He did a good job,” said Mourinho afterwards.
Is Scott McTominay ready for Chelsea?
Herrera’s injury deprives Mourinho of another midfield option for Sunday’s game after Marouane Fellaini so he will be grateful for McTominay’s assured performance against Sevilla. In difficult circumstances and on by far the most of his high-profile of his nine Manchester United starts, the academy graduate impressed.
McTominay was assigned to stay tight to Sevilla playmaker Ever Banega. It was not easy but he stuck to the task resolutely, hustling and harrying the Argentine and frequently snuffing out danger. Mourinho used the words “fantastic” and “brilliant” to describe his defensive performance and he did well with the ball too.
The 21-year-old was neat and tidy, completing more than 90 per cent of his passes – just as he did in his recent Premier League starts against Huddersfield and Bournemouth. On this evidence, Mourinho needn’t hesitate to throw him in against Eden Hazard et al on Sunday.
Where’s the creativity?
United’s defensive resilience delighted Mourinho but should he worried by a lack of creativity? They rarely looked like notching an away goal against Sevilla, with Romelu Lukaku’s wild volley from Alexis Sanchez’s chipped pass their only notable scoring chance. Over the course of the 90 minutes, they only mustered one shot on target.
That may not seem too surprising given their priority was simply to avoid defeat, but it continues a recent trend. In their last five games in all competitions, against Sevilla, Huddersfield (twice), Newcastle and Tottenham, Mourinho’s men have only managed 11 shots on target. They must find a way to buck the trend against Chelsea at Old Trafford.
Time to unleash Martial, Rashford?
Mourinho opted to start with Juan Mata over Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford against Sevilla, but it will surely be necessary to take a more aggressive approach against Chelsea. United’s attack lacked pace and penetration against Sevilla and the duo on the substitute’s bench are surely the best men to provide it.
They are unlikely to start simultaneously after Sanchez’s arrival at the club, but Martial in particular can feel aggrieved by recent omissions. The 22-year-old struggled no more than anyone else in the defeats to Tottenham and Newcastle, but with nine goals and four assists in just 1282 Premier League minutes this season, he has shown how effective he can be.
Lindelof still struggling?
Victor Lindelof has endured a difficult debut season since his arrival from Benfica in the summer, losing his place in the team after some unconvincing early performances, but injuries to Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo have opened the door to him again recently.
The Swede helped United keep a clean sheet in his preferred centre-back role against Huddersfield on Saturday, and he was part of another shut-out against Sevilla. He will take heart from the back-to-back clean sheets, but his communication mix-up with De Gea in the first half suggests there is still an underlying nervousness to his game.
If Jones does not recover in time for Sunday, Chelsea will present his toughest test yet.
The 36-year-old professional tennis star previously admitted had to undergo an emergency c-section when she gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia – whom she has with her husband Alexis Ohanian – in September last year, but she has now revealed the situation was so dire she almost lost her life just days after giving birth.
She said: “I almost died after giving birth to my daughter, Olympia. Yet I consider myself fortunate. While I had a pretty easy pregnancy, my daughter was born by emergency C-section after her heart rate dropped dramatically during contractions. The surgery went smoothly. Before I knew it, Olympia was in my arms. It was the most amazing feeling I’ve ever experienced in my life. But what followed just 24 hours after giving birth were six days of uncertainty.”
Serena admitted she was plagued by health problems after giving birth including a pulmonary embolism, which is when a blood clot forms in one or more of the arteries in her lungs.
She continued: “It began with a pulmonary embolism, which is a condition in which one or more arteries in the lungs becomes blocked by a blood clot. Because of my medical history with this problem, I live in fear of this situation. So, when I fell short of breath, I didn’t wait a second to alert the nurses.
“This sparked a slew of health complications that I am lucky to have survived. First my C-section wound popped open due to the intense coughing I endured as a result of the embolism. I returned to surgery, where the doctors found a large hematoma, a swelling of clotted blood, in my abdomen. And then I returned to the operating room for a procedure that prevents clots from traveling to my lungs. When I finally made it home to my family, I had to spend the first six weeks of motherhood in bed.”
The tennis superstar then thanked her “incredible medical team” for saving her life.
In a piece written for CNN, Serena said: “I am so grateful I had access to such an incredible medical team of doctors and nurses at a hospital with state-of-the-art equipment. They knew exactly how to handle this complicated turn of events. If it weren’t for their professional care, I wouldn’t be here today.”
The ’99 Problems’ hitmaker picked up the tab for the birthday celebrations of his close friend, Juan ‘OG’ Perez, treating the Roc Nation Sports president and a group of executives to dinner and drinks.
The first stop for the group was Zuma in Midtown, where Jay – who has children Blue Ivy, six, and Rumi and Sir, eight months, with wife Beyonce – paid the $13,000 bill, before they headed off to Made In Mexico in Inwood, spending $9,000 on drinks, including the rapper’s own D’Ussé cognac.
According to the New York Post newspaper’s Page Six column, the remaining members of the group, which was down to six, then ended the night at nearby nightclub Playroom, where the 48-year-old star ordered and paid full price for 40 bottles of Ace of Spades Champagne.
Jay – who owns the Champagne company – was seen handing out bottles of the bubbly to other tables in the club.
His server at the nightspot later posted a picture of the ‘Empire State of Mind’ hitmaker’s bill, which totalled $91,135, including an $11,000 tip, on his Snapchat account.
Meanwhile, it was recently revealed the hip-hop mogul – who already has his own bar chain, The 40/40 Club – is planning to open a fast food chain and has applied to trademark the brand ‘Hovino’.
The application has been made under S. Carter Enterprises, through which the rapper runs various businesses under his real name Shawn Carter.
Documents show the trademark request is International, and covers “Restaurant and café services; carry-out restaurant services; self-service restaurants; catering; serving food and drinks; take-out restaurant services; bar services, pubs; cocktail lounges; wine bars.”
It is not known what type of food Hovino will be serving up, but Jay and his wife Beyonce are known to enjoy vegetarian food.
The couple went vegan for a spell in 2013 and Beyonce, 36, later said: “The benefits of a plant-based diet need to be known. We should spend more time loving ourselves, which means taking better care of ourselves with good nutrition and making healthier food choices.”
Jay-Z opened his high-end sports bar and restaurant, The 40/40 Club, in Manhattan in 2003 and has since expanded the chain to Atlanta, Las Vegas and Brooklyn.
Oprah Winfrey and her The Color Purple director Steven Spielberg have joined a gun control pledge kicked off by George Clooney and his wife following last week’s deadly school shooting in Florida.
Winfrey and the filmmaker have matched the movie star’s $500,000 contribution to the March for Our Lives protest for meaningful gun control, which is set for March 24 in Washington D.C.
The rally is being organized by students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a former student killed 17 people during a sickening shoot-out.
In a statement on her social media accounts, Winfrey praised the organizers of the march, comparing them to the Freedom Riders who rode buses in segregated parts of the United States during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
“George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more,” the media mogul posted. “I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.”
Spielberg and his wife, Kate Capshaw, shared similar words of support.
“The young students in Florida and now across the country are already demonstrating their leadership with a confidence and maturity that belies their ages,” they said in a joint statement.
Clooney and Amal’s donation was made in honour of their twins Ella and Alexander.
“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” Clooney said in a statement. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”
The actor and human rights attorney are also helping to cover the costs of the event.
Other stars, including Julianne Moore, Amy Schumer, and Teresa Palmer have shared details about the movement on social media, urging followers to get involved.
Additional March for Our Lives protests are also set for other U.S. cities on March 24.
Meanwhile, moviemaker and comedian Judd Apatow has donated $1,000 to a recovering victim of the Florida high school shooting’s get well fund.
Judd has handed over the cash to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Anthony Borges, who was shot multiple times while attempting to save others during last week’s mass shooting.
The teenager is stable after he was shot in both legs and his back as he attempted to close and lock a door to keep gunman Nikolas Cruz from firing at his classmates, according to a post on his official GoFundMe page.
More than $400,000 has been raised so far.
Zimbabwe’s ex-president Robert Mugabe is reportedly not going to have his regular extravagant birthday celebrations this year despite the 21st of February being declared a public holiday.
Born on February 21, 1924, Mugabe trained as a teacher and taught in what was then Rhodesia and Ghana before returning home to join the guerrilla war against white-minority rule.
He became prime minister after Zimbabwe attained its independence from Britain in 1980. He later became president in 1987.
Mugabe was, however, removed from power last year, following a military takeover that led to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration in November.
Mugabe has held several lavish birthday parties over the past decade across the southern African country.
The hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on the festivities provoked outrage each year, given Zimbabwe’s fragile economic situation.
But, according to NewsDay, this year, the ruling Zanu-PF party’s youth league has said that Mugabe’s birthday will be a l,ow key event.
Acting Information minister and Zanu-PF spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed that there would not be public celebrations this year for the veteran politician.
“It is a youth event. The youth have said they will clean-up the cities. But the party will send its well wishes and a cake. It is a day we treasure and we revere the former president,” Moyo was quoted as saying.
It was not clear whether the former president was part of the process, with suggestions he had snubbed his former party colleagues.
The leader of Zanu-PF’s youth league, Pupurai Togarepi, last month said that the party would continue to honour the deposed leader.
“Since February 21 has been declared a national holiday, we are taking advantage of that day to honour Mugabe. As youths, we will embark on charitable work as well as spend some time with the former president. We want to have a cake and share with him. This, for us, will be a small event unlike previous ones,” he said.
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