Giggs backs Solskjaer as permanent Manchester United manager

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given Manchester United momentum thanks to his tactical acumen and United should give him the manager’s job on a permanent basis, club great Ryan Giggs has said. Wales manager Giggs, who was Solskjaer’s team mate at Old Trafford for 11 seasons, thought the Norwegian caretaker boss had done enough to be handed the reins next season.

Solskjaer “We’ve messed around far too long. “, who is tactically astute, clearly has the players and fans on board; that gives you lots of momentum. Man Utd can still progress despite PSG defeat, says Herrera “There will be bumps in the road but most fans imagine what he could do with the money that’s been spent the last few years. “He studied the game while he had a bad injury and then he coached (the reserves) at the club. So I always thought he had that potential because he knows the game and has that inner steel,” Giggs told The Guardian. Solskjaer’s credentials will be tested this week when United travel to Chelsea later on Monday for a fifth round FA Cup clash before they host Liverpool in the Premier League on Sunday.

Semenya takes gender rule challenge to sports court

Olympic 800 metres champion Caster Semenya of South Africa went to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday to challenge proposed rules that could force her to lower her testosterone levels.

Semenya made no comment as she arrived at the court in Lausanne for the start of a week-long hearing that could define the rest of the 28-year-old’s career.

The South African government has said the rules set out by track and field’s governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), specifically target Semenya and has called them a “gross violation” of her human rights.

he controversial measures would force so-called “hyperandrogenic” athletes or those with “differences of sexual development” (DSD) to take drugs to lower their testosterone levels below a prescribed amount if they wish to continue competing. The rules were to have been introduced last November but have been put on hold pending this week’s hearings. A judgement is expected at the end of March. IAAF President Sebastian Coe, arriving at the court, said: “Today is a very, very important day. “The regulations that we are introducing are there to protect the sanctity of fair and open competition.” The chief advocate for Athletics South Africa, Norman Arendse, said Semenya would give evidence. “The whole week is going to be important. Obviously the evidence will be evaluated and assessed at the end of the process this week. so today this is the start,” he told reporters. The issue is highly emotive. When British newspaper The Times reported last week that the IAAF would argue that Semenya should be classified as a biological male — a claim later denied by the IAAF — she hit back, saying she was “unquestionably a woman”. In response to the report, the IAAF — stressing it was referring in general terms, not to Semenya in particular — denied it intended to classify any DSD athlete as male. But in a statement, it added: “If a DSD athlete has testes and male levels of testosterone, they get the same increases in bone and muscle size and strength and increases in haemoglobin that a male gets when they go through puberty, which is what gives men such a performance advantage over women. “Therefore, to preserve fair competition in the female category, it is necessary to require DSD athletes to reduce their testosterone down to female levels before they compete at international level.” – Navratilova support – Semenya is not the only athlete potentially affected — the silver and bronze medallists in the Rio Olympics 800m, Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi and Kenya’s Margaret Wambui, have also faced questions about their testosterone levels.

But it is Semenya, who also won Olympic gold in 2012 and has three world titles to her name, who has led opposition to the proposed rules. Matthieu Reeb, CAS Secretary General, said the case was highly unusual. “It is unusual and unprecedented because we never had a such a case at CAS,” he said. “What is going to happen I am not able to say, but it is going to be important for sure.” South Africa’s Sports Minister Tokozile Xasa argues that the rules are “discriminatory”. “What’s at stake here is far more than the right to participate in a sport. Women’s bodies, their wellbeing, their ability to earn a livelihood, their very identity, their privacy and sense of safety and belonging in the world, are being questioned,” Xasa said on Friday. On Sunday, tennis great Martina Navratilova threw her weight behind Semenya. The 18-time Grand Slam singles winner said it was significant that the rules would only apply to female athletes competing in distances from 400m to a mile. “Leaving out sprints and longer distances seems to me to be a clear case of discrimination by targeting Semenya,” Navratilova wrote in Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper. “And can it be right to order athletes to take medication? What if the long-term effects proved harmful?… I hope she wins.”

Bayern carrying German Champions League hopes against Liverpool

Bayern Munich head to Liverpool for Tuesday’s crunch Champions League tie at Anfield demanding improvements and shouldering Germany’s flagging hopes of having a club in the quarter-finals.

Bayern Munich Since the 2005-06 season, at least one German side has always made it to the last eight.

That proud run will be under threat if Bayern suffer a heavy defeat in the last-16 first leg ahead of the return game on March 13. “You can’t make mistakes in these games, but I think we can cause Liverpool problems,” said Bayern midfielder James Rodriguez. “We have a team that’s good enough to go through, if it goes well.” Yet confidence in Bayern’s chances at Anfield dipped on Friday when they twice needed to come from behind for a 3-2 win at Bundesliga strugglers Augsburg, where Rodriguez was substituted after an ineffective 56 minutes.

Despite sitting just above the relegation places, Augsburg were the latest Bundesliga team to expose Bayern’s weaknesses defending against quick counter-attacks. “Everything must be better, but we had Liverpool at the backs of our minds,” admitted Bayern coach Niko Kovac. “We have to perform differently, but it’ll be at international level and that’s a very different focus — I assume that it will be a completely different performance from us.” After Borussia Dortmund’s 3-0 mauling at Tottenham Hotspur last week, and with Schalke facing English champions Manchester City on Wednesday, Bayern hold Germany’s best hope of quarter-final representation. Dortmund top the Bundesliga ahead of Bayern, but in Europe it is the Bavarians who have made a habit of reaching the latter stages of the Champions League. “Dortmund have kept the Bundesliga exciting this year, but at this level you can’t make three individual mistakes like that (against Spurs),” said former Dortmund coach Matthias Sammer, now a Eurosport pundit. “That’s why I believe Bayern are the leaders in this regard and are carrying the flag in the normal picture, which is now emerging.” Any Liverpool fan who watched Bayern struggle at Augsburg would have cause for optimism as the Bavarians’ defence creaked in dramatic fashion. – Leaking defence – Augsburg winger Philipp Max twice found space early on down the left flank which yielded an own goal by Bayern’s Leon Goretzka after just 13 seconds before South Korea midfielder Ji Dong-won drilled home the hosts’ second. Kingsley Coman, who should be fit despite an ankle injury scare, rescued Bayern with two first-half goals before setting up David Alaba’s winner.

Yet Sammer expects a different story from Bayern at Anfield. “You can’t compare Augsburg and Liverpool, they (Bayern) will be up for Liverpool,” said Sammer. “Nevertheless, both (Augsburg) goals came from the wings and you can’t let balls like that through. “If they make those mistakes against Liverpool, it will be hard.” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer agrees that they can ill afford Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool the same chances Augsburg were gifted. “Liverpool are a strong, attacking team and will get more chances than Augsburg,” said Neuer, back in goal after three games out with a thumb injury. “We have to be more compact. “When we work without the ball, there is order in our games, but on the wings we were caught cold and punished accordingly.” Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said he was disappointed to see Dortmund soundly beaten by Spurs. “I didn’t smile and wasn’t happy that they lost 3-0,” said Rummenigge. “I think that (the result) isn’t good for the Bundesliga… These two clubs have always flown the flag (for Germany) in Europe.” Related.

Rapper MI, Choi Boi Nation storm four cities with CBN tour

Rap star M.I Abaga took the Choc Boys Nation (CBN) tour to four cities in Nigeria- Jos, Abuja, Ibadan and Abeokuta and he delivered different nights to remember as A-list artistes graced the stage to thrill music fans who showed up in their thousands at the 4-venues of the tour.

MI  ABAGA

MI Abaga The primary objective of the show was to encourage the active young adults in the Nigerian society who are by law and rights capable to take a more active role in politics by exercising their voting rights in candidates they believe in. Contrary to the “gist” gone viral online, all participants of the tour did so by choice and were not influenced by any political party or political party representative. Chocolate City Music and MI Abaga are non-partisan to any political party. The multitude across the 4 locations were thrilled by performances from MI Abaga, Jesse Jagz, Ice Prince, Reminisce, Classiq, Ycee, Taiye Currency, Reekado Banks, Ckay, Blaqbonez, Street Billionaires, to mention a few.

Access to funding remains the biggest challenge in Nollywood – AY Makun

‘Merry Men’ producer, AY Makun has explained that access to funds remains the biggest challenge facing Nollywood practitioners.

The major challenge is access to funds. We still don’t have access to funds but people who are doing what they are doing in Nollywood now are individuals who strongly believe in moving Nollywood forward and at the same time trying to get involved in the business to make money for themselves,” he said.

ALSO READAY says movie making is good for his brand after ‘Merry Men’ grossed N228M

Continuing, AY said, “Access to funding is a major challenge, the more we have people who believe in the industry getting involved in terms of sponsorship, participation and investment, trust me, we would be giving Hollywood a pretty good run for their money. But for now, that is the major challenge but so far so good, if I want to rate Nollywood, I would be doing that from the point of view of the individuals, who are in there doing what they know how to do best. We are there, we are climbing but it can be better.”

AY Makun and Ramsey Nouah in '30 Days in Atlanta'

AY Makun and Ramsey Nouah in ’30 Days in Atlanta’

How I source funding for my movies – AY

AY has revealed how he sources funding for his movies to Pulse. He said explained that he tries to get one or two investors to fund some of his movies.

He said, “I play with my own funds and once or twice, try to get one or two investors involved, I mean not within the corporate circle but individuals who also believe in the business and we just rock and roll. It could be better if we have the support of either the government or corporate sector, it’s just the question of belief and understanding to close up the gaps.

Nollywood isn’t too big for Hollywood consultants – AY

The ‘30 days in Atlanta’ star further said that the government needs to get involved in taking Nollywood to the next level.

AY Makun is of the opinion that Nollywood isn't too big for Hollywood consultants. [Instagram/AYComedian]

AY Makun is of the opinion that Nollywood isn’t too big for Hollywood consultants. [Instagram/AYComedian]

The comedian and movie producer said Nollywood isn’t too big for Hollywood consultants to help shape the future of the Nigerian film industry.

ALSO READAY calls Nollywood a backstabbing community

Government needs to be involved, it’s one direction that has been downplayed, maybe because before now, some people moved that motion and forwarded it to the government but did that from a selfish point of view like let me go there, grab what I can and move. People in government at that time stopped taking us seriously and when they see you as a mediocre, it becomes a child’s play. “Government should be more open to even more focused people who are now ready to move this business of movie making to another level and give them the adequate support, bring in support, in form of consultants, I mean we are not too big enough not to have consultants, maybe from Hollywood. Let them come and give or show us a template of how it is done and the government will just empower the people who have the capacity to deliver.”

AY told Pulse in an exclusive chat that movie making is good for his brand as an entertainer and he would be doing more in 2019.

AY said his projections for the calendar year 2019 include making another film because filmmaking has been good to his brand.1/1 MERRY MEN – The Real Yoruba Demons (Official Trailer)Source: Pulse Nigeria

Relationship Talk With Bukky: How can I get back my straying boyfriend?

How can I get back my straying boyfriend? [Credit: Shutterstock]

Dear Bukky,

I’m 23 and I fell in love with a 26-year-old man but nowadays he treats me in a way I don’t understand.

He left me at his place, claiming that he had gone to get something from town and I waited there at his place. Only for him to call and say he went for an outing with friends.

He returned sometime close to midnight and found me in a bad mood. He slept off almost immediately because he had a hangover. I checked his phone because I could access his phone with my finger print. What I found was that he was with another lady enjoying everything and when I woke him up, he pretended to not know anything and this hurt me so much. 

The next morning, I left his place and he never even escorted me and since then he has not been in his real senses.

Now what should I do to bring him back dearest?

____________

Dear reader,

I think you should do nothing. Don’t get yourself worked up. You are not the one in the wrong here. It is he who should be thinking of how to appease you.Doing anything to bring him back might be tantamount to giving him too much power over you. If he goes wrong, he should apologise. If you go wrong, you apologise.

And that’s even when the offense is something not as grave as cheating.

In a case of cheating as this one, even his plea for forgiveness should not automatically grant him reentry into your life. Now that he’s even refusing to offer any, it means you should take a step back and think about all of this again. What’s his refusal to reach out telling you? What’s his aloofness and remorselessness about all of this telling you?

If you’re not getting the vibe that you are not that valued by this man, I think you should start thinking in that line already. If he had shown remorse and look genuinely sorry, then there could have been a chance of acceptance but with his refusal to reach out to you despite the disrespectful, thoughtless thing he did, I do think you should not be the one begging him or trying to mend bridges.

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Do you want to talk about your love life, marriage or family issues? Do you have burning questions that you would love to get answers to?

Just send a mail containing your question and location to relationships@pulse.ng, and I’ll provide the most honest answers to them anonymously.

So, why not send that mail today and let’s talk about it? A problem shared is a problem half-solved!Author: Bukky Sanni Source: Pulse Nigeria

=”Sex without orgasm is wasted energy” – Uche Ogbodo says

Uche Ogbodo says sex without reaching orgasm is a waste of energy [Instagram/UcheOgbodo]

How good is your sex game? Because Uche Ogbodo believes if you ain’t having orgasms during sex then it is a total waste of energy.

The movie star made this known via her Instagram page on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. In her post, she said there is no point of going the extra mile when you won’t get to the promised land.

“Having Sex is good! But Having An Orgasm is Greater ! Give A Woman An Orgasm! 💥 I always feel like good Sex without orgasm is wasted energy. Hehehe don’t blame me but really what’s the point? To go all that way and not get to the promise land! Eeeewww! I have also come to find out that most women don’t even know what an Orgasm is in the first place, really Sad! . . . .. I am no Sex Teacher or Discover your Body teacher but pls don’t be SHY, find someone who can help you discover what an orgasm is, if you are in the 18 – 100 age range ooo not for minors .😁 . . . .

Uche Ogbodo says sex without orgasm is a waste of energy [Instagram/UcheOgbodo]

Uche Ogbodo says sex without orgasm is a waste of energy [Instagram/UcheOgbodo]

“My MAIN POINT Today is VIRGINA MUTILATION that inhuman practice done on millions of women in Africa all in the name of Culture & Tradition that takes away the Joy of ever having An Orgasm During SEX… This is Pure Evil! & must be STOPPED! ..Man inhumanity to women . Show Love this Valentine Season & Give An An Orgasm for VAL ❤❤❤. #saynotovirginamutilation #orgasmislife #empowerwomen #sexeducation #goddess #charity #ngo #theredclitfoundation #fgm #haveyourbestlife #goodmorning #ngo #womenempowerment #discoveryourself #ucheogbodo #slayqueens #queen #alwaysonagoodcourse #val #myvalentine #selflove #awareness #supportagoodcourse #violenceagainstwomen #stopviolence,” she said. 

Uche Ogbodo says sex without reaching orgasm is a waste of energy [Instagram/UcheOgbodo]

Uche Ogbodo says sex without reaching orgasm is a waste of energy [Instagram/UcheOgbodo]

Even though Uche Ogbodo says she is not a ‘Sex teacher’ she definitely has driven home some point to those who feel this post applies to them. In 2018, Uche Ogbodo released some steamy photos on her Instagram page to mark her birthday that got a lot of people talking.

Uche Ogbodo shares raunchy bikini photos as she celebrates her birthday

Uche Ogbodo

Uche Ogbodo

Uche Ogbodo turned a year older back in May 2018 and to mark the day, the sexy actress has shared some really raunchy bikini photos. The beautiful actress took to her Instagram page on Thursday, May 17, 2018, where she posted a number of photos which will get the guys drooling.

Uche Ogbodo celebrated her birthday back in 2018 with some steamy photos [Instagram/UcheOgbodo]

Uche Ogbodo celebrated her birthday back in 2018 with some steamy photos [Instagram/UcheOgbodo]

“Yes! it’s been some 365 days of rigorous activities! It’s been some weeks of waking up, sleeping and going about the business of the day. And no matter how it’s been, that I’m alive today is a proof that the future is Great. So, when I look back at where I’m coming from, I can only say to myself “You Have Done Well “ #grateful #gratitude #lifelessons #birthdaybehavior #goddess #ucheogbodo #thankgodforeverything #birthdaygirl,” she captioned one of the photos.

=Davido surprises girlfriend, Chioma on Valentine’s day with lots of goodies [Video] ODION OKONOFUA Today at 11:55 AM

Davido showers girlfriend, Chioma with gifts on Valentine’s day

Still, on Valentine’s day, another celebrity who seems to leave no stone unturned is Davido as he surprises his girlfriend, Chioma with a lot of goodies for the special day.

The music star took to his Instagram page on Thursday, February 14, 2019, where he posted a video of himself surprising an obviously thrilled Chioma with some goodies which included music at the background. He went on caption the video with a hilarious quote.

“I get time sha 😂😂😂 Happy Valentines @thechefchi IT IS THE CHI THERE!! ❤️ u said bring dollars they brought Bounty 🙄 still her fave tho 😂” he wrote.

Don’t we all love the way Davido and Chioma get to show us how romantic they are together all the time? We trust Davido to make this day even more special…just saying!

Davido all loved up with bae, Chioma Avril

Davido all loved up with bae, Chioma Avri

Remembering Goldie Harvey: 6 years after her death

Remembering Goldie Harvey [PremiumTimes]

When we look back at deaths in the Nigerian music industry, 2010 will probably be the most remembered year simply because that was the year that Da Grin happened. 

But three years later, the cold hands of death struck yet again without giving us enough time to say our proper goodbyes.

Susan Oluwabimpe “Goldie” Filani passed away on this day in 2013 from hypertensive heart disease, after a 12-hour flight from the US to Lagos where she had attended the Grammys, putting a sad end to a short but radiant and triumphant career.

Goldie was confirmed dead on arrival at the Reddington Hospital in Victoria Island, Lagos.

Remembering Goldie Harvey six years after her death [OnoBello]

Remembering Goldie Harvey six years after her death [OnoBello]

While that of the latter was felt perhaps more on the national level, hers was being talked about dominantly on a ‘local or smaller’ yet intimate level.

I remember my early encounters with Goldie’s music, the singer who made her industry debut in 2009 with her debut single, ‘Komole’ produced by OJB

She became famous not just for her music, but her eccentricity which earned her comparisons with Lady Gaga and in line with her name, her hair was a blaze of gold, one that ensured she was never anonymous at any gathering.

In 2012, she released her debut album, ‘’Gold’’, which earned her mainstream recognition with the success of the hit singles like, ‘Don’t Touch My Body’‘You Know It’ with eLDee and the Jaywon assisted monster record, ‘Jawo Jawo.’ 

The outcome and widespread acceptance of the album birthed the reloaded edition issued two years later, where she joined forces with some of the finest names in the industry including Banky W, eLDee, Jaywon and Kas.

Following the release of her debut album, Goldie won over 10 awards including ‘Best Female Video’ at the Soundcity Awards 2010, ‘Best Use of Costume’ and ‘Best Afropop’ at NMVA, with ‘Best Female Artist’ at the City People Awards.

At the time, I was never much of a fan, in fact, I had as much cynicism for her music as much as for her appearance in the Big Brother Nigeria house (Star Game edition) in 2012, which created quite a polarizing reaction and reportedly even got her hate mails.

Prezzo and Goldie in the Big Brother House in 2012 [NollywoodGists]

Prezzo and Goldie in the Big Brother House in 2012 [NollywoodGists]

Some felt her appearance and escapades in the house provided some of the best entertainment in the history of the Reality show, while some reserved only the strongest form of vitriol for her acts.

But Goldie never really cared about her critics and that was perhaps her strongest attribute. 

Her confidence, courage, strength, defiance, willingness to try new things and just that ability to stare down at her critics and do what she is convinced is right for her. 

Goldie in one of her music videos [NollywoodGist]

Goldie in one of her music videos [NollywoodGist]

Despite the controversies that surrounded her lifestyle, Goldie continued to make an impression not just through her music but her different charities and those were the qualities that would at the end turn her doubters to believers. 

Goldie was ‘scarred’ but she never showed it, losing her mum, who she described as her best friend to cancer at a young age of 10 and having to keep her marital life away from the public.

I also remember the day she died, just as news began to filter in through radio shows, there was genuine grief from those who knew her, eulogies were being delivered from her friends like Denrele and label owner, Kenny Ogungbe with memories of how she had personally impacted a lot of them shared. 

Denrele and Goldie [GistUs]

Denrele and Goldie [GistUs]

I had only known her through her music, yet I felt it, I felt an unexplainable type of loss. I felt like someone I had grown fond of had gone on a long journey to some place faraway.

‘’Can you imagine the rainbow without any of its colours?’’ Goldie asked in one of her last interviews. Indeed, the industry was never going to find another one like her.

Six years after, we take a pause to reflect on the one whose life was an inspiration to many who crossed her path and followed her music. She didn’t exactly change the world but she did make it a little better in her own way.

Thank you for the music, the colorful costumes, the memories. Thank you for living a truly incredible life, one defined strictly on your own terms, the legacy you left will forever be remembered.

Dangote, UNECA launch Africa Business Health Forum in Addis Ababa

Ms Vera Songwe, the Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), on Tuesday in Addis Ababa called for an improved Public Private Partnership (PPP) in financing Healthcare in Africa.

Songwe made the call at the Africa Business Health Forum, organised by UNECA , Aliko Dangote Foundation and Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede’s GBCHealth. An 89-page study on Healthcare and Economic Growth in Africa, jointly sponsored by the trio was presented at the event.

The forum also witnessed the launch of African Business Coalition for Health in Africa, a coalition of business leaders and philanthropists committed to a healthier business space and the environment.

Ethiopian Prime Minister, Mr Abiy Ahmed, Mr Ismail Guelleh, President of the Republic of Djibouti, Mr Aig Imoukuede, Co-chairman GBC Health were among dignitaries at the event. Aliko Dangote was represented by his daughter, Hajiya Halima.

Halima Dangote speaks at the Africa Business Health Forum

Songwe said PPP would play an important role in mobilising additional forms of financing and closing the health infrastructure gap on the Continent.

“In the last quarter of 2018, a trend was observed whereby multiple organisations developed tools to help public policy officials and the private sector made more informed decision on PPPs and standardise the process of applying best practices.

She told the forum that she has noticed another trend where new organisations have emerged working towards good governance in infrastructure through PPP.

Songwe said Africa’s healthcare systems demand significant investments to meet the needs of the growing populations, changing patterns of diseases and to meet the internationally agreed development index.

Speaking on behalf of her father, Mr Aliko Dangote, Chairman Dangote Group, Hajiya Halima Dangote, highlighted the vital relationship between health and economic growth and development in Africa.

She said that health and economic development must go hand in hand as healthy populations live longer, and are more productive and would be able to save more and support the economy.

Dangote said access to essential health services must be seen and considered as One of the most important aspects of development.

She said Africa’s target of healthy populations could be achieved through the PPPs.

“Governments from both developed and developing countries are increasingly looking at public-private partnerships as a way to expand access to higher quality health services by leveraging capital, managerial capacity, and knowhow from the private sector’’ Dangote said.

She said Aliko Dangote Foundation was committed to working with governments and key stakeholders for the development of impactful health initiative in Africa.

“I believe that private sector leaders have a strong role to play. In the past, I have in my country charged business leaders to commit at least One per cent of their profit after tax to support the health sector’’, she explained.

Mr Mitchel Sidibe, Executive Director, UN AIDS, said it was high time for both public and private sectors to work together to ensure improved health services delivery through various technologies available especially for those populations living in rural areas.

Sidibe said healthcare delivery should be seen by both public and private institutions as a fundamental right to all human beings. (NAN)