This one’s for mom – Francis dedicates JII victory to his mother

first_imgExciting and never-say-die 400m runner Javon ‘Donkeyman’ Francis, who brought the curtains down on the 13th staging of the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet on Saturday night in emphatic fashion at the National Stadium, dedicated the victory “for my mother, tomorrow (yesterday) is Mother’s Day”. Twenty-one-year-old Francis completed a stout-hearted victory to much applause from the National Stadium crowd. “I just did a great job for her, and then tomorrow (yesterday) I’ll visit my mother and give her a big kiss,” the former Calabar High School standout said in a post-race interview. He added: “I feel good with the win and to come out here and put on a show.” Francis ran a fast backstretch from Lane Five and took over the race after being briefly consigned to second place by American Vernon Norwood for some distance before his power finishing saw him surge ahead and take the win in 44.85 seconds. Norwood was second in a flat 45.00, with Belgian Olympian Kevin Borlee (45.17) in third place. National record holder Rusheen McDonald had to settle for fifth in a time of 45.90 seconds. “It’s a good run for me and I am pleased with my time.” He added that in the “next couple years I just want to uplift myself, stay focused and just think about my career”. Francis is a 2013 World Championships relay silver medallist and says he is looking forward to an excellent National Trials in June. “My focus right now is on the Olympic team, and when I make the Olympic team, I focus on the final,” he commented, adding that he was doing what he loved, “running with the big guys”. “All the years I have always told myself I want to run with the big guys. The preparation is going quite fine and I want to just thank the Lord that I’ll stay injury-free,” he stressed, a clear reference to last year’s injury-plagued season. At last year’s IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, Francis was eliminated in the semi-finals despite running a fast 44.77 seconds, the 12th fastest time overall.last_img read more

Interview with Neo-Soul Recording Artist, Nykita Garnett

first_imgIn a sense, songstress and writer Nykita Garnett is a touching demonstration of a neo- soul singer with an essential sound as smooth as silk or velvet.While Liberian music followers continue to tune their ears to music that makes them want to dance, this talented young woman through simplicity, she says, hopes to connect with more fans through the affection that flows in her songs.“By saying that I’m a lover, because that’s the frame [through] which I see everything. I’m a lover, lover of everything, I think the foundation of love is in me. And when I speak of love I’m speaking of light, positivity and not just romantic love, which is what we always think of when we think of love.  I try to approach everything in my life from a really positive prospective, and that seems to work out pretty well.”Music with emotion, with soul and sparkle, has been at the heart of Nykita’s life since she was a child, listening to soul artists like Anita Baker and Sade.“I think when I started holding my own musical taste, there were a few things that stuck with me. Foundational artists of my taste I would say include Sade and Anita Baker. I learned how to sing on Anita Baker, her Rapture album was like a class that I took. Every run on that CD I could sing and used to practice all through my teenage years. As much as I loved soulful women, I also love diversity like Gwen Stefani, who was a huge inspiration for me,” Nykita added.As a child in Atlanta, GA (USA), Nykita and her three sisters formed a musical group called “Mosaic”, a collage of different shades of teenage girls from dark skin, chocolaty brown, all the way to super fair skin.”It was a mixture of every color and personality in this group. We did that for a while and performed around Atlanta, where I lived when I was in the States, until everyone decided they wanted to do different things. One went on to be a doctor, another played soccer in college and they all said that I’m the youngest and had passion, it ended up being me by myself just doing music from then on.”Practically from that moment, Nykita says she knew music was her calling. She pursued it into her 20’s, when she landed her first solo hit track “Liberian Girl” and numerous live performances that have earned her a medal in her singing career.From 2013-2014 Nykita has earned a steady reputation as an extraordinary singer, and spoke with LIB Life about her start-up into neo-soul music, up to how far she has come.LIB Life: Did you grow up in a musical family?Nykita: What’s the heart of my talent is, I come from a very musical family. It goes all the way back to my maternal grandmother, Thelma Goll from Harrisburg. She was always a praying woman and we always had music around us. A lot of it was praise and hymns; Thursday nights we’d have prayer sessions where my family would just get together and sing harmonies and hymns. I think the foundation of my passion for music and expressing myself in that way came from her in that way. Both of my parents sang in church, or recreational choirs. My mom grew up in England; she would introduce me to the Beetles and different kinds of music. My father grew up here in Liberia and had that pan-African kind of thinking and he would tell me about Cape Verde, Morocco. I always had an eclectic amount of music around me from the time I was young.  From the moment I can remember talking, there was music around me. I was talking and singing at the same time.LIB Life: You say you are a travel-holic, does that have anything to do with your love for music and having to tour around?Nykita: Travel is something that came by accident to my life, and for many people who were refugees by the Liberian experience, it’s kind of a similar situation for me. Since the age of three, I’ve been living between Liberia and America, and a lil’ sprinkle of Ivory Coast. There’s this passion in me to travel to learn about new cultures and customs and meet new people. Somewhere in the mist of my art in terms of writing, writing music and performing music, travel is a big part of finding that inspiration and being in different scenarios that make me want to say something in terms of the article that I write and the music that I sing.LIB Life: When did you start singing neo-soul music?Nykita: Neo-Soul is a type of music that many people don’t know about. While kind of playing around in all of those things, the group with my sisters and listening to my favorite artists, I stumbled across neo-Soul; I think it was Eryka Badu that kind of brought me into neo-Soul, and that’s because of my sister Tania who is the hip one (I perform with her around town, and she’s permanently here in Liberia). She introduced me to Eryka. It was something that felt like Anita but was kind of different. It was young, and fresh and still growing and developing and that’s how I fell into neo-Soul. I’m just attracted to Soul in general, a lot of people will say my music is soulful, I do a lot of genres of music, some very Reggae, a bit African, and R&B. But one element that remains the same is that its “soulful”. That’s what I love about neo-soul; you can’t interpret it.LIB Life: what is neo-Soul in your own expression?Nykita:  I think it’s about honesty, vulnerability and expressing your feelings. It comes from the gut, that heavy singing that heavy tone, it comes from the emotion, and from the honesty in that emotion. That’s what I consider soulful: honest, vulnerable and passionate kind of singing. If you can put that element on any kind of track, it always reads through.LIB Life: Listening to your music, one of the first things that comes to mind is, you are probably one of the first neo-soul singers in Liberia, that’s awesome.Nykita:  Many years ago when I was in Atlanta and very American standard, performing to get a record deal, it didn’t work out for me, it wasn’t a free environment that I could adjust to. I remember one of the producers I was working with at the time told me that for people like me it’s not a choice, it’s ingrained in me, it’s a part of who I am. It sounded ridiculous at the time, but now I get it. Doing music is not a choice for me, it’s something that is so natural. Music is one element of who I am.  I’m a song writer and a writer of articles. At the essence of me I’m really a writer; songs are just one way that I express myself. I think if you build it, it will come. I think if people can see honest, quality music there will be a nature of Liberians who will be enthusiastic about it.LIB Life: Before I leave you, tell me a little about the challenges of being an artist.Nykita:  When you are a creative person, it’s also hard to be a structured person. Finding that healthy balance between being creative and having that space and also being business minded, and being functional because you do have to eat; you can’t eat your songs. Finding ways to turn your passion into profit, in this new environment that I’m in, I’m still trying to figure out how to turn all of my passions into profit, and I think that is one of my challenges I’ve had here. We don’t have any major money that goes towards arts and recreation, fine arts and things like that, and culturally we don’t really respect it as much. I’m just really excited to be home, I’ve been back two years and now the possibilities seem endless.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Female prisoner pardoned

first_img…ahead of Independence celebrationsPresident David Granger has extended pardon to yet another female prisoner in observance of the country’s 52nd Independence Anniversary.According to a statement from the Public Security Ministry, the presidential pardon was granted with powers under Article 188(2) of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.This year’s lone beneficiary has been identified as 30-year-old Shremattie Singh, an inmate of the New Amsterdam Prison. She was convicted and served a portion of her sentence for a false pretence offence.The presidential pardon takes effective from today. Singh was found to be “fit and proper to receive such pardon,” the statement from the Public Security MinistryPardoned Prisoner Shremattie Singhsaid.“It is expected that this expression of compassion and humanity by His Excellency will result in this prisoner reuniting with her family and leading a good and useful life hereon,” the Public Security Ministry added.President Granger faced much criticism over these pardons when they were first done back in 2015, mere days after his assumption to office. He had pardoned over 50 criminals on two separate occasions in 2015 – 40 for Guyana’s 49th Independence Anniversary and 11 for that year’s Christmas holidays.However, no pardons were done during the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary last year, and President Granger had explained that this was as a result of the selected prisoners not fully meeting the criteria set out. The same obtained for the 2016 Christmas holidays.Meanwhile, last year, some 10 female prisoners were released – five during the 51st Independence Anniversary and another five for the Christmas holidays.The pardoned criminals programme is an initiative of the Guyanese Leader, and is intended to give young “petty” convicts a second chance at life. Initially, the criteria used to select the beneficiaries included prisoners who are facing short sentences; those who are incarcerated for petty, non-violent offences; and those between the ages of 18 and 24.However, this decision of pardoning criminals had caused uneasiness among Guyanese, especially business owners. Persons were also calling for the identities of these convicts to be made public, but it was explained that this would hinder the reintegration of these young people into society.last_img read more

Pogba latest: Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United alerted as agent hints at Juventus exit

first_imgArsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United target Paul Pogba cannot stay in Italy for much longer, according to the player’s agent.Pogba has been attracting interest from clubs all across Europe over the past year, including Champions League holders Real Madrid.However, the strongest interest has come from the Premier League, with Arsenal, Chelsea and his former club Manchester United all being linked with a big-money move for the midfielder.Pogba has been a revelation since moving to Juventus on a free transfer from United in 2012, scoring 22 goals in 104 appearances.The 21-year-old recently signed a contract extension with Juventus until 2019, but his agent Mino Raiola has now revealed that his stay in Serie A may not last that long.“He cannot stay for very much longer in Italy. It will depend on the Bianconeri,” Raiola told Sports Mediaset.“We extended his contract and we are happy that we did so. But when it is the right time to leave, we will inform them. I don’t know when that moment will be.” Paul Pogba 1last_img read more

He needs time! Under-fire Louis van Gaal gets backing of Manchester United legend

first_imgAndy Cole says Louis van Gaal must be given time to make his mark at Manchester United.Monday night’s defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals has ramped up the pressure on the Dutchman, who is now all but certain to end his first season at Old Trafford without any silverware.But Cole insists it is too early for fans to turn on Van Gaal, as he believes it could still prove to be a successful campaign for the club if they finish in the top four of the Premier League.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former United hitman said: “Manchester United’s aim is to get back into the European Cup next season. If they do that, that is progression.“A new manager has come in, with different ideas, and it is going to take a bit of time.“Nothing is built in a day. It is going to take time to get them to play the way he wants to play and hopefully he can be very successful.”last_img read more

VIDEO: The greatest own goal of all time was scored 10 years ago today

first_imgChris Brass is not a name that comes to mind when thinking of the greatest moments in football history.However, he has a famous place in the annals of English history, having scored one of the greatest own goals ever.10 years ago today, Brass was playing for Bury against Darlington, and he went to clear the ball over his head when a ball was lobbed into the box.However, he failed completely, smashing the ball into his own face, and then seeing it fire past his own goalkeeper into the back of the net.To make matters worse, Brass broke his nose while scoring the own goal.Watch the greatest own goal of all time above…last_img read more

GET IT ALL WRAPPED UP EARLY WITH IRWIN EXPERT ELECTRICAL’S CHRISTMAS CLUB

first_imgA Christmas Club account with Irwin Expert Electrical is a great way to ease festive financial pressures!For many of us, Christmas is a fantastic time of year, full of celebrations and family fun.But, it can place a huge strain on finances, with so many expenses coming at the same time. Irwin Expert Electrical, Letterkenny & Buncrana have a solution that will help you spread the financial load and help keep your budget in balance for this Christmas. They are delighted to launch their Christmas Savings Club in their stores . You can call in to our showrooms at Port Rd., Letterkenny or Maginn Avenue, Buncrana choose your Christmas Items, whether it be a Computer, Laptop, Tablet, TV, Washing Machine, Hairdryer, Juicer, Vacuum Cleaner, Dish Washer, whatever you need, we have it!You can deposit as much or as little as you like into your Christmas Club savings account, whenever it suits you!We have no charge for membership, our Christmas Club members get priority on popular Christmas Items, there is no minimum amount to pay and you can spread your cost of Christmas, it’s that easy!To become a member of our Christmas Club, just ask any of our friendly staff in store today.Members may also be entered into draws etc., from time to time, so join up, you have nothing to lose!! And don’t forget ……….!Donegal Daily has teamed up with Bosch and Irwin Expert Electrical for this great free giveaway just for our readers.And entering couldn’t be easier.All you have to do is answer the following question – “What strapline is used by Bosch Home Appliances?”Once you know the answer, you can simply send an email and like Irwin Expert Electrical on Facebook. So send your answer along with your name, address, email and mobile number to our competition address at irwinelectrical1@gmail.comThat’s it. It couldn’t be easier. To get your hands on this cool new toaster get liking Irwin Expert Electrical on Facebook and email the competition answer.https://www.facebook.com/irwinexpertGET IT ALL WRAPPED UP EARLY WITH IRWIN EXPERT ELECTRICAL’S CHRISTMAS CLUB was last modified: September 2nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:buncranaIrwin Expert Electricalletterkennylast_img read more

Bournemouth star Dan Gosling signs new four-year contract

first_img Bournemouth star Dan Gosling 1 Bournemouth midfielder Dan Gosling has signed a new four-year contract at the Premier League club.The 27-year-old, who joined the Cherries in May 2014, will remain at the south-coast outfit until at least the summer of 2021.Devon-born Gosling began his career at Plymouth before moving onto Everton and Newcastle.“I’ve really enjoyed my three years here,” Gosling told the official Bournemouth website.“It’s gone so fast but I believe I’ve improved immensely, working with the manager and his coaching staff.“In that time we have gained promotion and spent two years in the Premier League, so it couldn’t have gone any better.“My goal now is to be a mainstay in the side and keep adding to my game.”Gosling’s new contract comes on the back of Bournemouth signing Chelsea defender Nathan Ake for a club-record fee, understood to be in the region of £20million, and England striker Jermain Defoe from Sunderland.Manager Eddie Howe said: “I am delighted Dan has signed a new contract as he is a very important part of our squad and what we are trying to achieve here.“He has great talent, huge energy and offers real quality to our midfield.“Despite only being 27, Dan also has plenty of Premier League experience and that is crucial for a team that is still relatively new to the division.”last_img read more

RAPHOE STAR LECKEY NAMED IN UNDER 21 ULSTER SQUAD

first_imgThe season just gets better and better for Raphoe Hockey star Matthew Leckey.Ulster Hockey has named him in the Ulster Under 21 Men’s squads due to participate in the 2013 Interprovincial series on the 1st-3rd February at Lisnagarvey, Hillsborough.Leckey has been handed the No3 short for the matches. The Donegal player, who won the Linden Cup with Raphoe, just a few weeks ago is the toast of the club once again.The U21 Squad is as follows –Manager – Patrick Grimes Head Coach – Stephen CuddyAssistant Coach – Ian CheeversShirt No.1 – 32FIRST NAMESURNAME School / Club GK/Capt 1 Ben McMILLAN Mossley GK2 Matthew ROLLINS Cookstown3 Matthew LECKY Raphoe4 John EDGAR Annadale 5 Josh MOFFETT Banbridge6 Connor ROBERTS Annadale7 Peter BROWN Banbridge8 Matthew BELL Banbridge9 William EDGAR Annadale10 Stephen DOWDS Banbridge Capt12 Owen MAGEE Banbridge13 Matthew ALLISTER Annadale14 Ryan MILLAR Cookstown16 Neal GLASSEY Mossley17 Andy WILLIAMSON Annadale19 Adam McCANN Lisnagarvey20 Hugh McSHANE Banbridge32 Michael ANDERSON Cookstown GKRAPHOE STAR LECKEY NAMED IN UNDER 21 ULSTER SQUAD was last modified: January 23rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:RAPHOE STAR LECKEY NAMED IN UNDER 21 ULSTER SQUADlast_img read more