Harvey Barnes scores as Leicester City beat Jesse Marsch’s much improved Leeds United 1-0

By Luke Williamson

Harvey Barnes scored the only goal of the game as a lacklustre Leicester City beat Leeds United 1-0 at the King Power Stadium.

The winger fired home in the 66th minute after a sublime move, leaving the visitors to rue multiple missed chances throughout the game.

The opening 45 minutes was played at a frenetic pace with both sides throwing bodies forward.

Leeds looked to hurt the hosts on the counter-attack with their typical pace and directness, but looked assured in defence – something the Whites have struggled to do in previous months.

The visitors had many of the early chances with Daniel James breaking at pace before feeding Jack Harrison, who fired at the legs of Kasper Schmeichel.

Rodrigo then fired a couple of good chances of the top of the Leicester goal as Leeds looked the more likely to score before the break

The hosts weren’t without their chances though, as Barnes tested the handling of Illan Meslier before Wilfred Ndidi saw a header saved on the stroke of half time.

United came out flying after the break and had a flurry of chances in the first 15 minutes of the second period.

Rodrigo’s near post header was well saved by Schmeichel before the Denmark number one made a great reaction save from James from close range.

Leicester made two changes and altered formation, bringing Ademola Lookman and Kelechi Iheanacho on, and the impact was instant as they took the lead five minutes later.

The winger drove at the Leeds defence, played a one-two with Iheanacho before placing a low curling effort through the gloves of Meslier.

The hosts took control from then onwards, controlling the game without really creating another chance.

Chances were at a premium as Leicester held their shape well and restricted the visitors to hopeful crosses into the box.

Leeds did push for an equaliser deep into stoppage time but their end product let them down in the final third.

Their cause wasn’t helped by Tyler Roberts struggling to move after picking up a knock almost immediately after coming on as a substitute – Marsch confirming after the game the striker picked up a hamstring strain.

Brendan Rodgers’ men held on to claim a crucial three points to take them up to tenth in the Premier League table with Leeds in 16th before the 3pm games got underway.  

The teams

Leicester City

Schmeichel; Choudhury (Lookman, 61), Söyüncü, Amartey, Thomas; Albrighton, Dewsbury-Hall, Tielemans, Ndidi (Mendy, 76), Barnes; Vardy (Iheanacho, 61).

Leeds United

Meslier; Dallas, Ayling, Struijk, Firpo; Koch, Klich (Forshaw, 69) ; Raphinha, James, Rodrigo(Gelhardt, 64), Harrison (Roberts, 75).

Man of the Match: Kasper Schmeichel.

Christian OnlyFans model Nita Marie on her ‘threesomes’ with God

Faith is a powerful thing – especially when it enters the bedroom. Here, Thomas Carter tells the story of a connection to the Lord that goes far beyond the pulpit…

Christian OnlyFans model Nita Marie, who says she has 'threesomes' with God
IN GOD SHE TRUSTS: Nita Marie (above) believes that a strong connection to faith improves her intimate life (Photo credit: Nita Marie)

By most accounts, Nita Marie is your everyday mother. Loving husband, twin daughters, and a job in sales. Very normal. Apart from the small fact that she is also a nude model. And not just any one at that – but a nude model with a calling from God.

“When I started modelling, I just wanted to learn the art of seduction,” she says, “but now I really feel like God led me to this.”

Nita (or ‘Mama Nita’ as she’s known to her fans) is a lively Colorado native, with striking blonde hair and an unshakeable connection to her faith.

“Some people thought I was being led by Satan!” she says, holding her crucifix necklace.

“Anytime someone is a believer, they’re always asking God what the next steps should be, and I’ve done that throughout my whole career.”

First modelling back in her college days, Nita would take a lengthy hiatus from adult photography, returning to the scene four years ago on a religious mission to rediscover her sexuality.

Now 46, she spends her days selling nude pictures and videos on streaming site OnlyFans to a loyal following of more than 100,000 paying subscribers.

“It was a leap of faith to even start doing it because nobody I knew was in the adult world,” she says. 

“I come from a place that is totally different, very conservative, no one would have ever expected me to do it.

“It was definitely a shock to most people, and it still is.”

Perhaps highest on the ‘surprised’ list were her parents, who found out about their daughter’s new career via an email from some mortified friends.

“They had a little heart attack!” says Nita. She lets out a nervous laugh, reliving the moment her parents learned the news.

“It’s not that I didn’t want them to know, I just didn’t feel like it was necessary for them to find out – I thought it would add a lot of stress.

“In my other work the uniform makes you feel frumpy, all buttoned up, so when I started posting pictures with cleavage or without a bra on, that’s where I got the craziest reaction.”

Astonished as some may be, her success is indisputable. Over a short period Nita has appeared on ITV’s This Morning and racked up more than half a million followers on social media.

Besides what is there to be ashamed of, she says, when making more money in the space of a day selling pictures through OnlyFans than she would in a month at her sales job.

Financial prosperity aside, Nita is still keen to emphasise her role as a religious servant, even if nude modelling is somewhat of a far cry from the Ten Commandments.

“I feel like God called me to this because there are lonely men out there who just need someone to talk to,” she says.

“One part of my calling is to fulfill that ‘mommy’ role for them, because there are actually a lot of men that have ‘mommy issues’. 

“There’s a huge kink of step-mom attraction, and it’s a fantasy they like to play out on my page.”

Even though Nita is “taking care of her boys” in a virtual sense, the relationships formed are, she insists, genuine emotional connections.

And there is perhaps no better evidence of this than her husband, whom she met during his time as a fan on her site.

“We met because of my modelling, in a Facebook group, and his comments always popped out at me,” she says, grinning.

“I actually reached out to him for help on a project, and he didn’t want anything in return, which was super attractive to me.”

Having spent the eight years prior in a (somewhat ironically) asexual relationship, Nita’s fan romance was a welcome change to her life, with marriage following shortly after meeting.

This time round Nita was determined to not repeat mistakes of the past, meaning the Lord would enter her marital life on a far more intimate level – in the bedroom.

“A threesome with God is really just inviting him in,” she says.

“God prepares me, and gives me confidence to talk about certain issues. It gives me the opportunity to be more open, and as I’m more vulnerable, the sex is amazing.”

“I have always made a point that God would be in our intimate life as well as our emotional life, and it has really made a difference with us being connected.”

Her husband, a spiritual person but far from a devout church-goer, is supposedly fine with this arrangement, or as Nita puts it: “He isn’t going to say no.”

But while affairs in the bedroom seem to be agreeable, Nita’s partner is slightly more agnostic in his view of her work.

“He gets more protective of me when I do content with other people, so I’ve tamed it back,” she explains.

“Now I do more solo content, as it’s something he wanted me to do. It’s good because we’re evolving.”

With motherhood at the heart of everything she does, Nita believes transparency regarding her work should be extended to her entire family, including her nine-year-old twin daughters.

“A lot of people have said I shouldn’t do modelling because of the girls, but the interesting thing is they are very supportive of it,” she says.

“My kids call it ‘body positive’ modelling, and they say: ”Mom, we’re so lucky you do OnlyFans!”

But still the question remains; is it really worth selling revealing pictures online if it means being shunned by friends and those in your religious community? Her answer, quite simply, is yes.

“A lot of my Christian friends are now very inspired by what I’m doing,” she says.

“They come to me saying about how a woman needs to feel empowered in her body and sexuality because we don’t talk about it enough in the Christian faith.

“Plus who knows what I’ll be doing in three or four years, I may be doing something completely different!

“If we put people in boxes it doesn’t give them the chance to change, to evolve and grow.”

In this view, Nita Marie is in fact your canonical mother. The only differing factor, of course, is found in her religious calling of truly unorthodox proportions.

‘Homeless people are just like everyone else – they’re just having a tough time. We want to help them & give them a second chance’

Riverside Café has partnered with Change Please to tackle homelessness in the UK – through their love of good quality coffee. Maryam Goncalves reports.

Change Please launch at Riverside Café

Riverside Café, one of the coffee shops in the DMU campus, has recently partnered with Change Please, a social enterprise which invests 100% of their profits into making the lives of those experiencing homelessness better, by giving them a living wage job, training, housing, and opportunities to progress.

Change Please CEO, Cemal Ezel, was at Riverside on Wednesday, January 26, to explain the enterprise, the coffee, and the lives they have changed.

Ezar talked about one of the most impactful cases he has ever seen – the case of Adan Abobaker, a former homeless man who jumped into a frozen river Thames to rescue a woman who attempted to commit suicide.

After risking his life, having his clothes and possessions stolen, and contracting hypothermia due to the low temperatures he braved, Abobaker was presented with the highest civilian award for bravery.

The former chef then shared a flat with his partner, thinking his life was coming back together. But the relationship came to an end, and Abobaker found himself back on the streets while battling depression.

This is when Change Please came along and offered Abobaker a part-time job as a barista on a coffee cart in Borough Market, London, which gave him a second chance to improve his quality of life.

“It’s incredible that we can walk past someone like Adan on the street and we don’t stop to think who they are or what value they can have on society,” Cemal Ezel told the crowd at Riverside.

“In Adan’s case, he won the highest civilian award for bravery and is a real hero. Yet because he was on the street he was disregarded with the same stigma as all homeless people.

“Homeless people are just like anyone else – they are people who have fallen on incredibly tough times. Change Please is trying to help as many like Adan as possible – people who we walk past every day – and give them a second chance at life.”

Traffic measures put in place to improve pedestrian safety outside schools

By Shantelle Gondo

Traffic measures have been put in place to improve safety for pedestrians outside eight schools.

Leicester City Council carried out work during the COVID-19 pandemic to widen pavements, improve pedestrian access and reduce traffic flow outside city schools.

During the morning and afternoon school run times, streets outside schools will be completely closed to all vehicles – these schools include North Evington Bridge Junior School, Sandfield Close Primary School and St Thomas More School in Knighton.

Headteacher at St Thomas More School, Charlotte Crosse, said: “We have really welcomed the road closure at St Thomas More.

“It has made our families feel much safer as they bring their children to and from school. It has also helped boost the number of children walking, cycling, and scootering to school. 

“Hopefully it will have had a big impact on helping to reduce the air pollution near school each day.”

The road improvements have made streets safer and much quieter in the morning and end of the day especially for school children, and the city council is looking to make these changes permanent.

Work will also be completed to formalise the existing ‘School Keep Clear’ markings outside schools and include both single and double yellow line restrictions to deal with the issue of pavement parking.

In order to make all these changes permanent, the council’s Transport Improvement Works capital budget programme would have to fund around £90,000.

For more information visit: https://news.leicester.gov.uk/news-articles/2021/december/proposals-to-make-schools-pedestrian-safety-measures-permanent/

Ice rink back in Leicester

By Shantelle Gondo

Due to the festive season and popular demands, a real ice rink is back in Leicester this Christmas.

The ice rink located in Jubilee Square is for all ages.

A special group discount will be also available for groups of four or more people and the rink will be available for Christmas parties and private events.

This year, special quiet sessions and several themed sections will be added, including:

  • The snowman
  • Christmas discos
  • Leicester Tigers and mascot Welford
  • Filbert Fox on ice

Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Jubilee Square ice rink office.

For more information visit: https://www.visitleicester.info/whats-on/jubilee-square-ice-rink-p725121