Fitter and Faster – Francis ready for 2016

first_imgJamaica’s 400m champion Javon Francis feels he is at his strongest and fastest this year as he hopes to challenge for a medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil this summer.The 21-year-old quarter-miler opened his season on January 23, with a 46.19 run at the inaugural McKenley/Wint Track and Field Classic at his alma mater Calabar High School in Kingston, cruising home well ahead of the chasing pack.”It was the first time I had opened up so fast, usually I open at the Camperdown Classic (held in February) so I am very pleased with my time,” said Francis, who believes he is now stronger than he was last season when he ran a personal best 44.50.After winning the national championships later that month in 44.70, expectations were high that Francis would have been among the medal contenders at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China. He was, however, eliminated in the semi-finals having run 44.77 to be 12th fastest overall. He qualified for the semi-finals with a creditable run of 44.83.Despite some disappointment from his fans, Francis was quite pleased with his performance.At the national championships Francis suffered a groin injury during the 400m finals, and it prevented him from training for three to four weeks. He managed to get fit in time for Beijing, but he was not back at his best.”I never expected to run very fast because I was coming off an injury, so I was very pleased with my performance although I didn’t get a medal, but I benefited from the experience,” said the runner, who would later lead Jamaica to a fourth-place finish in the mile relay with a blistering 43.5-second anchor leg.”Last year people were saying I could go for the national record, but in my mind I always say records come and records go. Every time I go out to perform I go to win a medal,” Francis said.last_img read more

Who has most all-time Premier League defeats as West Ham break unfortunate record?

first_img 4 With the ending of that 1-0 defeat at the London Stadium, West Ham moved clear of the chasing pack to become the team with the most defeats in Premier League history.But who else joins the Hammers near the top of this unfortunate ranking? talkSPORT have collected the top 10 teams with most all-time losses in the Premier League, and you can see the results below…10. Liverpool have lost 246 Premier League matches9. Blackburn Rovers have lost 250 Premier League matches8. Manchester City have lost 257 Premier League matches Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City SORRY Despite that, West Ham have suffered defeat in all four of their Premier League matches to date, only picking up a win against League One side AFC Wimbledon in the EFL Cup.The Hammers sit rooted to the bottom of the league table given their point-less start to the campaign, and they set an unwanted record when Adama Traore’s late, late strike guided Wolves to victory over the east Londoners on Saturday. Guardiola-inspired tactics: Is this how Arsenal will line up under Arteta? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won gameday cracker Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 revealed latest 7. Sunderland have lost 296 Premier League matches6. Southampton have lost 305 Premier League matches5. Tottenham Hotspur have lost 323 Premier League matches4. Newcastle United have lost 326 Premier League matches 4 3. Aston Villa have lost 333 Premier League matches2. Everton have lost 351 Premier League matches1. West Ham United have lost 352 Premier League matches Things were looking so rosy for Pellegrini before the season started center_img predicted changes Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 4 tense Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update whoops It’s been a dreadful start to the season for West Ham.Manuel Pellegrini was appointed the club’s manager during the summer, and he oversaw a rebuild during the transfer window that is said to have cost over £100million. 4 Most read in Premier League REVEALED silverware Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? How Everton could look in January under Ancelotti with new signings *All data taken from the official Premier League website. Correct as of September 5, 2018last_img read more

Giving film makers a break

first_img30 January 2008South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has announced revised film and television production incentives aimed at increasing local content generation and improving location competitiveness for foreign film productions in the country.The Location Film and Television Production Incentive, which offers a 15% rebate to foreign-owned productions with a South African spend of at least R12-million (about US$1.7-million), aims “to attract large-budget overseas film and television productions to the country,” the DTI said in a statement on Monday.The South African Film and Television Production and Co-Production Incentive, on the other hand, offers increased financial support for locally owned productions and co-productions.Available to South African productions and official treaty co-productions with budgets of at least R2.5-million (about $357 000), the incentive provides a 35% rebate for the first R6-million ($857 000) spent – up from 25% previously – and 25% for the remainder of production expenditure.Both rebate are capped at R10-million ($1.42-million) per production.In both cases, the qualifying threshold has been lowered from R25-million ($3.57-million), opening the door for lower-budget productions. This is especially true for local producers, who previously had to bundle a number of productions together in order to qualify for the rebate.Leading South African film maker Anant Singh – producer of such films as Sarafina!, Cry, the Beloved Country, Yesterday, Red Dust and Faith’s Corner – said the incentive for local productions would be “very attractive for emerging filmmakers with access to smaller budgets.”The threshold reduction for foreign-owned productions, on the other hand, would help give South Africa “a competitive edge as a location for international film shoots, which will ultimately mean more work for our talented actors and technicians,” Singh said in a statement.The DTI said the incentives would provide impetus to the growth of the local film and television industry, “creating an environment conducive for South African producers to attract investment and develop stable output and sustainable production companies.”The DTI added that it was also implementing a number of other measures to help develop the industry.“These include capacity development for emerging production companies, the development of writers and editors through the enterprise development programme, and the establishment of five pilot programmes in different locations to address distribution infrastructure, local content and audience expansion.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

SP leader’s wife held for son’s death

first_imgWife of the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council chairman and senior Samajwadi Party leader Ramesh Yadav was arrested on Monday on charges of strangulating their son in a fit of rage.Police said Meera Yadav, second wife of Mr. Yadav, was booked for murder and destruction of evidence. Abhijeet Yadav, in his early twenties, was found dead in his house at the Darulshafa legislators residence complex in Hazratganj in the State capital on Sunday. When police reached the spot, the family claimed it was a natural death and said they did not want an investigation.However, the family’s attempt to get the last rites done in a hurry aroused suspicion and the body was sent for post-mortem, said Lucknow SP (east) Sarvesh Mishra. The autospy report released late on Sunday said Abhijeet died of strangulation. Police sent forensic experts and a field team to investigate the death and an FIR was then lodged.Police said Ms. Meera allegedly confessed to the crime. According to the police, she got into a heated argument with Abhijeet late on Saturday when he returned home in an inebriated state. Abhijeet allegedly misbehaved with her and assaulted her, but as he was drunk he was knocked out when she pushed him to a wall, Mr. Mishra said. Ms. Meera then allegedly strangulated him with her dupatta.Mr. Naithani said Ms. Meera admitted to having burnt the dupatta to destroy evidence. She also allegedly applied a white cream to her son’s neck to cover up the ligature marks. The tube has been recovered, said the SSP.last_img read more