Guinea-Bissau plan more shocks at AFCON

first_imgLike Botswana, Cape Verde and Niger earlier this decade, Guinea-Bissau mocked the form book with a star-less team to clinch a first Cup of Nations appearance.The unexpected success has propelled the tiny nation from FIFA rankings obscurity to 15th in Africa and 68th in the world. They rose 78 places last year — more than any other country.Now they are plotting the downfall of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-inspired hosts Gabon in Libreville this weekend in the African football showcase opener.Four-time champions Cameroon and 2013 runners-up Burkina Faso complete Group A and the top two finishers after a single-round mini-league book quarter-finals slots.Guinea-Bissau are the 150-1 title no-hopers among the quartet, according to international bookmakers, but 68-year-old coach Baciro Cande says he has more shocks in store.“I want to make one thing very clear,” he stressed to AFP after a training session in the capital Bissau, “we are not going to Gabon for a holiday.“My squad is composed of 23 proud professional footballers who are thinking only of bringing joy to the people of Guinea-Bissau.“The best way to achieve that is by winning matches and qualifying for the quarter-finals in our Africa Cup debut.“We eliminated former champions Congo and Zambia and can perform even better. The squad will work ceaselessly to achieve good results.”National football federation president Manuel Lopes Nascimento is equally hopeful as Guinea-Bissau prepare for the greatest moment in their sporting history.“It is wonderful to compete in the opening match and I am optimistic that we will beat Gabon. We are coming to play good football and put our country on the international football map,” he said.Football success has brought a welcome change of image to a country ranked among the 10 poorest in the world by the United Nations.Political turmoil is common and there have been numerous media reports of the country being a transit point for South American drugs en route to Europe.A couple of wins over Kenya and a victory and a draw against Zambia secured qualification, with home and away losses to Congo not preventing them finishing top of the table by one point.Before the 2017 qualifiers, the coastal former Portuguese colony of less than two million people had won just four of 22 matches in previous editions.But Guinea-Bissau football reached dizzy heights never previously imagined during 24 hours last June, starting with a thrilling 3-2 triumph over Zambia at a packed Bissau stadium.Toni Silva ran nearly half the length of the pitch to score the stoppage-time winner and Kenya upset Congo a day later to give the west Africans an unassailable lead with one round remaining.The Guinea-Bissau squad consists of 22 footballers based in Europe, mainly with lower league clubs, while striker Frederic Mendy plays in South Korea.Bocundji Ca, who has lined up for various French clubs, skippers the side and is likely to be busy in Gabon, given his defensive midfield role.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Guinea-Bissau captain and defender midfielder Bocundji Ca (R) has played for several French clubs, including Châteauroux © AFP/File / FRANCOIS NASCIMBENILIBREVILLE, Gabon, Jan 10 – Debutants Guinea-Bissau achieved one of the most remarkable qualifications in the 60-year-old Africa Cup of Nations by reaching the 2017 finals, and are plotting more shocks.The Djurtus (wild dogs) topped a group, ahead of former champions Congo Brazzaville and Zambia and Kenya, that they were considered certainties to prop up.last_img read more

TCI Water supply shut down at noon in Capital island

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, September 7th, 2017 – Grand Turk – At noon the city water supply will shut down for Grand Turk for safety explained the Ministry of Infrastructure and Planning via its Water Undertaking Unit.  Residents were since Wednesday asked to make preparations for that temporary closure.By Deandrea Hamilton Grand Turk residents demand restoration at PDM Administration public meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Vandalism brings Grand Turk roadworks to a standstill, Premier and MP speak out American tourist claims #MeToo after alleged sexual assault in Grand Turk Related Items:#GrandTurk, #HurricaneWatch, #magneticmedianews, #WaterSupplylast_img read more

Bees on Notre Dame rooftop survive this weeks devastating fire

first_img“I got a call from the spokesman for Notre Dame who said there were bees flying in and out of the hives which means they are still alive,” Geant told CNN on Friday. “Right after the fire I looked at the drone pictures and saw the hives weren’t burnt but there was no way of knowing if the bees had survived,” Geant added. “Now I know there’s activity, it’s a huge relief.”On Wednesday, Geant posted photos on his Instagram taken by drones that show the hives intact. A visual history of Notre-Dame de Paris Post a comment The bees of Notre Dame seem to have their patron saint Ambrose looking out for them.  Video screenshot by Bonnie Burton/CNET The devastating fire that destroyed part of Paris’ historic Notre Dame Cathedral on Monday appears to have spared the bees living on its rooftop.Since 2013, as part of a city initiative to support biodiversity in Paris, Notre Dame has been home to three beehives on a roof beneath the rose window. Because the hives are located about 30 meters (98 feet) below the main roof, the fire didn’t get close enough to do any damage. Considering each hive is home to 60,000 bees, Notre Dame beekeeper Nicolas Geant was beyond relieved to learn the fire didn’t hurt the insects. Share your voice Another photo posted on his Instagram shows the bees alive and well on one of the Notre Dame gargoyles. The structures  double as functional rain spouts.Perhaps St. Ambrose, the patron saint of bees and beekeepers, was keeping an eye out for the beloved insects of Notre Dame.center_img 0 36 Photos Tags Sci-Tech Culturelast_img read more

Toy Story 4 review Hilarious jokes barely save a story lacking in

first_img Share your voice 1:49 Originally published June 13.  Now playing: Watch this: Pretty quickly, Bonnie decides to invent her own toy, bringing to life Forky (Tony Hale) as a craft project while at her kindergarten orientation, and Woody decides to make it his mission to ensure the flimsy toy can survive being a toy. Forky’s existence raises lots of questions about what it takes to make an object sentient in the Toy Story universe, and the movie makes it clear it has no intention of answering them.Instead, the gang heads on a road trip that reunites Woody and Forky with a long-lost but fully independent Bo Peep and meets new toys like tiny police officer toy Giggle McDimples (Ally Maki), the crazy Duke Kaboom (Keanu Reeves) and antique doll Gabby Gabby (Christina Hendricks).Gabby Gabby is the clear villain for most of the film, but similarly to Pixar’s Incredibles 2, gives Hendricks a nuanced role that weighs slightly more toward being misunderstood than outright destructive.New duo Bunny and Ducky (Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key) provide the film with the most comedy and gags, including several sequences that are outrageous even though they have little relation to the plot. 21 Photos Toy Story 4 trades in the stakes of previous films for laughs. So many laughs. Pixar Toy Story 3 left you, me and anyone in any movie theater in tears the moment it seemed Woody, Buzz and all the other toys were about to die in a junkyard. Toy Story 4 only left me in tears during a Family Guy-style non-sequitur that was so funny I couldn’t help but cry. Different kind of tears. That’s not to say Toy Story 4 is bad. It’s a fun time and it’s great to see Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and Bo Peep (Annie Potts) back on the big screen. However Toy Story 4 was always going to be in a tough spot plot wise, having to pick up from the emotionally satisfying yet bittersweet departure the toys had when a grown-up Andy passes nearly all of his childhood playthings to Bonnie (Madeleine McGraw).The film, in theaters now, picks up roughly a year after the previous movie, with Bonnie about to start kindergarten and cherishing nearly all of Andy’s toys except for Woody. She’s 5 and has her own thoughts about who she wants to play with, which is nearly everyone else but the cowboy Andy loved. 39 Photos Movie reviews Hidden details of Toy Story Land Pixar’s Toy Story 4 brings new characters, cutting-edge… TV and Movies 1 Tags Summer movie preview: Aladdin, Spider-Man, Tarantino and more And the plot is, unfortunately, Toy Story 4’s roughest point. The story simply doesn’t stand up to Toy Story 3, or any of the previous Toy Story movies, in which both the toys and the humans who play with them each have some semblance of an arc. In Toy Story 4, the humans — especially Bonnie — are barely involved in most of the goings-on.Instead, the movie chooses to tell a story that’s tightly focused on the toys, but even with the love fans have for Woody and Buzz after all these years, the stakes they face just don’t hit high enough. It feels like plenty of jokes were added instead in order to flesh the movie out. All of these jokes hit, and range from quick quips to extended gags that get bigger payoffs later in the plot. However, none of the jokes are central to the story, leaving me to feel like the story isn’t really all that necessary. In terms of quality, this puts Toy Story 4’s story somewhere in between the previous films and the Toy Story Toons shorts Disney has released over the past few years. It’s not a bad story, and it shoots to be better than something made for TV, but no one will be weeping when they watch this film’s climax.TOY STORY 4Forky brings with his creation all kinds of existential questions regarding the world of Toy Story. Pixar Pixar did fire off all of the animation touches as it always does: human hair looks different than plastic-toy hair, dust bunnies look dusty, and the antique shop setting in particular gives the studio plenty of opportunity to boast its prowess with lighting, shadow and color effects.Still, Toy Story 4 is a fun watch for anyone curious what adventures the toys could possibly have after Toy Story 3. It won’t be the emotional journey of that 2010 film, but you’ll at least be laughing the whole time. Commentlast_img read more

Disha Patani finally reveals why she and Tiger Shroff dont speak openly

first_imgTiger Shroff, Disha PataniInstagramThere’s no secret that Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani have been seeing each other for quite a while now but none of them have ever openly confessed about their love for each other. The two have always maintained that they are very good friends and admire each other but it hasn’t been enough for their fans who are eagerly waiting for them to announce their relationship soon.So when a fan on Twitter asked Disha about why she and Tiger have never acknowledged their relationship in public, the Bharat actress replied saying that both of them are shy to express their feelings so nobody’s breaking the ice. She also said that she has been trying to impress Tiger for many years but haven’t succeeded till date.”I’ve been trying for so long, it’s been so many years and I’ve been trying to impress him. Now I’ve done this film Bharat where I’m doing all these stunts and I thought maybe he’ll get impressed but no luck. Yeah, we go to eat but that doesn’t mean he’s impressed, not like that like the crush impressed; but he like’s everybody’s pictures like that. You must speak to him the next time. He’s shy and I’m shy so nobody’s breaking the ice,” Disha Patani was quoted as saying by Bollywood Hungama. Jackie Shroff chooses one — Tiger Shroff or Disha PataniAFP/Getty Images; STR/AFP/Getty ImagesIt’s a known fact that Disha has been a frequent visitor to the Shroff family and often seen spending some quality with them. In fact, Ayesha Shroff and her daughter Krishna have often seen showering her love on Disha on social media and seem to be getting along quite well with her. Jackie Shroff had even gone on record to say that his son has found a girlfriend and he was very happy about it “lekin usko ek tichki diya hai maine.”Similarly, when Tiger was earlier asked about rumours about his relationship with Disha, he said that some amount of speculation is good. His statement hinted that Tiger might be enjoying the kind of attention he and Disha are getting and may want to keep their fans waiting for some more time.last_img read more

BNP suspects incamera trial of Khaleda

first_imgBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File PhotoThe BNP on Tuesday said the government’s decision to set up a temporary court inside the abandoned Dhaka central jail to carry out the trial of Zia Charitable Trust graft case against party chief Khaleda Zia is an anti-constitutional move.Speaking at an emergency press conference at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also warned that they will announce political action programmes against the government decision, reports UNB.“We’ve come to know the government has issued a gazette notification about shifting the makeshift court from Bakshibazar Alia Madrasah premises to the old central jail to hold the trial of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Charitable Trust case,” he said.The Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader further said, “We would like to say this decision is contrary to the constitution, and the charter will be violated if it’s implemented.”As per article 35 (3) of the constitution, he said, the trial of such a case must be held in an open court. “We strongly condemn and protest the decision.”Mirza Fakhrul demanded the government withdraw the decision immediately and release ailing Khaleda Zia.“We think, it’ll be an in-camera trial and we’re taking the issue with due importance as the country’s most popular leader’s civic right is being snatched by breaching the constitution. There’s no scope to take the issue lightly.”He said they will announce political programmes soon as it is a very sensitive issue for their party.The BNP leader said the government has kept their chairperson in jail unlawfully with various tricks even after she secured bail from the apex court.He alleged that the government is trying to repress and harass Khaleda using different institutions and influencing the judiciary.“We think the government has taken the move to affect the next general elections and thus restore one-party rule.BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said the trial of any criminal case will have to be held in an open court as per the constitution. “The trial inside the jail means an in-camera trial, which is contradictory to the constitution.”Moudud, also a former law minister, said they will take legal steps against the government’s decision after discussions with party leaders and lawyers.last_img read more