Expanded African Nations Cup set to become traditional summer tournament

Expanded African Nations Cup set to become traditional summer tournament

By Eurosport

14 minutes agoUpdated 5 minutes ago

The African Nations Cup finals are set to be expanded to 24 teams and moved to dates in June and July but will continue to be held every two years after recommendations on the tournament at a symposium in Morocco on Wednesday.

The decision must still be ratified by the Confederation of African Football’s executive committee, but that could come as early as Thursday when they meet in Rabat.

The recommendations were made after a workshop on the future of the tournament that included much of CAF’s leadership, and the decision is expected to be rubber-stamped.

The timing of the Nations Cup finals has been contentious as it has been played in January, in the middle of the league season in Europe. The majority of Nations Cup players come from European clubs and increasingly found themselves drawn into a club versus country tug-of-war.

Ivory Coast's captain Yaya Toure celebrates with team mates after winning the African Nations Cup final against Ghana

Ivory Coast’s captain Yaya Toure celebrates with team mates after winning the African Nations Cup final against GhanaReuters

The increase in teams follows the expansion of the European Championship last year, which African observers said had been a success.

“From a sporting perspective, it will allow more opportunity for footballers across the continent. It will increase revenue for CAF and we can triple our income. It will also force more infrastructure development,” said Nigerian Football Federation President Amaju Pinnock, who is also a CAF executive committee member.

#But the tournament will not be cut to once every four years as in Europe because its revenue remains a cornerstone of CAF’s income. It also provides much needed competitive matches in the qualifying competition for smaller African associations, whose limited finances means they rely heavily on state support. Such support across Africa is readily given for official competitions as opposed to friendly internationals.

The proposal to increase the scale of the finals to 24 teams did raise some opposition at the symposium, however.

“This will restrict to just a handful the number of African countries who are able to host future Nations Cup,” said former Cameroon goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell, one of over 200 African football personalities at the symposium


Designing Kitchens, Bathrooms and Bedrooms – Summer Holidays 2016

Design 1 - 110 Range

We like to think we finally had some breathing space last week, as Leicestershire got their head start on the summer holidays and most people like to take advantage of the pre-school-holiday prices. But in reality, we have lots of customers coming in this week and next to see the designs we have been working on in their absence, and we want to make sure that every design ticks as many boxes as possible. We have a few major designs going on at the moment, and we’ll give you an insight into the process behind three of them.

Mrs P

We designed and fitted Mrs P’s elaborate yet understated new bathroom for her last year, so we’ve been given another chance to impress with her huge kitchen.

Elongated but with cute alcoves and features, the open plan kitchen / diner / sitting area looking out onto a gorgeous garden is an exciting challenge for any designer. When we started meeting Mrs P about her kitchen, we discussed whether she would prefer modern or traditional, form or function, whether glazed or solid doors were preferable, and many, many other topics of conversation relating to Mrs P’s kitchen preferences. Fortunately for our creative side, Mrs P is open to all ideas, but particularly loved our Austin (real ash, painted shaker) door in our showroom.

So, to begin with, we used ArtiCAD to create three different designs which all utilised the adorable little alcove which you will see on the rendered image below. The first placed a lovely 110 Range cooker in the space with cupboards and spice racks either side for immediate access to anything Mrs P may need when cooking.

The second incorporated a bank of tall larder units framing Mrs P’s American Fridge Freezer, with a lift up top box above the fridge itself for maximum utilisation of space.

The third is completely different, turning the alcove into a cosy window seating area with incorporated under-seat bookshelves, allowing us to move the Range cooker to another wall where we can put a mantle over it, which is always a fabulous statement in any kitchen. So far, Mrs P has eliminated option 2, which means we can focus on other elements of the kitchen. It may sound strange, but we like to show our customers designs even if we do not think they will like the design in particular. It means that when you have finally chosen your design and had your new kitchen fitted, you’ll never have any doubts or wishes that we had designed it for you in a different way.

Before Mrs P left our showroom a couple of weeks ago, we discussed the idea of a beach-themed kitchen, making full use of our brand new Windsor Blue doors, complemented with Ivory or White Cotton wall units. We all got quite excited about designing this, and let us tell you, it looks fantastic. However, we can not show you the designs until Mrs P has seen them first – sorry! Keep checking our News page for updates and we might let you have a sneak peek!


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A way to make your front lawn appearance presentable for summer

Ask the professionals: Our professional panel answer questions about DIY, eco design, mortgages, cleansing, architecture, customer problems and greater

question: ‘i would just like the the front of my domestic to appearance greater presentable for the summer season. How can i spruce it up?’

Caroline Tilston says: never underestimate the power of tidying! We tend to rush beyond our front entrance, so often we do not see any moss or weeds that might have sprung up.

A brilliant idea is to take a picture of the area. when you see some thing every day, your thoughts‘s eye can area out from the info. it’s surprising what number of things will bounce out at you whilst you’re looking at it on a display screen.

Then the first aspect to do is to weed and smooth. using a electricity hose will assist you shift even the toughest layers of dirt. next create a visible effect. start with your front door and work outwards, highlighting it with symmetrical bins on each side to attract the attention. opt for quite putting baskets full of plants for a country appearance or function huge square containers with pyramids of container for a greater formal technique.
to finish the makeover, beautify front ledges with windowboxes and line the route with pots. you may hold the pots regimented or group them collectively, playing with sizes and degrees to feature hobby.

in case you‘re wondering what to place inside the pots and packing containers, the general rule is that the greener and sturdier the plants, the less work can be required. So things which include field and yew will only want occasional watering and the odd trim. At the other cease of the scale, bedding vegetation will need everyday watering and feeding, and as they best last a season will need to be changed every few months.

An Insider skip to the Be original Americas summer season Fellowship

This summer, two undergraduate students in layout have been given the opportunity of a life-time. Be original Americas has awarded Sarah Ahart of Virginia Tech and Karina Campos of Syracuse university because the first-ever fellows in its new summer fellowship software for taking college students behind the curtain at main design companies and Be authentic Americas contributors throughout the U.S.—which includes Bernhardt design, Carnegie, Chilewich, design within reach, Emeco, Herman Miller, Ligne Roset, and Vitra. indoors layout is alongside for the ride, bringing you a sequence of insider appears at Ahart’s and Campos’s reviews throughout the 8-week software, going for walks June thirteen – August 2. right here is our first publish, courtesy of Campos—stay tuned for extra updates from both fellows!

can you consider on foot through the places of work of main layout companies as your young permeable thoughts is imbued with amazing design understanding from innovators and architects that inspire you? Neither am i able to! The Be unique Americas Fellowship has been undeniably fantastic, inspiring, and dreamlike. From know-how a reinterpretation of a B to C layout commercial enterprise version at Othr, to the imaginitive thoughts and layout technique of Sandy Chilewhich at Chilewhich, to the artisanal integrity at Fritz Hansen, these are only some of the design minds my co-fellow Sarah and i have had the delight to interact with—and it is only been five days!

Already, it looks like i’ve been in new york for tons longer! each day Sarah and that i locate ourselves exclaiming, “i am so excited!” or “that is so interesting!” or “are you able to believe we get to do this!?” a lot has took place that hours appear to be days, and days appear to be weeks; to all of us else, this is probably irritating but i’m significantly hoping this revel in is going by way of as slowly as feasible. Why, you ask? to cite my favorite Broadway musical, Hamilton, “there’s nothin’ like summer time in the town”—particularly when you are hopping from one layout organisation to any other, are surrounded by way of countless activities, and are playing the succulent smells of notable food (special shoutout to the outstanding falafel I had in the West Village a few days ago).

visiting Othr in big apple.

This enjoy is simply getting commenced and the big apple, and those inspiring design industry savants have all started redefining my non-public design manner and questioning, whilst commencing opportunities to my destiny profession course. If i can experience emotional design transcendence in only some days, i’m keen to discover how my lifestyles and private design philosophy will evolve as I dive deeper into the sector of layout. comply with my design adventure because it takes me into the hidden nuances of this inventive enterprise.—Karina Campos