Dyna-Mac forms alliance with JEDCO and Meridian

first_imgSingapore’s provider of engineering, fabrication, and construction for oil & gas industry Dyna-Mac has entered into a strategic alliance with Joint Efficient Developments Consultancy (JEDCO) and Meridian Marine Industries.Dyna-Mac said on Tuesday it had entered into the tripartite collaboration through its subsidiary Dyna-Mac Engineering Services.The company added that the collaboration between the three companies would allow and promote a wider pursuit of cross-border cooperation and solutions to support growth opportunities for projects in the onshore and offshore energy, marine and infrastructure industry sectors in Singapore and Canada.Dyna-Mac will provide the use of its Singapore yard facilities and skilled resources to support fabrication and construction works outsourced from Canada. In particular, Dyna-Mac will capitalize on its climate-controlled facility in Pandan Crescent for the fabrication of stainless-steel duplex/super duplex piping and other exotic/special materials.JEDCO will provide a short-term strategy to introduce an efficient execution model to Canadian customers, with joint efforts in the provision of shop drawings, procurement services, fabrication, assembly, and precommissioning of packages for the onshore and offshore energy, marine and infrastructure industry sectors.Meridian will act as the principal lead on all customer engagements in Canada on potential projects and during new opportunity developments through to compilation and submittal of the final proposal to Canadian customers.Meridian will also act as the overall local representative in West Coast Canada, and together with JEDCO, liaise with Canadian customers on pre- and post-proposal submittal matters.Dyna-Mac said that the tripartite collaboration was not expected to have any impact on the company’s earnings, earnings per share, and net tangible assets for the year ending December 31, 2018.last_img read more

Plane crash in Southern Indiana claims life of pilot

first_imgClark County, IN– A Kentucky man died on Saturday afternoon in a single-engine plane accident in southern Indiana, according to Indiana State Police.A passing motorist called 911 after spotting what appeared to be plane wreckage in a field off Flint Ridge Road near New Washington in Clark County.  When Clark County Deputies arrived, they confirmed the plane crash and requested assistance from the Indiana State Police in Sellersburg.  ISP detectives and a crime scene investigator were dispatched to investigate.The preliminary inquiry has revealed that a Cessna Skyhawk C172 single-engine aircraft departed from Louisville and went down near New Washington. Investigators do not yet have a cause for the crash.  The pilot, and sole occupant of the plane, was identified as Joshua Warren, 30, of Louisville.last_img

Sensative Documents Unsealed in Ghislaine Maxwell Civil Case

first_imgIt’s getting juicy…a cache of documents in civil litigation against the British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was unsealed last night, including correspondence with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.The documents stem from a 2015 civil action brought against Maxwell by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, who has claimed that Maxwell lured her into Epstein’s orbit at 15 years old, under the guise of offering work as a masseuse at his Palm Beach estate. They include personal emails between Epstein and Maxwell as well as information from a discussion between Giuffre and her lawyer.Many documents in this case have been subject to an intense legal battle. Maxwell’s attorneys in the civil suit had argued to keep many records under seal, maintaining previously that “this series of pleadings concerns [attempts] to compel Ms Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life”. Maxwell’s attorneys are fighting to keep the documents under seal arguing that they are “extremely personal, confidential and subject to considerable abuse by the media.”Documents involving Maxwell’s deposition have not been released yet, as her lawyers are appealing their unsealing.Federal authorities arrested Maxwell on 2 July and charged her for allegedly participating in Epstein’s sex trafficking. Maxwell, daughter of the late publishing baron Robert Maxwell, pleaded not guilty on 14 July. Maxwell has repeatedly denied wrongdoing. Her lawyers have said she “vigorously denies the charges” and is “entitled to the presumption of innocence”.Maxwell is being held in jail pending trial, which is scheduled for next July.last_img read more

Granada Stun Lionel  Messi FC Barcelona to Go Top of La Liga

first_imgGranada: FC Barcelona’s all-time top scorer Lionel Messi started from the bench and came on as a halftime substitute as they suffered a shock 0-2 defeat to Granada in a La Liga tie here on Saturday night.The result saw promoted side Granada climb to the top of the points table with 10 points from five matches.Meanwhile, this was reigning champion Barcelona’s worst start to a season in 25 years as they remained seventh in the table with seven points from five outings.Messi, who missed the first few games of the new season as he was recovering from an injury, saw from the dugout Barcelona fall behind in the second minute when Ramon Azeez nodded home the first goal.Messi and teenage sensation Ansu Fati were thrown into the mix by coach Ernesto Valverde after halftime to restore normalcy, but Granada doubled their advantage in the 66th minute from the penalty spot.Arturo Vidal, also a second-half substitute, handled the ball inside the area and a VAR review spotted that, forcing the referee to point towards the spot. Alvaro Vadillo stepped up and made no mistake to beat Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Barcelona could never recover from a two-goal deficit as they succumbed to their second defeat of the season. IANS Also Read: Usain Bolt a Fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, Calls Lionel Messi a GeniusAlso Watch:9 killed, 15 injured in head on collision in Demow | The Sentinel News | Assam Newslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe Celtics have opened their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a surprisingly easy victory against the defending champs, 112-94 over the Raptors.Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points for the Celtics, who never trailed and improved to 4-1 versus Toronto this season. Brad Stevens’ club is the only one to knock off the Raptors more than twice.Kemba Walker added 18 points and 10 assists, while Daniel Theiss delivered 13 points and 15 rebounds.Toronto has dropped its two meetings with Boston in the bubble by a combined 40 points. The Raptors are 11-0 against everyone else.Kyle Lowry had a team-high 17 points for the Raptors. — Jonathan Schoop (skohp) hit a tie breaking home run in the sixth inning to send the Tigers to their fifth straight win and a three-game sweep of the Twins, 3-2. Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario also homered and Tyler Alexander pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief as Detroit moved back to .500 and handed Minnesota its fifth consecutive loss.— The Blue Jays picked up their fourth straight win as Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernández stroked a two-run single with two out in the ninth inning to complete a 6-5 decision over the Orioles. Baltimore dropped its fifth in a row despite Ryan Mountcastle’s first two major league home runs.— The Mariners picked up a 2-1 win over the Angels on a single by pinch-hitter Tim Lopes in the 10th inning. Lewis homered in the seventh and scored the winning run after Justin Dunn threw six scoreless innings for Seattle.— Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Will Smith homered for the Dodgers in a 7-2 win at Texas. Bellinger’s two-run blast gave Los Angeles 57 home runs for August, a major league record for any single month. The Dodgers have 12 straight series victories to start the season, tied for the fifth-best season-opening run since 1969.— Eric Hosmer started San Diego’s power surge with his three-run homer in the first inning of a 13-2 laugher against the Rockies. Jake Cronenworth added a two-run drive in the seventh before Jurickson Profar and Trent Grisham lined solo shots in the eighth, leaving San Diego second in the majors with 66 home runs. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSCeltics rip Raptors in series openerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Celtics are 5-0 under the NBA Playoff bubble. The Clippers have advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by taking out Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) and the Mavericks in six games.Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 33 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles in a 111-97 downing of Dallas. Paul George and Ivica Zubac (ih-VEET’-sah ZOO’-bahts) added 15 points apiece for the Clippers, who turned up their defense after winning Game 5 with the best offensive performance in their postseason history.Doncic capped a superb first postseason with 38 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.MLB-SCHEDULEWhite Sox pickup 11th win in 13, Elsewhere in the majors:— The Athletics-Astros game in Houston was postponed when a member of the Oakland organization tested positive for COVID-19. The A’s said the team conducted testing and contact tracing for the entire traveling party Sunday morning and would self-isolate in Houston with recommended safety precautions in place.— Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) launched a grand slam and the surging Rays made it 12 wins in their last 14 games by completing a three-game sweep of the Marlins, 12-7. Joey Wendle, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Kevin Kiermaier also went deep in Tampa Bay’s eighth consecutive win over Miami since 2018.— The Yankees erupted for five runs in the seventh inning before Gio Urshela laced a walk-off single in the eighth to give the Bombers an 8-7 stunner over the Mets in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Yanks rallied from 7-2 down by scoring five with two out in the seventh, including Aaron Hicks’ game-tying, two-run homer.— The Yankees also took the nightcap in eight innings as pinch-hitter Gary Sanchez unloaded a grand slam off Drew Smith in a 5-2 triumph over the Mets. Tyler Wade also homered and Luis Cessa (SEH’-suh) ended the game by striking out Wilson Ramos with the bases loaded. August 30, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago White Sox picked up their 11th win in 13 games to slide into a tie with Cleveland for first place in the American League Central. The White Sox also continue to receive positive results from their budding stars.Prized rookie Luis Robert hit his first game-ending homer, a three-run drive in the 10th inning that gave the White Sox a 5-2 victory over the Royals. Chicago’s Dane Dunning threw five no-hit innings before being pulled from his second major league start. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out seven and allowed just one runner, when he walked Maikel (MY’-kehl) Franco on a 3-2 count with one out in the third. The White Sox pulled even with Cleveland when the Indians dropped a 7-2 decision at St. Louis. Adam Wainwright struck out nine on his 39th birthday and went the distance on a four-hitter. Dexter Fowler homered and had three RBIs as the Cardinals stopped Cleveland’s four-game winning streak. Update on the latest sports — The Giants picked up their first road series victory of the year as Alex Dickerson homered and had two RBIs to support Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) in a 4-1 verdict over the Diamondbacks. Cueto was sharp in his last start before the trade deadline, allowing a run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings.— The Cubs’ starting outfield of Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Ian Happ each homered twice in a 10-1 romp over the Reds. The NL Central leaders belted 14 home runs in the series. — Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco homered off Brandon Woodruff in the Pirates’ 5-1 victory at Milwaukee. Bell broke a 1-all tie in the fourth with a towering, two-run blast that hit an SUV parked well above the wall in right-center as part of a promotion.— The Red Sox outscored the Nationals, 9-5 as Bobby Dalbec hit a two-run homer in his major league debut and Rafael Devers added a pair of round-trippers. Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) hit a two-run homer and Kevin Plawecki added two RBIs to help Boston deal Washington its fifth loss in six games.MLB-NEWS Associated Press PGA-BMW CHAMPIONSHIPRahm outlasts Johnson to win at Olympia FieldsOLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Jon Rahm birdied the first playoff hole to nose out Dustin Johnson and win the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields.The Spaniard closed with a bogey-free, 6-under 64 to finish at 4 under. Johnson forced the extra hole with a 43-foot double-breaker on 18, but Rahm won it with a 66-foot putt. It was Rahm’s second PGA win of the year and fifth of his career. LPGA-ARKANSASAmerican Ernst wins in ArkansasROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Austin Ernst has rallied to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, her second LPGA Tour title.She became the second American to win the event, closing with an 8-under 63 for a two-stroke victory over Anna Nordqvist.Four strokes behind Nordqvist entering the round, Ernst had the best score of the day with making 10 birdies and two bogeys at Pinnacle Country Club. NFL-JAGUARS-VIKINGS TRADEAP source: Jaguars trading Ngakoue to VikingsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Disgruntled pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) is headed north, far away from Jacksonville.A person familiar with the trade says the Jaguars have agreed to send Ngakoue to the Vikings for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022. The person said Ngakoue agreed to rework his 2020 salary to get out of Jacksonville. He had been the league’s only franchise-tagged player unsigned, opting to turn down an offer that would have guaranteed him $17.8 million this season. US OPEN-CORONAVIRUS-PAIRE OUTAP source: Paire out of US Open after positive COVID-19 testNEW YORK (AP) — French tennis player Benoit (ben-WAH’) Paire has been removed from the U.S. Open men’s field after testing positive for the coronavirus. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation.The 31-year-old was seeded 17th and was supposed to face Kamil Majchrzak of Poland in the first round on Tuesday. Contact tracing will now be used to determine who might have been exposed to Paire and needs to be quarantined.The Grand Slam tournament begins Monday, with no spectators allowed as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Padres get Moreland from BosoxUNDATED (AP) — The Padres have made another move that demonstrates they are prepared to challenge for a playoff berth if not an NL West title.The Padres have picked up slugger Mitch Moreland from the Red Sox for a pair of prospects: outfielder Jeisson Rosario and infielder Hudson Potts. The Padres are making one move after another in pursuit of their first playoff appearance in 14 years. They bolstered their bullpen on Saturday by acquiring Trevor Rosenthal in a trade with the Royals.In other major league moves:— The Cubs have acquired José Martínez from the Rays for two players to be named or cash. The 32-year-old Martínez is a .294 hitter with 43 homers and 182 RBIs in 422 major league games. — The Braves have acquired left-hander Tommy Milone from the Orioles for two players to be named. The division-leading Braves have a pressing need for starting pitching behind Max Fried (freed).— The Rockies have acquired right-handed reliever Mychal Givens from the Orioles for prospects and cash considerations. As part of the deal, the Orioles received infielders Tyler Nevin and Terrin Vavra, along with a player to be named later and cash considerations. MLB-METS-INJURIESMets shelve Matz, BetancesNEW YORK (AP) — The Mets have placed struggling pitchers Dellin Betances (DEH’-lihn beh-TAN’-sehs) and Steven Matz on the injured list, one day after they both made appearances against the Yankees. Betances landed on the injured list with right lat tightness. Matz was placed on the IL with left shoulder discomfort. F1-BELGIAN GPHamilton wins Belgian GP SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish at the Belgian Grand Prix to clinch his 89th career win and move two behind Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.The world champion was untroubled from pole position, beating his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by eight seconds and finishing 15 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Hamilton’s fifth win in seven races also extended his championship lead over Verstappen to 47 points.last_img read more

Admin, students work to cut water use

first_imgIn light of a four-year drought and mandatory water use restrictions imposed earlier this year by Gov. Jerry Brown, USC administration and student groups are working closely together to cut campus water use.But at a university with more than 30 fountains and lush greenscapes, cementing behavioral changes in students, faculty and staff has proven to be the campus’ biggest roadblock.“Water conservation is something we’re struggling with immensely from a community point of view,” said Ahlia Bethea, director of the Environmental Student Assembly.The university’s biggest water hogs are residential halls, campus buildings and laboratories, according to the Office of Sustainability. ESA is working with the sustainability office and Student Affairs to launch a campaign this semester targeting Trojan water waste.The effort hopes to curb abuses such as excessive showers and sinks left on.“I’m a residential advisor and people are taking 10 minute showers [and] leaving their water running,” Bethea said. “If they were more aware of the consequences, they’d be less inclined to leave that tap on.”Students and other campus visitors aren’t the only ones being told to cut back — USC administration will soon be getting its own set of instructions from the campus’ Water Conservation Task Force. Formed last June to advise senior administration on water usage and reduction targets, the group will be providing recommendations to individual university departments in the coming weeks.Shawn Anthony Rhoads, a senior and former director of the ESA serves as an undergraduate representative on the task force. Though a large focus of the group is curbing campus buildings’ water usage, he said the university should make a concerted move to switch out its green spaces for more drought-tolerant options.“There’s no reason why USC needs grass,” Rhoads said. “We don’t need greenscape. Our university could look just as beautiful with native plants.”USC administration has shared Rhoads’s concern with landscape converting initiatives to an extent.“[Facilities Management Services] has been converting a lot of spaces into drought—resistant areas,” said Halli Bovia, the director of the Office of Sustainability. “Shrubs in place of turf, some native but mostly drought tolerant.”The campus’ fight against water waste first began a few years ago, and since then the University has reduced its usage by 14 percent per square foot.USC efforts have only risen since then, due in no small part to state and city mandatory reductions. It’s a shift in focus lauded by campus environmental activists as a change that is long overdue.“The problem is that water is really cheap, so it hasn’t been the focus of colleges until fairly recently,” Bovia said.In addition to working with the ESA, Bovia’s team just finished surveying roughly 3,500 water fixtures on campus to identify which ones could be upgraded and what savings could be made.It is little actions like these that prove to be more effective, Bovia said, than more symbolic gestures, such as draining the fountains. USC’s nearly three dozen fountains get the most audible flack from students and visitors who see them as a symbol of water waste, but those complaints may be unwarranted. The fountains constitute only 2 percent of USC’s water usage and use recirculated water.“There’s an aesthetic benefit to the fountains, and even though they use 4.4 million gallons roughly annually, it’s only 2 percent,” Bovia said.  “Students don’t understand that water is recirculated, they just think it’s a hose running.”Beyond USC’s gates, California is listening to the call to cut back. Announced last Thursday, the Golden State had a 31 percent statewide reduction—exceeding Brown’s 25 percent mandate.Now, university administration hopes USC will continue that trend.“We’re on the right track,” Bethea said. “But we can obviously do more.”last_img read more

No. 2 USC gives Haley 1,100th career win

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The USC women’s volleyball team was pushed to the limit by its Northern California rivals but triumphed both times, turning back Stanford and Cal to stretch their winning streak to eight games.Unstoppable · Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwabenu, a two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week honoree, led all players with 13 kills on Friday against Stanford before recording a team-high 21 kills on Sunday versus Cal. – Nick Entin | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy defeated the Cardinal Friday night 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 27-25) to end Stanford’s own eight-match winning streak and give USC coach Mick Haley his 1,100th career victory. They were pushed to a grueling five sets Sunday against the Bears but emerged victorious, winning 3-2 (28-26, 22-25, 25-11, 18-25, 15-13) to improve to 14-1 and remain unbeaten (4-0) in Pac-12 play.“We started planning in the middle of the fourth set for a possibility of a fifth set against Cal,” head coach Mick Haley said. “I thought our seniors were great. They were focused and never got too excited or down. They stayed with it when they got their opportunities.”The Women of Troy recorded 17 kills in the first set to down the Cardinal 25-21. Freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu and sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio recorded four kills apiece while senior libero Natalie Hagglund notched eight digs. Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard blocked a Stanford strike to seal the first frame 25-21.USC applied the pressure in the second frame and won handily 25-15. The Women of Troy stormed out to a 15-8 lead and never looked back, going up 20-11 on a kill from senior outside hitter Sara Shaw and finishing the set on a kill from junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer.The Cardinal looked to be running away with the third set after jumping out on top 18-11, but USC put together a thrilling comeback to take a 22-20 lead. A strong left-side kill by Nwanebu gave USC match point, but Stanford recovered to tie it 24-24. The Women of Troy ended any further drama, however, as back-to-back Stanford errors concluded the set 27-25 and the 1,100th career victory for Haley.“You always have a goal going in of beating a team 3-0, and Stanford’s always a team that will bring their best,” Shaw said. “We’re excited that we beat them 3-0 especially after coming back in that third game.”USC faced stiff competition from Cal to open the match — neither team built a lead of more than a couple of points. The Bears negated a USC set point at 24-22 and sparked a rally to go up 26-25 and put USC on its heels. After a timeout, Nwanebu took the set into her own hands, knocking down consecutive kills to restore USC’s match point at 27-26. Bricio ended the rally with a serve down the middle that Cal couldn’t handle, securing the first set 28-26.The second set remained tight, with the two teams playing to a 13-13 tie. Cal pulled away to lead 19-16 and then 24-21 to bring up set point. USC couldn’t muster a rally this time, however, as a right-sight kill gave the Bears the set 25-22 and tied the match 1-1.The Women of Troy recovered after the break, jumping ahead 11-7 on a Schraer kill to force a Cal timeout. Nwanebu knocked down back-to-back strikes and USC later went up by as much as 17-8 to force another Bears timeout. Back-to-back kills by junior outside hitter Emily Young and Olgard put USC up 24-11 before a Cal service error put the Women of Troy ahead 2-1 in the match.The Bears turned the table on the hosts in the fourth set, going up 11-7 and winning the set 25-18 to become the first opponent to push USC to a fifth set this season. The Women of Troy saw their 10-5 lead  evaporate as the Bears stormed back to tie it at 13-all in the deciding frame, but Olgard knocked down consecutive kills from the middle to seal the set 15-13 and put an end to a thrilling match.Though the players spoke to the importance of getting a five-set match under their belts, Haley emphasized the need to reduce attacking errors to avoid reaching a tiebreaker in the first place.“I think Cal slowed us down to a walk and we couldn’t get any intensity off them,” Haley said. “Not being able to generate any energy kept Cal close and we made more hitting errors tonight than we’ve made in a long time. We also kept them in the match with our serving errors.”The Women of Troy will hit the road for the next four matches, beginning with a Friday night match against Oregon State.Three Stars of the weekend:3rd star: Samantha Bricio (27 kills, five aces)2nd star: Alexis Olgard (24 kills, including game-winner against Cal)1st star: Ebony Nwanebu (34 kills, .459 hitting percentage against Cal)Nwanebu notched a team-high 21 kills against the Bears and hit .459. She also led all players Friday with 13 kills.Olgard dropped nine kills and five blocks against Stanford before an impressive 15 kills Sunday against Cal. She hit above .500 both times and sealed the win Sunday with consecutive kills.Bricio registered 27 kills in the two matches and also knocked down five service aces to continue her tear through the Pac-12.last_img read more

Former Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer steps down as Maryland defensive coordinator for personal reasons

first_imgJust under four months after former head coach Scott Shafer was hired as the defensive coordinator at Maryland, he has stepped down due to personal reasons.“I want to thank DJ Durkin for the opportunity to be on his staff, but at this time I feel it’s best to step aside to tend to personal matters,” said Shafer in a release. “I’m sincerely appreciative of his support and friendship.”Shafer was let go by Syracuse director of athletics Mark Coyle in late November of 2015 and was hired by Durkin on Dec. 9. At SU, Shafer compiled a record of 14-23 as SU’s head coach. He was hired to replace Doug Marrone at the end of the 2012 season after the Orange won its second Pinstripe Bowl in three years. After Shafer’s first season, which SU finished 7-6 and won the Texas Bowl, the Orange won just seven games in the next two seasons. Before being Syracuse’s head coach, Shafer served four years as the school’s defensive coordinator.“I, along with the entire Maryland football family, will continue to support Scott in every way that we can,” Durkin said in the release.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on April 1, 2016 at 2:44 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonati Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The Final Word: Syracuse upsets No. 18 Virginia

first_img Published on January 11, 2020 at 9:51 pm Syracuse entered Charlottesville, Virginia as 6.5-point underdogs but came away with a 63-55 overtime victory over No. 18 Virginia (11-4, 3-2 Atlantic Coast). The Orange (9-7, 2-3 ACC) went 5-for-6 from deep in the five-minute overtime period to pull away from the Cavaliers.Buddy Boeheim’s miracle heave sealed the win in overtime, and his father said after the game it was a “lucky” shot. Listen to beat writers Michael McCleary and Nick Alvarez break down that and more: Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

AFCON 2015- Too close to call after matchday two

first_imgWhat a competition this is turning out to be! That all sixteen nations still have a fair chance of making it to the Round of 16 speaks volumes about the progress made as far as the sport is concerned on the continent. In my previous assessment of matchday 1, I thought all sixteen sides had given a good account of themselves and deserved to progress to the next stage. It was early days yet though as it was impossible at the time to say who had the upper hand going into matchday two. With every tourney, certain nations are tipped to go all the way while some are barely given a chance to even make it out of their group. Those in the business of doing that would have to be rewriting their scripts by now.GROUP AHas it really come to this would be the question on the lips of everyone in the host nation and their neighbours Gabon. These two nations shared the prestige of hosting the CAN only three years ago. A competition that would be best remembered for that amazing Zambian spectacle which saw the Southern African nation win the competition for the first time having lost in the finals of 1974 and 1994 to DR Congo and Nigeria respectively. With three points in the bag, Gabon would fancy their chances of progression and why wouldn’t they?In Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, they have one of the paciest forwards in the game. A point might just be enough for them but against the host who would have a sizeable number of expected 38,000 fans rooting for them, everything is possible.A win would definitely see the hosts through. A draw, as they have experienced in their first two games would surely not be enough. It is that tight and how the prayers would intensify when the two sides line up at the Estadio de Bata come Sunday. The atmosphere would surely be electrifying. I understand the leaders of the two countries, His Excellencies Presidents Obiang Mbasago and Ali Ben Bongo would be at the Stadium to cheer their sides on. With the significance of this game, I would not envy the passionate and football mad fans of the two nations at all.Claude Le Roy’s Congo look like having the best chance of qualifying from this group with four out of a possible six points. Lead striker Thievy has been instrumental in getting the Congolese this far and it would take a monumental effort from 2013 finalists Burkina Faso to get that all important win which may still not be good enough depending on how the other game pans out. Head to head, goal difference? It could just come to that. Intriguing, isn’t it? Claude Le RoyGROUP BPrior to the commencement of the CAN, I honestly thought all four nations in this group stood a very good chance of progressing to the next stage of the competition. In Tunisia, Cape Verde, DR Congo and Zambia, they all seemed to be at par for me. The results in their two games though can be likened to the scenario we have in Group A. Tunisia only just edged out Zambia after the Chippolopolo squandered countless and begging opportunities to win that tie. Belgian George Leekens and his charges would not be bothered about that as a draw in their final round against DR Congo should be enough to see them through. The Congolese would be wary about history repeating itself as they ended up drawing all three games in the previous edition in South Africa. They find themselves in familiar territory and they would know that only a result would see them progress.Cape Verde were exciting to watch when they qualified for their maiden CAN event two years ago where they made it to the quarter final stage. The neutrals would surely be rooting for them in their final game against Zambia. They punched above their weight in the previous edition. Can they do it again? GROUP CHe may not be playing for a fancy club in a competitive league but how many times has Yaw Asamoah Gyan defined Ghana’s performances in various tournaments in the last decade? He may not have won anything yet with the side but when his goals continue to make a difference to his side’s performances, you have got to doff off your hat for the lad. After that painful loss to the Senegalese in the group’s opener, one could literally see the nervousness that was written on the faces of many a Ghanaian football fan around the globe as the nation lined up against Africa’s number one side Algeria in the group’s matchday two. The Dessert Warriors are in the form of their lives and the Ghanaians were not going to be the side to deny them a result. A Fairy tale ending though as a 92nd winner by Gyan put Ghana right back in the mix.A point would surely not have been good enough for the Black Stars. It had to be Gyan and Gyan it was. Up next is a crucial tie against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in a game where both sides need a win to guarantee qualification to the quarter final stage. The South Africans have played some exciting football but inexperience has cost them greatly in their last two games. Shakes Mashaba would have to dig deep into his coaching reserves for one final magical display to see his side through.The other group tie between Senegal and Algeria is that mouthwatering. The Terranga Lions could do with a point while the Algerians would have to win at all cost to ensure qualification to the quarter finals. If they draw they would have to hope for South Africa to beat Ghana. It is anyone’s game now.GROUP D How closer can this group get? All games have ended 1-1.And how about the possibility of another 1-1 drawn games on the final day of matches. Funny isn’t it? The rules are clear though- Head-to-head, goal difference, the greatest number of goals and the drawing of lots in that order will finally determine which team goes through to the next stage. It may just come down to any of these when the Cameroonians come up against the Ivorians and Guinea take on Mali. All four teams have got Malabo buzzing with their exciting brand of football, some of the best in the competition so far. How sad that two of these nations would have to exit the competition on their final day of Group games. It is simply too close to call here.With all sixteen nations in with a chance of making it through, Africa awaits the best from the lot. Who might just blink first?last_img read more