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  • Redress scheme for Donegal’s MICA homes ready in weeks

    first_imgSenator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has cautiously welcomed confirmation from the Housing Minister, Eoghan Murphy that a redress scheme for the thousands of Donegal households affected by mica defective blocks will be published within weeks.Minister Murphy was responding to questions from Sinn Féin Housing Spokesperson, Eoin Ó Broin TD in the Oireachtas housing committee.Senator Mac Lochlainn said it is vital that a redress scheme is in place for the thousands of Donegal households affected by this nightmare. He said “That scheme should involve an assessment of the damage and the repairs required in each household by a qualified engineer applying the protocol agreed by the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).“Then the necessary refurbishment and rebuilding works need to go out to tender and be carried out by reputable building contractors.“All of these costs must be born by the State as is the case with the Pyrite Redress Scheme for households in Dublin and North Leinster”.“This is the fully funded scheme that we expect to be announced in the next few weeks. “That we have got to this very hopeful point is a tribute the campaigning families and households in the Mica Action Group”.Redress scheme for Donegal’s MICA homes ready in weeks was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:MICAredress schemeSenator Padraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

  • Holloway: It’s up to Karl and his agent

    first_imgIan Holloway says the onus is on Karl Henry to find a new club after being told he can leave QPR.West London Sport recently revealed that Henry, 34, had been training with Rangers’ development squad and was free to leave Loftus Road following a fall-out with boss Holloway.Henry is not in Holloway’s first-team plans and will fall even further down the pecking order if QPR sign a midfielder during this month’s transfer window.West London Sport revealed on Tuesday that Rangers are keen on Manchester United’s Sean Goss, either on loan or a permanent deal.Holloway said: “It’s up to Karl and his agent really. I’ve got other midfielders and I might also be able to do something in that area.”Goss, 21, is keen to play first-team football and a number of Championship clubs have expressed an interest in him.See also:QPR want to sign Man Utd youngster’Similarities to Michael Carrick’ – The lowdown on QPR target GossLuongo and Manning in line for contract offers   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

  • South Africa, Sudan to build closer ties

    first_img2 February 2015In an effort to enhance and elevate the structured bilateral co-operation between them, South Africa and Sudan have taken a decision to raise the Joint Bilateral Commission for Cooperation to a ministerial level, President Jacob Zuma said in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on Sunday.The main objective of the commission will be to promote political, economic and social relations between the two sides.In this regard, the ministers of International Relations and Cooperation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have been tasked to work with speed to conclude an enabling agreement, Zuma said after talks with his Sudanese counterpart Omar al-Bashir.Sudan and South Africa called for reinforcing economic cooperation and partnership establishment.The two leaders reaffirmed commitment to reinforcing economic relations by encouraging both countries’ private and public enterprises to further involve themselves in establishing partnerships to become a model for South-South cooperation.Joint ventures“We also agreed to encourage more public and private sector companies to make joint ventures for the mutual benefit of the two countries and peoples. In this regard, Mr President, we direct our relevant ministers to work tirelessly to enhance our bilateral cooperation,” Zuma said.Already the two countries have 16 bilateral agreements in a number of fields including trade, agriculture, defence, policing, arts and culture, social development, scientific cooperation.“We talked about many issues, including the fact that, as African countries, we must be totally independent and take our decisions about our destiny,” Zuma said.Peace and securityThe two presidents also exchanged views on matters of peace and security in the continent, paying particular focus on the on-going conflict in South Sudan.They called on all the parties involved in the conflict in South Sudan to show leadership and responsibility to bring an end to the conflict.“To this end, we have committed ourselves to playing our part to help resolve the crisis. The people of South Sudan need peace, security, stability and development,” Zuma said.The two leaders also reaffirmed their support to the UN and the African Union as important institutions of consolidation for peace maintenance of regional and international security, according to the communique.Al-Bashir described Zuma’s visit to Sudan as “fruitful”.“We have agreed to promote cooperation, implement all previous agreements and upgrade the joint ministerial committee,” he said.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

  • Two New Firefox OS Smartphones Spur The Future Of The Mobile Web

    first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Mozilla is aiming to change smartphones and today made a very big step in that direction. Today, Mozilla is introducing its first two smartphones running its completely Web-based mobile operating system, Firefox OS, that will target first time smartphone users across the world.Firefox OS has been in various stages of production for several years. Mozilla’s challenge was to bring the Web to smartphones in such a way that users can interact with their devices in the same way that “native” operating systems could. That meant tying hardware functions like making phone calls, using the camera and GPS, to the Web using HTML5, not specific code languages like Objective-C used by Apple’s iOS apps.See also Firefox for Android Reveals the Future of the Mobile WebAlcatel and ZTE are the first manufacturers to build Firefox OS smartphones and will be distributed by Deustche Telekom in several countries in Europe while Telefonica brings Firefox OS to Spain. The phones will be cheap and targeted at emerging markets. Mozilla has said previously that it does not expect to bring Firefox OS smartphones to the United States upon launch. “The launch of Firefox OS marks an incredibly exciting time for the Web. Firefox OS powers the first smartphones built entirely on Web technologies and will stimulate an inspiring new wave of innovation for the Web,” said Jay Sullivan, Mozilla Chief Operating Officer in a press release. “We are proud to deliver an experience for first time smartphone users that will delight them and really put the power of the Web in people’s hands.”See also Happy 8th Birthday Firefox! Can Mozilla Adapt To The Mobile Era?Mozilla has posted a quick video introducing the features of Firefox OS. Mozilla shows off the Firefox Marketplace, a completely Web-based app store with both popular global apps and regional niche apps depending on your location. It also shows off HERE Maps, made by Nokia, that features offline capabilities, walking directions and more. The newest version of Mozilla’s mobile Web browser is the crux of the interface, allowing users to search for any apps they may need and bookmark websites on the go. Related Posts Tags:#Firefox OS#Mozilla#smartphones What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

  • Springer’s HR in 11th gives Astros 7-6 win, ties Series 1-1

    first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Yes, it was—barely—and the Houston Astros won a World Series game for the first time in their 56 seasons.Charlie Culberson hit a two-out homer in the bottom half off Chris Devenski, who then struck out Yasiel Puig in a tense, nine-pitch at-bat for the win. The Astros outlasted the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 in a Hollywood thriller Wednesday to tie the Series at one game apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Wasn’t that the best game ever!?” Alex Bregman proclaimed to no one in particular in the Astros clubhouse.On a night of dramatic swings and a World Series-record eight home runs, Marwin Gonzalez stunned the Dodger Stadium crowd with a solo shot off dominant Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen on an 0-2 pitch in the ninth that made it 3-all. “We were pretty unlucky at the beginning of the game when Taylor dove in center field and (the ball) hit him in the face or head,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I felt like the baseball gods were returning the favor, by having an umpire standing in the way there.”Cameron Maybin, who had entered in the 10th, singled leading off the 11th against losing pitcher Brandon McCarthy, a surprise addition to the Dodgers’ World Series roster who was pitching for the first time since Oct. 1. Maybin stole second and Springer hit a drive to right-center for a 7-5 lead, just the third 11th-inning home run in the Series after shots by Kirby Puckett in 1991 and David Freese in 2011.Springer, an All-Star leadoff man, broke out of his slump with three hits and a walk after going 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in the Series opener Tuesday. His decisive drive made the Astros the first team to hit three extra-inning home runs in a postseason game.Devenski retired Corey Seager and Justin Turner on lineouts in the bottom half. Puig checked his swing on a 2-2 pitch — the Astros jumped when first base umpire Gerry Davis signaled no swing—and Puig fouled off two more. Devenski threw his fifth straight changeup, and Puig swung over it as the Astros ran onto the field to celebrate after finally closing out a back-and-forth game that lasted 4 hours, 19 minutes.“It was an emotional roller coaster,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who removed starter Rich Hill after he threw only 60 pitches in four solid innings and struck out seven.After another steamy night in a Santa Ana heat wave, the series shifts to Texas and resumes Friday night at Houston’s Minute Maid Park, where the retractable roof has not been open for a game since June 9. Lance McCullers Jr. starts for the Astros and Yu Darvish for the Dodgers, who acquired him from Texas at the July 31 trade deadline.Houston is 2-5 on the road in the postseason but 6-0 at home, where the Astros have outscored the Red Sox and Yankees by a combined 31-7.“We didn’t expect these guys to lay down. It’s a very good ballclub over there,” Roberts said. “We’ll be ready to go.”Before Gonzalez’s home run, the Dodgers had an 85 percent chance of winning, according to Fangraphs. After Correa’s long ball, the Astros were a 93 percent favorite.Verlander, wearing an undershirt, entered the dugout at one point and screamed at his teammates that the game was not over. “All of a sudden, two runs seemed like it was the Grand Canyon,” he said. “I was just trying to remind these guys two runs is nothing.”Bregman’s RBI single in the third gave Houston its first lead of the Series, a hit that might have turned into a three-run, inside-the-park homer had the ball not caromed off the bill of Taylor’s cap directly to left fielder Joc Pederson.Los Angeles had just two hits through seven innings but led 3-1 behind Pederson’s fifth-inning solo homer and Seager’s tiebreaking, two-run drive in the sixth against Verlander. It was Pederson’s first home run since July 26.Jansen entered with a 3-1 lead trying for his first six-out save in a year after Bregman doubled leading off the eighth against Brandon Morrow, a ball that ticked off the glove of a diving Puig in the right-field corner. Furious that he didn’t make what would have been a sensational catch, Puig slammed his mitt to the ground.Correa’s RBI single off Jansen ended a record 28-inning postseason scoreless streak by the Dodgers’ bullpen.Gonzalez, choking up on the bat, seemed an unlikely candidate for a tying homer. He had not driven in a run in his 45 plate appearances since Houston’s playoff opener, and the blown save was just the second for Jansen this year. The Dodgers had been 98-0 in 2017 when leading after eight innings, including the postseason.“I didn’t make my pitch,” Jansen said. “You can’t beat yourself up about that.”As the slanting sun illuminated the green hills of Elysian Park behind center field and the ochre-tinted San Gabriel Mountains beyond, retired Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch . The 89-year-old, who left the booth in 2016 after his 67th season, charmed the crowd when he began “somewhere up in heaven, Duke Snider, Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Gil Hodges are laughing their heads off” at his presence on the mound. He feigned an arm injury and turned the ritual over to Fernando Valenzuela, who helped the Dodgers win their 1981 title.The game-time temperature was 93 degrees—down 10 degrees from the opener. Celebrities in the sellout crowd of 54,293 included golfers Tiger Woods and Fred Couples, and former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.Houston improved to 10-0 in nine starts and one relief appearance by Verlander, the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner obtained in a trade from Detroit at the Aug. 31 deadline to be eligible for the Astros’ postseason roster. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Tensions creeping in at PSG as questions asked of two stars Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Houston Astros’ George Springer celebrates after hitting a two-run home run during the 11th inning of Game 2 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES, California—George Springer screamed with joy as he circled the bases after hitting a two-run homer in the 11th inning.Would it be enough? Was this the final plot twist on one of the wildest nights in postseason history?ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Afterward, players were exhausted.“When that last out is made, you finally breathe,” Springer said. “That’s an emotional high—emotional high to low to high again. But that’s why we play the game. And that’s the craziest game that I’ve ever played in. And it’s only Game 2.” MOST READ View comments Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa hit consecutive home runsagainst Josh Fields in the 10th to build a 5-3 Astros lead, with Correa flipping his bat to celebrate.But there was more. Much, much more.“This is an instant classic and to be part of it is pretty special,” Astros starter Justin Verlander said.Puig homered off Ken Giles starting the bottom of the 10th and Enrique Hernandez knotted the score 5-5 with a two-out RBI single .Devenski entered and, with Hernandez at second, made a wild pickoff throw that appeared headed toward left-center field before it struck second base umpire Laz Diaz. An incredulous Hernandez put both hands on his helmet, unable to advance, and was stranded when Chris Taylor flied out.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

  • Asia Cup 2018: Shikhar Dhawan slams 14th ODI hundred to draw level with Yuvraj Singh

    first_imgShikhar Dhawan marked his return to the one-day format with a swashbuckling hundred against Hong Kong in the ongoing fourth ODI of the Asia Cup 2018 on Tuesday.Dhawan put behind his struggles in the Test series against England and roared back to form with his 14th hundred in ODIs to put India in the driver’s seat against the minnows in Dubai.Gabbar brought up his hundred off just 105 balls in the 36th over of the match after Hong Kong won the toss and put India in to bat in extremely hot conditions in the desert city.Dhawan had got off to a solid start with Rohit Sharma and added 45 runs for the opening wicket before the India captain played a false shot and departed for 23.Gabbar is back!.. well played jatta @SDhawan25 Hoping to see the good form for tomorrow! Keep it up! #INDvHK #AsiaCup2018Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 18, 2018But Dhawan carried on and took charge of the innings after Rohit’s exit smashing 13 boundaries.Asia Cup 2018, India vs Hong Kong: Live UpdatesWith his 14th century, Dhawan also drew level with Yuvraj Singh as sixth batsman in the list of leading ODI century-makers for India. He’s now one behind Virender Sehwag, who has 15 centuries to his name.Sachin Tendulkar (49) leads the list with Virat Kohli (35) in the second position, followed by Sourav Ganguly (22) and Rohit Sharma (18).It’s a 14th ODI century for @SDhawan25!It’s his first in the UAE, his second of 2018, and comes off 105 balls!Will he be able to make his ODI high score today? #INDvHK #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/OqgdG0zIrzadvertisementICC (@ICC) September 18, 2018Dhawan is also the second fastest Indian to reach to 14 centuries. He reached to the mark in 105 innings while Kohli reached their in 103 innings.Dhawan, who struggled for runs during the Test series in England, was completely at ease as he returned to his favoured format and returned back to form just in time as India get ready to face Pakistan in the blockbuster clash on September 19 at the same venue.With the absence of Virat Kohli, the onus will be on the likes Rohit, Dhawan and Dhoni to score big especially against Pakistan, who have come into this tournament with a revered bowling lineup led by Mohammed Amir.last_img read more

  • 9 months agoReal Madrid do enough to defeat Real Betis

    first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid do enough to defeat Real Betisby Carlos Volcano9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid did enough to defeat Real Betis and climb into the La Liga top four with a first win in three matches.Betis looked set to earn a deserved point until Dani Ceballos’ late free-kick nestled into the bottom corner.Real were given an early lead by Luka Modric, but the home side dominated possession and equalised through Segio Canales after an offside decision was overturned by VAR.Madrid climb to fourth, but remain 10 points behind leaders Barcelona. last_img read more

  • Video: Cam Newton Is Getting Crushed For Sulking, Walking Out Of Press Conference

    first_imgCam Newton is unhappy during press conference.Cam NewtonThe people who don’t like Cam Newton have more fuel to add to that hate fire. The Carolina Panthers’ quarterback is currently getting crushed on social media for the way he handled himself after his team’s loss to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. At his post-game press conference, Newton sullenly sat for roughly three minutes, barely answered any questions and then got up and left. Here’s video of his exit. Panthers Cam Newton barely answered questions and here he exits pic.twitter.com/eNMDpv2sQH— Cam Inman (@CamInman) February 8, 2016And here’s some of the reaction. Cam’s presser was weak. If you’re going to celebrate when you win, you’ve got to face the music when you lose.— Jim Rome (@jimrome) February 8, 2016I’m a Cam fan. Tonight’s outcome doesn’t change how incredible he is, was this season. But how he handled the presser was most disappointing— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) February 8, 2016BTW…I love Cam…great player, but wish he would’ve handled that press session better than that— Joel Klatt (@joelklatt) February 8, 2016It’s fair to call Cam a front runner now. Dude lives it up when things go well, turns into a whiny brat when they don’t.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) February 8, 2016So disappointing. I get that he’s in pain. I’m not a Cam hater, but he has to be a better leader & professional. https://t.co/emFpcziUjW— Jerry Brewer (@JerryBrewer) February 8, 2016Just when I start liking Cam, he goes back to pouting and a walk off at the press conference. Stardom is a two way street.— Hunter Mahan (@HunterMahan) February 8, 2016Hardest thing to do after a “big game” loss is speak to the media (yes I know I had to a lot) but what was that Cam Newton?! #MVP #SB50— Taylor Twellman (@TaylorTwellman) February 8, 2016I see college freshmen and sophomores handle themselves better annually after losing in the Final Four than Cam Newton just did. Ooooof.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) February 8, 2016Obviously, it’s understandable that Newton is disappointed, but the criticism of him is (mostly) fair here. He could’ve acted better.last_img read more

  • Fate of vessel that survived wars Halifax Explosion unclear as rust sets

    first_imgHALIFAX – A vintage navy vessel that survived world wars and the Halifax Explosion is falling victim to a more mundane threat — the destructive force of salt water, according to provincial government documents obtained by Global News.The steel-hulled CSS Acadia is a main attraction at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax and the only remaining vessel to have served the Royal Canadian Navy in both world wars.But the 105-year-old ship is rusting away in the Halifax harbour as much-needed repairs and maintenance have been delayed over a lack of funding, putting the long-term future of the vessel in jeopardy.The state of Halifax’s “Grand Old Lady” — a registered National Historic Site — is detailed in 226 pages of emails, briefing notes, memos and reports about the CSS Acadia released to Global News under a freedom of information request.Shannon Delbridge, executive director of public works and strategic initiatives at the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, wrote in one email that the deterioration has become so bad that she informed staff in two departments of its condition.“I wanted to make sure you were aware that there is increased urgency if (Community, Cultures and Heritage) wishes to maintain the vessel,” Delbridge wrote in an email dated May 9, 2018.Leo Glavine, Nova Scotia’s minister of communities, culture and heritage, told Global on Thursday that there is no definitive timeline for when CSS Acadia will go into dry dock.“To make sure that it has a sustainable future is to actually do a very strong assessment prior to going to dry dock and that’s ongoing,” Glavine said.But internal documents suggest that’s not necessary.“Another study is not required and would not yield additional information,” a briefing note from May 2018 reads. “This is the best information available before she is placed in the dockyard where her hull can be fully examined.”The vessel has not been dry-docked since 2010, a task that used to be carried out every six or seven years, according to the documents from 2009 detailing the repairs.The work included giving the underwater hull a new coating, general welding repair, securing nuts and bolts in the porthole, and a complete cleaning and re-coating of the entire hull above the water.Glavine said the government knows a major overhaul is necessary on the vessel and that he would seek federal help to pay for it.Estimates on the funding required to complete the basic upgrades needed for the CSS Acadia have been redacted.“Failure to address current chronic problems… will lead to continued deterioration, which may lead to restricted access and ultimately vessel failure,” a briefing note reads.An amendment to the same briefing note indicates that during a tour on April 18, 2018, the ship’s caretaker pointed out a visible hole in the hull below the deck and above the water line.According to the note, the ship’s caretaker, Steve Read, said he thought he could see daylight when he looked at the spot. Upon bumping the area with the toe of his boot, the steel gave way to expose the existing hole.(Global News)last_img read more

  • Gareon Conley confident in young secondary Malik Hooker

    OSU redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker (24) carries the ball after an interception during the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Lantern file photoLast season was a standout year for the Ohio State secondary. The Buckeyes excelled in 2015 with the likes of now NFL players Vonn Bell and Eli Apple. Redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley is now the veteran member of the unit—and only returning starter—with fans eager to see how he and the rest of the defensive backs will respond to the immense pressure of living up to expectations. Conley had a solid 2015 campaign where he recorded two interceptions and 49 tackles and earned high praise from the OSU coaching staff. During his freshman campaign, he also found his way into a role with the special teams, and he contributed as a reserve cornerback. Coach Urban Meyer believes Conley is the next cornerback in a lineage of NFL-ready players“Gareon is playing, man, he’s playing at a high, high level right now,” Meyer said. “He’s an NFL corner someday.”With Conley the go-to guy, the secondary for the Scarlet and Gray has a scarcity of snaps played under their belts. The young players will turn to the now No. 1 defensive back for guidance, and Conley feels ready for the challenge. “It’s going to be a great challenge because I got a lot of guys who I’ve gotta bring up,” Conley said. “I just gotta help the guys right now learn the game.”Even though the task is tall, Conley feels the unit will respond to the pressure with poise, and there should be no drop off from last year’s secondary. “They all play at a high level already,” Conley said. “It’s just getting that experience right now so we can be ready for that first game.”One of the top candidates for the secondary for OSU, redshirt sophomore Marshon Lattimore, is coming off a season-ending hamstring injury. The injury ultimately led to a redshirt season for the Cleveland native, but his teammates expect he won’t be affected in 2016. “When he’s out there, he’s going full speed,” Conley said. “He looks real good. You can’t even tell when he’s out there.”Of all the candidates to start as a defensive back for the Scarlet and Gray, Conley said redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker has been one of the top performers of the summer so far. Hooker played in all 13 games last season, where he earned 10 total tackles on the year. He was listed as the No. 1 safety in the spring and has been named as a possible replacement for Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell.“(Hooker), that’s my best friend,” Conley said. “He’s always been a great athlete. I say he’s one of the best on the team. His game right now, he’s playing at a high level. Off the charts.”The former New Castle, Pennsylvania, standout wide receiver and cornerback knows he has plenty of expectations by coaches and players. However, Hooker said he feels the backing of Conley is a testament to the effort he has put forth during the offseason, and his teammate’s confidence will keep him putting forth as much effort as possible. “For (Conley) to be a major key in the defense this year and last year, to say something like that just motivates me to work even harder and be the best I can be for the defense,” Hooker said.While starters have yet to be named for most of the team, Hooker appears to have an edge with two weeks before the season starts. Only time will tell if OSU enjoys another year of dominance in the secondary. read more