Instagram/therockDwayne “The Rock” Johnson became famous for his time in the WWE, and later on, his hit movies, but first he played football at Miami. The Rock continues to be a big Hurricanes supporter. Miami gets knocked for its fan support at times, but the ‘Canes definite have their diehards, and today, The Rock proved it with a pretty crazy Instagram video. According to his caption, a pair of ‘Canes fans followed The Rock for miles, and got out of their car in heavy traffic to have him autograph a poster. Oh, and to throw up “The U.”Luckily for them, The Rock is an awesome guy, so he complied. We’re not sure all legendary former athletes would be so gracious.
The Canadian Press RED DEER, Alta. — After three sets of fraternal twins, Pam and Taylor Armstrong are closing in on reality-TV territory but trying for a fourth set isn’t in the cards for the couple from central Alberta.“We are done. I said this is our grand finale. We’ll call it quits here,” laughed Pam Armstrong from the couple’s new five-bedroom home in Red Deer on Monday.The couple welcomed their first son Parker and daughter Emery nine years ago, girls Brynlee and Adileigh five years ago and the newest additions boy Maverick and girl Blakely three weeks ago.It was a special Mother’s Day for Pam Armstrong who said her four older children are thrilled.“They all made me special cards and told me all the things they loved about me, which was great. Then we spent some time with my family — my grandma and grandpa, my mum and dad, and some of my siblings,” she said.“I didn’t have to cook or do dishes or laundry, which was lovely. We avoided all of those things for one day anyway.”There had only been twins once in her family before when her grandmother gave birth to a set.“I say it runs in our family now.”Armstrong believes her work as a labour and delivery nurse before having children of her own helped her cope. And after two sets of twins, news about a third wasn’t a total shock.“We were very aware that this could happen but you don’t think that it actually would happen a third time,” said Armstrong, who turned 34 two days before the latest births.“It was kind of, OK, this is our reality. We’re going to do this again. I have had much opportunity to perfect my ways in parenting and mothering two babies.”Her husband took a month’s paternity leave from his teaching job in nearby Blackfalds, Alta. He said it’s definitely easier to cope the third time around.“I don’t know if I’d call us a well-oiled machine, but we know what we need to achieve. We don’t always achieve it in that well-oiled way. We run a few minutes late,” he said.“We’ll keep doing just the same old thing. Just keep on trucking. We’ve got a few more critters in the bunch now.”Tyler Armstrong said he realizes that the pressure will be on to produce something more than just a card from the kids when the next Mother’s Day rolls around.“I might need to produce something of merit for a few years here yet. That’s for sure.”— By Bill Graveland in Calgary. Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations in Saskatoon says ‘business continues as usual.’Dennis WardKathleen MartensAPTN NewsAfter a number of back and forth emails, the Saskatoon Police Service has confirmed that it is investigating an individual – or individuals – at the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) but the focus of the investigation is not known.The information was confirmed in an email response to questions posed to police by APTN News starting Wednesday night.“I can tell you that the Saskatoon Police Service is investigating an allegation which was reported to us, but as it is a file that is still being investigated, we will not be commenting further,” said Kelsie Fraser, senior public affairs consultant for Saskatoon Police Service.But on Thursday Fraser contacted APTN to clarify her original statement.“I need to clarify that it is not the FSIN that is under investigation, but an individual(s),” Fraser said.The news caps a strange period at the FSIN where an election is currently underway for a new chief, first vice-chief and third vice-chief on Oct. 25.On Monday Sept. 24, police were called to FSIN headquarters because of a disturbance.No charges were laid.When informed late Wednesday night that the police were investigating the FSIN, APTN was sent a short statement.The FSIN executive “Has become aware of a report of an alleged police investigation against the organization from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network,” the statement said.“The FSIN has retained legal counsel to address these false allegations. The FSIN also cannot comment further on any matters pertaining to issues that are now under litigation.”No one at the FSIN has spoken to APTN after this correspondence.Last Friday, the FSIN had a similar response when contact by APTN about a different story.“We want to clarify and confirm that the FSIN is not under criminal investigation and business continues as usual,” Vice Chief David Pratt said in a statement.https://aptnnews.ca/2018/09/27/bullying-leads-to-legal-action-fsin-lawyer/Incumbent FSIN chief Bobby Cameron is seeking another three-year term.The FSIN says “until the election on October 25th and the position of Chief is filled, no Interim Chief will be appointed at this time. The administration will continue under the Executive Operating Officer, Dawn Walker.”
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Malaysia’s former deputy prime minister was charged Friday with abuse of power, corruption and money laundering involving millions of dollars in another graft investigation against leaders ousted in elections earlier this year.Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who now leads the opposition after his party was defeated in the May general elections, was brought to court a day after he was detained by the anti-graft agency.Zahid pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of criminal breach of trust involving nearly 21 million ringgit ($5 million) in his family-run welfare group, eight counts of abusing power as home minister to receive bribes worth over 21 million ringgit for various projects including the supply of passport chips, and another 27 counts of laundering about 72 million ringgit ($17.3 million).Former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who along with his wife was also charged with graft after the elections, appeared in court to support his former deputy. Zahid took over as president of the United Malays National Organization, or UMNO, after Najib stepped down following their coalition’s defeat for the first time since independence from Britain in 1957.Dozens of UMNO members rallied outside the court complex, slamming the charges as politically motivated. They carried placards accusing the new government of adopting a “rule of the jungle” in an attempt to cripple the party. UMNO was the linchpin of the former ruling alliance, which has since disbanded, but the party still holds about a fifth of parliamentary seats.Zahid, 65, was freed after posting bail. He told supporters that he considered the 45 charges against him as a “test from Allah.” He indicated most of the money was meant for charity such as to build orphanages, mosques and other welfare programs, and that he will clear his name in court.“Whatever the public opinion is, I leave it to Allah to decide. Allah willing, with all the good things I have done with the intention of upholding Allah’s religion, I hope Allah will protect me,” Zahid said. Each of the charges against him carries a prison term of up to 20 years, plus heavy fines.His daughter, Nurulhidayah Ahmad Zahid, has called her father a “target of cruel injustice” under the new government.Two public listed companies implicated in the charges issued denials after prices of their shares plunged Friday.Datasonic Group Berhad said in a statement that neither the company nor any of its directors paid any bribe to Zahid to supply biodata chips for Malaysian passports, adding that it won the contract by offering the best pricing through an open tender.MyEG Services Sendirian Berhad said separately it has no knowledge of the person and company that allegedly paid Zahid millions in bribes to secure projects from MyEG, a provider of online government services. It said it was not privy to their alleged dealings with Zahid. Trading of MyEG shares were halted Friday afternoon on the company’s request.The charges against Zahid are not related to the multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund that led to his coalition’s shocking loss.Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, were charged earlier with multiple counts of corruption and money laundering linked to the 1MDB scandal. The fund, set up by Najib, is being investigated in the U.S. and several other countries. They have both denied any wrongdoing and Najib’s trial is to start next year.
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress has written to the Election Commission of India (ECI), protesting against BJP for engaging wrestler the Great Khali during an election campaign in favour of Anupam Hazra, who is contesting from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat on the saffron party’s ticket.A complaint lodged with the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) raised questions on how a foreign national can take part election campaign for Hazra. The complaint also alleged that BJP is trying to influence the electors by using Khali, who is a national of the United States of America. The wrestler campaigned for Hazra on April 26. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”He (Khali) holds a US citizenship. Therefore, a foreigner shouldn’t be allowed to influence the minds of Indian electors,” reads the complaint. The complaint also says; “Dalip Singh Rana, who is known by the name the Great Khali, was seen campaigning for Anupam Hazra, the BJP candidate from Jadavpur. He was seen campaigning from an open top jeep on the streets of Jadavpur. Rana is not an Indian citizen and holds citizenship under the United States of America. BJP is using Rana’s celebrity status to misguide Indian voters.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt is also mentioned in the complaint that Khali gave an interview saying that he would be present for Hazra whenever he would be called in. “I have specially come from America to support my younger brother. He is filing his nomination papers. I want to request everyone to cast their votes for him. Do not waste your votes. Anupam is a learned man and he knows your troubles and will be able to serve you better than anyone else,” Khali was quoted in the complaint. During his campaign, Hazra said that Khali is a popular global youth icon and many of his supporters had requested him to do something exceptional. Hence, he thought it was a unique platform to bring in the popular wrestler. The letter alleged that BJP is desperate to win the elections by any means possible. In this case, utilising the help of a non-citizen who has no information about the intricacies of Indian politics or what may be the best option for the Indian electors. Trinamool urged the Election Commission to take action against the BJP candidate in this regard. Additional CEO Sanjay Basu said that they have received the complaint and an inquiry is being conducted into the incident. “We will comment on the issue after we receive a report in this regard,” he added.
Laayoune – Public authorities dispersed,Tuesday in Laayoune, an unauthorized gathering of forty women led by a group of topless Spanish women. These behaviors have sparked the disapproval and indignation of the population, as being shocking and a breach of the traditions and values of Moroccan society, said a statement from the province of Laayoune.
Fans and students alike, breaking last year’s national spring game attendance record, flocked to Ohio Stadium on Saturday to watch the annual intrasquad scrimmage by the Ohio State football team.The 2016 OSU spring game started with a moment of silence honoring both former OSU standout Will Smith and Columbus swat officer Steve Smith. Both men were killed over the weekend in separate instances, and the crowd of over 100,000 stood and remembered the two.This year’s spring game was a chance for Buckeye faithful to see how OSU coach Urban Meyer would answer many of the question marks left after a multitude of starters left for the NFL draft.Meyer did not shy away from the high expectations of the new starters.“We certainly don’t lower our standards just because a player moves on,” Meyer said. “That’s not what this place is all about.”Starting things off for the Buckeyes was the Scarlet team, led by redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. After the Gray defensive line put on a display of pass-rush skills, junior Sean Nuernberger came on for a field goal attempt. In an example of an event unique to the spring game, after nailing a 43-yard attempt, he stayed on the field to drill a 51-yard kick.The Scarlet team struggled to score after the opening drive. Barrett was picked off twice, once by redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker and later by redshirt sophomore cornerback Marshon Lattimore. The pick by Hooker was returned for a touchdown, and even though the Gray was called for a defensive holding, the play stood, once again evidencing the unusual nature of the spring game.Gray capitalized off these miscues, finding the endzone twice in the first half. The Gray team’s starting quarterback Joe Burrow connected with redshirt freshman Torrance Gibson on a picture-perfect 18-yard strike over the defensive player for one of the scores.Burrow provided many over-the-shoulder throws when given time, and looked sharp on his reads.Gibson scored another touchdown on a two-yard end-around. The score put the Gray up 21-3 before redshirt freshman Mike Weber of the Scarlet side barreled his way into the endzone to end the first half.Weber impressed the coaching staff, finishing the day with eight carries, 38 yards, and two touchdowns.“They were starting to compare him to Carlos Hyde,” Meyer said. “Easy now. He hasn’t reached that level yet.”The second half began with a quick score by the Scarlet, set up by redshirt sophomore Stephen Collier. A 40-yard pass to redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell led to a short touchdown run by Weber.After a dazzling one-handed interception by sophomore Jerome Baker for the Scarlet, the Gray were given the ball right back immediately following an errant pass from Collier, of the Scarlet team, which was picked off by Hooker for his second takeaway of the day.“Our D-line got to (Burrow) and I saw Joe under pressure and I went up and got it … I just made a play,” Hooker said.Redshirt sophomore Terry McLaurin continued his stellar showing with a 47-yard touchdown reception. McLaurin carried two defenders into the endzone with him for the score and finished the day with four receptions for 111 yards.“I had a lot more confidence coming in,” McLaurin said. “I just want to take that next step forward, being a guy that this offense can depend on, trying to find my role in this offense.”The wide receiver corps for OSU provided most of the offense on the afternoon. A defensive presence in terms of pass-rush kept the quarterbacks for the Buckeyes on their toes for most of the game.Both the Scarlet and the Gray had four sacks apiece, and the offensive line appeared to struggle retaining the pocket at times. The occasional lack of protection can be directly credited to a majority of the line being replaced by underclassmen. Even with certain areas clearly needing attention before the Scarlet and Gray are set to take the field against Bowling Green on Sept. 3, the Buckeyes have shown the team has potential heading into regular season play. “What I didn’t like?” Meyer asked about the events of the afternoon. “I liked it all.” OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) warms up before the spring game on April 16 at Ohio Stadium. The Gray team beat Scarlet 28-17. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo Editor
The OSU athletic department named Ben Schreiber as the school’s spirit head coach April 7.Credit: Courtesy of OSU athleticsThe Ohio State spirit squad has a new head coach — and he’s a former Buckeye.More than four months after former head cheerleading coach Lenee Buchman — who had been in the position since July 2009 — was terminated “for cause” following a sexual harassment investigation involving her assistant coaches and athletes, OSU announced Ben Schreiber as the squad’s new head coach in a press release Monday.Schreiber, who cheered at OSU from 2004-07, replaces interim coach Steve Chorba, who took over for Buchman Nov. 25, the day she was fired.“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to return to my alma mater and be at the helm of the spirit program, specifically as the head cheerleading coach,” Schreiber said in a released statement. “I look forward to working with each student-athlete and helping them achieve their goals and dreams as I am blessed to live out my own.”Schreiber spent the past five years as the head cheerleading coach and fitness coordinator at the University of Delaware.Schreiber led the Blue Hens to the 2014 UCA Division I Large Coed National Championship, while the team finished as national runners-up from 2010-13, according to the release. He said he looks to establish that kind of success at OSU.“My desire is to continue to build on the traditions of the program and develop new, cutting-edge concepts to help distinguish this program from others,” Schreiber said.Schreiber is set to earn a base salary of $43,000, OSU spokesman Adam Widman told The Lantern in an email. Chorba earned $37,000 as interim head coach, while Buchman earned $43,003 after receiving a raise Aug. 23.After becoming the spirit coordinator at Delaware in 2011, Schreiber expanded the cheer program by adding an all-female team, according to the release. In that role, he also oversaw the cheer and dance programs and took on marketing responsibilities for the athletics and recreation services department.“Ben has all the qualities we were looking for in our next head coach,” Martin Jarmond, OSU executive associate athletics director for administration and the cheer program’s administrator, said in the release. “His experience and success as a head coach and his passion for Ohio State and developing student-athletes holistically make him a perfect fit to lead our spirit program.”Widman said aside from hiring Schreiber, decisions on what the rest of the cheer staff will look like — including whether or not Chorba is to be retained — are forthcoming.“Our spirit squad coaches do not have employment contracts and no staff decisions have been made at this point,” Widman wrote in the email.Schreiber’s predecessor, Chorba, was appointed to interim head coach from assistant cheerleading coach after Buchman was found to have demonstrated a lack of “leadership and courage” by OSU Director of Athletics and Vice President Gene Smith while she was coach of the squad.In an email obtained by The Lantern, Smith told Buchman she was terminated for “several serious lapses of judgment and leadership.” An October report by the OSU Office of Human Resources found those lapses occurred after former cheerleader Cody Ellis’ attorney said he was kicked off the team by Buchman for reporting he was sexually harassed by two former coaches, Dana Bumbrey and Eddie Hollins.Bumbrey and Hollins were terminated in May following an OSU investigation, which found “sufficient evidence” both had violated the school’s Sexual Harassment Policy. That policy defines sexual harassment as “unwelcome sexual advances” and “requests for sexual favors,” among other things.Although he was terminated in May, Bumbrey hosted a cheer camp in August that Buchman took her team to participate in — more than two months after he was let go.“Though I know that the camp was not run by Ohio State, you took our students and brand there with you,” Smith said in the email to Buchman. “All the while, you knew the nature of the behavior Mr. Bumbrey had been engaged in, that Ohio State dismissed him just a few months earlier and that the university had emphatically chosen to disassociate itself from him and his damaging behavior.”The report also found that even though Hollins showed up uninvited to a practice Sept. 9, Buchman did not tell him to leave.“When an assistant that had been fired for sexual harassment shows up at a team practice, it is obvious what is expected of a head coach,” Smith wrote in the email.In an interview with The Lantern Jan. 29, Smith did not offer any further explanation for the investigation or events that transpired after it when asked.“I’m not going to get into a personnel issue,” Smith said. “It was a personnel issue, there are legal issues around it, so I’m not discussing it.”