FCC’s O’Rielly calls for swift action on CUNA’s TCPA petition

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said Thursday during public remarks that the FCC has an obligation to resolve many of the worthy Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) petitions that are currently pending. He specifically cited CUNA’s petition, submitted in September 2017, that requests that FCC take action to provide credit unions with regulatory relief from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).“One petitioner seeks a declaratory ruling to exempt from TCPA liability purely informational and governance-related calls by credit union co-ops to their own members’ wireless phones…interpreting the TCPA to deter such calls would seem very foolish indeed,” O’Rielly said, referring to CUNA’s and other petitions as “common-sense requests” at the ACA International Washington Insights Conference Thursday.CUNA called for TCPA clarity in the wake of a July 2015 TCPA ruling that made it unclear about what credit union-member communications are permitted under the TCPA. This comes as mobile phone use is increasing and financial regulators are urging institutions to use technology to ensure consumers are up to date about important account information.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho hails Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for ‘genius’ goal in Arsenal’s win over Newcastle

first_img Comment Jose Mourinho praised Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s ‘beautiful’ finish after Arsenal’s win (Picture: Getty)Jose Mourinho showered Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with praise after the striker’s ‘genius’ goal sealed a 1-0 victory for Arsenal in their Premier League opener away to Newcastle.Aubameyang latched onto Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ pinpoint cross and calmly dinked the ball over Martin Dubravka in the 58th minute after some lacklustre defending from Steve Bruce’s side at St James’ Park.Newcastle came close to scoring in the first half, with Jonjo Shelvey and Joelinton both theatening Bernd Leno’s goal, but Arsenal looked comfortable after the break and managed to keep hold of their slender advantage.After sharing the Golden Boot with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane last term, Aubameyang will have been delighted to get off the mark for the new campaign and Mourinho hailed the forward’s exquisite control and finish for his goal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked about Aubameyang’s goal after the final whistle, Mourinho told Sky Sports: ‘I think he loves to be in front of the goalkeeper.‘He’s cool, he loves to be there and of course, what I love to say, simplicity sometimes is genius.‘That control looks simple but it’s not simple, it’s genius. Then the finishing is beautiful.’ Mourinho hailed Aubameyang for the moment of ‘genius’ (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang believes Arsenal were deserving of the three points after a positive performance against a ‘good team’ in Newcastle.‘I think so, we fought today a lot. It was a great game against a good team,’ the Gabonese attacker said.‘It was important to start with a win, last season we started bad, so we are happy.‘It is always positive for all the squad to win the first game, everyone is happy to get three points and we’re looking forward to winning more games.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesOn whether he’s thinking about the Golden Boot, Aubameyang said: ‘Of course it is in the mind of a striker but first of all the team is the most important.‘I’m really pleased the goal helped us win the game.’MORE: Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac ‘under 24 hour guard’ as season starts Advertisement Jose Mourinho hails Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for ‘genius’ goal in Arsenal’s win over Newcastlecenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 11 Aug 2019 4:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.7kShares Aubameyang scored the only goal of the game at St James’ Park (Picture: Getty)Graeme Souness added: ‘The touch, he’s made that finish look very easy, Aubameyang.‘That ball was skidding off the surface, he controls it with the outside of his foot and he’s made a difficult finish look very easy.‘That’s the mark of a very good striker.’last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Signs Pension Forfeiture Reform into Law

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 28, 2019 Gov. Wolf Signs Pension Forfeiture Reform into Lawcenter_img Government Reform,  Pension Reform,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today continued his work to restore trust in Pennsylvania’s government by signing into law important updates to the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act that will help stop public employees convicted of job-related felonies from receiving a public pension.“I commend the General Assembly for taking this first step towards greater ethics reform in state government. I look forward to continued progress in this area. It’s frustrating when we know someone has committed a serious crime, but we still have to pay them a pension using taxpayer money. That’s just not fair to honest, hardworking Pennsylvanians,” said Gov. Wolf. “Closing this loophole is an important step in ensuring public officials and employees who betray the people of Pennsylvania are held accountable.”Act 1 of 2019, formerly SB 113, expands the list of crimes that require pension forfeiture to include all felonies, which will help stop convicted employees from dodging pension forfeiture by pleading guilty or no contest to felonies that were previously not listed.The new law also requires the courts notify benefits administrators to immediately halt pension payments upon a guilty or no contest plea. This rule helps ensure no pension payments are made to an ineligible recipient.“With the enactment of SB 113 as Act 1 of 2019, we are putting elected officials and public employees on notice that they will no longer be able to abuse their power and walk away with a lifetime taxpayer-funded pension,” said Sen. John DiSanto, the prime sponsor of SB 113. “This legislation ensures felons face a financial penalty for violating the public trust and helps restore people’s faith in our government institutions. I thank the governor and my colleagues in the general assembly for their support of this commonsense legislation and look forward to advancing further government reforms on behalf of the citizens of Pennsylvania.”“As elected officials, it’s our job to work in the public interest, not our own,” said Treasurer Joe Torsella. “When public servants abuse the trust the public has placed in them, they don’t deserve taxpayer-funded retirements. I want to thank Governor Wolf for his leadership on this issue, and the General Assembly for their work in passing this important step toward fighting corruption.”“I want to thank former State Rep. Scott Petri who first drafted this legislation. His foresight and research will ensure corrupt public officials don’t receive their taxpayer-funded pensions,” said Rep. Frank Farry. “Unfortunately, Pennsylvania has a long history of public corruption. I was pleased to be able to continue Rep. Petri’s efforts to make sure our laws do not allow offenders to evade the consequences of their crimes.”Gov. Wolf has made government reform a top priority since taking office. He has implemented a gift ban for employees under his jurisdiction, increased transparency by requiring cabinet secretaries to post their expenses online each month, and strengthened restrictions for lobbyists and special interests.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Declares Pennsylvania a Purple Heart State

first_img Press Release Annville, PA – Governor Tom Wolf officially designated Pennsylvania as a Purple Heart State, demonstrating extreme gratitude to the more than 91,000 Pennsylvania men and women either killed or wounded in war defending our freedom since 1917. Starting Wednesday, Pennsylvania will honor these great heroes every August 7, Purple Heart Day.“Through our nation’s history, Pennsylvanians have selflessly fought to preserve our freedom and protect our borders,” said Gov. Wolf. “Most have safely come home, while others have either fallen or were wounded. This is an elite group of heroes who deserves their own special day of recognition where we can all honor their bravery and incredible sacrifice.”The Purple Heart is given to U.S. military members who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration. The Purple Heart is different from most military awards and decorations as individuals are not “recommended” for the decoration, but rather are entitled to receiving the medal.“By declaring every August 7 Purple Heart Day, Gov. Wolf has forever secured the legacy of every Pennsylvanian who has sacrificed with their life or with injury in defense of America,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “This day also gives us an opportunity to remember the families of Purple Heart recipients who have sacrificed in their own right.”About 1.8 million American service members have received the Purple Heart. View the Purple Heart Medal. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Declares Pennsylvania a Purple Heart Statecenter_img August 06, 2019last_img read more

Sisters of Mercy hand historic Brisbane laundry to developers

first_img View of Brisbane city from Morris Street in front of Greville, Wooloowin. Picture: Richard Walker“All our terrace homes have an optimal north-south orientation, meaning they are designed to enjoy abundant natural light and breezes, with our first release in an elevated enclave, meaning some also enjoy city skyline views,” Mr Starr said. City glimpses from Greville Wooloowin.“We have created four different floor plans so there is a design to suit people at all stages of life – whether they are downsizers looking to have their master bedroom and living on one level, or younger purchasers wanting their bedrooms separated.” The Greville courtyards will include lots of green space.There are generous landscaped courtyards, and open-plan living that integrates with either a courtyard or balcony, creating light-filled indoor-outdoor living and entertaining.Civil construction will begin this season and the first 12 town homes will begin construction in autumn or winter of 2021. The development is expected to take five years to complete. Grand renovation for 100-year-old Queenslander The Holy Cross Convent in Wooloowin is also part of the masterplanned community. It was designed by Hall and Dods architects in 1912. Picture: Richard Walker $2 billion development for the Bundaberg region Green space and the pool area planned for Greville Wooloowin.“We’re making sure we’re not taking away the storytelling or the narrative of the site,” Mr Brown said. “The modern additions pay homage to the scale of those buildings, we haven’t tried to break it up into little houses.”An original convent that is next to the Holy Cross Catholic Primary School facing Morris Street, will be adapted for community use. Cedar Woods Properties senior development manager Peter Starr said the $180 million community would keep the ‘garden’ feel that Wooloowin is known for and will be sympathetic to the Queenslander style of surrounding homes, but the new homes would be grounded in a contemporary design. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The RotheLowman designed terrace homes planned for Greville Wooloowin.The residential reuse of what was one of the largest commercial laundries in Brisbane will lead to the original building being turned into generous living areas with 4m-high ceilings. A modern two-storey addition will be added behind, which will house the garage, laundry and upstairs bedrooms.Between the two buildings will be a bridge to allow for private courtyards between the old and the new sections.center_img The development and design team behind Wooloowin’s first masterplanned community: Jeff Brown, Farzana Gujarati and Peter Starr (front). Picture: Richard WalkerBrisbane’s newest masterplanned inner-city community will go ahead at the site of a historic convent after nuns agreed to hand it over to developers.One of the founding fathers of architecture in Brisbane will have his work incorporated into the new masterplanned community – the first of its kind in the inner northern suburb of Wooloowin.Greville is a 3.6 hectare, 280-home development that has been five years in the planning after a negotiated sale between Cedar Woods Properties and the Catholic Sisters of Mercy, who have owned the elevated site, 5km north of Brisbane CBD, since the 1880s.The sale of the site went through in December 2015 for the sum of $27.06 million. Climber sells home, honours memory of ‘soulmate’ lost in tragedy At its heart is a heritage-listed laundry that was designed by the most prolific government architect in Queensland, Francis Drummond Greville Stanley, who also designed the General Post Office (GPO) and was the first president of the Queensland Institute of Architects in 1888. The General Post Office (GPO) in Brisbane. The Holy Cross Laundry House at Wooloowin. Picture: Richard WalkerThe community has been named in his honour and three of the apartment buildings will be named Francis, Drummond and Stanley.“Back in the day, these industrial buildings were made with care, crafted by architects,” RotheLowman Architects principal Jeff Brown said.“They were seen as important parts of the infrastructure of the city and were therefore given the care and the love to become impressive works of architecture, which I have always loved. They are so well thought out and tell the story of the city in a way.”RotheLowman Architects has designed the new masterplanned community of 84 terrace homes and 189 apartments and will convert the laundry into seven residential apartments on the edge of a 4000 sqm community park within the development. FDG Stanley’s Brisbane legacy MORE PROPERTY STORIES 1872: General Post Office, 261 Queen StreetMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago General Post Office (GPO) in Brisbane. 1873: Roma Street railway station Roma Street Railway Station. Picture courtesy of George Washington Wilson Collection of Photographs, Aberdeen University Library. 1876: Holy Trinity Church, 141 Brookes St, Fortitude Valley 1879: The Port Office, 39 Edward Street The Port Office, Brisbane. Early 1880s: All Hallows’ St Ann’s Industrial School 1881: National Australia Bank, 308 Queen Street National Australia Bank (NAB) headquarters. Picture Derek Moore 1882: The Queensland Club, 19 George Street 1887: St Paul’s Presbyterian Church, 43 St Paul’s Terrace, Spring Hill 1889: Tighnabruaich villa, 203 Clarence Road, Indooroopilly Tighnabruaich at Indooroopilly. 1889: Sisters of Mercy Holy Cross Laundry House, Morris Street, Wooloowin The Holy Cross Laundry House at Wooloowin. Picture: Richard Walker FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Jamaican divorces on the rise as marriages fail.

first_imgNewsRegionalRelationships Jamaican divorces on the rise as marriages fail. by: – May 29, 2012 120 Views   no discussions Share Close to 2000 marriages ended in divorce last year according to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica.KINGSTON, Jamaica  – According to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), 1,960 divorces absolute were granted by the Supreme Court for 2011.More than a half (53 per cent) of divorces granted were to persons who had been married for between five and 14 years, stated the information in the most recent edition of the Demographic Statistics.The data indicates that 78 per cent of the persons who got divorced were married for fewer than 20 years.Previous reports published by STATIN show that 1,853 marriages ended in divorce in 2009.And while the divorce rate continues to rise, the marriage rate is not keeping pace.According to the STATIN data, 20,403 persons were married last year.“This was 1,009 or about five per cent fewer marriages less than the 21,412 registered for 2009,” the document noted.The parishes with the highest number of marriages in 2011 were St James (3,579), St Ann (3,442), Westmoreland (2,981), Kingston and St Andrew (2,499) and St Catherine (2,416).Caribbean 360 News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Area Students Set To Graduate From IUPUC

first_imgSome area students will celebrate graduation from Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC) this coming Saturday.According to the college, there are 261 graduates in the Class of 2014, up from 231 in the Class of 2013.Students will receive degrees in a variety of subjects, ranging from mechanical engineering to mental health counseling. The college released degree information revealing 78 nursing degrees, 57 business degrees and 34 students receiving an education degree this year.Some local students graduating from IUPUC this weekend include:BATESVILLE: Ann Theresa Bedel, Brittany Elaine Eckstein, and Chelsey Marie MooreDILLSBORO: Christia Chaunte Nicole SchulerGREENSBURG: Emily Marie Bare, Megan Marie Colson, Lenora Penny Kay Dorsett, Mike Fry,Alisha Elizabeth Harrison, Jessica Lynn Klepp, Lauren Renee Mirick, Kirstin Oaldon, Kayla Dawn Ortman, Amanda Elyse Schwering, Sarah Elizabeth Studler, Sandi J. Teodoro, and Danielle Marie TrenkampNORTH VERNON: Morgan Abel, Marnita Jo Biehle, Susanna Marie Blevins, Amie M. Brunner, Reita Capes, Lauren Rose Earl, Darby Kay Funke, Kevin William Grider, Matthew R. Hall, Sheila Lynn Hartwell, Ariah Paige Heaton, Taylor Brooke Hess, Tonya Riley, Chase Michael Schneider, Derik Vance, Andrea D. Vogel, Courtney Elizabeth Vujakovich, Catherine Julia Walker, Marla K. Weber, andRyan Patrick WooleyOSGOOD: Rachel I. Brown, Jordan Ashley Clements, and Genevieve Jean CurrySAINT PAUL: Rebecca Bingham and Rebecca Lynn WilliamsVERSAILLES: Melissa Renee Buchanan and Jamie L. Kiernan-Pollardlast_img read more

Garnhart speeds to IMCA Modified checkers at Maquoketa

first_imgBy Rob HinckleyMAQUOKETA, Iowa (May 19) – Bryce Garnhart kept rolling Saturday night at Maquoketa Speedway, speeding to the QCJeeps.com IMCA Modified 35-lap special feature win and cashing the $1,000 check that went with it.The victory was Garnhart’s fourth straight to start the 2018 season at the Jackson County Fairgrounds speed plant. The new Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier held off a hard charging Ray Cox Jr., who was racing the top groove from deep in the field.“I knew he was coming,” Garnhart said. “I searched around there at one point with lapped traffic coming. I was like ‘the top ain’t too bad so I might run up there.’ It’s hard to give up the bottom when you got the lead.”Garnhart won his heat, picked number one on the redraw and led every lap.Cox, Tyler Madigan, Zach Less and David Brown rounded out the top five. Less came from 21st in the 26-car field.Andy Nezworski was patient and then put the late move on track champion Matt Ryan to win the Andover Meat IMCA Late Model 25-lap feature.Jeremiah Hurst also got by Ryan. Joe Zrostlik and Chad Holladay followed.Sponsors donated and the cars came for the Ueland Auto IMCA Stock Cars. A season-high 19 were in the field, including Greg Gill. He fought off Timmy Current, Donnie Louck and a charging Todd Reisler to take home the $950 top prize in the 15-lap main.Jared Waterman said before the evening he wanted his luck to change. It did in the B&D Pit Stop IMCA Northern SportMods.The Coyne Center, Ill. driver swept his heat and the 15-lap finale. He swiped the lead from Joe Grant with six laps to go and ran to the win.Daniel Wauters creeped around the high and low grooves and launched to the 12-lap IMCA Hobby Stock win.A total of 107 race teams filled the pits and the final checkered flag fell just after 10 p.m.last_img read more

First-half adjustments help Syracuse women’s basketball cruise over Cornell

first_imgAfter Cornell hit two back-to-back 3-pointers to take a one-point lead, Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman told his players to make two simple adjustments: get out on the shooters on defense and push the ball to the rim on offense. And with those two changes came the Syracuse onslaught. Beginning with 5:21 left in the first half, Syracuse reeled off a 34-2 run, and the Orange (2-0) pulled away to a dominant 86-45 victory over the Big Red (0-2) in front of 1,020 fans in the Carrier Dome Monday. SU’s suffocating defense, coupled with a big rebounding edge, powered the Orange to a 21-0 run that started immediately after Cornell took the lead on a Shelby Lyman 3-pointer. From that point on, SU outscored the Big Red 60-18 the rest of the way. ‘Down the stretch, I thought we really did a very good job of closing the game out,’ Hillsman said. ‘That’s all we really wanted to do was to come out in the second half and close the game out. Get some distance in between us just so we could get down the floor, play in transition and get some easy baskets.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text The Orange started the game with a heavy dose of Kayla Alexander. On Syracuse’s first two possessions, it fed the ball to Alexander in the post and never let up from there. Her long 6-foot-4 frame towered over the Cornell defenders, helping her tally 19 points and pull down eight boards in the game. But even with Alexander dominating in the post, SU couldn’t pull away from the Big Red for the first 15 minutes of the game. Cornell had an answer for each small Syracuse spurt, typically in the form of one of its five first-half 3-pointers. ‘Honestly, they were getting the same 3s in the same spot every possession,’ Hillsman said. ‘So we had to just get our guards to play a little further up the floor.’ And once the Orange did that, the rout was on. Eleven seconds after Lyman gave the Big Red its only lead of the game, SU point guard Tasha Harris drained a 3-pointer to put SU back up by two. The next Cornell shot was a miss by Kristina Danielak, starting a 0-for-11 stretch that lasted just more than nine minutes. While the Orange was forcing turnovers and contesting shots on defense, its offense exploded on the other end of the floor, mostly by getting to the rim and crashing the boards. ‘I think in practice we go against each other so well that when we do come in the game, we are really aggressive on the boards,’ said junior forward Iasia Hemingway, who pulled in eight rebounds to go along with her 10 points. ‘So that’s why we’re so good at that.’ If it wasn’t Alexander posting up the Big Red, it was a slashing drive by one of the Orange guards that led to second-chance points. Twenty-three offensive rebounds led to 28 second-chance points for the Orange. SU dominated Cornell 52-28 on the glass, including 34-8 in the second half. ‘We did start going to the glass more,’ sophomore guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas said. ‘Because at halftime, our coach told us that we were getting out-rebounded, so that just gave us a little bit more motivation to get to the boards, and we started making shots.’ The rebounding also created more chances for the Orange’s perimeter players. Freshman guard La’Shay Taft came off the bench and hit four 3-pointers, three of them after Hillsman had made his two simple adjustments. Syracuse’s offense shined while the Orange got the ball into the paint and crashed the boards. And defensively, SU simply had to get a hand up on the Big Red’s shooters. ‘It’s one of those things where you have the same player getting the same look every time,’ Hillsman said. ‘It’s a simple adjustment. And the adjustment was just — go get her. It wasn’t a scheme thing. It was like she’s in front of you — go get her.’ zjbrown@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 15, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Extra Innings: Challenging penalties is the wrong call for NFL

first_imgIt’s unfair. The call clearly was pass interference — anyone with common sense can see that. It is just unfortunate that in that moment, the officiating crew lacked common sense. However, slowing the game down and staring at negligible details for a couple minutes often cause officials to second guess themselves in these grey zone areas. They were trained for years to make the right call on the field. Some things should not be reviewed and especially should not be challenged by coaches. There are bullet points that  help define this rule in Section 5 Article 2 of the NFL Rulebook, but that will never be enough to eliminate the gray area left by the imperfect rules. I expect to see some long reviews on pass interference calls. I expect to see Pereira attempt to define the ambiguous grey zone. And I expect to see tweets from furious fans about a play standing or being overturned. As a result, all 32 NFL head coaches voted unanimously to extend the replay rule to allow for pass interference calls to be challenged by coaches and reviewed in New York in the last two minutes of each half. The horrific image of Los Angeles Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman obliterating New Orleans Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis in the 2018 NFC Championship game may never leave Saints fans’ minds. However, a new rule that will be implemented in the 2019 season may prevent fans from ever having to go through that emotional distress again. This is a big step for the NFL, which hasn’t allowed coaches to challenge penalties in the past. It will surely allow the NFL to make better calls in some instances. However, the negative ramifications of the newly implemented rule far outweigh its benefits. Take the catch rule, for example. Each year, the NFL tries to redefine what is considered a “catch.” The player must make a football move, secure control and clear possession. The same goes for pass interference calls. The 2018 NFL rulebook defines pass interference as “any act by a player more than one yard beyond the line of scrimmage [that] significantly hinders an eligible player’s opportunity to catch the ball.” The thought of hearing these words come out of Mike Pereira’s mouth on Sunday makes me uneasy. There is no definite answer. It is not his fault; there is virtually no way to eliminate the massive gray zone in the catch rules. center_img Sam Arslanian is a sophomore writing about sports. His column, “Extra Innings,” runs Fridays. Undoubtedly, the implementation of this rule will benefit the NFL. It releases the handcuffs that have prevented officials from reviewing penalty calls. Referees are humans, and humans make mistakes, especially in fast-paced environments where they must make snap decisions. It is sensible to think that with the technology available today, officials should have the opportunity to make the correct call through review. Die-hard Saints fans protested the NFL and called out Commissioner Roger Goodell. Two season-ticket holders from “Who-Dat Nation” even filed a lawsuit against the NFL. I would be open to a rule that states NFL coaches can’t challenge penalties, but officials are allowed to review plays for penalties, if they think a call was botched or even New York-initiated reviews. Allowing coaches to challenge calls adds a whole different dimension to the plays that are reviewed. It introduces more plays that can essentially be decided by the flip of a coin. Because of this, replay reviews on potential receptions were some of the NFL’s most controversial plays in recent memory. The missed pass interference call is now known as one of the biggest botched calls in NFL history, right up there with former Lions receiver Calvin Johnson’s “dropped” touchdown reception, which was actually a catch. This play cost the Saints a Super Bowl appearance, and fans will never forget that. A similar argument can be made for balls and strikes in baseball. The umpire calls it on the field, and that’s the way it is. Sometimes, calls are missed. No umpire will ever say they make 100 percent of their calls correctly. Introducing reviews for balls and strikes would be detrimental to the game. Granted, the right call would most likely be made when reviewed — every aspect of a sport cannot be perfect.last_img read more

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