TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: A general view during the national anthem prior to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)The NCAA altered some of its rules today. Surprisingly, given the history of the organization, the changes actually made sense.One of the rules allows football players to participate in up to four games in a season without losing a redshirt. But the biggest change allows student-athletes to transfer without having to ask permission from their current school.We’ve all seen stories of school’s blocking a player’s transfer to a certain program. Often times schools back off those restrictions after some public pressure.Now, they won’t be allowed to block a player in the first place.“The membership showed today that it supports this significant change in transfer rules,” said Justin Sell, chair of the Division I Transfer Working Group and athletics director at South Dakota State. “I’m proud of the effort the Transfer Working Group put forth to make this happen for student-athletes, coaches and schools.”Starting in October, student-athletes can transfer and receive a scholarship without asking their school for permission: https://t.co/TgTuSBcCnF— NCAA (@NCAA) June 13, 2018We’ve complained about the NCAA and its arcane rules plenty of times, so we’ll be fair here. This was a wise decision.Good for them.Anything that provides more freedom for the players to move seems like a good measure.
Rabat- The two Moroccan homosexuals arrested earlier this month for kissing at the esplanade of Hassan Tower in Rabat were sentenced to four months in prison for violating “public modesty”.Mohsine Naeme and Lahcen Boudami were taking pictures near the Hassan Tower when they were arrested by the police for allegedly kissing each other.A statement from the Ministry of Interior linked the pair’s arrest to the topless protest staged by “feminist” group Femen in the esplanade of the Hassan Tower. The two Femen activists protested against the criminalization of homosexuality in Morocco in the exact same location by kissing each other. They were later arrested and deported from the country.Originally from Casablanca, Naeme, 25, and Boudami, 38, were also ordered by the Rabat’s Court of First Instance to pay a MAD 500 fine.Their trial prompted an advocacy group to launch an international petition calling for their release. By Tuesday the petition had been signed by 70 000 people.According to article 489 of Morocco’s penal code, homosexuality is punishable by six months to three years imprisonment.