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first_imgDeschamps selects Rabiot, drops Martial, Gignac PARIS, France (AP): Adrien Rabiot could make his debut for France after coach Didier Deschamps picked the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder in his 23-man squad for a World Cup qualifier against Sweden and a friendly against the Cote d’Ivoire. Anthony Martial and Andre-Pierre Gignac were notably missing from the squad announced yesterday. The forwards for Manchester United and Tigres in Mexico entered as substitutes in France’s 1-0 World Cup-qualifying win against the Netherlands on October 10. Ousmane Dembele figured to be among Deschamps’ options in attack. The Borussia Dortmund forward made his debut for France against Italy in September. With Rabiot offering defensive cover in midfield, Deschamps left out Crystal Palace’s Yohan Cabaye. Rabiot was on a list of standby players for the European Championship last summer, but did not make the cut. He has been very consistent in PSG’s midfield. American Lloyd heads FIFA women’s award list ZURICH, Switzerland (AP): Carli Lloyd will defend her FIFA women’s Player of the Year award against a number of rivals, including three Olympic champions from Germany and five-time winner Marta. Lloyd is the United States’ only nominee on a 10-player list announced by FIFA yesterday after the 2015 World Cup winners lost in the Olympic quarterfinals in Rio de Janeiro. Germany have forward Dzsenifer Marozsan, who scored in a 2-1 win over Sweden in the gold medal match, as well as midfielders Melanie Behringer and Sara Daebritz on the list. Behringer retired after the Olympics, having played more than 100 times for her country. Each of the trio aims to be the third different German winner in the past four years.last_img read more

Bahamas’ Ayton eyes top pick in NBA Draft

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Ayton, who turns 20 next month, is certain that he’ll be the first pick in the annual selection of top college talent by NBA teams.“I know I’m going No.1,” Ayton told a press conference earlier this month.Standing at 7ft (2.13m) tall and weighing in at 260 pounds (117kg), Ayton has earned comparisons to Los Angeles Lakers legend O’Neal — and he is happy to measure himself up against the four-time NBA Finals champion.In fact, Ayton believes he could form a partnership in Phoenix with Devin Booker similar to the Lakers’ famous O’Neal-Kobe Bryant double-act which dominated the NBA.“Honestly, I could see myself in Phoenix,” Ayton said in April. “I could see a little Shaq and Kobe 2.0,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Deandre Ayton attends the PUMA Hoops HQ kickoff where Walt “Clyde” Frazier signs the first ever life long contract with PUMA on June 18, 2018 in Brooklyn. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for PUMA/AFPTowering Bahamian teenager DeAndre Ayton is poised to be chosen with the top pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday, with the Phoenix Suns set to snap up the 7ft center who compares himself to Shaquille O’Neal.Barring a major shock, the 19-year-old Ayton is widely expected to be selected by the Suns, who finished the season propping up the Western Conference with a dismal record of 21 wins against 61 defeats, the worst record in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Colombia midfielder gets second-fastest World Cup red card Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ayton, a dominant force in college basketball last season for the University of Arizona Wildcats, is seen as the closest thing the draft gets to a sure thing.The teen has already impressed the Suns during a workout, with general manager Ryan McDonough describing the youngster as a rare but raw talent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I think this is my 16th draft in the NBA and you could probably count on one hand the number of guys with his size, athleticism, footwork, balance, touch,” McDonough told The Los Angeles Times.“It’s a unique package. The fact that he hasn’t been playing the game all that long makes it all the more impressive,” McDonough added. Ayton’s self-assurance, and certainty that he will be picked first, has not endeared him to other top prospects in the draft however.Duke University big man Marvin Bagley, who is expected to be one of the top three picks, believes he should be above Ayton in the pecking order.“People could take it how they want, but I know DeAndre, we’re both competitive, but at the end of the day we both play this game to be the best,” Bagley told Sports Illustrated this week.“So no, I don’t think (Ayton) should be drafted before me.”Elsewhere on Thursday, Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic is expected to feature prominently after declaring himself available for selection.The 19-year-old point guard head to New York just days after sealing the Spanish league championship with Real Madrid.Doncic is projected to go with the fourth pick of the draft, with the Memphis Grizzlies tipped to snap up the talented youngster.Doncic, who recently won the Euroleague MVP award, said he expects to be chosen with one of the top five picks. Any team ignoring his talents would be making a mistake, he said.“Pick one to five, it will be amazing to be selected there, especially for a European guy,” Doncic said. “I need to show it on the court, because I need to prove it. I can see who made a mistake not drafting me. After my rookie season, I will see who made a mistake.” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Govt must resign as per Constitution – Jagdeo

first_img…writes Chief Justice not to violate Constitution…Cabinet meetings illegal…Clerk says “no review” to no-confidence motion; resolution already circulated“The Government should resign,” said Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo bluntly on Thursday as he called for the Administration to abide by the Constitution during a media engagement outside Freedom House on Thursday following a meeting with the Party’s Executive Committee.“This government has lost a no-confidence motion; the Constitution has provided the clear prescription [that] you resign on losing it. They should’ve resigned by now … [I’m calling on Government] to resign now; that is what [Article] 106 (6) is – it didn’t say “may” resign, it said “shall” resign,” Jagdeo told reporters.Article 106 (6) states explicitly: “The Cabinet including the President shall resign if the Government is defeated by the vote of a majority of all the elected members of the National Assembly on a vote of confidence.”Jagdeo on Thursday had reiterated that he was ready to have these discussions with the Head of State. However, while Government had assured a meeting would be held between President Granger and the Opposition Leader, this was not likely until the President returns from Cuba.President David Granger“I’m prepared to meet now, [but] the President is not here … and I don’t want to be callous, so I’ll have to wait until he gets back. [But] they are just going around managing as though nothing has happened in this country. What happened last week is that the Government fell, the Government fell on a no-confidence motion,” Jagdeo asserted.This position by the Opposition Leader comes on the heels of the coalition Administration holding a Cabinet meeting on Thursday, during which it said a report was received from the Special Legal Sub-Committee on the no-confidence motion. That report, according to a statement from Government, presented a number of recommendations and as such, Cabinet discussed various options and took certain decisions on the way forward.However, legal luminaries have questioned the legality of Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, saying that the President and his ministers should have already resigned and not continue with “business as usual” since legally there is no Cabinet. In fact, the Clerk of the National Assembly had pronounced that he would not review the no-confidence motion and the consequent resolution had already been circulated to all parties, including the Leader of the Opposition.Jagdeo, during the brief interview with media operatives, had pointed out that Government is manoeuvring to delay its exit from office and hang on to power longer.“They’re just hanging on now trying to change that, so you can see this is a desperate bunch out there,” he posited.Furthermore, the Opposition Leader revealed that the PPP has written the Judiciary with regards to any legal actions that violate the Constitution of Guyana. He contends that the Constitution is explicit in what follows when a no-confidence motion is passed against a government.“This morning we deposited a letter in the Chief Justice’s office to say any attempt to seek ex-parte arrangements to stay the no-confidence motion, we want to be heard on it [any motion filed by Government], but we believe that the Judiciary must not engage in any action that could violate what is so explicit in our Constitution and it’s explicit that the Government must resign or else, we’ll have a judicial coup, reversing what took place in Parliament. We cannot have that, the Constitution is clear,” Jagdeo told reporters.While Government did not elaborate on the “various options” discussed and “certain decisions” taken, the Opposition Leader disclosed that they were privy to inside information that the coalition is looking at six options. These include arguing that there should be a 34 to 31 majority to successfully pass a no-confidence motion; and that once you’ve committed to a list of a party, then it is illegal to vote against the list.Other options, according to the Opposition Leader, that Government is reportedly considering is going back to the National Assembly and replacing Charrandas Persaud – the AFC parliamentarian who voted in favour of the Opposition-sponsored motion thus allowing it to pass – seat to redo the vote on the motion in favour of government. He said they also wanted to challenge Persaud’s vote, since he has dual citizenship, as well as approaching the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland to have him reverse his ruling that the no-confidence motion was passed validly.Another option the coalition is reportedly looking at is getting someone to file a motion, making the respondents the Attorney General and the Speaker, who may then consent to a judgement that something illegal took place in the House when the motion was voted on last Friday.However, Jagdeo posited that, “…all of these are now legal manoeuvrings to thwart the will of the people and the Constitution. And we are vigilant about this and we will not let it happen”.Following last week’s passage of the Opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion, Government vowed that it would uphold the law and abide by the Constitution. President David Granger in a statement on Saturday last had said that he was “anxious” to engage the Opposition Leader on any concerns he may have going forward.After having the opportunity to further reflect and research the implications of the no-confidence vote, the Prime Minister was even more specific. In his Sunday column captioned “Historic no-confidence motion” three days later, he said:“Some may see it as Black Friday; others as Good Friday. But on Friday, December 21, 2018, a duly-elected government was defeated on a vote of no confidence that was tabled by the Opposition.“The motion was tabled by the People’s Progressive Party (PPP/C) which has 32 MPs in Guyana’s 65-seat National Assembly, as against 33 MPs on the APNU+AFC Coalition’s government benches.Passage of the motion required a majority of all elected members of the House which, in effect, translated to 33 MPs. On the surface, without the requisite majority, the Opposition had no prospect of success. But when the vote was taken, a Government MP voted with the Opposition. That vote made history, as this is the first time that a government has to resign from office upon the approval of a no-confidence vote.”In addition, Prime Minister Nagamootoo had said during an emergence press conference shortly after last Friday’s historic sitting that while the outcome was unpredictable, it must be accepted.“The Guyanese must understand that the democratic process is sometimes unpredictable. You may have results that are not planned for … but the outcome has to be accepted… It may be a surprise to some, it may be a shock to others, it may be welcomed by some and others may rejoice over the results, but that is how democracy works and we are fully committed to the rule of law,” Nagamootoo had stated.last_img read more

Inconnu Swim Club Prepares for Northern Lights Swim Meet

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Inconnu Swim Club is set to travel to Grand Prairie this weekend to compete in the Northern Lights Swim Meet.38 swimmers from the club will be attending the meet, the last of the year for the novice and beginner age groups. The older swimmers will be using this meet primarily as an opportunity to train in a long course pool for the 2nd Annual TRU Wolfpack Invitational, and the Championship Season.Some swimmers will be using the Northern Lights Swim meet as an opportunity to qualify for provincials this July. The club will be competing in the Saskatchewan Provincials because the B.C. provincials were split in two groups and Inconnu Swim Club Head Coach Steve Carson didn’t want to mess with the cohesiveness of the club.- Advertisement -Eric Louie, Griffin Ternier-Smith, Alex Hedges and Brittany Welsh who all competed at the Western Canadian Swim Championships will all be attending the meet.The Club’s remaining meets will be the 2nd Annual TRU Wolfpack Invitational from June 1st-3rd, and the Championship Season which will start the first week of July.The Northern Lights Swim Meet will be held from May 4th to May 6th at the East Link Centre.Advertisementlast_img read more

Compiling this field is crap shoot

first_img“Gee,” Walters replied, “I don’t know that we’re trying to send any messages.” “Our job isn’t to send messages,” he added a moment later. “Our job is to try to select what we think are the 34 most worthy \ teams.” LL these years, the NCAA selection committee has been making it up as it goes along. No sooner had the committee handed in its bracket on Selection Sunday than somebody asked chairman Gary Walters what message members were sending this year. He decided to let everybody else in on the joke. Nothing really had changed in the criteria or the data the selection committee looked at, but the people who were looking at it did. Representatives from small schools, who spent years begging and even threatening to sue their big-time brethren to play some games, finally constituted a majority on the committee. They gave short shrift to pedigree and rewarded schools that played ambitious nonconference schedules and tough games on the road – namely themselves – and promised to keep doing so. So what happened this year? Despite again controlling a majority of the seats, mid-majors actually got two fewer spots, just six of the 34 at-large bids, compared with eight a year ago. Not that it made everybody happy. “I’m in total shock,” said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim, speaking for the power-conference schools left home. “Your body of work is not as important as they say it is, to be honest with you,” Drexel coach Bruiser Flint said, speaking for the disappointed mid-majors. Drexel played 18 games on the road, won 13 and beat Villanova, Syracuse and Creighton at their places. “Maybe you don’t go and schedule yourself like that,” Flint added. “Maybe you try to get as many wins as you possibly can.” Boeheim’s argument was that good or better. The Orange played a challenging nonconference schedule, had a winning road record and went 7-3 in their last 10. That’s in addition to meeting the standard for any power conference member to get into the NCAAs: 10 wins in the league – in his case, the Big East – and 20 overall. “By the criteria I know of,” Boeheim huffed, “we should have been in the tournament.” But some committee members think the best way to test readiness is to put teams in a tough tournament on a neutral floor, and Syracuse’s early exit from the Big East tourney apparently cost the Orange plenty. At some point in the process, usually when there are a half-dozen at-large bids left and a dozen schools with good arguments, it comes down to whether a majority of the committee likes apples or oranges. And that’s the real message, the one that doesn’t change year to year. “Where you stand on the issues in large part is determined by where you sit – your own conference, your own geography, whatever institution you represent,” Walters said. That’s as true about committee members as disgruntled coaches and disgusted fans. What made Walter a breath of fresh air was the grace to acknowledge as much. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Leave it to a Princeton guy – Walters is the athletic director there – to rub your nose in something that’s been in plain sight forever. Every year, committee members throw themselves a slumber party in a fancy hotel and pretend to spend so much time crunching numbers you’d think they’re flossing with spread sheets. Instead, they’re doing what almost everybody else in college basketball does all weekend: watch TV, look at the same information, apply their biases and experience, then haggle over who goes where. The difference is when the committee finishes, somebody dials the CBS trailer and a producer pulls “One Shining Moment” out of the mothballs. But just before they go, because committee members have to justify the huge room-service tab and placate the half-dozen uninvited schools and hundreds of pundits howling for their heads, they come up with a message to cover their handiwork. Last year was supposed to herald a mid-major revolution because schools like George Mason, Air Force and Northern Iowa got in at the expense of power-conference members such as Maryland, Florida State and Cincinnati. Then-chairman Craig Littlepage said the message was that “larger schools, the larger conferences … around the country really do have a choice of who they play nonconference.” last_img read more

He WILL be back! Man United legend rubbishes claims Wayne Rooney is ‘finished

first_imgLou Macari has told talkSPORT Wayne Rooney is far from ‘finished’ at Manchester United.The United captain has come in for heavy criticism having struggled to make a major impact in an advanced striking role in three successive games.Some fans are of the opinion that Rooney is past his best and can longer be a force at the top level, but Macari disagrees and insists it is only a matter of time before the 29-year-old starts firing again and silences the doubters.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the Red Devils legend said: “If you are a top player and you are not delivering every week people are ready to criticise and they have been quick to criticise this season.“It is a little bit unfair because at this stage of the season all the players that come back for pre-season are in different shape. Some are ready to go because that’s the way they are and the way their bodies are made.“Some take a few games to get going because they may have put on a few pounds over the summer and I’d probably put Wayne in that category.“I’ve read that he is finished and this and that and that is absolutely ridiculous. He will be back.“Confidence is a big thing. When he gets a couple of goals his confidence will come back and we will see the player we have seen season after season at Manchester United.”last_img read more

GOLF NEWS – BRIDGET McCLAFFERTY WINS AUGUST MEDAL AT LETTERKENNY GC

first_imgLady Captain Sandra McMonagle with Marian O’Sullivan and Cynthia Fuery, some of the prizewinners in the August Medal.Following the very successful Lady Captain’s week of celebrations we had a very busy week with the August Medal and Mr. President’s Prize to Ladies. We commenced with the August Medal, kindly sponsored by Mary Ellen McNulty, Jackie Ireland, Marian Keating and Catherine Cooke Harkin. The medal competition is a stroke play competition, either loved or hated by the members and forms the major part of the annual Player of the Year Competition.Cynthia Fuery achieved a great 76 BOT, Marian O’Sullivan a 75, but the winner, with a wonderful 68 nett, was Bridget McClafferty. We then advanced to the final ‘major’ of our golfing year, Mr. President’s Prize to the Ladies.The chosen format was V Par which can cause a little confusion but is an interesting form of scoring. Mr. President had delight in announcing the following results:Senior – Nellie McHugh (-1); Non Qualifier – Anna Kennedy; Front 9 Catherine Cooke Harkin (+1 BOT); Back 9 Anne Flannery (+2); 3rd – Maura Cavanagh (+1); Gross – Angela Bradley; 2nd – Veronica McAteer (+1) and the winner on +2 was Bridie Gildea. Winners of the Pre Presidents Mixed Competition were Eamonn O’Carroll and, in form, Bridie Gildea, second was Lester Speer and Triona Daly and third was Paul Bryan and Nuala McGarrigle. Well done to all this week’s prizewinners. The next big event for the ladies is the Ladies and Gents Classic being held on Friday 30th August, teams of four (any combination) costs €80. Please consider entering a team and booking your preferred time online. The Classic is followed immediately by Lady Captain’s outing to Ballyliffin on Saturday 31st and BB+ Dinner in Ballyliffin Lodge.  GOLF NEWS – BRIDGET McCLAFFERTY WINS AUGUST MEDAL AT LETTERKENNY GC was last modified: August 19th, 2013 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:Letterkenny Ladies Golf Club noteslast_img read more

England fans invade IKEA and jump on beds after win over Sweden

first_imgEngland beat Sweden in the quarter-finals of the World Cup on Saturday and some fans decided to celebrate with a trip to IKEA.The cheeky group of supporters raided the Stratford branch of the Swedish founded furniture chain and jumped up and down beds, while singing ‘Football’s Coming Home’. Scenes at your local IKEA LMFAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO #ENGSWE pic.twitter.com/BFccqzjRtj— ӈ (@cutclear) July 7, 2018 IKEA got violated by English football fans 🤦🏽‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/sU2na6I7qO— Omar (@MasryLando) July 7, 2018An IKEA spokesperson later said: “We are aware of a small group of fans celebrating the match result in one of our stores.“Being both British and Swedish, we were on the edge of our seats during the game and we would like to say ‘Grattis!’ (that’s congratulations in Swedish) to the England team for getting through to the semi-finals.“In celebration, we’ve put one of the nation’s favourite dishes, fish and chips, on offer for just £1. Visit IKEA.co.uk for more information.”England’s victory over Sweden also sparked some hilarious posts on Twitter. Here’s one of the best… There were amazing scenes of joy up and down the country during and after the victory over Sweden. Check out some of the best here.And don’t forget – you can listen to live commentary of Croatia v England in the World Cup semi-finals on talkSPORT.center_img Just spotted Gareth outside ikea pic.twitter.com/zNq9XIjFvZ— Tayyab Hussain (@Tayyab_402) July 7, 2018 So there was a fab mob of Merry England fans in IKEA Stratford #EnglandvSweden pic.twitter.com/keZMtTVjxV— Chun-Han Chan (@ChunHanChan) July 7, 2018last_img read more

RELAY FOR LIFE’S DONEGAL CANCER CONFERENCE A HUGE SUCCESS

first_imgSome of the crowd at the Relay for Life cancer conference.The Relay for Life Donegal 2014 committee, in association with The Irish Cancer Society, held an inaugural cancer conference on Saturday the 5th April 2014 at the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny.MC Charlie Collins got proceedings under way by emphasising the great success of Relay for Life in Donegal and stating that cancer doesn’t discriminate.Robert O Connor, Chairperson of Relay for Life Donegal 2014, addressed all who had attended and highlighted that, “the conference is for you”. Robert outlined how delighted he was to welcome everyone and he took the opportunity to thank Relay for Life Donegal’s patron (i.e.) Mr Daniel O Donnell.A video message from Daniel was viewed and Robert took the opportunity to “thank Daniel for his commitment and support”.The patient experience was delivered by Bernie Gallagher, Conal Gallen and the survivors’ choir. Bernie Gallagher shared her personal experiences; why do I relay? According to Bernie, “you must stand up and fight, believe you can do it!”According to Conal Gallen, “we should talk about cancer more. I didn’t know how to deal with cancer. I deal with problems through humour”. Conal also stated how he “felt lucky to survive cancer”. The survivors’ choir gave a beautiful rendition of alleluia.One of the many experts who delivered presentations at the conference included Ursula Bates, Head of Psychology, Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross. Ursula delivered a presentation on the psychological impact of a cancer diagnosis. According to Ursula, “it is a cause for celebration that more people than ever are surviving after a diagnosis but we know the impact of cancer doesn’t suddenly stop when treatment is over”. Ursula reiterated that stress cannot be blamed as the cause for cancer; environmental, lifestyle and generic factors must also be considered.According to Siobhan Diver, Marketing Manager of Relay for Life Donegal 2014, “the event exceeded all expectations. The committee were delighted with how smoothly the event ran and of how much benefit and enjoyment attendees had stated they had obtained from attending”.The Relay for Life Donegal 2014 committee would like to take this opportunity to thank those who attended the conference, the guest speakers, the exhibitors and to everyone who facilitated in any way to making the conference the tremendous success that it was.The committee would also like to take this opportunity to highlight that if anyone is interested in entering a team for the Relay for Life Donegal event on the 31/5/14 – 1/6/14, they should contact Nicola on 086 8880399 or alternatively email relayforlifedonegalapplications@yahoo.com RELAY FOR LIFE’S DONEGAL CANCER CONFERENCE A HUGE SUCCESS was last modified: April 7th, 2014 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:conferencedonegalRelay for Lifelast_img read more

Judge blocks ban of violent video games

first_imgSAN JOSE – A federal judge has agreed to temporarily block a new California law banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors. U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte said the Encino-based Video Software Dealers Association and the Washington, D.C.-based Entertainment Software Association “were likely to succeed” in their lawsuits arguing that the law violates free-speech rights. At the least, “serious questions are raised … including the question of whether there is a causal connection between access to such games and psychological or other harm to children,” Whyte wrote in a ruling issued late Wednesday. The law, which was set to go into effect Jan. 1, prohibits retailers from selling or renting violent video games to those 17 and under, imposes a $1,000 fine on violators and mandates stricter product labeling. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Other states have passed similar legislation this year after hidden sex scenes were discovered in a popular game, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger contends that the law will help parents determine which video games are appropriate for their children. Schwarzenegger spokesman Vince Sollitto said Thursday that the state plans to show during the trial that it “has a compelling interest in protecting children from potential harm from exposure to extremely violent video games.” The preliminary ruling marks a good sign for the video-game industry. “For the sixth time in five years, federal courts have now blocked or struck down these state and local laws seeking to regulate the sale of games to minors based on their content,” said Doug Lowenstein, president of the Entertainment Software Association. The industry groups also challenged similar laws in Illinois and Michigan. A judge in Illinois recently ruled in favor of the video-game industry, but Illinois officials plan to appeal.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more