Pak Hindu minor girls approach court seek protection suspect who facilitated wedding

first_imgLahore: A man has been arrested in Pakistan for allegedly assisting in solemnising the wedding of two Hindu minor girls, who were reportedly abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, as the teenagers approached a court in the country’s Punjab province seeking protection. The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of “influential” men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown soleminising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls, triggering a nationwide outrage. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a probe into the issue. According to Geo TV, the teenagers approached a court in Bahawalpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province seeking protection. “Police have arrested a man from Khanpur who is suspected to have assisted in the nikah (marital contract) of the girls,” it said. However, it is not confirmed whether the arrested man is the cleric who performed their marriage. Earlier, there were reports that the cleric who performed the minor girls’ marriage was arrested from Khanpur in Sindh. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a prominent Hindu lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party, said he would present a resolution in the National Assembly in its next session demanding an end to forced conversions. The draft resolution demands that the most unfortunate incidents of kidnappings and forced conversions must be condemned unanimously by all honourable members of Parliament. “The bill against forced conversions which was unanimously passed by Sindh Assembly in 2016 and then reverted due to pressure of extremist elements, must be resurrected and passed in the Assembly on priority basis, ” says the draft resolution. The resolution would seek strict action against controversial religious elements for supporting such inhuman practice. A war of words broke out between India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry over the reported abduction, forced conversion and underage marriages of the two Hindu teenagers. The spat started soon after Swaraj sought details from the Indian envoy in Pakistan into the reported abduction of two Hindu teenaged girls. Swaraj, while tagging a media report about the incident, tweeted that she has asked the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan to send a report on the matter. Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry responded to her tweet, saying it was his country’s “internal issue”. In a Twitter post in Urdu on Sunday, Chaudhry said the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls in question have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. He said the prime minister has also ordered the Sindh and Punjab governments to devise a joint action plan in light of the incident, and to take concrete steps to prevent such incidents from happening again. The Hindu community in Pakistan has carried out massive demonstrations calling for strict action to be taken against those responsible, while reminding Prime Minister Khan of his promises to the minorities of the country. Last year, Khan during his election campaign had said his party’s agenda was to uplift the various religious groups across Pakistan and said they would take effective measures to prevent forced marriages of Hindu girls. Rights activist Jibran Nasir tweeted that the sisters were converted at the Dargah Barchundi Sharif and were taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab following their marriages. Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. Majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province. According to media reports, approximately 25 forced marriages take place every month only in Umerkot district in Sindh province.last_img read more

Proposed EU policy on illegal immigrants alarms UN rights experts

18 July 2008Ten independent United Nations human rights experts have expressed their deep concern at a proposed European Union policy that seeks to harmonize standards and procedures for returning “irregularly staying third-country nationals,” and which includes what they deem as provisions for “excessive” detention. The so-called “EU Return Directive” was approved by the European Parliament on 18 June and is currently being considered by the Council of the European Union, which is likely to take action on it next week.In a letter to the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the experts recognized that the Directive may be viewed as having the potential to create uniform standards concerning the return of undocumented immigrants across the EU.However, they voiced their concerns about some of the provisions of the policy as it stands, the principal one being the detention regime pending removal procedures for irregular immigrants. “The Directive envisages detention periods of up to 18 months, which appear to be excessive,” stated the experts, who all hold mandates under the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.The proposal would also allow countries to detain unaccompanied children, victims of human trafficking, and other vulnerable groups. “Irregular immigrants are not criminals. As a rule they should not be subjected to detention at all,” the experts stressed. “Member States are obliged to explore the availability of alternatives to detention and detention must only be for the shortest possible period of time.” The experts encouraged EU member States to strengthen the procedure of judicial review of the legality of detention. “Established time limits of judicial review must stand even in ‘emergency situations’ when an exceptionally large number of undocumented immigrants enter the territory of a member State,” they said in the letter. They also expressed concern about the possible length of entry bans of up to five years, especially its impact on vulnerable groups, such as victims of human trafficking. In their letter, they also suggest that States enhance the protection of victims of rape and other forms of gender-based violence, and sought clarification to what extent countries will take the right to education of children into account. read more

Political support needed to boost AsiaPacifics energy security – UN

Addressing the “Securing Asia’s Energy Future” discussion at the Asia Society in New York yesterday, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), called for a switch to a “virtuous cycle of sustainable energy.”Such a cycle would entail emphasizing the quality over the quantity of economic growth; increased reliance on renewable energy; and taking action to mitigate climate change, she said.“While energy security is the subject of interest today, its ultimate objective is inclusive and sustainable development that includes all, especially the poor and the women who among them who have been largely left out of the Asia-Pacific economic success story so far,” Ms. Heyzer said, noting that one billion people in the region have no access to electricity. Least-developed and landlocked countries, together with small island developing states, will suffer the most from rising energy insecurity, she noted.ESCAP has identified several key measures that need to be taken in Asia and the Pacific, including research and development to spur technological innovation, removing trade barriers to enhance competition, and better management of energy demand. 17 October 2008Increased political will is needed across the Asia-Pacific so that the region can shift from energy insecurity to a more sustainable form of energy that helps the most vulnerable, a senior United Nations official has stressed. read more

Two cyclones form off Sri Lanka

Two cyclones have formed off Sri Lanka and could bring strong winds and heavy rain over the next few days, the Indian media reported today.Meanwhile the department of meteorology in Sri Lanka said that a depression has formed in the South-east Bay of Bengal and is centered about 1000km to the East of Hambantota. As such eastern and south-eastern sea areas beyond 300km from Hambantota will experience strong winds (more than 60kms per hour), rough conditions and intermittent rain. Naval and fishing communities have been requested to refrain from their activities in the sea area beyond 300Kms (85E) from Hambantota coast. Showers or thundershowers will develop at several places in the Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, Central, North Central and Uva provinces during the afternoon or evening tomorrow. Showers can be expected in the Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces during the morning too.General public have been request to be vigilant about lightning activities and localized strong winds during thundershowers. (Colombo Gazette) read more

German envoy reveals diplomats had talks with UPFA

Namal Rajapaksa responded in a tweet to the German envoy saying “Your excellency there is no criticism of the diplomatic community, but of the unwillingness of the @officialunp to reach out to the citizens of #lka with the same eagerness.” (Colombo Gazette) The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Joern Rohde, revealed today that western diplomats had talks with the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).The UPFA has been accusing the United National Party and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of dancing to the tune of the West by meeting diplomats and getting them involved in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs. This week the Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David McKinnon had reacted to Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa on twitter over a comment he made on the United National Party (UNP) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) meeting diplomats in Colombo to discuss the political crisis. The German envoy tweeted today saying the diplomats met members of the UPFA but will not reveal their names.“Why this unfair criticism at Canadian HC and members of the diplomatic Community? Last Tuesday around a dozen envoys including Canadian HC and myself met with 4 leading UFPA MPs/Ministers on their request. We respected their request for confidentiality,” he said.He said that after the meeting with the UPFA the diplomats were invited to meet the TNA leadership. He noted that the diplomatic community also had meetings with the President, Speaker and other stakeholders. However now the German envoy has revealed that four leading UPFA Parliamentarians, including an unknown number of Ministers, had met some diplomats in Colombo. Rajapaksa had tweeted saying “Interesting to see @officialunp JVP & TNA politicians meeting with the int. community. Perhaps if more effort was given toward meeting with the people & communities of #lka & paying heed to their hope for #elections, #SriLanka can finally achieve its fullest potential. #LetMeVote.”The High Commissioner replied to the tweet saying “You might ask some of your @PodujanaParty colleagues who they’re meeting with.” read more

SecretaryGeneral disappointed at cancellation of meeting to establish Sudan National Dialogue

In a statement released by his Spokesperson today, Ban Ki-moon stressed that a fully inclusive, free and transparent dialogue is critical to addressing the root causes of the recurrent crises in Sudan and achieving sustainable peace, adding that the pre-dialogue meeting would have been an important step in this regard. He urged all stakeholders to continue to engage constructively towards the early convening of a credible and inclusive National Dialogue and expressed his appreciation to the African Union High-level Implementation Panel for its tireless efforts on Sudan and South Sudan, while reaffirming the continued full support and partnership of the United Nations.

Government funding means better home for Brocks precious documents

Brock University’s historic documents will be safer and better protected with a new grant to improve the condition of its archival space.The Library’s Special Collections and Archives department, home to an extensive Niagara collection that includes War of 1812 material, has received $160,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (formerly called Cultural Spaces Canada) program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This funding will ensure enhanced environmental and safety conditions for the collection. The total project cost is $382,000.“Our government is proud to invest in Brock University’s James A. Gibson Library,” said James Moore, minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “It is our duty to help preserve Canada’s historic collections for generations to come. The James A. Gibson Library helps to bring our past into the present and safeguard it for the future.”It is important to provide better protection for the rare and valuable resources stored in the archives, said David Sharron, University archivist and head of Special Collections and Archives.“Many of the items in our control are unique and rare. Some are more than 200 years old,” he said. “Other items, such as photographs and film, are more susceptible to damage in the wrong environment. Without these measures in place, there is a greater risk of deterioration and information loss.”With upgrades to the archival space, the Brock Library will be able to collect more resources of high research value, Sharron said. The department will also be better positioned to receive a special designation from the Department of Canadian Heritage to store nationally significant collections, a distinction that currently does not exist in Niagara.“That [absence] leads to important record collections of local, provincial and national importance leaving the area — a trend that can be expected to continue without this action,” Sharron said.Renovations began Oct. 22 and will finish in late February 2010.  The space is closed to staff and students during renovations. read more

Pomeroon boat operator arrested with unlicenced gun ammo

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJoint Services operation leads to gun, ammo find on Pomeroon River vesselOctober 6, 2018In “Business”Pomeroon boat captain charged with illegal ammunition possession granted $250,000 bailOctober 9, 2018In “Court”Businessman arrested for unlicenced gun, ammo and ganja- PoliceOctober 1, 2018In “Crime” Police ranks in ‘F’ Division (Interior Locations) yesterday (Monday May 29) arrested an operator of a small vessel for unlawful possession of a small calibre firearm with one live round at Barakat Landing, Puruni River.According to a Police press release at about 11:30hrs, the ranks whilst on a “river patrol”, observed the boat captain acting in a suspicious manner upon seeing them, hence a search was conducted and an unlicenced .32 Pistol with a matching round was on his person.The suspect, a 51 year old resident of Grant Pomeroon, Essequibo River, is being processed for court tomorrow. read more

Samaras announces key shadow ministers

first_imgNew Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Sunday announced his  core “shadow cabinet’ yesterday.Former minister Dimitris Avramopoulos was designated shadow foreign minister while Costas Tasoulas was designated shadow defence minister.Yiannis Vroutsis has been designated shadow minisiter for labor and social security while former minister Costis Hatzidakis assumes the development and competitiveness portfolio.The domestic affairs and public administration portfolio has been assigned to Christos Zois, and the citizens’ protection portfolio was assigned to Nikos Dendias.Samaras has retained the economy portfolio for himself with two deputy shadow ministers assisting him. Christos Staikouras will deal with economic policy while Theodoros Karaoglou will deal with taxation issues.Meanwhile, New Democracy press spokesperson Panos Panagiotopoulos announced that the main opposition will take part in the meeting of the political party leaders, to be convened on Tuesday by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias following a request by prime minister George Papandreou.New Democracy, he said, has always and continues to seek cooperation among the political forces of the country on the major issues that concern all the citizens and determine the country’s course.The New Democracy parliamentary group will also meet in on Tuesday to discuss “the Greek economy and global economic crisis”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Japon des risques de rejets radioactifs dans latmosphère

first_imgJapon : des risques de rejets radioactifs dans l’atmosphèreAlors que les accidents à la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima au Japon se succèdent depuis le séisme et le tsunami de vendredi dernier, l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire française fait savoir que la piscine de stockage du combustible usé du réacteur n°4 constitue désormais “la principale préoccupation”.Il y aurait désormais, à la centrale nucléaire de Fukushima, des risques de rejets radioactifs “directement dans l’atmosphère”, estime l’Autorité de sûreté nucléaire française.Ce matin, un hélicoptère de l’armée japonaise devait  verser de l’eau dans ce réacteur et refroidir le combustible qui menace d’entrer en fusion. Malheureusement, la forte radioactivité au-dessus de la centrale a empêché l’hélicoptère de s’en approcher, selon la chaîne NHK.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéUne première explosion et un incendie s’étaient déjà produits au niveau du réacteur n°4 dans la nuit de lundi à mardi. Hier matin, les deux derniers réacteurs de la centrale, les n°5 et n°6, donnaient des signes de surchauffe. Par ailleurs, le gouvernement japonais a reconnu que l’enceinte de confinement du réacteur n°3 était endommagée. L’accident nucléaire au Japon plaide en faveur de la définition de règles mondiales en matière de sûreté nucléaire, à l’instar de ce qui s’est fait dans l’aéronautique, a déclaré Pierre Gadonneix, ancien PDG d’EDF et président du Conseil mondial de l’énergie.Le 16 mars 2011 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Windows Phone déjà 40000 applications sur le Marketplace

first_imgWindows Phone : déjà 40.000 applications sur le MarketplaceLa boutique d’applications dédiée aux smartphones équipés de l’OS mobile de Microsoft ne cesse de s’enrichir. Le Windows Phone Marketplace propose 40.000 applications, soit 5.000 de plus qu’il y a un mois.Le Windows Phone Marketplace compte désormais 40.000 applications. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme le site All About Windows Phone, qui précise que la boutique d’applications en proposait 35.000 mi-octobre, 20.000 en juin, et franchissait le cap des 10.000 au mois de mars. À lire aussiWindows 8 : Microsoft annonce 40 millions de licences venduesCe sont chaque jour 165 nouveaux titres qui sont ajoutés au magasin dédié aux smartphones équipés de l’OS Windows Phone. Parmi ces milliers d’applications, dont 30.000 sont disponibles en France, 15% sont des jeux. Pour le reste, il s’agit pour majorité d’utilitaires, d’outils de productivité ou de solutions multimédia. Le site précise en outre que 68% des applications proposées sont gratuites. Un chiffre quasi-identique à celui de l’Android Market, qui compte 67,3% de titres gratuits. Pour enrichir son catalogue, Microsoft peut compter sur quelque 10.731 éditeurs. Et si le Marketplace continue sur sa lancée, il devrait passer le cap des 50.000 applications au cours du mois de janvier 2012. Le 18 novembre 2011 à 18:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

LInde suspend son programme de réintroduction des guépards

first_imgL’Inde suspend son programme de réintroduction des guépardsLa Cour suprême en a décidé ainsi, l’Inde suspend son programme de réintroduction des guépards qui avaient pourtant été éradiqués par la chasse il y près d’un siècle maintenant.La décision de la Cour suprême indienne engage le gouvernement indien à stopper son programme de réintroduction des guépards. Un verdict qui tombe après que plusieurs experts ont dénoncé ce plan comme étant “totalement infondé”. En effet, initialement, le gouvernement indien avait suivi les recommandations des groupes de protection des animaux sauvages qui proposaient la construction de deux sanctuaires pour ces félins. Ceux-ci devaient alors être importés d’Afrique.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais la cour a souligné que le plan de réintroduction des guépards n’avait pas été discuté avec la National Board for Wildlife qui gère les lois concernant la vie sauvage en Inde. “Les études scientifiques montrent que les guépards africains et asiatiques sont complètement différents aussi bien génétiquement que dans leurs comportements”, a expliqué l’avocat PS Narasimha cité par la BBC. Celui-ci a ainsi indiqué à la cour qu’une telle réintroduction du guépard allait à l’encontre des directives données par l’Union international de conservation de la nature (UICN) sur le déplacement des espèces sauvages. Cela fait plusieurs décennies que le guépard asiatique a disparu des contrées indiennes, après avoir été décimé par l’homme. Selon les spécialistes, il ne resterait qu’une centaine de ces spécimens en Iran alors que le nombre de guépard africain atteint à peu près 10.000. Néanmoins, sans habitat adapté et sans proie (sans compter les possibilités de rencontres entre un félin et un homme), aucune population de guépards ne serait viable en Inde, d’après les spécialistes.Le 10 mai 2012 à 18:12 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Austin Aries has a message for Neville on 205 Live tonight

first_img 2 COMMENTS Velvet Sky Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Austin Aires has played both in his career. What role he plays in WWE Crusierweight division is unknown right now. Twitter Is he heel austin aries? Pinterest Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE 205 Live takes place tonight on WWE Network from Indianapolis, Indiana. The only thing advertised is Austin Aries delivering a message to Cruiserweight Champion Neville after their encounter on last night’s episode of RAW. will have a recap of 205 Live later tonight. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Timothy Knerr Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Google+ Roman Reigns is in Remission March 7, 2017 at 10:24 am Facebook WhatsApp Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Now Playing Up Next Comments are closed. March 8, 2017 at 1:19 am WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT goddessroleplaylast_img read more

Three seriously injured after car accident in Safeway parking lot

first_imgA woman and two children were seriously injured when they were run over by a car Saturday morning in the Safeway parking lot on Northeast 63rd Street and Andresen Road, police said.According to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, an 18-year-old employee of the Safeway, Babucarr Touray, was parking his 2015 Honda Accord in a parking space just before 9 a.m. For an unknown reason, Touray accelerated, driving through a hedge and striking the three pedestrians walking on the other side. Authorities are investigating.Sheriff’s Sgt. Fred Neiman said the three were run over by the car and that responders had to hoist the vehicle up to remove them from underneath it.The woman was identified as 34-year-old Melissa McAllister, and her two sons, aged 21 months and 4 years old, the news release said. All three were transported to Emanuel Hospital in Portland. McAllister and her oldest son are in serious but stable condition, while the younger boy is in fair and stable condition.Neiman said there was no indication that the pedestrians were running or were in traffic but were instead walking along a sidewalk divider in the parking lot.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for July 24 Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit Run Billerica

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, July 24, 2019:A Lowell Street resident was concerned about the well-being of a bird in their yard. Animal Control Office responded and retrieved bird. (8:36am)A caller reported a tractor trailer unit rear-ended his vehicle and pushed it 30 feet before continuing north on Ballardvale Street. Caller refused ambulance for himself and passenger. No airbag deployment. Police located tractor trailer unit and operator at Interra Innovation on Junction Road in Andover. Police filled out crash report and assisted with paperwork exchange. (9:30am)A 2-vehicle crash occurred on Lowell Street at 93 North ramp. One driver transported to hospital with back pain. (1:30pm)A caller wished the police log that at some time in February, he was verbally assaulted by an RMV employee. Caller had minimal information. Caller will come to station tomorrow to provide additional information. (2:07pm)Shelton J. Oliver (61, Billerica) was issued a summons for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License and Motor Vehicle Not Meeting RMV Safety Standards. Oliver was pulled over on Shawsheen Avenue. (5:18pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for September 5: Train Conductor Helps Locate Missing Puppy; Rented Trucks Not Returned To UHaulIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 12: 2 Juveniles Laying On Train Tracks; Motorcycle Crash; Tractor Trailer vs. PoleIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Republicans Expected To Revise Texas Bathroom Bill

first_img Share Todd Wiseman / The Texas TribuneState Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick unveil the text of Senate Bill 6, which would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and universities based on “biological sex,” on Jan. 5, 2017.With the measure scheduled for a committee hearing Tuesday, Texas Republicans are expected to offer a new version of the controversial “bathroom bill” with two significant changes.The modified bill removes a section that would have increased penalties for certain crimes committed in a bathroom or changing facility, according to a copy of a committee substitute obtained by The Texas Tribune. It also adds a new “legislative findings” section that would write into statute the reasoning that the bill’s lead author, Republican state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, has provided in pushing for the bill.Senate Bill 6 would require transgender people to use bathrooms in public schools, government buildings and public universities that match their “biological sex.” The measure would also pre-empt local nondiscrimination ordinances that allow transgender residents to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity.Those regulations are largely unchanged in the substitute language expected to be presented tomorrow, but the modified bill does not include a lesser-known section that would have increased penalties for certain crimes in bathrooms by one degree. That would have meant that the punishment for an individual who commits an assault, for example, would have been higher if the assault occurred in a bathroom versus a parking lot or on a sidewalk.The new “legislative findings” section appears to be intended to lay out the purpose of the bill. That section states that the “federal government’s mandate to provide students access to bathrooms, showers and dressing rooms based on an individual student’s internal sense of gender is alarming and could potentially lead to boys and girls showering together and using the same restroom.”That appears to be an apparent reference to since rescinded guidelines issued by the Obama administration that directed public schools to accommodate transgender students. The Trump administration pulled back those guidelines on Feb. 22.The “legislative findings” section goes on to explain that “it is the public policy of this state that residents have a reasonable expectation of privacy when using intimate facilities” controlled by governmental entities and that “protecting the safety, welfare, and well-being” of children and Texas residents “in intimate facilities” controlled by the government is “of the utmost priority and moral obligation of this state.”That echoes previous arguments made by Kolkhorst and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a champion of the bill, who insist the legislation is meant to increase privacy and the safety of women in “intimate settings.” Opponents of the bill, including LGBT advocates and parts of the Texas business community, have decried the bill as discriminatory, particularly as applied to transgender students in public schools.The Senate State Affairs Committee is set to take up the legislation on Tuesday morning where Kolkhorst is expected to lay out the committee substitute. Her office did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the substitute.More than half of the Senate has signed on in support of the measure, which is likely to face opposition in the Texas House.As of Jan. 30, 14 other senators had endorsed Kolkhorst’s bill and signed on as co-authors. On Tuesday, state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. — a Democrat from Brownsville — also announced his support of the bill, and two more Republicans — state Sens. Konni Burton of Fort Worth and Charles Schwertner of Georgetown — were added to the list of co-authors, bringing to 18 the number of Senators on record supporting SB 6. Under Senate rules, 19 senators are needed to bring up a bill in the chamber.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.last_img read more

New Police Chief Is Making Efficient Changes To HPD

first_imgListen X 00:00 /01:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Michael HagertyHouston Police Chief Art Acevedo.Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo has mentioned several times how under staffed the police department is.“We’ve grown in 20 years by 500,000 residents, yet we have 300 fewer officers. I don’t know the number,” Acevedo says.That is why they are taking steps to become more efficient.Acevedo announced they are putting a time limit on how long the disciplinary process can take, reviewing the paperwork process to ensure there is no duplications, and creating a 911 system that can tell an officer if a person has some sort of impairment like autism or dementia, so that the officer can handle the situation accordingly.  In order to do all these things efficiently, Acevedo says the department most rely on data. “We have to look at data we have to be data driven and intelligence led,” Acevedo says.He also mentioned focusing on non-fatal shootings.“When you discharge a firearm, we’re not going to wait until somebody dies,” Acevedo says. “We are going to respond with investigators, with detectives to start working those nonfatal shootings as if they were a homicide.”Acevedo is advocating that the city’s cap on how much they can collect from property taxes is lifted so that the department can purchase more resources and become better staffed. Sharelast_img read more

108 More Characters We Want Confirmed for Smash

first_imgStay on target More on‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Goes Full ‘Infinity War’The Ultimate ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Character Guide: MarioThe Ultimate ‘Super Smash Bros.’ Character Guide: Link Another Smash Direct has come and gone, with the Grinch leaks pretty much disproven and the roster rumored to be the biggest ever — 74 characters from all over Nintendo’s gaming history. Super Smash Bros. has always been about abundance, but this is getting pretty ridiculous.If Nintendo is going to go all-out, let’s really go all-out. Here are our picks for 108 MORE playable characters we want to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In keeping with tradition, if a character has appeared on a Nintendo platform we consider them fair game.108. Chubby CherubThe star of one of Nintendo’s first console titles might have a little competitive advantage in Smash because he can fly, but we’re sure Sakurai can come up with a counterpick.107. DanteYou know, from the Devil May Cry series. Dante has shown up in games from other publishers before, as well as fighting games, so why not give him a slot in Smash?106. Stanley the BugmanWhy should Mario be the most famous nemesis of Donkey Kong? The hero of Donkey Kong 3 has appeared as an assist trophy, but we want to control the poison-spraying exterminator for real in Smash.105. RaymanThe limbless platforming hero has been rumored for Smash for what seems like a decade, so why not pull the trigger on him and make his fans happy?104. Chibi-RoboAdmittedly he’s a little smaller than most of the cast at just 10cm tall, but if Olimar can hack it so can the cute little household robot who debuted on the GameCube in 2005.103. Ivy ValentineNintendo loaned Zelda to the Soul Calibur series back in the GameCube days, so Namco should pay back the favor by letting Ivy duke it out with Bayonetta for “least appropriate character in Smash.”102. Weird Skinny MarioThere are tons of different Links in the series, but we need more Marios. Let’s demand the bizarre bug-derived “Skinny Mario” from Super Mario Maker be playable.101. Wonderful 101Hideki Kamiya’s oddball Wii U game let you control a swarm of heroes fighting against giant foes together. It was originally conceptualized as a Smash-like crossover game, so why not go the other direction?100. IsaacThe protagonist of sacrilegious indie hit The Binding Of Isaac has dealt with all manners of horror in his short lifespan, but facing off against pocket monsters, karate fighters and sexy witches might be too much for him.99. Tempura ShrimpBandai’s bizarre 1989 horror parody Monster Party has some of the weirdest bosses ever seen on the NES, and picking just one to play in Smash was difficult, but let’s be honest: it’s the giant evil shrimp tempura.98. Spring ManARMS was an attempt to establish a new fighting franchise that took advantage of the unique controls of the Switch, and while it didn’t set the world on fire it gave us some fun characters to exploit.97. FirebrandCapcom’s gargoyle made his debut as a Red Arremer in Ghouls & Ghosts before starring in a number of other Nintendo platform titles, and he’s also been playable in fighting game form in the Marvel vs. Capcom series.96. Manny CalaveraSticking on the horror tip, how awesome would it be to see the skeleton detective of Tim Schaefer’s Grim Fandango resurrected to beat the bones in a fighting game?95. The PrinceWhich Prince? Why, the ball-rolling workaholic from the Katamari Damacy games, who is tasked by his father the King of the Cosmos with rolling up junk – like other fighters.94. PlokThe red and yellow hero of this oddball SNES platformer loved to throw hands – literally. His main mode of attack was ejecting his limbs at foes at high and painful speeds.93. Cooking MamaThe stern yet loving judge of a series of popular portable and console titles brings knives, frying pans and a massive recipe book into the fray.92. Billy HatcherSega’s egg-rolling hero could use his massive charge for a variety of special attacks in Smash, and it deserves special mention for being one of the first times a Sega game dropped on a Nintendo system.91. SparksterThe Super Nintendo was home to a host of “mascot platformers,” any of which could probably work well in Smash. Let’s go with this armored opossum with a laser sword and jetpack.90. EndirThe gruff mercenary hero of I Am Setsuna would fit right in with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate‘s sword squad while being just different enough to merit inclusion.89. Crash BandicootWith the Crash Bandicoot games hitting the Switch, rumors have been hot and heavy that the platformer character would be popping up in the new Smash. He’d probably work pretty well.88. SteveMinecraft is in many ways the ultimate multi-platform game, and if Nintendo could get Microsoft to allow them to include the game’s default male avatar as a fighter it’d be a coup.87. MinionsThere have been a few Despicable Me tie-in games on the DS, so that officially makes the Minions fair game for Smash. Sometimes that’s all the reason we need.86. OctodadThe protagonist of the hit physics-based indie puzzle stealth comedy is an octopus pretending to be a normal human dad. He’s used to fighting for his life.85. Jack CaymanOne of the absolute weirdest Wii titles, MadWorld was a black and white brawler that starred Jack, a foul-mouthed badass with a chainsaw for a hand and a thirst for ultraviolence.84. GoemonThe lead character of the Mystical Ninja games might not have a ton of name recognition Stateside but he could fill up a box on the character select screen just fine.83. Mr. ShiftySwitch indie sensation Mr. Shifty features a main character with the power of instantaneous short-range teleportation – a skill he uses mostly for crime. It would translate beautifully to the Smash franchise.82. PockleThe protagonist of Giftpia doesn’t seem like a badass, considering that his whole game was about working off a massive debt incurred by oversleeping. But weirder things have happened!81. The AmazonSmash isn’t really the kind of game where grappler characters thrive, but that doesn’t mean the archetype should be ignored. Notorious villain from Pro Wrestling, the mysterious Amazon loves to chomp faces and pin fools.80. Astro BoyOsamu Tezuka’s little robotic hero appeared in a remarkably great Game Boy Advance game, and he’s perfectly suited for Smash – think a Mega Man with more air mobility.79. Shiren The WandererChunsoft’s long-running roguelike hero has made many appearances on Nintendo platforms, so why not let him battle for survival in a game where he has more than one life?78. TurokThe titular dinosaur hunter was the star of a number of very successful Nintendo 64 first-person shooters, and we’re sure the licensing costs to get him back are pretty cheap.77. Bub & BobSmash has already done duo characters with the Ice Climbers, so why not use that formula for Taito’s cute dinosaur stars of Bubble Bobble and let them encase their foes in bubbles and float them off the stage?76. AmaterasuThe canine star of Okami made her fighting game debut with Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, but her brushwork attacks and elemental powers would make her a good fit for Smash as well.75. JuanThe masked luchador star of the two Guacamelee games already has a robust moveset perfectly suited to acrobatic combat on a 2D platforming plane, so most of the work is done.74. MaxwellThe Scribblenauts games are famous for their outside-the-box approach to puzzle solving, so what would happen if hero Maxwell tried the same thing in a fighting context?73. Skull KidOne of the fighters rumored in the Grinch leaks, Skull Kid from Ocarina of Time would have been a blast to play. It’s not too late, guys.72. StarfyThe platforming hero developed by studio TOSE, best known for uncredited grunt work on hundreds of other titles, deserves his moment in the sun.71. ToejamToejam & Earl is a franchise that has somehow managed to stand the test of time, stretching from the Genesis original in 1991 to a new installment coming next year. The three-legged red alien is a lock for Smash.70. EarlWell you can’t have one of them without the other, right? Earl is the big beefy grappler to Toejam’s agile striker, and look, we just filled up two spots.69. AmigoNice. The monkey mascot of Sega’s Samba De Amigo rhythm game could use his trademark maracas in a number of offensive ways – or just play a duet with Donkey Kong on the bongos.68. Ryu HayabusaYes, the game already has Ryu from Street Fighter, but the protagonist of the Ninja Gaiden games has been delivering intense, bone-hard action to gamers since the NES days so let’s bring him in.67. NintendogIt’s patently unfair that the cute little puppies from the unexpected DS hit have been relegated to assist trophy status in previous Smash games. Let us be the dogs!66. OtusThe protagonist of Owlboy, the indie hit that took a staggering 11 years to develop, isn’t particularly combat-oriented but his unique movement abilities could make him a comer.65. Kawase UmiharaThe heroine of the Umihara Kawase franchise of innovative platformers traverses space with a fishing line, using it to swing, drop and stun enemies. Sounds like a fighting game character to me.64. Tony MontanaScarface: The World Is Yours was released for the Wii in 2007, which means Al Pacino’s legendary Cuban-born gangster is technically a Nintendo character.63. BirdoThe egg-spitting dinosaur from Super Mario 2 has become a fan favorite character and could stand out in Smash with a mixed of range and melee attacks.62. CupheadThe ceramic-skulled hero of the wildly successful 1930s-look indie run and gunner would be easy to port right into the world of Smash with a few custom shaders.61. Wonder BoyHudson’s mascot character evolved from a shirtless jungle lad into a fantasy warrior over the course of his franchise, so there’s a lot to pick from here.60. GooseThe feathered antihero of Untitled Goose Game is coming to the Switch in 2019, but why not announce him for Smash Ultimate before then? Troll picks forever.59. Mike HaggarThe mayor of Metro City has a long and fruitful association with Nintendo going back to the first Final Fight, but Smash needs more grapplers and more mustaches so let’s get him in.58. Mike JonesStarTropics is one of Nintendo’s lesser-known franchises, and hero Mike Jones has been waiting for his chance at a big comeback for decades. Let him bring his yo-yo to the big stage.57. Earthworm JimThe stretchy boneless hero in the super-suit was a popular platformer franchise during the SNES era, and creator Doug TenNapel is probably cool with you using him.56. GumbyIt’s hard to believe that it took until 2005 for somebody to exploit the Gumby license for a video game, but Gumby and the Astrobots was bad enough nobody will do it again. Give him some redemption in Smash.55. SoraThe hero of the Kingdom Hearts games hoists his Keyblade and joins the fray alongside Squaresoft cohort Cloud Strife and… probably not any Disney characters this time.54. Aries The CheetahmanIf Nintendo really wanted to get sassy and meta they’d grab this character from unlicensed 1991 game The Cheetahmen, included on the notorious “Action 52” cartridge of low-quality efforts.53. Captain ToadIt’s time for Mario to step aside and let his supporting cast have some time to shine. Captain Toad already got his own game, so put him on the Smash roster. So what if he can’t jump?52. Spongebob SquarepantsThe rectangular undersea fast food wage slave has appeared in a number of licensed titles on Nintendo systems, so why not make a grab for that sweet, sweet money?51. Shovel KnightThe Switch has become an excellent platform for indie games, and one of the biggest hits is retro action platformer Shovel Knight. Bringing the titular hero over to the massive fighting cross-over is just good business.50. Taizo HoriYes, the player character of Namco’s Dig Dug games has an actual name, and it’s Taizo Hori. Pac-Man was fun as hell in the last Smash, so why not use another arcade classic with a pumping hose?49. GonThe stubby little T. Rex created by mangaka Masashi Tanaka had his own Japanese SNES game, and also appeared as a hidden character in Tekken 3. That’s all we need.48. BlankaThe Street Fighter series is well-represented with Ken and Ryu, but Nintendo should come to Brazil and throw in everybody’s favorite green-furred wild man so he can Blanka Ball up to the ledge.47. NamakubiObscure and super-weird NES game Zombie Nation had players controlling the disembodied head of legendary samurai Namakubi spitting fire at enemies. Put him in Smash, you cowards.46. TingleThe rupee-obsessed Tingle wants to become a “forest fairy” and thinks the best way to do so is by wearing a skin-tight leotard and acting weird as hell. Imagine winning a major as Tingle. Salt would flow.45. TakamaruThe protagonist of old-school Famicom game The Mysterious Murasame Castle is enjoying a bit of a popularity spurt in recent years, so let’s recognize the samurai here.44. GunvoltOne of the best-received action titles of recent years is Azure Striker Gunvolt, and the lead’s targeting abilities and electrical skills could make for a fun Smash character.43. QuoteThe main character of indie legend Cave Story might look unassuming, but he could deliver a beatdown if he wanted to with his myriad weapons.42. Choir BoysThe Rhythm Heaven games are wildly beloved by hardcore fans and we all wanted to see this trio of goofballs bring their musicality to the big stage.41. Balloon FighterSakurai has stated that the hero of early NES game Balloon Fight was explored for an earlier Smash game but abandoned, so there’s precedent here.40. Doshin the GiantSmash has featured several characters that are smaller than the average, so why not go in the opposite direction with the big yellow hero of this GameCube game?39. Daniel LambWhy exactly Rockstar published Manhunt 2 on the outrageously family-friendly Wii is anybody’s guess, but that means murderous protagonist Daniel Lamb is available to choke Mario out with a plastic bag.38. Meat BoyThe grisly masocore platforming hero doesn’t really have any offensive capabilities, but that hasn’t stopped other fighters from stepping into the arena.37. Dr. Derek StilesThe protagonist of the Trauma Center series of surgery games can use his medical skills to hurt, not heal on the battlefield of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.36. Zack & WikiThe heroes of Capcom’s underrated Wii puzzle adventure are all about working together to navigate ruins full of treasure, and Wiki’s ability to transform objects by shaking them could have cool gameplay uses.35. Bayou BillyThe swamp-dwelling NES survivalist hasn’t been seen since his 1988 debut, but he’s one of the only NES characters to get his own Archie comic so that earns him a spot here.34. David Lee RothThe Wii was home to a lot of shovelware, but it did get Guitar Hero: Van Halen, featuring a digital recreation of the “Hot for Teacher” singer, so that makes him eligible to battle in the Smash Bros. arena.33. SlendermanWhy not? Slender: The Arrival hit the Wii U in 2015, which makes the terrifying predator of creepypasta eligible to be in Smash.32. TailsSonic probably needs somebody to keep him company, and his flying fox friend is the perfect companion. Otherwise he spends too much time with Pikachu and we all know where that leads us.31. SolaireIt’s kind of wild that Dark Souls is on a Nintendo system now, and while we doubt From Software is ever going to lend a character out we’d love to see this goofy knight show up for battle.30. A Boy And His BlobThe protagonists of David Crane’s oddball NES game have a lot of utility – feed the amorphous blob jellybeans and it’ll change into anything you need. Assuming, that is, you have the right flavor.29. MogIt’s fair to say that Final Fantasy III (or VI, depending on how you want to look at it) is one of the SNES’s all-time greats, so why not bring out the dancing moogle for a little fighting fun?28. Scott O’ConnorBayonetta isn’t the first video game fighter to attack with her hair – that goes to the star of 1991’s Kabuki: Quantum Fighter, a digitized hero who whips robotic foes with his bright red mane. Let’s get fierce with a style-off on the Switch.27. ImpaWe dug Hyrule Warriors a lot, so why not bring out one of the biggest badasses from that game – Impa, Zelda’s bodyguard who cuts down suckers like straw with her sword and naginata.26. Dr. KawashimaThe digitized face of this Japanese neuroscientist helped walk you through the Brain Age games on the DS, so let him defend his theories with his fists!25. ShantaeCreated by WayForward, the purple-haired half-genie made her debut on Nintendo portables and even featured in a Wario Ware microgame so she’s on the roster.24. The L BlockThere’s no denying that the success of the original black & white Game Boy was due in a big way to Tetris, so why not commemorate the franchise by letting us fight as the versatile L block?23. King HippoLittle Mac fit in just fine, so why not go back to the Punch-Out well with the massive brawler who has a weak spot in the middle of his behemoth tummy?22. Professor LaytonYes, he might be a little more cerebral than some of the other fighters on the roster, but combat is just another kind of puzzle and this guy slays at puzzles.21. Travis TouchdownNo More Heroes was one of the Wii’s most unusual exclusives, and Suda 51’s foul-mouthed assassin with a deadly beam saber is just waiting for his chance to jump into the melee, especially with a sequel on the way.20. LABO RobotNintendo’s oddball cardboard peripherals don’t seem suited for Smash, but the body motion controlled robot could prove to be a potent fighter.19. MalloThe surprisingly strong sumo at the heart of the Pushmo games doesn’t look too tough, but we learned our lesson from Jigglypuff and won’t be underestimating him.18. Viewtiful JoeCapcom’s big-headed henshin hero has the power of time manipulation and breaking the fourth wall, making him a feared combatant despite the absurdly short length of his limbs.17. Bio Force ApeThe mutated chimpanzee star of a long-lost NES game didn’t see the light of day for twenty years, but maybe he was just waiting for his moment and his moment is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.16. Neku SakurabaThe main character of Square’s The World Ends With You is accustomed to battling bizarre creatures in a dreamlike environment, so let him do it on a whole new platform.15. ShrekOne of the funniest stories to come out of the fighting game community is the growth of a legit competitive scene around 2005 GameCube title Shrek Super Slam. Port the ogre over and let’s see what he can do.14. CubivoreWe already have a character who can swallow foes in Kirby, but the blocky protagonist of cult GameCube title Cubivore evolves and mates, which Kirby certainly does not do.13. FrogIf we’re going to keep Cloud company, why not deal in another swordsman from classic SNES role-playing game Chrono Trigger. There are plenty of human swordsmen in the game already, so Sir Frog gets the nod.12. BombermanHudson’s explosive-planting hero has appeared in dozens of games in his own franchise, but we’d love to see a trap-based character in the frenetic battlefields of Smash.11. GenoThe Grinch leaks felt pretty strongly that this magical puppet from the classic Super Mario RPG will show up in the latest game, but we wanted to express our support here anyway.10. Kunio-kunOne of the most beloved NES games was Technos’s River City Ransom, which let you rampage through the streets knocking the barf out of gang members to buy delicious food. Hero Kunio – called Alex in America, but whatever – is made to bring his stubby arms to Smash.9. Simon BelmontThe whip-wielding Castlevania hero has been associated with Nintendo since the beginning, and he’d fit right in with the motley crew we have assembled here.8. BowsetteNintendo has a real opportunity here to take the fan-created mashup of Mario’s greatest enemy and one true love and make her playable in Smash. Somebody already modded her into Super Mario 64.7. DjangoThe hero of Konami’s GBA adventure Boktai is a vampire slayer who draws power from the sun – the cartridge actually had a light sensor in it to encourage you to go outside and game.6. DoomguySure, this might seem a little extreme, but if Solid Snake can find a home in Smash surely the original FPS hero can show up. Let Doomguy blast his way out of Kirby’s candy-colored hell for a change.5. BonkThe mascots of both Nintendo and Sega’s platforming series are in, so why not give some love to the caveman hero of the late, lameneted TurboGrafx 16?4. GokuDragon Ball Fighterz landed on Switch earlier in the year, and what better way to borrow some of that hype than to put Goku in Smash?3. SansFew games have a fanbase as rabid as Undertale, and after the quirky RPG’s Switch release they immediately began clamoring for the addition of sensitive skeleton Sans to the cast.2. Paper MarioToon Link has been a part of Smash for a while, so why not make a new moveset for the 2-dimensional plumber that starred in the classic RPG series as well?1. WaluigiIf they don’t, we riot.center_img ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero last_img read more

Rons Renamer powerful rename utility

first_imgRon’s Renamer: powerful rename utility by Martin Brinkmann on April 17, 2016 in Software – Last Update: April 17, 2016 – 31 commentsRon’s Renamer is a powerful rename software for Microsoft’s Windows operating system that is easy to use.The application is provided as a limited free version and a commercial version, and the core difference between both versions is that the free version is limited to 75 renames at a time.This makes it unusable for situations where you want to rename thousands of mp3 files or a large collection of images, but still suitable for all jobs where 75 or less files need to be renamed.Ron’s RenamerRon’s Renamer needs to be installed but does not ship with any surprises in the installer.The interface displays files and previews in the upper half, and the rename rules in the lower half.First thing you may want to do is use the open location button to load files that you want to rename.  Please note that you can only select one location and not multiple ones, or individual files for processing.What you can do however is have Ron’s Renamer parse sub-directories, but you may still end up having to move files if they reside in different directories due to that limitation.The application displays the current and new name automatically, and checkboxes which you use to select the files you want renamed.The program supports filters to display only specific files of the selected location in the interface. The filter *.jpg would display all files with the .jpg extension for instance.You can modify file names directly in the interface without setting up rules first. Just click on any current name file in the interface to change its name. This is reflected immediately in the “new name” column with rules being taken into account as well.The “new name” field updates automatically as soon as you start to add rules. Ron’s Renamer supports a total of 18 different rules to modify the file name or extension of selected files.You can use rules to add or remove text, add date or time, numbers, change the case, or add audio or image tags, and each rule you add may modify the file name, file extension, or both.Rules can be combined, and you can change the order of rules at any time. Even better, you can use the rule set menu to save and load rules so that you can these sets at a later point in time.The rename button becomes available if you have selected less than 76 files if you are using the free version. A click on it processes all selected files based on your manual edits and the rules you have added.You may save the rules set to reuse it at a later point in time.Closing WordsRon’s Renamer Lite is held back by the rename file limit that it imposes on users. If you need to rename more files, you may want to check out Bulk Rename Utility or Siren instead which are both free and without limits.If you need it to process less than 76 files though, or don’t mind paying the one-time fee of $15 for the Pro version, then you will get an easy to use file rename software for Windows that is well designed and powerful.Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 16 votes Software Name Ron’s RenamerOperating System WindowsSoftware Category FilesLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more