Medan man faces four years in prison for allegedly desecrating Quran

first_img“I am very sorry, your honor. I will never do it again. Please give me as light a punishment as possible,” he told the judge as quoted by is scheduled for next week.Read also: Indonesians remain sensitive to perceived blasphemy: YLBHIAccording to the prosecutors, the incident took place at Al-Mashum Mosque in Medan Kota district in the afternoon of Feb. 13. A 44-year-old man in Medan, North Sumatra, faces four years in prison for having allegedly desecrated the Quran at a local mosque earlier this year.Prosecutors at the Medan District Court charged the defendant, Doni Irawan Malay, for blasphemy under Article 156 of the Criminal Code and demanded a four-year prison term for him during a hearing on Tuesday.Doni was accused of committing a blasphemous act by purportedly tearing out pages from the Quran. He pleaded for a lighter sentence, conveying his guilt to the court. “The defendant entered the mosque and took a Quran from a shelf without permission from the management,” a prosecutor told the court, adding that the defendant then took the Quran into the male ablution room.“The defendant removed the cover from the Quran, threw it into a garbage bin inside the ablution room and then proceeded to tear out pages from the Quran with both of his hands.”They said Doni then exited the mosque later that afternoon and threw the ripped Quran pages onto the streets before running away.Doni was later caught by locals and reported to the Medan Kota Police. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Pantry Pot Roast.

first_img 30 Views   no discussions Food & DiningLifestyle Pantry Pot Roast. by: – August 12, 2011 Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Pantry Pot Roast.Chuck is a value-priced cut of beef that becomes incredibly tender and delicious with long, slow simmering. Your slow cooker is the perfect tool for making this easy family dinner.Sweet dried fruit, apple juice and allspice make this a great dish for a chilly autumn night. Serve mashed potatoes alongside, to soak up the delicious juices, and a crisp green salad or some blanched green beans to round out the meal.Nutrition facts * Calories452 * Total Fat (g)26 * Saturated Fat (g)9, * Cholesterol (mg)98, * Sodium (mg)194, * Carbohydrate (g)27, * Fiber (g)2, * Protein (g)29, * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.Ingredients:1 2-pound beef chuck pot roast1 tablespoon cooking oilSalt and pepper1 7- to 8-ounce package mixed dried fruit1 large onion, cut into thin wedges1/4 teaspoon ground allspice1 5-1/2-ounce can apple juiceDirections:Trim fat from meat. In a Dutch oven, brown meat on all sides in hot oil. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Cut up any large pieces of dried fruit.In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart electric crockery cooker, place fruit and onion. Add browned meat. Sprinkle with allspice, add apple juice. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or until meat is tender. (Or, cover and cook on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or until meat is tender.)Makes 6 servings.Dietary Exchanges: 1-1/2 fruit, 4 medium fat meat, 1 fat.Test Kitchen Tip: Don’t confuse the fruits in this recipe with dried fruit bits. Look for the packaged mixture of regular-size dried fruitsRecipe source: Better Homes and Gardenslast_img read more

Implementation plans for universal childhood education underway

first_imgVeda GeorgeAssistant education officer in the ministry of education Veda George has indicated that in order to provide access for the 20% of the country’s children who are not at preschool; several measures must be put in place.The government of Dominica has communicated their intention through the minister of education to fully implement Universal Early Childhood Education in Dominica by September 2012.George told the third consultation on universal early childhood education that there are some preschool which are still not registered with the ministry of education and this is a top priority.“We are working towards proving quality access to 20% of children within the pre-school age who for one reasons or the other are not accessing the service. It would mean that in some instances, early childhood programs would have to be integrated within existing primary schools however no private preschool will be closed expect if they fall below the expected standards”.George said the ministry of education has commenced accommodating private preschools, within the primary schools settings, ensuring that the students are within a safe environment.“In order to provide access for the children who are spread across the country, we may have to establish a pre-kindergarten, utilizing already existing space, with modifications or we would have to construct a new facility next to our primary school”. According to George an audit to determine capacity must be conducted in order for the ministry to make a final decision.Dominica Vibes News 49 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img EducationLocalNewsPrimary Implementation plans for universal childhood education underway by: – April 4, 2012 Share Sharelast_img read more

Ayre: Pain will lead to Reds progress

first_imgLiverpool managing director Ian Ayre insists the “pain” associated with the cost of restructuring the squad will be worth the effort after the club posted losses of £40.5million. “The biggest cost base without doubt is player trading and player wages – but these accounts demonstrate that we are still working hard to improve that. I take comfort in the fact that the work we have done, some of which costs us a lot of money in this period and beyond, looks pretty painful at the time. “But as long as you invest in it and manage it in the right way, then hopefully it bears fruit as we go forward and gives us a better platform to exist on in a different environment and in a world where we are expected to break even. You never take comfort from any business that makes a loss but I am pleased that we’re making the progress we are making.” In the period relating to these accounts the club offloaded 11 players all signings by previous managers. The then boss Kenny Dalglish – the cost of whose sacking last May was included in £9.5million of “exceptional payments” – wanted reinforcements for his squad and that meant players had to be moved on to make room. “We see a big charge within the accounts for amortisation (depreciation in value) of players that have been disposed of within the period that perhaps came in on a higher cost,” Ayre told the Liverpool Echo. “We’ve made losses as a result of selling them but at the same time we’ve improved our longer-term position in terms of our wage bill by reducing the wages for those particular contracts. “These accounts show investment in the squad – players like Jose Enrique and Sebastian Coates – and as we have seen in accounts that flow from that – we will continue to invest in the squad both for improved playing performance but also a far better structure in deals that we have with players. “So we are fortunate in some sense in that we know we are improving in this year and we are continuing to improve.” Press Associationcenter_img The club’s debt rose by £21.8million to £87.2million in the 10 months between August 1 2011 to May 31 2012. However, the loss was less than the £49.3million made the previous year and done against the backdrop of no European football, although Liverpool did get to two cup finals, winning one. But with owners Fenway Sports Group focused on the impending arrival of Financial Fair Play, Ayre stressed there was necessary work to be undertaken. “We are continuing to transition to the point we have been working on for several years under this ownership – which is to continue to improve revenues and manage our cost base effectively,” he said. last_img read more

Magpies are well-prepared – Monk

first_imgSwansea manager Garry Monk feels Newcastle are already benefiting from Steve McClaren’s early-summer appointment. Monk has never met McClaren, let alone come up against a side managed by the former England boss, but he says he has prepared himself for a tough tactical examination ahead of Newcastle’s visit to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. Both sides drew their opening Barclays Premier League games – Swansea holding champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Newcastle also sharing four goals against Southampton – and Monk said it is clear that McClaren is already making his mark at St James’ Park having brought G eorginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba to Tyneside. “We’ve just played well in those games,” Monk said. “There’s no given right to win any game and I don’t look at those statistics, I just look at it is an individual match. “We’ve done well in those games in the past but it’s a new game, a new season, a new team and a new manager for them. “They will have a different approach so we have to treat it as an individual game on that merit.” Monk is expecting a quiet end to the transfer window for Swansea having signed strikers Andre Ayew and Eder, defender Franck Tabanou and goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt earlier in the summer. But he echoed the thoughts of a growing number of managers – Jose Mourinho and Roberto Martinez among them – who have criticised the summer transfer window’s closing date almost a month into the campaign. “You have the summer to prepare and if you get that preparation right you should get players in before the first game of the season,” Monk said. “That’s where the cut-off point should be, on that Friday night before the season starts. “Then it should reopen in January. I think it’s ludicrous it goes into the season – just stupidity.” “They’ve made that change early and he (McClaren) has had a summer to prepare,” Monk said. “Newcastle have always been a big club and attract good players but they’ve added quality this summer. “The manager will have a new way of working I’m sure and it’s a fresh start for those players. “I think you saw that in pre-season and in the performance against Southampton so we’re expecting a really tough game. “Steve has been a national manager and coached at the top level as well so you’d expect him to be tactically clever and be able to manipulate the game. “It will be interesting to see how he reacts to certain situations in the game, how he changes it if it’s going good or bad for them and then how you react to that.” Swansea have a better record against Newcastle than any other team since being promoted to the Premier League four years ago. The Welsh club have won five of their eight meetings with only one defeat, but Monk insists he does not put any store in the fixture’s recent history. Press Associationlast_img read more