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 tribunnews.com.Sentencing 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

Noble Energy: Leviathan development 60% complete. First gas sales in 2019

first_imgThe development of the giant Leviathan gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, offshore Israel is nearly 60 percent complete.The Leviathan platform under construction (Image by Noble Energy)This is according to Noble Energy, the operator of the field, which on Friday shared the progress update as part of its quarterly report.Noble said the offshore gas field project was “nearly 60 percent complete, with anticipated first sales on schedule by the end of 2019.”During the second quarter, Noble drilled two final wells at the Leviathan field to total depth.“Completion activities are underway, and pipeline installation has been completed for infield flowlines and main gathering lines,” the company said.The final investment decision (FID) for the Leviathan development was made in February 2017. The first phase of development of the Leviathan is expected to cost around $3.75 billion.Development planThe Leviathan, holding around 22 trillion cubic feet of gross recoverable resources, will be developed using a subsea system that connects production wells to a fixed platform located offshore with tie-in onshore in the northern part of Israel.The Leviathan platform will have an initial deck weight of 22,000 tons. Processed gas will connect to the Israel Natural Gas Lines Ltd. onshore transportation grid in the northern part of the country and to regional markets via onshore export pipelines. The development plan allows for future expansion from its initial 1.2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) capacity to 2.1 Bcf/d.Offshore platform installation will take the most of the next year, with commissioning and first gas scheduled for the end of 2019.In its presentation on Friday, Noble shared several milestones achieved at the project: Finished drilling program and began completion activity; Completed first subsea tree installation; Completed floating of the production decks; Finished pipelay for gathering lines;  Completed direct pipe shore crossing.Offshore platform installation will take the most of the next year, with commissioning and first gas scheduled for the end of 2019.Noble has already secured contracts for the supply of over 900 MMcf/d of gas from the Leviathan. Over 200 MMcf/d has been contracted to meet Israel domestic consumption, while 700 MMcf/d has been contracted for exports, evenly split between Jordan and Egypt.While working to bring the Leviathan online, Noble is extracting gas from its Tamar field offshore Israel.During the second quarter of 2018, the Tamar field helped bring Noble’s 2Q gross sales volumes in Israel to a quarterly record of more than 1 billion cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day, driven by increased local demand.  Net sales volumes totaled 227 million cubic feet of natural gas equivalent per day during the second quarter of 2018.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Mesut Ozil happy after Arsenal fans in Ghana sing his name, honour him with painting [VIDEO]

first_imgThere’s apparently a love story brewing between Arsenal star Mesut Ozil and Ghana.The player recently discovered that a club in Ghana had been named after him in Ghana and expressed his appreciation on Twitter.And just days later, the player posted a video of some members of Arsenal’s fan club in Ghana singing his name.At least one of them was sporting a Gunners jersey with Ozil’s name on the back.The small group had with them a “handmade pencil portrait” of the German playmaker in his classic look – a snood covering his neck and the bottom half of his face.They then broke into song for a few seconds, in a minute-long video posted by the player on his Twitter page.He posted the video with the caption: “Messages like this make me really happy. Greetings back to the @ArsenalFan Club Accra in Ghana and thanks for your amazing support from West Africa.”Messages like this make me really happy. Greetings back to the @Arsenal Fan Club Accra in Ghana and thanks for your amazing support from West Africa 🤲🏼❤🙏🏼 #thankful #M1Ö #YaGunnersYa pic.twitter.com/UhRWEk3afS— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) December 11, 2019Earlier this week, Ozil fell in love with Ghana when he found out that a football team in the Eastern Region had been named the Abiriw Ozil Football Club.Ozil’s agent, Dr. Erkut Sogut was in Ghana at the beginning of December and visited the club in Abiriw.He presented the players with some Arsenal jerseys on behalf of the German international.❤🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/4FH3hjYglH— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) December 10, 2019Ozil has had a tough season so far as he’s only made 7 Premier League appearances and provided one assist.But he’ll hope for a new start under a new manager after Unai Emery was fired a couple of weeks ago.last_img read more