Surabaya pastor sentenced to 10 years in prison for years of sexual abuse

first_imgThe Surabaya District Court has declared 50-year-old pastor Hanny Layantara guilty of sexual abuse and sentenced him to 10 years’ imprisonment.Presiding judge Johanis Hehamony said Hanny was found guilty of violating Article 82 of the Child Protection Law.”We declare the defendant Hanny Layantara guilty and sentence him to 10 years in prison and order him to pay Rp 100 million in fines or serve an additional six months in prison,” Johanis said on Monday as reported by He added that the panel of judges noted two factors in their sentencing decision, namely that the defendant had refused to admit his wrongdoings and that his actions were contradictory to his role as a religious leader.The sentence matched the punishment demanded by prosecutors.Hanny was arrested in Sidoarjo, East Java, on March 3, two weeks after his victim’s family reported the abuse to the police. He had allegedly been planning to flee the country at the time of his arrest.The victim, now 26, said that Hanny had sexually abused her from 2005 – when she was only 12 years old – until 2011.Hanny’s lawyer, Abdurrachman Saleh, said he and his client would file an appeal against the verdict.”We disagree with the judges’ verdict. We will appeal,” he said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Venezuela sets 2012 presidential election date

first_imgNewsRegional Venezuela sets 2012 presidential election date by: – September 14, 2011 Sharing is caring! 12 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Mr Chavez – here wearing an indigenous head dress – says cancer will not stop his reelectionVenezuela’s presidential election will be held on 7 October 2012, the electoral authorities have announced. The date is earlier than expected, as Venezuela’s presidential polls are usually held in December. President Hugo Chavez has said he will seek another term to continue his left-wing “revolution”, despite undergoing treatment for cancer. The main opposition coalition will choose a candidate to stand against him in a primary on 12 February. Mr Chavez immediately expressed his confidence that he would win a third six-year term. He wrote on Twitter: “7 October 2012: your destiny is written! We will write another revolutionary victory on your page! We will live and we will conquer!”The left-wing leader, who has governed Venezuela since 1999, has said he wants to serve at least two more terms, which would take him through until 2025. Mr Chavez, 57, says he is now convalescing after having surgery for cancer in June and subsequent chemotherapy, but the exact nature and extent of his illness has not been made public. Speaking before the election date was announced, he promised an energetic campaign despite his ill health. “You won’t see Chavez hiding,” he said.“You’ll see a recuperated Chavez touring the country as a candidate, touring the streets at a rhythm set by circumstances.”ChallengersAs well as giving Mr Chavez time to recuperate, the October election date gives the opposition Table of Democratic Unity (MUD) plenty of time to campaign. The favourites to win the opposition nomination in February’s primary are the governor of Miranda state, Henrique Capriles Radonski, and the governor of Zulia state, Pablo Perez. Opposition leaders have welcomed the announcement of the election date, while expressing concern at the long transition period it will leave before the start of the next presidential term in February 2013. “This election date, two months earlier than is traditional, has an advantage in that we now have a date,” MUD executive secretary Ramon Guillermo Aveledo said. “But the disadvantage is that it extends the lapse between the presidential election and the taking of office,” he added. The opposition alliance says Venezuelans have had enough of what they say is Mr Chavez’s poor economic management and dictatorial style. They are also hoping that dissatisfaction with high crime rates, inflation and electricity shortages will boost their support. But Mr Chavez still has strong support, particularly among the poor who have benefited most from his socialist policies, which have seen Venezuela’s oil riches spent on services including health and education. Mr Chavez’s personal charisma and promise of revolutionary change have helped him secure repeated election victories since he first won the presidency in 1999. Parliamentary elections last year showed Venezuelan voters evenly divided between support for Mr Chavez’s socialists and the opposition. BBC Newslast_img read more

WATCH: Former Chelsea star Oscar causes massive FIGHT in CSL match

first_imgOscar made the move to the Chinese Super League from Chelsea in January, and he made his biggest impact over the weekend.However, it was not a positive impact…The Brazil international was guilty of starting a massive fight after deliberately kicking the ball at an opponent – TWICE!After being shoved to the ground, players and officials from both sides ended up brawling over Oscar’s limp body.You can see a video of the incident above…last_img

World Travel Award nomination goes to FCm Travel

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: W.X Flight Centre’s corporate arm FCm Travel has just been nominated for not one, but two World Travel Awards under the Australasia sub-region.The awards in contention are ‘Australasia’s leading business travel agent’ and ‘Australia’s leading business travel agent’, and winners will be revealed at a gala event in New Delhi on the 14th of November.“We’ll be keeping a close eye on the results, which no doubt will be hotly contested in both categories,” said Rob Flint, FCm Travel Executive GM Asia.“Testament to our success is the fact that FCm’s operations across the Asia region are expected to be one of the biggest drivers of growth for our company worldwide.”The official online voting form is available to 183,000 registered travel agents and professionals worldwide through the World Travel Awards website. <a href=”” target=”_blank”><img src=”;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a>last_img read more

State Highlights Ohio Govs Budget Plan Includes Medicaid Premiums Calif Insurance Rate

first_img The Washington Post: Va. Lawmakers Must Weigh Budget Demands With New Needs For Mental Health Services Four elderly sex offenders who live at the state mental health institute here have been taken off Iowa’s public sex-offender registry, raising fears that state officials will quietly transfer the offenders to private nursing homes should the facility be closed. Opponents of the planned hospital closure have been buzzing about the four offenders’ rumored removal from the online registry. State officials confirmed the deletions Monday, but said the action was unrelated to the possible closure of the mental hospital. (Leys, 2/2) Finances were one of the barriers to Alison Hymes’ release from Western State Hospital — not hers, but the state’s. Her placement at an assisted living facility in Charlottesville depended on whether her social workers could secure extra funds from the Discharge Assistance Program. DAP is designed to support individuals leaving state hospitals resume their lives in the community. Her hospital records which she shared with Post show that there was no more DAP funding available at the local level and her social workers had to appeal to the state for extra money, which eventually came through. (Shin, 2/3) Opponents of Proposition 45, a health insurance rate regulation initiative that was overwhelmingly defeated by California voters, spent big in the run-up to the November election. Final campaign finance reports filed Monday with the secretary of state showed that opponents spent $55.7 million to defeat the measure, up from $42.1 million in the campaign’s Oct. 23 report. (Lifsher, 2/2) State Highlights: Ohio Gov.’s Budget Plan Includes Medicaid Premiums; Calif. Insurance Rate Regulation Opponents Spent Big A selection of health policy stories from Ohio, California, New Jersey, Virginia, Mississippi, Maryland, Iowa, North Carolina and New Mexico. The Associated Press: Ohio Budget Director: Governor’s Spending Plan Provides Funds To Continue Medicaid Expansion This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Cincinnati Enquirer: Kasich Wants Sales Tax Hike, Medicaid Premiums Gov. John Kasich’s state budget plan would continue to fund an expansion of Medicaid as his administration seeks to charge a monthly premium to certain residents on the health care program, state officials said Monday. The administration would need federal approval to charge the monthly fee to low-income individuals on the federal-state Medicaid program. (2/2) Ohioans would see their sales taxes increase and their income taxes fall, while some adults on Medicaid would have to start paying premiums for their health care, under a plan outlined by Gov. John Kasich Monday. … Meanwhile, adults are likely to have to pay premiums on Medicaid of around $15 to $20 a month if their income reaches or surpasses the federal poverty level – $11,670 for a single adult. Ohio’s Medicaid system already requires participants to pay copays. The administration hopes charging premiums to roughly 100,000 of Medicaid’s better-off adults will help prepare them for life after Medicaid as their incomes improve. (Thompson, 2/2) Los Angeles Times: Opponents Of Insurance Rate Initiative Spent Big Before Election The federal government is increasing the amount of the Medicare payments it makes to hospitals according to their performance on variety of measures. The federal Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program is one of three initiatives specified by the 2010 Affordable Care Act used to adjust hospitals’ Medicare reimbursements. (Kitchenman, 2/2) A unit of Community Health Systems Inc, one of the largest U.S. hospital groups, and three of its hospitals have agreed to pay $75 million to settle claims that they made illegal donations to county governments in New Mexico to secure federal funding. The lawsuit, filed by a whistleblower employee in 2005 and joined by the U.S. government in 2009, claims that the three hospitals made donations to three New Mexico counties in order to get federal matching funds from a program that provided extra Medicaid funding to rural hospitals. (Pierson, 2/2) center_img The Associated Press: Sheriff Wants To Charge Inmates For Non-emergency Treatment Jackson County supervisors have approved a resolution authorizing Sheriff Mike Ezell to establish a program to charge inmates for access to a registered nurse for non-emergency medical attention. Ezell wants to charge the inmates seeking non-emergency medical attention a $10 fee per visit. [Mississippi] state law allows Ezell to charge inmates, and he is working on setting up that program. (2/3) Fewer women in North Carolina got pregnant and gave birth in 2013 than in the previous two years, according to data from the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, and paralleling that drop in pregnancies was a falling rate of abortions. North Carolina’s pregnancy statistics mirror a national trend in which fewer women have gotten pregnant and had abortions. (Hoban, 2/3) Maryland officials are holding a briefing on a new law that ensures privacy of confidential medical information for survivors of domestic violence. It applies to victims who seek reproductive health care, mental health care, medical treatment or counseling. (2/3) Columbus Dispatch: Kasich’s Budget Plan Aims At Medicaid Fraud Reuters: Hospital Group Pays Up For Fraudulently Getting More Medicaid Funding For Rural Hospitals North Carolina Health News: NC Pregnancy, Abortion Rates Dropping NJ Spotlight: Top NJ Hospitals Getting Medicare Bonuses For Quality, Efficiency The Des Moines Register: Sex Offenders At Mental Health Hospital Taken Off Registry The Associated Press: Hearing On Md. Domestic Violence Medical Record Confidentiality Law Set Gov. John Kasich’s budget envisions a four-year phase-out of up to 13,000 independent providers who bill Medicaid for in-home care, a move that would significantly alter much of the state’s fastest-growing industry. (Sutherly and Price, 2/3) last_img read more