Archive: July 2007
As `Classic Nostalgic Art of Yesteryear' was the theme for the performances, over 2000 members of the crowd were clad in colourful traditional gear, costumes that play a role in depicting Kuala Belait's history of becoming the centre of oil and gas industry in Brunei.
Dressed in khaki overalls and safety helmets were several impersonating Dutchmen surveying oil reserves in 1929, as characters in the Brunei Shell Petroleum drama-musical performance. Others were dressed in exquisitely ornamented indigenous traditional costumes. Some were dressed as farmers and fishermen.
Even primary school children showed optimism in their participation: "We're here to present a performance for His Majesty. We've been practising everyday for a week. We're not tired, because it is a lot of fun," said a group of brightly dressed in yellow, primary 5 girls of Ahmad Tajuddin Primary School.
In massive headdresses and brightly coloured robes, were also the Nigerian folk, who participated for the first time to catch a glimpse of His Majesty. "It would be very nice to be able to personally greet His Majesty. When the public is welcome to the Istana during Aidilfitri we would also like to attend in our own traditional costumes too," Mrs Faith Ali and Mrs Nyemachi Akintunde Atanda told the Bulletin.
Meanwhile, there were 130 government officers and staff members from 13 different departments under the Prime Minister's Office, who were eager to display their costumes and choreographed dance moves. "Kuala Belait has been awarded for having the best performances for the past seven consecutive years. We hope to win again this year," they said.
Ahmad bin Tiban of the Senior Citizen's Group said, "We always make an effort to come to the annual Get-Together Ceremony to celebrate His Majesty's birthday, but this is the first year the Senior Citizens' Group has assembled for such an occasion."
Hj Mahmud bin Tuah and Amzah bin Jahal, also of the Senior Citizen's Group, expressed their gratitude towards His Majesty's generosity to the public; they even gave thanks for the increment their pensions received as of last year.
Many others came to show gratitude for the countless reasons they feel it a privilege to be under the virtuous and benevolent rule of His Majesty. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
Prosecuting Officer Ak Haji Yusra Pengiran Haft Mohammad produced witnesses to testify against the defendant in court, which found her guilty for pulling down the 40-year-old woman's headscarf, punching her face and kicking her.
The incident occurred during a meeting between the defendant and the victim on April 25. 2005.
A medical report on the victim was conducted on the following day. The woman sustained abrasion on the first side of her nose and redness on the right cheek and neck. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
Bandar Seri Begawan - Royal Brunei Airlines reiterating its plans for fleet renewal has selected the renowned aircraft engine maker, Rolls Royce to power their 4 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, according to a Rolls Royce recent release.
Royal Brunei Airlines is taking the 787s as part of a fleet renewal programme and deliveries are scheduled to begin in late 2009.
RBA's plan to utilise the engines also reflects the national aircraft's responsibility and concern towards the environment as Trent 1000 is designed to minimise impact on the environment and will deliver the lowest fuel bum economics. The engines will be covered by a long term TotalCareO service agreement that gives lifetime protection for each power plant.
Rozman Junaidi, Vice President of Corporate Communications of Royal Brunei Airlines in a press release was quoted as saying that they have considered all elements for their fleet replacement plan to ensure that they operate the most advanced equipment.
"There is no doubt that the Trent 1000 is the best engine for the 787 in terms of performance and environmental impact and will therefore, make valuable addition to our fleet," Rozman further said.
Nick Devall, Executive vice president of customer business at Rolls Royce, meanwhile have said that the Trent powered 787 forms part of Royal Brunei's strategic plan to modernise its fleet.
"Our relationship with Royal Brunei Airlines extends beyond 20 years and we are very proud to welcome them back to the list of Rolls Royce operators," he said.
The order of the Boeing 787s will be added to RBA's list of aircraft which includes 4 second hand Boeing 777s on lease.
Flight international has recently quoted RBA as saying that they are initially getting two 777-200ERS on lease. but whether they get another two 777s depends on the aircraft swap because they plan to phase out the existing 767s.
If they managed to let go of the 767s then they will get two more 1'77s.
RBA also states that the B777 aircraft will be used mainly on long-haul routes to Europe and Australia. This aircraft will also vastly improve Royal Brunei Airlines' capabilities by offering a higher passenger and cargo load capacity. The aircraft present the opportunity to operate direct flights to London without having to transit between destinations.
The leased B777 aircraft are an interim solution to the airline's re-fleeting programme, which, in line with RBA's Strategic Business Plan, aims to phase out the current Boeing 767 aircraft.
Under the re-fleeting programme Royal Brunei Airlines will also acquire new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft that have been ordered and are due for delivery in late 2009.
Rozman Junaidi last year told the Bulletin that the reason to get a bigger capacity aircraft was because of RBA's growing market for their trunk route, Europe and Australia.
"Demand has grown and we need to accommodate these demands," he explains.
Currently RBA's fleet includes six Boeing 767 aircraft, two Airbus 319 aircraft and two Airbus A320 aircraft. -- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin
The prospective investors from Yunnan province are from various sectors, namely construction engineering, pharmaceutical, flower industry, machinery, as well as hydroelectric.
During a business and investment seminar, the investors heard that Brunei's agribusiness is worth an estimated $2.7 billion alone, including livestock, machinery and equipment, export marketing and logistics.
Business opportunities can also be found in the fisheries sector, with seafood processing, deep sea fishing and the aquaculture industry worth $400 million, Mariani Hj Sabtu, special duties officer of Promotion and Entrepreneurial Development Section at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources said.
She said that flexible policies and regulations, ready-made facilities and incentives and an educated workforce make Brunei an ideal country for investment.
There are no personal income tax, sales tax, payroll tax and export tax, and foreign investors enjoy flexible regulations in equity, she said.
She said that Brunei's size is an advantage because industrial sites developed by the Brunei Industrial Development Authority are close to major highways and facilities in those sites are readily available.
Meanwhile, Aziz Latip, assistant chief executive officer of Brunei Economic Development Board, gave an overview of the two major projects that BEDB is embarking to diversify Brunei's economy within and beyond the oil and gas industry.
The Muara Island Port and the Sungai Liang Industrial Park are part of the efforts hoped to strengthen Brunei's economic growth. He said that BEDB's approach to create new economic opportunities is based on building competitive strengths, and extending the energy value chain. Investor also briefed on another area which investors can capitalise is the Brunei Halal Premium Brand. An agrotechnology park will be established for the Brunei Halal Premium Brand initiative and provide sites for research activities and support services.
The Ministry organised the seminar to provide investors the chance to build business networks with local business enterprises, and boost trade and foreign investments in Brunei.
More than 35 representatives from local businesses attended the seminar, which also saw a business matching session between the prospective business partners. The Chinese delegation also paid a courtesy call to Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid Hj Mohd Jaafar, permanent secretary of the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources on Monday. -- Courtesy of The Brunei Times
Registration for the seminar is now open. Forms can be downloaded from www.ipa.gov.bn. Online registration is also allowed.
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