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Maria Aires is face of Parkview Hotel

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Managing Director Tan Kah Boon (C) witnessing the exchange of documents between Executive Director Hambali POKSDSP Hj Md Salleh (L) and Maria Aires after the signing ceremony during the Corporate, Association & Media Appreciation Night organised by Parkview Hotel held at Barakah Hall. Picture: BT/Ikhwan Salleh



BY IKHWAN SALLEH

BRUNEI-MUARA - THE Barakah Hall indeed lives up to its name as a passage of blessings when Parkview Hotel marked another milestone by appointing Maria Aires as the new face of the establishment yesterday.

Present was the hotel Executive Director Hambali Pehin Orang Kaya Shahbandar Dato Seri Paduka Hj Md Salleh, who signed a one-year memorandum with the local songstress. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Managing Director Tan Kah Boon.
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Fresh shark meat sold openly at Belait market

Sliced and whole shark meat sold at a Belait market. 


BY AARON WONG

BELAIT - FRESH shark meat is being sold openly at Kuala Belait’s Pasarneka as fishmongers continue to defy the government’s blanket ban on the shark trade.

At least one stall was seen openly selling sliced shark meat for $6 a kilogramme alongside other fresh catch yesterday morning at the market.

Customers enquiring about the sliced portions were told the fish was Ikan Yu, translated as shark.

When the sliced portions were sold out, the fishmongers would repeatedly reach under the table to bring out small whole sharks about 60 centimetres long and weighing between one to two kilogrammes, to be either sliced for the customer or sold whole. When notified of the incident yesterday, the Fisheries Department said they would investigate the situation.

The fishmongers selling shark yesterday openly told customers that the fish was not intentionally sought after, but were instead caught along with other fish in fishermen’s nets when trawling.

They added that while shark was not the main or majority catch, it was still sold in small amounts “almost every day”.

Authorities have repeatedly warned that shark meat contains high levels of mercury, making it unsafe for consumption. Brunei has a blanket ban on the catch, sale and import of all shark products which came into effect in 2014.

This is not the first time shark meat had been caught and sold in the market since the ban.

In 2015, a large tiger shark weighing over 500kg was allegedly caught and sold at the Jerudong wet market.

Two supermarket chains were also found openly selling salted shark products last year. The public are urged to report information on any activities relating to the illegal shark trade to the Fisheries enforcement hotline at 7297771.

Under the Fisheries Order 2009, shark trade violators can be fined up to $1,000 by the Fisheries Department or face prosecution in court with a maximum penalty of $10,000 or sentenced to one year imprisonment, or both.

- Courtesy of The Brunei Times

18 accidents recorded along Telisai-Lumut Highway within 29 days


A pick-up truck which hit a lamp post at the Telisai-Lumut highway under rainy conditions yesterday afternoon. Picture: BT/Aaron Wong 


BY AARON WONG

BELAIT - EIGHTEEN accidents have taken place along the Telisai-Lumut High-way since it opened 29 days ago, according to statistics from the Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF).
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