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Farmers won’t sell glutinous rice
SIBURAN (October 26, 1974) – Glutinous rice is again expected to be insufficient this year and, except for their own consumption, farmers are refusing to sell.
Last year, a gantang sold from $6 to $10.
Housewives say local glutinous rice is tastier and ideal for making cakes. However, owing to the shortage, consumers have to buy the less tasty imported variety.
The Agriculture Department has encouraged farmers to cultivate more glutinous rice to meet the demand, but the farmers have not been very responsive.
In Pedawan, where wet padi cultivation is impossible, glutinous rice is in surplus. But the farmers sell only when they need the money.
Borneo film wins top award
BRISTOL (October 27, 1984) – A film shot in Brunei’s mangrove swamps has won a top award at an international wildlife film and television festival.
The 53-minute documentary, ‘Siarau – The Tidal Forest’, picked up the Golden Panda for the best overall film at Wildscreen ’84, held in Bristol, southwest England, last week.
The five-day festival is only in its second year but has already earned a reputation as the most important international event of its kind and attracted 127 entries from 23 countries.
The award for the Brunei film, made by Partridge Productions of London, was announced by an international jury headed by world-famous naturalist Sir Peter Scott.
It was presented to the film’s co-producers Mr Michael Rosenberg and Mr Phil Agland by Princess Alexandra, president of the World Wildlife Fund UK.
The film, which has already been shown twice on Brunei television, was finished late last year after almost a year of filming the mangrove swamps of Brunei’s Siarau area.
Most of the Brunei work was done by freelance cameraman Mike Potts and zoologist Neil MacKenzie, who had spent two-and-a-half years in Sarawak as a wildlife research officer.
They finished filming in Siarau in August last year.
The film was one of a six-part natural history series made by Partridge Productions for Britain’s new Channel Four television station and has already been screened in Britain.
The finished documentary shows the array of wildlife to be found along the salt-water zone of mangrove swamps.
Shoe-nappers on the prowl
OCTOBER 29/30, 1994 – Residents in the Belait District, particularly those living in some government flats, are not taking any chances with their shoes these days.
For the ‘shoe-nappers’ are on the prowl.
According to some residents, they have been losing their footwear from their very doorsteps.
The ‘shoe-nappers’ are said to strike at odd hours of the day and night, pilfering the good footwear left outside the doorways or on the stairs by their owners.
Expensive trainer shoes and leather footwear are found to be popular with the mysterious shoe-nappers, some residents said.
Snakebusters snare a python
OCTOBER 11, 2004 – Menglait-based Indonesian workers subdued a 15-foot python inside a chicken hut in Kg Sungai Hanching a few days ago.
A villager from Kg Sungai Hanching had fetched the Indonesian workers from Menglait.
He had earlier seen the python inside the chicken hut where it had feasted on a hen.
With a full belly, the python could not move out and was trapped inside in the chicken hut.
It was the Indonesians’ 29th haul, and the first outside Menglait, where they had received wide publicity for their python-catching feats.
The python was caught and put into a special cage.
Like the previous catches, a Chinese buyer would release the giant snake in the jungle.
When they returned home, they landed their 30th catch, a seven-foot python, which swallowed a rat. – Rosli Abidin Yahya
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