Engineering giant selected to supply Trent 7000 engines to power a fleet of new aircraft

Derby’s Rolls-Royce is celebrating after being awarded a multi-million pound deal to supply aero engines for a fleet of new aircraft.

The engineering giant, which has its civil aerospace division, in Sinfin, has welcomed a decision by Kuwait Airways to place an order for a fleet of eight Airbus A330-800neo aircraft, which are exclusively powered by the Trent 7000.


The exact cost of the engine deal has not been disclosed but it is thought to be worth several million pounds to Rolls-Royce.

The Trent 7000, which has been designed and developed in Derby, is the newest member of the successful Rolls-Royce Trent engine family.

 The Airbus A330neo is exclusively powered by Rolls-Royce's Trent 7000 engines

The Airbus A330neo is exclusively powered by Rolls-Royce's Trent 7000 engines 

This summer, the engine was cleared to start operating passenger services after being awarded its certificate of airworthiness from the European Aviation Safety Agency following a series of rigorous tests.

The engine is due to start powering passenger services later this year with launch customer TAP Air Portugal.

In the meantime, the Trent 7000 has been racking up orders from customers who are attracted by the fact that the engine is more fuel-efficient and less noisy than its predecessor, the Trent 700.

 The Airbus A330neo which performed a fly-past over Derby on Wednesday

The Airbus A330neo will start passenger services with TAP Air Portugal 

The Trent 7000 brings together some of the best technology from other engines in the Trent family.

It combines more than 50 million flying hours of experience from the Trent 700, which powers the original version of the A330.

It also includes architecture from the Trent 1000 TEN – the latest version of the Trent 1000 engine – and the latest technology from the Trent XWB.

 The Trent 7000 brings together the best technology from other Rolls-Royce Trent engines

The Trent 7000 brings together the best technology from other Rolls-Royce Trent engines

Reacting to the latest order from Kuwait Airways, John Kelly, Rolls-Royce’s senior vice-president for the Middle East and Africa (civil aerospace), said: “We warmly welcome this announcement by Kuwait Airways and look forward to continuing our long and established relationship with the airline.”

The latest order for the Trent 7000 is a boost for the staff at Derby’s Rolls-Royce, who in June were rocked by the news that the company was to shed around 4,600 staff over the next two years - with up to 3,000 redundancies expected in the city.

The company has also been beset by problems with another engine currently in service - the Trent 1000 - with parts wearing out quicker than expected.

Rolls-Royce is working on a fix for that engine - but it is likely to incur significant costs, not just from finding a solution, but also from compensating airlines whose services have been disrupted.


Source: derbytelegraph.co.uk

Sunday, 21 October 2018 20:07

Indian held with ‘paan’

An Indian passenger was arrested at Kuwait International Airport in possession of 250 grams of betel leaves (paan). According to sources, customs officers were checking the luggage of passengers who arrived at the airport from an Asian country when they found the betel leaves inside the luggage of an Indian expatriate. When they questioned him, he said it was intended for personal use. He was arrested and referred him to the Drugs Control General Department for necessary legal action


Source: Arab times

Sunday, 21 October 2018 19:05

Phone users to lose cars

Phone users to lose cars ...Drifters’ cars will be confiscated for 2 months

According to a source from the General Traffic Department (GTD), the department instructed its officers to confiscate only the driving licenses of violators and impound their vehicles in cases which warrant such punitive measures, not the Roadworthiness Certificate.

The source said some motorists, especially those whose vehicles belong to their sponsors, commit traffic violations which result in confiscation of the certificate but once that happens, their sponsors are unable to use the vehicles due to lack of this vital certificate.

The GTD also instructed its personnel to continue implementing traffic laws strictly to deter reckless driving by impounding vehicles for two months, particularly the motorists who put their lives and that of others in danger.

It also emphasized the need to intensify traffic campaigns on the streets and areas frequented by reckless motorists, especially during weekends.

It called on parents to refrain from giving their vehicles to their teenaged children as some of them use these vehicles to go to school, affirming it will not hesitate in referring young reckless motorists to the Juvenile Court and impound their vehicles. It warned that such punishment will cause a delay in applying for driving licenses once these teenagers reach the legal age.

The Traffic Law states that it is permissible for the traffic police to impound a vehicle if the motorist is using mobile phone while driving. At the same time, the traffic police can issue another citation for not paying attention while driving to the same motorist.


Source: Arabtimes

Member of the Job Crisis and Replacement Policy Committee in the Parliament MP Mohammed Al-Dalaal has stressed the need to address the issue of the large Egyptian and Filipino communities in the country.

He pointed out, “We do not need a huge number of Egyptian and Filipino employees, especially the marginalized workers who cause certain problems like traffic congestion, paralyzing State services and job crisis.” He criticized the government’s lack of vision in limiting the number of these employees while he considers the State policy on employment replacement just a “banner without implementation.” He said there is no clear vision in terms of priorities in addressing the job crisis and implementing the replacement policy, as no one is even looking at how these workers outnumber Kuwaitis in the private sector.

He highlighted the disproportionate number of Egyptian and Filipino workers in the country. He admitted that decreasing the number of marginalized employees is a challenge for his committee, since the government’s plan in addressing the issue lacks a long term vision. “We are not doing anything to control the number of these workers while their respective countries and other bodies are pushing in more workers.”

He urged the government to focus on addressing the issue because the increasing number of foreign workers will “pose a danger to us as a country. If the Ministry of Interior intensifies its efforts, thousands of erring workers will be arrested and deported. This is not racism; the country does not need such a large number of foreign workers. The focus should be on skilled labor force for the good of the country.”


Source: Arabtimes


Al-Durra Home Employment Company has reached a very advanced stage of recruiting workers from 4 new countries including Burkina Faso, Vietnam, Nepal and Ethiopia, in an effort to contribute to solving the labor shortage crisis and reducing the cost of recruitment.

In addition to bringing in new workers from the Philippines, she is waiting to include the contracts in the procedures of the new system to be applied by the Philippines, which provides for the payment of a salary, in which the worker gets a month's wages in advance before coming to the country within the total price paid, Her salary account starts from the first day of her second month of work.

Burkina Faso is expected to reach around 590 dinars, with a salary of 70 to 80 dinars. The company has almost completed the deal with Ethiopia, and is likely to be worth about 380 dinars and a salary of about 80 dinars.

Saturday, 20 October 2018 09:59

Jollibee Will Soon Open First Branch in the UK

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Jollibee will soon open its first store in the United Kingdom, stepping forward to expand its chain of fast foods to Europe.

The Philippine’s largest fast food chain posted a photo of Jollibee mascot on Twitter shaking hands with British Ambassador to the Philippines Daniel Pruce.

Following the interview on ANC last October 2017, Pruce shared his “love” over Jollibee’s signature fried chicken – the Chicken Joy.

Just this March, Jollibee opened its first store in Milan, Italy.

Jollibee stores are present in different countries all over the world, targeting Filipino communities especially in the US, Southeast Asia,andthe Middle East.

Jollibee also acquired Smashburger in the US and also plans to have a franchise of Tim Ho Wan.

Currently, Jollibee operates to 157 foreign markets across the world. These countries include Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, China, Qatar, Singapore, and Macau.

In the Philippines, it operates about 954 stores and the number is still growing up to this day. For OFWs who miss the Philippines, eating at Jollibee gives them a sense of home, as they remember moments that they shared with their families as they happily dine together.

Sondos Alqattan refused to apologise for comments criticising Kuwait's new laws that granted Filipino domestic workers in the Gulf state one day off per week

Source: arabianbusiness

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Sondos Alqattan, known for her online make-up tutorials, said the backlash was “unjustified” and did not require an apology.

Multi-billion dollar French fashion empire Christian Dior invited controversial Kuwaiti blogger and social media influencer Sondos Alqattan to view their latest Spring-Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear line, extending her an invite to their fashion show in Paris in September.

On July 10, 2018, Alqattan posted a video to her some 2.3 million followers on Instagram in which she criticised Kuwait’s new laws that granted Filipino domestic workers in the Gulf state one day off per week and prevented employers from keeping their passports.

Following the outrage sparked by her comments, brands like MAC, Shiseido, Max Factor and French perfume brand M.Micalle stepped forward to renounce her views and cut ties with her.

An unapologetic Alqattan retaliated by saying that she will reveal all the brands that have severed collaborations with her, so that her 2.3 million followers can, in turn, boycott them.

Personal invite

Alqattan posted a personal invite from Dior along with a collection of Instagram photos and more than 30 Instagram stories from her trip to Paris.

The invite, addressed in handwriting to “Madame Sondos Alqattan”, and signed-off with “Sincerely yours” from Pietro Beccari, President & CEO, Christian Dior Coutre, read: “It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you in Paris on the occasion of our Spring-Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear show, on September 24. I hope this experience will be the opportunity for you to discover further the unique world of Dior. I wish you a very pleasant stay.”


Alqattan’s Instagram feed shows a photo of her invite accompanied by an opened Dior box containing the brand’s new monogram oblique canvas zip clutch, which amassed 34,173 likes.

Another blogger, @therealfashionblogger, posted the same clutch on her Instagram feed on October 1, with a caption that read: “Thank you so much Dior for this amazing gift from the SS19 Fashion Show in Paris last week.”


Alqattan posted a personal invite from Dior along with a collection of Instagram photos and more than 30 Instagram stories from her trip to Paris.

The invite, addressed in handwriting to “Madame Sondos Alqattan”, and signed-off with “Sincerely yours” from Pietro Beccari, President & CEO, Christian Dior Coutre, read: “It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you in Paris on the occasion of our Spring-Summer 2019 Ready-to-Wear show, on September 24. I hope this experience will be the opportunity for you to discover further the unique world of Dior. I wish you a very pleasant stay.”


Alqattan’s feed has been consistently flooded with photos of Dior merchandise over the past months.

On September 25, Alqattan posed at with the caption: “Today I viewed all the pieces which were featured in the Dior fashion show yesterday, and we can choose and custom order the pieces we want, which will be delivered in February 2019, if God is willing.”

The previous month, Alqattan, decked with Dior’s new saddle bag in canvas embroidered with threads and beads from its Winter 2018 collection, posted: “Don’t care for those who ignore you. Care for those who ignore people for you #dior #diorbag #saddlebag

Alqattan’s Instagram stories are also littered with footage of the famous luxury house’s fashion show on September 24 at the famed Paris racecourse Hippodrome de Longchamp, and also feature various elements of Dior hospitality such as cookies in the shape of the Eiffel Tower individually wrapped in Dior ribbons.

Dior was given the opening slot at Paris Fashion Week and received rave reviews for head designer Maria Grazia Chiuri’s newest collection and its dance-inspired debut choreographed by Sharon Eyal.


Alqattan, known for her online make-up tutorials, told AFP in July that the backlash was “unjustified” and did not require an apology.

The beauty blogger insisted that her comments were not an “insult to the employee, and do not concern humanity or human rights because I did not deprive the employee of her salary or beat her”.

She has since deleted the clip and disabled comments on her Instagram.

Dior did not respond to repeated requests for comment asking whether the brand was aware of the Kuwait influencer’s recent comments or whether it was aligned with her statements and values, and whether it considered a worthy ambassador for its products.

Dior also did not respond to questions about whether the retailer was concerned Alqattan would follow through on her threat telling her followers to boycott brands who severe collaborations with her or whether the invite was an oversight.

Christian Dior is the planet's largest retailer focused on clothing, shoes and accessories, the 150th largest company in the world, according to Forbes' Global 2000 list of the biggest and most powerful public companies, as measured by a composite score of revenues, profits, assets and market value.

The high-end fashion house saw sales rise by double digits in 2017 to a record-breaking $49 billion.

Christian Dior SA owns 41 percent of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, while LVMH is the parent company to Dior Couture, as well as Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Celine, among nearly 70 other fashion and non-fashion brands.

For Filipinos and many countries abroad,The passport serves as one of the main requirement to travel across countries. Once you have it, this should remain in your possession without further explanation.

There are already a lot of issues, especially to OFW’s, involving the employer and employee as to who will hold their employees passport. But actually, there’s no question to that. A passport should be in the possession of the person whose name and image is attached to it. 

Sadly, this rule is not practiced by all employers especially with OFWs working in Middle East countries.


The Labor Ministry has reiterated that it is the right of foreign workers to keep their passports and official documents.
“Anybody violating this rule will face serious penalties,” said Taysir Al-Mofraj, the ministry’s spokesman.
– Arab News 


“Companies in Kuwait will no longer be allowed to withhold employees’ passports under new labour laws being written, according to Arabic daily Al Shahed. A draft resolution is expected to be submitted to the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of Planning and Development Hind Al- Subaih before the end of this month, the daily said, quoting ministry sources.”
– Arabian Business 

“It [new law on domestic helpers] prohibits employers from confiscating workers’ passports, a common abuse, but fails to specify penalties.”
– Human Rights Watch


International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on the Abolition of Forced Labour

“Retaining workers’ passport also amounts to forcible work in violation of International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention on the Abolition of Forced Labour – to which the UAE is a signatory. Employers who fail to give workers their passports on request are in breach of trust. The offence carries imprisonment of upto three years and/or fine amounting to AED20,000 or more,” quotes UAE Ministry of Labour Legal Department.


“It was stated in a decree by the Ministry of Interior (in December 2002) that it will be considered as an illegal action to retain the passports except by governmental parties. It is a personal travel document that proves the identity of the holder, and the laws stipulate that the bearer must keep his or her passport and present it to the government authorities upon request. In case of holding of passports by anyone without a court order, there will be a suitable punishment by the law.”
– Jamie Liddington, head of employment at law firm Hadef & Partners 


“No person shall be arrested, detained, imprisoned, searched or compelled to reside in a specified place, nor shall the residence of any person or his liberty to choose his place of residence or his liberty of movement be restricted, except in accordance with the law and under the supervision of the judicial authorities.”
– Constitution of Bahrain Article 19 Section b


“It is illegal to keep the passport of the employee as it is a personal document and legally, the property of the government issuing it. In Oman, normally a passport is handed over by the expat only to get a residence visa stamped on it and as per the rules, it should be returned after the stamping.”

– Moath Al Ghilani, an Omani lawyer


Qatar Labor Law – #4 of 2009 Regulating The Entry And Exit Of Expatriates In Qatar And Their Residence And Sponsorship
Article 9: The sponsor shall deliver the passport or travel document to the sponsored person once the procedures for issuing or renewing the residence permit are accomplished.
– BrasemDoha

“The Law 4/2009 regulates the entry, exit and residency of the country’s foreign workers (expatriates) and it gives adequate protection to the foreigners and guarantees their right to keep passports in their possession.. Violation of the law could amount to a penalty of not less than QR10,000 to the sponsor or his representative for every passports that he keeps in his illegal custody.”
– Doha legal activist and Migrant Asia regional co-ordinator Nizar Kochery

According to Bloomberg, SM Prime Holdings, Philippine’s largest shopping mall operator, will have its first store in the Philippines.

It is expected that the first IKEA store will be stationed at SM’s Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex. It is tagged as home to Philippine’s one of the largest malls, Conrad hotel branch and an events arena that can sponsor dozens of guests.

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On February, JosefinThorell, spokesperson of Inter IKEA Systems, first confirmed that IKEA will open its store in the Philippines.

IKEA has established its stores in countries like USA, Australia, United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Canada, Spain, China, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Russia, Denmark, Portugal, Finland, Poland, France, Norway, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, Japan, Italy, Cyprus, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Kuwait, Malaysia, Romania, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Turkey. OFWs who worked in this country will surely recognize this famous store.

They are also known for their simple yet sturdy designs and crafts. Their items are also self-assemble making it so convenient. Their designs are famous all across the glove and their retailer aims to acquire 50 billion euros by 2020.

Saudi Arabia is a Muslim country, which is very strict when it comes to their laws and customs. Even domestic workers are obligated to follow these rules to avoid getting fined or jailed.

Domestic helpers working inside the house of their employers should avoid taking pictures and selfies or videos inside their employer’s house to avoid getting reprimanded. Much more if you post these images and video online, you will surely suffer the consequences just like this OFW in Saudi who took sexy images/videos and posted it online.


A certain Irene de la Fuente reminded Filipino domestic helpers to take the rules and regulations in Saudi Arabia very seriously or risk suffering the consequences of your actions.

According to the Facebook user, a domestic helper in Saudi Arabia posted sexy images and videos of herself inside the house of her employers. However, her employers found out and it angered them.

Because of this, her employer strangled her and detained the Filipina.

If weighed rightfully, both parties have their own lapses. Employers should never hurt their domestic helpers and domestic helpers should abide by the laws and customs of the foreign country they are in.

In the post, the domestic helper can also be seen not wearing a hijab or abaya to cover her face and body. Inside she exposed all of it, which is a clear violation of Saudi law.

Facebook user de la Fuente, reminds other domestic helpers to avoid taking selfies especially if the employer is strict. Who knows there are CCTV and hidden cameras all over the house to watch your every move.

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