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Malaysian palm oil price jumps 2% on improving export demand

21-Jul-2017
The benchmark palm oil contract for October delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was up 2 percent at 2,576 ringgit ($600.47) on Thursday evening, its strongest daily gain in nearly four months. The market earlier hit an intraday high of 2,578 ringgit, its highest level since July 12.

UPM professor invents new e-cutter for Felda oil palm smallholders

21-Jul-2017
HULU SELANGOR: The immense labour force needed by oil palm smallholders is poised to be slashed significantly with the invention of Universiti Putra Malaysia’s electric cutter.

M'sia targets 50% rise in palm product exports to Philippines by 2020

21-Jul-2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is targetting the export of palm oil and palm-based products to the Philippines to increase by 50% to RM3bil by 2020, from RM1.99bil recorded in 2015.

Malaysian palm oil/Vegoils: Market factors to watch Thursday July 20

20-Jul-2017
Malaysian palm oil futures rebounded on Thursday evening, lifted from an earlier two-week low by expectations of stronger cargo surveyor data. The market had fallen on an expected increase in production, with Malaysia's palm oil output on track to rebound this year from an El Nino-affected 2016, though a Reuters poll of traders, planters and analysts suggested it will miss previous forecasts on a par with 2015's record high.

Malaysia targets Philippines to import more palm oil, rubber

20-Jul-2017
The Philippines is expected to buy more palm oil from Malaysia as exporters ramp up promotional activities with the Philippines International Trade Corp. Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) data revealed, in 2016, exporters shipped 625,007 tonnes to the Philippines. Authoritative journal Oil World estimated the Philippines bought around 950,000 tonnes of palm oil in 2016, of which two third were shipped over from Malaysia.

Malaysian palm oil price rebounds from losses on export expectations

20-Jul-2017
Malaysian palm oil futures rebounded on Thursday evening, lifted from an earlier two-week low by expectations of stronger cargo surveyor data. The market had fallen on an expected increase in production, with Malaysia's palm oil output on track to rebound this year from an El Nino-affected 2016, though a Reuters poll of traders, planters and analysts suggested it will miss previous forecasts on a par with 2015's record high. The benchmark palm oil contract for October delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange rose 0.5 percent to 2,525 ringgit ($589.33) at the midday break. It earlier dipped to 2,494 ringgit, its lowest since July 4.

Labour shortage costs FGV RM2m a day

19-Jul-2017
Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) is losing roughly RM2 million a day in potential revenue due to the current foreign labour shortage, says acting chairman Tan Sri Dr Sulaiman Mahbob. The labour shortage means the plantation giant cannot fully harvest its fresh fruit bunches. “Roughly, our estimate shows that about RM2 million a day is lost due to shortage of labour,” Sulaiman said yesterday in his first press conference since being appointed to the role on June 19. He took over the role from Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad.

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Alexander Payne On ‘Nebraska’ Why He’s Not Making Fun Of People From The Midwest

Alexander Payne takes a direct approach to interviews. He’s certainly not there to make the interviewer feel comfortable, but it’s rarely ever truly contentious. One subject, however, Payne doesn’t like is the accusation that the Omaha born director behind “Election,” “Sideways” and “About Schmidt” is somehow belittling his Midwestern subjects. It’s obvious how much Payne loves these characters, which is why his newest film, “Nebraska,” just might be one of the most accurate depictions of modern life in the Midwest put on film.

In “Nebraska,” out Nov. 15 in limited release, David (Will Forte) has given up on trying to explain to his father, Woody (Bruce Dern), that the $1 million dollars Woody “may have already won” from a magazine subscription service is a scam. After a few incidents where a confused Woody tries to walk from Billings, Mont. to Lincoln, Neb. in cheap michael kors an ill fated attempt to pick up the prize, David decides to drive Woody to Nebraska himself. On the way, the father and son stop in their old hometown where, now, Woody is a local celebrity due to his “good fortune.”

Payne is in New York City for the New York Film Festival premiere of “Nebraska.” We spoke the day after its successful Tuesday night screening about the nuances that go into making a black and white movie set in Nebraska (as Payne’s mother said, filming the state of Nebraska in color would be “stupid”) and why the dynamics between Michael Kors from China his cast Dern and June Squibb as the parent, Forte and Bob Odenkirk as their sons was so important.

Having grown up in Missouri, “Nebraska” might be one of the greatest representations of people in the Midwest I’ve seen.

Well, (A), I’m from the Midwest I’m from Omaha and I still live there and (B) I try to be observant and (C) I try to represent what I observe in films.

After I saw the film, I was asked by people not from the Midwest if I thought the movie makes fun of Midwesterners. I said, “No.”

Whenever I get the cheap michael kors question, “Are you making fun?” or if I’m being accused of feeling superior to the characters, it’s usually by people who themselves feel superior to others. At least I think so. I remember when “Fargo” came out, the Coen brothers got some shit for making fun. People in Minnesota peed their pants that movie was so funny. Are you kidding me?

I can’t imagine anyone Replica Michael Kors Handbags in the Midwest is going to think that they are being made fun of.

I get more comments or questions about how I seem to love my characters than I do about how I seem to be making fun of those, so, michael kors handbags whatever. Look, I just make them. And I can’t change how anybody sees the film. So, whatever.

I thought people that I know were just asking me that, I am surprised people are asking you that.

Yeah, from time to time. Or I’ll read it in a review or something.

I do love the two local bars in the movie that look exactly the same. Especially with Chicago’s “We Can Last Forever” playing in the background.

[Laughs] Yeah, right. Very accurate, yeah. We tried about 50 songs for that scene trying to find stuff that melded well with the rhythm of the dialogue that seemed completely believable in that bar and that we can afford. And that’s the one we landed on. One I was temping with for weeks that I also loved was [Three Dog Night’s] “Never Been To Spain.” That one works, too.

It’s interesting you michael kors outlet filmed this in black and white because the look did remind me of the cover of Bruce Sprigsteen’s “Nebraska.”Was there any influence?

[Laughs] No.

I guess my point is that the perfect image of Nebraska is in black and white. Why does Nebraska work so well in black and white?

I don’t know. My mom said my mom saw it last night and she said in the car driving home, she goes, “Now I see why you had to make it in black and white. It would have Michael Kors from china been stupid in color.” I said, “Mom, I’m going to use that line.” [laughs]

When I first heard that you wanted to cast Gene Hackman as Woody, I was really excited by that prospect. But now I can’t imagine anyone but Bruce Dern playing Woody.

I have to correct you michael kors handbags a little bit, in that my very first thought when I read the script nine years ago was Bruce Dern. And Gene Hackman, I definitely tried to meet, but he won’t meet anyone right now. He’s retired. And it got out that I was trying to meet him I met like 50 guys but I couldn’t meet Hackman. But he’s an obvious one you’d want to cross off the list. But, anyway. I wound up circling back to Bruce.

Did Will Forte’s casting come as a result of how he worked with Bruce Dern? If it weren’t Bruce Dern, would someone else have played David?

Yes. Well, the casting director John Jackson michael kors outlet and I were trying to put together the right cast, whom we believed were also in the same family. So, everything stemmed from casting Bruce first because that was the hardest part to cast, Woody. We believed that Woody would marry June and we believed that Will Forte and Bob Odenkirk could be brothers and be sons of that couple. Had I cast another Woody, I michael kors handbags outlet had other people besides Will and Bob who, in a different version, the movie could have worked.

Those two make a good comedic team, obviously both of their “SNL” backgrounds help.

Had I cast another Woody, the number two lineup of sons would have been very dark fellows. They could have been very believable brothers, and both are super funny . but that wasn’t how it worked out. We were very concerned about creating believable families. That’s the point.

I do wish the football game they were watching was a Chiefs game as opposed to the Lions and Bears.

[Laughs] Can’t help you, pal.

“Nebraska” had success at Cannes, but I feel it’s going to play better to people here.

I’ve had much more successful screenings, I feel, at Telluride and New York than I had at Cannes. I think the American audience understands a lot more of the subtle jokes.Articles Connexes´╝Ü