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PM to witness three MoU signings on palm oil and rubber in China

20-Aug-2018
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is expected to witness the signings of three agreements on palm oil and rubber during his official visit to China from Aug 17 to 21. According to the Ministry of Primary Industries, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) will be signed between the Malaysian Palm Oil Board and Tsinghua University on the promotion of Malaysian biofuel in China. A second MoU will be formalised between the Malaysian Rubber Board and Hainan State Farms Investment Holdings Group Co. Ltd on rubberised bitumen road techology and rubber tapping automation and mechanisation.

Teresa Kok to promote palm oil, rubber and timber on China trade mission

20-Aug-2018
Primary Industries Minister Teresa Kok will be part of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s official delegation to China, to promote Malaysia’s palm oil, rubber and timber. In a statement Friday, the ministry said the Prime Minister will witness the signing of three Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on Aug 20, involving palm oil and rubber. On Aug 21-24, Kok will lead an economic, promotion and investment mission to Beijing and Guangzhou to promote Malaysia’s commodities, explore market and investment opportunities, industry collaborations between private sectors, as well as, address trade and investment issues.

Varsity students say ’yes’ to palm oil

20-Aug-2018
WITH the pool of talents the university has, a Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) undergraduate believes that the students can tap into their skills and knowledge to improve palm oil and its by-products. “We have a lot of engineering students here. I’m sure we can use our engineering skills to enhance the quality of palm oil or innovate new palm oil by-products,” said Bhoshaga Mitrran Ravi Chandran, who is studying civil engineering.

Sliding currencies trigger palm oil demand concerns

17-Aug-2018
Sliding emerging market currencies are ringing alarm bells among traders concerned that palm oil demand will weaken across the region from China to Iran, as reduced purchasing power cuts into imports into countries like Turkey and India. With a plunging Turkish lira dragging down peer currencies, traders say they already see Indian buyers bargaining with key suppliers in Malaysia, the world's no. 2 producer, for lower prices. Importers also forecast fewer shipments to China and the Middle East this year.

In defence of Palm Oil

17-Aug-2018
MALAYSIA is a country that is built for business and trade. We are relatively small geographically and in population terms, but we have a dynamic economy, a skilled and educated workforce, and we are situated at the crossroads of strategically important trading routes. It is therefore natural that Malaysia’s trade, as a percentage of GDP, is 133% – compared with a global average of just 56%. As Malaysia’s business leaders look around the world, it is clear that there is a lack of leadership in international trade. The United States, China and the European Union are locked in bitter bilateral and trilateral disputes over trade, and other countries risk being caught in their lines of fire.

Malaysian palm oil price lifted by Short covering,market still bearish

17-Aug-2018
Malaysian palm oil futures reversed early losses to end higher on Thursday due to short covering, though traders said market sentiment was still bearish on trade and currency concerns. The benchmark palm oil contract for November delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was up 0.3 percent at 2,222 ringgit ($542) a tonne at the end of the trading day. Trading volumes totalled 45,547 lots of 25 tonnes. "We're seeing some short covering, though the market is still bearish on trade concerns," said a Kuala Lumpur-based trader, referring to the ongoing U.S.-China trade dispute, adding though that China seeking negotiations with the U.S. could ease jitters.

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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: