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Elephant-human conflict: Sabah Wildlife Dept captures aggressive female elephant in Telupid

23-Feb-2018
Sabah Wildlife Department has captured an aggressive female elephant Wednesday following villagers’ complaints. This was made possible by the department’s Wildlife Rescue Unit. NSTP has recently reported that the human-elephant conflict here has grown rampant with sightings of two herds of about 20 elephants reported at Kampung Gambaron and its surrounding areas since early this year. The Wildlife Rescue Unit has been stationed at the area around the clock to contain the situation involving the large herd of elephants, including four baby elephants.

Ensuring palm oil sustainability

23-Feb-2018
Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said 633,232 ha of oil palm plantation and 59 mills have voluntarily obtained the Malaysia Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) certification as of January. There are 5.7 million ha of oil palm plantation and 454 mills in the country. “We want to prove to the world that we are very committed towards ensuring palm oil is produced sustainably, and this is why we are embarking on the MSPO certification.

Malaysian palm oil price pares gains on less than expected output drop

23-Feb-2018
Malaysian palm oil futures fell on Thursday evening, ending the day slightly weaker after posting gains at noon, as market sentiment turned bearish on a less than expected drop in output. The market was up earlier on the back of a weaker ringgit and overnight gains in soyoil on the U.S. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT).

Malaysia's palm oil producers committed towards sustainability: Mah

23-Feb-2018
Malaysia is pulling all stops to increase the environment factor as the basis in developing the country's palm oil industry, Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong said today. Under the Malaysian Sustainable Palm Oil (MSPO) Certification Scheme, he said, about 625,900ha of oil palm planted areas in the country had been certified. "This is a 160 per cent (384,110ha) increase of MSPO total certified area, from 241,790ha in June 2017 to 625,900ha as of January this year.

More EU countries pledge support against palm oil ban

23-Feb-2018
THE government is confident to change the European Union’s (EU) standpoint to phase out the use of palm oil in biofuels by 2020 with more European countries having pledged support to Malaysia against the EU resolution. Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong (picture) said the ministry has managed to secure close to 50% of the total European leaders to show support against the ban. “The council of ministers are focusing on Europe’s six biggest countries, which are Germany, France, the UK, Italy, Spain and Poland,” Mah told reporters at a media briefing in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Production fall stirs buying interest in palm oil

22-Feb-2018
Malaysian palm oil futures rose marginally on Wednesday, as lower production numbers stirred some interest despite slower buying from India capping the gains. The benchmark palm oil contract for May delivery on the Bursa Malaysia Derivatives Exchange was up 0.16% at 2,489 ringgit (US$638.21) a tonne. Trading volumes were robust, with 55,723 lots of 25 tonnes each during the first half.

Report: Malaysia seeks UK support in palm oil row with EU, eyes post-Brexit trade deal

22-Feb-2018
Malaysia is seeking UK’s support to scrap the European Union’s palm oil ban, and is agreeable to sign a free trade deal after Brexit, according to a report. UK’s The Telegraph yesterday reported that senior Malaysian officials flew to London last week to remind the British government of the close trade ties between the two countries and hinted at sanctions if the ban came into effect. Branding the move as a form of “crop apartheid”, Plantation Industries and Commodities minister Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong told the UK daily that he was looking to Britain for support due to “close historical ties and good relationships as Commonwealth countries.”

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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: