Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has pulled out of producing future Spider-Man...
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NEW YORK: Oil prices inched up on Friday, ending the week higher after stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data brightened the crude demand outlook and concerns over the safety of oil transport around the Strait of Hormuz threatened supply. [...]
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France on Thursday rejected a US investigation into its plans to tax internet giants which could trigger punitive tariffs, saying “threats” were not the way to resolve disputes.
“Between allies, I believe we can and must resolve our differences in another way than through threats,” Economy Minister Bruno le Maire (picture) told the French Senate ahead of a vote.
If the law is passed, as expected, France will become the first major economy to impose a tax on internet heavyweights.
Dubbed the GAFA tax – an acronym for Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon – the legislation will impose a levy of 3.0 percent on total annual revenues of the largest tech firms providing services to French consumers.
Le Maire said he was warned about the so-called Section 301 investigation during a “long conversation” with US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Wednesday.
“It is the first time in the history of the relationship between the United States and France that the US administration has decided to open a procedure under Section 301,” he said.
This type of investigation is the primary tool the Trump administration has used in the trade war with China to justify tariffs against what the United States says are unfair trade practices.
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Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg reminded school leaders that they play an important role to ensure the successful delivery of quality education to students.― Bernama pic
KUCHING, July 2 — Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg today urged school administrators and teachers to support to the teaching of Mathematics and Science subjects in English to Primary One classes in Sarawak. He said educators should not have any doubt and dispute the implementation next year in Sarawak.“This initiative cannot rely upon any ideological or political distinction as education is based on the survival of the civilisation and the nation.“Therefore, I would like to urge all school leaders to carry out their duties and responsibilities with professionalism and without any political or ideological influence.“I guarantee that I will not pursue any political differences between the state and national administration in terms of education,” he stressed in his speech at the opening a Leadership and Management Workshop for secondary school principals here today. His speech text was read by state Education, Science and Technological Research Minister Datuk Seri Michael Manyin.Abang Johari reminded school leaders that they play an important role to ensure the successful delivery of quality education to students.“Principals should also be able to offer quality leadership and management for formal and informal education on their respective schools,” he added.Abang Johari said he has high expectations for the principals to strive for success and excellence in schools.A total of 152 secondary school principals are attending the workshops which will end on July 4. [...]
Apple Inc could be seeing weaker-than-expected demand for its iPhone product line, especially in China, where trade tensions have been weighing down sales, analysts said on June 17. [...]
GENEVA (June 14): The U.S. asked the World Trade Organization to suspend its dispute over China’s intellectual property practices for six months, according to a... [...]
Supporters of a ban on fur sales stand on the steps of City Hall in New York May 15, 2019. — Reuters pic
NEW YORK, May 16 — A proposal to ban the sale of fur in New York has pitted animal rights advocates against an unexpected alliance of local industry figures and minority groups who say wearing fur is an important cultural marker.Separated by police, hundreds of protesters on both sides of the debate squared off outside City Hall yesterday as the city council debated the bill, which would impose fines starting at US$500 (RM2,000) for people who sold new fur products but would permit the sale of second-hand gear.“For me, this is really an argument about how we treat animals and how we act as a humane society,” Corey Johnson, a city council member backing the bill, said last week. “I think it’s unnecessary to kill animals just to wear them.”Opponents of the ban say it would endanger 150 small businesses and 7,000 jobs, while others have pointed out that wearing fur hats is a religious practice for Hasidic Jews, who have a large community in New York.Black Americans also regard wearing fur as a time-honoured tradition, opponents say.At the protest, where opponents waved signs saying, “Protect New York jobs -- no fur ban” and ban supporters carried placards decrying using animals as “fashion tools,” rapper Safaree Samuels tweeted a video of himself attending dressed in what looked to be a fur coat.“No fur ban!” and “Our choice, our right! Leave us alone!” he chanted.“Fur has long held importance to the African American community,” he tweeted. “Fashion has long been a way that people of colour express themselves. Banning fur is one more way to silence us.”While a final vote on the New York bill hasn’t been scheduled, the fur industry is under increasing pressure from American cities.San Francisco and Los Angeles have already approved fur bans and London Fashion Week organisers announced in September that fur would no longer appear on its runways.Fashion giants Gucci, Versace and Burberry have also discontinued the use of fur in their designs. — AFP [...]
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): A dispute over debt could have led to the murder of an event planner at a Ukay Perdana apartment in Ampang near here, police said. [...]
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail receives a courtesy call from European Union envoys, led by Maria Castillo Fernandez (centre), at Perdana Putra, Putrajaya July 23, 2018. — Bernama pic
KUALA LUMPUR, May 12 — The European Union (EU) is optimistic that its relationship with Malaysia will remain strong even in the midst of the discord regarding the palm oil issue.EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation to Malaysia Maria Castillo Fernandez said while currently there is no ban of the palm oil going into the EU, it is open to dialogues with Malaysia in order to overcome their differences on the matter.“Our relations is more than palm oil and we shouldn’t let it hurt the relationship that had been forged for so long. We have to look at the middle and long term solutions and we are always open to dialogues, listening to our partner in Malaysia,” she said. She said this to Bernama International News Service during the Europe Day celebration here, on Wednesday. Europe Day is celebrated annually on May 9 by its 28 member states to mark the Schuman Declaration — signed on May 9 in 1950 — that gave birth to the European Union.Malaysia and the EU had been at loggerheads over the latter’s proposed plan to restrict palm oil in biofuel starting 2021 and to completely phase it out by 2031.The 28-member bloc had said that the cultivation of the crop had led to deforestation and climate change. However, Malaysia refuted the claims, calling it misleading and economically detrimental to the industry, especially to some 650,000 oil palm smallholders in the country.Malaysia is the world’s second largest palm oil producer after Indonesia.Data from the Malaysian Palm Oil Board showed that the country exported a total of 1.91 million tonnes of palm oil to the EU in 2018, down by four per cent from 1.99 million tonnes recorded in 2017.The EU is the second largest importer of Malaysian palm oil after India, buying 12 per cent of the total palm oil produced in 2018.Fernandez said the EU representatives in Malaysia will continue to engage with relevant authorities, oil palm smallholders and local communities besides visiting plantations to gain first-hand knowledge of the issue.On another note, Fernandez said the EU will continue to support Malaysia’s democracy, it’s ongoing efforts on institutional reforms agenda as well as to improve its human rights standing among others. Apart from the political, trade and economic sector, the EU collaborates with Malaysia and its civil society in a wide range of fields such as education, culture, environment, and sustainable development. “We are Malaysia’s very close partner and we need to work for our relations and try to overcome the challenges like the palm oil issue.“We are already doing much together and there’s many more we can do together,” she said. — Bernama [...]
Malaysia is considering to elevate the issue of the European Commission’s delegated act to implement the European Union Renewable Energy Directive (EU RED II) for 2021-2030 to the dispute settlement mechanism under the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
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KUALA LUMPUR: The ringgit open unchanged against the US dollar today as investors wait for key releases from the two-day Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting and the prolong trade dispute between the US and China. [...]
MIRI: The Mulu National Park natives, currently staging human-blockades against an oil-palm giant to stop forest-clearing, are bringing their fight to the world stage. [...]
Baru speaks at a press conference after the interview session with RTM.
MIRI: The dispute between the rural community of Long Terawan and an oil palm plantation operator who the former claimed to have entered and trespassed into Native Customary Rights (NCR) land belonging to the local villagers will end soon.
In giving this assurance, Works Minister Baru Bian said he is aware of the issue which has turned into a landmark case concerning NCR land lately.
“I have been informed of the claims made by the residents in Long Terawan.
“In fact, the issue regarding the Pemakai Menoa and Pulau Galau will be discussed again in a case on March 17. I know this because my firm is also involved and I hope this will be able to end any disputes and doubts regarding this landmark case,” he told reporters when met after an interview session with Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) here today.
In this regard, Baru also advised state leaders to never filter or set aside matters concerning NCR land.
“Such issues should be investigated and brought to court for further action. Each complaint must be investigated and finalised in court.
“I hope the state government will be patient and investigate the complaints and claims regarding NCR lands,” he added.
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Ride-hailing company Grab said on Jan 12 it had filed an appeal against a Vietnamese court ruling last month that ordered it to pay 4.8bil dong (RM843,300) in compensation to a local taxi operator. [...]
SEOUL: South Korean exports fell slightly in December from a year earlier, official data showed on Tuesday, missing even the most pessimistic forecast from a Reuters survey and providing fresh evidence of a cooling global economy. [...]