== Pine nuts: ==It is increasingly likely that prevailing demand will be affected by prices being pushed up exponentially. Pine nuts are almost certain to see diminishing demand, but the extent and timing of this fall remains to be seen. Fuelled by the stronger dollar, prices have been pushed close to the £10/kg for bulk for the first time in 10 years.== Pumpkin seeds: ==Prices, although well below pine nuts, have also climbed. UK prices look vulnerable due to a sustained decline in the value of sterling. Global demand will drop especially at these newly established prices which are over 100% higher than their usual traded levels but, currency permitting, we would expect to see stable prices rather than the exponential increases into 2009 we expected a few months ago.== Sunflower seeds: ==China has stepped up its production of sunflowers both to respond to increased demand from both manufacturers and crushers. With an unexpected reduction in global edible oil prices this year, the optimal Chinese supply has encouraged weaker “sunseed” pricing although for us in the UK, the currency adjustment has done us no favours. The net result is that spot prices are trading at parity to where they were before the currency depreciation.l Based on information provided by ingredients supplier RM Curtis.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Eastern Long Island residents have less than a month left to comment on whether the proposed new Suffolk County area code should be geographically split or be what’s known as an overlay.New York State officials are encouraging the public to weigh in on the proposal by emailing comments to [email protected], calling 1-800-335-2120 or by mailing their opinion to Public Service Commission (PSC) Secretary Kathleen Burgess, 3 Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York 12223. The deadline is Nov. 7.“The Public Service Commission is very much interested in hearing public comment on this area code issue,” James Denn, a spokesman for the commission, told the Press shortly before a pair of local public hearings on the issue in July.The need for the new three-digit number came after analysts recently determined that the 631 area code used for Suffolk telephone calls will run out of assignable phone numbers in two years. What three digits would make up the proposed new area code has yet to be determined.The 631 area code has served Suffolk since it was split from the 516 area code that serves Nassau County in 1999. This time, the state Department of Public Service (DPS) has recommended that the new area code be an overlay—meaning existing Suffolk phone numbers would not be impacted and new numbers would use the new area code.If the PSC ignores that recommendation and goes with the geographic split, the proposed dividing line would go through the western Suffolk towns of Islip and Smithtown. The DPS has left the door open to changing its recommendation based on the comments it receives.If the overlay option is used, Suffolk would have area code relief for about 45 years, according to projections. The downside? Current federal regulations would require 10-digit dialing within the county once the overlay is put in place.Those who comment in writing should refer to “Case 14-C-0182 – 631 Area Code Relief.” Callers should press “1” to leave comments, mentioning the 631 Area Code proceeding. Those in need of language assistance can call1-800-342-3377.
Polish Remontowa Shipbuilding yard, part of Remontowa Holding has laid the keel for the construction of the fourth Salish-class LNG-fueled vessel for BC Ferries. The yard noted that due to the effects of the coronavirus, the event was a technical one taking place without shipowner representatives.Remontowa noted in its statement that the contract for the construction of the became valid in December last year and the first steel was cut in February. Launching is planned for mid-November this year, and the yard is set to deliver the vessel in 2021, the statement reads.The 107-meter Salish Class vessel will have the capacity to carry at least 138 vehicles and up to 600 passengers and crew. It will allow for the retirement of the Mayne Queen, a diesel-fuelled vessel. It will operate, together with the Queen of Cumberland, on the Swartz Bay – Southern Gulf Islands line in the province of British Columbia in western Canada.The ship will be powered by three Wartsila engines and electrically propelled by Schottel thrusters at each end, driven by an efficient gas-electric power plant.The agreement with Remontowa is a design-build, fixed-priced contract that provides BC Ferries with substantial guarantees related to delivery dates, performance criteria, cost certainty and quality construction. The total project budget, which includes financing and project management costs, is approximately $92.3 million, BC Ferries said in an earlier statement.