Conagen commercializes scalable sweetness enhancers from nature

Teams up with pipeline partner Sweegen for bridging natural solutions with mainstream taste.

Bedford, Mass., July 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Conagen, the Massachusetts-based biotech firm, announced the commercialization of an expansive portfolio of natural sweetness enhancers for taste modification in sugar reduction solutions for food and beverages. The enhancers are made with precision fermentation, a technology that has led to the innovation of an extensive platform of phenolic antioxidants.

Sweetness enhancers in the market today are made by chemical synthesis or by using an organic solvent extraction method, both of which are time-consuming, labor-intensive, and environmentally unfriendly. Conagen’s precision fermentation method is a preferred, clean, and sustainable method for developing sweetness enhancement compounds.

“These unique molecules are yet another example of how Conagen leverages its molecular platforms and precision fermentation capabilities to create useful ingredients for food and beverage applications. Our ability to rapidly scale modern, clean and sustainable sweetness enhancers provides additional and better options for taste modulation and sugar reduction beyond those enabled by the non-caloric sweeteners already on the market,” said Casey Lippmeier, Ph.D., vice president of innovation at Conagen.

Conagen’s sweetness enhancers belong to a group of natural product molecules called phenolic compounds, found extensively in many plant species. Phenolic compounds are commonly found in vegetables and fruits and are a significant part of the human diet. They are biosynthesized by plants and lichens as secondary metabolites and comprise a diverse group of phytochemicals.

Increasing consumer awareness of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes sparks the market pull trend toward zero sugar and low-to-no calorie food and beverages and is expected to continue upward. The health trend drives the growth in new sweetness enhancer technologies for an ever-demanding sugar reduction solutions market. Consumers are seeking ways to improve their diets and are increasingly interested in natural and clean ingredients.

Conagen and its pipeline partner Sweegen, a global leader in wellness-based sugar reduction solutions, have previously teamed up to develop modern natural sweeteners that can replace up to 100% sugar in particular food and beverage applications and bitter blockers to mitigate up to 80-100% bitterness in consumer trending products, such as energy drinks, sauces, and confectionery products with low to no sugar.

“Together, with Conagen, we’re building a bridge of natural solutions with mainstream taste,” said Casey McCormick, head of global innovation at Sweegen. “These new molecules can modulate mouthfeel and boost the sensation of the sweetness of other sweeteners and flavors in food and beverages, leading to a significant reduction in sugar usage.”

McCormick further stated, “Conagen is an ideal innovation partner for Sweegen to continuously build our robust and powerful portfolio and pair it with our first-class sweetener systems. The more sweetness enhancers in our toolbox, the better our exploration and discovery of new ways for food and beverage brands to make healthier products that taste great and resonate with consumers.”

Sweegen has a long-standing partnership with biotechnology innovator Conagen. Conagen focuses on developing sustainable, nature-based ingredients that improve existing options in the market or represent completely novel ingredient solutions.

About Conagen
Conagen is a product-focused synthetic biology R&D company with large-scale manufacturing capabilities. Our scientists and engineers use the latest synthetic biology tools to develop high-quality, sustainable, nature-based products by precision fermentation and enzymatic bioconversion. We focus on the bioproduction of high-value ingredients for food, nutrition, flavors and fragrances, pharmaceutical, and renewable materials industries. www.conagen.com

About Sweegen
Sweegen provides sweet taste solutions for food and beverage manufacturers around the world.

We are on a mission to reduce the sugar and artificial sweeteners in our global diet. Partnering with customers, we create delicious zero-sugar products that consumers love. With the best modern sweeteners in our portfolio, such as Bestevia® Rebs B, D, E, I, M, and N, and brazzein, along with our deep knowledge of flavor modulators and texturants, Sweegen delivers market-leading solutions that customers want, and consumers prefer. Well. Into the Future.

For more information, please contact info@sweegen.com and visit Sweegen’s website, www.sweegen.com.

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Why citizenship by investment in small island nations is worth considering: CS Global Partners

London, July 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Programs granting citizenship in exchange for economic investment in small island countries are growing in popularity. Over the last decade, these programs have become notable considerations for those looking to diversify their wealth; they offer benefits that most investors look for and cannot find in some parts of the world. Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis as well as Saint Lucia are some of the small island countries which offer citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes in the Caribbean. These countries offer profitable investment opportunities worth considering.

Obtaining citizenship in Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and Saint Lucia comes with numerous benefits for investors. These benefits include favourable opportunities to plan and spread one’s wealth, reduced citizenship application timelines, extending citizenship to the family, wide range of investment programmes, high standard of living and enjoying the general benefits that come with living in modern, diverse countries. In addition to this, the investment threshold is not as high as those of other countries. Individuals invest less to access the same benefits offered by relatively large countries.

Shorter citizenship application timeline:

When seeking a second citizenship, the citizenship timeline, or the time it takes for one to move from investor to citizen makes a huge difference. According to the 2021 CBI Index, the speed that it takes to process citizenship application in small island countries is rapid compared to other countries offering the same program. According to the same report, fast track CBI processing options which are available at an additional fee.

This is particularly important for time poor investors looking for effective and trusted options with little or no residence.

It must be noted that fast track options do not reduce the amount of due diligence performed on individuals. The same multilayer approach conducted by various external and local firms along with international police authorities applies to these programmes.

Obtaining citizenship with family:

The rise of increasingly complex family relationships is driving investors to seek CBI programs that allow for a more diverse range of family members to be included under a primary application. Even though a majority of CBI programmes provide for the inclusion of spouses and minor children, only a handful of countries do so for adult children and extended family. Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia were ranked high in this regard according to the CBI Index of 2021. These countries have multi-family member categories that can be considered with one primary application. The degree of flexibility in these categories means that points are awarded for adult children, parents, grandparents and even siblings. Investors who are seeking a second citizenship in these Caribbean countries do not have to worry about the breaking of family ties that comes with relocation and immigration.

Wide range of investment programmes:

Every investment option is evaluated based on its rate of return. When considering a CBI option, the types of investments are thoroughly scrutinised because they form basis of the income that investors will receive in the foreseeable future. The broader the investment programmes are, the better the diversification of an investor’s portfolio.

Individuals applying for the Dominica CBI can make contributions to the Economic Diversification Fund and Real Estate. The former supports private as well as public projects within the country whereas the latter entails investment in approved real estate projects.

St Kitts and Nevis offers a wide range of CBI options such as the Sustainable Growth Fund. This option follows the Dominica CBI focus which is the public and private real estate development.

Key investments in St Lucia include the National Economic Fund Investment and real estate amongst others. This diversification of investment options is advantageous because it enables investors to select suitable investments that are in line with their risk appetite.

High standard of living:

The United Nations Human Development Index (HDI), which encompasses factors such as life expectancy, education, access to healthcare, safety, and income is used to determine a country’s standard of living. Dominica, St Kitts, and Nevis, and St Lucia have an HDI of 0.742, 0.779, and 0.759 respectively. These country indices are higher than the countries where most investors come from, and they indicate fairly high standards of living.

Outside of economic factors, small island countries rank high in terms of freedom of expression, civil liberties, and political rights which all contribute to a high standard of living. Investments in these countries also tend to offer considerably stable returns because of reduced political risk from upheavals or conflict.

Low minimum investment outlay:

According to the CBI report of 2021, small island countries offer relatively lower investment outlays for their CBI programmes. The minimum investment outlay is an important measure because it is one of the most practical and foremost considerations for all investors. Overall, small island countries had the lowest minimum investment requirements, with some as low as USD 100 000 in Dominica. The low investment outlay means that investors can access similar benefits that come with being a citizen of a country, without paying a fortune. 

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Des pasteurs et des dirigeants de l’Église de toute l’Amérique participent à un séminaire sur la Bible

NEW YORK, 8 juillet 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Des pasteurs et des dirigeants de l’Église se sont réunis le 4 juillet pour un séminaire visant à révéler les secrets de la Bible et de l’Apocalypse. L’événement a été organisé par l’Église Shincheonji de Jésus « New Heaven New Earth », le Temple du Tabernacle du Témoignage, et a été diffusé dans le monde entier via la chaîne YouTube de l’Église. Parmi les participants figuraient des pasteurs et des dirigeants de toute l’Amérique du Nord et du Sud.

Chairman Lee Man-hee of New Heaven New Earth, Shincheonji Church of Jesus testifies at the Bible seminar on July 4th, 2022

Le séminaire, intitulé « Testifying to the 66 Books of the Bible’s Secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven and the New Covenant, the Revelation » (Le témoignage des 66 livres de la Bible sur les secrets du Royaume des Cieux et de la Nouvelle Alliance, l’Apocalypse), intervient après la conclusion des séminaires en ligne qui ont commencé à être diffusés en octobre 2021. Ces séminaires ont présenté le contenu du programme d’introduction, intermédiaire et avancé du Zion Christian Mission Center, le centre d’enseignement biblique de l’Église Shincheonji, qui explique gratuitement la Bible en toute simplicité.

Les séminaires ont été couronnés de succès avec 21 millions de vues sur YouTube. L’Église Shincheonji a également annoncé qu’elle formera 100 000 diplômés du Zion Christian Mission Center en 2022.

L’orateur principal, le président de l’Église Shincheonji Lee Man-hee, a attesté que Jésus a reçu le livre de l’Apocalypse de Dieu et l’a accompli aujourd’hui.

« Si le témoignage sur tout le livre de l’Apocalypse et le témoignage sur la Révélation de l’Ancien et du Nouveau Testament par chapitre révélé par Shincheonji est correct, alors ne devriez-vous pas croire ? » a demandé le président Lee.

Le président Lee a également appelé à l’unité au sein du christianisme.

« C’est la parole de Dieu, pour tous », affirme le président Lee. « Par conséquent, nous devons réparer les choses qui sont incorrectes et, en accord avec Dieu et Jésus, nous devons être unis ensemble. Voilà ce que je crois. »

« Testifying to the 66 Books of the Bible’s Secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven and the New Covenant, the Revelation » est disponible sur YouTube. Pour plus d’informations, consultez le site Web www.scjamericas.org.

CONTACT POUR LES MÉDIAS : Gina Del Gigante, 16466287365, revelation@scjamericas.org

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Raffles Bali invite tous les connaisseurs à faire l’expérience d’un voyage unique dans le complexe ultra-luxueux de Bali

DENPASAR, Indonésie, 7 juillet 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Raffles Bali est une oasis intime de bien-être émotionnel située dans la magnifique baie de Jimbaran. La station est perchée sur une colline offrant une vue imprenable sur l’océan et sa plage privée isolée. Elle compte seulement 32 villas bien aménagées, chacune dotée d’une piscine privée et d’une terrasse extérieure. Au cœur de cet espace généreux, les voyageurs pourront se détendre et profiter pleinement de leurs vacances.

Experience a blissful escapade with your loved one at ultra-luxury resort in Bali.

Situé au point culminant de la station sur une terrasse surplombant l’océan, le prestigieux restaurant Rumari est l’endroit idéal pour admirer le coucher du soleil. Il est le tout dernier établissement à avoir été nommé « Ambassade Krug », une première en Indonésie. Véritable voyage culinaire épicurien, il s’agit de l’une des expériences gastronomiques les plus soignées mettant en valeur la richesse de l’archipel en parfaite synergie avec l’expertise de l’équipe culinaire la plus talentueuse et de chefs invités renommés.

Le Loloan Beach Bar and Grill est situé sur la plage isolée du complexe, surplombant une piscine à débordement de 25 mètres. Au menu figurent un somptueux festin de fruits de mer et des sélections de viandes haut de gamme. Au crépuscule, l’atmosphère passe d’une ambiance détendue à une élégance décontractée.

Découvrez une destination gastronomique exclusive pour un voyage culinaire intime inoubliable au Secret Cave, illuminé par des flambeaux et des bougies, ou au Purnama Honeymoon Bale, construit sur les rochers au bord de l’océan, sur la partie littorale du complexe. Établissement à couper le souffle, The Farm Terrace reçoit ses invités en plein air sous la pergola de fruits de la passion au milieu de jardins luxuriants.

Les connaisseurs apprécieront également l’emblématique The Writers Bar de la marque et la bibliothèque attenante, un havre de détente pour savourer des cocktails épicés fantaisistes ou les meilleurs champagnes et vins. Ce bar intime apporte l’héritage Raffles à Bali, avec le Raffles Bali Sling adapté sur mesure.

« Nous accueillons les voyageurs du monde entier à Raffles Bali. Ici, dans le cadre du programme Raffles Emotional Wellbeing, ils profiteront de la station balnéaire la plus luxueuse de Bali avec des couchers de soleil magnifiques, des jardins tropicaux luxuriants et une cuisine exquise », a déclaré Katya Herting, directrice générale de Raffles Bali

Grâce au programme Raffles Emotional Wellbeing, il est facile de se détendre et les voyageurs apprécieront le chant des oiseaux tropicaux habitant la flore environnante et respireront le bon air marin. Détendez-vous sous les mains d’un thérapeute expert au Raffles Spa. L’établissement dispose de sa propre baignoire et ses portes coulissantes mènent à une terrasse avec vue sur la colline. Il est également possible de se relaxer dans une suite où sont dispensés divers traitements. Située à flanc de colline, plus à distance, ce sanctuaire est installé en pleine nature.

Vous serez choyé et baignerez dans des expériences sensorielles, organisées avec générosité par notre Raffles Wellbeing Butler, qui dispense un service légendaire depuis 1887.

Pour votre escapade idyllique, faites votre réservation à l’adresse suivante : https://www.rafflesbali.com/offer/a-private-hideaway/.

Une réservation préalable est requise à l’adresse suivante : bali@raffles.com, +623612015800.

Indulge in Raffles Bali, an intimate oasis of emotional wellbeing.

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Raffles Bali is inviting all well-travelled connoisseurs on a journey of a lifetime to the ultra-luxury resort in Bali

DENPASAR, Indonesia, July 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Raffles Bali is an intimate oasis of emotional well-being located in beautiful Jimbaran Bay. The resort is perched on a hill offering unparalleled views of the ocean and its own secluded beach. With just 32 well-appointed pool villas, providing utmost relaxation and generosity of space featuring their own outdoor terrace and private pool.

Experience a blissful escapade with your loved one at ultra-luxury resort in Bali.

Located at the resort’s highest point on a sunset terrace overlooking the ocean, the signature restaurant Rumari is appointed as newest Krug Ambassade, first ever in Indonesia. Unveiling an Epicurean culinary journey, one of the most curated gastronomy experience highlighting the richness of the archipelago seamlessly synergized with the expertise of the most talented culinary team and guest stars.

Loloan Beach Bar and Grill is located on the resort’s secluded beach, overlooking a 25-metre infinity pool offering a sumptuous seafood feast and premium meat selections. As twilight falls, the atmosphere shifts from laid-back fun to casual elegance.

Experience exclusive dining destination for unforgettable intimate culinary journey at The Secret Cave, illuminated with flickering torches and candlelight, or at the Purnama Honeymoon Bale, built on the rocks at the edge of the resort’s oceanfront. The Farm Terrace, a breathtaking al fresco dining under the passion fruit pergola in the middle of lush gardens.

Connoisseurs will also enjoy the brand’s iconic The Writers Bar and the adjoining Library, a relaxing haven to savour whimsically spiced cocktails or finest Champagne and Wine. This intimate bar brings the Raffles heritage to Bali, with the bespoke Raffles Bali Sling.

“We welcome travellers worldwide to Raffles Bali, to enjoy the most ultra-luxury resort in Bali boasts stunning sunsets, lush tropical gardens and exquisite dining, to Raffles Emotional Wellbeing program,” said Katya Herting, General Manager of Raffles Bali

In Raffles Emotional Wellbeing program, a relaxation comes easily, travelers will enjoy the sound of tropical birds calling through the flora and the scent of the sea. Unwind beneath the hands of an expert therapist at Raffles Spa with their own soaking tub and sliding doors lead to a hill-view terrace or experience remote hillside treatment suite, The Sanctuary, hidden in nature.

Pampered in curated sensory experiences of utter indulgence by our Raffles Wellbeing Butler, a legendary service since 1887.

Reserve your blissful escapade experience at https://www.rafflesbali.com/offer/a-private-hideaway/

Prior reservation required at bali@raffles.com, +623612015800.

Indulge in Raffles Bali, an intimate oasis of emotional wellbeing.

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Film on Hindu Goddess Sparks Anger in India

There is public outrage in India over the depiction of a Hindu goddess that critics say disparages the religious figure.

The image appears in a poster promoting the new short film Kaali by Canadian-based Indian filmmaker Leena Manimekalai. The poster depicts Hindu goddess Kaali smoking a cigarette and holding an LGBTQ+ flag.

After filmmaker Leena Manimekalai shared the poster in a tweet Saturday, the day a museum in Toronto hosted the film’s first showing, the image of the smoking goddess sparked a furor in India with angry Hindus demanding a ban on the film and legal action against the filmmaker.

Monday, the Indian High Commission in Canada said it had received complaints from Hindu community leaders over the “disrespectful depiction of Hindu gods” in the poster, and it urged the Canadian authorities and the event organizers to withdraw all “provocative” materials related to the film.

A day later, the museum issued an apology, saying the film was no longer being shown there, and that it regretted having “inadvertently caused offense to members of the Hindu and other faith communities.”

Manimekalai wrote and directed the film as one of the cohorts of the academic program “Under the Tent” managed by Toronto Metropolitan University.

In the film, Manimekalai is an incarnation of the goddess Kaali. Living as a queer female filmmaker in Toronto, she attempts to find belonging in a land stolen from its rightful inhabitants — the First Nations.

As the goddess of death, time and change, the dilemma of the reincarnated goddess in the film finds a resolution only at the end, when it dawns on her that ultimately, the land can be owned by no one; the universe is in a state of constant flux. The promotional poster shows a scene in which, dressed as the goddess Kaali, Manimekalai shares a cigarette with a homeless man.

“When I embody Kaali, I am Kaali myself. My Kaali is queer. She is a free spirit. She spits at the patriarchy. She dismantles Hindutva. She destroys capitalism,” Manimekalai told VOA. “She embraces everyone with all her thousand hands.”

Death threats

Manimekalai’s tweet of the poster went viral Saturday with tens of thousands of members of the Hindu community retweeting it with a hashtag reading “Arrest Leena Manimekalai.”

Police cases were filed against her in several states for “hurting the religious sentiments” of Hindus.

One Hindu group said in a police complaint that the depiction of the goddess Kaali in the poster was “completely unacceptable to Hindus” and Manimekalai “deliberately distorted the Hindu religion and culture with malicious intent to insult Hindu religious feelings.”

Manimekalai said she and her family members received death and rape threats from more than 200,000 social media accounts. In a video that surfaced online, a Hindu priest from the north Indian temple town Ayodhya threatened: “Do you want your head to be severed from your body?”

In the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Manimekalai’s native state in India, police arrested the female leader of a Hindu right-wing group for allegedly threatening her with death. The leader allegedly posted a video online in which she condemned her using strong words and threatened to kill her.

Twitter on Wednesday removed Manimekalai’s poster tweet.

Reacting to Twitter’s action, she said in a tweet, "Will @TwitterIndia withhold the tweets of the 200000 hate mongers?! These lowlife trolls tweeted and spread the very same poster that they find objectionable. Kaali cannot be lynched. Kaali cannot be raped. Kaali cannot be destroyed. She is the goddess of death."

The filmmaker said that the reaction in India against her film cannot be termed just an “outrage.”

“If a person in the street pounces upon you, it is a crime. If a person violates your body in a public place, it is sexual harassment. If a person throws acid on your face, it is an attempt of murder. If a person uses foul language against you, it is abuse. If a person goes after your family and friends and supporters and threatens them, it is violence. If all this is done by a mob, how can you call it just an 'outrage'?” she asked.

“How can I report 200000 ids? Where should I report? Who is going to take action? There is no law in India. The Constitution of the country is dead.”

Source: Voice of America