A question of taste

first_imgChocolate has traditionally been seen as being something of an indulgence, but consumer demand for healthy alternatives has even stretched as far as this cocoa delight. As well as health, premium products are on the up, as is origin chocolate. So what new products are manufacturers and suppliers offering?Despite the seemingly indulgent nature of chocolate, it’s no stranger to healthier alternatives. Zurich-based cocoa and chocolate product manufacturer Barry Callebaut recently developed a range of ’rebalanced’ products that contain more dietary fibres, less sugar and less fat.The company’s developments focus on two areas – one purely on indulgence and the other on the combination of indulgence and health aspects. “Nowadays, more and more people accept the idea that chocolate and health can go together,” explains Ann Doeth, marketing manager. “This is a very different situation to three years ago.”In terms of new products, the company will be launching Croquoa at HIE (Health Ingredients Europe) 2008 in Paris in November. “It is a new extruded texture to give added value to products. It is made with cocoa and sugar and can be put in different applications such as tablets,” explains Doeth, who says the company will also be highlighting some of its recently-launched products, including ACTICOA, tooth-friendly chocolate and probiotic chocolate.As well as health, there is also a move towards more premium products – for example, origin chocolates. The company did a recent survey on what consumers eat, chocolate-wise and found that, in the UK, 21% already eat origin chocolate, second only to the USA.Barry Callebaut aims to present innovations in chocolate that also combine the pleasure effect because, as Doeth adds, “taste remains the most important thing”.== Origin chocolates ==Puratos provides chocolate ingredients to the bakery sector through Belgian chocolate manufacturer Belcolade. Its most recent development has been the extension of its Collection range, with three new origin chocolates from Uganda, Vanuatu and the Dominican Republic. “Since the beginning of the year, interest in the new origins has been overwhelming,” says Matt Crumpton, marketing manager.The three additions are: Noir Collection Uganda 80, with its high cocoa content; Lait Collection Vanuatu 44, which delivers a strong cocoa flavour with a hint of coffee and spice; and the Blanc Collection Dominican Republic 31, which has a lighter butter and milk flavour, with a hint of flowers and dried fruit.This year’s Speciality & Fine Food Fair in September saw the unveiling of a new range of Organic & Fairtrade Couverture by Josef Zotter, a producer from Austria, whose chocolate is distributed in the UK through Merchant Europe. The range consists of 11 varieties, which increase in cocoa content, up to 100%, and have Ecuadorian, Peruvian, Nicaraguan or Dominican roots. Varieties include: a 10% cocoa blend with almonds, Tyrolean organic milk, cane sugar & vanilla; a 30% white chocolate blend; 60%, 70%, 80% and 90% dark chocolate blends; and a 100% pure sugar-free creation. There is also a 40% Soya Milk couverture, for non-dairy eaters.”Couvertures typically have a very low particle size and a lower viscosity than chocolate that contains less than 31% total fat, thus offering a smoother, silkier mouthfeel and different melting characteristics,” explains Simon Godden, NPD manager of agricultural processor ADM Classic, which sources cocoa beans from across the globe and processes them into a range of cocoa powders, butters and liquors under the De Zaan brand name.Meanwhile, developer, producer and supplier Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients is offering tips on chocolate use. It recently launched a ’chocolate mailing list’, giving buyers access to a range of recipes using chocolate, as well as advance information on special offers and new products. The Unifine 2008 Collection houses a range of chocolate decorations and toppings, including chocolate flowers, white and milk chocolate sucrea duo rose buds and sucrea curls.Chocs away with these suppliers:[http://www.belcolade.com] / [http://www.puratos.co.uk][http://www.merchant-europe.co.uk][http://www.unifine.uk.com][http://www.barry-callebaut.com][http://www.admworld.com]last_img read more

Lashley, Subhan and Haniff dominate Heineken annual Golf Tourney

first_imgNazeem “Papo” Haniff won the tie in the Championship Flight, while Ayube Subhan won the tie in his B Flight as Mark Lashley swept the C Flight, in Saturday’s Heineken Annual Golf Tournament.From left: Club President Aleem Hussain, ANSA McAL Managing Director Troy Cadogan, Bholawram Deo, Maurice Solomon, Ayube Subhan, Nazeem Haniff, Richard Haniff and Club Captain Chatterpaul DeoUnder the much-appreciated Flights Format, the golfers competed fiercely for one of the top two places in their category as prizes were awarded for first and second Best Net performances in each of the three categories: A or Championship Flight, h/cap 0 – 9; B Flight, h/cap 10 – 18; and C Flight, h/cap 19 –28. Prizes were also awarded for the Longest Drive and the Nearest to The Pin.Winners in the day’s play were: C Flight – first Lashley 75/24, second Maurice Solomon 82/22 while B Flight saw Subhan win with scores of 70/18 and second was Bholawram Deo 70/18.In the A Flight, it was Haniff who dominated the greens with 71/7 and Richard Haniff (71/9) who won the Longest Drive with Subhan capturing Nearest To The Pin. “Papo” Haniff, prior to his departure for Suriname as a Coach several years ago, was a nine-time Guyana Open winner and also a five-time consecutive winner of the Lusignan Open.He explained that having been off golfing for some five years, he began playing again in December last year and has been steadily regaining his professional form. Meanwhile, Richard Haniff expressed that he was “very happy to be in the A or Championship Flight”, and considered it “a great achievement to be in the single-digit handicap group, and even more impressive to compete and lose to a former pro only on the back nine.”Richard Haniff accepts his trophyANSA McAL, through its Heineken brand, has been supporting the Lusignan Golf Club and sponsoring tournaments for five consecutive years. Managing Director Troy Cadogan, who celebrated his birthday on the day of the Tournament, has been distinctively unfailing in causing the company to continue to be of great support to the Club over the years.LGC President Aleem Hussain thanked Heineken and ANSA McAL for their continued support, and expressed appreciation for the initiative the company has taken throughout the years in helping sports in Guyana. Managing Director Cadogan was on hand to congratulate and encourage the golfers, and welcomed them to share in his birthday celebration at the Club immediately after the Tournament.last_img read more

China undergoes ‘patriotic education’ to win Women’s World Cup

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Whether it helps China beat European heavyweights Germany in their World Cup opener on June 8 is debatable, but captain Wu Haiyan said: “Patriotic education is of great significance to us who are going to play for our country.”The Chinese Football Association (CFA), the governing body, hailed it as essential preparation to face the world’s best football teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDuring the class on Monday in Beijing, Professor Wen Jing from Beijing Normal University spoke at length to all the players and coaches.They studied China’s constitution and laws, which “made the squad clear about the basic rights and obligations of citizens, and deepened their understanding of patriotic rules from the moral, legal and political levels”, the CFA said. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chadao-FEU secures last PBA D-League playoff berth Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img The squad was pictured with notebooks on their laps and a large Chinese flag next to a projector screen at the front of the classroom.The CFA, which is often lambasted by Chinese football fans for its running of the game — it previously banned tattoos — said that the “activities… left a deep mark in the hearts of the players”.China’s “Steel Roses” will need to pull off a shock if they are to make a serious impact at the World Cup.They are ranked 16th by FIFA and compete in a tough Group B that contains Spain, South Africa and two-time champions Germany.China’s best performance at a World Cup was in 1999, when they lost the final to hosts the United States on penalties.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue China’s silver medallists football players pose with Jack Ma, Chairman of the Alibaba Corporation (in black 5th from back row), during the medal ceremony for the women’s football match at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 31, 2018. (Photo by ADEK BERRY / AFP)China’s Women’s World Cup football team swapped the training pitch for the classroom to beef up its political knowledge and reinforce its dedication to the communist-ruled country.In a step that is unlikely to be replicated by their rivals at next month’s tournament in France, the whole squad sat down for a series of lectures dubbed “Motherland in My Heart”.ADVERTISEMENT Led by Paris Saint-Germain’s Wang Shuang, China’s women carry the hopes of a nation that under football-fan President Xi Jinping has grand ambitions.Xi wants the country of 1.4 billion people to host and even one day win the men’s World Cup.But the men’s side has reached football’s top table only once, in 2002, when they hastily departed without a point or scoring a goal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PM promises Report on VAT Money to Bahamians

PM promises Report on VAT Money to Bahamians

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, February 3, 2017 – VAT money goes into a Consolidated Fund and that, explained the State Minister for Finance, Michael Halkitis is why it is hard to report specifics on spending related to Value Added Tax.   Still, during House of Assembly debate Wednesday, the Finance Minister stepped in and stepped up when he announced that he has directed his office to get moving on a full report on VAT.Prime Minister Perry Christie, telling the Bahamian poeple from Parliament he is doing it so that nobody has to ask, ‘Where the VAT money is.’   PM and Finance Minister, Mr Christie said, “show that when we reduced duty as we did, 40 percent of the VAT money would go to compensate for the reduction of duties and other taxes, another 30 percent would go, that is 30 cents of every dollar, to debt reduction, I think, Mr. Speaker.” That is however not what Halkitis said at the PLP Convention; a breakdown of spending included school construction, improvements to the Princess Margaret Hospital, on defense at sea, the coming National Health Insurance and even planes for Bahamasair were listed by the MP for Golden Isles.#MagneticMediaNews #BahamasVATreport Related Items:#BahamasVATreport, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

Merging art and photography

Merging art and photography

first_imgThe theme explains Sa Re Ga Ma as the Indian musical notes depicting different life forms, dancing to the rhythm of divergent tunes of the life song in India.The artiste experimented with photography on canvas that relates with theme of exploring metaphysical consciousness in life. Her canvases included portraits, landscape, flowers and monuments. All these moments were captured by Pandey while travelling to different parts of world. The artiste believes that there is a world beyond material things, that is of spirituality hence, her pictures reflect things like the third eye concept, the seven chakras, a meditating girl and more. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A part of the exhibition was based on nature photography depicting its tangible and non-tangible element. Pandey’s canvas makes an individual think beyond the materialistic world. It symbolise true oneness and metaphysical state.Artiste’s work was also exhibited in the United States during Summer with the same theme that reflects the different musical nodes in life. Pandey is also an international photographer and writer. Her work are published in national and international magazines. She has worked with various international development agencies working for women and children. ‘Pandey’s works have given life to inanimate forms, making them come alive,’ said Prasad Kariyawasam, high commissioner of Sri Lanka while inaugurating the event at the  Open Palm Court in IHC.last_img read more

Mamatas development work to be poll plank of Dulal Das for Maheshtala

Mamatas development work to be poll plank of Dulal Das for Maheshtala

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress candidate Dulal Das is banking on the all-round development work of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, as he hopes to win the Maheshtala by-election scheduled to be held on Monday.The Maheshtala Assembly seat in South 24-Parganas district fell vacant after the death of its two-time representative Kasturi Das of Trinamool in February this year. Das has been pitched against a Congress-Left Alliance and BJP that has emerged as a distant second in the recently concluded Panchayat elections. The CPI(M)-Congress alliance had fielded Pravash Chowdhury while BJP’s candidate is Sujit Ghosh. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The Panchayat election results have shown clearly that people of the state are with the development of Mamata Banerjee. Maheshtala is also not an exception. In the last few years, a development wave has swept here. I have been campaigning, highlighting the development work that has taken place and will follow in the next few years,” Das said.According to Das, who is the sitting chairman of Maheshtala Municipality, 80 percent of the sprucing up of the roads has already been completed, along with complete overhaul of the water distribution system. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim has assured me to construct an intake jetty at Pujali for treatment of water, so that water from Pujali can also be used in Maheshtala,” Das maintained.Major real estate development like Eden City and Bata Riverside has changed the topography of the area. “The 19 km flyover from Jinjira Baazar to Bata will make the connectivity much better,” he added.The seat had been a CPI(M) bastion till 2011, when it lost to Trinamool Congress, which grabbed power in the state. Dulal’s wife late Kasturi Das defeated CPI(M)’s candidate by more than 26,000 votes. In 2016, she returned to defeat the party again by 12,452 votes. In contrast, the BJP received 3,689 votes in 2011 and 14,909 votes in 2016. The bypoll has been scheduled for May 28 and counting will be on May 31.The Maheshtala Assembly constituency has 35 wards of Maheshtala municipality. However, wards from 1 to 7, 9 and 10 have gone out of the municipality area because of delimitation.It may be mentioned that the 26 wards, starting from the border of Metiabruz-Garden Reach up to Shyampur, have a sharp divide not only population-wise, but also in terms of social status and economic sustainability. The area from Shyampur to Batanagar has a dominance of Hindu population, which thrives on service and business, while the 45 percent Muslim population living on the both sides of the railway track from Brace-Bridge to Akra, Memanpur and Dakghar is mainly dependent on the garment industry.last_img read more

Just seven minutes of meditation can cut racial prejudice

Just seven minutes of meditation can cut racial prejudice

first_imgNot just making you calm and creating a feeling of kindness, a mere seven-minute of meditation daily can help reduce racial bias too, a new study shows.The researchers found that just seven minutes of a meditation technique called Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) directed to a member of a specific racial group (in this case, a black person) was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. The Loving-kindness meditation (LKM) is a Buddhist practise that promotes unconditional kindness towards oneself and others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This indicates that some meditation techniques are about much more than feeling good and might be an important tool for enhancing inter-group harmony,” said lead researcher Alexander Stell, doctoral student in psychology from University of Sussex.LKM is known to engender happiness and kindness to oneself and others through repeating phrases such as may you be happy and healthy while visualising a particular person.Some previous studies have shown that inducing happiness in people, for example by exposing them to upbeat music, can actually make them more likely to have prejudiced thoughts compared to those hearing sad music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the new study, 71 white, non-meditating adults were each given a photo of a gender-matched black person and either received taped LKM instructions or instructions to look at the photos and notice certain features of the face. Both conditions lasted just seven minutes.The researchers then scored the reaction times of the participants who were asked to match up positive and negative words (for example happiness or wrong) with faces that belonged to either their own or another ethnic group.The team found that just seven minutes of LKM directed to a member of a specific racial group was sufficient to reduce racial bias towards that group. Additionally, the researchers measured levels of positive emotions and found that people doing LKM showed a significant enhancement in generating positive emotions. The study was published in the journal Motivation and Emotion.last_img read more