TUHF Partners with nCino to Improve Its Competitive Edge and to Scale Efficiently

South African commercial property specialty lender selects nCino’s cloud banking platform to grow business and improve access to finance for property entrepreneurs in affordable housing

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — nCino, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCNO), a pioneer in cloud banking for the global financial services industry, today announced that TUHF has selected nCino’s cloud banking platform to improve the lending process for its customers and support the entire credit lifecycle journey across its commercial loan book. By partnering with nCino, TUHF will modernize its operations to achieve key business goals including increasing efficiency, driving growth, and reducing costs.

South Africa faces significant shortages in affordable, safe housing and huge urban sprawl. TUHF, as the leading impact investor in affordable housing in the country, makes a positive social impact by providing commercial property development loans to clients seeking to deliver affordable residential units where they are most needed in city townships. By utilizing nCino’s cloud banking platform, TUHF will be able to accelerate its lending processes and scale its business efficiently, to effectively increase its ability to drive urban densification and combat urban sprawl.

“TUHF’s goal is good business, and to do good by empowering entrepreneurs to transform the cities and townships of South Africa. We are confident that the nCino solution will provide the flexibility and scalability we need to achieve our growth ambitions,” said Paul Jackson, CEO at TUHF. “We anticipate that the partnership with nCino will drive significant value for our clients while enabling us to stay aligned to our core values.”

TUHF sought an end-to-end technology partner that would provide cloud-native journeys for its clients and employees, helping to consolidate and streamline the lending process. nCino provides transparency and 360 customer view, offering a single source of truth across all stages of the lending journey, including loan origination, underwriting, credit sanctioning, disbursement, and in-life-cycle management.

“We’re excited to equip TUHF with the technology it needs to make a greater impact on the communities it serves,” said Kate Jane Johnsen, Regional Vice President at nCino. “As an agile solution, we trust that the nCino platform will deliver value to TUHF for many years to come, empowering the institution to improve its competitive advantage and continue making human connections with their clients who seek to make positive social impacts across South Africa.”

About nCino
nCino (NASDAQ: NCNO) is the worldwide leader in cloud banking. Built by bankers for bankers, the nCino cloud banking platform is a single, multi-tenant software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that helps financial institutions modernize, innovate and outperform. A pioneer in the global financial services industry, nCino is a proven partner that has helped more than 1,850 financial institutions of all sizes and complexities, including global CIBs; enterprise, regional and community banks; credit unions; new market entrants; and independent mortgage banks power distinctive experiences, drive growth efficiencies, and run with full integrity. For more information, visit www.ncino.com.

About TUHF
TUHF Limited is a commercial property financier that provides specialised financial services and solutions to its clients in affordable rental housing in the large metropolitans across South Africa, based on the Group’s in-depth market knowledge and targeted business model.

Through its inclusive growth and transformation objectives, TUHF’s financial services and solutions are purposely designed to finance in-city and township property entrepreneurs, who understand these markets and have a strong appetite to grow their property portfolios, generate wealth, and contribute to urban densification and regeneration. To date, TUHF has financed over R7 billion in affordable residential rental property – 46 374 units financed by TUHF from inception to 2023 – and has supported hundreds of successful property entrepreneurs in reaching their dreams of running sustainable residential rental businesses. www.tuhf.co.za

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Kiplin Metals Retains Contractor for Exploration Program on the Cluff Lake Road (“CLR”) Uranium Project, Saskatchewan

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kiplin Metals Inc. (TSX-V: KIP) (the “Company” or “Kiplin”) has appointed Grander Exploration to carry out the upcoming phase of exploration at the Cluff Lake Road (“CLR”) uranium project. The project is located in northwestern Saskatchewan and is surrounded by F3 Uranium Corp.’s (formerly Fission 3.0) (“F3”) highly acclaimed Patterson Lake North (PLN) project.

The western boundary of the Company’s CLR property is shared with F3’s adjacent “North Conductor Complex”, which trends South-Southeast and extends onto the CLR property. Previous owner Fission Uranium Corp. (“FISSION”) and F3 have conducted multiple geophysical surveys, including (VTEM – helicopter-borne versatile time domain Electromagnetic), TEM (HT SQUID and Coil moving-loop TEM), and DC Resistivity, that overlapped the western flank of the CLR property. Grander Exploration and Company personnel are evaluating the most effective type of geophysical surveys to undertake on the CLR property. These surveys will correlate with F3’s previous surveys and will better define and extend the North Conductor Complex on the CLR property. To date, F3 has completed the only one drill hole (PLN22-29) in the area (Press Release November 28, 2022).

Following F3’s recent (November 2022) discovery of the high-grade JR Uranium Zone (located 15 kilometres South-southwest of the CLR property), the Company considers the similarities of the North Conductor Complex on the CLR property as a top exploration priority. F3’s North Conductor Complex consists of three parallel conductors that span a width of one kilometre. The Company believes that all three North Conductors identified by F3 may continue and extend onto the Company’s CLR property. Additionally, the Company has defined both parallel and cross-cutting magnetic lineaments on their CLR property.

The promising geology, alteration, and mineralization observed in the single drill hole (PLN22-029) in the area, along with the presence of multiple EM conductors and magnetic lineaments on the CLR property, make it highly prospective for the discovery of a uranium deposit hosted in the basement. The Company will provide updates on its work plans as soon as they become available.

The Company cautions the discoveries and observations on properties in proximity to the Company’s properties are not necessarily indicative of the presence of similar mineralization or geology on the Company’s properties.

Dr. Peter Born, PGeo, is the designated qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for and has approved the technical information contained in this release.

About Kiplin Metals Inc.
Kiplin Metals Inc. is a mineral exploration company that creates value for its shareholders by identifying and developing highly prospective mineral exploration opportunities. The company’s vertically integrated strategy aims to advance projects from discovery to production, providing exceptional shareholder value throughout the entire mining process.

One of the projects in Kiplin Metals’ portfolio is the Cluff Lake Road Uranium Project, in which the company has the right to earn a one-hundred percent interest. The CLR Project covers an approximate area of 531 hectares in the southwestern Athabasca Basin of northern Saskatchewan. This area has seen several new discoveries, including the Arrow and Triple R Uranium deposits. The CLR Project is located 5 km east of the Cluff Lake Road (Hwy 955), which leads to the historic Cluff Lake Mine. This mine has a production history of approximately 62,000,000 lbs of yellowcake uranium.

For additional information, interested parties may contact the Company at info@kiplinmetals.com or visit its website at www.kiplinmetals.com.

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VCI Global Limited Announces Closing of $5.12 Million Initial Public Offering

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, April 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VCI Global Limited (NASDAQ: VCIG) (“VCI Global”, or the “Company”) today announced the closing of its initial public offering (the “Offering”) of 1,280,000 ordinary shares at a price to the public of $4.00 per share. The aggregate gross proceeds of the Offering were $5,120,000, prior to deducting underwriting discounts, commissions and Offering expenses.

Boustead Securities, LLC and Sutter Securities, Inc. are acting as the underwriters for the Offering.

A registration statement on Form F-1, as amended (File No. 333-268109) relating to these securities was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and was declared effective on March 30, 2023. The Offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. A copy of the final prospectus relating to the Offering has been filed with the SEC and is available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. A copy of the final prospectus relating to the Offering may be obtained, when available from Boustead Securities, LLC by way of emailing requests to offerings@boustead1828.com; or by calling 1-949-502-4408; or by request by standard mail to Boustead Securities, LLC, Attention: Equity Capital Markets, 6 Venture, Suite 395, Irvine, California 92618, USA.

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About VCI Global Limited

VCI Global is a multi-disciplinary consulting group with key advisory practices in the areas of business and technology. The Company provides business and boardroom strategy services, investor relation services, and technology consultancy services. Its clients range from small-medium enterprises and government-linked agencies to publicly traded companies across a broad array of industries. VCI Global operates solely in Malaysia, with clients predominantly from Malaysia, but also serves some clients from China, Singapore, and the US.

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Sweegen launches Sweetensify™ Flavors, debuting sweet protein brazzein technology

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., April 17, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Global sweetness and flavor innovator, Sweegen announced today the launch of Sweetensify™ Flavors, its newest flavor tool for food and beverage producers, to create better-for-everyone products. Powered by Sweegen’s novel sweet protein technology that includes brazzein, thaumatin II, and other unique proteins, Sweetensify Flavors improve and modulate sweet flavor, creating a sugar-like experience, thereby pushing the boundaries of healthier product innovation.

“Sweetensify Flavors will change how product developers think about reducing or eliminating sugar in beverages and foods,” said Casey McCormick, vice president of global innovation at Sweegen. “The flavor expression enabled by Sweetensify Flavors optimizes the sensory experience and enables a more sugar-like taste. It is substantially better than any previous technology. We target taste receptors on a biochemistry level that others simply cannot.”

Sweegen’s Sweetensify Flavors debuts brazzein, the company’s highly sought-after sweet protein, as well as thaumatin II. At the time of the Sweetensify announcement, Sweegen’s thaumatin II received the Flavor Extract Manufacturer’s Association (FEMA) GRAS status.

“Our regulatory vision is to open global markets and enable brands to access unique ingredients that will support their food and beverage creativity while delivering on health and wellness,” said Hadi Omrani, senior director of technical and regulatory affairs at Sweegen.

Sweet proteins like brazzein have an affinity for different taste receptors on the tongue, especially the receptor known as T1R3, which is associated with both umami and sweetness perception. Leveraging this unique attribute, Sweetensify Flavors will enable product developers to reduce the amount of sugar they use in products while maintaining the quality of characteristic flavors and sweetness.

Thaumatin II belongs to a family of sweet-tasting proteins called thaumatins. Thaumatin II is a variant of the original thaumatin protein with a similar structure and sweetness profile. Thaumatins are known for their intense sweetness, several times greater than sucrose (table sugar). Brazzein is also several thousand times sweeter than sugar, making it a cost-effective tool for brands on a large scale. Thaumatin II is considered safe for consumption by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The entire collection of Sweetensify Flavors has a wide range of benefits across sweet and savory applications, including enhancing flavor tonalities, blocking bitterness, reducing astringency and sweet linger, eliminating unwanted aftertastes, reducing sugar use, and blocking the burn from alcohol.

“Our product development teams are finding incredible synergies between Sweetensify Flavors and Sweegen’s state-of-the-art stevia systems,” said McCormick. “Ultimately, our solutions challenge the taste and cost of artificial sweeteners currently on the market.” McCormick further states, “Our customers are excited about the cross-application utility of the flavor collection enabled by the great pH and heat stability we see for these flavors along with high solubility.”

Sweegen’s Sweetensify Flavors are available for use in countries that allow flavors approved by the FEMA GRAS protocol. The company plans to expand its global availability rapidly.

To scale brazzein and thaumatin II sustainably, Sweegen uses a proprietary precision fermentation process, a technology that produces clean and sustainable ingredients. This allows for cost-effective commercial production of highly-sought after ingredients in global sugar reduction solutions. Sweegen’s innovation and strategic partner, Conagen, developed brazzein and thaumatins I and II with its proprietary protein and peptide production platforms and announced the development of the sweet proteins in 2021.

“We are the only company that has successfully scaled brazzein,” said Luca Giannone, senior vice president of global sales at Sweegen. “The launch of Sweetensify Flavors is one more example of how Sweegen brings to market the industry’s very best ingredient platforms and tools for enabling sugar reduction for health and wellness. This is our mission and our promise to our customers.”

Within one year of Sweegen announcing its ability to commercialize brazzein, it has received great interest in its proprietary sweet protein-based solutions. It has collaborated with several large food and beverage companies on sensory reformulations and new product developments.

“We look forward to the sensory results and feedback from our customers in anticipation of brazzein joining thaumatin II’s FEMA GRAS status,” said Giannone. “Sweegen is forging a path for better health and wellness in food and beverages with stellar ingredients. We are preserving Sweegen’s ability to continue perfecting these unique solutions with patents issued or pending worldwide.”

About Sweegen

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

We are on a mission to reduce sugar and artificial sweeteners in the 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 sweet proteins brazzein and thaumatin, 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.

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Travel tickets sold out ahead of upcoming long holiday

Although an additional 56 more trains will be operated during the upcoming National Reunification Day (April 30) and May Day (May 1) holiday, all tickets have been sold out so far.

Besides, tickets for flights on some routes have been also sold out.

A representative from the Vietnam Railway Corporation (VNR) said that during the period from April 28 to May 3, the firm will operate 22 more trains on the northern routes from Hanoi to a number of tourist destinations such as Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Da Nang, Hai Phong and Lao Cai.

Meanwhile, 32 more trains will be added for the southern routes from HCM City to Da Nang, Quang Ngai, Quy Nhon, Nha Trang, and Phan Thiet.

The VNR is offering a discount of 5% for customers buying two-way tickets, said the representative, adding that so far, all tickets for the periods have been sold out.

Meanwhile, domestic airlines reported that in the they have sold almost all of tickets for 41,000 seats on flights from Hanoi to popular tourist attractions like Nha Trang, Da Nang, Hue (in Thua Thien-Hue province), Phu Quoc (Kien Giang), Tuy Hoa (Phu Yen), Quy Nhon (Binh Dinh) and Dong Hoi (Quang Binh) on April 28-29.

Amid the high travel demand, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam has asked airlines to consider the increase of flights from Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City to major tourist destinations during the holidays, while avoiding a surge in ticket fares and applying measures to ensure safety for flights./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency

Quang Tri completes survey of unexploded ordnance areas

The central province of Quang Tri has completed a survey of cluster bomb remnants in all accessible areas since its launch eight years ago, reported Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Vietnam on April 18.

Specifically, NPA Vietnam has identified a total of 1,270 hazardous areas with a total land coverage of 615 sq. km contaminated with cluster bombs. Some 173 sq. km have been cleared by international non-governmental organisations and the provincial military high command, and the remainder are being categorised for future removal.

The survey was carried out by NPA Vietnam, the Restoring the Environment and Neutralising the Effects of the War (RENEW) project, the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) and PeaceTrees Vietnam (PTVN) which also engaged in the clearance of landmines with funding from the US Department of State.

With a very high level of damage, cluster bombs left over from the war have caused 48.3% of the accidents in Quang Tri since 1975.

According to the provincial Mine Action Centre, bombs, mines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) have caused casualties to 8,584 people since 1975, including 3,363 deaths. Among the total casualties, children under 16 years old accounted for 31%.

Quang Tri aims to become the first province in the country to be “safe” from UXO by 2025./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency