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NeuroMama’s (NERO) Search Engine Differentiates from Competition

April 15th, 2014

NeuroMama is an up-and-coming web technology company which is the proprietor of, a search engine that uses neurotechnology for powering its technology products, mobile app, approximately 120 social networks, a finance center, KidsZone, and many other platforms. This neural technology also lets provide highly accurate search results based on a range of variables.

Neural technology patents that have been filed in the United States and Russia enable the search engine to incorporate “insights” gathered from elements like visitation frequency, dwell time, drill depth, and numerous other data entry complexities. With these insights, then provides search results that have very high accuracy rates that are customized to the browsers’ individualized search criteria.

An international team of computer engineers, mathematicians, neural programming experts, statistical analysts, and artificial intelligence researchers combined to develop It is said to be the only search engine powered by neural technology and unlike other search engines, incentivizes its most frequent users with a one-of-a-kind loyalty program where users can redeem points for a range of appealing products or giveaways.

Another standout feature of is the set of measures its search engine uses for ensuring user privacy and information security. It has been noted that is known to have greater privacy controls and personal information protection capabilities than other competitor search engines.

President and CEO Igor Weselovsky holds the top office at NeuroMama. With 22 years of executive and managerial experience, Weselovsky has served in executive positions at a variety of corporations. He has accumulated vital knowledge and expertise for combining and translating online and brick-and-mortar businesses into growth oriented business opportunities with current and future initiatives.

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Banjo & Matilda, Inc. (BANJ) Overview: Australian Lifestyle Brand Grows FY Sales 81%, Turns to Profit

April 15th, 2014

Banjo & Matilda is a designer, retailer, and wholesaler of contemporary luxury knitwear inspired by a blend of Australian heritage and beach lifestyle. Founded in Bondi Beach, Australia, the company launched its clothing line in 2008 with the goal to create a globally recognized clothing brand that will eventually become a global Australian lifestyle brand.

The company’s core business is contemporary cashmere knitwear for women, though future plans include expanding the clothing line to include knitwear for men and children, among other products. Banjo & Matilda products are designed in the company’s design studios in Sydney, Australia, and are available online, and in major and specialty retailers worldwide.

“By combining our unique designs and Australian beach lifestyle heritage, and our approach to making beautiful products from the best materials and as sustainably as possible, we believe Banjo & Matilda fulfills a unique and very large segment of the global fashion and lifestyle market,” co-founder, president and CEO Ben Macpherson stated in a recent news release.

Based on industry feedback and sales data, Banjo & Matilda finds that knitwear is equivalent to approximately 30 percent of apparel sales in North America and Europe. The company’s target customer group is professional women ages 25 – 55 who have a significant level of disposable income and typically are in double income households.

For the 12 months of the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, Banjo & Matilda recorded revenue of $1.7 million, an increase of 81.3 percent compared to revenues of $773,369 for full-year 2012. Net income increased 108.2 percent to $21,752 for fiscal 2013, compared to a net loss of $266,302 for fiscal 2012.

In the last three months, shares of Banjo & Matilda have increased 166.67 percent.

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NutraNomics, Inc. (NNRX) Meeting Demand of Growing Gluten-Free Market

April 14th, 2014

NutraNomics has engaged in the research and development of nutritional food products since its founding in 1995. Two years after it was started, the company produced and branded its own product line and began selling these products to retail and wholesale outlets. It has also produced formulas for hundreds of other companies.

At present, NutraNomics is a leading brand for the manufacture of safe, high-quality vitamins and supplements. What sets NutraNomics’ products apart from approximately 95 percent of multi-vitamins available for purchase today is their composition. Nearly all multi-vitamins are isolated and/or synthetic, which makes them unnatural or lacking in critical nutritional components. Since they are “foreign” to the human body, their nutritional value and efficacy are greatly hampered.

NutraNomics’ health supplements, however, are superior food-based and plant-based food products filled with nutritional components that rejuvenate the body and give it greater energy and vitality. The products are specifically crafted to meet strict dietary needs, as they have no genetically modified organisms or wheat gluten. All of these products are based on the company’s proprietary Assimilation Enhancing System® (AES), a patented enzyme blend that increases nutrient bioavailability and aids in digestion.

Because they are gluten-free, NutraNomics’ health products have appeal among healthy living-driven consumers. Consumer interest in a gluten-free lifestyle has been growing in recent years. In 2008, sales of gluten-free products topped $1.75 billion, according to Nielsen. The New York Times notes that in 2013, gluten-free product sales shot up to $10.5 billion. By 2016, the gluten-free industry is projected to be worth $15 billion in annual sales.

In 2012, a study showed that around 2.1 million adults in the United States have celiac disease (0.9% of the total U.S. population). The study also projected that as many as another 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease but are undiagnosed. However, much of the growth in the gluten-free market has not been driven by consumers with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, but by consumers who are flocking toward healthy living. Nielsen reports that 11 percent of American households purchased gluten-free in 2013, up from 5 percent in 2010.

NutraNomics reported in late March that it would be expanding the market availability of its health products in the United States. Currently, NutraNomics has a developed global sales presence, with sales personnel in United States, Canada, Japan, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Korea, and Poland. The products can be purchased through the company’s web-based e-commerce engine as well.

According to the Nutritional Business Journal, sales of nutritional supplements topped $32 billion in 2012 and are expected to reach $60 billion in 2021. As demand for health products strengthens, NutraNomics looks to leverage key business relationships and emerge as a stronger leader in raising consumer awareness of healthy living and eating.

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Colt Resources Inc. (COLTF) One of the Biggest Gold and Tungsten Positions in Portugal, Plus a Rapidly Emerging Middle Eastern Unit

April 14th, 2014

Colt Resources continues putting together one of the biggest packages of high-grade gold and tungsten mining/exploration rights in all of Portugal (some 890 square miles), where the company enjoys a tight-knit relationship at all levels with the mining-friendly local government and where the impact is now really being felt from the EU’s increasing identification in recent years of tungsten as a strategic metal. Heightened EU interest in tungsten has been due in large part to primary global supplier (with roughly 85% of global supply) China’s curtailing of rare earth and metal exports since 2010, a move that was recently addressed somewhat by the WTO dispute ruling in March, but a problem which still puts considerable logistical/strategic heat on European decision makers for finding long-term sources closer to home.

The company recently wrapped Phase 1 of an infill drilling campaign (Feb. 20) begun back in November of 2013 on both of its advanced-stage gold and tungsten projects in Portugal, the Boa Fé gold project in the south, and Tabuaço tungsten project in the north, with some 5.9k feet in 32 holes and 8.5k feet in 22 holes drilled respectively. Designed to support forthcoming feasibility studies on the two projects (expected to be in production in within 18 and 36 months respectively), this latest drilling is also intended to increase confidence in previously reported resource levels and COLTF has targeted an additional 18.4k feet of drilling for the remainder of this year’s first half. Cores are logged and sampled so it’s just a matter of time before the assays come back from COLTF’s lab guys in Spain. The company is wasting no time in the interim and they are currently progressing on the work needed for complete mining permit applications on both projects, including the environmental data collection for the EIAs.

Looking at the NI 43-101 resource estimate from March of last year on Boa Fé, which examined just the six primary targets out of multiple (roughly 40) known gold deposits in the larger 20.5 miles of Ossa-Montemor shear zone, we have really nice returns of around 6.07mt at 1.74 g/t Au (340.31k oz) indicated, or 1.55mt at 1.69 g/t Au (84.20k oz) inferred. A subsequent PEA detailed an after-tax NPV5% of some $64.3M, with an IRR of 30.2% using COLTF’s preferred processing option and open pit mining.

Tabuaço, just 62 miles east south-east of the city of Porto, looks equally good, if not better than Boa Fé. High-grade mineralization has been previously reported at Tabuaço, including 1.50% WO3 over 32.84 feet and 0.93% WO3 over 43.77 feet (including 1.05% WO3 over 28.67 feet). The last NI 43-101 (Oct. 2012) on the project gives us solid baselines of some 1.495mt at 0.55% WO3 indicated, or an inferred mineral resource of 1.230mt at 0.59% WO3. Compare this data to Blackheath Resources’ Covas Project up in the northwest for instance (roughly 60 miles plus to the north of Porto), which is considered high-grade compared to most of the other deposits in the world at around 0.78% WO3, and you can understand why Tabuaço has been fast-tracked for production here within the next two to three years.

Also in the latest operational update on COLTF was the announcement that drilling has started on their Santo António gold JV near Tabuaço, currently under management of the company’s Brazilian partner, Contecnica, with results on the drilling of gold-bearing tailings from this past producer set to come out soon. On the Borba JV to the east of Boa Fé, COLTF is planning a 6.56k-foot drilling program designed to test the project’s vastly similar geology to Boa Fé (both being in the Ossa-Morena zone) and strong indicators of copper-gold and gold mineralization, characterized by prior regional exploration from Rio Tinto and others during the 1986 to 2006 window.

Also in the news for COLTF was progress highlighted last month on their 38% stake in Colt Resources Middle East (CRME), the company’s Middle East-focused affiliate, which completed the second and final closing of their private placement announced back in January, bringing in some CND$1.025M. Current targets for CRME are Pakistan and Afghanistan, with the minerals-rich Tethyan belt being a primary operational goal.

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Armco Metal Holdings, Inc. (AMCO) Responds to Demand for Sustainable, “Green” Steel Solutions in China

April 14th, 2014

Armco Metals for a decade has worked to build a reputation of providing sustainable, efficient options for steel production and to become the largest scrap steel recycler in China. To reach this goal, Armco operates five subsidiaries: Armco Metals International; Armco (Lianyungang) Renewable Metals; Armet (Lianyungang) Holdings; Henan Armco & Metawise Trading Co.; and Armco Metals (Shanghai) Holding.

Aligned with the Chinese government’s green initiatives and goal to use 20% recycled scrap metal by 2015, Armco Metals has created its own state-of-the-art recycling facility capable of processing 1 million metric tons of scrap metal each year. Armco (Lianyungang) Renewable Metals operates the recycling and processing facility, which is equipped with the Texas Shredder Lindeman System, one of the most advanced recycling systems in the world. The system automatically shreds, sorts, and separates the recycled scrap steel to process highest-quality material.

Armco is also conducting research and development for Armet (Lianyungang) Holdings, which will focus solely on recycling automotive scrap steel recycling, taking advantage of the automotive industry’s position as one of the largest sources of scrap steel in the world.

In the last 10 years, Armco has established long-standing relationships with more than 10 international metal suppliers, more than 100 small-sized and medium-sized Chinese steel production companies, and some of the country’s large state-run foundries, all of which recognize the numerous benefits of using recycled scrap in their steel production. Utilizing recycled scrap, these entities use up to 60% less energy, and reduce air and water pollution by 86% and 76%, respectively.

The energy reduction translates to significant annual savings for steel producers, is complementary to the Chinese Governments environmental initiatives, and provides Armco with tremendous opportunity in a rapidly growing global industry.

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VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VSTA) Commercial Drug Rescue Potential Underwritten by Stem Cell Bioassay’s Cardiac Drug Safety Benchmarking

April 14th, 2014

VistaGen’s human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) based approach to salvaging the massive outlays that are otherwise eaten when a once-promising drug candidate is dropped due to unexpected heart or liver toxicity complications (or preemptively preventing such losses), using their proprietary Human Clinical Trials in a Test Tube™ platform to accurately model the effects and develop safer Drug Rescue Variants™, also happens to be extremely useful for modeling non-toxic effects and thus represents a framework technology for drug development unlike anything which has come before it. The core component of this platform, an in-vitro bioassay system that utilizes functional/mature human heart cells derived from hPSCs to create three dimensional cardiac tissues, known as CardioSafe 3D™, is designed to be vastly more precise and expedient than extant surrogate safety models.

VistaGen recently reported (Apr 10) some big news in this area that will no doubt lead to key partnerings in future, as the company has become a member of the renowned public-private medical product cardiac safety research organization, the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium (CSRC), which was created back in 2006 via the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative MoU with Duke University. Since inception, the CSRC has come to be known as a driving force in public health and cardiac safety among the wide range of academic, governmental, and industrial stakeholders in the biopharma space which it engages in the support of these ends.

President of VSTA and the company’s CSO, Ralph Snodgrass, Ph.D., underscored the significance of mounting cardiac safety concerns associated with new drug candidates and the importance of identifying complications prior to human studies, further emphasizing that these concerns are the very internal mechanism which drives VSTA itself. Snodgrass also pointed to the key area of proarrhythmia safety, a serious and not infrequent complication in antiarrhythmic drugs where they actually provoke new arrhythmia (or a marked spike in the frequency of a preexisting arrhythmia), as being a primary target. Professor of Medicine at Duke and CSRC Co-Chair, Mitchell Krucoff, MD, FACC, hailed the start of a long and productive relationship with VSTA, noting the company’s commitment to proactive cardiac safety and how their membership strengthens the CSRC as well.

VSTA has winning technology here, with their ability to create a 3D bioassay that can be used to rapidly assess and benchmark new drugs, offering levels of detail and accuracy that make existing animal models or mere in-vitro cell culture approaches look like the antiquated technologies that they really are. The long-term potential for VSTA to prove up Drug Rescue Variants is enhanced by being able to make strategic connections through the CSRC membership and this relationship will help throw a spotlight on the compelling advantages of the company’s technology for predictive toxicology and drug metabolism assays, in addition to drug rescue.

Alongside CardioSafe 3D™, VSTA has developed a second major Human Clinical Trials in a Test Tube component, LiverSafe 3D™, designed to test drug-drug interactions and provide the same kind of over-the-horizon radar system for liver toxicology. In light of prior CardioSafe 3D™ developments regarding its use as a clinically predictive system for assessing cardiac toxicity in anti-cancer drugs, especially the revolutionary new small molecule kinase inhibitors which have drawn criticism (despite other benefits) for causing cardiac events not detected during drug development, this latest news about the CSRC membership is very bullish for VSTA and investors should keep an eye on the company as the broader biotech sector trims.

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Global Payout, Inc. (GOHE) New CPG-Enabled Tax Refund Payment Solution a Big Win for Taxpayers and Electronic Return Originators Alike

April 14th, 2014

Global Payout, already firmly established as a leading B2B e-payment solutions provider through offerings like their proprietary, fully-scalable, and web-based MoneyTrac™ Consolidated Payments Gateway (CPG) architecture, as well as a variety of domestic/international prepaid card (including MasterCard, Visa and Discover) and merchant processing solutions, recently determined to bring the power of their CPG eWallet technology to the sizeable ERO market (Electronic Return Originators) – just in time for tax season.

Leveraging the capabilities of the real-time CPG platform, which is tied into a vast global support network via tightly-woven bank, card association, and payment processor relationships, GOHE has devised a simple way for tax preparers to do instant issue debit cards linked to IRS/US Treasury direct deposits. This ingeniously simple solution, developed alongside up-and-coming payment systems developer and specialist in the ERO/tax refund space, New Payment Solutions, takes advantage of the CPG platform’s instant secure payment network to deliver electronically direct-deposited refunds straight to a prepaid debit card.

Given that New Payment Solutions already has a healthy crop of some 1k licensed EROs and that roughly 120M people filed electronically last year, this benefit-saturated collaboration should see some serious traction. In addition to the rapidity, ease of use, and security upsides, there are a few other distinct benefits to this new tax refund platform:

• Filer tax preparation service fee deferred until reception of IRS refund
• Prepaid card comes with access to free financial education and a pre-negotiated healthcare plan featuring as much as 65% off on prescriptions and 80% off on surgeries
• Simplified fee payment to the ERO with the option to use the CPG’s built-in ACH services (Automated Clearing House) to deposit to an account of choice

This last point is actually quite key to tax filer client growth/retention for the EROs and represents a huge opportunity for opening an untapped new marketing channel, as some 106M people, nearly a third of the U.S. population, remain under-banked or outrightly unbanked today. Needless to say, this is a target-rich environment and the ease of use of this tax refund implementation will be a huge draw for taxpayers. Meanwhile, the inherent cost-effectiveness for the EROs is just icing on the client acquisition verticals.

GOHE’s full suite of offerings addresses an approximately $3T global market when you include aspects like the CPG’s integrated foreign currency exchange services via FOREX, and this latest evolution seems like a natural progression for the platform, exhibiting the same competitive cost advantages realized in the company’s other platform-enabled solutions. Rapid electronic processing to and from accounts, cards or remittance locations worldwide via a single, simplified engine, likely is enough on its own to draw investors to GOHE, but this new state-of-the-art tax refund platform adds considerably to that already attractive position and should amplify interest considerably as tax season heats up.

The CPG’s integrated global money transfer capabilities that allow funds to be sent to an account, credit card, or debit card represent a level of flexibility that will allow this one-stop-shop platform to continue growing and thriving in an increasingly hectic/wired world. Last month’s expansion by GOHE of the MoneyTrac Consolidated Payments Gateway’s geographic reach and overall functionality was vital to this latest evolution and should be a further clear indicator to markets as to the pace of advancement the company is keeping.

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Victory Energy Corp. (VYEY) Growing Permian Reserves, $36.4M in Bank/Private Funding

April 14th, 2014

Austin-headquartered Victory Energy was hard at work drilling on their Texas Permian portfolio at the end of March and they had just closed a Designated Advisor for Disclosure deal with high-profile registered broker-dealer, Euro Pacific Capital as well, a firm widely-known for being headed up by influential and highly publicized economist/investment advisor, Peter Schiff. Further bolstered operationally by the prior securing in late February of a $26.4M credit facility via Texas Capital Bank out of Dallas, VYEY has been busy proving up more reserves to add to their already extensive base, alongside partner Navitus Energy Group, who is the other half of their Texas Partnership (est. 2008), Aurora Energy Partners.

The primary emphasis for the credit facility has been partnership operating capital, as well as providing access for VYEY to the some $10M in private placement capital available through Navitus. This roughly $36.4M worth of muscle has been and is going to be strenuously applied to the aggregation of additional cash-flow focused properties or exploitation of existing acreage. As this process progresses the new relationship with Euro Pacific will become instrumental for market-based communications and the company’s overarching goal of listing on the OTCQX Market.

Low-risk development in established, predictable resource plays like the Permian, has been a big part of the company’s rise to greater prominence and ever since acquisition of the first 320-acre Cotter parcel at their extremely hot Lightnin’ Property back in march of 2012 (now some 640 acres since the May 2013 acquisition of the McCauley parcel), VYEY has been rapidly improving their performance. The Lightnin’ is the source of VYEY’s latest drilling as well, which was detailed in a February operations update as having seen two new wells completed since the start of 2014 (McCauley 6 #2 and the Cotter 6 #2), with a third ready for completion (20% WI, 18.75% NRI). Solid shows through the Fusselman, Mississippian, and Wolfcamp formations on the Cotter 6 #2, which was being readied for a multi-stage frac at last report, broadly underscore production results off the McCauley 6 #2 (as well as the broader Wolfberry Trend’s potential), which was clocking 52 BOPD on average with 58 Mcf of liquids-rich gas since being put online in December of last year.

Lightnin’ has been a strong highlight for VYEY since the first two wells the company drilled back around the time of their initial purchase (Cotter #1 and McCauley #1, put on production in late march and June 2013 respectively), with successful drilling and completion of every well attempted thus far. Now that they have a big chunk of capital at their disposal to make timely drilling decisions a no brainer, markets should see an increased acceleration of VYEY’s logistical growth, proved reserves, and overall output as this year progresses. Growth through a combination of low-risk drilling on held properties and the acquisition of additional proved/producing reserves in known geology, where premium 20% plus rates of return and break-even under $65 a barrel is possible, is indeed a sound strategy and VYEY has made several recent appointments to capitalize further on this momentum, including the election of experienced general manager, Patrick Barry, to the company’s Board of Directors. Some remarkable progress for an up-and-comer like VYEY really and their recent February production update also contained good news out of the Chapman Ranch property over in Nueces County, which successfully flow tested its first well from the target Frio Sands during late January, showing around 67 BOPD with 10 Mcf of dry gas on average. Great secondary news out of a target the company actually acquired well before shifting focus to the prolific Permian.

Year-over-year performance comparisons from 2012 to 2013 tell the story of a fast-growing E&P and with some $6.2M in proved reserves, as well as a roughly 2.5x proved reserve value multiple on drilling/completion CAPEX for Permian vertical wells (which average estimated ultimate recovery rates around 100k BOE), VYEY now stands poised to deliver some serious shareholder upside as their scalable, demonstrably successful strategy advances. It is also worth noting that as a result of the Euro Pacific Capital engagement, VYEY has access to Euro Pacific’s heavily attended and influential conferences as well. The company will be acting as a presenter in future conferences, no doubt providing VYEY with highly valuable access to an even wider audience of key investors.

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Ecrypt Technologies, Inc. (ECRY) Clearly Ahead of the Game in Data Security with Military-Strength Email Platform, Ecrypt One

April 11th, 2014

With the Heartbleed Bug, SSL/TLS vulnerabilities now being fully exposed in the media and the fundamental flaws of the widely-used OpenSSL crypto library becoming apparent, people are racing to change all their email logins and site passwords, despite the fact that those passwords must eventually be changed again anyways in several cases as Fixed OpenSSL has not yet been deployed by all service providers.

Even without the existence of such massive flaws in underlying backbone technologies, you still have data breaches like the recent breach at Target, which compromised the credit card info of tens of millions of shoppers, giving Target a serious black eye with consumers, shattering their Q4 2013 profits (off by 46%), and potentially costing them as much as $1B or more according to one industry analyst. Target is burning cash trying to patch the problem with a $100M chip-based card technology that would roll out across all their stores by 2015, but with more fundamental concerns like Heartbleed cropping up, it raises questions about the overall security landscape, especially since a majority of the basic account interactions occur online through email or a company’s website.

At any rate, it seems that the time for a truly robust, platform-agnostic solution to emerge has come and ECRY is ready to answer the call with their Ecrypt One secure email system, which not only provides users with an “always on” encryption shield against data leaks, device theft, and email-borne threats, but also comprehensively addresses the most gaping security hole left in the space today, the human user. Moreover, the Ecrypt One platform provides a secure collaboration environment for talking to external parties without any additional software requirements. An environment where a sophisticated array of security layering techniques exist, including heavily granulated role-based access controls that limit administrator resource usage to a project-specific envelope and server rule-enforced security policies. Multi-factor authentication for all user types further regiments access control and covers the external parties, including the customers, partners, and even the vendors, making Ecrypt One a full-spectrum dominance solution for warding off data security attacks/breaches.

As of April 11, DHS officials are warning banks, infrastructure operators, and other organizations to be on the lookout for hackers attempting to exploit the Heartbleed vulnerabilities, as well as to report any Heartbleed-related attacks. According to director of the DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, Larry Zelvin, DHS is working in cooperation with federal, state and local governments to uncover and mitigate potential impacts, warning that while no serious incidents have yet cropped up, malicious actors in cyberspace could leverage these vulnerabilities to exploit unpatched systems.

Considering the eventual development of precisely these kinds of situations (Target breach, Heartbleed, etc.) was a big part of what led Brad Lever to establish ECRY back in 2007, secure in the knowledge that ease of use was a major factor when it comes to implementing a truly robust security package that can help eliminate more of the human causes of a security breach. The company has wasted no time either in assembling an impressive board of well-connected directors to enhance the long-term growth possibilities for their technology, including Navy Rear Admiral and former DHS Under Secretary for Science & Technology, Jay M. Cohen, who is also a principal in the Chertoff Group, former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff’s outfit and one of the top high-level strategic thinking shops in the game today. Also on the ECRY Board is 20-year Republican Representative in Congress and former Vice Chairman of both the Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees, Curt Weldon. Another highly influential guy who, having worked in Congress, understands only all too well how vital easy to use data security solutions are, especially when it comes to eliminating human-driven data breaches.

The company also provides broader security outreach in the form of direct security consulting services, as well as security talks and insight sharing, helping clients not only realize levels of relative invulnerability when it comes to organizing their information systems’ security, but also overcoming the often daunting associated compliance challenges. It makes good sense to keep up the pace building a talented team of connected professionals as the true market for paradigm-shifting products like Ecrypt One become more apparent and so ECRY grabbed software development and product management veteran, Ian Treleaven at the start of 2014. Treleaven brings an impressive track record with him to ECRY, including his tenure as Technical Lead at Microsoft and he clearly has a striking passion for all things related to information security and crypto. That passion will serve ECRY shareholders well as he takes the company’s first Advisory Board member position.

Rather than rehashing old technologies and solutions, ECRY is evolving new solutions based around military-strength email and encryption systems.

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GlobalWise Investments, Inc. (GWIV) Targeting Unmet Needs of Small-to-Medium Enterprises with Cutting-Edge ECM Solutions

April 11th, 2014

Many organizations are overwhelmed by today’s digital demands. Today’s information explosion has given rise to new standards for organization-wide efficiency and effectiveness, and many stakeholders are still acclimating themselves to the changes in technology and their applications.

With as much as 85% of their critical content trapped as unstructured data, organizations need to regain control over their workflow to avoid redundancy, security, and compliance issues. Through its wholly owned subsidiary Intellinetics, technology company GlobalWise Investments offers cutting-edge enterprise content management solutions (ECM solutions) that fill this gap. GlobalWise Investments’ content management software, deployed via the cloud or at a client’s premises, enables documents to flow freely when and where they need to. Organizations then become much more able to manage their data and documents, with the increased operational efficiency and convenience given by the ECM software. The software enjoys strong applicability– it can be customized to fit a client’s specific needs, making it valuable to organizations across a comprehensive range of sectors.

Intellivue™, the company’s flagship platform, offers substantial savings to any size organization in virtually any industry. The platform offers organizations immediate, secure access to all of their corporate information, at the desktop or via the Web. Clients are also bolstered by the expertise and savvy of GlobalWise Investments’ combined management team, which has over 150 years of ECM industry experience. GlobalWise Investments itself has been a pioneer in the ECM industry for 20 years.

While other players in the ECM industry focus on Tier 1 and Tier 2 markets, GlobalWise Investments has been focusing on the unmet needs of enterprises in Tier 3 and Tier 4 markets. Aside from being underserved, these markets are compliance-heavy, and their need for effective ECM solutions is great. GlobalWise Investments’ cloud computing software offers a range of benefits to these smaller-sized enterprises, including convenience, data security, cost-effectiveness, and environmentally friendly content management capabilities. Many leading hardware vendors have seen the game-changing value that GlobalWise investments’ flagship platform extends: Lexmark, Samsung, CVS/pharmacy, and DELL are just a few among many vendors that have directly integrated their hardware into the Intellivue™ cloud platform.

In 2014, the ECM industry is expected to top $5.7 billion. As the ECM industry continues to grow, GlobalWise Investments looks to strengthen its value to clients as it continues to build its market leadership.

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Global Payout, Inc. (GOHE) Continues Breakout Year with Payment Solutions Serving $3 Trillion Global Market

April 11th, 2014

Empowering global businesses, Global Payout is an international management consultant services company and program manager, providing companies throughout the world with electronic payment and prepaid card solutions.

Headquartered in the United States and the U.K., Global Payout offers a line of prepaid products that can be utilized off the shelf or be fully customized. The company’s worldwide network of banks and processing partners enables organizations to deploy specific solutions configured especially for them – solving a single payment issue or meeting an entire global payment requirement through the modular solutions Global Payout has developed with its partners.

Global Payout’s electronic payment solutions include prepaid debit cards and e-wallet solutions specifically suited for large, medium, and small businesses; member organizations; governmental and nongovernmental organizations; institutions; religious organizations; network marketing companies; unions; and recipients of various types of financial aid. The company’s proprietary Consolidated Payment Platform (CPG) and prepaid debit card solutions (including MasterCard, Visa, and Discover), along with its other customizable payment solutions, serve an estimated $3 trillion market with a platform that is simplified and cost-effective, offering competitive and comparative advantages. Through Global Payout’s payment solutions and domestic and international prepaid card offerings, issuers are able to distribute funds, and account holders – with or without bank accounts – can access and use funds on a global basis for payroll purposes, vendor payment, rebates, and general spend prepaid programs. In these electronic payment platforms, Global Payout is additionally able to include money transfer capabilities to bank accounts, credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, and remittance locations throughout the world.

Global Payout feels 2014 will be its breakout year regarding sales revenue, new contracts, and new clients.

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Well Power, Inc. (WPWR) Deploying Solution to a $10 Billion Issue

April 11th, 2014

Emerging energy technologies company Well Power is seeking to address what is perhaps one of the most demanding global environmental issues today—gas flaring. Gas flaring refers to the process in which excess oil is removed from an oil well and burned. On a global scale, it is estimated that 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas are flared annually—a contribution of approximately 400 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent global greenhouse gas emissions. From an energy standpoint, the massive yearly amounts of produced waste natural gas represent around 5 percent of wasted global gas production, or in dollar value, $10 billion of lost revenue.

Well Power aims to tackle this sizable problem head-on through a proprietary technology solution that converts waste natural gas into clean power and engineered fuels (i.e., diluents, drop-in diesel, and pipeline-quality synthetic crude). The solution is called a micro-refinery unit (MRU), and it is composed of an assembly of proven commercial technologies with a proprietary micro-reactor system for hydrocarbon processing and catalytic reactions. With these components, the machine is able to process raw natural gas flows of between 75 Mcf to 250 Mcf, first conditioning and converting methane and condensates into Syngas (CO and hydrogen). A Fischer-Tropsch reaction then follows, for the production of Green Fuel™, and power that is produced from heat generated by exothermic reactions and combustion.

The MRU is said to be highly mobile and capable of being deployed with minimal capital expenditures. Working with the MRU license holder, Well Power has secured the licensing rights to Texas, as well as the first right of refusal on the other U.S. states. The company believes that notable gas flaring reduction can be achieved within a decade. Increasing energy resource availability while reducing environmental hazard outputs from gas flaring, in turn, could yield pronounced environmental and economic benefits for local communities, regional and national governments, and even the globe as a whole.

Well Power’s partnership enables the company to provide the MRU and a suite of service options to clientele in the upstream areas of exploration and production. These full-service options include:

• Engineering
• Design
• Construction
• Modular fabrication
• Maintenance
• Construction management
• Consulting services
• Process assessments
• Facility appraisals
• Feasibility studies
• Technology evaluations
• Project finance structuring and support
• Multi-client subscription services

In a market update issued in late February, Well Power noted that the number of flaring permits issued by Texas’ regulatory body for the oil and gas industry had significantly increased. In 2013, the regulatory body had issued 3,012 flaring permits, a 462 percent increase from its issuance of 651 flaring permits in 2011. The dramatic rise had been in tandem with a marked increase in drilling permits as well.

With this market opportunity, Well Power has been working toward building its client base in Texas, and will then focus on other states. With the powerful MRU available, the company looks to leave a pronounced mark on the energy and environmental challenges created by gas flaring.

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Kallo, Inc. (KALO) Provides Comprehensive, Streamlined Solutions for Delivery Challenges in Global Healthcare

April 11th, 2014

When Hurricane Katrina barreled into the Gulf Coast in 2005, it was the largest and third strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the United States. Katrina peaked at a Category 5 hurricane with winds clocked at up to 175 miles per hour, creating a 20-foot storm surge and leaving 80 percent of New Orleans in up to 20 feet of water. The final death toll was 1,836 people from Louisiana and Mississippi.

In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, volunteers, non-government organizations (NGOs) such as the Red Cross, and government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rushed to the scene to rescue and restore. The federal government’s rescue efforts, however, were widely criticized as disaster seemed to outpace resources. Inadequate supplies of fresh water, food and medical attention to the area highlighted numerous issues in our nation’s disaster response.

Small-cap innovator Kallo, Inc. has created a comprehensive solution for disaster management and unreached remote communities. The company’s mobile clinics are fully equipped with best-in-class medical devices and are fully integrated with congruent health information systems.

Kallo MobileCare™ is comprised of mobile clinics, clinical command centre, administration centre, utility vehicles, user training, professional and clinical training, hardware and software maintenance, operations and management support, maintenance and continued educational support, supply chain management of medical equipment, consumables and spare parts, and advanced and integrated software systems.

Kallo’s range of technologies is designed to improve the quality and efficiency of care as a stand-alone solution or to complement existing infrastructure workflows and processes increasing uptime and productivity. Each of the company’s clinical solutions comply with international, national and region standards to ensure repeatable delivery for maximum performance in disaster situations.

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Mabwe Minerals Inc. (MBMI) Expands Reach with Strategic Alliances

April 10th, 2014

Mabwe Minerals recognizes the value of collaboration. The New Jersey-based natural resources and hard asset company has formed the right type of strategic partnerships to back its overseas mining operations at the Dodge Mine in Zimbabwe. With local partners like WGB Kinsey & Company, Steinbock Minerals, and Yasheya Ltd., who are knowledgeable about the mining, logistics, and sale of industrial minerals and metals, especially barite, Mabwe Minerals is moving forward with its commercial production project at the mine.

Through its Zimbabwean affiliate, Mabwe Minerals owns all of the mining rights to several blocks of the Dodge Mine in Shamva, Zimbabwe. This high-potential mine represents over 200 hectares, spans three mountains, and is situated on a rich hydrothermal mountain range site that both authentication and gravity mapping suggest bears large amounts of premium white, pink and brown barite deposits as well as limestone and talc deposits. Extensive gossan deposits on the property also indicate the presence of gold, nickel, copper, and zinc.

Mabwe Minerals has intentionally partnered with WGB Kinsey & Company because the company has the management experience and tools needed to completely manage the production of the Dodge Mine. WGB Kinsey & Company also allows Mabwe Minerals to increase its reach to customer bases that will pay the best price for high-grade barite. Since barite has multiple commercial applications in the oil and gas drilling, medical diagnostic, automotive, paint pigment, and heavy concrete fields, there is strong global and regional demand for the mineral.

Additionally, through partnerships with Yasheya Ltd. and Steinbock Minerals, Mabwe Minerals is in place to cater to both companies’ customer bases in the Middle East and Europe and to meet the growing demands of the oil and gas sector off the coasts of South Africa and Mozambique.

The strategic partnerships that Mabwe Minerals has established with these top logistical, mining, and shipping firms are geared towards fast-tracking the company for success. Other benefits of these affiliations include:

• Cost-effective and dependable support for all phases of operations
• Exceptionally strong global and regional market presence
• Established worldwide delivery network
• Improved margins due to tight logistics
• Opportunity to price competitively

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Infinite Group, Inc. (IMCI) Cyber Security Solutions Integral to Service Portfolio

April 10th, 2014

Infinite Group is pursuing a path to become a leading information technology consulting services company and to take advantage of a rapidly growing and crucially important cyber security industry.

As companies in the U.S. find the need for cyber security increasing, they see specific threats coming from areas such as state-sponsored cyber intrusions, organized cyber syndicates, and hacker groups. For the last three years, Infinite Group has focused on providing leading security solutions to government and commercial customers that includes vulnerability assessments, risk prioritization and reduction, phased implementation, education, and training services. Crafting a business model to capitalize on the booming cyber security industry is an essential next step beginning with collecting the data types needed for their information security systems to identify sophisticated attacks and sustain new business enterprises. The need for these specific types of data will continue to grow expeditiously going forward.

The company recently tapped Frank McIntire, a well-known cyber security expert to focus on boosting and expanding the company’s cyber security division. McIntire is a former director of US and global operations for Air Force and Pentagon programs and IT operations for KPMG Consulting and Oracle Corp. As Vice President of Sales, McIntire is responsible for enhancing the company’s customer base which includes federal, state and local governments, commercial accounts, and small-sized and medium-sized enterprises. He is also tasked with developing relationships with existing and new technology partners, and bringing the most relevant best practices in cyber security to the company and its customers.

A focal point of Infinite Group’s business strategy is pursuing high-growth market segments while adding product and consulting options to its solutions portfolio and finding experts to grow the business. McIntire’s appointment meets all three priorities while also moving the company forward in the cyber security field.

Infinite Group is a trusted small-business GSA supplier for IT service and support. Its technological expertise and industry-leading partnerships help the company to select and implement the best IT solution for agencies at all levels. Infinite Group is relied upon to improve efficiency, increase return on investment, and achieve overall mission success. Its IT experts are dedicated to quality and customer service, and maintain the latest certifications. IGI professionals work seamlessly in business environments to proactively deliver quality solutions on time and on budget.

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Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) Enters $475,000 Securities Purchase Agreement

April 10th, 2014

Today, Zenosense, an emerging healthcare technology company focused on developing and marketing a device for use in hospitals and other healthcare settings for detection of the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) “Super-Bug”, announced that it had entered into a securities purchase agreement with an accredited investor.

According to the agreement’s terms, Zenosense will engage in an initial sale of 55,556 shares of common stock at a gross sale price of $25,000. The accredited investor has agreed to the purchase of an additional 900,000 shares of common stock in four additional purchases, subject to certain conditions. The additional purchases will be commenced if Zenosense is successful in achieving its stage one development objective: the production of a prototype MRSA/SA sensor that is capable of detecting MRSA and/or SA contamination. When the objective has been met, the investor will make the first tranche purchase of 300,000 common stock shares for $150,000.

Once a month after the first tranche purchase has elapsed, the investor will make three additional consecutive monthly purchases of common stock. Each of these monthly purchases will comprise the purchase of 200,000 more shares of Zenosense’s common stock at a purchase price of $100,000. Zenosense will also be required to maintain a continuing listing of its common stock without interruption on at least one of the OTCQB, OTCQX, or equivalent replacement exchange such as the Nasdaq National Market, the Nasdaq SmallCap Market, the New York Stock Exchange, or the American Stock Exchange. Should Zenosense fail at any point to fulfill this listing requirement, the investor may terminate any balance due under the additional tranche purchases at the investor’s sole discretion.

To date, Zenosense has fully met its stage one obligation. Since December 2013, the healthcare technology company has provided over $520,000 in development funding to its partner, the Sgneia Group. Zenosense anticipates that 85 percent of the funding generated from the investor’s additional tranche purchases will be allocated toward stage two product development. That stage includes the producing and successfully conducting laboratory testing of 20 beta versions of the MRSA/SA sensor.

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Start Scientific, Inc. (STSC) Focuses on Expanding Oil & Gas Portfolio under Leadership of Seasoned Chief Executive

April 10th, 2014

Start Scientific is an oil extraction company focused on identifying and acquiring low-risk, low-cost land lease opportunities on properties with known oil deposits. The company intends to develop facilities on these properties to cost effectively extract the oil and then distribute the refined oil for sale onto the open market.

With leases or contracts to acquire leases already in place in Texas, Mississippi, and Romania, Start Scientific is working to expand its portfolio and is currently negotiating several additional projects in North Dakota and New Mexico.

The initial objective is to take advantage of low-risk, producing, exploration and development oil and gas opportunities that are too small for the mid-sized oil and gas companies. Undertaking this mission takes considerable knowledge of the oil and gas industry, and a keen eye for discerning between a wise and high-risk opportunity.

Company initiatives are spearheaded by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Norris R. Harris, who has more than 50 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, founding and restructuring of oil and gas companies, and in oil and gas drilling and operations. His background provides Start Scientific with an extensive base of contacts in the oil and gas industry, as well as insight into various aspects of the business.

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VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VSTA) Joins the Cardiac Research Safety Consortium

April 10th, 2014

Today, VistaGen Therapeutics announced its membership in the Cardiac Research Safety Consortium, a public-private partnership launched in 2006 through an FDA Critical Path Initiative Memorandum of Understanding with Duke University. The consortium aims to support research efforts that evaluate the cardiac safety of medical products, drawing upon input from stakeholders from across industrial, academic, and governmental sectors for data sharing and expertise.

VistaGen Therapeutics is the creator of CardioSafe 3D™, a novel in vitro bioassay system capable of predicting the cardiac effects, both toxic and non-toxic, of small molecule drug candidates with greater speed and precision than alternative, often-used safety models in drug development. That is inclusive of animal models and cellular assays that use primary, immortalized, or transformed cells. VistaGen Therapeutics incorporates use of mature, functional heart cells differentiated from human pluripotent stem cells for its revolutionary in vitro bioassay system.

The company’s CardioSafe 3D™is the central component of the company’s groundbreaking stem cell technology platform, Human Clinical Trials in a Test Tube™. With its ability to detect unexpected heart and liver safety issues in drug candidates, the stem cell technology is said to have tremendous potential for remedying widespread drug discovery and development crises within the U.S. pharmaceutical industry. VistaGen Therapeutics will be extending its expertise in cardiac safety for advancement of research efforts in the consortium.

“We look forward to partnering with the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, and regulatory members of the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium, and contributing our expertise to support rapid advancement of our understanding of cardiac safety. Cardiac safety, especially identifying proarrhythmic safety concerns of new drug candidates prior to human studies, drives our internal efforts every day, and we welcome the opportunity to participate in this innovative process with the consortium,” said Ralph Snodgrass, Ph.D., VistaGen’s President and Chief Scientific Officer.

“VistaGen shares our commitment to improving cardiac safety of new medical products, and its membership will strengthen CSRC,” commented Mitchell W. Krucoff, MD, FACC, Professor of Medicine at Duke University and CSRC Co-Chairperson. “We look forward to a productive, long-term relationship with VistaGen.”

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Even Industry Experts Agree, Innocent, Inc. (INCT) is Looking to “the Best Basin in Wyoming for Producing Oil”

April 10th, 2014

In November of 2012, Jimmy Goolsby, the head of a geologic consulting firm, Goolsby, Finley and Associates, based in Casper, Wyoming, gave a special presentation to an audience that was a mix of oil and gas industry representatives, and members of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. He started off his talk to this anxious crowd by stating “The Powder River Basin is going to be the best basin in Wyoming for producing oil.” Jimmy Goolsby himself credits this revived interest in Wyoming oil development with the research work being done at the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute at the University of Wyoming, which is helping the industry find new techniques for pulling harder to recover oil out of the ground.

Emerging oil and gas exploration company, Innocent, Inc. has picked the right time to begin development work on properties in the Wyoming Powder River Basin. When you look at the side of an excavated mountain, you may see sometimes what are referred to as ‘strata’ of rock. In other words, layers of sedimentary rock with internal characteristics that distinguish it from other layers. A structural basin is essentially an area of strata that has been warped over time by shifting tectonic plates and has the appearance of an inverted dome. The Powder River Basin is such a structural basin that is 120 miles East to West, and 200 miles north to south.

The Powder River Basin is actually best known for its low sulfur ‘sub-bituminous’ coal, and 40% of the billion tons of coal used in the United States comes from this region. On the geological time scale, the Powder River Basin would be considered young. About 60 million years ago, the basin floor was covered with swamps and lakes and essentially had a subtropical climate. Trees and other organic matter began building up on the basin floor and formed peat bogs under the fresh water. Sediments would wash down from nearby mountains and cover the peat and after 25 million years, the area became arid. Eventually the continuous pressure compressed the peat and formed coal. The low sulfur content is mainly due to the formation under fresh water. Coal from the Appalachian mountain regions has a much higher sulfur content because it was formed under ocean water. So for comparison, anthracite coal from the Appalachian Mountains began formation over 250 million years ago, while there was only one supercontinent, Pangea. What we know as the familiar shape of the North American continent, is only about 200 million years old, which is still young for an earth that is estimated to be 4.54 billion years old.

Most of the oil we use is formed by biogenic formation as well in a process similar to that of coal, and oil that was formed over the ‘younger’ time period of 60 million years tends to have a number of defining characteristics. Oil that is easily pumped up and the least viscous tends has formed over 100s of millions of years ago, and is under rock that is non-permeable and tightly sealed. A common way of defining that oil is by comparing how heavy or light that oil is to water, and the standard is the American Petroleum Institute gravity or API gravity. If the API gravity is greater than 10, the oil floats on water, and if less than 10, it is heavy oil that sinks in water. So the older oil tends to be light crude and described as having a high API gravity. The oil formations in areas such as the Powder River basin, are younger, have been under semi-permeable rock, and bacteria over the centuries have caused biodegradation, leaving the heavier hydrocarbons behind. The oil that Innocent, Inc. expects to extract will have a low API gravity, meaning it will be a very heavy crude and will be highly viscous. This means enhanced oil recovery techniques will have to be used to literally force the oil out of the ground. Innocent Inc. is quite prepared to utilize techniques such as gas, water, steam, or fire flooding to extract the oil.

Last year, the Powder River Basin was responsible for just over a third of Wyoming’s 60 million barrel output. Two oil companies, Anadarko Petroleum and Chesapeake Energy, that have operations in the Powder River Basin both increased oil production from that area. Innocent, Inc. is focusing on oil-bearing formations that are only 2,500 feet from the surface, and are looking at other prospects in the state of Wyoming as well. Innocent, Inc. is in the right region of the United States to successfully execute its business plan.

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Great Plains Holdings, Inc. (GTPH) Pursues Diverse Revenue Streams

April 10th, 2014

Great Plains Holdings’ dominant business strategy is to pursue opportunities with exponential growth potential. The company has set up a diversified business model through two fully-owned subsidiaries that allows it to realize revenue from various sources and to steadily augment its tangible assets. The company operates in the real estate sector via Ashland Holdings and also manages LiL Marc, the manufacturer of a training urinal for toddler boys.

LiL Marc, which was established in 1999, manufactures and sells LiL Marc training urinals for toddler boys living in the US. The LiL Marc represents a smaller-scale version of the full-sized urinals found in public restrooms having been constructed to match the smaller size of the toddlers in training. Along with rolling out a hard-hitting advertising campaign for the Lil Marc, Great Plains’ management is compiling a potential client list consisting of retailers with physical stores and additional consumer outlets in the broader retail market. Once its marketing strategies are in place, management believes that the growth and widespread circulation of the product will follow.

More than a decade after establishing Lil Marc, Great Plains set up Ashland Holdings, a real estate investment company that acquires and operates commercial real estate. Ashland’s operations cover the development, investment, ownership, and management of several types of income-generating properties, including apartment buildings and self-storage facilities. At present, Ashland’s portfolio includes:

• One 1,400-square-foot corporate office building;
• One 800-square-foot warehouse for LiL Marc’s operations; and
• Two adjacent parcels of land, one of which includes a manufactured home that is rented out for additional income.

In anticipation of some expected growth, Ashland and LiL Marc are making plans to use one or more of the five office spaces in the corporate office building while the rest could be leased to tenants to bring in additional revenue. Ashland, whose headquarters are in Wildwood, Florida, also has plans to expand its investments in the real estate markets of the Midwest, Southern and Southeast regions of the United States.

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Speedemissions, Inc. (SPMI) Employs Multi-Pronged Business Strategy to Lead Emissions Testing Market

April 9th, 2014

Since 2001, Speedemissions has trekked forward in its journey to become one of the largest test-only emissions testing and safety inspection companies in the United States. Today, Speedemissions operates 43 vehicle emissions testing and safety inspection stations under the trade names of Speedemissions and Auto Emissions Express; Mr. Sticker; and Just Emissions.

As a participant in the $2.5 billion market where 87 million vehicles tested annually on emissions quality, Speedemissions maintains its competitive edge by opening new stores and acquiring other retail operations, also adding automotive repair and maintenance services to existing locations.

In June 2010, Speedemissions launched its first proprietary technology application, “CARbonga.” The app diagnoses an automobile’s computer system using the on-board diagnostic port on vehicles that were produced since 1996. CARbonga is designed to provide motorist with easy access to the same diagnostic technology that was previously available only to car repair mechanics and dealerships. The “CARbonga-SRI” app provides car owners with access to any vehicle’s history when it pertains to safety Recall Notices and TSB’s (Technical Service Bulletins) issued by the automobile manufacturer.

Company president and Chief Executive Officer Rich Parlontieri has more than 30 years of business experience, previously serving as chairman and CEO of, Inc., which he founded in 1997. He was also co-founder and director of Fayette Community Bancshares, which was sold in 1998 to Birmingham, Ala.-based Regions Financial.

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Raptor Resources Inc. (RRHI) Subsidiary Affiliate Acquires Derbyshire Stone Quarry

April 9th, 2014

Raptor Resources, Freehold, New Jersey, recently reported that TAG Minerals Zimbabwe Ltd. has acquired the Derbyshire Stone Quarry. Derbyshire is an established mining company managed by strategic partner and operator, WGB Kinsey & Company. Raptor is best known as a natural resources company with a focus on mineral and metal resource acquisition.

It has been reported that The Derbyshire Stone Quarry is the largest indigenous sand and stone quarry in the Harare area. The quarry is located in a prime residential growth zone in Zimbabwe close to major road projects. Production includes 10mm stone, 20mm stone, quarry dust, crusher run, river sand (washed), decomposed granite, and pit sand.

The agreement states TAG Minerals has acquired Derbyshire stockpile inventory of no less than $440,000, debtor book/cash in bank of no less than $75,000, as well as new management contracts for key employees.

“In prior letters to shareholders, the company committed to building assets within TAG Minerals during CY 2014. TAG Minerals is focused on viable hard assets, seasoned mining companies and developing greenfield resources featuring high value minerals & metals. In just the first quarter of 2014, the company, through its Zimbabwe affiliate, TAG-Z, has acquired 100 percent of greenfield resource Raptor Mine targeting nickel and copper for further development as well as the Derbyshire Stone Quarry, a mature granite quarry in volume production,” Al Pietrangelo, CEO and president of Raptor Resources stated in the news release.

Raptor’s management is on site in Zimbabwe on a regular basis and in so doing builds long-term relationships with influential Zimbabweans who share the company’s passion to build successful companies under Zimbabwean affiliate names. While Raptor Resources’ key focus is developing greenfield resources and bringing them into commercial production, the company seeks seasoned mining opportunities like the Derbyshire Stone Quarry and many other types of viable hard assets that have sound potential to generate revenue for its shareholders. All development and production operations are performed by Zimbabwe’s most experienced mining and construction company, WGB Kinsey & Company.

Raptor Resources is the parent company of Mabwe Minerals, Inc. (OTCQB: MBMI), a U.S. based natural resources and hard asset company engaged in the mining, logistics, and commercial sales of industrial minerals and metals, with first focus on barite and limestone; and TAG Minerals, Inc., a U.S. based mineral/metal resource acquisition, exploration, and development company targeting viable hard assets, seasoned mining companies along with developing greenfield resources aimed at high value minerals and metals.

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P2 Solar, Inc. (PTOS) Provides Alternative Energy Solutions

April 9th, 2014

P2 Solar’s mission is clear, even after just one glance at its logo—the upfront declaration to “Power Change” is as prominent as the company’s name.

Formed in March 2009, P2 Solar develops solar power projects in prime locations where the sun exposure is high and area governments support solar project development. The locations chosen by P2 Solar often depend on the availability of subsidies, which governments offer to attract and incorporate solar power into their electricity consumption profiles.

P2 Solar’s initiatives are part of the global movement towards choosing alternative energy sources over traditional grid electricity solutions. This movement is growing in areas where electricity costs are on the rise, especially in developing countries. Public and private sectors in these areas are also interested in exploring renewable, green energy sources as a way to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and be more environmentally friendly.

The company currently has two projects in its pipeline. These projects, the Rajgarh Mini-hydro Project and the Tibba Mini-hydro Project, are in India, where the population—and cost of electricity—is rising rapidly. The mini-hydro projects use the locations’ natural landscapes to divert water through a turbine, keeping the irrigation canal and surrounding terrain largely undisturbed. Both projects are considered to be a major milestone for P2 Solar, as they are its first significant projects underway in India.

One of the company’s most notable projects is the Langley Rooftop Project in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. The company built a 53 KWp solar PV rooftop for a warehouse for Canada Ticket, Inc. Finished in 2013, the project is expected to generate about 10% of the Canada Ticket’s power. The company caught the eye of fellow businesses in British Columbia, who have since expressed interest in solar energy solutions.

While P2 Solar’s day-to-day operations are focused on growing its business successfully, its overall mission promises to change the way we think about and use alternative energy.

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Pan Global Corp. (PGLO) Begins Integrating First Renewable Energy Source into India’s Emerging Electrical Power Market

April 9th, 2014

Pan Global Corporation, a renewable energy technology and infrastructure company, recently announced that its first acquisition candidate, the Project Badyar small hydro-electric station, is nearly a month away from completion of construction. This will be the first of many projects that will allow Pan Global to participate in India’s strong demand for renewable energy technologies.

Project Badyar is based in the state of Uttarakhand, in which over the past decade alone, demand for electric power consumption increased by over five times. About 30% of that demand is due to the consumer sector and experiencing growth due to a rising middle class, but over 40% of that demand is from industry. If you look at that state in the early 2000’s, over 40% of the population was primarily working poor, mainly in the agricultural sector. However, Uttarakhand always had a very high literacy rate in excess of 76% of the population. So, combine low-cost, highly literate labor with attractive tax incentives offered through the State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited, and the result is explosive industrial growth. Some incentives structured were on the level of 100% income tax exemption for the first five years, and 30% the next five, and so forth. In no time, sugar cane and rice paddy fields gave way to industrial parks and prefabricated buildings, and manufacturers such as Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, Nestle, Hewlett-Packard, and many others began to dominate the plains areas of Uttarkhand.

Uttarkhand is also a state that suffered from the ravages of climate change-enhanced extreme weather phenomena. In June of last year, the area experienced a rainfall that was heavier by 375% above the benchmark of an average monsoon season. Combined with accelerated glacial melt, this led to the worse flashflood in 90 years, leading to washed-out roads and bridges, major mudslides, and presumably 5,700 people dead. Environmentalists blamed the national road building program which led to routes constructed in remote areas without any adequate drainage. Many more environmentalists also blamed the rash construction of very large scale hydro-electric projects that involved building major dams as contributing to the disaster by weakening river banks. Large scale hydroelectric power stations typically involve building a dam which interrupts the flow of a river and can cause significant harm to a local ecosystem, and often displace people and wildlife. Small hydroelectric power plants on the other hand have a very low environmental impact and are ideal for small communities. This is one of the reasons why the Alliance for Rural Electrification expects the small hydro-electric market, meaning power stations that produce less than 10 Megawatts, to grow from a $14 billion market back in 2008 to a $38.5 billion market by 2015.

Uttarkhand is itself divided up into 13 districts. Project Badyar is located in the northern most district of Uttarkashi among the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range. There is little manufacturing industry in this district, but as both the Ganges and Yamuna rivers originate in this district, tourism and resorts are a major contributor to the local economy as well as agriculture and forest products. The region has a population over 329,000 putting it on par with the population of the Central American nation, Belize. The annual power output of Project Badyar is expected to be about 27,500 Megawatt hours, which is enough to power 100,000 Indian households in that region.

Not using a large dam to create a massive reservoir of water, water is collected at Project Badyar using what is called a trench weir. Essentially a trench is built across a stream effectively below the bed level of the stream so as not to cause any major obstructions that can impact the ecosystem. The top of the weir is covered with bottom rack bars. Water while flowing over it, passes through the bottom racks and enters into the trench and collected in an intake well located at one of the banks at the end of the weir. The bottom racks consists of heavy rounded steel bars placed parallel to the river flow and prevent heavy boulders and pebbles from entering into the water to be channeled to the power station.

The water then flows into a large desilting tank which basically just uses gravity to let the heavier sediment fall out of the water, otherwise abrasive material in the water would quickly wear out the turbine blades which are rotated to generate power. The water is transported to the power station among a system of pipes referred to as the conveyance line, and is laid out among the contours of the mountains such as not to disturb the local landscape. The water then flows into a sizable forebay tank which regulates the flow before entering a narrower line of piping referred to as the penstock which is placed at a very steep angle to increase water velocity and pressure before hitting turbines in the powerhouse of the electric generation station. Upon leaving the powerhouse, the water is returned to the river via an artificially built canal like structure known as a tail race. As the water is used and not consumed, you have a truly renewable energy source.

Hilly areas like those in Uttarkashi where you have streams of water rushing down narrow steep-sided valleys are ideal for what are referred to as ‘run of river’ type of small scale hydro-electric plants and are the least environmentally damaging. The power generated is expected to go to a local switchyard to a nearby substation and then into the local grid.

Pan Global Corporation also plans to enter the geothermal energy market as well as the solar power markets in India. Over two-thirds of India’s power comes from burning coal, and although India has a large coal mining industry, they only meet 72% of their coal needs, meaning the rest has to be imported from Australia and Indonesia. This has resulted in coal prices tripling over the past three years. On top of that, the heavy usage of fossil fuels has managed to put India on par with China in terms of having the world’s worse air quality. Combine those facts with the need to cut the carbon foot print to attempt to mitigate global warming/climate change, has motivated India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to set aggressive targets to shift off of fossil fuels and to up the country’s target of photovoltaic electricity production capacity by 30% for 2014. Pan Global is definitely in the right place at the right time.

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China Logistics Group, Inc. (CHLO) Demonstrates Long-Standing Visibility in International Shipping Industry

April 9th, 2014

Fifteen years ago, China Logistics Group subsidiary Shandong Jiajia International Freight & Forwarding Co., Ltd. was formed as an agent for international freight and shipping companies. Shangdong Jiajia sells cargo space as well as arranges land, maritime, and air international transportations primarily for exports out of China.

Today, China Logistics operates U.S. offices near Los Angeles in Paramount, Calif., and has established a regional office in the largest seaport city of Qingdao, China, as well as branch offices in other major seaport cities in China. Demonstrative of its long-standing growth and reputation, over the years the company has leveraged its strategic locations and extensive offerings to establish partnerships in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.

Shandong Jiajia has been the agent of several globally renowned shipping companies, including NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha), P&O (Nedlloyd), and RCL (Regional Container Lines).

Typical freight forwarding services provided by China Logistics and Shandong Jiajia encompass goods reception, space reservation, transit shipment, consolidate traffic, storage, and multimodal transport. The freight forwarding services are used to ship a wide variety of goods, such as refrigerated merchandise, hazardous merchandise, and perishable agricultural products.

Once the ship departs port, China Logistics maintains tracking on the merchandise using web-based tracking software provided by each particular shipping agency. The company then relays this information via periodic updates to customers on both the shipping and receiving end of the transaction.

The company’s growth strategy is to identify opportunities in strong economic regions located in close proximity to certain ports the company currently operates in order to complement its current international freight forwarding and logistics management services.

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