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Innocent Inc. (INCT) Aligns with Specialists in Oil and Gas Exploration and Development

April 16th, 2014

Innocent Inc. and Evergreen Petroleum, partners in a recently created joint venture to explore for oil and gas in Wyoming, are energized and optimistic about what the future will bring.

While the venture’s leading area of interest is the Powder River Basin of Wyoming, particularly the sections with oil-bearing patterns not too far below the surface, other potential areas in Wyoming, such as the areas that are direct offsets to former production wells or wells with good oil and gas shows, will also be studied.

Innocent, a promising oil and gas exploration and development company based in Florida, and Evergreen Petroleum, a Texas-based company with over a century of experience in the oil and gas industry, will share the various responsibilities involved with the joint venture. Evergreen, as general manager of the venture, will be in charge of conducting geological studies, identifying areas to lease, drilling wells, and producing the oil and gas found while Innocent will be in charge of hiring engineering and geological experts for the project.

Already, Innocent and Evergreen have partnered with a few industry experts who will provide the technical guidance and field management experience needed for the venture:

• C. K. Adams – a registered professional engineer based in Casper, Wyoming will bring long-term knowledge of petroleum engineering in Wyoming to the table.

• Pacer Energy – an established, proficient lease acquisition and title opinion company based in Gillette, Wyoming will be the first to examine the titles to minerals in selected areas and the acquisition of held leases.

• L & J Operating – will oversee all accounting activities, including the filing of all forms required by the government, distribution of production revenuem, and other related activities. L & J Operating will be the operator of the drilling venture and both Innocent and Evergreen will supervise its activities.

Innocent and Evergreen intend to continue to work together on the acquisition and exploration of properties with significant upside, major promise, and low risk. By focusing on the development of proven petroleum reserves, Innocent plans to minimize the risk of exploration and, by focusing on strategically acquiring and liquidating selected oil and gas properties, the company means to increase its profits. Additionally, by leveraging improvements in oil and gas production technologies, the company plans to boost production levels and generate predictable, sustainable value, all in keeping with its clearly-defined strategy to focus on acquisitions and joint-ventures that maximize its production capacity.

For more information, visit www.innocentinc.com

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Pan Global Corp. (PGLO) Proceeds with Planned Hydroponic Greenhouse in India

April 16th, 2014

Pan Global has undertaken a mission to build an all-encompassing green economy around the world. Through its subsidiary, Pan Asia Infratech, the company backs this mission by investing in environmentally-sustainable infrastructure and technology.

One of Pan Global’s existing and forward-looking projects is the development of an experimental hydroponic greenhouse growing operation in Punjab, India. The company means to use a design plan created by Dr. Amanjit Singh Josan, a specialist with experience operating greenhouse facilities in North America and deep ties to the agricultural and academic communities in Punjab, to build its operation. Pan Global retained Dr. Josan last July and tasked him with developing and preparing a preliminary design plan, a market study for a one-acre operation, and a site-specific business plan for its hydroponic greenhouse operation. Dr. Josan’s report, which was completed in the first quarter of 2014, provides:

• A foundation and road map for constructing an hydroponic greenhouse that Pan Global can use to improve and modify growing techniques for certain vegetables under local conditions; and

• A cost-effective strategy for scaling up the greenhouse operation over the long term.

Following the completion of Dr. Josan’s report, Pan Global intends to work with a major North American greenhouse equipment supplier to prepare a detailed design plan. Last October, the company also leased a five-acre parcel of land in Punjab for an initial term of ten years for the express purpose of building and operating its inaugural greenhouse growing facility. The company anticipates the design phase of the first facility will be completed by September 2014, assuming it can secure the necessary financing. During the design and construction phase, the company intends to form relationships with high-end hotels, local chain food retails stores, and other potential customers for its products.

Pan Global is extremely interested in the hydroponic greenhouse growing industry in India for two reasons.

One, even though India currently grows enough food to feed its population, many of the country’s major food-growing regions are faced with major water shortages. Hydroponic systems, which use up to ninety percent less water than traditional methods while regularly yielding an increasing number of crops, would be incredibly beneficial to these regions.

Two, the industry is in its very early stages. At this time, only a few companies are operating hydroponic greenhouses professionally, and many of these companies are engaged in floriculture or flower farming. Pan Global, in contrast, will focus on vegetable crops (initially, peppers, tomatoes and seedless cucumbers) as its preliminary research has indicated that there is a large opening and market for its planned greenhouse vegetable production. Not only would its products be of higher quality but they would be available on a more consistent basis and have favorable ecological attributes, such as little or no chemical fertilizer use and up to ninety-percent less water use.

For more information, visit www.panglobalcorp.com

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China Logistics Group, Inc. (CHLO) Targeting South America for Company Growth

April 16th, 2014

China Logistics Group is an American freight forwarding and logistics company doing business in China through its subsidiary, Shandong Jiajia International Freight & Forwarding Co., Ltd. (“Shandong Jiajia”). Shangdong Jiajia was established in 1999 as an agent for international freight and shipping companies. It continues in this capacity today, selling cargo space and arranging land, maritime, and air international transportation primarily for the export of goods from out of China.

China Logistics Group has a regional office in China’s largest seaport city, Qingdao, China, and operates offices in Shanghai, Xiamen, and Lianyungang. In the United States, the company operates offices near Los Angeles in Paramount, California. Through Shandong Jiajia, China Logistics Group leverages key relationships with agents in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa for facilitation of freight shipments. Shandong Jiajia has cemented itself as a reputable freight forwarding and logistics services provider, having worked with globally known shipping companies such as Nippon Yusen Kaisha, Nedlloyd, and Regional Container Lines. In 2014, China Logistics Group has expressed interest in strengthening its service outreach to South America due to growing trade relations between China and the greater Latin American region.

An article on BusinessSpectator.com showcases the growing trading relationship between these two regions. In the space of ten years (2004-2014), China-Latin America trade volume has shot past $250 billion per year, and China is on track to passing the European Union as Latin America’s second largest export market by 2016. Exports to China from Latin America are largely commodity-based, but Chinese exports of some segments of final goods to key regions in Latin America have been strengthening. For instance, the Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers recently announced that South America has emerged as its strongest automobile export market as a result of rapid year-to-year growth. In 2013, China’s auto exports to South America saw a year-on-year increase of 18 percent from 2012. Other factors, such as strong economic growth in major South American countries, have increased South America’s viability as a regional trade market.

Having begun freight forwarding shipping services to South America from China in 2012, China Logistics Group has been establishing agent relationships with South American companies. The company recently announced the formation of agent relationships with two companies, CMA CGM and Evergreen International Corp., which the company anticipates will lead to a freight shipping volume of 5,000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent units).

In the future, China Logistics Group’s management anticipates that South America will emerge as one of the company’s strongest and most profitable shipping routes. China Logistics Group is also focusing on company growth through strategic acquisitions and mergers. It is doing due diligence on one strong, prospective candidate and hopes to have completed at least one acquisition by the end of fiscal 2014.

For more information about China Logistics Group, please visit www.chinalogisticsinc.com

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Ecrypt Technologies, Inc. (ECRY) is in the Business of Data Protection

April 16th, 2014

In today’s Internet era, millions of people have taken their private personal information online, where one security breach or savvy hacking group could wreak havoc on the most confidential aspects of their lives. Americans, especially, are becoming increasingly aware of these threats, given the Edward Snowden/NSA revelation just a few months ago.

Privacy concerns are also of particular interest to businesses. Companies with privacy and confidentiality as a top priority seek security technology that can protect them and their most sensitive information. Ecrypt Technologies, Inc. (ECRY), based out of Boulder, Colorado, is one company offering solutions to meet this high-priority need.

Ecrypt Technologies specializes in data security. Its military-strength solutions are adaptable for any kind of enterprise, from small businesses to governments and their militaries. Ecrypt’s solutions are designed not just to protect information, but also to streamline their clients’ communication and collaboration. With Ecrypt technology in place, users can communicate without the risk of liability, reputation damage, competitive threats and other negative outcomes hanging over their heads.

Ecrypt Technologies describes its solutions as smart, simple, and secure. Its technology is smart because of its inherent ability to identify and mitigate human errors. The technology can be upgraded or customized without complicated add-ons and fixes, and also has a built-in compliance officer tool that keeps businesses ahead of the game.

The company’s technologies are marketed as simple because of how they consolidate all administrative tasks into one easy-to-use interface. Clients enjoy the solutions’ seamless integration into their already existing programs, all without intense or lengthy training sessions. Ecrypt Technologies’ goal is to make security and confidentiality painless and convenient.

Finally, Ecrypt Technologies’ solutions offer maximum strength security. The fortified system is closed to data leaks, allowing Ecrypt to assure email integrity. Businesses, militaries, and governments no longer have to wonder if simply opening an email will take down their entire system. With Ecrypt, it won’t.

Ecrypt revealed exciting news earlier this year, when they announced that it welcomed a former Microsoft engineer, Ian Treleaven, as the first member of its Advisory Board. With more growth of this type sure to follow, Ecrypt promises to bring new and exciting developments to the data security industry.

For more information, please visit www.ecryptinc.com

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Horizon Energy Corp. (HORI) Enters Option Agreement for Prospective South Texas Oil & Gas Production

April 16th, 2014

As part of its broader focus on opportunities within the U.S. energy market, Horizon Energy is currently exploring additional drilling prospects in Webb County, and recently signed an option agreement for a two-tract lease totaling 1,340 acres close to Mirando City. Webb County is part of the widely acclaimed Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas.

According to the Railroad Commission of Texas’ oil and gas statistics released earlier this year, Webb County ranks second in Texas gas production for the month of November 2013, with 31,320,676 MCF. More money is spent on exploration and drilling of this geological formation than any other play in the world, directly creating more than half a million new jobs since its discovery. Texasdrilling.com reports 18,234 currently drilled wells in Webb County.

“The U.S. energy revolution is transforming communities across the country, but the impact is the strongest in Texas. In areas like Webb County and other counties in South Texas, the oil bonanza has transformed the economy,” Robert Bludorn, chairman and CEO of Horizon Energy, stated in the news release. “Horizon has selected this area as one to explore opportunities, where the accumulated experience of generations of Texans is part of its rich heritage.”

While the majority of activity in Webb County is focused in the northwest portion where wells produce rich gas in the Eagle Ford play, that play is nestled among various geologic layers, many of which are also producing oil and gas. These formations may be more or less prevalent in different areas and depths vary across all formations, and may produce oil or gas in diverse areas. For this reason, oil and gas companies are returning to some of the oil fields using the latest horizontal drilling techniques.

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Ener-Core, Inc. (ENCR) Completes $4.6 Million Private Placement and Proceeds to Successful Implementation of Business Plan

April 16th, 2014

Ener-Core is a company that manufactures their patented Gradual Oxidizers which effectively enable the conversion of poor quality waste gases into electrical power with the lowest known emissions. With the Ener-Core Gradual Oxidizer married up to standard gas turbine engines, this will allow brown industries to sell power from their waste gases. Their target customers include any industry that emits low quality waste gases such as land fills, dairy farms, poultry farms, the oil and gas industries, and even the mining sector.

Typically, for example, you may see what is referred to as a flare stack outside a petroleum refinery or chemical plant where a pressure relief valve will allow for the release of a flammable waste gas such as methane that may be over pressuring the plant equipment. As the waste gas heads into the flare stack, a pilot light ignites it and you see what appears to be a smoke stack with flames as the waste is deliberately combusted. With Ener-Core’s technology, the pollution from the combustion can be avoided and the waste gas can instead be converted directly into power. In coal mines where the methane concentration is too low to even flare off and simply heads into the air, the methane can instead be collected and converted to power.

This is crucial for the atmosphere as well since methane is 21 times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. As there is 200 times more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than methane and methane chemically breaks down over time, carbon dioxide concentration is of the first most concern. However, the accelerated melting of the polar ice caps has released high concentrations of methane gas from the underlying permafrost. This introduces a feedback loop which can accelerate the potential dangers of climate change/global warming even further.

Ener-Core has been working closely with gas turbine companies as they do not have the technology to use these low quality waste gases, and it has been estimated that their potential market size can be up to $77 billion.

As their key products, the Ener-Core Powerstation FP 250 and the Ener-Core Powerstation KG2-3G are high priced capital goods that promise reliable operation over a 20-year period. To attract customers to their product, Ener-Core needs to demonstrate that they have a strong balance sheet. Ener-Core certainly wants to assure their target market that they will be around for some time to provide service over the years to customers that purchase the Powerstations. With the help of Roth Capital Partners, LLC, the company feels it has now achieved its goal by the raising of $4.6 million by a private placement of senior secured convertible notes.

The convertible notes mature in October, 2015, and are convertible into company stock at $0.67 per share. Monthly interest payments are payable in company common stock or cash. Along with the notes, the company has also issued warrants to purchase up to 4,097,016 shares of common stock exercisable at $0.78 per share. With over $4 million now in its cash coffers, Ener-Core can proceed to successful execution of their business plan.

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Infinite Group, Inc. (IMCI) Continues to Advance Position in Cybersecurity Field

April 16th, 2014

Infinite Group acknowledges significant business opportunity in the fact that cybersecurity is a growing global concern for businesses of all types. The company aims to expand and strengthen its position in cybersecurity by growing its advanced security solutions for government and commercial customers alongside its information technology (IT) solutions.

As an IT and support supplier, the company offers a range of solutions such as managed services, cloud computing, mobility, information security, unified communications, consulting, systems engineering, and more. Infinite Group is also a VMware® virtualization solution provider, which means the company’s staff has the ability to help clients use VMWare’s full line of virtualization and cloud products and solutions. Other industry partners include Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, NetApp, and Veeam.

The company’s reputation for efficient and quality services has earned the business of a high-profile client base that includes NASA, U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines, as well as Hewlett Packard, Home Depot, Pepsi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and a host of others.

In recent years, Infinite Group has blended advanced security solutions into its mix of IT offerings, by providing advanced security solutions such as vulnerability assessment, risk prioritization, risk remediation, phased implementation, education, and training services. Targeting high-growth market segments, Infinite Group leverages its blend of IT solutions and team of highly experienced and certified IT professionals to deliver its solutions within set time and budget boundaries.

The company’s ongoing growth strategy is to increase its client base and develop relationships with new technology partners to bring the latest cybersecurity measures to each client, taking advantage of the unfortunate growth of cybersecurity threats.

For more information, visit www.igius.com

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Raptor Resources Holdings Inc. (RRHI) Explores Nickel Deposits at the Raptor Mine

April 16th, 2014

The management of Raptor Resources, a U.S.-based company focused on acquiring, exploring, and developing mineral resource projects in Zimbabwe, has built long-term relationships with key Zimbabwean affiliates that have a shared passion for building successful ventures.

While Raptor Resources’ main focus is on exploring newly-found minerals and metals like the nickel and copper discovered at the Raptor Mine or developing green field resources and bringing them into commercial production as it is doing with the barite and limestone deposits at the Dodge Mine, the company is also seeking seasoned mining opportunities like the Derbyshire Stone Quarry and other types of viable hard assets that show promise and could create revenue for its shareholders and stakeholders.

The company’s Raptor Mine project in Shamva, Zimbabwe is particularly interesting. The mine measuring approximately 248 hectares is located near the largest nickel mine and refinery within the same geological formation. In the 1970s, soil geochemistry and geophysical surveys were conducted on the mine to determine its prospects, and those surveys outlined significant nickel anomalies. As the process of recovering metals in most nickel ores usually results in a multiple stream of metals recovered, Raptor Resources is presently targeting several minerals and metals (nickel, copper, zinc, talc, gold, and silver) for potential commercial production at the mine. Based on compiled data, the company’s first focus will be to develop the transition metals nickel and copper.

The company has also aligned with a number of strategic partners in Zimbabwe to ensure cost-effective and steadfast support for the development, production, shipment, distribution, and sale of these minerals:

• WGB Kinsey & Company, one of Zimbabwe’s most experienced mining and construction companies, will manage all development and production operations at both Raptor Mine and Dodge Mine.

• PHI Commodities, the largest grain importer to Harare, Zimbabwe, will provide Raptor Resources with a strong regional presence. Having secured the outbound load rights to their fleet of 80 rail wagons, managed by express trains provided by the National Railways of Zimbabwe, the company has secured land transportation direct to the Port of Beira, Mozambique.

• Steinbock Minerals, an expert in the worldwide distribution and sale of industrial minerals with an established customer base in Europe and the Middle East, will serve as the company’s global marketing, mineral sales and distribution arm.

• Yasheya Limited, a specialist in the worldwide shipment of industrial minerals, will be the company’s shipment and delivery arm providing door-to-door delivery services out of the Port of Beira, Mozambique.

From the Port of Beira, Mozambique, the company will be ideally located to support customer demands in Europe, Middle East, and Central or South Africa.

For more information, visit www.raptorresourcesholdings.com

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Mabwe Minerals Inc. (MBMI) Bringing New Life to Barite Mining Industry

April 16th, 2014

Mabwe Minerals is a natural resources and hard asset company that is engaged in the mining and commercial sale of industrial minerals and metals. The company, a subsidiary of Raptor Resources Holdings Inc. (OTCQB: RRHI), is fully reporting and publicly traded.

Mabwe Minerals’ main focus is on mining and commercially selling barite and limestone. Though based in the U.S., the company’s primary operation is the Dodge Mine Project in Zimbabwe. The property, located on a hydrothermal mountain range, bears superior-grade barite and is rich with limestone and other minerals, such as talc.

The Dodge Mine mining and exploration site covers 576 acres as of January 2014, when 272 new acres contiguous to the property were acquired. The mineral and metal rights to this property were acquired by the company’s Zimbabwe affiliate, Mabwe Minerals Zimbabwe Ltd. Though Mabwe Minerals focuses most of its efforts on its property in Zimbabwe, it has spent a significant amount of time forming strategic relationships with other companies in its industry. For example, securing a 3M-ton long term Master Supply Agreement in the oil and gas drilling sector.

Mabwe Minerals has also formed a partnership with Steinbock Minerals, whose focus is on the worldwide distribution of industrial minerals, especially barite. Steinbock will act as Mabwe Minerals’ marketing, sales, and distribution entity. In addition, partnerships have been forged with Yasheya Limited, who specializes in the shipment of industrial minerals providing door-to-door services.

These two promising partnerships aren’t all Mabwe has been up to. It has also partnered with PHI Commodities. PHI imports grain to Harare, Zimbabwe, out of the Port of Beira in Mozambique. The companies’ partnership gives Mabwe Minerals the exclusive wagon load rights to their fleet of 80 rail wagons from the local Shamva Rail Depot fitted with non-stop express trains provided by the National Railways of Zimbabwe.

These partnerships help position Mabwe Minerals as a strong player in Zimbabwe’s mineral mining industry. By expanding its reach through relationships with other companies, Mabwe Minerals has turned itself into a fluid, turnkey operation that brings momentum and new life to the barite market around the world.

For more information, please visit www.mabweminerals.com

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Victory Energy Corp. (VYEY) Delivers Strong 2013 Performance with Increased Oil & Gas Reserves, Revenue Growth

April 16th, 2014

The last two years have yielded significant progress for Victory Energy and its five-year partnership with Aurora Energy Partners and Navitus Energy Group. Victory Energy’s broader focus is on creating long-term shareholder value by increasing oil and natural gas reserves, improving financial returns, and managing the capital on its balance sheets. If the Austin-based company’s most recent 10-K filing is any implication, Victory Energy is strongly aligned and on track with this mission.

Victory Energy is an independent, growth-oriented oil and natural gas company engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas properties primarily in the Permian Basin. In fact, each of Victory Energy’s Permian Basin properties is located in the crux of hot plays already being developed by large operating and development large companies such as Concho Resources, EOG, Endeavor, Devon, Apache, Pioneer, Chesapeake, and others.

In 2012, the company met its primary business objective to grow proved reserves through new drilling and then increased the value of those reserves by shifting its focus on oil. This strategy was extended and successfully carried out through the end of 2013, resulting in a year-over-year increase of 102 percent in proved oil reserves and an increase of 6.5 percent in proved gas reserves for 2013.

Furthermore, the company extended its portfolio, adding properties large enough to provide new multi-well drilling opportunities in the future. As of the end of 2013, Victory Energy had expanded its portfolio to 21 completed wells located in Texas and New Mexico, predominantly in the Permian Basin of West Texas, with an additional two wells working toward completion.

The strong operations performance contributed to significant growth in net revenues, which increased 125 percent to $735,413 for full-year 2013, compared to revenues of $326,384 for full-year 2012. Oil production revenues also grew to $492,753 for full-year 2013, compared to oil production revenues of $139,320 for the comparable 12 months of 2012.

Net loss was cut by 70 percent to $2.1 million, compared to a net loss of $7.0 million for full-year 2012. The 2013 net loss attributable to Victory Energy decreased 75 percent to $1.6 million after taking into account the loss attributable to non-controlling interest.

For 2014, Victory Energy and partners intend to continue this growth pattern by developing 12 gross well locations on current high-value properties; acquiring producing strategic properties in the Midland and Central basins of the Permian; and acquiring additional development acreage with multi-year drilling opportunity.

For more information, visit www.vyey.com

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Great Plains Holdings, Inc. (GTPH) Subsidiary Partners with TexStar Energy for Producing Texas Oil Lease

April 16th, 2014

Today, Great Plains Holdings announced a development involving its wholly owned subsidiary Ashland Holdings LLC. Great Plains Holdings’ subsidiary recently completed a private placement investment in TexStar -Preferred Partner Joint Venture III, LP related to a 150-acre Texas lease in Guadalupe County, Texas. Exploration geologist John Sobehrad has estimated the recoverable oil reserves at this property to be 2.99 million barrels of oil, with the use of enhanced oil recovery techniques.

According to the private placement memorandum and subscription agreement, Ashland Holdings LLC will receive income based on net revenue interest on the lease. The property is called the Engleke Lease, Luling-Branyon Field and is located in central Texas. Based on the April 11, 2014, oil spot price of $103.40, the potential value of these extractable oil reserves is about $309,166,000. Approximately 14 wells are currently producing on the lease. TexStar anticipates that with the adoption of enhanced oil recovery techniques, output per well will be enhanced.

“I am proud of the rapid expansion of Great Plains in the first quarter of 2014, and am honored to be a part of the vision and see it all come together. Our small but dedicated and forward-thinking staff is working around the clock to increase both company and shareholder value,” said Great Plains Holdings President Denis Espinoza. “Today’s announcement demonstrates our ability to establish and carry-out our aggressive expansion strategy.”

For more information about Great Plains Holdings and its diverse business model, please visit: www.gtph.com

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P2 Solar, Inc. (PTOS) Completes Financing Requirements for Punjab, India Small Hydro Projects

April 16th, 2014

Today, P2 Solar announced its recent completion of certain financing required for the development of its small-hydro projects in Punjab, India. The company secured financing for small-hydro project expenses incurred from the past four months, which totaled $240,000. The financing was composed of $200,000 in convertible notes with a conversion price to be negotiated at a future date, and a balance made up of $40,000 in private equity placement.

The funds have been allocated toward project expenses. Raj-Mohinder Gurm, P2 Solar CEO said, “This financing demonstrates that key investors have confidence in our projects and the ability of our team to execute.”

P2 Solar anticipates that its Punhab small-hydro projects will reach operational status. Currently, the company is focusing on developing its current project portfolio and on raising capital. P2 Solar has three projects in its portfolio: the Langley Rooftop Project in British Columbia; the Rajgarh Mini-hydro Project in Punjab, India; and the Tibba Mini-hydro Project, which is also located in Punjab, India.

P2 Solar’s executive leadership leverages over 60 years of combined experience. In addition to these areas, P2 Solar is proactively looking at energy project development opportunities in areas with favorable solar energy regimes, inclusive of Canada and Eastern Europe.

For more information about P2 Solar, visit: www.p2solar.com

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Armco Metal Holdings, Inc. (AMCO) Enters Agreement for Total Acquisition of Draco Resources, Inc.

April 16th, 2014

Today, Armco Metal Holdings announced its entrance into a stock purchase agreement for 100% acquisition of Draco Resources, a California-based company engaged in the exploration, mining, and trading of iron ore and minerals. The stock purchase agreement calls for a stock exchange valued at approximately $46 million at the closing price of Armco Metal Holdings as of April 15, 2014.

The closing of the acquisition is subject to the completion of due diligence, approval from shareholders, approval for continued listing by the New York Stock Exchange, and approval by any applicable governmental regulatory agency. Once the acquisition is successfully concluded, Draco Resources shareholders will own approximately 72.8% of the total outstanding shares of the combined companies.

Commenting on the stock purchase agreement, Kexuan Yao, Chairman and CEO of Armco Metals, stated, “We are very excited about this acquisition for our company as we believe it will enable strong, rapid growth over the next four years. Draco has the plan in place to generate substantial cash flow for Armco Metals on a monthly basis which in turn will enable us to use that cash flow to further expand our own mineral trading business as well as our metal recycling operations. Management believes the combined companies will significantly improve overall shareholder value for years to come.”

At present, Draco Resources holds exclusive rights of management, operation, distribution, and sale of approximately five million metric tons of iron ore fine in the state of Alabama. The company completed its first shipment of 55,000 metric tons on a vessel bound for China in March 2014. Draco Resources anticipates shipping out 1 to 3 vessels of the same size to China per month. That equates to a total of 55,000 to 165,000 metric tons per month over the course of the next four years or until the 5 million metric ton shipment is complete. Draco Resources projects that it will make approximately $20 to $30 per metric ton based on the current spot price of iron ore, CFR China.

A distributor of imported metal ores and a steel recycler, Armco Metal Holdings has customers which include some of the fastest growing steel producing mills and foundries. The company’s product lines include ferrous and non-ferrous ore, iron ore, chrome ore, nickel ore, magnesium, copper ore, manganese ore, steel billet, and recycled scrap metals.

For more information, visit www.armcometals.com

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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 NeuroMama.com, 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 NeuroMama.com 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, NeuroMama.com 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 NeuroMama.com. It is said to be the only search engine powered by neural technology and unlike other search engines, NeuroMama.com 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 NeuroMama.com is the set of measures its search engine uses for ensuring user privacy and information security. It has been noted that NeuroMama.com 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 NeuroMama.com initiatives.

For more information, visit www.neuromama.com

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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.

For more information, visit www.banjoandmatilda.com

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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.

For more information, visit www.armcometals.com

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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.

More info on this pioneering biotech developer is available at www.vistagen.com

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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.

For more information, visit: www.globalpayout.com

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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.

For more information about the company, visit www.vyey.com

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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.

Get a closer look at ECRY by visiting www.ecryptinc.com

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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.

For more information about Well Power, visit: www.wellpowerinc.com

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