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LD Holdings, Inc. (LDHL) Business Acquisition Model Ramping Up as Baby Boomer Retirements Hit Full Stride

September 17th, 2014

Some of the latest research out of one of the nation’s most experienced firms assisting senior policy owners, Asset Life Settlements, indicates baby boomers are seeking to cash out and retire more and more in recent years, precisely as predicted by numerous other analysts. Relative improvements in the near-term economic outlook, as well as the overall performance health of small businesses, has driven up the number of aging owners looking to sell their businesses and one can see a strong correlation here with the Pepperdine University data from May this year, which found that 65% of all businesses sold in Q1 were from baby boomers, further reinforcing the validity of this growing trend. Pepperdine’s survey from last year, showing 67% of business owners intended to retire in the next decade, is a another leading indicator here and characterizes accurately the projected roadmap for the roughly 25M or more small businesses estimated to be sold over the next decade or so as boomers retire.

The U.S. small business confidence index rose slightly in August, with business owners also anticipating improving conditions and subsequently planning increased CAPEX, according to a related survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. Pair that up with the fact that boomers control approximately 70% of the total wealth of the U.S. and represent over half the nation’s purchasing power, as well as consumer spending, and you get a pretty accurate picture of what the next decade and a half will look like, especially when it comes to business turnovers. The fact that boomers represent upwards of 80% of the leisure travel market and generate some 77% of the country’s financial assets basically says it all, we are going to see one of the greatest wealth transitions in the history of the entire planet as boomers continue to retire at the rate of 10k plus a day (Pew Research), shaking up plenty of acquisition opportunity in what is an approximately $17T pie.

This is where financial/management holding company LD Holdings, Inc. is targeting their expansion strategy, emphasizing an ability to provide financial services to an underserved retiree market and generate considerable returns for their investors by employing a small cap Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK-A) roll up approach. Focusing on acquiring profitable sub-$20M businesses (larger targets considered, nothing smaller than $2M generally and profitability for 3-5 years as well as a clear ramping strategy required) and empowered by a $10M secured credit facility from a qualified institution, the company has already taken their first major steps towards finishing an initial goal of acquiring three targets totaling some $16M in sales ($2.3M EBITDA), via an LOI with a certain Midwest Landscape Maintenance Company. LDHL is also currently still in negotiations with a handful of (at least four) other companies in this same vein that could be rolled up, using the initial outdoor Green Sector landscape maintenance company acquisition as a central platform for growing their footprint in the $25B plus U.S. lawn maintenance space. The lawn care services market alone is upwards of $4B a year and it seems safe to assume more and more consumers will seek out help in this regard as boomer home owners continue to retire in large numbers.

By focusing on helping profitable boomer business owners realize exit strategies amid increasingly tightened long-term, underlying economic conditions, during what is effectively an up cycle, LDHL looks to build up a strong venture capital return portfolio without incurring the risks typically associated with venture capital. This is a strong proposition to investors and with overarching plans to roll up as many as 50 businesses, consolidating them into cohesive units, there is a great deal of upside yet to be realized for LDHL. The eagerness of boomer business owners to get out while the getting is good can be fairly characterized by soaring interests costs on the $17.7T and growing U.S. national debt, putting pressures on retirees which are exacerbated further by rapidly escalating entitlement spending figures, projections on which indicate that by as early as 2019, $0.90 of every dollar of federal revenue will go to said entitlements before even one dollar is applied to any other budget item.

To further the company’s portfolio build out, LDHL has entered a JVA with one of the biggest and most well organized multimedia marketing companies in the country, Internet Marketing Consortium, in coordination with their push into Green Initiative projects. This move gives LDHL access to a sizeable database of hundreds, or even thousands of quality acquisition targets, simultaneously bringing the company’s game plan to the fore and increasing exposure via souped-up marketing strategies that will hit social media and internet radio in particular with considerable force. President of the Internet Marketing Consortium, Beryl Wolk, brings over four decades in marketing experience to the table, having worked with outfits like QVC and the Discovery Channel, and is widely known as a sort of marketing genius.

LD Holdings’ core Business Services Division is a serious due diligence engine with a continually updated database of target companies, to which new prospects are constantly being added after their circumspect evaluation. This database also gives LDHL a historical view of different industries, distribution channels and the evolving geographical advantages or disadvantages related to a given business/sector, allowing the company to cleverly price their acquisitions. Moreover, this core business division of LDHL maintains a sizeable entrepreneur database spanning a range of specific fields and sectors, an invaluable resource for strategizing acquisitions and acquired targets’ post-acquisition business models, as well as for rigorously vetting new acquisition candidates. Similarly, LDHL’s Business Services Division maintains a database of key investors. Investors tagged for possessing a shared vision and similar objectives, who also are known for their desire to get in at the ground floor and stick to their guns, holding on for long-term, superior rates of return.

For more info on LD Holdings, visit: www.ldholdings.com

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Armco Metals Holdings, Inc. (AMCO) – A Leading Metal Distribution & Recycling Business

September 17th, 2014

Credibility is a key value that drives Armco Metals’ business—meeting China’s steel production needs with quality metal and non-ferrous metal ores as well as scrap steel recycling solutions. The company’s corporate culture is well reflected in its executive management team’s efforts and its employees’ actions; they let a number of principal beliefs guide the business’ practices.

Founded in 2001, Armco Metals has long-term experience in the sales and distribution of metal and non-ferrous metal ore for China’s emergent steel manufacturing industry. To capitalize on the mounting push toward sustainable solutions in steel production as well as its current supplier and customer relationships, Armco Metals added the recycling of scrap metal to its product offerings, even going so far as to open a high-tech recycling facility in Lianyungang, China.

Under management’s direction, Armco Metals has grown significantly, especially in the last seven years. Backed by a forward-looking operating strategy, broad industry management experience and deep wisdom and vision, Armco Metals has evolved from a foreign enterprise specializing in metal ore trading to an international company with an integrated business covering imports, production, sales, and distribution.

With an eye on becoming the largest and most effective scrap steel recycling company in China, Armco Metals is focused on creating high-quality, low-cost solutions that meet the industry’s demands responsibly. As it has grown its scrap steel recycling capability and bolstered its metal and non-ferrous metal sales and distribution business, the company has also achieved several certifications and honors of merit. Even so, Armco Metals continues to refine its business approach, developing and adopting more efficient methods of production, so that its partners—customers, suppliers, and investors—can reap the benefits.

For more information, visit www.ArmcoMetals.com

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Falcon Crest Energy, Inc. (FCEN) Bolsters Advisory Board to Strengthen Corporate Trajectory

September 17th, 2014

As Falcon Crest Energy sharpens its focus on developing oil and gas properties in North America, the company is building an advisory board to supplement its experienced management team and progress corporate initiatives. The most recent addition to the advisory board is geologist Michael Cvetanovic, who has 35 years of experience spanning several facets of the energy industry.

In addition to 25 years of international endeavors in corporate acquisitions, farm-ins and joint ventures, Cvetanovic has 10 years of experience working with start-up to mid-sized E&P companies operating in the United States and Canada. He contributes technical expertise as well as knowledge in regional play analysis, petroleum system evaluation, prospect generation and offshore and onshore drilling and seismic operations.

Cvetanovic will advise Falcon Crest alongside current advisory board member Scott Davis, an equity holder of R.D. Davis & Associates and manager of the day-to-day operations of field brokers in the firm’s Houston Division. Davis has experience and familiarity working with local landowners, operators and potential competitors. His track-record demonstrates success in leasing unconventional resource plays, as well as the leasing, negotiation and management of more than 1 million acres in prolific plays such as the Barnett Shale, Permian Basin, Texas Panhandle, Illinois Basin and Eagle Ford, among others. Davis has also co-founded several businesses through which he has gained first-hand experience in transforming a business concept into a successful operation.

International business executive Dennis Clement also sits on Falcon Crest’s advisory board. He brings to the table three decades of experience in finance, law, M&A, management and entrepreneurship in numerous industries, including financial, oil and gas, and mining and technology. Clement currently provides advisory services for different companies around the world and is on the board of directors for several private and public companies. His law practice includes international trade, corporate reorganizations, banking, finance and corporate law.

Peter Kent is also an appointed member to the Falcon Crest advisory board. A corporate commercial lawyer and business advisor with more than 35 years of experience, Kent has extensive expertise spanning governance, legal and business, and has conducted high-level negotiations leading to transactions with Chevron, Texaco, Mitsubishi, Hoganas, Imperial Oil and others. He is well-versed with deal architecture in M&As and related financings, including complex contract negotiations. As in-house counsel, Kent has selected, instructed and supervised world-class external counsel and managed external counsel in more than 30 jurisdictions.

Together, this team of experienced individuals will provide advisory services to Falcon Crest in support of the company’s pursuit to capitalize on the vast opportunities within the Powder River Basin of Wyoming. Falcon Crest plans to minimize the risk of exploration through development of proved petroleum reserves, and has defined a strategy to maximize profit through strategic acquisition and liquidation of selected oil and gas properties.

For more information, visit www.FalconCrestEnergy.com

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Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) Issues Update on MRSA and Lung Cancer Device Development

September 17th, 2014

Today before the opening bell, Zenosense reported on the status of development operations for its MRSA and lung cancer detection devices. Development efforts have been moving forward as planned. In its news release, Zenosense disclosed the following summarized recent achievements:

MRSA/SA

• A new sensor has been defined for manufacturing. It includes a new MRSA/SA VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) biomarker micro-separator technology.

• For this new technology, tests have been initiated to measure and contrast cultures of MRSA and SA.

• Electronics design for a microbiology lab device is complete, and industrial design for the device is in process.

• The electronics and new sensor are expected to be integrated in the coming weeks to produce the first prototype for laboratory detection of MRSA/SA in cultures.

Lung Cancer

• First tests using a LC VOC biomarker selected from existing hospital research data have been carried out.

• Good sensitivity to this VOC biomarker using the current sensor has been obtained, the VOC biomarker typically being expressed by LC patients at levels well within the capability of the sensor.

• Further tests will be carried out with the intent to resolve issues with cross-sensitivity with other VOC biomarkers and other ambient compounds.

• A review of literature and current research is in hand with alternative VOC biomarkers identified.

• A device for clinical tests with lung cancer patients has been designed, including electronics and a VOC capturing system. It is intended for this device to meet hospital clinical procedure requirements.

With its respected partner Sgenia Group, Zenosense seeks to develop effective medical devices targeting the early detection of both deadly bacteria and certain cancers in the exhaled breath of patients. It intends to market and sell these products to hospitals and primary healthcare facilities. Intended for the timely detection of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus “Super-Bug” (MRSA) and lung cancer, these devices incorporate an advanced electronic nose technology to identify VOC signatures given by patients with this infection/illness.

For more information, visit: www.zenosense.net

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Consorteum Holdings, Inc. (CSRH) – Pioneering Mobile Compliance Gaming Solutions

September 16th, 2014

Consorteum delivers innovation with specification. For the last three years, Consorteum has focused on developing licensing agreements and relationships that will allow it to take center stage in the fast growing mobile gaming market.

359, a Consorteum subsidiary, has demonstrated expertise in mobile platforms for compliance gaming by providing one of the best mobile solutions for lottery experts and any compliance gaming application. 359 is also the only third-party developer for compliance gaming that the Nevada Gaming Commission has approved.

One of 359’s offerings is SportsConnection.com, a mobile sports book application developed with Stations Casinos. The Stations project called for 359 to meet the Nevada Gaming Commission’s benchmarks for Geo-location, Geo-fencing, secure commerce and secure application performance.

Working with Stations’ development team, 359 brought the first compliance gaming mobile product, built on a third party mobile platform, to market. 359 provides the protocol and interface for the backend of Stations’ Sportsbook. Utilizing a proprietary Universal Mobile Interface (UMI) mobile platform, 359 provides the Geo-fencing and Geo-location required for the compliance gaming application. In addition, its hybrid client server application provides the in-depth security that is critical for gaming applications.

As a third-party mobile platform provider, 359 seamlessly integrates its server with its client’s (the gaming provider) backend. 359 then handles any mobile device interaction for content delivery and display. By doing that, 359’s thin client application relieves the gaming provider from having to constantly update the mobile device application software for new devices or release device upgrades and changes in gaming content. All in all, the 359 application model assists gaming operators with their marketing strategy for inclusion in current and future mobile devices, saving them both time to market and money.

Consorteum and 359 envision lucrative opportunities within these mobile gaming business sectors:

• Casino Games: Slots and video card games

• Mobile Lottery: Ticket purchase, scratch games, and results

• Multiplayer Games: Poker and Black Jack

• Sports Book: Bet placement, odds comparison, real time in-play betting, and results

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.consorteum.com.

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NutraNomics, Inc. (NNRX) Connects Consumers with High-Quality Health Products for Better Living

September 16th, 2014

Since its inception almost two decades ago, NutraNomics has grown to become one of today’s leading brands for delivering safe, high-quality vitamins and supplements. Over those 20 years, the company has spearheaded many high-performance products that deliver far more nutritional value than the isolated and/or synthetic products of today. NutraNomics also stands out in the crowded nutraceuticals marketplace with its record of innovation. It is responsible for the production of formulas for hundreds of other companies.

Consumer interest in healthy living has exploded in recent years. As a result, many people have rededicated themselves to maintaining a better lifestyle. Through its diverse array of supplemental and vitamin products, NutraNomics enables these committed individuals to address a wide range of health needs. Today, this far-ranging line of health-related products covers many areas, including: joint health, digestive enzymes, whole-food multivitamins, antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics, immune support, hormone balance, stress/sleep, detox/cleanse, and vitamin C.

One of NutraNomics’ latest innovations is a line of new weight loss products, which company founder and CEO Dr. Tracy Gibbs formulated earlier this year. In a recent headline, NutraNomics announced its reception of a $233,000 purchase order for these innovative products from a Utah-based multi-level marketing company. It anticipates there will be opportunities to procure more purchases from the MLM company in the future.

Far more than just a product manufacturer, NutraNomics also empowers consumers through its education arm, the Health Education Corporation. This division connects consumers with timely, helpful information related to health, wellness, fitness, and more in books, videos, and other materials. NutraNomics understands that healthy living is a personal matter— it therefore helps people increase their health and longevity through education and self-awareness.

On top of their availability in select wholesale and retail channels, NutraNomics’ high-performance products can be purchased through many online vehicles. NutraNomics understands that the dynamics behind consumer purchasing are changing, and as a result it has adapted accordingly. NutraNomics sells its products through Amazon.com, the world’s largest online marketplace, as well as on RevNutrition.com, a leading health e-commerce source for over 3,000 product offerings and 170+ major brands. NutraNomics’ dedicated sales team is also strategically entrenched in 8 countries across the globe for further product sales reach expansion.

On top of the $233,000 purchase order, NutraNomics has seen growth in its sales in recent times. Earlier this year, NutraNomics revealed that its sales had shot up 27% in wholesale and retail sales in its first three quarters as a public company. As the multi-billion dollar global nutraceuticals market persists in its growth, NutraNomics is focused on continuing to bolster its presence in this fast-paced, consumer-driven industry.

For more information, visit: www.nutranomics.com

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3Pea International, Inc. (TPNL) – Improved Payment Technology for the Healthcare Industry

September 16th, 2014

3Pea International is empowering healthcare and pharmaceutical companies with efficient, seamless and intuitive payment solutions. 3Pea provides a wide range of reimbursement and settlement solutions by bringing together the capabilities and technology infrastructure of a debit card financial transaction processor with the claims adjudication expertise of a pharmacy benefits manager.

A tested and trusted payment solutions company, 3Pea offers prepaid card programs with unmatched, competitive advantages. The company’s technology is flexible, allowing on-the-spot plan design, update, and customization. This way 3Pea can easily shape and adapt plans to meet its clients changing needs.

The Henderson, Nevada-based company is especially focused on providing prepaid debit program management and processing services. It develops prepaid card programs for healthcare reimbursement payments, pharmaceutical co-pay assistance, and corporate and incentive rewards, along with payroll cards, general purpose re-loadable cards, travel cards, and expense reimbursement cards. Through its proprietary card processing platform, 3Pea also delivers an additional collection of services: cardholder enrollment, cardholder account management, transaction processing, value loading, reporting, and customer service.

3Pea’s HealthData division offers comprehensive debit card processing and financial transaction services for the healthcare industry. The following represents a sample of 3Pea’s existing and available healthcare debit card programs:

• AllegianceRx Card, a promotional debit card that reimburses prescription drug prescribers with promotional funds at retail pharmacies;

• Healthcare Remittance Card, which provides immediate electronic claims payments to the pharmacy at the point of purchase by converting the insurance card into a financial transaction vehicle;

• HealthPoint Network, which provides reliable and cost effective claims adjudication at the point of service, on-line and in real-time;

• Survey Instant Rewards card programs, which provide healthcare organizations with a simple and powerfully effective solution for collecting valuable market research information.

3Pea’s target markets for processing services, including prepaid card issuers, retail and private-label issuers, small third-party processors, and small and mid-size financial institutions in the U.S. and worldwide. 3Pea’s debit card financial programs are applicable to various healthcare industry sectors, and its standard turnkey solutions and individually customized programs can fit into any healthcare organization’s strategic plan.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.3pea.com

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Start Scientific, Inc. (STSC) Leverages Key Factors to Pursue Overarching Business Strategy

September 16th, 2014

Operating from headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, Start Scientific is in continual and aggressive pursuit of its corporate objective to take advantage of oil and gas exploration and development opportunities that are overlooked by mid-sized oil and gas companies.

Start Scientific’s current portfolio includes concessions and leases in Romania, where the company owns concessions and leases covering approximately 120,000 acres; and in Mississippi, where 20 potential locations equate to total estimated recovery of between 4 million – 5 million barrels of oil.

As a progressive oil exploration, drilling, extraction and delivery company, Start Scientific relies on the vast knowledge of its management team, which provides more than 65 years of combined industry experience. Leveraging strong industry contacts established by company founder Norris R. Harris, Start Scientific also explores partnership and joint-venture opportunities to further accelerate its growth.

Supported by a management team highly experienced in the workings of natural resources and business development, Start Scientific is well-positioned to achieve its mission to explore low-risk land lease opportunities on properties with known oil deposits, develop facilities on these properties to cost effectively extract the oil, and to distribute the refined oil for sale in the open market.

For more information visit www.startscientificoil.com

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Eye for Opportunity: Intelligent Highway Solutions, Inc.’s (IHSI) Catalyst into Cannabis

September 16th, 2014

Intelligent Highway Solutions is an interesting story of business evolution, innovation and expansion. Led by a management team of electrical contractors, whose resumes also boast years of experience in the business world, the company has demonstrated unique flexibility in the application of its expertise.

IHSI was initially launched to develop and implement proprietary wireless vehicle detection systems designed to boost efficiency in the nation’s roadways. The intelligent transportations (ITS) industry offers incredible potential, valued at approximately $48 billion as cities and states feeling the strain of tightening budgets seek new technologies to maximize existing highway capacity.

For IHSI, deployment of its ITS initiative cultivated strong company relationships with the transportation markets of local and state governments, enabled a distribution agreement with SCS Lighting Solutions, and ultimately became a gateway for the company’s new business venture: lighting for the booming medical marijuana industry.

Through the SCS Lighting Solutions partnership, IHSI aimed to offer municipalities highly efficient, customized, long-lasting lighting solutions with the potential to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy and maintenance costs. Through this application, however, IHSI was presented with a unique business opportunity to implement cutting-edge lighting technology to accelerate the growth of cannabis plants. As it turns out, IHSI was already armed with the necessary expertise and infrastructure to provide superior lighting capabilities for this specific purpose.

Generating annual sales of approximately $1.5 billion in the U.S. alone, the medical marijuana industry is currently one of the world’s fastest growing markets. With demand for quality marijuana on the rise, cannabis nurseries are seeking out efficient cultivation methods and technologies, which are vital to the growth and quality of the plants as well as to the success of the grower.

Metal halide and sodium HID lamps lighting fixtures are widely used in the medical marijuana industry, though these solutions require significant energy consumption. IHSI’s custom lighting solution, on the other hand, uses approximately 85% less power and provides more than 400% of the required energy in the proper wavelengths for photosynthesis versus HID lamps.

Energy efficiency also equates to far less energy dispelled as heat, which cuts cooling costs. When you consider the fact that many plant nurseries have more than 1,000 lights for grow purposes, the savings in cooling costs paired with savings gained from using lighting fixtures with minimal energy consumption creates incredible cost savings opportunity.

IHSI recently shipped its 300-watt grow light prototype to an industry-leading medical cannabis facility licensed by the city of Oakland, California. With three times the power of its previously tested 100-watt lighting system, IHSI’s 300-watt solution is expected to contribute to large, healthy yields of cannabis.

The new lighting system is enhanced with increased lumens and photon density to achieve energy savings and provide the plant nursery with the necessary color spectrum and light to create an optimal growing environment and is expected to result in significant energy savings as compared to the existing lighting solutions on the market.

Backed by a management team of electrical contractor/businessmen with an eye for opportunity, IHSI is well-positioned to cultivate sustainable growth in a critical segment of the medical marijuana industry

For more information, visit www.intelligenthighwaysolutions.com

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Ecrypt Technologies (ECRY) CEO Cellucci First American Elected to EECSA Board of Directors

September 16th, 2014

Ecrypt Technologies acknowledged today that its CEO, Dr. Thomas A. Cellucci, is the first American elected to the Board of Directors (Coordination Council) of the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists Association (EECSA). Dr. Cellucci was the first and former Chief Commercialization Officer at the US Department of Homeland Security and the White House in the Bush (GW) and Obama Administrations.

With a track record of being a successful entrepreneur, Dr. Cellucci is an experienced senior executive and Board member with extensive Venture Capital, corporate and Private Equity tenure. His core strengths include strategic planning, market research and commercialization-based public-private partnerships. Cellucci’s success is underscored by growing high technology firms at various levels profitably.

Dr. Cellucci noted, “It is truly an honor to be asked to assist EECSA in their critical mission of developing and executing global initiatives vital to our global economy. With this powerful organization having representation of over 130 countries, I am proud to participate in sharing models and experiences in establishing solutions to some of our most vexing global challenges in a real and constructive manner.”

“EECSA is pleased to have Dr. Cellucci share his unique skills and experiences to increase the speed-of-execution of our worldwide initiatives like G-Global. His energy, enthusiasm and drive will be brought together with our strong team to tackle some of the toughest problems we face as a global community” commented Senator Serik N. Nugerbekov, PhD, Co-Chairman of EECSA’s Board of Directors based at Astana, Kazakhstan. “We welcome Dr. Cellucci’s proven leadership in bringing the public and private sectors together to solve real-world problems.”

Adding to his expertise as a senior executive and Board member for over three decades in the private sector, Cellucci occupies seats on a number of Boards and is the author of over 24 books. He has also written over 192 scholarly articles. Dr. Cellucci’s biography can be found on Ecrypt’s website at http://ecryptinc.com/person/thomas-cellucci/.

Ecrypt Technologies, Inc. leads in the fields of data security and specializes in military-strength information security solutions for enterprise, government and military. Ecrypt provides organizations with the flexibility and peace of mind to communicate and collaborate without risk of liability, reputation damage and competitive threat. The company’s trademark is that they are positioned as a trusted choice when it comes to ensuring confidentiality in public and private communications.

For more information on the company visit www.ecryptinc.com

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WRIT Media Group, Inc. (WRIT) Gains NASCAR Audience with Retro Infinity “Drive to Championship Weekend”

September 16th, 2014

WRIT Media Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary Retro Infinity Inc. and video game publisher for mobile devices, including the Amiga Games brand, recently announced the kick-off of the Retro Infinity “Drive to Championship Weekend.” The sponsorship involves seven select NASCAR Sprint Cup, NASCAR Nationwide Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Whelan Euro Series races. At the conclusion of the event there will be a major announcement from the company in Homestead Miami during championship weekend.

Eric Mitchell, WRIT Media CEO noted, “Through our partnership with RWR and team, we will drive brand awareness across North America and Europe to gain broad exposure to millions of racing fans through NASCAR’s spectator experience, national TV distribution, and the social media campaigns surrounding the racing events leading up to and through championship weekend. We will have a larger effect on user uptake and retention, which will drive revenues through late 2014 and into 2015.”

President of DEVCAP Partners, LLC, Kevin O’Connell, commented, “In conjunction with Rick Ware Racing we are pleased to introduce a unique ‘retro’ gaming company with its offering of classic video games to the great fans, competitors and sponsors in our sport. This is an initial marketing and branding effort with Retro Infinity and we anticipate more NASCAR events in the future to be added.”

WRIT plans to introduce several classic gaming titles during the campaign that have the capability to be downloaded on desktop, modern mobile devices and smart-phones. In the coming days, the company will announce date and location specifics of the first race, driver name and the plans for marketing and branding at the track.

Incorporated in 2007, WRIT Media Group charts its course as a digital media company with two operating divisions. They are Front Row Networks, a content creation company offering production, distribution, live concert financing, music documentaries, and family programs for theatrical and ancillary distribution; and the “retro” Video Gaming Division, made up of Retro Infinity Inc. and Amiga Games Inc., videogame publishers of classic games for a wide range of smartphone, mobile, and TV set-top devices. The company is headquartered at Beverly Hills, California.

For more information on the company, visit www.writmediagroup.com

Cleartronic, Inc. (CLRI) End-To-End Unified Communications Well Positioned for Enterprise, Government Markets

September 15th, 2014

The global unified communications market is booming amid tightening growth that cuts across geographic and sector boundaries, according to analysis in a new report from ResearchMoz out earlier this year, which also projects that the space will grow to in excess of around $62B in the next four years alone. This data tracks very well with the similarly timed Infonetics Research analysis, which shows that unified communications were up this year 27% in Q1 compared to 2013, driven by a continuing trend in the enterprise telephony market, where companies are moving towards unified communication solutions and away from private branch exchange (PBX) systems and the like.

Cleartronic is a tech holding company focused on creating and acquiring subsidiaries in unified communications, as well as M2M (machine to machine), cloud communications and smart grid. The company’s primary wholly owned subsidiary, VoiceInterop, is currently a leading provider of comprehensive unified communication solutions. Patent-pending VoiceInterop AudioMate360 IP gateways from CLRI are BSI recognized (bridging system interface) by DHS and represent an affordable, simplified gateway solution capable of addressing multiple devices/end points, including analog audio, 2-way, and iDEN radios (Motorola’s Integrated Digital Enhanced Network architecture, which fuses trunked radio and cellular telephony). Fully software-programmable and network-manageable, AudioMate gateways integrate easily with unified communications software for soft dispatch and desktop client telephony systems, as well as using standard space design, for easy integration of off-the-shelf commercial hardware (like routers/servers).

A network of AudioMate gateways can be tied together with media software for an extremely cost-effective, unified communications solution, creating a virtual environment which seamlessly meshes otherwise incompatible devices and networks. Ideal for commercial operations, such interoperable communications technology really shines when it comes to mission-critical details like at airports, where the company enjoys a sizeable user base among its 200 plus clients. Clients range from emergency first responders like law enforcement and fire, to colleges/universities, government agencies and large commercial enterprises.

Purpose-built, open-standards software used in most of the system allows for massive scalability and ready adaptability. This key advantage, combined with design flexibility that allows for easy integration of old legacy systems and easy, secure, run-time system security configurability, collectively creates the kind of solution that is perfect for local governments. VoiceInterop has put together a unified communications platform that can bring together police, fire, rescue, healthcare and government agencies in a secure environment able to hit everything from traditional conferencing and TDM/IP phones, to handheld 2-way radios and iDEN radio networks, as well as 3rd party apps, mobiles and tablets, a PC client, and even early warning systems.

Cleartronic recently extended their established strategic relationship with Collabria LLC, the developer of ReadyOp™, a command, control and communication software platform, who has been using CLRI’s IP gateways in their client installations for years now. Putting together Cleartronic’s radio gateways and Collabria’s software is a no-brainer upgrade for past and future clients, with the appeal of ReadyOp (a secure web-based application that harnesses multiple databases for doing real-time planning, response, command and communications coordination), being immediately apparent for cash-strapped local governments, operations like an airport, or a healthcare facility.

Ever since the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidance produced the Incident Command System (ICS) and related Hospital Incident Command System (HICS), the pressure has been on for government agencies in particular to integrate communications in a secure fashion and with full secured SSL/TLS connections that allow for authentication and encryption standards that are FIPS 140-2 accredited, even financial institutions and government agencies can rest easy. FIPS 140-2 compliance with ReadyOp is a breeze, making the platform an easy sell, as well as a huge boon to CLRI’s overall momentum in the unified communications space.

With Ebola in the news more and more lately, as over 2k people have become infected in West Africa according to the WHO, and a report out just today from the CDC issuing a preparedness checklist for healthcare workers (under the assumption that it is merely a matter of time before the virus hits home), the vital utility of such unified communications for incident coordination become abundantly clear. In a crisis, fast and efficient access to data can mean the difference between life and death. The ability to coordinate and plan response, as well as direct flow and communicate across an extremely diverse set of devices, is paramount and this creates a wide-open market for CLRI’s core business unit VoiceInterop for the foreseeable future.

For more info on Cleartronic, visit www.Cleartronic.com

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One World Holdings, Inc. (OWOO) Engages QualityStocks Suite of Communication Vehicles

September 15th, 2014

One World Holdings announced it has agreed with QualityStocks to be featured in The Small Cap QualityStocks Daily Newsletter, QualityStocks Daily Blogs and Message Boards. Scottsdale based, QualityStocks, is a free service that collates data from hundreds of Small-Cap online Investment Newsletters into one Daily Newsletter Report. QualityStocks dedicates its efforts to assisting emerging public companies with their investor communication efforts.

OWOO’s subsidiary, The One World Doll Project, launched in 2013 its Prettie Girls!™ line of multi-cultural fashion dolls designed with individual physical attributes, personal stories, hobbies, goals and inspirations. Fueled with the creative efforts of renowned doll designer Stacy McBride-Irby, The One World Doll Project team leverages over 50 years of experience in the doll and toy industry.

The One World Doll Project was established in 2010 as a means to make a significant positive cultural impact and create positive self-image in young women and girls around the world. The ambitious global vision requires heightened product and brand awareness among the consumers and investor communities. To achieve this goal, One World has chosen to partner with QualityStocks, which will use a collection of networks and solutions to raise visibility and communication in these markets.

CEO of One World, Joanne Melton, said, “We’re excited to announce this partnership with QualityStocks shortly after establishing a retail distribution relationship with Toys R Us, solidifying a strategic partnership with Tonner Doll company, signing a celebrity doll deal with Vivica A. Fox, and expanding our presence into over 25 H-E-B stores, which are part of a bigger chain of grocery stores stretching through Texas and into northern Mexico. We’ve defined and are acting on an aggressive strategy to drive revenues and ultimately increase shareholder and company value. Complementary to this plan, QualityStocks will serve as a bullhorn to promote our progress and brand to the investment community.”

QualityStocks Managing Director Michael McCarthy noted, “One World has established a strong sales model and a rapidly growing retail distribution network. We’re excited and honored to be a part of this company’s success and look forward to using the QualityStocks’ Newsletter, Video and Blogs and other marketing tools to help this plan unfurl.”

Established in 2010 by Trent T. Daniel and Stacey McBride-Irby, The One World Doll Project seeks to make a positive cultural impact through the doll category. The company’s dolls are individual works of art uniquely created for a growing market with strong demand. Their dolls feature contemporary girls of many races and symbolize the women they aspire to become.

For more information on the company, visit www.oneworlddolls.com

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Oriens Travel & Hotel Management Corp. (OTHM) Announces Acceptance of Plan of Merger

September 15th, 2014

Oriens Travel & Hotel Management today announced its plan to merge with a certain Costa Rican company near where many of its targeted ventures are located. The announcement came from a special meeting of the Board of Directors held last Wednesday, September 10.

A company spokesperson confirmed the plan of merger was initiated at this meeting. The Board of Directors voted and agreed upon the measure as a means by which to strengthen Oriens’ fiscal health and operations. With the close proximity to many of Oriens’ venture targets, it is anticipated that operations will be more stable and that Oriens will be given direct access to non-toxic financing from international institutions and private lenders.

The targeted company currently maintains and manages a number of land parcels, as well as residential and commercial properties. The partners of this company have also been very instrumental in assisting Oriens with securing all of the non-toxic capital it has received from both Costa Rican and U.S. funding sources.

Additionally, the targeted company has secured pre-approved funding of over $5 million in non-toxic bridge capital for Oriens to utilize in completing the acquisition of several properties. They are currently in the process of completing a sizable real estate transaction which would have ultimately translated into a joint venture for Oriens previous to the proposed merger. It is anticipated to give way to a complete transfer of assets once the merger is complete.

The company spokesperson also confirmed that the targeted company’s principal had been nominated to succeed Ken Chua as part of the proposed merger. A senior board member commented: “”This targeted merger made the most sense given the untimely, but appropriate, resignation of Ken Chua. This merger will also provide us with an ‘Acting CEO’, a President, and additional Directors to help guide Oriens to further prosperity.”

The board member elaborated: “The individual anticipated to take the helm is not only a Costa Rican native, but is extremely experienced in every aspect of Oriens’ intended business model. This will allow the Company to have proficient and immediate executive leadership — requiring a very small learning curve. Most important, the new leadership can fully handle the demands of building a multi-faceted property development and hospitality Management Company; particularly that segment of Oriens dedicated to operating in Central America.”

“We truly expect to see immediate and highly successful results from the proposed merger and the newly nominated officer and directors,” they concluded.

For more information about Oriens, visit www.orienscorp.com

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Alliance Creative Group, Inc. (ACGX) Lands More Work for John Paul Mitchell Systems

September 15th, 2014

Alliance Creative Group announced they have received additional printing and packaging jobs from John Paul Mitchell Systems for their PM Shines line. The contract business includes folding cartons, master shipper boxes and printed inserts. The largest privately held beauty company in the world, John Paul Mitchell Systems, has worked with the Alliance Creative Group’s packaging division since 2002. Alliance has worked closely with Luke Jacobellis, President of John Paul Mitchell Systems, to bring about the new packaging for the PM Shines line.

Mr. Jacobellis noted, “We are very proud of our new PM Shines line and Alliance Creative Group’s team has continued to prove to be a very valuable business partner and resource for John Paul Mitchell Systems. Although we have worked with ACG for over 12 years now they continue to exceed our expectations and I look forward to growing our relationship in the future.”

As the largest privately held beauty company in the world, John Paul Mitchell Systems was started in 1980 when two friends envisioned a company that would provide products and services to hairdressers at affordable prices. Using just $700 of start-up capital, they launched a revolutionary hair care system with Shampoo One®, Shampoo Two® and The Conditioner™. Today, Paul Mitchell® produces over 100 products that include award-winning styling and care products, heat styling tools and hair coloring. Their products are sold in over 80 countries around the world.

Alliance Creative Group is a printing, packaging, supply chain, product development and brand management consulting and marketing company. ACGX combines shared resources to create operational efficiencies between their projects and internal divisions to come up with quality results and long-term partnerships. The core business areas are creative and design services, printing and packaging, fulfillment, marketing, product development, consulting and logistics.

For more information on the company, visit www.AllianceCreativeGroup.com

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Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (SIBE) BSN Division’s Teacher Professional Development Now Available on Udemy Global Marketplace

September 15th, 2014

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Sibling Group Holdings today reported its Blended Schools Network (BSN) division’s teacher professional development courses are now available through Udemy, a leading global marketplace for learning and teaching online. Udemy currently serves over 3 million students from more than 190 countries. Over 30% of this student population is engaged in courses via iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile devices.

“Our teacher professional development courses have always been a part of our complete blended learning solution package. Through the Udemy marketplace, we will now be able to reach many more teachers from around the world to help them master new teaching skills to improve student learning in their classroom,” stated Jed Friedrichsen, Sibling’s Chief Academic Officer.

BSN leverages over a decade of experience in successfully launching online programs with school districts. This track record uniquely qualifies it to prepare K-12 administrators and educators so they can leverage technology to improve student achievement. To date, BSN’s professional development courses have been of service to more than 30,000 teachers nationwide. Currently there are over 500 hours of content available for use, and each of BSN’s professional development courses are aligned with the iNACOL pathways to ensure educator expertise in areas such as online learning, blended learning, and learning technologies.

All courses are subjected to a rigorous review process before they are added to the Udemy marketplace. BSN has strategically used many of Udemy’s resources to construct high-quality online courses. The first professional development course available through Udemy is entitled: “Jump Start Blended Learning in Your K12 Classroom.” More information can be found at: https://www.udemy.com/jumpstart-blended-learning-in-your-k12-classroom.

Through its BSN division, Sibling Group will be offering additional courses through Udemy in the late fall. These courses will include Building Online Programs, Building Online Courses, Online Teaching and Technology Training, and Special Education and Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

For more information, please visit: www.siblinggroup.com

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Election Opine Triggers Slump in Brazilian ADRs

September 12th, 2014

Shares of Brazilian companies listed on U.S. exchanges tumbled in Friday’s trade after an opinion poll revealed that while Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff remains in the lead, her top contender, Marina Silva Marina Silva, is quickly closing the gap for what looks to be a run-off race on October 5.

In recent weeks, polls forecasting Silva with the presidential victory caused a swell in Brazilian markets, reflective of investor criticism of the current administration’s excessive interference in the economy.

As a side note, the central bank today said Brazil’s economy, which fell into a technical recession in the second quarter, grew 1.5% in July relative to June, marking the largest monthly expansion in the past six years.

U.S.-listed shares of Petrobras (PBR.N) closed Friday’s session down 7.0% at $16.38.

Banco Bradesco (BBD.N) slid 4.7% to close at $15.81, while Itau Unibanco (ITUB.N) shares gave up 5.2% to close at $15.86.

Shares of Miner Vale’s (VALE.N) ticked 0.5% lower to a close at $79.38.

The BNY Mellon index of Latin American ADRs (.BKLA) closed down 2.3%, outpacing losses on the bank’s index of leading American depositary receipts (.BKADR), which closed the day down 0.3%.

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Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNBX) – Focused on Developing Cannabinoid-based Therapies

September 12th, 2014

Cannabics Pharmaceuticals is engaged in developing sophisticated cannabinoid-based medicines. Researchers from the cancer research, molecular biology, and pharmacology fields founded the Bethesda, Maryland-based company in 2012 and, through a research and development annex in Israel, are cultivating a pipeline of advanced, cannabinoid-based therapies. In addition, through collaborations with key medical centers in Europe, Israel, and the United States, Cannabics is now initiating a series of clinical studies to study the favorable effects of its products in diverse indications.

Cannabics develops all of its proprietary technologies in certified laboratories and licenses the use of these technologies to certified manufacturers and distributors with the appropriate licenses in their local territories. Cannabics itself does not manufacture, possess, dispense or distribute controlled substances.

Cannabics’ laboratories are developing a wide range of standardized, reproducible and easy to administer solutions around medical cannabis therapies. The company’s flagship product is Cannabics SR, a sustained-release, medical cannabis capsule designed as a pain-soothing care treatment for cancer patients. The capsule provides 10-12 hours of beneficial therapeutic effects and, as a result, patients need only be dosed once a day. The capsules are also available to patients in four increasing dosages.

Cannabics SR capsules contain a pure essence of cannabinoids obtained from carefully chosen cannabis strains while the excipient, the inactive substance that serves as the medium for the proprietary sustained-release formulation, is a certified food-grade ingredient and free of chemical substances and artificial additives.

Cannabics is committed to researching and developing progressive scientific technologies in the field of cannabinoid-based therapies. The company’s research is especially focused on:

• Developing advanced routes for administering active cannabinoids;
• Identifying the positive therapeutic effects of various cannabis-based compounds; and
• Developing personalized cannabinoid therapies as anti-tumor vehicles.

Through such focused studies, the company’s researchers have gained indispensable knowledge on the effectiveness of a variety of cannabis strains as therapies for specific indications. Cannabics’ pharmacology team has also gained valuable knowledge and expertise on the development of superior delivery systems for active cannabinoids that offer enhanced treatment options to patients wishing to use the unique medical properties of the cannabis plant.

For more information, visit www.cannabics.com

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P2 Solar (PTOS) Proven Solar PV & Small-Hydro Focus Find Fast Footing in India’s Burgeoning Renewables Sector

September 12th, 2014

A recent report out from the European Photovoltaic (PV) Industry Association on the global PV market for 2014-2018 indicates the real, continuing strength of the market, with around 38.4GW of newly-installed PV rolled out last year (just under 140GW worldwide). The report clearly shows the hunger of growing Asian markets, with China taking the top slot in the space again at around 11.8GW of installed capacity and India rising fast, clocking in around 1,115 MW. India seems particularly attractive with high population densities and premium solar insolation metrics (total amount of solar radiation received by a given area) across the country, which dovetail perfectly with the Modi government’s increasing drive to move the country away from dependence on their pollutive and logistically/financially troubled coal industry, which currently represents approximately 59% of the country’s total installed capacity.

Power Minister Piyush Goyal indicated this week (Sept 11) that India’s government is preparing a rule which would mandate fossil fuel-based plant developers also install a percentage (5% was suggested) of renewable capacity as well, projecting upwards of $100B in investment in the next four years alone as the country moves to jack the renewable component of their overall electrical production footprint upwards of 12%. A figure which tracks well with the roughly $84B projected by leading business and market research shop, NOVONOUS, when it comes to the amount of investment required for India to hit their overarching 2022 target of around 72GW of installed renewable capacity.

The new rule by Modi’s government effectively opens up the market and takes some of the burden off India’s state power distributors. Goyal tasked the country’s biggest generator NTPC, as well as their biggest coal miner, Coal India Ltd. (already at a 10% requirement, with the solar credits market heating up as a result), to really get in there and lead the pack on this initiative. India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) also recently announced (Aug 8) a new scheme that will bolster the solar sector in the country mightily, with some 20GW of solar park capacity being opened up to developers now envisioned, over the next five years alone.

Hydro, particularly small-hydro, is a key, rising star amid India’s bold renewable energy aspirations according to the latest MarketReportsOnIndia.com analysis, which projects a bullish trend through 2025, emboldened by the firm backstop of World Bank guidance that they will only be helping to fund ecologically sustainable hydro projects in India. With a struggling coal sector and overloaded grid leading to recent, notable power outages across the country and World Bank estimates that some 79M households in India still have no basic access to power (much of that rural), the untapped market for small, localized hydro that is typically very easy on the environment and easier to deploy than larger solutions (especially in rough terrain), looks quite solid.

NOVONOUS projects that the untapped overall market for renewables in India is a staggering 2.16k GW, meaning there is still incredible growth potential in the country compared to more developed regional markets like China. India has huge hydro potential still and ranks around fifth globally in terms of exploitable hydropower according to Energy Alternatives India. Hydro is currently only about 21.5% of the overall renewables pie and India has earmarked at least 1.4k MW of overall targeted hydro growth for small-hydro specifically in their latest plan.

Ambitious players are moving to capture the upside on the growing global renewables market, especially in India and one of the more accessible companies in the space, P2 Solar (OTC: PTOS), has a strong lead, with two small-hydro projects in the northwestern state of Punjab. Punjab is right next to Jammu & Kashmir, which has been in the news recently for Modi dedicating three new hydro projects (240MW, 44MW and 45MW) and projecting that it will become the “energy state of the country,” despite the rough terrain of this region, nestled between the Himalayas and Kunlun mountain ranges.

P2 Solar, which cut its solar PV teeth with the successful implementation of a 53 KWp rooftop project on Canada Ticket Inc.’s warehouse rooftop in Langley, B.C. last year, has their Tibba and Rajgarh hydro projects in Punjab construction-ready. The company’s wholly-owned subsidiary in India even signed a 35-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) in June with the Punjab energy distribution company at around a $0.10 tariff, enabling a high rate of return and free cash flow according to PTOS’s estimates. The PPA sets PTOS up nicely to focus on reviewing construction bids and with a construction timeline currently in the works for shareholders, the company is now within striking distance of a major upswing as they select a lead contractor to build out their first hydro project in the country.

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

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Infinite Group, Inc. (IMCI) Participates in Growing $143 Billion Global Market

September 12th, 2014

With technological developments in recent decades, business processes and priorities have greatly changed. Increasing numbers of organizations are outsourcing their information technology (IT) needs to capable, experienced IT services and support providers. With its full spectrum of customized IT offerings, New York-based Infinite Group has positioned itself to capitalize on this growing trend.

Since its appearance over 25 years ago, Infinite Group has steadily morphed itself into one of today’s leading IT services and support firms. Today Infinite Group efficiently handles the comprehensive IT needs of a diverse client base, ranging from government and military agencies to large-scale corporations, medium-sized companies, and small businesses. The firm’s capable professionals plan, integrate, manage, and support complete IT systems so their clients are freed up to do what they do best— focus on their own operations.

The global market in which Infinite Group operates, the managed IT services industry, is a healthy-growing space. The research firm MarketsandMarkets valued it at $143 billion in 2013. And with an estimated CAGR of 12.4% from 2013 to 2018, managed IT services spending is expected to reach a hefty $256 billion in 2018—a 79.3% increase. Analyst firm TechNavio attributes much of this growth to the increasing number of organizations shifting from a capital expense model to an operating expense model. Increasing demand for cloud-based offerings is also thought to be a driving factor here.

Infinite Group’s leadership in this competitive market can be seen in clientele it has signed and retained. The firm’s impressive client roster includes corporate and public sector juggernauts such as: Pepsi, the State of Mississippi, Home Depot, NASA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Florida Department of Financial Services, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Marine Corps. Their continued patronage speaks to the Infinite Group team’s efficacy and serves up an indicator of what Infinite Group’s potential can be in this growing industry.

On top of an experienced, forward-thinking management team led by company CEO Jim Villa, Infinite Group is bolstered by its roster of 80 highly-experienced and savvy IT professionals who have all the latest certification measures. With this capable infrastructure in place, Infinite Group can deliver superior service and support at highly competitive rates. Infinite Group also delivers additional value in the form of on-site client support through its strategic personnel locations throughout the United States; especially for its governmental clientele with its offices in Spring and Vienna Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit: www.IGIus.com

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WordLogic Corp. (WLGC) Technology Boasts Wide Range of Application, Potential

September 12th, 2014

WordLogic develops, markets, licenses and sells advanced predictive platform software designed to accelerate web navigation and text input on a wide variety of devices, including smartphones, tablets, PCs, Smart TVs, media players, automotive navigational systems and game consoles.

The company’s core technology is the award-winning iKnowU keyboard. Using patented technology, iKnowU becomes more accurate with each use, ultimately enabling it to predict what the user is about to type for accelerated messaging capabilities. iKnowU leverages WordChunking™ and Gesturing™ features that enable the user to link phrases to rapidly create whole sentences.

Symbolic of its capabilities, WordLogic’s patent pending REACH™ technology “reaches” into other installed apps to retrieve key information without leaving the text or email composition screen. This enables the user to remain in a single application (i.e. Facebook, Yahoo, etc.) while drawing information from other applications. REACH also accesses deals and advertising relevant to the user’s texting, a feature advantageous to the consumer as well as advertisers. REACH is available on Android and will soon be available on iOS 8.

Leveraging more than 10 years of operations, WordLogic has extended the applicability of its technology to encompass the healthcare, utilities, legal and consumer electronics industries.

WordLogic’s predictive input technology is tailored to fit each client’s specific messaging needs by creating a cloud-based company dictionary that enables company and/or industry specific words and phrases that can be synched across all of the devices of the client’s workforce. This solution creates continuity for individuals across multiple devices, boosts accuracy and productivity, and ultimately saves time and money.

Frost & Sullivan earlier this year conducted research on the market for predictive text and upon its findings presented WordLogic with the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology Leadership. The research firm issues this word to companies that have developed pioneering technology that enhances current products and enables the development of newer products and applications.

“Reach™ offers significant flexibility in accessing various apps and resources within the mobile device, as well as from resources on the Web or within the enterprise,” Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Sathya Vendhan stated in an earlier news release. “Alternative solutions require users to close their existing applications to open/access any other app’s information and then cut and paste that information into the document or message they were composing. With Reach™, they can complete all these actions simultaneously without ever leaving their current app.”

Frost & Sullivan forecasts that within one to two years WordLogic Prediction Engine and associated technologies will be embedded in digital appliances and wearable technologies. This projection is timely, preceding Apple, Inc.’s recent launch of the Apple Watch.

“At a time when mobile computing is growing at breakneck speed and phone manufacturers are looking to stand out from the clutter, WordLogic’s array of technologies and robust intellectual property portfolio make it an ideal partner for tier-one mobile device manufacturers,” said Vendhan. “Smaller-form mobile and wearable computing devices, including watches and glasses, will also benefit from WordLogic’s innovations, such as text prediction and its ability to quickly find relevant information tied to the text all within a market-leading small footprint.”

WordLogic’s intellectual property portfolio includes U.S. and European patents as well as numerous pending patent applications. The company continues to apply its patented technology to the broader market, seeking licensing opportunities and partnerships to support its corporate goals for expansion and visibility.

For more information, visit www.wordlogic.com

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Oriens Travel & Hotel Management Corp. (OTHM) Announces Results of Special Board of Directors Meeting

September 12th, 2014

Oriens Travel & Hotel Management Corp., the Next Generation International Hotel Brand Operator, announced today that Mr. Ken Chua, President of Oriens, submitted his resignation and renounced all other offices held. The announcement came during yesterday’s special meeting of the Board of Directors to set the pace for the Company’s future operations, mergers and acquisitions, and executive leadership.

Mr. Chua’s resignation letter stated, “There will always come a time in every executive’s or director’s tenure, where he or she must evaluate their contribution to the cause.”

“It is with a heavy heart that we accept Mr. Chua’s resignation and we thank him for an outstanding job for the years of service he has provided,” commented one senior Board Member.

Chua’s letter ended by saying, “As Oriens Travel & Hotel Management goes on to obtain the success it deserves, under an evolved direction and new leadership, I have no regrets as I hand in this resignation. I am extremely excited to finally be able to see the realization of my vision… once just a bunch of ideas, but today, very tangible, totally accessible and completely achievable.”

Mr. Chua’s resignation becomes effective today, Friday, September 12th, 2014, at 5:00 p.m. (PDT). Starting Monday, September 15th, 2014, the Board of Directors anticipates appointing a new President and CEO.

Contained within the proposed succession strategy, a merger and acquisition also was presented for a vote – an opportunity that has been discussed for several months. Up until Chua’s resignation, benefits of the merger proposal were obstructed. As a result of Chua’s resignation, merging with a fully operating and solvent entity in concert with acquiring an executive officer, the action will likely commence.

Oriens Travel & Hotel Management Corp. is involved in the operation of hotels and resorts primarily in the United States and Central America under the Hotel PURE brand. The company also operates Friendly Reservations Online, a proprietary and sophisticated online booking system designed to execute reservations capture through Hotel PURE consumer facing websites, as well as individual hotel websites operated by Oriens on behalf of hotels branded under the Hotel PURE brand. Oriens is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

For more information on the company visit www.orienscorp.com

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Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) MRSA “Smoke Detector” is a Potential Game Changer

September 11th, 2014

Director of the Office of Antimicrobial Resistance at the CDC, Dr. Steve Solomon, recently told Medical News Today that the overuse and misuse of antibiotics in the last seven decades is accelerating the evolution of bacterial resistance. Citing research which shows that as much as half the time antibiotics are prescribed to treat microorganisms like bacteria, fungi and parasites inappropriately, either due to the wrong dosage or simply because it is unnecessary, Dr. Solomon made a strong case which was corroborated by the conclusions of World Health Organization Coordinator of Antimicrobial Resistance, Dr. Charles Penn, who cited incorrect usage of antibiotics as a main driver of the increasing resistance being observed.

The rise in recent years of CA-MRSA, or community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (as opposed to cases of MRSA originating from exposure in a health care setting, or HA-MRSA, often referred to as a Healthcare-Acquired Infection, or HIA), is of particular concern in light of new findings contained in a report by Washington University School of Medicine’s Dr. Stephanie Fritz and her colleagues in JAMA Pediatrics, which highlights that household surfaces we commonly come into contact with on daily basis represent a key source of dangerous reservoirs for “SA isolates that cause infections in children.” TV remotes, as well as bathroom hand towels and bed linens, were the most frequent sources cited, and a follow-up study is planned to make more accurate determinations as to the specific dynamics of bacterial spread.

Enter Zenosense, which is developing what is essentially an artificial nose capable of continuously “smelling” the signature spectrum of airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by MRSA/SA expression in a given patient. Using a single, standard sensor and standard components, in combination with a proprietary chip pre-loaded with unique processing software that allows one sensor to do the work that would normally require anywhere from 8 to 32 sensors, ZENO is targeting two primary device formats, a low-cost wearable/bed-mounted format using rechargeable batteries and a mains powered fixed device format.

The incredible capacity of this device design, using one sensor to virtualize the typically necessary hardware of multiple sensors (and their related support systems/power supplies required to scan the entire VOC spectrum), means ZENO is estimating mass scale production capability in the range of under $100 per device, with the potential to go as low as $50. The commercial potential of such a cost-effective solution is huge consider the current state-of-the-art is represented by devices like Cepheid’s (NASDAQ: CPHD) Xpert®, which still requires about an hour to get a reading, or Roche’s (OTC: RHHBY) cobas® 4800 System-enabled MRSA/SA Test that, while more rapid and highly accurate, is costly, and still takes considerable time to get a reading compared to something like real-time detector.

ZENO’s core IP is versatile as well, as evinced by their announcement in late July 2014 of the start on developing a lung cancer detection device with partner Sgenia Group’s Zenon Biosystem subsidiary, in parallel with their MRSA/SA sniffer, utilizing many of the same design and detection principles. This lung cancer detection device would be paradigm shattering in a manner similar to the advent of ZENO’s MRSA/SA detection device, especially considering that the high fatality rate among lung cancer patients is due in large part to it typically being caught in late-stage phases, when less than a quarter of cases can be cured. The Zenosense lung cancer device could pave the way for a remarkable turnaround lung cancer survivability, with a 70% cure rate if lung cancer can be detected in Stage 1 representing a clear target for long-term commercial prospects.

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Armco Metals Holdings Inc. (AMCO) Contributes to Global Green Initiative, Starting with China

September 11th, 2014

When you hear the words “green” or “environmentally friendly,” the image of a literal ton of steel isn’t likely to pop into your head, though the World Steel Association says the metal is “at the core of a green economy.”

Once steel is produced, it is a permanent resource with a virtually infinite life cycle and a material of superior strength, formability and versatility. Relative to a green economy, perhaps the most valuable characteristic of steel is that it can be recycled over and over again with no impairment to its natural properties.

Production begins with the extraction of raw material, which is then used to produce steel for use in a variety of industrial use before its end of life. An old washing machine may be sent to a recycling yard, its steel components recycled and integrated into a new car, which may wind up in a junk yard 50 years later and eventually recycled into Coke cans or used in the solar industry.

This endless recycling process reduces consumption of raw materials and energy, contributing to the world’s overarching green mission. Industry research shows that companies that utilize recycled scrap in their steel production experience numerous benefits, using up to 60% less energy and reducing air and water pollution by 86% and 76%, respectively.

This valuable cycle is big business for Armco Metals Holdings, one of China’s leading recycled scrap steel sales and distribution companies. For more than a decade, Armco metals has sourced and distributed metal and non-ferrous metal ore to China’s booming steel production industry, securing key industry relationships with metal producers worldwide.

Among Armco’s five subsidiaries is Armco (Lianyungang) Renewable Metals, Inc., located on 32 acres in the Jiangsu province. The company’s facility is home to the Texas Shredder Lindeman System, one of the most advanced recycling systems in the world. The Texas Shredder lives up to its name, automatically shredding, sorting and separating recycled scrap steel to process highest-quality material. With the Texas Shredder, Armco Renewable Metals is capable of processing 1 million metric tons of scrap metal each year.

Each of Armco’s five subsidiaries play a designate role in sourcing, importing, processing and distributing quality, environmentally friendly recycled scrap steel, as well as metal and non-ferrous metal ore to more than 100 small- and medium-sized Chinese steel production companies and some of the country’s large state-run foundries.

These subsidiaries work harmoniously in support of Armco’s corporate goal of becoming the largest scrap steel provider in China, building on a sound reputation of meeting the country’s needs for sustainable, responsible steel solutions.

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Mobile Lads Corp. (MOBO) Partners with Leading Merchant Coalition

September 11th, 2014

Based in Miami and Toronto, Mobile Lads is focused on creating new revenue generation and process improvement solutions through the use of specialized and secure wide-area wireless applications. The company’s solutions for the consumer finance, web and health payment processing sectors offer streamlined, continuous access to time-sensitive information and data on multiple network standards.

Recently, Mobile Lads entered into a joint venture and reseller agreement with Smart Mobile Rewards, North America’s leading merchant coalition. Smart Mobile Rewards provides branded loyalty and reward to its network of over 300,000 brick-and-mortar locations, including many nationally-recognized chains and locations, and Mobile Lads will now be able to sell its products through this widespread network. This will hopefully create new market demands that Mobile Lads can fulfill with the patented mobile authentication and payment products it offers.

Over the past last decade, loyalty products like those offered by Smart Mobile Rewards have grown substantially and now represent a multi-billion dollar industry. Authentication has been a sticking point for merchants looking to expand the scope of their loyalty products, however. Seeing the opportunity here, Mobile Lads and Smart Mobile Rewards are planning to jointly develop authentication products that will allow for the creation and execution of more advanced and higher value voucher and loyalty products.

Mobile Lads’ product offerings, provided through its Xtreme Mobility division, include software and associated patents that cover mobile payment authentication and processing. The company’s software offerings center on three core technologies that simplify and secure wireless communications:

• The flagship product, xmVerify, is a mobile transaction security service that hinders credit card fraud by giving users making purchases real-time control over their payment authorization process.

• xmBilling is a mobile platform that offers customers a secure and convenient way to review and authorize automated billing transactions.

• xmOne is a mobile platform that interfaces with a school’s existing campus card account system and allows students to complete a range of banking transactions from their cell phones.

Mobile Lads’ offerings also include the Xtreme Mobility Patent which covers a methodology to verify transactions performed on mobile devices through a secure, two-way verification process. There are potential licensing opportunities available through patent enforcement of this proprietary methodology, which is increasingly being used by some of the most well-known names in the technology space.

For more information, visit www.mobilelads.com

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