Archive for January, 2008

Diamond I, Inc (DMOI.OB) Signs Agreement to Acquire Six Producing Oil and Gas Properties

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Diamond I, Inc (DMOI.OB) announced that the company has entered into an agreement with a private Texas company to acquire six oil and gas properties. Currently, DMOI has completed a short period of due diligence for this agreement; and as a result, intends to complete the acquisition within the next sixty days.

David Loflin, DMOI’s CEO, stated, “We believe this agreement puts us on the right track with our oil and gas program. Our first oil and gas acquisitions are being carefully made for near-term production, with an eye on our long-term success.”

DMOI continues to operate their free online Poker site, IslandBlueCasino.net. Island Blue Casino was designed to create a revenue stream for the company through the use of click-through advertising programs. Such advertising programs are witnessed on sites such as Amazon.com.

In addition, DMOI also owns the rights to patent-pending voice-recognition and fingerprint biometric security technologies. These security technologies will be incorporated into DMOI’s WifiCasino GS wireless hand-held gaming system.

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WorldWater & Solar Technologies Corp. (WWAT.OB) Names Scott Albertson as Vice President and General Manager of Entech

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

WorldWater & Solar Technologies Corp (WWAT.OB), a leading developer and marketer of proprietary high-power solar systems, announced that the company has elected Scott Albertson to serve as the Vice President and General Manager of ENTECH, Inc, a wholly owned subsidiary. The previously announced merger with ENTECH was completed on January 28, 2008, enabling WorldWater to start producing one of the world’s lowest-cost, high-value solar solutions.

Mr. Albertson will be responsible for managing the business operations of ENTECH. Since his initial role with the company, Alberston has been focused on developing construction lines for ENTECH’s 20X cells. The ENTECH concentrator solar cell produces 20 times the energy of a standard solar cell by using its proprietary optics and lenses.

Previous to this position, Mr. Albertson served as the Vice President of BP Solar – responsible for Quality and Reliability Systems, Logistics and New Business Development. Prior to this position, Mr. Alberston was employed with Corning Incorporated, serving as General Plant Manager and Business Unit Leader. Mr. Albertson is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. degree in engineering, mathematics and operational analysis.

Dr. Frank W. Smith, CEO of WWAT, stated, “Now that the merger with ENTECH is complete, Scott will be able to shift into full production in order to deliver on schedule the quantities needed to equip the large solar farms and distributed commercial energy we are negotiating to build in the U.S., Spain and Italy. We expect these modules to change the economics of solar system installations.”

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Drinks America Holdings, Ltd (DKAM.OB) Announces Higher Sales

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Drinks Americas Holdings, Ltd (DKAM.OB), a leading developer and marketer of premium beverages, announced that sales for the company’s Willie Nelson’s Old Whiskey River Bourbon has increased over 50% nationally. Total sales of all bourbon brands grew approximately 4% in 2007.

Specifically, Drink America was able to increase Bourbon case sales in Florida by over 1,700 percent compared to last quarter. Texas, another key market for the bourbon, has demonstrated a 13% increase in product sales.

Willie Nelson’s Old Whiskey River Bourbon, an award-winning, small batch, six year old bourbon, is to be featured at 944 Magazine’s Super Village Celebrity Poker Tournament in Phoenix during Super Bowl week.

J. Patrick Kenny, Drinks Americas’ Chief Executive Officer, commented “Willie Nelson’s Old Whiskey Bourbon, an award-winning, small batch, six year old bourbon, is growing well above both the national trend and the trend in its key states. Drinks’ sponsorship of 944 Magazine’s Celebrity Poker Tournament in Phoenix during Super Bowl week is the start of our high profile, targeted brand support that we think will continue to accelerate the brand’s growth. 944’s Super Village is expected to be one of the most star-packed places during Super Bowl week. Old Whiskey River is growing in almost every state where the brand is distributed.”

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TitleMatch Entertainment Group (PCLI.OB) Hires Zable Fisher Public Relations

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

TitleMatch Entertainment Group, a subsidiary of Protocall Technologies Incorporated (PCLI.OB), announced that the company has hired Zable Fisher Public Relations to be their public relations firm on record. Zable Fisher is a leading pay-for-performance public relations firm.

Specifically, Zable Fisher will begin to conduct a media outreach program. Zable will inform editors, writers and producers of local and national trade, consumer print, cable news and broadcast outlets about TitleMatch’s leading business model. Subsequently, TitleMatch will be able to increase corporate awareness.

Margie Fisher, President of Zable Fisher Public Relations, stated, “TitleMatch has an amazing technology that people can easily understand. Our job is to let the world know about it.”

Syd Dufton, President of TitleMatch, added, “We have a busy year ahead of us and expect many developments that we will want to let the public know about. This was the perfect time to hire a public relations firm.”

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Composite Technology Corporation (CPTC) Announces Additional Unit Sales

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Composite Technology Corporation (CPTC.OB) announced that the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, DeWine, has received an order from S&M CZ servo. Under the terms of this order, S&M is to purchase a total of 40 DeWine turbines. This purchase order, the largest of its kind thus far, is valued at 61,440,000 Euros, approximately $90 million.

S&M plans to install 40 DeWind 2.0 megawatt D8 turbines throughout multiple sites in the Czech Republic. Currently, the delivery schedule requires 10 turbines to be shipped in the fourth quarter of 2008 and 30 turbines delivered throughout 2009.

Benton Wilcoxon, CEO of CTC, stated, “We are pleased to continue our history of selling high performance turbines to the European market. With our manufacturing capability and established supply chain, DeWind is poised to move forward in several geographic markets.”

S&M CZ s.r.o. is a leading project development company located in Jevicko, Czech Republic. To date, the company has wind farm projects in Zipotin, Anenska Studanka, Ostry Kamen, Vychodni Cechy, Morava and Olomucko. Since their formation in March 2003, S&M has been actively working in the Czech Republic renewable energy sector.

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HealthFitness Corporation (HFIT.OB) Is Growing Its Health Programs with a Vision for a Healthier, More Productive Workforce

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

In 2007, more than 150,000 employees nationwide participated in health risk assessments (HRAs) administered by HealthFitness, and nearly half a million participants are currently eligible to take a HealthFitness HRA.

In about 20 minutes, workers receive a standard HFC screenings which includes body mass index, blood pressure, total cholesterol (with HDL/LDL cholesterol breakdown), triglycerides and blood sugar levels. Screenings take place at the worksite and results are confidential. HFC uses the combined results of the screening and health risk assessment to guide participants towards Health Fitness Corporation’s suite of education, fitness and health coaching programs designed to reduce health risk factors.

HealthFitness is a leading provider of employee health improvement services to Fortune 500 companies, the health care industry and individual consumers. The group’s principal activity is to provide fitness and health management services and programs to corporations, hospitals, communities and universities located in the United States and Canada. It operates in two segments: Fitness Management Services and Health Management Services.

Serving clients for more than 30 years, HealthFitness partners with employers to effectively manage their healthcare and productivity costs by improving individual health and well-being. Managing more than 400 fitness centers globally, the company also offers a suite of health management services on-site, Web-based and telephonically.

The company grew its workplace health programs in 2007 by adding more than 25 new clients. The new clients included health plans and universities in addition to employers in the manufacturing, high tech and health provider sectors.

Employees consistently report service satisfaction levels of 98% or higher with their health improvement or fitness management program. HealthFitness believes that its people are what make the experience so empowering.

Along with its President and CEO Gregg Lehman, PhD, the company employs more than 3,000 well-educated, highly-credentialed health and fitness professionals in national and international locations who are committed to the company’s mission of “improving the health and well-being of the people they serve.” Also the board of directors includes former U.S. Senator Dave Durenberger, a nationally-recognized health policy thought leader who sponsored numerous bills that focused on public health and safety.

HealthFitness stands behind their people and programs, and they are driven by results and performance.

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Hill International, Inc. (HINT) Awarded Contract to Modernize the Museum of the City of New York

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Hill International (HINT) announced that it has been awarded a contract from the New York City Department of Design and Construction to provide construction management services for the $17M modernization and preservation of the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY). The 2 ½ year contract has an estimated value of approximately $1.6M.

In addition to managing an earlier phase of the modernization project, which entailed the installation of a new slate tile roof and mechanical and electrical upgrades, MCNY’s contract with Hill International includes major alterations to office and administrative space as well as the entire south wing of the building. The first, second, and third floors of the building will be renovated to expand the museum’s exhibit and public space. For their work in the earlier phase of the project, Hill International received a Project Achievement Award from the Metro New York/ New Jersey Chapter of the Construction Management Association of America. The project is expected to begin in June 2008 and end by September 2010.

Hill International, based out of Marlton, New Jersey, has 70 offices worldwide and provides program, project and construction management, in addition to construction claims services.

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Canadian Oil

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Canadian Oil stocks are not quite behaving in tandem with their American counterparts, as evidenced by less robust share prices and more modest earnings growth prospects. Slightly more than two weeks ago, according to a CNN Money story, a Credit Suisse analyst recommended that investors take a “defensive” stance where major Canadian oil stocks were concerned, due to the strength of the Candian dollar and the limited prospect of positive upside growth.

In a recent related CNN Money-Dow Jones Newswire story, Canada’s Syncrude production was halted due to freezing conditions in the Canadian oil-sands mines, which are expected to produce over 300,000 barrels of light, sweet crude a day. Petro-Canada (NYSE: PCZ), with a market cap of around $23 billion, (Exxon-Mobil, NYSE: XOM, has a $484 billion market cap, by contrast), is one of the major Canadian oils that operates in the joint venture near Fort McMurray, Alberta.

With American big oil companies such as Exxon-Mobil and ConocPhillips (NYSE: COP) showing robust profits and its share prices still trading at relatively strong stock prices, Petro-Canada and the other Canadian oils are not a part of this upsurge. Petro-Canada shares trade at around 47 on the NYSE, with a 52-week range of 34.84-61.18. Its earnings growth is slowing markedly, as it earned $2.93 per share in 2006, $4.87 in 2007 on net income of $1.5 billion (an increase of 66.2%), and is expected to profit $5.58 a share in 2008 with minimal prospects for growth in ’09 to $5.84. Petro-Canada recently announced two oil-drilling discoveries by its exploration units, one in the North Sea in UK waters, and one in Trinidad-Tobago.

Imperial Oil (AMX: IMO) is another major Canadian oil company also involved in the Canadian oil-sands joint venture, and it is trading similarly to Petro-Canada. It has a $45 billion market cap and last year’s net income was $2.6 billion, It too is projecting modest to flat earnings growth over the next two years. The stock has traded in a one-year range of 33-61 and was recently at 49.

Momentum players see flat charts with no upcoming pop or breakout, while value investors may want to wait before they begin building a long-term position on these shares.

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Emerging Media Holdings (EMDH.OB) Announces Expansion with Acquisition of TNT-Bravo

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Emerging Media Holdings (OTCBB: EMDH) recently announced a signed agreement to acquire “TNT-Bravo” channel, a popular mix of programs customized to fit a target audience. “TNT-Bravo” channel (Mediatopprim LTD) is the sole operator in Moldova of Russian TNT programs owned by Gazprom Media, one of the many subsidiaries of Gazprom Corp.

Emerging Media, parent company of Media Alianta and Analiticmedia-Grup subsidiaries, focuses on radio and television broadcasting. The company has risen to become the market leader in the Republic of Moldova through its subsidiaries, which advertise and produce their own shows. The addition of “TNT-Bravo” brings a loyal audience, ages 18-45 and 18-30, attracting commercial interest for sponsors. The channel holds the rights to both in-house productions and the acquired formats.

Russia-based Gazprom is the largest gas company in the world focused primarily on geological exploration, production, transmission, storage, processing and marketing of gas and other hydrocarbons. The company’s mission is to acquire a dominant position on the global scale by entering new markets and diversifying its core business activities.

The acquisition is expected to close by April 30, 2008, and will be made in preferred stock.

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UOMO Media Inc. (UOMO.OB) Gets Profile Coverage from OTCPicks

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

OTCPicks.com – an online resource for small cap and micro-cap investors – announced yesterday that it would begin providing Profile Coverage for UOMO Media Inc., a multi-channel entertainment and media company. UOMO simultaneously announced the launch of its Music Publishing Division, UOMO Publishing.

This new UOMO division will be charged with obtaining copyrights through both acquisitions and contracts with individual composers. These strategic acquisitions will then be developed into a catalogue of musical offerings for use by individual recording artists, on television, in commercials or other entertainment venues, or added to the sound tracks of video games. By this process – acquisition, partnering, producing, managing, and promoting intellectual media content, including digital content – UOMO intends to use its publishing division to increase overall revenues.

This multi-platform approach to the commercial use of its entertainment-based property and digital assets provides added value to both UOMO’s existing and emerging revenue streams. Each division – UOMO Publishing, UOMO Recorded Music, UOMO Digital Distribution, and UOMO Talent Management – thereby enhances the financial merit of the rest while inherently delivering multiple, recurrent streams of revenue.

Using its unique business model, UOMO transitions with artists from recording through live performances, merchandising, and endorsement agreements. This process, known as “multiple rights” or the “360° contract”, enables UOMO to extract the maximum financial potential from every artist-producer partnership. Nationally and globally, UOMO’s expertise and accretion of all aspects of the music and entertainment business creates large potential for profit.

The music and entertainment field grew by 60 percent in 2006 alone. During the same period, digital music sales doubled. Estimates fix sales at $9.3 billion for 2009 (Source: IFPI and Juniper Research). This increased demand, coupled with UOMO’s uniquely profitable business model and knowledgeable staff, positions UOMO to “take the lead” while still balancing the financial risks inherent in the entertainment industry.

UOMO’s management, experienced with working alongside such artists as Public Enemy and Pete Townsend (The Who), Nine Inch Nails, Outkast, New Order, and Paul Oakenfeld, carries this invaluable skill-set into its new music publishing enterprise. Core monetization activities related to the proposed catalogue will be kept in-house by attracting an experienced publishing executive who can identify and acquire properties, and network to isolate and utilize cooperative platforms.

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PeopleSupport, Inc. (PSPT) Rejects Acquisition Proposal from IPVG and AO Capital

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

PeopleSupport, Inc. (PSPT), based out of Los Angeles, California, is an offshore business process outsourcing (BPO) provider that offers customer management, transcription and captioning as well as additional BPO services. The company has centers in the Philippines, Costa Rica and the United States and its services are designed to reduce costs, improve performance and increase revenues by delivering high quality, value-added, multilingual voice and text services.

A majority of the company’s services are performed in the Philippines where People Support is one of the largest outsourcing companies, employing approximately 8,400 college-educated, fluent English speaking personnel.

The company announced recently that its Board of Directors were unable to evaluate and rejected the revised unsolicited proposal made by IPVG Corp. and AO Capital Partners to acquire PeopleSupport in an all-cash transaction at $17 per share. The proposal was rejected because IPVG and AO Captial were either unwilling or unable to provide any evidence which would have enabled PeopleSupport to assess the viability of the proposal or the entities’ ability to fund the purchase price for the transaction proposed.

According to Lance Rosenzweig, the company’s chief executive officer and chairman, PeopleSupport was prepared to seriously consider the proposal and the Board requested customary information to aid in the decision. Despite numerous requests and submitting to those companies a non-disclosure agreement that would keep such information confidential, IPVG and AO Capital still did not provide any evidence that they could obtain sufficient financing for the proposed transaction.

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PURE Biofuels Corp. (PBOF.OB) is “One to Watch”

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

PURE Biofuels Corp., a development-stage company engaged in the production, processing and distribution of biodiesel, is poised to become a leader in Latin America’s emerging biofuels industry. PURE’s flagship project near Lima, Peru – the Callao Port refinery – is complete and will begin production in the first quarter of 2008. Together, the Callao Port and the recently acquired Interpacific Oil facility (12/5/07) will provide a combined biofuel capacity of 62.5 MMgy (million gallons per year) to the marketplace.

PURE Biofuels, founded in 2006, has secured written assurances (MOUs) from local fuel distributors for the full Callao Port annual production capacity, and supply arrangements for all its anticipated production. PURE Biofuels also intends to produce all the necessary feedstock to operate the facility at maximum capacity. To this end, PURE will be using palm oil, which does not impact food supplies and delivers 35 times more fuel per acre than corn. Its environmental platform also includes the sale of carbon credits for its Callao Port facility through EcoSecurities Group PLC. EcoSecurities will help PURE Biofuels secure a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), as approved by the advisory board of the European Trading Scheme, and buy all the Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits resulting from the Callao Port operations until 2012. CER credits are those traded between Kyoto-participating countries and non-participating countries.

Operating within the parameters of renewable energy, PURE Biofuels focuses on growth areas where it can find attractive investment opportunities to enhance shareholder value. These areas encompass developing clean fuels (primarily ethanol and biodiesel), promoting and advancing clean-fuel technologies, and the cultivation, harvesting and processing of oil plant feedstock in low-cost growing locations. PURE Biofuel’s management believes its South American focus will be both strategically valuable and a key ingredient to building its enterprise into a more global presence.

In the last 20 years, renewable energy investing has been hampered by high capital costs, unpredictable regulatory proceedings, technological challenges, and price fluctuations. However, in the past 3 years, an increasing demand for biofuels, coupled with lower production costs and improved technology, have created a financial climate in which investments in renewable energy represent solidity in the commodities marketplace.

PURE’s environmental policy is backed by sustainability. Its employees receive complete family health programs, have an excellent working environment, and recognize opportunities to advance and develop professionally. Its incentive program benefits both employees and shareholders by creating individuals who are vested in the growth and success of the organization.

Energy companies are driven by global commodity prices. Given this premise, PURE has identified three critical elements that must be leveraged in order to maintain profitability. The first is competitive advantage, and PURE plans to build additional factories as funding permits. The second is supply, and PURE intends to own and develop palm-oil plantations to avoid the fluctuations of international commodity pricing. The third is distribution, and it is PURE’s assessment that today’s infrastructure will be immediately adequate, allowing planned financing of future upgrades.

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Investors on Board With Rails

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Even throughout all the subprime mess and the credit concerns that snaked their way through the markets, there were groups, sectors or parts of sectors that more than held their own. One such group, the rails, have reacted better than other transports such as trucking or airlines, despite facing both industrial and consumer slowdowns, and in the case of trucking and airlines, another large whammy with fuel cost increases.

The rails, led by such names as Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE: NSC), Burlington Northern Santa Fe (NYSE: BNI), Union Pacific Corporation (NYSE: UNP), and CSX Corporation, (NYSE: CSX), hung in there in a poor stock market and some show signs of potentially heading up again.

Norfolk Southern recently traded in the low 50’s, near the mid-point of its last twelve-month share prices, trades at 14 times earnings and pays a dividend over 2%. While other transports and sector groups bottomed, Norfolk hit its year low but quickly fought back, nearly rising straight up. Some technical analysts see this as not only bullish, but a potential breakout for the stock, where others see a temporary peak. Long term investors and value players note that Norfolk Southern looks to earn $4.03 a share in 2008 and $4.60 a share in 2009, a 14% growth rate.

Burlington Northern has been Buffetized, that is, anointed by legendary value and growth investor Warren Buffet, who now owns 18% of the railroad, recently upping his hefty stake. While its growth is slated at 12%, many investors hop on simply to piggyback the Berkshire Hathaway scion’s pick. The stock was trading in the mid-80’s, down from its high of 94 in the last twelve months. Union Pacific looks to be growing even faster, at 15% annually, while CSX is similar.

These stocks appear very much alike, indeed many investors simply buy the group whether they are long-term plays or momentum plays should the stocks breakout to the upside. The railroads all have in common well-running business models and have worked through the kinds of issues years ago that paralleled the airline difficulties of today: capacity and competition, mainly, but also diversification of product mix. What looked like a fading industry a couple of decades ago has had a resurgence with better management, including a vastly better handle on costs, as well as a vital role in the moving of goods and services across the country. The rails, for example, often precede the trucks in moving goods.

Why some investors miss out on these stocks is that such dull-looking companies are viewed as either industrial versions of Amtrak, which they are clearly not, or as a very old economy, unsexy no-growth industry, somewhat like utilities were or are viewed. Instead, the railroads are a modern, vibrant industry, growing and adapting, which these stocks reflect.

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Cord Blood America, Inc. (CBAI.OB) Reports 500% Increase in Customer Base, Goal to Reduce Debt

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Cord Blood America, Inc. (OTCBB: CBAI) is focused on saving lives through umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation. Matthew Schissler, the company’s CEO, recently took part in a StoxRox.com interview to discuss achievements and the future outlook for the company. Schissler said the focus of the Cord Blood America is to significantly reduce its debt and position itself to operate off its own cash flow.

According to Schiller, the company is outpacing every blood company in the industry, executing the company’s promise to shareholders that it would grow rapidly in 2006 and 2007. “We have grown faster than any other cord blood company in the industry, which took a lot of funding. Our valuation is much lower than our competitors and we look for improvement as we decrease this debt level,” Schissler stated in the interview.

Cord Blood America reported a 500% increase in its customer base in 2007, growing from 3,000 to 18,000. For those thousands of customers, the company facilitates umbilical cord blood stem cell preservation, collected in a safe and non-invasive process. The stem cells are then stored, for a fee, in case of an emergency or ailment such as cancer, leukemia or immune disorders. If such ailments afflict a member of the family, cord blood stem cells are at hand for treatment.

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Extreme Networks, Inc (EXTR) Provides Enhancements To North American Channel Partner Program

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) announced that the company is to debut significant enhancements to their North American Channel Partner Program in 2008. The company hopes that these enhancements will be able to entice partners into granting higher investment yields. Such investments will be able to increase corporate growth, market development, and consumer loyalty rewards.

Currently, Extreme Networks offers channel partners an award-winning family of network products and support, resulting in solutions that enable enterprises to solve their toughest challenges. Extreme is to debut their enhanced Channel Program on April 1, 2008. The company seeks to stimulate channel growth through rewarding business performance.

Christopher Rajiah, corporate director, stated, “Our program enhancements will better reward the commitment of all of our partners through increased investment and new incentives. Extreme Networks has demonstrated a strong channel commitment for more than a decade and we look forward to further growth and cooperation from our partners who benefit from a channel model that enables them to succeed.”

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OTCstockexchange Featured Company: Budget Waste Inc. (BDGW.PK) Signs Letter of Intent to Work with Broadband Communication Services

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Recently Budget Waste Inc, a waste solutions company in Western Canada that provides complete waste and recycling services to commercial, industrial, construction, homebuilding, oilfield and residential clients, announced the signing of a letter of intent to acquire Broadband Communication Services Inc. (BBCS). A closing to this deal is anticipated to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2008. In the deal Budget Waste will acquire approximately $3.2 million in assets from BBCS and inherit several existing long term contracts valued between $15-20 million over the next 3 years.

Broadband Communications Services Inc. is based in Nebraska City, Nebraska and has been in business for over 15 years. The Company has a large customer base including industry leaders such as AT&T, Conoco Phillips, Qwest and Level 3 communications. BBCS is a construction and infrastructure Placement Company that operates underground construction companies throughout the United States and had revenues of $7.3 million for 2007.

CEO of Budget Waste, Jim Can, is very excited for this business opportunity and stated, “BBCS will complement our current business and permit both companies to take advantage of intercompany synergies and new market opportunities. We are using this strategic acquisition to position Budget as a broader market service provider.”

Budget Waste Inc. is focused on growth and is using a growth through acquisition strategy with exceptional success. With regulations throughout North America pressing companies and individuals to be more vigilant in the way they handle their waste products, they see tremendous opportunity for expansion. They are confident that extraordinary growth coupled with a focus for their customers’ needs will bring their stockholders outstanding value for the confidence they have placed in BWI.

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AllPennyStocks Featured Company: ALR Technologies, Inc. (ALRT.OB) Introduces New Product and Builds into the Future

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Becoming a leader in the health sector, especially in cancer and diseases, ALR Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: ALRT) has dedicated itself in keeping tabs on the health of individuals between visits to the doctor or hospital. With their flagship product, the Constant Health Companion™, the company designs and manufactures health management compliance products along with monitoring and intervention systems to better serve individuals suffering from illnesses.

The Constant Health Companion™ properly alerts doctors when their patients aren’t taking their prescribed medications correctly and at the appropriate time. The device is portable and has the benefits of easy configurations.

It may be surprising to know that more than $150 billion a year is contributed to non-adherence of treatments, and in preventable excess health-care costs. ALR hopes to have a significant and positive impact on these preventable costs. A recent research report by Forrest Research projected the home health technology market to grow to $5 billion within two years and $35 billion by 2015.

Last November the company successfully completed software enhancements on the Constant Health Companion™ which resulted in patent applications to be fielded for expanded intellectual property. The company marketed to 50 employer-led coalitions representing tens of thousands of companies that sponsor self-insured health benefits to more than 30 million employees and their dependents. Individuals who are stricken with one or more chronic diseases will be the initial users.

The company has been extremely active in research and development, which shows on their updated company figures. With administrative costs and new funding in research and development the company saw their numbers sink more than a million in the hole in 2006. Although that was the case, ALRT’s ambition to innovate and produce new products has investors keeping a close eye on the proceedings.

The stock is itching to break out past its 52-week peak of 25 cents achieved in early December 07, after plumbing a depth of four cents at the end of March 07. But uncertainty gripped the market at both ends of the spectrum, and small caps like ALRT were not immune. Towards the end of January, the price was around 15 cents. But with the attraction ALRT’s monitoring system holds for more health-care professionals, the company’s fortunes are to be watched, much as the devices watch our health.

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Universal Detection Technology Corp. (UDTT.OB) Announces Promotion through QualityStocks.net

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Universal Detection Technology will be featured in upcoming Daily Newsletters, Daily Blogs, Message Boards, and the Small Cap Daily Internet broadcasts put out by QualityStocks. QualityStocks has over 500,000+ subscribers to The Daily Stock Newsletter, which is a free service that collects data from hundreds of Small-Cap and Micro-Cap online Investment Newsletters and puts it all into one Free Daily Newsletter Report.

Jacques Tizabi, CEO of Universal Detection Technology, has the company focused on developing, marketing, and distributing a large range of products purposed to combat the threat of terrorism. Mr. Tizabi stated, “Universal Detection Technology has a unique and solid business foundation, and appreciates the opportunity to sponsor the Quality Stocks Newsletter, Video and Blogs. QualityStocks is providing a much needed service in the micro-cap and small-cap markets.”

Michael McCarthy, Director of Business Development for QualityStocks.net, stated that his company is pleased to have Universal Detection Technology as a featured company. He continued to say that the Company is methodically establishing itself as a category leader.

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Pure Biofuels Corp. (PBOF.OB) Inks Agreement to Acquire 14,000 Additional Hectares for Palm Oil Cultivation in Peru

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

 

Pure Biofuels Corp. recently announced they have signed an agreement with Immobiliaria Alpha SAC to purchase 15,000 Hectares of land. In the agreement Pure will acquire 100% of the shares of Immobilaria and transfer 1,000 hectares of land back to the seller after the acquisition is completed, which is currently scheduled for the end of March. The 14,000 hectares to be acquired by Pure is currently empty and deforested and has already undergone improvements including roads, infrastructure and electricity. Closing of the land acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions.

Since 2006, Pure Biofuels Corp. has been proven to be a leader in South America’s rapidly emerging biofuels industry. Their center of operations, the Callao port biodiesel refinery, is expected to be able to process up to 150,000 gallons of biodiesel per day. The refinery is scheduled to be up and running at full capacity by the end of February 2008.

The company currently owns and operates 60,000 hectares of land in Peru, and expects the new 14,000 hectare plantation will provide up to 40% of the necessary feedstock to reach full capacity for those facilities. The company has additional plans for more land acquisitions to satisfy its remaining and future growth needs. Seeds for the new African palms have been ordered and nurseries will be set up within the next 90 days. The first returns from this new property should be expected within the next 24 to 36 months.

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An ILIT Might Fit

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Tax Liability Could Come Down to Who Owns Your Life Insurance

Small–business owners are an easy target for the estate tax. They are often worth enough that their estates could be subject to the death levy, but they may not be so well off that they have access to the tools used by the überwealthy to help shield their assets.

In 2007 and 2008, all estate assets that remain after exercising the $2 million exemption are subject to a 45% tax rate. In 2009, the exemption jumps to $3.5 million, but the tax rate remains at 45%. The estate tax is scheduled to be repealed in 2010, but unless Congress passes further legislation, the federal estate tax will be back in full force in 2011.

Life insurance is one common way to help pay estate taxes, but did you know that the death benefit is counted as part of your estate, unless you take deliberate steps to ensure it does not enter into the estate tax calculation?

Control and Retain

A properly structured irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) can be used to purchase and hold a life insurance policy outside of your estate. Because the policy is owned by the trust, the proceeds are not considered part of your personal estate and thus are not used to calculate estate taxes.

Although the trust is irrevocable once it is in place, you still retain control of the insurance policy. Your beneficiaries can use the policy proceeds to pay ongoing business expenses, help settle estate taxes, buy your business and keep it running, or pay expenses associated with selling your business.

The cost and availability of life insurance depend on factors such as age, health, and the type and amount of insurance purchased. As with most financial decisions, there are expenses associated with the purchase of life insurance. Policies commonly have mortality and expense charges. If a policy is surrendered pre–maturely, there may be surrender charges and income tax implications. Before implementing a strategy involving life insurance, it would be wise to make sure that you are insurable.

If you are concerned about estate taxes, an ILIT might be the way to go. We can help you evaluate your options.

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Giving for the Greater Good

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

In 2006, there were no major natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the Asian tsunami, yet Americans donated a record $295 billion to charitable causes, topping the $283 billion they donated in 2005.1

Philanthropy is a time–honored tradition. When you utilize a structured giving strategy, your efforts can help reap greater benefits for you, your heirs, and your favorite charity. Two popular methods for leveraging charitable gifts involve the following types of trusts.

Charitable Remainder Trust

When money, securities, property, or other assets are placed in a properly structured charitable remainder trust, the donor (or a beneficiary) receives any income generated by the trust. When the trust expires, a designated charity receives the assets that remain.

For the donor, there are several potential tax benefits. Assets placed in the trust may be partially deductible for income tax purposes. Upon the donor’s death, trust assets are not subject to estate taxes, because they are no longer part of the donor’s taxable estate. Finally, any appreciated assets in the trust are also exempt from current capital gains tax.

Charitable Lead Trust

This type of trust essentially works in the opposite way. The charity receives any income generated by the trust. When the donor dies, the remaining assets are distributed to the designated heirs. A properly structured charitable lead trust can help reduce the donor’s estate tax liability.

Keep in mind that donations to both types of charitable trusts are irrevocable; therefore, the assets cannot be withdrawn once the trusts are formed.

Not all charitable organizations are able to use all possible gifts, so it is prudent to check first. The type of organization you select can also affect the tax benefits you receive.

The use of trusts involves a complex web of tax rules and regulations. You should consider the counsel of an experienced estate conservation professional and your legal and tax advisors before implementing such strategies.

Hopefully, the current trend of charitable giving will continue. We can help you create an arrangement that benefits not only your favorite charitable organization, but you and your heirs, as well.

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Stratos Renewables Corp. (SRNW.OB) to Present at the RedChip Investor Conference Next Week

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Stratos Renewables Corp. announced that it will be a presenting company at the RedChip Small-Cap Investor Conference entitled, “Discovering Tomorrow’s Blue Chips Today”. The event will be held at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, AZ on February 7th. A captive audience of active brokers and dealers will be attending as the conference provides networking events, financial presentations and information for attendees.

The CEO of Stratos Renewables, Antonio Salas, stated, “We are extremely excited to be presenting alongside many other emerging companies and to have this opportunity to discuss our approach to renewable and alternative energy. We believe Stratos is well positioned for advancement in the Latin American biofuels industry and we’re looking forward to discussing the distinct advantages we believe our company possesses in the rapidly growing sugar cane ethanol segment of the energy industry.”

Stratos Renewables is focused on becoming a leader in Latin America’s quickly emerging sugarcane ethanol industry where the company believes it can produce the lowest cost ethanol at the highest yeilds. Peru’s economic growth and expansion sets the stage for the Company as the world seeks alternative energy to meet global demands and reduce CO2 emissions.

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OTCPicks Featured Company: Techalt, Inc. (TCLT.PK) and Merger Partner EV Parts, Inc. Announce Vehicle Applications for Dodge and Toyota

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Techalt, Inc. (OTC: TCLT) recently announced that, working together with its merger partner EV Parts, Inc., it will soon be carrying electric vehicle applications for the Dodge Neon and Toyota Echo. After the news was announced, the company saw a rise of 78.57%.

Techalt, Inc. primarily concentrates in secure wireless communications toolset to be used by emergency first responders in the public sector and for communications interoperability, multi-level integration of communications, and collaboration enhancement within public and private sectors. EV Parts, Inc. supplies electric vehicle parts and components online, dealing through the energy markets. The merger between the two companies is set to close before or on March 18, 2008. EV Parts will be gaining more recognition as the company will be featured on “Mean Green Machines,” a new show airing on the Discovery channel, with the time and date to be announced in the near future.

EV Parts’ President, Roderick Wilde, stated, “The current macro problem with others in the EV conversion market is that they have to rely on outside venders for their fabrication. The only way to solve this problem is to have your own fabrication facility. Since all we will be doing is EV-related fabrication we can hire as many people as necessary to handle increased demand for products and roll out our proprietary innovations globally,” said Mr. Wilde.

Tom True, EV Parts’ Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Part of our reasoning for entering the public sector is the tremendous opportunities we see globally. We are currently shipping to over 45 countries. We anticipate that upon opening our planned 3-6 international store/distribution/fabrication centers, some in tax-free zones established through prearranged meetings with foreign nationals, our delivery time and margins will significantly improve along with our name brand in this multi-billion dollar ‘green’ industry.”

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3PEA International, Inc. (TPNL.PK) Continues Growth with Strategic Acquisition

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

There are a variety of new products developing within the card payment industry such as payroll cards, benefits cards, teen and family cards as well as the newest trend, prepaid debit and credit cards. Prepayment cards are not your standard bank-issued debit cards. It offers consumers a way to keep track of their expense, prevent overdraft and more importantly only spend money that is on that card. This is where companies like 3Pea International comes in and can offer merchants a wide range of start-to-finish prepaid debit options that will make them a profitable player in this expanding market.

3PEA International, Inc. designs and develops payment solutions including proprietary payment terminals, secure key loading systems, prepaid card systems, and various payment services. The company is an experienced and trusted transaction-based solutions provider as well as an integrated prepaid card issuing processor that has over five million prepaid debit cards in its portfolio. Since 2001, 3PEA has provided online payment solutions with a specific focus in the area of PIN-Debit transactions. 3PEA offers clients a complete prepaid debit card solution that includes the systems to support their selected program, card personalization, call center support, voice response unit, and Internet access options.

The company continues to go, and recently acquired Wow Technologies, Inc. With the acquisition of Wow Technologies, 3PEA has integrated a PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) certified Prepaid Stored-Value MasterCard/ATM Card Issuer Processing Platform into it payment solutions.

PCI DSS was developed by the major credit card companies as a guideline to help organizations that process card payments prevent credit card fraud, hacking and various other security vulnerabilities and threats. A company processing, storing, or transmitting payment card data must be PCI DSS compliant or risk losing their ability to process credit card payments.

As a part of the acquisition, Omar Khandaker, Wow’s CISO, will join 3Pea as the New Technology Officer. Mr. Khandaker will be working alongside Mark Newcomer, President of 3Pea who stated, “We are delighted to have the benefit of Omar’s vast experience in IT, global software solutions, e-commerce, prepaid card expertise and business leadership. His successful track record in helping a wide variety of enterprises derive maximum value from their technology investments makes him an excellent fit for 3Pea and our customers.”

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Wall Street News Alert Lists Universal Detection Technology (UDTT.OB) as a Stock to Watch

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Universal Detection Technology is on the leading edge of Bio-Terror detection and prevention. Having just received a PO from Security Solutions International for Botulinum Toxin detection kit and reaching an agreement with Kadinuo Science and Technology Company in Beijing to distribute its products in China, they are seeing tremendous demand for their products and services.

They are on a solid path to Global expansion and the Kadinuo distribution contract is an excellent entry point into the Asian marketplace as they have sold radiation instruments for over 10 years. Kadinuo has direct relationships with over 200 customers in China, many of which are directly involved with Bio-Terror prevention.

The companies CEO Jacques Tizabi commented on their entry into the China marketplace saying, “China is a vast market and the fastest growing economy in the world. We are excited about our agreement with a major regional power for distribution of our products and we look forward to establishing a strong market in China.”

Wall Street News, in response to these press releases, has alerted investors to pay close attention to this company’s stock. They hold a patent for technology that monitors the air for bacterial spores that would signal an Anthrax attack. The company also provides a number of Bio-Terror detection kits and Offers Bio-Terror prevention consultations. In addition, they sell instructional DVD’s and Books.

With the threat of terror a Global reality, this company has a Global market vision. With a stock price less than $0.01 cents, this looks to be a bargain for aggressive investors looking to gain from the company’s successful Global expansion strategy and Patented Bio-Terror prevention technologies.

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