Archive for May, 2008

Alliance Recovery Corp. (ARVY.OB) “Waste to Energy” Showcase Funded

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Alliance Recovery Corporation (the “Company”) (OTCBB:ARVY) is pleased to announce that it has executed a $20,000,000 equity line financing agreement with Dutchess Private Equities Fund Ltd. of Boston, Massachusetts. The proceeds of this financing agreement will be used to construct the company’s energy alternatives showcase “waste to energy” processing facility. When completed, this initial “waste to energy” processing facility will be the first of several similar installations that will be located in, or immediately adjacent to, large metropolitan centers in the U.S. and Europe. The utilization of alternative fuels to make “clean energy” will contribute to the reduction of America’s dependence on foreign oil.

Once construction is completed, the Alliance “waste to energy” processing showcase will be a significant energy alternatives achievement that dovetails with US initiatives to reduce dependence on foreign oil sources. The ability to utilize a thermal/chemical reaction to reduce rubber to a fuel oil for use in conventional reciprocating engines driving alternators to make electricity is also an effective method for dealing with waste rubber and the challenging environmental hazardous accumulations of scrap tires that continue to be stockpiled, illegally dumped and/or simply burned. The additional Alliance process focus is the recovery of value-added residuals produced contemporaneously in the rubber to oil conversion process.

Alliance’s systems integration of existing chemical processing and thermal technologies will allow the showcase to process any form of rubber waste, including whole scrap tires, without any form of pre-treatment, shredding or grinding. The system will operate as a single pass process. The process conditions will ensure that the residual carbon black produced by the system is of a commercial grade and does not require any further processing or upgrading. The Alliance process is much more cost-effective than the attempted historical and not commercially successful approach of a pyrolysis oven, which produces a carbon rich pyrolysed product requiring further costly upgrading and refining.

Various state and federal agencies have suggested that, when determining the number of scrap tires that a community annually generates, the rule of thumb in the U.S. is one passenger tire equivalent for every man, women and child within the jurisdiction. As a point of final disposition, the Alliance “waste to energy” showcase will consume an amount of waste rubber that is equivalent to approximately 5,000,000 passenger tire equivalents annually, an activity that will positively impact the environment and conserve US energy resources.

The execution of the $20,000,000 financing agreement now positions the company to commence construction and specific tasks pertaining to the fabrication, site construction and start-up of the Alliance energy alternatives showcase waste to energy facility. In addition to contracting with Resource International of Ashland, Virginia to head up the overall project management team and the opening of a construction office in the summer of 2007, financing proceeds will allow initial construction and fabrication activities to commence at the selected site.

The initial responsibility of the project management team will be to review the pre-qualified development sites and to select up to 3 approved sites. Several development site locations are currently being considered. In the immediate weeks ahead, the company will continue to pre-qualify additional development sites to determine the optimum location for the showcase installation. All of these sites are either in, or immediately adjacent to, large metropolitan centers that generate huge volumes of waste rubber annually, thereby ensuring an adequate fuel source for Alliance electrical energy production.

Upon completion of construction, targeted marketing activities for the expansion of the Alliance “waste to energy” processing facilities will originate from the showcase installation. The showcase will also be configured as the company’s employee and management training and incubation center to support the U.S. expansion of similar Alliance “waste to energy” installations. The company’s future energy alternatives research and development efforts will also be housed at the showcase installation.

Dutton Associates Featured Company: Woize International Ltd. (WOIZ.OB)

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Woize International Ltd is an up-and-coming telecommunications company with an established voice over Internet protocol service and aspirations to join the wireless market. Woize has developed a phenomenal software VOIP client, which – if picked up by a third party provider – would offer great efficiency and cost savings for a new VOIP network. Unfortunately this has not yet happened. The service is unique because it would allow a buyer to take advantage of additional revenue generating tools, such as click-to-call and click-to-pay services in addition to traditional advertising space.

The programming advantages are in Woize’s favor, but because it currently lacks the critical mass necessary to compete with companies like Skype, and the much larger diversified companies like AOL, Yahoo or Google. A potential solution to this problem is for Woize to join the wireless market, where the possibilities for success are much greater. The number of hybrid cellphones with Wi-Fi access continues to grow as people’s need for fast streaming media and e-mail increases.

While Woize is expanding services to all 50 states, there is more potential for the company to increase revenues and profits. They have recently spent a great deal of time and money to make their systems compatible with Mac OS and Linux to better suit any client’s needs. With these upgrades to their systems, and their already fully branded VOIP solution, the company has great potential.

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Dutton Associates Featured Company: Wits Basin Precious Minerals Inc. (WITM.OB)

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Wits Basin Precious Minerals Incorporated engages in the exploration and development of mineral properties in South Africa, Mexico, and Colorado. The company is based in Minneapolis, MN and was formerly known as Active IQ Technologies when it was originally founded in 1992. Wits holds an impressive property portfolio which includes the Vianey Silver Mine in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, and the past producing Bates-Hunter Gold Mine in Central City, Colorado. It also holds an option to acquire interests in a nickel mining property and three iron ore mining properties located in the People’s Republic of China.

Wits Basin holds interest in the FSC project, a gold exploration project located adjacent to the Witwatersrand basin in South Africa. The FSC project is currently underway and incorporates several hundred thousand acres of some of the most prolific gold-producing land known to man. The company holds 35% interest in the FSC project, which cost a little over $2.1 million, but has the right to acquire an additional 15% interest for an additional $1.4 million. The prospecting has already begun, and several teams of geologists and miners have begun drilling the South African terrain looking for its famous gold reefs.

Wits Basin is lead by a team of professionals that combine for over 150 years of experience in the business. This team has knowledge from both a business and mineral standpoint, and has experience with prior mineral projects and mining companies. The board of directors has lead the company to creating its diverse portfolio of projects around the globe, and has it poised for success as the price of commodities, especially metals, continues to rise.

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USA Superior Energy Holdings, Inc. (USSU.OB) First Quarter Filings Near Completion

Friday, May 30th, 2008

USA Superior Energy Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: USSUE) announced that certifications – and an independent, registered public accounting firm’s review of their consolidated financial statements (which included their quarterly reports on form 10-Q for the first three months ended March 31, 2008) – will be completed this week. The company also filed an amended quarterly report on form 10-Q for the first three months ended March 31, 2008, that will be reviewed and included other certifications, will be filed by May 30, 2008.

The company had previously filed their quarterly report on form 10-Q on May 20, 2008, but because of the short time period between filing of the company’s year-end annual report a few days earlier, neither USA Superior nor the public accounting firm had enough time to complete all the necessary work. As a result, the company’s stock symbol will retain the “E” designation until such time as the OTCBB can review the amended filing to conclude that the company filed with proper procedures.

USA Superior Energy Holdings, Inc. is a developmental stage company that operates within the energy industry in the United States. Operating through their wholly owned subsidiary, USA Superior Energy, Inc., the company engages in the development, ownership, and operation of prospects and energy projects in the eastern and southeastern regions of Texas. They focus on using nitrogen technology to recharge and produce oil and gas from under-pressured, partially depleted reservoirs.

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Carbon Sciences, Inc. (CABN.OB) Files International PCT Patent Application

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Carbon Sciences, Inc. (OTCBB: CABN) is a developer of a breakthrough technology that transforms carbon dioxide (CO2) into high-value, earth-friendly products. Recently, the company deposited an international PCT patent application pursuant to last year’s filing of United States patent application 11/749,741 with the U.S. Patent Office. The application is in regard to the company’s elusive method for the transformation and sequestration of carbon dioxide.

The publishing of the international PCT application is expected to occur by the end of November 2008. As far as future plans go for the company concerning the protection of their technology, they are focusing their efforts on proceeding with national phase entries in various countries by November 2009, particularly countries with important mining industries.

“We are particularly proud of the fact that the technologies we are developing will have international impact,” commented Derek McLeish, CEO of Carbon Sciences. “As we continue to develop our intellectual property portfolio, we are also exploring relationships with potential strategic partners to enable worldwide transformation of carbon dioxide.”

Wesley B. Ames, patent agent from the firm Ames IP Law, said, “This PCT application has been filed so as to protect the various highly innovative technologies being developed by Carbon Sciences, Inc. concerning carbon dioxide transformation.”

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Destination Television Inc. (DSTV.OB); Ahead of the Game with Digital “Advertainment”

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Digital signage has replaced the printed sign era. The ability to place advertising and informational screens indoors, in subways, hallways, doctors’ offices, cafeterias, airports, schools, malls and more, makes electronic displays a popular choice for marketing purposes.

Aside from location, digital signage offers the advantage of content alteration with a few clicks of a button. The signs can be changed to adapt to an audience, show automation, or even allow for viewer interaction.

Destination Television Inc. (OTCBB: DSTV) is a media production, promotion and advertising company focused on the digital signage market. The company targets specific facilities with high public volume to launch its remote, custom-edited content and advertising delivery platforms. The company currently broadcasts Bar TV, Gym TV and Hotel TV, airing first-run movie trailers and music videos while strategically injecting advertisements (comparable to commercials) in between entertainment blurbs – it’s what the company calls “advertainment.”

Through its location placement, the company’s programming reaches millions of targeted viewers each month. Patrons spend hours in bars, at the gym, and in hotel rooms – constantly searching for the next avenue of entertainment. Destination Television can remotely update an advertiser’s programming at specific times to cater to changing audiences.

The company recently acquired American Broadcasting Group to provide local, regional and national sales engines to advertisers. The deal generates more cash flow to Destination Television and opens doors to additional markets.

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JMAR Technologies, Inc. (JMAR.OB) Featured in San Diego Business Journal

Friday, May 30th, 2008

JMAR Technologies, a leading developer of advanced laser, photonics and detection technologies, was featured in an interview in the May 26-June 1, 2008 issue of the San Diego Business Journal.

Founded in 1987, JMAR Technologies is a technology company with expertise in the development and early commercialization of detection and laser-based technologies for nano-scale imaging, chemical and biological analysis, and fabrication. JMAR applies its technical and development expertise to create high-value equipment for growing markets such as homeland security, biological monitoring of water quality, and hazardous materials detection. The company presently has 29 issued or pending patents.

The journal interviewed Dr. C. Neil Beer, JMAR’s president and chief executive officer, who took over two years ago and restructured the company and its management. In the interview, Dr. Beer discussed the company’s transition from development stage to commercialization, including realizing a 28-percent financial growth in first quarter revenues of $183,353 compared with the first quarter of 2007.

The interview also highlighted the company’s two products: the BioSentry™, a water contamination warning system for microorganisms which is being marketed to government agencies, pharmaceutical companies and the food and beverage industry; and a double-pulse laser hand-held device capable of conducting explosives detection and analysis.

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Emerging Media Holdings, Inc. (EMDH.OB) – 2007 Financial Results Show Spectacular Increases from Prior Year

Friday, May 30th, 2008

On March 31, Emerging Media Holdings- (EMDH.OB) released its financial report for 2007 and the results were nothing short of spectacular. In 2007, net income dramatically increased by $179,958 to $200,949. The net income increase was largely due to a 91% revenue increase from $594,719 to $1,139,415. Emerging Media Holdings, Inc.’s business is radio and television broadcasting in the Republic of Moldova. The company produces and broadcasts television programs and news for its Moldovan viewing audience, in addition to owning a popular television channel, TV7.

Emerging Media Holdings operates through its two subsidiaries, Media Alianta S.R.L. and Analytic Media Group, S.A. Analytic Media Group is a market leader in television advertising and production. This subsidiary is driven to create a television channel of information and entertainment for Moldavian viewers. Currently, 90 percent of Moldovan cable television operators have signed agreements with Analytic Media Group. Through these agreements, the subsidiary reaches 100,000 subscribers.

Emerging Media Holdings stated that 2007 was a period of continuous market share growth for channel TV7. Because the TV station was inaugurated in 2006, management focused on increasing its audience during the 2007 period. Due to determined efforts, channel TV7 obtained a 12% market share in Moldova in 2007, and maintained its second place ranking among TV channels in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. This is outstanding considering that the station did not even exist in early 2006. For 2008, Emerging Media Holdings expects that channel TV7 will own at least a 20% market share in Moldova. The company expects that the increased share will generate increased revenue and net income again in 2008.

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Solar Thin Films Inc. (SLTN.OB) Getting in on the Heat of the Solar Frenzy

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Clean technology companies are emerging from a slew of alternative energy entities scrambling to produce the next alternative power source. Since the production of the first solar cell technology in 1839, solar modules have evolved into a highly-demanded energy solution. Thin-film photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing equipment is gaining popularity in the clean technology sector because of its low cost, advancing features.

Solar Thin Films Inc. (OTCBB: SLTN) develops, manufactures and markets manufacturing equipment used to produce “thin-film” amorphous silicon and CIGS PV modules. Today the company announced its intentions to build 100 megawatts of module manufacturing capacity in China; the company has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China Singyes Holding Limited to reach its manufacturing and supply objectives.

According to the terms of the agreement, Solar Thin Films will supply equipment, technology and general engineering and design support, and retain certain rights outside of China to assist in the marketing and distribution of integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) products. Solar Thin Films expects to commence manufacturing the equipment in the fourth quarter of this year, and expects to continue installation through 2011, though the initial production and sale of BIPV products could begin in 2009.

“This proposed arrangement with China Singyes could be a significant step forward in our goal to become a leader in supplying cost-effective, thin film photovoltaic module manufacturing equipment,” Peter Lewis, CEO of Solar Thin Films, stated in the press release. “Combined with our recently announced $12.3 million order from Grupo Unisolar, S.A to build a 5MW turn-key a-SI Module plant in Spain, it clearly shows the progress we are making.

“This is a terrific opportunity for us as China Singyes is one of the country’s largest curtain wall engineering companies, with numerous projects inside and outside China, and a demonstrated commitment to expand an already existing presence in the solar field,” Lewis stated. “Our rights to market BIPV output from the new facility outside of China would also open new customer channels and markets for us within the construction industry.”

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Quanta Capital Holdings Ltd. (QNTA) Inks $197M Agreement with Catalina Holdings to Achieve Successful Run-Off

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Quanta Capital Holdings Ltd. (Nasdaq: QNTA) announced it has entered into a definitive amalgamation agreement with Catalina Holdings (Bermuda) Ltd. and Catalina Alpha Ltd., which specialize in much the same operations as Quanta.

“We are pleased to have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Quanta and we look forward to working with Quanta’s employees and management to achieve a successful run off. This is an important acquisition for Catalina following the significant expansion of our capital base last year,” Chris Fagan, Catalina’s CEO stated in the press release.

Per the agreement, Catalina will acquire Quanta for approximately $197 million, in a deal expected to close by the last quarter of 2008. Quanta shareholders will receive $2.80 per share, a 55-percent premium to the company’s volume-weighted average sale for the month ending May 29, 2008. When combined with Quanta board’s pre-declared $1.75 cash dividend, Quanta shareholders will receive $4.55 per share during 2008.

“This significant accomplishment would not have been possible without the excellent execution of Quanta’s management team and employees who preserved significant shareholder value during Quanta’s difficult transition into run-off. We owe them our sincere appreciation for all their efforts. I also appreciate the many contributions of my fellow directors in guiding Quanta through the strategic assessment process, sale of Quanta’s interests in a Lloyds syndicate and signing of the amalgamation agreement,” James J. Ritchie, Quanta’s chairman of the board stated. “The acquisition of Quanta brings a solid balance sheet and run-off block to Catalina’s operating structure. We wish them much success in bringing our company into their portfolio.”

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NexCen Brands, Inc (NEXC) Mulling Its Options

Friday, May 30th, 2008

NexCen Brands (NEXC:NASDAQ) acquires and manages global brands, generating revenue through licensing and franchising. The company currently owns and licenses the Bill Blass and Waverly brands, as well as seven franchised brands: The Athlete’s Foot, Shoebox New York, Marble Slab Creamery, Great American Cookies, Pretzel Time, Pretzelmaker, and MaggieMoo’s.

NexCen has in recent months expressed doubts about its ability to continue as a going concern. This news has seen the stock fall from over $13 per share a year ago to less than a dollar per share recently. On May 30, 2008, the company announced some measures it was taking in an effort to stay afloat, including cutting about 25 per cent of its New York-based workforce in an effort to streamline operations. This should result in a savings of $3 million on an annualized basis.

The company also said that they are required to repay $30 million of the $70 million to finance the acquisition of Great American Cookies from Mrs. Fields by October 17, 2008. They confirmed that there are in ongoing discussions with a lender about possible amendments to this bank credit facility, as well as with other lenders regarding additional financing.

Perhaps most importantly, NexCen stated that they are exploring options to enhance liquidity. The company said that it has engaged N M Rothschild & Sons Ltd to explore strategic alternatives. The most likely outcome is that NexCen will have to sell at least some of their brands. On May 27th, it was reported in Women’s Wear Daily that the company was looking to sell its Bill Blass and Waverly units to help reduce its debt. The good news for NexCen was that the same article reported that the units were drawing interest from more than one possible suitor.

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American Security Resources Corp. (ARSC.OB) – Clearing the Air Around Recent Confusion

Friday, May 30th, 2008

In American Security Resources Corporation, we find an organization which dedicates itself to the realization of a better tomorrow. The company is working tirelessly toward the development and eventual deployment of a technology long thought to be something out of a sci-fi film; the energy-efficient hydrogen fuel cell.

In mid-2007, American Security Resources’ subsidiary, American Hydrogen Corporation, was granted an exclusive license to commercialize Ohio University engineer Gerardine Botte’s ammonia-to-hydrogen conversion cell. In industry terms, it is a catalytic electrolyzer technology which efficiently converts ammonia into hydrogen, its purpose being inexpensive fuel production for various propulsion systems and clean energy generation.

Significant public confusion was prompted by a recently released quarterly report as to the standing of this contract. In an effort to alleviate skepticism, president of American Hydrogen Corporation, Ben Schafer stated: “Contrary to a statement in ARSC’s most recent 10-Q, we are NOT in default on our license agreement with Ohio University. While our sister company Hydra Fuel Cell Corp. was fighting its patent lawsuit we fell behind in our obligations here, but we are working with Ohio to bring them current by the middle of the summer.”

Upon fruition, the technology stands to cut the production of a kilogram of hydrogen (which holds energy equal to one gallon of gasoline) down to about $2.00; something for all of us to think about the next time we are standing at the pump.

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Name Change for NewMarket China, Inc. (NMCH.OB) – Now China Crescent Enterprises, Inc.

Friday, May 30th, 2008

In a recent press statement, NewMarket China, Inc. announced its intent to henceforth be known as China Crescent Enterprises, Inc. in an effort to distinguish itself from its parent organization, NewMarket Technology, Inc.

Formerly the Intercell International Corporation, the company was acquired by NewMarket Tech. in 2006. After a subsequent reorganization, it became known as NewMarket China, and began trading under the symbol: NMCH.

The goal of the company is to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western corporate practices, acting as an international partner to US companies in the developmental stages of business. Low development and manufacturing costs in China appeal to fledgling corporations in America, allowing them the opportunity to globally expand operations.

Changes to a company’s billing traditionally require between 30 to 60 days to take effect. The company hopes to have completed the process by late June, pending SEC approval. According to the announcement, the new name choice is meant to ‘draw parallels between the light that is shed on a waxing crescent moon and the rapid growth of China’s emerging economy.’

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MedeFile International Inc. (MDFI.OB) – A Source to Gain Full Picture of Patient’s Health

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Today society is more mobile than ever before. Families no longer live in the same house for decades. Individuals no longer stay employed with the same company for 20 years. People now move when they are offered a better career opportunity. Organizing a move and starting a new job is stressful enough without having to think of all the paperwork that needs to be transferred. Becoming a member of MedeFile would take care of one key element wherever or whenever an individual or family transfers to a new location.

The MedeFile system provides users, hospitals, and physicians access to medical records 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any authorized hospital or physician can have access to a member’s digital records. When starting with a new physician, patients must normally provide all former medical paperwork from a previous doctor and/or hospital, as well as arrange an initial consultation and verbally go through their medical history. If someone has no physical conditions, this can be done quite easily. For those who have had health issues, this can be a daunting task.

Dr. Steven Orshan provided the following example: “I saw a young woman this afternoon referred from a cardiologist for chest pain. In the middle of the examination she stated that she forgot to tell me that her echocardiogram in the cardiologist’s office showed elevation of the pressure in the arteries of her lung (an important point). Needless to say she did not have the report. I called the cardiologists office to fax me the information. A half hour later I received the electrocardiogram not the echocardiogram. I called back and they were closed.”

Physicians know the benefits of having access to a patient’s complete medical history. Rather than spending time testing to narrow down issues in the patient’s past, MedeFile technology provides physicians with an immediate resource to understand a patient’s health status. The system allows physicians to invest time providing patients with the best care possible.

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Safe Bulkers Inc. (SB) Looks for its Footing after IPO of 10 Million Shares

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Picking the right time for an initial public offering is critical to its success. Having a stable company, however, is even more critical. If a company can demonstrate that it has a good business model and the track record to support it, success will likely be had right from the get-go.

Safe Bulkers inc., an oceangoing shipper of dry bulk goods, operates globally with 11 Japanese built ships. Its primary shipping products include iron, coal and grain. In typical shipping fashion, the company operates primarily on time and spot charter bases. Time shipping charters are ship hires of over three months while spot hires are less than three months.

On May 26, 2008, the company registered for an initial public offering. Its suggested initial offering was between $20-22 per share. After opening, the price of the stock has dipped slightly and is currently finding its footing. From a general perspective, even though dry bulk carriers have seen prices charged for hiring periods increasing, a slight dip in favorability for dry bulk shippers has also been seen. Although speculative in nature, it might be suggested that current emotional tendencies in the pricing of oil, along with Australian conditions, may have something to do with current favorability.

Regardless of what the markets may be doing at this particular point in time, the company does appear to have a solid balance sheet to its credit. For whatever reason, the company can point to remarkable numbers on its balance sheet. Net income, revenue and gross profit are stratospheric in their increases over the last several years. To further stifle the market’s current concerns, one needs only to look toward the company’s operating margins of 73% (down slightly) against its operating margin of 127% (up significantly.) There are likely many reasons for this occurrence, but many might be traced to the revenues generated from the company’s leading customers; Cargill, Bunge, Daiichi, Chuo Kisen and their subsidiaries. As the company goes public, the fundamental demand theory applies. Customers need the raw product and it needs to get to them somehow.

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Papa John’s International Inc. (PZZA) – When the Moon Hits Your Eye like a Papa John’s Pizza Pie

Friday, May 30th, 2008

John Schnatter dreamed. Whether he looked up at the moon while doing so is a matter of conjecture, but he did dream. He dreamed of filling a void in the pizza marketplace. That void was the need for a superior-quality, traditional pizza delivered fresh to customers’ doors.

John felt that the big national pizza chains were not doing this, so he set out to do it himself. In 1984, he started to sell pizza out of his father’s tavern to its clientele. They loved it. Soon it was so popular that he opened the first Papa John’s restaurant in space adjoining the tavern. From there, his fortunes began to rise as quickly as the dough for his pizzas.

Today, there are more than 3,000 Papa John’s restaurants around the world. These locations are company or franchisee-operated. Papa John’s commitment is to use only the finest ingredients, from freshly sliced vegetables to fresh, never frozen, hand-tossed dough and superior quality tomato sauce, which the founder believes are the essential ingredients to top-quality, flavorful pizzas, and satisfied, returning customers.

Papa John’s Inc. has their headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. They operate 3,238 restaurants, of which 665 are company-owned. The remaining 2,573 are franchised restaurants. Papa John’s restaurants are in 50 states plus the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. They are also in 28 countries worldwide. They trade on NASDAQ with a current market capitalization of $834.21M.

Papa John’s remains loyal to their heritage of making a superior-quality traditional pizza. It is something they began in 1985 with their first restaurant and continue to do today for their customers. When people hum that famous Dean Martin tune, the company hopes they’re thinking of Papa John’s pizza as they do.

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Intevac Inc. (IVAC) Offers High-Tech Solutions

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Intevac Inc. is a Santa Clara, California company operating in the Diversified Electronics industry. They supply disk-sputtering equipment to manufacturers of magnetic media used in hard disk drives. They also develop and distribute analytical instrumentation and low-light imaging cameras.

Trading on NASDAQ, and founded in 1991, they have a current market capitalization of $262.92M. Intevac Inc. has offices in the United States, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, and Singapore. They serve the military, physical sciences, life sciences, and industrial markets. They operate their business in two distinct areas: equipment and imaging.

As a leading supplier of disk sputtering equipment, they manufacture complex process equipment that deposits highly engineered thin-films onto magnetic disks used in hard disk drives. Hard disk drives are the primary storage medium for digital data. Today’s new technology means more information stored on hard disks. The next generation of disk storage technology is perpendicular recording. Perpendicular recording has data bits, which are really a collection of magnetized particles aligned vertically, not horizontally, on a disk. This allows for storing more data on a thin-film disk.

Thin-film disk manufacturers require disk sputtering equipment that can do the additional process steps that perpendicular recording does demand. Intevac Inc. continues to innovate to supply the process equipment needed for this type of work. They strive to develop systems and processes that keep pace with the advances in data recording.

Intevac’s imaging division develops and manufactures electro-optical sensors, cameras, and systems used for extreme low light imaging. The company’s low light imaging products include the LIVAR® target identification system and the NightVista® line of extreme low light cameras. Most of their revenue in this sector of their business has come from research and development contracts funded by the U.S. government.

Intevac Inc. continues to develop products that help manufacturers create greater disk storage capabilities. They also continue to grow their business as relates to imaging cameras. Their customers include Seagate Technology, Fuji Electric, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, and Showa Denko. They hope to continue to help companies store data and images for years to come.

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Tidelands Oil & Gas Corporation (TIDE.OB) Receives Significant Financial Backing for New Natural Gas Storage and Transmission Line Projects

Friday, May 30th, 2008

In the world of governmental permitting, nothing comes easy. It always seems that – if there isn’t a form for requesting a form government – administrators aren’t happy. So it goes for the many companies trying to offer products or services in locations where they haven’t been offered before. Those that take on the arduous task of navigating the permitting process, however, are those that tend to reap the biggest rewards and the biggest profits.

Tidelands Oil and Gas Corporation Inc., an oil and gas transmission/storage company, works to provide gas transmission and storage systems along the US/ Mexican border. It also anticipates reactivation at other U.S. locations. At the present time, the company is working through administrative and permitting steps to advance its projects.

The nature of the gas transmission business involves extensive infrastructure and administrative costs. At each step of the construction phase, permits are required from a seemingly endless stream of public entities. As such, the process of bringing new facilities online is an arduous one. Ultimately, however, once the process and construction phases are complete the free flow of revenues is relatively assured and profitable. Getting to that point is the task.

The company is currently working diligently with the Mexican and U.S. permitting authorities to build a pipeline and storage facility along the US/Mexican border. A subterranean facility is currently envisioned, and this is also working through the process. As a result of the lengthy permitting process, raising capital requirements necessary to reach operations is a constant effort. The company has been successful in this regard, and recently received significant commitments to push its projects forward.

Tideland Oil and Gas is a company working to position itself within a profitable energy market. Natural gas and propane prices are running at historical highs, and appear to be stabilizing at those levels. As the company reaches its goals, there will likely be a free flow of profits to reward all the administrative work required to get to the end goal of production and storage.

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Simitrol Inc. (SMRL.OB) – Choreography for Business Presentations

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Years ago a business meeting might have called upon and enlisted the services of a “presentation”, which consisted of a movie projector and a crude screen on a wall opposite. The audio, if there was any, was similar to what might come out of the speaker of a ten-dollar transistor radio. But as they say, times have changed and now it’s an audio-visual fantasy world.

Today’s business presentation is cutting edge. It’s fast, razor-sharp and brought to you in digital sound and picture. The object is to take the potential client and get his pulse racing, his emotions soaring and his excitement level extreme. The audio-visual technician is the modern day alchemist, bringing together the ingredients of sight, sound, feel and emotion to create his version of this particular sort of gold. Yet historically, device control and monitoring solutions have been driven by closed architecture, hardware-based solutions.

The technician involved in choreographing the plasma screens with the DVD players, the sound system with the digital signage displays, the projector screen with the LCD projectors, and all the other interactions between the various hardware had to individually address each item. Each piece of presentation hardware had to be “programmed” to do its part in the presentation separately, through time-consuming and expensive hardware-based solutions.

Simitrol Inc. (trading under the symbol SMRL) has decided to change all that. Simtrol, Inc. engages in the design and development of Windows-based control software solutions that enable enterprise-wide command, control, monitoring, and diagnostics of otherwise incompatible devices, including audiovisual, security, and other such communication based assets. By utilizing a seamless, centralized Windows-based controller called OnGoer, the A/V technician has a command panel that will interact with any type of equipment, using various interfaces, including serial, infrared, contact closure, and others.

What’s that all mean? It means fluidity. It means ease of operation, and considerably less time involved in creating presentations. It means managing the digital displays on hundreds of plasma screens from a single location. It means A/V technicians bringing together sight, sound, motion, interaction, and stunning media presentations with a single user interface.

It’s estimated that the A/V presentation business is running in the $43 to $45 billion-dollar a year range in the U.S., and yet it’s literally wired together with dozens of competing softwares, each stubborn in their ability and willingness to interact with their electronic neighbors. Simitrol wants to address this market segment, where there is virtually no competition, and provide companies with a single solution to their multi-media presentations. This is a technology whose time has certainly come, and SMRL stands ready to supply it.

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iCAD Inc. (ICAD) Business Progress and Stock Price Rise Will Gladden All Hearts

Friday, May 30th, 2008

This small capital stock from Nashua, NH has appreciated by about 3.5% over the six months ended May 2008. The Medical Equipment & Supplies Industry, to which this stock belongs, has declined by 3.5% during the last six months. Many investors who do not hold these stocks can be expected to feel envious about such an exceptional price trend. However, the nature of the company’s business allows celebration in success.

The company develops and markets computer systems to help doctors detect cancer as early as possible. Most cases of this feared disease are manageable provided treatment starts in time. The company has installed some 1800 breast cancer detection systems in North America during the six years since it first received regulatory clearance. This is a very significant contribution in the battle to help women counter a potentially fatal medical condition. The company has products for converting film images of mammography to a digital format, apart from the core detection service.

The company’s order books are full. Demands for this unique cancer-detection system grow faster than engineers can ramp up production capacities. All sections of society will be delighted to know that the management has taken decisive steps to extend its know-how to help with other cancers. A system to help in the early detection of colon cancers has reached an advanced stage of development.

The stock price, towards the end of May 2008, has been around $3.70. This is against a 52-week low of just $1.62. The Most Recent Quarter has seen sound financial progress.

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Amazing Business Results and Stock Performances of the Railroads Industry

Friday, May 30th, 2008

You can tell a person’s age and country of residence by asking when he or she last took an overnight train journey. Oil price inflation might soon make dinosaurs of short-haul aircraft, but an entire generation has grown up in the first world without firsthand experience of trains.

We take cargo by rail for granted as well. Fertilizers, coal, and grain are illustrative examples of goods that affect most lives. They cannot be moved over land quickly and economically by road alone. Railroads do not have the profile of the Healthcare Sector, but the industry is vital nevertheless.

Railroads make good stock investment sense, apart from their contributions to national life as a whole. This part of the Transportation Sector has appreciated by 10% over the 12 months ending May 2008. The S&P 500 has declined by a like amount during this period.

The industry includes small-capital stocks from North America. The best Price to Equity Ratio available is less than 13 as May 2008 draws to a close. Shippers and leasers of rolling stock are profitable clients for designers and manufacturers of rail cars. Maintenance and spares provide profitable and stable lines of revenue. The varied nature of goods transported over railroads provides plenty of scope for specializing in containers with specified material handling and storage capabilities.

Mobile repair services, by which corporations quickly put rolling stock of clients back in to use, are typical of high-value addition by members of this industry. Investors rely on this phenomenon to provide reliable returns on their stocks from this part of the Transportation Sector.

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Business Scenario Planning for Stock Market Turbulence Management

Friday, May 30th, 2008

These are difficult times for stock market gurus. Predictions have become hazardous. Exotic factors which we do not understand trigger unexpected trends. Natural disasters and instances of executive malfeasance lurk in the background of most stock trading.

Scenario planning does not cost much in dollar terms, but it does take many hours and effort. However, pay-offs are commensurate by all business standards. The chances of escaping adverse events with only minor damages brighten this scenario. Besides, it gives stock investors opportunities to test the resilience of personal financial planning, much as major corporations do with their business plans.

Here is a five-step scenario planning method that investment clubs and even individuals can use for risk management:

1. Brainstorming: list all the risks you can imagine. Ask others to contribute. Some adverse events are secular, while others are specific risks of sectors, industries, and individual organizations.
2. Probability and seriousness categorization: you will not have time to consider all risks in detail. You cannot do much in an earthquake. There is no gain in worrying about every minor disruption either. Make a short list of serious, probable, and controllable adverse events.
3. Preventive and contingency action planning: establish information systems to warn you about unusual stock movements. Hedge as much as you can afford. Keep cash ready to meet threats. You may not be able to prevent many stock market downsides, but you can provide for them.
4. Rehearsing: does your broker disappear when you need him or her most? What if you have to travel on a key trading day? Do you get confused when the stock market moves rapidly? Perhaps a written plan will help.
5. Reviewing: you never stop learning from stock market set-backs. Every serious incident deserves a scenario planning update. You could be affected next time even if today’s bad news does not concern you. It is also a matter of staying poised to take best advantage of every sudden windfall.

Scenario planning distinguishes the best stock investors from others. Nothing succeeds like success, but there are major gains to be had by learning to deal with acute adversity.

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Heartland Oil and Gas Corp. (HTOG.OB) (FWB: HOCA) Announces Record Revenue for the Month of April.

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Heartland Oil and Gas Corp. (OTC BB: HTOG) (FWB: HOCA) announced record revenue for the month of April. Since being acquired by UPDA about a year ago, production in Kansas has been constantly increasing. The company stated that 12 additional wells will soon be completed and that revenues may double once operational. Heartland Oil and Gas stated sales at the Kansas coal beds were over $100,000 for the first time and over $266,000 for natural gas.

“Even in this difficult investment climate and despite steadily increasing costs for oil field equipment and services, we have maintained our commitment to the growth of our field operations,” concluded Heartland’s Baker. “Progress has been slower than anticipated but steady. We will continue to apply all available resources to the development of our vast acreage in Kansas and to exploit the considerable potential of our well-positioned assets in Texas. While the results we have already achieved are significant, we are even more confident in the promise of the future.”

Heartland Oil and Gas is expecting to have 12 more wells connected to the pipeline extension in the near future. The company is also moving forward in drilling another saltwater disposal well in Palo Pinto County, Texas. Heartland Oil and Gas stated that production from the Catlin oil and gas field has expanded the production of crude oil. That expansion coupled with the reductions of G & A and payroll costs should have a significant impact increasing the bottom line.

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Broadwind Energy Inc (BWEN.OB) Adds Plants in SD and TX

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Tower Tech Systems Inc. of Manitowoc, WI will build wind turbine support tower plants in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Abilene, Texas, in order to expand production and cut down on transportation costs, the firm’s parent company said.

J. Cameron Drecoll, CEO of Naperville, Ill.-based Broadwind Energy Inc. (OTC: BWEN), said the expansion to new regions, combined with a recent acquisition of a transportation and logistics provider to the wind industry, will result in significant savings for the company. The new sites are closer to some key wind energy markets.

Each facility is expected to initially employ more than 150 workers, with significant expansion options available. Both plants will begin production by early 2009, Broadwind said.

Tower Tech Systems currently operates a manufacturing facility in Manitowoc that has been producing wind towers since 2004.

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Shares of Kosan Biosciences, Inc. (KOSN) Surge on Agreement to be Acquired by Bristol-Myers for $5.50 per Share

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Shares of Kosan Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ: KOSN), a biotechnology company and drug developer that focuses on the genetic manipulation of polyketides, which are used in antibiotics and anticancer drugs, more than tripled recently on the announcement of the signing of a definitive merger agreement with Bristol-Myers Squibb. Under the terms of the agreement, Bristol-Myers Squibb will acquire Kosan for $5.50 per share in cash.

Bristol-Myers Squibb will begin purchasing all of the outstanding shares of Kosan with a net aggregate purchase price of approximately $190 million. This purchase agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Fully committed to the development and commercialization of its pre-clinical portfolio, Kosan Biosciences believes that this acquisition represents a timely and unique opportunity to place the company’s clinical and pre-clinical programs and technology assets into the hands of a world-class oncology company.

Through this acquisition, Kosan Biosciences has granted to Bristol-Myers Squibb an exclusive worldwide license to its epothilone compounds and related intellectual property. Under the license agreement, Kosan will receive an initial payment of $25 million from Bristol-Myers Squibb and is entitled to milestone payments and royalty payments on net sales of epothilone product candidates.

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