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Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) Aims to Ward Off MRSA Infection with Economical Early Detection Device

July 24th, 2014

Zenosense, and co-developer partner, Sgenia Group, Madrid, are engaged in the design and creation of a cost-effective methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) detector system vital to battling what has been called a multi-billion problem. The Sgenia Group has established Zenon Biosystem, a dedicated subsidiary contracted to develop the MRSA device for Zenosense. The product is expected to appeal to distributor channels and end users due to increasing demand for an economical detection solution.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection is caused by a strain of staph bacteria that has become resistant to the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections. Most MRSA infections occur in people who have been in hospitals or other health care environments, such as nursing homes and dialysis centers. When it occurs in these settings, it is known as health care-associated MRSA (HA-MRSA). HA-MRSA infections typically are associated with invasive procedures or devices, such as surgeries, intravenous tubing or artificial joints.

Another type of MRSA infection has occurred in the wider community of healthy people. This form, referred to as community-associated MRSA (CA-MRSA), often surfaces as a skin boil. It’s spread by skin-to-skin contact. At-risk populations are groups such as high school wrestlers, child care workers and people who live in crowded conditions.

MRSA can be treated or avoided altogether, but the key is timely identification. Known as a superbug, the infection brings with it a substantial financial price tag for private and public health care systems across the country and elsewhere however early detection is necessary for protective measures to be put into place.

An “electronic nose” device currently exists to detect bacteria from cultures. However, these devices are physically bulky and cost prohibitive to install on larger scales. There is no cost-effective system available for detecting MRSA infection early in the patient or in environments where it is known to be contracted. ZENO’s plan is to situate a detector on a special sensor that Sgenia has already developed. Once installed, it can detect the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) signature emitted by MRSA. The MRSA VOC signature is only emitted when the bacteria has infected and expressed itself as a disease in the patient, and can be detected prior to the patient developing symptoms, which would aid in earlier intervention.

For more information, visit www.zenosense.net

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NutraNomics, Inc. (NNRX) Winning Over Growing Consumer Base with Highly Effective Vitamins and Supplements, Increased Product Exposure

July 24th, 2014

NutraNomics, developers of a broad-spectrum array of gluten-free, non-GMO, high bioavailability food and plant based vitamins and supplements (as well as the Healthy Solution lifestyle regimens to help educate consumers, so they can derive the maximum effect from these extremely powerful products), made several key moves last month in June, eventuating in a reported cumulative jump of 27% in wholesale and retail sales for the first three quarters.

Not only is the company’s continually growing portfolio of whole food-based vitamins and supplements now starting to become available on juggernaut e-commerce platform, Amazon.com (Amazon Prime ready), NNRX tapped full-service investment banking gurus and small-cap specialists, Stonegate, to help cement their market presence further. The increasingly popular NutraNomics brand, which does not source from the same handful of Chinese companies that most manufacturers do, also got its products on RevNutrition.com, one of the most widely trafficked portals today specifically dedicated to wellness products and which has a huge user base.

Unlike 95% of multi-vitamins on stores shelves today and the overwhelming majority of products from the major supplement/vitamin manufacturers, NNRX does not make their products out of isolated and/or synthetic chemicals from Chinese suppliers with poor quality control. The body does not recognize and cannot absorb or make use of isolated/synthetic nutrients properly, so most consumers are literally urinating money away as the product simply passes right through their system.

By stark contrast, NutraNomics products are natural food and plant based concentrations of high quality source materials, providing essential antioxidants and enzymes, as well as key fatty acids, phytonutrients (compounds which only occur naturally in plants) and proteins. Moreover, the high bioavailability of these ingredients, which the body can easily recognize and make use of, is enhanced by NNRX’s patented AES® (Assimilation Enhancing System), which uses a blend of mineral cofactors and plant-based enzymes to achieve optimum assimilation characteristics. AES hydrolyzes carbs, fats and proteins, breaking them down into their constituent elements, rendering them easily recognized and assimilated by the body. Absorption metrics are also maxed out in these exceptional products thanks to NNRX’s Glyco-Protein Matrix, which uses brewer’s yeast to pre-process whole foods and minerals into an easily digestible/absorbable form.

This is a superb value proposition for consumers and NutraNomics has been winning people over gradually, but with increasing rapidity and in a very organic fashion, as those who try the products eagerly come back for more. This growing reputation for product quality is reinforced broadly by their outreach efforts to educate customers in using the NNRX product lineup to create healthy lifestyle solutions and ameliorate a wide variety of debilitating conditions naturally. Everything from ADD/ADHD and diabetes, to fibromyalgia, heart disease, high blood pressure, lupus, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis/rheumatoid arthritis, and more.

Learn more about NutraNomics at www.nutranomics.com

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Oriens Travel & Hotel Management Corp. (OTHM) to Present Additional Company Update on July 31, Due to Promising New Business Possibilities

July 24th, 2014

Today before the opening bell, Oriens Travel & Hotel Management announced it will be making an unscheduled update on top of the six scheduled corporate updates it has been giving per year. The company reports recent events are promising and may create some exciting opportunities for Oriens. Oriens anticipates this update, which will be presented by company President Ken Chua, being on Thursday, July 31, 2014.

The upcoming presentation will complement Oriens’ quarterly and year-end disclosures. Oriens will also be holding an investor conference call within this year and plans to hold a company shareholder event that will further strengthen company-shareholder ties.

“Our regularly scheduled update will continue as usual,” stated Ken Chua, President of Oriens. “However, as the team and I are presently in Costa Rica, new developments may have created a number of exciting opportunities which could possibly warrant a more detailed conversation with the markets. We are certainly making significant strides in our business plan and want to share it with both current and future stakeholders.”

Mr. Chua concluded, “The purpose of our intended visit to Costa Rica has morphed considerably, giving cause for excitement. Should all resolve as presumed, we believe our enthusiasm will be shared and should reflect long-term.”

For more information, visit: www.orienscorp.com

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WordLogic Corp. (WLGC) Buoyed by Experienced Leadership Team

July 24th, 2014

With over ten years of advanced R&D, WordLogic has emerged as a global leader in predictive text input technology. Based out of Vancouver, the company holds multiple patents that turn ordinary touch screens into boundless opportunities and possibilities for users, advertisers, companies, and non-profit organizations in the fields of mobile communications and information delivery.

By allowing users to quickly type out phrases and sentences with timely text prediction and rapidly retrieve contextual data from multiple source-points at once, WordLogic’s innovation adds value in multiple facets. It increases user convenience in personal communications and mobile device use; enables more rapid data entry and accelerated workplace communications, among other applications, in business settings; and gives advertisers and marketers access to ultra-customized advertising opportunities on a mobile platform. Already advertising networks such as Yellow Pages and Groupon Partner Network are “integrated” with WordLogic’s contextual data search platform, Reach™.

Aside from its core WordLogic Predictive Engine and related products such as WordLogic Reach™ and WordLogic iKnowU®, for which WordLogic received critical acclaim from Frost & Sullivan and at the CTIA Las Vegas 2013, WordLogic is buoyed by the expertise of a veteran leadership team. Company President, CEO, and Chairman of the Board Frank Evanshen draws upon 25 years of experience in venture capital and merchant banking. Mr. Evanshen has an extensive background in raising capital for private and public ventures.

The other members of WordLogic’s leadership team leverage decades of experience in multiple areas. These areas of professional expertise include: software engineering, c-level management, mobile technology, machine learning technology, AI technology, 3D/gesturing technology, applied predictive technology innovation, digital communications technologies, accounting, fraud management, corporate finances, and more. With the mobile device market exploding on an international scale, in which International Data Corporation reports over one billion units in just smartphones alone were shipped in 2013, WordLogic may be well-positioned to capitalize on the projected market growth.

For more information, visit www.wordlogic.com

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Big Tree Group, Inc. (BIGG) Targets Emerging Economies for Future Growth

July 23rd, 2014

The Big Tree Group is focused on expansion, expansion, expansion. From one end of the globe to the other, this “one stop shop” for the sourcing and distribution of toys and associated products is laying the groundwork for global growth. Since its inception a decade ago, Big Tree has focused on expanding its presence worldwide by:

- intensifying its distribution efforts;
- instituting rigorous quality control tests; and
- initiating aggressive value pricing.

The company’s efforts are working; it has substantially grown its customer base over the past ten years. It is now strengthening its presence in regions like the European Union and North America. It is also targeting future growth from emerging economies with expectations of strong economic growth. The toy markets in regions like Southeast Asia (especially Thailand) and South America (e.g. Costa Rica) are expected to grow at very healthy paces for the foreseeable future as more consumers increase their discretionary spending.

Thailand
Last December, Big Tree announced plans to open a toy sales and distribution center in Bangkok in order to expand its sales presence in the rapidly growing Southeast Asia market. The company entered into an agreement to lease an estimated 4,000 square meters of showroom space and use it as a hub for the expansion of its toy distribution business in this corner of the world, which currently represents the third largest regional market for global toy sales after North America and the European Union and is expected to become the largest market over the next decade.

Costa Rica
Months later, in June 2014, Big Tree also announced that it had received purchase orders with an estimated value of $400,000 from the operator of several retail stores in Costa Rica. The purchase orders are for play sets, dolls, electronic learning games, instruments and other toys. Big Tree views these orders as additional proof that the company is moving in the right direction with its assertive value pricing and global expansion efforts.

For more information, visit www.bigtreegroup.net

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LD Holdings, Inc. (LDHL) Braces for Incredible Opportunity Created by America’s Largest Wealth Transfer

July 23rd, 2014

Players in a proactive niche of the finance industry are gearing up to take advantage of an anticipated wave of opportunity triggered by the retiring Baby Boomer generation. In 2011, the oldest members of the boomer population started celebrating their 65th birthdays, and for many this represents the transition into retirement. For the next 17 years, approximately 10,000 Baby Boomers each day will turn 65, a trend expected to generate the largest wealth transfer in American history.

Many Baby Boomers are entrepreneurs (some estimates peg the figure as high as 66% of small businesses), and for them, exiting the workforce means putting a For Sale sign on the door of their business. As a result, approximately $10 trillion worth of business will change hands in the next 11 years. The consensus is, however, that though many of these business owners are riding out economic uncertainty and waiting for the right time to sell, the majority of them haven’t planned an exit strategy to actually do so.

More and more equity firms are already staffing up, gearing up, and beginning to cater to the needs of retiring Baby Boomer business owners. These firms are seeking out investors and partners to provide additional capital and recruiting younger management to help further develop these companies before selling them at an increased value. Anxiously waiting at the other end of the spectrum are loads of buyers waiting to place a bid.

Operating through two strategic business units, Ohio-based LD Holdings is one of the firms preparing for this massive transfer of wealth. The financial and management holding company has developed a three-step process to bridge the sale and transfer of Baby Boomer-owned businesses with $2 million-$20 million in revenues and operating in one of four key sectors: biomedical, tech, entertainment or the green sector.

Keeping a database of target companies, investors and entrepreneurs, LD Holdings aims to stand out as a well-prepared and able player throughout this generational shift of assets, acquiring multiple profitable business entities to produce venture capital returns without the risks associated with venture capital start-ups.

Based on its five-year strategy, LD Holdings will merge its acquired entities into cohesive business units to generate revenues through organic growth to exceed $30 million during the first five years. The company recently received a financial commitment of up to $10 million from a qualified institution, enabling the company to pursue its initial business acquisitions.

In a statement announcing the letter of intent, LD Holdings CEO John Ayling summed up the company’s opportunity and vision for the near future, saying, “I am enthused that we have taken one of the first big steps in accelerating our efforts to target the best of up to 25 million companies coming of age in the ‘Baby Boomer’ era. In my opinion, this is an unprecedented ‘capture of wealth’ opportunity for small businesses in the history of our country. This secured line of credit facility will form the debt requirements the company needs to complete its first three acquisition targets which will total $16 million sales and $2.3 million EBITDA.”

For more information, visit www.ldholdings.com

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Mabwe Minerals Inc. (MBMI) Advances Dodge Mine Production

July 23rd, 2014

Mabwe Minerals, a Raptor Resources Holdings subsidiary, is fully involved in mining and selling barite and other minerals commercially. The company’s primary production operations are underway at the Dodge Mine in Shamva, Zimbabwe. The mine is located on a rich hydrothermal mountain range and bears not only superior-grade barite but also abundant limestone and talc.

The company’s affiliate Mabwe Minerals Zimbabwe owns the high-potential Dodge Mine. The property encompasses 233 hectares that stretch across three mountains. Gravity mapping of the mine reveals widespread barite, limestone and talc deposits across the project with extensive gossan deposits pointing toward the likely presence of copper, zinc, nickel and gold.

Dodge Mine’s barite is world-class in quality. Samples of the mine’s white barite attained a score of 97.25% pure barium sulfate (BaSO4) with the pink and brown barite samples scoring 95.5%. The mine’s high-grade barite is world class allowing for a wide range of market applications, including the market’s demand for weighting agents used during oil and gas drilling to prevent well blowouts and shaft collapses. The barite could also be used as an automotive, medical diagnostic, heavy concrete and paint pigment component.

Through key strategic partnerships, Mabwe Minerals has gained access to customers who are willing to pay a premium for higher grade barite. Backed by these partnerships, the company is well positioned to support an expanding customer base and several growing end markets, including Europe and the Middle East, as well as the growing demands of the oil and gas sector off the coast of Mozambique and South Africa.

The company’s established alliances and partners ensure cost-effective and dependable support for all aspects of associated mining and shipping operations, as well as an exceptionally strong regional presence.

In summary, the company milestones to date include:

▪ Establishing strategic partnerships with Zimbabwe’s top logistical and mining companies
▪ Completing gravity mapping data that signifies massive deposits of barite in Dodge Mine
▪ Initiating commercial production operations at Dodge Mine
▪ Setting opportune price fundamentals
▪ Responding to strong global and regional demand and an expanding customer base that will pay a premium for higher-grade barite
▪ Creating enhanced margins through tight logistics
▪ Establishing a worldwide delivery network

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

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July 23rd, 2014

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Great Plains Holdings (GTPH) LiL Marc Products Made in Proportion to Small Toddlers in Training

July 22nd, 2014

Great Plains Holdings centers its endeavors on acquiring controlling ownership of small to middle market companies. The company has two wholly owned subsidiaries through which it operates. They are Ashland Holdings, LLC and LiL Marc, Inc. The market focus of these two subsidiaries creates a diversified business model, thus enabling GTPH to realize varying revenue streams.

Ashland Holdings, LLC pursues acquisition and operation of commercial real estate such as self-storage units, apartment buildings, and manufactured housing communities for senior citizens. The subsidiary’s portfolio contains a 1,400-square-foot corporate office building, an 800 square-foot warehouse for LiL Marc operations, and two adjacent parcels of land.

In his description of the operations of its Ashland subsidiary, President, Denis Espinoza notes the fact that company executives have significant investment positions in the company and how the characteristics of their owned assets affects acquisition potential.

Espinoza states, “We are very fortunate that we were able to – our executives were able – to buy stock in the company and inject some money in; bring some new life into it… By us being able to inject money in the company we were able to acquire real estate in a debt-free manner. That allows us to be aggressive when we’re looking for properties… we walk in the door and it’s amazing what you can do with cash nowadays.”

LiL Marc, Inc. primarily deals with the manufacturing and marketing of training urinals for boys of potty-training age in the United States. Molded to resemble the full sized urinals found in public restrooms, the product is manufactured in proportion to the smaller size of toddlers in training. Together with the roll-out of an ambitious marketing campaign, Great Plains’ management team is building a client list of retailers with physical locations to participate in the broader retail market. While executing its advertising strategy, management sees growth and widespread distribution of the LiL Marc trainer going forward.

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

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Armco Metals Holdings, Inc. (AMCO) Unfazed by Lull in Global Steel Demand

July 22nd, 2014

Armco Metals is a 10-year old company operating through five subsidiaries that position the company as a leading player in the sourcing, importing, processing and distribution of quality recycled scrap steel and metal and non-ferrous metal ore in China. Aligned with government initiatives to develop sustainable and environmentally responsible steel, Armco Metals aims to become the largest recycled scrap steel provider in China.

Industry reports show that China is on track to set a record in steel production despite an expected global lag in demand. The World Steel Association (WSA) projects global demand to rise 3.1% in 2014, down from growth of 3.6% last year, before slightly increasing to 3.3% growth in 2015. Armco is positioned to ride-out the lull by focusing specifically on the scrap steel niche, benefitting from government pushes to increase recycled steel consumption to 20% by 2015 as well as the increasing steel demand from developed countries such as the U.S. and Europe, as forecast by the WSA.

In a recent company announcement, Kexuan Yao, chairman and CEO of Armco, referenced the current steel landscape and the company’s strategy to take advantage of the situation, saying “We continue to see progress at our Renewable Metals subsidiary as we work to position our Company for the future. Our efforts have resulted in this important inclusion in the list of approved operators that we believe will pay big dividends down the road as the Government looks to increase industrial efficiency while reducing pollution. China’s scrap industry has been slow to develop due to many producers opting to use less costly and more pollutive production methods. As the government implements these new initiatives, we see steel producers moving to models that more closely resemble that of the U.S. and Europe which should lead to significant need for scrap steel produced by the small circle of companies who are approved by the government to operate in this industry.”

As Yao noted above, the company’s efforts in the metal ore market also support continued company growth. Ores sourced by Armco include iron ore, chrome ore, nickel ore and manganese ore. The company has established a distribution network of more than 100 small- and medium-sized steel production companies, as well as some of the government’s large state-run foundries.

Armco Metals has well-developed relationships with more than 10 international metal suppliers in ore-rich countries including Australia, India, South Korea, Brazil, and the United States, enabling the company to obtain favorable pricing for our customers, at rates unavailable through direct market importing or spot markets.

Furthermore, Armco Metals has established a proven transportation system that utilizes China’s existing infrastructure, including three deep-sea ports, railway systems, and highway systems, to improve the time, costs and distance capabilities necessary to ore distribution.

For more information, visit www.armcometals.com

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VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VSTA) Announces New Agreement with Largest Shareholder

July 22nd, 2014

In an 8-K filed with the SEC today, VistaGen Therapeutics announced that Platinum Long Term Growth VII, LLC, the company’s largest investor, has entered into an Amended and Restated Note Conversion Agreement and Warrant Amendment.

According the SEC filing, Platinum has agreed to convert all senior secured convertible promissory notes currently held into unregistered equity securities upon the consummation on or before August 31, 2014, of either a private equity financing resulting in aggregate gross proceeds of at least $36.0 million, or a registered equity financing resulting in gross proceeds of $10.0 million or more. The deal would significantly improve VistaGen’s balance sheet.

Additionally, pursuant to the terms and conditions of the amendment and consummation of a qualified financing on or before August 31, 2014, the exercise price of all warrants issued by VistaGen to Platinum in connection with the notes, and warrants that still may be issued pursuant to the note exchange and purchase agreement dated October 11, 2012, if any, will be fixed at $0.50 per share or the purchase price of common stock sold in the qualified financing, whichever is lower. Finally, the anti-dilutive provisions contained in the warrants, other than typical adjustments for stock splits, combinations and dividends, will be terminated.

Platinum also agreed to terminate the amended and restated security agreement, intellectual property security and stock pledge agreement and negative covenant agreement, each dated October 11, 2012, related to the Notes, and release all of its security interests in the assets of VistaGen and its subsidiaries in connection with the company’s completion of a Qualified Financing and conversion of the Notes.

To read the whole filing, visit www.dtg.fm/vsta-8k-7-22-14

For more information on VistaGen, visit www.vistagen.com

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Raptor Resources Holdings Inc. (RRHI) Developing Important Resources for Multiple Industries

July 22nd, 2014

The world is built largely on the twin pillars of energy and materials, and the unique mineral called barite has a foothold in both. On the energy side, barite is a mineral considered critical to the oil and gas industry as a weighting agent, key to the prevention of blowouts during drilling. As wells get deeper and deeper in search of scarcer fossil fuels, the volume of barite required grows. Of all the barite mined, nearly 80% of it goes to the oil and gas industry. But barite also plays roles on the materials side in a number of industries. It fills various roles in the automotive industry and acts as a filler for paint and plastics. It is used as a contrasting agent in medical scanning, and can be used for radiation shielding. There are many other applications for barite, making it a foundational mineral for the global economy.

All this is hugely important to Raptor Resources Holdings, whose subsidiary Mabwe Minerals is in the process of developing a major barite find in Zimbabwe, Africa. Their Dodge Mine in the hills of northeastern Zimbabwe will add to the supply chain for the oil and gas industry, but it is also host to exceptional higher grade barite types of special value to the automotive, medical, and paint additive sectors, as well as niche markets in heavy-duty concrete. The property has also been confirmed as a source of limestone, for which there is strong local demand. In addition, the company is investigating widespread occurrences of gossan deposits, for which initial surface level test samples have confirmed the presence of gold, copper, nickel, zinc, and lead.

Raptor Resources is also pursuing mineral exploration at its nearby Raptor Mine in Shamva, Zimbabwe, where tests have suggested significant nickel anomalies.

For more information, visit www.raptorresourcesholdings.com

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5BARZ International, Inc. (BARZ) Technology Addresses Looming Void in Cellular Network Infrastructure

July 21st, 2014

We’ve all experienced dropped cellular calls, “message not sent” errors, depleting bars on our phone’s network icon, and then the ensuing frustration that leaves you red in the face. Industry research shows that it’s a global conundrum, and that roughly 3% of the 4.33 billion cellular users worldwide will leave their network provider because of subpar signal quality. But as consumers quickly find out, grass isn’t necessarily greener on the other side.

Experiencing steep declines in voice revenues, network carriers around the world are frantic for a solution to provide consistent, high-quality service to the growing number of cellular users. The problem is that carriers simply aren’t advanced to adequately capture the rising demand for increased data usage on mobile phones; their struggles to keep pace are evidenced by fleeting subscribers.

This is where 5BARz International steps onto the scene. The San Diego-based company has identified a $27 billion market opportunity within the wireless infrastructure market and in has developed a critical solution to fill this void and enable subscribers with high-quality connectivity pertaining to the use of data on mobile devices.

Incorporating multiple patented technologies, 5BARz’s “carrier grade” plug-n-play device, the 5Barz Network Extender™, enables network operators to “extend” a new and critical piece of their network infrastructure directly into the homes and offices of its subscribers. The concept isn’t new – cable and Internet Service Providers do the same with boxes and modems – but the device’s “extandability” capabilities are.

The 5Barz Network Extender™, which is capable of being remotely managed from each carrier’s network operation center, combines the send and receives antennas into a single-form factor and automatically cancels echo. The device supports multiple bands and all frequencies around the world without interference with the macro network, meaning it can be used with existing infrastructure and in any location. Furthermore, the device can support up to 10 simultaneous users at a time.

As stated in a corporate video on its website, 5BARz aims to launch its technology onto the international scene, ultimately changing the way mobile networks rollout their business. Aligned with this plan, 5BARz through Computación AM initiated the distribution of its products with an initial delivery to Mexico, Latin America’s second largest market, marking one of numerous steps the company anticipates will position it for long-term, sustainable growth.

For more information, visit www.5Barz.com

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Integrated Cannabis Solutions Inc. (IGPK) Spammed Aggressively

July 21st, 2014

We have observed emails spamming Integrated Cannabis Solutions. Investors should be wary of these emails, as they are completely anonymous and violate the CAN-SPAM Act established by the FTC. As of this time, the company has not provided a public comment on the issue.

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GlobalWise Investments, Inc. (GWIV) Secures Financing Deals, Expands Sales and Marketing Strategies

July 21st, 2014

GlobalWise Investments today announced that a series of steps have been completed to strengthen its balance sheet as well as expand its sales and marketing program for IntelliCloud™.

The company secured a $500,000 convertible notes financing with a cash coupon of 10% and a principle that can be converted into common stock at a price of $0.08. Also, existing notes for $670,000 and accrued interest expiring this month were replaced by new convertible notes in the amount of $701,068.50 due in December 2015 with the same terms as the canceled notes.

According to the press release issued today, the financing proceeds are being used to support greater sales and marketing efforts for the cloud-based imaging and data management technologies and services offered by Intellinetics, a wholly owned subsidiary of GlobalWise.

President and CEO of GlobalWise and Intellinetics, Matthew L. Chretien, stated, “As the number of active IntelliCloud sales partners increases, as we expect it will over both the near- and long-term, the Company will generate a growing and recurring revenue stream. New partner-centric messaging, sales tools and resources are key milestones in the execution of our growth strategy. When coupled with recent operating expense reductions, these are all critical aspects of positioning the Company for long-term growth and profitability.”

GlobalWise is using a channel sales partner growth model to deliver the IntelliCloud solution to existing customers as a turnkey solution to reduce operational costs and increase document accessibility and security for small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Features and benefits include:

• Find, Share, Email, and Route documents to authorized users
• Simple, Affordable, and Secure
• Improve Productivity & Reduce Costs
• Intuitive Interface (view in action: http://www.intellinetics.com/video)

The press release also said GlobalWise shareholders will be asked to vote at the August 6, 2014 annual meeting of shareholders on a proposal to change the name of the company from “GlobalWise Investments, Inc.” to “Intellinetics, Inc.” in order to more accurately reflect the Company’s current business, which is providing imaging and data management technologies and services, and to align its corporate name with the company’s sole operating subsidiary, Intellinetics, Inc.

For more information on GlobalWise and Intellinetics, visit www.globalwiseinvestments.com

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Innocent Inc. (INCT) Seats Peter Kent on Company’s Advisor Council

July 21st, 2014

Innocent Inc., a development stage oil and gas exploration and production company, has appointed Peter Kent as the most recent member of the company’s advisory council.

Mr. Kent has pertinent experience in several vital disciplines which overall include familiarity across a range of governance, business and legal responsibilities. He has also conducted negotiations leading to transactions with large corporations such as Chevron, Texaco (USA), Mitsubishi Kasei (Tokyo), Hoganas (Sweden), Imperial Oil (Canada) and others. Kent has served in a consulting role or de facto in-house counsel to businesses in diverse industries to manage contracts and outside counsel relations resulting in combined transaction values over $1 billion.

Peter Kent has 35+ years of experience as a corporate commercial lawyer and business advisor. He has been a partner at three Bay Street law firms, vice president and general counsel of Tecsyn International, a publicly traded Canadian, multi-unit industrial conglomerate, vice president and general counsel of Keating Technologies, a privately held service provider in the high-tech sector and director and advisor to several boards in the oil and gas sector.

Mr. Kent is proficient with structuring deals, mergers and acquisitions which often include the complexities of contract negotiations, having once obtained a rectification order signed by President George Bush to correct an error in law which was not capable of any legal or judicial resolution. As in-house counsel, Peter has supervised world-class external counsel in over 30 jurisdictions involving as many as 200 matters at a time. Peter is also familiar with Canadian small business financing and mining exploration companies with offshore assets.

“We are very pleased to add Peter Kent to our world-class advisory team. He joins Scott Davis and Denis Clement, and we are looking forward to working with him and the other committee members as we grow our company,” commented Innocent CEO Patrick Johnson.

Peter holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto (economics), a J.D. (law) from the University of Toronto and an LL.M (taxation) from Osgoode Hall at York University.

Innocent Inc. is a development stage oil and gas exploration and production company focused on developing properties in North America. The compnay minimizes the risk of exploration through development of proved petroleum reserves, and seeks to maximize profit through strategic acquisition and liquidation of selected oil and gas properties.

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

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Mobile Lads Corp. (MOBO) Enters into Joint Venture and Reseller Agreement with Smart Mobile Rewards

July 21st, 2014

Today, Mobile Lads announced it has signed a joint venture and reseller agreement with merchant coalition Smart Mobile Rewards. The agreement will cover Mobile Lads’ range of mobile authentication and payment products.

“We’re very pleased to be entering into a business venture with North America’s leading merchant coalition,” stated Michael Paul, President of Mobile Lads. “We see a strong fit between our patented mobile authentication products and Smart Mobile Reward’s extensive merchant presence in North America.”

Smart Mobile Rewards is the largest merchant coalition in North America that provides fully-branded reward and loyalty programs to its network members. It is reported Smart Mobile Rewords connects over 325,000 brick and mortar locations, including nationally-recognized chains and locations. Mobile Lads will have access to this network for making sales of its products.

On the joint venture side, Mobile Lads and Smart Mobile Rewards will work together to develop authentication products that can lead to the development and unveiling of more value-laden voucher and loyalty products. Authentication has been a big deterrent in merchant attempts to increase the scope of their loyalty products. Loyalty products represent a multi-billion-dollar industry, to date.

The Xtreme Mobility Assets include software and associated patent(s) related to mobile payment authentication and processing. The flagship product, xmVerify is a real-time mobile transaction security service that cuts down on credit card fraud by enabling consumers to verify transaction authenticity on their mobile phones when making purchases. The product xmVerify uses a best-in-class cryptography service and is compliant with all available platforms.

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Oriens Travel and Hotel Management Corp. (OTHM) is “One to Watch”

July 18th, 2014

Oriens Travel and Hotel Management Corp. is a provider of proprietary technology, marketing solutions, infrastructure and branding services to hotel operators.

The company’s innovative platform functions as a powerful vehicle to help hotel operators achieve greater success in three specific areas: (i) expanded international exposure and recognition, (ii) powerful core structure, and (iii) high occupancy rates that drive increases in bottom-line profits. Oriens continuously refines its suite of proprietary solutions to deliver measurable and proven results to hotel properties. This success has been reflected in those properties operating under the Hotel PURE brand as well as with independent boutique hotel properties utilizing the company’s Friendly Reservation Online (FROL) booking engine technology and internet marketing services.

Operating a successful bi-lateral business model, Oriens has four objectives:

1. To franchise the Hotel PURE brand to selected hotel properties worldwide similar to the business model currently employed by Big Brand operators such as Holiday Inn, Marriott, Sheraton and others;
2. Provide highly efficient and economical back-end booking engine technology services to independently branded boutique hotels that require a robust online presence;
3. Launch a stand-alone online hotel booking search engine primarily focused on Central America; and,
4. Expand the portfolio of Oriens-owned boutique hotels operating under the Hotel PURE brand.

The company initially began growing its operations primarily in the United States. However most recently, major opportunities in Central America began presenting themselves, giving Oriens the ability to retool its business model. Now the company is positioned to acquire, own and operate its own properties – which would be marketed under the new brand with occupancies handled by the re-launched online booking engine system.

Ultimately, Oriens intends to become a top-tier hotel brand operator and Internet booking and marketing service provider, qualifying as a preferred supplier to lending institutions. The company also intends to establish an invaluable international footprint with its online booking engine technology and marketing offerings; making that segment of its business a prime acquisition target for major online travel search and booking engine companies. Advancement toward this goal is guided by an executive management team with deep expertise in technology, banking, management, hospitality, branding and marketing, technical development and more.

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Zenosense Inc. (ZENO) Uses Proprietary Technology to Target Multi-Billion Dollar Health Problem

July 18th, 2014

MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a bacterium that has developed a strong resistance to normally prescribed antibiotics, making it especially dangerous. It’s a major problem in hospitals and other environments, and has killed tens of thousands of people in the U.S. alone. One of the challenges is that it can be carried and spread by people without their knowledge. MRSA can be avoided and treated, but the key is quick identification before it gets out of hand. The superbug as it is known comes with a high financial toll for private and public health care systems across the country and elsewhere, but early detection allows protective measures to be implemented.

Zenosense, based in Valencia, Spain, is the holder of an exclusive global license agreement with its co-developer partner, Sgenia Group in Madrid, known for advanced sensor development. Together, the companies are engaged in the creation of a cost-effective MRSA detector system to address the multi-billion MRSA problem. The Sgenia Group has set up a new dedicated subsidiary, Zenon Biosystem (Zenon), contracted to develop the MRSA device for Zenosense. Such a product is expected to be highly attractive to prospective distribution partners and end users, based upon an enormous latent demand for an economical MRSA detector.

Electronic “nose” devices already exist to detect bacteria from cultures. However, these devices are relatively bulky and prohibitively expensive to install on a large scale. There is currently no cost-effective system available for MRSA for detecting infection early in the patient or in the rooms of a healthcare facility. The plan is to base a unique detector on a special sensor technology that Sgenia has already developed. It will detect the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) signature emitted by MRSA. The MRSA VOC signature is only emitted when the bacteria has infected and expressed itself as a disease in the patient, and can be detected prior to the patient being obviously symptomatic, enabling an earlier intervention.

For more information, visit www.zenosense.net

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Clean Enviro Tech (CETC) at a Glance – Dropping Anchors in Clean Energy, Cannabis Markets

July 18th, 2014

Founded in 2004, Las Vegas-based Clean Enviro Tech has a scope of focus that branches into two key segments of the clean energy space. Through the acquisition of Red Apple Pharm Corp., the company recently entered the cannabis market as well.

Clean Enviro’s first line of interest in the clean energy market is on the development and marketing of a wide range of lithium-powered applications such as vehicles, products and commercial and residential real estate.

While more costly than alkaline batteries, lithium-ion batteries are valued for their light-weight and long-lasting characteristics, among others. Ranked as one of the most energetic rechargeable batteries available, lithium batteries are often used in critical devices such as implantable electronic medical devices and wireless alarm systems, as well as a range of non-critical devices such as portable consumer electronics, alarm clocks, cameras and toys.

The company also has its hand in photovoltaic (PV) solar initiatives with its residential solar power parabolic dish, which looks like a cross between a solar panel and satellite dish, albeit more aesthetically pleasing than either of the two. The system has the capacity to reduce the average user’s monthly electric power consumption by up to 30-40% with zero emissions.

Clean Enviro in June entered the marijuana industry by acquiring Red Apple Pharm, a provider of a wide range of solutions for the regulated cannabis industry. Phoenix-based Red Apple is an eight-year-old company that operates as a cannabis education and news service (www.RedAppleEmpire.info), exploring the merits of the cannabis plant as a medicine, industrial resource, agricultural crop, and more.

The subsidiary also provides support services for Colorado cannabis dispensaries in need of solutions relating to banking, debit cards, casualty insurance, and licensing requirements. Future plans include reloadable, pre-paid patient debit cards and medical marijuana phone apps.

Red Apple Pharm earlier this week inked a deal with IMD Companies (ICBU) in which IMD will be a preferred vendor to supply equipment to build-out medical marijuana grow facilities throughout the Western United States. The first grow facility is currently being developed in Pueblo, Colorado, estimated to cost more than $10 million and include $5 million of equipment such as lights, ballasts, environmental controllers, oxygenation systems, fans, meters, nutrients and other features.

For more information, visit www.cleanenvirotech.com

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Kallo, Inc. (KALO) Crosses Borders with Footing in Global Medical Tourism Industry

July 18th, 2014

Facing the rising, ominous costs of out-of-pocket medical costs, more and more people are crossing borders to receive both critical and elective procedures. Patients Beyond Borders (PBB), a consumer resource dedicated to covering the worldwide “medical tourism” market, estimates that an astounding 1.2 million Americans will travel outside the U.S. for medical care this year.

The destination for these international healthcare seekers is most often Costa Rica, India, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States, where cost-savings can average up to 80% on a variety of procedures from cosmetic surgery to cancer treatment.

Medical tourism is still growing its roots, though PBB calculates that the market size is already budding at $38.5 billion-$55 billion based on 11 million patients spending an average of $3,000-$5,000 per visit, including medical, transport and accommodation costs.

Medical facilities around the world are reaping the fruits, as are companies wise to the range of opportunities birthed by international medical travel. With offices in the United States and Canada, Kallo is one such company.

Kallo has established a portfolio of technology (four of which are copyrighted) and services that address common healthcare and business issues faced by the world’s ministries of health, hospitals, physicians and other healthcare organizations.

The company’s CygnaMed™ bi-directional software solution caters specifically to the medical tourism market, providing a platform for ministries of tourism and ministries of health to promote medial tourism in their respective country. For the medical tourist, CygnaMed brings peace of mind. The software is designated for standardizing clinical processes and treatment protocols, addressing patient concerns and ensuring continuity of care regardless of location.

As international medical travel continues to grow, Kallo has demonstrated its ability to recognize, react and capitalize on global healthcare trends.

For more information visit www.kalloinc.ca

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NutraNomics, Inc. (NNRX) Product Pipeline to Drive Growth for Fiscal Year 2014

July 18th, 2014

Preparing to bring multiple new products to market, NutraNomics is a dietary supplement research and development company that has been working on new formulations for over 18 years. At the helm of NutraNomics is CEO Dr. Tracy Gibbs, who traveled worldwide and studied the science of medicines derived from natural sources. His particular expertise has been finding ways to treat diseases that may be caused by or made worse by enzyme deficiencies. So, if you suffer from an enzyme deficiency, your body is not properly extracting all the nutrients you need from your food, and this can lead to a number of health problems.

Found in all living cells, enzymes are large organic molecules that act as catalysts; in other words they aid and increase the rates of biochemical reactions. Specifically, the biochemical reactions are a necessary part of the breakdown and regenerative process of life. Digestive enzymes break down the food we eat, and the way we cook or process food may destroy the enzymes needed to break down the food properly, thus taking enzyme supplements can aid in digesting food. For example, the enzymes amylase, lipase, and protease are all produced in the pancreas, and each plays a role in the digestive process: amylase in the breakdown of carbohydrates, lipase in the breakdown of fats, and protease in the breakdown of proteins. All three of these particular enzymes can also be found in a number of raw fruits and vegetables, nuts, and grains.

One of the primary innovations in NutraNomics product pipeline is its patented Assimilation Enhancing System (AES) formulation. AES is a combination of enzymes with mineral cofactors designed to enhance the activity and efficiency of the enzymes. This ensures the AES is active throughout the digestive process as well as in the blood stream. Protein, carbohydrates, and fats contained in a product are completely hydrolyzed, which releases the vitamins, minerals, and bioactive nutrients more readily, causing them to be assimilated in the body quicker. This will also cause proteins to become more bio-available to the body. Because AES has been shown to be absorbed by the bloodstream, science also points to its ability to potentially lower triglyceride levels, blood sugar levels, uric acid levels and cholesterol levels. So overall, AES improves digestion, assimilation of nutrients, as well as overall heart health. The AES Delivery System is included in many of NutraNomics’ proprietary supplements as well as generates revenue through many licensing agreements. The company plans to pursue additional licensing arrangements throughout 2014 to boost revenue growth.

In 2013, NutraNomics also purchased the exclusive marketing and distribution rights to a natural therapeutic dietary supplement for use with cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. FDA Phase II clinical studies were completed in December of 2013 for patients undergoing treatment of prostrate cancer. The product, called GenEpic, is formulated with 70 vitamins and minerals, 32 herbs, and 16 enzymes and phytonutrients. Phytonutrients refer to a class of chemicals found in plants that help protect plants from germs and fungal infections, and found to have similar therapeutic benefits.

Another product which had three separate case studies in 2013 is Glucozyme, a nutritional supplement developed by NutraNomics to assist in the reduction of blood glucose levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes. Essentially, by addressing the body as a whole, one can regulate and then lower blood sugar levels. Glucozyme is also being aggressively marketed this year, and a buyer in Japan is expected to make significant purchases of this product.

Overall from first quarter of 2013 compared to first quarter of 2014, sales in Japan practically tripled. NutraNomics expects to continue growing its geographic reach, and capture sales in the Philippines as well. Product sales from the company’s own web site have seen organic growth with sales increasing by 82% from the first quarter of 2014 compared to the fourth quarter of last year. The global nutraceutical market is expected to grow to $204.8 billion by 2017, and NutraNomics is certainly well positioned to capture its share.

For more information about NutraNomics, visit: www.nutranomics.com

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P2 Solar, Inc. (PTOS) Delivers on Demand for Clean, Renewable Energy through HydroPower

July 18th, 2014

As the benefits of producing electricity from mini-hydropower rise and overall interest in the sector surging, governments worldwide are devoting time, attention and resources to it. Positioned front and center, P2 Solar is a company developing mini-hydropower projects for public and private sectors seeking to include it into their electricity consumption profiles.

The appeal of mini-hydropower is due to its ability to quickly respond to changing demand for electricity, flood control and water management. Small and mini-hydropower generation plants require two to five years to develop as compared to large hydropower plants, which usually have a development period twice as long. What’s more, small and mini-hydro has higher return on investment due to lower capital investment, operational, maintenance and construction costs. Also worth noting is that construction of a small hydropower plant is not as disruptive to the local environment as large hydropower plants are.

In an announcement last month, P2 Solar revealed that its subsidiary in India signed a power purchase agreement with the Punjab energy distribution company for its Rajgarh Mini-Hydro Project. This event is considered significant for the company as its work leading to this point has involved years of effort. The power purchase agreement involves payment terms of 35 years at a tariff of approximately $0.10 USD. The company feels these terms provide for a high rate of return and create cash flow free of cost. With this agreement P2 can close bids for construction and advance to build the project.

P2 Solar’s work is within the renewable energy market developing solar photovoltaic (PV) power and mini-hydro projects. Understanding that the demand for clean, renewable energy is rising due to commercial efforts to reduce reliance on grid-produced electricity, P2 Solar is steering its efforts in a direction that will enable it to benefit from this trend.

For more information, visit www.p2solar.com

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Banjo & Matilda, Inc. (BANJ) Sweater Exchange Initiative Passionate About Giving Back

July 18th, 2014

Banjo & Matilda, a premium fashion lifestyle brand, has announced its annual Australian Sweater Exchange with intentions to roll the initiative out on a global scale. Info about the exchange can be found at www.thesweaterexchange.com.

The Sweater Exchange, established in 2011 and founded by Banjo & Matilda Co-Founders Belynda & Ben Macpherson, helps homeless and displaced women and children across Australia through the re-distribution of their sweaters during winter months. The initiative has helped thousands since its inception.

The Sweater Exchange started with after Co-Founder and Creative Director Belynda Macpherson read an article that every night across Australia over 50,000 women, many with children, are homeless. The impact on her was profound. It was at this point where the idea of providing luxury sweaters and knitwear for those more fortunate than these displaced and homeless women was conceived. Belynda could see how her business could make a positive difference in the lives of these people.

Belynda Macpherson notes, “We launched the Sweater Exchange in 2011 wanting to fuse philanthropy and fashion in a benevolent way. I wanted to make the initiative more inclusive than most charity projects however by having a call-to-action that didn’t involve donating money. The idea of donating your pre-loved sweaters – or literally the clothes off your back – resonated with our brand and also our community at large. Anyone able to afford a new sweater, would have to have an older one in their cupboard, thus the charity was born. It has been so successful to date, I think because no exchange of money is involved and it’s a genuine kindness that is the motivating factor, and we make it easy by providing a $50 gift voucher to spend in our online store. We plan to roll it out in other major cities like New York, London and Germany over the coming years.”

Since its beginning, The Sweater Exchange has been supported by many who are passionate about the cause and the initiative that addresses it. Celebrities such as Elle Macpherson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nicole Richie and Miranda Kerr and others have donated to the exchange and helped promote the initiative over the years.

Banjo & Matilda, Inc. is a rising Australian premium lifestyle brand, best known as a designer, producer and marketer of premium contemporary woman’s knitwear. Inspired by the iconic Bondi Beach surroundings of its creative studios, Banjo& Matilda launched its first knitwear collection in 2008.

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

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Infinite Group, Inc. (IMCI) Delivers Full Range of IT Solutions to Organizations of All Sizes

July 18th, 2014

Rochester, New York-based Infinite Group has been in the IT business for over 25 years. The company works closely with organizations of all sizes, from small businesses with a few computers to large-scale enterprises with tens of thousands. Over the years, Infinite Group has honed a reputation as a premier IT service and support supplier, as it has deployed value-laden IT solutions tailored to each client’s unique requirements.

With the advent of new technological developments in recent years, the business landscape has changed at all levels. Organizations of all sizes have grown to understand the value of outsourcing their IT needs to a capable provider. Ahead of the technological curve, Infinite Group has adopted a more comprehensive approach to client needs. Now it utilizes a full-coverage client service model, in which it leverages the talents of over 80 highly-experienced, certified professionals to deliver a full range of IT service and support solutions. Among the solutions offered by the capable team at Infinite Group are:

• Managed Services
• Business Process Optimization and Management
• Cloud Computing
• Capacity Planning Analysis
• Mobility
• Program & Project Management
• Unified Communications
• Systems Engineering
• Information Security
• Staff Augmentation
• Business Continuity Planning
• Consulting

With its proven, reliable solutions covering the entire IT chain, Infinite Group has built up a robust client base. Infinite Group’s current roster includes PepsiCo, the State of Mississippi, Home Depot, NASA, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Florida Department of Financial Services, the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Marine Corps. On top of its respected service and support models, Infinite Group has partnered with industry leaders for ensuring its clients derive the greatest value. These partners include VMware, HP, Microsoft, Cisco, Dell, and Veeam.

In 2014, Infinite Group has attained a number of new partnerships, signifying its intention to continue its momentum as a growing, established IT service and support provider. One group of prospects that Infinite Group has been beefing up offerings for is small businesses and medium-sized enterprises. Company developments such as Infinite Group’s new partnership with Unitrends show Infinite Group is positioning itself to service the needs of this growing market space. Other company developments, such as Infinite Group’s naming of cybersecurity expert Frank McIntire as Vice President of Sales, reflect Infinite Group’s ability to perceive increasingly relevant IT markets and adapt and to respond to the new demand.

As more organizations outsource their IT needs to third party providers, Infinite Group hopes to capitalize on the demand and bolster its industry reputation further. With a respected team of capable personnel, a forward-thinking leadership team, and an industry reputation for proven performance, the company appears well-positioned for new market gains.

For more information, visit: www.igius.com

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