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Sibling Group (SIBE) Engages Investment Banking Firm Dawson James Securities

August 19th, 2014

Sibling Group Holdings, an educational technology holding company, announced today it has engaged investment banking firm Dawson James Securities, Inc., as its financial advisor.

Under the terms of the agreement, Dawson James Securities will advise the Company for a period of six months, and will, on a best efforts basis, locate various public and private entities, for acquisition purposes. Additionally, under the terms of the agreement, Dawson James Securities will aid the Company by:

(a) Providing the Company exposure to the investment community.

(b) Assisting in the Company’s market awareness, by participating in discussions with the Company and the financial community.

(c) Advising the Company about its financial structure and that of its divisions or subsidiaries or any of its projects, as such relate to the public market for the Company’s equity or debt securities.

(d) Advising the Company on the public market for Company’s securities and the timing and structure of any future public offering or private placement of its equity or debt securities.

“We are excited to leverage Dawson James extensive specialized experience and resources as we prepare for the next phase of growth and development,” said Maurine Findley, Sibling’s Chief Executive Officer.

Pan Global Corp. (PGLO) Pursues Green Energy Opportunity in Northern India

August 19th, 2014

Pan Global Corp. champions energy efficiency, alternative energy, and sustainable solutions around the world. The company incubates and funds investments in renewable energy technology and “green” projects that embrace innovative solutions for basic infrastructure. Pan Global is especially focused on developing a series of environmentally sustainable projects with high return on investment.

Many of Pan Global’s current prospects are developing projects in India. The company has a special focus on the following immediate opportunities:

1. The development of small hydro power generation projects
2. The development of solar PV projects
3. The development of agriculture under controlled growing conditions
4. The development of mega-watt scale geo-thermal power projects
5. The development of green buildings

The demand for power in India has grown at a brisk pace over the years and has now overtaken supply. After China, Russia, and the United States, India is the world’s fourth largest energy consumer so it is not entirely surprising that the country is experiencing a major shortage of electricity generation capacity.

India’s untouched market potential for renewable energy presents a huge growth opportunity for companies like Pan Global. In June of 2014, the Business Standard reported that India’s installed capacity for renewable energy had reached approximately 13% of the total potential available in the country. This was as of March 2014. The article also reported that, by 2017, India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is looking to significantly grow the country’s installed capacity for overall energy. Until then, this will most likely create an opportunity worth more than $10 billion for the country’s renewable energy market.

Pan Global is setting up to be in position to take advantage of this enormous opportunity. For one, the company is executing its business strategy through the staggered acquisition of Project Badyar, a small-hydro power plant in northern India.

In October 2013, Pan Global entered into a stock purchase and acquisition agreement with Regency Yamuna Energy Limited (RYEL), the private Indian corporation commissioning Project Badyar, and its stockholders. In the agreement, Pan Global arranged to acquire all of RYEL’s outstanding shares and convertible debt (if not previously converted) on a staggered basis. Pan Global now has close to a 10% equity stake in RYEL.

As with Project Badyar, Pan Global will continue to grow its business through the acquisition and development of renewable energy projects in India and elsewhere, a strategy that will keep the company on track with its long-term goal of building shareholder value.

To learn more about Pan Global, visit www.panglobalcorp.com

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Mabwe Minerals Inc. (MBMI) Network of Partnerships Solidifies Footing in Zimbabwe

August 19th, 2014

Mabwe Minerals, a subsidiary of publicly traded Raptor Resources Holdings, is a hard assets company focused on mining and commercial sales primarily of barite and limestone. Operations are anchored to its Dodge Mine Project in Zimbabwe, Africa, where the company has established a core group of partners to provide cost-effective and dependable support for logistics and related aspects.

Dodge Mine, which is in the early stage commercial production of barite and limestone, represents nearly 576 acres of hydrothermal-based deposits of barite, limestone and talc. The property is also known for widespread occurrences of gossan deposits indicating the presence of gold, zinc, copper, lead and nickel.

Barite is a highly valued mineral to the oil and gas drilling market where it is used to prevent well blowouts. Barite also has numerous applications in the paint, automotive and medical sectors. Limestone is the key ingredient in Portland cement and has applications in road/foundation aggregates, agricultural and feedstock.

To assist with the distribution, sales and delivery of barite out of the Port of Beira, Mozambique, Mabwe has established a working relationship with Steinbock Minerals, Yasheya Ltd. and WGB Kinsey & Company.

Steinbock Minerals has first-hand experience in mining and immediate access to an established network of customers throughout Europe and the Middle-East. The company is widely known as a specialist when it comes to the global distribution, marketing and sales of a variety of industrial minerals.

With more than 20 years of experience in industrial mineral logistics, Yasheya Limited has shipped more than 30 million tons worldwide. The company utilizes a broad array of multimodal platforms providing true door-to-door services as well as customized INPLAN and Minerals Management tracking software.

All Dodge Mine operations are managed by one of Zimbabwe’s most experienced mining and construction companies, WGB Kinsey & Company, which has more than 60 years of experience and a strong fleet of mining equipment that accelerates development and production of operations.

Collectively, these strategic partnerships contribute to Mabwe’s corporate vision of building a reputation as a reliable and strong source of high-quality barite and limestone.

For more information visit www.mabweminerals.com

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Raptor Resources Holdings Inc. (RRHI) Forms Partnerships to Support Mining Projects

August 19th, 2014

To support its corporate mission and projects, Raptor Resources has established strategic partnerships with:

• WGB Kinsey & Company
• PHI Commodities
• Steinbock Minerals
• Yasheya Limited

Forming these strategic alliances ensures economical, efficient and dependable support for all facets of the company’s mining and shipping operations, and provides Raptor Resources with an incredibly strong global presence. The company is now ideally located to support customer demands in Central and South Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

WGB Kinsey & Company

WGB Kinsey is one of Zimbabwe’s most distinguished mining and construction companies and has operated under four generations of Kinsey family leadership. Since 1955, the company has conducted its operations with a remarkable fleet of mining equipment that makes short work of all development and production operations. WGB Kinsey manages all aspects of Raptor Resources’ Dodge Mine, Raptor Mine and Derbyshire Stone Quarry projects. Additionally, Raptor Resources owns a minority share of the company so, in turn, WGB Kinsey managers’ Anthony Kinsey and Kevin Hegarty are members of Raptor Resources’ advisory board.

PHI Commodities

PHI Commodities is the largest grain importer to Harare, Zimbabwe. The company provides Raptor Resources with exclusive load rights to its fleet of rail wagons from the Shamva Rail Depot to the Port of Beira, Mozambique; these rail wagons are, in turn, supported by non-stop express trains provided by the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ). As a result of its relationship with PHI Commodities, Raptor Resources has also formed alliances with the NRZ, the Mozambique Railway Authorities who own the Port of Beira and Cornelder, the port’s leaseholder. With the NRZ’s assistance, Raptor Resources has secured the primary rail transfer yard at the Shamva Rail Depot, which is located within 17 kilometers of its Raptor Mine and Dodge Mine projects. Additionally, Gary Booth and Graham Roberts of PHI Commodities are members of Raptor Resources’ advisory board.

Steinbock Minerals Limited

Steinbock Minerals is a well-known specialist in the worldwide distribution of industrial minerals and serves as Raptor Resources’ global marketing, mineral sale and distribution arm. Steinbock is the perfect company to have formed a strategic alliance with: it has direct experience in mining and provides immediate access to its established customer base in Europe and the Middle East.

Yasheya Limited

Yasheya Limited has over twenty years of experience in industrial mineral logistics. A specialist in the shipment of industrial minerals, Yasheya Limited serves as Raptor Resources’ shipment and delivery arm, providing door-to-door delivery services out of the Port of Beira, Mozambique. Yasheya Limited has shipped over 30 million tons around the world using a wide array of multimodal platforms to provide true door-to-door services. With its customized INPLAN and Minerals Management tracking software, Yasheya Limited is the ideal shipment partner.

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

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August 19th, 2014

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Oriens Travel & Hotel Management Corp. (OTHM) Presents Update on Acquisition Finalization and Closing and Transfer of Asset

August 19th, 2014

Today Oriens Travel & Hotel Management, the Next Generation International Hotel Brand Operator, reported company President Ken Chua and its executives and consultants (domestic and Costa Rican) are in Costa Rica engaging in the wrap-up of pending acquisitions. They are primarily focusing on the formal transfer of assets.

“We have come to gain a deep respect and appreciation for the method in which business is conducted and rules are adhered to and enforced in Costa Rica,” stated Ken Chua. “Many assumptions are made about the level of sophistication displayed by those governments and businesses outside of the United States; not considered ‘on par’ with fully industrialized well developed countries. However, in our endeavor to re-launch both FROL and the Hotel PURE brand and grow a portfolio of real estate assets inside of a rapidly growing tourist destination in Central America, we have learned otherwise of Costa Rica. We deeply admire their discipline and systematic approach to protecting the interest of all parties in commerce.”

According to company management, the property acquisition could be considered to have been finalized according to U.S. standards. Business dynamics with Costa Rica, especially those relating to activities on an international scale, though, make the elements of “rights and ownership” more particular than usual. Oriens reports especially seeing these business dynamics at play in its dealings with sizable lenders, major law firms, and well-heeled investors.

Substantial progress has been made on the acquisition’s completion. Only one remaining action is anticipated in the process of formally transferring interest of the 15-story, forty-four unit beach-front condo/hotel building in Costa Rica’s Jaco Beach to Oriens. Once this has been completed, formal assets transfer will start and the values will properly reflect on Oriens’ book records.

Chua explained, “The timelines of the formal transfer are very definitive. We expect to be able to lawfully make this announcement after Labor Day.”

For more information, visit: www.orienscorp.com

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VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VSTA) Receives Notice of Allowance for Stem Cell Technology

August 19th, 2014

Today before the opening bell, VistaGen Therapeutics announced its reception of a Notice of Allowance from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. The Notice of Allowance enables further expansion of VistaGen Therapeutics’ intellectual property portfolio, which consists of pluripotent stem cell culture systems that produce human cells of the endoderm lineage, including liver, lung, pancreas, parathyroid and thyroid cells.

The notice pertains to Canadian Patent Application No. 2,487,058, which is exclusively licensed to VistaGen Therapeutics by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York and entitled “Mesoderm and Definitive Endoderm Cell Populations”. This new development builds on VistaGen Therapeutics’ recent reception of another Notice of Allowance for Canadian Patent Application 2,684,022, both of which strengthen the company’s intellectual property portfolio relating to a number of pluripotent stem cell projects VistaGen Therapeutics has been considering pursuing in Canada.

These include: projects that involve liver safety and liver toxicity-based drug rescue; customized drug discovery assays for therapies to treat liver disease and diabetes; and exploratory nonclinical studies for potential regenerative medicine applications involving beta islet cells and other cells of the endoderm lineage.

A biotechnology company, VistaGen Therapeutics is focused on using pluripotent stem cell technology for applications in drug rescue, drug discovery, and regenerative medicine.

For more information, visit: www.vistagen.com

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VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VSTA) Provides Reverse Stock Split FAQs

August 18th, 2014

Last week, VistaGen Therapeutics implemented a 1-for-20 reverse split of its common stock. As a result, the number of shares of the company’s common stock outstanding was reduced from approximately 25.5 million to approximately 1.2 million. Because the stock price went up appropriately, the split did not affect any stockholder’s ownership percentage or total market value at the time it was implemented.

The reverse stock split is intended to increase market awareness of VistaGen’s common stock and position the company for potential future listing of its common stock on a national securities exchange. A number of other reasons are listed at the new FAQs page recently posted at www.vistagen.com/?page_id=1372.

To view the original press release announcing the split, visit www.vistagen.com/?p=1366.

For those unfamiliar with the company, VistaGen Therapeutics is a biotechnology company applying stem cell technology for drug rescue and cell therapy. Drug rescue combines human stem cell technology with modern medicinal chemistry to generate new chemical variants of once-promising drug candidates that have been discontinued during late-stage preclinical development due to heart or liver safety concerns. VistaGen also focuses on cell therapy, or regenerative medicine, which includes repairing, replacing or restoring damaged tissues or organs.

More information on the company and its technology can be found at www.vistagen.com

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Big Tree Group, Inc. (BIGG) Remains Ahead of the Game with Imagination-Inducing, Custom Puzzles

August 18th, 2014

As an adult you may not give toys much thought, but as an investor, you might want to take a closer look. In its January 2014 trends report, the Toy Industry Association highlighted the Top six toy and game trends: larger-than-life; science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM); remote-controlled vehicles; zombies, monsters, goth; retro and back-to-basics; and custom built. Collectively, the global toy industry, headed by these key trends, is valued at more than $84 billion.

An excerpt from the Toy Industry Association’s trend report reads:

“Building on the construction trend TIA named last year, 2014 takes building to a whole new level. In addition to building and construction toys, this trend includes toys that allow kids to create and customize their playthings to reflect their unique tastes, styles and imaginations. The trend extends way beyond the construction toy aisle and crosses into action figures, puzzles, arts and crafts, etc.

“Two sub-categories exist within the overarching Custom Built trend:

“Mash-Up:
This trend speaks to toys that have been “custom built” in unique ways and incorporate many uses or ways to play in one. These toys engage kids by allowing them to choose how they’d like to play; they also appeal to value-conscious parents because they continue to engage kids at different ages and stages. (Think: role play and game in one, collectible and building set in one, a puzzle that is also an arts and crafts item, combining two types of games in one, etc.)

“Fashion Forward:
This trend focuses on all fashion-related items, from DIY sets that let kids make their own accessories to fashion dolls that can be styled in a personalized way. This trend can also include realistic-looking building sets, dollhouses, and playsets with fashionable interiors.”

The relevance of this report speaks volumes for China-based Big Tree Group, an authorized sales agent for thousands of toy manufacturers in China and a provider of multiple procurement services for international toy distributors and wholesalers. Big Tree is headquartered in Shantou City, dubbed the Toy Capital of the world, where the company operates a 21,000-square-foot showroom displaying more than 300,000 toy products to thousands of international toy purchasers.

Big Tree is also a toy proprietor. In 2011, the company introduced its Big Tree Magic Puzzles (3D), which consists of plastic pieces that “plug” together to create infinite number different objects, such as horses or battle ships. The number and variety of creations is restrained only by a child’s imagination. The goal in producing this toy was to create a tool to increase critical and imaginative thinking for kids. As a result, Big Tree unknowingly positioned itself three years ahead of the current trend for custom-built toys.

Big Tree has registered the patents for the Magic Puzzles (3D) utility model and appearance design in Hong Kong and mainland China, and is currently promoting and distributing product in the Chinese domestic market through Big Tree Shantou’s online store and at several retail locations. The company has amassed a large customer base in Asia and Europe and is currently seeking distribution throughout North and South America.

As the world’s leading toy manufacturer and exporter, China produces and distributes two-thirds of the multi-billion dollar toy industry’s global demand. Operating from the core of this burgeoning toy industry, Big Tree has incredible opportunity to leverage its physical location, key industry relationships, market trends and proprietary toys to fulfill its objective for global expansion and distribution, especially in the Americas.

For more information, visit www.bigtreegroup.net

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Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics, Inc. (BCLI) to Participate at Mayo Clinic with Production of Proprietary NurOwn™

August 18th, 2014

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics, a developer of adult stem cell technologies for neurodegenerative diseases, has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Mayo Clinic Human Cellular Therapy Laboratory for production of NurOwn™, BrainStorm’s proprietary autologous mesenchymal stem cells secreting neurotrophic factors (MSC-NTF). BrainStorm plans to continue working with the Mayo clinical team to complete the process which will allow the site to begin enrolling subjects into its phase 2 study of NurOwn™. NurOwn™ is designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the transplantation of NurOwn™ in patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

In July, BrainStorm submitted to the FDA the results of three pilot manufacturing projects performed at the Mayo Clinic. Each run resulted in the production of NurOwn cells that meet the final product release testing acceptance criteria. Subject to Institutional Review Board approval, the Mayo Clinic will become the third and final site enrolling subjects into Brainstorm’s ongoing ALS clinical trial. In early 2014, both Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston and the University of Massachusetts Memorial (UMass) Hospital in Worcester, Mass. began placing subjects in the study.

Brainstorm’s Vice President of Cell Production, Dr. Yossef Levy, said, “This marks the completion of our second successful technology transfer process, and we acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the entire team at the Mayo Clinic in achieving this important milestone.”

Dr. Tony Fiorino, BrainStorm’s Chief Executive Officer, noted, “I applaud the diligence and commitment of both the BrainStorm and Mayo Clinic teams in successfully completing this technology transfer. We are looking forward to the Mayo Clinic joining our Massachusetts’ sites in enrolling subjects into this important study.”

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics is a biotechnology company involved in the development of unique adult stem cell therapies produced from autologous bone marrow cells for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Along with Ramot, Tel Aviv University’s technology transfer company, BCLI holds the rights to develop and commercialize its NurOwn technology through an exclusive, worldwide licensing agreement.

For more information on the company, visit www.brainstorm-cell.com

Alliance Creative Group, Inc. (ACGX) Featured in Exclusive QualityStocks Interview

August 18th, 2014

QualityStocks announced today that an exclusive interview with Alliance Creative Group’s COO and general counsel, Paul Sorkin, is now available. The interview can be accessed at: www.QualityStocks.net/interview-acgx.php.

Alliance operates four key business units united as a single, strong and profitable source for customized plans and projects for clients of multiple industries. The company’s key services include creative and design, printing and packaging, direct mailing, product development, supply chain management, project management, event marketing, business consulting, and strategic marketing.

Sorkin is a dedicated professional with a diverse background in the sports, entertainment, and marketing sectors. He discusses how this experience bolsters Alliance’s corporate vision and how, as a whole, the company’s leadership team is comprised of capable professionals with collective experience in law, business entrepreneurship, marketing, packaging, printing, direct mailing, public relations, and marketing.

“What we did is we took management teams … and a handful of other people that have 20, 30 years of experience in their specific field of expertise …,” he explains. “We like to take our strengths and let everyone focus on what they’re good at. So when a client comes to us and says ‘I need to create a program and develop my product, what can your team do to help?’ We focus on what each individual manager’s strength would be and assign that portion of the project to those people and then build a team around it.”

Over the years, Alliance has built a robust client roster, of which some clients have been with it for more than 15 years. In the last three years, Alliance recorded more than $30 million in total revenue, $2 million in net income, and $6 million in total assets. Sorkin says Alliance has a strategic business plan in place to continue its record of growth.

“We’ve actually accomplished new record goals for the current management team where for the first six months of 2014 we’re already over $6 million of revenue. So that means we’re on pace for hopefully over $12 million of revenue and we’re in line for hoping more like a $700,000 or $800,000 net income for the year of 2014,” he says.

Alliance is listed on the OTC market and draws upon a 17-year corporate record of strong revenues, profits, and assets. Sorkin discusses how the company is planning to explore three separate areas with strong potential for boosting further company growth. Alliance recently entered into a consulting agreement that creates an entrance into the marijuana sector to capitalize on industry ancillary products such as edibles, candles, fertilizers, lights, supplements, hemp-based products, and more. All of these will need printing, packaging, consulting and similar services.

“I don’t feel that this industry for us will be a huge homerun tomorrow, but I think we’re planting a seed, no pun intended … for future growth,” explains Sorkin.

In the coming weeks, Alliance will launch a new product that Sorkin says “is very relevant to our business”, which will open up opportunities for other products and services and an additional revenue stream. This third area of expansion is another component of Alliance’s “Alliance Trek”, in which Alliance focuses on capitalizing on a blend of shared resources and strategic mergers and acquisitions.

“Now that we are an established proven company … we’re looking to add companies that have a proof-of-concept in the consumer product goods arena …,” he says. “It could be similar to printing and packaging or supply chain management, but it could also be PR and marketing, and technology and software and things that we can use as ancillary products or supplemental products or things that create the synergies between our products and services and that company’s.”

Sorkin concludes the interview by reinforcing how this approach provides the opportunity for continuing, strong company growth. “With 2015 and 2016 we’re really hoping for even bigger growth once we can land some of these opportunities and capitalize on them,” he says.

For more information, visit: www.alliancecreativegroup.com

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Armco Metals Holdings, Inc. (AMCO) Posts Q2, HY14 Results, Strengthens Top Line

August 15th, 2014

Armco Metals reports financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014, recording sequential increases across most of the board as well as year-over-year increases in total sales.

Armco is a U.S.-based company that engages in the import, sale, and distribution of metal ore and non-ferrous metals in the People’s Republic of China, recycles scrap metals used by steel mills in the production of recycled steel, and provides sourcing and pricing services for various metals to its network of customers.

The company’s second-quarter total revenue increased 19% to $32.9 million compared to $27.7 million recorded in the comparable quarter of 2013. The company attributes the gain primarily to increases in the sales of scrap metals and steel billet, partially offset by a decline in sales of manganese ore, chrome ore and titanium.

Armco’s recycling business generated revenue of $26.2 million, a considerable rebound from the segment’s first-quarter 2014 revenue of $2.6 million, and representing 80% of total revenue. Armco’s trading business generated revenue of $6.7 million, accounting for 20% of total revenue.

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2014 was $3.1 million as compared to gross profit of $2.4 million in the second quarter of 2013. Gross margin in the second quarter of 2014 was 9.3% compared to 8.5% in the second quarter of 2013. The significant increase in gross profit and gross margin was largely due to a significant improvement in margins in our trading business.

The company reported a first-quarter net loss of $0.8 million, or a loss of $0.01 per basic and diluted share, compared to earnings of $0.9 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, in the same period of 2013.

Commenting on the company’s second-quarter performance, Armco chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kexuan Yao pointed to the company’s strong business model.

“In the second quarter of 2014 we experienced a strong rebound in sales from our metal recycling business,” he stated in the news release. “We believe the implementation of our “platform strategy” sales model in this business, where we work with our customers more closely, lower our market risks by sharing them with our customers has helped us increase our sales with less or without additional working capital. We are encouraged by our return to generating income from both our market segments and will look to build on this improvement from the first quarter in the second half of 2014.”

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2014, revenues increased to $42.8 million compared to revenues for the same period of 2013 of $42.0 million.

Gross profit for the first six months of 2014 was $1.9 million compared to $3.0 million in the 2013 period, largely attributable adverse market conditions in the scrap metal industry. In the first six months of 2014, Armco’s recycling business contributed 67% and 52% of our net revenue and gross profit, respectively.

First-half net loss was $4.4 million, or a loss of $0.11 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.14 million, or a loss of $0.01 per share, in the first half of 2013.

As of June 30, 2014, the company had $0.7 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $0.6 million at year-end of 2013.

Armco also noted that in order to satisfy initial listing standards with the NYSE MKT, the company is evaluating a change in the structure of its acquisition of Draco Resources, Inc. The company continues to pursue a substantial interest in Draco and expects that a restructured agreement with Draco will be formalized following management discussions.

For more information, visit www.armcometals.com

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LD Holdings, Inc. (LDHL) to Capitalize on the Upcoming Tidal Wave of Baby Boomer Businesses Due to Flood the Marketplace

August 14th, 2014

The largest part of the population segment of the United States is the Baby Boomer generation which consists of 78 million Americans, born between the years of 1946 to 1964. That is about 25% of a population that is around 317 million. According to a recent study by BIG Research, 9% of boomers with household incomes exceeding $50,000 are small business owners. Using simple math that means 7 million companies in the United States are owned by individuals 44 – 62 years old.

According to the Family Firm Institute, about a third of those small businesses will be successfully transferred to their children. The children of over 67% of those businesses have opted not to go into the family business. This means that these Baby Boomer owned businesses will either ultimately be dissolved as the owner faces retirement, fall into the owner’s estate upon his death, or the business owner will seek a qualified buyer for his business.

Based on figures from the Exit Planning Institute, it is estimated that over 8 million privately-held small businesses will be sold over the next 10-12 years, of which the majority are retiring Baby Boomer business owners. This is mainly due to the simple fact that over the next 18 years, Baby Boomers will be turning 65 at a rate of 8,000 every day. The sheer volume of companies for sale will inherently reduce purchase prices due to
simple supply-demand economics, otherwise, more sellers of small businesses than buyers. This reduced pricing provides leverage to those looking to acquire valuable businesses at a low price.

This is exactly where LD Holdings positions itself, as a qualified buyer of privately held Baby Boomer owned businesses with revenues of $25 million or greater. LD Holdings is effectively structuring itself as the Berkshire Hathaway of small Boomer-owned businesses. The business model involves acquisition of companies that are fully profitable, entrenched with experienced personnel, have brand name equity, a solid and loyal customer base, and consistent cash flow. As the original management retires, a younger more aggressive management is placed into the business with a more aggressive business plan focused on maximizing shareholder equity. Due to market conditions, these companies can be acquired at a discount, allowing for venture capital like returns, without taking venture capital style risks.

LD Holdings will essentially act as a business incubator and provide marketing services to portfolio companies via its joint venture agreement with the Internet Marketing Consortium. Enhanced marketing will be achieved using e-media, Internet radio, and social media. LD Holdings will essentially market businesses for sale to a network of accredited investors that will hold onto their positions for at least a year to maximize returns and minimize taxes. LD Holdings Business Holding Division will be responsible for running the operational side of portfolio companies, overseeing the management of the varied acquisitions to ensuring optimum performance of each business.

Business owners that are Baby Boomers have depended on their businesses as a source of income for a significant part of their lives, and have spent a sizable portion of their life growing their business. Many will be seeking to turn their businesses into cash as they face retirement. The sheer number of retiring Baby Boomers will create an excellent opportunity to cherry pick among those businesses best positioned for future growth. Patient investors in LD Holdings will be able to capitalize on the biggest demographic trend to sweep the nation.

For more information, visit www.ldholdings.com

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Well Power, Inc. (WPWR) Presents Viable Alternative to Costly Consequences of Gas Flaring

August 14th, 2014

Houston-based Well Power is taking a proactive approach to a growing problem within the oil and gas industry: the costly effects of gas flaring. On a global scale, it is estimated there are 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas flared each year. In terms of wasted energy resources and lost revenue potential, that represents 23% of the United States’ natural gas use and around $10 billion in lost revenue. Gas flaring also presents risks to the environment and human health, as it produces millions of metric tons of harmful emissions each year that impact air quality.

There have been growing concerns over gas flaring and its effects in the United States, as seen in recent headlines. For instance, in the resource-rich state of North Dakota, around one-third of natural gas is flared. Each month, it is reported that around two-thirds of the gas flared in North Dakota is at wells that lack the infrastructure for keeping up with on-site production. Since 2000, total flared gas has doubled in the United States, and data from the World Bank shows it increased 223% to 251 billion cubic feet between 2007 and 2011.

It is here that Well Power has an innovative solution to the growing problems caused by gas flaring. In collaboration with ME Resource Corp., Well Power is offering the mobile and scalable Micro Refinery Unit (MRU), which can be deployed close to wellheads for processing waste natural gas into clean power and engineered fuels, including no-sulphur diesel and diluents. Proprietary technology enables this system to be transferred from site-to-site with overall minimal capital expenditure. Well Power holds licensing rights for the MRU in Texas as well as the first right of refusal for the other U.S. states.

On top of the MRU, Well Power intends to offer a full suite of complementary services. These offerings will include: full-service engineering, design, construction, modular fabrication, maintenance, and construction management services. The company will also provide other value-laden services spanning consulting services, process assessments, facility appraisals, feasibility studies, technology evaluations, project finance structuring and support, and multi-client subscription services.

As this hotbutton issue grows and captures more attention from the public, oil and gas industry players, policy-makers, and more, Well Power is working to bring this innovative, clean energy solution forward as an economical alternative to the costly process of flaring excess gas. It is anticipated that the deployment of the first test unit will come at some point later this year.

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Infinite Group, Inc. (IMCI) Comprehensive, Tailored IT Solutions & Strong Mix of Partner Capabilities Woos Client Variety, from SMEs to Government

August 14th, 2014

Infinite Group has carved out a sizeable niche market for itself alleviating the strain on SMEs, governmental agencies, and even large enterprises created by increasingly complex and mission-critical IT concerns. The company provides its customers with robust end-to-end IT solutions, ranging from assessment and planning, to integration and management. IMCI is one of the top providers of solutions based on the cloud/virtualization technology pioneered by the guys who were the first to virtualize the x86 architecture, VMware®. IMCI is also notable for having heavyweight government clients like NASA and the USAF (as well as the other service branches), in addition to a healthy variety of sizeable industry players like HP, Pepsi, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Home Depot.

Armed with an expert staff of professionals that can design and execute custom tailored solutions on a per-client basis, IMCI never shies away from any job, no matter how big or how small, meeting the needs equally well of huge enterprises and sprawling government agencies, or humble little businesses with only a few computers. The value proposition is simple, IMCI allows a company to confidently outsource their IT to a highly responsive and sophisticated provider that can virtualize environments and take the burden off internal personnel. Personnel who many times (especially in the case of SMEs) end up pulling double duty and thus lose focus on growing the company. IMCI’s real selling point to the customers who drive the company’s bottom line is their ability to really do it all and just let customers basically stop worrying about the details of the technically complex IT toolset they need to get the job done. On-site support to customers is a major key to IMCI’s success and their history of providing IT support at forward military installations, as well as prime locations throughout the U.S., like Colorado Springs; Vienna, VA and Washington, DC, attests to the level of professionalism that is just standard operating procedure at Infinite Group.

The company’s secure, scalable cloud computing offerings are particularly attractive to the likes of government agencies that are looking to get leaner and meaner in the IT department. Whether we are talking off-site data storage and desktop virtualization, or server virtualization and public/private hybrid cloud, customers have the advantage of turning their complex in-house solutions into a simple monthly line item on the budget. The exclusive channel partner agreement announced in early July this year with ThirtySix Software, the developer of the innovative, multi document-spanning content management/reuse solution for Microsoft® Word® (and the web-app framework SharePoint), SmartDocs, makes IMCI even more appealing to government customers in particular. With SmartDocs in the tool belt, IMCI effectively extends their striking distance among Word/SharePoint customers in general, as these customers gain the highly sought after ability to consistently and easily share/reuse content across documents whenever and wherever, yet within a secure and highly intuitive environment. This is an environment which sports tight Word integration and features like conditional text marking, SmartFinders (rapidly find authored/approve content), SmartBuilders (interview-style wizard that automatically assembles documents) and snapshotting for rapid publish prototyping. For government agencies, this kind of no-brainer upgrading to improved usability in their IT infrastructure is vital, as it improves data flow among personnel, as well as systemic reliability and efficiency, all of which impact the mission.

Many private companies have their IT managed by internal people, often leading to inefficient internet, telephone and other communication systems emerging, typically due to a relative lack of experience or an inability to implement properly scaled/modernized solutions. Moreover, having to manage such a complex aspect of the guts of the business generally distracts key personnel from being able to otherwise focus time, resources and manpower on growing the core of the business model. This sad state of affairs is an all-too-common phenomena these days as IT becomes more and more complicated. The steady growth of this problem creates tremendous opportunities for a company like IMCI.

Another recent partnership which allows IMCI to punch further above its weight is the one with rising star of the IT protection and disaster recovery world, Unitrends, whose tailored data protection capabilities encompass off-site cloud, as well as virtual appliance, and hardware appliance solutions. Unitrends is focused on offering a hearty mix of methodologies that allows for a more customized protection and recovery solution fit to the specific customer’s needs. Unitrends is also Channel Partner-centric as an organization, thriving off precisely this sort of team up.

The Unitrends/ Infinite Group partnership creates an opportunity for IMCI customers to do unprecedentedly simplified multi-environment protection of their critical data and customer retention for the duo will likely be driven here in large part by the tight testing, verification and reporting protocols from Unitrends that ensure customer’s ability to restore operational functionality in the event of a disaster. This kind of over-the-horizon protection also allows C-Level executives, as well as compliance auditors, to muster force in the face of a potential disaster and head off any major costs associated therewith at the pass.

Take a closer look at Infinite Group by visiting their website: www.igius.com

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Ecrypt Technologies, Inc. (ECRY) Rapidly Building Strong Base of Marketing Alliances

August 14th, 2014

Boulder, Colorado-based Ecrypt is on a corporate mission to fortify the security of corporate communication, including attachments and mobile devices, against data breaches while eliminating phishing threats, malware infections, and spam. In support of this mission, the company has amassed a thick portfolio of marketing alliances that strengthen its foothold and visibility on the security scene.

After several quiet months in the beginning of the year, the data security solutions innovator in June picked up its bullhorn and since then has released nearly 10 news releases touting various achievements and advances in its corporate strategy.

The roll-out started June 20 as the company announced the anticipated launch of the alpha unit of its secure email system, Ecrypt One. Ecrypt said the prototype would be the starting block for engaging potential end-users and integration partners by allowing qualified sales prospects to test the technology in a “hands-on” experience.

Later that morning, Ecrypt initiated a series of news releases on new marketing alliances starting with news of its formalized marketing alliance with Seattle-based Cyber Risk Pro Services through a worldwide exclusive arrangement in which Ecrypt would promote, sell and distribute all of Cyber Risk Pro Services and executive programs targeted to state, county and local governments.

News didn’t stop there. A few days later, Ecrypt also formalized a similar marketing alliance with QCR Corp. of Arlington, Texas, in which Ecrypt would promote, sell and distribute QCR’s consulting and software worldwide.

This alliance was shortly followed by separate announcements regarding similar alliances with Nüwa Executive Academy for Security, Defense and Intelligence Professionals, Stockholm, Sweden; Enterprise Sentinel®, a unique award winning password replacement system; innoBots, developer of innovative unmanned systems and robotics technology; and Genesys Technologies, an innovative, navigation and communication technology company targeting military, security and other specialized applications.

On July 1, Ecrypt said it had partnered with Silanis to promote, sell and distribute e-SignLive™ by Silanis, a field-proven electronic signature solution used by banks, insurance carriers and agencies, as well as government organizations including the General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. Air Force and the entire U.S. Army. This partnership is complementary to Ecrypt’s goal to offer legal and regulatory compliance for its customers.

Ecrypt’s most recent announcement was released at the beginning of August, at which time the company reported a marketing alliance with Whitenoise Laboratories Canada Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and the Cambridge Innovation Center (MIT) in Massachusetts to commercial, security, defense and intelligence market verticals.

By partnering with a wide range of key industry players, Ecrypt continues to gain traction in the industry, leveraging its deep knowledge of data confidentiality regulations and compliance with government regulations.

For more information, visit www.EcryptInc.com

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One World Holdings, Inc. (OWOO) Partners with Toys ”R” Us to Sell Multicultural Doll Line

August 14th, 2014

One World Holdings has announced that its subsidiary, The One World Doll Project, has started distributing a line of multicultural fashion play dolls called Prettie Girls!™ to Toysrus. The play doll line will be sold online at Toysrus.com. With the population becoming more culturally diverse by the day, the company states that it is important for children to have options which reflect the diversity within the population when selecting toys. As a leader in promoting diversity within the fashion doll category, the One World Doll Project is encouraged with its opportunity to gain exposure through the Toys “R” Us® brand.

“The Prettie Girls! are fashionable, smart and inspirational. They serve as positive role models for young girls, promoting genuine values and realistic physical attributes,” commented Trent T. Daniel, founder of The One World Doll Project. “It is our mission to provide children with access to dolls that look like ‘me and my friends,’ and our partnership with Toys “R” Us validates the marketplace demand for a wider range of toys.”

The Prettie Girls! are positioned to reflect the diverse demographics of the American marketplace. The brand features high-quality fashion dolls that capture attitudes, attributes and aspirations of contemporary girls of many different ancestries. The first two dolls currently available for purchase at Toysrus.com are Lena, an African-American, and Valencia, who is Hispanic. Later this fall consumers can expect the release of three more Prettie Girls! — Kimani, who is African; Dahlia, who is South Asian; and Alexie, who is Caucasian.

Established in 2010 by Trent T. Daniel and Stacey McBride-Irby, The One World Doll Project aims to make a cultural impact through the doll category. The company’s dolls are created for a growing market with a demand for products representing many races. Further, the dolls symbolize for little girls positive role models representing the women they aspire to be. The Prettie Girls!™ are unique in their look, their backgrounds and their stories, capturing the essence of values and positive attributes that every little girl can embrace.

For more information, visit www.oneworlddolls.com

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Nutranomics Inc. (NNRX) Offers Products and Tools for a Healthy Lifestyle

August 14th, 2014

Health is Nutranomics’ business. Since inception, the Utah-based company has championed tools and products that promote a healthy lifestyle.

Research and Development
Nutranomics engages in the research and development of nutritional food products. The company is one of the leading brands to formulate and manufacture advanced food-based and plant-based vitamins and supplements used to build and sustain health. Nutranomics’ dietary supplements are blended from the best sources available, which enables the human body to easily recognize them as nutrients. These products also nourish the body at the cellular level, giving renewed energy and vitality.

In 1997, Nutranomics produced and branded its own line of nutritional products. Nowadays, that line includes a choice of vitamins and supplements for weight loss, joint health, immune support, hormone balance, stress relief, sleep assistance, detoxification, cleansing, energy and vitality. Additionally, Nutranomics produces skin care products and formulas for various manufacturers and other companies.

Nutranomics sells its products to the public and retail outlets throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. Its products are also available online.

Health Education and Self-Awareness
Nutranomics is indeed committed to designing, manufacturing, and distributing the finest health products but it also does so much more. The company provides tools and support to educate, create self-awareness, and increase human health and longevity, especially for the international community looking to achieve a healthy lifestyle to alleviate the effects of different diseases.

The company teaches that, to achieve the best health, people have to take responsibility for their own health through moderate diet, exercise and proper supplementation. It provides health education services, including trainings, certifications, a range of health analyses, and group presentations to individuals and industry professionals. The company also offers the Nutritional Blood Analysis, a tool to examine a customer’s blood cells on a video monitor, live, in real time.

In the mid-1990s, the Health Education Corporation (HEC) was founded to serve as Nutranomics’ official educational arm. The HEC offers nutrition, wellness and other types of health education. The large demand for this type of education led to the production of several DVDs and books for in-home education on lifestyle, dietary supplements, exercise and green living. The DVDs and books are readily available for purchase.

For more information, visit www.nutranomics.com

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P2 Solar, Inc. (PTOS) In-Sync with World Appeal to Reduce Reliance on Grid-Produced Electricity

August 13th, 2014

For P2 Solar, seeing over five dozen countries relying on hydropower for over half of their energy needs, the opportunity to realize gains in market share is apparent. What is also apparent is that fossil fuels still outpace alternative sources for satisfying the need for electricity. With the production of electricity from mini-hydropower projects on the rise and overall interest in the sector trending upward, government officials all over the world are diverting their attention and resources to it. Strategically in-sync with this emerging market, P2 Solar is a company developing mini-hydropower projects for public and private sectors who are embracing its advantages.

Mini-hydropower is appealing due to its ability to rapidly respond to changing demand for flood control, electricity and water management. These mini-hydropower generation plants need approximately two to five years to develop as compared to large hydropower plants, which have a development period twice as long. Beyond their shorter development cycle, small and mini-hydro projects net higher returns on investment because of their lower up-front capital investment, maintenance, operational and construction costs. Further enhancing the appeal of mini-hydro, the local environmental disruption resulting from a project is minimal relative to that of a tradition large hydropower plant.

In a recent announcement, P2 Solar acknowledged that its subsidiary in India signed a power purchase agreement with the Punjab energy distribution company for its Rajgarh Mini-Hydro Project. The announcement is significant for the company as it brings its intended goal to fruition after several years of work. The agreement involves payment terms of 35 years at a tariff of approximately $0.10 USD. The company feels the terms offer a high rate of return and create cash flow at no cost. With this agreement PTOS can close bids for construction and proceed to build the project.

PTOS’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 diligently focusing its efforts in this direction so that it can realize the benefit from this trend.

For more information, visit www.p2solar.com

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WordLogic Corp. (WLGC) Sells Exclusive Licensing Rights to Legal Enterprise Solutions for $1 Million

August 13th, 2014

WordLogic, an innovator of patented predictive intelligence technology solutions for mobiles, tablets and desktops, has sold the exclusive rights of its legal enterprise solutions to a Virginia-based private equity group, which has placed a non-refundable financial commitment to purchase the licensing rights.

Per the agreement, the equity group will effect a one-time payment of $1 million in exchange for exclusive rights to license WordLogic technologies in North America. In addition, the group will pay to WordLogic 10% royalty on all sales as well as 15% annual software maintenance fees on all sales.

WordLogic’s obligation will be to provide a commercial product utilizing its innovative iKnowU® and REACH™ technology to provide small- to medium-sized law firms a “better user-experience” in creating and researching legal documents.

Renowned for its award-wining predictive iKnowU® keyboard enriched with the innovative REACH™ technology, WordLogic has amasses an intellectual property portfolio that includes U.S. and European patents and numerous pending patent applications. The company’s advanced predictive platform software is designed to accelerate information discovery and text input on a wide variety of devices including smartphones, PCs, cell phones, Smart TV, media players, automotive navigational systems, infotainment and game consoles.

REACH™ technology enables users to remain in the core applications of their mobile phone while searching for other data. This means users no longer have to exit their core app to navigate through numerous other applications to obtain information such as directions, restaurant listings, ratings and reviews, travel information and other contextual data from Google or other mobile and content sites.

The company has produced a descriptive video of the patent-pending REACH™ advertising search engine and WordLogic technologies on its website at www.wordlogic.com

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Oriens Travel & Hotel Management Corp. (OTHM) Prepares for Q4 2014 Refreshed Brand Re-Launch

August 13th, 2014

Today before the opening bell, Oriens Travel & Hotel Management announced it is engaging in preparatory efforts to launch a fresh, new edition of its Hotel PURE brand. Scheduled closings have given Oriens flexibility for projecting access to multiple properties in Central America to brand. Oriens anticipates re-launching the Hotel PURE brand in Q4 2014, after the formal completion of its first three acquisitions.

“We had much success during the testing period of the original Hotel PURE brand,” stated Ken Chua, President of Oriens Travel & Hotel Management. “We were able to demonstrate the effectiveness of the brand management through increased occupancies and greater ROI’s for all of our test properties throughout the Americas. We are confident, that in a less saturated market, particularly where tourism is just now beginning to explode, we will have exceptionally greater success branding properties where we are involved in ownership.”

Oriens will be revamping the brand to reflect its new business model, including re-facing the website, marketing materials, operational direction, and other brand components. The company management anticipates the corporate organization for Oriens and its expected subsidiaries will be revamped to include executives who will operate Costa Rican properties under the new brand.

Mr. Chua concluded, “Shutting down the old Hotel PURE brand was a necessary action to properly prepare for the transition we anticipated at the time. Now that the opportunity has presented itself where we can re-launch from a place of strength, we are all the better for that decision. Year end 2015 will clearly substantiate this.”

For more information, visit: www.orienscorp.com

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Alliance Creative Group, Inc. (ACGX) Announces Robust Q2 2014 Results

August 13th, 2014

Alliance Creative Group, announcing its results of operations for the second quarter ending June 30, 2014, has disclosed revenues of $3,010,170. The number represents an increase of 26% over the same quarter in 2013.

Gross Profits were $753,317 for the quarter ended June 30, 2014, representing an increase of slightly less than 52% as compared to the same quarter last year. Net Incomes were $40,165 for the quarter compared to a loss of ($74,850) for the same quarter in 2013.

Total assets were $6,485,288, an increase of $810,934 as compared to $5,574,354 in Q2 2013. Common shares outstanding as of June 30, 2014 were 688,300,746 with 587,979,771 of those shares in the float. These numbers remain unchanged as of August 13, 2014.

The company’s full financial statement, balance sheet, cash flow statement, stockholder equity and information and disclosure statements can be found at http://ir.alliancecreativegroup.com/otc-disclosure and on the OTC Market Company website at www.OTCmarkets.com under ACGX’s section for filings and disclosure.

Steven St. Louis, CEO of the Alliance Creative Group noted, “We are very proud of our team’s accomplishments, especially since this is the first time we have generated over $6,000,000 in revenue during the first 6 months of any given year. We are making progress in the execution of our business plans and feel more confident about our future potential each quarter. We will be introducing some expanded services in the coming months and are increasing our overall PR and marketing to help introduce our company to more potential opportunities, clients and shareholders. Historically our 3rd and 4th quarters have been strong quarters; therefore, we are projecting continued strong sales for the rest of the year.”

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

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

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Pan Global Corp. (PGLO) Poised to Profit as India Doubles Down on Renewables

August 12th, 2014

Pan Global, which is heavily focused on India’s burgeoning renewable energy market via their Pan Asia Infratech subsidiary, with a portfolio of developing small-hydro plants like the recently grid-connected 5.7MW Project Badyar up in the northern Himalaya region (Uttarakhand), took some time out to note the recent article in India’s top daily business publication, The Business Standard, highlighting the country’s renewable momentum.

The article looks at the fact that as of the end of March this year, India has hit just shy of 13% of their total potential installed capacity for renewable energy, or some 31.7GW, including hydro (India is the world’s fifth largest electricity generating nation at some 243GW annually). The article examines in particular data out of the Green Summit 2014 held in Bangalore early this June, including the Renewable Energy Status Report 2014 data from the leading global renewable energy policy multi-stakeholder network, REN21, and tries to characterize the government’s threading of the needle when it comes to satisfying both economic development and environmental goals.

The policy landscape in India seems quite clear ultimately, with the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) announcement that they plan to grow renewable energy some 41.4GW by just 2017 and it appears now from the latest data that the country is indeed on track to meet those green energy goals (if not trailing expectations slightly, making the renewables push even more bullish). This clear policy target for installed renewable capacity creates an approximately $10.51B opportunity in India through 2017 and given that at least 1.5GW of that footprint is earmarked specifically for small hydro, there is tremendous upside potential for PGLO moving forward.

Management at PGLO is going all in on this opportunity with an enhanced focus on small hydro to address how demand in the country has rapidly overtaken supply, leading to strained grid conditions and even serious, GDP-impacting blackouts like those that occurred in 2012. The optimal logistics of small hydro applications, from low environmental impact, to localized implementation securing power supply amid a strained national grid, makes this particular niche of the renewables market especially attractive longer-term. But PGLO isn’t just about hydropower, they are advancing a vibrant mix of geothermal and solar photovoltaic efforts, as well as green building and sustainable hydroponic agriculture focused on producing premium organic produce for India’s growing population (2.59 births per woman). Solar PV represents a strong secondary market for PGLO in India, given that the latest report on India’s solar sector out of A.T. Kearney indicates some $7B in capital investment slated for grid-connected solar over the next ten years. Add the fact that the 8% slice of the renewables pie represented by solar in India (according to the MNRE data) is growing steadily and you get a solid backdrop position for PGLO besides their small hydro.

Pan Global is well-positioned to capitalize on the huge untapped demand for renewable power in India and the staggered acquisition of their most recent small hydro operation, Project Badyar, via a gradual increase of equity stake in Regency Yamuna Energy Ltd. (the privately-held outfit commissioning the project), shows that the company really knows how to play the game when it comes to growing their footprint shrewdly. Quite telling when you look at the $129B in private equity/M&A deals done last year in India’s renewable sector (United Nations Environment Programme and Bloomberg), as well as the strong 25% and 3% growth respectively for private and public R&D investment between 2012 and 2013.

To learn more about Pan Global, visit www.panglobalcorp.com

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Armco Metals Holdings, Inc.’s (AMCO) Experienced Leadership Provide Foundation for Industry Dominance

August 12th, 2014

Armco Metals, a competitive player in metal distribution and metal recycling in China’s booming steel industry, aims to become the largest, most reliable recycled scrap steel provider in the country. Operating five subsidiaries that harmoniously collaborate to meet increasing market demands, Armco Metals provides recycled scrap steel and metal and nonferrous metal ores imported from more than 10 countries.

Armco Metals’ subsidiaries are strategically located throughout China, enabling the companies to capitalize on the country’s existing infrastructure and improve import and distribution logistics and costs. Through its subsidiaries in the port cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Lianyungang and the mainland city of Zhengzhou, Armco Metals is able to rapidly distribute recycled scrap steel and metal and nonferrous metal ores throughout the country.

Since its founding in 2001, Armco Metals has established long-standing relationships with more than 100 small-sized and medium-sized metal producers, and under its current management team has experienced considerable growth in the last seven years.

Employing a business strategy based on his extensive industry management experience, Armco Metals’ Chief Executive Officer Kexuan Yoa has guided the company from a foreign enterprise specialized in metal ore trading to a global company in the integrated business of import, production, sales and distribution.

Yoa joined Armco in 2008. In addition to his roles as CEO and chairman of the board, he also serves as chairman and general manager of the company’s Armco Metals International Ltd. subsidiary. Prior to his employment with Armco, Yoa for five years served as the general manager of the Tianjin Branch for Zhengzhou Gaoxin District Development Co. Ltd., a Chinese metal distribution business for which he was responsible for managing and coordinating the delivery of iron ore from around the world to China.

Yoa works alongside Chief Financial Officer Fengtao Wen, who has also been with Armco in this capacity since 2008. Since 2005, Wen has also served as the accounting manager of Armco Metals International and its subsidiary, Henan Armco & Metawise Trading Co., Ltd. Wen graduated from the Economics Department of Zhengzhou University in 1996 and promptly took a position in the accounting department of Zhengzhou Smithing Co. Ltd. where he remained until joining Armco nine years later.

Armco’s core leadership team also includes Weigang Zhao, vice general manager of Armet (Lianyungang) Renewable Resources and member of Armco’s board of directors. Zhao joined Armco’s board in 2008, a year after he obtained his position with Armet (Lianyungang) Renewable Resources. Zhao previously served as a manager in the supply department at Henan Anyang Steel Co. Ltd.; and as marketing manager at Sinotrans Henan Co. Ltd.

Leveraging more than a decade of relevant industry experience, the skilled executive management team of Armco is heading the push toward the company’s corporate goals of becoming the largest scrap steel recycler in China while increasing shareholder value.

For more information, visit www.armcometals.com

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Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) Sees the Potential in Cancer Sensory Devices

August 12th, 2014

There are substantial costs associated with the late discovery of the MRSA (or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) super-bug and other hospital-acquired infections. In the US alone, there are the challenges posed to patients and healthcare providers, including tens of thousands of invasive infections and deaths and billions in treatments costs.

Spanish-company Zenosense strongly believes it has identified a lucrative new market segment as there is no existing, cost-effective system to serve as a “smoke alarm” for MRSA/SA with the purpose of detecting infection early in patients or the rooms of a healthcare building. To answer this largely unmet need, Zenosense has entered into an exclusive global license agreement with Sgenia Group to develop an effective detector for MRSA/SA, and Sgenia has established a new, dedicated subsidiary for the project: Zenon Biosystem.

Zenon is contracted, on a phased basis, to produce this sophisticated device, which will be based on an algal/water sensor platform that already exists. At this point, the plan is to use a single, commercial “off-the-shelf” gas sensor to sample the air and continuously monitor for the airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs) signature emitted by MRSA/SA. The MRSA/SA VOC signature is only emitted when the bacteria has infected and presented itself as a disease in the patient. It can be detected prior to the patient being obviously symptomatic, enabling an earlier intervention.

Zenosense has made progress since the development of its MRSA device began in December of 2013. As of May 2014, it extended its development and exclusive license agreement with Sgenia to include cancer sensory devices. Under the terms of the extension, Zenosense has the option of funding the development of prospective cancer sensory devices that may be based on the Sgenia technology. Assuming it finances the project, Zenosense will have the right to manufacture, market, and sell any resulting devices that are developed.

Zenosense believes the sensory technology and algorithmic processing in development for MRSA detection could, if successful, be applied to certain cancer sensory devices. Some cancers, such as lung and colon, produce volatile organic compounds in an individual’s breath in a similar way that MRSA does. If the cancer-specific pattern of VOCs can be identified, Zenosense believes that a fairly-straightforward alteration of a successful MRSA detection technology may enable it to create a similar device for the exposure of certain cancers.

As with the MRSA/SA detector it has under development, Zenosense believes there could be huge demand for a relatively minimal-cost, rapid-detection device for these types of cancer. Such a device could allow for much wider screening and the ability to detect, for example, lung cancer at a much earlier stage and on a mass scale. Presently, lung cancer is usually detected at a late stage when fewer than 25% of cases can be cured; however, if detected in Stage I, there is a 70% cure rate.

For more information, visit www.zenosense.net

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