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GlobalWise Investments, Inc. (GWIV) Targeting Unmet Needs of Small-to-Medium Enterprises with Cutting-Edge ECM Solutions

April 11th, 2014

Many organizations are overwhelmed by today’s digital demands. Today’s information explosion has given rise to new standards for organization-wide efficiency and effectiveness, and many stakeholders are still acclimating themselves to the changes in technology and their applications.

With as much as 85% of their critical content trapped as unstructured data, organizations need to regain control over their workflow to avoid redundancy, security, and compliance issues. Through its wholly owned subsidiary Intellinetics, technology company GlobalWise Investments offers cutting-edge enterprise content management solutions (ECM solutions) that fill this gap. GlobalWise Investments’ content management software, deployed via the cloud or at a client’s premises, enables documents to flow freely when and where they need to. Organizations then become much more able to manage their data and documents, with the increased operational efficiency and convenience given by the ECM software. The software enjoys strong applicability– it can be customized to fit a client’s specific needs, making it valuable to organizations across a comprehensive range of sectors.

Intellivue™, the company’s flagship platform, offers substantial savings to any size organization in virtually any industry. The platform offers organizations immediate, secure access to all of their corporate information, at the desktop or via the Web. Clients are also bolstered by the expertise and savvy of GlobalWise Investments’ combined management team, which has over 150 years of ECM industry experience. GlobalWise Investments itself has been a pioneer in the ECM industry for 20 years.

While other players in the ECM industry focus on Tier 1 and Tier 2 markets, GlobalWise Investments has been focusing on the unmet needs of enterprises in Tier 3 and Tier 4 markets. Aside from being underserved, these markets are compliance-heavy, and their need for effective ECM solutions is great. GlobalWise Investments’ cloud computing software offers a range of benefits to these smaller-sized enterprises, including convenience, data security, cost-effectiveness, and environmentally friendly content management capabilities. Many leading hardware vendors have seen the game-changing value that GlobalWise investments’ flagship platform extends: Lexmark, Samsung, CVS/pharmacy, and DELL are just a few among many vendors that have directly integrated their hardware into the Intellivue™ cloud platform.

In 2014, the ECM industry is expected to top $5.7 billion. As the ECM industry continues to grow, GlobalWise Investments looks to strengthen its value to clients as it continues to build its market leadership.

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

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Global Payout, Inc. (GOHE) Continues Breakout Year with Payment Solutions Serving $3 Trillion Global Market

April 11th, 2014

Empowering global businesses, Global Payout is an international management consultant services company and program manager, providing companies throughout the world with electronic payment and prepaid card solutions.

Headquartered in the United States and the U.K., Global Payout offers a line of prepaid products that can be utilized off the shelf or be fully customized. The company’s worldwide network of banks and processing partners enables organizations to deploy specific solutions configured especially for them – solving a single payment issue or meeting an entire global payment requirement through the modular solutions Global Payout has developed with its partners.

Global Payout’s electronic payment solutions include prepaid debit cards and e-wallet solutions specifically suited for large, medium, and small businesses; member organizations; governmental and nongovernmental organizations; institutions; religious organizations; network marketing companies; unions; and recipients of various types of financial aid. The company’s proprietary Consolidated Payment Platform (CPG) and prepaid debit card solutions (including MasterCard, Visa, and Discover), along with its other customizable payment solutions, serve an estimated $3 trillion market with a platform that is simplified and cost-effective, offering competitive and comparative advantages. Through Global Payout’s payment solutions and domestic and international prepaid card offerings, issuers are able to distribute funds, and account holders – with or without bank accounts – can access and use funds on a global basis for payroll purposes, vendor payment, rebates, and general spend prepaid programs. In these electronic payment platforms, Global Payout is additionally able to include money transfer capabilities to bank accounts, credit cards, debit cards, prepaid cards, and remittance locations throughout the world.

Global Payout feels 2014 will be its breakout year regarding sales revenue, new contracts, and new clients.

For more information, visit: www.globalpayout.com

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Well Power, Inc. (WPWR) Deploying Solution to a $10 Billion Issue

April 11th, 2014

Emerging energy technologies company Well Power is seeking to address what is perhaps one of the most demanding global environmental issues today—gas flaring. Gas flaring refers to the process in which excess oil is removed from an oil well and burned. On a global scale, it is estimated that 150 billion cubic meters of natural gas are flared annually—a contribution of approximately 400 million metric tons of CO2-equivalent global greenhouse gas emissions. From an energy standpoint, the massive yearly amounts of produced waste natural gas represent around 5 percent of wasted global gas production, or in dollar value, $10 billion of lost revenue.

Well Power aims to tackle this sizable problem head-on through a proprietary technology solution that converts waste natural gas into clean power and engineered fuels (i.e., diluents, drop-in diesel, and pipeline-quality synthetic crude). The solution is called a micro-refinery unit (MRU), and it is composed of an assembly of proven commercial technologies with a proprietary micro-reactor system for hydrocarbon processing and catalytic reactions. With these components, the machine is able to process raw natural gas flows of between 75 Mcf to 250 Mcf, first conditioning and converting methane and condensates into Syngas (CO and hydrogen). A Fischer-Tropsch reaction then follows, for the production of Green Fuel™, and power that is produced from heat generated by exothermic reactions and combustion.

The MRU is said to be highly mobile and capable of being deployed with minimal capital expenditures. Working with the MRU license holder, Well Power has secured the licensing rights to Texas, as well as the first right of refusal on the other U.S. states. The company believes that notable gas flaring reduction can be achieved within a decade. Increasing energy resource availability while reducing environmental hazard outputs from gas flaring, in turn, could yield pronounced environmental and economic benefits for local communities, regional and national governments, and even the globe as a whole.

Well Power’s partnership enables the company to provide the MRU and a suite of service options to clientele in the upstream areas of exploration and production. These full-service options include:

• Engineering
• Design
• Construction
• Modular fabrication
• Maintenance
• Construction management
• Consulting services
• Process assessments
• Facility appraisals
• Feasibility studies
• Technology evaluations
• Project finance structuring and support
• Multi-client subscription services

In a market update issued in late February, Well Power noted that the number of flaring permits issued by Texas’ regulatory body for the oil and gas industry had significantly increased. In 2013, the regulatory body had issued 3,012 flaring permits, a 462 percent increase from its issuance of 651 flaring permits in 2011. The dramatic rise had been in tandem with a marked increase in drilling permits as well.

With this market opportunity, Well Power has been working toward building its client base in Texas, and will then focus on other states. With the powerful MRU available, the company looks to leave a pronounced mark on the energy and environmental challenges created by gas flaring.

For more information about Well Power, visit: www.wellpowerinc.com

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Kallo, Inc. (KALO) Provides Comprehensive, Streamlined Solutions for Delivery Challenges in Global Healthcare

April 11th, 2014

When Hurricane Katrina barreled into the Gulf Coast in 2005, it was the largest and third strongest hurricane ever recorded to make landfall in the United States. Katrina peaked at a Category 5 hurricane with winds clocked at up to 175 miles per hour, creating a 20-foot storm surge and leaving 80 percent of New Orleans in up to 20 feet of water. The final death toll was 1,836 people from Louisiana and Mississippi.

In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, volunteers, non-government organizations (NGOs) such as the Red Cross, and government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) rushed to the scene to rescue and restore. The federal government’s rescue efforts, however, were widely criticized as disaster seemed to outpace resources. Inadequate supplies of fresh water, food and medical attention to the area highlighted numerous issues in our nation’s disaster response.

Small-cap innovator Kallo, Inc. has created a comprehensive solution for disaster management and unreached remote communities. The company’s mobile clinics are fully equipped with best-in-class medical devices and are fully integrated with congruent health information systems.

Kallo MobileCare™ is comprised of mobile clinics, clinical command centre, administration centre, utility vehicles, user training, professional and clinical training, hardware and software maintenance, operations and management support, maintenance and continued educational support, supply chain management of medical equipment, consumables and spare parts, and advanced and integrated software systems.

Kallo’s range of technologies is designed to improve the quality and efficiency of care as a stand-alone solution or to complement existing infrastructure workflows and processes increasing uptime and productivity. Each of the company’s clinical solutions comply with international, national and region standards to ensure repeatable delivery for maximum performance in disaster situations.

For more information, visit www.kalloinc.ca

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Mabwe Minerals Inc. (MBMI) Expands Reach with Strategic Alliances

April 10th, 2014

Mabwe Minerals recognizes the value of collaboration. The New Jersey-based natural resources and hard asset company has formed the right type of strategic partnerships to back its overseas mining operations at the Dodge Mine in Zimbabwe. With local partners like WGB Kinsey & Company, Steinbock Minerals, and Yasheya Ltd., who are knowledgeable about the mining, logistics, and sale of industrial minerals and metals, especially barite, Mabwe Minerals is moving forward with its commercial production project at the mine.

Through its Zimbabwean affiliate, Mabwe Minerals owns all of the mining rights to several blocks of the Dodge Mine in Shamva, Zimbabwe. This high-potential mine represents over 200 hectares, spans three mountains, and is situated on a rich hydrothermal mountain range site that both authentication and gravity mapping suggest bears large amounts of premium white, pink and brown barite deposits as well as limestone and talc deposits. Extensive gossan deposits on the property also indicate the presence of gold, nickel, copper, and zinc.

Mabwe Minerals has intentionally partnered with WGB Kinsey & Company because the company has the management experience and tools needed to completely manage the production of the Dodge Mine. WGB Kinsey & Company also allows Mabwe Minerals to increase its reach to customer bases that will pay the best price for high-grade barite. Since barite has multiple commercial applications in the oil and gas drilling, medical diagnostic, automotive, paint pigment, and heavy concrete fields, there is strong global and regional demand for the mineral.

Additionally, through partnerships with Yasheya Ltd. and Steinbock Minerals, Mabwe Minerals is in place to cater to both companies’ customer bases in the Middle East and Europe and to meet the growing demands of the oil and gas sector off the coasts of South Africa and Mozambique.

The strategic partnerships that Mabwe Minerals has established with these top logistical, mining, and shipping firms are geared towards fast-tracking the company for success. Other benefits of these affiliations include:

• Cost-effective and dependable support for all phases of operations
• Exceptionally strong global and regional market presence
• Established worldwide delivery network
• Improved margins due to tight logistics
• Opportunity to price competitively

For more information about Mabwe Minerals, visit www.mabweminerals.com

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Infinite Group, Inc. (IMCI) Cyber Security Solutions Integral to Service Portfolio

April 10th, 2014

Infinite Group is pursuing a path to become a leading information technology consulting services company and to take advantage of a rapidly growing and crucially important cyber security industry.

As companies in the U.S. find the need for cyber security increasing, they see specific threats coming from areas such as state-sponsored cyber intrusions, organized cyber syndicates, and hacker groups. For the last three years, Infinite Group has focused on providing leading security solutions to government and commercial customers that includes vulnerability assessments, risk prioritization and reduction, phased implementation, education, and training services. Crafting a business model to capitalize on the booming cyber security industry is an essential next step beginning with collecting the data types needed for their information security systems to identify sophisticated attacks and sustain new business enterprises. The need for these specific types of data will continue to grow expeditiously going forward.

The company recently tapped Frank McIntire, a well-known cyber security expert to focus on boosting and expanding the company’s cyber security division. McIntire is a former director of US and global operations for Air Force and Pentagon programs and IT operations for KPMG Consulting and Oracle Corp. As Vice President of Sales, McIntire is responsible for enhancing the company’s customer base which includes federal, state and local governments, commercial accounts, and small-sized and medium-sized enterprises. He is also tasked with developing relationships with existing and new technology partners, and bringing the most relevant best practices in cyber security to the company and its customers.

A focal point of Infinite Group’s business strategy is pursuing high-growth market segments while adding product and consulting options to its solutions portfolio and finding experts to grow the business. McIntire’s appointment meets all three priorities while also moving the company forward in the cyber security field.

Infinite Group is a trusted small-business GSA supplier for IT service and support. Its technological expertise and industry-leading partnerships help the company to select and implement the best IT solution for agencies at all levels. Infinite Group is relied upon to improve efficiency, increase return on investment, and achieve overall mission success. Its IT experts are dedicated to quality and customer service, and maintain the latest certifications. IGI professionals work seamlessly in business environments to proactively deliver quality solutions on time and on budget.

For more information, visit www.igius.com

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Zenosense, Inc. (ZENO) Enters $475,000 Securities Purchase Agreement

April 10th, 2014

Today, Zenosense, an emerging healthcare technology company focused on developing and marketing a device for use in hospitals and other healthcare settings for detection of the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) “Super-Bug”, announced that it had entered into a securities purchase agreement with an accredited investor.

According to the agreement’s terms, Zenosense will engage in an initial sale of 55,556 shares of common stock at a gross sale price of $25,000. The accredited investor has agreed to the purchase of an additional 900,000 shares of common stock in four additional purchases, subject to certain conditions. The additional purchases will be commenced if Zenosense is successful in achieving its stage one development objective: the production of a prototype MRSA/SA sensor that is capable of detecting MRSA and/or SA contamination. When the objective has been met, the investor will make the first tranche purchase of 300,000 common stock shares for $150,000.

Once a month after the first tranche purchase has elapsed, the investor will make three additional consecutive monthly purchases of common stock. Each of these monthly purchases will comprise the purchase of 200,000 more shares of Zenosense’s common stock at a purchase price of $100,000. Zenosense will also be required to maintain a continuing listing of its common stock without interruption on at least one of the OTCQB, OTCQX, or equivalent replacement exchange such as the Nasdaq National Market, the Nasdaq SmallCap Market, the New York Stock Exchange, or the American Stock Exchange. Should Zenosense fail at any point to fulfill this listing requirement, the investor may terminate any balance due under the additional tranche purchases at the investor’s sole discretion.

To date, Zenosense has fully met its stage one obligation. Since December 2013, the healthcare technology company has provided over $520,000 in development funding to its partner, the Sgneia Group. Zenosense anticipates that 85 percent of the funding generated from the investor’s additional tranche purchases will be allocated toward stage two product development. That stage includes the producing and successfully conducting laboratory testing of 20 beta versions of the MRSA/SA sensor.

More information about Zenosense and its efforts in bringing-to-market innovations for healthcare-associated infections detection can be found at: www.zenosense.net

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Start Scientific, Inc. (STSC) Focuses on Expanding Oil & Gas Portfolio under Leadership of Seasoned Chief Executive

April 10th, 2014

Start Scientific is an oil extraction company focused on identifying and acquiring low-risk, low-cost land lease opportunities on properties with known oil deposits. The company intends to develop facilities on these properties to cost effectively extract the oil and then distribute the refined oil for sale onto the open market.

With leases or contracts to acquire leases already in place in Texas, Mississippi, and Romania, Start Scientific is working to expand its portfolio and is currently negotiating several additional projects in North Dakota and New Mexico.

The initial objective is to take advantage of low-risk, producing, exploration and development oil and gas opportunities that are too small for the mid-sized oil and gas companies. Undertaking this mission takes considerable knowledge of the oil and gas industry, and a keen eye for discerning between a wise and high-risk opportunity.

Company initiatives are spearheaded by Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Norris R. Harris, who has more than 50 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, founding and restructuring of oil and gas companies, and in oil and gas drilling and operations. His background provides Start Scientific with an extensive base of contacts in the oil and gas industry, as well as insight into various aspects of the business.

For more information, visit www.startscientificoil.com

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VistaGen Therapeutics, Inc. (VSTA) Joins the Cardiac Research Safety Consortium

April 10th, 2014

Today, VistaGen Therapeutics announced its membership in the Cardiac Research Safety Consortium, a public-private partnership launched in 2006 through an FDA Critical Path Initiative Memorandum of Understanding with Duke University. The consortium aims to support research efforts that evaluate the cardiac safety of medical products, drawing upon input from stakeholders from across industrial, academic, and governmental sectors for data sharing and expertise.

VistaGen Therapeutics is the creator of CardioSafe 3D™, a novel in vitro bioassay system capable of predicting the cardiac effects, both toxic and non-toxic, of small molecule drug candidates with greater speed and precision than alternative, often-used safety models in drug development. That is inclusive of animal models and cellular assays that use primary, immortalized, or transformed cells. VistaGen Therapeutics incorporates use of mature, functional heart cells differentiated from human pluripotent stem cells for its revolutionary in vitro bioassay system.

The company’s CardioSafe 3D™is the central component of the company’s groundbreaking stem cell technology platform, Human Clinical Trials in a Test Tube™. With its ability to detect unexpected heart and liver safety issues in drug candidates, the stem cell technology is said to have tremendous potential for remedying widespread drug discovery and development crises within the U.S. pharmaceutical industry. VistaGen Therapeutics will be extending its expertise in cardiac safety for advancement of research efforts in the consortium.

“We look forward to partnering with the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, academic, and regulatory members of the Cardiac Safety Research Consortium, and contributing our expertise to support rapid advancement of our understanding of cardiac safety. Cardiac safety, especially identifying proarrhythmic safety concerns of new drug candidates prior to human studies, drives our internal efforts every day, and we welcome the opportunity to participate in this innovative process with the consortium,” said Ralph Snodgrass, Ph.D., VistaGen’s President and Chief Scientific Officer.

“VistaGen shares our commitment to improving cardiac safety of new medical products, and its membership will strengthen CSRC,” commented Mitchell W. Krucoff, MD, FACC, Professor of Medicine at Duke University and CSRC Co-Chairperson. “We look forward to a productive, long-term relationship with VistaGen.”

For more information about VistaGen Therapeutics and its biotechnological initiatives, please visit: www.vistagen.com

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Even Industry Experts Agree, Innocent, Inc. (INCT) is Looking to “the Best Basin in Wyoming for Producing Oil”

April 10th, 2014

In November of 2012, Jimmy Goolsby, the head of a geologic consulting firm, Goolsby, Finley and Associates, based in Casper, Wyoming, gave a special presentation to an audience that was a mix of oil and gas industry representatives, and members of the Wyoming Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. He started off his talk to this anxious crowd by stating “The Powder River Basin is going to be the best basin in Wyoming for producing oil.” Jimmy Goolsby himself credits this revived interest in Wyoming oil development with the research work being done at the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute at the University of Wyoming, which is helping the industry find new techniques for pulling harder to recover oil out of the ground.

Emerging oil and gas exploration company, Innocent, Inc. has picked the right time to begin development work on properties in the Wyoming Powder River Basin. When you look at the side of an excavated mountain, you may see sometimes what are referred to as ‘strata’ of rock. In other words, layers of sedimentary rock with internal characteristics that distinguish it from other layers. A structural basin is essentially an area of strata that has been warped over time by shifting tectonic plates and has the appearance of an inverted dome. The Powder River Basin is such a structural basin that is 120 miles East to West, and 200 miles north to south.

The Powder River Basin is actually best known for its low sulfur ‘sub-bituminous’ coal, and 40% of the billion tons of coal used in the United States comes from this region. On the geological time scale, the Powder River Basin would be considered young. About 60 million years ago, the basin floor was covered with swamps and lakes and essentially had a subtropical climate. Trees and other organic matter began building up on the basin floor and formed peat bogs under the fresh water. Sediments would wash down from nearby mountains and cover the peat and after 25 million years, the area became arid. Eventually the continuous pressure compressed the peat and formed coal. The low sulfur content is mainly due to the formation under fresh water. Coal from the Appalachian mountain regions has a much higher sulfur content because it was formed under ocean water. So for comparison, anthracite coal from the Appalachian Mountains began formation over 250 million years ago, while there was only one supercontinent, Pangea. What we know as the familiar shape of the North American continent, is only about 200 million years old, which is still young for an earth that is estimated to be 4.54 billion years old.

Most of the oil we use is formed by biogenic formation as well in a process similar to that of coal, and oil that was formed over the ‘younger’ time period of 60 million years tends to have a number of defining characteristics. Oil that is easily pumped up and the least viscous tends has formed over 100s of millions of years ago, and is under rock that is non-permeable and tightly sealed. A common way of defining that oil is by comparing how heavy or light that oil is to water, and the standard is the American Petroleum Institute gravity or API gravity. If the API gravity is greater than 10, the oil floats on water, and if less than 10, it is heavy oil that sinks in water. So the older oil tends to be light crude and described as having a high API gravity. The oil formations in areas such as the Powder River basin, are younger, have been under semi-permeable rock, and bacteria over the centuries have caused biodegradation, leaving the heavier hydrocarbons behind. The oil that Innocent, Inc. expects to extract will have a low API gravity, meaning it will be a very heavy crude and will be highly viscous. This means enhanced oil recovery techniques will have to be used to literally force the oil out of the ground. Innocent Inc. is quite prepared to utilize techniques such as gas, water, steam, or fire flooding to extract the oil.

Last year, the Powder River Basin was responsible for just over a third of Wyoming’s 60 million barrel output. Two oil companies, Anadarko Petroleum and Chesapeake Energy, that have operations in the Powder River Basin both increased oil production from that area. Innocent, Inc. is focusing on oil-bearing formations that are only 2,500 feet from the surface, and are looking at other prospects in the state of Wyoming as well. Innocent, Inc. is in the right region of the United States to successfully execute its business plan.

For more information on Innocent, visit: www.innocentinc.com

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Great Plains Holdings, Inc. (GTPH) Pursues Diverse Revenue Streams

April 10th, 2014

Great Plains Holdings’ dominant business strategy is to pursue opportunities with exponential growth potential. The company has set up a diversified business model through two fully-owned subsidiaries that allows it to realize revenue from various sources and to steadily augment its tangible assets. The company operates in the real estate sector via Ashland Holdings and also manages LiL Marc, the manufacturer of a training urinal for toddler boys.

LiL Marc, which was established in 1999, manufactures and sells LiL Marc training urinals for toddler boys living in the US. The LiL Marc represents a smaller-scale version of the full-sized urinals found in public restrooms having been constructed to match the smaller size of the toddlers in training. Along with rolling out a hard-hitting advertising campaign for the Lil Marc, Great Plains’ management is compiling a potential client list consisting of retailers with physical stores and additional consumer outlets in the broader retail market. Once its marketing strategies are in place, management believes that the growth and widespread circulation of the product will follow.

More than a decade after establishing Lil Marc, Great Plains set up Ashland Holdings, a real estate investment company that acquires and operates commercial real estate. Ashland’s operations cover the development, investment, ownership, and management of several types of income-generating properties, including apartment buildings and self-storage facilities. At present, Ashland’s portfolio includes:

• One 1,400-square-foot corporate office building;
• One 800-square-foot warehouse for LiL Marc’s operations; and
• Two adjacent parcels of land, one of which includes a manufactured home that is rented out for additional income.

In anticipation of some expected growth, Ashland and LiL Marc are making plans to use one or more of the five office spaces in the corporate office building while the rest could be leased to tenants to bring in additional revenue. Ashland, whose headquarters are in Wildwood, Florida, also has plans to expand its investments in the real estate markets of the Midwest, Southern and Southeast regions of the United States.

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

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Speedemissions, Inc. (SPMI) Employs Multi-Pronged Business Strategy to Lead Emissions Testing Market

April 9th, 2014

Since 2001, Speedemissions has trekked forward in its journey to become one of the largest test-only emissions testing and safety inspection companies in the United States. Today, Speedemissions operates 43 vehicle emissions testing and safety inspection stations under the trade names of Speedemissions and Auto Emissions Express; Mr. Sticker; and Just Emissions.

As a participant in the $2.5 billion market where 87 million vehicles tested annually on emissions quality, Speedemissions maintains its competitive edge by opening new stores and acquiring other retail operations, also adding automotive repair and maintenance services to existing locations.

In June 2010, Speedemissions launched its first proprietary technology application, “CARbonga.” The app diagnoses an automobile’s computer system using the on-board diagnostic port on vehicles that were produced since 1996. CARbonga is designed to provide motorist with easy access to the same diagnostic technology that was previously available only to car repair mechanics and dealerships. The “CARbonga-SRI” app provides car owners with access to any vehicle’s history when it pertains to safety Recall Notices and TSB’s (Technical Service Bulletins) issued by the automobile manufacturer.

Company president and Chief Executive Officer Rich Parlontieri has more than 30 years of business experience, previously serving as chairman and CEO of ebank.com, Inc., which he founded in 1997. He was also co-founder and director of Fayette Community Bancshares, which was sold in 1998 to Birmingham, Ala.-based Regions Financial.

For more information, visit www.speedemissions.com

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Raptor Resources Inc. (RRHI) Subsidiary Affiliate Acquires Derbyshire Stone Quarry

April 9th, 2014

Raptor Resources, Freehold, New Jersey, recently reported that TAG Minerals Zimbabwe Ltd. has acquired the Derbyshire Stone Quarry. Derbyshire is an established mining company managed by strategic partner and operator, WGB Kinsey & Company. Raptor is best known as a natural resources company with a focus on mineral and metal resource acquisition.

It has been reported that The Derbyshire Stone Quarry is the largest indigenous sand and stone quarry in the Harare area. The quarry is located in a prime residential growth zone in Zimbabwe close to major road projects. Production includes 10mm stone, 20mm stone, quarry dust, crusher run, river sand (washed), decomposed granite, and pit sand.

The agreement states TAG Minerals has acquired Derbyshire stockpile inventory of no less than $440,000, debtor book/cash in bank of no less than $75,000, as well as new management contracts for key employees.

“In prior letters to shareholders, the company committed to building assets within TAG Minerals during CY 2014. TAG Minerals is focused on viable hard assets, seasoned mining companies and developing greenfield resources featuring high value minerals & metals. In just the first quarter of 2014, the company, through its Zimbabwe affiliate, TAG-Z, has acquired 100 percent of greenfield resource Raptor Mine targeting nickel and copper for further development as well as the Derbyshire Stone Quarry, a mature granite quarry in volume production,” Al Pietrangelo, CEO and president of Raptor Resources stated in the news release.

Raptor’s management is on site in Zimbabwe on a regular basis and in so doing builds long-term relationships with influential Zimbabweans who share the company’s passion to build successful companies under Zimbabwean affiliate names. While Raptor Resources’ key focus is developing greenfield resources and bringing them into commercial production, the company seeks seasoned mining opportunities like the Derbyshire Stone Quarry and many other types of viable hard assets that have sound potential to generate revenue for its shareholders. All development and production operations are performed by Zimbabwe’s most experienced mining and construction company, WGB Kinsey & Company.

Raptor Resources is the parent company of Mabwe Minerals, Inc. (OTCQB: MBMI), a U.S. based natural resources and hard asset company engaged in the mining, logistics, and commercial sales of industrial minerals and metals, with first focus on barite and limestone; and TAG Minerals, Inc., a U.S. based mineral/metal resource acquisition, exploration, and development company targeting viable hard assets, seasoned mining companies along with developing greenfield resources aimed at high value minerals and metals.

For more information, visit www.raptorresourcesholdings.com

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P2 Solar, Inc. (PTOS) Provides Alternative Energy Solutions

April 9th, 2014

P2 Solar’s mission is clear, even after just one glance at its logo—the upfront declaration to “Power Change” is as prominent as the company’s name.

Formed in March 2009, P2 Solar develops solar power projects in prime locations where the sun exposure is high and area governments support solar project development. The locations chosen by P2 Solar often depend on the availability of subsidies, which governments offer to attract and incorporate solar power into their electricity consumption profiles.

P2 Solar’s initiatives are part of the global movement towards choosing alternative energy sources over traditional grid electricity solutions. This movement is growing in areas where electricity costs are on the rise, especially in developing countries. Public and private sectors in these areas are also interested in exploring renewable, green energy sources as a way to reduce their dependence on fossil fuels and be more environmentally friendly.

The company currently has two projects in its pipeline. These projects, the Rajgarh Mini-hydro Project and the Tibba Mini-hydro Project, are in India, where the population—and cost of electricity—is rising rapidly. The mini-hydro projects use the locations’ natural landscapes to divert water through a turbine, keeping the irrigation canal and surrounding terrain largely undisturbed. Both projects are considered to be a major milestone for P2 Solar, as they are its first significant projects underway in India.

One of the company’s most notable projects is the Langley Rooftop Project in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. The company built a 53 KWp solar PV rooftop for a warehouse for Canada Ticket, Inc. Finished in 2013, the project is expected to generate about 10% of the Canada Ticket’s power. The company caught the eye of fellow businesses in British Columbia, who have since expressed interest in solar energy solutions.

While P2 Solar’s day-to-day operations are focused on growing its business successfully, its overall mission promises to change the way we think about and use alternative energy.

For more information, please visit www.p2solar.com

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Pan Global Corp. (PGLO) Begins Integrating First Renewable Energy Source into India’s Emerging Electrical Power Market

April 9th, 2014

Pan Global Corporation, a renewable energy technology and infrastructure company, recently announced that its first acquisition candidate, the Project Badyar small hydro-electric station, is nearly a month away from completion of construction. This will be the first of many projects that will allow Pan Global to participate in India’s strong demand for renewable energy technologies.

Project Badyar is based in the state of Uttarakhand, in which over the past decade alone, demand for electric power consumption increased by over five times. About 30% of that demand is due to the consumer sector and experiencing growth due to a rising middle class, but over 40% of that demand is from industry. If you look at that state in the early 2000’s, over 40% of the population was primarily working poor, mainly in the agricultural sector. However, Uttarakhand always had a very high literacy rate in excess of 76% of the population. So, combine low-cost, highly literate labor with attractive tax incentives offered through the State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Limited, and the result is explosive industrial growth. Some incentives structured were on the level of 100% income tax exemption for the first five years, and 30% the next five, and so forth. In no time, sugar cane and rice paddy fields gave way to industrial parks and prefabricated buildings, and manufacturers such as Tata Motors, Bajaj Auto, Nestle, Hewlett-Packard, and many others began to dominate the plains areas of Uttarkhand.

Uttarkhand is also a state that suffered from the ravages of climate change-enhanced extreme weather phenomena. In June of last year, the area experienced a rainfall that was heavier by 375% above the benchmark of an average monsoon season. Combined with accelerated glacial melt, this led to the worse flashflood in 90 years, leading to washed-out roads and bridges, major mudslides, and presumably 5,700 people dead. Environmentalists blamed the national road building program which led to routes constructed in remote areas without any adequate drainage. Many more environmentalists also blamed the rash construction of very large scale hydro-electric projects that involved building major dams as contributing to the disaster by weakening river banks. Large scale hydroelectric power stations typically involve building a dam which interrupts the flow of a river and can cause significant harm to a local ecosystem, and often displace people and wildlife. Small hydroelectric power plants on the other hand have a very low environmental impact and are ideal for small communities. This is one of the reasons why the Alliance for Rural Electrification expects the small hydro-electric market, meaning power stations that produce less than 10 Megawatts, to grow from a $14 billion market back in 2008 to a $38.5 billion market by 2015.

Uttarkhand is itself divided up into 13 districts. Project Badyar is located in the northern most district of Uttarkashi among the foothills of the Himalayan mountain range. There is little manufacturing industry in this district, but as both the Ganges and Yamuna rivers originate in this district, tourism and resorts are a major contributor to the local economy as well as agriculture and forest products. The region has a population over 329,000 putting it on par with the population of the Central American nation, Belize. The annual power output of Project Badyar is expected to be about 27,500 Megawatt hours, which is enough to power 100,000 Indian households in that region.

Not using a large dam to create a massive reservoir of water, water is collected at Project Badyar using what is called a trench weir. Essentially a trench is built across a stream effectively below the bed level of the stream so as not to cause any major obstructions that can impact the ecosystem. The top of the weir is covered with bottom rack bars. Water while flowing over it, passes through the bottom racks and enters into the trench and collected in an intake well located at one of the banks at the end of the weir. The bottom racks consists of heavy rounded steel bars placed parallel to the river flow and prevent heavy boulders and pebbles from entering into the water to be channeled to the power station.

The water then flows into a large desilting tank which basically just uses gravity to let the heavier sediment fall out of the water, otherwise abrasive material in the water would quickly wear out the turbine blades which are rotated to generate power. The water is transported to the power station among a system of pipes referred to as the conveyance line, and is laid out among the contours of the mountains such as not to disturb the local landscape. The water then flows into a sizable forebay tank which regulates the flow before entering a narrower line of piping referred to as the penstock which is placed at a very steep angle to increase water velocity and pressure before hitting turbines in the powerhouse of the electric generation station. Upon leaving the powerhouse, the water is returned to the river via an artificially built canal like structure known as a tail race. As the water is used and not consumed, you have a truly renewable energy source.

Hilly areas like those in Uttarkashi where you have streams of water rushing down narrow steep-sided valleys are ideal for what are referred to as ‘run of river’ type of small scale hydro-electric plants and are the least environmentally damaging. The power generated is expected to go to a local switchyard to a nearby substation and then into the local grid.

Pan Global Corporation also plans to enter the geothermal energy market as well as the solar power markets in India. Over two-thirds of India’s power comes from burning coal, and although India has a large coal mining industry, they only meet 72% of their coal needs, meaning the rest has to be imported from Australia and Indonesia. This has resulted in coal prices tripling over the past three years. On top of that, the heavy usage of fossil fuels has managed to put India on par with China in terms of having the world’s worse air quality. Combine those facts with the need to cut the carbon foot print to attempt to mitigate global warming/climate change, has motivated India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to set aggressive targets to shift off of fossil fuels and to up the country’s target of photovoltaic electricity production capacity by 30% for 2014. Pan Global is definitely in the right place at the right time.

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

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China Logistics Group, Inc. (CHLO) Demonstrates Long-Standing Visibility in International Shipping Industry

April 9th, 2014

Fifteen years ago, China Logistics Group subsidiary Shandong Jiajia International Freight & Forwarding Co., Ltd. was formed as an agent for international freight and shipping companies. Shangdong Jiajia sells cargo space as well as arranges land, maritime, and air international transportations primarily for exports out of China.

Today, China Logistics operates U.S. offices near Los Angeles in Paramount, Calif., and has established a regional office in the largest seaport city of Qingdao, China, as well as branch offices in other major seaport cities in China. Demonstrative of its long-standing growth and reputation, over the years the company has leveraged its strategic locations and extensive offerings to establish partnerships in North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa.

Shandong Jiajia has been the agent of several globally renowned shipping companies, including NYK (Nippon Yusen Kaisha), P&O (Nedlloyd), and RCL (Regional Container Lines).

Typical freight forwarding services provided by China Logistics and Shandong Jiajia encompass goods reception, space reservation, transit shipment, consolidate traffic, storage, and multimodal transport. The freight forwarding services are used to ship a wide variety of goods, such as refrigerated merchandise, hazardous merchandise, and perishable agricultural products.

Once the ship departs port, China Logistics maintains tracking on the merchandise using web-based tracking software provided by each particular shipping agency. The company then relays this information via periodic updates to customers on both the shipping and receiving end of the transaction.

The company’s growth strategy is to identify opportunities in strong economic regions located in close proximity to certain ports the company currently operates in order to complement its current international freight forwarding and logistics management services.

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

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Nutranomics Inc. (NNRX) Supports Healthy Lifestyles with Nutritional Products and Education

April 8th, 2014

Nutranomics has been engaged in the research and development of nutritional food products since its inception in the mid-1990s. Dr. Tracy K. Gibbs, a dietary supplement and pharmacognosy expert who has dedicated his career and research to the development of novel drugs, treatments, and dietary food supplements derived solely from natural sources, founded the company in 1995 and has since used his widespread knowledge of modern pharmacology and traditional Asian medicine to create numerous dietary supplements and skin care products for several manufacturers and distributors. Nutranomics is now one of the leading brands to formulate and manufacture superior food-based and plant-based vitamins and supplements that are easily recognized by the body as nutrients, highly absorbable, and blended from high quality sources.

In 1997, a couple of years after its establishment, Nutranomics produced and branded its own line of nutritional products to support, maintain, and build health. At present, that product line includes a vast selection of vitamins and supplements for weight loss, joint health, immune support, hormone balance, stress relief, sleep assistance, detoxification, cleansing, energy, and vitality. That same year, the company also began to sell its products to retail outlets and the general public. Nutranomics’ products are distributed through sales representatives in North America, Asia, and Europe as well as through the e-commerce vehicle on the company’s website.

Nutranomics has grown to become more than just a health supplement manufacturer. In backing up its mission to boost human health and longevity through self awareness and education, the company also plays a key role in supporting a global community of people striving to maintain a prolonged and continuing healthy lifestyle.

In 1995, the Health Education Corporation, the educational arm of the company, was also founded to provide health, wellness, nutrition, and other types of education within the health industry. The demand for health education prompted the development of a DVD series and books for in-home education on lifestyle, dietary supplements, exercise, and green living. Both the DVDs and books are now sold along with the company’s line of supplements.

Along with teaching that everyone must take responsibility for their own health through moderate diet, exercise, and proper supplementation, the company also provides educational services, such as trainings, certifications, various types of health analyses, and group presentations to individuals and industry professionals.

For more information, visit www.nutranomics.com

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NeuroMama, Ltd. (NERO) Incorporates Advanced Neural Technology for Superior Search Engine

April 8th, 2014

NeuroMama is an emerging web technology company. It is the proprietor of NeuroMama.com, a search engine that utilizes twenty-first century neurotechnology for powering its suite of technology products, inclusive of a mobile app, over 120 social networks, a finance center, a Kids Zone, and other platforms. The company’s cutting-edge neural technology also lets NeuroMama.com provide highly accurate search results based on a range of variables.

Neural technology patents that have been filed in the United States and Russia enable the search engine to incorporate “insights” garnered from elements like visitation frequency, dwell time, drill depth, and numerous other complex algorithms. With these insights, NeuroMama.com then provides search results that are highly accurate and highly customized to online browsers’ unique search criteria.

NeuroMama.com was developed by NeuroMama’s international team of computer engineers, mathematicians, neural programming experts, statistical analysts, and artificial intelligence researchers. It is said to be the only search engine powered by neural technology. Unlike other search engines, NeuroMama.com rewards frequent users with a one-of-a-kind loyalty program, in which users can redeem points for a range of attractive products or giveaways.

Another standout feature of NeuroMama.com is the set of measures the search engine takes for ensuring user privacy and information security. NeuroMama.com is said to have greater privacy controls and personal information protection capabilities than other search engines.

At the helm of NeuroMama is company President and CEO Igor Weselovsky. Weselovsky draws upon 22 years of executive and managerial experience. Having served in executive positions at a variety of corporations, Weselovsky has gained critical knowledge and expertise for combining and translating online and brick-and-mortar businesses into synergistic business opportunities with current and future NeuroMama.com initiatives.

The other two members of NeuroMama’s core leadership team draw upon extensive experience in accounting, financial sales, consulting, asset management, technical development, information technology project management, and sales.

For more information, visit www.neuromama.com

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Well Power, Inc. (WPWR) Technology Aims to Curb Adverse Effects of Gas Flaring

April 7th, 2014

Gas flares are the flames that angrily belch out the top of oil wells to burn off excess natural gas in the oil wells. Gas flaring, as the actual process is called, is a heavy contributor to carbon dioxide emissions, fatally affects birds and insects that migrate toward the flames, and has also been the blame of prairie fires. Approximately 2.4 million barrels of oil equivalent is wasted each day by gas flaring alone, resulting in $10 billion of lost revenue and 400 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent global greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Houston, Texas-based Well Power aims to reduce the waste natural gas through its licensing rights to Texas and first right of refusal on the other U.S. states to a proprietary technology solution that converts waste natural gas into “clean power” and engineered fuels.

Well Power plans to provide its technology to clients in the upstream areas of exploration and production as a means to reduce CO2 emissions while creating revenue streams with minimal capital expenditure. By pairing its technology with consulting services, process assessments, facility appraisals, feasibility studies, technology evaluations, project finance structuring and support, and multi-client subscription services, the company hopes to create value from a wasted resource while simultaneously enabling wider access to energy, improved environmental conditions, and economic development for local populations.

The company’s Micro Refinery Unit (MRU) has the ability to process raw natural gas flows between 75 Mcf-250 Mcf, which is then converted into Syngas (CO and hydrogen). This is followed by a Fischer-Tropsch reaction to produce Green Fuel™ and power, which is produced from heat generated by exothermic reactions and combustion.

Well Power recognizes that gas flaring reduction has the potential to be one of the great energy and environmental success stories, and that it has the potential to be achieved within the next five years.

For more information about Well Power, visit: www.wellpowerinc.com

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Pan Global Corp. (PGLO) Pursues Small-Hydro Projects with Strong Revenue Potential

April 7th, 2014

Pan Global Corp., a renewable energy technology and sustainable infrastructure company based in the Carson City, Nevada, has set its sights on breaking new ground. With an eye on building an inclusive green economy around the world, the company intends to develop, own, operate, support, and invest in projects and technologies in environmentally-sustainable energy and infrastructure markets and sectors, including solar, hydro, geothermal, energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture, water remediation and management, and sustainable buildings.

A substantial amount of Pan Global’s energy is directed at developing promising investments in India, especially those involving power generation, sustainable agriculture, and water distribution projects in the country. Presently, Pan Global sees tremendous growth and revenue potential for small-hydro power plants in India and is pursuing opportunities that will allow it to become a key player in the development of these plants.

Believing that small-hydro is set to become a crucial solution for many of the electricity power generation issues in emerging markets like India, Pan Global is in talks with various players who already have power purchase agreements from the Indian government.

- The company now has two acquisitions in northern India in the pipeline. It aims to finalize the first acquisition of a small-hydro project in the next few months and is in the midst of conducting the due diligence review of a second potential acquisition target.

- Pan Global’s management has also been working with several parties to create a hydro project pipeline through which the company will acquire small-hydro projects that are already operating or still under development.

- The company is also exploring small-hydro opportunities in other areas. One area of potential is where traditional small-hydro technology is unable to produce a fair return but new state of the art technology can be implemented.

For more information about Pan Global, please visit: www.panglobalcorp.com

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Rich Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (RCHA) Spammed Aggressively

April 7th, 2014

We have observed an influx of emails spamming Rich Pharmaceuticals. 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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Colt Resources Inc. (COLTF) is “One to Watch”

April 7th, 2014

Colt Resources has assembled and is developing one of the most significant gold and tungsten lease portfolios in Portugal, a stable European country with excellent infrastructure and experienced labor force, high mineral potential, and a mining history dating back 2,000 years. Within three short years, Colt has not only become one of the largest holders of mining and exploration rights in Portugal, a country well-known for its rapidly growing resource market, but has also established a strategic presence in the Middle East as well.

Backed by a close working relationship with the Portuguese Government, Colt is aggressively developing its advanced-stage projects in Portugal: the Boa Fé Gold Project and its Tabuaço Tungsten Project. These 100%-owned high-grade gold and tungsten projects are expected to be in the production stage starting in the next 18 to 36 months, respectively. Leveraging its high-caliber management team, multiple environmental and community initiatives, and close relationships with the Portuguese Government, Colt anticipates the development of several mines in small, but resource-rich country.

The company also a 38% stake in Colt Resources Middle East (CRME), a company focused on securing near term, world-class production assets in emerging mining areas in the Middle East. The company’s current areas of interest are in Pakistan and Afghanistan, specifically in the Tethyan belt, one of the world’s largest mineral deposits. Leveraging an experienced team with a diversified skill set essential for de-risking mining projects at all stages of the mining cycle, CRME’s long-term strategy is to build a major diversified world class mining company.

Collectively, Colt’s portfolio consists of three experimental mining licenses, four exploration concessions, and two active joint ventures in Portugal, as well as a 38% stake in Colt Resources Middle East mining projects. Colt is a triple-listed public company, trading on the OTC marketplace, the Toronto Stock Exchange, and the Frankfort Stock Exchange. To provide maximum oversight and leadership, Colt’s senior management team has strategically divided its presence between the administrative and field offices in Beloura, Tabuaço and Escoural, Portugal, with a corporate office in Montreal, Canada.

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Armco Metals Holdings, Inc. (AMCO) Posts Q4 and FY13 Financial Results, Outlines Strategy for Growth

April 7th, 2014

Armco Metals Holdings, a U.S.-based company engaged in the import, sale, and distribution of metal ore and non-ferrous metals in the People’s Republic of China, the recycling of scrap metals, and sourcing and pricing services for various metals, today reported financial results for its Q4 and fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, reflecting strong sales growth for both periods.

Weaker steel prices impacted Armco’s performance, though the company has countered the challenge with strength in its recycling business and a route of growth for the future.

“2013 proved to be another very challenging year for the China steel industry,” Kexuan Yao, chairman and CEO of China Armco, stated in the news release. “While we made significant sales gains and reduced overall expenses, we suffered the effects of rapidly declining prices in the second half of 2013, which negatively impacted gross margins in both metal trading and metal recycling. The recycling business continued to be our largest source of revenue and we continue to believe the metal recycling business will continue to be the major growth driver for our company.”

Revenue for Q4 2013 increased 74 percent to $66.2 million, compared to $1.1 million in the same period in 2012. The company attributes the increase to strength in sales of its metal trading business, which contributed $40.0 million to total revenues. Gross profit for Q4 2013 was $2.2 million, as compared to $4.4 million in Q4 2012. The company reported a Q4 2013 net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, as compared to net income of $0.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the comparable quarter of the prior year.

Full-year 2013 net revenues increased 21 percent to $128.7 million, compared to revenues of $106.6 million in 2012. Armco’s recycling business accounted for approximately 50.4 percent of total revenue and topped the company’s metal trading business as the largest source of net revenue. Gross profit for the full year 2013 was $3.3 million, compared to $8.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The company reported a full-year net loss of $4.1 million, compared to net loss of $2.6 million in 2012. The company attributes the increase in net loss primarily to a decrease in gross profit of $5.2 million as a result of a decline in gross margin, which was partially offset by a decrease in total operating expenses of $1.7 million, a decrease in other expenses of $1.6 million, and a decrease in tax expense of $0.31 million.

As of December 31, 2013, Armco had $0.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, compared to $1.4 million at year-end 2012.

Armco’s growth strategy will start with focused improvement on cost control, developing and streamlining its supply chain, and establishing long-term strategic partnership with key clients.

“As we position the company for a cyclical recovery in the steel industry we will continue our efforts to obtain additional qualifications and licenses to increase our business, and build our brand in the industry. We have driven sales growth in a very challenging environment while reducing costs significantly. We believe this will serve as a springboard for significant financial improvement when our end markets improve,” Yao stated.

Looking forward, the company sees several opportunities for growth and improvement, in both the short and long term. While Armco anticipates a slow-down in China’s steel demand, the company expects that low income housing construction, ongoing urbanization, and increasing domestic consumption in China to offset declines and support the growth of the steel industry. The company also expects its recycling business to benefit from the Chinese government’s 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015), under which the nation looks to restructure its iron and steel industry to enhance energy efficiency and to increase environmental protection by adopting and developing advanced technology.

In regards to its metal recycling business, the company said, “We intend to devote a significant amount of our resources towards the improvement of our operations and if appropriate, its expansion. At the same time, we will continue to pursue our strategy to create a local network of raw material suppliers for our recycling facility and expand our oversea supply channels. In addition, we will continue to develop our new sale and operation model in recycling business described above to obtain more customers and business opportunities under the model in the coming years.”

Furthermore, Armco intends to explore potential merger and acquisition opportunities within the steel industry to diversify its revenue streams and leverage the strength of its current customer base. As of March 2014, Armco has entered into negotiations with one such candidate for a potential merger opportunity.

For more information, visit www.armcometals.com

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P2 Solar Inc. (PTOS) Positioned to Ride the Coattails of India’s Ambitious New Energy Policy

April 4th, 2014

P2 Solar is an engineering company that builds and designs rooftop solar panel power systems. They also construct solar power and hydro plants in not only Canada, where they are headquartered, but also in developing nations. India in particular offers opportunities for exceptional growth, but first let’s cover some background to understand why.

One of Barron’s biggest investment themes for the coming year is the Americanization of the globe, in other words, the growing demand for consumer products in the Asian developing markets. The middle class in Western industrialized nations and first world countries have been shrinking. This can especially be seen in America, as the wages for the middle class have been flat to down, consumer aggregate demand has been stagnant, and we are still well below the peak employment levels seen before the Great Recession of 2008-2009. However, two countries that have seen an exploding middle class are the ones with the largest populations, India and China.

Part of the growth of the middle class has been due to the large scale of those countries. India has a population in excess of 1.36 billion and China has a population greater than 1.24 billion. Both countries have experienced strong GDP growth due to globalization, as multinational corporations outsourced to labor in those markets. As a result of a growing middle class, consumer spending has been remarkably robust and resilient reaching an estimated $4.3 trillion in 2008, and expected to grow to $32 trillion and 43% of global consumption by 2030. So these economies have been rebalancing from export driven growth orientation to domestic consumption growth.

By standards set by the Asian Development Bank, 63% of China’s population is now considered middle class and India’s middle class is about 25% of its population. China has been more successful in growing its middle class mainly because its authoritarian government has a more state interventionist model on its capitalism, while India is more Laissez faire. As a result, infant mortality, life expectancy, immunization of children, and child nourishment all fare better in China. Nevertheless, India’s middle class is bigger than the entire population of the United States. Also, India’s population is expected to exceed that of China’s by 2028, and by matter of scale, their middle class is expected to grow with it.

A booming middle class means robust demands for electric power. Matter of fact, demand for electricity has been so great, that it often overtakes supply. Typically, base load demand is greater than supply by about 10% on average for India. In some states, this has led periods to lengthy rolling blackouts where electricity delivery is intentionally stopped for non-overlapping periods of time over different distribution regions in order to avoid a total blackout of the power system. This hasn’t been always been managed very well by the way. On July 31, 2012, such delivery problems led to a massive power outage that shut down half the country.

Also, based on World Bank figures, about 40% of India’s residences are still not connected to India’s power grid. Hence, to fulfill short-term and long-term growth economic growth needs, the country has no choice but to continue investing in its electrical power infrastructure.

Currently, about two thirds of India’s power comes from coal burning thermal plants. This model is not sustainable for a variety of significant reasons. Even though India has the fifth largest coal reserves in the world, most of it mined by state-owned Coal India, which provides coal of fairly low quality and only supplies 72% of the demands of their electric utility sector. At a greater cost, the rest of the coal has to be imported from Indonesia and Australia, with imports peaking last year. As a result, coal prices tripled over the past three years, and are predicted to increase another 25% over the next couple of years. In some parts of India, power distribution networks were not able to pay for a more costly coal based electricity and this has also resulted in power outages.

Another factor is the pollution. New Delhi and Beijing seem to be in a contest for who has the most smog. According to the Environmental Performance Index, both India and China tied for dead last in terms of populations impacted by poor air quality. The entire populations of both countries are exposed to harmful particulate matter of about 2.5 micrometers in diameter which penetrate the lungs and blood vessels and are leading cause of lung disease and premature death.

India also needs to reduce its carbon footprint, which grew as the demand for power grew. The figure was 2,240 million metric tons of carbon dioxide at the end of 2012, which is still less than the United States, which was at 5,118 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. A global risk analytics firm, Maplecroft, devised a new Climate Change Vulnerability Index which placed India at ‘extreme’ risk from global warming/climate change side effects such as droughts, floods, sea level rise, and extreme weather events.

As a result of all of the above, India’s government is making a huge push toward usage of renewable energy sources, including solar, wind, and hydroelectric power production. After seeing what happened in Japan with the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011, the country has no interests in increasing its nuclear capacity beyond the scant 4% of power already produced by that technology. Matter of fact, as of April 2, Bloomberg announced Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a massive boost in their solar target for 2015, adding an additional 1 GigaWatt in capacity, and the country already doubled their capacity in 2013. The goal is to install 10 Gigawatts of solar by 2017 and 20 Gigawatts by 2022.

In a nation desperate to get off coal, P2 Solar has entered the picture at the right time. Currently, the company has plans to build 2 mini-hydroelectric power plants in Punjab (0.7 MW Rajgarh and 0.5 MW Tibba projects) and acquire another 9 MW hydro project in the state of Punjab, as well as acquire the 9.5 MW Gangani hydroelectric project in the state of Uttarakhand.

Most of us know that hydroelectric power is developed from using running water. Water is fed from a reservoir into a pipe or channel into a turbine. The pressure from the water flow pushes the turbine which rotates a shaft connected to an electric generator. To give some sense of scale, the Hoover Dam is considered a 2 Gigawatt facility and currently provides power to about 350,000 homes though it used to power more than double that back in 1984 when the water level at Lake Mead was much higher.

Large scale hydroelectric power stations typically involve building a dam which interrupts the flow of a river and can cause significant harm to a local ecosystem, and often displace people and wildlife. Small hydroelectric power plants on the other hand, have a very low environmental impact and are ideal for small communities. As P2 Solar has a primary focus on engineering solar power systems, the plans are to leverage the additional property rights associated several miles of canal space to place solar panel power systems.

The bottom line is that India’s plans to increase renewable energy capacity are quite ambitious, and so far the government has met desired goals. P2 Solar is already on its way to building a portfolio of profitable projects riding on the coattails of India’s new energy policies.

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

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Ecrypt Technologies, Inc. (ECRY) Offers Innovative, Cutting-Edge Solutions to Evolving Data Security Problems

April 4th, 2014

Data security solutions company Ecrypt Technologies believes the new and evolving problems in information security necessitate new perspectives and fresh thinking – not old solutions that have simply been rehashed and adapted.

Ecrypt is an ideas-based company operating at the forefront of data security. The company specializes in military-strength information security solutions for enterprise government and military, empowering organizations with the freedom to communicate and collaborate without risking liability, reputation damage, competitive threats, and other negative outcomes of data security breaches. For entities seeking to keep their crucial communications confidential, Ecrypt is the No. 1 trusted choice.

Ecrypt’s solutions are designed for optimal security and organizational control. The company solves challenges holistically, considering security within the context of each client’s needs and goals.

Humans have achieved remarkable advances and accomplishments – and have made catastrophic mistakes along the way. At the end of the day, we are all human; we need to communicate but we make mistakes.

Communication is interactive by nature, and the human element puts any organization’s data at risk at any given time. People and organizations need smart, simple data security solutions that are self-contained and have inherent security to enforce policies and mitigate human error, negligence, and antagonism. Ecrypt answers the call with military-strength solutions that are smart, simple, and secure, providing protection and offering peace of mind when it comes to data security.

For more information visit www.ecryptinc.com

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