Thursday, May 25, 2017

Kootenay Zinc Corp. (CSE: ZNK) (OTCQB: KTNNF) to Step Up Exploration Efforts following Chinese Production Cuts

Zinc prices soared over the last few days after top consumer China increased imports of the metal in wake of the country’s halting production as part of an environmental crackdown on the local steel industry. The Asian nation’s move to curb zinc and nickel production is likely to have a significant impact on global supply, with inventories already under pressure from growing demand and currently at about 342,675 tons (roughly 20 percent lower than last year), according to Reuters (http://dtn.fm/gP0yM). Zinc exploration corporations such as Vancouver-based Kootenay Zinc Corp. (CSE: ZNK) (OTCQB: KTNNF) are already exploring ways to step up efforts to find deposits so as to help meet the global demand for zinc.

Refined zinc imports to China jumped 21 percent year-over-year last month, reaching 47,469 tons (http://dtn.fm/H9mbb). Similarly, shipments of zinc ore and concentrates increased by 44 percent, Reuters said. This led to a significant increase in zinc prices, with the London Metal Exchange benchmark zinc closing up one percent at $2,658 per ton earlier this week – the highest since the beginning of the month.

Nickel prices also soared to $9,395, the highest in three weeks, as a result of growing Chinese imports. The halt in Chinese nickel production is unlikely to have a major impact, since the country accounts for only four percent of global supply. The situation, however, is significantly different when it comes to zinc, as the Asian nation accounted for at least 38 percent of global production before the crackdown. Both nickel and zinc are used in the steel manufacturing process – zinc for galvanized steel and nickel for stainless steel.

It is yet unclear how much of the country’s zinc and nickel production will be affected by the crackdown, but industry sources say the government is shutting down all steel mills that emit excessive pollution, along with zinc and nickel mining operations. Several of these operations might be reopened if they are found in compliance with environmental regulations, the sources added.

China’s move is likely to drive zinc demand even higher. According to the International Lead and Zinc Study Group, demand for the metal is already exceeding supply, and the difference is expected to reach 226,000 tons this year (http://dtn.fm/Lb7BC).

To help meet the rising demand, Canada’s Kootenay Zinc Corp. has already taken steps to expand its exploration program at its Sully property in British Columbia. The property is located near the legendary Sullivan Mine, which was one of the world’s largest reserves of zinc, with an output of over 17 million tons of zinc and lead until it was closed down in 2001. Kootenay’s Sully Project is located 18 miles from Sullivan, and both properties share different environments of the same basin.

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

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QualityStocksNewsBreaks – Monaker Group, Inc. (MKGI) Announces Launch of NextTrip Website and Mobile App

Travel and technology company Monaker Group, Inc. (OTCQB: MKGI) this morning announced the launch of NextTrip, a new travel website and companion mobile app featuring instant alternative lodging rentals (ALRs). The NextTrip mobile app is now available for download on both Android and iOS devices, giving users access to more than 1.2 million instantly-bookable ALR properties, 200,000 hotels, 400 airlines, all major car rental companies and 10,000 tourist activities. “The launch of NextTrip demonstrates how Monaker has solved one of the biggest pain-points in the travel industry — lack of access to instant booking of ALR,” Bill Kerby, CEO of Monaker, stated in the news release. “So, if you book it, you’ve got it. No waiting minutes or hours as you wait to hear back from the property owner. You can now go ahead and book flight, car or tour packages at the same time of your ALR, all on the same site, and without hesitation.” NextTrip is powered by the Monaker Booking Engine (MBE), a cloud-based technology platform that allows for custom integration into virtually any existing booking platform. Monaker aims to leverage this advanced technology to capitalize on the forecast growth of the ALR industry, which is on pace to top $194 billion in 2021, according to Technavio.

To view the full press release, visit http://dtn.fm/jj1Qb

About Monaker

Monaker Group is a technology-driven travel company focused on delivering innovation to alternative lodging rentals (ALR) market. The Monaker Booking Engine (MBE) delivers instant booking of more than 1.2 million vacation rental homes, villas, chalets, apartments, condos and castles. MBE offers travel distributors and agencies an industry-first: a customizable instant booking platform for ALR. Monaker’s NextTrip.com B2C website, also powered by MBE, is the first to offer significant instantly-bookable ALR products along with mainstream travel products and services all on a single site. NextTrip also features rich content, imagery and high-quality video to enhance a traveler’s booking experience and assist in the search, decision and buying process for both individuals and groups. For more information, visit www.monakergroup.com or www.nexttrip.com.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE: IGC) Taps Dr. Craig Cheifetz as Advisor for Clinical Trials of Cannabis-Based Combination Therapies

India Globalization Capital, Inc. (NYSE MKT: IGC) has named Craig Cheifetz, M.D., as an advisor to aid the company in its clinical trials in microbiology, immunology, neuroscience, and biotechnology. IGC is engaged in the development of cannabis-based therapies, which treat pain, terminal neurological and oncological diagnosis, PTSD, seizures, and other life altering issues. The company, based in Bethesda, Maryland, has a portfolio of patent filings for its phytocannabinoid-based treatments.

In a news release, Ram Mukunda, CEO of IGC, welcomed Cheifetz to the company’s advisory team, noting that he looks forward to Chiefetz’s contributions as IGC develops unique cannabis combination therapies.

Cheifetz is the Medical Director of Inova VIP 360, Northern Virginia’s Concierge Medicine Program. He is also Regional Dean at Virginia Commonwealth University Inova Fairfax Campus.

He received his M.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo and also attended Georgetown University, where he trained in internal medicine. He was National GRMC Chairman from 2011 to 2013.

“We remain committed to accelerating our initiatives and building robust a portfolio of compounds to address large market conditions,” Mukunda noted in the release.

The company anticipates clinical trials in 2017 for several indications, including pain, a huge market. IGC has already filed for six patents in areas such as eating disorders and epilepsy, in addition to pain. It is working on several more filings for indications including depression, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Its lead candidate is IGC-501, and it has filed patents for the candidate in the United States, Canada and Europe.

For more information, visit the company’s website at www.IGCinc.us

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Conflicts of Interest and the Public Trust

Umpires and referees are hired to impartially officiate their respective games, enforce the rules and ensure fair play. The credence of these officials builds public trust and protects the integrity of the games. Everyone complains that the ump or the ref got the call wrong, but seldom, if ever, does anyone suspect a conflict of interest or believe these officials received payments from players, managers or owners of the teams. If these officials weren’t trustworthy, it would shake the confidence and probity of sports to its core. It would demoralize fans and destroy the games. Billions would be lost by everyone involved with sports. It’s imperative for the very life of the games that these officials maintain honesty and integrity and avoid even the appearance of conflicts of interest. Appearances matter.

If appearances do matter, why then are officials nominated and confirmed to officiate a $23 trillion game? Jay Clayton, a longtime partner at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, is the latest nominee to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission. Clayton follows many other SEC heads with multiple intertwined conflicts of interest that bring impartiality into question in regulating Wall Street. Clayton has represented big banks like Goldman Sachs and Barclays as well as prominent hedge funds, corporate executives and numerous companies facing intense government scrutiny. Clayton’s numerous conflicts of interest, intertwined investments and problematic clients were recently chronicled in the New York Times article, Trump’s S.E.C. Nominee Disclosure Offers Rare Glimpse of Clients and Conflicts (http://dtn.fm/t1eD7).

There is no doubt that Clayton is highly experienced and possesses an expansive understanding of market machinations. His knowledge and experience are necessary to rise to the task of running a complex government agency that regulates a complex business that utilizes complex instruments. From inception the SEC has had leadership conflicts of interest.

In 1934, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Joseph Kennedy to head the newly created Securities and Exchange Commission. FDR viewed the SEC as a part of the national recovery from the Great Depression and believed Kennedy was an ideal candidate to rein in all those other Wall Street charlatans. Through experience, Kennedy knew all the fraudulent, questionable backroom ways of lining the pockets of finance’s fat cats, and many believed the fox had been appointed chairman of the hen house. During his two years as SEC chairman, Kennedy stopped many dishonest activities and closed as many loopholes as he could, but his real mission was to make corporations feel good again about doing business. Corporations didn’t trust FDR and the New Deal, but Joe Kennedy was one of them.

Just maybe the game is rigged to promote business. The stated mission of the SEC is to protect investors; maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets; and facilitate capital formation. The SEC also states that it strives to promote a market environment that is worthy of the public’s trust. With the current and historic appointments made to the SEC and the glaring history of conflicts of interest, it’s obvious that the SEC isn’t promoting an environment worthy of the public’s trust. The SEC is promoting an environment worthy of only the corporations’ trust.

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Kootenay Zinc Corp. (CSE: ZNK) (OTCQB: KTNNF) Aims for Strike at Sully Project Amid Global Zinc Shortage

It is a prime time to be in the zinc mining business, and Kootenay Zinc Corp. (CSE: ZNK) (OTCQB: KTNNF) is poised to profit in the midst of a continuing global zinc shortage and simultaneously booming prices.

As recently reported (http://dtn.fm/7RcNS), the price of zinc rose to $1.17 per pound and $2,628 per metric ton as of May 2017, representing a 60 percent increase over the previous year’s prices. This exceeded already propitious predictions that a deeper worldwide shortage would send zinc prices soaring as high as $2,500 per metric ton over the course of 2017 (http://dtn.fm/Mgwq5).

The current imbalance in the global zinc market is partly attributed to the 2016 shutdown of a number of zinc mines in China — the world’s largest producer of zinc, as well as its biggest consumer. Major zinc mines in other parts of the world have been experiencing declining ore supplies, as well, which is further credited as contributing to the shortage.

Seeking to cash in on the current global zinc shortage and price hike and to help meet the growing demand, KTNNF recently reported that it is expanding its active search for zinc at its Sully Project, which is located in British Columbia, Canada, just 18 miles (30 kilometers) from the legendary Sullivan Mine. The company recently reported it has completed three exploration holes at the site and that its project team is extending its survey efforts to the property’s west anomaly, including conducting state-of-the-art gravity mapping.

The Sully Project boasts shared geologic features with the famed Sullivan Mine, and the sedimentary rocks that host the Sullivan Mine are present at Sully, representative of different environments of the same basin. So far, geologic data indicates that the Sully Project shares the same stratigraphic level at which the Sullivan Mine was deposited, and it appears to coincide with the East gravity anomaly at the Sully Project. A subtle lead-zinc soil anomaly could reflect leakage up faults and dispersion through thick till and alluvium from an entirely buried deposit. A Cominco airborne geophysical survey has shown two N-S trending magnetic anomalies underground that are up to almost two miles long (1.86), that are approximately 0.62 miles apart, and that are near-coincident with the gravity anomalies.

So far, drilling efforts at the Sully Project have been a very near miss, meaning a strike may not be far away. Initial surveying at the project indicated that drilling conducted in 2004 only narrowly missed a shallow mass there. Work performed since then indicated the target was deep. The target may have been missed by just 100 meters, according to downhole temperature and magnetic field readings taken in 2014. KTNNF has initiated a drilling program and is targeting this East mass, which has been confirmed and better defined by new gravity data.

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

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BioCorRx, Inc. (BICX) Targeting Alcohol and Opioid Addiction with Innovative Two-Pronged Approach

BioCorRx (OTCQB: BICX) is the owner and creator of an innovative addiction treatment program used by a network of independent treatment centers to improve the lives of their patients struggling with alcohol and opioid addictions. The BioCorRx® Recovery Program leverages an innovative, two-pronged approach that addresses the underlying physical and behavioral issues associated with these addictions. The first half of this approach relies on a highly effective, proprietary implant formulation of the FDA-approved medication naltrexone, for which BioCorRx holds worldwide license rights (excluding Australia and New Zealand). The second half focuses on a modular counseling program coupled with overlapping peer support that is tailored specifically for those afflicted with alcohol and opioid addictions, helping to prepare them both physically and mentally for a life without these often dangerous substances.

America’s opioid epidemic is an increasingly treacherous issue that affects millions of people across the country. Per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half a million people in the United States died from drug overdose from 2000 to 2015. Of those, more than 60 percent were linked to an opioid. Likewise, deaths from prescription opioids have more than quadrupled since 1999, driven by a nearly identical spike in the amount of prescription opioids sold. The negative implications associated with this addiction include traumatic life events for the addicted and their loved ones, as well as monumental financial expense. A 2010 study conducted by the American Society of Addiction Medicine found that addiction costs an estimated $700 billion annually in the U.S. alone.

Treating this growing problem has proven difficult. In 2011, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported that 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older, roughly 9.3 percent of the population, needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem. Of those, only 11.2 percent received the vital treatment at a specialty facility. BioCorRx aims to close this gap by both operating specialty facilities to aid those in need and providing a more thorough treatment program that’s been shown to lower patient drop-out rates, due to reduced cravings, and increase compliance rates, through automatic medication delivery and discreet outpatient treatment options.

In recent months, BioCorRx, through its BioCorRx Pharmaceuticals subsidiary, has looked to continue building on this proven medication through the clinical development of BICX101, a sustained release, injectable naltrexone for the treatment of opioid and alcohol use disorders. In early April, the company announced that three different formulations of the drug candidate showed success in reaching 28 days of sustained release in its preclinical studies, including one with an injection volume of just one milliliter. Following this result, BioCorRx formally requested a pre-IND meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as it continues to conduct additional studies in order to compile more data points.

In a business update issued earlier this month, Lourdes Felix, CFO, COO and director of BioCorRx, noted the strength of the company’s balance sheet following a March equity financing of $940,000 with accredited investors, as well as an investment of $1.7 million from Alpine Creek Capital Partners. Capital stemming from these transactions is expected to allow BioCorRx to continue executing on its business plan, including completion of “a few rounds of preclinical studies of BICX101” and accelerated sales and marketing activities related to its BioCorRx Recovery Program.

A strong balance sheet isn’t the only aspect of BioCorRx’s growth strategy about which prospective shareholders should be particularly optimistic. On May 16, the company announced its submission of a listing application for the Nasdaq Capital markets. The move comes less than two months after OTC Markets Group (OTCQX: OTCM) welcomed BioCorRx to the OTCQB Venture Market, which it reserves for early-stage and developing companies that are current in their reporting and undergo an annual verification and management certification process. The company will be required to meet a number of Nasdaq listing requirements in order to complete the uplist, but CFO Felix noted that members of BioCorRx’s management team “look forward to the prospect of a NASDAQ listing,” which they anticipate will “enhance BioCorRx’s visibility in the investment community to a larger market and provide for a broader, more diverse base of shareholders.”

Addressing the growing opioid epidemic in the United States, as well as lingering alcohol addiction issues, represents both an urgent call to action and a sizable market opportunity for companies offering proven effective treatment options. BioCorRx, through its innovative non-addictive medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program and promising clinical pipeline, represents an opportunity for the investment community to participate in the resolution of this crisis while capitalizing on the growth prospects of a leading edge health care solutions company.

For more information, visit www.BioCorRx.com

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QualityStocksNewsBreaks – SinglePoint, Inc. (SING) Completes Acquisition of Discount Indoor Garden Supply

Specialized holding company SinglePoint, Inc. (OTC: SING) this morning announced the completion of its acquisition of Discount Indoor Garden Supply (“DIGS”). Under the terms of the agreement, SinglePoint has acquired a 90 percent stake in DIGS through a stock and cash transaction, further demonstrating the company’s ability to strategically expand its portfolio of investments in established, high-potential cannabis businesses. “This acquisition is an important one for SinglePoint and strengthens our footing in the cannabis industry,” Greg Lambrecht, CEO of SinglePoint, stated in the news release. “The acquisition of DIGS is phenomenal for the company’s books. More importantly though are the people that come along with this. We are investing in people we believe in, people that we know can continue to run and grow their company.” DIGS currently operates both an online store and two store front locations, with plans to open a third in the near future. Both of its stores are strategically located to capitalize on a sizable presence of licensed cannabis growers, which could provide an opportunity for considerable market growth following California’s anticipated 2018 legalization of recreational cannabis use.

To view the full press release, visit http://dtn.fm/56LRe

About SinglePoint, Inc.

SinglePoint, Inc. (SING) has grown from a full-service mobile technology provider to a publicly traded holding company. Through diversification into horizontal markets, SinglePoint is building its portfolio by acquiring an interest in undervalued subsidiaries, thereby providing a rich, diversified holding base. Through its subsidiary company SingleSeed the company is providing products and services to the cannabis industry. For more information visit www.SinglePoint.com

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