Friday, October 31, 2014
Today, October 31st, marks the end of the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) campaign. DreamTeamNetwork has supported and promoted this cause in a number of ways, including posting a series of blogs on breast cancer awareness.
We hope you’ve been reading and learning about the latest research and news concerning this disease. We also hope that whatever awareness you’ve gained this October endures beyond the month and year and into the future.
In that vein, we’d like to leave you with some parting words:
— As a global community, we all can benefit from a special reminder that breast cancer has no cure and cannot be ignored. It’s a disease that over 520,000 people worldwide and 40,000 people in the United States, mainly women but not exclusively so, die from each year.
— A major step you can take now in the fight against breast cancer is to do your research and learn more about the disease. Support organizations that are inspiring change through education and awareness. Visit the websites of major and minor breast cancer research organizations and advocacy groups.
— While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages or to encourage others to do the same. We could do more to change that.
— Too many people are wrestling with serious diseases year-round, not only breast cancer but other cancers and diseases as well. Dealing with these diseases can be overwhelming. We could do more to lend support.
— Patients should be informed of all of their options and given room to ask questions of their physicians. The best medical care happens when patients are educated about their condition and care options and share in decisions about their care.
In the end, cancer prevention is a collaborative effort. In support of the mothers, wives, sisters, daughters and women in our lives, we all can strive to inspire society to contribute to a healthier environment and, ultimately, a cancer-free world.
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Falcon Crest Energy is keenly aware The Powder River Basin is at the forefront of Wyoming oil production as many industry insiders are saying the region will deliver a second oil boom. Although not nearly as large as the original boom that topped out at 160 million barrels in 1970, there has been a steady increase in oil production in the past five years. It is worth noting that current production is up 12 percent from 2009, with over 57.5 million barrels of oil produced in 2012.
Oil in the Powder River Basin is produced in large part from the Cretaceous age Frontier Formation, the Shannon and Sussex sandstone members of the Cody Shale, and the Mesaverde Formation. Oil shows were previously noted when drilling through these formations to the deeper conventional Tensleep Sandstone oil reservoirs. However, at the time, the shows could not be quantified to attract the investment needed for economic development. Recent technological advancements such as lengthy horizontal wells, multi-lateral completions and multi-stage hydraulic fracturing are enabling economic production of oil from these formations.
A participant of this promising regional activity is Falcon Crest Energy. FCEN is a development stage company committed to building shareholder value in oil and gas exploration and production. What’s most encouraging is that FCEN possesses significant leasehold rights in the northeast corner of the state where the Powder River Basin is situated. In its agreement with the US Bureau of Land Management, the company holds a 75% working interest in 585 acres of federal land within the Powder River Basin and is active in executing a business strategy which shows promise for growth within the oil and gas market in North American.
Management at Falcon Crest is steadfast in its commitment to build a leading exploration and production company and is allocating resources to meet the trending demand for reliable energy. With several pending acquisitions on the drawing board, Falcon Crest continues to look for opportunities to add private leasehold rights to the federal lands being leased.
For more information on the company visit www.FalconCrestEnergy.com
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Over the course of a decade, technology innovator WordLogic has researched and developed its way into a leading position in the predictive text input market. The company has steadily grown its intellectual property portfolio to include four issued U.S. patents, two issued European patents, and five pending U.S. patent applications for touchscreen and keyboard-based computing devices.
The company’s iKnowU’s award-winning keyboard is a feature-rich, intuitive state-of-the-art technology that becomes more accurate with each use as the technology “learns” the user and their style to predict what the user will type and accelerate the input process. iKnowU is the foundation of WordLogic’s impressive suite of products.
WordLogic is one of many companies that offer predictive text solutions, but while other solutions offer single-word prediction, the company stands apart from its competition by integrating its Wordchunking™ and Gesturing™ technologies to increase text input by five times on a mobile touch screen.
Wordchunking predicts entire phrases and sentences, and can be used to quickly enter complete phrases as well as company-specific or industry-specific information. For business applications, this feature is incredibly powerful and works with touchscreen devices such as mobile phones, tablets, PCs and GPS units.
This capability works by utilizing a cloud-based dictionary tailored specifically to the business using the technology. This bespoke dictionary can contain thousands of words and phrases or multiple dictionaries specific for individual specialties or departments. Management has the capability to centrally and continuously update specific words and phrases that can be synched across each employees devices. Furthermore, the technology can be implemented into existing IT infrastructure using WordLogic’s simple SDK.
WordLogic for business is ideal for organizations of any size, particularly in industries such as healthcare, utilities, legal and consumer electronics.
For more information, visit www.wordlogic.com
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One World Holdings, Inc. (OWOO) Set to Capture Increased Market Share with Innovative Multi-Cultural Doll Line
One World Holdings subsidiary, The One World Doll Project’s multi-cultural fashion dolls, Prettie Girls!™, designed to capture the imagination of an increasingly diverse U.S. consumer market (as well as the broader, global doll market), are about far more than raking in the dough this holiday season. Created from the outset to provide young girls from diverse ethnic backgrounds an alternative, these dolls are like the anti-Barbie. Instead of being a cookie-cutter stereotype, Prettie Girls are designed to offer young black, asian and latino girls a more compelling role model. Role models complete with rich, culturally-aware persona tapestries, including aspects like more realistic physical attributes, back-stories, hobbies, goals, and personal aspirations.
The brainchild of Stacey McBride-Irby, who worked with Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT) for over 15 years designing a variety of dolls, Prettie Girls are an innovative product in the space which goes after a broader demographic in a very mature and approachable fashion. Instead of simply offering young girls a Stepford Wife cut-out, the product is conceived of and executed in a fashion that fuses aspects like values-based standards and positive life goals with thoroughly modern fashion and beauty trends. Offering girls not only an exciting, attractive play toy, but a window into a potential future self they can be proud of and which really seems appropriately within their reach. Instead of having to admire an unattainable standard that fails to check with their cultural aspirations from afar, Prettie Girls offer a canvas onto which young girls from diverse backgrounds can paint their own story.
This is an unstoppable idea whose time has come and offers consumers a vibrant alternative to the pabulum of Barbie, or Disney’s white-hot Frozen merchandise. The line of dolls has received widespread coverage and acclaim, and the company has secured key distribution deals with Toys “R” Us, as well as a variety of smaller outlets like Texas-based H-E-B Grocery Stores (which has a nice presence in northern Mexico), People’s Pharmacy (which has a strong footing in Belize) and e-commerce multinational, Wayfair (NYSE:W).
A brief look at the lineup says it all:
• Lena (African-American), a confident self-starter, is a beautiful girl who made being smart cool at her school and who has her eyes set on the class presidency, with future aspirations of being a successful entrepreneur.
• Valencia (Hispanic), is a bold and athletic girl who is into nutrition, sports and her family, and who is focused on being the best she can be; with a driving love for all things musical, she is styled as the life of the party.
• Alexie (Caucasian), was born two months early and is rather diminutive. She has been struggling against the odds since day one, but has a positive “can do” attitude and participates in many extra-curricular activities.
• Dahlia (Middle Eastern Indian), is the joker of the crew, who loves to be the center of attention. With a caring spirit and quick wit, she inspires the Prettie Girls to give back to the community through charity events and is as passionate about recycling as she is about her shelter-rescued puppy, Chance.
• Kimani (African), is an artistic sort who is really into fashion. Praised for her beauty both inside and out, she is a soulful character who is in love with the performing arts and dreams of becoming a celebrity one day.
This is a fully fleshed-out, brilliant approach to the space by OWOO and even has obvious commercial potential for being worked up into a show eventually because the concept branding is so sophisticated. The One World Doll Project™ is set to make serious waves in the sizeable U.S. consumer market of some 23.8M kids under 18 (44.4% of whom are African-American), with an emphasis on girls in the 6-11 year old segment, where the company aims to snatch increasing market share from big players like Mattel and Hasbro (NASDAQ:HAS).
The five star review from Time to Play magazine earlier this year (YouTube Video) is just one example of the positive feedback the line has been getting. With a bright media spotlight on the company via huge venues like CNN, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg, as well as niche focus from industry venues like The Toy News, The Toy Insider, Haute Doll and Roxanne’s Dolls, OWOO’s Prettie Girls are already a growing fixture of the doll market’s landscape.
Endorsements from the likes of Tonner Doll Company designer and founder, Robert Tonner, renowned in his own right as a leading doll designer, adds serious cachet value to OWOO’s higher end specialty dolls, like their custom dolls being geared towards the 750k plus African-American sorority members of the Pan Hellenic Council Sororities (Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho). This vector will follow up on the success of Stacey McBride-Irby’s 2008 Alpha Kappa Alpha centennial doll, which sold out in less than six months despite a handsome $49.99 retail sticker price. The designer doll collector market is a key aspect to be played off here for OWOO and the company is committed to pursuing this nice market with offerings in the $40 to $50 range.
For more information on One World Holdings’ One World Doll Project visit: www.oneworlddolls.com
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Step by step, Mobile Lads is gaining the technology and intellectual property assets it needs to solidify its position as a leading provider of wireless transaction software solutions. At the same time, the company is accelerating its plan to enable innovative, wide-area communication solutions on a global scale.
Recently, Mobile Lads added CouBox, an innovative online coupon platform that promises pivotal growth, to its list of acquisitions. The company announced its acquisition of CouBox on October 1st. The mobile software platform, which features a comprehensive coupon and incentive-driven content management system, delivers consumer-centric incentives via a website and mobile application.
More than ever before, diligent consumers are turning to their smart phones for online browsing, shopping and virtual coupons. CouBox efficiently delivers this capability while enabling merchants to heighten the visibility of their sale items and offerings, and complementing Mobile Lads’ existing platform. CouBox was built on the Google App Engine, and designed to put consumers in charge of what they wish to see and receive. To provide even greater value, CouBox was also designed to generate shopping routes based on a user’s unique profile, saving that consumer time and money.
With CouBox, consumers have a smart way to search for everyday items on sale. They can quickly and efficiently look for items, brands and stores then clip items directly to their mobile devices for future use. CouBox, which employs an exclusive algorithm, can even help consumers search for flyers and match them with coupons for doubling savings. This pattern-recognition algorithm can also predict which items will go on sale and recommend to users which items to buy.
For merchants, CouBox offers the ability to sign-up and list “coupon” items in a format that makes them easily discoverable by users. This content management system allows for instant mobile alerts and includes an accompanying reward system for those who allow these push notifications.
Since 2013, Mobile Lads has designed and delivered secure, wide-area wireless transaction software solutions for the consumer finance, web and health payment processing sectors. The company’s solutions provide streamlined, continuous access to time-sensitive information and data on multiple network standards.
For more information, visit www.mobilelads.com
Oriens Travel and Hotel Management is a Las Vegas corporation involved in the operation of hotel and resort properties, primarily in the United States and Central America.
The company operates a bi-lateral business model:
1. It operates its hotels and resorts under the Hotel PURE brand.
2. It provides proprietary technology, marketing solutions, infrastructure and branding services to hotel operators.
Oriens has developed and continues to improve upon a set of proprietary solutions capable of delivering winning results to hotel properties operating under the Hotel PURE flag. Together, the company’s hotel branding services and booking engine technology are capable of expanding a property’s international exposure and recognition as well as greatly increasing occupancy rates and bottom-line profits.
Additionally, Oriens operates Friendly Reservations On-Line (FROL), an online booking and payment system intended for small and medium businesses within the tourism industry, and an online travel booking platform. The independent, boutique-branded properties with access to Orien’s FROL booking engine technology and internet marketing services gain access to a new core system and wider marketing reach.
Benefits to hoteliers employing Oriens’ services include:
• A gradual increase in room reservations,
• An upsurge of gross revenues, and
• A reduction in third-party reservation commissions levied by popular booking sites like Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity.
In due course, Oriens means to become a leading hotel-brand operator and Internet booking and marketing service provider. Achieving this status will qualify it as a preferred supplier to lending institutions and, beyond that, an acquisition target for key online travel search and booking engine companies.
Technology Applications International Corp. (NUUU) Anti-Aging Cream to be Featured at 15th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards Show
Technology Applications International has announced that wholly owned subsidiary, Rejuvel, will feature its breakthrough anti-aging facial crème within the official Presenter & Performer Gift Bags at the 15th annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards scheduled to be held on November 20, 2014, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Rejuvel’s product is created utilizing technology obtained through its exclusive agreements with NASA.
The Awards Show Gift Bags, otherwise known as “Swag Bags,” are given to celebrity presenters and performers for participating in the awards ceremonies. Talent from previous Latin GRAMMY® Awards shows includes, Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan, Miss Universe, Natalie Cole, Eva Longoria, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Enrique Iglesias, Carlos Santana and Ruben Blades.
2014 nominees for Record of the Year include “Cambio De Piel” by Marc Anthony, “Respira El Momento” by Calle 13 and “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias. Nominees for 2014 Best Urban Music Album include “La Esencia” by Alexis y Fido, “De Líder A Leyenda” by Yandel, and “King Daddy” by Daddy Yankee. An all- inclusive list of the 2014 Latin GRAMMY(R) nominees can be found at www.latingrammy.com.
NUUU’s CEO, Charles J. Scimeca, commented, “Including Rejuvel products in the Awards Show Gift Bags provides Rejuvel with valuable access to an often exclusive celebrity market and also supports our continuing effort to build global brand awareness.”
NUUU operates two wholly owned subsidiaries, Rejuvel Int’l, Inc. and NueEarth, Inc. REJUVEL anti-aging products are created in simulated microgravity, in NASA developed bioreactors, and promote the body’s own healing abilities. All products are “Space Certified” and are recognized by the Space Foundation as technology that has been developed in outer space. The Space Foundation Seal will appear on all of their products.
NueEarth, Inc. develops environmental solutions using electron particle beam technology (E-Beam). The E-Beam works by using an electron beam particle accelerator unit that creates high-energy electrons that in turn produce free radicals leading to decomposition of organic compounds (pollutants). NUUU has plans to develop various applications to use the E-Beam technology for removal of pollutants from wastewater, municipal sludge, drinking water and fracking liquids.
For more information on the company visit https://tapplic.com
Infinite Group Inc. (“IGI”) is a technology firm based out of Pittsford, NY that specializes in commercial IT support and solutions. The company was originally based in Rochester, NY but had to change locations last June due to a heavy increase in staff. IGI is focused on advancing services such as cloud computing, information security, managed services and a multitude of other computer solutions. In addition to working with commercial businesses and software designers, IGI’s clients consist of segments of the United States Government. A significant amount of energy is directed towards improving the computer systems of the United States Armed Forces at military bases at home and across the globe.
Although IGI has been focused on government contracts for some time, the company recently gained a way to expand their government focused services even more. IGI signed an agreement with ThirtySix Software last July to be an exclusive channel partner in the further development of a ThirtySix Software developed program called SmartDocs. SmartDocs is a computer program designed specifically for government work that utilizes content management tools to streamline Microsoft Word documents used at government offices. The program is used exclusively by the government and over time has become the premier content management program for government use.
IGI currently offers support to the Department of Homeland Security, NASA, all branches of the United Military and the United States Postal Service. The company provides immediate technical support to all D.C. based offices and has the ability to send out technicians by request.
For more information, visit www.igius.com
Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (SIBE) Holds Letter of Intent to Acquire Urban Planet Media & Entertainment
Sibling Group Holdings, an educational technology holding company, announced that it has an agreement with intentions to acquire Urban Planet Media & Entertainment Corp., the operator of the Urban Planet Mobile™ education software platform, a private mobile media company focused on creating content and solutions in education, healthcare and literacy.
Urban Planet Mobile™ was co-founded in 2007 by its Chief Executive Officer Brian Oliver-Smith to create products that make use of digital technology and mobile devices to reach all people, at any location – particularly those with limited or no access to high-quality education. Winner of five global awards for mobile learning, including the GSMA Global Mobile Award for Best Mobile Learning Innovation, UPM creates and distributes content for English language learners, and recently expanded into other areas such as literacy and mobile health.
Maurine Findley, CEO of Sibling commented, “We are very excited about the prospects of combining the operations of Urban Planet Mobile and Sibling Group. UPM has a great reputation, a strong team, and a proven track record of global sales and marketing. UPM has seen significant growth in emerging markets with education solutions that meet the needs of those countries. By combining UPM with our Blended Schools Network operations we will solidify our position as a leader in education solutions. UPM’s management team, led by Brian Oliver-Smith, will make an excellent addition to the Sibling Group family. The UPM acquisition continues the Sibling Group goal of leveraging technology and high quality content to reach all students, which drives value for all stakeholders.”
Sibling Group Holdings, by way of its wholly owned subsidiary Blended Schools Network (BSN), provides quality online curriculum for the K-12 marketplace. Additionally, the company offers complete hosted course authoring tools, professional development for teachers and a learning management system (LMS) environment. Sibling Group Holdings is focused on growing its market share through new product development to meet the global trend towards using educational technology to boost student performance.
For more information on the company, visit www.siblinggroup.com
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Through a series of strategic acquisitions completed over the course of roughly four years, WRIT Media Group has emerged as a diversified entertainment company with a portfolio of alternative theatrical, mobile and interactive content.
WRIT was founded in 2007 to produce films, television programs and entertainment programs for various media formats. Three years after its incorporation the company acquired content creation company Front Row Networks and restructured its senior management team. In August, 2013, WRIT further expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of Amiga Games, which shares resources with the company’s third subsidiary, Retro Infinity Inc.
Front Row Networks produces, acquires, finances and distributes live concerts in 2D and 3D format for initial worldwide digital broadcast into digitally enabled movie theaters. Following the initial theatrical showing, the company licenses distribution rights to DVD and Blu-Ray retailers, TV broadcasters, cable and emerging 3D cable channels and mobile streaming providers.
The subsidiary also secures and distributes non-concert alternative theatrical programming, such as animations, documentaries and other gaming content that can be distributed via mobile and Internet platforms. The overarching goal is to expand Front Row Network’s content library via acquisition of a broad range of exclusive programming rights; financing all or part of the production of these entertainment programs,; acquiring the rights to completed projects and content catalogues; or acquiring the companies that own or control content catalogues.
Amiga Games and Retro Infinity are partnered to adapt and republish popular titles from the reputable Amiga family of computers for smartphones, modern game consoles, micro-consoles, PCs and tablets. WRIT leverages the Amiga brand name, along with game brands of past and proprietary technologies, to create new revenue from classic games that once achieved high sales volume.
Retro Infinity’s specialization is in the licensing classic computer and console video game libraries as well as in the adaption and republication of the most popular titles for smartphones, modern game consoles, micro-consoles, PCs and tablets. The company leverages platform and classic game brands together with proprietary technologies to revive revenue opportunity from now-dormant game libraries.
WRIT continues to seek growth and market penetration opportunities and in September launched online stores for Retro Infinity (www.RetroInfinity.com) and Amiga Games (www.AmigaGamesInc.com), enabling the companies to market their gaming titles directly to consumers.
For more information, visit www.writmediagroup.com
Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Continues to Set Itself Apart with Affordable, Tailored Solutions Geared Toward SMEs
Emerging companies looking to IPO typically lack the in-house experience and sophistication required to successfully handle the increasingly complex nuances of the overall process and are turning in ever greater numbers to the services provided by stock transfer agents to navigate the choppy seas of an initial public offering in today’s markets. Established public companies are also increasingly seeking out the services of stock transfer agents in order to handle the tedious and equally complex aspects of ongoing stock accounting requirements, like stock ownership verification and signature guarantee tracking. Transfer agents have become an indisputably vital part of success for emerging public companies when it comes to handling the aforementioned tasks and oftentimes seemingly herculean amount of clerical activities required, which range from registrations and handling EDGAR/XBRL filings, to organizing annual meetings and election processes.
While most stock transfer agents generally offer the same suites of services, what differentiates operators in this space is a powerful mix of industry experience, highly-trained personnel and the kind of always-on customer service required to really handle the evolving daily needs of a given company. Particularly for SME class companies, the amount of work required to manage the various aspects of an IPO or ongoing record keeping and shareholder information maintenance, is often much better/more cost-effectively handled by a third party stock transfer agent, which specializes in the practice and knows all the tricks of the trade.
One of the stock transfer agent firms which has successfully differentiated itself over the years is Continental Stock Transfer & Trust. Continental not only provides clients with 24/7 access to their deep bench of senior-level experts, but something the big transfer agent shops simply cannot provide, custom-tailored solutions. Not just any customized solutions either; Continental Stock Transfer & Trust just rang the bell on their 50th year in the game and they have the track record of customized service, as well as industry accolades, to back up that enviable milestone.
Continental Stock Transfer & Trust just pulled down the prestigious TALON Award (Transfer Agent Leader Overall North America) for the fourth year in a row, clearly evincing the company’s status as the top dog transfer agent in North America when it comes to customer satisfaction. The TALON Award, which is the industry’s only performance survey the spans the entire gamut, also clearly signifies Continental Stock Transfer & Trust’s value proposition, with the most reasonable fees, as well as controls on out-of-pocket expenses, to be had anywhere.
Music to the ears of SMEs looking to up their own game and the award also indicates to potential clients that Continental’s technology is second to none. The company’s online, client-based issuer tool, ControlBook Reporting for instance, allows on-demand access to share controls, irrespective of stock class and provides real-time situational awareness, as well as operability, whether day or night. The company’s embracing of crowdfunding and their partnership with numerous crowdfunding portals like 99 Funding (www.99funding.com), highlighted by their extensive comment letter to the SEC commending them for their JOBS Act and crowdfunding exemption (SA1933 Section 4[a]) rules (designed to reduce associated regulatory costs for raising capital, while preserving key investor protections), further shows how far ahead of the curve Continental is.
Of particular note is the company’s guidance in their comment letter to the SEC on how essential a registered transfer agent for Title II and III issuers is, in order to protect investors. Similarly, their suggestion that transfer agents lower their pricing models in order to accommodate fledgling companies, in light of the simplified record keeping, is trend-setting in its conception. Such trend-setting industry guidance helps clear the way for crowdfunding issuers who want to maximize their business models and still afford rigorous record keeping.
The comprehensive services provided by Continental have been instrumental for companies like Energy XXI (NASDAQ:EXXI), an independent oil and gas E&P with primary operations in the Gulf of Mexico/Gulf Coast. Given EXXI’s dual listing on the London Stock Exchange’s international market for smaller growing companies, AIM (which requires monthly reconciliations), as well as tasks like employee stock-based compensation stock issuances and preferred stock conversions, it has been essential to have a company like Continental on board to “keep everything straight,” according to EXXI’s Senior VP, Hugh Menown.
These same service capabilities, delivered by an exceptionally experienced, deep bench of experts who are at the beck and call of clients, has helped companies like Pioneer Natural Resources (NYSE:PCD), one of the most active drillers in the Permian/Eagle Ford’s Spraberry/Wolfcamp oil field in Texas, handle all their daily transfer agent needs. PCD’s Manager, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Sam Hicks, has even gone on record thanking Continental for their exemplary transfer agent service to Pioneer. Continental’s relationship with Pioneer stretches back to PCD’s inception in1997 and Hicks has been keen to point out how out how the tailored servicing, with additional special services provided on an ad hoc basis (without a bunch of costly add-ons as would be the case with most other transfer agents), has really been a high value addition to the company’s overall business model, allowing them to prosper and continue gaining momentum with each passing year.
Visit the Continental Stock Transfer & Trust for more information: www.ContinentalStock.com
With offices in Carson City and Mumbai, Pan Global operates within three sectors: alternative energy, sustainable solutions, and energy-efficiency. The firm has committed itself to project and technology acquisition and development opportunities across the globe, but with a strong emphasis on India.
Pan Global’s efforts come at a time when the landscape for renewable energy in India is growing favorably. According to an article by Riju Agrawal in The Diplomat, almost 70% of India’s electricity generation relies upon coal. In light of this firm reliance on fossil fuels, the Modi administration has been pushing for renewable energy solutions. These efforts are aimed at curbing India’s already-substantial-but-growing energy demands and helping its energy market achieve greater maturation.
Agrawal notes that over 30% of India’s electricity and distribution is lost due to theft and inferior wiring. Given these challenges and others, the opportunities for renewable energy power in India are tremendous. In industry news from earlier this year, it was reported India had achieved an installed capacity of 32,269.6 MW, or 12.95%, of its total potential for renewable energy capacity. India’s Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has committed to growing this installed capacity up to 41,400 MW by 2017, which translates into $10.51 billion worth of renewable energy opportunities.
With these growth opportunities, Pan Global has been steadily positioning itself for market gains. In recent months, the company has made progress in its project development and acquisition initiatives. Developments such as when Project Badyar, a 5.7MW small-hydro plant in Uttarakhand to which Pan Global has been applying an astute staggered acquisition strategy, had a successful grid connection, demonstrate Pan Global’s growing success. Pan Global’s wholly owned subsidiary Pan Infratech Asia currently holds a 9.93% stake in outstanding shares of the party which commissioned the project, the privately held Indian corporation Regency Yamuna.
On the whole, Pan Global has set its sights on the following immediate opportunities in India:
• The development of small-hydro power generation projects in India
• The development of solar PV projects in India
• The development of hydroponic agriculture under controlled conditions in India
• The development of mega-watt scale geothermal power projects in India
Leveraging its relationships, Pan Global looks to persist in its continued success, build many highly environmentally sustainable and high ROI projects, and emerge as a leader in the growing green economy worldwide.
For more information, visit: www.PanGlobalCorp.com
If we learned anything from the year’s headlines it’s that no market, no industry, and no company is safe from cyber-attack. Companies are racing to expand, enhance and solidify their businesses and IT infrastructure, reducing vulnerability with beefed-up, cutting-edge security solutions.
According to the IBM Security Services 2014 Cyber Security Intelligence Index Report, more than half a billion personally identifiable information records were “stolen” in 2013. Aside from severe personal damage due to identity theft, the monetary effects of these breaches are profound for the hacked companies.
The Ponemon Institute reports that in 2013 each lost data record cost the affected company roughly $145. Some quick math shows that a major company, retailer or university with millions of leaked records could suffer steep losses easily topping seven figures.
Frighteningly, the IBM report reveals that human error is to blame for more than 95% of security incident or breach. A range of missteps constitute “human error,” including weak passwords, lost electronic devices or clicking an infected attachment or unsafe URL.
IBM also showed that attackers are becoming increasingly crafty in using social media networks to send malicious website or malware, thereby obtaining access to huge amounts of personal data. It’s this type of malicious, progressive thinking that Ecrypt Technologies is equipped to handle.
Ecrypt is among the pack of innovative companies seeking solutions to combat cyber-attacks and mitigate the risk of human error. As an emerging provider of military-strength data security solutions for enterprise, government and military, Ecrypt aims to provide the freedom to communicate and collaborate without risk of liability, reputation damage, competitive threat, and negative aftermath.
Ecrypt’s stated principle is “Newthink. Not rethink.” The company has long-recognized the information security challenges onset by a hyper connected world. To stay ahead of the game, security solutions providers must be able to meet market demands while thinking ahead of the curve to create new solutions to create new problems rather than simply reworking dated solutions.
To this accord, the company’s flagship solution is being designed to mitigate human error via an easy-to-use interface featuring compliance tools and optimal security. Ecrypt One is an integrated email and encryption server that can be quickly deployed to safeguard corporate communication, including attachments and mobile devices, against data breaches while eliminating phishing threats, malware infections and spam.
The solution optimizes security by removing human vulnerabilities and provides granular role-based access controls for system administrators. Ecrypt One also secures communications with third-party vendors and/or clients. Collectively, Ecrypt One’s features fortify against data leaks, device theft and email-borne threats to revolutionize – not rework or rethink – efficient, reliable and strong cyber security solutions.
For more information visit www.ecryptinc.com
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Sibling Group Holdings, Inc. (SIBE) Blended Schools Network Forms Alliances to Transform Education Marketplace
Whether its kindergarten or post-graduate studies, education is greatly enhanced by the collaboration of innovative minds dedicated to benchmark-quality information and learning opportunities to improve student performance. Operating through its wholly owned subsidiary, Blended Schools Network (BSN), Sibling Group is focused on providing highest-quality online curriculum to enrich students’ learning environments and the broader K-12 marketplace.
The company’s platform includes complete hosted course authoring tools, professional development for teachers, and a learning management system (LMS) environment. These tools are further enhanced by BSN’s content library of 212 courses and more than 15,000 lessons and 12,000 videos for use by teachers.
Acting on its corporate mission, Sibling Group will take part in the upcoming iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning) Conference, one of the largest conferences of its kind, November 4-7 in Palm Springs, California. In a panel presentation, Sibling Group chief academic officer and BSN Chief Executive Officer Jed Friedrichsen will address attendees on “Keys to Successful Blended Learning Programs.”
Recognizing the power that industry partnerships provide in delivering educational solutions nationwide, Sibling Group has partnered with learning technology and solutions provider BlackBoard, who is hosting a special event to unveil its new cloud-based solution featuring Sibling Group’s BSN content.
The company also recently signed an agreement with LoudCloud, a behavioral analytics-based teaching and learning platform designed to deliver personalized pathways in education. The partnership calls for the enhanced delivery of blended and competency-based learning to K-12 students across the country.
LoudCloud’s core framework, rooted in re-imagined LMS technology, is intended to simplify course and content authoring via proprietary algorithms to inform and guide course progress. By integrating BSN’s library of educational content into LoudCloud’s LMS, customers of both companies have the opportunity and tools to create traditional, online, blended or competency-based courses with an easy authoring interface.
Together, Sibling Group and LoudCloud are positioned to cater to the need school districts have in providing innovative learning environments and high-quality content for their students. As part of their shared commitment to create high-quality and lifelong learning options, Sibling Group and LoudCloud have facilitated an outreach strategy to demonstrate these synergistic learning platforms to school districts across the United States.
For more information, visit www.siblinggroup.com
Armco Metals Holdings, Inc. (AMCO) Well-Positioned to Exploit Rapidly Emerging Chinese Steel Scrap Regulations, Growing Paper Market
China accelerated overall steel scrap use during the front half of 2014 amid massive curbing of imports, which were off by 49% according to the Bureau of International Recycling. The latest World Steel Association report further indicates that Chinese crude steel consumption rose 9.4% year over year to just over 47.5M tonnes. Such data points are a clear indication of how aggressive the Chinese State Council policy has truly been when it comes to bolstering their domestic scrap market and reducing the steel industry’s reliance on foreign imports.
Key Chinese export markets looks healthy if somewhat beleaguered, despite the only 2% global market growth forecast for 2014-2015 by WSA earlier this month (3.8% seen in 2013), with EU-28 steel scrap usage up 3.4% year over year to around 47.7M tonnes, while China’s neighbors, South Korea and Japan, also are seeing steady consumption growth at around 2.1% and 5% respectively. Anticipated 4% year over year steel use in the EU-28 this year is set to tack on another 2.9% in 2015 and NAFTA demand is also looking like it will rebound sharply, with the expected 6.4% year over year growth for 2014 set to climb another 2.2% in 2015. Chinese real estate sector slowing has offset broader steel consumption noticeably within the country, making its movement felt across the gamut, from steel scrap to iron ore prices.
Smaller players in the regional iron ore market like Western Australia have been the hardest hit by sagging commodity prices, with notable examples like Fortescue Metals (ASX:FMG) leading Western Australian premier Colin Barnett to point the finger at BHP Billiton (NYSE:BHP) and Rio Tinto (NYSE:RIO) recently, claiming that they are overwhelming the global market with an iron ore supply glut. Of course, a major aspect of the underlying metrics here has been Australia’s primary export market, China, slowing overall steel use/importation. WSA estimates overall Chinese steel consumption growth will slow down even further next year, down from the 1% growth figure for this year, to around 0.8% in 2015.
For a well-connected Chinese steel scrap recycler like Armco Metals (NYSE MKT:AMCO), all of this is actually good news, given that the company enjoys relations with not only the government (thanks in large part to their exceptionally sustainable approach to the market), but with some of China’s biggest state-run steel foundries. The company is also interwoven with over 100 SME-scale steel producers throughout the country and enjoys the logistical benefits of having a sophisticated distribution/sourcing network across China via its subsidiaries, which are all located in key steel producing areas.
The company’s primary facility, Armco (Lianyungang) Renewable Metals, Inc., is just five miles from one of the country’s major deep-sea ports at Lianyungang and AMCO also enjoys plenty of upside from their diverse global network of over ten raw material providers in ore-rich countries like the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, India and Ukraine, among others. The company does more than steel scrap too and has their hands in iron, chrome, nickel and manganese ore, as well as a host of other scrap types, like aluminum, copper, and stainless steel, taking full advantage of their logistical footprint to put themselves in a position to become one of the leading providers in the country, especially when it comes to steel scrap.
China’s neighbor to the south, Vietnam, imported nearly 4M tonnes of scrap steel in 2012, most of it directly from China and since then they have seen a small boom in electrical steel companies, leading to increased imports of around an additional 2.5M tonnes per year. The near export markets look good for AMCO and their domestic situation is favorable despite broader underlying market dynamics, with protective regulations by the Chinese government itself helping to secure the company’s bottom line.
To top things off AMCO has also recently moved to diversify into much-needed wood pulp, with China growing from 15% of global paper demand a decade ago, to nearly 25% this year according to HSBC. Dynamics which are further characterized by technology offsetting paper consumption in the U.S. and EU. HSBC estimates 2.4% growth over the next five years globally in the paper market and as China has taken the top slot as the world’s largest paper consumer (also the biggest producer of paper/paperboard), AMCO’s deal last month to start importing Eucalyptus Nitens wood chips from a Chilean supplier, indicates some exceptionally well-timed diversification on the company’s part.
Learn more about Armco Metals at www.ArmcoMetals.com
Alliance Creative Group, a printing, packaging, product development, management, and procurement company, has what many company’s their size do not – a sustainable business model rooted in client success and sound operating procedures that have stood the test of time since 2000. The company’s business foundation has been battle tested and thus points to the perfect opportunity to turn its marketing savvy inward for the purposes of generating sales – the top line of every company’s balance sheet.
In a concerted effort to attract new business, investors and vendors, the company has expanded its media and marketing reach resulting in top and bottom line progress to the benefit of shareholders. The company is having success with a concurrent marketing approach – one that interfaces with prospective customers while simultaneously bolstering relationships with its existing customer base.
Recently, Alliance was successful in closing new business within John Paul Mitchell Systems, a client of twelve years which also happens to be the largest privately-held beauty company in the world. In September 2014, Alliance announced it had been awarded additional printing and packaging business from their client for the company’s PM Shines line. New packaging for the PM Shines line was created through a collaborative effort between ACGX personnel and Luke Jacobellis, President of John Paul Mitchell Systems.
Alliance Creative Group is a firm which operates as a printing, packaging, supply chain, product development and brand management consulting and marketing company. Its core business areas are creative and design services, printing and packaging, product development, logistics, strategic consulting, marketing and fulfillment. ACGX uses a shared resource system to create efficiency between its internal divisions and their projects. As a result, this system creates quality results and long-term partnerships. The company changed its name from Invicta Group to Alliance Creative Group in November 2010.
For more information, visit www.AllianceCreativeGroup.com
Dominovas Energy Corp., an energy-solutions company, has announced the signing of an agreement with Delphi Automotive Systems LLC — a subsidiary of Delphi Automotive PLC — to jointly develop new technology that will facilitate the manufacture, assembly, sale and deployment of electrical power generation equipment using Solid Oxide Fuel Cell technology.
DNRG will be assuming primary responsibilities in the area of manufacturing and deployment of Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) through its initiative to secure a reliable supply chain for its RUBICON™ multi-megawatt SOFC systems. The memorandum of understanding addresses the requirements necessary to evaluate and determine the viability of adapting and incorporating Delphi’s SOFC stack fuel cell technology. Deployment is set to be rolled out in two stages that involve an initial successful field demonstration.
Neal Allen, Chairman and CEO of Dominovas Energy, commented, “It is exciting to contemplate the innovation and groundbreaking opportunities that will certainly ensue and come full circle, as we set the course to finally deploy (on a commercial scale) a technology that minimally can be described as ‘disruptive.’ The technology will change many lives and afford nations a technologically-advanced methodology for the generation and delivery of electricity. The economic, political and social impact will be significant for and within the countries we are engaging.”
“This opportunity will allow Delphi to develop a stationary power application for our SOFC technology and gain valuable field experience,” said Mary Gustanski, vice president engineering, Delphi Automotive. “This work will help support Dominovas Energy in their goal to allow emerging market communities to have clean, reliable and affordable electricity.”
Dominovas Energy is a fully reporting, publicly traded company under the ticker symbol of DNRG. Founded in 2005, the company defines its mission in terms of a worldwide pursuit of non-fossil fuel technology. With a commitment to the “green” and “alternative energy” markets, DNRG sees great growth potential today and in the future. Dominovas Energy is aggressively moving to allocate its intellectual and financial capital so that it can strategically address alternative green energy solutions that are100% reliable and efficient.
For more information, visit www.dominovasenergy.com
Boreal Water Collection announced that it has agreed with QualityStocks to be featured in The Small Cap QualityStocks Daily Newsletter, QualityStocks Daily Blogs and Message Boards. QualityStocks, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, is a free service that collates data from hundreds of Small-Cap online Investment Newsletters into one Daily Newsletter Report. QualityStocks is dedicated to assisting emerging public companies with their investor communication efforts.
Boreal Water Collection is an established manufacturer of premium private-labeled bottled water products tailored for each client’s particular need, be it publicity, promotion, marketing, internal use or a specific event. The Kiamesha Lake, New York-based company offers a line of award-winning water products, including functional enhanced water, infused water, carbonated water, vitamins enhanced water, flavored still or sparkling water, minerals enhanced water, oxygenated water, electrolyte water, distilled water, alkaline water, caffeinated water and natural spring water.
Boreal is positioned to benefit from tremendous growth in the bottled water segment of the U.S. beverage industry as the company heightens its visibility and extends its marketing reach nationwide. QualityStocks will assist Boreal in this mission to raise brand awareness and relay its progress to existing and potential shareholders.
“In 2014 we tirelessly focused on growing the Boreal client base and market reach while increasing customer service and strengthening our balance sheet. Our focus is no less narrowed in the upcoming year and we want to make sure the investment community is aware of our progress and achievements. The partnership with the QualityStocks team provides us a consistent channel of communication and transparency among our valued shareholders and those considering an investment in our potential,” stated Boreal Chief Executive Officer Francine Lavoie.
QualityStocks will utilize its far-reaching network of marketing tools and campaign strategies, including the QualityStocks Newsletter, Video, Social Media and more, to assist Boreal with its shareholder communication and product awareness strategies.
“Boreal is an established company backed by 130 years of history, an award-winning product, and an impressive client base,” stated QualityStocks Managing Director Michael McCarthy. “We’re honored to partner with the Boreal team as it leverages these key points to become a competitive leader in the growing bottled water industry. We look forward to helping the company achieve its potential via increased visibility communication and transparency with the investment community.”
For more information, visit www.borealwater.com
Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNBX) is Granted Israel Government Certification for Cutting-Edge R&D Lab
Cannabics Pharmaceuticals has announced it has received Government Certification from the Ministry of Health in Israel to establish an advanced R&D laboratory dedicated to medical research in the area of cannabinoid science.
Cannabics Pharmaceuticals’ goal is to be one of the first companies in the world to commercialize indication specific and clinically tested cannabis-based medical products. Running in concert with this goal, CNBX is in advanced preparations for the roll out of a series of controlled clinical studies in leading medical centers in Israel where the company’s R&D division is located.
The company’s new state of the art laboratory is designed to use novel technologies to develop innovative cannabinoid based therapies for various disabling ailments.
CEO Dr. Zohar Koren noted, “The exciting scientific field of cannabinoid research has been largely neglected throughout most of the 20th century due to a total ban on this field of research. Thus, the available scientific knowledge regarding active cannabinoids and their mechanisms of action in various disease pathways is dramatically lacking in comparison to other therapeutic fields. There is a huge space of uncharted territory to explore with regards to the potential therapeutic roles of this class of compounds for diverse indications.”
The company is especially interested in the development of cannabinoid-based anti-Cancer therapies.
“The unique properties of active cannabinoids as tumor cell proliferation inhibitors and apoptosis inducers has been known for decades, however this field has never received the appropriate scientific attention it deserves as a potential source for anti-cancer therapies,” commented Dr. Eyal Ballan, Chief Technology Officer. “Our new and expansive laboratory will enable us to perform our advanced research program in this field.”
Cannabics Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a drug development company whose efforts are focused on the development and commercialization of advanced drugs, food supplements, therapies and administration routes based on the wide range of active ingredients found in diverse and unique strains of the Cannabis plant. Cannabics’ core product is CANNABICS SR — an IP pending medical cannabis capsule used with cancer patients as a palliative care treatment. In observational studies, the company’s proprietary SR technology has shown the ability to provide 10-12 hours of steady state beneficial therapeutic effects profile. This allows for a once-per-day, oral dosing regimen of medical cannabis for patients. CNBX is currently preparing to launch its line of SR products in the US and EU markets under existing medical cannabis regulatory pathways where eligible.
For more information on the company, visit www.cannabics.com