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    January 8, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- New Phase Painting and Carpet Care recently announced that they would be donating 10% of their proceeds to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization to support their fight against breast cancer. Stan Henry, owner of New Phase Painting and Carpet Care feel that it is incredibly important to support this vital organization and are proud to donate a portion of their proceeds to such an important cause.

    The company is well known in Georgia for their quality service and dedication to the community and donating to the fight against breast cancer is par for the course for Henry and his family-run business. The company is expert at painting and carpet care but is perhaps best known for their quality carpet cleaning services. Since 1973 carpet cleaning in Fayetteville, Georgia has been synonymous with New Phase Painting and Carpet Care.

    New Phase uses traditional steam cleaning equipment and a truck-mounted fresh water tank, waste water tank and heater. What sets the company apart from other carpet cleaning companies is the level of detail that Henry and his team of professionals bring to each client. Each job includes evaluating the carpet to be cleaned and offering special treatment to hard to clean areas or places in the carpet that contain pet odors. Henry and his staff consider themselves the equivalent of carpet investigators and will go out of their way to find a stain, identify what it takes to get rid of it and they won't stop until the stain is gone. This level of detail and their quality of their carpet cleaning has even been recognized by local authorities who have certified New Phase as crime scene cleaners. With 40 years of experience and thousands of carpets cleaned, locals consider New Phase Painting and Carpet Care and carpet cleaning Fayetteville, GA as one and the same.

    Those interested in learning more about the carpet cleaning services offered by the company can visit NewPhasePaintingAndCarpetCare.com or contact Stan Henry at 678.688.8182.

    CONTACT:

    Stan Henry

    New Phase Painting and Carpet Care

    http://newphasepaintingandcarpetcare.com

    pressrelease@newphasepaintingandcarpetcare.com

    (678) 688-8182

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    Venice, CA (MMD Newswire) January 8, 2013 -- Venice and Camarillo, California based clean energy startup Nitro-Turbodyne, Inc. announced that it has signed an agreement with GSM Energy Solutions of Calgary, Alberta, Canada to distribute next generation power generators throughout Canada and the Bakken Oil Fields in the northern portions of the United States. Nitro-Turbodyne will supply an initial order to GSM of 150 units for remote instrumentation power generation, labeled the RIPGU. Leveraging new technology to produce power leveraging renewable Liquid Nitrogen (LN2), each unit provides maintenance-free electrical power for Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and telemetry systems for natural gas and oil wells.

    "These units are a significant advance in remote power generation with extremely long reliability and zero carbon emissions," stated Miles Molstad, Director for Calgary-based GSM Energy Solutions, "These products provide significant cost savings and solve multiple issues for remote oil field power generation."

    The contract, valued at over $1m Canadian over 2 years, is the first Canadian contract received by Nitro-Turbodyne for its revolutionary turbine-powered electrical generator. The unit leverages patented Micro Flash-Expansion Turbine (MFET) technology to produce clean, renewable and maintenance-free power in any environment and any weather.

    "We successfully demonstrated the RIPGU to over 80 companies at the Global Petroleum Show in Calgary this past June," stated Ed De Reyes, the Chief Technology Officer for Nitro-Turbodyne. "We are very pleased to be working with GSM to introduce our units to the Canadian oil industry. GSM Energy Solutions is the perfect partner to provide this technology throughout the region."

    De Reyes went on to explain that that gas and oil well operators were searching for alternatives to solar and wind power production - especially in harsh Arctic environments - where the extremes of weather prevent the widespread use of those technologies. Several well operators had turned to thermoelectric generators ("TEGs"); however because TEGs use combustible gas and open flames to produce electricity, they tended to be unreliable and dangerous should a gas well develop a leak.

    The RIPGU's are designed to solve several problems for oil well operators including reliability, costs and safety. With only 1 moving part the unit's are designed to run continuously for 20 years. Additionally, the units work without combustion providing safety for uses near oil production facilities. Since December, Nitro-Turbodyne has booked over $2 million in orders for the years 2013 and 2014.


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    LOS ANGELES, CALI. (MMD Newswire) January 8, 2013 -- In response to Newsweek magazines complete transition to an all-digital publication, Cory Allen Contemporary Art (CACA) announces that Los Angeles artists Ryan McIntosh and XVALA will continue the print and subscription of Newsweek for 2013.

    "Death of Print: The Last Print Edition", a bimonthly print of 'Newsweek covers' capturing time-stamped events throughout 2013, was conceived by the two artists upon announcement from Newsweek editor Tina Brown of their decision to discontinue print media for their internationally acclaimed publication that had been in print since 1933.

    "Newsweek removes themselves and their reported content from being 'written in stone'," said Cory Allen. "It's going forward in reverse. In the digital realm, Newsweek will have the luxury to manipulate their original content to better serve future ratings."

    AIS Editions, located in the Brewery Arts Complex in Los Angeles and owned by McIntosh, will print and distribute a new issue of the 'Newsweek prints' on the 1st and 15th of every month. "Preservation of the printed medium for future generations is of vital importance," said McIntosh.

    The 18" x 24" prints are individually handmade with selected content based on newsworthy topics that the artists feel are significant to publish; maintaining the thematic presence that Newsweek has attained with their past issues. The artists have gone as far as employing several members of the paparazzi and selected hackers to help acquire exclusive images and information to remain competitive with TIME, Wired, People, and other major magazines.

    "People like information to be physical. They want to be smacked in the face by news," said XVALA. "I can't tell the difference between what's real or virtual. All news is just a picture you've never seen before."

    Currently, the prints can only be purchased online; however, Cory Allen is working with several vendors and distributors to have the prints made available in local stores across the United States, alongside their competitor's issues. "We are aiming to make these prints easily accessible before this summer and I feel we are making progress," said Cory Allen.

    The "Death of Print: The Last Print Edition" will be made available to the public at www.newsweekprints.com, where individuals may purchase individual issues or a full-year subscription.

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    Media Contact:

    Cory Allen

    info@cacanet.com

    323-393-3115

    "Death of Print: The Last Print Edition" by Ryan McIntosh and XVALA


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    LONDON (MMD Newswire) January 8, 2013 -- TCA Fund Management Group, the Investment Manager to the TCA Global Master Credit Fund, LP, announced some enhancements to management roles and additions to its senior level ranks today. The appointments are designed to strengthen the team and help in assuring the firm's long term succession and sustainability.

    Donna Silverman has added to her previous managing director role, the title of Portfolio Manager and will be a non-voting member of the Fund's board of directors, which has a majority of independent directors.

    Michael Vernon's increased areas of responsibility have elevated his title from Senior Analyst, to Director of credit and portfolio operations as he is charged with managing both the analyst team and coordinating all work with the Fund's service providers.

    TCA also announced the addition of Wayne Coy as Director of Global Originations to its management ranks. Wayne brings decades of banking and corporate finance experience to TCA and should enhance the firm's global deal footprint. Wayne's full biography can be obtained on TCA's website (www.tcaglobalfund.com).

    "We believe these changes help strengthen TCA's operations and management and also help pave the way for bettering the Investment Manager's depth, succession and sustainability" said Robert Press, CEO of TCA Fund Management Group. "Additionally, as TCA continues to try to maintain best practices in the areas of liquidity, governance, valuation, compliance and transparency, these management additions and responsibilities enhancements are all a part of a continuous improvement process" said Press.

    TCA Fund Management Group in its capacity as the Investment Manager for TCA Global Credit Master Fund. LP also acts as an advisor to many small companies from its offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. TCA's Fund is a short duration, absolute return fund specializing in senior secured lending to small, mainly listed companies in the U.S., Canada, Western Europe and Australia. The team has a level of domestic and cross-border expertise, long-standing experience in funding innovations, as is reflected in the number and types of transactions completed. This is a specialist business with an investment approach that fills an important finance gap in a finite number of leading markets. TCA Global Credit Master Fund provides a unique conduit for investors seeking uncorrelated returns in the small cap debt universe.

    For more information in the US:

    Write info@tcaglobalfund.com

    Visit www.tcaglobalfund.com

    Call 786-323-1650

    Fax 786-323-1651

    Address 1404 Rodman Street, Hollywood, FL 33020


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    ROCKVILLE, MD (MMD Newswire) January 8, 2013 -- Apex Companies, LLC - a leading national energy, water resources and environmental consulting and engineering firm - announces the acquisition of A2L Technologies, Inc. (A2L), which as of December 31, 2012 began operating under the Apex name.

    An environmental consulting, engineering and remediation company specializing in real estate and financial institutions, A2L is a privately held firm headquartered in Tampa, FL. Apex is a portfolio company of Tailwind Capital, a private equity firm focused on investing in growth-oriented middle market companies. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    "The merger will allow both entities to benefit," says Peter Young, Chairman of Apex. "A2L will expand our Firm's reach into the robust southern market, while Apex's growing breadth of resources will allow A2L to better service new and existing clients nationally."

    "Due to the commonality of our respective goals and cultures, it was quickly made apparent that a business relationship would be mutually beneficial," says Larry Schmaltz, Principal of A2L. "We are confident that this new bond will bring about great opportunities for both Apex and A2L."

    Focused on minimizing environmental liabilities and hurdles to maximize client's business opportunities, Apex continues to expand its service capabilities, geographic footprint, and client base through organic growth and acquisitions. Apex was recently named a Top 200 Environmental Firm and Top 500 Design Firm by Engineering News-Record Magazine (ENR Magazine).

    For more information: www.apexcos.com, 301.417.0200.

    Apex Companies Expands with Acquisition of A2L Technologies, Inc

    About Apex Companies

    Founded in 1988, Apex Companies, LLC is a leading national water resources and environmental services consulting and engineering firm dedicated to providing private and public sector clients with full-service, single-source solutions for routine and complex projects. Clients rely on the Company to provide the technical expertise and solutions requisite in the industry, while differentiating itself with a quick response time, professional performance, high-quality results and cost efficiency. Apex employs more than 450 professionals, including geologists, hydrogeologists, engineers, air quality experts, environmental scientists, industrial hygienists, safety specialists and field technicians, across a network of more than 35 offices throughout the United States.

    CONTACT:
    Kevin Satz
    301.417.0200
    ksatz@apexcos.com

    www.apexcos.com

    www.facebook.com/ApexCompaniesLLC

    www.twitter.com/apexcos

    About Tailwind Capital

    Tailwind Capital is a leading private equity firm investing in growth-oriented middle market companies in business and communications services and healthcare. Tailwind partners with management teams to build value through internal growth, acquisitions, and operational and strategic initiatives.

    For more information: www.tailwind.com.

    CONTACT:
    Melanie Harris
    212.271.3899
    mharris@tailwind.com
    
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    PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:  Eric Branstad
    Phone:  515.720.1433
    Email: Eric.Branstad@jp2sri.org

    New Stem Cell Biobank Partnership to Accelerate Drug Discovery

    Coralville, IA (MMD Newswire) January 8, 2013 -- Cellular Engineering Technologies Inc. (CET), a stem cell biotech company, and the non-profit John Paul II Medical Research Institute (JP2MRI) announce a partnership to develop a private stem cell biobank. CET, a biomanufacturer of human stem cells, is collaborating with the JP2MRI to create over 5,000 patient and disease-specific stem cell lines and other human cell lines to advance drug discovery, offer personalized medicine, and biomanufacturing. These cell lines are derived from adult sources and do not include embryonic stem cells.

    A stem cell biobank will help overcome the greatest obstacle to offering personalized medicine and will accelerate the search for effective treatments. It will do so by enabling drug testing on patient specific stem cells, in contrast to the currently used models involving animal testing and clinical trials that are vastly more expensive and time consuming. The biobank stem cell lines will serve as models to better predict the outcome of drug therapy in patients and dramatically advance research to bring new treatments to market sooner and at less cost. The need to create a stem cell biobank of human somatic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells, and other critical human cell lines is underscored by some sobering statistics. The annual rate of FDA-approved drugs has declined while the research and development cost has significantly increased. The cost of bringing a drug to market is currently more than one billion dollars and takes over ten years. A new heart drug has a 20 percent chance of succeeding in a clinical trial and a new cancer drug has only an 8 percent chance of succeeding.

    CET manufactures a variety of human somatic stem cells, induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells, cancer cells, and specialized tissue culture media to grow and differentiate stem cells. CET has also introduced its contract manufacturing service to develop IPS cell lines for scientists. IPS cells are unique stem cells that are created by genetically reprogramming a patient's own cell into very primitive pluripotent stem cells that can differentiate into more than 200 specialized cells. Dr. Alan Moy, CEO and Co-Founder of CET said, "The collaboration with the JP2MRI will allow CET to provide scientists with the tools to accelerate drug discovery and advance personalized medicine."

    The CET and JP2MRI partnership will eliminate the barriers that typically impact government and academic biobanks because stem cell donations will come directly from patients recruited from private practice doctors and private hospitals. Jay Kamath, CEO of the JP2MRI, commented, "The Institute has launched its Give Cures program that has created a network of doctors in several private clinics and hospitals around the country to recruit patients to procure tissue to create the stem cell lines. The program is currently recruiting patients with genetic diseases, cancer, and disorders like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease so that industry, government, and academia can be more productive in their drug discovery efforts."

    Doctors and patients are invited to visit the JP2MRI website (www.jp2mri.org) and sign-up on the Clinical Provider Registry or Patient Registry. Everyone is invited to share the Give Cures flyer (www.givecures.org) so more people will know how they can advance the adult stem cell research mission of JP2MRI.

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    About Cellular Engineering Technologies, Inc.

    CET is a stem cell biotech company co-founded by Dr. Alan Moy and whose mission is to fundamentally transform patient therapy by making drug discovery and the biomanufacturing process quicker, less expensive, more personalized, innovative, and regenerative through the use of human cells. CET's manufacturing facility is located in Coralville, IA.

    About the John Paul II Medical Research Institute.

    The John Paul II Medical Research Institute (JP2MRI) is a non-profit research institute whose mission is to advance ethical medical research and education with human somatic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells. The Institute's goal is to reduce the barriers of translating basic research into clinical research. This is accomplished by coordinating research activities between the Institute, academia, and industry to find treatment solutions for patients that could benefit from adult stem cell therapy. The Institute is located in Iowa City, IA.


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    January 9, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Our very own Miami based Chef Adrianne Calvo beat out some of the top chefs from around the country with her "Maximum Flavor" style of recipes, that only those of us who make the drive to her restaurant, are privileged to taste.

    The Master Holiday Chef Challenge is a national chef competition that features 14 of the best chefs from major cities across the U.S. including major metropolises like New York City, Chicago, and San Francisco. The chefs competed against each other to create innovative meals by using varieties of Alouette Cheese, Chavrie Fresh Goat Cheese, and Ile de France Cheese. The chefs had the chance to win the ultimate title of Master Holiday Chef & a grand prize of $20,000- but they needed your vote to win. It was ChefAdrianne's signature style, spontaneous creativity, and unrestricted approach to food that set her apart from her competitors - Adrianne being the youngest of the 14 competitors and 1 of 2 females. "I am so happy to bring home the win. What an honor to even be put in this category with these incredible chefs," says Calvo. In addition to finding some delicious recipes to try, there were other random drawings for daily and weekly prizes including a grand prize trip to the winning chef's restaurant.

    Miami based Chef Adrianne Calvo wins national Master Holiday Chef Challenge

    This was one of Chef Adrianne's busiest holiday seasons ever because of her other charitable endeavors. On December 11th, she returned from her yearly effort to bring comfort and joy to all the families battling childhood Cancer at St. Jude Children's Research Hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee via cooking a holiday feast, moreover, trying to win a $4,000 donation to one of her favorite charities The Hunger Project via Verizon's 4G4 Hunger campaign, where she was also chosen as one of four top culinary guru's in Miami.

    Restaurant: http://www.chefadriannes.com/?page_id=13

    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chefadrianne

    Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/ChefAdrianne

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    Miami, Florida (MMD Newswire) January 10, 2013 -- Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. today announced that Intradeco Apparel has been selected as the Dickies® licensee for men's lifestyle and casualwear tops, beginning January 1, 2013. Started in 1982, Miami, Florida-based Intradeco is a recognized leader in branded product design, knit textile production and apparel manufacturing.

    "Our goal with licensing endeavors is to establish categories that complement our core product and deliver what our consumers expect from the Dickies brand," states Michael Penn, head of licensing for Williamson-Dickie. "We're excited to have Intradeco as the newest member of our licensing portfolio and are eager for them to show the marketplace why they are a dominant resource."

    This reassignment of the Dickies license includes the movement of key design, merchandising, customer service and sales personnel from Dynasty Apparel to Intradeco Apparel, allowing uninterrupted service to major customers such as Walmart, Sears Holdings Corporation, AAFES and the rest of the customer base.

    "With 90 years of work wear heritage under our belt, it's important to align with strategically focused brands, vendors and suppliers to ensure our future success," said Matthew McCartin, head of marketing for Williamson-Dickie. "Intradeco is a renowned apparel company and we're thrilled to have them on board with the Dickies brand."

    Dynasty Apparel, which held the license for Dickies® men's tops since 2002, will assist in the transition of the business. They will continue to independently operate their licensed business which consists of brands such as Major League Baseball and entertainment brands.

    "Intradeco is very excited to be the new Dickies brand licensee for men's lifestyle and casualwear tops as well as the lifestyle and casual children's wear categories," says Terry Trofholz, executive vice president for Intradeco. "This is a perfect match of Intradeco's core competencies in design and supply chain management with one of the most recognized brands in apparel. What a great way to begin 2013!"

    Starting with Spring 2014 deliveries, Intradeco will become the Dickies lifestyle and casualwear licensee for infant/toddlers, 2T-20 boys and girls.

    About Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co.

    Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. is the world's leading provider of authentic work apparel, specializing in innovative performance work wear since 1922. The company offers premium quality products at an unmatched value across a vast assortment of apparel, footwear, and licensed goods in more than 100 countries. Williamson-Dickie operates through wholly-owned affiliates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, China, Japan and the Middle East; exclusive licensees and distributors in Africa and the Asia Pacific region; and under the Dickies®, Workrite®, Kodiak® and Terra® brands. For more information, visit www.williamsondickie.com.

    About Intradeco Apparel

    Intradeco is a division of Milady Holding Corp., a vertical manufacturer of textiles and finished goods based in El Salvador and Nicaragua. Intradeco Apparel began in 1982 as a family run business in Miami, FL, overseeing textile and apparel trading operations. It is a major supplier of quality fashion basics and thermal underwear to major retailers in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. The company oversees production in Central America through its subsidiaries - Hilcasa, Intradesa, and Prone. The finished products are sent to and distributed from distribution centers in Miami and El Salvador. Other operations include a sales office in Bentonville, Arkansas; and design studios in New York City and Miami. For more information, visit www.intradecoapparel.com

    Misty Otto
    Dickies
    817-810-4461
    motto@dickies.com
    
    Jamie Dammrich
    Zeno Group
    312-396-9715
    jamie.dammrich@zenogroup.com
    
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    January 11, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- In March 2012, Industrial Adhesive Solutions (Indasol) of Warwickshire purchased Avanti Tapes Ltd of Wednesbury for an undisclosed sum. The newly formed company will as a result be one of the largest protection tape and industrial adhesive suppliers in the UK. The acquisition of Avanti Tapes allowed Indasol to both expand its current market share in existing sectors and to expand into previously unexplored sectors. The deal was described as a "tremendous opportunity" by the company director of Indasol Martin Sadler.

    Indasol has been in operation for over 25 years, providing businesses with a wide range of technical tapes and adhesives. Today they offer a vast range of single and double sided tapes as well as protective tapes and sign makers. The acquisition of Avanti Tapes will strength Indasol's market share in the manufacture of protective tapes as well as introducing new markets to the company. From its base in Wolston in Warwickshire Indasol offers businesses the benefit of its accumulated knowledge and experience on bonding and sealing free of charge. The company prides itself on providing an exceptional standard of customer service and an expanding range of products.

    Prior to its acquisition by Indasol earlier this year, Avanti Tapes had been producing an extensive range of protective tapes and films for a number of years. The company will continue to trade under its existing name although now part of the Indasol Group. The Avanti Tapes range has proved to be a worthwhile acquisition for Indasol, greatly expanding the company's interests in the protective tapes market. The company continues to be focused upon delivering high quality products to its clients while encompassing a broad range of applications. Avanti Tapes produce a range of tapes specific to the material which they are designed to protect.

    Industry insiders have expressed the promise in the Indasol acquisition of Avanti Tapes at a time when the number of mergers and acquisitions in the region are particularly low. As a result of the "significant increase in activity" currently being experienced by Indasol industry insiders have speculated that this may reflect confidence gradually beginning to return to domestic manufacturing. The move has certainly proven beneficial within this particular market sector with Indasol's position in the adhesives and tapes market being firmly secured.

    From this point the now larger Indasol Group looks set to move from strength to strength as it expands its range both within pre-existing markets and within the new markets inherited from Avanti Tapes. The new giant in the world of industrial adhesives can be sure to retain its competitive edge through this acquisition. Only time will tell whether this hopeful acquisition marks the beginning of a return of confidence to the UK manufacturing industry. If the signs are correct the result can only be a significant boost for the region as well as for the country's manufacturing industry as a whole. One thing for sure is that the new, enlarged Indasol Group is a force to be reckoned with.

    Contact

    Avanti Tapes Limited

    Office: 0121 556 9900

    Fax: 0121 556 9034

    Email: sales@protectiontapes.co.uk

    Website: www.protectiontapes.co.uk


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    January 11, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- MetaOption, LLC receives the prestigious 9001:2008 certification from International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

    MetaOption, LLC has been serving as a Software Application Design & Development company globally for almost a decade now. It was already having worlds' top most IT solution providers like Microsoft, Adobe, IBM, Oracle, Mac, Quark, etc. as its valued partners and now, the ISO 9001:2008 certification has certainly added one more feather in its hat of achievements.

    International Organization for Standardization or ISO provides this certificate only to those companies that persistently have its Quality Policy and Quality Goals and Objectives in place. Hence, this certification in itself endorses the unmatched class of service provided by MetaOption, LLC. ISO certification also results in increased involvement of top management with regards to the Quality Management System in the business. Thus, the current and potential clients could expect enhanced quality of service and product from MetaOption, LLC that already is a preferred name in the IT industry.

    About MetaOption, LLC

    MetaOption, LLC is a global Information Technology Company providing IT services to clients, worldwide. Its spectrum of services include software designing and development, mobile application development, IT staffing and consulting, Quality Assurance (QA) Consulting, Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Resource Planning, Web and web application development, Search Engine optimization, etc. MetaOption, LLC specializes in providing fully - scalable, custom tailored IT solution and support to its clients.

    Contact Information

    METAOPTION LLC

    Phone: +1 (201) 377-3150; Fax: +1 (201) 377-3150

    Website: www.metaoption.com

    Email: info@metaoption.com


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    LAGUNA BEACH, CA (MMD Newswire) January 11, 2013 -- Wells of Life announced today the donation from an ABC Studios executive.

    The funds received were donated on behalf of the following television shows:

    -Cougar Town

    -Criminal Minds

    -Family Tools

    -Kings of Van Nuys

    -Malibu Country

    "As momentum for Wells of Life continues to grow, we were excited to receive this unsolicited donation late last month from ABC Studios", said Nick Jordan, President of Wells of Life. "Our reach is expanding and includes individuals, families, schools and various corporations. A donation from the entertainment industry is a first and will hopefully mark the beginning of many to follow."

    About Wells of Life

    Wells of Life is a Laguna Beach, California based non profit organization. Wells of Life was founded in 2008 with the sole purpose of providing East African communities with access to clean and safe drinking water. Wells of Life is committed to drilling wells and empowering East African communities with the gift of water. To learn more about Wells of Life and how to get involved,

    please visit http://www.wellsoflife.org.

    CONTACT:

    Nick Jordan, Wells of Life

    949-584-6166 (cell)

    jpg.inc@verizon.net

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    Sacramento, CA (MMD Newswire) January 11, 2013 -- The CBS Channel 47 Fresno area news story (January 9, 2013) claiming that, "Fresno police are busting pawn shops allegedly buying stolen gold. The Fresno Gold Stop was one of three pawn shops busted on Tuesday", was in error according to the records of the California Department of Justice. The Gold Stop is not a pawn shop but rather a secondhand dealer. In several instances, incorrect references were made by various news organizations that called the affected businesses pawn shops rather than secondhand dealers, according to the California Pawnbrokers Association (CAPA).

    "These businesses were not licensed pawn shops," said CAPA President Elect Tony De Marco. Illegal gold buyers are typically unlicensed and do not follow the stringent state and local laws with respect to the reporting, holding, and capturing of customer information. Licensed pawn shops are financial institutions that fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice and are held to rigid standards of practice under state "Business and Professions" and "Financial" codes. According to De Marco, "Licensed pawn shops report all transactions to local law enforcement, follow all holding requirements, and, as is required by law, capture detailed identification of each pledger." Pawn shops file this information with local law enforcement agencies on a daily basis.

    CAPA led the initiative to pass the recent "Statewide Digital Database" bill, AB 391 that was signed into law by the Gov. Jerry Brown. This bill, under the direction of the Department of Justice, will make it possible for law enforcement to quickly and decisively track tangible personal property transactions.

    As the association for California's pawn industry, CAPA is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of professional conduct to the public and cooperation with law enforcement at all levels. CAPA applauds Fresno Police Department for their vigilance in shutting down the illegal gold buying businesses in their jurisdiction.

    California Pawnbrokers Association

    For more information about CAPA, visit www.CaliforniaPawnbrokers.org.

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    California Pawnbrokers Association (CAPA) is an association of pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers and is the only one of its kind in California. CAPA's members strive to maintain the highest level of ethical conduct by following established best practices and adhering to federal, state and local laws and regulations. Since its founding in 1956, we have served the interests of tens of thousands of responsible pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers. The association serves its membership through legislative advocacy, professional education, industry programs and legal resources. Our members strive to be valued and respected by their communities by taking part in community outreach programs, as well as encouraging and fostering good relationships with law enforcement, state legislators, local government and community leaders. For more information please visit www.CaliforniaPawnbrokers.org.


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    December 20, 2012 (MMD Newswire) -- Editor in Chief and CEO of African Leadership magazine, Dr. Ken Giami has been honoured with a Doctorate degree in Communication Arts (Honoris Causa) by the Commonwealth University and Abbey College - London Graduate School.

    The graduation ceremony which took place on 19 December 2012 in Dubai UAE also had the former Deputy Governor of Rivers State Nigeria and Chairman Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty Eze Dr. Frank Eke; His Lordship Bishop Dr. Niyi Ogunnaiki, and Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Babangida, Son of former Nigeria's Military President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB), also receiving honorary doctorate degrees

    Delivering his convocation address, the Deputy Chancellor of the University, Prof. Bruce Duncan, thanked the honorary degree recipients for their enormous contributions and outstanding leadership in their communities and urged them to continue modelling best practices as they champion positive change in society. Diploma, bachelors and masters degrees were also presented to students for successful completion of their academic course of study.

    Dr. Ken Giamiis adynamic and innovative Nigerian Role model, motivational speaker and author. His quest for good governance and responsive leadership for countries in sub Saharan Africa led him to establishthe Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), an NGO currently in special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economicand Social Council (UN ECOSOC). As publisher and Editor in Chief of the highly rated African Leadership magazine,a journalaimed at generating debates onissues related to promoting good governance and accountable leadership in Africa, he has continued to use media platforms to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and development in Africa. Dr. Giami is also an astute Businessman with interests in Real Estate, Investment promotion, Renewable Energy & Environmental Remediation, and Communications consultancy. He serves as Chairman of the Nigeria Indonesia Commercial Association. Dr. Ken Giami has a Bachelors degree in Government and Public Administration and is concluding a Masters degree atthe York St. John University in the UK.

    About African Leadership magazine

    The African Leadership magazine Group focuses on bringing the best of Africa to a global audience while evolving solutions to peculiar challenges being faced by the continent today. The magazine believes that for Africa to optimize her competitiveness, she must position itself strategically in the global community and market place. African Leadership magazine is therefore positioning itself as the vehicle of choice in the vanguard of showcasing the continent's continual growth in the political, economic and socio-cultural indices used as benchmarks of international development. The magazine seeks to herald the dawn of a new Africa as the continent of promise and global leadership, championed by people of integrity and resilience and passionately committed to the development of the next generation of African leaders.

    Contact: Kingsley Okeke

    Editor, African Leadership magaziue

    info@africanleadershipmagazine.com

    +234 703 682 7724

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    LAGUNA BEACH, CA (MMD Newswire) December 27, 2012 -- Wells of Life announced today the completion of three water wells funded by the donations of Salem Lutheran School from Orange, California, Gulf Coast Western from Dallas, Texas, the Wertz family of San Clemente, California, and the McCrink family of Rancho Santa Fe, California.

    The lives of approximately 2,000 villagers in over 200 Ugandan households have received the basic right to water. No longer do villagers have to trek for miles to obtain water for consumption and washing. No longer do they have to be susceptible to water borne disease. Their lives along with those of future generations have changed with the construction of a water well in their communities. The following are the wells that have been completed and their locations:

    Well # 1-Owerai Village in Kaberamaido, 59 households, 531 villagers

    Well # 2-Oyama Keolu Village in Kaberamaido, 90 households, 810 villagers

    Well #3-Apiri Village in Agwata, 76 households, 684 villagers

    "It truly takes a village to raise a well", said Nick Jordan, President of Wells of Life. "Contributions from families, schools and corporations make our work possible. This is a true reflection of how community can make anything possible."

    About Wells of Life

    Wells of Life is a Laguna Beach, California based non profit organization. Wells of Life was founded in 2008 with the sole purpose of providing East African communities with access to clean and safe drinking water. Wells of Life is committed to drilling wells and empowering East African communities with the gift of water. To learn more about Wells of Life and how to get involved, please visit http://www.wellsoflife.org.

    CONTACT:

    Nick Jordan, Wells of Life

    949-584-6166 (cell)

    jpg.inc@verizon.net

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    Providence, RI (MMD Newswire) December 28, 2012 -- TribalVision was recognized this week by Providence Business News (PBN) as one of the largest marketing firms (based on head count) in Rhode Island. With sixteen employees and growing within its short two year history, TribalVision is quickly building a name for itself in the Providence and Southern New England marketplace. Founded in 2010 by Chris Ciunci to meet a growing need in the business community for an objective, strategic marketing partner, TribalVision has emerged as a viable alternative to the existing commission-based advertising agency model.

    As Ciunci states, "I am thrilled to know that what started as an idea to shake up the existing advertising model two short years ago has been validated by the numerous clients we are proud to work side by side with every day. Whether it's a well-known Rhode Island company with 1,000+ employees to a B2B jewelry manufacturer, to a weight loss company with ties to Harvard University, our interests-aligned fee-based model that emphasizes strategy before tactics has resonated and produced results across all industries."

    TribalVision continues to attract new clients from a range of industries from software development to retail to medical logistics. The company's success comes from a new approach to marketing that emphasizes the creation of an objective strategic plan followed by the implementation of specific, metrics-driven tactics with razor sharp attention to detail. This new approach, coupled with a head down work ethic and client centric mindset, has helped catapult TribalVision into the position Providence Business News has recognized it for today.

    As VP of Client Services Damien Cabral states, "Our job is to work as hard and as smart as we can to produce results for our clients. We are not the 'Big Idea' guys that most companies are expecting from a marketing firm. Rather, we are marketing strategists who are obsessed with helping companies go from Point A to Point B. If that involves great creative, then we will pull in that resource from our partner network. But oftentimes it involves so much more than good creative. It involves sound strategy that - while not sexy - is the key to increased profits and market share gains for our clients."

    With its client list extending North of the Rhode Island border, TribalVision recently expanded its footprint to Cambridge, Massachusetts to cater to its MA/NH client base as well as attract young talent out of Boston-based feeder schools such as Harvard and M.I.T.

    About TribalVision

    TribalVision is a marketing consulting firm whose mission is to help small to midsize businesses market smarter. As a marketing department for hire, TribalVision is a flexible, cost-effective alternative to the traditional marketing solutions available to the global business community. TribalVision's value-add includes strategy crafting, channel-mix optimization, tactics implementation, executive leadership services and brand building.

    To learn more, visit www.tribalvision.com, contact alatosek@tribalvision.com or call us at 401-272-1300


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    LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (MMD Newswire) December 31, 2012 -- Air Care announced that its board of directors has appointed Michael Munns as Executive Director of Marketing and Sales.

    "We are fortunate to have someone of Michael Munns' caliber and experience step up to lead Air Care," said Papaleo. "We are at a critical moment and we need proven leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead. Michael is a business visionary with a proven track record of execution. He is a strong communicator who is customer focused with deep leadership capabilities. Munns said, "I am honored and excited to lead Air Care. I believe Air Care matters - it matters to Las Vegas, Nevada, the country and the world."

    Air-Care

    3868 E. Post Road

    Las Vegas, Nevada 89120

    http://www.air-care.com


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    Avenues Launches Online Remittance Solution RemitGuru.com for Non Resident Indian's to transfer funds to India

    Mumbai, (MMD Newswire) January 1, 2013 -- Avenues, South Asia's biggest eCommerce service provider, has launched www.RemitGuru.com , a personalized online remittance service specially created to meet the unique needs of the Indian diaspora living overseas.

    India is the top remittance receiver in the world, with a robust US$ 70 billion in 2012 (as per a World Bank Report), a growth of 16% over last year, thereby topping the list of developing countries which have received a total of $406 billion in 2012. After India, China will stand second with $66 billion, followed by Mexico and the Philippines with $24 billion each.

    Online remittances, increasingly being preferred by Non-resident Indians, are growing at an incredible rate of approximately 20% CAGR.

    Speaking at the launch, Hershel Asmani, CEO of Avenues Payments India Pvt. Ltd., which has launched www.RemitGuru.com said ""www.RemitGuru aims to satisfy the needs of Indians abroad by providing a superior technology platform, user-friendly service coupled with the Best conversion rate guarantee, thereby redefining the way remittances that are being done till now"."

    Vishwas Patel, Chairman of Avenues Payments India Pvt. Ltd. also said that "" www.RemitGuru.com aims to give the NRI's an excellent platform to not just send money home from their local country bank accounts to their family in India in a secure, speedy manner but also pay for goods, recharge and travel related services offered by thousands of web merchants using Avenues's www.CCAvenue.com Payment gateway solution"."

    Amit Badiyani, Director Technology, Avenues Payments India Pvt. Ltd. also said that, ""www.RemitGuru.com has the best technology platform and is extremely scalable. All our customer data is extremely secure and our systems and processes are compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards 2.0 from day one of its launch. We are now in the process on building mobile apps for the iOS, Android, Windows and the Black Berry platforms as the NRI audience are increasingly using their mobiles to send money to their loved ones in India"."

    Avenues Launches RemitGuru.com for Non Resident Indians to transfer money to India

    About www.RemitGuru.com

    www.RemitGuru.com understands that the ties that bind the NRI to his roots go deep and it truly appreciates the sentiment behind the act of remittance of money and gifts to the loved ones back home. www.Remitguru.com is a personalized online remittance service specially created to meet the unique needs of the Indian diaspora living overseas. www.RemitGuru.com redefines the way the Non Resident Indians stays connected with his family by introducing new ideas and methods into the money transfer process.

    For more info, please visit www.RemitGuru.com .

    About Avenues

    Avenues (www.Avenues.Info ) is South Asia's Biggest E-Commerce service provider which provides payment gateway services to thousands of web merchants across the world through its solution www.CCAvenue.com and other industry vertical specific solutions like www.ResAvenue.com (Hospitality) ; www.HotelsAvenue.com (Travel Agents) and www.EventAvenue.com (Event Management).

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    Visit us at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013 (Booth 21635 South Hall 1)

    January 1, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Smartphone users who love to listen to music on their phones, but find that the sound quality leaves something to be desired, now have an innovative and economical solution to their problem. Degauss Labs of Sweden, manufacturers of a range of headphones and smartphone earphones, has just introduced SPKRS: sharp-sounding, cool-looking ear buds that work with most popular smartphones - and won't break the bank.

    "With SPKRS, users can finally unlock their smartphone's full potential," says Nicolas Persson, Sales Manager at Degauss. "Our aim with SPKRS was to create ear buds with sound and performance quality second to none in this price range." SPKRS feature an improved acoustic design that makes music sound smoother. The new SPKRS driver units deliver a warm, detailed sound with a resonant and hard-kicking bass.

    And in keeping with the demands of today's young consumers who want their gadgets to look great as well as work like a champ, the SPKRS ear buds come in a wide variety of what Persson describes as "clean, cool" colors. Currently users can choose from a rainbow of hues: red, yellow, blue, pink, purple, gray, white or black.

    SPKRS ear buds  Degauss Labs New Earphones at CES

    The SPKRS ear buds boast plenty of attention to detail, including a coated aluminum casing. The housing is coated with a special matte technique that makes it as clean looking as the rest of the earphone - a quality rarely found on metal-housed earphones.

    The all-aluminum housing isn't just for looks; it absorbs vibrations and preserves the sound quality, Persson explains. "And it makes the SPKRS more durable," he adds.

    SPKRS earphones allow users to easily take control of their smartphone. A one-button remote with a microphone provides instant access to play or pause music, and to answer or end calls. Via Google Play and the App Store, users can download apps that adjust the button's functions according to their needs.

    SPKRS come with a Universal Plug (U-Plug) that allows them to work with most Apple iPhone, Android, and Nokia WP based devices. A flat cabled, non-twisting, strain-relief cord makes SPKRS as perfect for the gym as on the street. And in addition to durability, the SPKRS ear buds are built for comfort, to accommodate users who spend more time plugged-in than unplugged.

    "We made SPKRS to be the perfect introduction to the performance of Degauss Labs earphones," says Persson. "We're constantly working to improve our products, and we think that this desire for continual improvement is reflected in SPKRS."

    Early buzz from users is favorable, with many giving SPKRS high marks for both sound quality and design. "The bottom line," says Persson, "is that music just sounds better with SPKRS - and you could even say it looks better too. SPKRS give your smartphone more 'oomph,' more attitude." Or, to paraphrase a well loved hymn, "Amazing bass, how sweet the sound."

    ABOUT THE COMPANY:

    Founded in 2009, Degauss Laboratories is a family-owned company with home offices and design team in Stockholm, Sweden, and distributors - and customers - all over the globe. The company evolved from the idea of creating cleanly designed headphones for two-way communication devices. Over the years Degauss developed headphones to meet demands for clear sound and discreet, personal design. Today they have one of the most comprehensive earphone-for-smartphone product lines in the world, in addition to supplying headphones for every need.

    For more information visit http://www.degausslabs.com

    For information specifically about SPKRS, see http://www.degausslabs.com/spkrs

    For Online Webshop: http://www.degausslabs.com/shop

    Media Contact:
    Nicolas Persson, Sales Manager, Degauss Labs
    Telephone +46 (0) 8 615 04 00
    E-mail: info@degausslabs.com
    Postal address
    Box 7320
    103 90 Stockholm
    Sweden
    
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    January 3, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Intradeco Apparel has acquired certain assets of Knothe Apparel Group, a manufacturer of men's sleepwear.

    Terms of the deal, which closed on Friday, were not disclosed.

    Knothe, a family-run business based in New York, distributes its products under labels such as Izod, Chaps and State O Maine.

    Intradeco, a family-run business based in Miami that is focused on fashion basics and thermal underwear, said Knothe will operate as a separate division of Intradeco. The existing Knothe senior management and merchandising teams will continue running the businesses.

    Allan Ellinger, senior managing partner at MMG, which was financial adviser in the transaction, said, "This is a strategically strong merger for both companies. We were pleased to be able to bring these two industry leaders together in a deal that will strengthen the men's sleepwear business."

    Terry Trofholz, executive vice president of sales for Intradeco, said the "synergies between the businesses will bring real benefits to our valued customers."

    Ricky Bern, chief operating officer at Knothe, said his company will "be able to take advantage of Intradeco's vertical supply chain structure, world class operating systems and financial strength."

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    Bank contributes a total of $14,000 to playground renovation

    NEEDHAM, MA (MMD Newswire) January 3, 2013 -- Needham Bank, with branches throughout the greater Boston area is proud to announce its continued support of Needham's Newman Elementary School Playground with the donation of $7,000.

    The recent contribution is in addition to a sum of $7,000 made earlier in the year toward replacement of the former Newman Elementary School playground, which was found to be in non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This discovery, coupled with the general disrepair of the playground, led to the decision by school officials to demolish the former site and build a new playground.

    The new playground, now open, is fully integrated and adaptive to the needs of all children, including those with disabilities.

    Project fundraising was spearheaded by A Cause for Play, a group of parents and school faculty, including Mary Kelley, who lauded Needham Bank for "such generosity and responsiveness."

    "We can't say enough about Needham Bank and its generous support not only of our project, but of so many organizations throughout Needham and beyond," said Ms. Kelley. "We are all lucky to have such a kind, supportive and thoughtful organization in our communities."

    "It gives us enormous pleasure to support such a praiseworthy project," said Jack W. McGeorge, CEO of Needham Bank.

    About Needham Bank

    Since 1892 Needham Bank has served Boston and its neighboring communities as a leader in personal banking and real estate lending with an evolving range of innovative electronic banking and wealth management services. Needham Bank is known for its commitment to individualized service and a strong commitment to the communities it serves. For more information please visit NeedhamBank.com or call 1-781-444-2100. Needham Bank is a member of FDIC and SIF.


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