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    AUSTIN, TX (MMD Newswire) January 15, 2013 -- Buyer Group International, Inc. (BYRG.PK) ("BYRG" or the "Company") today announced its 2013 General Business Development Plan for 2013.

    "The more we at Buyer Group International look at 2013, the more you can see that we have a clear slate on which we can write big things," said BYRG CEO Dave Bryant. "We have three fronts of mining development now. Greenland, Indonesia, and British Columbia." he recently said. "As we execute on our plan, improved compliance, better transparency, the vision we have laid out will start to unfold."

    "Our Indonesian project is proceeding nicely and we hope to have more news on this shortly. We are exploring several opportunities there in earth metals and in noble metals. We have received a letter of interest from the local chamber of commerce and have a clear path of development before us." In British Columbia, we have several very solid prospects, currently requiring financing, where we have entered into negotiations to purchase and develop these prospects. Finally, Greenland, the last vast untapped northern remote island, has enormous promise and we are working on developing this prospect. We have seen very promising results and we have only tipped the iceberg." he was quited as saying in a recent interview.

    "With these prospects, BYRG's goals are to execute in the very near term a business development program centered around increasing holdings and production of mineral reserves for both long term management and short term development and production that can be sold on the current market. This means bringing funding to bear on minerals that have immediate value, and bringing partnerships to those that have long term value. As various types of minerals are coming into play we want to maximize development for minerals reaching their market peak in value. Then we want to bank or hold long term those that have yet to reach their peak and may be several years away from doing so." said David A. Bryant, CEO of BYRG.

    BYRG and its advisors believe that strategic development of mineral rich lands will give the shareholders the best long term returns of any industry including government and municipal investment. BYRG is tailoring a specific financial reward system for its long term shareholders.

    Completion of the proposed transactions are dependent upon important contingencies, including BYRG obtaining financing and guarantees, of which there is no assurance.

    Safe Harbor Statement

    Information in this news release may contain statements about future expectations, plans, prospects or performance of Buyer Group International, Inc. that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the Safe Harbor Provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words or phrases "can be", "expects", "may affect", "believed", "estimate", "project" and similar words and phrases are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Buyer Group International, Inc. cautions you that any forward-looking information provided by or on behalf of Buyer Group International, Inc. is not a guarantee of future performance. Completion of the transaction is dependent upon important contingencies, including completion of financing, of which there is no assurance. None of the information in this press release constitutes or is intended as an offer to sell securities or investment advice of any kind. Buyer Group International, Inc.'s actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, some of which are beyond Buyer Group International, Inc. 's control. In addition to those discussed in Buyer Group International, Inc.'s press releases, public filings, and statements by Buyer Group International, Inc.'s management, including, but not limited to, Buyer Group International, Inc.'s estimate of the sufficiency of its existing capital resources, Buyer Group International, Inc.'s ability to raise additional capital to fund future operations, Buyer Group International, Inc.'s ability to repay its existing indebtedness, the uncertainties involved in estimating market opportunities, and in identifying contracts which match Buyer Group International, Inc.'s capability to be awarded contracts. All such forward-looking statements are current only as of the date on which such statements were made. Buyer Group International, Inc. does not undertake any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which any such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

    Media Contact:

    Heidi Gillion

    Heidi@pr-publicrelations.info

    Telephone: 323-250-9904

    ir@byrg.org


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    Broomfield, CO (MMD Newswire) January 15, 2013 -- Psiphon Consulting, an established leader in online business success strategies, consulting & implementation along with e-onlinedata a merchant account provider, today announced plans for their upcoming Webinar: "Seven Key Differences between a Merchant Account and a Payment Aggregator" on Friday January 25th, 2013 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Eastern Time.

    The event will be held online: Participants can register at http://psiphonconsulting.com/workshops/paymentprocessing.html. The goal of the webinar, Seven Key Differences between a Merchant Account and a Payment Aggregator, is to support online entrepreneurs in understanding the difference between a merchant processor and a payment aggregator.

    B. Hopkins, President of Psiphon Consulting, said registration to the webinar, Seven Key Differences between a Merchant Account and a Payment Aggregator is limited and the cost is absolutely free.

    "We are excited to be working with e-onlinedata to empower business owners in being able to create more revenue online. As businesses grow, the ecommerce solutions they are currently using may no longer be the most supportive for their business model today, so we want to provide an opportunity for them to re-evaluate their currently payment processing strategy," said Hopkins. "This is a tremendous opportunity for online business owners to be able to save costs on their payment processing solutions. Participants will learn the differences between a merchant account and a payment aggregator, what features your merchant account should have, and a special opportunity for business owners to generate residual revenue for their own business."

    To learn more about the Webinar: Seven Key Differences between a Merchant Account and a Payment Aggregator or to register for the event, call (720) 432-0621 or visit our webinar training website today.

    More About Psiphon Consulting

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    Founded in 2001, Psiphon Consulting has helped many businesses with Internet Business Consulting, Strategies & Implementation. The company's mission is to help many businesses with SEO, Internet Business Strategies and Webinar Production. They focus on supporting business owners to reach their goals more quickly by empowering their web presence to have a vital role in generating revenue, and their mission statement is "We keep businesses' websites from being road kill on the information superhighway." ". To learn more about Psiphon Consulting, you should call (720)432-0621 or visit them online at http://psiphonconsulting.com

    Contact Details:

    Psiphon Consulting

    Attention: B. Hopkins

    Phone: (720)432-0621

    Website: http://psiphonconsulting.com


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    SAN FRANCSICO, CA (MMD Newswire) January 15, 2013 --  d.light design is honored to be chosen as the recipient of the prestigious Zayed Future Energy Prize, the world's largest annual award in the renewable energy and sustainability sector. d.light was selected in the small and medium size enterprise category. The prize, managed by Masdar on behalf of the government of Abu Dhabi, is presented annually to companies that have shownoutstanding, innovative achievements and leadership in the global search for a sustainable energy future.

    "We are very honored to win the Zayed Future Energy Prize," said d.light Chairman and CEO Donn Tice. "d.light represents an essential part of the future of energy: small-scale, distributed energy solutions at the community, household and individual level. Winning this prize will enable us to transform millions more lives that we would not otherwise reach as quickly. This is not just a win for d.light, but for everyone without access to reliable grid power."

    d.light Wins Zayed Future Energy Prize renewable energy prize

    Established in 2008, the Zayed Prize honors the legacy of environmental protection and concern for conservation of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi's late ruler and Founder of the United Arab Emirates.

    The prize was awarded in a lavish ceremony at the Emirates Palace as part of the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi. Prizewinners were selected via a rigorous four-stage process that enlists the expertise of distinguished leaders around the world from a total pool of 579 applicants. The finalists became special guests hosted by the Zayed Future Energy Prize Committee. They were invited to attend Sustainability Week events; provided with special access to "by invitation only" small group discussions on the Future of Energy and introduced to the U. S. Ambassador.

    The Zayed Future Energy Prize aims to create a community spirit among the world's most gifted and pioneering innovators and leaders driven around four key criteria: long-term vision, innovation, leadership and impact. d.light design has been at the forefront of the solar powered lighting market.

    "We are on a mission to transform the lives of 100 million people in the developing world by 2020," continued Tice. "This past October, we reached a major milestone, empowering 10 million lives with our solar lanterns in over 40 countries around the world. With this prize, we're poised to accelerate our reach."

    About d.light

    d.light is a for-profit social enterprise whose purpose is to create new freedoms for customers without access to reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future. We design, manufacture and distribute solar light and power products throughout the developing world. We aim to transform the lives of at least 100 million people by 2020, and have reached over 10 million since founding. d.light serves over 40 countries, through over 6,000 retail outlets, 10 field offices, and four regional hubs. The company employs over 200 people directly, and indirectly employs hundreds more worldwide. To learn more, please visit www.dlightdesign.com

    MEDIA CONTACT:
    Sandra R. Curtis
    d.light design (San Francisco office)
    510-816-8012
    sandra.curtis@dlightdesign.com
    
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    Ottawa, ON (MMD Newswire) January 16, 2013 -- Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) has chosen MeterSense and CustomerConnect, Harris Utilities' meter data management (MDM) solution and customer engagement solution (CES), to make stronger operational decisions and bring the value and intelligence of its smart infrastructure directly into the hands of its customers.

    MeterSense is an advanced MDM solution that transforms raw smart meter data into valuable business intelligence and enables utilities to improve business process and enhance customer service. CustomerConnect is a web-based data presentment tool that enables customers to access and interpret their consumption patterns, which helps them make smarter choices about resource use, reduce their bills and support utility conservation goals.

    BELD, which has been a customer of Harris Utilities since 1999, provides electric services to approximately 16,000 residential and business customers in eastern Massachusetts. The utility began the deployment of its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) in June 2011 and supplemented that new technology with an MDM and a CES to draw optimal value from its hardware investment. Specifically, it sought an MDM solution that integrated seamlessly with its existing enterprise solutions (including Harris Utilities' NorthStar customer information system), offered advanced analytics functions and automated routine processes. BELD also wanted a CES that was easy to use and could encourage more end users to participate in conservation programs.

    MeterSense transforms raw meter data into actionable intelligence

    "MeterSense was the obvious choice for our MDM solution because it offers a range of functionality that perfectly suits the needs of municipal electric utilities like us," said Gail Cohen, Business Manager at BELD. "We expect to use MeterSense to eliminate all the manual processes we follow now and therefore save time and money. We also plan to use the solution to help us make better business decisions about setting rates and making investments, and to perform deep analysis into events, alarms and losses on our grid so we can understand why these problems occur and solve them quickly."

    Cohen added that MeterSense offered two further key benefits. First, its customizable rules engine enabled BELD to configure the application to the utility's precise needs and therefore yield the greatest value from AMI data. Second, its demonstrated capacity for integration gave the utility confidence that MeterSense would perform seamlessly with BELD's existing hardware and software technologies.

    CustomerConnect engages end users in consumption-management initiatives

    "We chose CustomerConnect because it is easy to use--and remarkably sophisticated," she said. "We expect that by presenting consumption data to our customers on a near-real time basis, CustomerConnect will create a powerful connection for our customers between energy consumed and money spent. We hope that every BELD customer will want to use CustomerConnect, and we want to use the solution to promote our energy-savings programs to target audiences."

    Although BELD enjoys a long-standing relationship with Harris Utilities, the utility selected MeterSense and CustomerConnect because of the sophistication and simplicity of each solution and the potential of each to help BELD meet its operational and customer-service goals.

    Norm Daigle, executive vice-president of Harris Utilities SmartWorks--the innovation engine of Harris Utilities that created MeterSense and CustomerConnect--said the BELD implementation confirms the additional value that an MDM and a customer engagement solution can bring to a utility's smart grid solution.

    "AMI is an essential component of a smart grid solution," said Daigle. "Introduced on its own, however, it yields limited benefits. A utility that wants to get the most out of its smart grid investment must introduce an MDM like MeterSense to interpret raw data and turn that information into valuable business intelligence. A customer engagement solution such as CustomerConnect further boosts the value of the smart grid by connecting end users with meter data almost instantly."

    Powerful and intuitive, MeterSense and CustomerConnect can help any utility get more value than ever before from its smart meters and bring the intelligence of the smart grid into the hands of its consumers.

    About Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD)

    BELD supplies electric service to approximately 16,000 residential and business customers in the town of Braintree, Massachusetts. The utility operates generation, transmission and distribution facilities across a 14-square-mile service territory that is served by 148 miles of overhead lines and 88 miles of underground lines. BELD operates three electric distribution substations and two 115 kilovolt (kV) transmission interchange substations, and is connected to two separate 115 kV NStar transmission lines that are part of the ISO New England electric grid. For more information, see www.beld.com/Electric/AboutEnergy.asp.

    About Harris Utilities SmartWorks

    SmartWorks is the innovation engine of Harris Utilities. Harris Utilities SmartWorks' current portfolio includes two key solutions. The first is MeterSense, a scalable, configurable and powerful meter data management (MDM) solution that quickly manages and intelligently interprets growing volumes of critical smart meter data. The second, CustomerConnect, is a customer engagement solution that gives customers direct, web-based access to account information and unprecedented insight into resource use, which helps utilities demonstrate the value of, and power behind, their smart infrastructure investments.

    For detailed product information, please visit metersense.com and custconnect.com.

    Contacts

    Harris Utilities

    Anna Jackson

    Vice-president, Marketing and Communications

    T: +1-613-226-5511, ext. 2085

    C: +1-613-986-9189

    ajackson@harrisutilities.com


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    January 16, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Keynote Speaker and Target Leadership President, Author, Professional Speaker, and Retired USAF A-10 Fighter Pilot, Jeff "Odie" Espenship, is presenting at the Oregon Governor's Occupational Safety and Health (GOSH) Conference, on March 5, 2013 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. 

    Espenship will present his popular keynote "Getting Back to Basics is Vital to Superior Performance -- It's the Little Things that Matter" with hopes to motivate audience members to rethink and refocus their work behavior. He relates to audience members with personal stories of triumph and loss in and out of the cockpit; you will laugh and cry. Most importantly, Odie teaches what it means to be a Target Leader both on and off the job. "By setting high expectations, by speaking up, by listening to what is not being said, by overcoming complacency (the silent killer), by never assuming, and by communicating to understanding helps us achieve new heights in life and leadership," said Espenship.

    His keynote is certain to strike a chord regarding this year's conference theme of "Safety: It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint." The goal of the conference is to provide an educational forum where employers, safety and health professionals, safety committee members, line supervisors, manufacturers, and distributors can come to gain state of the art knowledge and skills leading to self-sufficiency in their occupational safety and health programs. Attendees come from all industries and class topics cover a broad range of timely safety and health issues.

    About Target Leadership

    Target Leadership, founded by fighter pilots and operated by fighter pilots, use their experience as fighter pilots to motivate and encourage a company's "Fighter Pilots" (or employees) to embrace leadership safety systems in the workplace. Whether the audience is medical, manufacturing, chemical, utility, construction, banking, team sports, or retail, their programs will motivate the workforce to accelerate to new heights in leadership, safety, teamwork, and overall operational excellence.

    About GOSH

    The conference hosted by GOSH is the largest of its kind in the Northwest. It features over 150 workshops and sessions. Past conferences have hosted over 2500 people. This year marks its 33rd biennial year. It is being co-sponsored by Oregon OSHA, a division of the Department of Consumer and Business Services, and the Columbia-Willamette Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

    For booking inquiries or to request more information please visit http://www.targetleadership.com or call toll-free at (800) 392-1544.


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    SemiLEDs Expands its UV LED Portfolio with New 0.06W UV LED Product Series for Consumer Applications

    SemiLEDs adds 0.06W UV LEDs product series to its UV LED product portfolio, available in 365-425nm, typical power 5-15mW at 20mA (power is dependent on wavelength).

    January 16, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- SemiLEDs (NASDAQ: LEDS), a global LED manufacturer, launches two new UV LEDs today. The new series of 3020 PLCC UV LEDs and 5mm through-hole lamp type UV LEDs incorporate SemiLEDs' unique and patented chip technology to offer higher performance and quality products to cost sensitive, retail applications.

    The 3020 product series will provide a solution to consumers who are looking for a LED replacement for commercial UV tubes. The 3020 product series features a smaller footprint, excellent thermal properties, and high output power densities in a well distributed light pattern, ideal for tube replacement applications.

    The 5mm through-hole lamp type UV LED is designed with a 20 - 30 degree beam angle for applications which require more directed and concentrated light in a smaller surface area, such as counterfeit detection and cosmetic retail markets.

    Both products are available for immediate sampling and volume production in wavelengths 365nm - 425nm with typical output power 5-15mW at 20mA (power is dependent on wavelength). For further information, please visit SemiLEDs' website (www.semileds.com) or contact sales@semileds.com.

    About SemiLEDs Corporation

    SemiLEDs develops and manufactures LED chips and LED components based on its patented and proprietary core technology, for general lighting applications, including street lights and commercial, industrial and residential lighting, along with specialty industrial applications such as ultraviolet (UV) curing, medical/cosmetic, counterfeit detection, and horticulture. SemiLEDs sells blue, green and UV LED chips and components.

    Contact Information

    SemiLEDs Corporation

    Website: www.semileds.com

    Email: sales@semileds.com

    Phone: +1(208)389-7515 (USA)


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    North Little Rock Arkansas (MMD Newswire) January 16, 2013 -- Lisa Douglas, recognized as best attorney for the fourth consecutive year. In the 2012 NLR Times Poll published by Stephens media, Lisa Douglas has once again been recognized as best attorney.

    Stephens media develops its list of best of the best through a reader nomination and polling process of it's central Arkansas readers. The award was given by the Stephens Media Group, a newspaper serving the Central Arkansas community. The award was given for the year 2012 and is the 4th year in a row that Lisa Douglas has been given this award.

    Lisa has been licensed as a Registered Nurse for over two decades and brings this medical experience to her representation of plaintiffs who have been seriously injured as a result of others' carelessness or reckless actions. She focuses on auto accidents, product liability (defective products), defective hip replacements, medical malpractice, social security disability and nursing home abuse. Law Offices of Lisa Douglas has two locations to serve you: Heber Springs and North Little Rock.

    For anyone needing Lisa Dougla's services or for inquiries visit Law Offices of Lisa Douglas at 2300 Main North Little Rock, AR 72114 or http://www.lisagdouglas.com/contact.aspx or call (501)798-0004.


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    January 16, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Wireless customers in Florida donated more than 36,500 used wireless phones to the HopeLine® from Verizon program in 2012 that will help support domestic violence prevention, awareness and victim support efforts across the state in 2013.

    The phones were donated by consumers and businesses at sporting events, concerts, corporate phone drives, special events and HopeLine collection boxes inside all Verizon Wireless Communications stores. The phones are recycled and/or refurbished to generate funding and support for local domestic violence agencies.

    Past phone collections and other efforts helped Verizon donate more than $250,000 in 2012 to Florida organizations such as the Family Justice Center and The Spring in Tampa Bay, Hubbard House in Jacksonville, The Lodge and Safespace in Miami, Harbor House in Orlando, Salvation Army of Panama City, Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) in Sarasota, Peaceful Paths in Gainesville and many others.

    "It's a simple gesture, but it really shows that our customers care when they contribute their old phones to HopeLine," said Pam Tope, Florida region president for Verizon Wireless. "We appreciate the effort that helps us provide significant support to so many important domestic violence prevention organizations throughout the state."

    HopeLine collection boxes are available year-round at all Verizon Wireless stores. For more details on the program and store locations, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

    About Verizon Wireless

    Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves nearly 96 million retail customers, including 90.4 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 75,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.


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    Prominent U.S. Apparel Retailers Embrace New Groundbreaking Didgebridge Technology & Analytics for In- Depth Understanding of Consumer Behavior Change and Increased Sales

    Indianapolis, IN (MMD Newswire) January 17, 2013 -- Didgebridge's innovative new interactive video ABM-ROI Metrix® platform allowing companies to measure actual, real-time response to marketing campaigns including email, print, social, banner, bill boards, etc. - has been put to use in a series of large email shopper loyalty programs by several prominent US apparel retailers. The Didgebridge technology measures actual progressive levels of consumer interest/engagement while providing instant performance and ROI scores through the use of interactive video in all elements.

    Select retailers are using Didgebridge software to deliver high-impact video campaigns featuring new seasonal apparel collections and special promotions to millions of shoppers via their loyalty marketing email data bases. Given consumers' response and level of interest-measured in real time by the Didgebridge platform- retailers now have the ability to craft offers by store and zip code and send specific follow up video messages to optimize program impact and sales results more effectively and efficiently than ever before.

    Didgebridge

    "We're thrilled a growing number of international retailers, brand marketers, media companies and advertising agencies are seeing the benefits of the new Didgebridge analytics software" commented Ryan Swadley, Didgebridge co-founder and Chief Innovation Officer. "Our technology provides solutions to improve the effectiveness of communications while assessing results according to strict behavioral and ROI performance measures" continued Swadley.

    "The days of static print ads being shot-gunned out to a mass audience are rapidly disappearing" claims former Leo Burnett Vice President and Founding Partner Hank Kogan "in favor of growing micro-targeting options supported by an array of demo, psycho, and geographic factors. Didgebridge leverages this trend by bringing interactive video to multiple consumer contact points including rapidly expanding digital video capable mobile devices which are fast becoming the media gateway to reaching new generations of consumers."

    "Interactive video messaging - laser targeted - measuring (in real-time) consumer engagement/interest is the primary objective of modern marketers. The Didgebridge analytics technology has been developed to deliver just that" adds John McNulty, former Gillette and Kodak senior executive & now CEO of Didgebridge.

    About Didgebridge:

    Didgebridge is an Indianapolis-based digital technology and analytics firm which specializes in ROI-measurable ad scoring and metrics for all forms of electronic and print communications programs. The firm's patent-pending ABM-ROI Metrix® system is being used by leading consumer brands and retailers to optimize their marketing budgets. More information about Didgebridge can be found at www.didgebridge.com.

    MEDIA CONTACT:

    John McNulty

    jmcnulty@didgebridge.com

    847-323-0858

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    Santa Fe Springs, California (MMD Newswire) January 17, 2013 -- Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores has once again been ranked as the #1 selling RV dealer in California for 2012.

    According to California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association, (Granite Bay, CA) Mike Thompson RV Super Stores are again ranked the #1 motorhome, #1 towable, and #1 overall Dealer in California for 2012. CalRVDA is affiliated with the National RV Dealers Association and provides tracking data of all RV-motorized and RV-towable sales in the California market.

    Mark Rosenbaum, General Manager for Mike Thompson RV comments, "Finding out we are once again the customer choice of RV dealers in California is just is a huge accomplishment for the staff of Mike Thompson's RV. I often talk about the staff as family. We operate every single day with the same goal and that is to provide the best possible experience for our customers. We are a focused team from our detail department, sales staff, accounting office, management group, service department and trusted manufacturers. We work together to take care of our customers that have joined our family over the past forty years, and welcome new customers every day. Mike Thompson's RV Super Stores has created the best by offering something for everyone with our vast product selection from affordable travel trailers to the highest quality motorhomes including the number one selling coaches in the country. The manufacturers we sell are of the highest quality because the Mike Thompson's RV experience doesn't end when you drive off the lot, it's just beginning. Mike Thompson's RV has a solid history of taking care of its customers and supporting them not only during, but after the sale as well. A third party survey by Muse Surveys, (Riverside, CA) completed in December 2012, shows on average 95% of our customers would purchase from us again or recommend us to a friend. We fully understand that satisfied customers provide repeat business and that referrals make up the majority of our business. Happy customers are what keep us in the number one position of RV dealers in California. From all of the staff at Mike Thompson RV, we are so proud and honored to have once again reached this achievement and we're extremely excited to launch into 2013. Thank you."

    Mike Thompson RV offers a full range of RV's in every price point. From Tent Trailers to Diesel Pusher motor homes selling the top brands in the nation.

    Mike Thompson RV Superstores with fivesouthern California locations www.mikethompson.com

    Questions to be directed to Mellanie Ingle, The Mingle Agency, (714) 398-5049

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    January 18, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- Merchants Leasing, a division of the Merchants Automotive Group, Inc. announces they have gone live with the LeaseWave technology platform from Odessa Technologies, Inc. Merchants, a top ten national fleet management company started in 1962, specializes in providing total fleet management solutions to businesses and government agencies. Merchants is a family owned business headquartered in Hooksett, NH with more than 275 employees.

    "Merchants distinguishes itself by providing customized services in an otherwise generic and very commoditized marketplace. The challenge was to leverage the power of technology to automate our highly customized services. Obviously this is not very easily done in any industry, let alone one as complex as ours. But through the implementation of LeaseWave, this is exactly the challenge that we have overcome. We are excited about the opportunity this holds for our future," says Glen Villano, Chief Executive Officer at Merchants Leasing.

    "LeaseWave is a fully browser-based system and the only leasing suite built entirely on Services Oriented Architecture, offering the best-in-class platform for automation and integration with third party tools," says Kevin Schroeder, Odessa Vice President of Automotive Leasing & Fleet Management. "LeaseWave is engineered specifically to be configurable and customizable to tailor-fit each client's business, not just at implementation, but on an ongoing basis as requirements change. This gives our customers unprecedented flexibility in rendering and managing their products and services."

    About Merchants Leasing

    Merchants Leasing provides customers nationwide a total fleet solution, which includes its unique approach to closed-end leasing in addition to traditional open-end options. Other comprehensive services include: insurance and maintenance programs, fuel cards to manage mileage and gasoline expenses, roadside assistance, accident and risk management, Telematics, local and nationwide delivery, and expert fleet management and administration. Merchants leases a variety of vehicles including cars, trucks and vans, law enforcement vehicles, handicap-equipped vehicles and more. Merchants Leasing is part of Hooksett based Merchants Automotive Group, Inc. and a Singer Family Company which includes Merchants Auto, Merchants Service and CARQUEST Parts. Learn more about Merchants Leasing and its services by visiting www.merchantsleasing.com.

    About Odessa Technologies, Inc.

    Odessa Technologies is a software company exclusively focused on the leasing industry. The company is headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and employs a staff of 300 people. Odessa is the developer of the LeaseWave suite of products, a fully integrated browser-based lease and loan management solution, providing an end-to-end origination and portfolio management system for equipment leasing and finance, vehicle leasing and fleet management companies. The LeaseWave suite is specifically engineered to be configurable to accommodate even the most complex business model, as evidenced by Odessa's diverse customer base. Learn more about Odessa Technologies, Inc. and its services by visiting www.OdessaTechnologies.com.

    Merchants Leasing Goes LeaseWave From Odessa Technologies


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    KAIROS AUTONOMI COMPLETES THE FIRST PHASE OF DELIVERIES FOR NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU MOVING GROUND TARGET CONTRACT

    Unmodified ranges equipped with necessary technologies to operate unmanned moving ground targets as part of training operations

    Salt Lake City, Utah (MMD Newswire) January 7, 2013 -- Kairos Autonomi, Inc., a world leader in robotic appliqué kits and developer of the Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit, has completed the 1st phase of its base year contract to deliver unmanned moving ground targets at National Guard Bureau training ranges across the United States.

    Working only two to three days at each range, the Kairos team modified the existing ranges and configured each of them for unmanned vehicle operation. Kairos personnel also installed radio infrastructure and ground control station hardware and software, and delivered an optionally unmanned moving ground target powered by the Pronto4.

    In addition to the hardware and software delivery and installation, Kairos personnel provided training to range personnel that will enable them to remotely operate the vehicles and maintain the radio and control station infrastructure for future missions. Kairos will complete phases two and three in the first half of 2013, and will continue releasing its Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kits to other ranges throughout the United States.

    "As we demonstrated at Airburst Range, give us a small budget and a few days, and we can provide any range with the ability to operate and maintain unmanned ground or surface targets," said Chandler Griffin, Director of Targets Programs at Kairos Autonomi. "Our effort with the National Guard Bureau shows our capability as a company to stand up existing ranges with solid infrastructure, robots and operational training in a short period of time."

    The Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit can be installed in about 4 hours by a trained team of two technicians. For each NGB range, the Pronto4 enables an unmanned vehicle to drive by remote control operation in conjunction with communications infrastructure. The Pronto4 can also be upgraded to provide GPS path following capability.

    The Pronto4 enables existing vehicles or surface vessels to be utilized as realistic, unmanned moving ground targets as part of training and test operations. Kairos supports a broad training range customer base and continues to develop cost-effective, high-quality hardware and software products for training range customers worldwide.

    About Kairos Autonomi

    Kairos Autonomi, Inc. (Kairos) is a world leader in delivering unmanned moving ground targets and service for training, test and evaluation operations. These moving targets and services facilitate dynamic, realistic training and test scenarios by providing optionally unmanned (a human can still drive the vehicle manually) vehicle capabilities to existing manned vehicles at a cost-effective price. The unmanned targets are powered by the Pronto4 Robotic Appliqué Kit, an add-on vehicle autonomy system that provides unmanned capabilities to current manned vehicles, rendering them optionally unmanned. Pronto4-enabled unmanned vehicles are used at training ranges and test facilities across the United States, and deliver unparalleled dependability and functionality. For more information, please visit us at our website www.kairosautonomi.com or at YouTube.

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    January 8, 2013 (MMD Newswire) -- April Deshaynior is a Hollywood and Florida based fashion designer and creative director behind the fashion brand Deshaynior. April decided to step down from her position with the company she co-founded and created in 2008 with her late father, Anthony Glover. After learning of her father's illness the designer took time off to care for her dieing father. Now after a year of being away from the company the designer has returned as CEO/head designer and creative director. Upon April's return the company is ready to launch it's new men's 2013 winter/fall line. The brand has won several local awards including emerging designer of the year awards 2010 and has been featured in magazines and newspapers.

    April deshaynior  April deshaynior returns as head designer and ceo of deshaynior design house

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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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