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High inflation mars Christmas festivities in Bengal
Ahead of the Christmas celebrations, customers as well as traders in West Bengal said that high inflation rate has dampened the festive spirit this year. ANI

Oz beer maker Coopers named world's best family business
Australian beer maker, Coopers Brewery, has been named the world's top family business for 2011 in a poll by a UK magazine. ANI

Yahoo reportedly plans to slash Alibaba stake to 15 percent
Yahoo is reportedly planning to cut its 40 percent stake in Chinese Internet firm Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. to about 15 percent. ANI

Ahluwalia says nothing wrong in rupee depreciating
Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia has downplayed the worry about the recent decline in the rupee and said that trying to defend the currency is not worth the risk it would pose to the country's reserves. ANI

Thomson Reuters Suspends Sale of Healthcare Business
Thomson Reuters (TSX/NYSE: TRI), the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals, today announced that it has suspended the divestiture process for its Healthcare business ACN Newswire

Toyota Announces Sales and Production Plans for CY2012
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced today its CY2012 sales and production plans, as shown below.Note that the below plans do not factor in the effect of the environment-friendly car purchase incentive now approved at the cabinet level of the Japanese government ACN Newswire

Mazda Production and Sales Results for November 2011 (Flash Report)
Mazda Motor Corporation's production and sales results for November 2011 are summarized below.I. Production1. Domestic ProductionMazda's total domestic production volume in November 2011 increased 1.6% compared to November 2010 due to increased production of both passenger and commercial vehicles.Domestic production of key models in November 2011Mazda2 (Demio): 14,487 units (up 0 ACN Newswire

DOCOMO, KDDI and SOFTBANK Establish Consortium to Promote NFC Services Compatible with Multiple International Standards
NTT DOCOMO, INC., KDDI CORPORATION and SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp. announced today their establishment of Japan Mobile NFC Consortium to coordinate the adoption of multiple international standards for near field communication (NFC) technologies incorporated in their mobile devices and services ACN Newswire

Cytec Industries Announces Teleconference Schedule For Fourth Quarter Earnings
Woodland Park, New Jersey, December 21, 2011 - Cytec Industries Inc. (NYSE: CYT) announced the following schedule and contact information for its third quarter earnings release teleconference:Earnings Release:                January 31, 2012 after the close of marketDistribution:                        Cytec's web site at www.cytec.com ACN Newswire

The Russell Korea Index Underperformed the Russell Asia and Asia Pacific Indexes for December 19th Through December 20th, However It Outperformed These Indexes YTD Through December 20th
The Russell Korea Index reflected a return of (-2.9%) for December 19th through December 20th, underperforming the Russell Asia Pacific Index (-1.3%) and Russell Asia Index (-1.3%) for the same time period. MarketWire

Healing the Body Naturally With Double Helix Water
As more people look to holistic and naturopathic medicine to bring their body back to balance, new research by top universities across the nation is redefining health and the body's role in healing. One researcher, Dr. Shui-yin Lo, is leading the exploration of how Qi flows throughout the body on a thin layer of water within the current of the Meridian System MarketWire

Helix BioPharma Corp. Files Clinical Trial Applications for Its Planned European Phase III Efficacy Trial of Topical Interferon Alpha-2b in Patients With Low-Grade Cervical Lesions
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Bitzio, Inc. Postpones Acquisition of DigiSpace Solutions
Bitzio, Inc. (OTCBB: BTZO) today announced that it has postponed its acquisition of DigiSpace Solutions, LLC until January 10, 2012. The company had previously reported on August 4, 2011, that the acquisition had been completed; however, because of unfulfilled obligations by the selling party, the parties entered into an amendment to the purchase agreement MarketWire

iSECUREtrac Announces Resignation of President & CEO
iSECUREtrac Corp (OTCBB: ISEC), announced today that Peter A. Michel has resigned as the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer effective December 19, 2011. Mr. Michel also resigned as a director of the Company effective December 19, 2011. Lincoln D. Zehr CPA, the Company's Chief Financial Officer and Secretary will serve as the interim President and CEO effective December 20, 2011. MarketWire

Boston Therapeutics Elects Dr. Henry Esber to Its Board of Directors
Boston Therapeutics, Inc., a public company registered with the SEC and a developer of diabetes therapeutics, announced today the election of Dr. Henry J. Esber to its Board of Directors, effective December 20, 2011. MarketWire

Tealeaf Acquires Overstat, Inc. to Extend Online Customer Experience Management Leadership to Usability Analytics
Tealeaf®, the leader in online customer experience management (CEM), today announced that it has acquired Overstat, Inc., a San Francisco-based company specializing in cloud-based website usability analytics MarketWire

AmericInn Hotels Honored With Department of Defense Award for Support of America's Military Troops
AmericInn, one of the nation's leading mid-scale hotel companies, was recognized today by the Department of Defense for its extensive programs of support for members of America's military services MarketWire

Houston Wire & Cable Company Names James L. Pokluda III CEO and Director
Houston Wire & Cable Company (NASDAQ: HWCC) today announced that, in accordance with its previously announced succession plan, the Board of Directors has named James L. Pokluda III, President of the Company, to the additional position of Chief Executive Officer and elected Mr. Pokluda to the Company's Board, effective January 1, 2012. Mr. Pokluda will replace Charles A MarketWire

Quantum to Present at 14th Annual Needham Growth Conference
Quantum Corp. (NYSE: QTM), a proven global expert in data protection and big data management, today announced that President and CEO Jon Gacek and CFO Linda Breard will be presenting at the following conference: MarketWire

The Medicines Company to Participate in the 30th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference 2012
The Medicines Company (NASDAQ: MDCO) will present at the 30th Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference on Monday, January 9th, in San Francisco, CA beginning at 3pm Pacific Time. Clive Meanwell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, will provide a company overview. MarketWire

FCC Approves Spectrum Bridge as First White Spaces Platform
Spectrum Bridge, Inc. today announces the launch of its TV White Space (TVWS) platform as the first solution approved to provide service in the United States. The company's cloud-based spectrum management platform gives wireless broadband service providers access to TVWS frequencies while protecting TV broadcasters and other incumbent operations MarketWire

Akken Releases New Version of Its Cloud-Based Business Platform for Staffing and Recruiting Companies
Akken, the leading business software company for staffing and recruiting firms today announced the release of its latest version of the Akken Staffing™ platform, a powerful, yet affordable and easy-to-use cloud-based business software platform. The new platform enhancements strengthen Akken's position as the all-in-one "fill to bill" system provider for staffing and recruiting firms MarketWire

CalAmp Reports Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Results
CalAmp Corp. (NASDAQ: CAMP), a leading provider of wireless products, services and solutions, today reported results for its fiscal 2012 third quarter ended November 30, 2011. Key elements include: MarketWire

Gerova Investors Pursue Alleged Short and Distort Market Manipulation Scheme, Says Gross Law
Gross Law filed a lawsuit on behalf of Noble Investment Fund Limited ("Noble") claiming millions of dollars in investment losses in Gerova Financial Group ("Gerova") as a result of a "short and distort," or "reverse pump and dump," scheme that had the purpose and effect of artificially depressing the share price of Gerova. MarketWire

Brookfield Office Properties Canada Declares January 2012 Monthly Distribution
The Board of Trustees of Brookfield Office Properties Canada (TSX: BOX.UN) announced a distribution of $0.09 per trust unit payable on January 15, 2012 to holders of trust units of record on December 30, 2011. MarketWire

The Moorings New Crewed Yacht in Tahiti
The Moorings luxurious Crewed Yacht Charter vacation option in Tahiti is now available aboard the spacious Moorings Signature 58-foot catamaran. This new addition to The Moorings Tahiti fleet boasts three luxurious guest staterooms with private, en-suite bath and a roomy interior making it an excellent choice for a party of six. MarketWire

Alumnus Commits $25 Million to Sam Houston State University
Sam Houston State University has received a $25 million pledge from Pennsylvania-based Therm-Omega-Tech, Inc., to support the university's engineering technology components within the current industrial technology program and to establish a new engineering technology program. MarketWire

DNV and KEMA Create a World-Leading Energy and Sustainability Company
DNV has acquired 74.3% of KEMA's shares, creating a world-leading consulting and certification company within the cleaner energy, sustainability, power generation, transmission and distribution sectors. MarketWire

Terrible's Car Wash Kicks Off 2012 in Sparkling Clean Style With Free Car Washes Dec. 27 and 28
Everyone in the world knows there is no better place on earth to celebrate the New Year than Las Vegas, and now Terrible's Car Wash is giving Las Vegans a sparkling clean start to 2012 with VIP Express free car washes all day on Tuesday, December 27 and Wednesday, December 28. MarketWire

Employers Mold New Meridian LMS to Fit Their Business Needs
Meridian Knowledge Solutions, LLC released a new version of its flagship learning management system, Meridian Global LMS 2011.2.2, with features that let employers mold the product to the way their training department and employees conduct business MarketWire

MOSAID Technologies Receives Final Court Approval for Acquisition by Sterling Partners
MOSAID Technologies Inc. (TSX: MSD) announced today that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has issued a final order approving the statutory plan of arrangement pursuant to which 7577796 Canada Inc MarketWire

Platinum Studios, With Rights to Over 5,000 Comic Book Characters, Retains Stock Signal Investor Relations
Platinum Studios, Inc MarketWire

The MOSCOT Originals Collection Now Available in Turkiye
MOSCOT, a New York City institution renowned worldwide for its iconic eyewear -- The MOSCOT Originals, MOSCOT Spirit, and MOSCOT Sun Collections -- today announced a new partnership with NSA Optik to distribute MOSCOT Originals in specialty retail and optical shops in select cities across Turkey. MarketWire

One Tree Hill's Sophia Bush Spearheads Mozilla Firefox Charity Contest for FCancer
Editors note: There are photos accompanying this release. MarketWire

Executive Chef Glenn Brunetti Highlights Chartwells School Dining Services Produce Initiatives at the Annual New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show
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MarketLive Merchants Successful at Driving Holiday Sales up 19% on National Free Shipping Day
MarketLive, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise-class eCommerce technology and services, today announced that MarketLive merchants had year-over-year revenue gains of 19% on National Free Shipping Day (December 16) -- 33% higher than the industry average gains reported by comScore MarketWire

Regulus Group and J&B Software Become TransCentra
TransCentra, Inc., a leading provider of billing and payments software and services with 12 U.S. locations, announced today that it is rebranding the combined Regulus Group and J&B Software business as TransCentra, a name designed to reflect the company's focus on being central to streamlining billing and payment transactions and empowering corporate treasury operations MarketWire

Doctors at Missouri Baptist Are First in St. Louis to Treat A-Fib With New "Freezing" Technology
Cardiologists at Missouri Baptist Medical Center are the first in the St. Louis region to provide a new technology to treat atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), a serious heart rhythm disorder that affects millions of Americans MarketWire

Blackhawk Network Launches Gift Card Mall in Guitar Center Locations Nationwide
Blackhawk Network, a leading provider of prepaid and financial payments products for consumers and businesses, today announced its award-winning Gift Card Mall™ is available in over 200 Guitar Center stores nationally. MarketWire

EnviroGuard Products Feature New UL Listed Mark in Canada
EnviroGuard, a leader in environmental, health and safety compliance, is pleased to announce that its current line of spill containment products now carry the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) Listed Mark in Canada. This new rating is in addition to EnviroGuard's UL Listed spill containment systems for lead acid battery systems in the United States. MarketWire

ZBB Energy Corporation Chosen by LEMA Construction for Florida Solar Park Project
ZBB Energy Corporation (NYSE Amex: ZBB), the leading developer of intelligent, renewable energy power platforms, announced today an order from LEMA Construction and Developers, Inc. to provide a Smart Grid Integrated Renewable Energy and Hybrid Energy Storage System to the City of St. Petersburg, Florida Parks Department MarketWire

Aurora Will Supply REFCOR for Their Medical Multi-disciplinary Team Meetings (MDTMs) and Their Case Reviews by the National Pathology Expert Panel
Attention: News Editors, Assignment Editors and Business, Health and Technology Reporters: MarketWire

Blast Applications (BLAP) Pigeon Palooza Game
Blast Applications (PINKSHEETS: BLAP) has entered into an agreement with Local Biz on the Web, Inc. (DBA BoonDoggle) to share revenues on the game APP "Pigeon Palooza" (http://bit.ly/vYEAjj). The 50/50 shared revenue agreement, which includes all revenues related to downloads and sales of the game, are exclusively for Verizon and Nokia app publishers. MarketWire

The Mortgage Law Group Shares Good News With Homeowners Facing Holiday Foreclosure
As Christmas trees are being decorated, lights are being hung, dreidels are being spun, and gift lists are being marked off, some struggling homeowners are discovering they don't need to worry about being kicked out of their homes over the holidays. MarketWire

The 2nd Annual Accounts Payable Leadership Conference
The Accounts Payable Network will sponsor an exclusive networking conference for accounts payable professionals in Miami April 16-18, 2012. For anyone who wishes to sign up for this conference, TAPN is offering a $200 early-bird discount for those attendees who sign up by December 31, 2012 MarketWire

SupportSave Completes Buyback Shares and Receives $175,000 From Image Entertainment
SupportSave (OTCBB: SSVE) bought back and retired approximately 2,182,683 shares during the month of October and November of this year. This concludes our buyback initiative. The full details of the buyback will be disclosed in our upcoming 10-Q. MarketWire

Delphi Automotive to Present at Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference
Delphi Automotive (NYSE: DLPH) announced today it will participate in the Deutsche Bank Global Auto Industry Conference in Detroit, Michigan. MarketWire

Middlesex Water Company Announces Retirement of James P. Garrett, Vice President - Human Resources
James P. Garrett, Vice President - Human Resources of Middlesex Water Company, (NASDAQ: MSEX) has announced that he will retire effective March 1, 2012. Mr. Garrett joined the Company in 2003 and was elected Vice President - Human Resources in May 2004. A member of the Company's Executive Committee, Mr. Garrett has been responsible for the human resources and information technology functions MarketWire

Russell Global Indexes: The Russell UK Index Has Outperformed the Russell Developed Eurozone Index and the Russell Developed Europe ex-UK Index Historically and Since UK's December 9th Veto of EU Referendum
Since UK Prime Minister David Cameron vetoed the proposed European Union treaty at the Brussels summit on Friday, December 9th, the Russell UK Index has reflected stronger performance than the broader Russell Developed Eurozone Index and the Russell Developed Europe ex-UK Index. MarketWire

PHI Group Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire Indonesian Coal Deposits
PHI Group, Inc., (OTCQB: PHIE) (PINKSHEETS: PHIE), a company focused on energy and natural resources, announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire approximately ten million metric tons of mineable coal deposits from PT. Bindakar, an Indonesian corporation with headquarters in Riau Province, Indonesia. MarketWire

Unity Technologies Begins Unity 3.5 Open Beta With Flash Player Deployment
Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity development platform for game, app, simulation and interactive 3D for the web, iOS, Android, consoles and beyond, is happy to announce the release of the Unity 3.5 open beta including a developer preview for the highly anticipated Adobe® Flash® Player deployment add-on MarketWire

ARI and Holman Donation Is First to Exceed One Million Dollars to the United Way of Camden County
ARI®, a leading global fleet services provider specializing in complex car and truck fleets, along with parent company Holman Automotive Group, pledged $1,092,457 to the United Way of Camden County, New Jersey during its 2012 campaign. ARI employees contributed more than $570,000 MarketWire

ITpreneurs and Kepner-Tregoe Collaborative Partnership to Result in New Kepner-Tregoe Foundation Course
ITpreneurs, the leading provider of competence development solutions for IT best practices, and Kepner-Tregoe, a leading international consulting and training services organization, are developing a new Kepner-Tregoe Foundation course and exam. This is the first result of a partnership expected to bring a series of innovative learning products and services to market. MarketWire

Justin Bieber Dirty Joke Book Is Mom's $1.97 Revenge
Riding on the coat tails of the Justin Bieber Christmas Album is an unwanted eBook called "The Unofficial Justin Bieber Dirty Joke Book". (ISBN 9781927124079) MarketWire

OwnYourInfo Plans for CCR Import Capabilities and Google Health Transition Tool
OwnYourInfo, the premier online life management tool, based in Las Vegas, NV, will be CCR compatible by January 2012. CEO and Founder Mark L. Black commented, "Importing and exporting CCR files will make the data input process seamless and facilitate more intelligent information integration with clinicians and other online health records." MarketWire

Cantech Letter Names MOSAID Canadian Technology Stock of the Year
MOSAID Technologies Inc. (TSX: MSD) announced today that the Cantech Letter (www.cantechletter.com) has named MOSAID as Canadian Tech Stock of the Year. MarketWire

Horn Group "Tech the Halls" DJ Competition on Turntable.fm Raises $10,000 for One Laptop per Child
Horn Group, Inc., a top digital communications agency, today announced that its Tech the Halls holiday fundraising campaign has reached its goal of raising $10,000 for One Laptop per Child (OLPC). The month-long fundraising campaign culminated last Friday, December 16, when 14 top journalists came together to compete in head-to-head DJ battles on turntable MarketWire

Verisante Starts FDA Approval Process and Provides Operational Update
Verisante Technology, Inc. (TSX VENTURE: VRS)(OTCQX: VRSEF)(PINKSHEETS: VRSEF)(FRANKFURT: V3T) (the "Company" or "Verisante"), a leader in skin cancer detection technology, has begun the process to obtain US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for Verisante Aura MarketWire

NADP/DDPA Report Shows Significant Market Rebound
More than 175 million Americans, 57% of the population, were covered by some form of dental benefits in 2010, according to the 2011 NADP/DDPA Joint Dental Benefits Enrollment Report released this week. MarketWire

Jenne Announces Distribution Agreement With ADTRAN Bluesocket, Providing Resellers With Powerful Virtualization Solutions for Wireless Networks
Jenne Inc., a leading value-added distributor of IP telephony, audio and video conferencing, data networking and IT security products, today announced a distribution agreement with Bluesocket, the first and only provider of wireless network solutions with virtual control. Bluesocket, which was recently acquired by networking solutions provider ADTRAN®, Inc MarketWire

Farmers Insurance Appoints Scott Stice and Joe Richardson to Senior Executive Posts Effective January 2012
Farmers Insurance, a leading personal lines insurer with an industry-leading exclusive agency distribution system, has named two insurance veterans, Scott Stice and Joe Richardson, to newly-created senior officer positions. MarketWire

Templeton Acquires Stake in Estapar
Templeton Strategic Emerging Markets Fund III (TSEMF III) has acquired a minority stake in Estapar, Latin America's largest parking company, in partnership with BTG Pactual Merchant Banking and the Company's co-founders Helio Cerqueira Junior and Helio Francisco Alves Cerqueira. MarketWire

Bancroft Fund Ltd. Announces Issue Price for the 2011 Year-End Dividend Payable on December 29, 2011
Bancroft Fund Ltd. (NYSE Amex: BCV) announced today that the price at which its beneficial shares will be issued to shareholders who elected to receive additional shares in payment of the 2011 year-end dividend will be $15.32 per share. The issue price represents the closing price of the shares on the NYSE Amex Exchange on December 21, 2011, which was below the net asset value of $17 MarketWire

Covanta Announces Adjustment to the Conversion Rate on Its 3.25% Cash Convertible Senior Notes Due 2014
Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) ("Covanta") today announced an adjustment to the conversion rate on its 3.25% cash convertible senior notes due 2014 in connection with its previously announced dividend payable on January 5, 2012 to stockholders of record as of December 21, 2011. As a result of this dividend, the conversion rate was adjusted to 60.3520 from 59 MarketWire

BidSync Announces Three New Executive Hires
BidSync, a national leader in government e-procurement, e-sourcing software and bid notifications, today announced it is expanding its team of core executives. This team of seasoned industry veterans includes: Jon Moody as vice president of eProcure sales, Bray Brockbank as vice president of marketing and James Edwards as director of information technology. MarketWire

Rock Star, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Survivor Bret Michaels to Return to the Barrett-Jackson Block
Rock legend Bret Michaels will return to the Barrett-Jackson auction block to sell three pieces from his prized personal collection at the 41st Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction, Jan. 15-22, 2012. MarketWire

Titan Oil & Gas Announces Completion of Reserve Assessment for Leaman Property
Titan Oil and Gas Inc. (OTCBB: TNGS) is pleased to report the completion of a reserves assessment and evaluation of its Leaman property located in Alberta, Canada. MarketWire

Solar Thin Films, Inc. to Form Wholly Owned Subsidiary
Solar Thin Films, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SLTZ) (the "Company") today announced that it is forming a wholly owned subsidiary, Cenergy, Inc. Cenergy will seek to engage in the development and syndication of Solar Power projects. Forming Cenergy is the Company's latest step in shifting its focus to the establishment, operation and management of solar farms, internationally. MarketWire

Enable IPC Issues Update on National Science Foundation Project, New Board Member Dan Finch and S/Cap RFID Tag(R) Products
Enable IPC Corporation (PINKSHEETS: EIPC) today issued an update to shareholders and interested parties regarding its National Science Foundation Phase II Proposal for funding testing of its lithium-ion battery nanoparticulate technology, a new addition to the board of directors, Dan Finch, and updates on the S/Cap RFID Tag®. MarketWire

Supertex's New High Voltage, Analog Switch Occupies Less Board Space Than Electromechanical Relays in Medical Ultrasound Probes
Supertex (NASDAQ: SUPX), a recognized leader in high voltage analog and mixed signal integrated circuits (ICs), today introduced HV2808, a thirty-two channel, high voltage, analog switch IC designed for use in medical ultrasound imaging systems as a probe selection device MarketWire

AudienceScience(R) Holiday Shopping Report Shows Need for New Approach to Data Analysis
While online retailers collect revenue from huge increases in holiday spending, digital marketing technology company AudienceScience is recommending that audience targeting strategies should adjust accordingly. The new AudienceScience report, "How Consumers Buy in the U.S MarketWire

Transition Networks Announces PoE+ Mid-Span Injector
Transition Networks Inc., the switching and conversion technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS), today announced the release of a single port 10/100/1000 PoE+ injector. This new, mid-span injector is capable of supplying up to 25.5W of power to network devices when used in conjunction with standard Ethernet switches. MarketWire

Patent Issued for Treatment of Diabetes
Omni Bio Pharmaceutical, Inc. ("Omni Bio") (OTCBB: OMBP) previously announced on December 8, 2011 that U.S. Patent No. 8,071,551, entitled "METHODS AND COMPOSITIONS FOR TREATING DIABETES," was issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office on December 6, 2011 (the "Diabetes Patent"). The Diabetes Patent expires in May 2022. MarketWire

Laser Northeast Agrees to Sell to Williams Partners for $750 Million
Delphi Midstream Partners, LLC announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Laser Northeast Gathering Company, LLC ("Laser") in Pennsylvania and other gathering assets in Texas to Williams Partners for approximately $750 million. Williams Partners plans to fund the purchase price of the acquisition with a combination of $300 million cash and approximately 7 MarketWire

North Bay Resources Inc. (NBRI): Revised Reclamation Plan for Ruby Mine Receives Formal Approval
North Bay Resources Inc. (OTCBB: NBRI) ("North Bay" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Ruby Gold, Inc MarketWire

Avanti Submits Kitsault Mine Project Environmental Assessment Application for Screening Review
Avanti Mining Inc. (TSX VENTURE: AVT) (PINKSHEETS: AVNMF) ("Avanti" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has submitted its Environmental Assessment ("EA") Application for the Kitsault Mine Project in northern BC for the required 30-day review MarketWire

First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Repurchases Warrant From U.S. Treasury
First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. ("First Midwest" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: FMBI) announced today that it has repurchased the warrant the Company issued to the United States Department of the Treasury ("Treasury") as a part of the Capital Purchase Program ("CPP") MarketWire

Permanent Technologies, Inc. Advances Into Commercial Markets and New Applications for TineLok Vibration Proof Self-Locking Fasteners With Global Plumbing Faucet Manufacturer
Permanent Technologies (PINKSHEETS: PERT) reports achieving key goal of entering the commercial component systems markets ahead of schedule. MarketWire

Fidelis Energy Announces Final Tranche of $30 Million Financing From Empres Voss Capital
Fidelis Energy Inc. (PINKSHEETS: FDEI) today announced that the Company has closed on the final tranche of $12 million from Empres Voss Capital ("EVC"). EVC is expected to deliver the $12 million by the end of this month, which will conclude the $30 million non-convertible debt financing with EVC. MarketWire

Ram Power, Corp. Announces Synchronization of the Phase I Expansion at San Jacinto-Tizate
Ram Power, Corp. (TSX: RPG) ("Ram Power" or the "Company"), a renewable energy company focused on the development, production and sale of electricity from geothermal energy, today announced that the Phase I expansion at San Jacinto-Tizate has been successfully synchronized to the Nicaraguan national integrated electrical grid MarketWire

Cloudability Closes $1.1 Million Investment Round
Cloudability, the easy way to manage and monitor all of your cloud costs in one place, today announced that it has closed a Seed investment round of $1.1 million, led by Trinity Ventures and Walden VC. The round also includes $255K in funding from a local consortium of Portland-based angel investors -- over half of the angel money in the round MarketWire

Study Shows Young Adults Use Apps to Achieve Personal Goals in 2011
Just as young adults (ages 18-34) have thumbed their nose at television in favor of the Internet for news, landlines in favor of cell phones and CDs in favor of digital music, Mindbloom® (www.mindbloom.com) sees a trend of young adults embracing online and mobile apps for personal growth over self-help books and life coaches MarketWire

Selectica Announces New Leadership in Marketing, Sales, and Engineering
Selectica, Inc. (NASDAQ: SLTC), provider of cloud-based sales configuration and contract lifecycle management solutions, today announced the additions of Jennifer Bomze as Vice President of Marketing and Rob Milks as Director of Sales, as well as the promotion of Leo Sigal to Vice President of Engineering. MarketWire

Shoutlet Expands Into Europe With UK Office; Announces Remarkable Growth in 2011
In the news release, "Shoutlet Expands Into Europe With UK Office; Announces Remarkable Growth in 2011," issued earlier today by Shoutlet, we are advised by the company that the subheadline should read "34 Countries" rather than "34 Counties" as originally issued. Complete corrected text follows. MarketWire

Vringo President Andrew Pearlman Interviewed on CorporateProfile.com
Corporate Profile, LLC announced today that Vringo, Inc. (NYSE Amex: VRNG) President Andrew Pearlman was interviewed on www.CorporateProfile.com. MarketWire

SEI Quick Poll: During 'Year of Volatility,' Investors Dial Up Pressure, Demand More Communication From Advisors
According to an SEI (NASDAQ: SEIC) Quick Poll released today, 2011 will be remembered as "The Year of Volatility" or "The Year of Uncertainty" among investors. The volatility had a direct impact on investor expectations. Compared to 2010, advisors communicated with clients more frequently and felt more pressure to keep clients satisfied MarketWire

SecureAlert Inc. Announces Contract to Monitor Juvenile Offenders in Clark County, Nevada
SecureAlert, Inc. (OTCBB: SCRA) (OTCQB: SCRA), a national leader in offender intervention and tracking technologies widely used by public safety agencies throughout the United States and expanding globally, announced today that it has signed a contract with Clark County, Nevada to monitor juvenile offenders in Clark County MarketWire

PENSRUS Super Savings for the New Year on Top Quality Promotional Pens
Today's promotional products and advertising industry is booming with numerous gidgets and gadgets targeted towards specific customers. There are modern electronic devices, eye-catching digital ads, and guerrilla marketing strategies. However, the most beneficial and cost efficient way of catching a customer's eye as they go about their daily activities is with a custom pen MarketWire

Quture/TCLN Announces Demonstration of Interdisciplinary Clinical Performance Product on Intersystems Platform
Techs Loanstar, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: TCLN) (OTCQB: TCLN) and Quture, Inc. ("Quture") announce the commencement of the Demonstration Project at Niagara Memorial Medical Center, Niagara Falls, New York (NFMMC). Quture/TCLN continues to prepare to launch its new "transformative" and "disruptive" clinical performance measurement tool to improve health care while reducing costs MarketWire

"The X Factor" Uses NewTek to Power Interactive Second Screen Experience
NewTek announced today that "The X Factor" uses NewTek TriCaster™ 850 EXTREME™ portable live production and 3Play™ instant replay systems to power "The X Factor" live pre-show and backstage camera views MarketWire

Ovum Report Highlights C3's Position in Energy Management Solutions Market
C3, (www.c3-e.com), a provider of energy and emissions management software solutions, today announced the availability of a new research report on C3 from Ovum, an analyst firm that provides rigorous, fact-based research to help organizations make better-informed business and technology decisions MarketWire

Experts Tout Support.com(R) SUPERAntiSpyware(R) 5 to Augment Malware and Spyware Detection, Removal, and Protection on PCs
Support.com® SUPERAntiSpyware® 5, the first major update in two years of the popular anti-malware software, is wowing experts in reviews who are touting it as an excellent product that augments malware and spyware detection, removal and protection on PCs. In related news, the company also announced that NASDAQ has purchased 4,000 licenses of SUPERAntiSpyware 5. MarketWire

First-Quarter 2012 Industrial Spending Expected to Top $6.2 Billion in Great Lakes Region, an Industrial Info News Alert
Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Throughout the recession and the following recovery period, spending in the Great Lakes region of the United States has taken a hit. Companies and jobs exited the region in droves during the recession, and spending took a noticeable dive as well MarketWire

Big and Getting Bigger: ITC Doubles Its Transmission Business With Entergy Deal, an Industrial Info News Alert
Written by John Egan for Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR) (New Orleans, Louisiana) announced plans to divest its transmission business in a December 5 transaction with ITC Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ITC) (Novi, Michigan) MarketWire

1-Source Electronic Components Launches 1-Source MilAero Site
New York based electronic components distributor, 1-Source Electronic Components, Inc has officially launched a new site focused on their Military and Aerospace division. The MilAero site offers clients an indispensible resource for procurement of mil-spec components and aerospace parts. 1-Source Founder and CEO Richard M. Lodato states, "I am very excited about this new website MarketWire

Agiliance Named a Finalist in Four Categories of the 2012 Info Security Products Guide's Global Excellence Awards
Agiliance®, Inc MarketWire

Metso to deliver recovery boiler single-drum conversion to Stora Enso Imatra Mills
Metso and Stora Enso Corporation havesigned an agreement on the single-drumconversion of Stora Enso's Imatra Mills' recovery boiler. The conversion oftherecovery boiler will be completed in the fall of 2012. The value of theorderwill not be disclosed. MarketWire

Metso to rebuild fiber line for Daio Paper in Japan
Metso Corporation's press release on December 22, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. localtime Metso was recently awarded a contract to supply Daio Paper Corporation with arebuild of their hardwood kraft fiber line at their Mishima mill, located onShikuko island, in Japan. Start-up of the rebuilt line is scheduled for theendof 2012. The value of the order will not be disclosed MarketWire

Moody's revised Metso's rating outlook to positive
Metso Corporation's stock exchange release on December 22, 2011 at 9:30 a.m.local time Moody's Investor's Service has affirmed Metso's Baa2 long-term credit ratingandchanged the outlook from stable to positive MarketWire

TECHNICOLOR: Redemption of the Notes Redeemable in Shares issued as part of 2010 debt restructuring
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Intergraph(R) CADWorx(R) Plant Professional 2012 Reinstatement Phase II Discount of Up to 70% Ends December 31
Intergraph CADWorx Reinstatement Program Phase II discounts of up to 70% off the price of CADWorx Plant Professional 2012 (plus the standard one-year maintenance) ends December 31, 2011, after which the maximum discount will drop to 50% in Phase III beginning January 1 and ending March 2012. At the conclusion of Phase III, no CADWorx licenses before release 2008 will be eligible for upgrade. MarketWire

AMD Launches World's Fastest Single-GPU Graphics Card -- the AMD Radeon(TM) HD 7970
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched the AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 graphics card for desktop PCs, introducing the world's fastest single-GPU graphics card and the only GPU based on 28nm production technology MarketWire

Net Optics Wins Red Herring Global 100 Award
Net Optics, Inc., the industry's leading provider of intelligent access and monitoring architecture, today announces that it has been named a 2011 Red Herring Global Top 100 winner. Net Optics was selected from over 1,000 nominees representing the most innovative technology companies across more than 40 nations MarketWire

Novo Nordisk files for regulatory approval of the ultra-long-acting insulin Degludec in Japan
Novo Nordisk today announced the submission to the Japanese Pharmaceuticalsand Medical Devices Agency, PMDA, of a new drug application for the approvalof ultra-long-acting insulin Degludec. This new-generation basal insulin hasbeen developed for the treatment of people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Company Announcemen no 80 / 2011:http://hugin.info/2013/R/1573350/489678 MarketWire

Paragon Shipping Inc. Announces New Charter Agreement for a Panamax Bulkcarrier
Paragon Shipping Inc. (NYSE: PRGN), or the Company, a global shipping transportation company specializing in drybulk cargoes, announced today that it has entered into a fixed rate time charter agreement for its Panamax Vessel, M/V Coral Seas, with Morgan Stanley Capital Group Inc. MarketWire

Statoil : Notifiable trading - Statoil ASA
The following primary insider in StatoilASA has purchased shares in StatoilASA: MarketWire

American Power Corp. Pace Coal Project Operations Update
American Power Corp. (OTCBB: AMPW) ("American Power" or "the Company") is pleased to provide an update on the exploration program on its Pace Coal Project located in Judith Basin County, Montana. MarketWire

China Direct Industries Reports Financial Results for 2011 Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2011
China Direct Industries, Inc. ("China Direct Industries") (NASDAQ: CDII), a U.S. based company that sources, produces and distributes industrial products in China and the Americas in two core business segments, announced today its financial results for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011. MarketWire

Brower Piven Encourages Investors Who Have Losses in Excess of $1,000,000 From Investment in The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation to Inquire About the Lead Plaintiff Position in Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Before the February 13, 2012 Lead Plaintiff Deadline
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Solteq Oyj: SHARE REPURCHASE 22.12.2011
Solteq Plc        ANNOUNCEMENT          22.12.2011  SHARE REPURCHASE  22.12.2011 In the Helsinki Stock Exchange   Trade date22.12.2011    Bourse tradeBUYShareSTQ1VAmount3.190sharesTotal cost3 GlobeNewswire

Ordina finalises refinancing
New shares from rights issue and private placement issued today, senior financing facility closed GlobeNewswire

Bert van der Els appointed new Chairman of the Executive Board of Heijmans N.V. effective 18 April 2012.
Gerrit Witzel, Chairman of the Heijmans Executive Board is not available for a new appointment term. The Supervisory Board has decided to appoint Bert van der Els as his successor following the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders to be held on 18 April 2012. Van der Els is currently Vice Chairman of the Executive Board. GlobeNewswire

Prosafe SE :Mandatory notification of trade
The board of directors in Prosafe SE has earlier resolved an annual arrangement that gives the employees the opportunity to acquire shares in the company for a value of up to NOK 7,500 with a discount of 20 per cent. GlobeNewswire

SB Seating refinancing - releases about SEK 305m to Ratos
This information is disclosed in accordance with the Securities Markets Act, the Financial Instruments Trading Act or demands made in the exchange rules. GlobeNewswire

GOGL - Financial Calendar
 Golden Ocean Group Limited plans to release its financial statements on the following dates in 2012: GlobeNewswire

Pöyry assists in the world's longest wastewater tunnel project in Mexico
PÖYRY PLC          Press release 22 December 2011 GlobeNewswire

Basware extends cooperation with Skanska in Finland
Basware extends cooperation with Skanska in Finland GlobeNewswire

FAR - Charter Agreements
Farstad Shipping has been awarded the following charter contracts: GlobeNewswire

Odfjell SE : Financial Calendar 2012
Odfjell SE will present quarterly financial results on the following dates:   Report 1st quarter 8 May 2012Report 2nd quarter 21 August 2012Report 3rd quarter 13 November 2012Report 4th quarter  12 February 2013 The Annual General Meeting is planned 8 May, 2012.   Please note that the financial calendar is subject to change GlobeNewswire

Chaarat Gold Holdings Ltd: Issue of Share Options
Chaarat Gold Holdings Limited("Chaarat" or the "Company") GlobeNewswire

Ekornes: Christmas 2011
The Ekornes Group's factories in Norway will close for the Christmas holidays as from 23.12.2011 and will reopen on January 2. The traditional company Christmas lunch will be held at the company's main plant in Sykkylven today, 22.12.11, at which there will also be a brief presentation of the year 2011. GlobeNewswire

New credit facility in Kinnevik
Investment AB Kinnevik today announced that it has signed a new three year credit facility agreement with extension options for another two years. GlobeNewswire

CapMan senior partners have acquired the remaining CapMan Plc A shares owned by CapMan Partners B.V., 250,000 A shares have been converted into B shares
CapMan Plc Stock Exchange Release 22 December 2011 12.50 p.m. EET GlobeNewswire

Notification according to chapter 2, section 9 of the Securities Markets Act
CapMan Plc Stock Exchange Release 22 December 2011 at 12.45 p.m. EET Notification according to chapter 2, section 9 of the Securities Markets Act GlobeNewswire

Castellum invests SEKm 174
Castellum has through the wholly owned subsidiary Harry Sjögren AB acquired a fully let property in the Åby-area, Mölndal. The property is situated near the company's existing portfolio and consists of 7,625 sq.m. of which 4,850 sq.m. are warehouse premises and the remaining area is office premises. The investment amounted to SEKm 88 GlobeNewswire

Tekla Corporation's financial information 2012
Tekla Corporation Stock Exchange Announcement       December 22, 2011                  12:20 p.m. GlobeNewswire

Vaisala Corporation: Conversion of unlisted shares series K into series A
Vaisala Corporation Stock Exchange Release 22.12.2011 at 12.00 Vaisala Oyj's 333 unlisted shares (series K) have been converted into listed shares (series A). The conversion has been registered in the Finnish Trade Register December 22, 2011. Listing of the new series A shares has been applied for as of December 23, 2011 GlobeNewswire

Changes in Oriola-KD's Group Management Team
Oriola-KD Corporation Stock Exchange Release 22 December 2011 at 11.00 am GlobeNewswire

Klövern lets to the county council in Nyköping
Klövern has signed a 20-year lease contract with Sörmland County Council for health care premises in central Nyköping. The annual rent amounts to almost SEK 4.9 million.Sörmland County Council has signed a lease contract to rent almost 3,600 sq.m. at the property Mjölkflaskan 8 in Nyköping from 1 January 2013 GlobeNewswire

Alma Media Corporation joins the UN's Global Compact initiative
Alma Media Corporation     Press Release      December 22, 2011 GlobeNewswire

NIB lends to Finnish Elisa for network expansion
The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) and the Finnish telecommunications company Elisa Corporation have signed a new loan agreement totalling EUR 50 million. The maturity of the bullet loan is seven years. The financing is earmarked for the expansion of the company's 3G and broadband networks. GlobeNewswire

Moody's revised Metso's rating outlook to positive
Metso Corporation's stock exchange release on December 22, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. local time GlobeNewswire

Outokumpu divests rights to royalties from Forrestania resources
STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE22 December 2011 at 9.00 am EETOutokumpu has sold the Group's rights to royalties from Forrestania nickel and precious metals resources to the Australian company Western Areas NL for EUR 23 million (USD 30 million) GlobeNewswire

Lindab has been selected to supply ventilation equipment for a defence system to protect Venice from flooding
 MOSE is a system for defending Venice from high waters. Lindab will provide the ducts and ventilation system for the "Bocca di Lido Treporti" barrier. GlobeNewswire

Wärtsilä to supply new design for state-of-the-art pipe laying vessels operating in Brazil
Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade and Technical Press release, 22 December 2011 GlobeNewswire

Heijmans commences work on widening the 's-Hertogenbosch - Eindhoven A2 motorway - a contract valued at over € 100 million
Heijmans and the Directorate-General for Public Works and Water Management have completed the planning for work to commence on the widening of the A2 motorway between 's-Hertogenbosch and Eindhoven. The A2 will be converted from 2 to 3 lanes in both directions over a distance of approximately 27 km GlobeNewswire

EDB ErgoGroup ASA: Provision in the accounts for phase 3 of the synergy program
(Oslo, 22 December 2011) In connection with the merger of EDB and ErgoGroup, the company announced a synergy program made up of 3 phases to be implemented over a period of 18 months GlobeNewswire

Form 8.3 - Charter International Plc
FORM 8.3 GlobeNewswire

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