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India hikes defence expenditure by over 17 percent
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday announced a more than 17 percent hike in India's defence expenditure for fiscal 2012-13. ANI

White Paper on black money to be laid in current parliament session: Mukherjee
The Union Budget 2012-13 proposals envision a multi-pronged strategy to prevent the generation and circulation of black money and its illegitimate transfer outside India. ANI

Chidambaram welcomes General Budget, lauds Mukherjee
Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday praised Pranab Mukherjee's General Budget for 2012-13, saying the Finance Minister has laid the foundation for fiscal consolidation, recovery and growth at the end of a difficult year. ANI

Consumers' product choices depend upon their mood
When they're in a positive mood, people tend to choose products that match their mood and their level of emotional arousal, say researchers. ANI

More funds for mid-day meal and nutritional aid programmes
The Central Government is fully prepared to meet the country's nutritional challenges. ANI

Efforts to arrive at a broad based consensus on allowing FDI in retail trade up to 51 percent
The Central Government is making efforts to arrive at a broad based consensus in consultation with state governments in respect of the decision to allow FDI in multi-brand retail trade up to 51 per cent. ANI

14 per cent hike in allocation for road transport and highways
The allocation for the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has been enhanced to Rs. 25,360 crore, in 2012-13, which is a 14 per cent hike from the previous allocation. ANI

Excise duty on 'demerit' goods hiked as a measure for additional resource mobilization
The Union Budget 2012-13 proposes to increase excise duty on 'demerit' goods such as certain cigarettes, hand rolled bidis, pan masala, gutka, chewing tobacco, unmanufactured tobacco and zarda scented tobacco. ANI

Union Budget aimed at creating an enabling atmosphere for all sections: Mukherjee
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday said the aim of the Union Budget 2012-13 is to create an enabling atmosphere for corporates, farmers, entrepreneurs and workers to take initiatives for robust growth. ANI

Budget provides full exemption from basic customs duty to infrastructure sectors
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday announced full exemption from basic customs duty and a concessional CVD of one per cent to Steam coal for a period of two years till March 31, 2014. ANI

Large cars to cost more
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's annual budget for 2012-13 has hurt the sentiments of many car lovers across India, as the excise duty on large cars has been raised from 22 percent to 24 percent. ANI

Service tax rate raised from 10 to 12 percent
The service tax rate has been marginally raised from 10 per cent to 12 percent. ANI

Exemption limit for individual taxpayers raised to Rs. two lakh
The exemption limit for the general category of individual taxpayers has been enhanced to Rs. 2,00,000 from Rs. 1,80,000 in the General Budget 2012-13, presented by Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee in the Lok Sabha here today. ANI

Government keen on early enactment of Direct Taxes Code Bill
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today expressed firm commitment to enact the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) Bill at the earliest, after expeditious examination of the report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee. ANI

Ex-employee calls Google 'ad-company' obsessed with harvesting users' private info
A former Google executive has slammed the search engine for turning into an 'ad company' obsessed with harvesting people's private information. ANI

Mukherjee begins presenting Union Budget 2012-13
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Friday commenced the presentation of the Union Budget for 2012-2013 in Parliament against the backdrop of a sharp slowdown in growth and deteriorating fiscal conditions. ANI

Mukherjee will present very good budget: Narayanasamy
Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO), V. Narayanasamy, on Friday said Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will present a very good annual budget. ANI

Pranab Mukherjee to present Union Budget today
Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee will present the Union Budget for the fiscal year 2012-2013 in Parliament on Friday. ANI

Fundamental Research Initiates Coverage on Equitas Resources (TSXV:EQT) - Video Summary Posted on www.InvestmentPitch.com
Vancouver, British Columbia, March 16, 2012 - Fundamental Research has initiated coverage on Equitas Resources (TSXV:EQT). Analyst Siddarth Rajeev gives the company a speculative buy rating.InvestmentPitch.com has produced a ""video news alert"" based on this report. If this link is not enabled, please visit www.InvestmentPitch.com and enter ""Equitas"" in the search box ACN Newswire

Lubrizol's New Fixate Design Polymer for Ultimate Hair Mousse Formulation Flexibility
Lubrizol's FixateTM Design Polymer for Ultimate Hair Mousse Formulation FlexibilityCLEVELAND, March 16, 2012 - The Lubrizol Corporation's personal and home care business introduces FixateTM Design polymer (INCI: Polyacrylate-32) for ultimate formulation flexibility for clean, lustrous, long-lasting volume and hold in hair styling applications ACN Newswire

MAS and SGX join Malaysia and Thailand to expedite review process for Secondary Listings within ASEAN
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Singapore Exchange (SGX) today jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Expedited Review Framework for Secondary Listings.The Expedited Review Framework is an initiative under theACMF Implementation Plan endorsed by the ASEAN Finance Ministers in 2009 ACN Newswire

MHI Receives Large-scale CO2 Recovery Plant Order from Petrochemical Company in Qatar, for Increased Methanol Production
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) has received an order for a large-scale carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery plant for Qatar Fuel Additives Co., Ltd. (QAFAC), a major fuel additive producer in Qatar, through "MHI Industrial Engineering & Services Private Ltd. (MIES)", an MHI engineering business affiliate headquartered in Singapore ACN Newswire

NEC Expands UNIVERGE(R) Cloud Services Globally
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the expansion of UNIVERGE(R) Cloud Services, a set of enhanced Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings to help businesses improve IT operations, cash flow and to thrive in a competitive global economy.These services will be released in the U.S in the second quarter of 2012. Services in other regions will follow later in the year ACN Newswire

Thomson Reuters named one of Ethisphere's 2012 "World's Most Ethical Companies" for fourth successive year
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SDK to Raise Chloroprene Rubber Price in Overseas Markets
Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has decided to increase its chloroprene rubber price in markets outside Japan as from shipments on April 1, 2012.Specifically, the price will be increased by US$500/m.t. or more for US-dollar-based transactions, or by EU380/m.t. or more for euro-based transactions.At present, SDK's chloroprene rubber price does not fully reflect the increases in raw material costs ACN Newswire

FX Alliance Inc. Appoints Four New Members to its Board of Directors
FX Alliance Inc. ("FXall") (NYSE: FX), the leading independent global provider of electronic foreign exchange trading solutions, today announced that it has expanded its board of directors to eight members and appointed Carolyn Christie, Kathleen Casey, Peter Tomozawa and James L. Fox to serve on the board, effective immediately ACN Newswire

Helix Biopharma Corp. Announces Q2 2012 Results
Helix BioPharma Corp. (TSX: HBP) (NYSE Amex: HBP) (FRANKFURT: HBP), a biopharmaceutical company developing drug candidates for the prevention and treatment of cancer, confirmed that its Board of Directors has been reconstituted today, and announced its financial results and research and development update for the quarter ended January 31, 2012. MarketWire

Intergraph(R) Discovery Tour on March 22nd in Louisville, Kentucky to Feature CADWorx(R) Plant Professional With Enhanced 3D Modeling and Collaboration With CAESAR II(R) and PV Elite(R) for Engineering Analysis
Intergraph has scheduled a Discovery Tour event on March 22, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA that will feature demonstrations of Intergraph CADWorx Plant Professional including methods that can increase performance by up to 30% on most projects MarketWire

Friendly Energy Announces Additional Testing on Byler Lease
Friendly Energy Exploration (OTCBB: FEGR) will soon be re-entering several dormant wells for testing on its Byler Lease in Brown County, Texas. MarketWire

Informa Research Services Announces Acquisition of Lead Gen Company, ICANBUY, Corp.
Informa Research Services, Inc., a subsidiary of Informa plc (LSE: INF), announced today the acquisition of ICANBUY, Corp., an Internet company which specializes in generating high converting consumer leads for mortgage, consumer lending, and deposit products. MarketWire

WesternU's Austin Lectureship Focuses on Child Vision Care
There is a public health emergency with respect to child vision care. Millions of children are not receiving essential eye care services that can prevent eye disease, developmental delays, school achievement and other social problems. The country needs to provide all children with comprehensive vision care to ensure optimal health outcomes. MarketWire

Shea Homes to Celebrate Grand Opening of Encore in Aliso Viejo This Saturday
Shea Homes will celebrate the model grand opening of Encore in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, March 17. Highlighting the event will be food, fun and entertainment for all, along with the opportunity to tour four beautifully decorated models that showcase the innovative style of Encore's row-home-style residences, which are priced from the high $300,000s MarketWire

Making Financial Reconstruction Possible After Bankruptcy: The Nation's Largest Bankruptcy Law Firm Educates Consumers on the Variety of Ways to Rebuild Credit After Going Through a Bankruptcy
Going through a bankruptcy can be tough, as it means starting over financially and rebuilding everything from scratch. It is that somewhat stark realization that deters many people from filing, even when it may be the best possible option. MarketWire

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Receives Echocardiography Accreditation
Rapidly expanding Methodist Willowbrook Hospital in northwest Houston and its leading cardiovascular program is granted a three-year term of accreditation in Echocardiography, in the areas of Adult Transthoracic, by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). MarketWire

Eastern Light Capital Announces Plan to File Form 15 to Suspend SEC Reporting Requirements
Eastern Light Capital, Inc. ("Company") (OTCBB: ELCI) announced today that the Company plans to voluntarily file Form 15 with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on or about March 27, 2012, thereby, voluntarily suspending its reporting obligations as a SEC registrant. MarketWire

Sahara Sam's Wins Prestigious Award for Water Safety
Sahara Sam's Oasis Indoor Water Park has been awarded the prestigious Silver International Aquatic Safety Award by Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc., International Aquatic Safety & Risk Management Consultants based in Ococee, Florida. MarketWire

BioNitrogen Corp. (BION) Provides Update on Central American Business Development Activities
Editors Note: There is a photo associated with this press release. MarketWire

Oil-Dri Corporation of America Wins Walmart Responsibility Award
Oil-Dri Corporation of America (NYSE: ODC) recently received the Walmart Vendor Responsibility Award for the consumables business unit that recognizes a company's commitment to providing products that help Walmart meet or exceed their sustainability goals MarketWire

WPCS Reports FY2012 Third Quarter Financial Results
WPCS International Incorporated (NASDAQ: WPCS), a leader in design-build engineering services for communications infrastructure, today announced financial results for the fiscal year 2012 third quarter ended January 31, 2012 MarketWire

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. Declares Second Quarter Cash Dividend
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO) today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per share. MarketWire

LA County Residents Trying to Quit Smoking Can Get Free Nicotine Patches
In an effort to further assist smokers attempting to quit smoking, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is providing a free four-week supply of nicotine patches to eligible Los Angeles County residents who call the California Smokers' Helpline, 1-800-NO-BUTTS (1-800-662-8887) MarketWire

Evolve Discovery Opens New York Office
Evolve Discovery and Rhino Imaging announced today a merger of the two companies, resulting in the Manhattan-based Evolve Discovery. Founded in 1997, Evolve Discovery is a global provider of innovative and full-service Litigation Consulting, eDiscovery solutions and Project Management for AMLaw 100 law firms and Fortune 500 companies. MarketWire

AGRION's Annual Smart Cities Symposium Highlights Public-Private Partnerships -- Panels Will Address Recent Smart City Projects, Big Data Infrastructure and Transportation Innovation on March 22 in SF
AGRION, a global business network for energy, cleantech, and corporate sustainability, will be hosting its annual Smart Cities Symposium in San Francisco, on March 22, 2012. The day will consist of three panels discussion covering implemented Smart City Projects, Big Data Infrastructure, and Transportation Innovation & Smart Transit. MarketWire

Suburban Chicago High School Students Generate $167,000 for the Leukemia Research Foundation
High school students around the country lead by example when it comes to philanthropy. The Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) today received $167,000 from Highland Park High School in Highland Park, Ill. -- the culmination of a month-long annual fundraising campaign called Charity Drive. MarketWire

Realogy CEO and President Richard A. Smith Appointed as Chairman of the Board of Realogy
Effective March 15 and in keeping with Realogy's Feb. 27 press release, Richard A. Smith, Chief Executive Officer and President of Realogy Corporation, a global leader in real estate and relocation services, took on the additional role of Chairman of the Realogy Board of Directors. MarketWire

Options Media Licenses Illume Enterprise Software
PhoneGuard, Inc., a subsidiary of Options Media Group Holdings, Inc. (OTCQB: OPMG) (PINKSHEETS: OPMG), a leading provider of mobile applications software, today announced that it has licensed Illume Software's iZup software for the enterprise market. The licensing agreement replaces the definitive agreement for the acquisition of Illume Software that was announced on January 30, 2012 MarketWire

Sunlogics Power Becomes Senior Creditor of DayStar Technologies, Inc. (DSTI)
Salamon Group, Inc. (OTCQB: SLMU) (PINKSHEETS: SLMU) ("Salamon" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that Sunlogics Power, its wholly owned subsidiary, has become the senior creditor of DayStar Technologies, Inc. (DSTI), a solar energy company that has developed thin film CIGS deposition technology. MarketWire

Severe Storm Readiness Tips for Homeowners From SERVPRO(R)
The announcement comes over your TV or radio: there's a storm headed your way. What can you do to help protect yourself, your family and your home? MarketWire

Warner Music Group Corp. and WMG Holdings Corp. Announce Exchange Offer for 13.75% Senior Notes Due 2019; Warner Music Group Corp. and WMG Acquisition Corp. Announce Exchange Offer for 11.50% Senior Notes Due 2018
In accordance with the registration rights agreement, dated as of July 20, 2011, entered into in connection with the issuance on July 20, 2011 by WMG Holdings Corp. of its 13.75% Senior Notes due 2019 (the "Old Holdings Notes") in a transaction exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), Warner Music Group Corp. and WMG Holdings Corp MarketWire

Ocean Rig UDW Inc. Announces Availability of 2011 Annual Report on Form 20-F
Ocean Rig UDW Inc. (NASDAQ: ORIG) (the "Company" or "Ocean Rig"), a global provider of offshore deepwater drilling services, today announced that its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011 (the "Annual Report") has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Annual Report may also be accessed through the Ocean Rig website, www.ocean-rig MarketWire

DryShips Inc. Announces Availability of 2011 Annual Report on Form 20-F
DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) (the "Company" or "DryShips"), a global provider of marine transportation services for drybulk and petroleum cargoes and off-shore contract drilling oil services, today announced that its annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2011 (the "Annual Report") has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission MarketWire

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

Safe Bulkers, Inc. Announces Closing of Its Public Offering of Common Stock
Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced today the closing of its previously announced public offering of 5,000,000 shares of common stock (the "Public Offering") at a price of $6.50 per share MarketWire

17th Annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, April 16-21, Unveils 2012 Event Lineup Featuring Several Exciting New Additions, Pre- and Post-Events With Wine and Food Pairings, Bourbon Dinners and Popular Street Festival
Recognized as a one of the most anticipated wine and culinary events of the year, the 17th Annual Las Olas Wine & Food Festival, presented by Bombay Sapphire® Gin, Martin Codax, elit™ by STOLICHNAYA® Vodka, Las Rocas Milagro Tequila, and Premier Beverage Company, returns April 16-21, 2012 on Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale MarketWire

United Data Technologies (UDT) Announces Completion of Leading Edge Information Technology Solution Miami Marlins' Innovative New Ballpark
United Data Technologies (UDT) announced their completion of the installation of the enterprise data network for the new $515 million ballpark for Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins franchise. MarketWire

Fish & Richardson Receives Top "Band 1" 2012 U.S. Rankings for Intellectual Property and International Trade From Chambers Global
Fish & Richardson received top "Band 1" rankings in the U.S. for its Intellectual Property (IP) patent practice and its International Trade Commission (ITC) practice in the Chambers Global 2012 rankings MarketWire

Lisa Lampanelli to Release Greatest Hits Album April 17
Lisa Lampanelli, Comedy's Loveable Queen of Mean, will release Equal Opportunity Offender: The Best of Lisa Lampanelli, her first greatest hits compilation, on April 17th, 2012. The album, which is available now for pre-order, collects all-time favorite riffs from the woman Howard Stern calls "a true original and a brilliant comedy mind MarketWire

American Academy of Dermatology Highlights Skin, Hair and Nail News at Annual Scientific Meeting
The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) is holding its 70th Annual Meeting in San Diego, March 16-20, 2012, at the San Diego Convention Center MarketWire

iSECUREtrac Reports Improving Financial Results and New Board of Directors
iSECUREtrac Corp (OTCBB: ISEC), an industry leader in electronic monitoring solutions, has announced its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2011. MarketWire

Business Growth at Realogy Subsidiary, Title Resource Group, Drives Demand for 200 New Hires in New Jersey and Texas
Title Resource Group (TRG), a full-service title, settlement and vendor management services company, today announced plans to significantly expand its workforce to meet the rising demand for its services brought on by new business volume added in the first quarter of 2012 MarketWire

Epolin, Inc. Announces Definitive Merger Agreement With Polymathes
Epolin, Inc. (the "Company") (OTCBB: EPLN) (www.epolin.com) today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Polymathes Holdings I LLC (the "Parent"), and Polymathes Acquisition I Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Parent (the "Purchaser") MarketWire

Safe Bulkers, Inc. Announces Its Participation at the 6th Annual Capital Link Invest in International Shipping Forum in New York City
Safe Bulkers, Inc. (the "Company") (NYSE: SB), an international provider of marine drybulk transportation services, announced the Company's management will participate at the 6th Annual Capital Link Invest in International Shipping Forum in New York City on Monday, March 19, 2012. MarketWire

Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP Launches Sports & Entertainment Law Practice
Sichenzia Ross Friedman Ference LLP (www.srff.com), a law firm that provides experienced and professional representation in all matters involving the securities industry, as well as in all general corporate and litigation matters, today announced that it has launched a sports and entertainment practice to be run out of the firm's New York City headquarters MarketWire

ENLASO Contributes to EU Initiative to Develop Standards to Support Adaptation of Web Content
ENLASO Corporation, a leading translation and localization services company, is pleased to announce its participation in the MultilingualWeb-LT Working Group MarketWire

Realogy Named to Ethisphere's 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies List
Realogy Corporation, a global leader in real estate and relocation services, announced today that it has been recognized by the Ethisphere® Institute, the leading international business ethics think-tank, as one of the 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies. MarketWire

Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight NCAA Tournament Tickets Available at TicketNetwork.com
The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament is now fully underway as 68 teams battle it out to be become National Champions. Fans from across the country will have a chance to catch games in their area when the Regional Semifinals and Finals hit Boston, Atlanta, Phoenix and St. Louis, from March 22-25. MarketWire

ET Water Announces HermitCrab(R) Compatibility With Weathermatic Controllers
ET Water Systems, Inc., the leading innovator in smart irrigation management solutions, today announced a new release of HermitCrab®, the revolutionary retrofit product that converts most brands of conventional irrigation controllers into powerful ET Water smart controllers. HermitCrab® now supports all Weathermatic controllers from the ProLine and SmartLine® families. MarketWire

Acrolinx Appoints Markus Juhr-DeBenedetti as CEO
Acrolinx, the leader in content quality software, announced today the appointment of Markus Juhr-DeBenedetti as Chief Executive Officer. Andrew Bredenkamp, Founder, assumes the role of President and will continue driving product innovation and serving customers. MarketWire

WaterFurnace Introduces 5 Series High Temperature Hydronic Heat Pump
WaterFurnace International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial geothermal and water source heat pumps, introduces the 5 Series 502W12 high temperature hydronic heat pump. MarketWire

Woodbridge Hires Managing Director to Focus on Private Equity Groups
Woodbridge, a middle market M&A advisory firm, has announced that David P. Olson has joined the firm as a Managing Director. Mr. Olson will focus on enhancing Woodbridge's relationships with private equity groups, including expanding its sell-side advisory practice with private equity groups seeking to exit portfolio holdings MarketWire

Aristocrat Technologies Launches Its 13th App for iPhone(R), Tiki Torch(TM)
Aristocrat Technologies today announced the launch of its 13th iPhone® game, Tiki Torch™, which is available now on the iTunes® App Store(SM). MarketWire

SOHM, Inc. Entering the Huge USA Generic Pharmaceutical Market
SOHM, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: SHMN) is a globally known generic pharmaceutical manufacturer, developer and marketer having a vast range of products, covering almost all the therapeutic segments, has grown strength by strength with its thriving acquisitions and strategic tie-ups. MarketWire

New Collection of Siri Tips Released
Dery Books today released Volume 2 of its "Life With Siri" eBook series. The eBook, written by Jodi Dery, is illustrated with over 50 new iPhone screenshots of tips to help people get the most out of Siri. It also contains over 50 screenshots of Siri's funniest answers. MarketWire

ONYX Terminates Development of Honduran Solar Project
Onyx Service & Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: ONYX) announced today that the Company has informed its Honduran partners as well as local government officials that it has made the decision to terminate development of its 22-megawatt solar project on the Island of Roatan. MarketWire

WaterFurnace Introduces 5 Series Geothermal Heat Pump System
WaterFurnace International, Inc., a leading manufacturer of residential and commercial geothermal and water source heat pumps, introduces the 5 Series, an upgrade to the popular Envision® product line that delivers whole-home comfort at efficiencies that are among the world's highest. MarketWire

PEO Network Launches Census 2012 Project
PEO Network has launched its 5th Census initiative for Professional Employer Organizations (PEOs). MarketWire

UPDATE: Percussion Appoints Deidre Diamond to President and Chief Operating Officer
Percussion Software, a leading provider of web content management and content marketing software, today announced that Chief Operating Officer Deidre Diamond has been appointed company president. She will retain her role as COO and continue to report directly to the Chairman of the Board, Barry Reynolds. MarketWire

Record Breaking Collection of Over 100,000 Pounds of Electronic Devices at Verizon Wireless Recycling Rally Managed by AnythingIT
AnythingIT, Inc. (OTCBB: ANYI), a leading information technology electronics recycler and e-waste handler serving both government and commercial markets, in conjunction with Verizon Wireless collected over 100,000 pounds of electronics at the "Verizon Wireless Recycling Rally" held on March 8th. Partnering together, AnythingIT and Verizon broke their previous records for e-waste collections MarketWire

Lumenpulse Wins Six Architectural SSL Product Innovation Awards (PIA)
Lumenpulse Inc., a leading innovator and manufacturer of high performance, architectural LED-based lighting solutions for commercial, institutional, and urban environments, today announced that it won an unprecedented six Product Innovation Awards (PIA) from Architectural SSL magazine. MarketWire

Diablo Digital Printing Introduces Non-Crack Folding for Digital Printing
After decades serving Bay Area printing clients while employed by others, Robert Young founded Diablo Digital Printing on Jan. 19, 2009. He hasn't looked back since, as his little company has thrived in a down economy by offering customers a new style of printing MarketWire

WebSafety, Inc. Announces CEO Radio Interview
Rowland W. Day II, CEO of WebSafety, Inc. (OTCQB: WBSI) (PINKSHEETS: WBSI) announced today that he will be a featured guest on the Stock Traders Talk radio program on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 8 pm EDT. This in-depth question and answer session can be heard at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/stocktraderstalk. MarketWire

Bizzingo Engages Joe Theismann as Spokesman
Bizzingo, Inc. (OTCBB: BIZZ), a business-to-business social media company, announced that entrepreneur and former NFL star quarterback Joe Theismann has joined the company as spokesman. MarketWire

Tony C'S Coal Fired Pizza Challenges National Pizza Chains and Local Pizza Restaurants by Giving Away One 12-Inch Two-Topping Pizza Valued at $12 for Every New Facebook "Like"
Just in time for March Madness, Tony C's Coal Fired Pizza, the original coal fired pizza restaurant in Austin, has rolled out Pizza Madness on Facebook. Every user who clicks "like" on Facebook starting today will receive one whole 12-inch two-topping coal fired pizza of their choice valued at $12 when they redeem it at Tony C's, which is located at the Hill Country Galleria in Bee Cave, TX. MarketWire

Percussion Appoints Deidre Diamond to President and Chief Operating Officer
Percussion Software, a leading provider of web content management and content marketing software, today announced that Chief Operating Officer Deidre Diamond has been appointed company president, effective immediately. She will retain her role as COO and continue to report directly to the Chairman of the Board, Barry Reynolds. MarketWire

Mobile Assistant Dictation Service: Your Voice to Your Inbox With Professional Accuracy
Mobile Assistant, Inc., a leader in mobile dictation services, offers a Professional and easy way to capture meeting notes and send emails. Mobile Assistant's team of professional transcriptionists are trained in finance, insurance, legal, and sales terminology to ensure complete and accurate delivery of transcriptions to a users inbox. MarketWire

Excel Maritime Reports Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2011 and Agreement With Lenders
Excel Maritime Carriers Ltd. (NYSE: EXM) ("Excel"), an owner and operator of dry bulk carriers and an international provider of worldwide seaborne transportation services for dry bulk cargoes, announced today its operating and financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 and an agreement with its lenders. MarketWire

Vega Biofuels Announces Plans for Shipping Bio-Coal to European Power Companies
VEGA BIOFUELS, INC. (PINKSHEETS: VGPR) announced its plans for shipping bio-coal to European power companies. MarketWire

Webtech Wireless Announces Q4 and FY 2011 Results
Webtech Wireless Inc. (TSX: WEW) ("Webtech Wireless" or the "Company"), a leading provider of vehicle fleet location-based services and telematics technology, today announced its financial results for the three and twelve-month period ended December 31, 2011. MarketWire

American Petro-Hunter Commences Operations of 2012 Horizontal Drill Program on New "South Oklahoma" Oil Project
American Petro-Hunter, Inc. (OTCBB: AAPH) ("American Petro-Hunter" or the "Company") is extremely pleased to announce that the horizontal oil and gas drill program of its new "South Oklahoma Project" leases is nearing commencement. The inaugural well has been designated SOM-1H and will be spud on or around the last week of March MarketWire

Indemia Gold Provides Corporate Update
Indemia Gold Inc. (PINKSHEETS: CETH) ("Indemia" or "the Company") is pleased to provide a corporate update and respond to recent shareholder inquiries. Since acquiring the Choco Placer mine (the "Project") (see press release dated March 8, 2012) the Company has begun implementing a systematic approach toward recommencing production. MarketWire

Petaquilla Announces Closing of Convertible Loan and Prepaid Forward Silver Purchase Agreements
Petaquilla Minerals Ltd. (TSX: PTQ)(OTCBB: PTQMF)(FRANKFURT: P7Z) ("Petaquilla" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has closed its previously announced Convertible Loan Agreement (the "Loan Agreement") and Forward Silver Purchase Agreement (the "Silver Agreement") with Deutsche Bank, AG, London Branch ("Deutsche Bank"), in the amounts of CAD$6,000,000 and US$11,300,000, respectively MarketWire

Solae Named as One of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" for 2012
As evidence of an ongoing commitment to business ethics, Solae, LLC, a joint venture between DuPont and Bunge and a world leader in soy ingredients, has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute as one of the 2012 World's Most Ethical (WME) Companies. This is the third consecutive year Solae has been honored by Ethisphere for this prestigious award MarketWire

Dynaxys Launches the Real Property Explorer Mobile Application
Dynaxys, a leading technology and business service provider, today announced the launch of its Real Property Explorer (RP Explorer) mobile application, free from the Apple App Store and Android Market. MarketWire

NavStar Technologies, Inc. to Enter Personal Tracking/Monitoring Market
NavStar Technologies, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: NVSR), a company focused on producing and commercializing products and services for tracking/monitoring and reporting on the location and condition of high-value cargo and other assets, has announced entry into the personal GPS tracking and monitoring market segment. MarketWire

MMRGlobal Introduces Worldwide Standardized Personal Health Record and Document Management System to America's Military
MMRGlobal, Inc MarketWire

Mattersight Announces Commencement of Tender Offer to Purchase up to 111,605 Shares of Its Series B Preferred Stock
Mattersight Corporation (NASDAQ: MATR) today announced that it has commenced a tender offer to purchase up to 111,605 shares of its 7% Series B Convertible Preferred Stock ("Series B Preferred Stock") at a purchase price of $8.60 per share, plus accrued and unpaid dividends. The 111,605 shares of Series B Preferred Stock represent 6.68% of the outstanding shares of Series B Preferred Stock MarketWire

Kandi's New Energy Vehicle Receives Registration Tax Exemption and Recommendation Under Energy-Saving and New Energy Vehicle Demonstration and Promotion Project
Kandi Technologies, Corp MarketWire

Focus Gold Corp. Engages Circadian Group for Financial Public Relations Agreement
Focus Gold Corp. (or "Focus") (OTCQB: FGLD) (OTCBB: FGLD) is pleased to announce it has engaged Circadian Group (or "Circadian") of Windsor, Ontario, Canada for a Financial Public Relations and Marketing contract of 12 months. MarketWire

Hole in One on Full Swing Golf Simulator Pays 2K to SuperShot Winner
With a single golf shot, Trevor Johnson caused Full Swing Golf Simulators around the world to reverberate with celebration because he got a hole in one while playing Full Swing Golf's SuperShot during his league's indoor golf competition MarketWire

FDA Grants Cytori 510(k) Clearance for Puregraft(R) 850
Cytori (NASDAQ: CYTX) has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Puregraft® 850 System for body contouring using a patient's own fat. The Puregraft® 850 product line extension provides optimized and sterile processing of up to 850 mL of tissue, a significantly larger volume than the Puregraft® 250, which received a 510(k) in January 2010 MarketWire

Acquia Goes All Out at DrupalCon
DrupalCon -- Acquia, the enterprise guide to Drupal, is a Diamond sponsor at DrupalCon, the official and largest international gathering of Drupal developers and users, which will be held at the Colorado Convention Center, March 19-23, 2012. MarketWire

First California Hosts Electronic Payment Services Client Conference
First California Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCAL), the holding company of First California Bank, today announced that the bank's Electronic Payment Services (EPS) division hosted its eighth annual Electronic Payment Services Client Conference on Thursday and Friday, March 8 and 9, 2012 in Rancho Mirage, California. MarketWire

Aptalis Pharma Begins Promotion of RECTIV(TM) to Physicians in the U.S.
Aptalis Pharma, a global specialty pharmaceutical company focused on gastrointestinal diseases and cystic fibrosis, today announced that it has begun promoting RECTIV™ (nitroglycerin) Ointment 0.4 % to physicians in the U.S. RECTIV is the first and only medication approved by the U.S MarketWire

Message From Dieter Sauer, CEO and President of Sauer Energy, Inc.
Sauer Energy, Inc. ("SEI") (OTCBB: SENY), a developer of the patented WindCharger™ vertical-axis wind turbine (VAWT), would like to share the following message: MarketWire

NeuLion Reports $39.7M in Total Revenue for Fiscal 2011
NeuLion, Inc. (TSX: NLN), the true end-to-end technology service provider for delivering live and on-demand content to any Internet-enabled device, today announced financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2011 (all amounts are in U.S. dollars). Revenue grew to $39.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 primarily due to strong organic growth. MarketWire

Five Elms Capital Launches Flyover 50
Five Elms Capital (www.fiveelms.com) today announced the launch of the inaugural Flyover 50, an award honoring the 50 fastest-growing companies in the middle of the country. MarketWire

Titan Pharmaceuticals Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2011 Financial Results
Titan Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCBB: TTNP) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. MarketWire

Collaboration Provides Free Content Marketplace for NY Educators
The New York Partners for Technology Innovation (NYPTI) and Learning.com today announce the availability of newyork.learning.com, an initiative to help New York educators find and use free, for-purchase and user generated K-12 curriculum content that is aligned to Common Core and New York State academic standards. Access to this new service is available free to all New York educators. MarketWire

More Than $3 Billion in North American Maintenance Projects Planned for Second-Quarter 2012, an Industrial Info News Alert
Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- Industrial Info is tracking more than $3 billion in maintenance outages and shutdowns that are planned to occur in the second quarter of this year. The Chemical Processing Industry (CPI), with 267 planned maintenance projects valued at slightly more than $800 million leads North America in both the number and value of projects MarketWire

Mobile Star Corp. (MBSTD.QB) Announces Strategic Partnership With ACG Company and Tuesday, March 20, 2012, Week Four Shareholder Call
MOBILE STAR CORP. (OTCQB: MBSTD) (PINKSHEETS: MBSTD) is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with ACG Company to co-underwrite and fund commercial real estate loans approved by Small Business Administration (SBA) CDC/504 Loan Program. MarketWire

ReproSource Discusses Infertility Misconceptions, Cautions the Use of Newer Fertility Tests
While infertility is a common problem, the specifics of this condition are frequently misunderstood. In fact, the very definition of infertility is the subject of frequent misapprehension. While the condition defines a young woman's inability to conceive a child after a year or more of trying, that timeframe changes to six months when the woman is over 35 MarketWire

Front Row Partners With Peter Martin, 3D Producer and Writer
Front Row Networks, Inc., a Los Angeles-based concert production and distribution company, and wholly-owned subsidiary of Writers' Group Film Corp. (OTCQB: WRIT) (PINKSHEETS: WRIT), announced today that it has entered into a first-look production agreement with Peter Martin, the Los Angeles-based writer and 3D producer. MarketWire

Agennix AG to Participate in 5th Kempen & Co Healthcare/Life Sciences Conference
Agennix AG (FRANKFURT: AGX) (XETRA: AGX) today announced that the Company will participate in the upcoming 5th Kempen & Co Healthcare/Life Sciences Conference to be held on Thursday, March 22, 2012 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands MarketWire

NimbleCommerce Provides Strategy for Dominating Daily Deals at Daily Deal Summit Europe
NimbleCommerce, an enterprise local marketing and e-commerce platform, today announced its participation in the inaugural Daily Deal Summit Europe taking place Monday, March 19 from 8 to 5 pm at the Grange Hotel in St.Pauls, London, UK. NimbleCommerce is a Gold Sponsor of the event, and company Senior Vice President Global Sales Kevin Wray is a featured speaker. MarketWire

Anadarko Announces Successful Appraisal Well Encountering High-Quality Oil Offshore Ghana
Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: APC) today announced the Enyenra-4A appraisal well, located in the Deepwater Tano Block offshore the Republic of Ghana, encountered approximately 105 feet (32 meters) of net oil pay in high-quality sandstone reservoirs, expanding the areal extent of the TEN (Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme) complex. MarketWire

16th International Congress of Oriental Medicine to Be Held in Seoul, South Korea
The 16th International Congress of Oriental Medicine will be held for three days on September 14 (Friday) ~ 16 (Sunday), 2012 at COEX in Seoul hosted by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and organized by the International Society of Oriental Medicine (ISOM) and The Association of Korean Oriental Medicine (AKOM). MarketWire

BrightScope Releases List of the Top 25 New York City Area-Based Companies With the Best 401K Plans
BrightScope (www.brightscope.com), a leading provider of independent financial information and investment research, today announced its second annual list of the top New York City area-based companies with the highest ranked 401k plans containing more than $100 million in assets. This year BrightScope has extended the list to include the top 25 companies. MarketWire

CMG Holdings Group, Inc. Expands Their Digital Media and Digital Coupon Platform Into New York With the Launch of UsaveNY
CMG Holdings Group, Inc. (CMGO) (OTCQB: CMGO) (PINKSHEETS: CMGO) www.cmgholdingsinc.com, a full service marketing communications holding company operating across the sectors of digital media, alternative advertising, social media, event marketing and commercial rights, today announced the expansion of their digital media and digital coupon initiatives with the launch of "UsaveNY." MarketWire

Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc. Announces Financial Results for Its First Fiscal Quarter Ended January 31, 2012
Crystal Rock Holdings, Inc. (NYSE Amex: CRVP) announced its financial results for its fiscal quarter that ended January 31, 2012. These results will be filed on Form 10-Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission today. MarketWire

Spectraseis Announces Technical and Commercial Milestones
Spectraseis /Spectraseis Announces Technical and Commercial Milestones. Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters ONE.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. GlobeNewswire

BB Biotech AG completed its current share buyback program
BB BIOTECH AG /BB Biotech AG completed its current share buyback program. Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters ONE.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. GlobeNewswire

Applied Materials Named to Ethisphere's 2012 World's Most Ethical Companies List
Award Recognizes Exceptional Ethical Leadership across Continents and Industries GlobeNewswire

Dry well on Luna
Stavanger, 16 March 2012: Norwegian Energy Company ASA (Noreco) is in the process of completing the drilling of exploration well Luna-1X in licence 1/11 in Denmark. The well did not encounter hydrocarbons.   The partners in licence 1/11 are Noreco (operator, 47 percent), Elko Energy (33 percent) and the Danish North Sea Fund (20 percent). GlobeNewswire

Camposol - Offer to purchase own shares - Increase of Offer Price and extension of Offer Period
 Reference is made to the stock exchange announcement of 12 March 2012. Camposol Holding plc (the "Company") has decided to increase the Offer Price to NOK 26 per share and to extend the acceptance period until Friday 23 March 2012 at 17.30 CET. Shareholders who have already accepted the Offer announced on 12 March 2012 will also receive NOK 26 per tendered share. GlobeNewswire

HMS receives 16 MSEK order.
HMS Networks AB (publ) has signed a development and supply agreement with one of the leading North American manufacturers of industrial automation and power control equipment. The agreement concerns a new product for EtherNet/IP communications, connecting advanced power control components to industrial networks GlobeNewswire

Thomson Reuters Recognizes Leading Mexican Researchers for Their Contributions to Science and Innovation
Research in Science and Social Sciences/Arts & Humanities further progress in food technology, health and psychology GlobeNewswire

Lubrizol's New Fixate Design Polymer for Ultimate Hair Mousse Formulation Flexibility
Lubrizol's FixateTM Design Polymer for Ultimate Hair Mousse Formulation Flexibility GlobeNewswire

RAPALA'S FINANCIAL STATEMENTS, ANNUAL REPORT AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE STATEMENT 2011 PUBLISHED
Rapala VMC CorporationStock Exchange ReleaseMarch 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.  GlobeNewswire

Ossur Hf : Results of the Annual General Meeting
Enclosed the results of the Annual General Meeting of Össur hf., held today Friday 16 March 2012 GlobeNewswire

Sanoma completes the divestment of its stake in the Finnish telecommunications group DNA
Stock Exchange Release 16/03/201211:45 GlobeNewswire

SBX - Nils C. Haugestad appointed new CFO of SeaBird Exploration PLC
Cyprus, 16 March 2012 GlobeNewswire

Notice to attend Transmode Holding AB's Annual General Meeting
Stockholm, Sweden - 16 March GlobeNewswire

Lindab secures another large Belarus order
Lindab has received an order worth just over SEK 13 m for a steel building in Minsk, Belarus. This is the sixth building that Lindab delivers to the same customer in the past nine years and it will be used as a production unit GlobeNewswire

Rezidor is one of the World's Most Ethical Companies 2012
Hotel Group receives prestigious award for the third consecutive year GlobeNewswire

Gunnar Janssen new COO of Acazis AG
Acazis AG /Gunnar Janssen new COO of Acazis AG. Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters ONE.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. GlobeNewswire

RNB strengthens operations through acquisition of franchise stores
As part of the ongoing efforts to turn around with the Group's store concepts JC Jeans & Clothes and Brothers & Sisters, RNB is now investing in a further strengthening of these concepts in Sweden. This will be achieved through the acquisition and management of a number of stores that are currently franchise-owned. GlobeNewswire

Kesko was ranked among the World's Most Ethical Companies
KESKO CORPORATION PRESS RELEASE 16.03.2012 AT 9.00 1(1) GlobeNewswire

Vizrt Ltd. Announces Dividend Distribution
Bergen, Norway, March 16, 2012. Vizrt Ltd. (Oslo Main List: VIZ) GlobeNewswire

Eurocastle Announces Availability of Annual Report, Year-End Financials and Investor Presentation
EUROCASTLE INVESTMENT LIMITED GlobeNewswire

Compagnie Financière Tradition : Revenue affected by the strength of the Swiss franc, stable in current currencies
Compagnie Financière Tradition /Compagnie Financière Tradition : Revenue affected by the strength of the Swiss franc, stable in current currencies . Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters ONE.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. GlobeNewswire

Alcon gains exclusive ex-US rights for ocriplasmin, potential first pharmacological treatment for symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion
Novartis International AG /Alcon gains exclusive ex-US rights for ocriplasmin, potential first pharmacological treatment for symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion . Processed and transmitted by Thomson Reuters ONE.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. GlobeNewswire

K-supermarket Seilori introduces electronic price labels
KESKO FOOD LTD PRESS RELEASE 16.03.2012 AT 08.00 GlobeNewswire

Thomson Reuters named one of Ethisphere's 2012 "World's Most Ethical Companies" for fourth successive year
Thomson Reuters named one of Ethisphere's 2012 "World's Most Ethical Companies" for fourth successive year GlobeNewswire

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