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Brown & Brown, Inc. Announces the Asset Acquisition of Global Benefit Strategies
DAYTONA BEACH, FL--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - J. Scott Penny, Chief Acquisitions Officer of Brown & Brown, Inc. (NYSE: BRO), and Douglas ("Doug") A. Pridgen, the principal of Aether Consulting Group LLC d/b/a Global Benefit Strategies, today announced that Brown & Brown Metro, Inc., a subsidiary of Brown & Brown, Inc MarketWire

Freddie Mac Issues Monthly Volume Summary for November 2014
Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today issued the company's Monthly Volume Summary for November 2014. MarketWire

New Yara Fertilizer Industry Handbook published
Oslo, 22 December 2014: Yara has today released an updated version of its Fertilizer Industry Handbook containing information about the fertilizer market and industry.The Yara Fertilizer Industry Handbook is a tool for analysts, investors, journalists and others who would like to understand the fertilizer industry and in particular the parts most relevant for Yara GlobeNewswire

Incap Oyj: Announcement in accordance with Chapter 9, Section 10 of the Securities Market Act on a change in holdings (Varma and Inission, 22 December 2014)
Incap CorporationStock Exchange Release    22 December 2014 at 1.50 pm (EET) GlobeNewswire

Nordic American Tankers Limited (NYSE:NAT) - Final agreement signed for the building of two new suezmax tankers, increasing dividend and earnings capacity based on a 24 vessel suezmax fleet.
Hamilton, Bermuda, December 22, 2014 GlobeNewswire

The outcome of Alma Media Corporation's impairment tests
Alma Media Corporation                     Stock Exchange Release            22 December 2014, 9:00 a.m. (EET) GlobeNewswire

Mspark Announces Appointment of Mangesh Wadegaonkar as Vice President, Digital Solutions
HELENA, AL--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Mspark, a results-oriented direct mail and marketing services company with the proven ability to deliver measurable results and positive ROI in rural America, today announced the appointment of Mangesh Wadegaonkar as vice president, digital solutions, effective immediately MarketWire

Max Sound Corporation Notified by Partner Akyumen Inc. That It Received Additional Five Million Unit Contract in Asia
SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Max Sound Corporation (OTCQB: MAXD) -- creators of MAX-D HD Audio, the must-have HD Audio solution, has been notified by Akyumen that they received a contract in Asia representing five million additional mobile devices. MarketWire

Encana Unlocks Value From Montney Midstream Assets With Innovative Sale Agreement
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Encana Corporation (TSX: ECA) (NYSE: ECA) MarketWire

The Ministry of Environment of Colombia Announces Improved Boundaries for Santurban's Paramo -- Development of the Vetas Gold Project Not Affected
VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - CB Gold Inc. (TSX VENTURE: CBJ)("CB Gold" or the "Company") announces that the law resolution ("the resolution") for the new boundaries of the Paramo of Santurbán ("the Paramo") was released today by the Ministry of Environment of Colombia. MarketWire

Pennsylvania's Largest K-8 Charter School Commemorates the Holiday Season Through the Arts, Music and Literacy
PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Recently, more than 3,000 students of Chester Community Charter School (CCCS), the largest K-8 charter school in Pennsylvania, celebrated the holiday season with a series of art exhibitions, musical concerts, dance performances, and a visit from Santa Claus and "Olaf" of Walt Disney's Frozen, on the school's East, West and Upland campuses. MarketWire

Celebrating One More Christmas at Home With the Help of Hospice
ALEXANDRIA, VA--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - From her home of fifty-five years in Queens, New York, Hannabelle Waith reflects on what has made her life so wonderful, "My husband and my brothers and my sisters and my nieces and nephews. I've always had them around me." With the support of hospice care, Waith is able to remain in her home surrounded by the people and memories she loves. MarketWire

Aeolus Announces Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Results
MISSION VIEJO, CA--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) -  Aeolus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: AOLS), a biotechnology company developing compounds to protect against radiological and chemical threats in partnership with the US Government, announced today financial results for the three months and twelve months ended September 30, 2014. MarketWire

Rittenhouse Realty Advisors Sells 17 New Construction Luxury Apartments in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Rittenhouse Realty Advisors is pleased to announce the sale of 1509-11 W. Girard Avenue in Philadelphia. The luxury four-story property was constructed in 2014 and features an excellent unit mix with 88% of the units containing two and three bedrooms and 82% of the units containing more than one bathroom MarketWire

TM Forum Honors Three Catalyst Projects at Digital Disruption 2014
MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Today TM Forum announces that three projects related to smart energy, smart cities and eHealth have been named the Digital Disruption 2014 Catalyst Award winners MarketWire

RCI Affiliated Resort Network Well-Represented on TripAdvisor's Top 25 All-Inclusive Resorts List
PARSIPPANY, NJ--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - RCI, the global leader in vacation exchange and part of the Wyndham Worldwide family of brands (NYSE: WYN), is celebrating TripAdvisor's list of Top 25 All-inclusive Resorts in the world with many of its affiliates that were recognized among the best vacation properties MarketWire

T5 Manufacturer Slashes Price on 4 and 6 Lamp High Bay Fixtures
JACKSON, MI--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - UltraLux® Light, a product of EverLast® Lighting, Inc., lives up to its vision statement every day by providing high quality, full spectrum lighting, energy saving high bay fixtures and office lights MarketWire

Sauer Energy to Launch WindCutter(R)
CAMARILLO, CA--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Sauer Energy Inc.® ("SEI") (OTCQB: SENY), developer of the patented WindCharger®, WindRider® and manufacturer of vertical axis wind turbine (VAWT) energy management systems consisting of high-performance renewable energy producing platforms, announced today that its WindCutter 2.5,VAWT design, is the first model cleared for launch MarketWire

Plandai Biotechnology, Inc. Announces Completion of $13 Million Production Facility
LOGAN, UT--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Plandaí Biotechnology, Inc. (OTCQB: PLPL) ("Plandaí" or "the Company"), a developer of highly bioavailable plant extracts for industries including health, wellness, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical, today announced completion of the Company's production facility in South Africa MarketWire

EPIC Offers a Second Exchange of Its Series A Preferred Stock in Place of Its Announced Dividend Policy
AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - EPIC Corporation Inc. (OTC PINK: EPOR) and Ronald Tucker, its CEO, announced, "EPIC's Board of Directors has authorized an offer to exchange shares of its Series A 5% Convertible Preferred Stock for common stock MarketWire

Nhale (NHLE) Expands Acquisition Effort Toward $10 Billion Medical Marijuana Market
HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Nhale Inc. (OTCQB: NHLE) today announces it is expanding its acquisition efforts toward the swelling medical marijuana space following the execution of a term sheet for $10 million in debt financing with Four Twenty Investments, Inc., a Toronto-based private investment group MarketWire

Keek Announces Results of the Special Meeting of Shareholders
NEW YORK, NY and TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Keek Inc. (TSX VENTURE: KEK) (OTCQX: KEEKF), a leading global mobile video social media network with close to 72 million members featuring a unique 36 second video format, today announced that a Special Meeting of Shareholders of Keek Inc. was held on December 16, 2014. Keek is pleased to report the results were as follows: MarketWire

Update on Horse Hill-1 Well
DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Magellan Petroleum Corporation (NASDAQ: MPET) ("Magellan" or the "Company") today announced that its partners in the Horse Hill-1 well ("HH-1") in southern England have reported a conventional discovery in the Upper Portland sandstone and have materially revised upward their P50 estimate of original oil in place (OOIP) in this section to 5 MarketWire

American Traffic Solutions Shares Worst Red-Light Runners of 2014 With Hopes of Deterring Red-Light Running
TEMPE, AZ--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - As this shocking new video shows, red-light runners remain a dangerous threat at intersections in large and small cities and towns across the United States MarketWire

Mayo Schmidt to Step Down From Agrium's Board of Directors
CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - The Board of Directors of Agrium Inc. (TSX: AGU) (NYSE: AGU) announced today that Mayo Schmidt will be resigning from his position on the Board of Directors effective December 22, 2014, as a result of his recently accepted role of CEO at Louis Dreyfus Commodities, a global merchandizer of commodities and processor of agricultural goods. MarketWire

Genomind White Paper Describing the Clinical Utility of Pharmacogenetic Testing in Psychiatry Published in Psychiatry Journal
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Genomind, a personalized medicine company, is proud to announce the publication of its Case for Change White Paper, titled "The Potential Utility of Pharmacogenetic Testing in Psychiatry." The paper is currently available online here. MarketWire

SurePayroll Survey: Oil Price Slide Gives Boost to Small Businesses
GLENVIEW, IL--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - In a survey of small businesses with less than 100 employees by payroll provider SurePayroll, 23 percent said their businesses have seen a boost from the recent slide in oil prices MarketWire

New Director Appointed to Emergency Nurses Association Institute of Emergency Nursing Education
DES PLAINES, IL--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - The Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) today announced it has named Linda L. Morris, PhD, APN, CCNS, FCCM, as Director of ENA's Institute of Emergency Nursing Education MarketWire

Milestone Scientific Announces Distribution Agreement for Intra-Articular Instrument in China
LIVINGSTON, NJ--(Marketwired - December 22, 2014) - Milestone Scientific Inc MarketWire

Fonu2 Announces Capital Markets Strategic Plan
Fonu2, Inc. (OTCQB: FONU) (OTCBB: FONU) announced today its capital markets strategic plan. MarketWire

Bernstein & Maryanoff Offer Advice on Holiday DUI Accidents
The attorneys at Bernstein & Maryanoff in Miami see a large number of innocent victims injured or killed in drunk driving crashes each year. This holiday season, these experienced personal injury attorneys have some advice for those who are facing injuries sustained in a drunk driving crash so that they can recover compensation to pay for their expenses. MarketWire

Bernstein & Poisson Attorneys Discuss Holiday Drunk Driving Accidents
Bernstein & Poisson is a personal injury law firm in Las Vegas. This year, Bernstein & Poisson has advice for victims of holiday DUI crashes. The attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas regularly represent victims of drunk driving accidents MarketWire

Forward Industries Encourages Shareholders Not to Be Misled by Terence Bernard Wise's Campaign of Misinformation and Character Attacks
Forward Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ: FORD) today issued the following open letter to shareholders urging them to stay focused on the core issues that are relevant in the upcoming annual meeting of shareholders scheduled for December 30, 2014 and addressing various false and misleading statements made by Terence Bernard Wise in his campaign to win your vote at all costs. MarketWire

Boston Marriott Copley Place Flips the Switch on City's Largest Indoor Video Wall
Installation of Boston's largest indoor bar or restaurant video wall is complete at Champions sports bar at Boston Marriott Copley Place, just in time for the NFL playoffs. Guests at the popular Boston Back Bay restaurant can now catch the games on an LED-backlit ultra-narrow bezel, professional-grade large screen display, that measures 11 MarketWire

MULTIMEDIA UPDATE - Liazon's Bright Choices Exchange Recognized Three Years in a Row by the Web Health Award Program
Liazon, operator of the industry-leading private benefits exchange for businesses across the U.S., was named a winner of the Summer/Fall 2014 Web Health Award, with its private exchange platform, the Bright Choices® Exchange, in the "Web-based Resource/Tool" category. The awards, run by the Health Information Resource Center, recognize the nation's best digital health resources. MarketWire

Celebrate Winter Within the Private Wonderland Confines of a Paris Le Parc Hotel Located Between Champs Elysees and Eiffel Tower
Transforming its private garden into a winter wonderland in the heart of Paris, the Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel is welcoming guests to experience the joys of winter with added flair. MarketWire

Oracle Names Jill Puleri as Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle Retail
Oracle (NYSE: ORCL) MarketWire

ADP(R) Applauds Passage of New Professional Employer Organization Law
ADP®, a leading global provider of Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions, today applauded the enactment of provisions of the Small Business Efficiency Act, which were included as part of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 and signed into law on December 19, 2014 MarketWire

PIMCO Closed-End Funds Announce Changes in Fiscal Year Ends and Shareholder Meeting Dates
Pacific Investment Management Company LLC ("PIMCO") announced today that the Boards of Trustees/Directors (collectively, the "Board") of the PIMCO-Sponsored Closed-End Funds (each, a "Fund" and, together, the "Funds") have approved a change of the fiscal year end of each Fund other than PIMCO Income Strategy Fund and PIMCO Income Strategy Fund II, as set forth in the table below: MarketWire

E & E Receives ACEC's Platinum Award for Excellence in Consulting Engineering Services
Ecology and Environment Engineering, P.C. (E & E) (NASDAQ: EEI) has been awarded the American Council of Engineering Companies' (ACEC's) Platinum Award in the Studies, Research and Consulting Engineering Services category MarketWire

Scoring Big Out of the Box on the Smooth Jazz Chart, Mitchell Coleman Jr.'s Latest Single 'Flow' Is #1 Most Added on the Groove Jazz Music Chart
Throughout 2014, Meghan Trainor's Grammy nominated #1 mega-hit got the world up, dancing and thinking "All About That Bass," but Mitchell Coleman Jr. (www.mitchellcolemanjr.com) didn't need a high-energy pop smash to get him obsessed with the groove. It's been there since he was 12, when his neighbor Greg, the bass prodigy "monster on the block" in Bloomfield, Conn MarketWire

VoicePC(R) Extends Its Offerings to Include Dragon(R) Medical Practice Edition 2 Integration for Health Care Practitioners and Clinics
VoicePC® has announced the availability of Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2 for general practitioners, bringing the most advanced speech-recognition technology to another important niche in the healthcare community MarketWire

DPG Investments, LLC Welcomes New Talent, Touts 2014 Team Achievements
DPG Investments, LLC and affiliates concluded the successful structuring in excess of 150mm of private equity transactions in 2014 and is on target to close an additional 100mm in Q1 2015 across a broad range of industries and sectors. MarketWire

Elastica Named "Security Innovation of the Year" Finalist in Cloud Awards Program
Elastica (www.elastica.net), the leader in Data Science Powered™ Cloud Application Security, has been named a finalist in the 2014-2015 Cloud Awards Program in the "Security Innovation of the Year" category. MarketWire

Royal Hawaiian Orchards, L.P. Appoints Director of Finance
Royal Hawaiian Orchards, L.P. (OTCQX: NNUTU) announced today that Jeffrey S. Girdner has joined Royal Hawaiian Resources, Inc., the Managing General Partner (the "General Partner") of Royal Hawaiian Orchards, L.P. (the "Partnership"), as its Director of Finance, effective today. Mr. Girdner will also serve as the General Partner's principal financial and accounting officer. MarketWire

South Dakota Based Mitogenetics Revolutionizes How People Manage Diseases
Mitogenetics, a biomedical technology firm with strong South Dakota roots, in partnership with the State University of New York, is developing technology to regulate the action of mitochondria MarketWire

Mitogenetics Revolutionizes How People Manage Diseases
Mitogenetics, a biomedical technology firm in partnership with the State University of New York, is developing technology to regulate the action of mitochondria MarketWire

Businesses Have 9 Days to Take Advantage of $500,000 Section 179 Deduction
Liberty Tax, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) MarketWire

Delsey and TRCo Partner, Treating Travelers With the Gift of Adventure
DELSEY, www.delsey.com, the iconic French luggage brand known for blending timeless quality and audacious design, is partnering with TRCo Marketing, leader in lifestyle promotions, to encourage the spirit of adventure, rewarding the first 300 customers to spend $200 at shop.delsey.us with a free ticket to the concert of their choice! MarketWire

Salvestrin Winery and Beckstoffer Vineyards Seek Injunction, Damages Against Natural Selection for Asserted Trademark Infringement
Salvestrin Wine Company, LLC ("Salvestrin") and Beckstoffer Vineyards ("Beckstoffer") announced today that they have filed claims for trademark infringement, unfair competition (false endorsement and false advertising) and declaratory judgment against Natural Selection 357, LLC ("Natural Selection") with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California MarketWire

Win the Ultimate Super Sunday Weekend Package: Adorama and Intel Offer Fans Everywhere the Opportunity to Join Us in Arizona Super Bowl Weekend
Adorama (http://www.adorama.com), one of the world's largest photography, video, imaging and electronics retailers, is partnering with Intel to present Adorama's second annual Super Sunday Sweepstakes. Football's biggest day of the year is scheduled for Sunday, February 1, 2015, in Glendale, Arizona, at the University of Phoenix Stadium MarketWire

Star Bulk Announces the Sale of M/V Star Kim
Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (the "Company" or "Star Bulk") (NASDAQ: SBLK) a global shipping company providing transportation solutions in the dry bulk sector, today announced that it has entered into a binding agreement to sell the M/V Star Kim (ex Princess I, the "Vessel"), a 38,858 dwt Handymax vessel, built in 1994, to a non-related third party (the "Buyers") MarketWire

TerraX Awards Drill Contract; Drilling to Commence in January at the Core Gold Area, Yellowknife City Gold Project
TerraX Minerals Inc. (TSX VENTURE: TXR)(FRANKFURT: TX0)(OTC PINK: TRXXF) has awarded the drill contract for its winter drill program at the Yellowknife City Gold Project to Foraco Canada Ltd. of Yellowknife, with drilling scheduled to start in mid-January 2015 MarketWire

Thermon Announces Acquisition of Unitemp
Thermon Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: THR) ("Thermon") today announced that one of its wholly-owned subsidiaries has entered into an agreement (the "Transaction") to acquire certain assets and assume certain liabilities of Unitemp cc ("Unitemp"). Thermon expects the Transaction to close in spring 2015. MarketWire

Somnia CEO Discusses "The Next Paradigm in Medicine: ACA Health Care Demands Change Delivery" in New Webinar
Somnia Anesthesia, a national anesthesia practice management company, along with Physician Hospitals of America (PHA), has recently published a new webinar titled, "The Next Paradigm in Medicine: ACA Health Care Demands Change Delivery," discussing the possible effects of the Affordable Care Act on future healthcare delivery. MarketWire

Helix Announces Initiation of First Clinical Site for US Study
Helix BioPharma (TSX: HBP) (FRANKFURT: HBP) announced today that its United States Phase I study of L-DOS47 in combination with standard doublet therapy of pemetrexed/carboplatin in patients with Stage IV (TNM M1a and M1b) recurrent or metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer ("LDOS001") has been initiated at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas MarketWire

While 70% of Shoppers Plan to Buy Gift Cards This Holiday Season, 92% Plan to Spend More on Them: Stored Value Solutions Report
An interim holiday spending report released today by Stored Value Solutions (SVS), a global provider of gift cards and stored value services, found that spend on prepaid gift cards is on the rise, and that a significant majority (70 percent) of shoppers plan to purchase gift cards this holiday season MarketWire

Snacking Done Right
(Family Features) What makes a healthy and satisfying snack for children? A well-balanced snack with good nutrition can help kids grow and provide them with the proper support and energy needed for school, sports and other daily activities MarketWire

Brainybrawn, Inc.'s CEO Converts Unpaid and Past Due Compensation Into Shares at $0.0012 per Share
Brainybrawn, Inc. (OTC PINK: BRNW) announced that its CEO converted $120,000 in past due and unpaid compensation into 100,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock at $0.0012 per share. MarketWire

Adhere Creative Named 'Platinum Partner' by Renowned Marketing Company HubSpot
Houston's award-winning inbound marketing agency, Adhere Creative, has been named a 'Platinum Partner' by HubSpot, the world-renowned inbound marketing and sales platform. MarketWire

CORRECTION - West Announces Quarterly Dividend
In the news release issued Friday, December 19, 2014 by West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. (NYSE: WST), we are advised by the company that the originally issued headline was incorrect. Complete corrected text follows. MarketWire

Effex Management Solutions Help Keep Hundreds Warm This Holiday Season
Effex Management Solutions, a large-volume contingent workforce staffing and management solutions firm gives back to the community by donating close to 300 coats to Allen Community Outreach. MarketWire

Spectrum Gaming Group to Sponsor NCLGS Winter Conference, January 9-11, 2015
Spectrum Gaming Group, the world's foremost gaming-specific research and professional services firm, will again serve as a sponsor of the National Council of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS) Winter Conference, January 9-11, 2015, at Paris Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. MarketWire

Sonavation Acquires Assets of Security Identification Company, Arkami, Inc.
Sonavation, world leader and pioneer in biometric ultrasound technology for digital security, today acquired the assets of Arkami, Inc., best known for the development of myIDkey, which included advanced hardware and software technology in the secure authentication password management space. MarketWire

Scientific and Medical Coalition Against Cancer (SMCAC) Partners With Christopher's Haven
MarketWire

VideoChat Provider VideoDesk Has Raised $4.8 Million to Expand Enterprise Business
VideoDesk (www.videodesk.com), the cloud-based videochat solution services company, has raised $4.8 million dollars in angel and seed investment money which is being used to fine tune its product offering and expand its market opportunity into the enterprise sector. MarketWire

Global Holdings, Inc. (GBHD) Update
Global Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK: GBHD) moves forward with its recently announced class-action U.S. Federal suit against Investorshub.com, Inc.-IHUB. Under U.S. Federal statutes, GBHD can immediately quantify this class-action suit. MarketWire

Mizuho Securities USA Announces New Director of Research
Mizuho Securities USA ("MSUSA"), the U.S. investment banking subsidiary of the global Mizuho Financial Group (NYSE: MFG), today announced the appointment of Sheryl Skolnick, Ph.D., as Managing Director and Director of Research. Ms. Skolnick will focus on the further expansion of MSUSA's equity research by building out and extending sector coverage MarketWire

CTI Industries Trademark License Agreement for Ziploc Brand Vacuum Sealing System Extended for Three Years
CTI Industries Corporation (NASDAQ: CTIB), announces that it has reached agreement with S. C. Johnson to extend the Trademark License Agreement among S. C. Johnson and CTI under which S. C MarketWire

Joseph Toto Joins DTI as Director of Sales in Philadelphia
DTI, a global legal process outsourcing (LPO) company providing eDiscovery, managed services and litigation support, today announced the recent appointment of industry expert Joe Toto as its director of sales for the Pennsylvania region. MarketWire

Stevia Corp. Confirms Protocol to Produce Synthetic CBD
Stevia Corp MarketWire

Meaglow Ltd. Helps Make Christmas Trees Brighter
Editors Note: There is one photo associated with this press release. MarketWire

Alexium Sales Customer and Revenue Update
Alexium International Group Limited (Alexium) (ASX: AJX) (OTCQX: AXXIY) is pleased to set out the near term revenue outlook in the Defense Sector and the Commercial Sector across the transport, furnishings, consumer product and apparel markets for our award-winning environmentally-friendly flame retardant solutions. MarketWire

Jellyvision's ALEX(R) Growing Like a Weed, Says ALEX's Mom
Today, Jellyvision® and ALEX's Mom announced with a sense of pride and exasperation that ALEX, the virtual benefits counselor, has had quite the growth spurt in 2014 MarketWire

Meritage Announces Grand Opening of 142nd Restaurant
Meritage Hospitality Group Inc. (OTCQX: MHGU), one of the nation's premier restaurant operators, announced the opening of its 142nd restaurant located in the Airport Parkway Shops - Jacksonville, FL. MarketWire

SEI Releases Research on Pension Accounting Disclosure Assumptions for 2015
SEI (NASDAQ: SEIC) today released its annual pension accounting research study, which found that while 99 percent of plan sponsors increased their discount rates last year, a falling yield curve will likely result in large decreases in rates for 2014. MarketWire

New York State Housing Market Holds on to Price Gains
The New York statewide median home sales price rose slightly in November, while the year-to-date median price remained at the 2013 level, according to the housing market report released today by the New York State Association of REALTORS®. Year-to-date sales are trailing the same period last year by only 2.3 percent, despite a 7.9-percent slowdown in November. MarketWire

Bancroft Fund Ltd. Announces Issue Price for the 2014 Year-End Dividend Payable on December 29, 2014
Bancroft Fund Ltd. (NYSE MKT: 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 2014 year-end dividend will be $20.14 per share. The issue price represents the closing price of the shares on the NYSE MKT Exchange on December 19, 2014, which was below the net asset value of $23 MarketWire

Existing-Home Sales Lose Momentum in November as Inventory Slightly Tightens
After hitting their highest level of the year, existing-home sales slid in November as housing supply showed some tightening, according to the National Association of Realtors®. All major regions experienced a decline in sales compared to a month earlier. MarketWire

DryShips Inc. Announces the Results of Its 2014 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
DryShips Inc. (NASDAQ: DRYS) (the "Company" or "DryShips") announced today the results of its 2014 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders (the "Meeting"). MarketWire

Easton Pharmaceuticals Inc. Suspends All Potentially Dilutive Financing as a Direct Result of Negotiations With a Major California Based Medical Marijuana Grow-Op
Easton Pharmaceuticals Inc. (OTC PINK: EAPH) announces it has suspended all types of financings considered more dilutionary compared to other financing options currently available. MarketWire

Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. Announces Senior Leadership Changes
Navios Maritime Holdings Inc. (NYSE: NM) MarketWire

Camille Albane Hair Salon Franchise Continues U.S. Expansion in Dallas
Camille Albane, the dominant upscale hair salon franchise in the European Union since 1994, is pleased to announce a March 2015 opening of its newest U.S. salon in Addison, Texas, a northern suburb of Dallas. MarketWire

EMED Mining Public Limited: Slovakian Exploration Licences Update
EMED Mining Public Limited (TSX: EMD) (AIM: EMED) MarketWire

Agria Announces Trading Update From PGG Wrightson Subsidiary
Agria Corporation (NYSE: GRO) (the "Company" or "Agria"), a global agricultural company, today announced that its subsidiary, PGG Wrightson Limited ("PGW") reiterated its previously issued guidance and reaffirmed its expectation for improvement on last year's operating EBITDA of NZ$58.7 million, excluding earnings of associates MarketWire

Anglo Pacific Group PLC: Portfolio Update
Anglo Pacific Group PLC (TSX: APY) (LSE: APF) MarketWire

Anglo Pacific Group PLC: Re-classification of Listing
Anglo Pacific Group PLC (TSX: APY) (LSE: APF) MarketWire

Ambient Water Releases Letter to Shareholders
Ambient Water (OTCQB: AWGI), a leading innovator of atmospheric water generation systems for extracting water from humidity in the air, today released a letter to its shareholders from company CEO Keith White. The letter reads in its entirety: MarketWire

Metrospaces Issues 2014 Year End Letter to Shareholders With Overall Overview of the Company's Current Projects
Metrospaces, Inc. (OTC PINK: MSPC) Today issued a letter to shareholders explaining current state of projects: MarketWire

EMED Mining Public Limited: Update Regarding EGM Requisition Notice
EMED Mining Public Limited (TSX: EMD) (AIM: EMED) MarketWire

FONU2 Announces Social Commerce Strategy
FONU2, Inc. (OTCQB: FONU) (OTCBB: FONU) announced today that it has initiated a number of projects to enhance and reintroduce its Social Commerce Platform. These initiatives in its Social Commerce business unit are expected to result in a rapid growth of revenues and profits for Fonu2.ue MarketWire

Prima BioMed Announces Immutep's IMP321 Patent Application Receives Canadian Patent Office Notice of Grant
Prima BioMed Ltd (NASDAQ: PBMD) (ASX: PRR) ("Prima", the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has received a Notice of Grant from the Canadian Patent Office for Patent application CA 2,732,570 entitled "Use of MHC class II Ligands as Adjuvants for Vaccination and of LAG-3 in Cancer Treatment." This patent is licensed from the Institute Gustave Roussy and Merck Serono SA. MarketWire

American Power Group Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2014 Results
American Power Group Corporation (OTCQB: APGI), today announced results for the three and twelve months ending September 30, 2014. Several areas of recent notable progress are: MarketWire

TiE Silicon Valley Announces Four Companies Selected for Billion Dollar Babies Program
TiE Silicon Valley (sv.tie.org), the Silicon Valley chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs, today announced the first set of companies participating in its Billion Dollar Babies program, a mentorship program for Indian startups with global aspirations. MarketWire

Mobile Lads to Launch CouBox, a Next-Generation Mobile Coupon Application
Mobile Lads Corp. (OTC: MOBO) today announces the launch of CouBox, an online platform that brings the coupon industry into the mobile age. MarketWire

Cellceutix Reports Positive Results of Brilacidin in Microbiological Intent-to-Treat Population in Phase 2b ABSSSI Trial; Additional Pharmacokinetic Information to Be Submitted
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Cloud Backup and DR Provider Zetta.net Receives 2014 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Award
Zetta.net today announced that it was named a winner in the 2014 Cloud Computing Product of the Year Awards, presented by Cloud Computing magazine. The award was given based on Zetta.net's appliance-free enterprise-grade cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) solution for small and mid-sized enterprises and managed service providers (MSPs). MarketWire

MCW Energy Group Details Further Progress of Its Initial Oil Sands Extraction Plant in Utah
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Liazon's Bright Choices Exchange Recognized Three Years in a Row by the Web Health Award Program
Liazon, operator of the industry-leading private benefits exchange for businesses across the U.S., was named a winner of the Summer/Fall 2014 Web Health Award, with its private exchange platform, the Bright Choices® Exchange, in the "Web-based Resource/Tool" category. The awards, run by the Health Information Resource Center, recognize the nation's best digital health resources. MarketWire

Sphere 3D Enters Multi-Year OEM Embedded Agreement With Microsoft
Sphere 3D Corporation (NASDAQ: ANY), a virtualization technology and data management solutions provider, today announced that it has entered into a multi-year, global OEM Embedded Agreement with Microsoft Corporation that allows for the pre-installation of Microsoft Windows Embedded Server software in appliances that utilize Glassware 2.0® application virtualization technology. MarketWire

First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. Announces Commercial Banking Leadership Changes
First Midwest Bancorp, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: FMBI), the parent company of First Midwest Bank, today announced that Victor P. Carapella, Executive Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking, has informed the Company of his decision to retire on March 31, 2015. MarketWire

Ontario Provincial Police Orders 1,879 TASER X2 Smart Weapons
TASER (NASDAQ: TASR) today announced multiple orders of its TASER® brand next generation Smart Weapons and Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEWs). These orders were received in and anticipated to ship in the fourth quarter of 2014. MarketWire

Western Gas Partners Announces Expiration of Third Party Option
Western Gas Partners, LP (NYSE: WES) (the "Partnership") announced today that the option granted to a third party to make a 50% investment in Nuevo Midstream, LLC has expired without being exercised. MarketWire

ContraFect Receives FDA Approval to Initiate Clinical Trials of CF-301 for MRSA Bloodstream Infections
ContraFect Corporation (NASDAQ: CFRX) (NASDAQ: CFRXW) (NASDAQ: CFRXZ), a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of protein therapeutics and antibody products for life-threatening, drug-resistant infectious diseases, announced today that the U.S MarketWire

Linkage Biosciences Announces Expansion
Linkage Biosciences, a leading manufacturer of tissue transplantation diagnostic products, announced a new long-term agreement to add manufacturing, research and development, and office space in South San Francisco, California. MarketWire

Way Back Inn Gives Back to Corporate Housing Leader ABODA
What started as a graduate school class project at Seattle University transformed into 15 years of support between ABODA, a leading corporate housing firm, and the Way Back Inn, a local nonprofit that provides transitional housing. MarketWire

vRad's Imaging Platform Surpasses 1 Billion Images Processed in 2014
vRad (Virtual Radiologic), the nation's largest telemedicine company and radiology practice with over 500 physicians, today announced that its integrated imaging network has processed more than 1 billion images so far in 2014, up more than 200 million images (20%+) from 2013 MarketWire

Bridge Bank Provides $7 Million in Financing to Ustream
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Eastside Distilling Opens Oregon's First of Its Kind Retail Mall Location for Hand-Crafted Spirits
Eastside Distilling, Inc. (OTCQB: ESDI), an innovative and fast-growing premium producer of hand-crafted spirits, has opened Oregon's first customer tasting experience retail store at the Clackamas Town Center mall in Happy Valley, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Portland. MarketWire

IBM Opens First Cloud Data Center With SoftLayer in Japan
Today IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced the opening of its first cloud data center with SoftLayer in Japan, located in Tokyo. This announcement comes on the heels of recent SoftLayer cloud data center launches in Melbourne and Paris and represents the next step in IBM's $1.2 billion investment to expand its global cloud footprint. MarketWire

4moms Announces First App-Controlled Infant Seat
4moms®, a robotics company that makes high-tech baby gear, announced today the new 4moms® mamaRoo®, the first-ever, app-controlled infant seat. As the next generation of the beloved mamaRoo, 4moms' latest innovation allows parents to control the seat's motions, speeds and sounds directly from their iOS or Android smart device. The new mamaRoo is available at shop4moms.com today. MarketWire

Industrial Info Tracks $590 Billion in Planned 2015 North American Project Starts
As of mid-December 2014, Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) is tracking more than 8,800 capital and maintenance projects with a combined total investment value of $590 billion that are currently planned to kick off in North America in 2015 MarketWire

Staffing 360 Solutions Announces Above-Market Conversion of $3.3 Million Debt Into Equity
Staffing 360 Solutions, Inc. (OTCQB: STAF), a public company executing a global buy-and-build strategy through the acquisition of domestic and international staffing organizations with operations in the US and Europe, today announced that as part of its Pathway to Profitability, the Company has converted or agreed to convert approximately $3 MarketWire

2015: The Year an Easier and Safer Self-Employed Workforce Comes Into Focus
MBO Partners -- the first to forecast a future independent majority in the U.S. workforce -- draws on four years of national research to predict that 2015 will be the year that Americans accept and adapt to the rapidly growing independent workforce and focus on ways to make it an easier and safer work arrangement. MarketWire

TraceLink Enhances Transaction History Portal to Facilitate DSCSA Document Exchange Between Suppliers and Any US Supply Chain Member
TraceLink Inc MarketWire

Give the Gift That Lasts a Lifetime This Holiday Season
'Tis the season for gift-giving, and with the holidays upon us, the most wonderful time of the year can also be a quandry for many families, as they try to identify the perfect gift for loved ones MarketWire

MAACO(R) to Be Featured on CBS's "Undercover Boss," Friday, Jan. 2
Jose Costa, President of MAACO®, will be featured on CBS's hit series "Undercover Boss," Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This episode marks the series' return to its Friday timeslot. MarketWire

#PeaceBegins Movement Launched by A Better World
A Better World, creator of the popular altruistic Facebook game with over 25 million good deeds, is launching the #PeaceBegins movement to inspire people to do small acts to bring about big changes. Like Mother Teresa said, "Peace begins with a smile." MarketWire

Manfred Schmoelz Joins The Warranty Group to Lead Asia Pacific Business
The Warranty Group, a leading global provider of warranty solutions and underwriting services, is proud to announce the addition of Manfred Schmoelz to the corporate executive leadership team. Mr. Schmoelz joins The Warranty Group as executive vice president of its Asia Pacific region MarketWire

Social Security Disability Beneficiaries to See COLA Increase in January, Allsup Reports
About 64 million Social Security retirement and disability recipients will receive a raise in January with the annual 1.7 percent cost-of-living adjustment, or COLA, according to Allsup. The company is a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) representation, veterans disability appeal and Medicare plan selection services. MarketWire

Serenity Malibu Obtains Highest Honors From CARF -- Aspiring to Excellence
Serenity Malibu has recently reached one of the highest possible achievements that addiction treatment centers can obtain, by receiving a 3-year accreditation from CARF International -- the most respected organization, dealing with the accreditation of service providers responsible for alcoholism and addiction rehabilitation MarketWire

Aker Solutions Employees Buy Shares for NOK 95 Million
Dec 22, 2014 - Aker Solutions employees bought shares for about NOK 95 million as part of annual programs for staff and managers. GlobeNewswire

VRINGO PROVIDES UPDATE ON UK LITIGATION
NEW YORK - December 22, 2014 - Vringo, Inc GlobeNewswire

Ziggo completes delisting and converts to a Dutch private limited company
Utrecht, December 22, 2014Ziggo completes delisting and converts to a Dutch private limited company GlobeNewswire

Novo Nordisk A/S - Share repurchase programme
Bagsværd, Denmark, 22 December 2014 - On 30 October 2014, Novo Nordisk initiated a share repurchase programme in accordance with the provisions of the European Commission's regulation no 2273/2003 of 22 December 2003, also referred to as the Safe Harbour rules. This programme is part of the overall share repurchase programme of up to DKK 15 GlobeNewswire

O-I Consolidates Senior Leadership Roles - Andres Lopez named President of Glass Containers and Chief Operating Officer of O-I
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Intervest Offices & Warehouses: Extraordinary general meeting approves the acquisition of a logistics site
Extraordinary general meeting approves the acquisition of a logistics site. GlobeNewswire

MorphoSys AG: Corporate Calendar 2015
MorphoSys AG /MorphoSys AG: Corporate Calendar 2015. Processed and transmitted by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. GlobeNewswire

MENASAT to design and build "GHANA SAT 1", the first African SAR high-resolution earth observation satellite jointly with GHANA SPACE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE "GSSTI".
USD $250Mio project will be under the Republic of Ghana flag. GlobeNewswire

World's first high speed LNG fuelled RoPax ferry to be powered by Wärtsilä
Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 22 December 2014 at 10.30 am EET GlobeNewswire

Kinnevik: Global Fashion Group receives required approvals
Investment AB Kinnevik ("Kinnevik") today announced that following receipt of all rulings by fiscal authorities and all antitrust approvals required for the creation of Global Fashion Group (GFG), the first roll-up into GFG has now been completed. Completion of the remaining roll-up transactions is expected in Q1 2015. GlobeNewswire

Delta Lloyd requests court ruling on DNB measures
De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has fined Delta Lloyd Levensverzekering NV. DNB has asked Delta Lloyd to "dismiss" its CFO by 1 January 2016 at the latest. Delta Lloyd believes these measures are based on incorrect assumptions and considers them disproportionate GlobeNewswire

TiGenix submits its pivotal US trial design for Cx601 to the FDA for Special Protocol Assessment
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Starman to acquire Leading Lithuanian Cable TV and Internet Provider Cgates - While East Capital Explorer increases its ownership in Starman to 62 percent
East Capital Explorer's direct investment Starman, the leading cable TV and broadband internet service provider in Estonia, has signed an agreement to acquire 100 percent of Lithuanian Cgates for a total enterprise value of EUR 56.3m GlobeNewswire

EVRY signs a long-term contract with four banks
(Oslo, 22 December 2014) EVRY has entered into a comprehensive agreement to provide payment services to Sparebanken Sør, Sparebanken Sogn og Fjordane, Helgeland Sparebank and Gjensidige Bank. The contract runs for a period of five years and represents total contract value of NOK 1.2 billion. GlobeNewswire

Sobi's Xiapex receives positive opinion by CHMP for the treatment of Peyronie's disease
Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (publ) (Sobi) and partner Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc GlobeNewswire

PEH's Portfolio Company Enanta announces U.S. FDA Approval for AbbVie's VIEKIRA PAK(TM)
Private Equity Holding AG /PEH's Portfolio Company Enanta announces U.S. FDA Approval for AbbVie's VIEKIRA PAK(TM) . Processed and transmitted by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. GlobeNewswire

Publication of the Agenda for the Nutreco Extraordinary General Meeting
Nutreco N.V. invites its shareholders for the forthcoming Extraordinary General Meeting to be held on Monday, 9 February 2015 at 14.30 CET at the Flint, Coninckstraat 60 in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. GlobeNewswire

DNO ASA: Financial Calendar for 2015
DNO will present its quarterly financial statements on the following dates in 2015: GlobeNewswire

Swissmedic approves Basilea's antibiotic Zevtera® (ceftobiprole medocaril) for the treatment of pneumonia
Basilea Pharmaceutica AG /Swissmedic approves Basilea's antibiotic Zevtera® (ceftobiprole medocaril) for the treatment of pneumonia . Processed and transmitted by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. GlobeNewswire

AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. Signs Agreement to Sell 40% Equity Stake in AMG Graphit Kropfmühl GmbH and 10.33% Equity Stake in Bogala Graphite Lanka PLC
Amsterdam, 22 December 2014 (Regulated Information) --- AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group N.V. ("AMG", EURONEXT AMSTERDAM: "AMG") is pleased to announce the signing of a definitive agreement to sell a 40% equity interest in AMG Graphit Kropfmühl GmbH ("AMG Graphite") by way of a capital increase in combination with a 10 GlobeNewswire

Medigene Receives Clinical Trial Approval for Phase I/II Study with DC Vaccine to Treat Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML)
Medigene AG /Medigene Receives Clinical Trial Approval for Phase I/II Study with DC Vaccine to Treat Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) . Processed and transmitted by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. GlobeNewswire

Klövern acquires properties for SEK 230 million in Västerås
In two separate transactions Klövern has acquired three properties in Västerås for a total purchase price of SEK 230 million. GlobeNewswire

Pöyry awarded engineering assignments for metro extension in Helsinki capital region, Finland
Pöyry PLC    Press Release 22 December 2014 at 3 pm (EET) GlobeNewswire

Veidekke ASA: To build 80 homes at Ensjø in Oslo
Gladengveien DA has awarded Veidekke Entreprenør the contract to build 80 flats in the two neighbouring projects Verkshagen and Stålverkskroken at Ensjø. The projects will be executed as a turnkey contract valued at NOK 146 million, excluding VAT. GlobeNewswire

Wärtsilä supplies 11 industrial power plants for EUROCEMENT Group
Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 22 December 2014, at 9.30 am EET GlobeNewswire

MorphoSys Announces Clinical Milestone in Oncology Program
MorphoSys AG /MorphoSys Announces Clinical Milestone in Oncology Program. Processed and transmitted by NASDAQ OMX Corporate Solutions.The issuer is solely responsible for the content of this announcement. GlobeNewswire

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