Cross Environmental Services Receives Contract and Notice to Proceed for Project With Housing Authority of New Orleans


Cross Environmental Services Receives Contract for Project With Housing Authority of New Orleans

CRYSTAL SPRINGS, FL, Jan 24, 2014 (Marketwired)

housing authority NOCES Synergies (OTCQB: CESX $1.20) announces that its subsidiary Cross Environmental Services, Inc. (CES), has received a contract and the related Notice to Proceed to provide demolition and related services to Press Park for the Housing Authority of New Orleans. The contract is valued at $437,800 and the project is expected to begin in the next 15 days with an anticipated duration of less than 120 days.

CES will provide structural demolition and asbestos abatement for an approximately 151,000 square foot, 112 unit housing complex. These activities will be conducted under the guidelines set forth by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) with demolition debris being manifested for recycling or landfill internment pursuant to applicable law and local standard. Mr. Al Biston, President of CES commented “We’re happy to have this opportunity to work with the Louisiana Housing Authority. We recently completed a similar project for the Miami-Dade Housing Authority and we’re pleased to have our demolition and remediation capabilities recognized through our selection for the Press Park project. ”

About Cross Environmental Services:

Cross environmental services logoCES Synergies, Inc. (OTCQB: CESX) , through its subsidiary, Cross Environmental Services, Inc. (CES), is a specialty environmental services company providing quality environmental contracting solutions, demolition and remediation services to commercial and industrial customers, as well as federal, state and municipal entities.

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Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. (OTCQB: FRCN) is a full-service contractor providing professional services for commercial and government clients, offering Business to Business Franchise Opportunities.

Its services include: Road Improvements, Pavement Maintenance, Seal Coating, Parking Lot Striping, Pavement Marking, Asphalt Maintenance and Repair, and ADA Compliance.

Fireman’s Contractors has completed its FDD requirements with the Federal Trade Commission and has developed franchise territories across the U.S. Local firefighters are supported by a portion of profits which are donated to local Firefighter Associations.

Since 2009 the management of Fireman’s Contractors, Inc. continues to be devoted to deliver business solutions and success to our franchisee, investors, shareholders, partners and ourselves. The entrepreneurial spirit, hard work and the dedication of our staff has consistently provided the best value to all associated with our company.

Our success has been built on our continuous commitment to integrity, flexibility and responsiveness in the way we associate with all of our investors, clients, customers and business partners.

At Fireman’s Contractors we always strive to maintain our uncompromising principles while we ourselves evolve and grow. We have the talent of fusing our great company energy and achievements with our highest aspiration – Your Success. Your Success is our ultimate fulfillment in life.

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With Fireman’s Contractors you get a quality experience at a competitive price.

Our values reflect that of Firefighter’swhich motivate us to achieve outstanding results as we deal honorably with our customers, communities and each other. We support firefighters for safer communities by giving a portion of our profits to local fire departments.

FRCN – RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
FRCN 10K Confirms Company Is Building a Strong Brand Through Franchising
Firemans Contractors Increase Revenues 56%, Core Operating Expenses Down 49%, No Signs of Slowing as Franchise Growth Continues
The commitment to building a strong brand through franchising resulted in its first franchisee launching “Station1” in July 2012.

The first full year of operation for Station1 was a huge success resulting in a profit of $60,378. Profitability for Station1 was 23% as of June 2013. In December 2012, the Company launched its second franchise “Station2” which started operations in January 2013. As an owner-operator, they are experiencing an approximate 25% profit with $60,349 in revenues their first 6 months of business.

Renee Gilmore, CEO of Firemans Contractors, stated, “There are a lot of exciting elements happening and we are determined to bring value and growth to our company and shareholders. We are focused on new strategic franchisee partnerships that will accelerate the next phase of Firemans Contractors growth and business. The company believes this strategy should result in substantial growth and superior returns for current and future shareholders over the long term.”

Mrs. Gilmore continues, “We will continue to keep the shareholders updated and we are hopeful to begin making announcements in the very near future regarding new franchisees. On behalf of the management team, I’d like to thank the shareholders for their support and I look forward to the future and growth ahead.” Full Press

FRCN Share Holder Update: 2014 Strategic Plan Overview

Renee Gilmore, CEO of Firemans Contractors, stated,

“I want to start by thanking all of our employees and franchisees for all the hard work they have put into the company this year. The quality of our work and the integrity of our people are what make Firemans Contractors such an amazing Company.

I want to also thank all the shareholders, investors, strategic partners & clients for believing in Firemans Contractors and contributing to its growth over the last year.

We have been strategically positioning ourselves for growth through franchise development in this last year. We are proud of what we’ve accomplished thus far but our sights remain focused on the bright future ahead. “

  • The Company plans to obtain a third party corporate evaluation that will address the company’s true market value compared to its current market cap and share price. The information will be provided to the investment community and current shareholders. As of this release, the company has sourced three different firms for possible multiple evaluations.
  • We are positioning ourselves for future growth and expanding our franchise model during CY 2014, and projecting 4 to 10 new franchisees by FYE 2015. Through the ongoing sales and development of the FC Franchise Program we are projecting revenues of approx $3.2M to 6.3M by FYE 2015. We plan to re-invest profits from the company to support this franchise growth with minimal outside investment.
  • Strengthen our established government and commercial client portfolio, strategically allowing expansion throughout the United States to support new franchisees.
  • Qualify for OTCQX by FYE 2015. The OTCQX marketplace serves the unique needs of some of the most successful and high-growth companies that share a common focus to build a stable evaluation and generate greater visibility in the investment community. The OTCQX provides an efficient and cost-effective alternative to NYSE or NASDAQ for publicly traded companies.
 
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Website: http://www.greenestoneclinic.com/

Mission Statement

To be the trusted partner to organizations and their executive workforce by providing executives with seamless access to the health and performance professionals they need, when they need it, to perform at their best in the workplace.

GreeneStone Healthcare Corporation

GreeneStone Healthcare Corporation is a Colorado Corporation incorporated under Colorado Law on April 1, 1993. GreeneStone Healthcare Corporation has developed and is operating Medical Clinics in the province of Ontario, Canada under the Greenestone label. There are two subsidiary’s operating clinics providing government paid services and private paid services. These clinics primarily offer addiction treatment, cardiology and endoscopy procedures.

The challenge with most Executive health programs isn’t in the quality of the services they provide, it’s in the delivery. Executive medicals, counselling and coaching services are delivered by a variety of vendors, each one focused on providing only one service. While they can provide referrals to other services, there’s no communication between them to ensure that their clients have all the help they need. The process focuses on service delivery rather than the client.

Physical health, emotional wellbeing and performance are all interconnected. After examining most Executive Health Programs, we realized that integrating these three aspects of Executive health and wellness was critical to addressing Executives’ real “health” needs.

At GreeneStone, we feel it’s our job to recognize each Executive’s unique and diverse needs as they arise. Our case management approach focuses on assessing the client’s needs and collaborating with specialists to address these needs with integrated services.

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The interview can be heard at http://smallcapvoice.com/blog/4-9-13-smallcapvoice-interview-with-greenestone-healthcare-corporation-grst

GreeneStone’s Chief Executive Officer, Shawn Leon, called into SmallCapVoice.com to go over the business model, market, recent news for company, and the goals for GRST in 2013. GreenStone recently reported total revenues increase of 230% to $5,540,909, as compared to $1,678,804 for same period in 2011.

Greenestone Healthcare Corp.

5734 Yonge Street, Suite 300 • New York, ONT M2M 4E7 • Phone: (416) 222-5501

Email: shawn@greenestone.net

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Young girl gives away $20,000 cash in school


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Recently, a 12-year-old middle school girl brought a backpack to school crammed full of money. The backpack contained $20,000 and the girl began handing it out to her friends by the handful.

 

The girl, who remains unidentified, got the cash from another child whose home is across the street from her parents’ Taylor, Mich. home according to Mary Sclabassi, the Police Chief. Taylor is a suburb of Detroit.

School officials became concerned when they saw the child handing out $100 bills. Some classmates received as much as $500. The school principal called police when she learned of the child’s unusual generosity. All of the money was recovered according to police.

Sclabassi said there was concern for the student’s safety if word about the cash had reached more than just 12-year-olds. The child’s neighbors have since claimed their money but police are still investigating the strange turn of events.

Teresa D. Winnie, the assistant principal of the roughly 700-student Sixth Grade Academy middle school in the Taylor School District said they had no protocols for such an incident. No child was in danger, she said and confirmed that police are now handling the matter.

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Polar Caps Melting at a Astounding Rate


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Warming temperatures melt 1600 years of ice in 25 years

Brittany Hillen,

In what is a profound visual display of the earth’s increasingly warmer temperatures, glacial ice in the Andes that took a minimum of 1600 years to form have melted drastically in a mere 25 years, leaving behind a large pool of water framed by exposed rock and diminished beds of ice. As the ice melts, plants from thousands of years ago are being freed.

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As the ice melts, plants that were trapped within it are exposed, and it is those very materials that are being used to analyze the glacial area’s history. Such a project has been undertaken by Ohio State University’s glaciologist Lonnie G. Thompson, who – along with his team – has published the results of their work on the Peruvian ice sheets known as the Quelccaya ice cap.

The timespan for the formation of the ice was determined by carbon dating the plants that have been exposed as the ice melts. The carbon being dated has a known decay rate and provides fairly exact data in return. In addition to the carbon dating, Thompson and team have published information on chemical tracers from ice pulled from the depths of the ice cap via drills.

These chemical tracers are significant to scientists because they provide information that reveals climate changes that have happened in the past. According to Thompson, in the late 1700s there was, in all likelihood, a period of weather variations that deviated from normal. This could have been responsible for famines during the French Revolution. While the ice cap has melted to varying degrees over its lifetime, evidence points to the recent melting as equal to or faster than melting seen when the ice age came to an end.

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America’s “High” on the idea of Legalizing Marijuana


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Majority of Americans Support Legalization of Marijuana

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Public support for legalizing marijuana has never been higher, but the latest studies show recreational use is linked with prescription drug misuse.

In the latest nationwide survey [PDF] of 1,501 people polled in mid-March about legalizing marijuana, 52% of those surveyed favored making weed legal, and 72% said that efforts to enforce anti-marijuana laws bring more cost than benefit.

The poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center, also tracked trends in public support for legalization, which has risen dramatically since 1969, when a Gallup poll found only 12% in favor.

The results revealed some interesting trends, including strong generational differences on the question, generally driven by the amount of experience each generation has with the drug.  Only 32% of the “Silent” or World War II generation born between 1928 and 1945 favored legal marijuana— and in that age group, only a tiny proportion reported ever trying it. Among Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964, who were the first generation to smoke pot in relatively large numbers, 50% supported legalization and around the same proportion had tried the drug.

 

Younger respondents from Generation X  who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s reported the highest level of youth drug use, with 60% of all high school seniors in 1980 reporting having ever tried marijuana.  Xer’s were also the generation targeted by the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign. Only 28% of this generation favored legalization in 1994— when the media and politicians were heavily focused on fighting the drug war— while 54% now do.

Millennials who were born after 1980 were the most enthusiastic supporters of legalization, with 65% favoring ending marijuana prohibition and only 26% agreeing with the idea that smoking weed is “morally wrong.”  In contrast, 48% of the Silent Generation think marijuana use is immoral—although this is down from the 71% among that age group who felt that way in 2006.

 

Experience with the drug also seems to play a major role in determining where people stand on the issue. Overall, 70% of those who have tried marijuana think it should be legal, while only 35% of those who haven’t done so favor change. Politically, more  Independents and Democrats support legalization, with 60% and 59%  in favor respectively, compared to just 37% of Republicans. Interestingly, these divisions narrow dramatically when respondents were asked whether marijuana prohibition is worth the cost: 67% of Republicans, 71% of Democrats and 78% of Independents did not think spending money on enforcing marijuana laws made sense.

One factor that did not seem to influence views on legalization? Whether the survey participants lived in states that had legalized medical marijuana use; views on legalization did not vary in relation to these state laws, although the laws vary dramatically in their control over sales of the drug.

Changing perceptions on whether marijuana is a “gateway” to other drugs did seem to matter, however. In 1990, the Institute of Medicine  questioned this notion in an analysis of studies on medical marijuana use and drug abuse rates; the review did not find support for the idea that cannabis physiologically generated a need for more or other illicit drugs. Only 38% of people now agree with the idea that “for most people, the use of marijuana leads to the use of hard drugs” compared to 60% in 1977.

While marijuana use may not cause use of other drugs, there is an association between pot use and subsequent drug misuse. In the latest study [PDF], based on drug testing results compiled by Quest Diagnostics in 2011 and 2012, researchers analyzed urine samples from more than 200,000 patients that were submitted by physicians who were monitoring use of potentially addictive medications like opioid pain relievers. Because many doctors order tests only when they suspect drug misuse, the results likely do not represent those of typical pain patients or drug users.

In about 60% of the samples tested, either additional drugs that were not prescribed were found, or medications that were prescribed and should have been present were not found. In 42% of these samples that were inconsistent with the doctors’ prescriptions, the tests did not find evidence of prescribed medications.

Among those with such inconsistent test results, 26% of samples were positive for marijuana, and 45% of those samples also showed nonprescribed pain medications or sedatives in their urine. By comparison, 36% of those who did not use marijuana also tested positive for drugs, primarily sedatives and pain medications, that were not prescribed.

And medical marijuana users were no more — or less — likely to have inconsistent urine results than those who did not report medical marijuana use. This parallels previous research that showed therapeutic use of potentially addictive drugs like marijuana carried less risk for addiction than recreational use.

MORE: A New Marijuana Plant Without the High? It Could Be Good Medicine

So what does this association mean? Studies find that marijuana users are at least twice as likely to misuse other drugs.  But the data suggests that this correlation reflects users’ desire to try new and different substances, rather than a drive to seek out the same feelings brought on by marijuana. As the Institute of Medicine report discussed:

People who enjoy the effects of marijuana are, logically, more likely to be willing to try other mood-altering drugs than are people who are not willing to try marijuana or who dislike its effects. In other words, many of the factors associated with a willingness to use marijuana are, presumably, the same as those associated with a willingness to use other illicit drugs.

Teasing apart how trends such as marijuana use and prescription drug misuse are connected will require more, and more detailed, research to better understand how each affects and influences the other, as well as other factors that could contribute to the association. That’s especially important for drug policy, given that more Americans than ever before favor legalization of marijuana.

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1 ticket winner is super mega powerball!


1 winning ticket for Saturday’s $338M Powerball jackpot sold in NJ; 4th largest jackpot ever

Orlin Wagner, File/Associated Press – FILE – In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2012 file photo, a Powerball form and purchased ticket are on the counter at the Jayhawk Food Mart in Lawrence, Kan. A single ticket sold in New Jersey matched all six numbers in the Saturday night, March 23, 2013 drawing for the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said.

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DES MOINES, Iowa — A single ticket sold in New Jersey matched all six numbers in Saturday night’s drawing for the $338.3 million Powerball jackpot, lottery officials said. It was the 13th drawing held in the days since a Virginia man won a $217 million jackpot Feb. 6.Thirteen other tickets worth $1 million each matched all but the final Powerball number on Saturday night. Those tickets were sold in New Jersey and 10 other states. Lottery officials said there was also one Power Play Match 5 winner in Iowa.

The New Jersey Lottery said Sunday that details about the winning ticket would be released Monday, declining to reveal where it had been purchased and whether anyone had immediately come forward. Lottery officials say it was the fourth largest jackpot in Powerball history.

The numbers drawn were 17, 29, 31, 52, 53 and Powerball 31. A lump sum payout would be $221 million.

Lottery officials said the 13 tickets worth $1 million apiece — matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball — were sold in Arizona, Florida (2), Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania (2), South Carolina and Virginia.

Powerball said on its website that the grand prize jackpot has now been reset to an estimated $40 million or a lump sum cash amount estimated at $25 million for Wednesday’s next drawing.

No one had won the Powerball jackpot since early February, when Dave Honeywell in Virginia bought the winning ticket and elected a cash lump sum for his $217 million jackpot.

The largest Powerball jackpot ever came in at $587.5 million in November. The winning numbers were picked on two different tickets — one by a couple in Missouri and the other by an Arizona man — and the jackpot was split.

Nebraska still holds the record for the largest Powerball jackpot won on a single ticket — $365 million. That jackpot was won by eight workers at a Lincoln, Neb., meatpacking plant in February 2006.

Powerball is played in 42 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The chance of matching all five numbers and the Powerball number is about 1 in 175 million.

Powerball said on its website that the game is played every Wednesday and Saturday night when five white balls are drawn from a drum of 59 balls and one red ball is picked from a drum with 35 red balls. It added that winners of the Powerball jackpot can elect to be paid out over 29 years at a percentage set by the game’s rules — or in a lump sum cash payment.

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Iconic 70s Era Porn Star Harry Reems Dies At 65


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SALT LAKE CITY (CBS/AP) — Former porn star Harry Reems, who co-starred in the 1972 movie “Deep Throat,” has died at age 65.

Reems, who was born Herbert Streicher, died Tuesday afternoon at the veterans’ hospital in Salt Lake City. Reems’ wife confirmed his death Wednesday.

The cause of death hasn’t been determined, but Reems was suffering from multiple medical issues, including pancreatic cancer.

Reems played the male lead in “Deep Throat,” a pop culture phenomenon that brought pornography to mainstream audiences.

Reems’ “Deep Throat” co-star died in 2002. In the 1980s, she went on an anti-porn crusade. Amanda Seyfried stars in an upcoming biopic of Lovelace’s life.

Reems left the porn industry and moved to Park City, Utah, in the 1980s, where he underwent an alcohol treatment program and worked as a real estate agent.

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2 Apollo-era engines pulled from the depths of the Atlantic by Amazon CEO expedition


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    March 19, 2013: Workers inspect a thrust chamber of an Apollo F-1 engine recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (AP Photo/Bezos Expeditions)

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    March 19, 2013: A thrust chamber of an Apollo F-1 engine on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, prior to recovery in an expedition led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (AP Photo/Bezos Expeditions)

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    March 19, 2013: growths on a Saturn V rocket stage structure on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. An expedition led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pulled up two rocket engines that helped boost Apollo astronauts to the moon. (AP Photo/Bezos Expeditions)

LOS ANGELES –  Two mammoth rocket engines that helped boost Apollo astronauts to the moon have been fished out of the Atlantic.

An expedition led by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos pulled up the engines and is headed back to Cape Canaveral, Fla., after three weeks at sea.

Bezos and NASA announced the recovery on Wednesday.

The sunken engines were part of the mighty Saturn V rocket used to fly astronauts to the moon during the 1960s and 1970s. After liftoff, they fell into the ocean as planned.

The engines are the property of NASA. The space agency congratulated Bezos on his efforts. The team planned to restore the artifacts for later display.

Bezos’ space company, Blue Origins, has a NASA contract to develop a private space taxi to the International Space Station.

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The Mysterious Pennsylvania Senator No. 6


Eight people were charged by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane on Wednesday with alleged crimes related to the awarding of contracts in exchange for political contributions and gifts.

 

HARRISBURG – Perhaps the most interesting thing in the grand jury presentment released Wednesday by Attorney General Kathleen Kane is something it doesn’t contain.

Kane announced a litany of criminal charges against state Sen. Robert Mellow, D-Lackawanna, and three former top officials at the Pennsylvania Turnpike.  Those men, and four others also charged, allegedly used their positions of power to funnel contracts to certain engineering firms, insurance companies and banks in return for campaign contributions as part of a wide-ranging “pay-to-play” scandal.

According to the presentment, Mellow and another unnamed senator – known as “Senator #6” and identified as a Philadelphian who served as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee during much of Mellow’s tenure as Democratic leader of the state Senate – “exerted tremendous influence over the Turnpike.”

One of the men charged on Wednesday – former Turnpike CEO Mitchell Rubin – was “handpicked” by Senator No. 6 to head the commission, the grand jury report says.

But Kane and State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan declined to comment on the identity of Senator No. 6, and they also declined to say whether any elected officials were granted immunity as part of the investigation.

“We are not in the business of ruining people’s reputations,” Kane said.

So who is the mysterious senator?

It’s impossible to be sure, but signs seem to point to former state Sen. Vincent Fumo, D-Philadelphia, who is from Philadelphia and served as the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Committee for most of the time Mellow led the Senate Democrats.

Also, Rubin’s wife, Ruth Arnao, was a longtime staffer in Fumo’s office and the two men were known to have had a close personal relationship.

The Associated Press draws a similar conclusion:

Fumo is not identified by name in the jury report, but as Senator No. 6 he is described as having a powerful influence over the turnpike. Political donations from turnpike vendors were directed to him and other senators of both parties who had sway over decisions related to the agency, the report said.

Like Mellow, Fumo is spending his days behind bars.

The former senator was found guilty in 2009 of 137 counts of corruption, including conspiracy, obstruction of justice and mail fraud, for using illegal kickbacks and using $1 million in state funds for campaigning.

He is currently serving a sentence of 55 months in prison.

And for more on the big names not in the grand jury report, check out this column by Capitolwire’s Pete DeCoursey, where he name drops former Gov. Ed Rendell and wonders why more “big fish” were not fried by the investigation.

Then again, Kane did say it was still ongoing.

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