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Choice Hotels International Inc. (NYSE:CHH) is proud to announce their new partnership with HelmsBriscoe -- the global leader in meetings procurement and largest producer of group hotel business in the world. This new partnership with HelmsBriscoe will allow Choice Hotels to expand their business potential. With HelmsBriscoe Associates operating in more than 50 countries worldwide, and Choice Hotels International franchising over 6,100 brand hotels, the possibilities for business growth are endless.

Choice Hotels International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a hotel franchisor worldwide.

********************* Cleantech Transit Inc (OTCPK:CLNO)

Cleantech Transit Inc. was founded to capitalize on technology advances and manufacturing opportunities in the growing clean energy public transportation sector. Cleantech Transit Inc has expanded its focus to invest directly in specific green projects that could maximize shareholder value. Recognizing the many economic and operational advances of converting wood waste into renewable sources of energy, Cleantech Transit Inc. has selected to invest in Phoenix Energy (

The oldest and most common way of converting biomass to electricity is to burn it to produce steam, which turns a turbine that produces electricity. The problems with direct combustion of biomass are that much of the energy is wasted and that it can cause some pollution if it is not carefully controlled. Direct combustion can be done in a plant using solely biomass (a "dedicated plant") or in a plant made to burn another fuel, usually coal.

Cleantech Transit, Inc. (OTCPK:CLNO) is pleased to announce it has met its funding requirement to secure the Company's ability to earn in 25% of the 500KW Merced Project.

The Company is in the final stages of closing its initial interest in the Merced Project and is currently working on completing the necessary documentation and expects closing the transaction soon. As previously announced Cleantech has the option to earn up to 40% of the Merced Project and the Company plans to continue to work towards increasing its interest in the Merced Project as they move ahead.

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Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE) plans to announce its second-quarter 2011 earnings at 9 a.m. EDT, Aug. 9. Sempra Energy executives will conduct a conference call for financial analysts at 1 p.m. EDT, Aug. 9.

Sempra Energy, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development of energy infrastructure, operation of utilities, and provision of energy-related products and services worldwide.


Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX) announced that it will host a conference call and a live Internet webcast along with a slide presentation on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. ET (7:00 a.m. PT) to discuss results for the 2011 second quarter.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, develops, manufactures, and markets pharmaceutical products in the areas of neurology, dermatology, and branded generics.


StanCorp Financial Group Inc (NYSE:SFG) reported net income for the second quarter of 2011 of $18.8 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, compared to net income for the second quarter of 2010 of $41.1 million, or $0.87 per diluted share. After-tax net capital losses were $8.5 million for the second quarter of 2011, compared to after-tax net capital losses of $8.1 million for the second quarter of 2010.

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides group insurance products and services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Insurance Services and Asset Management.


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