OXFORD, U.K., Sept. 11, 2020 — Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, today announced it was named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Mobile Threat Management Software 2020 Vendor Assessment (doc # US46092220, September 2020), which evaluates the product offerings and business strategies of 10 mobile threat management (MTM) vendors.
As a Leader in the IDC MarketScape, Sophos Intercept X for Mobile has robust capabilities in protecting Android, iOS and Chrome OS users from known and never before seen mobile threats. The solution is supported with threat analysis from SophosLabs, which analyzes more than 400,000 daily malware samples to stay ahead of emerging threats, such as Fleeceware – a new type of mobile threat discovered by Sophos as applications that overcharge users for basic functionality available elsewhere on low cost or free applications. Sophos Intercept X for Mobile also features strong integrations – including with the Sophos Mobile unified endpoint management (UEM); easy management in the cloud-based Sophos Central platform, which includes Sophos’ entire portfolio of next-generation cybersecurity solutions; and ongoing innovative research and development efforts.
According to the report, “Sophos’ combination of MTM and UEM products is rare among MTM vendors and unique among vendors in this study. This combination gives Sophos a strong advantage in situations where enterprises want a single vendor for both mobile device management and security enforcement.”
Sophos Intercept X for Mobile is an industry leader with protection against sophisticated and evolving cybersecurity threats. Device, network and application security protect against jailbreaking, mobile phishing, Man-in-the-Middle attacks, malicious applications, and more. With Sophos’ unique synchronized security approach, users further benefit with real-time information sharing and threat response across other Sophos solutions.
“Mobile devices are ripe targets for a range of attacks, and the risks have never been higher than in today’s remote working environments where employees are using personal and company-owned devices to access sensitive data,” said Dan Schiappa, chief product officer at Sophos. “Sophos is relentless in its commitment to securing users – no matter where they are or what device they’re using. We’re constantly innovating to stay ahead of emerging threats, and our leadership position is validation that we’re succeeding in doing exactly that.”
About IDC MarketScape IDC MarketScape vendor analysis model is designed to provide an overview of the competitive fitness of ICT (information and communications technology) suppliers in a given market. The research methodology utilizes a rigorous scoring methodology based on both qualitative and quantitative criteria that results in a single graphical illustration of each vendor’s position within a given market. IDC MarketScape provides a clear framework in which the product and service offerings, capabilities and strategies, and current and future market success factors of IT and telecommunications vendors can be meaningfully compared. The framework also provides technology buyers with a 360-degree assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of current and prospective vendors.
About Sophos As a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, Sophos protects more than 400,000 organizations of all sizes in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyber threats. Powered by SophosLabs – a global threat intelligence and data science team – Sophos’ cloud-native and AI-powered solutions secure endpoints (laptops, servers and mobile devices) and networks against evolving cyberattack techniques, including ransomware, malware, exploits, data exfiltration, active-adversary breaches, phishing, and more. Sophos Central, a cloud-native management platform, integrates Sophos’ entire portfolio of next-generation products, including the Intercept X endpoint solution and the XG next-generation firewall, into a single “synchronized security” system accessible through a set of APIs. Sophos has been driving a transition to next-generation cybersecurity, leveraging advanced capabilities in cloud, machine learning, APIs, automation, managed threat response, and more, to deliver enterprise-grade protection to any size organization. Sophos sells its products and services exclusively through a global channel of more than 53,000 partners and managed service providers (MSPs). Sophos also makes its innovative commercial technologies available to consumers via Sophos Home. The company is headquartered in Oxford, U.K. More information is available at www.sophos.com.
Western Union, a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, and the Western Union Foundation have announced the Foundations pledge of USD 250K in relief to support the immediate and long term recovery needs of refugees including the people displaced from Greeces Moria Camp. More than 12,000 people have been evacuated from the Moria Camp on the island of Lesbos, which was destroyed by fires earlier this week.
The camp was the temporary home to migrants, refugees and asylum seekers from more than 70 different countries, among them elderly, pregnant women, children, and people with disabilities. With a fire devastating their only place of refuge, thousands are now without shelter and access to water and sanitation.
The Foundation will deploy USD 100K to support the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in their immediate relief efforts for the Moria camp evacuees. Funds will support secure accommodations, mental health and psychosocial support, and distribution of urgent supplies, with a focus on safety to avoid the risk of COVID-19 transmission. An additional USD 150K in funding will support longer-term advocacy and relief efforts to enable sustainable living for refugees in Greece.
Western Union and our Foundation are unrelenting in our support of migrants, refugees and forcibly displaced people around the globe. Our hearts are with the people of the Moria camp, said Hikmet Ersek, Western Union President and CEO. Many of our customers are migrants who have moved from their home to their host country for a variety of reasons – economic, financial, family-driven, or security reasons.
We call on global leaders to come together to support this vulnerable community as their survival is at stake. We know first-hand that people thrive when they are given fundamental support and opportunities through education, job skills training, and access to the global economy.
In a recent statement released by the IRC, Dimitra Kalogeropoulou, IRC Greece Country Director, said, The recent events in Moria are unthinkable but, tragically, predictable. The dire situation on the islands has gone on for far too long. With the camp destroyed and residents evacuated, the situation is alarming as there is no secure place to live. These already traumatized people have now lost what few belongings they had; they have nothing.
Since its inception, the Western Union Foundation has granted USD 10.5M globally to support displaced persons, including immigrants, refugees, asylees, conflict-affected, and migrants. This includes USD 2.5M across Europe.
Since 2018, the Western Union Foundation, in partnership with MIT D-Lab, has been providing hands-on, experiential learning in design, innovation, and entrepreneurship for refugees in Greece. These individuals are being equipped with technical and soft skills to establish their own business while building confidence, agency, and problem-solving ability.
Globally, more than 70 million people were forced from home by conflict and persecution at the end of 2018, according to the UN. Among them are nearly 30 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. There are also millions of stateless people who have been denied a nationality and access to fundamental rights such as education, healthcare, employment, and freedom of movement.
The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments. Our omnichannel platform connects the digital and physical worlds and makes it possible for consumers and businesses to send and receive money and make payments with speed, ease, and reliability. As of June 30, 2020, our network included over 550,000 retail agent locations offering our branded services in more than 200 countries and territories, with the capability to send money to billions of accounts. Additionally, westernunion.com, our fastest growing channel in 2019, is available in over 75 countries, plus additional territories, to move money around the world. With our global reach, Western Union moves money for better, connecting family, friends, and businesses to enable financial inclusion and support economic growth. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.
The Western Union Foundation believes that education is the surest pathway to economic opportunity. After nearly 20 years of impact, we are continuing to deliver against our mission with our Opportunity Beyond Borders commitment, with a focus on empowering forcibly displaced and marginalized youth with the training and education needed to succeed in todays technology-driven global economy. The Foundation also provides funding to communities in crisis through disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts, a key reason for forced migration. To date, more than $126 million granted to fund projects and scholarships in 174 countries across the globe. The Western Union Foundation is a separate charitable corporation that is tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the US Internal Revenue Code and receives support from The Western Union Company, its employees, agents, and business partners. Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible for US income tax purposes. To learn more, visit wu.com/foundation or follow us on Twitter @TheWUFoundation.
Halo Labs Inc. (Halo or the Company) (NEO: HALO, OTCQX: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) announces that Halo expects a harvest on the six-acre outdoor Evans Creek grow site (EEFC) of approximately 18,000 pounds (8,165 Kilos) of dry weight, usable, cannabis–a result of favorable climate conditions throughout the region. Halo expects this years East Evans Creek harvest to have a wholesale value of up to $9,000,000. According to Halos CEO, Kiran Sidhu, Despite widespread fires in Oregon, our farm at EEC has been unaffected. Sadly, many properties in the Rogue Valley were destroyed due to local wild fires; however the East Evans Creek valley has fortunately been unaffected by fire.
Physical harvests began earlier this month. The strains being harvested included a pilot program of 2,000 auto-flowering plants. To date, this part of the harvest yielded approximately 1,500 pounds of wet weight. Given the anticipated success of this small pilot program, the Company intends to expand this method next year to up to 50,000 plants, a move that is expected to increase the companys harvest in 2021 by up to 2,500 pounds of dry weight flower and 2,500 pounds of shatter-grade extraction material. Andreas Met, Halos co-founder and COO states, We had an opportunity to source some excellent genetics late in the season, and took a small risk with these plants. The results were excellent. We expect this will have a positive impact not only in Oregon, but also for the Companys operations in Lesotho. We anticipate that these auto-flowering plants may allow us to schedule an additional harvest, that will potentially add another $2,500,000 of revenue to next years harvest.
This year, Halo partnered with DNA Genetics and Zkittlez (Terphogz). In a combined effort, the Company planted twenty-one award winning strains this year. This is more than half of the strains we planted. As anticipated, these plants have adapted well in a new climate. Halo expects to sell these strains at premium prices in the Oregon market. Andreas Met affirmed, We are excited to be the exclusive distributors of DNA Genetics and Terphogz in Oregon. We anticipate that the quality and name-recognition associated with these leading brands will raise our average unit price on the sales end; and we are also well-positioned to leverage these relationships in Lesotho on an even larger scale.
Additionally, Halo is working with other Oregon farms to harvest material for FSHTE (full spectrum high terpene extract) production, using fresh frozen technology. FSHTE is a more refined version of live resin that the Company started producing in 2020 as an R&D project. Andreas Met confirms, Last year, we got on the map in Oregon as a supplier of high-quality Live Resin, selling $1,800,000 of live resin products from November 2019 thru August 2020. This year, we are doubling down on that product, making a significant impact with even higher quality FSHTE. Weve completely retooled our operation and processes to make quality products the likes of which Oregon has not seen at a commercial scale.
Halo is in the process of expanding its flower processing and pre-roll production space from 1,000 sq. ft. to 5,000 sq. ft.. In prior years, the Company commenced production of flower in November. This year, production will start as soon as the product is dried, as early as later this month. This change is expected to improve sales rates, because Halo will be one of the first Oregon cultivators to start selling flower from the Fall 2020 harvest. Halo is targeting to process at least 900 pounds of flower per month by the middle of November. Andreas Met remarked, Last year, we enjoyed tremendous success selling our flower products. This year, we expect to be ˜out of the gates faster, with an even greater focus and intention. We have already partnered with other farms to process their flower as well. Our goal is to be the largest flower and pre-roll operation in Oregon this season.
Finally, Halo expects to finish the second green house at East Evans Creek by the end of this month. Once completed, this 3,000 sq. ft. structure will house the Companys genetic bank, serve as an incubator for next seasons plants, and provide a staging ground for the Companys clone sales program. This year, the Company sold over 6,000 clones as a pilot program. Andreas Met stated, We started a clone operation from scratch. The reception exceeded our expectations. Next year, we intend to sell even more clones as these sales have favorable profit margins and complement our other farm activity. We aim to sell 100,000 clones at an average wholesale price of $10 in the first two quarters of 2021, during the Oregon planting season.
Halo is a leading, vertically-integrated cannabis company that cultivates, extracts, manufactures and distributes quality cannabis flower, oils, and concentrates, and has sold approximately six million grams of oils and concentrates since inception. Halo continues to scale efficiently, partnering with trustworthy leaders in the industry, who value their operational expertise in bringing top-tier products to market. Current growth includes expansion in key markets in the United States and Africa, with planned geographic expansion into U.K. and Canadian markets. With a consumer-centric focus, Halo markets value-driven, branded, and private-label products across multiple product categories.
Halo is led by a strong, diverse and innovative management team, with deep industry knowledge and blue-chip experience. The Company is currently operating in the United States in California, Oregon, and Nevada. Internationally, the Company is currently cultivating cannabis at Bophelo Bioscience & Wellness (Pty) Ltd, in Lesotho under a 200-hectare license and is planning importation and distribution of CBPMs into the United Kingdom via Canmart.
This press release contains certain “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation and may also contain statements that may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking information and forward-looking statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only Halos beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of Halos control. Generally, such forward-looking information or forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “budget”, “scheduled”, “estimates”, “forecasts”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will be taken”, “will continue”, “will occur” or “will be achieved”. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained herein may include, but is not limited to, statements regarding the cultivation, processing, distribution and sale of the Companys products in Oregon, harvest expectations, including projected weights and flower yields and quantities of live resin and contracts for biomass with key suppliers.
By identifying such information and statements in this manner, Halo is alerting the reader that such information and statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such information and statements. In addition, in connection with the forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release, Halo has made certain assumptions. Although Halo believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. Among others, the key factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking information and statements are the following: delays in obtaining required approvals from regulators, changes in general economic, business and political conditions, including changes in the financial markets; and the other risks disclosed in the Company’s annual information form dated April 16, 2020 and available on the Companys profile at www.sedar.com. Should one or more of these risks, uncertainties or other factors materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking information or statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected.
The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, and Halo does not undertake to update any forward-looking information and/or forward-looking statements that are contained or referenced herein, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking information and statements attributable to Halo or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice.
This press release contains a financial outlook within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. The financial outlook has been prepared by management of the Company to provide an outlook for anticipated wholesale value of the Companys harvest at ECCF, estimates of the Companys additional revenue at EECF in 2021, increase in live resin production from November 2020 thru October 2021, clone sales and pricing during the first and second quarter of 2021, and may not be appropriate for any other purpose. The financial outlook has been prepared based on a number of assumptions including the assumptions discussed under the heading Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements above and assumptions with respect to these assumptions were derived by the Company using detailed analysis of historical results, plant counts, harvest plans, yield per plant by strain of A buds, B Buds, and Trim, current market pricing, current demand, environmental conditions, live resin processing using FSHTE techniques, pilot clone sales in 2020, current competitive pricing of A bud, B bud, trim, live resin, shatter and clones. The actual results of the Companys operations for any period will likely vary from the amounts set forth in these projections and such variations may be material. The Company and its management believe that the financial outlook has been prepared on a reasonable basis. However, because this information is highly subjective and subject to numerous risks, including the risks discussed under the heading ” Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements” above, it should not be relied on as necessarily indicative of future results.
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