Item 9 Labs Corp. Unveils New Brand Identity Strengthening Market Share Position – Yahoo Finance

PHOENIX, July 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Item 9 Labs Corp. (INLB) (“Item 9 Labs” or the “Company”), a leader in comfortable cannabis health solutions for the modern consumer, today announced the launch of its new corporate site and brand image. The logo and style updates strengthen the Company’s national market share positioning under one unified identity.

“Item 9 Labs has expanded significantly in the past year and it was important for us to reshape our corporate branding to reflect this evolution. Our new identity echoes our dynamic and innovative  attributes that have set us apart in a highly competitive market,” stated CEO Sara Gullickson.

In November 2018, Item 9 Labs acquired the assets of Arizona DP Consulting, LLC, which included the international cannabis consulting firm Dispensary Permits, digital technology platform, and Strive Life, a turnkey dispensary model for the retail sector. In addition, Item 9 Labs has secured partnerships with distribution and processing operation Strive Wellness of Nevada and dispensary Strive Life North Dakota.

“We now have more than five brands and multiple assets under our umbrella, so it was natural for our visual narrative to evolve and integrate the Company as a whole,” commented Vice President of Marketing Kyle Jennings. “We have tied together all of the corporate entities to operate as one unit in sync with each other.”

The brand transition includes new Company websites and an upgraded logo, showcasing a sleek and minimalist design approach. This bold, modern style echoes a continued commitment to quality, innovation, and diversity and visually ushers in a new era of strategic growth and advancement at Item 9 Labs.

Headquartered in Phoenix, Item 9 Labs is bringing best industry practices to markets from coast to coast through cultivation, dispensary, and processing operations, as well as licensing services, and medical cannabis product suites. The Company intends to manage facilities in six to ten U.S. cannabis markets by the end of 2019.

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About Item 9 Labs Corp.:

Item 9 Labs Corp. (INLB) creates comfortable cannabis health solutions for the modern consumer. The Company is bringing best of industry practices to markets from coast to coast through cultivation and production, distinctive retail environments, licensing services, and diverse product suites catering to different medical cannabis demographics. Item 9 Labs Corp. is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, with medical cannabis operations in multiple U.S. markets. 

Item 9 Labs Corp.’s asset portfolio includes Dispensary Permits, Dispensary Templates, and Strive Life. These assets provide services specific to different stakeholder groups. Dispensary Permits is the Company’s consulting firm specializing in strategic license application and compliance. Dispensary Templates, a subdivision of the firm, is a technology platform with an extensive digital library of licensing and business planning resources. Strive Life is a turnkey dispensary model for the retail sector, elevating the patient experience with consistent and superior service, high-end design, and precision-tested products. It is currently being implemented in Arizona and North Dakota.

In addition, Item 9 Labs Corp. is advancing the industry with its dynamic product suites. The Company has created complementary brands Item 9 Labs and Strive Wellness to channel consumer diversity. Propriety delivery platforms include the Apollo Vape and Pod system, as well as a pioneering intra-nasal device. The Company has received multiple accolades for its medical-grade flower and concentrates.

Item 9 Labs Corp. intends to manage cultivation, processing, distribution, and dispensary operations in up to ten U.S. markets by the end of 2019. Current facilities include distribution and processing operation Strive Wellness of Nevada and dispensary Strive Life North Dakota.

For more information, visit Item 9 Labs Corp. at

Forward-Looking Statement: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, risks and effects of legal and administrative proceedings and governmental regulation, especially in a foreign country, future financial and operational results, competition, general economic conditions, proposed transactions that are not legally binding obligations of the company and the ability to manage and continue growth. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual outcomes may vary materially from those indicated. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements we make in this news release include the introduction of new technology, market conditions and those set forth in reports or documents we file from time to time with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to revise or update such statements to reflect current events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Media Contact: 
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Proven Media
(401) 484-4980

Investor Contact:
Jeffrey Rassás
Item 9 Labs Corp.
(602) 463-4246

Studio Andrew Trotter models Villa Cardo on traditional houses in Puglia – Dezeen

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A series of minimal white blocks interlock to form this holiday home by Studio Andrew Trotter, which takes cues from local architecture in Puglia.

Named Villa Cardo, the four-bedroom dwelling is designed for a couple who wanted a peaceful summer retreat amidst olive groves in Carovigno, a town in the south of Italy.

Studio Andrew Trotter modelled the residence on traditional cubic houses found across Puglia to ensure that it complements its surroundings.

By using local construction techniques the studio made sure the building is light, airy and cool.

“When designing, I look for ways for my buildings to fit within the local area. I want my house to belong to their surroundings, not stand out and something strange or too new,” studio founder Andrew Trotter told Dezeen.

“We wanted to keep the house simple like the old local buildings, white cubes that have a feeling of the past, to fit beautifully in between the olive trees.”

Houses in Puglia are traditionally constructed from a local sandstone called Tufo that has a high thermal mass. They also often feature vaulted ceilings and cut-outs in the facades designed to cool the houses.

Finished with a chalky-white paint, Villa Cardo borrows these details to reduce its dependence on air conditioning in the summer or heating in the winter.

Villa Cardo has four bedrooms and large entertainment areas, including a basement cinema room, living room and large dining room.

There is also a TV room that can sleep two people, alongside a bathroom and a Turkish bath with an outdoor shower.

The master bedroom has its own veranda that looks out over the sea, a private garden and an outdoor bath and shower.

Studio Andrew Trotter designed each room with a deliberately “simple and basic” finish that echoes the minimalist aesthetic of the house’s exterior.

Local limestone floors feature throughout, and are dressed with a mix of vintage furniture teamed with Ghost sofas by Gervasoni, dining chairs by Fredericia and lamps by Flos and Santa Cole.

The bathrooms and kitchen are lined with a bespoke terrazzo finish by Huguet Mallorca.

Studio Andrew Trotter also converted a small century-old outbuilding that was formerly used to store the tools and the olives into a separate bathroom and guest house that can accommodate two people.

It sits opposite the main house behind a linear pool and an outdoor kitchen. The kitchen is sheltered by a bamboo canopy and host to a wood-fired oven, dining terrace, sofa, and sun beds.

Due to its reflective properties white is a popular choice for houses in hotter climates.

Design Haus Liberty also recently completed a white holiday home in Italy, which is characterised by a series of living spaces connected to rounded terraces that extend out like petals from a flower.

Photography is by Salva López.

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Bills, banks and promises: here’s what you can expect as ‘government business’ starts again – The Conversation AU

If the first week of the 46th Parliament was heavily ceremonial – dominated by the new governor-general, a raft of first-time MPs and Bob Hawke condolence speeches – the next two weeks will mark a return to normal programming.

And where the opening week allowed just one proper sitting day to thrash out the modestly titled, A$158 billion “Treasury Laws Amendment (Tax Relief so Working Australians Keep More of Their Money) Bill, 2019”, the next fortnight will revert to the usual combination of substantive legislation, otherwise known as “government business”, and the inevitable Question Time theatrics.

Read more: Infographic: who’s who in the new Morrison ministry

Both should prove instructive about the longer-term presentation of the Morrison government, and that of the Anthony Albanese-led Labor opposition.

Upcoming bills

Albanese has already signalled several stylistic changes from Bill Shorten’s leadership. This includes the design of sharper, less rhetorical parliamentary questions, a willingness to bipartisanship on some issues like drought funding, and an aspiration to lift the tone of political combat. This was most recently shown via an instruction to MPs to avoid calling their opponents “liars”.

The House of Representatives program released on Friday contains uncontroversial measures, such as legislation to establish the Future Drought Fund, a bill for Farm Household Support, and a bill to criminalise the use of social media to incite farm invasions on grounds of political/environmental activism.

Read more: Farmers’ climate denial begins to wane as reality bites

But more controversially, the government has listed the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill, an attempt to repeal the so-called “medevac” law. It also listed the Counter Terrorism (Temporary Exclusion Orders) Bill, an attempt to mirror Britain’s laws that critics say render a citizen stateless.

And it has listed an old favourite, its Fair Work Registered Organisations (Ensuring Integrity) bill, which is aimed squarely at unions and designed to provide powers of deregistering prominent officials on grounds of character.

Will the government deliver on its promises?

The Coalition’s deliberately minimalist election pitch rested on four pillars: generous income tax cuts, the claimed dangers of a Labor government; surplus budgets into the future; and the continuation of a strong economy.

For Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, the urgent challenge is to find ways to boost business and consumer confidence. Joe Castro/ AAP

Already, with just one legislative day under its belt, the tax cuts are through. The mega-spend even gained Labor’s support – once the crossbench numbers were in the Senate, anyway.

Self-evidently, Labor was not elected. So that’s another goal happily ticked off for the Coalition.

But when it comes to the string of budget surpluses and the promised strong economy, things get more problematic.

Read more: Vital signs: we need those tax cuts now, all of them. The surplus can wait

In the short time since the election, the Reserve Bank has already dialled in two (count them, two) cash rate cuts, while signalling that a third could lower the official rate to a staggering 0.75% before the end of the year.

Clearly, getting the economy going again has emerged as the central bank’s number one priority.

For Morrison, and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, the urgent challenge is to find ways to boost business and consumer confidence. They also need to kick Australia’s sluggish wage growth into gear, without pulling the levers Labor had in mind.

Read more: FactCheck: is wage growth at record lows?

To that end, the pair has made it clear the government will risk its A$7.1 billion projected surplus for the end of financial year 2019-20, despite suggestions from some economists that the political bragging rights of a surplus should be sacrificed in the interests of emergency stimulus for a pallid economy.

The government rejects these arguments. It points to the expected effervescence from stage one of its aforementioned tax cuts package of up to A$1,080 as an immediate tax rebate via a measure outlined in the pre-election Budget.

Read more: Stages 1 and 2 of the tax cuts should pass. But Stage 3 would return us to the 1950s

The government also points to major infrastructure spending as its A$100 billion future works program rolls out, with some of that brought forward and fresh requests to the states to do likewise.

Minimalist governing

While further direct measures are possible on the fiscal side should the economy slow further, the Coalition’s strong disposition is to a less interventionist response.

Rightly or wrongly, the Coalition views its election reprieve as a blunt rejection of Shorten’s big-spending, big-taxing approach.

Read more: Grattan on Friday: Bill channels Gough as he hopes that his time is coming

And conservative commentators have aided this view, urging the Coalition to avoid grand plans and big ideas, and do no more than simply govern well.

Yet dangers loom, not least of which are the ever-present threat of internal divisions and a sense of policy drift.

The sparseness of a major policy narrative has already elevated an ideological push for a religious freedom/anti-discrimination bill of some kind, despite zero pressure from mainstream voters.

Read more: Politics with Michelle Grattan: Father Frank Brennan on Israel Folau and religious freedom

Reactionaries were also quick to flex their muscles in the hours after the new Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt used a National Press Club speech to open a new and deliberately non-prescriptive invitation to a co-design process.

The concerning thing for the Morrison government is the speed with which Wyatt’s potentially game-changing approach brought forward the same voices who fanned internal divisions within the Turnbull government over marriage equality, energy policy and climate change.

Mrs Fray opens its doors to Canberra’s minimalist brides in Campbell – The Canberra Times

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When Amy Farrell and Andi O’Day went wedding dress shopping they found the whole experience quite underwhelming. It’s a day that can come with so much external pressure from family, friends and even bridal magazines and websites, all in the name of finding the perfect dress. But it’s for this reason why they want their newly opened Mrs Fray to be a safe haven for brides. “Even if brides don’t walk away buying one of our gowns, we don’t want them to walk away from it going wedding dress shopping is the worst,” O’Day says. “When people wanted to take photos of themselves in the dress, we were like go for your life. And they were like are you sure? “We’re not here to be stuffy or put any more pressure. There’s already enough pressure.” The Campbell concept store is for brides who don’t want the traditional wedding dress. In fact the store doesn’t stock a lot of “boofy” dresses and only has two veils. It’s for a place for those who want a minimalist and contemporary dress, and may want to wear boots – which the store also stocks – with it. “[It’s for] someone on the frays of society, which I guess is where our name Mrs Fray comes from,” Farrell says. “Something unique, something with a bit of an edge, but something that reflects her personality.” Farrell and O’Day are both wedding photographers – which is where the journey to Mrs Fray began. The pair have seen a myriad ways people have worn wedding dresses and O’Day noticed that whenever a Canberra bride had a “really cool” dress, they had gone to Sydney or Melbourne to get it. “I started investigating what was actually here and I didn’t see much. And I thought, ‘Why?’,” O’Day says. “Canberra has so many up-and-coming everythings and for some reason it hadn’t hit the bridal world yet. “So I brought it to my fashion-forward friend Amy and said what do you reckon? And she said well if you want to try out a bridal store in Canberra, start with a pop-up model, to gauge interest in people.” The pair planned to hold three pop-up stores as a trial but after the second the need for a permanent home was clear. Now located on Provan Street, the Campbell store is a gallery-inspired space that avoids the “appointment-only” policy that a lot of bridal stores have and allows people to “flow and wonder” through the racks, whether they are a bride or not. “We’re not just a bridal store. Our hope is that the community who likes [the nearby cafe] Intra so much, feels free to come in with their coffees and browse all of the other wares that we have got going on,” O’Day says. “We’re not wanting to have that inaccessibility going on.” And when it does come to the wedding gowns, all are Australian designed and many made in Australia. “We do feel like we have created something quite different so people are excited to be a part of that,” Farrell says. “And I think it’s also been important for us to support Australian designers as well.”

F-Secure Anti-Virus Software Review: One-Track Mind – Tom’s Hardware

A security vendor from Finland, F-Secure Corporation has 30 years in cybersecurity. It offers a plethora of security solutions for home and business, but its F-Secure Anti-Virus software has one job in mind: protecting against viruses, including ransomware. That leads to awesome simplicity but also means you’ll need additional security software to truly secure your rig.


F-Secure Anti-Virus’ starter tier is enticing with a $35.99 entry point (about £28) for the 1-computer, 1-year license. That’s appealing until you look at the feature list and are disappointed by how few there really are. The package lacks what some would consider essentials, like a password manager, Wi-Fi protection, banking protection, file shredder and browsing protection. Seriously, it’s antivirus and that’s about it.

Another area falling short is multi-device discounts, which do not go beyond a three-device, single-year license for $39.99 (about £31). Many competitors offer more flexibility. Bitdefender, for example, can cover 1, 3, 5 or up to 10 devices for a choice of 1, 2 or 3 years. This also makes it more affordable: a 10 PC, 3-year Bitdefender license runs just $162.50 (£125), which works out to only $5.42 (£4.17) per device per year.


F-Secure Anti-Virus has a generous 30-day free trial, but you have to jump through too many hoops to get it. First, you must provide your email address and complete a CAPTCHA prior to downloading the file. Next, an email with a confirmation link arrives in your inbox. After clicking on it, a web page opens explaining that yet another email is coming with the license key and download link.

We appreciate that this second email arrived in our inbox almost immediately. Creating some confusion, the email lacked a license key, but we can postulate that it’s contained in the executable name. The installation process completed the setup without delay. But we wish the rest of the process was more streamlined.

The F-Secure program folder is a fairly average size at 700MB of support files. We noticed that F-Secure (as others do) uses the Bitdefender engine alongside its own. We take no issue with this, as the Bitdefender engine has an excellent reputation for accuracy and can be considered a feature.
User Interface.

F-Secure Anti-Virus isn’t trying hard to dazzle users over with tons of bonus features. In fact, it really doesn’t have any. It’s just the essentials here: core antivirus scanning with the required security layers and settings.

The benefit of such a simple interface is that it’s as straightforward as can be, with the main console having just two buttons: Virus Scan and Settings. Settings provides a small number of configuration options.

Antivirus Scans

The Virus Scan button runs a scan that’s done in a jiffy–just a quick minute on our system–and blocks identified threats automatically. It then provides an update on the system’s health.

But more experienced users will quickly get frustrated with the minimal number of settings to control and the dearth of features. The main console shows literally no other choices other than the default quick scan. F-Secure also has no removable drive scan and no option for the creation of a custom scan.

However, there actually is a full system scan buried deep in the settings menu. Unfortunately, most may not know to even look for it.

Alternatively, competitors, including Avast and Avira, provide a plethora of manual scan options and a full panel of configuration settings. F-Secure goes total minimalist with only two simple checkboxes: “Scan only known file types” and “Scan inside compressed files.”

Antivirus Testing and Performance

F-Secure does a good job at its core antivirus function, with pluses including quick speed, accuracy and easy usage. The minus is that it’s lacking in the feature department. However, features like URL blocking can be supplemented with additional, dedicated software, making F-Secure a decent choice for those purely seeking a solution for antivirus.

With our own round of testing malware detection, we concluded that F-Secure is both solid and reliable.

Other Security Features

F-Secure Anti-Virus keeps features to a minimum. Simplicity can certainly have its advantages, such as when power users look to combine F-Secure with another software solution, like a URL filter and firewall. But for less experienced users, or those who want the ability to access multiple security functions via a single interface, this could be an issue.

One feature that F-Secure does have that we liked is the ransomware protection.The feature helps keep files safe by preventing untrusted applications from accessing files in designated folders. Windows 10 has a “controlled folder access” function that controls which apps can alter files in protected folders (this can be toggled on or off), making F-Secure’s feature a bit redundant for those users. However, we still consider F-Secure’s feature a useful, extra layer for protection against ransomware.

Bottom Line

F-Secure Anti-Virus is great at fulfilling its namesake and provides fast, accurate and precise antivirus protection–and at a lower cost than most of the competition. But that’s about it.

The software falls short when it comes to additional security features, like URL blocking, an essential that most competing anti-virus software include.

If you don’t mind having to add additional software to secure your PC, F-Secure Anti-Virus is a reliable barrier against malicious viruses. But if you want a one-and-done cybersecurity solution, look elsewhere.