Goulburn High School raises more than $500 for RSPCA | Goulburn Post

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There’s nothing better than a delicious cupcake for morning tea. And even better when it’s for a good cause. Goulburn High School held another successful RSPCA Cupcake Day on Monday, raising more than $500. The fundraising event was held on October 26, with staff and students enjoying some sweet treats to raise money for the RSPCA. This is an event the school has held for many years now, with the money raised going to the local RSPCA via the Clinton Street vet. This year the school made $533. Did you know the Goulburn Post is now offering breaking news alerts and a weekly email newsletter? Keep up-to-date with all the local news: sign up below.


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By sea and land, Turkey raises tensions with EU – POLITICO

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s provocations — including saying Emmanuel Macron needs “mental treatment” — have angered the EU and could lead to punitive action, the European Commission warned on Monday.

Erdoğan’s insults against the French president — tied to Macron’s response to the beheading of a teacher in a Paris suburb earlier this month —  drew swift condemnation from EU leaders on Sunday. But Turkey has also continued to exacerbate tensions over gas exploration in a disputed area of the Eastern Mediterranean, raising the prospect of a serious diplomatic breach, or even EU sanctions, officials said.

In a statement on Sunday, the Turkish Foreign Ministry accused France of creating the recent tensions and complained of the “continued one-sided and egocentric approaches of France” and of “the West’s usual double standards” in its defense of cartoons offensive to Muslims under the umbrella of free expression.

At a summit earlier this month, EU heads of state and government issued conclusions expressing the possibility of launching “a positive political EU-Turkey agenda” but also warned that “in case of renewed unilateral actions or provocations in breach of international law, the EU will use all the instruments and the options at its disposal,” an unmistakable reference to sanctions.

On Saturday, Turkey effectively thumbed its nose at that warning, by announcing plans to extend a controversial gas exploration mission in the Mediterranean at least until November 4.

Asked about the strains with Turkey, a Commission spokesman, Peter Spano, said: “We have expectations of Turkey if we are to continue in a positive domain with our relationship. However if we keep on getting these provocations, if we keep getting tension with the European Union or members of the European Union, we must think a little more seriously about what we are going to do.”

Leaders said they would return to the Turkey issue and make a decision at their summit in December, but some officials, especially from Greece and Cyprus, have made clear their view that pointed action is needed.

Council President Charles Michel, responding to Erdoğan’s comments on Sunday night, tweeted: “Rather than a positive agenda, Turkey chooses provocations, unilateral actions in the Mediterranean and now insults. It’s intolerable.”

David McAllister, a German member of the European Parliament who is chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, said the EU would act if Ankara did not stop its incendiary actions and comments. “Unfortunately, the Turkish government is not taking concrete steps to de-escalate the current situation,” McAllister said. “Any kind of provocations are unacceptable and must be stopped immediately. As the European Union, we stand united by our member states. The European Parliament has asked the Council to stand ready to draw up a list of further restrictive measures if no substantial progress is made in cooperation with Turkey.”

Maïa de La Baume and Jacopo Barigazzi contributed reporting.

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Hydrogen tech specialist ITM Power raises £165m with share issue and European buy-in

The technology partner behind Gigastack, the Humber’s pioneering green hydrogen project, has raised £165 million in a major share issue and company buy-in.

ITM Power placed more than 55 million shares at 235p, while Italian gas pipeline specialist Snam has also taken a £30 million minority holding.

To meet investor demand the issue was increased by £15 million, with a further open offer to be made with an additional £7 million eyed.

ITM said the funds will be used to “further accelerate the maximisation of manufacturing capacity” and to invest in the group’s operational capabilities. It is in the process of launching a huge new manufacturing facility in Sheffield as it scales up electrolyser capability to 100MW, with a vision for 1GW production capacity by 2024.

It comes less than 24 hours after Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, told of strong demand for green investment.

Dr Graham Cooley, chief executive, said: “The growth of global markets for green hydrogen is accelerating fast. As a result of this successful fundraise, ITM Power is well positioned to build on its existing leadership and capitalise on this rapidly developing market. We are delighted with the results of the fundraise and thank our existing shareholders for their support and welcome our new investors.”

ITM Power’s new factory in Sheffield.

The South Yorkshire team is working with Danish offshore wind giant Orsted and US oil giant Phillips 66 to bring forward green hydrogen fuel switching at the Humber Refinery.

The government-backed scheme will tap into the power brought ashore close by from  Hornsea Two – set to take the title as the world’s largest offshore wind farm when it is built.  The issue came just minutes before Energy and Clean Growth Minister Kwasi Kwarteng referenced Gigastack in a major Humber summit address.

It is anticipated the shares will be admitted to the London Stock Exhange on November 12, with Investec Bank acting as sole bookrunner.

On the deal, Snam chief executive Marco Alverà, said: “The agreement with one of the main global producers of electrolysers is Snam’s first external investment in the hydrogen sector and stands alongside those we are already advancing to make our infrastructure ready for the transport of this new clean energy carrier.

“The partnership with ITM Power allows us to build on our know-how in technologies for the production of green hydrogen in a way that is functional to business development and to become a player along the value chain.

“We want to develop new projects and contribute to enabling the supply chain, both internationally and in particular in Italy, which has the opportunity to become a green hydrogen hub between Europe and North Africa.

“Our goal is to help establish hydrogen and renewable gases, together with renewable electricity, as decisive solutions to achieve the international climate neutrality goals.”

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CE4G’s Goulburn community solar farm raises more than half a million dollars | Goulburn Post

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Community Energy for Goulburn (CE4G) directors were excited to raise more than half a million dollars – a quarter of the sum needed – for their proposed solar farm at their first investor information meeting at the Goulburn Workers’ Club on Wednesday. Five years of hard work have paid off since CE4G began. The solar farm will be the biggest community-owned one in NSW, and the first in Australia with battery backup. Built on 2.5 hectares off Bridge Street, it is expected to start operating next July. The farm will generate 1.8 megawatts (MW), and pump 1.2 MW into the grid – enough to power 450 homes. “It’s obvious that people are looking for safe ethical investment opportunities,” CE4G president Peter Fraser said. “With the closing of coal-fired power stations just around the corner, the supply of electricity will have to be met with renewables, and the solar farm will be well positioned to meet that demand.” “Last night is the culmination of a massive amount of work, which is why we’re so thrilled at the result,” vice-president Ed Suttle said. “We all entered the meeting hoping – but if we’d been asked at 6.30, will you settle for half a million? the answer would have been a huge grinning ‘Yes!’. Having said that, we still need to raise another $1.5 million. That was a stunning start, but there’s still a way to go.” CE4G will hold a webinar on Wednesday, October 28, and a public meeting on November 4. Registration for both is at www.goulburnsolarfarm.com.au. READ ALSO: More than 150 people attended Wednesday night’s event – the city’s first public meeting since COVID-19 began. Some people bought $400 worth of shares (the minimum share price, approximately the cost of a solar panel, fully wired-up), Mr Suttle said; more than one heavy investor bought $50,000 worth of shares. “That shows enormous confidence in the scheme from the community,” Mr Suttle said. “Those of us who have worked on this for four or five years are staggeringly proud that we can at last go to the community and say the thing is viable. It’s ‘investment-safe’; it’s going to happen – invest! …” Mr Suttle said that he and his wife were not alone in purchasing shares for their children and grand-children. Conservative cash flow estimates, Mr Suttle said, indicate a return on investment of between 4 to 7 per cent each year for the first decade. At the same time, enough money will be put into a sinking fund to raise $850,000 after 10 years to purchase new panels to increase the farm’s output if technologies change. “At the moment, it would appear – with all the normal disclaimers – to be a very lucrative investment,” Mr Suttle said. “We’ve now got the weight of responsibility to make it happen, and ensure that it’s profitable, so that everyone gets the dividends we’ve promised.” READ MORE: A co-op will run the project; each investor will have a single vote, regardless of how many shares they own. This, CE4G states, will ensure all investors – no matter what their investment – have an equal say in how the project is built and managed. Nearly all the shares will be owned by regional investors; that means profits will go back to them, and stay within the community, rather than going off to a major company, Mr Suttle explained. Up to 20 per cent of the profits can be put aside each year for charitable purposes, Mr Suttle said. CE4G has negotiated below-commercial rate level lease payments for the land, which increases the profitability. Shareholders can donate part or all of their dividend on a tax-deductible manner to a community fund run by Anglicare to help Goulburn residents who struggle to pay for electricity. “It really is a community effort,” Mr Suttle said. “It [brings in] money to those who can afford to buy shares, but it also benefits those who in their wildest dreams would never even think of buying a share in anything.” CE4G was founded in 2015 after members of the Goulburn Group attended a seminar about community energy in Canberra. At that forum, the then-Department of Environment and Heritage announced there was grant money available for local communities to conduct a feasibility study about the viability of a community-owned renewable energy farm. A senior manager from Divall’s Haulage was one of those present; he realised that his company owned a suitable site on derelict land. Within three weeks, the group submitted the application for the study; six months later, they received the grant; and a further six months later, the solar farm was deemed viable. A $2.1 million grant from the NSW government under the Regional Community Energy program allowed CE4G to purchase a battery that can store 400 MW. This will capture low-cost electricity in the middle of the day that can be sold into the grid at peak prices in the evening. Between now and February, Mr Suttle said, CE4G will finalise design work, including the details of the connection to the grid. Big machinery will be on site within a month; in March, racking will be dug into the ground, panels will be attached, wiring put in, batteries will arrive, and the solar farm should be ready to switch on in July. Opal O’Neill, president of the local Pejar Aboriginal Land Council, told Wednesday’s audience: “When you look back on helping create this amazing piece of work, you will feel a sure sense of pride because you will know you have helped Goulburn take an amazing leap into the world of the future with renewable clean energy. I know that there is nothing more meaningful to a community than making it greater for everyone.” From November 20, CE4G will open investments to wider NSW and the ACT. Mr Suttle said there was pent-up demand; people in Canberra, Bowral, Sydney, and Melbourne, even Perth and Queensland, wanted to invest. “But this is a community-owned solar farm,” Mr Suttle said. “We dearly hope that the vast majority of investment, if not all, comes from the immediate Goulburn region.” For more information, visit https://goulburnsolarfarm.com.au/ and https://www.ce4g.org.au/


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apiiro Raises $35 Million from Greylock and Kleiner Perkins

apiiro Raises $35 Million from Greylock and Kleiner Perkins

Also apiiro boasts that it “Disrupts” DevSecOps Market with the company’s launch.

apiiro, an Israeli startup which boasts that it is the industry’s first Code Risk Platform™ in the area of DevSecOps, raised $35 million funding from Ted Schlein, General Partner at Kleiner Parkins, and Saam Motamedi and Asheem Chandna, General Partners at Greylock.

The apiiro platform is deployed and used across industries – including two large banks in the U.S., and large enterprises in gaming, healthcare, and software development verticals.

The company declares this the first Code Risk Platform™ to automate visibility, compliance assurance & risk remediation, cross applications & infrastructure, before production.

Apiiro says that its new platform enables organizations to accelerate application and infrastructure delivery by automatically remediating risk with every change, announced today the company’s official

So what exactly is DevSecOps. Well according to IBM it is short for development, security, and operations. It automates the integration of security at every phase of the software development lifecycle, from initial design through integration, testing, deployment, and software delivery.

“Accelerate delivery by remediating product risk with every change,” apiiro declares.
The company was founded by multi-exit entrepreneur Idan Plotnik and Yonatan Eldar, alumni of elite Israeli Defense Force (IDF) cybersecurity unit ‘Matzov’. Prior to the launch of apiiro, Idan was the founder/CEO and Yonatan was engineering manager at Aorato, a pioneer in the User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) space, which was acquired by Microsoft for $200M. Plotnik and Eldar worked at Microsoft as engineering executives leading product strategy, engineering, data science and devops.

“apiiro was created to address enterprises board level discussions around the DevSecOps and risk management, and enable key application and infrastructure stakeholders to accelerate time-to-market by prioritizing and remediating only material risky changes — all in one platform,” said Idan Plotnik.

“Our developers take center stage. This means that each developer builds features end-to-end, an approach known as “End-to-End Development”. Think of it as a broader definition of “Full Stack”.

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Cybersecurity Startup Cyberpion Raises $8.25 Million

Cybersecurity Startup Cyberpion Raises $8.25 Million

Cyberpion provides ecosystem security.

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Israel’s Cyberpion, a cybersecurity startup, closed an $8.25 million seed funding round co-led by Team8 Capital and Hyperwise Ventures. The company calls itself an ecosystem security pioneer.

Cyberpion declares that its mission is to defend the “new and vast attack surface” created by online ecosystems.

Its platform enables security teams to identify and neutralize the new threats stemming from vulnerabilities within online assets throughout an enterprise’s far-reaching, hyper connected ecosystem. Cyberpion will use the new capital to boost its sales and marketing efforts, while expanding and accelerating product development of its Ecosystem Security™ platform.

OK. So what do they mean by “ecosystem?” It’s a term usually applied to the environment, not high tech.

Well when we talk about an ecosystem we mean how the different species of animals and plant life all interact with one another in their natural habitats. Bees help pollination, animal eat the plants and higher level animals eat the lower ones.

All form of life in an ecosystem is interconnected and so it is in some way dependent on all the other plants and animals. The actions of any one can affect all of the rest.

The same can be said of anyone or any business today. They all rely on countless partners and third party solutions to enrich online services, improve operations, grow, and serve customers. And then every external firm with which you do business – whether a customer or a service – interacts with countless other people and organizations.

So what does Cyberpion do? Well the company says that internal firewalls are no longer enough to protect your organization. Companies need to be protected from the outside as well since hackers can get inside your firm by way of outside systems with which you interconnect.

Former Global Head of Cloud Security at Check Point, Senior Director at Aqua Security and Director of Enterprise Strategy at Microsoft, Ran Nahmias co-founded Cyberpion. He commented, “Enterprise security risks are no longer constrained to the gates of the organization’s firewall. The threats are analogous to infections caused by the Covid-19 virus.”

“While detecting the virus in your immediate circle of contacts is helpful, the detected level of exposure exponentially grows as you start factoring in people in your second, third and fourth circles of contact. Cyberpion works by detecting threats from all connected third party online solutions, their connections, and the connections of their connections, to systematically identify vulnerabilities and neutralize previously undetectable threats within the vast, highly dynamic online ecosystem.”

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Coronavirus vaccine race raises questions over potential parental disagreements

Since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic the hopes of many have been pinned on a potential vaccine, but what happens if parents disagree over giving their child the COVID-19 vaccination?

Past cases could provide some clues about how this scenario could play out in the courts.

A family and relationships lawyer said the COVID-19 vaccination could prompt an increase in Family Court cases if some parents disagree over whether to immunise their children.

There have been several cases settled in court after parents disagreed over vaccinating their children against other diseases, and this could provide some indication of what is to come when the highly anticipated vaccine is released.

But HopgoodGanim Lawyers partner Lisa Lahey said the COVID-19 vaccination might be treated differently in the courts.

Ms Lahey said normally parents had equal shared parental responsibility for their children, including the right to make decisions about the children’s medical care.

She said if parents could not agree upon vaccinations they could apply to the court to obtain sole parental responsibility for that issue.

Ms Lahey says court action should always be a last resort.(Supplied: HopgoodGanim Lawyers)

“For example, if one parent is opposed to vaccinations, the other one might want an order so that they can have the sole right to make those decisions and ensure that the vaccinations happen,” she said.

Ms Lahey said it was rare for these disputes to end up in court.

“You’re on a hiding to nothing if you go to the Family Court to try to prevent vaccinations from happening because the Family Court will consider vaccination under normal circumstances to be in the best interest of the children, so you’ll lose,” she said.

“Not many people want to spend legal costs on losing. So, it is not common that these applications are brought to Family Court these days, but there have been some in the past.”

Courts previously dealt with vaccine disputes

Ms Lahey said there were several reported Family Court decisions involving child vaccination disputes.

Duke-Randall and Randall in 2014; This is a case where a couple of anti-vaxxers separated and then the father decided to see the light and change his ways and get the children immunised,” she said.

Parents can apply to the court to become solely responsible for vaccinations.(Flickr: ZaldyImg)

“The mother tried to prevent it. But she was ordered by the court to commence a catch-up vaccination program for the children.

“In a 2012 case, the father vaccinated the children by stealth because he knew the mother was opposed.

“She was annoyed about that. She criticised him for it in the litigation.

“But the court said, ‘no, he acted in the children’s best interests’.”

‘Court action should be a last resort’

But Ms Lahey said the COVID-19 vaccine might be a different story.

She said the court would have to weigh up immunising the child against exposure to COVID-19 against the long-term effects of the vaccine, which might initially be unknown.

“The COVID vaccine could conceivably be different to normal immunisation of the child,” she said.

“There could be some scientific dispute about the benefit of it being given to children, because children don’t seem so susceptible to coronavirus.

“There could be a bit of excitement in the media about the vaccine being rushed to the market, [and] not much time being spent in the trials.

“A lot of separated parents do an excellent job of reaching compromises, but not all of them.

“And I do expect that some of them will want to litigate whether or not their children should receive a coronavirus vaccine when it turns up.

“I do think that there will be a couple of people who will try their luck in the Family Court.

“But fairly rapidly, after the first one or two decisions are handed down, I suspect that those cases will be settled.”

Ms Lahey said court action should always be a last resort.

“Start by talking to a doctor together if you can, obtaining advice from the same doctor about your child’s risks and the benefit of the vaccine,” she said.

“Go to see a mediator if you can’t agree. Spend money on lawyers as the very last resort.

“The courts have got plenty of things to do without vaccines adding to it.”

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BSP raises P120 billion at bill auction

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The Philippine central bank raised P120 billion in short-term securities on Friday due to strong demand.

In a notice posted on its website, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said it had fully awarded the 28-day bills it auctioned off out of total bids worth P129.1 billion.

The auction was the fifth straight time the central bank had fully awarded the debt paper after it started selling its own securities on Sept. 18.

Investors sought rates between 1.85% and 2.25%, wider than 1.84-1.86% at last week’s auction. The debt had an average rate of 1.8956%, 7.56 basis points higher than 1.82% in the previous auction.

“Demand for the BSP bills remained strong amid ample financial liquidity,” central bank Deputy Governor Francisco G. Dakila, Jr. said in a statement..”Looking ahead, the BSP will remain guided by its assessment of recent market developments and liquidity conditions in the further refinement of its monetary operations.”

Large bids at the weekly auctions of both the central bank and Bureau of the Treasury showed that the market remained awash with cash, prompting the BSP to mop it up by increasing its debt offers, Michael L. Ricafort, chief economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp., said in a Viber message on Friday.

“However, the 28-day BSP security auction yields have already gone up gradually in recent weeks from unusually low levels, after announcements from the Department of Finance, which signaled preference for commercial borrowings and possibly more borrowings from the BSP by the National Government for 2021,” he added.

The rate of the one-month paper ended at 1.068% on Friday, based on the Bloomberg Valuation Service reference rates published on the Philippine Dealing System’s (PDS) website.

Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III on Wednesday said the National Government might still borrow more from the central bank next year to plug some of its short-term funding requirements.

The government plans to borrow P3 trillion this year to plug its ballooning budget deficit that is expected to hit 9.6% of economic output. — Beatrice M. Laforga

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Patrick Grove’s Frontier Digital Ventures raises A$100 mil, makes 3 emerging market acquisitions

  • Acquires marketplaces in Columbia, Tunisia & Morocco for A$56mil
  • Leverage experience building iProperty, replicate in emerging markets

Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) listed Frontier Digital Ventures (FDV) has today announced the successful completion of the institutional component of a A$100 million (RM300 million) capital raising to fund three acquisitions from Norwegian based global online classifieds specialist Adevinta ASA which like FDV, operates digital marketplaces.

But while FDV specialises in building and operating leading property and automotive marketplaces in emerging markets globally, Adevinta operates in Europe mainly and with operations in South America in Brazil, Colombia and Chile and in North Africa in Moroccos and Tunisia.

But executing a strategy to optimise its portfolio, Adevinta is now divesting its North Africa interests and from Colombia, entering into agreements to sell 100% interests in Fincaraíz, the leading real estate marketplace in Colombia, Avito, the leading general classifieds portal in Morocco, and Tayara, the leading general classifieds portal in Tunisia, to FDV.

According to its announcement made to the ASX, the capital raising by FDV consists of a non-underwritten Institutional Placement of up to A$63.4 million (Placement) and non-underwritten 1 for 9 Pro-Rata Accelerated Non-Renounceable Entitlement Offer of up to A$36.6 million (Entitlement Offer) to raise up to A$100 million.

A$56 million will go towards the acquisition of Fincaraíz, Avito and Tayara while A$44 million will go towards further growth capital, balance sheet flexibility and payment of transaction costs.


The iProperty influence on Frontier Digital VenturesPatrick Grove’s Frontier Digital Ventures raises A$100 mil, makes 3 emerging market acquisitions

FDV, founded and headquartered in Kuala Lumpur since 2014, saw its valuation increase from around RM150 million on its IPO in August 2016, to over RM1.5 billion this morning, an increase of 10x in 4 years, making it one of the most valuable tech companies in Malaysia.

FDV was founded by Patrick Grove (pic) and Shaun Di Gregorio after they sold iProperty to Australian listed company, REA Group in Nov 2015 in one of Southeast Asia’s largest startup exits.

Grove had acquired a Malaysian property portal from a husband-wife team in mid-2007 and renamed it iProperty. The site grew from being worth RM60 million when Di Gregorio first joined in 2009 as group CEO to being worth over RM2.25 billion when it was sold to REA Group.

“We learnt how to build iProperty in Malaysia and how big a property marketplace could be if you did certain things correctly. We also realised that great entrepreneurs in emerging markets neither had access to capital and mentorship nor the case studies we had. After leaving iProperty, we designed FDV to provide both financing and mentorship to these great local entrepreneurs,” explains Grove.

As CEO of FDV, Di Gregorio aims to leverage the experience building iProperty  and replicate it in emerging markets around the world.

“It has been great to build a global business from Malaysia, with primarily Malaysian leadership. In many instances, we were one of the first internet investors in some of these markets, such as Pakistan and Myanmar. These latest acquisitions see FDV evolve into becoming a leading operator of emerging market marketplaces.”

Following the new acquisitions, FDV’s portfolio will consist of interests in 15 online marketplace businesses active in 20 markets across Latin America, Africa and developing Asia which it describes as being entire Asia minus its five developed economies of Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore plus China.

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