Microsoft to donate $1bn of cloud services Advertisement Tagged with: corporate Giving/Philanthropy 118 total views, 1 views today Microsoft Philanthropies, which launched in December, is to give $1 billion in cloud services to non-profit organisations and university researchers over the next three years, supported by Microsoft Research, and Microsoft Business Development.The project will see 70,000 non-profits receive Microsoft’s cloud services through donations and discounts, which will include its Azure, Office 365, Power BI, CRM Online, and Enterprise Mobility Suite products.The non-profit programme will begin rolling out this spring with the goal of serving 70,000 NGOs by the end of 2017. Microsoft expects that in 2016 alone its cloud service donations to non-profits will reach a market value of close to $350 million.In the UK, Microsoft currently donates cloud services, software, and provides volume discounts to NGOs. Charities can check their eligibility and apply on the Microsoft site.The second stage will see Microsoft Research expand cloud access for research by expanding its Azure for Research grant programme by 50 per cent to provide support for 900 university researchers and their projects. The programme invites researchers to apply for Azure cloud computing resources by submitting a research proposal online and detailing how the cloud could help solve some of the research challenges. Winning proposals are awarded large allocations of Azure storage and computer resources for one year.The third stage of the project will see the Microsoft Business Development Group and Microsoft Philosophies increase the number of projects in its Affordable Access Initiative, which provides grants to businesses to help more people get online, to 20 in at least 15 countries worldwide by mid-2017.Microsoft president Brad Smith said:“We’re committed to helping non-profit groups and universities use cloud computing to address fundamental human challenges. One of our ambitions for Microsoft Philanthropies is to partner with these groups and ensure that cloud computing reaches more people and serves the broadest array of societal needs.” 119 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Melanie May | 25 January 2016 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
£2.5m available for businesses providing positive social impact How to applyPower to Change will host a webinar on 13 September to give would-be applicants an overview of the fund and its eligibility criteria. They can also read the fund’s guidance and sign up to the Power to Change newsletter to be kept informed as to when the online application form goes live.The closing date for applications from community businesses is 9 October 2018. Grant awards will be made at the start of 2019. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 118 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis16 Tagged with: England Funding Advertisement The sixth round of the Community Business Fund will open next month, offering grants of between £50,000 and £300,000 to businesses in England which trade “for the benefit of and accountable to their local communities”. A total of £2.5 million is available in this round.The Community Business Fund is provided by Power to Change, an independent trust.So far it has supported over 90 organisations in England to become more financially sustainable. These range from farms and libraries to canal moorings to cinemas.Colette Harvey, Programme Manager at Power to Change, said: “We’re very excited to make a further £2.5m available to community businesses and aim to support 15 more organisations through this next round of funding. Community businesses are doing exceptional work at delivering more cohesive local communities and a stronger civil society. We look forward to receiving a broad range of applications from a wide variety of places and sectors.” Watch: Crediton Community BookshopCrediton Community Book Shop received a Community Business Fund grant to purchase premises, expand services for children and create a community hub. Money from book sales goes back into the community through book fairs, school outreach, author events and reading workshops. Howard Lake | 29 August 2018 | News 117 total views, 1 views today More funding roundsThere will be further rounds of the Community Business Fund, with the next application window open in early 2019. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisonedCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet News May 5, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesOnline freedoms CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisonedCouncil of EuropeCitizen-journalistsInternet Valov’s lawyer, Alexander Popkov, said he did not rule out that Valov may have stabbed himself in protest against the conditions in which he is being held, but he was not yet in a position to confirm this. Valov has no problems with his fellow detainees but his repeated insistence of respect for his rights has provoked a certain animosity among the prison guards, Popkov added. Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. On the eve of the FIFA World Cup, RSF launched a campaign for the release of all the journalists and bloggers imprisoned in Russia, including Valov. Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption At yesterday’s hearing in the southwestern city of Sochi, at which Valov’s detention was extended for the third time since his arrest in January, a prosecutor said Valov stabbed himself in the stomach with a pen last week and, although no longer in hospital, could not attend on medical grounds. Follow the news on Russia Receive email alerts News Organisation News News June 19, 2018 Russia: Injured Sochi blogger’s detention extended yet again Related documents cp_valov_19-06-2018_rus.pdfPDF – 60.39 KB Help by sharing this information “Whether Alexander Valov stabbed himself in a moment of despair or someone else stabbed him, this is extremely serious and needs a full investigation,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Meanwhile, the lack of any progress in the case against this blogger shows that his detention is a punitive measure designed to silence him. We call for his immediate release.” RSF_en RSF_EECA Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown In April, Popkov reported that Valov’s electronic messaging and social network accounts had been pirated by persons apparently using the SIM card that was confiscated from him. His BlogSochi website has not been accessible since the end of March because hackers deleted all of its contents, according to the site’s former administrator. to go further Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the release of Alexander Valov, a blogger whose provisional detention was extended for another month at a hearing yesterday although the investigation has stalled and Valov did not attend the hearing because of a stomach injury sustained in unclear circumstances. Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Well-known for frequent blog posts critical of leading Sochi figures, Valov continues to be charged with trying to extort money from Yury Napso, a Sochi representative in the Russian parliament, although the investigation has not progressed and has yet to produce any evidence of his guilt. May 21, 2021 Find out more Читать на русском / Read in Russian The defence has also denounced many procedural flaws that the court has not taken into account. June 2, 2021 Find out more
In July, the final night of Lisbon, Portugal’s NOS Alive festival came to a close with performances by Pearl Jam, Jack White, Franz Ferdinand, MGMT, and more. To close out their headlining set, Pearl Jam welcomed Jack White to join them for a Neil Young cover. Today, the band has shared pro-shot footage of the memorable collaboration.Pearl Jam hit the festival’s main stage following White’s performance, working through a set of fan-favorite originals and classic rock covers. For their five-song encore, the band went heavy on the cover sing-alongs. John Lennon‘s peace anthem “Imagine” was up first, followed by Pink Floyd‘s “Comfortably Numb”, the second Floyd tune of the evening after their mid-set “Interstellar Overdrive”.Two classic tracks from Pearl Jam’s debut album, Ten, came next with “Porch” and “Alive”, the former of which featured some riffing on Jack White’s iconic “Seven Nation Army”, which was still reverberating in the heads of the crowd and the band alike after having closed out White’s set.Finally, Eddie Vedder sent the crowd into hysterics when he welcomed Jack White himself to join the band for their final song, a cover of Neil Young‘s “Rockin’ In The Free World”, Vedder running around the stage and tossing his tambourines to the crowd as White soloed. You can watch the newly shared pro-shot footage of Pearl Jam’s set-closing Neil Young cover with Jack White below:Pearl Jam ft. Jack White “Rockin’ In The Free World”[Video: Pearl Jam]Setlist: Pearl Jam | NOS Alive Festival | Lisbon, Portugal | 7/14/18Set: Low Light, Better Man, Go, Mind Your Manners, Do The Evolution, Given To Fly, Interstellar Overdrive, Corduroy, Rats, Even Flow, Daughter*, Unthought Known, Down, Jeremy, Can’t Deny Me, In My Tree, Black, Lukin, RearviewmirrorEncore: Imagine, Comfortably Numb, Porch, Alive, Rockin’ In The Free World*with W.M.A. and Está Tudo Bem^with Jack White
Jacobs and Benjamin join a cast that currently includes Caroline Bowman as Elphaba, Broadway.com vlogger Kara Lindsay as Glinda, Matt Shingledecker as Fiyero, Robin De Jesus as Boq, Kathy Fitzgerald as Madame Morrible and Timothy Britten Parker as Dr. Dillamond. Related Shows Jacobs made her Broadway debut in In the Heights and appeared in the tuner on the road; her additional credits include Into the Woods and High School Musical on tour. Benjamin, along with his previous six-year stint in Wicked, has also appeared on Broadway in Chicago, Torch Song Trilogy, Sophisticated Ladies, Pippin, Charle and Algernon, The Pajama Game, The Wind in the Willows and Damn Yankees. Wicked View Comments The Broadway production of Wicked will welcome one new and one returning face beginning March 10. Arielle Jacobs will take on the role of Nessarose, replacing Catherine Charlebois, and PJ Benjamin will return to play the Wizard, taking over for Tom McGowan. Charlebois and McGowan will play their final performances at the Gershwin Theatre on March 8. from $95.00