Colorado Musicians To Join Forces For Ecuador Earthquake Benefit Concert

first_imgAfter a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16th, 2016, Ever Upward Entertainment put together a benefit concert. The response from local performers was overwhelming, as Digg band, Dyrty Byrds, Booster, Whiskey Tango, Displace, Mama Magnolia, and Lady and The Gentlemen will all be performing. The show takes place tomorrow, July 20th, at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom Other Side in Denver, CO.All proceeds from the show will go to Saving Ecuador, a non-profit organization focused on providing aid to the country. Additionally, thanks to our sponsor Fiction Brewing, there will be free craft beer if you get there before 9PM! With great music, free beer and an important cause, there’s no reason to miss this event.You can find details in the poster below, or via the Facebook Event.last_img read more

Guitar Auctions At Dead & Co’s Wrigley Field Tour Closer Set To Bring In Big Bucks For Charity

first_imgThis Saturday, July 1st, during Dead & Company‘s tour closer at Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field, a pair of special one-of-a-kind D’Angelico guitars will be auctioned off to benefit a variety of charitable foundations hand-selected by members of the band. The auctions are part of the “Participation Row” social action “village” the band brings to each tour stop, co-organized by music-oriented voter registration non-profit HeadCount and environmental group REVERB. Both guitars are Premier Weir SS models, which Bob Weir and D’Angelico designed and developed together, and each one is signed by all six members of Dead & Company (Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti). They are expected to net tens of thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of dollars for charity.Dead & Co Surprises Fans With Free Webcast Of Beautiful Blossom Show [Full Show Pro-Shot]The first guitar being auctioned off may look familiar to those who have caught the band live this summer: it has been displayed (and available to bid on) at Participation Row at each stop throughout the 2017 summer tour, and already has received bids of nearly $50K. The second guitar will feature a special design to specifically commemorate the Wrigley Field run. Bids will be accepted at “Participation Row” at Wrigley Field throughout Friday night’s show and through the first set of Saturday’s tour finale. The winners will be determined at set break on Saturday night. You can see pictures of both the Summer Tour 2017 D’Angelico Premier Weir SS and its Wriglet Field counterpart in all their glory below:On this summer’s Dead & Company tour, three D’Angelico guitar auctions (of Fenway Park, Shoreline Amphitheatre, and Folsom Field variations of the special edition design) have already generated $70,000 for the band’s various charities, which include HeadCount and REVERB as well as The Rex Foundation, The Jerry Garcia Foundation, The National Parks Conservation Association, Positive Legacy, the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action and the Veterans Health and Integration Program. Nightly signed poster auctions this tour have also generated an additional $25,000 toward the various charities involved in the “Participation Row” efforts. By the time the band takes the stage for the last time this summer, the total charitable contribution could easily surpass $250,000.HeadCount Co-Founders Marc Brownstein & Andy Bernstein Discuss Effecting Change, One Show At A TimeHeadCount has ran several similar charitable guitar auctions for various events over the past few years. At 2015’s Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago, a D’Angelico guitar signed by members of the Grateful Dead was auctioned off for an eye-popping $526,000. Similar efforts on last summer’s Dead & Co tour netted over $160,000 in contributions. HeadCount also helped produce an event last month where Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar was sold for $1.6 million, generating a total of $3.2 million for the Southern Poverty Law Center after an anonymous donor match.Jerry Garcia Wolf Guitar Raises $3.2M For Charity While Joe Russo’s “Friends With Benefits” Rock Out On It [Photos/Videos]“Dead & Company and their fans are incredibly generous,” said HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein. “They’ve helped turn Participation Row into an active and loving home for all the various causes tied to this community.” Dead & Company concert attendees have also taken nearly 20,000 socially-conscious actions on “Participation Row” throughout the tour, including writing postcards to Congress, registering to vote, and taking quizzes about environmental impact. Any fan who takes three actions is rewarded with a limited edition Dead & Company pin from Participation Row sponsor Clean Energy Advisors. Fans also get a chance to win one more D’Angelico guitar signed by the band in a free drawing.last_img read more

Judging the campaign finance ruling

first_imgGazette: Is there anything to be read into the fact that this began as a fairly narrow case but wound up having such broad implications?Shugerman: The Supreme Court had in front of it a potentially narrower and more minimalist way to resolve this case without overturning precedent. This is the big deal about this case. This sends a larger signal about the Roberts court. When Chief Justice [John] Roberts was confirmed in the confirmation hearings, he talked about deference and a cautious approach and seeking more consensus. And we have seen that that is not his approach in practice. So today what we’re looking at is an irony. To pass a law in Congress takes a 60-vote supermajority in the Senate. But to strike down a law today takes a one-vote majority in the Supreme Court — and a decision that overturned precedent. … The larger context of the Roberts court’s aggressiveness and lack of concern about consensus is something that we should be paying more attention to. Gazette: Any final thoughts on the decision?Kamarck: Will both customers and shareholders object to corporate spending in political campaigns? This will be different depending on the kind of corporation. Corporations like Starbucks or Target or corporations that are really dependent on customers liking their brand will probably be pretty careful about playing in political campaigns. By getting involved in divisive issues or divisive campaigns, you could have people saying, “Well the heck with this, from now on I’m going to Peet’s, and I’m forever boycotting Starbucks.” So some companies will probably be very, very careful about this. There will be other companies, particularly highly regulated companies, who might see this as a way to enhance what is their already substantial lobbying capacities in Washington.Keyssar: I think you can start imagining how campaigns will change. For example, given all of the recent discussion of an issue like health care, you can now imagine what the pharmaceutical companies or the health insurance companies are going to do now that they can involve themselves very directly in campaigns.Shugerman: The next question is whether the Supreme Court will move beyond outside political advertising, issue advocacy, or independent spending, and move from striking down regulations on outside spending to striking down regulations on direct donations. That’s a big deal. So if a corporation can go today and now spend money on its issues, that’s one thing. But there are longstanding precedents that set limits on what individuals and groups can donate to candidates. If there’s now an ability to make direct donations to candidates without limits, that will be a major change. The court case originally focused on a narrow question of campaign finance. But the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Citizens United v. FEC sent reverberations throughout the political world. By removing restrictions on election spending by corporations, the ruling promised to change the way that campaigns are waged. The Gazette asked members of the Harvard faculty to discuss the significance of the case:Gazette: How do you think that this decision will reshape elections?Alex Keyssar, the Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy at Harvard Kennedy School: It may reshape elections quite dramatically. I think that what we’re going to see is a very, very significant infusion of corporate funding into advertisements supporting an opposing candidate. What the ruling focuses on is not contributions directly to campaigns, but using funds to support candidates. But what I think we’re going to see is something that we haven’t seen in this country in decades, which is a huge infusion of corporate money, which is going to change the fundraising landscape.Elaine Kamarck, lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs: It is as significant, if not more significant in the long run, than Scott Brown winning in Massachusetts. This is a real earthquake. What it basically does is it allows elections to become a financial free-for-all. … In a generic sense, you would think it’s a help to the Republican Party, which it probably is, but I think it will play out more issue by issue. So, for instance, look at health care, look at climate change. This really has big consequences for political campaigns.Gazette: What are the implications here for labor unions and nonprofit institutions? Can they also start to play a more direct role in campaign politics?Jed Shugerman, assistant professor of law at Harvard Law School: From a reading of this decision, labor unions and other nonprofits are free to spend more. There’s nothing in the opinion that forecloses it or makes this distinction. So it seems like there will be more money coming from labor unions. Labor unions are opposed to this decision because they know, in the balance of power, the corporations will be able to spend more money than the unions can. But at least it seems evenhanded in allowing both. And there’s no reason to think that they would distinguish between the First Amendment rights of corporations but not extend those rights to labor unions.Gazette: What will be the impact on individual voters?Keyssar: It’s quite tricky to predict the impact on voters. We live in a political culture where, for about a half century, large numbers of eligible voters have not participated, and according to lots of polling data and other data that we have, one reason is that they don’t think that their individual voice matters very much — that the country is basically run by large, powerful interests. If this does unleash the wave of advertising that I suspect that it will, this will intensify that sentiment. … The rationale for restricting corporate contributions, which goes back to the turn of the 20th century, is in effect that the political arena, the arena of democracy, should be one where individuals’ voices are equalized as much as possible, and this runs directly counter to that.Gazette: What do you see as the ramifications of giving corporate speech the same weight in society as individual speech?Kamarck: It just strikes me that it is serious imbalance in power. Corporate speech already has a big voice at the table. And some of that is for legitimate reasons, right? I mean corporations provide jobs; congressmen and congresswomen are inclined to listen to corporations because they don’t want to do things that end up costing jobs. … There’s plenty of attention paid in the American political system already to the health of corporations for obvious reasons. They provide jobs. But this seems to be taking this one step further, and really giving them a power that they, frankly, don’t need.last_img read more

New Year – New Innovations: Introducing ECS 2.2

first_imgCustomers around the world are seeing great success with the ECS platform. Case in point: ATOS SE, a leader in digital services, has seen exciting results with ECS. ATOS’ 93,000 employees in 72 countries provide tech and transactional services to clients in a variety of industries. In 2015, ATOS was able to transform its services using ECS. Check out their story in this video.The momentum doesn’t end with customers. ECS is compatible with a growing number of ISV solutions such as Hortonworks, and has been certified on four levels of HDP. Check out what Hortonworks VP of Global Channels and Alliances, Chris Sullivan, has to say about ECS:“After rigorously testing and certifying Hortonworks Data Platform with EMC ECS, we are saving customers time to implement the solution, while providing them with an assurance of interoperability. With ECS, customers can benefit from a software-defined object storage system with HDP for analytics and unlocking business insights.”Want to learn more? Check out the ECS homepage, follow @EMCECS on Twitter or test out the ECS Free + Frictionless edition software. Today we are announcing general availability of the newest version of ECS (EMC Elastic Cloud Storage), v2.2. With the industry’s most complete suite of software-defined storage (SDS) solutions, EMC is firmly committed to helping organizations harness today’s digital transformation. A key part of EMC’s SDS portfolio, ECS is a software-defined, object-based cloud storage platform that provides global scale with up-to-exabyte capacity with compelling economics to customers.Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook recently announced his New Year’s resolution is to build an artificial intelligence system that will be able to control his home – way more interesting than the traditional “lose weight” resolutions! The amount of data created and ingested by this “Iron Man” influenced platform will definitely require a storage system with a modern, flexible and versatile architecture.You may not have the resources of a Tony Stark or Mark Zuckerberg, but for organizations trying to keep up with the blazing pace of digital transformation, ECS can help. ECS is built from the ground up to handle the massive burden generated by object data from mobile devices, social media and the Internet of Things (IoT), something many traditional storage platforms aren’t designed to handle.Announcing ECS version 2.2With new features under the hood, EMC ECS 2.2 delivers: Software Defined Storage: ECS can be deployed on certified hardware or as a turnkey appliance.A Multipurpose platform: With native support for multiple protocols (like AWS S3, OpenStack Swift, HDFS), ECS breaks down dedicated storage silos. With native NFS support, ECS can also support file data without the need for a file gateway.Smart storage: With ECS, users can search metadata across exabytes of unstructured data without a dedicated database. This enables data analytics that can harvest valuable insights while greatly simplifying cloud and IoT application development.”Low Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): Today’s release further lowers the storage overhead for cold archive scenarios. A new single-pane-of-glass view that provides complete system health can help customers to reduce operational costs.Data Protection: With “data at rest” encryption support, users can apply protection to business-critical data. ECS also fully complies with SEC 17 a-4(f) and CFTC 1.31(b)-(c) regulations.last_img read more

Colombia Makes Progress with Humanitarian Mine Clearance

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo September 17, 2018 In mid-August, the Colombian Army announced that three areas in the east and center of the country were free of mines, making great progress toward its goal to clear 119 municipalities by the end of 2018. The Humanitarian Demining Engineer Brigade (BRDEH, in Spanish) cleared La Pradera municipality in Valle del Cauca department, as well as Villavicencio and Fuente de Oro municipalities in Meta department. “We cleared 37 municipalities in the first quarter and 35 [in the] second quarter,” Colombian Army Colonel Giovanny Rodríguez León, BRDEH commander, told Diálogo. “About 70 percent of our goal has been met in the first half of the year, and we expect to clear 50 municipalities in the second half.” The Colombian government’s goal is to free the country of antipersonnel mines by 2021. According to Descontamina Colombia, an office of the Presidency of the Republic of Colombia’s Administrative Department, the country has 264 municipalities and two departments free of mines. Three mine-free municipalities After six months of work from BRDEH’s Sixth Humanitarian Demining Engineer Battalion, La Pradera municipality was declared mine-free on August 17th. Soldiers cleared the last 12,700-square-meter area through manual clearance. According to the Army, the Sixth Battalion successfully cleared more than 91,000 square meters in Valle del Cauca department. On August 1st, the Fourth Humanitarian Demining Engineer Battalion finished clearing the municipalities of Fuente de Oro and Villavicencio in Meta department. The work benefited 30,000 inhabitants. In Villavicencio, units investigated and identified 27 areas with mine contamination risks, where 22 victims of antipersonnel mines were identified. In these areas, the battalion cleared more than 32,00 square meters. Accidents involving antipersonnel mines were recorded in three areas of Fuente de Oro. After collecting information, soldiers started removing and destroying the explosive artifacts. Socialization work “An interinstitutional agency made up of the [Colombian] Ministry of Defense and the director of Descontamina Colombia, conducts identification of areas according to criteria they use to carry out mine clearance,” Colombian Army First Sergeant John Alexander Ramírez Antonio, a member of BRDEH’s non-technical survey team, told Diálogo. “Once areas or municipalities where intervention is likely to take place are identified, they are assigned to the brigade.” Descontamina Colombia defines non-technical survey as the collection of information and data analysis obtained from available sources, as well as investigation on the ground to collect new evidence. This work is part of the first phase of humanitarian mine clearance. “The non-technical survey consists of going to every house in every small town and investigating based on the information obtained,” 1st Sgt. Ramírez said. “Depending on what is found in each visit, with national standard criteria and operational procedures, we determine whether it’s a potential danger for the community.” Socialization work, carried out with regional authorities, local Community Action Boards, and villagers, is fundamental to identify the areas where explosive artifacts are planted. Occasionally, locals even point out the places farmers, who abandoned their land, avoided. “Illegal groups planted the mines,” 1st Sgt. Ramírez said. “There are no maps or registries of how artifacts were installed, and the kind of device used. Any item you find might be an explosive artifact.” The second phase of humanitarian mine clearance consists of a technical survey, a thorough investigation to confirm or cancel the area in question. In the third phase, experts begin clearance to remove and destroy mines using three methods: manual, mechanic—with minesweeping equipment—or canine. “We now work with minesweeping equipment in [the departments of] Caquetá and Meta; [and] with canines in Caquetá, Putumayo, and Valle del Cauca,” Col. Rodríguez said. “In 90 percent [of the territories], the clearance is done manually.” Minesweeping equipment can cover up to 3,200 square meters in an hour, the officer said, while the manual method covers between 6 and 16 square meters a day. Statistics According to Descontamina Colombia, between 1990 and July 31, 2018, a total of 11,615 troops and civilians were victims of explosive artifacts in the country; 2,287 of them died. Authorities destroyed more than 6,000 explosive artifacts in that period. At a public hearing on July 31st, Sergio Bueno Aguirre, director of Descontamina Colombia, announced that the number of victims dropped drastically in 2018, thanks to the Peace Accord between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Between 2015 and 2018, Bueno said, the number of victims decreased by 60 percent. “Being able to meet the country’s goal to be mine-free and fulfill its commitment to the Ottawa Treaty has been one of this government’s priorities,” said Bueno. For his part, Col. Rodríguez looks forward to the future and projects to come. “Antipersonnel mines highly affected our farmers. This practice caused displacements and affected regional economies due to insecurity about going to the fields,” Col. Rodríguez said. “After humanitarian mine clearance is done, other state projects will be implemented, such as crop substitution, land restitution, and productive projects.”last_img read more

Inside marketing: Video technology on a budget

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At nearly $397 million, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011) is the most expensive movie ever made. Coming in second and $100 million less is Titanic at $294 million — and then Spiderman 3 at $293 million. Yes, these are obscene amounts of money that many of us don’t have stashed away in the kitchen cookie jar much less our savings accounts. But, many times, it’s because of scary cost scenarios that companies – including credit unions – shy away from video.That said, almost every week I get a few emails from CUbroadcast viewers asking me how I do my online and onsite interviews without an expensive Hollywood production budget. Yes, I’m happy to say that I can take off a few of those million-dollar zeros and come up with fairly good quality productions for under $1,000 (post computer purchase). The productions are labor intensive, but the equipment cost doesn’t have to be.For instance back in the day, you would have to hire a crew to come in and rig up the lighting, wire interviewees with mics, and set up camera(s) at various angles. This process is still done today and many times valid for the type of production you are trying to achieve. It’s pricey. But if you can afford it, go for it.Many of us, however, don’t have the budget to hire an expensive video crew like this. Plus, it’s a bit intimidating and time consuming with all the people, lights, mics, cameras, etc.I’m here to provide a quick and semi-easy way to shoot your videos on a DIY budget and still get terrific results. Maybe not Hollywood production results, but how many of us or our corporate productions end up on the big screen? Very few. continue reading »last_img read more

There is no risk in planning for digital growth

first_imgFinancial services is one of the most risk-averse verticals on the planet. While other vertical markets work to exploit risk, financial services executives look to limit it.And herein lies the paradox.The same super smart financial executives who work to limit risk on a daily basis are actually engaging in tremendous amounts of risk when it comes to digital growth. Many are proud of the progress they have made to date as they check of tactical items, like:Building a new responsive websiteAdopting email marketing automationProducing content marketing and blogsDistributing digital adsManaging social mediaIt has become a predictable pattern for us to find that even with all of this digital activity, very few financial institutions can quantify the results of their digital marketing and sales efforts because they lack a digital growth plan.In fact, we continue to find 70% – 80% of the more than 100 banks and credit unions who have taken our Quick Digital Marketing Assessment do not have a digital growth strategy. Time and time again financial executives share their feelings of frustrations when it comes to digital growth.Look, I get it.Taking time to plan can be tedious and can sometimes feel overwhelming. It’s more fun to see the new website design or digital ad. However, it is in implementation where you take on all the risk.As we move into the fall planning season and start looking towards 2017, consider taking a couple of months to establish a digital growth blueprint as a way to mitigate future risk. And to help you get started on the right path, your blueprint should focus on answering the following nine questions:Purpose, Goals, and Budget: How do you define your vision for digital growth and the budget you need to achieve your goals? StorySelling: How do you establish a process to produce digital content that emotionally connects with consumers? Consumer Journeys: How do you define digital journeys to guide consumers from awareness to conversion? 56SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Robert Lay JAMES ROBERT LAY is one of the world’s leading digital marketing authors, speakers, and advisors for financial brands. As the founder and CEO of the Digital Growth Institute, he … Web: Details Product Positioning: How do you position your financial products beyond a list of commoditized features? Key Performance Metrics: How do you quantify success with KPMs tied back to your goals for growth?If you are like the majority of financial institutions, you probably don’t have answers to every question above. That’s why the average financial institution’s digital growth score is 24/100 (click here to find out yours).But don’t worry because if establishing a digital growth plan was easy, everyone would be doing it. This is why so many financial institutions skip the plan, jump straight into implementation, and then feel frustrated and overwhelmed when they struggle to show digital marketing success.This fall, make it your priority to document a digital growth blueprint if you don’t have one right now. And if you lack the insight needed to establish your own, a Digital Marketing Bootcamp might be a risk-free way to help you jumpstart your 2017 planning.Remember, implementation without a plan can cost you valuable time, money, and unnecessary frustration.You can take comfort knowing there’s no risk to plan for digital growth first. In fact, just by taking the time to invest and establish a digital growth blueprint, you’ll gain the clarity, confidence, and competitive advantage you need to leap ahead of your competition and grow in 2017.center_img Distribution Channels: How do you distribute digital content to communicate with consumers throughout their buying journey? Technology Platforms: How do you select the technology platforms you need for digital growth? Consumer Segments: How do you personify key consumer segments you will target for growth? Staffing and Processes: How do you determine the staff, training, and processes required for growth?last_img read more

Sitting for anthem shows lack of ethics

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I’ve been sitting on the sideline listening to various opinions on the seemingly vogue practice of professional football players, at least for some of them, refusing to stand for the National Anthem. They’ve fabricated reasons to justify their actions, of which many have supported on First Amendment grounds.I strongly support the Constitution and do my best to avoid picking and choosing only the parts that support my opinions. I thus agree that the players have a right to protest. One thing that I’ve noticed to be conspicuously absent from the various pro and con statements on this issue is one very important word; that word is “ethics.” Though the players have the First Amendment right to protest, doing so during the National Anthem is abhorrently unethical. It’s disrespectful to everyone who’s served this nation, living and dead. It’s disrespectful to every patriot in our nation.Another right these players don’t have is the right to protest on the job. I know that I would be fired for doing so.The statement the protesting players are really making is that they lack basic moral values. They lack the ability to determine that the protesting should be done on their own time and not during the National Anthem; not the message they wanted to get across.Niskayuna High School announcing it won’t play the anthem before a game is a stunningly poor decision. The school’s job is to teach its students to better prepare them for their adult lives. Instead, they’ve been taught how to dodge an issue.Don SteciakGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Police record drop in crime rates amid COVID-19 response

first_imgThe National Police say that crime rates across the country have dropped as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.“There has been a significant decrease in the levels of felonies, misdemeanors and public disturbances,” National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Asep Adi Saputra said by video link from the Jakarta headquarters of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) during a press conference on Thursday.The police recorded 3,743 felonies nationwide last week from 4,197 felonies the previous week. Misdemeanors had also decreased 53.82 percent from 301 to 139 cases, while public disturbances had dropped 34.78 percent from 69 to 45 cases.Asep said that during the ongoing health emergency, the National Police would focus on crimes related to personal protective equipment (PPE) that were sorely needed by medical workers.“The National Police, together with health agencies and [PPE] distributors, will be running close surveillance to ensure an adequate supply of PPE […] especially for health workers,” he said.  The police have uncovered 18 cases of price gouging, stockpiling, and obstructing the distribution and production of PPE. The police have named 33 suspects, of which two have been detained.Several reports on the theft of PPE have emerged in past weeks.In March, police arrested three employees of a hospital in Cianjur, West Java, for stealing hundreds of boxes of masks that the trio allegedly planned to resell. In Pekanbaru, Riau, an ambulance driver was arrested for allegedly stealing a box containing 1,000 masks intended for a puskesmas (community health center).Topics :last_img read more

IPE Awards 2019: Open for entries

first_imgAnother notable winner was Sweden’s AP4. The national buffer fund won five trophies overall – one from each level: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Country/Regional and Themed.The IPE Awards reward excellence and innovation in Europe’s diverse pensions industry, creating a meaningful annual benchmark enabling pensions providers of all shapes and sizes to measure their investment and other areas of performance against their peers at national, regional and global levels, as well as against institutions of a similar size, remit and resource.In 2018, we received 459 entries across 42 categories, from pension funds worth a combined €2trn. These institutions represent over 90m pension fund members in 24 different countries across Europe.The judging roster features up to 100 industry experts and leading former pension fund executives who are selected for their expertise and knowledge in specialist areas.Entering the IPE Awards is completely confidential and free of charge, and is based on a streamlined but sophisticated online entry system.This year, the conference and awards dinner will take place at the Tivoli Congress Center in Copenhagen, Denmark.To enterIf you would like to enter or learn more, you can access the Awards online entry form alternatively contact Robert Melia Watson at [email protected] . The IPE Awards are now open for entries.Launched in 2001, the event has grown to become the premier event of its kind and largest annual gathering of pension funds in Europe, with 44 prizes up for grabs.Commodities will make a return in 2019 to the roster to reflect the comeback of the asset class following a lull in popularity after the financial crisis a decade ago.Last year saw PensionDanmark secure the highly prized European Pension of the Year award for the second year running and fourth time overall, while chief executive Torben Möger Pedersen took the Outstanding Industry Contribution title for his tireless commitment to the evolution of Europe’s pensions sector.last_img read more