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Bleu Sky Creative Freshens Look for Two Vermont Businesses

first_imgBleu Sky Creative, a Burlington-based design firm, has redesigned the packaging for Cabot Creamery’s light 8 oz. cheddars, now known as Cabot Reduced Fat Cheddar, found in the grocery dairy aisle. After extensive consumer research, the new design calls attention to nutritional benefits while maintaining a classic look, reflected through hand-drawn illustration and classic typography.Bleu Sky has also helped GVV Architects, a Burlington architectural firm, redesign their web site. Their new site is project focused and articulates the firm’s variety of work in a clean and complementary interface.last_img read more

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Interview with Rear Admiral Chuck Michel, Director of JIATF-S

first_img This is the example of a successful inter-agencies operation… By Dialogo May 14, 2012 Four months into the launching of Operation Martillo, over 15 nations working together have persistently targeted illicit trafficking along Central America’s waters, disrupting more than 30 metric tons of drugs and detaining over 50 people. In an interview with Diálogo, during the Central American Security Conference (CANSEC 2012) in April, the director of U.S. Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S) said that the success of Operación Martillo lies in the tightness of its partners: “If there is a weak partner, that’s where the traffickers are going to go. It’s absolutely essential for all of us to stand together.” Diálogo: How is JIATF-S involved in Operation Martillo? Rear Admiral Chuck Michel, Director, JIATF-South: Operation Martillo is really a regional effort and it’s the first time we try to employ all the expertise, and all the relationships and all the history of all the regional partners to try to work together, to try to achieve a strategic effect against transnational criminal organizations that operate in the region. JIATF-S facilitates Operation Martillo, but we really don’t own Operation Martillo. Operation Martillo is owned by various stakeholders: that includes all the militaries and law enforcement partners that participate throughout the region and beyond. We have substantial contributions from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Canada and a number of other partners. Diálogo: How are the European partners participating? Rear Adm. Michel: Our European partners are absolutely critical in providing ships, aircraft, intelligence and logistical support… everything you would need to run this operation. Our Dutch partners in particular are running a key part of Operation Martillo through the Central Caribbean to sense if the traffickers who are being pressured in Central America shift to the Central Caribbean. The French, under Vice Admiral Loic Raffaelli, out in Martinique, are also running an operation that is part of Operation Martillo through the Eastern Caribbean to try to achieve the exact same effect. The United Kingdom contributes through intelligence support and ships. Diálogo: How about the countries that have fewer resources? Rear Adm. Michel: There is a place and a role for everybody throughout the region to participate. Regional partner nations and U.S. participants have a renewed commitment to address Transnational Organized Crime (TOC). We’ve seen improvements in communication sharing between nations and law enforcement activities and we’ve had an increase in the number of interdictions and seizures involving two or more nations in one way or another. No single nation or agency operating alone is capable of defeating TOC. Regardless of how small one country’s efforts or resources may seem, taken collectively, every effort enhances the region’s capacity to counter illicit trafficking. Diálogo: Are there contingency plans for nations that may become affected if, as a consequence of the efforts put in Central America, the trafficking routes shift to the Eastern Caribbean countries? Rear Adm. Michel: One of the key parts of Operation Martillo is that it has a very robust assessment process. That processes has to involve not only the United States but also everybody throughout the Hemisphere. They all have to have their antennas up and their ears open to sense when traffickers shift their patterns. It is absolutely vital to sense those patterns as early as possible to be able to shift resources as necessary. For example, as General Fraser said, as we put pressure against the drug traffickers in Honduras, they’re not likely to become honest citizens and get a real job, they are going to move somewhere else and we need to sense that change and try to be as nimble as they are, so we can shift our resources in whatever direction we need to shift in. Traffickers are nimble but they are not omnipotent, they don’t own the planet. Whenever they shift, they still have to put infrastructure, they still have to move that product to another location, they still have to corrupt that government official or do all the prep work they need to do. They can’t shift on a dime easily. Diálogo: Is Martillo an open-ended operation, or does it have a time frame to accomplish certain goals? Rear Adm. Michel: This operation has no firm end-date; it changes when the traffickers change their behavior. We will continue to put pressure on them until they change their business patterns. How long will that take? Nobody knows. Diálogo: Which are the main achievements so far since Operation Martillo started? Rear Adm. Michel: Since January 15, 2012, partner nations and U.S. law enforcement activities have seized 32 metric tons of cocaine, a pretty substantial amount. We have seen a significant reduction in air trafficking, somewhere between 60 and 70 percent. I can say with a pretty good degree of confidence that something significant has happened in air trafficking, I can’t tell you fully why it happened but something has happened. We are going to have to monitor that as to what the traffickers are doing… Are they stockpiling? Are they moving to other modes we are not aware of? They are very versatile, very well funded adversaries. Diálogo: You have underscored that this is a multinational effort, where most of the success stories involve more than one country… Rear Adm. Michel: Since we began Operation Martillo, four out of five operations or 80 percent are multinational operations. For example, the go-fast boats typically depart from Colombia, are sensed down in Colombian waters, chased across into Panamanian waters or near Panamanian waters… so they may go outside territorial waters, be chased down by U.S. people, handed off to a Panamanian interceptor who will do the take down. Just that involves Colombia, the United States and Panama. Diálogo: General Fraser mentioned that there were talks about a six-month period to assess the results. Where do you expect to be at the end of six months? Rear Adm. Michel: Hopefully in six months we will see a measurable change in trafficking patterns. On the air side, we have already seen it. On the maritime side, I want to see clearer changes in trafficking patterns than we currently see right now. I’d love to see some measurable changes on land, for example, reduction in homicides and crime rates that are related to the cocaine flow as it moves through there… that will be a welcomed addition. And there are probably other factors that we can measure, like taking down drug trafficking networks, indictments, arrests. So as we continue rolling on with Operation Martillo this is very much a work in progress and it is a learning experience for us and all the rest of the partners and we hope to be able to hone those skills over the next six months. We want to continue to keep the pressure on the traffickers. That’s what I want to achieve in six months. last_img read more

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NAFCU pushes data security as Senate readies cyber bill for vote

first_imgThe Senate is expected to vote as early as today on a motion to proceed on the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act,” S. 754, legislation backed by NAFCU to facilitate the sharing of cyber-threat information between the public and private sectors.NAFCU and three other financial trades expressed their support for S. 754 and renewed their push for the Senate to consider S. 961, the “Data Security Act of 2015,” in a letter Tuesday to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.“In tandem, these legislative measures will better protect consumers and businesses from cyber threats,” the trades wrote.NAFCU supports faster and more-efficient sharing of cybersecurity information. It has also urged establishment of a strong national data security standard for retailers that holds retailers responsible if they fail to protect consumer data, requires notice to consumers in the event of a breach and recognizes credit unions’ compliance with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act.In Tuesday’s letter, the trades called on McConnell and Reid to take up S. 961, a breach notification bill introduced in May by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Square Enix suggests move towards esports in Annual Report

first_imgSquare Enix, the game publisher that has brought the popular Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and Kingdom Hearts franchises has suggested in its Annual Report that it will be taking a deeper look into esports.Under the heading “Games as a Service, Games as Media” it acknowledges the longevity that multiplayer titles breed in saying: “multiplayer games have taken the lead, and it is standard for games to be designed for long-term play. The terms “multiplayer” and “Games as a Service” themselves have existed for some time, but they are now being used in reference to game designs that place a strong emphasis on longer-term user engagement. We will also endeavour to develop games designed not to be played once after launch but that customers can enjoy more and play longer. In so doing, we will increase customer satisfaction and enhance the lifetime value of the games themselves. ” It further adds a paragraph emphasising the growth of streaming, and consumers watching others play games and not just playing themselves. The report adds “Watching gaming is growing into a major form of entertainment thanks to considerable advances in the online streaming environment. It is the presence of e-sports spectators that make this meaningful. Once the size of gaming spectatorship grows, gaming itself will gain value asa form of media. This conversion of gaming into a form of media is proceeding rapidly. We also have a great deal of interest in this field and intend to proactively work to turn it into an actual business. “At the moment, it’s safe to say that Square Enix doesn’t really delve into esports all too much. At Gamescom, there were certain player-versus-player showpieces across the show. With a PvP element to Final Fantasy always looking busy, there’s no reason that with a specific focus from a developer as large as Square Enix, that they can’t soon bring an esport to the table. Whilst currently it’s quiet — with the management of the company recognising the opportunity, it’s definitely a developer to keep an eye on.Esports Insider says: Final Fantasy esports? It’s not quite there yet but who knows, it could be a go-er in the future. With a company that has the clout of Square Enix, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on.last_img read more