Ecopixel launches new Skimaven site

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.–Ecopixel, a Web services firm in Burlington, Vt., announced in January the launch of a new commercial Web site at www.Skimaven.com(link is external). The site features a ski blog written by local skier and writer Kris Surette. It provides ski trip reports and images, information on resorts and backcountry trails, and insight into on-snow activities around Vermont. Providing Vermont businesses with a new online advertising venue, Skimaven.coms target audience is alpine, backcountry and cross-country skiers, both inside and outside of the state.Ecopixel is a Web services firm that delivers compelling, easy-to-manage Web sites, reliable hosting, and targeted online visibility and marketing.last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force Trains Security Forces’ Sharpshooters

first_imgThe structures used for the training included a shooting range at the Canoas Air Base (BACO) with P4 targets (in the shape of a person), at distances of up to 100 meters. “They must aim at a particular point on the head so the enemy falls without having moved,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. The sharpshooters of the Military Police’s Special Tactical Actions Group are always prepared to provide security. Other installations on the Air Base and V COMAR are used for spotting exercises. On the Butiá training grounds, which belongs to the Brazilian Army and is 80 kilometers from the Canoas Air Base, they shoot targets from distances of up 800 meters, and also receive training in pursuits and how to infiltrate a group. “We use the existing vegetation as camouflage material as if it were a real mission.” This rigorous training guarantees the qualifications and the international standards for sharpshooter training, Capt. Argemi said. It also ensures that they can provide effective protection at large events such as the World Cup. Participation in such efforts has become routine for the GATE sharpshooters; for instance, the Tactical Actions Group was also part of the elite National Force during the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. The course, started in 2002, is offered its ninth session from March 9-27. For security reasons, the FAB doesn’t report the total number of attendees; but during the last session, only 14 completed it of the 21 who attended. In addition to the technical requirements, those who take the sharpshooter training must know basic infantry routines and be knowledgeable on patrols, survival, camouflage, weapons, navigation, topographical maps, and the use of GPS. Those who pass the training can then work in defending air bases, police work, protecting people, controlling protests, and directing actions. The specialized GATE team, as it is known in Portuguese, also protected the public during the five World Cup matches played at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre in 2014. “We use the existing vegetation as camouflage material as if it were a real mission.” The sharpshooters wore a ghillie suit, which uses a camouflage battle dress uniform, a flight suit, or something similar as a base; on the back of their uniforms, they placed a frayed jute as a disguise. “Sharpshooters go completely unnoticed, they hold advantageous positions, and their job is not only to shoot, but also to provide information,” said GATE commander Captain Glênio Argemi Filho. The importance of collaboration His team honed their skills through the Tactical Sharpshooter Training Course, run by the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB) Special Aeronautical Infantry Battalion – Canoas (BINFAE-CO). That’s the only battalion in the FAB that offers sharpshooter training to Service Members in other agencies as well — including the state Military Police, the Federal Highway Police’s Special Operations Unit, and the Federal Police’s Rapid Response Group. “The spotter is paying attention to the shot, and he corrects it if necessary,” he said. Using an assault rifle, such as a SIG 5.56 or an HK33, the spotter checks the equipment. Members of these teams are cross-trained: Spotters are trained to be sharpshooters, and sharpshooters are trained to be spotters. “The spotter is the other side of the coin. He must know how to observe what is happening and not deviate,” said GATE Capt. Argemi. He took the BINFAE-CO course, and two of his service members recently completed the training. Attendees, he explained, are typically selected as high-achieving, calm officers who will not “break down” when faced with a very tense situation. “The spotter is the other side of the coin. He must know how to observe what is happening and not deviate,” said GATE Capt. Argemi. He took the BINFAE-CO course, and two of his service members recently completed the training. Attendees, he explained, are typically selected as high-achieving, calm officers who will not “break down” when faced with a very tense situation. To their ability to handle such tense situations, March’s training session simulated a visit by a politician. In addition to the technical requirements, those who take the sharpshooter training must know basic infantry routines and be knowledgeable on patrols, survival, camouflage, weapons, navigation, topographical maps, and the use of GPS. Those who pass the training can then work in defending air bases, police work, protecting people, controlling protests, and directing actions. Training course simulates a real mission The importance of collaboration The structures used for the training included a shooting range at the Canoas Air Base (BACO) with P4 targets (in the shape of a person), at distances of up to 100 meters. “They must aim at a particular point on the head so the enemy falls without having moved,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. To their ability to handle such tense situations, March’s training session simulated a visit by a politician. “GATE has an impending action with the Military and will continue training in partnership with the Armed Forces,” he said. “The teams did not fire, but they identified the most sensitive points and informed the responsible parties by radio,” said 1st Lt. Pereira. Additionally, they worked around sniffing dogs, who could identify and alert on a sharpshooter’s location. The specialized GATE team, as it is known in Portuguese, also protected the public during the five World Cup matches played at the Beira-Rio Stadium in Porto Alegre in 2014. Trainers advise sharpshooter students to conduct infiltrations while going in the same direction as the wind to avoid being detected by their scent; they also show students how to avoid locations where sunlight could reflect off their equipment. “[Light] could reflect off the optical equipment and give away the sharpshooter’s position or mess up the shot,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. “A ghillie suit doesn’t make you invisible. You need to cover 70 percent of it in natural vegetation and use the terrain to your advantage,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. “Sharpshooters go completely unnoticed, they hold advantageous positions, and their job is not only to shoot, but also to provide information,” said GATE commander Captain Glênio Argemi Filho. A key component of sharpshooter training emphasizes collaboration. Some of the key tasks that service members conduct during the training is done in pairs, with a sharpshooter and a spotter. The sharpshooter – the more experienced of the two – carries the precision rifle (such as a 762) and does the shooting. The spotter performs calculations – such as elevation, wind speed, humidity, and temperature – that will help the sharpshooter succeed in hitting his target. The course, started in 2002, is offered its ninth session from March 9-27. For security reasons, the FAB doesn’t report the total number of attendees; but during the last session, only 14 completed it of the 21 who attended. Other installations on the Air Base and V COMAR are used for spotting exercises. On the Butiá training grounds, which belongs to the Brazilian Army and is 80 kilometers from the Canoas Air Base, they shoot targets from distances of up 800 meters, and also receive training in pursuits and how to infiltrate a group. Trainers advise sharpshooter students to conduct infiltrations while going in the same direction as the wind to avoid being detected by their scent; they also show students how to avoid locations where sunlight could reflect off their equipment. “[Light] could reflect off the optical equipment and give away the sharpshooter’s position or mess up the shot,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. “The spotter is paying attention to the shot, and he corrects it if necessary,” he said. Using an assault rifle, such as a SIG 5.56 or an HK33, the spotter checks the equipment. Members of these teams are cross-trained: Spotters are trained to be sharpshooters, and sharpshooters are trained to be spotters. “The teams did not fire, but they identified the most sensitive points and informed the responsible parties by radio,” said 1st Lt. Pereira. Additionally, they worked around sniffing dogs, who could identify and alert on a sharpshooter’s location. “They [the other 7] left the program because they could not meet the minimally required accuracy,” said course coordinator and FAB Infantry First Lieutenant Daniel Alberto Bauer Pereira. “The training is quite demanding; the participants are evaluated after each activity, and the levels of accuracy must be close to 100 percent.” When evaluated on such skills, participants must achieve minimum scores of at least 70 percent to pass their courses. Tests include short and long-distance shooting trials, tests with moving targets, written exams, calculating distances with binoculars, and a final challenge in which a sharpshooter team has to hit a target with a single shot. If the shot is errant, both members can fail. A key component of sharpshooter training emphasizes collaboration. Some of the key tasks that service members conduct during the training is done in pairs, with a sharpshooter and a spotter. The sharpshooter – the more experienced of the two – carries the precision rifle (such as a 762) and does the shooting. The spotter performs calculations – such as elevation, wind speed, humidity, and temperature – that will help the sharpshooter succeed in hitting his target. The sharpshooters wore a ghillie suit, which uses a camouflage battle dress uniform, a flight suit, or something similar as a base; on the back of their uniforms, they placed a frayed jute as a disguise. When evaluated on such skills, participants must achieve minimum scores of at least 70 percent to pass their courses. Tests include short and long-distance shooting trials, tests with moving targets, written exams, calculating distances with binoculars, and a final challenge in which a sharpshooter team has to hit a target with a single shot. If the shot is errant, both members can fail. The sharpshooters of the Military Police’s Special Tactical Actions Group are always prepared to provide security. “GATE has an impending action with the Military and will continue training in partnership with the Armed Forces,” he said. His team honed their skills through the Tactical Sharpshooter Training Course, run by the Brazilian Air Force’s (FAB) Special Aeronautical Infantry Battalion – Canoas (BINFAE-CO). That’s the only battalion in the FAB that offers sharpshooter training to Service Members in other agencies as well — including the state Military Police, the Federal Highway Police’s Special Operations Unit, and the Federal Police’s Rapid Response Group. By Dialogo May 21, 2015 “A ghillie suit doesn’t make you invisible. You need to cover 70 percent of it in natural vegetation and use the terrain to your advantage,” 1st Lt. Pereira said. Training course simulates a real mission “They [the other 7] left the program because they could not meet the minimally required accuracy,” said course coordinator and FAB Infantry First Lieutenant Daniel Alberto Bauer Pereira. “The training is quite demanding; the participants are evaluated after each activity, and the levels of accuracy must be close to 100 percent.” This rigorous training guarantees the qualifications and the international standards for sharpshooter training, Capt. Argemi said. It also ensures that they can provide effective protection at large events such as the World Cup. Participation in such efforts has become routine for the GATE sharpshooters; for instance, the Tactical Actions Group was also part of the elite National Force during the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. For now, no decision has been made yet on whether the team will be called to reinforce surveillance at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, in August and September 2016. “But at any given moment, a team is ready to act,” Capt. Argemi said. For now, no decision has been made yet on whether the team will be called to reinforce surveillance at the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, in August and September 2016. “But at any given moment, a team is ready to act,” Capt. Argemi said. Well-structured, well done presentation with interesting information for a layman like me: Add reasons to respect us and our Armed Forces.Ernesto G. Diederichsen2nd Lt. RG2 Cavalry, São Paulo, Brazil.egd21@hotmail.com Just a correction, the most experienced of the duo is not the sniper, but the spotter, since he is the one who does the ballistic calculation needed to hit the target. Good correction, Daniel; however, both will have the same experience because they can take turns during training and/or actions.last_img read more

Football: Badgers sink Broncos 24-16 in Cotton Bowl

first_imgWhile the loss to Penn State University in the Big Ten Championship game still looms large for the Badger faithful, the University of Wisconsin football team ended the 2016-17 season on a high note with a close win over Western Michigan University Monday. The hard-fought victory marked UW’s third straight bowl win and its first Cotton Bowl win in program history.With the win, the Badgers moved to 11-3 on the year, marking the second 10-win season under head coach Paul Chryst in as many years. Despite the 7.5-point Vegas spread in favor of UW, the Badgers squeaked out an 8-point win in another typical showing from a slow-moving offense and stingy defensive front.Bumbaca: Big Ten Championship loss should not be standard, but only a beginningINDIANAPOLIS — For the second time in as many years, I found myself in the annals of Lucas Oil Stadium Read…Among the many solid performances, the most defining moments of the game came from tight end Troy Fumagalli. The junior force caught six passes on seven targets for 86 yards and a touchdown. Despite the consistency, his biggest plays came in crunch time, the first of which was a diving, one-handed catch on a third and 13 that led to an eventual Badger touchdown and a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.Fumagalli continued his dominance during Western Michigan’s fourth-quarter comeback, snagging an eight-yard throw from redshirt-freshman quarterback Alex Hornibrook straight out of the air to secure the win for Wisconsin. His play to virtually carry the Badger victory on his back is almost more impressive when considering the fact that the tight end has only nine fingers as a result of a childhood condition that left him with an amputated hand.The man under center that got Fumagalli the ball throughout the game, Bart Houston, also had himself a day with 159 yards through the air on 11-12 and no turnovers. The fifth year senior quarterback ended his stint in Madison with one of the most complete displays of his career, starting and playing all but one of Wisconsin’s drives in his fifth win.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldOn the other side of the ball for the Badgers, a big question going into the game was whether a defense that gave up a 21-point lead to Penn State could contain explosive Bronco receiver Corey Davis, the all-time Football Bowl Subdivision leader in yards through the air. Sophomore linebacker and former Western Michigan recruit, T.J. Edwards erased all doubt with 10 tackles and a crucial interception early in the fourth quarter and setting up the touchdown to Fumagalli.Even with four fumbles from Western Michigan, the third-ranked defense in points allowed per game held their own and took home the Cotton Bowl in the Dallas Cowboy’s stadium to cap off a big year for Wisconsin football.While most Badger fans hoped to see their team in the Rose Bowl or competing in the College Football Playoff on New Year’s Eve, a victory in one of the best bowl games in the country will have to do.Hayes: Why Badger fans should reconsider Wisconsin’s ‘disappointing’ Cotton Bowl berthAfter a tough loss in the conference title with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line, many Wisconsin Read…Wisconsin now looks ahead to spring practice and will see whether junior All-Americans T.J. Watt and Ryan Ramczyk decide to return for their final year in Madison. With Chryst looking like he will return for his third year and a 2-0 record in bowls, the future is bright for Badger football in the new year.last_img read more