The city of Biloxi, Miss., will sponsor a study of the impact of growth on Keesler Air Force Base that will be funded through a $214,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced Thursday.The Mississippi Development Authority is providing $23,000 in matching funds for the joint land use study, which will identify ways to limit development that is incompatible with the mission of Keesler. The 24-month study will consider issues such as height, density, encroachment, noise abatement and other factors that could interfere with activities at the installation.The Gulf Regional Planning Commission will oversee the study; other participants include the city of D’Iberville and Harrison County. The commission plans to request proposals from qualified planners in November, reported the Sun Herald. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Dan Cohen AUTHOR As Army officials prepare to celebrate the opening next week of a 2-megawatt solar array at Dugway Proving Ground, the installation confirmed plans for the construction of a 3-megawatt array about 20 miles away.When the second array is completed, the two will provide 25 percent of the electrical needs of the test center, administrative buildings and homes at Dugway, located in the West Desert of Utah. That output would meet DOD’s goal of obtaining 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and advance the proving ground’s efforts to become a net zero installation, reported Army Public Affairs.“Not only are we on track to meet the Army’s goal, but we are acting as good neighbors with the state of Utah,” said Don Smith, Dugway’s garrison manager. “We will be able to shave of a portion of Rocky Mountain Power’s output during its peak hours, which will benefit everyone.”The first array, which began operations in February, is made up of more than 7,000 solar panels on 10 acres of land. It cost $7.7 million to build.To support its effort to adopt renewables, the proving ground is building a microgrid, which will allow it to operate on stored energy when the commercial grid is down.“With the aging infrastructure of the commercial power grid it became critical that we find an alternate method to ensure an uninterrupted power source,” Smith said.
A team of Bangladesh Army has detained seven members of Detective Branch of police, accused of collecting ransom after kidnapping a businessman in Teknaf upazila of Cox’s Bazar.The army detained the detectives with Tk 1.7 million cash on Wednesday morning.Major Nazim Ahmed of Sabrang Relief Centre at Teknaf led the army team that detained the DB men.Major Nazim said the DB team abducted businessman Abdul Gafur from Cox’s Bazar on Tuesday and demanded Tk 5 million as ransom.His family members in the end agreed to pay Tk 1.7 million for his release. After receiving the money, the detectives freed him in Marine Drive area of Cox’s Bazar.Informed by the victim’s family, the army team halted a DB police’s vehicle at an army check-post in Lambari area of the Cox’s Bazar Marine Drive.Maj Nazim said a sub-inspector managed to flee the scene, but others were caught red-handed.The detectives were taken to Sabrang army camp in the early hours of Wednesday.He said, later, the Cox’s Bazar district police superintendent and the additional police superintendent took the detainees from the army camp.The police supers said the authorities would take departmental action against the accused, he added.Officials at the police headquarters in Dhaka said the detained members of the DB are now in police custody.Afruzul Haque, the additional superintendent of police in Cox’s Bazar, could not be reached after repeated attempts for a comment on the issue.Later in the day, the authorities suspended the seven members of DB policeAdditional superintendent of Cox’s Bazar police Afruzul Haq Tutul told Prothom Alo that departmental action will be taken against the suspended detectives.
Yemenis gather at the site of a Saudi-led air strike on the outskirts of the northwestern city of Saad. Photo: AFPA top United Nations official in Yemen said on Monday that a total of 201 children have been killed in the Yemeni ongoing civil war since the beginning of 2017.“In 2017, 201 children have been killed in Yemen: 152 boys and 49 girls,” UNICEF resident representative in Yemen Meritxell Relano said in her twitter account on Monday, Xinhua reported.Relano’s remarks came three days after an airstrike by a Saudi-led coalition hit a family’s home in Mahdha area in the Yemeni northern province of Saada, killing six children and three women.Commenting on Friday’s airstrike, Relano condemned the attack but did not accuse any party behind it.Relano also said that “377 boys have been recruited and used in the conflict since the start of 2017. We know there are many more…unfortunately.”Relano did not provide further details about which cities the children were recruited from nor parties behind the recruitment.According to UN agencies, more than 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed during more than two years of war in Yemen that also displaced over 3 million.In March 2017, UNICEF put the death toll of children from the war at 1,546, and other 2,450 injured. The country has also been hit by a deadly cholera outbreak and is on the edge of famine.The war started in March 2015, after Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict by launching a large-scale air campaign to back internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, who invaded the capital Sanaa militarily and seized most of the northern Yemeni provinces.